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June 6, 2014

Family Friday Favorite

Here’s a favorite Family Friday post from the stuhodges.com vault. As school winds down for the year, use the summer to practice prayer with your kids! 

It’s time for…Family Friday! Can I just be honest with you? ”God is great, God is good” just isn’t cutting it! Neither is, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” I want to teach my kids the value of prayer which means that I have to teach them how to pray. Memorized nursery rhymes are great “starters” for your kids, but as they get older, it’s important that you help them use their own words to talk to God. The problem is, many times our kids aren’t quite sure what to say to God. That’s when it’s your turn to step in! Here are some ideas that I use with my kids to help them pray bigger prayers than “thank you for the meat, let’s eat!”

– Praying for others is really important. I’ll sometimes ask my kids to pray for a friend at school who is having a hard time or pray for someone we know that is sick.

– When we’re trying to make an important decision, I’ll direct my kids to pray for wisdom from God…ask God what we should do.

– Being thankful is often overlooked in prayer. Last night, I told my kids to thank God for 10 things and ask Him for only 1. I came back in the room a few minutes later and they updated me on their prayers.

– After we read the Bible using either the Waters Edge web notes or the Kid Kraze God Time card, I will ask them to pray about what we just read.

These are just little ways that we teach the value of prayer and help our kids practice it in their own lives!

February 14, 2014

Family Friday – Valentine’s Week

Tabitha, my wife, is so good about creating strategic teachable moments and special memories for our family. She often does this around holidays, as it seems to be the best time to capture our kids’ attention and do something out of the ordinary. For Valentine’s Day, she creates our very own home post office!

Encouragement is a big deal around our house. We want to teach our kids the value of sharing encouraging words and thoughts. What better time to do this than Valentine’s Week? Tabitha has setup 5 mini-mailboxes (1 per person) along with paper, pen, stickers, etc… We’re challenging our kids and ourselves to write a short note of encouragement every day to someone in our family and place it in their mailbox.

I wish you could experience the excitement of going to your mailbox every day to find a note. It’s a great way to build memories and reinforce the value of encouragement.

March 29, 2013

Family Friday: Easter Prep

This is how Tabitha prepared our kids for Easter last year!  Feel free to steal a few of the ideas and use them with your kids over the next 2 days!

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We read Matthew 21:1-11 (The Triumphal Entry). We waved glow sticks as our modern day palm branches during the story. I also thought about having a dance party as a celebration, but they were too tired! We didn’t get any pictures because it was…well dark!


We read Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16 (Plotting of Jesus’ death & Judas’ betrayal). We talked about what a sticky situation this was and we made gak or goo (you can google those words and find tons of instructions to make it).
 

We read Matthew 26:17-30 (The Last Supper). We watched the Prince of Egypt so that they would understand the Passover Feast and then I actually talked through the Lords Supper with bread and juice. Brayden’s idea was to flatten the bread for us so that it looked unleavened (ha!).
 

We read Matthew 26:36-56 (The Garden of Gethsemane). We read this Scripture in our little garden. I think that this was my favorite thing that we did.
 

We read Matthew 26:57-67, 27:11-66 (Jesus’ Crucifixion). We made these beautiful pictures using oil pastels and watercolors. The kids loved these!
 

We read Matthew 28 (Jesus’ Resurrection). We made Resurrection Rolls. We put marshmallows inside of croissants and after you bake them, they completely melt into the bread. The kids loved the taste (Brayden ate 3 of them) and I loved the picture that they made!
 

March 15, 2013

Family Friday

As we prepare to celebrate WEC’s 10-year birthday, I asked my family what their favorite WEC moments are from the past 10 years. It was tough narrowing them down, but here they are:

Taylor: seeing my friend Jen Jen get baptized (and the Stu Hodges style video).
Emma: Kid Kraze beach blast was the best!
Brayden: watching my friends get baptized.
Tabitha: The day we gave and announced the total for the Big Dream (the campaign that funded the Yorktown building). On that same day our good friend Brett gave his life to Jesus and got baptized!
Me: Baptizing Brayden (and lots more) on the Yorktown land in a huge above ground swimming pool.

We can’t wait to celebrate these moments and more this Sunday at our big 10-year birthday celebration. See you at 10:30 at the Hampton University Convocation Center.

January 25, 2013

Family Friday

Here’s a Family Friday post from the stuhodges.com vault. A fun game to play after your kids warm up from playing in the snow!

I’m doing a series of Friday posts to help families ramp it up! I’m convinced that one of the best ways to build memories, increase interaction, and strengthen your family is to play together! At the Hodges house, we play a lot. From time to time, I’ll talk about the games we play and my friends will ask me for more details because this isn’t the norm at their house. So, today I want to introduce you to a game we played this week that my kids absolutely loved! It’s simple, quick, and FREE. Tabitha and I learned it at our Community Group and taught it to our kids. It’s perfect for kindergarten age all the way up to adults.

I have no idea what to name this game, but here’s how you play: each member of the family writes down 4 – 5 words on individual cards and places the words into a hat or bowl. The game is played in a series of rounds. During each round, every member of the family gets 30 seconds to draw a word (or words as time allows) out of the hat and describe that word using the methods below. If the word is guessed, the “guesser” keeps that word until the end of the round and the “describer” draws another word until their 30 seconds is up. At the end of the round (after everyone has “described”), you tally the cards that each “guesser” has as points and return the cards to the hat/bowl for the next round. You use the same words every round.

Round 1: describe the word using any words except the word
Round 2: describe the word using motions only and no words
Round 3: describe the word using only 1 word
Round 4: describe the word using only 1 sound

Have fun and see you on Sunday!

