Trust = Obedience. Distrust = Disobedience.

“If deep in our hearts we suspect that God does not love us and cannot manage our affairs as well as we can, we certainly will not submit to His discipline.” – Elisabeth Elliot (Nor His Word or His plan for our life.)

The more we know the Lord’s loving goodness and mercy, as well as His almighty power, the more we will trust Him and His plans for us.

You can know God. Imagine that! God has given us His Word, so we can know and trust Him. The more you know and trust Him, the more closely you will follow and obey Him.

How can I come alongside you?

Message me or leave a comment.

Pro-life Atheist to Pro-life Christian

This morning I was honored to be interviewed for a radio program for a local pro-life ministry, so I went ahead and recorded a little video for my YouTube channel. I hope it blesses you.

God has used my experience of losing a baby after finding out he had a fatal condition at only 12 weeks gestation, followed by adopting our son a year later, to share the good news of HOPE in Jesus Christ.

This may not be your exact experience, but God has given you unique talents, trials and testimonies to share, too! I hope are encouraged!

Please check out my ministry website at www.AChildofPromise.org for more information.

Like a shrub or like a tree

It has been really hard for me recently to fix my eyes on the eternal hope of Heaven and on the joy that I have in the finished work of Christ. It is easy to be overwhelmed with the struggles of everyday life. When I read this passage yesterday morning, I was uplifted and I hope you will be, too.

The years of heat and drought will still come, but the man who trusts in the Lord can continue to bear fruit without fear, because he is rooted in the Lord. The desert shrub might survive the drought but that well-watered tree can thrive.

“Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.  He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:5-8 ESV

Scripture Memory

I love to memorize scripture, especially with my children! I’ve memorized several longer passages or even chapters of the Bible, but never a whole book! Right now we’re working on Philippians 2.

We use many of these same tips that Kim Cash Tate recommended in her video.

I’d love to hear what you’re memorizing now and any tips you have for memorizing.

TWIG

I can’t homeschool because …

After 18 years of homeschooling, I have rarely heard criticism about my choice to homeschool.

Rather, people say, “Well, I could never homeschool because …”

  1. My husband / parent / child doesn’t want me to
  2. I don’t have the time
  3. I only want to do it for a year
  4. I don’t have the patience
  5. I’m not qualified
  6. I can’t afford it
  7. I want my kids to have friends and be socialized
  8. My child is __ (gifted, dyslexic, autistic, ADD, an only child…)

I just finished a prequel along with a 8-part series on YouTube addressing these topics. You can check them out on my YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/formeratheist58

Here is the “prequel” to whet your appetite:

I also developed a 2-page PDF of my favorite homeschool resources. I hope it helps you!

United for the Glory of God – includes audio

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together [NASB: ONE ACCORD] you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

Romans 15:5-6

In Romans 14, Paul urged his brothers and sisters in Christ not to quarrel over petty opinions, not to pass judgment on one another, knowing that each one of us will have to give an account of ourselves before God.  Paul exhorted the Romans to serve Christ as their master and Lord, living by faith and pursuing peace and mutual upbuilding.  This exhortation continued into Romans 15 where Paul prayed that the God of endurance and encouragement would grant us to live in such HARMONY with one another, in agreement with Jesus Christ, that TOGETHER, in UNITY, in ONE ACCORD and with one voice we could bring God glory. 

This word translated in English as “together” in the ESV or “one accord” in NASB or “one mind” in the King James and the NIV is the Greek word “homothymadon

According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, homothymadon is, “A unique Greek word, used 10 of its 12 New Testament occurrences in the Book of Acts, helps us understand the uniqueness of the Christian community. Homothymadon is a compound of two words meaning to “rush along” and “in unison”. The image is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonize in pitch and tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members of Christ’s church.”

It is not a million clones singing the same note,  mere robots uttering identical words.  It is a million unique individuals coming together to GLORIFY God, made even more marvelous as we each share our unique testimonies, our unique personalities, our unique passions and experiences and gifts to serve Him as a united body of individuals.  WOW!!! 

See 1 Corinthians 12:4-27 for further study.

The beauty of this song is magnified by the beauty of the unique individuals joining together to worship God.
Unique Creations United
for God’s Glory
When you listen to the audio, this is the surprise gift that I received.
Notice how it matches the “Unique and United” image that I’d designed completely separately!

My attempt at Chinese … and at video making!

I’ve been a VIPKID teacher for over 2 years now and LOVE it. I’ve been learning a little Chinese, but am making poor progress. But I sure love making videos, so when I heard about contest by Lingo Bus (the sister company to VIPKID that teaches Chinese with native Chinese speakers), I quickly jumped on board!

Could you like and share my video so I can win???

Xiexie.

Some Resources for Families at Home

My heart goes out to the families new to homeschooling. I remember all too well how hard it was when I started 18 years ago.

I spent my first few years home schooling focusing on teaching my children that I loved them, that they should obey and that they should love God and others. That wasn’t my PLAN. My plan was to teach them to read. But God had better plans.

If your children learn that you love them, that you have their best interest at heart, that they should obey their parents and that God wants them to love Him and love others …. then homeschooling is a success!

In the process of learning these foundational principles, my children also learned to read, write, do math, learn about the history of the world and the science of creation, and yours will, too. Here are a few resources to start you on your journey.

These are great devotionals
for parents to read with their children.
The ESV Family Bible
is excerpted straight from the Bible.
Leading Little Ones to God gives you a great little study, plus some discussion questions,
a prayer, a brief Scripture to look up
and even a few song lines.
Nancy Guthrie’s devotionals are great.
I have her Dinner Table Devotional
to read with our children
as well as one for my own prayer time
Here are just a few excellent books to read aloud with your family.
Get your children ready – either snuggle on the couch or in bed, or get them some coloring pages or Legos or playdough so they can keep their hands busy while they listen,
or take everyone outside on the deck to relax while you read.
I’ll be hosting a ZOOM call
Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm.
Leave a comment if you’d like the link.
Do you follow me on Facebook?
I’ll be reading a chapter book aloud on Facebook live M-F at 1pm.

You can search my blog for my series called “Favorite Things” for more detailed homeschool resources. And check out my post from a couple weeks ago for 5 tips for laying out your day at home.