Week #9 Reading Through the Entire Bible as a Family- Numbers

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Bible Reading Family Week 9

This week we are still in Numbers. We have slowed down with our reading and have only been in one chapter a night, generally, because we are reading commentary along with it. 

Last night we came to Numbers Chapter 11. Next time you are in  complaining mode, read it! No really, this commentary that we used was so good— here is just an excerpt:

Memory often romanticizes the past; one may long for a return to the spiritual environment of one’s youth, when everyone seemed more right with God and more on fire. Yet, this is often confused with a simple longing for our youth – when things seemed so much more simple, our responsibilities were fewer, and everything was newer.

 

iii. Israel fell in love with an illusion from the past (how great Egypt was), instead of looking for what God had for them in the future – the Promised Land, which was truly a land of milk and honey – all the great food they could ever want! God’s best for us is always ahead, never behind us.

 

  1. Nothing at all except this manna: Essentially, their complaint against the manna was, “It’s not exciting enough. It’s boring.” This appalling lack of gratitude was nothing less than to have despised the LORD (Numbers 11:20). God is our provider; to despise what He provides is to despise Him. It is not God’s job to entertain us, and we should be more than children who demand to be entertained and excited.

 

  1. Now our whole being is dried up: The complaining heart romanticizes the past but it also exaggerates the problems of the present. Our whole being is dried upwas a gross exaggeration. God would not allow them away in the wilderness. In fact, God provided their every need – though not every desire.

Excerpt from  http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/0411.htm

 

 

How many times do we complain daily about so many little things? (believe me, I do it too! 😉  But really, God is not pleased with this attitude of complaining. Besides, we have JESUS. How can we go about our day complaining, when we have the ultimate gift already? 

We should never be “just hanging-in-there” people– we are Promised Land people that are living in it! No matter what surrounds us, we can have joy. He has already delivered us into the Promised Land!

Now, I know that people go through some hard stuff. Some really hard stuff. And it is not easy. I am not belittling that here, although I know that God wants us to trust Him through whatever the situation. But what I am talking about is the little stuff that we seem to complain about all the time- we are so busy, our internet is too slow, our kids are not doing chores cheerfully, no one notices all the work we do—that stuff my friends, is not the attitude of a Promised Land citizen! That is the attitude of a worldly inhabitant.

 

 

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We are redeemed, washed clean, promised a future, promised all of eternity with our Lord and Savior! Let’s not get caught up in lack of faith and ungrateful hearts.

Let’s walk like we truly believe we are HIS. 

 

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Studying Numbers Week #8

We are still reading through the entire Bible as a family!

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This week we hit Numbers. Yup, another one of those books that I normally don’t choose to read 😉 Yet, God is so good. He had laid on my heart that our family should read through the entire Bible together, and I am already seeing so much fruit because we have obeyed.

Not only are we learning together and spending this precious time together, but it has forced me to dig into things I normally wouldn’t on my own. It has also forced us all to be accountable to actualy reading through the entire Bible.

Last night in Numbers we were reading Chapter 7. It is quite long and pretty much each paragraph repeats itself. And then we read this commentary (from www.enduringword.com)

a. His offering was one silver platter: Each leader brought a silver platter and a silver platter, each full of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering; a gold pan with incense, a bull, a ram, a male lamb, a young goat, two oxen, five rams, five adult goats, and five more lambs.

 Clearly, this was generous giving. God must show Promised Land people how to be givers – one of the best measures of one who has moved from a slave mind-set to a Promised Land mind-set. The slave by nature is a taker, because he is often unsure of provision. Promised land people are generous, because they trust in a God who promised to meet all their needs.

b. His offering was one silver platter: Each tribal leader brought exactly the same offering over the twelve days.

 Clearly, this was humble giving. By requiring the same gift from every tribe, God made sure that no tribe or tribal leader glorified himself through his giving. We must resist the tendency to give in order to be seen of men. Promised land people care about God’s glory, not their own.

This was the dedication offering for the altar from the leaders of Israel: Each offering is recorded exactly the same way – seemingly, “wasting” space in the Scriptures. God’s purpose is to draw attention to each tribes offering, though they were all the same.

 Clearly, godly giving is always noticed by God, even if it is the same or less than many other gifts. God sees and “records” every gift given in a right heart, even if it is only worth two mites (Mark 12:42-44). Every gift from a promised-land kind of heart is noticed by God.

