Fillies and Flowers

Fillies and Flowers SpringA delightful activity that nature lovers anticipate each spring is to have a relaxing walk through the grass, so that one can stop and smell the flowers. This is a sweet, restful picture which can remind us of pleasant strolls through the meadows when we were children.

I wonder for whom she is creating the bouquet of flowers? Is it for herself, her best friend or her mother? As you and your loved one assemble this puzzle, you can discuss this along with sharing with each other fond memories of childhood strolls in nature in the spring. You can find this and other Horse jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, etc.

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I Know that My Redeemer Lives

My Redeemer Lives Roger LovelessIf you have ever listened to Handel’s Messiah Oratorio, you’ll find this refrain to be very familiar –

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. [Job 19:25]

Artist Roger Loveless has this passage, as well as Matthew 28, in mind when he created this painting. The scene shows Jesus after his resurrection from the dead appearing to his disciple Mary. She was in shock at seeing him, but once she realized it was Jesus, she could joyfully tell everyone around her that “I know that my Redeemer lives!”

As you and your loved ones assemble this jigsaw puzzle entitled “My Redeemer Lives”, it would be a great time to discuss what it would be like to be in Mary’s shoes. You can find this puzzle and other Christian jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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The Good Shepherd’s Cottage

The Good Shepherds Cottage Thomas Kinkade

The Good Shepherd’s Cottage

According to John 10:11 in the bible, Jesus identifies himself as “…the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” This creates a peaceful reassurance for the sheep.

In this puzzle, Thomas Kinkade creates a beautiful “allegory in paint, an image of the Lord returning to call His faithful. His house is an utterly comfortable and secure cottage, radiant with light. The air is luminous with sunset; the sound of His voice thrilling as He calls His sheep into a verdant meadow (thomaskinkade.com).” The light falling on the beautifully colored Spring trees, plants and lambs helps to uplift the person who is viewing the painting. As Painter of Light, Kinkade created beautiful scenes of the light of God.

As you and your loved ones assemble this jigsaw puzzle entitled “The Good Shepherd’s Cottage”, you can discuss what your avenues of peace and light are.  You can find this puzzle and other Thomas Kinkade jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Praying at Gethsemane

Jesus Praying at GethsemaneThis simple scene shows Jesus Christ praying for strength the hour before his arrest and crucifixion. The 26th chapter of the book of Matthew in the Bible says that Jesus had brought Peter and two others with him to help him pray, but they fell asleep on him instead. This is why the painting shows the light from above brightly shining on Jesus while the others are in the shadows.

Gethsemane was a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives which was located across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem, where Jesus would be crucified less than 24 hours later. It was a familiar place to Jesus and his disciples. In the distance, we can see the domed Temple depicted. About 50 days later, this Garden and the Mount of Olives would be a place of joy instead of sorrow when people saw Jesus ascend up to Heaven.

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle entitled “Praying at Gethsemane”, share stories of the times in which you were going through a difficult time and a friend was there to help you survive it. You can find this puzzle and other Christian jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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This is My Body

This is My BodyThis puzzle, entitled “This is My Body”, actually shows 18 bodies in various poses. There are 11 Jewish men seated on cushions in what was the normal way to dine at a table 2,000 years ago in Palestine. The five women are serving them their Passover meal, which is a Jewish feast celebrated annually every spring. One man is standing behind his friends listening to Jesus speak. And then, ominously, the last man [Judas Iscariot] is depicted leaving the festivities to go betray his friend.

But why “This is My Body” for a title? The 26th chapter of the biblical book of  Matthew explains why the artist, James Seward gave it this name. It says “While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” This puzzle depicts the possible scenario in which Jesus told his disciples about the reasons for his upcoming crucifixion and resurrection. And it shows the person responsible for this leaving to set things in motion….

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, you can read Matthew chapters 26 – 28 to learn more about the background to this picture. You can find this and other Christian jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

 

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What Are These 3 Bears Doing In This #JigsawPuzzle? Watch the Bear Tracks!

Bear Tracks Dan ChristIn North America, after their winter hibernation of three to eight months, black bears wake up hungry and ready for their meals. Black bears are omnivores, meaning that they can receive nutrition through a combination of animal and plant sources.

