Do You Struggle with Prayer?

 Are you struggling with prayer?  Not sure how to pray?  Do you sit down, fold your hands, and then have no clue where to start?  Have a perfect prayer in your head that gets jumbled coming out of your mouth?

These are all problems that people face today.  But did you know people faced them back in the days of Jesus too?  The one thing that the disciples consistently asked Jesus to show them, was how to pray.  I am taking a quote from Max Lucado’s new book Before Amen when I say that prayer was the only tutorial that the disciples asked for.  

 

do you struggle with prayer, before amen review

 

I recently received a copy of Before Amen by Max Lucado to review from Family Christian.  They have also named this book as their 2015 Book of the Year which is a great honor.  

First let’s start with why I wanted to review this book.  

  1. I like Max Lucado.  I’ve read many of his books and really have enjoyed them.  They’ve imparted knowledge and guidance upon me.  My children also love his children’s books and the movies that he has done for children.  I have yet to see a bad anything come from him.
  2. The cover intrigued me.  I think we can see a lot of the personality of a book through the cover.  Face it.  People look at the cover before they read the description on the back.  This is a cover that draws you in and makes you want to pick up the book!
  3. The subject matter.   It’s about prayer.  Prayer is one of those things that I think everyone questions whether they are doing it right.  It’s something we try to teach our children while some still have a hard time doing it for themselves.

I don’t know about you, but I think we all struggle with prayer to some extent.  Have you ever not known what to pray?  Not known the right words or how you should start?  This book is for you.

 

the power of prayer, before amen

 

I have to confess before going further on with my review that I could have posted anytime between January 1 and January 31.  But here I am posting on the 30th because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say.  There were so many ideas floating around in my brain.  So much about the book that I wanted to tell you.  Yet it boiled down to me about being the parent and I knew that I needed to post this today because today is my oldest daughter’s birthday.  She is 10.  I have a lot of emotions and feelings surrounding her growing up, but I also am so proud of her.

I’m proud of the way she can carry on conversations with grownups.  I’m proud that she knows she can come to me with ANYTHING.  I am also proud that she is a Christian and has  accepted Christ as her Lord and savior.  But you know something else?  I am so proud of HER because she can pray.  That girl can PRAY!!  Anytime.  Anywhere.  Over Anything.

We used to tease my daughter because every time she prayed for snow it would snow.  She’d ask God for snow so she could play in it and build a snowman.  And the next morning she’d wake up to a winter wonderland.  Okay, so maybe it wasn’t always the next morning, but she learned at an early age that God answers prayer.  And she has never been afraid to ask God for what she wants or to pray to ask him to help other people.

Often in the Bible we are told to come to Jesus as a little child, to humble ourselves like a child.  Basically to be a child.  I think we can learn a thing or two from children on prayer too.  Max Lucado says something about this in his book as well.  He talks of how children talk to their fathers here on Earth.  The way they talk to them.  It’s not formal, no pomp  or ceremony to stand on.  It’s just full of love and eagerness and a want to spend time with them.  But mostly, they know they are loved.  Now granted, not all children know the love of an earthly father but they can all know a Heavenly Father’s love.

When we pray we should pray to God like we are talking to our father.  He is after all our Father.  No need to resort to old English or talk to him in Ancient Greek.  You don’t have to read the Bible in Hebrew or Latin.  You don’t have to bow your head a certain way or at a certain time.  You just have to want to have a conversation with God.

This is where Before Amen comes in.  Inside this book you are introduced to what Max Lucado calls a Pocket Prayer.  A short little format for prayer that you can follow.  It’s short.  It’s simple.  And it has success.  After reading the book I knew that this was a great little template for prayer and that  wanted to make sure my children knew this format as well.  So I have written it on a piece of printer paper and taped it to the wall in our school room.  I plan to do a better job and make it a bit nicer, but the words will still be the same. 

Father,

You are good

I need help, heal me and forgive me.

They need help.

Thank you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

That has to be one of the shortest prayers ever.  But it’s to the point.  Father you are good, not just good but great, the epitome of what is good.  See you can expand, but you don’t need to expand. It already says it all in those few words of  Father you are good.  

I need help, heal me and forgive me.  This is where you can list where you need help, what you need healed from, and what you need forgiven for.  He already knows, but sometimes the telling is for us.  Sometimes we just need to say the words and feel the weight lifted off our shoulders.

They need help.  Have a friend going through a rough time?  Lift them up.  Have a random person in front of you at the grocery store who seems to be carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders?  Then simply pray Father, you are good, this person needs your help, please help them.  Thank you, in Jesus’ name, amen.  So simple yet so powerful.

We have the power to pray.  We have the privilege to be able to pray.  We also have the wonderful liberty to pray anywhere at anytime without our life being in jeopardy.  That is just so amazing.  What are you doing with this power you have?  What are you doing with this gift you have been given?  

To me prayer is truly a gift.  A gift that we were given by God.  Our gift lets us talk to Him just like anyone else.  That is how I find that I best pray.  I pray to my Father in my head as I bake, as I wash my babies, as I wrap that gift for my little girl growing up way too fast.  I have always struggled with praying aloud though.  Will others judge what I say?  Am I doing it right?  Will they laugh at me?

So once again I ask, do you struggle with prayer?  Do you need that confidence to pray?  Well this prayer that Max Lucado calls a Pocket Prayer is for you.  It’s for everyone.  Remember to take it out of your pocket often.  Remember that it is there and that there is POWER in it.  Yes I meant to capitalize that word.  I want you to take away something from my review.  I want you to see that prayer is power.  Not a superpower, but a power that you hold.  You hold the power to help someone.  In the book a story is told of a man who died of cardiac arrest.  He was dead.  There was no question as to whether he was dead or not, his heart was no longer beating.  But the man with him held his head and prayed for him.  They did CPR and prayed for him.  Everyone around PRAYED for him.  And guess what?  His heart began to beat again.  He later said that lightning bolts came through heaven and those were the prayers, and when they lit up the sky he was sent back down to earth.  That is the POWER of prayer.

Who will you pray for today?  Who needs to be lifted up?  Don’t worry about the words all you have to say is instead of they need help, Father she needs help or he needs help.  Just place their name in there.  If you’re not comfortable adding more to your prayer,  don’t.  It’s such a wonderful place to start.

 

 

Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer, Before Amen, Max Lucado

 

 

 

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Jesus is the Good News! @FamilyChristian

Have you ever wondered how to get your kids more interested in the Bible?  Wanted something that teaches them truth?  Well we’ve found that in What’s in the Bible.  What’s in the Bible is a great video series by Phil Vischer(one of the Veggie Tales creators).  Recently we received a copy of Volume 10 from Family Christian to review. Volume 10 Jesus is the Good News!  

Sounds like good news to us!  We have watched some of the What’s in the Bible movies and really couldn’t wait to watch this one.  They’re catchy, they’re cute, and they pack a punch with the kids.  My kids LOVE them!  

 

What's in the Bible

 

Buck Denver is the news reporter who hosts this series.  He’s a great guy!  Unless he has too much coffee, then you’ve got problems!  Maybe he’s a bit like me. . . . .   Anyway!  This dvd takes us into the New Testament and learning all about the Good News that Jesus brought.  Basically as the title says, that Jesus is the Good News.  We visit Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in this dvd.  

The whole dvd is 60 minutes in length.  There are two episodes within the same dvd.  They cover things such as Jesus calming the storm, and feeding the 5000.  We learn of Jesus dying but then we hear the “Good News” that Jesus wasn’t in the tomb when the stone was rolled away.  You get the whole salvation story all rolled up in a cute little show with catchy tunes and puppets!

My kids really have enjoyed this dvd.  We’ve shared it with friends who have enjoyed it as well.  I know some people who don’t like dvd’s like this because they take away some of the seriousness and sacredness of the Bible.  I like things like this for children because it brings the truth from the Bible to a language they can understand and a fun way for them to learn.  I approve of these for my kids.  They are based on the Bible and have sound teaching in my opinion.

 

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The Discussion Guide for parents that comes inside the movie case.

 

My kids love the songs as well and go around the house singing them!  We love the singing cowboy and the pirate who never seems to fit in but always seems to get a part nevertheless.  Oh and don’t forget Sunday School lady.  It’s a great cast of characters(puppets) to go along with Phil Vischer himself.  The puppets as him questions and he then tells them the Bible stories that go along and explains them.  While he explains we see little clips of the puppets or flannelgrams or any number of cute sketches.  

