Good Morning Girls-Wednesday Share

It’s time for the Good Morning Girls Wednesday Share and Link Up.  Here’s what I shared with my own GMG group this morning.

This week’s verses are Ephesians 4:1-16.

This letter was written by Paul to the church at Ephesus, but some scholars believe that it was meant to be circulated among all the churches in Asia Minor since the name Ephesus is not mentioned in every early manuscript.  Many of the verses this week are about unity in the body of Christ.

I love how Paul compared the body of Christ a human body (vs.15-16).

Christ is the Head of the body.

  • The Holy Spirit is the lifeblood.
  • The body functions because of the members of the body carrying out their spiritual gifts.

Every part of our body has a job, which causes the body to function and grow.  We each have a work to do in the building up of the body of believers.

These verses remind us to:

Walk with humility, gentleness, patience, tolerance and love (vs. 2)

Be diligent to preserve the unity. (vs. 3)

It’s interesting to see how Paul repeated the number one (vs.4-6)…

1 body

1 Spirit

1 hope

1 Lord

1 faith

1 baptism

1 God

That’s 7 times he used the number 1.  If you have ever studied what the number 7 means in the Bible…it means completion.  Maybe Paul was trying to say that unity bring a completeness or wholeness to the body of Christ.  Without unity, the body of Christ just isn’t complete.

 

I also love the way Paul used an excerpt from Psalm 68 within his own writing.  The excerpt (vs. 8) is from a victory hymn written by David to celebrate God’s conquest of the city of Jebusite of Jerusalem.  (4:8)

After such a triumph, the king would return home and bring home the spoils and the prisoners.

Paul depicts Christ returning from His battle on earth back into the glory of the heavenly city with the trophies of His great victory at Calvary.  Through His crucifixion and resurrection, he conquered Satan and death, and in triumph returned to God those who were once sinners and prisoners of Satan.  He distributes the spoils throughout His kingdom-which are the spiritual gifts empowered by the Spirit.

 

Paul reminds us once again in verse 15 that we need to “grow up” and be spiritually mature.  He actually says “grow up…into Him.”  We need to be “completely yielded and obedient to the Lord’s will, subject to His controlling power and Christlike in all areas of our lives.” (this last quote was taken from MacArthur Study Bible)

 

FYI…

I used the John MacArthur Study Bible while studying this week.

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Family Devotion – God at the Center

Each Sunday, our church makes available a Family Devotion to be picked up and completed during the coming week.  The Family Devotion is usually related to the sermon series.  For the month of February, the sermon series is all about the FAMILY.  I am on the team that creates these.  I have pasted the Family Devotion Guide for this week below.:

Theme:  Family – God at the Center

Family Memory Verse: 

Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-9, tells us that we should teach our children about the things of God all the time:  when you sit, when you walk, when you lie down, when you get up.

Ultimately, the goal is for your children to see God in action in every facet of life — and to live for Him

 Here are ideas for incorporating the things of God into your children’s daily lives:  

  • Leave your child an encouraging scripture on the bathroom mirror using a dry erase marker.
  • Place a verse that addresses his/her specific needs on his or her pillow.
  • Begin each day with a statement of praise, “Look at the beautiful day God made!”
  • Voice aloud your praise while you are running errands.  Praise Him for a good parking spot in the rain, strong legs to walk on, and the way He provided for a need.
  • Time spent riding in the car can afford great opportunities to talk about the things of God.  Point out the beauty of creation as you drive.
  • When you pass an ethnic restaurant, pray for missionaries and the unsaved in that culture.
  • When you hear a siren, pray for the workers and those involved in the accident or crime.
  • When you pass a school, pray for the teachers and students.
  • When hurrying through the drive-thru, remember to bless the food before delving it out.
  • Use meal times to encourage spiritual discussions.  Make or purchase dinnertime conversation starter cards.
  • Go around the table at mealtimes and have everyone tell one thing they are grateful for each day.
  • Have family devotional times together in the evening.
  • Pray with and out loud for each of your children before they go to bed each night.
  • Incorporate scripture into the décor of your home.  Frame meaningful Bible verses and set them on a table or hang them on the walls.
  • Find an old framed piece of art at Goodwill and paint over the picture using chalkboard paint.  Use an attractive ribbon to secure this new “chalkboard” to a wall in your kitchen.  Add Bible verses or encouragement regularly.
  • Attend church together.
  • Gift each family member a “blessings journal.”
  • Guard your home and keep it holy – select very carefully what your children watch or listen to.
  • Relate conversation to Bible stories.

Children need to see us in God’s word, in His House, and about His business.

Prayer:  Pray for and with your children each day.  Pray that God would give you wisdom and discernment as you seek to make Him the Center of your family life.

 

Note:  Many of the ideas above came from www.thriving family.com, which I LOVE!  It’s one of my “go-to” sites when planning the Family Devotions.  I also love www.ministry-to-children.com.

