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Bible Reading Plans, Part 2

It’s time for me to share an updated list of bible study reading plans that I have enjoyed since beginning of 2018. If you haven’t already be sure to check out the previous post featuring My 4 Favorite Bible Plans. I separated this list by topics and hope that you find something that peaks your interest.

MARRIAGE: It’s always great to have reminders to treat your spouse well, love them a conditionally, and pray for them. These reading plans have helped me remember who is priority in our home and to continuously pray for our endurance as a Christian married couple.

PRAYER & STUDY: These studies are devoted to learning how to pray effectively and gain a better understanding of commonly used scriptures. Twisted was one of my favorites because it provided details and background for the accurate meaning of misquoted passages.

MOTHERHOOD: These mommy motivational studies are so much fun to do in the morning. I love the honesty of the authors, the realistic situations presented in the devotionals, and the encouragement each provides.

FOOTBALL PLANS: I decided to search for plans that I could do with my husband and oldest son. I was so excited when I came across these football plans and elated when the guys wanted to join in. We liked discussing them each day and I learned so much about the sport.

2018 has been my freest year yet! I definitely attribute that to starting and ending my days with God. I appreciate the convenience of the YouVersion application and the variety of plans offered to the users. These are great to begin, reignite, or deepen your connection with God. No matter the plan length, make time to study the bible daily and apply God’s principles to your life.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Body Talk: Love Your Selfie!

I posted this in 2015 and was encouraged all the more when it came across my Facebook memories a few weeks ago.

“Random FYI: It frustrates me to see photos from high school and remember how I thought that I was “fat.”  All women do it.  Ladies of all ages, embrace your bodies and every mark on it.  If you don’t like it then do the work to change it but never self shame.  I love all of me!  This body beat graves disease!  This body birthed and nursed 3 super cool children and carried precious angel babies!  This body is awesome now and will still be awesome as I lose weight!  Love your WHOLE self. Change if necessary but never stop loving you.

#confidenceiskey #embraceyourbody #loveyourbody #workhard #earnyourselfie #loveyourselfie”

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So, that is my tip for today and actually the reason I wanted to encourage you all to love your selfie this month.  Embrace every part of your body, without shame and be grateful that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Most High God.  If you want to change how you look then feel free to; however, adjust your body to be healthier and live longer, not for vanity or out of self pity.

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalm 139:13-16 The Message Bible

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 I recently participated in a YouVersion bible reading plan called Captured & Crowned: 7 Days of Promises  during which you read about God’s view of you, understand your Christ-centered value, and obtain a sense of esteem based on biblical principles.  We enjoyed this reading plan and I decided to share one of the prayers from the study.

“God, forgive me for complaining about the body you have given me.  It is a blessing to be able to walk, talk, breathe and hear.  There are so many people who can’t do those things.  I want to take a fresh new look at my body image in a way that honors you. Help me to praise you for each and every part of me.  Also, help me to work on my inner beauty even more than I do the outside. Thank you for the gift of my physical body. Amen” **obtained from Day 2 of Captured & Crowned: 7 Days Of Promises  via YouVersion**

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

The Lord’s Prayer Curriculum with Kid Niche Christian Books

Today’s review features a look into the bible and prayer curriculum Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 from Kid Niche Christian Books.  This program is designed to walk upper elementary students through The Lord’s Prayer with various activities, thought provoking questions, and correlating scripture.

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The complete Weave Your Word in Me curriculum uses My Whole Self Before YOU, which is rhythmical prayer modeled after The Lord’s Prayer, as the basis for each lesson.  Part 1 includes thirty-six lessons which focus on God as our Heavenly Father, importance of prayer, Jesus Christ, Christ’s ministry on earth, the resurrection, salvation, and Christ’s return.  The lessons come packaged perfectly and pre-punched for a three-ring binder which makes storage extremely easy.  Each lesson includes various scriptures that reiterate the focus and give the student opportunity to breakdown the verses for clearer understanding.  Throughout the workbook the verses are clearly marked for the translation used and the answer key features responses for:

  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)

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During our review period we used this curriculum three times a week and depending on their length, some lessons were spread over two days.  I enjoyed discussing the scriptures with Bear and listening to his responses which led to some great conversations over breakfast.  The provided comprehension questions were great for verifying his understanding of the verses, especially because we use the King James Version.  I also enjoyed how each lesson ended with a prayer outline giving your child the chance to expand their prayer language and ability to have a specific focus for each prayer.  Kid Niche Christian Books also provides additional activities for each lesson as FREEBIES on their website.  The activities within this workbook and on the website include:

  • Cartoons
  • Charts
  • Definitions
  • Drawing
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Matching
  • Sequence
  • True and False
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Art
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Poetry

The only concerns I had in using this curriculum was some of the artwork illustrations used throughout, though quite popular, aren’t actually in support of Christianity.  Any images we deemed inappropriate were explained to our son before we moved on.  In addition, we opted not to use the My Whole Self Before YOU prayer since Bear had already memorized the KJV of The Lord’s Prayer.  The model prayer also left out a portion about forgiving others and God’s power in Heaven and Earth which can easily be explained to the audience this curriculum is geared towards.  I think the model prayer might work better for younger students and definitely isn’t needed for this particular program.  These minor issues didn’t hinder our experience in anyway but I felt they needed to be noted for this review.

