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The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

The fruit of the Spirit is familiar to most of us, but how can we apply this to motherhood? The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms is the topic of this podcast, as we examine how we can exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control towards our children. #ChristianparentingThe Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

Our pastor recently did a sermon on the Fruit of the Spirit, and it inspired me to start a Bible study inside my private Christian parenting Facebook group.  (By the way, anyone listening who’d like to join that group, I’d love to have you! You can click here to join.)

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been studying the Fruit of the Spirit, as it applies to motherhood.

Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Wow! Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are all things that I desire to be to my children as their mother.

So how can we attain this fruit of the Spirit?

The way we attain the fruit of the Spirit that we desire is by faith through the Holy Spirit. But when we put God on the back burner, we experience what I have officially named “the fruit of the mom flesh.”

And here’s the Marianna version… “But the fruit of the mom flesh is nagging, yelling, annoyance, harshness, manipulation, shaming,  and lack of self-control.”

Ouch. I have no problem admitting that some of these qualities describe my parenting some days. But, I believe that there is hope in Christ.

Maybe you’re a mom who has blown it time and time again and you think there’s no hope for you to change. Perhaps you come from a long line of emotional abuse and you feel powerless to break the cycle. Maybe you feel like you’ve been mommin’ the same way for so long that there’s not even any point to try to change.

But here’s the good news for you today.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….it’s not up to you to produce this fruit. In fact, it’s not even about you! It’s about Christ in you and the Holy Spirit working in your heart.

When we experience the gospel and the love that God has so lavished upon us, we cannot help but overflow with that love!

Be careful not to get stuck in this place of mom guilt. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Man, I just don’t embody these fruit of the spirit,” let me remind you.  Pastor J.D. Greear says, “For every one look you take at yourself bemoaning your fruitlessness, take ten looks at Christ, boasting in his faithfulness.”

Scripture references

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 NIV

“…’Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6 NIV

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 NIV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23 NIV


Join Marianna Chambers as she talks about practical ways to become a more peaceful parent. Having children is a wonderful blessing, but it can also be quite stressful. Every day we hear from moms just like you who are struggling to be the gentle parent they want to be. Moms desperately want to raise their children on a firm foundation of love, but those sweet kids sure know how to push our buttons. (And boy, do they push them!)

Marianna Chambers is a counselor, parenting coach, blogger, homeschool mom, and best-selling author. She’s passionate about supporting and encouraging moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram, or read her blog here. You can also join her private Facebook group for Christian moms on a peaceful parenting mission.

 

Special Replay: Easy Fundraisers for Homeschool Groups

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Does your homeschool organization need some ideas for raising money? Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA, shares ideas for easy fundraising in this episode of the Dollars And Sense Show.

Easy fundraisers show notes:

Coupon and reward programs
Box Tops. Need 501c3 status
Shopping reward like Kroger Plus program
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Food as a fundraiser
Pizza sales, bake sales to members
Candy, popcorn sales to public could impose a reporting to you state’s AG office
Restaurant (Chik-Fil-A) give a percent of proceeds from one night to your organization
Dinners as fundraisers

Donations
Via email, website, crowd funding, etc
Read-a-thon or walk-a-thon
Car washes and bake sales

Sell products
Ideas at TopSchoolFundraisers.com
Used curriculum sale. Charge an entrance fee, or a table fee to the sellers (or both!)

Reporting the Fundraiser income:
The IRS considers fundraisers to be unrelated to your nonprofit purpose and therefore, subject to taxation. Exceptions to the Unrelated Business Income tax:

  • Under $1,000 income from fundraisers in a year
  • All volunteer labor (no hired help to run the fundraiser)
  • Not regularly carried on
  • Selling donated items

State may require reporting to their attorney General if you sell to the public or solicit donations from the public. Usual exceptions are: only sales to members, a  dollar threshold ($25,000 is common), all volunteer labor, but these vary by state.

Warning: No Individual fundraising accounts!
See http://homeschoolcpa.com/scouts-dont-allow-individual-fundraising-account-and-neither-should-you/

New links:

Blog posts  on fundraising: http://homeschoolcpa.com/tag/fund-raising/

Article “Easy Fundraisers for Homeschool Groups” at http://homeschoolcpa.com/leader-tools/articles/

More information:
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Money Management in a Homeschool Organization book

Blog posts  on fundraising: http://homeschoolcpa.com/tag/fund-raising/

Article “Easy Fundraisers for Homeschool Groups” at http://homeschoolcpa.com/leader-tools/articles/

 

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Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out

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This podcast covers tips to starting a homeschool co-op from Carol Topp, CPA the author of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.

Carol covers the 4 W’s and 2 Cs that leaders need to answer in launching a new co-op:

What, Where, When and Who and Cost and Curriculum

This is Part 1 of a two-part podcast. To hear Part 2 where I cover the basics of business structure and getting nonprofit and tax exempt status for your co-op click here.

