Introducing: FPEA’s Florida History Adventure+ Bundles

Florida History Adventure BundlesIntroducing: FPEA’s Florida History Adventure+ Bundles

Podcast #56

Homeschooling in Florida? Don’t forget to include Florida History as part of your students curriculum. This may not be so easy! Until now! We are SUPER excited to offer our NEW Florida History Adventure+ Bundles! This episode we will go over some of the details you can look forward to with these Florida History Adventure+ Bundles.

Join us over the next 12 months and learn so much more about the state you live in. We will cover Florida History, but so much more. While these bundles will satisfy your your Florida History credit, these bundles will not just cover History, but will include so much more. Get out and explore some of the excursions we will have listed in the bundles. Science and Literature will be part of some of these bundles. These will be rich with information and many things for all ages to learn and do.

These bundles will include many different items for both young and older students! This bundle will fulfill your Florida History credit. We are making this awesome bundle available FREE to members! There will be a new bundle available each month.

Things you can expect to see in our bundles:

  • Florida History
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Craft/Project Ideas
  • Vocabulary
  • Excursions
  • Field trips
  • and so much more!

Each bundle will feature a related Florida field trip and local excursion suggestions. Some of these field trips will be FPEA excursions! And we hope you will join us. Some of the excursions will be suggested places to visit in Florida and in your local area.

We will also include a Road trip Tracker! Complete 7 of the field trips and there will be a special surprise for you at the 2019 Convention! Watch for more details on this later!

Join us this September in Sanibel Island for both fun and learning. Make a stay-cation of of this FPEA STEM Conference. Sanibel is a beautiful area with lots to explore. Learn more at


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Summer Unplugged

Summer UnpluggedSummer Unplugged

Podcast #52

It’s Summer time!! And it’s time to get unplugged!! Remember the lazy days of summer when you were a kid? Before the time of all the electronics and devices? Want to help your kids create some lasting memories? Help your kids unplug this summer! Listen in as we talk about a Summer unplugged.

Suzanne and Sharon reminisce about past childhood summers!  We take a walk down memory lane and look at some fun, old fashioned summer fun! There are many ways to have fun in the Summer outside and inside, for those rainy days!

We also look at some good summer reading books. Get outside and have enjoy your SUMMER UNPLUGGED!




Ways to get unplugged this Summer:

  • Ride bikes
  • Play board games
  • Make fresh squeezed lemonade.
  • Find old games that todays kids might not know – pick-up sticks, jacks, old card games.
  • Read some classic books on rainy days.
  • Make homemade ice cream!
  • Play with sidewalk chalk – hopscotch
  • Jump Rope
  • Take some beach days!
  • Catch fireflies
  • Find a family favorite movie and do a movie night.
  • Find a local drive-in theater
  • Explore your town parks
  • Go camping
  • Do backyard camping

Enjoy your summer – away from the electronic devices and make some great family memories. And don’t forget the SUNBLOCK!

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Best Summertime Outdoor Activities

summertime outdoor activitiesBest Summertime Outdoor Activities

Episode 279

What are the best summertime outdoor activities — well they can range from those that please the most active child to those who would rather sit and read a book. Yet, there is just something about being outdoors that makes us happy! The sun, the sky the bugs… okay, well we want to avoid those as much as possible but still enjoy being in the beautiful world that God gave us.

Thanks to our sponsor the Well Planned Gal, Rebecca Farris! She has various planners for every homeschool need and the Prayer Journal is brand new. You can visit – and in just a few minutes I can’t wait to tell you more about them…

In my last podcast (Best Summertime Rainy Day Activities Episode 277) I went over some things like rules that are important for kids to know before you begin any activity as well as encouraging positive character qualities – you may want to listen to episode 279 in order to learn more. It is important to realize that the minute kids get outside all they want to do is run. It’s like the saying, “Free and in the wild!” But, kids can also be directed once outside and I’m excited to share these ideas with you.

My list would not be complete without the following:

  1. Sports with little skill
    1. Badminton – minimal fuss – there is a skill involved
    2. Archery
    3. Tennis
    4. Water balloon fights
    5. Messy relay races like water balloon toss
  2. Camping
    1. In the backyard or at a park!
    2. Set up a minimal tent – bug spray!
    3. Sleep under the stars
    4. Cook over a small charcoal grill/ fireplace
    5. Cook on skewers – veggies or meats (wood – soak in water first)
  3. Stargazing at night – summer skies are awesome for this.
    1. Download a phone app
    2. Use a handheld device that helps you identify your sky
    3. Learn the constellations – lifelong skill
  4. Bike riding
    1. Take bikes to a local park
    2. Ride off the beaten path
    3. Put noisemakers in spokes
    4. Decorate bikes
  5. Nature Walks/hikes
    1. Learn something new – plant, terrain, or wildlife
    2. Use a map and learn map reader
    3. Use a compass for directions
    4. Night walk – use only the moon no flashlight, notice the vegetation in the night light – this is an amazing experience!
  6. Fishing
    1. Use a stick and string
    2. Research what types of bait work best
    3. Fish in a pond (be sure an adult is present) use hotdog, corn or worms
    4. Make your own fishing pole
  7. Picnic
    1. Pack easy to assemble foods
    2. Finger foods
    3. Fruit
    4. Picnic in your backyard
    5. Picnic in the back/ tailgate of your car
  8. Competition/ training for a marathon
    1. Research times for local or nearby marathons
    2. Check out the possibility for kid entries. (Disney)
    3. Train slowly!
    4. Learn about foods that help you when you train
    5. What do you eat before a marathon?
  9. Water Sports
    1. Swimming
    2. Sail Boating
    3. Paddleboard
    4. Make a boat! Create paper boats – try to make them float
  10.  Geocaching – Find treasures!
    1. Go to a geocaching site for locations of treasure
    2. Teaches map skills
    3. Create your own in your home.


Do you have a great idea I left out that is a win-win? Please share them with us!



Thoughts from the Road – Father’s Day

Thoughts from the Road with the Real Kathy Lee: Father's DayAs Father’s Day approaches, I wanted to take time to celebrate the men that make such a difference in our children’s lives. Since we are at the GHC conference in California, I decided to walk around and chat with some of the men that are here and get their thoughts on Fatherhood. You are going to love what they had to say! Grab the main man in your life and listen to this podcast together. This could even be a fun date night for you guys. Grab some wine and cheese, snuggle up and push play.

On this special episode you are going to hear tips, stories and advice from some pretty amazing men. I enjoyed chatting with, Dennis Denoia with Mr. D Math, Hector Olquin with TalkBox.Mom, Ethan Demme with Math U See, SD and Josiah Smith, with the Green Ember Series, Adam Andrews with The Center for Lit, and Michael Somerville with Tapestry of Grace. I love what these guys had to say. I walked away so encouraged and inspired and believe you will feel the same.

Thank you, dads! You really do make such a difference for your families. You are the ones who lead, guide, encourage and support. I hope you will show your strength and tenderness on a regular basis. I hope you all know that you are appreciated for what you do! Happy Happy Father’s Day! A special thanks for my dad for always encouraging me to chase my dreams. I love dad, 8,2, 1 and a whole bunch!



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The Best of Vintage Homeschool Moms – A Birthday, Giveaway, and Special Gift For You!

It’s Felice Gerwitz birthday and we are celebrating! We want to take a moment  this week and wish Felice a Happy Birthday and thank her for all she has done to impact the homeschool world. This radio network is only the beginning! If you don’t know, Felice Gerwitz is a Christian wife, mother, and educator-turned-homeschool-mom in 1986. She began homeschooling as a trial and never looked back as she homeschooled her five children, who are now all grown and finished with their homeschool journey!  In 1994, Felice founded Media Angels in 1994 and has authored several books over the years.  As a former teacher with a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities and Early Childhood Education, she publishes curriculum with a Biblical Creation focus and many other educational online products that can be found on at Media Angels Membership.  Felice believe the message of Biblical Creation is vital and is convicted that it should be a focus for homeschooled Christian families.

Felice is the host of Vintage Homeschool Moms, the podcast that helps you preserve the best of the past while blessing future generations with the fruit that comes from putting God first. Felice’s topics range from home education, child rearing, enterprising moms , SAHM (Stay at Home Moms), WAHM (Work at Home Moms), and so much more.  Felice also is the host of A Few Minutes with God and Writing and Podcasting Advice on the sister station of this network, the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network.

