12 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Homeschool

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It's that time of year! Fresh reams of paper, spiral-bound notebooks, and packages of pencils with full, perfect erasers have replaced the bottles of sunscreen, pool toys, and beach towels on store shelves. Our beloved summer is drawing to a close. Our bookshelves have been purged of last year's materials, making way for supplies prepared for the new year. Most of our curriculum planning is complete. We've assessed weak areas in our kids' academics and have come up with strategies to … [Read more...]

5 Books That Will Help Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

5 Books To Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

Since my husband and I have a toddler again in our home, we've been trying to expose her to more books on a more regular basis. Among her current favorite read-alouds are a few books that feature Jesus and other Bible characters — mostly board books that we bought when her older brother — our eldest child — was still a preschooler. (How do we know they are her favorites? Well, she keeps pushing them into our hands, saying, "Eee...," which I think is her way of saying, "Read...") I'm sure … [Read more...]

Friends & Heroes Review & Giveaway

Friends and Heroes Review

  I was given the opportunity to review Friends & Heroes DVD 1 and Homeschool Unit Study 1. I was compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. What is Friends & Heroes? From the website.."Friends and Heroes is an animated children's adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows two young friends, Macky and Portia, as they fight for justice against the Roman Empire.  Each episode consists of two Bible Stories in which children can … [Read more...]

Friendship – Love with Abandon

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An old friend contacted me. We’ve spoken once in the past ten years. She apologized for not being a better friend over the years, that she let go of a deep friendship and love. This friendship, back in the day, defined soul mate for me. We were best friends, but the friendship grew deep and held an intense love. I haven’t found that level of friendship since. Something nagged at the back of my mind - a red flag of sorts. Why did she reach out to me now? I ignored the possibility of an … [Read more...]

“Peace-full” Homeschool Planning

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Summer, oh how I love you! From swimming pools to barbeques, vacation time to ice cream cones, summer is overflowing with many of my favorite things. Though many of us homeschooling moms might like to bury our heads in the sand and not think about school for the entire three months, the part of us that longs to parent intentionally just won't let us escape so easily. So we look back on the previous year. And we think. Then we assess. And we plan. And we reassess. And we wonder. And we … [Read more...]

25 Favorite Memory Verses for Children

25 Favorite Memory Verses for Children

Scripture memory is a part of my family's daily homeschool routine. I want God's Word imprinted on the hearts of my children to remind them of God's nature, to remind them of Jesus' love and sacrifice, to comfort them when they are afraid, and to instruct them in godly character. My children are still relatively young, but with a daily routine, a few hand motions, and the occasional rhythmic clapping, my kids have some verses that can encourage and instruct them throughout their lives: These … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

Yesterday I considered the amazing reality that God wants to encounter your children and mine. Today I'd like to offer seven suggestions for how we can encourage our kids to encounter Him. Read God's Word to them. "The Word of God is living and powerful..." (Hebrews 4:12). I've certainly experienced the power of God's Word in my own life, but I've also seen its power in the lives of my children. Through regular time spent in the Bible together, my five-year-old daughter realized she wasn't a … [Read more...]

Divine Encounters…For Kids!

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Here's a jaw-droppingly beautiful truth: Jesus' first priority for you is just to be with Him. Mark 3:14 tells us that "He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach." Do you see how being with Him came first? Before the preaching, before the healing, before the casting out of demons or even the raising of the dead. Sure, we have work to do...God-ordained tasks to accomplish...divine appointments to meet. But our most important divine … [Read more...]

4 Lies Kids Believe (and you just might, too!)

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Like it or not, we're living in the "Information Age." We're bombarded with tidbits everywhere we go, aren't we? An update here. A newsflash there. A weather alert now. Wait, here's a status change! Google and Pinterest, smart phones and Amazon. It's nearly impossible to escape the deluge! And all this information can be a good thing...as long as it's based in truth. Unfortunately, all too often, that isn't the case. Our culture is saturated with lies. And guess what? Unless we know the truth, … [Read more...]

Words of Hope

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Words. We are inundated with them every day. Music, books, radio, billboards, phones, blogs... Communication. We humans thrive on it. If we haven't heard from a friend in a while, we call her. When we know someone is going through a tough time, we write a note of encouragement. Struggles. Either you, or someone you know is going through a hard period of life right now. Fear, betrayal, sadness, grief... Hope. We all want it. Many times it feels just out of our grasp. Just around the corner. … [Read more...]