Sunday School Lesson – God Made a Covenant with David

Our church uses Lifeway’s Gospel Project curriculum in our Preschool and Children’s Department.  It is awesome!  I’d love to answer any questions you may have if you are considering it.

I usually modify it somewhat for our very little ones – toddlers and two’s.  I create a one page lesson plan for those rooms.   You can download that here.

Preschool Toddlers through 2’s – God Made a Covenant with David

I actually wound up changing the craft.  They made the “paper plate pull” craft from the Lifeway Lesson plans.  Basically, you punch a hole in a paper plate and tie a long string of yarn to it.  The kids loaded toys onto their paper plate pulls to move them from place to place.  (David helped gather supplies for the temple.  He may have moved heavy supplies like logs using rafts along the river.)

Hope this helps!

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Sunday School lesson – David and Jonathan Became Friends

Our church uses Lifeway’s Gospel Project curriculum in our Preschool and Children’s Department.  It is awesome!  I’d love to answer any questions you may have if you are considering it.

I usually modify it somewhat for our very little ones – toddlers and two’s.  I create a one page lesson plan for those rooms.   You can download that here.

Preschool Toddlers through 2’s – David and Jonathan Became Friends

I found the arrow template here.

Hope this helps!

In His Presence Devo. – Manna not T-Bones

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In His Presence Devotional – Manna not T-Bones

I hope you are enjoying your time In His Presence.  During one of my recent times, the Lord reminded me that He provided the Israelites with manna, not T-Bones.  And what was the result?  They complained.  (Numbers 11:1, 4, 6)

I have been guilty of the same thing!  And I had to repent.  It’s easy to look around and see what we don’t have and forget to be grateful for what we do have.  God has provided my daily bread every single day.  My family may not eat filet mignon, but we have never gone hungry.  My van may be old, but it is still running.   Many of my clothes are hand-me-downs, but I’m clothed.  And on and on…

The reason the Israelites had manna and not T-Bones can be found in the Bible.  And I think it may be the very same reason He holds back some of His blessing in our lives at times.  

Deuteronomy 8:3, And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

And look what happened when God had gotten them to the place He wanted them (spiritually).

Joshua 5:12,  And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

I’d rather wait for the Promised Land and let God grow me, than have the world’s riches.  How about you?

Summer Mini-Bible Study for Kids

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I just released a new product at Currclick, that I’m “super” excited about!  Check it out!

Product Details:

Looking to get your child to turn off the video games and step into a real adventure?

This Bible Adventure, Mini-Adventure is a study of Daniel, chapter 10.  Your child will read this chapter a few verses at a time, with help from word checks, activities, explanations, and even re-direction to other verses which will help with the context.   AND this product includes a video series to walk your child through this study.  The author and her 12 year old son interact while discussing the study.  Your child will simply do a few pages, watch segment 1..do the next pages, watch segment 2, etc.  There are 5 segments in all.  Your child can do all 5 segments in one day or one each day throughout the week.

This mini-adventure covering Daniel 10, includes a super cool battle between an evil spirit and one of God’s angels which lasted for 21 days!  Your avid super hero fan will be sure to enjoy this study!

Help your child learn to yield a great super power, God’s word.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,

piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning

the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

The first half of this book shows you the pages in order.  However, this resource also includes a “print-ready” version resource, so that the pages will print on front and back forming a study booklet for your child.

We want your child to see just how exciting God’s Word can be! There are so many super stories like this one in the Bible.  Stay tuned for more mini-adventures!

Note:  If you have any problems getting the video to run, let me know.  I used Movie Maker Live to create it and can send you details for downloading MML free.

In His Presence Devo. – Called to Live a Messy Life

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In His Presence Devotional – Called to Live a Messy Life

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about expectations.  In fact, my last In His Presence Devo. was entitled, Down with Expectations.  I think most of us have the “cookie cutter” mindset.  We have a picture in our minds of what our lives will be like.  Even if we compartmentalize it into seasons, we still kind of look out into the abyss of the coming years and map out how it’s going to look.  I have a friend, whose kids are beginning to leave the nest, share with me yesterday that she sees herself at home baking cookies as her kids return for Christmas, but she’s wondering if the Lord has other plans for her.

There’s nothing wrong with thinking ahead, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve done that very same thing throughout my life.  But. what if we’re called to live a “messy life?”  Think about Paul.  He traveled all over the place, was almost stoned to death, constantly running for his life to the point of being let down through a window in a wall, in jail on several occasions, and even shipwrecked.  It doesn’t get much messier than that!

How might a messy life look for us in a society that stresses a picture perfect, cookie cutter life?  It may mean my kids don’t play soccer this season so that we can spend that time as a family in prayer.  It may mean that we need to go on a mission trip.  It may mean that we need to consider being a foster parent.  It may mean that we need to host a foreign exchange student who may not be a Christian.  It may mean that we need to de-activate our facebook account because it’s become an idol.  It may mean that we turn the television off and go help an elderly neighbor or visit the nursing home.  It may mean stepping outside our comfort zones and saying, “Yes, Lord, here I am.  I’ll live a messy life, if it’s what you want.  I’m available and willing.”

It may also mean allowing God to strip away some things within us so that He can grow us into the person He made us be.   It’s messy when a spouse says, “I’m leaving,” but you fall in love with Jesus and crave His Word and Presence, casting your care on Him.  It’s messy when you lose your job, but you learn to trust Him for your daily bread and your faith grows as you see His provision.  It’s messy when a loved one dies, but you learn that He really is the Great Comforter and you can later minister to others going through the same thing.   It’s messy when your schedule is turned upside down from cancer treatments, but you learn to lean into Him for strength.

It won’t be easy to erase the cookie cutter mindset and replace it with a messy life mindset, but with God’s help, we can do it!

Okay, let’s get messy!