Quotable Timeless Tuesdays: FAITH

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Young children are filled with faith.

When I look at the galaxies on a clear night, when I look at the incredible brilliance of creation, and think that this is what God is like, then instead of feeling intimidated and diminished by it, I am enlarged…I rejoice that I am part of it.” Madeleine L’Engle

They believe all kinds of outrageous stories…the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and so on.

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

They trust that their needs will be met by their parents…food, shelter and love.

The heart that is generous and kind most resembles God.” Robert Burns

They hold out their small hands for us to guide them along the path we choose for them.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

If only we, as adults, could retain that childlike trust and faith.

Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.”Rabindranath Tagore

They say that with faith, all things are possible.

I truly believe that and I know that it is especially important for parents of young children to have faith…as they raise their children in this difficult and often dangerous world.  

Faith in themselves.

Faith in their children.

Faith in a Creator, Higher Power, Universal Being…call it what you will…it will give you strength and peace of mind.

I would rather err on the side of faith than on the side of doubt.”Robert Schuller

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The Final Lesson of Nanny McPhee: HAVE FAITH!

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 Have you heard what Jesus said according to Matthew 17:20?

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move.”

We hear a lot about faith…but what is it really?

The dictionary defines faith as, “Confident belief in the truth, value or trustworthiness of a person, idea or thing.  It is a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.”

In the Nanny McPhee movies, the final lesson for the children is: HAVE FAITH!

As parents, I guess we need to answer two questions.

1.     Do young children need to have faith?

2.     How can we “teach” our children to have faith?

For me, the answer to the first question is a definite YES!  Children need to have faith…in themselves, in their parents and other caregivers, and in the natural order of the universe.

Regarding question two, we can “teach” children to have faith in two easy steps:

1.     Have faith in yourself…set goals and follow through until you reach them.  Also, work towards realizing your dreams.

2.     Have faith in your children…show them you believe in them by listening to their concerns and opinions with respect.  Encourage their strengths and support and praise their good efforts.  Be consistent about expecting them to accept the appropriate consequences for their actions.

A wonderful example of a child who had tremendous faith in himself and in the natural order of the universe can be found in a classic children’s picture book, THE CARROT SEED, written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crocket Johnson.  A little boy plants a carrot seed and always remembers to water it and pull up the weeds.  Although he doesn’t get any encouragement from his family, he continues to care for it.  His hard work and faith are rewarded when the carrot seed grows…into an enormous carrot plant!  When the little boy pulls the mature carrot plant out of the ground, the carrot is SO BIG; he needs a wheelbarrow to cart it away.

In my new parenting book, you will find two activities that extend this learning activity: planting a carrot seed and making carrot soup. 

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I hope you enjoyed the Lessons of Nanny McPhee.   I had fun writing them and I loved reading your comments. J