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Don't Get Up Early to Read Your Bible
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Don’t Get up Early to Read Your Bible

No, I’m serious. If you are a mom to young children, I am sure you can understand what I mean when I say this.


You want to get up early and have some quiet time with your Bible. Five minutes (if you’re lucky to get that long) later, your baby wakens or your toddler scurries out and your quiet time ceases to exist.


Does it matter that you got up a full hour before everyone usually wakes? Nope. Your children (especially those under five) seem to sense when mom is vertical. It’s almost like they can hear the rustling of the pages.


So, since that’s obviously not an option, I have a better one.


Read aloud the Word of God together with your children.


This benefits everyone. You can get that much-needed sleep, you get to spend time in the Word, and your children spend time not only seeing their mom read from the greatest Book of all time, but they reap the benefits of hearing the Word spoken as well.


Your younger ones may not comprehend all that you are reading – that’s okay. God’s Word will be hidden away in their hearts. Plus, you are showing them the importance of the Bible in your life, which will transfer as being important to them, too (children love to act like Mommy and Daddy!).


Depending on the ages of your children, you may be able to read anywhere from one to four chapters a day (four is about my limit – any more and my throat gets tired).


I suggest pulling out special “Bible time toys” that will keep the young ones entertained (and quiet!). This isn’t a guarantee you won’t be interrupted (trust me!) but it really does help. My children are three and seven and they draw, play Lego’s, or sometimes just sit and listen (the seven-year-old).


We like to do our reading right after breakfast, but the time of day isn’t really important. Do it whenever it works for you (maybe at bedtime?). The point is to make a consistent effort to get it done every day. I find if I don’t do it first thing, the day gets busy and before I know it it’s over.


Another thing I have been doing lately, is reading a verse from the book I “wrote” called I Choose Wisdom: Declarations of Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs. It’s free – and you can read more about it here.


So no more guilt, promise? ;) You’ll have lots of mornings all to yourself, when your kids are all grown up, and they will be quiet…and lonely.

http://www.naturalfamilyawareness.com/blog/index.php/2011/07/23/dont-get-up-early-to-read-your-bible/

I Choose Wisdom - Declarations of Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs
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http://www.naturalfamilyawareness.com/blog/index.php/2011/07/18/i-choose-wisdom-declarations-of-wisdom-from-the-book-of-proverbs/

 

I Choose Wisdom – Declarations of Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs

Beginning the day declaring truth and promises from God’s word will strengthen your family’s spirit. Speaking the Word aloud with our children is the greatest blessing we can give them.


“Listen, consent, and submit to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind (believing them); your lips will be accustomed to confessing them so that your trust, belief, reliance, support, and confidence may be in the Lord.” (Proverbs 22:17-19)


This is why it’s so important to speak them out and not just read them.


The Power of the Tongue


The words we say have a powerful effect. They can be used to build up, or tear down.


Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [death or life].”


I don’t know about you, but I choose life!


This is Not a Prayer Book


This is not a book of prayers – there are plenty of books that cover that area. These are declarations! Use this book as a tool to strengthen your spirit by speaking these declarations aloud, preferrably at the beginning of each day.


Ways to Use This Book


The main purpose is to verbally (out loud!) make your declaration of the day. For example, Day 1 is “I choose skillful and Godly Wisdom and instruction.” Say it aloud. Have your family members repeat it and say it along with you. Say it like you mean it!


I also encourage you to, throughout the day, bring the verse to your remembrance. Can you remember it at lunchtime? Can you carry the verse around with you all the way to bedtime?


For fun, surprise-challenge a family member later in the day and see if they can remember it, too. Can they?


The Goal of “I Choose Wisdom”


The goal is to store God’s Word in your heart, that you might not sin against God.


This is not meant to replace devotions or Bible reading. These are simply nuggets of Wisdom meant for you to ponder on all the day long. Savor them as you would a delicious morsel of chocolate.


Who Can Use This Book


This is great for all ages. Even my three-year-old son is repeating these after me (a few words at a time). Although I know he can’t conceptualize all the power in the words he is speaking, they will be stored in his heart – and that is where I want to reach.


