Sunday, January 9, 2011

a lesson for us all

Sorry, for the blog lapse...January is "Seize the Day" Month for our little family. So i've been trying a go at that and i think i need this lesson more than anyone!

God talks about how brief our life is all throughout the Bible and how we should live every moment for and in Him. While i was studing the Bible last year this subject kept coming up... He has a lot to say about it (around 300 specific verses). i put in children story format all of the Bible verses/passages on the subject and are daily reading the stories to the kids as well as doing activities, art projects, fun things that help us learn God's thoughts.

We are learning to do everything for Him, that life is brief and we only have one to live, what living is really all about, diligence and hard work, patience and rest, every day is a gift from Him and we can make a great impact if we live it the way He has planned for us ...remaining in Him being His close friend!

The verse we are thinking about this month is.... "This is the day that the Lord has made i will rejoice and be glad in it!" Psalm 118: 24

See..... it is even on our place mats.....

this handsome man is seizing the day with a little P90X around 6 am each morning...
beating his body so he can run the race God has for him...(1 Corinthians 9:24-27)...
i think that may be why he has his tongue sticking out here... he he
...i think it is interesting to see who our children favor in personality from these pictures.... hmmmm... ;)

His Word is transforming me as i share this with our little ones. We have but one life to live and it is a brief one so live it for the things that will last into eternity the things that matter from God's perspective. This is one of the core 4 of the things we want our kids to "get' while they in our home, so i thought it would be a great way to start the new year and get me on track! :)

One of our art projects: our pretty sun to remind us.. that THIS IS THE DAY!

What you will need....Shaved crayons separated in color (yellow, orange, red), Wax paper, 2 Hand towels, Iron, 2 paper plates, glue, Marker (red/orange), Yarn or ribbon

Verse: This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Time: 20 minutes

Turn iron on hot and place out of reach of children. Read the verse and discuss what it means to rejoice and who made this day. The sun is a sign that we have a new day to rejoice in Him. Then cut the middle of each paper plate out. Write on the front paper plate edge the verse in marker. Rip 2 pieces of wax paper the size of the paper plate. Place one hand towel down on a flat surface then place one sheet of wax paper then let child arrange crayon shavings in the shape of a sun. Place second wax paper carefully on top then carefully place the second hand towel. Press hot iron firmly on the hand towel until crayons melt (only need a minute or less to melt the crayon shavings). Turn off and set iron out of reach of children. Then have the child place the wax paper between the paper plate edges gluing it all together including the yarn/ribbon on it to hang. Cut off any access hanging wax paper and hang on or near a window to see the light. During morning time refer to the art work and repeat the verse to your child and rejoice!!! :)

We are doing all kinds of things to help us learn the true meaning these verses... i will post a few highlights from the month as we go along...


  1. You are such an amazing mother, Heidi! I can't wait until Olivia is old enough to really understand the things (like this!) that I want to teach her, and I hope I will have the resourcefulness to do it as gracefully as you do! Thank you for all the great ideas that I will pass along soon to my own little one! :)

  2. Wow Heidi! I think you should post them all! You are a mommy hero!