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Have you ever wondered if you were "creative?" Well, God is and we each were created in His image. Today is your day to be creative as you let the truth of God's Word impact your life and the lives of those around you.
The dictionary defines creative as: cre·a·tive 1. having the quality or power of creating. 2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing. 3. originative; productive (usually fol. by of). 4. Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.: creative bookkeeping.
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As moms, I think we’d all agree our desire is to always be a better mom!
In Ruth Schwenk’s new book -The Better Mom: Growing in Grace Between Perfection and the Mess, she doesn't give us an easy list of how to’s or even a definitive answer of how to, but she does offer her friendship and insights as she walks the same path and ultimately points us to the source of all grace - Jesus.
In our busy lifestyle culture that screams at us to do more or do better, Ruth offers us a window into her own soul and how to be better. Ruth shares many of her own shortcomings as well as her mom victories to help us see how God is at work and is with us supporting us.
The titles to her chapters encompass many silent thoughts & questions that have bombarded most moms from one time or another along this journey. We probably have all thought - “Everything depends on me,” or “I want to make a difference,” or even “I miss my friends!” The table of contents is filled with such notions and can easily lead us to encouragement, laughter, and even tears to help us move closer to our Father Who has called us to this privilege of being a mom.
Ruth also highlights a brief thoughtful phrase for each chapter making it easy to pick up for a quick word of encouragement. For the chapter “I Don’t Have Enough Time Left”, she writes “God calls us to be obedient today and to trust Him for tomorrow.” Another that I really liked was - “We love not for our own sakes but for the benefit of our children.”This is from a chapter called - “No One Appreciates All That I Do!” Hmmm…I think we’ve all thought that a time or two!
We also find hope and guidance from Scripture sprinkled throughout this book. A highlighter will come in handy!
Ruth emphasizes motherhood is not a competition of being the better mom; it’s a journey together encouraging one another to seek what’s important, to treasure what really matters, and to choose His best for our family, not just better.
Although our own four children are grown and out of the nest, this book has still encouraged me in knowing that even though I sure didn’t do everything right, the one thing we did strive to do (although not perfectly) was most important - seeking God first and following Him so our kids could follow us.
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The Better Mom: Growing in Grace Between Perfection and the Mess
By Ruth Schwenk / Zondervan
Vacation Bible School cannot function without volunteers; you matter! Here are five reasons it's important for you as a believer to be involved & other ways to be a part.
Parenting is hard! Raising passionate Jesus followers is even harder; it takes intentional training. Phil & Diane Comer include keys to the power of intentional parenting in their book - "Raising Passionate Jesus Followers".
Don't walk away from Easter without taking hope with you even into the "blank spaces" of life!
Friday evening to Sunday morning was a time of waiting - waiting in fear, waiting in hiding, waiting in doubt. It is in this blank space of waiting that hope can be found. It is in this blank space that things seem to be quiet and nothing is happening. Have you ever lived in a “blank space” moment?
It’s quiet, things seem hopeless, and it appears that nothing will ever change. But, it is in this blank space that the greatest miracle is taking place. May we never forget that in our blank spaces we have a mighty God that is still in the miracle business. He is still moving mountains on our behalf. He is still breaking chains. He is still resurrecting dreams. He is still saving lives. He is still on His throne! He sees! He knows! He’s working even when all we see is a blank space!
A good friend of mine wrote this Bible study based on Matthew 27-28. Easter may have been celebrated yesterday, but let's take this HOPE into tomorrow and share it with others!
Planning an Easter egg hunt with your family or church? Use this Easter object lesson, "Empty to Faith-filled", as a tool to share the Gospel and help kids & parents remember 5 important truths of Easter; script & video demo are included!
The true story of Easter straight from the Bible text in a way for children to not only understand but also to participate! Interactive clauses invite kids to become part of the story to keep them engaged & help them remember all that happened that week of the first Easter.
Celebrate the true meaning of Easter while having fun with these Christian Easter games! They can be used for Children's Bible lessons or a fun review of the Easter Story! Keep Christ first while also instilling cooperative relationship skills and an air of excitement!
These free Christian Easter ideas, games & Easter object lessons will help you share the true meaning of Easter & keep Jesus Christ as the center of your Easter celebrations!
Countdown to Easter with these ten creative & interactive "Read, Write, Learn" Easter Bible study devotions to help you & your family have a Christ focused Easter! Great for personal adult Bible study, and then turn around and teach these truths to your kids!
This new object lesson uses the basic colors of Easter eggs to share six things about Jesus & the Gospel story as reminders during & after the Easter Egg Hunt!
Turn commercialism around and use the Easter symbols displayed on shelves to share Jesus with our kids & others around us! These can be used as short Bible study lessons, family devotions, or children's sermons! Even includes ideas for Easter baskets!
Teach kids about the importance of sharing God's love with others with this Christian object lesson for Valentine's Day! Very simple using a red marker & paper towel!
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to teach about God's love through Bible lessons! Try these object lessons, Bible verses, & other free creative lessons for families, Sunday School, etc.!
"Jesus, My Hero" is one in a series of Bible study lessons for kids or youth dealing with the armor of God. And it's free!
Ten creative & free armor of God Bible study lessons to use with children or youth including extended activities.
Using both Bible heroes & super heroes, these free Bible lessons for kids point out to children that God created them to be "Incredible Kids" & He has purpose for their lives! Kids will love the Bible activities & games included with each lesson! Great for church or home!
Jesus offers us hope...hope for living now, hope for the future, hope for eternity. Find out how you can know Christ and find purpose and hope.
God's ability to take a speck of dust and create a snowflake makes a wonderful object lesson using snow to give a Bible lesson on forgiveness & salvation!
I recently saw this on Facebook and loved it as a great thought-provoker beginning this new year! It would be a great story to pair with Jesus' parable of the guests found in Luke 14:7-15 for a Bible study lesson!
"The Shoe Man" is an inspirational poem said to be credited to Leanne Freiberg; others believe the author to be unknown. It causes us to rethink how we judge and treat others. It also encourages us to connect with others. We never know what may be going on in their lives, but God does.
Will we take the risk and the time to connect so they will see Jesus? We may end up being the one whose soul is truly touched though.
Take the challenge & read through the Bible in a year; you won't regret it! There are a variety of options for a one year Bible reading plan that are creative and keep it interesting!
Great Bible object lessons can be found in so many Christmas items! Use a Christmas object lesson (or two) to teach the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus Christ!
December is here! And here are twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active, object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true reason for the season!
Each day you can also snap a photo of the item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself.
It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday!
Family time is precious, so add some fun memories to your holiday season together with these Thanksgiving games!
A great prayer reference & encouragement to have on hand... a review of Jodie Berndt's "Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children."
Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to teach children & teens about having an attitude of gratitude! Here are Christian Thanksgiving ideas to help - Bible object lessons, crafts, games, & more!
This Bible devotion takes an everyday event and connects it with Bible verses to teach a Bible lesson on how "new" does not mean perfect.
Bring the light of Christ back to October & Halloween with this Christian object lesson & pumpkin prayer. Use a pumpkin to illustrate how through Christ we can get a new face and let His light shine!
Stewardship is about more than money! These new lessons on our Bible Lessons for Adults page include eight lessons that speak toward stewarding our relationships, our gifts & talents, our time, our finances, our testimonies, even our trash!
Learn how to wisely use the resources God has given us all for His glory. These are in printable .pdf format and include a Leader's Guide. These lessons are great for any age adult including our young adults; it's never too early to realize all we have belongs to Him and He calls each of us to be good stewards.
Having an identity crisis? Learn how God provides for us to find our identity in Christ and not the identity lables the world has to offer.
