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"There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love."  1 John 4:18

Perfected in Love

In last several weeks, we have explored the word "love". The common denominator is that love is complex and complicated in any language. So how does that translate into parental love? I am not a parent yet, but I have worked with many parents in the last year. I have seen how they are struggling with their child's schooling, behavior, and eating choices. They ask questions like, "Why won't my kids just go to bed? Why can't I get my kids to eat anything besides snack foods? Am I being unreasonable when I ask them to take their dishes to the kitchen?!" Parenting has caused a lot of anxiety, worry, and fear. 

Fortunately, they are not alone in their struggles. Holly Crashaw, a ministry leader and an author parent, wrote an article "10 Affirmations for the Worried Parent". I especially like her point about our brains, "[O]ur minds are way more powerful than we could ever understand. The direction we point our thoughts directly determines the direction of our lives." So how do we direct our thoughts?

God gives us a few pointers there as well. Paul says these two things, one to the church in Philippi and one to the church in Rome:
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."  "[B]e transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Focus on the good that is happening in your life. For example, "My kid finished the work for one class. My kids are playing together and not fighting. I didn't yell when they hadn't done what I asked." These may not happen all the time, but treasure them when they do. Its moments like these that will carry us through the rougher ones. Meditate on the assurances of God and he will perfect you through his love.
 
Grace and Peace,
Natalie Claytor
family.ministries@mtmoriahumc.org
419.607.3140
1 John 4:18
TONIGHT at 7:30 pm 
We're launching a new Youth Group Online. For grades 6th-12th. Email 
family.ministries@mtmoriahumc.org to RSVP and get the Zoom link. 
You can also Text 419-607-3140
Sunday, February 14, at 2 pm
Join us for a photo scavenger hunt for all things Valentine! Every child will receive a goody bag and a take-home packet about Lent: Season of Love.
Sunday School is temporarily divided into two classes, Elementary and Youth. If you would like to be connected with a class, email family.ministries@mtmoriahumc.org. You can still dig into the Bible through these lessons at home!

Adult Sunday class will still be meeting at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.
PreK - 1st Grade Lesson
2nd - 5th Grade Lesson
6th - 8th Grade Lesson
9th - 12th Grade Lesson
Below are some fun activity sheets! If you do not have access to a printer, please call the church office and we would be happy to print them out for you to pick up!
Office: 513-752-1333           Hours: 10 am - 4 pm M-F
PreK - 1st Grade Activity
2nd - 5th Grade Activity
6th - 8th Grade Activity
9th - 12th Grade Activity
There will be six self-guided, meditation stations. Pastor Kerry will be there to give you an imposition of ashes on your hand using a cotton swab. Doug Heflin, our pianist, will provide a musical atmosphere for meditation and contemplation.
Click on the picture to register you and/or your family.
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