God’s Word in a young one’s heart

Is it possible that a child could memorize 10 bible verses before they turn 3 years old?  

I shared on my blog ” Memory Verse ” how I taught my 2 year old to memorize the verse John 3:16. It was a pretty long verse and one of the first verses he learned. But it took us less than 30 minutes to get him to familiarize and say the verse. The days there after, God gave Joshua interest in the story of Jesus and so we went through his toddlers bible from one story to another.

From that time on, I felt the desire to continue teaching him bible promises. Verses that would be tucked in his memory and my prayer that would help him grow in faith and character. I would use actions to help him remember key words. It’s quite amazing that he listens and can memorize the verses on the same day it is introduced.

  
Here are our 10 Memory Verses. Yes by God’s grace and help, your 2 year old can memorize these:

Deuteronomy  6:5

Love God with all your heart mind and strength and love your neighbor as you love yourself 

John 3:16

For God loves the world He gave Jesus that whoever believes in Jesus will not die but have everlasting Life.

Psalm 121:3

God who guards you never sleeps

Joshua 1:9

The Lord God will be with you wherever you go

Jeremiah 33:3

Pray to God and He will answer you

Romans 8:39

Nothing can separate us from the love of God

Matthew 19:26

With God all things are possible

Ephesians 6:1

Obey your parents in the Lord for this is right 

See Josh say this:   http://youtu.be/9TH2_ctD-yE

Matthew 7:7

Ask and you shall receive.  Seek and you shall find.  Knock and it shall be opened to you

See Josh say this: http://youtu.be/tvR3vtaXyY8

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

See Josh say this: http://youtu.be/Dfdk12ZqtjM

Atleast‭‭ once or twice a week, we go through the verses in a fun and not so formal way. This is how we keep these verses in his memory and keep it in his heart. We also talk about what it means in a very simple way. Sometimes when I need to correct Joshua, I will remind him what God says in the bible. If I encourage him, I again use some bible verse he knows. 

As Joshua memorizes God’s word, I am also memorizing and instilling it in my mind and heart. This is why God says in Isaiah and I declare this to be true:

“”As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from now and forever.””

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭59:21‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Joshua just turned  3, and what a blessing this boy is to us. He is a reminder of God’s faithfulness. We pray that we can raise him to love Jesus and His Word! 

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Amazing 10 months! 

My little girl Anna is quite different from her very outgoing brother Joshua. She always has a serious face and she seems to observe people. She does not give off a smile easily. Some people say she looks like me, but I say, she looks like her daddy. Okay, you guys be the judge!  

 She is fully breastfed 10 month old baby. This little one is a strong girl. She likes to follow her Manong Josh. She does not have a lot of girly toys, so she is exposed to her older brother’s stuff. She seems to comprehend quickly what her brother is doing and wants to join in and play. Joshua often would struggle with sharing with her so she has learned to also whine at him and many times fight back because she also wants to play. 

But as of recent, she has shown us some pretty remarkable stuff at 10 months old. She has been very good with stacking her brother’s wooden pyramid. I was amazed because she would do it again and again. She is patient and does not stop trying until she succeeds.

 

Then one morning about 4 am, she showed us her mastery on another toy. She could not sleep that early morning but she did something spectacular. With a wooden tool box toy, she was able to insert wooden nails on a row of holes. It was a pretty amazing to witness this milestone! 

Check how she did it here:

 http://youtu.be/8SY-8ZR3-a0

Then the following day, she attempted to  do a even more challenging task. With some popsicle sticks and a box drawn with a bear’s face and a small slit for the mouth, Anna succeeds putting in the sticks in! Joshua did this activity at 2 years old, and she confidently does this at 10 months! 
 Look at this video:

Steve says his little girl might become an engineer or a doctor. I don’t really know what she will be when she grows up, but I am thanking God for just how amazing she is. My little Anna, you are such a blessing and a wonderful gift to us! 

  

Juicing for kids

Juicing became a big thing in 2013. Many people have started drinking their fruits and vegetables and have improved their over all health. My son Joshua, after turning 2 years old has become a picky eater. Joshua no longer likes vegetables and prefers just rice and meat with soup. He prefers McDonald’s rather than real food. Ok, who can relate with me? 

But as of recent Joshua has been holding back his bowels because he has constipation. He would cry in pain as he would pass his bowels.  It was why he would rather hold it in as long as he could. So we explained to him that he needs to eat vegetables. He gives us that head gesture that says “no”. So we told him he needs to eat oatmeal and we have to start juicing. The juicing part he likes, because he likes to put fruits and vegetables in the juicer.

  
Our concoction was made up these ingredients:

  • 1 apple with skin
  • Half a cucumber without skin
  • 1 carrot
  • Slice of lemon without the skin
  • Cubes of ice

Joshua was happy to keep putting slices of fruit and vegetables. When we were done we placed them in glasses with ice to keep it refreshing.

  
Joshua drank his power drink of the day and his little sister Anna had a couple of sips too! It was yummy, healthy, and refreshing. What a great way to get vegetables and fruit into the bodies of our little ones. So happy this is a healthy solution for my picky eater!