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Christian Gifts with Poems and Inspirational Quotes

Nativity - for children:

This little gift is just for you
Mary & Joseph & baby Jesus too
Keep the story's message in everything you do
And remember Jesus loves you the whole year through
© bonniek

- Here's a little token
To remind you of the morn
When in a stable far away
Our Lord Baby Jesus was born.
So keep it close beside your bed,
May it fill your heart with love,
When you remember the first Christmas day
You'll receive Blessings from above!
Doreen Scerri © 2007

#3 -

In a manger where the animals lie
Baby Jesus was finally born
His parents knew He was a special gift
To be heralded by angels' horns

The wisemen sought the new born King
They travelled from afar
They finally found the Christ child
By following the brightest star

This story has a moral
It's one that you should learn
To follow Christ forever
Crowns of glory you will earn
© 2006 Diane Whitman

#4 -

The meaning of this season
Isn't found in earthly gifts
It's with the Holy Spirit
Who gives our souls a lift
It's the story of a baby
With a manger for his bed
And tiny scraps of straw
To rest his precious head
What peace and joy the baby
Brought to us that day
Our sins would be forgiven
The baby leads the way!
Let's celebrate the season
And let the angels sing!
New life and hope for mankind
What joyfulness it brings!
© 2004 Jennifer Byerly

#5 -

Gift of Love
The spirit of Christmas
Is filling the air
And people are spending
As if they had no cares

The best gift of all
Just happens to be free
The Gift of Love given
To you from me!
katieangelamber © 2004

Nativity in candy

- Julia Bettencort
Rocky Road - the road Joseph & Mary traveled - Luk 2:4,5
Reece's - Jesus is the 'reeces' for the season
Milk Way - I am the way - John 14:6
Sugar Babies - Baby Jesus - Luk 2:7
Candy cane - shepherds - Luke 2:8,9
Almond Joy - angels - Luk 2:10-12
Smarties - Wise men - Mat 2:1,2
Starburst - star - Matt 2:9,10
Any foil-wrapped candy - gifts of the wisemen - Mat 2:11
Reisens - John 3:16

Nativity story bracelet

An angel (silver charm) of the Lord visited Mary (light blue bead).
He told her, "Because of God's Love (red heart bead) for the world, you will give birth to a son (light blue oval).
You will name him Jesus (square crystal).
He will save (silver cross charm) His people from their sins (black square)."
So, Joseph (round brown) & Mary (blue diamond) went to Bethlehem.
Mary gave birth to her son (light blue oval) wrapping him in cloths (white barrel). She placed him in a manger (square wood), because there was no room for them at the inn (silver round).
There were shepherds watching their flocks in a field (round green).
An angel (silver charm) of the Lord appeared & glory (irredescent round) shown all around.
Suddenly more (6-8 silver jump rings) angels appeared, praising God & proclaiming peace (pearl).
Three kings (fancy gold rings) from the East followed a star (silver star) & brought the Savior gifts (amber round). A King had been born (crystal).

Nativity Scripture Scroll

This 2 1/2" x 4" ornament is a Scripture Scroll that my daughter Christine made.
Yours can be any size you like. On your computer, type out a Bible verse taken from the Christmas story found in Luke or Matthew. She chose Mt. 1:23. She found a small dingbat emblem of an angel and typed that at the top, followed by the verse, putting the reference at the bottom. Next, she printed it on a marbled paper that has the look of parchment, and tore it out of the sheet of paper, leaving large margins. Then Christine took 2 thin straight sticks and trimmed them of any bumps. She glued the paper to the sticks, top and bottom then let them dry. Then she rolled up the slack of paper, top and bottom, to create the rolled scroll look and glued the rolls in place. After the glue dried she poked a wire ornament hanger in the top edge. Using a pair of kitchen tongs she carefully held the paper next to a candle flame just briefly enough to darken the sides of the scroll. Finally, spray paper with clear sealer or hairspray so your ink won't run. That's it! You could also put any other message on the paper, of course.

Nativity set

Dear _______, I wanted to get you something
Other than a household gift
Something that you'd treasure
And give your hearts a lift.
So when the Christmas season nears
And you and Caleb celebrate in style
Each year you'll bring out these gifts
And they will make you smile.
For what better decoration
Than a lovely Nativity Set
As we remember the first Christmas
And celebrate it yet.
I'm also adding a coupon
So you can choose your very first tree
I hope it will have a special place
Within your family.
To bring it all together
Some holiday gifts I'm adding too
To show how much I love you
And wish you both the best
your whole lives through.
Doreen Scerri © 2007

#1 -

The Nail ...
It secured His manger cradle one starlit Christmas dawn, and affixed the rugged beams of the cross
He died upon
And thus it is a symbol of all we celebrate together - His life, His death, His rising, and our life in Him forever.
~Author Unknown~

#2 -

It's Christmas time at our house
and we're putting up the tree.
I wish I could find some simple way
to remember Christ's gift to me.
Some little sign or symbol -
to show friends stopping by
the little baby was born one day
but He really came to die.
Some symbol of His nail pierced hands
the blood He shed for you and me.
What if I hung a simple nail
on my shining Christmas tree?
A crimson bow tied round the nail
as His blood flowed down so free
to save each person from their sin
and redeem us for eternity.
I know it was His love for us
that held Him to the tree.
But when I see this simple nail
I know He died for me.

#3 -

Real Reason For the Season
Every year on my Christmas tree,
I hang a nail for all to see.
For the nails of the manger
where the Christ Child lay
To those piercing His body
as His life drained away.
A reminder of love
midst the green of the tree,
Of the gift that was given
for you and for me.
Hanging there brightly
on it's little red cord,
Telling of Jesus, our Savior, our Lord.

#4 -

The Legend of the Christmas Nail
"This is the Christmas Nail.
It is to be hung on a sturdy branch, a branch near the trunk, a branch that will hold such a spike without being noticed by well-wishers dropping by to admire one's tinseled tree.
The nail is known only to the home that hangs it.
Understood only by the heart that knows its significance.
It is hung with the thought The Christmas tree but foreshadows the Christ-tree which only He could decorate for us, ornamented with nails as this."

#5 -

Acts 2:22-23 Men of Israel, listen to these words:
Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know- this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.
Dear Friend,

Enclosed is a Christmas Nail. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us not forget that the baby in the manager was God incarnate. That He grew up and taught us of God and His Ways. That for our sins, He suffered and died. For without Easter there would not be a celebration at Christmas!

The nail is painted white to remind us that He was pure and without sin... 1 John 3:5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

The tip of the nail is red to remind us that it was because of His shedding of His blood we have forgiveness! Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

The gold bow is to remind us that our salvation is a gift freely given to us.. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Attached is the receipt of the debt that Christ paid for us! Col 2:14 Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken ti out of way, having nailed it to the cross.

So hang yourl on your tree this year and remember the gift that Christmas brought!
May you share this gift with others!

Night of chocolate

Have the women in your church group sign up to bring dunking items
(Examples: all fruits, pound cake, angel food cake,, marshmallows, pretzels.) Leave space for their ideas. You provide the chocolate.
The author of this idea stated that she was able to purchase a gallon of hot fudge sauce from her local Outback Steakhouse for a surprisingly reasonable price. The chocolate can be kept hot in a crock pot and served in small styrofoam cups along with stick skewers for dunking the treats.

Have a blind taste test where you offer small pieces of 3 or 4 different chocolates, then take a vote and declare a favorite. Decorate the tables with sayings about chocolate. They can be printed on 8 X 11 tagboard and folded in half to stand on the tables.
Here are some of my favorite sayings:
"Roses says I'm sorry, chocolate says I love you.

