Baking Banana-Oatmeal Choco chip cookies

Meet, Greet and Bake with other homeschooling families in Jeddah.

All Glory and Praise to God!

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Nutrition Month 2018

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

This year, WonderfullyMadeKids Homeschool and HomeschoolingByGrace teamed up for a fund-raising activity. We decided to make fruit salad and get all the kids, big and small, be involved in the process.

We also learned about costing and how to come up with the selling price of our finished product.

Tomorrow, the kids will use their own marketing strategies to sell the fruit salad.

Guarding our hearts: Psalm 119: 9-11

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
Psalms 119:9‭-11 ESV

This has been our beginning memory verse for this school year, and with the help of Seeds Family Worship, the kids easily memorized it.

Now more than ever, we need to be ready with the “Sword of the Spirit” which is the “Word of God” in order to fight our daily battles with the trials and temptations of this world.

As parents, we have no direct control over the choices that our children will make, especially as they grow older.

But while they are with us, and especially with young kids, we as parents do have a direct influence on them.

This is the time to “train them up in the way they should go,” and pray for them, teach them and guide them, so that “when they grow up they will.not depart from it.”

So, that is what we hold on to, and the reason we try our best to have a daily devotion with them, whether they like it or not or are in the mood for it or not. Part of the training is obeying God and spending time meditating on His Word — even when we don’t really feel like it.

Because it is our weapon, our guide and protection. We learn His Words and let them guide our hearts and guard our hearts.

https://youtu.be/Nyg4RrD54mg

Homeschooling while moving to a new house

We’re moving!

Two weeks ago, our building’s new owner informed us that our contract will not be renewed. That means we have 3 weeks to find a new apartment and move. Wow.

We had just started to get our homeschool rhythm and now this. Yikes. But all is good in faith and love.

Praise the Lord for the people He uses to bless us continually, like our harris who helped ua find a new flat just across the street, daddy’s officemates (sorry! I forgot to take photos at that time!) who helped us us with moving our stuff, and our church family who also pitched in because we’re moving stuff slowly but surely.

While some friends have offered to watch our kids while we pack and move, we decided to keep them at home to give them a chance to see how it’s done. Each one has a role, no matter how big or small. Whether it is with cleaning or packing, or pushing the boxes and organizing our things, or even just to keep each other amused while mommy and daddy are busy.

It can get a bit boring, but boring is good. It is not our job as parents to keep them entertained. We believe it is, however, part of training them when we let them contribute in whatever way they can to what our family is dealing with at the moment. “Karamay sa hirap at ginhawa.” 😁

Anyway, here’s our video and we hope you like it!

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 9 PART 2 – Self- Control (1 Timothy 4:12)

LESSON: Practice self-control to be a good example to others

Memory Verse: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

– 1 Timothy 4:12

Lesson:

Self-control refers to the exercise of restraint over one’s actions, emotions or desires. Just as a young child is taught how to ask for something politely and not grab, it is something that is learned through practice and determination. This is because as Christians, it usually refers to stopping ourselves from following our selfish and sinful desires. It is often “easier said than done,” because it involves controlling not only our outward actions, but more importantly, our inner thoughts and emotions. This is because as the Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Bible Story: Daniel’s Training in Babylon (Daniel 1:1-21)

Daniel and his three friends were among the young men taken captive by Babylon when they defeated and destroyed Jerusalem. They were then put into training so that they may the king, and they were assigned a daily amount of good and wine from the king’s table. Daniel was far from his homeland and his family, but he did not forget his faith and the teachings he learned as a child.

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself in this way.” – Daniel 1:8

Daniel showed self-control in three areas of his life: (1) in his THINKING; (2) in his SPEECH; and (3) in his CONDUCT or actions.

  1. Controlling our minds or our thinking. Whatever we say or do is a result of what we believe or what we have decided in our hearts. So this is the first area that we must conquer. It is important that we fill our minds with good things and rebuke thoughts and desires that are evil and not pleasing to the Lord. We have to figure out what is truly important in our lives so that we will know what our priorities are and be guided as to what we should or shouldn’t do, or what to do first and what we can afford to let go.
  2. Controlling our speech. Daniel decided in his heart what to do and so he asked permission to do it. Notice that showed respect and wisdom in how he asked for permission. The chief official was hesitant about Daniel’s request because he was afraid it might get him into trouble, but Daniel negotiated with him to test them for 10 days before making a final decision. In this manner of controlled speech, Daniel was able to convince the chief official to let them eat only vegetables and water and not eat the king’s food.
  3. Controlling our actions. What they thought and said they would do, that is what they actually did. Daniel and his friends did not allow themselves to be “defiled” or “polluted” even if they were surrounded by pagans and unbelievers. This is the Christian challenge – “to be in the world but not of the world.” It means to be a good example of Christian living even if everybody else around us is practicing worldly living. We are called to be different and to live “holy lives,’ – we live for Jesus.

Application:

As Christians, we are to be “good examples,” and show the world how God wants us to really live. Like Daniel and his friends, young people can and should do this as well. Being young is not an excuse to live wild lives and to try first everything that the world has to offer and wait until adulthood before changing for the better. God has chosen young men and women to show the world what it means to be a follower of Jesus “in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Coloring Page from:

https://craftingthewordofgod.com/2015/02/24/daniel-refused-the-kings-food-coloring-page/

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