Monthly Archives: August 2015

Psalm 150:6 Praise!

IMG_4422“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”

Psalm 150:6

Doesn’t a song just run through your head when you hear that? Shouldn’t we teach our children to freely worship and to praise in song? This little craft today is so simple, yet it carries a big message: Praise God and let Him and others hear you!

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  • one verse card per child Psalm 150
  • one paper plate per child
  • stapler
  • baggie to put rice or beans in
  • crayons, glue
  • tablecloth to keep the table clean
  • possibly a broom!

Let the kids put about 2 teaspoons of rice in the baggie and then seal it. They can fold their plate in half and decorate each side. Next glue on the verse. Then, with some adult help fold the plate, put the bag inside and staple it shut. Be sure you don’t flatten the plate or else your stuff won’t shake!

We let our kids go back into the service during the last song. You bet these were shaking. What a great accompaniment! I did this over 250 first graders one year and it was a blast. Hope you have fun praising God!

 

God Will Work Out the Details

God Will Work Out the Details

Last time I wrote about our church plant and another joining up and how we have asked ourselves, “Does God want this?”. As we plan things, we need to remember that God will work out the details. He has given us the gift of putting two like minded pastors in the same area who want to work towards the same goal: getting people to know Jesus. As with anything, there are a lot of little details to work out. But they are just that, details. How should we respond to the details? Well, we just need to go and do it.

There is a story in Genesis 24 about a dad who is arranging a wife for his son. Do you know it? Abraham has been promised more descendants than there are stars. He sends his trusted servant to find a wife for his son. The servant asks, what if he should find a woman, but she won’t come with me? He is told that God will send his angel ahead of him. In other words, God will work out the details, you just need to go.

Well, the servant goes and do you know what he does? He prays! And as he prays for a sign an answer to his prayer is given. It turns out Rebecca is the one God has chosen to be Isaac’s wife. It turns out God knew the details and set Rebecca there at the right time in the right place. And then do you know what the servant did? He praised God for leading him to Rebecca and for being faithful.

How often do we go on a mission, trying to do it all and figure it all out for ourselves and when we do, feeling pleased as punch that we got the job done? When really we need to do what this servant did. He had faith, he went on the mission, prayed, and praised God when it was over.

Are we willing to go on mission for the glory of God? Do we really believe that He is in control? Are we willing to let God handle the task? God is in charge of results. We need to follow through and not be afraid to fail.

In fact, when God calls us to do something, He will enable us to do it.      -PK

And just because He can, sometimes God will throw in an extra blessing for us because He loves us so much.

So as you go about your day, remember Abraham’s servant. Remember it is your choice to follow God’s will. Don’t let fear, busyness, or pride talk you out of following God’s will.  Therefore as our two churches join together, we will listen and pray for God to be glorified in all that we do. That is the right thing to do.

Bread on a Stick

Will it Work Wednesday 2

Even though summer is ending this campfire camping food is still great for outdoors in the fall. Bread on a stick is simple and tasty. If you are looking for just the right food to try over the campfire, this is it.

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The dough is pretty simple. Just some flour, baking powder, salt and water. Some recipes use butter or oil. You can just search and find one. Mix it together and let it set for a few minutes. Pull the dough into pieces and roll it out between your hands. I’m telling you it is that easy.

If you’re lucky, the kids found the sticks and you can wrap that dough around it. If your hubby has the fire going you are all set. Hold them over the fire, preferably not catching them on fire! let them cook until it puffs out and looks done.

We served ours with some spaghetti sauce. Go ahead and try it! Play a good game of corn hole on your homemade board afterwards.

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Ephesians 4 – Team Jesus #1

20150822_192101Don’t you just want to shout out and cheer for God? Give a great big hoo-rah for the beautiful sunrise, the blessing of children, or the promotion at work? Well, now you can with your very own #1 “foam” finger! How fun is this going to be?

Ephesians 4:4-6 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Wow. Bet you want to cheer now! Team Jesus! Go, go, go! He’s #1!

20150822_193456Okay, for this craft you will need:

  • one copy of each finger picture Ephesians 4
  • crayons, scissors, glue
  • a tablecloth because you know glue gets messy
  • a lot of cheerleader spirit

I always try to minimize paper use, but this craft needs two pieces. Mine is on yellow because there is a white paper shortage here and yellow was handy. The kids still had fun decorating their finger. So, how do you put it together? First, color it. Color the Team Jesus side and then the BACK of the side where it says glue. Next cut the fingers out and the square with the verse. You can have the kiddos highlight all the ‘one’ words in the verse if you want. Apply glue and pop the top one on top of the glue. Glue on the verse, let it set a bit, and then wave those fingers and give a cheer for Jesus!

20150822_192141This hand should be bigger than most little kids hands, so it should be fun to make and for them to wear. Have fun with it. If you have a few minutes left, see who can create the best cheer. Here’s mine (to the tune of the Be Aggressive cheer which is the only one I remember from high school games):

Be for Jesus

Be for Jesus

B-e f-o-r J-e-s-u-s Yeah!

Does God Want This?

Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish but  understand what the Lord’s will is.”

And so the question, “Does God want this?” should come to mind. Our church plant is almost three years old. However, a unique opportunity has presented itself to us. When we moved to this town, PK became friends with another local pastor of a church plant in town that was almost a year along. (That church hadn’t shown up on our radar or our sponsoring church’s radar or else we probably wouldn’t have moved here.) So, the two became friends and several months ago they jokingly said to each other, “What if we combined our churches?” Hmmmm, what if the two churches, who meet less than a mile apart, joined forces and resources to become a greater presence in the community for Jesus?

So, this past month, the two churches have been meeting together to get to know each other. We’re having some mixers at people’s homes, sharing pastoring responsibilities, children’s workers are teaming up, and people are talking over food. And, we are praying, “Does God want this?” Is this God’s will for these two churches to join together to become one? Right now all things point to YES!

Does this mean both of our church plants were failures? That we would never be able to reach people for Jesus if we stayed separated? No. It means that we have both have had time to grow up leaders and lead people to Jesus. We both have different impacts on the community and we both know a lot of different people.

I’m going to end there for today. Next time, I’ll share a story from the Bible that shows just how God prepares us and promises us that He’s got it all under control. For now though, here are PK’s Top 10 Reasons Not to Merge Churches that he shared this past Sunday. It’s a little tongue in cheek, so it’s ok to smile! And if you want the full message check PK out here: A Match Made in Heaven Enola.

Top 10 Reasons Churches Should Not Merge

Cardboard Corn Hole Game

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We went camping the other week and the kids had been talking about the corn hole game since last summer when we camped with friends and they had it. Of course we were going to leave in a couple of days and I know how the thrill of having something lasts for a few minutes and they are on to the next thing. So, when I saw some DIY corn hole games on Pinterest I thought they looked really nice. Heavy duty, cute designs painted on, and super expensive!

First off, we don’t have room for that in our car or pop up. Second, seriously, I don’t call spending $100 to make something like that thrifty as some posts claimed. Obviously there are different ideas of thrifty out there and that is ok.

So, if you’ve seen my other cardboard things, you know it is pretty neat what you can do with a box. And wouldn’t you know, beside our recycle bin was the perfect box. So the kids and I got to work.

They found a lid that was the perfect size to trace for our circle. We had one circle, but then they decided it needed two, with each hole worth different points. Next I cut, then they decorated, and then popped it together across the back with a rubber band and brad. It collapses flat and takes less than 10 seconds to put back together.

For the bean bags, we filled some sandwich bags with a little rice, sealed them up and then shoved it in a sock and turned the sock again. Wa-la our bean bags were done.

IMG_0044Remember, I’m not always looking for perfection and so this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. That’s okay. We had a blast with this. And having one worked out fine because one person tossed and then the other stood by the box and threw the bags back.

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The kids were very efficient. We played it for quite some time while we camped in the peaceful moments when we weren’t growling at each other over why do we camp because we are such hotel people! But, it was fun and something to remember! Go ahead and give it a try!

