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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Week 7 - Psalm 86:11,13

Welcome to Week 7 at Grow Little Seeds!

If you have not already read the post for this week at Sow Little Seeds, we encourage you to head that way first and then look over the information and resources we have provided there.

You may also want to read our Getting Started page and our beginning post from Week 1.

Here are links to printable activities for Week 7:

Word Search Puzzles:
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Level 2
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Level 3

Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Level 3 Answer Key

Word Scramble Pages:
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Level 2
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Level 3
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Level 3 Answer Key

Cut-Out Word Pages:
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 [solid line]
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 [tracing]


More Activities:
Week 7: Psalm 86:11,13 - Maze - Level 1



This week, our memory verse is Psalm 86:11,13:

"Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth;
Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.
For great is Your love toward me..."

This verse has been shortened for those who are memorizing at levels 1 & 2.

During the past weeks we have learned that God made the world and everything in it. We were reminded that He has carefully formed each one of us. We read about His great love for us. We have addressed the issues of sin and forgiveness. We've recognized that we are sinners, but we have been offered hope through the forgiveness God extends to all who are willing to receive it through Jesus Christ.

Because God made us, we are His. We are precious to Him. He loves us. God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, and whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life [John 3:16].

This week's verses direct us to consider what our response to God's love should be. He deserves our undivided hearts. He is worthy of our determined commitment to learn what it is He desires for us to do with the life He has given to us and to honor Him with it. How does He teach us His way? Through His Word, the Bible.

As we continue to study God's Word, we will learn more about who God is, who we are and what God's plan is for us. As we learn His way and choose to follow Him and "walk" in it, we will glorify His name with our lives.

Be thoughtful and look for opportunities this week to water these seeds of God's Word with reminders of His truth throughout the day. Talk with your children. Pray with them and for them.  Feed these seeds with the light of Christ as you reflect His character in your actions and words.

Be sensitive to His Spirit. He may provide opportunities to encourage your children this week as they are faced with decisions to "walk in His truth" or go their own way.  You may be faced with similar choices. Consider how you might use that situation to teach your family.

We may plant and water, but God is the one who gives life - He is the one who makes things grow. Trust Him with the hearts of your children - He knows each one of them and loves them dearly.

We are so glad you have joined us this week and pray that you will be encouraged by the material provided here on Grow Little Seeds and our companion blog, Sow Little Seeds.

In His great love,
Heather

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Week 6 - 1 John 1:8-9

Welcome to Week 6 at Grow Little Seeds!

If you have not already read the post for this week at Sow Little Seeds, we encourage you to head that way first and then look over the information and resources we have provided there.

You may also want to read our Getting Started page and our beginning post from Week 1.

Here are links to printable activities for Week 6:

Word Scramble Pages:
Week 6: 1 John 1:9 - Level 2
Week 6: 1 John 1:9 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 6: 1 John 1:8-9 - Level 3
Week 6: 1 John 1:8-9 - Level 3 Answer Key


Cut-Out Word Pages:
Week 6: 1 John 1:8-9 [solid line]
Week 6: 1 John 1:8-9 [tracing]


More Activities:
Week 6: 1 John 1:9, Picture-coded Message - Level 1

This week, our memory verse is 1 John 1:8-9:


"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us
our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

This verse has been shortened for those who are memorizing at levels 1 & 2.

Water these seeds of God's Word with reminders of His truth throughout the day; look for opportunities to talk with your children about this God who is gracious and forgiving.  Feed these seeds with the light of Christ as you reflect His love and forgiveness in your conversation and interactions with your family. Be patient as you wait for them to sprout up and show some fruit. We may plant and water, but God is the one who gives life - He is the one who makes things grow. Trust Him with the hearts of your children - He knows each one of them and loves them dearly.

We are so glad you have joined us this week and pray that you will be encouraged by the material provided here on Grow Little Seeds and our companion blog, Sow Little Seeds.

In His great love,
Heather

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 5 - Ephesians 2:4-5

Welcome to Week 5 at Grow Little Seeds!

If you have not already read the post for this week at Sow Little Seeds, we encourage you to head that way first and then look over the information and resources we have provided there. [Note: The post for this week does not include additional resources at this time.]

You may also want to read our Getting Started page and our beginning post from Week 1.

