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Friday Feature ~ Paper Gifts

Feature FridayEvery now and then, you come across a unique website that you wish you had found long ago.   Today, I’ll feature one of those:

Paper Gifts for Estefany

This website is both inspirational and fun.  The main emphasis is one of offering creative ideas, faith and encouragement for those sponsoring Compassion Children.  True to their banner, this site offers a plethora of homemade paper gift suggestions for these children, but is also a treasure trove of ideas for use with any child.

Years ago, we home schooled our son for seven grades.  Back then, I was always on the lookout for creative ways to embellish our curriculum with Christ-centered materials.  A website such as Paper Gifts for Estefany would have been a Godsend. 

When you visit the site, scroll over to the right column and click on any of the many topics to find printable materials in the form of posters, stationary, cards and bookmarks.  There are loads of child-friendly, Scriptural based tutorials and coloring sheets, all formatted and ready to print.

As emphasized in the banner, Compassion Children are the target group for their ideas.  However, the materials are sure to help any parent looking for unique ways to emphasize God with their young children.

I encourage my readers to check out this wonderful site.  Perhaps these ideas would generate a family project of supporting a child in need of paper gifts of love!

The information above is this author’s opinion only.
Sue Nash/2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated ~ Jewels

Colorful trade beads I found at a market while in Africa

Colorful trade beads I found at a market while in Africa

Saturated is the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge.  The concept is a photo saturated with color.

I found these colorful trade beads while visiting Africa years ago.  They would make lovely jewelry, but I have never strung them.

Color ~ floating in the clouds

Color ~ floating in the clouds

I had a little fun shooting the picture above.  I wanted the beads to look like they were floating in the sky, so I shot them placed on a mirror and made sure the reflection included the clouds.  The colors in the beads popped nicely and the mirror gave them a doubled look; hence, saturated with color twice over!

 Jewels are not necessarily diamonds.  They can come in all shapes and sizes. 
When I think of jewels, it reminds me of how God views His children.

God created us each uniquely.  After becoming His children, though, God calls us jewels.  To Him, we are like a colorful assortment of beauty, saturated by the presence of Jesus in our lives.

They shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them my jewels.
Malachi 3:17

For similar posts, see Weekly Photo Challenge.

From the Daily Post.

Sue Nash/2013

EVERYONE

A parody for purposes of this blog by Sue Nash

A parody for purposes of this blog – by Sue Nash

Kids say and do the darndest things! They just seem to have a perspective on life that is outside the planetary alignment from adults. Unlike most starchy grown-ups, young children say precisely what they think and do exactly what they want; this often rattles the boundaries of adults. Videos of their unanticipated cute remarks and adorable mannerisms go viral on YouTube as fast as the Road Runner in the desert. The reason for this is that most grown-ups still long to be as honest and carefree as children are again. Part of us wishes we could be the one saying those cute things.

In general, children are much better at enjoying life than adults. Their laughter is contagious and their smiles can soften even the hardest of hearts. They certainly melt mine. I have to admit that when it comes to kids, I am a total ‘softie.’ It is as if I have the word ‘SUCKER’ written on my forehead which is invisible to adults and only children can read. Though I stink at saying no to them, I derive much joy being around kids and love watching how they enjoy life. 

A big sucker around kids!

A big sucker around kids!

Jesus also loved being with children. The song reminds us, ‘Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.’ So do photos of Him sitting with children on His lap. I do not even have to post one of those pictures here, since most of us already have a mental picture anyway. In the familiar passage in Matthew 19, the disciples wanted young ones to leave Jesus alone; their thinking was that He did not need to be bothered. Instead, He welcomed them to come near with open arms. The song and photos remind us, and though the message may be overused, it is nonetheless true that Jesus does love all the little children.

Jesus very willingly gave children top billing by allowing them near Him and high scores for their trusting attitudes. They were welcome to sit on His lap and to hear what He had to say. Once His followers finally realized that they were not a bother but that Jesus wanted children to come near, they dropped the discussion. The kids would stay!

Children were all welcome and able to be around Jesus not only because of His love, but also due to the purity of His message and the trustworthiness of His character. He never minced His words, but spoke openly with both young and old around because the messages were always upright and intended for all.

When I created my WordPress account to begin blogging, I had to configure the settings to reflect the appropriateness of my writing content for particular audiences:

 

Maximum Rating G — Suitable for all audiences
PG — Possibly offensive, usually for audiences 13 and above
R — Intended for adult audiences above 17
X — Even more mature than above

As the sole author and administrator of my site, I was the one who decided what type of rating to use. An honor system is inherent to this self-scoring, because what might be deemed appropriate by one will not necessarily be for another. For instance, some may think profanity is perfectly fine for ‘PG’ followers whereas plenty others would shun foul language for the same. The list certainly goes on in terms of subjectivity for content appropriateness using a rating scale such as the one above.

Both by what He spoke and did, Jesus demonstrated that His life and messages were flawlessly honorable and highly suitable for any audiences. If using the rating criteria above, He would score as ‘G’ rated but this level does not seem to fit precisely. Another category which more accurately aligns with the suitability of Christ’s messages and content is ‘E’ for everyone. He never had to filter what He said, to screen for any inappropriate activities, or to block little children from being around Him. Everyone was His appropriate audience; all are His desired followers.

Though they are at times very silly, Jesus never excluded little children from coming to Him. He loves all the little ones and all the cute little things they say and do. Thankfully, He loves us starchy grown-ups, too, and everyone else in-between. If Christ had a blog, He would likely mark His ratings panel as ‘E’ for EVERYONE.  Then, He would further define this intended audience by using an arrow that points directly to John 3:16.

“For God so loved the WORLD (EVERYONE) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16