Entries in level 2 lesson plan (62)

Friday
Mar082019

Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Dothan,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Dothan.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Read
Genesis 37:13–17.

Locate the city of Dothan on a map of Old Testament Israel.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Read
Genesis 37:3–11.

Discuss together what the causes might have been for Joseph’s brothers being jealous of him.

Discuss together what Joseph could have done differently concerning the dreams he had.

Explore what steps the brothers might have taken to overcome their understandable jealousy in this difficult situation:

  • They could have ignored Joseph when he began to boast.
  • They might have talked with their father directly about why they felt jealous, telling him how they felt he loved the youngest sons more than them.
  • They might have also told their father how they were hurt by Joseph boasting.
  • It’s possible they took these steps but their father wasn’t able to stop Joseph from bragging. If so, the brothers could have focused more on being thankful for good things in their personal lives and not as much on these difficult issues. Though this would not have solved the problem, it would have made it easier to bear.

Read Genesis 37:12–36.

Point out how originally the brothers had not planned to sell Joseph, and how the oldest brother, Reuben, protected Joseph by having him put in the pit instead of being killed as the others were planning to do.

Discuss how due to the brothers not having dealt with their jealousy of Joseph, they now acted out on it. Explain why it’s important to talk about negative experiences or conflicts with a parent, counselor, or teacher who can help to work out a solution or even just to express a conflict with a responsible individual who can help one navigate difficult situations and emotions. By talking with someone responsible, it allows one to get input on possible steps to take to rectify the situation or look for ways to deal with hurt or misunderstanding.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read 2 Kings 6:8–23 or “Elisha’s Secret Army.”

Recall together the following points from the story:

  • three miraculous occurrences,
  • one act of mercy,
  • the conclusion.

Talk about God’s mighty power that is available for us to call on for help, and how even if we don’t see specifics that show us it is God’s intervention, we know that He’s at work giving us the assistance we need, just as He was there for Elisha and the people of Dothan.

Talk about the power of the mercy shown to the members of the Syrian army.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

View a picture of Tell Dothan in recent times, found here. (You can follow this link to other pictures of Tell Dothan.)

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

Friday
Feb082019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jericho

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Jericho,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Jericho.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Read
Joshua 2 and Joshua 6:1–5.

Ask the children what examples of faith-filled courage they see in these two passages. (For example, Rahab’s courage to hide the spies; later Rahab’s courage to hang the red rope in her window; the priests marching around Jericho with the trumpets.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Read
Luke 19:1–10 and “October Hero of the Month: Zacchaeus.”

Explore with the children why people considered Zacchaeus to be a sinner.

  • You could have them imagine that an invading foreign government was ruling the country where you live and expecting people to pay taxes to the invading country.
  • Explain that Zacchaeus was collecting taxes for a foreign government, Rome, that had invaded their land, and how he likely also overcharged people in order to enrich himself.
  • Now have the children reflect on how surprising it would be for those citizens to see Jesus going to dinner with such a person.
  • Finally, have the children consider how they would feel if they were Zacchaeus and had been shown such love. Read verse 8 again to see what Zacchaeus promised to do to make amends.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:
Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A New Leader and His Undercover Agents.”

Read Hebrews 11:30–31 and ask the children to explain in their own words why Rahab was included in this chapter as a woman of faith.

Read Matthew 1:5–6.

CONCLUSION:
Talk about what these two Bible characters from Jericho (Rahab and Zacchaeus) had in common. (Both were likely looked down on by others for their sins; both received mercy for themselves and their families; both put love into action.)

Additional material: 

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

Friday
Jan042019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Ur

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Ur,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Ur.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Learn more
about the Ziggurat of Ur here.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Study a map
to see the area of the world that is now considered to have been the land of Canaan in the days of Abraham. (Note: The biblical land of Canaan comprises the modern-day countries of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:
Read Genesis 17:1–5 about when God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. See if your child can explain in his own words the reason God gave for changing Abram’s name.

