Walking to the Manger (Day 7)

 

Sometimes God tells us things that we can’t fully explain.  It doesn’t mean they aren’t true.  We have to take what we do know, and apply it to what we don’t know.  Let’s look for the clue on our walk to the manger.

 

 

 

Bible Verse

“I will proclaim the decree of the Lord:  He said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” (Psalm 2:7)

 

 

Devotional

Looking through the big telescopes at an observatory is simply amazing.  We can see more stars than we can ever count.  The Hubble Telescope, a huge telescope in space, has recorded stars and galaxies for over 20 years.  After all of these years it is still hasn’t found everything God placed in the sky.  We can’t see everything, and yet we believe they are there and God as Creator placed them there.  It’s impossible to reason they just appeared from a large explosion.

We don’t know who really wrote our verse for today.  We do know it was written during King David’s lifetime which was about 1,000 years before Jesus was born.  God had already told the Israelites for many years that a Savior and Messiah was coming.  Now God the people a clue that was very difficult to understand.  The people knew whose family the Messiah was going to come from.  Do you remember?  It was Judah.  Now God said the Savior would be the Son of God.

Let’s be honest:  it’s really hard to understand how a baby can be born from a woman, but the Father is God.  We can’t scientifically grasp how this is possible.  Many people will say because it can’t be explained with science, then it is impossible.  There are many things we can’t explain through experiments that we know are true.  Every person has different finger prints.  Identical twins have different DNA.  Our minds hold far more information that the biggest computers.

Although we can’t repeat the miracle of Jesus being God’s Son, we can trust it is true.  We base it on a few facts.  1) Everything God said would happen in the Bible took place.  2) We know the Savior had to be perfect, and this is only possible if He was God Himself.  3) We can look at everything in science and see there has to be a Creator.  If it isn’t impossible for Him to speak this entire universe into being, then He can have His Son to be born in this world.  Nothing is too difficult for Him.

What are some extraordinary things we can see that only God could have created?

 

 

Making a Treat with an Object Lesson

Fruit Kabobs

These are a great snack and kids love to make their own. Serve it with a Sunrise Smoothie for an extra special treat.

Ingredients

Strawberries

Grapes

Blueberries

Pineapple

Cantaloupe

Honey Dew Melon

Mini marshmallows

Directions

1. Thread a mixture of fruit and marshmallows onto wooden skewers.

2. Serve each person 3-4 skewers

 

Object Lesson

We have so many different choices of fruit to make our kabobs.  We can put all one fruit on our skewers or we can choose every fruit.  We can make this choice, and there isn’t a right or wrong.  All of the fruit tastes good and is healthy.

There are times in our lives we have to make choices that are much harder.  Sometimes we have to decide whether or not we’re going to be kind to another person.  There are times people will want us to do something wrong, and we have to make a choice. 

We have to know how to make the right choices.  The only way we can do this is if we know what God’s Word says.  The Bible doesn’t give us answers to every situation, but God gives us principles that we can apply.  Also, God tells us in His Word that if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us. 

What difficult choice did you have to make this week?

 

 

Handmade Gift

Framed Art Work

Items Needed

Frame

Watercolor or art paper

Paints

Paintbrushes

Photo of Child, optional

 

Directions

1. Measure frame opening on art paper.  Cut paper a little larger than opening.

2. Have child paint a picture on the cut paper.  Children love to paint, and they are proud when they know their painting will be displayed. Make sure the child writes their name (or a parent writes it) with the year below.

3. Let the painting completely dry.  If it needs to dry quickly, you can use a blow dryer on low speed.

4. Place picture in frame.  An optional idea is to buy a frame with two openings.  In one opening place the child’s photo and in the other place their painting. 

5. If this gift is given to a grandparent, the child can attach a card with “Painting of the Month Club.  You will receive one beautiful painting each month for a year.”  Just remember the child needs to paint a picture each month to send to their grandparent.

 

Copyright © words and photographs by Jane Carole Stein

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