30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

What if the Word of God is powerful that it could change circumstances and situations for your family as you pray?

You’re Made In The Image Of God

When I think about us — God’s creation, His children — we were created in the very image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26-28)

A child will often model and imitate those who they are around, often becoming a lot like their parents or their peers. You are the product of your environment.

Did you know that God wants to be our environment? He wants His Word to be the lens we look at life through.

God created us in His image and likeness, which means that we don’t live by what we naturally see, but rather by the spirit. Our reality can so easily be formed on the things which we’re experiencing.

Romans 8:5 says,

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

The Power of Scripture

God’s Word is powerful. In it, it reveals His heart towards us and how we should live. But, sometimes we don’t see in the natural the things we know by the spirit.

Hebrews 4:12 says,

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Reading the Bible and taking it in does something in our hearts. When we read God’s Word, we are connecting with spiritual matters and God Himself. We are learning more about His character and nature and ours through Him.

What we need to do is allow God’s Word to become a part of who we are and not just words on a page.

Prayer Changes Things

First of all, prayer is not a suggestion in the Bible. Jesus often said, “When you pray,” as He was speaking with his disciples. So it wasn’t a matter of not praying, but when you pray.

Prayer is a lifestyle of communion and intimacy with God. We are designed to connect, to speak to and hear from our heavenly Father and it’s done through prayer.

Prayer is not just about saying mere words. That’s repetition – it becomes religious, a law and of no use. When it comes to prayer, it’s about our hearts as we share in the desires of the Lord, a hunger for things to change and a yearning for His will to be done.

Praying Over Your Family

These 30 scriptures below are powerful to pray over your family. We want to agree or confess God’s Word, to make a declaration in accordance with His will, which is His Word.

It’s not God who needs to change; we do. We are not trying to convince God of anything. In fact, we need to convince ourselves of something — we don’t have it right and we aren’t perfect, but God is. His ways are perfect.

So we need to surrender and trust God instead of our own way of thinking. This is why prayer is so important; it changes you and me, not God.

Be sure to grab my 30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family Free Printable below. Consider memorizing them, praying and declaring them or use them for scripture writing.

30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

I’d love to hear if these scripture challenges have been helpful for you. Feel free to share with me in the comments below!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Are you wondering how to teach your kids to pray? Use this Prayer Bible Study For Kids as a guide to help you teach them to pray.
30 Scriptures About God’s Grace + FREE Printable

30 Scriptures About God’s Grace + FREE Printable

What is God’s grace and why do we need it? What if the grace of God was not just Him being gracious to us, but empowering us and enabling us to do what He’s called us to do?

What Is The Grace Of God?

A Look Into The Old Testament (Hebrew) Meaning of Grace

Let’s look at Genesis 6:8, the first occurrence in the Bible about grace. It says,

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

The Hebrew word for grace in this scripture is: chen (noun)

This word means:

  • favour, grace, charm
  • favour, grace, elegance
  • favour, acceptance

So Noah found favour, charm, elegance, acceptance and grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Why is it that Noah found grace or favour in the eyes of the Lord?

30 Scriptures About God's Grace + FREE PRINTABLE

Let’s read Genesis 6:5-12:

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

This section of scripture talks about the wickedness of man – that their every intent of the thoughts of their heart was only evil continually

The Lord felt sorry He made man. And then verse 8 goes on to say, “BUT NOAH”.

What do you think was different about Noah?

It says in verse 9 – Noah was:

  • a just man
  • perfect in his generations
  • one who walked with God

For Noah to have these qualities about him would indicate that He’s developed character. The character of Noah made him different from the rest of the people and as a result he found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

The scripture does not say that Noah worked hard to earn God’s grace. In fact, God’s grace was attracted to Noah as a result of his relationship with the Lord.

When you look into the words just and perfect, you find that Noah was about what was lawful and righteousness. He was a man who was sound, healthy, upright and full of integrity,

Now Noah sounds like a person you can trust.

When you walk with someone, what happens?

You get to know their heart, you hear from them and exchange conversation. There’s something special and significant about the relationship you build with that person. For Noah, I can imagine that if he walked with the Lord he got know His heart.

So then, finding grace in the sight of the Lord is not something you can manufacture, work towards or ask for; it’s a gift from the Lord. There’s no equation to grace.

A Look Into The New Testament (Greek) Meaning Of Grace

Let’s look at another verse, this time in the greek language.

The greek word for grace is charis. And the first occurrence of charis is found in Luke 1:30, which says:

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

The word favour in this scripture is grace.

Charis means:

  • grace
  • that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech
    good will, loving-kindness, favour
  • of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues
  • what is due to grace
  • the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace
  • the token or proof of grace, benefit
  • a gift of grace
  • benefit, bounty
  • thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward

Do you suppose Mary had a relationship with the Lord?

I believe she did, just like Noah! She called herself a maidservant or handmaid of the Lord. She was likely surrendered to His Lordship therefore found grace or favour in His sight.

What Does God’s Grace Do?

The grace of God is available for a purpose and does many things:

  • God’s grace can be seen
    • Acts 11:23 – When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.
  • God’s grace is the gospel
    • Acts 20:24 – But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
  • God’s grace is the passageway to salvation
    • Acts 15:11 – But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.
  • God’s grace enables and empowers us
    • Acts 4:32-35 – All the believers were one in mind and heart. Selfishness was not a part of their community, for they shared everything they had with one another. The apostles gave powerful testimonies about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great measures of grace rested upon them all. Some who owned houses or land sold them and brought the proceeds before the apostles to distribute to those without. Not a single person among them was needy.
    • Ephesians 3:8 – To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  • God’s grace is a free gift
    • Romans 11:6 – And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
30 Scriptures About God's Grace + FREE PRINTABLE

All other religions tell you what you must do to make yourself acceptable to God, what things you must perform, what you must accomplish and what you must do. Christianity, on the other hand, centers on what God has done to make us acceptable to Him.

Grace is unmerited and unearned favour. It is the inexhaustible supply of God’s goodness whereby He does for us what we could never do for ourselves. God’s grace is what He does for us independent of us.

When we look at the references of grace, we find that it’s an environment with which we live. While grace can’t be earned, it must be accessed. You access grace by faith, you don’t earn it.

Access what has been given to you freely so that you can do what God has called you to do!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

FREE Valentine’s Day Countdown Printable

FREE Valentine’s Day Countdown Printable

How do you create a fun time with your kids as you approach Valentine’s Day?

As a Christian, we choose not celebrate the meaning of Valentine’s Day with the world’s perspective, but rather, we celebrate God’s love for us, our love for Him and our love for others.

One way we like to celebrate God’s love for others is by sharing Christan Valentine’s Day cards.

Countdown to Valentine's Day with  a scripture each day with this FREE PRINTABLE

FREE VALENTINE’S DAY COUNTDOWN PRINTABLE

Why not lead up to Valentine’s Day with an easy-to-prepare countdown.

I’ve created this Valentine’s Day Countdown printable for FREE to help add some fun.

Countdown to Valentine's Day with  a scripture each day with this FREE PRINTABLE

I’d love to see how you set up the countdown. Will you tag me on Instagram @wildlyanchored to share how it looks in your space!

ANCHORED IN CHRIST,
Melanie

Christian Valentine's Day Cards Printable
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How To Teach Kids To Guard Their Hearts

How To Teach Kids To Guard Their Hearts

The heart is a very special place. It’s the place of our inner-most being where passions, desires and interests are formed. It’s also a place that needs protecting. As a parent, it’s our responsibility to teach our kids to guard their hearts.

But how do we do this big job?

The heart is a special, sensitive place that needs protecting, and it's our responsibility to teach our kids to guard their hearts.

What Is The Heart & How To Understand It

The heart isn’t an easy place to understand, so how can you teach your kids about it especially when it isn’t a physical place that nobody can see?

If you look up what the heart is in the Bible digging deep into the Hebrew or Greek, you’ll find that it means:

  • inner-most being
  • inclination
  • resolution
  • determination (of will)
  • conscience
  • seat of appetites
  • passions

These meanings are a lot for an adults and kids to understand.