" Nobody knows the truffles I've seen." "Stressed spelled backwards is desserts." "Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and I don't need an appointment." "There's a thin person inside of me screaming to get out, but I keep her sedated with chocolate." For the devotion Psalm 199:103 was used.

She ended this by stating that everyone was sent home with a chocolate favor.
I have two "chocolate" favor ideas that was given to me at two different women's events and they wouldn't cost much.
One is made from cardstock that is cut to about the size of a small index card.

"For where your TREASURE is.....
(here they stuck a Hershey's treasure)

......there will your heart be also. "Matt 6:21
(then the name of the church/event)

Another is a piece of cardstock cut to about the size of a bookmark and it says:
This event was "mint" for YOU! May you receive extra-special blessings from the Lord!
Underneath this was glued a York peppermint patty. You could use the chocolate mints though if you wanted.

Noodle note

You will need colored paper in your choice. Print the following saying onto page. Cut around & place onto a plain bookmark to add firmness. Laminate with clear shelf paper & glue noodle painted in your choice of color.

Here's a noodle just for you, keep it close in all you do.
It's a reminder not to quit; use your noddle if you (forger?).
Take care of it so it won't crack, & it will keep you on the right track.
Should you loose your little noodle, you'll be left alone to doodle.
~~~ © Charlene Dickerson

No time

I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.
So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.....
All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They'd laugh at me I'd fear.
No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time, the time to die.
I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands God held a book;
It was the book of life.
God looked into his book and said
"Your name I cannot find.
I once was going to write it down..
But never found the time"

One Rose

You will need colored paper (your choice). Print the following saying onto page. Cut around and place onto plain bookmark to make it firmer. Size of card depends on you. Laminate with clear shelf paper (found at Wal-Mart) and glue small rose to front.

We must remember
Jesus created the
thorns as well at the rose.

And then went on to
conquer the thorns.
So when Life's thorns
come your way

It only takes one rose
to bloom among the
thorns to offer hope.
~ © Charlene Dickerson ~

Ornament for Jesus

Oh the little girl comes out in me
When I look under the Christmas tree.
All the colorful ribbons and bows
Colorful ornaments and lights all aglow.

Gifts wrapped so neatly a name on each one
But the meaning of Christmas is Jesus God's son.
He is the most wonderful gift of all you see
He was given to us so we all could be free.

I wonder what he would want me to be
If I were an ornament on his Christmas tree.
Would I be an ornament of joy or peace
Or an ornament of love that never will cease.

An ornament of hope and of tenderness
Or one of patience, goodness, and full of forgiveness.
An ornament of kindness or of self control
An ornament of strength for a weary soul.

Lord this is my Christmas prayer...
That I would be an ornament that
Brings you glory so people can see.
Your reflection shining so brightly
When they look at me.
--- Written by: Lorie A. Yocum © 2006

Paper clip angels

...Scripture to put with angels: For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11


A fake pearl on a safety pin with the following attached.

YOU ARE A PEARL! A Person Eternally Altered (by God's) Redeeming Love. You are special and unique and HE loves you because HE made you in HIS image.
Like the oyster makes the pearl, each one priceless but different, you too are a priceless treasure bought at a great price by GOD with HIS life.
Remember HE made you and HE loves you forever.

Christian Penny

This lucky penny is just for you...
And here's what you should try to do..
Carry it with you everywhere you go..
Let it be a reminder that God's angels will guide you,
and He loves you so.
---by gingersnap

Pillow poems

Place your cares and stresses
inside the pillow deep
as earthly worries
are not ours to keep.
The angels will take your trouble
to God high above
and he will blow them away
with his gentle love.
(c)Sue Pitchfork


I'm praying with you
that a cure is found
I know that you are worrying
but know you're safe and sound.
God will bring you through this
so put yourself in his hands
fill the pocket with your wishes
as you trust in God's plans.
(c)Sue Pitchfork


Fill this little pillow
with your hopes and dreams
plan for a brighter tomorrow
with lots of lovely schemes.
The steps to make it happen
start with a wish or two
turn them into reality
the future's up to you.
(c)Sue Pitchfork


I'm a little prayer pillow
Tho'small I may be
Someone who loves you
thought you may need ME!
Just put your prayers in
my pocket,have FAITH in GOD
and you will see !!
Your prayers will be answered
and your burdens set free!
© Sheri Benenhaley


May angels gather near
as you slumber deep
bringing you pleasant dreams
as you softly sleep.
may they guide you safely
through the dark of night
and gently awaken you
in morning's loving light
(c)Sue Pitchfork


I'm thinking of you
You know how much I care
So here's a worry pillow
Just put your cares in here.
This pocket holds your troubles
All fears that make you sad
Since I can't be there to hug you
Hug this pillow to your heart instead.
Bonnie J & Doreen S (c) 2006


This special little pillow
is sent from God and me
you shouldn't carry burdens
as they get too heavy.
Just write down your worries
that's what the pocket's for
let God shoulder the load
and worry never more.
(c)Sue Pitchfork

Pocket prayer

What about making the pocket from the pocket of denim jeans.
I've seen them done as pockets with magnets for on the fridge.
You could add a row of those cross beads from Walmart,
or a praying hand graphic.
I have printed out the graphics and used poly web to
attach them to unwashable items such as this.
You could also print the poem and use poly web on it.

#1 -

It might look just like a pocket
But if you peep inside you'll see
It contains something very special
A little prayer from me
© 2005 Yvvonne Lowther

#2 -

A prayer is in this pocket
To help you, come what may
For our good Lord is there beside you
To give comfort, come what may
© 2005 Yvonne lowther

#3 -

A little piece of paper
Printed on it is a prayer so clear
Folded with a special hug
And placed in this pocket here
© 2005 Yvonne Lowther

#4 -

A pocket full of hope
A pocket full of love
A pocket with a little prayer
To bring guidance from above
© 2005 Yvonne Lowther

#5 -

I reach into my pocket
Whenever I'm asked to say a prayer
For my special little reminder
Is always lurking there
I put my hand around it
And bow my head a mo'
I say my prayer and carry on
To where I have to go
© 2005 Yvonne Lowther

#6 -

Often times throughout my day
I'm asked to take some time to pray
When time prevents a prayer just yet
I'm fearful that I might forget
That's when I place them on a list
So prayers and praise are never missed
Then in my pocket the list will stays
Until I have some time to pray!
© 2005 Jennifer Byerly

#7 -

Often times throughout my day
I'm asked to take some time to pray
I place them on a special list
So that a prayer is never missed
Then in my pocket my prayer list stays
Until I take it out to pray!
(C) 2005 Jennifer Byerly

#8 -

I have a special pocket
full of names in need
so when it's time to pray
each request I'll heed.
I kneel before my maker
and read the names outloud
asking for his blessing
sometimes it's quite a crowd!
So if you have a prayer request
I mightn't do it right away
but it goes in my pocket
for when it's time to pray.
~Sue Pitchfork~

Pocket cross

Make a fabric cross with a pocket in it.

I'm a little prayer pillow
Tho' small I may be
Someone who loves you
Thought you may need me.
Just put your prayers in my pocket,
Have faith in God and you will see
Your prayers will be answered
And your burdens set free.
(author unknown)

Power bracelet

Take a piece of leather rope and tie one end, put the beads on the rope in the order they are listed and then tie the other end.
Put the band and the saying in a baggie.


BLACK is our sin before we are saved.
RED is the blood of CHRIST shed for us on the cross.
WHITE we are cleansed when we are saved.
BLUE is baptism.
GREEN we are growing in CHRIST.
YELLOW/GOLD is our riches in HEAVEN.

#2 -

charm bracelet

Our Pastor had us all make a bead bracelet for those we had concerns about.
When we made the bracelet we designated each bead for that person and added it to our bracelet.
When we had a moment we were to touch that bead and say a prayer for them.
A few beads a little stretchy cord and a bit of glue and you can have your own "concern bracelet".
I am making a new one with my family members, friends, including Jan and also her mom, and many other concerns I have gathered through voy.
This way, when I have a moment I can say a simple or not so simple just for that person.
Hope all of this makes sense to you too.
It will give us a "place to start" and a bracelet is a circle with no beginning and no ending..... Hope you can join me with your own "concern bracelet". Norma

Prayer bag

- Make the following round tags & but in a cloth bag:

Lord, keep us safe this night, secure from our fears;
May angels guard us while we sleep, till morning light appears. Amen
Christian symbols Dear Jesus - I believe in you & know you are with me. Amen
Mealtime We thank thee, Lord, for happy eharts, for rain & sunny weather.
