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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blessed Holy Week

I am taking a break again this week. Easter is About Jesus: Family Devotions for the Easter Season is in it's first season and I was not as prepared as I thought I was.

At church on Sunday we had an inspiring teaching about Holy Week. I'm sharing the link with you.

The Centrality of Our Holy Week - Sondra Markwardt

She has been studying Jewish history and culture, it brings such a richness to the Easter story. There is a bit of "family" business at the beginning, wonderful things God's has done in our house, then the teaching. I hope it will bless you in your meditations of Jesus this Holy Week.

It's all about Jesus! I hope to get notes up, too. If I do I'll add a link here.

Check out Focus on Jesus for devotions and activity ideas I've posted this season.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Vocabulary Spelling City Review - Part 2

I accepted an offer for a month free trial of full features of Spelling City. We’ve been using it for about 3 weeks.
The Toolbox is full of great features. I can manage students, create lists and assignments, and track the progress of each child.
I have chosen several activities that I want each child to do for each list of words I enter. I entered words from our reading curriculum. Words lists can be added one word at a time, in a batch, or cut and paste from another document. Not only can you save custom word lists you can save sets of assignments. This makes getting ready for next week simple.
One activity requires them to write sentences with the word list. They can have their sentence read back to them by the computer to see if they typed what they meant or left any words out. They can edit their sentences before submitting them. They go to the writing section in your Toolbox for you to grade.
On the vocabulary side they can play games with lists you make or lists already in the system. There are math, science and geography lists ready to go.
Besides the online games you can print many of the activities for off the computer use.
They also offer lesson plans and a wealth of language education related articles and links.
At just under $30 a year for 5 students it’s a great value.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Taking a Break

It's that time of year again

This is the first season Easter is About Jesus: Family Devotions for the Easter Season has been available. It would seem I did not adequately prepare. Now I'm finding I don't have a post about dreaming ready for this Wednesday. I'm giving myself a break until after Easter.

You can read about One Word, mine for 2013 is Dream by clicking the word "Dream" on the right under "Labels".
You can read the posts I'm doing for Easter on Focus on Jesus.

Blessings on you and your family as you focus on Jesus this Easter.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Focus on Jesus: Easter 2013

Sharing a post from my other blog. If you have your Easter is About Jesus: Family Devotions for the Easter Season book and wanted to do one devotion each weekday you'll want to start tomorrow!
Of course if you don't have a copy yet let me know right away and I'll get it to you. Books can be ordered from me on Kove's Cove or send me an email.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Verses on Courage

This week I find myself in need of courage. Courage to dream. Courage to try. The best source is God's Word. I'm sharing that with you. I must follow David's example:

1Samuel  30:6   And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV 

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Joshua 1:9 ESV 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV 

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Proverbs 28:1 ESV 

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

John 16:33 ESV 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

1 Chronicles 28:20 ESV 

Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.

Psalm 27:14 ESV 

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

1 Chronicles 22:13 ESV 

Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed.

Mark 5:36 ESV 

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

Psalm 31:24 ESV 

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

2 Chronicles 32:8 ESV 

With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Acts 4:31 ESV ~ Courage comes from God's Spirit

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Esther 4:16 ESV ~ Great displays of couraage

“Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”

Acts 5:29 ESV 

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

Acts 20:22-24 ESV 

And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Genesis 22:1-14 ESV ~ Wow what courage, not only could he have seen his dream as dying, he was called on to kill it!

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” ...

Daniel 3:16-18 ESV 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”