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Interview with an Author ~ Erin Davis 7 Feasts Bible Study

I am in love with my new bible study! I am digging into the Old Testament and specifically the 7 Feasts from Leviticus 23. There will be a  full review of this in a few short weeks, but I wanted to share with you an interview with the author!

About Erin Davis

A popular speaker, author, and blogger, Erin Davis has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God’s Truth with others. She is the author of many books, including Connected, Beyond Bath Time, and books in the My Name Is Erin series. She also contributes regularly to the True Woman blog. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing down chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

The Interview

Me:

Why is it important to remember the Bible is a book about Jesus and not a book about us? How does that change how we study the Bible? 

Erin: 

As women, we are hardwired to want to be pleasing. It is one of the ways we bear the image of God. We want to be good daughters, good wives, good mothers, good friends, good employees, and good Christ-followers. Often we open our Bibles with that goal, however subconsciously, in mind. We’re looking for ways to make adjustments in order to be better women. 

God is gracious to transform us through His Word. He will reshape you as you read, but the Bible is not primarily a self-help guide. Here is a truth I must remind myself of often:

The Bible is not a book about you. The Bible is a book about Jesus. 

When we open our Bibles looking for ways to improve ourselves, we will feel frustrated with ourselves and how slow the sanctification process can be. But when we open our Bibles looking for God, we are never disappointed. He is on every page! And a clearer, bigger, more awe-inspiring view of Him, can’t help but change us. We are better able to bear the image of God when we better understand the character of God.

Me:

Erin, why do you think so many people skip over books like Leviticus when it comes to Bible study?

Erin:

Well, let’s be honest, the book of Leviticus can feel a little dry. That is especially true if we see it as a book about a bunch of rules for the Israelites. But our desire to understand the book of Leviticus (and to understand every other book in our Bibles) will grow when we recognize that all of Scripture points to the Gospel. The Gospel is the key that unlocks our Bibles, even the hard to understand books and chapters. 

I interviewed a Jewish rabbi during my research for 7 Feasts. I told him that in general, Christians don’t read the book of Leviticus. He said something like, “That’s odd because the sacrificial system is so central to what you believe and that comes straight from the book of Leviticus.” Bingo! In many ways, Leviticus is the blueprint for Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. When we learn to connect the dots between the Old Testament, the New Testament, and our lives as Spirit-filled believers, suddenly streams of living water gush forth from the text and Leviticus isn’t dry anymore! 

Me:

As we learn about the Seven Feasts, what are the Seven Feasts of Israel?

Erin:

I’m so glad you asked! The seven feasts are outlined in Leviticus 23. In the broad sense, this was the calendar for the Israelites as they wandered toward the Promised Land. The feasts include:

  1. The Passover
  2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread
  3. The Feast of Firstfruits
  4. The Feast of Weeks
  5. The Feast of Trumpets
  6. The Day of Atonement
  7. The Feast of Booths

Me:

What do the feasts teach us about God?

Erin:

I’ve spent years studying the seven feasts, and I am still discovering more about God through them. I can’t unpack all of that here, but here are three things the seven feasts have taught me (or reminded me) about God:

  1. He is aware of our chronic spiritual amnesia and has mercifully established rhythms to help us remember His character. It was such tender mercy for the Lord to give His people an annual calendar that included seven points of remembrance. This helped them focus on the reality of His goodness even as they wandered in the desert. He does the same thing for us. He has given us so many reminders of who He is. 
  2. He calls us into real rest. More than half of the seven feasts include a command to Sabbath. Over and over in Leviticus 23, the Lord is extending this invitation, “Rest in this. Rest in this. Rest. In. This.” The “this” is His sovereignty, His tender care, His mercy, His grace. The seven feasts reveal just how much God cares about the true, soul rest of His people. We really can rest in Him. 
  3. God’s redemptive plan is revealed through the seven feasts. This reality really excites me! Jesus died on Passover. He rested on the Sabbath. He rose on the Feast of Firstfruits. He sent the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Weeks/Pentecost. The seven feasts point forward, with remarkable consistency, to Jesus’s sacrifice for our sins. God was using the feasts to guide His people into a relationship with Him while He was pointing forward to the moment when He would make a way for us to all be in relationship with Him through Jesus’ sacrifice. It’s just so good! 

