How to Start Your New Year Right

How to Start Your New Year Right

A new year is truly a new season that God brings us. And what we do with that new season is just as important. So, let’s look at how to start your new year right and enter this new season.

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

God knows infinitely more than we do; He is Creator and without Him there would be nothing.

He knows the end from the beginning. So to get the heart and mind of God for our lives in the season we’re in, is significant so that we can continue living purposeful, intentional, power-filled, full lives.

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The Lord Has Good Plans For You

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Here are some promises you can be certain of from God:

  • The Lord makes all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
  • What the enemy intends for evil in your life, God meant for good. (Genesis 50:20)
  • We cannot do anything without the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. (John 15:5)
  • For all the promises of God are yes and amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20)
  • Every good gift and every perfect gift is from God. (James 1:17)
  • We are to fill the earth with His glory by living our lives fully for the Lord, hearing what He says and doing it. (John 17:20-23) 
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Embrace The Season

With the confidence in the Lord concerning His promises, we know that whatever season we’re in, it’s is not meant to last.

Seasons in our lives change constantly. 

Not every season is easy, and not every season is hard. Just as sure as we can be that winter turns to spring, spring to summer, summer to autumn and autumn to winter, what we’re facing is always temporary and meant to change.

And the season you’re in right now is not only about you; it’s about what God wants to do in you, so that He can reach others through you.

God sees so much more than you do about your life and how you’re to impact others through the season you’re going through. So, moving forward in your season, whether it’s easy or not is for your growth, for the glory of God to be seen, and your testimony as a witness of God’s goodness.

Consider embracing the season you’re in. 

By recognizing the season, you choose to change or at the very least know that things are going to change. You choose to move forward in your life by embracing the season.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 NKJV

It’s Time For Transformation

We become like what and whom we surround ourselves with.

Everything around us, including social media, friendships, relationships, media, government, education and those you follow, are all forms of influence.

Whatever or whomever you allow to speak into your life is feeding your mind. So it’s crucial to protect yourself from being influenced, and instead be an influencer for Christ.

So what we need to do is change the way we think.

God’s ways are so much higher than our ways. By having a relationship with Him, it’s about becoming conformed to the image of Christ and our the renewal of our minds is where it starts!

How we do renew our minds?

By digesting, meditating and speaking the Word of God!

Romans 12:2 TPT says,

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

How to Start Your New Year Right

IDENTIFY, ACKNOWLODGE, CHANGE

A new year brings about a desire to change things in our lives and resolve to create goals and achieve them.

Let’s go through a process of self-examination through identifying what in our lives needs to change, acknowledging that change is needed, and finally, making and seeing the change.

ACTION STEP #1 – IDENTIFY

Examine your life in the areas below and identify how you’re doing. By doing this, you’re empowering yourself to start the new year right!

  • How do you spend your time?
  • Whom do you spend your time with?
  • How are you doing in your health in these areas:
    • Mentally
    • Emotionally
    • Physically
    • Relationally
    • Financially
  • Am I being fully present and engaging mindfully in all that I do?
  • How am I moving from information and inspiration to application and transformation?
  • What new goals do I desire to see in my life?

ACTION STEP #2 – ACKNOWLEDGE

So now that you’ve identified how you’re doing in the areas above, acknowledge what you need to change and that you need to change.

Acknowledgement is important. Without recognizing that these areas need your work and attention, you’re denying yourself God’s empowerment to change these areas.

God’s grace is sufficient for change. But, if we don’t want to change and see that it’s necessary, the enemy would love nothing more than for you to stay the same.

Be honest with yourself this area; it’s important!

ACTION STEP #3 – CHANGE

With the areas you’ve looked at above, fill in these statements.

  • I need to stop spending my time ________________ and start spending my time ________________ .
  • The people that I need to spend less time with are ________________ . The people that I need to be spending more time with are ________________ .
  • For the sake of my:
    • mental health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • emotional health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • physical health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • relational health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • financial health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
  • In order to be fully present and engaging mindfully, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
  • I’ve taken in a lot of information and inspiration in these areas ________________ and now I will apply what I’ve learned so that I experience transformation in these areas ________________ .
  • I desire to see these new goals in my life ________________ .