Oh, praise the Lord that He teaches us right where we need to be. I continue to be astounded by His Word.

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NIV Life Application Study Bible

Apologetics Study Bible, Hardcover

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Reading The Entire Bible as a Family- Week 6

Reading through the entire Bible as a family

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We finished Leviticus! Woo Hoo! Can you hear me shouting from there? 😉  It was truly one of the most blessed times ever in the Word. And just a few weeks back, I was wondering if we should skip over the book because it might be too difficult for the little kids, and the bigs ones…Ok, and maybe us! 😉 No, really. Leviticus has so many hard topics with the laws and ceremonies, and some things that are just not child-friendly. But I was convicted that God’s Word never returns void and He has a purpose in every word.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9 (ESV)

And, boy were we blessed. I mean, to sit down and really dig through the book and make so many connections to the New Testament and to Jesus. I was left wondering…”Why haven’t we done this sooner?”

We used commentary to navigate most of the chapters, which was extremely helpful. I could study this book all day long. I am not even kidding. There is just so much in there that reveals God’s character and nature. Yet, if I hadn’t had the commentary, admittedly, it would have all been quite confusing. I am really glad I chose to use it along with just reading.

As we navigate through this journey, one thought keeps crossing my mind. What a blessing this is for me, but as I look to the future, I am grateful that one day my kids can look back and see this gift we gave them. That they have read through the entire Bible, and not just read through it, but together as a family.

 

Can you imagine the transformation that will take place if families all over would do this? 

It is only fitting that our verse we chose for the year is Romans 12:2.

Do not be conformed to this world,[ but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

We didn’t know at the time we chose that verse that we’d be reading through the entire Bible together this year, but God did. He is so, so good!

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Apologetics Study Bible, Hardcover

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Pray Over Your Christmas Cards

What to do with all of those Christmas cards? Even after Christmas, don’t throw them away…Save them and use them to pray for one family each day. Select one each day as the family you will pray for!

As you write them out, pray for each person. As you receive them in the mail, pray for each person. Make this Christmas more meaningful by covering those people in your life in prayer.

 

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Jesus is Enough

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Week 3: Reading Through the Entire Bible as a Family

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I can’t begin to express what a blessing it has been to be reading through the entire Bible as a family. Each evening we sit down together and read through the Bible. We completed Genesis and now we are well into Exodus. We just read about the Ten Commandments last night. I am truly in awe how God is working through His Word this week.

In the morning, the kids and I are still studying Joshua. We do this before our school time and it has been wonderful. Well, wouldn’t you know that the things we have studied in Genesis and Exodus are directly tying into our Joshua study? In fact, one day this week the very verses we were reading in both morning and evening cross referenced each other! I could not have planned this better.

But, God could.

And He does.

I am grateful that God is in charge of every intricate detail of our life, and that when we submit to Him in obedience He shows us that He is in control of each detail. I had this nudging that our family should read through the entire Bible together, and I can see His hand on each reading. I am so thankful.

I posted this on Instagram this week—

No matter how difficult the day or previous day, this will always give me hope. The remnants of family Bible reading this morning.

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The Question That Took ME by Surprise

Our New Adventure

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Reading Through the Bible as a Family: The Question That Took Me By Surprise

Reading Through The Entire Bible as a Family

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Last week I posted about how the Bible has transformed our family and how we were going on a new adventure– we have begun reading through the entire Bible as a family. We are one week in, and it has been a blessing.

There is something about reading through each chapter as a family and experiencing this together. I am confident that God has a plan for us and will teach us so much on this adventure!

Yet, if anyone has read the Old Testament, then you know that it is not especially easy to tackle some of the chapters and subject matter. There is some risque stuff in there and some difficult topics. Now for my younger kids, I trust some of the stuff goes over their heads, and if not, I am trusting God will reveal only what is necessary for them. Yet, for my 14-year old, she gets it. 😉

In fact, one night after our reading I started to talk about how some of the subject matter may be a bit uncomfortable. She replied,
“You won’t let us watch this stuff on TV, but if it’s in the Bible it’s ok?” Now, she wasn’t being fresh or even sarcastic, but I could tell she was probably wrestling with why all this stuff was in the Bible in the first place. (quite honestly, I have also at times! 😉 )

Anyway, even though it was a bit uncomfortable, it led us to a great discussion. I simply told her there is much in the Bible we may not understand sometimes, and that is OK. That we will have plenty of time when we get to heaven to have our questions answered 😉

But I also told her how the Old Testament will weave all through into the New Testament and we will see stories of redemption. I told her that we can trust God has a plan for each and every word, and it will all make more sense as we go through it.

