Welcome back to the weekly 4 Moms post, in which 4 moms with a collective total of 35 children share our knowledge, experience and and helpful tips in maintaining health, order and sanity.
First, I recommend you see what the other 3 Moms have to say about teaching Bible:
If I seem a bit giddy, disjointed or just plain insane today, chalk it up to any or all of the following factors:
- I’ve taken a month off of blogging and am having a bit of trouble getting my brain back into blogging mode.
- My lovely children talk nonstop. To me. I love them, but holding a train of thought is about as easy as holding a real train.
- I was up nearly all night with 3 sick children and a baby who is ruining my reputation by refusing to sleep through the night.
- My washer exploded this afternoon, flooding the laundry room. Remember the part about vomiting children?
I’m not complaining. I’ve had worse days. Not many, but a few. There was the Great Poop Flood of ’99, for example. Hey, check it out: we’re #1 on Google for the search term Poop Flood. Call it a silver lining around that black, black cloud.
At any rate, days like these remind us why we need God. It’s easy to forget when everything goes right, but His Word is an encouragement when things go wrong, a light to our feet (Psalm 119:105), and a reminder that everything is part of His will and plan for us (Romans 8:28) – plans for our own good (Jeremiah 29:11), even when it doesn’t quite look that way.
I’ve blogged in the past about how we teach Bible and some of our favorite resources, so I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t go into depth today. The methods change over time and some of those past posts look nothing like what we do now, but they served us well during other seasons.
and more on Proverbs
Right now, everyone old enough to read is making their way through the New Testament at a rate of 10 chapters/day. Those too young to read are listening to me as I read a portion of each day’s selection aloud. Our plan is to begin and end in month of January. Of course you miss a lot of small details when you read at this rate, but you might be surprised at how much of the bigger picture you catch. It’s a very different way to read the Bible.
I would love to make this a yearly tradition, but we’ll wait and see how that idea is received next January.
This is something we did years ago, when we had 2 rather new readers who were still a little slow. They found the idea of 10 chapters/day daunting, but they buckled down and did it, and by the end of the month my reluctant readers were fluent bibliophiles who had done what I didn’t do until my 30’s: read the entire NT. After that, they willingly set themselves to the OT.
I have similar hopes for Natalie and Becca this year. Both are intimidated by what we have undertaken, but I know they can do it. It will be a challenge for all of us, and all of us will know God a little better at the end of January.
In fact, does anyone want to join us? If you start today, you can be done with the entire New Testament in less than 30 days. You might even beat us, because we’re not off to the best start. We’re learning a lot this week about bending our plans to God’s will for us on a daily level.
Upcoming topics for 4 Moms 35 Kids:
- January 13: Favorite cold weather foods. Be ready to link up with your own recipe!
- January 20: Book recommendations for preschoolers
- January 27: Q & A. Got a question? Leave it in the comments on my last Q&A post.