Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Ladies are studying Zucchini verses in the bible, they are excited to memorize.

I have said before the we are putting the Lord first in our lives. We get up at 6 every morning and read the Lords word.  We have chosen as our first area of reading, the New Testament and Gospel.  The first few days we had sleepy eyed girls that lay on the bed with their eyes trying to slip closed, I caught them many a time checking their eyelids for cracks.  We have not been doing it for several weeks, we had read Proverbs earlier in the summer but we didn't do it as our first thing in the morning.  We are now putting the Lord as literally our first thoughts in the morning and it is become a great habit, habits are great things or bad and we are instilling a good one.  We have read through all of Matthew and are well into Mark.  We read through the parable of the sower the second time when we decided that it will be the girls first memory verses, self imposed.  Each got to pick their choice of Matthew or Mark to learn. 

Matthew 13:3-9

King James Version (KJV)
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mark 4:3-10

King James Version (KJV)
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

They have to read it after our reading and every day come with more of the verses memorized.  Each have about 6 verses to learn. They will both do Luke as their next memory verse to finish the series. We have discussed the meaning of the verses several times and each time we tried to put it into terms that a child would understand.  They are little farmers and sowing was something they could associate with.  They weren't really sure what a hundredfold meant so I explained it to them in terms they did grasp.  I told them that the farmer, like dad, planted a seed, we decided it would be a zucchini seed.  I asked them what had happened when dad planted that one little zucchini seed.  They said it grew into a great big plant and then it started giving us zucchinis.  I asked them how many zucchini did the plant have on it?  They said more and more everyday, more than they could remember.  I said was it 30, 60 or 100.  They felt sure that there could have been that many on that one plant.  I told them that God sowed the seed of faith, one little seed and that in the right person it could grow to some one sharing that faith thrityfold, sixtyfold or a hundredfold.  That that one little zucchini became a hundred fruits because of good ground, good watering and good care, that their faith could be like that zucchini, good nurturing, pray, believing and sharing their faith could grow into a hundredfold of people growing their own seed of faith....  They like the zucchini verses and chose them to be their first self initiated memory verses... a little seed planted.

Busy day ahead but we started it on the right path, the Lord first, have a great day and I hope you water and nurturer you seed... tomorrow.

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