Recipe | Pretzels from Heaven

Here’s a fun recipe for pretzels — can you TRUST your taste buds to try it?

Ingredients
1 (11 oz) can of refrigerated dinner rolls
butter
sugar
cinnamon

Heat oven to 375

Form the Pretzels

  1. Separate dough into 12 bread sticks and put them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  2. Twist and stretch each breadstick into a 22″ long rope.
  3. Shape each rope into a pretzel and place it on a cookie sheet (see diagram here).
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Brush on melted butter and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top.

pretzel-diagram

Shake off the excess cinnamon/sugar and serve them while they are warm!

Let us know how these turned out — leave a comment for us at starting small.

take it home | 5-26-13

The Recipe this week was “Pretzels from Heaven”. Can you guess what the Bible story was?

The Word:  TRUST

Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5

Read the Story: Elijah and the Drought (I Kings 17:1-9)

Prayer: Dear God, I am glad that You are so much bigger than I am. You know
all about my life. You see everything that goes on around me. You
know what things worry or bother me before I even tell anyone. I am
glad that I believe in You. Help me to trust You more each day. Amen

Parents
Write down three situations in which you need to trust God
right now in your life. Each time you start to worry about
them this week, start praying instead.

Birth-Age 2
Each time you pray, you are modeling your trust in Jesus.
Your child will learn that you are looking to God for help,
guidance, strength and wisdom as they hear your prayers.
Make mealtime and bedtime prayers important as well as
all throughout the day. Intentionally allow your child to
hear you talk to Jesus!

Age 3-Kindergarten
Play a trust-building game as a family.
blindfoldBlindfold one person, then have another
person lead them around the house on a trust
walk (take them around furniture, over and
under items, up and down stairs, etc). After
the trust walk ask them questions such as,
“How did it feel to not be able to see where
you were going?” “How much did you have to
trust your guide?” “In real life, do you always
know what is going to happen next?” “Who
can you trust to guide you through life?”

take it home | 5-19-13

This week begins our summer 2013 series titled SOUL FOOD. Join us each week as we cook up some great recipes together — and watch for a new SOUL FOOD recipe every week that you can create at home!

The word: OBEY

The Recipe: Caramel Apples

Bible Verse: “To love God means we obey Him.” I John 5:3

Read the Story: Genesis 3:1-24

Prayer: Dear God, Ii am glad that you have given me the freedom to make my own choices. Please help me to know right from wrong and choose to do those things that are right. This week, give me a desire to obey you by listening to my parents and obeying them. Amen.

Parents
Is there something God has been asking you to do? Be an example for your family and obey him today.

toddler-and-momBirth-Age 2
When you notice your child making the right choice–praise your child for them! [They love words, hugs, smiles and high fives]

Age 3-Kindergarten
Play a game — remember “Simon Says?” Talk about how easy it is not to listen to what Simon says…and remind each other that obeying what God asks us to do is the right choice.

Soul Food | summer 2013

soul-food-seriesTo kick off the summer season, we will be tying on our aprons and cooking up some tasty tidbits for our spiritual nourishment!

From God’s own recipe book, we will measure out the ingredients to obey, trust, rely, share, listen, recognize and remember.

Be sure to check out the new SOUL FOOD recipe each week. The whole family can make these recipes together and bake these truths into your hearts!

take it home | 5-5-13

It was great to have you join us in Bright Beginnings today! The big word today was C E L E B R A T E. Our bug was the ladybug. Just like God created every bug with a special purpose, He created each of us with a special purpose too! We are so important to God and He celebrates US!

startingsmall_ladybug

Bible Verse: Let’s celebrate! Luke 15:23b

Story: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, Thank You for making me on purpose! I am proud to be a part of Your family. I will become more like you by serving others and telling them how great You are. Amen

Some ideas for you to “take the message home!”

Parents
Do you believe God made you in His image and you are beautiful? Well it’s true! Pray this week for God to help you see yourself as He sees you. Then be mindful about how you talk about yourself (your body, hair, clothes, intelligence, abilities etc.) in front of your children.

Birth – Age 2
Young children are learning that family celebrations are special times. Have a special dinner one night this week complete with homemade party hats or decorations and dessert to celebrate God’s love for us. Tell your children that God loves them and sing “Jesus Loves Me!”startingsmall_party hats

Age 3 – Kindergarten
Get some finger paint or a stamp pad and help your children make finger prints on a paper. Use a magnifying glass (you can get one at the dollar store) to look at their finger prints and take notice that each one is different. Remind them that God made them each special!