Will it Work Wednesday 2

 

1 Samuel 17 – God Prepared David Checklist

David and Goliath Craft1 Samuel 17 has the story of David and Goliath in it. Many of your kids have probably heard the story before. There’s a young boy who takes down a big giant with a sling and stones. But, have you ever shared how David was able to do that? He was prepared. He was prepared by the greatest teacher – God.

So, here is an easy craft, with a little coloring, cutting and gluing. It’s a great checklist to show some of the things God did to prepare David for battle with Goliath. Did David know that protecting sheep, killing lions and bears, and even learning how to use a sling would help him one day? Probably not. He was doing his job the best he could and had to learn how to survive.

David and Goliath 2For this craft you will need:

Have the kids color in the checkmarks, then they can cut across the line, cut the checks out and glue them into place. If you have young ones, either have an older helper or they can just cut the squares and glue them on.

So, this is a good reminder to kids that as they face things and learn how to do things, that God is preparing them for something in their future to help them through! Have fun teaching!

Exodus 3:14 – Snake Proof

Exodus 3 14God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’.” Exodus 3:14

Wow. In two words, God has taken all doubts away. I AM. But of course God knew there would be doubters. Moses knew there would be doubters. And so God told Moses to throw his stick to the ground and it would turn into a snake and then he could pick it up and it would return to a stick.

Seriously folks, only God can do this. I know because my husband and I didn’t feel like taking out garbage and he said if he threw the stick on the ground he happened to have in his hand and it turned into a snake, I would have to do garbage. I said sure. Of course it didn’t work, but can you imagine the surprise and awe from those who saw Moses do this?

God knows what you are capable of and He will give you a job to do! Today’s craft is a reminder that God will give you the tools you need to get the job done. Have faith!

Exodus 3 14 suppliesFor this craft you will need:

  • one snake per child Exodus 3 14
  • crayons, scissors
  • a single hole puncher
  • one straw per child
  • a tablecloth to cover the table

Have the kiddos color the snake. It should be easy to do both sides since the marker should show through. Cut out the snake, punch the holes, and weave the straw through. Read Genesis 3:14 together, or the whole story into Chapter 14. They’ll love it!

Harry Potter Wisdom

When do our plans actually work_

We were on vacation last week and the kids and hubby were  having a Harry Potter marathon of sorts. I’m not really into fantasy and wizards so much, so I was reading a book nearby. But then I heard, “When do our plans actually work?” said by Harry Potter. I kind of snorted to myself and thought, “Yes, when do my plans work out”!

Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails“. How often do our sentences start with “I”? I want this, I think that, I don’t agree, I know, and so on. We can try all we want and think we are making the decisions, but are we trying to control the outcome or are we listening to what God wants us to do?

When we try to do it all our way and on our terms, we can easily get frustrated. Perhaps you are up for a job promotion and you have scoured the internet for the best interview tips, your suit is ironed, and your portfolio is all set. God doesn’t want us to sit back and wait for him. By preparing for that interview in those ways, shows that you are trying.

But, something important has been forgotten. Did you pray to God and ask Him for help with this interview? In other words, you’ll take advice from some Joe online, but not from the creator of the universe? Trust me, I’ve done this. And you know what, sometimes all that preparation just doesn’t matter. You won’t get the promotion and you will be mad. Remember it is not all about you. Your purpose on earth is to live for Jesus!

Jeremiah 29:11-14 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD…”

Our plans won’t always work, we need to be listening for God’s will in our life. Prayer, reading the Bible, having conversations with other believers, and being accountable are all a start to following His will. Read the passage from Jeremiah again, except this time fill in the blanks with your name.

For I know the plans I have for ______,” declares the LORD, “Plans to prosper _______ and not to harm _____, plans to give _______hope and a future. Then ______will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to _____. ______will seek me and find me when you seek me with all _______heart. I will be found by ______, ” declares the LORD…

God is declaring that He will find you. He hasn’t lost you and He is ready to listen. Will you pray to Him? This way, the next time your plans don’t work out, you can still give thanks and continue to have a prayerful conversation with Him. And when they do work out, be sure to respond with thanks and say, “Yes! My plans do work out because God worked them out for me in His time and His will.”