Scripture Memory for Children Through Stories (+Giveaway!)

Wherever people get together, there are often stories to be shared, and usually the stories have relevance to the conversation and the message we are trying to get across.

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We read and tell stories to our children for various reasons.  Sometimes it is to spend quality time with them, sometimes it is to broaden their knowledge and vocabulary, sometimes it is to teach them an important lesson…just as Jesus did for His followers while He walked this earth!

So, if children (and adults!) can learn important lessons through stories, why not use stories to teach Scripture memory verses?!
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This is precisely what Moore Family Films has done with their latest DVD, “ABC Say It With Me Bible Memory Verses.”

Moore Family Films are a staple in our household.  My children enjoy them so much, and the films have sparked many conversations.  ABC Say It With Me is no different.

Scripture Memory Through Stories +Giveaway! | RaisingArrows.netmy boys can’t get enough!

Each letter of the alphabet has a memory verse that corresponds with it.  The Moore children say the verse and Scripture reference which is followed by a short “story” that helps to illustrate and explain the text.  At the end, the Scripture and reference are repeated again.

The “stories” include things like a clip of the children looking for a lost sheep, a silent film sketch showing what happens when greed gets a hold of you, and a funny skit of a patient family and a very clumsy waiter.

The film is a favorite of my little boys (ages 1, 3, & 5), but it was enjoyed by my 8 & 9 year olds as well.  They can say many of the verses right along with the Moore children!

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Scripture needs to permeate our children’s lives.  It needs to be living and breathing.  They need to see it in action.  ABC Say It With Me gives understanding to your child’s memorization of Scripture without compromising the message.  It digs deep, and I appreciate that immensely!

This week, I’m giving away a copy of ABC Say It With Me!  See the giveaway widget below:

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Do You Need a Getaway? {Welcome Home Wednesday}

Need a Getaway? {Welcome Home Wednesday Homemaking Link Up on Raising Arrows}

Perhaps you’ve had a week like Tanya at Kentucky Sketches.  She had a chaotic homeschool week complete with chicken pox!

Or maybe it’s been like my toddler tornado day back when my now 8 and 9 year olds were only 1 and 2 – THING 1 & 2, that is.  (this is a golden-oldie post from my archives!  What a hoot!)

You might want to plan a Cheap Family Night In with the ideas from Marriage, Motherhood, & Missions.

You might want to head to a Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention like Ty and I did last weekend…

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Or you might want to enter this giveaway, hosted by Covenant Ranch Trucking!

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Joe & Jeanette Wood of Covenant Ranch Trucking are speaking at the Family Covenant Ministries Conference & Curriculum Fair in St. Charles, MO.  The Woods deliver for Azure Standard and have such amazing stories to tell of God’s provision!  This giveaway features a family admission to the conference, a 4 night hotel stay, a basket of Azure Standard goodies, and breakfast with Mrs. Joseph Wood herself!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

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A Cloth Diaper Baby Shower!

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When I was pregnant my 3rd child, a friend kept hounding me about whether or not I was going to use cloth or disposable diapers with the new baby.  I kept putting her off because frankly, all my research had only led me to more confusion, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit to cloth diapering as confused as I was.  (I wish I had found a series like my Cloth Diapering Basics or an ebook like Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert to help me along!)

Finally, I told her I was going to use disposables.  A few weeks later, under the guise of taking me out shopping in a nearby city, she drove me instead to our church where she was hosting a diaper shower for me!

I am not usually easily surprised, but she got me that day.  I was so thrilled!  That baby shower netted me a year’s worth of diapers!

As my 3rd child neared 1 year, I was once again faced with the cloth diapering question.  I was pregnant again and the diapers from the shower were running out.  How was I going to afford 2 babies in diapers?  So, back to the internet I went in search of answers.

And that, my friends, is when our cloth diapering journey began.  That was over 8 years ago!

As I think back on that diaper shower, I wonder what it would have looked like had it been a CLOTH diaper shower.  How amazing would it have been to open package after package of colorful, soft diaper fluff, knowing it would NEVER run out?!

