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

Friday, March 29, 2013

Liebster Award

This morning I was nominated for a Liebster Award!  Don't know what that is? Don't worry neither did I, had to google it.

The Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers. Like "hey you're going a great job, here's an award!". Something to make your day. It really made mine. It's a great way to get to know the blogger and to recongize fellow bloggers. It's like a fun chain letter in the blog world that helps bloggers connect and support each other and to discover new blogs.

I was nominated by the ladies over at Coffee With Us 3. If you haven't checked out their blog, its pretty neat and full of different things!

Now there's a few rules. The award is given to blogs with about 200 followers.
1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
3. Pass the award on to 11 other blogs, who have less than 200 (ish) followers, and link them in your post.
4. Ask the blogs you nominated 11 questions. 
5. Go back to their blog and tell them you have nominated them.

GO ahead, do it. It'll be fun!

11 random facts about me:
  1. I grew up in a small town in North Dakota. 
  2. I thoroughly enjoy shoveling the snow, but yet LOVE summer. 
  3. I got married twice, to the same person, in the same year, with no divorce in-between. 
  4. I LOVE cookie dough. 
  5. I enjoy gardening, although I have a black thumb. 
  6. If I could, I'd go barefoot, everywhere, all year. 
  7. I make videos out of still pictures and videos in my spare time.
  8. I secretly want to move to Eastern Washington....one person knows why. 
  9. I'm a closet hoarder. 
  10. Movie watching is a hobby of mine. 
  11. I enjoy traveling, even though I don't do it often
Questions from Coffee With Us 3
  1. How many countries have you been to?  5
  2. What is your favorite household chore? Vacuuming 
  3. Least favorite chore? Folding the laundry and putting it away.
  4. Mountains or Oceans? Mountains
  5. Bob or Larry? Bob
  6. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Europe
  7. Chocolate Chip or Peanut Butter (and yes we are talking about cookies)? Both?
  8. Do you garden? Try.
  9. Favorite old school cartoon? Jetsons
  10. As a kid, what was your nickname? Beth
  11. What would your perfect day entail? Sleeping in, breakfast in bed, showering in peace, enjoying coffee and quiet time on the deck, having a massage, going to the park with my kids, who don't fight. Not cooking for dinner, and watching a movie with Pastor after the kids have been put to bed, by someone else.
 Our 11 questions for my nominees:
  1. Is there anything that you collect, and if so what?
  2.  What is your proudest moment, like, ever? 
  3. Are you a Windows or Mac user?
  4. When on holiday/vacation; Do you take more photographs of the people you meet or the places you see?
  5. Would you rather watch a movie or read a book?
  6.  Do you like the weather hot or cold?
  7.  Are you a morning or night person? 
  8. If you could meet someone from the past (who is diseased) who would it be and why?
  9.  Why do you do what you do (everyday mundane things)? 
  10. What is a hidden talent you have?
  11. What's your favorite chore? 
11 Blogs I nominated 
Ironic Adventures
Adventures in Craziness
Living Grace Out Loud 
Nurturing Naters with Learning Activities at Home
Princess, Pies, & Preschool Pizzazz
Snails & Puppy Dog Tails
Frugal Ain't Cheap
Aristocrafty
Read Between the Lines
A Journey to a Dream
Losing It in Chicago 

Five Minute Friday: Broken

I look forward to unedited Fridays with Lisa Jo Baker!

Go.
Today is Good. Good Friday. Now, some people ask, why do you say "Good Friday" when Jesus was hung on the cross to die? It IS good. Why you ask? Because Jesus, took ALL my sins, YOUR sins, away. Today is GOOD.

Yesterday I stumbled upon this blog post. Written by an average person. They talk about how Satan distracted us this week with all the junk and legal discussions of marriage. Why this week? One of the MOST IMPORTANT weeks of the year. Holy Week. 

Why? Because he's Satan, and that's his goal, to distract us all.

BUT Today, focus on the good. Good Friday. We were broken but because of what Jesus did for us today, we are set free! Reminds me of the song Sweetly Broken, as we are at the cross, we are wholly surrendered because of what HE did for us.

Even though we were broken, Jesus has paid the price for me and you, and you are now set FREE. Because of Jesus! "It is finished". Thank you Jesus.

Stop. 







Thursday, March 28, 2013

Journey to the Cross Magnet & Prayer Page

On Tuesday I posted about the Journey to the Cross activity that I did with Children's Ministry kids on Sunday at church (I took various pieces from various places and put it together. It was not all my idea. I cannot since find the sites, if I do, I'll give credit where credit is due).



At this event on Sunday I also gave out these AMAZING Journey to the Cross Magnets that are found from Christian Tools of Affirmation. Along with the magnet came a very extensive devotion for families. The magnet is meant to be something you go through, the WHOLE season of lent,  but I rather took it to have families do the week leading UP TO Easter. I took the prayers they provided and made a one page of prayers that focused on a specific bible passage. Even if you don't have the magnets, you can still do the little prayers and bible readings each day until Easter. Find that document, here.

We've been doing these every morning before breakfast. The kids have really enjoyed putting the magnets on the fridge. Soon it'll form a cross!


















Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Journey to the Cross



This is a neat way to take your little ones on the Journey to the Cross. I did this with our Children's Ministry kiddos and had four big stations set up in the church gym! You can totally do this at home with your kids too! 


1. Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) - Read Matthew 21:1-11 Talk about the disciples were obedient in v6. Discuss how sometimes we cannot understand God's plan, but we are called to be obedient to His instructions. Highlight how the people there sang praise to Christ, God's son. Make a palm branch out of hands. (Scripture focus: Matthew 21:9b)

2. The Last Supper - Read Matthew 26:26-30, Talk about how the Passover refers to God's protection and deliverance during the days of Moses. Discuss how at this "Last Supper" Jesus foretold how His body would be broken for us and His blood would have the power to cleanse our sins. He was becoming our sacrifice--The true Passover Lamb of God. Have a homemade loaf of bread there for the group, have a piece of bread with jam on it.

3. The Crucifixion -  Read Matthew 27:27-37, discuss how Jesus took our sins upon himself. He allowed Himself to be given as the sacrifice for our sins. He died so that we could have eternal life. Make a craft stick cross.

4. The Resurrection -  Read Matthew 28:1-10, Discuss how Jesus forever broke the chains of death, hell, and the grave. His resurrection guaranteed our eternal life. Make a paper plate empty tomb.



 
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