Special Time With Mom~ Part 2

The photos are of our children when they were at home. Today, all our children are married… Kristen~age 31, Brandon~age 27 and Melinda~age 25

Continuation of “Special Time With Mom” Kept our Daughter From Rebelling

“Special time with Mom” took planning and effort, but was well worth the 20-30 minutes daily for at least 3 times a week.  You might be thinking, “Oh no, not another thing to add to my schedule!” I figured the time invested was better than the heartache of rebellion.

Proverbs 3:21-23 “My son… keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul…Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.”

Brandon and MelindaI made it pleasant for the children. It was called “Special Time”, and our children loved it.  Sometimes, if our children wanted to be with me or to talk,  they would ask, “May I have Special Time with you?” Parents naturally have their children’s hearts when they are little; but often lose their hearts as their children grow older.  I wanted to do EVERYTHING possible to keep our children’s hearts.

Keeping our children’s hearts was a PASSION of mine.

It was one-on-one time, eye-to-eye contact and a focused time.

What I did during “Special time with Mom”:

  1. I LISTENED to whatever was on their minds.
  2. I ASKED GOOD QUESTIONS to find out what was going on with them.
  3. I asked if I, as a mother, could do anything better, or if I had OFFENDED them in any way. I APOLOGIZED and sought FORGIVENESS when necessary.
  4. I encouraged them about the CHARACTER QUALITIES I saw in them. I  used the list of character qualities downloaded from: ATI Character Qualities. I considered this list a tool to reach our goal of
    Kristen reading to Brandon
    Kristen reading to Brandon, but oblivious to Brandon falling

    developing godly character.  Homeschooling was also a tool in order for us to reach the goals we had for our family. I still carry a copy of these character qualities in the pocket of my Bible, because I will always be learning. Learning good character is not just for kids.

  5. I TAUGHT them the Bible (discipled them). Jesus was my example.  Jesus did not send his disciples away to “disciple school,” but kept them near Him to teach them.
  6. I PRAYED with them.
  7. We LAUGHED and ENJOYED one another’s company.
  8. I taught them how to journal when they had their Quiet Time when they were young. As they grew older, they SHARED THEIR JOURNAL of their Quiet Time with me during Special Time.

The main purpose of “Special Time With Mom” was to have a good close Cookingrelationship (fellowship) with each child, to be on top of things; to know what was on their minds in order to keep their hearts. It was also a time of discipleship, because it meant everything to me for our children to know the Lord and glorify Him with their lives.
You may have the privilege of leading your child to the Lord during this time. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11) I had the awesome privilege of leading all of our children to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ at a young age.
siblings~One day, our daughter-in-law, Jodi and I went out thrift store shopping, and we were talking about some things we did as kids. Later, when Jodi and I  got back, I asked Brandon in a lighthearted way, if he had done some things I didn’t know about when he was little.   Brandon laughed saying, “Are you kidding Mom?  You knew everything I did, and the things you didn’t know, I just told you.” We laughed about that!

 

Special time with Mom worked great!  There were no secrets kept from me. Our children did not want to keep secrets from me.  We had a close relationship.
Even when Brandon went off to Bible College in California, which was 33 hours from where we lived, he called practically everyday. Calling home was his own choice. We did not ask him to call. Brandon called because he wanted to share with us everything going on in his life.

Years before Brandon left for college, his Dad said with tears, “There may come a time when you will be embarrassed to hug your dad while your friends are with you.”  Brandon looked at his Dad in a shocked way, saying “Dad, I would never ever be ashamed to hug you.”  And, do you know what?  Brandon would run up to his parents right in front of his college friends and give us both bear hugs.

It is the wise parent who has a “one-on-one” regularly scheduled time with each child to build a relationship when the child is at home to keep the child’s heart.

The wise parent must know when to put into practice, “I must decrease.” When Kristen, Brandon and Melinda~the son or daughter reaches a certain age of adulthood or gets married, whichever comes first, the fellowship changes.  One-on-one fellowship is no longer for the parent to be on top of things, to keep the child’s heart or a teaching time, but instead, turns into the wonderful fellowship of pure enjoyment of one adult enjoying the fellowship of another adult.

 

 

 

If you were to ask me what I liked best about homeschooling, my answer would be, “The incredibly wonderful relationship I had with each of our children as a

My favorite years~The Teen Years
My Favorite Years~The Teen Years

result of “Special Time with Mom.”

