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What’s in the Bible Review and GIVEAWAY

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It’s Give Away Time!!!

Have you seen this new series put out by the creator of Veggie Tales? It’s called “Buck Denver Asks What’s in the Bible” and takes kids (and adults) cover to cover through the Bible. Buck Denver is a News Man who is curious about the Bible.  I must say, I have learned so much from watching these videos and so have my kids (ages 2, 4, 7, and 9). It holds the attention of each one of them in a different way.

The videos are filled with colorful characters in the form of puppets. There’s someone for everyone. My personal favorites are Clive and Ian (explorers), Captain Pete (who sounds suspiciously like Pa Grape) and Sunday School Lady with her magic Flannel Graph!

I was a HUGE fan of Veggie Tales back in the day (before I even had kids), but I have to tell you that I was a little frustrated as I saw the series moving away from Bible stories and more into Moral stories. I mean, having good morals is all well and good, but nothing beats the Bible!

When I heard that Phil Vischer (creator of Veggie Tales and What’s in the Bible) had come out with this new series, I was a little skeptical and really didn’t give it much attention. A friend of mine was telling me about the videos and that she and her girls had been watching them and really were learning cool things about the Bible. I asked if we could borrow the videos and was hooked the moment we started watching. My kids LOVE them! They often ask to watch them and can’t wait until we get a new one.

Big Brother and Big Sister really love the word play and silly jokes that can be found throughout. The videos are fast paced and change scenery often to keep the attention of the kids. Sometimes it can move too fast for little ones (like preschool age), but for the most part, they are a win in my book. Little Sis and Baby Girl like the songs.

The songs are super creative and help you learn words like “pentateuch” and “septuagint.”

We watched Volume 1 recently. I like that it doesn’t just jump into Creation and Adam and Eve. The video has two 25 minute episodes. You get to join a little boy name Michael as he is watching the DVDs on a car trip to visit his grandmother. His commentary is cute and clever.

In the first episode of Volume 1, you learn what the Bible is, who put it together, how it tells the whole story of God’s rescue plan. This episode sets the stage for the rest of the series. Episode 2 is about who wrote the Bible, how God inspired the writers to tell the story of God’s rescue plan. It introduces the book of Genesis and explains how it sets the stage for all the events of history.

A couple of things did occur in the video of which I was not a fan. In episode 1, they ask “What is the Bible.” They have a scientist explain that it is paper with a leather cover, etc. Sunday School Lady then comes in and says “Never send a scientist to do a Sunday School teacher’s job.”  The series does a good job later on incorporating Science in a positive light, but I think this was an unnecessary cut. Another item was how the series skirts around the issue of young earth/ old earth. They do not take a stand either way, but say there are many theories… and really, that’s fine. The goal of the series is the Big Picture of God’s Rescue Plan.

I think Phil Vischer is a super talented story teller and is very creative in how he presents HUGE, GROWN UP concepts in a ways that children can understand. They may not understand everything that they are hearing, but they are hearing it, soaking it in, storing it away and it will stick with them.

I am actually so excited about this series of videos that we have ordered the VBS for our church to use this summer.

I am also excited to offer Volume 1 to One of YOU!!!!!! If you’d like to win a copy of Volume 1 of What’s in the Bible, simply leave a comment below and let me know your favorite resource for teaching the Bible to your children!

That’s it… just comment on THIS BLOG POST and you are entered to win your own copy!

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Give Away ends Tuesday, May 6 and 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Wednesday, May 7.

You can find all the What’s in the Bible Videos HERE. The What’s in The Bible website also offers FREE activites, coloring sheets, etc. that accompany the videos.

 

Review: To Enter to win your own copy of Volume 1

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I was given this video to review by the folks at What’s in the Bible. They are also providing the video for the Give Away. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

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Running the Race with Endurance

Run the Race

Confession time: My quiet times and Bible study with the Lord has taken a severe hit since having children. I’d like to blame the children, but the reality is, I am the one responsible. For a while, I would think about having a good quiet time. I would feel guilty when I didn’t. Eventually though, I just stopped even thinking about it. I didn’t stop believing in God. I didn’t stop referring to his Word. I knew he was there. I knew he was true. I just stopped spending time with him… real time. I would count reading the kids’ Bible at night or doing school as quality time with God… when in reality, it wasn’t.

