COVID-19 Processing Resources for the FAMILY!

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How many of you lived through the experience of 9/11? I can distinctly remember when I heard the news, and the fear that followed. 9/11 was a historical moment that altered how we operate in our daily living. Anyone else watch older movies where they are meeting someone at the airport and can walk straight to the plane? Yeah, that doesn’t happen anymore due to the events of 9/11.

During this COVID-19 there can be fear and uncertainty. One of the memories I have during 9/11 was unanswered questions which caused fear and uncertainty. Therefore I wanted to provide my family and other families a way to process these emotions. And this is where the COVID-19 resource packet comes into play.

This much needed resource is helpful in allowing kids of all ages to process through these changing times. I personally recall when 9/11 happened and how the world changed before my very eyes, things that once were became something new and forever changed.

Within the PDF printable packet you will find:

  • Personal refection worksheets on how life is currently
  • The Blessings to be found in this time and how to bless others
  • Prayer journal with writing or drawing options
  • Fun moments and bringing the best in the moment out
  • Hard moments to promote conversations with family
  • Promises that God gives us in his scripture, journal pages to reflect and color sheets with scripture on it.

HEAD OVER HERE TO SNAG A RESOURCE PACKET!

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This resource is one of the ways we are working to supporting families. We also are using it as a fundraiser to help earn money to pay for Darren Rice to attend seminary. So we thank you for helping us walk this journey together, following God’s call 🙂

 

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Scripture Memory

When I first had young kiddos I wanted to find valuable and easy to learn verse to start putting the Word of God into the hearts of my young! This year our church has been doing a focus of a verse for the month! All the kiddos from babies on up are hearing these verses repeated, and kiddos ages 2 and older are hiding these Words in their hearts! Praise God!

But, I ran into the problem of which verses should I do!? There are so many amazing scriptures that I desperately wanted to hide in the hearts of my children! So word of advice: just start! Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed at the amount of verse you want them to learn and just start! 🙂

Here are some suggestions for those wanting to JUST START! Remember young kiddos CAN do this! Our family have enjoyed so much using the resource below and feel free to join in!!!

Here is our verse we worked on in July, this is an amazing verse to remind us to always LOOK to the LORD! And great to use in different situations and seasons. Also when the kids memorize this verse, when they have a hard moment we can bring up the Word of God, saying comments like, “Look to Lord, Seek Him and He will guide us, calm us, and strengthen us.”  In our family, we also talked about how seeking is like hide-and-seek,  and when we play hide and seek what does the seeker do? Do they sort of look for the hider or do they search with excitement and focus? This is a great  opportunity bring the words of God to them in a relatable way!

In the month of August we focused on what it means to hide the Word of God in our hearts, and how memorizing it  is a part if it. Placing the Word of God in our hearts so when we need it we can find it. Again, we talked about when we put something into a special spot we can recall or bring it back to our mind quickly. But, sometimes we can forget where we have put things so what should we do to remind ourselves of these promises? Practice them!

September we rejoiced in memorizing Philippians 4:4 with a sing-song way. It has been fun to talk about what the word REJOICE means and the difference between joy and happiness.

Here is a sneak peak at the verse for October, which is right around the corner!

 

Happy Memorizing!!!

RESOURCES – Family Bible Time

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As a mom I am finding myself looking desperately for support and resources to help me along my journey of Raising my beautiful Rice children. There are so many GREAT resources out there! I wanted to share a few favorites with you guys, in hopes it may bless you! The theme of this resource section is to help us parents find resources to facilitate conversations that lead our kids to God.

Our family bible time takes place usually in the evening time with our whole family before bed, and can look different in different seasons. But also there are many opportunities throughout the day for us to be having these conversations as the verse encourages us parents:

Deuteronomy 11:18-19

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

I want to take advantage of these opportunities and calling in my life, but to be honest I need support, I need resources to help me, and most importantly I need to be in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to guide my conversations with my kids.

TOP 5 RESOURCES for FAMILY BIBLE TIME

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Ok here are some current favorites!!! Our top 5!!

1.)  The best resource is … THE BIBLE!!! I realize if I am not in the word fixing MY heart on truth, then it is EXTREMELY hard to share that truth with my kids!

2.) Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain

 

Talking with your Kids About God is as an great practical book that offers a process to discuss 30 conversations that every parents should have with their kids through:

Open the Conversation
Advance the Conversation
Apply the Conversation

(these are the levels of conversation with your kiddos)

In the Introduction it says the book “is designed to equip you, the adult, with the knowledge you need to have these conversations with your kids. In other words, don’t hand this book directly to your kids-it’s not written for them! Topics include:

The Existence of God
Science and God
The Nature of God
Believing in God
The Difference God Makes

3.) Wondrous Works of God and Mighty Acts of God (sequel) written by Starr Meade

 

My husband and I feel like these books are deep in thought, but a good length of time. From other reviews and in our opinions it is fabulous to be able to read a family devotion FOR KIDS and not have to edit out theological errors. It also has illustrations that help understanding for my younger children as well.

While there is not a specified age range for this book, a reason for using this resource for us was we felt like the young kid Bible stories are important yet can at times limit understanding of the whole story, these books are geared more for elementary age students and the “next step” from the children Bible stories, however we prefer them even at the age range of our kid currently. Our 4 year old gets the most out of the story and 3 year old can also answer simple questions, our 3 year old response to the pictures and our 1 year old drinks his milk while we read;)

4.) Wise Words for Moms by Ginger Hubbard

I know I always take about this resource, I just love it! But also it is a great resource for family bible time, or special moments of training. If there has been a day of lots of whining and complaining, Darren and I will use this resource to help guide the conversation with questions and verses, and for go our “normal” Bible time, because sometimes you just need a refocus time. Seriously moms (and dads) this resource is like 4 bucks! Totally worth it!

5.) Our Families 24 Family Ways – By Clay Clarkson and the Our 24 Family Ways Kids Color-In Book. 

 

This is a GREAT family Bible time that works well with multiple ages, and provides the coloring book for youngers and or kinesthetic learnings. I have also used this resource to help me with Bible time during the day, it has a topic and gives you conversation and verses for 5 days.

“Our 24 Family Ways is a parent-friendly, Bible-centered family time resource that seamlessy weaves together devotional interaction with discipleship instruction for the whole family. This is a tool to train your children in the way they should go, teach them Bible truths and principles, train them in Christian character and values, and strengthen their relationship with the Lord.”

Here is what is included in the 24 family ways Devotional Guide:

–120 complete family devotionals…five for each of the Ways, in family-ready ARTS outlines.
–24 easy-to-learn family Ways…24 biblical values in six key areas of family life.
–24 Scripture memory passages…one for each Way, in NIV, NASB, and NKJV.
–24 character quality definitions…one for each Way, in child-friendly language.
–25 original screened illustrations…one for each Way, plus one for Proverbs 22:6.
–25 line art coloring pages…make My 24 Family Ways notebooks for each child.

It is a great resource!

Like I said there are so many great resources out there! Praise God, for the authors that are responding to the calling on their life to support and help families teach truth to their kids! Hope you all feel empowered now with additional resources to help get us on the track of intentionality!

 

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PODCAST #7 – How to ENJOY and BE IN God’s Creation

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On today’s podcast be encouraged on how to get out in God’s creation with your FAMILY! Special Guest Samantha King helps us learn baby steps to starting out. Give it a Listen I think you will be inspired!

Job 12:7-10

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.

God reveals himself to us through the BIBLE, and HIS creation!

 

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