Devotion

Do you need to MAKE Time for Bible Study?

evaluating the statement, -I need to MAKE time for Bible study."-

We have been working our way through a series called, You DO have Time for Bible Study in the past few weeks.  And I am almost ready to talk about the real deal stuff of doing Bible study.  These past few posts have dealt with the logistics for starting a lifelong Bible study habit.  And I have a post for you next week with a simple way to choose a worthy Bible study, but I feel a pressing on my heart to talk about today’s topic.

Last week I told you about picking a time for Bible study and praying for God’s protection of that time.  I told you God will do tiny miracles in your life so you can sit at His feet and learn from His Word.  And I know this to be true from experience.  But today I want to talk about the language associated with a Christian’s time.  I want to examine our language and decide if it can pass the very first test of Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true.”

Full disclosure here: I have a pet peeve.

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Nest Building

Simply Beginning Homeschool with Peace

homeschooling with peace - a discussion of the book Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

I recently went to a homeschool event – a sort of training.  It was my FIRST experience with anything homeschool.

I have known a number of homeschooling families throughout my life.  I have gone through the phases of thinking it is the weirdest thing ever (my junior high self), to thinking it seems like a pretty good idea.  My thoughts on homeschool have run the gamut and have settled on this:

{Deep breath}

We are going to do it.  And I am excited. Then nervous…and excited…and nervous.

I have shared these thoughts here before.  Aren’t they deep?

Anyway, back to the homeschool event.  I saw it ALL there.  And I talked to all kinds of moms preparing to teach their children at home this year.  There was a tiger-mom.  There were the overwhelmed moms.  I heard a powerful testimony from a mom to a boy likely “on the spectrum.”  I heard from mother’s of 6, 8, 10(!) kids who homeschool.

Prompted by questions, these women would begin to share the practicalities of their homeschool days.  To a woman, each had a book they recommended for this homeschooling journey.  I began to make a list.   Continue Reading

Nest Building

7 Simple Ways not to Lose Yourself After Baby

Adjusting to motherhood is HARD! Here's 7 things to do so you don't lose yourself after baby.

Oh, goodness!  The motherhood!  There is a reason women say being a mom is the most important thing they have ever done.  And I am convinced it is because they forgot about all the other things they did. Kids have a way of stealing brain cells. {HA!}   Adjusting to mommyhood AND trying to hang on to who you are as an individual can be rough.

I was getting ready the other day after my bi-weekly shower (kidding…sorta) and I was thinking about what I should wear.  And I had to have that conversation with myself wherein I tell myself that my comfy pants and tank top are not a uniform.  I had to remind myself  my day wear should not seamlessly transform into bed-clothes.  Basically, I had to try.

I was convincing myself to choose a shoe with some height instead of my go-to Sanuks.  And I started thinking about how difficult it is to keep up with other people in your life; much less, trying not to lose yourself after baby.

After having three kids and going through the ups and downs of feeling connected and disconnected with myself through the early baby months (while recovering from a c-section), I have some ideas for not losing yourself in the motherhood of it all.  And I thought I would share them with you.  I warn you the tips are not all deep.  Some of them are quite shallow. But I am a little shallow, so indulge me while I remain myself after babies.

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Devotion

Choose a Time for Bible Study

You DO have time for Bible study - protecting your time with Jesus

There is a great misconception about Bible study that keeps women from getting involved in it at the “difficult seasons of life.”  The misconception is there is a specific godly time for Bible study.  And if it is not done during that time, it is not worthy of even attempting.  The misunderstanding comes from the countless people of God who speak of their morning quiet times with God.  They usually point to that as a habit they just cannot do life without.

We look at those we consider godly and are tempted to follow them, to create their habits as our standards.  But what is interesting is our focus is all wrong.  We look at the time of day, when we should be looking at the habit they have created – daily devotion to God and His Word.

When the standard shifts away from God’s Word and onto another person (or a time of day), we have a hard time keeping up.  What if my life doesn’t look exactly like the godly lady next door?  And what if I am not a morning person?  What does that say about me?

Here’s a word of encouragement for you, O despiser-of-the-morning:

There is no absolute best time to spend time with the Lord.

There is not one time of day which is holier than another.

What is important in creating the lifelong habit of daily devotion to God’s Word is setting aside a time each day to do it.  Making the Word the priority, not the time.

We have been walking through a series called You DO have time for Bible Study.  If you are just joining with this post, I encourage you to check out the previous three.  Go, ahead.  This article will still be here when you get back.  We have been talking about the fact that you DO have time for Bible study, the priority of Bible study and the place where your Bible study will happen.  Today, we are going to talk about choosing a time for Bible study.  Continue Reading

Growing Up

Thinking of Others: Making Birthdays Special

Thinking of Others, making birthdays special.

Thinking of others is not something that comes natural to us.  We tend to be pretty self-focused.  This is proven true by examining little ones.  They have to learn empathy.  They have to learn to relate to others with kindness and self-lessness.  And they have to be taught to be caring.

I can think of almost no other place where this self-focus can be seen in kids than when it comes time to give a gift.

You know the drill:

You walk into Target and you lay out the game plan for your shopping trip: purchase a gift for Johnnny’s birthday.

Immediately upon entering the toy aisle, your little one starts shopping.  But not for Johnny.

Suddenly she finds toys she NEEDS!  RIGHT NOW!

She forgets the purpose of the shopping trip.  So she needs a little refocus.

Once you get her all refocused on the purpose of the trip to Target, she starts to have her own ideas for what Johnny might want.  And what Johnny might want looks eerily like what she might want.  I assure you, sweet girl, that Johnny does not want a pretty princess dress for his birthday.   Continue Reading

Devotion

Hope for Homeschooling Moms

hope for the 1st time homeschool mom

I feel as though I stand on a precipice and I am about to jump into a very deep pool.  It is foggy, murky, and definitely unknown.  I feel myself stretching out, feeling for something to grasp onto before I jump into the water.  I create a plan for jumping in, gather up my courage, and then second-guess myself, and run away from the edge.

Practically, in my head, I know others have done this before.  I can see plenty of others in the distant water, splashing and having fun – thriving in this foreign environment.  I see they somehow jumped from the place where I now sit perched and survived the fall and the crash into the water.  And yet…

I still haven’t jumped in.

This is how I feel as my oldest starts school later this month.

You see, she is not just starting school.

I, too, am starting school.

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