Advent-Day 14-Samuel

Welcome again!

This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

The next person we will learn about is Samuel. (This will be an abbreviated story). Our full lessons can be found herehere and here. Or you can read about Samuel in the first 10 chapters of the book called 1 Samuel in the Bible.

Hannah was a woman who really REALLY wanted to be a mommy. She prayed and prayed and asked God to let her be a mommy. She promised if she had a baby, she would give him back to God to love God and serve Him. One day, when Hannah and her husband were visiting the temple (church), the High Priest Eli saw Hannah praying. She was praying and crying so much that he thought she was crazy! He asked her what was going on and she said, “I’m not crazy, sir, and I haven’t done anything wrong, I’m just REALLY REALLY praying that God will let me have a baby!”  (She was afraid she might be in trouble!)

God told Eli to tell the woman that she would be given what she had asked for. And she DID have a baby, named Samuel. When he was big enough, she brought him back to the temple to learn about God and to serve God.

Samuel grew up to be a judge over the people and help make important decisions. The Bible tells us that the High Priest would talk to God for the people. He would ask God to forgive them or to help them. Samuel talked to God a lot too, and God even told him who Israel’s first king would be!

 

In Hebrews 3-4, the Bible says that Jesus is our High Priest. He leads us, teaches us about God, and intercedes (that means talks to God) for us. He is a good and nice leader and we can talk to him about anything. We don’t have to be scared to talk to God. Hannah might have been worried to tell Eli what was wrong, but we don’t have to worry about telling God anything. Jesus talks to God about us too! And He asks God to forgive us and love us and take care of us.

 

Now, when we remember about Jesus being born…remember Mary and Joseph were sleeping the barn?! And do you know what happened in that stinky barn? Baby Jesus was born!!! Our Lord, God, the best in the whole world, our High Priest…was born in a stinky barn. (But you can be sure God has a reason for that!!) Baby Jesus was here!!

 

Bible story: Samuel

Attribute of God: High Priest

Jesus’ birth story: Jesus is born!

Craft:

Side one of our ornament today is an ephod (the fancy apron the High Priest wore). We cut out and glued on some fabric in an apron shape and then added some shiny jewels.

Our text reads: Baby Samuel was a gift from God. Jesus is our High Priest. 1 Sam 2-3, Heb 4

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Side two of our ornament is baby Jesus! We used the same fabric from side one and made His blanket then gave Him a happy face.

Our text reads: Baby Jesus is born! Luke 2

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Our current tree front and back:

 

Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!

Advent-Day 13-Joshua

Hi all.

This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

Today’s story is from the book of Joshua (chapters 5-6), and our lesson can be found here. Below is an abbreviated version of that story.

When it was time for the Israelites to enter the promised land, they had to get through a city called Jericho. But instead of using their big swords and fighting their way in, do you know what God told them to do? March around the city every day for 6 days and on the 7th day, march around the city 7 times, and then everybody yell and scream and blow your horns. Doesn’t that sound kind of silly?!

But it worked. The people obeyed God and the walls FELL DOWN! Sometimes God’s plan seem silly to us, be can ALWAYS trust that He knows what He’s doing.

Joshua was the commander (leader) of the Israelite army but God was HIS commander. And God leads us too. (Is 55:4) We might not always understand His plan, but we can trust Him.

 

When Mary and Joseph got to Bethlehem and there was no where for them to stay, then ended up staying in a barn?! Can you believe it? Baby Jesus was about to be born…and in a barn? With animals? And stinky hay? That probably seemed like a silly way for a King to be born, but God knew all along that’s the way it should be.

 

Bible story: Joshua

Attribute of God: Commander

Jesus’ birth story: God had a plan!

Craft:

Side one of our ornament today is a circle with a horn on it.

Our text reads: Joshua led the Israelites. God is our leader. Joshua 6, Isaiah 55:4

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Side two we cut out a brain shape and then drew the squiggly brain lines

Our text reads: God knew it would happen this way. Isaiah 40

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We taped a string on the inside and glued the sides together and then hung it on our family tree.

 

Thanks for joining us. We’ll have more tomorrow! Love to you all!

Advent-Day 12-Ruth

Welcome!

This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

The next person in Jesus’ family tree is a woman named Ruth. She has her own book of the Bible and our lesson on Ruth can be found here. Our story today will be an abbreviated version.

Ruth had a mother-in-law named Naomi and Naomi’s husband AND Ruth’s husband had died. Back then, if the husband died, the wife would have no money and no way to take care of herself, so Naomi planned to go back to her people in Bethlehem (does that sound familiar?)

But Ruth wouldn’t let her go alone. She stayed right with Naomi and when they got there, Ruth went to fields to pick the leftover food for her and Naomi to share.

A man named Boaz owned the fields and he saw how hard-working and nice Ruth was. He saw that she took good care of Naomi and so he told her she could pick food from his fields anytime she wanted. Then he gave her a LOT of food to take home to Naomi.

When she told Naomi about it, Naomi said, “I know Boaz! He is part of out family! He will help us!”

Boaz was called a kinsman-redeemer…or a family member who could save them. (Just like Jesus saves us and takes care of us!) Boaz promised to take care of Ruth and Naomi and he even married Ruth.

Later Ruth would become King David’s grandma! And she would be part of Jesus’ family.

God is our redeemer. To redeem something means to save it, to forgive any bad in it, or to pay the price for something. When Jesus came, He died for us and He paid the price for our sins. He forgives us and saves us. (Job 19:25, Is 44:6, Luke 1:68 (Zechariah’s song)).

 

As we continue the story of Jesus’ birth, we remember that Mary and Joseph were visiting Bethlehem because all the people had to be counted, but when they got there, there was no where for them to stay?! Finally, someone said they could stay in the barn.

Can you imagine Mary and her big old belly sleeping in the barn? Have you ever been in a stinky barn? With hay and animals? They were probably happy for a warm place to stay, but I’m sure it’s not what they were expecting. (Just like Ruth had no idea she would be saved and married to Boaz when she followed her mother-in-law Naomi!)

Do you know what happens next in that barn? We’ll see tomorrow!

 

Bible story: Ruth

Attribute of God: Redeemer

Jesus’ birth story: room in the barn

Craft:

Side one of our ornament today is a circle and we cut out some shapes of grain. Then using the tips of our scissors, we fringed the wheat.

Our text reads: Day 12- Ruth

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Side two of our ornament is a circle with a barn. (My son added some spider webs to the barn).

Our text reads: Mary and Joseph stayed in a barn. Luke 2

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Our current family tree, front and back:

 

Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!

 

Advent-Day 11-Rahab

Hi all.

This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

The next person in the family tree is a woman named Rahab. (Story found in Joshua 2) Rahab was NOT an Israelite. She was from Jericho. (Have you heard that name before?) After Moses died, Joshua was in charge of leading the Israelites to the land God promised them. But there was a city called Jericho they had to get through. Jericho had big walls around it and seemed scary to the Israelites.

Joshua sent two spies into the city to see how many soldiers there were and to see how they should break in and take over.

The two spies were helped by a woman named Rahab. She hid them in her house and after the soldiers of Jericho found out some spies were in town, they started searching all over. When they came to Rahab’s house she said, “They came by, but they ran away that way! If you hurry, you can probably catch them!” So the soldiers took off running (but really the spies were hiding on Rahab’s roof!) She let them down with a red rope. She said “I know God has given this land to His people, the Israelites, but since I helped you, please remember my family when you come through and keep us safe!”

The spies thanked her for helping them and they promised if she put the red rope out of her window, they would keep her and her family safe.

