Teaching Empathy on Valentine’s Day

Teaching Empathy on Valentine’s DayValentine’s Day creates a lot of excitement for children and students, and of course, there are plenty of teachable moments around during the day. As a teacher you might cover the history of the holiday, some Valentine’s Day-themed math, or a fun heart-shaped art project. The opportunities are endless. But Valentine’s Day is also a great time to talk with your children about compassion and caring. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or a teacher, Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to teach valuable lessons to those precious children who are dependent on you to help mold their character for life.

“Empathy” is a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. It is also the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. Valentine’s Day certainly stirs feelings and emotions in all of us. We all have different tastes and desires. Empathy is about discovering those tastes in others and respecting the differences that each of us possesses.

Learning about empathy on Valentine’s Day can become a reality through the giving of a very special gift, The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy which is a beautifully illustrated fairy tales collection used to teach life lessons to those who read them as well as the younger children to whom they are being read. Since old and young alike need to develop this habit of empathy these fictional, inspirational stories can be just the gift you may be looking for this Valentine’s Day.

You can be assured that your understanding of others will be enhanced and your actions towards those who may be different from you will take on more meaning. Interestingly and excitedly you can find out how this life lesson is learned by acquiring The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy.

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Time for a Spiritual Health Assessment

Time for a Spiritual Health AssessmentHow long has it been since you had a “physical?” Valentine’s Day is a good time for a spiritual health assessment.

Every one of us needs an occasional visit to the doctor for a checkup to make sure everything is working alright and that we don’t have an unknown serious health condition. From the outside things look pretty good, but a fatal condition may be hiding on the inside.

The same is true of our spiritual lives. As we go through life, we often miss clues that our spirit is not enjoying the good health that God created it for. Just as our doctor orders tests to diagnose potential physical problems, God has given us a process of evaluating spiritual conditions in our lives.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5: 22-23). Each of these is a characteristic which should be active in our daily spiritual activities to keep us spiritually healthy.

While we buy those products which keep us physically healthy, so we should do the same for our spiritual health. As Valentine’s Day approaches our thoughts turn to gifts of lasting value which show our love for the ones for whom we designate our gifts. The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy is one of the best gifts to nourish the spiritual needs of each person. The beautifully illustrated fairy tales are a collection of life lessons which shape character in each of us. The Trilogy are fictional, inspirational stories which can teach those characteristics by which we can assess our spiritual health.

The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy is that gift which will benefit that special person or those special people we care about not only physically, but spiritually. Children of all ages, as well as adults, will be able to use this assessment tool for many years to come.

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Valentine’s Day Forecast: Sunny with 100% Chance for Love

Valentine’s Day Forecast: Sunny with 100% Chance for LoveLove is not just for couples — what about your kids? Who says that Valentine’s Day should be restricted only to romantic love? No other day can conjure such powerful imagery of chocolate, flowers, and love. We can all benefit from an expression of love. It seems that Valentine’s Day may be more widely accepted if it was truly a day for love. Not just romantic love, but love in all of its forms.

Valentine’s Day offers us a unique opportunity to undertake a new perspective on how we choose to celebrate love. This special day is not just for couples, but for everybody in your family. While your friends may be buying flowers for someone, perhaps a spouse, consider the people in your life that you love, and that love you back. Something special for Mom, a telephone call to your Dad, or perhaps your daughter would appreciate flowers as much as your spouse. A display of love towards children, parents, or friends can be completely rewarding. Random acts of kindness to others that you meet on Valentine’s Day or any other day can bring a sense of well-being.

In the midst of all the various means of showing love to others there is a gift that will continue to express love in a way that keeps on giving. The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy are modern fairy tales illustrated with beautiful artwork that teach about love and other life lessons which others will appreciate. This fairy tales collection is definitely a means to an end of expressing love in all your meaningful relationships!

Love is not just for couples. Love is for your kids too! Order the Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy today to sit down and enjoy reading a good storybook with your loved ones, while learning about love, courage, friendship and more! So while preparing for Valentine’s Day know that there is a gift which everyone in your family can enjoy and share, from the very young to the elderly. We all “love LOVE!”