I’m still not there. I’m really not. But the desire is back. I actually think about and WANT to have quiet times again.. for the first time in years. I even accomplish it at times.  It is overwhelming though… to know where to start… to come back around and start again. I feel guilty… I feel like I should be farther along in the race of Christianity.

When a new year comes around, people usually pile on the goals and resolutions… I’m going to exercise… I’m going to lose weight…I’m going to spend more time with the kids and less time with my phone…. I’m going to keep my house clean… I’m going to read my Bible every day. And we do these things consistently for a time… some make it longer than others… but then routine sets in and more often than not, those goals go on the shelf to gather dust.

I read this the other day… Hebrews 12:1-4

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

I have read this before… many times. I usually only see the part that says “run the race with endurance.” But what stood out to me this time was the part that says, “let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings closely…”

Each morning, HIS mercies are new. Each moment we have the freedom to lay aside the weight, the sin that clings so closely. Each day we can make a choice. Philippians 3:13 encourages us to “forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead.”

You didn’t meet your goal yesterday, last month, last year… forget what lies behind. Strain forward. Don’t let the guilt of not doing it defeat you, immobilize you. Strain forward. Strain… that doesn’t indicate ease. That makes me think of when I’m on the last half mile of a long run and I am literally begging my body to keep going. Strain. Push. Press on.

What that looks like for me is different than what it looks like for you. But the exhortation is the same. Run the race with endurance. Set aside the weight, the sin and strain forward.

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A Kingdom Divided will Not Stand

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. Matthew 12:25

My heart breaks again and again when I see or hear of Christians at odds with each other. If we are believers in Christ, we cannot ignore the “Great Commission”

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

We are called to go out into the nations and share the good news of Christ…

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

Romans 6:23

Because of our sin… because of the things we do that miss the mark of perfection.. whether we live a continual life of habitual sin or if it was just one little lie we told or one negative thought towards something or one wrong deed… we have missed the mark… and because of that sin, there are consequences. According to the Bible, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. What does that mean?

Jesus took our punishment. He took the death that should have been ours when he died on the cross. He endured suffering beyond comprehension… physical, spiritual, emotional… all so that we wouldn’t have to.

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:9- 10

There is nothing we can do… no good deed… no amount of service… no number of church services or mission trips or volunteer days a the soup kitchen that can erase the debt of sin that we are in. NOTHING. That is why it is the gift of God.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast

Ephesians 2:8-9

This is the good news that we are called to share- that despite the suffering and awful things we see around us, there is hope. There is a chance fore redemption. Despite the sickness and atrocities that occur daily, there is hope… there is a promise of better things.

Are we all in agreement so far?

My heart breaks that though we, as Christians, have all received the same good news and have supposedly all surrendered our lives to Jesus… there can still be such division amongst us.

I remember hearing Beth Moore talk about rib issues and spine issues in one of her Bible studies. Spine issues… like the foundation of our faith. Like all the stuff I listed above… the very support system of the church… those are the issues that are most important. Rib issues, on the other hand, are the things that people within the church seem to get hung up on… predestination vs. free will, adoption, which version of the Bible is best, when is Jesus coming back, tithing, baptism, how you should school your children, how you should give birth and so on. Some of those are hot buttons among different denominations.

How sad it is when the very church itself is divided. How are we supposed to fulfill the Great Commission if we cannot agree amongst ourselves. How can we love our brothers within the church if we are stuck on our high horse over an issue that in the end, won’t really matter? I have been saddened lately over the current state of the church. I could list statistics for you about how divorce, alcoholism, child abuse, etc. don’t look much different among “Christians” as the rest of the world.

I have come to the conclusion that it absolutely HAS to be God that draws people unto himself… because seriously, the church in America today is hurting.

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To Set the Record Straight

I try to keep my mouth shut on a lot of issues. I often am afraid to bite off more than I can chew… that I’m not smart enough to defend what I believe. But you know… sometimes I just get fed up with the Christian bashing and ignorant statements that are made against Christianity and the Bible. I am not calling people stupid… but some statements I hear… some arguments I see used are just uninformed and ignorant. Now… I am still not confident in my abilities as I write this post, but I am confident in the Lord. I am not worried that the arguments and hateful comments of men will negate who God is.

I have seen this letter and variations of it pop up here and there. People like to use the laws of Leviticus to make Christians look foolish. I say the people who use this as an argument against the Bible are misinformed. I’d like to take a minute to set the record straight and address some of these claims.

First of all… I am not about to get into a debate over homosexuality. If you ask me… I’m not so much against gay marriage as I am passionately FOR God’s design for marriage… which happens to be marriage between one man and one woman. I am not so much against adultery as FOR fidelity in marriage. I am not so much against bigamy as I am FOR monogamy. Do you see what I am saying? I am not going to rant on about what I am against. I would rather know what I stand for… and why. I am for God’s design… period. It may not always make sense to me. I might often wonder why He chose to do certain things the way He did and does… but I trust Him… fully.

Now… on to address some of these arguments that people use to try to make the Bible look out dated and foolish.

Exodus 21:7 discusses the selling of a man’s daughter into slavery. First of all… it does not say that men are required to sell their daughters into slavery… it says “WHEN a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do.” I think that we need to take a look at slavery in the Bible before making claims that the Bible… or more importantly God condones slavery. When we think about the word slavery, we immediately think of the atrocities of the African slave trade… men and women and children ripped violently from their homes and sold… Exodus 21:16 states “Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.” It seems to me that God does not condone the slave trade or selling of men. From what I understand, slavery in the Bible was intended to be more of an indentured servanthood. People committed themselves to labor in exchange for food and shelter. The laws concerning slavery in the Bible were actually intended to PROTECT those who were slaves so that they would not be exploited. If you continue reading into in Exodus 21:7, a female slave was to be “redeemed” if she did not please her master and was not to be sold.. nor was she to be given in marriage without the consent of her father.

Many of the laws of Leviticus have to do with dietary issues, crops, etc. God, in is infinite wisdom, happens to know a bit more than we do. Try as we might, we are flawed and aren’t going to always know best. To acknowledge that God always knows best goes against our very nature. At the time the Levitical laws were written, the sanitation of food prep and storage was not as advanced as today. Many of the laws put in place were to protect people from illness caused by bad food. As far as the planting of two different crops in one field or the making of clothes from two different fibers as addressed in Leviticus 19, here are my thoughts: When you begin mixing something that is pure with something else, the content changes. I am not a farmer, but I would imagine that different crops have different needs and place different demands on the soil. When you begin planting different crops together, neither is able to develop to it’s full potential. As far as clothing fibers are concerned, when synthetic materials are manufactured, the product is not as pure or as valuable as the original product. I don’t think that this law is indicating that it is a sin to mix fibers, but rather you would not be getting the best possible result. The eight commandment states that we should not steal. If I present a product in my etsy shop and claim that it is made with organic cotton when I know that I used a mix of fabrics and only a portion is organic… I am cheating my customers and essentially stealing from them.

Are you with me so far?

Leviticus 21:20 talks about not coming to alter of God if you have a defect. People sarcastically ask if that means that God will have nothing to do with me if I don’t have 20/20 vision. Let’s be honest here. God is perfect and cannot be in the presence of sin. How does that line up with the Christian claims of grace and a loving God? I’m glad you asked. In Isaiah, we see that God is holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. We are also told in Isaiah 64:6 that our righteous acts are like filthy rags in God’s sight (incidentally the literal translation for filthy rags is soiled menstral cloths… let that sink in for a moment… ew!)… so trying to earn your way into heaven with “good” deeds is not going to happen. From the moment… well, even before the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden and separated themselves from him, God had a plan for redemption. Jesus, who is God incarnate, lived and breathed on this earth as a sinless man. He took the punishment for our sins when he died on the cross and because of his death, we can be in the presence of God the Father… because when you “confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,” God no longer sees your sinful heart, but Christ’s righteousness. So yeah… you can’t enter God’s presence if you have a defect… and we all have a defect… physical, emotional, spiritual… all a result from sin… BUT because of Jesus, God no longer sees the “defect”… he sees perfection.

