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Apr
12

Day 102

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“Unto Thee, O Lord. . .”

 

I woke up with this song, from Psalm 25on my mind this morning,

 

 Unto Thee, O Lord, by Maranatha! Singers

 

Blessed Heavenly Father, I am grateful that You are good and upright.  I am thankful that all Your paths are mercy and truth.  Forgive my sins, Lord, and help me to keep short accounts with You.  Let me never be ashamed of You, or who I am, in You.  I have nothing to fear, because You are with me.  Let not my enemies triumph over me — Whether real or imagined, physical or mental, foreign or domestic. My trust is in You, Almighty God.  Keep my soul, and deliver me.  Deliver our nation, Lord.  Deliver and restore us to righteousness, for Your Namesake. Blessed be Your name!  In Jesus’ name, I pray. . . Amen.

 

Blessings,

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Apr
11

Day 101

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The Excellence of Wisdom

“Does not wisdom cry out,

And understanding lift up her voice?

She takes her stand on the top the the high hill,

Beside the way, where the paths meet,

She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,

At the entrance of the doors:

‘To you, O men, I call,

And my voice is to the sons of men, 

O you simple ones, understand prudence,

And you fools, be of an understanding heart,

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,

And from the opening of my lips will come right things;

For my mouth will speak truth;

Wickedness is an abomination to my lips,

All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;

Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.

They are all plain to him who understands,

And right to those who find knowledge,

Receive my instruction, and not silver,

And knowledge rather than choice gold;

For wisdom is better than rubies,

And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.'”

Proverbs 8:1-11

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“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”

James 1:5 & 6

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Heavenly Father, I praise You and thank You for this day.  A new day to seek You, and Your ways; to serve You, and those around me.  Help me to set aside me, and clearly see You.  Help me to be who You created me to be.  I ask You for wisdom, Lord, believing that You will bless me just as Your word says.  May I speak only Truth, and right things.  May my mouth represent You, and Your righteousness.  Be with me, this day, Lord, that even one life will be changed for You, and Your kingdom; and that together we will change our homes, our nation; and this world, by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Blessed be Your Holy Name, for You are worthy to be praised!  In Jesus’ name, I ask these things. . . Amen.

Blessings,

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Apr
01

40 Days Without TV

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Today is the first of 40 days without TV in my house.  It’s been years since we’ve not had TV.  I used to be able to say that  it had been years since we watched TV.  At one point, we had been without TV, by choice, for more years than we had had one.  We decided to get Basic Cable connected to keep up with the Presidential election, for Government & Economics class, at the beginning of 2008; and we’ve had it since then.  Ugh!  It’s not that our program choices are bad, poor, or even questionable, usually.  It just seems to be a robber of time, imagination, and interaction.

Presently, this is an experiment.  We are observing each other and asking the questions of ourselves, “How is my life affected, negatively or positively, without TV?” and “What changes do I see, in myself or others?”  I’ve noticed a few bad habits that have taken up residence over the years, but I have every expectation that they’ll be so malnourished during this time that they’ll slip away into non-existence.  “May I finish this show while I’m eating? It’s educational.”  “Instead of a story tonight, maybe we could watch a short movie?”  “I started watching this with everyone and it’ll be over in half an hour, do I have to go to bed on time?”  “It’s too cold, too wet or too hot; and it takes too much energy to be outside.  I’d rather watch TV for a few minutes.”  I want to re-establish good habits, and the desire for them.

Not nearly enough reading, drawing, and creativity has been going on around here lately.  My aim is to bring attention, once again, to what we’re missing when we spend more time watching how something is made, instead of making something ourselves; or watching someone else sing, praise, pray, or dig into The Word, instead of purposefully hiding God’s Word in our own heart.  We watch someone prepare a gourmet meal on The Cooking Channel, but end up with take-out pizza because we were sitting, watching TV instead of grocery shopping.  Ugh!  It’s my intention to see this thief eradicated, and balance restored.  I want my family engaged in living their own life, instead of watching others live theirs.  I want to re-establish good habits, and the desire for them.

 

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How do you maintain balance in your home?  I’ll let you know how this works for us.

Blessings,

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Nov
05

Day 5 ~ Rejoice with Me!

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I am thankful that no matter how things appear – God is still on The Throne!  

 

A couple of weeks ago our refrigerator stopped working properly.  Then, less than a week after that, our car started making a troubling sound – it needs a new transmission.  Oh, my!  Today, my husband’s old truck left him stranded on the road.  Presently it is dead!  Oh, oh, my!  Inevitably, there always seems to be some sort of shakin’-up going on around here; but not one of these incidents alone or even combined is bigger than our God.

 

Rejoice with Me, because He is faithful and I can toss the entire complicated, financially impossible burden on Him.

[1 Peter 5:6-7] Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.”

Rejoice with Me, not in the hardships but in the knowledge that God will bring us through the hard areas and the difficult times.

[James 1:2-4] “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Rejoice with Me!  God IS sovereign!

He is The Almighty, The Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth.  His counsels cannot be defeated nor His purposes thwarted.  Nothing happens without His permission!  

“…He is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings, and The Lord of lords,” [1 Timothy 6:15]

 

 

Blessings,

 

#Thanksgiving  #Blessings  #SovereignGod

 

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Oct
24

Flowers of Blessing

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My youngest son came through the door with an enthusiastic grin on his face.  He’d been gone a few hours helping his dad on a job.  Before I could say, “Hello” or ask how his morning had been, he asked, “Hey Mom, daisies are your favorite flower, right?”  I hadn’t noticed his hands behind his back until that moment.  “Yes, sir. They certainly are,” I replied with a note of anticipation.  “Here, I got this for you!” he said as he handed me the loveliest flower in the prettiest vase he’d been able to find.

“He loves me.  He loves me not…” 

Clearly, he loves me and I am one blessed momma!

Blessings to you and yours,

#Wendy’s  #Raising Boys to be Men  #Daisies

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Jul
18

Who Is My Neighbor?

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“The fact is that we are better together than we are apart.  A family, a neighborhood, a church, or a country is more than just a collection of what each person brings to the group.  Together, we enrich each other’s lives through our individual interests, gifts, and talents.  And only when we live and work and play together can we become the kinds of healthy, balanced, purpose-filled people God created us to be.”  My family challenges and inspires me to be the best I can be, for God and my world.  I desire to do the same for them.

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?  is the third book in the series, What We Believe, published by Apologia Press with Summit Ministries.

What We Believe is a Biblical worldview series.  It is my responsibility to teach my children “how to use Scripture as a lens; viewing the world through it.”   If I don’t, I set them up to become a grim statistic –

“Well over two-thirds of young people leave church soon after graduating from high school or starting college.  Many are already gone by their teen years,” says Davis Carman, steward of Apologia Educational Ministries.  The vision for the What We Believe series is, as quoted from Apologia:

  • to help children build their lives on the solid rock of God and His Word
  • to encourage family discipleship as an educational model
  • to eliminate the fear factor of teaching worldview at home
  • to decrease the rate at which young men and women are leaving the Christian faith

 

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is beautifully bound in a hard cover book.  It is an easy to read conversation, geared for students ages 6 – 14.  You can find a Lesson 1 sample here.  Who Is My Neighbor? is Scripturally sound, but not denominationally specific.  It touches many subjects; teaching more than Bible.

 

 

I believe the return on the $39 investment for the textbook, which includes access to additional resources and many online extras, has the possibility of being incalculable.  There is also a Notebooking Journal – $24, and a Coloring Book – $8, that corresponds to and reinforces each lesson.

 

 

I have had the privilege of teaching  Who Is God? And How Can I Know Him? and Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? , and we are now savoring Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?.  We continue to read, notebook, discuss and ponder, question, answer and memorize.  I wholeheartedly endorse this worldview curriculum.  It has been a joy to use such well-written, dependable material.

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There is a lesson plan outlined for each book in the series, but it is not mandated.  In fact, each book is set up to allow maximum flexibility.  We learn at our own pace.  It is also noteworthy that each book is set up to stand on its own and must not necessarily build upon the previous one, although, there are keys that connect from one to the other.  Personally, I appreciate the order designed by the authors, and I’m pleased we started with the first book.

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is a detailed 276 pages, comprised of  8 Lessons, each structured around The Big Idea – which is an intro to the main subject.

Chapters covered include:

  1. Does Anyone Really Need Me?  “Two are better than one… If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  2. How Can I Make A Difference?  “My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.”  1 John 3:18
  3. Who Is My Neighbor?  “I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.”  Matthew 25:40
  4. Why Did God Make Families?  “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  Mark 10:9
  5. What Can I Do For My Country?  “He makes nations great, and destroys them:  He enlarges nations, and disperses them.”  Job 12:23
  6. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?  “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”  James 3:16
  7. Who Is God’s Family?  “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:10
  8. Why Does The Church Need Me?  “Be encouraged and knit together, by strong ties of love.”  Colossians 2:2

 

 

I use the learning objectives for each lesson, laid out in What You Will Do, to guide our conversations and reinforce what we read.    

A Short Story is read and used to demonstrate a situation and how it might be handled when a Christian Worldview is in action.  The stories contain marvelous detail, and although they can run long, my children anticipate each one!

Vocabulary words are listed separately in Words You Need To Know.  I have the children write these and their definitions, along with their Bible memory verses, from Hide It In Your Heart, first.  We refer back to them as needed.

There are various articles in each lesson, touching on subjects of art, music, math and science, etc., that tie into the main idea – either directly or through the short story.  This is Integrated Learning.  In a section titled What Should I Do?, a specific Godly character trait is highlighted.  Combining Integrated Learning and What Should I Do?  gives us the opportunity to brainstorm several scenarios and the best way to handle them.

I use the Prayer section as a model, to keep our prayer time focused on the attributes of the lesson.

Encounters with Jesus is one of our favorite portions of each lesson.  It “is a story, adapted from Scripture, about a person who encountered Jesus during His ministry on earth… Through these stories students can explore how Jesus showed God’s love to individuals in their time of need, thus providing an example for students to follow as they meet people in need.”

Thanks to Apologia Press, Worldview Study is no longer a dynamic I neglect in our Bible studies.  In every lesson, we are given knowledge that helps us center our lives on God’s Truth, knowing what we believe and why.  “When we recognize the components of our own worldview, we can begin to look at other worldviews and understand why others believe as they do.”  As Christians, we have a hope in Christ Jesus, The One True and Living God, that other religions don’t have.  Worldview equips us to effectively communicate that hope to others.

Through all four books in this series, we are reminded that we are building a House of Truth In this volume, Who Is My Neighbor?, we erect the third wall, the Servanthood Wall, adding on to the foundation and the first wall, the Fellowship Wall, built in Who Is God?, and the second wall, the Image-Bearing Wall,  from Who Am I?.  This is intended as a memory aid and can be drawn in the notebook, built with items you have on hand, or purchased separately from Summit Ministries, as a three-dimensional, build-as-you-go model.

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Please, use the numerous links I’ve provided in this post, to learn more about Apologia and their What We Believe series.  You can read other reviews of Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?, from my Crew mates, when you click the banner below.

 

 

 

 

It is my hope that I have laid a firm foundation; built my house and home on Truth, and that my sons, as they travel to Quebec, Canada, this week, on a mission trip, to minister to the needs of our neighbors, will have assurance and full confidence in sharing their worldview.  May The Lord keep them, and may they be “salt and light”  for the cause of Christ.

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A copy of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

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Jun
21

My Featured Post…

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It’s the truth!

I am excited to be featured,

this week,

in the  Schoolhouse Review Crew’s

Spotlight on the Crew!

 

Click the graphic to read, “An Experienced Homeschool Mom.”

Every week I anticipate a tidbit, a tasty morsel, or encouraging highlight from a member of the Review Crew, and I’m looking forward to reading each of them!  I think this will be a treasure trove of tiny blessings!  I hope you’ll read along with me.

Blessings,

Just a note of *disclaimer.  I wrote this post because I wanted to; because I enjoy the Crew, and wanted to share The Spotlight with you.  I did not write it because I receive any type of compensation for it – I don’t.  The honest opinions expressed on this blog are mine.

Thanks for reading.  I look forward to your comments.

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Jun
20

Magazines Make Memories

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For almost 25 years my children have been receiving magazine subscriptions, as Christmas gifts, from two of the best aunts in the world!  When we had only small children they ordered Your Big Backyard; as we added children to our household, the aunts kept up with the older ones and added Ranger Rick.  We continued to add a newborn every couple of years, for several years, and the older ones just never stopped getting older; so, eventually National Geographic was added.  Last year was the first year in a long time that Big Backyard did not come to our house.  My “littles” have finally outgrown it.  You wouldn’t believe how many back issues of these magazines I have kept!  My children have always been interested in nature; animals, bugs, trees, water, etc.  They read about it, draw it, take photos of it, and generally appreciate God’s creation of it, every single day.

I wish I had known about Creation Illustrated!  It would have been at the top of my Humbly-Request-Your-Consideration-of-These-Magazines List for the aunts gift subscription choices.

 

 

Click the graphic to read, “Who Are We?

Creation Illustrated has been published, by Tom and Jennifer Ish, for 19 years, and they have dedicated it to “sharing the wonders of God’s creation in nature, in Scripture, and in living.”

 

Spring 2012 Issue of Creation Illustrated

Features of the Spring 2012 issue include:

  • A Creatures Near and Dear to Us feature on hummingbirds called “Flying Jewels”
  • An Outdoor Adventure story on Yellowstone National Park
  • A Lens on Creation snapshot of birds on “Bonaventure Island”
  • A Creation Day 6, Part 3 story on the Creation of Humans
  • Creation Highlights in the news
  • A Creation Resource Guide
  • A Creation Stewardship page
  • My Walk with God story called “Bloom Where You’re Planted”
  • A Genesis Cuisine recipe section featuring Smoothies for homemakers
  • A Wholesome Living Guide
  • An encouraging children’s story called “Bunny Surprise”
  • A Youth Photo Contest
  • An Instructional Guide to help homeschoolers and teachers glean key spiritual and character-building lessons from each article
  • An Educational Resource Guide
  • Uplifting poetry
  • And more!

 

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These magazines are stunning and impressive in their quality!  Every page is printed on heavy paper, using vivid color and high gloss.  A 55 page, Biblically founded, nature journal.  Unlike National Geographic, in the respect that I do not have to say, “Don’t browse through the magazine until I get the chance to look at it first,” when it comes in the mail.  With NG I had to have the opportunity to prepare for discussion of some content, ahead of time; some articles and pictures were not even approved for viewing, at certain ages.  I trust  Creation Illustrated and it is a free-for-all to see who gets it first!

 

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Comments or Questions?

Contact:

email – ci@CreationIllustrated.com

phone – 1.800.360.2732

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Creation Illustrated

P.O. Box 7955

Auburn, CA  95604-7955

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A 1-year subscription, 4 issues is $19.95, 2-yrs. (8) for $37.95, or 3-yrs. (12) for $53.95.  There are several back issues available for $2.99 each plus s/h.  Although, I understand the costs of publication, compared to the larger magazines, I acknowledge that some might find this a little steep in price.  I can get more issues, for less money, if I choose a different magazine, but also get a lack of my God in creation, old-earth mentality, evolution, and assundry other ideas I’d rather not deal with every time a page is turned.  I, personally, think the cost is worth it and I’ll adjust my budget, or put in a request to the aunts, to support the wonder that is Creation Illustrated magazine.

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Please, follow the links I’ve posted here and take a few minutes to read the opinions of an outstanding group of reviewers, by clicking the graphic below.

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  Four issues of this magazine were given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Jun
19

A Spotlight on Me!

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There is a Crew Spotlight on the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog, featuring a different Crew member each week.  On June 21st, the Crew Spotlight will kindly be on me; linking to this blog.  Wah, how sweet is that!

Approximately 200 homeschool families comprise our Schoolhouse Review Crew, and the fact that I will be featured in a Spotlight is both amazing and humbling.  It is an honor to work with the multitalented people on this Crew; supporting and encouraging the homeschool community around the world.

I hope you’ll read my post, The Experienced Homeschool Mom, then stop back here and let me know what you think of it.  I am so excited to share it with you!

 

Blessings,

 

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Mar
16

The Art of Argument

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I consider myself to be a logical person, but I have had no formal training in Logic.  I usually hold my own in a debate, if I am knowledgeable or passionate about a subject.  I’m comfortable making a sensible statement from my point of view.  Until recently, I didn’t realize that the art of reasonable argument can be taught.  I didn’t know that curriculum is available for teaching Logic, and that “mastery of logic is a requisite skill for mastering other subjects.”

The Art of Argument, is one of the exceptional studies offered by Classical Academic Press.  It teaches the ability to reason and to recognize poor reasoning.

 

 

 

It covers 28 fallacies of relevance, presumption and clarity, over 28 chapters.  This is an introduction to the informal fallacies.  It was designed with Junior High students in mind, but my older children, who have had no previous teaching in logic,  are learning the definitions and fallacies that are presented, as well.  The more they practice them, the quicker they are able to recognize them.

The publisher states that “fallacies are present on the political left and right (and in the middle) and in the arguments of people of all kinds of political, religious, and cultural viewpoints.  No one ‘school of thought’ is fallacy-free!”  We and our children are bombarded with political jargon, especially in this election year, advertisements and commercials, editorials, etc.  Having the skills to wade through the swamp of errant information and clearly identify the flawed arguments is critical to finding the truth.

We have not completed this course, but we already utilize what we have learned.   We have more awareness of the need to filter and evaluate what we hear, plus we’re learning to use the tools of detection and analysis that we’ve been given.  Yes, I said weI am learning to be even more logically reasonable in my arguments  discussions.  Jokingly, my husband is not amused, as he already believed my talents have been wasted and I should have become a lawyer.  I reason that I’d do well to take advantage of learning logic now, making sure my children don’t get ahead of me!

 

 

Classical Academic Press offers classical curricula and media in Latin, Spanish, Greek, French, Logic, Bible and Poetry. They back their products with a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

 

 The Art of Argument student book is a workbook – text and discussion, questions and essays.  It is $21.95.

The Teacher’s Edition, includes the complete student text, answer keys, quizzes and tests, for $24.95.

A set of 5 DVD’s, teaching videos to complement The Art of Argument, is available for $54.95.

Although, I have not been familiar with the teaching of Logic, I see the value of it, and we will pursue it.  I found it somewhat difficult to teach, probably because of my lack of familiarity, and the children thought it was dry.  We tend to follow a living school  or school-of-life system of learning, and The Art of Argument doesn’t seem easily adaptable.  If it is something you are interested in, I suggest you examine the CAP curriculum.  Their focus is “clear design and structure, incremental and systematic instruction, all with a touch of delight, creativity and flair.”

For your convenience, I’ve provided links throughout this post that you can follow for more information.  You’ll also find my crew mates reviews by clicking on the TOS graphic, below.

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Classical Academic Press
3920 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011

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Euripides is credited with saying, “reason can wrestle and overthrow terror.”  Maybe he knew The Old Testament Scripture, Isaiah 41:10, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Seems logical to me.

Blessings,

 

 

A trial period of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

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