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“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

I’ve always loved this verse because it ties up so beautifully with “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). It shows us a Father in heaven that wants to bless His children, so that they too may become a channel of His blessings.

As we tackled the topic of money in our homeschool math, the Lord impressed upon me to use this time to teach my child about how God wants us to use money. We’ve learned all about identifying USD pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars, as well as PHP centavos and pesos; we’ve added and subtracted them and played “grocery” with real coins. But we know that simply teaching the “value” of money (what it can actually buy in terms of it’s actual worth) is not the same as teaching them the “real value” of money (how money is a blessing from God and that how we manage it now determines it’s kingdom’s worth).

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I remembered that just a couple of days ago, a sister-in-Christ had a conversation with the kids wherein the kids asked her if she could get all the minions from McDonald’s. She replied that she would not be able to do so because she only had a “little money.” My little girl remarked, “Then just go to the bank and get more!”

A child’s innocent answer does seem amusing and how fun it would indeed be if all we had to do every time we ran out of cash was go to the ATM and it would spit out money without fail.

But alas, it isn’t so.

And so, yesterday, I explain to her in the simplest way I can the concepts about businesses and workers and salaries and that kind of stuff. And how daddy’s salary is given monthly and how we should be wise in spending it so that we will have enough until the next salary comes in.

Then we talked about how we as a family seek to obey God’s will to help others through giving. We memorized 2 Corinthians 9:8 since it is a promise that we hold on as a family.

Indeed, we try to live this verse out when God’s Spirit prompts us to do so. And I’m sharing it now here not so that we could boast, but to encourage others to also involve their children in ministry work. For truly we have nothing to boast about, because in all honesty we are able to give out of our abundance while others give out of their lack.

But as we grow in the grace of God, we are made to understand that “giving” does not always mean that it would have to really hurt before it becomes real (as in selling all your possessions and giving it to the poor as mentioned in Matthew 19:21), nor does does the poor need to wait until they have an excess before they can give (just look at the poor widow from Mark 12:41-43 who gave 2 small copper coins even though that was all that she had). Instead, we are to learn how to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, whether it be to commit a monthly support for a ministry, a one-time love offering to a minister of God, providing for a loved one’s need, or a time to give to those who are victims of calamities or other similar situations.

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Making hotdog sandwiches to be distributed to hungry people

Cheerful giving is a response to God’s call, and the only requirement is for it to be motivated by none other than God’s love. We have different levels of the ability to give, and God will not measure us by comparing the amount we offer to that of our fellow believers, but God looks at how each one uses what He has given us.

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 makes it plain that God does not take from the rich to give to the poor — it is the world who thinks that way. Instead, we are shown that to those who prove themselves as good stewards of what God gave them, more is given as a reward. While for those who do not make good use of what they have been given, even the little they have will be taken away from them and again be entrusted to those who have shown themselves to be responsible.

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” – Matthew 25:29

PRAYER:

Lord, we thank You that You have blessed us abundantly and provided for all our needs. Truly You are our Jehovah Jireh, Our Provider, and Your grace is sufficient for all of us. Forgive us if we have not made good use of the blessings You have so generously given us. We know Lord, that it is Your good will that Your children be a channel of Your blessings. And so God, please touch our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in how to be good stewards of the blessings your graciously entrust us with. For we know that the reason You supply us all our needs according to Your riches in glory is so that we may also abound in every good work, and that as we give, we may lead others to recognize Your goodness and praise Your holy name. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

The following screenshots are from the movie “Rio.” While watching it at home, this little incident of “flaming chicken hearts” sparked a science question from my little girl.

“Mom, why did Linda’s eyeglasses turn black when the food caught fire?”

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You’d think that with my University education, I’d have easily answered such a basic science question, but, no. I couldn’t. I had no idea. That piece of knowledge probably went away along with many other things in my memory when I have birth via cesarian section twice and had to have anesthesia (it’s good to have such a convenient excuse for my memory lapses). However, I did not admit my lack of knowledge to my kid. I simply replied matter-of-factly, “Go ask Daddy!”

Good thing daddy’s home and as always, he had the answer.

Dad proceeded to explain the difference between burning clean and dirty fuels complete with a demonstration (Thank You Lord for a smart husband!).

We learned that certain items (dirty fuels) produce soot when they burn because they have contaminants other than the main fuel and the unburned carbon produces black soot. The hot soot makes the flame yellow.

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In candles, for example, the “purer” the wax (fewer contaminates such as coloring and perfume) the cleaner the burn (less soot is produced).]

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In clean fuels, such as the LPG we use for cooking, the flame is blue and all of the fuel is being burned and thus, there is no residue. This makes it an efficient fuel source.

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As we learned (thankful that I too am learning) about all this fascinating science facts, Matthew 5:16 came to my mind:

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As Christians, we are expected to burn brightly for the Lord, with our good deeds as the flame that allows other people to see how God’s light shines through us.