I also told her that yes, her statement about not letting her watch inappropriateness on TV is because it is just that- inappropriate. Because in a fallen world, people will always take these subjects and use them for bad. There is no redemption in that kind of entertainment, and I am pretty sure those behind the inappropriateness of TV do not have good intentions. 

But for the Bible…God’s beautiful Word that was written by our Lord..we can be assured that there is no ill-intention, but only used for our good. And that is the difference. He has written each and every word for HIs glory. Even the hard stuff.

Oh, I am interested to see what God has in store for us as we read through the entire Bible together. I just love the routine right now of sitting down in the evening and reading together. All for His glory, as He teaches us in only the way He can.

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20 Ways to Keep It Real Right Now

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This book will focus on not conforming to this world, but being transformed by Him. We will stop following the world’s standards, and follow His standards. We do this by having authentic and God-honoring relationships, spending time with Him and seeking out His will for us; and by ending the ideals we have created in our minds of what perfect should be. We will let His Word have the last word on our lives!

 

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20 Ways to Keep It Real Right Now

  • Invite a friend over for coffee, spontaneously, and leave your house just the way it is. Focus on relationships and not things. Don’t try to impress with the perfect house. A listening ear or a good laugh (or cry!) is so much more meaningful. Fight the urge to make everything perfect –be real.
  • Start a moms prayer group. Meet weekly at the park when the weather is warm. The kids can play while the moms pray. We used to do this, and I called it, Pray & Play Day.
  • Commit to reading God’s Word before anything else each morning. This is a discipline that will reap far more benefits than you can imagine! What we fill our mind with matters.
  • Offer to watch another mom’s kids just because. Perhaps that mom just needs to be home. Alone. Taking her kids, even for an hour, may help her reset and refocus. Be a blessing. In return, you will be blessed.
  • Take an Internet fast. Every time you feel the need to “check in” online, check in with God. He is right there waiting for you all the time. So often we turn to see what others are doing or tell others what we are doing. Spend that time with the Lord instead.
  • Post a picture online without staging it just so. Let others know that you are keeping it real!
  • Ask for help. Do not be ashamed to call a friend to ask for prayer, or even if she can take your kids for an hour or two. We need to reach out; we aren’t meant to struggle alone. Chances are, your friends need you as much as you need them.
  • When tempted to wallow in self-pity because your homeschool doesn’t look like another’s, remind yourself it is not supposed to look like anyone else’s. Immediately start a list of what God is doing in your homeschool. Keep your focus where it needs to be. Then ask Him to show you where you can improve or what He wants for your family. Then follow Him. Trust Him. He will lead you.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Refer to it often when you are feeling discouraged. Most likely, you will see you have far more blessings than you thought.
  • Start an accountability group. Gather a few girlfriends and promise to keep it real with each other. Call them when you feel you are struggling.
  • Have that same accountability group help keep you accountable for online time. When you see each other online too much, remind each other where your hearts need to be. Take it a step further, and keep a log of time spent online; if you are lacking the self-control, this log will help you recognize if your online time is getting to be excessive.
  • Resist the urge to post every picture and every memory. Keep some just for your family. Not everything needs to be shared.
  • Ditch the curriculum catalogs. If you are happy with your curriculum, don’t look at any others, no matter how great someone else insists they are. If your curriculum is working for you, stick with it. The less clutter, the more likely you are to stay focused.
  • Resist the urge to say yes to every extracurricular activity out there. Yes, we want our kids to be “well-rounded”–isn’t that the excuse we always use?– If it is causing you stress, it is not bearing fruit. Only choose things that are truly beneficial; avoid making choices for the sake of trying to look busy or keep up with anyone else.
  • Have cereal for dinner sometimes. Really. It’s okay. Not every meal has to look like a Pinterest recipe. Kids just want to eat! And hey, every once in a while, cereal is a fun alternative.
  • Stop working on the homeschool room. If you have a designated space to keep everything, that sure helps with organization, but don’t fret over the details. Don’t think it has to be pretty to be successful. A plastic bin serves the same function as a pretty basket from the designer store. God cares what our children’s hearts look like, not what the homeschool room looks like.
  • Own up to your mistakes. Say you’re sorry. When kids see that even mom makes mistakes, they will learn how to take responsibility for their own mistakes. Let them see your need for a Savior. Let them know that no one is perfect. We all need a Savior.
  • Cultivate a thirst for eternal and not material treasures. There is much more value in those things! Start by getting rid of physical clutter that is causing you stress. Simplify, simplify, simplify!
  • Join the movement. Will you share with your homeschool community the need to be real? It is actually contagious. When others see someone who is real and down to earth, they are drawn to them. We all crave it. So be it. Invite others on the journey with you. Use the hashtag #RealHomeschool in your media. Let the world know, we are taking off our facades and living life real.
  • Share this book with another friend. Let the need to be real spread throughout the homeschooling community. Let’s get back to God. Let’s ditch the perfect, for His perfect.

