As I sit here at the keyboard attempting to begin this blog post, I feel a bit overwhelmed. I have so many thoughts swirling inside my brain and it is hard to know where to start. I am tempted to just go ahead and throw in the towel and not put forth the time, thought, and energy it is going to take to see … Read More Vanity Fair
Category: Family Devotions
“Before you go on thinking these times are perfect with well-behaved children, and beautifully cut out crafts–think again! We are just normal, everyday people encountering extraordinary ideas and truths. I like to think of it as a beautiful mess. A somewhat organized–mostly chaotic–beautiful mess.”
Happy New Year everyone! For those of you who have read my most recent post, I am still working on Part II of what we have learned in our homeschool so far this year, but something else came up that I wanted to share. As a family, we try to make memorizing scripture a priority. In the past, we have either memorized verses that … Read More Our Scripture Memory Plan for 2016
“Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 Kindness. It is what our 11 year old dog McCoy needs to exhibit to his new baby sister Elsa. When she nips at his ears, kindness is not forthcoming! It is very interesting to me that most of the verses in the New … Read More THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT WEEK FIVE: (KINDNESS)
The week will begin by defining peace and reading scriptures about how God is our Peace. Then you will present the Gospel again, by talking about how God’s just wrath was satisfied by Jesus’ death on the cross. We now have peace with God because the sin debt has been paid in full. Next, we will talk about how as Christians, we are warriors on a battlefield, and how Satan wants to make our minds a place of worry and stress. You will discover how God can bring peace to an anxious and worried mind. (I have to admit, day three really excites me! Make sure you don’t skip it!). Next, you will talk with your kids about how obeying God (and you) will lead to peace and that when we sin, we step out of the safety and security God’s peace brings. Finally, you will round out the week by encouraging your kids to be peacemakers at their school, church, and with their brothers/sisters.
This week, your family will be looking at the second fruit of the Spirit: Joy! The crux of this week will be teaching your children the difference between temporary happiness and the abundant joy that Jesus offers us through The Holy Spirit. You will discover the real and lasting reason for joy.
Welcome to week one of the family unit, The Fruit of the Spirit. This week, you will begin a 9 week journey with your kids to discover how you can exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Whew! That is a tall order–but we have an amazing God who is ready to empower your entire family to, as Beth Moore put it “Live Beyond Yourself.” We begin with the greatest of these…LOVE.