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Special Assignment Mission Mom!

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Commander Kellie and the Superkids reporting for duty, Jesus! What is our special assignment this week?
 
Every spring, mothers are celebrated and appreciated all over the world. The Lord is so pleased, He wants to give us a month-long assignment! If you don’t have a mom, trust God to bring a grandmother, stepmom, aunt or mentor to fill that role. If He’s already done that, be sure to honor her! If you only have a dad, God can anoint him to fill the place of a mom, as well as a dad! No matter what your mom situation is, trust God and His Word.
 
The Word tells us how to regard and respect our mothers (and fathers). Since Jesus is giving us the assignment to bless and celebrate our moms, let’s make sure we know exactly what He wants us to do!
 
The first scripture about how to treat your parents is part of the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:12, New Living Translation, says to “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Then, Ephesians 6:1-3 (Living Bible), gives us details: “Children, obey your parents; this is the right thing to do because God has placed them in authority over you. Honor your father and mother. This is the first of God’s Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessing.”
 
Let’s take this assignment one detail at a time.
 
“Children, obey your parents; this is the right thing to do because God has placed them in authority over you.”

It can be challenging to accept that God has placed people in authority over us. But doing things our own way makes life hard. Proverbs 13:15 (Wycliffe Bible) says, “Good teaching shall bring favour; a pit is on the way of despisers.” To despise is “to think little of, to consider unimportant or pay little attention to.” When you think little of, or pay no attention to what your mom says, you are despising her wisdom. My definition of a pit is “a deep hole you can’t get out of without help.” Disobedience leads to a hard and difficult life.
 
“Honor your father and mother.”

When you choose to honor, you have chosen to obey. It is the choice that demands your obedience! The word honor means “to have high respect for, to show regard, revere (to look on with awe).” Honoring your mother includes listening to her and considering her words as valuable and important. This heart attitude will encourage you to obey quickly and easily.
 
“This is the first of God’s Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessing.”

God so desires you to live a long and full life that He gave us this assignment with a promise of reward! In fact, it’s the only one of the Ten Commandments that comes with a promise attached! When the Bible talks about God blessing people, it tells of great joy, wealth, lands and peace. This is your reward for honoring your mom!.
 
God has such a desire to bless us that He sent HIS own perfect Son, Jesus, to help us! Jesus knows what it’s like to obey by doing something you don’t want to do. He honored and obeyed His Father when He didn’t want to go to the Cross. So, He can help us honor and obey our mothers (and dads), even when it’s hard.
 
Sometimes, moms get stressed or become frustrated. They may be busy and not paying you enough attention. What should you do? Talk to Jesus. He will help you to forgive and see things through His eyes. Best of all, He will help you get your mind off yourself and show you how you can help your mom. You and Jesus can make a difference in her day, like she does in yours every day. Moms have an assignment from the Lord to help keep you on the right path and bless you!
 
Your job this month, Superkids, will kick off your lifelong attitude of honoring your mother, who is precious to the Lord. You’re doing this for Jesus, because He appreciates how she is raising you as the Superkid you were created to be. So, do those dishes, make those beds and love those moms! And while you’re at it, throw in some hugs and cuddle time—and maybe even a foot massage. They love that!
 
Love to all MY kids,

Commander/Mom Kellie ♥
 
P.S. I’d like to give honor to MY mom, Gloria Copeland. She is a great gift to me and to all God’s people. She taught me about Jesus and His Word before she taught the world. Thank you, Mother, for showing me the love of Jesus and His faithfulness. You are a billboard for the fruit of the spirit and the fruit of a life lived for Jesus!

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Checklist for Life

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How’s the new job going, Superkid? Jesus is the best Boss ever, right? I personally love it that He fixes the things I mess up! Now that you’ve gotten to know the Boss, let’s talk about your training. Of course, as a Superkid, you know a lot about God, His Word and living this life as a Christian. But I’m about to challenge you to press in and go deeper—on purpose!
 
Let’s see where we are so far. We can use the scripture we read last month (March 2020 issue) as a training checklist. Romans 12:1-2, The Message: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.”
 
check off:

  1. Continue DAILY to go to work (live your life) for Him!

 
“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out!”
 

  1. Keep your attention on your Boss, Jesus. He’s here to help you. Wearing your “love clothes” will help you be like Him (Feb. 2020 issue).

 
Superkid, it’s early in the year, and you’ve already come so far! You are ready for the next level of job training. Read on!
 
“Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, which is always trying to drag you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you and develops well-formed maturity in you.”
 
When you focus your attention on Jesus, you’ll begin to know what He wants you to do. Our checklist will help you. Here is an example you can understand.
 
Have you ever been watching TV, playing outside or focusing on a video game when your parents told you to do something? You probably didn’t even hear them talking to you. Why? You were looking at and focused on something else. Did it surprise you when they corrected you for not obeying quickly? “But, Mom! I didn’t know you wanted me to do something!”
 
It’s so much easier to know what your parents want when you are looking at them and focusing on what they’re saying to you. It is the same with Jesus. When we continue to give Him our attention, He can easily instruct us as we’re doing things for Him every day!
 
You can even hear His instructions through your godly parents. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:1-3 (New Living Translation):
 
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
 
It may seem like life is all “take out the trash,” “clean your room,” “do your homework.” But really, your parents and leaders are training you to listen to and obey Jesus. Go back to what Romans 12 says, and let’s make this the next box on our training checklist:
 

  1. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and QUICKLY respond to it.

 
What do moms and dads say A LOT? “Slow obedience is no obedience!” And it’s true—true with parents and with Jesus. Superkid, He is asking us to be quick to hear Him and always listening. When we practice this with our parents, we are on the job with Jesus! This is part of our training, but not the only part.
 

  1. Jesus wants to lead you directly! He wants to even be the One who makes you ABLE to obey your parents.

 
It can feel hard to obey and honor our parents at times, but you are not supposed to do this without His help!
 
Galatians 2:20b, The Passion Translation, is an awesome truth!
 
“…the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine.”
 
Jesus is living IN you! He is filling you up with His very own life! His abilities are YOUR abilities. As we press into the Jesus on the inside, He begins to show up on the outside. Superkid, by the time we talk again, you can put checkmarks on No. 3 and No. 4. In fact, because of Jesus, you can CHOOSE this “on the job training” with Him, and you can mark off No. 3 and No. 4 today!
 
When you work and live empowered by this wonderful Jesus, this checklist will become your everyday power and everyday joy because He is an EVERYDAY Savior, Teacher and BOSS!
 
Sooooo, CHECK IT OFF, SUPERKID!
 
Commander Kellie ♥

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Meet the Boss

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Hey, Superkid! Jesus was looking for the right person to work with and He found you! You have all the right qualifications He is looking for. Last month, we talked about your work clothes. Your everyday work outfit goes with everything, is right in any situation or occasion, and never fails! Yes, it’s your LOVE clothes!

 

So, now that you are dressed and ready for work, you need to meet your Boss. Remember the Owner of this Kingdom business is our Father God. He has put everything under His Son, Jesus. Guess what! You will be working directly with Him! Yes, Jesus is your new Boss! He paid a high price to be able to do this job. Jesus suffered from all sin and sickness then died on the cross for you and me. John 3:16-17 (The Passion Translation) says, “‘For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!’”

 

The Father loved us so much that He gave His Son to rescue us from the power of sin! The Father wants us to be as much His kids as Jesus is. When Jesus rose from the dead, He offered us His own righteousness so that we can be part of God’s family. All we have to do is believe and accept it. Have you met Him yet? If not, there is a step you’ll have to take before starting your job. Romans 10:9-10 (New Living Translation) says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”

Superkid, Jesus wants to come and live in your heart. He wants to be your Lord, but you have to give yourself to Him. Pray this out loud:

 

Father, thank You for giving Your Son to save me. I believe that He died on the Cross for me and rose again to be able to live inside me. Jesus, come into my heart. Be the Lord of my life today!

 

Yay! Welcome to the family of God! Do you know what just happened? Jesus is now your Lord! The word lord means “master, in authority, in charge.” So you just made Him your Boss! He is now in charge of your life, health, actions, hurts, mistakes. He is Lord over ALL—good and bad.

 

As your Boss, Jesus can be trusted to lead you, because He LOVES you! He’s got a great plan for you. He knows everything about you, and what is ahead for you. Most importantly, Superkid, He will help you do whatever He tells you to do. He doesn’t expect you to get your job done by yourself. He wants to enable you to succeed! You just have to belong to Him and allow Him to be your Boss.

 

When we belong to Him, we don’t have to be afraid of anything. Psalm 23:4 (TPT) says “…fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.”