Along those lines, some of the laws of Leviticus seem harsh (to say the least)… like stoning someone who works on the Sabbath (Exodus 35:2)… but when God’s standard is no less than perfection, the laws have to be harsh.. the standard has to be high.God, in his infinite grace and wisdom, could not let us go and provided an ultimate atonement for our sins in Jesus. In the old testament, specific laws were set forth in how to sacrifice an unblemished lamb for the atonement of sins. That sacrifice had to be repeated over and over and over… because sinning never stopped. But… Jesus, the ultimate spotless lamb… was the once for all sacrifice. The old way was no longer needed because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross.

Praise the Lord the Bible doesn’t end with Leviticus. You can’t take one part of the Bible and use it against another. It is one story, from beginning to end. It is the story of God’s relentless love and pursuit of us. That pursuit makes some of us uncomfortable… so we rebel and push back. Our arguments…. our foolish statements… our misquoting of the Bible does not negate or lessen the character of God.

When it comes down to it, we have all strayed from God’s design. We are flawed creatures… not one of us is perfect and not one of us is without sin. The Bible is not out dated and does not need to be re-written to catch up with the times. The Word of God and the Souls of Men are eternal. That’s it… nothing else.

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12  even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15  My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18  If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21  Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

I LOVE this psalm. It’s one of my favorite passages in Scripture.

Oh.. and I got the idea for the photo editing from Pinterest (shocking, I know).

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Christmas, Love Languages, and My Two Cents

I am battling this year with Christmas. This is my most favorite time of year. I love the music, the crafts, the decorations, the anticipation, the waiting, the celebration, the building of traditions… I just love it. And… another part I love is the gifts… the giving and receiving of gifts (GASP… am I allowed to say that as a Christian?).

I battle because more and more I read blog posts and status updates about downsizing Christmas and removing the materialism and ending the commercialism and craziness of Christmastime… just getting back to the real meaning… Jesus. I am not against this. I am all about keeping Christ at the center of Christmas… it is, after all… all about him. There is no getting around it… even secular TV like the Office and the Middle and other shows recognize that it is Jesus who is the reason.

Here’s my battle… here’s my two cents… Jesus should be center… in the forefront year round… right? So… what’s wrong with celebrating during this time of year… with finding the balance?

Have you read The five Love Languages by Gary Chapman? I recommend it… married or not… it is a great resource for learning more about yourself and those you are in relationships with. The basic concept is that there are five primary love languages… five basic ways in which people receive and give love… quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service… and… gasp… gifts!

My primary love language is gifts. I truly enjoy giving and receiving gifts. I love to let people know that I am thinking about them in tangible ways… whether it be a letter, email, gift, etc. In turn, I feel so special and loved when I am blessed with a gift. I have realized that it doesn’t have to be elaborate… it doesn’t have to cost anything at all really… just some token of affection. When I was little and my parents would go out of town, I would get so excited if they brought me a souveneir. When I go somewhere, I am constantly on the lookout for something to bring home to my loved ones.   My husband knows that I am addicted to office supplies. I love pens, paper, paper clips, post it notes… every now and then, he’ll surprise me with a new pen. Sometimes, he’ll pick me a flower or grab me a piece of candy from the candy bowl at work. He could go to the library and check out a book for me and that would warm my heart. I love blessing our children with gifts. I have struggled for the last few years to have this love language and the budget that we have. It is so hard to see a want or desire or need of another person and not be able to do anything about it. It has forced me to rely on the Lord more and to get more creative… to give from the resources I do have… time, energy, sewing machine… etc.

How do I reconcile this desire to give and receive gifts with this move in the church to de- clutter and de- materialize Christmas? I am not saying go crazy and make the holiday all about the gifts. I just don’t understand why we have to go to one extreme or the other… why does it have to be gifts OR Jesus? Why does it have to be Christmas lights OR the nativity?