Why I “Wrote” This Book


First of all, I obviously didn’t write the Bible :) I simply took verses from the book of Proverbs and re-arranged them into statements of declaration. For example, I arranged


“There is gold, and a multitude of pearls, but the lips of knowledge are a vase of preciousness [the most precious of all]


from Proverbs 20:15 into

I will choose to speak with lips of knowledge, which is like a vase of preciousness, more precious than gold and a multitude of pearls. (Proverbs 20:15)


I wanted to help encourage myself and my family to make better (wiser) choices through our day. As a mom to two children (seven- and three-year-old), I need a constant reminder to be patient with them as they bicker all day long (at least some days it seems this way!). I have noticed no matter how many times I tell them to “be nice” or threaten/bribe them,they still often choose to fight. I find myself often wanting to just scream and pull out my hair and shout “why can’t they just get along!” as well as “why can’t I have enough patience to deal with this?” In my heart I want to respond with wisdom and kindness, and I often fail.


I Want to Reach Hearts


I realize it’s my children’s heart that needs to be reached. They may do the right thing when I am right there with them, glaring at them to make the right choice (then again, they may not). What about when my back is turned? Are they making faces at each other behind my back? Probably.


I need to absorb myself in God’s Word for strength. My children need to be watered in the Word, so His Wisdom will (eventually) seep in and change their hearts.


The Cost of This Book


“Freely you receive, freely give.”


Download your copy today
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Additional Versions:

I Choose Wisdom – 22 Weeks
. This version fits one week of declarations per page. You can print off one week at a time to hang on your fridge :)

 


I Choose Wisdom – Homeschool Version (landscape)
. Each verse on it’s own page, in large font. Easy to see and hard to forget :)

 

I Choose Wisdom – Homeschool Version (portrait). Each verse on it’s own page, in large font. Easy to see and hard to forget :) This format is perfect for sliding in your 3-ring binder (in page protectors!).


PDF version coming soon!


If you have enjoyed this free download, please let me know! E-mail me at naturalfamilea *at* gmail *dot* com.


You can find us on Facebook – I Choose Wisdom.

 

http://www.naturalfamilyawareness.com/blog/index.php/2011/07/18/i-choose-wisdom-declarations-of-wisdom-from-the-book-of-proverbs/

Home School/Public School Split

I am the mother of three amazing children. I have two sons (ages 17 & 14) & a daughter (age 9).  Until three years ago, I never even thought about home schooling.  My sons started public school & thrived there learning & making friends.  Both of them have always excelled academically & their teachers had wonderful things to say about them at every parent-teacher conference. It was a breeze!  Then along came my daughter...

My daughter was a summer baby. When time rolled around for her to start school, I felt very hesitant.  When my sons began school, they were a full year older than her due to late birthdays.  She was a summer baby!  I will admit that I let others pressure me.  I heard over & over how silly I was being & that I just didn't want to let my baby go.  I am ashamed to say that I caved to that & sent her to school instead of keeping her home another year.

Everything started out well enough.  She made a good friend & things flowed along like that until 2nd grade.  The age difference between her classmates & herself began to really show.  Some children in her class was as much as 2 years older!  There was teasing.  She couldn't keep up with the reading.  I was crushed to find out at a parent-teacher conference that she was the only child in the class not in a reading group because she was so far behind!  I couldn't believe that no one had let me know!  Every morning was a battle.  She had headaches, stomachaches, & would cry at the drop of a hat over everything.  She was so shy that she wouldn't raise her hand in class to ask for help.  She wouldn't even talk to people!  I bought some phonics workbooks & began working with her at home.  By working with her at home, she was up to reading level by the end of the school year!  It was then that the first ideas of home schooling started to blossom in my mind.  I didn't say anything to her however.  I struggled with the decision, discussed it with my husband, & most importantly, I prayed... hard.  One day while folding laundry, she came into my room.  She said, "Mom, can I be home schooled next year?  I learn better when you teach me."   That did it!  That was God's answer! Where else could it have come from?! There is no way she could have known my struggle with that decision!

So, here we are!  I have 2 sons still thriving in public school, sports, honors classes, JROTC, band, etc. & a daughter that has blossomed right here learning & growing with me!  She became a completely different child.  Remember that shyness?  She loves cheerleading in front of a gym full of people!  It is a night/day difference.  

We have had our struggles of course.  I had to make the tough decision to hold her back.  She started school so early that the work was always a struggle for her.  She is now learning at her proper level & doing great!  I am blessed to be a part of a fantastic Christian home school organization that helps to guide me when I have questions or doubts.  I don't regret my decision one bit! 

Thank you for letting me share my story!  I hope it brings some encouragement (& maybe even begins a new friendship or two!)   Be blessed!

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