Bible Time Planning Pages

On this post, I would like to share some simple Bible Time Planning Pages. These planning pages can be used to help you plan how and when you are going to enjoy the creative ideas with your daughter.

Bible Time’s three key elements are Singing, the Bible, and Prayer. These three elements are listed on the planning pages.

Here is a Sample Daily Bible Time Planning Page, a Blank Daily Bible Time Planning Page, a Sample Weekly Bible Time Planning Page and a Blank Weekly Bible Time Planning Page. Some of you may prefer to use the Daily Planning Page, others the Weekly Planning Page, and still others may like to use both. Feel free to copy and use whatever works best for you.

Here are a few thoughts that to help with your planning:  

    PRAY: Start your planning with prayer. (James 1:5)
     
    SIMPLE: Keep your planning simple. Plan in such a way that you can realistically do what you plan to do!
     
    A TIME: Set aside a certain time each week to create your Bible Time plans.
     
    SUPPLIES: As you plan, ask yourself, do we need any supplies for what I am planning to do? Crayons? Paper? Glue? Other supplies? If you do need supplies, collect them before Bible Time. Having the needed supplies ready ahead of time enables you to use the time you have set aside for Bible Time to the fullest.

    “Thank-you Dana, for asking about these planning pages. Your inquiry encouraged me to share these pages on this post. I hope they are a help to you and everyone else who chooses to use them.”

    I welcome anyone to send a comment or picture my way. It would be great to hear from you. Have a wonderful week sharing your love for God and His Word with your daughter!

    Marian Thomsen

    Marian Thomsen

    Wife, Mother, Teacher, Product Developer

    As a young daughter my parents encouraged me to memorize Scripture verses. I memorized Isaiah 41:10 and it became one of my favorite verses.

    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

    As an adult I continue to treasure Isaiah 41:10. And I can say with confidence that God has always been faithful to His Word. Praise Him! He is worthy of all our trust.

    As Baby Grows

     
    It is exciting to watch babies grow, isn’t it? So much happens during their first years of life. They learn to lift their heads, turn over, sit up, crawl, stand and eventually walk and talk. And as they grow, we continue to have a wonderful opportunity as mothers to spiritually nurture our little ones at home.

    On a previous blog post, “Bible Time with Baby” we looked at the most important thing a mom can do to spiritually nurture her new born baby. What is the most important thing a mom can choose to do? She can choose to personally spend time with Jesus every day to spiritually nurture herself.
     
    She can also choose to read the Bible out loud for baby to hear, she can pray in baby’s hearing, she can review her memory verses and can sing praises to the Lord in baby’s presence.
     

    As baby grows, mom can also begin to develop an intentional time of day that is set aside specifically for Bible Time with baby.

    Time that we spend with our little one, singing to the Lord, spending time in God’s Word the Bible, and talking to the Lord in prayer. Let’s take a look at each of these areas with “growing babies” in mind.
     
    I will share some simple ideas that will be appropriate for a variety of abilities as baby grows.
     
    If you are a mom with a little one, and you are interested in having intentional Bible Time with your baby, I would encourage you to pick just one new thing from the list below to do with your baby this week.

    Then, next week, you may like to add another idea as you continue to do the idea from last week, and so on. Over time, you may want to purpose to do one idea from each of the three key elements of Bible Time with baby each day.

    These ideas will be listed under the three key elements of Bible Time, singing, the Bible, and prayer.
     

    1. Encourage baby to shake a rattle, nod the head, tap the table, clap, or march while you sing. 2. If possible, purchase a children’s hymnbook. With baby on your lap, open the songbook and point to the pictures or words as you sing. 3. Use a family hymnbook of your choice, and sing, sing, sing! When baby is able, encourage her to sing along with you.
    1. Read short sections of Scripture out loud in baby’s hearing. When baby is old enough to sit up, give her something to do with her hands as you read. Perhaps a few blocks to play with, or some beads, or a crayon and paper if appropriate. 2. Invest in some simple books for baby that share the truth of God’s Word. Look for books with pictures that honor the Lord. Read them to your baby. Talk simply about the Bible truths that are shared. 3. Write a Bible memory verse on a card to share with baby. Decorate it with a sticker. Cover it with contact plastic or laminate it for durability. Let baby handle it and look at it while you read it out loud. Over time, you can add more cards to read to baby each day. As you consistently do this, the exciting day will come when baby will begin to say these Bible memory verses out loud with you. (If you would like some suggestions of memory verses for your little ones, see the download provided with this post.)
    1. Purpose to pray with baby each day. Keep your prayer time with baby simple. Speak clearly and slowly so that baby can hear clearly what you are saying. 2. When baby can say a few words, give your baby the opportunity to talk to God as well. For example if she can say “daddy,” you could pray, “Thank-you, God, for Daddy. In Jesus name, Amen,” encouraging baby to say “daddy” with you when you pray this. 3. Begin simple “Thank-you” prayers with baby. Collect photos of your family, and pictures of things to be thankful for. Look at one picture at a time with baby. You could begin like this using three pictures: “Dear Heavenly Father, (show the picture of Daddy) Thank-you for Daddy, (show the picture of Mommy) thank-you for Mommy, (show the picture of your baby) and thank-you for baby (using your child’s name). In Jesus name, Amen.” The photos and pictures you collect could be glued onto paper and collated into a simple picture book to be used over and over again. If you collate them into a three ring binder, you can add more pages of pictures as baby grows!
    Thanks for joining me! Have you seen something from the list above that you would like to do with your baby this week? I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to send a comment anytime.   May you sense the Lord’s love for you as you love your precious little one today.
    Marian Thomsen

