Daily Bible Reading Plan For Kids + FREE Printable

Daily Bible Reading Plan For Kids + FREE Printable

As your kids phase out of using the kids Bible, what do you have them use next and where do they go from there? I had this question come up in me, which is why I came up with a Daily Bible Reading Plan for Kids.

Be sure to grab your FREE Daily Bible Reading Plan for Kids below!

What Big Kids Bible Do You Get?

My kids were ready to move on and get a big kids Bible, but which Bible do we get?

I had a few things in mind that this new Bible needed to include, which were:

  • easy reading English words
  • color and pictures to break up all the text
  • interesting pieces of info for interest and study

After some research, it seemed that the Adventure Bible was the way to go, so we chose the New International Reader’s Version being that our kids are beginning readers.

When we received the Bible, I wondered, “What now?!”

Am I to ask my kids to read this really big, overwhelming Bible?
How do I make sure they read it?
Really, what’s the intention here? What’s the purpose of them having a Bible now?

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With these questions in mind, we asked ourselves what we thought our kids should gain from having their own Bible and reading it. And more than that, how do they cultivate a personal relationship with the Lord?

Why Do We Give Our Kids A Bible?

As parents, we give our kids a Bible to:

  • gain a love for reading God’s Word
  • get to know their heavenly Father
  • create a discipline in spending time with God
  • hear from God and recognize His voice
  • experience God’s presence
  • claim and declare the promises of God
  • be inspired by the Holy Spirit and His gifts

We LOVE to study the Bible in our home making it fun for our kids, which is why I created these Bible studies for kids. But, we shouldn’t be using Bible studies as a way to replace the discipline of reading the Word personally.

What God wants to say to us individually and personally is a really BIG deal. There is no junior Holy Spirit. Our kids have the same Spirit residing in them, as in us, so the best thing we can do is to start training them to develop their relationship with the Lord.

Our Role In Discipling Our Children

We’re called to disciple our children and train them up in the ways of the Lord.

We have such a privilege and honor in modeling and teaching our children how to cultivate their relationship with the Holy Spirit. We’re modeling everything about this whether it’s intentional or not — from worship to prayer, reading the Word and interacting with the Holy Spirit — your children are learning what to do and perhaps, what not to do.

So here’s how we’ll be helping our children develop a love for the Word and cultivate their relationship with the Lord:

  • Reading both the Old and New Testament, while keeping their tender hearts away from some of the scripture that is appropriate for older ages.
  • Taking turns reading the Bible using the Daily Bible Reading Plan For Kids below. We’ll read either in the morning or before bed.
  • Praying together using the prayer cards from this Bible study.
  • Memorizing scripture

FREE Bible Reading Plan For Kids

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How are you helping your children develop a personal relationship with the Lord? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

How to Study the Bible + FREE Bible Study Journal Page

How to Study the Bible + FREE Bible Study Journal Page

If you’re looking to be more purposeful in your Bible reading time, consider keeping a Bible study journal.

Why Study the Bible?

There’s something that happens on the inside of us when we read the Word of God. 

We become forever changed as a result of what He’s spoken over our lives through His Word.

When someone suggests a Bible study, those words alone can seem so formal and stuffy. But, it doesn’t have to be.

Being a student of the Word is to take the Word of God and dig in; to be inquiry, to wonder, to contemplate, but most importantly, to have your heart open to allow Holy Spirit to speak to you concerning your life and those around you.

Why Keep a Bible Study Journal?

There have been times when I’m digging into the Word of God and a word or sentence strikes me. This can happen for a few reasons:

  • I don’t know the meaning of a word
  • I don’t understand the phrase that’s being said
  • the Lord wants me to dig deeper into Him, or
  • the Lord is revealing something to me

I have to admit, sometimes I write down what the Lord has shown me (either on my phone or another notebook), and other times I haven’t.

But, this has to change. I need to be more disciplined in this area, because God’s Word is light and life. Do you feel the same?

 

Items To Begin Your Bible Study

Here are just 5 simple items to gather to begin your Bible study time:

1. Choose your Bible

If you’re looking to find a Bible, I highly recommend NKJV and ESV, but also The Passion Translation and Amplified to help expand and capture the meaning of the scriptures.

