Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Adoption Changes Lives



My kids are precious gifts and have changed my life more than I could ever imagined. They bring me great joy and inspiration. There are, of course, up and downs every day, but there are also special moments or breakthroughs when you truly see the hand of God in their lives.
My sweet boy Anthony, a child who just learned about Jesus three years ago when we adopted him, wrote this poem this fall. This is why we adopt.
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God gave us his love
while we were looking above.
For he gave us Jesus,
to die and rose alive.
And oh, we trust Jesus,
So we’re truly alive.
And now we’re waiting,
For the Lord Jesus is coming.
-Anthony, age 11, 2015

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bible Memory "The Joshua Code"/ "I Can Learn the Bible" Giveaway!


"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man who asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear." (I Peter 3:15, KJV)

Scripture Memory has always been an important part of my life. As a child my parents taught me importance of hiding God's word in my heart. My mom would always say, we never what tomorrow may bring. What if one day we don't have access to our bibles (or today to our phones)? If we have hidden the word of God in our hearts, we have His living breathing word with us wherever we go and whatever may come. The more scripture we have memorized, the more opportunities we have to share His word, encourage one another and ourselves with the very words of God. 

 "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12, NIV)

This week I have the privilege of sharing with you a scripture memory tool for the whole family. You can work together as a family to memorize God's word together. What a great project for the new year!! 





The Joshua Code/I Can Learn the Bible by O.S. Hawkins and Holly Hawkins Shivers

*Guides readers on a 52-week journey of learning how to memorize God's Word
*Enables believers to receive the Word into their hearts, retain it in their minds, and recall it in their mouths in order to speak it with power
TOOLS:
Flipbooks:
-Adult
-Kids

Product Links:
-Adult
-Kids

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Heart of Christmas Advent Devotional Day 14


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

Day 14 – And the angel said . . .  

Today's Verse:

"And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, 
which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; 
You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.'"
(Luke 2:10-12, KJV)

Why do you think this news brought great joy?

Memory Verse 


(NOTE: I learned this passage in the KJV which is not the usual version I memorize in now, but it will be forever embedded in my heart in KJV. Plus, for this particular passage, KJV has such a lovely poetic flow to it, thus my children will learn it in KJV as well.)

Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Heart of Christmas Advent Devotional Day 13


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

Day 13 – The Angel and the shepherds

Today's Verse:

"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. "
(Luke 2:4-5, KJV)

Have you ever been really afraid?

We never need to fear because the God of angel armies is on our side!

Memory Verse 


Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Heart of Christmas Advent Devotional Day 12




NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

Day 12 – The Shepherds 

Today's Verse:

"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night."
(Luke 2:8, KJV)

We see a change in scene in this verse. Jesus is born and now we are suddenly transported out of Bethlehem.

Who are shepherds and what do they do?

Did you know Jesus is the Good Shepherd? Do you think it just a coincidence that the very first people to see and believe in the Jesus as the Messiah or Savior of the world were shepherds?

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11, NIV) 

Who are the sheep?



Memory Verse 



Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,







Heart of Christmas Advent Devotional Day 11


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 


Day 11 – Jesus is born! 

Today's Verse:

 "And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."
(Luke 2:6-7, KJV)

What does it mean that she should be delivered?

Since there was not room from them in the inn, where did they stay?

What is a manger?

Jesus is born!!!

Memory Verse 


Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



Heart of Christmas Advent Devotional Day 10


NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree. 

Day 10 – Journey to Bethlehem 

Today's Verse:

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child."
(Luke 2:4-5, KJV)

Today we are going to start looking at the story of Jesus birth.

Why did Joseph and Mary have to go to Bethlehem?

Memory Verse 


(As a four year old, Grace will have two verses or parts of a verse to work on each week. Anthony will have larger sections to memorize because he is nine and memorizes verses at a rapid pace. NOTE: I learned this passage in the KJV which is not the usual version I memorize in now, but it will be forever embedded in my heart in KJV. Plus, for this particular passage, KJV has such a lovely poetic flow to it, thus my children will learn it in KJV as well.)

Let's practice our verses again!

Grace – “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Anthony – I have given him a print out of the whole passage and we will see how far we get. ;)

Blessings this Christmas Season,



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