The Orchard Blog

Choosing GRATEFULNESS over GREED by kathrynegly
November 6, 2008, 3:10 pm
Filed under: Orchard Kids

Gratitude = Thankfulness + Action

Here are 6 practical ways to help your children be grateful, not greedy!

1. Don’t say yes to everything your child wants! If you give too much, they won’t appreciate what they have and can become ungrateful.  Show them how to earn money, save it and spend WISELY!

2. Cultivate thanksgiving in prayer and encourage your children to do the same. Find things to THANK God for, rather than just spending all your prayer time ASKING for things.

3. At dinnertime ask each person to share something he or she is thankful for.

4. Avoid trying to “keeping up with the Jones” (and I don’t mean the Mike Joneses). Remember, more is caught than taught!

5. Serve together as a family. At Hesed House, at The Orchard, at a nursing home, on a missions trip, or at the Christmas Toy Drive.

6. Teach your children that God’s blessings don’t always include “STUFF” :)! There will always be families with more STUFF, but that doesn’t mean that they are more BLESSED!

How does your family chooses gratitude over greed?

Posted by Kathryn Egly

Nagging Not Needed! by orchardblog
November 4, 2008, 2:23 pm
Filed under: Orchard Kids, Parenting, Weekend Gatherings

Pastor Scott gave a great talk this weekend on BOUNDARIES.  If you are a parent I would HIGHLY recommend that you read the book Boundaries with Kids.

The book is easy to read and  teaches parents how to use consequences effectively – so you no longer need to nag, yell or make threats to get your kids to obey!

Posted by Kathryn Egly

Let’s show our GRATITUDE!! by orchardblog
November 4, 2008, 12:03 pm
Filed under: The Orchard

This month we are talking about GRATITUDE in Wahabu Land.

We are going to explore how to stop the busyness and “you owe me” excuses and remind ourselves exactly what has been done for us. We will take time to just say thank you. We will remember how others have helped us. We won’t let an entitlement mentality infect our thinking, causing the wrong attitude to spoil our gratitude. We are going to make sure we let others know we see how they’ve helped us and take time to celebrate what God has done for us!

Stay tuned for ways to help your family move away from ENTITLEMENT and towards GRATITUDE!

Posted by Kathryn Egly

Don’t Forget To Turn Back Your Clocks! by Mike Jones
November 1, 2008, 10:35 pm
Filed under: The Orchard

Great night at the Orchard tonight!

Those of you who will be here for the Sunday services, don’t forget to change your clocks back an hour tonight… yes it’s time to fall back. That means an extra hour of sleep for some of you.

Those who don’t turn your clocks back – we’ll see you early tomorrow 😉