I send out a monthly newsletter to homeschooling moms. Here’s part of the April edition:
Welcome to Serving Him at Home
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God—1 Corinthians 10:30
In This Issue:
~In My Home
~A Mother’s Job Description
IN MY HOME THIS MONTH
Reading: His Word in My Heart (see review below), Nature Study Idea Book by Mary E. Woodis
Bible study: doing a word study on “walk” in the New Testament, reading a Proverbs chapter a day during Bible time
Memorizing: Psalm 146
Projects: redecorating our family room, embroidering pillowcases, experimenting with rubber stamping
De-Cluttering: our bedroom closet
Listening: chick-a-dees at the bird feeder, The Silmarillion on CD, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the car, husband playing guitar, oldest daughter discussing “life”
Watching: birds at the feeder (a Chipping Sparrow visited yesterday), tulips by my mailbox, my son learn to drive, youngest daughter playing softball
Schooling: teaching division, reading The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and Little House on the Prairie, implementing more and more Charlotte Mason ideas into our day, getting back to nature study and notebooks
Started: walking in the evenings, drinking more water, cutting back on Dr. Pepper (pray for me!)
Looking forward: to warmer weather, being outside, a bus trip to Washington, DC
In my devotional time, I’ve been reading “The One Year Book of Christian History”, a daily glimpse into God’s powerful work. What a fascinating book this has been! Every entry is a two-page spread and takes about 5 minutes to read. Each day’s devotion is about how God has worked throughout history from the early church until the present time. Each story appears on the day and month that it occurred in history and includes questions and a related Scripture verse. I read this in the morning along with The Daily Light (I do a more in-depth Bible study at night) and it’s a great way to focus on the Lord and what He has done and continues to do in the lives of people!
Another book I’ve been reading is “His Word in My Heart” by Janet Pope. The subtitle is “Memorizing Scripture For A Closer Walk With God”. Here’s the little blurb from the back cover: “This book proposes something different than memorizing random scattered verses with fragmented truth. Rather, it is a way to get to know God by memorizing sequential verses in their context, achieving a more accurate and complete picture of Who God is.
“Speaking from practical experience, Janet Pope shares how her life was changed by the process of thinking and meditating on specific truth learned by memorizing Scripture. In His Word in My Heart Janet reveals how she trained herself to include Scripture memory in her daily routines including showering, drying her hair, folding laundry, vacuuming, waiting in traffic, or at the doctor’s office.
“This book is a must-read for those who hunger for God and want to learn how to discipline their mind to trade their thoughts……………for God’s.”
This book and the subsequent Bible memory have really been an answer to prayer. I have desired to have my thoughts focus on Him more during my day and they didn’t. I would get discouraged that hours would go by without a single thought of the Lord! How could that be? I wanted to be focused on Him but wasn’t sure how to achieve it. Memorizing Scripture has been the key for me. All day long my mind is focused on the Lord and His Word as I’m memorizing verses and reviewing them. And when I’m not doing that, I’m meditating on the verses—learning more about the Lord. As Janet says, “The goal is to know God and to walk closely with Him—nothing more, nothing less. Memorizing is never the final goal; it is only a tool to help us reach the ultimate goal of knowing God and loving Him.” Later on she says, “God’s Word is to be central in all that we are, all that we do, and all that we think about. It is so important, so vital to our character and our behavior, that we must do whatever it takes to keep God foremost in our lives. That can mean reading God’s Word, listening to God’s Word, studying God’s Word, teaching God’s Word, meditating and thinking about God’s Word, and memorizing God’s Word.” I agree with Janet when she says, “I want God’s Word to be written on my heart so that my life reflects that I’m a woman who knows God and walks closely with Him.” If that is something you want in your life also, then I encourage you to read this book. Janet Pope gives easy, practical advice on how to memorize large portions of Scripture and she walks you through it step by step. Start your journey today!!
THE RECIPE CORNER
These “Cowboy Cookies” are from the First Lady, Laura Bush, and they are wonderful!
3 sticks butter
1 ½ C sugar
1 ½ C brown sugar
1 T vanilla
3 C flour
1 T baking powder
1 T baking soda
1 t salt
1 T cinnamon
3 C chocolate chips
3 C oats
2 C coconut
2 C pecans
Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12.
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