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I have been married to my incredible hubby for 14 years. We have four rowdy, growing boys. I love to gather ideas from other mommies and books. My heart is to share some of these with you and encourage you in this adventure.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Books/Devotionals/Bibles for Kids

As a child I was not taught the Bible in our home. We did go to church and most of my Bible teaching as a child was from the church. God used this to make me passionate about teaching the boys about the truths in the Bible. We usually have our Bible time at night before bed. I read to the 4 year old and 6 year old. Then I read to the 8 year old and 11 year old. I have listed some of the books and Bibles we have used over the years. I love Kenneth Taylor's stuff so you will see that I used many of his books.

Bible for Little People's Eyes by Kenneth Taylor (ages 3-4)
Family Time Bible in Pictures by Kenneth Taylor (ages 4-5)
Big thoughts for Little People by Kenneth Taylor (ages 3-5)
5 Minute Devotions for Children by Pamela and Doug Kennedy (ages 3-6)
My ABC Bible Verses (ages 4-7) I loved the scriptures they provide for memory.
Right Choices by Kenneth Taylor (my kids favorite book ever!!!)
Everything a Child Should Know about God by Kenneth Taylor (ages 4-7)
Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones (currently reading this ages 4-6)
Children's Chronological Bible by Karen Henley (7 min. a day, no pics ages 7-11)
Kenneth Taylor's Bible Study Book Bible (ages 7-9)
Then and Now Christian Heroes biographies ( I read these in the summer to the older boys. Love these. We have read about Nate Saint, Corrie ten Boom, George Mueller, David Livingstone, etc)

**I was struggling with my little two about them staying focused some nights for the Bible reading. Now, I give them a notebook and they draw what we are reading about. They love this.

Favorite Mommy Books:

Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman
Graced Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
Love and Logic (one of my favorites)
Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson (love her books)
Sibling Rivalry (this was helpful when the kids were younger)
Power of a Praying Parent (I pray out of this almost daily)
Called to be a Keeper ( my all time favorite Bible study, great for moms) you can order one at www.keepersministry.com

I am not sure if this list will help anyone. I would love to hear about a series or devotions or resources that your family loves. Love to you.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Prayer for Being Even Tempered

I would love to say I never lose it with my children. I would love to say that I never ever raise my voice or have a stern tone. The truth is this is an area God has showed me my "triggers" and He has helped me get a list of scriptures to use when I am feeling on the edge. He has shown me that I am less patient with the boys when I am tired or when my schedule is too full. I will share the scriptures I pray over at the end of this blog entry.
I would like to take a moment to pray for my children from the book of Proverbs. God, I pray that all of my children will be "even tempered". I pray they will refrain from being short tempered or hot tempered. God please help my children to be sensible, patient, and to demonstrate self control. When my children are angered, help them to find healthy ways to deal with their emotions. I pray they will choose gentleness and kindness each time. Help them to be drawn to friends that are even tempered and not short tempered.
Here are the scriptures I pray over often for myself. I have titled them "Mommy Notes".

"Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love." Eph 4:2

"When she speaks her words are wise and kindness is the rule." Proverbs 31:26

"...clothe yourselves (daily) with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Col 3:12

"The Godly think before speaking." Proverbs 15:28

"So think clearly and exercise self-control." 1 Peter 1:13

"Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you." Eph 5:31

"Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God's sight." James 11:19,20

"Don't sin by letting anger control you." Psalm 4:4

"A fool gives full vent to anger but a wise person quietly holds back." Proverbs 29:11