I also like to have a concordance (which digs into the root meaning from the greek or hebrew language), and a dictionary which helps to open up words further.

2. Choose a Bible study journal

3. Writing tools

Grab your favorite writing tool and Bible highlighters

4. Grab a tea or coffee

Optional of course, but having a warm cup of tea or coffee is a wonderful compliment to Bible reading and study time!

5. Devote time

This is truly the most difficult part.

Our lives are busy with schedules that need attention, phones with notifications, laundry that needs folding and serving others in many ways.

So YOUR devotion to the Lord will take self discipline over motivation to spend time with Him.

How To Start Your Bible Study Time

Remove Distractions

Turn your phone to silent or sleep mode. Nothing is more distracting that a phone notification going off and the need to check it.

Start With Prayer

Start your Bible reading time in prayer.

Wouldn’t you say that we struggle more with believing God at His Word? 

We are affected and infected by this world’s way of doing things and that changes our perspective and view of God at times. Prayer connects our heart to Him again where we can declare and speak life over what He says, inquiring of the Lord and asking of Him so that we can hear from Him.

Bible Study Items

Grab your Bible study items and be ready for what the Lord will do!

 

Bible Study Journal Template

If you’re looking for a template to follow when it comes to studying the Bible, below are 4 simple R’s you can implement in your Bible study journal or by using the FREE printable below.

READING

Write down the Bible passages that you’re reading. 

REFLECTION

As your read the Word of God, a verse or scripture may jump out at you. You can choose to highlight that verse in your Bible, or write it down. Even if you don’t know what the verse means, or what to do with it, but it just stands out, it’s important to write the reference down.

Below are some questions you can have your heart ponder as your read the Bible:

  • Why do you think this passage stood out to you? Is the Lord revealing something to your heart?
  • Is there a word you need to dig into? Perhaps defining the word and discovering the root would help open up the scripture passage further.
  • Is there a command to obey?
  • Is there a promise to claim?
  • Is there a sin to avoid?
  • Is there a lesson to learn?
  • Is there a new truth to carry?

REVELATION

And then there’s the revelation that comes from reading the word of God.

Revelation is such a deep and intimate experience with the Lord as Holy Spirit reveals the Word to you personally. What is revealed to you about God’s Word is not the same for everyone, which is what makes it such a personal experience.

Holy Spirit wants to reveal Himself to you, along with:

  • the deep things of God with you
  • the Lord’s heart concerning His nature, character and good plans for you.
  • a share a word that’ll encourage you and lift you up.
  • a word that comes with the spiritual gift of knowledge, discernment, wisdom, healing, prophecy, etc.
  • dreams and visions with you
  • things to come with you

Write down what God has revealed to your heart. This is what brings life, wonder and awe, praise and worship, and thanksgiving to our great God!

RESPONSE

Write down what your response is to the Lord concerning His Word:

  • will you give Him thanksgiving?
  • will you give Him adoration?
  • will you give Him praise?
  • will you trust Him more?

Don’t let the moments pass by when the Lord is sharing something so sweet – the incorruptible word of God.

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Let me know in the comments below how do you like to keep track of the word of the Lord and His revealed Word to you? Do you have a journal? Do you write it in your Bible?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

All About Reading Level 2 Review

All About Reading Level 2 Review

I did not receive this product in exchange for my review.

After seeing success in my daughter’s beginning stages of reading using Teach Your Child to Read 100 Easy Lessons, I wondered what curriculum to do next and hoped that I would see the same success rate. After some research and prayer, we went with All About Reading Level 2, and it ended up being a great fit!

The transition from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons to All About Reading Level 2 was doable and not as harsh as I thought it would be.

I honestly had no clue how to help my children to read, so I needed all the help I could get. And the curriculum that would make it easiest for me AND help my daughter to read would be just right. Ultimately, the choice to transition to All About Reading was the best fit for my children, my style of teaching and to see reading success!

A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading

What We/I LIKED About All About Reading Level 2

  • Brief Review – Reviewing is important to me so that my daughter doesn’t forget what she’s learned, so we could appreciate the brief review time before learning the new concept.
  • Scripted Format – I appreciate a scripted format! I don’t have a hot clue how to teach reading to my children.
  • Multisensory approach:
    • Magnet Tiles – The magnet tiles are so amazing. I love that it changes things up so we’re not stuck at a desk.
    • Activities – These take no time at all to prep and they are such a great way to reinforce what was learned. Although some of the activities seemed a bit quirky to my daughter, she still thought they were nice to have and we’d always finish them because of the benefit of reinforcement.
  • Phoenic Rules – Seriously, who knew that there were so many phonics rules when it came to reading. My daughter had all the questions when it came to the a making a short sound or long sound and I had NO idea how to answer that. (I can’t remember if I learned it in public school). This curriculum answers ALL those questions and more! I was so glad I had a resource to help explain the rules. Who knew syllables made all the difference?!
  • Progress Chart, Stickers & Certificate of Achievement – My daughter LOVED the sense of accomplishment with each lesson when she got to put on the sticker. And then to cap it all off with the certificate was a proud moment for both of us! Seriously mom, try not to cry remembering all that you went through together with your child to help them to read!
  • Readers – My daughter (and I) really enjoyed the quality of the stories in the books. She laughed, couldn’t wait to find out what happened and enjoyed the pictures (even though they were black & white).
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading

What We/I DIDN’T REALLY LIKE About All About Reading Level 2

  • Price – I wasn’t prepared for the price of the curriculum. But in seeing what it all offered in the journey of learning to read, the investment made it more worth it.

What We/I CHANGED About All About Reading Level 2

  • Warm-Up & Practice Sheets – Since my daughter is working at enjoying reading, her body language would change when I’d give her these sheets. All About Reading has ideas to help through these sheets (see Appendix I in the Teacher’s Manual). I also wasn’t interested in cutting up the practice sheets and feeding the monster. So here’s what I did instead… I did not make my daughter read every warm-up or practice sheet, nor did she need to read all of it. The reason for this is because she would feel defeated really quickly. What I did instead was chose a warm-up sheet, give her a ruler so that she wouldn’t feel overwhelmed by all the reading that she needed to do and instead showed her where she needed to go until or suggested that we would go line-by-line and see how far she could get. I only had my daughter read a warm-up sheet once every 5 lessons or so. Repetition is key for reading, so how did I help grow my daughter’s ability and fluency to read? I used All About Reading Level 2 word flashcards and created a challenge. (Find out below what I did)
  • Reading the Books – Again, because reading is a challenge for my daughter, I chose to use the books as read-alouds pointing to some of the words that she could read or learned in the lesson.

So What’s All About Reading All About?

All About Reading is a scripted, open-and-go program for parents who want to teach reading in the most effective way possible.

It’s a multisensory approach learning reading through sight, sound and touch.

There are no gaps in this program. Each new concept builds upon the previous one so no steps are skipped and everything is taught.

There are five key components to reading and this program teaches all of them thoroughly:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics and Decoding
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

The All About Reading program has a focused mission, which is to enable you to teach your child to read while guaranteeing retention and enjoyment. This is also why their lifetime support is amazing!

A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading

What Your Child Will Learn in All About Reading Level 2

  • Three-letter blends
  • The jobs of Silent E
  • New phonograms
  • Methods for decoding multi-syllable words

Every component of reading is taught in Level 2, including:

  • Using phonics (decoding), they will learn phonograms WH, EE, ER, AR, OR, ED, OY, OI, AW, AU, OW, and OU
  • Reading words containing the new phonograms, such as whale, sheep, herd, farm, horn, toy, boil, saw, haul, flower, and found
  • Reading words with long I or O before two consonants, as in find and gold
  • Reading words with soft C, as in race
  • Reading words with soft G, as in gem
  • Learning the first four jobs of Silent E
  • Decoding (Structural Analysis)
  • Identifying base words
  • Reading contractions, such as they’ll
  • Learning syllable division rules for reading multisyllable words
  • Reading words with past tense ending ed, including all three sounds, as in wanted, snowed, and chipped
  • Vocabulary
  • Discussing new words in the context of the story and one’s own life
  • Understanding homophones
  • Understanding synonyms and antonyms
  • Fluencying
  • Reading with accuracy
  • Reading with meaningful expression
  • Reading with natural phrasing
  • Comprehension
  • Connecting text to one’s own experiences
  • Making predictions
  • Comparing and contrasting main characters
  • Skiming for specific information
  • Making inferences from the text
  • Discussing character motivation, main conflict
  • Identifying the main character

What I Did BEFORE We Purchased All About Reading Level 2

Because we started with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, I searched out what curriculum was recommended as the easiest transition to move to and everywhere I researched recommended All About Reading Level 2.

So BEFORE I purchased All About Reading Level 2, I took this placement test (scroll down a little further in that blog post to find it).

One thing you don’t want to do is purchase the wrong level being that this program is not grade-based.

A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading

HOW TO Transition From Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons To All About Reading Level 2

I found that if you’ve had success with Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons, that you can safely and fairly easily transition into All About Reading Level 2.

I will caution you though… there are new concepts in All About Reading Level 2 that Teach Your Child To Reading in 100 Easy Lessons doesn’t touch on. 

For example, the first lesson in Level 2 had review about closed and open syllables. I thought to myself, “oh no!” we don’t know this. 

BUT here’s the thing, START in Lesson 1 at the New Teaching section and then go back to the Review section of Lesson 1 and you’ll all be fine!

A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading

All About Reading Level 2 Materials I Purchased

If it’s your FIRST time considering the purchase of All About Reading and you’re starting at Level 2, this is what I purchased:

  • All About Reading Level 2 Materials – this includes the Teacher’s Manual, one Student Packet (which contains the activity book, flashcards, and stickers), and two readers.
  • Reading Interactive Kit – This is a one-time purchase, and this same kit is used in all four levels of All About Reading. It comes in two versions:
    • Basic – One-time purchase, used in all four levels. Includes Letter Tiles, Magnets, Phonogram Sounds App, and Divider Cards. (I purchased this Basic Reading Interactive Kit)
    • Deluxe – Includes everything in the Basic Kit, plus Reading Review Box and Reading Tote Bag.
  • Letter Tiles App or Magnetic White Board – I purchased a whiteboard like this one. It was important to me that my children could touch and feel the letters and see them move on a physical board. The letter tiles app comes with the purchase of your curriculum, so for fun or a change-up, I would have my daughter use the app.

What To Do When You FIRST Get Your All About Reading Materials

If you’ve never purchased All About Reading before, preparation and organization is the FIRST thing to do. The prep work is simple, but takes time, so in the long run you’re creating ease for yourself if you do it now!

STEP 1: Listen to a favorite podcast or watch a movie you enjoy to help pass the time of prep!

STEP 2: Grab your All About Reading Level 2 Materials and begin the prep.

  • In the Student Packet is the:
    • Activity Book – Tear out all the pages. Then begin cutting out where applicable. (I asked for my daughter’s help so that she could be involved in the process). You could use one page protector for each lesson if you find that a better way to organize, however, I felt that storing 5 lessons in one page protector was also doable (and resourceful)
    • Flashcards – Tear apart the phonogram and word cards and put them in an index box. This takes time, but is a simple to do. If you purchase the Reading Interactive Kit, you can add the Divider Cards here, too.
    • Syllable Tags – Use the magnets in the Reading Interactive Kit placing them on the back of each tag.
    • Stickers – To show lesson completion on the progress chart.
    • Two Readers – What Am I? and Queen Bee.
  • Basic Reading Interactive Kit:
    • Letter Tiles and Magnets – Tear apart the letter tiles and add one magnet to the center of each tile. Any extra pieces I put in a resealable bag storing in a plastic page protector.
  • Other Materials That Are Recommended or Needed

We didn’t put the magnetic white board up on the wall (because we didn’t have space). Instead I had it on the floor leaned up against a suitable area and when it was time to use it, I was sitting together with my daughter on the floor (carpet thankfully), helping her to learn the material.

STEP 3: Read the Teacher’s Manual, including Part 1 – Preparing for Level 2 and Part 3 – Appendices to gain confidence in teaching the material and how to use it.

A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading

What I WISHED I Did

Proper Magnet Tiles Set-up – at first, I wondered if it was really necessary to set-up the magnet tiles as suggested. I didn’t have the letters in order on the magnetic white board. (I’m usually trying to take short-cuts where I can). But, I quickly found out that it was easier to set-up the magnet tiles properly and use them. So I changed it to what was recommended and I’m so glad I did.
Student Activity Book Storage System – with keeping student activity book pages, I kept them all in one page protector – imagine, it all fit! This wasn’t as organized as it could be and I have one more child that needs to use this curriculum, so organizing it into a more useable format was necessary. I used this binder and these page protectors.
Read all the appendix pages – somehow I missed this portion in my initial preparation. I read the preparation pages at the beginning of the book, but in missing the appendices, I missed out on the practical suggestions and applications!

My Child’s Learning Style

I think it’s helpful in the curriculum you decide to purchase whether it’s a good fit based on your child’s personality and learning style. So here’s a little bit about my daughter: 

  • She likes rules and boundaries and will follow them (why can’t all things be black and white!)
  • Struggles with perfectionism and over-achievement. If she doesn’t get a concept immediately, she’s hard on herself.
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading

If You’re Child Is Struggling In Learning How To Read

When working with a child who doesn’t enjoy reading and finds it challenging, repetition and celebrating wins is key.

I involved A LOT of repetition to support the working memory. (All About Reading’s blog post on working memory was a light-bulb moment for me. They also have other AMAZING articles to help you in journey to support your child’s reading journey).

So I created a game (or challenge) for my daughter to find out her ability and fluency in reading. This also helped break things up.

The Reading Repetition Game & Challenge

I took 20 of the All About Reading Level 2 word cards (starting with the easiest) and put this stack in front of my daughter. I let her know that we were going to practice reading this words regularly and that I would time her to see how long it took her.

It’s important to let your child know know that the goal of timing is for them (and you) to see that their ability to read is going faster with time, practice and repetition.

My daughter agreed to this and thought it would be fun as well!

As my daughter started reading the word cards, I would start my timer and record the time it took her to read the 20 word cards. I gave her these same cards to read 2-3 times a week for a month. When a month was up we would review how much faster she got at reading those words and celebrate!

This was encouraging for both my daughter and I. We saw that, yes, she is indeed getting more comfortable and fluent at reading!

We then moved onto another 20 words and did the same thing.

A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading
A detailed and in-depth review of All About Reading Level 2 - including what we liked and didn't like, what we changed and how success in reading was achieved! #allaboutreading #learningtoread #homeschoolreading

How Long Did It Take To Complete All About Reading Level 2?

It took us one year to complete All About Reading Level 2 as we also alternated between All About Spelling Level 1 and added All About Spelling Level 2 when Level 1 was finished. I found that spelling was also helpful in the reading portion.

Have you used the All About Reading program before or are you jumping into Level 2 like we did?

If you found this detailed review helpful, please leave a comment below; I’d love to hear from you!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

PS: I’ve been really enjoying Mom Life Happy Life for all kinds of tips and tricks. Check it out here!

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

We’re all inundated by everything around us and the pressure of these things can get to us. And then we lose our peace. Suddenly we feel anxious, incapable of handling the simplest of tasks and stress overwhelms us.

Is this what God wanted for you? Absolutely not!

So let’s change this (because it can be changed), and live in the peace of God that we’re meant to.

Get your free printable on the 30 Bible verses about peace below

What is Peace?

Peace is often thought of as a state of being such as quiet or tranquility, or the absence of stress or anxiety. These are true, but not the fullness of peace.

When we look at the meaning of peace to its core in the Hebrew, the word for peace is Shalom, and it means: wholeness, wellness, well-being, safe, happy, friendly, favor, completeness, to make peace, peace offering, secure, to prosper, to be victorious, to be content, tranquil, quiet, and restful.

The noun shalom is derived from the verbal root shalam, which means “to restore,” in the sense of replacing or providing what is needed in order to make someone or something whole and complete.

