Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Being Strong

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Although this blog is dedicated towards children, I will occasionally write a post to you moms out there. Today is one of those days.

Ephesians 6:10 says, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." There has been many days were I feel weak. I am not talking about physically weak, because I will face it, I am definitely that! I am talking about spiritually week. Where your soul thirsts for a drink. Where, instead of longing for your cup to run over, you just pray that your cup gets a drop.

I have been in this place many times. If you are a Christian, more than likely you know what I'm talking about. How can we go about "being strong" and having our cup running over once again?

I believe that it all comes down to prayer and Bible time. I know that during these dry times, you more than likely ease up on your prayer and Bible time. I know that I have. You just can't gain the strength to get through them daily. That is what our adversary, the Devil, wants us to do. If he can get us to skip one prayer time, then we are more apt to miss the next one. Then days turn into weeks and you wonder why you are feeling so spiritually dry.

I believe that during these dry times is a prime opportunity to gain strength. If you decide to give up your reading and prayer time, then you will more than likely loose strength. If you were a marathon runner and had a big race coming up would you pour your heart and soul into training, or would you set back and think, "Aw, I have trained so many times before, I don't need anymore training."

Come race day, you would be very weak, and perhaps not even able to finish the race. Think about your life as a race that we are training daily for a "win." Our win will not be prize's or money. Our victory will be being able to see Jesus face to face one day.

There may be days, weeks maybe even months that you feel dry, but muster all your strength and kneel down and start your training.

I have been in this place many times before, so don't think I am perfect. I know that I have wondered before if I will ever feel God's presence again. But if you keep praying, keep reading, He will bring you out and once again you can "be strong."

Be encouraged

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Release of First Devotion Pack- Creation Week!

I am so excited to release my first devotion packet! It is all about the Creation week.

I was hoping to get it uploaded early this morning but I had some difficulties with figuring out how to convert documents to a pdf, but after a few hours, I finally got it!
In this devotion pack there are five days worth of exciting activities to help your children learn about God's word. Since this is my first pack, I would love any and all feedback or critique!

Click here to download the Creation Devotional Packet!

A Big Thanks!

A big thanks to Tony from Ministry-To-Children for allowing me to use coloring pages and activities from his website for my devotion packs! God opened that door for me, and I don't want to fail to praise Him.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Big Bible or a Little Bible?




I will admit it. I am a book junkie. I actually had to downsize my book collection a few months back because I was running out of room in our small, little house. My children have their own bookshelf, that is overflowing and then I have a bookshelf for my books that is overflowing as well (if we had room, you can bet I would have more bookshelves!).

One type of book that I love collecting for my kids is the Children's Bibles. There are so many available and each one tells the stories a little differently. Without counting, I probably have ten of these sorts of books. We have girl and boy themed ones, daily reading themed ones and various other themes.

Although I love these books, to me they are just that. Books. They are not the real deal. Although they are great readers for before nap or bed, I, personally, do not think they should be used in place of the Bible daily.

In my devotion packs, I recommend reading the scripture portion from the Bible to your children. Young children will not understand it at first, but one thing I have found helpful is to stop after each verse and explain what it means. This can be time consuming, so I usually only do it for small scripture portions. If I have a longer scripture I may stop and explain the verses that stand out to me and read through the rest quickly.

In the Duggars newest book, A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work, they explain how children are sponges and will soak up so much. They said they are surprised sometimes with what their young children remember from Bible times. They also said they did not skip over the more unpleasant topics (such as David and Bathsheba). They believe that their children can learn life lessons from these stories. They may not go into deep detail with the younger ones, but they do expose them to it.

So am I against Children's Bibles or books? No, I'm not! I love them and I encourage people to purchase them! I only don't encourage them for your devotional use. There is no substitute for the real thing!

I would love to hear your opinion on the subject!

Be encouraged

 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16

Thursday, July 14, 2011

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Sneak Peak of First Devotion Pack!

I am so excited for Monday! Monday is the day that I will be releasing my first FREE devotional packet! It will contain one weeks worth of an organized theme with activities. All my devotional packs are geared toward 1-5 years of age, unless otherwise noted.

Are you ready for a sneak preview? Here we go!



I have a lot of idea's for my future packs, but I would love to hear any that you have as well!

I thought I would share a picture of my little boy, Colton and little girl, Ambree today. They are the reason that I am doing this.

My little girl, Ambree (5) 



My little boy, Colton (1)



I am so thankful for what God has blessed me with!

Be encouraged


But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 12:16

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

His Eye Is On The Sparrow



But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:7

Probably most of you have heard the song, His Eye is on The Sparrow. I had that song on my mind this morning and decided to write a post about it!

We had a huge tree in our backyard that would sing throughout the day with birds. We had to get it cut down because it was rotting on the inside. I was pretty upset with that, but I would rather cut the tree down now then have to haul it off top of our house one day. We kept a bird feeder on this tree. Mostly the squirrels would steal the seed. But my daughter loved the bird feeder and she loves spreading seed around for the birds.

What child doesn't love birds? They love hearing them sing and watching them fly. What a great opportunity to spread God's love with them while watching birds. Here are some idea's to help you get started!

*Consider buying a do-it-yourself birdhouse or bird feeder kit and spend some time putting it together with your child(ren). Read Luke 12:6,7 and explain that God loves and cares for the sparrows and birds, but that He loves and cares for us so much more. He loves us so much He even knows how many hairs are on our head.

                                                 


                                     







*Take turn trying to count each other's hair. This will be an impossible task (unless you have a lot of patience and skill!) and will be a great opportunity to share Luke 12:7 and really explain to them the greatness of God's love for us.
*Go on a nature hike. Look up pictures of the House Sparrow and see if anyone spots one while out and about. While on the walk, ask them how much they think God loves and cares for them. Younger children might not know the answer, but older children may. Explain to them God's love and how much He cares.

*During devotion time learn the song, His Eye is on The Sparrow, or sing it to your children at bedtime.

If you have really young ones, you may think it might not be worth it to explain to them God's love. Children, not matter how young, are sponges and will benefit from any of God's word daily. I even like to read out of my "big" Bible to my children. My one year old doesn't have a clue what it means now, but one day he will!

Changing the subject here, I plan on releasing my first Devotion Packet this coming Monday morning! I am really excited about it and will give y'all a sneak peak tomorrow!

Be encouraged!

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16

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Monday, July 11, 2011

First Post!!

Wow, my first post for my new blog! I am really excited about what God has in store for this blog! My hope is to be able to let God fully and totally use me in any way He chooses.

I have been putting this blog off for a little while now. I kept thinking about it and really feeling like God was nudging me to get this up and started. I was putting it off, but I finally just gave in. It is so much easier to obey God when He asks us, instead of procrastinating!

This blog will be dedicated to guiding and helping our children learn and grow in God's word. God's word is so powerful. It has all the answers we need. One of my favorite verses is Psalms 119:9- Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. What a powerful verse! When I hear this verse, I don't think of only the sinner who needs cleansing. I also think of the Christians who struggle with certain things in life. If you read and obey the Bible, then you will have no problem "cleansing your ways." That is the problem with a lot of Christians today. They read the Bible but they don't really heed it's information. I feel like if we can really teach our children while they are young, they will be willing and ready to obey God's word.

Some people may say that in today's society it is not possible to live by the Bible. I beg to differ. I believe in today's society we need the Bibles standards more than ever. We, as Christians, can make a big impact on the world if we live the Bible daily. Not just read it, but really live it.
 
I will be creating weekly Bible devotion packets. They are totally FREE! Each packet will be free for you to print off for daily devotions with your preschoolers, Sunday School curriculum, VBS aids, preschool activities and any other idea's y'all come up with!

Each themed packet contains :
Memory verse for the week- Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalms 119:11

Weekly and occasionally daily songs-  I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. Psalms 27:6b

Daily Bible verses to read-  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

Daily activities and/or crafts to reinforce the lesson- And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. Deuteronomy 6:9

I recommend getting a 3-ring binder for each child (or if you are blessed with many children, share!). I will include cover pages with each packet. You can organize the binder however you like. I will put up some pictures at a later date of our binder.

The memory cards will be printed up where you have the option of cutting them out and laminating them. I will, once again, post pictures in a later post of storage options for memory verses.

These daily lessons will be set up to take between 5-30 minutes. You may think, "Thirty minutes? I don't have the time for that!" I believe that daily devotions with our children are the MOST important thing that a parent can do. I dare say that it is even more important than preschool. If we lay up our treasures in heaven, then we, and our children, will be rewarded some day.

I pray that you will find help, hope and strength at this blog on your parenting journey. I welcome any questions you may have. I am not an expert by any means, but I will do my best to answer questions to the best of my ability.

 ~But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16~

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