This week we want to feature Felice’s podcast by sharing with you the top 10 podcasts of all time for Vintage Homeschool Moms. Stay tuned to the end for a special giveaway that you won’t want to miss!

#10 – Let’s Talk About Discipline That Makes Sense And Works with Felice Gerwitz
Podcast #127
What do you do when discipline doesn’t work – or what about discipline methods that are unfair. What about just being your kid’s friend? Yes, there are all kinds of different types of advice about discipline but in this podcast Felice explores discipline that makes sense – and actually works.

#9 – Let’s Talk About the Top 10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Middle to Highschool Student with Felice Gerwitz
So, you think middle schoolers are a handful or what about your highschooler? Are you ready to help them pack to leave home? If you are a homeschool family that isn’t often the case. Yes, homeschooling does not always solve every problem but I believe that homeschooling is the answer for your middle or high school student. As a middle school teacher, I could tell you stories, which I won’t that would convince you! However, it is better to pray, seek God and listen to this podcast as I share some ways to get your kids off to a great start!

#8 – Let’s Talk About Organizing Your Life! Podcast 94
Here we go – let’s tackle the tough topics! What is your family scripture verse? Do you have a life goal? A plan?
“A life without a plan is one that is navigated poorly!” ~ Felice Gerwitz

#7 – Let’s Talk About Homeschool Hacks with Felice Gerwitz
Do you need some shortcuts? Some things that really work in your homeschool? How about while on the road, or with many kids? In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms Felice Gerwitz celebrates the podcast network’s third birthday with some wonderful guests from the network who want to share some exciting tips with you. You’ll learn about ways Melanie Wilson saves time by allowing her children to check their work, and she shares with you the concept of 20%. The Roadschool Moms share their adventurous lifestyle of homeschooling on-the-road, and ways they incorporate group learning and the backpack for on-the-go learning fun.

#6 – Let’s Talk About – Homeschooling After Public School
Transitioning to Homeschool from Public school – Felice gives her best tips to parents who are transitioning their kids from the public school environment to homeschool.  Learn from her experience as an educator and homeschool mom.

#5 –What I Wish I Had Known Before I Began Homeschooling

Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz have years of homeschool experience and in this podcast they share some of the things they wish someone had told them when they started their homeschool journey.  Listen in as they share some much needed information.

#4 – Let’s Talk About Homeschooling 101 Pre-K to Kindergarten
So, you are a homeschooler or you are thinking about homeschooling. Well, welcome to homeschooling 101 – today we are going to delve into the BEST advice for homeschoolers. Don’t get bogged down on the methods such as Charlotte Mason or Classical – Unit Studies, Unschooling or Eclectic. See what fits you and watch our children – and pray – it is amazing what you will learn.

#3 – About….Organize Your Home Before School Begins
Grab your lunch and listen to Meredith and Felice as they discuss getting your home and homeschool year organized before school begins. What you do by way of preparing will go a long way in helping you when the school year begins. Do you know where everything is? If not, now is the time to get it together – join us for helpful hints and tips from two veteran homeschool moms!

#2 – Let’s Talk about Great Ideas to Organize Your HomeSchool
Felice and her daughter Christina discuss scheduling your homeschool year, your curriculum, books as well as how to make changes when curriculum choices don’t work.  Christina (Gerwitz) Moss was homeschooled K-12 and graduated from FGCU with a degree in Communication, and minor in Anthropology. She is married and homeschools her children. She has six children grades 3 and down. She is the co-author of the Truth Seekers Mystery Series.

#1 – Let’s Talk About Living Books Library
Are you interested in collecting living books? Have you wondered how to set up a living books library in your area, or where you can find the nearest one? Michelle Miller is today’s special guest and she shares her years of experience with you. Michelle is a “pioneer” in this area and shares her expertise with you. She has built an extensive library and teaches others how to do this as well.
Information about beginning your own living books library.

These 10 podcasts are only the beginning of the wealth of knowledge shared from a Homeschool Mom who has “been there!”  Find MORE by clicking here to go to the Vintage Homeschool Moms podcast page for all her episodes.

And NOW for the presents!

