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22
Jun
11

Celebrate “inter-DEPENDENCE” Day

Why not celebrate the Fourth of July as a day of inter-DEPENDENCE?  After all, as people of rebirth (Christians),  independence seems to be a very counter-gospel value.  But interDEPENDENCE — interdependent on one another & flat out DEPENDENCE on God…this idea that we are not alone in the world — that is at the heart of the Story from which we come, the story that began long before America.

I once read that the real Independence Day was not 1776, but soon after Adam was created, when he and Eve stood before God guilty of sinning. It was on that day, the fall, that Adam and Eve made their own Declaration of Independence, and rejected God for Satan’s lie. From that time onward, every son and daughter of Adam is born at odds with God, fighting to live independent of Him and independent of each other. It is only when the eyes of the rebel are opened and he sees his sin, is moved to repent of it, and makes his official Declaration of Dependence upon the Lord, that he will be saved. And it is this very dependence that leads this rebel to cease his striving and live unselfishly in community fulfilling the 2nd greatest commandment to love others.

So this time around and for the future why not consider the true freedom we have in Christ – I’m not talking about, “Lord, thank you that we live in a country where we are free to worship you,” or things like that. Those things are true, but they’ve become cliché. Christians must promote freedom in Christ. Before Christ, we were nothing more than captives! Prone to wonder from our heavenly father, prone to do the very things we hated…Christ most certainly came to bring freedom to the captives.  So on Independence Day let’s be sure to remember the freedom Christ gave us.

But let us not take our country for granted…a country where we can join together and worship our Savoir.  So let every Independence Day remind us to give thanks and pray for those who serve our country, our soldiers who protect our lives and freedoms every day as well as our leaders. Pray for Obama, pray for your Governor, your representatives, and so on. They need prayer.

One of my favorite Independence Day traditions is going to see fireworks. I think it’s because of the awe inspiring beauty, the beauty of bright lights breaking through the darkness acting as a small parallel of Christ’s light that has come into this dark world.  So if you get to enjoy some fireworks let your appreciation of them remind you of the One who shines brighter than the sun, the One who shines hope in the midst of what, at times, feels like overwhelming darkness.

Finally, holidays remind us how inter-dependent we are on one another. As someone makes you a burger, or invites you to swim, or watch fireworks with them, remember what we learned from High School musical, “we are all in this together.”  🙂

Our family is celebrating this holiday starting today, (13 days before the 4th, representing the 13 stripes on the flag).  We will be taping up one “stripe” of paper each day on our wiki stix flag that I made on the wall.  On these stripes of paper will be a Bible verse that talks about either our dependence on Him, our freedom in Christ, or our need to live in community.  All biblical themes that we can tie in with the holiday using the verbage above.

Here are the 13 Bible verses ( in the ESV) we printed out on red and white stripes of paper:

Day 1 of 13

Dependence on God:

Isaiah 40:31

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

Jeremiah 17:5-6

5 Thus says the Lord:
Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.

John 15:4-5

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Psalm 44:6-8

6 For not in my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
7 But you have saved us from our foes
and have put to shame those who hate us.
8 In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever.

Isaiah 26:3

3 You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.

James 4:10

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Freedom in Christ:

Galatians 5:1

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Romans 8:21

that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Our dependence on living in community:

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Acts 2:44

And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

1 Corinthians 12:12

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

*James wrote parts of this post.

Resources: http://www.songtime.com/bb/bb0710.htm

http://evancurry.com/2009/07/02/how-should-christians-celebrate-the-4th-of-july/

http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/23/40-ways-to-celebrate-interdependence-day-on-july-4/

27
Mar
11

Resurrection Day traditions

Resurrection Eggs are a great tool for teaching kids about the meaning of Easter, but my kids are kinda getting bored with them, and I’m looking for more!

I’m big on traditions.  Traditions – especially those that children can see, hear, feel, smell and taste – provide vivid impressions on which parents can build year after year. There are so many which can enrich your own family’s celebration of “Resurrection Day.”

