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Growing Up

Noah’s Ark with Colorful Animals

We are finishing up our unit on the colors of the rainbow this week and we are having so much fun with it, I can’t wait to share this with you!

We created a place for the colorful animals G made to hang out:

It was actually pretty easy to do: We traced an outline of an ark on a piece of poster board.  Then we glued ripped pieces of brown construction paper onto the ark.  Then we cut out some squares of black construction paper and added them in for windows.  Once the glue was dry, we cut out the shape of the ark from the poster board.

When we presented it to G, she was so excited!  We took out her handcrafted animals and we talked about the colors and names of the animals.  We talked about how Noah took the animals into the ark with his family.  And we talked about our memory verse: God said, “I put my [rain]bow in the clouds,..I will remember.”  By the end of the week, G could finish the verse for me (so exciting!).

She also enjoyed playing with the animals and pointing out their eyes.

If you missed the tutorials for creating these simple toddler crafts, here are the links to each of them:

These crafts have all been VERY BASIC, but our little one (almost 21 months) has enjoyed doing them.  They have helped with her fine motor skills and creativity, while reinforcing the color of the week.  Please feel free to use any of these ideas and share them with others.  If you do the craft, please let me know.  I would love to get feedback from others who tried them with their toddlers.

Devotion

Showers of Blessings

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Showers of Blessings

Today and this week I am thankful for:

Literal rain (in the desert!) and a change of weather

A salad I had last week – yes, I am still thinking about it!

Grandparents that can drop by on a moment’s notice.

A day to see all the oscar contenders before the ceremony on Sunday.

A crib for Wren at the right price, at the right moment

Encouraging friends and milestones

Alarm clocks

Buckets turned upside down and into crowns

The inspiration I get when I look at my little girls

My husband saying, “If I didn’t have meetings…” this morning when I had (have) a horrendous headache.

A little one sleeping next to me and another little one cuddling while watching Elmo

 

What are you thankful for?

Growing Up

One Year Old Preschool: Catch up edition

This entry is part 9 of 19 in the series One Year Old Preschool

We have really dropped the ball around here on the organized preschool thing for G.  But it is amazing all the things this little one is learning!   It reminds me of when Moses talked about how to teach the Law of God to the next generation:

“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deut. 6:6 (NASB version)

Teaching children is not exactly an organized scientific and planned process.  There is a specific time for that, but as we know, our kids are little sponges soaking up knowledge at every turn and at all times! Continue Reading

Devotion

5 Reasons for Inductive Bible Study

5 reasons for Inductive Bible study

We are gearing up for Bible study for the fall and I am, once again, so excited to get started on another study.  This fall we are doing Covenant from Precept Upon Precept.  I spent the last couple of weeks trying to determine the memory verses for the study, while attempting not to ruin my joy of discovery.

Each year, I see women (and some men) join our classes and exhibit excitement about the study, only to have them fall out somewhere about week 3.  This puzzles me and has become quite a burden on my heart as I have started leading studies.  I desire that all believers would be lovers and doers of the Word, but I see lots of them fall by the wayside in their pursuit of God’s wisdom.

So, what’s the deal?

Time!  Commitment!  Mental Focus!  Endless Busy Work!

These very things keep me interested and drive others away.  So, I thought I would put some thoughts down about why I am drawn to the inductive Bible study method above all others. Continue Reading

Devotion

On Holiness and Sanctification

I am reading through a book by JC Ryle entitled Aspects of Holiness and came across this quote I find appropriate to the daily Christian walk:

Sanctification does not consist in retiring from daily life in the world.  In every age there have been those who believe that to retire into seclusion from the world is a highway to sanctification.  But wherever we go we carry with us that source of evil – our hearts.  True holiness is not a frail plant which can only survive in a plant nursery, but is a strong, hardy thing which can flourish in normal daily life.  True holiness does not make a Christian evade difficulties, but face and overcome them.

 

This is a good reminder that God is working out my salvation within me to rid me of my evil heart, not remove all of life’s obstacles, so that I can be perfect.  It is the very trials of our daily existence which work to perfect and complete us so we will be fitted for heaven and measured for a crown.  As I go through my daily routines, day after day, they are not without merit and worth in this changing process.  In fact, they are the places of greatest opportunity for Spiritual growth and refinement.   There is a time and place for retreat and rest, but God is working most often in the daily life of His children.