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FREE Color by Vowel Pattern Pack- Winter Theme | Teach Them DiligentlyDo you have elementary-aged kids that like to color? My oldest, when in 2nd grade especially liked it and often felt left out when I printed coloring activities for the younger three. Coloring pages for older kids that work on literacy skills are a bit tricky to find. So, I followed my son’s lead and created a Color by Vowel Pattern Pack with a winter theme.

In this pack, you’ll find seven different coloring pages that feature a vowel pattern. The first page starts with short vowel words (like rat, bug, and not) and was created for those young readers who need to work on short vowels. Each subsequent coloring page features a harder phonics skill, moving through blends, digraphs, long vowels, and other more ambiguous vowels (such as aw and oi).

Silent e Color by Word Pattern ExampleThe child uses the color key provided on each page to color the picture in by the phonics or vowel pattern. Please note that while your child might like to do all of the pages, I suggest picking the one (or two) that best fit with the developmental stage of your child. For example, if your child is working on reading words with silent e, use the sheets that feature that particular phonics skill.

Vowel Pattern Practice

The idea is to give kids practice reading words with specific phonics or word patterns. Learning to read and spell by phonics pattern is key for young readers and writers. Tons of words are spelled using the most common word/phonics patterns, like the ones I included in this printable chart, so your child will encounter these word patterns a lot when reading. For example, if a young reader can understand that the ai in rain makes the long a sound, she can look at a word like braid and figure it out by the ai pattern. Knowing the word pattern ai helps her to read AND spell the word (and most other words that contain ai).

To download this Winter-Theme Color by Vowel Pattern Pack, click HERE!



First and foremost, I am a daughter of the King. I am also a homeschooling mama with four little blessings. Before having children, I was a classroom teacher, both in the private and public school setting for 6 years. I got my M.Ed. in Elementary Reading and then had my first son. I began tutoring K-5 struggling readers privately out of my home until having my first child (2012).

I did not plan on homeschooling {I actually said I’d “never” homeschool, but the Lord called me to it in 2009}. Homeschooling was a bit lonelier than I expected. So in 2010, I started blogging as a way to share ideas with other parents, teachers, and tutors.

I never dreamed that God would use my blog in so many ways. I have been able to use it as a platform for writing curricula, authoring books, creating learning apps, and speaking at homeschooling conferences and MOPS groups. Through my blog, I have shared many articles, activities and free printables.


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The holidays are almost over, and today is the first day of winter.  Schoolwork and school days seem to extend farther into the future than you can see. The days ahead seem like they are dragging on for what seems forever. That’s when you need  tips for surviving the winter homeschool blues.

Sometimes it is good to take a break from routine and do some winter activities that are different from the norm:  hands-on and imaginative.

Take a Walk

On a nice cold day, put the books to the side, bundle everyone up, and go outside for a walk. This activity is great for any age student. At the beginning of the walk, ask the children to find 3 items that represent winter. If they are small, allow the kids to pick up the items, such as acorns, and bring them home. If they are large, use your phone to capture them in pictures .

Once the walk is over, have the students empty their pockets and look at the pictures. Discuss their finds.

Other Winter Nature Activities:

Snowflake Unit Study

Hibernation Unit Study

Studying Trees in the Winter

Preschool: Winter Salt Tray

Indoor Activities for Preschoolers

Snowman Activities for Kids

The Science of Snow

Arctic Mini-World

Nature Study Ideas for January

23 Ice Crafts, Activities, and DIY Decorations for Winter Fun

20 Winter Science Activities

Winter Lacing Cards

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Oil Pastel Winter Tree Art Project

Snowball Paint Art

Snowman Art for Preschoolers

7 Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Holiday Activities Jar

Winter Activities

Pine Branch Printing

Igloo Craft

Puffy Paint Snowman

Snow Slime Recipe

Winter Playdough

Crystallized Snowflakes

MORE Winter Activities…..

Surviving the Winters Blues with Something Yummy

You know all of those cookbooks you have on the shelf? Give each of your students a cookbook,  and ask them to find one new recipe to try. As they pour over the pages, talk about different ingredients, types of foods, ways to cook, and measurement. Once they have chosen their recipes, see what items you need to buy at the grocery store.

