After writing my summer activity list, a women from my church gave me information after I eplained to her that I had a strong desire to work or volunteer. Currently after moving from SC to CA Im not working which is ok because God has me right here for a reason and God's plan is ALWAYS better than our plan.
She gave me this magazine from focus on the family called: Thriving family. In the magazine it gave interesting activities you can do with your children that can help you explain how to make scriptures in the bible real to them. This magazine helps in seeing every day as an opportunity to guide your kids in their faith and connect in meaningful ways. You can sign up and download the activity here!
This quote here I found on face book which reminded me of what I am doing as a parent.
Proverbs 22:6 (amp)
"Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it."
Fill a bucket with water, and churn with one hand. Take turns dipping hands into the resulting whirlpool, noting how it’s easier to move “with the flow” than to go the other way. Explain that it’s often easier to follow others, but obeying God sometimes means we must go against the flow
Romans 12:2 (amp)
"Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]."
I LOVE! this scripture this is one of my many favorite scriptures. I also LOVE using the amplified version of the bible too because it makes it real for me! Examples such as this can help me in making God's word real for my children.
Here is another example:
In the warmth of the afternoon sun, have fun washing the car—and soaking each other—with the garden hose. As you enjoy the work, discuss how great it feels to take care of the things God has given you
Matthew 25:14-29 (amp)
"14 For it is like a man who was about to take a long journey, and he called his servants together and entrusted them with his property.
15 To one he gave five talents [probably about $5,000], to another two, to another one—to each in proportion to his own personal ability. Then he departed and left the country.
16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he gained five talents more.
17 And likewise he who had received the two talents—he also gained two talents more.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 Now after a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
20 And he who had received the five talents came and brought him five more, saying, Master, you entrusted to me five talents; see, here I have gained five talents more.
21 His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.
22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, Master, you entrusted two talents to me; here I have gained two talents more.
23 His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.
24 He who had received one talent also came forward, saying, Master, I knew you to be a harsh and hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you had not winnowed [the grain].
25 So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is your own.
26 But his master answered him, You wicked and lazy and idle servant! Did you indeed know that I reap where I have not sowed and gather [grain] where I have not winnowed?
27 Then you should have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received what was my own with interest.
28 So take the talent away from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.
29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will be furnished richly so that he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away."
I Like this one because stories like this, my children and I can have discussions. Each day you can make activities this summer meaningful for you and your children, helping their walk with God and as well as yours.
Enjoy and Be Blessed!