Don’t Eat Yellow Snow

“Right-y Tight-y; Left-y Loose-y”

Every time I use a screwdriver, this phrase runs through my mind. A quick reminder of which direction I should turn to loosen or tighten the screw. I laugh at the idea that I still depend on this childhood phrase. But it’s right. And it works.

I have several of these phrases branded in my mind.

Be the friend you want to have.

What’s popular isn’t always right. What’s right isn’t always popular.

Don’t eat yellow snow.

Valuable phrases that come in handy when circumstances are right.

Last week I talked to a dad of one of my few after Small Group. Currently his family is walking out some pretty trying circumstances. And financially, things don’t look good. He explained to me how he takes time with his family each night to pray for God’s provision, for a job for daddy and peace for everyone.

A few nights before, after praying together, his six year old looked up and him and said, “You know daddy. We can trust God no matter what.”

That simple statement was a boom of encouragement to this dad. Not only was it a timely reminder of how God provides but it is a truth that this child has heard and now has a context in which to apply it.

With young kids, we intentionally use simple phrases to sum up important values. And we repeat them multiple times. Because at some point they’re going to encounter a situation where that value is tested. And the phrase that’s already planted in their mind now becomes imbedded in their heart.

Words matter.

As a SGL, we may not know what happens at home, at school or on the playground. But when we use what little time we have to recycle these simple phrases we give our few….

words to express what they know is true…

encouragement to sew into those around them…

footholds to help them navigate life’s situations.

What phrases did you learn as a child that you still use today? What words can you invest in your few to help them navigate life’s circumstances?

Gina McClain March 25th, 2014 0 comments

How to be a Superstar

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Not long after, she started serving.
Initially, she assisted a team of Small Group leaders. Helping to bring support where needed. McKenna’s shy, understated personality allowed

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What’s in your hand?

I recently read the account of Moses and his encounter with God in Exodus 4.  There are so many commentaries, writings and sermons about a single interaction between this man born a slave, raised as a prince and living as a shepherd in a foreign land. Let’s face it. Moses was a walking dichotomy.
Though there are many things we can learn from this moment

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An Uncontrollable Process

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The Purple Crayon

Kevin placed the box of crayons in the middle of the circle. He’d barely pulled his hand away before 8 smaller ones rushed in to grab their favorite. But Kevin deftly removed a purple crayon just for Chesney. Placing the purple crayon on her paper, Chesney looked up and smiled.
Kevin hasn’t led his group for long. If you were to ask him to rate

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Be Intentional

Yesterday I had a 45 second conversation with a parent.

That doesn't seem like a lot of time.  And it really isn't. But it was plenty of time to tell this mom that her 5 year old boldly stated that cleaning his room was an easy request to obey.

She found that funny yet very helpful as house cleaning was on the agenda that afternoon.

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Small Group in Training

I can remember visiting the zoo as a child. Watching a group of monkeys in their habitat swinging through the branches and screeching at each other as they played. It was incredibly entertaining & fascinating to my 5 year old mind.

This past Fall, I had mental flashbacks of that monkey scene as I watched our brand new kindergarten groups adjust to their new Small

Gina McClain January 30th, 2014 2 Comments

Perception is Reality

One of your primary functions as a small group leader is to create a safe place for your few. A place of safety sets the stage for a trusting relationship that can last for many years. However, I'm not talking about the kind of environment where kids open up and share personal stories. Neither am I talking about the kind of setting where there is

Kenny Conley January 21st, 2014 1 comment