We are on a treasure hunt to find Jesus, and we have already found two clues. Each day we have a Bible verse and devotional, a treat to make and a homemade gift idea. Our family invites you to join us on our walk to the manger.
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up from David’s line a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:5,6)
Do you remember the first two clues from God about how to find the Savior? The first one is we found was from Isaiah. He said a woman who had never been married would get pregnant with God’s Son. Our second clue came from Micah who revealed that the Savior would be born in Bethlehem.
Can you guess today’s clue? What do you think God would whisper to the Israelites about the Savior?
Sometimes we talk about our relatives who lived a long time ago. How many generations do we know about? We never met them, but we are still a part of the same family. Maybe someday many years from now children will talk about you.
What do you think they will say?
God’s clue we find today is about Jesus’ family. God sent another prophet to give a message to the people of Israel. Even though the people didn’t want to listen, God kept sending people to give them warnings and encouragement. This time God sent a prophet named Jeremiah. He lived about 100 years after Isaiah and Micah, and he started his job as a prophet about 628 years before Jesus was born. Unfortunately, the Israelites still were not obeying God, and their whole land had been conquered except for Jerusalem.
Jeremiah pled with the people to obey God because the Babylonians were coming to destroy Jerusalem. Do you know where Babylon was? It is in today’s Iraq. God told Jeremiah to warn them, and then give a message of hope about the Savior who was coming. He said the Savior would come from King David’s family.
If we made a time capsule of our life for our family to find later, what would we put in it?
Making a Treat with an Object Lesson
Fresh Cranberry Smoothie
*I created this smoothie because I love the fresh, tart flavor of cranberries. This is a great smoothie for kids to make with you. They love measuring and pouring.
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 ½ cups frozen sliced strawberries
1 cup fruit juice (cran-raspberry, white grape, apple)
8 oz strawberry yogurt
1 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
Do you know where cranberries grow? They grow on vines in places where the weather is cold. In the fall when the berries are a beautiful red color, the fields where they are growing are flooded with water 6-8 inches above their vines. Flooding the fields makes it easier for the farmers to pick the cranberries with a large harvester.
Sometimes God sends floods or problems into our lives. It feels like we are drowning, but we can trust that the Lord is allowing just enough water to harvest the fruit in our lives. He doesn’t want to hurt us, He wants to use our lives.
What kind of fruit is growing in your life?
My Favorites Book
This is an idea that can be used every year. You will want to make a copy of it for yourself to see how your children change each year.
You will need at least ten 8 ½ x 11 inch card stock pages for each child. On each page each child will write at the name of one of their favorite things. Then they draw a picture or glue on a picture of it. Below they describe it and tell why it is special.
If you give this to a teacher, have your child only include those things from school.
When they are finished, punch holes in the pages and bind them with ribbon, staples or binding from a copy shop.
This is a good gift to give dads, teachers, and grandparents.
Some ideas for favorites:
Subject in school
Room in the house
Copyright © words and photographs by Jane Carole Stein