Growing Character Devotional Journal for girls

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Dear Moms,

I am so passionate about the resource I’m sharing with you today. I wanted my children to start 2017 with Devotional Journals and so the search began. 

I found a good one for boys, which was also recommended to me by our youth pastor. 

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But, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in a preteen/young teen girl’s devotional book. I had some pretty specific things that I wanted to see included and some things I wanted to avoid.  First, I wanted it to include Scripture! I did not want a devotional style book with short stories.  I wanted my daughter to be challenged to think about what she was reading and how to apply it to her life.

After having written a number of Bible Studies for Preteens, this project seemed to be a good progression of that series.  I was able to tailor-make this journal to include the things I had in mind for a study.

The Growing Character Devotional Journal will be tool for preteen/teen girls to use that will have them in the Word and studying Godly character traits that could shape their developing personalities.  I’m so passionate about this resource and I pray that God will “multiply the seed sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” (2 Cor. 9:10)

Please join me in praying that God would use this resource to bring liberality and set up a love for God and His Word by all the young girls who use it.  Pray that God would be glorified; that it would cause thanksgiving to Him; and that His name be praised as a result.

You can sample all of Week 1 below.  To order, click here.

Growing Character Devotional Journal Week 1 Sample

Very Sincerely,

Kathy

 

Product Description:

Growing Character Devotional Journal for Girls is a GROWING BUNDLE. That means that I will continue to add to it.  You purchase it once and will be notified when new content is added.  You will be able to download the the new additions, at no additional cost.

As more content is added, the price will increase.  So you will want to purchase this  bundle as early as possible.

WHY A GROWING BUNDLE?

I’ve decided to offer this product as a Growing Bundle for a couple of reasons.

Reason #1 – This is an extensive project and I want to take my time.  I am creating this product for my own daughter and with yours in mind, so I’m meticulously pouring over it.  I don’t want to rush to publish it all at once at the risk of sacrificing quality.

Reason #2 – This journal will be a devotional that your child can use for the entire year and I’d like for our girls to be able to begin in January, which is soon approaching.

You will need to purchase a Notebook for your daughter.  Print the cover sheet (included) and slip it into the clear sleeve on the front of the notebook. Print Week 1 (included) and add it to the notebook. You’re all set to begin the first week of January.  I will upload the preceding weeks as I have them ready.  You will receive a notification via email from Currclick.  You can print and add new content to your daughter’s notebook as it becomes available.

WHY A DEVOTIONAL JOURNAL?

I wanted a daily devotional book for my children, and so the search began.  I was able to find a good one for teen boys, and you can read about that recommendation on my blog.  But, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in a preteen/young teen girl’s devotional book.

I had some pretty specific things that I wanted to see included and some things I wanted to avoid.  First, I wanted it to include Scripture! I did not want a devotional style book with short stories.  I wanted my daughter to be challenged to think about what she was reading and how to apply it to her life.

After having written a number of Bible Studies for Preteens, this project seemed to be a good progression of that series.  I was able to tailor make this journal to include the things I had in mind for a study.

WHY A CHARACTER STUDY?

The preteen/young teen age can be challenging.  Girls this age are exploring who they are and developing their individuality and personality.  It’s the perfect time to work on identity and character building.

In addition to studying a character trait, your child will be studying a character in the Bible who exemplified that trait.

HOW IS EACH DEVOTIONAL SET UP?

There is a Weekly Sheet with the Character Word and definition that will be the focus of the week.  There is a place to write the weekly Memory Verse.  This sheet also includes a place for writing down prayer needs for family and friends as well as praises.  Following this sheet are 5 daily sheets – for Monday through Friday.  Each daily sheet includes 4 sections:  Plant it (Introduction), Water it (Bible Study), Watch it Grow (Application), and Memory Verse practice.

Character Traits that you will see in upcoming weeks include…

Worthiness – Mary Magdalene

Loyalty – Ruth

Courage – Esther

Perseverance – Hannah

Generosity – Mary (Lazarus’ sister)

Kindness – Rebekah

Humility – Mary (Jesus’ mother)

Self-Control

Hospitality

There will be 47 character traits studied this year – one for each week of the year, excluding spring break, fall break, Thanksgiving week and Christmas break.

About the author: Kathy Hutto has an education degree from Mercer University.  She serves on staff at her Baptist church and is a freelance writer.  She also homeschools her two children. She’s written over 200 educational and church-related products, which can be purchased through Currclick.

