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Monday, November 26, 2012

Jesse Tree Ornament: Nehemiah's Wall

We are participating in a Jesse Tree ornament swap generously hosted by Jessica at Housewifespice.

Our ornament is a Nehemiah, whose symbol is generally a wall.  What on Earth does one do to represent a wall?  Well, this...

*  Grey or tan stiff felt 
*  Glittery black stiff felt 
*  Glittery white stiff felt 
*  Palm tree stickers, if desired
*  Ribbon for hangers
*  A glue gun
*  Permanent marker
*  A straight edge for drawing straight lines
*  (In my case) a husband who can draw

Develop a design for your wall:

Cut out templates and use them to trace the wall, background, and moon onto felt sheets.  
Cut the pieces out.

Use a permanent marker to draw the wall details:

Use a hot glue gun to glue it all together, and then tie on a hanger:

We're looking forward to receiving all of the other ornaments from the swap!

Want to know what we listened to as we crafted our ornaments?

Here is the scripture reading for our ornament:

Nehemiah 13:10-22

English Standard Version (ESV)
10 I also found out that the portions of the Levites had not been given to them, so that the Levites and the singers, who did the work, had fled each to his field. 11 So I confronted the officials and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I gathered them together and set them in their stations. 12 Then all Judah brought the tithe of the grain, wine, and oil into the storehouses. 13 And I appointed as treasurers over the storehouses Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah of the Levites, and as their assistant Hanan the son of Zaccur, son of Mattaniah, for they were considered reliable, and their duty was to distribute to their brothers. 14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God and for his service.
15 In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them on the day when they sold food. 16 Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself! 17 Then I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day? 18 Did not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Now you are bringing more wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”
19 As soon as it began to grow dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath. And I stationed some of my servants at the gates, that no load might be brought in on the Sabbath day. 20 Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice. 21 But I warned them and said to them, “Why do you lodge outside the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you.” From that time on they did not come on the Sabbath. 22 Then I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.

1 comment:

  1. lovely creation! my family will be blessed by your family's time and detail that went into this ornament. ALL FOR!


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