From One Generation to Another

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by Juan Terrazas A couple of years ago at a Path United staff meeting, a few of us were working on details of what the future of the organization would be. During the meeting we were contemplating the measurements of what a successful Path student would look like. As we were discussing, I was asked the question, “What do you want for Zion?” As I heard the question directed at me, my emotions were aroused, and I began to tear up. I teared up because I remembered the pain and suffering I had to go to through to obtain the … Read More

Sticker Chart

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by Rachel Bartlett Have you ever used a sticker chart for your kids?  Maybe your family has a chore chart or used a sticker chart when potty training. We have our kids place a sticker on a chart as we cheer and encourage them along. But where is my sticker chart? Make the meals and snacks; gold star.Help with school work; gold star.Clean up snot, dirty diaper, or throw up; platinum star. Does anyone see what I do? Or even more importantly, does anyone see where I struggle? There are days when we can’t find the strength to do the work. There are … Read More

He Graciously Meets Us Where We Are

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by R. Potatoes It was a crazy busy Friday. I was out running errands when the case worker called, “We have a large sibling set that just came into DFCS custody. I don’t have any details on them but can you take some of them?” The answer is always yes. Late that night, two completely traumatized little ones were dropped off with nothing but a grocery bag full of dirty clothes (two sizes too small). In a snap, we were thrust back into the stage of blow out diapers, large baby equipment, car seat acrobatics, bottles, tantrums, and very very very sleepless nights. Our extraordinarily tiny home became … Read More

Opportunity vs. Sabbath Rest

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by Rachel O’Dell As I was debating, in my mind, the pros and cons of accepting the invitation to write this parent encouragement for New City Kids, it dawned on me that I ought to blog about the actual stress of weighing the pros and cons of any opportunity (or decision) that we make in life. So this post is very “meta” because, why not? Every opportunity taken in life is going to involve some added layer of work (if only for a short time) unless we off-load something else before taking up the new task. And of course, new opportunities taken can … Read More

Faith and Experience

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by Maya Rondy In 2008, I made a decision to follow Jesus as my Savior and as my Lord. This was a big change for me because before I had always wrongly believed in many gods. In the beginning it wasn’t fun at all; I didn’t understand what the Christian life was supposed to be like. I didn’t know how my own life was to have meaning. The reality was, I wasn’t even sure that I belonged to Jesus. But Jesus revealed himself to me, convincing me that He is real, and my life completely changed. Day by day, my … Read More

The Value of Serving in New City Kids

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by Joe Brand When I consider the impact of New City Kids in the life of our family, I smile. We did not have school age children when we came to New City Church. However, our youngest child had several occasions to serve with New City Kids and observe children’s ministry leadership. She came away with a deeper appreciation for how a local church serves families. We were elated to see how well she was equipped and trained and how immensely she enjoyed the process and service. Like most churches, New City can use additional volunteers in the work of … Read More

Hidden

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by Megan Johnson C.S. Lewis wisely said, “We must lay before God what is in us, not what ought to be in us.” As we approach Christmas, I’m reminded of a situation I was in a couple of months ago. Now, this situation is not for the faint of heart; it is going to make you squirm, so be forewarned and proceed with caution … Okay, now that I’ve warned you (and you’re still with me) I’ll cut to the chase: My daughter, Maggie, had lice crawling on her scalp several weeks ago. She woke up in the middle of … Read More

Wisdom in the Dark

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by Brittany Vallejo “Want to know what it’s like to have four kids? Imagine you’re drowning… and then someone hands you a baby.” – Jim Gaffigan Our house has felt a bit like this lately. Between homeschooling two children, sitting in carpool lines with another, and nursing a baby every 3 hours, I barely have time to brush my teeth some days (literally … don’t get too close to me if you run into me at Target!) My days are filled with what most stay-at-home moms experience: wiping runny noses, changing diapers, making sure sheets are clean, and preparing a … Read More

Generosity is a Family Goal

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by Cheri Ryan Over the past few months, it has been interesting to observe how interested our daughter has become in the idea that our little church plant might soon have its own building. When we first pointed out the site to her as we drove through downtown Lawrenceville, she said that she liked that it was close to the puppet show (Aurora Theater). She now points the building out to us as we go down Buford Drive. Additionally, she was listening when we sat in those congregational meetings after service, and she raised her hand to vote in favor … Read More

Trusting God with our Post Summer Selves

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by Sarah May Summer came, and with the freedom from stringent schedules, normal alarms, early bedtimes, and regular baths, (because swimming definitely counts in the summertime,) also comes a lull in regular cleaning chores, nonexistent disciplined days, and very few moments of quiet. Something happens to mamas in the summer. Whether we work outside the home full-time, half-time, or are at home always. Whether we have toddlers, school-aged children, or are welcoming home those from college who will always be our babies. There is a large chunk of us that we voluntarily set aside and place on the shelf for … Read More