Memorize Scripture in the Shower

Memorize Scripture in the Shower



 

If memorizing scripture is part of your New Year’s Resolutions but you’re trying to find the time to do it, I have the perfect solution for you.  Memorize scripture in the shower!!!

 

Here are two ways to memorize scripture in the shower:

1.  Laminate verses and hang over the shower head with a duct tape strap.  

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I did this a few years ago when I was doing Beth Moore’s study on the book of James.  My goal was to memorize the entire first chapter.  Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get the whole chapter memorized, but I did make it to verse 20!  I just chose the passage of scripture I wanted on BibleGateway.com and then I copied and pasted it into a Word document.  After that, I printed it out and laminated it (we have this laminator)!  I used some herringbone duct tape folded over to make a strap to go over the shower head.  It is still hanging in our shower…two years later!  I want to work on memorizing individual scriptures this year, so I am just going to laminate a blank piece of paper and write the verses on it with a dry erase marker.

 

 

2.  Listen to the Bible being read aloud in the shower using this Bluetooth shower speaker.

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I bought this shower speaker for my husband for his stocking this Christmas, not really expecting it to work that great (especially since I paid about $15 for it at the time)!  It has definitely exceeded our expectations and it was one of his favorite gifts!  We use this Bluetooth speaker and  YouVersion Bible app on our phones to listen to the Bible being read aloud.  This is especially helpful when trying to memorize a large chunk of scripture.

 

 

What creative ways of memorizing scripture do you have?

 

What I Want My Daughter to Know About Beauty

To my precious Calla Grace,

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I am writing to you today, on my 31st birthday, as you are sleeping soundly in your bed.  You are not even a year-old yet and I already worry for your future.  Your Daddy would say that this isn’t anything new, I worry about you and your brothers all the time.  But this is different.  I worry about the world you are growing up in.  I worry what this world is trying to teach you about the way that you look.

 

You are the most breathtaking baby I have ever laid eyes on.  I love the way that you smile with your whole face–especially with your gorgeous blue eyes.  I love your soft thin brown hair and your angelic, unblemished skin.  You are beautiful in every sense of the word.

 

But what I want you to know, sweet girl, is that beauty is so much deeper than what we can see.  True beauty comes from within.

 

There is so much that surrounds us that screams for attention to our outward appearance.  You can’t open up a computer or turn on the television without some tainted and distorted view of beauty:  As much bare skin as possible, cleavage for all to see, and a perfect body to boot.  I worry about the effect these over-sexualized images have on your brothers and do everything I can to guard their innocent eyes.  Now I also worry about the effects these images will have on you too–but in a different way.  I worry that they will make you feel like the way God made you isn’t good enough–and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

 

God knit you together in my womb and has already numbered all of your days (Psalm 139).  He knows how tall you are going to be when you grow up, he knows what your body shape will be, and what color your hair will be.  He knows when you will start getting gray hairs and the number of lines that will crease your face when you are ninety.  He knows because He made you.  And He says that you are wonderfully made.  That’s what your Daddy and I say too.

 

When I was young, my mom and dad (your Papa and Lola) would lovingly tell me that I was beautiful inside and out.  But for some reason, I don’t think that I ever really felt beautiful.  In fact, I had this twisted notion that the phrase “beautiful inside and out” was some type of consolation for not being outwardly beautiful enough.  Sweet one, that is the opposite of how I want you to see beauty.

 

Being told that you are beautiful on the inside is the most wonderful compliment you can ever be given.  Don’t discount these words, precious girl.  A girl who radiates beauty from the inside will ALWAYS be the most beautiful.  Not because of the size of clothes she wears or how perfect her complexion is, but because she has the love of God within her–and NOTHING is more beautiful than that.

 

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  -1 Peter 3:3-4

 

I would love to say that it gets easier as you get older, that you become more confident and content with the way that God has made you, but unfortunately that just wouldn’t be the truth.  The same insecurities that have plagued women my age when we were young continue to rear their ugly heads even as we get older and supposedly wiser.  As I look in the mirror these days and see the toll carrying three babies has taken on my body and the lines that have found their permanent place along my eyes and around my mouth, it makes me sad that I don’t look how I looked 10 years ago or 15 years ago–when I still thought I wasn’t pretty enough.