    Marian Thomsen

    Wife, Mother, Teacher, Product Developer

    As a young daughter my parents encouraged me to memorize Scripture verses. I memorized Isaiah 41:10 and it became one of my favorite verses.

    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

    As an adult I continue to treasure Isaiah 41:10. And I can say with confidence that God has always been faithful to His Word. Praise Him! He is worthy of all our trust.

    Bible Time with Baby

    How does a new and busy mother spiritually nurture her baby during her already full days and possibly sleep deprived nights? How does she have Bible Time with her baby?

    First, she needs to nurture her own personal relationship with the Lord. To do this, she can choose to have a daily Quiet Time. A time to read the Bible and to talk to God in prayer. Even five minutes each day with the Lord in the Word and prayer is a great beginning. When she is reading her Bible, if baby is nearby, she can read it out loud for baby to hear.
    She can talk to the Lord in prayer. When she is praying in the baby’s presence, she can pray out loud.  

    She can sing to the Lord during various moments of her day, perhaps while she is washing dishes, or while feeding or rocking baby.

    She can review her Bible memory verses too. I heard of one mother who decided that she would quote her memorized Bible verses while she was changing her baby’s diapers. What a great and consistent way to keep reviewing and sharing memory verses with baby even as a busy mom! I wish I had thought of that!

    Bible Time with Baby?

     Simply put, it is mother sharing her walk with the Lord with her baby. Daily singing to the Lord, reading the Bible, quoting memorized verses, and praying. And baby will be blessed.

    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

    Marian Thomsen

    Marian Thomsen

    Wife, Mother, Teacher, Product Developer

    As a young daughter my parents encouraged me to memorize Scripture verses. I memorized Isaiah 41:10 and it became one of my favorite verses.

    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

    As an adult I continue to treasure Isaiah 41:10. And I can say with confidence that God has always been faithful to His Word. Praise Him! He is worthy of all our trust.

    Coloring Tips

    Coloring Tips

    Are you looking for ideas on how to encourage your daughter’s coloring pursuits? Or, is your daughter hesitant to color? Daunted or discouraged? This post shares tips you can use as you and your daughter color together!

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    1. Where to Start

    – If your daughter will be using a printable like the one shown here, print the artwork on a piece of smooth, thick paper. Cardstock could work, as well as Bristol paper.

    Put some extra paper behind the piece your daughter wants to color. This can help to keep any textures from the surface below from influencing or affecting her artwork.

    Keep the pencils sharp. Encourage your daughter to keep her pencils from getting very dull. Having a sharp pencil can help the color to reach the valleys within the paper.

     

    Did You Know? | Hills & Valleys

    Paper can have hills and valleys. A sharper pencil, used at a higher angle so that the tip touches the paper, can help it to reach the valleys in between the hills.

    2. Color Slowly

    Encourage your daughter to:

    Take her time when she is coloring.

    – Use a light pressure at least to start. As she comes closer to the finish line, using a heavier pressure could be great depending on what look she is aiming for.

    – Color with connected overlapping ovals. This can help in creating a smooth layer of color. Overlap, overlap and overlap. Have her make her coloring blend together so that she cannot tell where she stopped and started.

     

    Discouraged? | Quick Tip

    If your daughter begins to feel that her coloring seems uneven or messy, encourage her to slow down. She can pretend that she’s drawing lots of light little curly cues one over the other very close together. Have her aim to make it so that no one can tell where curly cues started or ended.

    3. Layer

    Encourage your daughter to:

    – Layer. Layer. Layer. Layering her colors can create a richer sense of color. For example, she could start with a medium pink, add a darker pink-purple next (still coloring lightly), come back with the medium pink, and finish with a pale pink–pressing more (but not really hard) on the last one.