Noel Piper’s Lenten Lights-Eight Biblical Devotions to prepare for Easter, to be used weekly during Lent OR daily during Holy Week

We are going to do this for one family night soon:  http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/tell-the-easter-story-with-a-playdough-mountain

Love this beautiful Advent/Lent wooden “wreath”

We are going to take out our Jesse tree that we used at Christmas and turn it into a Resurrection Tree!

I found this idea of three wreaths displayed during lent. The first is made of wheat to symbolize the bread of Christ’s body that was broken for us. The second is thorns to represent his suffering. The third is made of purple ribbon that symbolizes his resurrection and Lordship. Display each for two weeks in that order during lent.

I also love this: “sinning stones and blessing baskets”.  Each day of lent focus on a scripture verse and each day choose a sin that God forgives us for daily. Write that sin on “sinning stones” (paint a bunch of rocks black on Ash Wed.) At the end of lent you have a whole basket full of sin and we talk about how those sins led to the Jesus’ death. Then on Easter Sunday, God has replaced all our sins (stones) with the blessing of Christ-our Easter baskets!  (We are going to try this idea soon, you don’t have to start on Ash Wednesday.)

These great ideas are from Thriving Family magazine, which you now can subscribe to for free!  (My favorite is the white carnation idea-another family night activity for sure!)
This is a crazy cool website that has pictures of all the Bible stories including the Crucifixion from PlayMobil sets! Pretty cool visual for little kids if you ask me!

We made Resurrection Rolls last year for breakfast! Yum!  MUCH tastier than Resurrection cookies if you ask me!

The night before Easter, write with a dry erase marker on every mirror in the house, “He is risen!” the next morning wake the family up with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus blaring throughout the house and the children run and check all the mirrors!  (I am thinking of using Wiki Stix to write “He is Risen” on the walls too.)   🙂

Bake your own pretzels. Pretzels originated as early Christian Lenten treats, designed in the form of arms crossed in prayer.

Foot Washing: This Maundy Thursday event speaks volumes about Jesus’s desire for us to serve. Read John 13. Wrap a towel around your waist, as Jesus did, and wash your children’s feet.

New clothes (I knew there was a good reason to buy new clothes every Easter!): New converts were traditionally baptized at Easter, wearing new white garments to symbolize their new life.

Eggs:  they can become a subtle way of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Like seeds, eggs are very much a symbol of new life.

Bunnies:  see this previous post how you can use the Easter bunny to teach about Jesus.

Rilyn’s first Easter
26
Jan
11

firm in the faith

We had our family night last night and we focused on how our friends can strengthen or weaken our faith.  The whole family night is written out here.

1 Corinthians 15:33  “Do not be deceived:  Evil company corrupts good habits.”

Being that Rilyn goes to public school, this lesson is especially important to teach and reteach over the years.

Side note:  We want to make sure she knows that she can (and does!) have friends that don’t know Jesus.  We expect her to tell them about Jesus and how much she loves Him and how Jesus loves them.  We invited one of her school friends over on Saturday and Rilyn really wanted to play Bible trivia with her, (I recommend this version for kids 5 and up), and I had to explain to Rilyn that her friend wouldn’t know any of the answers.  Rilyn acted really surprised.  So we knew we needed to talk to her about how not everyone she is friends with will know Jesus.

Whoever we surround ourselves with will impact us either for good or bad.  Satan wants to influence us, not because he loves us like God does, but because he hates God.  We need to be careful of the kind of friends we choose and with whom we spend time.  When our CLOSEST friends also love Jesus, their influence keeps us strong.  When we move away from those friends and their Godly influence, we become spiritually weak.

This is a big prayer of mine for Rilyn.  Her closest friend, Cole, is from a Christian family, and I believe he will grow up strong in the Lord.  That is wonderful news however 1.) he is a boy and 2.) he isn’t in her grade level.  My prayer is that Rilyn would develop a girl best friend who loves Jesus and who she can see on a regular basis because they either go to school together or live in our neighborhood.