Click here if you’re ready to order.  This is a growing bundle and the price will increase as more content is added.  It’s super cheap right now.:)

 

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NEW In His Presence Series beginning Jan. 1

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Beginning January 1, we will start a new In His Presence series.

I’d like to invite you to join me as I read through the Gospels in 2017. 

The express purpose of doing this is to study Jesus’ personality.  The inspiration for this came from page 30 of Lifeway’s,  Journey magazine this month; an article by Emily Ellis.  The Holy Spirit has confirmed for me that this is the direction we should take and I am super excited about it.

Here’s an excerpt:

For some reason, I’ve never viewed the Gospels as a way to get to know Jesus.  I can recite His character traits by heart – He’s good, loving, faithful, and so forth – but His personality?  Not so much.  How did He interact with others?  Was He funny, serious?  Did he laugh, cry? What made Him human?

Recently, in order to discover more about Jesus, I decided to read through the Gospels slowly, trying to pick up on details I’d missed before.  It didn’t take long to discover some really awesome things.  Here’s one from Luke 4:  “Then, as the sun was setting, all those who had friends suffering from every kind of disease brought them to Jesus and he laid his hands on each one of them separately and healed them.” (v. 40)

Late in the day, at sunset, when most people were headed home after a long day’s work to eat, rest, and enjoy their families, Jesus took the time to lay His hands on each sick person that was brought to Him, and scholars believe there were a lot. 

Being human, Jesus was probably tired from His long day – He had already taught in the synagogue, cast out a demon, and visited Simon’s house to heal his mother-in-law.  He could have just done a group healing session that evening to make it quick so He could get home to rest, but He didn’t.  He spent time with each and every person that was brought to Him and laid His hands on them individually.  What a testament to the personal and compassionate nature of our Lord. 

I will be using my In His Presence Journal to record my thoughts and notes.  If you’d like to participate, the best way to do it is to subscribe to this blog, where I will post the Scripture reference for the day at 6:30AM each morning.  (I like to break the reading into very small chunks so we can really dig in.)  We can share our thoughts via the comment box after reading.

I find that it is best for me to do my quiet time in the morning, while the house is quiet and I can have some uninterrupted time with the Lord.  Also, I can tell a HUGE difference when I start the day spending time In His Presence.  I begin my daily routines spiritually full and my actions and attitude are an overflow of that time with Him and what He’s shown me.  I’m able to feed into the lives of those I encounter.  I desperately want this experience for all of you!

Whether  you choose to get up at 6:30 or not…and whether you choose to go through the Gospels with us our not…please make sure you are taking the time to read your Bible and pray daily.

Don’t dare get discouraged if life happens and you miss some days.  Just pick right back up the next day and keep going.  The devil would love to lump guilt on you and try to make you quit.  Don’t stand for that!  We’ll find out when we study the Gospels that Jesus’ personality is not one of condemnation , but of unconditional love and grace!

What might be the benefits of  studying Jesus’ personality?  Comment below with your thoughts.  I think we will discover He is relate-able and it will enhance our relationship with Him.  We’ll see the comfort and healing He gives each of us is deeply personal.  I think this study will help us to see Jesus’ character as that of a beloved friend and so much more!

Some of you may have participated in our In His Presence series on Mark or Romans.  If you would like to learn more about how this works, read about it here.

Christmas Coupon Book Stocking Stuffer – simply download and print FREE

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It’s here!  And just in the nick of time!

My annual Christmas Coupon Book is hot off the press!  I will be printing these and putting them in my own children’s stockings.  They look for these every year.

This year, I updated them to add a little more teen flair.  I think you’ll notice the difference. However, there are two other options for sale on Currclick that I’ve created in years past when my children were younger.

I’m offering my newest Coupon Book FREE for my subscribers (honor system:)  Download below. 

FREE Coupon Book – New for 2016:  christmas-coupons-teens

Older Versions sold on Currclick:

Version 1

Version 2

This may be the easiest gift you’ll give this year!!

Merry Christmas!

Kathy:)

 

Holiday cards & a good cause

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Paperless Post asked me to team up with them for a worthy cause.  If you’re looking for last minute holiday cards, each purchase from their holiday collection supports RED’s fight against AIDS.

