Notice: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Too Young?

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Too Young?” a 20-minute lesson plan, is now posted in the Parents and Teachers section and highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that the biblical basis for confidence in oneself is a belief that with God’s strength all things are possible; study and memorize Bible verses that highlight this principle.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Confidence-2a)


Practical and Powerful Prayer

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-2f

Contributed by R.A. Watterson, based on the writings of Maria Fontaine.
Illustrations by Catherine Lynch. Design by Stefan Merour.

Copyright © 2014 by The Family International


PDF: Practical and Powerful Prayer


Choose Things of Value: Too Young?

Why not read‘Me First’ Values or Heavenly Values? Parts 1 and 2 if you haven’t yet!

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Confidence-2a

Contributed by R. A. Watterson, based on the writings of Maria Fontaine.
Illustrations by Anthony. Design by Stefan Merour.

Copyright © 2014 by the Family International


PDF: Choose Things of Value: Too Young?


Story: Shalise, Part 2

Note: This story uses British spelling.

During the time that Shalise had been there at the wadi, King Almeiro had been true to his word and had often taken that familiar route, stopping at Gran Roca to drink from Shalise and communicate with her out of sight of his entourage.

“Oh my,” he would always say. “My subjects would deem me mad if they were to find me conversing with a goblet!”

After his last meeting with Shalise, however, the king had been concerned at having noticed a restless wistfulness about her and, upon his journey’s return, was overwhelmingly distressed at her disappearance. He offered a kingly reward for her recovery to no avail, and so he replaced Shalise with another silver goblet, which soon became tarnished and failed to reflect the sun and attract the thirsty wanderers.

Meanwhile, Shalise revelled in the maidens’ and their mother’s doting. For many months, they displayed her here and there for their family and certain selected friends, but Shalise began to lose her lustre, causing the girls’ interest in her to wane and to use her merely as a flower vase. Nevertheless, Lexus, as busy as he was and more so every day, still clandestinely communicated with her, but these occasions became briefer and less frequent. 

One evening, looking concerned and rather sheepish, he took Shalise down from her shelf and carried her to the cellar. There, he set her on a table and addressed her as he polished her with a velvet cloth.

“You are unhappy, are you not, Shalise?”

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Story: Shalise, Part 1

Note: This story uses British spelling.

Shalise was the beautiful pride and joy of the great king Almeiro, who reigned over an ancient land many centuries ago. She brought him his evening beverage of choice wine, and he delighted in showing her off to courtiers and delegates who would remark on her sparkling splendour. Upon seeing her, people would describe her as “scintillating,” “perfectly formed” and “exquisite”—although she was fourteen hundred years old!

But Shalise was not a woman; she was not even a person. She was a goblet, a vessel—yes, an inanimate object; a silver chalice intricately engraved with delicate flower designs. And despite her age, no trace of wear, tear or tarnish, nary a scratch marred her loveliness. 

A few centuries ago, a Moorish army captured Shalise from the crusaders, but some years later, one of Almeiro’s ancestral kings rescued her and took her into his royal court, where she had remained ever since. Due to her mystique, many wondered if she was the Holy Grail from which Christ and His disciples had supped the night of His betrayal!

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Thought for the Day: Following Through on God’s Guidance

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Obedience to God-2b

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff. Illustrations by David Komic. Design by Stefan Merour.
Published on My Wonder Studio. Copyright © 2014 by The Family International


PDF: Thought for the Day: Following Through on God’s Guidance