Persevering in the Race

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We began our 2016-2017 school year with an Olympic theme
– “Racing Into a Great Year!”

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Much more important than the flag decorations, Olympic ring colored streamers, yummy special foods, and fun activities, I pray that the kids and I will continually reflect on the verses we studied during our devotional time that day.

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Our main verse was from Hebrews 12:1-3…

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

What race are we on?  Well, obviously, we are not in an Olympic running race.  However, if you have accepted God’s One and Only Son Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your race is your daily life.  The ‘race’ we are referring to is our daily Christian walk that we are on with Jesus.

We read passages about how to prepare for the race.  To prepare to run in any race, one must know the rules and go into training.  We learned that, as believers, we need to know God’s rules — and those are found in His Word the Bible.  We need to read, meditate, and memorize His Word so that we can know Him, His heart, His desires, and (yes) even His perfect rules for our lives.

We also looked up Scriptures to try to figure out HOW we can run with perseverance – without giving up when things get hard.  Hebrews already spoke of a huge way to endure – by not letting sin hinder us in our race!   Unwholesome thoughts, desiring our own way, temptations, mocking by others, wanting to give in… are all real struggles that can slow us down and trip us up on our race.   Being prepared by knowing God’s Word will help tremendously.   But, it was when we read Romans 15:4-6 and 13 that we began to see how God has already equipped us to be able to persevere.  We can gain endurance through trusting Jesus, through the reading of His Holy Word, and through the gift of His Holy Spirit that He has given to live within us!  He has provided all of these to bring us hope, joy, peace, and encouragement to press on.

WHY do we need to endure?  What is at stake?  A gold medal is not our end goal and prize in this lifetime.  Hebrews 12 says that we are to keep our focus on Jesus!  We look forward to one day being with Him in heaven, united face to face, no sin, no struggles, praising our Lord and Savior.  Don’t be confused, we are not working our way to heaven.  Our ‘reward’ isn’t earned.  It is a free gift from God that is promised to us once we have repented of our sins and accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  But, we are called to run this race well and to bring glory to Him!  He is faithful.IMG_8404

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With Christ as our foundation, we are looking forward to a great homeschool year.
May we fix our eyes on Jesus!

The Favorite Part of Our Homeschool Day

Hands down, my favorite part of our family’s homeschool day is the time when we gather all together and sing hymns, review Scripture passages, use a short devotional to focus on the truths in God’s Word, and pray.

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We call this time Morning Worship, but it can (and does) take place anytime throughout the day.

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We use three binders for our family of seven.  In each binder, I placed several hymns that I desired for all of us to learn to sing as well as Scripture passages that many of us have learned previously.  I organized the binders so that there are two sheets (back to back) inside of page protectors.  Since we use them each day, I am hopeful that the added thickness will enable the sheets to last longer.

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After singing praises to Jesus and reviewing Scripture, we then answer the catechism questions as found in the book Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade.  Next, we read two days worth from the devotional.  For the ages and attentiveness of our kids, this seems to be a good amount for us.  To get our older kids more involved, I will often ask them to look up the Bible verse references beforehand and then they read those at the point in the devotional when the Scriptures are needed.IMG_6692 (2)

We follow the devotional reading with a prayer time.  In addition to praying for others, we are attempting to pray back Scripture read that day and making an effort to pray integrating what was just learned through the devotional reading.

I look forward to this short, enjoyable, focused, and intentional time with my family each school day!

Here is a free PDF containing our Morning Worship Binder materials – hymns and Scripture passages.  Enjoy!

Names of Jesus Ornaments

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Last year, after coming across this wonderful tutorial, our family decided to make ornaments with the names of Jesus on them to share at Christmas time.  It was definitely a whole family project – but so rewarding in the end!  After assembling many to give away, we then agreed to work together to create one more complete set to display on our own Christmas tree. 

Want to take a peek at the process?  We pretty much followed the instructions in the tutorial at Today’s Fabulous Finds, but I created our own name set with a different font. 

