“Do everyhing in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14
“Do everyhing in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14
“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.
Kids love playtime!
Develop body’s coordination, build strength, improve agility and practice teamwork.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
3 John 1:2 NIV
“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.
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!
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
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.
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.”
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LESSON: Self-control comes from putting God’s Word in our hearts
Memory Verse: “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11
Bible Story: The Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-17)
The temptation of Jesus was part of His preparation for ministry. It showed how the King of kings met His enemy, “the prince of this world” (according to John 14:30) and defeated him.
Satan used the desires of the flesh – hunger – to tempt Jesus into using his divine powers to make bread for himself. Jesus responded by quoting Scripture, specifically Deuteronomy 8:3, “Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” Notice that Jesus had the Word “hidden in His heart” – HE MEMORIZED SCRIPTURE — and He was able to quote it and use it at the right time.
Satan then used a “dare” to tempt Jesus into proving the faithfulness of God. This time, Satan also showed that he too knew the Scriptures, and so he uses this to deceive Jesus by quoting Psalm 91:11-12. Satan said, “throw yourself off the temple and let the angels catch you just as your God promised.” However, Satan left out an important phrase from this verse that says, “In all your ways.”
“For He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you IN ALL YOUR WAYS; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” – Psalm 91:11-12
This is how Satan and how false teachers and false prophets deceive using quotes from the Bible. They twist its meaning and make it seem like the Bible supports their worldly ideas and choices by either ADDING or REMOVING some parts of the verses. This is why we should READ AND STUDY THE BIBLE so that we can gain a better understanding of God’s heart so that we won’t be deceived by Bible verses that are taken out of context.
Jesus replied with a quote of the Word again, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” It is wrong to dare God to “rescue” us when we just want to prove His power to do so. He is not obliged to save those who deliberately put themselves in danger.
Satan now tempts Jesus with an “easy way” to become King. Jesus would reign over all creation as the King of kings, but He would have to suffer and die on the cross first. Satan was trying to make Jesus take the shortcut and not have to die on the cross.
For the third time, Jesus uses Scripture to rebuke Satan and said, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: WORSHIP the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” Jesus chose to worship and follow God’s will even if it means having to suffer and even die on the cross in order to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for the salvation of mankind.
In the three attempts at temptation, Jesus fought and won by using a very powerful weapon – the WORD OF GOD. Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the Word of God is the “sword of the spirit.” It is our weapon, which is why we should hide it in our hearts through daily reading, study and memorization, so that we are ready to use it whenever we need it.
This is what “hiding God’s Word in our heart” means – to make it part of our daily life by making an effort to read and study and memorize. This is so we can have control over how we fight temptations, because God’s Word guides us to what is right and reveals to us what is wrong. It gives us the power to have self-control over all kinds of temptation, just as Jesus showed us how to: