“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” John 1:14 NIV. The opening verses of John’s gospel are some of the most beautiful in the Bible to me, but they seem to take on new meaning at Christmastime. Jesus didn’t love us from afar—which would be amazing enough. But He came to us, here, right where we are because He’d rather die for us than live forever without us.
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I am excited that I got to share a special freebie this week, Christmas Copywork from Isaiah 9. The copywork is in print, cursive, and manuscript style, and you can check it out on my Holiday Freebies page. Plus I got to share about the Everyday Explorers writing opportunity on SchoolhouseTeachers.com and shared a simple tutorial on how to create your own copywork.
I was honored to be a part of Missional Call’s launch week and offer my unit study, A Martyr’s Christmas to all the new visitors! I shared “Could Your Writing Save a Life” on Write2Ignite, cohosted a special giveaway as part of The ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays on UpsideDownHomeschooling.com and began a three-part series on SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com called Modern Witnesses: Meeting Today’s Heroes of the Faith.
On Exploring with Jake, we learned more about the nation of India and enjoyed a printable word search that helped us pray for some of the many people groups of India. And on December 4, 2013, I had the privilege of joining the #savesaeed campaign to call for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen jailed in Iran.
My favorite author quote this week: “You are on a first name basis with the Creator of the Universe. He’s not just an acquaintance, He knows you by name. He gives you His full attention when He knows you want to speak to Him. He’s interested in your problems, your fears, and your dreams.” Sheryl Maxey, “Are You a Name Dropper?”
I kicked off a series of pins called “25 Gifts for $25 or Less” as a compilation of ideas for how we can help those who have so little. And my favorite pin of the week came from Dot to Dot Connections. It’s a great post about how the “littlest” people in our lives often teach us the “biggest” lessons.
And finally, on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Safari Saeed took us all around Turkey.