14 Day Walk with Christ 2017

Every Easter our family participates in a “14 Day Walk With Christ”.  This takes place the 2 weeks leading up to Easter.  Life is so busy and rushed,  Easter can come and go before we know it.  It has been extremely meaningful to focus extra attention on the Savior during these two weeks.  Every day we have a scripture, lesson, video, etc. about Jesus Christ.  This is our 5th year doing this.  You can click HERE for the index from the past years.  I hope you are able to join with us!

This year we are focusing on “Choosing Jesus”.  Each Day we will focus on a different attribute that will help us Choose Jesus each day.  Follow along on Instagram and use #walkwithchrist2017 and #choosejesus

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Day #1 Choose Jesus – For the next two weeks we will focus on what it means to Come Unto Christ, or to Choose Jesus in all parts of our life.

Matthew 11: 28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

“By His Words and His example, Christ has sown us how to draw chooser to Him,” President Henry B. Eyring.

Watch this video called Choose Him Again

Discuss in your family ways you can Choose Jesus each day.

 

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Day #2 Choose Kindness

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgivingone another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Why do any of us have to be so mean and unkind to others? Why can’t all of us reach out in friendship to everyone about us? – President Hinckley

Be cheerful, helpful, and considerate of others. Many problems in the home are created because family members speak and act selfishly or unkindly. Concern yourself with the needs of other family members. Seek to be a peacemaker rather than to tease, fight, and quarrel.”

“Remember this: kindness begins with me.”

Activity: (adapted from Mormonshare.com)

Wrap “Special” dark chocolate bars in nice packaging and some in unattractive packaging.  Include the scripture  1 Samuel 17:7 “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart” Display the packages and let the children choose one by the appearance of the package. Then ask each family member why they chose the package.  Have everyone open the package and read the scripture and how this relates to their lives.

Challenge:  Seek out to be kind to someone at school, work, or in your family.  Try and see them as Jesus would see them.

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Day #3 Choose Forgiveness

Colossians 3: 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Matthew 5: 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

When someone has hurt us or those we care about, that pain can almost be overwhelming. It can feel as if the pain or the injustice is the most important thing in the world and that we have no choice but to seek vengeance. But Christ, the Prince of Peace, teaches us a better way. It can be very difficult to forgive someone the harm they’ve done us, but when we do, we open ourselves up to a better future. No longer does someone else’s wrongdoing control our course. When we forgive others, it frees us to choose how we will live our own lives. Forgiveness means that problems of the past no longer dictate our destinies, and we can focus on the future with God’s love in our hearts. -David E. Sorensen

We all make mistakes. The words of Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer: “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”

Activity:

After teaching your family about forgiveness, have everyone think of a grudge they’re still holding in their heart. Provide paper and pencils, and have each person write down what happened and how it makes them feel.  Build a outdoor camp fire and have each person wad up their paper and place it in the fire.  If anyone feels like sharing what they wrote or needs help moving past the grievance, discuss as a family what you can do to forgive people who have offended you. Talk about how much better you’ll feel if you don’t let the offense take root in your heart. Take an opportunity to turn this into a sweet experience by roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

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Day #4 Choose Love

1 John 4: 19 We love him, because he first loved us.

Matthew 22: 37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Love is expressed in many recognizable ways: a smile, a wave, a kind comment, a compliment. Other expressions may be more subtle, such as showing interest in another’s activities, teaching a principle with kindness and patience, visiting one who is ill or homebound. These words and actions and many others can communicate love.-President Monson

Dale Carnegie, a well-known American author and lecturer, believed that each person has within himself or herself the “power to increase the sum total of [the] world’s happiness … by giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.” Said he, “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”

Activity:  Write letters, emails, or cards to family members expressing the feelings of love you have for each of them.
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Day #5 Choose Gratitude

In the book of Luke, chapter 17, we read:

“And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

“And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

“And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

“And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

“And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

“There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

“And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Luke 17:11–19.)

