This summer blogger Heather Conrad and her family will be walking through My Jesus Journal, an activity guide created to help children develop a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and how they can come to know Him.
Welcome once again to a sneak-peek into the pages of an absolutely fantastic family resource entitled My Jesus Journal. The creator’s of What’s in the Bible? present to us a compilation of various activities designed to help us grow in the knowledge of Christ and the wisdom the Spirit gives. (Colossians 1:9)
Today we’re glancing at the section titled: Remembering the Cross Family Activity. This activity guides us through the events of Holy Week, and helps us to understand and reflect on Christ’s death and resurrection. Each page includes 3 components: Read, Reflect, and Create. A scripture verse is listed to read, statements and questions are provided based on the reading, and a coloring page for the children to complete is given.
Seven such entries are provided and include the events of Passover, Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Jesus praying in the garden, Jesus betrayed, Jesus is killed, and the resurrection. Also provided are the website reference to view on-line and a QR code to scan and watch a video directly from your phone.
As a mom, I appreciate the variety of ways to see, hear, and think about the foundational events of our faith. As a family we each took turns reading scripture either from our Bibles or on our Bible apps. We each participated in a discussion to follow as well as in prayer as led by a prompt. I also appreciated a moment to keep our hands busy while coloring a visual picture. It not only led to an additional way to reflect, remember, and recall the events, but helped to be a great visual reminder as we placed the pictures in our binders and revisited them in a review format before adding the next event.
Also, the video clip is a must-see! These events are difficult to digest. At times we may be caught up in information overload when reading, but through this five minute video display, Biblical characters and scenes come alive through movement, music, and words. The emotion of all that took place simply captures your heart and allows the reality of what happened to make an impact in our spirits. From the first words in Genesis, the story of Jesus Christ unfolds as Old Testament prophecy is fulfilled and God’s plan is revealed – His plan to create a way for us, His children, to live in eternity with Him as we chose Him as Lord of our lives.
As a parent, I desperately long to share about God’s Kingdom to my children, but often I trip over the way in which to accomplish this task. I myself struggle in finding the words in which to present Jesus’ story to the various ages of my children in a way that communicates understanding. This resource provides a way! It not only provides guided prompts and visuals, but it allows for family dialogue and heart discussions in a time-frame that works for unique family needs.
I highly recommend this resource for families of all ages. The word of God is alive and active, reaching deep into our souls to direct our sinful hearts to the God that is love. Our hearts were designed to thirst and crave the worship of our Creator. When we search for Him, He will be found; this is His promise to us. And when we find Him, we find love, joy, and peace in abundance. Will we choose to obey Him and guide our children to Jesus? Join me in the greatest privilege as a parent – to grow in the knowledge and love of Christ.
I’m just a Mom who feels privileged to have an opportunity to serve and to pour into the lives of my amazing husband Aaron, and our three precious blessings. Our son Austin, loves basketball and has such a tender and big-brother-protective heart. Our daughter Emma has a spirit as big as her heart, hard to contain all that creativity inside. Bryn, don’t let her little frame fool you, she is a spunky gal, keeps us all laughing. If there is a spare moment in the day, you’ll either catch me with a book, or hitting the streets on a jog with Jesus.