Thanks to Stephanie from The Shepherd’s Treasure for giving me a FREE Shepherd’s Treasure set to give away to one of my dear readers. I have not been compensated for this post and the opinions are my own.
When my sister was little, she loved to play school. She enjoyed it so much that my parents sectioned off part of our basement for her classroom, complete with desks, chalkboards, educational posters, and hand-me-down textbooks from her teachers.
Teaching her imaginary students helped her learn. In fact, it was her go-to study method until her senior year of high school when she graduated at the top of her class.
My husband, a (really handsome) public school administrator said that the research backs it up. When we teach others, we end up teaching ourselves as well.
Teaching Our Children
As moms, we are constantly teaching our own pupils at our kitchen tables, on our laps, and in our mini-vans. God has designed it so that we are the most influential teachers in the lives of our children. He also frequently uses our children to remind us of his faithfulness.
“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts,” the Psalmist writes (Psalm 145:4). Then, in the very next breath, he says, “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate” (Psalm 145:5).
We can’t declare God’s mighty acts without meditating on them ourselves. God uses each bible story, each memory verse, each advent reading to make himself known to our children, yes, but also to remind their parents of the glorious splendor of his majesty.
The Shepherd’s Treasure
Last year, we welcomed a strange little red-headed man into our home for the holiday season.
As I was searching for advent activities for my kids, I came across The Shepherd’s Treasure, a Christ-centered alternative to the popular “Elf on the Shelf.”
At the beginning of the season, we read a story introducing us to a little shepherd boy who was searching for his treasure. We named him “Bo,” and we spent the next 25 days following Bo on his very special treasure hunt.
Each morning, we’d find Bo somewhere in our house with a note. Watching my little ones scamper down the stairs to find Bo made my own heart beat faster. Their excitement was contagious! Like my kids, I was eager to find Bo and hear what he wanted us to learn about Jesus that day!
That he is the root and offspring of Jesse…
That he is victorious over death…
That he is the maker of every family in Heaven and on Earth…
That he wants us to be fishers of men…
That his love for us is higher than the heavens…
That he washes us white as snow…
That his name is a strong tower…
For the first time in my adult life, the busyness and distraction of the Christmas season didn’t steal my joy. Morning and evening, Bo helped me to meditate on who Christ is and what he’s done so that I could then proclaim Jesus to my children. God used that silly little red-headed shepherd to prepare room in our hearts for the Messiah.
On Christmas Day, we found Bo kneeling down before Baby Jesus inside a treasure chest. I do not exaggerate when I say that tears of joy flooded my children’s eyes as they realized that JESUS was our little shepherd’s treasure.
That moment–a moment when two generations stood together in awe of our Savior–is forever stamped on my heart. It is truly my favorite Christmas memory of all time.
SHEPHERD’S TREASURE GIVEWAY
I love The Shepherd’s Treasure so much that I contacted Stephanie, the founder and owner, to see if I could buy one to give away to one of my dear readers. Being the beautiful, gracious woman of God that she is, she offered me a set for FREE!
I am super excited to give away a FREE Shepherd’s Treasure set (book, shepherd, and Baby Jesus) to one of you this week. I pray that whoever wins it will be blessed by it this Christmas season.
1) Follow @daughteredeemed on Instagram + Like the Giveaway post + Tag a friend on Instagram who you think would like to win a Shepherd’s Treasure Set
2) Like the Giveaway Post at the Daughter Redeemed Facebook page + Leave a comment sharing one of your favorite Christ-centered Christmas traditions
You must be 18+ years old and a U.S. resident to enter. The contest will remain open through 11:59 p.m CST on Thursday, November 9. The number of eligible entries will determine odds of winning. One winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, November 10. The set will ship directly from The Shepherd’s Treasure between November 15-22. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Thanks for participating, friends!
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