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Chemical Reactions | Week 8


Praising God in the Meadow!

Series Bible Verse: 2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Character Element of the Week: Love

Story: Jesus and the Cross (Romans 3:23, 6:23 & John 3:16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your kindness, add LOVE” 2 Peter 1:7b

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You so much for loving me. Thank You for dying on the cross for all the bad things I’ve done. I want You to live in my heart so that I can live with You forever in heaven. Help me show Your love to others around me. Amen

We finished our Chemical Reactions Unit with a cool science experiment about God’s love for us (check out the whole thing here).  Thanks Christina Hill for the recommendation!

God, Sin & Us from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Take some time this week to write a letter to God telling Him why you love Him.

Birth – Age 2: Talk about Jesus with your children! Weave His love into as many conversations as you can with your child. Tell them Jesus keeps them safe when they are anxious, that He helps them sleep when they are having a hard time at bedtime, that He heals their body when they get hurt or are sick, that He provides food when you are eating, that He is always with them, etc. A relationship with God comes naturally when you bring God into the daily lives of your children!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Your children had an opportunity to pray a salvation prayer yesterday (in the Backyard and K-Street). Ask your child about it! Make a cross with your child this week out of some craft sticks or play dough and take a moment to remember how God showed His love for us on the cross.


Taking about the salvation prayer in K-Street


This is our last week of Chemical Reactions!  Next week we’ll be starting our Lenten series as we prepare for Holy Week!



second sunday of advent

Bible Verse: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for being the perfect gift. Thank you for coming to earth as a baby so that someday I can live with you forever in Heaven. I love you. Amen

This week in Bright Beginnings we heard about the birth of Jesus and how He is our perfect gift!

Take a look at some gifts our children would give Jesus:






be prepared

What do grasshoppers do all day?

What do grasshoppers do all day?

WORD: Prepare

BUG: The grasshopper God made all the bugs in the world! And just like the grasshopper has to prepare before he leaps into the air, we need to prepare our hearts to learn about God!

BIBLE VERSE: “Be prepared for action.” 1 Peter 1:13

John the Baptist (Matthew 31:12)

PRAYER: Dear Jesus — I know that you have a plan for the world–and even me! I want to be ready to learn more about you. Help me to start making good decisions. Amen.


Are you prepared for action?

God asks us to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15).

This comes from having a relationship with God and trusting that He will not only give you opportunities to share your faith with others–but the words to do so as well.

If you don’t already, be intentional about taking some time each day this week to talk with God. Ask Him to give you an opportunity to share your faith or encourage someone, and then expect awesome things!

Birth-Age 2
You can teach your child about being prepared.

The next time you need to leave the house, talk to your child about all the things you need to bring along: sippy cup, snack, extra clothes, diapers, wipes, keys, toys, etc. Then ask for help to gather the items and pack them in the diaper bag.

Age 3-Kindergarten
Allow your child to help you set the table for a meal.

Explain that they are helping you prepare for the meal. During the meal talk about how important it was to prepare the table for the meal and how hard/silly it would be to eat without any plates or silverware or glasses.!

Remind them that as important it is to prepare the table for a meal, it is even more important to prepare our hearts and minds to learn from God!

Hang this on your fridge:  Take It Home_042714_Grasshopper

it is a big deal! | let’s celebrate!

ssjakes-dayJake asked Jesus to come into his heart today.  A parent prays for this moment from the time their child is born and just like that, it happened today.

The boys and I were riding in the car home from the grocery store.  Our new Jamie Grace CD was in and it was on track #4: Show Jesus.  This is Jake’s song.  He’s usually singing his heart out along with Jamie on this song, so when he asked me to “turn the music all the way down,” I was a little surprised.  I turned the music off and silence.  I thought perhaps we were about to start a round of the quietest game, but when I turned my head to catch a quick glimpse, I saw Jake, legs curled to his chest, eyes closed and hands folded in his car seat.

I didn’t want to break the silence he had asked for so I just continued driving, waiting on him.  After 30 seconds or so, Jake said “Mommy, I have Jesus in my heart.” (not the silence breaker I was expecting)  To which I responded, “You do?” (slightly skeptical, but my mind was spinning fast) “How do you know?”  Matter-of-factly Jake said, “Because I just asked Him.”  And there it was.  Our son had just asked Jesus into his heart!

It was not prompted by me or any conversation I had just had with him.  I didn’t lead him in the “sinner’s prayer.”  He didn’t even pray outloud.  He did it on his own time, in his own way and it was precious and real.  I know that he will go on to ask Jesus into his heart a number of times throughout his childhood as he grows and matures in his relationship with Him, but this was the first and so we celebrated.

I chatted with him about what had just happened, why he did it, what made him think to do it, what it means to do it, etc.

We called Daddy right there in the car and texted all our family when we got home.  I read each text we received in response to Jake and he was grinning from ear to ear.  He knew this was a Big Deal.

We even let him pick how he wanted to celebrate that night when Daddy got home (his only request was ice cream, in a cone).  In all this celebration a thought struck me.

What if we celebrated this day every year?  What if we remember this date, July 29th, 2013 as Jake’s Born Again Day?  What if each year we talk about what this means in Jake’s life and do something special as a family?  I’m pretty sure I’m not the first person to think of this, but I don’t know of anyone who celebrates the day they were saved each year.

What about you?  Do you have any ways in which you celebrate the day you or your children were saved each and every year?  I’d love to hear about them!  We just might choose to incorporate some of your ideas into how our family will celebrate Jake’s day each year, because really, what better day is there to celebrate!

~~ Ryanne~~

Take-it-Home This Week 11.18.12

Journey to Salvation!

Parents: We talked a lot about Jesus wanting to be our very best friend and “live in our hearts” today and your child was given the opportunity to pray the prayer above.  Ask them about it!

Birth-Age 2: Saying prayers before bed is a simple way to instill a heart of prayer in your child.  If you don’t already do this, start tonight!  You can all crawl under the covers together and make a “tent” and talk to God like Moses did in our story this week.  After you are done praying in your “tent” remind your children that although Moses needed to enter the tent to talk to God, we can talk to Him anywhere because He is always with us!

Age 3-Kindergarten: Play Hide-&-Seek with your child.  As you play, ask your

God knows where we are all the time.

children if they believe that God knows where they are all the time, even when they are hiding.  Remind them that God knows everything and that He is always with us wherever we are.  We say often in Bright Beginnings that we can talk to God anytime and anywhere.  Reassure your child of this truth as you play.