Christ-like Love Day #3

Day #3 Christ-Like Love
 

Attention Activity:
Ask who has the longest hair, who is the tallest, whose nails are the longest, etc. (things that can be measured) Then ask who has the most Christ-like love.  How do we measure this?  Through our actions.
Lesson:
True love requires action. We can speak of love all day long—we can write notes or poems that proclaim it, sing songs that praise it, and give lessons that encourage it—but until we put that love in action, our words are nothing but “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1.

Christ did not just speak about love; He showed it each day of His life. He did not remove Himself from the crowd. Being amidst the people, Jesus reached out to the one. He rescued the lost.  He not only taught but also showed us how to “succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.” 

 

Read Matthew 25: 35-40.  “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  When we love and serve other people, we are showing our love for Jesus.

Service Activity:
Take this opportunity to do some service.  This can be anything appropriate for your family.  In our family, we are writing cards and taking them to people with a plate of treats.

Handout:
Click Here to download.

Journal:
Write in your journal how you felt when you found out you were doing service.  Then write about how you felt after your service.  Write your feelings about how Jesus showed His love while on the earth and how He continues to show his love for us. What else can we do to show love daily?  Make a list or set some goals about how you can be more service-minded.

 

Love one Another Day #2

Love One Another Day #2

Part of today’s lesson comes from Jodi at Pleasant Home.com. She writes a darling blog full of fun sewing, quilting, and crafting ideas.  She is very talented and has a fun story why her blog is called Pleasant Home.  Her darling summer quilt will be featured on the cover of “Quilt-It” in the spring.  Check out her blog to find out more about her and her cute projects!

Attention Activity:
Take your family on a walk through your neighborhood or the park.  Have them notice all the trees and how they look.  Here in Southern California, there are trees with blossoms, trees that still look like winter and trees that already have their leaves.  Ask your children lots of questions about trees, leaves, seasons, and fruit.

Story:

The Parable of the Pear Tree
Click HERE to for this printable version of this story:

 

There was a man who had four sons

He wanted his sons to learn a valuable lesson – so he sent them each on a quest.
In turn, to go and observe a single Pear Tree
Each son traveled to the Pear Tree, each son in a different Season…
 
The first son traveled to see the tree in the Winter
The second son in Spring
The third son in Summer
The fourth son in Fall
 
When they had all returned from their travels, he called them together to each describe what they had seen…
 
The first son said the tree was ugly, bent, old and gnarled. Not much use to anyone…
 
The second son said it was covered in green buds and full of promise…
 
The third son disagreed; he said it was full of blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful. The tree was the most graceful thing he’d ever seen….
 

The last son disagreed with all of them. He said it was ripe and dropping with fruit. Full of life and fulfillment…

 
The father then explained to his sons that they were each right, because each had witnessed only one Season in the tree’s life
He told them you cannot judge a tree or a person by only one season…
Not all things are possible in all seasons.  Joy comes from recognizing and appreciating the challenges and opportunities in each Season of Life…

Scripture and Discussion

  • “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7 )
  • “A  new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”  (John 13:34)

Use these two scriptures to discuss how we can apply the Parable of the Pear tree to how Jeasus wants us to treat others.  Look in the scriptures for other examples of how Jesus loved others.

Treat/Activity
I found this recipe for Pear Bread on SmittenKitchn.com. I thought it would be fun to make it with the family.

Handout:

Download this handout HERE.
 
Download this handout HERE.
 Journal Activity:  
Take some time to have everyone write in their journals. Write ways they can show love for others and how to look on the heart and not the outward appearance.

The 14-Day Walk with Christ Begins!

It’s finally here – our 14-Day Walk with Christ.  My family is really excited!  Here are a few notes:
1. I will post each lesson the night before.  If you are anything like me, you have more time at night to be on the computer.  This will let you have more time to gather materials or make changes to the lesson.

2.  The lessons and activities are only the ideas my little brain came up with.  Of course you will think of better ones than I did!!!  I hope you share your ideas with me!! 

3.  To download the printable handouts, open the file and then select the download button from the Dropbox icons at the top.  If you print without downloading, it won’t fit properly on your paper.

 4.  I didn’t include this in each of the lesson plans…At the beginning of each lesson, we will sing a song about Jesus.  We choose to sing, “If the Savior Stood Beside Me.”  

5.  I hope this is a lot of fun and a spiritual experience for your family as well.  If you miss a day because things are too crazy, just pick up the next day and don‘t worry about it! 

Amanda 

Jesus Loves Me – Day #1

Day #1 Jesus Loves Me
Click HERE for today’s Handouts 
Attention Activity:
Tell the children you have a picture of someone Jesus loves very much.  Ask each child one at a time go in another room with you so you can show them the picture.  As each child comes up to you, hold a mirror and let them look at themselves.  When you reassemble together ask the children to tell you who was in the picture.
Lesson
Read Scripture Story Mark 10:13–16.
The disciples were afraid the children would interrupt and disturb Jesus while he was teaching. But Jesus wanted the children to come near him. “Let the little children come unto me.”
What did Jesus do when the children came to him?
Why did Jesus want the children to come to him? (Because he loved them and wanted to bless them.)