For more information on starting and running a homeschool co-op visit Carol’s website HomeschoolCPA.com

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Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out has helped more than 1,000 readers run their homeschool co-ops. Get your copy here.

The Homeschool Co-ops book is on sale during the summer of 2016!

Only $7.50 for the print version or $3.99 for the ebook version.

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More Micro Business Ideas. Episode #51

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In episode #50 of the Dollars and Sense podcast, Carol Topp shared more than 30 micro business ideas for teenagers and parents.

In this continuation Carol answers audience questions and shares some pitfalls to avoid when starting a micro business.

Listen to Part 1 of 30+Micro Business Ideas for Teens

To celebrate the 50th episode ( and now 51st episode) of the Dollars and Sense podcast, the Micro Business for Teens books are on sale at 25% off

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The sales on the Micro Business for Teens books lasts through September 30, 2015, so grab your copies today!

30+ Micro Business Ideas for Teens (Part 1) #50

Welcome to episode #50 of the Dollars and Sense Show! In this episode, Carol Topp, author of the Micro Business for Teens book series, shares more than 30 ideas of micro businesses that a teenager (or a parents) can start quickly and easily.

Here’s a helpful handout

To celebrate the 50th episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, Carol has put her Micro Business for Teens books on sale.

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The sales runs through September 2015, so grab your copies today.

How the IRS Sees Homeschool Co-ops Episode #42

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Who’s afraid of the IRS? You?

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp continues her discussion how the IRS sees homeschool organizations and homeschool co-ops in particular.

Listen to the first part of this presentation where Carol discussed homeschool support groups and IRS 501(c)(7) tax exempt status as a Social Club.

Get a copy of the handout.

Carol also mentioned the article “Do You Know About IRS Required Filings for Homeschool Organizations?” Get it here.

The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization

Carol’s book, The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization, is available here.

 

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad IRS? Episode #41

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Are you afraid of the IRS? Should you be?

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp discusses how the IRS sees homeschool organizations. In this first part Carol will discuss homeschool support groups and IRS 501(c)(7) tax exempt status as a Social Club.

Carol gave this presentation at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) Leaders Conference in 2014.

Get a copy of the handout.

Carol also mentioned the article “Do You Know About IRS Required Filings for Homeschool Organizations?” Get it here.

The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization

Carol’s book, The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization, is available here.

This presentation will be continued in the next episode of the Dollars and Sense Show when Carol Topp will discuss how the IRS sees homeschool co-ops.

We’re Raising Grown Ups (Not Children!) Dollars and Sense Show #40

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Carol Topp shares a workshop she presented at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati last year in this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show titled, “Were Not Raising Children, We’re Raising Grown Ups.”

In Part 2 of this podcast Carol six topics your teenagers need know for adulthood, but are rarely covered in a textbook, such as:

  • Academic growth
  • Spiritual growth
  • Relationships
  • Career choice
  • Money management
  • Living independently

She will share tips on how to impart important lessons in a natural way and share resources to help you raise a grown up!

 

Get a copy of the handout

Carol mentioned several books  and resources including:

Catch Part 1 of this podcast here.

5 Warnings Against Frugal Homeschooling

Frugal homeschool can be dangerous to your child’s education!

My guest, Cindy West of Our Journey Westward blog and Shining Dawn books warns homeschool parents against using too many free materials in homeschooling.

What could be wrong with using free materials? Listen to the podcast for Cindy’s insights.

Cindy’s blog post Homeschooling Frugally: A Cautionary Tale

  • Just because a freebie is posted on an “educational” website or blog doesn’t automatically mean it has great educational value.
  • Cute doesn’t mean it has educational value.
  • New and important skills may not be taught.  Sometimes your child will just keep practicing the same (already mastered) skills over and over again.
  • Unit studies may not be full, complete or goes into enough depth.
  • Freebies may only be samples of a complete curriculum or complimentary to the real curriculum.

Thank you Cindy for your cautions!

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Check out Cindy’s Natrure studies and books on homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason style at Shining Dawn Books.

Has Your Homeschool Group Lost Its Tax Exempt Status?

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HomeschoolCPA, Carol Topp, explains that homeschool groups may have lost their tax exempt status and not even know it in this episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast.

Many nonprofits did not know that in 2006 the IRS made filing an annual report (Form 990/990-EZ, 990-N) mandatory. Nonprofits that failed to file the Form 990 for three consecutive years had their tax exempt status automatically revoked.

Carol discusses how to know if your tax exempt status was revoked and how to get it back.

If you would benefit from a personal phone consultation, Carol would be happy to help your homeschool organization. Contact Carol.

Need to know more about the IRS annual report, Form 990/990-EZ/990-N? Carol’s podcast episode #36 Required IRS Reports for Homeschool Groups explains the Form 990.

Carol mentioned her book The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization. Available here.

 

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