Counting Your Blessings At Christmas & Children’s Book Giveaway

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Typically Thanksgiving is the season we count our blessings, but this sweet new book, A Star for Me, teaches us to continue counting our blessings through the Christmas season. This beautiful large board book (8×10) is accompanied by a sparkling gold star ornament. As you read through the book, you can move the star ornament up the tree until you reach the top. You can read the entire story in one sitting or a few pages at a time through the Advent season.

Oliver, the youngest camel in the caravan, learns to travel and notice the blessings along the journey. Ollie notices that sometimes the things we fail to remember to be thankful for are often the simplest things in life. Designed for ages 4-8. A Star for Me will encourage your child to remember God’s blessings and focus on the greatest blessing of the season, the birth of Jesus. This book is a great one for the family to read together!

Easy to read, rhyming words make this book a pleasure to read and listen to. The problems Olive encounters are easy to relate to and hold a simple humor element that children love. I personally felt that this sweet book opened up conversation about continuing to give thanks, especially at Christmas.

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It looks like I will have the 2015 Bible reading challenge ready to go at the first of next week! Woohoo!

Have a great weekend!

Rachel

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6 Favorite Christmas Children’s Books

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I cannot believe how quickly time is flying! Last week was an abnormal week for me from a schedule standpoint and it’s been all I could do to keep up with our family advent on a daily basis. This year we are enjoying Ann Voskamp’s beautiful new Advent book, Unwrapping the Greatest Christmas.There have been years that I simply read a different short Christmas book each night or on days with less of a schedule, we would read a few here or there throughout the day. So much depends on the ages and stages of your family as to what works best for you. For that reason, choice is a wonderful thing. Today I just wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas children’s books. Ready? In no particular order, here we go.


1. One Wintry Night

This beautiful book captures the attention of the reader with beautiful artistry and progressive dialogue. Intended for grades 4-7, I feel this book can be enjoyed as a read-aloud for children reading a chapter at a time. Some younger children may have a harder time listening for longer periods of time and for them, I would read half a chapter at a time. Beautiful book!


2. Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You’re Never Too Little for His Love

In his usual style of beauty, Max Lucado describes a wonderful tale of two mice who’ve heard that the King is coming to visit their small town. Upon searching high and low in their pursuit of seeing the glorious King, they almost miss His visit. Designed for ages 4-7, the emphasis of the book is

“You’ve never too little for His love!”


3. The Parable Series: The Pine Tree Parable

This book is so appropriate for all ages and another way to emphasize the meaning of giving. My trustworthy assistant, Tristina, wrote a review for this book when she was in second grade. You can find it here.


4. A Christmas Prayer
This book is a great one to snuggle up with! In the tradition of “A Night Night Prayer”, a precious little child wanders through the house on a snowy Christmas night offering a prayer of thanks and blessing. The child finishes with thanks to God for the greatest Gift of all. This book is designed for ages 0-2, but I think stretches on to age 5 quite well.


5. 12 Stories of Christmas

I just discovered this new release and I REALLY want it! I love stories that have a wide appeal to all ages because of our large family. This book looks like just the thing! Isn’t that a beautiful cover? The author, Rob Morgan, is the pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for more than thirty years. Rob writes only one short fiction story each year—an original work he shares with his church on Christmas Eve. The stories in this book are those beautiful stories– and I REALLY want to read this beautiful book with my family.


6. God Bless Our Christmas

God Bless Our Christmas is a beautiful rhyming book of animals enjoying the blessings of Christmas. The beautiful crisp colors in this book’s illustrations are the perfect complement to its wintry feel. With words that roll easily from the tongue, children love to listen to the short phrases. While this book is perfectly designed for 1-4 years, the settings within the book could easily be discussed and compared among older children. For example, as the animals discuss decorating cookies, the conversation might center around shapes, colors, or your family’s cookie experiences thus far in the holiday season.

Speaking of God blessing us….

Because I believe it is so important to emphasize giving thanks at all times of the year,today I’m offering a free printable to help your family remember God’s blessings at Christmas. Here’s a peek at the Favorite Things page and you can click on the graphic or HERE to download and print.

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Today I’m giving away one copy of God Bless Our Christmas- woohoo! Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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Helping Children Memorize Scripture

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I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

Memorizing Scripture is such an important part of growing our faith as Christians. In the Christian school where I attended, each student in the school memorized a section of Scripture every month. Each day during assembly we would read the passage together aloud. Sometimes it would be a whole chapter and sometimes it would be about 10-15 verses. I still remember the passages we learned and can recite them today. All these XX number of years later. (Sorry, no guessing on the years allowed.)

Helping children memorize Scripture is a vital part of their growth!

Recently I shared with you a great list of books that are wonderful ideas to give as gifts. Two of the books on that list are perfect to plan now and begin at the start of the new year. Both of these books are specific to learning and memorizing Scripture and I just love them.

The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know

What is the Joshua Code? As the leader of Israel, Moses’ successor, Joshua had some big shoes to fill. What was his secret to prosperity and success? His secret is found in Joshua 1:8:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

In order to be obey God’s Word, we have to know what it says. I know that for my kids, I often fail in my parenting to emphasize what the Bible has to say on a particular topic. Our house rules have a Bible verse associated with each rule and I try to use this list as a reference as often as I can. But purposeful parenting in this area requires focus. That’s why I’m excited to delve into this little jewel:

I Can Learn the Bible: The Joshua Code for Kids: 52 Devotions and Scriptures for Kids

This incredible tool, I Can Learn the Bible, is a guide for teaching your child 52 passages of Scripture that everyone should know. The features in this book are the perfect guide for parents to use on a daily basis, but I love that this book is very doable for both adults and children. The parent can work through the Joshua Code while the child is working through I Can Learn the Bible and both are working on the same verses. Work on one verse a week and by the end of a year, your child will have learned 52 Bible verses! What a great design.

At the beginning of the book, the author, Holly Hawkins Shivers, has included a letter to parents with a daily breakdown of ideas on ways to emphasize and memorize the verses as you read through the book.

So here’s a list of just a few ideas I had to join in with Holly’s on helping children memorize Scripture:

1.Make up a song about the verse. Just pick up whatever musical instrument you have in the house and have fun!

2.Write out Scripture Art using the verse, then post it to your fridge for the week.

I’ve recently fallen in love with the Scripture Art that is popping up all over Pinterest. I’m not a pro, but I decided just to break out my old teacher chalkboard skills and try my hand at a verse. It doesn’t have to be perfect- just fun and focused on God’s Word! Here’s my quick try, wrinkles and all:

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I’m excited about future Scripture art projects! I’ve developed a love for fonts while working on my book cover recently and I now I want to buy some new markers or colored pencils and just have a little fun.

3.Use the Scripture art in a journal and have a beautiful keepsake at the end of the year!

4.Take a moment to break out the playdough and sculpt through the verse. For example, Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the sky and the earth.” Talk about what the earth looked like and shape a ball. Use a plastic knife to make land and water separated.

5.Use Logos Bible software to create a word search on the passage you are memorizing (according to the age and ability of your child.) Instructions here.

6. I found this super cute easy craft at Danielle’s Place for writing out verses.

If using this fabulous book, you could do the craft on the first day of the week, then keep it close by throughout the week, perhaps having your child carry it in their pocket and pull it out during waiting times or car rides.

7. Check out this list of 6 Ways to help you with Bible memory verses. and adapt the ideas for children according to age and ability.

Ok, friends. That will get you started; I’d love to hear your ideas! Today I’m pumped to give away one copy of I Can Read the Bible. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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