“I’ve Pitched My Tent In The Land Of Hope”

A friend of mine, asked me to help lend a visual for a tent. After studying Acts 2:26 in Women’s Bible Study, it’s what comes to my mind whenever I think of, or see a tent:)

Acts 2:26

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope
(NIV)

This same verse is written like this in The Message

“I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.”

Thinking about tents a little further, I created a list of ”attributes”

  • Temporary Home
  • Shelter, Protection
  • Supported by an organized structure (The Church)
  • Held up by it’s frame (Truth)
  • Tied or “rooted” to the ground (Faith)

Abraham left all He had known to obey the Lord’s command and follow Him to a place that was foreign, and for a time, temporary. He lived in tents, and looked forward to the “city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”

Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, without knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

While we dwell here on earth, in our temporary home, let us “pitch our tent, in the land of hope!” For we can rest in the promise, that we will one day live in “a city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God!”

Revelation 21: Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bridebeautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Doodle Devotions WK 5

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Hello!

This week we are studying Abraham and Sarah.

Below is a teaching video, brought to you by Crossroads Community Church Kids Club!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT ABRAHAM AND SARAH

Remind your kids that God made a promise to Abraham and God’s promises are good.  God is always faithful and wants us to be faithful as well.

God promised that a great nation would come from Abraham. He promised that Abraham’s name would be great among the Earth, and that all people would be blessed through him.  God always keeps His promises.  God wants us to keep our promises too. 

Ask your Kids…

What kind of promises can you make that you can keep?  Allow children to respond.  

We can promise to be nice to our brother or sister, share with our friends or help our parents with something around the house.  Encourage your kids to think of a promise they can make.  Let them know, that keeping a promise is very hard, and they will need God’s power to follow through. We can stop and talk to God anytime, and He will help us!

Give them a piece of paper and ask them to draw a picture of the promise they have made. 

Write I promise to …….. on the top of the page. 

Hang the picture somewhere your child will see it daily, and explain that you want them to look at the promise each day, and remember to ask God to help them KEEP their promise:) Tell them, “God keeps His promises, and he wants you to keep your promise too.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF COLORING PAGE, THEN CLICK ON
THE TITLE TO PRINT.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF COLORING PAGE, THEN CLICK ON
THE TITLE TO PRINT.

BELOW is a fun craft project using STARS!

5 Point 3 Dimensional Star Wreath

FOR HELP WITH SCORING, CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE FROM MY PREVIOUS POST

Below is another fun Star Craft that takes you and your kids outdoors!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GO TO THE LINK

Today’s Doodle Devotion, is just a “slice” of Abraham’s story! I pray that as you create opportunities to teach your children about God’s faithfulness, they will learn that He is trustworthy. The Story of Abraham can help them understand that good things take time, but if we know our God is faithful to His Word, we can trust that the wait is always worth it!

Bless you!

Doodle Devotions WK 4

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HELLO!

I have decided to refine my weekly Doodle Devotions, to make them more closely aligned with my daily focus of committing time and space for studying God’s Word, listening to the Holy Spirit, and then creating a memorial to the Lord …a remembrance of what He has revealed…A record of the place we have met ❤️

This process can help our kids learn to connect with God on a personal level, hopefully and prayerfully instilling in them, a practice for their lifetime!

I will continue to post a fun teaching video from the Crossroads Kids Club “vault” along with a complimentary coloring page, doodle 101s, and group activities and/or craft projects!

As always, my heart is to come alongside YOU as an encouragement in your walk with the Lord and journey of documenting faith!

Week 4 is all about NOAH.

Click on the image to view the STORY OF NOAH

Here are some Doodle 101’s to help you and your children document Noah’s Story.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THIS COLORING PAGE, THEN CLICK ON THE TITLE
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF, THEN CLICK ON THE TITLE TO PRINT
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR PDF, THEN CLICK ON THE TITLE TO PRINT




CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE RECIPE LINK
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE LINK TO THIS CRAFT.
YOUR KIDS CAN CUT OUT THE ANIMALS FROM THE PREVIOUS DOODLE PAGES OR DRAW THEIR OWN TO PUT IN THIS PAPER PLATE ARK!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you found something helpful, and may it bless you and your family!

Much love,

Doodle Devotions WK 3

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Today’s Post is WEEK 3 of Doodle Devotions! I started out with the goal of posting each week on the Friday before the week to follow, so that parents had a chance to look over the material ahead of time. I also thought some may decide to solely use the material to supplement Sunday Worship. I haven’t heard from anyone (except my SWEET friend Josie!!) about how your family is using the lessons…so, I didn’t rush the content this week!

I’d LOVE to hear from you if you are using the material, and would like to improve what I’m doing by listening to your suggestions!

Below is the video lesson for the week produced by the amazing CROSSROADS KIDS CLUB. There is SOOOO many FANTASTIC resources here, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you check them out!

Click on the image for the pdf file then click on the TITLE to PRINT

The story of the Fall and all it’s implications can be a difficult lesson for young children to understand. If you choose to read the story to your kids ages 2-10, I would suggest doing so using a Young Readers Story Bible for Children.

When discussing this topic with young children, it is good to focus on the truth that God created the world and everything in it. He gave everything a special place in His world and a special job to do. He made us for LOVE.

We are created to live in peace with God, & with each other. Because of our selfishness and pride all those relationships are damaged and broken. Like Adam and Eve, we all believe lies. We choose our way instead of God’s way, and we end up running away from the God who made us and loves us. We fight with one another and blame each other for our own bad choices. Children can see the effects of sin and find examples of all these areas of brokenness in their own experience. This week it is important to talk about our need to ask for forgiveness… for going our way instead of God’s way. It is also important to give our children the good news of Jesus, and that we can trust Jesus to set things right in our own hearts and restore our relationship with God, with others, with creation.

Below is a Coloring Page

Click on the image for the pdf file then click on the TITLE to PRINT
Click on the image for the pdf file then click on the TITLE to PRINT
Click on the image for the pdf file then click on the TITLE to PRINT

Below are the daily scripture study guides for 5 days

This week’s activity pages are below. I will try to add a few more soon!

This week’s Craft is Below.

Use Painter’s Tape to make a cross on a blank sheet of paper.

Make sure the tape is secure around all the edges. Kids can now color the whole page with markers, paints, or crayons.

When they are finished, and the color is dry; Peel off the tape!

Help your kids think through the decisions they are making this week. If they make a “bad decision” talk about how this relates to the choices Adam and Eve made, and discuss how they can STOP to talk to God before EVERY decision they make. (Remind them of Proverbs 3:5 each day) This will develop GREAT habits and help them to know that every choice they make is important and leads to consequences. Good or bad! God loves us so much, that He promises to help us with every step we take!


Proverbs 3:5-6 (ICB)

Trust the Lord with all your heart.
    Don’t depend on your own understanding.
Remember the Lord in everything you do.
    And he will give you success.

I’d love to hear from YOU!

Much love,

PIECES OF THE BIBLE

HELLO!

I have to share this VERY SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY WITH YOU!

I have been workin on a project that is moving towards a larger production. As we work on the final puzzle project, we NEED YOUR HELP!

FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY, PIECES OF THE BIBLE IS OFFERING A FREE PUZZLE TO THE FIRST 250 PEOPLE WHO GO TO THEIR SITE AND PUT A PUZZLE IN THEIR “CART!”

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE SITE FOR YOUR FREE PUZZLE!

We hope to get feedback from those who are able to snag one of these free puzzles, in order to make them the best that they can be!

THIS IS AN IMAGE OF THE PUZZLE GRAPHICS

Hope you will check out the website and learn more about these great puzzles and our Team!

In Him,

Doodle Devotions WK 2

Hello! I hope that the pages I’ve created have been a help for some of you! It is my heart, to come alongside others to encourage and support!

I’m especially sensitive to young Mom’s because I believe the call God has placed on their lives is of the utmost importance!

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” -Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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Click on the image above FOR THE VIDEO LESSON

God had a plan for His family all along. He knew that Adam and Eve would make some bad choices, which would separate them from their Holy Father. The thing is, God is all about love, and had a rescue plan in place from the very beginning. We are ALL made in God’s image, and through Christ, we are adopted as sons and daughters of the King. We are a Royal family.

Below are some pages for you to print and complete. Use the Doodle exercises to practice drawing people, and then add them to your Family Tree and “Snap Shot” page.

Note that the The family tree is not “Biblically complete!” I want your kids to know that from the time God created Adam and Eve, HE had THEM in mind, and one day, they would be born into God’s family.

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
(SNAPSHOT PAGE)

The next 3 pages are Challenge Worksheets for Scripture Study for ages 6 and above. I use this 3,2,1 Method of study myself, and often teach it to adult classes. It’s a great structure of studying God’s Word verse by verse.

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print

The next 3 files are Scripture Study Challenge pages for non-readers.

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print

Below is an Activity Page. It includes instructions for the paper “Floppy Ear Dog Project”, The Family Discovery Activity, and Encouragement Tag instructions.

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
*SEE A GREAT OPTION FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT CARDS WITH THE PRINTABLE

Below are step by step Photos of the Floppy Ear Dog Craft. Written instructions are on the activity page above.

Needed: Printed Dog page, scissors, glue stick

I initially watched the video below for this cute idea. It might help to watch it first, though it took me some time to figure out dimensions and how to make it work! It’s quick!

Dog demo starts at about the 0:24 mark

Choose to print in Black and White or Color. IF you print in Black and White you can color it in yourself!

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
(it is best to print this on cardstock)
Next, cut out each piece
On the background square, Cut a slit where you see a grey line
It’s easier to cut if you gently fold, but try not to create a crease line
Glue the tongue to the Ears like above
I added this tan “body piece” in the wrong order. Do this first, then work on the
dark brown face:)
Apply some glue to the back of the face piece (stay above the area where the face lays on top of the slit. You only need about the width of your glue stick at the top.) 3/4 of the face remains “free and unglued.” Line up the top straight edge of the face with the top edge of the background square. The tab should be sticking up above that.
Glue on eyes and nose
Flip the whole thing over again and fold the outside edges of the background piece to the back. (About 1/4 inch) Once folded, the final back piece should line up to be the same size with the edges folded down.
Fold the ears down, gently pull tongue to make ears lift up. He is listening to God’s Word!

The Last craft activity on the “Activity Page-Do It” are the “Encouragement Cards.” If it weren’t for our current Covid 19 status, these would be perfect to leave hanging on a mailbox, left for a delivery person, or hanging on your neighbor’s door. Save those ideas for another day, and make them for your family, or whoever you are quarantined with!

OPTION 2: You could take a photo of a finished tag hanging in YOUR HOME for someone you can’t be with in person THEN TEXT the photo to them!!! That would surely brighten someone’s day:)

I LOVE MUSIC, AND I LOVE MUSIC MAE from Crossroads Community Church Kids Club.
Each of my weekly post will include video lessons and songs from this FREE resource. KIDS, TRY THE CUP MOVES AND PLAY ALONG WITH THE VIDEO!

My goal for posting is EVERY FRIDAY, so that adults have a few days during the weekend to look over the material for the following week. Some of you may choose to pick a few activities/lessons for use on Sunday morning. I’d love to hear how YOU are using these resources! It would help me a great deal in making these better for you!

The material this week took me much longer than I expected, so I couldn’t get this post ready until today! It was fun for me, I hope you enjoy it with your kids!

Much love,

Bullet Journal Spread for Bible Study & Devotionals

I am currently reading Beth Guckenberger’s 40 day devotional “Reckless Faith” -a 40 day journey to saying yes.

Beth Guckenberger has compiled forty life-changing messages to encourage a life of reckless faith. This devotional journey walks through the adventure and joy that follows a yes to Jesus. Through a unique approach of reflecting on experiences to create internal change and external action steps, each day tells personal stories of when she accepted a challenge to grow. Some stories take place on the mission field and some around her table, but all hold insight to inspire a life with Jesus, who longs to work in and through us all. This journey will help you: – Experience reckless faith adventures – Relate biblical truths to your daily life – Understand God’s heart for others

About Beth

Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children.

Beth is the author of eight books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.

Beth is an incredible story teller, and for this visual learner, she illuminates truth like no other. The Lord has blessed her with the ability to communicate spiritual truth with a humility and compassion that completely draws you to HIM. Through the power of the Holy Spirit you will be moved. She speaks from experience out in the trenches, doing God’s work…stumbling along the way, as she becomes more like Christ with each step. She invites you into her journey and you walk away friends:)

Today, I want to share my process for journaling this 40 day devotional with you. It can be used to journal any devotional or scripture study, but works perfectly with the way Beth sets up each daily entry in her book.

Above is my Journal. Baron Fig Confidant. (Slightly smaller than A5) There are definitely aspects about it that I don’t like. I fixed one issue by painting the front and back with acrylic paint. (It has a linen like cover that picks up dirt and grease, yuk!) The layout of the book and the size are certainly to my liking, but the pages are very thin, and don’t hold up well with any heavier applications of pen/marker or paint. I primarily use watercolor and microns, so I can manage, but below is my FAVORITE dot bullet journal that will take almost ANY product without bleed through! (And I love the wipeable cover!) Size/A5

Each of the 40 days in “Reckless Faith” contain: an Experience, a reflection Scripture, Probing Reflective Questions, and an Action step. Below is how I set up my spread to utilize these elements.

Click on the image above for the printable pdf

LEFT SIDE PAGE

I use the top left box (Date/March) to write the FACTS/TRUTHS I pull from the scripture highlighted(top right), using the 3,2,1 Method of Study.

In the “Action space” (left page top right space next to the Date/Truth box) I write my “Response” The ACTION God is calling me to take. I try to write this in the form of a plan that I can implement daily. Beth gives you a specific task to accomplish which is a great way to put what you’ve learned into DOING:)

RIGHT SIDE PAGE

In the top Right box I RE-WRITE the scripture. I find that the simple exercise of prayerfully re-writing scripture helps me meditate over it and remember it! Ask the Holy Spirit for direction and insight, He will teach you “the deep things of God that you do not know!” (1 Corinthians 2)

The vertical box on the lower left side of the right page is where I place a specific WORD that jumps out at me in the story Beth shares or a lesson point she makes. Sometimes, I write a phrase…it’s usually the main point for the day:)

On the lower Right Side (of the right page) I describe the Word box in more detail. Sometimes I add a visual using a drawing or photo.

I pre-cut thin, brown paper bags to use as a 3 x 4 background or I tear pieces of recycled bags and place “strategically” on any of the sections. I also pre-cut watercolor squares/rectangles to use for paintings/drawings. This way, you can create something outside your journal, and will get better results on watercolor paper. MANY TIMES, I cover up boo boos by adding paper! If I cannot correct an oops, I just grab paper, glue it in, and cover it up!

Devotions / Sue Carroll/1Arthouse.blog
This is a COVER UP (left page bottom) over my notes section where I made a big boo boo!

I spend a big chunk of time each morning studying and creating my pages.(1-2 hours) I save time by drawing out the page layout structure, a week at a time, on the weekend. I typically do one, 2 page spread, 5 days a week and use the weekend to layout my pages so they are ready to fill in during the week.

THE PODCASTS ARE GREAT!

I’ve included a FREE printable that you can use to make your own stickers! You can find sticker paper on amazon HERE.

Click on the image to access printable / then click on the title that comes up to print

Hopefully I’ve given you some resources that will be useful to you as you spend precious time with the Lord.

“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

Doodle Devotions WK 1

Week One : Creation

Hello!

Today is the first day of what I hope will be a weekly resource for many of you! I will post each page for the week, along with a brief description of how to use it. (The description follows the page image)

I will also include a video lesson/and or song to use in conjunction with the printable handouts. You can grab the weekly files by downloading the complete merged document or download them individually…choosing what works best for the ages of your kids.

You may decide to use these materials throughout the week, or utilize specific pages to support your Sunday worship experience!

Click on the image for printable, then click on the title

Above is a cover for you to use, should you choose to create bound pages or house in a binder. You can print this off and slip it into a binder with a clear front pocket. I bound my pages together with washi tape, and then punched holes and added ties:) Each week will have 5-10 pages.

Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title

The above image is a coloring page.

Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title

The above scripture worksheet is designed for readers. It’s a GREAT exercise for young readers to learn how to use the table of contents in their Bible and to practice finding scripture for themselves.

Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title

Young readers or non reader can color in the numbered days as an adult or older reader helps them to understand what happened on each day of creation. Young readers can label the numbers with the corresponding scripture found on the previous page.

Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title
Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title

Above is a “Doodle 101” This is a step by step instruction. Kids can use this and the following Doodle 101 to create their own CREATION picture story.

Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title
Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title

Above is a printable frame for your kids to create their own “mock Polaroid’ of the creation story, using the Step by Step Doodle 101 worksheets.

Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title

Above is a weekly activity sheet, to dig in a little deeper! We all connect to learning by doing! These activities are designed to reinforce the lesson and build tactile memories…seeds that will continue to grow! (Day 3 of the creation plates ground/grass is created with Cheerios dyed with food coloring)

Below: The Creation Story VIDEO LINK

SONG “I Am A Helping Hand” (for Annabelle and me ❤️) VIDEO LINK

WE LOVE MUSIC MAE!!!!!! She and her team have LOTS of FUN original & inspirational songs on YouTube or at crossroadskidsclub.net

COMPLETE MERGED DOCUMENT (ALL PAGES)

Finally, for those of you who enjoy baking with your children, and are able to pick up the ingredients…you’ll find my “Pretty Famous Gingerbread Cookie Recipe” (one of my most requested recipes!)

You can use this activity to reinforce the creation story, especially the creation of man.

Encourage the children to talk about their differences as you cut out cookies and later decorate them.

  • Using one batch of Dough explain how God formed Adam from the dust of the Earth and how we are all made from the same matter, just as the Gingerbread character is made from the same batch of dough.
  • Then as the children cut the Gingerbread character out with a small cutter explain how we are all made the same way no matter what colour or ethnic group we come from and that God loves each of us the same. He created us, out of love…to LOVE US!
  • Once the Gingerbread characters are baked, you’ll find that no two Gingerbread characters are exactly the same, & reinforce that even if we are made of the same stuff we are also unique and special. No one is exactly like YOU!
Click on the image for printable file, then click on the title

*This dough is so AMAZING!!! You can roll it out right away, and after baking, the cookies stay fresh and moist for days! Don’t over bake. I usually don’t leave them in for a full 10 minutes, especially for smaller cut outs. The Cream Cheese icing really makes them special! Hope you try them!

Well, that’s is for week 1! I sure would love to hear from you!

1. How can I better serve specific ages?

2. What do you love? What could I add or tweak?

3. Would you enjoy being a part of a Facebook page, where we could encourage each other with photos of our family’s journey, comments, questions, and suggestions?!

4. Please respond in the comments! I would be grateful!

Much love to you,

Sue (aka:MIMI)

Doodle Devotions

Hello!

I’ve been prayerfully considering what I can do to help families who are house bound during this pandemic. My daughter is in Denver with 3 young children and my Son is close by with 2 of his own. I have many friends and relatives who are Mom’s of school age kids, and I know that it is extremely challenging to provide activities and learning opportunities all day…everyday!

Because I was once VERY LOST, and the Lord RESCUED me, I am daily grateful…so much so, that I desire to use ANY gifts He has blessed me with to bless others. This comes from a place of remembering where I have been, and thriving in the new life God has graciously extended to undeserving me. I want to use what I have to help! I have a background in Children’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, theater and art…I am a creative who LOVES God’s Word!

All that to say…I will be posting free Biblical lessons and activities for children, including step by step drawings with short topical devotionals. These posts will include links to fun teaching videos for kids that will deepen their understanding of God’s Word…His Story…THEIR story.

I will include free printable coloring pages, printable doodle 101 instructions and worksheets for kids who are able to read and write. The video links come from our local church CROSSROADS. These kid videos are SO well done, and will round out the lesson posts perfectly! Thank you CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CHURCH!

I’m not the most organized, but aim to create posts that follow the Bible chronologically, with a few “random” devotionals along the way 😜 These posts will have enough material for you to pick and choose for the specific ages of your children (Or grandchildren!) and can be used to supplement your weekday or weekend activities.

We’ll learn together as we go! I’m eager to hear back from you about what works and what you might need more of! I would LOVE to know how I can make what I do better for you! As parents, we are called to train up our children…they are really HIS KIDS.

Week One will be about CREATION. That Post is coming to you tomorrow! My hope is that you will look over the material, and use the weekend to decide how you can best utilize it for your family. (A little each day, one day a week, or a supplement for your Sunday Worship)

Hang in there Moms…God is sending His love and encouragement in so many ways…don’t forget to look up!

Much love in Christ,