Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our First Year in Homeschool

It's almost here! September--the month we begin preschool at home.


So many have asked what I will be doing with my little man this year (and I'm sure many of you have looked at my Pinterest trying to guess!). With a baby due in October, we will be slowly easing into this process, but I will give a general overview of our goals for the year here.

This year will be teacher/Mama led. I plan to work in 4 year cycles with the first four being directed this way. School will only be done a few minutes at a time right now, however long it takes me to read a story essentially. Our main goals are to teach basic life skills and to build Godly character.


For literature we will be using A.A.Milne and Beatrix Potter. Their stories can be swapped back and forth and are easily matched with seasons. There are also lovely versions of these available on Youtube for the children to enjoy when Mama needs a short break. Most of these works can be found at the library or online for free. (I am also considering using the Tales of Raggedy Ann and Andy but have not decided yet based on time).

For language we will be doing introductions to French, Latin and Greek. This sounds like a lot, however, French will be introduced through Babar (available in French for free on Youtube and in books at the library). Very gentle and simple. Latin and Greek will be introduced through Bible verses that we will already be studying. ASL has already been a part of our daily lives and will continue to be used to build vocabulary.


Music appreciation will include listening to classic hymns and other music like Bach and Mozart. Becoming familiar with rhythm and instruments. Basic finger exercises will be used to lay the foundation for piano in a few years.

Art and science will be mixed for now with journaling. We will discuss weather and the world around us, drawing pictures as we go. This same journal will be used each day for my little one to draw a picture of what we did (helping to build memory and teach cause and effect). Mama will probably also keep notes here for memory's purpose.


Character development was already briefly touched on in another post and will need many posts in the future. We will use Bible verses and stories to encourage skills and attitudes this year as well as teaching basic skills and etiquette. Skills such as: setting and clearing the table, potty training, cleaning up toys, folding simple laundry, sweeping, etc.

Building on this will be intro to dance and movement. I grew up as a ballet dancer and see value in a strong and healthy body. We will learn about strength and stretching and building on our music appreciation through movement. No formal dance training will be done this year, however an intro to nutrition will also be touched on.


History will be based on a Young Earth Biblical view. We will be starting this 4 year cycle with the Ancient World using free resources online and books from the library to learn about Creation through 450 AD.

Through all of this we will learn basic math skills: counting, shapes, addition and subtraction etc. Basic recognition of colors, seasons, daily happenings, animals, sounds, and so forth are what lay the foundation for solid learning later on.

I hope this was informative and gives you some ideas! Over the next few weeks (and rest of the year) I'll share my resources and pictures of what we are doing. So looking forward to sharing this journey with you!


Blessings,

Audrey

Praying for Our Husbands Day Fourteen: Future

The future is always happening, it is so important to keep in our prayers. Today, pray for your husband's future.


Pray he will allow God to direct his steps, that he will discover and live his God given purpose. Pray he will offer his dreams to the Lord and pursue the goals that bring glory to Him. Pray he stays on the path of eternity rather than immediate gratification.


A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 
Jeremiah 29:11


Blessings,

Audrey 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Praying for Our Husbands Day Thirteen: Obedience

Obedience. Something we all struggle with our entire lives. Today we pray over our husbands asking God to give them obedient hearts.


Pray that he will God above all else. That his servant's heart will be pure in his assistance of others. Pray he will obey the Lord from his heart and glorify him in everything.


But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
James 1:22-25

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24
 
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
John 7:17-18


Blessings,

Audrey

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Declutter Series Week Nine: Play and Family Rooms

And we're back in the Declutter Challenge ladies!


It took me two weeks to work on our closets (and I'm still not really done) but I'm pushing ahead!

This week we'll be working in the play and family rooms. Purging all. those. toys!

Begin by taking a picture of your spaces and share in our group with the other wonderful ladies.


Then gather bags or boxes to sort into: trash, donate, keep and other room.

As you go through toys, be sure to put sets together separately. Once you are finished going through all of the toys, you can put these sets into bags or bins so they are easy to find.


Also, be mindful about toys you might be able to rotate out. I usually have our toy kitchen, car mat, and a small toy box out daily. Our blocks, dress up, animals, dolls, etc are kept in a closet to rotate.

Do the same for books and DVDs as well as games. Keep an eye out for outside toys that can have their own bin!


When you are done, containerize! Then take an after picture and drop off your trash and donate bags.


Blessings in this challenge,

Audrey

Discipline with Virtues Part One

Self Control and Patience


Several ladies have asked me to write about discipline so this post is for them! This is how we are handling discipline right now with an almost three year old.

I believe strongly in character and virtue development as well as practical skills. Our discipline centers around these.

We are currently working on Self Control and Patience. When my sweet boy has done something he shouldn't have, he is asked to stand facing a wall with the following instructions: hands on the wall, eyes on the wall and body still. I try to never give him more than three steps as multiple instructions can be so confusing!

When he has managed to stand still and calm, I get down on his level and we repeat together:

I will exercise self control and patience. I will listen and obey immediately, cheerfully and entirely. (This is called our ICE statement)

We then recite Ephesians 6:1 together

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Throughout our day we say these phrases and verse together; during diaper changes, dressing, cleaning up, and heading to bed. 

Similar to our rule for standing at the wall, at bed time we ask that our little one keep his eyes closed, mouth quiet and body still. I'll write more about bedtime later!

I hope this has helped some of you! If you feel led to comment, please keep it Christ centered and kind!



Blessings,

Audrey


Added: After some comments from some readers I feel I need to mention, I am not in any way preventing my child from having emotions nor am I requiring perfection from him. He is 3 and he is learning. We use the Bible in everything and I get great joy from it and he feels very accomplished being able to recite portions now. When we ask him to cheerfully obey we mean that he needs to do so without throwing a fit. If he does throw a fit (which happens with little ones) he needs to calm down first, then obey. I hope this clears up some confusion heart emoticon

Praying for Our Husbands Day Twelve: Work

Today ladies we are praying for our husband's work.


Pray he will live a balanced life between work and play. Pray he will work hard to provide for your family to the best of his ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary for a successful career and ministry will be a growing part of his character—persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, positive relationships with people, determination, etc.


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord
Romans 12:11

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Proverbs 13:15

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
Colossians 3:23



Blessings,

Audrey

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Praying for Our Husbands Day Eleven: Mind

Today we pray for our husband's mind--his mental strength.


Pray that your husband will yield his mind and thoughts unto the Lord. Pray he will not entertain immoral or impure thoughts and will resist the urge to indulge in pornography. Pray he will remain strong in his convictions and he will continue to strengthen his mind through daily devotions with the Lord.


A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Proverbs 27:12


Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
2 Corinthians 10:5


Blessings,

Audrey

Victory Series Bible Study Week 13: New Life in Christ

Greetings Gents!

Last week we discussed the Christ's sacrifice in terms of the forgiveness of our sins. This week we turn away from sin towards new life through Christ. The focus of this week is John 6: 25-59, which takes place after Jesus' feeding of the people with fish and loaves of bread:

"25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum."

Jesus not only is the son of God and living sacrifice intended to purge humanity of Sin, but also is the bread of life which sustains man throughout eternity. What Adam and Eve lost through their transgression was life, and what Jesus restored was life. 
Jesus calls attention to the bread of life at after he was sought out on the other side of the sea of Galilee. He calls attention to the "bread of heaven" that Moses supplied the Israelites during their long exile in the desert (see Exodus 16: 4). He also contrasts the physical bread (or manna) that feeds the physical body with the bread of life, which is for the spirit. 
While manna can indeed nourish the physical body, all those who eat solely that will eventually die. Therein lies the difference between physical manna and the bread of life: the bread of life, being for the spirit, will sustain your spirit and thus maintains your life after death through connection with God. The only way to attain the bread of life is through faith in Jesus, which allows you to be born again. This means we who eat of the bread of life (faith in Jesus) are born again (able to live a righteous life through connection with God).

Questions for consideration over the coming week:
- What did the people ask of Jesus to provide them so that they may believe in his divinity? What did he actually provide?
- What did Jesus mean when he stated he is the bread of life?
- What did Jesus tell Nicodemus that he must do to receive eternal life? How do we receive that life?
- What are the practical ramifications in knowing that your soul is in union with God? 
- What confidence can you draw from "Christ in you, the hope of glory"? 

Consider these questions over the coming week and how they effect your relationship with God and the people around you. Stay strong, gents!
Hunter

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Praying for Our Husbands Day Ten: Spiritual Growth

Today we pray that our husbands will grow with God.


Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines. Pray that he will spend time in the Word--reading, studying and memorizing. Pray he spends time in prayer daily. Pray that these disciplines encourage his growth in man and fatherhood.