“I Made It Myself” Pie

My daughter loves to help me bake things.  She is so proud when we serve whatever it is she helped with.

The other week she informed me that she wanted to make a pie.  It was a super busy week, so while at the grocery store I let her just pick out a Graham Cracker crust and some instant Jello Pudding & Pie Filling.

She came home and made a very yummy Oreo pie – made even more special because she did it all by herself!  She just beamed when she served it after dinner.

She has gone on to make a lemon pie and a chocolate pie with future plans of trying the banana one.  Sure this pie doesn’t have a flaky, homemade crust and fresh ingredients, but it was the best pie I’ve ever eaten because I knew that with each bite I was building my little eight year old’s self confidence and self esteem.

So, if you have a little daughter, maybe it’s time you let her make an “I Made it Myself” Pie.  It’s as simple as purchasing a Graham Cracker crust and a box of Jello Pudding; mixing with milk (pie directions on side of box); pouring the mixture into the ready-made pie shell; and refrigerating.  It’s so easy, she won’t need any assistance.

Check out all of the varieties of Jello Pudding there are.  We may be having “I Made it Myself” Pie for a looong time!    http://www.kraftbrands.com/jello/products/pudding/pudding-desserts/

 

 

By Kathy Hutto Posted in Recipes

Organizing – Kid’s Clothes

I have a motto…if everything has a place, then it might get put back in it (and not left all over the place).   Okay, so it’s not a very catch motto, but I live by it just the same. 😉

As for Kid’s Clothes, we wash clothes on Saturday and they help fold them up and put them away.

We have designated drawers on their dressers.

  • The top drawer is for underwear and pajamas.
  • The second drawer is for shirts.
  • The third drawer is for pants/shorts.

Their closets are for church clothes or nice “town clothes.”

The bars in their closets are LOW…at their level.  You should have seen my husband’s face when I asked him to move them down to his waist level!  But, it has been such a good thing for the kids!  They can hang up their own clothes and can reach the shelf on top too. My daughter stores stuffed animals there.  We’ll just keep raising the bar as they grow up (but I haven’t told my husband that just yet!)

(Notice a couple of other things in here:  I put a large bucket so he can tidy his floor quickly.  I also have a metal trashcan for storing all those Nerf guns and Light Sabers.)

For organizing what the kids will wear each day, these Canvas Shoe Holders work wonders!  My daughter and son both have them.  His is in his closet, as you can see above.  Her organizer is in a corner of the room, as you can see below.

The top shelf is for pajamas (yep, so now they aren’t left laying on the floor).  The other shelves are for their clothes…Monday through Friday.  They know what they will wear each day.  This has been a huge time-saver, especially when we are in a hurry to get somewhere!

These six shelf shoe holders are just $10 at Walmart.

Okay, so I didn’t mention socks anywhere!  And that can be a problem.  But, I’m saving that one until I have time to tell you my organizing system for the family shoes (and socks)!

So there you have it, my organizing solution for Kid’s Clothes.  I’ll try to post something new each week.  We have a space for everything!  Let me know if you have a particular organizing problem and I’ll try to help or at least share here what we do about that area).  info@toddlerbitesonline.com

Kathy:)

Good Morning Girls Bible Study-Wednesday Share

Good Morning Girls!

Boy, I had no idea I could get so much out of five little verses!  So far this week, we have read Ephesians 3:14-18.

We started the week with Paul on his knees.  What a great way to start the week or even each day!!  Paul prayed on his knees, not because he had to – but out of “submission, reverence, and intense passion.”  (MacArthur Study Bible)

Some men in the Bible prayed on their knees to: show they were ashamed and truly repentant of sin (Ezra 9:5-6);  humbled before our Maker (Ps. 95:1-6); giving thanks (Daniel 6:10); publicly-as if to show they were not ashamed (Acts 20:36) – this one makes me think about Tim Tebow and how he kneels on the field before his games.

  Source of picture:  http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR2W2J4#a=1

Tuesday, we find Paul praying for the spiritual welfare of others – as he so often does.  How often do I?  Verse 17, says that he wants them to be rooted and grounded in love.  That made me think about the Parable of the Sower.  We need to have deep roots like the seed in the good soil!  (Matthew 13:1-23)

Today, Paul is wanting us to realize the width, length, depth, and height of God’s love.  I noticed those are terms for measuring.  I think Paul wanted us to know the “vastness and completeness” of that love.(MacArthur Study Bible)

As Christians, love is granted to us and commanded of us.  (Romans 5:5 and John 13:34-45).  The Bible mentions love so often.  It tells us that of faith, hope and love – the greatest of these is love.  Over and over we hear about how we should show love to others.  In 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, we read that without love all the world hears is “noise” (clanging cymbals).  It wasn’t until Paul showed love by staying when he could have escaped, that the jailer was ready to hear what he had to say about Christ.  As a result the jailer and his whole household were saved!  (Acts 16:23-32)  So just how important is it to show God’s love to others??  Yep..pretty important..in fact, it’s vital and remember it’s commanded of us!