Activity:

Take a walk in nature and say everything you are grateful for that you might take for granted.  Say a prayer of gratitude, taking extra time to tell Heavenly Father of everything you are grateful for.

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Day #6 Choose Peace

John 14: 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give not you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

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Day #7 – Choose Worship

Isiah 58:18 refers to the Sabbath Day as a Delight.

When Isaiah described the Sabbath as “a delight,” he also taught us how to make it delightful. He said:

“If thou turn away … from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, … and shalt honour [the Lord], not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

“Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord.

Not pursuing your “own pleasure” on the Sabbath requires self-discipline. You may have to deny yourself of something you might like. If you choose to delight yourself in the Lord, you will not permit yourself to treat it as any other day. Routine and recreational activities can be done some other time.

What did the Savior mean when He said that “the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath”?I believe He wanted us to understand that the Sabbath was His gift to us, granting real respite from the rigors of daily life and an opportunity for spiritual and physical renewal. God gave us this special day, not for amusement or daily labor but for a rest from duty, with physical and spiritual relief.

Take today and give it to the Lord.  Worship at church, play hymns of praise, read the holy scriptures, spend time with loved ones, visit the sick or needy – give this day to God.

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Day #8 Choose Joy

John 15: 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, ad that your joy might be full.

James 1:2. Count it All Joy

Psalms 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Challenges have always been part of mortality and God’s plan for our growth. Through the power of the Atonement, we can still “be of good cheer.  Christ’s enabling power helps us feel happiness and cheer amid mortal gloom and doom. Misfortune and hardship lose their tragedy when viewed through the lens of the Atonement. The process could be explained this way: The more we know the Savior, the longer our view becomes. The more we see His truths, the more we feel His joy.” -Camille Fronk Olson

“In stories, as in life, adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise. Adversity helps to develop a depth of character that comes in no other way. Our loving Heavenly Father has set us in a world filled with challenges and trials so that we, through opposition, can learn wisdom, become stronger, and experience joy.” – President Uchtdorf

Activity:

Take a moment to consider a challenge or trials in your life.  List ways that you can count it all joy.  Put sticky notes all over the house or the car that say JOY!!!!
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Day #9 Choose Light

John 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

“Even though we may feel lost in the midst of our current circumstances, God promises the hope of His light.” – President Uchtdorf

Choose The Light Talk

“You make choices every day and almost every hour that keep you walking in the light or moving away toward darkness.” – President Eyring

Object Lesson:
Materials Needed: Several battery powered tea lights.
Procedure: If possible, darken the room slightly. Turn on one tea light and place it in the middle of the table. Ask: What things can you do daily to invite the Spirit? (Pray, read scriptures, serve others, etc.) As each idea is shared, turn on another tea light and place it by the first one. When all the lights have been used, ask what would happen if more tea lights were turned on.

Liken the tea lights to the Spirit of the Lord. As we obey the commandments and participate in spiritual activities, we invite the Spirit and bring light into our lives.

 

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Day #10 Choose Obedience

John 15: 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”

“Of all the lessons we learn from the life of the Savior, none is more clear and powerful than the lesson of obedience. – Robert D. Hales

“I experienced the joy of coming closer to the Savior and of His coming closer to me most often through simple acts of obedience to the commandments,” President Henry B. Eyring.

Activity:  Choose a recipe to bake together.  Talk about how important it is to follow the ingredients list and instructions so the recipe turns out right.  So too should we follow the commandments so we will “turn out” and be all that Heavenly Father wants us to be.

