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Scripture Training

As a mom of a two and four, my life seems a little bit full of temper tantrums, fighting and DRAMA.  I want my kids to behave but I don’t want them to be robots.  I want them to obey, but I also want them to know why and not just my reason why, but God’s “why”.

I want my children to listen to me, but MORE then that I want them to listen to God and His WordsSo lately, I have been trying to give them Bible verses, instead of mom’s words. Here are some of the verses:

It’s a process. We only have a few so far, but little by little…

Fighting:
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” – Philippians 2:3

Putting others first: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God,” – I John 4:7

Sharing: “Give, and it shall be given unto you” – Luke 6:38

Obeying: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” – Ephesians 6:1

Lying:“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.” – Proverbs 12:22

Self-Control
“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” – Psalms 141:3

There are SO many more verses, but this is a start. What verses do you use with your kiddos? Share below.

-Rejoicing,

Joy T

 

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Letters, Lists and Love Notes

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Some of us ladies have the “list maker” built into us… groceries, ideas, various notes to remember, things to do, schedules, event reminders, etc. Hopefully, your lists do not hide from you when you need them as mine sometimes do. =) 

Fact: If I want to remember something, I must write it down. If I am to remember where I write it down, it must be in sight or in a place I always frequent. Why? I want to remember.

Some of us have the “pack rat” gene that savors every sentiment… coloring pages or sermon notes drawn by the hands of my children, gifts people have blessed me with, special church bulletins, mementos of places we’ve been, photos of captured memories, notes and cards from people who took the time to write us, etc.

Fact: The papers I keep are not important – the people behind the papers are. If I lose the papers, I will be sad because I know I will forget some things, but the relationship with the people who penned the papers is the real treasure.Why? I value relationship.

When we get love notes from our husbands, meaningful cards from our children, or timely words from a friend, we tend to reread them over and over – the blessing doesn’t stop with one reading. We may even tuck it in our Bibles where we see it often or maybe set it in a visible place for a time. Why? To remember.

What a sweet thought to know God has written us a Book of love notes, letters and lists – that will never be lost or consumed – His Words to us last forever.

We can live fruitful lives as women if we meditate on His Words day and night. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth the fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”-Psalm 1:2-3

How can we meditate day and night on God’s Words to us? We can read them – systematically is helpful. We can tuck them in our hearts where they will stay. We can write them – index cards, ♥post-it notes♥, notebook paper, etc… We can journal His voice to us. We can pray God’s Words, speak them, and sing them. We can strategically place them where we will see them frequently. We can simply print them. We can create beautiful displays of them in our homes.

I do not want the letters, lists and love notes from God to be “out of sight – out of mind.” When I display or write God’s Word, it helps me to remember His Words. Remembering Scripture helps me to live in the power of the Holy Spirit which is the only way to live fruitfully.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” -Galatians 5:22-23

We can give God’s Words. We can speak the Gospel Truth which gives Life through the blood of Jesus Christ. We can teach His Truth to help others grow in their walk with God.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” -Proverbs 11:30

How much of God’s Letters, Lists and Love Notes will the people we have relationships with remember because of our fruit? Our husbands, our children, our family and friends? Let’s resolve to grow as a fruitful tree in our walk with God and actively share His Word in the ways He leads us to do so. What are some ways I can improve in this area?

My List ”

~ Journal my quiet time with God more consistently.

~Write verses on index cards that I want to memorize.

~Stick post-it-notes of God’s promises inside cabinets, closets…

~Share verses in correspondence.

~Choose specific verses to pray for my husband and children.

~Place a decoratively designed verse in each room of the house.

~Give out Gospel literature.

~Write melodies to Scripture for easy memorization.

We would love to hear how you remember Scripture and how you help others remember God’s Letters, Lists and Love Notes.

Jeri Lynn