 

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Be Doers, Not Hearers Only

To see the results of the change you are hungry for in your life means you’re acknowledging that you need to change, identifying the steps to change it, and putting in the work which is the most challenging part.

We often lack consistency, dedication, self-discipline and self-control when it comes to putting in the work.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 NKJV

We deceive ourselves and deny ourselves change when we don’t follow through with it. And we have a habit of making ourselves feel bad, wrong and guilty for it.

But God is so much greater than our insufficiencies.

He is faithful when we bring our challenges before Him. He knows that our pursuit is His pursuit, especially when we’re living set apart for Him, and the changes we want to see are positive for our lives and others.

I encourage you to spend devoted time in prayer, fasting and journaling this new year.

God will speak to your heart as you hunger and thirst after Him. And then rest in who God is by trusting in Him.

You can’t control the outcomes, but you can do what you know to do and God does the rest. His grace fills the gaps, because God can do things that you can’t.

Respond to the Word of Truth, allow it to change and transform you, and see what God will do. This is truly how you start the new year right.

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How are you starting the new year right? Let me know in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

How To Prevent And Overcome Homeschool Mom Burnout

How To Prevent And Overcome Homeschool Mom Burnout

Homeschool mom burnout is real.

We get tired and weary with all that we do, because homeschooling isn’t easy. We lack motivation and inspiration. We can even react with anger or harsh words towards those we love, only to feel regret later on.

And then there’s the questions that start to come up… can I really teach my children? Will I fail them?

There’s so much weight and responsibility in educating our children. We fear that we’re missing something and that our kids won’t “turn out”.

  • Will they be socialized?
  • Have friends?
  • Will they want to learn and remember what they’ve learned?

Ultimately, we start to wonder if our kids will look homeschooled? What does that even mean?!

We have so much that we’re thinking about, that it’s not even about exerting physical energy; instead it’s the mental and emotional capacity that starts to wear thin.

All of these thoughts run rampant and they can especially come when we’re starting to feel tired, worn, weary or even burned out. This is a tactic and tool of the enemy because he wants to get you to doubt what God said to you instead of trusting Him. The enemy wants you to question your ability to homeschool your children so that it becomes more about how you feel and less about God’s direction for you and your children.

If you’ve been feeling a little tired, worn or on the brink of homeschool mom burnout, consider taking a look at what you can do to empower yourself to make changes.

Homeschool mom burnout is real. We get tired and weary with all that we do, because homeschooling isn't easy. Find out how to prevent and homeschooling mom burnout with these 7 ideas. #homeschoolmom #homeschooling #homeschoolroutine

#1: Acknowledge What You’re Feeling

There can be freedom in stopping and acknowledging what you’re feeling. Some of us don’t want to admit that we feel tired, worn and weary, but there’s nothing wrong with sharing what you’re feeling. The important thing is to SEE it. And if you don’t, you’ll start to supress your feelings making things be what they’re not.

There is nothing wrong with how you’re feeling. You’re not the only one feeling the way you do. In fact, most homeschool moms experience being tired, weary or even burned out.

What tends to happen is our thoughts spin like a hampster wheel. We repeat our thoughts over and over again, but the more we do, we cause worry, stress and anxiety.

The opportunity to acknowledge what you’re feeling empowers you to change it.

PLAN OF ACTION: Write in a journal what you’re feeling and how you’re feeling. By writing your thoughts you can see what you feel and this becomes the starting point for making changes.

#2 Cast Your Care On The Lord

The Lord cares for you.

His calling on you to homeschool is not because He thought you could do it alone; it’s because He wanted to work and partner together with you knowing that His grace and strength would be enough. He wants you to seek Holy Spirit concerning the efforts of homeschooling, because with Holy Spirit, we would be drowning in a sea of ideas and opinions not knowing where to go.

