Recharge Your Spirit


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A Personal Recharge

Laying Down Burdens Read Matthew 11:28. Think of the burdens or
concerns you’re carrying right now. Write them on a sheet of paper.
Talk to God about them. Lay them at the room entrance.

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You Are Loved

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Read John 13:1-17.

Remember the people Jesus encountered — the people he touched,
healed, and forgave? These were people a lot like you. Jesus loved
them — and he loves you — deeply. Receive the love God has for
you. Write a note to God telling him that you receive his love for

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Let the Children Come

Read Matthew 19:13-15.

Can’t you see it? Kids hanging on Jesus’ robe, asking question
after question, giggling and acting silly. How did Jesus

Ask Jesus to renew that kind of passion for kids in you.

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Hope for the Lost

Read Luke 15:3-7.

List the things that a shepherd does for the sheep. Meditate on
how God has done each of these things for you.

Who in your flock has strayed? Who are the sheep in your
ministry who need to know that you’re their shepherd?

Ask God to give you his shepherd’s heart for children.

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You Are Precious

Try to imagine the following scene as you read John 2:1-11.

As you read this Scripture, what did Jesus look like? Imagine
Jesus laughing with the people. What kind of laugh does Jesus have?
What does his face look like?

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Read Zephaniah 3:17.

What does this mean? Imagine God rejoicing as you enter the
room. See him swoop you up in his arms and declare to everyone that
he is well-pleased with you. Meditate on the fact that God delights
in you. Draw a picture of what you think this scene would look

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Close your eyes and focus on Jesus. Remain in silence for five
to 10 minutes. Do not speak. Do not pray. Simply listen to what God
wants to say to you.

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Remember the Call

Read Psalm 51:10-12.

Remember when you first felt called into children’s ministry.
Who did you tell? Remember your excitement, your enthusiasm, the
passion you felt? God desires those feelings for you each day as
you faithfully serve him.

List the things in your life that may be quenching the fire of
your call. Give each of those things to God. Ask God to restore the
passion of your call to children’s ministry.

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Remember the Why

Think of one child in your ministry. Who is this child? Why did
you think of this child? Imagine the child’s smile, laughter, and
delight as he or she comes to church each week.

Write a letter to that child in your journal. Explain your hopes
and dreams for the child. Include your heartfelt prayers for how
you want God to use you in that child’s life. Keep the letter as a
vivid reminder of why you serve children in God’s kingdom.

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Pick up the burdens you left at the door when you started. Are
they lighter? Why? How can you give your burdens to God every

Thank God for giving you a heart for children, their families,
and children’s ministry. Ask God to give you a renewed strength, an
enlightened vision, and an ignited passion for ministry and the
people you serve.

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“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask
or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to
him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all
generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Elaine Friedrich Hall is a children’s ministry consultant
who lives in Cordova, Tennessee.

This article is excerpted from Children’s Ministry


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