Pray & Ponder

Restoration Anglican Church

Pray and Ponder is a podcast for kids and the grownups who love them.

Pray and Ponder is produced by a bunch of grownups who love our kids at Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, VA. Join us on a Sunday, at 9, 11, or 5.

Pray and Ponder Intro
Trailer 3 min 59 sec

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I wonder about a time you may have run away or tried to hide from God? I wonder if there is a time when you wanted to argue with God? I wonder what you notice about how God is with you, even when you try to go away from him? Follow along as we read about a time the prophet Jonah ran away from God and a time when Jonah argued with God as we wonder about how our God is a God who is with us. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Nov 30

18 min 52 sec

I wonder if you’ve ever had something unexpected happen to you? I wonder how you respond to unexpected things? Follow along as we read from 2 Kings 5 and see the unexpected ways God is at work in the life of a man named Naaman -- changing not just his outsides but his insides, too. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Nov 22

17 min 24 sec

I wonder what silence sounds like to you? I wonder what you hear in the silence? Follow along as we read from 1 Kings, the Psalms, and the Gospel of Mark and see and hear how God speaks. Come! Let's listen and talk to God as we pray and ponder. Together. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Nov 15

16 min

I wonder if you’ve ever seen something so powerful that it changed the way you thought about things? I wonder if it changed what -- or rather who -- you put your trust in? Follow along as we read 1 Kings 18 from the Old Testament and witness the power of God and how His power changed the hearts of those who worshiped something else other than God. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together.   Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Nov 8

18 min 48 sec

I wonder if you’ve ever taken a wrong turn and gotten lost? What did you do when you discovered that you were not where you needed to be? Today's story shows us where to turn -- to whom we should turn -- when we see how our "wrong turns" land us in a place where we should not be. Follow along as we read Numbers 20-21 from the Old Testament and reflect on what it means that the Lord always makes a way to save us. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Nov 2

18 min 36 sec

I wonder if you’ve seen a situation differently from others because of what you believe? In today's story, we'll see how Joshua and Caleb see things differently because of what they believe about WHO God is -- loving and kind, trustworthy and true, a faithful promise maker and promise keeper. I wonder what you'll -- uh -- SPY as you listen today? Follow along as we read parts of Numbers 13:1-14:38 from the Old Testament and reflect on what it means to trust God and enter his rest. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together.  

Oct 25

17 min 16 sec

Have you ever noticed a shadow that made you wonder what the actual thing making the shadow was like? In today's story, we'll take a look at God's love for his people and how laying out the best ways to live show us who God is AND create a shadow that hints at his ultimate rescue of his precious people. I wonder what you'll notice -- as a shadow or in full -- as you listen today? Follow along as we read parts of the Old and New Testament and reflect on the rules and laws that God laid out in Exodus and Leviticus. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together.   Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Oct 18

18 min 38 sec

Do you ever wonder about God's power that is both gentle and mighty? In today's story we'll hear about the ways in which God sees and listens and rescues as he keeps his promise to protect his special people. I wonder what you know about God's gentle and mighty power? I wonder where you have seen that kind of power? Join us today as we look at God's faithfulness to Moses and God's power at work in and through him. Follow along as we read portions of Exodus 1-14. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Oct 11

31 min 32 sec

Do you ever wonder what it means to be a promise maker and a promise keeper? God, who is faithful and true, is the BEST promise maker and promise keeper! He promises things and he follows through on those promises -- no matter how much time there is between when he makes that promise and when he keeps it. He tells us in today's story that he has given a reminder of his promise to us. But I wonder if there are ways you see and know God's promise? I wonder how he reminds you of his love and faithfulness? Join us today as we remember together God's promises and how he not only reminds us but also shows us his love as the very best promise maker and promise keeper. Follow along as we read portions of Genesis 6-9. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together.  

Oct 4

20 min 42 sec

Do you ever wonder about how God made us -- and what that tells us about how he feels about us? Do you ever wonder about that perfectly perfect relationship with the God who created us and how it was broken? Do you ever think about the whole story from God's perspective? Join us today as we wonder together about God's BIG love for us and what that love looks like. Follow along as we read from Genesis 1:26-2:25; 3:1-24. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together.  

Sep 27

24 min 44 sec

Do you ever think about all the things that God made? I wonder if you have a favorite thing that he created? Join us as we wonder together about the ways God made the world and everything in it and what that tells us about WHO God is! Follow along with these scriptures as we read from Genesis 1:1-28, 31; Genesis 2:1-3 and begin at the beginning to tell God's BIG story of his BIG love for his people. Come! Let's pray and ponder. Together.   Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Sep 20

15 min 58 sec

Do you ever wonder why we say the three most important things at the end of each episode of Pray & Ponder? Do you ever wonder what those words really mean? Join us today as we listen to God's Word that tells us that "God really does know you! He's crazy about you! And he goes with you everywhere!" Follow along with these scriptures. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Sep 16

15 min 6 sec

Wild Wondering With God — Episode 10 — clouds write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet do some creative or playful things: stretch out on a blanket and look up at the clouds in the sky try these experiments to make clouds at home learn how to paint a “happy little cloud” with Bob Ross read with a buddy or by yourself: watch this read aloud of Little Cloud by Eric Carle read Clouds by Anne Rockwell read this National Geographic book Explore My World: Clouds by Marfe Delano read a biography of Luke Howard The Man Who Named the Clouds by Julie Hannah read Wayside School: Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar for some silly humor share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide

Sep 3

13 min 58 sec

Wild Wondering With God — Episode 9 — ROCKS write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet do some creative or playful things: clean some rocks paint rocks stack some flat rocks to build a cairn read with a buddy or by yourself: read A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston read Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig read Banner In the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman — an adventure story read aloud for older elementary kids share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide

Aug 27

9 min 26 sec

Wild Wondering With God — Episode 8 — trees write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet do some creative or playful things: climb a tree and see how the view changes make a neighborhood tree identification guide using this online tool for help if you need it do a bark rubbing play this game in an area with several trees: In pairs, have one person blindfolded and another person lead the blindfolded person through the wooded area to a tree. Have the blindfolded person touch and feel the tree. Then lead the blindfolded person back to the ‘start’. Have the blindfolded person take off the blindfold and guess which tree they touched. head here for a TON of ideas to have fun outside read with a buddy or by yourself: read The Things That I Love About Trees by Chris Butterworth study The Magic and Mystery of Trees by Jen Green, a non-fiction lovers book for sure travel to the Rain Forest by reading The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry read Mrs. Peanuckle’s Tree Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle, a great concept book that introduces all types of trees gather around to read Little House In the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide  

Aug 20

12 min 12 sec

Wild Wondering With God — Episode 7 — birdsong write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet do some creative or playful things: scroll down to capture the instructions and inspiration for creating mixed-media bird nests grab a paper lunch bag, roll down the sides to make a nest, then gather and fill and “feather” your nest with found treasures be inspired to work like a bird to weave your own nest read with a buddy or by yourself: read Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo read A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston read All Kinds of Nests by Eun-gyu Choi  read A Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies which is a more text-rich picture book biography  gather together for a read aloud of Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide

Aug 13

15 min 54 sec

write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing:  print these journal response pages as a booklet do some creative or playful things: make a bee-utiful craft while also working on those fine motor skills make a dragonfly with a straw and some paper go on a bug hunt to see what kinds of insects you can find  stay up late to watch or catch lightning bugs read with a buddy or by yourself: The Strange Tale of Ben Beesley by Restoration’s own Matt McNeil is a MUST READ. Full of the Gospel and hope in the midst of grief.  read Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi with those closest to the ground, able to notice and marvel at the tiniest things read A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide

Aug 6

13 min 46 sec

write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet do some creative or playful things: here are some nature play ideas for littles play with colors and textures — and grow independence — as you do a little floral arranging read with a buddy or by yourself: read aloud together The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser — a sweet chapter book about transformation read Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn as you follow a seed to flower story  check out The Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer with its beautiful illustrations and bits about botany share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide

Jul 30

11 min 48 sec

write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet do some creative or playful things: make some art like Eric Carle, inspired by his book The Tiny Seed grab a little bag of seeds and sort and classify them: How are they alike? How are they different? Use this site on seeds to help you understand more in depth. gather some fallen treasures to create nature sculptures do some sorting, predicting, and sprouting with seeds read with a buddy or by yourself: read Seeds Move! by Robin Page read A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston read aloud together as a family as you huddle around The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide

Jul 23

12 min 20 sec

write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet do some creative or playful things: create a water-based sensory bin for younger kids check out these ideas for water play for older kids here are some wonderful ways to explore with watercolors quench your thirst with these infused water recipes have a “leaf race” — toss two leaves into a creek and watch them as they float to the finish line read with a buddy or by yourself: soak in the glorious illustrations of Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul gather your older elementary kids and read aloud together All Thirteen:The Incredible Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide

Jul 16

21 min

do some creative or playful things: mix some dirt and a little bit of water and paint with mud make “clean” mud dough make “mud muffins”  play “Stuck in the Mud”. It’s just like freeze dance. Sort of. And it’s played without mud. :) read with a buddy or by yourself: read Mud by Mary Lyn Ray read A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis read Yucky Worms by Vivian French — then go dig in the mud for worms read Little Blue Truck with a Gospel perspective write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide  

Jul 9

13 min 26 sec

Wild Wondering With God — Episode 1 — Wind do some artsy things: gather sticks and string to make a wind chime https://www.mudandbloom.com/blog/windchimes   make a wind sock https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Windsock-for-Children   paint with watercolors using a straw by dropping paint on the paper and blowing the paint with the straw instead of a brush https://babbledabbledo.com/how-to-do-blow-painting-with-straws/   read with a buddy or by yourself: read Christina Rossetti’s poem, “Who Has Seen the Wind?” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43197/who-has-seen-the-wind   read the picture book Hurry Up! A book about slowing down https://www.amazon.com/Hurry-Up-Book-About-Slowing/dp/1534424970/ref=sr_1_2?crid=26T0PDVMIF7EC&dchild=1&keywords=hurry+up+a+book+about+slowing+down&qid=1624997282&sprefix=hurry+up+a+boo%2Caps%2C194&sr=8-2   read aloud together as a family as you huddle around The Wind in the Willows  https://www.amazon.com/Wind-Willows-Sterling-Illustrated-Classics/dp/1402782837/ref=sr_1_3?crid=MDM0SGADUDS4&dchild=1&keywords=wind+and+the+willows+book&qid=1624997359&sprefix=wind+and+the+willows%2Caps%2C171&sr=8-3   write about what you are thinking and seeing and experiencing: print these journal response pages as a booklet https://restorationarlington.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/journal_inside_pages_wind.pdf   share what you have learned with someone else: teach this to someone using this guide https://restorationarlington.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/parent_ww_wind_psalm46_genesis2_7_acts4_1_4.pdf

Jul 2

10 min 44 sec

Season 4 of P&P starts next week! Enjoy this trailer, and don't forget to listen beginning next Friday, July 2! Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Jun 25

5 min 4 sec

Today, we'll close out Season 3 of P&P with a look at the Book of Revelation. Stay tuned for a trailer for Season 4 of P&P, dropping soon! Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Jun 14

24 min 56 sec

Today, we'll hear the story of Paul and the Thessalonians.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Jun 7

12 min 10 sec

Today, we'll take a look at the book of Ephesians.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

May 31

16 min 16 sec

Today, we'll talk about a disagreement between friends in Corinth.  Find the NIRV version of the readings here.  Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

May 24

20 min 24 sec

Today, we'll read the story of the Jerusalem Council.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

May 17

13 min 48 sec

Today, we'll continue our journey with Paul through the book of Acts. You can find the NIRV version of today's readings  here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode!