Me:

Wow…that is really eye-opening to think about! This leads me to my next question, what do we learn about the importance of Sabbath as we study the feasts?

Erin:

The concept of Sabbath is essential to the seven feasts. Before God began outlining the feasts to Moses, He described, in detail, the Sabbath. If we boil Sabbath down to it’s essence, Sabbath is a divine invitation to change the pattern. 

If we consider the context for Leviticus 23, we see that Sabbath was a relatively new concept for God’s people. They had moved from being slaves, bound to work for their masters all day, every day, to being free. When God handed down the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, Sabbath became a new rhythm for the free people of God and He reminded them of that when He outlined the seven feasts.  

The command to Sabbath is repeated in four of the seven feasts and both the feasts and the Sabbath are examples of ways God invites His people to change the pattern—to look up from our work and rest in His work; to stop gazing at ourselves and to gaze at Him instead; to unclench our fists and open our hands for the gifts He has for His children.

Me:

Finally, how does understanding creation tie into understanding the Seven Feasts?

Erin:

The Bible opens with rhythms. God spoke, creation responded. The sunset. The sun rose. Repeat. Whether we are attuned to them or not, our own lives all have rhythms. Years are marked by the passage of seasons. Days lengthen and then shorten, then lengthen again. Months are marked by the cycle of the moon. 

Creation points specifically toward the seven feasts. Astronomers recognize four primary moon phases. If we divide the number of days in the average month by the four phases of the moon, what’s the nearest whole number? Seven! A seven-day week is built into the framework of existence. It’s always been a part of God’s plan. The drumbeat established at creation continues through the Jewish calendar outlined in Leviticus 23. The seven feasts mirror the seven days of creation. Again, God speaks and creation responds.

One of the greatest gifts the seven feasts can give us is attention to the rhythms of our lives. God was writing in the planners of His people to help them remember who He is. He was establishing rhythms of work, rest, and worship to keep them tethered to Him, even as they wandered. 

As New Testament Christians, we are not bound to a strict observance of the seven feasts, but if we let them, the feasts will reshape our rhythms to shift our focus toward Him. The feasts can help us pay attention to, and participate in the other rhythms God has established for His people.  

I want to thank Erin for this interview! If you want to know more about 7 Feasts and what I am learning through this bible study, check back in the beginning of August to read my full review!

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Quick Answers to Social Issues – A Master Books Review

We are in some troubling times. There are lots of things happening right now across our nation. When given the chance to review Quick Answers to Social Issues from Master Books, I was happy. this gave me a chance to learn more about the social issues that we are facing with a biblical viewpoint.

I was given the digital copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Quick Answers to Social Issues by Bryan Osborne covers topics such as Life Issues, Equality Issues, Marriage, Sexual & Gender Issues, and Environmental Issues.

Each of these “main issues” are broken down into other issues. Each issue starts off with a little box with Bible References. Since we know that the Bible contains God’s words, this is a great way to check and see what God has to say about each of these issues.

This was an easy to read book. I was able to upload it to my Kindle and read it while on the go…because when am I not on the go? While I love having a physical book in hand, I was very impressed with the quality of this eBook! The color and layout were perfect on my phone. It is a great book!

While I said this was an easy book to read, it is also DEEP! The issues that are brought up in this book are VERY relevant. As a Christian, I knew what I was supposed to know, but this book helps to bring to light the why. It gives me the background, the history of why. It gives me confidence to state what is right and why it is right.

The one chapter that really caught my eye right now was the chapter on Racism. This is BIG right now. We don’t need to go into the why of this, we all know it. But this chapter helps to remind me the one thing I already knew, the one thing I am teaching my kids. We all come from one man, Adam, and one woman, Eve. We are all one blood. I wish I could share this whole chapter with everyone, because this chapter is important.

I have to say, if you are struggling during this time in our history, the one thing you need is this book, just for this one chapter. If you don’t know how to explain everyone as equal to your children, you need this book for this chapter!

The book ends with some great ending points. The conclusion was second favorite to the chapter on racism for me.

I recommend this book to every Christian and non-Christian. This is book that needs to be in the hands of everyone during this time that we are in.

