It’s the Little Things

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Joy in Simplicity

I miss the little things

How about a little reality? While I certainly aspire to greater things, it’s often a one-step-forward, five-steps-back type of accomplishment. There is no straight line in life. And I am a detail girl. I like to really hone in on details. I see joy in the simplicity of hot coffee and a beautiful blue sky.

But over time I lost focus of the little things and found myself constantly frustrated because I couldn’t live up to my own expectations. And it’s not that I want to drop high expectations, because I think that’s truly where growth takes place in some respects.

But I want to focus more on the journey rather than always worrying about how to make it perfect. I want to remember to look closely at what is going on right in front of me, not worry that I’m missing out on something somewhere else (like social media…ahem). Social media is fun, yes! But too much of it can just leave you feeling empty. I think often I used it for escape or merely out of habit; browsing aimlessly and wasting time.

Homeschool days

As of late, my days have been filled with homeschooling and evaluating our learning environment with two new additions to our family. I’ve discovered that it will be best by splitting into two different curriculums this year to best meet the needs of my children. Talk about a detour! But that’s real life. It may not be what I pictured, but it is still beautiful and will be better than what I originally imagined, for everyone.

Today, we had quite a full day of lessons, and we’re not quite in the full swing of homeschooling yet. I continue to ease in new subjects and activities each week. We are in our fourth week and I believe the biggest wrinkles have been smoothed out. I am using Tapestry of Grace: Year 2 and My Father’s World: Exploring Countries and Cultures.

The burden of blogging

In addition, not blogging these past couple of weeks AND not worrying that I haven’t blogged has been so freeing for me. I have been able to fully focus on the needs at home. I’m able to see more details throughout the day and tend to my home and my children on a deeper level. Not blogging for a few days used to really bother me, but it doesn’t anymore because nothing I write here matters much if I am not fully engaged at home. And truthfully, it has been so much more rewarding to be able to focus again on the little things; the smaller details that bring me and my family joy.

Such as asking my children what they would like to drink with their lunch rather than telling them they can help themselves. While they are quite capable of getting their own drinks (mostly), it was so much more rewarding for me to be able to anticipate their need and serve them rather than run to the computer to meet it’s “demands”.

Back to writing

I also miss journaling, which by the way, is what this post really is: a journal entry. I am simply laying down some of my thoughts in written form. I am not thinking about SEO, or key words, or even post format and headings. I am just writing what’s on my mind. I guess you could call it a Coffee Break, but you may see them as more the norm around here. And you might receive my posts closer to evening hours because I find that’s the best time for me to write.

And writing like this? So freely, even if it is imperfect? Priceless.

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Homemaking from Scratch {Online} Conference!

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I am sooo excited to share something that has been going on behind the scenes for weeks.

Jami of Young Wife’s Guide and Jolene of The Alabaster Jar having been busy building the site and putting speakers in place.

I will be speaking on Biblical Motherhood and would LOVE for you to join us that weekend!

Homemaking From Scratch Conference 2014
 

Tickets go on sale September 29th, but you can go and sign up to receive an email once the tickets go on sale so you can get yours.

If you purchase your ticket before the conference begins on October 7th, you will receive over $200 in homemaking resources FREE!

The conference is PRE-RECORDED so you can watch at your convenience, pause it, walk away, or finish it the following day.

Also, all attendees will have access to a private Facebook group where you’ll have access to the speakers during the weekend of the Conference–this will be the weekend we release sessions and you the opportunity to watch along with other participating moms and homemakers! So if you have questions, you can ask the speaker right then and there!

Stay tuned for more details…in the mean time, be sure to sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale! I am so excited to invite you into this wonderful opportunity!

Chicken Pot Pie {Recipe}

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Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Fall is my favorite season and I love pulling out all my Fall comfort foods!

I’m going to share a chicken pot pie recipe that was passed down to me from a friend, who had it passed down to her. :) I will warn you, though: if you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, this is not it. If you’re looking for a healthy, low fat meal; this is not it.

But, this is by far the best meal I’ve ever eaten and it’s worth every bit of effort and calorie. :D

We’re going to start with the filling. So gather your ingredients.

