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Pastor's Blog - Five ways to love our kids, grandkids, and others

Five ways to love our kids, grandkids, and others

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Five items to call to your attention:

1. EASTER FOR KIDS - Tomorrow, 9 to 11:45 am

The best gift to give our children... the certainty that Jesus lives as their Savior. Register your children here or share the link with your friends and neighbors. 

There is a frightening substance abuse epidemic that is taking the lives of so many people, especially our youth. Next week there are two programs I would encourage you to attend so you can help the children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and others in your life.

2. WAKE UP CALL: Monday, March 26 at Muskego High School

Wake-Up Call is a life-size of a teen's bedroom with more than 20 "red flags" that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. 

7th and 3rd grade parent Jenny Haag says, "The Wake Up Call was a wonderful opportunity to gain knowledge and prepare myself with extra tools in the ever changing world of being a parent!  As a parent of children in a Christian school, I fully believe God guides my family through this journey of life.  However, I am not naive to the temptations my children may encounter. This one hour presentation was eye opening to the “red flags” of drug and alcohol abuse.  I walked away with additional handouts and resources; as well as, the knowledge of what to look for and how to start conversations about difficult topics.  

7th and 4th grade parent Cherie Esmeier says, "This program is well worth your time.  The presenter speaks from her own personal experience and is passionate about helping parents educate themselves so they can spot signs of drug and alcohol use by their children.  The experience was eye opening. The family who started this program has many similarities to the families in our church and school. The effects of drugs/alcohol abuse knows no boundaries or zip codes.  The content was relatable, impactful and I learned a lot from the experience."

3. SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION EVENT: Wed, March 28 at Greendale High School 

See the attached flyer. One of the organizers of this event is St. Paul's member Kathy Radloff who serves as Health Officer for the Hales Corners Health Department. 

4. FAITH IN BATTLE: DISCUSSION OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND CHRIST-CENTERED HELP: Sun, March 25 at 6:30 pm at Wisconsin Lutheran College

The Christian Women's Leadership Circle at WLC is sponsoring this discussion about mental health issues. The student organizer Ayla Starr attended one of our services here at St. Paul's and heard a message about Faith in the Battle (watch it here) and as a result asked me to share the hope that Christ brings, especially to those who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts or know someone who is in that battle.  The community is invited. See the attached flyer

5. PRAYING THROUGH A CHILD'S ROOM

These events remind me of a prayer from The Power of a Praying Parent, page 128 about praying in your child's room. 

Lord, I invite your Holy Spirit to dwell in this room, which belongs to (name of child). You are Lord over heaven and earth, and I proclaim that You are Lord over this room as well. Flood it with Your light and life. Crowd out any darkness which seeks to impose itself here, and let no spirits of fear, depression, anger, doubt, anxiety, rebelliousness, or hatred (name anything you've seen manifested in your child's behavior) find any place here. I pray that nothing will come into this room that is not approved by You, Lord. If there is anything here that shouldn't be, show me so it can be taken out.

Put your complete protection over this room so that evil cannot enter here by any means. Fill this room with Your love, peace and joy. I pray that my child will say, as David did, "I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes" (Psalm 101:2-3). I pray that You, Lord, will make this room a holy place, sanctified for Your glory. In Jesus' name I pray. 

Your brother in the kingdom and the suffering and the patient endurance that are ours in Christ Jesus (Revelation 1:9),

Pastor Pete

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