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Wonders of Creation – A MasterBooks Review

My kids love books. This is no surprise! We have been reading books since they were babies. While they love reading books, sometimes reading to learn is not always as fun. We have had a chance to take a look at the digital copy of Wonders of Creation: Design in a Fallen World from MasterBooks. This book has helped us enjoy learning while reading!

What It Is

We had the digital copy of Wonders of Creation, but there is also a physical copy if you want to actually get your hands on this book!

Our digital copy has 218 pages from start to finish. There are 14 chapters in the book:

Table of Contents

  • 1. Since the Creation of the World
  • 2. Land Mammals
  • 3. Sea Creatures
  • 4. Birds and Flight
  • 5. Insects
  • 6. Stars and Planets
  • 7. Starlight and Time
  • 8. Beauty
  • 9. Mathematics and Beauty
  • 10. Materials
  • 11. Mankind
  • 12. A Changed World
  • 13. The Six Days of Genesis
  • 14. What Happened?

This book will not only talk about the perfect world that God created, but it ends with what went wrong. This is not a dark and terrible ending, rather we are walked through the fall that Adam and Eve created, and we are learning about the why’s that have come from this. The explanations have not only helped my kids understand the pain and suffering of the world, but it has also helped me understand it better!

How We Used It

Since this was not a textbook, there are no questions to be answered, besides our own, we used this as a book to read as we wanted. We started reading from the beginning but found ourselves jumping to the different categories that we were more interested in.

While we didn’t always use this for a textbook, I did decide that we would pull this out and read at least one section a week. This allowed us to talk about how everything was made perfectly the way that God had created it. It was the perfect break in our typical school and allowed us to still learn.

What We Thought Of It

We give this book thumbs up! We really enjoyed scrolling through and looking at the pictures. This leads to us reading about the different creations of the world and how they work. While reading about the Fall is not something we look forward to, this book was able to describe it in a great way for all of us to understand.

This is a book that my kids will be loving for years to come. I love knowing that my kids will be able to learn about creation with a strong biblical viewpoint. This will help them defend their faith and know that all was created just the way God wanted it to be.

If you are looking for a beautiful book full of great pictures and useful information, you will want to grab a copy of Wonders of Creation for yourself!

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Beloved – A Devotional for Young Women (A Homeschool Crew Review)

Raising kids can be hard. Making sure they are learning all they are supposed to learn, from school, to chores, and of course their faith. Little Miss in my oldest girl, and when I got the chance to review Beloved: 365 Devotions For Young Women from Zondervan, I jumped at the chance!

What Is It

Beloved is a hard covered book with 370 heavier pages. The simple flower design on the cover goes throughout the book adding something to the pages without being too crowded. There is one devotion page for each day of the year. It is undated, so you can start your year whenever you want to.

This devotional is aimed at girls ages 13-18 years old. All of the devotions are based on different women and girls from the Bible. Through this devotional, we see that the Bible is not just a book for and about the guys. We have our eyes opened to the everyday and extraordinary women.

How Did We Use It

Little Miss is a few years younger than the recommended age for this devotional, but I knew this was something that she would still enjoy, so I decided that this was something we would do together. Little did I know, I would gain just as much as her as we read through each day.

Each day started with a short Bible verse. Each of these verses are about different women of the Bible. They do not jump around like other devotionals that I have read, rather, they go together from one day to the next, telling the story of the woman.

Following up after the Bible verse is the devotional that goes with that verse. This devotional will take a lesson from the Bible verse to teach us. On Day 36 the verse was Genesis 19:25-26, the devotional takes the disobedience of Lot’s wife and shows us that curiosity can lead to disobedience. This was the perfect starting point for a great conversation with Little Miss about curiosity and sinning.

And it wasn’t just that day that leads to conversation. Each day we sat down, we ended in conversation about how we can learn from this devotional. While the stories are old, they still ring true in what we face today as young women following Jesus.

What Did We Think

Both Little Miss and I fell in love with this devotional. This was exactly what we were looking for as a way to grow stronger in our faith together. This was not too old or too young for her. Reading it with me, she was able to understand and learn from it. I can see this being a devotional that she will use over and over again, always learning something new each time she reads it.

