How I’m Teaching Our Kids To Meditate

After watching Zootopia more times than I care to disclose, I realized my kids had a warped view of meditation. They would re-enact one of the scenes where a hilarious hippy creature chants “OM” and then it hit me: I better get proactive about teaching them how to meditate God’s way before they think “OM” is the truth!

Why meditate? 2 Corinthians 3:18 says it this way:

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

I want that! For all of us!

So let’s take the mystery out of it, OK?

To Meditate simply means to attend to, to practice, to ponder and imagine.

So the way I do this with our kids is:

1. We pick a verse, any verse. Easy, right?

“A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1″

 

2. We repeat it whole several times to get a feel for it. My 3 & 6 year-old enjoy some hand motions. If they’re older, have them copy it into a prayer journal. Make it fun but simple!

3. We take a word at a time and define it in our own terms.

Courage (my 3 year-old), repeat after me: A soft answer (pause) turns away wrath (pause).
Q. What does “soft” mean, Courage?
A: “Soft is like… hmmm… like a stuffy! Soft and cuddly”

Courage, wrath is like an angry face with a bad attitude… show me a “wrath face”.

Q: Caleb (my 7 year-old), can you think of somewhere else you’ve heard the word “harsh?”
A: Pause… nope, nothing.

Q: Maybe like a “Harsh winter?”
A: (Light bulb comes on) Oh yeah! Like getting snowed in, or having all your animals die on the farm… or things falling apart because of the harsh cold.

Q: Is that constructive or destructive?
A: DEstructive.

Q: Imagine one word can be like that!

Q. Savanna, (9 year-old), how could you stir up a hornet’s nest?
A: By shooting my arrow through it!

Q: What would happen?
A: I better ruuuuuuuun!

You get the picture. You help them (and yourself) take one beautiful word at a time and hold it up to the light and compare it to others. Define it. Play with it a bit. Enjoy the insight.

And last but not least:

4. Practice it. I’ll bring up actual situations that have happened in the last few hours or so and play it with both scenarios. I may even have them act it out.

The beautiful thing about doing this with your family is that you get so much out of it! My new aha! moment when we did this verse is this:

When I “soft answer” somebody who is about to get upset, it will turn away their wrath. But, (I LOVE THIS!) when I answer softly because I’m on the brink of madder-than-a-hornet, I turn away my OWN wrath! WOW! So, my harsh words only stir up my anger further! That is the complete opposite of what I thought… I thought I was supposed to vent! Ha! Oh well, there went that!

On that note, some of my favorite books for taking great verses and helping us meditate are Crossroads of Character for littles (2-8) and the Character Trails for the older kids (6-12) . These are affiliate links, if you purchase them by clicking here, you will be supporting our work at no extra cost to you!

Meditation is not a huge lesson to tackle. Start small and keep it simple. You will be teaching your children a life-long skill that will be for the Glory of our Creator and give them a tool for success!

Learning to Say Enough

Here’s another great thought that helps us answer the Busyness issue so many of us face. Personally, this one really hits home for me (Celina), and I’m glad I’ve got Brad reminding me of this very thing on a consistent basis! Now you can have him reminding you too!

Being busy is a badge of honor in our culture. Join us as we rethink what it means to be busy! Don’t forget to leave a comment!

Just Breathe

God's Design In the Midst of a Busy Life

Have you ever felt like you need more hours in the day? Or a few extra hands to get more done? Personally, a transporter from Star Trek would be a dream come true! We may have different personalities and ways of handling life, but I think we can all agree that life is FULL, and FAST, and, and, and BUSY! I want to give you a snapshot into my life and how God has been faithful to nudge me in the right direction. It starts with Breathe. Just breathe.

But first, do you have your coffee yet? Ok! Let me be honest…

I’m a doer. Efficiency is my middle name. “Getter done!” is a basic phrase in my vocabulary. I’m also organized. I like things done properly and in order. There is a place for everything and everything is in it’s place. I can be pretty focused once I find a groove.

But I also have an awesome husband whom I help and 5 beautiful, creative and energetic children whom I homeschool and have on loan from God.

These two arenas of life seemingly do not mix. I’ll either “getter done” and run right over everyone, or I’ll allow the chaos and activity to take over and give up on engaging with how God designed me.

For years I’ve been reading about organizing your day, your home, your office space, your time. I’m all about prayerfully considering what God wants our family to do, in which direction He wants us to head, then making bite-size steps that will ensure the important things are getting done. We ask a lot of why questions. We will not just go with the flow of our societal culture. And because I’ve done this for a looooong time, it’s now familiar territory to me. BUT…

God has been speaking to me lately about committing my way to Him. He’s pleased with where we’re at, so it’s not a correction per se. But He’s taking me to the next step. He wants me, in the midst of working the general plan, to be aware of Him directing my path.

Read this…

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Proverbs 3:5-6The Message (MSG)

I know it’s busy. I know chaos just comes with the territory. I almost have to hand out numbers to my kids when they want to ask me questions! I get it! But I encourage you to realize that not only is this a temporary phase of life, but that there’s a greater purpose than you could ever imagine. Right? We know that’s God’s Design, right? (Eph. 3:20) So…

Breathe. Just breathe.

This is a new favorite song of mine… I hope it blesses you.

Question: How about you? What helps you find God’s design when life gets busy? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

¡Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!

Un caluroso saludo (y unas cuantas fotos) para desearles todo el gozo de estas celebraciones. Un gran abrazo!

¡Y gracias por ser  parte de nuestra vida!

A greeting (and a few pictures) wishing you all the joy this Christmas season brings. And like I said in the slide…

Thank you for being a part of our life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reformed Trick-or-Treat

Halloween has been one of those tricky (Ha! No pun intended!) festivities for our family. I used to be the type to just shut the door and turn off the lights… You can read our first post about it here.

But I just KNOW there’s a way we can tailor this time to express our family core values… none of which have to do with death, fear, or darkness.

Teamwork, Hospitality, Adventure, Truth & Service (we call these the Holliman THATS) now THAT’S worth expressing! THAT’S what we’re all about.
So… this year we finally put feet to an idea that’s been brewing for a while: Reverse Trick-or-treat. 

La Crianza de Nuestros Hijos

Un Corto Extracto de nuestro eBook

Este es un corto extracto del eBook que estamos terminando. Algunos preguntan si es suficiente enviar a nuestros hijos a una clase dominical para que aprendan de Dios. Pues aquí te damos algunas cosas qué masticar por ahora! Ya tienes tu cafecito listo? Okey, sentémonos a platicar.

Seeking Significance Pt. 5

This is the last of a 5-part video conversation about Seeking Significance in a success-driven world. Thank you for staying with us as we walk through such an important subject!

I love what was said about one of the main lies from our enemy: “You don’t matter”, and what an easy target we make when we aren’t in meaningful relationships with others.

Question: What do you need to give more significance to? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

 

True Satisfaction VS Stinky Britches

Bless the Lord, O my soul…Who satisfies your mouth, your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation with good so that your youth renewed is like the Eagles, strong, overcoming, soaring. (Psalm 103:1-5 AMPC)

I’ve been dealing with a bad attitude lately. Yes, around here we call it the stinky britches attitude. One where I started slipping into discontentment because I thought I wasn’t getting enough alone / me / my interests time. The truth is my husband was giving me plenty of time to write, read and do other things.

Are you ready for this? I thought…