In His Presence Family Connection March 31


Today’s Post…

Friday Family Movie Night Suggestion:

The Lost Medallion (rated PG)

This movie features Alex Kendrick of Courageous and War Room.



In His Presence Online Bible Study March 31


Today’s Scripture:

Mark 2:18 – 3:12

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FREE Easter Preschool Unit

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Here’s a FREE Easter Preschool Unit for your little ones (below).  This is an excerpt from the A to Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum.  Holiday lessons are built into this year-long curriculum.

(Note:  The complete book is on sale for only $3 right now through Currclick’s Penny Pinchers Sale.

Special Holiday Week – Easter

Letter:  Review

Color:  White

Number:  Review

Shape:  Diamond

Scripture:    For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

Theme:  Easter Week

Letter Skills:

  • Review Letters covered so far


  • Review Numbers covered so far

Shape Practice:  Heart

  • Diamond Hide and Seek:  Hide diamond cutouts all over the house and let your toddler go on a diamond hunt.
  • Diamond Stamping-cut diamond shape from inexpensive sponge and let child stamp away


  • Play with white play dough.
  • Finger paint with white paint on black paper.
  • Easter Egg Color Hunt:  fill large rubber maid container with several bags of Easter grass (or paper from shredder); hid plastic eggs inside; as child finds egg, have him tell you the color
  • Colorful Easter Table Cloth-purchase inexpensive twin size white sheet (or use old sheet); use clothespins to affix sheet to fencer or just lay on ground outside; fill several spray bottles with different colors of fabric paint; let child spray the paint all over the sheet; when dry these make colorful table clothes for the kid’s table during Easter dinner


  • Easter Bucket-ask large restaurant like Cracker Barrel to save a big vegetable can for you; wash out and spray paint white; let child add stickers, paint, fun foam Easter shapes, glitter, etc. to decorate; drill two holes in each side and string ribbon in holes for handle; put Easter grass in bottom
  • “Dye” Easter Eggs-explain that the reason we “dye” them is to remember that Jesus “died” for us
  • Decoupage Eggs-provide plastic Easter eggs; seasonal brightly colored napkins; and watered down glue with paint brush; let child tear the napkins into small pieces; paint the egg with glue and stick napkin pieces on top; when covered, brush with glue all over to smooth down any loose ends; when dry, place in a basket and these will be a lovely table decoration
  • Plant A Basket Full of Flowers-recycle old Easter basket by adding plastic to bottom for liner (large zip lock works well); add soil and seeds; attach a bow to handle; this makes a great Easter gift for grandparents


  • Jelly Bean Shaker-jelly beans are a choking hazard for young children, but they make great, colorful shakers; put jelly beans in clean water bottle; secure lid and shake away; toddlers will love looking at all the bright colored jelly beans shaking around
  • Sing, “We Wish You a Happy Easter” as you would “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
  • Do the Bunny Pokey-put your ears, nose, cotton tail, feet, etc. in

Game Time:

  • Easter Egg Hunt-explain that eggs are a sign of new life in Spring
  • Bunny Hop Relay-have starting line and finish line and let child hop instead of run
  • Pin Tail on Bunny-provide bunny outline and cotton ball for tail; invite friends over for this (focus should not be on Easter bunny; instead tell children that baby bunnies are born this time of year; Easter means new life)


  • Scripture:  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23
  • Tell Easter Story.  Keep it simple:  Have child help make Homemade Resurrection Eggs-save and wash a half dozen egg carton; write numbers 1-6 inside each egg cup; write corresponding numbers on plastic Easter eggs; put the following items in each and use to tell the Easter story:
    • #1 leaf (When Jesus entered Jerusalem, people waved palm leaves)
    • #2 Cheerio (Jesus ate the “Last Supper” with his friends)
    • #3 purple cloth (a purple robe was put on Jesus)
    • #4 nail (Jesus was nailed to the cross & took the punishment for our sins)
    • #5 cotton ball sprayed with perfume (spices used to prepare His body)
    • #6 leave empty (Jesus was not in the tomb, He arose.)

