We have been observing many more opportunities lately for investing in the character of our children. In particular, our Emily has been struggling and I've been praying for wisdom in being intentional with her.
One idea that God provided was to take some time on Sunday evening, now that AWANA is finished for the year, and do some Bible Study one-on-one with her. But, I was overwhelmed with where to begin: there is SO much I want to cover!
Then, during my Mom's visit she brought up what Emily's name means and as I was praying about where to begin God brought this to mind.
With God's help, here is what I came up with:
Here's how I envision this working. Sunday night we won't even look at the Study Sheet until after we are done. I will work through the Mom's Guide with her and we'll look up the Scripture passages together. We'll talk, learn, pray.
The Study Sheet will be hers to work through during the next five days.
While planning this, I remembered I had these "Seed Packets" my friend Stefani had made. They have little paper seeds inside with truths from God's Word pertaining to the meaning of any name! I absolutely love this creative idea and have been blessed by it many times before - now I'm excited to share with Emily!
Even though Stefani is a busy mom of five, she did confirm with me by e-mail that she is still making these Seed Packets. They are $5 each plus $1 for shipping. If you're interested in one for yourself or a gift (I've given lots for gifts!) you can e-mail me at thehomespunheart (at) hotmail (dot) com and I will get your message to her.
Sunday night arrived and we went out for a little treat to start off our study. I haven't really decided if I will just close my bedroom door and study with her at home or if we will have better success going somewhere else. I will probably mix it up some.
We had a great time together and I trust that God will do His work in her! For fun: do you know what your name means?