Okay so I told you it is two episodes on one dvd.  The first episode is called God’s Perfect Timing.  It covers the 400 years between the Old and New Testament.  It goes into how Jesus arrives as prophesied and how everything was the perfect timing for His coming.

 

What's in the Bible

The coloring page that comes inside the movie case.

 

The second episode is called The Messiah Has Come(pretty self explanatory there).  It covers the life and ministry of Jesus.  

If you’re looking for a fun way to earn more about the Bible with your kids I would highly recommend getting the entire series for them.  It’s a great investment in something that your kids will love.  My kids are ages 18 months up to 9 years and they ALL love these shows.  Heck, I love them too!  You’re never too old to find something like this cute and funny.  

Things I liked as the parent.  Inside you’ll find a coloring page for your kids.  On the other side you have a discussion guide that you can use to discuss what they’ve learned with your kids.  I love that!  It helps to make sure they’ve learned what you want them to learn from this.  We give this show a big ol yes please and five stars!

 

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Beauty and the Beet #veggietales #review

Are you a Veggie Tales fan?  My kids are for sure!  They were super excited with our latest review from Family Christian!  We got to review the newest Veggie Tales Beauty and the Beet!  Talk about a great movie and a bunch of excited kids! 

 

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First let me tell you about some great deals you can get with Family Christian right now!  These are limited so pay attention to the dates given!  From December 12-14 you can order your copy of Beauty and the Beet for $7.49 as part of the Doorbusters Event!  Pretty awesome price!  I’d go for that one!  If you miss that though you can purchase from December 15-24 for $9.99.  Still a great price!  After the 24th and into the new year it’ll be standard regular price.

Okay, so now that the formalities are out of the way lets talk some more about the movie and how much we enjoyed it.  You know, I’m going to say that “we” a lot.  Because it’s not just my kids that like the Veggie Tales movies, I do too!  I think they’re adorable and carry a message.  It may not always be a specific Bible verse that we can target, but it’s a great principle or life lesson that kids should know.  And who doesn’t want to learn it through cute and adorable vegetables!  Well and maybe a fruit or two.  I always was taught that tomatoes were a fruit.  

Beauty and the Beet features someone new to the world of Veggie Tales.  Kellie Pickler lends her voice to Mirabelle( the Belle of the classic Beauty and the Beast story tale) and so of course there are some Country Western type songs being sung throughout!  

In our story we follow the Veggie Tones, a family band featuring Mirabelle.  All the children in the family are in the band somehow and dad is the manager.  When they go through the mountains in bad weather to try to get to a new gig they get stranded at a run down resort where Mr Beet is the manager.  They can’t pay to stay so they work it off by cleaning, waiting tables, and singing.  Mirabelle even gives the Beast err Beet singing lessons!   But can she help to make him kind and feeling again?

The movie is approximately 56 minutes long so almost an hour of delightful sillyness with a great message.  

There are some bonus features on the disc as well.  You get behind the scenes with Kellie Pickler on playing the sweetest sweet potato, a very veggie jukebox, in the kitchen with Bob, Show You Love sing along, Deck the Halls sing along, downloadable activities, and my favorite—- Offering Unconditional Love: Family Discussion Guide.  I’m  a sucker for these discussion guides.  I love them!  They normally contain a great message and a great way to help our kids understand and retain that message.

I have nine children ages 9 and under.  They all sit and watch this.  They love it!  I think it truly is a great lesson in unconditional love for children.

 

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The new Silly Song with Larry is also cute and definitely silly as always.  It’s called Mac and Cheese and is all about how Larry’s ancestor invented Mac and Cheese and how he did it!

Okay so if you don’t want to see a few spoilers then please feel free to stop reading here.  Really you can stop now.  I’m going to talk about a few of my favorite parts as a mom.

Spoilers ahead.

Stop reading and go watch the movie.

Watched the movie now?

Okay so here goes!

In the movie we have a reporter.  A critic of resorts.  She gives them a one star rating because she came as someone who had no money to stay and they turned her away.  She hears good things starting to be said about the resort after the Veggie Tones come and goes back for a second review.  She is pleasantly surprised.  But the Veggie Tones aren’t there to entertain as they’re trying to get to their next gig.  The Veggie Tones decide to go back and help Mr Beet only to be involved in an avalanche.  True kindness wins out.  The kindness that Mirabelle had shown to Mr Beet, and really not just her but the whole family, has paid off and he is now a nice man who risks his own life to save them.

