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Since I’ve Been Gone…

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Well, for starters, I’ve been dutifully sending off my little picture book manuscripts. I took the next step and began another blog called barbaralyonwrites.com and joined a little social media outlet called twitter, you may have heard of it. (@blyonwrites) The twittering rules are rather vague and I don’t quite know how to do it yet. These will be more exclusively used for writing and for the purposes of building that elusive support known as “the platform”.

Don’t feel neglected, dear little solongsuburbia blog, I haven’t been writing much over there either.

The elementary school play finished. It was glorious. I was officially tapped to take over directing next year and the kids applauded me heartily which was very sweet. I miss them and when I drop off my son at school I always run into a few of the cast members who sidle up to me with large smiles on their faces. And the question on everyone’s lips is, “What play are we going to do next year?”

The week after that was Easter and I was in charge of telling the story to the kids. I tell the story and draw it with pictures. It’s something I love to do and I managed to mostly maintain their attention, a feat which is not unextraordinary considering it was about noon on Easter and all of them were hopped up on chocolate bunny ears.

And the week after that I was supposed to drive down to Clovis and visit a dear friend and enjoy her baby shower. But scary complications on Wednesday led to an emergency cesarean and a baby in the NICU. So, instead of a shower there was a rather shell-shocked Momma, a glowing Papa, and a real beautiful little three-pound baby who is doing quite well. I painted the nursery. It’s Dumbo themed.

And the next day after that was…

My first day of work!

So, you remember that dream job I didn’t get? Well, I kinda still got it. I don’t have the experience, but they needed someone, so they delegated some of the responsibility away and made me a position. And it’s perfect!

I’m a children’s ministry associate of sorts for our church! It has been a very exciting week. For one thing, there’s an office and I go in to it. Secondly, the desk is a larger space than any I have in my little apartment and it’s all mine! (Actually, I found out today that I stole it from someone else, but they all assured me it was totally ok. He’s just an intern.)

I was rather overwhelmed on Monday, but Thursday was awesome. I discovered a festival of sorts in support of families of kids with disabilities and I booked us a table! It felt so good to do something. It feels so good to do something!

And today I was pricing kids Bibles all day. And they’re not that expensive! Bibles for all the children! Talk about the perfect job for Barbara.

Also, this job has been the proverbial static comb to my stream of running creativity and given me a little slant. I’ve been writing kids’ prayers and lessons. I have this new burning desire to write a kids’ Bible … one with dark people … and Asians. I feel like a jerk after looking at Swedish Adams and Eves all week.

And I might start yet another blog with coloring pages, activities, and other parent resources. I’ll let you know. TOO MANY IDEAS!!!

Lent Week 2: The Word…

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Writing my little lent activity packet for my family has shown me that I need to immerse myself more in the earthly ministry of Jesus. So, that’s what I’m doing this lent. I’m just gonna sit down and read the gospels like it’s a book. It reads differently when you read it like a novel.  I tend to be an Old Testament girl. I like the big picture. I like the story.

So, here is today’s lent activity for those of you following along. This morning I’m glad our God wants to be known and went to the trouble to write a whole book so that we have some tangible place to go to know him better.

You can find the previous week’s activity here, and Ash Wednesday’s here.

3/1 Lent Week 2: The Boy Jesus in the Temple

Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: p.168
Jesus Storybook Bible: There is no story for Jesus in the temple, but great stories to show how God values little children are p.136 “A little servant girl and the proud general” and p.256 “The Friend of little children”
Bible: Luke 2:41-47

Reading:
Today is the second Sunday of Lent. Today we read the story of Jesus when he was a boy. His parents took him to church just like your parents take you to church. One time on a trip his parents couldn’t find him for a whole day! They had to walk all the way back to Jerusalem to find him. And where did they find him? They found him in the church talking with the teachers. Everyone was astonished at how much a twelve-year-old could know about God and the Bible.