    – Use a paintbrush! When she is coloring, have her take occasional breaks to get rid of the crumbs coming from the pencils. Instead of using her hand, she can use a dry paintbrush! This is a fun tip that can help to keep hand-oils from getting on the artwork.

     

    Unsure Where to Start? | Quick Tip

    When your daughter sits down to color, you may want to suggest one of the tips in this post. Forget the rest. :) Encourage her to take small steps towards improvement. Most of all, just enjoy it!

    Got Questions? | I’m here!

    Have a question about applying one of the tips? Looking for colored pencil brand recommendations? Need some guidance or encouragement over your coloring? Leave a comment on this post and I’ll either reply in another comment or e-mail you directly! :)

     

    If you and your daughter use any of these tips while you color the Praying Pamela paper doll, Scripture Memory Cards or Daisy Lea, and would like to share a picture with us here at Daughters of Decision, we’d so enjoy it! Send to: [email protected]. Looking forward to seeing your artwork already! :)

     

    Melissa Jacie

    Melissa Jacie

    Illustrator, Photographer, Graphic & Web Designer

    “When God began creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was at first a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors.”

    Genesis 1:1 The Living Bible Paraphrased

    God made something beautiful out of a dark mass–something that really had little form. Isn’t it wonderful that God has the complete power to change something dark and formless–into a breathing, living artwork?

     

    Who? What?

    Quick Printing Note

    Note: When printing your “Who? What?” cards, print on both sides of the paper, so that the cards have “Who?” and “What?” on one side, and the name space/requests on the other side.

    “Who? What?” is a simple and fun way to pray for others. This prayer idea is great to use with your daughter.

    Who? What? Prayer Cards

    To Prepare

    1. Print the front and back of the “Who? What?” cards, or create cards of your own. (This download contains cards with six requests to pray for Christians. If you would like to use this method to pray for non-Christians, create more cards using the same idea, just write in different prayer requests.)

    2. Cut out the cards.

    3. On the back of each “Who?” card, write the name of someone you and your daughter would like to pray for.

    To Pray

    1. Sit at a table.

    2. Lay the cards in the middle of the table in two piles, a “Who?” pile and a “What?” pile.

    3. Take the top card off of each pile. Turn the two selected cards over and pray out loud for the person on the “Who?” card, using the request on the “What?” card.

    4. Your daughter will pray silently along with you.

    5. When you are done praying, your daughter will draw two more cards and pray out loud using those cards in prayer, while you pray silently along with her.

    6. Continue steps 3 through 5 until you are ready to stop or all cards are used.

    Suggestion: When you are finished praying, shuffle the cards and keep them together with a clip, a rubber band or little bag until you are ready to use them again. As time goes on, you and your daughter may want to add more cards to your pile so that you can include more people and more requests. In this case, print only the first page of the download, leaving the back blank so that you can write different requests on the “What?” cards.

    Quick Printing Note

    Note: When printing your “Who? What?” cards, print on both sides of the paper, so that the cards have “Who?” and “What?” on one side, and the name space/requests on the other side.

    "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great

    and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

    Jeremiah 33:3

    Marian Thomsen

    Marian Thomsen

    Wife, Mother, Teacher, Product Developer

    As a young daughter my parents encouraged me to memorize Scripture verses. I memorized Isaiah 41:10 and it became one of my favorite verses.

    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

    As an adult I continue to treasure Isaiah 41:10. And I can say with confidence that God has always been faithful to His Word. Praise Him! He is worthy of all our trust.

    My Street

    Praying with our daughters is such a privilege, and it is something we can do every day! 

    “My Street”

    “My Street” is a way to enjoy praying for your neighbors with your daughter. This activity can help your daughter become more familiar with your neighbors’ names and with where each neighbors’ house is located. And more importantly, you may find that as your daughter prays with you for your neighbors, her care and concern for your neighbors will increase, developing in her a heart to serve them and share Christ with them.

    TO PREPARE

    1. Collect the names of the people on your street.

    2. Cut out and decorate paper houses to represent each house your neighbors live in. (We used index cards and cut off two corners to create the roof of the house.)

    3. Write a house number on each house, correlating to the numbers on the houses of your street. Write the corresponding neighbor’s names on the back of each house. 

    TO PRAY

    1. Lay the houses on a table or on the floor in the order of how the houses are arranged on your street.

    2. Have your daughter “drive and park” a toy car at the home of her choice.

    3. After the car is parked by a house, turn the house card over and pray for the neighbors listed on the back of the card by name.

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are ready to stop or when all your neighbors are prayed for.

    Hint: If you have a very young daughter, you may want to have her fold their hands each time you pray. This can encourage her to let the toy car stay “parked” as you pray!

    "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great

    and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

    Jeremiah 33:3

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