Great movie.  We loved it.  You will too.  Make sure to go purchase your copy.  

 

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Apologia iWitness Bible Series #hsreviews

Apologia Review
As school is in full swing here, we’re trying out so new things to see how they fit into our routine.  Our latest review from the TOS Crew is from Apologia Educational Ministries.  If you’ve been following us long, we love Apologia products and couldn’t wait for a chance to try this one out.  We received a series of three physical books for this review.  They are the iWitness Bible series.  These books are: iWitness Biblical Archaeology,  New Testament iWitness, and Old Testament iWitness.  

 

The iWitness series can be used for a variety of ages but works best for ages 11 and up.  I used this book with my 9-year-old daughter.  While she is not within the states age range, she is an avid reader and loves to learn new things.  I felt she would do well with this and she loved the chance to try something new.  There are three books in the series and each book is available for purchase for $14.  So, if you were to purchase all three of the books we received it would be $42.  While you could use them separately, we really enjoyed using them as a combination as it seems to more fully cover the subject.

 

Let’s talk a bit about the series now.  The iWitness Bible series is designed to make your child think and determine for themselves where the Bible came from and who wrote it as well as share how some discoveries coincide with the Bible.  The entire series is designed as a scrapbook type book with articles for your child to read and discuss.  With this series you will begin on a journey of discovery to draw your child(and you) to a better understanding of the Bible.  These books are easy to read and follow and are highly engaging so there is no being bored while studying these.  

Apologia Review
Let’s start with the first book we checked out.  The iWitness Biblical Archaeology was the first book we picked up.  All three books are written and designed by Doug Powell.  I have to mention here that one of the things we loved the most about this series are the pictures!  They make you feel as you are really there at the places.  They are wonderful!  Just thought we’d share that little highlight here.  Back to the book now.  It takes you through the Bible in chronological order giving you tidbits of information.  You’ll learn about battles of the Old Testament as well as where they have found important artifacts.  It then moves to the New Testament.  With the old important facts of the Bible we use the pieces we have found to date and collaborate the stories of the Bible.  The Bible after all is not a history book but it does give us a lot of history and helps us prove things through its words.

 

Apologia Review
Next came the Old Testament iWitness.  Most ways of studying the Old Testament do not hold the attention of a child.  Especially a nine-year old that just wants to read books and go outside with her horse.  But this book did hold her attention.  The style that it is written in I think is a key factor.  It goes through the Old Testament and breaks the books up comparing them to the Jewish Bible and the Hebrew Bible.  You learn how the books are grouped and why, which were considered more important and which not.  And again you have wonderful pictures that really engage you and make you want to learn more.  We spend at least one day a week so looking up some of the happenings in the photos and learning more about them. 

 

In our family we celebrate some of the Jewish holidays and we are trying to learn more about the people behind the holidays.  Not just the holidays themselves but what the Jewish people were like who lived during the Bible times.  This was a wonderful way for us to learn more and have more avenues to talk about.

Apologia Review
Lastly, we worked on the Old Testament iWitness.  This is the last book we studied due to wanting to go in chronological order.  But the New Testament is probably the most important book.  This book was really quite a fun book to read but also a challenging book.  We did a lot of digging and studying to go along with this one.  Especially when it came to the rejected books of the Bible.  As you may or may not know different religions have added books to the Bible that we do not use.  Our family use the King James Version, non revised.  So, we like to think we have one of the closest to originals Bibles there are.  But to go through a list of all the books that were not added we also decided to study different religions and how their Bibles differ form ours.  Different versions of Christianity all study the Bible but some of them have added books and we wanted to know which ones and where they came from.  This is definitely a wonderful book to challenge your kids and you to study more and learn more.

 

Because there are no reproducibles this set of books can be used over and over with your children.  My nine-year old and I have gone through them together.  Next, it will be a study that our soon to be eight year old boy can do with his daddy for school.  Then again with the next child until all nine of the kids have gone through the series.  This will be an asset to our school and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a deeper knowledge of history and the Bible or to just  be challenged to look and learn more.  Would do well for an adult even.

