How Family Discipleship Works in Our Home

For the last 6 months our family has been reading, studying, and memorizing scripture together, and using a shorter catechism. Josh and myself did not grow up in homes where this was modeled. So if we can do this anyone can. I know I am always so thankful to read examples of what this looks like in other families and thought that I would offer out a very basic outline of what we are doing.

First and foremost, if you as the parent aren’t committing to read your Bible it will be hard, to nearly impossible, to make a habit of family discipleship with your kids. In order for this to work you have to be in God’s word yourself. This year I am reading a chronological version of the Bible. Josh is using The Bible Project reading plan.

Second, pick a time of day that works for your family and be consistent. But also be aware that leading your children to follow Christ should be happening throughout the day. For our family breakfast time Monday – Friday is what has been working best. I make sure that the kids food is at the table with our books ready to be opened. We spend 15 – 20 minutes five days week at breakfast focusing on family discipleship. If you are looking for ideas on how to disciple your kids during the ins and outs of the day check out Reset for Parents: How to Keep Your Kids from Backsliding by Todd Friel.

And lastly, keep it simple but keep the truths of scripture in front of your kids. My kids need to be reminded daily of the Gospel message and to be honest so do I.  The resources I am sharing today are what we have been using for the last 6 months. They don’t sugarcoat or downplay Biblical concepts or doctrine but the wording and repetitiveness of the lessons makes these these truths easier to grasp.

Our breakfast time begins with prayer. We pray that God opens our eyes and ears to see and hear what he is saying in the Bible. I always make sure to remind the kids that they are about to listen to God’s Holy Word. This helps to insure there is minimal amount of interruption while scripture is being read.

We are currently working our way through the New Testament with our kids using Old Story New by Marty Machowski. You can look inside the book on Amazon to see how the lessons workOld Story New uses a ten-minute a day structure and walks children through the great truths of the Christian faith in the New Testament. There are simple discussion questions (and answers!!) for each day’s devotion to help children understand and remember Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and the birth of the Christian church. Old Story New is a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the New Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school. I can’t say enough about this great book! We also have The Gospel Storybook Bible and read the corresponding story several times throughout the week.

After we complete the lesson for the day we spend 5 minutes on our catechism question for the week. For reference we are using New City Catechism. Today many churches and Christian organizations publish “statements of faith” that outline their beliefs. But in the past it was expected that documents of this nature would be so biblically rich and carefully crafted that they would be memorized and used for Christian growth and training. They were written in the form of questions and answers, and were called catechisms

Josh and I truly believe there is benefit for us and our children being familiar with and knowing doctrine. Using this question and answer method the catechisms explains clearly what the gospel is, but also  lays out the building blocks on which the gospel is based, such as the biblical doctrines of God, of human nature, and of sin. It also helps to address false beliefs of our culture so that believers can reflect the likeness of Christ.

You can download the New City Catechism app on your phone. We love this app because it is free and we also have easy access to the songs that make it super easy to memorize each question/answer. There are 52 questions and every week we do a new question. Our kids enjoy the songs and it is amazing to see how much they are learning. We also have it in book format as well which can be purchased HERE. We finish the last few minutes reviewing memory verses from Sunday school and preschool.

And that is how we have been doing family discipleship in our home the last 6 months. It is nothing fancy but it works for us. As parents we can’t feed into our kids what we aren’t nourishing ourselves with.  We have to believe what we are pouring into our children now is what the Holy Spirit will build upon later. The concepts we are teaching our kids are being imprinted on their mind and heart, waiting to be connected with new insights, teaching, and experiences.  It is our responsibility to build this biblical foundation in their minds and hearts.

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The Buschel Digest: January 2018

Here are the highlights of what I have read including fiction, non-fiction, and around the internet for the month. I am reading this Chronological Bible reading plan six days a week and the kindle version is on sale right now for $2.99. It is always a great day to start reading your Bible and highly recommend this plan by George Guthrie.

Apple Investors Urge Action on iPhone Addiction Among Kids

“These creators-turned-critics say the software is programmed to trigger rushes of dopamine in the brain that keep users coming back over and over again, with little consideration, beyond profit, of the long-term consequences of that behavior scaled across billions of users.”

Parents, Please Don’t Let Your Kids Watch Logan and Jake Paul

If your kids have access to YouTube you must read this article! “He leveraged a suicide for content. For attention. For views. What Logan Paul did was messed up, no doubt, but what Logan Paul did is simply a single strain of a much larger, multi-faceted disease. Logan Paul’s suicide video stunt exposed the world to a major problem with YouTube and a major problem with social media entertainment in general.”

Millennials Can Leave Evangelicalism. But Not Its Pop Culture.

Brio and Adventures in Odyssey sum up my childhood and I am so thankful for the biblical truths these resources planted in me.

How to Read Through the Bible in a Year with Your Kids

This is hands down one of my favorite articles I have read this year, and I will still be saying that in December too! I am so appreciative when other parents share how they are engaging their children in scripture. Josh and I both loved this example and will be offering this challenge up to our kids when they turn 10 years old.

Intentional Parenting: Family Discipleship by Design (By: Tad Thompson)

If I had to pick one word to describe this book it would be convicting. So so convicting. I am thankful for this book and how much it made evaluate my own spiritual growth. I highlighted so much of this book below are just a few! I would recommend it for anyone, not just parents.

Taken (By: L.N. Cronk and Jenn Faulk)

Ugggg. This book. I was so sad for it to end. I was completely surprised by the direction this story went and could not put it down. I might have stayed up until 1am reading it when Josh was on shift. This never happens because I value my sleep so much but I seriously could not stop reading. This is a stand alone book but also is part of the Chop Chop Series by L.N. Cronk. You can read my review on those books HERE. I have read every book these authors have written and love that they are combining their talents! You don’t have to read the series to enjoy this book there is just a crossover storyline.

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My Favorite Instant Pot Recipes from Once a Month Meals

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I thought it would be fun to share my 3 favorite Instant Pot recipes from Once a Month Meals. I began using Once a Month Meals a little over a year ago to prepare my freezer full of food in anticipation of baby Jesse’s arrival. Once a Month Meals gives you everything you need to shop, prep and cook the bulk of your monthly meals in just one day — and freeze those meals for when you want to eat them.

In order to get your grocery shopping list, labels, prep sheet, and everything else you need you do need to pay for a membership, but if you are just wanting recipes they have many that you can browse on their website.

Once a Month Meals has two membership options for you to choose between. You can select either a $16 monthly subscription or a $170 yearly subscription. Regardless of whether you choose the monthly or yearly option, your membership will give you the ability to mix and match recipes from different menus and to create your own custom menus in MenuBuilder.

Without further delay here are my three favorite Instant Pot recipes I have found on their website. I also included the links for the same recipe but made in the slow cooker.

Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency. The times given here are based on 4 servings fresh. If you are using more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.

Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili

I left out the jalapeno’s because I am not a huge fan of things being overly spicy. My husband jokes that I think ketchup is spicy. Anyway…this is really, really, really good and each time I have made it I double the recipe so we can have leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups dice Onion
  • ⅔ cups seed and dice Jalapeño
  • 3 teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves
  • 3 ⅓ cups cook and dice Chicken, Boneless Breasts
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano, Dried
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth/Stock
  • 10 ounces Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 14 ounces Whole Kernel Corn, Canned
  • 1 cup cook and dice Bacon
  • ¼ cups Pepper Jack Cheese, Shredded
  • ½ cups crush Corn Chips
  • ½ cups cook and dice Bacon

Directions:

  1. Combine onions, jalapeno, garlic, chicken, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, oregano, chicken broth, diced tomatoes and corn in the inner pot.
  2. Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.
  3. Choose the soup setting and adjust to 10 minutes or set manually for 10 minutes.
  4. Release pressure.
  5. Set on warm and stir in cream cheese and half of the bacon and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Serve topped with cheese, chips and the remaining half of the bacon.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can find the slow cooker version HERE.

Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe’s

For this recipe you can pre-cook your ground beef in the Instant Pot!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cook Ground Beef
  • 1 teaspoon mince Garlic, Cloves
  • ½ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 2 ¼ cups slice Onion
  • ¾ cups slice Bell Pepper, Green
  • 1 ½ cups slice Mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon Flour, All-Purpose
  • 10 ½ ounces French Onion Soup, Canned
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 4 individual Hamburger Buns

Directions:

  1. Place the frozen contents inside the inner pot. Saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Lock the lid into place and seal the steam nozzle. Select the the manual option for 8 minutes.
  3. Quick release the steam. Remove the lid and add the cheese, allowing it to melt.
  4. Serve on buns.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can find the slow cooker version HERE.

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

My husband loves French Dip Sandwiches so this was an instant winner in our house.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds quarter Beef Roast
  • ½ teaspoons Bouillon, Beef, Granules
  • 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Rosemary, Dried
  • ½ teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves
  • ⅓ cups Soy Sauce (I use Coconut Aminos)
  • 4 individual Hamburger Buns

Directions:

  1. Cut as much of the fat off the roast as you can and place in inner pot.
  2. Mix together soy sauce, bouillon, peppercorns, rosemary and garlic.
  3. Pour mixture over roast in inner pot.
  4. Add enough water to cover roast.
  5. Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.
  6. Cook on beef setting or set manually on high for 35 minutes.
  7. Release pressure.
  8. Shred roast with a fork and serve on buns.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can find the slow cooker version HERE.

Ready to start saving time in the kitchen by prepping your meals for the month? Once a Month Meals has everything you need to get going. When you have created your meal plan you will print out a grocery list, recipes, prep sheet, cooking instructions, and thaw sheet. It couldn’t be easier!

The Instant Pot and Once a Month Meals have saved me so much time in my kitchen so I can now spend more time with my family! If you make any of these I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

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