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 back again to our tour through a wonderful new resource brought to us by the creators of What’s in the Bible?, entitled My Jesus Journal. Today we’re going to take a stroll through section 6, called “How Do We Live Because of Jesus?”
This section begins with a coloring page, fit just right for a refrigerator visual aide. It’s a page that lists the verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” I’ve found that as the kids are coloring in the letters of each word, I’ve been able to ask questions to get a feel for their current understanding of the certain word meanings, such as creation. From there we’ve been able to talk about how we are part of God’s creation and what it could mean to be made new in Christ.
The next activity leads us to verses in Colossians 3 that tell us to “put on” items that show we are a new creation in Christ. The outline of a person is displayed on the page and several cut outs are provided to “dress” the person. There are items of clothing and accessories that state words from the passage such as kindness, patience, meekness, humility, compassion, a thankful heart, and a backpack with the word of Christ. This was a great visual aid in taking an everyday task, as in getting dressed, and remembering to choose these articles of clothing as we prepare for the day.
Another activity included involves a concept that a character named Ian sings about in Volume 10 of What’s in the Bible?. He sings about what it means to be in the Kingdom of God and how to share it with everyone we meet. A link and QR code are included to be able to view the video clip, as well as words to the song are listed. A map is also given to create a visual starter as we think about how to share the Kingdom of God in our homes, our neighborhoods, church, city, and world. The girls and I shared some great ideas in how God could use our hearts to impact those He has placed in our paths.
A final activity included in this section involves a blank frame for each person to create a picture, poem, letter, acrostic, or even a collage to depict what Jesus means to me! One rainy afternoon, we took some time to create while listening to some music, and that evening we had a show and tell time after dinner. We learned so much just in sharing with one another that I feel it was great practice in feeling confident in sharing those same stories with others. Nothing warms a mother’s heart more than this!
Once again, I’m so grateful for the opportunities that have been provided through this resource. In the day in, day out busyness of life, sometimes we find ourselves wrapped up in many good things to the exclusion of the best. Tilling the soil, planting and watering the seed, and watching the heart harvest grow are the most important tasks we have as parents. Circumstances will come and go in our children’s lives, but God’s word and His heart of love in their lives is eternal. This effort reaps eternal rewards for our labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). I pray that your time today with Jesus is sweet. God bless!
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.