And can you imagine throwing a cloth diaper baby shower for one of your friends or family members?  What a tremendous blessing that would be!

A couple of years ago, I had a friend use the registry at Sweet Little Blessings to fulfill her cloth diapering dreams.  It was so much fun to shop for new fluff for her new baby!  I wasn’t able to attend her shower, but I was able to bless her just the same.  If you or someone you know is interested in cloth diapering (or already does cloth diaper), consider setting up a gift registry and having your own Cloth Diaper Baby Shower!

Today on Raising Arrows, we are going to have our own Cloth Diaper Baby Shower and a Giveaway from Sweet Little Blessings!

Cloth Diaper Baby Shower hosted by Raising Arrows & Sweet Little Blessings!

One winner will receive a 2 pack of Thirsties NEW One-Size Diapers!  They come in snaps or new improved hook and loop.  These are a favorite of Sweet Little Blessings owner, Coleen!  (I LOVE the argyle print!)

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Here’s how the Cloth Diaper Baby Shower works:

Click on each question in the Rafflecopter widget, follow the links and answer the questions to earn a chance to win with each question answered!  There are also bonus entries for joining Sweet Little Blessing’s mailing list and sharing this post with others!

Time to have some fun!  (Feel free to grab a piece of cake and some mints & nuts while you’re at it!)

Items of note:
*The Boba 3G baby carrier is 15% off!
*Sweet Little Blessings has recently added some fun Mealtime items!

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Win See the Light’s Crossmaker Ultimate Gift Set! {plus coupon code}

I am so excited that the Lenten season is upon us!  This is a time of looking forward, renewing our life in Christ, and reaching toward a future with Him.  Don’t let this amazing season pass you by!

One thing you can do to make this time special is to use the art lessons from See the Light’s Crossmaker!  And this week, I’m giving away a Crossmaker Ultimate Gift Set!

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See the Light's Ultimate Gift Set Giveaway on Raising Arrows!

The CROSSMAKER ULTIMATE GIFT SET is one of See the Light Art’s most popular gift sets! This is a great way to enjoy Resurrection Day and the season leading up to it!

Included in the Ultimate Gift Set:
DVD w/ 150 minutes of content
CD w/ music and story
black light
fluorescent pencils
fluorescent chalk

During the month of February and March the Crossmaker Ultimate Gift Set is only $25.00 which includes FREE SHIPPING for US residents.  Use Coupon Code: STL to get this awesome deal!

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Want A Home Management System That Doesn’t Add to Your Clutter?

Want a Home Management System That Doesn't Add to Your Clutter? {review of Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winckler} | RaisingArrows.net

I wish I could find the words to tell you just how much reading Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winckler has changed my life and household management!  It has been such an exciting transformation and came at a time when simplifying was much needed.

I knew I needed to do something different because the clutter of my notes and binders was overwhelming and not functional in the least, but I had no idea how to make it work any better.  In fact, my binders were literally collecting dust on top of the refrigerator.  The only household binder that saw regular use was my Blogging Notebook, and even that I was finding increasingly useless.

When Mystie contacted me about reviewing her ebook Paperless Home Organization, I thought it was definitely worth it to look into something else.  Little did I know how much it would revolutionize the way I manage my home!

The ebook opens with these words:

“I have put together at least three household management binders in my 11-year career as a homemaker to date.  All three times I thought it through, made it well, and used it
for about 2 weeks.”

Mystie goes on to say how paper never stays pretty in her home and she hated to give up space to a binder (in my case, several binders).  She had me nodding my head and anxious to keep reading to learn the secret of making a functional binder.

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Before I go any further, I want to be completely upfront and honest.  I did not implement everything Mystie suggested nor did I end up using every program she used.  What Paperless Home Organization taught me were the skills I needed to take her method and make it my own.

For instance, it taught me how to make Gmail work more efficiently.  For years, I’ve had people tell me I needed to set up filters, mark my emails, and organize them accordingly, but no one told me how, and no one had instructions and specific steps I needed to take to make this work as a homemaker.  With Mystie’s guidance, I finally got my email under control!

