Spending time with God is one of our privileges! We have been enjoying a new tool to guide us in our quiet times - it's called Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women from Zondervan. This beautiful, hardcover devotional is designed for young women, ages 13-18, but I found it spoke directly to my heart as well!
Written by Lindsay A. Franklin, this lovely book contains 365 short devotionals, one for every day of the year. Each day begins with a scripture passage, in NIV version, followed by a short devotion. The devotions are specifically written to encourage young women in their identity, and purpose as Christians. Each page includes a small space to write/journal your thoughts in as well.
This books highlights Scripture and sixty women of the Bible. The Bible has a high value on women, and this devotional focuses on the unique challenges and blessings of being female.
The focus is truly on bringing the Bible's wisdom and guidance into our daughters (and our) daily lives. The author does a wonderful job of relating the scripture to our modern lives and the challenges facing our girls in today's world.
The devotional starts at the beginning, with readings that follow along the narrative of the Bible. I like that! Each day's devotional becomes part of the big picture story.
Here's a few examples of the lessons:
Day 9 - "you are not defined by your mistakes..." God saw Eve as the complete person she was.
Day 16 - "Sometimes we HAVE to stand out... " Just as Noah and his family did before the flood.
Day 31 - "Rejection hurts." God was not finished with Hagar, and he's not finished with us.
Great lessons, and the chance for God to speak to our girls - does it get any better?
And, of course - the book itself is truly beautiful! With floral patterns on each page, and a space to write/journal in, it would make an excellent gift. It has a pretty ribbon bookmark to hold your page, a nice feminine touch. Not to mention, it's the perfect size for a stocking stuffer!
I decided to leave this beautiful book on our coffee table and see who would pick it up first... My teenage daughters (yes, both of them) noticed it right away and picked it up. They have been reading it ever since.
I have also been enjoying this devotional, for myself! Many of the messages have felt perfectly appropriate in my life, messages like being careful with words, forgiveness, and making sound choices. Timeless wisdom.
I think this would make an excellent tool for starting conversations with our daughters as well. The devotions are well written, and introduce many relevant topics.
We love learning about artists and creating. The Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com contains everything you need to create your very own masterpiece! We couldn't wait to get started...
Everything you need to create your very own "Starry Night" and learn about Vincent Van Gogh comes included in the Master Kitz Starry Night :
Reusable Artist’s Tool Box
Three Custom Paint Colors
Custom Van Gogh Paint Roller
Five Artist Quality Oil Pastels
Two Pieces Deluxe Art Paper – 16″ x 20″
Star Mask Sticker Sheet
Van Gogh Learning Materials
Best yet, there are enough supplies to create 2 masterpieces! You can also check out demonstration videos, PDF instructions and many other great Kitz on their website: Kidzaw.com. These would make excellent Christmas gifts.
My art loving daughters could barely wait to get started. The instructions are printed on a nice poster, with information about Vincent Van Gogh included.
The directions are very easy to follow, it's designed for ages 5 and up. My testers are in 4th and 5th grade, so it was easy for them to work independently.
First, you use the star stickers on your 16 x 20 heavy paper, don't worry, you can peel them off to use again! After you have placed your stars, you use the fun textured paint roller to cover your paper with paint. One of the things we liked best - the tools are so easy to use, and really give you a great look.
The next step involved laying down a reusable plastic stencil and using another roller to create the black image over the blue sky and stars. This step was a bit tricky for my testers to do alone, and we found that taping the stencil down with painters tape helped us keep it in one place.
After that, my testers moved to the oil pastels to create their "stars". All along the way, we got the chance to discuss Vincent Van Gogh and his techniques, as well as, experiencing different art mediums like paint and oil pastels. It truly is a great art lesson, all in one handy box!
My testers loved how their pictures were turning out!
For the final step, they added details to their masterpieces with the oil pastels. This is where each of them got to personalize their paintings. They are so impressed! The entire project took us a couple o hours, including paint drying time. It was easy to complete, and didn't leave a big mess. Along the way, we learned some new facts about Van Gogh. Great project!
These kitz are very well done! I think they would make a great gift - they have many different paintings and artists to choose from (and sculpting kitz too!) They would be excellent for coop class as well.