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Simple Pleasures: Book Review

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Simple pleasures is sometimes I often long for in our every day living.  Too often, I’m laying in bed at night, recounting the day, and realizing that I’ve gone yet another day without truly savoring the gift that it was.

Simple Pleasures

This book, Simple Pleasures, by Marianne Jantzi, is a wonderful reminder to to savor the every day moments that make up a life filled with love.   Her stories are short and sweet and filled with a tangled web of memories that we all so often feel and experience.

Simple Pleasures of Easter

Though the writing style is a little disjointed, it ebbs and flows just as conversation with an old friend would go.  I find it lovely to read as I sip my morning coffee — it serves as a great reminder to savor the little hands that seem to always be in need of something (usually related to sugar!).  The book is very true to it’s title — it is full of simple pleasure, little memories and all the little moments that make up a life.

The Bronze Snake: Children’s Church Lesson

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This last week, we studied Numbers 20 and 21 in Children’s Church. This passage covers Moses striking a rock to get water (against God’s commands) and also the Israelite people being bitten by snakes.   These are the stations we used with the kids.  We are using the Gospel Project curriculum and some of these suggestions come from that teacher’s guide.

Snack Time:

As I was telling the story, I let the kids eat pretzels and had the water clearly visible, but I wouldn’t let any of the kids drink any until we got to the part about the Israelites complaining about a lack of water.   I asked if they could relate to how all the people were feeling and they indeed could.  I poured them all a cup and we continued with story.  After the lesson, they could choose one or more stations to visit.

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

Station #1: Snake Bite Medical Stop

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

In this station, I had an old sheet that the kids could cut into strips to bandage each other’s “snake bites”.  I also had band-aids and a forehead thermometer for them to play with.

Station #2: Paper Plate Snake

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

This is the classic twirly snake cut from a paper plate craft.  Kids colored the snake first and then cut along the lines to make a snake. Of course, we couldn’t find any bronze crayons, so our snakes were a little unbiblical.
The Bronze Snake: Children's Lesson

Station #3: Paper Chain Snake

This was a project they did with another teacher, but my kids brought home one so I thought I’d share it.

The Bronze Snake: Kids Art

Station #4 Coloring

We always try to set up a simple station for kids who don’t know where to start or don’t like a lot of craftiness.  These are papers from The Gospel Project curriculum.

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

Station #5 Water From a Rock

This isn’t exactly from a rock, but we did give the kids some water to play with to remind them of the story.  We use old (donated) shirts as smocks.

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

That’s it for now!  What are you up to this week in your ministry?

 

 

 

 

 

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids (Book Review)

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Parenting is hard work!  And with every year that my kids grow older, it seems that we solve one problem just as another makes its way into our lives.  I’m always on the look out for a good parenting book.  When I hard Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry (which I enjoyed), had written another parenting book, I was happy to take a look.

In 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids, Cartmell breaks down each of the eight tools into five brief chapters, with a practical tip at the end of each chapter to help parents remember the main idea and a follow-up thought or action to put into practice that day. For the tool of “Talking“, for example, he encourages parents that their communication style with their kids is vital (no yelling), explains why it’s important to initiate conversations with their kids (everyone put down the phones), and the value of being an easy-to-listen parent.

In the chapter on the tool of “Connecting“, he emphasizes the importance of warm physical touch, getting into their child’s world (yes, down on the floor, putting the Legos together), and explains why a regular family time is one of the most powerful tools a parent can use to build a close and connected family.

Sneaky Squirrel (Family Game Night)

“Family times are vital to the parent-child relationship,” says Cartmell. “For example, when I think back on times with my family when the boys were young, I remember our going around in a circle and saying things we appreciate about the person on our left or right. The busy hustle and bustle of everyday life impedes meaningful, reflective discussions. It is only when you cultivate the regular habit of stopping and reflecting together on the things that are important you get this kind of interaction on a regular basis.”

Planting a Garden  (Raising Great Kids)

Throughout the book, parents also learn the Family Respect Rule, the importance of flexible thoughts, and how their kids are God’s gold nuggets (Are you looking for the gold or the dirt?).

Cartmell also discusses the importance of practicing our faith and weaving it into every part of our lives. He emphasizes the importance of continually living our faith alongside our kids and with our kids so they get a real picture of what a genuine Christian is supposed to look like.

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“These are not tools to use for a while and then discard once your kids are eighteen,” says Cartmell. “My boys are both now in their twenties and I need each of these tools as much as I did when they were three and five years old. These are tools you want to weave into the very nature of your parenting for as long as you’re a parent.”

The chapters are short — perfect for reading along with your daily devotional or during breakfast and each come with a clear application for the day.   Don’t let the short chapters fool you though — there’s a lot packed into this small book and it is something you will want to read again and again as the years go by.

The Animated Kids Bible-Ep06 trailer

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[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke5SoVePdSY[/svp] A preview of episode 6 of The Animated Kids Bible, you can see and buy all 6 episodes and other items at bit.ly/thekidsbible at a very special price! Please visit https://www.thekidsbible.com

The Animated Kids Bible-Ep05 Trailer

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[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=400Z8iwTjZM[/svp] A preview of episode 5 of The Animated Kids Bible, you can see and buy all 6 episodes and other items at bit.ly/thekidsbible at a very special price! Please visit https://www.thekidsbible.com

The Animated Kids Bible-Ep3 trailer

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[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbqYZqvlWB8[/svp] A preview of episode 3 of The Animated Kids Bible, you can see and buy all 6 episodes and other items at bit.ly/thekidsbible

The Kids Bible, some scenes from episode2

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[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjfdOuSlKZA[/svp] This is just a preview/recap of some of the scenes from episode 2 of The Animated Kids Bible Collectable Series that is now available for immediate digital download at a very special price at bit.ly/thekidsbible

Bible Stories for Children-The Animated Kids Bible-Voyage of the Ark-Music Video

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[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGjESzJtw6o[/svp] The Kids Bible has a series of Bible stories for children from Adam and Eve to Joseph. The Music Video is from Episode two of The Animated Kids Bible Collectable Series, see all of the animated Bible stories for kids at https://www.thekidsbible.com

Bible Stories for Children-The Animated Kids Bible-Creation-Music Video

Bible stories for kids
[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBN1_iR7LAc[/svp] The Kids Bible has a series of Bible stories for children from Adam and Eve to Joseph. The Music Video is from Episode one of The Animated Kids Bible Collectable Series, see all of the animated Bible stories for kids at https://www.thekidsbible.com

La Biblia Animada para Niños

The Kids Bible
[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdV4pTeupTY[/svp] La humanidad se ha vuelto corrupta y Dios decide eliminar el mal de la tierra con un gran diluvio. La familia de Noé es la única familia digna que queda y Dios le dice a Noé que construya un arca para salvar a su familia y a algunos grupos de animales. Cuando termina la […]