Here are links to printable activities for Week 5:

Word Search Puzzles:
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5- Level 2
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 - Level 3

Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 - Level 3 Answer Key


Cut-Out Word Pages:
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 [solid]
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 [tracing]



More Activities:
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5, Picture-coded Message - Level 1


This week, our memory verse is Ephesians 2:4-5:

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved."

This verse has been shortened for those who are memorizing at levels 1 & 2.

In weeks 1 & 2 we learned that God made us.
During the last two weeks [weeks 3 & 4] we learned that God loves us.
Weeks 5 and 6 will be be dedicated to learning that God saves us.

He saves us because He loves us. He made us. We belong to Him and are precious to Him. He does not want anyone to perish, which is why He prepared a way for us to be saved. We are not saved by the good things we do, instead, while we were still sinning, Jesus gave His life in our place to rescue us from the punishment of our own sin. Never has the world seen a greater love than the saving love our God has lavished on us!

As you consider the words in this Bible verse together this week, we encourage you to take time to rejoice in this saving love we have been offered and to thank Him together with your family for this love and this salvation.

When we recognize and appreciate the great cost of our freedom from sin, and the true beauty of that freedom, the enchantment of sin's pleasures begins to loose its lustre. The entanglements that hold us captive, separated from the Savior's arms, begin to look like the useless, fruitless weeds that they are.

Once we recognize the ugliness of our sin and the beauty of His grace, the pain and difficulty of uprooting those thorn-armored weeds is worth the joy of experiencing more of Him. We are not saved by becoming pure...but His salvation purifies us. His love is not contingent on our behavior. His love is a gift. Many will reject His gift of love, but for us who take hold of the life He offers to us, the sweetness of temptation's nectar diminishes and the poison it is to our hearts and lives becomes more apparent.

In the following weeks we will begin to look at how we should respond to God's love and what it is that God wants us to do. Beginning with a firm understanding of who we are in Him [designed, loved and forgiven], we will continue to explore these truths and practical applications of them as we learn how to respond to His love and share it with others.

Water these seeds with reminders of His truth throughout the day; look for opportunities to talk with them about this God who loves us.  Feed these seeds with the light of Christ as you reflect His love and forgiveness in your conversation and interactions with your family. And be patient as you wait for them to sprout up and show some fruit. We may plant and water, but God is the one who gives life - He is the one who makes things grow. Trust Him with the hearts of your children - He knows each one of them and loves them dearly.

We are so glad you have joined us this week and pray that you will be encouraged by the material provided here on Grow Little Seeds and our companion blog, Sow Little Seeds.

In His great love,
Heather
Sow Little Seeds Contributor

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Week 4 - Psalm 103:11-12

Welcome to Week 4 at Grow Little Seeds!

If you have not already read the post for this week at Sow Little Seeds, we encourage you to head that way first and then look over the information and resources we have provided there.

You may also want to read our Getting Started page and our beginning post from Week 1.

Here are links to printable activities for Week 4:

Word Search Puzzles:
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 2
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 3
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 3 Answer Key

Word Scramble Activity Pages:
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 2
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 3
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 3 Answer Key

Cut-Out Word Pages:
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 [solid]
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 [tracing]

More Activities:
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Picture-coded Message - Level 1


This week our memory verse is :


“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
– Psalm 103:11-12

This verse has been shortened for those who are memorizing at levels 1 & 2.

This is our second week of studying and memorizing verses from Psalm 103. This chapter gives us a glimpse into the character of God; we see His strength and His gentle care; His great love and His compassion.
Our central thought this weeks is still: God loves me.

When we studied Acts 17:24-25 and again as we learned Psalm 139:13-14,16, our emphasis has been that God made us. We have looked at God as our creator, as the designer of the earth and heavens and as the maker of each one of us. We've explored a bit of His creativity and wisdom.

As we studies Psalm 139, we talked about how God views us - that He knows us, that He cares about us and has a purpose for us. As we read Psalm 103 and continue to consider who God is, His character and how we should respond to Him, our focus will be on how God views us and how God treats us.

This week our post is short. We hope you will take some extra time to review the verses we've suggested in our Additional Resources section of our Notes to Parents in this week's post. Prayerfully consider how God is leading you to talk with your family about God's great love for each of them and how you can be an example to your household and others around you of His love and His forgiveness.

Remember that in many ways, you as the parent, are the example to your child of who God is and what He is like. The way you deal with issues of sin and forgiveness within your own family will certainly impact everyone within your home. Consider how you can reflect God's character this week.

We encourage you to read through the discussion questions and pray that God will lead you as you begin talking with your family about these verses. Pray for the hearts of your children. As you plant the seeds of God's Word, the Bible, into their minds, continue to nourish that seed.

Water these seeds with reminders of His truth throughout the day; look for opportunities to talk with them about this God who loves us.  Feed these seeds with the light of Christ as you reflect His love and forgiveness in your conversation and interactions with your family. And be patient as you wait for them to sprout up and show some fruit. We may plant and water, but God is the one who gives life - He is the one who makes things grow. Trust Him with the hearts of your children - He knows each one of them and loves them dearly.

We are so glad you have joined us this week and pray that you will be encouraged by the material provided here on Grow Little Seeds and our companion blog, Sow Little Seeds.

In His great love,
Heather
Sow Little Seeds Contributor

Monday, July 25, 2011

Week 3 - The Lord is Full of Love!

The heart shape is a symbol of love...

As you create these fun crafts with your kids, remind them of God's love. His love is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger...abounding! His love is forgiving and merciful.

You may also want to read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 to learn more about love.

The Lord is full of love! [Psalm 103:8]

Julie's heart clips
Sew felt heart hair clips with a simple tutorial from Julie's Blog.

Jill Dubien shares tutorials for a thumbprint heart necklace and thumbprint heart ring. These are great! Remind your child of Psalm 139:13-14...that God made them! Each individual is unique and has a unique thumbprint. Then remind your child of God's great love for him or her.

Jill's thumb print rings
In Matthew 6, Jesus reminds us that we are precious to God and that He will take care of us. He points out that God provides food for the birds...and we are more precious to Him than those little birds. Of course, He will take care of us! [Matthew 6:26] 

bird seed ornament


You can talk about these verses with your children as you make heart-shaped bird seed ornaments and feed the birds near your home. Intimate Weddings provides a simple tutorial.

image source: bhg.com
Or craft a lollipop flower with heart shaped paper, and remind your kids that God clothes the flowers of the field...and will lovingly provide for each of them too! [Matthew 6:28-34] Then have a lollipop party - or deliver a lollipop bouquet to someone else who may need a reminder of God's love. Hostess Jo shares the how-to.

paper heart mobile
Paper Crafts shares an idea for creating a heart mobile out of strips of paper.

You could also make stained glass hearts with crayon shavings and Little Birdie Secrets' instructions.

Talk with your children about sin and God's plan of salvation.

Let these craft projects be a reminder to your family throughout the week of God's great love for each of us!


Many craft ideas were found via One Pretty Thing.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Week 3 - Psalm 103:8-10

Welcome to Week 3 at Grow Little Seeds!

If you have not already read the post for this week at Sow Little Seeds, we encourage you to head that way first and then look over the information and resources we have provided there.

You may also want to read our Getting Started page and our beginning post from Week 1.

Here are links to printable activities for Week 3:

Word Search Puzzles:
Week 3: Psalm 103:8 - Level 2
Week 3: Psalm 103:8 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 3: Psalm 103:8-10 - Level 3

Week 3: Psalm 103:8-10 - Level 3 Answer Key

Word Scramble Activity Pages:
Week 3: Psalm 103:8 - Level 2
Week 3: Psalm 103:8 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 3: Psalm 103:8-10 - Level 3
Week 3: Psalm 103:8-10 - Level 3 Answer Key

Cut-Out Word Pages:
Week 3: Psalm 103:8-10 [solid line]
Week 3: Psalm 103:8-10 [tracing]

More Activities:
Week 3: Psalm 103:8 - Picture-coded Message - Level 1


This week our memory verse is :

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will He harbor His anger forever;
He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities."
Psalm 103:8-10

This verse has been shortened for those who are memorizing at levels 1 & 2.

We will be memorizing verses from Psalm 103 over the next two weeks and will be learning more about God's character, His view of sin and the enormity of His love for those who seek Him.

Our central thought for the next two weeks is: God loves me.

When we studied Acts 17:24-25 and again as we learned Psalm 139:13-14,16, our emphasis has been that God made us. We have looked at God as our creator, as the designer of the earth and heavens and as the maker of each one of us. We've explored a bit of His creativity and wisdom.

Last week we talked about how God views us - that He knows us, that He cares about us and has a purpose for us. As we read Psalm 103 and continue to consider who God is, His character and how we should respond to Him, our focus will be on how God views us and how God treats us.

