Getty Concert

My husband and I had a delightful experience at the Getty Concert a few weeks ago. Whoop! Whoop!

Wow did it feel like a little slice of heaven. I chewed my bottom lip to keep from crying. Not sure what I felt was wrong with being moved, but in the moment I didn’t want anyone to know it. Pride I suppose. Yuck. So here, I’ll admit it no bottom lip chewing. I was moved.

If you haven’t checked out these guys before please do. You know how some modern Christian music has that magical chord where it all sounds the same? or where you aren’t sure if the writer was writing about the Lord or some girl? Not these guys!

My personal faves…

Speak Oh Lord

In Christ Alone

By Faith

Behold the Lamb

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Contentment

For the sake of CHRIST, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Philippians 4:11

But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

1 Timothy 6:8

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

 

A new year, a new session, a renewed joy

My husband and I help our church by facilitating our children’s Sunday school program.

At my church we do not have large numbers. Our children’s program has maybe 6 kids…total. Not per age group. We have nothing fancy to sign them in. I think half the time the kids run out before we can say let us walk you to your parents. I now wonder if the excitement to leave is due to…hmmm.

Either way this new year has an abundance of new opportunity that awaits!

We have chosen new curriculum and I could not be more excited about it.

Children Desiring God will be the program we go with. They offer an abundance of resource in a friendly format. The children will work in a workbook that builds each week. At the end of the unit they will have the prized possession of their knowledge bound together in a spiral book. What greatness!

God-centered resources for training the next generation.

No crafts to throw away. Although we do love some crafts.

Nothing to print off and be lost. Although…actually we really don’t like printing off.

I have learned that a Sunday school program with 6 kids is just as important as one with 50. I hope this new curriculum arouses a new excitement in our body of believers and our little ones going there.

I know we don’t have a lot of kids, but our strength will rely in our faith. SO in that faith we will labor.

 

 

O come and worship the King!

December has come and gone. Goodbye!

Almost every day (I forgot a few) we did the Advent calendar. What a blessing. It is more a blessing to give than to receive.

Sometimes it is just as much to serve than to be served.

I marveled at the Lord’s birth each time I read to my daughter.

What majesty! Humilty! Worship!

My husband joined us twice while he was around. He seemed just as joyful as my baby. Since H is so young I chose to point and tap on the figures as I read the story. This kept her attention most of the time 🙂

What a calling I have, to proclaim the truth to my daughter each day.

I was sad to put the calendar away, but anxious for next year.She will be older and able to understand more!

Until next December 1st farewell advent calendar!

Making your own Advent Calendar…

To make your own advent calendar you will have to be a little creative and have a little time to spare. But, don’t be intimidated. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you need.

The memories will be with your kiddos for a long time and the witness you will make is eternal.

I don’t have step by step pictures or precise measurements. You decide what your family can handle and what you need to do to make it special for you guys.

advent calendar

Here is a general list of what you will need:

-A story! Make your own or follow one

-Burlap, canvas, or any sturdy fabric for the back ground…and I suppose if you wanted you could make it on one of those 2 fold science fair project boards if you don’t want to hang it

-Figurines, this is the creative part. Make your own, buy them, hunt them all down prior to starting, it will help you determine the size of fabric you need

-Hot glue gun, with extra glue!

-Felt, this is if you choose to use it to label the dates and separate the pieces in the calendar portion

-Sharpie, this is if you choose to write the dates on felt then glue them on…but really sharpies come in handy and it wouldn’t be bad to have one on hand!

-a rod, you could get a rod from Hobby Lobby, I happened to have an unused curtain rod that worked great

First…

You need to print off the story and decide how many of what figurines.

Here is my Advent Story you can download and print off.

Here is the link to Noel Piper’s Story

http://noelpiper.com/2011/11/27/calendar-update-and-story/

Second,

Decide where you are going to get your figurines.

I got mine at Casey’s Wood Products…because no mama I know has time to hunt down all these figurines

http://www.caseyswood.com/shoppingcart/zen-cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=294_46

They have peg people and wood nativity people. They, also, have animals and the like. The only thing I couldn’t find was a manger substitute. I just went to Hobby Lobby and got a little cardboard box.

Decorate the pieces with whatever medium you like. I chose acrylic paint and puff paint. Next year I may use pipe cleaners for the shepherds staff.

Third,

You need to get the fabric you are going to put all this on. You need to choose a sturdy fabric of some kind. I am sure a decorator’s fabric or canvas would work great. I don’t have specific measurements because you may choose a different story with different figurines. I would say get 2 yards at the most. Burlap is relatively cheap and you can always use the left overs to decorate.

Fifth,

Decide how you plan to lay everything out. How you plan to define the dates meaning how do you plan to separate the pieces so the children will clearly know what comes next. Where the pieces will go in the above nativity portion. Don’t forget to allow some room for folding over to hang on a rod.

I decided to cut felt in strips and hot glue it onto my burlap. You could use sharpie and draw the lines on canvas…which would be a huge time saver to my method. I would have done this but didn’t think of it until I was completely done.

Sixth…

Hot glue velcro onto the date squares and onto the spots of the nativity portion. I got my velcro in a long strip in the sewing section of Hobby Lobby. Much cheaper than buying those individually cut pieces that have the sticky side.

Seventh,

Almost done! Label the date squares and nativity portion. I chose to cut out tiny squares of tan felt and write the dates on them. I then just hot  glued them to their appropriate spot. You could do this or get those iron on numbers. Whatever your choice. I went the less expensive route.

Eighth,

If you have not already prep your calendar for hanging! Fold back the top portion and glue it to the back. Leaving some room for a rod of some form.

Once it is dry, slide the rod in, and use ribbon to hang.

(Note…my calendar was so big we didn’t end up hanging it. We draped it over the banister by our stairs)

Ninth,

Stand back and thank the Lord that you finished!

Happy Creating!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Advent…

Advent...

The expectant waiting and celebration of Jesus Christ.

This year I created a version of the famous Noel Piper advent Calendar.

Here is the story that I wrote to go with the calendar…

The Advent Story

Jesus is the greatest Treasure of all. This is the story of how he came to us.

Long ago, God made a promise about a little town named Bethlehem. He said, “O Bethlehem . . . from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel.” Jesus is the King God promised to send.

One time, a long time ago…

Dec. 1st…there was a Righteous Priest named Zacharias.

Dec. 2nd…he was married to Elizabeth. She too was righteous in the sight of God. She had no children and was very old. Until…

Dec. 3rd…Gabriel, angel of the Lord visited Zacharias and told him your wife Elizabeth will Have a son, and you will give him the name John. John will be the one to announce the lord is coming!

Dec. 4th…it came time for Elizabeth to give birth to her son. After she gave birth she gave him the name John like the Angel had said. Zacharias lovingly said to his baby John, “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,”

Dec. 5th…Gabriel the angel of the Lord, also, went to visit Mary. He told her, you have found favor with God. And behold, you will Give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.

Dec. 6th… JOSEPH was mary’s husband and an angel of God, Also, talked to him. in a dream The angel said, “This baby is from God. You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” This baby was the king God had promised. This Baby would be the Lord.

Dec. 7th… in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.

Dec. 8th… So Joseph took Mary and they traveled to Bethlehem. They May have rode a donkey to help them on their journey.

Dec. 9th… When They got there they wanted to stay in an inn, but there was no room for them. They decided to stay in the stable.

Dec. 10th… High above the stable, in the sky Over Bethlehem there was a very special star

Dec. 11th… some very wise men saw the special star and knew an important king had been born. They went to King Herod asking about this special star and the king that had been born. King Herod became nervous and sent the wise men to look for the babe.

Dec. 12th…As the Wise men got their camels and prepared for their trip they decided to take this baby king some very extraordinary gifts.

Dec. 13th…One Wiseman took the…

Dec. 14th… royal gift of gold

Dec. 15th… Another wise man chose to take the gift of…

Dec. 16th…rich perfume called frankincense for this special king

Dec. 17th… The last wise man wanted to bring…

Dec. 18th…the precious oil, myrrh, to give the king.

Dec. 19th …Now Outside the city of Bethlehem In a nearby field there was a Shepherd

Dec. 20th. …watching over his Sheep at night

Dec. 21st… Along with the other shepherds and their sheep. an Angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them all and said Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news…

Dec. 22nd… of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Dec. 23rd… And suddenly with the one Angel there was a host of angels singing (3)

Dec. 24th… The Host of Angels (3) Were Singing Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.

Dec. 25th… When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the BABY JESUS lying in the manger.

And when they saw Him, they told everything the angel had said to them. And everyone who heard it wondered. But Mary treasured up all these things, thinking about them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned to their flock, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.

When Jesus grew up, he died on the cross, and rose from the dead to save us from our sins. He is our greatest gift and Treasure!