But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23


Blessings,

Audrey

Friday, August 21, 2015

Praying for Our Husbands Day Nine: Emotions

Praying for our husband's emotions today.


Pray that your husband will be slow to anger and quick to bring about peace. Pray he will allow the Holy Spirit to control his responses. Pray he will not be anxious in anything, that he will have a glad and willing heart. Pray that he will open himself up to God's timing for his emotions. That he will first think, then act and feel.


A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.

Proverbs 29:11

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:6-8 

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Romans 14:19

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Ecclesiastes 3:4

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 


Blessings,

Audrey

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Praying for Our Husbands Day Eight: Attitude

Today, it's attitudes. Cover your husbands in prayer ladies.


Pray that your husbands will practice forgiveness in your relationship and with others. Pray he will recognize any roots of bitterness and yield any resentment and unforgiving attitudes to the Lord. Pray his attitudes and actions will be guided by the Truth as he brings his thoughts into captivity to the Word of God.


Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:44

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled
Hebrews 12:15


Blessings,

Audrey

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Praying for Our Husbands Day Seven: Priorities

Today we are praying about priorities.


Pray that your husband will wisely choose his priorities, that he will have an eternal perspective. Pray he will choose healthy, God honoring activities. That he will reject materialism and not live in bondage to any questionable habits or activities. Pray he will experience freedom in holiness as he yields to the Spirit's control and puts God first in his life.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:16

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1 Corinthians 6:12

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 6:5


Blessings,

Audrey

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Praying for Our Husbands Day Six: Relationships

Day Five of praying for our husbands and today we are praying for their relationships.





Pray for his relationship with God. That he will learn to relax in Him and submit his day. Pray this relationship will bear fruit in his life; that he will be a man of wisdom and understanding, fearing the Lord.


Pray that your husband will safeguard his heart from inappropriate relationships.

Pray he will choose his friends wisely. Pray that God will bring him men who will encourage him in his accountability to God and not lead him to sin.

Pray that he will be a good father to your children--disciplining wisely and loving unconditionally. If he is not a father, pray that he might be a good mentor to a young man in need.

Pray for your relationship. Pray that he will encourage you to be a woman of God as he strives to become a stronger man in God.


Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:1-2

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Proverbs 13:20

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Psalm 112:1

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Romans 13:14

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11 


Blessings,

Audrey

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Victory Series Bible Study Week 12: Forgiveness of Sins

Greetings, Gents!

Apologies for my recent absence. This week, I will continue where I left off on our Victory Series Bible Study. This week, our topic is on the forgiveness of sins through Christ's sacrifice. Our scriptural basis will be Hebrews 9: 11-28:

"11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."

The Bible is God's story for the redemption of humanity. After The Fall and mankind's separation from God, the plan for eventual redemption was first initiated through God's covenant with Abraham and his lineage. From this lineage would eventually emerge The Messiah, who would redeem the world. Additionally, God developed a sacrificial system through his covenant with Abraham and Moses.
This sacrificial system set the stage for Jesus, who is the only perfect sacrifice that can redeem the world and humanity and purge it of sin. Under the old system, the Jewish people had to present a sacrifice without a spot or blemish as atonement for their sins. However, this provided only a temporary atonement since no animal sacrifice was perfect to God's standards. And as all of humanity's righteous acts are like "filthy rags" (Isaiah 64: 6) before the eyes of God, only Jesus in his perfection could qualify as the perfect sacrifice.
Christ died for all sins: past, present and future. No further sacrifice is needed. This does not mean that we have license to continue sinning, but it does provide us a means to approach God in humility and grace, and walk in the light of Christ (see 1 John 1: 5-9). The sacrifice of Jesus then serves as a means of restoring the lost relationship that humanity once had with God, a bypass to the spiritual death caused through sin. This fact should be cause for rejoice and inspire a sense of humility in us for what Christ has accomplished in his sacrifice.
Questions for consideration this week:
- Are your sins forgiven because of your confession and repentance, or through Christ's sacrifice? Explain your answer.
- Why wasn't the sacrifice system described in the Old Testament enough to redeem humanity?
- How does knowing that all your sins (past, present and future) are forgiven change the way you approach your life?
- There are no instructions admonishing Christians to ask God to forgive their sins, but there is instruction to confess. What is the difference?
- In Romans 6: 1, Paul asks: "Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?" How would you answer this question?

Ponder these questions as you go throughout your week, perhaps jotting down some answers so you can more closely consider them and how they may apply in your life. I hope that you all have a blessed and wonderful week. Stay strong, gents!

Bible Study Week Thirteen: Strength

Oh the Proverbs 31 woman! She is certainly a busy lady. What she does requires much strength: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.


Pray for a clear mind and teachable heart as we begin. Then, read Proverbs 31:10-31

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Take a moment to read through again, looking for references to body parts. As you find them, draw a simple picture above to highlight (like we did for hands). This week, we will focus on the valiant woman's arms.

We will be looking at Proverbs 31:17

First, we are going to examine she girdeth. Read through the definitions and note that this is an action, especially being done to oneself. 

Scroll down to look at the Concordance results. Skim through the verses noticing how often this phrase is used in association with weapons of warfare.


Looking at loins next, read the Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to get a general idea of the meaning of this word. For reference: parturient has to do with labor and giving birth.

Now to look at verses that contain both gird and loins. More actions, purposeful actions without distraction. In the Roman era of the New Testament times, girding the loins referred to a man pulling up his lower garment between his legs so that he may be able to move more freely in battle. He was prepared for action.

The phrase with strength is next. Note the definitions in your notebook. Do any of them remind you of those from when we studied the word virtuous? The virtuous woman, the valiant wife, is choosing to put on strength. She is binding it to herself.

Skim the other verses that this phrase is used in (look particularly as the Psalms listing). Who is this strength generally associated with?





So what exactly is the valiant woman binding to herself? We are back to the root of this woman's valour! She is putting on God's strength! She is not trying to pull some unknown pseudo strength out of herself. With God's strength strapped to her, she is ready to cheerfully go about her day and perform her duties. To do her very best in everything she does.


We have just two words left to look at ladies! Let's start with and strengtheneth. What are the uses for this word? Do you see that it speaks of courage, boldness, persistence, alertness, assurance--all sought after traits for a soldier, wouldn't you think? Add these notes to your Military Images page.

And now, lastly, her arms. What is the definition of this word? What does it symbolize? Do you see any military images?

Again scroll to look at the Concordance results. Note particularly the Psalms verses. Whose arm is spoken of over and over here?

When our physical arms are weak, what do we do? We use them to strengthen them! We exercise, garden, lift our sweet babies. If we purposefully push our muscles, the will (and do) get stronger.

The virtuous wife must have been physically vigorous to do all that she is described doing. I'm sure she did purposefully strive to make her arms strong in order to work and serve others the way she did.

She readies herself for daily battle as she "girds her loins" with God's strength. She trusts Him because she knows and fears Him. She can move forward in faith and work with all the strength He has given her. She knows as she perseveres that this is the way to become stronger.

Every time we act in faith and do what we know we cannot do apart from God's strength, we change. We grow stronger in our faith and stronger in our knowledge that God is always there to strengthen and work through us.

We start by "girding our loins with strength"--binding ourselves in God's strength, firming up our souls with the nourishment of His Word, and then acting in that strength.

Prayerfully meditate on all of this during the week. Prepare for action, purposefully putting on God's strength, and then, be ready to welcome the strength building opportunities that God will give you.


With Our Children

Ask your children to listen carefully for any mention of body parts as you read Proverbs 31:10-31 to them.

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Have the raise their hands, flex their arms, point to their mouth and so forth as they hear the reference. As you encounter each word, write it on a board as notes for a later lesson. Then, share what you have learned about girding one's loins and strengthening arms.


Blessings,

Audrey

Praying for Our Husbands Day Five: Integrity

Today we are covering our husbands in prayer for their integrity.


Pray he will cultivate strong integrity and not compromise his conviction. Pray that his testimony will be genuine. Pray he will be honest in his work and business. Pray he will never do anything he will want to hide from others.

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Proverbs 20:7

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned
1 Timothy 1:5

Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
1 Timothy 3:7

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:10-12



 
Blessings,

Audrey

Friday, August 14, 2015

Praying for Our Husbands Day Three: Strength and Manliness

Day three ladies. Today we are praying for our husbands' strength and manliness.


Pray that he will enjoy these attributes as he patterns his life after Christ. Pray he will surround himself with men who are strong in their faith and he will seek their wisdom. Pray for his physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength as he goes about his day.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13 

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Ephesians 3:16 

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps
1 Peter 2:21

Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1 Corinthians 10:11


Blessings,

Audrey