Category: Encouragement

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5 Steps to Successful Forgiveness

Unforgiveness is toxic. It can consume us. It causes suffering, health problems, bitterness, chronic anger, resentment, rage, and a miserable attitude. Studies show that such emotions can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, joint pain, headaches, high blood pressure and a depressed immune system.

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Key to a Sucessful Homeschool- Never Fails!

After 30 years of homeschooling I can confidently say this is the key. It is the only way.  

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In Memory of My Daughter

She was beautiful, giving, amazingly talented. She was the most loving person I have ever known. She loved her children emormously and was usually seen with one of them in her loving embrace. Her laugh was infectious. She was inspirational, amazingly creative in business, crafts, and art. She was the peace maker in our family. She was […]

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Faithful Forever

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Project Purge

I found some great Scripture printables this morning you can print and frame at Katie’s  Terpblog. While I was there her PROJECT PURGE image caught my eye. What a great idea! Katie and Theresa had a goal to help Manasseh Project (outreach ministry of Wedgwood Christian Services dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of young men and women in […]

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No Branch Can Bear Fruit By Itself: Remain in Him

I’ve been pruning hickory trees in our yard–cutting and cleansing for better growth and health.  It reminded me of the uncomfortable and sometimes painful pruning we go through during sanctification. I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch […]

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Free Excellent Video Series on Family

I’ve been watching this 6 part series Future Family on TV but you can watch online FREE. One of the BEST teachings on family I have heard. A must see!! It is by Andy Stanley (son of Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries). My favorite episode is the one with Andy and his wife Sandra (part […]

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Forgive: Stop the Root of Bitterness

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.—Eph […]

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Submissive Wife or Narcissist Victim?

It is an admirable goal for a Christian woman to work on becoming  a  submissive wife as outlined in Ephesians 5:22-33, but this sincere desire to please God and her husband can tempt a narcissist to manipulate and abuse the woman. Narcissist predators are on the lookout for women who strive to be  selfless and willing […]

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17 Characteristics of a Codependent

I am a recovering codependent and survivor of a narcissistic abuse. See my story here. I believe this problem is widespread in the homeschool movement. I want to share some of the resources that have really helped me. Codependents have a tendency to get involved in abusive painful relationships with people who are unreliable and emotionally unavailable.  My situation is described […]

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Creating Reminders for Our Children

From the archive: I decorate my home with reminders of Bible lessons. We have the Ten Commandments on our living room wall, and a ram’s horn on display. We have a large picture of Jerusalem to remind us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We have a special meal and light candles Friday evening, […]

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Submission or Doormat Legalism?

There is dangerous trend in several homeschool movements that focus on obedience to man-made rules instead of God’s rules. Legalism is essentially opposed to grace. Biblical submission teachings are distorted to the point that family life centers around the father of the home rather than on Jesus Christ. This legalism begins with a false teaching […]

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Eating God’s Way Facebook Group

Heart of Wisdom (that would be me) publishes books on topics I am passionate about: Homeschooling Hebrew Roots Health and Nutrition In the last five years, I have had four heart surgeries  as a direct result of the SAD (Standard American Diet). Last year, I watched my dear friend JoAnn devastated when her devoted husband […]

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The Shack Revisited by Baxter Kruger

I was so excited to find The Shack Revisited: There Is More Going On Here than You Ever Dared to Dream in my Kindle this week. I ordered the pre- release months ago. I have enjoyed over 100 hours of Baxter Kruger teachings from  Perichoresis Ministries  and I wanted more. When you combine Baxter’s Bible knowledge,  wonderful Mississippi accent, deliverance from Calvinist upbringing, love […]

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Self Control: Lesson from a Ready-to-Explode Vacuum Cleaner

Have You Ever Had One of Those Days?

You know the type situation I am talking about. You were up all night with a vomiting child, the phone rings at 7:00 a.m. it’s the Realtor with a potential buyer that has to see the house at 10:00 a.m. You scramble out of bed, throw the pile of soiled sheeting, wash cloths, towels from last night’s projectile vomiting episode into the wash, and rouse hungry children while hubby is in the shower.

