Encouragement

All For Prayer

This morning -- coffee mug in hand-- I got into the van to run a few errands, flipped through my classical stations before tuning in to Pastor John MacArthur's radio program Grace to You. He's doing a great series on prayer this week so I encourage you to check it out if you can. Today he made the point that "Prayer is primarily worship."  So very true!

Starting a New School Year – How to Prepare for a Great One!

Dear homeschooling moms,

   My favorite time of year for me as a homeschooling mom is right before we start up a new school year. I’m excited about spending time learning with my children and teaching them new things. I enjoy picking out new literature we’re going to read together and finding interesting field trips we can take in conjunction with our topics of study. I love the thought of my kids being engaged in their education—wanting to learn, working hard, and being committed to their own discovery. They love reading and this adds to my love of homeschooling.

Improvement, Progress and Pressing On

Have you seen some of the Olympic Games? I think it's been thrilling to see Michael Phelps compete in the  swimming races and to watch the incredible skill in both women's and men's gymnastics.

The Olympics often stir our competitive spirit and rouse our enthusiasm up for sports and athletic excellence. That's a good thing of course, but sometimes in real life we can misinterpret that perfection in and of itself is the goal. That can be a slippery slope and counter-productive for kids where homeschool is concerned. Sure, many of the ideals that the Olympics stand for are noble and worthy, but it's naive to fall into thinking it's solely about perfection.

Little Ones In The House? Two Things Not to Forget ~

My encouragement today is for all of you who have young children in your home, and it's this:

- Tell 'em stories

- Tuck 'em in at night

If you're not great at storytelling, simply read stories. The kids will never forget snuggling at bedtime and hearing mom or dad read to them.

Opening Ceremonies tonight! Encouraging Our Kids To Aim High

I can't wait for the Olympics to start! Tonight's the night for opening ceremonies ---

I'm thinking about some of  the Olympic ideals -- the tenacity,perseverance and dedication of all the athletes --

I wonder what all the moms are thinking..... after all, they're the ones that have driven the kids to practices, meets, work-outs. Maybe they're wondering if it will be worth it all.

You're A Natural Teacher, So Teach With Your Own Style!

 

Whether you're brand new to homeschooling, or a seasoned veteran with 20 years of experience under your belt, why is it that in mothering & in teaching, we have the tendency to think that we somehow need to be like someone else or do things like someone else?  Maybe it's just me -- but I think it's easy to fall into the trap.

Time For Quiet Reflection

Today's our last day at the ocean ~

It's been a lovely time to slow down, simply being together and enjoying all that the beach has offered....an awakening of all five senses. I'm thankful for a restful and wonderful seven days.

Although this has been an incredible location and an absolutely beautiful week, free from the hustle and bustle of the D.C. area,  I'm realizing that a place can't really give me the peace that I long for ---it's God alone who gives me true rest and peace.

In Need of Refreshment?

 

Do you ever get bogged down with your “to do” list? What about your Christian “to do” list? Just thinking about it can take the joy out of serving Jesus, especially in your home. In studying through Ephesians and Isaiah this past year, the Lord impressed me to take stock of what works (projects) I take on to do. ..

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