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Treasure Buddies

Hey, Superkids, how is your treasure hunting going? The last few months we’ve talked about hunting for the greatest prize to be found, WISDOM! I let you in on my adventures in treasure hunting. I shared a picture of ME digging in the dirt for diamonds. What a great example of the lengths and effort we should be willing to go to for wisdom. Seashell hunting or diamond mining can’t compare to finding real life and real help in Jesus, especially since HE CAN ALWAYS BE FOUND!

 

When we find wisdom, the Bible says we’ve found the main thing. But how do we “keep the main thing, the main thing”? How do we stay focused on not only finding wisdom, but walking in the ways of wisdom that we discover? You’ll find a few great answers in God’s Word, but one of the most important treasure tools the Father gives us is godly friends. They make such a difference in our lives! I call them Treasure Buddies. I have some amazing treasure buddies in my life. Do you? And how do you know if your friends are treasure buddies or more like pirates? God’s Word describes both kinds of people.

 

Have you ever known kids who want to grow up too fast or think it’s cool to make their own choices—who want to do their own thing and go their own way regardless of what their teachers or parents say? They may think it’s the quickest way to have fun and impress others, by getting their own way or being a big shot. But the goals your friends consider to be great treasures may not be treasures at all. Being the best at sports, being popular, being the funniest or the cutest, pales in comparison to the life God has planned for them. When you choose to run with those friends, you’ll focus on the same things they do and you’ll be looking in the wrong places for treasure and end up in a pirate trap!

 

Proverbs 1:10-15 (New Living Translation) talks about some pretty bad characters—murderers, thieves and out and out pirates, but LOOK! The Bible considers people who sin and think it’s fun, in the same category.

 

My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent! Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave; let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death. Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take. Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.” My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths.

 

You’re probably not tempted to hang out with people who are that bad, but how bad is OK to you? The verses above talk about people who think it’s funny to steal, and to be mean, selfish, sneaky and hurtful. Know anyone like that? Study the people you hang out with at school. What are they looking for? What is treasure to them? Do they help you follow God and help you respect wisdom and authority? I pray so! That would mean they are actually like treasure maps, giving you direction that flows along with God’s Word and the wisdom from your parents! Did you even realize friends could do that? Think about this: Did you ever think that YOU could be a treasure map for YOUR friends?

 

Having someone to run after God with, is like a diamond in many ways. One thing about a diamond that helps you find it, is that dirt won’t stick to it. It slides right off! Just like sin won’t stick to someone who loves Jesus! Even when they mess up or sin, Jesus helps them get rid of it. We all need friends like that! Another interesting diamond fact is what happens when light hits it. Actually, several things happen. Not only is light reflected, but when light hits the top, it swirls around inside before shooting back out the top. It can even create a rainbow effect!

 

You and a godly friend can bring out the Jesus treasure in each other, the same way a great relationship with your parents can make you shine like a well-cut and polished diamond!

 

Loads of wisdom can be found in 1 and 2 Timothy, including how we should live our lives. And one of my favorite jewels is found in 2 Timothy 2:22 where it says, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (NLT).

 

In other words,

 

RUN FROM anything that stirs a desire to sin.

 

RUN TOWARD God and all His ways.

 

RUN WITH friends who love Him, too.

 

Those are your TREASURE BUDDIES! If you have friends like that, be thankful! If you don’t, then ask the Lord to bring you one! Either way, YOU be a treasure buddy and run after wisdom! You’ll find that treasure-hunting friend God is sending your way!

 

Happy Hunting, Superkids! ♥

 

 

Kellie Copeland

 

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Digging for Diamonds

Superkids, I have been on another great treasure hunt…diamond mining at the Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro, Ark. They let you dig for diamonds, and you get to keep what you find. The biggest diamond ever found there was named the Uncle Sam and weighed 40.23 carats. That’s huge! In 2016, 501 diamonds larger than 1 carat were found. The day after we were there, a young boy found one and named it the Superman Diamond!

 

Why didn’t I find it? I thought, but the answer was pretty obvious. I wasn’t looking in the right place! Sure, I was looking, but I was at the other end of the field from where the Superman was found. I finally gave up and went to the visitors center to wait for my friends to finish. I was looking at a map of where the diamonds had been found over the years, when I made an important discovery—most of the diamonds had been found in one certain area. And the Superman was found in the same area as the other big ones. How I wished I had paid attention to that map BEFORE I went diamond hunting!

