Walking to the Manger (Day 2)

We are walking to Jesus’ manger in wonder.  The clues God leaves along the way throw light on our path.  We can walk knowing God will lead us to our Savior.


Bible Verse

“But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, who origins are from of old, from ancient times…He will stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.  And they will live securely, for then His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.  And He will be their peace.” (Micah 5:2,4)




Just imagine you’re on the playground at school.  You’re getting ready to play soccer, and you have two captains.  They have to pick their teams, and everyone already knows the biggest and strongest guys will be selected first.  Something really surprising happens.  The captain who gets to go first picks the smallest guy in the class.  Everyone looks around and thinks, “Is he joking?”  But he isn’t kidding, he really wants that little guy on his team.

That’s how it was when Micah told the people of Israel where the Savior would be born.  Micah was a prophet in Israel just like Isaiah, and they lived at the same time.   Can you remember the date Isaiah preached to the people?  It’s 742 BC, that’s 742 years before Christ was born.  Micah lived in a different city, but what they told the people was similar. Micah said Israel would be destroyed, but don’t be sad because a Savior is coming.

God’s clue about where the Savior would be born was unbelievable to the people who were listening to Micah.  Bethlehem was a small town, and nothing significant ever happened there except it was where King David was born.  Do you remember how David was the youngest and least important of his brothers?  His father even forgot about him when the prophet Nathan asked him about his sons.  Why do you think God picked David and not someone else?

We shouldn’t be surprised when God decides to take something or someone insignificant and make them important.  You see, if someone isn’t the best athlete or prettiest girl and they do something that everyone notices, then people know that God must have helped them.  God wants each person to know He can be great in their lives too.

What do you think you can’t do?  What can you trust God to do in your life?


Making a Treat with an Object Lesson

Thumbprint Cookies

*after combining recipes I created a delicious treat my family loves.  The presentation of the dark and white chocolate is beautiful.


1 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Beat together butter and sugar until just combined and creamy.  Add vanilla.

2. Sift together flour and salt.  Add to butter and sugar mixture.  Beat until flour is fully incorporated.

3. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Press thumb into ball to form indention.

4. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes until bottoms of cookies are golden.  The sides of the cookies will still be pale colored.  Do not overcook.

5. Cool cookies are wire racks.

6. Fill with melted semi-sweet and white chocolate.

Chocolate and White Filling

Melt in separate bowls:

4 oz semi-sweet chocolate and 2 T butter

4 oz white chocolate and 2 T butter

-Add more butter if mixture is too dry and stir to combine completely.

Object Lesson

Look at your thumb!  It’s amazing that every person’s thumbprint (finger print) is different.  God made each of us unique and exactly like He wanted.  Even if there are parts of ourselves we don’t like, God has a purpose in making us like we are.  He has wonderful plans for our lives, and these plans are much better than we can imagine.  We just need to trust Him. 



Handmade Gift

Kid-Created Photo CD

It’s amazing what great pictures children can take.  First have each child write their name.  The first child will take a picture of their name.  Then allow them to take as many pictures as they want about their lives. 

Some ideas:


Lego creation

Family members



Christmas Tree

Outside of House



When they are finished, have the next child take a picture of their name, and then take pictures.  Repeat this until every child in the family has taken pictures.  Then download the pictures, and put them on a blank CD.  A CD can hold a lot of pictures!  If you need more space, a blank DVD works great.  Be sure not to edit the pictures because the uniqueness of the pictures is what makes the pictures special.

This is a great gift for family members who live far away.  It helps them to see what is important to each child.   

Copyright © words and photographs by Jane Carole Stein


One thought on “Walking to the Manger (Day 2)

  1. Jane, thanks for the new look at Christ’s birth! I love the ideas to do with the girls too! Your words always capture a part of my heart and I enjoy meditating on your thoughts and ideas! Love you all the way from Ethiopia! Anne

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