Have each child write a list and be responsible for finding each item. Plan a special evening with the family and create each recipe. Get out the table cloth and candles. It might be the strangest, and most fun, meal you’ve ever eaten!

Marshmallow Snowmen

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Snow-Inspired Recipes for Kids

60+ Recipes to Warm up Kids During the Winter

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Melted Snowman Cookies

12 Warm Drinks for Kids

Surviving the Winter Blues With Printables

Because we school at home, we have the option to do fun activities that teach great content. Whether you have tiny tots, elementary kids, or middle schoolers, you can find fun printables that can help spruce up the dull grey days of winter.

Winter Time Fun Pack

Winter Time Math Activity Pack

Winter Learning Fun with Lapbooks

Winter Printables

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Sequencing

Snowflake Counting

Winter ABC Sorting Cards

Winter Spelling Mats

So You Want to Make a Snowglobe?

Number Word Worksheets – Hot Cocoa!

Arctic and Antarctic Unit Ideas

Winter Counting Mats

Snowman Activities for Preschoolers

Winter Charades Printable

Comparing Numbers: Ping Pong Ball Toss

Winter Word Search Printable

Round Up of Winter Printables

Snowman Dot Printables

Penguin Dot Printables

Penguin Sudoku Printables

Winter Printable Pack

Winter Adult Coloring Pages

In the Bleak Mid-Winter Printable Pack

Suriving the Winter Blues at the Library

A change of scenery can make all the difference. Take the schoolbooks, drive to your local library, and find a nice corner. If your library is like mine, you have computers at your disposal, as well as, all kind of wonderful books. As your students finish their schoolwork, allow them to choose books and find a fun game on the computer to play.

Ice Skating Books

Snowman Picture Books

Do You Want to Dress a Penguin?

All You Need for a Snowman

20 Books About Arctic Animals

100 Winter Books Recommended by Moms

Winter and Snowman Books

Warm Winter Reads (Kids and Teens)

Books About Snow

Winter can be cold, dreary, and slow. But if you tweak your schedule just a bit, spring will seem as though it is  right around the corner! We hope you enjoy our tips for surviving the winter homeschool blues!

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Anne Marie has a Masters Degree in Education with a focus on Christian Education. She is the author of the blog Future.Flying.Saucers. Anne Marie has a passion for biblically equipping parents and teachers so children can fly for Jesus. On Wednesday nights you will find her teaching Biblical concepts to Awana clubs at her church. All of her Awana and Bible lessons can be found on her blog. You can connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

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Unit Studies

Have you ever considered unit studies for your homeschool? Unit studies are a great way to learn about a new topic or even a combination of topics. Usually you can find multi-age unit studies to cater to different ages or even grades.
If you are currently considering unit studies for your homeschool, you have a variety of ideas and options available to you. Here are some examples of unit studies and how they work:

Civil War (Grades 1-5):

First, search for the best resource about the Civil War. This can be a book from the library, online, etc. A good example would be: Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War. To keep track  of your information, create some sort of felt board or learning board with all the information your child gathers. You can often find free printables online. Plan a field trip. It can be any of the civil war battle site states such as Alabama, Arkansas, etc. Virtual field trips are just a great too. You can get as creative as you want in putting together a unit study.


If you are wanting to do a unit study on insects for grades 1-5, you can mix and match information on insects such as ants, butterflies, bees, ladybugs, etc. You can find a variety of online activities such as teaching kids ant anatomy, or simply find books and pictures. Ideas are definitely abundant here.

Learning About the Human Body:

If  you are teaching about the human body and need a supplement to enforce the lesson, here are some ideas you can put together for this unit study: A children’s encyclopedia of the human body, resources from online sites like Teacher Created Resources, Science activity books from the library, experiment forms, and more.


As you can see, ideas are limitless when putting topic ideas together for unit studies. If you would like to find a unit study that already has been put together, check out the Teach Them Diligently marketplace for ideas.  You can also create unit studies based on Legos, Little House on the Prairie, robotics, engineering, sewing, gardening, music,….the list goes on and on. Does your child love horses? Create a unit study totally focusing on just horses. What about cooking and baking? Yes, that too. Unit studies are meant to make learning fun. Learning should be an enjoyable experience for students young and old.

