Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (O)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Orpah: “forelock or fawn”

We find Orpah mentioned in the book of Ruth. We don’t know much about her. We do know she was Naomi’s daughter in law and went back to her home after her husband died after Naomi told her to go.

Ruth 1:4 ~ And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

Ruth 1:11 ~ And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

Ruth 1:14~ And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.


Obadiah: “servant of the Lord”

We don’t know much about Obadiah. We only have a short 21 verse book about his vision of the fall of Edom. He possibly lived around the years 853 B.C. or 605 B.C. I’m looking forward to going to Heaven so I can meet the ones we don’t know much about.

Obadiah 1 ~ The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

Obadiah 21 ~ And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's.

I’m linking up with Annette and Amanda.


Drive Thru History® ~ Review

Drive Thru History® Review

I am always trying to find different and creative ways to incorporate Bible into our school day. We do have family devotions every day, but I feel like there is always so much more that we need to study and learn from the Bible. I also dream of one day being able to visit the same places where Jesus lived. So, when we had the chance to review Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”, the newest product from Drive Thru History®, I was excited to show these to my children.

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” contains eighteen 30 minute episodes. The discs come in a beautiful case with a 118 page study guide. The study guide not only offered discussion questions for each episode, it also gave a short summary paragraph. There was also Bible reading passages and quotes from different people throughout the guide. It also contains beautiful art and pictures on each page. Dave Stotts takes us through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to the places where Jesus walked and stayed. We see many ancient sights in Israel and learn about Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection.

The Gospels

When we first received the DVD set, I was planning to go through about two episodes per week so we could move at a slower pace and go through the study guide. We watched an episode, then during our family devotion time, we read through the suggested Bible reading. The following day, I would go through the discussion questions with my older three children (15, 13, 11). The 6 year old couldn’t really answer the questions, but she did enjoy watching the videos. And as planned, we did go through two episodes per week. When we went through the questions, I had all of the older children write down their answer before saying it out loud. I wanted to hear all of their opinions and be able to have a discussion. They all answered differently and in their own way. They all were able to get something from each episode.

Study Guide Sample

All of my children and myself have enjoyed and have learned so much from these videos. From the case that these came in to each episode, you can tell a lot of hard work and care have been put into this production. We have enjoyed “traveling” across the world to visit the places where Jesus walked and talked. Dave Stotts did a wonderful job with the narrative. My boys especially liked the first episode where he introduced us to the Land Rover that he would be using for this series. My children know a lot about the Bible from going to church and reading it daily for family devotions, but we have all learned something new from watching this series.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone wanting to know more about the gospels in the Bible, more about Jesus’ life, or just want something good to watch. This is also a great series to use for homeschool or in a classroom. It can be incorporated in a history class or in a Bible class. It is a great series for any one of any age.

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Five Minute Friday ~ Sing

Five Minute Friday - Sing

This week’s prompt at the Heading Home blog for five minute Friday is sing.

I love to sing. Even though I don’t have a good singing voice, I still love to sing. I sing in the car, in the shower, in the house, in church, everywhere! I love when old hymns pop into my mind and I start singing them. I love to sing newer contemporary Christian songs also. Singing helps keep me stress free and happy. I sing along with the radio when I am in the car. When I’m alone in the car, I sing louder and praise the Lord while listening to KLOVE. Singing brings me closer to the Lord, because I am usually singing a hymn or a song we sang in church. I hum songs when I’m doing the dishes. It helps it to go by faster since I don’t have a dishwasher and have to do the dishes by hand. Singing is great for me and I will always sing praises to the Lord.


Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (N)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Naomi: “lovable, delight”

We learn about Naomi in the book of Ruth. Naomi married a man named Elimelech. They had to move from Judea to Moab because of a famine. They had two sons who married Moabite women an they also die. Naomi wants to go back to Bethlehem where she has friends and family and tells her daughters in law that they are free to go to their homes. Ruth declines and follows Naomi. When they return, Naomi goes through a period where she is bitter. Naomi allows Ruth to glean in some fields and the man who own the property is kinsman to Naomi’s husband. Ruth and Boaz marry and have a son together. Naomi cares for the child and becomes happy again. The Lord provided for Naomi.

Ruth 1:3-5 ~ And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Ruth 2:1-2 ~ And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

Ruth 4:14-16 ~ nd the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

Nicodemus: “the people is victor”

Nicodemus is mentioned three times in the gospel of John. He is a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. He first visits with Jesus one evening and asks him how he can be born again? He is confused and wonders how he can go back into his mother’s womb to be born again. Jesus explains to him that to be born again is to be born of the Spirit. Jesus goes on to give Nicodemus the greatest salvation message. We also Nicodemus in a Sanhedrin meeting where he protested against them in their plot against Jesus. We also see Nicodemus after Jesus has been crucified. He helps in preparing the body for the tomb. Did Nicodemus put his trust in Christ? We may not know now, but maybe we will see him in Heaven one day. I do hope that he became a believer.

John 3: 1-2 ~ There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

John 7:50-51 ~ Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

John 19: 39 ~ And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

I am linking up with Annette and Amanda.



Five Minute Friday ~ Empty

Five Minute Friday - Empty

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a five minute Friday. This week’s word prompt is “empty.” It’s simple to post a blog post- just write for five minutes. Five minute Friday is hosted over at Heading Home.

Empty ~

What does it mean to be empty? It means to be void of something. During this Easter holiday weekend, Christians rejoice over the tomb being empty. But there are so many people in the world that have an empty feeling every day. They feel they have no purpose. Even as a Christian, I sometimes feel empty. It is then that I know that I need to be reading His Word. When I am regularly reading my Bible, I never feel empty. I am filled with the Holy Spirit. Knowing Jesus keeps me from feeling like I am worthless and empty. He has me on this earth for a reason and I need to seek Him and do His will while I am still here. We need to rejoice in knowing that the tomb is empty! Jesus wants us to be happy. He wants us to tell others of him. Rejoice! Jesus has risen!

Psalm 28:7 ~ The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.


Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (M)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Already half way through this round of blogging through the alphabet. This week we are on the letter M. There are so many great men in the Bible whose name starts with the letter M. It was a difficult choice, but I settled on the one below.

Martha: “bitterness”

Martha is the sister of Lazarus. Martha loved Jesus, but was always wanting everything to be perfect. She even told Jesus to tell her sister to help her in the kitchen. Martha was hospitable (she invited Jesus into her house). The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot, but I’m pretty sure his visit was not planned. When was the last time we had unexpected visitor’s and invited them into our house? She treated Jesus as a friend, someone she could tell anything (like, can you make my sister get in here and help me?). Jesus told Martha not to always be in a rush. She needed to slow down and listen (my interpretation). When was the last time we met someone for lunch or coffee and just listened to them? I would have liked to Martha’s friend.

Luke 10:40-41 ~ But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

Malachi: “messenger”

Malachi was a prophet during the Old Testament times. He also wrote one of the books in the Old Testament. Not much is really known about him except what he shared in his book. It is probable he lived around the year 420 B.C. Malachi wrote to the Jews and prophesied that God would send someone to prepare the way. He also addresses the coming judgment from God.

Malachi 3:1 ~ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 4:1 ~ For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Malachi 4:6 ~ And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

I’m linking up with Annette and Amanda.



Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (L)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Leah: “Weary”

Leah’s story can be found in Genesis. She was the daughter of Laban. Leah became Jacob’s wife even though it was her younger sister that Jacob wanted. The Lord blessed Leah with six sons and also a daughter. Leah had to have felt unloved by her husband when he found out it was her that he married. Leah was not as beautiful as her sister, but her father said it was not customary to have the younger daughter married before the older. The Lord noticed that Leah was unloved and opened Leah’s womb and gave her many children. Even though she had to compete with her younger sister for affection from her husband, Leah knew that she was loved by God. We can learn to have faith in God from Leah. When we are feeling unloved and alone, we can turn to God and He will be there for us.