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When Bad Things Happen: Boston Bombing

Yesterday,  I was sick in bed (some bug ) watching hours of the  the Boston Marathon bombings. Being sick I let the despair really get me down. In between the bombings and some family predicaments (long time trials) I started spiraling downwards. We are all runners in a spiritual race that get impacted by explosions. […]

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What is the Good News? Bruce Wauchope

Bruce Wauchope, in association with Perichoresis and Transformation Media, presents a seminar discussing how theology, philosophy, spirituality and history have influenced the church’s views on God and the good news.  Session 2 puts forward a Hebraic-centred, scriptural, life-giving good news message and explains the problems with Dualism. (In Session 1, there is a deconstruction of  […]

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In the Valley

My ex-husband, Ron Scarlata passed away Sunday. My children are in deep grief. SCARLATA, Albert Ronald (Ron),  died March 3, 2013. Beloved Father survived by 10 children.Celebration of Life Service for will be held on Sunday, March 10th at Long Hollow Baptist Church, 3031 Long Hollow Pike Hendersonville, TN.Visitation begins at 2:00pm, Celebration of Life […]

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The Bible Docudrama on The History Channel

Begins  March 3, Record it and add to your homeschool day THE BIBLE: 10-hour Docudrama From Genesis to Revelation, these unforgettable stories unfold through live action and cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, offering new insight into famous scenes and iconic characters. Created by producer Mark Burnett and featuring an international cast that includes Roma Downey, this 10-hour […]

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What’s Your Foundation?

Is your faith is based on church attendance, homeschooling, Scripture memorization,reading a certain Bible, Calvinism, or other “good” works or denomination? Pride in “we don’t smoke, drink, cuss, chew or go to movies” is a house built on sand with a crashing waves approaching. Take a minute to examine your foundation. Do you depend on God […]

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Tribute to My Grandmother

Today is my Grandmother’s birthday. My sweet grandmother went to heaven in February 2007. She was 96 .Hundreds attended her funeral with glowing testimonies of her Christian work, dedication, and loving spirit. My grandmother was the kindest, most loving, giving person I have ever known. Several people who came from all over the state said […]

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Faith is the First Step: But Whose Step?

Free Martin Luter King Lapbook!

Martin Luther King, Jr. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”I’ve often thought “Its a good thing God only gives the Light for a few steps at a time because if I saw any further down the road I’m not sure I would take the next step.”

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Are You Trying Too Hard?

Many Christians measure  their spiritual walk (and others)  based on a checklist of all that they have done for God. This easily leads to legalism and bondage. Jesus doesn’t want us to “do” because He has already “DONE” the work when He died on a cross for our sins. Our goal should not be  trying […]

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HOLY COW! Does God Care About What We Eat?

HOLY COW! Does God Care About What We Eat? begins with the author’s attention-grabbing story personal story. The author was raised as a Jew but only discovers what the Bible really says about eating after she becomes a Christian. She shares the challenges she had to face when she tried to share her new found Bible […]

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A Love Letter from Our Father

I read this to my children often (with God’s name) You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew […]

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I Had a Bad Day

Yesterday, I had a bad day, a really bad day. Its been a long time since I had such a bad day, but this one was different. Lots of little things snowballed into my temper flying. My children and I drove an hour to the next town to shop. One of my children revealed that he repeated […]

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Be the Branch

If you want to produce fruit remember your job is to be the branch. The branch is a growth from the main stem or root of a plant. Various Hebrew words are translated as branch or shoot. The most common one can be defined as any sprout of vegetation (Gen. 19:25; Ezek. 16:7; Ps. 85:11). […]

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Go to the Ant Lesson Plan

Last Sunday at children’s church I taught about ants, based on on Proverbs 6:6. Here is my lesson plan, based on Heart of Wisdom 4-step plan:

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Is Suffering Optional?

As a “Christian” is suffering optional? Can we exist at peace and at ease with the world around us?

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Homeschooling Outside the Books

Not all learning comes in a book. Much of what our children learn comes from watching us (scary huh?). Here is a collection of photos from the non-book learning-Charlotte Mason side of our homeschool. Homeschool Photos Because Pictures Speak Louder than Words You can’t look at these images and believe these children are missing out on […]