 

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{You can find the recipe at the bottom of this post in it’s entirety}

Measure out the water for the chicken bouillon and get that boiling on the stove. Put a potato in the microwave and begin browning your chicken. I use chicken breast. You can use whatever you want. Even leftovers!
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{My 9-year old daughter helping me} :)

Cut the vegetables: carrots, celery, onions
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Add butter to a large frying pan and add cut up vegetables. Cook until onions are transparent and carrots are firm {but not hard}
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Add your bouillon, milk, and flour. Let simmer on low until thick and bubbly.
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Add your baked potato, peas, and cooked, cut up chicken here. Then, add poultry seasoning, salt & pepper, to taste.
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Now, you can set that aside. Either leave it on the stove while you make the crust or put it in the refridgerator until later. {I make my filling in the morning or early afternoon, when it’s less hectic}.
Next, we’re going to start the dough.

Mix together your flour and salt. You can do this by hand, with a mixer, or in your bread machine on dough setting. If you do it in your bread machine, you’ll want to add all the ingredients at once, following the instructions for the pasta/dough setting. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer. I mixed on the first setting.
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Cut your butter into pieces and add them to the mixer.

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Next, add your water 1 tablespoon at a time.

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Allow it to mix until it comes together in dough form.

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Divide your dough into two balls.

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Roll it out.

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Fit your dough into your pie pan. This is not the time for perfection. Just make it work. Trim the edges and tuck the excess under the dough resting on the edge of the pie pan.

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Add the filling. (I always double the recipe, that’s why you see two pies. The recipe below is for one pie).

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Cover with the other pie crust. Trim the edges and fold under the remainder of the dough to rest on top of the edge of the pie pan. Cut slits in the pie crust to allow for venting. Notice my lack of perfection. It will still taste the same. I promise.

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Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes and you have…

Chicken Pot Pie

…need I say more?

Recipe:

Chicken Pot Pie
Makes 1 Pie

Filling

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 T butter
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 2 c. chicken bouillon
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 baked potato, diced
  • 2 c. diced chicken
  • 1/3 c. frozen peas (thaw)
  • Poultry seasoning, salt & pepper to taste
  1. Saute’ the carrots, celery, and onions in butter, until onions are transparent and carrots are firm, but not hard
  2. To make rue: slowly add the bouillon, milk, and flour.
  3. Heat on medium until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly
  4. Add peas, potato, and chicken. Mix well.
  5. Add filling to pie pan lined with pie crust dough

Pie Crust & Completion
Makes two crusts. One for bottom layer, one for covering top.

  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 1/2 c. butter {cold}
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Mix together flour and salt
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (if doing by hand) or cut butter into pieces and add to mixer
  3. Add water one tablespoon at a time. Knead or continue mixing.
  4. Roll dough on floured surface
  5. Line pan
  6. Add filling
  7. Cover with second pie crust dough
  8. Trim and tuck edges. Cut slits into the top
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes

I highly recommend doubling this recipe any time you make it. Since it is not a “quick” meal in any sense of the word, having a second pie to freeze will be a great when you’re in a pinch one day. Or it allows you to enjoy it a second time without all the work!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

 

Expect the Unexpected {Coffee Break}

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A Broken Wrist & 6 Weeks Out of Work

A couple weeks ago threw some unexpected trials our way. After being home with our girls and settling in, it’s not surprising that life decided to pick back up again and keep us busy and learning to rely on God.

A couple Sunday’s ago my husband was running with our dogs (picture a 6-year old greyhound and a 1 year old great dane). Our great dane decided to cut in front of my husband while running and there was no time for him to catch himself before falling over her and landing {wrong} on his wrist. He broke his wrist and it put him out of work for 6 weeks. But God has been so faithful to provide for us. We are two weeks down and have four to go.

Honestly? I see this as a gift to our family to be able to have my husband home to be with his family for six weeks following a major life change in our family and in the life of our adopted girls, who are no doubt feeling apprehensions of their own.

Power Outage

Then, Tuesday evening we had a severe thunderstorm that took out our power for 24 hours. I know, not really a major crisis, but we had to spend money we didn’t expect to spend and I lost time on working on my Moms in the Word post. You know, sometimes in blogging you just have to admit you can’t always do what you plan to do.

I was excited, too, to write about bridling the tongue. I don’t know about you, but I know I struggle with that — more than I’d like to admit.

What’s so exciting about talking about bridling the tongue? Revelation. Admitting it and talking about it is a great start to stopping the issue. I don’t know about you, but reading and applying God’s word actually excites me. The Holy Spirit has put a desire in every Christ follower to walk in His truth and that’s what I desire.  Only God working through me can accomplish His good work. Nothing in my own strength will produce fruit. That much I know well.

 Labor Day Weekend

I was hoping to get all my homeschool lesson planning and organizing done before Labor Day weekend, but it just didn’t happen. So, I had family in over the weekend and come Monday evening, I was scraping together our plans for lessons on Tuesday. I decided to be satisfied with a half day of lessons and it seemed to work well that way.

Quite honestly, my blogging is being pushed lower and lower on the priority list as my family has grown over the years. There just isn’t time for everything and in this season of homeschooling seven children, ages 12 and under, there isn’t much left at the end of the day for anything extra.

This is the second week in a row I have missed putting up the Moms in the Word link up and while my goal for the Moms in the Word community is to be in the Word, it’s not necessarily to blog about it. I find that Instagram is the best place to connect the Moms in the Word community, so I want to encourage you to find us there by looking up the #MomsInTheWord hashtag.

At The End of The Day…

At the end of the day, I’m exhausted and I do not have a sense of completion that brings me rest. Not because I feel unfulfilled, but because there is always something left undone; always something I need to “catch up” on, and as my family has grown, so has the “incomplete list of things to do”. And quite honestly, it’s becoming rather overwhelming.  I’m talking just everyday life: laundry, cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, bathing kids, caring for dogs, and some work I do from home on my lap top (1-2 hours a day).

As I finish up this post, Wednesday is Margaret’s 11th birthday and she has requested Homemade Chicken Pot Pie for her birthday dinner. This is about a two hour ordeal in the kitchen — one I wasn’t planning on until I asked her at dinner Tuesday night what she would like. And I totally know it will be worth the effort, of course. But such is life, something’s gotta give and a regular blogging schedule looks to be the case.

It may be best to find me on social media during this season, where I can share shorter bursts of motherhood quotes and wisdom: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Google+. I don’t show up to each one everyday, but I do show up to at least one each day. ;)

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What’s So Great About eBook Bundles?

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I know people see promos flying around for different eBook bundle sales. I usually promote 2 to 3 per year that I find extremely awesome and useful for myself. (And I only promote the best). And I get that sometimes seeing these promos can get really annoying. I get that. But because there are some people online different times of the day, promos will be shown a lot. If it’s something you’re not interested in, that’s totally fine! Just ignore the promos–they’ll be gone in a week.

Ebook bundles are designed to offer you an incredible deal on a bundle of specific resources that would otherwise cost, literally HUNDREDS of dollars purchased separately.

The Omnibus is something only offered once per year by the iHomeschool Network, and it is the largest and least expensive homeschool bundle out there. The iHomeschool Network is a network made up of all homeschooling moms who work to help other homeschooling moms, and this is simply one way we do that. We write materials to help you and once per year, we offer an awesome bundle of things we sell at a rock bottom price so that you can take advantage of some fabulous resources.

This bundle contains 83 eBooks and 24 audio mp3’s about different topics surrounding homeschooling. There is something for everyone, including the kids. There are planning materials, curriculum (some pretty awesome Pre-K curriculum, I might add), parenting resources, marriage encouragement, printables plus more.

Here are five reasons to get the Homeschool Omnibus Bundle:

1. The Price is Right

100 resources for just $25? Wow. There’s a reason we only offer this bundle once per year! ;) That’s only .25 per resource!

2. The Quality is Excellent

You’re not just getting subpar content here. These resources are written, created, and put together by blogging homeschool moms who listen to the needs of their readers and create products based on those needs. These are not poor quality resources. They were created with YOU and YOUR needs in mind.

3. The Writers are Experienced

We aren’t talking about someone writing a book based on theory or what was known 20 years ago. These are on-the-job homeschooling moms writing what is currently working, in the here-and-now. The material is new and fresh. In fact, this years bundle contains 83 BRAND NEW titles that were not in previous Omnibus bundles.

4.  Homeschool Moms Need Encouragement

Let’s face it, homeschooling is HARD. It just is. This bundle is jam-packed with encouragement and direction, and who doesn’t need that? Do you need help with time management? We have you covered. How about an art curriculum in chalk pastels? That’s in there, too. In need of a planner? There are several to choose from.

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I know, that’s only 4, but I cannot stress enough what an incredible deal it is to receive over 100 resources for only $25. That’s about .25 per resource. Twenty-five cents! Some of us have spent months and months working on these resources — because let’s face it, writing or creating something of excellent quality takes time when you’re homeschooling!