Soaking it in,

Kathy:)

The Parable of the Sower Sunday School Lesson

Below you will find a Sunday School lesson that we will be using this Sunday.

 

Theme:  Jesus Used Parables to Teach—The Parable of the Sower

Prayer: Pray before you begin the lesson.

Find it:    Matthew 13:1-23,  (have everyone find this in their own Bible)

Bible Story: 

Once you get in your room, you can reinforce what they learned during Praise Park with the following ideas:

Display 4 cups of different soil in a place where all the children can see them and tell them what kind of soil resides in each one. (The cups of soil will already be on a table in your room.)

Read (and Recap) Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23.  As each soil is discussed, pick up that cup and use the sun, birds, twigs, or fake flowers (provided in your Ziploc bag of materials) to show what happened to the soil and seed as it began to sprout.  When giving Jesus’ explanation, lift that cup again with the object that caused the problems for the seed to take root.

  • Wayside Soil (like the packed down dirt on a pathway) – the birds ate it [represents those who hear the Word but don’t understand and the wicked one snatches it away vs. 19]
  • Rocky Soil – sprang up quickly, but with no deep roots, it withered when the sun came out [hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy, but has no root and when trouble comes, he stumbles vs. 20-21]
  • Thorny Soil – choked out the plants [hears the Word, but the cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful vs. 22]
  • Good Soil – grew and multiplied [hears the Word and understands it and bears fruit]

Reinforce the lesson by asking questions.  After each presentation of soil ask the children “What happened to the seed when it tried to take root?” (The birds ate the seed, the rocks got in the way and sun burned it, thorns choked the seed, the seed multiplied over and over again.) What did Jesus say the seed represented? (The seed represented the giving of the salvation message, the Word of truth.)  It is at this time a salvation message should be given.

Lesson Evaluation: Give a list of possible lessons and ask the children to stand up if the statement is true from the teaching in the passage.

  1. Birds eat seeds when they are planted in the ground.  False.
  2. Thorns cause seeds not to grow.  True.
  3. The sun always scorches a plant growing in soil.  False.
  4. The seed in good soil usually grows. True.
  5. It doesn’t matter what soil you use when you plant a seed.  False.
  6. Rocky soil makes it hard for seeds to take root.  True.

Memory Verse:

Matthew 13:24, “…The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.”

Pass an artificial flower and have children each say one word of the Bible Verse when the flower is passed to them.  Repeat several times and then have each child recite the entire verse with reference when the flower is passed to them.

Activity:

Plant seeds:

Have children put some good planting soil in a cup and show them how deeply to plant the seed in the dirt.  Put a small amount of water in each and encourage the children to care for their seed and watch it grow.  Encourage them to replant it outside in the spring to watch it multiply.

I got a lot of these ideas from  http://ministry-to-children.com/parable-of-the-soils-lesson/.  I LOVE this site and it is one of the first I turn to when I am preparing a lesson.

Jesus Chose His Disciples Sunday School Lesson

Here’s the Sunday School lesson we did last week at church.  Check back tomorrow and I will post the lesson we will do this Sunday.

(Note:  Our children meet in a large group for a time of worship through singing and then for a Bible story.  We then go to our rooms for further reinforcement of the story.)

For our large group meeting time, we played the game, “Let’s Make a Decision.”  It was played like “Let’s Make a Deal.”  A child was given a bag and he must decide to keep what was in the box or choose box #1, #2, or #3.  Some of the gifts were cool, but some were silly like cat food.  We let the child see what he could have gotten.  We talked about how the disciples had a decision to make…whether to follow Jesus or not.  The Bible says that they immediately followed him.  Do we make good choices to follow Jesus each day?

Theme:  Jesus Chose His Disciples

Prayer: Pray before you begin the lesson.  (this gets the kids settled and focused)

Find it:    Mark 1:16-20,  (have everyone find this in their own Bible)

Story Starter:

Have volunteers tell about times they have gone fishing maybe with dad or grandpa.

Bible Story: 

Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee when he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, who were fishermen, casting a net into the lake.  Jesus said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.  When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.  Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

  • Notice that the disciples in our story followed Jesus at once…without delay.  They chose to follow Him without hesitation.  Think about your life.  Do you make good choices to follow Jesus each day?  Discuss.

When Jesus talked about making the disciples “fishers of men” he meant that they would be trying to reach people for Jesus.  Why would Jesus call them away from fishing for fish to fish for people?  (because people are more important)  Jesus didn’t want anyone to die without knowing Him so He called the disciples to help Him reach other people.