What is your next idea for a unit study?

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Squanto – Native American Interpreter and Guide

Squanto’s story provides a wonderful backdrop to talk to our children about character. It is difficult to find meaning in adversity. How can and does God work EVERYTHING together for good in our lives, especially when our struggles make no sense? The answer boils down to our world view.

Do we struggle to fit God into our plans or do we fit into His? Are circumstances good only when they bring ease and reward? Teaching perseverance and a godly worldview are solid steps to building Christian character in our children. Squanto’s story is a timely example we can use to help our children develop desirable character traits.

God’s Plans

God is the creator of all things, and the unfolding of history is His-story. He has a master plan for all of humanity: the rise and fall of nations, the preaching of the good news to all men, and the birth of babies who will become world changers. A homegrown world changer might be sitting around your kitchen table right now!

Squanto’s story poignantly reveals God’s sovereign plans. English traders landed in what was to become Plymouth, Massachusetts a decade before the pilgrims arrived. Wampanoag Indians came to trade with the Englishmen. Sadly, the traders took Indians prisoner and carried them to  Spain to sell them them into slavery.

Even in the midst of this tragic circumstance, God kept a young Indian boy named Squanto safe. A kind Spanish monk bought him, treated him well, and taught him the Christian faith.


In 1618, Squanto sailed back to America. When he arrived, an epidemic had wiped out Squanto’s entire village. Squanto survived because he had been sold into slavery and lived far away during the epidemic. God’s plan for Squanto’s life was far bigger than Squanto could have imagined. He would play an important role in birthing a new nation. God would use the new nation for good in the entire earth!

Imagine the shock that filtered through the Plymouth colony founders a year after Squanto’s return when they arrived on the shores of his home. Squanto approached and greeted them in English!

Governor William Bradford’s diary indicates he realized Squanto was a special instrument of good sent from God. Squanto helped the Pilgrims communicate with the surrounding Indian tribes and showed them how to plant corn and other crops. He helped them survive in the new land and stayed with the Pilgrims for the rest of his life.

Fun Pilgrim Hat Cookie Recipe

In honor of the redeeming love of God in Squanto’s life and the first Thanksgiving so many years ago, I am sharing my recipe for Chocolate Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats. What a fun way to teach your children about God’s faithfulness in building our nation! I hope these ideas will bring many opportunities for you to discuss Squanto’s life story in the context of  character training this holiday season.

These cute and tasty hats are a snap to make. Just dip marshmallows in candy coating and place on Keebler® Fudge Stripes™ cookies. Then, decorate with a little yellow frosting.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 16



1. For hats, place KEEBLER FUDGE STRIPES cookies, stripes sides down, on baking sheet lined with wax paper.

2. Melt confectioner’s coating according to manufacturer’s directions.

3. Use fork to dip marshmallows, one at a time, into candy coating, scraping excess coating from bottoms of marshmallows. Place one coated marshmallow on center of each cookie. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until coating is set.

4. Tint frosting yellow. Use to pipe buckle on each hat.

To print out this recipe from Kellogg’s click here.


This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.



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Preschool Minds

If your child is in the preschool years, you know this is an exciting time for them. From learning their ABC’s to tying their shoes, preschoolers naturally soak in more information than you may think. Their little minds are fresh and ready to be educated in a variety of forms. What about early literacy? Are preschoolers too young to learn how to read?

Early Literacy

The common misconception of early literacy in this age group is that they must learn how to read words on a page or in a book. This is not entirely true. Early literacy can include picture books, arts and crafts revolving around reading, and much more. Reading aloud to your child is the best way to encourage reading.

Every child learns with different approaches and different speeds. If you want to encourage the reading of words, start small with phonics and sounds, sight words, and more.  If you are researching or simply just searching for resources that cater to your preschool child, there are a variety of ideas out there that your child may benefit from and many of them are free.

Free Resources

An early literacy checklist for preschoolers found at Wild Flower Ramblings, is a free printable for you to use ranging from recognizing upper and lower case letters to writing lowercase letters with proper pencil grip.

