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God Works Through Who We Are and How We Live

Each of the talks I attended at our homeschooling conference this year had the same message:  You can only pass on to your children what is already an integral part of you.  If you talk about something you don’t believe or do, they will not listen to what you say. Or, as keynote speaker Steve […]

When Mom is Seriously Ill—Couch Schooling Attitudes

Two times in my life I’ve had a major health scare.  Eight years ago, a preliminary diagnosis gave me just a few months to live.  The second time was also a false alarm but it stopped me in my tracks none-the-less.  And that is why this article, which was meant to be a practical discussion […]

Review: Prayers that Changed History by Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer, homeschooling mother of many, wrote this unique devotional church history book to teach children about prayer and to encourage them to pray.  She focuses on historical characters whose prayers had wide ranging and long lasting effects, and her refrain is, “And history was forever changed.” There are various aspects to this book.  Children—and […]

Noticing Miracles

Life is full of miracles, but we so seldom see them.  Especially when daily details discourage us, dragging our eyes downward, or pain stuns us, blinding us to blessings. Yes, it is so easy to focus on everything but the good gifts God gives us, on the irritating, the mundane, the horrifying, or even the […]

Just a Glass of Water, and a Smile

Recently, during an exceedingly difficult afternoon, a stranger kindly asked me if I needed anything.  A glass of water, perhaps? I hadn’t realized I was thirsty, but he had.  He saw the need for water—and the need for encouragement—and provided both. Just a simple glass of water.   Just an encouraging, compassionate smile. But it added […]

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