Some homeschools can be void of joy, but it need not be this way. Here are 6 things that steal the joy from a homeschool. Recognizing what they are, and choosing to change them can bring joy to your lessons.

6 Things That Steal The Joy In A Homeschool

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It’s no secret that some families don’t enjoy homeschooling.  There are families out there that struggle to get through their days, and weeks. Many-a-mother has shed tears trying to pick curriculum, keep on schedule, and teach multiple grade levels at the same time. Depression is experienced as women realize they cannot keep up with all the housework, schoolwork, and social pressures placed on them. And some homeschooling parents eventually just give in and start to believe that it could never be enjoyable.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.  There is enjoyment to be had once the things that steal our joy are recognized and changes are made. Here are six things that can steal the joy from a homeschool.  

We live in a lost and broken world Friends. All too soon the death sentence of Hell comes for so many. If you are moved by this fact as much as I am, please, read here how you can help release even one prisoner this year.

How You Can Help Release A Prisoner This Passover

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More people attend church on Easter every year than any other day of the year. Friends, there is no doubt about it—if there is one day every year where more people will voluntarily subject themselves to hearing the message of eternal salvation, it will be on Easter. Do you take advantage of this help? Of all of the days of the year that you are asking your fellow human beings to come to church—offering to drive them to the service—calling them in the morning to make sure they wake up on time—even if you don’t celebrate Easter—are you asking them on this day? We get a lot of questions about “holidays” in our home.  I understand those who do not celebrate Easter, and in my understanding, I still believe we should be taking advantage of this day. If you do celebrate Easter?  Then you should have no excuse for not inviting people on a day when they are more likely than any of the other 364 days of the year to come hear about a heartbreaking love story written just for them.

When you don't want to wait and see "if it passes" and you don't want to yell--there's a gentle way to guide their hearts to more appropriate behavior.

6 Steps To Take To Help Your Child Stop Whining

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*This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and make a purchase, I may make a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for supporting this site.*   Young children whine.  Even the most well behaved child will whine on occasion.  As parents, we want to help our children mature into adults that don’t whine.  And let’s face it, the sooner they learn to stop, the better. Will they grow out of it on their own?  Perhaps.  But we can never simply just assume that they will.  In fact, in our present culture we only need to really look around us to see adults that still have not “grown out of it.” But there is good news.  We don’t have to simply wait it out.  The parent who desires to intentionally deal with this specific issue can come at it with a plan.  It won’t be easy, and it will take time—but most things that are worth it take time.

Reflections on our past mission fields and where God has placed us today. Sometimes it's hard to say good-bye to such wonderful people in our lives. But it's okay--because even when we physically get up and leave, God is still there.

Reflecting On Changes In Our Mission Field

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Twenty years ago (or even more), I would never have even contemplated being where I am today.  Although I didn’t know exactly where I would be, this is certainly one of the last places I ever thought I would wind up. I planned to stay single.  I planned to roam the world doing anything God asked me–meeting new people, spreading the gospel to every creature who would listen. Some of my favorite places were various villages in Peru.  Those people are so full of compassion and love that it’s unbelievable.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve felt so loved by a large group of people, or as safe as I did in those tiny mud and brush homes with no door and no glass windows. When I was there I felt as though I was finally doing what God wanted from me–and my heart so loved it that I thought it was where I was meant to be forever.  I even told those closest to me that I would one day retire in one of these little mud houses.

If you've been wounded by your mother-in-law for whatever reason, the family atmosphere changes. Are you struggling to get through it? Here are 5 truths to believe and embrace to love her better when you're hurting.

5 Truths To Embrace To Love Your Mother-In-Law Better

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If you are reading this right now, it’s likely because you want a better relationship with your mother-in-law.  And not only that, you want to love her better. I commend you.  God’s heart is that we would love and honor our mother and father.  And once we marry and husband and wife become one, then this crosses over to our in-laws too.  For this, you deserve recognition.  God bless you for wanting to be obedient to God, and love her better. Often as we mature in both wisdom and age, we learn that loving others better often means that love is not always returned.  I pray this is not your particular case, but if it is, then don’t lose hope.  Even if your mother-and-law and you never become BFFs, you can still love her deeply. Here are five truths to embrace to love her better.

The best step to stop the whining is learning what causes it and why children whine in the first place.

Why Do Children Whine?

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Do you have whining children?  There’s good news—you’re not alone.  You’re not even close to being alone. Whenever a mother of young children confides in me she doesn’t understand why her children whine so much or asks if she has done something to cause it, it’s important to convey to her that it’s natural for young children to exhibit this behavior, and she didn’t cause it.  Her parenting techniques combined with the child’s personality and learning experiences may not have helped the situation—but she didn’t cause it. Mothers don’t sit around at the dinner table and cue their children, “Now repeat after me Honey… but I don’t want to eat my broccoli…”  Children at various points learn to do this all on their own. Instead of feeling guilty or even feeding the temptation that you “just have” whiny children, first take a look at why children whine.  This can help us to understand how to shepherd them in a loving way away from the habit—and what to replace it with.

Complete review of the Common Sense Press Blue Box (1st grade) Language Arts program. Includes all materials, daily work, assessments, and how it fits in with homeschooling multiple grade levels of children at the same time.

Common Sense Press First Grade Language Arts Program Review

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There are so many curriculums out there that it’s not only hard to choose, but it can be quite overwhelming.  You want to get just the right one.  You know that once you start a program, you will do it for at least a year even if it’s bad.  And if it was bad, then you have to start all over with your research. No one wants to get the wrong curriculum for their family.  No one wants to start all over. I hope this review will leave you with a definite impression of the Common Sense Press First Grade Language Arts program that it is either perfect for you and your child, or it is not.

There are still blind, lame, and other sick among us that need laid at Jesus feet. Here are some ways we can help some of them get there.

5 Ways To Bring The Lame And Blind To Jesus

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We see over and over (especially in the gospels) the amazing healing powers of Jesus Christ.  One such verse reads: Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.                                                                                               Matthew 15:30   It’s a touching story of one event that took place over and over as Jesus walked this earth.  Repeatedly we see Jesus heal any and all that only ask.  Not once do I see in the Bible where Jesus said, “Not today, I’m tired” or “Bring me something to eat first.” While we see some dialogue with those asking to be healed or those interceding on their behalf, no one who comes to Jesus honest and with faith that he can heal them is turned away. Is this just a history story to us?  Or when we look at Matthew 15:30, do we ask […]

Are we living lives of repentance? Or did we just ask for our sins to be washed away when we invited Jesus to come into our hearts and be our Savior and then stop? Is there more?

A Sinner’s Prayer of Repentance

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How often do you repent?  I mean really pray for forgiveness, vow to do everything in you to stop, and ask the Lord to help you stop?  How often are you completely turning away from your sin? This concept evaded me as a new Christian.  Wasn’t admitting I was a sinner and accepting Jesus’ sacrifice as payment for my sins enough?  Wasn’t that the end of the road? Well, that’s enough to be saved from hell.  But I want more.  I am ever so grateful to be pardoned for my past sins and accept Jesus as my Savior which affects my eternal existence. But I want to be affected now.  I want more than to stumble frustrated and lonely every day through this desperate and broken world waiting to be in His Glory.  I want something now—a relationship that gives the joy I need to live the physical life I have been given now. I want to walk with Jesus now.  But as the saying goes, Jesus will not walk with you when you are holding the devil’s hand.

While there are some obvious consequences of our foolish answers when provoked, there may be some not-so-obvious but even more important. Here are 3 types of consequences when we speak this way.

Great Consequences For Our Foolish Answers

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The Lord has told us in His Word how to and how not to talk to each other.  One thing he mentioned not to do was responding with the same foolish logic as someone else who has just spoken foolishly (Proverbs 26:4). There will always be people who disagree with you.  And some of them will be very foolish in the way they react to their disagreement.  One such foolish way is with words–words meant to degrade you, hurt you, insult you, embarrass you, or just tear you apart—all because the two of you think differently. Unless you are able to live where you don’t see or have any communication with such people, it will happen at some point in your life if it hasn’t already.  For most of us, it will even happen behind our backs.