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80 Fun Stay Home Ideas to Build Relationships with Family and Friends

80 Fun Stay Home Ideas to Build Relationships with Family and Friends

80 Fun Stay Home Ideas to Build Relationships with Family and Friends

The Bible encourages us to love one another, and what better time to draw nearer to the ones we love, then during this stay at home, shelter in place opportunity.

Hebrews 10:24-25

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

80 Fun Stay Home Ideas to Build Relationships with Family and Friends

1. Binge watch your favorite TV series together.

 2. Have a Zoom Game Night with friends or family. Play Charades or Pictionary. Visit tech republic for fun virtual

game ideas.

3. Virtually visit an art museum together. For more info check out elite traveler

4. Bake or cook together. Cook at home with family or invite a friend to Zoom cook a favorite recipe. Start a virtual

cooking  club.

5. Join a virtual painting party with www.paintingparties.com

6. Build a fort and watch a movie in it. For clever fort ideas visit www.realsimple.com

7. Throw a virtual Tupperware party or other party, and include contests. Check out the new catalog and contact a

Tupperware representative at www.tupperware.com

8. Organize a family game night with classic games like Monopoly and Clue.

9. Have a weenie roast in the backyard and make s’mores.

10. Camp in the backyard.

11. If you have a backyard, play Frisbee, horseshoes, or Croquet.

12. Create an obstacle course of miniature golf. For course ideas visit www.pinterest.com.

13. Zoom exercise with friends and family.

14. Create a fitness challenge with friends.

15. Organize cupboards, closets, and drawers and even the refrigerator, together.

16. Find a new Podcast to listen to.

17. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Visit Twin Dragonfly Ideas for more information.

18. Go for a long walk.

19. Walk to pick up breakfast, lunch, or dinner from a favorite restaurant

20. Create and decorate a notebook to use as a daily prayer journal.

21. Read daily devotions. Visit www.Our Daily Bread for Free Daily Devotionals.

22. Start writing to a pen pal. For pen pal ideas visit www.afarmgirlslife.com.

23. Sponsor a child or a family in need. Compassion International is my favorite choice.

24. Make a funny or “how to” video.

25. Clean and organize the garage.

26. Find and listen to a new audio book.

27. Plant a garden.

28. Collect bugs in a bug catcher.

29. Plan a future trip.

30. Do a puzzle.

31. Detail your car and wash a neighbors.

32. Clean the ledges and baseboards in your house.

33. Make a special treat for your neighbors.

34. Watch the sunset and stars.

35. Make sculptures out of clay, together. You can find a beginner’s guide at Artists and Illustrators.

36. Organize a taste test with different foods. You can find ideas and a taste test score sheet at Food and Fun!

37. Make candy or cereal necklaces.

38. Decorate the driveway with sidewalk chalk.

39. Go for a bike ride.

40. Start a virtual book club with friends. Check out Book Riot for discussion questions.

41. Have a backyard picnic.

42. Create at home science experiments. Visit Science Fun for creative ideas!

43. Start a blog.

44. Take an online class like Spanish or Psychology 101. Check out ITalki for classes.

45. Have a dinner date with your spouse in the car.

46. Create an outdoor obstacle course. Playtivities has some great ideas!

47. Find new hiking trails.

48. Have a formal family dinner party and get all dressed up.

49. Create your own table tennis. For more ideas visit Pinterest.

50. Run through the sprinklers.

80 Fun Stay Home Ideas to Build Relationships with Family and Friends

80  Fun Stay Home Ideas to Build Relationships with Family and Friends

51. Pull weeds and clean up the yard.

52. Visit an online aquarium or zoo such as the Bronx Zoo.

53. Karaoke with friends and family.

54. Take an online Love Languages or Spiritual Gifts test and share the outcomes with friends and family.

55. Call someone you have not talked to in a while.

56. Take an online Personality Quiz or IQ test and discuss your scores with friends and family.

57. Give at-home manicures and pedicures.

58. Donate clothes, shoes, toys, and household goods that you never really use.

59. Play tennis.

60. Listen to an audio of the Bible and discuss what you learned with those you love.

61. Color in a coloring book.

62. Take YouTube Dance Lessons.

63. Make Vision Boards together with magazine pictures or pictures printed off the internet.

64. Tell ghost stories by flashlight.

65. Have a paper airplane contest and see whose airplane goes the farthest. There are some fun designs at Fold N Fly.

66. Blow Bubbles.

67. Have an indoor scavenger hunt.

68. Play balloon volleyball. For Balloon Volleyball rules visit www.kidspot.com.

69. Make a craft, together. There are many ideas at www.HGTV.com

70. Create a scrapbook with your favorite pictures.

71. Have a backyard tea party. Martha Stewart has perfect tea party ideas.

72. Act out a Bible Story. The Sunday School Network has already prepared scripts!

73. Create paper bag puppets and create a puppet show.

74. Learn calligraphy or another skill like photography, together.

75. Learn about a new country, its traditions and foods. Cook one of their most popular dishes.

76. Drive by a friends house or a special family member and drop off a treat or special gift.

77. Write a list of 25 things you are thankful for and share your list.

78. Consider adopting a pet.

79. Create an emergency kit and a home fire escape route plan. Visit The Red Cross for kit ideas and The National Fire

       Protection Association to aide in you home escape plan.