Are you searching for preschool phonics books? Look no further, here free printable preschool phonics books from The Measured Mom. I used something similar to this when my youngest was in preschool and it worked out wonderfully.

What about classic preschool books? Check out No Time for Flashcards –  they give an awesome pictured list of books that preschoolers must have.

Do you want to teach your preschooler proper vowel sounds? Here is a great resource by Kindergarten Kiosk on how to conquer vowel sounds with proper mouth positions. I wish I had found this with my youngest as she struggled with vowel sounds due to speech difficulties.

If you want to promote early literacy in a way you never thought to before, check out This Reading Mama she offers ideas on how you can organize your home to promote literacy. This is an amazing idea!

In Summary

As you can see, there are so many ways you can encourage early literacy and it can be fun and enjoyable. Are you craving more ideas? Pinterest has got your back. As I have said in previous posts, it’s my go to for the majority of my homeschool resources. Click here to open the door for a variety of ideas. Keep your notebook and pen handy!

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.


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A Hands On Approach To Educating Your Preschoolers

Teach Them Diligently 365 members, listen to:

“A Hands On Approach To Educating Your Preschoolers”

During this video session we will define the components of a quality preschool education, identify some of the important skills preschoolers need to learn, and learn how to create lessons and activities using a thematic hands on approach and look at lesson examples.

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Do you have a preschooler this fall and need a curriculum? Many homeschooling parents get concerned that they will not be able to homeschool their preschooler from home. Are there free curriculums that are designed specifically for them and cater to their developmental needs? Yes!

Prior to homeschooling my girls, I taught preschool and PreK.  I have researched high and low supplemental programs through the years and have found many to be pretty successful and yes, free. There are even new ideas out there as well.

Here is a list of some free curriculums out there designed specifically for the preschool child:

Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool
PBS Kids
Letter of the Week by Confessions of a Homeschooler
Cornerstone Confessions
Kids Learning Station

If you do a broad search online for free preschool printables, there are a variety of resources available.
Some may not offer all out curriculums but maybe free printables, etc. My favorite program for
preschool reading, etc., is Starfall. Two out of three of my homeschool students used this and they are
advanced readers to this day. It’s fantastic!

I like that some of the curriculum programs offer a nice balanced option of online learning (to keep kids up to date with advancing technology), and printables. Children as young as the preschool years are learning a bit more than they used to. These curriculums keep some of the traditional learning styles for dedicated homeschooling parents.
If you know of any other free preschool curriculum out there not listed here, feel free to share them with us.

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A Hands On Approach To Educating Your Preschoolers

Teach Them Diligently 365 members, listen to:

“A Hands On Approach To Educating Your Preschoolers”

During this video session we will define the components of a quality preschool education, identify some of the important skills preschoolers need to learn, and learn how to create lessons and activities using a thematic hands on approach and look at lesson examples.

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Register TONIGHT to save $11 off the opening $55 family registration, meaning your family could attend Teach Them Diligently Convention for only $44!!! Discount code TTD2019LAUNCH is valid until Thursday, October 4at midnight! After that, it will be gone forever!!


We are so glad you joined us, and we’re so excited about what the next season holds! Before you check out the free resources below, please take a moment to thank some of our partners who helped to make this evening possible.

Special thanks to the following:

Alpha Omega Publications who gave a fantastic gift basket full of AOP curriculum, as well as a backpack stuffed with even more of the homeschool brands you love – Monarch, LIFEPAC, and Horizons! Approximate retail price: $135.00.

Christian Healthcare Ministries who gave away an entire month’s membership FREE to one family. Our family has been deeply blessed through our membership with CHM. Not only has it saved us a lot of money on our health insurance, but it is encouraging to read the prayer requests and updates as Christians around the country join together to support and minister to one another through our gifts. Click here to see how your family can benefit from CHM as well.

Covenant Eyes who gave away one six-month subscription to their internet filtering and accountability software. It is valued at $95.94, with unlimited users within a household on unlimited devices.

Timothy Plan who gave away 4 $50 gift cards and 1 $100 gift card. You will find some amazing resources and articles available on the Timothy Plan Blog. I encourage you to Check it out.

