All posts in family night

St.NickFamNightBanner

Saint Nicholaus Family Night

St.NickFamNightBanner

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of Santa Claus came from? Would you be surprised to know that it came from a man born in the Third Century who was incredibly generous? He was so generous and focused on the needy that history tells us he paid the dowry of three young girls to prevent them from being sold into slavery! While the Santa Claus of today has taken on a much more elaborate storyline, the spirit of generosity is always one to spend a night celebrating with your family!

We created a fun night for our younger kids to learn about St. Nicholaus. Our entire evening was centered around St. Nick and following his lead. Whether you celebrate Santa or choose not to, this is a fun, family night to focus on where the tradition of Santa started and give your family a great night together.

We did use this fun DVD* that I encourage you to get!

 

Our family nights include all you need to plan for a fun evening. Each night includes a plan for decor, the menu, an activity and a devotional that all tie to the theme of your family night.

Download the Family Night here: St. Nickolaus Family Night

Enjoy and please comment and share!

*affiliate links in this post.

Lucky, Lucky, Lucky Family Night

 

LuckyFamNIghtgraphic

 

SO…anyone have any idea who the heck St. Patrick was?

Me either, so I decided to changed that and discovered, he was one cool dude.

If you are curious about what the shamrock really means…download this LuckyFamilyNight I wrote to help you and your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a way that is more than drinking green milk and eating corned beef.

Here are a few details of an evening you can spend celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Lucky Family Night

The purpose of tonight’s Family Time is to spend time as a family looking at how as believers our hope is found in Christ, not in the luck of the world! God has a plan and a purpose for our lives, which brings great joy and security. You will also look at the history of St. Patrick’s Day, the first missionary to Ireland!

Décor:

Time: 20-30 minutes

Cost- $10

The décor for your family night will center around St. Patrick’s Day. Fill glass vases with dried split peas and white candles and use as a centerpiece. Decorate your table with green plates, cups and placemats. You can also create shamrock placemats using green paper plates or construction paper.

Menu:

Time: 30-45 minutes

Cost- $10

Tonight is a fun night to incorporate as much green food as possible. Be creative!

Main Menu:

Shamrockadillas: Use Spinach tortillas to make your favorite quesadillas. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to create shaped quesadillas!

There are many options for side dishes: green grapes, kiwi, honeydew, apples, spinach salad, celery, broccoli, green peppers, avocados, or sweet peas.

Green Smoothie:

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 2 cups fresh spinach

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve immediately.

For dessert, create a fun green dish to complete your meal!

During dinner, spend time talking about how the holiday of Saint Patrick’s Day is based on a missionary to Ireland, but also other folk traditions that people focus on. Talk about rainbows, leprachauns, and a pot of gold.

Activities and Devotional:

45-60 minutes

Veggie Tales Sumo of the Opera

Watch the section about Saint Patrick to learn more about the first missionary to Ireland.

Ask:

What happened to Maewyn? When he felt alone to whom did he turn?

Say:

He turned to God when he felt alone! Let’s look at a verse that reminds us of this Truth.

Read Isaiah 41:10

Say:

Maewyn was taken against his will, but he chose to seek the Lord when he felt afraid. We can know that no matter what we go through, God is with us and has a plan for us.

Maewyn fled Ireland to return home when he felt God leading him to do so. He then devoted his life to hearing the Lord and obeying Him.

Ask:

Why did Patrick return to Ireland? He loved the Irish people and knew they needed to hear about Jesus. What did he use as an example to teach them about God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit? 

Say:

Just like Jesus used parables to teach people about God and His plan, Patrick used what was all around him, a shamrock! He set a great example for us that our life isn’t based on luck, but rather on the plan God has for us. That plan includes sharing His love and Truth with people around us.

We are going to create a shamrock to remind us of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Shamrock Magnets

Cost: $10-$15

Supplies:

Green Polymer Clay

Magnets

Hot Glue Gun

Rolling Pin

Parchment Paper

Shamrock Cookie Cutter

  1. Place clay between two sheets of parchment. Use the rolling pin and flatten out the clay.
  2. Use the cookie cutter to cut out the pendant shape. I used the inside of a doughnut cutter.
  3. Bake in 275 deg oven for 15 minutes.  (follow package directions)
  4. Allow to cool and attach magnet with the hot glue gun.

