Kids Character Bible Study- Obedience

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Hello Friends,

I thought it might be fun to share some of our current Bible studies with you. Since we are a Christ-centered family, learning to be more Christ-like is something we hope to be. The first characteristic we are learning about is “How to Develop Obedience”, and what does that mean. So, lets answer that first question.

What is Obedience?

Obedience is receiving instruction, correction, provision, and protection through the Biblical jurisdictions or parents, civil authorities, church leaders, and employers.

So what does that mean exactly?

Obedience is wise submission to the will of those God has placed over us. True obedience is more that just an action. It doesn’t involve us to carry out commands or instructions that would have us go against and violate the higher law of God. Obedience is more than just compliance and is not subjection or blind submission. It is based on the motivation that God works through those placed in authority and that EVERY person must give an account to God for EVERY choice he has made.

In the Bible God uses the horse and the stubborn mule as an example of willfulness. “Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.” Psalm 32:9. The mule  in particular has become synonymous with the spirit that is opposite of obedience, hence the phrase, “stubborn as a mule”. Obedience implies the breaking of your own will, even for Jesus. “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8.

So how does God command obedience? Well, here are 6 ways:

  1. Be obedient to God. “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
  2. Be obedient to your parents. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:1-3
  3. Be obedient to your conscience. “Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” Romans 13:5
  4. Be obedient to your church elders. “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17
  5. Be obedient to your civil authorities. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,” Titus 3:1
  6. Be obedient to your employer.”Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.” Colossians 3:22

Since God the Father sent His perfect Son to be the perfect example to us, we should see how Jesus demonstrated obedience. Did Jesus follow these 6 ways? Well, let’s have a look;

  1. He obeyed God. Jesus did nothing out of His own will, but only the will of His Heavenly Father, in order to fulfill Scripture.“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of Him who sent me.” John 5:30
  2. He obeyed His parents. At the age of twelve, Jesus went to the temple and desired to continue His work there, but He obeyed His parents and grew in wisdom. “And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:51-52
  3. He obeyed His conscience. The ultimate example of obedience was for the God Son to humble Himself and dye on the cross for our sin. “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8
  4. He obeyed His Elders. In dealing with ungodly elders, Jesus would often explain and obey the higher law of God’s own Word. “And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.” Matthew 12:10-14
  5. He obeyed His rulers. Jesus said to Pilate,”Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” John 19:11
  6. He Obeyed His employers. By being employed by His earthly father, in the family carpentry business, Jesus was sure to be obedient to His father. “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.” Mark 6:3

Oh, how great is our Jesus! He even goes and calls out the members of the body that must be controlled for obedience. Can you guess what they are? Can you guess the severity of the discipline that Jesus recommended?

Let’s take a look at Matthew 5:29-30:

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”

Do you get it? For most people the right eye is the dominate eye, it is the one that initiates to point of focus. The other eye submits and adds perspective and depth. What we see effects our thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Losing the right eye would be devastating!

Now we focus our attention on the right hand, for most people, the right hand is dominate. It is the hand that initiates actions. We greet people with our right hand, soldiers salute with the right hand, a great many things are done with our right hand. The hand is the initiator of work, evil deeds, and good deeds. What does the Jesus say about this? “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,” Matthew 6:3

Just for our further understanding, we can go all they way back to the garden of Eden. The very first occurrence of disobedience in human history. It was an act initiated by the eye, then the hand.

Let’s look at Genesis 3:6:

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”

In this account, can see that the eye initiated the transgression, then the hand moved to carry it out. Among the consequence for this sin was the beginning of sorrow for the eye and the need of labor for the hand. Please take the time to read Genesis Chapter 3.

The Bible is so full of wisdom, and it is a great blessing to have Bibles in our own language to read and learn. I hope this little overview of what we studied in obedience will enrich your studies with your children. If you would like me to post more about our Obedience study let me know. I would love to share more. Otherwise, I will share a little about our current study on Gratefulness.

In Christ,

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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Valentine Traditions

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Yes, one of my old favorite photos must come out! It really wasn’t that long ago, 2 years, but you know kids. They grow so fast!

I just wanted to take a moment to share with you some of our Valentine’s Day traditions. I begin by breaking out all the fancy paper I can find. Then I make myself a heart pattern and start tracing hearts and cut, cut, cut, cut! Lucky for me, my little people have become great at cutting out paper. Ok, one, not so much . But in any case, I use hearts for many crafts. One of which is making Valentine’s for all the kids and their friends. Of course, there have been those years we just buy them, I mean let’s be honest, life can be crazy.

