Sunday

Memorizing the Bible - Psalm 119 v 11


I could never do it!

          Do what?

Memorize a chapter of one of the Books of the Bible!

          Yeah that's not so easy,  BUT  you can learn a verse of the Bible.






Let's look at a verse from one of the largest books of the Old Testament.

Many people think they could never manage to memorize a whole Psalm or a whole chapter of Scripture.

It is a rather daunting challenge especially if you have never learned any scripture before.

So we of course are not going to attempt to learn the whole book of Psalms or the whole of one Psalm but we will take on the very simple one verse which is 
Psalm 119 v 11 


"Thy Word have I hid in my heart, 
that I might not sin against thee."



So in memorizing this verse we will look at 4 things:
  • Memorising Tips
  • Bible Verse Graphics
  • Some Freebies to help you.









Memorising Tips
If you read the Top 10 Ways to Learn Scripture you will see that I give 10 tips to help in this process but we don't have to use all 10 of them on each verse - just the ones that suit best with the verse.


For Psalm 119 v 11 I'm going to advise using tips 2, 5, 8, & 9 


2.  Write out the verse several times.

Why?  Because the action of  WRITING  helps us learn anything.

The first line below can be written on one line of a page and the last line on the following line.

So you are writing it in two halves just as you would read it when you see it this way because it comes naturally to the ear with the similar rhythm to each line.


"Thy Word have I hid in my heart, 
that I might not sin against thee."


5.  Instruction and the reason why it is good advice.

When we instruct or teach or tell someone (or in this case ourselves) the way to do something or what is good for someone or ourselves we normally give an explanation of why this is a good instruction or teaching or we give the result that has been seen in the past.

The instruction or recommendation here is about hiding God's Word in our hearts which can in one simple way just mean memorizing it but also means to understand it and know it.

The reason why is clearly to be an aid in helping us not to sin.

So if a verse has an instruction or piece of advice it mostly will have the reason why it is a good instruction or good advice and they go hand in hand so we have another help in the memorization process.








8.  Make it easy to see the verse clearly and regularly each day.


This could be by having a bookmark at the verse in your Bible 

but

we cannot have our Bible at hand every moment of the day so if you feel you need frequent readings of the verse like pop-up reminders then do the following:

Get a post-it pad and write the verse out clearly on it then tear off the post-it and stick it on
  • the mirror you will use first thing each morning and last thing each night
  • the front cover of your Bible
  • the front cover of the book you are currently reading
  • the door of the fridge
  • the inside of the door of the cupboard where you go to get your favourite mug for that cup of coffee








9.  Make or use Bible Verse Graphics 

The picture of Psalm 119 v 11 near the start of this post is an example of a Bible Verse Graphic.

A picture with the words written on it clearly.
By making these yourself you will learn as you create them.

or

by using ones made for you that you keep close to hand
(see my freebies)

I post a Bible verse graphic every morning on my
so if you want to be encouraged by a verse each day or have a graphic you can Share to your timeline or Save in Facebook then click through to my Facebook Page and be sure to like and follow the page to see those graphics in your feed each day.


or Colouring Pages

While colouring in a Bible Verse Page you will be spending time around the words and this also helps to learn the verse.


or Word Search Puzzles

While searching for the words of a verse in a puzzle you will be spending time around the words and this also helps to learn the verse.
(see my freebies)


or Phone Screensavers / Wallpaper

What better use of your phone - to keep that verse in front of you each time you go to check your messages.

For this you will need it to be a suitable portrait shape and size so most of the normal verse graphics you see will not suit.


I have a few verses made out for screen savers & you can download them from




I've also prepared a playlist of Short Songs to memorize Scripture on YouTube:



Some Freebies to help you.

For today's verse to help you memorize I have



  • Bible Verse Graphics




which can be downloaded HERE 



Don't forget 
that many of my other posts on the blog have bible verse graphics and many of these are also available as free downloads in my


also that's where you will find the phone screen savers for some verses.











Monday

5 Best Quotes on Relationships - Coffee & Conversation




Here is my choice for the 
5 Best Quotes on the subject of Relationships







I am not a fan of QUOTES

In fact sometimes I get very annoyed at how people almost treat a quote
 as more important than the 
Word of God


I actually wrote a blog post about Do We Really Need This Quote?








However I do see that there are certain topics that there are some great quotes on from some very reliable people. This month I'm thinking about Relationships so let's get encouraged with some quotes around this.