Snack Idea

  • Resurrection Rolls-unroll crescent rolls on baking sheet; take large marshmallow and roll in butter and then in cinnamon sugar; place one in middle of each crescent roll and have child wrap crescent roll securely around the marshmallow; pinch any holes shut; bake according to crescent roll package directions; marshmallow will melt leaving an empty “tomb;” these are meaningful and delicious
  • Cross Shaped Jell-O Jigglers-make Jell-O Jigglers according to package directions; use cross shaped cookie cutter to cut



In His Presence daily Online Bible Study March 30


Today’s Scripture:

Mark 2:1-17

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In His Presence Family Connection March 29


Since it’s Wednesday night and we will attend church, I won’t post a new family devotional tonight.

In His Presence daily Online Bible Study March 29


Today’s Scripture:

Mark 1:35-45

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Here’s a glimpse into what I wrote in my Journal today.


(If you’d like to know more about my journal, you can contact me.)

In His Presence Family Connection March 28



Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

Today’s Post…

Read Jeremiah 29:11

Talking Points:

  • Discuss your Spring Break plans.
  • It’s great to make plans.
  • God makes plans for us too. Discuss the difference between the day to day plans we make and the ones God has made for us.
  • Sometimes we have a plan in mind and when things don’t go as “planned,” how do you respond? Discuss.
  • How can we be open to God’s plans – even if they differ from our own and even if we initially don’t want to accept them
  • Discuss Kent Brantly whose plans were to be a doctor.  God had a plan for him to move his family to Africa and practice there.  He obeyed.  Later, there was a terrible sickness called ebola that was spreading.  God’s plan for Kent was that he stay and continue taking care of the sick people there.  He was afraid, but he knew this was God’s plan.  He chose to lay down his own plans for God’s better plans.  How did God use what happened to Kent to glorify Himself (awareness to this sickness, opportunities to share the gospel to the masses, etc.)

Reminder, Facing Darkness, the movie featuring Kent Brantly is playing in select theaters this Thursday.



In His Presence daily Online Bible Study March 28


Today’s Scripture:

Mark 1:16-34

(Seems like a lot , but I believe it all happened the same day.)

*I’m  having trouble getting the Youtube live feed working.  I’ll keep trying and hopefully have that all set up by next week.

In His Presence Family Connection March 27


Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

Today’s Post…

Read James 1:4

Note: Some Bible translations use the word steadfastness, which is patience.

Talking Points:

  • Do you ever struggle with unanswered prayer?
  • Let family members share about something they have prayed repeatedly about.
  • Do you ever think, what’s the point?  I don’t believe God will ever answer this prayer?
  • Do you ever question God because what you’re asking for seems like such a good thing that God would want to do?

Read John 14:13-14

Anne Graham Lotz wrote a beautiful article in the April edition of Mature Living (published by Lifeway).  Although I’m not a senior, I always pick up a copy because the articles are so rich!  I plan on reading the article to my family tonight.  If you can get a hold of it, it would be a good read.

Here are some main points from the article…

  • Whatever you ask when it’s in My will is much different than I’ll do whatever you ask.
  • We often believe surely God wants to answer this good prayer I’m praying.  Since His Word is true, we know that if our request were in line with His will, He would answer favorable.
  • So, there must be another reason.
  • For Anne, after praying her husband would get well from a terrible infection that had hospitalized him, she felt God wanted to do something for her husband on the inside.  Something spiritual.  Not physical.
  • She began to pray differently, asking God to give Danny a fresh touch from heaven – a glimpse of the “Lord seated on the high and lofty throne.” (Isaiah 6:1-8)
  • It’s then that she began to see God’s Spirit at work.
  • I am not to demand and assert my will, but to ask Him what He wants.
  • Ask Him how to pray so that His will is done in my life and in the lives of my loved ones as it is done in heaven.
  • Praying in His will takes the struggle out of unanswered prayer.






In His Presence Online Bible Study March 27


Today’s Scripture:

Mark 1:1-15

Today we begin reading the book of Mark.  Remember, we are reading through the Gospels to find out more about Jesus’ personality.  So, keep that in mind as you read.  We’ve read through Mark before here on the blog, but since we have a different purpose this time, I didn’t want to skip it as we make our way through the four Gospels.

I’m posting this a few minutes early, so you can JOIN ME LIVE at 6:30 this morning where I will livestream today’s Bible Study on YouTube.  Here’s the link.  The video will be recorded, so you watch later if you miss.