Prayer of Confession for Marriage

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Today is July 4th.  This marks the day when our country declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation .  John Adams wrote, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

I can’t help but take a moment to reflect back on what our country was like then.  Fast forward and look at us now.

Let’s mark this as the day when once again we take a stand.  Once again let this be a day of deliverance.  May we act out of devotion to God Almighty.

-Please join me in praying this prayer of confession (making an admission) for marriage.-

Dear God,

Mark 10:6-9 says, But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

We confess that our country has lost sight of the sacred design you have for marriage.

We confess that the majority of couples now treat their marriage covenant like it’s optional. They don’t hold fast to each other and stand against whatever tries to separate them.

We confess that we have re-defined the very definition of marriage.  No longer is marriage defined as the union between a male and female.  But, the highest court in our land has decided this definition is just an option.

Nehemiah 9:2 says, “And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.”

Like the Israelites, we confess the iniquities of our country.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

We come praying and seeking Your face.  Please help us to wake up and realize our sin and turn from wrong ways.  We believe Your promise – that You will forgive and heal when we do this.

Please have mercy on America.

 

 

Independence Hall FREE Virtual Fieldtrip

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Climb into your virtual minivan and take a trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Your destination… Independence Hall.

Complete the activities in any order, but we suggest beginning with a formal learning time as you go over the Background Information and then gathering around the computer for the Off We Go, Virtual Tour.  Next, read the Fun Facts.  Complete the Notebooking Pages and then have a Lunch Break.  Complete the Lapbook and Crafts after lunch.

At the end of this “road trip” we hope that you feel like you’ve actually visited Independence Hall!

Buckle up!

Download FREE virtual fieldtrip here:

Virtual Fieldtrip Independence Hall with lapbook

Please check out other virtual fieldtrips here. :)

Prayer Journal recommended by Beth Moore

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I just learned about a Prayer Journal that I just have to tell you about.  Beth Moore recently recommended it on her blog. The post states, “This is the journal that she patterned her prayer-approach after…”

Instead of feeling like you have to go through your whole list for every person every day, this Prayer Journal uses a column format. You write the names of those you pray for at the top (husband, list each of your children, church, nation, ministry area…) Under each name, you list something to pray for each day. Over the course of the week, you will have all the areas covered in prayer for every person on your list.

Here’s the author’s example of praying for your child…
EMMA
6/21 Sleep thr nite
6/22 Feel Your Peace
6/23 ” ” ”
6/24 Patience w/her
6/25 Smooth bed time

Also, at the very top, you write an attribute of God that you will focus on that week. Find Scriptures about that attribute and then pray them back to God each day. I really love this idea!

Here’s the link where Beth recommended this Prayer Journal:
http://blog.lproof.org/2015/06/lpl-tampa-recap-video.html

Here’s the author’s explanation of how to use:
http://debbietaylorwilliams.com/blog/2015/6/26/prayers-of-my-heart-week-at-a-glance.html

Click here to order on Amazon.

The Journal is called Prayers of My Heart. I think these would make great gifts!

 

 

Menu Planner Freebie

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I have gotten so many new blog followers recently and I wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU!

I’m so excited you’ve decided to join me here as I share the various things the Lord lays on my heart.

If you are like me, I carefully select what comes into my Inbox so I’m not bombarded with things I won’t read.  So, the fact that you’ve decided to subscribe here means a lot to me.

As a special “thank you” I would like to give you something that I hope will help streamline your menu planning.   It’s the menu planner portion from my Homeschool Planner.  If you haven’t checked out the planner yet, it has LOTS of freebies too!

Download the free Menu Planner here:

Editable Powerpoint version:

Menu Planners freebie

PDF version (simply print and write on)

Menu Planners freebie PDF

This freebie is FULLY EDITABLE!  (I’ve also included a non-editable PDF version as well.)

You get:

  • A blank Menu sheet (for you to post on your refrigerator)
  • A blank Grocery Shopping Organizer (divided by store departments such as Dairy, Frozen, Baking,etc.)
  • A month’s worth of sample menu’s ready to go!  The four samples include weekly Menus already filled in, complete Grocery Lists for each week, and Recipes!

Enjoy!

In His Presence Devotion – Righteousness vs Sacrifice

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I think so often we think that we have to “do” something to really please God.  We spin our wheels with all manner of Christian service.  And while these things are good and have their place, this verse really spoke to me recently and I thought I’d share it with you too.

Proverbs 21:3, “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” (ESV)

Righteousness is being right with God.

I heard a sermon by Charles Stanley on the radio the other night.  It was simply on the Ten Commandments.  I think it was a timely reminder.  The next day, the kids and I were watching Netflix and observed how much we often hear God’s name used in vain on popular kids’ television shows.  You know, that’s a basic commandments, we mused.  My son added, “There are only ten!”  Have we gotten so far away from righteous living that it’s simply acceptable that we treat the commandments so flippantly?  Can we not even use God’s name properly?

I’ve just finished the Bible Study for Preteens on Jonah (offered free here) and one of the things that struck me as I was studying the book of Jonah was that once the Ninevites understood their sin, they fasted and wore sackcloth.  When I say “they” I mean ALL of them – the grownups, the children, and even the animals!  They were truly repentant.

2 Chronicles 7:14, is etched into our brains, but let’s reread it in again in the context of what we’ve been thinking on today…

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (ESV)

We must turn from our wicked ways and “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6).

So, I guess the point of my writing this post today is to remind us that spinning our wheels in service isn’t what God’s looking for.  He’s after our hearts.  Hearts that hunger and thirst to be right with Him.

(Believe it or not, when I sat down to write today, I was really just going to post the picture w/ verse at the top!  Sorry you had to be privy to my early morning ramblings!)

For Him,

Kathy:)

If you’re interested, here’s a FREE Family Devotional on righteousness I created for our church some time back. 

Family Devotion – righteousness

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FREE Father’s Day Sunday School Lesson

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A few years back, I posted a FREE Father’s Day Lesson for Sunday School.  I’ve updated it just a bit and wanted to post it again today in case you are looking for something for SS this week on Father’s Day.

This lesson points to the characteristics of our Heavenly Father.

Click here to see the post and for all the FREE printables!

 

 

FREE Bible Study for Preteens – Jonah BRAND NEW

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This BRAND NEW Bible Study for Preteens is hot off the press and is FREE but ONLY to subscribers of my blog or facebook followers.

I just finished this Bible Study on the entire book of Jonah.  I say entire, but it’s actually only 4 chapters, but your child will read every word!  In just 10 days, your child will have completed this study and the whole book of Jonah.  This is the perfect Bible Study for summer ESPECIALLY if you plan to visit the BEACH!  You can’t look out at the ocean and not think about how our God is in CONTROL of EVERYTHING!

This free download is based on the honor system!  It’s easiest for me if I just upload here verses emailing everyone directly, so IF you are a subscriber of this blog or facebook follower already, please feel free to download FREE!  If you aren’t already a subscriber, just subscribe now and then download.  Welcome aboard!

Spread the word!  I’m super excited about sharing this Bible Study – just send them here to download please!

Blessings,

Kathy:)

Download here:  Jonah

Be sure to check out my other Bible Studies for Preteens found here or here.

Product Description:
Bible Studies for Preteens are great first in-depth Bible Studies for this age-group. They take the readers through a portion of the Bible, leaving them with a feeling of success and training them in how to study their own Bibles. The reading passages are divided into manageable and content appropriate chunks. Each Bible study includes Word Checks with definitions, where appropriate, to aid in understanding. Each study also includes relevant and thoughtful questions throughout. In addition, short answer verses long writing assignments make this study fun and not overwhelming.

This particular Bible Study is on Jonah. Among other things, your son or daughter will discover that God is in control of everything – including his/her life!

Your son or daughter will use his/her own Bible to read the passages.

It takes just 10 days to complete this Bible Study.
This study is great for girls or boys!

About the author:

Kathy Hutto is a degreed elementary teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience including traditional school, Christian school, and homeschooling. She has written over a hundred and forty curricula-type products for kids and parents. She has served on committees for writing family devotions and missions curricula. In addition, she currently serves as the Preschool Ministry Coordinator for her Baptist church in Georgia.

Be sure to check out other Bible Studies for Preteens found here or here.

Summer Reading HUGE Bundle from three top sellers

Three TOP SELLERS from Currclick have teamed up to bring you a HUGE BUNDLE of summer savings on READING RESOURCES!

There’s something for every reader in your home including: Nursery Rhyme and Notebooking pages, Color by Number or Sight Word and Read and Roll activities, Reading Strategy resources, Sight Word Game and interactive reader, as well as a complete summer reading club for you to implement in your home.

Avoid that summer slide and order today!

A $60 value!

Click HERE to order this HUGE READING BUNDLE!

Look what’s included in this Bundle…

Summer Reading for Little Learners includes 11 titles and over 1000 pages in all! There are many activities included… notebooking pages, narration pages, copywork, tracing, coloring, sequencing, lapbook elements and so much more!

Titles included in this bundle:

Nursery Rhyme Activity Bundle – $27.00 value

Charlotte’s Web Notebooking Pages – $3.00 value

Little Bear Treasury Notebooking Pages – $2.00 value

This Engaging bundle is great to keep your students excited about reading and avoiding that “summer slide!”  There are 80 pages total combined!

Included are:

Seuss Color by number Seuss Words

Roll-n-Read with Pictures

Spring Color by Sight Word

Summer is a perfect time to help your children brush up on their reading skills. 

This bundle includes proven products to help your child succeed in reading!

$24 value

Whether you are remediating over the summer or wanting your child to get ahead, you will find success in Reading is for Everyone.

This resource will take you through the basic phonics sounds and rules using picture cues-pictures incorporated into the letters to help the learner associate the concept with the sound that it makes.

Also includes readers for every special sound.  These readers review all the skills taught as well as the current skill being worked on.

In addition, with this bundle, you receive flashcards for all of the special sounds.

$14 value

Learning Sight Words are a huge part of fluency in early literacy development.  Feed the Pig makes practicing fun!  This pack includes ALL of the Pre-Primer and Primer words from the Dolch 220 Sight Word List.

$4 value

Interactive Sight Word readers are a fun way to help your child practice certain sight words. This sight word reader focuses on the word “love.”  There are 10 pages in the reader and a page of letters for your child to cut, unscramble and glue to each page. The pages each have a very fun picture to color.

$2 value

“School’s” out!  If you are like me, you don’t want your children filling their time with television watching and video games.  Why not set up a Summer Reading Program right in your home?

This resource includes details about how to set up the club, printable logs (very fun and trendy), token redemption list, printable tokens, coupons, and even Summer Boredom Buster ideas.

$4 value

PLUS…

As a FREE GIFT for ordering today, you can receive this Charlotte’s Web Literature Guide with lapbook.  An $8 value. 247 pages.  Click here for freebie after purchasing the bundle.

Click here to order this HUGE READING BUNDLE!

HUGE Summer Bible Learning bundle and Freebie

Summer Bible Learning for Kids � [BUNDLE]
Today is the last chance to take advantage of a HUGE bundle of Summer Bible Learning over at Currclick for your kiddos!
This HUGE bundle includes:

 

ALL of Notebooking Nook’s current Bible copywork notebooks in one complete set!

AND

 

ALL of my Bible Studies for Kids!

Click here to order for just $8!

Proverbs Interactive Poster

PLUS as a Thank You for ordering this bundle, you can get the Proverbs Interactive Poster for FREE by clicking here. Spend a little time together at breakfast each morning studying the book of Proverbs with your kids!