World News Group who gave away a prize package including a free one-year WORLD membership, which includes 24 print issues of WORLD Magazine, full access to WORLD Digital content, and unlimited listening to WORLD Radio podcasts Free one-year God’s Big WORLD (ages 3-6), WORLDkids (ages 7-10), or WORLDteen (ages 11-14) membership (choose one), which includes six print issues, full access to daily news content online, plus teaching guides, reading comprehension quizzes, and other extras Free 19-volume CD set of the Chronicles of Narnia, which includes the entire book series in full performance audio One- year WORLD membership is a $59.76 value, one-year God’s Big WORLD, WORLDkids, or WORLDteen (pick one) membership is a $35.88 value, and the Narnia CD set is a $50 value, totaling approximately $145.64. Learn how you can become a Member of World News Group Today.

Evangelical Christian Credit Union who gave away piggy banks to help your children learn the value of what to save and what to spend. Make sure you check out the free Homeschool Financial Counselor program and download the Start Young Roadmap today.

Bob Jones University who gave away a Bruins prize package and deserves many thanks for the service they provide with our children’s and teen programs.

University of Mobile who gave away a college prize package as well. We are excited to have them joining us for the first time this year and at all of our locations!


Resources from Our Keynote Speakers

Ray Comfort— CLICK HERE— to get your copy of “God Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life” by Ray Comfort.   For decades, the world’s most popular gospel message has been drawing the lost by promising God’s wonderful plan for their life. But Jesus promised trials, temptation, and persecution. How can we reconcile the two? (Limit one per customer)

Ken Ham— From Creation To Forever, A Timeline of Biblical History. This chronological Timeline of Biblical History pinpoints 52 of Scripture’s most strategic events, and shows how the Bible fits with the major geological eras of our young earth. There’s nothing else like it! CLICK HERE to download your copy now!

Heidi St. John— Join Heidi and ladies from all over the world as they write and study scripture together. CLICK HERE to set up your free MomStrong Account.

Homeschool Resources

Rethink Education Ebook— If you didn’t download your free ebook as part of our giveaway, make sure you do so now. This book turns 11 of the scary questions families ask when they’re thinking about homeschooling into exciting possibilities! If you are new to homeschool or just thinking about it, this book will give you great insight into the journey ahead. If you are a homeschool veteran, this book may well remind you of some of the reasons you love homeschooling the most. :) Either way, I hope you will thoroughly enjoy it! CLICK HERE to claim your copy.

History Curriculum from Ashbrook — Download this free curriculum to teach your children with primary sources, not textbooks! With your curriculum, you will receive 9 units of primary documents, free monthly webinars, and a love of history! CLICK HERE to download your copy now.
Homeschooling High School Resource Set from Hal and Melanie YoungCLICK HERE to claim your resource set, which includes a free download of Homeschooling High School, an editable transcript template and our College Decision Resource Pack.
FREE Month By Month Homeschool Guidance Counselor Guide and access to the Homeschool Guidance Counselor Program from Teach Them DiligentlyCLICK HERE to sign up for this free program and get a jumpstart on homeschooling high school when you download our month by month guide today.
Bible Based Homeschooling ebook from Karen DeBeus — This book shares our story of how we managed to homeschool using the Bible as the center of our studies. For one year, we studied the Bible in depth as a family, and learned so much history, science, geography, and more right from our lessons. It was an amazing experience. It wasn’t without its challenges though, and I will also share what challenges we faced.” CLICK HERE to download your copy today.
A History of the Homeschooling Movement from Israel WayneCLICK HERE to download your free workshop and learn about the origins of the rebirth of home-based learning, and discover God’s purposes and plans for the future of the homeschooling movement.
50 Fall Activities For Kids (with a free unit study!) from Kerry Beck— With fall just around the corner, I’m ready to celebrate. I love fall and all the fun, family activities you can do with your kids.  Fall is one of those times I do more crafts. Do you enjoy fall crafts for kids, too?  To get your creative juices going, here are 50 fall activities for kids … including fall crafts for kids. CLICK HERE to claim yours now.

Ten Days Of Road Schooling From Gypsy Road-CLICK HERE  and use access code gypsy2u2018 to learn how to plan and execute a 10 day Road schooling trip complete with history, arts, science, and much more!

