It is estimated that parents have 3000 hours of intentional time with their kids each year. The Kids Team knows that those hours are vital in the social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of your kids. In 2019, we want to encourage and challenge you to find rhythms in your home that are engaging, creative, fun and allow for natural conversations about faith and Jesus. Every month a staff member from the Kids Ministry Team will share an idea from their family rhythm that will guide you in making those 3000 hours a year a little more intentional. Join us each month by sharing how you incorporated the month’s challenge in your home. Post your family experiences to social media using #mhcfamilychallenge for chances to win prizes and encourage other families to join the challenge!

See What You See

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers | L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Fall is my favorite (said with the same enthusiasm as Buddy the Elf when he is talking about Christmas) ! My love for fall runs deep with cooler temperatures, stunning colors in nature, football season, and all my favorite foods. For our family the beginning of fall is welcomed as a transition season that allows us time to decompress after the hustle and bustle of summer and the start of the school year. It lets us redefine and adjust to our new routine. Much like the start of a new year, the start of a new season is an ideal time to pause and reawaken our senses.

Something that has become a standard phrase in our family is ‘see what you see.’  It truly means to take a break from your thoughts, frustrations, or pressures and just take in your surroundings through all your senses. I encourage you to take time as a family this month to ‘see what you see.’  This might be on a walk around the block, a drive or hike in the mountains, or playing in your own backyard. Take thirty minutes this month as a family with no real agenda and just enjoy what God has blessed you with and awaken your senses to those vibrant colors, crunching leaves, sweet pumpkin treats, cozy sweaters, apple and nutty aromas. See how the start of fall can help you to see, hear, taste, touch and smell a little deeper.

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