Word Sharpeners Week – March 9

PelicanWord Sharpener News: If you haven’t had a chance, stop by the Pelican Book Group Site. During Lent, a Christmas Promise, along with over 300 other e-books, are completely free.

I’ve edited two novels over the past couple of weeks and turned them in to my agent. On Friday, I’ll be going on a writer’s retreat to Hocking Hills. I plan to have fun and get a lot done.

Holidays This Week:

Today is National Barbie Doll Day because on this day in 1959, the first Barbie doll was introduced.

Wednesday, March 11, is Johnny Appleseed day. John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American who introduced apple trees to parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia. As he moved west, he planted seeds as he went. He was also a missionary who shared the Gospel with children and preached to adults wherever he went. Because of his generosity and love for nature, he became a legend. He was born on September 26, 1774 and died March 18, 1845.

Other Holidays This Week:

  • March 12 – National Girl Scout Day (This day in 1912 is the day Girl Scouts was founded)
  • March 13 – National Ear Muff Day (Celebrates the invention of ear muffs by a 15 year old in 1877)
  • March 14 – National Potato Chip Day

Quote of the Week:  Gradual growth in grace, growth in knowledge, growth in faith, growth in love, growth in holiness, growth in humility, growth in spiritual-mindedness – all this I see clearly taught and urged in Scripture, and clearly exemplified in the lives of many of God’s saints. But sudden, instantaneous leaps from conversion to consecration I fail to see in the Bible. – J. C. Ryle

Verse of the Week: Matthew 16:24-25 (NIV)  Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

Song of the Week: Order My Steps by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Hymn of the Week: Take My Life by Frances R. Havergal (1874) Sung by Kari Jobe

Video of the Week: Take Up Your Cross

Life Challenge: This week, determine to take up your cross and follow Jesus, not just as your Savior, but as your Lord.

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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