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 ________________ .

 

How To Start The New Year Right + 30-Day Renewing My Mind Bible Scripture Challenge

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!

Renewing My Mind 30-Day Bible Scripture Challenge

How To Start The New Year Right + 30-Day Renewing My Mind Bible Scripture Challenge

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

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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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.

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  • CONSISTENCY (This is BIG key for success)
  • CONTENTMENT – (rather than wishing things were different, be content and trust God with the rest)
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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!

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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

FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable

FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable

“You got this, girl!” It’s definitely been said. And it’s meant in the best way possible… as in, you can do this, you can push through and achieve what you set your mind to do.

But…what if that’s not enough.

What if, “You got this, girl!” is only able to help you to the degree of your own strength?

Is that enough in life? To operate from your own strength physically, mentally, or emotionally?

Grab your FREE Strength Scripture Challenge Printable below!

What if your strength alone isn't enough? You can tap into an endless supply of strength. Be sure to  grab this FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable!

Why Our Strength Not Enough

To do anything out of ourselves using our own strength is not enough.

When we use our own strength it’s like tapping into a limited resource or supply.

It’s like a maple tree: when you tap into a maple tree to draw out the sap (to make maple syrup), eventually you need to move onto the next tree. Why? There won’t be an endless supply of sap available for you. We are the same.

We can encourage ourselves, draw out of ourselves and motivate ourselves, but only for a limited time.

As humans operating in the earth, we are a limited resource. On our own, we don’t have everything we need to live and operate in this life. In fact, we can disappoint ourselves.

But what if we don’t have to live in a limited way.

What if we can tap into an unlimited and unending supply for our lives?
What if we could tap into a Source?
What if the only way that we could find strength that’s supernatural is not because we are strong, but because the Lord is our strength?

We’re Just Not Enough

We’re not meant to live this life alone or do life alone; we’re meant to live in communion with God, our Father.

To commune with the Lord is to spend time with Him reading His Word, in prayer, fasting, living a life that’s dependent on Him where we trust Him in everything. In fact, without Jesus, we can do nothing of ourselves (John 15:5).

We need the Lord in all we do and when we say, “You got this girl!” we’re leaving God as a last resort. We believe that we can do anything we set our mind to do and we do it (and this is all true), until we feel we can’t do it anymore.

When The Battles Rage

Let’s say you’re facing a battle financially.It can sound amazing to hustle, to work hard and give it all you’ve got, but it can get tiring.

What if you’re facing a battle in your health with a report that’s not positive from the doctor? A positive attitude is good, but bearing our battles on our own saying, “You got this, girl!” might not be appropriate or even right.

In fact, we may actually find ourselves at our weakest, without strength, helpless and even hopeless as we face the various battles of life. It’s often at this point where we find ourselves in a position where we see that we need the Lord.

Our supply of strength is limited, but when we look to the Lord seeing that we are nothing without Him, and that through Him there’s a supernatural strength and power that He’s able to work through us, we can’t help but find our refuge in Him.

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Isaiah 40:29 AMPC

 

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7 NKJV

 

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

The Lord Wants…

The Lord wants our whole hearts, not divided hearts.

He wants us to want Him, to need Him and rely on Him. When we do this, He’s able to work in and through us by His strength and power, a supernatural grace, that we don’t have. This, however, takes us seeing that we are God’s workmanship created to do what He’s called us to do and not what we’ve called ourselves to do.

So then, doing something on your own without surrendering to God’s plan and purpose for your life could mean that you’re operating without God’s supernatural strength. Instead, you could be operating on your own strength.

BUT, if we acknowledge that we haven’t relied on the Lord as our strength, He’s so gracious to help us when we turn to Him and repent.

What if your strength alone isn't enough? You can tap into an endless supply of strength. Be sure to  grab this FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable!

Because God’s Got This!

Whatever we face in life, it’s not a surprise to God. He hasn’t fallen off of His throne. He’s still our loving Father who knows and see what we’re going through and what we will yet go through.

The Lord allows what we face in life so that we cling to Him as our strength. And then we’re strengthened by nature of us surrendering our lives to the Lord.

Finally, if your heart is, “I’ve got this, because God’s got this!”, you’ll find that you’re being strengthened by the Lord because He is your strength!

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Ephesians 6:10 AMPC

FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable

One way you can encourage yourself in the strength of the Lord is to take in a scripture a day with a 30-day Strength Scripture Challenge.