Like fuels, there are those good deeds that produce a “yellow flame” and there are those that give out a “blue flame.”

When we do good deeds with contaminated hearts, either with a false motive of self-righteousness or wanting to be praised by men, or maybe with the expectation of a favor in return, the light we emit is “yellow” and does not lead others to praise God.

It is when we do good deeds out of pure hearts because Jesus abides in us that we are able to produce a “blue flame.” These are acts of generosity, kindness and mercy that lead others to see God’s love, manifest His light, and give all glory to Him alone.

We are not expected to judge other’s works but instead to ask God to always guard our hearts so that we may do His will at all times.  For in the end it is God who will test each person’s work through fire and its quality will be revealed.

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,13their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.” – 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

PRAYER:

Almighty Father, I hope and pray that all the work of my hands and those of my loved ones will always be guided by the Holy Spirit. May our good deeds burn brightly for You Our Lord, fueled only by the pure heart of Jesus within us. May we never appear to be the “heroes” and instead, hide us Lord in Your shadow, so that people will see only You and know that “Salvation comes from the Lord!” And when my family serves the Lord, people will not proclaim we are good, but that “GOD IS GOOD!” Help us to always SHINE FOR JESUS! This we pray  in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 3 – Peace (Psalm 46:10)

LESSON: PEACE – How to have peace in our hearts.

Memory Verse:

Be still, and know that I am God.”  – Psalm 46:10

Lesson Presentation:

  1. Psalm 46 talks about how God is our refuge (place of protection) and our strength, and how God is always there to help uswhen trouble comes our way. It tells us not to be afraid even when things like earthquakes, floods and even wars happen around us because our God is an Almighty God and He will take care of those who call on His name.
  2. Tell the story from the bible (Mark 4:35-41) about how Jesus calmed the storm.

Summary: Jesus and his disciples were on a boat.  When Jesus was taking a nap, a fierce storm came down on the boat.  The disciples woke up Jesus because they were scared that they were going to drown.  Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace! Be still!” Then the storm simply stopped. The disciples were amazed that Jesus could calm a storm.

Question: What does this story tell us about Jesus?

    • Jesus is powerful and even the wind and the waves obey Him.
    • Jesus is able to protect us from the storm.
  1. Ask: Do you know of any other bible story when God also controlled the wind and the waves? (Lead the children to the story about Moses and the parting of the Red Sea from Exodus 14).

Summary: The Israelites had just left Egypt and were now free, but then Pharaoh changed his mind and had his army follow them. They were trapped because the Red Sea was in front of them while Pharaoh’s army was behind them. Moses told them in verse 13-14, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” And Moses did what the Lord said and stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord caused the wind to divide the waters and give them dry land to walk on.

Question: What does this story have in common with the first one?

    • God showed Moses and the Israelites that He can control the wind and the waves of the Red Sea, just like Jesus was able to control the storm.
  1. What do these 2 stories show us?
    • God and Jesus are one.  Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.” – John 10:30
    • IN ORDER TO HAVE PEACE, we need only to BE STILL. This means to STOP WORRYING and LET GOD BE GOD. True peace comes from knowing this truth (Psalm 46:10) in our hearts so we do not have to worry when problems and trouble comes. Instead, we can trust God, pray to Him and thank Him knowing that our God is an all-powerful God who loves us and will take care of us. When we call on Jesus, He will surround us with His peace in our hearts for He is the Prince of Peace.

September 23 2013 Psalm 46 10 coloring page

Here is a summary of the K2 3rd Quarter Activities we’ve done from June until August 2013.

BJU Bible Crafts

BJU Bible Crafts

BJU K5 Beginnings

BJU K5 Beginnings (panning for gold, Statue of Liberty, learning about oceans, making a birdfeeder, all about forest creatures, field trip to Fakieh Aquarium to learn more about sea creatures)

Math

K5 Math (counting to 100, making patterns and learning about fractions) / BJU lessons (cookie’s treats, learning about Spain, mini-book on how to make a birdfeeder) / Filipino (answering textbook, days of the week in Tagalog)

BJU lessons: Memory Book activities

BJU lessons: Memory Book activities

Extra activities (house chores, taking care of little brother, visiting a dinosaur exhibit, helping mom bake cupcakes, singing along with Barney, flying a kite)

Extra activities (house chores, taking care of little brother, visiting a dinosaur exhibit, helping mom bake, coloring/writing activities, singing along with Barney, flying a kite)

 

 

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While a certain friend of mine has been having problems growing mung seeds (“munggo”) for her kid’s science experiment for some weird reason (No naming! You know who you are! Wink! Wink! Hahaha! Peace Sistah!), our little princess has been growing these seeds since she was 4 years old with no trouble at all. All it takes is some water and cotton in a plastic cup plus a seed or two, and in 3 days and 3 nights, a plant appears!