It's hard to believe, but it's that time of the year again - back to school! This is a perfect time to encourage kids through an object lesson using pencils, pens, markers, crayons, etc. that will help them see how unique and special God has created them!
Foster Care...it's about touching lives, and that goes both ways!
You may have heard the saying about people who come into our lives leaving footprints, causing us to be forever changed. Our family was blessed by just such a person - a child in foster care.
With May being Foster Care Awareness Month, I wanted to share a little of our story. I've never been a foster parent, but have recently had the blessing of being a foster grandparent and have discovered there are small ways we can all become a part of loving these children with the love of Jesus!
About two years ago a little red-headed bundle of joy and challenges came into our lives as our daughter felt God’s call to become a foster parent. For almost two years she became “Mom” and we became grandparents. She became ours, and we became hers. Her caseworker had thought she would be moved toward adoption with our daughter.
But God had different plans...
[Photo complimentary of www.pexels.com...not our "A"]
Is it time for a little shedding..."stripping off every weight"? (Hebrews 12:1)
This is what I thought of as I got my hair cut yesterday for a "summer-do"!
And then I remembered this photo my daughter sent me of her welsh pony "Charlie Brown" and his "stripped off weight"...all from a brushing!
It caused me to wonder about things in my own life that I no longer need and should lay aside...things holding me back from God's best. Things like doubts, insecurities, & fears. Things like habits, comfort zones, & selfish desires.
When we take time to shed those old things, we can run free, unhindered, all out! What's holding us back from running all out for Jesus today?
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." - Hebrews 12:1
This is a photo of my mom & "little" me!
If you've ever felt invisible as a mom or taken for granted, you're not alone. This "Invisible Woman" monologue and God's Word can bring us so much encouragement as moms!
My favorite part is:
"As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women."
As an "Empty-Nester" now, it is a beautiful sight to be on this side of raising four kids and able to see them as grown adults loving God & loving others. All credit goes to God for sure!
And that's just it...we are not alone in raising our kids; God is with us and at work both in us and in our kids. That's why it is so important for us as parents to keep seeking & knowing Jesus as our first priority.
I hope this "Invisible Mom" monologue will encourage you as much as it did for me!
Fresh berries! ...What fills our cup today?
"Lord, You are my portion & my cup of blessing." (Psalm 16:5a) "and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:19)
LORD, please fill my cup of life with You to overflowing to others!
I had an interesting combination for breakfast this morning…coffee & cereal…mixed together!
I am one of those that begins my day functioning on coffee-milk. When I finally get hungry and my coffee is gone, I pour cereal into my cup to eat. This morning, however, I didn’t take the time to make sure my cup was empty before pouring in the cereal – thereby combining my cereal with the last of my coffee!
Fortunately the combination was not too bad, but sometimes a mixed up life can bring a lot of strife! It caused me to think. How many times in my life do I not slow down between my activities of life to adjust, finish one thing so that I can move on to focus on another, and I end up with a mixed-up MUDDLE?! You may be thinking that is my combination of two words – mud & puddle, but it actually is a word in its own right & means – “an untidy or disorganized state.” I personally think whomever created the word still had a mud puddle pictured in their mind!
As females we are terrible about juggling umpteen “to-dos” on our list at the same time, and then we are left with a muddle. I'm sure some of you males are able to identify too! So how can we prevent this or at least keep the puddles somewhat clearer?
I think it takes slowing down & refocusing multiple times during the day. Jesus tells us to come to Him.
Matthew 11:28 “‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'”
This rest is a state of peace in the midst of busyness. It brings refreshing, a clearer state of mind.
So when we feel like our mind or life has become “muddled” – stop, be still, refocus on the eternal by coming into the presence of Jesus. He will clear our thinking & give us peace!
“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” – Colossians 3:2 NLT
We've added a NEW Easter I Spy game to our Christian Easter Games page! It uses the basic Easter colors of eggs to teach six important facts about Jesus. Challenge older kids, youth or even adults with this one!