It may seem strange that this week's post is about sin, since we are trying to emphasise "God loves me." However, in order to begin to truly understand and appreciate the compassion, grace, patience and love that God has for us, we will need to first recognize and acknowledge our sin and catch a glimpse of His holiness. Once we understand our desperate need, His forgiveness comes alive and with it blooms hope and freedom. This is not merely a kind act from a nice God. His forgiveness is the most spectacular expression of the greatest love this world has ever experienced.

Do not be afraid of addressing this issue of sin with your children. They already know that they do wrong. At a very young age children begin to feel and express emotions such as anger and frustration at others when they are treated unfairly and shame and remorse when they do something wrong. Children need to know that they can be forgiven. They need to learn how to forgive others. Even before our children are able to talk, we can witness in them the result of this ugly thing called sin.

I can recall my son at six months of age sitting in the middle of our living room staring at the power supply cord we had told him not to touch, glancing up to see if we were watching - looking back down at the forbidden box. After a time of looking up at us,then back down again, and hearing our calm reminders, "Noooo...don't touch that..." He very deliberately looked up at us, and with a shift in his tiny little expression, he defiantly reached out and grabbed the computer cord. It was obvious to us that he fully understood what we were saying, and he knew he was choosing to disobey us. As first time parents, we were surprised. We had witnessed curiosity, we had seen his inquisitiveness...but this was something more than just exploration...this was defiance...this little tiny, beautiful creature had just defied us!

Like any loving parent, we removed the potentially hazardous cord from our son's determined grip, disciplined him appropriately for his age and then wiped his disappointed tears, held him close and reminded him that we loved him dearly. [Then, we panicked together for a moment or two at the realization that our parenting journey had really, truly begun - and only 6 months into it, our adorable baby was already willing to challenge us...two of us together...more than twice his size!!!]

I believe that this is a reflection of how God loves us. Here we are, in contrast with the God of the universe; small and ignorant. He sees our situation with eyes of care and concern and he cautions us, "Don't touch that." How often we defy His instruction to us. We are convinced we know what is best for us...or we are simply too curious; we want to see for ourselves. And like any loving parent, He disciplines us appropriately, wipes our tears and reminds us of His love.

Remember that in many ways, you as the parent, are the example to your child of who God is and what He is like. The way you deal with issues of sin and forgiveness within your own family will certainly impact everyone within your home. Are you compassionate and gracious? Are you slow to anger or quick to accuse? Do you hold bitterness inside or remind your children over and over of past wrongs or mistakes they have made? Do you forgive each other? Do you insist on giving one another "what you deserve"...or do you balance training and discipline with grace and love? Consider how you can reflect God's character as you memorize Psalm 103:8-10 this week.

We encourage you to read through the discussion questions and pray that God will lead you as you begin talking with your family about these verses. Pray for the hearts of your children. As you plant the seeds of God's Word, the Bible, into their minds, continue to nourish that seed.

Water these seeds with reminders of His truth throughout the day; look for opportunities to talk with them about this God who loves us.  Feed these seeds with the light of Christ as you reflect His love and forgiveness in your conversation and interactions with your family. And be patient as you wait for them to sprout up and show some fruit. We may plant and water, but God is the one who gives life - He is the one who makes things grow. Trust Him with the hearts of your children - He knows each one of them and loves them dearly.

We are so glad you have joined us this week and pray that you will be encouraged by the material provided here on Grow Little Seeds and our companion blog, Sow Little Seeds.

In His great love,
Heather
Sow Little Seeds Contributor

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Week 2 - Hands & Feet

God made your hands and feet like no one else's. 
 Explore the shape, size, and even the prints they make with these fun crafts:


source: FamilyFun.com
Take a trip to the beach (or your sandbox!) and create a Sandy Hand Mosaic with Family Fun.


Celebrations shares a cute way to make Handprint Art for toddlers.



source: Kaboose.com


Every single person has their own unique set of fingerprints. Discover yours with Kaboose'Fingerprint cards.






source: TheCraftingChicks.com



Put your Footprints on a canvas with this adorable idea from The Crafting Chicks. Write this weeks memory verse (Psalm 139:13-14, 16) on your artwork as well!





Create an adorable Peacock made of your handprints with Macaroni Kid.

source: MacaroniKid.com