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Faith Turns Weakness to Strength

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“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” ~ Oswald Chambers ~ Friday I wrote about the great heroes of our faith in Hebrews 11. This passage is summarized in principle by these words — “whose weakness was turned to strength” (Heb. 11:34). Paul said, But he [the LORD] said ... Read More »

Fruit Comes After the Storm

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How do you respond to life’s trials? Do you feel sorry for yourself and get depressed? Do you cast blame and grow bitter and angry? Or do you turn to our Father and ask, “What is Your purpose in this?” Our responses to difficulties are powerful lessons not written on a blackboard. Our students are watching and learning; where do ... Read More »

Celebrating the Biblical Holidays

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During Bible study, our family discovered something that we had heard very little about from church. We found out God had set apart special days to worship and honor Him. By learning about the practices of these special days, we could learn about and worship God. We spent some time studying the holidays from Scripture and decided it’d be fun ... Read More »

Humility Lessons from Peter

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Read About the Four-Step Lesson Approach Here. It’s how Jesus taught! Discuss: What would you do if you just came back from walking on water with Jesus? Would you nbe excited? Would you post on Facebook orInstagram?  Would you immediately be thinking how could put it into 140 characters for a Tweet on Twitter? But Peter never mentions this or the other miracles ... Read More »

Spiritual Lessons from a Deaf Dog

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Peppy and Precious are our two Great Pyrenees puppies. Both puppies are adorable and have brought a lot of joy (and sleep deprived nights) to our family. (This post from the archive.) We first thought Peppy was so small because he was the runt of the litter, but it soon became apparent he had medical problems. Peppy is a rare ... Read More »

15 Other Third-Day Events in the Bible

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Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his death. “God raised him from the dead on the third day” (Acts 10:40). “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matt 12:40). Third-Day Patterns A ... Read More »

Be the Branch

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If you want to produce spiritual fruit, remember that your job is to be a branch. A 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). Sometimes we feel like ... Read More »

Becoming a Kinder, Gentler Mother

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What mother doesn't want to become kinder, gentler, and more loving?Remember how Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was searching for a way home and finally found out she had the magic slippers that won the whole time? You have the answer inside you now.I received a visual object lesson of this promise this week. Read More »

Obeying Spiritual Nudges

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Driving Miniature Horses: Opportunity for a  Spiritual Object Lesson I love to give children cart rides with our miniature horses. Once I get them in the middle of the pasture  I begin my Deuteronomy-6-by-the-way-object-lesson.   God’s Gentle Tugs To turn a right or left means a tiny gentle tug. I use this to teach the children how we need to listen to ... Read More »

Coffee with God

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Jesus got up early to spend time with His Dad. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 I challenge each of you to rise up early, a great while before the day, to spend time with God. Enjoy your ... Read More »

Homeschool Direction: A Wisdom Parable

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Once upon a time there was a village far away in a remote location, which had experienced a hard year of severe weather. A group of missionaries worried that the villagers’ crude huts would not be able to withstand the strong weather any longer. The missionaries wanted to help by taking supplies to the village, but there were no accessible ... Read More »

The Desensitization Boxes

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Has your child seen an autopsy? Professor Masserman created experiments with cats that made them “neurotic” by giving them electric shocks in a certain box.  Soon the cats acted anxious whenever they were put in the box. In the second part of the experiment, Masserman observed that the cats lost their “neurosis” if they were fed in the box.  These ... Read More »

His Eye is on the Sparrow

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Jesus taught lessons with items from Creation. Light, salt, lilies, seeds, sparrows, all take on new significance. Bread and wine take on new significance because he made them symbols of his death. Read More »

Sowing and Reaping

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Timely planting and on-going care (watering, weeding, pruning, etc.) will bring forth good fruit. There’s no quick fix for training children. If we neglect them now, we can’t expect positive results later. Read More »

Having Sight But No Vision

"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."--Hellen KellerFaith is about taking first steps toward doing God's will, even when it seems very much impossible. Is that the kind of faith we show? Do we confess Jesus with out feet? Read More »

Springtime In My Father's Vineyard

“In My Father’s Vineyard” by Wayne Jacobsen  is an inspiring gift book that beautifully captured the Love of our Father. Here is an excerpt: Spring Time in the Vineyard In springtime, the vineyard can almost take care of itself. That is, it grows without needing the farmer to take care of any of its immediate needs. The rain waters it. ... Read More »

Prevent Anger, Resentment, and Bitterness 70X7

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“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21,22). The foundation of Christianity is a based on forgiveness. As we grow in our ... Read More »

Flowers Without Roots Die

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My daughter, Regina brought me a beautiful vase of flowers while I was in the hospital last month. I brought them home and they brightened my kitchen with cheer for two weeks before they died–then they dried out, got  ugly and produced a nasty stench. We all know cut flowers die because they are cut off from the source of ... Read More »

My Birthday Gift From God

Today is my birthday. Last night was Prayer Meeting at church. I couldn’t get my mind off family problems. I sniffled through the prayers and wiped away tears quickly before anyone raised their head from praying to catch me crying. After the service I scurried to the bathroom to fix my make up. God forbid anyone see me cry in ... Read More »

God Uses Everything, Even Red Ants

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Near Extinct Blue Butterflies I love butterflies. They are God’s flying flowers. The blue butterflies here are not just pretty. They are a reminder to me that God uses everything. The insect world declares the glory of God. Jesus created the earth and all that is in it. His universe is remarkable in its complexity and beauty of design. Much ... Read More »

If I Have Diplomas and Not Love, I am Nothing

If I have the language ever so perfectly and speak like a pundit and have not love that grips the heart, I am nothing. If I have decorations and diplomas and am proficient in up-to-date methods and have not the touch of understanding love, I am nothing. If I am able to worst my opponents in argument so as to ... Read More »

Pride is a Cheater

My Name Is Pride, I Am A Cheater “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” C.S. Lewis Read More »

Walking in the Light

Late one night, our goats got out of the barn. I was a wakened by their barking protectors, our Great Pyrenees dogs.I ventured out into the darkness. in my PJs. I found the four animals behind the barn (very dark behind the barn) and started the roundup. I did not see a three foot steel corner part of a fence. I fell into and over it and proceeded to roll.My accident occurred becasue I was walking in the dark. If I was walking in the light, I would have seen the obstacle and avoided it, the pain, and aggravation that followed. Read More »

The Battle of Good and Evil

There are two trees in the Garden of Eden—the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve ate from the poison tree they infected mankind. Before eating they did not even realize they were naked—their focus was on God. The knowledge of good and evil distracts us from the One who is ... Read More »

Spiritual Lesson from a Run-Away Horse

I have a mental defect. I don’t do left and right very well. I cannot make a two-sided copy of a document on a copy machine to save my life. When my children were in car seats I could never remember which one went into the right and left car seat (after 4 years!.) I recognize my limitations. Saturday evening ... Read More »

Allowing God to Chart Your Course

This week I am teaching Outrigger Island Vacation Bible School . Based on Psalm 86:11, the goal of this tropical adventure theme is to help kids develop faith in God and His Word. Here are my boys and others in their class singing about being unshakable in a world of shifting sands. Keeping with the island theme here is a ... Read More »

Brick Walls Are There for a Reason

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This week’s quote is from The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, a young professor dying of cancer. See the video here. “….the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people…..Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we ... Read More »

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