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FIRST Grade

Back to school? No. Homework assignment? Maybe. What are we talking about, Commander Kellie? Keep reading, Superkid.

 

Let’s talk about firsts. Dictionary.com defines FIRST:

 

  • Before all others or anything else in time, order or rank
  • Before some other thing, event
  • The first part; first member of a series
  • In baseball, first base

 

Superkid, I want you to grade yourself on how YOU are doing with your FIRSTS. Let’s look at the list above, one at a time. I’ll ask the questions and you answer. Be honest with yourself and with the Lord! Not only does He know EXACTLY what’s going on in your heart, He can help YOU see it, if you ask Him. So, if you don’t know, ask the TEACHER!

 

Where have I positioned God in my life; first, before all others?

In Matthew 19:20-21 (The Passion Translation) a rich young man came to Jesus asking what he must do to have eternal life. He told Jesus, “I always keep God’s rules” but Jesus gave him an instruction that showed the man’s true heart and priorities. Jesus said, “Go and sell what you have and give it to the poor. Then you’ll have your treasure in heaven.” He thought Jesus didn’t want him to be rich, but Jesus was just answering his question. If he wanted eternal life, he needed to refocus his love on the Father, to treasure the things of God instead of money and possessions. But he loved money so much he went away angry, not realizing Jesus had offered him the best! “Come follow Me,” Jesus said. The rich young leader should have said, “Really, Jesus? That’s awesome, thank You!” Matthew 6:33 puts it perfectly: “But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you” (TPT).

 

Jesus told the disciples that those who put Him first will be repaid a hundred times over AND have eternal life. If you put yourself first, you’ll end up last. Those who put Jesus first and leave themselves last, will end up FIRST! In Acts 5:29, Peter and the other apostles were arrested and told to stop speaking about Jesus but they replied, “We must listen and obey God more than pleasing religious leaders” (TPT). The rich young ruler missed it, but not Peter! He gets an A+! So, how about it, Superkid? Are you putting God first?

 

Is Jesus the first One you think about before you get up?

Psalm 119:147 (New Living Translation) says, “I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.”

 

When I wake up, I talk to Jesus out loud. He wants to be your first thought every day. Why? Because He loves you! He already has your day planned out. When you set your love and attention on Him first, it’s easier to trust and listen to Him all day! That would have helped the rich young ruler. He was thinking about living forever when he could have been REALLY living by following Jesus! Not to keep picking on this guy, but he really missed it! When you make Jesus your first thought every day, you won’t miss it! He will make you the best at what He’s called you to be. We can all do better at this, Superkid. I challenge you to put Jesus first in your day. If you already do, go deeper! I’m going to do the same!

 

How do you handle FIRSTS?

The first time you go off the high dive, the first day of school, the first time you speak in front of people, the first time the Lord prompts you to tell someone about Jesus. This is important. Your answer lets you know where your trust level is with God. The Lord is always leading us into new and exciting adventures. When you do what He tells you to do, there is always something great ahead. You may feel fear when these firsts come up (OK, the high dive fear was a real thing for me when I was a kid.) and you may want to back away from it, but stop! Take authority over fear, Superkid. Second Timothy 1:7 (TPT) gives us an important truth to stand on: “For God will never give you the spirit of cowardly fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and sound judgment!”

 

Say this, “Firsts don’t bother me! I am filled with Jesus, not fear!”

 

Focusing on God in us FIRST will keep us from fearing people, situations and the things that lie ahead. It all comes down to His love. We can put Him first because He put us FIRST! We love Him because He loved us FIRST!

 

So how did you do? The most amazing thing about these firsts is that you get seconds—second tries! As you begin to put Him first, you can even ask Him to remind you and He will. He will help and correct you until you can say, “I’ve passed first grade!” And the Father ALWAYS gives an A+. He looks at you and He sees Jesus. Whew! Great job, Superkid. You passed!

 

Wait! What about baseball and what does that have to do with this anyway?

 

Stay Tuned…

 

Commander Kellie

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Who Do You Look Like?

 

Funny thing, Superkids. A few months ago I showed you a picture of me digging for diamonds. Guess what everyone thought; they thought it was my 6-year-old daughter, Emily! How can I look like a 6-year-old? What’s funny is that people usually think kids look like their parents, not the other way around. Have you ever been told you look like your mom or dad, brother or sister? My kids do all look like me and I look like my parents. How does that happen? You have your parents’ DNA, which is the material that transfers their genetic characteristics to you (dictionary.com).

 

Superkids, Jesus gave us HIS DNA! When you asked Jesus into your heart you became a new person on the inside! Things like fear, anxiety, rage, pain, sorrow, disobedience, hate—those don’t belong to you. You’ve been freed from the control of those things—made new and reborn as His children, the Bible says. In 2 Corinthians 6:16, 18, New Living Translation, it says that we are the temple of the living God. He said, “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” In John 14:23 Jesus says, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.”

 

That’s some BIG NEWS, Superkids! We have a heavenly Father who makes His home in us! Galatians 3 tells us that by believing this we receive the promise of the Holy Spirit! We are God’s children, and He lives in us. Wow, that makes us EXTRAORDINARY, but the most amazing thing of all is that when we contain God’s DNA, we begin to look like Him! Superkids, the Bible calls it FRUIT or evidence. Look at Galatians 5:22-23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

 

Those are the traits of God and as His children they are in us. All we have to do is what verse 16 says, and let the Holy Spirit guide our lives. I talked to you recently about looking for treasure and about having a treasure buddy. But Superkids, I want you to realize that the big treasure in you is Jesus. The more you LOOK to Him and LISTEN to Him, the more He begins to be SEEN and HEARD. Of course you know what happens next, YOU begin to LOOK like HIM! That was God’s plan all along—for you and me, His kids, to look and act just like our Father. Jesus lived that way. He said in John 14:9, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!”

 

There are many places in the Bible where it talks about you and me being made into His image. Second Corinthians 3:18 says that “the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

 

Ephesians 4:22, 24 (The Passion Translation) tells us to let go of the old way of living, “and you will be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him!”

 

Keep looking at Jesus, Superkids, and it’s like looking into a mirror—pretty soon you start seeing Him more and more. Philippians 3:20-21 (TPT) says, “But our passions are set on the heavenly realm as we cling tightly to our Life-Giver, the Lord Jesus Christ. The transformation of his body took place at his resurrection so that our bodies would also share in the same power, transfiguring us into the identical likeness of his glorified body. And by his matchless power, he continually subdues all that is within us to himself.”

 

Superkids, stick with Jesus. Keep looking at Him. It’s not hard or a struggle when you realize He’s the One doing the work inside you. You are a child of God and you look just like your big brother, Jesus. How easy is that? It’s a done deal! ♥

 

Until next time,

Commander Kellie

 

Superkids, Jesus gave us HIS DNA!

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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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