Friday, November 7, 2008

Finishing Scrapbooks and a Lesson on Compassion

The girls were quite excited to finish up their scrapbooks yesterday, and all that was left for them to do was to write in them, put the pages in sheet protectors and then tie them together with ribbon. Leah and I quite enjoyed reading what each of the girls wrote on their pages!

Writing

Finished!

Before finishing the scrapbooks, we had our lesson which was on being compassionate. We first looked up the definition in the dictionary and found it to mean:

“Having a heart that is tender and easily moved by the distresses, sufferings, wants and infirmities of others. Inclined to show mercy; merciful” (from Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language.)

As definitions can be difficult to understand sometimes, we explained it further and shared a few examples of what compassion would look like. We then asked the girls who they thought shows perfect compassion, to which they immediately answered: God. We looked up together and read a few verses from Psalms which spoke of this:

"He has made His wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate." (Psalm 111:4)

"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness." (Psalm 103:8)

After reading and discussing these verses, we asked if any of the girls could think of specific instances where Jesus Christ showed compassion during His earthly ministry. After the girls had shared several of these, we looked at a passage in Scripture that showed a specific instance when Christ showed compassion. In Mark 8:1-9, we read the account of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes to feed 4,000 men. Prior to working this miracle, Christ shared "I feel compassion for the people” (verse 2). Once we had read and discussed this pass
age together with the girls, the Lord led us to also add to the lesson about Christ’s greatest work of compassion and love, that is, His death on the cross in our place. This again opened the doors for us to share with the girls about salvation, our sin, our need of Christ, and how to receive forgiveness of sins and thus eternal life and salvation – through believing in Christ. Once we had talked about this for a bit, we moved on in our study of compassion . . .

In Scripture, God has given specific instruction to us regarding compassion:


"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted [or compassionate], forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:32)

"So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;" (Colossians 3:12)

We discussed about what it means to “put on” compassion and also that compassion can be shown through physical action, but it begins in the heart. Then it was time for brainstorming! What are ways that we can show compassion to others? The answers took awhile in coming, but once the girls started thinking of ideas, they had a lot of them! Some of them were:


--Giving hugs and smiles

--Writing a get well card

--Talking with them

And then through a bit of prompting with questions from Leah and I, they also added things along the lines of:


--Praying for them
--Asking if there is anything that you can do for them
--If a sibling is sick, offer to do their chores for them


Once we had finished with the lesson, we worked on memorizing Colossians 3:12 together. When first learning a verse, we generally will write it on our dry erase board and say it together with the girls several times. Once they become familiar with the verse, we start erasing words. Each time a new word is erased, the girls will recite the verse and Leah and I will be silent on the erased words. The girls love doing this and have fun trying to pick which word to erase next. :) Once it seems that the girls have the verse learned fairly well, we’ll ask them if they think they can say the whole verse with everything erased to which they generally
answer ‘yes’. Then with nothing to aid them, we’ll recite the verse together several times. Next week, to reinforce what they have learned, we will have a review game of the verse which should be fun!

And as usual, we finished our time together with cross-stitching . . .

16 comments:

  1. The girls look so proud of their efforts in scrap booking. How precious!

    I like the method you use to help them memorise scripture. I must file it away for future reference. It is excellent that you can find fun ways to memorise scripture. It becomes so much more effective.

    Sarah, thank you for your comment about the roses. The particular rose is Texas variety. They are a beautiful yellow blooms with red tinges around the edge. Lovely!

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  2. What a good way to memorise Bible verses. Your girls are storing up immense knowledge which will stay with them for ever.

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  3. Scrap booking is so much fun, it looks like the girls really enjoyed it!
    Like others have said, that is a good way to memorize Bible verses. Thank you for sharing it.

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  4. Good Morning Sarah from Miss Lila in Atlanta, Georgia.

    I have been perusing many of the Christian blog sites this last few weeks and so many times I see your lovely face in the comment section.
    I want to follow your blog now if that is OK with you. Even though you are much younger than I am we have many things in common. I LOVE the Lord and I LOVE to cross stitch.
    Thank you for your lovely, faith inspiring blog.
    Miss Lila in Atlanta

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  5. The girls were rather excited to finish their scrapbooks, Natasha! :)

    The memorization game seems to work rather well . . . the girls never appear bored while memorizing, and they learn the verses!

    Thank you for sharing the name of the roses with me! I might have to see if I can find some here . . .

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  6. Thank you for your encouraging words, Elizabeth!

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  7. They did seem to enjoy it, Leah!

    And you’re welcome! :)

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  8. Welcome to my blog, Miss Lila! And thank you for your kind words. :) You are more than welcome to follow my blog if you like!

    It is always a blessing to hear from others who love the Lord! And that is neat that we have similar interests. :) Cross-stitching is rather enjoyable to do!

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  9. What an exciting day you must have had! Storing up memories and hiding the Scriptures in your hearts. Compassion is something I need more of, as many have shown it to me so often. Keep up the good work with the girls. It is a blessing to see older ladies encouraging the younger ones.
    Anna

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  10. The girls look so very happy with their finished scrapooks Sarah! What smiles! :o)

    As I read your lesson I thought of Jude 22 "And of some have compassion, making a difference"; and as I read Colossians 3:12 I thought of several ways that I should be showing compassion. Thank you!

    Cross stiching... my Dad said that I have come down with "cross stiching fever" this week! :o)
    ~Ashley

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  11. I so wish that I had been a blessing and as truly inspiring an example as you and your sister are to these young girls. How special you are! Keep it up!!

    In Him,
    Darelina

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  12. It was rather exciting, Anna!

    Compassion is something that I, too, need to develop more in my own life . . .

    Thank you for your encouraging words!

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  13. They were rather happy, Ashley! It is always quite exciting when they finish a project. :)

    Did you start on the cross-stitch that you had shared about on your blog? I am eager to see the progress that you make on it! Cross-stitch fever . . . I can well sympathize with that malady as I have come down with it on more than one occasion. ;)

    Thank you so much for sharing that verse from Jude! That would have been a good one to add to the lesson. :)

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  14. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Darelina!!

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  15. Yes Sarah, I finally began work on the cross-stitch and I'm wondering why I had put off starting it for so long! I love seeing how much progress I can make in a day!
    ~Ashley

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  16. I am so glad that you are enjoying it so much, Ashley! I look forward to seeing the progress that you make on it. (Hint, hint :)

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