The sale ends Sunday. I do not promote something unless I 100% believe in it.

Some fine print before you proceed:

> The deadline for refunds is September 5.

>Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.

>The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ or contact iHomeschool Network  for more information.

>DVDs can be purchased until September 20.

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Do Not Be Deceived {Moms in the Word}

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I have often heard it said that salvation is a free gift. But that’s not entirely true. In fact, it’s pretty far from the Truth. Our lives were bought with a price (1 Cor 6:20) and it will cost us our lives. You can see throughout the Gospels how people dropped everything to follow Jesus. Any excuses on why they couldn’t and they were deemed unworthy to be called His disciple.

The Word is God

This is why I stress so much that there is no room for complacency for a follower of Jesus. There is so much goodness packed within the verses of James 1:21-27 and it really should lay any questions to rest on what our role is as Christians — and as Christian Moms.

Verse 21 says,

Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 

The Bible, The Word, isn’t just some book of rules or regulations as some people like to reduce it to. It is the book of Life. Furthermore, it is not merely a book, it is God.

John 1:1 says,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

God is the Word. The Word is God. When we follow what the Word says, we are following God. To discredit it; to say nothing is required of us as Christians because Christ did it on the cross is simply not accurate. When we truly follow Christ, our life will bear fruit. When we follow Christ, we give Him our very lives to do with as He pleases. When He says jump, we say “how high?” And why? Because He first loved us. Because we deserve nothing but death and punishment.

James 1:22 reitereates,

But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Christianity is not some feel good religion. It’s a relationship with the Living God which requires we deny ourselves in order to serve others and serve the work of the cross.

And it begins in our homes, with our own children…and our husbands, too, who, even if saved aren’t perfect. Same as us. But we can live under the Authority of God and love more deeply than we could on our own.

 What About Grace?

You may be asking at this point, what about grace? What about the verses that talk about being saved by grace alone? Obviously we cannot be saved through our own works. But what Jesus did was to fill in the gap where we could not.

Matthew 5:17 says,

Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill.

See, Jesus lays to rest this questions right within Himself; in the Word. Jesus dying on the cross doesn’t grant us freedom to live apart from the law. It does grant us freedom from being saved by it; however we are still called to live by it.

God is meant to be a mirror for us; we want to reflect Him. But we cannot do that if we read the Word and not do what it (He) says. When I look into the mirror and I see wretched old me, but I don’t want to follow His Word to walk out my faith, I walk away forgetting how wretched I am by doing nothing to be more like Christ.

James 1:23-24

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

Our Time is Not Our Own

Not only is our time not our own, we are not our own. Despite popular church practice when it comes to praying the “sinners prayer” and “accepting Jesus into your heart”, we are to give up our very lives when we make the decision to follow Christ. The only way to do so is to recognize first that we have sin and are in need of repentance. And second, taking up our cross. {Edited}  Accepting Jesus into our hearts is not even Biblical.  Confessing and believing in your heart is found in Romans 10:11, but without repentance, there is no salvation. The Bible doesn’t begin and end with Romans 10:11. We must consider the rest of the text, including the fact that  even the demons believe in Jesus, but that doesn’t make them saved (James 2:19).

So, how does this apply to motherhood? In every way.  Our home has its own, little missionaries we are called to train up in the Lord. This goes far beyond teaching our children mere Bible stories and verse memorization. Those are just tools that offer direction. It begins with you and with me, as living testimonies to God’s Word–to who God is. It begins with us moms in the Word and than living it out, and asking the same of our children as they grow and mature. This is one reason Moms in the Word was birthed.

When you serve a meal to your family, do you do it grudgingly, or joyfully, in loving service?

Let us not be merely hearers of the Word—but doers.

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The Homeschool Omnibus Ebook Bundle

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What is the Omnibus Ebook Bundle?

I am SO excited about this awesome bundle. It is one of the few that I promote each year because it is simply packed with goodness for homeschooling families—and there is something for everyone. This year, there are 94 brand new titles in the Omnibus. That means 94 titles were not in last year’s Omnibus or 2012’s Omnibus. This is all fresh content!

This is such an optimal time to snag this gem as we get ready to begin a new year — and even if you’re in the middle of schooling year-round, there are resources for encouragement as well as curriculum you can implement. This is an amazing bundle of resources — each one only .25 within this bundle. There are a variety eBooks, curriculum, planners, printables, and mp3’s.