The iWitness Bible Series has earned high marks in our school.  Make sure to read the other review you check out the Main TOS Crew Blog Page for the list of reviewers.  You can also find Apologia on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.  We all reviewed the same iWitness Bible series but everyone will have a different take of the product as we are all different and have different children.

 

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Treasury of Bible Stories #bookreview @Litfuse

About the book: Children ages 4-8 will be delighted by these rhyming Bible stories pairing spiritual truths with playful illustrations.

Featuring lyrical stories full of lighthearted moments, this colorful collection of Magnificent Tales is perfect for reading out loud. As families read these stories night after night, they will make memories together while learning about the Bible.
 
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/BotGV
 
About the author: Kelly Pulley works from his middle Tennessee home writing and illustrating children’s picture books, most recentlyTen Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He is best known for illustrating dozens of books in the Beginner’s Bible series, including The Beginner’s Bible (over 1.25 million copies sold).
 
 
My thoughts:  This is such a great book!  My kids love it.  I started out just reading it to my children.  But then my oldest started reading it.  Well she read it all very quickly to herself.  And then she started reading it to her siblings!  I love when my children can read to each other and get along with each other for long periods of time.  This is a great book of Bible stories.  I love when my children enjoy reading good solid stories and there is nothing better than the Bible! This Treasury of Bible Stories is truly a treasure for anyone who ones it.
 
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Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times
 
 
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Bedtime Bible Dramas for Kids #hsreviews

Do you have a bedtime routine with your kids?  Have you ever thought of adding some Bedtime Bible Dramas for Kids to your bedtime routine?  If so, you need to check out Wizzy Gizmo.  

Wizzy Gizmo Review
Recently, as a part of the TOS Crew Review Team, we received Book One:  Who Created Everything? to review.  Let me tell you, I knew as soon as I opened the package that this book was going to rock our world.  The cover was like nothing I had seen before.  This book is totally unique and eye catching.  My kids looked forward to reading it and honestly, it was way too short.  

The book is geared towards ages 4-12, but I used it with ages 3-9.  I can say that my three year old loved it just as much as my nine year old so I think going a little younger will work. Our 14 month old even sat and listened to the stories being read, but I don’t think she got very much out of it!  The book can be purchased for $12.99 off their website.  

Wizzy Gizmo Review
Book One: Who Created Everything covers the story of the creation in Genesis 1.  There is also a Book Two: In His Image,which focuses on Adam and Eve but we did not receive that one to review.  You’ll have to check out some of the other reviews for information on it.

The book as stated covers Chapter 1 of Genesis but in a very unique way.  It is told by Professor Wizzy Gizmo and is the product of his putting the Bible on Gizmovision.  There is an audio drama also available to purchase that is the exact as this book but without the extras.  Those extras include vocabulary words that are highlighted throughout the reading, a glossary, and review questions in the back.  

There are seven chapters in the book.  We spread our reading out to one chapter per night.  This made it last a week.  Each day of creation gets it’s own chapter plus a chapter at the beginning to introduce and share and plan what’s going on!  The Wizzy Gizmo series is written by Chris Del Aquila and Justin Cummins.  

Seven seems to be a recurring number in the book because there are seven main characters.  There is a page introducing them at the beginning of the book.  You have the Professor, his robot, his dog, and then four children.  The favorite of the children for my children was Olive.  Olive is seven years old and loves to be barefoot.  She also loves animals.  This was perfect for my children as we live on a farm and I have a very hard time keeping them in shoes.  Oh and did I mention she runs not walks everywhere?  I think the authors studied my clan when they wrote her.  

My kids loved me reading the story to them, but they really loved the pictures.  There are full two page photos throughout the book.  They are vivid and full of color and detail.  We had to stop and study them and talk about them when reading because they so drew the attention.  The artists did  a great job in our opinion!

Now, the Gizmovision machine.  I’m sure you’ve not heard of one before.  This machine takes a book, any book, and makes it into a real life action packed story that you can participate in when you’re in the bubble.  It creates a bubble that is the book and the readers are then part of that bubble.  The kids suggest all kinds of stories to use, but in the end Professor Wizzy Gizmo chooses the Bible.  Not just any section of the Bible but Genesis Chapter 1 because it goes back to the beginning of time before all of the suggestions of the children.  

