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How shall we escape?

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT SALVATION?

Although muted by the blind’s wooden slats, enough natural light filters in through my bedroom window to sustain my vision as I read and reflect upon Hebrews 2:3.

“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

Salvation.

What does that really mean?

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Habit overcomes habit.

DON’T EAT THAT FROG — PART 3

As creatures of habit, we move through our days without even thinking about many of our actions. But, if we’re seeking to maximize our productivity, we need to turn off autopilot and start paying attention.

Although we don’t want to become self-absorbed, we do need to become self-aware…..

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The Pareto Principle

DON’T EAT THAT FROG — PART 2

Have you ever had so many good options that you couldn’t make up your mind … and you ended up doing nothing?

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Eat a live frog first thing in the morning.

Don’t Eat That Frog — Part 1

There are many time management books on the bestseller lists, with new titles added each year. As a long-time student of time management, I’ve observed that “the experts” frequently contradict one another.

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You're not alone.

DON’T EAT THAT FROG – INTRODUCTION

You care about how you invest your time. You’re trying hard to maximize your potential. Some days you feel like a “rock star.” Other days, not so much….

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Russell and Gary Quito cathedral

WALKING WITH THE WAODANI — PART 4 — LIFE LESSONS

WHAT ABOUT SOCIALIZATION?

We hear it so often that it’s become cliché. But I suppose, if you don’t homeschool, there’s no way to know how many “social” opportunities are available to homeschoolers….

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Russell poison fishing

WALKING WITH THE WAODANI — PART 3 — POISON FISHING

As Russell explains in this video, his family typically spends their Sunday afternoons playing frisbee together or watching a movie. However, the Waodanis’ Sunday afternoon activities are a bit different from his.

Have you ever heard of poison fishing? If not, you’re about to hear Russell explain it….

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Vintage Interview with Lee Strobel

A VINTAGE INTERVIEW WITH LEE STROBEL

Years ago, (it feels like another lifetime), before I had children, I had the opportunity to sit down with Lee Strobel and talk with him about writing. He has amazing stories to tell….

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eternity in their hearts

Eternity in Their Hearts

In Worshipping the State, Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D., tells a story about incoming college students who were forced to participate in an exercise intended to shame and punish those who held “politically incorrect” opinions.

All the students were required to stand along one wall if they supported social causes that included the right to gay marriage or abortion—and along another wall if they did not.

As you might guess, biblical values and those who stood for them were perceived to be “oppressive.”

Although there is more to this story, it is safe to say that this college has become a model that other colleges are beginning to emulate. (God help us.) It gives us a glimpse into the type of challenges our children are likely to face as they leave the shelter of our homes.

This is not the future I envisioned for those sweet babies I once held in my arms….

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A Mothers Heart

It’s okay if your dream is to be a good wife and mother.

Raising children is a noble profession. In many ways, our future depends upon it. Somewhere along the way, our culture has lost sight of just how important motherhood and fatherhood really are.

Charles Spurgeon said it well…

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Thales with the astronomers

Meet Thales — The Father of Western Philosophy

Our adventure opens upon a battlefield. The year is 585 BC. Lydian soldiers clash with Medes. Blood flows; men die.

After six grueling years of engagement, weary families wonder whether the fighting will ever end.

An ominous rumor ripples across the field. The philosopher Thales had made a frightening prediction.

Suddenly, the sky grows dark.

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hands holding gift

5 Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families

Homeschool moms are notorious for giving educational resources to their children on birthdays and for Christmas.

I’ve bought a few such items myself (with mixed responses from my sons depending upon what type of item I purchased.) I thought perhaps I could share with you a few of the gifts I’ve given over the years that my sons have thoroughly enjoyed….

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Healing broken fatherhood

Healing Broken Fatherhood

God gave us the gift of family. But when a father’s heart is not turned toward his children, that gift becomes distorted.

His family suffers a loss that is difficult to overcome. For some, it is devastating.

And the pain often carries into the next generations….

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Making the most of High School

MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 8

If you are homeschooling high school in America, undoubtedly, your student will be studying American History. We’ve studied a lot of history in our house — ancient history, world history, the Renaissance and Reformation….

However, at the start of the 2016 school year, we had yet to complete a systematic study of all periods of American history. So, when selecting courses for dual enrollment, American History 1 and 2 were natural choices.

(If you’re just joining us now, you might not know that dual enrollment enables high school students to earn college credit for the courses they study.)

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CollegePlus reimagined as Lumerit Scholar

Making the Most of High School with CollegePlus — Part 7

In the midst of our CollegePlus studies, the program underwent a major transformation. Consequently, we decided to “interrupt our regularly scheduled programming” to explain this change.

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teaching to the test

Making the Most of High School with CollegePlus — PART 6

One of the greatest gifts of homeschooling is the freedom to customize your child’s education.

Without formal testing, it is unreasonable to expect a teacher who is responsible for a large classroom of students to know with certainty whether those students are comprehending the material presented.

But in the intimacy of the homeschool environment, there are a variety of ways to make this assessment.

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The Mommy Book Gives

The Mommy Book Gives

In a twinkling, all the cares of this world will pass away, and we will stand before the Lord.

In that moment, the only work that will matter is the work done for Him.

We strive to keep that truth foremost in our minds as we make choices as to how we will allocate our resources.

On this page, we will highlight ministries we have found to be effective in spreading the Gospel and trustworthy in caring for the least of these.

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THE MAKING OF THE MOMMY BOOK

Have you ever wondered how books are printed?
We’re excited to release our first children’s hardcover book. And we’re praying that mommies everywhere will read it to their little ones at bedtime, and that little ones will fall asleep knowing how precious and chosen they are!

If you’ve ever wanted to take a little peek “behind the scenes,” here’s a little pictorial journal of the printing of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy.

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Mark Your Child with Love

A FATHER’S MARK — 3 PRACTICES

How can you be intentional about building your relationship with your child?

It seems a little ironic that such an important facet of our lives — our family relationships — often receive so little strategic planning.

To be a skillful father, you must be intentional.

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every father leaves his mark

A Father’s Mark — Part 1

Every father leaves his mark on his child. That mark can impact generations.

My father became my dear friend before he passed into eternity, but we had a difficult history.

He didn’t become a believer until late in life.

Before choosing to follow Jesus, he made some choices that were incredibly destructive to our family. Those choices left marks of anger, rejection, and abandonment….

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