Do you know the story about which land Abraham allowed his nephew Lot to have? (Hint: Genesis 13:1–12.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:
Read Genesis 17:15 where God changes Abraham’s wife’s name from Sarai to Sarah.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 5:
Read Genesis 12:6–7 about Abraham and his family eventually arriving in the land of Canaan.

WRAP UP:
Read Hebrews 11:8–12 where God honors Abraham and Sarah for faithfully following Him.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

 

Sunday
Oct212018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Sum Total of Your Decisions

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn how one may not see the immediate effect of some of the choices one makes, but all choices eventually add up to determine the course of one’s life, which is why one must learn to choose rightly; learn that one has a choice in the way one behaves toward others, and in the daily decisions that one makes. One is able to evaluate the consequences of one’s actions and choose rightly.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Choice and Decision-making-2d)

Start by defining what little and big decisions are. For example, little and/or easy decisions could be:

  • Choosing what game to play.
  • Choosing which outfit to wear for school.
  • Choosing to take a shower before or after dinner.

The bigger the decision is, the longer it may take to think about it. It may also be the kind of decision that one may need help from others to make, such as:

  • Choosing homework before play. (While this may be considered an “easy” decision, it can be difficult to make, depending on a person’s willpower and self-discipline.)
  • Choosing to take proper care of your body through eating right, exercising regularly, and getting quality sleep.
  • Choosing to do the right thing when surrounded by people who are urging you to make the wrong choice.

Remind them that a basic formula to help when making decisions is: Good decisions equal good things; bad decisions equal bad things.

ReadWe Make DECISIONS and They Make Us.”

Read Are Daily Decisions Really That Important?

Remind your children that not all wrong decisions have immediate or lasting bad effects. Making the occasional wrong decision could help them in the process of figuring out what’s right and wrong. But there are wrong decisions they can’t come back from. For example, if they choose an activity that is a risk to their health or well-being, they could become sick or damage their body. If that happens, they may live with the difficult consequences of that decision.

Read YOLO or Carpe Diem?

Discuss with your children the wonderful support they have when it comes to learning and choosing to make good decisions. They have the support of their parents, teachers, and in some cases, their siblings and friends. They also have Jesus and His Word to help guide their life. These support methods can help them choose to do the right thing, but ultimately, the decision process will fall to them. God gave each person the majesty of choice, but He also gave us His Word to help us learn how to make the right choice.

ReadHis Desire, His Plan, Our Happiness.”

You can end with discussing some of the bigger or harder decisions your children are facing and the methods that could help them in their decision-making process. And one thing you can count on: simply praying and committing the decision to God will help. Remind them that often it helps to give more time to the decision-making process; some decisions take a great amount of time to make, and it’s better not to try to rush the process.

Additional reading material:

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Choice and Decision-making-2d

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

Tuesday
Aug212018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hello, Change!

Here is a 30–40 minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Recognize the need for courage in facing and confronting difficult situations; see that courage is a decision to move past fear and to persevere in doing right,” and “Understand that courage enables us to face the daily challenges that are known to us, as well as the unknown fears that we have yet to encounter.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2a,d)

ReadThe Wonders of Change.”

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1. (Focus on the concept that change is inevitable.)

Discuss with your children how change is a natural part of life. Change happens daily and affects the things around us. Ask them to think of things around them that they observe changes in, for example:

  • A banana that wasn’t ripe one
  • Wet clothes that are hung to dry or put in the dryer become dry again.
  • Some animals grow thicker coats of fur for the winter and then shed the extra fur for the summer.

Talk about how some changes could be more difficult to process or accept. For example:

  •  a move to another city,
  •  a friend moving to another school,
  •  a new grade,
  •  the change that happens to your body when going through puberty,
  •  a change in a daily routine or schedule.

Read Change Equals Development.”

Ask your children to think about a change that happens or may happen that they are not too happy about. Come up with ways to help them accept the change and guide them through any negative feelings they may have regarding the change. Maybe talking about the process of the change with you, their parents, will help them to understand it better, or maybe preparing better for the change will make them feel safer and be more ready to accept it.

