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Intentional April – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to April Showers and Easter, Week 4

 

Connecting April Showers to the Bible

In April, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the scripture, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

See Week 3 here.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 4

This week, we’re going to make a paper plate craft of a rainbow, which can come after a storm. Something simple like the one from the Glued to My Crafts Blog, involving favorite activities gluing, cutting, stapling, and rifling in mommy’s bathroom.

You can see the one we made below – we wanted to remember other promises God has made to us, so I helped my daughter think of some from Scripture to add to the rainbow rays.

Connecting April Showers to the Bible

The scripture focus this week, along the “April Showers” theme, is:

 I will place my rainbow in the clouds, and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:13, NET)

The rainbow is a symbol of the promise God made to never destroy the earth with a flood again. The Noah story is a good reminder that our sin does require a punishment; God is just and holy. But, God’s mercy is overflowing like the flood! He provides His very self to cover our punishment for sin! Just as Noah’s family was saved through the ark, we are saved through Jesus’s sacrifice.

For more info about the Noahic covenant, check out this article.

How Do We Experience God’s Promises?

Floored. That’s how I feel.

I shouldn’t, because, you know:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV)

Do you ever feel like you’ve heard all of the Bible quotes? Or you’ve heard every sermon/translation/interpretation? Do you ever feel like your walk with God is stale?

READ THE BIBLE.

I swear I’m no scholar or power reader, but he knocks me on my socks when I open His word!!! (Thank you Lord!)

Yesterday, I read this, and it blew me away:

For the son of God, Jesus Christ, … was not Yes and No, but in him it was always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. (selections from 2 Corinthians 1:19-20, ESV)

I have read through the entire Bible once before, but I don’t remember reading this! I’ve been a Jesus follower for a long time, and I’ve been going to Bible-focused church for over 13 years.

If you don’t know how to daily experience God’s promises, you only need to look to Jesus. He is the fulfillment of them all. Every part of the Bible, even the Old Testament points to Him – they’re not distinct!

I’m sorry for all of the exclamation points, I just feel like yelling! Haha.

What passage has hit you like a ton of bricks lately? Is there a promise from God you don’t feel like you’ve experienced?

Today’s Trouble

I have been dying to try these delicious-looking homemade cinnamon rolls. The hubby and I are digging in our heels and really trying to stick to the grocery budget this month. With $47 left for the next 12 days, I thought making these would be a nice, ingredient-on-hand treat for our Saturday morning. I warmed up the cup of milk and threw in the yeast. When I reached into the fridge and saw that I didn’t have enough eggs, blood flushed to my cheeks, and I started to feel sick. Why, you ask? Wouldn’t it be easy to run to the grocery and pick up a $.99 carton of eggs? It would be, but I chose not to. Among the various reasons was the fact that free-range eggs are more like $3.50, but I also have this sick addiction to beating myself up. I calmly stirred the yeast into the milk, knowing I was about to pour 1 cup of paid-for milk down the drain. The lies in my mind began: Idiot! Why didn’t you check the ingredients better? You should have prepped these last night anyway. If only we (or THE HUSBAND) made more money, I would just toss this and try again another time – without a care in the world! How are we going to make it on a ridiculous $47!?

I poured the milk into the sink and left my husband and son playing in the livingroom. I quietly, like the good martyr I am, took a shower and got dressed. While I was in the shower, I was reminded of the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. I prayed that God would remind me of his promise to care for us, and that I, for once, would actually trust him. Once I had a chance to read these verses again, I saw a connection I never noticed before. In verse 25, Jesus tells us

Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? (NETBible)

Like a good Christian, I thought, Of course, we should want to glorify God in all we do, but Jesus spells it out for us plainly. The “more to life” is in verse 33:

(32) your heavenly Father knows that you need them. (33) But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NETBible)

Newsflash to Stephanie: God knows what you need! And He WILL provide them for you! Not only that, though. Here’s the biggie: If I am spending my time worrying about even the basics of my life, I am missing out on the pursuit of his kingdom and his righteousness – which is what I REALLY need.

For the unconverted pursue these things (NETBible, verse 32)

My Provider, as I sit here making this temporal grocery list and clipping little coupons, You know exactly what I need and how you will provide it. Help me to not get caught up worrying about these insignificant things, or, again, feeling sorry for myself. Instead, show me what it means to really pursue your kingdom and your righteousness. Lead me by Your Spirit.