80. Learn new stretches at www.self.com and yoga poses at www.prevention.com to improve flexibility. Before breakfast

morning, stretch and practice breathing exercises, together.

Can you think of any other activities that you can do to foster and develop our relationships with those you love? If so, please email us and share your ideas. We would love to add them to this list 80 Fun Stay Home Ideas to Build Relationships with Family and Friends.

Stay healthy and enjoy 80 Fun Stay Home Ideas to Build Relationships with Family and Friends!

Lisa (the Coffee & Bread Team)

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4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

      4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

It is difficult to give thanks to God in all our circumstances, especially when our current circumstances are difficult. Our problems can often distract us from God and cause us to hyper focus instead, on our problems. That’s why it is important for us to intentionally focus on our blessings instead of our miseries.

So, how can we go about redirecting our attitude to that of gratitude…..Let’s talk about 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude.

                 The First of the 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

 

#1 Take time each day to give thanks to the Lord and be glad in it! “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24.

I find it easy to remember to give thanks as part of my quiet time with the Lord. I have set a routine to read my morning devotion while drinking my coffee, followed by a time of journaling my prayers to God.

This journaling routine starts with writing what I am thankful, and telling God that I appreciate all the wonderful provisions he places before me. This daily routine is one of the easiest of the 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude and sets the stage for my day, and has helped me to develop a joyful mindset.

I always try to remember when Jesus healed the ten men with leprosy, only one man remembered to come back and thank Him.

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Luke 17: 7-11.

We want to be that one person who says, Lord, THANK YOU! 

      The Second of our 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

 

#2 Teach ourselves to focus on thankfulness even when circumstances are difficult. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

It’s much easier to moan and groan and complain about our circumstances vs. giving praise and showing gratefulness for them. However, as Christians, believers in Christ, Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to discipline and guide our thoughts. We have to call on Him for help in keeping our thoughts positive and to aide us in refocusing our minds on thanking God for his goodness.

God made us in His image and gave us the mind of Christ. When we surrender control of our thoughts to Christ, He is sure to do a good work in us. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ” 1 Corinthians 2:16.

Keep in mind that disciplining our minds to focus on being grateful takes time and practice from spending time with God and being in His in word….. which leads us to the third of the 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude.

             The Third of our 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

 

#3 Create an attitude of gratefulness through spending time in scripture. When we spend time meditating on God’s word, we take the focus off of our circumstances and put the focus and our thoughts on Him.

A good place to start your time in the scripture is in the Book of Psalms. Psalms is a collection of hymns and poems written by God’s people to express their emotions in different circumstances. Psalms of lamentation or weeping express the author’s crying out to God in difficult circumstances. Psalms of praise, express the author’s feelings of appreciation to God. Thanksgiving psalms usually express the author’s gratitude for a personal deliverance or provision from God.

Write a few of these Psalms down in your journal and reflect on them. Meditate on the psalmists and the expressions of gratefulness that they felt towards the Lord in their circumstances. “Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds” Psalm 119:27.

               The Fourth of our 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

 

#4 Worship. Yes worship! Sing God’s praises. Crank up that worship music and praise Him in song.

I find that when I am focused on the negative and the current unwanted circumstances in my life, if I turn on praise music….all the negative thoughts disappear, and I am enveloped in God’s love.

Worship instantly covers us in the Holy Spirit, our mindsets are shifted to the positive, and we are able to embrace the glorious moment that we are in. So, turn up the tunes and worship the God almighty!

Questions to Ponder:

  1. This week how can you develop a habit of expressing your gratitude to the Lord?
  2.  Find a favorite Psalm, copy it on an index card or in your journal, and mediate on it. How does it apply to you, today?
  3.  Find a worship song that you especially love. Dance, sing, write down the lyrics…take it all in, and let it change you!

-Lisa (Coffee & Bread Team)

 

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4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty

4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty

4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty

During uncertain times, it is part of our human nature to begin to worry and become fearful. It is during these times especially that God calls on us, as His children, to trust in Him. He is a good Father and knows what is best for us. He will not leave us or forsake us. Let’s try some practical daily applications, 4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty,  that will aide us in putting our trust and faith in Him.