 

Later, I thought about you and the treasure hunt we began last month (BVOV May 2017), when we talked about searching for wisdom using all the tools God has given us. Remember what they are? Listening, choosing to treasure the commands, tuning your ears, concentrating, crying out, asking, searching, seeking—these are God’s tools for you to gain wisdom. I certainly didn’t use all the tools available to find a diamond, but I did find some WISDOM to share with you, along with a pretty awesome picture of me digging in the dirt. (Pretty funny, I think!)

 

We read Proverbs 1:5-6 last month, so let’s start at verse 7 and dig a little deeper into God’s Word. “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (New Living Translation).

 

I ignored the wisdom the visitors center had to offer: the maps, explanations, even the video about finding diamonds. I was too eager to hunt and have fun. So, I decided not to stop along the way to gain some wisdom, but it would have been much more fun to find a diamond! Superkids, too many kids lead their lives that way. They don’t pay attention and explore God’s great wisdom or use the Treasure Tools to dig for those diamonds. Those who don’t “respect and regard” (or fear) TRUE wisdom, knowledge and discipline, the Bible calls fools.

 

Panning for Treasure

One tool I disregarded and skipped was a screened strainer. You can put chunks of dirt in it and wash the excess away under water. That often makes it easier to spot the diamonds. But I was too cold to get wet messing with it, even though I really did need a strainer for diamond mining.

 

Last month we saw that God wants us to look to Him and to our godly parents for wisdom. The Holy Spirit and His wisdom is like that strainer in our lives, sifting away what doesn’t belong. This month I am going to ask you to do some homework. DON’T panic! It’s not that hard. We are going to pray and ask the Lord to show us where we’ve missed it, like He showed me that map of the diamond field. Then Superkid, I want you to make a list of what He shows you. Work on this as a family: Mom and Dad may find some distracted places, too. What are the things that keep you distracted? Where are you focusing your attention? Is inconvenience or discomfort keeping you from searching for wisdom? God knows and He will tell you. Pray this as a family:

 

Father, thank You for the wisdom offered to me in Your Word (James 1:5). I receive it in the Name of Jesus. Please show me where I have turned my back on wisdom. Show me what I have focused on, instead of the treasure You have for me. I receive Your correction because I know You love me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Superkids, I didn’t find a diamond when I was searching, but I believe I found some good treasure for you! And the next time I go diamond mining, I will use all the wisdom and knowledge I’ve gained, to at least be looking in the right place to find that treasure. So happy hunting for wisdom and knowledge, Superkid, until next month when we talk about Treasure Buddies! ♥

Kellie Copeland

 

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Calling All Treasure Hunters!

Want to know a little known fact about me?

 

I am a treasure hunter! I always have been.

 

When I was a kid, wherever I was I always looked for hidden treasure. And usually, I would find something amazing, even if I was the only one who thought so! Whether it was in a book, in the forest, on the beach, in an antique store, at a garage sale or in my mom’s closet, I was always on the hunt. Eyes open, ears listening and my mind intently focused on the discovery of some item or factoid.

 

I am still like that today! Last summer, for instance, we went to a beach that is famous for its beautiful seashells. I was in my happy place! I sat on the beach in the middle of thousands of shells and dug and dug—looking for that prized shell. I dove down in the strong current to bring up a find. I walked the beach, head down—just looking. Call me happy!

 

 

Treasure Hunter

Superkid, I want to talk to you about being a treasure hunter. Not the kind you see on reality TV shows, but a daily hunter of WISDOM. Proverbs is the place to learn about wisdom, so let’s start in Proverbs 1:1-4, New Living Translation, with these things in mind:

 

  •  These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
  • Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
  • Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just and fair.
  • These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.

King Solomon wrote most of Proverbs, and it is particularly addressed to his child. In 1 Kings 3:12, God said, “I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!” (NLT).

 

Treasure hunters, listen to what He has to say—especially since He is addressing YOU! God has provided all the wisdom you need, but you have to value it enough to be on the lookout for it and to notice when it comes.

 

Every treasure hunter has to have the right gear to collect the treasure he or she is looking for. When I was looking for shells, I had to have a shell bag to put them in. But my other gear came included in my physical senses of sight and touch. I had to use my eyes to look; and when digging in the sand, I would use my touch to find the shells that were buried.

 

Proverbs 2:1-5 tells us what our wisdom hunting tools are. It says, “My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God” (NLT).

 

Treasure Tools

 

Listening, choosing to treasure, tuning your ears, concentration, crying out, asking, searching and seeking are your treasure tools. They pretty much engage your five physical senses, and the power of your spirit and soul, too. The good news is, God made us to receive wisdom this way! You’ve got what it takes already!

