By Grace Alone

The real life struggles of a Christian mom

Teaching Kids Scripture July 8, 2008

This post is part of Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks In My Dryer. Head over there to see everyone else’s great ideas. You’ll be glad you did.

Scripture memory is important at our house. It began with teaching Christopher the basics of faith and life–Ephesians 6:1, Romans 3:23, Psalm 119:105, John 3:16, etc. Last year, Christopher did AWANAS, a children’s Scripture memory program. Most of the verses were pretty short, and I started coming up with little tunes to help him remember some of the longer verses. After all, Christopher had been able to learn to spell his name at a young age after I came up with a simple jingle. He still sings it to himself as he is writing is name. (Eleven letters is a lot for a 4-year-old. Note to self: Give future children shorter names.)

A year ago, I decided we could all benefit from memorizing the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. I had tried in vain to memorize them myself over the years. But when I set the verses to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” it stuck. Christopher can easily remember the song, even if it has been a few months since we reviewed it. I will let him demonstrate:

Now if I could only teach the application of these verses by better living them out, especially in my interaction with my kids!

I’ve also tried setting I Corinthians 13 to “A Mighty Fortress is our God,” but I’m not sure its the best fit. Have you set Bible verses to music for your kids or have another memorization tip? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!

Addendum to original post (7/6/09):  Since this post, one primary way I have used to teach Scripture to my kids are the wonderful CDs made by Seeds Family Worship.  Visit their site to order CD’s or read posts I have written about them–they are fantastic!


Patriotic Fruit Pizza and Ravioli Lasagna July 1, 2008

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*** If this post seems a little random, it is because I am sharing my cooking genius with the blogging world via Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks In My Dryer. Click here to see everyone else’s recipes with 5 ingredients or less. ***

Patriotic Fruit Pizza

2 tubes sugar cookie dough

2 blocks cream cheese (softened)

1 large container marshmallow creme



Grease a cookie sheet with edges. Pat cookie dough relatively flat in a rectangular shape on the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until you have one big beautiful rectangular cookie.

Combine cream cheese and marshmallow creme with electric mixer until smooth. When the big cookie has cooled, spread the mixture gently on top. Place blueberries in a square in the top left-hand corner to be the “stars.” Slice strawberries and line them up to be the “stripes.” Grab your sparklers and enjoy your 4th of July!

Ravioli Lasagna

1 package of your favorite ravioli from your grocery store’s refrigerated section

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 package provolone cheese slices

Pre-cooked chicken strips or chicken breasts, cooked and cut into pieces

Shredded mozzarella cheese or grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

(Sorry to not have exact amounts of the ingredients, this is a dump-and-bake kind of recipe.)

Cook ravioli according to package directions, drain. In a casserole dish, layer ravioli, spaghetti sauce, chicken and provolone slices, two or three times each. Top with mozzarella, parmesan, or more provolone. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until heated through and bubbly. Makes a great dish to take to a family who has just had a baby–they can stick it in the oven themselves, and it is usually a hit with the kids.


Praying for my kids May 11, 2008

*** I’ve revised this recent post to participate (for the first time!) in Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks In My Dryer. Head over there to check out everyone else’s great ideas! ***

I’ve been trying to do better lately about praying for my kids. My attempts at praying for my kids often lapse into brief prayers like this: “Please Lord, help them to obey. Change their hearts so that they love you with all of their heart from an early age. And please, help them to obey. Please.”

What I’ve been doing recently is using a notebook from two years ago when I studied the book “31 Days of Prayer for My Child” by Susan Alexander Yates and Allison Yates Gaskins. (Yates also wrote “31 Days of Prayer for My Teen” if that’s where you are. And if that’s where you are, I would guess you really need that book!) The book goes through 31 topics to guide you in thoroughly praying for aspects of your children’s life, from your own shortcomings as a parent, to their future spouse and friendships, to their spiritual life.

When I read the book a couple of years ago, I got a small notebook and for each chapter, I summarized what I wanted to pray regarding that topic, an attribute of God that relates to it, and a relevant Scripture passage, usually one of the several referenced by the authors. (This was suggested by the authors, not a brilliant idea of my own.)

For example, on the chapter about Sibling Rivalry, I wrote: “Praying that Christopher and Will would be lifelong friends, not for outward appearances, but for Your glory. God is triune–our perfect model of unity. Romans 15:5-6: May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Now that I have all 31 days recorded in my notebook, I can use it each month. I look at the listing for that date and pray about that topic for my kids. If you don’t want to buy the book or feel overwhelmed by the thought, you could simply brainstorm 31 prayer topics, perhaps with Scripture references, and create your own prayer list.

What I love about my notebook is that when I inevitably miss a day, I just keep on going and hope that I don’t miss again on the same date next month! Surely over the course of a few months I’ll get all 31 topics covered with prayer.