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Five Simple Pentecost Celebration Ideas

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Tomorrow the Church traditionally celebrates Pentecost.  Here are few things we’ve been doing around my house to celebrate.

I hope these 5 ideas spark great discussions at your dinner table!

1.  Pentecost in the New Covenant as a reversal of the Tower of Babel

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TOWER OF BABEL ~~AND~~ TONGUES OF FIRE

 

This first craft is very similar to my Pentecost post from  a couple of years ago.

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Pentecost craft from 2013 post

 We first talked about the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11 , the sin of the people to stay together and build the tower, and the confusion of the language after the sin of the people.

“Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as the people migrated from the east, they found a plain the land of Shinar and settled there.”  Gen 11:1

What a contrast to the command God had given in Genesis 1 to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” and again in Genesis 9– “fill the earth.”

Then, we talked about Pentecost as a sort of reversal or overcoming of Babel…

confusion vs. understanding

falling in sin vs. deliverance

 dispersion vs. gathering, etc.

I recently heard a pastor say that “our leaders want ‘one nation for every religion’ but Christians want ‘one Church of every nation.’ ”  That’s Pentecost– a bringing together of all nations so that they can carry the Gospel and God’s glory to the ends of the earth!

For this craft, the kids colored a Tower of Babel coloring page red, yellow, and orange as we reviewed and discussed the story.  We cut it out and added a face that could represent God as the people tried to build the tower to reach the heavens.

Then, we turned our papers upside down, we had a REVERSAL OF THE TOWER OF BABEL– PENTECOST!  Tongues of fire!

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2.  Pentecost Song

“The Pentecost Song,” set to the tune of “Frère Jacques”

Flames of Fire, Flames of Fire

Mighty Wind, Mighty Wind

The Holy Spirit’s coming, the Holy Spirit’s coming

With His power, with His power

3.  Pentecost Cake for the “Birthday” of the Church

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Happy Birthday Christ’s Church! Pentecost Cake!

How about a Sunday treat?  Birthday cake!  We made Pentecost cake for the birth of the church for our fellowship meal tomorrow.     Sing “Happy Birthday” to the Church!

4.  Comparison of Feasts and Reading of Ruth

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.”  Acts 2:1

The feast of Passover was the first of 3 major feasts for the Israelites, followed by Shavuoth (Pentecost, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Harvest)  and Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths).  

Shavuoth is the Hebrew word for “weeks.”

Pentecost is a Greek word which means “fiftieth day.”

“You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that brought the sheaf of the wave offering.  You shall count fifty days to the day after the Sabbath.  Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD.”  Leviticus 23:15+

As a farmer’s wife, I find it so interesting that the feasts revolved around the agriculture, the harvests…

Passover is identified with the barley harvest.  Pentecost is identified with the wheat harvest.  

Ruth is traditionally read during Pentecost because of the association with the wheat harvest.  We’ve been reading Ruth at my house this week and noticing the mention of the harvests as well as the inclusion of this Moabite into God’s people and God’s plan.  Hmmmm… sounds a lot like Pentecost!

More food for thought…. In what ways did Christ and His Spirit  fulfill the feast of Passover (Easter)?  Pentecost?  What is the significance of these Old Covenant feasts for us?

5.  The Prefix Penta / Pent

Pentecost means fiftieth day and is the seventh Sunday after Easter.  We talked briefly this week about how “penta” means five.  What words do we use with this prefix?  pentagon….pentathlon

I hope you have a wonderful Pentecost celebration with your family!  Grab a cake or some goodies, sing Happy Birthday to Christ’s Church, and have a great Pentecost discussion with your crew!

Visit a previous Pentecost post  with additional activities HERE.

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Simple Ascension Day Snack

ascensionsnackHappy Ascension Day!  Today is forty days after Easter, so Christ’s Ascension is celebrated today.  What are we having for snacks?  Marshmallows!  It’s a stretch, but they are to remind us of the clouds!