Do you dream of a peaceful home? Cultivate a close relationship by having one-on-one time with all family members. When I say “peaceful home,” I am not speaking of a quiet home. Our peaceful home was a home of loving considerate relationships and contented happy hearts with the Lord at the center.

11 Top Child Training Tips (Part 2)

I was asked by a mother, who knew our family very well, to give Child Training Tips at her daughter, Courtney’s Baby Shower. I know I am not a perfect mom. I am definitely not super mom. I cannot even multitask well. I am nothing without the Lord. Our children are not perfect either, but they were/are a joy. I felt very honored to share some helpful tips that the Lord gave me along the way. God gets the glory for anything good in my life.

This is Part 2 ~Continuation of 11 Top Child Training Tips (Part 1) I gave at Courtney’s Baby Shower. Words written in parenthesis were not said at the shower, but added for this post.

Tip #7  Enjoy your relationship with the Lord and enjoy your relationship with your children. (I found out from a doctor, after our three children were born, and many miscarriage later, that it was a miracle, I was able to carry three children to full term. I had a physical problem and miscarried easily. I had so many miscarriage, that I lost count, because it was a very low point in my life. God knows how many babies I had, and God knows each one of our babies by name, personally. I am grateful to the Lord for Him allowing me to be a mother on this earth to our three children. I look forward to meeting our many heavenly children, who I believe will be lining the streets of gold, cheering me on, when I enter that glorious place. I tell the story in “Suffering Miscarriages: Learning to See the Hand Of God!“)

Children are God’s reward to us.  “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”  Psalm 127:3 A reward is something to be enjoyed.  God meant for us to enjoy our children. I

Kristen and Austen
Kristen and Austen

had fun with our children. I sang praise songs to the Lord in front of my children when they were growing up. Everyday I would sing the Psalm, “This is the day which the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”  I start clapping and smiling as I praise the Lord and I meant it from the heart. Our children would join in. Our children knew how to spell the word, Bible before they were a year old because of the song. Enjoy getting on the floor and playing with your child.  Courtney, it is obvious you are good with children. Pray together and play together.  We went to the park regularly when our children were small.  We couldn’t afford anything else, but our kids loved the park, and I

Grandma having Park Fun
I (Grandma) Still Play at the Park

slid down the slide with them.  Children are fun and help us to stay young at heart.

Mothers set the tone in the home.  If mother is a grouch, she will train up little grouches. Children will mirror their parents.  Make meals special and eat meals together as a family with the TV off. Our children should grow up with good family memories.  In each day, include a “mini vacation” by doing something special together.  Take a few minutes and read with expression a good book to your child.  Tell them a good story.  Be creative. Plan a craft or go outside and play with them for recess.  Win their hearts and keep their hearts by laughing together and playing together.

(Recently, our now married daughter, Melinda sent this to me saying, “Mom, when we were kids you had so many different endearing names for us…I was convinced you had made most of them up. BUT, I was enlightened at the Fresh Market today – so that’s what a ‘bunchkin’ is!” 🙂Bunchkins

Hahaha! Moms, do you have cute names for your children?  Our children just looked like sweet bunchkins to me. And I thought I made up the name. 🙂 Mothers, keep your laugh and laugh much with your children.)

Back to the tips I gave at the baby shower…When I daily asked the Lord for wisdom, the Lord showed me that I needed to have my children’s hearts.  Pr 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart.” The Lord has my heart because I daily spend time one-on-one with Him, so…

Enjoy childTip #8  To have our children’s heart, regularly spend time with them one-on-one getting to know them. This is the reason Kristen (who is now a Pastor’s wife and expecting their 5th child) gave as to why she never rebelled.  To have a good relationship with each child, I spent 30 minutes a day M-F one-on-one and called it “Special time with Mom”.  Time is influence.

 

During this time:

  • I praised my children’s character
  • listened to them
  • and encouraged them to walk with the Lord.
  • I asked them how I could do better as a Mom
  • and we prayed together.
  • I got to know them; what they thought.

Children need lots of praise and encouragement balanced with using the rod when they disobey.  Speaking of the rod, we did not have to use the rod much at all after age four, because the rod was NOT spared before that age. Our children were very obedient after the age of four. My rod Scripture was Proverbs 13:24:
“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Our children knew they were very loved at a very young age.

During “Special time with Mom”, there was only encouragement given from me to our children. Our children would not look forward to “Special Time with Mom” if I planned to fuss at them. That is not very special. Speaking of encouragement, children need about seven times encouragement if we criticize them or they will get discouraged and possibly give up.

