Homeschool Memories and Giveaway

Homeschool Memories and Giveaway

Homeschool Memories and Giveaway

I was thinking back over the 20 years I’ve been homeschooling a lot lately. So much has changed! One of the best things to have come along is homeschool blogs.

Back in the day, I’d wait for my envelope full of homeschool offers on those 4 x 6 cards and shuffle through them. Anyone remember the one about colon cleansing? True story.

Or, I’d wait for my The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and read every article. Now even TOS is digital! Instead of gathering online, we gathered in support groups and state conventions. And, to be honest- I miss that.

But, homeschooling has changed and grown. I have more homeschooling friends than I’ve ever had, most I’ve never met IRL. Facebook groups have taken the place of yahoo email groups and email forwards. Truly, my world has broadened and I’m thankful for that.

Surely God in his Providence knew there’d be a time when our strength would need to be in numbers and support would come from the four corners. And I’m glad!

We’ve shared the loss of children, parents, and spouses. We’ve cried over prodigals and been the prodigal an online-sister called home. Experiencing the loss of fellow homeschool moms and bloggers keeps life real. The online part dissipates a bit.

So, this year- sharing a back-to-school party and giveaway is reminder of all the sweet ladies who put their heart into what they offer, the way only a homeschool mama can. Please stop by each of the sites in the giveaway (you get kudos if you do!) and let them know how much they mean to you!

They mean a lot to me!

Don’t miss the giveaway – and thanks to Encouraging Moms at Home for the Back to School Party!

Here is a huge package of homeschool prizes you are going to love! Some of these will be physical books shipped to your door, and some of these are digital – like the awesome 20th Century Music course! The total retail value on this giveaway is over $570!!!!

Here’s the prize list for one blessed winner in this huge homeschool giveaway.
  1. Walk This Way Book and Posters $19.99 = $5.99 (physical book, digital posters)
  2. 20th Century Music Appreciation for High School $99
  3. Reading Comprehension with Aesops Fables (digital) $6.99
  4. Hidden Village (physical) $6.99
  5. When Lightning Struck (autographed copy 16.99)
  6. Bible Road Trip Curriculum One Year ($20)
  7. Bible Road Trip Notebooking Journal ($20)
  8. Choice of Bible Memory Cards ($7-14)
  9. Loop Scheduling Workshop + Facebook Support Group $15
  10. Creation Bundle from Media Angels $49.97
  11. NaturExplorers Spectacular Spiders $12
  12. NaturExplorers Animal Signs $12
  13. Behavior and Social Skills Bundle $36
  14. 9 Easy Steps to Homeschooling ebook $4.95
  15. 5 Days to Your Best Homeschool Year e-course $47
  16. Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue ebook $15
  17. Lads and Ladies of Wisdom $15
  18. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas (Volume 1) $21.99
  19. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas (Volume 2) $16.99
  20. 5 Minute Devotions for Homeschooling Moms $5.50
  21. Homeschooling: What to do When You Want to Quit $15.99
  22. Premium Lifetime Homeschool Copywork Membership $97

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Faithfulness and Endurance During Life’s Biggest Hurts with Jen Grice

Faithfulness and Endurance During Life's Biggest Hurts with Jen Grice

 

Faithfulness and Endurance During Life’s Biggest Hurts with Jen Grice 

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Faithfulness + Endurance Through Life’s Biggest Hurts

George Mueller is known for saying, ‘To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.”

Just like George Mueller and some of the other people I’ll be talking about, I too have learned my faith and learned to endure through my life’s biggest hurt.

If you’re a homeschooling mom like myself, you read the story of George Mueller and how his faith helped him to feed and house thousands of orphans. I just love hearing stories about how other people have used faith to survive. We actually read through the Christian Heroes Then And Now book, about George Mueller, while I was going through my divorce trial. It opened my eyes to the fact that…

God uses life’s hardest times to bring His sons and daughters to a place where their only hope is found in their faith in Him.

 I was one of those people who said, it won’t happen to me… it won’t happen to us. We’ll never divorce… I’m “married for life.” We can’t control the actions and choices of other people, our husbands, our family or our friends… so sometimes we get hurt. Sometimes we have to deal with suffering. I’ve never been sold into slavery but I was told to get out of my mother’s home at the young age of 16, with nowhere to go. I’ve never been to jail. But I’ve been confined to a hospital bed, pregnant, struggling to survive while people I considered family pretended I didn’t exist.

Betrayal. Treachery. Pain. Humiliation. Falsely accused. Unjust punishment and suffering. Feeling alone and forgotten.

Anyone else experience these hurts before? I think we’d all agree that these are the biggest. And they can prove to be the biggest threat to our faith as well.

It’s even more painful when we experience these things, from family, or from someone who vowed to love, honor, and cherish you for life.

These are the very feelings Genesis Joseph felt as he faced trials that were inflicted on him because of the choices of others. Sin causes problems. And usually innocent victims feel the brunt of the pain of someone else’s sinful heart. And we don’t always get what we expect out of life. Those biggest hurts… tend to disrupt our life’s focus.

I know I expected to get married and then stay that way until I died. I expected my husband to stay faithful only to me. After that I expected him to repent of his behaviors, get help and spiritual guidance, and then stop the sin. But that’s not what happened. I was betrayed and then served divorce papers… and told I was the one forsaking.

 

Someone walked out and then God walked in.

He said, never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you. (Hebrew 13:5)

Joseph learned to depend on God for everything. So have I. Our Father took very good care of us discarded people. Providence was there the whole time. I had no idea how I was going to get through this but I knew where to look for guidance. I spent a lot of time reading God’s Word. I felt so much like Joseph. I felt betrayed. I was being blamed and feeling humiliated.

Even in my pain and anger at God, because of my situation, I knew there was more to my situation. I knew my faith was being tested. I remembered verses about growing my faith. But my eyes would look at my circumstances and I was afraid and felt alone. When the promises were easy to forget I would write them on my bathroom mirror and on my forearm… just trying to keep my faith.

And I’m here to share I’ve made it through… and to encourage you too with my story.

Through my life’s biggest trial, struggles and pain, I’ve learned these three things about faithfulness and endurance.

#1 : God is always with us – guiding, comforting, and protecting us

#2: We grow in faith as we endure

#3: God has a purpose for pain – a divine destiny

Our response to life’s biggest hurts? Faithfulness and endurance. To recap we do this by remembering that God is always with us, growing in our faith as we endure, and looking out for the purpose for our pain and suffering.

If that’s you right now, I want to encourage you! You can and will get through this too. God is with you! Slow and steady wins the race… we just have to keep pushing forward.

 

You can survive divorce with Jen Grice


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Dealing with Mom Guilt | Mommy Jammies Night

Dealing with Mom Guilt | Learning to lay your burdens down before the Lord

Dealing with Mom Guilt with Felice Gerwitz  

Overcoming Mommy Guilt (Scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN to get to the player)

 

We’ve all done it – you know thinking we are not good enough or it is all our fault. Where did I go wrong – what could I have done differently –


When I was expecting my first child I thought – how can it be that hard? I was a teacher and handled an entire classroom of kids, one little kid can’t be difficult after that!

I was filled with my own self importance, my own skill set – my own…well, degree! I had an education degree in Early Childhood, Elementary Ed and Specific Learning Disabilities – I was degreed for K-12 I was all set, right?

Wrong!

Along came Neal, this beautiful bundle of joy – and he was the first and most perfect baby. He slept well and for hours, he barely cried, he nursed really well. In fact, I thought he was the easiest child ever! And, compared to my other four he was a very easy baby…

But fast forward and let me tell you I began to second guess every decision  because the experts began to weigh in.

Well meaning family members, friends, the lady next door – everyone was an expert!

I began listening to my friends talk about their kids and their parenting methods were all over the board from the way permissive to the super, super strict—train up a child and that is the way he will grow crowd and don’t spare the rod crowd.

While I was very comfortably somewhere in between I began to realize that moms in general were a mess –

They were threading water – barely surviving.

I listened to people share:

  1. I’m not good enough
  2. I’m going to ruin my children
  3. I’m not an expert
  4. My kids are going to grow up to hate me which is why I am going to be sure to spoil them
  5. It is all my fault!

Friends – if you hear nothing else I say …please hear this. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT – Let me repeat that – IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.

 

As a Christian we have the tools to be super parents

– after all as Christians aren’t we heirs of the KINGDOM isn’t GOD OUR FATHER? Didn’t God promise not to forsake us but to send HIS spirit to guide us?

