The pond is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to read. It used to be poolside, but considering, this year our pool management has been the pits and the pool has developed pond like characteristics - only without the fish, we have not been doing any swimming in it. There has however been quite a bit of tadpole catching and baby frogs hopping about, so how can summer get more educational than that. (LOL)
The kids actually enjoy fishing, so we use my mother-in-laws pond and they even get in a little swimming. But the fishing comes first because it's a bit hard to catch one after you scared them all off by jumping off the dock a few times.
One of the other things we are working on this week is re-instating family devotions. I have gotten pretty slack at it lately. You know how it goes... life gets busy or changes...
you get out the routine...
and then it's hard to get back into it.
On the flip side, the kids have been doing great at having their own personal devotional time, but I still like to get together as a family and spend some time in the word.
Tauna over at The Proverbial Homemaker was so generous to send me a free PDF of her Heart of Obedience Bible Study to do with the kids. So that is what we have been immersing ourselves in the past week for family devotions. I really like it, because it is not just a quick read, but more of a study the kids can get involved in. They are writing out a verse a day, and using their Bibles to look up verses as we study. We are re-establishing the meaning of obedience in our home, and the consequences for not obeying. As a parent, it is so easy to get lax in just following through when the kids don't obey.
I love the definition of Obedience that Tauna gives.
"Obedience means doing what we are asked, and doing it all the way, right away, and with a happy heart."Those three things are key to really having a happy home. The kids and I both really needed a reminder and some encouragement.
This Bible Study has five specific lessons on Obedience-
- Why Do We Disobey
- Consequences of Disobedience
- Why Does God Require Obedience
- Blessings of Obedience
- Having a Heart of Obedience
Tauna gives Scripture, encouragement, and activities to go along with her lessons. There is an area that includes further study, so this can be used with any age group of children effectively. She has coloring sheets for younger children and copy lessons for the verses for the older children. Not only are my children learning and being reminded of what obedience really means and what God requires, but my heart is also being tuned into my responsibilities as a parent. She offers a lot of tips and encouragement to parents too.
I am very impressed with this Bible study for family use. I would highly recommend it, possibly even for a Sunday school lesson(s) or use with a group of children. I look forward to using some of her other available lessons.
Tauna provided me with a free PDF copy of this lesson for use with my children. I was not asked to post a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
If you would like to check out this Bible study and other available options, just hop on over to Tauna's blog The Proverbial Homemaker.