We finished our first week of James! We took this week off to learn and study the month's Family Quest verse, which we will do every month, so this will take us awhile! I am excited to say that we all memorized the verse!!! I'll admit that I am not sure any of us will be able to quote the whole book at one time when we're done, but I pray that God will bless the time and effort we put into studying and memorizing His word. I pray that as my children grow older they will remember these words and put them into practice. More than anything, I pray that God will use the scriptures they memorize to reveal to them their need for a relationship with Him!
I am so thankful this week for a sovereign God who reveals just how sovereign He is in even the smallest ways. I was so blessed this week as our family got to see God weaving His scripture and history together as part of what we were learning in James was laid out in our history lessons. In James, we saw that the Jews were persecuted for their beliefs and scattered by that persecution. In history, we looked at both those doing the persecuting and those being persecuted. We were able to see just what it meant and cost those early believers for their faith in Christ. It was a joy to spend time in prayer for those Christians still persecuted today.
Lord, thank You for leading and guiding. This is not an easy road (and we've already lost the first page of one of our memory "books"), but You were evident in each day's learning, both in scripture and other areas. Thank You for confirming not just the James study, but the decision to homeschool this week, as well. Thank You for calling me to hard things so that You might be honored, glorified, and known deeper.