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Make Music with Our Lives

Stress-free Homeschooling?

One writer compared stress to the tension on a stringed instrument: Too much tension, and the strings snap. But without tension, there is no music—only a dull, raspy sound.

Is there a way we can use stress to “make music” with our lives rather than become so overwhelmed by it that we “snap”?

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Are you equipped to educate your children

Are you equipped to educate your children?

What keeps you up nights? Do you find yourself fighting to overcome fear? Do you ever lie awake wondering whether you are equipped to educate your children?

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Overcoming your greatest fear about homeschooling

Overcoming Your Greatest Fear About Homeschooling

Be encouraged by homeschool parents and students who have traveled the path ahead of you.

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Prone to Wander Devotion

A Homeschool Hymn Study Devotional

All that You require of me is to do my best. There is no shame in my honest shortcomings. If I fail, You will tenderly teach me through failure….

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Sparkler against the sunset

It can make a momma cry.

We make plans. We have the best intentions. And then . . . we fail to execute. Distractions sweep us away from what is most important….

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3 Tips for Time Management

3 Tips to Help You Overcome Overwhelm, Clutter, & Chaos

Do you feel overwhelmed? Is your environment making you a little crazy? Do you worry about whether you’re giving the people you love the attention they need? With the flood of demands and opportunities that rush toward us, it’s easy to be swept away….

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Boy Playing Guitar

EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE POWER OF MUSIC

Music has an amazing ability to influence our moods, which, in turn, can influence our actions. That’s powerful.

We would be wise to educate our children on the power of music…

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White Easter Lamb

THE EASTER CHRONICLE

Unbelievable as it may seem, I was 30 years old before I learned that Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter.

I grew up thinking Easter was all about jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate bunnies….

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5 mistakes parents and students make when planning for college

5 MISTAKES PARENTS & STUDENTS MAKE WHEN PLANNING FOR COLLEGE

Do you know the five mistakes parents and students make when planning for college?
The words affordable, efficient, and effective aren’t typically associated with college. But they can be accurate descriptors of your student’s college experience.

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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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