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Devotional Thoughts with Stephanie Hurd

Posted by Stephanie Hurd on Oct 5, 2020 2:51:50 PM

My Anxious Brain

My brain likes to trick me, and it’s good at it. If you have an anxious brain, like I do, maybe you can relate. My brain sends my body danger signals when there is no danger. My body believes my brain and reacts by initiating safety protocols of fight, flight, or freeze (along with physical symptoms such as sweaty palms, racing heart, nausea, paralysis, etc.). My clever brain also likes to trick my spirit. I used to assume my anxious and fearful feelings were the Holy Spirit trying to warn me of a threat. I would get on an airplane and think, these fools don’t even know we’ll probably be dead soon (and it was up to me to pray us all the way to a safe landing). Once Dave (my husband) and I left the kids home with popcorn and a movie. As we drove off, I remembered a story about a child who choked on popcorn and got brain damage. I was certain the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about this and I began to fret. Then something wonderful happened. A different thought slipped through a crack in my brain: What if I’m worrying about nothing? I prayed for their safety and then added, “Lord, if this is from you, please tell me. If it’s not, then help me forget about it. Replace my fear with peace.” I soon became distracted and had a lovely evening (nobody choked, either). That particular fear-thought-loop got broken. After that night, I started to “test the spirit” (so-to-speak) and ask the Lord to redirect worrisome thoughts that were not from Him.

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Topics: Insider, Women, Devotional

Want to Write a DEVOTIONAL for our Newsletter?

Posted by Andrea Stephens on Oct 5, 2020 2:48:04 PM

Have you noticed we have various women who write our monthly devotional? Devotions lead us to the heart of God and help us live as a disciple. They can stir us and direct us to the scripture in a way we can apply to our everyday life. Our newsletter needs devotionals that are story based, share a struggle, and show what God taught you based on a specific scripture. Want to give it a try?

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Topics: Women, volunteer

Night of Joy Recap

Posted by Andrea Stephens on Oct 5, 2020 2:45:09 PM



Thursday night, September 17, found the church sanctuary filled with nearly 200 women having a good time together. The creative songs of Camille & Haley had us smiling and then standing to join in singing I’m proud to be an American…God Bless the USA! Then came the comedy of Amy Barnes. I’m not sure which joke or funny story I liked the best—wearing Yoga pants to go to Target, the hamster that died twice, or the thigh-gap giving way to the pie-gap! Amy was not just talented in writing witty lines, but also songs that she sang, accompanying herself on keyboard. Definitely a multi-talented woman!

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Topics: Women, Community, Pastors

Transitions

Posted by Andrea Stephens on Oct 5, 2020 2:35:11 PM



If you saw my front porch today, you might think somethings wrong with this picture. In the tiered plant stand are three very tired looking begonias. The leaves are brown on the edges and beginning to curl as they slowly die (so sad). The color of the flowers are fading as they, too, have peaked and are making a slow decline. But then sitting on the cement at the base of the plant stand are three very bright, very happy looking yellow mums. Hmmm.

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Topics: Insider, Women, Community

What To Do When Your Child’s Day is Always “Fine”

Posted by Sarah Johnson on Oct 1, 2020 5:05:54 PM

Most kids hit a phase when their answer to the good ol’ how-was-your-day question is less than, shall we say, informative.

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Topics: AsburyKids, Children, Students, parents

You are Not Failing, You are Overwhelmed

Posted by Sarah Area on Oct 1, 2020 4:56:11 PM

I don’t know about you, but this school year has been ROUGH. It has only been 6 weeks. We have been in and out of distance learning twice already with my two elementary kids, and my preschooler is just been along or the ride. Poor guy, he really has been getting the bottom of the barrel of my attention these past few weeks. Mom guilt 100%. Add in the virtual disappearance of our support systems and babysitters (no pun intended). It takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when that village is in quarantine? This article from our curriculum provider really helped me realize that I am not failing, I am just overwhelmed. And there is grace. Lots and lots of grace for you, for your kids, and for their teachers. You are so loved, not only by your kids, but by the Father who made you. He doesn’t want you to feel like you are failing. https://theparentcue.org/youre-not-failing-youre-just-overwhelmed/ 

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Topics: AsburyKids, Children, parents

Making the Most of your Family Rhythm

Posted by Mason Miles on Oct 1, 2020 4:22:51 PM



Growing up my mom was the master of our family schedule.  Looking back, I have no idea how she balanced four kids’ daily itinerary’s while still finding time to go to the bathroom and do really anything else! We lived in a small mountain town that was around 45 minutes from our daily activities. I have some of the best memories from those car treks in the mountains and the conversations that my mom initiated. At AsburyKids we know that you are doing your best to make the most of your family rhythm and take advantage of those precious minutes with your kiddo. We encourage you to continue to embrace all of the little moments that you can get! I have attached a short video that might have some new tips/encouragement for your car time! 

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Topics: AsburyKids, Children, parents

Parent Cue- What is that?

Posted by Maddison Barnes on Oct 1, 2020 4:12:49 PM



Have you ever had the realization that “oh man, my kid is actually really grasping the things they’re learning in AsburyKids, but where do we go from here?” Well I’m sure a lot of you have, and man do I have the coolest thing for you- Parent Cue! Parent Cue is a fantastic resource to engage your kids beyond Sunday mornings. With it being an app or a website, there is a lot of variety on how you use Parent Cue. Beyond the information available to you about what your kids are learning (including the video our Early Childhood kiddos use), there are many blogs, podcasts, and resources on conversations that will come up as you navigate parenting.

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Topics: AsburyKids, Children, parents

The 6 Second Refresh

Posted by Katie Miller on Sep 2, 2020 4:32:35 PM



Scientists have studied the human brain and have discovered that we have an opportunity to change our thoughts every 6 seconds! Amazing, right?

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Topics: Community, Students, parents

Christ-Centered Conversation

Posted by Jesse Johnston on Sep 2, 2020 4:29:53 PM

Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

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Topics: Students, parents, Small Groups

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