Using the Bible for school

We use our Bibles daily.  We start the day with our Bibles open, we read individually before we start our day, then we study a small section for a family devotion.  Right now we are working through Hebrews – a few verses a day.  In the past we have walked through Romans and James. 

In the past we have used the Bible for copywork daily too, we have copied verses we have been trying to learn or memorize, and even copied Bible Drill verses.  I like to use the Bible for copy work because it has different vocabulary, because there are no grammar errors I need to watch for, and because it continues to pour that truth into their hearts!!

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I am excited to get my hands on these E-workbooks for next year though (as a part of the Ultimate Homemaking EBook Bundle)! 

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In the past I have either written out the Bible Copy work, or I have typed it up weekly or daily.  Next year, I am going to use these workbooks for both the younger two and the older two!  I like that I can use the print workbooks for my younger two and the cursive one for the older ones!! 

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  • 3 Workbooks available: The 10 Commandments, Philippians 2:1-18, and a collection of Psalms 1, 23, and 121
  • Each workbook is available in D’Nealian cursive and manuscript fonts.
  • Write Through the Bible is currently available in ESV translation (more translations are coming).

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I love it when God is working, you can see it, you cannot see what he is doing but you know he is moving about.

I always find it amazing when he is working the same thing using many people too.  For instance, he may use one person to tell you the first part, then another situation to tell you the next and it takes getting up at 5:00am one morning and a few quiet minutes on the couch for you to put it all together.  Maybe it is just me.  But I love when he does this.

He did it recently.  I poured out a {brief} part of my life that I have been struggling with for years, okay, really more than that – almost decades.  I told this dear friend the Reader’s Digest version, we did not have all night, and asked for her opinion.  She did not tell me what I expected to hear, I expected to hear, well do this……

Instead, she said, be still.  Stop doing everything.  Be still and wait on the Lord.  I said, really?  You mean, don’t do “this” or “this” or even “that”?  Really?  Do nothing?  Then I confessed I have a REALLY hard time doing nothing.  Especially when I care a great deal about something, and I do care so much about this.  But really, nothing???  Yes, she assured me.  She gently told me that no matter what I do, I cannot change this situation, the hearts involved, that God needed to do it and he did not need me. 

 

This whole time (decades, really.) I have believed that it was up to me to do the right thing that would change everything.  I have been trying to fix it.  I am a fixer, I am not so much a “be still”-er. 

So I have been chewing on that.

Next, Kristen is leading another book e-study and I am simply listening in, not reading, just gleaning.  But the verse this week to meditate on is

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

So, I have been really working on knowing I can Be Still, if I allow Christ to still me, my actions, my mind – if I let him direct my thoughts and me, I can be still.

Lastly, in Sunday school some friends just came back from 2 months in Uganda.  He shared Psalm 16 in Sunday school and I knew it was something I needed to spend some time with.  This morning, I was able to complete this pictures God has been putting together.

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I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalm 16:2

So, apart from him, as in : in my own strength – I have no good thing.  Goes back to – when I am not still, when I am not resting in him in my trials, I am stepping on my own and “fixing” – I have no good thing.  I have no peace, no joy, no strength.

So, God used 3 people, to each offer a piece of a puzzle he was putting together.  But without some quiet minutes this morning I am not sure I would have seen the big picture – I am not sure I would have seen how it all fits together.

God is so good, sometimes we just need to slow down enough to see Him, hear Him, and Know him.

{so thankful for friends who speak the truth, for trusting even though it is hard, for waking up early…}

allowing truth to be truth

So, what do you do when things do not go the way you hope?  When you are investing and see nothing coming from all your work?  When no matter what, all you feel like you are doing is correction/discipline, over and over.

I am not sure the right answer, honestly.  But I know that, just as God is still working on me, I must admit and allow for the fact that God is still working on each of their little hearts too.  I was, gently, reminded today that I am planting seeds daily.  I may not see those seeds (all of them) sprout, may not see much fruit, but if I continue to plant them, one day they will sprout and grow and hopefully bear fruit!


Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the Earth.  He does not grow tired or weary, his understanding no one can fathom.

Isaiah 40:28

(our family memory verse this week)


 

So while I am very frustrated, and I feel like I am dealing with issues we should no longer be dealing with, I can see there is some goodness in their hearts.  They are memorizing multiple verses at one time, and really learning them.  So, yes, school may be crazy, but if they are getting these truths and verses in their hearts, maybe I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. 

Maybe, and I should say, certainly – the truth of God is far more important than an algebra problem, a grammar sheet, really anything.  So if that is true, then maybe I need to not stress so much about the other stuff.  It will work out.


James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,  To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:1-4

(J & P are memorizing this for Sunday night study of James)


Being raised an only child, I am just not sure what this family should look like, how much I should tolerate as acceptable in their behavior, what I should let go.  I want them to behave, but life with one child looks so much different than a life with 4 children – especially 4 within 5 years of each other.  And I daily have to remind myself that these boys are good boys, they love Jesus with all their heart, they are just simply energetic, busy, and active boys.  Sometimes I wish that God would send me a text to remind me of these things.  It would sure help me to handle things without losing my cool, much more often!

Always good to remember God’s truths, remember who made me and who made these precious gifts I get to raise for a few short years.  Hoping next week goes better, maybe with a better outlook and attitude my week will be better than I expect!

