Mother – Daughter Prayer Tea

Looking for a creative way to enjoy a conversation around God’s Word and some time in prayer with your daughter? If so, you may like to enjoy a Mother – Daughter Prayer Tea! Today’s beautiful free printable includes an invitation to give to your daughter, prayer cards to write on and use in prayer and some simple how-to’s to get you started! (If you are blessed with a son feel free to adapt the idea to enjoy with him! Perhaps you could share a Prayer Picnic together!)

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“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

Mother  – Daughter Prayer Tea

Mother – Daughter Prayer Tea

Looking for a creative way to enjoy a conversation around God's Word and some time in prayer with your daughter? If so, you may like to enjoy a Mother - Daughter Prayer Tea! Today's beautiful free printable includes an invitation to give to your daughter, prayer cards...

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Remember God Exists

Some moments in life are unforgettable.

Perhaps they are dramatic or exciting or sadly, even traumatic. Other times they come like a gentle whisper that takes its place on the shelves of our memories like a candle that never goes out.

One such gentle moment came to me years ago.

It was evening.

The small, upstairs room of the farmhouse was dim. A dear friend of ours had just had her third child. My mom and I had come up for a few minutes to see the baby.

Mom gathered the precious newborn in her arms and we admired the baby together. I think I held the baby too. I can’t quite remember.

As I stood there and looked from the young mom to the precious baby, I saw the miracle of life as I never had before.

“You can’t tell me there isn’t a God.” The thought took up quiet residence in my mind.

I was filled with sacred awe. I knew I was looking at a miracle. This was something that never could have happened by chance. I knew enough science to know the fact intellectually. But seeing it for real was an utterly different matter. It was just common sense. It was just the truth.

The memory of that moment has stayed with me ever since. It sits as a metaphorical cherry atop the substantial reasons why I believe in God.

We know God does exist because of the testimony He has left for us in creation (Romans 1:20) and because He says so in His Word (John 1:1-2). The existence of a Creator God is the only explanation that makes sense of the universe. We know what God is like through the general revelation of the created universe (Romans 1:20), the special revelation of His Word (2 Timothy 3:16) and through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is God Incarnate, the Word made flesh (John 1:14). He came to show us who God is (John 1:18) and He is God (John 8:58). For believers, we know God exists in a very personal way through His Holy Spirit within us (John 16:13) and our personal relationship with Him (1 John 1:3).

The truth that God exists is one of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. It’s one of the most important ‘stars’ of truth in our mental landscape. God’s existence is not dependent on our belief either.

He exists whether we believe it or not. Whether we feel it or not. Clouds may obscure the stars of the night sky, but the stars are still there. It’s the same for us. God exists whether we feel Him or not, whether we see Him or not. And we can tell ourselves that even when life seems out of control.

As I child I learned that God exists from my parents and the Word of God. Now as an adult I know it even more deeply, both from the Word and from personal experience. The sight of the newborn and her mother was one such sweet personal experience.

May the truth that God exists fill you with fresh joy as you serve Him today!

Melanie Thomsen

Communications, Discipleship & Story Blog Writer

 

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Micah 6:8

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Marian Thomsen

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Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“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

Mother  – Daughter Prayer Tea

Mother – Daughter Prayer Tea

Looking for a creative way to enjoy a conversation around God's Word and some time in prayer with your daughter? If so, you may like to enjoy a Mother - Daughter Prayer Tea! Today's beautiful free printable includes an invitation to give to your daughter, prayer cards...

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Scripture Picture

Surprise your daughter with a Daughters of Decision printable! This Scripture Picture printable can be enjoyed by daughters of many ages! Gather a group together and have fun coloring and thinking about the Easter story.

Idea 1

If a group gathers in your home to color the Scripture Picture together, you may like to ask for volunteers to get their Bibles and read the three gospel passages listed on the Scripture Picture while everyone else listens and colors. Then you could encourage all to share their observations from the passages read. This could be a great way to enjoy a Word centered Easter conversation while coloring and enjoying one another’s company! :-)

Idea 2

Fun discussion starters while coloring:

If you could have been one of the women at the tomb which one would it have been and why?

How do you think you would have felt after the angel talked to you?

How do you think the experience would have changed your life?

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Marian Thomsen

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Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“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

Mother  – Daughter Prayer Tea

Mother – Daughter Prayer Tea

Looking for a creative way to enjoy a conversation around God's Word and some time in prayer with your daughter? If so, you may like to enjoy a Mother - Daughter Prayer Tea! Today's beautiful free printable includes an invitation to give to your daughter, prayer cards...

