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.

Take the 30-Day “Renewing My Mind” Bible Scripture Challenge below. Refresh yourself concerning the very nature and character of God!

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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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2020-2021 Grade 4 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2020-2021 Grade 4 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

It’s that time of year again! I’m revealing and sharing with you our 2020-2021 grade 4 homeschool curriculum picks.

BUT, FIRST THINGS FIRST… it’s important that you know I have two children – one in grade 2 and one in grade 4.

The reason that this is important for you to know is that in some of my homeschool curriculum picks, I’ve involved curriculum where both my kids will participate in the same content. I’ve learned that where you can condense curriulum, you should.

The subjects my kids will have the same curriculum is in Bible, character, science, social studies, read-alouds, poetry, and art. My children will participate in the content of these subjects and from there, I will give them work based on their skill level.

Avoiding undue pressure and stress is the key for us all.

And now, here’s the reveal…

2020-2021 Grade 4 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Bible

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

How Great Is Our God: 100 Indescribable Devotions About God and Science

NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers

Character

The Book of Virtues

Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume I

Stories Worth Re-reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories

Laying Down The Rails (this is more-so for me)

Check out our 2020-2021 grade 4 homeschool curriculum picks! We'll be doing All About Reading, Brave Writer, Mystery of History, Saxon Math and more!

Homeschool Planning

Now from here, I’ve been putting my curriculum into a plan by using my Google Sheets Homeschool Planner. But, it doesn’t stop there.

The Google Sheet Homeschool Planner just gives me an overview of how everything will work together. The plan is not actually what we do; it’s a guide or map if you will giving me an idea of how it’ll come together.

From here, I record what we actually do in our homeschool in an empty lesson planner. Some call this concept planning-from-behind, some call it reverse planning. Either way, recording what we do (and not following the plan) creates the most restful way of homeschooling that I’ve found.

I’d love to hear if you have any of the same picks for your homeschool. Let me know in the comments below!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

2020-2021 Grade 2 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2020-2021 Grade 2 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Planning our homeschool curriculum is one of my most favourite things to do. With that, I’m thrilled to reveal and share with you our 2020-2021 grade 2 homeschool curriculum picks!

FIRST THINGS FIRST… it’s important that you know I have two children – one in grade 2 and one in grade 4.

The reason that this is important for you to know is that in some of my homeschool curriculum picks, I’ve involved curriculum where both my kids will participate in the same content. I’ve learned that where you can condense curriulum, you should.

The subjects my kids will have the same curriculum is in Bible, character, science, social studies, read-alouds, poetry, and art. My children will participate in the content of these subjects and from there, I will give them work based on their skill level.

Avoiding undue pressure and stress is the key for us all.

And now, here’s the reveal…

2020-2021 Grade 2 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Bible

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

How Great Is Our God: 100 Indescribable Devotions About God and Science

NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers

Character

The Book of Virtues

Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume I

Stories Worth Re-reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories

Laying Down The Rails (this is more-so for me)

Check out our 2020-2021 grade 2 homeschool curriculum picks! We'll be doing All About Reading, Brave Writer, Mystery of History, Saxon Math and more!

Homeschool Planning

Now from here, I’ve been putting my curriculum into a plan by using my Google Sheets Homeschool Planner. But, it doesn’t stop there.

The Google Sheet Homeschool Planner just gives me an overview of how everything will work together. The plan is not actually what we do; it’s a guide or map if you will giving me an idea of how it’ll come together.

From here, I record what we actually do in our homeschool in an empty lesson planner. Some call this concept planning-from-behind, some call it reverse planning. Either way, recording what we do (and not following the plan) creates the most restful way of homeschooling that I’ve found.

I’d love to hear if you have any of the same picks for your homeschool. Let me know in the comments below!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

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My First Failed Homeschool Plan

When I first started planning our homeschool, I wrote a beautiful lesson plan with everything that we were going to do.

Then life happened. Living happened.

I had a 5 and 3 year old at the time. My 3-year old wasn’t interested in my well-intentioned plan. And I felt like I didn’t get to my 5-year old’s learning the way I had planned. The satisfying idea of checking off what we were going to do dwindled to a halt. I felt like a homeschool planning failure.

I wondered, “How do you plan your homeschool when you can’t get done what’s on the lesson plan?”

I like visualizing how everything will look when it comes to homeschool curriculum. There are many things to consider in homeschool planning, such as outings, extra-curriculur activities, holidays, etc. I don’t like not having a plan – it makes me feel ill-equipped and stressed.

I HAD to come up with a different method of planning where I could lay out a plan but not have it written down as something to follow.

And so my method of a simple and restful homeschool plan was born.

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This method of homeschool planning I’ve now used for several years. It’s helped me to relax about homeschool, know that I have a plan in place that’s not a law-abiding lesson plan, while also seeing that my kids are learning and moving foward.

What I do is use Google Sheets to plan our homeschool for the year. I then use a simple weekly printable recording what we actually do.

This combination has worked so wonderfully for me, and I want to share it with you!

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Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Have you wondered how to help your kids with their thoughts?

Our conversations with our children are really important. How do you find out what they’re thinking unless they say what’s on their minds?

What We Think On Matters

As we hear our kids talk, we find out what’s in their hearts and what’s on their minds. This helps us to get to the root of something that they’ve learned and been informed about or even did – whether it’s right or wrong.

What we think on truly matters. And it’s takes an intentional process whether we’re adults or kids to change our thoughts according to Romans 12:2 NKJV, which puts it this way,

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.

Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Your mind NEEDS renewing so that you can:

  • stop conforming to the influence of the world’s ways
  • be transformed
  • prove the good, acceptable and perfect will of God

In fact, in Philippians 4:8, we find out what we should think on, which includes…whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable or if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.

The process of renewing our minds will happen for the rest of our lives.

So how do you start to help your kids with understanding what to think on, that they’re in charge of their thoughts and that they can change their thoughts?

The Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids is a great way to start and help your kids on a jouney to learn that their thoughts matter.

Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Inside this Bible study, your kids with focus on two lessons, entitled:

  • Think On This
  • Renew My Mind

Each lesson includes:

  • The Big Idea
  • Prayer
  • Bible Reading
  • Questions and Reflections
  • Vocabulary
  • Bible Verse Scripture Writing and Memorization
  • Praise and Worship Songs
  • Activities
Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Would you find the Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids helpful for your kids?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

How To Start Teaching Your Toddler The Bible

How To Start Teaching Your Toddler The Bible

Teaching your kids the Bible at a young age is a wonderful opportunity for us as parents. But you may be wondering how to start teaching your toddler the Bible.

First of all, we always make something out to be harder than it really is. So take a deep breath; this isn’t hard nor time consuming, but, it is important work.

Why Should You Read The Bible To Your Toddler?

A misconception I hear is, “Since my kids are so young, they won’t understand the Bible anyways.”

The journey in our life begins as young as a baby in the womb. A toddler will absolutely start to digest what you read and teach them from the Bible. Their spirit, the person who they really are, is engaged with all that’s being deposited in them that reflects the nature and character of God. Their spirit is hungry!

Our role as parents then is to begin connecting our kids to the Father; He is truly THEIR life-source.

We have VERY important work in raising and discipling our kids to discover who God is and who they are through Him. We get to and are able to teach them simple spiritual disciplines at such a young age by what we do.

Please, I urge you… do not dismiss the importance of reading the Bible to your toddler.

Now, let’s move on to find a Bible appropriate for your toddler…

How To Start Teaching Your Toddler The Bible

Step 1: Choose A Bible Appropriate For Toddlers

We immediately think we have to read our toddler from The Holy Bible, the gigantic Bible that we ourselves as adults find a challenge at times. It can almost do more harm than good to read straight out of The Bible to your toddlers.

Unless you have a way to take the wording from The Bible and what’s being taught, and put it into a format designed for toddlers to digest, then I would suggest reading from a Bible that’s appropriate for their age.

 

Misconceptions about toddler Bibles…

  • #1 – missing parts will harm or lack the depth of the Bible in our kids. As you go on, you’ll choose Bibles appropriate for your children’s age and learning ability. By this, they will get more and more out of the Bible as they grow and will start to ask more questions. This then opens it up for you to read out of The Holy Bible to them or with them.
  • #2 – the Bible is a dry, dull, boring and hard to understand book. The Bible should not be introduced to your kids as such; it should be viewed and taught as fun, full of action and life!

Bibles Appropriate for Toddlers:

Teaching your kids the Bible at a young age is important. Find out how to start teaching your toddler the Bible and develop a love for it.

Step 2: Start Reading The Bible To Your Toddler

You may be asking yourself where to start with the toddler Bible.

The best place to start reading at the beginning. There is no need to have all kinds of materials either to create this special time with your toddler. In fact, follow these points below, and you’ll experience a beautiful time together:

  • Read one story a day!
  • Interact with your toddler about the story. You can do this easily by pointing at the pictures in the story talking about what they see. (ie. Is the coat red? Is he happy or sad? Where do you think she’s going to go?)
  • No need to ask your toddler questions about the Bible stories. Toddlers are too young for question and answer at this point, as it relates to the story itself. Though, their age is wonderful for sharing information and age-appropriate questions, like those listed in the example above.
  • Create a routine, if you can. If you’re able to, read the Bible at the same time every day to create a routine. If not, that’s okay, too. It’s not necessary, but it’s nice to add-on if you can as routines help children anticipate what time it is and what’s next, which is the advantage of routines.
  • Give yourself grace. Toddlers are also learning and exploring a lot, among finding boundaries, and feeling a wide array of emotions. If you have littles at home, don’t push things. Often we are too hard on ourselves, especially in the season of having young kids. Do the best you can and God will fill any gap because He cares for you and your precious children.

Adding Bible Learning Components For Toddlers

If you’ve wondered how to start teaching your toddler the Bible, it really doesn’t need to be complicated or filled with lots of things. That said, maybe over time, as you develop a routine of reading the Bible with your toddler, you may want to add a few more Bible learning components.

Below are some great add-ons to your toddler Bible reading time:

  • Prayer – say the simplest prayer out loud together with your toddler. It can be the same prayer every day. Toddlers are really great at catching onto things very quickly.
    • Before you pray ask your toddler to:
      • Clasp their hands – so they don’t touch other things (you must also do this so your toddler will follow what you model)
      • Close their eyes – so they don’t look around (and yet they probably will)
      • And say, “Thank You Lord for the Bible which helps me know You more. In Jesus Name, Amen!”
  • Bible songs for kids – they are a great way for kids to remember Bible stories. If the Bible songs have actions, that’s a bonus! Here’s a link to YouTube for free Bible songs for kids.
  • Bible colouring pages – toddlers can add a colour sheet, which also helps them build motor skills. Consider colouring books to go with the toddler Bible of your choice, like:
  • Memorize scriptures – kids can memorize things easily. What they need though to succeed in this, is repetition; it’s that easy!

If you’re looking raise kids who put their trust in the Lord; who depend on Him; who hear from Him; and who live their life by faith doing all that God has called them to do, the place to start with the Bible.

Nuture what you do with your kids in your own prayer time with the Lord and see what God will do and how He’ll lead and guide you in your efforts to share the Bible with your kids.

Enjoy this precious Bible reading time together with your toddler.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Sermon Notes For Kids Free Printable

Sermon Notes For Kids Free Printable

How do you help your kids pay attention to the Sunday sermon? Is it possible or a reasonable expectation of them?

Even if it’s the littlest amount, your kids can get something from a sermon and that small amount is worth it! Get your kids learning to take interest in a sermon with sermon notes for kids designed with them in mind.

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Sermons Can Be A Challenge For Kids

Sitting and listening can be a challenge for kids on a typical day. But, it can be more-so of a challenge when it comes to a Sunday sermon.

