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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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Come to Jesus

Hey, Superkid! Here we are in February already, and 2017 is ticking away. I know Jesus has some amazing plans that He wants to become reality for us. Last month we talked about that “Come to Jesus” meeting many parents feel the need to gather the family for. How did it go? I pray our message last month helped you to understand and gain from a time of correction in a different and better way. It’s easy to hear the word “correction” and want to run from it like the children of Israel did, as we learned last month. I believe the truths we talked about last month, will lead you to new places in Jesus for the rest of your life (to reread, go to kcm.org). It’s in these “new places in Jesus” that you will find amazing adventures with Him.

 

Superkid, I’m talking about a new relationship with Jesus. A relationship that is more like knowing someone as your best friend than just knowing their name or a few facts about them. Would you like to know Jesus in a new way? I hear you saying, “Yes, Commander Kellie!” (Picture me jumping up and down!)

 

The good news is, you’ve already started this journey. By being open to correction and teachable, as we talked about last month, you’ve opened the door to REAL friendship with Jesus. He said to His friends in John 15:14, “You are my friends if you do what I command” (New International Version). But it isn’t just about obedience, it’s about opening your life to Him to have command over. Look at Hebrews 12. The whole chapter is about running the race or living the life God the Father intends us to. In the first part, it talks about keeping our eyes on Jesus. He is the One who fought for us to be close to the Father! And He is the One who births FAITH in us and also DEVELOPS it. Faith for what? Faith to remain, to run the race and to make it through all the obstacles we have to overcome.

 

Think of life like a race on TV, with challenges, obstacles and hurdles and you have a COACH! He is telling you what you need to know to win each phase of the race. Watch out for that pit! Duck! Lean to the right! Slow down and focus! Don’t slow down, hurry! Can you picture this? Is the coach being mean to give such direction? NO! He is simply giving DIRECTION and CORRECTION.

 

How is that different from what the Lord does for us? Back to Hebrews 12: Why did the children of Israel get so afraid when the Lord coached them on how to get away from Pharaoh and the ways of Egypt? As we discovered last month, He was not correcting them because He was displeased with them. He was DIRECTING them on how to get to the Promised Land and a new way of life.

 

Hebrews 12 describes correction as a wonderfully, loving, NORMAL function of a great Father! Why do people run from it? The alternative is a disconnected, uncaring, uninterested parent. That is NOT our Father! He sent His only Son, Jesus, to be our Savior, to pay the price for us to be God’s kids forever! Hebrews 12 says we don’t come to Mt. Sinai, a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom and whirlwind like the children of Israel did. We COME TO JESUS and to a gathering of God’s children, whose names are written in heaven. We come to Jesus, whose blood says, “You are forgiven!” My favorite part of this “Come to Jesus” meeting is what verses 25-29 say in The Message Bible.

 

So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings? His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time—he’s told us this quite plainly—he’ll also rock the heavens: “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern.” The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire!

 

Jesus is doing some housecleaning in us, Superkids, because He has great things for us to do! Everything that could slow us down, hurt us or keep us from a life of freedom and victory with Him, is being swept away and burned up! No one likes to clean house but everyone likes a clean house! So even though correction isn’t always fun, and change isn’t easy, the new you will love the new way!

 

So let every Superkid say, “Bring it on, Jesus! Make me shine! And if there is anything in me or about me that You don’t like, burn it up! I am running my race and I’m going to WIN!”

 

WE WIN, SUPERKID! ♥

 
Commander Kellie

 

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NEW YEAR, NEW ATTITUDE

Happy New Year, Superkid!

 

I hope you’re excited about this year and what’s ahead of you.

 

I’m sure you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a fun New Year’s Day with your family. Hopefully, you enjoyed Christmas. One thing I know for sure, the “new” can begin to wear off of the “New Year” pretty fast. School begins and the routine kicks back in: Mom and Dad are working hard to make their New Year’s resolutions a new way of life. For me, my new ideas and decisions for a better, more organized life, home and future always ended up in a “Family Meeting.” Have you ever had those? Mom and Dad are tired of your messy room, dirty dishes in the sink, having to feed the dog, and the constant fussing amongst the kids. The list goes on.

 

Just think, as you read this they could be planning that meeting right now! You might be thinking, Hide Commander Kellie’s Corner so Mom and Dad don’t call a “COME TO JESUS” meeting! Have you ever heard it called that? Somehow, that term doesn’t make coming to Jesus sound too fun. And that’s what I want to talk to you about.

 

When the thought of correction comes, what is your first reaction? Do you want to run and hide, get angry, immediately think of excuses, or blame others? Or do you just tune the correction out and do things your own way? At some point, we’ve all had one or more of those responses. But if we really understood correction, we would LOVE it!

 

There is an instance in the Bible that shows us God’s view of correction.

 

Moses had led the Israelite’s out of Egypt into the wilderness, and they camped at Mount Sinai, where the presence of God dwelt. God told Moses He wanted to talk to His children, so Moses said, “Clean yourselves up, come and listen to God.” Think about it: They had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years. Do you suppose they knew what it was to be free? How to act and think? Egyptians worshiped many gods—all of them false gods. Do you think they knew what it meant to worship the One True God? They really had never met their God! Imagine that. It makes perfect sense to me that God would call them to a place and introduce Himself as the only God they would ever need. It’s logical that they would need to know how to live as free people, worshiping one faithful God. So what did God do? He called a “COME TO ME” meeting. Sound familiar?

