NOV
17
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 10

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Welcome to our final day in the 10 Days of Character Studies: Day 10. Today we’re going to talk about being selfless. Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. What does selflessness mean? Showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Selflessness means that we act without thoughts of how we will profit or be rewarded for our actions. We choose to help others because we may identify with them, and their needs. And we choose selflessness out of obedience to what God has called us to do. What does selfishness mean? Concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others. What does our verse for the week say about being selfish? I haven’t found anywhere in the Bible where selfishness is rewarded or condoned. God repeatedly tells us to love one another, love our enemies, love others above our selves, and serve with a cheerful heart. Our best example of this is Jesus … [Read more...]

NOV
16
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 9

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  Welcome to 10 Days of Character Studies: Day 9! I can’t believe it’s almost over, I hope you are all enjoying the studies. I also hope they are helping you and your family develop Godly character traits! Today we’re going to be talking about self control. Ya, it’s a hard one to swallow for sure.   James 1:19-20 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.   What is self control? Showing control or restraint of your emotions, feelings, and reactions. How can we show self control on a daily basis? For example, choosing to be kind to a sibling even if we are angry, not choosing to sin in our anger, responding to meanness with kindness, etc.   Lessons Learned: We’re going to be spending the week discussing some ways to turn from anger and wrath, and begin to use self control in our words and actions. We’ll discuss how loss of self-control can … [Read more...]

NOV
15
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 8

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Welcome to 10 Days of Character Studies: Day 8! Today we’re going to be talking about how to keep the peace. I had to laugh because this reminds me of one year when my kids told my husband that all mommy wanted for her birthday that year was some peace and quiet! One of my favorite verses in regards to sibling rivalry is this: 1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” It’s another one that my kids have memorized, mostly from me repeating it constantly.   What does peace mean? An agreement or a treaty to end hostilities. A state of tranquility or quiet. What does the bible say about peace makers? "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." Matt. 5:9 KJV What does contention mean? Striving in controversy to win a competition or argument. (Controversy - is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of … [Read more...]

NOV
14
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 7

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  Welcome to 10 Days of Character Studies: Day 7. Today we’ll be talking about patience. Honestly I think this one is really more for me than for my kiddos! I may seem to be all together and cheery, but sadly I do lose my temper.       A verse that we’ve all memorized, and I have hanging above the door in our school room is Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” What does patience mean? Patience is “waiting until later for what I want now”. It is a good-natured tolerance of delay, or endurance under difficult circumstances Another word for patience is long suffering. What kind of attitude does patience ask for? God is our perfect example of this as He wants our love and affection now, but He waits patiently until we are ready to yield to Him: Peter 3:15 “And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. (NLT) Lessons Learned: This week we’ll discuss Moses as he was … [Read more...]

NOV
13
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 6

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Welcome to 10 Days of Character Studies: Day 6. I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for another full week of character studies! Today we’re going to be talking about obedience. An issue near and dear to my heart. Wouldn’t it be great if our kids just came out totally obedient with no sassy attitudes, no talking back, no dis-obedience? Ya, thought you might like that too, but it’s not exactly our reality is it?     What is Obedience? A willful submission to authority. What does willful mean? The desire to perform an act. What kind of attitude does God want from us in regards to obedience? When we’re obeying God’s Word, we do it out of desire to please God. Therefore our attitude is to be positive! Lessons Learned: This week we’ll be learning about the obedience displayed by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We’ll see how Noah was obedient even when everyone else thought he was crazy. We’ll see how obedience isn’t always easy as shown by Abraham as … [Read more...]

NOV
10
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 5

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the 10 Days of Character Studies: DAY 5!     Today we’re going to be talking about humility (versus shifting blame and making excuses).  It is in our human nature to protect ourselves, and really shifting blame onto others is just another form of lying.  It is dishonest and self-deceptive and it’s important to examine ourselves against God’s standard in this area.   Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Humility So what does humility mean? Humility is the quality of being humble: modest, not proud, doing something out of the goodness of your heart, not for yourself.  What does shifting blame mean? To hold others responsible for your actions. This week we’re going to take a look at Adam and Eve’s actions in the Garden, Saul’s choice to blame the people for his actions, Esau blaming Jacob for his foolish choice, and Aaron allowing the … [Read more...]

NOV
09
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 4

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the 10 Days of Character Studies: DAY 4!     Today we’re going to be addressing what it means to be honest. This is such an important study for us to go through. Not only is honesty addressed in the 10 commandments, but it’s one of the more prevalent sins among children. Most often they’re lying to protect themselves from receiving a consequence.   Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Honesty So what does it mean to be a honest? Not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent, to be truthful. We’ll be going through the story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, the story of Abimelek’s lie, Rebekah and Jacob’s lie, and the Sanhedrin producing false witness in regards to Stephen. We will learn how our lies will always find us out, and that nothing can be hidden from God. We will also learn the blessings of obedience … [Read more...]

NOV
08
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 3

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the 10 Days of Character Studies: DAY 3!     Today we’re going to be addressing what it means to be a good steward. This is a great study for my kids in particular! Our family has been so blessed and it is easy for all of us to take our lifestyle for granted. In this study we will address the ways that God has blessed us, and how we can be good stewards of those things as well as how we can turn that around and bless others.   Good Steward So what does it mean to be a good steward? The good steward is someone who is doing the best he can with the things that God has given him. The meaning involves how the precious gifts that God has given to all are used and cared for. Lessons Learned: This week we will be going through the Parable of the Lost Son, the foolish women unprepared for their bridegroom, the good and faithful servant, and the parable of the Shrewd Manager. We will study the differences between taking care of our … [Read more...]

NOV
07
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 2

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  Hi everyone! Welcome to the 10 Days of Character Studies: DAY 2!     Today we’re going to be addressing the character trait called “gentleness”. This is one of my favorites and also one of the harder ones for me in particular. I tend be a little more {uhem} “blunt” in my delivery, and I realize now that my kids respond so much better when I’m addressing them in a gentle manner!   Gentleness   Click to download: A Character study: Gentleness So what is Gentleness? Gentleness means to be kind, not harsh or severe, but mild and soft. As a matter of fact God is kind enough to tell us exactly what His definition of gentleness is in His Word. In Romans 12:10 we read that we are to “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Gentleness isn’t always so easy to do, especially when someone else is not showing it in return. However we are all responsible for our own responses to … [Read more...]

NOV
06
2011

10 Days of Character Studies: Day 1

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the 10 Days of Character Studies: DAY 1!     Last year I participated in the Heart of the Matter 10 Days of Homeschooling Blog Hop and I did a series called 10 Days of Homeschool Enrichment. It was such a blessing to be part of the hop and I’m so excited to be participating this year as well! I know I have several new readers and while I’ve shared some of these before I wanted to share my 10 Days of Character Studies with you all! One thing I found out while we were going through our character studies was that they were as much for me as for my children!   So grab a cup of something yummy to drink, and let’s chat! I hope you enjoy this series and that it blesses your family as you follow along with us! Also, don’t forget to check out the links to the other ladies participating in this years blog hop! They are all wonderful and I know they have some great things in store for you this year! So if you’re ready, we’re going to dive right in … [Read more...]