Worship as a Family

We spend a great deal of time in our Bible study. Yet one thing we haven’t done much this year that I want to get back to is worship as a family. There is no more sweet a time than this!

Why worship as a family?

  • It brings you closer as a family. Have you ever noticed when you are in a group worshipping, how sometimes you feel so connected to those around you? I know I have had experiences lately, for instance at the Real Refreshment Retreat, when I get a glimpse of heaven by hearing the voices of so many praise at the same, and it points me to that eternal praise song we will sing in glory one day. It is a heavenly moment for sure.
  • We are uninhibited. When we are at home with each other, everyone is truly able to let themselves go, raise their hands, sing praises (off key or not 😉  )and belt it out. Sure, we should be this way no matter where we are, but there is something about being home with those you love, that we just let ourselves go 🙂
  • It shows the kids that worship is important. Praising the Lord together as a family each day and making it a priority, shows our children that worship is necessary, important, and beautiful.
  • It helps us focus on Philippians 4:8. We begin the day (or stop during the day) to fil our minds with praises and to focus our minds on Him. Starting your day with praises gets everyone off on the right foot.
  • It is Biblical. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
  • It is energizing. There is no amount of caffeine that wakes me up more than seeing a two year old with hands lifted, belting out praises. Trust me, I know. 🙂

So how can you worship as a family?

  • Sing hymns.
  • Use YouTube to find worship or praise music. Many can be found with lyrics so everyone can follow along.
  • Set aside time each day, just as you would read devotions or Bible study. Schedule it.
  • Find ways as a family that work for you. As long as you are praising there are really no “rules.”

 Worshipping together as a family is such a beautiful time together. It is something that truly unites as a family, and brings Glory to God. Praise God for the opportunity we have each day to spend this time together!


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Thoughts on Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going…Using the Bible as Our Main Text



I don’t know if I can fully explain in words what our experience studying Genesis this fall has been like, but I will sure try! You can read about why we chose to use the Bible as our main text this fall here.

We started in September studying Genesis as a family and this past week, we completed the book. It has been quite a journey. We really dug into the Word as a family, and I believe God led us here for many purposes at this time in our lives. Back in October my husband lost his job. It has been a journey that has been very difficult, but one I wouldn’t trade for the world because of all that we have learned through it. God has increased our faith so much through this trial.

Consider it Joy

I believe that we were able to get so much out of the lessons in Genesis because of what we were experiencing in our lives at this time. It was like God knew exactly the lessons we would need.
Abraham’s faith was huge for us. It really came alive to us because of what we were going through. Isn’t God truly amazing?


And Joseph. Oh how I trembled when we got to the end of Genesis and read about Joseph. How God worked through that situation that seemed so dire…He worked for good. That is where we are in our current situation…seeing how what we thought was a bad situation, being used for good.  My favorite verse of the entire book is this:

Genesis 50.20

Joseph-thrown in a pit, sold as a slave by his brothers…jailed…then by God’s grace alone, saved those very brothers during the famine years later when he ruled Egypt. Unfathomable in human terms, but not on God’s. And He saved the very brothers through which Jesus would come- through the line of Judah. Unbelievable. God’s plans are SO much bigger and so much better than others. Often times they are what we can not even imagine.

The whole book of Genesis sums that up. Beginning with Creation…God intended it all for good. It was very good. Yet, Adam and Eve fell…yet the Savior was already planned to save us all. God always works for good.

I am so glad we decided to take the leap and use Genesis as our foundation this fall. We are moving into Exodus now and will start by studying Moses and ancient Egypt, and oh, there is so much in there too. 🙂

As I look forward, I believe we will always do in depth Bible study like this as our foundation. I also know that I will add in other things as needed. The Bible is our main text, but not our ONLY text. I have a son who is very interested in inventing, building, and physics. So I have ordered him a book for this. I  want to add things that interest my kids and cultivate their natural curiosities and talents. Let them spend the afternoons exploring and learning according to their natural God-given inquisitiveness.

I am so grateful to God for all He does for us each day. Letting Him lead our homeschool is the only way for us. As soon as I start to get off course, I know I need to submit to His plans and cling to Him in prayer and in His Word. Praise Him for all He has done in our homeschool and what He has in store for us next!



A Glimpse Into Our Day

A Glimpse Into Our Day

This was written back in the fall on Simply Living…for Him. It’s another glimpse into our day…{although reading it I realize we have not been doing nearly as much “fun” stuff lately…life got busy…must work on that! 🙂

First we all took turns reading through our passage for the week, and reciting the memory verse. (Genesis 1:1.) We talked more about the Hebrew word “yom” in Genesis meaning “day”-a literal day (24 hours, which also brought us to review astronomy-why the 24 hour day, etc.) We discussed this word in detail and why we must believe God’s Word to be true. Without believing the first passage of Genesis 1, the rest of the Bible would mean nothing. Great discussion!

We read Chapter 8 from thAnswers Book 1, by Ken Ham.

We then focused on verses 1:26-27, and being made in God’s image. The littlest guy made a booklet that I printed out for him all about himself.  While he colored that, the older kids and I discussed how we were made in God’s image. We talked about being image bearers of Christ. More really good discussions.

We went around the room saying one thing about each person they loved, and then one thing they loved about themselves. We talked about how every single person was made in God’s image, and God loves all people, no matter who they are. Therefore, we treat all people accordingly.

Next we made fingerprints and colored a worksheet about being unique.

One on the most important things I want my children to know is that their identity is in Christ, their value in in Him, and their worth comes from Him alone.

We then sang “How Great Thou Art.”  We are memorizing the words. I love how this song starts at creation, then talks about Jesus’ death on the cross, and then culminates at then with Christ’s return. I tear up every time I sing it, and get goosebumps!

For fun we all sang Happy Dayjust love the excitement on their faces when we sang this one! {Click the link, it’s so fun!}

We talked about the historical timeline of creation. We remembered the American History we have been studying and I made sure everyone grasped the concept of time and where we are at now in our studies in history-the beginning of time. {even though God was always present}

Next we discussed our senses and how God made our senses to enjoy His creation. We explained them all to the preschooler. Then we did an experiment specifically on taste. With their eyes closed, I placed the following on their tongues: salt water, sugar water, lemon juice, coffee.

Before lunch we ended with a scavenger hunt. The preschooler had to find things of different colors, animals, bugs, etc.  The older kids did a Creation scavenger hunt. They called it a “Sketch-en-ger” hunt because I had them sketching in their notebooks each object they found.

Our “Sketch-enger” Hunt:


-Something created on Day 4

-Something created on Day 3

-Something created on Day 6

-Something created on day 5

-Something created on Day 2

– Something created on Day 1

– Something seed-bearing

(I put them out of order purposely to make sure they knew what was created each day)

 After lunch each child worked on their individual work: Math (we use Math-U-See), writing assignments, spelling words, copywork, reading, Spanish, and then they were able to explore on their own: legos, outdoors, computer time, drawing, painting, crafts, video making/editing, etc.)

{All spelling words, some reading assignments, writing assignments, copywork come directly from the passages in scripture that we are studying this week.}


And finally…some fun highlights of the day:


Crayola Window markers- one person outside, while one inside draws accessories on the other! Funny mustaches, eyeglasses, etc. SO much fun!






Preschool bean fun!



Practicing spelling words by jumping to each letter- especially helpful for the boy who can’t sit still!