JakeIn the Jeremy’s Scarecrow book, Jeremy learns that “friendship is a powerful thing.” The older I am now at 66, the more I realize that true friendships last a lifetime. I recently connected with a childhood friend who now is part of the Tikvah team. We hadn’t spoken in years and yet when I gave her a call and we reconnected, it was as if we never missed a beat. Oh, we had a lot of catching up to do on how life had happened during our time of separation; there were deaths and births and stories to tell, but our genuine love and friendship was intact.

When we find we have drifted apart from the Lord because of the busyness of life it only takes a call from our heart to reconnect. His ear is attuned to our call and He longs to hear us tell our story. He has been watching and praying, always waiting to hear our voice. My friend needed to be brought up to speed. My Lord has continually been making intercession before the Father’s throne for me.

There was an old hymn titled “What a friend we have in Jesus.” Here are the first two verses,

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

The simplicity of the words are truly comforting like the simple song “Jesus loves me / this I know / for the Bible tells me so!”

What greater gift can we teach our children than the gift of friendship Jesus offers? He promises to be with them in all the daily joys and struggles of life even when we are not available. I believe we need to help them develop their sanctified imagination to picture Jesus walking and talking with them throughout the day.

Jeremy’s dad and mom used the friendship he had with Jake the scarecrow to teach him about using his imagination to develop character. In the parent – teacher section of that book I have included talking points to help you lead your child on the path of understanding what real friendship is, like learning to be a good listener and taking care of things that are important to your friend.

There is not better listener in our life than Jesus. He also wants us to be a good listener so we can hear his voice. He has much to share with us and our children. He speaks through His word and our life situations, but He also speaks to our hearts if we learn to have a quiet time with Him.

Your child is never too young to learn to listen to the quite voice of their best friend, Jesus . Ask the Lord for creativity to cultivate that in your child. Remember that each child is unique and we too must listen to the voice of the Lord to train each child He gives us in the way they should go.

Here is a delightful story book to direct your child to imagine the goodness of God, as a mom teaches her little one about flying above the storms of life.

Firebird is a bright orange baby oriole who just loves the sunshine. But whenever a storm blows in, he frets and asks Mama why God allows the rain to take the sun away. When Firebird is finally old enough, his mother gently instructs him to fly up through the thunder and lightning to see what’s on the other side. Firebird by Brent McCorkle and Amy Parker. (Ages 4 to 8 on and Amazon)



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