Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Prayer and Bible Time

Day 9~

Here we are in the beginning of Morning Time. We have had our Morning Meeting and we have sung a couple of songs. Now we move into the Bible portion of our time together. This section has a structure like all the other sections but it is also a category that can cover everything from theology to Christian living.

In the section of my MT sheet titled Bible, I put in passages to read, passages to review, and any read-alouds which cover Bible, theology or Christian living.

We begin this section with prayer. I leave a row on my sheet for prayer because I can write in prayer requests as they come up.  Let me note here that I make up our weekly Morning Time sheets on the computer but I freely write on them and check things off in pen during the week. I hope to cover more of that as we go.

Our Bible memory works essentially the way our hymn memory worked. We are always working on learning a new passage from the Bible, reading it every day for weeks, and  reviewing an old passage, one review passage a day.

Here is a current snapshop of those categories. Instead of a Bible passage, we are memorizing the call to repentance from the liturgy.

The Gospel Story Bible

Is. 9:6

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Is 11:1,2

Psalm 27:1-5

Is. 40:28-31
Prayer Requests

Proverb of the Day

As you can see we will be reviewing Is. 9:6 on Monday and Is. 40:28-31 on Friday of the week shown.  I usually alternate between Old and New Testaments but we finished our NT passages and before we started over I wanted to review a few more recent OT passages.  I usually put recently memorized pieces to be reviewed weekly rather than just add them to the large pile where they will not come around for a while.

This is also a good place for a read-aloud, especially if you have teens who are only staying for part of MT*. You may want them to hear a book such as Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney or Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die.

I also like to read through Proverbs a LOT. I want the children to have that book in their hearts so for many months we read the Proverbs of the day. That is, if it is October 8th, we read Proverbs 8. I do not think you can do this too often just be careful, mom, not to try and drive every lesson home.

I very much love the King James Version of the Bible and I think that children benefit greatly from using that version. I made the mistake of adapting our translation to the church we were attending over the years which means we started out memorizing in the New International Version, moved to the KJV and later to the NKJV which I probably would have stayed with if it had not disappeared. Now I often read from the ESV.

*More on older teens in MT in a future post.

Suggestion of the Day for Morning Time Memory:

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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