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The other day when I was checking out my Facebook page, much to my surprise, I read the following words that my adult son, Doug, had posted:

“Thankful for the ways that the Lord provides for my family.  He gave me a strong back and what seems to be a never ending supply of work with multiple different companies throughout the year.  He also gave me 2 great parents as examples of how to work and provide for a home as well.  I just wish that most of my generation and almost all of the generation behind me would realise (sic) that if you need something you WORK for it.”

Other than the misspelling and a couple grammar and punctuation faux pas, I could never have been prouder of my son.  He is currently working his full-time job and two part-time jobs so his wife can be home full-time with their two young children.

I tell you this for the purpose of letting any parent or anyone mentoring children know that the children REALLY are watching and listening.  All the years of feeling like you are talking to a brick wall will eventually pay off.  Now, all of you parents whose children have not crossed over into the abyss of the teen years won’t totally understand this, but trust me, the parents of current and former teenagers will totally “get it.”

I can remember praying for Doug, even before he was born, that God would give him a good work ethic and that he would see that work is a gift from God.  Raising a lazy child was actually somewhat of a fear I had.  And then it happened.  About the time he was getting old enough to REALLY do actual work, I thought my greatest nightmare had come true — a lazy child.  I wasn’t sure what to do about it, but I knew I had a VERY important battle calling me to the front lines — a battle worth fighting.  It is true that when rearing children, you have to pick your battles.  Parents — this one is worth the fight.

Helping your child realize that work is actually a blessing, not a curse, is not the accepted norm anymore.  Other parents make you feel like you’re a slave driver or something, but it was always my son who was first at baseball practice helping the coach unload the equipment and helping him rake the infield, etc., and the last one to leave helping coach get it all loaded up again while the other kids just showed up right on time to play and left the coaches to do all the work.  It was worth the extra time to get him to practice early and leaving late to teach him that if you want to play, you have to work.  No matter what kind of horrible parent you may appear to others for “making your child work,” if you stick to your guns, it could be your 29-year-old child someday posting something like this on Facebook.

Find ways to teach the kids in your Sunday school class how to work, even if it’s just assigning your regulars to come a little early and set up chairs or things of that nature.  Give them age-appropriate responsibilities.  Let them know you’re counting on them.  Teach them how to work and that work is a blessing in and of itself.  You could have a short help report each week where they can tell everyone something they did to help someone that week.  It gives them self-worth and a heart for others.  It helps them think outside of themselves.

Parents and kidmin workers, let’s not spoil our kids, no matter what the other kids and their parents are doing.  God will reward this.  I promise!

Kay Williams
Executive Assistant


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“God’s Special Redbirds”

Don’t you just love the sight of a bright red male cardinal sitting on a tree branch, especially in the wintertime with a white, snowy backdrop?  Well, sure.  Everyone does.  But, wow, they mean so much more to me than the average person.


I read a book one time, Redbirds and Rubies and Rainbows, by Marlene Evans that changed my life.  I am not really an avid book reader, but I had heard Marlene speak one time and then just had to read her book.  To sum up the book, Marlene was at a very, very low point in her life one time.  Although she was one of the most God-focused women I had ever met, she at that time truly felt like God was out of reach.  Being in a frame of mind that she had never found herself in, she cried out to God to do something just to let her get a glimpse of Him.

No sooner than she had begged God to reveal himself, a beautiful red cardinal came and perched on the windowsill right in front of her and looked straight at her as if to say, “I’m right here, Marlene.”  Now, she wasn’t sitting on her back patio in the springtime overlooking a woods sipping a cup of coffee.  No.  She was in the middle of Chicago in the dead of winter on a very cold, dark, and gloomy day.  She just knew in the depths of her heart that that was God, and then she knew everything was going to be okay.

Ever since I heard that story, cardinals have been a symbol to me of God’s presence and blessings in my life.  Every time I see one or even hear one singing in the trees, I stop and think about all the blessings God has given me and thank him right then and there.  I remember that, just like the cardinal has the tenacity to stay in the cold and icy winters of Indiana when most of the “sissy” birds migrate south for the winter, God sticks with us closer than a brother, through the tough and lonely times when everybody else has flown the coop and left us stranded.

Kay Williams
Executive Assistant 

“Slow Down and Love One Another”

I am writing to you today from my favorite Sunday afternoon lunch stop, Panda Express.   I wasn’t planning on writing this today but I was inspired after hearing two families that had never met exchange pleasantries and then go into a rather deep conversation about their lives and children. How refreshing it is to see someone take time and actually care for someone they don’t know. It amazes me how we go through our daily lives without really investing in the people we are surrounded by. I am not talking about our spouses, our children or even those we minister to on Sunday mornings.

A few weeks ago I was traveling from San Diego back to my hometown Indianapolis.  While in the airport listening to my favorite praise and worship channel my eyes began to tear up. For no reason other than the love that God has put in my soul for others. As I watched the hundreds maybe even thousands scurry to their next connection I couldn’t help but think many of those folks were lost souls that are living their lives without this love that I have in my heart, mind and soul. I spent much of my life this way and I can understand the emptiness they must be feeling. Now I can’t say that I have been perfect the last few days sharing the gospel with everyone I have come in contact with as I hurry through my life, but I do believe I have taken Matthew 22:39 “And the second like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” a whole lot more serious. Such a simple command but one I believe we all struggle with. I am asking Jesus to teach me how to slow down and love intentionally, deeply, and sacrificially as I move throughout this week. I hope this is your prayer as well.

I hope you all have a LOVE drenched week and don’t miss out on a chance to love on the children in your ministry!

Corey Wilson
Director of Ministry Development

“The Cornerstone of Community”

Recently, I have become engrossed in the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Through biblegateway.com, I daily receive the “40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer” devotionals. Today and for the past few days, Bonhoeffer has discussed the challenges of Christian Community. Ironically, this is something that I have personally been struggling with for the past few weeks so the Lord obviously knew that I needed this. Being hurt, offended, and trampled over is no fun and it’s sad that it happens within the Church.
But Bonhoeffer states:
“It is not the experience of Christian community, but firm and certain faith within Christian community that holds us together. “
It’s easy to think that since we are in ministry, we all just naturally get along…haha I wish! But we’re all different and sometimes differences can be hindrances. But just as Bonhoeffer says, it’s our faith that holds us together as a community!
So if you’re dealing with frustration, struggles or pain from other people, remember that you are still part of a Body where Christ is the Cornerstone. Regardless of personality conflicts, emotional reactions, and differences of opinions, we are still the Bride of Christ and we’re a unit called by God to serve and glorify Him.
Brittany Davis
Global Networking Specialist
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