SeePoster: Change Equals Development.” Have your children think about changes they are experiencing that could be helping them to develop.

Talk about how Jesus can bring us through difficult times of change. Look up these references in your Bible, read them together, and take the time to see how they can apply to your children and help to bring them the comfort and courage they need in times of change:

Note: You can also take time to see which other verses you can find that bring encouragement and strength in times of change.

End with listening to Don’t Worry Be Happy.”

Additional materials:

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Change-2a,d

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

Wednesday
Jun132018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Dealing with Dragons

Here is a 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that courage enables us to face the daily challenges that are known to us, as well as the unknown fears that we have yet to encounter,” and “Learn to recognize and practice courage in everyday situations, and understand that it is a skill that can be developed, which will allow one to face situations that previously had been thought too difficult.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2d,e)

Listen to What Time I Am Afraid.” While listening to the song, have your children reflect on the picture that accompanies this song.

ReadDealing with Dragons.

Discuss with your children some of the feelings they deal with that prevent them from facing bigger or harder challenges. For example:

  • they may feel they will fail at something,
  • they are unsure of where to begin,
  • they don’t understand everything completely and so they prefer not to begin,
  • they fear people will belittle them if they do something wrong.      

Whatever fear they may have, discuss ways or a step they can take toward overcoming or facing their fear. Remind them that sometimes courage grows slowly as they take steps to achieve whatever task they set out to do. With each step they receive more courage and confidence. Also discuss how to call on God’s help or use His help in whatever situation you are discussing.

ReadFeeling Shy?

Discuss with your children how the girl in the story faced her fear when she talked to the new girl, discovering that they had a lot in common and became best friends. Talk about what would have happened if she hadn’t talked with her. Also discuss how scary it seemed to Moses to face Pharaoh, as God commanded, telling him to let the Hebrew people go free. It must have seemed daunting at first, and Moses probably had a lot of questions, but he took the first step and traveled to Egypt, and everything fell into place as he followed the steps God showed him to take.

Talk about this line from “Feeling Shy”: “The more you face your fear, the easier it gets.” Talk about how this applies to your children and the challenges they regularly face. If you think of examples from your own life, share those as well.

Listen to God Is Our Refuge.

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2d,e

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Dealing with Dragons (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Dealing with Dragons (Portuguese)

Friday
Apr132018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: I Will Trust, Part 2

Here is a 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that sometimes God allows difficulties and hardships in one’s life as a test of one’s faith, to cause one to draw closer to Him for help and support, which results in a happier life; learn the importance of trusting God despite difficult circumstances,” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-2d) and “Learn how to trust even when God’s promises don’t seem to be fulfilled; understand the principle of Romans 8:28.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-2e)

Listen / Follow Lyrics How Great is Our God.”

ReadFace the Wind.”

Talk with your children about how Jesus gives “sufficient grace” when a difficulty arises. “Sufficient grace” meaning that when things are going well in our lives, we can feel like we couldn’t possibly survive a certain difficulty. However, if that difficulty were to come our way, Jesus gives the grace and faith needed to go through it. We just need to look to Him, trust Him, and accept His help. You can take this point further by either using an example from your life or reminding your children of an example in their life.

Ask your children to think of a recent challenge or difficulty they have been through in the past that they wished hadn’t happened, and if they discovered something good from having gone through that experience. If they didn’t discover anything good nor felt it taught them to trust, then talk about the experience, and see if you can help them see the good outcome, and how they could learn to trust in God and rely on His love for them.

Read The God Factor.” (Note: It may work better to download the PDF of this article.)

Discuss with your children this aspect of trusting God to provide for His children when they have a legitimate need and how He will come through even when things seem impossible.

Look up these verses and read and discuss them together as you feel led:

  • Joshua 1:8
  • Psalm 9:10
  • Psalm 20:7
  • Romans 15:13

WatchTrust in the Lord.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-2d,e

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2018 The Family International

Friday
Feb092018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: I Will Trust, Part 1

Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that sometimes God allows difficulties and hardships in one’s life as a test of one’s faith, to cause one to draw closer to Him for help and support, which results in a happier life; learn the importance of trusting God despite difficult circumstances,” and “Learn how to trust even when God’s promises don’t seem to be fulfilled; understand the principle of Romans 8:28.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-2d, 2e)

Read Mountain Rescue.”

Ask your children what the conditions were for the boy to be rescued—the main one being, of course, putting his trust in Jesus. But also, he needed to listen to Jesus’ instruction versus being distracted by circumstances, etc. See how many you can find together.

Discuss together how sometimes even when you put your trust in God, things can seem to go wrong. The boy in the story being lifted up by the rope almost fell, but in the end, Jesus came through for him—just as He promised. A good discussion point for this would also be how sometimes it may seem like things don’t work out, or Jesus doesn’t come through for you in the way you had expected, because the solution to the problem doesn’t always go the way you think it should. This is where trusting God takes more faith, knowing that God knows and His plan is always superior to your own.

Watch I Will Trust You.

ReadPut Your Full Weight on God.”

Discuss with your children ways you can put your full weight on God. Talk about how when you do put your full weight on God, that’s when the element of trust really kicks in. Your child may wonder what is meant by putting our full weight on God; if so, take this time to discuss the benefits of trusting God. For example, some of the benefits of trusting in God are the following:

  • it brings peace to your heart,
  • it helps you remain calm when it’s easy to freak out,
  • it helps you set aside the things that you can’t really take care of,
  • and gives you time to focus on those things that you can take care of, etc.

See how many more additional benefits you and your children can come up with.

End with reading these verses found in this “Crazily Cool Card Set: The Nature of God.”

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-2d, 2e

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Copyright © 2018 The Family International

 

Friday
Dec082017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Would You Like to See Jesus?

Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Be able to identify key elements that enhance a Christian’s witness; recognize how a good Christian example can draw others to Jesus: one’s countenance, comportment, and actions all play a part in one’s witness to others,” and “Be able to identify opportunities to share Jesus with others, and how to be ready to do so at any time.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Preaching the Gospel-2d, 2e)

Read Would You Like to See Jesus?

Talking points:

ReadA Thought for the Day: Light Up!

WatchShow Jesus.”

Discuss ways your children can show Jesus to others. It doesn’t always have to be in big or obvious ways. Often it’s the small, considerate, and kind things they do that people will notice. If people are aware they love Jesus, then when they show them how they love Jesus through example, these people may also come to know Jesus and understand His great love.

End with this thought A Thought for the Day: An Important Job?

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Preaching the Gospel-2d, 2e

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Would You Like to See Jesus? (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Would You Like to See Jesus? (Spanish)

Wednesday
Oct252017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Climbing Out of the Dip

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that when one perseveres, great things can be accomplished; if one gives up when things begin to get difficult, nothing great would ever be accomplished.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Perseverance-2a)

Read Follow Your Dreams.

Discuss how following your dreams can seem fun and exciting, and for the most part it will be, but that with almost anything you set your mind to do, you need perseverance and endurance to see it through. No matter how excited you feel at the start of something, often, at some point, you will be challenged and could become tired or discouraged. If you are to see something through to the end, you need to expect it will get difficult, but determine that you’ll persevere? and find a way, or come up with a plan to get out of the dip and push forward.

Watch Katie Discovers the Dip.

Ask your children if they think Katie is in the dip, and how they think she will make it past the dip. Go further and ask your children if they can think of a recent dip they have encountered. It doesn’t have to be a big one. It could be something they feel discouraged about or stuck in. Or if they can’t think of one, you can offer to talk about one from your own life. Recognizing that you are in a dip is the first step, but what are some steps to helping you get out of it?

Read Sticking to the Job = Success!