Be sure to grab the FREE printable below!

What if your strength alone isn't enough? You can tap into an endless supply of strength. Be sure to  grab this FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Christ-Centered Christmas Bible Study For Kids

Christ-Centered Christmas Bible Study For Kids

The Christmas Bible story is such a wonder. A babe, who is our Saviour, born in a manger. Help your kids unwrap the gift that is Jesus with a Christmas Bible study for kids.

Why Christmas? Why Jesus?

Christmas is such a precious time to discover the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas and God’s plan from the beginning.

You see, we celebrate the birth of Jesus with our kids, but forget to dive into the details of the Christmas story and why Jesus was part of God’s plan all along.

Christ-Centered Christmas Bible Study For Kids

Jesus’ Beginning

There is a depth and magnitude about the birth of Jesus that brings great reflection in our lives for kids and adults alike.

Jesus was prophesied about from the very beginning. God Himself in Genesis 3:15 says to the serpent,

“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.” (NKJV)

And not only that, John had a revelation of when Jesus already existed:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2 NKJV)

God is God; He is the Alpha and the Omega knowing the beginning from the end. So it’s not like He was surprised and alarmed at Adam and Eve’s sin and without a plan to redeem mankind back to Himself.

He had a plan… but, that plan took time.

The plan took a lineage of people who would believe and trust God; who would turn and return back to Him.

It’s important for us then to recognize that Jesus didn’t just appear at the time that is Christmas and then to die for our sins that is Easter. There’s more to it.

Christ-Centered Christmas Bible Study For Kids

Jesus Wasn’t A Baby Born To Just Die

It’s true.

Jesus was born and part of His purpose was to die for the sin of mankind. Matthew 1:21 NKJV says,

For He will save His people from their sins.

But that’s not the ONLY purpose He had. In Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV), Jesus says,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are]oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

In Luke 4:43 NKJV, Jesus says to the crowd that’s around Him,

I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.

Absolutely, God gave His beloved Son for us and that we don’t want to diminish. But do our kids know why? Does the birth of Jesus become more significant because they are starting to grasp why Jesus died and arose?

While we think of Jesus as a baby born to die that wasn’t His only purpose. Even after Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection, He spent 40 days thereafter speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

It’s like Jesus kept going about His mission because He wasn’t done yet. This is why we don’t stop at Jesus being a baby born to die, because that’s not where He was left. He wasn’t left in death.

Read the Christmas story in the Bible over the course of 30 days with this FREE printable!

FREE 30-Day Christmas Bible Reading Plan Printable

Jesus’ Birth Reminds Us…

That we have a mission.

When Jesus returned alive after His death He gave a clear mission to His disciples, which in turn also becomes our mission. Mark 16:15-18 NKJV says,

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

We are reminded that the work on earth isn’t done; that Jesus’ birth meant that He would grow up as a man on earth, living like us, showing us how to live and then redeeming us back to God so that we could once again have a personal relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit and continue the work that is our mission.

Jesus’ birth ultimately reminds us of who God is — that His very nature and character is loving, kind, gentle and faithful. He wants to bring humanity back to Him and He needs you and I to partner with Him.

If you’re looking to dig deeper into the Christmas story together with your kids discovering the foretelling of Jesus and why He came, be sure to grab this Christ-Centered Christmas Bible Study for Kids.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Christ-Centered Christmas Bible Study For Kids

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How To Help Your Kids Study The Bible

How To Help Your Kids Study The Bible

Ever wonder how to help your kids study the Bible? But do you wonder where to start and how to go about it?

Why Teach Your Kids To Study The Bible

Often we don’t know where to start.

The Bible is a big book and where to start can be daunting, let alone how to go about helping our kids study the Word of God.

Our kids need our help to lead them in how to study the Bible. You are discipling your children when walk them through this process. Since studying the Bible is learned by your children, it means that it’s also taught by you as the parent.

No one else is responsible for this all-important job — not the Bible school your children might attend, the Sunday School at your church, or the Christian kids club they’re a part of; it’s no one else’s responsibility except yours.

How To Help Your Kids Study The Bible

The best way in how to help your kids study the Bible is to teach them with various methods:

READING THE BIBLE

The Bible is filled with stories that are real and children love stories.

The most challenging or perhaps hard-to-believe truth for kids when it comes to the Bible is really taking in that these stories are not just any stories — they’re real life stories that actually happened.