But lately, her success ends there — in the plastic cup…

She grows these mung seeds now  all by herself, and there was a time I discovered she has a plant hidden behind the curtain at our window and it dried out because she forgot all about it and I didn’t know it was there…

This tall plant in the picture also didn’t make it to be transferred to a pot with soil because the stem broke…

It just so happened that the theme for her Beginnings lessons this week was all about gardens. And so her little plant was the perfect activity and now she’s trying to grow a carrot in a bowl of water. We’ll see how that goes…

She has other “gardening activities” for this week, such as tasting veggies and identifying which part of the plant we eat for each kind of veggie…

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We also made a bouquet of paper flowers and decided to surprise her dad with it. (Her daddy’s birthday is not until next week, and so he was really surprised to be greeted with a “Happy Birthday” complete with flowers today. Hahaha!)

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But in all this, what amazes me is how my little girl is absolutely fascinated at making things grow.

I told my friend my daughter probably inherited her “green thumb” from her granddads from both sides of the family. What a wonderful thing to inherit!

And it got me thinking…

There is no better inheritance in all the universe than our inheritance in Christ our Lord and Savior!

Ephesians 1:11-14

“11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” 

Thanks be to God for this awesome gift of being heirs to His Kingdom!

The Word is sure of our destiny, but the question is, are we?

Are we living as princes and princesses of the King of Kings? Do we live as a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light?” (1 Peter 2:9)

Or does the good planted in our hearts sprout like a seed here and there, only to dry up or get broken, and then we have to start all over again, again and again?

We — as God’s children — are destined to bloom, to grow, and to flourish in our Christian lives!

But we will never do so if we are not rooted deeply in the love of God (Ephesians 3:17) which is the source of all things good and beautiful (James 1:17).

HEART CHECK:  Do our lives show that we are deeply rooted in Christ?

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 2 – Peace (Matthew 5:9)

LESSON: PEACE – Blessed are the peacemakers

Memory Verse:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”– Matthew 5:9

Lesson Presentation: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

  1.  Ask students, Have you ever gotten into a fight with one of your friends?
  2. How do you make up and get to be friends with that person again? Do you go tell them you’re sorry?
  3. What if the fight was the other person’s fault? Could you still be the one to go talk to them first, before they told you they were sorry, and try and be friends with them again?
  4. Read Matthew 5:9 – Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (NIV).
  5. What do you think a “peacemaker” is? It’s someone who makes peace between two people. When two people get into a fight, a peacemaker can help them stop fighting and help them be friends again.
  6. Did you know that Jesus was our peacemaker? He made peace between us and God. We were in a fight with God. We were always doing wrong things and not listening to God and God could have punished us for those things. But instead, God wanted to have peace with us. And even though we were the ones who were doing the wrong things, even though we started the fight with God, God was the one who sent Jesus to talk to us and to make peace between us and God. Jesus died on the cross for all those wrong things that we do and now, if we believe in Jesus, we have peace with God. Jesus came to us first, to make peace between us and God.
  7. Jesus wants you to go to your friends first, too, even when you weren’t the one who started the fight, to make peace with them. If you do that, if you will be a person that tries to make peace with other people, you will be like Jesus and God will be happy with you.

Source: http://freechildrensbiblelessons.blogspot.com/2011/07/blessed-are-peacemakers.html

September 16  2013 Matthew 5 9 coloring page

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 1 – Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

LESSON: PEACE
Jesus is the Prince of Peace

Memory Verse:

”For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Lesson Presentation: (Teachers: You may choose to make a brief explanation about the others names, but the main focus is about Jesus as the ‘Prince of Peace.’)

1. This verse from the book of Isaiah is a well-known prophecy about the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is called by many names that reflect the different aspects of his person and how he deals with us.

2. Names of Jesus:

a. Wonderful counselor – While “wonderful” can also mean “marvelous” or “awe-inspiring,” counselor means “adviser” or one who helps others. This is why we should listen to his teachings and strive to obey them.

b. Mighty God – Jesus tells us in Mark 10:27 that “All things are possible with God.” Truly our God is an Almighty God.

c. Everlasting Father – In the book of John chapter 1, we learn that the Word was with God from the beginning, and this Word, the one that was made flesh and dwelt among us, all things were made through Him and by Him (John 1:1-3, 14). And we know that this is referring to Jesus, who is our “Immanuel” or “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Jesus revealed to us the character and nature of the Father.

d. Prince of Peace – The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is our Prince of Peace.

i. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Every single person has committed a mistake or made bad choices that caused pain, conflict and suffering.

ii. “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior” (Colossians 1:21). Sin has made us “enemies” of God. The bad things we do separate us from a holy God and keep us away from His love.

iii. “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”(Romans 5:10). But even when we deserved to be punished, God so loved us that He made a way for us to be “reconciled” or be at peace with Him again. Jesus came to restore peace between God and men.

iv. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). When we humble ourselves and acknowledge that the only way to be at peace with God is to believe in Jesus, then we are able to receive the gift of salvation and eternal life.

September 9 2013 Isaiah 9 6 coloring page