Hope for the Mom of a Wayward Child

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #135, Hope for the Mom of a Wayward Child, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Hope for the Mom of a Wayward Child

In “Hope for the Mom of a Wayward Child,” Episode, #135, Meredith Curtis brings encouragement for moms who are desperately praying for their child to come back to Christ. She shares stories from church history and Scripture of mothers who have been in that situation and how they played a role in their child’s return to God. Pointing us to the One who loves our children more than we do, Meredith shows how God’s grace leaves the 99 to seek and save those who wander away, as well as the role that strategic prayer plays.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The shocking conversation after my talk at a homeschool support group meeting.

A Mother’s Heart & Plans

Train a child in the way they should go….These words have I hidden in my heart….the fear and instruction of the Lord….Good News!

Organic baby food…family devotions….ministry at church….prayer & fasting….loving God together….Bible stories….Sunday school

Hijacked!

Questions or Sin or Heartache or Rebellion or Addition or Depression leading to turning their back on Jesus and His Word.

A generation gone astray.

Is faith gone? Will they get out of the pit they have fallen into? Will they stop believing lies?

Monica

Algeria 300s. Unfaithful husband with violent temper.

Her daughter was a devoted Christian, but Augustine. Wayward, drunken, false religion (Persian & later Plato philosophy), sexual immorality, living with a woman for 15 years.

“The child of these tears shall never perish.”

Ambrose in Milan

17 years of prayer & fasting while wholeheartedly serving God

Jochobed

Tribe of Levi. “Glory of God”

3 Children: Moses leader of Israel, Aaron first high priest, Mariam worship leader/songwriter

Multiply. Slavery. Midwives. Throw baby boys into the Nile.

Exodus 2:2-4: “And the woman conceived and gave birth to a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got him a papyrus basket and covered it with tar and pitch. Then she put the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. And his sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.”

Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”

Wisdom. Courage. Trust.

Instead of throwing him into the Nile to his death, she placed him in the Nile within a protective basket.

Think of all the ways her plan can go wrong.

Jochebed is paid by the princess to nurse her baby. When he is weaned, she brings him to the princess.

Murderer. Fugitive. Pharoah wants to kill him. Escapes to Midian.

80 years/probably after her death

Annie

6 children. Slowly over decades 4 come to Christ.

Unwavering faith/prayer while wholeheartedly serving God until death.

Prayer & Fasting in Faith

Always pray and never give up! Stand in faith that the God who called you to the task of raising children for Him will pour out grace and mercy to rescue your child even if you do not live to see Him do it.

Fasting.

How to pray.

Continue to serve Jesus wholeheartedly.

Luke 18:1

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Resources

Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis Lovely to Behold A Wise Woman Builds by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis

 

How-to-Homeschool Books if you want to learn more about homeschooling or plan to homeschool 😊

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis

 

These are just a few of our many resources that work well for all ages together!

Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

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6 Ingredients of Great Curriculum

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #134, 6 Ingredients of Great Curriculum, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

6 Ingredients of Great Curriculum

In “6 Ingredients of a Great Curriculum,” Episode, #134, Meredith Curtis can help you if you feel overwhelmed by curriculum choices. There is so much out there! Meredith shares how she chooses curriculum for her family by using a simple checklist of 6 things. She gives practical wisdom on what to look for in homeschool resources including worldview, flexibility, content, usability, cost value, and the fun factor.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The thrill of a used book sale each May.

Worldview

Curriculum should match worldviews.

As a Christian, I have a biblically based worldview. I believe the Bible is true and applies to all areas of life. I want to show my children how God’s Word relates to every subject we study.

For more information on worldview, listen to my podcast: What is Your Worldview? that explains 6 different worldviews popular in our world today.

When Worldviews Collide is another podcast that helps parents and teens recognize worldviews that contrast with Christianity.

Content

Learn with depth. (Table of Contents for breadth; Read a chapter for depth)

I get excited when a history textbook goes deeper.

Examples:

  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Foreign Language

Make lists of what looking for.

If I can’t find everything in one curriculum, I will often combine two separate ones.

Wholesomeness. Purity. Accuracy.

Usability

Different for every person. Some like detailed lesson plans.

Is it clear enough for you how to use it for maximum potential?

Does it seem workable or does the preparation overwhelm you?

Flexibility

Can it be used for the whole family or just one person?

Can it be used at home or in a homeschool co-op?

Can you rearrange the schedule? Stretch it out? Shorten it?

Is it adaptable?

Cost Value

Doesn’t mean that I get the cheapest thing out there. That can end up costing me more in the long run.

Cost value to me means that it is worth the price I will pay for it. That is personal and different for each person.

  • Am I getting what I pay for?
  • If this is core curricula, is it worth the price?
  • If this is supplemental (like timeline, cookbook, literature, map), do I really need it? And is it worth the price?

I love to go to homeschool conventions where I can actually hold and look through curriculum and living books.

The Fun Factor

The fun factor matters to our family.