May 10

22 min 24 sec

Today, we'll hear the story of Barnabas and Saul.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

May 3

13 min

Today, we'll read about what happens when Saul meets Jesus--and learn about what happens in his life because of it.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Apr 26

12 min 50 sec

Today, we'll read an amazing story about the Holy Spirit--and that the power that he gives.  You can find the NIRV reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.

Apr 19

18 min 30 sec

Today, we'll tell the beginning of the story of what happened after Jesus rose from the dead.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Apr 12

15 min 14 sec

Today, we'll read the whole story of Jesus' death, and his glorious resurrection.  Find the NIRV readings.  Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Mar 29

26 min 6 sec

Today, we'll meet someone who is very, very kind to Jesus--and some people who are angry and jealous of Jesus.  Find the readings in the NIRV version.  Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Mar 19

18 min 18 sec

Have you ever cheered for a team? Or have you ever what it's like to BE cheered for? Today, we'll look at a story where Jesus gets cheered on as he enters Jerusalem.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. 

Mar 15

19 min 48 sec

I wonder...what do you think you would feel like if you were Peter in this story? You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Mar 8

22 min 16 sec

Some people are pulled to Jesus like paper clips to a magnet! But some people, sometimes, are repelled from him. Today, we'll read a story about Jesus in his hometown.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Mar 1

13 min 16 sec

We've got not one, but TWO stories of healing that we'll look at today.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Feb 23

13 min 46 sec

Today, we'll read a story about how the disciples got VERY scared during a very scary storm--and how Jesus saves them.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Feb 16

13 min 6 sec

Have you ever seen something grow? Have you noticed how YOU have grown? Today, we'll look at a story that Jesus tells about growing.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Feb 8

17 min 50 sec

We've got a particularly marvelous story about a particularly marvelous group of friends meeting Jesus.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Feb 1

13 min 54 sec

Today, we see a story of why Jesus came--to call his people back to himself--in a story about Jesus calling a couple of fishermen.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.   

Jan 25

13 min 44 sec

Sometimes we all feel tempted to do things that we know we shouldn't. Jesus, who was both man AND God, knew what it was like to be tempted, and to stand up to temptation. We have a high priest that understands what we have gone through! You can find the NIRV version of the readings here.  Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode.

Jan 18

14 min 54 sec

It's so good to be back with you, friends. Today, we'll read the story of how Jesus got baptized by John the Baptist.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode!  

Jan 11

14 min 38 sec

Merry Christmas! Thank you for listening along with us for all of Advent. We hope you have a wonderful, restful, blessed Christmas this year.  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. We'll release a new one each day of Advent. You can check out our friend Kelly’s Advent banner at thishumblehive.com.

Dec 2020

8 min 24 sec

It's Christmas Eve! We are alllllmost to the end of Advent. Listen with us today as Christmas, and the birth of our Savior, draw near! You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. We'll release a new one each day of Advent. You can check out our friend Kelly’s Advent banner at thishumblehive.com.

Dec 2020

9 min 2 sec

Today, we'll take a look at the book of 1 John, delighting in the truth that when God wanted to reach us his people, he sent LOVE! You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. We'll release a new one each day of Advent. You can check out our friend Kelly’s Advent banner at thishumblehive.com.  

Dec 2020

8 min 38 sec

I wonder what we can learn from reading an Easter story...at Christmastime!  You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. We'll release a new one each day of Advent. You can check out our friend Kelly’s Advent banner at thishumblehive.com.

Dec 2020

8 min 50 sec

God is called faithful--he goes with us everywhere, and he never leaves us. You can find the NIRV version of today's reading here. Head over to restorationarlington.org for more information on Restoration and Pray & Ponder. Remember to subscribe so that you never miss a new episode. We'll release a new one each day of Advent. You can check out our friend Kelly’s Advent banner at thishumblehive.com.

Dec 2020

6 min 38 sec