Summer Nature Study and More from Katie’s Homeschool CottageCLICK HERE to claim this resource showing you easy, hands on ways to study science without spending tons of money on supplies.

Good Books and GREAT Books List from Hal and Melanie YoungCLICK HERE to download this free resource to help you find some GREAT books for your own family! (Includes a free download of Media-Proofing your Kids and several different book lists for different ages.)

10% off your first RENTAL Homeschool Curriculum from Yellow House Book Rental Homeschool Curriculum–Did you know you could RENT homeschool curriculum?  CLICK HERE to get your coupon and start exploring the curriculum Yellow House Books has available now.

FREE Workshop, Why History is the Most Important Subject You Teach from Landmark EventsCLICK HERE to access.  While there, you can also access a discount code for an additional 10% off early bird rates for our Civil War in the West tour prior to TTDNashville 2019.

Organizational Resources

The Ultimate Homeschool Printables Collection from Kim SorgiusCLICK HERE to access this MASSIVE collection of homeschool printables, which includes the Ultimate Family Discipleship Printable Collection, the Ultimate Homeschool Printable Collection, and the Ultimate Christian Holidays Printable Collection.

Your Most Organized Homeschool Year Ever Audio Recording from Teach Them Diligently— Are you ready to influence lasting transformation in your child? Discover these organizational strategies that will help you make this your most organized homeschool year ever!  CLICK HERE to download your audio workshop now.

The Ultimate Homeschool Mom’s Planner from Outmatched Mama— CLICK HERE to access this printable resource that you can customize and insert into your favorite binder to make your homeschool organizing a breeze no matter what style of home educator your are!

Devotional/Discipleship or Family Resources

A Homeschool Mother’s Prayer printable from Karen DeBeus– frame it, put it in your journal, place it where you will need encouragement to keep your focus where it needs to be! CLICK HERE to access.

Praying For Your Children guide from Leslie Nunnery of Teach Them Diligently. This guide to praying for your children has been downloaded thousands of times, and the testimonies we have heard from families who have used it has been incredible. CLICK HERE to download your copy now.

Parenting The Internet Generation from Covenant Eyes— In Parenting the Internet Generation, we will show parents how to have honest conversations about self-image, sexuality, sin, and shame.  Provide proven methods for training our children how to be media literate.  Explain how certain parenting styles can actually enable a pornography addiction.  Point towards parental controls and accountability as tools for creating a safer home. And much, much more!   CLICK HERE to download this valuable resource now, and try Covenant Eyes for 30 days for free when you use discount code TTD.

Essential Oils 101 Class—  CLICK HERE to sign up via the pop up to access this class. You will receive access to an email course as well as a Facebook Live event.


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We all understand the importance of continuing in what we have learned– of growing each day to become more like Christ so we can help our children to do the same. We discussed that on Monday. Here is a link in case you missed it. For the rest of this week, I hope to give you some resources to help you as you continue in what you have learned. Today, we will look at some prayer resources. Next week, I will share some ideas about having your own personal devotions and quiet time. Finally, I am excited to share some ideas specifically for you and your spouse as you grow closer to the Lord together.

I have been asked many times for tips and ideas for how to continue to grow. I wanted to share some of the things the Lord has taught me about my private prayer time- and some ideas I have used through the years. I hope these will encourage you on your way and may spark a passion for studying God’s Word and drawing nearer to Him day by day!

