JANUARY 2020 FAMILY BLOG

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Welcome to 2020!!
“I am making everything new!”
 
Revelation 21:1-8

A New Heaven and a New Earth

1Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” a for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ b or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”6He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Hello Grace Family!! Happy New Year!

As you read through this passage, I wonder what stands out to you.  Is it the promise to wipe away every tear? Is it the plans the Lord has for believers? Does it make you feel hopeful? Or maybe convicted? For me, what stands out most is the perfect juxtaposition of our Heavenly Father’s incredible tenderness and His unfathomable might.  He is the perfect parent- able to discipline while showing tender mercies to His dear children.  There is never shame or guilt when He disciplines, only peace as we rest in Him. 

** For the New Year, we would like to try something new here at Grace.  We would like to have a verse/passage each month that we read as a body and work to memorize.

Our January verse is:

5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelation 21:1-8

If you haven’t ever memorized scripture (or maybe haven’t in a while) this is a great time to start!  There are many ways to memorize scripture.  You can write it on an index card and tape it next to the bathroom mirror, practicing every day as you brush your teeth.  You can keep it taped to your dashboard and read it before you begin a drive, then meditate on His Word while you’re on your way. 

If you have children in your life, there are a lot of fun ways to memorize scripture together.  First of all, look up the verse together in the Bible and discuss what this verse means.  Be sure to let them talk and share with you what the verse means to them.  This can lead to some really good discussions and praying together. 

3 Fast and Easy Ways to Memorize Scripture with Kids

  1. One of the easiest ways to begin is by making up “family sign language” or charades. This simply means that your family comes up with hand signs or movements to communicate certain words that stand out in the verse.
  2. Call and response is another good way to memorize scripture. Start by calling out part of the verse and allowing the kids to respond by mimicking your call.  You can do this very loudly, very quietly, with a British accent, or with operatic singing.  You can go very quickly or very, very slowly and can take turns, allowing each family member a chance to call out. 
  3. If the children are old enough to write, use good old fashion sign with crayons or markers and construction paper, writing out the verse. Signs can be as creative or as plain as they choose.  (Some kids love being creative and some do not.  Either way is fine.) These signs can then be hung all over the house and recited throughout the day. For example, saying the verse together in the morning before leaving for school or before they are excused from the table.  Just be sure to keep a good sense of humor about it all!

Whatever you choose, remember to make it fun.  The goal is to grow closer to the Lord together.  Some of us will find it easy to memorize scripture and some of us will not.  The Lord can and will work with all of us.  Let us know how your family reads and memorizes scripture together!