Saturday, April 21, 2018

Baggage Handler

I was on Facebook this morning and THIS came scrolling by.

I LOVE THIS PICTURE!

Why???? 
Because it's how it should be.
What a great portrayal!

How many of us are walking around with ALL of our baggage,
lugging around so much that we can hardly stand?
Carrying around our problems, our worries, our past, our hurts, our disappointments? 

I'm also usually walking around with all the possible solutions 
that I can figure out to solve all of those things.

But honestly, the weight is just too much.

And the truth is that it was never ours to carry!

Do you know this Mercy Me song???
I LOVE the line that says
"You were never meant to carry this BEYOND the cross"

Psalm 55:22 
Cast all your cares on HIM and HE will sustain you....

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on HIM because HE cares for you.

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest.

Let's give it to HIM today. HE has the strength to carry it.
Let's check our bags (not check them as in keep looking through them)
but turn in all of our luggage and let HIM do what only HE can do.
HE knows every situation, every problem.
And the best part is that HE knows the solution.
HE is the solution!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Is Your List Ready?

Ever get up in the morning with your list ready?
No, I don't mean your grocery list, or your activity list for the day.
I mean your list of complaints,
that list of ALL the things that are "wrong" in your life.

Have you ever woke up in the morning armed and ready with your complaints?
Ready to tell anyone who would listen what you were dissatisfied with?
(As if they wanted to hear your list, or could do anything about your list, arg!)

Well, today was one of those days for me.
I woke up with some things already on my mind,
and was all set to spend the day whining, complaining
(or maybe just being mad).

But God.........
(isn't that usually how the story goes?)

The kids and I sat down to do our devotion at school this morning,
turned to today's lesson and there HE was.......God.

There HE was, knowing what I was thinking and feeling today.
There HE was, knowing exactly what I needed to hear.
A very timely and accurate response to my plans for the day.

A reminder that GOD KNOWS.
A reminder that HE KNOWS what I need,
what I want,
what I'm thinking,
what I'm planning.

A reminder that HE knows better than I do what this day should hold.

Also a reminder that I have a choice. Did you see that part?

DECIDE to be happy!
CHOOSE to look for the blessings HE is sending our way today!

Live TODAY!

Thank you God. I got your message today.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Make HIM Famous

Have you ever seen a celebrity up close?
Or think about concerts or sporting events that you've been to.
What always happens when "they" show up?
People screaming, cheering, doing anything
 just so that person will have an idea of how much they are loved and supported.
Most of us are jumping up and down, 
wearing "their" t-shirts, 
faces painted and doing the warchant
(yes, I'm a Seminole fan). 

Scroll back many years ago, to the city of Jerusalem,
a man came riding into town on a colt.
And what did the crowd do?
They acted like us when we see someone famous.
They yelled and cheered.
Instead of wearing "HIS" t-shirt, 
they took theirs off and laid them on the ground,
along with palm branches.
They were "rolling out the red carpet" for HIM.

Why?
Who was this man and why did he deserve this kind of fame?
The answer is Zechariah.

Approximately 500 years prior, 
the prophet Zechariah prophesied about this event.
Everything pointed to THIS man as being THE ONE they had been waiting for.
Every detail of the prophesy was fulfilled.
Jerusalem was finally welcoming their KING.
So when the people saw HIM coming they began shouting,

"Hosanna!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!"
"Hosanna in the highest!"

HE was famous, HE was their hero,
 and they were doing their part to show their support and love.

So.....what are we doing?
What are we doing to make HIM famous today?
Maybe wearing the t-shirt quietly?
Or are we out in the streets declaring HIM Lord and King?

No, I'm not saying we should just stand on the streets and yell.
I'm just wondering what kinds of things we are doing in HIS Name
that lets the world know that we love and support HIM,
that our hope is in HIM alone
(and that theirs should be too).

I know that many of us are up to something.
I would love to hear your stories.
Wave those palm branches friends!
Keep making HIM famous!

Palm Sunday FREEBIE
(Click on the picture for your copy.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Easter Devotions (and one for FREE)

Have you been using my Devotions Weekly packets?
In case you haven't....
I wanted to do a FREEBIE so you could get a glimpse of what they're like.

I had a group of kids last year who really wanted to know about the Bible,
and the material that I had to teach from just wasn't making the cut.
That's when I started writing these weekly packets.
Many of them were written after the kids and I had worked through the Scripture together.
Some of the points in these plans came from questions they would ask 
or conclusions they made.

The packets are designed to last one week.
They come with 4 or 5 lesson plans and are intended to take 
approximately 15-20 minutes per session 
(depending on the discussion time with your students).

All you need is a Bible and the packet.
Each packet also features a Verse of the Week.
It comes with several activities to help your students learn the verse.

colorful poster to hang in the classroom

coloring sheet
build-the-verse cards

Some packets also contain a word search, 
unscramble the verse and illustrate the verse pages. 

Writing Papers are also included.
They can used in whatever way you choose for your students to convey their learning.
Some ideas are...
summary of learning,
write a prayer,
retell the Bible story,
personal application of the week's truths,
bulletin board displays, etc.

Below is my newest packet: EASTER.
The picture shows everything that is included.
And now the promised FREEBIE!
The following Palm Sunday packet is a smaller version
and only contains 1 lesson plan.
Click on the picture to get your FREE copy.
Below are some of my other Devotions Weekly titles.
Keep checking back,
I have several other titles in the works.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patty (and a FREEBIE)

Here's hoping that you're all enjoying your
St. Patrick's Day today!
My plans include coffee, pjs and couch sitting :)

While I'm sitting around,
I'm updating products in my store.
The one I'm sharing today is a 
FREEBIE!

It's a math activity that helps your students practice addition facts to 10.
It includes a recording sheet and an answer key.
Perfect math station if you're getting ready for Spring.
Click on the picture to get your FREE copy,
and then get back to celebrating!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

FREEBIE for your Little Leprechauns

Looking for something to keep your little Leprechauns 
busy yet productive? 
This FREEBIE would be a good addition to your Word Work station next week.
It's also easy for you...
just print and let them do the work.
Click on the picture to grab your copy.

Happy Word Building :) 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

One of my Favorite Verses for FREE

Starting to plan for Easter?
Easter is my favorite day, so I'm already in Easter mode.

If you've been keeping up with me
then you know that I have been
working hard on updating so many of my old products.

I'm now starting on my verse packets for Easter.
Isaiah 53:5 is one of my absolute favorites :) 
This packet comes with phrase strips to help your students
build and learn the verse,
a coloring sheet, and
a fill-in-the-blank verse sheet.

It's FREE, so click on the picture and get your copy.
Keep following,
I'll be posting as I get things updated.
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