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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FREE 30-Day Names of Jesus Scripture Challenge Printable

FREE 30-Day Names of Jesus Scripture Challenge Printable

Did you know that Jesus has more than 30 names in the Bible? Take time to reflect on the names of Jesus and what He means to you with the FREE 30-Day Names of Jesus Bible Scripture Challenge printable that’s below.

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I AM – John 8:58
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

Son of David – Matthew 1:1
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

True Vine – John 15:1
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

The Word – John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Good Shepherd John 10:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

Savior – Luke 2:11
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

The Righteous Judge – 2 Timothy 4:8
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Son of God – Luke 1:35
And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

The Mighty God – Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Founder and Perfecter of our faith – Hebrews 12:2
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Cornerstone – Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.

The Creator of all – Colossians 1:16
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

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Light of the World – John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Alpha and Omega – Revelation 1:8
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Great High Priest – Hebrews 4:14
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Immanuel – Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Bread of Life – John 6:35
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

King of Kings – Revelation 17:14
These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

Son of Man – Mark 10:33
Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles;

Messiah – John 4:25-26
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

Great Physician – Luke 9:11
But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.

Rabbi/Teacher – John 1:38
Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”

Deliverer – Romans 11:26
And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

Advocate – 1 John 2:1
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Mediator – I Timothy 2:5
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

Author of Salvation – Hebrews 5:9
And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

Lord of All – Acts 10:36
The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all—

The Way, The Truth, The Life – John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Lamb of God – John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Jesus – Matthew 1:21
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

FREE Gratitude Journal Pages For Kids Printable

FREE Gratitude Journal Pages For Kids Printable

An attitude of gratitude doesn’t just happen. It’s intentional. A person must choose to think on what they’re thankful for. This is why we need to teach our kids about gratitude. Gratitude journal pages for kids are a great way to begin.

Gratitude Takes Consciousness

Our ability to be thankful to the Lord takes consciousness. You see, a lot of what we do in life is subconscious. We don’t need to think too hard and long about most things. But gratitude requires us to consciously take time to think about what we have.

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Gratitude Is Not About Things Or People

As a child of God, when we think on what we’re grateful for, we’re actually positioning ourselves to think on the One who gave us these things. To be thankful for what we have is partial gratitude. There’s more to gratitude!

David said in Psalm 30:4,

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

David had lots of things that he struggled with. He had lots of heartache from His past decisions, enemies that were hunting him down, and a feeling of inadequacy. I think we can all empathize with David based on some things we’ve experienced in our lives. Yet, David still remembered and thanked His God.

In Luke 17, we read in verses 10-19 how ten men who were lepers lifted their voices to Jesus. Jesus healed them, and yet only one came back and gave Jesus thanks. And the one who came back was a Samaritan who were considered an outsider. Wow!

Jesus said in verse 18,

Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

By Jesus’ remark to the Samaritan, it reminds us that God gets the glory. He is so gracious and compassionate. How could we withhold from Him what is due to Him? A simple “thanks” to Him where we set our gaze on the Lord, is all it takes. Yet we’re so easy to forget and keep walking on our way.

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One way to teach our kids to consciously think about what they’re thankful to God for is with a Gratitude Journal.

Be sure to grab the FREE Gratitude Journal Pages For Kids below!

How do you teach your kids an attitude of gratitude to the Lord? What are some things you do daily to outwork the spiritual discipline of gratitude? I’d love to know!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

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Fruit Of The Spirit Bible Study For Kids + FREE Notebooking Pages

Fruit Of The Spirit Bible Study For Kids + FREE Notebooking Pages

Teaching our kids the fruit of the Spirit is a powerful concept! We want them to exhibit the powerful traits of the Holy Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

What we may not realize is that if our children aren’t developing in their personal relationship with the Lord by reading the Bible, it’s very difficult to produce the fruit of the Spirit.

Stay Attached

As children of God, our first and highest priority is to get to know our Heavenly Father. And the way we do this is by reading the Bible.

Reading the Word of God allows us to understand who God is, what He’s intended, why we’re here and what our purpose is. When we see that our purpose comes from Him, we learn that we cannot operate this life the way we’re designed to without Him. We must find ourselves attached remaining, abiding and staying attached to Him. 

As a fruit tree grows, we know that it’s designed to produce fruit. We expect it to. In fact the reward of growth is pruning. Pruning helps a fruit tree become healthier and produce more fruit.

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Have you ever tried to rip a branch from the trunk? It’s difficult, isn’t it?! The fibers are so intertwined and connected that in order to remove a branch, it must be cut off.

Just like branches are so connected to the trunk, so must we find our lives connected to the Holy Spirit. We do this by building a personal, intimate relationship with Him. And out of that relationship we become who we are designed to be; we are a by-product of who our Father is. This is Christ-likeness bearing the image of God.

Your kids will discover that God wants to have a relationship with them, and we are designed to produce the fruit of the Spirit.

Fruit Producer

As we abide in Christ and spend time with Him, we produce good fruit. And that fruit is the fruit of the Spirit.

As parents we often teach our kids to be loving, be kind, be patient. We do this because we know they’ve been taught and have the skills and abilities to be these things. But it still isn’t easy to exercise these traits. We can find ourselves operating in the things of the flesh rather than that of the Spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit is produced and accomplished out of being with the Spirit. If we abide and walk in the Spirit, we will not produce the things of the flesh.

Galations 5:16-17 says,

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

So a key to not fulfilling the things of the flesh isn’t to stop doing them, but rather replacing the things of the flesh with the things of the Spirit. By this, we produce the fruit of the Spirit.

Fruit Of The Spirit Bible Study For Kids

Our kids must learn about who God is by reading the Bible and studying His Word. The more they learn and know about Him, the more than the fruit of the Spirit will come out of them as a by-product of spending time with Him.

Teaching our kids the fruit of the Spirit is so important! I want to help you teach these traits along with helping you teach your kids about their relationship with the Lord. This comes first and out of that relationship, they will produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

You do who you are. If you want to change who you are, do different and you’ll become different!

To find out more about the Fruit Of The Spirit Bible Study For Kids, check it out here.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Your kids will discover that God wants to have a relationship with them, and we are designed to produce the fruit of the Spirit.
2021-2022 Grade 5 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2021-2022 Grade 5 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Check out my 2021-2022 grade 5 homeschool curriculum picks for this year!

It’s time to unveil our homeschool curriculum picks for grade 5. When it comes to my daughter, she’s the oldest, so it becomes the first time I’ve done this grade level. It certainly adds new things for me to think about.

Our 2021-2022 grade 5 homeschool curriculum picks! Includes Saxon Math, BraveWriter, All About Learning, Mystery of History, etc.

2021-2022 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Bible

Character

Language Arts

READING

READ-ALOUDS/WRITING/SPELLING/VOCABULARY/GRAMMAR

HANDWRITING

  • Nothing specific at this time other than asking for printing and cursive to see how her writing is coming along

TYPING/KEYBOARDING

Our 2021-2022 grade 5 homeschool curriculum picks! Includes art, character and Bible
2021-2022 Grade 5 Homeschool Currirulum Picks Language Arts & Math
Our 2021-2022 grade 5 homeschool curriculum picks! Includes social studies and science.
Our 2021-2022 grade 5 homeschool curriculum picks! Includes read-alouds.
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Have you used any of these homeschool resources in your homeschool? Or do you have any questions about them?

Feel free to let me know and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Also, check out these Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks from just a couple of years ago.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

2021-2022 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2021-2022 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Check out my 2021-2022 grade 3 homeschool curriculum picks for this year!

It’s our 7th year homeschooling and for me, it’s just as exciting as the 1st year. We can’t help but sift through the new books, and find out what our feast of learning will involve.

2021-2022 Grade 3 Homeschool Currirulum Picks
2021-2022 Grade 3 Homeschool Currirulum Picks
2021-2022 Grade 3 Homeschool Currirulum Picks
2021-2022 Grade 3 Homeschool Currirulum Picks
2021-2022 Grade 3 Homeschool Currirulum Picks
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Have you used any of these homeschool resources in your homeschool? Or do you have any questions about them?

Feel free to let me know and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Also, check out these Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks from just a couple of years ago.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

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

You’re Made In The Image Of God

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

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

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

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

Romans 8:5 says,

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

1 Corinthians 2:14

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

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The Power of Scripture

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

Hebrews 4:12 says,

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

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

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

Prayer Changes Things

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

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

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

Praying Over Your Family

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

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

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

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

30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

30 Powerful Scriptures To Pray Over Your Family + FREE Printable

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

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

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

30 Scriptures About God’s Grace + FREE Printable

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

What Is The Grace Of God?

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

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

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

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

This word means:

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

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

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

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Let’s read Genesis 6:5-12:

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

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

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

What do you think was different about Noah?

It says in verse 9 – Noah was:

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

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

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

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

Now Noah sounds like a person you can trust.

When you walk with someone, what happens?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The word favour in this scripture is grace.

Charis means:

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

Do you suppose Mary had a relationship with the Lord?

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

What Does God’s Grace Do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

FREE Valentine’s Day Countdown Printable

FREE Valentine’s Day Countdown Printable

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

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

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

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

FREE VALENTINE’S DAY COUNTDOWN PRINTABLE

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

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

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

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

ANCHORED IN CHRIST,
Melanie

Christian Valentine's Day Cards Printable
Love Bible Study for Kids Printable
How To Teach Kids To Guard Their Hearts

How To Teach Kids To Guard Their Hearts

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

But how do we do this big job?

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

What Is The Heart & How To Understand It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Teach Kids To Guard Their Heart

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

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

 

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

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Ways to Practice Spelling For Grade 3

Ways to Practice Spelling For Grade 3

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

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

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

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

How My Daughter Learns

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

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

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

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

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

What We Like About Building Spelling Skills

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

What We Left Out

Some portions of exercises we left out.

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

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

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

What We Think About Building Spelling Skills

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

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

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

Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3

Check It Out!

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