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Friday, May 31, 2013

Promises of God

In hard times we are told to remember all the things that God has promised us.  He will never leave us.  He will never forsake us.  If we haven't memorized His Word, or if we don't know it well, it is easy to be misled or just not know all of the many, many thing He has promised.  Here is a list of some of those promises - for when you have one of those days....
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  • But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.2 Corinthians 12:9

But He was wounded for your transgressions, He was bruised for your iniquities: the chastisement of your peace was upon Him; and by His stripes you are healed. Isaiah 53:5

  • If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5 
I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me. Proverbs 8:17

  • Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3 

  • Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. Proverbs 2:12

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

  • I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. John 6:47 
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die."  John 11:25-26

  • And you shall serve the LORD your God, and He shall bless your bread, and your water; and He will take sickness away from the midst of you. Exodus 23:25 

Jesus said, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand." John 10:27-30

  • Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman. Proverbs 2:16
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding. Proverbs 3:13

  • But whoever keeps his word, God’s love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him: he who says he remains in him ought himself also to walk just like he walked. 1 John 2:5-6 

For he has said, “I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.” So that with good courage we say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5b-6 
  •  Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to your body, and marrow to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8                                          

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23

  • For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. Luke 21:15

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1

  • Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Effective Memorization

Effective Bible Memorization
Guard my words as your most precious possession. Write them down and also keep them deep within your heart.  Proverbs 7:2
Effectively teaching memorization commonly fails just because we want to know how to do it best.
  • Is it best to give children the passage to learn as an assignment for the next class?
  • Should the passage be memorized in class?
  • Should repetition be used on a class level?
  • How and how often should review be conducted?
  • What is the best way to test the children’s memorization of the passage?
Short, Frequent classes
Psalm 1:1-2  Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,  but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
A lesson with memorization does not, and should not, be long and drawn out each and every time you do it.  Our memorization time should not become so big that we feel defeated and allow too much time between sessions.  For example, if classes are held at week-long intervals, many children (and adults) will procrastinate until the deadline (or after), because it is human nature to put off what we feel is too hard for us to do.
On the other hand, if classes are not held often enough you will tend to assign a longer passage to learn each time.  Again, this is frustrating the student, the teacher, and the parent.  We don’t want to discourage someone away from learning God’s Word.
Regular classes give the student little chance to procrastinate.  With frequent deadlines to be encountered the student will stay alert and keep God’s Word in the forefront of his mind.  Also, the constant review provided by frequent classes will help him to retain the material much better.
Some of the things we have incorporated into our daily lessons is
  • study first thing in the morning - this not only starts your day off right, but gets you thinking about God first thing in the morning
  • study last thing at night
  • Write the verse on a notecard or two and put them in a place you look often (light switch, mirror, wallet)
  • Use a dry erase marker on a mirror
  • On the first day of the month spend 1 minute studying.  On the second day of the month, 2 minutes.  On the 5th day of the month, spend 5 minutes studying.  This goes on for the entire month.
  • Have someone hold you accountable.  If no one knows you are even trying, no one can help and encourage you.
portions paraphrased from Teaching Bible Memory from Rod and Staff Publications, Inc.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bad dog food

What do you do when you have 40 pounds of dry dog food that is infested with bugs?
First you call the store you bought it from and get a refund.  Then you contact the manufacturer and let them know.  Finally you use it as turtle food
We have 3 very large dogs in our house and we go through 20-30 pounds of dog food a week.  So, when I get a bag that is bad (this is only the second time this has ever happened), I really hate to waste it.  Although I don't feel comfortable giving it to my dogs, who probably eat bugs outside anyhow, I figured we would take a little trip on the way to baseball this week.  The kids had no idea what I was doing when I asked my son to load up the dog food into the back of the truck.  They knew it had to be trashed, but have learned to just go with it.  Don't over analyze what mom is doing.
In girl scouts we learned that turtles eat dollar store cat food.  In zoology we learned that turtles eat bugs and junk at the bottom of the water.  So, why won't they eat dog food?  These ones did!
Although it only lasted about 30 minutes, we saw dozens of turtles of all sizes and got to spend some fun time together.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Diaper cake

Last time I was at HEB, in the floral department, I saw this really cute diaper cake.  So unique, so practical, so darling.  It can't be that hard to make.  I consider myself pretty crafty, I must be able to figure it out.  After a few searches on you tube (links included) I bought 2 packs of size 2 diapers, 3 packs of wipes and a few bottles of smelly good baby bath products (shampoo, wash, powder, etc).  
 First, get 3 'cake pans' of graduated sizes.  Since I do not have these I made do with a steamer pot, double boiler (bottom) and spring form pan. 


Start putting the diapers in, in a circle with the open end being the end to be hidden. 

Start out loose, it is easier to add more toward the end.  Circle all the way around the pan, keeping the closed end of the diaper at the edge of the pan.  Some of the you tube tutorials put a tube or product in the middle - as a surprise for mom or baby.

When the pan is full, make sure the diapers are evenly spaces (for aesthetics)

This pan was a little deep, so I had to pull the diapers up a tad

Tie a string or use a rubber band around the diapers - this is just to hold them together.  I would use a white string, just to hide it better.

Then pull it out of the pan.  Trim the string and repeat with the other pans.

I only did 3 tiers, but that is was not a whole 2 packs of diapers.

Next, start to decorate.  I used a blue ribbon since this is for a boy.  Do not glue anything to the diapers - it could ruin the diaper and make it unusable.  So, to put the ribbon on, I tucked it in to the string.  Hot glue the ribbon tightly to itself (not to the diaper) to keep the diapers secured.

Now it is time to decorate!  The actual cake part was SOOO much easier than I thought it would be.
I wanted to work in the wipes in some way.  This was an idea.  I did not like it.

Since I had some diapers left over, I layered them around the wipes in a similar fashion to the other 3 tiers - this 'hid' the wipes and looks SO much better.

We used cake toppers and baby products to decorate.  All items are glued to the ribbon only.  The base is a piece of foam board covered in felt - homemade felt board.  I like everything to be multi-purposeful. 

This is the final product - just waiting for my friends baby shower on Saturday :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Planter from a 2 liter bottle

In our house, we love science.  My youngest will spend all day planting, weeding, watering and doing anything except school work.  There are some fun science lessons with the garden.  This is one fun thing we did just recently.
Take an empty 2 liter bottle and wash it out.
Cut the bottle in half (roughly - does not have to be exact or even neat)  

Fill the bottom half about half way with dirt, put in your seeds (write on the bottle with sharpie what you are planting - I ALWAYS forget).  Then take the top half and use it as a lid.  The top will fit inside of the bottom.
Add water.
Stick it in a sunny spot on the window sill
Within 2 weeks we were using a magnifying glass to view the roots.  After the beans outgrew the bottle, we transplanted the plant into a pot outside and we are now eating snow peas every few days.