Showing posts with label Bible Study. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bible Study. Show all posts

July 26, 2013

A Family Bible Study Devotional {Review & GIVEAWAY} :: Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit

Have you been trying to find a way to incorporate family Bible time in your home? 

Raising our children in a world where teaching our young how to be independent and self-reliant means that we as parents need to be all the more intentional in sharing our faith with the generation following us. They need to know that we can't do this life alone. We weren't created to. God wants our children to know who He is, How much He loves them and how to follow hard after Him all the days of their lives.

Making Jesus famous to our children is the most important part of our parenting them. It's also our biggest privilege. So when God calls us to show our young blessings how to obey His commandments. especially His first commandment, loving God with all our heart, soul and might, we shouldn't take that lightly.

"Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:7

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So when my very good friend, Carlie Kercheval and her husband, Michael,  sent me a copy of a book they wrote together, called Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit to review, I was beyond excited. So, excited, in fact, that I was more than happy and honored to write an endorsement they included in their book. It's that good.

Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit is a real breath of fresh air…something truly God-inspired for families desiring to seek God together in their everyday lives. As a wife and mother of four kids, I know how being intentional with the precious time we have together is so very important. With humility and obedience, Michael and Carlie have poured their hearts and souls into creating a Truth-filled Family Bible Study that will build our faith in God, our relationship with Jesus and the family relationships we have with one another. Each lesson is packed with simple and fun multi-sensory ways we can learn, apply and be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit with our children each day. Learning to Speak Life™ in our homes is a journey definitely worth taking.

With four boys, ages 3, 5, 7 and 9, it hasn't been easy finding ONE resource we can use in our family devotional time together...until now. We love how easy this devotional/bible study is to use and have been AMAZED at the conversations surrounding our time in the Word together. We've been spending one week on each fruit and it's been a perfect fit as it's geared toward children, ages 3-12.

Each chapter focuses on one fruit of the spirit and includes the following: 
  • A Scripture to read and discuss. You can encourage older children to memorize it.
  • A section called What is...? For example, What is Love? Then a definition is given according to the bible and provides lots of room for questions and discussion. 
  • The third section is called Confessions. I love this section because it's where we begin to learn HOW to speak life together. Each day during that week's lesson, and according to the fruit being studied, it is the goal to get everyone to speak out loud five confessions. For example, "I declare that no matter what I face today, I will walk in Love."
  • Copywork, to help plant the seeds of God's Love in their hearts. 
  • Role Playing to help your family act out and reinforce what each fruit of the spirit looks like when done the way God intended. We all LOVE this part! And for parents, what a great tool for inspiring our children to make good choices. 
  • Silly Sayings: oh yes, my boys LOVE this fun section too. They're encouraged to say each saying as fast as they can. 
  • Each chapter also includes a Story to help everyone get a better understanding of what the fruit looks like in our day-to-day lives when we obey God. 
  • In every chapter Family Discussion Time is included which revolves around a set of questions used to help promote, like I said before, AMAZING conversations about the fruit of the spirit. 
  • Family Projects are a part of each chapter. What a great way to put fruit in action as a family unit. 
  • There is a section dedicated to Prayer regarding each fruit. Even our youngest is a very active part of this. 
  • Digging Deeper is a beautiful addition to each chapter for families desiring to go a little deeper with more Scripture references, resources and ideas to further family growth. 
Michael and Carlie are graciously giving away ONE FREE COPY of their book, Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit, to one of my lovely readers. Is it going to be YOU? There are a few ways to enter this GIVEAWAY. And I'm going to make it SUPER EASY to enter. Here's how:

For each "Like" and "Follow" you'll earn one entry to win this book. Please leave me ONE COMMENT here letting me know who you LIKED and FOLLOWED and I'll be sure to enter your name into the drawing for the appropriate number of entries. This giveaway ends on August 5, 2013. I'll draw the winner on August 6. That's it. Easy Peasy.

Now, if you just can't wait to get your own copy of the book, you can certainly purchase
Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit right now by clicking on this link.

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June 1, 2013

This Mom's Summer Reading List

I love Summer for so many things. And here in the Pacific Northwest, well it rains...a lot. So, my chilly-damp-bones long for warmer temps and dryer days.

You know what else I long for?


Time to slow notice things. To really take in the beauty and heart warming moments of  calmer days and a slower rhythm. Summer brings the long awaited pause and rest my thirsty soul has waited for all year long.

And with the slower moments and the quieter breathing there will be a nourishing of deep Truth-telling my heart is craving as I look forward to my Summer reading list...a short stack of books I can't wait to set my eyes on and soak in.

So, here it is...

1. Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa Turkeurst

This is a book I bought shortly after reading rave reviews all over the blogosphere. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and prayed as I hit "Add to Cart" that it would truly speak the kind of truth to this often highly emotional mama of four boys. It's been sitting on my book shelf for a few months now beckoning me to read it, but to be honest...I've been a little nervous. It's hard to make wise choices in the midst of raw emotions...and my emotions are so often raw. After reading that my dear friend Stacey Thacker is also planning to read Unglued this Summer, I was reminded of why I need to read this book. My family, too, will thank me.

2. Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen

I'm REALLY excited to begin reading this book in June as I join Shonda and my online group of new sister-friends through Good Morning Girls. I can't wait to dive into this book and breathe in it's Truth. I have a feeling this might be one of those life-changing sorts of books. You know, the kind that really challenges your faith and causes you to grow.

THAT is why I've decided to use the book Anything for my first Living in the Word reflection study right here each Wednesday beginning June 4.

I'll meet you all here to share what God is teaching me through a particular book. I do hope you'll let me know you're here and even share with me what God is laying on your heart too.

3. Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus by Mary DeMuth

This is another book I've read so many amazing reviews for. Here is one such review I read on Amazon by a woman named Amy Wisden:
I've just finished Everything, though, and I'm stunned. I'm not sure I can find a way to articulate just what this book did to me, but suffice it to say that Mary DeMuth's inspired words left me with more hope than I've had in a long, long time, as well as a resolve to let go of the chains holding me to my past once and for all. I thought Jesus was my Everything already--I really did--but oh, how this book has challenged me in ways I never imagined.
I can't NOT read it. So, I'll be reading this one for sure this Summer. Can't wait!

4. Living Your Life As a Beautiful Offering: A Bible Study Based On the Sermon on the Mount by Angela Thomas 

I'm already reading this one with my friend Jenny. We both wanted to learn more about Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. I'd never done a study on this section of Scripture before and really wanted to immerse myself in the very Words and teaching from our Savior, Himself. This is actually a DVD accompanied study, however, to save money...we decided to stick with just the members workbook, which I purchase used, and I can honestly say, it's enough. I'm sure the DVDs are amazing, but so is the book. It's rich with Truth and filled with such authenticity by the author. I love the way she writes from her heart and causes me to go deep.

So what's on your reading list this Summer? I'd love to know.

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