I recently ran across a quote posted somewhere with a serene-looking photo that went like this:
"Prayer: How to feel like you are doing something helpful when you are really doing nothing."
I'll have to say the ending of the quote took me by surprise. I had to read it a few times to make sure I understood what it said and then I kind of felt hijacked for a minute.
When I started to think about it, however, I was sad for the person who penned the words as they (and the people who share it) are missing out on one of the most rewarding endeavors of life.
My desire is that our students at ICA will be able to experience the hope, joy and peace of trusting Jesus with the challenges life brings their way. We want them to know God does listen, he does hear and he does answer, though not always in the way we think he should. I John 5:14 says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."
He does hear. Sometimes prayer changes us, sometimes it changes circumstances, and sometimes it does both. Sometimes the answer is actually a no, but prayer is powerful as we learn to pray according to God's will.
I would encourage you to share stories with your children of times you have prayed and God has come through for you. Share the small things as well as the big things. My family and my husband's family have stories that are passed down of times God has un-deniably given protection or brought healing to a member of our family. Sharing these kinds of stories with your children builds their faith and encourages them to become bold pray-ers.
Next week we will be initiating Quest #3 for 4th quarter, which involves prayer. Our students will be encouraged to build a habit of praying on their way to school. Whether it's in a car, on the vanpool or on a bus, we will encourage them to silently or with their family pray about three things: That...
1. I would be thankful
2. I would treat others well
3. I would do the right thing today - even when no one is looking
If you (or your student, if they are old enough) keep a tally sheet for each day they do this, they'll receive 5 house points for each day they participate.
"Good habits formed in youth make all the difference." ~Aristotle
I hope you'll take time to peruse the attached MT!
Island Christian ACademy
Decidedly Academic - Distinctively Christian.
A few of our wax museum participants
Electives week with Detective Farr from Island County
Service Project, Langley
High School students visit the capital building in Olympia
Spelling bee winners
Sno-Isle Skill Center graduate and ICA senior
Secondary Leadership Retreat
Community service project at the Island County Fairgrounds
Northwest Institute of the Literary Arts winners