I never depended on the Pastor or Sunday School teacher to teach my children the Bible and good character. These people were an extension of the home. My husband and I were the primary teachers of Spiritual things and character to our children.  Win your children’s hearts by praising them and by spending special time with them one-on-one as much as possible.

When our son and daughter went off to colleges in other states, they called home daily and told us everything on their own. We did not ask them to do so; they wanted to share with us daily what was going on in their lives. One day, at college, our daughter realized that no one she knew called their parents everyday from college to tell them everything, like she would do.  It dawned on her that the reason she called home daily was because of the close bond from the one-on-one time we had together.  Our children plan on having “Special time with Mom” with their children too. (To read more, see: “Special Time With Mom” Kept Our Daughter from Rebelling.)

Tip # 9 Children rebel against hypocritical parents. Melinda said one of the reasons she did not rebel was because we were real and not hypocrites.  She said she would have rebelled if we were hypocrites. It is very important to read the Bible and pray in the home. Our children knew we, as parents had a quiet time with the Lord each morning. They knew our Bibles did not collect dust from neglect during the week.  We read our Bibles daily together during the

Barry having family devotions
Barry having family devotions

week as a family and prayed together. Melinda also said that the consistency of reading our Bibles together as a family kept her from rebelling. Our children need consistency. They live with us, so they see the truth about us. Children will think we are hypocrites if we are involved in the church, have standards, but don’t have a personal relationship with the Lord daily.

(In the photo, which was taken 24 years ago, Barry was having family devotions while Melinda sat in his lap. Isn’t that so sweet? Melinda has now been married for three years. Her husband, who grew up on the mission field, saw a picture of

3rd Anniversary~Melinda and Jeremy
3rd Anniversary~Melinda and Jeremy

Melinda with another missionary and thought something similar to this about Melinda: “What a wholesome looking young lady!” He shared that he also liked that Melinda was wearing modest clothing which was so unlike most Christian young ladies. Jeremy called Melinda’s Dad, my husband… and you can read more about their courtship in my website under the title of, “I Know You Are A Prayer Warrior.”)

If we are grumpy to family members, but at church we are smiling and sweet as honey to the church members, our children see us as hypocrites.  We also need to have a wonderful Sunday dinner as a family without “roasting the preacher”. Our children will think we as parents are fakes and will rebel if we act one way in church (or outside the home) and another way in the home.   We need to teach our children by example to have a personal relationship with the Lord and by being positive about the church and the Pastor.

I think a big mistake Christian families make is putting ministry (or something else) ahead of their families.  It is alright to say, no. I don’t like to say “no”, but I had to say “no” at times. We started, when our children were young, ministering in our church as a family. That way, as a family, we grew closer to the Lord serving the Lord together and we also grew closer to one another.

Getting God’s Word in our children’s hearts is very important.  Start young-I’m talking infant young teaching them Bible memory verses.  I would tell my children, “The Bible teaches that things will not go well with you if you don’t obey us.”  Eph 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord…that it may go well with thee” Because of the promise attached to that verse, Melinda had a healthy fear of obeying us when she was fourteen (a critical age), because she wanted things to go well with her.  That is a lot better than telling a child, “Obey me, because I said so.” The Bible is living and will speak to your children’s heart.  For rebellion to NOT take place, back standards and rules with “this is what the Bible teaches.”  I tried my best to live what the Bible taught within my home.

We also taught character qualities in our home to our children. We studied a different character quality each month represented by a Bible character, a hero of faith and a Scripture. For example, I may not be a woman of diligence in certain areas but by the grace of God, He works the character quality of diligence in and through me. He does the same for our children as we learn and pray. You guessed it…I am still in the school of learning Christ-like character.

Psalm 127: 4 “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of Arrows ... Childrenthe youth.”  We have the responsibility as parents to point our children like arrows in the right direction. I used to enjoy archery, especially when I hit the mark with my arrows.

Tip #10 Point your child to the Lord, His Holy Word and to their Daddy. Every child needs to see their mom respect and be kind to their daddy. Work hard to have a good marriage. Scripture teaches “on her lips is the law of kindness.” “She will do him (husband) good and not evil all the days of her life.” Having a good marriage gives a child security. Continually work at and pray for a Godly marriage. I wanted to point our children to their Dad. The first word I taught our baby was “dada.” I later realized “dada” is usually a child’s first word anyway, but I intentionally worked at making it our children’s first word. Dad beamed when they said his name first.

I made Daddy’s homecoming the highlight of the day by running out to meet him, saying “Daddy’s home, Daddy’s home”.  Our children quickly caught on and would try to race me to the door. I wanted their Daddy to be my children’s hero, so I tried to point our children to their daddy every chance I got.

Courtney, it is obvious that you and Daniel love each other very much.  I enjoy watching the way he looks at you Keep loving one anotherwith so much love.  I like seeing you both walk across the church parking lot holding hands. Work hard to keep that love flaming between each of you, and your children will have “Dad for their hero.” Because our grown children trusted their Dad, they followed his leadership when making important decisions. When the young men came a courtin’, I was super glad my husband had our daughter’s hearts.

Tip #11 Pray daily for each child to get saved at an early age and to love and serve the Lord all the days of their life.  Child training is much easier when our children get saved at an early age, because they have the Holy Spirit. The Lord gave me the sweet privilege of leading all of our children to a saving knowledge of Him before they turned seven.  Kristen was four years old when she got saved and was an incredibly good example to her siblings. What a blessing! God has equipped Christian mothers with the Holy Spirit leading them and with the best Child training manual in the universe-His Holy Word. Diligently pursue being that rare, exceptional mother who seeks God with all your heart.

May the Lord bless your every step, Courtney.  May your child/children grow up to love the Lord and serve Him all the days of their lives.-ENJOY your child and future children-Children are your Heavenly Father’s reward to you, empty nestCourtney, so Delight in them. Very soon, children will grow up and fly from the nest, but you will be fulfilled in knowing that God is pleased, because you did it His Way.

11 Top Child Training Tips (Part 1)

I know I am not a perfect mom. That is why I am so dependent on the Lord. I am definitely not super mom. That is why I am so dependent on the Lord. God gets the glory for anything good in my life.

Several years ago, I was asked by a mom, who knows our family very well, to give Child Training Tips at a Baby Shower for her daughter, Courtney. I felt very honored to share some helpful tips that the Lord gave me along the way.

I found my copy of the baby shower “Mom to future Mom” talk that I gave, so I will share it with you.

Here are my 11 Top Child Training Tips given at the Baby Shower:

“Help Lord, I don’t know what to do?” Twenty seven years ago (now 31 years ago), I came home from the hospital saying those words as I held our tiny newborn baby in my arms. It dawned on me that I was personally responsible for taking care of this brand new life-this little person. I felt the ginormous responsibility. I wasn’t crying out to the Lord for our child’s physical needs; my prayer was for the spiritual needs of our child.

That first day home from the hospital, I surrendered to train up our children God’s way by God’s Book, the Bible. I held our baby up to the Lord and said, “Lord, I dedicate this child to You.”

Tip #1 Continually dedicate your child to the Lord.

It is not our marriage; it is God’s marriage.

It is not our home; it is God’s home.

It is not our children; it is God’s children.

I told the Lord, “I need Your wisdom to train up this child; not my way, but Your way, Lord.”

Tip #2 Daily surrender child training to God and ask for Wisdom with each child. I think daily asking God for wisdom is one of the most important reasons daily pray for wisdomfor any success in child training. I believe in claiming verses. I claimed the verse James 1:5 as God’s promise to me:  “If any of you lack wisdom (that’s me), let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally (bountifully), and it shall be given him.”  God did not say wisdom might be given…God said wisdom shall be given bountifully just by asking.  Courtney, you have been blessed.  The Lord has given you a godly heritage; a godly mother and godly mother-in-law to learn from, plus a godly father-in-law.  Always be teachable.  Strive to have a Ruth / Naomi relationship with your mother-in-law.  Seek wisdom and counsel from all of them.

Tip #3 You must love God by example, so your children will learn to love God. When I brought my first child home from the hospital, I had to mom and babyhumble myself and tell God I did not love Him like I should. I told Him I also did not love His Word enough; the Bible; I honestly did not like to read the Bible very much.  I asked God to help me to love Him more and His Word.  God knows it anyway, but He wants us to tell him.  After telling the Lord, God gave me a great love for Him and His Holy Word.  Now, I love getting to know God through the Bible so much, my hobby is studying the Bible.  I have to make myself stop reading and studying my Bible, because I can easily read my Bible many hours a day. That is definitely God answering my prayer in a mighty way. It is God’s will that we love Him, read His Word and have a personal relationship with Him. Because it is God’s will, He will mightily answer a humble prayer that is in His will.