Now, I don’t want to tell you too much more about the book.  It would be giving it all away and trust me when I say you are going to want to read this or listen to the audiodrama yourself.  Yes you, you might be the parent, but you’re going to enjoy this series as well as your children.  

The only thing that I did not specifically like about the books is that they use the New American Standard Bible for all their scripture references.  As we’ve mentioned before we’re a King James family.  So, what we did to fix this is just after we’d finished our chapter we looked up the verses that were in it in the King James Version of the Bible we have and read them that way.  Then we could discuss any major differences.

Interested in learning more about Wizzy Gizmo?  Check out the main Crew Blog Page to browse through the selection of reviews for the different products to see which one will be the best fit for your family.    You can also visit Wizzy Gizmo on facebook, twitter, pinterest, google +, and vimeo.

 

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Bible Studies for Children

I consider our Bible Studies for children to be totally separate from our actual school work.  We have Bible in our school too, but I want more for my kids because we tend to miss Sunday school a lot.  I have yet figured out how to get the extra sleep I so desperately need and get everything together to get us all to Sunday School at 9:30 consistently.  I know it’s possible, but just not in the cards for us right now.  It’s our season of life right now.

Anyway.  So our Bible Studies is different.  It’s a Bible studies for children.  Think of it as a personalized Bible study that I share with my kids.    

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Welcome to Day 2 of our Back to Homeschool Blog Hop!  Today I’m talking Bible and how we incorporate more Bible time into our days.

This year I’m trying something different.  We reviewed the Moore Family Films dvd of ABC Say it With Me earlier and I knew that it was so good I wanted to do more with it.  So, I’m building our morning Bible studies off of it for this semester.

Each week we are taking a verse.  For our first week of school we will be doing letter A.  I am making some copywork to use with it, we will watch the “A” clip daily and by the end of the week it is my goal to have everyone memorize the verse.  I will memorize or re-memorize with them.  That verse will be up on our school board for the week as well.  I’m in the process of making a Bible Memory Verse chalkboard(you won’t want to miss this DIY project) to write our verses on.  We will also be doing fun things each week.  I’m thinking things like make the verse out of cookie cutter cookies, writing the verse outside with sidewalk chalk, making letters with bodies, etc.  Lots of fun things that hopefully will make learning our verses so much fun that the kids will remember them!

ABC Say it with Me

I will be sharing my copywork with you as well so make sure to check in weekly.  My goal is to have them up the Sunday of that school week.  Our official school week count will start on September 1st.  We’re doing school already, but it’s not part of the week count.  We haven’t officially started yet.  We do school year round but have two actual semesters to coincide with our local homeschool group that we work with.  

 What do you do for Bible?  Do you prefer a specific translation?

We use the KJV in our house.  All of my kids have their own Bible.  Well not baby yet, but she will soon have a Toddler Bible.  I am looking at getting new preschool type Bibles for our 3 and 4 year old as well.  All of the children’s Bibles are KJV as well except for the Toddler Bibles.  I have yet to find a storybook Bible that actually incorporates a version.  I could do a whole post on why we chose the KJV but this is not the time for it.

Now I know some might be curious what Bible courses we use in our school.  I highly prefer the Abeka Bible Curriculum.  It is wonderful!  But Bible is a daily part of ALL of our school, not just the Bible coursework.  We incorporate Bible with our Konos, we have Bible in our math(Mommy makes some of her own stuff up for this), we have Bible in our copywork and our handwriting, we have Bible in our reading, etc.  I think the Bible should be a daily part of our lives and showing up all over the place.

I know there is some controversy in the homeschool realm as to how structured Bible studies should be and how somber they should be.  Some don’t believe in making storybooks and tales about the Bible.  Some don’t use real Bibles.  It’s such a personal choice though to me.  My husband and I made our choice.  We did not ask other people, we did not take a poll.  We did however, spend time in prayer and I constantly feel led to change a small part or make something a bit different as my children age and I want them to take the Bible and the love of God seriously.  That being said I do allow my children to watch Veggie Tales and What’s in the Bible.  For young children I think we need to take a step back and let them learn however they can.  One of our biggest things has always been music.  If music is playing in our house it is Christian. 

Now, let me step back there a bit and say come back soon and I’ll share that revelation with you as it was a recent change to only Christian.  But my children love to sing.  They sing Jesus Loves Me as they swing.  They Sing God’s Not Dead as they clean house.  They sing Daniel Prayed when the baby is cranky.  I am tone deaf but I take every opportunity to share music and my love of music with my kids.

