Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jelly Beans

This is the one BIG prolonged project the kids and I are going to be doing for lent. It may shed light on how we're waiting for Christ.

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, we set out a glass jar #1 and #2, and gave each of them a coloring sheet to color with the jellybean prayer taped to it. Pastor and I talked about a behavior to go with each jelly bean color. Each day the kids can earn a jellybean of any color they followed through on.  They can not eat the jellybeans until Easter. The kids can not earn white jellybeans, as these represent the Grace of Christ, which is a gift not earned ourselves.  On Easter morning, the kids will wake up to find their jars filled up where they were still empty (lacking) with white jellybeans (Christ's grace) 

This is how we're doing each color. Reminder #1 is three and #2 is eighteen months. 
  • Red is for the blood He gave (each morning we're choosing something to sacrifice that day to earn the red jellybean...might not watch TV, might give up playing with a toy, etc.)
  • Green is for the grass He made (green jellybeans were earned for good deeds.  It was a good dead to provide shade for Jesus with the palm)
  • Yellow is for the sun so bright (yellow jellybeans were earned for sharing God's light through kindness to others, ie sharing toys, not fighting)
  • Orange is for the edge of night (orange jellybeans were earned for listening behavior during bedtime routine ie. prayer time and night time bible story)
  • Black/Blue is for the sins we made (these were earned for going to bed good. using blue as kids don't eat the black ones)
  • White is for the grace HE gave. (these we could not earn as mentioned above)
  • Purple is for His hour of sorrow (we earned these through apologizing to anyone we hurt with our words or deeds that day)
  • Pink is for our new tomorrow (pink jellybeans were earned when we forgave those who apologized to us for hurtful behavior)
Pastor just pointed out that each child could get 240 jellybeans over this period...we're just keeping it SIMPLE and doing ONE color a day....we'll eat them over time, AFTER Easter!

 #1 coloring his Jelly Bean Prayer, #2 was tired, I found this out when she literally THREW her crayons at me.
 Look, I used the DIY Modge Podge, again! We used quart size applesauce jars, but I think these are going to be WAY too big...because they will be only HALF full, which then means they'll get HALF more white jelly beans (well we're going to do the butter popcorn ones for white...because those are a favorite). Oh well. It'll be a good VISUAL lesson I think!
 The "Jesus" one is for #2 and the words explaining what each jelly bean is for is for #1, on the cover I also put what "we're" aiming for, for jelly beans, because you know I'd forget 25 days in!
 Day 1, well, afternoon 1. The blue and orange for bedtime (note I could not find PURPLE Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, so we're using the Dr. Pepper ones...closest thing I could find to purple, without buying a whole extra bag!)

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