I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in December 2007, a few months after I joined CB and went through treatment. Two years later, without any warning, a cerebral aneurysm ruptured when I was asleep. It is only by the grace of God that I not only survived but that I am able to type these words today. Though we may face trouble, we do not have to be victims of our circumstances, we can be victors over them through Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:35-39)
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Yes children do understand. The problem is not if they understand, it is really if the adults in their world had taken the time to talk with them, to teach and disciple them. Please note that I used "talk with" as opposed to "talk to". My experience over the years as a teacher and a pastor is that kids are amazing and they will rise or fall to our level of expectation of them. Treat them with the respect every creation of God deserves, talk with them, show them trust that they can understand and make decisions, raise the bar in terms of what you think they can accomplish and they will amaze you. Treat them like people and please note "raising the bar does not mean demanding in an authoritarian manner ... it means encouraging, praising, and gentle prodding to new heights.
In His Love,