So, here are our family’s top 5 Valentine’s Day Traditions! Some are old and some are new additions!

1.) Since February is a month of love, I have decided to focus on affirmations as a way of showing love. My eldest daughter’s love language is love, so this is a perfect way to show her love. My younger two love receiving little gifts. So, the little gifts this year are little love notes on heart shaped paper.  So every morning before the kids wake up. I write a little love note or affirmation on a medium heart shape piece of scrapbook paper, then tape it to their bedroom door. I will do this everyday for the month of February. They absolutely LOVE watching their doors fill up with lovely comments and affirmations.

2.) Another personal choice I made this year was to spend more time in scripture and meditating on God’s Word. So I started writing in cursive scripture verses in a journal. Here is a link to February’s Scripture Writing Plan. So far I am loving it!

3.) One of my kids favorite thing to do is bake heart shape desserts the month of February. So needless to say I have heart shaped spring form pans, heart shape cake pans, lots of valentine’s day cookie cutters and Valentine’s day cookie molds. Sometimes we even make raspberry truffles and dark chocolate truffles with some cayenne pepper.

4.) We always make our silly Valentine People.

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5.) The final item to list here, is one of my favorites. It involves cooking!!! Yes, I make my family a “fancy meal”. In our house since we have kids, a Seafood Alfredo Fettuccine and Ceasar Salad  are a must, and some sort of Chocolate dessert. I like to keep things simple and fun so I can enjoy my moments with my kids without any stress.

Do you have any Valentine’s traditions that you love?

Sister-in-Christ,

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 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

 

A New Beginning in 2018

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Hello old friends,

There is something about the day after Christmas that gets me ready for spring cleaning and the New Year.  Maybe it is the great desire to store up all the Christmas clutter, I mean, decorations, and make room for all the new toys and clothing. How about you? I tore through my house pulling out all sorts of things and organized my homeschool room. All this cleaning, inspired new goals for 2018. For my family, our homeschool and for me!!!

Yes, I have gained new perspective on my life! What do I mean? Well, I need to learn to stop and pray for the Lord to reveal His plan for my life. This is hard, especially for me, and if you are anything like me. You think you need to say yes to any great thing that comes your way. For example, recently I was asked if I would be interested in starting a new Classical Conversations community. My first response was “YES!!” I start filling out my paperwork for that position and paused before turning it in. I then prayed before turning everything in and spoke to my husband about some of the demands this would put on my time. Was it worth it? I thought yes. So, the night before I go to turn in my paperwork, a voice inside me spoke, “You can not serve two masters.” I had to take pause, I know that verse, I can’t truly believe that I can teach in one co-op and serve another well, I will end up hating one and love the other. But the big piece of that is also, what level of service would I be able to perform to these two groups? Well, I wouldn’t do a good job, I would have regretted my choice. The Lord also put into focus that my service is to my husband and my children first. This is who I need to serve now, they need my time. My children need my total attention so they can be successful in their studies, especially when they hit a speed bump along the way.

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So, I refocused my life and the Lord revealed to me all sorts of way to organize my home life, school, food education, art time everything, (seriously, major overhaul over here)! So with new perspective I return to my blog to share with you the changes I have made. My hope is that the ideas I have put to work in my home will hopefully inspire you and help you. If nothing else, it will serve for me as a record of our family adventures.

As a side note, you will begin to notice little changes on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

In Christ,

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Homeschool Goal #3

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Continuing my list, #3 homeschool goal for the new school year is to spend more creative art time with the kids.  Doing lots more hands-on art projects for science and history. Plus working on some themed paintings.

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There truly is something soothing about putting on some classical music and breaking out the acrylic paints and canvas and just exploring colors and shapes. It’s also the best medium to teach kids that things don’t have to be perfect. Sometimes painting is just the opportunity to express our feelings, whether be color choices or by brush strokes. It really can be a therapeutic process. I know I thoroughly enjoy it, and absolutely love watching children paint on canvas. Kids truly love receiving a canvas to work on. They feel so proud, honored, and mature for the opportunity to work on them.

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I love watching their expressions when I set up our art space.

The best part is teaching them how to take constructive criticism. I know this is a huge challenge for many of us. We can get offended or hurt. But this has worked as a discipline in our house, so that we can work to improve  ourselves without taking offense (no this has not been seamless of course). Plus, learning just because someone has some feedback, it does not mean we should or have to take it. Then the bigger part is how do you respond to someone’s criticism, without being rude or angry. That is tough, even for adults. As for me? Absolutely, it can be difficult!

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Oh, the blessing this provides for more teachable moments, for them and for me.

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I hope you find the time and to courage (as it can be sometimes) to add more art time to your routine.

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“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

 

Our Homeschool Year Comes to an End

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The day has officially arrived! This day marks the end of our school year! I must admit, it was the toughest homeschool year I ever had. It had nothing to do with my teaching my kids at home, but it was the outside commitments that had me running hard this school year. So, I am feeling considerable relief from the stress that has been lifted from my shoulders.

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Don’t get me wrong, it was a good school year. The challenge was I decided to write my own California History curriculum for our campus day class. So I took information from various California history books and married them together as unit studies. Covering everything from California’s geography and Native Indians to Modern day California. I even included live books to read and even wrote my own study guides to go along with them. It was a ton of work, but it was work that I enjoyed, because I love history. Now, that the school year is done, I will go back and make adjustments to my California history units and refine them. That way they are ready to go the next time I teach California history.

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All in all, I think the biggest challenge and joy was putting together a slide show for each unit. As I began to stockpile old photos, I continued to dig deeper into that part of history reading learning more and more. But, I would need to stop and refocus my attention to what I was suppose to be doing.

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And then there was sewing class. A fun class with 7th grade girls all the way to 11th grade. I worried over picking out projects they would like and wear. I wondered if they would even like my ideas! You know what! They did! They loved the projects, and loved my ideas. I adored each moment I was able to inspire them! I loved hearing from moms, sharing that their daughters made all their Christmas presents on their sewing machine and thanking me for giving them the confidence and the excitement to create something with their machines. I am humbled to know that I was able to do that. What a gift the Lord has given me to share, just a portion of his great creative skills.

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All this to say, that I was not as present as I should have been for my children. Life this school year was busy, too busy to really enjoy my children and teach them the way I like to teach. It is long past the time for me to slow down. Remembering to pray before I make a commitment. As I was reminded by my pastor Carl Fletcher two weeks ago on one of his sermons. I need to be sure I am doing what God wants me to be doing. The top items on that list is serving my husband and my children. I must remember that it is okay to say “no”, and say “yes” to more time with my kids.

All in all, it was a blessed school year. Plus, I now will have a ton to share. After all, I have started 19 post that need to be finished!

In Christ,

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Sketches of my Treasures

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There are a few things in this world that I greatly treasure. My three kids are some of those treasures. So, when my son had a birthday recently, my heart stopped when I opened the cover of a sketchbook gift. It was a gift from one of my son’s friends and his mom, my Artist friend Kerstin Fletcher.

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oh, my heart! There is just something amazing when someone captures your little love, in simple perfection. I was amazed to receive such an amazing gift. Because to me, this held more value than any expensive gift. I mean, yes it was a simple gift, but it was my son.

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So, of course, I had to ask her if she would sketch my other children individually so I can frame them as add them to my wall.

What do you think? Amazing right!? I absolutely LOVE it! She captured Peanuts sparkle and her sweet little cheeks.

Kerstin has been truly blessed by God to have a fraction of his creative genius.

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Here is Mia Moo! The photo was taken just before her baptism. One of the only photos were she is not blinking!

I just love how they all turned out! I will have to show you the next sketch she does of all three of them together being silly. That sketch will have a lot more detail.

Kerstin Fletcher is truly blessed by God in her fine arts skills. If you would like her to draw, sketch or even paint your family’s portrait she is available. As you can see, all she needs is a photo. Her prices are posted on her blog and feel free to email her with any questions you may have. Check out her page at Art By Kasteen.

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“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

 

 

What 2016 Brings!

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I can’t believe it has been a full year of The Romantic Homeschooler!

Now I have to admit. I have held back, a lot. I am naturally an introvert and have been  working on sharing what I know. Why? Well,…because I feel it is fun to share ideas and to share some of our skills. I have held back because I am a bit on the shy side. To some, this my surprise you, to others maybe not so much.

So for 2016, I will NOT HOLD BACK!!! I will share all the things I have wanted to share with you. My bread making, a lot more recipes, my frugal way of living, lots more sewing tutorials and even sewing for kids. I taught my now 5 year old to sew when she was 3. She has agreed to help me show you how she can work on a sewing machine and help me with tutorials on some simple sewing projects your kids can do at home. My son has also agreed to help teach some sewing for boys, projects for the little man in your life. My oldest will do more cooking for you too and I will share my home made secrets with you.

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So with that being said I am very excited to share my ideas with you. Some of which will include some YouTube Tutorials. Even some shares of my life for real. We are all people that can learn from each other and should encourage each other on this journey we call life.

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