Monday

Tick Slayer Spray

I recently partnered with Aroma Foundry to bring you a review of their essential oil product line. After looking over the essential oils to choose from, I settled on the following oils: Citronella, Cedarwood, Mandarin, Tangerine and Fir. When I chose these oils, I wasn't thinking of anything in particular that I would use them for with the exception of the Citronella. I thought that one would be great to use in a beeswax candle or in my bug spray. The rest I chose because they were all scents that I hadn't used before.


However, a few weeks after I received my oils we found out that ticks were in our area. This was something that we NEVER had to deal with before and I've lived in the same area my entire life. 

Saturday

Writer's in Residence {A Comprehensive Language Arts Review}


If I had to choose one area of learning that I have found difficult to find good curriculum for over the years it would be writing. I have looked at or tried using several different approaches only to feel confused or I notice my children feeling burned out using it. When I discovered that Apologia had come out with a new writing program by Debra Bell called Writers in Residence I knew I wanted to give it a try because everything I have used from Apologia I love. In fact, we've been using their biblical worldview series and their Young Explorers science series for years.

Wednesday

Economics for Everybody: Applying Biblical Principles to Work, Wealth and the World {Review}




Our oldest is venturing into Junior High in the fall and while initially I thought it might be a bit daunting to homeschool a child that age, I'm actually finding it quite exciting! I'm a planner by nature so I usually start in January planning for the upcoming school year. That way I have plenty of time to pray for direction, gather ideas, ask questions from other homeschoolers and curriculum companies and pin lots and lots of ideas on Pinterest.

Homeschooling has been such a blessing to our family. We are truly thriving in it and all glory goes to our Heavenly Father for the strength, direction and help that He gives on a daily basis. I'm learning so much right along side our children and I feel as if I'm getting a second chance at childhood. 😊

Although there are plenty of challenges that come along with educating at home, there are tremendous blessings as well. I love the freedom to choose the curriculum that we want to use and that we get to do it on our own time table.
For example, I recently stumbled across this economics course that we will use with our oldest in the fall and it will count towards his high school economics credit.

With this course you can choose the workbook and DVD like we did or you can choose a digital or streaming option. Economics for Everybody covers 12 lessons. It can be used in churches and small groups, with middle and high school students or with families and individuals. The videos are conversational in nature but interesting and entertaining as well. In fact, when I sat down one day to go over the lessons, our four older children all sat down to watch the entire lesson with me. (*Take note, please, that Lessons 2, 7 and 11 do have some scenes that may be upsetting to a younger child. I'd suggest that you preview these ahead of time.)

R. C. Sproul Jr. wrote the study guide and hosted the DVD for this curriculum. He is the father of eight children and I love the approach he takes. The study guide is very thorough and establishes biblical principles for economics right form the start. The study is founded on the Word of God which I found to be very helpful in my own life as I studied the book. The DVD format is conversational as R. C. Sproul teaches. It also includes movie/video excerpts which can be an aid in learning. I love, love, love this curriculum. My suggestion would be that you do not wait until the end of high school for your child to take this course. It would be better, in my opinion, to do it early on so that as your child develops more independence in regards to money and has more earning potential that they have these biblical values already established in their heart and mind.

This curriculum is absolutely fantastic. In fact, I recommend that adults use it as a personal study of economic biblical principles as well. I have no doubt that it will impact any age that chooses to invest their time in a worthy manner such as this.

Facts You Should Know


  • Economics for Everybody is written by R. C. Sproul Jr. and is for ages 14+.
  • You can download two free lessons here if you want to try before you buy.
  • Economics for Everybody is currently on sale!
  • This course is available in several formats: DVD, Download, Streaming
  • It counts as 1/2 high school credit
  • Covers the following:
    • how economic freedom is directly related to religious freedom
    • examines the roles of trade, markets, money, and entrepreneurship
    • explores the differences between socialism, interventionism, and free markets
    • Explains how stewardship is at the heart of a healthy economic system

I'm incredibly grateful to have stumbled across this resource from Compass Classroom. They offer many resources for churches, families and students and even have a Free Resource section so be sure to check that out.


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Monday

How to Study Your Bible



I'm joining up with some other ladies in my Domestically Challenged, Divinely Equipped tribe to write a series on spring cleaning. Every time I thought about what I would write about, it seemed that the Lord kept bringing me back to spring cleaning my heart so to speak. God's Word has a way of pointing out the changes that need to take place in my heart and helps me tidy up my character. So while this isn't your typical spring cleaning post, I do hope you find it to be helpful.

For awhile I had been struggling with what to read in God's Word and how to read it. Seems funny to admit because I've been a Christian for quite a few years and yet here I found myself wondering how to read God's Word. But then my heart was stirred to study the Bible in a more simple format which, ironically, has turned out to be very powerful in my life. As I was studying, I began thinking that surely I'm not the only one who struggles with knowing what to read for my "daily devotions". From that thought came the burden to share what I am doing with others in hopes that they may gain a firm foundation in the study of Scriptures and then be able to share it with others.


This approach has been a tremendous blessing not only in my life, but also in the lives of my family. God's Word is living and powerful and time and time again, a conversation has come up in our home where I was able to share something I had been learning in God's Word. It has truly helped equip me as wife and mother.

I'm currently working through the following format and I hope that you find it helpful, too. It might seem so simple that it's silly or ineffective, but I think that most of the time we overcomplicate things. Simple can not only be effective, but also doable. If we have a complex Bible study system it might seem overwhelming to do or we talk ourselves out of doing it because it takes too much time. Additionally, with this approach, my only focus is simply the Word of God. That's not to say that devotionals written by other people are wrong (I've actually written a couple of ebook style devotionals and my daughter is working on getting hers published by this summer) or ineffective but there is something simple and pure about putting God's words straight into my heart.

With this approach, I study until I'm full so to speak. I started in the book of Matthew, the first book in the New Testament. It is also known as one of the four Gospels. I'm taking a systematic approach and read one verse at a time and then jot down what that verse is saying. Sometimes I write it word for word in my notebook as I did with Matthew 7:2 "For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you." Other times I write it down in a way that applies to me. (For example, I wrote "Hypocrite! Deal with my own sin first before I think I can address the sin in other people's lives" after I read Matthew 7:5 which says, "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye." It just depends on the verse and how it speaks to my heart.



Taking this slow, systematic approach has been very beneficial because I am writing out God's Word and then taking the time to think about how it applies to my life. Even on the days that I don't feel like I need to read God's Word when I sit down to read it, I quickly find out how much I do. I hope to work through the entire New Testament this way. It might take me 20 years but it will be well worth it! ;)

If you're struggling to find a way to read and study God's Word maybe give this method a try. Let me know if you do and how it goes for you. ❤


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Saturday

"I Saw Jesus in You Today" Plate from Teachable Moments


Our family has been using the I Saw Jesus in You Today plate from Teachable Moments for several months now and it is such a great teaching tool in our family. It’s a practical and loving way to show a family member that we appreciate the Christ-like behavior that they demonstrated. I love that it helps reinforce godly behavior when we see it and it’s fun when our kids surprise us and honor us with the plate, too!

This plate came about as an idea from a wonderful godly grandmother who wanted a practical way to encourage her grandchildren when their character reflected Christ. Her story of how this plate came to be is such a blessing to read.


Children

The Teachable Moments Plate is perfect for reinforcing godly character traits such as kindness, responsibility, patience, consideration for others, love, self-control, joyfulness and diligence. I love the smile on our children's faces when they come to dinner and see the plate at their spot. Our children are still growing and maturing in Christlikeness. It is such a blessing though when they initiate kindness or helpfulness without being prompted and then for us to be able to let them know in this special way how much we appreciated seeing that character trait.

Young Couples

Not only is this plate helpful for those of us raising children, but it would also make a wonderful wedding present for a young couple because it helps establish a godly tradition early in marriage. Those first few years of marriage are an adjustment for most couples but seeing this plate in the cupboard on a daily basis is a great reminder to look for the good and not the bad in a spouse. It’s easy for us to get irritated with a spouse and to focus on the negative but when we choose to focus on the positive and encourage the godly habits that we are seeing, it gives us an opportunity to build them up rather than tear them down. Romans 14:19 reminds us to pursue peace and build each other up. Honoring a spouse with this special plate is a great way to do so.  


Grandparents

I think this plate is also a great tool for older couples to use with each other and with their grandchildren. What a blessing it would be to have a spouse honor the other one in this small way at a meal. Or, when your grandchildren come over it’s a great opportunity to help disciple them and teach them what Jesus wants to see in our lives. Ephesians 5:1 reminds us that our lives need to reflect the example that Jesus set for us. When we are following His example it will be reflected in our actions, words and spirit. This plate is a great tool to encourage a spouse or grandchild when we see them living out these character qualities. When we choose to honor someone with this plate we are helping fulfill the command in I Thessalonians 5:11 which tells us to encourage and build each other up.                                                                
      
It is such a great feeling when our family sits down for a meal and someone is surprised to find the plate at their spot. They may not even realize what they did that was pleasing to God but it’s fun to encourage them by sharing what we noticed. In a world where most people think only of themselves, this is a great tool to encourage a loved one when they imitate Christ.

Our family enjoys surprising each other with this plate when we notice something in particular that stands out about another family member. What a blessing it would be if every Christian home had one.


What Others Are Saying

"This Teachable Moments plate is such an incredible tool to foster right heart attitudes in your children's lives. It is a practical, fun way for them to be 'rewarded' when they choose to 'be like Jesus' in the choices they make everyday. It also encourages a tight family bond when your child realizes that you are paying attention to how they interact with you (the parent) and with others (siblings, friends, etc.). We love finding the good in our children's life!" --Leesa K.

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