Proverbs 10

I have done a few Good Morning Girls Bible Studies, and I really enjoy them. I have yet to find a group, but even doing it on my own, or with one or two friends online has been such as great learning experience.
The latest study is Proverbs, and I am taking part. This is actually the second week, but last week was so busy I did not find time to blog about it. This might be somewhat disjointed, or not have too much of a flow, but here’s what God’s been showing me in study this week.
Proverbs Study @godschicki @GoodMorningGirls @WomenlivingWell
I really get a lot out of it when I use the SOAP method of studying the Word. The SOAP acronym stands for.
Scripture-Writing out the Scripture
Observations-Jotting notes on observations about the passage
Application-Writing out how I can apply it to my daily walk
Prayer-Praying it or praying about it (Help me….)
I also use different colored pens. I write the Scriptures in one color, underline things that stick out to me/I want to really remember in another color and underline words I want to study in a third.
All of this week in reading/writing out (chapters 6-10), I kept asking myself, “Am I teachable?”
Over and over we’re told to write these words on our hearts, to keep the commands. As a parent, I want my children to listen and obey, to take what I say to heart. That is what this Word is for, to be listened to and taken to heart.
Proverbs 10 stuck out to me particularly. Among the verses comparing the fool and the wise, the righteous and the wicked, we are given these verses:

The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will not
Proverbs 10:7

I want my memory to be a blessing to my kids and their kids. What a wonderful legacy to leave! More will be coming on this in a future post.
As I write this, I am reminded of my old choir director who is retiring this weekend. What a blessing his memory will be in our church, and all the lives he’s touched.

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads other astray.
Proverbs 10:17

The world is watching us. Our kids are watching us. What are we modeling for them? Are we showing them humility and teach-ability? Compassion and love? Respect and honor? A desperate desire to seek God and His instruction?

The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgement.
Proverbs 10:21

I want my lips to nourish. To build up. To encourage. To, as verse 11 says, be “a fountain of life”. This will also be in a future post in more depth!
This has been a tiny peek inside my mind this week in my study of the Word.
Writing out a full chapter at a time has been a challenge, but I would encourage you to give it a shot if you’ve never done it. I am a doodler and a note taker…I need to write to better process things, and writing out the Word really makes it sink in.
In other news, I will attempt to get our Strong Family Challenge update out Monday. There’s also another awesome Loft Linkup post for Wednesday. This week I will be sharing about the Best Vacation.  Hopefully I will get time to post on next week’s Bible study as well.
I shared this post over at the Reflect Linkup. Thanks for stopping by!

Psalm 63 and The Loft Linkup

I have spent a lot of time in the Psalms. I love the heartfelt pleas to the Lord. There have been days when I have read them as prayers, because I can’t find the words to pray myself. They express so many emotions so eloquently.
I am not sure if I have a favorite, or, if I do, it changes from time to time, depending on the season of life I am in.
Just now I think my favorite is Psalm 63.
Psalm 63 #theLoft link up @godschicki

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,  earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

As a mama to a 2 and 1 year old, I am in a very weary place right now. They keep me busy and I have not gotten a lot of sleep lately. Focusing on God in this time has really helped me.

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, 

my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, 

and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

 Nursing the kiddos during the night, I often use the time as prayer time.

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

I can either sing praise or complain. When I am praising, things do not seem as bad. If I turn my focus from myself and focus on Christ, this walk is much easier. There are times when things seem to be just too much, but I have found those are times I have lost focus.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;

they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

 Psalm 63

So, that is my current favorite Psalm. Though it may change tomorrow!

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Service Project {Strong Family Challenge Week 3}

A bit late this week, but here is our Strong Family Challenge update for last week. To check out the challenge, check out Faith Along The Way.
The challenge:

Week 3: Service Project

Give back in a big way and teach your children to be a servant.  Even the littlest of children have ways to help serve others.

With a 2 year old and a now 1 year old, I was wondering what to do as a service project. I mean, what do you do as a service project with a 2 year old?
A big highlight of our week is trash day. A big highlight. Our little guy loves the trash trucks. Each week we pray for our sanitation workers, that they would have a great day and stay safe.
On Wednesday night we stashed some coconut waters and plain waters in the frig and wrote a card for our sanitation workers.
Strong family challenge @godschicki #strongfamily
One of the drivers waves and honks when he sees little man and I at the front door. Such a simple act has blessed our home so much. I wanted to try to make his day brighter, so when we heard him come into the neighborhood this week, we waited outside for him to get to our house. We gave him the card and thanked him for his service, and gave him some water. I pray that it blessed his day like he blesses ours.
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Outside {Strong Family Challenge Week 2}

In case you missed it, last week I shared about Faith Along the Way’s Strong Family Challenge. Here is my post for the past week’s ‘theme’.
Strong Family Challenge Week 2 @godschicki @faithalongtheway #strongfamilyproject

Week 2: Outside
Do something together outside that gets the whole family involved and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Since our kids are not too hard to entertain, we have done some pretty simple things.
My kids enjoy being outside tremendously. We have a bunny in our backyard they like to chase around until he goes and hides in his home (he’s a wild bunny, not a pet, and I sort of feel like Mr McGregor chasing Peter out of my garden…).
This week has been hot. We took time to build sandcastles and memories in the sandbox and worked on putting in the garden for the year, and played in the pool.
In the sandbox we have a bunch of toys. A few of those funnel/wheel things that you put the sand in and it spins the wheel as it sifts through the funnel. Our little guy get excited seeing it filter out. Our girlie likes to sift it through her hands.
Outside Fun @godschicki
Putting in the garden has been a slow process this year. Instead of doing it once, all day, I have worked on it little by little all this week.
As I work in it, I get the kids to help me water the plants. Girlie tries to help me by tasting the plants….and the dirt….
What I like about gardening with the kids is I can start teaching them simple truths about walking with the Lord through object lessons. The garden and planting hold so many spiritual lessons! So, while they may not remember my exact words, hopefully, as we talk about them each day, they will pick up on them and they will be hidden in their hearts and minds.
That is our week “Outside”.
Sometimes we think that we have to plan a super big deal to make memories, but some of my fondest childhood memories are of simple, every day things. Playing the the sandbox. Building camp fires and ‘cooking’ over them. Walking with Grandma or Granddaddy for one on one time. Reading with Mom (or Granddaddy). Catching fireflies.
Do not feel that since you can not have some grand elaborate plan that you can not take part in the strong family challenge.

A Place Called Home

I have called a few places home.
I grew up in a small country town. One high school. Maybe a dozen stop lights. A handful of  restaurants. Traffic jams were caused by tractors. People hold doors for you all the time. They offer to help if they see you struggling with anything. In that small town, we lived out in the county. Surrounded by fields. A enormous garden. I loved it. I lived with my mom, dad, two sisters and brother. My grandparents right next door.
Even though it was 45 minutes to the closest Walmart, it was so much simpler. Slow paced and quiet. I will likely always think of this as my hometown.
I married and now we live in a city. Seven high schools. Too many stoplights to count. Hundreds of restaurants. Traffic jams are a way of life, and the drivers aren’t courteous as they are where I grew up. Common courtesies are a rarity. We are in a townhouse. Our small yard is played in by the neighborhood kids who leave their trash all over and trample my flowers. The closest Walmart is 5 minutes away and we’re 10 minutes from 2 others. Less if you catch the lights just right.
But my family is here, and it is home now, though I would love to live in the country again. You see, my home on earth is where my family is. My husband and littles make a place, wherever it may be, home.
God has planted us here for a reason. Maybe it is to be Jesus to those unkind or burdened people, brightening their day with a smile. Maybe it is to be Jesus to those kids. Inviting them to play in the yard, welcoming them and giving them a safe place to play.
A place called home @godschicki #theloftlinkup #thisworldisnotmyhome
Ultimately, as a follower of Christ, my home is not on this earth.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? ”

John 14:1-2

One day, heaven will be my home.
I can not wait.

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"Fun" {Strong Family Challenge Week 1}

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A while back I ran across this post by Faith Along the Way. Sarah Ann has been gifted with a great vision for families this summer. I think I will be posting about the previous week’s challenge Mondays. This idea is simple: Build stronger bonds in you family by intentionally looking for things to do.
Our kiddos are little still, so it doesn’t have to be elaborate get a 2 and almost 1 year old to have fun!
Week One’s Challenge is:

 Plan something fun to do with your family that you haven’t done before or done in a while.  Frugal fun is often the best, so be creative!

This week we did a couple of things.
We had a water fun day Saturday as we set up a kiddie pool by our sandbox. The kids had a blast and daddy got “in” on the fun too. Pretty inexpensive (I paid $2 for the pool last year at the end of summer and it just took some water to fill up), but loads of fun.
Water Fun Day @godschicki @Fatihalongtheway #strongfamilyproject
We also went to a local festival and watched the fireworks together. I have always loved fireworks and festival atmospheres. Our little guy could take ’em or leave ’em, but little girlie loved it. It only cost us to park.
Summer is a great time to catch festivals in your area. Many times you can follow your city’s Facebook page, subscribe to your local recreation center’s news letter or just watch the news to find fun times in your area.
Don’t forget to look for sales on swim gear as the season draws to an end!
It is not too late to join in…….