Friday, July 26, 2013

Lesson 4. Worry, The Work Of The Flesh

Fast crafts that little hands can do without much assistance. Those are the best kind when you are pushed for time.

We are making a photo frame that they can leave as is or take home and insert a photo. This way you don’t have to rely on them remembering to bring a photo.

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I love crafts that I don’t have to go out and buy things to make them. I am never organized enough to allow time for that. For this craft you will need aluminum foil, craft sticks, card (I used cereal boxes), glue and something to decorate it with.

Fold the foil around the card with shiny side up. Stick down craft sticks along one side and glue sticks across the top but be sure to only glue the ends. When glue has dried a little you can decorate.  

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Before attaching the verse be sure that opening is to the side so that picture will not fall through the bottom.

If foil is good quality the children can use it like a mirror. Or they could put a picture of themselves in it.

We have been covering the fruits of the Spirit. The last couple of weeks it has been Peace. Just as the spirit can bear fruits in ones life so can the flesh! The opposing work of the flesh is WORRY.

We have chatted at length about how to maintain a spirit of peace during difficult times. Today we will look specifically at worry and how this robs us of peace and finally re-iterating how to maintain a life of peace.

What sort of things do we worry about?

Children will have different concerns to adults.

Worrying comes from concerns about our wellbeing. We need to have a sense that everything is ok. We have a need to control things so that it will be ok. God works in a different way. He has control of our lives and He uses all things for our good whether we enjoy them or not. Our sense of wellbeing can come from trusting God and letting go.

Can we change anything when we worry?  We concentrate on concerns that might not come true and then the worry is worse than what we fear. Emotionally we feel as though it has already happened. This is not walking in the spirit and it will prevent us from making good decisions. 

It is natural to have concerns and the scripture tells us what we can do with them.

Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.1 Peter 5:7

Peter was a fisherman and the analogy of CASTING your cares upon Jesus like throwing a fishing net is so vivid.

Casting our cares means we pray about it, trust God, and let go!

However, that letting go bit can be difficult. It begins in our mind and will then it becomes part of our life.

If we are not to concern ourselves with our own wellbeing what are we to concern ourselves with?

This passage instructs us to have His kingdom as our main concern and He will take care of us!

Mathew 6

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

We can’t have Gods concern as 1st in our lives if we are concerned about our own wellbeing! God says to put Him first. This is walking in the Spirit! Fruit + peace.

And we can cast our cares on Him because He cares for us.

 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Peace Week 3

This weeks craft comes from Crafts By Amanda. Very simple and the kids will love it. We will write our Memory verse around it.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We can have peace with God because of what Christ did at the cross and we are no longer enemies with God.

True peace is not positive thinking. It’s the assurance within that, no matter what the circumstance, we are going to be ok because we are putting faith in someone we trust and depend upon.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Furthermore we can have peace in difficult circumstances because we have a loving heavenly farther who will not forsake us. Its having that relationship with God, through faith in Jesus, that enables us to have access through prayer. When we pray God listens and we know He answers in a way that is best for us. This is real peace.

Teach the children that our peace is a gift as a result of what Christ did for us. As we have learned previously, treasuring that peace is a responsibility.

Teach them that they have immediate access to God no matter what. We talked about being in difficult situations and how we can send ‘arrow’ prayers. Prayers that seek the help and wisdom of the Holy spirit in a given situation.

Teach them that we can trust God for the outcome and can leave the burden and worry with Him. 

We had a crisis that had arisen on the evening of Club. Two of the children shared how a family pet had been hurt and seemed quite critical. We prayed for the animal and asked God to take care of it. I called the next day and it had made a recovery. How precious it is that they know God cares and that they could leave their worries with Him. Does God always answer in the way we want Him to. NO and that’s because He is God and He knows best. We will examine that this evening. Peace and rest!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

We Took The Road Called Back of The Dragon

When dealing with medical insurance in the USA you have to go with a medical provider that accepts your insurance policy. Unfortunately in SW Virginia most local medical providers do not accept our brand of insurance so for specialized treatment we have to travel. For my yearly well women’s check up I had to travel an hour and 20 minutes over the mountain. Jim very gallantly drove me and I am thankful he did. We took the road called Back of the Dragon through Hungry Mother Park. Those roads twist and curve like no other I have seen!
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

What A Lady Indeed

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I thought I would miss the seasonal flowers in The UK. They announce each season with their beautiful blooms. And if I am honest, I do miss the late winter Crocus and Snowdrop, and the early Spring bluebell! I have been amazed by the parade of flowers in Virginia though. It’s like they pass the baton in a glorious marathon of bloom. This beauty is called Naked Lady because it is all flower and no leaf. What a Lady in deed.

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Surrounded by trees I am always concerned about falling limbs and not without good cause. This aged cherry fell across the back of the green lane. Thankfully no one was around to get hurt.

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This is a welcomed sight. One of my fave soft fruits. Great in apple and blackberry crumble.

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This is our vegie garden. Lot’s going on here!

Friday, July 12, 2013

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Peace week 2

I always think I am going to have loads of time in the Summer because we are off school but actually it feels like I have less. I think it is because we are not trapped indoors by bad weather and there is lots to get involved with.

I haven’t posted since July 4th which was 8 days ago and even longer since I posted on my other blog. This definitely is NOT the norm for me. Last week was a whirl wind of hospital visits and sick beds. I am glad it has gone by. My Mother-In-Law was finally ready for the ER after 5 days of being in her bed and she was very ill with Pneumonia. It was touch and go all week but God blessed and she was able to come home. I had too hospital check ups last week and they were far too far away! Then I got sick when my body could take no more and that was the end of the week. Good riddance I say!

Anyway here is this weeks prep for Children's club.  I will start out with the fab craft we did last time. Corner bookmarks. If you click on the link below it will take you to the video tutorial at The Hybridchick.

Here’s mine-

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They were super easy to make and we included a verse of scripture on the back. The kids loved them.

Peace Week 2

Peace is not being worried or afraid when bad things are happening.

Nice short week this week as we will read the first part of the Peace story by Mr. Kidz (part of the RU program) Simply, a real life story that relates to a Bible passage to get the kids thinking.  You could use a story from your life about when something bad was happening and how you chose to trust God. A few biblical examples are Peter walking on the water, or David standing up to Goliath.

The verse to go with this lesson is John 16:33 These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace, In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

I make a sheet that misses important words (subject, verb etc.) and, as we guess what they are and add the correct words in, it helps them process the verse.

That’s it for this week. I will post another craft next time. Have a safe and healthy week. God Bless.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Coupon Results

And results there are!  I totally jumped in with both feet, which is what she advises against, but I needed to reduce our spending fast. I spent at least 7 hours learning the system and combing this weeks deals. My weekly shop took at least four hours today as opposed to the average two hour shop. BUT I saved a whopping $130 on the purchases I bought. However, ‘you have to spend to save’, is true as I spent at least as much as I normally do but I came home with twice as much and a few stock pile items. So, that $130 saving reflected on the end of my receipts will actually be a much bigger saving in the coming weeks as my purchases become fewer.

Southern Savers, (see last post) has a great system and I needed to watch her very lengthy video to actually get to grasps with it. Basically you stockpile the weekly coupon inserts from the local newspaper to be pulled out and used when prices are at there lowest. Prices follow a six week cycle of high to low selling price. Southern Savers does everything for you. She will take the weekly sales inserts and after finding the lowest buy now prices she will match it to the coupon and tell you where to locate it. I followed this system this week and added a few of my own regular items and amazingly enough my trolley was very balanced.

So onward and upwards. I will continue and I will give you an update in about a months time. Good hunting! DSC_0047

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