Catechism Week 1

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I am so happy to announce that this week started our first week of Sunday School at our church. I am teaching the 4th grade class and I am super excited that I have a class of awesome students who are excited to learn about the Word of God! So as this is my first time teaching I would like to share it with all of you and get your feedback.

 

Lesson 1

Luke 16: The Parable of the Rich man.

So one of the key lessons I wanted my kids to learn from this story is the idea of privileged. How do you teach privileged of a class of fourth graders!  I did some research and figured that showing the kids that life is not fair would be a good place to start.

I wadded up a bunch of paper and made them stand in line and try to get them to make all of the papers in the basket. Of course the kids in the back complained and the children in the front said nothing. This fact went completely unnoticed by the class.

 

This was actually based on a lesson for high school students that I modified for my class, you can find the original link here .

By asking them to figure out the following they were able to grasp the concept:

  1. Why wasn’t this fair?
  2. What could the people in the front do to help those in the back?
  3. Why didn’t the people in the front offer to help?
  4. What would Jesus say to do in this situation based on this parable?
  5. How can we make it fair for everyone?
  6. How do we apply this to real life and making good choices?

Leave the questions open ended. My class wonderfully outlined that sometimes if we do not know we are supposed to help others that we don’t. This gave us an opportunity to talk about how Jesus wants us to always help others even when it is not considered the social norm.

 

The harder lesson to tackle was not being able to serve God and Money. My class wants to be rich (because who doesn’t), so once again all I could do was try to get them to figure out the answers on their own.

  1. Why should we choose to serve God over money? (This question is supposed to be hard put those brains to work)
  2. Why does God want us to pay attention to things like helping the poor and being a good person over being rich and famous?
  3. When have you been in a situation where you picked doing the right thing over money?

I love making my class think and I love that they were honest that some of them had never been in those kind of situations. They were however able to still give examples of different situations such as turning in a found wallet, doing volunteer work and not getting paid for it (like Ms. Bella they were so happy to add), or like picking up trash when no one asked us to, which is how we ended the last 15 mins of class.

A Woman of Strength and Purpose

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Surprisingly this book like the “Strong Willed Women” the author describes, is not what it seems. This book touches base with many women and it definitely made a difference for not only me but my inner circle. A book that can be shared, revisited, and quoted shows you the quality of the writing inside.  Tobias hits this nail right on the head! The experiences shared by the women in this book is something that all women can relate to .I am happy to not only share this with my readers but to share this with my close family and friends. A good friend of mine actually quoted a verse to me that “Iron sharpens Iron” and even though that is not exactly what this book is about, you definitely can feel your iron sharpening.  Tobias creates and her amazing fellowship of friends and “strong willed women” teach, relate and engage her readers. I am proud to review this book and I happy that the women this book will reach will touch the lies of each and everyone of them.

 

 

Fall Family Fest!

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I am super excited to be apart of this project! I love the fact that our company seeks out work with other charitable organizations and institutions. On Oct. 8th we will be hosting a Fall Family Fest in Penns Grove, NJ! I can’t wait and I really am excited that if we are successful we will be able to make a difference (even if its small), for the River Walk and surrounding community. If you know an organization or insitition that would be fairly local and would like to help out, please feel free to contact me. I am the event manager. All of the information is available on the website.

 

Check out out at http://www.riverwalkjunction.com/home.html

Prayer Journal Week Four Reflections

 

 

Week four was probably the hardest week of the whole challenge. Week fours questions were longer and even though a question was added every week. As you begin to review the questions in reference to your daily life, the questions became more extensive. You begin to really begin to dig deeper into your soul. As I went through this challenge I think that one that stood out for me was a reoccurring theme for me was trust, faith, and prayer.

A friend of mine (whom I love dearly) and we spoke about Ephesians and how “nothing is new under the sun”. One of the things I learned from this challenge was that certain problems that plague the world aren’t new at all. In fact, it shows that no matter what time period you live in certain things like love, responsibility, faith are universal and span through time even after we return to the dust of the Earth.

When looking through my journal for the past 30 days, I learned that God really speaks to us through scripture. I also learned that through faith and prayer we can accomplish more. The Holy Spirit blesses us with the confidence and faith we need and all we need to do is asked to blessed and to instrument to the Holy Spirit.

I also notice how hard it was to take 15 mins for God everyday. I did not realize how easy it is to be like I will do it tomorrow or maybe later. Some can say its the enemy some can say it is a defect of character. It is probably both but until we have our eyes opened to such things, they will reveal themselves. 13936734_10207040303630963_1013318166_n

Prayer Journal Challenge Week 3 Reflections

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Honestly I can not believe that I am entering in the last week of this challenge. It has truly been enlightening trying align my life with scripture. It has also been interesting how my problems are spoken about in the Bible. No matter what year it is some problems are just universal. This week has been a huge struggle for me. Even staying committed to the challenge. This week my biggest problems were my lack of faith and trust. I know its crazy to admit but there are moments in my life when I am like seriously :”wtf God”. I get angry and challenge him but I do this with all the important people in my life.

