Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - God's Creation Shows Purpose & Design

Our grandchildren are perfectly created and designed by God and He has a plan for them; a good plan - look at what God says in Jeremiah 29:11 . . .
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
So, today consider making this project with your grandchildren and while you do, talk about God's great creation with purpose . . . them!

You will need . . . 
  • Paper lunch bags - one per grandchild
  • Sticks - lots of them
  • Cable ties - colorful ones if you like will add a touch of fun - put a handful in each bag
Gather your grandchildren and go for a walk. Look for sticks about the size of a pencil and fill a bag with as many as you find . . . you will need a lot, so be sure to gather a lot. (Or, you could visit a craft store and get some thin dowels or if you have grape vines near you, get some - then cut to length - about three to five inches, randomness is great, so do not make them all the same size. Thank you Linda Laree Dietz for asking questions - you gave me more 
ideas for how to make this project.)

Take your bag and sit at your table. Hand out the Mystery bags - with the cable ties. Show them the photo of the stick basket and how to set two sticks together and fasten them with a cable tie. Continue to fasten sticks together to make the bottom of the basket - any size, shape they want. Once the bottom is the way they want it, start adding sticks going up to make the sides.

This basket is like assembling a puzzle - except you do not know exactly what it will look like until it is completed. Keep adding sticks until you have the baskets you want.

While you build, talk with your grandchildren about how these baskets remind us of God's creation. Ask them if the sticks are able to just assemble themselves into a basket. Of course the answer is, no! Someone - your grandchildren - has to assemble and design the sticks, fasten them together and create a basket - something with a purpose.

Tell them it is the same with them. They did not just, "come together" on their own. God created and designed them with a purpose. As they grow they learn new things and have the opportunity to discover the purpose God has for them. Share with them some of the things you see in them - for example if they have a tender heart, are quick to help others, always encourage others, are creative, tech people, able to solve problems, etc.

Share Jeremiah 29:11 with your grandchildren and take time to thank God for creating your grandchildren.

And, while you would have to hustle to pull this off, these baskets make wonderful Mother's Day gifts! If you are able to do so, get your grandchildren and have them make baskets for their moms! They are also a wonderful end-of-year-gift for teachers.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose  

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