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”- Luke 11:11- 13

I don’t think that it is unBiblical to give gifts. The Bible also says it more blessed to give than to receive. We have been, because of circumstances, seminary, etc. on the receiving end of things for a time. This year, we have the opportunity to be on the giving side of things for a change … even within our own family. We don’t have the means to give our kids an allowance or buy them toys, clothes, shoes, etc at the drop of a hat… I am cool with Christmas being a time of year that we celebrate God’s greatest gift by blessing each other with gifts. We focus on Christ throughout the season and bring it all together with a celebration on Christmas… I’ll write more about our family traditions in another post.

So.. that’s my two cents for today… take it or leave it.

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Get Out of That Pit- Chapter 3

We took this week as a fall break from Homeschool. It’s been nice, but I’m having a hard time being motivated to do anything. While we were staying with family over the weekend, however, I did find time to snuggle up with my favorite four year old and read… she read Berenstain Bears and I read some more of Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore.

Chapter 3 is called “When You Slip Into A Pit.” It’s all about how you make choices that seem harmless at first, but eventually land you in a pit. We put ourselves in a pit without even meaning to. Most people don’t “mean” to have an eating disorder, an extra-marital affair, a pain-killer addiction, a massive debt… these things all start with good, maybe even pure intentions, but somewhere along the way take a wrong turn- which heads straight into a pit.

Beth Moore points out a strategy, a three step progressive plan that Satan has to slip us up and land us in the pit, in the muck, in the mire. It is this:

1. Distraction– a small distraction that becomes a big one is called a stronghold. 2 Corinthians 10:5 basically says a stronghold is anything that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. So.. anything that pulls our attention away from the Lord.

2. Addiction– a couple of weeks ago, my husband preached at the church where we got married. He recently graduated from seminary with a degree in counseling. He talked about addiction and how not many people would be comfortable calling themselves an addict, but the truth is we all struggle with addiction- in the Christian world, we call it idol worship- giving our affection, time and efforts to anything other than the Lord is idol worship.

3. Destruction– this is Satan’s end goal. He doesn’t just want to hurt us or trip us up… he wants to DESTROY us!

If you’re a Christian, you have a built in alarm system. The Holy Spirit is in us, and if we don’t quench Him He’ll tell us early on when we’re headed for trouble. He’ll also tell us whether to be careful right where we are or bail out all together.

Read that last sentence again… to stay put and be careful or to bail out all together..some situations need to be abandoned. Don’t fool yourself or justify your actions in the name of ministry… abort the plan. Let’s say you’re volunteering for something at church and getting chummy with one of the men who is helping who is NOT your husband. All of the sudden you find yourself spending more time with him, enjoying his company, “harmlessly flirting,”.. abort! Run away! It is not worth ruining your marriage and breaking your vows!

Or.. an example a little closer to home for me… we had a neighbor who would frequently… like multiple times a day come to our door asking for money, pain medicine, food, my phone… at first I didn’t mind. I wanted to help the family. I wanted to share Jesus with them. I thought if I turned them away or said no, they would have a bad view of Christianity. After a few months of this daily routine, I found myself hating her. I hated every time I would hear a knock at the door. I wouldn’t let the kids play outside. I closed the shades and turned off the lights and hid. I would blame the neighbors if something was missing from our house or something was wrong with our car. I found myself in a pit of bitterness. We sought wisdom and were told over and over again to set boundaries… to say no.It became clear they were only interested in what they could get from us… when we started saying no, they soon moved on.

Another way you can sometimes recognize Satan at work is that you begin to feel backed into a corner… It’s ironic Satan tries to sell us the philosophy that God wants to squelch us and confine us and that, like Him, we should be able to do whatever we want… Satan promises wide- open spaces, but then he backs us into a pit.