So shalom is used to describe those of us who have been provided all that is needed to be whole and complete and break off all authority that would attempt to bind us to chaos. (source)

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

But, in all of this, you can’t experience these attributes of peace in your life IF you don’t come to know and be intimately acquainted with the Person that is peace, Jesus. Peace….

  • is the substance of the atmosphere of heaven
  • tames every bit of opposition around a person them
  • iIs the Prince of peace that crushes the power of darkness
  • is the umpire of our minds

Peace isn’t the absence of noise, conflict or war; it’s the presence of Someone.

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

Why Peace Is Important

If peace is a Person and the substance of heaven, which is what each of us as children of God should contain, the enemy wants nothing more than for you to disconnect from Jesus.

And how you can disconnect from Jesus is by allowing the enemy to expose you to anxiety and stress.

Anxiety is meditating and magnifying on an idea over the promises of God.

It’s difficult to operate out of a place of health and wholeness when you’re filled with fear. Yes, perfect love casts out all fear, but if we give our heart and thoughts to anxiety and stress, which is from the root of fear, it will infect love. And the two cannot co-exist.

The Lord longs to express His very nature, character and glory thru us, His children. But, this takes our full surrender to Him which means that we need to be free from anxiety and stress.

Grab your FREE 30 Bible verses about peace below!

You Can’t Hold Onto Worry Expecting Things To Change

Have you ever been so worried about something, that after feeling unwell, having headaches, changes in appetite, etc. you decide that it just isn’t worth it anymore. And finally, you’ve come to the end of your rope and decided that it’s time to let go and let God?

When we get to this place, we determine that we can’t have it both ways.

We can’t ask the Lord to lead our lives while worry about something that we can’t control and aren’t willing to give to the Lord. There’s only one steering wheel in life. You can’t give the wheel to Lord while holding onto it yourself. Erma Bombeck once said,

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”

This quote is so true. When you let go of your worries and your cares casting it over to Jesus, isn’t there something so supernatural about how you begin to feel?

You start to feel like a weight came off your shoulders and like you’re not preoccupied with consuming thoughts. That feeling comes from surrender and a yielded spirit to the Lord. Since we can’t do anything about things in our life anyway, why don’t we just allow the Lord to do it. This is what the Lord CAN work with and wants to work with.

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

How Peace Can Be Achieved

Firstly, getting to know the Person, Jesus, is how you can begin to experience true peace. And you begin to know who Jesus is by what He did. This comes from reading the Word of God and finding out Jesus’ character and nature.

Peace Which Surpasses All Understanding

What you meditate, speak and think on will have an affect on your source of peace.

Let’s say you’re constantly bothered by a bill that needs to be paid, a report from the doctor, how your child is doing at school, things you’re not getting done, etc. By allowing these thoughts to spin in your head, you’re actually meditating on them.

When we meditate on anxious thoughts, effective prayers can’t be prayed that are filled with thanksgiving and faith. These prayers can only be prayed from a heart that embraces God’s promises and trusts in Him. The peace of God then which surpasses all understanding will guard and protect your heart and mind.

Peace which surpasses all understanding is from the peace of God, and it comes by what you fix your thoughts on. Here, we can see that your mind needs to be set and fixed on things that are true, noble, just, pure, love, good report, virtue and praiseworthy.

Philippians 4:6-9 NKJV says,

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

So it’s key to keep your mind fixed on Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the promises of God and allow this to reign superior in your life. Anything outside of the Word will have us feel defeated and hopeless, stressed and anxious because we’ve bought into something that’s inferior.

Based on the Word of God, peace:

  • is a Person
  • is a gift
  • is a fruit
  • is a covenant
  • is to be sought after
  • comes from being spiritually minded
  • is to be lived in
  • was made by the blood of Jesus
  • is the kingdom of God
  • is to be preached
  • is authored by God
  • surpasses understanding and guards our hearts and minds

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

 

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

I’d love to hear from you how knowing Jesus has helped you in experiencing the peace of God in your life! Feel free to share a testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness to encourage others.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

The Parable Of The Seed And The Sower For Kids

The Parable Of The Seed And The Sower For Kids

Did you know that there is a parable in the Bible that is the most important? It trumps all parables in fact! Jesus said it this way in Mark 4:13,

“Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?”

