Living an ART filled life…“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” – Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline
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:)
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”
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.”
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. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bridebeautifully dressed for her husband. 3 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. 4 ‘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.”
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This week we are studying Abraham and Sarah.
Below is a teaching video, brought to you by Crossroads Community Church Kids Club!
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.”
BELOW is a fun craft project using STARS!
5 Point 3 Dimensional Star Wreath
Below is another fun Star Craft that takes you and your kids outdoors!
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!
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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!
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
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.
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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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.
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.
The next 3 files are Scripture Study Challenge pages for non-readers.
Below is an Activity Page. It includes instructions for the paper “Floppy Ear Dog Project”, The Family Discovery Activity, and Encouragement Tag instructions.
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!
Choose to print in Black and White or Color. IF you print in Black and White you can color it in yourself!
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 MOVESAND 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!
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
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.
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!
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.
I’ve included a FREE printable that you can use to make your own stickers! You can find sticker paper on amazon HERE.
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.”’
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!
(You can listen to this message by downloading the Tony Evans free app.)
Today, I decided to type my notes, then re-write them on the pages of a journal. I have to admit, these hands are becoming less fluid with arthritis and when I draw using my ipad and Apple Pencil, I get help! In the program I use (Procreate) it magically straightens my lines, creates perfect circles, & erases with a tap:)
So…today, you’ll see my shaky pen, crooked lines, and maybe even some misspelled words:)
I am often overwhelmed with GRATITUDE when I stop and think about the way Jesus uses EVERY detail for OUR good and His glory. It should not be lost on us…each deliberate step He takes is designed to show us up close, who our SAVIOR is…and in a way we can understand. <——that is such LOVE. The gentle way He walks beside His friends… to lovingly teach them AGAIN…the things He has told them many times.
The Message today is rooted in Luke 24.
On the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him,and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
“The SOLUTION to their DISCOURAGEMENT was ALREADY WITH THEM, but until they had FELLOWSHIP with Jesus, they could NOT see.” -Tony Evans
As they walked and shared their disappointment with Jesus, (though they did not recognize Him) Jesus said to them: “How foolish you are and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken. DID NOT THE MESSIAH HAVE TO SUFFER THESE THINGS & THEN ENTER HIS GLORY?
WE WILL HAVE TIMES OF TROUBLE; for the disciples, this time must have felt like their greatest despair… BUT, as Dr. Evans shares
“It’s hard to rise if you haven’t died.”
Jesus was trying to tell His friends that they had selective hearing when it came to the scriptures. They didn’t want to believe there had to be death before there could be life.
THEY WERE DEPRESSED BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY
WE DON’T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY, AND CAN BE PARALYZED BY THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE. There is something right around the corner, that we cannot see.
TRUSTING God, means believing that in ALL circumstances He has ONLY our good in mind…believing that our Father goes before us and has purpose for all things. It can be hard to grasp these truths in the midst of great hardship and tragedy. In the Message “Living In The Light Of Eternity” (you can see my post on this here) Tony Evans says this: “I work down here, but I live up there.” This eternal perspective changes everything, but is not possible without the intervention of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 2)
The Disciples were no different than you and I…yet, they physically walked with Jesus and still had trouble believing!
“THEY DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIM AT THE BIBLE STUDY (their walk with Jesus), & WHEN THEY GOT TO THE HOUSE, THEY KNEW THE SCRIPTURES BUT DID NOT KNOW JESUS…AND THEN…HE BROKE BREAD WITH THEM…
AND THEY EXPERIENCED THE RESSURECTION.” -Tony Evans
The disciples INVITED Jesus to stay with them, and through this INVITATION, HE manifested who He was as they gathered around the table, which removed the scales from their eyes. (Abiding)
Our responsibility is to send out the invitation daily. Inviting Jesus to be a part of everything we do. If we dwell with Him, we will find freedom from discouragement and we will experience His presence and provision.
We must all face trials in life, but our Good Father, provides what we need if we ask Him to “the table.” Our discouragement can either lead us to despair and death, or it can lead us to the one who writes our GOOD story.
He’s right here with us. Let’s remember to invite Him in!