We all have areas that we can worry or stress about when it comes to homeschooling because of the ages and stages of our children.

Maybe you’re experiencing (what you feel like) is some learning challenges with your kids. Perhaps it’s behavioral. It could be that the curriculum is just not working. Maybe you worry about your children’s future.

Whatever it is that you’re taking the care for, it roots itself in the spirit of fear where out of that is stress, anxiety, worry and so much more. Often times, we need to remind ourselves that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.

PLAN OF ACTION: In your journal, identify and write the things you keep thinking about over and over again. By doing this, you’re getting off the hamster wheel of thoughts that aren’t moving anywhere but are consuming space in your mind. Take these areas and surrender them to the Lord, casting your care over to Him.

#3 Remind Yourself Of Why You’re Homeschooling

Sometimes we get caught up in what homeschooling should be or look like based on what others are doing. We can forget why God called us to homeschool in the first place.

PLAN OF ACTION: Remind yourself of WHY you’re homeschooling. What did the Lord say to you about it? Was homeschooling supposed to look a certain way or are you putting those self-imposed expectations on you and your family?

#4 Change Up Your Homeschool Routine or Take Time Off

One of the biggest things you can do is to change up your homeschool routine or take time off of homeschooling.

Whether you choose to homeschool mornings only for a length of time, maybe you need a few days off, weeks or months from homeschooling (this is why we don’t homeschool over summer), there is no right or wrong answer.

In order to prevent and overcome homeschool mom burnout, you need to give yourself space and time to heal. It doesn’t do anybody any good when we’re burned out, exhausted and feeling low.

The kids may think they have some extra freedom and time. And this is great! Often times a break for children means that there’s a whole lot more natural learning going on and you’ll be surprised that all while you took time off of your homeschooling schedule, they’ve actually been learning all along.

PLAN OF ACTION: Look at your homeschool routine and change it immediately.

#5 Ask For Help Or Ask For “Me Time”

I’m one of those parents that rarely asks for help or “me time”.

First of all, I somehow think that I should be doing it all. This is certainly my perfectionist and high-achieving personality that I’ve been working through.

BUT, I’ve been learning that homeschool moms should not balance it all and asking for help is good for me and my children. Not only that but when I do have “me time”, I remember why it’s important to my mental and emotional health. I feel like a better me who has more energy and sustain the demands of life again.

PLAN OF ACTION: Ask a friend for help or ask your hubby for a slotted “me time”. During this time, be intentional. You could go to your favorite coffee shop. Enjoy a stroll at a local park. Pick up a new book at a bookstore. Get a manicure or pedicure. Drive to a favorite spot and journal. Go to a thrift store and check out some deals. Whatever it is, make sure it’s YOUR favorite thing to do and that it fills your cup.

#6 Recommit Yourself To The Lord

There’s nothing more reviving than digging into the Word of God with your own eyes. Being present with the Lord and sensing His presence is so overwhelming and supernatural for our soul.

Holy Spirit breathes life back into us when we pray, meditate on God’s Word, and hear from Him.

When we don’t spend time with the Lord like we should, it’s like eating junk food all the time. It can satisfy us for a while, but we’ll experience highs and lows. This cycle repeats itself and it’s so unhealthy if we don’t put anything nourishing in our bodies. The Word of God is our bread and nourishment. Without it, we really can’t live and function like we’re designed to.

PLAN OF ACTION: Spend time with the Lord in the mornings before your kids get up. Ask the Lord to refresh you and revive your heart concerning this homeschooling family lifestyle. Consider a homeschool prayer journal with prompts and space to write.

#7 Take In A Conference, Convention, Book or Support Group

A great way to prevent and overcome homeschool mom burnout is to hear from other homeschool moms. It’s often reassuring just knowing that you’re not alone, and in fact, that they experience the same things you do.

The perfect homeschool family doesn’t exist. We often need the reminder from others that how we feel is okay, and these things will pass.