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Day #11 Choose Prayer

Prayer is a supernal gift of our Father in Heaven to every soul. Think of it: the absolute Supreme Being, the most all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful personage, encourages you and me, as insignificant as we are, to converse with Him as our Father. Actually, because He knows how desperately we need His guidance, He commands, “Thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart; yea, before the world as well as in secret, in public as well as in private. – Elder Richard G. Scott

Ask the family, if they were to mix up a cake batter, which tool they would rather use. Suggest that they could get the job done with the hand mixer, but it would take a lot more time to get the batter smooth. (Perhaps demonstrate this while preparing treats for afterwards.) It would also prove to be very tiring. The electric mixer would be much easier to use. This is because they would be using an additional power source to help with the work.

Point out that oftentimes we try to do things on our own without enlisting the help from our Heavenly Father. He is there for us anytime we are willing to plug into the power source. We will find the burden to be lighter when we seek the guidance and strength of the Lord.

Make a cake together as a family.

 

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Cay #12 Choose Service

Matthew 25:40 – Verily I say aunt you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24–25; see also Matthew 10:39).

Our Savior teaches us to follow Him by making the sacrifices necessary to lose ourselves in unselfish service to others. – Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Take today to do something for someone else.  You can also check out JustServe.org for service ideas in your area.

Try this fun object lesson about service.

Short video about Just Serve:

 

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Day #13 Choose Grace

Grace is the help or strength given through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through the grace of God, everyone who has lived will be resurrected—our spirits will be reunited with our bodies, never again to be separated. Through His grace, the Lord also enables those who live His gospel to repent and be forgiven.  The grace of God helps us every day. It strengthens us to do good works we could not do on our own. The Lord promised that if we humble ourselves before Him and have faith in Him, His grace will help us overcome all our personal weaknesses

Story:

I was unloading the car after a trip to the grocery store, and our three-year-old daughter was helping. She was carrying in loaves of bread and cartons of eggs and was doing just fine. Then she decided that she was going to carry in a gallon of milk. After some struggle, she pulled it out of the car, and it landed with a thud on the driveway. She gripped the handle with both hands and heaved it. It barely budged. I offered to help, and she snapped at me: “No! I do it myself!” She strained and grunted but made no progress in lifting the milk. After several minutes she looked up at me with tears welling in her eyes and said, “Too heavy. Can’t do it.”

As I looked at my sweet, stubborn little girl, I saw in an instant what Heavenly Father must see in me—a well-meaning but stubborn child who wouldn’t accept His help. A scripture I had learned in seminary came to my mind:

“Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.

“Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me;

“And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost” (D&C 50:40–42).

The significance of this is obvious, but the lesson became even more profound when my daughter’s eyes brightened and she said, “Mommy, you carry me; then I carry milk.” I scooped my little messenger up in my arms. I carried her, and leaning the jug against my arm, she carried the milk. In tears, I deposited my precious cargo inside.

Assignment:  Take time to notice Grace in your life, pray that you can receive this power.  Place a picture of Jesus where you can see it often.

 

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Day #14 Choose to Walk With Christ – everyday

Take time on this Easter Sunday to share your feelings about Jesus with your family, write in your journal how you’ve grown closer to Jesus over the past two weeks.  How will you continue this throughout the year?

 

 

Day #14 Happy Easter



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I hope you and your family have a wonder Easter.  It has been so meaningful for our family to focus our 14 Day Walk With Christ on serving others.  I would love to hear your experiences.  Every Easter our family makes Resurrection Rolls, recounts the Easter story by reading scriptures from our Resurrection Eggs, and shares our feelings about Jesus.  Thanks for joining us!!!gateway-11-616x800

 

Day #13 Just Serve

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I am so proud of my daughter Ella.  She is working on her IB Personal Project.  She choose to make baby quilts and donate them to our local hospital.

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These quilts are made 100% by her: choosing the fabrics, cutting the squares, laying out the design, sewing, basting, quilting, and binding.
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IMG_5475There are so many charity organizations that need our help – sometimes it’s hard to decide which to help with or to find something that fits with our talents.  For today’s service activity, I am not suggesting you drop everything and sew baby quilts!  Rather, take this time and visit JustServe.org.  It’s a website designed to connect volunteers with opportunities to care for others and improve our communities.  You enter your city, state and zip code and it searches for opportunities to serve in your very own community!  When I searched my town, there were over 20 opportunities for service.  I think this is fantastic!

Day #12 {Guest Post} Create it. Go!

Hi! I”m Robyn from Create it. Go! and I’m so excited to be here today and be part of Amanda’s 14 Day Walk with Christ. I was thrilled that she asked me to join in on this 2015 service edition.

 I immediately wanted to follow along with all of the great ideas she was going to post, but also wanted to include a little something more personal to our family as well. So, I put up this simple banner in front of our fireplace. I had already made the fireplace mantle Christ centered for Easter, but now we had an extra reminder to try and focus our daily lives on Christ, especially in the days leading up to Easter. Then I took these little canvas bags and placed vinyl letters on each one. How perfect was it that the days “Walk With Christ” are exactly 14 letters too!

Then we had a family night, where we all came up with ideas of service that we could individually, or as a family, perform. We talked about how Christ’s life was full of service and that he never turned anyone away. We likened that to us today, and came up with ways that we could also be like Christ, and serve.

 We all participated in coming up with ideas, all 5 of my kids, from my 3 year old to my 15 year old, and my husband and I. After we came up with some ideas, we wrote them down, and then rolled up the papers and placed them in each little bag. Then each day, we pull one out and we all perform that act of service.

 I love seeing my children’s handwriting and seeing what they came up with each day, as we pull out the service for the day. I also love the way it fills their hearts as they perform that service. You can see it reflected in their eyes, in their prayers, and in their actions.
These are the service ideas that collectively, our family came up with:
1- Pick flowers and give them to someone. (3 yr AND 5 year olds’ suggestion)
2- Help plant a garden
3- Leave notes of appreciation for each member of the family, for something they do today.
4- Send cards to Grandma and Grandpa (or friends/family)
5- Take an Easter treat and message to friends/teachers.
6- Make something out of wood (like Christ did as a carpenter) and give it to someone.
(My 12 year old son came up with this one. I loved the thoughts of Christ behind it.)
7- Mow someone’s lawn for them.
8- Make food for my family in bed.
(That one made me laugh a little, coming from my 9 year old daughter.)
9-Color with the little girls…
Translation: Spend time with a family member, doing something that the other enjoys.
10- Walk the dogs.
11- Do another person’s chores for them for the day.
12-Donate clothes and toys to others in need.
13- Show more love.
14- Pick up trash at the park.
The one that I wanted to share with you today is #5. I create this simple word art printable below. We have the same quote on a wood plaque on our fireplace mantle. I love the simplicity of it and the reminder that Christ is still with us, every day. He is with us wherever we go, because he still lives.

 We printed this out and then delivered it to some friends with some little Easter goodies one night as one of our acts of service.
 For the snack, we just used the recipe for rice crispy treats, but substituted the rice crispy cereal with chow mein noodles, and added little Robin eggs, to make these cute little nests. They were quick and easy and so fun!
My kids also have thought of giving one of these printables to each of their school teachers with an invitation to an Easter program our church is holding soon. It may not be the kind of service where we are out raking someone’s yard, but we are still serving each other, and our friends and families, by thinking of them, and by helping to bring them closer to Christ,
One thing I love about this whole 14 Day Walk With Christ Service Project, is that it doesn’t have to be done in just the two weeks leading up to Easter. If we truly celebrate the real meaning of Easter, and celebrate Christ’s life and his resurrection, then we should be trying to be more like him all year long. I don’t plan on taking this down anytime soon, because I love the reminder it is to our family, to always strive to Walk with Christ.

