In this post: Our Advent activities for day three, and our own Jesse Tree devotional that I wrote to go with Ann Voskamp’s pictures. Michael’s first basketball game, family Christmas pictures, and a manger scene in the school house.
Hello, dear ones! How are you? I’ve been busy preparing to start college in January. I registered for classes recently and took all of my assessments. Are you enjoying the Christmas season? Do you have any special customs in your home? Well, today I want to share what we did for Advent on day 3. Sometimes everyday events become a part of our Advent fun.
- Michael’s first basketball game~ The teams prayed first. It was awesome the way they started the game. They turned down the lights and smoke poured out of a machine in the hall. The kids’ numbers and names were called and each one ran through the smoke. There was energetic music to pump us up. They even sold concessions. I’m really loving this whole experience. Michael has a lot to learn about basketball. We all do. But he’s learning so much about teamwork and sportsmanship. Plus he’s getting a physical education that I can’t provide. The price for Upwards is great too. If you didn’t read my last post, Upwards is Bible based. They do devotions before each practice.
That post is here: http://amberdover.com/2016/12/13/big-news-basketball/
- Family Christmas pictures~ This year we took our family pictures at a historical park.
Our Christmas Card Picture
I had to show these two photos. This is what happens when the camera is set on a timer! Ha!
- Manger Scene in the school house~ Michael helped me set up the manger scene. We will use it later for a family nativity program. I used the costumes and set from the Nativity play we did years ago.
- Christmas Lights on the house~ We finally got our outside lights up.
- Lastly, our Jesse tree ornament & the devotion I wrote to go with the pictures.
3.The Serpent~ In paradise there was someone very evil, the devil. The devil made himself a serpent, a snake, so that he could trick God’s children. Satan, the devil, hates God and He hates all that God makes. Satan tries to destroy the goodness in the world. God let His children eat from all the trees in the garden except one, the tree in the middle of the garden. This tree would allow His children to know evil, and God only wanted them to know love. Satan, that mean serpent, wanted God’s children to know pain and death. So the serpent tricked Eve into disobeying God. Eve ate the fruit from the forbidden tree and then Adam ate it too. Read the verses to hear what happens. Adam and Eve knew they had disobeyed God, and so they hid from Him. Have you ever wanted to hide from Mommy and Daddy when you
Adam and Eve knew they had disobeyed God, and so they hid from Him. Have you ever wanted to hide from Mommy and Daddy when you’ve disobeyed us? Maybe you ate candy when you weren’t supposed to, so you hid the wrappers so we wouldn’t find out? Well, Adam and Eve acted like that. God just wanted to walk with His children and spend time with them. But Adam and Eve sinned.
God is too good to be with sin. Adam and Eve had to leave the garden and could no longer walk with God and live forever. This made God sad. He didn’t want His children to hide from Him. Now because of Adam and Eve’s sin, we have sin living in us, tempting us to disobey and do bad things. God had to destroy sin so we could be with Him. So God sent Jesus to save us from sin. Jesus, our perfect Christmas gift, came to die on a cross and to take our punishment for sin. When you disobey Mommy and Daddy you get in trouble right? You may have to sit out instead of playing. You may have to do extra work or lose a favorite toy. Adam and Eve were in trouble. Because we come from them our whole family tree is full of sin, and we are in trouble. Unless
When you disobey Mommy and Daddy you get in trouble right? You may have to sit out instead of playing. You may have to do extra work or lose a favorite toy. Adam and Eve were in trouble. Because we come from them our whole family tree is full of sin, and we are in trouble. Unless…we accept God’s forgiveness through Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross he took away our need for punishment. If we believe in Jesus and choose to live for Him, then sin won’t be able to make us do bad things anymore. We will be able to be best friends with God. We won’t ever have to hide from God again. The devil didn
The devil didn’t win. God made a promise to Eve, He said that one day someone from her family tree would destroy the serpent. Jesus is the one who has destroyed Satan’s power. One day He will throw the devil into Hell where there is fire forever. Let us pray and thank God for saving us from sin. Activity: Play hide and seek. When you find the children give them big hugs and say “I’m so glad I found you!”
Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover