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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Everything I Know, I Learned From a Bowl of Pudding...

Okay, so not EVERYTHING. But the kids and I did a really neat activity for our Bible Time. I got the idea from this great site called Family Blueprints. It offers Object Lessons and Devotions for most Bible stories and it seems to go along perfectly with our text, Studying Gods Word Book A from Christian Liberty Press. Today, we read about the Tower of Babel and the object lesson and devotion was about how we need to realize that God has a plan, is in control, and wants us to ask HIM for help. It was all about Depending on the Lord. So, I let the kids assemble a pudding parfait using Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Pudding, CoolWhip , and mini chocolate chips. They had great fun.
I put them in containers with lids and let them chill while the kids ate their lunch. After they finished eating,I went ahead and let Chloe eat hers.
I told Lillie and Jack I was going to make them sit on their hands. The object lesson suggested tying the children's hands behind them, but Jack freaked out at that prospect and I was afraid someone would call child services if they happened to see. So, they sat on them. I put the pudding and a spoon in front of them and told them to take the lid off the pudding and eat it...without using their hands. They looked at me like I was a nut, then got the most confused look on their faces. It was quite funny! Lillie had a lightbulb moment and said, "Momma, I can't eat it. You need to help me!" BINGO! I promptly stopped the torture and let them eat their dessert while explaining that we are not in control and when we try to do things on our own, ignoring God's will (like the folks building the Tower of Babel) we often make a mess of things if we accomplish anything at all! In Psalms 71:1 it says, "In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion." We need the help of the Lord, everyday. And like my kids had to ask for my help to eat their pudding, I...we...need to be willing to ask the Lord to help us. Whether the situation is small or huge, God is sufficient!

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