There are many quotes from so many people on the subject of Relationships with God and with others but I prefer to only refer to or recommend ones from people who I trust as standing firm on the Word of God.

So in the list below I will quote


NOT  Rick Warren   but   Tim Keller

 NOT  Watchman Nee   but   Warren Wiersbe

NOT  Kay Arthur  but   J.C. Ryle





1.  J.C. Ryle

"But depend on it, bad company in this life, is the sure way to procure worse company in the life to come."











2.  Tim Keller

"Two things we want so desperately, glory and relationship, can coexist only in God."







3.  Randy Alcorn

"Countless mistakes in marriage, parenting, ministry, and other relationships are failures to balance grace and truth.  Sometimes we neglect both.  Often we choose one over the other."







Have you read the 5 Best Quotes on Relationships?










4.  C.S. Lewis

"Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbour; act as if you did."








5.  Warren Wiersbe


   "We may not be able to prevent other people from being our enemies, but we can prevent ourselves from being enemies toward others."   

 






 Don't forget to download our

                      Relationship Quotes Free Printable









Plus why not have a look at the other Free resources in our













Saturday

Christian songs for Kids - Love One Another like Sister & Brother



Do you find it hard to get visuals and recordings for different kids songs?






I have always found this a problem so I am now sharing songs that I have used with children providing you with 



Visuals 
Powerpoint or Picture 
or details of how you can make one 


Words   
Chords also available


Recording  
mp3 or video to learn the song 



Then if you would like to download the visual of the song there will be a link provided to my creation, or I will direct you to where else you can find it.   



This month I am taking the theme of



 LOVE

It is very important that our children grow up knowing about the Love of God from an early age and also the command of God that we should all love one another because God loves us.



The song I have chosen is 


 Love One Another like Sister & Brother

Not exactly sure where I first learnt this one but I do know I have been teaching it to children for many years.



It has an easy, catchy tune and very simple actions


The song teaches children that they should love everyone like family and the reason we need to do this is because God wants us to live together in love and care about each other and we learn how to love others from the way He loves us.





VISUAL

Some years ago I started to make Powerpoint Presentations of the many Kids songs I would sing with Kids in church, Sunday School and in Schools and then more recently Fred & I have been making videos using the graphics I had previously used or upgrades of them.

These are the pictures from the Powerpoint Presentation for Love One Another Like Sister & Brother









These can be printed out on cards (A4 or Letter size) and using this type of visual gives me the opportunity to involve 2 children in holding up the cards or I can hold one in each hand.

Download them HERE




WORDS

Love One Another Like Sister and Brother

Love one another like sister and brother
Cause that's the way it should be
Love one another like sister and brother
Cause that's the way it should be


Cause God loves you
And I love you 
And that's the way it should be
God loves you
And I love you 
And that's the way it should be


To Download a copy of these words with chords for guitar and piano 
CLICK HERE










ACTIONS

Love one another   -   hands held on heart
like sister and brother   -   point around
Cause that's the way it should be   -   clapping
Love one another   -   hands held on heart
like sister and brother   -   point around
Cause that's the way it should be   -   clapping


Cause God   -  point up
loves   -   hands held on heart
you   -   point outward
And I   
point to self
love   -   hands held on heart 
you   -   point outward
And that's the way it should be   -   clapping
God   -  point up
loves   -   hands held on heart
you   -   point outward
And I   
-  point to self
love   -   hands held on heart 
you   -   point outward
And that's the way it should be   -   clapping





RECORDING

I can not find any recordings of this song other than the video that Fred and I made recently which you can watch below:







I Hope you enjoy the song and this is a help to you.




Free Printables - Songs for kids - Love One Another like Sister & Brother


You can find all our Kids Song Videos on our YouTube Channel in the Kids Songs Playlist



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Monday

What are Good Friends? + Free Friends Rhyme - Coffee & Conversation









What are Friends?

What are GOOD Friends?

Are you blessed with Good Friends?

I know I am.







And I know that in the different places I have lived in the world God has always provided good friends.


One example from America was the person who invited my three kids and myself for a meal after our first Sunday in the church when we had only been in the country for 2 weeks & Fred was in Germany with work.  She had just met me and did this for us even though she already had another couple and another family of four coming for dinner.
Throughout our 3 years there this friend was always looking out for us and willing to have our kids stay over to let us go on a special weekend.


One example from Belgium was the person who called me up after her husband had met my husband Fred at church and arranged to take me for coffee and show me around the area, then they also took us to a homegroup and many more friendships grew from that.