 

1) Gathering the supplies:

(large paint sticks, scrapbook paper, printed names, brown ink pad, Q-tips, chocolate colored spray paint, sandpaper, Modge Podge, foam brush, wire, ruler, small hand saw, drill, pliers)

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2) Preparing the Printable Names:

Copying, Cutting, and Inking the edges
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3) Preparing the Paint Sticks

Measuring, Marking, and Cutting
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Sanding
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Drilling the Holes
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Painting
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Distressing the Edges
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4) Assembling the Ornaments:

Attaching the Printable Names with Modge Podge

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Drying
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Cutting the Wire and Threading it Through the Holes
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5) Enjoying the Ornaments!

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Creating the Names of Jesus Ornaments was a memorable time of working cooperatively as a family – AND we now have a great visual reminder of who Jesus is to display each Christmas season.

Christmas Scripture Booklets

Christmas Scripture Booklets

Are you looking for a way for your younger children to interact more with Scripture as you read the Biblical accounts of Jesus’ coming to earth as a baby?   Try Christmas Scripture Booklets for coloring and Christmas Story Sequencing for retelling

Last year, we used The Christmas Story Booklet based on Luke 2 to assist our 4 year old in memorizing a portion of Luke 2:1-20.  This year, he is continuing to make progress with this passage. 

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Now, there are 3 additional Christmas Scripture Booklets!  We are not planning on memorizing these passages at this time, but desire to read them during this Christmas season.  Here is a suggested reading order so that the events are read chronologically.  (I used the exact Scripture for each booklet.)

Jesus’ Birth Foretold (Portions of Luke 1 and Matthew 1)
The Christmas Story (Luke 2) 
The Naming of Jesus (Luke 2, continued)
In God’s Hand (Matthew 2)

 

Make sure to print out the Christmas Story Sequencing Sheets as well!

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The Christmas Story Sequencing Sheets correspond with the Scripture passages from the Christmas Story Booklets.  These are great for reviewing and retelling the Biblical accounts!  Color versions of the pictures would work well in a pocket chart.  In addition, black and white student sheets are included for individual work.

These printables are available over at the Hubbard’s Cupboard Christmas page.

May these FREE resources from Hubbard’s Cupboard bless you and your children this Christmas as you read from His Word and learn more about Jesus and His coming as the Savior.

Giving Tuesday – Booklets for Bibles

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A couple weeks ago, our oldest girls came to us desiring to do some type of work to raise money for a charity during this Christmas season.  After ruling out a few ideas, what should they finally choose?  Well, it is often said that our children are always watching us and will model what we do.  So, following in the footsteps of their mama, they decided to create Christmas related materials for parents and teachers. =)

Booklets for Bibles

Please assist us in raising money to help print Bibles through Wycliffe for the Mayogo people in their heart language. They live in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

To read more about this project click the link below https://www.wycliffe.org/giftcatalog/projects/give-scripture-for-the-mayogo

Our goal is to raise $120 by selling Countdown to Christmas Math Puzzles: Names of Jesus  and  Countdown to Christmas Math Puzzles: Seasonal Jokes.  This amount will allow for 20 New Testaments to be printed for the Mayogo people.

 

These booklets have 24 different puzzles with math problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to figure out either a name of Jesus as found in Scripture or the answer to a fun seasonal joke. They were designed with 3rd-4th graders in mind.

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The girls have been working hard to have these materials ready for December 1st so that you, dear teachers and moms, can have them for use with your children.

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Won’t you, please support them in reaching their goal?

The booklets are available for purchase at our Joyful Heart Learning store for just $3.00 each.  All proceeds from either of these products this Christmas season will go toward the girls’ goal to give Bibles to the Mayogo people.

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Countdown to Christmas Math Puzzles: Seasonal Jokes

Countdown to Christmas Math Puzzles: Names of Jesus

Giving Tuesday – Booklets for Bibles
www.givingtuesday.org

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