*the website is still having trouble downloading pictures. I’m so excited about this day of Walking to the Manger that I wanted to send it to you. You can always go straight to my website to see the pictures added another time. The address is www.thegracefulrace.com
We are still finding clues so we can find Jesus on the manger. We even find out that God loves math and gives us a math problem to figure out the clue. Continue to walk with us. It’s an amazing journey!
“Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens’ and sixty-two ‘sevens’.” (Daniel 9:25)
Do you like math? Some people really love math and others really wish they didn’t have to learn it. The good and bad part of math is that there is a right answer. If you’re writing an essay in school, there are many different ways to write it. In math, there is only one answer that is correct.
Did you know that God loves math? In every book of the Bible there are numbers and math problems. Today’s verse in Daniel even has a multiplication problem in it. Let’s figure it out. What is 7 times 7? It’s 49. What is 62 times 7? It’s 434. Now we have to add 434 and 49. We get 483. This is our next clue in finding Jesus on the manger.
God gave the clue of 483 years to Daniel. Who was Daniel? He lived at the same time as Jeremiah who warned the Israelites they needed to turn back to God or the Babylonians would conquer them. They chose not to listen so the Babylonians took over Jerusalem in 606 BC, and they brought the smartest guys back to Babylon. Daniel was one of these guys, and he was only a teenager.
You know the story of Daniel and the lions when God saved Daniel from being eaten by the lions. Daniel’s friends were the three guys who went in the fiery furnace and didn’t get burned. Even though these boys were taken from their homes in Jerusalem, God did some amazing things in their lives. He didn’t forget about them so far away from home.
When Daniel was older, God began speaking to him in dreams. God told Daniel many amazing things that would happen in the future. Daniel found out about governments and rulers that no one could have known about except God told him.
Today’s clue is about when Jesus would be born. God told Daniel that after a ruler decided to rebuild Jerusalem, then the Messiah or Anointed One would come in 483 years. The people could know the exact year it would happen. What an amazing clue God gave!
Would you want to know when something is going to happen? What do you want to know?
Making a Treat with an Object Lesson
Cream Cheese Cookies
1 cup butter soft, but not melted
3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar (I use about 3/4 cup)
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cup flour
Cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add sugar and beat until sugar is dissolved in the batter. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time.
Note: I usually finish adding the flour by using a wooden spoon because the batter will be stiff. The dough should not be sticky to work with.
Chill dough for 30 min. Using a floured rolling pin and surface, roll out dough to about 1/4 in. Handle dough very lightly when rolling.
Using cookie cutters, cut into fun shapes.
Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are lightly browned.
Ice with your favorite frosting and let the children decorate.
Look at the different toppings we can use to decorate the cookies. Everyone can pick what they want. There isn’t a right or wrong way to decorate, and each cookie is beautiful.
What do we like about each person’s cookies? We always need to find ways to encourage other people rather than compare ourselves with them.
I loved making these as a child, and these still are a favorite of any child
Stained Glass Ornaments
Iron and Ironing Board
Construction or Card Stock Paper
1. Find old crayons around the house or purchase inexpensive large crayons. Take the paper covering off of the crayons.
2. Place a piece of wax paper on the ironing board.
3. Using a hand grater, grate a small amount of different color crayons in the middle of the wax paper. Spread out the crayons to make a small circle. Place another piece of wax paper on top of the crayons.
4. With a constant, steady motion, iron the wax paper until the crayons have melted.
5. Cut out pairs of shapes (or circles) from the construction or card stock paper. Cut out part of each shape to reveal an opening.
6. Place the wax paper with melted crayon between the pairs so the melted crayon shows through the opening. Trim the wax paper to fit inside the two sides.
7. Glue the two sides together.
8. Punch a hole at the top of the ornament. Tie a ribbon through the hole.
*Children can do almost every step except the ironing. The wax paper can burn easily so make sure the iron is not too hot, and you are always moving the iron.
Copyright © words and photographs by Jane Carole Stein