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Overall, we have enjoyed this bible and prayer curriculum from Kid Niche Christian Books and will continue using it for the remainder of our school year.  Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 has been a great in-depth look at The Lord’s Prayer and I feel that the tweaks made for our household only enhanced our learning experience.  This curriculum would be a good match for homeschools, elementary Sunday School programs, and I even suggested it to the Christian after school program directors that I know.  The complete Weave your Word in Me program is currently available as a set or each part can be purchased individually.

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 You can read additional reviews on this curriculum from other homeschoolers via this hyperlink.

 Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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My 4 Favorite Bible Reading Plans

Recently I shared the post about Why I Love My Bible during which I shared information about why the word should be near and dear to our hearts.  Since writing that post my Passion for studying God’s word has been reignited and I found myself learning more and more. I am so excited to share with you a few Bible plans that I have completed recently.  These plans range from 3 days to 90 days and have required me to commit to reading scripture daily.   What initialy was a monthly goal turned into a strong desire to seek God all the more.

Each plan can be  found via the YouVersion website or bible app which is available for all devices.  Depending on the plan length I would spend approximately 5 to 60 minutes studying daily. I also love that you can listen to the audio version of the scripture which became my favorite thing to do while cooking dinner.  You can also share your plan progress with your friends for extra accountability.

Before we dive in, here is my recent video about why we NEED the Bible.

Here are my recently completed favorites:

  • Bible in 90 Days came at a very hard time in my life. Over the summer we were dealing with the sickness of my father-in-law and I just found myself truly sad and discouraged.  I decided to read the entire Bible as a reminder of the all powerful God that I serve.  Doing this gave me so much comfort and also provided peace to my family as we listened in the car and at home.  If I ever missed a day I would double or triple the next reading until I caught up.  I made sure that I completed this program within exactly 90 days.

 

  • God, Help Me Not To Mess Up My Kids! The name says it all but doesn’t include that this was an awesome prayer plan.  I had no idea that this 5-day commitment would walk me through praying God’s word over my children and household.  As a busy mother sometimes we feel like we don’t have enough time to tarry before the Lord but this plan provided so much insight to a deep, thorough, effectual, feverent prayer life.
  • What To Say At A Funeral came at the perfect time because when my father of all past I really did not know what to say to my husband. Yes we are firm believers and I still had no words for him other than “I’m so sorry honey.”  This short reading plan provide various ways we can encourage believers who have lost their love ones.  The author also explain things that he did not want to hear and I made sure not to say those to my husband. I really think that this plan helped me be there for my family and encourage them with the word rather than my pain filled emotions.

 

  •  Finally, Mama Needs A Do-Over came at a time when I wanted to help encourage another homeschool mom. Turns out this plan helped me too!  Within this reading plan you will find ways to conquer, reset, and find peace in hard days.

There are so many other plans that I could share with you but I will save those for Part 2.  Right now, download the YouVersion app if you have not already and make time to dive into the word of God.  You can set reminders for your reading plans and share them with your friends so they can see your progress or lack thereof.  Sometimes I would use the app to read the scriptures but often I find myself flipping through the pages of the physical Bible.  The app is cool but there is nothing like holding the word of God.

You can find additional information about why we should study the word of God here.

We NEED The Bible!!

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K

Precious Moments With My Arrows

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One of the great joys of my life includes combing my daughter’s hair and putting it in the most adorable styles. I love seeing her with ponytails, zigzag parts, barrettes, bows, and bangs. It truly gives me so much joy. Her reaction to the styles is priceless as well. As I’m preparing her hair with moisturizer, water, and coconut oil, I always ask her “what do you want me to do to your hair today?” At her current age, she responds in random minion speech along with a few English words that I recognize.  Then, I simply say “okay” and give her the style that I think she requested.

