The Habit of Daily Bible Enrichment

 Posted by on January 7, 2014  No Responses »
Jan 072014

We always feel closer to God when we are in the Word on a daily basis.  So, why do we struggle to finish reading plans or complete daily scheduled devotionals at times?  I have learned a few things over the years that have helped me to be more successful when it comes to daily Bible commitments.  I hope these tips will encourage you  in your daily Bible commitments. 015

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Joshua 1:8


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Practical Prayer Part 3

 Posted by on September 20, 2012  1 Response »
Sep 202012

When something is right in front of you it’s hard to ignore it. I’ve seen many different versions of a Bible basket shared around the internet lately and I was inspired. I gathered all our Bibles into one basket. I put the basket right in the center of the family room table.

The basket is simply a cheap one I picked up at Walmart in the back to school sale aisle. Yet it’s sturdy enough for every day use.

Keeping up the habit of seeking Him, I’m sharing the third in the Practical Prayer series at Passionate Purposeful Parenting today. Won’t you join me?

And here at Habits for a Happy Home, the rest of the series:

How do you keep The Word right in the center of your day?

Resources for Moral Living

 Posted by on May 18, 2012  No Responses »
May 182012

Today I share with you some of the resources I turn to often:

Plus a new resource we just recently discovered:

You might also be interested in my series, here at Habits:

  • The Habit of Moral Living, Part IThe founders of our nation believed in a moral code of conduct. Whatever their personal beliefs–whether Christian, Unitarian, or Deist–the moral code by which they conducted themselves was based in the Christian Bible. In the general principles of Christianity can be found the underpinnings of our republic.
  • The Habit of Moral Living, Part 2The “solid foundation of morals” is the Christian faith.  It is a faith of absolutes.  We can know what is right and what is wrong.  The truths expressed in the bible are unassailable.  The republic formed using biblical Christianity as a foundation has endured over 230 years.  Liberty was achieved.
  • The Habit of Moral Living, Part 3What happens when people reject God–the moral foundation of their society?  Benjamin Franklin said that as nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.  The apostle Paul, speaking to the church at Rome, spoke of those who rejected God and the consequences of that rejection.
  • The Habit of Moral Living, Part 4Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. –John Adams, October 11, 1798What happens to people who reject God?  For He is the very moral underpinning of a civil society.  Without Him, the republic cannot subsist any length of time.
  • The Habit of Moral Living, Part 5 The Apostle Paul expands upon his essay about those with “defective thinking” in the book of Galatians.  In chapter 5, he provides a list of behaviors produced by the selfish motives of the defective thinker.

What are your favorite resources?

Dec 272011

When I find good resources I always want to share. This list of devotionals would be great to start with this new year or any time of year. Here’s our virtual stack:

For the youngest ones:

Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers

Tween Girls: A Girl After God’s Own Heart – A Tween Adventure with Jesus by Elizabeth George. Middle Girl, age 9, is reading this one.

Teen/Young Adult: The Lost Art of True Beauty: The Set-Apart Girls Guide to Feminine Grace by Leslie Ludy – My 14-year-old daughter and I are reading this aloud together after the younger ones have all gone to bed. This was recommended to us by Kim A (she has three girls). Continue reading »

Making Habits Stick: 31 in 31

 Posted by on August 23, 2011  4 Responses »
Aug 232011

In my last post on making habits stick I mentioned Flylady’s one habit a month. Since then I’ve been reminded of other avenues for habit building. One is making three goals to reach in 30 days. So, three habits in a month. 3 in 30.

But this is the one that I really like. My pastor shared that he tries to make it a habit to read a Proverb a day. There are 31 Proverbs. So one for each day of the month. Just one a day. So, say you start off with good intentions and read Proverbs 1 on the first day of the month. Then you fall behind and suddenly it’s the 4th. It’s ok. Just read Proverbs 4.

My pastor shared the age old, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Then said,

“How about a Proverb a day will keep the devil away.”

I think we can all say that would be a great habit to build. And a simple route for making a habit stick. For me, the key is keeping it practical, building a new habit onto another habit that already exists. Reading a Proverb a day could naturally be the start of or follow my morning quiet time. Or it could be something the children and I all do together, right after breakfast. It could even be a new habit for around the supper table or tucking in time.

What do you think?

-Tricia homeschools five children from preschool to middle school. She’s forsaken life in the drive thru lane for the road home. She contributes a blend of writing at parenting, homeschool and frugal living sites. You can find her facing that daily dose of chaos at Hodgepodge. Tricia is a.k.a. Hodgepodgemom.