Our pastor and wife and kids are spending Christmas in Zambia, serving an orphanage there.  Many of the children have been affected by AIDS, either through their parent’s deaths from the disease or their own personal struggles with it.

I’ve attached a FREE Bible lesson you can use to learn about Zambia what it’s like to live there.  It’s part of my Mission Around the World curricula.

Kathy

Free Bible Lesson on Zambia:(includes the Bible Story “Jesus Heals Ten Lepers” as well as a Mission Emphasis on Zambia)

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FREE Birth of Jesus Mini Quiz pack

My friend, Bonnie Rose, has just posted a FREE Birth of Jesus Mini Quiz Pack for subscribers to her blog.  In fact, subscribers are privy to lots of freebies.  Be sure to check it out!

Birth of Jesus Mini Quiz Pack: This mini quiz pack includes 6 puzzles and quizzes, 3 creative writing prompts, and 1 research prompt. Students can test their knowledge of the people, places, prophecies, and events surrounding the birth of Jesus with a fill in, word puzzle, decoding puzzle, trivia, multiple choice, and timeline puzzle. A bonus notebooking project is included! 23 pages. Limited time freebie.

http://writebonnierose.com/subscribe-today/

 

Gift Idea Journal for Bible Reading and Prayer

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If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift, here it is!  It’s a Bible Reading and Prayer Journal (for women or men).

There are two covers to choose from.  Both have a rustic barn wood style.

Simply print (double sided) and have an office store spiral bind it (about $4).  Mine is at Staples as we speak!

Start the week on Monday with the Prayer Sheet, including a place to write requests for Family, Friends & Others, and Praises.  Then, there are pages for Monday through Friday where you write the Scripture God leads you to read and then journal your thoughts.  I will be posting some suggestions for the Bible Reading portion here on my blog throughout 2017, so be sure to subscribe. So far, we’ve gone through Mark and Romans together as part of the In His Presence series.  I’m praying about the books God will lead us to in the upcoming year.  There’s just no devotional book that can compare to the active and alive Word of God!  This journal encourages us to get into His Presence and allow Him to speak directly to us.

I created this journal last year at Christmas and used it all year long.  Mine is almost full now and what a treasure!  I can look back and see what God did in 2016.

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Last Year’s Journal

There are Prayer Strategy sheets in the back (prayers for spouse, yourself, children, etc.)

These make great ready-gifts, but be sure to print one for yourself too! (Upon purchasing one,  you have my permission to print as many as you want!)

I’ll be starting my 2017 journal soon!  There’s no greater thing than to have a quiet time with the Lord each day!

If you’d like to order, you can do so through Currclick, but I’d like to ask that you order directly from me this time so that 100% of the proceeds bless our family & homeschool.  The cost is $5.00, and gives you unlimited ability to print as many copies as you’d like.  Simply, fill out the contact form below and we will contact you back same day with your copy of the journal and a Paypal invoice.  You will be able to pay online using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.

*Note: If you don’t hear right back from me, please email kathyahutto@gmail.com to be sure I received your order.  This is a new feature.

Merry Christmas!

Love,

Kathy

Reasons to Praise Family Devotional

 

This time of year, the Christmas story usually resurfaces in our homes, church, radio, etc.  Many of us read it together with our families as part of our yearly traditions.  But, I’d like to suggest that we take it just one step further this year. Let’s also back up just a little bit to Luke 1.

One of our ministers delivered an amazing sermon yesterday based on this chapter.  I wanted to apply what I learned, so I decided to write it up “family devotional style” to make it easier to implement this week. Hope you’ll join me as well.

Reasons to Praise Family Devotional

Family Memory Verse this week:  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Devotional:

Read Luke 1:68-79

The word Blessed (verse 68) means Worthy.  It refers to praising God.

We should bless or praise God.  We can find some guidance for doing that in the Scriptures we just read.  At the end of this devotional, we’ll take some time to pray and thank God, which is a way to praise Him.

Reason # 1 – Praise God for Salvation

Re-read Luke 1:69 and 77, And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,”…”To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins,”

During Old Testament times, a sacrifice would be made for sin.  The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) So, an animal would be killed to pay that wage.  (Explain to your young children, who are tender-hearted toward animals, that God didn’t want animals to be killed.  He didn’t want the people to sin.  They chose sin.  Sacrificing the animal was an acceptable way to pay the wage.)  Some of the blood would be put onto the horn of the altar.

