Message in the Sand

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Well, he does. 😀

(And btw, these sandals are the real deal. You can buy them here).

How is your Sunday going? Things are pretty typical here. After we have Bible study, we’ll go about our normal business – meaning I’ll work on my chores (laundry, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming), the hubs will likely do something outside or maintenance around the house (yesterday he put a new door knob on the door that leads out to our garage) and the boys will do what they do best – play video games. *smile*

We don’t do a lot on the weekends. We usually use this time to just decompress and relax. We’re big homebodies and we loathe getting out in the public when we’re out in the public all week long. (Well, my guys are, I’m pretty much stuck at home all day every day).

I do have a project I need to work on. The client has examined all three templates (whenever I design a full-fledged website, I design three templates) and wants to mix and match elements. Which I prefer, quite frankly, because then I know they are happy with every aspect of their website.

In addition, if I have time today, I plan on fine-tuning my personal website(s) – I’m toying with the idea of splitting my professional websites into two sections: small business and school websites in one section, blog templates and blog components in another website. I can’t quite figure out how I want to organize this because I’d like to keep my Write From Karen persona separate from my “professional” persona, if that makes sense.

I finished reading “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen last night. I REALLY enjoyed it. It was a thriller and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire story. I would love to write like Gerritsen, she’s very talented. I also watched “The Bucket List” on the treadmill yesterday.

It’s hard to cry when you’re speed walking. 🙂

In between sweating buckets (get it? hehe), I ran MK over to a friend’s house where they made a video and then went back to get both of them so they could come over here and put in movie magic to upload to YouTube.

We’re like geek station.

I’ll most likely watch another movie on the treadmill today (I’m feeling so … blah, walking always perks me up). My movie choices are: “Definitely, Maybe,” or “Tara Road.”

The kids are doing great, so far. Though MK has started the year off by turning in a social studies’ assignment late (Grr) and we’re still waiting on GD’s history test grade. Our agreement is, if the boys’ grades drop to an overall C or C-, their play time is limited to three hours a night (the rationale being, they have more time to study), if their overall grades drop below a C-, then they lose all play time entirely.

We’ve found this method has worked very well over the years. The boys are motivated to continue doing well (because they aren’t really motivated otherwise) and maintaining good GPA’s means less stress for the whole household. I REALLY hope GD’s history grade doesn’t drop because of this test – or it’s going to be impossible to live with him until he brings it back up. (And by the way, he didn’t study very much for this test – so if he does poorly and loses his time, I’m quite certain he’ll take it more seriously the next go-around. Again, this is what works for our boys, especially GD. He’s extremely lazy).

Life is pretty uneventful on the WFK home front – how is your weekend going?

Abundant Life

Teaching: Tools for Basic Bible Study – Part Two

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

From the Bible Study Guide

Where should we begin to read the Bible?

There are many strategies that one can take to read and understand the Bible. One successful strategy is to read the New Testament first, starting with one or more of the Four Gospels, then reading sequentially through Acts and the books referred to as the “Church Epistles” (Romans through Thessalonians). After that, read the rest of the New Testament. Another strategy is to read a Gospel such as Matthew and read the parallel records in the other Gospels at the same time (the references directing us to parallel sections are in good study Bibles), then read the Gospel of John, then read Acts, then the Church Epistles. It is a good idea when reading the Bible to keep a piece of paper handy, and write questions down that can be answered at a later time.

When it comes to reading the Old Testament, new readers often get stuck in the more difficult sections, so they never get to the easier and fun parts and really enjoy it. Begin reading the Old Testament knowing that each time you read it you will gain greater understanding. It is also good for the beginner to read the parts that are actual historical accounts. Genealogies, laws, and lists slow the reader down and break the story line. They will be necessary later, but are not helpful to the beginner. A proven way to start understanding the Bible is by reading Genesis; Exodus 1-20, 24, 32-34 and 40; Numbers 11-25 and 32; Deuteronomy 32:44-52 and 34; Joshua 1-12, 13:1 and 22-24; Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles 10 and following (but skip the lists of names) 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther.

Read the Old Testament this way a few times and you will begin to get a basic historical understanding of it. It is also helpful to read records in Samuel and Kings along with their parallel records in Chronicles to get the best understanding of both books. Many Bibles have cross references that make it easy to know where to read in Chronicles if you are reading Samuel or Kings, or vice versa.

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If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page.

Next week, part three. Thank you for visiting and God bless.