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I'm a Christian homeschooling mama attempting to live a healthful lifestyle. My blog offers encouragement and practical ideas gleaned from my own journey.
We need to allow ourselves to think outside the box a little and consider why Bible reading matters and whether there are other practices that can accomplish the same thing in addition to — or, yes, sometimes even instead of — sitting and reading individually. I highly recommend making time for it (them) if you possibly can, even if it’s just five minutes a day to read or a single half-hour block of study in a week. * Scripture music – Playing Scripture set to music as you go about your day is an excellent way to take in a lot of Scripture (albeit usually not in large chunks) when you aren’t able to take time out from your necessary tasks. But overvaluing how the “reading” is happening and undervaluing all these other routes of exposure can lead us to look at the mama who’s attending church every week, reading the Bible every night with her family, and listening to Scripture on her stereo all day most days, and conclude that she’s falling short as a Christian because she isn’t also setting aside a second time of day (in addition to the family worship time) to read the Bible for only herself.
The Love the Word Bible Study Binder works together beautifully with my prayer binder*, and the way I usually put that together with the materials I’m using for my current studies. You could easily do this instead of the binder setup I have, to use in tandem with the binder setup I have (e.g. keep your permanent record in here, and use it alongside the more changeable binder system), or use these methods to jazz up the binder system I use. Melissa Tumino’s Bible Study Planner and Workbook reminds me a lot of the Bible study book I often recommend, Learn to Study the Bible, by Andy Deane. I’d say these go about moderate in depth, so they’re probably good for a lot of adults, but also good for use with older kids and teens, but possibly a little less useful for those who are very experienced with Bible study.
I also have two or three favorite ink colors I use regularly (like burgundy & teal). I like that the gel ink of the G-2s is really smooth, because when I’m doing regular writing, I really like for my pen to just glide across the page. You can use metallic gel pens similarly, although the effect will obviously be a bit different, and I do like my Pilot G-2s for that. I’ve never used a super-expensive pen, like a Mont Blanc, to compare (frankly, I wouldn’t want to use a pen that expensive because I’d be too worried about losing it!)
I like the idea of swatching on smaller cards in sleeves like this, because you can arrange, rearrange, and sort as necessary, take them out if you need to, and swatch on different types of paper on the same page (e.g. if you need to swatch some colors on a black background) This method probably works better for craft supplies than art supplies, where this might get bulky and expensive for swatching full sets of colored pencils, Copic markers, etc. (For instance, crafters & journalers swatching white gel pens often want to know how they behave on black paper and over top of other media, like paint or alcohol ink.) If Your Markers/Pens Are Dried Out As you’re swatching, you may come across some dried-out markers or pens.
As Facebook has openly chosen to censor the sitting President of the United States, an action I consider an unacceptably bald-faced defiance of freedom of speech, I will be leaving Facebook. (This, for me, has nothing to do with the person and everything to do with the office.) My account will remain intact (assuming FB doesn't delete it), so anything already posted is available, but I'll be seeking out alternative platforms for interacting with you. UPDATE: I've decided to try out groups at MeWe. If you're interested, you can join me here: https://mewe.com/join/whollyholistichealth
As Facebook has openly chosen to censor the sitting President of the United States, an action I consider an unacceptably bald-faced defiance of freedom of speech, I will be leaving Facebook. My account will remain intact (assuming FB doesn't delete it), so anything already posted is available, but I'll be seeking out alternative platforms for interacting with you. UPDATE: I've decided to move forward with a group on MeWe. If you're interested, you can join me here: https://mewe.com/join/holyholistichomemakers
"And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!' So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.' And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them." -Lk. 2:1-20 "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ' Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.' When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: " But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel."' Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.' When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh." -Matt. 2:1-11
"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, 'Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!' But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.'" -Lk. 1:26-33 "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.'” -Matt. 1:`18-21
'Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,' Says Yahweh of hosts. 'But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire And like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to Yahweh An offering in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem Will be pleasant to Yahweh, As in the days of old, As in former years.'" -Mal. 3:1-4
“'Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion,' Says Yahweh of hosts. 'Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones. And it shall come to pass in all the land,' Says Yahweh, 'That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one-third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, "This is My people"; And each one will say, "Yahweh is my God."’ ” -Zech. 13:7-9
(I'm not certain if these totals (in the text) are right, but the relative proportions should at least be pretty close. It's hard to tell whether the numbers in the chart are separate [and should be summed] or are cumulative. I *think* they really are cumulative, based on what the document says about the number of doses administered as of the 19th.) https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/downloads/slides-2020-12/slides-12-19/05-COVID-CLARK.pdf
"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves." -Zech. 12:10-14