Archives for November 2014

Why Making a Mess Can Help Your Whole Family Learn God’s Word {GIVEAWAY}

Kids are the ultimate doers.

They come home from school with a backpack full of papers they’ve colored, figures they’ve drawn, and crafts they’ve made. Before their bags have even had time to make an impression on the couch, they’ve raced to the backyard or to the park with their friends where hours pass as they build castles out of sand, rainforests out of monkey bars, and as-yet-unseen worlds seen only with the eyes of their imagination.

When we grow up, it’s easy to look back at all of this activity and dismiss it as childish play—fun, certainly, but not educational. By middle school, we come to believe that real learning comes from sticking our nose into a book until knowledge mysteriously transfers from the ink-splattered pages into the recesses of our brain. The problem is that this simply isn’t true.

Don’t misunderstand: book-learning is good and necessary for a well-rounded education. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise to Christians that learning through doing is equally as important for adults as it is for kids. After all, Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations.

Of course, the Gospels tell us that Jesus was a stand-out student of the Hebrew Scriptures, and He would frequently quote or paraphrase those Scriptures to His followers in order to reinforce or remind them of what God has said. But just as often, Jesus chose to teach those around Him by doing.

He walked on the water. He broke bread and fish into thousands of pieces. He raised Lazarus from the dead. He cleared the Temple. He died and rose again.

Even when Jesus taught with His words, He often used parables, metaphors, and illustrations instead of simple statements of fact. He created mental playgrounds for His followers where they could feel the surroundings and circumstances of the characters. They could feel the outrage of the older, faithful brother when their father welcomed his repentant brother home and celebrated with a feast.

It will always be important to read Scripture. But as Jesus demonstrated by His own teachings, it is equally important for kids and adults alike to do Scripture.

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That’s what makes the Hands-On Bible so special. The Hands-On Bible uses this same type of experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way.

With hundreds of fun, memorable activities, the Hands-On Bible is packed with activities and experiences that invite kids (and maybe even their parents!) to crawl inside the Scriptures and do God’s Word! There are over 102 Hands-On Bible Experiences, 52 Key Verse Activities, and 16 Bible Bonanza Experiences that serve as jumping off points to learning God’s Word by doing.

Whether you use it for family devotions or for your kids’ not-so-quiet time, the Hands-On Bible is the only children’s Bible that teaches and reinforces the lessons of the Bible in the same way Jesus taught—by seeing, experiencing, and doing. As James says, “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says,” (James 1:22, NLT).

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Let’s-Pretend-It’s-Still-the-Weekend Links

I hope you’ll enjoy these helpful, interesting, and idea-generating posts this week. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

 

Five Turkey Crafts for Thanksgiving

What is about turkeys that are just so cute? Despite the fact that most of the turkeys at Thanksgiving are, well, no longer looking adorable, it’s fun to celebrate the holiday with some turkey crafts.

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1.  Handprint Turkey Placemats / Meaningful Mama

2. Paper Loop Turkey / Free Kids Crafts

3. Tissue Paper Stained Glass Turkeys / Happy Clippings

4. Give Thanks Pinecone Turkey / Creating Couture Parties

5. Paper Bag Turkey Craft / No Time for Flashcards

Books on Praying for Children

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On November 1, B& H Publishing Group released A Parents Book of Prayers by Tony Wood. This padded hardcover volume is a daily devotional, filled with Scriptures and prayers to pray over your children. Wood is an author and songwriter who has touched many, and this book has received accolades from the Christian community. It would make a beautiful gift this Christmas for a parent you know, or the perfect addition to your quiet time!

Recording artist Francesca Battistelli says, “Tony is one of the most prayerful and thoughtful people I’ve had the privilege to know and work with over the past decade. I’m grateful to call him a friend and thrilled to recommend this beautiful book of prayers for parents.  As a busy working mom, this is a God-send!”

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Here are some other titles to pick up if you’re interested in learning how to pray for your children:

Weekend Links

Obviously it’s starting to look a lot like the holidays around here. Clutter-free gifts have been on my mind, so I am appreciating the post from Christine at I Dream of Clean a lot! Advent ideas will start December 1, so even if you’re in denial, you better start planning. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving is a great time to instill gratefulness in our kids and teach them some history lessons.

Added to Saturday Linky Love at JessieWeaver.net.

The One Year My Princess Devotions Winners!

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Congratulations to the winners of our book giveaway from last week. The five winners are:

  • Krista Landenwich
  • Mary Byrd
  • Cindy Martin
  • Peggy Dela Cruz
  • Amanda Wheeler

We will be in touch soon to get your mailing information!

Weekend Links

 

These links are lovingly presented to you, and I hope you will read them! Sometimes we just need a fresh breath of parenting air, don’t we? That’s how I felt after I read the post at Desiring God. And Melissa Nesdahl’s idea for a November thankful tablecloth is genius! I am totally copying it.

If you have any posts to share that you think would be great for our readers, leave a link in the comments or send us a message on Twitter!