This sale only lasts one week and the resources won’t be bundled together this way again. Every resource is created and written by experienced homeschool moms who’s ultimate goal is to help other homeschooling moms.

Here are a few categories that may be of interest to you.

Pre-K

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Encouragement

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Planners

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Plus there are more…and they come in Kindle files as well.

And another option. Add on the DVD which includes all files for just $8.

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You also get some pretty sweet bonuses when you purchase this bundle. {Keep reading}.

Some fine print before you proceed:

> The deadline for refunds is September 5.

>Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.

>The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ or contact iHomeschool Network  for more information.

>DVDs can be purchased until September 20.

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Online Writing Course {Giveaway!}

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Fortuigence Writing Course

Online Writing Course – Fortuigence

This is a sponsored review, which means I was given free access to a writing course from Fortuigence and paid for my time and to share my experience. You can read my full disclosure here.

I am becoming more and more fond of online learning when it’s a high quality, student focused program. Fortuigence is one of those programs. It has allowed my 12-year daughter to work on a writing piece throughout the summer with very little help from me–and when you have seven children, this is super wonderful!

I felt very confident that my daughter was learning well and receiving great feedback and I would periodically check her work and was very pleased with her instructor’s feedback.

For each lesson she would

  • Watch a video which contained the lesson
  • Read the instructions following the video
  • Worked through the assignment
  • Emailed her work to her instructor
  • Received feedback within a week

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The instructor, Miss Lily, was very timely in her responses and never faulted my daughter if she had to miss a few weeks, such as during our move or our trip to Ghana when we picked up our adopted daughters. She just picked up where she left off. This is very typical of our homeschool days. We ebb and flow with life as needed.

Miss Lily was very attentive and worked one-on-one with my daughter, to show her areas of improvement and praise her for good work. She couldn’t move on to the next step until the current one was mastered. I loved that. There was no rush, there was no pressure. It allowed my daughter to excel in her writing as well as feel confident in her abilities, despite her needed improvements.

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As my daughter continues through her middle school years, I want to help her continue to excel in her writing, be challenged, and really hone her writing skills. She already has a love for writing, so getting her to write is not difficult.

Having help with a solid, trusted, online program is truly a gift for busy homeschool moms. We don’t have to do it all and I think that recognizing that fact is truly freeing. In addition, it’s good to allow my children to experience being taught from someone other than myself.

Essay Rock Star Writing Courses

There are several classes offered through Fortuigence. They include:

Essay Rock Star

Essay Rock Star: The Personal Statement

Essay Rock Star: The Persuasive Essay

Essay Rock Star: The Expository Essay

Essay Rock Star: The Textual Analysis

You can learn more about these courses on their website.

My daughter did The Textual Analysis and it has been a wonderful {new} experience for her.

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Struggles of Moms {Moms in the Word}

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Before I dive into this part of the study, I just want to make this very clear: we are not facing trials anywhere near as harsh as our Christian brothers and sisters are in Iraq. I do not mean to downplay the trials we may be facing personally, but I also want to make sure we keep a fair perspective and remember to pray for our friends in the Middle East. They are in some serious persecution — some of the most horrific seen in years. So, as we go through this study and learn how to cling to God during crisis, please also pray for the people in Iraq, suffering from executions, hangings, and beheadings because of their faith in Christ. They need our prayers now more than ever.

James opens up chapter 1 by encouraging Israel (the 12 tribes) to stand strong during trials, recognizing that it is a testing of faith and produces patience.

Trials

Let’s think about that for a moment. Trials test our faith. We will always face trials of various kinds and degree. How are we handling them? Are they strengthening or weakening our faith?

It can be very difficult to trust God through hard circumstances we don’t understand. I think we truly have a knack for blaming God for everything bad that happens, when really, it’s part of a fallen world; it’s part of people’s free will gone bad. God gives us choices and we get to choose how we live. Each choice comes with its own consequences, though.

Trials can range from small, daily trials, to larger scale, tragic trials. I think a lot of it truly depends on our perspective as well as our own personality, experiences, and faith walk.

What may be a trial to one person, may not be to another.

I went through trials in our adoption process, mostly just a heart game of faith.

Sometimes as moms, we face different fears about our children. We worry they will not follow Jesus or will not be successful. Maybe you have a teenager or grown child who has made poor choices or who’s rejected God and you wonder what happened.

