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!
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.
Okay I am going to be honest here…I am tired. Tired of moving this silly elf, tired of staying up way past my bed time to research new bible verses. Then finding the time (usually in the morning before the kids get up) to update the blog about it. That being said, I find it all WORTH IT. Teaching the bible is so important! I am glad that my kids (and hopefully yours too) are responding so well. They are listening to it, talking about it, and even LIVING it. So it makes it all worth it! So if you like this blog, please share it! Share with others, so that maybe everyone will teach the bible with the Elf on the Shelf, rather than just have it be a naughty elf.
Day 11 the bible verse was about the fruit of the spirit. Our elf was in a fruit basket of course! (I am going to be honest, I did not think of this idea. I got inspiration from an amazing Mommy friend of mine. She is also teaching the bible with her elf and she shared this with me!)
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
This verse teaches so much! Rather than doing something for someone else today, Elfie asked the girls to create a chart saying how they have the different fruits of the spirit. How they can show these things. We also discussed how some are easy, like love and gentleness, but some are very hard, like self-control.
I am attaching our note and the chart that I created to have the girls discuss the different fruits of the spirit. They are all in the same word document. Click kindness elf day 11!
I know this is late and the holiday season is over, but I still wanted to share!
I am a Christian, and I want my girls to not only understand, but also celebrate what Christmas is all about…the birth of Christ!
Christmas gets so busy with presents, food, traveling, off of school and schedules, we often (yes WE as in adults and kids) forget what the whole day is about. I wanted to start a tradition that reminds all of us why we are celebrating, why we are giving gifts, and why Christmas is such a big deal.
Each year my girls and I bake a birthday cake for Christmas. We light candles and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. Then the girls blow out candles and we eat cake!
The first year I did this I got a few weird “you seriously want me to sing?” looks from some family members, but they are all such good sports about it, and gather round as we sing and blow out birthday candles.
I really think it helps them learn about Christmas. Even Kailani who is almost two will say, Happy Birthday, Jesus!
Getting in the Christmas spirit, Kares and I were reading bible stories and singing songs. We were on “Silent Night” when she asks me, “Mommy, what does virgin mean?”
Oh my! How do I answer this? I don’t want to lie to her, but at the age of 4 she is not ready for the entire truth about sex.
So I simply told her a virgin is someone who has never done something before. Mary was a virgin because she has never had a baby before, Jesus was her first.
What do you think? How do you handle these types of questions while still keeping things age appropriate? Please share your stories and suggestions. I am sure this is the first if many tough questions my kids (and yours) will ask.