The pages are thicker, which means they will not likely tear from constant use. There is a space at the bottom of each page for notes, which I am leaving for when she can take her own, and there is even an attached ribbon bookmark, which makes her feel extra special when she uses it.

We both loved that the devotions were short, but they were deep. There was a lot of learning that we both got out of it. Where I would see something for me as a wife and mother, she would pick out something for her as a daughter and sister. This is a book full of lessons, and for now, a lot of bonding time between the two of us. I can not wait until Little Miss is ready to take this on her own and dig even deeper into her life as a young woman of God.

There are 60 other reviewers who had the chance to use this with their daughters, click the picture below to see what they thought of it!

 

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women {Zondervan Review}
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One Blood for Kids by Ken Ham – A Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

My primary goal when raising kids is to raise them to see everyone as a child of God. This can be hard to explain in today’s political correctness that seems to be everywhere. Ken Ham and Master Books has helped me with this with One Blood for Kids: What the Bible Says About Race.

For this review, I received the digital download of One Blood for Kids. I was able to send this over to my Kindle account and access it on our iPads for the full-color experience (which I recommend!)

My copy had 64 color pages that talk to us about the 7 Spiritual “Races” of the Bible. When I say, color, I mean color! The pages are beautifully full of color and pictures that take what we are reading and allow us to see it as well!

This book talks about the young earth, and how the fossils that we find are from Noah’s Flood. This makes sense to our family, and even more sense when described in the way that Ken Ham described it.

There is no right or wrong way to read this book. We chose to read this book during our Bible Study time at the beginning of our homeschool day. I loved the little “Set the Tone” sections on the pages. I used those as our starting and stopping points of reading each day. Some days we would read more pages, other days it would be less.

On the days we read more, it was more of the storytelling side of it. The days when we had less to read, these pages were packed with a lot more information.

The main point throughout this book was that there was one race, the human race. This was further broken down to the 7 Spiritual Races of Created, Fallen, Rescued, Divided, Saved, Lost, and Lamb’s Race. We learn about each of these as we go through the book.

We have learned so much through reading this book, mom and dad included! The kids had a question that if we all came from Adam and Eve, how could we be different colors? That was explained in a significant way that everyone understood. It also helped us understand why, in our family, some kids have different colored hair and a slightly darker skin tone than the other.

My kids come running when I say that it is time to read One Blood for Kids. They are excited to learn more about the human race and how we are all related to each other. This is a great book that takes the politics out of the equation and only shows the history of the Bible as to where we all came from.

If you are like me and want to teach your kids that everyone is a child of God, no matter their skin color, One Blood for Kids is the book you will want to have in your hands!

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Kingdom Files – A Homeschool Crew Review

As we started our new school year, I wanted to find a way to learn more about certain people in the Bible. I love our previous Bible studies, but this time I wanted something that we could cuddle up and spend time reading together. I found that option with Barbour Publishing and their Who Was Kingdom Files books.

We received Who Was Jonah? and Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? for this review.

The kids were excited about these books, but Ray Ray was a little upset. As he was looking through, he saw that there was Who Was David? which happens to be his favorite Bible hero. After falling in love with the first two, I had no issue grabbing him Who Was David? and loved watching him get excited and begging to read it right away!

What Is It

The Kingdom Files books that we have are all small paperback books that are about 80-90 pages long. They have a larger, but not huge, font that makes it an easy to read book. There are also beautiful black and white hand-drawn illustrations on the pages that go along with what you are reading.

The stories are broken down into three sections. You start off with the Fact File. This file folder gives you the key information about the character you are going to be reading about. You have the Action File that is the main story. This is where you will learn about the character’s story, what God wanted to share with them and how they reacted to God’s plan for them. Finally, we have the Power File. This is where we find some great information to remember about God. Our favorite from Jonah was God Doesn’t Abandon. This is combined with a memory verse that goes with the information.

Throughout the story, we also find Clue Boxes. These boxes are like the study boxes in your study Bible, and they offer your children ways to look at the story and how to apply what they are reading to their daily life and the life of the character you are reading about.

How We Used It

We started with Jonah. I mentioned that we wanted to find something for Bible that would allow us a way to study the people of the Bible comfortably. We would cuddle up on the couch, or around the table during snack time and read a chapter at a time. After reading, we would spend time discussing what we had read and how to apply that to our lives.

After each chapter, we would go to the Power File and grab a power-up to go with the chapter. While there is nothing that says you should do it this way, we found that spreading these power-ups through the chapters gave us more time to study the memory verse that went with each power-up.

What We Thought

We loved these books for our Bible study each day. They were a great way to learn more about the people of the Bible instead of just the events. The were able to see Jonah, Mary, and David as the real people they were.

We loved the way the books were set up and how easy they were to read. Every one loved that even though the books were easy to read, they were very informative. The information was easy to understand for the kids, but also allowed us to dig deeper. My kids were able to take the story and apply the lessons to the things we have gone through.

There are also other resources available here that you can use to go along with the books after you read them. You can find fun activities and teacher resources that you can use for different projects!

If you are looking for a way to show your children the people of the Bible as they were, real people, the Kingdom Files by Matt Koceich are the books you will want to read with your children.

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Bible Study Guide For All Ages – A Homeschool Crew Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

We love learning about the Bible in our house. The kids love things that are interactive and fun. There is a Bible curriculum that I have had my eye on for many years, but I just didn’t know if it was the one. After spending the last few weeks with the Bible Study Guide For All Ages, I am sad that I wasted all those years and would have jumped right away!

For this review, we had our hands on the Beginner (3-K) set that comes with the Beginner Student Pages and Beginner Time Line, as well as the Intermediate (3rd & 4th grade) set that came with the Intermediate Student Pages, Intermediate Teacher Key, and the Bible Book Summary Cards.

What It Is

This is a hands-on physical product that my kids were able to touch and color on. We started at the beginning, and the Beginner and Intermediate levels followed along the same time line. That means that I was able to work with both kids at the same time without any of us getting confused.

These levels talk about Joseph, Daniel, and the start of Jesus’ life. You are able to see the order of study by looking here. Unit 1 is the first 104 lessons, ending with Jesus’ last week.

The Beginner Level is geared for age 3 or 4 up to Kindergarten. This curriculum uses engaging activities, a Bible story, review system, and Bible drills to name a few. This is a great level for children who don’t know how to read or who are just starting to read. At the beginning of the set of lessons contains some quick teacher instructions. These instructions allow me to know what I need to know to help Little Miss learn more about the Bible.

Along with this, we also got the Beginner Time Line. This is a great way to show the events of the Bible to your children in a simple way. These time line pieces are 8×10 color pictures. The pictures are simple and easy to understand. They are colorful and easy to understand. They ask simple questions, like “Who was the first mand? Who was the first woman?” This simple drill as we look at the time line allows the kids to answer the questions and remember the order of events in the Bible.

The Intermediate Level includes a similar set-up but is geared towards the older ages. Your child will still work through an interactive Bible story, review games and Bible drills, but they will also be using a time line and map drills to help them dig deeper into the study they are working on. While the student pages include the Teacher Quick Start on the first page, they also have a teacher key for this level that gives you a little more for the beginning of the lesson and all the answers for the question that are asked of the kids at this level.

To go with this level, we received the Small Bible Book Summary Cards. On the front of these cards are pictures showing what the main concepts of each book of the Bible are. The back of the cards provides a short summary of the book as well as review questions that you can use to quiz your children and see what they remember. Ray Ray has never been a fan of flash cards, so he is still hesitant about using these, but has been improving as I pull them out from time to time.

How We Used It

When I first thought about using this program with the kids, I thought I would have both Little Miss and Ray Ray using the Intermediate Pages and Baby Girl would use the Beginner Pages. However, when I got the Intermediate Pages (just one set to look at first) and the Beginner Pages, I decided that Little Miss would be better with the Beginner Pages over the Intermediate Pages as she is still working on her reading skills.

We would sit down at the kitchen table three days a week to work on our lessons. These lessons would only take us 20-30 minutes each day, depending on how talkative the kids were that day. They only require a Bible to read the stories from and some sort of colored item to color with. We set aside a set of colored pencils just for this course and kept them with the student pages.

I would read the story from the Bible and work over the lessons with the kids. Being at two different levels, they each did different activities on the pages, but they were very similar. I would be able to get one child started and get the second one started on theirs. We were easily able to work through the lesson without confusion or frustration on anyone’s part.