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God’s Greatest Gift to Us Is Life

God’s Greatest Gift to Us Is LifeWhy is the health industry such a booming business? Good health seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. The latest, greatest, fad diet is introduced almost monthly. Health food stores and clubs pop up all over the town, ironically, sometimes next door to fast food restaurants. How could you not be in the best shape of your life with all of the exercise gadgets and gizmos which are designed to give you “the perfect body” with little or, even better, no effort?

Most people have an innate desire to live as long as they can. We also want the best quality of life possible. This is all well and good for our physical world, but what about life after death?

The good news is that each of us can have eternal life. A scripture many of us memorized as young children says,” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  Sickness, disease, and death are all a part of life as we know it on this earth, whether we believe in Christ or not. However, Christ has overcome the fear of death for those who believe and receive Him (Hebrews 2:15).

What we do with this gift is our gift back to the Father. A person after God’s own heart makes his relationship with Him a top priority. How would you like to be remembered? A person completely committed to Him is one who wholeheartedly honors God in all they say and do. The desire to please the Lord should be at the core of everything we do.

The Father wants our paths to be governed by His plans, our interests to be defined by His purposes, and our obedience to be motivated by our love for Him. When we pursue God’s heart, we find life at its best and we can leave a legacy behind that influences others to do the same.

This gift of eternal life costs us nothing, but only because God’s own Son paid the price in full for us. Therefore, our desire should be to mirror His heart for others and influence those around us for good. We can trust and obey Him in everything. When you succeed, remember that all you are and have is a gift from God. Then you can show the world that your heart belongs to the giver of “everlasting life.”

Poet R.L. Sharpe expressed it in an interesting manner.

Isn’t it strange how princes and kings,
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And common people like you and me
Are builders for eternity?
 
To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass and a book of rules.
And each will build, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.
 

What will you make of your life? Will you make something magnificent, not to boast of any personal achievement, but to boast of God. What are you going to be? What are you going to do? What will you become in this great journey of life?

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Sin Fascinates Before It Assassinates

Sin Fascinates Before It AssassinatesSin always begins as a mere thought in the mind. It’s a lie from the enemy of our soul designed to destroy us. As that thought is entertained by our desires, it grows until it guides our actions. But sin brings with it many disappointing consequences and destroys the life of the sinner.

The lie says, “The act you are now doing, the desire or attitude you are now feeling, is not very bad because there are much worse things. It’s not very bad because everyone else does the same things, not very bad because you can’t help it, or not very bad because God knows you are weak and He will understand. Sin distorts the truth. Jeremiah warned that, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately corrupt; who can understand it?

Deceit is so subtle that it can creep in and take up residence in the heart without causing any distraction or unusual notion. But, little by little, that deception grows and multiplies into a life-altering, character-damaging struggle that can last a lifetime. Sin paints a beautiful picture in the beginning, while hiding the end results that will eventually be revealed.

Sin distorts reality and blinds us to the truth with foolish and evil inclinations. As we look around the world with all of the horror stories of torture and corruptness, thievery, drunkenness, and sexual promiscuity, we have to wonder where the hope for escape from the condemnation of sin is to be found.

The Word of God tells us that, “When lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”  Sin always looks and feels good when it is satisfying the lust of the flesh and its desires. However, the end of the story is not pretty. Sin fascinates before it assassinates.

But, there is hope. The Bible reveals an important truth to us in Hebrews 4:12, 13, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him we have to do.”

The Word of God exposes our sins, blows away the thick fog of deception and lets us see sin for what it really is. The Word directs us to flee from sin instead of wallowing in it and directs us to salvation in Christ. Seldom is there a cure for a disease without a diagnosis. God’s diagnosis of our human condition is sin. He alone is the cure for that life destroying condition.

The Apostle Paul highlights what happens when we accept the cure that God so lovingly offers when he writes, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Repent of your sin today and seek the freedom and forgiveness that He wants you to enjoy.

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