#1 Lean not on your own understanding

Our first of the 4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty is to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). We live in a world where people have to earn our trust. We do not give our trust away freely. We have been conditioned to question the intentions of those around us, and to be uncertain of the validity of their actions.

Most of us have experienced disappointments, which have taught us that we can only depend upon ourselves. The world tells us we have to be strong and independent, but the Bible tells us the opposite. God’s word teachers the opposite! God word’s teaches us to rely on God. “For I, the Lord, your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” (Isaiah 41:13)

Sometimes trusting God completely can be difficult. So, each day we must consciously set aside plans and make the time to practice putting our trust and faith in Him. So, what better way to do that than to spend time in prayer!

#2 Pray for Trust and Faith 

The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Merriam Webster’s definition of faith is “the belief in something for which no proof exists.”  And continued the definition as defining faith as “the belief and trust in God.”

Looking at the dictionaries definition of faith, we can see that faith is derived from the word trust. Therefore, if we can focus and commit to increasing our trust in God, our faith in God will ultimately expand exponentially!

Merriam Webster’s definition of trust is “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.”

So, trust means believing in someone’s character, strength or truth. It also means having confidence that the person is good and honest without having any intent in harming us.

Therefore, based on the above definitions, we can deduce that trust is developed as we interact and get to know someone better. Ultimately, we can only believe in someone’s character by getting to know them, interacting with them, spending time with them.

That leads us to our next of the 4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty application, putting God first!

#3 Put God First as one of the 4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty

How do we put God first in our lives? We spend time in His word. We read our Bible! (Romans 10:17), “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Our quiet time with the Lord will transform our lives. It will build a relationship with Him, and the closer we draw to Him, the more of Him we will desire. How do we build closer relationships with the people around us? We spend time with them! We get to know their character, and eventually we develop trust in them.

When was the last time any of us stopped and reflected on how we are using our time? Have we been putting Him first with our time? Do we dedicate time every day to scripture reading and prayer, or do we spend our time watching TV or on Social Media sites? By spending time in scripture, God will give us the peace we are looking for. His word will comfort us.

#4 Keep a Journal

The last of the 4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty is to keep a journal of every time God answers a prayer in our life. Each time God fulfills a promise in His Word, write it down. Every time He brings about something good in our life, write it down. Every time he answers a prayer we have asked Him, write it down.

Don’t rely on our memory. Create written evidence of our requests and our praises, so that we can visually see how God moves in our life. I John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”. Build our trust and faith in Him based on His truths in our life. Give ourselves something to look back on, actual proof that God can and should be trusted.

Apply these 4 Practical Ways to Trust God During Uncertainty and watch our faith and trust grow!

-Lisa (The Coffee and Bread Team)

Questions to ponder:

When can I create a quiet time to read God’s word and spend time in prayer?

Make a list of areas in my life in which I need to place my trust in God. Write my list in a journal. Add my prayers to the journal.

 

 

 

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God is Always on Our Side!

God is always on our side

Conviction vs. Condemnation- God is Always on Our Side

God Never Condemns, God is Always Our Side!

God is not judging us, God is always on our side!. John 12:47 “I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not judge it”. God will never condemn his children. He is the example of what a perfect loving father is. A godly and loving earthly father praises, lifts up, encourages, and inspires, so how much more can we expect from our heavenly father? A LOT MORE! God came to save us not condemn us. Romans 8:1 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” And we belong to him!

Satan, the Great Condemner!

Satan is the great condemner. He is the one who whispers negative thoughts into our ears. Satan points out our faults, calls us losers, and reminds us of our imperfections. Satan causes us to second guess what God calls us to do, saying we are not good enough or well-equipped enough. The Bible calls Satan “the accusing of the brethren” Revelations 12:10.

God Convicts…God is Always on Our Side

God is Always on our side! God’s conviction leads us to repentance. The guidance of the Holy Spirit speaks to us, reminding us of God’s will and desire for our lives. Romans 2:4 “Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?’ God’s conviction guides us to see that we have made a mistake, and He is waiting to forgive us. His arms are open and calling us into them. The offer, His offer of unconditional love and acceptance. God is always on our side!

Isaiah 30:18 “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits to have compassion on yo  .For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” Our Father in heaven is always waiting with open arms to embrace us, hear us, and forgive us.

The Difference Between Conviction and Condemnation

Webster’s dictionary states the definition of conviction as “The fact or condition of being without doubt, surety.” It also states the definition of condemnation as being, “The expression of very strong disapproval” and “The action of condemning someone to punishment and sentencing”.

Conviction shows us the answer. It is surety without doubt for the love that the Lord Jesus has for us! Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Conviction reminds us that Jesus Christ shed his blood for our sins! He died for us! God is always on our side!

Condemnation shows us the problem. It yells at us that we are losers, failures, and not worthy! There are no answers in condemnation. Condemnation is punishment, a sentencing, a finality, and ultimately death!

Ahhh! The Holy Spirit. God is Always on our Side

When we ask Jesus to be the Lord of our lives, the Holy Spirit resides within us. The Holy Spirit reminds us that we are loved, unconditionally, and the children of the King. God is always on our side! Satan has no hold on our lives because we belong to the Lord! 2 Corinthians 7:10 “For Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret.”

So, DON”T let Satan make you feel guilty! Instead, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and come to the Father for forgiveness! He is waiting with open arms. Wow! How blessed are we to have the unconditional love and acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is always on our side! Rebuke condemnation and embrace conviction and His unconditional love!

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What choice have you made recently in which you felt condemned?
  2. What choice have you made recently in which you were convicted?
  3. How can you discern between conviction and condemnation?

We pray this week that God will clearly give you the discernment between conviction and condemnation, and if you would like us to pray for you, please email or message us on Facebook. And remember…God is Always on Our Side!

-Lisa (The Coffee & Bread Team)

 

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Always Watch Your Tongue!

Watch Your Tongue!

Always Watch Your Tongue!

That little organ, our tongue, that resides in our mouths that God gave us to speak and taste with. That wonderful pink palate that brings sweet and savory splashes of joy into our lives. Yep! That little organ has the ability, with its words, to destroy or lift up the spirit of others. So, Always Watch Your Tongue!

 

7000 Words…Always Watch Your Tongue!

Furthermore, did you know that the average person uses their tongue to speak at least 7000 words a day with many people speaking much more than that! Oh! rust me, I know a few people that speak twice that many words. Our tongue and all the words we speak is the reason that God gave us 1 Peter 3:10 “For Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech”. God tells us in His Word that our tongues have the incredible power to bring blessings in our life or to bring curses. And we have all, at one time or another used it to bring curses! So, Always Watch Your Tongue!

 

Regret

Remember that saying, “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is without a doubt untrue. Words hurt! Always Watch Your Tongue! Proverbs 12:18 says “Speaking rashly is like a piercing sword”...ouch! Our tongues can be the hardest thing to control and can leave us with the greatest regret. But there is good news! The Bible tells us that with the help of the Holy Spirit we can have power and control over our tongue. Praise Jesus for that! God always provide guidance and examples for righteous living through His Word. We can count o that!

 

For Example

The other day I was pulling out from our housing tract, when a lady made a quick left hand turn in front of me. I slammed on my brakes to avoid colliding with her. She proceeded to yell a few nasty remarks while waving a rude hand gesture at me!

At that split moment in time I had two choices in which I could have made. One, I could have yelled back at her and possibly waved my own rude hand gesture. Or two, I could take the high road and do what Jesus would want me to do….ignore her, turn the other cheek, adios muchacha! I chose to take the high road. I know Jesus would not have wanted me to not get angry and lose my temper in the situation.

 

God’s Manual

Thankfully, we as Christians have a manual that God has given us….the Holy Bible! A life manual that helps us navigate our way through this crazy place called Earth. It is so important that we, as Christian’s, display the heart of Jesus with our actions and our words. We need to practice being more like Him. So, Always Watch your Tongue!

 

Challenge Yourself

So, make yourself a promise to be mindful of your words and to watch your tongue. Remember that your words can bless those around you with joy or they can impart hurt and leave you with great regret.
Now, go out into this world and speak some Jesus love into people, and use those 7000 words of yours to evoke encouragement, inspiration, and love!
-Lisa (Your Coffee and Bread Team)

Questions to Ponder During the Week:

  1. In what ways can you use your words to bring encouragement and praise?

  2. Think about a situation that recently occurred in which your words did more harm than good. How could you have changed that situation to reflect Christ’s image in you?

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Welcome to Coffee & Bread!

Welcome to Coffee & Bread!

We are so excited to be here with you and to serve you up some inspiration, Biblical life applications and encouragement!

It is so important as Christian women, that we carve out quiet time each day to mediate on the Lord’s word and immerse ourselves in prayer. I know I like to think of it as time to serve me up some “Jesus Java” and dive into a slice of His ‘Living Bread”.

So, please join us regularly as we post devotional blogs and words of encouragement…..because together we are better!

Blessings and Love,

Lisa & Sam -Your Coffee & Bread Team