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Day 19- click here for kindness elf day 19

Today’s verse is from Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

This verse was great for the kids to hear.  I have reminded them about it often this week.  As they start to argue about who had the toy, or whatever, I remind them, that God wants us to let our anger go away from us. I explained that slander is really name calling.  That God said all of that, if we do it, or if someone does it to us, needs to just go away from us.  To change our attitudes and be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving.

Elfie also asked the girls to buy flowers today and deliver them to the neighbors.  It was another act of kindness that the girls could do. I got a bunch of daisy flowers at the grocery store for 4 dollars. I used the tags from the ornaments and tied it on with a ribbon.  It made 9 stems of flowers.  We chose 9 different houses this time.

Kailani in her Christmas pajamas ready to deliver flowers to the neighbors.

Kailani in her Christmas pajamas ready to deliver flowers to the neighbors.

Day 20 click here for kindness elf day 20

We are going out of town for the holidays and won’t be back until after the new year.  We decided to take our Christmas tree down.  In the spirit of kindness, we had Elfie take it down for us.

Today’s bible verse is also about being clean…not a clean house, but a clean heart!

Psalms 51:10  Create in me a clean heart,  O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

This verse means that everyone sins, but God can help us to make our hearts pure and right!  When you say your prayers tonight, ask God to create a clean heart in each of you!

Elfie explained to the girls that he cleaned up so we didn’t have to! It was his act of kindness to help out a friend.  You could do this with toys, shoes, or whatever.  The girls were sad the tree was down, but thought it was pretty neat that Elfie recruited some elves to help him do it.

 

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I have been a little behind updating the blog!  So I am going to update rather quickly today. I apologize that my writing is about quantity verses quality today.  I just want to share the bible verses and explanations that we did daily for our elf on the shelf.

Things are getting pretty busy in our house, as I am sure they are for you too.  I hope you can use the ideas and resources.  I also want to let you know that these explanations are purely my own interpretation of the bible verse, it is my way of explaining it in ‘kid language’ so my girls can better understand.

Day 17- Elfie was laying in a baby doll stroller since this verse is about children.  Here is the verse and explanation the girls received.   Click here for kindness elf day 17

You have had a lot of bible verses about kindness, and that is important, but today’s is about behavior.

Proverbs 20:11 says,

Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

What does this mean?  Well, conduct is another word for behavior, and pure and upright mean good, innocent, and right.  So this means that EVERYONE’S, even children’s behavior is a reflection of themselves.  Our actions show what is in our hearts. We are all sinners and all make mistakes, but God forgives!  Is your heart good? Do your actions show this?  Spend today thinking about making good choices in your actions and in your heart.

Day 18- This one was about gifts.  We get so wrapped up in the gifts that I wanted the girls to know that God gave them special gifts too…the most special things are not usually THINGS at all.  Click here for Kindness elf day 18

Elfie was dressed up in Daddy’s fancy tie today!

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Today’s verse is from 2 Corinthians 8:7

“Since as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

What does this mean? Faith is very important.  Learning new things is also very important.  But we should also  try to be honest, loving, and generous.  It is said that we should show our honesty, love, and generosity by the way we live. 

Remember that grace means gift. We should be really good at giving.  This doesn’t mean we have to buy presents for people all of the time.  It means we should give ourselves, we should share.  Sharing toys is a great thing, but also sharing a smile with a stranger.  Sharing a sweet conversation with someone can even be a gift!

The girls had a chart to fill out today.  They had to think about ways that they could share with others.  We tried to focus on personal gifts rather than material things.  I wanted the girls to know they are special, God gave them gifts, they can make a difference too.


Day 15

1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

This verse means so many things. Love is patient and kind, just like God wants us to be patient and kind.

Love does not envy or boast- this means that those who truly love are not jealous of others.

It is not arrogant or rude- arrogant means you think you are better than anyone else.

It does not insist on its own way- sometimes things are hard, you don’t always get your own way!

It is not irritable or resentful-  irritable is cranky, resentful is when you blame others for things

It does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in truth- this means that love means always doing the right thing, even when it is hard

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things- This means that love lasts through it all!  No matter what love is most important and will make it through anything!

I tried to break this one down into words my young children could understand.  They were told today to make a list of people who loved them and people they loved.  We found out very quickly that is a very long list!  We talked about being patient, kind, and so on to show love.

Elfie was in a Barbie car with Barbie.  We discussed how we love our friends too!  What joy loving one another can bring.

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Day 16

Matthew 19:14 says,

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

(Message from our Elf)- This verse tells us that Jesus loved children so much!  Do you remember the bible story where Jesus teaches the little children how to pray?  Today I want you to go to Sunday school.  I want you to be one of the children that Jesus taught how to pray.  Have fun with your friends and show tell them that Jesus loves them too!

When you get home, sit down, open your Storybook Bible and read that story together.  Read all about how much Jesus loved the little children!

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Anyone with children can appreciate the bible verse from today!

It is from Philippians 2:14

Do all things without complaining or disputing.

Elfie was in some pretty interesting spaces and didn’t complain once!  He was on the kitchen light and then on the stairs banister.  (we had this verse two days in a row)

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This is a GREAT one! I know that both kids and adults complain…but the bible says we shouldn’t.  When explaining this verse, I referenced the fruits of the spirit again.  I explained that joy was one of them. In order to have joy in our lives, we can’t complain.  We don’t have to like it, but we DO have to change our attitude and how we think about things.

Elfie told my girls to memorize this verse  because it was so important. Well, they didn’t memorize it, and honestly they didn’t really live by it that day. SO they got it again the next day!  Elfie told the girls this verse was SO important they needed to hear it twice and NEEDED to memorize it. Kares and I have talked about this verse a lot.  We made a deal that whenever we hear the other one complaining…we will just say, “Philippians 2:14” and then the other will recite the verse.  I am hoping this helps keep both of us in check!  Even though I try not to, I complain too.

We also finished our ornaments that day. They were SO easy and very inexpensive.  Kares wanted gold balls and Kailani wanted bells.  So we did both!  I got 5 balls for $1 and 9 bells for $1 both at the Dollar Tree. We chose a clearance ribbon at Michaels for $0.99.  Then we took them home and strung them together with our tags that Elfie left us.  At $4 for all 10 of them (one was without a bell) I think it was a great way to show kindness and not break the bank!

Ornaments we made for our neighbors.

Ornaments we made for our neighbors.

The girls had so much fun delivering them.  We talked about how true acts of kindness is doing something nice without anything in return.  We talked about how anything even meant a thank you or acknowledgement of the act itself.  So we put ornaments on doorknobs and didn’t ring doorbells.  It was a lot of fun.

She wanted to carry them in a Christmas stocking.

She wanted to carry them in a Christmas stocking.

Delivering ornaments to our neighbors

Delivering ornaments to our neighbors

Here are the daily notes!

kindness elf day 13  Kindness Elf day 14

I hope your kids have as much fun with this as mine did…AND I hope they do it without complaining and disputing.