There are so many amazing conventions that you can attend physically. Or even if attending physically isn’t possible for you, online conferences designed specifically for homeschool moms are also amazing!

I also like to dig into good books to revisit the expectations I set on myself or my kids, and then look at my philosophy of education and what God is saying to me about it.

Lastly, if I’m doing some research where I’m looking for ideas, I’ll ask homeschooling families around me, post a question in a Facebook homeschooling support group or email another homeschooling blogger.

PLAN OF ACTION: Take in a Homeschool convention or online conference. Read a book, ask questions from another homeschool mom, post a question in a homeschool support group on Facebook or email a homeschool blogger.

Often we put too much pressure on ourselves as homeschool moms to do it all. To prevent and overcome homeschool mom burnout, let’s take the time we need to nourish ourselves properly again and care for ourselves.

Feel free to share a time when you experienced homeschool mom burnout or weariness and what you did to overcome it. Let’s encourage one another!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

30 Bible Scriptures To Pray Over Your Children + FREE 30-Day Challenge Printable

30 Bible Scriptures To Pray Over Your Children + FREE 30-Day Challenge Printable

It can feel really scary knowing what our children are subject to these days. While there are so many amazing advances in the world we live in, we also know the enemy has more routes than ever to steal, kill and destroy our lives, and that the desires of the flesh are knocking at the door.

If you are looking to help your children:

  • remained rooted and grounded in the One who is Love
  • encountering God personally and knowing Him intimately
  • develop good and Godly character
  • be a good friend
  • experience quality friendships and relationships
  • value purity

…then prayer is your weapon!

Why Should We Pray For Our Children?

You can be sure that the enemy will come to attack your children. You can also be sure that your children will want to give into the cravings of their flesh. BUT, we have a weapon that is MORE POWERFUL than the enemy or sin and that is PRAYER!

You are a soldier going into a battle for your children and when you pray, you are engaging in that spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) says,

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Both the enemy and sin are knocking at the door of our children's lives, and the weapon we have as parents is prayer. + FREE 30-Day Praying For Your Children Scripture Challenge #Christianparenting #PrayingMom #Prayer #RaisingKids #Prayingforyourchildren

Why Is Prayer Important?

Prayer is important to the life of a believer; it’s our way of communicating with our Father, through the Holy Spirit.

What Does Prayer Do?

Prayer effectively helps you to:

  • seek guidance, wisdom and discernment from the Lord
  • hear His will concerning the day
  • petition the Lord based on His promises
  • impact the earth with heaven’s influences
  • stand in the gap for others
  • keeps our heart and mind focused on God

Download your FREE 30-Day Praying For Your Children Printable below!

Prayer Is Our Weapon

The enemy, Satan, is seeking whom he may devour. He’s not a physical being; he’s a spirit. And he’s not just seeking anybody; he’s seeking those who are living for Jesus.

The enemy is not a creator like our Father, but he’s a distorter of what is already created.

For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (TPT)

The way that Satan attacks our children is through every route possible…social media, movies, family, friends, their own thoughts, church family, other kids they don’t know but meet, etc. And not every attack we experience is by route of the enemy; sometimes it’s by our own doing and choices which are out of our sinful, fleshy, carnal nature.

We experience the enemy’s attacks or our own sinful desires in our everyday life and the reason for this is to get us off God’s good plans for our lives. The enemy wants to distort God’ loving nature. And instead of being led by the Spirit, what our flesh wants to do is often more appealing and the easy route.

Our children need our prayers for:

  • knowing God more
  • protection from the evil one
  • seek the kingdom of God first
  • loving God and others
  • hearing God’s voice
  • thinking on the right things
  • the fruit of the spirit
  • purity
  • honoring their parents
  • accepting Jesus as their Lord
  • peace
  • restful sleep
  • God’s plans for them
  • following Jesus
  • character
  • their hearts

30 Bible Scriptures To Pray Over Your Children

  1. Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
  2. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my paths.
  3. James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
  4. John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
  5. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  6. Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
  7. Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
  8. John 10:4-5 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
  9. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
  10. Joshua 1:8 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.
  11. Philippians 4:8 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.
  12. Ephesians 3:18-19 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
  13. Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.
  14. Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
  15. Romans 15:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
  16. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  17. Psalm 91:3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
  18. Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
  19. Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
  20. Psalm 112:1 Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments.
  21. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
  22. 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
  23. Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
  24. 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
  25. John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
  26. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
  27. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
  28. Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
  29. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
  30. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Both the enemy and sin are knocking at the door of our children's lives, and the weapon we have as parents is prayer. + FREE 30-Day Praying For Your Children Scripture Challenge #Christianparenting #PrayingMom #Prayer #RaisingKids #Prayingforyourchildren

Get your FREE 30-Day Praying For Your Children Scripture Challenge Printable

Both the enemy and sin are knocking at the door of our children's lives, and the weapon we have as parents is prayer. + FREE 30-Day Praying For Your Children Scripture Challenge #Christianparenting #PrayingMom #Prayer #RaisingKids #Prayingforyourchildren

Let’s warfare for our children’s hearts and their future.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Powerful Christian Easter Poem

Powerful Christian Easter Poem

Powerful Christian Easter Poem

Celebrating Easter is the foundation of what we believe as Christians.

This powerful Christian Easter poem is perfect for kids, youth and adults to recite during a special Easter presentation.

If the poem is too long, you can also remove some lines as it suits you. This poem can also be said in a spoken word format.

Feel free to copy and paste the poem below in a document and share what God has done!

I’d love to know if you use the poem! Feel free to tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

A powerful Christian Easter poem! Perfect for kids, youth and adults, church service or a special presentation. #Easter #EasterPoem

Restored

In the beginning God created man.
An intimate relationship He wanted to have.

The serpent came with a question, asking Eve,
“Did God say of every tree you shall not eat?”

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food
Eve thought she would be wise and so she chewed.

She gave it to her husband and he did also eat
Then their eyes were opened and they became afraid.

Sin now entered in because of disobedience,
Man was separate from God and lived under the curse.

An offering was needed to cleanse us from our sin,
A curtain was set-up to divide God and man.

Because God is who He says He is, He always had a plan
It was to redeem His people with His one and only Son, a man.

Now it was time for Jesus to come on the scene
By the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary would conceive.

Jesus was a student and dug into the Word
He went to John to be baptized for this is good.

He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
Alighting Him, a voice then said, “This is my beloved Son”.

Then Jesus was led up to the wilderness by the Spirit of God
He fasted forty days and nights and was hungry for food.

The tempter came and tested Him knowing Jesus was the King
So then Jesus used the Word of God for fighting

From that time Jesus preached and showed us the way
He said, seek first the Kingdom of God each and every day.

Now Jesus asking His disciples, Who do men say that I am?
You are the Christ, the Son of God, this did not come by man.

My Father who is in heaven, has revealed this you,
On this rock I’ll build My church, for I am the Truth.

It was time for Jesus to ride in as prophecies told
The disciples brought him a donkey and a colt.

The multitudes began to cry, “Hosanna in the highest!”
The woman poured costly oil on the body of Jesus .

When the Passover feast had come, Jesus said to Judas,
“You’re going to betray Me. For you must do this.”

Jesus was put on trial because He called Himself the King,
This was unacceptable and now the crucifixion.

They divided Jesus’ clothes and casting lots they knew
It must be written on the cross “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS!”

Jesus cried with a loud voice and said, “It is finished!”
The veil then tore, sin was gone and now we’re not separate.

The earth quaked, the rocks split and suddenly they knew,
Truly this was the Son of God and they laid Him in a tomb.

But that wasn’t it, the work just began and three days later,
An angel of the Lord descended from heaven and shared something greater.

“Do not be afraid for I know whom you seek, Jesus is not here,
For He is risen where He once lay and to you, He will appear!”.

Mary stood outside the tomb with fear and weeping.
Then suddenly Jesus appeared asking “Whom are you seeking?”