Say:

When you hear about someone who has good things happen in their life, people will often say, “They were so lucky!” As followers of Christ, we know that there is no such thing as good luck, but the Bible teaches us that God is in control and has a plan for our life!

Read Jeremiah 29:11

Ask:

What kind of plans does the Lord have for us? His plans are for our benefit…no matter what it may look like to the world. We see this clearly in the life of Maewyn, who later became Patrick. Being kidnapped by Pirates and sold to a master who made him feed pigs, does not seem like God is out for Maewyn’s good, but years later, we see the outcome. We see that Maewyn turned to God when he felt alone and began a life of service to the Lord.

Ask:

How did God speak to Patrick? How did Patrick respond?

Say:

Only God can turn being kidnapped and sold into a love for a new country and the people who live in it. Because of Patrick’s obedience, the country of Ireland first heard the Truths of God and Christianity began to spread. God makes all things work together for His good! Our life is not based on luck, but rather on the perfect will of the Father.

Say a prayer with your family thanking God for His perfect plan.

_________________________________________________________________________________

Let me know what you think!

HomeLife Family Times

Each month I have the joy and privilege of writing for HomeLife Magazine. This is a magazine that features great articles that surround building a strong family.

My monthly feature is near and dear to my heart….Family Nights. FOr years, we have had themed family nights that are based on a biblical devotional. We have had such fun and built some great memories about God’s Word. Teaching your kids the Word does not have to involve Exegetic Romans in the original Greek, but it does take some intentionality. We have found that have activities that reinforce what we are teaching has been super fun and beneficial. I thought I would share a link to the January 2013 HomeLife Magazine and my Hero in the Making Family Time. You can also read the entire magazine online!

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Football Family Night

In honor of the kick-off of football season, we had an evening focused on one of our most favorite things…..FOOTBALL!!!

On the menu was a football pockets….or meatballs shaped like footballs, covered in marinara with cheese on top…

This is the night, I vowed to never use the broiler on my oven again…I always burn whatever I am broiling..

No family night is perfect. This is a great example of how things do not always work out how you planned it. But, perfection is not the point. I know Martha isn’t going to come knock on my door and let me know how I failed in Broiling 101. Setting aside time with our family is what is important.

We also had some nachos and put them in a little basket!

For dessert, we had brownies with icing in the shape of a football….(not pretty, but oh well….re-read above!)

For some reason, all the pictures I got were of food! Part of our football night included a trip to Sport Seasons to pick out a shirt. We are all about teams from Tennessee! Jason, Emery and I got UT t-shirts, Bradley got a black TN jersey and Parker picked out a Titans shirt.  We wanted to be decked out in orange or blue to support our favorite teams.

Next, we went to get RIBBON…what do we need ribbon for on Football Family Night…..to make our own FLAGS. Our craft was homemade Flags for a little flag football game….

The kids picked out their own ribbon and we picked up velcro to finish putting them together. They were so cute. After dinner, we played our game! It was boys versus girls and it was pretty hysterical.

We had such a fun time and Parker even commented that this was one of her favorite nights! I love it because sometimes our nights can be catered more to the girls so having one that Bradley can be all about it something I am going to have to work on more and more.

Our devotional was about working together and being a team. Jason used Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:

10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

We talked about how God has placed them in our family for a purpose. I love hearing them talk through what it means to be apart of our family and how they are apart of God’s Kingdom plan to make His name famous. We also talked about taking care of each other, defending one another and standing together. I want my kids to by loyal to each other and be each others greatest encourager. We were made to be in community and these verses were a great reminder of that.

Jason made a short video of the Stew Fam Flag Football Extravaganza!

Be looking for the PDF for Football on Family Muscle this week!

Family Muscle

About 18 months ago, Jason and I decided to be more intentional about having a night set aside with our kids that was fun, focused and faith building.  Family Nights are not new, nor are Themed Family Nights, but we wanted to take it a step farther and add in a devotional that would help us teach our kids, in a very REAL, hands-on way, about following Christ.  So, out of our desire to be strategic and intentional our Stew Family Nights were birthed. If you have read my blog, you have read about our family nights.  We have had good ones, we have had bad ones, but the point is…we have had them and our children LOVE them.  Over the course of the time we have been having our family nights, I have had several moms tell me that they had started having them and were taking our ideas and making them their own. I was shocked and excited. Excited because I know that the time invested in your kids is always worth it.  Yes, they take time, energy, planning and can be stressful, but I really believe we are giving our kids an experience that helps them see the Truth of God’s Word that is relevant to their young lives.

For about 6 months, we have kicked around started a website that would help other families in having themed family nights.  A few months ago, Family Muscle was birthed.

Family Muscle

You may think the name is quirky, and it is, but we want it to be a resource to help build strong families, in a fun, focused way (no, we are not the Y.)   We have set it up where your night is already planned out. You can download a PDF with details of the decor, food, an activity, a craft and a devotional.  We have also given a time and cost estimate. We are adding family nights regularly and hope to have a place where families can share their own family nights.  I am really excited about this and hope that it is a useful resource for parents!

So, I have a favor! If you would help us get the word out about Family Muscle, that would be AWESOME!

You can follow Family Muscle on Facebook and Twitter, to get notifications when new family nights are available and also links to articles about parenting, family nights…. Or, if you have a blog, I would love for you to link to Family Muscle!

You can also comment on our blog posts with links about any family nights you have had with your family. Comment here or on FamilyMuscle.com and let us know what you are looking for, how we can help and the ideas that you have. We are not trying to have all the answers, just jump out there a little and create a place for all of us to help each other build stronger families. Things are just getting going so we are planning a lot of upgrades the days ahead. So, let us hear from you.

Thanks for your support! Let me know if you have a family night or have any ideas for a fun night!

Back to School Family Night

To celebrate a new school year, we decided to have a Back To School Family Night.  I can’t believe I have a 3rd grader, a 2nd grader and a Pre-Ker.  Seriously? Where are the years going?

I had a lot of fun with this family night. It was pretty simple, but there is beauty is simplicity because it allows us to just have fun together.

I had been looking for props for decor while back to school shopping and hit up the Dollar Spot at Target. I was able to get some nameplates, flash cards and abc bingo. I also got a couple of buckets to use for their lunch.  Brown bags would have worked just as well, but this made it cuter!

We started out by making Edible Crayons. Word to the wise….invest in colored candy melts. Adding food coloring and mixing caused the candy coating to harden really fast. Also, do one one color at a time so your candy coating doesn’t harden on you before you are done.

These were yummy and really simple. I loved the crayon wrappers! We made up a pencil box filled with these for Parker and Emery’s teachers. We also added a SLAM, which is basically a healthier 5 hour energy! We thought they might need it and we are not above a little sucking up to the  new teachers by the new kids!

For decor, I just used….you guessed it….school supplies! The girls decorated the table and Bradley set out everyone’s name cards.

For lunch, we filled their lunch buckets and put a cute little card on it. I found some great free printables for school at this site.

During dinner, we went over our goals for the next year, some in the class, some at home. We discussed our morning chores and I had printed out morning chore cards for them to have to refer to

as we are getting ready in the mornings. We start earlier, so we need all the help we can get to arrive at school on time! Hopefully, this will cut down on any stress we might encounter.

For our devotional, Jason read Hebrews 3:17 and Titus 3:1, which state:

Hebrews 13:17

Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

and

Titus 3:1 NIV

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,

We talked about how we have prayed for their teachers and are confident that God has placed them with the person they are supposed to be with this year. We talked about obedience and why we choose obedience. We also talked about why God places authorities over us and we want them to bring joy to their teachers by their obedience.  A big saying we have at our house is “Obedience brings blessings and disobedience brings consequences.” It was good to remind our kids that obedience is not just to act correctly but is about having a heart that wants to please God because He deserves it!

We rounded out the night with a few, old school, playground games.

A little four square…

Please observe the tie-dye explosion, which were presents from my parentals…

Please notice that all but one of my children are ahead of me…I didn’t make it to 4..

Bradley, the four year old, did make it to #4.

Parker with her mad skilz

Emery, the kid who makes everything look girly, dancy and fancy.

We also played a little GOTCHA, with the parents scoring our kids…we don’t show mercy!

We had a good night before school, Back to School Night!

Bowling Family Night

We had a great family night recently that was all about BOWLING!!

Bowling? Why? Basically, because I got several things on clearance at target that were all about bowling! That is the great thing about themed family nights- they can be created around just about anything!

It took a little planning and honestly, the dinner was a little bit of a stretch, but we still had a great time together.

For starters,

This was our appetizers of black olives and cut up mozzarella sticks.

Here is our fancy centerpiece…this is the bowling set I got at Target.

They are super cute!

For Dinner, we had Bowling Ball Sliders, or as Pioneer Woman calls them, Meatball Sliders.

They are yummy! I actually made the meatballs from scratch, but to save time, you could just buy a bag.

We also had Strike It Potatoes or as Pioneer Woman calls them, Au Gratin Potatoes.

See I told you the menu was a little bit of a stretch, but it was a good meal, that we enjoyed.

After our meal, Jason led our devotional. He read from Matthew 7:13-14,

13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

He talked about how long and narrow the alley is that the bowling alley goes down. He then talked about choices and how many choose the wide (worldly, unwise) path and few choose the narrow (life-giving) path. We talked about what that means for them as kids and as a family. We talked about how obedience brings blessings, but disobedience brings consequences.

We capped it off with this simple of all desserts….marshmallows and whoppers.

We finally put our bowling alley/art gallery to good use. The kids loved this. I must admit, it was a little hard getting those pins down! I am much better at Wii Bowling.

Next, we moved outside for a little slip n slide…bowling style. This was another deal I found at Target…seriously it was less than $4.

Bradley rarely got to the end because he would dive….and somehow land on his hinney. He got sooo frustrated. He got the hang of it after a little while!

Parker was BY FAR the best slip n slider! She could go far in life if there was a professional slip n slider circuit.

Emery did pretty well, herself, but was all about hamming it up with her Dad.

The slip n slide was a great  hit….and a great photo op.

Life…is….good.

Earth Day Family Night…a little late

On Earth Day a couple of weeks ago, we had a family night focused on God’s amazing creation.

LuLu was here and she saw first hand the good, the bad, and ugly parts of family night.

In planning our family night, I found a lot of resources to use for a craft, but recipes were a little harder, so I decided to center
them around 4 areas of Creation: the Land, the Sea, the Sky and Fire.

For decor, I filled some contaners with marshmellows and blue construction paper for sky, blue dyed water for sea, grass for land and candles for fire….fancy, huh?

First up, the kids collected trash from our yard, or sticks or what not…talked about keeping creation tidy and clean

Ms. Emery getting it done..

Parker filling up her bag….

Bradley’s bag was full of sticks..which is helpful for when Jason mows!

The Clean Up Crew

For our menu, I chose things from the land, the sea, the sky. I made Spicy BBQ Shrimp, broccoli, salad, baked potatoes and Sky rolls, aka wheat rolls.

Bradley is allergic to shrimp and yellow dye, so the kids ate natural fish sticks….and yes, Parker ate two of them!

For dessert, we had Springy Flower Pots

They were yummy, but a lot o dessert, so the kids ate very little of it..

this is mid family night, do you see the joy i am experiencing? There is always a moment when I question my sanity during a themed family night…always.

This is the kids watching the LIFE series on Discovery. It is fascinating. They were cutting out tiny triangles to make magazine bead bracelets…..this never happened.

We ran out of time, I didn’t give them enough supervision and it was just a bad moment. Seee, sanity questioned.

We did manage to get my pots for the front porch planted or transplanted from the hanging baskets. Emery was the trooper and helped out her Daddy.

Jason led our devotional out of Psalm 104.  We talked about how the Earth declares the Glory of God and how in

His wisdom He created EVERYTHING. We had a great discussion of how God provides for us through the things of this Earth and reveals

His creativity. We also touched on how in all the beauty of His Creation, we are His crowing jewel.  We talked about the love God has for us and how our purpose is to reflect Him to all those around us.

We ended on a great note.  So, I will too

Psalm 104

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

2 He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent

3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.

4 He makes winds his messengers, [a]
flames of fire his servants.

5 He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.

6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.

7 But at your rebuke the waters fled,
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;

8 they flowed over the mountains,
they went down into the valleys,
to the place you assigned for them.

9 You set a boundary they cannot cross;
never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
it flows between the mountains.

11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 The birds of the air nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.

13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for man to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:

15 wine that gladdens the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine,
and bread that sustains his heart.

16 The trees of the LORD are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

17 There the birds make their nests;
the stork has its home in the pine trees.

18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
the crags are a refuge for the coneys. [b]

19 The moon marks off the seasons,
and the sun knows when to go down.

20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
and all the beasts of the forest prowl.

21 The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.

22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
they return and lie down in their dens.

23 Then man goes out to his work,
to his labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.

26 There the ships go to and fro,
and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 These all look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.

28 When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.

29 When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.

30 When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.

31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD rejoice in his works-

32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the LORD.

35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked be no more.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
Praise the LORD. [c]

Easter Ideas…

As we get ready for an Easter weekend, I thought I would share some ideas we did from our Easter family night last year….the day of the Tornadoes!

You can read about Resurrection Buns and Writing on your Easter Eggs here.

I also plan on doing Empty Tomb Cookies this year.  Here is the Recipe and Scripture references for those….

Begin this recipe on Saturday, the day before Easter.

1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie wooden spoon or a wooden meat hammer
duct tape or packing tape
Bible

Preheat oven to 300*F.

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon or hammer to break them into small pieces.

Explain that after Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon of vinegar into the mixing bowl.

Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life.

Explain that Jesus gave his life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste. Then put your pinch of salt in the bowl.

Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’s followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing! Add 1 cup sugar to the bowl.

Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because he loves us. He wants us to know and belong to him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 10 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks form.

Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheets.

Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’s body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door.

Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

Leave the kitchen. If you’ve been making these cookies just before bedtime, GO TO BED!

Acknowledge that the kids are probably sad that they’ve worked hard to make these cookies, and now have to leave them in the oven overnight. Explain that Jesus’ followers were in sad when Jesus died and the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Ask the kids to notice the cracked surface. Have them bite into the cookies. The cookies are hollow!

Explain that on the first Easter morning, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.

Resurrection Eggs are also a great craft idea to make with your kids.  My kids have made these at church and at school and we are going to be using them this weekend, as well.
Here is a video to show you how to make them or you can go here to read how to make them!
Hope these ideas help you celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this weekend!

Stew Family Night- DIY style

Jason surprised me with a new look for my blog.  We are still working through some details and it will continue to be tweaked! The blogs he reads are vastly different than the mommy blogs I read, so we are working out some design aesthetics!

Speaking of blogging, it is obvious that I am not posting that often.  It just seems to be the first to go. February was very busy for me, especially with Jason gone to Africa. I am hoping to get a little better, if anyone still reads this thing!

We had another Stew Family Night! I knew I wanted to use a Fondue Pot for a family night, so I pretty much built the theme around it!

We started with a pizza bar, with personal pizza crusts, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, black olives, bacon, pineapple and mushrooms.  I also had marinara sauce or pesto to choose from, but of course, I was the only one who chose the pesto!

Next, for our DIY night was a little clay project! I found examples here and here of using polymer clay to make necklaces. I knew my girls would be all over this craft!  Bradley goes with with the flow, so he enjoyed it too. This was a lot of fun. We will be doing this again.  I will say that I goofed in the cooking aspect of this craft and they pretty much were all burnt!  Oops! These things happen!

After we set the clay to bake, we ate our yummy pizzas and set out our fondue pot for a chocolate extravaganza.  I used chocolate chips and a cup of heavy cream, which I made myself because I forgot it! For our dipping pleasure, we had strawberries, grapes, pineapple, brownies, rice crispy treats and sugar cookies.  They all loved it, it was a little messy and we passed a few chocolaty kisses around! They laughed and laughed and really had a blast with dessert!

Lastly, Jason spoke out of Jeremiah 18:1-6.

Jeremiah 18

At the Potter’s House

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD : 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.  5 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”

We talked about how we are in God’s hands and that he shapes us through His Word to become the creation He desires. Jason also emphasized that you can be clay that is hard or soft- either you can let God shape your life or you can struggle against Him.  I love how these devotionals usually bring out questions or issues they are concerned about.  We have had a lot of talks about being a Christ Follower with both girls and how anyone can say they follow Jesus.  Our actions prove to whom we are devoted! In the end, the potter creates what He desires, to fulfill a purpose, to be beautiful.

Here is a snapshot of our night…..

Load More