Thursday, July 18, 2013

Back to School: Seek God's Treasure maps

If you follow me on Pinterest you've probably noticed I've been scouting out ideas for our annual first day of school soiree. Here's my back to school board in case you're interested! We are not starting until early August, but it's fun to plan ahead a bit!

A theme that emerged when I was noticing pins I liked was maps and I started thinking about wisdom, knowledge and understanding and how we are seeking the true treasures that God encourages us to seek heartily after.

In the past, I've just shared our breakfast and the ideas included. I don't know how many ideas I'll get done in advance - but I'm sharing one of them today: making treasure maps.

I'm planning to put a little berry basket at each students place at breakfast and include some school supplies they can use and a treasure map.

Each map has a passage from Proverbs drawn out to look like a treasure map. I also made one big map that I think I might use to hid their lunch and let them hunt for their lunch.

Map 1: Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding; look for it as for silver and search for it as hidden treasure. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2

Map 2: Then you will understand what is right and just and fair - every good path, For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men. Proverbs 2

Map 3: Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding...for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided... Proverbs 3

I'm excited about the ideas God is bringing to mind and making this a meaningful and special beginning to our school year!