When it came time for the Israelites to march around the city and for the walls to fall down, the Israelites made sure Rahab and her family were safe. And Rahab became the great great great grandmother of King David. God used all kinds of people in Jesus’ family tree-even people who weren’t Israelites. Because God doesn’t just love the Israelites, He loves ALL people.

Rahab gave the spies a hiding place. The Bible says God is OUR hiding place. Psalm 32:7 says, “You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” When we are scared, we can turn to God and know that He will keep us safe.

 

Well, after Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem (Luke 2), they started looking for a place to stay. Remember, Mary was just about to have baby Jesus and her tummy was really big and uncomfortable. So Joseph asked at every hotel and house, but because so many people were coming to Bethlehem to be counted, nobody had any beds for them. They sure could have used a hiding place! Next time we will see where they ended up sleeping that night.

 

Bible story: Rahab

Attribute of God: Hiding Place

Jesus’ birth story: No room to stay

Craft:

Sie one of our ornament is a red rope made from several strands of red ribbon all taped onto a circle.

Our text reads: Rahab hid the spies. God is our hiding place. Josh 2:1-21, Psalm 32:7

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Side two of our ornament, we cut out another circle and wrote “no room”, then we covered it with a circle and a red slash through the middle.

Our text reads: There was no where for Mary and Joseph to stay. Luke 2

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Then we taped a string on one side of the ornament and glued the sides together. Then we taped it to our “family tree” on our wall.

Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all!

Advent-Day 10-Commandments

Welcome!

This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

Today we will learn a bit more about Moses. Our complete lesson on Moses and the 10 Commandments can be found here and in Exodus 19-23, and in Deuteronomy 5 in the Bible. (Our lesson today will be an abbreviated version of this story).

So after Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, God led them through the desert to a place called Mount Sinai. There, God called Moses up the mountain and He gave Moses the list of rules all the Israelites should follow. God knows rules help keep us safe. When we follow the rules God gives us, it helps us be more like Him. But can anybody ever follow ALL the rules? No. We all make mistakes sometimes. (Rom 3:23) So the rules also help remind us that we all sin, and that we need God’s forgiveness. The Israelites didn’t always follow the rules either. But God promised He would send a savior (someone to save them) from the forever consequence of death. That person would be God’s son Jesus.

Isaiah 33:22 says, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is He who will save us.”

 

So after Zechariah and Elizabeth had baby John, and Mary and Joseph still had baby Jesus in Mary’s tummy, the king made a rule that everyone had to go back to where they were born and register because he wanted see how many people there were. (Luke 2) Joseph was from Bethlehem (he was part of King David’s family) so he and Mary traveled all the way from Nazareth (where they lived) to Bethlehem. It was probably very uncomfortable for Mary because her tummy was so big. But obeying this law was part of God’s plan for Jesus’ birth story. So Mary and Joseph went and we’ll see soon what happens when they get to Bethlehem.

 

Bible Story: Moses and the commandments

Attribute of God: Law-Giver

Jesus’ birth story: Traveling to Bethlehem

Craft:

Side one of our ornament today is an orange circle of construction paper (you can use any color you’d like) and then we cut out two stone tablets like the one Moses brought to the people that had the rules of God written on them.

Our text reads: God gave the Israelites the 10 Commandments. Deut 5:1-22, Is 33:22IMG_0300

 

Side two of our ornament is another circle and then we cut out some small shapes and drew on them to look like the town of Bethlehem.

Our text reads: Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem. Luke 2

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Our current “family tree”:

 

Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all!

Advent-Day 9-Moses

Welcome all.

This month we are learning about God, His son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family.

The next person in Jesus’ family is Moses. (This story is found in Exodus 12-14 and our lesson can be found here.) Today’s lesson is a VERY abbreviated version of the 1st half of Moses’ story.

Moses has a great story. All the people of Israel were living in a place called Egypt. When he was a baby he was saved from an evil king because his mommy put him in a basket and sent him down the river. The funny thing is, though that the princess found him and he was raised in the king’s own house! When he grew up, he ended up running away and one day God came to him and told him that he needed to lead God’s people out of Egypt and to a special place God had promised them.

