The 10 Bible Stories You Cant Forget

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Bible stories are so much more than stories, aren’t they? The Bible provides genealogies of families living years upon years ago. We can read poems and songs translated through languages we’ve never heard spoken. We can read descriptions of lands we may have never seen and imagine the architecture of another era.

Whether we first heard a particular Bible story in a beginner Sunday School class or read the Bible story for the first time as a young adult, there are certain Bible stories you can’t forget. Maybe the sheer magnitude of the miracle God performed or the crazy circumstances surrounding the situation captured our attention and impressed our memory. Let’s see if you agree with this list of 10 Bible stories you can’t forget! In no particular order, here we go:

1. Adam & Eve

The first people created and their decisions led the path of the human race. We’re infatuated by their choices and enamored by their privileges and responsibilities. And yet, conversation about what exact type of fruit grew on the tree of knowledge of good and evil still raises questions. At least I always wonder. I have serious leanings to the cacao bean.

2. Moses and the Red Sea Miracle

Perhaps the 1956 movie edition of this miracle,  The Ten Commandments, has influenced current culture and our memories of this particular Bible story. Even so, the Red Sea miracle is still one of my favorite Bible stories to imagine exactly how it all went down. God stacking water to make walls? Yes- definitely unforgettable.

3. Noah’s Ark

Two by two, we remember the pairs of animals as they made their way to the ark. Mr. and Mrs. Zebra, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Giraffe. Can you imagine the neckaches they had? I’m guessing Noah built their compartment to suit. Either way, can you imagine how crazy it was inside that ark for 40 days and nights?

4. David & Goliath

This colossal story feeds the soul of every person in the world as we root for the underdog. Sometimes I have to wonder if we get so excited about the underdog that we forget God is the one who guided David each step of his journey, including the stone to the only unprotected area of Goliath’s body- his head. Got to love this story though. I wish I could have seen just how big Goliath was and I wonder how much criticism David encountered as he took steps of obedience in this endeavor.

5. Daniel in the Lion’s Den

To think that  a hungry pack of lions was somehow caged without the aid of tranquilizers is mind-blowing enough, but when I read in Daniel 6:22:

My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.

God certainly controls his creation. I have to think that Daniel could see the angel who came down to lock the lions’ lips. I wonder if he winked at Daniel once the lions had their pearly whites hidden. I want to have a nice long chat with Daniel in heaven some day.

6. Jonah and the Whale

We picture the whale. We picture the crazy boat ride that beat any current roller coaster. And then there’s Jonah. This rebel who was chased down by God. Proof that God loves us and yes, he chases after us.

7. The Birth of Christ

When an unexpected heavenly concert ripped into the night sky, shepherds stared up in astonishment of the angels’ announcement. Glory to God in the Highest. A baby has come to become king and save the world.

8. The Feeding of the Five Thousand

A sweet mama looked out for her boy just before he began an early morning adventure. “If you’re going to travel the countryside today, then you are going to need a lunch.” “Thanks, Mom!” and off he went. She leaned against the doorpost and watched him take steps towards a session with the Master Storyteller, not knowing the lesson focus would turn from stories and words to math and miraculous multiplication solutions. Oh to be a fly in the field that day!

9. The Prodigal Son

We imagine the luxuries this rebellious son enjoyed. For a season. Then most of us crawl down in the pig pen with him when he realizes that even the pigs are eating better than he is. The thought that his father might have a job for him turns his feet towards the opportunity and then the very best part of the story takes place when the father rushes out- because he’s been watching the road for a glimpse of his boy returning home.

10. The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ

Without the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we would only have Bible stories- not the God-breathed Word we call the Bible. Not only do we remember this particular story, through this story, we have the meaning of HIStory. And as Christians,  we celebrate salvation and eternal life, as well as purposeful memorial services of the resurrection through taking communion. The only man who was God and yet man at the same time. Thank you, Jesus, for dying for us.

So those are the 10 Bible stories you can’t forget. At least they are mine.

I’d love to know yours! But before you leave your comment, I have to tell you about this beautiful new resource for children called “God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook.” I want my kids to know Bible stories and begin to know God’s love for them as early as possible. This beautiful book contains illustrations designed for ages 4-8 that you simply must see. So take a peek!

Aren’t they just so bright and bold? These stories are told in actual Bible text from the International Children’s Bible translation and I know your kids will love them- because mine do! This book of Bible stories has extra features to help you teach children more about God’s word through prayer, memory verses, and activities. You can check out more about this awesome resource here.

I’m so excited to be giving away a copy of the God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook. Just follow the Rafflecopter and have a fabulous Friday!

