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Wise Men Still Seek Him, a Family Christmas Lesson

 

Amahl and the Nigh Visitors is an opera that tells about the Kings stopping for the night at the home of a poor, crippled shepherd boy and his widowed mother. King Kaspar has a very special box which makes Amahl very curious.

Our gift to you this season!

Here is Number Three in a series of lessons I have written for family Bible study or homeschool devotional time. The lessons should work for approximately ages 6 to 13, but younger or older children are certainly able to participate!

Here is Lesson One: The Prophets Foretell Jesus’ Birth

Here is Lesson Two: Jesus is Born!

Click here to download lesson three.

What is this lesson about?

Once again we begin with a memory verse, because we feel it is very important for everyone to memorize God’s word. This builds confidence for further memory work, and also gives us each a personal library of scripture to reference whenever we need it.

Lesson Three goes into detail about who the Wise Men, or Magi, really were, how they give us a great example to follow, and what their gifts symbolize.

Special gifts you can make for friends and family included

As with the other lessons I have included sections to bring the lesson to life in many ways. There is a delicious spice cake recipe that makes enough to share with friends and family as a special gift this Christmas season. When you give them the cake you can also tell them about the Wise Men and how we are also wise today when we seek Jesus!

Also included in the lesson is a recipe to make a healing salve with frankincense and myrrh essential oils that makes enough to share. Plus a link to a heartwarming family holiday opera to watch, and lessons about art and history, too!

How do I use this lesson?

The lesson is long, and you can break it up into sections to complete over a series of days or evenings to help bring your family’s focus back to the true meaning of Christmas.

Going Further

When you finish this lesson you can continue the discussion with your older children and teens about how we arrived at December 25th as the date to celebrate Christ’s birth. Use this link to read more.

Click here to download Lesson Three

Merry Christmas!

Jesus is Born! A Family Christmas Lesson

This painting by Bernardino Pinturicchio hangs in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. The photo is from our family’s trip to Rome in 2010.

Our gift to you this season!

This is the second in a series of lessons I have written that are appropriate for a family Bible study or homeschool  devotional time. The lessons are suitable for approximately ages 6 to 13, but younger children can be included with some extra explanations from mom or dad. Older children of course can participate! They will probably have their own insight to share.

(Here is the link for Lesson One: The Prophets Foretell Jesus’ Birth )

Click HERE to download the lesson.

What is this lesson about?

Each lesson begins with a memory verse. It is so important that our children, and parents too!, are able to memorize portions of God’s word and, as the Psalm says, hide it in our hearts.

This lesson contains several sections to help link the wonderful story of Jesus’ birth to music, art and history. Of course there is also a recipe – this is Well Fed Family after all!

How do I use this lesson?

The lesson is somewhat long for smaller children to sit through all at once. I like taking each section, or maybe two sections together, and stretching the lesson out over a few days or evenings. Give your children time to really study the art examples and then create their own masterpiece. Take time to sing the selected Christmas carols together as a family. Maybe you can find performances of these songs to listen to on YouTube or Pandora, or maybe someone in your family plays a musical instrument and can read the music provided and play for your family.

The Writer of the Gospel of Luke

This lesson focuses on passages from the Gospel of Luke. For a journalist’s perspective on Luke’s writing and reporting style you and your older children might be interested in Jamie Dean’s commentary on The World and Everything In It from December 12, 2018. Use this as a starting point for some family discussions on Christian worldview.

Click HERE to download the lesson!

Merry Christmas!

 

The Prophets Foretell Jesus’ Birth: A Christmas Lesson from Well Fed Family

Merry Christmas from Well Fed Family!

Our gift to you this season!

I have written a set of lessons that can be used for family Bible study or devotional time. The lessons are suitable for approximately ages 6 to 13, but younger children can be included with some extra explanations from mom or dad. Older children of course can participate! They will probably have their own insight to share, and I have included some ideas for further study at the end. This will give older students, and curious younger ones, additional applications for the material.

Click HERE to download the lesson for free!

What is this lesson about?

The lesson begins with a memory verse. It is so important for kids to memorize scripture. Even when they don’t have a Bible handy, or mom and dad aren’t around they can still have access to God’s word on their own.

The lesson begins after the memory verse. It talks about some of the prophecies for Jesus. I encourage you to let the children read the scriptures aloud. Even very young ones can read with a little help. We want to empower our children to feel confident they can read and understand scripture!

At the end of the Bible lesson we take the learning into the kitchen with some interesting facts about one of the world’s favorite flavors – vanilla! I also include an easy recipe that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Finally there are sections to incorporate some beautiful music that complements the lesson, and also some ideas for artistic kids to get creative. At the very end are several ideas for extending the lesson for those who want to continue learning.

How Do I Use the Lesson?

You can do it in sections over the course of the week as part of a homeschool or after school Bible study. Or you can do it all at once as a family discussion time and then make and enjoy the recipe together.  There is no wrong way to use it.

Click HERE to download the lesson!

Merry Christmas!

Essential Oils in the Bible: Spikenard

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How do you take medications? Pill, injection, inhaling, cream or ointment, or a patch are all common delivery systems for medications. They all, except for injection,  involved putting something into our mouth and digesting it, applying it to our skin, or breathing it into our lungs. Most people are careful with medications, but we should be just as careful with everything we put into or rub onto ourselves and our children. Our everyday personal care products can be sources of toxicity unless you make them yourself or choose wisely using something like Skin Deep.

This is why I love essential oils – they allow me to make personal care products that are actually healing, nourishing and uplifting. Which reminds me of something I learned during the Essential Oil Revolution summit, and then researched more in depth, about the essential oil spikenard which has been in use not only as a perfume but as medicine since ancient times.

Biblical application

In the Bible the book of John chapter 12 describes the beautiful and poignant event where Mary anoints the feet of Jesus with an entire pound of an extremely costly ointment of spikenard. John tells us she wiped his feet with her hair and the entire room was filled with the scent of the perfume.

Spikenard, in addition to being an expensive gift to give the Lord Jesus, had other amazing qualities giving even more worth to Mary’s gift. Spikenard has powerful relaxing properties and is commonly used to help those who are experiencing pain or loss. It helps to combat stress, reduce convulsions, give clarity to the mind and facilitate meditation. It is also anti-inflammatory and supports the cardiovascular system.

Dr. Josh Axe describes some key points of essential oil application on the body as being behind the ears, on the neck & abdomen, but also on the soles and tops of feet, as well as the upper back, the temples, and along spine. Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet was the perfect way to provide full the full benefit of her precious gift. It was also part of God’s perfect timing as this healing application came just prior to the very stressful period leading up to and including Christ’s crucifixion. Mary knew she loved her Lord and wanted to express her love with this costly gift, but she also blessed Him with the supporting properties of this ancient oil.

Use this oil at home

We can use essential oils at home to mediate stress and the stress reaction in our own bodies. Spikenard is part of the valerian family which is useful for relieving nervous tension, indigestion, and insomnia. Here are some ways to use spikenard at home:

  • add it to a fever-reducing cold compress
  • include it in homemade face creams to rejuvenate older skin
  • blend it into massage blends for sleep, relaxation and during trauma
  • massage the abdomen with it during menstruation
  • combine with lavender in a diffuser or inhaler for headaches and migraines

Be sure to use caution with spikenard as no more than 1% of any blend, also do not use in conjunction with homeopathic remedies as it may neutralize the remedy.

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils?