Issue #9 - March 3, 2011              For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. ~ Jesus  


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1) Beauty for Ashes - Lent Devotion
2) Life Lived in Minor Key
3) Ash Wednesday Craft?
4) Prayer Pretzel Food Devotion
5) The Purple Socks
6) Chomping at the Bit for Bible Bucks

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1) Beauty for Ashes - Lent Devotion

In my early twenties, I can remember seeing an elegantly dressed woman with ashes on her forehead. Since I didnít grow up in a liturgical church, I was unaware of the observance of Ash Wednesday and almost said, ďHey, youíve got something on your face!Ē Thankfully, I didnít, and I soon found out... 

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2) Life Lived in Minor Key

Lent is that odd season of the Christian year which is played in the minor keys. Having been united with Christ, our victorious Lord and King, we often struggle when we are called upon to suffer. Like John the Baptist, we wonder in our pain, if the Age to Come has really come, why am I in this mess? 

To get the rest of this devotion, click on Lent - Life Lived in Minor Key from the following link:


3) Ash Wednesday Craft?

Do you have an elementary-aged craft for Ash Wednesday that you are willing to share? 




4) Prayer Pretzel Devotion

Pretzels were originally made by monks to ease their hunger during Lenten fasting. They shaped them to resemble crossed arms in prayer. The pretzels were made with flour and water and no yeast because in the Bible yeast symbolizes sin. The pretzel can remind us of our need to get rid of sin, and our need to repent and turn to Jesus for cleansing. 

As Christians we need to examine our lives everyday. We need to ask God to show us our sins: "Search us, O God..." as Psalm 139 requests, and receive God's cleansing: "Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin..." Psalm 51. 

To get the directions to this food devotion, click on Prayer Pretzels in the Easter Treats section on the following page:


5) The Purple Socks

We had an evangelist come through last week and he was telling the story of how his small granddaughter was going home after a visit. It was late and she was tired. He tried to put on her purple socks, but she cried, "I don't like purple socks!". She proceeded to take off the sock and put her bare foot into her pink cowboy boots. He took the boot off and started to put the socks back on her. 
She whined, "But Poppa, it's so hard to wear purple socks." He related this to how sometimes we whine and carry on about silly stuff when God asks us to do something. He told about great men of God and how they had to be "sifted" for many years before they turned out the way they did. Here is a poem I wrote about this service. I thought you might enjoy it!

by Teri Couture 

Iíve been through a test, and many a trial
Iíve been ďsiftingĒ now for quite a while
And Iíve learned in the school of hard knocks
That I donít like to wear purple socks.

Iíve tried to hear what God had to say
Iíve read His book and I try to pray
I know these are Godís building blocks
But itís so hard to wear purple socks.

I finally listened, I finally gave in
I let the Spirit talk again
Now purple socks are part of my roots
(as long as I can cover them with cowboy boots!)

Copyright 2011 - Used by permission.


6) Chomping @ the Bit for Bible Bucks

I wanted to share what we've been doing in class to keep our kids' attention. We've been using Bible Bucks also available for download in; as I teach, my wonderful adult assistant distributes the Bible Bucks to the children who answer questions during the lesson. (She quietly walks behind the students, passing the bucks to them as I teach.) Last night it was amazing how the kids were literally "chomping at the bit" to give an answer. And they know if they play with the money, interrupt or distract from the lesson, a Bible Buck is taken from them. They can also earn 3 Bible Bucks for Scripture Memory, and additional bucks for bringing a friend. At the end of class we allow time to cash in their Bible Bucks for prizes in our "store." We've color coded the prizes so they can purchase items for 10, 20, 15 and 30 bucks. Last night one of our girls had worked several weeks to finally earn 30 Bible Bucks to purchase one of the better items. She was so excited...they all were!

Give it a try and let us know if it worked for you. You can find the Bible Bucks listed in our Anytime Bible Talks & Sermons section at:

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