It was really easy to come up with ideas about Kindness last week. Joy is being a bit more difficult. Joy is hard to explain to a child that understands the meaning of happy. Joy is more then being happy. To me Joy is an emotion that you have no matter your circumstances where as happiness comes and goes depending on what is happening in your life. Joy is an internal emotion while happiness is external. You may not be happy but you can still have joy. Joy comes from God, Happiness comes from our world. Now I have to try to explain that to my kids. I am hoping that I can at least get them to understand that there is a difference. I encourage you to look up verses about joy to help with your (and my!) understanding of joy. The program on our computer shows Joy used 210 times! Get looking! :)
Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the Lord makes me strong.” (NIrV)
"For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands."
Luke 1 –Angel visits Mary – Joy in the midst of being scared and unsure
LK 1:26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
LK 1:29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
LK 1:34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
LK 1:35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God."
LK 1:38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
LK 1:39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
LK 1:46 And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
LK 1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
FRUIT ASSOCIATION - Oranges
Oranges can take lots of jostling because their peels are extra thick. Yet, they are juicy and sweet inside. Likewise, we need to be able to handle when sad or hard things come our way but yet still have joy!
Let me tell you! Orange crafts are hard to find! :) I did find one that is usually geared toward Christmas (kind of fitting right!). You cover an orange with whole cloves and it simply smells good. I thought it would be fun to not cover the whole thing but on part of it spell our the word JOY. To ease getting the cloves in the rind, you poke it with toothpicks first.
I also found a link that talked about making candles out of oranges but it would be more time consuming (http://thestar.com.my/metr
Thinking of last week with the grapes, you could paint a tree and each week add the fruit to the tree by slicing your fruit and using it as a stamp. Hopefully this makes sense to you - ask otherwise!
Orange coloring pages -
Whispering Tube - Make a whispering tube out of a paper towel roll. Cover the roll with pretty paper and have the children decorate them with stickers, crayons, or markers. Instead of using paper towel rolls, you can cut pretty colors of poster board and roll it up to form a tube. Glue it together using a hot melt glue gun. Whisper the bible verses through the tube and have the children repeat what you said. OR whisper things that might not make a child happy to teach how they can still respond with joy.
Angel crafts -
Shapes angel - use a circle for the head, triangle for the body and a large circle (or doily) folded in half for the wings - decorate.
Paper plate angel - http://www.enchantedlearni
Coloring page of Gabriel and Mary - http://www.first-school.ws
Tree crafts - these could be used any week but I just found them. I like the first one - it is only construction paper! I also LOVE the mod podge hand trees - I am doing this at some point!
I've got nothing! I thought about bringing joy to someone else but that seems too close to happiness vs the joy from God. I will keep thinking! Let me know if you have any ideas!
I forgot to mention this book last week - 9 Fruits Alive by Mindy McDonald - it is a great book for younger kids that tell each fruit and how it can be shown everyday.
Sing - I've got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, down in my heart (where?) down in my heart (where) down in my heart........