Let’s give Felice a very Happy Birthday gift by commenting below on this blog post!  Everyone who comments will be entered into a giveaway where one person will be selected to receive the Premium Bundle from Media Angels Membership

ALSO – On June 11th ONLY you can use the code BIRTHDAY60 to get 60% off of the Creation, Premium, or Forever bundle at Media Angels Membership.

For those of you who missed the June 11th deadline, we are extending the discount for the entire week until June 17th – but for 25% off (USE THE CODE BIRTHDAY25)

Felice has worked tirelessly, behind the scenes to bring you this network for free. Join us in making making this a very special birthday.

~Joy Rhodes (Webmaster) and Gina Glenn (Social Media Manager)

Fight Fair

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #065, Fight FairIn “Fight Fair,” Episode #065, Meredith Curtis reveals the truth: Conflict is inevitable, but yelling, screaming, and saying things you regret is not. Meredith will teach you to argue without raising your voices, disagree without becoming enemies, work through conflict to achieve win/win, and forgive one another after the dust has settled. This biblical method found in Matthew 18, Proverbs, and James works! It can work in your household, too.






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Show Notes

Conflict. Every marriage has it. Every set of siblings engages in it. Conflict is a fact of life.
You won’t be able to remove conflict from your home, but you can change how conflict is handled.

Why Do We Experience Conflict in Relationships?

Proverbs 18:1: “An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.”

James 4:1-3: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

We experience conflict because we struggle to resist selfishness and greed in our own hearts. Our agenda becomes more important than others’. We experience conflict because we indulge our flesh, instead of looking to Jesus.

Our only hope to avoid conflict is to surrender to Jesus.

Know When to Drop It

The most important thing to learn is to learn when to drop something before a fight ensues. Pride and anger often cause things to escalate quickly.

Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.”

Proverbs 17:14: “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”

Proverbs 20:3: “It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”

Examine some old conflicts. How did they escalate? What could have been done to stop them from escalating into a quarrel?

Disagree with Kindness & Respect

A disagreement is when two people see things from a different perspective or have different goals.

Sometimes one person is all wrong and the other is all right, but often there is fault on both sides.

Humility keeps things from becoming ugly.

Proverbs 22:10: “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.”

Matthew 18:15: “ If your brother or sister[ sins,[go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

Disagree without becoming enemies. Come with humility, asking questions.

Work Through Conflict Successfully

Keep it between the two of you.

Proverbs 26:17: “Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.”

Don’t involve others through gossip. Only bring in a third person if you two can’t work it out.

If children can’t work it out, that third person should be a sibling.

Win/Win. Let your motive be for the other person’s best, as well as your own.

Philippians 2:1-4: “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Forgive One Another

When conflict is over, forgive and move on. Jesus separates our sin as far as the east from the west.

Don’t get historical.

Matthew 18:21-35 Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Cancel debts.

Resources to Grow in Christ for Everyone

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

Why use digital learning with your homeschool highschoolers?

  • It’s cool!
  • It’s available!

We can use digital resources because these days, in homeschool high school, parents are not teachers as much as they are resource managers. We gather the best resources we can get and make them available to our teens, so that they can learn. We provide:

  • Safety net if they need help
  • Check ins
  • Accountability
  • Usually, grading and credit-assignment

Digital Textbooks (like’s curriculum)

7Sisters provides curriculum in:

All of 7Sisters’ curriculum:

  • Is editable (btw- if you have an old uneditable version of a 7Sisters textbook and would like to update to editable, contact us at for a FREE update)
  • Is readable on tablets or laptops, desktops OR
  • Can be printed out
  • Can be saved on the various devices if you have several teens using it and mom can grade on her device

We also have our very popular, truly interactive courses like 7Sisters’ Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective, that includes google research and online simulations, creating their own budgets and financial planning,

Online classes (we are not affiliates for any of these, btw). Live or recorded. Here are a few:

Need help grading? There are resources like:

  • or hire tutors if you don’t feel competent

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These are awesome courses from universities like MIT, UC Berkeley and more.

Teens don’t usually get course credit, so they should log hours. Some will grade and score if you pay a little. Here are a couple of them the providers:

  • EdX
  • Coursera

Through companies like Audible:

  • Great Courses (Teaching Company) (Be sure to log hours to earn the credit)

Dual Credit online from local college

Be sure your homeschool highschoolers are ready to do college-level work (at a college pace) because their grade stays with them through the rest of their college years.