 

 

There’s Gold!

 

Superkid, like panning for gold in a stream, there are many ways in which God will bring you the wisdom you need. The first thing to know is that ALL wisdom flows from Him, and you can count on Him to faithfully send it your way. In speaking of Jesus, Colossians 2:3 (NLT) says, “In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” With that settled, let’s look at one primary stream God planned to teach you wisdom.

 

Give them a shoutout: “YAY” for PARENTS!

 

It’s not always easy being your instructors of wisdom, especially when you resist or refuse the wisdom they bring. King Solomon, the wise, says in Proverbs 1:8-9, “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck” (NLT).

 

See? There it is! The crown jewels. The golden treasure. And it comes during correction and instruction—just the time some kids may not have treasure hunting on their minds. But not you, Superkid. Just remember when it’s happening, wisdom is treasure, wisdom is treasure! And remember your Treasure Tools! The amazing thing is, just like a golden crown or a gold medal hanging around your neck, wisdom becomes clearly visible to others as you value it and walk in it. Others will begin to treasure the treasure they see in you, and Superkid, that’s just the way the Father planned it!

 

Happy treasure hunting, Cadets. More treasure coming your way next month!

 

Commander Kellie ♥

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SMILE! JESUS LOVES YOU!

When I was your age, people said that a lot.

 

What people today call emojis, we called smiley faces, and they always went along with, “Smile, Jesus loves you.”

 

What a simple thing to say. And maybe people said it without thinking about the power of those four words.

 

Well today, Superkid, we are going to think about it! Not just the smile part but the reason we should smile—because Jesus loves us!

 

That is a BIG, BIG, BIG statement. You know just how big?

 

Jesus gave up His place in heaven with His Father and came to earth to live, and love, and then die on the cross to pay the price for our sin.

 

Smile, Jesus loves you!

 

With His own blood, He purchased our peace, safety, healing and well-being.

 

Smile, Jesus loves you!

 

He sent the Holy Spirit to help us in every situation, to help us hear Jesus’ voice, to fill us with His love and His presence—so much that people see Him in us!

 

Smile, Jesus loves you!

 

He planned a future for you and provided everything you will ever need by giving you His life, His promises, His power, His Word, His Name and His Spirit.

 

Say it with me now, “Smile, Jesus loves you!”

 

That has so many things in it to think about, but let’s just look at a few.

 

BIG STUFF: Nothing you are dealing with can stand up against the love of God, expressed in Jesus. If you are facing something big today, look to Him! He not only has the answer to fix your problem, He will put joy in your heart and you can smile as you go through hard times. However, you have to look to Him first. He won’t force you to trust in Him over the problem, but He is waiting to help you. So give it all to Him and go ahead and smile in faith, knowing that Jesus has got this!

 

LITTLE STUFF: Sometimes, we let little stuff get to us. This can be one of the trickiest things the devil does to mess people up. Allowing little things to bother us and lead us to anger and frustration, steals our joy and our peace.

 

If your brother or sister annoys you when they mess with your stuff, it’s easy not to take it to Jesus, because it’s a little thing. But lots of little things can add up to a pile that’s BIG. When we don’t let Jesus help us with the little stuff, then when the big stuff happens, it’s even more difficult to give Him any of it. He WANTS TO HELP!

 

So, when someone or something bothers you, give it to Him and go ahead and smile in faith, knowing Jesus has got this!

 

WHAT MY FACE IS SAYING: Think about what is in your smile. Does it mean everything is perfect? No. It means you are trusting Jesus to fix what’s not. I would tell my kids, “If everything has to be perfect for you to be happy, you will be an unhappy person.” When you focus on what you don’t like about your life, friends, school, day or circumstances, you will miss what is good. And people will miss what is good in YOU! You have Jesus, Himself, on the inside of you! When you smile, people see Him. When you frown, whom do they see?

 

OPEN THE DOOR: I read a verse recently that jumped out at me. In Matthew 23:13, New Living Translation, Jesus was speaking to religious leaders. Instead of seeing that Jesus, the Messiah, had finally come, they just complained and saw problems. Selfishly, they didn’t like it that He was getting the attention of the people, who were listening to Him and being set free. Jesus told them, “You shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.” When we frown, our face tells others we aren’t happy—that we have no hope and no one to turn to. Is that true? NO! In any situation we can smile, not because everything is perfect, but because JESUS LOVES US! He is working things out for us. In a sense, when we smile we let people see the kingdom of heaven (God’s ways and His love) inside us. People need Jesus and His love. Jesus can use your smile to let others see Him.

