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Missouri Valley Christian Church
119 N. 4th St.
Missouri Valley, IA 51555
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Summer Missions trip to St. Louis, MO
July 17th—22nd Cost $400
(Register ASAP) Please see Theo!!!
Fundraisers Coming soon:
Spaghetti feed in April
Carwash in May
Work Day in June
Plus one more fundraiser in June/July
CIY Know Sweat
Experience Weekend 2011
We had an amazing weekend. Friday we met with 6 other churches
and worshiped together, studied together, and even taught each other that
night at campfire.
Saturday, was great, we went all over Omaha. Some went to nursing
homes . Some of our students painted toenails and fingernails of some of the
ladies. I heard it was a blessing. Other students played games with the eld-
erly. Some students went to the Open Door Mission and did various service
projects and helped people. Others went to the Omaha Street School (school
for troubled N. Omaha teens) and did some spring cleaning which was huge,
the Street School doesn’t have janitors, the teachers do it. Others went to
homes of the elderly people throughout Omaha and fixed up their yards for
them. No matter which group you were in or what way you served that week-
end it was a blessing.
Sunday we went to Salem Baptist Church for a church experience
that was foreign to most of us. It was great worshiping with that African
American community. After church we went and bought food with our lunch
money, then we donated it to their food pantry.
It was a rewarding unique experience, for our 14 students and the
other churches that attended, I hope to see you there next year.
Overcoming Parenting Discouragement
1. Realize You Are Not Alone. Teenagers can say and do things that will make you feel like you have
taught them nothing. Oddly, when we go through a storm we feel that the sun is shining on everyone but
us. The truth is that the rain that drenches your life, drenches the life of your neighbor as well. Turn to
others who have raised teens or are raising them now and you will find a kindred spirit. Pool the wisdom
of your experiences and become encouragement to one and other.
2. Serve Others. Jesus said, "The Son of Man came to serve, not to be served" (Mark 10:45). When our
eyes are on others we lose track of ourselves. Focusing on our problems leads to being consumed by
them. If there is nothing practical we can do at the moment to meet a parental challenge, serving others
will present a way to rest from the circumstances and produce something of purpose.
Contact your Chamber of Commerce or your church and ask for a list of organizations in your community
that accept volunteer assistance. Choose one close to your heart, get involved, and receive the joy that
comes from serving.
3. Repeat God's Promises Often. When discouragement overwhelms you turn to the One who never
fails. Consider Proverbs 6:20b, "Do not forsake your mother's teaching" and ask, "What would mom do
at this time?" Or how about Romans 14:19, "...do what leads to peace and mutual edification" and put
into action some ways you can make that real in your home. Don't wait until you are discouraged to re-
member God's vows to you. Claim them during the calm moments to help prevent the rough ones.
4. Confide In A Friend. This may or may not be another parent. Who is the one
person you can trust above all others? Write his or her name here ______________.
Whenever you begin to feel discouraged pick up the phone, or email your friend and
share your burden. Be specific when you call. Be upfront about your reason for dial-
ing their number. Making them drag the problem out of you will only aggravate your
friend and make you feel guiltier about the call. Make sure that these conversations
are confidential unless it is life threatening.
5. Keep A Journal. Journal is an adult name for a diary. Use it as a tool to chronicle
your life. Through the years you will be able to reflect on the good and bad times and
determine their true effect on your life after you are distanced from the situation.
Combine journaling with your daily quiet time. Many of the best reflections of life will
come after you have reflected on Scripture. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald
Chambers is one of the most popular. If you are not sure about which one to choose,
ask your local Christian bookstore.
6. Beat Self-Pity. Counting your curses instead of the blessings has never led to
encouragement. When discouraged, beat self-pity by counting your blessings and re-
alizing just how rich you are compared to most of the world. Did you know that if you live inAmerica you
are in the wealthiest 3% in the world?
Keep a blessing list posted on your refrigerator. Have each family member's name on it and space for
them to write their blessings. Once a day walk by and review your blessings list.
7. Be Optimistic. Zig Ziglar, world recognized optimist, says, "It's not where you start - it's where you
finish that counts." Pessimism saturates our society so there is no need to add to the overflow.
Talk to positive people and ask them how they are able see the good in bad situations. When you feel a
negative spell coming on, give them a call and ask them how they would view the situation.
8. Get Plenty Of Rest. Physiologically and psychologically we cannot function properly without the re-
quired amount of rest. That translates into depression and discouragement concerning areas that would
be no big deal any other time. Schedule rest. We make appointments for work, play, and doctor's visits,
so why not rest. Put yourself on schedule and parenting will become less stressful even when your teen
comes in an hour late.
9. Join A Support Group. #1 called for remembering that you're not alone. A support group for par-
ents of teens provides a place where all in the room will know they are wrestling with similar challenges.
If your congregation does not offer such groups call others in your area. If no churches do, pray about
starting one yourself.
10. Remember: Blessings Follow Burdens.
Read chapter 39 of Genesis. Joseph had it tough and it didn't look like there was much hope. But af-
ter chapter 39 is chapter 40 where Joseph became number two in the kingdom! Remind yourself daily
that Christ's burden became your blessing.
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