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Monday, February 17, 2014

One little words

A while back we painted several walls in our kitchen with chalkboard paint.  The plan was to change the verses and sayings every few months. It stayed the same.  For a very long time.

So when January rolled around, and the younger kids and I chose one little word on which to focus for 2014, I decided those chalkboard walls would be the best place to display our words.  Up front and center so we could remember and contemplate and hopefully, to change. ourselves for the better.

You may remember that my word is LESS.

Mariana chose PASSION as found in the focus of the verse she chose, 1 John 4:9-11:  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Shoun picked COMMITMENT and is working on giving 100% to schoolwork and chores while remembering James 1: 2-4. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 

Isaac took a word that had been talked about during a church youth activity, PERFECTION.  His verse is 1 Corinthians 1310 from the Living Bible translation:  But when we have been made perfect and complete, then the need for these inadequate special gifts will come to an end, and they will disappear.

PRAYER is the word Eden chose and she's focusing on Jeremiah 29:11-12. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

And HOPE is working on smiling more; remembering to be joyful. Romans 12:12  When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.

It made me smile to see how God spoke to each child when choosing a word.

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