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Building a Legacy of Faith ~ A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

05 Nov

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

It is unclear (at least to me), who first coined the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” however, this is what comes to my mind while writing this journal entry.

In The Wilderness

In The Wilderness

Seven years ago my husband received a gift, of sorts, enabling him to purchase a beautiful canvas reproduction of In the Wilderness painting, by artist Ron DiCianni.

The large framed painting of Jesus hangs on the hallway wall leading to an upstairs bedroom and office. The “picture” of Jesus can actually be seen from our front entryway, but it draws the most attention when I carry my grandchildren upstairs for their naps.

Each time I walk up the steps holding one of my grandchildren, I stop and point to Jesus and say something like, “Jesus loves you and He is always watching over you.”

Our two and half year-old grandson, Max, recently exclaimed to me and to his cousins: “Jesus is here!” as he joyfully ran around our house pointing to the picture of Jesus.

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words…and so much more, when it depicts the love and truth of Christ.

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a] And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” Deuteronomy 6:4-9

I believe it is very beneficial for Christian parents/grandparents to display images (décor items) in their homes, symbolizimg their faith in Christ. In doing so, it opens the door to share one’s faith with children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors.

Parent Challenge:  Purchase a picture of Jesus and hang it in your child’s room or in another visible location in your home. There are so many nice ones to choose from. Visit your local Christian bookstore, or shop online. For more paintings/prints from Ron DiCianni, go to this website: http://www.rondicianni.com/

Faith Forward: Talk with your children about what Jesus may have looked like (as a child, a teen, and a young adult). I’ve always thought it interesting that most of the pictures we see of Jesus are very similar. Maybe this was God’s plan, to help us connect with Jesus on a human level. Watch the following film about the life of Jesus, as told through the eyes of children.  http://jesusfilmmedia.org/video/1_529-cl-0-0/english/the-story-of-jesus-for-children (Resource from The Jesus Film Project)

Ideas from Others:  (Thanksgiving — “Our Thankful Tree”)

I love the idea of cultivating praise and thanksgiving with our children. One month before Thanksgiving, which is about now, we began to decorate our “thankful tree.” With our young children, we roamed the woods until we found a good sized evergreen limb we called our thankful tree. Each day, the children would think of 1 thing they were thankful for. I or they would write it down on a leaf…leaf design cut out on colored construction paper. I’d punch a hole through it, pull a piece of yarn through the hole and hang it. By Thanksgiving the tree was full of thankful leaves. We’d take turns reading our leaves on Thanksgiving Day.  (Submitted by Pam Enderby) To meet my friend and author, please visit Pam’s blog site at: http://www.pamenderby.blogspot.com

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Posted by on November 5, 2013 8: 25 am - in Building a Legacy of Faith, Grandparenting, Seasonal Celebrations

 

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3 responses to “Building a Legacy of Faith ~ A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

  1. i have no greater joy

    November 5, 2013 4: 12 pm - at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas and fun links!

     
  2. Pam Enderby

    November 6, 2013 6: 03 am - at 6:03 am

    Dear precious Charme, I visited your Mary and Martha website. The products are beautiful. Both dates you listed for gatherings are already filled on my calendar. Please keep your website within reach. I like that you include it on your blog. Perhaps I’ll be able to purchase from you some day. Our budget is a bit tight right now. 🙂 My prayers for your peace and prosperity prevail!

     
    • covenantheirs

      November 6, 2013 9: 37 am - at 9:37 am

      Pam, thanks for the encouraging words. Yes, I’m excited about the products, too.

      Of course, there is a way to earn half price and free items from Mary & Martha. You can host your own Gathering! My website tells all about this, if you are interested.

      Have a nice day, serving Jesus! Charm

      *Check out the NEW Fall Mary & Martha catalog.*

      [image: Shop online from my Mary & Martha website.]

      On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 6:03 AM, Covenant Heirs

       

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