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Cooking With Love

During my single days, there was one place in our house that you’ll never find me in – the kitchen. I loved the dining place but not the kitchen. I loved food but not the preparation. I loved to eat but not to cook. And yes, not even the cleaning up. Despite all these, I am very good in cooking rice even without a rice cooker (wink wink).

When I got engaged with my husband whose Mom happens to be a superb cook, I remember my own mother warning Vincent about my weakness. But praise God, Vincent was kind enough to still accept me for who I am and marry me anyway. Haha! Continue reading

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Teaching Kids to Tithe

Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;”

Honoring the Lord with our wealth is not primarily a monetary issue but a heart issue. First of all, God doesn’t need our possessions and money. He is God. He is Self-Sufficient. He is the Creator of All and the Owner of everything. But giving a tenth or more from all that we earn is our act of worship towards God. In fact, it is the first visible act of worship. It is acknowledging that all that we have comes from the Giver of all good gifts – God. It is accepting that all that we have is not ours to possess. Most of all, it is confessing that money is not our god but the One who has given us all things. Continue reading

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My Child, Please Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (NLT)

“Follow your heart”, this is a mantra in today’s world. A cliché that has been popularly promoted in the songs we hear, the movies we watch, and the books, magazines, and articles we read. It is not a surprise if it is also the most common advice we will get from our sphere of influence. The problem is this quip is not found in the Bible.

This is what the Bible says about our unregenerate hearts. Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” gives us two reasons not to live our lives by following our hearts. Continue reading

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Speak Gently

Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Materials:

  1. Printed copy of Proverbs 15:1
  2. Sand paper
  3. Cotton
  4. Glue

Proverbs 15:1 is somehow related to my previous blog about Proverbs 12:18. Like Proverbs 12:18, this verse still talks about the use of words but focuses more on how we say it particularly in a conflict. Continue reading

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Speak Wisely…

Proverbs 12:18 “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Materials:

  1. Bible
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Plate
  4. String / Yarn
  5. Band Aid
  6. Coloring Materials
  7. Activity page (Download here: Proverbs 12:18 Activity )
  8. Glue

Proverbs 12:18 can be summed up in one word – WORDS. A lot is at stake with what we say and even how we say it. The words we use gives a lot of weight in our day-to-day conversations. This has been an ongoing matter with our kids. The kids including us, parents, sometimes say words without regard to the other person. We addressed this issue with Scriptures. Continue reading

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Build the Wall of Self Control

So here goes how we did our Family Devotions for Proverbs 25:28 “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”

Materials:

  1. Bible
  2. Printed copy of Proverbs 25:28
  3. Building blocks
  4. Dinosaur or anything that can signify destruction
  5. Weekly reward chart

First and most importantly, we dedicated our Family Devotional to the Lord through prayer. We asked our eldest son, Caleb to read Proverbs 25:28. Since the verse contains figurative language we had to be creative so they will understand. We asked them to build a wall using their building blocks to protect their other toys from the dinosaur who will try to break the wall. Well, my two year old decided to be the dinosaur and she did a good job! Haha! Continue reading

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Tips for Your Family Devotionals

Before I get into how we did our family devotions on Proverbs 25:28, allow me to share with you a little family devotionals 101.

First of all, having family devotions is not the “be all and end all” for our children to be Christians. That is not our job. It is solely the grace of God and the working of the Holy Spirit. Our job as parents is found in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Continue reading