So, the only way I was able to talk about the heart with my daughter was to say simply, “The heart is the real you. It’s where you decided you like something or don’t like something, where you decided how to treat someone.”

It’s at this point, where it seemed my daughter was starting to catch what the “heart” was. And so we began the journey to look into a few more scriptures to help gain understanding, including the story of David found in 1 Samuel 16:1-13.

The heart is a special, sensitive place that needs protecting, and it's our responsibility to teach our kids to guard their hearts.

How To Teach Kids To Guard Their Heart

Firstly, it’s important for kids to learn what it means to guard their heart and why they need to do so.

A great way to study what it means for kids to guard their heart, based on Proverbs 4:23, is this Treasures In My Heart Bible Study For Kids. The Bible study helps kids to dig deeper into the word, “guard” and then use an activity to illustrate it. Not only that, the Bible study looks into why their heart is important to God and that good treasure is to be stored in it.

 

Let’s help kids learn how to guard their hearts – the most precious place!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Ways to Practice Spelling For Grade 3

Ways to Practice Spelling For Grade 3

We needed ways to practice spelling. This was an area of struggle for my daughter and up until now I’ve learned that although she’s learned spelling rules which have been helpful, she also learns through repetition. 

I’m now really seeing how my daughter learns and so is she. We’re at a place in our homeschool where we’re able to talk about various homeschool curriculums, what they offer, the goal and what she thinks she can commit to. By this, we’re able to determine whether we’ll invest the money and the time to achieve the goal.

I had a look at the Evan-Moor Building Spelling Skills Grade 3 E-book, and had my daughter look at it, too. She was able to feel confident about giving it a try, so we did. I reached out to Evan-Moor and they gave me this product in exchange for my honest review.

Help your child retain how to spell words with the Evan-Moor Building Spelling Skills Grade 3 E-Book

How My Daughter Learns

My daughter appreciates learning why words are spelled the way they are. Though the rules are not enough to hold a word’s spelling for her. She needs more. She needs repetition.

Incorporating PRACTICE is an absolute must when it comes to spelling. Just like learning to read requires repetition, everything else does too, including spelling. Well, at least it does for my daughter.

So, we looked for ways to practice spelling without it feeling too mundane. (Let’s face it, word lists aren’t that much fun). Another important item on my daughter’s wishlist, was that it needed to have some fun elements.

Fun elements involved different ways to incorporate spelling without it feeling like spelling. Activities, exercises or games are the perfect compliment for her learning style. 

Help your child retain how to spell words with the Evan-Moor Building Spelling Skills Grade 3 E-Book
Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3
Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3

What We Like About Building Spelling Skills

  • Variety – each day’s assignment was different and each week’s involved different elements
  • Amount – easily doable each day
  • Practice – lots of repetition in different ways
  • Printable – we could review a portion of a day’s lesson again if needed by printing it out
  • Inexpensive

What We Left Out

Some portions of exercises we left out.

This had nothing to do with the program itself, except that we had other work that day that required a lot of writing.

This is the best part of homeschooling – you know what you’re doing for the day. So, don’t do it all. Just because a book has a portion in it that you’re doing in a different way that day, doubling up can be too much. 

Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3
Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3
Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3

What We Think About Building Spelling Skills

I really like being able to ask my daughter what she thinks about a program. I can see how much it’s helping her and she can give her honest feedback, too.

My daughters thoughts – she like this style of program. Although spelling is not her favourite subject, she knows she needs repetition to master it. As a result, she highly recommends the program because it involves different exercises and it’s helped her remember how words are spelled.

My thoughts – my daughter was able to retain words that she was spelling. She doesn’t always think about the rules when she spells (and neither do I). My daughter is very much like me. So although she doesn’t quite understand that she’s a visual learner through seeing words and remembering how something is spelled by how it looks, my guess, is that she’s like me. So we’ll continue to use this program because it’s been effective.

Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3

Check It Out!

I highly recommend you check out Evan-Moor’s Building Spelling Skills. They have samples of their product which is really helpful to gauge which grade is appropriate and if your child would like it!