Psalm 127:1 “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain (destruction) that build it.” If I tried to do things my way, this verse means I would destroy my home, so I wanted Jesus to be Lord of everything in my life.

Tip #4  Make Jesus Lord of your home. Practice Jesus’ presence within your home.  Your children will realize God sees everything they do. Don’t forget to Praise Him daily.

I was not a perfect mother and my children are not perfect, but praise God, we had absolutely no teen age rebellion. God answered my prayer for our children even more abundantly than I have ever imagined. Anything good that came out of my mothering years was because of God’s wonderful grace.  God promises to give grace to the humble. I made blunders as a mother.  The Bible characters made blunders, but God used them for His glory anyway.  Why?  Because they humbly and diligently sought forgiveness and to know the Lord and to please Him. God wants to show Himself strong in and through a mother who will seek Him first and His righteousness.  A mother can be exceptional if she seeks the Lord with all her heart. I never wanted to be a mediocre mother. In fact, the thought of being a mediocre mom was scary to me. Because I had a deep passion to know God and I desired to do it God’s way, God blessed and He alone gets all the glory. I am nothing without the LORD.

All three of our children said they want to train their own children up the same way we did. I have always told them to take the good they saw in me and use it, but throw out the bad. Last night, Barry, my husband grabbed my hand and said, “We’ve had a good life haven’t we, Linda.”  Smiling, I said, “Yes, we have.”  He said, “You were a fantastic mother to our kids.” He continued, “I don’t know anyone who put so much effort into child training as you.  I am so glad I married you. ”  “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:28) I feel so undeserving!

Key #5 Make sure your children’s friends are a positive influence.  Brandon said, “having good friends was the number one reason I did not

Best Friends~ Siblings
Best Friends~Siblings

rebel.” “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (1Cor. 15:33) When I had special one on one time with each child, I would ask them questions about their friends to find out if they were kind and good friends. It is better to lose friends than our children. The negative will bring down the positive. We usually did not let our children spend the night at other children’s homes. Our children’s best friends were each other.  They did not fight with one another; they were very close and enjoyed each other. I just noticed Brandon’s scraped knee in this picture. I loved this age! So sweet!  Kristen just had her 31st Birthday, Brandon~28 and Melinda~26.

Tip #6 Be Spirit-filled- Spend time with the Lord each morning in His Word, in prayer and ask Him to daily fill you with the Holy Spirit. Ask to be Spirit-filled several times a day. (Eph. 5:18)  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

People usually have turning points in their lives… where God gets their whole- hearted attention. Having a baby and knowing I was responsible to train up a child, was a turning point in my life. When our first-born child was born, God had my undivided attention, and things have never been the same since. It meant everything to me to have Godly children. When our first baby was born, I quit working outside the home and became a full time homemaker, I stopped watching the soap opera I was hooked on, I stopped listening to certain music, I cleansed our home, I started having a daily quiet time reading God’s Word, where I made sure I confessed sins and was Spirit filled. I suddenly got serious about my walk with the Lord; all because I was baby carriagenow responsible for another life.  Babies are life changing and for me, having a baby was the beginning of a very exciting and fulfilled life. When I was first saved, I was taught “spiritual breathing”.  It is important to daily exhale the sins (confess to the Lord) and inhale the filling of the Holy Spirit (ask the Lord to be Spirit filled).

5 More Top Child Training Tips in the next post…To be continued~

Family Game “The Bible Said it First”- 154 Common Sayings

Many people give credit to Abraham Lincoln for coming up with the following quote: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Lincoln borrowed that phrase from the Bible.  God said it first. (See Mark 3:25)

Play “The Bible Said It First.” These are Common Sayings That Came from the Bible. Guess where in the Bible these common sayings came from? The King James Bible is used. The King James Bible has greatly influenced the development of the English language. Many people, saved and unsaved do not even realize they are speaking sayings derived from the Bible. God’s word permeates every aspect of life.

When playing the game, hide the answers to the right.  Be sure to look up the Scriptures to also make it a Bible Learning game for the children. Break the game up into several days for it to be more fun for the children to learn the Bible. Some of these sayings are difficult to know where in the Bible they originated, so multiple choice answers after reading the passage might be a good way to teach younger children.

  1. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Genesis 3:19
  2. “By the sweat of your brow.” Genesis 3:19
  3. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 (Cain said to God after killing brother)
  4.  “As old as Methuselah” Genesis 5:27
  5. “They missed the boat.” Genesis 7:7-24  (All those except Noah and his family)

    Noah / Ark
    When it Rains it Pours
  6. “They don’t have sense enough to come out of the rain.”  Genesis 7:7-24 (Same as above)
  7.  “When it rains it pours.” Genesis 7:7-24 (Noah-ark)
  8. “Between you and me.” Genesis 9:12 (Covenant)
  9. “Work, by the sweat of the brow.” Genesis 3:19
  10. “Don’t look back!” Genesis19:26 (Lot’s wife)
  11.  “Life begins at forty.” Genesis 24:63-67 (Isaac seeing his bride coming)
  12. “This is the pits.” Genesis 37:24 (Pit is where brothers threw Joseph)
  13.  “Mess Hall” “A mess of fish” Genesis 43:34 (Benjamin’s mess (meal) was more)
  14.  “Eat off of the fat of the land” Genesis 45:18
  15. “The cream of the crop.” Exodus 3:8 (land of milk and honey)
  16.  “It’s so dark, you can feel it.”  Exodus 10:21 (Egypt- plague)
  17. “Hold your peace.” Exodus 14:14
  18.  “Scapegoat” Leviticus 16:9,10
  19.  “Spy out the land.” Numbers 13:16,17
  20.  “Write him off.”  Deuteronomy 29:20 (Lord blot out his name)
  21.  “She hit the nail on the head.” “She had him pegged.” Judges 5:26 (Jael with Sisera)

    He brought the house down.
    He brought the house down.
  22.  “He brought the house down.” Judges 16:30 (Samson)
  23.  “He lost his head.” 1 Samuel 17:51 (Goliath)
  24.  “He put words in my mouth.” IISamuel 14:3
  25.  “The half was not told me.” IKings 10:7
  26. “She went to the dogs.” IIKings 9:36 (Jezebel)
  27.  “Take root.” II Kings19:30
  28.  “Put your house in order” IIKings 20:1
  29. “My hair stood on end.” Job 4:15 (Job)

    water under bridge
    It’s Water Under the Bridge
  30.  “Woe is me.” Job 10:15
  31. “It’s water under the bridge.” Job 11:16 (Job- forgetting misery)
  32. “Miserable comforters” Job 16:2
  33.  “I am nothing but skin and bones.” Job 19:19:20
  34. He escaped “by the skin of his teeth.” Job 19:20
  35.  “The root of the matter” Job 19:28
  36. “Stand before your elders.” Job 29:8
  37.  “My shoulder blade.” Job 31:22
  38. “He finally saw the light (understood).” Job 33:28 (Job)
  39.  “He’s just a know-it-all.” Job 38:18 (Job’s friends)
  40. “Out of the mouth of babes.” Psalm 8:2
  41.  “He is the apple of my eye.” Psalm 17:8; Zechariah 2:8
  42. “My cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:5
  43. “A broken heart” Psalm 34:18
  44. “His day is coming.” Psalm 37:13
  45.  “Poor and needy” Psalm 70:5
  46. “bite the dust” Psalm 72:9

    birds lay eggs
    Birds LAY eggs
  47.  “Birds lay eggs.” Psalm84:3
  48.  “thanksgiving” Psalm100:4
  49. “I’m at my wits end.” Psalm107:27
  50.  “Sweeter than honey” Psalm119:103
  51. “Right on.” Proverbs4:25 (an expression of agreement)
  52. “If you play with matches, you’ll get burned.” Proverbs 6:27,28
  53. “That smarts.” (hurts) Proverbs11:15
  54. “She made a ‘cutting remark.’ Proverbs 12:18
  55. “Keep your big mouth shut.” Proverbs 13:3
  56. “He’s running from his past.” Proverbs 13:21
  57. “Spare the rod; spoil the child.” Proverbs13:24; Proverbs29:15,17
  58. “Talk is cheap.” Proverbs 14:23 (penury means poverty)
  59. “You look sharp.” Proverbs 27:17
  60.  “History repeats itself.” Ecclesiastes 1:9,10
  61. “There’s nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9
  62. “There’s a time and a place for everything.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1
  63.  “For everything there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3
  64. “Remember the good ol’ days.” Ecclesiastes 7:10
  65.  “There’s a fly in the ointment.” Ecclesiastes 10:1
  66. “Money talks.” Ecclesiastes 10:19
  67. “A little birdie told me.”  Ecclesiastes 10:20
  68. “Let the chips fall where they may.” Ecclesiastes 11:3
  69. “The little foxes spoil the vines.” Song of Solomon 2:15

    Litttle foxes spoil vines
    Little foxes spoil the vines
  70. “Afraid of the dark” Song of Solomon 3:8
  71. “You stole my heart.” Song of Solomon 4:9
  72. “You can’t buy love.”  Song of Solomon 8:7
  73. “I didn’t hear a peep out of anyone.” Isaiah10:14
  74. “Drop in the bucket.” Isaiah 40:15
  75. “We don’t see eye to eye on that.” Isaiah52:8
  76. “Rise and shine.” Isaiah60:1
  77.  “That won’t hold water.” Jeremiah2:13
  78.  “Can a leopard change its spots?” Jeremiah13:23
  79. “Are your ears burning?” Jeremiah19:3
  80.  “Sour grapes” Jeremiah 31:30
  81. “That person is hard hearted.” Ezekiel 11:19
  82. Our possessions are still called our “stuff.” Ezekiel 12:4
  83. “Like mother, like daughter” Ezekiel 16:44
  84. “This is bone dry” or “dry as a bone.” Ezekiel 37:4
  85. “They just couldn’t take the heat.” Daniel 3:22
  86. “He was put out to pasture.” Daniel 4:32-33 (Nebuchadnezzar)
  87. “I see the writing on the wall.” Daniel 5:5
  88.  “As white as snow.” Daniel 7:9; Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 1:14

    white as snow
    as white as snow
  89. “Prepare to meet your maker.” Amos 4:12
  90. “The walls have ears.” Habakkuk 2:11
  91. “Good Riddance.” Zephaniah 1:18
  92. A company of lions is called a “pride.” Zechariah11:3
  93. “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Matthew5:9
  94.  “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Matthew 5:38
  95. “Turn the other cheek.” Matthew 5:39
  96. “Go the second mile.” Matthew 5:41
  97. “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Matthew 7:15
  98. “They’re dancing to a different tune.” Matthew 11:17
  99.  “United we stand. Divided we fall.” Matthew 12:25
  100.  “Blind leading the blind” Matthew 15:14
  101. “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.”Matthew 16:2
  102.  “Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” Matthew 16:3
  103.  “Sign of the times” Matthew 16:3
  104. “Flesh and blood” Matthew 16:17
  105.  “They had a mountain top experience.” Matthew 17:1,2
  106.  “A den of thieves” Matthew 21:13

    marriage, bride and groom
    What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
  107.  “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Matthew 19:6
  108. “He won’t lift a finger to help.” Matthew 23:4
  109. He took him “under his wing.” Matthew 23:37
  110. “She was burning the midnight oil.” Matthew25:6-9
  111.  “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” Matthew 26:52
  112. “Wash your hands of the matter.” Matthew 27:24
  113.  “Good Samaritan” Luke 10:33-37
  114.  “Wisdom of Solomon” Luke 11:31
  115. “Eat, drink and be merry.” Luke 12:19
  116. “My cross to bear.” Luke 14:27
  117. “She gave her two cents worth.” Luke 21:2 A mite was the smallest amount of money.
  118. A short distance is considered a “stone’s throw.”  Luke 22:41
  119. “Cast the first stone” John 8:7
  120. Country folks “sop” their biscuits in gravy. John 13:26
  121. “Seeing is believing.” John 20:25
  122. Southerners say, “You all” or its abbreviated form, “y’all.” Acts 4:10

    Like Father~Like Son
    Like Father ~ Like Son
  123. “Give me a little space (some room).”Acts5:34
  124. “Like father, like son”Acts7:51
  125. “The third time’s the charm.” “Things always happen in three’s.” Acts10:16
  126. “He’s in a deep sleep.” Acts20:9
  127. “That just does not move me.” “I was moved by that.” Acts20:24
  128.  “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts20:35
  129. “He’s beside himself.”  Acts 26:24
  130.  Accusing: “I’m just as good as the next guy.” Romans 2:15
  131. Excusing: “Everybody’s doing it.” Romans 2:15
  132. “God forbid.” Romans 3:4
  133. “It’s right on the tip of my tongue.” Romans 10:8

    judge
    Tell it to the judge
  134. “Tell it to the judge.” Romans 14:10
  135. “That becomes you.” Romans 16:2
  136. “He stuck his neck out.” “He laid his life on the line.”  Romans 16:4
  137.  “Stumbling block” I Corinthians 1:23
  138. “I dare you.” 1 Corinthians 6:1
  139.  “I can read her like a book.”  IICorinthians 3:2
  140.  “A thorn in the flesh” IICorinthians 12:7
  141.  “Fall from grace” Galatians 5:4
  142.  “As you sow, so shall you reap.”  Galatians 6:7
  143. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Ephesians 4:29
  144. “That isn’t very becoming of you.” Ephesians 5:3
  145. “You can’t take it with you.” 1 Timothy 6:7
  146. “Fight the good fight.” 1 Timothy 6:12