Read Leviticus 4 :7,And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense before the Lord that is in the tent of meeting.”

Here in Luke 1:69, Zacharias is prophesying about Jesus and he points all the way back to the horn in Old Testament times.  He is saying, Jesus will pay the wage.  He will sacrifice Himself and His blood will be the substitute once and for all, so we don’t have to receive the wage we deserve for our sins. (No more sacrificing animals.  Jesus sacrificed Himself.)

Reason #2 – Praise God for His Mercy and Grace

Re-read Luke 1:72 and 78, To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant,“…”Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;”

According to Websters 1828 dictionary, Mercy means, “..to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy That which comes nearest to it is grace. It implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, pity or compassion, and clemency, but exercised only towards offenders. mercy is a distinguishing attribute of the Supreme Being.”

Re-read Luke 1:75, In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.”

God has shown us mercy.  He has had compassion on us and, through salvation, looks at us now and sees holiness and righteousness – things we couldn’t earn and don’t deserve.

Reason #3 – Praise God for being a Light, so we don’t have to be afraid

Re-read Luke 1:78b-79a, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,

Dayspring means the dawning of the day.  After a dark night, the sun rises and brings its light.  This is what Jesus did.  We don’t have to fear.  We don’t have to be “afraid of the dark” any longer.  Christians don’t have to be afraid of what will happen when we die; we will live in heaven in an amazing, happy place.  We don’t even have to be afraid of anything – like our enemies (verses 71,74).

As a family, list some other things that might make you afraid. Let everyone add to the list since fears will be different for different age groups.  For example, parents might be afraid of not having enough money, or losing their jobs, while young kids are afraid of bullies and teens are afraid of going off to college away from family.

Reason #4 – Praise God for true Peace

Re-read Luke 1:79b, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Peace is something that people try to manufacture or create for themselves.  But true peace only comes from God.

List some ways people try to create peace for themselves. (buy things, use alcohol to help them not think about their problems, find comfort in food, find people with similar behaviors, etc.)

Why won’t those things bring lasting peace?  What will the result be for some of the things you listed?

Wrap Up

Take some time right now to Praise God for Salvation, Mercy & Grace, Being a Light, and bringing true Peace.

Prayer:

Dear God,

I praise You for coming to earth to pay the wage for my sin by dying on the cross for me.  Thank you for the best gift that could ever be given – Salvation.

Thank you for not giving me what I deserve, but instead showing mercy.  Thank you for making me holy and righteous before You.

I praise You for being a light and being in control of everything.  I don’t have to be afraid-no matter what happens in my life.  I know you are with me and guiding me.

(You might want to use the list you made earlier.  Thank You that I don’t have to be afraid of…)

I praise You for bringing true peace. Forgive me when I try to use other things to create peace for myself.  You, alone, guide my feet into the way of peace.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

The Reason

Long day of shopping?

Here’s a definite pick me up that will prepare your heart for worship tomorrow.

You’re welcome;)

Spelling Test Sheets for the Entire Year

BRAND NEW

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Spelling Test Sheets include sheets for you to print before giving your student his/her weekly spelling test.  As he/she waits for you to call the next word, s/he can color the picture.

These sheets make a great display for the refrigerator.

Includes:

  • Spelling Test with 10 blank lines and 2 bonus
  • Spelling Test with 10 handwriting lines and 2 bonus
  • Spelling Test with 20 blank lines and 2 bonus

Sheets for the entire 10  month school year:

January

February

March

April

May

August

September

October

November

December

Click here to order.

Cast Your Net Again

 

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They’d fished all night.  They were tired.  Their arms aching.  They were getting discouraged.  Nothing is happening.  Nothing is changing.  Should we just give up?

Then Jesus comes along.  “Cast your net again,” He says.

This is Jesus we’re talking about.

They cast their net again.

Luke 5:5, “But Simon answered and said to Him, ‘Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.’”

And finally, a long awaited catch that was worth waiting for!

You’ve prayed day after day.  You’re tired.  You’re discouraged.  Nothing has happened.  Nothing is changing.  Don’t give up.

Jesus tells you to cast again.

This is Jesus we’re talking about.

Pray again.  Miracles do happen. The long awaited answer will be worth waiting for.

And when the person repents, show mercy and forgiveness.

2 Corinthians 2:6-8, “This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.”

 

(A peek into my journal after my own time In His Presence this morning.)