I feel like that sums up a lot of how I saw God in the last couple of years. I was so mad about having to leave my comforts and follow my husband to seminary. I saw it as God trying to squelch me. Even a couple of months ago, I asked my husband how much more God was going to do to squash us in the area of money (we had just lost our second car and were going to have to be a one car family for a while). My husband told me not to ask that question because he doubted I really wanted to know the answer.

Instead of having a pity party when things don’t go my way, I really should be saying:

If I should say, “my foot has slipped, ”

Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up.

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,

Your consolations delight my soul.

Psalm 94: 18- 19

Contrary to what Satan would have you believe, God doesn’t want to squelch or squash you. He wants to console, love and build you up. His ways are not our ways and don’t make sense all the time… but really… the Lord is the only one who can be trusted 100% of the time.

I highly recommend that you read this book and not just go on my thoughts.. what stands out as important to me may not be what stands out to you.

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A Prayer Guide for Self

Last week, I share a post that included a Prayer Guide for Family… more specifically for children and for your husband. I did not put the lists together, but have been blessed tremendously by them. I will not claim to have the knowledge that the woman who did assemble those lists, but here is my attempt at putting together a Prayer guide for your self. Again, it is 31 things… one for every day of the month. This list is geared towards women… wives and mothers… because I assume that is mostly who reads this blog. Feel free to adapt it to your stage in life. And please feel free to share this post with a link back to the original. Thanks!

1. To have a healthy fear of the Lord which is the beginning of knowledge and to graciously receive wisdom and instruction

2. have a gentle and quiet spirit

3. to not be wise in my own eyes, but seek the Lord for wisdom and direction. He has a will… ask Him what it is

4. that I would respect my husband and let him lead

5. that I would guard my heart in what I watch, listen to, read, etc.

6. that I would be a helpmate to my husband

7. that I would not be so concerned for my children’s happiness as their character and who they are in the Lord

8. that I would manage my household well

9. that I would be a good steward of my time and efforts concerning my home

10. that I would be a prudent wife

11. that I would model modesty for my children… both my daughters and my sons

12. that I would be hospitable… even when it may be an inconvenience

13. that I would be a gracious woman, wife, mother

14. that I would train up my children in the fear and wisdom of the Lord through intentional teaching as well as everyday moments

15. that I would be faithful to my husband in thought, word and deed

16. that I would be an encourager- thoughtful and tactful with my words

17. that I would be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

18. that I would seek the Lord for my identity and not the opinion’s of others or the magazines I see in the store, etc.

19. that I would have a love for the Word of God

20. that I would not go to bed angry, but be willing to have tough conversations with my husband

21. that I would bring honor to my family and not shame

22. that  I would be protected from the schemes of the devil

23. that I would guard my tongue

24. that I would be willing to make the hard choices when I know that they are right

25. that I would discipline my children with love and respect

26. that I would be one who builds up my house and doesn’t tear it down

27. that I would have perseverance

28. that I would commit to the Lord whatever I do… even if it’s just changing diapers

29. that I would learn to be content in any circumstance

30. that I would not worry about tomorrow

31. that I would not be deceived by charm and beauty, but be a woman who fears the Lord

So… there you go… here’s my list. I hope you are able to use it.. Feel free to adapt it to where you are in life. I really can’t take credit for this list either… it’s all in the Bible.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’m linking this post up with the Hip Homeschool Hop.

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Updated:

My college roommate just sent me this Single Gal’s version of the above list.

