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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.


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.


Day 12 was about singing!  The bible verse is from

Psalm 68:4 says,

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!”

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Our elf was in our surround sound and DVD player!  I thought this was fitting for the verse about singing.  He told the girls that one of the best ways to praise God was to sing to him.  That day was so much fun.  When we were out running errands, I blasted the Veggie Tales CD in the car and the girls (and me too) were singing bible songs at the top of our lungs.  They had so much fun, they sang praise to  God!  As we were singing Kares asked me what some of the words meant.  I realized that she has been singing all of these words, but never really knew what the song was about.  So it was nice to turn down the music an explain the songs to the girls.  I hope it will be more meaningful the next time we sing them.

Elfie asked the girls also to do some random acts of kindness today. He suggested going to the store to find some inexpensive ornaments.  Then to hang an ornament on the doors of our neighbors.   He even left a little tag to attach to the ornaments.

Click here for Kindness Elf day 12 and for the kindness elf day 12 tags.

Okay, I am going to be honest again. We were able to go to the store to get the ornaments.  But it was such a busy day and a little bit rough dealing with a cranky kid or two!  So we did not get the ornaments finished and delivered.  So I will post our finished product next time.  I explained to the girls that things happen, we tried, and we are sorry we didn’t get it done today.  It was priority number one the next day!

 


Today (Day 4 of our Elf on the Shelf) Elfie came to the girls with a note saying how much our mailman liked his cookies and his note.  He also praised them for sharing so nicely the day before.  It is important that Elfie notices the good things they are doing!

The girls have dance class today and Elfie told them to bring their dance teachers treats with a note today. He said that maybe he will make the teachers’ day just as the girls made the mailman’s day.

The verse today was: 

Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. –I John 3:18

Elfie explained that although saying nice things is good, what is most important is that we DO nice things.  Click Kindness Elf 4 for the word document.

We made some soup for dinner that night.  I suggested that we bring some to our neighbors.  Kares said, “Mommy that is doing something kind and Elfie will like that!”  Although I would her rather say, God will like that, I am still pleased that she is getting excited about doing something for others.

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On day 5  Elfie came flying in!  He was hanging from our Thankful Garland. (Don’t judge that I still haven’t taken it down! Or the messy house…no super mom here…we are very real in this house!) Oh and I am not the most creative when it comes to placing our elf in silly places…we try hard, but sometimes it is just exhausting!

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Click kindness elf 5 for the link to day 5.  Elfie came with this verse:

Luke 6:35 says

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.

The note then gave an explanation of the verse so the girls could easily understand it.

Today Elfie asked the girls to bring a bottle of water to the gate guard who checks IDs when we get back on the Army post.  I was so pleased with Kares today.  We had just bought the girls some little candy canes (they have been begging for them).  Today Kares wanted to share her candy canes with her friends at our Homeschool group.  She said this is being kind with nothing back.  I thought, “THIS IS REALLY STARTING TO WORK!”

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I will try to keep posting more and more as we do them.  I hope you are sharing the bible too!