I understand you are on overload – I understand your child may be lost – and you know what? God has given us and them free will…

We can not mold our children in our image – however we can introduce them to the Almighty God

And we often preach to the choir – we ask our children to do the heavy lifting – to demonstrate to us God’s love and to show us they really understand.

We can see their walk with the Lord in the fruit they demonstrate

And if we don’t like that fruit – guess what? It is up to us to pray. And we pray – God do this and this and this – NO – we need to pray YOUR WILL LORD NOT MINE

God did not give us a spirit of fear New International Version 2Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or …

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will neverleave you nor forsake you. …. and hope; unto us is this gospel preached, as well as unto them; he will never fail thee, nor forsake thee, Heb 13:5.

 

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans;I will come to you. 19In a little while, the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live.…

Do Not Worry (Luke 12:22-34) 25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan? 28And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?31Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans pursue all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.

 

Moms – stop with the guilt!

  1. If you feel guilty it is not from God – He does not give us a sense of guilt.
  2. Feeling guilty is a sign that we lack faith – in ourselves and the power of God – think about that. It hurts doesn’t it? When I realized this myself … I had to pray and repent.
  3. Guilt is often misplaced. The guilty person – i.e. your child, gets off scott free – “It is not my fault”
  4. It’s not about you – it is about the offending party

It is not your fault. It really isn’t

Let me tell you a true story. I was praying to the Lord about a situation that was really outside of my control. I was apologizing to Him for something I felt was really a lack of  faith. Then I felt the Lord answer my prayer with clarity – but the answer was very compelling, the Lord basically said, “Do you really think you have that much power?”

Wow. Just wow!

Sometimes friends we take on the burden of fault when it does not lie on our shoulders. We allow our child – in point 3 above to get off with a “free” card.

We are not responsible for someone eles’s free will decision – sometimes our children need to fall in order for the Lord to minister to them where they are – even if it feels like the entire world is falling in around  your shoulders.

We fix everything from the time they are little to the time they are big – and when we can’t we get overwhelmed. We just can’t do it anymore!

Solutions:

  1. Look at Mary – her infamous example as the mother of our Lord. At the wedding feast of Canaan where her wise words were, “Do what He tells you.” These words are applicable for us as well.
  2. Praise God in everything – yes, everything. Remember Romans 8:28
  3. Pray specifically, and if we don’t know how to pray ask the Lord. (Podcast: AFewMinutesWithGodPodcast.com
  4. Know that God hears you! He really does.  

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What About Church? Part Two

What About Church? Part Two

with Israel and Brook Wayne of Family Renewal Ministries

What about church part two | free podcast from Family Renewal | Ultimate Homeschool Radio NetworkWhat about church? Part one can be found here.

What about church? Part two

  • What is the practice of church discipline?
  • What is church membership?
  • Is membership important?
  • How does membership impact the life of the family?
  • Recommended resources: 9 Marks, Paul Washer, Way of the Master

Connect with Family Renewal Ministries via their website and social media ministry.

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical WorldviewFull-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based DiscipleshipQuestions God AsksQuestions Jesus Asks , Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting and Education: Does God Have an Opinion?  and has been a regular columnist for Home School DigestHome School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.

Israel and his wife Brook were joined in marriage without dating and share their testimony of God’s faithfulness on an audiobook titled, What God Has Joined Together. Israel and Brook, both homeschool graduates themselves, are home educating their nine children.

His desires to see God’s people learn to think and live Biblically.

Aiming for both the head and the heart, Israel’s goal is to challenge audiences to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. In his words, “God’s Word applies to all areas of life. There is not one facet of our existence which does not fall under the direct claim of Lordship by Jesus Christ. This includes how we spend our money, what entertainment we consume, how we educate our children, how we use our time, etc. All of life must be understood from within a Biblical worldview.”

What about church? Part One

What about church? Part One

 

What about church? Part one

by Israel & Brook Wayne

Show Notes:

Join Israel and Brook as they discuss how to find a church.

What about church? Why do you need one? What are the marks of a healthy church?

  • Why belong to a local church?
  • Should we neglect meeting together?
  • How often should we meet?
  • What does the Bible have to say about church?
  • Does fellowship replace corporate worship?
  • How do social media communities impact church communities?
  • Visit 9marks.org/about for information about marks of a healthy church.

Connect with Family Renewal Ministries via their website and social media ministry.

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical WorldviewFull-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based DiscipleshipQuestions God AsksQuestions Jesus Asks , Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting and Education: Does God Have an Opinion?  and has been a regular columnist for Home School DigestHome School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.

Israel and his wife Brook were joined in marriage without dating and share their testimony of God’s faithfulness on an audiobook titled, What God Has Joined Together. Israel and Brook, both homeschool graduates themselves, are home educating their nine children.

His desires to see God’s people learn to think and live Biblically.

Aiming for both the head and the heart, Israel’s goal is to challenge audiences to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. In his words, “God’s Word applies to all areas of life. There is not one facet of our existence which does not fall under the direct claim of Lordship by Jesus Christ. This includes how we spend our money, what entertainment we consume, how we educate our children, how we use our time, etc. All of life must be understood from within a Biblical worldview.”

Jan Bedell Making Teaching Easier

Mommy Jammies Night

with Jan Bedell

Topic: Making Teaching Easier
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Join our special guest, Jan Bedell, as she shares practical and insightful ways to make teaching easier. Be encouraged and uplifted in your homeschool journey!

 

Jammies Night Show Notes

Make Teaching Easier

Whether you have a gifted, typically developing or struggling learner this home school encouragement is for you!

Goals for this Mommy Jammies Night:

  • Encourage you!  Your home school days really can be easier. It has already happened for our speaker who shares this gift with you.
  • Empowering you my explaining the importance of the NeuroDevelopmental Approach in making teaching easier. Breaking this big word down is the beginning of understanding its importance.  Neuro means having to do with the brain, and development in this case refers to the way the brain goes through all its developmental steps to gain maximum brain function for an individual.
  • Equip you with information that can unlock your child’s fullest learning potential. When the brain is organized and functioning properly, learning is easier, thus making teaching easier.

The Little Giant Steps Brain Coach, Dr. Jan Bedell, will help you look at your children, your teaching strategy and your curriculum in a whole new light.  The brain must be able to receive, process and store information efficiently in order to bring the needed information in through all learning channels and use that information in a well-organized manner. You will never look at the concept of learning styles the same after you hear this presentation. Learn to make the teaching of reading, math and math facts mastery simpler for your children.  When your child is able to learn more easily, teaching becomes easier for you.

 

 

FREE GIFT at UltimateRadioShow.com

Here’s the link for the gifts.   1.)Auditory Processing Auditory Test Kit, 2.) A Teaching Page from A Teacher, 3.) A Document from A Teacher’s Experience Discovering the NeuroDevelopmental Approach.  It’s a wonderful explanation as well as a teaching tool.

 

 

https://cj4lgs.lpages.co/mommy/   (BTW ~ the download takes a little time, as there are three items!)

For the latest Brain Coach Tip podcast about The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life –

[lots of free training & practical skills]

About Jan:
Jan Bedell, PhD, M.ND
In 1992, Jan started a journey that transitioned her from desperate homeschool mom of a struggling learner into a master NeuroDevelopmentalist. With her new knowledge of how to optimize brain function, coupled with her previous experience as a public, private and homeschool teacher, she understood there was more to education than just technique and curriculum. She found hope and help for her daughter through The NeuroDevelopmental Approach that ensures the brain is ready for learning. Today, Jan’s passion is teaching ways to stimulate brains of all ages earning her the title, Brain Coach. Through the years her work has helped children, teens and adults discover their true God-given potential without labels. This message has been life-changing for all those who have applied her brain building principals, making life and learning easier for thousands.

Connect with Jan on Social Media:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Little-Giant-Steps-1608737242731926/
Website: https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/
Podcast show: https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/podcasts

Education – Does God Have An Opinion?

God's opinion on education | Join Brook Wayne for her interview with Israel.

Brook Wayne interviews her husband, Israel about his book on education.

Notes:

As parents and families, do we have a Biblical worldview regarding education? What is God’s opinion on education. Join Brook and Israel.

  • This is a definitive book on what God has to say on education.
  • Reviews on the book say it has changed their thinking regarding education.
  • Professionals in education say the book has revolutionized their education.
  • Christian children need a christian education.
  • Education must begin with faith in God.
  • Everything that can be known about God is revealed (revelation).
  • Do we have a universal moral law-giver?
  • How do we differ from humanist?
  • Education is all subjects from a Biblical worldview.
  • Learn the “why” of why your child needs to learn something.
  • What are the means vs. the ends of studies?
  • Do parents have a Biblical worldview and hold it consistently?
  • The Wayne family mission statement discussed.

Scroll down to player and push play to hear the podcast online.

Book Title:

Education, Does God Have An Opinion?

Description:

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the vast majority of Christians have embraced the idea that it is a proper role and function of the civil government to control and guide the education of children. Most Christians believe God doesn’t care, one way or the other, how our children are schooled or what methods are employed. This book will use Scripture to prove otherwise.
What you read in this book will radically challenge your assumptions and preconceived ideas.

– Discover the true purpose of an education and how this affects and influences students
– Explore a truly Biblical philosophy of education and how it compares to traditional schooling
– Learn to apply a Biblical worldview strategically and systematically to core subjects of education

There is almost no topic that is as relevant to the future of Christianity or as controversial as the education of children. Students in school classrooms spend thousands of hours being instructed by people who are not their parents. There is almost no way to calculate what a powerful force this is for influence.

From rules to help students reason to information that will help you be a more effective teacher, this book shows the vital importance of “why” in asking students to learn the “what” and “how” of any subject. The future of your child’s education and, therefore, his or her life is ultimately in your hands as a parent. Open your mind and your heart to God’s Word and His truth. Much is at stake. Ask Him to give you discernment to help you understand how He sees the issue of education.

More about Israel and Brook Wayne

Israel and Brook Wayne are authors of the books: Pitchin’ A Fit Overcoming Angry and Stressed out Parenting, and Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship.

Connect with Israel Wayne:

FamilyRenewal.org

Facebook

Twitter

Podcasting on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

 

Education: Does God have an opinion? A Biblical Defense for Homeschooling

Special Needs? Keep Your Head Above Water! with Heather Laurie

      Mommy Jammies Night with Heather Laurie of Special Needs Homeschooling

Keeping your head above the water when YOU are the one with special needs!

5 Aspects of Life to balance

Years ago I was supermom. Okay so maybe just marginally awesome mom. I was the head of my growing church’s nursery. Went to co-op with my 5 kids who were all dealing with special needs. We were in the van most days of the week zipping here and there doing all sorts of thing… busy things… things that I filled my time with.

We lived an intense life but I never really considered what if… what if I became the one with special needs? I had medical issues but they were stable at the time and part of me just thought I’ll be like this, sick but able bodied.

That is not what happened.

  1. Create a Plan and set of Goals to reach for-

    1. How often do you hear oh we homeschool so you can just take a day off…
      1. 1 day, 2, a week when does it become too much?
    2. Goals help you establish a baseline
      1. Am I pushing too hard?
      2. Are we on track? Even if it doesn’t feel like we are
  2. Structure and Routine

    1. My natural inclination is relaxed homeschooling but my situation requires
    2. We developed a routine for the family because we are a truly a special needs family
      1. If the kids are upset and out of sorts my efforts will be 10x just to get a calm less intense result
  3. Year round Homeschooling

    1. This is not the only way to do it just how we do.
      1. Flexible time
      2. Consistent learning that doesn’t require review in the fall
      3. Anxiety that a normal child can have with mom or dad in and out of the hospital is eased by a constant
  4. Homemaking takes time and spoons!

    1. Menu planning saves $, time, and energy
      1. Brain fog at the end of the day
      2. I need a rest.
  5. Healthy Living

    1. Go to the dr, dentist, therapist, chiropractor
      1. Shows your children to care for and tend to their own bodies
    2. Sleep!
    3. Take your medications if necessary
    4. Rest is good.. I know opposite of how we started but being able to acknowledge that we all need a rest is good. Take an In-service day.

It’s not always easy to get from struggling or just plain not making our goals and feeling depressed about our own performance as mom, wife, and homeschooler to functioning, progressing, calmer person. Like in a real pond there are those stones on the edge that are slime covered and you may fall. Get back up and keep trying.

I wake up each and every day because the Lord has blessed me with the strength to carry on. I acknowledge and welcome that comforting fact.  

 

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Jesus and Moms with Gina Glenn

 

Jesus and Moms podcast

 

Jesus and Moms Gina Glenn

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Show notes: What I’d like to share tonight is a way to embrace the vocation and high calling of motherhood that keeps our eyes on Christ. We’ll look directly to the Lord for the equipping and lay aside advice from Dr. Phil, and others (at least as far as they disagree with Scripture).