Now back to the task at hand!  Visit the other blogs below to see what they are doing for the 2nd Day of our Hop as well as the Main Crew page for all 50 blogs participating.  Don’t forget my Day 1 Post either where I talked about our Homeschool Curriculum for this year.

Jennifer @ Chestnut Grove Academy
Crystal @ Tidbits of Experience
Rebecca @ Raventhreads
Jennifer @  Milk & Honey Mommy
Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool
Monique @ Living Life and Learning
Lisa @ A Rup Life
Beth @ Weavings

Thy Word Have I Hid in Mine Heart

We all want what’s best for our children.  I know this.  You know this.  We don’t always agree though.  One of the major points for my husband and I is that we want our children to learn the Scriptures.  We want them to hide His word in their hearts, so they will remember and obey as they grow.  It says “Thy word have I hid in mine heart”.  This is what we want for our kids.  And we want to lead by example.

This is why I was so excited when we received a copy of the ABC Say it with Me DVD to review.  Moore Family Films created the DVD which is available to purchase on their website for  $15.95.  It is 55 minutes long from A to Z and also includes a short little behind the scenes making of the DVD.

In the DVD your child will find a cute little video to go with each memory verse.  There is one verse for each letter of the alphabet.  So in reality your child can learn their letters and learn their verses at the same time.  A child does not need to know how to read to memorize Bible verses.  In fact, in our house I think they memorize before they can read and that is a wonderful thing.  Children learn well when they are young and absorb so much.

Take a quick peak at letter A:

Not only will your children learn their Bible verses, but they will also see a cute little video.  In the cute little video though they learn something else.  They learn how to apply the verse to their life and use it.  They learn how to treat others and obey the commands given in the verses.  We should not only just memorize, but learn how to apply the verses to our lives to get the most out of our knowledge.  It would be sad if you could quote the entire Bible but still chose to ignore what it said and live your life in a way that was displeasing to God.

Now some more about the movie with how we’re using it.  We started off just watching the entire dvd.  The kids sat down and I was going to just let them watch one letter and then work on the verse, but they wanted to watch the whole thing.  Knowing that they can absorb I let them.  Then we discussed some of the verses.  And I created a plan.  I homeschool my kiddos as I’m sure you know.  I have 9 kiddos as well(which if you read regularly you know that too).  I also love to create my own unit studies!  You might not know that.   While waiting for me to get the unit study created we have been watching over sections of the dvd on an almost daily basis.  We start our school days with Bible and I like to have us watch and listen to a verse off of here as well.  Some of the kids are already starting to memorize verses and say them with the children just from watching it!

So I decided we are going to go through the dvd with one verse per week and do a study on it.  I will write the verse on a large sheet of paper and hang it to our school wall so it is visible.  This paper will be taken down at the end of the week and we will create a book of sorts of them at the end of the study.  I am also in the process of creating copywork using the verses for each week to help with our handwriting and also our memory.  Because reading and writing go hand in hand in our house!  We are also going to work on finding the verses in our Bibles to help increase our knowledge of where the books of the Bible are.  Each day will also include a small Bible lesson about what was going on when the verse was written, why it was written, what it means to us today and what it meant to the people of the time.  Some history of the time to go along as well.  I haven’t fully figured how I’ll get math in there but I’m sure I will!

We will be starting our unit studies on this the first week of June when we will be totally done with our current school year and starting on our summer work.  I have other studies to do over the summer.  I hope to make the unit study copyworks and any worksheets I create available here on my blog for free for others to use as well if they wish.  These are not endorsed by the Moore Family but I hope they’ll appreciate them!

Another key for us with this dvd which makes me super happy is that it is in the KJV.   We use the King James Version is our home pretty much exclusively.  We do have a few of the New King James Version for one or two of the younger children’s Bibles.  I myself have the KJV of the Homeschool Mom’s Bible and love it.  My husband and I feel it is important to use the KJV for our family.  If you read a verse in the KJV and then in the NIV there are often some words missing or the context changed a bit.  For most this isn’t a big deal, but we prefer the KJV.  So, that just makes this little DVD that much better!

Make sure you go and check out the DVD.  Browse their website as well because they do have more to offer!

 

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