Every year around this time, I try to find a fun project that our daughters can enjoy while staying focused on the true meaning of Christmas. This year, we are using Sally Michael’s God’s Names. Although He has more than 700 names, this book highlights 24 of them. So far, both girls are enjoying our time together unwrapping who He is, one name at a time. As things come up in the day, it is also great to recall one of His many names and use it!
As for the project piece: I went to JoAnn Fabrics and purchased clear, round glass ornaments (70mm), sold in 6-piece sets. I also purchased 1.0mm Fine Line Permapaque markers because I liked the color options, however, Sharpie markers would also work. At home, I have various other craft supplies that I knew would come in handy for this project, including Martha Stewart Glitter Glue, Stickles, yarn, glitter, and gems. For each name, both of our girls are making ornaments to reflect Him. One of the names we have learned is Elohim: Strong Creator. After discussing our God as Creator (Elohim), the girls made their ornaments. One of our daughters grabbed a pile of National Geographic magazines and found a picture that captured what Elohim meant to her. She cut it out, and with the help of Mod Podge, pasted it on the back of her ornament. Our other daughter went outside, gathered pieces of nature and put them inside her ornament. Two very different ideas, but the same message rings clear. He is Elohim: Strong Creator.
The “doer” in me is quick to try to calculate how many names we need to do each week in order to have this project completed by Christmas: “There are 24 names– if we did one a day, we would be done on Christmas Eve . . . . ” Then, I am reminded why we do activities like this in the first place. This is a time for us to quiet ourselves before the Lord and learn something new about Him, enjoying time in His presence. If you are like me, let the planner in you take the backseat and simply begin this activity. If you aren’t up for crafting, skip the ornament-making piece. If you have too much on your plate this year, shelf it and do it sometime next year. This doesn’t even have to be a Christmas activity, but simply a devotional that your family works through, one name at a time. The God we serve is so big, each name reveals something else about Him– all 700+! Start by learning a few. God’s Names is a great place to start!