Last year I started a new tradition in our household. I incorporated random acts of kindness with our advent calendar (or countdown to Christmas). As we countdown the days to Christmas, beginning December 1st, we do one random act of kindness each day until Christmas morning.
On my birthday, my husband hacked my personal Facebook page and left the most beautiful, uplifting post about me. It was a message that probably gave the impression that I am a perfect woman. Which I am not! Regardless, he went on describing how I am this “superwoman” doing all these amazing things. As I read his post I kept thinking, “How is this me? I am in no way the woman he is describing!” Although his message was sincere and sweet, I had the hardest time reading it. My judgmental radar was up and I began to criticize every word he wrote. I wasn’t looking for any errors on his part, rather it was I who was on the surgery table to be scrutinized.
My husband and I were married 8 years before we decided to start trying for a baby. I think we had many of our family members and friends convinced we were never going to have children. Yet, we honestly delayed what we felt was inevitable because we were enjoying each other’s company as a married couple. Before we were married, we spent a majority of 6 years dating alongside each other studying for hours. With my pursuit in science and his in engineering, it was rare for either one of us to have any spare time. Not to mention, the numerous jobs we’d work to avoid student loans and our devoted hours to church involvement. It felt like we entered a whole new world once we were married with our degrees, careers, and a new home. There was a freedom to experience life and explore the world together. So we did.
The other day, I had a conversation with a friend about the challenges children at this present time endure even at a young age. Between the shootings that have occurred at elementary schools, child prostitution, and unlimited, uncensored access to information, without a doubt our children are being raised in a different world than we were.
As I was scanning my Pinterest home feed I came across this quote:
“Based on how you spoke to (or about) your husband, today, what did you teach your son to look for in a wife?” – Matthew L. Jacobson.
After reading it, I immediately stopped and reflected. I honestly in that moment didn’t know if I was happy with the image I’ve been painting for my son, specifically what I wanted him to look for in a wife. Of course, I could go on and on about the characteristics of a good wife and what I’d hope he’d find in his future spouse. Still nothing can outweigh the constant display I’ve put before my son day after day. Whether I like it or not, I’m defining and creating for him a perception of what a wife is and what he may look for when he’s searching for her.
It seems like the ultimate struggle in life is balancing it! Honestly, how can we balance our lives without pulling our hair out? From work responsibilities, house chores, caring for our elderly relatives, parenting our children, being involved in our church and/or community to maintaining our relationships, we have more than enough tasks to occupy every hour of the day without any breaks. God forbid we neglect our health or hygiene along the way! Why does a mother feel like she has to be the Pinterest Queen of all things Martha Stewart, the Supermodel to keep the eyes of her husband, the Rachel Ray in her kitchen because the family gets bored with the same meals, and a walking Google search engine, since we’re expected to know and do everything at home? It’s absurd! We’re inundated with so many responsibilities and we’re pulled in multiple directions. To add to the madness, our society pressures us to look and be a certain way. We experience pressures of being successful, always giving the perception we have everything put-together, appearing prosperous, and ultimately achieving the American dream. There’s judgments about how we do everything! It’s like there’s this vehement water current rushing at you without any mercy. You feel inclined to flow with it, but you’re losing ground and sinking seems inevitable. If you stop, you’ll be overwhelmed by waves and drown. No wonder we deal with such immense emotions of indecision and worry. We feel empty, exhausted, and drained! What can we do? How do we balance everything?
I’m so excited!! My little man has memorized all his ABC Bible Verses! Take a look at my video of him reciting each one. It’s too cute! I’m one proud Mama!
My original plan for him was to learn two verses every month and be done by the end of the year. My son was so eager to learn them all; he was pushing me to teach him the last four scriptures within a week!
If you’re looking for tips to help your little ones memorize scripture, check out my blog post here. I go over some of the methods and tips I used in helping my toddlers memorize scripture.
Because some of you inquired, I also posted the verses I used below. I’ve also converted all of the verses into flash cards, so I can clear up some space on toddler’s playroom cork-board (where they are presently posted). Plus it will make it easier for me to review the scriptures with them now that they’re in a flashcard format.
If you’re interested in a FREE download of my ABC Bible Verses Flashcards contact me by filling out your information below. You can also pin them to your boards on Pinterest for other families to use.
Enjoy and God Bless!
ABC Bible Verses
A: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matt 7:7
B: …Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Eph 4:32 nlt
C: Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
D: Do everything without complaining and arguing. Philippians 2:14 nlt
E: Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 nlt
F: Fear not, for I am with thee… Isaiah 43:5
G: Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 nlt
H: Honor thy father and thy mother then you will live a long full life in the land the Lord your God has given you. Exodus 20:12
I: Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Eph 5:1 nlt
J: Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matt 7:1
K: Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! Psalm 34:13 nlt
L: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4
M: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Ps 98:4
N: Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Romans 12:17 nlt
O: Children, Obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Eph 6:1
P: Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Q: Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19
R: Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8
S: Seek ye first the kingdom of God. Matthew 6:33
T: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path. Proverbs 3:5-6
U: Understanding is like a fountain which gives life to those who use it, but foolishness brings punishment to fools. Prov 16:22 ncv
V: Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. Romans 12:19
W: Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Prov 13:20 nlt
X: Exceeding great and precious promises are given unto us. 2 Peter 1:4
Y: You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14
Z: Zion heard and was glad. Psalm 97:8
I occasionally post videos of my son quoting scriptures from the Bible on Facebook (Click the links to view the videos (July 27, 2016, June 8, 2016, Feb 18, 2016, July 17, 2015, July 17, 2015). Generally after a posting, my friends and family start asking me how do I get my toddler to memorize all these scriptures. In this blog I’ve included some of the simple tips and tools I use; however to start off, it really boils down to these three things: