“A Heart Like His” Tea Party

Celebrate the end of a Bible Study with an Afternoon Tea Party - Seeking A Heart Like His-

Have you ever spent 10 weeks with a group of ladies, delving into the Word, sharing deeply and growing together?  I spent about 10 years with the same lovely group of women doing one Bible Study after the next and loving it.  There is something special about studying the Bible in depth while experiencing the fellowship of other ladies hungry for the things of God.

My mom recently wrapped up Beth Moore’s Bible study, “David: Seeking a Heart Like His.”  (This is the updated version of Beth’s study, “A Heart Like His.”)  My mom loves entertaining as much as I do and had the thought of hosting an Afternoon Tea with her group for the final session and I had the pleasure of helping…(planning, crafting and serving.)

And yes, I actually served the tea for her.  I was, however, a bit surprised when she rang a bell to beckon me to the table.

Welcome to my life.  😉

Creating “A Heart Like His” Tea Party

A Heart Like His Tea Party

This Bible study is on the life of David.  (Incidentally, if you haven’t done a Beth Moore Bible study before, they are wonderful!  Go now and get one.)

For A Heart Like His tea party, we wanted to pull elements from David’s life.  If you ever do a party based on a character (Bible or otherwise), know the story.  Know your character’s life, his challenges, his friends and his passion.  Details woven through the party are like little gifts presented for your guests to open.  We wanted to create a party rich with details of David’s life and ultimately pointing to his heart for God.

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First, I chose a key image that would be carried through all the stationery of the party.  The crown.  David was a king.  This image appeared on the invitations, the menu card and the favors.

The Invitations –

With my Silhouette Cameo (This post contains affiliate links), I made these invitations and wrapped them with ribbon and wool yarn.  Invitations can set the mood for your party.  With this invitation, our guests knew to expect something a bit more formal than sandwiches for a picnic.

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The Centerpiece –

I was most excited to set a tablescape that would bring to mind memorable aspects of David’s life.  Here is what I included:

  • A Scroll with “A Heart Like His” and the Crown Image – I made this with a small dowel and cap ends from the craft store.  I wanted to pull in the reminder of ancient times, scrolls and royalty…as well as formally presenting the theme.
  • Wool Roving – David was a shepherd.
  • A Wired Heart and Unfinished Wood Hearts that I stained – David was known as a man after God’s own heart.
  • “HEART” letters that I picked up from a craft store and wound with wool yarn.
  • A golden box with fancy jewelry – reminding us that David was a king.
  • A shofar – a ram’s horn that would have been used in David’s day to call others for worship, battle and more.  David was a worshiper and a warrior.
  • 5 Smooth Stones – David fought Goliath with his slingshot and five stones.  
  • A Writing of Psalm 23 – David was a song writer and the author of many psalms in the Bible.  I actually burned the side of the paper to give it an aged and worn look.  I imagine he penned this sitting by the fire one night while tending his sheep.A Heart Like His Tea Party 2Bible Study Tea Party 12Bible Study Tea Party 10A Heart Like His Tea Party 5

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Incidentally, we also played harp music during the tea because David was a harpist.

The Menu –

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Our menu included:

Jonathan’s Covenant Cucumber Sandwiches
The Shepherd’s Turkey Triangles
Jesse’s Chosen Chicken Salad Sandwiches

King David’s Scrumptious Scones
with Clotted Cream & Jam

Royal Petit Four Hearts
Crowning Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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Saul’s Spiced Apricot
The Psalmist’s Peach Melba

 

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The Favors –

My mom’s guests took home a sweet box to remind them of their study and the tea.  Inside was a laminated copy of Psalm 51  (They spent a lot of time on this psalm during one of the video sessions.  My mom wanted them to have a laminated copy.) and a “tea bag” with Bible verses on each side and an individual bag of Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea.  (The Bible mentions David eating honey.)

The verses were:

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  Psalm 34:8 and “Your Words are sweeter than honey.”  Psalm 119:103 (paraphrase)

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It was a beautiful afternoon.  The ladies enjoyed the Afternoon Tea and it was the perfect celebration to the end of a great study.

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Are you in a Bible Study at the moment?  How can you celebrate the conclusion of the study?  

 

Fruit of the Spirit Encouragement for Moms on Mother’s Day

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Each spring, we all anticipate what the new Mother’s Day activity will be, sent out from my cousin, Cherise.  Now in its fifth year, this tradition has been such a fun way to encourage each other in our role as mothers.  The first year it was Mother’s Day Compliments, followed by the Secret Mom Meaningful Flower & Candy and plates with Bible verses.

Last year was encouragement based on the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  Along with a list of participating moms, we were each instructed to identify a fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) that each mom excelled in.  We could explain if we’d like or just list the fruit by the mom’s name.  Cherise organized all the information and created these fun key chains.

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Each bead represented one of the fruits to let us know what other moms saw in us.  A letter accompanied sharing the meaning and any comments people wrote.  This Fruit of the Spirit Encouragement was such a fun way to encourage and inspire each other to grow in our faith together and in our role as mothers.

Is there a circle of moms at church or a group of friends that you could do this activity with?  Can’t we all use a little encouragement from one another?

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Lessons from the Roller Rink

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I recently took my kids rollerskating for the first time.  As you can imagine it was filled with tumbles and falls, rolled over fingers and plenty of frustration.  But each time my kids fell, they got back up and tried again.

I could not help but see the parallels of life in those little bodies trying to skate.  Life is full of tumbles, falls and valley-experiences.  We experience disappointment and frustration.  We’d like to skip the learning and simply take off on our skates, feeling the breeze in our face, the beat of the music in our chest and the satisfaction of accomplishment.

But in learning to skate, the falls become a part of learning.  Muscles are trained and the brain discovers which movements will maintain balance so as not to end up flat on the floor.  The process becomes our education.  And so it is in life.  We learn.  We grow.  Our challenges mold, shape and prepare us to do that which God wants us to do.

My kids did not just walk on the roller rink that night and take off skating.  Truthfully, we never left the inner circle where you learn to skate . . . except to risk our lives crossing back to the carpeted area.  (Seriously, it was like Frogger trying to drag to two limp and wobbly kids on skates when a bazillion people are skating towards you.)  Except for bathroom breaks and and a brief snack, the kids’ entire time on the rink was:   Fall, Get up, Repeat.

As a parent, I so badly wanted to hold their hands the whole time.  I wanted to keep them from landing on their knees, their hands and tailbones.  I wanted to protect them from the frustration and hurt.  I wanted to save them from the struggle of learning.

But I knew I couldn’t.  It was for their own good that I didn’t swoop in and rescue them each time they were about to fall.  They needed to learn to do this on their own.  How would they become a skater if I didn’t allow them to experience the process of learning, falls and all?

And that was when it hit me.  The spiritual light came on.  Ding.  Ding.

You see, this was my life at that very moment.  We have been on a roller coaster of sorts.  We have dwelled in the valley.  Our fingers have been rolled over and we’ve had to get up from falling several times.  And while I know God is present, there has been so much waiting that at times, I have felt him to be distant.  Periods of waiting have a funny way of doing that to us, don’t they?

But if God ever feels distant, it isn’t because He is missing or is no longer right there with you.  My kids tumbled.  They fell.  And I was right there the whole time.  Encouraging them.  Loving them.

Just maybe you are finding yourself on the roller rink learning something important.   And as my kids needed to work through the process of learning to skate, we as God’s children are on a journey to become more like Jesus.  Our faith muscles are being stretched.  Our minds are being trained.   We will experience both mountain top blessings and valleys of difficulty.  But all the while, He is right there.  He is the good parent who stays close and stands ready to answer our cries.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.”  Isaiah 41:10a

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Are you facing a challenge?  Do you need to be reminded that you are God’s beloved child?  

 

His Example of Living While Dying

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Perspective.  Outlook.  Enjoying Life.

Faith. Trust.

…All things I want you to be thinking about for the next few moments.

