64 Crayons…Redeemed

May 6, 2009

in Everyday Redeemed

The whole point of the Everyday…Redeemed series is to incorporate Jesus into each piece of our everyday lives.  Today, I want to introduce you to some of the ways I’m trying to do that with my children and invite you to join me.

jesus-count-with-me

Redeem Crayons, Really?

Okay, so there’s really no need to redeem crayons.  Coloring is saintly, let’s face it.  As my little girl has become more interested in coloring, my husband and I have realized that a piece of wax between our fingers is therapeutic. When our kids are melting down, the world seems right again when we can sit at the table and color within the lines.

But, crayons can be more than just an activity to pass the time and make us feel accomplished. They can also be a place where we can learn-about the world, about life, about Jesus.

One of my goals with my little ones is to work the truths of Scripture and the love of Jesus into our daily activities.  I want to tell Bible stories throughout the day, not just when we sit to read a book. Though books are a great place to start, it seems that reserving Bible truths for reading can sometimes create a separation in our heads–suggesting that God-things are educational and spiritual, but not practical or necessarily enjoyable.

Jesus, Teach Me as I Play

As I journey through this stage in motherhood and my own challenges to enjoy Jesus throughout my day, I’m going to create some tools to help me teach my children more about Jesus as we play together.

I hope to share these tools with you and offer them to you in a reasonable manner that makes them easily accessible.

11 Disciples

1, 2, 3 Jesus Count with Me

I recently finished my first project, it’s a coloring book that goes from 1-12 using stories from the Gospels.  Here are the numbers:

1Lost Lamb

2Coins

3Gifts

4Friends

5Cities

6Pitchers

7Loaves

8Months’ Wages

9Lepers

10Oil Lamps

11Disciples

12Baskets

Can you guess what story each number points to?  At the bottom of each page, the Scripture reference is noted and a little truth about Jesus is provided based on the number.

You can purchase the coloring book, download and print it as many times as you like.  We’ve used ours for ourselves but also printed it and bound it as a bonus birthday gift for friends. If you do, or even if you don’t have physical children of your own, you could use it for:

  • a Sunday School class
  • a Christmas/Birthday present
  • a Mother’s Day present for another mom
  • a backyard Bible club

The Bottom Line

The main point of all this is to fulfill the commands of Scripture, to talk about Jesus all throughout the day.

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

I’d love to hear from you about how you make this happen in your everyday lives.  For those who have children, those who don’t have physical children, and those whose children are already grown, how do you make a practice of incorporating Jesus into your everyday life?

Get It

If you’d like to check out the coloring book, go here.  And I must give credit to Flipflops and Applesauce as her downloadable coloring books were the inspiration for this one.

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1 Bridgette Boudreaux May 6, 2009 at 9:59 am

Okay, maybe I’m crazy, but aren’t there 12 apostles (disciples)? Great idea though!

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2 burningbushes May 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

You’re right, 12 apostles…but this pic is actually a link to the disciples who remained after Jesus ascended…
Doesn’t it make you curious? Thanks for your comment.

3 Amy May 6, 2009 at 5:14 pm

love it! So creative and fun. I may just stop and pick up a box of crayons for myself!

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