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Our Schedule: Simple, Efficient, and Fun Extras!

What is a Typical Homeschool Day?

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With a new high schooler, 7th grader, 5th grader, and 1st grader this year, I have vowed to keep things simple and efficient. We have always followed a pretty loose routine over the years, and I generally find that when we fall somewhere in the middle of no routine and strict routine we work best. There were the years I scheduled every 15 minutes (for really young ones, mind you!) and it backfired. There were the years I didn’t have much of a schedule. Yet, I always go back to the middle road is best. We need a framework to maintain order and have predictability and stability. Yet, we are open to life getting in the way and teaching us things that are not in the lesson plan book!

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So here is our (loose) plan for the year, knowing that it can change at any moment. Also, please not that this is a typical day at home. One day a week we spend entirely out of the house at a local fine arts program for homeschoolers. Some days, my daughter works her part time job and that means driving her and waiting for her a few hours with my boys, so we will do errands, etc. Yet for the days without commitments outside of the house (and I really try to limit those), I am outlining our day here.

(and please note, what works for our family may not work for your family. Seek God is planning your schedule!)

Everyone wakes up around 7am (Daddy is up much earlier than all of us—4 or 5 am. I usually slowly rise around 6, and pray and spend time with the Lord before anything.) The kids get dressed (except for the occasional “pajama day”) and eat breakfast, etc. They are expected to have beds made and Bibles read before coming downstairs. I also begin working on my writing at this time. I work up until school time begins.

9:00 am Bible: This is family time. This year, we are working through the book of Joshua together. I usually read ahead and plan which passage will we read up to and make any notes from the commentary that I want to go over with the kids. I also will incorporate any geography and history that is in there, and any other noteworthy findings. The kids each have a Bible notebook where they can jot down what we are learning, and the littlest guy can draw while we are reading together.

After our Bible time, which can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour depending on our discussion, everyone starts their individual work. This is math, language arts, etc. I work with my first grader first, because he needs me the most and he needs me to teach the most. While doing this, the others have their assignments and can begin independently. The rule is that no one can interrupt someone else’s time with mom. They are to work independently until it is their turn. Knowing they will have a turn, eliminates the constant interruptions that used to happen every time I was working with one child.

(note- the high schooler has all of her assignments for the week and works through them at her own pace. She is learning time management skills this way and independently working and learning- yet, she is free to sit in with the younger kids whenever she would like, “just for fun.”)

We work through individual work until lunch time and everyone eats together. I may even assign the kids their own days to be “in charge” of making lunch this year. I think this would be a good way to give responsibility to the older kids, and the oldest three are capable of preparing lunch.

During lunch, it is also my time to catch up on emails, throw in the laundry, clean up around the house, check my blogs, etc. This is a detail that is important because I don’t have the need to multitask these things during school time because I know I will have this time later. This break allows me to focus on non-school things and not try to do them during school time.

 

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After lunch, my high schooler continues with her work, while I do history with the younger three children. We are studying American History and this is basically many read alouds right now. Lots of good historical fiction and some other history books thrown in. I also will do science at this time with my younger two boys.

Everyone finishes up any loose ends during the afternoon and then everyone is free to go outside, or explore interests. My oldest boy is teaching himself 3D animation on the computer, using my husband’s work programs. He amazes me! He may also be found doing robotics, drawing, building something, etc.