 

 

Day #11 – Guest Contributor Calee Reed

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Today the amazingly talented, fabulous Calee Reed is sharing her thoughts with us on our Walk With Christ.  My daughter and I first learned of Calee last year at Time Out For Girls.  Calee’s messages and music opened my daughter’s eyes to the world of Christian music.  I can truly say our lives have been changed since knowing Calee.  Just a little bit about Calee:  Calee Reed grew up in San Diego, California, and was taught to sing by her mother at a very young age. When Calee’s mother passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer, Calee decided to write her first CD, The Waiting Place, as a tribute to her. Her upcoming album, What Heaven Feels Like, features inspirational songs in Calee’s fresh style and releases in summer 2015. Calee and her husband, Shaun, live in Salt Lake City and have one adorable daughter, Violet .

You MUST watch Calee’s amazing music video inspired by the story of her mother.

You can follow Callee on Facebook and Instagram (@caleereed), blog, and website

From Calee

I found myself frazzled and tired last week as I chased my two year old around our neighborhood park. She’s sweet and darling, but she has GERD (a condition that she was supposed to have outgrown by 3 months old) which causes her to wake frequently at night…which causes us both to be grumpy and exhausted most of the time. That morning I was feeling especially overwhelmed and inadequate. When will she outgrow this?? How can we be expected to function normally when our sleeping schedule is so erratic?? Why haven’t we found a cure yet for her issues?? Frustrated thoughts tumbled around in my head.

My new visiting teacher had asked me to meet her at the park that morning so we could chat about this month’s message. I was on the verge of texting and canceling (in favor of escaping back home to my sweatpants and couch) when she appeared. Smiling and friendly, she talked about her kids and asked about my family. After only a few minutes, I found myself cradling my wailing baby and apologizing for needing to take her home to attempt a nap. “Oh, that’s alright!” she sweetly responded, “Let me share a quick part of the message with you!”

She proceeded to share a few thoughts from President Dieter F Uchtdorf about patience:

“Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring…Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!”

“Patience means accepting that which cannot be changed and facing it with courage, grace, and faith. It means being ‘willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father’ [Mosiah 3:19]. Ultimately, patience means being ‘firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord’ [1 Nephi 2:10] every hour of every day, even when it is hard to do so.”1

I could tell that she had read the message prior to us meeting, and had purposely chosen those few thoughts to share – even though she couldn’t have known my specific situation prior to us meeting. The words from that inspired man sunk deep into my heart. I had read and shared the message with my own visiting teaching sisters earlier in the month, but at that moment I was ready to hear a different message that Heavenly Father had sent to my heart. The questions that had been plaguing me a moment ago found themselves quieted in the light of new perspective. I was so grateful that this woman from my congregation had taken a moment to acquaint herself with those words and share them with me.

As I’ve contemplated the ways I ‘Walk With Christ’ through service in my daily life, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the most important ways I can serve is through being prepared to share the messages of the Savior with people around me – just like my visiting teacher did with me.

I have the incredible opportunity to travel around the country with some intensely spiritual, inspired individuals as a presenter with the Time Out for Women program through Deseret Book. I love when presenters quote scripture and the words of prophets; knowing that God sent those messages and words for me brings added peace and power when I hear them. I have watched these individuals present their prepared messages, converse backstage and with the attendees of the events and have felt so inspired by them. These individuals know the words of Christ to well, and love the words of Christ so much, that they are able to share with power and confidence specific messages from scripture and/or prophets at any given moment. It’s become a personal goal of mine to study each day to become more like them.

One of the ways I’ve found to share/serve in this way is through social media. I am the main contributor to an LDS Instagram account! It might sound silly, but searching out quotes, making memes and posting them daily for the 2k+ followers of the account brings me a lot of joy and fulfilment – plus it helps me stay on track with my goal of daily studying! Often I find myself searching for the quotes and memes in the middle of the night while waiting for my toddler to fall back asleep. It brings me peace and perspective, and brings a little light into the social media feeds of the people who see the messages each day. I’ve seen endless ward and stake accounts, accounts run by youth, accounts run by Bishops, all geared toward bringing inspired words and messages to their friends and/or congregations.

We can impact the lives of those around us with immeasurable good when we acquaint ourselves with the words and teachings of prophets, leaders and scripture and find the courage to share them when prompted. We don’t have to be scriptorians or religious scholars, we only need the desire to live up to our baptismal covenants and small daily goals like reading our scriptures, the Ensign, or messages on LDS.org, like my visiting teacher did! The healing, the light and the peace that sharing those messages and teachings can bring into the lives of others constitute service of great importance. If we truly strive to be the disciples of Christ, we will walk in His footsteps – a part of which is familiarizing ourselves with His words, and the words of His called servants, and then sharing those thoughts to lift everyone around us.

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Thank you Calee!  You are SO AWESOME and we CAN’T WAIT for your new album to be released!

Day #10 Service Cookies

I remember a talk I heard about 10 years ago.  I don’t remember the speaker’s name, but I do remember something she said:

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I LOVE this!  I love making cookies or treats or rolls and taking them to friends and neighbors. I am going to print this out and put it on my fridge!  Sometimes baked goods are the best way to show love!!  If you would like to download a PDF version, click HERE.

Today’s activity involves baking!!  Invite some friends over to make cookies.  Make cookies with your family and take them around to your neighbors.  We invited the missionaries over to decorate sugar cookies.  One of them said he couldn’t remember the last time he frosted cookies (so sad!)  When we were done we fixed up plates and took them to our neighbors.DSC_1809

I’m pretty sure we didn’t solve anyone’s problems with this, but we had fun as a family and we let other’s know we care about them 🙂DSC_1811What kind of treats of goodies do you like to take to people?

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Day #9 Happy Mail

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Who mails stuff anymore?  Who even goes to the post office?  Who has stamps?  Hahaha!  Today we are going to take a step back in time and create some good old-fashioned mail!  Even though we live in the age of digital everything, there is still something exciting about having a package on the porch, or a bubble pouch in the mail box!  Today, take time with your family to write letters to loved ones and mail them, snail mail style.  We decided to make a few care packages to mail also .  You might want to include some of the printable images & quotes that have been featured theses past few days.  Have the children write their feelings about Jesus or what Easter means to them and include these in the packages.

I purchased plastic eggs and an assortment of candy – not chocolate, I didn’t want anyone to receive melted candy 🙂

The children filled the eggs (and sampled a little along the way).  Then we packed some boxes with some notes and shipped them off.

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Day #7- Family Service Project

Today’s lesson comes from my friend Brittany.  She is my super talented friend who is the worlds best decorater!!!  You should follow her on Pinterest, Instagram and her Blog!!

Thank You Amanda for inviting me to participate in the 14 day walk with Christ. I am really excited to share an amazing experience of service that as a family we have been able to participate in.

This past month I was browsing Instagram and came across a heartbreaking story of a little girl named “Kycie” she is 4 years old.   (You can follow their story on Instagram @JandJterry)  We have a little 4 year old in our family as well so it really made us stop and take a moment as we watched her story unfold. This sweet little girl who was thought to have the flu, however she didn’t start getting better in fact she worsened and started to have seizures. She ended up being life-flighted to Primary Children’s Hospital. The Dr’s diagnosed her with type 1-diabetes and after the damaging seizures thought she may have permanent brain damage as well.

Meet Kycie:

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 9.54.00 PM I have been so impressed with the constant faith and optimism this family shows. They just recently posted this picture:

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 9.55.09 PM Her mom writes: If we have faith in Jesus Christ the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing. The Savior has carried Kycie (and each one of us) through this journey in our life. And for that, I am grateful.

As I read each of her updates on Instagram I can feel her love for her daughter, it radiates off the page. It reminds me of a song there is sunshine in my soul today.

As a family we decided that we needed to show the Terry family some love and support and to let them know we are praying for them and thinking of their sweet little girl Kycie.

