Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Salvation Bracelet Tutorial

This is my first year as Awana commander at my church so I had to try Salvation Bracelets with the kids. Boys and girls love crafts and they love beads, so the project was a big hit, but it also delivered a wonderful message: each bead color reminds us of a Biblical truth.

You need only a few supplies to get started: cording (we used waxed cotton cord) and 6 beads, one each in black, red, white, blue, green, and gold (we used pony beads). Each child will need about 6 inches of cord, long enough to make several knots and fit around their wrist.

Make one knot several inches into the cord; this knot will prevent your beads from sliding off. As you string the beads read the following Bible verses:

1. Black= sin, Romans 3:23

2. Red= Christ's blood, Romans 5: 8-9

3. White= repent and be cleansed, Psalm 51: 1-2

4. Blue= baptism, Ephesians 4:5

5. Green= growth in our faith, Colossians 1:10

6. Yellow or Gold= eternal life in Heaven, John 3:16

After the yellow bead, knot again to hold beads in place. Then knot to fit wrist. You can use a longer piece of cord and make the bracelet adjustable. Since we had alot of kids, we just chose to knot and secure them with a dab of superglue instead of making them adjustable.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our Job as Parents

Last night, we all went to Family Dinner and Game Night at Daulton and Peyton's school. It was a potluck dinner to encourage families to sit down together and have dinner, have meaningful conversation, and just spend time together. The counselor sited statistics like "children that have family dinners are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, and more likely to do well in school.". What about families that pray together? I noticed at this dinner alot of people from my church or people that I know who attend other churches. Do you think there is a connection between Christian parenting and school success? I do. I've often heard in jest that folks wish kids came with an instruction manual...but they do! It's called the Bible! God gives us clear directions for raising our children. Now its up to us to follow the directions!

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 6: 5-7

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Business Cards into Bookmarks

I've written about Vistaprint before, but I just had to share this great idea for a cute, inexpensive promo idea for your business...bookmarks! I designed business cards on Vista, but, shifted the layout to 3 1/2" x 2" vertical. I included my business name, website and a favorite Bible verse, since I sell Christian jewelry.

Then I punched a hole in the top-center of the card and added some matching ribbons.

Viola! Now I have Bible bookmarks to pass out to friends, display at craft shows and include in my online orders.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Let's Get Ready for Halloween!

I love Halloween! It comes in a close second after Christmas for my favorite holiday. What do I love about it - the crisp weather, spooky decorations, running around the neighborhood after all makes me feel like a kid again!

Most of you know about, but Artfire is another awesome handmade marketplace. Check out these cool Halloween items I found:
Green Fuzzy Monster Bag by PandaWithCookie

Coffin Pendant by Night Owl Jewelry

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Doctor Will See You Now

But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance."
Luke 5: 30-31

Jesus is the ultimate champion for the underdog! He doesn't want us to surround ourselves with the righteous (really the self-righteous, because we all have sin). He wants us to court the sinners and bring them to Him. He wants us, in all of our wickedness, to accept the Holy Spirit into our hearts. So do not turn your back on the addicts, the thieves, the adulterers. Welcome them, love them, bring them to Jesus. We cannot overcome sin without Christ, and they can't either.