Do you remember the little Easter hunt I created a few years ago?  The kids would find objects hidden around the house to tell the story of Christ’s last days on Earth.  The last object  kids were to find was a bag of marshmallows to represent the clouds Christ’s Ascension.   Well, we aren’t doing the entire hunt today, but we are the eating marshmallows!

I like to make memory triggers for my littles, and food usually works well!  😉

You can also get the objects for the Easter hunt and simply use them to tell the story.  Then, let your kids put the objects back in order!  CLICK HERE if you’d like to see the hunt! easter-hunt-20131-2

If you don’t have marshmallows for today, grab a bag before Sunday because this Sunday is Ascension Sunday!

I mixed different sizes just for fun!

I mixed different sizes just for fun!

At snack, my kids will have to count their bags of marshmallows!  When we combine all of the numbers, we’ll have a total of 40 marshmallows!  How can you incorporate 40 into your snack? Take 40 steps.  Say Ascension 40 times.  What are your ideas?

Last night at my house, Dad talked to us about the number 40.  Why was the Ascension 40 days after the Resurrection?  In the Bible, 40 is a number of preparation.  These ideas are a springboard for your own discussions with your kiddos…

Christ’s 40 days in the wilderness

Israelites’ 40 years of desert wandering

Moses’s 40-40-40 life pattern

40 days of rain on the ark

40 days Moses spent on the mountain

What else can you think of?

How are these times of preparation?

I hope you enjoy marshmallows and good discussions with your crew today!

I’ll post some Pentecost activities soon!  Until then, check out this post…

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New “Busy Mamas” Bible Study from Doorposts! YAY!

Hi there, busy mamas!  I hope you are having a super week.

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I am soooo excited about Saturday!  I love Saturdays anyway, but this Saturday is November 1st…   and  that means it’s the first day of the new Doorposts “Busy Mama” Bible study!   YIPPEEE!!

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Click this picture from Doorposts or the link below to get started!

If you don’t already subscribe to the Doorposts blog, head over now and sign up!  You can participate this study, too and get each morning’s lesson delivered to your inbox!

If you’ve been reading my posts, you know how much I enjoyed the Proverbs 31 Doorposts Bible study!  I’ve been singing its praises for a few months!  (It even influenced me to teach my kiddos the Greek and Hebrew alphabets!)

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notes to myself in the kitchen from the Proverbs 31 study

And did you know I had planned to memorize Psalm 103 with my kids beginning in November?  Perfect!  My bigs are finishing up the Beatitudes and my littles Psalm 23.  We were gearing up for Psalm 103 and Psalm 100!   Maybe your kiddos can memorize with us!  (The last “busy mama” study included activities to share with your children each day! )

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my rough plans from back in August…. with recitation scratched at the top… PSALM 103!

So join me in studying Psalm 103 beginning Saturday!

Coming Soon….

I’m planning to finish up a quick post highlighting the curriculum we are using this year!  It’s been half-way complete for 2 months now!  Thanks, Heather, for the reminder!  😉

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Go to Doorposts NOW to get started!

4 Activities for Memorizing Psalm 23

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My kinders are working on memorizing Psalm 23!  These are some activities we’ve done to hide it in our hearts.  Maybe they would help your littles, too!

1.  Psalm 23 Wordless Book

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We made wordless books to help us remember the order of the verses!  My twins like to “read” them to us!  They are simply half sheets of paper stapled into a full size piece of construction paper.   My littles illustrated a white cover for their books.  Here are the colors we used:

  • white – The Lord is my shepherd
  • green- green pastures
  • blue-  still waters
  • red- restores my soul
  • gray- paths of righteousness
  • black-  valley of the shadow of death
  • brown-  rod and staff
  • yellow- Thou anointest my head with oil
  • purple- (wine) my cup runneth over
  • gold-  goodness and mercy, Lord’s house

2.  Psalm 23 Bracelet Craft

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These were fun!  My little girl wears hers everyday!  🙂  The colors are about the same as the wordless book.  Our inspiration for this craft can be found here.

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3.  Psalm 23 Picture Cards

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I found some great Psalm 23 clip art at ChristArt.com.  I used the pictures to make cards that my littles can use to retell the psalm.  There are a few that they still need a little help ordering!

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4.  Psalm 23 Mini Book

{from Christian Preschool Printables}

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOURS!

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Aren’t these the sweetest?  I love these little books and have printed other ones from this site in the past.   You could also cut these apart and use the pictures to work on putting the verses in order!

We’ve also been doing hand motions, singing, and watching our cups overflow in the bathtub to remember this psalm!  🙂

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You might also enjoy these other activities here at

i have no greater joy! …

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Farming in Faith… Teaching Character in Our Homeshcool

“My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice,   even mine.”  

Proverbs 23:15

Before I tell you about all of the stacks of curriculum and books we are using this year in our homeschool, I want to about the most important thing we are learning…

“…if you love your children, let the simple Bible be everything in the training of their souls; and let all other books go down and take the second place.”

“No interest should weigh with you so much as their eternal interests.  No part of them should be so dear to you as that part which will never die.”

– J. C. Ryle,  The Duties of Parents

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My husband is a farmer, and our house is smack-dab in the middle of cotton, corn, soybean, and milo fields.   No matter which direction I look, from nearly every window, I can see crops in the field, nearly ripe for harvest.  What a gift!  From every window of my house, I have evidence of God’s provision and promises and faithfulness smiling back at me!  Each spring, my husband readies the fields and drops those teeny, tiny seeds in the dirt in hope, expectancy, faith of what is to be.   He spends long, hot summers tending to the tender plants, all the while anticipating with confidence the harvest he will reap in due season.

But it’s the crop of olive shoots around the table that are the most important!

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Raising children, godly seed, is a lot like farming.  We plow the tough ground so that the seed can take root and grow.  We plant and water in faith— faith that we will see FRUIT!  We prune the fruitful vines so that they will bear more fruit.  We weed (hopefully before those weeds are too big and hard to pull!).    We do it all in faith that we will reap if we do not grow weary in doing good, faith in our God and His promises!  When I think about reaping the harvest, it’s a harvest of righteousness, good character, wisdom, and fear of the Lord that is most valuable to me.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth!”  3 John 1:4

In our homeschool, I spend a lot of time planting seeds of Biblical character.  If you are a homeschooling mama, I know you do, too!  Whew!  From the formal character lessons to the everyday opportunities that just present themselves in life, we teach character A LOT!   We talk about delighting in the ways of the Lord and loving Him with all our hearts, souls, and might.  We talk about it when are home during the day, when we’re out, before bed at night,  and again when we get up in the mornings– all of the time!  (Deut 6:7)  🙂

I want to share some of the things we are doing to teach our children godly character, Christlikeness, that it may go well with them!  And while there are many times I fail, God does not.  His faithfulness is great, and He uses ME in His plans!

1.  Formal Character-Training Lessons

We are enjoying 2 easy-to-use resources that make it quick and simple for me to introduce character qualities without a lot of searching or planning!  All of the books coordinate so well together!

  • A Child’s Book of Character Building — I have volumes 1 and 2.  They each contain character qualities, definitions, Bible verses, and stories from the Bible or life that illustrate the character quality.
  • Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue —  I got this e-book through an online curriculum sale, and I love it!  Each week there is a character quality along with a definition, Bible memory verse, activities, 3 “I will…”s, and a coloring page.   At the end of the week, after the children recite the definition, verse, and I wills, they can put a badge on their charts!  Fun!

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  • My big kids have used character definitions and verses as copy work.  You can download a chart of 49 Character Qualities and cursive or print copy work from my Character Training post from last school year.  Just click the pic…

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2.  Informal Character Lessons… AKA:  Life!  😉

Whew!  Isn’t this a tough one?  I think a great way to encourage wise choices and good character is to recognize it and praise it!  That goes a long way!   But then… there are those unwise, foolish choices.   I sometimes feel like I say the same things over and over!  What about you?  Does the soil seem a little tough, like maybe it needs some extra plowing sometimes?  (I need some extra plowing and weeding and pruning, too!)

  • “Count others more significant than yourself.”
  • “Be a good steward.  A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.”
  • “Yes?  Yes what?  Yes ma’am.  Honor your father and your mother.”
  • “Is that good manners?”
  • “Are you being a peacemaker?”
  • “A soft answer turns away wrath.”
  • “Why did God make you?  For His own glory.  Does that glorify God?”
  • … and on and on…. 🙂

Another thing that I find myself saying over and over is “Our actions have consequences; you reap what you sow.”  Yet, instead of giving consequences, I remind, and as a good friend reminded 😉 me, I am not teaching them to think for themselves.

We talk a lot about taking off training wheels in our house.  When the training wheels are off, when Mom and Dad aren’t around, do you ride on your own or fall over?  The training wheels have to come off one day, and my kiddos have to be able to ride.  Are they hearers or doers?

In an effort to have easy-for-mom consequences, I made this chart.  I’ll be the first to admit, it needs some tweaking.  I am already planning to change the consequences!

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(My inspiration for this cart can be found here.)

 The Lord gives us so many opportunities each day to disciple our children, and something else that we try to teach through everyday opportunities is dying to self and serving others.  Elisabeth Elliot said love means sacrifice.  Isn’t that part of being in a family or a church, knowing that you are part of something bigger than yourself?

“Love means sacrifice.  Each member of the family has to learn to give in, give up, and give over for the sake of the rest…  Give up.  Give in.  Give way.  Give thanks.  Be ye kind.  Wait your turn.  Serve one another in love.”  ~Elisabeth Elliot

Don’t you love that?  😉

3.  Planning and Praying for Each Child

I had grand plans to spend one morning each week of vacation at the beach this year praying and planning and praying and setting goals and praying some more for each child.  (I got the idea from this great post on Hodgepodge… one of my very favorite blogs!)….

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However, there’s something  about vacation that makes my kiddos want to get up earlier than usual.  Here are my girlies playing on the deck in their pi’s!  Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!….

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I’ve had to find nuggets of time other places, and that’s okay!  I always turn back to this book time and time again to help with my prayers and goals for each child.

TAKING A SPIRITUAL INVENTORY FOR EACH CHILD– CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • STRENGTHS — physically, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, socially
  • WEAKNESSES — that enable God to later use us and Him to receive glory
  • OBSERVATIONS — become students of our children
  • APPLICATION — something I can do to help my child develop into the person God wants him to become… a strength to enhance or a weakness to overcome

When I find or make (!) the time to do this and really pray for each child, I see the Spirit working in their little hearts.

How is the farming going in your home this year?  How are you planting seeds of character?  Are you harvesting lots of fruit?  🙂

Last night, as I was thinking about this post, one of my kiddos said, “Oh look!  Look at the moon!”  It was a HARVEST MOON… a big, bright, harvest moon.  It’s like God was saying to me, “Trust me.  I’ve got this.  You will reap, my daughter!”  I snapped this pic, and you can see the cotton and milo and that big moon smiling at us!

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“He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him!”  Psalm 126:6   (I’m not weeping, by the way.)

I just love Proverbs 23:15.  “My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.”

I read Matthew Henry’s commentary on the verse…

“The wisdom of children will be the joy of their parents and teachers, who have no greater joy than to see them walk in the truth…
Children, if you be wise and good, devout and conscientious, God will be pleased with you, and that will be our joy:  we shall think our labour in instructing you well bestowed; it will be a comfortable answer for the many prayers we have put up for you; we shall be eased of a great deal of care, shall not need to be so strict and severe in watching over you, and shall consequently be the easier both to you and to ourselves.  We shall rejoice in hope that you will be a credit and comfort to us, if we should live to be old, and

that you will bear up the name of Christ in your generation, and that you will live comfortably in this world and happily in another.

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Happy Farming, friends!

Oh, and soon I’d like to share how we are learning to be little ants!  🙂

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