 

God tells us that outward beauty is fleeting (Proverbs 31), which means that is how he designed it all along.  He didn’t intend for women to look the same in their thirties and forties as they did in their teens or twenties, despite what Hollywood wants us to believe.  There is a difference between taking care of our bodies and making them idols that we worship with our time and money.  Don’t fall into this trap as you get older, my sweet girl, and I will try not to either.  Treat your body with respect and take care of it, but do not let the pursuit of the perfect body consume your thoughts.  It’s not worth it in the end.

 

Most of all, sweet girl, I want you to look for the beauty in others.  Surround yourself with people who are gentle and treat others with kindness and respect, who love God and let the Holy Spirit guide their steps.  When we love God, we love others well.  It might be difficult to see the beauty in people who are unkind to you, but continue to look for it.  Show kindness even when a sharp answer is warranted.  Be a joyful peacemaker to all those around you.  Honor others above yourself.

 

For this, my darling girl, is true beauty.

 

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Ordering the Books of the Bible with Ping Pong Balls

Ordering the Books of the Bible with Ping Pong Balls



 

Last year I made a Books of the Bible Puzzle as a hands-on way for kids at our church to remember the order of the books of the Bible.  I thought it was time for a new activity and found inspiration from our Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  ping pong balls, a sharpie, 1″ white circle labels, and several white foam egg cartons.  

 

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I taped two 12-count egg cartons and one 18-count egg carton together on the underside using packing tape.

 

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Write the books of the Bible on the circle labels AND the ping pong balls.

 

 

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Match the ping pong with the labels on the egg cartons!

 

 

 

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Building Solomon’s Temple with Golden Blocks

Building the temple of Solomon with golden blocks




I am still working on supplementing our church’s curriculum for the unit on Solomon.  It is so intriguing to read about the building of the temple–how all the stones were pre-cut and no tool could be heard in temple while it was being built and all of the ornate materials used .  Since the temple was so magnificent, I didn’t want the children to build it with plain old building blocks.  It needed to be something extra special…hence building with golden blocks!

 

“And Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold, and he drew chains of gold across, in front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold.  And he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.”  -1 Kings 6:21-22

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  wooden building blocks and gold spray paint.  

 

 

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I purchased two sets of these blocks to make sure there was enough for a group of kids.

 

 

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 I laid them out on some plastic and then painted them with gold spray paint.  I let them dry for an hour, then turned the blocks and painted again.  All-in-all, I turned the blocks a total of four times.  Enough overspray got on the remaining two faces of the blocks that I didn’t need to spray 6 times.

 

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birds eye view of temple

We used this blueprint to make the birds-eye view of the temple.

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SolomonsTemple“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Proverbs 22:1 Activity for Preschoolers

Proverbs 22-1 Activity for Preschoolers-  A good name is more desirable than great riches (with free printable)




  Last year our church purchased and implemented a brand new curriculum.  It is wonderful but it needs some supplementation, especially for the younger children.  I am in the process of writing supplemental lessons for a unit on Solomon and needed an activity for our 4-year old class on this specific proverb. This Proverbs 22:1 Activity for preschoolers is easy and quick…two of my favorite things about Sunday school crafts!  I made a free Proverbs 22:1 printable that will make it even easier!  

“A good name is more desirable than great riches.”  -Proverbs 22:1

  Here’s what you’ll need:  this free printable (printed on card stock), a pencil, acrylic jewels and golden glitter glue (which were sent to us compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com).   IMG_1402

1.  Print out the free printable on card stock and then have each child write his/her name very large on the paper.

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2.  Have each child use the gold glitter glue (or puff paint) to trace his/her name.

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While the children are working, talk about what it means to have a “good name”.  In this context, it means having a good reputation, or what other people think about you.  The only way that you can have a “good name” (reputation) is by making good decisions that others see and being honest and trustworthy.

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3.  Add the acrylic jewels on top of the glitter glue.

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Let it dry and brainstorm ways that children can develop “a good name” through the daily decisions they make.

 

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