So, beginning your Bible reading with your kids at creation, Genesis chapter 1, is a great place. Or follow this Bible reading plan for kids that’s printable and it’ll help with what to read for a year!

QUESTIONS FROM YOUR KIDS

You may naturally find that your children are asking questions as you’re reading the Bible. Those questions are so important.

Questions from your kids tells you that your child is beginning the role of independent learning. They want to know more and they need (or are asking) you to help them discover the answers.

So, if you know the answers to their questions, provide them. If you don’t know the answers, tell them that their question is important and that you don’t know the answer yet but are willing to research it and let them know. Your kids will feel satisfied in knowing that what they are asking is being treated with care and love.

NARRATION

Have your kids tell you the Bible story in their own words.

This will tell you what they drew out of the Bible reading and what’s impacting them. Through this method, you’re able to dig deeper with them from what’s been revealed to their heart.

And never dismiss what a child says about what they’re sharing with you in terms of what’s stood out to them in the Bible reading. God is speaking to them just as much as He’s speaking to you. You may even find that what God has revealed to your child is fresh revelation for you!

QUESTIONS TO YOUR KIDS

The Bible is alive and for our guidance today. As a parent having the desire to connect the Bible readings and our life is important in helping our kids navigate who God is, the world around them and how they’re designed to work together with God for His plan and His will to be accomplished on the earth.

A great way to open up discussion with your child about the Bible reading is to ask them questions for reflection. We can so often tell our kids what to think, how to do things, etc. but what if our kids are intelligent enough to ponder the questions so that they have a thought for themselves.

Today’s society is filled with what to think and every possible way to think it. So when we’re asking our kids questions, we’re inviting them to ask God about those questions, to connect with Him and dig deeper. This allows your child to think for themselves and not be told what to think. This foundation is solid because it comes from within your child instead of outside your child, while they link the Word of God to their life.

VOCABULARY

Often there’s words in the Bible which we don’t understand.

Sometimes we need more context or even simply finding out the definition of a word, the root word or it’s synonyms or antonyms are extremely helpful.

The best way to find the meaning of words in the Bible is to identify if what you’re reading is from the Old Testament of the Bible (which are English words translated from Hebrew) or the New Testament of the Bible (which are English words translated from Greek).

Below are amazing resources to use when it comes to vocabulary:

BIBLE VERSE MEMORIZATION

When it comes to your kids learning the Bible, a great way for them to take in the Word of God is through memorization.

Kids are amazing at memorizing facts and it doesn’t take much to memorize something as long as repetition is involved.

Begin memorizing scripture with smaller verses. Either choose a verse within the Bible story you are reading, or perhaps a scripture that relates to it.

Here are 24 short Bible verses kids that they can memorize.

ACTIVITIES

Kids love to connect the dots with activities whenever possible. It’s so helpful to do this as it reinforces what they’ve learned and how it can possibly apply to their life.

As you help your kids study the Bible, include some activities like the ones listed below to help enlighten their learning journey:

  • Coloring pages
  • Scripture writing
  • Crosswords
  • Word Searches
  • Drawing
  • Writing
  • Games
  • Experiments
  • Songs
  • Skits based on the Bible story (this is a way of narrating what they learned)

BIBLE STUDIES FOR KIDS

It can be a challenge to think of all that’s needed to supplement helping your kids studying the Bible. Perhaps it’s the questions to ask them to begin a discussion, the scripture to memorize or the activities that relate to the Bible story.

A great way to guide you through teaching your kids to study the Bible are these Bible studies for kids. They have everything you need in how to help your kids study the Bible, including:

  • Big idea that’s being studied
  • Bible reading
  • Bible discussion questions and reflections
  • Vocabulary – writing out definitions, synonyms and antonyms
  • Scripture memory and writing
  • Activities
  • Songs

BIBLE STUDY FOR KIDS GUIDE

Another great tool to help focus in on studying the Bible is to use a Bible study guide for kids like the one below. It’s printable and perfect for study that’s done daily or weekly.

Bible Study For Kids FREE Printable Guide

What a privilege it is to guide your kids through the start of a life-long journey that’s so precious and deep with our Lord and Saviour.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

24 Short Bible Verses Kids Can Easily Memorize

24 Short Bible Verses Kids Can Easily Memorize

Have you spent time helping your kids memorize Bible verses? Often we don’t help them because:

Do any of these resonate with you?

