“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!

Happy Mail Encouragement Folder

Hello and HAPPY Friday!

These days, I need to look at a calendar to figure out what day it is!

Today, I am posting a project that came out of necessity (sort of) for me. I‘ve been thinking of ways to encourage friends and family without spending a lot of money AND without having to go to the post office 🤪

One of the most important things the Lord has taught me, has to do with what’s in my head. (The renewing of my mind) It’s so easy to FORGET who we are and WHOSE we are, when left to our own devices. I can wander off down the rabbit trail of plain ol’ wrong thinking. (Doubt, worry, self pity, etc.) To FIGHT heading off course, I need to stay connected with fellow Sisters in Christ for accountability, sharpening and encouragement. I must also be intentional about what’s “going into” my noggin and then rattling around up there.

God’s Word is for our benefit…

2 Timothy 3:15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16AllScripture is God-breathed and is useful forinstruction, for conviction, for correction, and fortraining in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.…

SO, we must learn it and know it which allows us to be COMPLETE, and fully equipped for every good work.

It’s also helpful to commit our attention to what we are thinking.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Being intentional about directing our daily thoughts takes practice, and a running dialogue with the Holy Spirit. I find it helpful to write out or journal this process. I keep a list of things I’m grateful for, and a plan of action for specific tasks God has called me to, through my time with Him.

This leads me to today’s project…a pocket folder for the above mentioned:) A place to keep encouraging lists AND PERFECT to send loved ones through the mail!

SUPPLY LIST

  • 1 12 X 12 PLAIN SHEET OF SCRAPBOOK PAPER/CARD STOCK
  • 2 PRINT OUTS OF THE FILES I INCLUDE BELOW (for the inserts, it’s nicest to use white card stock, but not necessary)
  • 2-4 PATTERNED PAPER (not Card Stock, can be 8.5 x 11)
  • tape runner or glue stick
  • ribbon
  • business size envelope
  • scissors and paper trimmer (can make this without a trimmer)
  • OPTIONAL: Bone folder and Scoring Board, ring tag

Start by scoring your 12 x 12 piece of Card Stock at 4” & 8.” I did not have white card stock (which is what I wanted to use) but did have green. Green it is! You will be covering up most of this with other papers, so you don’t need a patterned paper.

If you don’t have a bone folder and scoring board, click on the bone folder options below. A metal ruler works best without the scoring board.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO GO TO THIS PAGE. THANKS BRAINBRIGADE!

NEXT, turn the paper and score again at 4” & 8”.

YOU SHOULD SEE 9 “SCORED” BLOCKS

Fold the bottom 1/3 up towards the top

Go over each fold with a bone folder or bone folder imposter tool of your choice 🤪

Next, fold in the 2 outside “thirds.”

Cut your PRINT paper (NOT CARD STOCK) INTO 7.5 X 3.5 PIECES. You’ll need 8 of these pieces.

2 of those 8 pieces will be cut into 3.5” squares for the bottom of the inside pockets. (It will help to look at the photos below, before you decide what paper you want to use for each section.)

I CHOSE TO USE THE SAME PRINT FOR EACH OF THE OUTSIDE SECTIONS & FOR MY INSIDE POCKETS.
UNFOLD THE INSIDE POCKETS TO ADD THE PAPER FOR THE BACKGROUND

As you can see, I only used 2 different (printed) papers. I adhered the printed paper with a tape runner. I used a circle punch to create the “access tab.” My punch is getting dull, and had a hard time going through the Card Stock + printed paper. Because it looked a bit jagged, I added the washi tape to cover it. 3 CHEERS FOR WASHI! THESE CUT OUTS ARE OPTIONAL.

I DIDN’T GLUE THE POCKETS DOWN. IF YOU DO, BE CAREFUL! ADD GLUE TO THE VERY EDGE, OR YOUR INSERTS WON’T FIT. (I THINK IT’S FINE TO LEAVE IT UNGLUED)
THE 2 INSERTS ON THE RIGHT ARE INCLUDED FOR WRITING DOWN A PLAN.
EXAMPLE: I WILL EXTEND LOVE TO MY FAMILY
-WASH MY HUSBAND’S CAR
-MAKE COOKIES FOR THE KIDS THIS WEEK
ETC.
I STUCK THIS EXTRA CARD IN THE GRATITUDE POCKET

Cut out the tag pieces (Ahavah) from the printables included, and glue them on using a glue stick. (You could also use a tape runner) Tie it up with a ribbon to keep it closed. The circle tag was something I happened to have on hand.

