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pins are sins

Last night we had family night and learned about how sin will blind us to God’s truth.  God will show us what we need to change when we ask Him to.  James particularly focused on the sin of treating your sister and/or brother wrongly.  He used the verse 1 John 2:10-11. ” Whoever loves his brother(sister) lives in light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.  But whoever hates his brother(sister) is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”

We talked about how people who are blind can’t see and need to have help to know where to go.  And that we can also be spiritually blind, (we begin to do things that we know we shouldn’t do and no longer feel bad about doing them), and need to ask for help from God.  Sometimes when we sin and keep on sinning, God let’s us become blind to His plan for us.

James asked if not showing love to eveyone or when we fight with people, including your sister or brother, could blind you to what God wants you to do.

Then we used the visuals to help.  We used small brass safety pins and mixed them with dry rice in a pie plate.  Look at the pins in this pan of rice.  Can you see them? 

The pins are easy to see!

 The pins represent sin. Right now I want you to pick up rice but not pick up any pins.

Easy right?

Now we are going to cover your eyes and I want you to pick up only the rice. (It is very hard to distinguish the rice from the pins when you can’t see!)

James really made sure Ella couldn’t see!

After they picked up a few handfuls we let them ‘see’ all the pins they picked up with the rice.  They both were really upset that they had picked up ‘sins.’
Was it easy to tell the rice from the pins when you couldn’t see? It’s the same way with sin in our lives. When we are blinded to sin, we can no longer tell the difference and it’s very easy to allow sin to creep into our lives, just the way the pins crept into our hands. When we could see, we could see the ‘sin’ and remove it. How do we do this in our own lives when we have become blinded?
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there be any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
We need to pray, asking God to remove the blinders on our eyes and to show us anything we need to change.  We then prayed together and asked for the Holy Spirit to reveal the sin in our lives.  This family night was admittedly a harder concept to grasp for them, but we believe His Word will not return void and we have already experienced multiple times in their daily lives where we can point back to our object lesson from past family nights!


idols, play doh, and Mr. Potato Head

We just had our family night tonight about idols in our lives.  We based it off of this link from where I receive monthly e-mails. 

First, we let the girls each take play doh and we told them to form it into something they love.  (We talked about how people in the Bible would bow down to physical idols that they made.)  Rilyn made a marker.  Ella made/spelled out her name.  🙂  

We then talked about loving things more then loving Jesus.  For example, Rilyn has a hard time sharing markers with Ella particularly because Ella doesn’t take very good care of her own so they are generally dried out.  And share the coveted ‘red marker’?!?  That is the ‘holy grail’ of markers in my girls’ minds, and they never have enough red markers because they use them out so fast!  So we talked about how when Rilyn doesn’t want to share her red marker with Ella it’s because she loves the marker more than Jesus.  Ella loves playing computer games.  Rilyn loves watching Full House (didn’t you just love that show?!?)  We talked about when they choose to play computer games or watch TV rather than obey what mommy or daddy is telling them to do at the moment, (please wash your hands for dinner), they are loving the idol more than Jesus because Jesus tells us to obey our parents. 

We then got out a ‘naked’ Mr. Potato Head and talked about more idols in our lives by using the parts of the potato head. 

Mouth:  Idol-candy. 

Ears:  Idol-praise from others, popularity, music. 

Eyes:  Idol-TV, computer games. 

Hands(things we do):  Idol-Sports, Education. 

At the end, we made sure the girls understood that God wants us to enjoy good things, just not love these things more than Him.  He wants Rilyn to use her gift of drawing.  After all, He is the master artist!  (And I’m sure it pleases Him that her favorite thing to draw is rainbows, one of the most beautiful things in all of His creation!) 

We are also going through the ten commandments at dinner time, (here is the book we use during family dinners), so this lesson tied in very well!  

Ella’s prayer to end family night:  “Dear Jesus, I want to love you more than Strawberry Shortcake movies!  Amen!” 

 Isaiah 44:6-7  The Lord Almighty:  I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.  Who then is like me?





I wanted to share our family night this week because I really loved it.  We love Family Time and used their lesson that I got e-mailed to me this month.

Here is the link to this family night.

Jeremiah 2:22 Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of

soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign Lord.


Daddy drew the ‘stains’ on the shirt.  Rilyn tried to use a wipe to remove hers.

How is this verse similar to my trying to wash the stain out of my shirt?

I cannot get rid of the stain by my own efforts. I made the stain


 It’s the same with sin. When we sin—doing something God tells

us not to do—we have a stain on our life. We are no longer pure and

holy. And, by our own efforts, we cannot become pure and holy again.

This is the shirt after we washed it in the washing machine. The stains still won’t come out!

Hebrews 1:3 After {Jesus} had provided purification for sins,

he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Only Jesus can take away our sins.

How does Jesus take away our sin?  Through His dying on the cross. When we believe in Jesus and do what He says, He cleanses us from sin. He makes us pure and holy.

The scissors represent Jesus who takes away the stain of sin that we could not wash away by ourselves.

I John 1:7 And the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

The only way to remove the stains is to cut them out.

 The holes that remain represents the consequences of sin.

Jesus takes away the sin yet we will still need to deal with the

consequences of our bad choices.


The stains are removed, but there is still a consequence-there are now holes in the shirt.  (Ella is smiling because she just finished a blue lollipop!  And, no, James did NOT do a good job with the placement of these stains!  Sorry for the inappropriate cut-outs!)


The toothpaste sermon

We “impress” our children everyday with who we are, what we think, or what we do. These moments may come to our children through our words, but family moments contain more power and lasting effects when they come through instructive events our children can observe.

On Monday nights we have “Family Night” where we have family devotions and our girls are actively engaged in learning. Tonight James taught about making our speech pleasing to God using a tube of toothpaste. After hearing a lot of ‘poopoo words’ to each other lately, I thought the girls needed to be reminded of how powerful the tongue can be.

Here they are with their tubes. The girls were allowed to squeeze all of the toothpaste out of their tubes.

Then daddy told them to put the toothpaste back into the tubes.

“That’s right! The very same thing is true of the words we speak. Have you ever said something that hurt someone’s feelings and heard them say, “You take that back!” You can’t take it back, can you? Once you have said it, it is said. You can’t put the words back in your mouth any more than you can squeeze this toothpaste back into the tube. That is why we need to be very careful about the things we say. The Bible says, “He who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14  Once we have said it, we can’t take it back, so let’s make sure that our words are pleasing to God.

If you would like more info. on family nights, check out This family night was taken from the book An Introduction to Family Nights Tool Chest by Jim Weidmann and Kurt Bruner.

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June 2023