There is a book called, Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech.  It is the story of Laura’s teenage son, Zach, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, and how God used him to reach millions around the world.  It is the story of how he spent his final three years living while dying.

I can’t imagine being a mother with a child diagnosed with cancer.  If you ever thought your typical mom-day was challenging, just think how difficult it would be when facing the death of one of your children.  Heartache.  Utter heartache.

When you read this book, you are taken through the journey of Zach’s diagnosis at age 14, his surgeries, chemotherapy and treatments to fight his cancer.  You will cry.  Maybe even sob.

There were times when I read late into the night after Dan had fallen asleep and I remember at least once trying not to shake the bed with my sobs.  This book will break your heart but not in a way that means you shouldn’t read it.  Because in all truth, you should read it.  As much as it is difficult to read, it will awaken a spark within you.  A spark that will make you think differently about how you handle your own challenges and trials.

Zach’s outlook on life was nothing short of inspirational.  Even when things took a sharp turn for the worst, Laura said,

“He confronted the future, then left it there and came back to the present where he had a life to live and enjoy.  I really loved that about him.  As his mom, it made me proud.  As a human, it inspired me.”

And this from a teenager?  I was amazed throughout the book that Zach was able to maintain such an outlook.  Obviously, he had his down moments, but they didn’t characterize those three and a half years.

It has really made me ponder my own attitude.  In the midst of trial, stress or the unknown how often have I mentally put life on hold or been consumed with the situation and stopped living?  When life isn’t easy, can I still enjoy the moments?

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So much of it comes down to trusting God for the details and the bigger picture.  It is the only way to find peace and joy in a trial.  Laura’s faith is so very encouraging as she surrendered her son’s future into the Lord’s hands.  She prayed:

“Okay, Lord.  You can have Zach.  I want him, but You see a bigger picture.  If Zach must die, please just let it be for something big.  I want it to be for something big.  Just one soul changed forever.”

God did use Zach for something big.  Before dying at age 17, he wrote and produced (in only a way God could have orchestrated) the famous song, “Clouds” which hit #1 on iTunes in Spring 2013.  A Soul Pancake documentary about him and his family went viral with over 13 million views.  His music and life touched so many and his example of living while dying continues to inspire others.

So I ask:  in the midst of whatever you are facing, how are you living?  

Check out this Book Trailer for Fly a Little Higher:

Grab the book and connect with  @LauraSobiech on Twitter and the Zach Sobiech Facebook Page.

 Disclosure:  I received this book at no cost.  This post contains my affiliate link.  Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.  

The 7 Days of Creation in Legos

The 7 Days of Creation in Legos

My children can spend hours building, creating and playing with legos.  They build/rebuild, imagine all sorts of story lines and use their creations to reenact plots endlessly.  And yes, the little bricks are all over my house, too.  But here is the cool part:  As a mom, if I can take something my children love and use it to teach a concept or a story, I have made my teaching more effective.  

And that is where our Creation Series starts.  7 Days of Creation in Legos.  Each day, we’ll build according to what God created on a given day.  Each day’s lego creation will build upon the previous days and at the end of the week, we will have an entire creation set made of legos.

Throughout the days of our series, we will have step by step tutorials as well as video instructions.  Follow the steps and create with us or use the posts to inspire your children to master-build their own designs.  Our entire creation set has been made from this lego set (affiliate link).

Ready to build?  Click on the image below to be taken to a particular day.  

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”

 

The 7 days of creation in LEGOS.. Day 1 - Light

7 Days of Creation in Legos- Day 2 Sky

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The 7 Days of Creation. Day 5 - Birds & Fish

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Are you joining us in the 7 Days of Creation in Legos series?  If so, be sure to let us know how it goes.  My kids and I would be thrilled if you tag me so we can see your designs!

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On Facebook – CelebrateEveryDayWithMe

Happy Building!

PS-  Each day at the bottom of the post, you’ll find a link up to other great bloggers that have teamed up to teach on creation.  Don’t miss out on the fun activities, printables and experiments!

