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making faith FUN for kids

It’s Holy Week for those of us who will be participating in Easter festivities this Sunday and believe that it is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

From Palm Sunday, to Good Friday {the day of Jesus crucifixion}, to Easter {the day of Jesus resurrection from the dead} we have the chance to reflect on the events that lead to the salvation of the world. I believe that Jesus is the son of God, that he died on the cross for our sins and that he rose from the grave to save the people of this world from death. Anyone who believes this will be saved and live eternally with Him and I believe this because in the Bible {John 3:16} it says…“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not die but have eternal life.”  This faith is free for all and life giving. It’s that simple.

With all of that in mind we have tried to make Jesus the cornerstone of our little family’s life. Aaron and I work hard to teach our kids all about this sweet Jesus we love through prayer, teaching them about the Bible, taking them to church and so on…we take all the help we can get from outside sources as well. Thankfully there are a ton of FUN tools out there to teach our kids about the Bible and God’s ways. Just in time for Easter I wanted to share them with you.

::a few of our favorite faith resources for kids::

easter fun ideas

1. What’s in the Bible – this video series {from the guy who created Veggie Tales} is true of God’s word, fun, silly and it has honestly helped me remember all those FUN & important facts about the Bible that I have learned over the years but need brushing up on! If your kids have questions about the Bible or just want to be entertained and learn along the way you gotta check out this series.

2. Resurrection Eggs -this egg kit contains and explains many of the elements of the Easter story. I keep attempting to make my own version but have not completed it yet {in the meantime this one linked above is great to buy and/or Pinterest has several others versions you can make if you’re in the mood}.

3. Kid’s Worship Music -we love hearing our kids sing about God and learn about God through music. Pandora has a few Kid’s Praise/Worship stations and there are a ton of other options I could mention out there {and maybe I will another day}. For now I will just tell you about two options we love. Little Song Birds is an album we are really into right now with its quirky reggae style and biblical truths. And of course Psalty “the singing song book” is my all-time favorite from growing up {every church kid from the 80’s will agree with me here}. You can find his new songs and old classics from several sources these days.

Little Song Birds found HERE

Psalty found HERE and HERE

4. Jesus Calling -Do you know about Sarah Young’s awesome devotionals entitled Jesus Calling? I love the first one she wrote {from God’s point of view/voice using the bible} for adults. We also like the young adult version but I recently become enchanted with the children’s version {pictured above} for its content and beautiful illustrations. Check it out!

5. There are so many children’s Bibles available to buy that it can be overwhelming. I LOVE many of the versions we have come across but these two are special for their accuracy and unique natures. The Action Bible is beautifully illustrated with a raw, edgy, comic book style {what boy in your life wouldn’t love that?}. The Jesus Storybook Bible has been written in such a way that even in the old testament each story points towards Jesus {every story whispers His name}. You just have to read it for yourself. These can never replace God’s true written word but as a way of teaching and training young hearts about the Bible I think these are both great tools to start with.

Action Bible found HERE

Jesus Storybook Bible found HERE

P.S. If you are reading this and you simply want me to pray with you or have questions about this faith in Jesus that I often bring up…please do not hesitate to email me at laurapanfilio@gmail.com. I will get back to you as soon as I can and I will pray for you. I may not have all the answers but I do want to be as available to you as I can be. Happy Easter!

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fun with daddy

Why are Daddy’s so fun?  I mean it. How does he do it? The kids have so much fun with Aaron.  He is great at playing with them and coming up with ways to engage them.  He is not distracted the way I tend to be.  He is goofy & silly with them.  He is so present with them.  I love watching the three of them interact & play and have fun.  I don’t know how he does it.  All I know is that Daddy’s are just too much fun!

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more than a spoonful of blogSUGAR

Blog Sugar was great…I learned a ton, got inspired and met some great people.  The food was amazing, the speakers were adorable & inspiring and the decor was divine!  I cannot say enough good things about it. Thanks to all the people who helped make it happen! All that hard work did not go unnoticed!  I even got to hang out with my friend Cherish who I didn’t realize she was attending when I signed up! I don’t live near her anymore so it was a great treat to catch up and meet all of her “blog friends” {she’s way pop}!
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try not to be a Valentine’s Day hater this year

So may I be the first to remind you all that the 1 month countdown to Valentine’s Day begins today!  I have always loved Valentine’s Day because it is my birthday!  I cannot get enough of the romance, hearts, flowers, gifts, chocolate, celebration of loved ones, nice dinners, conversation hearts…I can even go for cute teddy bears this time of year…everything about it is a small reflection of me. But it doesn’t have to be the only time of  year that we tell others how much we love them. And in my opinion it does not have to be a holiday that is exclusively for people in love…it can be for aunts, neighbors, kids…our dogs…our roommates and our teachers…its just a great time of year to remember how much we love the people in our lives and to show them.  So while i know there are some “Valentine’s Day Haters” out there…and I can understand why… I am begging you to reconsider and please (for me…just this year) give Valentine’s Day a chance!  I will attempt to show you a ton of fun ideas over the next month to make it special for someone (anyone) in your life and maybe at the end you will decide it is not such a bad holiday after all! My hope is that in general this blog can spur you on to celebrate your loved ones all year, but lets start here for now! Here’s to hoping I can at least make a few new Valentine believers out of y’all!
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