Saturday, April 19, 2014

Taste and SEE!


So not only have my children and I walked through Holy Week, but also through our Wed evening Bible Study.

I help teach the 5-7 yr old class at our Fellowship and we have journeyed together through Jesus' final days here on earth over the past two Wednesday's.

I love to use a "Taste and see that the Lord is good"  (psalm 34:8) approach to teaching, meaning the more senses + hands on the better!! 

So we traveled a bit as disciples with Jesus around the church.  We washed feet, walked into Jerusalem on a stuffed donkey + waved palms,  celebrated the last supper together, prayed in the garden of Gethsemane + fell asleep.  Through His word witnessed the arrest of Jesus, how they mocked him with a crown of thorns + drove nails into His hands.   How He took the full punishment of our sin + died in our place on the cross

...and how that wasn't the end of the story.  xoxo

One of the activities we did to help show the burial and resurrection of Christ was to make Resurrection Rolls.  

Resurrection Rolls

Ingredients:

• 2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
• 8 large marshmallows
• Melted butter
• Cinnamon
• Sugar

Directions:

1. Give each child two triangle shaped section of crescent roll. Press one seam together to             make a rectangle.  This represents the tomb.

2. Each child take a fork and pierce one marshmallow which represents the body of Christ.  His body was pierced for our transgressions. 
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
3. Dip the marshmallow in the butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture. This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.

4. Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow. Placing the body of Jesus in the tomb.

5. Make sure all seams are pinched together well.  Seal the tomb

6. Place in a sprayed muffin tins and bake according to package directions.  Place a piece of       tin foil or cookie sheet under your muffin tin.  --The marshmallow get's crazy and bubble over!

7. Wait "three days" and remove from oven.  We jumped and shook around from the                 earthquake and pretended we saw the Angel of the Lord!  

8. Make sure they cool and break open the tomb and the body of Christ is no longer               there!!

9. Celebrate God's love!


"He is not here; He has risen!" --Happy Easter!!
                                                                                        luke 24:6

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Following Jesus through Holy Week


As we walk through Holy week, around the breakfast table the children and I are following the journey of Jesus.  Below is a couple of guidelines I found online to help with chronological order.

May God breath fresh on His word as we draw close to Him in celebration!

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Friday/Saturday                                                   Matthew        Mark              Luke             John

Jesus arrives in Bethany                                                                                                            12:1
Mary anoints Jesus                                                                                                                   12:2-8
Crowd comes to see Jesus                                                                                                       12:9-11

Sunday

Triumphal entry into Jerusalem                               21:1-11          11:1-10        19:28-44          12:12-18
Some Greeks seek Jesus                                                                                                          12:20-36
Jesus weeps over Jerusalem                                                                                 19:14
Enters Temple                                                                                11:11
Returns to Bethany                                                  21:17             11:11

Monday

Jesus curses the fig tree                                           21:18-19         11:12-14
Clears the temple                                                     21:12-13         11:15-17      19:45-46
Returns to Bethany with the twelve                                                11:19

Tuesday

Disciples see the withered fig tree on the              21:20-22        11:20-21
    --return to Jerusalem
Temple controversies in Jerusalem                      1:23--23:39    11:27--12:44    20:1--21:4
Olivet Discourse on the return to Bethany          24:1-25:46      13:1-37             21:5-36

Wednesday

Jesus continues daily teaching in the temple                                                        21:37-38
Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus                                26:3-5              14:1-2              22:1-2

Wednesday/Thursday

Preparations for the Passover                              26:17-19          14:12-16           22:7-13

Thursday

Passover meal/Last Super                                   26:20-35           14:17-26          22:14-30
Upper Room Discourse                                                                                                           13:1-17:26
Jesus prays in Gethsemane                                 26:36-46           14:32-42         22:39-46                                        
Friday

Betrayal and arrest (after midnight?)                  26:47-56           14:43-52         22:47-53         18:2-12
Jewish trial:
     -before Annas                                                                                                                      18:13-24
     -before Caiaphas and part of the Sanhedrin   26:57-75           14:53-72         22:54-65        18:19-24
     -before full Sanhedrin (after sunrise?)            27:1-2               15:1                 22:66-71   
Roman trials:
     -before Pilate                                                  27:2-14             15:2-5             23:1-5
     -before Herod                                                                                                  23:13-25
     -before Pilate                                                  27:15-26           15:6-15           23:13-25   18:28-19:16
Crucifixion (approx. 9am to 3pm)                      27:27-54           15:16-39         23:26-49      19:16-37
Burial (evening)                                                  27:57-61           15:42-47         23:50-54     19:38-42

Sunday

Empty-tomb witnesses                                       28:1-8                16:1-8             24:1-12
Resurrection appearances                                  28:9-20               16:9-20           24:13-53   20:1-21:25

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Too Cute Tuesday!!




Miss Mackenzie and her Easter photo!


We want to see your Easter photos!!!!  
Please email them to babybeblessed@gmail.com or tag them to our facebook page!  

Oh my, the cuteness!!!!
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Perspective


This morning I sit here sipping on my steaming cup of coffee (swirled with a topping of whipped cream).  The rain is pecking at the window, skies are gray.  Mickey Mouse Club House is floating in from the living room along with a few random giggles.

This week has nipped hard at my heels!

Yep, it started right off on Sunday when I misunderstood the date of my nephews 3rd Birthday party.

I was in charge of the cake.

Party was at two.  I call at two thirty, "WHEN is his party?? Next week?"

"Right now."  #auntoftheyear #fail #quickmarketrun

Three little candles sticking out of a pre-made cookie was pretty pathetic.

Good news?  His is Birthday wasn't actually until Tuesday.  His cake was made. He was happy + we were able to celebrate for a second time!

Life is what you make of it + I choose joy!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Too Cute Tuesday!




A very {TOO CUTE} Happy 3rd Birthday shout out to my nephew Dade!
Love ya Buddy!
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Okay...so this is personal.

This is my sister Michelle.  She is four years younger than me.  I don't have a single childhood memory without her in it.  We are close and I love her with everything in me!

She has helped quite a bit over the past years with Baby be Blessed.  Mostly she has cut, sewn and stuffed lots of those arms and legs you have on those babies of yours!

On March 9, 2014 she lost her husband Rick in a tragic accident.  He was 36 years old.  Together they have six children.

As you can imagine things have been hard.

I don't even have the words to put here to share how something like this feels, it's awful!  To see someone you love so much, hurt...and there is nothing that can make it better.  It's heartbreaking.  I praise God that we have Hope through Jesus Christ!! All I could think of is that God WILL USE THIS FOR GOOD....He promises!  We don't understand.  We don't feel that it is fair, but we TRUST in the One who allows us to take another breath and then the next...and that is how Michelle is working through this whole thing, one hard step at a time....

Please pray over my sister and these sweet children who mourn the loss of a husband and father.

Rick did not have life insurance and we have set up a fundraiser (link in the left sidebar) to help pay for funeral expenses.  I hesitated to share...I've never asked you to give to something so personal before, and please don't feel obligated.  I just felt the Lord say that it was okay to share here with you, so thank you for listening!

Above all else, please pray.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Yay Free Friday!!


Everyone LOVES a Yay Free Friday Giveaway...and what better to add to those Easter Baskets than a couple of scripture crowns!!

Feel free to enter below, share with your friends + come back Monday to see if you WON!!

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