Teach Your Kids To Pray with Weave Your Word in Me {Review}

I am always interested in ways to help my children better know and understand our faith and apply it to their lives. So, I was happy to have the opportunity to review Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 from Kid Niche Christian Books. It looked like a great way to teach children how and why to pray.

Weave Your Word in Me is intended for children in grades 4-6. It is a study of The Lord’s Prayer using a poem that translates and expands the prayer in a way that makes it easy for kids to understand and apply it to their own life. Students work on memorizing one verse of the poem at a time while studying scripture about topics relating to that verse.

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The study comes printed in full color on heavy paper that is hole punched and ready to be put into a 3-ring-binder. You will need to provide the binder; a 1 or 1 1/2 inch binder is adequate. A cover sheet to slide into the front of the binder is also included.

I received Part 1 which includes 36 lessons of the complete 80 lesson study. You can purchase the two parts separately or you can save $10 by purchasing them as a set and getting the full 80 lesson study at one time. If you want to keep it all in one binder you will want to get the 1 1/2 inch binder.

The Lord's Prayer homeschool curriculum for tweens

Each lesson is designed to be done in one sitting and is only one or two pages long. The lessons consist of fill in the blank and short answer questions. Some answers come directly from scripture while others require application and reasoning. There is also a prayer included at the end of each lesson that guides the student to apply what he/she is learning in her conversation with God.  The author also provides a website with several expansion options for each lesson. There are videos, music selections, art projects and more that can be incorporated into the lesson to expand on it. You can tailor this study to your needs from a quick 20-minute study to a longer more involved study with the supplemental material. You can work on it one day a week or every day, it is really up to you!

I received this to try with one of my daughters. I have one in 3rd grade and one in 7th grade so they actually straddle the ideal age designated for this study. After looking it over I decided to have my 3rd grader do it. It was a tad on the difficult side for her but not too difficult. Due to her age, it required a lot of input and help from me and some of the questions that required longer answers we just discussed instead of wrote. If you will be right with your child through the whole study, guiding them along, you could probably use it with a kid as young as 2nd grade or even as a discussion guide only with younger kids (scaling it to their level). I think a child over 12 is going to find it a bit on the young side but the material is solid and presented well so even older children will learn and gain something from it.

The Lord's Prayer homeschool curriculum for tweens

My daughter did enjoy the study and seemed to understand the concepts presented with a bit of help from me. She enjoys memorization and is good at it so she likes the poem that goes along with it. The struggle we had is that we are involved in AWANA during the school year. Trying to do both at the same time was a bit burdensome for both of us. I think this would be an excellent study to do over the summer when we are not in AWANA. I always struggle to find something to do during the summer to keep my kids growing in their faith and this will be a great option. I will set the rest of this study aside until next summer and then complete it as a family study. I will purchase another workbook for my older daughter and then do the lessons together with all of my children, allowing the younger kids to listen and participate in the discussions.

This curriculum can also be used with groups and would make an excellent Sunday School or backyard Bible club study.

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Sleep, desperation, and God

Only getting up 3-4 times with the baby at night would be considered a good night these days. This isn’t new to me, I have two other children who consider sleep a waste of time, but after a year you would think the baby would sleep more than 1 1/2-2 hours.

To say I’m exhausted would be an understatement.

Sleep eludes me.....But God!

A few nights ago we had a particularly challenging night. After waking up every 45 minutes from the time I put him in bed until about midnight, he fought sleep for about three hours (that part isn’t typical, he usually goes back to sleep fairly easily) after which he finally crashed for a while.

I would get him calm, lay him down, and as soon as my weary body hit the bed and had a chance to relax he would start crying again. Once or twice I managed to shut my eyes. All I could think was WHY IS HE STILL WAKING UP SO MUCH???? Even the other kids who didn’t sleep well were down to waking only once or twice at night by this age.

After he finally fell asleep for (what I didn’t know at the time would be) a decent stretch I laid in bed and cried out to God. Yelled would be a more accurate way of putting it. I was MAD and I let Him know it. Not that I have a right to be mad at God.

My prayers for sleep had gone unanswered (in my perception). Ok fine, I’ll pray for energy and strength do deal with the lack of sleep. Nope, that didn’t come either. It felt like God was far away and not providing what I needed for the tasks He has assigned me.

So I laid there railing at God. “Why? Why are You putting me through this?? Why do You want me to do these other things when I get NO SLEEP? Why won’t You just divinely make the baby sleep well? Why are You asking me to function when I can barely think straight? And to top it off You are asking me to be open to ANOTHER BABY?? Are you CRAZY????”

Side note: Yes, I know there are people who have it worse. Yes, I know there are people who desperately want a baby that doesn’t come and would be grateful to be up all night with one. Please know that I view my children as the amazing blessings they are and I am so very thankful to have them. This was a personal moment of weakness in dealing with my own difficult situation.

So I yelled at God. Then I fell asleep (for 2 hour until the baby was up again). But that morning I woke up before the kids. For the first time since I don’t know when I felt refreshed and ready for the day. I also had an extremely productive day and felt energized until bedtime. I even had less caffeine than usual. I have continued to feel that way in the days that have followed.

I had to get to the point of having no strength, energy, or reserves left, the point of having no strength of my own on which to depend in order to fully depend on God and allow Him to provide that which is so much better than what I have on my own. I had to give up before He could work in me.

He IS faithful. He will provide. It isn’t always on your timing or the way you would like. I would still like to get more than 3 hours of sleep at a time. I would LOVE to experience true deep sleep. I don’t know when that will happen. I do know He will give me just what I need right when I need it. I will view my energy and/or sleep as my daily bread. He will give me what I need for today and I have to trust that He will take care of tomorrow.

People say, “God will not give you more than you can handle.” But I think this is completely false. He will absolutely give you more than you can handle. You can count on it! The point is not for you to handle it but to lean on Him. He will not give you more than HE can handle (there is no such thing anyway).

Is there an area of your life where God may be waiting for you to give up control and lean fully on Him?

Linked in: Titus 2 Tuesdays •  Grace and Truth

If Only God Had E-mail

I have such a hard time feeling like I know God’s will for me.

It would be so much easier if we could just call him up. 1-800-CALL-GOD

Or maybe drop an email? God@heaven.org

If only it was that easy right?

I feel like Bruce in Bruce Almighty when he was asking for a sign…maybe I’m just too dense to see them!

 

So many times in my life I have prayed and prayed asking for guidance on a decision and thought that I was on the right track only for it to not work out, or at least not work out the way I thought it should. Somehow I’m missing the mark.

I know people who have heard God audibly, not me. Or who have a “distinct impression” of God speaking in their minds. Nope. Discernment is not one of my spiritual gifts.

Talk about testing faith. But then, the Israelites in the desert had a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night and they still doubted the direction God pointed them in. So maybe even if I did have a truck full of signs trying to point me in the right direction I would have trouble seeing that. Perhaps this is just part of our fallen condition.

The good news is we don’t have to get all the details right. God works everything together for our good. It says so right in His word:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

We are here to glorify God and to fulfill the great commission. While I believe God uses us in certain ways and in certain areas, He knows we will screw up and works all that out to ultimately bring forth His plan. That isn’t an excuse to ignore something God is prompting you to do. The Israelites certainly suffered for not following God’s directions into the Promised Land the first time.  But at least when we do inevitable misunderstand or miss the mark we know it will be worked out.

How do you figure out what path God wants you to take?