Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 2

“If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure, and speaking your own word, then you will take delight in the Lord…” (Isaiah 58:13-14a, NASB). Did you make your master list yesterday, and did you […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 1

“…Call the Sabbath a delight…” (Isaiah 58:13) When our children were little, our Sunday mornings were not a delight, at least not until the Holy Spirit convicted us of our need to change. And as the household has grown smaller while everyone is growing up and leaving, I am noticing that we’ve gotten a bit careless and are leaving  more to do on Sunday mornings again. Time to rethink things! […]

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Our Confidence

If you read my post last week about the writing trip the girls and I took, you might remember me mentioning a speech that Susannah was writing for her graduation. She finished writing it, and did an excellent job of giving it last Saturday. We were all so proud of her. God honored her willingness to give this speech, and she saw once again the truth of Philippians 4:13, “I […]

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Dealing with Quarrels

“He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat” (Proverbs 28:25). Read this verse to your children and you may get some snickers! Who wants to be made fat? The answer to that question: a person who is hungry. The man who puts his confidence in God won’t be hungry anymore. He will be satisfied. Other translations of this […]

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Parents Graduate from Homeschooling!

My little sister is graduating tomorrow, and I am proud of her. Graduation doesn’t mean “she’s done learning, and now she can get on with real life.” She will keep learning and growing, just like the rest of us. Nevertheless, “high school” graduation has been an important milestone for me and my siblings as we move from one season of life to the next. Susannah will celebrate a 12 year […]

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Always Challenging Us

“…when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10b). Last week my two youngest daughters, Bethany and Susannah, went off with me to spend three working days at the beach. Our purpose was to focus on some writing projects. My goal was to write as many blog posts as I could. Bethany was wrestling through a revision of the book she is writing for young ladies, and Susannah […]

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What Do You See in the Mirror?

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22, ESV) Many children know the song, “The Wise Man Built His House upon the Rock.” I certainly remember enjoying the motions when we sang it – especially when it was time for the foolish man’s house to go SMASH! Jesus said that those who hear His words and do them are like a wise man who […]

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A Shopping Adventure

When our children were really little, we didn’t have a car that I could keep running reliably enough to take the kids out shopping. Shopping night was a family affair. Because we weren’t always sure if the van would start again when we turned it off, John often drove around the store parking lot with all the kids while I zoomed through the store. By the time we had a […]

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Guess the Proverb!

“…To give prudence to the simple, knowledge and  discretion to the youth…” (Proverbs 1:4, ESV) The book of Proverbs is a wealth of wisdom for young and old! Saturate your children in the wisdom of Proverbs, and, as the Holy Spirit works in their hearts, they will become more discerning and better equipped to live and work in the world God made. Try this little exercise to get your children […]

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A Mother’s Day Tribute

My mother’s life was a life of quiet service. She was a contented and diligent homemaker, a devoted and patient mother, a loyal and hard-working daughter, a proud and boasting Grandma, and a quiet lady who knew how to listen well. My memories as a young girl include vivid pictures of going along with Mom as she ministered to her parents and to the elderly in our congregation. She helped […]

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