Printable Scripture Word Art: 2 Timothy 1:7

2 Timothy 1:7

Download 2 Timothy 1:7 printable Scripture word art here.

April 2013 Family Time Calendar: April Fools!

April 2013 Family Time Calendar

Download the April 2013 Family Time Calendar here. (No fooling!)

Do you have any fun ideas to surprise your family with for April Fool’s Day? We’d love to hear them!

Resurrection Activities

“If you stop at the crucifixion, your child misses the glorious resurrection. If you start at the resurrection, your child misses Christ’s payment on the cross for our sins.” — “I Love to Tell the Story” by Jeff Land (HomeLife, March 2013)

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Yesterday I saw this great post about discipling kids in the midst of hectic lives. The author suggests practical ways to teach kids about Jesus using the head, heart, and hands. With Easter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to put these into practice with some hands-on activities that illustrate the resurrection for kids in tangible ways.

Resurrection Eggs

You can do this activity with your kids over the 12 days leading up to Easter or as one longer activity. To start, print this Resurrection Eggs printable: HomeLife Resurrection Eggs Printable

You’ll need an empty egg carton, 12 plastic eggs (Target’s dollar section has these as do most dollar stores), a permanent marker, a Bible, plus these 12 items:

1. palm branch – a small branch, leaf, or clipping

2. silver coins – nickels, dimes, or play money

3. bread – a small piece of bread, a cracker, or a crouton

4. whip – a piece of rope, baker’s twine, or yarn

5. purple cloth – a piece of ribbon or a square cut from an old T-shirt

6. thorns – from a rose or bush, or you can break a toothpick into small pieces

7. cross – whatever you have on hand, such as a sticker, jewelry pendant, or you can make one with toothpicks or sticks

8. nails

9. sign – write on a piece of paper “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”

10. spices – whole (not ground) spices, such as cloves or nutmeg

11. stone

12. empty – Jesus is risen!

Get creative and use what you have on hand.

Let your kids decorate a cover for the egg carton. (The resurrection eggs printable above has one your kids can color.) Label your plastic eggs 1 to 12. Using the printable, cut out the 12 Scripture readings to go along with each item. Then fill each egg with the appropriate item and corresponding Scripture. Have your Bible ready for more in-depth discussion.

Want to do this activity but are short on time? You can find a resurrection eggs kit here: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/resurrection-eggs-p005430542

Resurrection Cookies

This activity appeared in HomeLife’s April 1995 issue, and it’s been a favorite ever since. Try it with your kids the night before Easter. HomeLife Resurrection Cookies

Resurrection Rolls

These tasty sweet rolls make a great Easter morning breakfast, and you probably already have these ingredients on hand! HomeLife Resurrection Rolls

Easter is the most important holiday for a Christ-follower. Don’t let it slip by without being intentional to teach your kids the good news.

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Dawn Hollomon is a minister’s wife, mom to a preschooler and a teenager adopted from Ethiopia, and the editor of HomeLife magazine.

Meet a HomeLife SUPER Family!

If you and your family are doing HomeLife’s Family Time devotions, we want to hear about it! Thanks to the Davis family for sharing their story. 

Davis Superheroes

After inconsistent, complicated family time devotions last year. My husband and I resolved for the new year to do something simple enough to do on a regular basis but still with an element of fun. God brought to my mind seeing some sort of calendar about a year ago in the Homelife magazine at the library.  I got online and found the January calendar with a daily Bible passage and discussion starter at www.lifeway.com/homelifeonline and printed it to use for dinner time devotions each night.  Simple and perfect! Then I realized it was connected to an article in the January 2013 magazine, so I went to the library and checked it out. There is a fun family time all planned out! Awesome! We had so much fun with our Super Hero night. Everyone was really creative with creating a costume. BAM! Our girls are 9 and 12 and we all loved it! We look forward to doing the family time each month. Thank you for these resources. Easy and fun…perfect family time devotions.

Kelley Davis

(A.K.A. Super Hero Name: Marvelous Maid)

P.S. Check out the scrapbook page the family made to document their Family Time:

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March 2013 Family Time Calendar: First Is Last

March 2013 Family Time Calendar

Download the March 2013 Family Time calendar here: March 2013 Family Time PDF

Printable Scripture Word Art: Psalm 91:2

Check out our printable Scripture word art for March!

Psalm 91:2

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Printable Scripture Word Art: Galatians 6:2

Check out our printable Scripture word art for March!

Galatians 6:2

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Printable Scripture Word Art: Isaiah 53:5

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Isaiah 53:5

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Printable Scripture Word Art: Psalm 19:14

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Psalm 19:14

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Printable Scripture Word Art: Galatians 3:28

Check out our printable Scripture word art for February!

Galatians 3:28

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