She also taught me how to organize Evernote so it made sense and worked for my homemaking needs.  I’ve been using Evernote for quite a while, but I wasn’t proficient at it.  I knew I was missing a big chunk of what it could do, but I didn’t know how to remedy that.  Paperless Home Organization answered that for me!

It also made sense of Google Calendar.  I was randomly inputting things in my calendar, but once again, never using it the way it was meant to be used.  Boy, was I missing the amazing power of this tool!

And finally, it gave me the confidence to step out on my own and make these online tools work for me as a streamlined home management system!  I made meal plans that can be archived and revisited instead of the endless pieces of paper I was throwing away week after week.  I link my menus to the actual websites where the recipes are and have those menus available from my computer, iPad, and phone.  I set up folders for all the Trim Healthy Mama recipes I find on Facebook and through friends that are not pinnable to Pinterest.  When we were house hunting, I compiled everything in Evernote as I browsed from my computer at home and made them available to my husband on his phone via the Evernote app.  I share my calendar with my husband and kids, and I have created reminders to keep me on track.

I am still tweaking and I have revisited Mystie’s ebook several times along the way, but I finally feel like I have a system that works for me.  Mystie is the first one to admit this way of managing your home isn’t frilly and pretty, but it also isn’t collecting dust the way my frilly and pretty binders were.  I’d encourage you to check out Paperless Home Organization today and consider if this is something that would help out your homemaking!

If you decide to buy a copy, I have a great deal for you!

Get 30% off with coupon code:
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And, even better news!

I’m giving away 1 copy of Paperless Home Organization along with GTD for Homemakers (see it HERE)!  Enter to win below!  {If reading via email, click HERE and scroll down to find the giveaway!

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Guilt-Free Quiet Times {plus Giveaway!}

When Emily Ryan of Priority Ministries wrote to me about her new book Guilt-Free Quiet Times, I was skeptical.  Sure, I had written about how God wants more than a Quiet Time to-do list, but was this book a complete cop-out?  Was she going to coddle and even encourage excuses?  Was this just going to be another Christian-mom book promoting selfishness tucked neatly behind a veil of misquoted grace?

What I found instead was a book I have come to recommend nearly every week to other moms wanting meaningful Quiet Time with the Lord, but wondering when and how.

Guilt-Free Quiet Times {review/giveaway}

This book doesn’t make excuses.  It is a book that smashes arbitrary rules without throwing out Quiet Time altogether.  Emily takes the myths of Quiet Time and exposes the Truth every mother needs to hear.  Her witty style and humorous examples force you to face your own misconceptions and fears about what constitutes REAL Quiet Time.

I realized I had some pretty ridiculous notions about Quiet Time – notions I didn’t realize I even had!

Quiet Time Myths from Guilt-Free Quiet Times by Emily Ryan {review/giveaway on Raising Arrows}

I had to ponder this one deeply.  Sure, I use technology all the time to look up random Bible verses, but ever since I installed a Bible app on Ty’s phone and we started using it during church, I felt, um…

{guilty}

The truth, as Emily goes on to clarify, is that:

You CAN use technology in your Quiet Times with the Lord! {Truth from Guilt-Free Quiet Times by Emily Ryan}

Honestly, just about every chapter in this book made me stop and think.  Did I hold any notions about Quiet Time that were holding me back from meaningful time spent with the Lord?  Was I holding on to an ideal rather than being ready and willing wherever I was?  {Apparently, you CAN write a Quiet Time post and still not fully get it.}

Emily has generously made her book FREE in ebook form to anyone who subscribes to the Glo Girl Blog. {CLICK HERE}  But trust me, you are going to want this in paperback as well.  You’ll want to hand it out to other mothers, lead a group study in your home, or even just keep it on your end table as an encouragement to be a woman firmly planted in God’s will, ready to hear Him ALWAYS!

Also note:
Priority Ministries offers discounts for BULK orders!
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I am also very pleased to be able to give away 5 copies of Guilt-Free Quiet Times!
Enter the giveaway below!

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