Jesus went on to choose 8 more disciples.  The other disciples’ names were:  Philip, Nathaniel (known as Bartholomew), Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the Zealot), Judas (son of James) and Judas Iscariot. [See last page for a description of each disciple.]

Memory Verse:

Matthew 4:19, “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

Go fishing for the words that make up the memory verse.  Use the paper fish cutouts and the magnetic fishing pole provided for you with this lesson guide.

I got the fishing pole ideas here:  http://www.tipjunkie.com/fishy-game/

 I created my own fish with the words of the verse on them.

Activity:

Make a water bottle fish by gluing tissue paper pieces onto the outside of the bottle.  Attach paper eyes and fins (provided).  String the memory verse card onto the yarn “hook” before the children take them home.

I got the water bottle fish idea from daniellesplace.com (which is one of the first sites I go to when I need ideas for Sunday School).

Special Snack:  

(Here’s a cute idea in case you wanted to make some for your class.)

photo from catholicicing.com

 http://catholicicing.com/2011/05/toss-your-nets-to-the-other-side-snack-idea/

Directions:

Line pretzels on a baking sheet.  Top each with a Hershey’s Kiss.  Allow the chocolate to melt slightly in a 200 degree oven.  Remove and top with goldfish cracker.  Allow to cool.  Store in airtight container.

 

Good Morning Girls Wednesday Share

It is Week 5 of the Good Morning Girls Bible Study of Ephesians.  This week, the verses were Ephesians 3:1-13.    Here’s the Wednesday Share email I sent my GMG group today:

I had to kind of read them all together to get the full effect this week.  The GMG post for today talked about Paul’s passion.  I think that it is evident in these verses that he is passionate about helping the Gentiles understand the “mystery” of the gospel.  I was reading about Charles Spurgeon’s life yesterday.  Talk about passion.  Read this excerpt.:

In that day when I surrendered myself to my Saviour, I gave Him my body, my soul, my spirit; I gave him all I had, and all I shall have for time and eternity. I gave him all my talents, my powers, my faculties, my eyes, my ears, my limbs, my emotions, my judgement, my whole manhood, and all that came of it, whatever fresh capacity or new capability I might be endowed with.

The very first service which my youthful heart rendered to Christ was the placing of tracts in envelopes, and then sealing them up, that I might send them. . . . I might have done nothing for Christ if I had not been encouraged by finding myself able to do a little. Then I sought to do something more, and from that something more, and I do not doubt that many servants of God have been led on to higher and nobler labours for their Lord, because they began to serve Him in the right spirit and manner. . . . I used to write texts on little scraps of paper, and drop them anywhere, that some poor creatures might pick them up, and receive them as messages of mercy to their souls. I could scarcely content myself even for five minutes without trying to do something for Christ. If I walked along the street, I must have a few tracts with me; if I went into a railway carriage, I must drop a tract out of the window[!]; if I had a moment’s leisure, I must be upon my knees or at my Bible; if I were in company, I must turn the subject of conversation to Christ, that I might serve my Master. It may be that, in the young dawn of my Christian life, I did imprudent things in order to serve the cause of Christ, but I Still say, give me back that time again, with all its imprudence and with all its hastiness, if I may but have the same love to my Master, the same overwhelming influence in my spirit, making me obey my Lord’s commands because it was a pleasure to me to do anything to serve my God.

http://www.spurgeon.org/heathbio.htm

Paul and even Spurgeon’s passion make me think…what am I doing for Christ?  Am I passionate about reaching people and sharing with them the mystery of the gospel?  It’s not too late to start.

Here’s the link to the GMG post for today:

 

 

Free Valentine Folder Game

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a free Valentine Matching File Folder Game for your little one.

Valentine Match Up

If you have any trouble opening, just email me and I will send it to you directly. info@toddlerbitesonline.com

Don’t forget, I have previously posted a Valentine’s Lesson Plan, click here to see that.

You can also order the Valentine’s Day Party Planner from Currclick.

 

Valentine Match Up File Folder Game

I have created a new file folder game.  When my daughter was younger and I needed to work with my older son during the school hours, I would pull out a bucket of file folder games and let her play with those.  There was enough of a variety that it kept her busy.  She loved doing them and was learning at the same time!!

I just finished a Valentine Match Up File Folder game that would be perfect to present to your little one next week on Valentine’s Day.  Your child will practice discriminating differences and matching various patterned hearts.  Print and cut out all of the components of this resource and glue into a file folder as indicated.  Print out another set of the hearts for matching.  Cut out the extra set into individual hearts.  Your child will look for a heart matching the one in the folder and lay it on top.

If you’d like to check it out, it is for sale for only 50 cents through Currclick.

Don’t forget to check out Playful Penguins and Cookie Jar Counting file folder games as well!