Genesis 29:16-17 ~ And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Genesis 29:25-26 ~ And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

Genesis 29:31 ~ And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

Lazarus: “Whom God helps”

We find Lazarus’ story in the New Testament. He was the brother of Mary and Martha. We know that Lazarus (and his sisters) loved Jesus very much. Jesus is out of town and Mary and Martha sent word to him that Lazarus was ill and they needed Jesus to return as soon as possible. Jesus intentionally spent an extra couple of days out of town. When he returns,  Mary and Martha are upset that he took so long to get back. Now their brother Lazarus was dead. Jesus told them that he is the resurrection and the life. Against Martha’s warnings, Jesus heads out to where Lazarus is buried. We see in John 11, that when Jesus had come to Lazarus’ grave, he wept. He mourned for his friend. Jesus commands him to come forth. One thing that is not mentioned in the Bible is what Lazarus experienced in Heaven. He may have told close friends or family, but it is not recorded. If it was me that had been raised from the dead, I would be telling everyone (strangers, family, and friends) what Heaven was like.

John 11:1 ~ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

John 11:4-6 ~ When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

John 11:14 ~ Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

John 11:23-24 ~ Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

John 11:43-44 ~ And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Just finding my blogging through the alphabet series. Catch up by reading my A-K posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah
I ~ Iscah and Isaiah
J ~Jochabed and Josiah
K ~ Kezia/Keren-happuch and Korah

I am joining in with Annette and Amanda.


Memoria Press ~ Iliad/Odyssey Review

Iliad & Odyssey Review

Now that my boys are in and getting to the high school level, I have been trying to find some great literature for them to read. My oldest read several different literature books this year for school, but I felt there were too many and he was rushing through them. He did turn out some good reports for the books he read, so maybe he didn’t rush. Regardless, when I saw the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set from Memoria Press up for review, I was hoping I would be able to review this myself to see if it would be a good fit for my children.

What comes in the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set?

Everything you need to be able to read through and teach each book.

  • Iliad
  • Iliad Student Guide
  • Iliad Teacher Guide
  • Iliad DVDs
  • Odyssey
  • Odyssey Student Guide
  • Odyssey Teacher Guide
  • Odyssey DVDs

The teacher guide gives helpful information that will help you in scheduling, organizing, and teaching. The teacher guide is equipped with all of the answers to the student guide as well as giving help about discussions and writing assignments. There is also an appendix that is full of information like the genealogies, names that are used in the books, and character references. All of the test and test answers are included in the teacher guide.

The student guide has many thought provoking questions for each book in The Iliad and The Odyssey as well as quotations and discussion questions. There is also an appendix with names, genealogy, and character reference.

The books written by Homer have been translated by Samuel Butler which makes it easier for children to understand.

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How I used The Iliad:

I have never read The Iliad or The Odyssey. I chose to start with The Iliad since it is intended to be read first. When I received the package, I watched the introductory video. The video gave a lot of information about the background and pronounced the names for us to be able to hear them. There is also a video to be watched after reading through each book. The DVD was very helpful, even for me as an adult. I read through each book in The Iliad, answered the questions in the student book, and watched the video for that book.

video sample

What I thought and how I will use this with my children in the future:

I thought this program was very helpful with a lot of great information provided in the DVD’s. Although the book itself was not a very exciting read, I did look forward to watching the videos for a better understanding of what was happening. I am confident that my children will learn a lot from reading the books and watching the videos. I plan to continue with reading The Odyssey and going through the videos.

I am going to use these books with my soon to be 9th and 10th grade boys. I will read this book aloud to them and have them go through the questions in the student book separately (the student book is available for separate purchase so they are both able to have one), and have them watch the videos together.

Be sure to go the Memoria Press website to see samples of The Iliad & The Odyssey Complete Set.

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