Monday

How to Study Your Bible



I'm joining up with some other ladies in my Domestically Challenged, Divinely Equipped tribe to write a series on spring cleaning. Every time I thought about what I would write about, it seemed that the Lord kept bringing me back to spring cleaning my heart so to speak. God's Word has a way of pointing out the changes that need to take place in my heart and helps me tidy up my character. So while this isn't your typical spring cleaning post, I do hope you find it to be helpful.

For awhile I had been struggling with what to read in God's Word and how to read it. Seems funny to admit because I've been a Christian for quite a few years and yet here I found myself wondering how to read God's Word. But then my heart was stirred to study the Bible in a more simple format which, ironically, has turned out to be very powerful in my life. As I was studying, I began thinking that surely I'm not the only one who struggles with knowing what to read for my "daily devotions". From that thought came the burden to share what I am doing with others in hopes that they may gain a firm foundation in the study of Scriptures and then be able to share it with others.


This approach has been a tremendous blessing not only in my life, but also in the lives of my family. God's Word is living and powerful and time and time again, a conversation has come up in our home where I was able to share something I had been learning in God's Word. It has truly helped equip me as wife and mother.

I'm currently working through the following format and I hope that you find it helpful, too. It might seem so simple that it's silly or ineffective, but I think that most of the time we overcomplicate things. Simple can not only be effective, but also doable. If we have a complex Bible study system it might seem overwhelming to do or we talk ourselves out of doing it because it takes too much time. Additionally, with this approach, my only focus is simply the Word of God. That's not to say that devotionals written by other people are wrong (I've actually written a couple of ebook style devotionals and my daughter is working on getting hers published by this summer) or ineffective but there is something simple and pure about putting God's words straight into my heart.

With this approach, I study until I'm full so to speak. I started in the book of Matthew, the first book in the New Testament. It is also known as one of the four Gospels. I'm taking a systematic approach and read one verse at a time and then jot down what that verse is saying. Sometimes I write it word for word in my notebook as I did with Matthew 7:2 "For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you." Other times I write it down in a way that applies to me. (For example, I wrote "Hypocrite! Deal with my own sin first before I think I can address the sin in other people's lives" after I read Matthew 7:5 which says, "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye." It just depends on the verse and how it speaks to my heart.



Taking this slow, systematic approach has been very beneficial because I am writing out God's Word and then taking the time to think about how it applies to my life. Even on the days that I don't feel like I need to read God's Word when I sit down to read it, I quickly find out how much I do. I hope to work through the entire New Testament this way. It might take me 20 years but it will be well worth it! ;)

If you're struggling to find a way to read and study God's Word maybe give this method a try. Let me know if you do and how it goes for you. ❤


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Saturday

Review and Giveaway: "I Saw Jesus in You Today" Plate from Teachable Moments


Our family has been using the I Saw Jesus in You Today plate from Teachable Moments for several months now and it is such a great teaching tool in our family. It’s a practical and loving way to show a family member that we appreciate the Christ-like behavior that they demonstrated. I love that it helps reinforce godly behavior when we see it and it’s fun when our kids surprise us and honor us with the plate, too!

This plate came about as an idea from a wonderful godly grandmother who wanted a practical way to encourage her grandchildren when their character reflected Christ. Her story of how this plate came to be is such a blessing to read.


Children

The Teachable Moments Plate is perfect for reinforcing godly character traits such as kindness, responsibility, patience, consideration for others, love, self-control, joyfulness and diligence. I love the smile on our children's faces when they come to dinner and see the plate at their spot. Our children are still growing and maturing in Christlikeness. It is such a blessing though when they initiate kindness or helpfulness without being prompted and then for us to be able to let them know in this special way how much we appreciated seeing that character trait.

Young Couples

Not only is this plate helpful for those of us raising children, but it would also make a wonderful wedding present for a young couple because it helps establish a godly tradition early in marriage. Those first few years of marriage are an adjustment for most couples but seeing this plate in the cupboard on a daily basis is a great reminder to look for the good and not the bad in a spouse. It’s easy for us to get irritated with a spouse and to focus on the negative but when we choose to focus on the positive and encourage the godly habits that we are seeing, it gives us an opportunity to build them up rather than tear them down. Romans 14:19 reminds us to pursue peace and build each other up. Honoring a spouse with this special plate is a great way to do so.  