What We Thought Of It

My kids are in love with this Bible Study Curriculum! They don’t fight me when I tell them it is time to do it and actually look forward to it. They remember that we learned in previous lessons, which is something that we have had issues with before. While the lessons take about 20-30 minutes, this did not deter my children. They had fun, yes fun, the whole time we were working on the lessons. There was enough interaction with the lessons, that they kept the kids interested.

As we neared the end of the review period, I asked the kids if they wanted to keep using this or look for something different. Both kids were very insistent that we kept using this and asked if we could get more once we finished these pages that we had in front of us. They loved this curriculum, and I also did.

Having these two separate ages, and knowing the teaching would be a little different, I was surprised to see how easy it was to teach the two different levels at the same time. For a busy mom like me, I was happy to find a Bible Study Curriculum that worked with both of these ages at the same time. Knowing I only had to teach the lesson once was a blessing and sanity saver for me.

If you are looking for a Bible Curriculum that will work with multiple ages in your homeschool, I highly recommend the Bible Study Guide For All Ages. If you want to hear about how it works with other homeschool families, click the image below and check it out!

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Planet 316 Story Bible – A Homeschool Crew Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

Kids Bibles, we see them everywhere we go. We want to teach them the Bible at a young age, but this young age loves to play with technology. So, how do you mix what you want your kids to learn with how they want to learn? Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals has done that for you with their Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App.

What It Is

The Planet 316 Story Bible is a color-filled Bible filled with over 100 Bible stories. Each of these stories is written for the child. Each story holds the main facts, but they are written in a much more story-like tone. The Planet 316 Story Bible has stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

All of our favorite stories are covered as we looked over the Table of Contents. The stories range from Creation, Adam and Eve, Jacob, Moses, The Ten Commandments and Ray Ray’s favorite David and Goliath in the Old Testament. The New Testament had the stories of Mary and Joesph, the birth of Jesus, Jesus’ growing up and teachings, and his death and resurrection. This meant that I was able to use this Bible for our Bible time each day, and even on Sundays when I was teaching Sunday School! After reading the story, we were able to explore the story with the app.

The companion app that goes along with this Bible is free to download on Apple or Andriod devices. You must have a rear-facing camera for the app to access. Once you finish a story, you turn on the app, let it scan the picture on the page and watch your story come off the page with augmented reality! The kids were beyond excited to see the story instead of just listening to it.

After we scanned the picture and seen the characters come off the page, we were able to touch the different characters to see what they had to say. The kids found this to be really fun and couldn’t wait for their turn to try it out! They were also happy to show it to our pastor when he stopped over one day!

What We Thought

The kids loved to “play” with this Bible, but we found that we had to have two people using it together. We needed one to hold the page open, and the other could work the app. I think this Bible would be great in a format that would allow it to lay flat on the ground or table. Other than that, we had no issues, and that really wasn’t that bad of an issue! All of my kids loved to pull this out, and Little Miss even told me that she “loved to play the Bible when game time was over.” She knew that I wouldn’t say no to the Bible as fast as I would a video game, and she was right!

If you are looking for a fun and interactive way to bring the Bible stories you love to life for your kids, this may be what you are looking for. They get to be on the technology they are growing up with, and you get to see them learning the stories of the Bible that you want them to. It is a win-win for the both of you!

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Planet 316 Story Bible and Bible App {Planet 316 Reviews}
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Putting on the Spirit Devotion – A Review

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As a homeschool mom to four busy kids, I don’t always enjoy my time alone with God as I should. It feels like my days just zoom by way too fast. I wanted to find something that would help me to find time with God that wouldn’t take too long. I found that in Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms from Paradise Praises.

Putting on the Spirit is a 28-day devotion for moms who don’t have a lot of time. This is a small paperback that is easy enough to carry around with your Bible. You are to keep a journal with this. You can easily grab any notebook and use that, or you can grab the free printable one that Katie has provided, the link is in the introduction to the book.

By using this devotion, you are admitting that there is something more important than that super mommy cape that you seem to feel like you always need to wear. And by recognizing this, you will find that it is easy to find the time to feel refreshed and renewed.

As you go through this devotion, you will cover the spirit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. You will spend 2-3 days on each of these, with the last day focusing on the whole fruit of the spirit.