They are known for their extremely protective mothers. In this picture by Daniel Christ entitled “Bear Tracks”, the artist has beautifully depicted a mother and her cubs in their comfortable forest domain searching for food. The mother is busy and purposeful in her pursuit. But her cubs had better learn to follow her lead quickly other wise they will let their curiosity about their world prevent them from getting out of the way of the oncoming train. What do you think will happen to the cubs?

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, that would be an interesting discussion to have. You can find it and other Bear jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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What Does It Mean To Be April Fresh?

April FreshArtist Rollie Brandt aptly named this puzzle “April Fresh”. The bright colors on the clothes which are drying on the clothes line, the lush green grass with the sun shining on it and the tree flowering beautifully picture a calm spring day on the farm.

But what was meant by “April Fresh”? Was it due to the smell of the laundry drying in the fresh air or was it due to the “freshness” of the manure spreader on the right side of the painting?

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, it would be a great time to discuss other signs of spring that you see around you. You can find this and other Spring jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Look!! Signs of Spring!!: Can You Identify All the State Insects, State Flowers, and State Birds In This Puzzle?

We are at that time of the year in North America in which we can see signs of spring beginning to pop up. This puzzle, entitled “Spring Quartet”, shows a few of them which also happen to be state symbols.

Monarch Butterflies are migratory insects that have a range as far south as northern South America and as far north as southern Canada. They winter in South America and return to North America in the spring. They are the state insect of: Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont and West Virginia.

Dogwoods have many subspecies, one of which is the Flowering Dogwood pictured here. It is the state/provincial flower of: British Columbia, North Carolina and Virginia. It is the state tree of: Virginia and Mississippi.

Bird lovers will love this picture. There is the ever popular Cardinal. It is not only popular in art and puzzles, but also though out the Midwest and eastern part of the United States. It is the state bird of: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,  Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The Chickadee is the state/provincial bird for: Maine, Massachusetts and New Brunswick. The  Bluebird is the state bird for: Missouri, New York, Idaho and Nevada. Finally, the Goldfinch is the official state bird in: New Jersey, Iowa and Washington. Almost a third of the United States’ state birds are found in this puzzle.

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, it would be a great way to explore the official symbols of your nation, or discuss what other signs of spring you can find around you. You can find it and other Spring jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Let Him In

Let Him In Rev 3 20This intriguing picture shows Jesus  Christ knocking on a door of someone’s home. While it seems to be a rather simple scene, in reality there is greater depth to the picture. It can be found in the bible verse that it is based upon –

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will eat with him, and he with me.”  Revelation 3:20

The artist, Idahoan Greg Olsen, has beautifully created a picture of the symbolism of Christ knocking on the door of someone’s heart. This Easter season, as you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle entitled “Let Him In”, you can discuss other religious themes and symbols that are found in art. You can find this and other Christian Jigsaw Puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

 

 

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11 Facts About The Flowers Outside This Window on a Spring Morning on the Mountain

Morning on the MountainWhat a beautiful start to one’s day – a lovely view of mountains and of daffodils, the flower of spring.

For those who love the change of seasons, this flower has been a sign for millennia of the arrival of spring. It is a perennial plant of the amaryllis family. The flowers are usually either white or yellow. According to Wikipedia, daffodils “are native to meadows and woods in southern Europe and North Africa with a center of diversity in the Western Mediterranean, particularly the Iberian peninsula. Both wild and cultivated plants have naturalized widely, and were introduced into the Far East prior to the tenth century.” Ancient writers such as Pliny the Elder [d. 79 AD] were interested in its medicinal properties and not only its beauty. They have been popular for use in traditional medicine to treat such conditions as Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Daffodils are popular around the world, especially in Iran, the Netherlands and in Wales, where it is the national flower. These flowers are practically synonymous with the month of March. You can either enjoy them in person in your yard, in a garden or in the wild. Or you can enjoy them all year long whenever you assemble this puzzle entitled “Window: Morning on the Mountain”. You can find it and other Spring Jigsaw Puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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