1. To have a healthy fear of the Lord which is the beginning of knowledge and to graciously receive wisdom and instruction
2. have a gentle and quiet spirit
3. to not be wise in my own eyes, but seek the Lord for wisdom and direction.
4. that I would respect those I live and work with and seek to serve them
5. that I would guard my heart in what I watch, listen to, read, etc.
6. that I would seek to serve friends and families around me
7. that I would not be as concerned for my happiness as I am about my character
8. that I would manage my household well
9. that I would be a good steward of my time and efforts
10. that I would be a prudent (wise, discreet, careful) woman
11. that I would be a model of modesty
12. that I would be hospitable… even when it may be an inconvenience
13. that I would be a gracious woman, friend, coworker
14. that I seek to learn from the Lord, continually being trained up in righteousness
15. that God would provide a faithful man of the Lord to husband me if it is His will…and that I would rest in contentment
16. that I would be an encourager- thoughtful and tactful with my words
17. that I would be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
18. that I would seek the Lord for my identity and not the opinion’s of others or the magazines I see in the store, etc.
19. that I would have a love for the Word of God
20. that I would keep short accounts and not harbor anger or bitterness toward those around me
21. that I would bring honor to my family and not shame
22. that I would be protected from the schemes of the devil
23. that I would guard my tongue
24. that I would be willing to make the hard choices when I know that they are right
25. that I would pursue discipline in my own life, rising early and honoring my body
26. that I would be one who builds up my house and doesn’t tear it down
27. that I would have perseverance
28. that I would commit to the Lord whatever I do… even if it’s just filing expense reports
29. that I would learn to be content in any circumstance
30. that I would not worry about tomorrow
31. that I would not be deceived by charm and beauty, but be a woman who fears the Lord

Thanks Roomie!

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Money Saving Monday- Needs vs Wants

If you read our family blog, this is a post I wrote about a year ago. It always seems to be one of the most clicked on posts. I struggle with needs vs. wants. I do. I’ll admit it. What I think I need one day is really nothing more than a want the next. A couple of months ago, my husband’s car quit working. To me, we NEEDED his car fixed or to get a replacement. We simply could not function as a one car family. With him driving for his job and me homeschooling the kids, having two cars was a must. But…we couldn’t afford another car. We couldn’t afford to get his fixed. And for two months.. guess what… we somehow survived. We’ve been blessed beyond measure to have been given a car this past weekend for which we are so grateful. It wasn’t a need as I saw it a couple of months ago. It was a want… it was a comfort… it was security. We were fine with one car, but I am so thankful that now we have two…

Anyway… here’s the post for today:

Our pastor has been doing a series of sermons from Proverbs. He has covered a number of topics- wisdom, marriage, and most recently money. Money is a hard issue to discuss. My husband and I are finding that as we seek wise council in regards to the handling of finances, we receive a myriad of answers. We have asked many people who we consider wise, maturing Christians and have received conflicting answers on the best way to honor God in the area of money.

Questions that crossed our lips especially while my husband was in seminary: how do you tithe while living on support? How do you tithe when your income doesn’t meet your basic needs? Is it wise to give while in debt? Should you tithe if it means going farther into debt? Is tithing limited to money or can it be giving of your time and other resources? We don’t have the answers to these questions.

One thing I appreciated in our pastor’s sermon a couple of weeks ago is the idea that everyone has different chores in the kingdom of God- so, the way we use what we have, the amount of resources we are given…will look different from one person to the next. We have to be cautious not to pass judgement on someone because of what they have… or because of what they don’t have.

Needs v Wants… What do we need…what do we want? Because of seminary, we had to learn to live with what we need and not so much worry about what we want. Part of me wants to take pride in that fact… But I have ask myself how would I act if I had the money to indulge in what I want? Would I still pinch pennies and be frugal? I hope so.

Final thoughts:
Many people today wonder about the presence of supernatural activity in the Bible (angels and demons, spiritual warfare)… Does it still exist today or is that all a thing of the past? Friends of mine that are missionaries in developing countries would say yes as the have experienced that kind of thing first hand. So… Why not so much in America? We don’t need Satan to distract us from God… We do it to ourselves with all our stuff that we “need”.

Just sayin’…

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180 Movie

For some reason, I am hesitant… more like scared to post things on facebook concerning my thoughts on abortion. I am not bold. I am afraid… afraid that I am not educated enough to back up what I believe… afraid of rejection… afraid of … well, who knows.

But the truth is… people have to make a stand. If we continue to stand in the shadows and let abortion continue… well, I can’t even imaging what that will bring. This video says it so much better than I can. It’s lengthy.. but it’s worth it. Please take the time to watch it. Please take the time to pray for our leaders… pray for these mothers who are scared and think abortion is the only choice… pray for adoptive parents to push through the red tape and pursue these babies. Pray for these precious lives that are being taken.

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