Saturday, March 25, 2017

Prince of Peace - Peace at Home


 I sat down at the computer to escape the incessant teasing, whining, bickering and murmuring that has filled my home this week.  That is when I saw the announcement from mormon.org about their #PRINCEofPEACE initiative.  That's what I need.  That's what my home needs.  I can't wait to introduce each of the eight principles to my family and watch the corresponding videos: faith, compassion, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude, God's word, prayer and hope.  (Although my family, as most families, struggle with the daily peace and harmony within the home, read a post on how I received "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" during the passing of three of my children.  This is a peace and understanding that permeates my home, even when small disputations threaten the quiet of my home.)

I created a peaceful home made up of pieces of each of those elements.  During the Holy Week, with my kids each morning, we will take the corresponding piece, show the daily video and discuss how we will implement that value during the day.  At dinner, we'll talk about what worked and how it changed the feeling in our home.  As we each make a concerted effort the invite the Prince of Peace into our home and live the principles of peace, I know that our home will be a peaceful place (Although I'm sure it still won't be quiet!  But happy laughter and voices are sweet music to the soul.)

I've created the Peace at Home image in both black and white and color.  See the links below.

In addition to this mini lesson/activity to use during the week, I created a corresponding Prince of Peace mini Shout Out Game to help us remember each of the essential 8 principles of peace.  In mini Shout Out, each card has one and only one match to every other card in the deck.  (There are 4 images on each card).  Players race to find their match and shout out.  Whoever finds their match first, takes the card.  The player with the most cards wins.  Great for kids, teens and adults - a great family game.
 The free Prince of Peace mini edition has 13 images:  Crown (Prince), Dove (Peace), Book (God's Word), Family Praying, Heart (Compassion), Sun (Hope), U-turn (Repentance), Hug (Forgiveness), Peaceful Home, Thank You note (Gratitude), People Hugging World (World Peace), Smiley face with two fingers up (Peace Sign), and Seed (Faith)
 After playing several rounds of Shout Out, I will print out and cut up the image map with each of the principles.  I will place them around the house on mirrors, the refrigerator, doors, etc, as reminders of what we need to do to have a peaceful house.  Plus, we'll play Shout Out on different days for a fun reminder.  (Better than my nagging ... that alone should lead to more peace!)

Finally, as we feel that promised peace, we want to share it with others.  Either each day, or at the end of the week, I will have each person fill out our "I feel peace when ________" form and I will encourage them to share it online on social media.

I can't wait for Holy Week to start ... actually I won't wait.  We're starting tomorrow!  (although, I guess I have to wait for Holy Week to watch the videos from mormon.org)

Looking for more great ideas.  Lots of bloggers are sharing their ideas and resources for Holy Week.  See the Red Headed Hostess  or Chicken Scratch n Sniff for lots of great ideas or search the hashtag: #PrinceofPeace



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Looking for more Easter and religious fun?
Easter Shout Out    Symbols of Christ Shout Out 
Check out Holiday games!
Religious/LDS games!
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There are also fun learning games, including ABCs, numbers, and world languages at www.etsy.com/shop/RiseandShout 


May your Easter be filled with the peace which comes from the Prince of Peace,
Melanie
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