The reason sermons are a challenge for kids is because they don’t understand what’s being taught by the speaker; they have no clue what they’re listening for or listening to. Even the concepts of what’s being taught in a sermon are spiritual truths which can be hard to understand for adults, nevermind kids!

John 6:60 NKJV says,

Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”

Imagine, Jesus had to use parables with the crowds and His disciples, like The Seed and The Sower, to try and bring a spiritual truth.

It takes hearing with spiritual ears what the Spirit is saying to us to understand what the Lord wants to reveal to us.

It’s our responsibility as parents to help our kids cultivate a listening ear to the Word of God along with studying the Bible; it’s a spiritual discipline. We’re to guide our kids in this process, but, if you’re like me, maybe you’re wondering how to help them start listening to a Sunday sermon and get anything out of it.

Sermon Notes for Kids

Kids need something geared for their age to begin taking any kind of notes.

And where we start with, is in how it looks. Yes, making something look fun for kids while including all the necessary points is the perfect starting point. This is why I’ve created a fun sermon notes free printable template for kids.

The free sermon notes printable below include a fun, kid-friendly design with space to complete the following important points:

  • Today’s date
  • Message title
  • Speaker
  • Bible verses in today’s message
  • Important points in today’s message
  • Words I didn’t understand from today’s message
  • Make a tally mark every time you hear God, Jesus, Love, Pray
  • Questions I have from today’s message

Be sure to grab the Sermon Notes For Kids FREE PRINTABLE below and help your kids begin to engage in the Sunday sermons for a life-long desire to hear the Word every Sunday morning!

Sermon Notes For Kids FREE Printable

Sermon Notes For Kids Free Printable

Let me know how your kids enjoy this template.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Why Guarding Your Heart Is So Important

Why Guarding Your Heart Is So Important

What we put into our heart, comes out. It’s the production centre of our lives, which is why guarding your heart is so important.

Proverbs 4:23 NKJV says:

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

Another version (TPT), says it this way:

So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.

You are the doorkeeper of your heart and in charge of what you allow to penetrate it. No one else is responsible for that. In fact, it’s important that you give careful and persistent attention to all that’s going on in your heart.

If out of our heart flow the issues of life, it can mean that we’re potentially allowing good things to flow into it, or evil things. What we feed our hearts will come out.

Luke 6:45 NKJV says,

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

What we put into our heart comes out. It's the production centre of our lives, which is why guarding your heart is so important.  + FREE 30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge Printable

Why Do We Need To Guard Our Hearts?

There’s so much that goes on in life.

We’re bombarded by social media suggesting how we should look, what we should be, and that we’re not good enough or have enough in some capacity. Or there’s challenges we’re facing or could face in our health, finances, marriage, or relationships.

The enemy wants to attack every part of our being, bringing about fear, stress, worry and anxiety. The enemy’s goal is to steal, kill and destroy. The purpose of this is so that we question who God really is and begin to doubt who He is to us personally.

This world also offers many things, including peace, but it can never satisfy us. It brings a temporary feeling of safety and security wrapping all the things we think we want in a beautiful, enticing package. And when we give into the tactics of this world and the lies of the enemy, our hearts can become distant toward God.

So then, with all that we face, this is why guarding our hearts is so important.

How Do We Guard Our Hearts?

To guard our hearts, we all need discernment on what to allow or not allow into our lives. Not all good things are right things for us, so we need to be mindful of what we fill ourselves with.

In Philippians 4:4-7 NKJV it says,

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 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.

Here we find that the Bible says we should be anxious for nothing. In other words, anxiety might come, but it’s what we do with it matters.

The next line says in Philippians 4 says what we should do not only with anxiety, but in everything. We are to let our requests be made known to God by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving. We are to roll over what we can’t do on our own, over to the Lord.

As we do that – as we release our anxiety (the unknowns, the what-ifs, the uncertainty in life that we can’t control or do anything about) and make them known to God by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, the peace of God, which surpasses human perspective, reasoning and thought, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge Printable

Reminding ourselves of what God says about our hearts helps us to see that protecting it is crucial.

