Up

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How many helium balloons do you think it would take to lift you up? 20… 100… Turns out that it takes approximately four thousand balloons to lift a person off of the ground. That’s a lot of balloons! Helium is lighter than our air so when a balloon is filled with helium it floats. That’s why when you let go of a helium balloon outside it will float up and away. But it still takes a lot of them to lift the weight of a person up.

Sometimes when we get really down it takes a lot to lift us up and make us feel better too. When nothing goes the way we want it to often all we want to do is to quit. The last thing we feel like doing is being thankful and nice to the people around us. But we don’t have to stay that way. Next time you’re feeling upset remember that just like balloons lift things up Jesus is always there to make you happy too. Psalm 3:3 says, “But, Lord, you are my shield. You are my wonderful God who gives me courage.” Jesus will protect and cheer you up and it only takes one of Him to get you in a good mood again.

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Look-alike Trees

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Fall is a beautiful season when we can enjoy watching trees change color. It’s interesting to see the many different colors the leaves become over just a few days. One day they’ll all be green, then all of a sudden some will be yellow and others red, purple, orange, or brown. Each tree seems to look different than all the others around it.

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Have you ever wondered what makes the leaves change color? Trees are green in the summer because of something called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is green and it is also what plants use to get their food from the sun. In the autumn when a tree is preparing for the winter the chlorophyll breaks down making the green color fade so we can see the actual color of the leaves.

Sometimes its easy to be like trees in the summer time and try to be just like everyone else. At times it may seem easier to just fit in but we can truly be the beautiful people God wants us to be when we try to be like Jesus and not match everyone around us.

 

 

Snickerdoodles

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Have you ever made snickerdoodle cookies before? First, you start by mixing the butter and sugar together until it gets a bit fluffy. Then, you add a few eggs, a squirt of vanilla, and some milk. After combining it all to make a delicious gooey substance, you add the flour. Once all the ingredients are jumbled up, you form the dough into little spheres and roll each one in cinnamon and sugar to be baked. As soon as they begin baking, a wonderful smell fills the whole house. It makes your mouth water and you can’t wait to sink your teeth into the warm cookies.

The anticipation I have when I make snickerdoodles reminds me of Psalm 119:103. It says, “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” God’s word is a sweet treasure just like fresh baked cookies. It never gets old and we can always look forward to more! Next time you spend time reading the Bible take a moment to consider what sweet words God has for you and never forget to come back for seconds.

Race Day

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Did you know that Dennis Kimetto set the world record marathon time? He ran the complete 26.2 miles in only 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 57 seconds. That’s absolutely amazing!

Next time you see a race, watch closely and you’ll see that the runners put all their energy into running as fast as they possibly can. They don’t get distracted with the  yelling and screaming crowd or with the birds flying in the sky above them.  Running a race isn’t easy and it takes lots of persistence. Dennis would never have made the world record if he had stopped to take a break or to inspect a tree nearby.

Like Dennis Kimetto we have a race to win. Paul compares the life of Christians to a race in Hebrews 12:1-2. He says, “So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. Let us look only to Jesus. He is the one who began our faith, and he makes our faith perfect.” Let’s stay focused on Jesus throughout every situation we experience, so that we can go home to heaven soon. 

 

Quail Followers

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Have you ever heard birds early in the morning? Sometimes I wonder how they wake up cheery every morning. Quails are one of the first birds to begin making calls in the morning. They are small, plump birds with a funky floppy thing on the top of their heads. When quail chicks hatch they begin to follow their parents around, so if you see a quail in the spring or summer it is likely you’ll see a few little chicks running along behind it.

The way quail chicks follow their parents reminds me of a Bible verse in Deuteronomy 13:4. It says, “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.” Just like quail chicks follow their parents wherever they go, we are to follow Jesus’ example and stay close to Him each day.

Precious Pearls

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Pearls are the jewel of the sea. Did you know that it takes up to 20 years for the oyster to make the pearl? Over the years the oyster pulls in sand and smooths it and packs it into a little ball which one day becomes a beautiful treasure.

There is a story in the Bible about a man who was looking for a beautiful pearl. He looked everywhere for the perfect pearl. Finally, one day he found the most beautiful pearl he had ever seen. He had a problem though–the pearl was very expensive. The man wanted the pearl so bad he decided it was worth selling everything he had to get it. I think he must have had a pretty big garage sale! I bet he sold his bed, his clothes, all his favorite things, and then, even sold his house! At last he had enough money to get the pearl he wanted so bad.

Sometimes, treasures in life are hard to find and we have to gives things up. God asks us to give things up at times, but that is because he has something even more beautiful to give us. What can you give up for Jesus today?

Olive-us are Going Home!

oliveOlives are a really yummy snack. Did you know that they are actually fruit and that they grow on trees? There is a really cool story in the Bible about an olive branch. After Noah and his family and all the animals had been in the ark for many days they probably began to wonder if they would ever see dry land again. Noah finally decided to send out a raven to look for dry land. The raven came back very quickly because there was no where to land. Next, he sent out a dove but it returned too.  After seven days he sent the dove out again and this time it came back with an olive branch. The olive branch showed Noah that the land was drying and gave him and his family hope that they would soon be able to leave the ark. Seven days later he sent the bird out again but this time it did not come back and Noah knew that they could now leave. Just like the olive branch showed Noah that they would be going home soon we have the Bible to show us that God is coming soon to take us to our heavenly home. We need to make sure we are ready and waiting just like Noah and his family.