Create A Simple and Restful Homeschool Lesson Plan + FREE Homeschool Lesson Planner

Create A Simple and Restful Homeschool Lesson Plan + FREE Homeschool Lesson Planner

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With my first homeschool lesson plan, I thought that I had to have everything figured out, planned out and written out. What a misconception! I stressed out…and we were just doing Kindergarten! With a change of approach I went from an unachievable homeschool lesson plan to a simple and restful homeschool lesson plan, and you can, too!

Too Much Is Too Much

I cannot handle if things aren’t simple. Too many fields to fill in, too many prompts to complete or really, too much of anything at all and I become paralyzed with overwhelm.

Yes, I’m a recovering perfectionist and high over-achiever. Anything too complicated, overwhelming and busy-feeling equates to stress and inadequacy.

How I Went From Stressed To Rest In My Homeschool Lesson Planning

My first homeschool lesson plan was filled with changes.

Every day of the week we moved something around, every week felt like catch-up from the previous week and every month… well, I could hardly make it a month and knew I needed to change the way I planned.

The first thing I did to simplify our homeschool plan was stop planning. I needed to figure out a way to plan without planning. (Does that even make sense?!)

When I stopped planning, I naturally did some things that turned into more of a record-keeping approach or planning-from-behind approach.

Just because I stopped planning didn’t mean we stopped homeschooling.

As we finished a lesson, chapter or page, I would put a sticky note on the page or lesson that we were to start at the next time. A commonality developed naturally. I saw that we’d complete lessons, units, random side-tracks, nature walks while adding in books, videos and field trips. The stuff I wanted to do in our homeschool got done and the unexpected and unplanned learning also happened. This all worked.

I then had the realization that a homeschool lesson plan for me wasn’t so much about planning ahead, it was planning from behind.

Recording and writing down what we did proved to be outright successful for me in comparison to writing down what we were going to do.

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A New Way Of Homeschool Lesson Planning

When I had this “AHA!” moment to a new way of approaching our homeschool lesson plan, we kept doing what we did and I began recording it. I used a notebook to write down the date, the book we did and the pages or lesson we completed. That’s it! There were no check-marks, no strike-outs, no arrows. It was clean, simple and restful.

Being that a homeschool lesson planner isn’t really called a homeschool record book per se, it was that to me.

So after a couple of years, I began using a simple homeschool lesson planner (and now created my own below) to record what we did. I’ve never looked back!

There are so many beautiful planners out there, and honestly, I’d LOVE to try them all, but I’m hesitant.

The expectations I put on myself are unreasonable at times, and because I know this of myself, I need to stay away from it, too. So until I feel confident about one stage of homeschool lesson planning, I begin adding more components.

Be sure to grab my simple homeschool lesson planner below!

An Added Method To My Homeschool Lesson Plan

As I continued to record what we did in our homeschool year after year, I felt comfortable and it was doable! As we’re getting into the higher elementary grades, I’ve found that the homeschool curriculum gets more involved. I then began to wonder how long curriculum would take to finish.

Being that we live in Canada near the Rocky Mountains where chinooks and snow can fall from September to May, I cherish our outdoor time in the warmer months. There’s no question in my mind – we get out from May to August with there being NO PLAN of homeschool curriculum.

Now after developing this method of my homeschool lesson plan, I felt like I needed to look at a whole year perspective which would help me with how long curriculum would take. So to solve this challenge, I began adding in a year-at-a-glance homeschool planning method using a spreadsheet.

This gives me a better insight into the full scope of a homeschool year.

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(includes a routine, schedule, loop, year-at-a-glance planning, undated weekly lesson planner and undated monthly planner!)

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Let me know if this homeschool lesson planner was helpful! Also, what tips do you have when it comes to creating a simple and restful homeschool lesson plan?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

How To Plan Homeschool Curriculum Using Google Sheets + FREE Template

How To Plan Homeschool Curriculum Using Google Sheets + FREE Template

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When I first started homeschooling, I thought I needed to create a homeschool curriculum plan by writing it down in a planner and following it. Boy was I wrong! I want to share with you how to plan homeschool curriculum using Google Sheets and what saved me from continuing to feel like a failure!

Creating a lesson plan, writing it down and following it DOES NOT work for us. It took about two weeks into our first homeschool year to feel like a complete planning (and homeschooling mom) failure.

At first I didn’t know what to do, because I felt that maybe I wasn’t doing this homeschool thing right… or maybe I wasn’t even doing life right. It really had me question things.

Instead I knew I needed a fresh planning idea that would save my sanity and yet help us accomplish our homeschool learning outcomes. And I’m so happy to say that I’ve found it… and would love to share it with you, if it can help you, too!

The Planning Failure

I felt like a homeschool planning failure because we were already behind.

I couldn’t keep up. I planned too much and there were unexpected things that happened in the week which took our schedule onto another path. And I had this question come up in me, “If we miss a few days, will we need to do math in the summer?” 

I was petrified that if we missed homeschool days due to sickness, dealing with kids emotions, field trips, play dates, and all the things that aren’t scheduled, would we ever stop homeschooling in the year? I couldn’t bear to never stop pulling out the math book.

I need rest from homeschooling and a break to refresh my heart concerning it all and that is why we don’t homeschool in summer.

After feeling like a failure, I began using these steps in our homeschool to start off the process for the year in a prayerful and mindful way.

Then from there, I developed a homeschool curriculum planner using Google Sheets. This reassures me that we’ll have a summer because I’ve planned for it!

I soon find out that, not only are we doing math 4 days a week instead of 5, we’ll also finish earlier than the year-at-a-glance curriculum planner! This includes having 4 weeks off in the year for holidays/vacations and a 3-month long summer.

Homeschool Planning Idea

This is what I’ve determined… I need two planners each year. The planners I need are:

  1. Planner #1: Year-at-a-glance using Google Sheets 
  2. Planner #2: Hard copy homeschool planner

Planner #1: Year-At-A-Glance Homeschool Planner Using Google Sheets

The year-at-a-glance homeschool planner gives me an overview of the entire year as it relates to curriculum.

It’s a guide to help me gauge how we’re doing, if we’re keeping up and if what I set out to do was reasonable. It also helps me start the year off with a postive outlook because I’ve “seen” that the plan will work. This, however, is not an etched-in-stone plan that I have to abide by. 

Planner #2: Hard Copy Homeschool Planner/Record-Keeper

The hard copy homeschool planner is where I write down what we actually do each day. This becomes more of a homeschool record-keeping journal, if you will.

The two of these planners proves successful for me. I refer back to the year-at-a-glance planner occasionally throughout the year. This allows me to review how we’re doing in comparison to the hard copy homeschool planner that I have as a record-keeper.

Just a side-note: I read Julie Bogart’s book this summer, “The Brave Learner” and found out that writing down what you actually do in your homeschool is a type of planning called Planning From Behind.

How to Plan Homeschool Curriculum Using Google Sheets

Before I start using Google Sheets, I do the following:

STEP 1: Determine The Number of Homeschool Days/Weeks

  • Print out a full year/annual school calendar (you can find this easily by googling).
  • Indicate your homeschool start date and end date.
  • Mark off the days you’ll take off as holidays or vacation.
  • Mark off weekends if you don’t homeschool over the weekend.
  • From there total up the number of homeschool days and weeks. (I total homeschool weeks using Mondays).

STEP 2: Start a Google Sheet and Update Fields

Open up Google. Find your Google Drive. Select New and select Google Sheet. Name your Google Sheet.

At the top of a Google Sheet, add the following columns:

  • “Week” (for the week number)
  • “Week Of” (for the Monday date of each week)
  • “Days” (for the number of homeschool days that week).

How To Plan Your Homeschool Year Using Google Sheets + FREE Template

Complete each of the fields below the column titles filling in the information from your annual/school calendar that you determined in step 1. (ie. Add Week 2, the Monday date and the number of days in that week. Add Week 3 and so on)

On the Google Sheet there are tabs at the bottom. Create as many tabs as you need for each child and one for Altogether if there are subjects you do together with all your children. Here is an example:

How To Plan Your Homeschool Year Using Google Sheets + FREE Template

Note: Be sure to copy the columns of Week, Week Of and Days to each of these tabs at the bottom.

STEP 3: Add Curriculum Subjects and Lessons

At the top of each column add the subject, below the subject add the curriculum title (shown below).

Review each curriculum. Read what’s suggested for the pace of time to do a lesson or unit. Determine what you’d like to do in your homeschool and fill in each field to know what lessons you’ll be looking to do that week. (ie. Lessons 1-3 for Bible on week 1, Lessons 4-8 for Bible on week 2, etc.)

Part of planning homeschool curriculum for the year is the routine, loop or schedule for each day/week. For our family, we work by routine and not so much a schedule.

Once I’ve determined how much time is required for the curriculum or what I want to see, I form the routine/loop.

How To Plan Your Homeschool Year Using Google Sheets + FREE Template

 

If you’d like to see a video of my homeschool planning process with the above steps in action, visit my Instagram Stories here.

Also, I’ve decided to make my Year-At-A-Glance Homeschool Planner using Google Sheets template available to you FREE!

And not only that, as an added BONUS, I’ve included an undated weekly and monthly planner in the template for you to use helping you keep a record of what you do in your homeschool (also known as planning from behind).

Get Your FREE Google Sheets Year-At-A-Glance Homeschool Planner Below

I’d love to hear from you. Was this process of how to plan homeschooling curriculum using Google Sheets helpful? Did the template help you as well? Let me know!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Daily Bible Reading Plan For Kids + FREE Printable

Daily Bible Reading Plan For Kids + FREE Printable

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

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

What Big Kids Bible Do You Get?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Do We Give Our Kids A Bible?

As parents, we give our kids a Bible to:

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

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

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

Our Role In Discipling Our Children

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

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

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

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

FREE Bible Reading Plan For Kids

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

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

How to Study the Bible + FREE Bible Study Journal Page

How to Study the Bible + FREE Bible Study Journal Page

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

Why Study the Bible?

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

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

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

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

Why Keep a Bible Study Journal?

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

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

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

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

 

Items To Begin Your Bible Study

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

1. Choose your Bible

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

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

2. Choose a Bible study journal

3. Writing tools

Grab your favorite writing tool and Bible highlighters

4. Grab a tea or coffee

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

5. Devote time

This is truly the most difficult part.

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

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

How To Start Your Bible Study Time

Remove Distractions

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

Start With Prayer

Start your Bible reading time in prayer.

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

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

Bible Study Items

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

 

Bible Study Journal Template

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

READING

Write down the Bible passages that you’re reading. 

REFLECTION

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

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

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

REVELATION

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

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

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

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

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

RESPONSE

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

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

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

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

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

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

Is this what God wanted for you? Absolutely not!

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

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

What is Peace?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

Why Peace Is Important

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

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

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

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

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

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You Can’t Hold Onto Worry Expecting Things To Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Peace Can Be Achieved

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

Peace Which Surpasses All Understanding

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

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

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

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

Philippians 4:6-9 NKJV says,

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

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

Based on the Word of God, peace:

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

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

 

30 Bible Verses About Peace + FREE Printable

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

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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

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

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

If you are looking to help your children:

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

…then prayer is your weapon!

Why Should We Pray For Our Children?

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

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

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) says,

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

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Why Is Prayer Important?

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

What Does Prayer Do?

Prayer effectively helps you to:

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

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Prayer Is Our Weapon

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

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

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

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

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

Our children need our prayers for:

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

30 Bible Scriptures To Pray Over Your Children

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