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7 Days of Creation in Legos {Day 7 – God Rested}

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It is the final day in our Creation in Legos series.  And while on the 7th Day God rested, we still have one last item to build . . . a throne.  If you’re joining us for the first time, you can find Day 1 here and this is the lego set (affiliate link) we’ve been using for our entire creation series.

Let’s Read our Passage:

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the severnth day he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”  Genesis 2:1-3

Let’s Build!

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We have two different ways to build the throne.  See the step by step images below or watch the video.

 

Can’t see the video?  Go here.

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Talking Points for Day 7:

  • A day of rest is a pattern God has set.  What does a day of rest mean for us?
  • Do our minds and bodies need time for rest?
  • Sunday is our day of rest.  What are we supposed to do on this day?  How can we follow His example?

 

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<< Day 6

See the whole Creation Series in Legos at a glance.

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5 Activities to do Each Week with Kids to Keep the Sabbath Holy from True Aim Education

Creation: Rest – No Sew Quiet Book for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering

Creation Paper Plate Project from Bible Fun for Kids

The 7 Days of Creation in Legos {Day 6 – Man & Animals}

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We are moving right along in our creation series!  Today, we are building according to what God created on Day 6.  Your kids can build Adam, Eve and whatever animals they would like!  We built a frog, turtle and zebra.  Well, we actually built more, but these were the ones that made the cut.

In this series, our main goal is to teach what God made on each day and to remember that He is a very creative God.  But one other thing I have discovered is how much fun I’ve had building with my kids as we work together through the days of creation!   I hope you have been enjoying this series as much.

If you’re just joining us, you can find Day 1 here.  This is the lego set (affiliate link) that we’ve been using for our entire creation series.

Let’s read our passage:

“And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:  the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.’  And it was so.  God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.  And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’  And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.  And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.”  Genesis 1:24-31

This is a big building day, so let’s get started.

How to Build a Frog

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Can’t see the video?  Go here.

How to Build a Zebra

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Can’t see the video?  Go here.

How to Build a Turtle 

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There are a lot of pictures to show you how build the turtle.  In the interest of brevity for Day 6 (ah, too late), click here to see the Turtle Tutorial step by step (in images).

Adam & Eve

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Our Adam and Eve may look a little basic but they hold true to historical accuracy in that they start off naked.  My son was insistent on Adam’s hair being super high.

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Can’t see the video?  Go here.

 

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<<Day 5     Day 7>>

See the whole Creation Series in Legos at a glance.

More Day 6 Fun:

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Jungle box/ What I like silhouette/ Amazing Animals from True Aim Education

Creation: Animals & Man – No Sew Quiet Book for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering

Animal Sort File Folder Game (preschool) from Bible Fun for Kids

 

The 7 Days of Creation in Legos {Day 5 – Birds & Fish}

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Enter birds and fish!  It’s Day 5 in our Creation series in legos and today, we’re building what God created on the fifth day.

If you’ve missed our series, you can start at the beginning, here.  And don’t miss out on other great ideas and crafts from different bloggers in the Creation Story for Kids series.  All links are at the bottom.

Let’s Start by Reading our Passage:

“And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky’  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.  And God saw that it was good.  God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’  And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.”  Genesis 1:20-23

Now let’s build!  Your kids can create their own birds and fish or they can follow our tutorials below.  All our legos for the series came from this one set (affiliate link).

Building a Fish

I have to say this fish reminds me of something you’d see on Octonauts with its huge eyes.  But he is lovable nonetheless.

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Can’t see the video?  Go here.

Building a Colorful Bird

When completed, this bird is ready to perch in the tree we made on Day 3.

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Can’t see the video?  Go here.

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<<Day 4       Day 6>>

See the whole Creation Series in Legos at a glance.

More Day 5 Fun at these Blogs:

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Contact Paper Fish/ Bird handprint/ How fish breath under water from True Aim Education

Creation Task Cards from Bible Fun for Kids

Creation: Birds & Fish – No Sew Quiet Book for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering

Follow True Aim Education’s board The Creation Story for Kids on Pinterest.