Category: Positive character building

Anticipating Good Friday

As we remember our Savior’s sufferings, death. and resurrection over the next few days, I would like to share again this collection of ideas for Good Friday, the day we remember Christ’s death on the cross. Here is another opportunity to remind your children of the gospel, and a chance to build anticipation as we approach Resurrection Day! Spend part of the day reading aloud the account of Jesus’s betrayal, […]

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Thirty Days for Busy Mamas, Day 13: God’s Names

We’ve looked closely at the text, marking words, making lists. It’s time to turn to some other study aids to help us dig even deeper. To do that, we’re going to use Blue Letter Bible — a site that has the potential to revolutionize your Bible study! Blue Letter Bible is free online, and is also free as an app, so you’ll have the choice of working directly from the website or using […]

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Thirty Days in Psalm 91 for Busy Mamas, Day 8: Memorize

Psalm 91 is a psalm we need to have stamped on our hearts. We’re going to aim at memorizing the entire psalm, starting today. Don’t let the thought of memorizing sixteen verses intimidate you. Think of memorizing as just another level of studying the psalm. The Psalms, because they are poetry, are easier to memorize than some portions of Scripture. I think you’ll be surprised, too, at how easily you’ll memorize the […]

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Thirty Days in Psalm 91 for Busy Mamas, Day 7: Our Part, God’s Part

Isn’t this an amazing psalm? It’s going to be next-to-impossible to limit this study to just thirty days! There’s so much to study and meditate on in these few verses! Today we’re going to mark some other important words that will help us better understand what we read. (This lesson is a bit longer than some, but it’s not difficult. It just requires a few more instructions on my part.) […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 30: Reflect

We’ve reached the last day of our study! It’s time to review and reflect, but first we’ll take a quick look at the last few verses of the chapter. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in your heart, bringing about change in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions as a result of spending this past few weeks in 1 Samuel 25. Then read 1 Samuel 25:39-45. As you read, watch […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 28: Back to Nabal

So what has Nabal been up to all this time — while his wife hurries to save his life? Has he even noticed her absence? While she is gathering food for an army, riding a donkey toward who-knows-what, and appealing to her future king to put aside his murderous plans, what is Nabal doing? He’s getting drunk. The inspired author of this account doesn’t waste much time on Nabal at […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 26: David’s Gratitude

From our first glimpse of Abigail, responding to the young man’s message, until the last words she speaks to David, she has certainly proven her character. The narrator’s judgment of her is validated again and again as Abigail evaluates her situation, acts quickly, and speaks with wisdom and courage. Through Abigail’s action, David is brought face-to-face with himself and with God. Is he really going to exact revenge with his […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 25: Abigail’s Encouragement

First food. Then a beautiful woman at his feet. David, sword strapped to his side, stops, listens, and reconsiders. Abigail sees him soften. She keeps on talking and David keeps on listening. In my past readings of this chapter, I’ve always pictured Abigail rushing around gathering food, a bit panicky, and talking fast and a little more high-pitched than normal when she finally meets up with David. Maybe it’s because […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 24: Abigail’s Assumption

This account of Abigail’s appeal to David is intriguing, isn’t it? What an amazing woman! She has so much to teach us! In our last lesson we left her at David’s feet, accepting the blame for her husband’s sin. What does she say and do next? Assignment: Pray, thanking God for His Word and for accounts like the one we are studying, that teach us our family history as God’s […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 21: David’s Motivation

The donkeys are loaded and on their way to David and his army. Abigail follows close behind. David and his men are coming toward her. They meet! Now, just to build up the tension of this story one more notch, the author makes sure we remember exactly what David plans to do with Nabal and the men who work his estate. Assignment: Pray, thanking God for His Word and for His […]

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