We put together a little care package and each of my kids wrote a letter to Kycie and her family. We wanted to send a little light and a little sunshine to their family, in their time of need.

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Thanks to the Terry family we have been trying to take more time to love each other and give extra tight hugs every night, and of course thank our Heavenly Father for the many blessings we receive each day.

To read more about the Terry family please visit Kisses for Kycie on Facebook.

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Day #6 Make Dinner For Someone

Nothing says family unity like cooking in the kitchen!  Today’s service project is making dinner for someone.  Think of someone you know that could use a little break from the dinner-time routine.  It could be new mother, someone who was recently sick or in the hospital, or it could just be a family with young children and you know the mom would love a night off!  Who ever it is – get ready for some fun in the kitchen!DSC_1771

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For our meal we smoked pulled pork, made coleslaw and then baked our famous banana cake.  I am sharing the recipe with you!!!  I literally get requests for it!  Even if you don’t have time to make and entire dinner, you could make the cake or other baked items.
banana cake

 

I also included this little kitchen towel I made.  You can read how to make it here.

IMG_4972  I made these little printable tags you can download and print.  One is for if someone is not feeling well, the other is for a general Happy Easter message 🙂Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 3.16.11 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 3.16.04 PM


Instead of just having mom or dad go drop the meal off, we all went together.  Aren’t we cute!  IMG_5011I love this quote from President Spencer W. Kimball:service

Day # 5 – SMILE

Hello! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts! I am so excited to be back here with Amanda & all of YOU participating in the 14 days of Christ series ~ service addition! I think it’s a wonderful thing to do with your family this Easter season! I’m so glad Amanda organizes this each year. 🙂 Speaking of family ~ I have a fun, wild & crazy one that’s for sure! ha! 😉 My husband & I have 5 beautiful & active children ages 17 to 5. They sure do keep it interesting around here. They also have really cheesy grins! ha! 🙂 Which brings me to our service idea that was centered all around smiling! 😉

I really love this quote! It helped inspire our whole activity. 🙂

Purpose: We have been struggling (I’m sure we are not alone!) with our kiddos saying mean things to each other & not being kind. So I decided to create an evening where we could learn how to say kind words to each other, give a smile to someone & make each other smile. When you make someone smile it really is beautiful thing!

Songs: 

Smiles

If You’re Happy

Lesson: For the lesson we each took a turn going around the room & saying something kind about each person in our family. It turned out so well! Everyone took a turn, & they all really shared from the heart what they loved about each other. There were lots of smiles all around. I think it was the best (& longest!) lessons we ever had! 🙂
 
Activity: For the activity we wanted to do something that would help serve someone else, and we hoped to be able to put a big smile on their face, too! DonateaToothbrush.com is a wonderful organization that donates toothbrushes all over the world to those that need them or can’t afford one. So we went to the store & stocked up on a bunch of different kinds of toothbrushes to send to them. The kiddos had fun picking them out! They might of even picked out one or two toothbrushes for themselves, too! ha! 😉

 When we got home we packed up the toothbrushes in a box!

Then we mailed our “smiley” package to DonateaToothbrush.com so they can hand them out.
You can find our more, & see how to donate to Donate a Toothbrush right {HERE}.
 
Handouts: For the handout I wanted to give my kiddos something that would remind them to speak kind words to each other, to smile more &to make each other smile. I found these cute walking mouths at Hobby Lobby in the party section, & then I made some cute smile tags to hang on them.
 
You can print out your own set of smile tags right {HERE}.
Just cut them out, punch a hole & then tie them on with some twine or ribbon.
Treat: These Apple Smiles make the perfect treat!
 
Apple Smiles from She Saved
Other ideas & resources:

A Smile is Like Sunshine

I hope you try this activity out with your family. It really was a special evening for us! 🙂
Thanks for having me over, Amanda! I hope you all have wonderful Easter. 🙂