My daughter is also working on her photography and getting up her own business site. One of our long-term goals for our children is to have entrepreneurial skills and be able to know how to own their own business someday if that is where the Lord leads. Since our family has been so blessed by owning a family business and both of us being able to work from home, we hope our children can have that option too when they are older. You can hear more about that on our podcast episode (How a Job Loss Blessed Our Family.) Anyway, she loves photography and that is certainly a skill she can use for her own business someday. We feel that right now is the best time to start a business, since she has nothing to lose and is still living at home, etc.!

We usually eat dinner around 5:30 and until it gets dark out too early, you will find us outside most evenings. Usually around 8pm, we always, always watch a show together as a family before bed. This may seem like a silly part of our routine, but honestly, it is such an important part of us because it is something we all look forward to together. We enjoy being together and we enjoy the tradition of watching something together before bed. We’re not running around in all directions- we are together. Since we don’t have cable, we find a series on DVD, Netflix, Hulu etc. Over the years, we’ve gone through the Little House on the Prairie series, Andy Griffith, Brady Bunch, Myth Busters, various Food TV shows, Shark Tank, etc. We really do enjoy our time, and usually we enjoy it with some ice cream or other treats 😉  Giving kids these kinds of traditions and stability matter to us.

Bedtime is by 9pm and we pray together and then off to bed before another day begins. As the kids have gotten older, most days are not nearly as hectic as the younger years, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy. Sticking to a framework for our day, that isn’t too loose or too tight, though has been a very important part to keeping things going smoothly. I find the simplest routines, with a level of predictability are just right for us.

And don’t get me wrong, some days the books are on hold because the attitudes need adjusting and the hearts need tending. Some days these are the things God is dealing with in me too! Some days I am tired, the kids are cranky, the groceries have run out and we are all a mess. Those are the days it is even more necessary that we have some kind of framework to return to the next day and continue on…

 

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The Perfect Learning Space- Real Homeschool Series

The Perfect Learning Space

The Perfect Learning Space

 

So many times over my homeschooling years, I focused on creating our learning space- the homeschool room. It was hard not to focus on it because I would see all these pictures floating around cyberspace of beautiful rooms that screamed success! 

The rooms matched and were warm and inviting. I assumed kids must be doing lots of learning in those rooms! They were perfect.

Over the years, I have come to realize, while a beautiful room is certainly a blessing, it is not a necessity for learning to take place. 

Life is Our Classroom

Learning has taken place in our home in many different rooms–there has probably been a lesson learned in some way in every room!

Learning has taken place many, many times outdoors. God teaches us so much about Himself through nature, and we revel in the majesty of nature daily, and in each season.

Learning has taken place at friends houses, while in the store, while in the car, and on field trips. Learning has taken place in the doctor’s office, the ER, the bank, and the relator’s office. (yes, moving provides lots of lessons!)

Right now learning is taking place, on our ever expanding mini farm here in our little slice of the world.

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The list is endless…

The Year I Discovered Our Perfect Learning Space

I recently wrote in my new book, Real Homeschool: Letting Go of  the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool about the one year that we learned so much and I learned to prioritize. My husband had been laid off from his job, and we didn’t have the option to buy extras. We didn’t have to option for fancy decor. We didn’t have the option for searching Pinterest to recreate those beautiful pictures.

Our finances were tight and I knew we had to work with the bare minimum. And you know what? Without those distractions, I saw so much more clearly my purpose in all of this.

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My purpose is not to provide the best looking room, with matching decor and neatly lined shelves. My purpose isn’t about searching the internet for more ideas on how to make things look perfect.

My purpose is to raise my children in the Lord, and the circumstances around me or the school room do not define success. Without the distractions of trying to purchase extra “stuff” for our classroom, we had the most simple year, but the most successful. That was the year we used the Bibe as our main textbook as well. It was a fabulous year.

Yup. a fabulous year. When the budget didn’t allow for extras, and we just had the Bible, the library, and each other….we learned. We learned from life (and boy when Daddy is out of work and you are making major life decisions, there are certainly many lessons!).

Remember, the homeschool learning space is life all around you. Even if you have the option to make it beautiful, if you find you are focusing more on how things look, than on how things are going on the inside, take a break.

What we teach our kids matters- and if we are modeling to them our priorities, those are going to be what they will remember. If our priority is teaching His Word, and living a life that honors Him above all, we will be successful in whatever else we teach, fancy homeschool room or not.

It is not where you learn necessarily, but what you learn.

 

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