Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Jesse Tree starts today

"A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit." Isaiah 11:1

This year our family will use the Jesse Tree devotionals for the first time. It is a type of Advent devotional to use at Christmas. I'm hoping ornaments for each day will catch Sawyer's attention. I remember last Easter that Sawyer LOVED the Resurrection eggs that we used. Each night he looked forward to opening up a new one!

We will use a small artifial tree. Most of the ornaments will be simple paper ornaments that I have printed from the internet but a few will be nicer felt ornaments that my mother-in-law, Sheila, sent us last year.

First is listed the date, then topic, then verses, and lastly an example of what type of picture to use on your tree for that day. This reading calendar is found on http://jesse-tree.com/jesse_tree.html and I made my own adjustments. Here's another great site that uses a slightly different reading calendar http://www.rca.org/Page.aspx?pid=1628.

December 1 Creation Genesis 1:1-2:3 Dove or earth

December 2 The fall of Adam & Eve Genesis 2:4-3:13 Tree with Fruit or serpent

December 3 The flood Genesis 6:11-22; 7:17-8:3; 9:8-17 Rainbow, dove with olive branch, ark or pair of animals

December 4 Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9 Tall tower or language book

December 5 Promise to Abraham Genesis 12:1-7; 15:1-6 Dark sky with stars

December 6 Sodom & Gomorrah Genesis 18 & 19 Cloud of smoke or pillar of salt

December 7 Abraham & Isaac Genesis 22:1-19 Ram

December 8 Jacobs ladder Genesis 28:1-17 Ladder or stairs

December 9 Joseph Genesis 42:1-45:15 Colorful coat

December 10 Moses & burning bush Exodus 1:1-14; 3:1-12 Green bush with flames

December 11 Passover Exodus 12:1-39 Door frame with blood

December 12 Ten Commandments Exodus 19:16-20-20:20 Stone tablets

December 13 David I Samuel 16:1-23,II Samuel 5:1-5, 7:1-17 Lyre or harp

December 14 Elijah & prophets of Baal I Kings 18:17-39 Alter (wet) with fire burning

December 15 Isaiah Isaiah 6:1-13 Tongs with hot coal

December 16 Wise and just king Isaiah 8:11-9:7 Crown

December 17 Exile II Chronicles 36:11-21 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Stalks of grain

December 18 Jonah Jonah 1:1-4:11 Big fish or whale

December 19 Waiting on the Lord Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 Watchtower

December 20 Son of Righteousness Malachi 3:1-5, 4:1-6 Sun

December 21 Baptism Luke 1:5-17,Matthew 3:1-6 Shell with water, or water drop

December 22 Mary and the Angel Luke 1:26-38 Mary

December 23 Joseph Matthew 1:18-25 Carpenters tool or Joseph

December 24 Journey to Bethlehem Luke 2:1-5 Scroll

December 25 Birth of Jesus Luke 2:6-21 Jesus in manger

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