  • Some courses transfer and some don’t. Ask the college that your teens will be transferring to. Remember: Ask questions!

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a fun chat about digital learning. In the meantime, check out these posts:

Interactive Financial Literacy Course: Why it is Awesome & How to Use it

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 80: Highschool Math for Math-Impaired Moms


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How to Enjoy History

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #062, How to Enjoy HistoryIn “How to Enjoy History” Episode #062, Meredith Curtis reveals secrets to parents and teens that will make history thrilling and fun instead of dull and dreary. She shares how to use your hobbies and interests as a way to delve into the past so that you can connect with history. She also paints a picture for you of God’s Grand Story beginning with Creation. Finally, Meredith shares tips to help you remember people, places, and events.







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Show Notes:

Argh! History!

Or maybe you like history, but you find it hard to keep track of everything in your mind, it’s hard to remember stuff.

Maybe your kids love history and you don’t, but you have to teach them.

Or maybe you love history and you want your teens and kids to love it, too.

History is not just a bunch of dry, boring facts.

History is a Grand Story written by God Himself with a beginning, focal point, and an end.

Creation………the Cross……..Jesus’ Return/New Heaven and New Earth

People who enjoy history, look for the story and the stories.

Like investigative reporters they want to know Who? What? When? Where? Why? And How?

How to Connect to History

Cody hates history, but knows all the football stats from the last 50 years.

Brittany hates history, but loves dressing retro.

Nate hates history, but loves vintage cars.

Mrs. Johnson hates teaching history, but she decorates country-style.

Let me tell you a secret. All four of these people enjoy history—they just don’t know it.

Connections Explained.

What is Your Connection to the Past?

Family Heritage & Stories

Cars, trucks, boats

Sports: football, baseball, basketball, soccer, car racing

Are you a foodie?

Ways to Look at History

Focus on…

  • Fashion
  • Sports, or a Sport
  • Music
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Wars & Battles
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Faith
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
  • Writing
  • Poetry
  • Science

Tips to Remember Historical People, Places, & Events

Maps & Photos


Dates we Memorize:

Circa 4000 BC (general)/Circa 4174 God Creates the World!
Circa 2500 BC (general)/Circa 2538 The Flood
Circa 2100 BC (2166) Abraham—the nation of Israel is born!
Circa 1000 BC King David of Israel
Circa 325 BC Alexander the Great conquers the entire civilized world
Circa 4 BC Jesus is Born in Bethlehem
313 Edict of Milan (Emperor Constantine makes Christianity legal in the Roman Empire)
476 Fall of the Roman Empire
1066 William of Normandy Invades England—Battle of Hastings
1215 King John of England is forced to sign the Magna Charta
1492 Columbus sails for the Indies and finds the New World
1517 Martin Luther nails the “95 Theses” to the Wittenburg Door—Reformation begins
1607 English Settlement at Jamestown
1620 Pilgrims Land at Plymouth
1624 Dutch Settle New York
1628 Massachusetts Bay Colony founded
1776 Declaration of Independence signed, declares freedom from England
1861-1865 War Between the States—Slavery is finally abolished!
1914 World War I begins
1939-1945 World War II
1941 Japan attacks Pearl Harbor—USA enters WWII
1969 Neil Armstrong walks on the moon


Why we chose those dates.

History Labs

Have fun

Memorize Key Dates & Place Other Dates in Reference to Them.

Life Lessons from History Podcasts:

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #059, A Hero for all TimeFinish Well Radio, Episode #48, Life Began in a GardenFinish Well Radio, Podcast #38, Don't Be a NimrodFinish Well Radio, Podcast #42, Because He Loved HerFinish Well Radio, Podcast #050 The Real Kingdom and the CounterfeitFinish Well Radio, Podcast #49, Legend of Atlantis and Bull Leaping






Resources to Learn & Teach History the Fun Way

Ancient History Cookbook by Meredith CurtisAncient History Timeline by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith CurtisLet's Have Our Own Olympic Games

HIS Story of the 20th CenturyHIS Story of the 20th Century High School WorkbookHIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook10 Black Athletes Who Changed the World LapbookFamilies Learning Together: American History Art Appreciation by Meredith CurtisAmerican History Cookbook by Meredith CurtisAmerican History Timeline



















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Date Night On The Cheap

Date Night On The Cheap

Episode 253

Date night on the cheap is something both Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis have experienced. In this episode, Felice and Meredith share ideas that will help you leave the excuses behind. Date night can be fun and cheap!

