Proverbs 15:13 "A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit
This past December my sisters and I started a bible study/game night with some of our friends.
We have been studying the book of James. We start with prayer and then we have our bible study and
then after the study we have snacks and play games. It’s a great time to get to
know each other better and to encourage one another in the faith.
We have not finished studying the book yet, but here are some verses that stuck out to me so far:
"This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be
quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not achieve
the righteousness of God." James 1:19-20
"But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely
hearers who delude themselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word
and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a
mirror; for once he has
looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of
person he was." James 1:22-24
"Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead,
being by itself.
But someone may well say, “You have faith and I
have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith
by my works.”
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and
shudder." James 2:17-19
"Look at the ships also, though they are so great and
are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever
the inclination of the pilot desires.
So also the tongue is a small part of the
body, and yet it boasts of great things." James 3:4-5
I encourage you to start a Bible study with your friends or just a get together with friends and take turns reading God's word as a group of friends.
We have all had a lot of fun learning more about Yahweh and his ways, and I hope you will too!
Shalom and have a great day!
So, you might be wondering...
What's coming up in January?
Emily will be posting a yummy recipe for "Tapioca Pudding". Affectionately called "fish eggs" by some :)
Naomi will be posting a recipe and review for homemade lip balm.
Bethany will be sharing about the beautiful "Shema" Painting she is making for the entry way.
In the second half of January you can look forward to:
Fruits of the Spirit Part 2 by Lydia
Bible Study/Game Night by Emily
Set Apart Reading Part 2 by Bethany
The Importance of Conversation by Naomi
Dates and topics are subject to change without notice. ;)
I think it is important to spend time with our brothers because they will not stay young forever.
My brother Sherman is 13 and my brother Clayton is 11.
Sherman likes to learn about Science, creation, gardening, farming, and the Bible.
Clayton likes to build mini weapons of mass destruction, he likes to practice his aim while he shoots his air soft guns, he also likes to rollerblade and play outside.
It is important to spend time with our brothers because they grow up so quick and
we need to build our relationships with them while they are still young.
When I spend time with my brothers we like to shoot air soft guns, build forts in the
woods, rollerblade, play at the park with friends, go hiking, play board games and just have fun in whatever we are doing together.
Some ideas of what you can do with your brothers: Play board games, play card games, make a meal together, read books to together, play outside games with them (ex. tag, freeze tag, capture the flag), go on a hike, volunteer somewhere, go to the park, go on a bike ride, and there are many other
things I can’t think of ,so, if you have more ideas comment and tell us!
'Till next time,
Here's a picture of me with all my siblings.
When you think of your family playing a game, you may
think as I did; “It’s going to be so boring”. At least that’s what I used to
You think you would much rather read or something like
that but just try it, because once you start playing you have a lot of fun!
You can serve YHWH by the way you speak and act.
To me it is very important to spend time with your family
and have a cheerful attitude even though you may not want to. It is a lot easier
to grow closer and get to know each other better when you have a good attitude.
Also don’t only gather together to play games but to
pray, talk and study.
As Joshua 24:14-15 says “Now
fear YHWH and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your
forefathers worshiped beyond the river and in Egypt, and serve
YHWH. But if serving YHWH seems undesirable to you, then chose for yourselves
this day whom you will serve, weather the gods your forefathers served beyond
the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for
me and my household, we will serve YHWH.”
Serving YHWH as a family could include praying and doing service
projects together. One of my favorite ways to spend time as a family is on feast
days (Leviticus 23) for example, Sukkot takes a lot of time being together:
packing, planning, getting along, worshiping, laughing, eating and playing