Bible Verses to Teach Children to Show Love {with a FREE printable}

Bible Verses to Teach Children to Show LoveI have been noticing a very disturbing trend lately. Everyone feels the need to judge everyone else. People are so quick to pass judgment on someone else before they even stop to take a second thought. So many feeling are hurt, people are driven away from churches, and the love of God is never seen. This is not the way I want my children to be raised.

We are surrounded by judgment, at home, in stores, even in churches. Teaching my children to share the Truth in a way that is not judgmental is going to be a challenge. We are going to have to go straight to the source and use some Bible verses that will help me teach my children to share the love of Christ and not jump to judging others. I have put together a collection of the Bible verses we will use in our memory work to help teach this.

*All Bible verses are from the English Standard Version Bible*

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven…” Luke 6:37

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34

“There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” James 4:12

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.” Galatians 5:14

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love goes not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also much forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:12-15

I pray that learning these verses will help my children remember that judgment is not the way to point others to Christ. Before anyone can be expected to follow His laws, they must first experience His love. I encourage you to find ways to show the love of Christ this week.

Want to print off these verses to use with your children (or even just for yourself)? Just click on the link below and print out a copy of your own!

Bible Verses Showing Love


Planning our KONOS Units {with a FREE Printable}

Planning our KONOS UnitsI am so excited about our new homeschooling journey we have started with KONOS! The kids are excited about it, I am excited about it, and that spark that was missing in our schooling has now returned.

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For some reason KONOS seems to be misunderstood. People seem to think it takes too much planning and is out of date. I am here to tell you that is far from the truth! This curriculum is full of exciting activities and lends itself well to rabbit trails. I wanted to walk you through how we plan our units to show you just how easy it can be.

1) Go through the unit and decide which activities you want to do. This is a pretty easy step. I usually just read through each activity and circle with a pencil the activities I think we would like to do. Don’t feel like you need to do them all. Some activities may not work for your family, and that it OK. There are so many to choose from and you are sure to find plenty that you want to do.KONOS circling activities

2) Figure out how many need to be done each day. I do this by simply adding up all of the activities I have circled from step #1 and dividing them by how many days we will be spending on the unit. For example, one unit I planned had 45 activities circled and we were going to be doing this unit for 10 days. So I knew we needed to average about 5 activities per day. But some of you may not do KONOS every day. In that case, you just divide by how many days you will be doing KONOS.

3) Jot down each activity according to its category. For this step I make simple columns and divide the activities into categories like Bible, science, history, fun, art/science, etc. This way I know how many days I need to plan for each category. I try to have a Bible activity every day. Other than that, it just depends on how many I have in each category. If I have 4 history activities in our 2 week unit study, then I choose 2 days each week to complete them. If I have 8 science activities, then I choose 4 days each week to complete them.KONOS activity list

KONOS weekly plan

4) Complete the planning chart. This is when it all comes together. I print our *KONOS Planning Pages* to jot down our activities in the days I chose from step #3. I also make note of any materials we need so I can make sure we are prepared. At the bottom of the page there is room to add in any books you make need from the library. I made this printable with 4 pages. This way it will accommodate 1,2,3, or 4 week units.KONOS unit planner

See! That wasn’t so hard, now was it?! I am loving everything about KONOS right now and it seems to work very well for my hands-on learners. I love that it is completely customizable based on your family’s needs. If you have any other questions about how we use KONOS, please feel free to ask. I am not an expert (yet!) but I would love to clear up any of the confusion associated with this curriculum. Stay tuned for much more in our journey with KONOS.

**Free Printable KONOS Planning Pages**

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Monthly Spiritual Growth Goals (FREE Printable)

Monthly spiritual growth goals printable

Do you set spiritual goals for yourself? I’ll admit, setting spiritual goals has never been something I have put much thought into. I have my prayer time, I do my Bible reading, and just assume I am growing. But maybe I should have some goals. If we make goals for things like weight loss and healthy eating, why not set some spiritual goals?

This past weekend at church our pastor gave an excellent sermon on spiritual growth. Just as we can measure physical growth, we can also measure spiritual growth. Our goal each year should be to grow closer to the Lord and to be more like Jesus. Our growth can be measured in our thoughts and actions. Yes, we will slip up from time to time, but we need to be headed in the right direction.

I thought of 6 areas in my life where I could set some goals for growth. I have always been the type of girl who needs to write things down so I created a chart to fill in each month. Why monthly and not yearly?

I know that things change from time to time. Our prayer time may not be working anymore, or we may need to make more time for it. We may find a sinful habit creeping in that needs special attention. There may be specific Scriptures that are helpful to memorize to encourage us in our current situations. We may find that we need to work on a different fruit of the Spirit. Because of these reasons, monthly seemed like a good time frame for me to set these goals.

Have you ever set spiritual goals before? What method did you use? I would love to hear what works for you!

If you would like to try the chart I created for setting my spiritual goals just click on the link below…

Monthly Spiritual Growth Goals

*This post marks my 200th post on this blog!!! Thank you all for joining me on this journey! I hope you are all encouraged by it as much as I am encouraged and inspired by you!*
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FREE Printable Prayer Journal for Moms


FREE Printable Prayer Journal for Moms
Have any of you had a chance to use the Prayer Journal for Kids I shared last week? I am so excited to see the changes taking place in our home, all because we are adding in a lot more prayer.

Just this week I was looking for some small paint brushes that I had “put away”. Aurora says to me, “Mom, did you pray that you would find them?” I answered that yes I had prayed for help to find them. She said “then you will find them!” Sure enough, a few minutes later I found them. We both immediately said “Thank you, Lord!”. So we are seeing the Lord work in our lives in even the small.

We are also seeing His hand in the big things. Right now we are trying to make decisions as far as where we are going to live long-term, whether that means staying put in our current home, or moving out to the country (which just happens to be very close to grandparents!). I know the answer to our prayers of clarity in where our home should be will come. So much pressure is off of me now that I am daily reminding myself that these are not my decisions to make. It is so freeing to walk in God’s path instead of paving my own.

Our prayer journals are proving to be great reminders of the big and small things we need to pray for. I put one together for moms, with a few more pages than the journal for the kids. Just click on the link below to download your free printable prayer journal.

My Prayer Journal for Moms

How has prayer worked powerfully in your life lately?

FREE Printable Prayer Journal for Kids

Free Printable Prayer Journal For Kids

Since my word for 2014 is “Prayer” I want to be intentional when it comes to teaching my children how to pray and what to pray for.

I know I can get distracted by busy-ness and forget who and what I am supposed to be praying for. To help with this I have created a prayer journal for kids. They can use this daily to remind them of things they need to pray for.

I printed this as a booklet for my older children (2 pages on each page), but you can print it as full pages if your child needs more room for writing. As a booklet, it is small enough for my children to take with them wherever they choose to pray.

Just click the link below to print as many copies as you need for your families.

My Prayer Journal for Kids

Don’t worry, moms! Here is a link to a prayer journal for you!

How do you keep prayer time intentional in your home?

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Improving Life Skills, One Week at a Time (with a FREE printable)

Improving Life Skills, One Week at a Time

I have developed some bad habits lately. With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays I have really let the kids slack off when it comes to doing chores and working on life skills. I made the mistake of doing things myself for the sake of saving time, and then complained that I have to do everything around here. Or, I expect the kids to do chores properly without teaching them how to do them correctly.

My solution was to develop a plan for the New Year. Every week or so we will work on an item from our list. I created a chart of 40 skills that need improvement in our home. We will check one off each week or so as it is learned. But why only 40 and not 52? I have to be realistic and remember that there will be weeks that may be too busy to work on a new skill. Or maybe a week where we are all sick. Or maybe we haven’t quite completed a skill and need to work on it another week.

I am happy to share my list of 40 habits/skills with you, but I encourage you to evaluate those skills that need development in your own home. They may be very different from what we have. I am sure as my kids grow up our list may begin to look a little different, just as it did when they were all a few years younger. But for us, this list is a good place to start. And if it works for you, feel free to print it off and use it!

Improving Life Skills

I would love to hear what life skills you will be working on in the New Year. What will your system for improving those skills look like? Best wishes on a productive year of teaching our children the skills they need to develop into productive and independent young people!

Salad in a Jar Ingredients {THM style}


Salad in a Jar Ingredients {THM style} *with a FREE printable chart*

How many of you have seen pins on Pinterest about “salads in a jar”? I have seen quite a few, and we are loving them in our home! They make such quick, easy, filling, and healthy lunches…perfect for a lunch on-the-go or a fast lunch for a busy homeschooling mama. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating new salads.

Ideally, you can make several “salads in a jar” at the beginning of the week and just grab one out of the refrigerator every day. It sure saves a lot of time cutting, slicing, and dividing everything at once instead of doing it each day! For my salads, I put the dressing in the bottom of the jar. My husband likes to add his dressing right before he eats:) Add the more wet ingredients at the bottom so they don’t get everything else slimy. Layer your ingredients, add the lettuce (or put that in a separate container…again, the preference of my husband!), close the jars, and you are done!

I have seen some people use vacuum sealing to keep it fresher for even longer, but we have done just fine without using a sealer. I don’t expect for the salads to stay in there for more than about 5 days anyway, so we haven’t found a need for that yet. Maybe if I can find one cheap somewhere or pick one up at a garage sale this summer we will give it a try:)

For all of you Trim Healthy Mamas out there I have created a printable list of ingredients for these salads based on each meal type. It makes for a nice reference when you are throwing a salad together, even if it isn’t in a jar! Just click the link below to print off one of your own.

Salad in a Jar Ingredient List

Even during the cold winter months, these salads are perfect with a steaming cup of hot soup. I would love to see some of your salad creations! Do you have any other ingredients you enjoy on salads?