Preschool Devotions

Unshakable Pursuit

Living Nativity

Mary’s robe was a little lopsided, and she giggled as the sheep next to her nudged her leg. Joseph sat on a hay bale, or rather squirmed on a hay bale. Three dads stood behind Mary and Joseph, and I supposed they were the wise men. A goat stood at the side, eating the grass of our church lawn. Each year my church puts on a live Nativity on the evening of our choir’s Christmas program. Grown-ups and children portray the parts of the characters. The scene is complete with real, live animals. It makes a picture for people to stop and view for a few minutes before they step inside the church building for the choir program. Last year one of my Mission Friends was Mary, and she smiled and waved to me from the scene. Each year, there is always something that makes me think about the events of the real Christmas story. Last year, I wondered if Mary was an outgoing young woman who waved to people she knew as they passed by the stable.

Unshakable Pursuit

pursue God through study

“The chase is on . . . ”, “We are in pursuit . . . ”, “Ready or not . . . here I come”

What phrases do you think of when you hear the phrase unshakable pursuit? I mentally flip through books and movie phrases (and, of course, “hide-and-seek”). In these words, there is a sense that someone is coming after you. In some of the books or stories, a pursuit can be the good guys after the bad guys, the search for a missing jewel, or even solving a fantastic mystery. Our unshakable pursuit is to come to better know God including how He has been seeking after us. The Bible grants us so many great stories of how He is making Himself known!

Unshakable Pursuit

Pursuing God in prayer

I woke up in the morning with the hymn “More Love to Thee, O Christ” running through my head. The song is such a sweet prayer to God, and is one of desiring more devotion to God.

Unshakable Pursuit

Bible study

These little people literally run into our Mission Friends room each week. They have expectant looks on their faces as they ask, “What are we doing today?” In Mission Friends at my church, our preschoolers come to us from preschool choir each week, which is held in a classroom down the hall. They run into our room with excitement at the possibilities of what they might get to do in that session of Mission Friends. My co-teacher and I are ready for them with activities to help them learn how missionaries tell others about God’s love. We have to be ready, or it will be chaos when they arrive.

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3 Hearts

While walking in my neighborhood, I passed by a rock on the curb. I stopped and went back a couple steps to pick it up. It definitely looked like a heart shape. The next day at our office building, there was a table of squishy hearts to take one as a free giveaway. I also found a woven paper heart in the closet with our art supplies. These are a few different objects that are heart-shaped, but they look quite different from one another. The squishy heart is smooth and soft, and it is easy to hold in your hand and squeeze. The paper heart is cleverly made by weaving two colors of paper together. The rock is rough and dusty with lines and jagged edges.

Finding Your Rest

Study Scripture

Leading preschoolers to understand more of God is a daunting task. It can be fun! But it can also be exhausting. Where do they get all that energy from? It can be challenging to say the least.

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Linda Cooper

She is a petite woman who wears the cutest shoes, so how did she come to share about Jesus with a big rig truck driver? Linda Cooper, national WMU president, tells the most amazing stories about opportunities she has had in sharing the gospel with others. Once on a flight home from an overseas missions trip, a refugee family sat next to her on the plane. They were coming to the United States to be resettled. Though they spoke no English, by the end of the flight Linda had befriended them and they understood that she knew Jesus. Another time as she parked her car and started into the dental office where she works as a dental hygienist, she noticed a semi-truck was broken down in the parking lot. She spoke to the driver to offer help, though she did not know what she could possibly do to help out. Through their conversations that day, she shared the gospel with the driver and told him about Jesus’ love.

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Jesus’ love for people was evident as He reached out to others around him. As we read the gospels, we see the compassion He had for people. Read Matthew 9:36: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”(NIV1)

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“It’s all about relationships.” I must have heard that statement 100 times over the course of one summer. I served as the assistant director of the preschool program at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in North Carolina, and Marge Sherman served as our director. As I worked alongside Marge for the weeks of that summer, she focused on the importance of the relationships we formed with the preschoolers and their parents. She reiterated that relationships came first, above policies or programs. Her words made an impact on me over the years since that summer.

By All Means, Step into the World

First Steps

One of the big milestones in a preschoolers’ life is when he takes his first steps. We will even ask a parent, “Has he learned to walk yet?” We bend down, hold out our hands, and urge the little one to step toward us. Sometimes we stand behind him and hold his hands so he can step toward others. Learning to take those steps is important as preschoolers grow physically.

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