Grandparents

I think this plate is also a great tool for older couples to use with each other and with their grandchildren. What a blessing it would be to have a spouse honor the other one in this small way at a meal. Or, when your grandchildren come over it’s a great opportunity to help disciple them and teach them what Jesus wants to see in our lives. Ephesians 5:1 reminds us that our lives need to reflect the example that Jesus set for us. When we are following His example it will be reflected in our actions, words and spirit. This plate is a great tool to encourage a spouse or grandchild when we see them living out these character qualities. When we choose to honor someone with this plate we are helping fulfill the command in I Thessalonians 5:11 which tells us to encourage and build each other up.                                                                
      
It is such a great feeling when our family sits down for a meal and someone is surprised to find the plate at their spot. They may not even realize what they did that was pleasing to God but it’s fun to encourage them by sharing what we noticed. In a world where most people think only of themselves, this is a great tool to encourage a loved one when they imitate Christ.

Our family enjoys surprising each other with this plate when we notice something in particular that stands out about another family member. What a blessing it would be if every Christian home had one.


What Others Are Saying

"This Teachable Moments plate is such an incredible tool to foster right heart attitudes in your children's lives. It is a practical, fun way for them to be 'rewarded' when they choose to 'be like Jesus' in the choices they make everyday. It also encourages a tight family bond when your child realizes that you are paying attention to how they interact with you (the parent) and with others (siblings, friends, etc.). We love finding the good in our children's life!" --Leesa K.

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Monday

First Form Latin Curriculum {A Review}




We are currently working our way through First Form Latin from Memoria Press and I'm happy to give you a review of it.  This is our third Latin level  from Memoria Press so that in and of itself tells you I'm pretty happy with it.

While we don't follow a classical education model, I do firmly believe that there are attributes from one that are relevant and essential to our family's homeschool curriculum. Latin is one of them.

First Form Latin is geared towards grades 4-9. The lessons are written for a class, but can be used with one student. I have an allotted amount of time that I want our children to work on Latin each day but they are allowed to work at their own pace. I like this better than keeping them together because if one child wants to excel, they can. Memoria Press recommends the following schedule. However, feel free to adapt the schedule to what best suits your family's learning style.

  • Monday: 35-40 minutes (includes DVD instruction and workbook time)
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 20-30 minutes with Thursday leaving time for review before the following day's quiz
  • Friday: Quiz

We have the complete First Form Latin set and I'm thankful for every aspect of it. The Instructional DVDs are the backbone of the program and will be for you, too, if you don't already know Latin or aren't working with a local Latin learning group. Since I know nothing about Latin and we don't belong to a group, the DVDs are essential to us.

With this set you will be receive the following. I've made notations about items I believe to be essential and ones that are nice to have.

First Form Latin will help your student to master the following:
  • The six indicative active tenses of the first two verb conjugations
  • Five noun declensions
  • First and second declension adjectives
  • 185 vocabulary words

One of our children was wondering why they had to continue learning Latin since they don't think they need it. 😉 After educating them on why they need it, it helped them to have a greater appreciation for the discipline of Latin in their lives. For example, Latin is the mother of the five Romance languages, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian. That means, if someday they want to learn one of those languages they will have a great starting foundation.

Also, more than half of our English words come from Latin. I love, love, love it when we are out and about and I hear one of our children read a word and say, "Mom, did you know that comes from the Latin word..."

Additionally, Latin is the language used in the classification system for plants and animals and of the modern sciences including psychology and physics. It is also the language of law and theology. Giving our children a solid Latin foundation will help prepare them for almost any field of study.

I also love the discipline that it helps instill in them. I'm so thankful for the progress they have made over the last several years.

I'm currently planning out our next school year's curriculum and I'll be checking out the Christian studies curriculum from Memoria Press because I want our children to have a thorough understanding of biblical history. This is an area we have not yet begun to study but one that I feel would be a welcome addition to our children's education.

Be sure to check out Memoria Press' other valuable curriculum options and don't forget to get some Latin while you're there. 😉

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Sweet Potato and Rice Soup



This soup recipe is pretty basic and the reason why is because one night is was born out of necessity. It was one of those nights when I didn't have much to fix for dinner and was trying to come up with something and this is what the result was. Turns out, I loved the recipe so much I actually make it on purpose now. 💙

I will give you a heads up that this recipe will serve a crowd. If you have leftovers, you will need to add some more broth to the pot the next day because the rice will absorb all of the liquid.


Sweet Potato and Rice Soup

4 c. uncooked rice
(5) 32 oz. cartons of chicken broth (or make your own bone broth!)
3 large onions, chopped
8-10 small/medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into bite size pieces
2 sticks butter
2 whole bunches of celery chopped (not 2 individual stalks)
1/3 c. Nutritional Yeast (optional)
Salt/Pepper to taste


Add all of the ingredients to the pot except for the rice. Bring to a boil. Add rice and reduce heat to low. Keep the lid on your pot and cook for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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