Then there are the friends from our younger years who we may not see too often but they are still good friends and we can pick up on the friendship even after a long break between seeing them.


Some years ago I started to make Name Rhymes and sell them at craft fairs along with some other items so today I thought I would include one to help to describe what Good Friends are.






So again I ask

Are you blessed with Good Friends?

Are you thankful to them?

Are you thankful to God for providing good friends?

Some say that to have good friends, you yourself, need to be a good friend.

I believe that we shouldn't be a good friend to have a good friend in return but we should simply do as God would want us to do and


just be that good friend regardless of any benefits to ourselves.


Let's do it!
Come on we can do it!















Sunday

Psalm 99 v 5 - Memorizing the Bible



I could never do it!

          Do what?

Memorize a chapter of one of the Books of the Bible!

          Yeah that's not so easy,  BUT  you can learn a verse of the Bible.






Let's look at a verse from one of the Psalms

Many people think they could never manage to memorize a whole Psalm or a whole chapter of Scripture.

It is a rather daunting challenge especially if you have never learned any scripture before.

Let's try one verse in one of the Psalms.

Psalm 99 v 5

"Exalt the Lord our God 
And worship at His footstool; 
for He is Holy."




In memorizing this verse we will look at 4 things:
  • Memorising Tips
  • A Graphic of Psalm 99 v 5
  • A Music Video of Psalm 99 v 5
  • Some Freebies to help you.









Memorising Tips
If you read the Top 10 Ways to Learn Scripture you will see that I give 10 tips to help in this process but we don't have to use all 10 of them on each verse - just the ones that suit best with the verse.


For Psalm 99 v 5 I'm going to advise using tips 2, 5, 7, 9, & 10


2.  Write out the verse several times.


Why?  Because he action of  WRITING  helps us learn anything.

The 3 lines of can be written on 3 separate lines of a page just as they are presented in the Bible Verse Graphic above and as they are written out below.

So you are writing it in 3 parts which goes very well with the content of the verse

"Exalt the Lord our God
 
 And worship at His footstool; 
&
for He is Holy."

Why?  Because he action of  WRITING  helps us learn anything.

Especially separating it out into lines helps to install the structure of the verse in your eye and mind.



5.  Instruction and the reason why it is good advice

When we instruct or teach or tell someone the way to do something or what is good for someone we normally give then the explanation of why this is a good instruction or teaching or we tell the the result that has been seen in the past.

The instruction or recommendation here is to exalt God and worship Him.

The explanation is that it is right thing to do because of the holiness of God and the humility we should express.

So if a verse has an instruction mostly it will also have that reason why it is a good instruction and they go hand in hand and hence we have another help to memorize.







7.  Understand the meaning of the verse.

We will never memorize anything properly without having understood the meaning of it and knowing the meaning helps us remember the order of the parts of the verses.

In the verse we have the command to praise and worship God in a lowly position in a humble way at His feet because of His Holiness

The first part of the verse tells us to exalt or praise or show our esteem of God 

Then the second part tells us to worship Him in humility

The third part explains why the first two parts are so important - He is Holy!





9.  Make or use Bible Verse Graphics 

The picture of Psalm 99 v 5 near the start of this post is an example of a Bible Verse Graphic.

A picture with the words written on it clearly.

By making these yourself you will learn as you create them.

or

by using ones made for you that you keep close to hand
(see my freebies)





I post a bible verse graphic every morning on my
so if you want to be encouraged by a verse each day or have a graphic you can Share to your timeline or Save in Facebook then click through to my Facebook Page and be sure to like and follow the page to see those graphics in your feed each day.


or other visual items to get the words in your sight 

Colouring Pages

While colouring in a Bible Verse Page you will be spending time around the words and this also helps to learn the verse.


Phone Screensavers / Wallpaper

What better use of your phone - to keep that verse in front of you each time you go to check your messages.

For this you will need it to be a suitable portrait shape and size so most of the normal verse graphics you see will not suit.


I have a few verses made out for screen savers & you can download them from



and finally 
my favourite way 
but it is not always possible to use this method


10.  Sing it.

It is well known that in singing a song you can easily learn the words of the song.

Fred & I have made several short videos of songs/choruses to help you memorize certain verses and you can watch the one for Psalm 99 v 5 below






We've also prepared a playlist of Short Songs to memorize Scripture on YouTube:



Some Freebies to help you.

Don't forget that many of my posts on the blog have bible verse graphics and I have some of these available as free downloads in my


also that's where you will find the phone screen savers for 
some verses.