Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 22

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 22

Welcome to the 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! We can’t wait to see what great summer inspiration you have to share.

Stay tuned to the 4soils blog all summer long for great content from the best bloggers around: YOU! As you travel and explore this summer with your families, don’t forget to take along Sproutville, available from the App Store! Sproutville, the Bible Playground, is the perfect wholesome app for your children.

Rules for the Link Up:

The 4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up opens every Tuesday throughout the Summer.

  • Link up any post with a Summer time theme–recipes, crafts, homeschooling tips, field trips, vacations, destinations, inspiration, Bible verses or lessons.
  • Content should be family friendly.
  • Be sure to check back and comment on the other linked posts!
  • Share with your network!

Happy Linking!

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 15

Summer Road Trip Link Up and Blog Hop July 15Welcome to the 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! We can’t wait to see what great summer inspiration you have to share.

Stay tuned to the 4soils blog all summer long for great content from the best bloggers around: YOU! As you travel and explore this summer with your families, don’t forget to take along Sproutville, available from the App Store! Sproutville, the Bible Playground, is the perfect wholesome app for your children.

Rules for the Link Up:

The 4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up opens every Tuesday throughout the Summer.

  • Link up any post with a Summer time theme–recipes, crafts, homeschooling tips, field trips, vacations, destinations, inspiration, Bible verses or lessons.
  • Content should be family friendly.
  • Be sure to check back and comment on the other linked posts!
  • Share with your network!

Happy Linking!

4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up: June 3

4Soils Summer Road Trip Link Up: June 3

 

Welcome to the 4soils Summer Road Trip Link Up! Summer is such a great season to make family memories, enjoy the warm sun, eat outside and bask in God’s glory! We can’t wait to see what great inspiration you share with us!  Link up your favorite summer recipes, worksheets, activities and inspiration for families!

Guest Post: Trust

Guest Post: Trust We are so excited to share a guest post from Jo-Lynne Shane from Musings of a Housewife. Jo-Lynne shares with us why trust in Christ is simply enough. 

trust |trəst|

noun
1 firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something

verb [ trans. ]
1 believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of

We Christians talk a lot about trust. And faith. And hope.

In the car, my children often sing along to this song:

When I am afraid, I will trust in you
I will trust in you
I will trust in you

When I am afraid, I will trust in you
in God whose word I praise.

In church, we occasionally sing this song:

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know “Thus saith the Lord.”

We say we trust His promises, but what promises does He make to us, exactly?

Does He promise that everything will be just peachy as long as we trust Him?

Surely not, as any believer who has lost a child or suffered a debilitating illness or had a spouse walk away can attest.

No, we trust in this simple promise:

I’m so glad I learned to trust Him,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that He is with me,
Will be with me to the end.

Nothing more, nothing less.

And that is enough.

Guest Post: Trust About Jo-Lynne

Jo-Lynne is a wife, mom, Christ follower, writer, runner, style watcher, foodie, fast talker, over-thinker and hopeless coffee addict. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel.  Follow Jo-Lynne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. 

 

 

 

Love Sproutville? Win an iPad mini!

Love Sproutville? Win an iPad mini! We love Sproutville and we hope you do too! Tell us what you love about the all-new Sproutville from 4Soils and we will give one of our fans an iPad mini.

Sproutville is the Bible app built just for kids! It is designed to provide your kids with wholesome entertainment while teaching them about God’s love. There are songs, puzzles, stories, coloring and games!

Once you’ve downloaded the free Sproutville app, get started by moving into your tree house and creating your very own Sprout. Your children can dress their Sprout up and then explore all the wonders of the greatest story ever told: The Bible!

Sproutville also features a parent portal with reading guides, activity cards and printables. It is a great resource to support Sunday or church school.

We are always updating content and adding new features! Download Sproutville today and tell us what you love! Follow the directions below after you download and enter to win an iPad mini. Don’t delay! This giveaway ends March 31.

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Lessons from the garden

God teaches lessons from the most unexpected places.

Recently I’ve taken up gardening.  It’s really therapeutic to take care of something that started from just a seed, see it sprout, grow, and hopefully bear fruit.  Just like the parable of the sower that the 4Soils name is based on.

In the past couple of weeks, I was really happy to see that my tomato and pickle plants from the garden balcony of our apartment has grown really tall!

Lessons from the garden

But then I remember saying out loud – when is it going to bear fruit?! because I can’t wait to actually have some fresh homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers.

That’s when my husband remarked, “that’s what God says to us too!”  And how true.  While God loves to see growth, when our faith is just a seed that’s planted, and in the beginning that’s his primary concern: that we grow strong, eventually if we only just keep growth (attending Bible study, going to sermons) but don’t display fruit, He will say, where’s the fruit?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

I hope that I will not only be good soil, and grow, but also bear fruit.

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. – Matthew 13:8

Are you bearing fruit?  or just simply growing?

A Song to Remember

Songs have a powerful way of helping us remember things. Whenever I try to think about the 50 states of the US, I still return to a song that I learned in elementary school.

God told his people to use Song to remember His goodness on various occasions, such as with Moses and David.

In Deuteronomy 3:19-22, the Bible says:

“Now therefore, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it on their lips, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel. 20 For when I bring them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and are satisfied and become prosperous, then they will turn to other gods and serve them, and spurn Me and break My covenant. 21 Then it shall come about, when many evils and troubles have come upon them, that this song will testify before them as a witness (for it shall not be forgotten from the lips of their descendants); for I know their intent which they are developing today, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.” 22 So Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the sons of Israel.

This is why 4Soils has partnered with the Child Evangelism Fellowship to bring you “SING” in the Bible Heroes apps. Our first song, God’s Power, is available on all Bible Heroes apps for free. Look forward to more songs in store coming soon!

What are some of your favorite Bible songs to teach your children?

Our Development Cycle: Story

Our Development Cycle: Story

Ever told a great joke you just heard, only to find it’s not quite as funny when it leaves your lips?

Telling Bible stories feels a lot like that. The Bible is the Greatest Story Ever Told– it’s the most influential story in Western culture– it’s the bestselling story each year, every year. And it’s the divinely inspired story that’s changed the lives of millions of people.

How do you tell a story like that?

The short answer is, with a generous dose of humility.  It’s a challenge that keeps us on our feet. But it’s a thrilling challenge, because we believe that mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone provide exciting opportunities to present the Bible to children in new and interactive ways.

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