Things we love about PTC

The 2015 move landed us in Ft Campbell, KY. There we fell in love with the Tennessee hills.  We threw open every door and window and let summer thunderstorms blow through the house.  We had adventures during which I may or may not have driven our minivan through a creek in an active tank training exercise, and more then anything we were overwhelmed by the love of God through His people.

After nine months it was time for move 2016.  Kenny completed his 20th year of military service and we returned to Oompa and Grammy in our home base of Peachtree city, GA while we wait for God to show us what’s next.  Waiting is always a challenge but our days here are full and fun! 

We rediscovered our family love for beating each other up as the kids returned to their old bjj class to make some new friends and skills and, according to our pre-teen, to sweat to death.

Girl child has gotten to practice gymnastics at the same studio as her best bud.

We went on our most physically uncomfortable and expensive camping trip yet when we visited Jekyll Island.

We have gotten to bond with totally awesome Cousin James!

We had the best seats for the US women’s gymnastics Olympic trials…

while hanging out with world’s sweetest Great-grandmother. 

We have gotten to participate in an awesome ministry by picking blueberries each week at a local church’s orchard. 

We have celebrated local holidays. (Please notice Big D’s face!)

We have had some really sweet times with our family in Christ since we returned to our Home church.

We are excited to see what God’s got next, based on all He’s done for us so far we know it’s going to be awesome!

A Blessing to Us: stuff too good not to share 

Developing a Quiet Time: a biblical study for kids, by Kim Sorgius

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I want to teach my kids to have a quiet time because it is the most essential part of my day but how do you teach “time alone with God.” I found it either became something I was leading or something my kids were flying through mindlessly and although I love leading my kids in bible study, I want to give them the skills to seek God on their own. This book provides the scaffolding for kids to develope the habit of daily time with God. 

This is a four week bible study.  Each day has a scripture based workbook style lesson, similar to the format of many adult studies.   It includes scripture memory, worship, bible reading and response, and prayed.  

Week 1 teaches students the basics including an acronym to help remember what to do (more than just glancing at a randomn bible verse and saying “Thank you God for this day, help it to be good.”). 

Week 2 guides them through reasons or benefits for daily time with God. 

Week 3 goes into deeper detail of the why/how- detail that is deep enough to be helpful to adults. 

Week four gives structured pages for them to begin studying the bible on their own.  

I recommend buying the electric copy of this book. It cost the same as the soft cover book, about $15, but you can print as many copies as you want for your family and it includes blank bible study format pages which I intend to use after the study to help my kids structure their quiet times. 

Each of my kids picked out a binder to be their “Bible Study Binder.”  They use their own Bibles and have their quiet times on their own. I have found 3rd grade and up can do this no problem but younger than that occasionally needs reading help.  The book is designed for elementary schoolers but the content is good for any age.  My two middle schoolers both did the study without any complaints that it was too baby-ish. Around breakfast time, once we have all gone our own personal quiet times, we go over it together for the accountability and fellowship.

No parent can be the Holy Spirit.  I am utterly incapable of building communication between my kids and God. No matter how sweetly I taught them to fold their hands and lisp “I love you Jesus” from their high chairs each of these precious hearts is cut off from God by a chasm so deep and wide that no communication can cross until the Holy Spirit comes and turns my children to look across, to call across and to cross the cross.  Then they will be with God and then their daily quiet times will be “time alone with God” and they will grow to value them as I have.  It is possible that, if God hasn’t opened their eyes yet, the “quiet time” I am training them to have right now could be simple going through the motion- an empty act, but, like the sacrifices of the Old Testament that pointed forward to the true saving sacrifice, this habit is preparing them for the time when the Holy Spirit will assert God’s claim on their hearts and my joy will be complete!  Also, this daily habit is washing my kids with scripture, making them active learners of it rather than passive listeners at mom’s feet. God promises His word will not return void, and I know, as a covenant kid who did not come quietly, God’s word once hidden in your heart is inescapable! 

In all, this study has been a blessing to our family- enough so that I was willing to pen all this free advertising!  I would love to hear if it helps you or if you have found other ways to train children in daily time with God.