I pray you will have found time to rest in God over this long weekend. I went to a day retreat recently about finding rest in God. I found aspects of the message shared challenging, particularly when looking at the challenges of accepting God’s gift of the Sabbath. I find it can become all too easy to get caught up in the ‘important and good stuff’ that I feel God has placed on my heart, without remembering to take the time to rest in God, play and be restored. Hopefully, with an extra day in the weekend, you and your family were able to enjoy some time together with God, playing and being restored!
As a staff, we have recently completed a training course with the psychologists from the Ministry of Education called Understanding Behaviour and Responding Safely. The course really highlighted to me the impact that early trauma can have on children as they grow up. We also received a report from a psychologist recently that described the trauma the child had experienced as an invisible disability that the child now carries. In our school, we have a large number of families who have fostered or adopted children with experiences of trauma in their early lives. I have so much respect for these parents who through strong, loving relationships are bringing healing to past hurts. I hope you will all join me in prayer for these families, that God gives each parent an abundance of love, wisdom and patience as they walk through a healing journey with their children, and also for the children themselves, that God will bring healing to the damage caused by early trauma.
In Christchurch, people are currently studying the effects that the early trauma of the earthquakes has had on children. Heightened levels of cortisol in children’s systems from an underlying stress can mean they are always slightly on-edge, rather than the carefree joy you often see in children who have had a relaxed start to life. Actively teaching our children strategies to remain in the ‘thinking part’ of their brain is important for their own well-being. At the retreat I went to in the weekend they encouraged breath prayer. Deep breathing has been proven to lower levels of stress and anxiety, helping us to stay in the thinking part of our brains. How much more powerful that with each breath we focus on the truth found in God’s word!
On a completely separate note. The front page of our website has been updated to include information about our strategic direction forward. I shared this at our Parent Information Sessions at the start of the year, but we have been working on having it in an easily accessible way for people to see. Please check it out here. If you have any questions or comments on this please feel free to pop in and see me.