I know I had a ton of thoughts this week, but many were forgotten, which is a great thing for you as this post won’t be extremely long!
Thankful Thoughts: (Numbering continues from previous weeks)
48. We had a great one night anniversary get-away last week.
49. My oldest daughter got home safely from camp.
50. We get to go on vacation soon and see my 92 year old Grandma–that is truly a blessing!
- Life is short. Do what is important while you can. We had a lady (about 40 years old) in our Sunday School class that has had a hard life and didn’t always live like she should. She was in church on Sunday and was happy that she had a job that was starting on Monday. Her friend found her dead on the living room floor Monday morning. Please pray for her mom who truly loves the Lord. This is her second child that has died in the past year. Pray for the lady’s children and grandchildren that they will see the importance of knowing the Lord while they still have time.
- Talking about Sunday School, my husband’s Sunday School class on Sunday was terrific :). And I’m not saying that because I’m prejudiced! So here’s some of the notes I took.
He was teaching from John 19 and looking at Jesus and what He said on the cross. From what He said on the cross, we see that he is not self-centered . Even though he was in pain, he was concerned for others–
a. The first three phrases were others-focused: ” Father forgive them.” Luke. 23:34
b. “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke. 23:39-43
c. He asked John to take care of His mother. John 19:25-27
d. The central phrase had to do with His relationship with God. Matthew 27:45-49 (“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”)
e. The last three statements focused on Himself: His body. John 19:28-29 (‘I thirst.”)
f. His soul — John 19:39, Isaiah 53:10 (“It is finished.”)
g. His spirit–he was in control of even His spirit. Luke 23:46 — fulfillment of Psalm 31:5 (“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”) What a good example for us to be focused on others and to have God be the center of our lives.
- From Sunday School, we also focused on the Greek word “tetelastai” which is translated in English, “It is finished.” This literally means:
“It is finished, it stands finished, and it always will be finished!”
Back in Jesus day, “tetelastai” was used in many various ways:
- A servant would use it when reporting to his or her master, “I have completed the work assigned to me.” Jesus had finished the work God had given Him.
- When a priest examined an animal sacrifice and found it faultless, this word would apply. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God, without spot or blemish.
- When an artist completed a picture, or a writer a manuscript, he or she might say, “It is finished.” Jesus had just finished His masterpiece — it completed the picture that God had been painting, the story that He had been writing, for centuries. Because of the cross, we understand the ceremonies and prophecies in the Old Testament.
- It was used by merchants to say that the bill had been paid in full. (Archeologists have found this word on business receipts.) When Jesus gave Himself on the cross, Jesus fully met the righteous demands of a holy law; He paid our debts in full. Only His blood could take away the sins of the world.
This leads us to say, “Hallelujah, What a Savior!”
Thought about the Build Your Own Bundle Sale:
You may have seen a lot of hype this past week about the Build Your Own Bundle Sale that I am an affiliate for. I have shared about it here on Creative K Kids the past couple of weeks. There are a TON of resources available to you for phenomenal prices.
I have not put as much work into it as many ladies as I just don’t have the time nor probably the right following to do great (if I even sell anything :)) in this sale seeing I am not that large of a blog nor do I homeschool.
However, I was able to get a few products free to review for this sale, and that made the work I put into the sale worth it. Yesterday I reviewed the Little Character Badges. Today I am going to review a book that is in the K-3 bundle. (The Character Badges were in the K-3 Bundle too.)
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I was able to receive the PDF of Asia: It’s People and History. This book is a 16 week course that covers 6 different nations: Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam.
- There are fictional stories about how Christians in these countries endure difficulty just because they are Christians. At the end of the story there are questions that apply the story to the children’s lives. What would the children that are listening do? Will God do what He says He would do?
- Then the book tells what the country is like and the history of the country.
- We also learn what life is like for Christians in that country.
- There is a section that explains about the different people groups that live in that country.
- There are short stories from real Christians in those countries telling some experiences of how they had to count the cost as a Christian.
- There are also free downloads for activities that go with the book.
Since my husband is half Vietnamese and was actually born in Vietnam, I was excited to see Vietnam as one of the countries included in this book. He also used to work with refugees from Laos, and his dad as a Green Beret during the Vietnam War went into Laos and Cambodia. So this book will definitely be interesting to my children.
As the most unreached people groups in the world are centered over in the region that this book covers (due to Communism being the government of some of those countries and the Muslim religion being the only religion that is allowed in other countries), many of these Christians suffer severe persecution. I want my children to see how others are willing to be persecuted and even die for the name of Christ.
We will use this book to use for family reading and for devotional use. It would also be good if you were doing a report on one of these six countries as it does have historical facts about each country.
You can buy just the ebook or paperback HERE, but when you buy a bundle, you get a a bundle of bonuses as well. If you didn’t like all the items in the K-3 bundle, you could build your own bundle where you pick 5 or 10 items that are under $19.99 from all the bundles and make your own bundle.
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