“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
When it comes to memory verses, this one has always been a favorite, so I was more than excited for my girls to learn it. I remember being a little girl, around 5 years old, and going to my grandmother’s church. They had missionettes and I got to be in the Daisies class with Sis. Barbie. She taught me this verse and I have never forgotten it. In fact, I can never read or hear this verse without seeing myself sitting across from her at the moon-shaped table in that little Sunday school room. If I think back as far as I can remember, this particular verse is the first one I ever memorized! That’s why it is a favorite of mine and I’m thrilled to share it with my children.
When we discussed this verse, I used a really simple demonstration to show my girls what being the light means. For this demonstration, all you need are 2 things: a flashlight to represent yourself, and the battery to represent Jesus (make sure the battery isn’t in the flashlight until you are ready).
1. Everyone knows a flashlight has one purpose. The purpose it was created for is to shine light in the darkness.
2. (Turn the lights out for this part) Now that the room is dark, we’re going to turn on this flashlight so that the light will shine and we can see. (The flashlight obviously will not work because the battery is not in it.)
3. It looks like our flashlight isn’t working! Maybe if we put this battery in it will help. (Put the battery in the flashlight and turn it on. This time it will work.) It seems our flashlight will only work if the battery is inside. Without the battery, it cannot fulfill it’s purpose.
Did you know, just like that flashlight, our purpose is to shine a light in the darkness? That’s what this verse is all about. God created us to shine His light to all men so that He can be glorified. And just like that flashlight, we will never do what we were created to do unless we have a battery. For us, that battery is Jesus, who lives in our hearts if we have accepted Him as our Savior. If Jesus doesn’t live in our hearts, our light will not shine. Even thought the flashlight looked like it was ready to work, it just couldn’t until the battery was inside. We can’t just look the part. We actually have to have Jesus in our hearts in order to represent Him and shine His light. When we have our “battery” in place, we can light up the darkness all around us, just like we were created to!
The following song is a great tool to help your little ones with memorization. Naomi and Adah love this song and can’t help but dance and worship to it!
Let Your Light Shine
Now what about you and your little ones? Are your batteries in place? Fulfill your purpose and overtake the darkness with the bright light of God!
Not too long ago we were saying our bedtime prayers when Adah, my 4 year old, said, “How’s Jesus gonna hear me if He’s listening to somebody else pray?”
We pray a lot and Adah especially loves to pray over our meals, but this was the first time we encountered this question. And for a 4 year old or maybe even a new Christian, it makes sense to ask. Why? Because many in this world are serving a god that is dead or not even real and has no way of hearing their prayers. However, the God I serve is an omnipresent, omniscient God and is more than capable of not just hearing all of our prayers, but of knowing them beforehand.
present everywhere at the same time
having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.
I explained to Adah that God is everywhere. He’s in heaven and Poppa C (her grandpa), who passed away less than a year ago, is having so much fun with Him there. But He’s also on earth, here with us at all times. He sees us. He hears us. He walks with us. If we have accepted Him, He even lives within us.
Later one night as I was waiting to fall asleep, I was also praying. I was thanking God that He sends His angels to keep charge over us (Psalm 91) and I was thanking God for His blood that covers us. Then I got really excited, because I realized (I already knew this, but it really hit me!) that even greater than those angels and blood was God Himself right there with me, in me, all around me! I pictured myself sort of in the middle of a giant God Bubble. How cool is that?
That’s when it hit me…..play doh! I know, I know. Now you’re lost. 😉 But stay with me! I promise, it will make sense soon.
God had given me what I feel like is a super neat way to explain His omnipresence to my girls using nothing but play doh (and a butter knife to be used by Mom). When you’re a kid, does it get any cooler than that?!
Here’s how it works:
**Each child will need 2 different colors of play doh (color 1 represents God and color 2 represents His children)
Step 1: Have your child pinch off a small amount of color 1 and mold it into a ball.
(This is to represent Jesus living in our hearts if we are saved.)
Step 2: Have your child pinch off a bigger amount of color 2 and roll it out into a flat piece like a pancake. (This piece will represent us.)
Step 3: Once color 2 is flattened out, make a small indention in the center of it and place the small ball made from color 1 in the indention.
Step 4: Fold color 2 up around the small ball made from color 1 in the indention and then begin to mold it into a ball shape. (When this is done, you will not be able to see the small ball made from color 1. This represents that although we can not physically see Jesus in our hearts, He is still there.)
Step 5: Have your child get an even greater amount of color 1 and basically repeat Step 3. Flatten it out like a pancake, make an indention in the center, and place the ball made up from color 2 in the center.
Step 6: Once again, fold the flattened part up around the ball made from color 2 and begin to mold it into a ball shape. (This represents that God is all around us.)
Step 7: This is the last step, where you will use the butter knife. Cut down the middle of the final ball shape to cut it in half. When you do this, you will be able to see the inside, which shows the first two colors.
This demonstration shows how God is every where around us at all times. How do we know this is true? Deuteronomy 31:6 and 8 as well as Hebrews 13:5 all state that God is with us and will not leave nor forsake us.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
If He will NEVER leave nor forsake us, then it must be true that He is ALWAYS with us. This is so comforting to know! No wonder we can walk in peace and not fear. Praise the Lord!
This demonstration can also be used to show that God is watching everything we do and hears everything we say, good and bad. As it says in Proverbs 15:3, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” It’s important that we strive to live lives that are pleasing in His eyes (This is for the Mommies, too, especially me!).
Here’s a little secret- while this was a lot of fun with a great message for my girls, it was a message that I need to keep in remembrance. I am certainly thankful for our omnipresent and omniscient God!
Thanks to the Schoolhouse Review Crew, our family has been blessed to be able to review 2 products from Christianity Cove recently.
Christianity Cove is a company that offers curricula that is marketed to be used for Sunday School and Children’s ministries for Bible lessons, snacks, and activities, but can also be used in homeschools as well. Offering a large variety of topics and lesson types, there is pretty much something for every class or household. One of the biggest goals of Christianity Cove is to offer lessons that are simple to pull together, use items that are around the house or obtained at an extremely low price, and pack a big punch to get the message across in a way that not only kids will remember, but find fun at the same time. The products we were given to review were 28 Outstanding Object Lessons and Fruits of the Spirit Activity Kit.
28 Outstanding Object Lessons was a huge hit not only with my children, but with myself as well. Using items that were literally right here in my home, I was able to teach my children a lesson about spirituality and God’s word.
I think my favorite was a lesson where I asked my children to lay on the cold hard floor and try to sleep. Now, I won’t lie. They hated it. But that was the point. I then gave them blankets and pillows to lay on and they found them selves warm and more comfortable. The moral of the lesson was that God protects us from a cold world.
The 28 lessons covered so many subjects. Considering that my children are 2, 3, and 5, (I’ll be honest and tell you that only the 5 year old paid true attention) there were some I knew they just wouldn’t get so I had to skip some. However, that was one thing I loved. I could pick and choose what lesson I wanted to do each day because they didn’t have to be done in order. There was little to no prep, the lesson is scripted (but can easily be adapted to your own words without having to stop and think of how to reword it), and it really caught the kids attention. What kid doesn’t get interested when you start pulling rags out of flashlight instead of batteries? How about asking them why your hair dryer isn’t drying your hair when it’s not plugged in? The lessons pulled Tommy in, kept him there, and later he still remembers the point of the story or action. Our family was not disappointed! Christianity Cove offers this curriculum kit for $28.00.
The Fruits of the Spirit Activity Kit was also very fun! It taught us the principles of Godly character brought forth in Galatians 5:19-26. This kit came with printables, lessons, activities, snack ideas, games, and more. My kids LOVED that they got to get really hands on and eat a snack of fruit at the same time. This set was also scripted with the words for the teacher in bold, making it even easier to find where you left off, and included study notes for the teacher as well. This is an awesome set for older children. I’m not saying we didn’t like it and have fun, but some of the subject matter (such as drinking and sexual immorality) were not things I wanted to have to explain to my Kindergartener, Preschooler, and Toddler. The skills needed for some of the worksheets and activities were also over their head. Like I said, it’s a great set, just not for young children, in my opinion at least. Christianity Cove offers this kit for $19.00.
Overall, I was very pleased with the quality of these lessons and activities. Being that I have been sick lately, I was able to sit on the couch and easily do most of them without much physical effort. I didn’t have to spend a lot of money, and what I did have to buy were simple items that can be used again and again. The kids were happy, learning, and retaining. That made me extremely happy. I would also like to say that I really wish I had known about Christianity Cove when I was teaching Children’s Church for a short time. As with any Bible lesson, you do have to take some time to pray and prepare before you teach it to the kids, but this really made it all so easy. I would definitely recommend it.
(I’m sorry for not having personally taken photos for this post… As I mentioned, I have been ill for the last month or so, which explains the “brain fog” to only realize NOW that I didn’t take a single photo. Please forgive me! This review really does deserve photos… Lots of them! But it does not mean we did not enjoy it! We loved it!)
Many other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have also been reviewing various products from Christianity Cove. Be sure to click here and go find out what lessons they tried out and what they thought of them.