24 Short Bible Verses Kids Can Easily Memorize + FREE Printable Scripture Cards

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Lack Of Planning

I was inconsistent with helping my kids memorize Bible verses. I found that it was because I didn’t have a plan of which Bible verses we should memorize.

I was all over the place.

One week we memorized scripture. The next week I wasn’t sure which one to memorize and wondered if the Bible verses were too long to memorize.

I froze and procrastinated instead of following through on one of these most important things I can do to disciple my kids, which was help them memorize the Word of God. With my insecurities of what to do, I felt like I was failing my kids.

After having no plan, I decided it was time to create one.

Repetition Is Key

Starting off with short Bible verses is helpful in building confidence for you and your kids, but one thing I cannot stress enough is that memorization requires repetition.

Repetition can become tiring, boring or uninteresting for kids, but I’d encourage you to change it up to make it exciting.

SIDE NOTE: We’re posting our scripture memory work on Instagram… come find us here!

Here are 5 ways to change up repetition in memorizing scripture:

  • add a reward for having them say it correctly 3 times
  • have them change the tone in their voice each time they recite it
  • decide together on actions to use while saying it
  • add a melody to make the scripture a song
  • add a dance, jumping jacks or stretches after each time the scripture is said

Whatever you do, change things up by incorporating something new and unique. Just this alone creates excitement and spontaneity which is helpful for keeping boredom at bay and learning the Bible fun!

24 Short Bible Verses Kids Can Easily Memorize

I’ve created 24 short Bible verses kids can easily memorize. The free printable (below) is in a scripture card format and perfect for the entire family to work on together.

I pray it will helpful to your family’s Bible verse memorization plan!

Feel free to share if these scriptures cards were helpful!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

How To Teach Gratitude To Your Kids

How To Teach Gratitude To Your Kids

We tend to think of gratitude like a warm greeting card, a kind sentiment sent to someone special or a journal entry listing 5 things we’re grateful for.

Although gratitude certainly includes these things, it can also be more.

What if gratitude is a response of faith? A posture during times that aren’t easy? A trust in the Lord that goes beyond natural comprehension?

Find out how to teach gratitude to your kids and help your kids develop a deeper relationship with the Lord.

What Is Gratitude?

The word gratitude is not used in the King James Version (KJV) or New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible.

That said, if we do some digging, we find that gratitude is defined in the 1828 dictionary as this:

  • An emotion of the heart, excited by a favor or benefit received; a sentiment of kindness or good will towards a benefactor; thankfulness.
  • An agreeable emotion, consisting in or accompanied with good will to a benefactor, and a disposition to make a suitable return of benefits or services, or when no return can be made, with a desire to see the benefactor prosperous and happy.
  • A virtue of the highest excellence, as it implies a feeling and generous heart, and a proper sense of duty.

If gratitude means thankfulness, thanks and thanksgiving and we go back to the greek meaning of the word thanks, it means to be grateful; to express gratitude towards.

Looking up scriptures with the word thanks, thanksgiving, or thankfulness, there are an abundance.

Find out how to teach gratitude to your kids + FREE Bible Study Guide for Kids

How To Teach Gratitude To Your Kids

Gratitude is a learned behaviour; it isn’t something that comes naturally.

One of the first things we as parents teach our kids is manners.

We prompt them to, “Say please!” or “Say thank you!” Or in our family’s case, I chose to teach using sign language first when they couldn’t speak words yet.

Now just because we teach our kids to say, “Thank you”, doesn’t mean they’ve connected the dots to know when to respond with gratitude. And though we’ve taught them doesn’t mean they’ll respond as they should. Gratitude an ongoing process of prompting and reminding.

Helping Our Kids Understand Gratitude

As our kids grow older and into the elementary years, we move on from prompting our kids to show gratitude, to helping them understand and show gratitude.

Teaching our kids gratitude comes as a result of not seeing our kids express it when we feel they should.

Kids can do what they’re told, but when they’re given an opportunity to show what they know and we don’t see it coming from them naturally, we teach. And this is where we can share the importance of gratitude helping them gain understanding. From there, we pray for gratitude to become a personal revelation as they get to know our Father more and more.

The World vs. The Bible

The world teaches gratitude, too. But is the world’s gratitude different than the Bible? Absolutely.

The difference? Biblical gratitude is about putting our eyes and our focus on Jesus instead of ourselves, others, things or the universe.

The world doesn’t recognize that it’s God who created and provides all the things for us to enjoy, experience and embark on.

Want to focus on the Bible verses that are related to gratitude, thankfulness and thanksgiving?

This 30-day Thankfulness scripture calendar may be helpful! It’s perfect for scripture writing, declarations and scripture memory.

How to teach gratitude to your kids

Biblical Gratitude

We wouldn’t be on this earth if it wasn’t for God’s master plan.

In recognizing that God is Creator, we then also see our need for Him. He’s not just God; He’s Father, Lover, Provider, Sustainer, Healer, Deliverer, Redeemer, and so much more.

The Foundation Of Gratitude

The correct foundation is necessary. And as children of God, our foundation is built on the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s about Him being glorified and not ourselves, others, things or the universe.

We’re not just teaching our kids gratitude as a way of life to help them with a healthy and good habit and to be good people… gratitude is a spiritual discipline to help us grow and deepen our personal relationship with the Lord.

Why Is Gratitude So Powerful?

Jesus, being the Son of God is our example of how God provides so powerfully when we look to Him with gratitude.

And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of. Matthew 15:36-39 NKJV

What does Jesus do with what God has provided knowing it’s not enough in the natural? He gives thanks. He shares His gratitude to the Lord for providing in the midst of a challenge.

The kind of gratitude that’s in the Bible is also not about whether you’re looking at life from the negative or the positive, seeing the glass half-empty or half-full, what you have verses what you don’t have or seeing the bright side of things. No, in fact, gratitude is being able to thank God in the midst of hard and challenging times, which means Biblical gratitude doesn’t necessarily come as a result of something, but Someone. It’s about our dependency on Jesus and not ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says,

…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

How Can I Express My Gratitude To God?

The ways that we can express our gratitude to God is by:

That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works. Psalm 26:7 NKJV

We don’t want to be thankful for something without recognizing the One who gave and provided. Otherwise gratitude is empty and void and becomes about about us, instead of God.

 

  • Gratitude is not just saying thanks for the gifts and not recognizing the Giver.
  • Gratitude is not just saying thanks for the healing and not recognizing the Healer.
  • Gratitude is not just saying thanks for the money and not recognizing the Source.
Help your kids discover Biblical gratitude with scripture, scripture writing, memorization, activities including gratitude prompts, thankfulness tree and gratitude cards.

How To Help Your Kids Grow In Gratitude

If there wasn’t an expression of gratitude towards our Father, we would have an entitlement mentality. We might find ourselves being prideful and arrogant lacking humility and our need for God.

To help our kids understand thankfulness and gratitude to God, first have them consider what surrounds their life. This is a natural way to help our kids. When they do this, they can begin to see God’s goodness – what He provides, how He creates, what He does when we don’t expect it, etc.

For example: looking around at nature is THE best way to begin with gratitude.

Have your kids complete these sentences:

“Thank You, Lord, for _______________________ because ______________________.”

“Thank You, Lord, that _______________________ because _____________________.”

Another way you can dig into gratitude with your kids is a gratitude Bible study designed for them! 

Maturing in Gratitude

As kids continue their walk with the Lord learning gratitude and sharing what they’re grateful to Him FOR, ultimately, we want to help our kids progress in seeing that gratitude is deeper than being grateful for something. Gratitude that’s maturing learns that it’s about surrendering and yielding ourselves to God recognizing that without Him, we are nothing.

To help your kids dig deeper into the Word, grab the FREE Bible Study For Kids printable below:

FREE Printable Bible Study Guide for Kids

There are different ways in how to teach gratitude to your kids, however, these are ways we’ve found that it develops over time.

I pray that your kids are deepening their relationship with God through the spiritual discipline of gratitude. May they experience Him in ways they haven’t before.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

30 Thanksgiving Bible Verses + FREE Printable

30 Thanksgiving Bible Verses + FREE Printable

What a wonderful time of year to celebrate the season of harvest and all that the Lord has done!  And there’s no better way to renew your heart with thankfulness and count down to Thanksgiving than with Thanksgiving Bible Verses!

Be sure to grab the FREE 30 Thanksgiving Bible Verses Printable below as you countdown the days to Thanksgiving!

30 Thanksgiving Bible Verses

  • Leviticus 22:29 And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
  • Psalm 35:18 I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
  • Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
  • Psalm 26:7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works.
  • Psalm 95:2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
  • Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Colossians 4:2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
  • 1 Chronicles 16:8 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!
  • Psalm 30:4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
  • Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence.
  • Mark 14:23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
Celebrate the season of thankfulness with these 30 Thanksgiving Bible Scriptures. Includes FREE Printable!
  • Luke 17:16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
  • Ephesians 5:20 …giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
  • Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
  • Psalm 107:21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
  • Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
  • Psalm 79:13 So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.
  • Luke 2:38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
  • Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

30 Thanksgiving Bible Verses + FREE Printable

  • Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
  • Matthew 15:36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.
  • 2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
  • Colossians 2:6-7 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth…

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Bible Study Guide For Kids FREE Printable

Bible Study Guide For Kids FREE Printable

Helping our kids dig into the Bible for themselves doesn’t just happen; it’s learned. And how do they learn if we as parents don’t show them? This is why I’ve created a Bible study guide for kids!

Scroll down to grab your FREE Bible Study Guide for Kids printable below!

Children learn by modelling.
They do what they see you do.
They see what it’s like to have a relationship with the Lord by what you do and don’t do; not just by what you say and don’t say.

Helping our children get to know the Lord personally and more intimately takes effort on our part. This is what teaching, leading and discipling our kids is all about.

Ways To Read/Study The Bible For Kids

We can read the Bible daily with our kids as more of a casual reading, such as before bed.

The Bible can also be dug into like a study.

Jesus taught in parables to those who were around Him, like one about the Seed and the Sower. Parables have greater meaning but only to those who are searching for it and inquiry of the Lord.

Our kids need to learn to dig deeper – to discover for themselves through a journey of study who God is. In this, they find such treasure! They’ll find knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and revelation that only can come from God. Our kids will be changed from the inside out now confident that they can be bold and courageous for the Lord, doing great exploits for Him. Isn’t that so encouraging?!

Teaching our kids then how to study the Word to dig out everything they can is absolutely imperative for their walk with the Lord and living this life.

If you feel that you’ve been looking for a way to help guide and develop your child’s ability to study the Word of God, the free printable Bible Study Guide For Kids (found below) might just be for you!

Bible Study Guide for Kids + FREE Printable

About The Bible Study Guide For Kids

This guide is designed to help kids independently study the Word of God.

Over time, they may not need this guide and might want to start using their own notebook, which is wonderful, too!

How To Use The Bible Study Guide For Kids

I would recommend working through this guide together with your children, especially the first few times as they begin to study out the Word. You can work side-by-side as you study the same Bible passages.

As a helpful resource, be sure your child has an age-appropriate Bible.

n this guide are 7 steps to experience an effective Bible study time. Your child will:

  1. Pray – Begin their Bible study time in prayer, asking the Lord to reveal His Word to them.
  2. Read – Write down the portion of Bible scripture(s) being read.
  3. Learn – Write down what they learned about God from these scriptures.
  4. Apply – Write down how they can apply what they’ve learned to their life.
  5. Have Questions – Write down any questions they may have as it relates to the scriptures. Perhaps there’s a word not understood and needs a definition. (As there are questions here, be sure to spend time with your child and review them to help open up good discussion.)
  6. Memorize Scripture – Write down a scripture they can memorize. Perhaps it’s a verse in the reading, or maybe one that’s related to it. (They may need some guidance here)
  7. Respond – Finish their Bible study time with a thankful heart, asking for forgiveness of sin and praying for others, in the name of Jesus. Amen!

As your kids are experiencing this precious time with the Lord we know that God is looking to drawn near to them as they have drawn near to Him. We know He is looking and longing to show Himself to our children, as they begin to yearn, knock, ask and seek for Him.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 NKJV

What More Could Happen?

As your kids have studied the Word of God, they may coming out of their seeing more, knowing more and experiencing a depth of revelation that so so intimate.

Holy Spirit might share with them:

  • where they need God’s help and can feel confident in asking for His help.
  • feel a conviction as they’ve been led into all truth.
  • a sin in their life, where they can ask for forgiveness from the Lord and thank Him for being cleansed by what He did on the cross for them.
  • someone that needs prayer.
  •  sense of who God is that they didn’t know before.
  • a prophecy, a vision, a dream.

Anticipate that your child will never be the same as they’ve encountered Jesus.

Be sure to grab the FREE Bible Study Guide for Kids and see what God will do in their hearts.

FREE Bible Study Guide for Kids

Bible Study Guide for Kids + FREE Printable

Please let me know if you find this Bible Study Guide for Kids helpful.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie