Easter is a day to celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection. As said by the pastor today, “the miracle I need most has already happened with the resurrection of Jesus” (Jud Wilhite, Central Church). It’s the best news. Yet I find myself complaining of the ever-growing craft mess on the table, unloading the dishwasher, stopping myself with every nerve in my mind and body, to not yell at the kids to stop playing video games. And then I feel better about life when my kids are smiling big after they find their surprise Easter plushies. Goodness, I am missing the bigger picture and focusing too much on the little things.
What I need today and after: readjustment of how I view what I see. These are blessings not hindrances to my life and faith. I got long ways to go in my faith journey, but Easter reminds me how Jesus loves me despite my flaws. Thank the Lord!
Hope you are all having a great Easter and staying well and healthy. Thanks everyone for visiting my blog; as always, appreciate you all.
*This turned out to be a longer post than planned. I’m hoping it’ll be useful for parents with young children searching for a biblical and engaging bible study show. And it doesn’t really matter the age, even grown ups will enjoy it too.
For Sunday School, my kids have been excitedly watching “The So & So Show” shown on the People’s Church website. On Sundays, our family usually tunes into an online service at Central Church in Las Vegas with pastor Jud Wilhite. As a spevial guest, he invited his pastor friend Herbert Cooper, senior pastor at People’s Church in Oklahoma, to preach that Sunday. Oh wow, his message was powerful, Jesus centered, and entertaining with his jokes and personal stories.
Few weeks ago, I felt like listening to a sermon (it’s a weird thing since college) and typed in the web address People’s Church. https://peoples.church/
Their main website was finicky that day or it could have been my ultra-slow internet connection. Anyways, my sophisticated trouble shooting method involves furiously clicking and tapping on keys. Kids joined me and I knew my quiet time was over. Clicked on the “Kid’s Home” and was surprised it loaded.
We clicked on lesson geared towards 2nd-5th grade students. But they also had groups for preschool and kindergarten/ first grade children. It was the perfect discovery for us during this shelter-in-place.
After the first show, my kids were hooked and watched the same episode several times. Now they ask when the next “The So & So Show” will be online.
Here is a brief overview if you’re interested in watching it with your kids. New episodes are uploaded every Saturday.
Upbeat worship song and dance (one of the worship leaders looks like our babysitter, and they talk about it each time the camera focuses on him)
A talk show setting hosted by 2 White middle-aged guys, named Jon and Brandon, who use fun props, over-dramatic reactions that kids find appealing, and relatable dialogue to introduce the topic of the week
This introduction transitions to an interview with a surprise guest, called “Someone who knows stuff” (ex. slime expert, cotton candy maker, phony sound maker for movies, etc.)
Then, a video bubble pops up with the Bible story host named Kellen, a young Black guy with a halo-syle Afro. He interacts with Jon and Brandon and connects the story to the week’s topic. The story is short and presented in a casual manner, and Kellen also narrates the skit played by various people (adults, kids, and puppets).
Final part of the show ends with a Reveal the Question, a question of the day. Thought-provoking questions that challenge both kids and adults about your relationship with God.
This week’s question: HOW DOES GOD TRY TO GET YOUR ATTENTION?
We are tremendous fans of this show! Here’s a link to the poster of the show’s cast. I love how Bible stories are told in engaging ways that help kids to understand the story and learn what it means to follow Jesus.
Big, last minute discovery for me:
While double checking the spelling of the host’s names, I discovered a new thing!! “The So & So Show” has its own YouTube channel (I just subscribed). It’s also a popular curriculum resource developed by a church ministry company called ThinkOrange.
They provide a variety of curriculum, resources for different age groups, and I believe these shows are pre-made for churches to supplement their children’s programs. The website has a store where tou can stickers, books, and posters. I can imagine my kid’s excitement when I tell them we can get their merch. aye yai yai…
* this post has been through many edits. I keep seeing holes here and there, thus the rewording and reorganization. Just letting you know. And of course, thank you dear readers for reading and for being here!!
Our family is made up of homebodies. We spend a lot of time at home, but this sheltering-in-place and social distancing are taking it to the extreme. All the news inform that staying home is the best solution: it’ll flatten the curve and hopefully prevent further spreading of this super contagious COVID-19. But even if you wanted to go out, it’s a scary prospect. You could catch it from non-symptomatic individuals or we could be carriers and unknowingly spread it. Too risky!
So we feel grateful to be home and for our health. We are extra vigilant to protect Ellis too: her underlying medical condition makes her more vulnerable. Though many people are stuck at home riding out this pandemic, there’s mounting fear concerning the present situation for ourselves and family, health issues, job situation, economy, and what the future holds. Click on a new’s story and be prepared for a meltdown; death toll keeps climbing, new cases mounting, protective gear in low supply for medical workers, and surgeon general’s warning that this upcoming week will be the “hardest, saddest.” Unreal. Cue…panic attack.
A lesson I’m learning through all this is that plans are only plans. I’m not a planner at all: the word itself gives me a migraine. But I still have broad ideas of what we would be doing the next couple of months, in terms of homeschooling, appointments, summer activities, goals to achieve etc. Then, when the first quarantine happened, my very vague plans suddenly became nothing but a past concern. Now, it’s a day-to-day thing.
For the past 2 weeks, I feel my mind sorting through this deadly reality. It’s all a confused, incoherent jumble at present. So much to digest as life turns inward and reality flipped upside down. But my plan (eeek, I said it!) Is to use this solid block of time to make memories with my family and dig up old things to do again. I aim to do that in bits, because this making memory thing is a laborious process testing my patience when kids get into everything and simple activities become elaborate disasters. Will we have stories to share when this is behind us.
Through it all, I’m working on strengthening my affirmation that God is in the business of performing miracles and bringing goodness out of awful situations. He’s done them before in amazing ways. However, the walk was and is not easy…so many perils, questions, unknowns, losses, and paralyzing fears. Reassurance is that a powerful God who raised Jesus from the dead walks with us through the darkest valleys. He’s that kind of powerful. I’m sticking with him.
Praying that you stay safe and healthy. And here’s an empowering thought from pastor Jud Wilhite’s sermon yesterday:
“You can make yourself miserable or you can make today memorable.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”– Philippians 4:6