Advent 12/10

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All items in blue are from Carrie Pratt's Mentor Mom's materials and are used here with permission.

I love the story of a pregnant Mary visiting her pregnant cousin Elizabeth.  The bible talks about how the child (John the Baptist) lept in Elizabeth's womb when Jesus (in Mary's womb) entered the room.  It's an amazing thought that John the Baptist, even without seeing Jesus, could feel his presence and respond in praise!  Can we do the same?

Family Scripture Reading: 

Luke 1:67-79

Known as Zechariah’s Song, this passage is a celebration of the birth of John the Baptist who was empowered by God to prepare the way for Jesus.

"And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him," Luke 1:76

Family Discussion Suggestion: 

Talk about who Zechariah, Elizabeth and John were to Jesus. They were his Uncle, Aunt and Cousin. Discuss that God had a plan for John and has a plan and purpose for everyone including your family members.

Verse 79 states that Jesus will "shine on those living in darkness" and "guide our feet into the path of peace." First ask your children what they think this means. Discuss with your children that we all live in darkness until Jesus becomes our Savior and provides His light in our life so that we can see what is good, what is evil, and how God wants us to live in peace.

Advent Activity: 
Preparing our Children's Hearts for Christmas
Our Scripture reading today discusses John the Baptist being born to prepare the way for Jesus Christ. Today's activity will help your children prepare their hearts for Jesus.

The Christmas Countdown Chain pdf has Service Activities your child can tape or glue to the inside of the "links" in their chain. For example, "Prepare a treat for your family" or "Pray for your Neighbor". It also has numbers they can tape to the outside of the link. Have them make their chain, hang it up and begin with link #12 on December 13th.

Jodi @ God Still Speaks

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Boy mom of three. Married to the same man since 2002. Former working mom turned stay-at-home mom. I love my faith, family, and coffee.


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