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Meredith’s Ideas: Date Night On the Cheap

  1. Walks in the park: enjoy time alone at your favorite park. Make it your time and enjoy each other’s company. Cost, nothing!
  2. Surprise picnic lunch with nice plates, napkins, and fizzy drinks. Pack your favorite foods, or something simple. Use your nice silverware, plates and cloth napkins and tablecloths. Dress up and enjoy!
  3. Coffee in a beautiful hotel – Meredith shared that they couldn’t afford a meal in an expensive, yet very beautiful hotel nearby. So, instead, they decided to have coffee and dessert, going at an “off time” when the hotel wasn’t too busy. This is one of their favorite date-time-places on the cheap.
  4. Date night, dancing in the parking lot – crank up the music and enjoy dancing with your spouse under the stars. The ambiance is beautiful and the company perfect!
  5. Reading old love letters: what better way to have a date night on the cheap than by reading old love letters, lots of giggles, laughs, and kisses!

Felice’s Ideas: Date Night On the Cheap

  1. Walk on the beach – one of a favorite date night on the cheap. Gas to go, parking which is inexpensive and a few beach chairs and some drinks in a cooler. Watch the sunset
  2. Dinner, trying small out of the way places
  3. Home with the children making your meal
  4. Weekend deals – set up hotel alerts
  5. Recreating past dates

Books by Meredith:

Ready to Lead?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #056, Ready to Lead?In Ready to Lead? With Meredith Curtis, Episode #056, teens and their parents are challenged to heed God’s call to His people to rise up and lead! The world is crying out to see authentic leaders who lead with love and integrity. How can lead in a way that will earn the respect of others and win the favor of God. You can influence and inspire others no matter how young or old you are.



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Show Notes

Josh is filling out his college application. He is asked to list his leadership positions, as well as any awards, achievements, and honors.

People are Looking for Leaders

Colleges are looking for leaders.

Employers are looking for leaders.

Young people, old people; everyone wants a leader they can trust.

An Unlikely Leader

Tim was a young Christian leader whose Mom was a believer, but father was not. He was sent to a famous Greek city to choose elders for the brand new church there.

He had God’s anointing, but still he struggled with fear.

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. (II Timothy 1:6-8 NASB)

Another Young Leader

Dan was kidnapped from his hometown. He had to start a new life without his parents, temple teachers, or brothers and sisters. He did have some friends who loved God, too.

The place Dan was taken to was horrible, full of sin and idolatry.

Dan refused to compromise. Would this close the door on leadership?

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. (Daniel 1:8 NASB)

To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. (Daniel 1: 17 NASB).

What is a Leader anyway?

A leader influences, challenges, and gives direction to his followers. A leader is someone that people follow.

The world is filled with some good leaders and many bad leaders.

In the world, leaders are up on a pedestal.

God’s Kingdom is an upside-down Kingdom. Leaders serve and lay down their lives just like Jesus did.

Leadership is Stewardship

All authority belongs to God

All responsibility belongs to God

He delegates responsibility to people and gives them enough authority to get the job done.

What authority isn’t for …

What authority is for …

What Does a Leader Do?

Leaders teach, instruct, and give advice.

Leaders get a job, task, or project done with a team of people.

Leaders care for people and help them through difficult times.

Leaders inspire and motivate people to do their best, to work hard, to stay loyal.

Leaders set an example for others to follow.

God’s Qualifications for Leadership

God has a plan to build His Kingdom, His Church, spread His glory as the waters cover the sea. There needs to be leaders to mobilize and lead the people.

God’s Qualifications for Men

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him (I Timothy 3:2-4 NASB).

God’s Qualifications for Women

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. (Titus 2:3-5 NASB)

Can Anyone Meet those Qualifications?

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! (Galatians 2:20-21).

How Can you Lead Right Now?

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)

Faithful in Little; Faithful in Much.

Look for opportunities to serve, to lead in your home, church, job, and community.


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God bless you.