One Starry Night

Starry Night

Have you ever been out and enjoyed a starry night?

Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated with the night sky. As we journeyed from family to home at night, I would love looking out of the car window and just watch the many stars stretched across the night sky.Full_moon_10_21_2010

When there was a full moon too, that made it even more special.

When my mum’s cousin-in-law found out I loved looking at the stars, he promised to bring over his telescope the next time we visited my grandparents. They lived on a farm in the country, so there were no street lightsAstronomer_amateur_telescope to mess up the view.

It was freezing out there…but oh so fascinating, as I got to see the stars that were so tiny up in the sky, look so big and different. I also discovered that some of those stars were actually planets, and were different colours.

Even now, I love to just stop and look out at a starry night. I’m always filled with wonder and awe as I stare at the night sky. As I look up my heart is filled with this song.

There are several verses about stars in the Bible. Here are some of my favourites:

He made the stars also ~ Gen 1:16. Just a simple, almost by-the-way comment, and yet the magnitude of the night sky and its glory is no simple or small thing.

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The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. ~ Ps 19:1-4.

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When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You should visit him? ~ Ps 8:3-4. David obviously got that “Wow!” feeling too whenever he looked up into the starry night.

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In my Christmas story One Starry Night I had Jude and Annie discover the wonder of a starry night too. Instead of the country though, I had them walking along the beach (something else I have experienced doing as both child and adult at night) and portrayed the wonder of the night sky in that setting. Of course, the Christmas story itself features some stOne Starry Nightar gazers who got a wonderful surprise the night our Lord Jesus was born. A new star appeared in the sky, and being curious enough about stars, they looked up what that star meant. A new King had been born, and with gifts they set off on a long and arduous journey to find and worship Him. So tying the beach walk and the Christmas Story together I ended up with a Christmas starlit story for children to enjoy.

One Starry Night: Christmas carols are playing, mince pies are cooking, and wrapping paper is everywhere! Yes – it’s Christmas Eve. Jude and Annie are enjoying getting ready for Christmas. With a walk on the beach in the dark and a special bedtime story, they feel God’s greatness and find out how much God really loves them.

Holly Sprig 2There are some inside pictures from the book here

Have you taken your children out to enjoy a starry night? Why not do that this Christmas season?  While enjoying the night sky and pondering the night our Lord Jesus came to earth to be our Saviour, you will also be making some lovely memories.

~ Wendy Sparkes ~

 

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Bible Story Resource Roundup-Life of David

Bible Story Resource Roundup - Life of David

There are few men in the Bible we know as much about as we do David. Through God’s Word we are given a deep and penetrating look at his childhood, his calling to be king of Israel, his years on the run, and his years on the throne. We see both his family and his heart. Today I’d like to share a roundup of resources you can use to share parts of King David’s story with young children.

Activities and Crafts:

Stories of David – Bible Curriculum and Collection of Printable Activities

David and Goliath Activities – Stand-up Figures and Drawing

David and Goliath Handwriting Practice

David’s Bag of Stones Craft

David and Goliath Game – Using David’s Bag of Stones Craft

Lamb Crafts and Activities for Kids

David and Goliath Children’s Activities – Bible Lesson Plan

Bible Rhymes and Songs for Kids

David and Goliath Word Search

David and Goliath Maze

David and Goliath Story Comprehension and Memory Worksheets

David and Goliath Sentence Sequencing

David and Goliath Alphabet Tracer (Handwriting Practice) Pages

David and Goliath Picture Clue Read and Trace Worksheets

A Great Nation Under King David Object Lesson – 1 Samuel 16-2 Samuel 11

Coloring Sheets:

David and Goliath Stained Glass Coloring Sheets

David and Goliath and David Chosen King Coloring Sheet

David and Goliath and God Helped David Keep His Promise – Know God Through His Promises Coloring Book

David Shepherd Boy, David with Slingshot, David and Goliath, David Playing Harp, and King David 

Here are some other Bible story resource roundups we’ve shared in recent weeks:

Adam and Eve; Noah

Tower of Babel; Abraham and Isaac

Moses

What Bible story would you like to see a roundup of resource for?

 

 

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Who Is Jesus? by MaryAnn Diorio, illustrated by Kim Sponaugle

Who is JesusWho Is Jesus?
Author: MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA
Picture Book: unpaged
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-0-930037-15-4
List price: $14.95

Reviewed By: Janice D. Green

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

This little book is a delightful introduction to the nature of Jesus. Author MaryAnn Diorio captures the personality of Jesus in simple ways that children can and will relate to. This is carried out by asking the question “Who is Jesus?” then following the question with two situations involving children, one showing an example of who Jesus is not, then an example that shows Jesus love as he truly is. Following that is a page with a scripture that corresponds to the examples just given. These four-page scenarios are repeated several times, each time demonstrating another example of what Jesus is and is not like. The author carries her children farther than simply good and bad behavior, however. She also introduces the concepts that Jesus is always with us, Jesus is love, and Jesus is God.

What I like the most about this book: The examples are so relevant for very young children, and the pictures are so engaging and lively. The book also has strong reverent overtones.

What I like least about this book: When I first read the book, I felt it gave the impression that Jesus was like a child, because the Christ-like examples were children. But after putting the book down for a few weeks and then re-reading it, I came away with a different feeling for the book. Who is Jesus? definitely grew on me since the first time I read it.  If reading this book to children I would encourage them to think about how they can show Jesus’ love in the way they act around others.

I highly recommend this book for pre-school children. Sunday school teachers and nursery workers would find a place for this book in their read-aloud activities. It can be purchased on Amazon at this link.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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