Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Shine Like the Stars

A few weeks back I wrote about how important it is for us to engage our grandchildren when we hand down the faith, so they are able to learn the way God created them to learn. (You will find this post at the following link.) I mentioned using "Mystery Bags" with your grandchildren and today I'm very happy to share with you another idea for a "Mystery Bag" you could use to hand down the faith to your grandchildren.

You will need . . . 
  • Your Bible.
  • Bags - paper lunch bags work very well for this.
  • Crayons or markers.
  • Strips of paper - 11 inches long by about 1/2 inch wide.
Give each of your grandchildren a "Mystery Bag" with crayons/markers and strips of paper inside - if you have grandchildren who live far from you, mail the "Mystery Bags" to them with a note to not peek inside. Arrange a time to facetime, or connect over the phone and you will be able to do this project together. You might arrange to have grandchildren who live near join you at the same time, so they are able to do this project with their cousins.

Open your Bible and read Daniel 12:3 . . . 
Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.
Talk with your grandchildren about what it means to be wise, give examples of choices they may make which are wise - be sure to let them share. Go on to talk about how when they make the choice to be wise - and especially when they share Jesus with others, they will "shine" like the stars!

Then let them open their "Mystery Bags" and color their strips of paper - either color them or make designs . . . whatever they like. When they finish this, show them how to make little origami stars. (Follow the instructions at this link.)

Talk about what it might mean for them to "shine like the stars" and encourage them to make another star each time they have been able to make a wise choice or share Jesus with someone - they could write on their paper strip the specifics motivating the star - and then fill their paper bag with stars. You could tell them you will do this as well.

Handing down the faith to our grandchildren does not have to be difficult - and it absolutely is able to be a lot of fun!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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