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JOY for Today - First Sunday of Advent 2022

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Amid the rush of Thanksgiving preparations, I find myself thinking about waiting. Waiting is hard. But the hope of JOY when waiting ends is what fuels us to persist. As we wash off our Thanksgiving platters and get out the Christmas boxes, let's fill our hearts and minds with thankfulness for His coming and in expectancy of His return! Advent photo  (in background) by Dennis Skley via flickr. Shared with a CC BY-ND 4.0 license. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  to living a life of expectancy. Bible Verses and Quotes  about Advent. Activity Suggestions  to bring the holiday spirit into the classroom and home. Ideas for teachers and families.  Did You Know: The Advent wreath is full of symbolism?  The wreath consists of four candles (three purple and one pink) dispersed around the outside and a large, white candle in the middle. The candles around the outside represent hope (prophecy), preparation (Bethlehem), joy (shepherds), and lo

JOY for Today - Thanksgiving 2022

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With a heart full of praise, that's how we hope you're entering this Thanksgiving season. There are many reasons to be thankful in every circumstance. Challenge yourselves (and others) to find those reasons - even in the difficult moments. This is how we stay rooted in JOY, friends! JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To the difficulty of thanksgiving.  Bible Verses and Quotes  About giving thanks. Activity Suggestions  For grade level bands, "Would you rather..." questions, and a family challenge. Did You Know: There were only four women present at the first Thanksgiving? While there were around 140 attendees - 90 Wampanoag and 50 colonists - only four of them were women. ( The Fact File  & History.com ) Turkey is now the most commonly served food on Thanksgiving?  So much so that Thanksgiving is often referred to as "Turkey Day." As a country we gobble up over 45 million turkeys annually. However, turkey w

JOY for Today - World Kindness Day 2022

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Kindness grants JOY not just to the receiver but also to the giver. If that's true, why aren't we all kind to everyone we encounter? Is it fear? Is it that we think the other person is unworthy? Maybe we think it's unfair: we haven't received kindness, why should we spread it to another? Or perhaps we dismiss personal responsibility for kindness because it does not come naturally to us. But we all have the capacity for kindness within us, no matter our personal circumstances. Showing kindness might cost strength, courage, and humility but it produces exponential JOY. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  With a kindness competition. Bible Verses and Quotes  About showing kindness. Activity Suggestions  To promote kind words, actions, and thoughts in the classroom; Would You Rather questions; and a family challenge Did You Know: Even animals demonstrate kindness?  Male fiddler crabs refrain from killing the other amid territor

JOY for Today - Veterans Day 2022

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Thank you, Veterans, for serving to defend our freedoms. Today, we stand JOYFULLY united in honor of you! JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Three we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To a war we all fight. Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by veterans. Activity Suggestions  Informational resources, letter-writing templates, bulletin board ideas, Would You Rather questions, and family challenge. Did You Know: Veterans Day does not have an apostrophe? Because the day is for honoring ALL veterans, the apostrophe is intentionally absent. No one individual or veteran group owns the day, so no apostrophe is necessary. ( Defense.gov ) Veterans Day and Memorial Day serve different purposes?  Veterans Day honors everyone who has served - whether in war or peace, still living or deceased. While Memorial Day honors soldiers who died while fighting or as a result of fighting. Mostly, the intention of Veterans Day is to express our thankfulness to veterans for their sacrifice. ( Defense.gov

November 2022 Calendars | Printable: Blank, Holidays, and Personal Growth

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I am tired today! Are you tired, too? The seasonal shift affected me physically this year, perhaps for the first time ever. Regardless, I am still loving fall. So breathtaking! The street that welcomes you into our neighborhood is lined with yellow trees that shine in God's glory. I'm determined to take my time in raking up the leaves on our front yard because each time I open my door the colorful splendor raises my spirits. How are you doing, Leader? Is there something in your world lifting your spirits that you are clinging to, too? I certainly hope so! If not, I hope you find that something soon. Please know, we are always cheering you on in the life-giving work that you do. Here's what we're offering on the November 2022  Wolfe Stew  menu: November 2022 Ideas for  Every  Day Calendar  (family friendly, educational) November 2022 Growth for Today Calendar  (personal growth, Bible-based) Blank 2022 Calendars   Bible verses  Inspirational Quotes November 2022 Ideas for

30 Things to Do in November 2021 - Family Friendly

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(Updated 10/20/2022) You're looking for family-friendly and educational things to do with your learners this November, and we want to help! We've selected daily holidays and paired them with activity links for you and your learner. Choose between: The November 2021 Idea for Every Day Calendar - Embed or Printable  Blank November 2021 Calendars featuring a Bible verse or inspirational quote  A family friendly list of 30 Things to Do in November 2021 - Post or Printable In addition, consider checking out our previous November posts: Classroom ideas (mostly nonreligious) Thanksgiving reflection opportunities  for family, classroom, and personal use. Give Thanks Challenge - Bible-based November 2021 Idea for EVERY Day Calendar We paired daily holidays with family-friendly and educational links to help you celebrate EVERY day this November. Choose from the embed version or  print your own . BLANK November 2021 Calendars Use these blank calendars in a way that suits you. Or,

10 Days of God-Centered Thankfulness

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(Updated 11/11/2022) Thanksgiving - the time of year that gets ignored. It’s the half aisle hidden between monsters and elves - but it’s my favorite. In defending my preferences, I notice I lean on the side of the forgotten. But that’s okay. I’ll defend Thanksgiving to my dying day. Here's the list of this year's Thanksgiving offerings (click the link to jump right to it): A 10 Day Thanksgiving Devotional  - A personal invitation to reflect daily on offering thanksgiving to our King. Thankfulness in a Box - An activity for groups or individuals in secular or Christian settings. Thanksgiving Themed Classroom Ideas - Fill your Preschool to Sixth grade plan book here. A "Give Thanks" Thanksgiving Challenge - Last year's challenge from the cooks in the Wolfe Stew kitchen. Ten Days of God-Centered Thankfulness Click Here for Your Copy When trying to decide how best to honor Thanksgiving this year, my answer was a devotional. Really, it is more of an opportun