Helping Parent’s and Children Understand Their God-given Motivational Gifts
Anna’s Friends is a series of 8 children’s books written from the perspective of children, each one with a different motivational gift found in Roman’s 12:6-8. The books show the interaction between each of Anna’s friends and how they would respond to one another based on their gift. The Parent’s Guide to Understanding What Motivates Your Child is companion book for the parents to read so they can discover their child’s gift(s).
Let’s discover our motivational gifts
Roman’s chapter 12 is a guideline to all of us as to how to live with others. There are seven motivational gifts (unlike the ministry gifts in Ephesians 4 or the manifestation gifts in I Corinthians 12) found in Romans 12:6-8. These gifts are the inward drive that we all have to express God’s love.
For the purpose of the Parents Guides to Understanding What Motivates Your Child, we only focusing on the seven motivational gifts since they are the foundation for understanding what guides our child’s interactions with others, and ultimately their life path.
Parenting can be a challengeWe have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body. So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. Whoever has authority should work hard; If it is to encourage others, we should do so; Whoever shares with others should do it generously; Whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully; If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; If it is to serve, we should serve; If it is to teach, we should teach. Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Rom 12:4-9 (Good News Bible) Note* The order of the seven gifts is listed alphabetically for ease and efficiency in this guide.
Each of the Lesson’s contain the following:
• The purpose and description of the gift
• Getting to know a Bible character with the gift
• Recognizing and Identifying Character Traits of your child’s gift
• Challenges for the child with the gift of the respective gift
• Family Engagement to develop the gift
• Story of a famous person with the gift
• Meeting Anna’s friends
Meet my 7 cutout kids! To share in the discovery of better understanding your child I have written a series of eight books written specifically for the eight-year-old; those in this age group I find are very eager to learn who they are (Children from age six to twelve have read these books). You will meet (front row in photo at the right) Sarah (the teacher), Anna (the facilitator/administrator), Hiro (the exhorter), Maria (the giver), (back row) Daniel (the prophet), Cayden (the merciful), and Jesse (the servant).
How to Identify Your Child’s Motivational Gifts
Listen to this 55 minute engaging presentation by Yvonne Williams at the 2017 Florida Parent-Teachers Association (FPEA) annual convention in Orlando, FL as she helps attendees discover which of the 7 motivational gifts found in Romans 12:6-8 their children have. Then visit www.annasfriends.com
What inspired this book?
One of the highlights of working with youth was when I discovered and came to understand the motivational gifts found in the book of Romans. I had an ahah moment… Imagine the impact on our children’s lives if we could truly guide them in the direction they were born to go in! (Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.)
I quickly jotted down some ideas and created a notebook for each one of the gifts, then set out to completely and thoroughly understand each of them. It was exhilarating to imagine the impact on children if they only understood why they did the things they do–if parents understood why their children did the things they do!