Back to the family night!  So we asked the girls if they could think of a time when someone influenced them to do something either good or bad.  What if it was your very best friend who asked you to tell a lie?  It’s not as easy to say no to your best friend.  That’s why it’s so important to have close friends that keep you strong and firm in making good choices.  We talked about things that friends could say that were not encouraging her to “stand firm”.  “I forgot to do my homework, can I copy yours?” And things that friends could say that encourage her to stand firm in her faith. “Let’s say our Bible verse together on the bus.”  (This was Rilyn’s example because her and Cole are bus seat partners and they do help each other memorize their verse on the bus to recite to James the next morning in the car ride to school.)

Now time for a visual!  We mixed corn starch and water.  (I was surprised James had never done this in all his life so he was just as intrigued as the kids were!)

1/4 cup water mixed with 3/4 cup cornstarch
“This is hard to mix!”

Why did we do this?
The mixture will be thick, and when you grab a glob of it and squeeze it tightly in your fist, it is firm. Just like Godly friends are holding you firm in your faith.

choosing things of God keeps you firm

But when you release your grip and just let the mixture sit in your hands, the mixture immediately begins to turn to it’s liquid form and become runny. Just like if we surround ourselves with those who don’t love God we will grow weak in God and our faith.

choosing wrong friends makes me weak
09
Sep
10

I’m going to miss this.

This has been my mantra the past few weeks.  As a mother with young children, summer is a little too L-O-N-G.  I’m not going to lie and say I was sad when it was back to school time.  But, at the same time, I do want to treasure and remember that I won’t be a mother of young children for long.  As much as I don’t think so in the times of whining, drawing on my walls, tantruming, and sand on my floors, I AM going to miss this.  So, maybe this post is just for me today, but I choose to see these pictures as a joy rather than a burden because one day, far down the road, when I’m sending my daughters off to prom, sending my son off to Texas A&M ;-), or maybe sitting alone in a quiet house (which I’m doing right now-ALLELUIA!), I am going to miss this.

my living room on any given day (we call it ‘the pit’ these days)
my porch on any given day (there is about that much sand scattered throughout my

floors too if I were ever to sweep it up!)

My couch where Asher sits and eats his snacks.  Don’t worry, I’ll brush the crumbs off

before you come over to visit!

We’ve had a couple of these episodes lately.  Fortunately, Asher used chalk and not

sharpie markers.  So I made him clean it up with a wipe, (which hindsight might of

been too much fun for him and encourage him to do this again!)

And just for fun, I’m for sure going to miss this! (Because in a couple of years Asher won’t be caught dead playing with Prince Charming and Prince Eric! At least I hope so!)

