The Armor of God-Breastplate of Righteousness

Breastplate

This week we are working on the Armor of God for the girls JBQ (Junior Bible Quizzing) questions. 

Today we talked about the Breastplate of Righteousness .  In Ephesians 6:14, it tells us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place…”

Questions: 

What piece of armor protects your vital organs in a battle? A Breastplate! It keeps from arrows or even swords puncturing our heart and lungs.  

“Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” Proverbs 11:4

Without righteousness, we leave ourselves open to death. With righteousness, just as with a breastplate, the enemy is stopped from his fatal attacks.

What is righteousness?

“Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:34

To be righteous is to do what is right in God’s eyes. God’s commandments are righteousness, sin is the opposite of righteousness. So to be righteous is to obey God’s laws of love.

“..and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” Philippians 3:9

Craft:

Take a big piece of cardboard and draw the outline of a Roman solider’s armor.

Then have the kids cut it out.

I was going to put just a cross on it but the girls had their own ideas. So, add your own personal touch. 

While the kids are drawing and coloring on their armor,  you can talk about righteousness and what it means. 

I hope you join us tomorrow as we work on the Belt of Truth. 

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The Armor of God-Helmet of Salvation

 

 

Helmet of Salvation

 

This week we are working on the Armor of God for the girls JBQ (Junior Bible Quizzing) questions. 

Today we talked about the Helmet of Salvation. In Ephesians 6:17, it tells us to “Take the helmet of salvation…”

Questions: 

What is one very important thing you have to wear when riding a bike, a helmet! It protects your head from getting injured. 

What purpose did the helmet serve in the Roman army? The Roman helmet, like helmets today, protected the head from the attacks of the enemy.  

In 1 Peter 5:8-9 also tells us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

Our enemy hates that we have chosen this path and will stop at nothing to destroy us because of it. Just as the helmet protects the vital but vulnerable head from otherwise fatal blows, the hope of salvation can protect our thoughts from our enemy’s attacks and temptations to disobey God.

Without the helmet of salvation, we will be unprotected from the “cares of this world” that bombard our thoughts and feelings. Imagine not knowing what the future ultimately holds. The worries and problems produced by living in this world would overwhelm us!

Craft:

First color a helmet (Google helmet of salvation coloring sheet)

Have the kids cut out their helmet

Take black construction paper and cut out strips 

I measured each of the girls heads with the construction paper, making a band around their head

Then stapled their helmet onto the construction paper band

 

I hope you join us tomorrow as we work on the breastplate of Salvation. 

 

The Baby Left Behind Part 5

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*A Jesus Baby Book: Did your mom or dad keep a baby book for you? Ask if you can look at it. It will have pictures of you as a baby. It will tell interesting things about when you were young and how you grew.  You can make a baby book for Jesus. Think about the chapters you read in Matthew and  Luke. There are many things you learned about Jesus’ birth. Draw pictures of these things on some pieces of paper. Write Bible  verses that tell about each picture. Now stack the papers and punch two holes on one end. Thread a long piece of yarn through the holes. Tie the yarn to hold the papers together.

*My oldest took the challenge and drew each picture of her baby book about Jesus. For my other two we printed pages from the website below.

 http://www.coloring.ws/nativity.htm 

As a mother of three precious girls and one precious boy, I could not imagine having my own agenda on their birthday. Just think if I were to say I don’t have time for cake and presents, we’re too busy shopping for other people, we have to decorate the house for someone else! Their poor little heart would be broken. No, our world stops for our children’s birthdays. We plan parties, yes plural. We usually have a small one on their birthday and then another one on the following Saturday for all their friends to come to. We want to show them how much we love them and how special they are to us, so even more should we stop and celebrate the baby boy who came to save the world.

Thank you heavenly father for giving your only baby boy to die, so that we may live. Thank you Mary for obeying and trusting in the Lord. Thank you Joseph for not caring what the world thinks but holding true to what our heavenly father says. There are many lessons in this story to be learned, great character traits to follow after and verses to hold close to our heart. May we never forget the baby boy who came to give us this beautiful life we love and enjoy.

The Baby Left Behind Part 4

3 Wisemen

Day 4: Wise Men from the East

*Read Matthew 2:1-12

*Wise Men Craft: Giggles and more giggles were heard throughout the house today with our painted camel craft. First I painted their hand, then they placed it on the paper one at time. Again, we choose to do the craft together, which I like better. It’s cute to see the different sizes of hands. Next I painted their pointer finger, they choose the color, this represented the wise men. Super simple cute craft for all ages!

*Short story: The wise men came from the East. No one is sure where they lived. When they saw a bright new star, they believed it told of the birth of a special child. These men were probably rich and journeyed on camels with servants to care for them. They reached Jerusalem some time after Jesus was born. First they visited King Herod, then the star led them to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. There, they worshipped Jesus and gave him gifts. (From: The First Christmas)

The Baby Left Behind Part 3

Nativity Craft

Day 3: In Bethlehem

*Read Luke 2:1-20

*Stable: was a place where animals were kept and fed. The stable in Bethlehem were usually caves instead of buildings. The stable where Jesus was born was probably one of these caves.

*Manger: was something like a box that the animals ate from.

*To Moms: “But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over.” I could write a book on this verse! I think it’s important to treasure up the good times we have with our children, the memories of holding them right when they were born, their first smile, their first step, etc…! I think it is also important to treasure up the beautiful moments in our everyday life, like a sunny day at the park, the sound of the waves crashing on a white sandy beach, the breeze blowing through our hair as we swing on a front porch with our best friend (hubby). These memories or treasures will and can sustain us in times when things aren’t going so well.

*Activity: Today both of the girls decided to draw a stable with everyone in it and around it. Then we made a very simple Nativity set 🙂

Nativity Set Craft/Ornament Directions:

*5 to 6 Popsicle Sticks (we used craft sticks…I didn’t have Popsicle sticks)

*Crayons, Markers, or Paint (your call)

*A Pipe Cleaner (optional)

*Glue (a hot glue gun works best)

Each child can make their own but we decided to break up the craft and just make one together. Each child picked who they wanted to color, then we glued it all together. You can also add a ribbon to the top of it, to make a cute ornament!

The Thankful Turkey

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

Items You Need:

*Empty Toilet Paper Roll

*Construction Paper

*Small Paper Plate

*Glue

*Paint

*If you don’t have plastic eyes you can paint some

*And most important, a Thankful Heart

This craft is not only fun but it is also a great way for kids to practice their spelling, handwriting, and cutting.

“Fall Tree” – Craft

To every thing there is a season. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Fall is in the air for us Floridan’s, well at night. 🙂

Today we decided to finger paint what we thought a tree up north might look like during the Fall. 

Step 1 – Have Fun!

Step 2 – Trace your hand and part of your arm

Step 3 – Paint your tree

Step 4 – Finger Paint your Fall Leaves all around your paper

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus