Friday, August 23, 2019

ABC: Bible Meditation for Me! Bible Meditation Verse List

ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!  Bible Meditation Verse List 

KJV List Having Words Meditate/Meditation in them:

Joshua 1:8

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth: but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

Psalm 1:2

"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."

Psalm 5:1

"Give ear to my words O LORD, consider my meditation."

Psalm 19:14

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer."

Psalm 49:3

"My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding."

Psalm 63:6

"When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate upon thee in the night watches."

Psalm 77:12

"I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings."

Psalm 104:34

"My meditation of him shall be sweet:  I will be glad in the LORD."

Psalm 119:15

"I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways."

Psalm 119:23

"Princes did sit and speak against me:  but thy servant did meditate in thy statues."

Psalm 119:48

"My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statues."

Psalm 119: 78

"Let the proud be ashamed;  for they deal perversely with me without a cause; but I will meditate in thy precepts."

Psalm 119:97

"O how love I thy law!  it is my meditation all the day."

Psalm 119:99

"I have more understanding than all my teachers:  for thy testimonies are my meditation."

Psalm 119:148

"Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word."

Psalm 143:5

"I remember the days of old:  I will meditate on all thy works; I muse on the works of thy hands."

I Timothy 4:15

"Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all."

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Glossary for ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!

Glossary for ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!

Glossary for ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!:  Bible Meditation Vs. Eastern Meditation

Affirmation:   an act of saying something is true

Sentence:  Affirmations often begin with "I" or "I am."

Breath:  air taken in or sent out by the lungs

Sentence:  I can feel my breath.

Calm:  a quiet and peaceful state

Sentence:  Bible meditation can make one calm.

Discern:  to see, recognize, or understand something

Sentence:  It is a good thing to learn to discern what danger symbols mean.

Emotions:  strong feelings as anger, love, joy, fear often accompanied with emotional reactions

Sentence:  Psalm 119:47 says: "I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved."

Focus:  direct or cause to direct at

Sentence:  In mindfulness one focuses attention on one's breath.

Grounded:  based on, founded upon

Sentence:  I must be grounded in God's word, not grounded in the earth.

Heart:  center of feelings

Sentence:   The heart is the place where emotions, desires, and thoughts are found. 

Instruction:  the act or practice of teaching

Sentence:  We should pay attention to God's instruction book --the Bible!

Judgment: the ability for reaching a decision after careful consideration

Sentence:  While God tells us to judge between right and wrong, some tell us not to
make any judgments at all.

Knowledge:  what is known

Sentence:  The Bible helps us grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lift Up:  to raise from a lower to higher position

Sentence:  I can lift up my hands to praise the Lord.

Muse:  to think about something carefully

Sentence:  I mused about God's amazing creation.

Namaste:  Hindu greeting that means "the god in me greets the god in you"

Sentence.  Yoga classes begin and end with Namaste.

Out of:   from the inside to the outside

Sentence:  When people do yoga meditation sounds or chants often come out of one's mouth.

Present:   not past or future: now going on

Sentence:  Mindfulness meditation tells you to not think of the future or the past, but to notice what is happening in the present.

Quiet: the quality or state of being calm with out noise

Sentence:  Mindfulness tells children to get quiet, be still, and sit comfortably.

Ruminate:  to think carefully and deeply

Sentence:  I reflected and ruminated on my Bible verse.

Sun:  the heavenly body God created that gives us light

Sentence:  God warned us not to worship the sun, but to praise and worship Him.

Thoughts:  ideas formed in the mind

Sentence:  Mindfulness tells us to not notice our thoughts, but let them go.

Understanding:  ability to get the meaning of, and judge

Sentence:  King Solomon asked God for an "understanding heart" so he could wisely judge the people.

Verses:  one of the short parts of a chapter in the Bible

Sentence:  ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!  has many Bible verses to meditate on and to memorize.

Well Doing:  doing right

Sentence:  Galatians tells us we should never get tired of well doing or doing good things for others.

X-tra/ X-out:  add and subtract

Sentence:  God's word tells us not to add x-tra words to it, or to subtract or x-out out words from it.

Yoga:  Sanskrit word that means to yoke with the divine or Brahman

Sentence:  In yoga people practice poses that have to with the Hindu gods.

Zeal: eager desire to get something done or see something succeed

Sentence:  If you have great zeal or are zealous for the Lord Jesus you will want to tell others about Him.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Appendix for ABC: Bible Meditation Verses for Ages 3-6

Appendix for ABC: Bible Meditation Verses for Ages 3-6 

Introduction:  These shortened verses include: hats, add-on pieces, motions, and a reflection selection word/phrase to know.  These verses are designed to teach little ones the difference between reciting the verse and thinking about it. 

A Is for Affirmation: 
"I will praise thee;          (Raise hands.)
for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made."        (Raise voice; point to self.) 

Make Hat:  Cut two strips of construction paper 12"X2".  Staple together.  To strip add words, stickers, cutouts, and so on.  Work on each hat while flat; then put round child's head, measure, and staple.

Add on pieces for Aa:  Write "I am"  add child's photo"fearfully and wonderfully made."
Ps. 139:14  To decorate glue some shapes on each side as circles, squares, or triangles.

Meditation Recitation:   Put on hat.  Say: " Stand on your feet, to repeat."  Repeat verse aloud.

Selection Reflection:
Say:  "Sit in your seat.  Don't neglect to reflect."  Think/meditate on" wonderfully made."
Everyone pause briefly to think about the word/phrase selected. Ask: "What does "wonderfully made" mean?"  Talk about it.

B is for Breath:  
"Let every thing      (Point all around)
that hath breath       (Point to lips.) 
praise the LORD."  (Raise hands; moving them as say PTL!)
Ps. 150:6

Hat/Pieces:  Make hat strip.   Add:  Glue on large "P.T.L.!" at center; may use large stickers.  Fit; staple.  Put on hat.  Recite; stand, move.  Reflect; sit, pause, talk.  What does "PTL!" mean?

C Is for Calm: 
"I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:             (Lay on floor; curl up; snore!)
for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety."    (Say quietly, happily.)

Hat/Pieces:  Make hat strip.  Print big Z's across strip.  Print verse strip one per child.  Center verse on strip; and glue on over Zs.  Put on hat.  Recite; reflect.  What does "peace" mean?

D Is for Discern:
"... the word                                (Put two hands together palms up to make "Bible.")
is very nigh thee in thy mouth    (Point to lips.)
and in thy heart                           (Hands over heart)
that thou mayest do it!"             (Shake index finger!)

Hat/Pieces:  Write "Do It!" in hat center.  Glue on small mouth and heart shapes in a pattern on either side of "Do It!"  Put on hat.  Recite; reflect.  What does "Do it!" mean?

E Is for Emotions:
"My meditation of him     (Point to head)
shall be s-w-e-e-t:             (Spell out s-w-e-e-t; say sweet!)
I will be glad                     (Smile; trace lips.)
in the LORD."                   (Point up!) 

Hat: Pieces:  Draw "happy or glad" faces across the hat strip.  Print out verse on computer strip; glue to center over happy faces. Put on hat.  Recite; reflect.  What word tells how you feel? glad.

F Is for Focus:
"Look unto me, and be ye saved  (Point index finger up.)
all the ends of the earth:               (Spread arms wide.)
for I am God, and there                (Make two fists; shake.)
is none else."
Isaiah 45:22

Hat Pieces:  Draw crosses across hat; print out "Look unto me and be ye saved …."  Put on hat.  Recite; reflect.  What does "there is none else" mean?

G Is for Grounded:
"... his delight is in the law of the LORD;  (Smile; hands together palms up.)
… and in his law doth he meditate             (Hands together; palms up for "Bible.")
day and night."                                            (Point to head.)

Hat Pieces:  Make one strip blue for "day;" other "black" for night.  Staple together.  On blue side draw or glue on sun; on black side draw or glue on moon and stars.  Print word:  "Meditate!"  Glue on so centered with half on blue side and the other half on black side.  Recite; reflect.  What does "meditate day and night" mean?

H Is for Heart:
"Let the words of my mouth,      (Point to mouth)
and the meditation of my heart,  (Point to self.)
be acceptable in thy sight,           (Raise voice.)
O LORD …."                               ( Point up.)
Ps. 19:14

Hat Pieces:  Print out "Acceptable!" Glue to hat center.  To sides glue alternate mouth/heart cutouts.
Recite; reflect. "What does "be acceptable" mean?

I Is for Instruction:
"Give instruction to a wise man,  (Point to self.)
and he will be yet wiser: …."       (Raise voice on "wiser.")
Prov. 9:9

Hat Pieces:   Print large separate pieces:  Be, a, wise, boy!, girl!, Proverbs 9:9.  Let children glue on:  "Be a wise girl/ boy!" and reference.  Recite; reflect.  What does "instruction" and "wise" mean?

J Is for Judgment:
"Teach me g-o-o-d judgment    (Point to self; spell good.)
and knowledge:                        
for I have believed thy              (Point to self; Hand together palms up
commandments."                       for "Bible.")
Ps. 119:66

Hat Pieces:  Print large separate pieces:  Teach, me, g-o-o-d, judgment!, Ps.119:66.  Let children glue on separate pieces in order.   Add Bible stickers to either side.  Recite; reflect.  What does "good judgment" and "good knowledge" mean?

K Is for Knowledge :
" … grow in grace                      (Spread arms wide.)
and in the knowledge
of our Lord Jesus Christ."           (Point up.)
II Peter 3:18

Hat Pieces:  Write GROW! in big letters across center.  On each side put Bible stickers.  Recite;
reflect.  Who gives us "grace and knowledge?"

L Is for Lift Up:
"My hands will I lift up           (Lift up both hands.)
unto thy commandments …
and I will meditate in thy         (Put hands to head.)
Psalm 119:48

Hat/Pieces:  Lay hat strip on table; find center.  Draw two lines for child's wrist for each hand; draw just a little bit apart.  Trace child's left/right hands; cut out.  Glue/tape to wrist area front of hat.  Print out verse strip:  "My hands will I lift up/ unto thy commandments …. Ps.119:48"  Glue half of verse strip "My ---lift up" to left of hands, and "unto --Ps.119:48" to right side of hands.  Recite; reflect.
Where do we find God's "commandments and statues?"

M Is for Muse:
"... I meditate on all thy works;        (Touch head; point round self.)
I muse on the works of thy hands."  (Touch head; point round self.)
Ps. 143:5

Hat/Pieces. Print out "I Choose to Muse!"  Center, and glue to hat strip.  On either side print:  "Think, think!"  Recite; reflect.  What does "muse" mean?

N Is for Namaste:
"Who can say,              (Hands out to side; palms open.)
I have made my heart   (Hands over heart.)
Prov. 20:9

Hat/Pieces:  Print out "Who?" plus several big questions marks.  Cut apart.  Glue "Who?" to hat center and big questions marks to either side.  Recite; reflect.  Who can make their own "heart clean?"  Who takes away our sins?

O Is for Out of:  
"... It is written,                          (Make open hand Bible.)
LIVE BY BREAD ALONE,     (Shake head.)
BUT BY EVERY WORD         (Point up; shake finger.)
Matt. 4:4

Hat/Pieces:  Print out:  "It is written …" strip; glue to center of hat strip.  Fold small 'Bible'  papers to glue back side so open up.  Glue several little open-up 'books" to either side of "It is written …"
strip.  Inside little 'Bibles' print Matt. 4:4.  Recite; reflect.  Where is our verse "written?" Whose words are in the Bible?

P Is for Present:
"... Consider it in thine heart         (Point to head.)
that the LORD he is God               (Point up.)
in heaven above, and in the           (Point down.)
earth beneath: there is none           (Shake head.)
Deut. 4:39

Hat/Pieces:   Print out:  "Consider it!" strip.  Glue to center of hat.  Write "think"  and  "meditate" on several "Post-It Notes."  Stick on either side of the "Consider it!" strip.  Recite; reflect.  What word means "think about" or "meditate on?"

Q Is for Quiet:
"Stand in awe and sin not:              (Shake head.)
Commune with your own heart      (Point to head.)
upon your bed, and be still."           (Finger to lips.)
Ps. 4:4

Hat/Pieces:   Provide oversized Q for center of hat.  Glue to center.  Print out strip: "Commune with your own heart/ … and be still. Ps.4:4"  Cut strip so "Commune … heart" half is to left of the Q and to right is "...and be still. Ps.4:4."    Recite; reflect.  What does "commune" mean? 

Q Is for Quiet!*

When in bed
if you're mad,
be quiet and still
until you think
about it!

*  Not in document
lesson.  Helps explain

R Is for Ruminate:
"How precious also   (Point up.)
are thy thoughts
unto me, O God!        (Point to self.)
How great is the         (Raise voice.)
sum of them."             (Expand arms.)
Ps. 139:17

Hat/Pieces:  Across hat strip write different colored "+" signs. Explain "plus" means a lot of thoughts.  Print a verse strip for hat; center and glue on over plus signs.  Recite; reflect.
What does "how great is the sum of them" mean?

R Is for Rumination*

R is for rumination
that's not done in
mindfulness meditation,
for instead they're taught
to dismiss each
distracting thought!

*  Should be added to "Eastern
Meditation" section of R Lesson.

S Is for Sun:
"Give ear to my words, O LORD,      (Point to lips.)
consider my meditation.                      (Hands on head.)
… in the morning will I direct my      (Fold hands.)
prayer unto thee, and will look up."    (Keep hands folded; look upward.)
Ps.  5:1,3

Hat/Pieces:   Use blue paper for hat strip.  To center bottom glue yellow half circle for a "rising" sun.  Around it glue small yellow, red, and orange paper strip rays.  Print out: "Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation."  Glue to hat top over sun.  Recite/reflect. When did David pray and meditate?

T Is for Thoughts:
"I thought on my ways,        (Hands on head; march in place.)
and turned my feet                (Turn left; repeat line turn right) 
unto thy testimonies."           (Make hand "Bible.")  (Yell: "Turn
Ps. 119:59                               to the Word!"

Hat/Pieces:  Print off a picture of a Bible, or let children draw one.  Glue to middle of the hat strip.
Cut short paper strips some for arrow top/stick.  Allow kids to glue strips to form arrows to left and right of "Bible" pointing toward it.  Print verse in small print.  Cut strip in half after "feet."   Glue
verse strip to left of "Bible;" and glue rest of verse to the right.   Recite; reflect.  What does "thy testimonies" mean?   What book should we turn toward?

U Is for Understanding:
"My mouth shall speak of       (Make a "W" placing two thumbs
wisdom; and the meditation    together; and extending out index fingers.)                               
of my heart shall be of             (Make a "U" by covering one thumb
understanding."                        over the other; bringing fingers together.)
Ps. 49:3

Hat/Pieces:  Print off entire verse; center and glue to hat strip.  To sides glue on mouth and heart cutouts.  Recite/reflect.  What does "understanding" mean?

V Is for Verses:
"Whatsoever things are true,           (Shake index finger.)  
whatsoever things are honest,          (Shake finger again.)
,,, think on these things."                  (Tap head with fingers four times.)
Phil. 4:8

Hat/Pieces:  Cut oversized T. O. T.T. letters or use larger stickers.  In center glue letters for "think on these things" verse.  To the right write true once or twice, and to left write honest the same amount of times; or stick on printed word strips.  Recite; reflect.  What things should we think of?

W Is for Well Doing:
"... Let us not be weary in well doing     (Shake head.)
… as we have … opportunity,                (Raise voice on "opportunity.")
let us do good unto all men...."               (Point to others.)
Gal. 6:9-10

Hat/Pieces:  Print: "Let us do good unto all men …."  Glue strip to center.  To sides glue pictures of different people cut from magazines.  What does "well doing" mean?  Who do we want to do good to?

X Is For X-tra/X-out:
"I will not forget thy word."      (Move hand "Bible" up and
Ps. 119:16                                  as you say verse.)

Hat/Pieces:  Print verse strip; stick to center of hat strip.  To each side write X-out or print strips to glue on.  Recite; reflect.  What is another word for "forget?"

Y Is for Yoga:  
"Thou art my trust from my youth."
Ps. 71:5

Hat/Pieces:  Print verse strip; cut words apart.  Mix up.  Let kids glue it on in order.  Add decorative lines to sides of verse.  Recite; reflect.  Who is our "trust" from our youth?

Z Is for Zeal:
"O how love I thy law!       (Raise voice; say with passion! )    
It is my meditation all         (Make hand "Bible.")
the day."
Ps. 119:97

Print out "O how love I thy law!  three times.  Glue onto hat.  If child can write it (K, 1st) let them do it three times.  Explain if one has zeal we feel really excited about something.  What was the Psalmist's meditation "all the day?" What did he say?




Yoga and Mindfulness Babies and Their Books

Yoga Board Books

Board book toddlers
pictured doing yoga.
Take a look!
Board book toddlers
posed like cobras.
Take a look!
Board book toddlers
crouched in poses.
Take a look.
Board book toddlers
doing yoga here, there,
everywhere.  Look
again, then do something!

Yoga and Mindfulness Babies and Their Books

Baby board books abound. You'll find them everywhere. Made of heavy cardboard with wipe clean pages these board books are the first books of little ones as young as six months.  They are sat on.  They are studied.  They are chewed..  They are pointed at.  They are mimicked.  They are loved.  And they are read and reread by dads and moms, big brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, grampas and grammas, caregivers and baby sitters, preschool teachers, and wellness instructors. 

Of all the images viewed while writing these lessons, the pictures seen in yoga and mindfulness baby board books and early picture books online, in book stores, or libraries are the ones that touched me deeply.  These shiny board books are filled with cuddly little folks posed in cobra and child poses.
Clever and winsome, these tiny books are filled with deceptive teaching especially designed for little ones.  Truly, these books for the very youngest of us should be a bright red flag that something has happened to our culture.  Upon seeing these books, as well as several picture books, I realized I'd never noticed any Bible way meditation books for little folks--none whatsoever-- and so was born my desire to write ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!:Bible Meditation Vs. Eastern Meditation.  
These lessons. written for parents, grandparents, kids, and teachers, are filled with current examples and stories about what this author has experienced. And they are written for anyone from three to one-hundred-and-three who needs to learn and discern what is happening to our children everywhere in all venues--yes church too!
They are written for anyone who may not have realized that yoga asanas are associated with Hindu idol poses, and that mindfulness is mixed with Buddhism teachings. They are written for anyone who may have assumed yoga is just stretching, great exercise, and can be changed to honor the Lord, and for those who've believed mindfulness is secular involved with breathing, focusing, and calming.
And they are written for Christians who are totally unaware what is happening all around--written so one may pause, think about, and read these stories, and facts or view some of the videos and read-aloud books coming away with a passion to share these lessons to awaken others.

As you read, understand why your children, grandchildren, or students shouldn't participate in either yoga or mindfulness.  Instead, determine that the Bible will be the book they will remember, and that Jesus will be the one they will come to know from babyhood.  Endeavor to teach your children the words of Scripture that will ready them to receive the Lord Jesus as Savior and go on to love him all the days of their lives.  Teach them not only to love the word, memorize the word, but to meditate on it too.  Make time to do your own research and to learn why nonbiblical meditative practices are something one must flee from.

Because Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not!" (Mark 10:14) this book was written to help us all become the godly role models we need to be to win children and their loved ones to the Savior, and to warn them to learn to discern the deceptions the Enemy puts in our pathways desiring to turn us away from the Lord and his word.  With great love for children, Grandmother Lois


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

ABC List: ABC Bible Meditation Verses

ABC:  Bible Meditation for Me!  ABC List

ABC:  Bible Meditation for Me!  Bible Meditation Vs. Eastern Meditation

This is a list of all of the lessons, and their meditation verses.  Scroll back for the lessons.

A Is for Affirmation:  Psalm 139:14

B Is for Breath:  Psalm 150:6

C Is for Calm:  Psalm 4:8

D Is for Discern:  Deuteronomy 30:14

E Is for Emotions:  Psalm 104:34

F Is for Focus:  Isaiah 45:22

G Is for Grounded:  Psalm 1:2

H Is for Heart:  Psalm 19:14

I Is for  Instruction:  Proverbs 9:9

J Is for Judgment:  Psalm 119:66

K Is for Knowledge:  II Peter 3:8

L Is for Lift Up/Lotus:  Psalm 119:48

M Is for Muse:  Psalm 143:5

N Is for Namaste:  Proverbs 20:9

O Is for Out of:  Matthew 4:4

P Is for Present:  Deuteronomy 4:39

Q Is for Quiet:  Psalm 4:4

R Is for Rumination:  Psalm 139:17

S Is for Sun:  Psalm 5:1-3

T Is for Thoughts:  Psalm119:59

U Is for Understanding:  Psalm 49:3

V Is for Verses/Visualization:  Philippians 4:8

W Is for Well Doing/Well Wishes:  Galatians 6:9,10

X Is for X-tra and X-out:  Psalm 119:16

Y Is for Yoga:  Psalm 71:5

Z Is for Zeal:  Psalm 119:97


ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!: M Is for Muse!

ABC:  Bible Meditation for Me!:  M Is for Muse!

ABC:  Bible Meditation for Me!:  Bible Meditation Vs. Eastern Meditation

Introduction:  This lesson is the last lesson in a series of twenty-six ABC lessons for parents, grandparent, kids, and teachers.  Scroll back for the others.

M Is for Muse

When I muse
I choose to
use my mind
to mull over
or think about

I Can Choose

I can choose to meditate or muse on God's word--that's the Bible way.  Or I can choose to lose my words and just let them pass--that's the Eastern way.

I Will Muse!

I will muse,
I will use words,
I will recall,
I will meditate
on all your works!
From Ps.143:5

Reflection Selection Psalm 143:5

Psalm 143:5:  "I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the works of thy hands."  David doesn't stop his words, or thoughts.  David doesn't just think about the present moment, but he thinks about the past too.  David chooses to muse!

"I Choose to Muse" Marker

Punch out the cardboard opening strips from two tissue boxes.  Turn design side over and staple together the pieces making an easy marker.  Use bright markers to edge it, and print on it: "I Choose to Muse" on one side, and on other side print: Psalm 143:5.  Use in your Bible.

David's Distress

David wrote Psalm 143.  David was distressed because of his enemies.  David did not have peace.  What did David do?  He prayed.  He cried out to the Lord..  David meditated and mused.  He remembered the old times.  He thought about all of God's works.  He mused or thought a lot about the works of God's hands. He begged God to answer him quickly.  He told God that it is in Him he trusted. He asked God to rescue him from his enemies and to help him out of his troubles.  "For," says David, "I am your servant!"  Do read the whole Psalm story.

Some Muse Synonyms

Some muse synonyms include brood, cogitate, consider, contemplate, deliberate, feel, meditate, moon, percolate, ponder, reflect, roll, ruminate, speculate, think, weigh, chew over, mull over, puzzle over, think over, and turn over.  Pick several synonyms and use them in sentences as you think about the muse reflection selection. Here are two to get you started:  David pondered the past or the days of old, or  David reflected on the works of the Lord.  How many muse synonyms can you use?  Did you try cogitate?

Eastern Meditation

M Is for Muse

To muse is something
Eastern meditators don't
do, choosing instead
to ignore thoughts that
come into their head.

The I Am Yoga! Read Aloud Story 

"Kids Story Time" does a read aloud of I Am Yoga by Susan Verde.  The puppets, Green Bear and Big Bear, introduce the story.  Green Bear. chattering loudly, asks why it is so peaceful and relaxed all around.  Big Bear says its because of yoga. The reader asks Green Bear if he'd like to partake.  He decides yes he will.  The reader then reads the story about a young girl whose world is spinning out of control.  To stop this she tells her wiggling body to be still, her thinking mind to be quiet, and her racing breath to be slow declaring "I am yoga!"  In her imagination via yoga poses, she becomes all calm and peaceful. Green Bear, the puppet, then reenters all mellow and relaxed.  Big Bear can't get over the change.  She asks Green Bear why he's so laid back.  He answers, "Yoga happened to me!"  Big Bear replies, "Wow! This yoga stuff is so powerful!"

Emily Arrow's "I Am Yoga" Song

A singer Emily Arrow, the author Susan Verde, and several children sing and move to a "I Am Yoga Song."  So endearing is this song and its participants it might easily capture any undiscerning person into believing yoga provides a cure for every problem, and like salvation, is "life changing."  It is so 
very opposite of the Bible way where David cried out to the Lord for help.  Yes, in the book and in the song as Big Bear said, "Yoga is so powerful!

The I Am Peace! Read Aloud Book

A second book in Susan Verde's "I Am" series is  I Am Peace!: A Book of Mindfulness. This book 
tells of a young boy whose mind feels like rushing water carrying him away into a place where he's in deep waters. In a boat, he capsizes.  But, the boy assures himself he's alright; soon he's grounded to the earth in the here and now.  He thoughts settle; his mind clears.  He declares, "I am peace."  His worries pop and disappear as he lets them go.  He spreads kindness.  He hugs a tree thanking it for its beauty and strength.  He connects with nature.  He lays under the tree breathing; all is still.  He says he has found his anchor; all is well.  He states, "I am in THIS moment. I am peace."  He sends peace to others.  It ends, "We are peace."

Emily Arrow's: "I Am Peace" Song

Just as Emily did with the yoga song, so she does with the peace song.  It is again compelling, catchy, and seductive.  How very busy yoga and mindfulness evangelists have become all over.  Be aware, and be alert for their message.  Their anchor is their breath and their meditation practices.  But, a Christian's anchor is the Lord Jesus Christ.  Is He your anchor?

She Used Mudras!

I shall never forget while working with some special needs little ones an aide had had enough of their chaotic behavior.  What did she do?   Suddenly she stopped, stood still, fixed her fingers in mudras, and breathed a lot.  Nothing was said.  I observed.  I wasn't aware of mudras then, but I now know she used the Eastern way anchored in the breath and finger mudras.

Yoga and Mindfulness Explosion

In her recent book Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion? Candy Gunther Brown wrote: "Yoga and mindfulness are the hottest trends in American education." (p.1) It must be added also that yoga and mindfulness can be found in every aspect of our culture as these lessons show.

Yoga and Mindfulness

Yoga and mindfulness combined,
Mindfulness and yoga intertwined.
All over--deceptive! Sad!

Parental Suggestions:

A look at Susan Verde's background is to uncover her devotion to children, pictures books, yoga, and mindfulness. One can find her visiting with an elementary school group via Skype.  In it, the kids sing for her, and she speaks to them.  She praises them for being into mindfulness at such a young age.  They ask her questions. "What is your anchor they ask?'  "Well," replies she, "my anchor is my breath.";_ylt=AwrC5rK1jlFdsCcAjan7w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTBncGdyMzQ0BHNlYwNzZWFyY2gEdnRpZAM-;_ylc=X1MDOTY3ODEzMDcEX3IDMgRhY3RuA2NsawRjc3JjcHZpZANCd296UVRFd0xqRmw1dU5VVjVmVFJBSmZOamd1TVFBQUFBQzMwWVQ0BGZyA3lmcC10BGZyMgNzYS1ncARncHJpZANGSzI1NWhuTlMxVzdEYy50T050bFhBBG5fcnNsdAM2MARuX3N1Z2cDMARvcmlnaW4DdmlkZW8uc2VhcmNoLnlhaG9vLmNvbQRwb3MDMARwcXN0cgMEcHFzdHJsAwRxc3RybAM0NQRxdWVyeQNJJTIwQW0lMjBQZWFjZSUyMFN1c2FuJTIwVmVyZGUlMjBSZWFkJTIwQWxvdWQEdF9zdG1wAzE1NjU2MjYxMTA-?p=I+Am+Peace+Susan+Verde+Read+Aloud&ei=UTF-8&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av%2Cm%3Asa&fr=yfp-t#id=25&vid=ec5a04935669cd24cef4d41789b7b26d&action=view

Now, Verde has another book in the "I Am" series coming out in September 2019 called I Am Love!   This book will include heart-opening yoga poses and a guided meditation.  Besides, there is another "I Am" book I Am Human.  How thankful I am that we can know the very one who is the true "I Am," the Lord Jesus Christ!  The gospel of John is full of his "I Am" verses.  For as he said in John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

In an interview about a non-fiction book, The Water Princess, Verde is asked what she does to help herself with her writing.  Verde confides it is yoga that has been a strong support for her as long as she could remember. Verde added if she gets stuck in her writing: "I take it to my mat."  Rather than run to our yoga mats, may we go the Lord for our strength and help for as Proverbs 18:10 says, "The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it, and is safe."


Saturday, August 10, 2019

ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!: K Is for Knowledge!

ABC: Bible Meditation for Me!: K Is for Knowledge!

ABC:  Bible Meditation for Me!:  Bible Meditation Vs. Eastern Meditation

Introduction:  This is one lesson in a series of twenty-six lessons for parents, grandparents, kids, and teachers.  Just one additional lesson "M" is left to post; scroll back to read the others.

K Is for Knowledge

K is for knowledge,
truths you will read,
found in the Scriptures
which God said to heed!

A Meditation to Know

II Peter 3:18  "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."  Did you know that the words know, knowing, and knowledge appear in II Peter a number of times?  Can you find them?  Say, do you see a little "k" word in knowledge?

Accordion Fold "Grow in Grace Verse"

Accordion fold a length of paper,  Open it.  On top section write: GROW!  Then write "G" on the next space, "R" on the next, "O" on another, and "W" on the fifth space.  Fill in the next spaces with the rest of the verse writing several words per line.  Pinch it together.  Open it slowly reading the verse as you go.  Keep it together with a paper clip or clothespin.
"Add to Your Knowledge" Key Ring

Make over-sized door key cutouts.  Punch a hole on the top of each one.  Attach together with ribbon or yarn to make a Bible verse key chain.  On each key write know, knowing, known, or knowledge verses you can learn.  Hints:  Use a concordance to get started.  Find Proverbs "knowledge" verses.

Bible Verse Research Techniques
            Kids Should Know

In Child's Bible:
*  Select a verse: e.g. "From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."  II Timothy 3:15
*  Go to N.T. "Table of Contents".  Find II Timothy.  Highlight it.  Turn to it.
*  Find II Timothy 3:15.  Highlight it.  * Find verse. Write a "K" for known near it.
*  Read aloud softly or loudly.  Raise your voice on "knowledge" or "known" words.
*  Reflect/ talk about it.  Ask ?s:  e.g. When should a child begin to know the Bible?  How will it make him wise?  What is salvation and so on? 
*  Find the Concordance.  Circle know, known, knowledge.

Bible Verse Make-it:
*  Make a Bible verse marker.  Design your own.
*  Add another key to your verse keys.  

*  Go to an on-line dictionary and find the word "knowledge" and read the definition.
*  Go on-line to a KJV site; type in the verse you want to find.  Let child help.
*  Go on-line to a KJV site; type in knowledge and known and see how many verses you find.
*  Go on-line and type your verses there; try different colors or fonts.  Try different sized print, and underline or darken verse words  Save the verses, or print them out for posters.

Bible Verse Journal:
*  Each day write the verse. Vary the tools.  One day use a marker, another a colored pencil, another a pen, another a glitter pen, and so on.
*  Each day draw a picture, and write a sentence.  e.g.  Little kids can know scriptures. Draw a
*  Write out a definition found for each ABC word.

On Dry Erase Board:
*  Each day write the verse out on a dry erase board.  Discuss.
*  Write the verse on the board.  Play with another person.  Without them looking, erase one word.  The other person guesses word that has been erased.  Keep playing until verse is gone.  Don't forget to recite it every time.

Other:  *  Write verse in finger paint, sand, shaving cream, whipped cream, or with play dough.
*  Learn some of the little rhymes.  Rhyming words help things stick and are fun!

Remember, do use these ideas with all the other meditation ABC verses!

Eastern Meditation

K Is for Knowledge

K is for knowledge
of which to beware
lest you, or I also
stray there.

You're Responsible to be Knowledgeable!

Many deceptive meditative practices have been  covered in these lessons that all parents, grandparents, and teachers must be ready to teach their children about.  Yes, you're responsible to be knowledgeable --to be armed with knowledge about biblical as well as nonbiblical  meditation.

Practical Things to Know

*  Know the definitions and meanings of meditative terms covered in these lessons  as being grounded, centered, balanced, and so on.  Explain them to your children.

*  Know places to go to take your kids for walk throughs to point out what is happening.  Do this at every opportunity. 

*  Know or recognize store signs, advertisements, bumper stickers and the like that "red flag" danger.  Alert your kids whenever you see something.

*  Know the sections in your local library where new materials are featured. Browse through the books pointing out any to your children that are questionable.   For example, self-help books are full
of meditative suggestions/practices.

*  Know how to use "" to "Look inside" books to get a flavor of what they are like and for instruction purposes.  Other book publishers often have different "preview" pages.

*  Know names of publishers; just their name often becomes a red flag!

*  Know when to stop, and page through a yoga book or mindfulness picture book with your kids pointing out what is wrong with them.  I've seen, for example, yoga baby board books, opened them to a page, and photographed them. Later, I showed the photo to someone and talked about it.

*  Know or be alert as to questionable books and products in stores that purport to be Christian.
(Christian book chains!) Challenge the clerks/owners if you see yoga, mindfulness, or self-help books.  Be polite and kind.

*  Know to click below any part of the lesson to read the articles or to view the videos from which the information was taken.

*  Know or be aware that "Images" of a particular topic or book are so useful.  If you want, for example, to know about Namaste then type in  "Namaste Images"  and look at the pictures.  You can get close ups of pages, posters, or quotes.  Pinterest does the same.

*  Know about the YouTube "read aloud" books where one may see and listen to the entire picture
book.  If you wish you can enlarge the screen, or stop/pause at any point for a closer look.  Remember to always research book authors!!

*  Know about sites that have a shop or a store; preview their products to get an idea of what they are selling.  For example, show a "Meddy Teddy" teddy bear photo, and talk about it.

*  Know or become familiar with Light House Trails Research site or similar sites like The Berean Call to find articles on a topic you want to research.

*  Know how to supervise your kids and let them do "research."  Have children research, for example, the King Cobra god. Discuss how that relates to yoga. After, write a short essay and draw a picture.

* Know or recognize meditation signs as closed eyes, hands in mudras, or lotus legs. Point them out.

Parental Suggestion:

Verses to Ponder

Finally, meditate on this Hosea 2:6 verse: "My people perish for lack of knowledge!"  May this not be said of you or me. May we instead beware of false teachings or teachers as Peter warned in II Peter 3:3,4: "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the latter days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying Where is the promise of his coming?...."  In II Peter 3:17 Peter wrote, "Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness." To end II Peter 3:18 instructs: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. …."

Challenge:  Read II Peter and note all the knowledge, and know verses.  Meditate on them.