Now the styling process can be a bit chaotic depending on how Princess feels that day.  Let’s keep in mind that she is a toddler so we know they never sit, stand, or stay at your command.  After a bit of squirming, wiggling, squealing, laughing, smiling, and in between “I love you” exchanges the job ends up getting done.  I love how tiny hands reach up and grab strands of hair as I style it because I know she’s trying to figure out what I’m doing.  I also enjoy how she hands me rubber bands, the comb, and brush upon request, along with every barrette she can find.

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Cute anecdotes aside, I enjoy every opportunity provided when it comes to spending some alone time with each of my children.  With Bear, I enjoy letting him teach me how to play the latest game or the cool new dance moves.  Currently we are taking Spanish and Sign Language classes together so those sessions give us time to bond while we both learn something new.  With Bam Bam, I look forward to our morning snuggles and exercise time because he is our earliest riser.  And I do mean EARLY RISER.  No matter what time he goes to bed, he is up like he has to be at work by 7:45 am.  We have plenty of one on one time during preschool and our creative play this school year has been so much fun.

 

 

Spending the precious moments with our arrows is needed to connect with them, build (strengthen, restore) your relationship, and keep the lines of communication open.  And, if you’re like me you can also use it as an opportunity to answer that age old question asked to every parent with multiple children. “Which one of us is your favorite?”  I just simply remind whomever I’m engaged with that they are my FAVORITE <insert child’s name here> and their uniqueness is going to be used for God’s glory.  I look forward to these moments because in a full house it is hard to find quality time for each child on a daily basis.  During these moments, I talk with my children and ask open ended questions to see what the latest thing on their mind is.  All the while, I’m mentally praying and seeking God for guidance on how I can be a great mom to each arrow.

So, moms, enjoy the precious moments with your little ones because time is always moving forward.  We will never have our babies back so it is up to us to nurture the individual relationships so they can mature and grow along with our children.  When you’re sitting there with your precious gift from God laughing or teaching them something new, pray over them and share your faith with them.  Our faith is the most precious gift of all and there is nothing more rewarding than watching our sharp arrows (adult children) walk the narrow path (stay in God’s will) and teach their arrows (our grandchildren) to do the same.  To hear more Raising Sharp Arrows, watch my recent video about Psalm 127.

 

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For additional encouragement, check out this Mommy Moment video about speaking encouraging words to our children.

 

Make this week excellent,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Study. Journal. Pray. Repeat.

Prior to marriage and children I remember having so much time on my hands.  I could read an entire book within three days and study on a whim so finding time for personal bible study was never an issue.  Lately, tending to husband and chasing our three arrows often left me wondering if I had time to add anything else to my schedule.  But, I thank God for the revelation that we are all given the same twenty-four hours each day and will make time for what is important to us.

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Nowadays, I make time daily to study scripture then pray and write about what I’ve read.  I also realize that when I don’t spend that time with God I feel empty after some time because my prayer and study time energizes me.  I’m also grateful that I don’t always study the scripture alone because I enjoy learning from my husband and in women’s fellowship.  It is my prayer that every scripture read is done so with understanding and willingness to subsequently grow.  I also believe that if I need further clarification God will provide it via additional research, sermons, or conversations with other mature believers.

All these and a myriad of other questions can be asked when bible study is discussed, planned, and/or created.

  • When you read your bible what is your purpose?
  • Do you truly listen to each word as you recite it in your head or aloud?
  • Do you desire to learn something new?
  • Do you grow when the word prunes you or do you ignore what you just read?
  • Do you see the issues of others while reading the bible or are you focused on what God wants you to learn during study time?
  • Do you make time to memorize scripture and teach your children to do the same?
  • Do you have a version you can understand?
  • Do you compare what you’ve read in alternate versions to the 1611 KJV?

I can’t answer these for you but I will say that as we mature spiritually, our answers should change as well.

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In 2017 it is imperative that every believer become a student of the word more so than ever before.  So many things are going on around us and there are many that claim to be Christians without ever truly meeting Christ.  Often, church members hear the preacher but don’t make time to be the Berean and study to ensure his three points and anecdote match up with the text.  If we call ourselves “people of God (through Jesus Christ)” shouldn’t we desire to read the book our faith is based on?  Shouldn’t we desire to be more than milk fed babes that only repeat cliché’s for strength rather than the precise scripture that should be hid in our hearts?  Shouldn’t our our words and deeds portray the fruit of the spirit of God?  Dear believer, don’t let this be you in 2017!

This year, find a bible that you can understand but be sure you read it alongside the 1611 KJV.  This year, commit to memorizing several verses, entire chapters, and then complete books of scripture.  This year be the friend or family member that can provide powerful prayer and encouragement from the scriptures when asked or as the Holy Spirit leads. This year be the church member that can say “Pastor, in December when you preached Before Goliath, from 1 Samuel 17:33-37, I love how you compared the preparation David had in the fields through bravery, being underestimated, and even slaying several animals much bigger than him to our spiritual growth process. You did an awesome job of breaking down the importance of preparation and not trying to go forward in ministry before Gods timing.”

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This year study, journal, pray about what God has shown you and repeat this process daily.  This year be a direct reflection of life CHRISTstyle through your fruit and holiness.  This year teach your children the holy scriptures, which are able to make them wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15).  Never underestimate the power of the unblemished, God breathed scripture because it is truly the LIVING WORD that prunes and molds us for growth naturally and spiritually.

 

For additional encouragement on the power of prayer and to get FREE prayer calendars and devotional downloads check out my recent blog post.

 

Make this week reflective,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Why I Love God Greatly

I just finished participating in the You Are Forgiven online Bible study hosted by Love God Greatly.  First let me say that this study has been so amazing!  I love reading the wisdom from the women in my group and feel so encouraged when they respond to my posts.  I was introduced to Love God Greatly (LGG) via my friend Glenda and after that initial study, I make it a goal to participate in at least two a year.  If you haven’t participated in an LGG study, then you are definitely missing out.

If you aren’t familiar with LGG, they are an online women’s bible study group that shares weekly blogs, YouTube videos, and in-depth bible studies via their website and social networks.  Each study ranges from four to eight weeks so committing to one and seeing it through requires discipline, but the end result is more than worth it.  The best part about these studies is that they offer the materials to you for FREE, yes you read correctly, FOR FREE!!  Their bible studies are also available for downloads in various languages including Spanish, Afrikaans, and Czech.  Another great option they’ve added recently is having the materials bound into a journal which can be purchased via Amazon.  I love this new option because often printing out the material and organizing a journal is so time consuming that it helps to have it already done for you.

During your study time you are assigned passages of scripture to read and one section to journal about.  They call their journal process the S.O.A.P. method which stand for scripture, observation, application, and prayer.  First you write out the scripture, then you take note of any observations that pop out at you immediately or are noticeable after some thought.  Next, you write out how this scripture applies to your daily life or the walk of a believer.  Finally, you write out a prayer about the study topic, the scripture you just studied, or whatever God has placed on your heart.

Here is an example of three SOAPs I penned during this eight week study:

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Scripture:

It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large.  Ephesians 2:12 The Message Bible

Observations:

Life without Christ alienates us from God. Without a relationship through Christ, all promises of God are null and void.

Application:

If our actions don’t show the Light of Christ in every area then is God truly our Father? This is another reminder that dying daily to flesh necessary along with studying and applying the word of God so you never have to live life without him again.

Prayer:

Lord you are awesome! You saved me from a lonely life without true family, rich history, and a holy lineage. Because of Christ I am brand new! I have a body of believers that are family and we won’t stop telling everyone about you until the end of the Earth. Help me live holy through your guidance, truth, and word so we are never strangers again. Amen

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Scripture:

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.  1 John 5:4 ESV

Observations:

Our faith gives us victory!  We are overcomers!

Application:

My faith gives me victory.  My FAITH gives me VICTORY!  MY FAITH GIVES ME VICTORY!!

Prayer:

Lord, sometimes life happens and it seems like we won’t make it through but God is able to heal deliver and set free, and make whole.  God, thank you for fueling mu faith through every frustration in life.  I am VICTORIOUS in all things because I am yours. Amen.

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Scripture:

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 The Message Bible

Observations:

1) Go

2) Teach ALL nations

3) Baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

4) Teach them to observe ALL THINGS commanded by God

5) Jesus is ALWAYS with us

Application:

We have been given perfect instructions to recruit and train more soldiers for God. Christ is with us via the Holy Spirit that counsels us daily. God has equipped us to succeed at his requirements, we just need to be bold enough to follow the general’s command. Lastly, ALL means ALL, so let’s remember to include every person on our list of those we should share the gospel with.

Prayer:

God, thank you for the spiritual equipment needed to be a successful soldier.  Forgive us when we doubt your power working in us and use our sins as an excuse for unworthiness.  We are what you say we are and we can do ALL that you say we can.  We will go boldly to complete the call.  No more coward soldiers, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

I know this was a lot to read but I couldn’t let this study end without sharing it and the LGG website with you all.  Make time to truly study, breakdown, and rightly divide the word of God.  I promise you the time taken to memorize and apply scripture will help you become a stronger believer and help you teach others.  Be sure to check out this video for additional encouragement in your faith walk.

Make this week wonderful,

~Ta’Neisha K.

Comment Question:

1) If you have participated in an LGG bible study did you like it?

Why or why not? Tell me your experience.

2) Have you participated in an online Bible study before?