New Lesson Series: The Family Bible Journaling Project

It’s almost the summer!! And summer is a great time to try something new and different. That’s what I’m doing for Bible lessons this summer: something new and different.

Journaling Project 2I’m calling it, The Family Bible Journaling Project. If you remember how I started my Faith Journal, then you’ll have a glimpse into these Bible lessons. Continue reading

Mom, Cut Yourself Some Slack

I’ve had the opportunity to write on two other blogs recently and I wanted to share those posts with you! Enjoy!!

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The soil has been plowed. The rows are set. The seeds are sown. Rain has been falling. The sprouts should appear soon!

Gardens are full of new life. Tender plants need healthy soil, sun, and rain to grow, but at times they need knowledgeable people to help them grow strong. Weeds must be pulled. Some plants need to be staked. If insects or disease appear, then the correct protective measures must happen……

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People swirled around me as the homeschool convention moved on. So many speakers, so many ideas, so many opinions, so many books, so much.

I was so overwhelmed.

I knew something in my household needed to change. I knew we had issues that needed to be dealt with; but my spirit was dry and it was all I could do to make it to bedtime……

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How to Create a Faith Journal

Language is so important. I find it fascinating that the God of the universe chose to use words to communicate his love for us. He spoke and the world came into existence. He speaks continually through the Bible if we would but listen.

I attempt to have a quiet time. It’s hard with little kids in the house 24/7, so I’m trying a new strategy because I really do want to *hear* what my God wants to tell me.

Faith JournalI’ve started creating a Faith Journal. You might find it strange, but I’m not a journal or diary writer. I have notebooks filled with sermon notes and lists of prayer requests, but nothing that really reflects my relationship with Jesus. Continue reading

How to Homeschool Successfully

*This article contains affiliate links. All money made from the links on this blog post will be sent to the charity The Seed Company to help missionaries translate the scriptures into many heart languages.*

Teaching the Bible is my main focus here at Future.Flying.Saucers. I do happen to be a homeschool mom, and every now and then I post some homeschooling tips, activities, or reviews. But what I don’t speak about often is our recent adoption. I’m not sure exactly why that is, but it is a topic that I write about sparingly. I’ve had a hard transition and God has been doing housekeeping in my soul. And I have found that homeschooling and adoption mixed together has been an overwhelming challenge.

I’m excited to tell you that I’m a co-author of a new book, Homeschool Successfully When Life Happens!! The Homeschool Blogging Connection has worked hard to get this publication ready for you and my story of mixing homeschooling and adoption is shared in a chapter of this book. I hope you’ll grab a copy of it and that you are encouraged to keep on keeping on!

homeschool successfullyThe introductory price of Homeschool Successfully When Life Happens is $3.99 and there are some great bonuses that come with it! After this sale ends the book will go to its regular price of $5.99. Continue reading

Review and Giveaway! Weaver Book Company

I am always on the lookout for excellent Bible resources for my FFS Readers. And because I’m a creative learner myself, I love to find creative ways to teach children and adults.

When I look for a quality Bible curriculum, or accessories, I look for solid biblical theology. The kids and I listen to a lot of Bible CDs in the car and when we come across something that either makes the Bible “cutesy” or is just wrong, then I usually by-pass it. I also check to make sure that the gospel is presented because…well, that’s pretty important.

Introducing Weaver Book Company – and their brand new Bible Fluency Complete Learning Kit.

Have you been looking for a way to give your child a complete overview of the Bible? Continue reading

The End of the Second Missionary Journey ~ Acts 18 Scrambled Timeline Lesson for Kids

Objectives:

  • To create a timeline
  • To list the events of Acts 18
  • To recognize that the places Paul visited were real locations still found today

Acts 18Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; print out of the list of Acts 18 events; paper; glue; scissors

Time Needed: 30-45 minutes

Geography: Athens, Corinth, Syria, Ephesus, Caesarea, Jerusalem, Antioch

**If you are doing the MAP activity as we go through Acts, please move Paul as he travels to the locations mentioned in this chapter.

Background: Paul is on his Second Missionary Journey with Silas. Paul went to Lystra and invited Timothy to join them. In Philippi they met Lydia. Paul, Silas, and Timothy went to Thessalonica. Paul and Silas left during the night and went to Berea. But then the Jews from Thessalonica came to town. They began to stir up the crowd. The new church sent Paul away by ship, but Silas and Timothy stayed behind. Paul traveled to Athens. He told the people that His God had made all of the stone, gold, or silver used to “make” their gods. Paul explained that God was the Creator of all things. After Paul finished and he was mocked, he left Mars Hill.

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How to Teach God’s Word {As Your Kids Get Older}

My boys got their start in God’s Word pretty early in life. Almost from the time they were born we were reading them Bible stories and taking them to church. However, as they have grown {They are currently 14 and 18 years old.}, the way we approach biblical teaching has had to change. Gone are the days of us sitting down together a reading a chapter in the Old Testament as we learn Biblical history. Gone are the days of us reciting verses together. As they have aged they have changed and we as their parents have had to do the same.

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Review: Why Easter? and Why Christmas? Devotional Books

In my opinion, Easter is more important than Christmas. If you think about it, Christmas would mean nothing without Easter. Yet we spend at least one month celebrating the message of Christmas, while Easter is normally narrowed down to one Holy Week. I have been trying to change this in my own family and I want to tell you about a few books that help.

Why EasterI received the Why Easter? ($13.46) book to review and it has been a fantastic addition to our family devotions in the evenings these weeks leading to Easter. I also received Why Christmas? ($13.46) Both books are written by Barbara Reaoch who is Bible Study Fellowship International’s Director of children’s programs. Continue reading

Preaching the Gospel ~ Acts 17 Bible Lesson for Kids

Objectives:

  • To compare three ways people can respond to the gospel
  • To list the events of Acts 17
  • To discuss how Christianity turns the world “upside down”

Acts 17 Paul in AthensMaterials: Inductive Bible Study Form; white board, or paper, to create charts to compare the three cities

Time Needed: 30-45 minutes

Geography: Thessalonica, Berea, Athens

**If you are doing the MAP activity as we go through Acts, please move Paul as he travels to the locations mentioned in this chapter.

Background: Paul is on his Second Missionary Journey with Silas. Paul went to Lystra and invited Timothy to join them. They then went to Troas after the Spirit told them to not go to Asia and a vision sent them to Macedonia. In Philippi they met Lydia, and the church began with her and her household believing in Jesus. After healing a servant girl from a demon, Paul and Silas were put in jail illegally. After the town leaders realized their mistake they asked Paul and Silas to leave quietly.

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Paul and Silas in Prison ~ Free Acts 16 Bible Lesson for Kids

Objectives:

  • To explain the bondage of sin
  • To list the events of Acts 16:16-40
  • To discuss the power of God and the gospel

Acts 16 Paul and SilasMaterials: Inductive Bible Study Form; a thick chain (I did not have any, so I bought two feet of chain from my local hardware store for about $8.)

Time Needed: 30-45 minutes

Geography: Philippi

**If you are doing the MAP activity as we go through Acts, please move Paul as he travels to the locations mentioned in this chapter.

Background: Paul and Barnabas completed their first missionary journey and stayed in Antioch for a while. Paul then decided to go back to all of the places he and Barnabas had gone to check on the new churches. Paul refused to have John Mark travel with them, so Barnabas went on a journey with John Mark, and Paul chose to travel with Silas. Paul went to Lystra and invited Timothy to join them. They then went to Troas after the Spirit told them to not go to Asia and a vision sent them to Macedonia. In Philippi they met Lydia, and the church began with her and her household believing in Jesus.

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