We thank thee, Lord, for this our food, & that we are together. Amen

Prayer bowl

1. A large, flat, glass bowl. Usually available at craft stores (and very inexpensive at Wal-Mart). I used one with a stem (see below), but that's not necessary.
2. A small, glass votive holder, preferably one that's about 2" or slightly taller (see pic above). These are usually less than $1.
3. Several river rocks of various sizes. I saw these yesterday at the dollar store for $1/bag! I believe I bought mine at Target for $2.00. But if you really want to add some powerful energy to your prayer bowl...go and collect some river rocks yourself (they're free!).
4. A small tealight candle. (I know you're using a votive holder, but I feel that a shorter candle is a safer bet to prevent accidents).
5. A long-handled lighter or long matches.


1. Your heart! 2. Imagination.

Super Easy How-to:

1. Use glass cleaner to remove any fingerprints or stickers from your glass pieces. Place the large bowl on a flat surface.

2. Unfurl the wick from your tealight candle (yes, I said unfurl-ha!). Place your candle in the small votive holder, then place both in the center of the large bowl. (It's very important that you do this before adding rocks. If you add the rocks first, you'll be in for a long, frustrating time trying to get the candle holder 'just right'!)

3. Add the larger river rocks carefully. Don't just drop them in there; you might crack the glass.

4. Add the smaller river rocks, arranging them in between and around the larger rocks.

5. Light the candle with your long handled lighter. It's important to use the longer lighter or long matches because you can't pick up the votive/candle to light it, or your rocks will slide and you won't be able to put the candle back the way you had it! (Yes, I found out the hard way-ha!)

6. Write your prayers on small slips of paper, fold them up, and place them on or between the rocks. Using smaller pieces of paper helps prevent an accidental fire.

7. Monthly, remove any prayers that no longer need attention. Feel free to leave some in if you want to work with them a little longer. And there you have it! Your very own Prayer Bowl.

Bonus ideas:
*You could write your prayers directly on the rocks with a sharpie. *You could use other types of rocks, such as crystals, or substitute another material like shells or dried flowers.

Prayer Box

These small wooden boxes can be found at Wal-Mart. Paint inside and out with gold paint. When dry, hot glue a bow and a flower to the top. Print up a small card with saying to place inside the box.
Prayer Box:
Place your sorrows in this box throughout the day, then send them up to God when at night you pray. Now open up the lid and let your sorrows go, they've already been taken care of, didn't you know?
--- © Charlene Dickerson

Prayer dough

The idea is you get a glob of this dough and as you work it you pray away your cares and concerns. OR if you're more clever you can make the dough into something such as an ornament and pray for or about someone as you work and then gift it as a reminder that prayers are being sent their way.

Have everyone close their eyes and hold the dough in their hands. Guide their reflections and invite them to mould the dough during the time of mediation.. Suggest they either work the dough abstractly as they reflect or in to shapes suggested by their thoughts. gently guide their thoughts through the adoration of God .. Music is a welcomed touch!

After, invite some to speak of their experience of using the dough as part of their prayers. Or Have the class symbolize the way in which God has shaped their life in the past, now or wants to shape it in the future.

#1 -

A special dough I have made up, then kneaded
Cut and shaped into a gift for you
And as I did so I prayed for blessings you needed
That you'd be happy your whole life through.

When you look at this ornament
And appreciate the time spent in its making
Remember the dough I made to shape it
And all the love I've mixed into the baking.
Doreen Scerri © 2005

Prayer in a bottle

"Collect all your worries,
large ones and small,
And place them inside
this worry bottle.
Include every problem,
no matter what it's about,
Next put in the stopper,
which won't let them out!
Send them with Angels,
while saying a prayer.
Then let the Good Lord
take it from there.
Have peace of mind,
have faith in God's plan,
Because now your worries
are in his hands."

The bottle can be any size or shape. The one shown is a miniature glass bottle approximately 5 inches tall. (40 cm) You may decorate the bottle any way you wish. I suggest that you attach the cork to a ribbon or thread so as not to lose it.

Bottle with Cork

Small strand of pearls cut to different lengths
Flower bud (rose)
Hot glue and glue gun
Poem (above) printed out onto paper and attached with ribbon to bottle

Prayer jar
Prayer in a Bottle
Prayer box
Prayer rock
plastic canvas cross
Cross in my pocket
Faith bracelet
God Box
scrap angel

#1 -

When you believe
You need prayer
When you believe
You need love
A believer hopes
A believer knows
Faith is to hold onto
With help from above.

So here's a Believer's Box
With some help you could use
To colour the faithful life
That you have come to choose.
Doreen Scerri © 2005

#2 -

I believe in life
in a reason to everything,
I believe in love
it gives me cause to sing.
I believe in me
and I believe in you,
and if you believe in God
there's nothing you can't do.
So start each day
nurturing your own belief,
and when problems occur
your faith will give relief.
© Sue Pitchfork 2004

Prayer Rocks

Today, we are going to make Prayer Rocks to serve as a reminder to pray every day.
(Pass around circles of cloth, about 8" in diameter. [We used material with little hearts on it to show that Jesus is in our hearts.], a small stone, and curling ribbon for each child. Tie the rock in the cloth and curl the ribbon. Read the Prayer Rock Poem and give a copy to each child.)

Prayer Rock Poem

I'm your little prayer rock, this is what I do-
Put me on your pillow until your day is through;

Then turn back your covers and climb on into bed-
Whack! Your prayer rock will hit you in the head!

So then you will remember as your busy day through-
To lay down and say your prayers the way you wanted to.

When you finish praying, just dump me on the floor-
I'll stay here all night long, then give you help once more.

When you wake in the morning, Clunk! I'll stub your toe-
You'll remember morning prayers, before you get up and go.

Put me back on your pillow- when your bed is made,
and your clever little prayer rock will continue in your aid.

You know your Heavenly Father cares and loves you so,
He wants you to remember, to talk to HIM you know.

Prayer rock pouch

Rnd 1 - ch 4 to form ring, ch 7dc in ring, join. (8dc)
Rnd 2 - ch 3, dc in joining *2 dc in next dc * around, join. (16dc)
Rnd 3 - ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc * around, join. (24 dc)
Rnd 4 - ch 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, * dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc * around, join. (30 dc)
Edging - ch 1, sl st in each st around, finish off.
Weave a ribbon through last round.
Add card with prayer rock poem.

Prayer shawls

#1 -

When I started out with this prayer shawl
It was meant to be the perfect gift for you...
If you see mistakes please excuse me and remember
God doesn't make mistakes but sometimes I do!
So as you wrap yourself warmly
Feel the Lord's comfort embracing you,
Remember the blessings and love therein
As with each stitch this prayer shawl grew.
Doreen Scerri © 2008

#2 -

Many prayers have blessed this yarn, as it began to take shape and grow,
But along the way some mistakes occurred, I just wanted to let you know!
Even though none of us is perfect, I felt fortunate to play a part,
To share with you that this prayer shawl, that was knitted from my heart,
So, wrap yourself in it's warmth and feel the comfort of our Lord,
And know that he'll always be with you and you'll never be ignored!
© Crafty Me2 2008

#3 -

I sat and did my very best
To make this shawl for you
But as I finished off I saw
A little hole or two
At first I thought I'd start again
But then another came to my mind
And that was 'No-one's perfect'
At least not in mankind
So please accept this little shawl
And as you kneel to pray
Remember God never expects us to be perfect
For He loves us come what may
© 2008 Yvonne Lowther


Medicine for the Spirit - Contains: 31 Bible Verses! Fun to make!
Prescriptures - Strong Medicine for the Soul
This wonderful gift idea is easy to make and a perfect gift for anyone. An office worker, your child's teacher, a senior citizen, a neighbor, etc. So much fun to make too! Check this out!

Container - anything from a baby food jar, small plastic peanut butter jar, Altoids (metal box), wood tea box, any container that closes, & will hold 31 small slips of paper AND strikes your fancy! Paper - Pretty scrapbooking papers, OR pretty inkjet printer papers, OR pretty notepad papers, OR pretty gift wrap paper (as long as it's not thin & easily torn).

Personally, I would recommend the scrapbooking paper or parchment. You could also use colored index cards in a pinch. Pens - Recommended - gel pens in glittery pastel colors OR roller ball pens in bright cheerful colors.

Select 31 of your favorite Scriptures relating to Faith, Hope, Gratitude, Love, Happiness, Prayer, Peace & any others you like. I like hand-printing them on 31 slips of paper--if that's what you want to do, cut out the slips now. Cut them about 3-4 inches long & maybe 1/2 inch tall. If you prefer, you can type them out on a typewriter or your computer & cut them out after you print them. Anyway, if you're doing them by hand, copy a verse or two onto a slip of paper, using the pens. Use different colors for different verses, so your recipient gets a different color every day. When the ink is dry, fold the slips in half & then in half again.

They look pretty if they are colored papers, instead of just white paper. Like little butterflies. Now look at your container. If it's a jar, how can we jazz it up? You could paint it with glass paints if you want. Or you could paint only the lid with acrylic paints. The container I like to use most often is the Altoids metal box or the wooden tea box. The metal box can be painted or you can decorate it with fabric (use spray adhesive in a well ventilated area). This container can be kept in your recipient's desk or carried in a purse. The wooden box can be painted with acrylic paints. Still with me? We're on the home stretch! LOL!

When your container is finished, you can put your Scriptures inside & you're ready to make your tag. Using some scrapbook paper or parchment or other nice paper, place this saying on it (using your gel pens or with your computer):


RX: For Health, Hope & Happiness
Read one daily or as needed for Inspiration.
Medicine for the Spirit - Contains: 31 Bible Verses
Warning: Prolonged Use May Eliminate Tension, Anxiety, Insomnia, Fear and Despair; May Cause Lightheartedness


professional hymns
Contractor's Hymn: The Church's One Foundation
Dentist's Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns
Doctor's Hymn: The Great Physician
Electrician's Hymn: Send The Light
Golfer's Hymn: There's a Green Hill Far Away

IRS Agent's Hymn: I Surrender All
Massage Therapist's Hymn: He Touched Me
Optometrist's Hymn: Open My Eyes That I Might See

Politician's Hymn: Standing on the Promises
Realtor's Hymn: I've Got a Mansion, Just Over the Hilltop

Shopper's Hymn: Sweet By and By
Tailor's Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
Weatherman's Hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessings

Pumpkin Prayer

Dear God,
As I carve my pumpkin, help
me say this prayer:
Open my mind so I can
learn about You;
(Cut the top of the pumpkin)
Take away all my sins and forgive
me for the wrong things I do;
(Clean out the inside)
Open my eyes so Your Love I will see;
(Cut eyes shaped like hearts)
I'm sorry for turning up my
nose to all You've given me;
(Cut a nose in the shape of the cross)
Open my ears so Your Word
I will hear;
(Cut ears shaped like the Bible)
Open my mouth so I can
tell others You're near;
(Cut mouth in the shape of a fish)
Let Your Light shine in all
I say and do! Amen.
(Place a candle and light it.)
~ author unknown ~

Putting Christ back into Christmas

Angel - first brought word of the Lord's birth to the shepherds; giving out the glorious message of His birth
Baby Jesus - "Jesus is the reason for the season"
Bible - to live by His word
Bell - just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of a bell, it continues to ring today for all to follow the true shepherd to safety
Candle: Jesus is the light, the way & the truth; to teach us to let our lights shine before men that all may see it & glorify God
Candy cane - to remind us of the humble shepherds;

-white - symbolizes the sinless nature of Jesus;
-red - for the blood He shed
-hardness - to symbolize the firmness of the promise of God
-flavor - is peppermint, similar to hyssop which was used in the Old Testament for purification & sacrifice.
-shape - of a "J" for Jesus; or in the shape of a hook to remind us of Jesus' ministry: fishers of men
--As you eat your candy cane, you might want to break it, as Christ's body was broken for you, and share it with a friend, thus sharing in the sweetness of the true meaning of Christmas

Jesus Gentle Shepherd,
this cane of red and white
proclaims the sweet love story
born on Christmas night.

This cane, you see, when turned around
begins your name of Love
and now becomes a symbol
of peace proclaimed above.
The lively peppermint flavor
is the regal gift of spice
the white is your purity
the red your sacrifice.

And so this cane reminds us
of just how much you care
and like your Christmas Gift to us
it's meant for all to share.

Christmas nail

The Legend of the Christmas Nail

"This is the Christmas Nail.
It is to be hung on a sturdy branch, a branch near the trunk, a branch that will hold such a spike without being noticed by well-wishers dropping by to admire one's tinseled tree. The nail is known only to the home that hangs it. Understood only by the heart that knows its significance. It is hung with the thought The Christmas tree but foreshadows the Christ-tree which only He could decorate for us, ornamented with nails as this."

Creche - symbolic of the first Christmas (Luke 2:11)
Evergreen: a tree points the way to Heaven as should our prayers (John 6:47)
Gift: Jesus was God's gift to mankind; the gifts of the Magi

Wrapped gift

(A small empty package)
This is a very special gift
That you can never see.
The reason it's so special is
It comes to you from me.
Whenever you are lonely
or even feeling blue,
You only have to hold this gift,
And know I think of you.
You never can unwrap it,
The ribbon will stay tied.
Just hold the box up to your heart:
It's filled with love inside!

Gold - the gift of the Magi - wise men still seek Him
Holly - reminds of the crown of thorns Jesus wore
Sheep - to remind us to follow the Good Shepherd
Star - marked the place of His birth; a sign of the fullness of the promise of the Messiah's birth; guiding us to Jesus (Mat 2:10)
Wreath - representing eternity & the eternal nature of Christ's love

"X" - Xmas

This abbreviation for Christmas is of Greek origin. The word for Christ in Greek is Xristos. During the 16th century, Europeans began using the first initial of Christ's name, "X" in place of the word Christ in Christmas as a shorthand form of the word. Although the early Christians understood that X stood for Christ's name, later Christians who did not understand the Greek language mistook "Xmas" as a sign of disrespect.

Put the items listed in the poem in a basket, etc.
Let's put Christ back into Christmas...
That's what it's all about......
He was born to save us, we shouldn't
have a doubt........
Here are a few things to reflect upon,
as the Christmas season starts.....
Meanings of these symbols, should
stay within our hearts......

An Angel brought the message of His
glorious Birth.....
To let us know our Savior would soon
be born on Earth....
A mini Bible is included, to remind you
to live by His Word.....
And, there is no question that Christ
is our Lord......

The Candle tells us, Jesus is the Light,
And How his birth made our lives bright,
The Nail and the Cross are symbols of
why He was born.....
To Save Gods' children, who were so forlorn.....
The Kings, the Star, and the little gift
symbolize how Wise men Still Seek Him.
Whether the day is happy, or when
things may seem grim......

He is the Shepherd, and we are His
Sheep....So go on living, knowing
His promises He will keep......
The Candy cane symbolizes the
Red blood he shed, and the White
of His heart so pure....
These symbols remind us, not to
feel insecure, for that day on
Calvary, salvation was assured....
---© by Gsnap

Rainbow seeds

Get the little cake sprinkles and pour what ever amount into a ziplock baggie and attach the instructions.

They say in every life
a little rain must fall
that you need the darkness
to then heed daylights call.
That every single cloud
has a silver lining part
and every tear that falls
strengthens up your heart.
So plant these rainbow seeds
and remember you're not alone
God sends rainbows after storms
to gently guide us home.
© Sue Pitchfork ~

#2 -

When to plant--Any season, but rainbows grow best just after a storm.
Where to plant---In the light of the " Son".
How to plant--Assume a kneeling position close to the earth. Dig a hole deep enough to hold the seeds. Put the seeds in the soil, cover with earth, then rise up and stomp down with both feet.
Walk away in Faith.
Harvest when needed most.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord,
and he shall sustain thee; he shall
never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Psalms 55:22

Reminder Button
You will need colored paper (your choice). Print the following saying onto page. cut around and place onto another (cut square shape) to make card. Size of card depend on you. Laminate with clear shelf paper (found at Wal-Mart) and glue wooden button to front.

This little button round and true,
is simply a reminder to...
when starting to speak an unkind word,
button your lips so it's not heard.

When starting to whine about Life's hardships,
reach for that button and button your lips.
Before temptation to gossip causes you to trip,
reach for that button and button your lips.

When you're moved to kind words send,
unbutton those lips and don't pretend.
When someone needs a special lift,
unbutton your lips; words can be a gift.

Can you imagine the difference one little button can make?
Unbuttoned to give uplifting words and buttoned to keep from causing heartache.
~ © Charlene Dickerson ~

resurrection bracelet

GREEN is a springtime sign of rebirth,
as brand new growth brings joy to the earth.
BLUE are the eggs in the robin's nest,
nurtured beheath her feathered breast.
LAVENDER are the dainty woodland flowers
that bloom when blessed by springtime showers.
PINK was the dawn on the first Easter Day,
when the tomb was empty, the stone rolled away.
GOLD was the dazzling light that awed
all who saw Him arisen - the Son of God.
CRYSTAL clear is the meaning of this story:
those who believe will live with Him in glory!

Resurrection Eggs

#1 -

Gather up 12 large plastic eggs and label them 1-12 using a paint pen or bright colored Sharpie marker. Type or write the following scriptures on slips of paper and roll or fold and put in the corresponding eggs with the other items listed. Start 12 days before Easter and open one egg each day.

Day 1 - small crackers such as goldfish and the scripture Mark 14:22
Day 2 - a feather or picture of a rooster and the scripture Matthew 26:33
Day 3 - Three silver dimes and the scripture Matthew 26:14-15
Day 4 - Thorns and the scripture Mark 15:17
Day 5 - Nail and the scripture Matthew 27:31
Day 6 - Cross and the scripture John 19:17-18
Day 7 - Dice and the scripture John 19:23-24
Day 8 - Small sword toothpick and the scripture John 19:34
Day 9 - White cloth and the scripture Matthew 27:57-60
Day 10 - Cinnamon Sticks and the scripture Mark 16:1
Day 11 - Stone and the scripture Matthew 27:62-65
Day 12 - Leave empty except for the scripture Mark 16:5-6

#2 -

Resurrection Eggs

Contents of the Plastic Eggs (1-6)

egg 1: includes three dimes and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 26:14-15: "Then one of the Twelve - the one called Judas Iscariot - went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you? So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.'"

egg 2: includes one communion cup and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 26:39: "Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed. 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'"

egg 3: includes twine with knots in it and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 27:1-2: "Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. They bound Him, led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate, the Governor."

egg 4: includes a piece of soap and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 27:24-26: "When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. 'I am innocent of this man's blood,' he said. 'It is your responsibility!' All the people answered, 'Let His blood be on us and on our children! Then Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed Him over to the crucified ."

egg 5: includes square of red fabric and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 27:28-30: "They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, and twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand and knelt in front of Him and mocked Him, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' they said. They spit on Him, and took the staff and struck Him on the head again and again."

egg 6: includes a cross (made from toothpicks) and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 27:31-32: "After they had mocked Him, they took off the robe and put His own clothes on him, then they led Him away to crucify Him. As they were going out they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross."

egg 7: includes two dice and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 27:35-36: "When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watched over him there. "

egg 8: includes a tiny bag of crushed rock and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 27:50, 51 & 54: "And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split...When the centurion and those with Him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed 'Surely He was the Son of God!' "

egg 9: includes strip of white cloth and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 27:58-60: "Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away."

egg 10: includes a stone and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 27:65-66: "Take a guard,' Pilate answered, 'Go make the tomb as secure as you know how.' So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard."

egg 11: includes bayleaf spice and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 28:2 & 5: "There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.' ...'The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified."

egg 12: an empty egg and a small piece of paper with the following verse reference... Matthew 28:6: "He is not here: HE HAS RISEN, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay."

#3 -

Egg #1:

Message -- Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Passage -- Matthew 21:1-11
Item -- Piece of palm branch. Another option for those of you with extra leggo parts or plastic novelty beads would be to place a small plastic leaf in the egg

Egg #2:
Message -- Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet.
Passage -- John 12:2-8
Item -- Small perfume sample or cloth with perfume or a piece of cotton with cologne on it

Egg #3:
Message -- Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage -- Matthew 26:17-19
Item - a piece of Chex cereal; or take clay and make a small bread-like shape

Egg #4:
Message -- Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Passage -- Matthew 27:3
Item -- 3 dimes or plastic "silver" money

Egg #5:
Message -- Jesus carried His own cross.
Passage -- John 19:17
Item - toothpicks or Popsicle stick cut and glued in a cross form; or, a small plastic cross from a Christmas ornament or necklace.

Egg #6:
Message -- Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head.
Passage -- John 19:2
Item -- Small thorny branch, or a large thorn all by itself.

Egg #7:
Message -- Soldiers parted Jesus' garments and cast lots for His coat.
Passage -- John 19:23
Item -- Swatch of burlap and a nail. I've also seen miniature dice used for this one.

Egg #8:
Message -- Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage -- John 19:18,37 & John 20:25-29
Item -- A nail

Egg #9:
Message -- They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage -- Matthew 27:34
Item -- A small sponge

Egg #10:
Message -- Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage -- John 19:40
Item -- 7 or 8 whole cloves, or other whole spices

Egg #11:
Message -- The stone covering Jesus' tomb was rolled away.
Passage -- John 20:1
Item -- A small rock

Egg #12:
Message -- The napkin around Jesus' head was lying separately from His linen clothes. He was not there. He has risen!
Passage -- John 20:6-7
Item -- A scrap of linen-type fabric

Resurrection Rock

Shirley Thomas 2002
For His teachings
He was crucified.
He loved us still as
He suffered & died.
At His lifeless body
The sinners jeered
Burying Him in a cave,
They all cheered.
The cave was sealed
With a rock they chose,
But it could not stop Him
As to heaven He rose.
Full of love & for our sins
He did die for us that day,
But through resurrection
He is with us still today.
So keep this rock nearby
As a reminder for prayer,
And thank God for keeping
You in His love & care!

#2 -

This Resurrection Rock celebrates the fact that JESUS CHRIST ROSE FROM THE DEAD! He is the Rock of our Salvation (Psalm 89:26) and this is why we celebrate Easter!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ! In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." --I Peter 1:3

Easter Truth!

No bunnies, eggs, or baby chicks;
Not candy or trivial pagan tricks--
But Jesus is the reason we celebrate
Sweet Easter--Resurrection Day!

Jesus our Savior really died--
Our sin caused Him to be cruicified;
But He did not die in vain
He cleansed us of sin, then rose again!

He lives forever, to save and pray,
To guide and love us, and prepare
A heavenly home with the angels and God
For us to praise and worship Him there.

It's not enough to believe in God;
The devils and demons do the same;
You must believe in Jesus the Son
And call upon His Holy Name.

He will not turn away from those
Who cry, "Have mercy on me!
I am a sinner; I need Your blood
To cleanse and set me free!"

If you choose Jesus, then when you die
You'll escape the torment of hell;
When Christ returns to claim His own,
You'll be raised to life as well!

He'll turn your darkness into light
Give you freedom, protection, and love;
So take a precious moment now--
And receive eternal life above!

"Everyone who calls on the Name of the LORD shall be saved." --Romans 10:13
Copyright 2007 by Tonja Taylor.

Roman road

The Roman Road is an evangelistic tool to help you share your faith in Jesus. In my Bible I have recorded the first Roman Road verse, Romans 3:10, at the beginning of the book of Romans. Beside Romans 3:10, I've written the next verse, Romans 3:23. Beside Romans 3:23, I've written the next verse, Romans 6:23, and so on. This way, I can share the Roman Road from my own Bible with anyone, at anytime!

What You Need: Burlap, a stick or dowel, various colors of yarn, jute, glue, stapler, and the Roman Road Scripture verses.

What you do: Print out the Roman Road Scripture verses. Click here to get them. (Optional: Copy the verses onto parchment-type paper.) Glue the verses onto a piece of burlap. Decorate the edges of the burlap with different colors of yarn. Draw swirled designs with the tip of your glue bottle, then lay the yarn into the glue. (I drew leaf and flower designs with the glue, then laid the appropriate colored yarn on top.) Wrap the burlap around the stick and staple the top of the burlap to the back of the burlap.

If you are making a scroll, roll from both ends to the center and tie closed with the jute. If you're making a wall hanging, tie the jute to both ends of the stick and hang on a wall.

Salvation bracelet

This classy bracelet features a graceful sterling silver cross charm, sterling silver beads and semi-precious gemstone beads. This Salvation bracelet carries with it special meaning, as each gemstone bead represents something:

Black, Onyx - My Sin
Red, Sponge Coral - The Blood of Christ
White, Mother of Pearl - Forgiveness
Blue, Dark Blue Sodalite - Gift of the Holy Spirit
Green, African Jade - Promise of Eternal Life
Gold, Yellow Aragonite - Heaven with Streets of Gold

#2 -

Black - Our sinful nature - Romans 3:23
Red - The Blood Jesus shed - Ephesians 1:7
White - Our Sins are Forgiven - 1 John 1:19
Blue - His abundant Grace - Ephesians 2:8
Green - Our growing in Faith - Hebrews 11:6
Gold - Eternal Life - John 3:16

Salvation snowflake

I'm a little snowflake to hang upon your tree,
to remind us of the love God has for you & me.
Black - the symbol of our sins, a burden shared by all'
humanity defined the day that God watched Eden fall.
Red - is for our Savior's blood, His final sacrifice;
God's son send down to die for us to grant eternal life.
White - is for forgiveness, which God grants with seeming ease.
His love is never ending, when we ask on bended knees.
Green - is for continue growth in the teachings of our Lord.
We stive to live our lives each day the way that Jesus showed.
Blue - the color of baptism, when each of us is born'
We're cleansed with grace eternak, no more to be forlorn.
Gold - is heaven's color, our home & final reward.
Eternity awaits us when we're welcomed by our Lord.

Sandpaper Angel

I used sandpaper already cut in triangle shapes. I shaped two pieces to look like wings. I cut the third one along the bottom to form a dress. I first glued these three pieces together and glued on the small heart shape doily to the front. Glue a small wooden head with face painted on it or paint a face on it using flesh acrylic paint to cover entire head, use black to draw eyelashes, nose and mouth. Glue small doll hair on head and add halo. Glue a bow to front just under head and add a small white rose to front center of doily. Add ribbon for hanging. Attach small printed card with saying.

Sandpaper Angel:

Sandpaper angel all rough and neat, working on rough edges to make us sweet. No one could have a guardian more dear, working on hearts to remove all our fear. Fashioning a heart to receive God's love, sent by Him from Heaven above.
--- copy; by Charlene Dickerson

sayings and inspirational quotes

...that "love thy neighbor" thing...I meant that! God
...a home is just a house....without me. God
...I'm to me. God
...Don't make me come down there! God
...let's meet at my house Sunday...before the game. God
...what part of "Thou shalt not.." didn't you understand? God ...may the love of the Lord be the Heart of this home (this quote was written in the middle of a painted heart & framed)
...tell the kids I love them. God
...will the road you're on get to my place? God
...God wrapped His Christmas presents, too.
...preach the gospel always...if necessary use words.

Scattered thoughts

You will need colored paper in your choice. Print the following saying onto page. Cut around & place onto a plain bookmark to add firmness. Laminate with clear shelf paper & glue a small package (cut in half,), so it will lay flat.

Scattered Thoughts
Since it seems your thoughts get scattered,
I collected those that mattered.
And placed them inside this package here,
Because you are a friend so dear.
Here they are no more to lose,
you will have them if you choose.
-- © Charlene Dickerson

Scripture cards

Scripture reading & bubble gum

Scripture reading is lots of fun...
'Specially while chewing bubble gum!
Read the scriptures while you chew,
And when the flavor's gone...
You're through!

Scripture Survival Kit

... Band Aid: To remember to mend hurt feelings. Yours or someone else's. Col. 3:12-14
... Butterfinger: Cause we all slip sometimes, and it's okay. Gen. 50:15-21
... Button: To remember to button your lip when needed. 1 Peter 3:10
... Candy Kiss: To remember that Love should be a part of everyday. 1 John 4:7
... Gum: So you can stick to it. With God you can accomplish anything. Phil. 4:13
...Lifesaver: To remember that the Lord is there to help. Psalm 46:1
... Mint: to remind you that you are worth one. (I use a peppermint patty) John 3:16-17
... Pencil: To remember to list your blessings daily (You could add a cute tablet of paper with this as well) Eph 1:3
... Puzzle Piece: To remember that without God we are not complete. Prov. 14:20
... Rubber band: To remember to be flexible. God has it under control. Romans 8:28
... Snickers and Tissue: To remind us to be a light in someone else's day. Matt. 5:14-16
...Tea Bag: To remember to relax and go over that list of blessings. 1 Thess. 5:18
...Toothpick: to remember to pick out the good in others. Matt. 7:1


...Angel - Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. --Hebrews 13:2
...Bandaids - And remember in all things, the sick & the afflicted for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple.
...Bit O Honey - pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul - Prov. 16:24
...calculator -Do the math.... count Your blessings.
...Candle - let your light so shine before men; to remind you to share His light with others
...Candy hearts - a merry heart doeth good like a medicine - Prov. 17:22
...Chapstick - Heb 13:5
...Compass - to stay on track
...Cookies - for when you feel 'crummy'
... cotton ball- to keep our hearts soft to God and others
... cross- to remind you of the sacrifice He made because He loves you
... eraser- God forgives our sins, we must do the same for ourselves and others; we can learn from our mistakes
...fruit - God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.

heart -

- for God so loved... - John 3:16
- God knoweth your heart - Luke 16:5
- Do these things with a cheerful heart - DC 59:15
- Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth...
- But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven...
- For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. --Matthew 6:19-21
- For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. --1 Samuel 16:7
- A joyful heart is good medicine. --Proverbs 17:22
- Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. --Proverbs 3: 5-6

... House - But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. --Joshua 24:15
... hug (the Hershey kiss kind) because we all need one from time to time
... Kleenex - cry unto the Lord
... Life saver- to remind you of the many times others have needed your help and you theirs; when you need one
...nuts - God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
... Pencil - to 'write' your wrongs; To remind you to list your blessings every day.
... rubber band- to remind us to be flexible to God's will for us; Things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out.
... snickers candy bar- to remind you to laugh at yourself- laughter is good medicine ... Stamp - to lick your problems
... Teabag - To remind you to relax daily and go over that list of God's Blessings.

scripture tree

Angel - Luke 2:10
Angel with trumpet - Mat 24:31
Bell (timbrel) - Job 21:12
Bird - Mat 8:20
Bread - Mat 15:36; 1 Cor 11:26
Candle - Mat 5:14-16
City (bethlehem) - Mat 2:1
Child - Mat 19:14
Cross - Mark 15:30; John 19:16-17
Crown - Tim 4:8; Mat 27:29; James 1-12
Cornerstone 9child's block) - Eph 2:20
Donkey - Mat 21:2,5
Dove - Mat 3:16
Eye - Mat 5:29-18:9; Mark 9:47; John 9:6
Fish - Mat 14:17
Flute - Dan - 3:5
Foot - John 13:5
Fruit - Mat 7:16
Globe (world) - John 3:16
Hand - Mat 4:6-27:24; Luke 9:62-23:46, 24-39
Harp - Job 21:12
Heart - Matt 5:1-12; 5:43-48
House - Mat 7:24-29
Lamb - John 21:15
Lamp - Mat 25:1-13
Net - Mat 4:18-22; 13:47-52
Organ - Job 21:12
Peace (word on ornament) - Mark 4:39; Luke 2:14; John 14:27-20:19
Perfume - Mat 2:11
Robe (scarlet) Mat 27:28
Salt (salt shaker) - Mat 5:13-16; John 19:2
Saw - (carpenter tools) = mat 13:55
Shepherd - Mat 9:36-10:42; Luke 2:8; John 10
Shepherd's crook (candy cane) - Mat 9:36-10:42; Luke 2:8; John 10
Seeds - Mat 12:1-32
Shoes - Mat 3:11; Mark 1:7
Snow (snowflake) - Mat 28:3; Mark 9:3; Is 1:18
Soldier - John 19:2
Song (sheet music rolled up) - Mat 26:30
Stone - Mark 16:4;
Tree - Acts 5:30
Trumpet - Mat 24:31
Water - (canteen) - John 4:14
Well - John 4:6
Whale - Mat 12:40

Scripture votives

Spread the Word with this simple design technique for the ever-popular votive candle. With the right combination of colors and Bible verses you can create accents for any special occasion - shower, wedding or holiday - or simply to enrich your home. Measure the height (- 1/8") and circumference (+ 1/4" overlap) of your votive holders. Then, using your home computer, type your favorite scriptures within these dimensions. Print onto translucent vellum paper - any color appropriate to your room or event. Cut out the rectangles. Wrap them around the glass and glue the ends together.

Trim your vellum to rest below the top edge of the glass. Don't let it stick above, which could be a fire hazard. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

The Seven Ups

Wake Up - decide to have a good day; Ps 118:24
Dress Up - The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks; 1 Sam 16:7
Shut Up - Say nice things & learn to listen God gave us two ears & one mouth so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking; Pro 13:3
Stand Up - For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything; Gal 6:9, 10
Look Up - to the Lord; Phil 4:3
Reach Up - for something higher; Col 3:1
Lift Up - your prayers; Phil 4:6

S.H.I.N.E. for Jesus
Christians are like Jack O' Lanterns *
God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you into his home.
He washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins.
He cuts off the top and takes out all the yucky stuff on the inside.
He removes the seeds of sinfulness and carves you a new smiling face.
He puts his light inside of you to shine for all to see.

You can either stay outside and rot on the vine or have Jesus come inside and become something new and bright! SHINE for Jesus!

#2 -

Spiritual vities

Anxious? Take Vitamin A. "All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Blue? Take Vitamin B. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name." (Psalm 103:1)

Crushed? Take Vitamin C. "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)

Depressed? Take Vitamin D. "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." (James 4:8)

Empty? Take Vitamin E. "Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name." (Psalm 100:4)

Fearful? Take Vitamin F. "Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God." (Isaiah 41:10)

Greedy? Take Vitamin G. "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put unto your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6:38)

Hesitant? Take Vitamin H. "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns.'" (Isaiah 52:7)

Insecure? Take Vitamin I. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

Jittery? Take Vitamin J. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

Know nothing? Take Vitamin K. "Know this that the Lord is God, it is He that made us and not we ourselves. (Psalm 100:3)

Lonely? Take Vitamin L. "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)

Mortgaged? Take Vitamin M. "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Nervous? Take Vitamin N. "Never, no never will I leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

Overwhelmed? Take Vitamin O. "Overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)

Perplexed or puzzled? Take Vitamin P. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." (John 14:27)

Quitting? Take Vitamin Q. "Quit you like men and women, be strong." (1 Corinthians 16:13) Restless? Take Vitamin R. "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him." (Psalm 37:7)

Scared? Take Vitamin S. "Stay with me, and do not be afraid; for the one who seeks my life seeks your life; you will be safe with me." (1 Samuel 22:23)

Tired? Take Vitamin T. "Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

Uncertain? Take Vitamin U. "Understand that I am (the Lord). Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me." (Isaiah 43:10) Vain? Take Vitamin V. "Vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. (Acts 5:16)

Wondering what to do? Take Vitamin W. "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)

Exhausted? Take Vitamin X. "Exercise thyself rather unto godliness." (1 Timothy 4:7)

Yearning for hope? Take Vitamin Y. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you art with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)

Zapped? Take Vitamin Z. "Zealous for good deeds." (Titus 2:14)


A star in the sky,
So bright & light,
Over the land
Was quite the sight.
It led the way
For the wise men three,
To the child of God
Who would set men free.

Take a Walk With Jesus

(Walk outside, and find and place the following items in a bag.)

A BRANCH - a week before his crucifixion, as Christ entered the city, the people waved branches from palm trees.
SOMETHING PRICKLY - his "crown" was made of thorns.
A PIECE OF WOOD - for it was out of wood his cross was made.
SOMETHING NO LONGER ALIVE - for the Savior truly died.
WHITE LINEN - Christ was wrapped in white linen before being placed in the tomb.
A STONE - it was a huge stone at the opening of the tomb that the angel removed.
SOMETHING LIVING - To remind us that Christ surely lives. He died and was resurrected.

Tears In A Bottle

This craft is to remind us that God knows of all the tears shed in sorrow and pain. You will never shed any that He hasn't already.

Tears In A Bottle is based on Psalms 56:8.
You can use any type of bottle for this... I got mine at Hobby Lobby.
I wrote tears on the front of the bottle... and Palms 56:8 on the lip of the bottle above it.

The card reads: This bottle is empty as can be, though a constant reminder to you and me.
There isn't a tear shed by human eye, that God doesn't see way up in the sky.
He catches each one with loving card, to place inside His bottle so rare.
A beautiful way to let us know, God is aware of each tearful flow.
(Given by God as a reminder of His never ending love...
--- © Charlene Dickerson)

Tears of Joy

Tears of joy - Get a long piece of cloth cut in squares, the size of a handkerchief. Get silver or gold rings (that you would put on a ring pillow). Take the middle of the material and slide it through the ring. Get a label and put tears of joy on it. Hand it out at the wedding for people to dry their tears with.

The Ten Virgins

- Buy an oil lamp & put one of these poems with it:

#1 -

There were Ten Virgins
waiting for the Bridegroom.
Five were frivolous and
didn't keep their lamps filled.
The other five
were wise and did have
oil in their lamps.
They were the ones who
got to meet the Bridegroom.
So here at Christmas is a bottle
of oil to fill your lamps!
Merry Christmas!


This little red and white mint
Represents God's Son that was sent
To die on the cross so that we may live
A most precious gift for him to give
White for his purity, Red for his blood
The greatest testament of his love
©Ruby Wagner 2005

A Time For All Things

Buy pretty wide-mouth jars that hold 2 cups. Gather regular uncooked rice (buy the cheapest you can find) and bags of unshelled walnuts. You'll also need squares of fabric to cover the top of the jar and hang down the sides a little, some jute or ribbon to tie with.

1) Open each jar and put 10 walnuts inside (anyway you can get them in)
2) Measure one cup of rice and pour over walnuts inside the jar - shake jar until rice is in all the little pockets.
3) Close jar with material (which has been glued to top of jar) and secure with outside canning band. Tie jute or ribbon around lid.
4) Attach this note to jar with cord/ribbon:

A TIME FOR ALL THINGS This jar contains 10 walnuts and one cup of rice. The walnuts represent the things that God would have us do, and the rice represents the fun things that we would like and want to do. If you pour the rice into the jar first, the walnuts will never fit. If you put the walnuts in the jar first, the rice poured over and around the nuts fits perfectly. The lesson is if we set God's priorities first before the time for the things we want to do, we will have time for both. If however, we put the urgent before the important, we will never fit time in for God.
May this jar be a constant reminder of your priorities in your walk with Him.

T.L.C. Bottle

I have seen other T.L.C. bottles... however, this is my version. The poem was written by me.
T.L.C. Bottle
I cannot always be with you as I would like to be, so I placed inside this bottle some special
T.L.C. May it serve as a reminder when you're down and feeling blue, the Heavenly Father above is watching over you.
--- © (Charlene Dickerson)

Twenty-third psalm bracelet

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, (white) I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, (green) he leads me beside quiet waters, (blue) he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness (clear) for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, (black)
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, (brown) they comfort me.
You prepare a table (brown) before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil (yellow); my cup (purple) overflows.
Surely goodness and love (pink) will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord (gold) forever.


Before U were thought of or time had begun,
God stuck U in the name of His Son.

And each time U pray, you'll see it's true,
You can't spell out JesUs and not include U.

You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name,
For U, He was born; that's why He came.

And His great love for U is the reason He died.
It even takes U to spell crUcified.

Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand
He rose from the dead, with U in His plan?

The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
and this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.

When JesUs left earth at His Upward ascension,
He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.

"Go into the world and tell them it's true
That I love them all - Just like I love U."

So many great people are spelled with a U,
Don't they have a right to know JesUs too?

It all depends now on what U will do,
He'd like them to know,
But it all starts with U.

Unfolding the rose

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
God opens this flower so sweetly,
In my hands it will fade and die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I'll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of every day.
I will look to him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
The pathway that lies before me,
Only my Heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.
- Helen Steiner Rice

Untie these knots

Dear God:
Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart & my life. Remove the have nots, the cann nots & the do nots that I have in my mind.
Erase the will nots, may nots, might nots that may find a home in my heart.
Release from me the could nots, would nots & should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all, Dear God, I aske that you remove from my mind, heart & my life all of the 'am nots' that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough.

Author known to God
Whatever is true,
Whatever is honorable,
Whatever is right,
Whatever is pure,
Whatever is lovely,
Whatever is of good repute,
Let your mind dwell on these things.
---Phil. 4:8

Wish pocket

Fill this little pocket with your hopes & dreams
plan for a brighter tomorrow with lots of lovely schemes.
The steps to make it happen start with a wish or 2,
turn them into reality - the future's up to you.
~~~ © Sue Pitchfork

Witness Mint

Judgement Day had come
and I stood before the Lord.
He asked what I had done
with each day of my life.
I "Mint" to say my prayers each night,
but sometimes I'd forget.
I "Mint" to be more caring of others,
truly I did.
I "Mint" to be a good Christian,
but Life got in the way.
I "Mint" to ask forgiveness,
but I thought I'd have today.
The Lord just sadly shook His head,
I "Mint" for you to spend eternity in Heaven.
by © Charlene Dickerson

For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

World of Color

Place small tiny pompoms, jellybeans or M&M's in a clear ziplock bag or tube. Attach poem saying. This is my own poem please leave my name on it. Thank you.

World of Color
Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for His hour of sorrow.
Pink is for a new tomorrow.
A world full of colors
So colorful and true,
Is a prayer and a promise
From Jesus to You.
~ © Charlene Dickerson ~ '97

Worry bottle

Collect all your worries
Large ones and small
And in this worry bottle
Please place them all.

Include every problem
No matter what it's about
Next, put on the stopper
Which won't let them out..

Send them with angels
While saying a prayer,
Then let the Good Lord
Take it from there!!

Have peace of mind
Have faith in God's Plan,
Now all your worries
Are in His Hands!!!!

Wrapped sheep

These little sheep are great for Christmas, Easter or just to say I'm thinking of you. Make them into ornaments, pins or magnets. You'll love how inexpensive they are! The texture and shade of yarn will give your sheep their own personality. Fuzzy or bumpy yarn looks best.
I designed these patterns after seeing one out somewhere. I don't draw well and the first one before these looked like a turtle! You can use these or design your own shape. I also experimented with different ways of wrapping and after making hundreds of these, this is the way I always do it now. They make up quickly. As long as the finished sheep looks good, it doesn't matter how you wrap it!

Cut your Sheep Patterns here from black poster board.
You may wish to paint bodies white so that none of black poster board shows through. These were not painted.

Depending on how thick your yarn is, you may need to notch a little more out between the legs of the pattern.

Hold tail of yarn on body with thumb while wrapping yarn around sheep's neck. Wrap across body just above sheep's legs and work your way up, wrapping as you go. Then pull yarn up to neck.

Wrap back up around neck and then in direction across butt. Wrap until butt is covered. Wrap from top of back down through legs. Keep wrapping straight up and down between legs until sheep is full and fluffy and evenly covered. Cut yarn and tuck the end into the yarn on back of sheep. Glue a bow at neck. Add a gold thread hanger, magnet or pinback.

#1 -

Ewe are Special!

I'm glad to have a friend like you,
'Cause great friends like you are few.
--- shirley t.

#2 -

His Flock

Jesus was a great shepherd...
The followers flocked to Him;
And now He watches over you,
Just as He watched over them!
---shirley T.

You're a Star in God's Eyes

Print following saying on a piece of paper & cut to fit a plain bookmark. Glue with a small amount of glut to bookmark after you cut around the saying to fit onto the bookmark. Bookmark makes it firmer. Size of card depends on you. Laminate with clear shelf paper & glue wooden star painted in color of your choice to front.

You're a Star in God's Eyes

The stars light up the heavens from God's own light,
to lend a heart comfort in the darkest night.
To sparkle & shine the whole night through,
as a special reminder to me & you.
To place our trust in the Father's hand,
for He hung the stars that light this land.
--- © Charlene Dickerson

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