Those of you who read my blog, know I adore Beth Guckenberger and the incredible ministry the Lord has called her to! Beth has spurred in me, a love for Hebrew Words. Ahavah means more than just a sentiment, it is a feeling that is followed up with an ACTION. It does not simply mean “to Love” it means TO GIVE LOVE. For this reason, I created a little tag for our Encouragement folder ❤️

I added the “brads” for looks only. They are not necessary to hold down the tag:)

I am crazy about this ribbon. It’s elastic, and does not have to be untied to open the folder…it slips off. It’s the last of my stash. Hoping to find some more someday! Any ribbon you have on hand will work!

The mailing envelope for the variations above, was much less squished without the heavier elastic ribbon:)

Below are the Files used to create the insert pages. After they are printed, cut them to 7.5 x 3.5. I like to use white card stock for these.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF THEN CLICK THE TITLE TO PRINT
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF THEN CLICK THE TITLE TO PRINT

Hope you will find this a fun and rewarding project! One that you share with others!

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,

Quick Fun Project

I have been spending a bit of time, looking for projects you might enjoy. I found this cute bound journal and wanted to share it! Perfect for Spring!

The video tutorial I used for this WATERMELON JOURNAL is below. Jennifer, from “Sea Lemon” provides easy to follow videos on simple book binding. She is enjoyable to follow!

Click on the image for video

I think Jennifer does a great job with her step by steps! I will admit, the cut out wasn’t as easy for me, so I folded the cover directly and in half and cut it with scissors to straighten up my shape.

I also reinforced that edge by applying little pieces of torn washi tape. I like the way it looks, and it feels more finished and sturdy to me:)

I added washi to all the cover edges. Again, a little more sturdy.

The interior pages with print are cardstock. It’s all I had, and worked fine:)

It’s a fun one for 10-16 year olds who could do it solo:)

I loved this project and enjoy productive crafting during these times of quarantine.

Happy Monday!

Much love,

Zine Making:)

Since we can’t DINE together, LET’S ZINE together!

Actually, it’s pronounced ZEEN…but that doesn’t rhyme with dine:) This is a GREAT project for the weekend! Xo

A Quick flip through!
Begin with an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper
Fold the paper in half “lengthwise”
Fold in half (short ends)
Fold the same way again
After creasing folds well, open up the sheet
Fold in half by short ends
Open up the center “hole” and pull far corners together so that you have 7 interior pages

Label all the pages with pencil or washi so that when you open it back up you know which pages are which:)
It’s easier to decorate the pages this way. I used washi, stamps, and cut outs using a “Gemi Mini” I found some scraps of paper that matched the washi I was using and went from there.

I’m going to fill it with HOPE…scripture for this time that we are in.

Feel free to ask any question you might have!

Happy Zeening!

Much love,

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,

Paper Craft. Mini book

Supplies

5 sheets of regular copy paper

1 sheet of cardstock (or cut the side of a used cereal/cracker box)

1 sheet of Decorative Paper (not card-stock) See free printables below!

Glue Gun, glue stick, scissors, pencil

I used the video below, though I do have a few suggestions you should read before you start this project. THANK YOU Origmi4ik!

Tap on the image above to watch

I used 4 sheets of paper for the interior pages. (You could use more, like the video, but it is a bit easier to work with fewer pages, especially for your first try at this)

Because you bind the interior pages with a glue gun, children should not attempt this alone. It is best to have an adult hot glue the interior pages together.

I used a paper cutter to speed up the process, though I did do a few books by hand. My paper cutter’s blade is dull, so the edges get a little rough at times and cutting by hand solves that problem.

4 sheets of paper cut, yield 60 interior pages.

A Few Tips learned the hard way 🤪

  • Messy folds and cuts yield wonky books. Take your time folding, creasing firmly and cutting as accurately as you can.
  • Use card stock for “cover pieces” but not for decorative final cover. It will be too thick to fold.
  • Crease the “binding area” (the box like space created with cover) once the decorative final cover has been glued on, before you insert the interior pages.
  • When glueing the interior pages to the finished cover, start with the back as seen in the video, then glue into place pushing down with the cover closed, making sure you have enough room to open the book fully. Then do the front the same way. (This one is hard to explain without going through the process! Hope my mentioning it helps!!)

Below are some FREE PRINTABLE PAPERS for you to use for covers! They are just the right size, though I do cut a little beyond the printed area for the “height” of the book to allow a little more room for folding and glueing.

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

Use your little mini book/journal for keeping notes, a gratitude list, food diary, etc.!

Love God, Love others, and please stay safe!

Xo,