I'm quite sure that Jesus loved a good joke. Just look at the penquin. I'm also sure He laughed alot. He had to have some of those great qualities if children loved to be around Him. I just can't picture Jesus with a long face and serious and kids pressing in wanting to hear Him, be close to Him, touch Him, or wanting to sit on His lap. Who wants to be around a sour puss?
The Jesus I know exudes love and an essence that draws me closer each time I wait on His presence. Just the expectation of being with Him brings such joyful anticipation that it makes it worth the wait! Hearing His voice is like cool mountain spring water on the hottest day - what an awesome God we serve!
Like Him, I absolutely LOVE kids! I've worked in several different capacities with children over a period of 35 years or so, and have had an incredible time doing so. I've learned so much from them, like how to have fun in doing most anything. There is a joy and freedom in a child that we adults somehow have dropped along the way. We may see it as "childishness", but God speaks of it as "childlikeness" and actually commands it! "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." Mark 10:15 (ESV)
I've been known to do some crazy, unconventional, "in your face" type things with kids over the years, but then again, wasn't Jesus also known for that? We have to be willing to try new things, get "out of the box" and sometimes just plain throw the box away to reach children today with the message of Christ.
You’re going to see and hear stories of how Jesus moves on and interacts with kids of all ages with a flowing simplicity that will touch your heart. You’ll find that His plan for them includes intimacy to the “depth” degree, and that He can use them in powerful, miraculous ways, if we just step out of the way and give them the chance. You WILL view kids in a new way…you will see them with HIS eyes and be challenged by their faith, words and ministry!
Life with Jesus is an adventure! There's something new everyday, just like His mercies, and we can experience it fresh, if you dare to! Come walk with me over the next weeks and months as we talk more about children, uncover some hidden treasures, release fresh revelation about what God says regarding their lives, and gain new insight into their potential.
I look forward to hearing from you, too, as God gives you new ideas, reveals awesome truths and explodes onto your scene with creativity you never thought possible! There's a whole new facet of Jesus that we're going to see and experience together......as His KIDS.....
Let's have some fun!
Karen’s calling is to bring children into the manifest presence and glory of Jesus, lead them in experiencing His deep abiding love, clear unmistakable voice, wise Godly direction for their lives, and to ignite a spirit-led passion for serving Him in many ways at any age.
She is available for children’s and adult conferences, retreats, church dates, camps, leadership training and regional equipping sessions. Fire For the Nations hosts a summer camp for kids and periodic kids mission trips during the year. Her first book, Kids Can! will be released soon. For more information, contact her at [email protected] or go to www.fire4thenations.com