Truth Your Family Needs to Hold On To in 2023

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #177, Truth Your Family Needs to Hold On To in 2023, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Truth Your Family Needs to Hold On To in 2023

In “Truth Your Family Needs to Know in 2023,” Episode, #177, Meredith Curtis combats the most popular lies of the age with Truth from God’s Word. In a world of lies, we need to teach what is TRUE, not tickle people’s itching ears. Now more than ever, we need to take a stand for biblical reality especially in our hearts and homes.

 


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Show Notes

Have you heard what is being said on social media, in movies, on TV, by politicians, by influencers, and in some churches?

Is Hard Work Dangerous?

“We weren’t made to work hard” story

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23 NIV)

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord [x]rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality” (Colossians 3:23-25)

Biblical work week

Follow Your Heart?

Every secular movie and some Christian ones

The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 NASB1995)

How Many Sexes?

Man or woman or something else? Can you define a man or a woman?

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1: 26-28 NIV)

What is God’s View of Sex?

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4 NIV)

Is there a Right & Wrong?

Is something right for you but not for me?

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12)

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16)

Is the Battle Between Brown & White?

We talk so much about race in a way that divides. Is that what the Bible teaches?

We are all descendants of Adam and Noah. One race the human race; yet many nations.

Is Western Culture Worth Saving?

Western culture is a combination of Jewish, Christian & Pagan.

Every tribe and tongue around the throne. (Revelation 7:9)

Does God Even Care about Sin?

The sin of every man, woman, and child will be punished.

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles“ (Romans 1:18-23)

Our sin will be punished in hell or on the cross where Jesus died.

Gospel:

If we are truly born again – we will live a holy life tho we will sometimes sin (see I John 1)

How Can I Swim Against the Evil Tide of Our Culture?

Abide / Surrender (John 15)

Hide the Word (Psalm 119:8-11)

Worship & Prayer (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication-ACTS)

Live a holy life (I Thessalonians 4)

Share the Gospel!!!!!!!!!

Speak Out!

Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what He has done? (Proverbs 24:11-12)

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Be Still: Creating a Home Mindset

Episode #170 of Roadschool Moms Radio explores the challenges and benefits of creating a home mindset. This is the second episode of the three-part series for the RSM focus on two words:  Be Still. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida. She highlights a recent roadschool trip her family took to find the first pool in Florida.  Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from west-central Indiana. The pair recap the last show and chat about the ways their roadschoolers were encouraged over the past week to #bebored. Hit the replay to hear more about this revelation that will unsabatoge your homeschool and your life.

Creating a Home Mindset

The easiest way to create a home mindset is to make home a priority no matter what your location. Traditions are built on values and experiences. Family and home are wherever you are with each other; therefore, it is easy to adjust your home mindset wherever in the world you are.  Create a home base so that your children have a sense of security and a safe place to form their identity. At home, kiddos will learn life skills and build layers for the foundation that will sustain their life for the years to come.

Holly remembers a time when her boys were younger and being on the go was part of their daily routine. She correlates this time that led to disciplinary issues and exhaustion in her household. Although it was an unpopular decision with some friends and family, she made the decision to step back. Less daily activity and earlier nighttime routines made for a home mindset.

Mary Beth reminds listeners to let the seasons of your life help mold your family and not define them. Build a structure to your day that matches your family values and goals. Setting priorities and investing time wisely throughout the day is crucial to creating a home mindset wherever in the world you are.

Home is Not a Pit Stop

Holly reveals that Morning Time is her favorite time of the homeschool day; even though it doesn’t mean that everyone sits quietly. Instead, her boys are usually whittling a stick or sorting fishing lures while listening to lessons.  She strives daily to make home their center.

The Road Trip Teacher crew is also a big fan of Morning Time. Mary Beth talks about other favorite routines that create the structure in their roadschool week:

These veteran homeschool mamas point out that as your family matures, so does your family foundation. Layers are woven together by blood, sweat, and tears. They are strengthened by good times and bad experiences. A good rule to remember is that together is better.

The final thought from this week’s Roadschool Moms team is to make the home your center, not just a pit stop in the day. Holly advises striving for the home mindset to keep peace and calm in every day. Taking a step back to discuss the real issues at hand leads to better communication and less anxiety for all. 