What Is The Parable Of The Seed And The Sower?

The parable of the seed and the sower is about the Word of God being sown in our hearts with gladness and producing fruit.

It’s plain and simple, but not easy. Why?

Because YOU determine if the seed will be planted in your heart or not. Yes, it’s you… not Jesus.

  • What Is The Seed? The Word of God.
  • Who Is The Sower? You.
  • Where Does The Seed Grow? In your heart.
  • Who Makes The Seed Grow? Holy Spirit.
  • Why Is The Seed Important? It’s a matter of life and death.
  • What Is Being Produced Out of Us From The Seed? Fruit.
  • What Is The Fruit? The fruit is what the Spirit in you, the work which His presence within, accomplishes and produces, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Dig deeper and study the parable of The Seed And The Sower with your kids! #biblestudyforkids #christianfamily #theseedandthesower #parable

What Does The Parable Of The Seed And The Sower Mean?

You are the sower of the Word of God. And how your receive the Word determines whether it’ll take root in your heart or be snatched away by the evil one, Satan.

This is a difficult truth because it’s easy to be passive than active. The work of the Word of God comes from us and our intentional deposit of the Word. Yet, the increase of that Word in our hearts is not done by us, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 NKJV

Why Is The Word of God Important To Us?

The Word of God is powerful.

Kids face a lot in life. They’re navigating their friendships and relationships with others. They’re working at identifying who they are in Christ. They’re trying to figure out why they’re here on this earth. It’s not easy.

And not only that, we as adults are still doing this.

But, through all of these hardships and difficulties, there’s nothing more powerful that teaching your kids that the Bible contains all the scriptures they need for life and godliness. That with the help of the Holy Spirit, He’ll bring scriptures to our remembrance, He’ll comfort, lead and guide us, and the Lord will never leave them nor forsake them.

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. Hebrews 4:12

But, how can they learn this without being taught? That’s where you come in!

How We Do We Help Our Kids Sow The Seed?

We firstly help our kids sow the seed (plant the Word of God into their hearts) by modeling it.

If you yourself don’t get into the Word of God, how will your kids recognize that it’s important for them? It’s necessary to explain to your kids why it’s important for them to get into God’s Word.

And then, you’re needed in this process. Kids won’t just do it on their own.

It’s just like responsibilities and chores. Will they always do it on their own? Do they need incentive and encouragement to keep at it? Absolutely!

How many of us as adults are still trying to be more self-disciplined when it comes to prayer, reading the Word, worship, etc.

If we struggle with consistency, how much more don’t our children struggle with it.

We can help our kids learn about the importance of God’s Word with an easy-to-understand Bible Study.

Dig deeper and study the parable of The Seed And The Sower with your kids! #biblestudyforkids #christianfamily #theseedandthesower #parable

The Parable Of The Seed And The Sower For Kids

Nothing is more powerful than sitting with your kids, digging into the Word of God together with a Bible study.

There’s an intimacy that takes place between you, your kids and Holy Spirit as you study out the Bible.

If you’re looking to guide your efforts in the Word this Planting Seeds Bible Study will help your children first learn what a parable is. It then goes into learning about the parable of The Seed and The Sower for kids more in-depth and includes:

  • a BIG idea to focus on the main point of the Bible story / topic studied
  • Bible reading
  • Bible story discussion questions
  • Definition look-up copywork
  • Apply it to your life prompts
  • Scripture memory work
  • Activities including writing a parable and sharing it with others, matching and grow a bean seed!

As you and your children experience a depth of intimacy with Holy Spirit, I pray that the Word of God comes alive in the hearts of everyone like never before!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Dig deeper with your kids studying the parable of The Seed and the Sower with this Planting Seeds Bible Study for Kids. Includes activites (planting seeds), reading scripture, discussion questions, scripture writing and memory work and much more! #TheSeedAndTheSower #BibleStudyForKids #BibleStudiesForKids #BibleLessonForKids #BibleLessonsForKids