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Dirt Day In Children's Church!

Every month we try to have a special Sunday.  Yesterday was July's and we had Dirt Sunday.  They say kids learn more and retain it easier when they use more of their senses so I set out to see how many we could use.      First we had our lesson, we talked about when God created the world and divided the dry land from the seas.  We talked about how much we need dirt to survive.  We need dirt for the trees which help with the oxygen we breathe, the plants we grow to eat and to enjoy.  I never knew how much we need dirt til I started preparing for this lesson, God knew and provided for us.  I bet you will look at dirt differently now too.      Then we did a coloring picture and on the picture was a flower pot and in the top instead of just coloring the dirt brown we actually spread glue and put real dirt on it.  We passed the dirt around and each one felt it and smelled to see what it smelled like.  Next, we planted some flower seeds in some potting soil and they felt the diffe…

Bible Study----A review and link to download!

Today I will share some key points from the bible study and a link to where you can print the study if you would like to.  Julia also has more points on her blog if you would like to go there and check it out.  http://www.made2bcreative.com/blog/?p=5815      The points that stuck out to me are these....      1) She was nameless      2) The lady had a health problem      3) She had done all she could, seen the doctors, spent money, tried everything      4) She heard of Jesus      5) She knew if she got close to Jesus she would be healed, great faith      6) She went out and did what she had to so she could get close to Jesus      7) She placed her faith in Jesus      8) She was healed right away      9) Jesus wanted her story shared     10) Jesus is there waiting for us if we will reach out to Him     11) We should share what God has done for us with others      If you would like to print this study follow this link.... http://www.juliabettencourt.com/printables/ssheets/BibleStudyW…

Bible Study-----Day 4!

Sorry here I am a day late again, yesterday was my youngest grands first birthday and I had them part of the day and then his party and the day slipped away before I got this posted.  I humbly apologize if anyone out there is reading this. 
     On the first 3 days we found out this lady was sick, she had done everything she could to get better, spent all her time, money and resources and then she heard of Jesus.  She had the faith and trust that if she could just get close to Jesus she could be healed.  She did all she could and she got close enough to touch the hem of Jesus" garment and she believed she would be healed and she was which brings us to today, our final day with her.
     Today is so exciting, we see she was healed and she didn't have to wait or do this or that, she was healed immediately, right away.  She felt it right away and so did Jesus, he knew that someone had touched him and been healed.  Jesus also wanted the crowd to know what had happened.  He …

Bible Study---Day 3!

Today is day 3 of the bible study and I am excited to learn more about this lady.  Today we learned she had great faith.  She knew if she but touched the garment of Jesus she would be healed.  Yet I am sure it was not easy for her to get to Jesus, she was sick with the issue of blood, she had spent all her money, she had to get through the crowd but she stepped out of her comfort zone and was determined to get to Jesus.
     How often do we not do something we feel led to do or are asked to do because we don't feel comfortable.  In not stepping out and doing as God asks or leads us to do we also may be missing out on blessings that God had for us.  She stepped out of her comfort zone and she was healed.  What could we receive if we stepped out?
     Questions for reflections----
     1) What about this woman's faith inspires you the most?
     2) Do you find it easy to step out of your comfort zone to put your faith into action?
     3) Do you think your faith is as stro…

Bible Study Day 2

Bible Study Day 2------
     Today we first learn that the lady had heard of Jesus.2nd she had a determination that even though she was sick she was going to get close to Jesus and lastly she had faith that if she could just get near and touch Jesus clothing she would be healed.
     Most of us have had some opportunity to hear of Jesus but how much determination do we have to get close to Him?  How strong is our faith?  Do we trust fully in Jesus or do we first try to fix it ourselves or take care of it?  How much better would we all be if we just reached out for Jesus?
     Questions for reflection----
     1) The people in todays scripture were waiting on Jesus and anticipating what He would say and do.  What about you?  Do you anticipate your time Bible reading and praying with Jesus? Do you anticipate how He can answer your prayers?
     2)Do you actively encourage others?
     3) How often do you tell others about Jesus so they can hear?
     4) In what ways has faith kep…

Bible Study Day 1

I saw a bible study for ladies and it was going to be four days only and I thought this would be a good start for me to try doing a bible study.  I was hoping to post here and let ya'll study along.  I did my study for yesterday but sadly did not get my post posted.  Please forgive me and here it is a day late.
     Scripture to study is this.....
Mark 5:24-34 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned…

With A Touch-Online Ladies Bible Study!

I will be participating in this online bible study for ladies this week.    It's called, "With a Touch" concerning the woman in Mark 5 and Luke 8. It only last four days so it is totally doable.      I will be blogging here each day starting tomorrow about the study.  If you would like to join in then go to Julia's blog above.  If you just want to follow along with me I would love to see you back here each day.  At the end of the week you will also have the option to print it out and she may have some other goodies available also.      I use lots of Julia's materials in my ministries at church so even if you don't do the bible study you should really check out her site at http://juliabettencourt.com/     Hope to see you back here tomorrow and prayerfully we will all grow in Christ as ladies. God bless, Pat  

Random thoughts!

God has been talking to me about some things and I thought that I would share them with ya'll.  I know this is not new but it is one of those thoughts that bears repeating.  It is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  It does not say do unto them what they will do to you but what you would want them to do.  If you use others, treat them with disrespect or lie to them, how do you think they are going to treat you,  But more than that, if they ask you to do something for them or spend time with them etc and you are always too busy or just can't for whatever lame excuse how long do you think they are going to keep asking or what do you think they are going to say when you need them to do something for you?      Another is bless and be blessed.  Again I know you know this but just sharing a reminder.  When you bless someone they might not can bless you in return and you should not be looking for them to.  If you bless someone just to be a blessing t…

Food, family and fireworks 2013

What did you and yours do on the 4th?  I spent much of the day with family.  Anytime I can spend time with family it is a good time. 

    Part of the day was spent watching the grands play in their pools.......

     We also had a cook out and Jonathan grilled the meat and some veggies.  We also had potato salad which they devoured so fast I never got a picture of it........      Then to wind down and end the day on a good note we went to a neighboring town to watch the fireworks.  Everyone enjoyed it, well Jet slept through it but the rest were having a blast.
     All in all it was a good day and I am so blessed to have gotten to spend it with the ones I love!  I hope your day was as wonderful as mine was!

God bless,
Pat