18
Aug
10

eternal conversations

Yesterday was Rilyn and I’s annual back to school daddy-daughter date and like last year we headed over to Austin Park n Pizza for some miniature golf, go-karts (Rilyn gets to drive her own car), video games, and tea-cups; I almost let loose on that ride, Rilyn ended up riding again by herself just so she could spin as much as she wanted. We ended the trip at Sonic sharing a blended root beer float.
Chilling at Sonic was our first time in a long time to really get to talk about the upcoming school year and for me to get to listen and share my heart with her. We talked about what to expect in 1st grade from tests to social woes and from what I can tell, she seems ready and excited to get going. She takes after her mom in that arena. Her affinity for organized days filled with achievable tasks fits right in with her Julie-like personality.
While we were there, I wanted to take the chance and talk about more eternal things also. You see, for a while Julie and I have been wrestling with our role and responsibility as it relates to her faith in Jesus Christ. From an early age, God has graced Rilyn with special affinity for God and His Good news. She is fascinated by and attracted to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus; to the point that if you ask her if she believes in Jesus, she says yes. We ask her if she loves Jesus and she says yes. To hear Rilyn say this gives Julie and I great joy.
This joy is in response to our deeply rooted longing for all our kids to love Jesus, to trust Him, to put their faith in Him, and be reconciled with their Heavenly Father, the Creator of the universe. God’s word reveals to us that this reconciliation with our Heavenly Father comes only to those who by grace have faith in Jesus. Romans 10:9-11:
“9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
I discussed this very truth with Rilyn last night and she clearly communicated her love for Jesus, and that she believes He is the Lord of heaven and earth. Does this mean that she is saved? That is the question Julie and I are wrestling with. It is clear that the word of God teaches that salvation comes to those who confess with their mouth AND believe in their heart that Jesus is who the Bible says He is. How can you know what is really going on in her heart?
I tried to assess that on our way back home. My first question was, “Rilyn, who is the giver of all good gifts?”
“Jesus” she replied
Right answer, but I wanted to get to the heart, so I asked, “What if Jesus took all your toys away, would you still love Him?”
“Yes,” she replied
“Why,” I asked.
“Because He was crucified for me,” she responded.
Wow, that was a big word, not one we use very often. I probed a little deeper, “What if Jesus took daddy away, would you still love Him?”
To which she wilted a bit and weakly said, “Yes”
Torn between giving her a hug and pressing on, I asked her, “Why?”
Sniffling a little bit she responded, “Because He loves me.”
Looking at Rilyn I am encouraged and overwhelmed by the grace bestowed on her by our Heavenly Father that at such a young age her words would echo the truth revealed through Paul’s letter to the Philippians chapter 3 verse 8,
“8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ”
Is Rilyn His? I believe so. Only time and a life full of faith in Christ bearing fruit of His spirit will tell. The Bible teaches that those who are born-again will continue trusting in Christ forever. God, by His own power through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, keeps or preserves the believer forever. Praise be to God whose does not sleep or slumber, who will never forsake his children no matter what.
My part to play in all this is not to doubt her words or question her heart but to teach Him & His word and trust His work through the Spirit so that she will put her confidence in Him leading to a life of obedience. There is a great sermon on Our Calling as Parents founded on Psalm 78:1-8.
Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. 5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should teach them to their children, 6 that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, 7 that they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, 8 and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
In His truth I will put my trust and in His promises I will put my hope.

14
Aug
10

‘the talk’

Last month I was blessed by visiting with my dear friend from Houston, Marisa.  She is a pastor’s wife from our old church in Katy, Kingsland Baptist.  I always love talking with her because of her passion for the Lord and her spunky tell-it-like-it-is attitude!  She has a 6 1/2 year old son and one of the things she told me that night was, “I just had the sex talk with K.” 

Whoa.

I knew that sending Rilyn to public school, I would have to do ‘the talk’ sooner rather than later, but THIS early?!?  And her son is homeschooled!  So, naturally, I wanted to hear all about  ‘the talk’ with her son. 

When I got home from coffee that night I talked with James and we really felt that God used Marisa as a vessel to remind us “now is the time.”  I had already heard stories of moms telling me their kids had heard about sex during playground conversations at public school in first grade so I did have it in the back of my mind that we should prepare Rilyn. 

 There are these awesome books out there, called God’s Design for Sex series (4 books) that Marisa used.  The first book you read to your child is written for children ages 3-5!!!  Then the second book you read from ages 5-8, third book age 8-11, and fourth book age 11-14 years.  We bought books 1 and 2.  I love the forward in these books, “Why start early? (teaching your kids about sex)  Because if you as the parent are not teaching your kids about sexuality, they are learning distorted lessons about it from television, the Internet, and playground conversations.  If you stand silent on sex while the rest of the world is abuzz about it, kids come to the conclusion that you cannot help them in this key area.  If you start now in teaching godly, truthful, tactful, and appropriate lessons about sexuality, your children will trust you more and see you as a mother or father who tells the truth!”   Wow.

The first book is entitled, The Story of Me by Stan and Brenna Jones.  The second book is called Before I was Born.  The first book discusses the growth of a child inside a mother’s body and the birth process.  The second book discusses the growth and change as boys and girls become men and women and a tactful but direct explanation of sexual intercourse between a husband and wife. 