If our chosen curriculum doesn’t have it, we add those things in ourselves—I usually add ideas next to the Table of Contents or lesson plans.

In our home, things that we consider “Fun Factor” are:

  • Cooking/Baking
  • Timelines
  • Movies/TV Shows
  • Games
  • Hands-On Activities
  • Creating Skits, Radio Dramas, Commercials
  • Mapping
  • Living Books
  • Historical Fiction
  • Geographical Fiction
  • Writing Poems
  • Music
  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Dioramas
  • Posters/Brochures/Booklets
  • Lapbooking
  • Blogging about It
  • Dressing Up
  • Travel
  • Field Trips
  • Writing a Story
  • Games
  • Sports
  • History Parties

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Resources

How-to-Homeschool Books if you want to learn more about homeschooling or plan to homeschool 😊

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis

 

The following books give detailed instructions so you can have your own History Parties.

Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Luau by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Medieval Banquet by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Olympic Games

 

These are just a few of our many resources that work well for all ages together!

Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

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Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What Is Your Worldview? Finish Well Radio, Podcast #071, When Worldviews Collide Finish Well Radio, Podcast #069, The Kitchen Explosion 1001 Homeschool Days at the Beach | Yes you can actually spend 1001 Homeschool Days at the Beach and learn so much more than in a book! Join us to find out more. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #beach

17 Ways Churches Can Support Homeschooling

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #133, 17 Ways Churches Can Support Homeschooling, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

17 Ways Churches Can Support Homeschooling

In “17 Ways Churches Can Support Homeschooling,” Episode, #133, Meredith Curtis speaks to church members, leaders, and pastors, giving creative ways churches can minister to the ever-growing number of homeschooling families. She gives practical wisdom on what to look into in regards to doctrinal, legal, and moral issues that may arise. If you want to reach out to the homeschooling community, listening to this podcast is essential. Share it with your pastors, elders, and church leaders!

 


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Show Notes

2 fish and 5 loaves, 17 acres, and a love of learning.

Why Reach Out to Homeschooling Families

Rapidly growing

Many people forced to homeschool with lockdowns

You probably have homeschooling families in  your congregation

There is a rapidly-growing segment of secular homeschoolers—a mission field!

What are Homeschooling Families LIke

Unique, different philosophies, methods, styles

Age integration (separate by interest/abilities not age/grade)

Some families want kids to stay in service

Christian homeschoolers—Bible applies to all of life—Christian Worldview

Creation Science

Understand difference between support groups, umbrella school, co-op

Things to Consider

Promote Christian values or not?

Statement of Faith?

What activities/behavior will you allow or not allow?

Insurance liability?

I like 3 weeks on/1 week off

Special Senior Year Events

Rent Weekly to a Homeschool Co-op

Rent to a Homeschool Co-op for Special Events

Rent to a Homeschool Co-op for Play Days

Start a Church Ministry: Homeschool Co-op

Host a Weekly or Monthly Sports Day

Host a Weekly or Monthly Mom’s Morning Out

Host a Weekly or Monthly Homeschool Get-Together

Host a Monthly Homeschool Speaker or Video

Provide Babysitting for Ladies Bibles Studies

  • Littles
  • Study Hall
  • Game Room for Older Kids

Provide Internships for Homeschool Teens

  • Office Work
  • Missions Projects
  • Sound Team/Tech/Powerpoint
  • Website
  • Visitattion
  • Worship Team
  • Sunday School
  • Grounds/Building Maintenance & Repair

Provide Educational Workshops & Seminars

Provide a Lending Library

  • Classic Literature
  • Living Books
  • Biographies (especially of Christian heroes!)
  • Homeschool Curriculum
  • Wholesome Family Movies
  • Dvd series

Host a Homeschool Graduation Ceremony

Let Retirees Servce as Teachers in Co-op

Let Retirees Servce Giving Lessons

  • Instrument
  • Singing
  • Choir
  • Marksmanship
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Knitting/Crochet
  • Quilting
  • Car Maintenance

Let Retirees Servce as Tutors

Host a History Party

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Resources

How-to-Homeschool Books if you want to learn more about homeschooling or plan to homeschool 😊

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis

 

The following books give detailed instructions so you can have your own History Parties.

Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Luau by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Medieval Banquet by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Olympic Games

 

These are just a few of our many resources that work well for all ages together!

Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

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Worship: What's the Point, Podcast #012 on Finish Well Radio with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network Finish Well Podcast #015 with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network Finish Well Radio, Podcast #021, Tell Me About Heaven! with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Resurrection Power, Podcast #031 on Finish Well Radio with Meredith Curtis at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

How to Apply Sunday’s Sermon to the Rest of Your Week

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #092, How to Apply Sunday’s Sermon to the Rest of Your Week, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

How to Apply Sunday’s Sermon to the Rest of Your Week

In “How to Apply Sunday’s Sermon to the Rest of Your Week,” episode #092, Meredith Curtis helps you get out of the rut of listening to a great sermon Sunday and forgetting all about it for the rest of the week. Meredith gives you tips to listen for the biblical principles, take action steps, and set yourself up for success. She also tackles what to do when you are listening to a boring sermon or Bible study. Did you know you can still get something out of it? Meredith will share how that’s possible. Best of all, Meredith explains how sermons, Bible studies, and even words of encouragement from Christian friends all work together to impart life into your heart and spirit. Be encouraged all week long!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Typical week.