 

Letting Him be in charge of us gives us His strength and His peace, so there is nothing in our lives that He can’t help us with, even when we mess up! That may be the best part about this Boss. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect or never make mistakes. He knows us. He knows what being human is like, because He is human. Psalm 18:32 says, “You have wrapped me in power, and now you’ve shared with me your perfection.”

 

Superkid, when you asked Jesus into your heart, He filled you with His Spirit, and YOUR spirit became brand-new and as perfect as His. Your spirit changed instantly but your soul (mind, will and emotions) stays the same, unless you truly begin to give your life to Him. When you make him Lord (Master, Ruler, King, Boss) He will BEGIN to change your mind—the part of you that thinks; your will—the part that makes choices; and emotions—the part of you that feels.

 

As we keep looking at and following Jesus, we BECOME like Him. It’s not hard work. Look at this in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (The Message):

 

Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present…nothing between us and God, our faces [shine] with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”

 

This life with Jesus is not one of rules and perfection, but a life of joy and peace in Him. Yes, there is a lot to do, but what other boss wants to do things for you, more than He wants you to do for Him? We will keep talking in the coming year about what your job in the family business looks like. Until then, keep this in mind from Romans 12:

 

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” (verses 1-2).

 

Superkid, this is job No. 1: Meet the Boss. He’s awesome and He’s always there. You’re going to love working for Jesus!

 

Until next time,

Commander Kellie ♥

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Dressed for Work

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How are my favorite Superkids doing? This is still early in the new year, but I know that you are seeing things change all around you, as you’re hanging out with Jesus.
 
Last month we decided to be about our Father’s kingdom business! That’s a huge thought for a kid. Where do I start? Who tells me what to do? What’s my first job? Jesus had to figure all this out too.
 
Where Do We Start?
When you start working for a company, one of the first things they tell you is what to wear. You may have a company shirt with your name on it or a name badge that tells customers who you are. You’ve seen this when you go into a store. It’s easy to see who can help you when they have a shirt with the name of the company on it. I guess the place to start is dressing right for work! Don’t worry, Superkid, I’m not talking about wearing a dress or a suit all the time! The clothes you wear don’t tell people that you work for the Lord. There is something else that acts like a bright red T-shirt with I BELONG TO JESUS in big letters on the front AND back. Jesus tells us what it is in John 13:34-35, New International Reader’s Version: “I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you. If you love one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.”
 
If you want everyone to know who you work for, you have to wear your LOVE work clothes!
 
Colossians 3:12-14 says, “You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient. Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. And over all these good things put on love.”
 
The love we have on the inside shows up to people on the outside! It causes us to be kind, humble, gentle and patient with others. They can see that we forgive. When the Word says “over all,” it’s telling us that these characteristics in our lives all come out of love.
 
Sometimes when people come home from work, the first thing they do is put on something more comfortable. Sadly, too many times we act just like that with our love clothes. We work hard all day to obey at school, be nice to our friends, make a good impression at church and then come home and get “comfortable” with the ones we love the most. The love of Jesus never stops loving. When you find yourself loving less Jesus-like, put your clothes back on! Love your parents, brothers and sisters. When it’s hard for me to love, I do two things.
 
FIRST, I switch from my love to the love of Jesus by saying, “Jesus, I love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and I love my neighbor (or my sister or brother) as myself.”
 
SECOND, I remind myself what the Jesus love clothes look like by reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It does not dishonor other people. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up.”
 

Love is the color of your work shirt. Don’t take it off when you get home—your family needs the love of Jesus coming from you. Your love clothes never need to be washed or mended because, Superkid, “Love never fails” (verse 8).

 
The love of God never fails—never fails you, never fails others. When we wear our Jesus clothes, people will see not only His love in us, they will begin to see HIM! His love flowing out of us to others, grows and grows as we spend time with the One who LOVES US!
 
Happy Valentine’s Day, Superkids. I hope I answered your question about where to start. Now Jesus wants me to ask YOU a very important Valentine question:

Will you be Mine?

 
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE,
Commander Kellie ♥

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The Family Business

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Interviewer: “So, what experience do you have that qualifies you for this job?”
 
Superkid: “None.”
 
I: “OK. What skills do you have?”
 
S: “Hmmm, I’m not really sure yet.”
 
I: “What is your current employment?”
 
S: “I play, talk to my friends, have fun. The pay’s not that good, but I go to school and learn stuff.”
 
I: “And how old are you?”
 
S: “I’m 12 years old.”
 