So today, I took Rilyn for the day shopping and out to lunch for a mother/daughter date and we had ‘the talk’.  I read to her both books.  The second book is way more graphic in detail than the first and honestly, it was hard to read to my baby girl.  ‘The talk’ went well.  She didn’t ask too many questions, so I plan on reading it to her again next year and the next…She did at one point cover her ears and when I asked why, she said “Because you are about to talk about privates.”  (She saw the picture.)   We talked about that everything I was reading to her is only to be discussed between mommy, daddy and her (or her doctor) and that’s it.  One day she can talk to her husband about it.  😉  We also talked about if she hears things at school, she can always tell me. 

I feel at peace with today knowing that God means for Christian parents to be the primary sex educators of their children.  And first messages are most powerful; why wait until your child hears the wrong thing and then try to correct the misunderstanding?  Sexuality is a beautiful gift; why not present it to your children the way God intended?  Why not establish yourself as the trusted expert to whom your children can turn to find out God’s truth about sexuality?

06
Aug
10

walking lessons

We took a family walk on our family night last week.  We used this great FREE resource from Family Time Training.

First lesson during our walk:
Phil. 3:13-14 “But one thing I do:  forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

The “Walk”:  Each of us takes turns walking backwards while the others walk forward.  Notice if the walk slows down or if stumbling occurs.

The “Talk”:  Is it easier to stumble moving forward or backwards?  Can you see the goal ahead of you when you are walking backwards?

What happens when you are always looking behind?

Second lesson:
Mark 12:31a “Love your neighbor as yourself”
The “Walk”: Have each person trade shoes with another family member.
The “Talk”: The Bible tells us to love our neighbors. One way to do this is to try to understand them better. There’s a saying about putting “ourselves in the other person’s shoes” when we are having a hard time understanding someone. (This is especially important to talk about with Rilyn who will encounter children at school that are very different from her.) Talk about if you had to suddenly live in one or our neighbor’s lives would it be easy? How can we be more understanding? Pray for them!

James trying to walk in Rilyn’s flip flops!
Rilyn trying to walk in daddy’s flip flops!  Too heavy!

Third lesson:
Galatians 6:2a “Bear one another’s burdens…”
The “Walk”: Have one person sit on the ground as if not able to move. The others will have to help carry the immobile member.
The “Talk”: How can we all get to our goal together if one person can’t walk? How did it make you feel to know you were helping someone else?

A helpful thing we have started this past year is ‘family night journals’.

The girls record what they learned immediately after the family night.

This is Rilyn’s entry.

Fourth lesson:
John 12:35 “Then Jesus said to them, ‘A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.”
The “Walk”: Take turns blindfolding each person one at a time and have them walk a distance without being able to see.
The “Talk”: Could you walk in confidence when you couldn’t see? Why do you think Jesus warns us to not walk in darkness?

How is walking without Jesus like walking blindfolded?

Fifth lesson:
Proverbs 11:3a “The integrity of the upright will guide them…”
The “Walk”: Have everyone crawl on their knees with the exception of one person. Have one person walk upright.
The “Talk”: Which person automatically moves to the front of the group? What kind of person is the Bible referring to when it speaks of someone who walks upright?

We plan on using this family night every year because it is so easy and our discussions will hopefully just get deeper and deeper! 

Oh, and where was Asher?  He was with us, just along for the ‘ride’!

He now only cruises with his feet lounging like this.
15
Jun
10

movie nights

I found an amazing resource through Focus on the Family’s Plugged In website.  It’s called “Movie Nights.”  From their website, the definition of a movie night is

“a golden opportunity for parents and children to have a meaningful, biblically based discussion about one of the better films coming out of Hollywood. It’s also the term we use for the downloadable curricula we’ve created to help you accomplish that.  On this website, you’ll find two categories of Movie Nights. Each targets a different age group. The first, “Movie Nights for Kids,” includes a one-page tip sheet for parents (with an activity, plot summary, scripture verses and several discussion questions), as well as a puzzle page for children ages 6-10.
The second type, “Movie Nights for Teens,” encourages parents and adolescents to explore deeper issues with the help of more challenging, mature-minded films. These Movie Nights are more dialogue-oriented and intended for older children (13 and up), but the goals remain the same: Have fun, enrich the parent/child relationship and help children learn to analyze media from a Christian perspective. ”

Tonight we went through Toy Story 2 together.  It is totally worth clicking the link to read over their movie night ‘script.’  The family activity had to do with going through our toys and choosing ones that we could donate because we don’t play with them much anymore.   This is much like the toys in the film and how they face rejection as their owners grow up and lose interest in them.   

I just had to share this great resource and hope that you can instill movie nights like this in your schedule!

21
Apr
10

idols, play doh, and Mr. Potato Head

We just had our family night tonight about idols in our lives.  We based it off of this link from where I receive monthly e-mails. 

First, we let the girls each take play doh and we told them to form it into something they love.  (We talked about how people in the Bible would bow down to physical idols that they made.)  Rilyn made a marker.  Ella made/spelled out her name.  🙂  

We then talked about loving things more then loving Jesus.  For example, Rilyn has a hard time sharing markers with Ella particularly because Ella doesn’t take very good care of her own so they are generally dried out.  And share the coveted ‘red marker’?!?  That is the ‘holy grail’ of markers in my girls’ minds, and they never have enough red markers because they use them out so fast!  So we talked about how when Rilyn doesn’t want to share her red marker with Ella it’s because she loves the marker more than Jesus.  Ella loves playing computer games.  Rilyn loves watching Full House (didn’t you just love that show?!?)  We talked about when they choose to play computer games or watch TV rather than obey what mommy or daddy is telling them to do at the moment, (please wash your hands for dinner), they are loving the idol more than Jesus because Jesus tells us to obey our parents. 

We then got out a ‘naked’ Mr. Potato Head and talked about more idols in our lives by using the parts of the potato head. 

Mouth:  Idol-candy. 

Ears:  Idol-praise from others, popularity, music. 

Eyes:  Idol-TV, computer games. 

Hands(things we do):  Idol-Sports, Education. 

At the end, we made sure the girls understood that God wants us to enjoy good things, just not love these things more than Him.  He wants Rilyn to use her gift of drawing.  After all, He is the master artist!  (And I’m sure it pleases Him that her favorite thing to draw is rainbows, one of the most beautiful things in all of His creation!) 

We are also going through the ten commandments at dinner time, (here is the book we use during family dinners), so this lesson tied in very well!  

Ella’s prayer to end family night:  “Dear Jesus, I want to love you more than Strawberry Shortcake movies!  Amen!” 

 Isaiah 44:6-7  The Lord Almighty:  I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.  Who then is like me?

 
 
 
 

 

05
Mar
10

stained

I wanted to share our family night this week because I really loved it.  We love Family Time and used their lesson that I got e-mailed to me this month.

Here is the link to this family night.

Jeremiah 2:22 Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of

soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign Lord.

 

Daddy drew the ‘stains’ on the shirt.  Rilyn tried to use a wipe to remove hers.

How is this verse similar to my trying to wash the stain out of my shirt?

I cannot get rid of the stain by my own efforts. I made the stain

worse.  

 It’s the same with sin. When we sin—doing something God tells

us not to do—we have a stain on our life. We are no longer pure and

holy. And, by our own efforts, we cannot become pure and holy again.

This is the shirt after we washed it in the washing machine. The stains still won’t come out!

Hebrews 1:3 After {Jesus} had provided purification for sins,

he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Only Jesus can take away our sins.

How does Jesus take away our sin?  Through His dying on the cross. When we believe in Jesus and do what He says, He cleanses us from sin. He makes us pure and holy.

The scissors represent Jesus who takes away the stain of sin that we could not wash away by ourselves.

I John 1:7 And the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

The only way to remove the stains is to cut them out.

 The holes that remain represents the consequences of sin.

Jesus takes away the sin yet we will still need to deal with the

consequences of our bad choices.

   

The stains are removed, but there is still a consequence-there are now holes in the shirt.  (Ella is smiling because she just finished a blue lollipop!  And, no, James did NOT do a good job with the placement of these stains!  Sorry for the inappropriate cut-outs!)




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