She thought it to be a gardener, then Jesus said, “Mary!”
He said, Go tell My brethren for I soon am ascending.

The eleven disciples shut the door for fear of the Jews,
Jesus stood in the midst of them and said, “Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent Me, so now I also send you.
Receive the Holy Spirit and forgive as I do.

Now go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
He who believes and is baptized will not be condemned.

And these signs will follow those who believe,
They’ll cast out demons and no harm will come to them if they drink anything deadly.

They’ll speak with new tongues and take up serpents.
Lay hands on the sick and they will recover.

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed,
You have life in Jesus name for now you are saved.

 

Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study for Kids for Ages 7-11 including activities, prompts, scripture writing and memory work! #BibleStudyForKids #BibleStudiesForKids #Easter

 

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away by Kathie Morrissey

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away by Kathie Morrissey

Having a strong bond with my children while raising them to love God is important. But that alone isn’t enough; it takes work and effort.

There’s no rule book telling us what to do in every situation as parents; we’re often learning right alongside our children as they grow. But, one thing that can help us wade through the waters of parenting potentially avoiding some of the parenting mistakes, is to lean into those who have had already gone through the trenches.

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away

In the book, Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away, Kathie shares her wisdom in what she’s learned are the common parenting mistakes we make that can lead our kids to rebellion and what we can do to build heart-ties that create a strong relationship with them.

If you're looking to avoid some of the common parenting mistakes that push your child away, this resource will be sure to give you actionable items to help you! #Christianparenting #raisingkids #parenting

One quote (and question) from Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away that stood out among the first pages, was this:

We need to regularly examine whether we are teaching kids to simply appear and act right or are we teaching them to love God and know Him personally?

I eagerly devoured every page.

Kathie leaves you feeling that you’re never too late at the age and stage your kids are at and that you can begin to carry out her actionable strategies right away.

Here is a short-list of what I loved about Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away:

  • Actionable ideas
  • Examples
  • All the nuggets and takeaways I was left with
  • Easy to digest and follow along
  • From a Christian perspective, but not preachy
  • Lots of quotes and resources

As I finished off Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away, I was left with a huge takeaway where I knew God was speaking to me personally.

Always keep in mind that you don’t want to just manage behavior but monitor the heart.

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away is a quick read. I sat down one morning hungry to digest it and was left ready for more only because it was so impactful. I couldn’t help but write down the golden nuggets within these pages that struck a chord in me.

If you're looking to avoid some of the common parenting mistakes that push your child away, this resource will be sure to give you actionable items to help you! #Christianparenting #raisingkids #parenting

I encourage you to look for Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away as well as Kathie’s many others books, including The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart (check out my review here) Grab the bundle price here and save!

Perhaps it’s Kathie’s amazing ability to communicate or just knowing that she’s had 8 children and homeschooled for 31 years that there is so much wisdom to draw from.

About the Author

Kathie is the owner of The Character Corner, wife of Alan for 40 years, and mother to eight children. She is also a veteran homeschooling mom of 31 years. Not only is she passionate about her family, but she also has a passion to encourage and inspire women in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers.

Her goal is to be transparent and honest about the struggles and challenges of parenting and homeschooling, as well as the blessings that come from being faithful to that calling. She loves to share insights from her personal experiences over the years of raising and teaching her children. You will find that she gives many practical, encouraging tips you can use in your own home. Find out more about Kathie here.

Kathie is a speaker and author, as well as a blogger at The Character Corner. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

A sincere thank you to Kathy for blessing me with a copy of this book to review and the opportunity to build strong heart-ties with my children.

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The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart by Kathie Morrissey

The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart by Kathie Morrissey

As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case to winning your child’s heart as I’ve so quickly come to learn.

The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart

In the book The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart, Kathie writes and shares in such a way that it creates a safe and honest place where you’re not judged. I’m impacted by her ability to communicate what we all feel and experience. And then I feel such a sense of empowerment when she shares a statement like this:

Authority and rules aren’t the answer to successful parenting. Influence is the key, and that influence comes when we have their hearts.

As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case. Find out the KEYS and the actionable tips to implement to begin winning your child's heart! #Christianparenting #parenting #raisingkids

As a parent, who hasn’t heard or used the phrase, “Just do what I say!” and expect our children to be obedient and follow thru because “I said so!”

I’m so guilty of this.

I want my children to know that they can come to me with anything, but do they really feel like they can when phrases like this are used?

As parents, we tend to use our authority to motivate and include threatened consequences, when instead, we could warn of the natural consequences such as pride, immorality and disobedience.

This quote leaped off the page from The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

The goal of gaining their hearts is not so we can control them, but rather gain the opportunity to pour into their lives, shape their values, and teach them to love God and His Word.

I love good tips that are easy to implement and create lasting change. Kathie shares loving affirmations and tips that you can start to do practically this moment with your children to begin winning their hearts.

In general, here’s a list of what I loved about The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

  • Actionable ideas
  • Examples
  • From a Christian perspective, but not preachy
  • All the nuggets and takeaways I was left with
  • Easy to digest and follow along
  • Lots of quotes and resources

Here’s a lasting thought that Kathie shares in her book The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

Rules without relationship breed rebellion.


As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case. Find out the KEYS and the actionable tips to implement to begin winning your child's heart! #Christianparenting #parenting #raisingkids

I read The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart in no time at all. Because you feel like you’re connecting with someone who has so much wisdom to offer and the impact it makes as you dive into these words, you can’t help but keep reading.

If I could give a copy of this book to you, I would! So, instead, feel free to grab The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart and take in all that Kathie shares. You can get the e-book here as a bundle price that includes the book Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away. (Check out my review here)

About the Author

Kathie is the owner of The Character Corner, wife of Alan for 40 years, and mother to eight children. She is also a veteran homeschooling mom of 31 years. Not only is she passionate about her family, but she also has a passion to encourage and inspire women in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers. Her goal is to be transparent and honest about the struggles and challenges of parenting and homeschooling, as well as the blessings that come from being faithful to that calling. She loves to share insights from her personal experiences over the years of raising and teaching her children. You will find that she gives many practical, encouraging tips you can use in your own home. Find out more about Kathie here.

Kathie is a speaker and author, as well as a blogger at The Character Corner. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

I’m so appreciative to Kathy for providing me a free copy of this book to review; it has changed my parenting for the better!

As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case. Find out the KEYS and the actionable tips to implement to begin winning your child's heart! #Christianparenting #parenting #raisingkids

 

Christ-Centered Easter Activities and Crafts For Kids

Christ-Centered Easter Activities and Crafts For Kids

As we approach Easter, the significance and importance of why we celebrate brings reflection and remembrance.  In fact, it can be remembered all year long because it’s really the foundation of what we believe as Christians.

Maybe you’re thinking about different ideas on how to celebrate Easter with your family

Well, thankfully, there are many AMAZING Christ-centered Easter activities and crafts for kids that don’t revolve around bunnies, chicks and emptyness.

These ideas are not only fun, but can even help create more understanding and depth for kids as to why Easter is a significant time for them!

There are many AMAZING Christ-Centered Easter activities and crafts you can do with your kids! #Easter #ChristianEaster #EasterCrafts

Christ-Centered Easter Activities and Crafts for Kids

Activities for Your Easter Celebration from How To Homeschool My Child

Behold the Lamb- Day 6 from Kinetic Kids

Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study for Kids from Wildly Anchored (1)

Easter Celebrations With Children from Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Easter Cross Craft for Kids from 123 Homeschool 4 Me (3)

Easter Cross Sun Catcher Craft from My Joy-Filled Life (7)

Easter Faith Filled Family Activities from Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Easter Holy Week Banner With Bible References from Arrows & Applesauce (6)