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.                               I Thessalonians 4:11

A free copywork printable of this verse is available from the Road Trip Teacher for teaching scripture memorization through handwriting. For more encouragement to be still, listen to the next episode of this series that shines a light on Being Enough.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 170 podcast replays. Subscribe to us on iTunes, rate the show and leave a review. Not sure how to do that? Check out our video on the 3 easy steps.  Android users can use the Stitcher.com app to listen.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


 


Be Still or Be Busy?

The Roadschool Moms examine how the pressure to be busy disrupts everyday life in Episode#169. This is the first episode of a three-part series for the RSM focus on two words:  Be Still. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from west central Indiana. The OTR duo are on a mission to bust up the busyness factor to Roadschool Moms everywhere. Hit the replay to hear more about this revelation that will unsabatoge your homeschool and your life.

Be Still

This broadcast begins with encouragement to set priorities in your household including but not limited to homeschool and extracurricular activities. Mary Beth reminds listeners to set goals and define what is truly important to your family. A past episode of RSM radio about comparison also reminds that what is right for one family isn’t necessarily the answer for another. Holly expands on this thought with reflection of a past weekly schedule in their house. She remembers a time when the priority in her house was theraphy sessions, co-op responsibilities, and scheduled field trips. It sounds harmless enough doesn’t it? Tune in to find out how this time period from The Giles Frontier turns into disciplinary issues and exhausted kids.

Mary Beth challenges Roadschool Moms everywhere to unplug themselves from the daily chaos that life can sometimes bring! When you have a few minutes, don’t turn to a screen to occupy your mind. Be bored! Holly points out that being busy affects time spent with your family members. Being fully intentional with our family is impossible if we have a phone in one hand and a schedule of busy in the other.

The Busyness Myth

Busy means productive. NOT! The real truth over the busyness myth goes back to a simple idea. Quality vs. Quantity. Successful homeschool moms agree that one productive, intentional homeschool day out performs three unproductive, forced days on a hamster wheel.

Afraid your kids are missing something? So what. These roadschool mamas have an “all for one and one for all attitude.” MB and Holly agree that supporting each other as a family is a good priority to set for family values. Set priorities and BE accomplished.

How do you begin to unravel being busy? What will kids do with free time? Be still and let them discover interests and talents on their own. Tackle business and find white space in your week. MB says don’t over complicate life. Find what gives you peace to find the priority in your life. Does the extras in your schedule enhance the foundation that is important to your family?

Find a way to closely examine in the layers of your life. Holly challenges listeners to peel back these layers and find a way to free up an entire day of your household schedule this week. What can you take away to find space and time and be still with your family:  What you will discover is your family rhythm for finding perfect peace.

The final thought from this week’s Roadschool Moms team is the challenge to be bored. Want to follow how Mary Beth & Holly accept this friendly compeition? Visit them on Facebook and search #bebored.  

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!  Psalm 37:7

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 165 podcast replays. Subscribe, rate and review us on iTunes in three easy steps.  Android users can listen to us on the Stitcher.com app.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


 


The Comparison Trap

The Roadschool Moms uncover the comparison myth in Episode#167. This second episode of the team’s three-part Mythbusters series reveals how comparing your homeschool to others can be a significant detriment to all. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, the creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from west-central Indiana. The OTR duo is on a mission to bust up the comparison myth to Roadschool Moms everywhere. Hit the replay to hear more about this revelation that will unsabatoge your homeschool and your life.

Fact:  Apples to Apples

Comparing apples to apples in your everyday life may seem innocent. But the harsh reality is that comparison is a sin. Why? Because it leads to envy. These veteran homeschooling moms point out early in the broadcast that if you are jealous of the mama next door whose kiddos are playing the violin while reading a Shakespeare classic then you probably don’t have a lot of love in your heart.

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.  Proverbs 14:30

Myth

The RSM challenge from this episode is to Dare NOT to Compare! MB encourages roadschool moms everywhere to lay aside the weight of comparison, especially prideful comparison. She reminds us it is a burden that you may not even realize you are carrying around. It can be a heavy one! Imagine a journey filled with confidence and satisfaction instead of a road that leads to feelings of deficiency and underachievement. The differences you find in your kiddos from others is the dynamics that will drive them to excellence!

 

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 165 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12