 

God said in Leviticus 26:1, 11-13 (New Living Translation): “Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the Lord your God…. I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.”

 

Sounds good, right? Not to the children of Israel. They got so scared when they heard God’s rumbling voice that they ran from THE RULES OF THE HOUSE (the Ten Commandments). They NEEDED to know the new way to act and think to be able to enter into the new land God had promised them. After all, how could they trust God to defeat the giants in the new land if they still acted and thought like they had in Egypt—like slaves? Sadly, instead of understanding how much God was for them, they ran away from changing their thinking and their ways. They told Moses, “You talk to Him, we don’t want to.”

 

So, instead of giving the Ten Commandments directly to His kids like He desired, God gave them to Moses. NOT TOO EFFECTIVE, as we find out in the rest of the story.

 

Superkid, the same choices are before you today. God is calling YOU! What He said to the Israelite’s, He is saying to you in 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (NLT): “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

 

How will you respond to the voice of God, the voice of Jesus, the voice of your parents and leaders? The next time your parents call a “COME TO JESUS” meeting, think about what I’ve said. Remember: You are coming to the One who loves you, the One who knows how you should think and act so you can walk in His blessings. If your parents, or anyone else cares enough to correct you, then they LOVE you too. In a Jesus household, correction comes from the Spirit of love—Jesus Himself.

 

So don’t be afraid, defensive or angry. Just come to Jesus. It’s the best place to be. More on that next month, so stay tuned!

 

Love,

 

Commander Kellie

 

 

 

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My Christmas List

When it’s Christmastime, it’s LIST TIME!

 

My lists are many this time of year: gift list, to-do list, shopping list, packing list, menu list, decorating list. So many lists!

 

Any list begins with a need, such as the need to eat or celebrate, to clean, or to organize. Many of my lists come from a place of emptiness, like my refrigerator or the pantry. Or a Christmas tree with no gifts underneath!
It takes a good plan for the activities of the Christmas season to come together. And a good plan needs a good list.
Superkid, God our Father is the ULTIMATE Planner! He has a plan for this world and He has a plan for YOU. So, of course, there is a LIST!
There’s a perfect list for Christmas found in Psalm 92. I call it the HEART-CHECK LIST.

 

THE NEED:

We all need to do a checkup on our hearts. People can become so self-centered, they tend to focus on the annoying things that occur in a day instead of noticing the ways God loves us. Everything He does is because He loves us. The more we notice, the more grateful we are for His love and the more we worship. The more we set our minds on Him, the easier it is to enjoy being His kid! When you have a loving heavenly Father, even when hard things happen, you can relax in His love for you, knowing He will take care of you. When we have difficulty with this truth, it’s always a heart issue. So…we need a list!

 

THE LIST:

Doing a HEART CHECK is good anytime, but these to-do’s from Psalm 92:1-5, New Living Translation, will make your Christmas a joy-filled one! As you check off these five things, don’t just think about giving glory and thanks to the Father, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Give thanks and praise to those around you who give you their heart, love, time, effort and gifts.

 

Verse 1: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.

Tell your heart, your soul, to take notice of the wonderful things the Lord does for you. God does favors for you and He loves you through other people every day. So take notice and say, “Thank You.” This is not about singing a song (more on that later), but BEING SPECIFIC! Tell God how great He was to help you with your grades, or to earn money so you could buy Christmas gifts. Tell your sister how great she did at her Christmas concert, or tell your dad how much it means to you that he helps you with your homework. “Mom, the Christmas tree looks great!” Saying, “You’re awesome,” is just an empty statement until you make the effort to THINK and SAY why. That kind of praise turns your heart toward that person or toward the Lord.

 

Verses 2-3: It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre.

Remind yourself every day, The Lord loves me, and think about what that means. There is nothing His love won’t help you overcome! You have His favor, and His love! Say, “My friends and family love me, too!” So, even if they correct you or get irritated with you, it’s OK. They love you! When night falls, thank the Lord for His faithfulness, and again, be specific. Say things like, “Lord, You didn’t let me down on my test today!” “Mom, Dad, you helped me today and you stuck with me. Thank you!” Ending your day like this will cause your sleep to be sweet, especially if you play soft worship music as you talk to Jesus, Mom and Dad. Good things happen in your soul while you sleep with this bedtime routine!

 

Verse 4: You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!

Be easily thrilled and easy to please with the smallest gesture or gift. Being content with what is given to you will set you up for a satisfying life ahead! Our heavenly Father delights in the smallest details of our lives. It blesses others to know we are satisfied with the things they do for us.

 

Verse 4: I sing for joy because of what you have done.

This Christmas, sing your heart out! God made our hearts and souls to be lifted with songs! Singing really changes us, so worship the Lord and sing and be happy! Don’t be too cool to join in the singing. You’ll see. It will bring joy.

 

Verse 5: O Lord, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts.

Know how much you are loved. As you check your heart, you will realize how deeply and how often God thinks about you. The devil would love to convince you that you aren’t loved and no one cares about you. That’s not true, Superkid! YOU are one of the great works He talked about in verse 5. The God of the universe does think about YOU!

 

Consider this HEART CHECK with every Christmas activity, party or gift you receive. And remember the best gift of all—your heavenly Father loved you so much that He GAVE His Son to die for you. As you check off your list this Christmas, you’ll hear your heart say, “Thank You, Father, for loving me so much. I love You!” And in your heart you’ll hear Him say, “I love you, too.”

 

Have a very Merry Christmas, Superkid! ♥
 

There is nothing His love won’t help you overcome!

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