Discouragement: will I ever change? Why can’t I remember? What do I feel so discouraged? Why aren’t I growing in the Lord?

Renew Your Mind about the Sunday Sermon

God is speaking right to you.

God is also speaking to the entire church.

God is faithful and His Word is effective!

How to judge a sermon.

How to listen to a sermon.

Knowledge is NOT a goal, it’s a means to an end.

How to take truth and put it in place for the week ahead.

Tools for Listening

Get comfortable.

Stay alert

Ask God to show you WHERE you should be applying the teaching

Take Notes/draw picture/draw diagrams/draw charts.

Amen the pastor.

Think Big Picture (E.G. Pastor talking to Singles about season of Singleness and you are married)

Set Yourself Up for Success

Reread passages & notes in QT next day

Prayerfully consider opportunities to apply

Ask for opportunities to obey

Talk to others about sermon and how God spoke to them.

NEVER evaluate speaker unless contradicted Scripture; then talk to him privately. Unkind! Only evaluate your response.

Take Notes

Think Big Picture (E.G. Pastor talking to Singles about season of Singleness and you are married)

How We Overcome

Blood of Jesus

Our Testimony

Weapons: Scripture

Teachings/ Words of Encouragement

Impart LIFE

Bring your umbrella and your oil container

Ignore jars of clay—get to the LIFE inside!

Resources

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #053, DG: The Secret to Success get shape Spiritually new year Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #085, Don't Waste Your Life with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network
Making of Real Men Real Men 101: Godly Manhood Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family Real Men 103: Leadership

Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #52, Here Have All the Heroes Gone?Where Have All the Heroes Gone? with Meredith Curtis, podcast #052 looks at the fascination with Super-Heroes in today’s culture, how they’ve changed, and why we love Heroes. Meredith discusses Christian heroes, how they can impact our personal lives, and how they can inspire us to greatness. As a special bonus, six Super-Heroes drop in to tell their story. You will meet Pope Gregory, Lady Jane Grey, Lottie Moon, Brother Andrew, Elisabeth Eliot, and Nicky Cruz. We will end with instructions to host your own Heroes for Jesus Party.

 

 

 

 

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High School Curriculum by Powerline ProductionsGod's Girls Books by Powerline Productions, Inc. Real Men Books by Powerline Productions, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Notes

There are so many super-hero movies out now. I have to stop and wonder what makes them so popular.

There are so many familiar heroes from my childhood, but boy; have they changed.

Different in values, morals, humility, respect for authority.

Relating to broken heroes and why we need heroes.

We are broken, but fixed by the One True Super-Hero.

Who are Christian heroes from the past?

How can they impact us?

How can they inspire us to greatness?

Let the Heroes Speak: Pope Gregory, Lady Jane Grey, Lottie Moon, Brother Andrew, Elisabeth Eliot, and Nicky Cruz.

One way that we learn about heroes is by having a Heroes for Jesus Party.

How to have a Heroes for Jesus Party: monologues, costumes, and games/activities.

Resources:

Celebrate Our Christian Heroes by Meredith CurtisCelebrate Our Christian Heroes explains how and why to celebrate Christian heroes, as well as discussing reasons the author’s family stopped celebrating Halloween. Step-by-step instructions are given for planning and hosting your own Heroes For Jesus Party with monologues, costume ideas, and game/activity ideas for over 40 Christian Super-Heroes. A special bonus resource is the instructions and template to make your own Paul’s Journey to Rome Board Game! Enjoy!

 

Another resource is The Forgotten Podcast, a collection of hero stories that will inspire you!

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.”

FW Radio – Real or Not Real?

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FW Radio – Resurrection Power

fw_031_resurrectionpower_smJesus rose from the dead almost 2,000 years ago! What will this explosive power, the same power that raised Christ from the dead do for us after we die? And what about right now? Can Resurrection Power make a difference in your life today? Yes, it can! How does it work? Why is it dangerous? How can you tap into this power source?

FW Radio – Stay Close to Jesus is College

fw_030_closecollege_smThe college years are exciting, frightening, and filled with change. It can be difficult to stay close to the Lord when professors, faculty, and fellow students are filling your head with doubts about your faith. Listen in this month as Meredith Curtis shares with you the secrets of staying close to the Lord. You can do it too!

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fw_029_CloseHS_smStaying close to Jesus while you’re in high school is important. It’s not a difficult thing to do if you know how. Listen in this month as Meredith Curtis tells you how she got saved in high school and grew close to the Lord while attending public school in South Florida. She’ll share with you the secrets of staying close to the Lord. You can do it too!