June 1, 2012

Family Friday

It’s time for…Family Friday!  Can I just be honest with you?  “God is great, God is good” just isn’t cutting it!  Neither is, “Now I lay me down to sleep…”  I want to teach my kids the value of prayer which means that I have to teach them how to pray.  Memorized nursery rhymes are great “starters” for your kids, but as they get older, it’s important that you help them use their own words to talk to God.  The problem is, many times our kids aren’t quite sure what to say to God.  That’s when it’s your turn to step in!  Here are some ideas that I use with my kids to help them pray bigger prayers than “thank you for the meat, let’s eat!”

– Praying for others is really important.  I’ll sometimes ask my kids to pray for a friend at school who is having a hard time or pray for someone we know that is sick.

– When we’re trying to make an important decision, I’ll direct my kids to pray for wisdom from God…ask God what we should do.

– Being thankful is often overlooked in prayer.  Last night, I told my kids to thank God for 10 things and ask Him for only 1.  I came back in the room a few minutes later and they updated me on their prayers.

– After we read the Bible using either the Waters Edge web notes or the Kid Kraze God-time card, I will ask them to pray about what we just read.

These are just little ways that we teach the value of prayer and help our kids practice it in their own lives!

April 6, 2012

Family Friday

My wife Tabitha has done an amazing job this week helping our kids embrace the true meaning of Easter. As parents, it is our greatest responsibility and privilege to instruct our children about faith and help them embrace faith as their own. Tab works hard to create fun memories and special moments for our family at every special occasion and holiday, but she really went above and beyond this week in preparation for Easter. I’m hoping she will blog soon about the daily activities, but in the meantime I thought I would highlight a few of our teachable moments so that you might come up with some of your own.

– we had a movie night and watched The Prince Of Egypt. This gave us a great way to talk about the Passover and that Jesus was the payment for our sin.
– Tabitha made “goo” with the kids and together they read how Jesus was betrayed, arrested, and sentenced to crucifixion. The “goo” was a reminder that it was a “sticky situation.”
– Tab read the story of the garden of Gethsemane outside with the kids in our own little garden. The environment made the story come to life.
– We’ve been talking a lot about who to invite to church and why it’s important.

These are just a few ideas that we used with our kids. I hope you’re taking advantage of this opportunity to do more than easter egg hunts and easter bunny gifts. Point your kids to Jesus, His death, and His resurrection!

February 3, 2012

Family Friday

“What to say to your kids about Jesus”

Your greatest responsibility as a parent is your greatest opportunity as a parent…telling your kids about Jesus. The fact is that most parents simply do not know what to say to their kids about Jesus. Most parents have no idea where to begin in explaining sin or salvation. When our kids finally begin to express interest in baptism, we’re not quite sure how to help them. As a parent, I know how tough this can be! You want to make sure you say the right thing, in the right way, with the right words, at the right time. It’s a lot of pressure. So unfortunately, many parents just disregard their responsibility and miss the opportunity to lead their kids into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

But that’s all about to change!

I’m so excited about a brand new experience created by our Family Ministry Team called The Big Splash! http://www.watersedgechurch.net/thebigsplash . We’re going to help you and your kids understand salvation and baptism and give you common language to use so you can discuss it together. Finally, we’ll send you home with some homework so that you will know exactly what to say to your kids about Jesus!

December 23, 2011

Family Friday

Today is Christmas Eve Eve and there’s no doubt about it…things are a little crazy around our house.  Here are few details about the Christmas Season @ the Hodges house that you might want to know as we celebrate Family Friday.

  • Our team began planning our Christmas Eve services in August, but the real grunt work always happens during the 3 weeks leading up to Christmas.  That means that there are lots of meetings, tons of stress, and loads of very interesting video shoots.  My family knows this is what we signed up for and we’re all in this together.  Everyone is very understanding of my schedule.
  • Tabitha does 99.9% of all the shopping and wrapping.  She is an amazing gift-giver and while we discuss most “big gift ideas”, she executes the ideas and makes it happen.  Without her, Christmas gifts would = gift cards!
  • Speaking of Tabitha, this year she took on the “room mom” responsibilities for all 3 of our kid’s classes.  That means she planned 3 “holiday” parties and organized loads of parents.  If anyone is interested, I’ll convince her to share pictures in a future Family Friday of her craft and decorating ideas.  She is amazing.
  • On Christmas Eve this year, Tabitha’s parents, her sister and brother-in-law, and our niece will be spending the night and celebrating Christmas morning with us!  Full house = lots of fun.
  • My brother and his family will be joining us post-Christmas and we’ll celebrate with my side of the family on Tuesday.
  • My favorite Christmas tradition is reading the Christmas story by candlelight on Christmas Eve just before the kids go to bed.
  • The week after Christmas, we’re OFF!  No work, lots of play, and plenty of family time.  This means, no BLOG!

From my family to yours… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

November 18, 2011

Family Friday

First Things First in the Morning…

I’m usually still at home when the kids wake up so one of the things I love is to spend a few minutes with them over breakfast before I head to the office.  Up until recently, we had pretty hectic mornings.  The kids would wake up, cut on their favorite cartoon, daze off into the TV screen while they eat, and then make a mad scramble to get dressed and out the door. Honestly, I wasn’t setting them up for the most successful morning.  So now, it’s “first things first.”  Here’s what that looks like:

  • No TV until everything else has been done – which usually means, no TV at all!
  • While the kids eat their breakfast, we either review their memory verse from Kid Kraze or do the daily devotional using the God Time Card from Kid Kraze.
  • Before everyone scatters to get dressed, we pray for the day.

While I think they miss their cartoons in the morning, I believe that “first things first” is a great principle to model to your kids.