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Naming God

Throughout history God has been known by many names. During the holiday season, families can use the names of God to create memorable ornaments to celebrate His love.

Families can make their first ornament at your holiday celebration. Provide them with ideas to create and collect more ornaments at home.

Stuff: 6-inch wooden dowels, linen fabric, permanent markers, fabric glue, yarn, and photocopies of the Names of God reference sheet.

Have family members create an ornament for the name of God, Jehovah Nissi, which means "the Lord is my banner." Fold one end of the cloth piece over the dowel and secure it with glue. Tie yarn at each end of the dowel for a hanger. Write "Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Is My Banner" at the top of the banner, then have each family member draw a symbol that represents God, such as a rock or a shepherd.

Let's Talk: Say: The names of God in the Bible reveal God's character. Take home this sheet to create more symbols that'll remind your family of how great our God is.

Names of God
El Roi: The God Who Sees

Decoration: A mirror. Add family members' names to the mirror to remind them that God is always watching and protecting them.

El Elyon: God Most High
Decoration: Dollhouse chairs (sold at local craft or hobby stores) painted gold to remind your family that God is King of the universe.

El Adonai: Master

Decoration: Go to the hardware store as a family and pick out a master key and remember that God holds the key to our hearts.

El Shaddai: God Almighty and Source of Comfort

Decoration: Have each family member make a small pillow. Remember that as our pillows bring us rest and comfort when we sleep, God always comforts us.

El Olam: Everlasting and Eternal God

Decoration: A soft pouch with a rock enclosed to remember that God is our solid foundation.

Jehovah: Never-Changing, Self-Existent One

Decoration: Glue blocks together that spell "I AM" and remember that God's love is so big it has no beginning and no end.

Jehovah Rapha: God Who Heals

Decoration: Write the name of each family member on a bandage and tie them together with ribbon.

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