Saturday, April 9, 2011

my flowers and 15 days till well you know..

Long distance relationships can be challenging for anyone, especially married people. By God's grace after almost 8 years of marriage we have made it work...partly because my husband's love language is technology. How do we do it?

- we text each other love notes.
- facebook each other public praise.
- work together late and early(at the same time) google chatting each other questions.
- we even have "discussions" (fights/disagreements/you know) over email. Which surprisingly works well because you can go back and realize what a unloving spouse you are and ask for forgiveness over email and because your so far a part and already miss each other it is easier to forgive and give each other grace.
-we even ping each other smoochy smiley faces.
-but my favorite over all is the exotic flowers i am sent from all over the world.

check out my Israel bouquet... thank you my love! Can't wait till you're home so we can speak my love language face to face. ;) Till then thank you all of you people who invented: skype, IM, email, pinging, texting, and the camera phone... you have helped our marriage in more ways than you know!

15 DAYS TILL EASTER: Jesus is the way to God, If you know Him you know God.

John 14:1-7

Jesus said “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

Activity: Scarf or bandana. In a long room place random obsticals (chair, purse, pillow). Start on one side of the room blind fold your child and spin them around a few times. Tell them to listen to your voice and they can get to the other side of the room. Not in the presence of the child tell the other children(parent) to try to tell them the opposite of what you say...after you say it. Start the game and try to guide them safely to the other side of the room (the other children/parent will be shouting opposite directions). Then let them try to get to the other side of the room again by themselves blindfolded. At the end ask the blindfolded child what happened, how they felt and why. Share with them that Jesus said the only WAY to know God is through Him, in a similar way the only way to get to other side of the room was to follow your voice. That only through follow Jesus, His voice, will we be able to know God. Jesus is our picture of who God is.

Art project: Pencil, 3 different color papers, glue stick, and scissors needed. Trace your child's hand, your hand and a even bigger hand on 3 separate colored papers( i have 2 kiddos so i did both of their hands). Then cut out the hands. Make a mark to symbolize the scar on the middle sized hand in the form of a heart . Discuss that the only way they can be God’s friend is through Jesus. Because God is perfect and we are not perfect, Jesus who was pefect had to come and take our spot… our punishment so that we can do what we were created to do… be God’s friend. Then glue God (the bigger hand) and Jesus' hand together because when we see Jesus we see God and then add their hands holding Jesus' hand with the glue... because it is only through Jesus that we can be friends with God!

Food: Twizzler straws. cut or bit the end off of a twizzler and then place in your favorite drink or smoothie. Talk about God plan for Jesus to be the way for us to be His close friend and the way the straw helps us to get our drink from the cup to our mouths.

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