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Would you believe today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lent season for 2011, and Easter is right around the corner! Lent is similar to Advent for it can be a wonderful time to teach our kids and grandkids about the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Savior as well as giving us an opportunity to think and meditate on the wonderful gift of salvation from our Holy God. I love to use our Resurrection Easter eggs to help teach my grandkids the story – visually and orally, as well as looking for other creative ways to share this sweet message.
Floss from Troc Broc and Recup is again hosting A Pause in Lent and I thought it would be a nice focus for Word-Filled Wednesday for the next few weeks. I'll be looking for encouraging Bible verses for children – that would also make nice memory verses for them and us – along with cute pictures and clipart to offer another way to help us share these truths visually with our grandchildren. Join us, won't you. 🙂
Joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
I love this whole passage from Colossians 1:13-16. But what really stands out to me on this first day of Lent is what this clearly states about God's beloved Son, Jesus – that BY Him THROUGH Him and FOR Him, ALL things have been created. As Genesis 1:1 tells us, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (KJV)
This passage is just as clear in the King James Version, "His dear Son [Jesus]…For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist ."
These encouraging Bible verses are such an important reminder to all of us that Jesus is GOD, and that GOD loved us so much He sacrificed tremendously to come to earth as a human, suffer and die for us, rise again and ascend into heaven in power and great glory. What a joy to ponder that concept! What a joy to share it with our children and our grandchildren!
I pray you will be blessed knowing that God, Who created everything, loves you so preciously and intimately. And that no matter what is going on in your Sandwich Generation family as you are dealing with the issues of caring for your elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren, often including trials and tribulations, that IN HIM ALL things hold together. 🙂
For more encouraging Bible verses, pictures, Lent meditations and devotions, be sure to visit Internet Cafe Devotions for this lovely Word-Filled Wednesday as well as Floss for A Pause in Lent.
What a great encouragement and powerful thing to put into practice! We serve such an awesome God and need the reminders of His creation, His sacrifice and His victory over sin and death. We also need to share and pass along to our families and ingrain into their hearts this blessed hope. Thank you for your dedication and encouragement to so many.
Lent activities – ideas – and encouraging Bible verses for kids and grandkids in our Sandwich Generation families – http://bit.ly/hmzD4L
Praise God for His creation and for His Son through whom we can get forgiveness of our sins and be heirs to the things above.
Thank you Father that you still control this universe. Most people who think they are in control are up for a rude awaking. I pray they come in contact with someone who can show them the way to Heaven and accept the fact that God is STILL IN CONTROL.
What a perfect way to begin Lent with this WORD! It’s absolutely perfect and powerful.
As always, such a great idea!
What a great gift Christ has bought for us–to be delivered from the domain of darkness into His Kingdom of Light. Great meditation for Lent.
Thank you for stopping by. I’ve entered you in the drawing for a copy of Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts.”
Loved your WFW, Dear, thank you ~ Blessings ~
Thank you, Joyfull! And oh, what great Lent reminders and ideas you’ve shared. Thank you for those! 😉
Hi Lori, Thank you so much. 🙂
Amen AE, AMEN!!! 🙂
Hi Janis, Thank you so much for entering me 🙂 It sounds like a lovely book. And oh, AMEN to Christ’s awesome gift! 🙂
Thanks Cathy. And WOW! Loved your view from your piano. I bet that is a wonderful inspiration to you as you write your lovely praise and worship hymn songs and music. 🙂 It was a delight to visit. 🙂
Hi Amydeanne, Thanks! 🙂 I have another post coming out tomorrow, Friday, with some easy crafts for kids and seniors. Turned out this baby boomer grandma did all the work, but the grandkids were great company. 🙂
beautiful Kaye! I have to go and check out your St. Patty’s day stuff now! I need something fun for the kids to do!! I always love the resources you have here!
Stopping by to say “Hi Kaye!” I am a little late with Word Filled Wednesday. Now it’s Thankful Thursday and I haven’t posted anything! Oh well. Its been a busy week with work and church activities. May God bless you and yours richly this Lenten season as you reflect and grow in Him.
I love it, a perfect image AND perfect verse at this time of year. Thanks Kaye for sharing this. I also appreciate you stopping by and commenting on my post. Have a blessed week!
Hi Julie, Thank you! 🙂 🙂 🙂