Prayer Resources

If you want to grow closer to the Lord, you must set aside time for prayer. How can you draw close to Someone with Whom you never speak? In the workshop I did on prayer this year, we discussed that in order to have a more passionate and powerful prayer time, we must understand that we are approaching the throne of a King. Yes, we are able to approach that throne at any time, which is an amazing thing in and of itself, but we need to do so with great humility and awe. I fear that we have so exalted Christ as our Friend and Father (both of which are true of Him) that we have downplayed Christ as Almighty Creator and King. This One with Whom we can talk freely has the power to change lives, rebuild marriages, heal wounds and sicknesses, and intervene in any situation we have before us. Come Boldly!
PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN— This is a printable I created with verses that help guide you as you pray for your children each day. Honestly, these are things you would want to pray for yourself, your husband, and your friends as well. I would love for you to download it and make it part of your regular prayer routine.
ACTS PRAYER GUIDE— This is a great way to pray, for it helps to keep you focused on one thing at a time. You will find that by slowing down and focusing on Adoring Christ for Who He is first, you will worship Him far better, for you will get a clearer glimpse of His power and majesty as well as His love and care for you and those you care about.  At the end of the time of Adoration, I always find that I can hardly hold back the Confession. When I see Christ as He is, I cannot help but see how far short of that I truly fall. Next, Thanksgiving pours naturally out of a heart that is cleansed and in good fellowship with God. Finally, there is a time of Supplication, where you bring your requests before the throne of the One you have already noted is powerful and loving enough to answer. This is my absolute favorite way to pray.
PRAYER CALENDAR— For this season, I created a prayer guide for our families to pray for one another. This is a great resource, not only to pray for TTD families, but also for any families you know. It is set up on a monthly format, and there is a family prayer prompt on each day. If we would all lift up Christian families in this way each day, I firmly believe that God will do a mighty work among us. God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if we humble ourselves and pray, He will heal our land. Let’s give it a try, shall we?
TTD BLANK PRAYER GUIDE CALENDAR— This is a blank version of the prayer calendar I created for our families. This is for you to personalize. I have one with names of ladies in our church. I am able to be reminded to pray for them on that day each month, and I generally send a text or Facebook message to let them know I am praying for them and ask about any needs they may have. This is a quick way to stay connected to the people God has placed in your life. I would love for you to use this among the ladies in your church! Pass around several copies, allowing the ladies to put their name and contact info in a different block on each page. You will be amazed at how much closer you feel to people that you pray for regularly!!
PRAYER DIARY— I like to write out my prayers, for it helps me stay focused and pour my heart out to God without as many distractions. I do not weigh my words, for my prayer journals are very personal– I just write to God. It is through these journals or diaries that I have also found that God directs my attention to verses that may be well-hidden in the recesses of my brain, but are perfectly helpful for the very moment I am in. In addition to writing my prayers in journals or calendars, I have made prayer lists in notebooks that have tabs for each unique section. There are as many ways to handle a prayer list as there are individuals. In my personal prayer diary, I have sections for my husband and each child. I also have sections for my parents, sister and her family, and my in-laws. From there, I have sections for family, friends, Teach Them Diligently families, marriages in distress, health issues I am asked to pray about, etc. Often simply seeing the tab will remind me of the prayer requests on that page, and the act of writing them down cements them in my mind. I am amazed how often the Lord prompts me to pray for those who have asked me to. If you would like to be added to my prayer list, please never hesitate to ask me to pray. God has given me a great burden for all your families, and it would be my pleasure to join with you in praying for the needs you have.
PRAYER NOTES APP— This is a nice little app if you like to keep track of things electronically. You can even set up a prayer schedule that your device will remind you of– IE: Monday, pray for family. Tuesday, pray for church friends and leaders. Etc. In this app, you can set up different headings and note answers and changes just like you can on paper. I tend to use this app for many of the TTD family requests, so I can keep them all in one place. The downside to this app is that it does not sync between devices (at least last time I tried to.) So, I keep most of the lists on my Ipad for use when I am sitting for specific prayer times. Requests that are urgent or timely, I will put on my phone with an alert, so I get a reminder to pray for them.
INSPIRATIONAL READING ABOUT PRAYER— George Muller is a fantastic person to study if you are looking to increase your faith and build your prayer life. I have loved everything I have read by him. E.M. Bounds also has some great resources on prayer. The Power of a Praying Wife, Mother, etc. by Stormie Omartian are also great resources that helped me shape a lot of my prayer lists years ago when I read them for the first time. My friend Candace from His Mercy Is New has written a series of books about praying the scriptures. They would also be great helps to you as you pray.
This is such a small list of resources, but I pray that it is enough to inspire you to start a passionate and powerful prayer life of your own. God is wanting to have that fellowship with you! He desires that you cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you more than you can even imagine.
If you have any questions, or desire any more information, please never hesitate to send me an email. I can honestly say that God has given me a great love for your families, and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve and pray for each of you!
For the Sake of His Name,
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