Rachel

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20 Things to Say to Encourage A Sibling

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Ahhh, there’s nothing like the sweet life of summer. Quiet afternoons, sipping lemonade with my feet propped up…

Not exactly. But one can dream a bit, right?

Seriously though, I am enjoying summer and it’s flying by. I love summer so much that I’m digging my feet into the ground in effort to make it slow down a bit. However, there is one thing that has wearied me this summer. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

SIBLING RIVALRY!

Sorry, was that a shout?!

I had to yell so you could hear me over the “Mo-om, he’s doing it again.” “She started it.” Ahem.

Perhaps I exaggerate. Just a tad. But wow, do we ever need to work on words that are flying from one sibling to another! For our family’s house rules, the first one is “Be kind.” So I frequently say to my children, “If you will follow the first rule, then you won’t have to even think of most of the others.”

Today I’m sharing the list of phrases that would be great for brothers and sisters to share with one another. If you’re like us and need a sibling rivalry break, then feel free to use this list of 20 things to say to encourage your sibling.

“But this will only give them something more to argue over.”

Perhaps we’ll make it a competition. Maybe the reward is surprise treats from Mom when she overhears SINCERE praise from one sibling to another. Just an idea. Would love to hear yours!

1. Thanks for helping me.

2. You can do it.

3. Good job!

4. Way to go!

5. That was cool.

6. I’m glad I got to see you accomplish that.

7.  Let’s try again.

8. I’m sorry.

9. No problem.

10. It’s okay.

11. Yes, you did it! I knew you could.

12. May I help you?

13. Wow- that was creative!

14. I’d love to.

15. You did awesome!

16. Sure, let’s go.

17. I appreciate what you did.

18.Want to play _________ together?

19. Let’s do it!

20. I’m thankful for you.

Having encouraging words to use IN PLACE of the words so often used between siblings can be transforming if we take the time to work on it. So I’m off to do that. And a few dozen other things.

HUGE thanks to our reader, Faith, for the awesome suggestion of this list!!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Rachel

Helping Adopted Children Understand They Are Loved (and book giveaway!)

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Some of you may remember that my sister-in-law and brother-in-law adopted a little guy from China back in the winter. As extended family, my husband, myself and our family began loving on Toby as soon as we met him. Through our smiles and hugs, he could feel the love of his parents and siblings, as well as his extended family, which includes our immediate family.  Toby has an extra physical need because he is deaf. Long before he needed a family, God prepared my sister-in-law, MaryBeth, to be his mama. MaryBeth grew up with a deaf brother and learned sign language fluently; both of these life circumstances were part of God’s future plan for Toby. Teaching Toby how to communicate was at the top of the priority list when he was adopted, but helping him begin to understand that he is loved has been even more important than that.

I’ve not adopted a child, but through being a small part of Toby’s life over the last six months, I’ve seen the strong need for helping adopted children understand they are loved. MaryBeth and David, Toby’s parents, made the decision to love Toby. Oh, they fell in love with Toby, no doubt, but Toby didn’t come into their family by natural methods. They decided to love Toby.

A big part of showing Toby that he is loved is helping him understand that there are differences in each of us. Toby chose signs for the names of each person in our family. The signs sometimes symbolize a strong physical characteristic of that particular person. For example, my daughter, Tarah, has very long hair. Toby’s sign for her includes a long sweep of his hand to mimic her long hair. Toby understanding the differences between each of us was a part of assigning sign names for us.

Toby is still very young; he’s just 4 years old. He has three older siblings, my nieces and nephews, who are crazy about him. But as he grows older, he may question the love of his parents for their natural children versus their love for him. I don’t know- maybe he will grow so confidently and securely in their love that he will never question that.

Either way, I do believe that it is important for all children to know that each of us are unique and that no matter the color of eyes or hair or skin, God loves each of us. As parents, we love our children, no matter their differences.

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Donna Keith is a writer who wants all her grandchildren to know just how much how they are loved and cared for. Her sweet book for children, I Love You All the Same, is a tremendous resource to help children understand that no matter their differences, they are loved. No matter the means of becoming their parents, whether natural labor or the labor of adoption, children need to know that they are loved.

I’m so privileged to be giving away a copy of this fabulous book today! This book would be great for the church preschool classes or to give as a gift to families newly adopting. Check out this fabulous book here: I Love You All the Same

Follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway and I’ll see you tomorrow with the next part of the series, Lessons in Hope.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Rachel

PS: Check out this awesome video of Toby signing the National Anthem this past weekend!

 

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