F For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of Power, Love and Self-Discipline 2 Timothy 1:7

One of my favorite verses to pray over my kids. Don’t we all need this one in our hearts?

LESSON OBJECTIVE: When you have fear, ask God for courage.

LETTER SIZE POSTER:

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MEMORY CARDS:

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CRAFT: Shadrach-Meshach-and-Abednego

1. Take black construction paper and fold it in half. Cut out the “window”

2. Print coloring page part and cut so the verse can be pasted separately.

3. Color coloring page first, glue coloring page inside card, glue fire on top and glue card together, glue on verse, use white crayon to make blocks for the furnace.

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DOWNLOAD FOR CRAFT:

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MEMORY CRAFT: Use the first image to cut out the pieces.The kids then will put the pieces back together and glue them on the second image/paper.

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CRAFT: We also had the kids make shields out of cardboard. (The boys especially loved this) We cut them out ahead of time and we talked about God being their shield. (see lesson 11.0)

LESSON DOWNLOADS:

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E Every good and perfect gift comes from above. From the Father who made the sun, moon and stars. James 1:17

This is a fun verse. My kids loved doing motions with this one. Gift (box with hands) Above (point up) Sun (rounded arms above head) Moon (C shape with arms) Stairs (opening hands one at a time high into the sky) 🙂 Lesson Objective: Everything is God’s, he blesses us and we are a blessing.

LETTER SIZE POSTER:

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MEMORY CARDS:

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DOWNLOAD THE LESSON HERE: 9.0CKidsGroup

Coloring Sheet:

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For a memory game, we put pieces of the verse on paper into plastic eggs. I used images for sun, moon, and stars, just to make it fun.

D Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14

My kids have been pointing this verse out to each other A LOT! 🙂 Don’t we all need to do better at this? With the two lessons, crafts and activities I wanted them to learn one main thing. We can CHOOSE to be thankful instead of complaining and arguing.

LETTER SIZE POSTER:

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MEMORY CARDS:

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DOWNLOAD THE FIRST LESSON HERE: 7.0CKidsGroup.

DOWNLOAD THE SECOND LESSON HERE: 8.0CKidsGroup

IDENTIFYING WHAT’S IN THEIR HEART WORKSHEET for first lesson, example and downloads below:

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DOWNLOAD WORKSHEETS:

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Miss Radiant Joy and Mister Grouchy Pants for Second Lesson and Craft.

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DOWNLOAD the expressions for the craft paper plate craft here (4 pages): expressions PDF.

SCRIPTURE PRINT OUTS: These are letter size so you can print them and have your kids put them in order to learn the verse. We did this relay style in teams with our group.

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C Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

This verse is special to me for a lot of reasons. I love the whole Psalm and it’s a great example of how to go about true repentance. I love all the different prayers David pours out to God. David majorly screwed up and yet God showed his mercy on him. It’s a great lesson to teach our kids. David the amazing man of the bible messed up BIG time. He needed Jesus and so do we. Thank goodness you are waiting with open arms and never turn away a truly sorry heart.

LETTER SIZE POSTER:

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MEMORY CARDS:

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I ended up coming up with an activity that I really felt would be best as a take home lesson so it could be done one on one with a parent instead of for one of our group nights which are kinda hectic with 11 kids.

PARENT TIME:

LESSON OBJECTIVE : I have sin in my heart and Jesus can make me clean. (Very much the foundational understanding of salvation.)

Download the LESSON HERE: Give Me a Pure Heart Activity

Basic run down: We drew a heart and filled it up with all the sin we could come up with and then we talked about how our hearts are sinful and Jesus is the only one who can make them clean. I gave them foam hearts and with washable markers they wrote sin that was in their hearts. Then we used a wipe which represented Jesus to wipe the sin away. The sin was then was on Jesus. We then wrote Jesus on the heart and talked about how Jesus can make our hearts clean when we ask him for forgiveness for the sin in our hearts. We talked about asking Jesus into our hearts for him to help us do the things that God wants us to do. So then they wrote good things that Jesus would help us do on the hearts. We talked about how we can continue to choose to sin, but that when Jesus is in our hearts to help, he helps us follow him and keep asking him for forgiveness. The kids loved it and were really excited to erase those bad things and replace them with good things. We talked about how Jesus is so amazing for doing that for us.

I typed up the whole lesson and it is written to be understood by young children. This lesson could easily be altered and I could picture it being impactful for teenagers as well. I had once done an activity with a group of teen girls where we wrote sins on pieces of paper, asked Jesus to forgive them one by one and then wrote JESUS over the sin in red marker, ripped them up and burnt all our pile of pieces in a bonfire while praying and thanking God for his forgiveness. It was powerful. This heart lesson was powerful for my kiddos and it’s given us great conversations about sin and forgiveness.

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GROUP TIME:

We talked about who David was and how he messed up and how our verse was his prayer to God because he was truly sorry and wanted God’s help to get his heart clean.

VELCRO LAMINATED HEART ACTIVITY: We did this as a relay with two teams to build the verse.

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HEART CRAFT:I just wanted something fun since the home activity was deep. 😉 Plus it’s almost valentines day. ❤

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They had a blast with them!

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THREADED HEART:I put tape on the end of the yarn to make it easier to thread, used card stock and then taped the back with packing tape when I was done. This one is more for older kids, mine got frustrated with it so we didn’t use it for our group. I want to try it again with them when I can sit and help them with it because they love how it looks when it’s done.

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THREADED HEART TEMPLATE:

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B Be kind to one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

This is THE most used verse in our house. We use it daily. Was that kind? What that building your sister/brother up? I played on the BUILDING aspect for this one for the crafts and activities.

LETTER SIZE POSTER:

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MEMORY CARDS:

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VERSE PYRAMID ACTIVITY:

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Download the PDF here. Verse Pyramid Activity.

BUILDING BLOCK RELAY: I added words to the verse to legos and we formed 3 teams of kids to grab a lego, run to a destination and build on the verse from the bottom up. First team to complete it correctly won. This is also great to let kids do by themselves to learn the verse.

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BUILD UP CARDS: I created little cards for the kids to build each other up. I gave them some sample phrases that they could use or they could write their own, stickers to decorate them, and they colored pictures on them too. Teaching them that a little note of encouragement can be a big blessing.

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BUILD UP CARD CUT OUT PHRASES:

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A As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15

I loved starting out with this verse. It’s such an awesome declaration to make. It’s also a choice that we make.

My kids memorized the verse before the song, As for me and my house by John Waller, came out and they heard it on the radio and were so excited to hear their verse!!!

Our family gets pumped listening to this song. 🙂 We came up with motions for it and it would be a great tool to use to learn the verse.

Here’s a link to the youtube video.

Here are the lyrics:

I’m done
Building my own kingdom
No more
Seeking worthless idols

Like sheep we have all gone astray
We must choose this day
Whom we will serve
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
Idols raised, tear them down
Cause we will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
To one king we bow down
As for me and my house
We will only serve the Lord

I’m done
With powerless religion
No more
Living in deception

As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
Idols raised, tear them down
Cause we will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
To one king we bow down
As for me and my house
We will only serve the Lord

We will cross over Jordan
We will claim what you promised

As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
Idols raised, tear them down
Cause we will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
To one king we bow down
As for me and my house
We will only serve the Lord

We will not give our hearts to another
Will not give our hearts to another
We belong to the Lord
We will not give our hearts to another
Will not give our hearts to another
We will only serve the Lord

Below are the downloads to use for personal use as well as photos of the crafts we did.

LETTER SIZE POSTER:

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MEMORY CARDS:

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CRAFT 1: We had the kids color these and add their popsicle stick family members.

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DOWNLOAD SHEET:

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CRAFT 2: Construction paper cut in half, cut roof, square for chimney, pipe cleaner for a door hanger, popsicle sticks for the roof, photo to glue inside the house, we had some pom poms to add too. 🙂

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Kids Small Group

What’s Kid’s Small Group Time? My husband and I lead a weekly small group of adults AND kids. We share a meal as families and then the adults share and pray while the kids have their own small group time. My husband and I really wanted our kids to benefit from a small group in the same way that adults do and have it be an intentional time for them instead of childcare to just “keep them busy and from killing each other”. We wanted to maximize their time weekly to worship God through singing, learn scripture together, reinforce scripture with crafts and activities, build relationships with each other, and pray for one another. I’ll be sharing what we’re doing with their time and hope it encourages others.

ABC Verses have been very  popular. You can find sets of them all over Pinterest and the Internet. It’s been an awesome way for the kids and I to be anywhere and be able to “run through” the whole alphabet of verses without forgetting how they start. 🙂 Because my kids did so well with the ABC verses and enjoyed them so much, I decided to make my own version of selected verses for our Kids Small Group.

I’ll share the resources I’ve designed for your personal/not for profit use. 😉 Below are samples of A and B letter size posters.

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My Hope

I’m a mom of 4 year old twins and a baby. I’m passionate about finding ways to point my kids to Jesus and my hope is to share some fun ideas to encourage other moms to do the same. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. – Deuteronomy 6:7

Since my twins were very little, I’ve loved coming up with ideas to help them memorize God’s word. I started when they were 2 by making a poster with picture symbols to help them learn John 3:16. Planting seeds of truth in their little hearts is so important. I take Deuteronomy 6:7 literally and try to use every opportunity to teach them who their savior is. Not to memorize for the sake of memorizing but to teach them about who God is and how he wants us to live. Obviously memorizing scripture is a small piece of what God wants us to do as parents, more importantly WE must ask for God’s help to LIVE IT OUT and let them know that we also need a savior. We can’t save our children but we CAN point them to the ONE who can! My husband is a Children’s Pastor and we together have been more passionate then ever to see our kids built up spiritually in these days so they can to do mighty things for God’s kingdom now, not just when they become adults.

What’s Kid’s Small Group Time? My husband and I lead a weekly small group of adults AND kids. We share a meal as families and then the adults share and pray while the kids have their own small group time. My husband and I really wanted our kids to benefit from a small group in the same way that adults do and have it be an intentional time for them instead of childcare to just “keep them busy and from killing each other”. We wanted to maximize their time weekly to worship God through singing, learn scripture together, reinforce scripture with crafts and activities, build relationships with each other, and pray for one another. I’ll be sharing what we’re doing with their time and hope it encourages others.

Pointing them to Jesus. I’ll also be posting things God has taught and is teaching me personally on this parenting journey.