I: “Well, I don’t see much here to qualify you to work at Kingdom of God Adventures. Can anyone recommend you or give you a character reference? If not, I’ll have to look for someone else.”
 
S: “Oh, yes! I belong to Jesus! I am called by His Name! In fact, He’s the One who asked me to come work here!”
 
I: “Well! That’s all I need to know! You are fully qualified and officially HIRED!
 
Superkid, this is how I picture you being interviewed to work in the kingdom of God. I’m being funny, but seriously, knowing Jesus is the only qualification you need to work the best job in the universe! Let me tell you about a boy who worked for His Dad. He was your age when He really began to take His job seriously.
 
Many years ago, a young girl named Mary was visited by an angel of the Lord: “Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift. You will become pregnant with a baby boy, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be supreme and will be known as the Son of the Highest” (Luke 1:30-32, The Passion Translation).
 
She was young and engaged to Joseph the carpenter. How could she become pregnant and how could He be the Son of God? Mary had many questions, but was willing to serve God in any way He asked. So she said, “Yes, Lord.”
 
Fast forward. Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, and all of heaven worshipped Him. Kings, shepherds and even animals bowed down before Him.
 
When Mary and Joseph took Jesus to be dedicated, lovers of God Simeon and Anna recognized Him as the Messiah they had been waiting for. They prophesied over Him, telling His parents all He would become and what He would do.
 
Simeon said, “‘With my own eyes I have seen your Word, the Savior you sent into the world. He will be glory for your people Israel, and the Revelation Light for all people everywhere!’ Mary and Joseph stood there, awestruck over what was being said about their baby” (2:31-33).
 
Simeon blessed Mary and Joseph and warned Mary of some difficult things she would face as Jesus’ mother. Anna sang choruses of praise to God. She left the Temple that day and never stopped telling people that their Savior had come.
 
Thanks to Simeon and Anna, Mary and Joseph truly realized Jesus was the Son of God. What was it like, raising God’s Son? What was their home like? What was life like for Jesus? Do you think Jesus was perfect? Did He like games and outdoor fun?
 
Talk with your family and explore such questions. Go even deeper and ask Jesus some other things. Here’s one: Did Jesus automatically know everything? Let’s talk about that. Jesus was human AND the Son of God. He lived in the earth as a human man, but he started as a human baby. Verse 40 tells us, “The child grew more powerful in grace, for he was being filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him.”
 
If he GREW more in grace and He was BEING FILLED with wisdom then what does that mean? It means that Jesus wasn’t automatically everything He became. Jesus grew in these things, JUST LIKE YOU.
 
We can see in His Word how Jesus grew up. We see a snapshot of one of His early adventures in verses 41-46: “Every year Jesus’ parents went to worship at Jerusalem during the Passover festival. When Jesus turned twelve…” WAIT! 12? Jesus was 12? Of course, He was! I told you! Keep going…. “his parents took him to Jerusalem to observe the Passover, as was their custom. A full day after they began their journey home, Joseph and Mary realized that Jesus was missing. They had assumed he was somewhere in their entourage, but he was nowhere to be found. After a frantic search among relatives and friends, Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After being separated from him for three days, they finally found him in the temple, sitting among the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions.”
 
Look at that, Superkid! Jesus wasn’t always talking and preaching. When He was a boy, He was listening and asking questions! He was learning about the Father, the Scriptures and His own calling. He was finding out who He was in His Father’s house! “His parents were shocked to find him there, and Mary scolded him, saying, ‘Son, your father and I have searched for you everywhere! We have been worried sick over not finding you. Why would you do this to us?’” (verse 48).
 
Jesus knew who HE was and it gave Him direction, focus and confidence. Verse 49 in the New King James Version says, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
 
His parents didn’t understand what He meant, but today we know Jesus came so His Father could have His lost children back. He depended on Jesus to save us, much as you and I do. Why? So we can hang out in the house of God, learn, ask questions, listen to our pastors, our teachers and parents like Jesus did. Most importantly, stay close to Jesus, ask HIM questions about His Word, about life.
 
This is what YOU are called to do! Verse 52 (TPT), “As Jesus grew, so did his wisdom and maturity. The favor of men increased upon his life, for he was loved greatly by God.” As you grow, your wisdom and maturity will increase, and YOU too can be about your Father’s business. He’s got an important job for YOU in the family business!
 
Pick up your Bible, Superkid. Everything you need to know is in this employee handbook, including your first assignment….
 
More on that later!
 
Commander Kellie ♥

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