 

Even though Jesus was busy teaching the adults, Jesus took time to hold and bless the little children because of his great love for them.
How do we know Jesus loves us? (Answers may include the following: He created the earth for us; he gave us commandments to live by; he gave his life for us; he directs the Church and speaks to us through his prophets; he set a good example for us.)
Activity:
Gather small items that show Jesus loves us.  Here are a few ideas:
a family picture
music CD
Small toy animals
picture of a church or temple
small set of scriptures
house
plant
fruit
(these can be anything you can think of)
Place the items on a tray.  Let the children look at each of the items and tell how it represents Jesus’ love for them.  Take the tray away and remove a few of the items.  Bring the tray back to the children and see if they can name which items are missing.

Handout & Journal Time
 Click HERE to download these two handouts.
There are two handouts for today.  The first one is for the inside title page.  Print and glue a photo of your child in the frame.  (A school wallet size photo will fit perfectly.)

This second handout goes next to the journal page.  Your children can color the picture.

  Make sure to take time at the end of the lesson to write your feelings in your journal.  List ways you know Jesus loves you.  For smaller children, they can draw a picture and you can write something they say.

Oops!

My friend, Judy, from SprizzieIdeas, just pointed out that I had a type-o on the cover for the journal page.  Oops!!!!  I put the date as 2103.  Maybe I should stop blogging after midnight!!!  Anyway, I apologize for the mistake and I have uploaded a new file with the correct date.  Click here to download it.  It’s almost time to begin our 14-Day Walk!!!!!

Amanda

More 14-Day Tags

My friend, Brittany, who is joining us on our 14-Day Walk with Christ sent me these cute tags.  If you would like to download these, click HERE.

14-Day Tags

The Themes for each day are ready to download for our 14-Day Walk with Christ!! 
 
 Click HERE to download the PDF of the tags.
 Cut the tags out and put one in each corresponding egg.  If you don’t have an “Egg Board” like this one, you can always number 14 eggs and put them in a basket or do a variation of your favorite advent calendar.   I will also include a little treat in each egg.  Here is the schedule which begins on March 18th:
Day 1 Jesus Loves Me
Day 2 Love One Another
Day 3 Christ-Like Love
Day 4 Faith
Day 5 Repentance
Day 6 Forgiveness
Day 7 Sheep
Day 8 Service
Day 9 Miracles
Day 10 Talents
Day 11 Bicycle
Day 12 Gratitude
Day 13 Atonement
Day 14 He is Risen
  
I am excited to announce that I will have a few guest bloggers on a few days.  I have been working hard to get all the printables made and uploaded.  I hope this process will be meaningful for you and your family!

Amanda

14-Day Walk with Christ Journal Cover

This is part of the 14-Day Walk with Christ activity.    I am preparing my journals this week so they are all ready to go for March 18th.  This is the cover for the journal.
 Click HERE to download the cover page.  (There are 2 per sheet)

14-Day Journal Pages

In preparation for the 14-Day Walk with Christ, I am making these journals for everyone in my family.  They are pretty simple.  All you need is one of those cheep-o photo albums from the dollar store, a printer and a paper cutter.  (I noticed WalMart carries these.  However, they only hold 24 photos.  You will need one that holds at least 28 photos.  This one from the Dollar Tree has 48 pockets)
 

I have created a journal page for each of the 14 days.  On the left side of the journal will go the handout from each day’s lesson and on the right side will go the journal page.  Click HERE to download the journal pages.  There are 3 to a page.  You can download PDF versions or the actual Microsoft Office version – you can choose.   This is what they look like:
 

 


Here I have printed the journal pages and placed them in the photo album:

 
 You will need 14 of these.  If you like, you can also leave some extra room for photos or other things you would like to add into the book.
 
Amanda

14 Day Walk With Christ

 
 
Every Easter my family does a “14 Day Walk With Christ”.  This takes place the 2 weeks leading up to Easter.  I feel like life is so busy and rushed, if I don’t make myself do this, Easter comes and goes and we haven’t focused on the importance of it.  Here’s how it works:
I created this “Walk with Jesus” board out of a cookie sheet.  I spray painted the cookie sheet white.  I added scrapbook paper and vinyl letters.  I put vinyl numbers on 14 plastic Easter eggs.  Then I hot glued magnets to the back of each egg.  I drilled holes in the top of the cookie sheet so I could loop ribbon through to hang it.
 

Each egg will contain a topic for that day that will help my family come closer to Christ in preparation for Easter.  After school, or that evening, we will have some kind of small lesson and activity about the day’s topic.  During every lesson, the children will recieve a handout to put in a little journal.  Then they will record their feelings that day.  
 
My goal is at the end of the two weeks, they have a little journal about their thoughts and feelings of Jesus Christ.  On Easter morning, I am planning a sunrise hike to the top of the hill by hour house.  We will bring our journals and reflect on what we wrote during the two weeks then add a final entry as we share our feelings about Jesus Christ on Easter morning.  
Who wants to join me?
Every morning during the 2 weeks leading up to Easter I will be posting the day’s topic and lesson outline with a printable handout.  I think this will be a great experience for our families!!


Amanda