Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 3rd Grade :)

Worshipful Weekend with Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We set apart a few minutes tonight to do a family devotion with our little ones. While we lit the candles in our Easter Garden Basket, we reminded ourselves that today, on Good Friday, Jesus died on the cross and was buried in a tomb. Then we sang a few simple songs, and the voice of a little angel was heard singing in our family worship time. I saw daddy smile, surprised to see that Noah learned Nothing But the Blood of Jesus, a song I have been singing with Noah over the past few weeks. I am sharing our worship set for the night because it worked quite well for a short Easter family devo.

I hope you too can make some time this weekend to do family devotions! No matter how simple they are, it will be rewarding, and it will turn your children’s hearts toward the true meaning of Easter.

Jesus Saved Me

(Tune: Jesus Loves Me)

Jesus saved me this I know

For the Bible tells me so

Nailed to the cross for my own sins,

died, and buried, and raised again!

Yes, Jesus saved me!

Yes, Jesus saved me

Yes, Jesus saved me

He saved me from my sins

Nothing But the blood of Jesus

(a timeless hymn)

What can wash away my sins?

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

What can make me whole again

Oh, precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow

No other fount I know

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

At the Cross

(a timeless hymn)

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light

and the burden of my heart rolled away

It was there by faith I received my sight

And now I am happy all the day!

Which led nicely into this……(you might recognize from Sister Act)

Oh Happy Day

Oh happy day (echo)

Oh happy day (echo)

When Jesus washed (echo)

When Jesus washed (echo)

He washed my sins away (Oh happy day)

Oh happy day (echo)

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3/29/12 Forgiven.

All of Us Have Become Like One Who is Unclean,

and All Our Righteous Acts Are Like Filthy Rags

Me covered in the filthy innards of a vaccuum bag to illustrate the filth of sin.

Sin is as ugly as filthy rags. Hate your sin. He who has been forgiven little loves little. In other words, he who is unaware of the magnitude of his own sin, feels forgiven of little. Therefore he will love Christ little unable to recognize the magnitude of Christ’s grace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Holy as I am Holy

Tayler illustrates being robed in the beauty of Christ’s righteousness as believers. A true princess of God!

Simply believe, and the goodness of Jesus is imputed to you; your sins, your filthy rags, are no more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awareness of Sin Reveals Need For a Savior

I asked the kids to tell me one of their sins. Noah and I have been talking a lot lately about how Jesus takes away our sins and what sin is, but still, can such a little child be aware of his own sin? Without much hesitation, Noah responded with a very knowing answer, that was not parroted. Wow, I was humbled to see light dawning in the eyes of my son’s understanding. Awareness of sin precedes awareness of a need for Christ’s redeeming grace.

Today, repent. Be aware of the sins that crucified Him. Write them down…..ingratitude, unbelief, envy, pride. Feel your need for a Savior. Burn up the confessions. Feel the emancipation of salvation. You are dead to the old you. Know that your sins are no more. You are a new creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Will Remember Your Sins No More. Forgiven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy Day Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do this fingerplay with your little ones. I guarantee smiles!

 

Raindrops, raindrops!

Falling all around (move fingers to imitate falling rain)

Pitter-patter on the rooftops, (tap softly on floor)

Pitter-patter on the ground.

 

Here is my umbrella; (open huge umbrella)

It will keep me dry.

When I go walking in the rain,

I hold it up so high. (raise umbrella high in the air)

 

Pitter-patter, raindrops!

Falling from the sky; (wiggle fingers to imitate falling rain)

Here is my umbrella

To keep me safe and dry!

 

When the rain is over, (close umbrella)

And the sun begins to glow, (make a large circle with arms)

Little flowers start to bud, (cup two hands together)

And grow, and grow, and grow! (slowly unfurl cupped hands)

 

Oh my, Noah LOVES this fingerplay. He loves it so much that he HAD to do it with Daddy as soon as he got home from work.

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3/22/12 An Eggciting Day

We did a Ressurection Egg hunt today during circle time and the kids loved it. I named a color, a hiding spot clue, and instructions to run the egg back to our circle once an egg was found. The kids were excited to see what was inside each egg, and one by one, the items helped me to convey the full Easter story. Retelling the highlights of our school day over dinner that night, my husband, an avid supporter of Little Lambs and homeschooling, asked a great question, “How do the kids learn academics through a school with so much spiritual focus?” Instead of trying to explain the big picture, which I think he gets anyway, I used the Ressurection Egg hunt as a very literal example of how academics can be intertwined with Biblical education. Following directions (i.e. following hiding spot clues) is a huge standard in all preschools. Opportunities for development of cooperation, sharing, and conflict resolution also surfaced during the hunt. Listening skills were employed during the Bible story telling, and story sequencing was introduced as we lined up the eggs in sequential order. Finding something hidden sharpens observation skills, and running around is P.E.! That was plenty of academics for our 3 year olds. However, the lesson could have been arranged differently to even challenge a 10 year old. Spiritual education doesn’t have to be taught in a 20 minute window every morning, it can really be intertwined into everything we do in homeschool.

Now the big picture is this….our homeschool’s main purpose is to equip our children to bring God glory. I like the way the Heart of Wisdom, explains their philosophy as One Thing Needed–the story of Mary and Martha reminds us that only one thing is necessary. “A willingness to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His Word is the most important thing we can ever teach our children. Sensible Martha had many accomplishments, but worry and trouble were her rewards. Mary, on the other hand, was praised for choosing that good thing which was itself her reward and which would not be taken away from her.” “What about academics—math, language arts, history, and science?” Of course these things matter, but only as they sharpen your focus on the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Academic subjects are important tools, but they are only tools, not the goal. The moment academics cloud your view, to whatever degree they slow your pursuit of God’s will, they then move from being helpful tools to what Jesus calls “cares of this life.”

Gosh, I feel so freed in this pursuit! So “care” free!!

Back to Ressurection Eggs…..it dawned on me that this would be a great alternative or complimentary egg hunt to do with our own kids at our family Easter celebration. It would certainly help bring more Jesus into our Easter by holding a Ressurection Egg hunt, and then gathering the kids around to tell the Easter Bible story using the treasures within. An egg hunt that glorifies God instead of the Easter bunny! Sweet! Have you thought about that?

Make Your Own Ressurection Eggs or buy them online

Teach the Easter Story Using Ressurection Eggs

Ressurection Egg Hunt

3 Nails in the Hands and Feet of Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

     

 “t” is for tomb

   

 ‘Crazy Balloon’ Fun Outside

Eggsperiments with Miss Cherie

Squeeze David!

If you apply even pressure to a raw egg, like a mother hen sitting on her egg, it won’t break!

Can You Tell Which is Raw, Which is Hard Boiled?

Will One Sink and One Float?

Will One Roll Differently Than The Other?

Will One Spin?…… Yes!

Its the Hard Boiled One!

Noah cracked open the egg to see if it was the raw or the hard boiled egg that spun.

Why Not?

Its always a good time for a snack.

 

No Thank You

Eggs Soaked in Vinegar for several days become rubbery….like the sole of your shoe. Want to touch it Tayler?

Boing!

Try this!

Light a candle in a jar, set the egg on top…..

Egg Vaccuum

….and watch how the egg gets sucked in.

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Passover: A beautiful foreshadow of Jesus Christ

This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. Exodus 12:14

 

Why aren’t we taught Biblical holidays in church?

Are Christians supposed to celebrate Passover?

(and other Biblical festivals)

 

Here are a few reasons why Little Lambs chose to celebrate Passover today (taken from this book):

The whole redemption story is portrayed for us in the Biblical holidays. The holidays contain more divine information of spiritual and prohetic value than any subject of scripture.

There were two major revivals in the Old Testament and both were marked with a reinstitution of the the Passover Festival.

A passover meal is a powerful visual aid to teach children the Bible.

The Biblical holidays were celebrated by Jesus, His apostles, and the early New Testament Church (including Gentiles).

Our Christianity can not be fully understood without studying the Old Testament and our Hebrew roots. We are grafted into a Hebrew family! (we study a Hebrew book and serve a Hebrew Lord)

The Biblical holidays have a deep abiding meaning for Christians since their completeness is found in Jesus.

The reason the church departed from the holidays is becuase they were trying to de-Judaize the church due of fear of legalism.

God is awakening us to the Jewish roots of our Christian faith.

Shedding the pervasive Western/American/Greek mindset in order to reexamine the scriptures from a Hebraic mindset will help us find previously unnoticed intricate details and treasures. “Studying scripture from our modern mindset is like looking for gold in a dark mine with a dim pen light–you can see enough to stumble around but you need more light to see clearly.” I want to be transformed by the renewing of my mind!! (Romans 12:2)

Get back to living life like the early church (a model church) who celebrated the festivals. To understand the Early Church we must dig through layers of a mountain of mans influences shoveling off man’s traditions, theories, interpretations, and philosophies from Greek and Roman civilizations, Constantine, Marcion, Catholicism, etc. Remember how much good came when Wycliffe and Calvin did just this? They dug through layers of junk, discarded many theological errors, and found a view of God’s salvation by grace!

Christians can learn so much from the Biblical Hebrews strong family centered worship.

Some believe that Easter has pagan origins. Whether it does or does not, we can be sure that we are not tied to anything pagan when celebrating God’s intended way as shown in the Biblical Passover festival.

 

Could it be that Easter is meant to be a Christian Passover festival?

Perhaps you might find some ways to make your Easter into a Passover this year?

 

Now from the perspective of personal experience and my heart. I have felt that God has been trying to move me into reinstituting Passover in my life, school, and family. However, I had never even been to one and knew very little about it–so you could say I was winging it, and just trusting God. I read A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays which helped immensely. Using this book, I planned a Passover Seder meal for Little Lambs and distributed information about the festival to all the moms. We invited grandmas because I felt that this was going to be one of those times that generations should be transferring their legacy of faith to the next generation. The day arrived, families came, and it was a lively atmosphere–just the way a party should be. There was so much joy and life in the room. Like me, maybe you can recall the stress and woes of some of the holidays past when it was supposed to have been a happy, fun, worshipful, family bonding day? Compared to so many of my Easters and holidays past in, this first Passover surpassed them in many ways–especially in the presence of God. So by experience, I am a believer: that when you do holidays God’s way, the way He meant for them to be celebrated, the way He showed us how in the Bible, God shows up!! It was a beautiful time!

 

 

A Picture of Jesus

Matzah

The bread had no time to rise because the Hebrew slaves left Egypt in a hurry.

He was pierced for our trangressions, bruised for our iniquities.

Lamb

God passed over the Hebrews who put the blood of the Lamb on their doorpost.

We are rescued and passed over by the blood of Jesus, our Lamb of God.

Bitter Herbs

The Hebrew slaves cried bitter tears in their cruel bondage.

We eat horseradish with matzah to remember how Jesus has absorbed our bitter sins, our ugly bondage to sin.

Haroset

Symbolizes the mortar used by the Hebrews in building.

For us, it symbolizes the how sweetness of Jesus overcomes the bitterness of sin.

 

Our Matzah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Passover table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma Heather leads us in Washing of the Hands

I wash my hands as a token of my desire to live a clean life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mommy made me crackers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah! We found the Afikoman

We broke one piece of matzah remembering He was broken for us, wrapped it in linen as Jesus was at burial, and hid it for the children to find.

 

Hugs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

A really good book to help you celebrate and study the Biblical Holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3/13/12 Easter Garden Baskets

Just a few pictures today of the end products. The Easter Garden Baskets were a whimsical creation of the Garden of Gethsemane, the hill of Calvery, and the burial tomb all combined with meaningful elements such as candles to represent Jesus as the Light of the World, tiny birds eggs to represent our new life in Him, etc. The Easter gardens turned out really awesome if I do say so myself! I could hardly think of a better way to fill up an Easter basket with the true meaning of the holiday. I actually love the plant selection–being a former cacti hater, God has shown me the beauty of another part of his creation (once dubbed ugly) through this project. Here is where we got the idea if you want to make one too.

Tayler’s Bee-u-tee-ful Basket

Noah’s “Just One More Plant Mommy” Basket

David’s “I Don’t Like Dirt” Basket

(cross and tomb still in process)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So why no pictures of us doing the project? Well we had to move the project indoors because of the rain today and you should have seen the dirt fest that transpired inside my house. I guess we didn’t feel like jumping up and leaving another dirt trail in order to grab a camera. Moms and three year olds alike were fully covered in dirt head to toe. Good times. :0 Good memories. 🙂

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Season of Lent Begins Today

Ash Wednesday, February 22nd

“From dust you come and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).

For the Christian, the Lenten season is meant to remind us of our common mission to walk the path with Jesus toward death. It invites us to lose our lives in order to find them anew, resurrected with Jesus on Easter morning.

Whether or not one actively observes Lent, the season can serve as an invitation to evaluate our own lives and to examine the invitation of Jesus to “die” with him. We can enter this “deathly” contemplation with the anticipation of resurrection on Easter morning. But Christ’s path to resurrection is the path of laying down lives, the path of relinquishment, and the path of self-denial. This path feels entirely unnatural, for it takes us in the opposite direction of self-preservation.

Yet, Jesus said that if anyone wants to follow him, if anyone really wants the kind of life he offers, the kind of life he modeled for us in his own, then we must “deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him” (Mark 8:34). Following Jesus will lead us all to the Cross, and will lead us all to the place of death. For the Christian, that is the downward journey of Lent.

Following the downward path of Jesus can lead to a renewed, hopeful, and restored vision of life. For as we embrace our inevitable deaths and declines, as we embrace the downward path, we have the opportunity to let go of the false things we think make up our lives. We let go of thinking that the accumulation of wealth, power, and resources make up a good life; we let go of thinking that busyness makes us important; we let go of thinking that our personal safety and security are to be preserved at all cost. And as we let go, we can embrace those who make life fullest, we can put others’ interests before our own, and exist for the sake of others. And what is done on behalf of others for the sake of Christ will indeed endure beyond our deaths.

The season of Lent is the season of dust and ashes. It is the journey toward one man’s death on a Cross and toward our own. Jesus understood this as he bore the weight of suffering, misunderstanding, shame, and death at Golgotha. The way to resurrection life is indeed not by saving our lives, but in losing them. Whether one observes Lent or not, the call to “take up our crosses” is issued to all.

Excerpt from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

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Together we carry our children to the cross

In family and school this Easter season, we will be all wrapped up in the incomparable glory of the cross. Won’t you join me on this 40 day trail leading to the cross?

(Quotations and full descriptions can be found at aholyexperience.com–a most beautiful and heart wrenching blog written by Ann Voskamp)

Lent

Trail to the Tree

February 22—April 8th

“Lent. It’s the preparing the heart for Easter. Like going with Jesus into the wilderness for forty days, that we might come face to ugly face with our enemy. Our sacrificing that we might become more like Christ in His sacrifice.” Let me be crucified with you Jesus.

Lent traces its roots to this earliest tradition of Christ followers. Wanting to emphasize the power of the Cross and significance of the resurrection, we set aside this season to reflect on life, sin, love, God’s intervention, sacrifice and victory for humankind.

Today, Lent is sacred for some, ignored by others, and for some it may have become an empty and lifeless practice. Like anything good, it is only as good as it is meaningful to the practitioner.

Each night through Lent, families may choose to read devotionals, pray, journal, light a candle, etc. Choose 1 thing to give up. Ingratitude? Selfishness? Worry?

Repentance Box

At the Foot of the Cross

“As the day rolls out, and snags here and there, we find ourselves, Mama and Dad, big kids and little, taking a moment to confess our sins on small cards, slipping them into our box of repentances.

In this practice we are experiencing it afresh: Confessing sins is a cleansing, emancipating grace.

Come Easter morning, we’ll burn up our cards of sins confessed.

Because they are, astoundingly, no more, because of Christ who did it all.

And we’ll walk home with an empty box of repentance, giving thanks that He has written our names, not our sins, in His book of remembrance.”

Easter Garden

A Visual Parable

A miniature remembering of the resurrecting wondering of the all-things new beginning…..A basket, some dirt, some plants, moss, a wee pond, miniature garden torches, a tomb, a cross, a path. Each day light another wick for the Light of the World is coming….until Good Friday, when all goes dark. This is the path we walk from Lent to Easter, from dark to Light, from death to life, and the Easter garden will unfold, a parable, a living visual of the metamorphosis of all the cosmos…

Easter Garden, another way to walk out lent each family evening, us again with Him in the garden in the cool of the evening.

Passover Meal

The Last Supper

A desire to recover the sacred, 3,000 years sacred.

“It is about keeping something worth preserving: emblems pregnant with the fulfillment of the New Covenant.”

“Why keep the Passover, that day that God said “shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever” (Ex. 12:14)?”

Interested in preparing your own Passover Meal?

 

The Cross

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

Come crucify flesh at the foot of a cross nestled in the garden, nail sins to the tree, scrawl repentance into a wooden box, worship thankfully and knowingly, be still and know.

How many times will my flesh drive me back to this place? Do numbers matter when all is grace? Run to the cross, be crucified with Christ.

 

 

 

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Easter Lesson Planning

Easter and the message of the cross really moves me and I am SO looking forward to digging into at Little Lambs with you all. I was a little teary as I caught a glimpse of how God will move on us while teaching the cross in March. Take a look at the blog (in)courage and the post “5 meaningful ways to celebrate Easter”. I hope it inspires your planning too and moves you toward the cross. I will definitely incorporate some of these ideas in March and if any of the activities especially interests you, I would love to work together on the project. I am so excited about Easter!!!
Love, Lynn

http://www.incourage.me/2010/03/five-ways-for-a-family-to-celebrate-easter.html

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