Thursday, December 18, 2014

Heart of Christmas Advent Devotional Day 13


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

See my original post detailing the inspiration behind my Heart of Christmas Devotional HERE!

Day 13 – The Angel and the shepherds

Today's Verse:

"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. "
(Luke 2:4-5, KJV)

Have you ever been really afraid?

We never need to fear because the God of angel armies is on our side!

Memory Verse 


Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Heart of Christmas Kids Advent Devotional Day 12!


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

See my original post detailing the inspiration behind my Heart of Christmas Devotional HERE!

Day 12 – The Shepherds 

Today's Verse:

"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night."
(Luke 2:8, KJV)

We see a change in scene in this verse. Jesus is born and now we are suddenly transported out of Bethlehem.

Who are shepherds and what do they do?

Did you know Jesus is the Good Shepherd? Do you think it just a coincidence that the very first people to see and believe in the Jesus as the Messiah or Savior of the world were shepherds?

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11, NIV) 

Who are the sheep?

Memory Verse 


Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Heart of Christmas Kids Advent Devotional Day 11


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

See my original post detailing the inspiration behind my Heart of Christmas Devotional HERE!

Day 11 – Jesus is born! 

Today's Verse:

 "And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."
(Luke 2:6-7, KJV)

What does it mean that she should be delivered?

Since there was not room from them in the inn, where did they stay?

What is a manger?

Jesus is born!!!

Memory Verse 


Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Heart of Christmas Kids Advent Devotional Day 10


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

See my original post detailing the inspiration behind my Heart of Christmas Devotional HEREhttp://www.surpassinggreatness.com/2014/12/excitement-fills-air-christmas-laughter.html#.VJGQUPldUnW!

Day 10 – Journey to Bethlehem 

Today's Verse:

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child."
(Luke 2:4-5, KJV)

Today we are going to start looking at the story of Jesus birth.

Why did Joseph and Mary have to go to Bethlehem?

Memory Verse 



Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Heart of Christmas Advent Devotional for Kids Day 9


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

See my original post detailing the inspiration behind my Heart of Christmas Devotional HERE!

Day 9 – Mary's Response to the Angel 

Today's Verse:

"'I am the Lord’s servant,' Mary answered. 'May your word to me be fulfilled.' Then the angel left. . . .  And Mary said, 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.'"

What is Mary's response to what the angel told her?

How should we respond to the Lord's commands and plans for us?

Memory Verse 


Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Heart of Christmas Kids Advent Devotional Day 8


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

See my original post detailing the inspiration behind my Heart of Christmas Devotional HERE!

Day 8 – The Angel and Mary Part One

Today's Verse:


"But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.'"
(Luke 1:30-33, NIV)

Who is Mary's baby?

How does this verse describe her baby?

Let's take a look at a prophetic verse in the Old Testament.


"For unto us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." 
(Isaiah 9:6, NIV)

Do you see some similarities between these two verses? Let's compare them.

This prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus!

Praise God that Jesus came to earth so that we could spend forever in heaven with him!

Memory Verse 


Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Heart of Christmas Kids Advent Devotional Day 7


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

See my original post detailing the inspiration behind my Heart of Christmas Devotional HERE!

Day 7 – The Angel and Mary Part One

Today's Verse:


 ". . . God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 
The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! 
The Lord is with you.'" (Luke 1:26b-28, NIV)

What is the name of the angel that God's sent to talk to Mary?

There is a descriptive word used to describe Mary in the passage twice. Did you catch the word?

God choose Mary to bring His one and only son to earth, and He has an amazing plan for your lives as well! 

Memory Verse 

Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



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