Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.
We introduced our study 7 weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We started a curriculum, with resources, to help parents teach children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). We followed that teaching with activities to encourage your babies with confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12) and then moved toward our Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once our children were aware it was okay and encouraged to be eager every single day of their lives, the introduction to work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 will influence the rest of their lives! It is important as parents that our children are aware women and men are both equally valuable (Proverbs 31:15), and understand that everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance. Speaking of roles in the homestead, it is a-okay for both men and women to work and invest in their family (Proverbs 31:16), and no one, should be excepted. Parents, did you remind your babies in Week 7 how strong they are? Our lads, and our ladies are so strong, and Proverbs 31:17 reminds us how critical it is they know it! Week 8 helps our babies discover that Godly women work. And work. And work. In addition to working early in the morning and diligently all day long, also work deep into the night (Proverbs 31: 18, 19). They must know they are strong from the week prior to understand they can handle their mountain of diligence. And then, last week, we added to their studies in Week 9 coaching them into giving. After working and working and working the most sacred thing our kiddos can be taught is to give.
So today, after 9 intense weeks of building character and promising greatness… we must talk about yet another quality that may not seem to some that it parallels. I’ve included this study… the study of being prepared… because I believe with my whole heart our children learn best through what is modeled to them. This verse is 100% about being a mother. And while our two and three year olds are not mothers and fathers, nor will they be in the short upcoming years, them knowing that we as parents are prepared will build confidence, happiness, respect, and admiration inside their souls.
There is no reason for our babies to fear, for their God is with them. And as long as He sees fit, we, their parents, are with them also.
I interpret this verse in two ways.
- The physical: we are prepared for physical hardships… weather, seasons, sickness. When some unfortunate events happen, we are already prepared to keep our children warm and safe.
- The emotional: when someone, somewhere decides that our children aren’t worthy and tries to degrade and mock… they will be clothed in the finest, decorated in the most worthy. These character skills we are teaching them are preparing them for life’s bullies. We are strengthening them and dignifying them!
- Create Spend Give Save Envelopes
- Tonight’s Discussion: I’m working on my own version of this activity, but the reason I threw the activity in this week instead of while giving is because preparing for the future, preparing for tomorrow, is critical to the success of our children! We must give. Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. We should prepare for the coming of Christ as well as dinner next week and warmth for the winter. Ask our children tonight what they are preparing for. Why are they saving what they choose to save?
- Frozen Movie with Homemade Snow Balls & Frozen Playdoh
A few weeks ago, we made a frozen habitat. Using that recipe, you can add vinegar when you are done playing and end up with foam! Reading Confetti shares a blog about ice marbles. While it may be difficult to play with the activity while watching the movie, it could certainly be included in a play day and taken outside while the warmer days are coming to a close adn cooler days are approaching. Beauty in the Mess created a Frozen Slime Recipe, that is not safe for eating, that entertained Kara for hours, even after the movie went off. Paging Fun Mamas provides an alternate recipe. Time to Save Mamas gives us a Frozen Playdoh recipe too! ((Tip: I found the cheapest cream of Tarter at Aldi’s on a whim one day 😉 ))
- Tonight’s Discussion: Snoooooooooooow! Winter is faaast approaching. How can we prepare? What is winter? What hardships did Anna and Elsa find in the winter that they were unprepared for?
- Shopping for Warm Clothes
- Tonight’s Discussion: All week we’ve discussed saving money. Why did we spend money today? Why should we spend money, save money, and give money? What are the clothes going to protect us from? How can we build our hearts investing in Christ like we built our wardrobe investing in warmth? Why?
- Make Warm Kits for MSM: A blog of its own coming very soon! Take your favorite pairs of warm fuzzy socks and fill them with hand warmers, tooth brushes, mints, first aide items, coins, a Bible verse, matches, a flashlight, a pair of gloves stuff in the bottom, jar of coconut oil (with a list of uses!), and a bottle of ibuprofen.
- Tonight’s Discussion: Why would we go out of our way financially and physically to give items to someone who has never done anything for us? What if we never see them again? What would you and I do if we were homeless?
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