Easter Resurrection Day Craft from Life of a Homeschool Mom

Easter Story Writing Cards (Free Printable) from Growing Curious Minds

Easy DIY Easter Tree Study For Kids from A Little R & R

Easy Easter Sunday School Craft from Crafty Classroom

Faith Inspired Easter Fun from Awe Filled Homemaker

Free Easter Copywork from Jen Merckling (5)

Heart Crosses Decorative Letters Free Printable from Homeschool With Love (2)

How To Have A Christ-Centered Easter – Without Missing Out on all the Candy! by Hess-Unacademy

How To Make An Easter Tree (With Printables) from Homeschool With Moxie

Mary Magdalene (John 20) | Make 1 from Jesus Without Language from Jesus Without Language

Palm Sunday Crafts from How To Homeschool My Child

Printable Easter Story Trivia Game from Hip Homeschool Moms

The Story of the Resurrection Printable Pack from Our Happy Medium (4)

Witnesses to the Crucifixion from Jesus Without Language

Be sure to grab my FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenge below!

How are you incorporating Christ-Centered Easter activities and crafts for kids this year?

Feel free to share your ideas with me!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter + FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenge

Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter + FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenge

A Christ-Centered Easter brings reflection and thankfulness as we set our gaze on what God did to restore us back to Him through Jesus’ shed blood.

There’s no better way to celebrate than to dive into the Word of God!

 

Grab your FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenges below!

Created In the Image of God

When God created Adam and Eve, He did so to extend who He was through His creation, man and woman.

Genesis 1:27-28 says,

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

A Simple Instruction

One of the instructions God gave to Adam is found in Genesis 2:16-17, which says,

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 

Unfortunately, although this instruction was simple, it wasn’t easy.

The serpent came to Eve questioning what God said. This questioning mixed with Eve’s doubts became the recipe where she had to make a choice within itself. Genesis 3:6 says,

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”

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Sin Is Separation From God

The result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience (sin) would be that they would surely die.

Now based on the length of Adam’s life (930 years), the death that God was referring to wasn’t them ceasing from physical living, but instead, that they would be separated from God.

Adam and Eve now lived under the curse and they could no longer be in communion with God. Sin ultimately separated them from God.

The Veil That Separates

In the Old Testament, the Holy of Holies was a place where only the high priest could enter and only once in the year. A thick veil separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies inside the tent of meeting.

The high priest would then sprinkle the blood of a sacrificed bull and a sacrificed goat on the atonement cover of the ark, to make amends for his and the people’s sins.

The old covenant God made through Moses with the Israelites required animal sacrifices. God lived among his people in the Holy of Holies.

A Perfect Sacrifice

Jesus, who was God’s Son and yet man, was the perfect sacrifice. He was a Lamb, sinless without spot or wrinkle, and would come to save us from our sin.

When Jesus yielded up His spirit, the veil that divided and separated God from man was torn from top to bottom. This significant barrier that was established because of sin was now no longer. Jesus’ blood was shed once for all.

This means remission of sin, an atonement made, where we could be restored to having a personal and intimate relationship with God once again.

Because of Jesus’ blood we are considered redeemed, righteous, sanctified, purified and cleansed from all sin.

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He’s Alive

Jesus not only died for our sin, but arose from death and still lives today! He’s seated at the right hand of the Father.

No longer does God confine himself to the Holy of Holies, separated from His people. When Christ ascended into heaven, every believer of Jesus became a temple of the Holy Spirit, a living dwelling place of God.

To receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit requires repentence and an acknowledgement that Jesus died for your sin, was buried, was resurrected and ascended into heaven. You have been alive together with Him!

 

Acts 2:38-39 says,

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Celebrate a Christ-Centered Easter

Enjoy a Christ-Centered Easter as a family.

Take time to read the Bible scriptures that concern the story of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. 

Below are two 30-Day Christ-Centered Easter Bible Scripture Challenges. Fill yourself with the Word of God as we approach Easter.

If you have children, you could consider a Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study as well.

Get two FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenges

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What are some ways you and your family celebrate a Christ-Centered Easter?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Study Easter With Your Kids!

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