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BTT: God Forgives My Sins (Bible Activity)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”     – 1 John 1:9

We all, as imperfect children of God, sin everyday!  Thankfully, God loves us so much that He forgives our sins and redeemed us by sending His Son to die for us.  For smaller kids, that’s hard to understand.  They may not know what sins are, or how and why God forgives us.  I like to use visual representations to help explain these hard to grasp concepts.

God Forgives My Sins

Sinning is when we choose to turn away from God by making a bad/wrong decision.  When we pray and ask God to forgive us because we know we did wrong, He does.  God pours out His unending mercy and cleanses our hearts.  We should always try to do better and strive to live pure lives.

To Do This Activity, You’ll Need:

  • White Board + Dry Erase Markers
  • Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

How To:

First, before you round up your kids, cut out (about 5 per child) 1″ x 3″ rectangles from the paper.  Also, draw a heart on the whiteboard.  Call over the kiddos.  Explain how when we sin, we turn away from God.  All of these sins give us impure hearts.

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Each child should write down a sin that they have committed on the rectangles.  For Example – lying, saying mean things, not obeying parents, etc.  These don’t have to be big things.  Show how these sins make our hearts unclean by coloring the heart in with a black (or dark colored) marker.

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black heart

Have each child tape their sins onto the shaded in heart.  Say a prayer with your kids, apologizing for your sins and asking for forgiveness.  Ask your kids why they are sorry.  Do they feel bad about what happened?  Do they want to do better?

There is good news!  Jesus died on the cross for their (and everyone else’s) sins.  Describe how we are redeemed and will spend eternity with God in Heaven.  Take off the sins and set them aside.  Erase the shaded section of the heart.

After you have erased the heart, there will be some outlines of the shaded areas or erased parts of the heart.  This symbolizes our imperfectness.  No matter how hard we try, we will always sin.  We ask God for His help.  He mends our hearts.

imperfect heart

When we are sorry, we promise to try to do better.  On the back of each sin, write a good action that is opposite of the sin.  This can be a quality or a good deed.  For example – lying -> be truthful, saying rude things -> be uplifting.

sin lyingbe truthful opposite

Tape the now improved rectangles onto the clean heart.  Because of God’s love and Jesus’ death, we are able to spend eternity with Him.  We are thankful Jesus forgives our sins!

transformed sin

Like 1 John 1:9 says, God is faithful and just.  Thank you, Lord, for your mercy and forgiveness.

BTT: Scripture Memory Book

Yes, it’s Wednesday.  Sorry about the late post.  This week, we memorized a verse of scripture.  I am very forgetful…..very…  Kids can be, too (especially if it’s “boring”).  I have come up with a way to get kids involved in a craft while memorizing scripture at the same time.

Scripture Memory Book:

I used the following verse –

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”  -Psalm 19:14

You Will Need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Staple or Metal Circle Clips (If you do this, you will need a hole puncher)
  • Markers

How To:

  1. Break the verse up into parts (you want to be able to draw pictures about each part).  This is how I broke up my verse:  Let the words of my mouth (BREAK 1) and the meditation of my heart (BREAK 2) be acceptable (BREAK 4) in thy sight (BREAK 5) O LORD (BREAK 6), my rock (BREAK 7) and my redeemer.
  2. Draw the pictures!  We drew a mouth for our first part, a heart for part 2, a square with positive words for part 3, “God’s eye” for break 4, a letter ‘o’ with Jesus written across it, a rock with the word ‘my’ written on it, and finally a cross with ‘my’ written on it.  The pictures explain them better.  🙂                                                                                         mouthheartacceptableeye paperJesus omy rockmy redeemer
  3. Put ’em all together!  Align your pictures in order, and staple or hole punch them.  Have fun memorizing!

flip bookscripture book

My Christmas Prayer

Merry Christmas!  I hope you and your loved ones feel God’s loving presence this holiday season.  Here is my Christmas prayer.

Heavenly Father,

I come to you this Christmas with a thankful heart.  Lord, you have given me so much! Thank you for sending your Son to this world today.  Thank you for sending Him in the lowliest way, a baby.  Yet, from this little baby would come a Savior.  A Savior for the whole world.  Father, help us this Christmas season, to better understand your extreme love for each one of us.  Love so amazing that you sent your only Son to die for me!  Bless us all, Father, and pour out your message into our hearts, so that we may spread the Good News of Christmas to all the world!  Holy God, let this Christmas be more than just presents and lights.  Let this be a celebration of Jesus, our families, and all our other blessings!  I love you, Lord!

Amen.

peppermint bowl

nativity

Wishing you and yours a blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

BTT: On My Own – Matthew 19:26

This is an activity that proves one true statement: We need God!

Materials:

  • Eager kids
  • At least one egg per kid
  • An open area
  • Clothes that can get messy

btt egg matt

Procedure (this sounds like a science experiment):

  1. Go into that open area.  Talk to your kids about how sometimes life can be frustrating.  Sometimes we get caught up in life and want to do things on our own.  Read Matthew 19:26 with your kids.  Ask when there was a time in their day/week when they wanted to do something their way, not God’s way;  a time when they wanted to do it on their own.
  2. Place an egg in your child’s hand.  Ask them to try to do things on their own by squeezing the egg (with one hand).  It won’t work.  Explain that in life we may not like God’s plan for us, or at least we think we don’t, but God knows what’s best for us.
  3. Then, ask them what God can do.  God can do all things!  Now have them use both hands and thumbs to squeeze the egg.   (Hopefully) They can do it!  Prepare for an explosion!!!  Just like when we let God guide our life, we can do all things. This reveals our true potential.  Jesus wants the best for us and we should listen to His plan for us.

egg for btt

This is a great way for kids to understand God’s power and His plan for us!  Sorry this is on a Wednesday!  Have a blessed day!

Poem – You’ll Meet Me There

How long has it been friends?  Too long, I think!  I apologize for the long break between posts.  I was thinking today, Why haven’t I posted in a while?  I guess I was too busy.

Ahh, yes.  I don’t like that phrase: TOO BUSY.  Too busy for what?  The people and things you love?  Too busy for God?

So I whipped together this poem to show how much He loves us.  God will never be too busy for us!  He loves us!

You’ll Meet Me There

When life gets too busy,

And I’m lost in despair,

I’ll go to the cross.

I know you’ll meet me there.


When my words are not kind,

And my actions are rude,

I’ll turn to you.

And my heart is anew.


Though the trials of life,

Try to drag me down,

I’ll look up to Him,

The One who wears the crown.


Thank you, Oh Lord,

For your wonderful grace!

I hope that one day,

I may see your loving face!

I know this isn’t Tuesday, but I filed it under BTT, just in case you want to find it again.  Have a great weekend!

BTT: Scripture of the Day

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”   – Matthew 7:13-14

Sorry about the short post…..but I’ve been reflecting on this verse and pray that you will find meaning in it.  Have a great Tuesday!

Bible Time Tuesday

Starting next week (on Tuesday) I will begin writing posts about Bible Time every week.  I’m calling it Bible Time Tuesday (BTT).  Some other sites I like reading do things like Transparent Tuesday (ourgrowingroots.com).  I thought, What a great idea.  I should do something like that, but it should be a time when we reflect/glorify Him who deserves every praise.  So starts Bible Time Tuesday.

Even though it’s not Tuesday, I thought I should let you know.  I will write about fun activities to do to teach kids about God or maybe just a verse to reflect on.  It’s not the only time during the week, necessarily, that I will talk about Jesus, but it’s definitely a specific time to hear His word.

Well, have a good day …and pray!  Happy Thursday!