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    busybodies
  147.   “A labor of love” 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  148. “You don’t work; You don’t eat.” II Thessalonians 3:10
  149.  “Busybodies” II Thessalonians 3:11
  150. “Let nature take its course.” James 3:6
  151. “Patience of Job” James 5:11
  152. “Wallowing in the mire” 2 Peter 2:22
  153. “The pride of life” 1 John 2:16
  154.  “Crystal clear” Revelation 21:11

I think finding common sayings in the Bible is so interesting. If you think of anymore common sayings that came from the Bible, please add them in the comments! Have a fun Family Game Night! God said it first!

How to Teach Our Children to Trust God’s Word

In the 1970’s, as a college student, I can remember walking into the Science building and seeing the large chart of the monkey evolving into a man. Eww!

My thoughts were, “If that is true, that is sad.” The monkey evolution poster bothered me. It was a depressing poster. I remember thinking that if people believe we evolved from monkeys, no wonder some people think they can act like animals.

Not too long after I saw the evolution poster, I trusted Jesus Christ as my Saviour.  creationI read the Truth in Genesis 1:27 “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Yay, I did not evolve from a monkey! I was relieved and also distressed about the lies the young people were/are being fed in the public schools.

The very first page of my college Science Book was the lie of the Big Bang.  What a relief knowing the wonderful truth of Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” I remember writing this truth in my Science book, so the next person who bought it would realize God’s Word is true and these science words are false.

My blind eyes were opened and I understood this important fact:

I realized there are two religions:

  1. Believe God
  2. Believe man

I made a decision at age 20: I would always believe every word of God’s Word. I remember thinking, “What else can I trust 100% in?” The Bible gave this extremely shy young lady such hope and confidence.

Do you know there are believers who have trusted Jesus to save them, but only believe 99% or less of the Bible?  They don’t believe all of God’s Word.

Barry and I were talking to a deacon of a church who said he believed in the Gap Theory.  He did not believe Genesis 1. He did not believe God literally created the world in 6 days. I don’t get it. Why is it hard to understand that an all-powerful God can easily create the world in 6 days, or in an instant if He chose to do so?  In Genesis 1, I underlined these beautiful words that are sprinkled throughout the entire chapter,  And God said…and it was so.

Many Christians:

  • add to the Bible
  • take away from the Bible
  • don’t believe parts of the Bible.

What people don’t understand is that if they don’t believe 100% of the Bible, they put doubt in the minds of the next generation. Our children may eventually think that if the Bible is not trustworthy, why not throw it all out?

This deception is not new. The very first temptation of the devil in Gen. 3:1 was “Hath God said?”  The devil is up to this same temptation today casting doubt on God’s precious Word, The Bible.

Psalm 11:3 “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Genesis means the Book of Beginnings. What are some of the foundations in Genesis?

  1. Marriage
  2. Family
  3. Parental Authority
  4. Work
  5. Sanctity of Life
  6. Modest Clothing
  7. Believe God

Do you think these foundations are being destroyed today by man’s reasoning? The real issue is an authority issue: Who do we trust? man or God?

How do we raise up a generation of children who know how to stand

My husband reading the Bible
My husband reading the Bible

on the authority of God’s Word?

1. Parents must stand 100% on the authority of God’s Word.
Let us not add to the Bible or take away from the Bible.
2. Parents must teach their children to believe every Word of the Bible is true.
“Thy word is true from the beginning…”  Psalm 119:160

When we read a story from the Bible, we point to the Bible and tell our children, “This is a true story from the Holy Bible. The story is history. We believe every word of the Bible. They are the words of God.”

My prayer for all of us: “Lord, I love You and I love Your Holy Word! May our  children and grandchildren grow up to Love You and believe every word of the Bible to be true! Use me as Your Instrument to pass on the pureness and truth of Your Word to my future generations. May they learn to stand 100% on Your Word and not on man’s reasoning. I am thanking You in advance, Lord! In the Name of Jesus, Amen!”

Amen means “So be it!”  Do I hear an Amen?