Moses didn’t understand why God would choose HIM, but he obeyed. He and his brother Aaron went to the Pharaoh (king) and said, “God says, ‘Let My people go!'” But the Pharah did not let the Israelites (God’s people) go. God sent 10 plagues (bad, yucky things) to happen to the people of Egypt and each time God said, “Let My people go!” and each time the Pharaoh said “no.” Until the last time, when the Pharaoh’s son was killed by God’s angel and finally he let God’s people leave.

But as soon as they all left, he changed his mind and he and his soldiers chased the Israelites. They got to a big river and the people were scared. God told Moses to raise his staff (like a big walking stick) and the water in that river went up up up and made a path for the Israelite’s to cross through! They were all just through when the Pharaoh and his soldiers were coming and as THEY crossed the river, all the water came crashing back down on them. God delivered His people from Egypt and the Pharaoh.

God is our deliverer too. To deliver means to bring. God brings us out of sin and bad choices… He saves us from the consequences of our sin. He is our deliverer. (Psalm 18:2, Romans 11:26)

When Zechariah found out Elizabeth was going to have baby John he couldn’t believe it! He asked the angel, “How do i know this is true?” The angel said, “I am the angel Gabriel who stands before God and He Himself sent me  and now, because you didn’t believe my words….you will not be able to talk until the baby is born!”

Elizabeth had baby John and when it was time to name him, everyone thought he would be named Zechariah like his dad, but John asked to write it down. He said “His name will be John.” (Just like God told him to name him). As soon as he wrote that, Zechariah was able to speak again! Then he sang a song to God, saying, “Praise be to God, He has come to save His people! He will deliver us from our enemies, and this baby John will lead the way and get everyone ready for Jesus! Praise be to God.”

Bible Story: Moses leads the people out of Egypt

Attribute of God: Deliverer

Jesus’ birth story: Zechariah speaks

Craft:

For side one of our ornament, we cut out two rectangles of blue construction paper and fringed them. Then we bent back the fringed part to look like the rising water. We glued those to an orange construction paper circle.

Our text reads: Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt. God is our deliverer. Ex 12-14, Psalm 18:2, Rom 11:26)

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Side two of our ornament is a cut out of Zechariah and we drew on his face and his shouting mouth.

Our text reads: Zechariah speaks! Luke 1

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Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!

Advent-Day 8-Joseph’s Provider

Welcome all.

This month we are learning about God, His son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

The next person in Jesus’ family is named Joseph. (complete lesson found here and here. The Bible story can be found in Genesis 37-45.) Today will instead be a VERY a brief overview of Joseph.

Jacob (who we learned about yesterday) had a lot of sons. But he had a special place in his heart for one son, Joseph. One day he gave Joseph a very pretty, colorful coat and it made his brothers Jealous (angry because THEY wanted it). Joseph’s brothers decided to get rid of him. First they put him in a well, then they changed their minds and sold him to work in Egypt!

While in Egypt, Joseph was a good hard worker and began working for the king. The king was very impressed with Joseph. One day, Joseph told the king that God said a drought (a time of no water) would come to the land and then there would be a famine (a time of no food. If there’s no water, then the food can’t grow). Joseph told the king he though they should save up some food for the famine. The king thought this was a very good idea so he put Joseph in charge of saving the food. And sure enough, the famine came and everyone was HUNGRY! But the people of Egypt had enough to eat because God provided for them, and Joseph had listened to God.

Well, Joseph’s brothers came looking for food and when they did, Joseph was NICE to them! He wasn’t angry or mean, even though they had been mean to him. He said, “God has been so good to me! You meant to do bad things to me, but God made it into something GOOD!” God provided safety, a job, favor with the king, wisdom and power in Egypt for Joseph.

God provides for us too. He gives us food and water. A mom and dad who love us. What else has God given you? And most importantly God has provided His son Jesus for us; to love us, die for us and help us. (Psalm 111, 1 Tim 6:17)

When Mary found out baby Jesus was in her tummy, she sang a song of thankfulness to God. (Luke 1) She said, “God has thought of me and provided for me. He has done AMAZING things, and He has kept His promise to send a savior to us!”

Bible Story: Joseph

Attribute of God: Provider

Jesus’ birth story: Mary’s song

Craft:

Side one of our ornament today is a big circe with a cut-out coat glued on and then we made the coat look fancy.

Our text reads: God provided for Joseph. Gen 37-49, Psalm 111, 1 Tim 6:17

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Side two we made music notes using do-a-dot paint markers and then we drew the music note stems.

Our text reads: Mary’s song of thankfulness. Luke 1

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Our current line up of ornaments front and back:

 

Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!

 

Advent-Day 7-Jacob’s new name

Hi all!

This month we are learning about God, His son Jesus, and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

So after Abraham, he had a son named Isaac, and Isaac had a son named Jacob. Jacob didn’t always make great choices, he struggled with God, but God had BIG PLANS for Jacob. (Full lesson found here and in Genesis 35:9-15). One day, God came to Jacob and He gave Jacob a new name, “Israel.” God said, “Like I promised to Abraham and Isaac, I will give you and your family this land. You will be My chosen people. Your kids and their kids and their kids will all be MY people.” All of God’s promises would come true through Jacob and his family (and eventually Jesus would be part of that family too). God made Jacob “new.” God changed Jacob from what he had been, into something new and great.

God does that for us too! He makes all things new! (Rom 6:4, 1 Pe 1:3) We are sinners (people who make bad choices and disobey God) but GOD gave us Jesus to die for us, so when God looks at us now, He sees His son Jesus instead. We are new and clean and perfect because Jesus took our consequences for us.

(Luke 1) Now, Mary was pregnant with baby Jesus and she went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah were very old and didn’t have any children. And they REALLY REALLY wanted to have a baby. One day, Zechariah went into the temple to pray to God and an angel came and told him that Elizabeth would have a baby!! But not just any baby, a baby named John (who would be Jesus’ cousin) and he would get everybody for Jesus! He would tell all the people “Get ready! Jesus, the Messiah is coming soon!” God had big plans for Jacob/Israel and for John too! God took Elizabeth who couldn’t have a baby and He made a brand new baby. God can do ANYTHING! And He makes all things new! God’s angel said John would get the people’s hearts ready for Jesus to change them. He would get all the people ready to listen and love God.

When Mary had baby Jesus still in her tummy and Elizabeth had baby John in her tummy, Mary went to visit Elizabeth and as soon as they said hello, baby John started dancing and moving all over the place! Even as a tiny, tiny baby he knew that baby Jesus was God and that this was really exciting! He knew this baby would change everything, God makes all things new…Jacob’s heart and OURS too! Isn’t it great to think of all the things God can do?! He controls all things and change them into anything He wants. He even takes our yucky hearts and makes them beautiful for him.

Bible story: Jacob’s new name

Attribute of God: He makes all things new

Jesus’ birth story: baby John leaps for joy

Craft:

Side one of our ornament is a hammer on a red circle, because God rebuilds us and makes all things new.

Our text reads: Jacob gets a new name. God makes all things new. Gen 35:9-15, Rom 6:4, 1 Peter 1:3

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Side two is a dancing baby on a blue circle

Our text reads:

Baby John leaped for joy, Elizabeth and Zechariah would have a baby! Luke 1

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Thanks for joining us today. Love to you all!

Advent-Day 6-Sacrificial Lamb

Welcome all.

This month we are learning about God, His son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

Yesterday we learned that Abram followed when God told him to GO! Well Abram obeyed and after he and his wife were very very old, finally God gave them a baby boy. (Found in the Bible in Genesis 22, and our complete lesson can be found here). One day, God asked Abram (now called Abraham) to give his son back to God. It made Abraham very sad to have to give his boy back to God, but he obeyed. When it was time, an angel came and said, “No! God has provided another way! Look!” And there was a ram (a daddy sheep). People used to give sacrifices (big gifts) to God like sheep. This time God had asked for Abraham’s son, but after Abraham obeyed, God provided a ram instead. “You did not keep your only son from me, and for that you will be blessed.” God provided another way.

The Bible tells us Jesus is like that ram. He is OUR sacrificial lamb. God sent HIS only son Jesus to come to earth to die for our sins (our bad choices that disobey God). Jesus would die for us, like a sheep, and God would then forgive us for all the bad things we do, so we don’t have to apart from God forever for our sins. (John 3:16, John 1:29, Rev 5:12)

When God put the baby in Mary’s tummy, an angel told her that she would have a baby boy and his name would be Jesus (which means “God saves.”) The very name of Jesus tells us He came to save us, to come in our place, and be the sheep of sacrifice, just like God gave a sheep in place of Abraham’s son. (Luke 1)

Bible story: Abraham’s sacrifice

Attribute of God: Sacrificial lamb

Jesus’ birth story: Jesus is given His name

Craft: for side one of our ornament today, I sketched a sheep shape and the kids glued pom pons on and gave him a face.

Our text reads: God provided a ram, like Jesus is our sacrificial lamb. Gen 22:1-19, John 1:29

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Side two I outlined the name and let the kids color in Jesus’ name.

Our text reads: His name will be Jesus, Son of the Most High, the lamb who takes away the sins of the world. Luke 1, Rev 5:12

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We taped a string in the middle and glued the two sides together and then hung it on our “tree.”

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Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all!

Advent-Day 5-Abram

Hi all.

This month we are learning about God, Jesus, and Jesus’ earthly family.

The next person in Jesus’ family tree that we will learn about is Abram. (For complete lesson on Abram, see here).

From Genesis 12:1-7, after Noah got off the ark, his kids had kids and they had kids and they had kids and eventually there was a man named Abram who loved God. He was already a very old man when one day God told him to GO! Abram didn’t know where he was going, only that God said He would show him the way. So because Abram trusted God, he packed up his things and his wife and he went. He traveled around and around, living in his tent, waiting for God’s instructions. He didn’t have to know what the plan was, because he trusted God who knows everything!

God is omniscient (that means He knows EVERYTHING). Psalm 147:4-5, Isaiah 46:9-10. When things don’t make sense or seem confusing, we can trust that God is in control and that He knows what is going on. He has the answers.

Well, when baby Jesus was in Mary’s tummy…Joseph (who was going to marry Mary) was VERY unsure. He didn’t know how a baby got in Mary’s tummy because they weren’t married yet?! God knew Joseph was unsure and while he slept God sent an angel to talk to Joseph. The angel said, “Don’t worry Joseph. It is ok. God has chosen Mary to be the mommy of baby Jesus. And you will be his daddy. You will take care of him and love him. This is from God.”

Joseph trusted in God too, and even though he was very surprised, after that, he trusted that God was in control. Matthew 1

Bible story: Abram

Attribute of God: all-knowing

Jesus’ birth story: the angel reassures Joseph

Craft:

Side one of our ornament today is a tent (we drew a triangle basically and cut it out and then glued it to our background circle).

Our text reads: Abram trusted the all-knowing God. Gen 12:1-7, Is 46:9-10, Psalm 147:4-5

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For the other side we drew Joseph’s praying hands as he looked to God for the answers. We cut those out and glued them to our background circle.

Our text reads: The angel came to Joseph to tell him not to worry. Matthew 1

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Then as usual, we taped a string on one side, and glued the circles together to form our two-sided ornament.

Thanks for joining us, love to you all!