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Allison Joy Paper Doll

Surprise your daughter with a Daughters of Decision printable! Allison Joy is all ready for Easter. She can’t wait to meet your daughter!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“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

Mother  – Daughter Prayer Tea

Mother – Daughter Prayer Tea

Looking for a creative way to enjoy a conversation around God's Word and some time in prayer with your daughter? If so, you may like to enjoy a Mother - Daughter Prayer Tea! Today's beautiful free printable includes an invitation to give to your daughter, prayer cards...

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Hearts and Hugs

February is a great month to celebrate God’s love with your children! Hearts and Hugs is a simple activity to enjoy with your toddlers and preschoolers that will remind them of God’s love for them and your love for them too!

HEARTS AND HUGS

Supplies: Bible, paper, scissors, marker and pen

1. Cut

Cut four heart shapes out of paper. (See below for a heart pattern. You may like to use pink, white and/or red paper.)

2. Write

Write the following on the hearts:

Heart 1: The words and reference of 1 John 4:19.
Heart 2: The word God
Heart 3: The word loves
Heart 4: Your child’s name

3. Put

Put each heart in a different place where they will be easy to see in a room of your choice. For example, in your family room on a low table, on a chair, on a window sill and on the floor.

4. Find

Encourage your child to find the hearts and bring them to you.

5. Sit and Read

When all four hearts have been found and brought to you, sit with your child on your lap. Lay the hearts in order in front of you with the I John 4:19 heart first and then the other three hearts in word order. Read the words on the hearts, pointing to the hearts as you read. Give your child a hug!

6. One More Hug! :-)

Read the hearts again. Give your child another hug and say: “And Mommy loves you too!”

7. Repeat

Repeat as many times and for as many days as you like!

Ideas!

*Sing 1 John 4:19 together!  

*Partially hide the hearts the next time you enjoy this activity with your child if your child is ready for the challenge of finding them in less conspicuous places.

*If you have more than one young child, make a ‘name heart’ for each child. Use their ‘name heart’ when it is their turn to find the four hearts.  

*Laminate or contact plastic the hearts for durability.  

* When February is over, save the hearts to use again next year. Enjoy!  

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Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“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

Love Is…

Love Is…

February is a great month to help your children understand God’s definition of love found in 1 Corinthians 13. This activity is great for elementary school children or the whole family!

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Love Is…

F ebruary is a great month to help your children understand God’s definition of love found in 1 Corinthians 13. This activity is great for elementary school children or the whole family!

LOVE IS SCRIPTURE PICTURE BOOK

Supplies: A Bible, paper, scissors, markers or crayons, hole punch and a binder ring or ribbon or string.

How To:

(It is recommended to prepare the hearts for the Love Is Scripture Picture Book following Steps 1 and 2, before enjoying this activity with your children.)

1. Cut

Cut seventeen hearts out of white paper. (See below for a heart pattern.)

2. Write

Write the Bible reference 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 on one heart. This will be the front page of the Scripture Picture Book.

Write one phrase from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 per heart on the next fifteen hearts. For example: Write the words “Love is patient” on one heart, and “love is kind” on the next heart. (see pictures below)

On the final heart, write the date and the names and ages of the children who will help to make this book. This heart will be used as the back cover of the Scripture Picture Book.

3.Read

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 from the Bible with your children.

4. Discuss

Share with your children that you are going to make a Love Is Scripture Picture Book together!

Give one child the first heart. Have all of your children listen while you talk with the child who has the heart. You may like to encourage your other children to offer answers after the designated child has had a chance to answer.

Ask your child:
1. What does your heart say?
2. What do the words mean?
3. What picture could you draw to tell what these words mean?

Give another child the next heart and repeat the above questions and discussion.

Continue to do this until each child has a heart.

5. Draw

Provide crayons, markers and/or colored pencils after you have discussed the meaning of the words on each heart that has been given to your children.

Have your children draw and color a picture that illustrates what the words on their paper heart says.

You may want to have each child draw one heart picture a day, or you can distribute other hearts on the same day when a child is ready to discuss and draw another picture.

Encourage thought and careful work. Let them know that they are creating pages of a Scripture Picture Book that will be enjoyed and read many times.

6. Collate

Collate all the completed hearts in verse order. Include the front and back cover. Punch a hole in the top left hand corner of each heart and add a binder ring or ribbon or string to hold the pages together.

7. Enjoy

Enjoy reading the Love Is Scripture Picture Book together.

On the first reading, take time to let each child share about their drawings before going to the next page.

Consider reading the Love Is Scripture Picture Book during each February Bible Time. You may like to encourage different children to read the book out loud to everyone during each Bible Time.

Idea!

At the end of February, store this Scripture Picture Book with your Valentine’s decorations and it will be ready to enjoy again next year.

Or store it with other Scripture Picture Books you have made with your children and enjoy reading the book all year long!!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“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

Love Is…

Love Is…

February is a great month to help your children understand God’s definition of love found in 1 Corinthians 13. This activity is great for elementary school children or the whole family!

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