Sunday, May 22, 2016

Princess Promises

 Princess Promises
     And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. 2 Peter 1:4

     A lot of people like watching royal families. They look for news about kings, queens, princes, and princesses. They buy special editions of magazines or collector's books devoted to special events like royal weddings and royal births. When Prince William of Great Britain married Kate Middleton, many Americans got up in the early hours of the morning to watch the wedding because of time-zone differences. When William and Kate’s baby was due to be born, people around the world eagerly awaited news of the royal baby’s birth.
     Did you know you are royalty? No, you weren’t born into a royal family, and your  father or mother probably doesn’t sit on a throne and wear a crown. You aren't on television waving to the crowds or presiding over a royal event. But if you have confessed your sins and decided to live for God, you are a daughter of the heavenly King, and that makes you one of his own princesses.
     Today's verse says your heavenly King has many special promises and words of instruction for you. Some of these instructions will help you grow to be more like Jesus as you daily seek to follow God (see Philippians 2:2-4). The promises you'll read can help you face whatever problems or joys each day may bring. If you're discouraged, they give you new hope (see John 16:33). If you’re tired, they give you strength (see Isaiah 40:31). If you're afraid, they give you courage (see Deuteronomy 31:6).
     God's promises guide you in the right direction and remind you of who you are in him. As you read through this book, you will encounter many promises God has given you, as well as favorite verses with instructions for your life. Take time to read them, think about them, and understand how they can help you.

     Write down at least one Bible verse with a promise or instruction God has given you. How does it apply to your life today? If you can't think of any, look up the verses mentioned above and choose one that speaks to you. Or you can use the concordance in the back of your Bible or an online concordance to locate verses. Just look for a key word such as courage, peace or strength and see what verses are listed. These are God’ promises just for you!

All the verses in this book are from The New Living Translation. But whatever version you have is also fine. Sometimes it's helpful to compare two versions of the Bible to help you understand the passage better.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Summer Reading List: Christian Books

A while back I posted a summer reading list for middle schoolers. Those were secular books. Below is a list of Christian books for upper elementary and middle schoolers. Check amazon or Christian books to find out which would be the best for you.

Try to read at least one book a month this summer.


Horse Dreams, Dandi Daley Mackall

Vanished, Kristi Holl

True Friends, Stephanie Perry Moore

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Boy and His Horse, C.S. Lewis

Dragons in Our Midst, Bryan Davis

Girls Only Series, Beverly Lewis

Grandma's Attic Series, Arleta Richardson

Here's Lily, Nancy Rue

Asking for Trouble, Sandra Byrd

Mandie Series, Lois Gladys Leppard

Heart to Heart, Sandra Byrd

Sophie's World, Nancy Rue

Just Claire, Jean Ann Williams

8 Notes to a Nobody, Cynthia Toney

There You'll Find Me,  Jenny B Jones

Bash and the Pirate Pig, Burton Cole

Hear No Evil, Mary Hamilton

Landon Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle,    RK Mortenson

On the Scene,  Robin Caroll    


Anything But Normal, Melody Carlson                                               

One Realm Beyond, Donita K. Paul

The Door Within, Wayne Thomas Batson

Non Fiction:

The Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book, Katrina Cassel

Everyone Tells Me to be Myself But I Don't Know Who I Am, Nancy Rue

A Girl After God's Own Heart, Elizabeth George

A Girl's Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls, Dannah Gresh

A Girl's Guide to Making Really Good Choices, Elizabeth George

Heaven for Kids, Randy Alcorn

The Middle School Survival Manual, Katrina Cassel

My Mini Dream Room, Karen Whiting

A Boy After God's Own Heart, Jim George

A Young Man's Guide to Making Right Choices, Jim George

This list is very incomplete. If there are books you think should be one it, please list them in the comment section.

Have you been assigned summer reading by your school? If so, what are you reading?

Whenever possible, shop at your local Christian bookstore.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

End of the Year

We are in to end of the year crunch. Final tests. Final projects. Plays. Concerts. Two 5th grade graduations at different schools. And so on. Plus one child leaves on a ten-day choir tour the day after school ends. Another will head to a five week mission camp this summer and another will go to two weeks of camp at a Christian camp. Those of you reading this who are in school--or the parents of those in school--probably have a similar list.

Here's a quick look at what we've been doing lately.

 Celebrating the twins' birthday

 Hanging out at the bay with friends and family

 Playing volleyball
 Starting trombone

 building things
 building more things
 Going to the beach

sailboat challenge

 Learning chords

celebrating Haitian Flag Day

So that's a look at what we've been doing lately.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Are You an Encourager?

 Are you an encourager?

 Do you say positive, kind things to make others want to try harder, do a better job, or try again? If so, you are an encourager! Take the quiz below to see how well you do as an encourager. 

Circle the letter that sounds most like the thing you would say.
     1. You get an A on your math test but your friend gets a D. You say to him:
          A.  I am just better at math than you are.
          B.  You should have studied harder.
          C. It was a hard test. Next time we’ll study together and you’ll do better.
     2.  Your friend finds out her parents are getting a divorce. You say to her:
            A.  A lot of kids have divorced parents. God loves them just the same.
            B.  That’s too bad. I like your parents.
            C.  I’m glad it’s not my parents.

     3.  Your friend trips in the lunch room and drops her tray of food. It splashes all over her shoes. You say:
            A. What a klutz! Look at that mess you made!
            B.  The macaroni and cheese was gross anyway.
            C.  That could happen to anyone. I’ll help you clean it up.

   4.  In gym class your friend is the last one to be chosen for a softball team and then he strikes out every time at bat. You say:
            A.  Softball sure isn’t your game!
            B.  No wonder you were the last one chosen. You can’t hit the ball.
            C. Learning to hit is tough. Let’s practice together this weekend and you’ll get the
            hang of it.
     5.  In Sunday school you notice the new kid can’t find any of the scripture references. You say:
            A.  You must not look up verses much. Don’t you know your books of the Bible?
            B.  I’ll help you learn the books of the Bible and that will make finding the verses
            easier. You’ll be as quick as the rest of us.
            C.  What kind of church did you go to before? They must not have used their
            Bibles very much.

Check yourself: 1C,  2A,  3C,  4C,  5B

     If you got all the answers right, you are doing a good job of encouraging those around you. If you didn’t get them all right, listen to the things you say to others this week. Try to replace negative comments with positive, encouraging ones.

In fact, why not go one step farther and write someone an encouraging note?