It also contains a link to a complete Easter Colors object lesson with Scriptures to use! Enjoy!
This Easter Bible study devotion causes us to ask ourselves - are we willing to obey God even in the little things?
What about when He doesn't give us all the facts? The disciples obeyed. The man with the water obeyed. Never think what God asks us to do is too small or too menial - let's just trusty and obey. What we may see as small, God says is important.
Discuss: Discuss with your family, class or friend, or think about the following:
Which two disciples would you think Jesus sent on this mission? Why? (Look up Luke 22:7 for the answer) Jesus sent two of His closest friends on what may have seemed like such a menial task or mission. Why do you think He chose these two?
What characteristic did Jesus give about the man that would meet them? (He would be carrying a jar of water.) Do you think this was significant for a reason?
As Easter approaches, it’s a perfect time to become & stay more Christ-focused. Writing Scripture has become such a pleasure in my time with God in addition to reading it. So for the next several days as we turn towards meditating on Jesus’ last days on this earth in flesh, let’s read through and see what God has to say to us.
Mary poured out her love on Jesus. Not everyone understood, but she poured out her heart nonetheless. She gave what she could, when she could. She demonstrated an act of pure worship.
How will we demonstrate our worship & love for Jesus this Easter season? What can we selflessly give to Him…time, possessions, talents? What's our greatest treasure we can pour out for His glory?
Today as we see the color
PURPLE let it remind us of Jesus, the King of Kings, and cause us to pause and WORSHIP!
Make your own Resurrection Eggs to share the Good News this Easter! Free printable Bible verses, photos of objects if needed, instructions, & an interactive Easter story!
A couple of years ago I needed an Easter story written based on Scripture and interactive to keep a group of children engaged at our church's Easter egg hunt.
I wrote this one to go along with the Resurrection eggs that we made ourselves. Each egg includes an item, a Bible verse, and an interactive action for kids to participate.
The Easter Story
Today I need your help to tell a story! Everyone loves a story, and this is a TRUE story!
Even though it does take place "Long, long ago" and "Far, far away", it is 100% TRUE....it's an amazing story that really happened!
So here we go....
Long, long ago in a far away land called Israel (close to where some of your moms & dads in the military have served recently) there lived a man named Jesus. Now He was no ordinary man! He was the Son of God. He helped create the heavens and the earth, but He had left heaven and was sent by God, His Father, to earth to live as a man. He lived a perfect life while He was here. He never sinned; He never disobeyed God. He was tempted just like we are, but He never sinned. Everything He did and said pleased His Father, God.
He came for a very special mission;
The story of the duck and the devil is a wonderful sermon or Bible illustration for teaching the importance of confession and receiving God's forgiveness.
Use this Easter object lesson - "Empty to Faith-filled" at your Easter egg hunt to share the Gospel with kids & adults.
Using a basket of Easter eggs you can point out five basic truths all beginning with the letter "F":
1)FOUND - Without Jesus, we are lost and need to be found.
2)FORGIVEN - With Jesus we are forgiven. All our sin has been paid for and taken away.
3)FILLED - Without Jesus we are empty and need to be filled.
4)FAMILY - With Jesus as our Lord & Savior, He puts us in His family so that one day we will go home to live with Him...
5) FOREVER in Heaven!
A printable object lesson script and a video demonstration are included!
St. Patrick's prayer, also written on his breastplate, has been beautifully put to song as a reminder of the beauty of sacrifice and daily service in the name of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite Apps on my iPhone and iPad is the YouVersion Bible App. Not only do I then have multiple versions of the Bible at my fingertips but also a huge selection of Christian devotional plans to take with me wherever I go!
But not only do they have Christian devotions for me, they also have devotional plans for kids which are ideal to have some on-the-go family devotion time anywhere and anytime - right before their little league game, on the drive to school, during wait time at the doctor's, etc.!
Yes, I am a children's book junkie! I have seen books touch lives in so many ways, and this new book by recording artist Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett is sure to touch both children and adults with the message that truly God is a good, good Father and we are each special to Him!
Good Good Father
By Chris Tomlin & Pat Barrett / Thomas Nelson
In Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett, Tucker is a little bear whose town is in trouble. Tucker seeks help from the King, and plans to bring Him a perfect gift. Along the way he encounters a variety of delightful and funny animals who each know one great thing about the King, but each of the animals has a different view of what makes Him so great. The advice confuses Tucker and he is still unsure of what to give as a gift. What if the King doesn't have time for him and what if He won't help? Just as Tucker is about to give up, the King runs to him offering love, acceptance, and help. A wonderfully illustrated story for young children ages 4 to 8 years, assuring them that God truly is a good, good Father and that they are all loved by Him.
Being in ministry, creative free Christian resources are something we are always keeping our eyes open for. And being from Louisiana, we have decided to call these findings - "lagniappe."
Webster's dictionary defines "lagniappe" as: a small gift presented by a store owner to a customer with the customer's purchase or an extra or unexpected gift or benefit. Doesn't that just sound like a bit of GRACE?!
Working on this website has been so much fun! Along the way I am finding little bonuses and wanted to create a page to share these free Christian resources with you.
As Christians, giving "lagniappe" grace should be an action seen in our everyday lives as we strive to go over and beyond for the cause of Christ. Let's never stop short of being overly kind or giving or loving - always going the "little extra" for Christ.
Jesus certainly gave us more than a "little extra." He gave us what we didn't deserve - "GRACE - God's Riches At Christ's Expense."
We'd like to bring you a new little "lagniappe" every now and then. It may be an outstanding Christian website or free Christian software we've found, a Christian book recommendation, a special testimony or story, or just some good clean fun with Bible trivia, clean jokes, & Christian cartoons. All will be free Christian resources which can add to the variety in your world of Bible study and ministry.
We want to equip you as much as we can in finding joy and excitement in your Bible study time and as you share God's Word.
Also, if you know of any valuable Christian resources you use and believe they would be useful to others, please let us know!
A wonderful friend of mine and a teacher/writer of Bible lessons for all ages for over 35 years, Jodi Green, asked me to make these free Bible study lessons available to our website users - YOU!
You may download, print and use all or part personally or with a group for FREE! Jodi kept all copyrights so that she may offer these at no charge; there is no price she would want to put on someone experiencing God's Word!
Find this along with her Old Testament 101 and Proverbs for Teens as part of the new free Bible study lessons available for the New Year!
I love when someone is willing to share ministry tools for free!
Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth, offers over sixty free Bible study lessons for youth covering topics such as depression, honesty, unity, pride, etc. as well as great interactive youth Bible lessons for special occasions and holidays!
Six of his newest free lessons are available for easy download including an interactive lesson on depression that references the movie "Inside Out", a lesson using a puzzle piece hunt to initiate discussion on unity, and a fun lesson on identity which begins with a game called "Make It Stick"! These important issue lessons are based upon God's Word and presented in fun ways for youth to connect and apply the messages to their own lives.
Find the links to these and more free Bible Study Lessons for Youth on our Youth Lesson Page!
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16
Okay...the photo called for a son, but when you have two...how do you choose?!
One of the greatest joys of Christmas now that all our kids are grown is their coming home! There's not much better than having all four of them (and all new additions) under one roof!!!
This makes me wonder how the incredible joy God the Father must have been when Jesus, His Son, rose from the dead and then went home!
"Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it."
The photo for today calls for a picture of "your church." When you think of your church, what images come to your mind? The first that came to my mind, as with many, was the actual building, but that isn't really the church. The Church, His Church, consists of people, and I considered using a photo of the members of our local church serving.
This past Sunday as I looked around though, the stained glass windows caught my attention as sunlight shown through them...and I knew I had the photo for this Christmas devotion.
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