 

DON’T BE A FROWNIE FACE! Sure, Superkids, stuff happens sometimes that we don’t like and we frown. But don’t stay in a frown. You can turn to Jesus on purpose. Let Him help you—on purpose. As you practice this, you will begin to smile more. Watch your face. Ask family members to help you if they notice you frowning. I heard my dad say a funny thing the other day. He said, “Is a frown your parking place?” In other words, “Do you frown more than you smile?” The same way Jesus can use your smile to bring joy, the devil can use your frown to bring sadness to others. Have you ever experienced someone frowning at you and you wondered what you had done to make them mad? All kinds of thoughts might go through your head when, in all truth, they were just irritated about something else. Or, maybe they were just expressing boredom or ingratitude through their face. (Ouch, I’ve done that!) So don’t give the devil any space on your face! Instead, give it to Jesus! Jesus LOVES YOU. He lives to take that frown and turn it upside down! And the same way He can do that, He will take your situation, BIG or SMALL, and turn it right-side up! He’s good that way! Sooooooo…

 

SMILE, SUPERKID! JESUS LOVES YOU! ♥

Kellie Copeland

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Bestie for Life

Superkid, last month I offered you the opportunity to know Jesus (and the Father) in a deeper way. I believe I heard you shout, “YES!” So, this month I want to open that door a little wider.

 

We learned last month to look differently at correction, and now we see that Jesus is calling us into a whole new relationship! He desires to know YOU as a friend!

 

The book of Revelation may seem difficult to understand, and maybe you think it’s just grown-up stuff, but there is an overall, important theme people sometimes miss. In the first several chapters, the Lord is telling the different churches what He doesn’t like about them. At least that’s what it sounds like to people who don’t understand correction like we do. If we remember that correction comes from love, and we read these chapters through the eyes of a loving Savior, it sounds more like this: “You are amazing! I recognize all the great things about you! There are, however, a few things we need to fix, and I can help!”

 

He says in Revelation 3:19-20 (New Living Translation), “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference (CK definition: “ignoring my correction”). Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

 

Think about that: He WANTS to be YOUR friend! The enemy would love for you to think Jesus and the Father are mad at you or displeased with you in some way, but the truth is, they are knocking at the door of your life. It’s not a one-time knocking at your door, wanting you to get saved. While that is true if you don’t know Jesus yet, this is talking about knocking at the door of your EVERYDAY life.

 

This morning I heard, I love Your Presence, and immediately knew it was for you! Loving His Presence is not just a phrase to be sung or spoken in church, but an everyday attitude of sitting at the table with Him as a friend, aware that He’ll be with you all day! Whether or not our days are busy, we use up all our time. Time is like money, like loose change that’s easy to spend on unimportant stuff. But when you add it all up, you could have bought something more valuable. What about your “loose time”? How great it would be to answer His knock with a “Come in, Jesus, let’s talk.” It’s not hard to begin, it’s just a matter of taking that loose time and becoming aware of Him.

 

Here are some “LOOSE-TIME MOMENTS” I thought of to help you get started:

 

  • When you wake up in the morning, say, “Hello, Jesus. Hello, Father. Hello, Holy Spirit. Talk for a few minutes, then listen for twice that amount of time. Just get quiet. Even if you aren’t sure what He is saying at first, your spirit will hear. Your head will get better with practice.
  • Do you pray over your food? And at school, too? Don’t just throw words into the air, your Friend is at the table with you—talk to Him!
  • When school is over, is your first thought to watch TV, play video games, get on the computer or the phone? Give some of that time to the Lord!
  • What’s the last thing you think about before you go to sleep, or who’s the last person you talk to? Hey, there’s no one better than your Best Friend!

 

The enemy wants you to think this new friendship will require huge changes in your life, or that it’s too hard or impossible to achieve, but those are lies. Jesus wants to be your Friend even more than you want it! He will help you, and those little moments will add up to a GREAT day and an EVEN GREATER LIFE!

 

So what about today, Superkid? Will you hear His voice and stop to listen to your Friend? Will you give Him the first moments of your day, or even say hello? What does He think about how your day went? Did you ask Him?

 

I can’t wait to hear all about what happens to you, Superkid! I always say we have the best adventures, but you truly are about to begin the ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

 

This time, I’LL STAY TUNED!

 

Commander Kellie

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