Each day you will start with a Bible verse, Galatians 5:22-23. After you read this verse, you will focus on the fruit of the spirit for the day. You will find definitions, other Bible verses that talk about the spirit and ways to incorporate this into your daily life.

I started without the free companion workbook, and I am upset with myself for this. I wish I would have printed it and used it. This workbook has everything right there for you to use. The exercises that you do after reading can range from copying a Bible verse to making lists or writing down how the verse relates to you. The exercises at the end of each day really make the devotion hit home. You are able to see how this relates to you and your life.

I didn’t realize how easy it was to carve time out of my day each day to be with God. Putting on the Spirit has helped me. It made me slow down, take off my cape and rely on someone other than myself. This devotion did not take a lot of my time, and it was effortless to use and fit into my day. I was able to sit down with my coffee most mornings and reflect. This put me in a better mood for the whole day. I felt stronger after spending time Putting on the Spirit.

If you are a busy mom who doesn’t think she has enough time to spend time with God, you have not grabbed hold of Putting on the Spirit.

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Drive Thru History Adventures – A Homeschool Crew Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

History is a subject that the kids in my house love to learn about. But I am not too big of a fan. That means it is hard for me to find what they need to learn in a fun way. No longer am I having that issue now that we have the history videos from Drive Thru History Adventures.

What Is It

Drive Thru History Adventures is an online program that gives you access to World History, American History, and Bible History Adventures videos and curriculum resources. This is a great way to make history come alive for your children, and bring the right to the site of where these things happened!

What do I mean by that? Drive Thru History videos bring you on site with host Dave Stotts to see where history happened. This brings the past alive for you and your students. I add you into this because you will find yourself sucked into the videos as much as your children are.

We focused on Bible History Adventures and American History for this review. Moe Man was bored with his current Bible study, so we tried this and got two thumbs up. Ray Ray and Little Miss are learning American History this year, and we decided that Drive Thru History was an excellent resource for that.

How We Used It

We used this program in two different ways to meet the needs of our children. First, Moe Man used Bible History Adventures as a daily Bible Study. This means that every day during our school week, Moe Man would use Bible History Adventures to help him dig deeper into his Bible Study.

The beginning of the week, Moe Man would take the time and watch the episode while completing the discussion questions. But that was not the end of it for him. With the curriculum available on the website, we were able to build on each lesson. For each video, there is a Bible passage or two that go along with the topic of the video. It is available to read online, but I would have Moe Man read it in his Bible. Finally, we would finish the week with the Dig Deeper articles. These were a great way to find more about the topic, and I would have Moe Man write me a short paper on each of the ones he read.

The American History Adventures was set up in much the same way, only instead of Bible passages, there were articles that go along with the topic, like the Mayflower Compact or The Declaration of Independence.

Since I was using this with Ray Ray as a supplement, we used this a little differently. We didn’t do a lot of the Dig Deeper articles unless Ray Ray was interested in something. We would watch the videos, usually having extra family members join in and we would discuss the questions at the end. Where I had Moe Man write the answers out, Ray Ray would verbally give me the answers.

What We Thought

The kids were in love with this site! They were in love with the videos! Even Daddy wanted to watch with the kids. I would have to say that the videos were the favorite part of the whole thing for the kids. They were well made with Dave Stotts talking to us as the viewers. We never felt like we were watching some boring history video, to us we were watching a fun show that we wanted to binge watch all day.

I personally love that each of these three sections are set up in a way that when used as a full curriculum, we can open and go. All the information for each episode is on that page of the site. There are beautiful pictures and fun little “side road” notes about each lesson. Moe Man was able to spend time on here without needing assistance from me, which he loves and the younger kids were able to play around on the pages to watch what they wanted and read more as they wanted.

My favorite part about all of this? The Adventures TV! This is where I would let the kids go crazy and watch what they wanted. This is set up like many of our streaming apps, and all the videos from all the programs are available, this also includes Behind the Scenes and Dave’s Adventures. These are the favorite sections for the kids and me!

If you are looking for a fun and interactive history curriculum, this is going to be your best bet! What is even better, if you grab your own annual subscription, you can get The Gospels DVD collection for free, right here.

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