Shine Like the Stars

spiralgalaxyGazing at the starry heavens provokes such a sense of awe… the heavens continually declare the glory of God!  There are billions and zillions of stars, more than you can count, yet God knows each one by name.  Whether you use a star theme for one letter or a series of letters throughout the year, this is a great way to tell your child that no matter how many other people there are, God knows and cares for him by name.  Our God who leads out these stars and keeps them so that not one is missing, also leads us and works in our lives with the same strength and power.  And use this star theme to tell your child that he too is a “star”, and to let his life shine brightly!

The most powerful resource about stars I know of to increase your awe of God is Louie Giglio’s message,  Indescribable.  If you haven’t heard this yet, you are in for an incredible treat.  If you haven’t listened to this recently, I encourage you to do so again!  Watch this before writing to your child about stars, because once you do, your heart will be bursting to share with your child about the majesty and greatness of God and His amazing love to be involved in our lives… that he is such a miracle,

 

 Another message by Louie Giglio, How Great is Our God, also

“To whom then will you liken Me,
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
 Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.  Isaiah 40:25,26 NKJV

The universe-making God will hold on and carry you through.

 

Winter –
photos of stars/galaxies – van gogh painting Starry Night – coloring page of Starry Night

Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.  Isaiah 40:26 NKJV

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor. Psalm 8:3-5 NKJV

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.  Psalm 19:1-4 NKJV

song – Indescribable, uncontainable
You placed the stars in the sky
And You know them by name
You are amazing, God

All powerful, untameable
Awestruck we fall to our knees
As we humbly proclaim
You are amazing, God

Read more: Chris Tomlin – Indescribable Lyrics

Spring – 
Abram counting the stars – coloring page/color picture of Abram  – star mobile with promises of God written on each one –

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”  And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.  Genesis 15:1-6 NKJV

He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.  Psalm 147:4 NKJV

Summer –
Star gazing journal for year long record keeping – constellations – gospel in the stars

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Psalm 103:11,12

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.                                                                        The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
 From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
 He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.                                                                                                               Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:6, 8-9,18-19

Autumn – 
Wise men and Christmas star  – Wisemen coloring pages – Christmas card with star and/or wisemen – star ornament

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:  ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’  Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”  When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.  Matthew 2:1-12 NKJV

Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.  Daniel 12:3 NKJV

 

ART

Vincent Van Gogh ~ Starry Night

<p><a href=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg”><img alt=”Van Gogh – Starry Night – Google Art Project.jpg” src=”http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ea/Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg/1200px-Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg”></a><br>”<a href=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg”>Van Gogh – Starry Night – Google Art Project</a>” by <a href=”//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh” class=”extiw” title=”en:Vincent van Gogh”>Vincent van Gogh</a> – <a rel=”nofollow” class=”external text” href=”http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/asset-viewer/bgEuwDxel93-Pg”>bgEuwDxel93-Pg at Google Cultural Institute</a>, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public domain via <a href=”//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/”>Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p>

 

 

 

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