 

Trying to hold it together has been very hard. Especially when you think you’re going down the right path doing everything “right” and that was when it hit me. If you are so busy about doing it right, your desire for perfection tends to shut down any attempts to try. God is there for me and when I do trust him and stop trying to control everything I end up feeling better. Working on this relationship with God has help me see my own flaws and my strengths as well.

Unreasonable Hope: A Review

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Unreasonable Hope is a chronicle of Chad Veach holding on to his faith while taking care of his daughter who was born with a smooth brain. I was blown away by the honestly that Veach conveys in this story. I find him and his wife to be very admirable. I do not know how my faith would be affected  if I was to fall onto this type of trial. I was so moved by this story. Veach’s faith and down to earth writing style really makes you feel like he is sitting across from you, sharing his testimony. And I must say that his testimony is profound. Veach really does take you on this journey and my heart and prayers go out to his family and his daughter Georgia. I loved this book, I laughed and cried. This book is one of those stories that stick with you. If this family can maintain such a strong faith, then us with lesser problems can get through it as well. The book is more about coping, and how you can use your christian faith to cope with any problem. Veach is very open on how he would not be able to over come this trial in his life with out God. The book is a true testament that faith does not fix everything but it can help you cope, change your perspective, and show you a love that you never knew existed. I really enjoyed reading this so much that I have already given it to some one else to read. I feel blessed that Book Look Bloggers allowed me to review this story.

 

 

Week 2 Prayer Journal Reflections

 

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I have to say that as this process continues to go forward, I am shocked about how much I am learning about myself and my relationship with God. I am newly returned to my faith and trying to make the right choices in accordance to scriptures while dealing with worldly problems. I have learned this week that if I cast my burdens to God, he blesses me with motivation from the Holy Spirit. I am actually shocked about how much closer I am to God at the end of these two weeks. I can not believe How well this is working. I am so grateful for the 15 mins a day I have devoted to God, are beginning to show results!!!

 

If you are interested in participating please contact me.

Prayer Journal Challenge Outline

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Hey everyone I love that people are interested in doing the 30 day prayer challenge I wrote. I received a lot of questions so I created an outline for people to follow. This is not set in stone just a basic idea for you to build off of. Weeks 1-3 are available for you now. Week four will be available in week four.

 

Week One Questions

  1. How Do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings? (My Advice is to use your feelings as key words and list the key words in your journal for future reference; this applies to all verse questions.)
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What advice does the Bible give about overcoming my weakness?
  5. What is God’s Message today?
  6. At the end of week one you write a reflection and Prayer to carry you into the next week.

 

Week 2  Questions

  1. How Do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings? (My Advice is to use your feelings as key words and list the key words in your journal for future reference; this applies to all verse questions.)
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What advice does the Bible give about overcoming my weakness?
  5. Where was I strong today?
  6. What verses in the Bible encourage my strength?
  7. What is God’s Message today
  8. Prayer
  9. Week 2 Reflections

Week 3 Questions

  1. How Do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings. (My Advice is to use your feelings as key words and list the key words in your journal for future reference, this applies to all verse questions.)
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What advice does the Bible give about overcoming my weakness.
  5. Where was I strong today?
  6. What verses in the Bible encourage my strength?
  7. What can I do to be better tomorrow?
  8. What encouragement does the Bible offer me?
  9. What is God’s Message
  10. Prayer
  11. Week 3 Reflections

Week 4:

  1. How Do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings. (My Advice is to use your feelings as key words and list the key words in your journal for future reference, this applies to all verse questions.)
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What advice does the Bible give about overcoming my weakness.
  5. Where was I strong today?
  6. What verses in the Bible encourage my strength?
  7. What can I do to be better tomorrow?
  8. What encouragement does the Bible offer me?
  9. What did I do today to improve my relationship with God?
  10. What encouraement does the Bible offer me.
  11. What is God’s Message
  12. Prayer
  13. Week four Reflections.

Chai Honey Almond Filled Puff Pastry!

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You guys are going to laugh when you find our how easy this is. The filling makes enough for two dozen.

Recipe:

  • 1 package of instant vanillia pudding mix
  • 1 cup of milk
  • two tablespoons of honey
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 2 table spoons of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg
  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry

Cook puff pastry according to the box but remember they have to cook on the pan for about five mins. So make sure if the box says 20, 15 in the oven 5 mins on the pan. Also brush the tops with eggs.

Combine pudding mix and milk, whisk until thick. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and continue to whisk. Add honey and empty the tea bag.

Once the pastry has cooled put filling in icing bag and fill. Garnish with Honey and Cinnamon. To me it taste like Greek Pastries in general because of the flavor combinations however it is really good.