Coloring Contest: Design a Costume for Sprout!

Coloring Contest: Design a Costume for Sprout!

Design your very own costume for Sprout!

Hey kids! Are you a budding artist or fashion designer? We’ve got a coloring contest just for you!

We need YOUR help to design a new outfit for Sprout!  Sprout is the cute little bean who guides children on adventures through the Sproutville Bible App. Sprout is your guide through the stories of Noah, Moses, Esther and the Life of Jesus!

All all great characters, Sprout needs some new clothes, designed by YOU!

From your favorite superhero to a princess to a tutu paired with sneakers, your imagination is the limit!

The winning design will be added to Sprout’s wardrobe in the Sproutville app for iPhones and iPads! Imagine seeing Sprouts all around the world dressed in your design!

Pretty fantastic, right?

To enter the contest follow these steps:

  1. Print out the Sprout Design Coloring Contest page here. (Or right click on the image below to save and print.)
  2. Get creative! Use crayons, markers, paint, stickers, or fabric to create a design for Sprout.
  3. Scan or photograph your design, and submit it on our Facebook page (the tab says: Photo Contest)  Ask your friends to vote for your design on Facebook!
  4. Share the contest with your friends and enter as many times as you like! Sprout loves new clothes; so the sky is the limit!

This contest runs until October 31st. We’ll also be awarding free Sproutville subscriptions to outstanding coloring contest designs!

Are you new to Sproutville? You can download our app in AppStore (although not required to enter!) and let your children explore all the amazing Bible adventures in a fun, child friendly application. Sprout is their tour guide through the journeys of the world’s greatest heroes! The application features reading, music, games and printable coloring pages to take the learning offline. In Sproutville, children can sow the seeds of faith while reading the greatest story ever told! 

Coloring Contest: Design a Costume for Sprout!

#FaithfulFriday: Sharing the Faithful Bloggers Group Writing Project

#FaithfulFriday: Sharing the Faithful Bloggers Group Writing Project Every Friday, 4Soils will share a post about living the faith. Join us for #FaithfulFriday!

Faithful Bloggers is a fantastic networking and support group for bloggers who are dedicated to blogging as a mechanism to share their faith and the good news. Throughout the year, Faithful Bloggers puts together a group writing project showcasing short pieces from member writers. This summer, Faithful Bloggers put together a compilation of over 20 short essays called Messages of New Growth. You can download a copy of “Message of New Growth” here. We think it is the perfect summer read to inspire you through this summer season and into the Fall!

Contributors include:

Enjoy and Happy #FaithfulFriday!

Do you have a story of faithful and devotion to share? Submit it to #FaithfulFriday as a guest post! For more details, email: blog@4soils.com

 

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 29

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 29Welcome to the 4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! We can’t wait to see what great summer inspiration you have to share.

Last week there were great posts shared from Momma LewA Life in Balance,  Mommy Entourage, and Yoke.

Stay tuned to the 4Soils blog all summer long for great content from the best bloggers around: YOU! As you travel and explore this summer with your families, don’t forget to take along Sproutville, available from the App Store! Sproutville, the Bible Playground, is the perfect wholesome app for your children. This week we are excited to announce some great new content including new chapters in the story of Moses and new verse songs from our friends at Awana.

On Thursday, join us on our Facebook page to chat about singing with your children! We will be posting questions beginning at 9 a.m.!

Rules for the Link Up:

The 4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up opens every Tuesday throughout the Summer.

  • Link up any post with a Summer time theme–recipes, crafts, homeschooling tips, field trips, vacations, destinations, inspiration, Bible verses or lessons.
  • Content should be family friendly.
  • Be sure to check back and comment on the other linked posts!
  • Share with your network!

Happy Linking!

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 22

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 22

Welcome to the 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! We can’t wait to see what great summer inspiration you have to share.

Stay tuned to the 4soils blog all summer long for great content from the best bloggers around: YOU! As you travel and explore this summer with your families, don’t forget to take along Sproutville, available from the App Store! Sproutville, the Bible Playground, is the perfect wholesome app for your children.

Rules for the Link Up:

The 4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up opens every Tuesday throughout the Summer.