Discuss how commitment is a huge part of seeing something through to success. Additionally, asking Jesus to help you commit to something—to see it through to the end—will help you to get past the difficulties or obstacles that sometimes make your goals seem way too complicated. But sometimes you can get stuck and not know how to move forward. When that happens, you need to learn how to reflect. Reflection plays a big part in helping you determine what you need in order to get unstuck.

WatchClimbing Out of the Dip.”

Take time to reflect. Now go back to that recent dip your child told you about, or the example you used of a recent dip you went through. Take the time to reflect on it and see what ideas for solutions you come up with on how to climb out of the dip.

Talk about how faith helps you persevere in seeing something to the end. Relying on an extra boost of God’s power can help you climb out of the dips you find yourselves in. You have to believe that you can, and also believe that God can help you see something through to the end. If you find it helpful, tell the child one of your own such experiences.

Read and discuss the verses in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Faith—Stand On It.” Talk about how these verses can instill faith and renew inspiration to continue on no matter how gloomy your child may feel about something. (If you haven’t yet done so, you can print out this page to cut out the cards and color one or all of them.)

Additional material:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

 S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Perseverance-2a

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Copyright © 2017 The Family International

Friday
Aug112017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Adversity Does Not Overcome Me!—Part 2

Note: You can find part 1 of this lesson plan here.

Here is a 15- to 20-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that difficulties, trials, and obstacles are a part of life, and through learning to work through them, one can gain valuable understanding through these experiences; study and memorize Bible verses upon which this principle is based.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Overcoming Obstacles-2a)

ReadGod Gives Victory.”

Talk about how God can help to give us victory when we call on Him. There is nothing that He cannot help us to overcome!

Recall a time in your life, or help your child recall a time in their life, when God helped to give victory when something seemed impossible to overcome or to get through.

Watch The Inspirational Story of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech.

Bring to your child’s attention that, again, not all obstacles are physical in nature, but that two boys in the videos shared some very good tips on how to overcome an obstacle or adversity, whatever it may be. Help your child to recall some of these tips: Focus on the positive, count your blessings, overcome the obstacle; don’t let it overcome you, see the good that has come out of your adversity.

End with reading these articles and claiming the verses: “A Thought for the Day: Defeating Dragons” and “I Will Help You.”

Additional material:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Overcoming Obstacles-2a

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 The Family International

Friday
Jun232017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Adversity Does Not Overcome Me!—Part 1

Here is a 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that difficulties, trials, and obstacles are a part of life, and through learning to work through them, one can gain valuable understanding through these experiences; study and memorize Bible verses upon which this principle is based.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Overcoming Obstacles-2a)

Ask your child what they think an obstacle, adversity, or difficulty may be. Discuss some of the types of obstacles or adversities someone may face in their life—it could be a physical disability, difficulty remembering facts and figures at school, or it could be that they are from a poor country or background where they are often told it can’t get better for them. The conclusion of this short discussion should be that we all face obstacles or adversity, no matter what it is—life is full of them. So what do we do?

Watch Overcoming Obstacles” (YouTube video by Steven Claunch).

Discuss how not everyone has to overcome a physical disability, but as Steven Claunch brought out, there are other obstacles that we each face in our lives that are unique to us. The goal when faced with a big or small obstacle is to not allow the obstacle to overcome us, but for us to overcome the obstacle. Often an obstacle can overcome us when we become negative and focus on what we don’t have, instead of what we do have.

Read Overpowering Negative Thoughts.”

Read Growing Stronger, No. 2: Hidden Fortune.”

Discuss how this story shows that we often find out new things about ourselves—new gifts and blessings—when we hit an obstacle. In the story, Moira discovered that she had a talent for poetry when she thought she would only ever love to dance. Ask your child to think of something they may have discovered about themselves at a time when they were sick or unable to participate in something they had wanted to do. Encourage them to think of a good thing that came out of an adversity they faced.

Study these verses “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Overcoming Difficulties” and “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Overcomers.” Your child might want to choose one or more cards to print and color.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Overcoming Obstacles-2a

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
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