Be sure to grab the free 30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge Printable below!

What we put into our heart comes out. It's the production centre of our lives, which is why guarding your heart is so important.  + FREE 30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge

Don’t let anything have your heart — you’re too precious to allow just anything to fill it. You need to know why guarding your heart is so important and what to fill it with.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Why Biblical Affirmations For Kids Are Important

Why Biblical Affirmations For Kids Are Important

Positive affirmations are not enough when it comes to the words your kids speak about themselves and to themselves. Find out why Biblical affirmations for kids are important.

Speaking Positive Words Is Not Enough

There are many good words to speak over ourselves. The world has wonderful and positive affirmations that we can speak about ourselves to ourselves. Although this is good, as a believer in Jesus, we acknowledge that there’s a heart from which words must come from.

Luke 6:45 says,

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Speaking positive words alone isn’t enough. What we fill our heart with is also just as important which is why Biblical affirmations are key. The world can still speak words that involve striving instead of surrender or wishfully thinking good things instead of being anchored in Biblical hope.

Positive affirmations are not enough. But, Biblical affirmations are! Find out why Biblical affirmations for kids are important.  Includes FREE Printable Biblical Affirmation Cards for Kids!

We Speak Because Of Jesus’ Finished Work

As children of God, we learn that because of who God is and the finished work of the cross, we identify and find our being in Christ, not ourselves. To acknowledge that we are in Christ, is to say that we have access to all things that pertain unto life and godliness. We can also say that because of Jesus’ broken body and blood shed that we are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Our responsibility as parents is to teach our kids about the finished work of Jesus so that we can help them find their identify in Christ as they speak Biblical affirmations over themselves.

Positive affirmations are not enough. But, Biblical affirmations are! Find out why Biblical affirmations for kids are important.  Includes FREE Printable Biblical Affirmation Cards for Kids!

If you’d like to have access to additional printable cards that are Biblical affirmations for kids, let me know below!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Christian Valentine’s Day Cards

Christian Valentine’s Day Cards

What if our kids took the opportunity to share God’s love with others when it comes to Valentine’s Day?

With Valentine’s Day having its roots in romance, it’s also become a day where we celebrate others and see the good in them. This is such a positive thing!

I believe our kids can take things another step further when it comes to Valentine’s Day. They can choose to share with others about God’s love for them.

Help your kids share God's love uniquely with others this Valentine's Day!

How To Teach Our Kids About God’s Love

Although our kids can hand out Christian Valentine’s Day cards, it’s important for them to understand what it means to love God and love others. Why?! Because their friends might ask about what it means to love God and how amazing wouldn’t it be for your kids to be confident in their response.

If you’re looking for a helpful way to teach your kids about loving God and loving others, dig into this Love Bible Study for Kids.

Help your kids discover what it means to love God and love others with this Bible study. Includes Bible reading, scripture writing and memorization, activities and more!

Create Christian Valentine’s Day Cards

Your kids can create custom designed Christian Valentine’s Day cards if they enjoy being creative. Or they can use this fun design which includes a scripture on the front and blank space on the back to write a personal note.

Grab the FREE 30-day LOVE Bible scripture challenge printable below and remind yourself of what it means to love God and others!

Challenge yourself as it concerns loving God and loving others with this scripture challenge.

Let’s help our kids share about true love, the love of God, in a unique way that will impact others in a life-giving way.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

What To Do When Homeschooling Feels Lonely

What To Do When Homeschooling Feels Lonely

Have you experienced any of these as a homeschool mom?

  • Do you feel lack-lustre about your homeschool?
  • Are you reacting to your kids with yelling instead of responding calmly?
  • Are you beginning to resent homeschooling?
  • Do you feel disconnected and isolated?

Whether you’ve just started homeschooling or have done it for a while, homeschooling can feel lonely. And loneliness can affect us emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

Loneliness doesn’t necessarily stem from not being around people because surely your kids are at home. But loneliness stems from a lack of connection and community. It’s that feeling that you’re doing something on your own and don’t have support, anywhere to ask questions or have someone cheering you on.

