Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pledge, Praise, Prayer

My friend Kim who now lives in Hong Kong posted this on her blog this morning. We will be incorporating a lot of her family traditions here before we start our school day. I love this idea. We are not working on memory verses this year - we used My A,B,C Bible Verse book for two years. Once a week when we attend Classical Conversations we recite the pledge and the children are enjoying learning it here at home too.

Below is an outline of how Kim's family is building their beloved flag raising tradition they left behind in the states.

Leader says: Raise your eyes with reverence, turn your head toward the flag, put your hand over your heart, and pledge allegiance to the flag.

Everyone together: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Hymn Time: This week we are singing Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
and on alternating weeks we recite The Beatitudes:
(A leader states blessed are the ... and the others respond with the 2nd half of the verse).

Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who mourn; for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice; for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart; for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for His sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Bible Memory Verses:
Kim's family goal this school year is to memorize a Bible verse every week. We are working our way through the ABC's. So far we have committed to memory the following:
A = "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
B = "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." Acts 16:31
C = "Children obey your parents." Ephesian 6:1
D = "Delight yourself in the Lord." Psalm 37:4
E = "Every good and perfect gift is from above." James 1:17

Thoughts to Live By (for memorization):
Again, a leader states the first half of each line, then the others reply with the 2nd half of each sentence.

Watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Watch your words, for they become your actions.
Watch your actions, for they become your habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Favorite Family Quote: I love this too!!!
"Be a fountain, not a drain!"
Rex Hudler as quoted in Sports Illustrated

P: Praise
R: Repent
A: Ask
Y: Yield

Kim said, "This has been such a wonderful way to start our day and it is done each morning in less than 10 minutes. The children are leading most of the service and head off to school equipped with His word and bathed in prayer."

We would love to learn how you start the school day with your children and incorporate your ideas as we design and create our own family tradition of Pledge, Praise, Prayer.

Will you share?

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  1. I had to jump in here. This reminds me of how we do AWANA. For Selena and I to start our school day: Selena keep in mind is not quite 3 yet, but we pray before we start school. She has been saying the prayer as of late, which thrills me. She will start out with both Dear God and Dear Jesus, she thanks Him for her Bible, Paper, Pencil, for Me (Grandma) and for learning, her prayer always ends with We Pray Amen. Then we go right into our Bible Story and finish school working on the memorization of our Bible verses.

  2. I think this is great. I really like the format for the prayer.


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