In James 1:5 we are invited to ask God for wisdom. What a relief! God is willing to give us wisdom, if we would only ask.  Furthermore, we are required to believe that we will receive that which God has promised — wisdom. Those who doubt are tossed like waves on the sea and such a person is double-minded and unstable. (James 1:6-7)

Those are some pretty strong words. No wisdom of man can surpass the wisdom of God. Which leads us full circle to making certain we are spending time with Him daily, reading His word and praying for understanding from the Holy Spirit.

Temptations

Temptations are another thing all together. We may not be in control of what we are tempted by, but we can control, to some degree, how we respond. Sometimes the temptations are overwhelming and absolutely need God’s intervention to help us overcome them.

I can tell you, as a mom, I have many, many temptations every single day.

One of the biggest temptations I face is believing the lie that my children will grow up loving Jesus without much direction from me — they can just watch me and learn by example. But that’s not always true.  Not to mention that’s rather egotistical.

They only see half the story. They cannot see what’s in my heart; what I believe about God; what God is teaching me. No, those things need to be brought up in conversations and teaching and training.

Temptations will face us at every turn; some are easy to resist others are more difficult.

Moms often have the temptation to compare themselves, their children, and their families with others. This brings about envy and discontent.

Did you know our temptations are based on our own desires? So those things that we desire will entice us and we can choose to reject them and receive the crown of life, or fall to their lure and give birth to sin, which brings death.

This week, focus on asking God for wisdom in those situations you need help, whether trials or temptations. There is no limit and you can ask as often as you need help.

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The Disciplined Homeschool Mom

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I haven’t been as disciplined as I should be in our homeschooling. I created paths of bad habits throughout our adoption process due to the stress levels. Too often I have allowed free days, and while I don’t think it’s tragic to get away with when my children are young, they are getting older. My eldest is 12 and adding our two daughters has boosted the need for order and discipline.

One thing I need to remember is how privileged we are to be able to homeschool in this country, and the last thing I want to do is take it for granted.

It’s important for homeschool moms to be disciplined so they get the most from their time and offer the most to their children. I know some people don’t do well on schedules, but even a loose one is better than nothing. And to some degree, we all follow a routine of sorts.

A schedule doesn’t need to be wound so tight that it makes everyone cranky. It simply needs to offer direction and help you get things done, everyday.

I am really looking forward to the upcoming year, and have 3 weeks before we begin to plan out our first quarter (squee!).

So, what disciplines are good to brush up on? Maybe you can relate?

The Disciplined Homeschool Mom:

  1. Has a Vision
    If I do not know where we are headed, I will get nowhere–and neither will my children. It’s really important for a family to know why they are headed somewhere and how they are going to get there. What does God want for your children? Above all else, it is to trust in Him and follow Him. How can we accomplish that through homeschooling? How does God want academics used for His glory?
  2. Plans and Prepares
    In addition to having that vision, I need to plan and prepare my way there. I also need to leave some wiggle room for flexibility. All of this planning is in vain, however, if it is not done with much prayer and direction from God. What is the best way for my family to reach its destination? Furthermore, each homeschool week and day needs to be well planned and prepared ahead of time. The last thing I want to do is be fumbling for supplies or making copies in the middle of a lesson.
  3. Prays Regularly
    Praying is a non-negotiable. I don’t have room for excuses on why I am not meeting with God in prayer daily, especially in the morning hours, before our day begins. I absolutely need His strength, His direction, and His wisdom every single day and the only way to receive those is if I go to Him and ask for them. Each day offers new challenges and new horizons that will need new direction, wisdom, and certainly strength.
  4. Follows a Routine and Schedule
    It is vital my children are in a routine and know what to expect. It offers them a sense of security and direction, just as it does me. It also ensures we are accomplishing certain things every single day. A routine solidifies our eating and sleeping schedule. But our schedule keeps us on track doing such things as daily, weekly, and monthly chores as well as regular lessons. Everyone knows when we do what and knows where they should be and what they should be doing.
  5. Avoids Detours and Distractions
    This is a huge one for me — especially when it comes to the Internet and social media! Laptop needs to be shut, social media and email notifications turned off and my attention needs to be fully on my children as we go through our lessons. One distraction could literally disrupt an entire day! And if I consistently allow that to happen, we will never complete a full day of lessons. That is definitely a problem and cannot be allowed.

What about you? What discipline do you most need to work on? What can you add to this list? It’s definitely not exhaustive, and each mom will have her own need.

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