First Things First

It feels like the world around me has determined the word of the year to be First.  Maybe it is a new year thing, but this year I seem to be hearing it from all sides.

Yesterday on the Coconut Hut Radio show (and last week too) the theme was First.  In church, Nathan is preaching about making God first in our lives in all areas and how that would change our year and life.  In Bible study, as I work through James, Beth is talking about this same theme.

Maybe God is just doing this for me.  Or, maybe it is more than just for me.

But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given unto you.  Matthew 6:33

Great verse.  So often taken out of context.  In Bible Drill we are memorizing this verse from Matthew as well

If you believe, you will receive

whatever you ask for in prayer

Matthew 21:22

It seems if we ask we will get it.  Sounds wonderful, but so not in the real world.

In context though, these are great promises, great truths to cling to on a yucky day.  If we seek His kingdom  first, everything will be given to us.  More money, more stuff?  No.  Peace, glory, goodness, eternal life.  It may not look pretty here, but we will be able to get through whatever comes our way, and we will have more rewards and riches in our Eternal Life – in Heaven!

So hearing this everywhere I am reminded again how we compromise in so many ways.  Do we make God our first priority?  Do we place his agenda for the day before our own?  Do we even think about him before we get our day going?  I have to admit that I cannot say yes to all of those, every day.  Every day I wake up and sometimes I think of him first, sometimes I think of me first, and sometimes I think of my to-do list first. 

I am finding though, when I wake up and pray for my day, for his will to lead my choices, my day goes better.  When I spend time in his word before the kids get up, or even with them at the table reading themselves, things go much better.  If we spend time as a family reading some devotional (our recent favorite is 101 Bible Adventure Stories), my day goes better. 

Bad news still comes.  Accidents still happen.  But it seems I am much more equipped to handle them.  Days that I spend that time in the morning in His word, are days that I yell less, get angry infrequently, and that I seek his comfort and peace throughout my day.

First things first.  It does not always look the same  every day.  Some days I do not get into The Word until the afternoon, but if I start the day covered in prayer it still flows so much better.  If I ask him to sort through my to-do list and to let the unnecessary fall away, it seems to happen. 

I want to be able to answer Pastor Nathan’s question of “Did you make your pursuit of God a priority in 2012?” with a resounding Yes.  Will I fail some days?  Yes, unfortunately, probably many.  I am not perfect, and life happens.  But as I try to establish healthy habits, a somewhat consistent routine, I find that I am setting myself up for success far more than flying by the seat of my pants, does!

First things First.  If He is first, things will not be all lovely, pretty and wonderful, but things will be better, manageable and right.

New Beginnings

How I love a new beginning!  I love Mondays, the beginning of the week, I love new months, and new years!  I love having it all before me to “start again” and leave the yuck of the past behind us.

Today was a good new beginning, we kind of dabbled with school, got the juices flowing in their little heads and started to get back into our routine.

We also cracked open our Bibles, got the year off right with day 1 under our belts of our Bible reading.  Manna Church has not put out a new schedule for this year, as of this morning, so I printed out the one from last year and we are going to follow along with it.  This year I am printing one plan, and many blank calendars, a copy for each child.  I am going to have them write down what they read, I think this will help them keep better track of what they are actually reading.  We will see.

Try to get the house a bit more organized this week, before we jump full force into school.  However, as I am looking around and making lists of all that I need to do, I found a great deal of comfort in Ann Voskamp’s blog post today!  She wrote the following 2 segments that I loved and will post on my bathroom mirror.


Contentment isn’t a state of organization, a weight on the scale, a state of better: better kids, better marriage, better health, better house. Contentment is never a matter of circumstances; contentment is always a state of communion — a daily embracing of God. A thankfulness for all the gifts – and moments and life, just as He gives it.

Trying harder may only bring harder trials and contentment, it won’t be found in the resolutions, but in the revolutions – in the turning round to God.


Embrace every scar as surgery -to make me more like His Son.

Embrace every pain as a peeling away of something -to make me know it in new ways, that He is enough.

Embrace every moment as a miracle – that it might never have been.

That makes me wake to all as grace.


I loved this.  It is not about how much I clean, organize, get it all together – it as about finding peace in HIM – and trusting him with my chaos and allowing HIM to define who I am and what I stand for.  Whew.  That takes a great deal of pressure off me.

So, while I want to organize this house down to the details, I think getting myself immersed in the Word is so much more important.  I tried last year to memorize Colossians.  I failed.  I got behind and I quit.  So, this year I was going to stick to verses I find that I think I need to hide in my heart. 

But, after coming to terms with the fact that I did not fail to accomplish my goal, I simply overestimated the time in which I would do it, I realize I can still keep going.  I have the first chapter, sort of, down, and I will simply add to it.  It may take 2 years instead of 1, it may take 3.  I am pretty sure God does not care how long it takes me, as long as I keep going.  So, that is the plan.  Pick up Colossians where I left off and keep plugging along.

(Besides, how can the memorization of any amount of scripture ever lead to a failure?  Not possible.)

I do love new beginnings.  I love to start a new book, I love to start on a journey, I love the promise that a new day, week or year holds!  So I am grabbing hold of the promises God has for me in 2012!