Monday, April 21, 2008

04/21/08 - Craft Idea

Are you looking for a craft to help your pre-teen or young teen understand the concept of emotional purity?

Yesterday, I taught the 7th grade girls at our church. I knew I needed a good visual aid for them and this craft idea came to me.

I gave them each a heart with the words: emotions, feelings, dreams, goals, respect, trust, hopes, passions, and devotion written all over the heart.

Then I gave them a black piece of construction paper with boyfriends written on the top of it. I explained that emotional purity is about guarding your heart, saving it for your mate.

Then I glued their heart to their "high school sweet heart". I explained that our hearts have the ability to stick to boys, I call it heart glue. About five minutes laters we tore the heart off of the boyfriend.

They didn't like how much black they took on their heart and how much red was left on the black paper. I told them that their hearts are left with who ever they date and don't marry.

Then we glued their hearts to their "college boyfriend". He stayed put for about 10 minutes, which allowed it to really dry. When the girls "broke-up" with him, a lot of their hearts tore or ripped.

Then I glued a third boyfriend to their black paper. By this time, most of their hearts were thin, ripped and far from well put together.

As I was sharing more of the concept of emotional purity the girls started picking at the red paper that was left behind on the other two boyfriends. As they were picking I said, "See you're trying to get your heart back, but it's stuck with that boyfriend."

Finally, they ripped their heart off one last time.

At that time I pulled out a white piece of paper with husband written on the top of it. I went around and glued their ripped, thinned hearts on to their husbands.

Here are pictures of the one I tried at home before class:

I finally gave them a piece of paper with a perfect heart glued on to a paper that said husband. I wrote these two verses: Prov. 31:12: She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. And Prov. 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.

I heald up the ripped up heart on one husband and the perfect heart of the second paper. I explained that these are their choices, to save their heart or not.


ScribblinScribe said...

What an excellent visual!

alex said...

oh, that object lessons is wonderful! That is such a great way to teach young people how their hearts need to be whole! My heart has gone on a journey the last few years... and your book was one of the things that helped the most! Thank you so much for writing it! I was just writing a post on emotional purity on my blog for this week, and decided to stop by your blog and see what you had to say... what a post for me to stumble across, the Lord certainly works in mysterious ways, doesn't he??


Alexi said...

What a great visual!!

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arcee said...

my heart definitely looked like that after my college boyfriend and i broke up. :(

i, too, have recently pondered how i can bring my husband good and not harm all the days of my life. i've been asking God what character and opportunities there are in my life today that I can exercise that principle, even though I don't have a husband yet.

Salomé said...

Wow... it sounds very similar to some illustrations we use here for True Love Waits.
Awesome Heather!!!
God bless.

Kristin said...

Wow, what a wonderful illustration. I love this idea! I'll have to try it sometime with my little sisters and their friends (they're just about to enter high school).

Barbara said...

Heather, this is excellent. It is great to have visuals like this one and the sticky tape visual. Keep up the good work.

bonnie said...

This is a good idea, and I plan to incorporate parts of it. I do wonder, however, about the emphasis on preserving our hearts for a husband. I'm 34 and single. To give girls the idea that they will definitely get married and therefore that's why they should guard their hearts is somewhat of a disservice and miscommunication to them. Guarding our hearts is done because God's Word says so.

Julie said...

Something in Bonnie's comment annoys me - I think it's the idea of telling girls "well, you won't necessarily get married". This is the message I heard as a late teen, when marriage was spoken of at all.
As a rule, finding a marriage partner is not something that just magically happens by itself. It's a life decision that has to be prayed over, planned for and actively sought, as much as choosing a college to go to, or finding employment.
There's no shortage of guidance available for young people about education and careers. But we're left to ourselves as far as personal relationships and marriage are concerned. Not all young Christians have Christian parents to advise them, but churches seem reluctant to fill the gap. Even optional classes on the subject would be welcome.

Ruth said...

I know the devestation caused by giving your heart away prematurely to someone that has no right to it..this hits close to home, and being nearly 25 now, my hearts desire to not see young women live the same mistakes.
I will most def use this visual in the future. Thank you for sharing this.

Smelling Coffee said...

I saw this on Pinterest and just had to comment. A wonderful illustration. So glad to have found it. :-)