  • Link up any post with a Summer time theme–recipes, crafts, homeschooling tips, field trips, vacations, destinations, inspiration, Bible verses or lessons.
  • Content should be family friendly.
  • Be sure to check back and comment on the other linked posts!
  • Share with your network!

Happy Linking!

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 15

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 15Welcome to the 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! We can’t wait to see what great summer inspiration you have to share.

Stay tuned to the 4soils blog all summer long for great content from the best bloggers around: YOU! As you travel and explore this summer with your families, don’t forget to take along Sproutville, available from the App Store! Sproutville, the Bible Playground, is the perfect wholesome app for your children.

Rules for the Link Up:

The 4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up opens every Tuesday throughout the Summer.

  • Link up any post with a Summer time theme–recipes, crafts, homeschooling tips, field trips, vacations, destinations, inspiration, Bible verses or lessons.
  • Content should be family friendly.
  • Be sure to check back and comment on the other linked posts!
  • Share with your network!

Happy Linking!

Summer Road Trip Link Up July 8

Summer Road Trip Link Up July 8Welcome to the 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! We can’t wait to see what great summer inspiration you have to share.

Stay tuned to the 4soils blog all summer long for great content from the best bloggers around: YOU! As you travel and explore this summer with your families, don’t forget to take along Sproutville, available from the App Store! Sproutville, the Bible Playground, is the perfect wholesome app for your children.

Rules for the Link Up:

The 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up opens every Tuesday throughout the Summer.

  • Link up any post with a Summer time theme–recipes, crafts, homeschooling tips, field trips, vacations, destinations, inspiration, Bible verses or lessons.
  • Content should be family friendly.
  • Be sure to check back and comment on the other linked posts!
  • Share with your network!

Happy Linking!

Guest Post: The Rough Side of the Mountain

Guest Post: The Rough Side of the MountainPlease join us in welcoming Faith & Family Guest Blogger Brandi Jeter-Riley. In this season of celebrating American independence, it is easy to lose sight of how much God needs us and how much we need him. We are never alone–and when we try to be totally independent, we make things harder than necessary. 

Every Sunday when I was growing up, I would listen to gospel music on the radio with my Grandmom before we went to church. This was before the days of internet radio, and back when you could only hear gospel music on AM stations except for Sunday mornings. My favorite song was “Rough Side of the Mountain”. I loved to hear my grandmother sing it, and I would dig deep into my soul to my Southern roots and sing right along with her.

Guest Post: The Rough Side of the Mountain

The lyrics, “I’m coming up on the rough side, of the mountain. I must hold to God. His powerful hands. I’m doing my best to make it in.” spoke to me even at a young age. It’s not that my childhood was terrible, but there were definitely some challenging parts. My parents were super young when they got married and had me, so in a lot of ways, we were growing up together. Fortunately, I was raised to know Christ at an early age, so even when the going got tough, I knew that I could “hold to God”. It wasn’t until I was older, though, that the song really resonated with me on a deeper level.

I was thinking about “the rough side of the mountain” earlier today, and about how, sometimes I climb up the part of the mountain that is more rocky and more dangerous than normal. It’s not because I have no choice, but it’s because I let pride or shame or fear stop me from taking God’s hand and letting Him guide me. Listen, I expect mountains. The Bible tells us in Genesis 3:16-19 that we will face difficult times, but even still God will  be here for us. The thing is, I often make things even more difficult than they even have to be. Trying to lean to my own understanding….honey! Let me just tell you, that is the fastest way to find yourself stuck on the side of a rough, rocky mountain with no safety harness.

I’m learning to let go and let God lead me. I’m trying to decrease myself and be patient and make moves when He tells me to move, as opposed to when I think it’s time. I’m trusting in Him, and I’m letting Him be my safety. We all know that mountains are dangerous, and I’m not trying to fall.

Do you allow God to guide you, or are you trying to climb the mountain alone? 

Guest Post: The Rough Side of the MountainMeet Brandi 

Brandi Jeter-Riley lives in Northern California with her daughter and husband (both of whom she shamelessly posts pictures all over the internet!). She is the co-founder of the Pushing Lovely writing group, and blogs at http://www.mamaknowsitall.com. Brandi is passionate about community and education, and is a champion for authenticity. Tweet her @BrandiJeter, follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mamaknowsitall and find her on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/mamaknowsitall

 

4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up – July 1

4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up   July 1

Happy July 1 and welcome to the 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! We can’t wait to see what great summer inspiration you have to share.

Stay tuned to the 4soils blog all summer long for great content from the best bloggers around: YOU! As you travel and explore this summer with your families, don’t forget to take along Sproutville, available from the App Store! Sproutville, the Bible Playground,  is the perfect wholesome app for your children.

Rules for the Link Up:

  • The 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up opens every Tuesday throughout the Summer.
  • Link up any post with a Summer time theme–recipes, crafts, homeschooling tips, field trips, vacations, destinations, inspiration, Bible verses or lessons.
  • Content should be family friendly.
  • Be sure to check back and comment on the other linked posts!
  • Share with your network!
  • Happy Linking!

 

Summer Bible Printables and Activities from 4soils: Jonah and the Giant Fish

Keeping your children busy all summer long can challenge even the most prepared parent!  It can be especially hard to keep your children in the routine of Biblically based learning as summer schedules for Sunday School, church and family vacations take you out of your normal routine.

Sharing the classic stories from the Bible in a fun engaging way can keep children interested, thinking and asking about how God is always present–whether it is summer time or Christmas time.

Throughout the Summer months, we will share some of the best resources, printables and activities for your children. Stay tuned as 4Soils releases even more fantastic Biblical content, including Joseph, The Cross, The Prodigal Son and much, much more!

This week, we’d love to share some great ways you can share lessons from Jonah and the Giant Fish with your children.

Summer Bible Printables and Activities from 4soils: Jonah and the Giant Fish

The story of Jonah is about God asking Jonah to obey His will and at the same time to love people he did not like very much. It is a great lesson for young children; and one they can carry into adulthood!

1. Share the scripture. Jonah is a very short book of the Old Testament. Chapters 1 and 2 share the story of Jonah and the Giant Fish. Chapters 3 and 4, further the story to talk about the conversion of Nineveh, Jonah’s anger and his subsequent understanding that God calls us to love everyone: each those we do not like.

2. Let your children experience the story of Jonah themselves. Your young readers could explore the story in an easy reader children’s Bible. Or download Sproutville or the stand-alone Jonah and the Giant Fish app from the App Store and let your children hear the story, read the story and play in the story.

3.  Print our fantastic coloring page printables or our prayer cards. The coloring pages are a great quiet time activity to unwind and unplug for the day. The Prayer Card printables are a great way to sit with your child and work on prayer skills. For the story of Jonah, the prayer card printable asks your children to list how they can love one another. Fill it out. Pray together. And then hang the prayer card somewhere that your child can see it. Everyday before the offering the prayer, ask your child if they have any additions to the list or if they found themselves loving someone new.

4. Take it to the world. Use your prayer card to inspire action. Have your children make a card for a child who might annoy them. Or ask them to invite someone new to a playdate or to the playground. For more ideas on talking to your children about the story of Jonah, check out our full parent resource guide here. 

We’d love to hear your ideas for talking about Jonah with your children! Please share your ideas below!

 

 

 

 

Summer Road Trip Link Up: 6/24

Summer Road Trip Link Up: 6/24Welcome to the 4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! Share your favorite summer posts below. Each week, we gather the best summer time content around. Have a favorite Bible Verse that gets you through the long, hot days? Have a go-to summer time activity to keep your kids occupied? Or do you have a favorite destination you want everyone to know about? Share your link below!

And while you are busying road tripping to all those fabulous places, don’t forget to download Sproutville, from the App Store! Sproutville, the Bible Playground,  is the perfect wholesome app for your children.

Rules for the Link Up:

  • The 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up opens every Tuesday throughout the Summer.
  • Link up any post with a Summer time theme–recipes, crafts, homeschooling tips, field trips, vacations, destinations, inspiration, Bible verses or lessons.
  • Content should be family friendly.
  • Be sure to check back and comment on the other linked posts!
  • Share with your network!
  • Happy Linking!