Monday, June 21, 2010

Fruit of the Spirit - Week 2 - Joy

These feels really unfinished to me but it is what I have at this point. As I come up with more stuff I will add to it. I will NOT be doing this next week as Andrew has day camp but I will work on the following week so it will be ready for those who need it.

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! :)

Bible Verses/Story

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."
(Psalm 92:4)

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,

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 ( I have seen at Hobby Lobby, candle wax crystals that you don't have to melt but will melt when you burn the candle so that would be a quicker option then melting wax.

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 -
range.gif - with this one, you could write things in each pie shape - maybe Bible verses on Joy, ways to show joy even when you are unhappy..


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 -

Coloring page of Gabriel and Mary -

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!

Other 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........

Saturday, June 19, 2010

a great find!

I knew instantly I had to buy this!  Isn't it so pretty!  I am not sure what made me gasp first....the lovely bird on the top, the 4 different carved birds on the sides or the wonderful lines and shape.  The best was only $1.50 at Love INC.

Now where to put her....

Lily's Baptism

Last Sunday we welcomed Lily into the family of God!

What a celebration!  Nate was worried she would cry but instead Lily made the congregation cry by baptizing herself after Nate finished.  After Nate walked her around the church, Rosemary stood up and announced that the congregation wanted to sing "This is the Day" to celebrate the occasion - we were touched!

Four Generations! My mom, myself, Lily and my grandmother Lily.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pic from our Kindness Craft

I of course forgot to take pics of the actually craftiness but here are some after pics. We made Birdseed Cookies to bring to our church shut-ins - kinds to both our church members and to the birds! I got the idea from this blog -

Today we went and visited 3 of our church members and passed them out. All 3 ladies wished we could have stayed longer. We need to do this more often!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A summer of fruit!

Beth Moore said at her last conference - if you want to know if something is good in your life, see what kind of fruit it is producing. This gave me the idea to very intentionally teach the kids about the Fruit of the Spirit. Andrew can list them off but does he know what they mean? I hope to do this one a week (though vacation might make it hard). There are 11 weeks so we should get through the 9 fruits okay.

This is VERY low key! I refuse to get stressed about this and I want it to be fun for all of us. So, if you need to take a week off or just plain skip it then you can. I am not doing them in order so you can always go back to one if you want to. I am going to try to do something every day with the Fruit of the Week too keep it fresh in their minds and to keep impressing it on them. So, a story, a couple crafts, doing something physical and who knows what else - each week I will write down my ideas and you can add to them or just take what works for you. I am not going to do everything I list each week but at least I will hopefully have lots to choose from.

I decided to start with Kindness b/c frankly that is what my kids need right now. They are just not nice to each other both with actions and with words. I am hoping this helps! Plus I thought of some ways to take the crafts and turn them into discipline techniques.

Fruit of the Spirit - KINDNESS - Week 1 - June 13-19
9 Fruits Alive - a book about all the Fruits of the Spirit is a good book for the whole summer!

Colossians 3:12 NIRV (New International Readers Version)
You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes.

Luke 6:36-38 NIV
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you.

Bible Story - The Good Samaritan Luke 10:30-37

3Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Robbers attacked him. They stripped off his clothes and beat him. Then they went away, leaving him almost dead. A priest happened to be going down that same road. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. A Levite also came by. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side too.
But a Samaritan came to the place where the man was. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him. He went to him, poured olive oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey. He took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins. He gave them to the owner of the inn. 'Take care of him,' he said. 'When I return, I will pay you back for any extra expense you may have.'
"Which of the three do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?"
The authority on the law replied, "The one who felt sorry for him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do as he did."

Not sure what to do with the grapes but sharing them would be a good start.
*Grape coloring pages - - might be fun to cut out circle pictures of family and friends to put on the grapes as a reminder of who we are to be kind too.
*Make cards from prints of grapes - either cut the grapes in half, press in paint and then on paper or put paper on a cookie sheet (one with sides), roll the grapes in paint and then roll on the paper - sounds mess but fun too! I

Kindness Jar - have the kids think about what kindness means and what are kind acts. Write on pieces of paper (maybe even had the kids draw little pictures) and add them to the Kindness Jar. You can easily just use a clean recycled jar or a plastic container. Use whatever you have on hand. Decorate it and add the kindness slips. A good way to think of practical acts of kindness. And, when the kids are not so kind to each other, make them pick a slip out of the jar and be kind instead.

Circle of Kindness - take a paper plate and draw pie pieces on it - draw pictures of those you are to be kind too (like those in your family), attach an arrow cut out of cardboard (use a cut up cereal/cracker box) with a brass fastener. Then just spin the arrow and see which person you can be kind to today. I thought when my child has a bad attitude, I can have him spin the arrow and in turn be kind to someone to try to get rid of the bad attitude.

Write the word KIND in big letters a piece of poster board or opened paper bag - write it so there empty space in the letters (like the outline of the letters). Cut out clothing to put in the letters. (see verse - "as if it were your clothes")

Make a crown - call if their Kindness crown and talk about what we do when we are kind - good along with the kindness jar. And adds in the "as if it were your clothing" part of the verse. See story here -

Make cards or flowers to give to others - here are some links to flowers and cards that I like -
*Flowers from plastic bags -
*Flowers made from circles cut from newspapers -
*Another newspaper flower -
*Flowers from rolled up paper - these can be made with seeds and then be planted but I thought just to make them plain would be easier -
As for cards - painting heart shaped paper dollies with watercolors then attaching to cardstock/construction paper,
* Printed cards - looks fun and easy -
* or just use crayons and office paper for an easy and simple card.

Birdseed Cookies - this looked fun to both be kind to birds and to give to shut-ins from our church -

I would like to take the kids to visit either a few of our shut-ins or bring cards to DeVos Childen's Hospital. (I have a call into DeVos to see if this is okay?) We do not do this enough and I think this is a great opportunity to do it.

Other ideas:
Watch Veggie Tales - Lyle the Kindly Viking (I have it on hold at Allendale Library so let me know if you want to watch it next week!)or Boz Friends and Helpers (we own this one)
Read books about Kindness -
The Giving Tree
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs - I figure we have to be kind to our dogs too!
Berenstain Bear books - Lend a Helping Hand (works with Goodness too I think), And the Bully, The Golden Rule, Too Much Teasing, Love they Neighbors

SO, let me know if you are joining in on this summer adventure! Right now I have 19 friends on FB joining in. I think this is going to give our summer some purpose and be tons of fun!

NO we are not still visiting family in China.....

I got "harassed" at Target today by one of the Bethany social workers *you know who you are! * that it looked like we were still visiting family in China! Whoops! Sorry I have not updated our blog in months. Just a tad busy with 3 kiddos now. I have posted a ton of pics on Facebook but I will add a few of my favorites in the past few months - It is really hard to pic my favorites since I have taken almost 900 pics in the last month and half!

SO, I can't get blogger to load my pics to pics will have to wait! Sorry!