First, let’s look at how Jesus taught. This will help us in our daily, minute-by-minute instruction of our children no matter what age they may be. This is also called relationship.

If we look at the life of Christ we see that Jesus was loving. He repeated spiritual truths over and over so that people might understand. He walked among the people healing them, by asking them questions, and by imparting truth through ways they could understand (Mark 4:34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.)

Jesus was someone who attracted others. He had a way of pointing to the Father that satisfied the needs of people. He knew how to satisfy their greatest spiritual needs. Even when they just returned for more bread, he knew they had a greater need.

Here are ways he did just that, and how as Moms we can be encouraged that if we will follow the master Jesus will meet their needs and our own.

  1. Children need to feel safe, loved, and important.  Do you have a consistent temperament? Do you meet as well as you are able your children’s basic needs for clothing, shelter, and food? Is your discipline consistent or are your children unsure of what to expect? Can your child confide in your? We are especially admonished not to provoke our children to anger or discouragement (Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.Jesus makes us feel safe, loved, and important in his very life (lived sinlessly), death (for our sins), and resurrection (for our justification) that we might have peace with God the Father, Romans chapter 4.
  2. Children must trust their parents Do you keep your word to your children? Do you keep your word to others so your children witness this? Do you do your best to make sure that your children are influenced by trustworthy adults? Remember when we talked about how Jesus patiently repeated things to his followers (and for our benefit) so we’d understand? This built trust. We can trust him because He did exactly what he said he would do. Read Mark 8,9, and 10. He said he would suffer, die, and rise. He did.
  3. Children need to know their worth Do your children understand that their value as a human and made in the image of God? Do your children see how important they are to you by the time and real attention you give to them? Are you full of distraction? God’s Word tells us children are a heritage (Psalm 127) and fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139), and that the Father would hold nothing back in saving them should they stray, and in fact he didn’t hold back his only son. (Matthew 18 and the parable of the lost sheep)
  4. Children need to see their purpose and calling Do your children see that they’ve been created by God and live in the culture and time we live in “for such a time as this”. Do you? Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  5. Children need chores Constant entertainment is soul-destroying to anyone, but especially to a child. There is value in work that sparks their creativity and curiosity and helps them see their place in God’s world. Again, Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  6. Wisdom and role models- Children need your guidance and the guidance of trusted adults, especially as they become young-adults themselves to help grow discernment. Who do you know that exhibits wisdom that would be a good influence? Do you exhibit wisdom to your children? Proverbs 13:20 tells us, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

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My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for Character Building

Homeschooling’s number one aim for many families is character building. I know when I started out, I wanted curriculum that built character! How about you? Are you looking for homeschool curriculum that builds character? I’ve been homeschooling since 1993, and I’ve got some favorites to share with you!

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for Character Building

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for Character Building

When we start thinking about what it means to build our children’s character what do you think about? I think about all the things that go into a child’s heart and mind. What are they watching, listening to, and reading? This never changes as they grow.

I once heard a story of a type of worm that cattle get when they graze that invades the nasal cavity and eventually attacks the brain. This always stuck with me as an example of our children in the world. They graze through so many things. What will invade their hearts and minds? I wanted to make sure that the ratio of things was always in my favor for as long as I had the influence to make that happen.

When my kiddos were very small we used a lot of song and books on tape. Steve Green and Your Story Hour were favorites. My own children even loved Shari Lewis’s One-Minute Bible Stories. Another favorite was the Arch books.

Children get older

As my children grew, it would take more than knowing the stories and hiding God’s word in their hearts, they would need to wrestle with concepts and a little theology to deepen their character. We grew to love family study time and found The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History a good choice for deep thinking that still taught the who, what, when, and where. We began to study the cause and effect of men and their actions in God’s Word and develop an understanding of God’s Providence.

Children as young adults

When my children all became of an age (we had enough overlap) and their homeschool studies took them to more and more independent learning I knew I had to find things that really challenged them! I turned to an in depth study (don’t let the name scare you off!) of Universal History by Ms. Katherine Dang.

History is a great tool to teach character because it allows your children to sit as a witness to those men and women who’ve gone before them and reaped and sowed. It shows them the role of conscience in the life of a believer and why to “go against conscience is neither right nor safe” for it is the “most sacred of all property” and the role of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in forming it to build good character!

For additional character building resources, I recommend:

 

Raising Children with Good Character by LaToya Edwards (Mommy Jammies Night)

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