Homeschooling can feel lonely and when it does, you need to make time to be filled again. It's a non-negotiable.

Effects of Loneliness

What we do in terms of our behaviour stems from our heart.

Proverbs 4:23 NKJV says,

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Or another way to put it from The Passion Translation of the Bible is:

So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.

If in our heart we feel lonely, our kids will feel the effects of our loneliness as a result of our behaviour and they’ll know something’s not right.

What you fill yourself with will overflow to your kids.

If we desire for our kids to handle their life challenges in a healthy way, we too must develop healthy habits and watch what we’re putting or not putting in our hearts.

And here’s the thing: nobody’s going to do it for you. YOU need to take charge of you so that what you experience out of life, homeschooling and your family comes out of healthy responses from you!

Your first thought might be… “How can I create time for me when we need to homeschool?

Here’s the thing, homeschooling will get done, I promise. But, if you leave yourself for last, your homeschooling efforts will suffer. Scheduling time for you is a non-negotiable and should be part of what you do as a lifestyle as a homeschooling mom whether you’re experiencing loneliness or not.

What To Do About Loneliness

Below are 8 ways to begin filling yourself with connection, encouragement and joy in your homeschool and life again:

  1. Read Books – there’s power in reading books written by homeschool moms. You are gleaning nuggets of wisdom, fresh ideas and encouragement that can really fill your cup!

2. Local Homeschool Support Group – if you have a local homeschool support group, join it! There are other homeschool moms where you live that likely feel just like you. This connection can bring a sense of community and belonging locally.

3. Listen to Podcasts – this is such a great way to hear from authors, speakers and other homeschool moms where you can grab a cup of coffee and feel like you’re sitting across the table from such wisdom.

4. Social Media Posts/Lives – often homeschool moms, authors and speakers write on their social media platforms or go live on Instagram or Facebook. Hearing from (or seeing) another homeschool mom can bring such a refresher to the day.

5. Blogs/Websites – reading various blogs and websites can also bring connection as you feel you’re interacting with someone like you.

6. Homeschool Mentorship – if you’ve looked up to someone that you know has homeschooled their children, get connected with them. Invite them into your home (or go to theirs), have coffee with them and ask them all the questions you can about homeschool, life and healthy habits to mine out their wisdom.

7. Homeschool Sisterhood This is a new way to get connected to a community of homeschool moms. There’s nothing like having someone in your corner cheering you on helping you with:

  • CLARITY (clear goals/plans)
  • CONTENT (right resources/tools for YOUR family! Each one is unique with different needs)
  • CONSISTENCY (This is BIG key for success)
  • CONTENTMENT – (rather than wishing things were different, be content and trust God with the rest)
  • COMMUNITY (real support & encouragement without comparison or judgement)
  • CONFIDENCE (another HUGE ONE! And that’s because they lack some other Cs)
  • CELEBRATION (progress, not perfection)
    Experience an online sisterhood that’s from the comfort of your home while giving you all that you’re looking for. Check it out here.
Homeschooling doesn't have to feel lonely. Join the Homeschool Sisterhood where you'll receive encouragent, masterclasses, habit training ideas, workshops and so much more!

8. Homeschool Conference – these days, you can attend a homeschool conference (if it’s workable with your schedule and finances) or join one from the comfort of your home! This is such a great way to learn about homeschool materials, hear from authors and homeschool moms to be encouraged. If you’re looking for an online homeschool conference, you’ll want to check this one out!

Homeschooling doesn't have to feel lonely. Register for the Homegrown Generation Online Family Expo and be encouragement in your homeschooling journey!

Don’t let homeschool loneliness have its place in your heart. You need to make the time for yourself to be refreshed and rejuvenated. Your kids will be thankful for a mom who’s made time for herself.

And I hope that you’ve found encouragement here! Serving you and helping you in this homeschool endeavour through what has worked for us in our journey of homeschool and life is been my prayer.

Cheering you on, homeschool mama!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie