#IAmYourVoice

#IAMYOURVOICE - Learn how you can make a difference for people persecuted by ISIS.

Blogging is in many ways a privilege. It is a privilege to have people who read my words. It is a privilege that I live in a country where I can freely write. I count it a blessing to write posts that equip and encourage in the areas of homeschooling, homemaking, and faith.

Today, I would like to share with you (equip you with) a way that you can make a very real difference in the world.

The #IAmYourVoice Campaign

Let your mouth be open for those who have no voice, in the cause of those who are ready for death.

As Isis is taking over parts of Iraq and Syria, our Christian brothers and sisters are fleeing their homes to survive. Taking only what their arms carry, often just their children—they are facing even more hardships on the road. The lives they knew before have been destroyed.

ISIS is kidnapping women, killing husbands and horrifically beheading children. The Iraqi and Syrian Christians are so busy running, they have lost their voice to cry for help. Their day is survival.

Living to sundown without anyone dying is their daily goal.

They have been made voiceless. But now we will be their voice.

We will cry out for the children who fear they will be the next victim.

We will call out for the women who fear enslavement by this enemy.

We will speak for the men who cannot protect their wives and children.

I Am Their Voice.

We will let them know that we hear their silent screams. And we are praying and will send help. We will carry your testimonies here so people know what is happening to you.

We will not allow America, or the rest of the world, to ignore you. Alone, we are nothing, but through the blood of Jesus Christ, we are family and we will speak for you. I am your voice.

We need your support to love our persecuted brothers and sisters. Please visit Iamyourvoice.org to find out how you can help.

Let them know you will be their voice. Let them know they are not alone. You no longer have to feel powerless living a world away. Food for the Hungry is already on the ground, serving the
persecuted refugees fleeing the fighting right now. These refugees fleeing the fighting have left everything behind.

Your support will not only provide their physical needs but also will tell them they are not forgotten. You will be telling jthem we hear their cries and that you will speak for them. Together, we are their
voice.

Stand with the I Am Your Voice campaign and tell the persecuted Christians of Iraqi and Syria “I am your voice.”

Ministries Making a Difference Around the World

Ministries Making a Difference Around the World - Together we really can change the world.

Together we can change the world.

One of the reasons I love my church family is their heart for reaching out to help marginalized people. Our missions board organizes an annual International Fair Trade Expo each year. It was there that I learned about many ministries working to make the world a better place for marginalized people across the globe.

I’ve wanted to create an informational post for a long time to highlight ways that everyday people like you and me can have a global impact. The time has come for me to just do it. I started this list with those I knew about and then took to Facebook to ask my friends. They didn’t let me down.

I’d like to challenge you to read through this list and then turn to prayer to see where God may be leading you to help. Together we really can change the world.

Ministries Making a Difference Around the World

  • Compassion International – Sponsors financially support children from all over the world. Sponsorship is just a small portion of what Compassion does.
  • Samaritan’s Purse – Their most known program is Operation Christmas Child, but they also have ministries to aid in crisis situations, natural disasters, support military veterans, and more.
  • Children’s Hunger Fund – Literally feeding the hungry children around the world. Each $1 you donate provides 20 meals.
  • Restore Haiti – A ministry that provides medical, educational, and nutritional needs in Haiti. You can sponsor children through them as well.
  • Youth With a Mission – Connecting willing workers with projects all over the world.
  • American Leprosy Missions – Curing and caring for people with leprosy. They also recently worked in the Ebola outbreak.
  • Living Hope – Works with at-risk kids to provide emotional, physical, social, and educational needs.
  • Matthew 25 Ministries – Provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief around the world.
  • Word Made Flesh – Works in the poorest of communities, serving children who work in sewers or the streets; women forced into the sex industry; and children soldiers fighting in civil wars.
  • Amani Ya Juu – Means “higher peace” in Swahili. This ministry serves marginalized women in Africa, teaching them to sew and run a business. The fair trade products you can purchase through their website directly helps a woman who has nothing.
  • Wipe Every Tear – Rescues girls and women from the sex trade industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
  • RecycloCraftz – This ministry works with widowed, unemployed, and orphaned women to help them create a business to support them and their children in Zambia.
  • Education and More – Educating children and aiming to reduce poverty in Guatemala.
  • Sari Bari – Sari Bari works with women in India’s red-light district. These women have heartbreaking stories that start at very young ages. The ministry teaches them to sew and they make beautiful blankets out of recycled cotton saris.
  • World Gospel Outreach  – Works with the poor in Honduras.
  • Samaritan’s Creations – Beautiful jewelry and accessories created by Thai women whom the ministry has rescued from Bangkok’s red-light district.
  • Mission Lazarus – A ministry that works to provide educational, medical, agricultural, and spiritual help to those in Honduras and Haiti.
  • Medical Ambassadors International – Providing medical help worldwide.
  • Community Livestock Integrated Development Consultancy – Located in Uganda, CLIDE works in the area of community development.
  • Gospel for Asia – Focusing on the 10/40 window, you can sponsor a child or a missionary to help spread Christ’s love and provision.
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief – A wide range of services provided.
  • Insight Resources International, Inc. – Entrepreneurial guidance for people, businesses, and communities around the world.
  • New Missions – Another option for sponsoring a child’s needs in Haiti.

As you can see, you can support these ministries by donating funds or buying items created by the people (largely women) your money will help. Consider doing holiday or birthday shopping with one of these ministries online or finding a local fair trade store.

Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness {a review}

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Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness (a review)

About Kids in the Word

Kids in the Word is a new site for Amanda Pelser’s long-running blog series titled, wait for it…Kids in the Word. Amanda has a passion for helping other mothers disciple their children in the ways of the Lord. She is a fellow Teach Them Diligently blogger.

Above all, she is a mom who wants to see her children love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. She has created an ebooklet to help you take the first steps in this called Teaching Children to Have a Devotional Time, which is available to subscribers (like me!).

About Be Thankful

Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness is the first ebook Bible Study from Kids in the Word. The first section covers what is thanks, why should we give thanks to God, and how we should give thanks to God. The next section covers the “for what” question and includes studies on God’s character, His steadfast love, and more.

Finally, the appendix is FULL of journaling pages for your students to create their own gratitude journal. Seriously, like over 200 pages of journal pages for you to choose from. There are also printable cards for Bible verses to memorize, currently the King James Version is the only version available.

Create a gratitude journal with your kids. Choose from over 200 pages in Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness by Amanda Pelser

My Review of Be Thankful

I love this ebook. My kids are enjoying creating their gratitude journals and I’m enjoying learning what they are thankful for. Actually, that is proving to be rather entertaining, my kids are thankful for some pretty interesting, random things. I love it.

There is no time frame set up for this ebook, you can take as long as you want or you can use it as a quick study and then just utilize the journaling pages to keep the daily focus on being thankful. And, really, isn’t that what we should be focusing on this time of the year?

I personally love that the verses are in the King James Version, we use this version almost exclusively in our home. I am always amazed at how my kids reading improves when they start reading aloud with us from the KJV. But that’s beside the point here, I guess.

Amanda has done a great job of doing the research legwork for you. She walks you through how to use the ebook, then walks you through each step of the what, why, and how of thankfulness according to the word of God.

About the journaling pages. Don’t let the huge number scare you off, she has given multiple options for each page. You won’t actually have a 200 page journal when you are finished, unless you duplicate some pages. The options are for pre-writers through fluent writers. This I really like.

I like how she categorized the things we have to be thankful for to get us started. I also appreciate that it is filled with references to the word of God.

Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness by Amanda Pelser (a review)

Giveaway!

You can purchase Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness for $7.99 at any time. If you would like a chance to win it for free, then follow the instructions in the Giveaway Tools widget. Giveaway ends November 4, 2013 at 11:59 EST.

Scripture Stickies {a review}

Scripture Stickies {a review}

About Scripture Stickies

Scripture Stickies are stickable Bible verses. They were created by a couple who wanted to surround their young family with the Word of God.

Scripture Stickies were an inspiration from the Lord to help our family get organized and memorize more Bible verses. We had post-it notes everywhere with verses written on them and Scriptures scrawled on 3×5 cards taped up in every room. In an answer to prayer, God gave us the inspiration to present His Word in a fun stickable format that we (and you) can use to surround ourselves with Scripture. – from the website

Scripture Stickies offers:

  • an Advent Calendar mini to stick on your calendar for help memorizing scriptures from Proverbs
  • Christmas card insert which is customize with your family greeting to bring scripture to any Christmas card
  • themed scripture packs like Don’t Worry, Follow God, and Friendship
  • packs that are great for holidays, like the Cross stickies and Give Thanks Pack
  • Scripture Stickies Scripture Jar kits for gift giving

Scripture Stickies products range in cost from $.99 to $9.99. They offer customization and party favors.

One of their most popular gifts is the Scripture of the Month Club. A new scripture pack is mailed each month for 6 months or 12 months.

Scripture Stickies Review

I received the Merry Christmas pack and the Advent Calendar mini pack to review. They also included a sample of the Christmas card inserts with Luke 2:14 on it.

My initial thoughts on this was that it was perfect for those wanting to surround themselves with scripture, but want something prettier than their own handwriting on a post-it note. The packaging that the Merry Christmas pack came in was more suitable for gift giving than the advent calendar, which came as pictured in my lead graphic. I did receive a nice intro letter from Julie which explained that in December, all the scripture packs come in retail packaging.

The font is easy to read and a good size, though the size does vary depending on the length of the scripture passage. They stick nicely to just about anything, but are easily removed without leaving any residue behind. The pricing can’t be beat.

These would make great stocking stuffers. They would also be a great complement for scripture memory boxes.

I like that you can put the scripture stickies in places that your family spends a lot of time, like the bathroom mirror, on the computer monitor, or above the kitchen sink. You can also attach them to notebooks or even use the stickies with the backing on as a bookmark.

Find Scripture Stickies & Save!

You can visit Scripture Stickies on their website or blog. If you are interested in buying in bulk or retail packaging for a store, you can find that info on their website.

Julie was kind enough to share a discount code with you all! You can save 10% off their already low prices by using the code GIFT. Plus, you get FREE shipping!

Books of the Bible Memory Cards: Old Testament {free printable}

Books of the Bible memory cards - Old Testament

Last month I shared a New Testament books of the Bible printable for helping kids memorize the books of the Bible. And as I promised, today I have the Old Testament cards. I still have another companion printable for these coming next month (sign up to get blog posts in your email to make sure you don’t miss that).

The “answer key” for this set of cards is actually on two because the Old Testament has all those long named books like Jeremiah and Ecclesiastes.

You are free to use these for your own personal use and tell anyone and everyone about them, I just ask that you give them the link to this post and not the direct link to the PDF.

Download your free books of the Bible memory cards for the Old Testament.

Important! I missed Numbers on the first page. I have now updated the PDF to include it on the last page. The answer key is correct, I just missed including it in the cards. My apologies!

Cards for Memorizing the Books of the Bible – New Testament {free printable}

Books of the Bible memory cards - New Testament

My kids have been trying to memorize the books of the Bible. I decided to create some cards to print out so they can make a game of it. Then I thought, “Hey! Other people might be interested in this!” and now here we are.

I rock at intros, don’t I? (Do I tell you I just snorted there or not?) (Apparently I do…)

Aaaand moving on to what you are really interested in…the free printable!

You are free to use these for your own personal use and tell anyone and everyone about them, I just ask that you give them the link to this post and not the direct link to the PDF.

These are for the New Testament and I have included a couple extras like a “solution” card, The Gospels, and Paul’s Epistles so they can go beyond simply memorizing them in order. I will share the Old Testament another time (subscribe via email if you don’t want to miss them). I also have another free printable in the works to go with this…

Preview of printable cards for memorizing the books of the Bible (New Testament)

Download the cards here.

The Importance of Discipleship

I'm partnering with the Teach Them Diligently bloggers again to bring you The Importance of Discipleship

“disciple – a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another”

With homeschooling we are blessed with and challenged by the freedom to choose exactly who or what doctrines we adhere to. The question for the Christian homeschool family then becomes, who is our homeschool a disciple of? Who or what are we following?

Are we  disciples of a homeschool philosophy?

Are we disciples of learning styles?

Are we disciples of curriculum?

Don’t get me wrong here. These things ARE good things and we would do well to study them. They are not the problem in and of themselves.

The problem comes when we know more about them than we know about God’s Word. When we study the philosophies and teachings of man more than the teachings of Christ. Or more simply, they become more important than reading the Bible, praying, or worship.

It really all comes down to this, doesn’t it? The constant checking of our life to see if we’re keeping our eyes on Jesus. That dying of self and putting Him first.

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

And since I do not count myself an expert on your heart, this is where my words end and I simply encourage you to seek the will of the Father for your life and homeschool. Because sometimes change really is necessary.

I’m linking up with the Teach Them Diligently bloggers again this week.

Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention 2014

Bible Verses to Memorize About Joy: Selections From Psalms

Bible verses to memorize about joy from the book of Psalms. From www.vicki-arnold.com

A few weeks ago, I shared Bible verses to memorize about Joy. Joy is my One Word for 2013 and I wanted some scriptures to memorize to support that focus. I firmly believe that the Word of God is alive and able to change my heart. This is why hiding scriptures in my heart is important to me.

When I was looking for Bible verses for the last post, I realized that the book of Psalms was full of verses about joy. So they get their own post. I’m pretty fond of the book of Psalms. Somehow David’s prayers give me great comfort. Something about how he lays it all out for God, but always comes back to “Thy will be done.”

Bible Verses to Memorize About Joy From Psalms

  • “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” 5:11
  • “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” 16:11
  • “And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.” 27:6
  • “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” 30:4-5
  • “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” 32:11
  • “And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” 35:9
  • “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hat pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” 35:27-28
  • “When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.” 42:4
  • “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou has broken may rejoice.” 51:8
  • “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” 51:12
  • “Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.” 66:1-2
  • “O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.” 67:4
  • “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” 95:1-3
  • “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” 98:4
  • “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” 100
  • “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” 126:5
  • “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;” 149:5-6

When I look at this list, what stands out to me is how joy is connected to action. Sacrifices of praise, make a joyful noise, shout for joy. It’s clear…joy makes noise unto the Lord. No wonder singing worship songs is one of my favorite things to do.

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