Works for Me Wednesday–Family Video Keepsake

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If you’ve visited my blog before, you may know that my family is working on a goal of learning more of God’s word this year.  Our first family memorization challenge was Psalm 1, and I am proud to report that we completed it in about three weeks. I was thinking about how I love to hear my little girls’ little voices recite their verses, and how I am going to miss hearing those little voices as they grow, when it occurred to me that this is the perfect opportunity to do something we have not done nearly enough of:  videotaping our girls doing day-to-day stuff.  We remember to pull out the video camera on holidays and birthdays, but we often only use our regular (digital) camera for normal memory-keeping.  I thought that it would be a great family keepsake to have our girls reciting their memory chapters on videotape.  On Sunday morning after the girls were dressed for church, Steady Eddie recorded Lulu saying the chapter.  Because Louise is still pretty small, she just “helped” her sister this time.  However, I know that within the next six months or so she will be able to say the whole chapters herself; she already learns most of the verses with a little prompting.  I love that I now have this precious chapter of their lives recorded and I look forward to adding more minutes to our tape as the girls learn more of God’s word!

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Second Family Memorization Challenge

Wow!  My girls really surprised me by how quickly they learned our first challenge chapter!  After about three weeks, Lulu knows Psalm 1 cold, and Louise can say it with a little prompting at verse changes.  I am so proud of them and thankful that this is something they seem to enjoy doing.  We started learning Psalm 23 today.  To begin with, I am choosing basic scriptures that are often memorized.  I plan for us to continue this indefinitely (until Jesus returns!) and learn some lesser-known (or maybe lesser-memorized is a better way to put it) scriptures as well. 

Here is our second memorization challenge chapter:

1.  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  2.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3.  he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  4.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  5.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  6.  Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.   Psalm 23 NIV

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While blog surfing, I found this

 and thought it was kind of fun.  Hat tip to Mental multivitamin for the link.

Your Personality is Very Rare (INFP)

Your personality type is dreamy, romantic, elegant, and expressive.Only about 5% of all people have your personality, including 6% of all women and 4% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving.
I’ve actually had this test done by a professional before (as opposed to just answering the questions online myself and getting my own feedback), and then I was pegged as an ENFJ–an extraverted intuitive feeling judging person.  Hmmm.  Have I changed, or does it depend on the mood I’m in?  When I took the real test, there were a lot more questions to answer, so maybe that explains it.  Hmmm.  Interesting.
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Works for Me Wednesday–Scripture Memorization

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One of our goals this year was to really begin incorporating God’s Word into our everyday lives more.  The girls’ nana had already taught them several “stand alone” scriptures; both Lulu and Louise have quite a few in their repertoires already.   I knew from this that the girls were capable and ready to learn even longer passages of scripture.  Our first memorization challenge as a family is Psalm 1.  The way we approached this was to begin each day at breakfast with a reading of the chapter.  Then, we focus on one verse at a time, adding a new verse every other day.  We always go back and say the whole thing over again when we practice the new verse instead of just learning each verse alone.  Repetition is the key.  We do this again at lunch time, and then we do it again at supper.  I will often just start quoting the chapter at random times during the day, also.  We end our day with a recitation of our new chapter after stories and prayers.  We eat every meal together (except Steady Eddie, who only gets to be with us at supper during the week), so this seemed like a natural time for reinforcing God’s Word.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is actually God’s idea to do it this way:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.    Exodus 6:5-7 NIV

When the girls get a little bored with the normal recitation, we’ll do something fun, like saying our verses in a high voice or a deep voice.  I am so excited that my 3 1/2 year old and 2 year old have learned almost a whole chapter (of six verses) in just two week’s time.  Praise the Lord!  This definitely works for me!

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First Family Memorization Challenge–Psalm Chapter 1

Thanks to their nana, both of my girls already know several Bible verses.  Lulu started learning them when she was old enough to really talk, and Louise did, too.  Steady Eddie and I talked some time last year (really?  Was it last year?) that we would like to work on scripture memorization together, but like so many of our plans, we never carried it through.  Since it is a new year, we think it is a great time to begin this.  Our first assignment is Psalm chapter one.  I learned it in the King James Version when I was a child in Christian school.  However, we have chosen this time to learn it in the NIV because that is the version that we use for our Bible quiz team at church.  Steady Eddie already has in mind to groom our girls to be team members!  : )  Even though the girls do not fully understand what the words mean, I do belive that even just hearing God’s Word is beneficial to us.  Here is our chapter:

1.  Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  2.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  3.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.  4.  Not so the wicked!  They are like chaff that the wind blows away.  5.  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.  6.  For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.                   Psalm 1 NIV

What are you doing to hide God’s word in your heart?

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