Lent box activity:
Have a family member place the token for week 2 in the sand. It can be a small piece of paper with a Bible verse written on it rolled up to look like a scroll. A good verse to write would be John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Beginning questions:
Do you have lots of questions about Jesus and God?
Where do you go to find out about God?
How old do you have to be to read the Bible?

More questions:
How old were your parents when they began learning about Jesus?
From whom do you learn about Jesus and God?

Family Question:
What can we do to learn more about Jesus and God every day?

Family Activity:
This week try a family devotional every day. Whether you read a small Bible story or a psalm at breakfast, or add a Bible time before bed. What changes occur in your family dynamic when a daily devotional time is added. If you already do a daily Bible time try adding a prayer time during or right before a very stressful part of your day.

Pray as a family:
“God of Knowledge we thank you that you want to be known. Thank you for your Word, the Bible, that we have a place to go to find answers to our questions and find out who you are. Thank you for our leaders and friends that teach us more about you. Help us understand the Bible better and help us want to read it more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Ash Wednesday…

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The older I get the more I love the liturgy of the Christian calendar.

A few years ago I began exploring ways to add significance to Lent for my small children, but I wasn’t sure I really understood it myself, and then we moved, blah blah blah.

Since then I’ve been circling this idea of a tactile box for the Lenten season with accompanying lessons.

Yesterday, I actually wrote it all out! Whoop!

So, today we will begin and I’ll be posting the lessons here for your perusal or use as you so desire. There are twelve lessons. They go from Ash Wednesday, through the six Sundays of Lent and through the last five days of Holy Week.

Tonight, before we go off to Ash Wednesday service I will place a pie plate on the table and fill it with sand. I will have my son place a cross in the sand and have my daughter place a piece of ash. We will then take turns drawing a winding path from the ash to the cross as we talk about Jesus. And we will read about how Jesus knew his life would lead to death on a cross even before he became a little baby.

Here is the lesson if you want to join us! Feel free to share!

2/18 Ash Wednesday: Leaving Heaven

Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible by Kenneth N. Taylor: p.174
Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones: p.170 “Get Ready”, p.144 “Operation ‘No More Tears’”
Bible: Philippians 2:5-11

Reading:
Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of a season on the Christian calendar that we call Lent. On Ash Wednesday all around the world adults and children go to church and get an ash cross smudged on their foreheads. When the priest or pastor draws the cross he says, “From ashes you have come and to ashes you will return.” We say this to remember that God created Adam from the dust. It also reminds us that humans die and turn back to dust. During Lent we remember the time when Jesus gave up heaven to come to Earth as a human. Jesus knew that becoming human would mean he would have to die. Even before he became a little baby, from way up in heaven he could see that his life would lead to the cross.

Lent box activity:
Place the container on the table already filled with sand. Tell your family that you are taking a Lenten journey and remembering the time when Jesus was a human man. Have someone place the cross in the sand because at the beginning of the journey Jesus already knew that’s how it would end. Have someone place the piece of ash in the sand. Take turns drawing a path with your finger from the ash to the cross.

Beginning questions:
• Where was Jesus before he was a human baby? (John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”)
• Where is Jesus now? (Hebrews 12:2 “…and is seated on the right hand of the throne of God.”)
• What sort of things in heaven do you think Jesus had to give up to come to Earth as a little baby?

More questions (for older kids!):
• Did Jesus know that if he became human he would have to die?
• Did God know when he sent his son Jesus to be a baby that he would grow and one day die?
• What choices do we have every day to do the will of the Father?

Family Question:
Just as Jesus gave up heaven to obey God and come to Earth so that we could be close to God, what do we give up to be closer to God?

Family Activity:
Think and pray until Sunday about what if any activity or behavior, you could give up or add as a family to be closer to God this Lenten season.

Pray as a family:
“Our Father in heaven, we thank you for loving us so much that you would send your son away from you in order to rescue us. Jesus, we thank you that you would love your Father and us so much that you would become a human man and rescue us. We thank you for your time on Earth and ask that you bring us closer to you during this period of Lent. Amen.”