Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Blue Hair Theory

Yes, this angel ornament from our upcoming wall Christmas tree has blue hair. And not because it is a fanciful creature with fanciful features.



I have a blue hair theory, and here is how it goes:

Natural selection seems counter-productive to the process of macro-evolution. How could the narrowing of an existing gene pool lead to an increase in species? Natural selection seems much more fitting to subsequent micro-evolution of a dying world that was originally designed with a large number of perfect creatures, who then struggle in a less than perfect environment.

So, before The Flood wiped out a huge amount of the existing gene pool, it is certainly possible that features that previously existed are no longer present.  Why not blue hair? Or purple or green hair?

I told my husband my theory a number of years ago, and a few weeks later he came home from work telling me he heard on the radio that small numbers of blue pigments had been discovered in the overall black appearing hair of some Asian people. Surely before the flood, these pigments could have been more concentrated in some, and thus express as naturally occurring blue hair.

I couldn't find a reference to the study, but if anyone can, please comment below with a link.  I did find a technical manual for a hair dye brand that said (at the bottom of page four) that all hair is made up of red, yellow and blue pigments. However, most things I read said blue is not a naturally occurring pigment in human hair. Which makes me wonder about animal hair...

What crazy characteristics can you think of that perhaps mankind has lost and were not carried on by Noah's family after The Flood? Please comment below, I'd love to hear about them!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Menorah felt board play set for Hanukkah

Since it is Hanukkah right now, I decided to make a felt board play set and share with my readers how to do it. So here it is: how to make a menorah felt board play set for Hanukkah!

Menorah Felt Board Play Set


Felt sticks to itself, so you can make movable pictures for kids to play with and rearrange repeatedly. Normally I double my felt to make it strong, but not for this project as I didn't want it to be too heavy and fall off the felt board.

Hanukkah celebrates a miracle which occurred during the time in between the writing of the old and new testaments.

Basically, the temple had been defiled by the Greeks who were ruling over the Jews at the time. They were being massacred and reading the scriptures was outlawed. The Jews ran a successful revolt, and rededicated the temple to God even though they only had enough undefiled olive oil to last one day in the temple seven-branched candlestick. It was never supposed to go out, and one day's supply of oil miraculously lasted eight days - enough time to secure an ongoing supply. To read a more detailed story click here.

So, why are there nine candles on the Hanukkah menorah when the oil only lasted eight days? I believe the taller candle called the Shamash, or servant, represents Jesus, see Isaiah 53:11 and John 8:12.  It is used to light all the others. Of course this is not the meaning attributed to it by Judaism. Click here for their explanation.

John records that Jesus went to the temple at the time of Hanukkah, John 10:22-23. Since it celebrates being set free from earthly oppressors, the Pharisees used it as another opportunity to chide Jesus about whether He was really the Messiah... and He responded that they didn't recognise Him because they didn't know His voice. As this is the only place where the Good Shepherd is mentioned, I cannot leave that out and will not be focusing on Hanukkah in that chapter of the Bible quiet book project.  I think :)

The candles are lit from right to left in the same way that Hebrew is read from right to left. Ascension Ministries have a heap of good ideas on how to celebrate Hanukkah in a New Testament way!



Find a free template of the Hanukkah menorah felt board play set I made here!

Check out my post on How to Make a Felt Board.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Hello and Welcome to the Bible Quiet Book Project

Hello,


My name is Carissa, and I am mummy to one gorgeous girl Tahlia.  We have a faith and felt obsession, and we'd like to share our creations with you!

When I was in preschool, I made a booklet to take home to my parents at the end of the year.  One section was a page of questions we were asked and the teachers filled in our answers.  My response to "I'm happiest when..." was "when I'm making things."  And its still true today!

What better way to share my faith with my daughter than to make a Bible quiet book?

If its not obvious from my blog title, I am a little obsessive; so if I'm going to make an interactive felt Bible, I'm going to do it properly.  Why stop with just the common stories?  Every children's Bible has the story of Noah's Ark, David and Goliath, and Queen Esther...  Much can be learned from the not-so-common ones, and I'm sure I can find a way to make them interesting and appropriate.  If you have an idea, please post a comment!

There are 1189 chapters in the Bible, and I hope to make one quiet book page per chapter.  This project will probably last the next twenty or so years of my life, but it will be time well spent.

Benefits for you:
Ideas and free templates to inspire your own quiet book creations!
Devotionals in a way you may have never experienced before.
A couple of my friends have said they find listening to me tell the stories of my quiet books very relaxing, so perhaps reading my blog will be that for you too...

Benefits for Tahlia:
Learning Bible stories in a fun way.
Practicing her fine motor and analytical skills.
Bible verse memorization.
Learning her way around the Bible.
I hope Tahlia will love playing with her quiet book for many years to come, but as she grows older, I plan on teaching her how to sew and create her own pages, as well as adding her own posts to our blog.

Benefits for me:
Many of the above.
I find designing and sewing the quiet book pages a great method of stress management.
Bible study - I am learning an amazing amount whilst doing research for each page.
I hope this blog will be a great way for me to share my thoughts on spiritual things with an audience that is interactive!  Feel free to post some comments.



God Bless and Happy Quietbooking!



Nothing is more practical than 
finding God, that is, than 
Falling in Love 
in a quite absolute, final way. 
What you are in love with, 
what seizes your imagination, 
will affect everything. 
It will decide 
what will get you out of bed in the morning, 
what you do with your evenings, 
how you spend your weekends, 
what you read, whom you know, 
what breaks your heart, 
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. 
Fall in love, stay in love, 
and it will decide everything.