Each year in July, we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. Our businesses close and we pause to reflect on those who serve and have fought to keep us free. We celebrate with parades, songs, ceremonies, parties and big fireworks displays. We declare, “Let Freedom Ring!”
And while this is good, fun and important, as brothers and sisters in the Lord, we have an even greater freedom to celebrate! How often though, do we take time to celebrate our freedom in Christ? How often do we pause and reflect on the sacrifice Christ made for us so that we might be free from God’s wrath in our final days? Do we celebrate by inviting our friends and family to join us in this blessing?
This month, carve out some time to talk with your family about the freedoms we enjoy because of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
1. How is the freedom we experience in Christ different from the freedom we experience as a citizen of the USA?
2. What is the cost of freedom? What is my part in that process?
3. In what ways can we share with our friends about the freedoms we have as part of God’s family?
A. Star Garland
Cut out several paper stars about the size of the palm of your hand. Each day, ask your family members to write down one freedom they are thankful for on the star. Attach the stars to a string or yarn and create a garland to hang in a visible spot in your home to remind you of the freedoms you have in Christ.
B. Make Straw Rockets — This easy activity is fun for the whole family and only requires some paper, tape and a few straws.
(courtesy of pleasantestthing.com — check out this site for step by step photo instructions)
- Cut a piece of 8 x 11 printer paper into 12 pieces. If you are holding the paper so the long sides are on the side and the shorter side on the top, you’d cut 6 lines across, and then 1 line down the center. Each piece is about 2″ by 4″ – but they really do not have to be exact at all.
- Decorate the paper. We usually use crayons or markers. Stickers are fun – but can weigh down your rocket!
- Roll the paper strip loosely around the straw.
- Tape the roll along the edge to keep it rolled. You could also use glue – but my kids usually want the results right away, and don’t want to wait for it to dry!
- Fold the top of the paper tube down and tape it. We just fold it the tube down, but you could also fold the edges in if you wanted it to look a little neater from the front.
- Put the paper tube on the straw – and blow!
There lots of ways to play with the rocket straws – race them, aim them at targets, see how far you can blow them, blow multiple rockets at once!