40 Day Social Media Fast – Day 1

Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear. – A.W. Tozer

Today is my first day of forty days focused on realigning my heart to seek first the kingdom of Heaven and what God wants that to look like for me.

I’m also sure it’s no coincidence that today is also the 22nd anniversary of our baby boy’s birth. Losing our son, Tommy, at only 16 weeks gestation began a new trajectory for my life as I began seeking the Lord in earnest as never before.

Pray for my heart to recognize that Jesus is the highest good, that He is way more important than how many shares our likes I get.

I think I’ll still be sharing my heart on my blog and scheduling things to be posted onto my FB group at “Teach What Is Good,” but won’t be checking likes or comments. But we will see how they goes.

If you’d like to chat, send me a direct message or text or give me a call on the phone.

#The40daySocialMediaFast
#teachwhatisgood

Life lessons from the sun

There is only one sun.

The sun is still shining even when it’s dark in your part of the world.

The sun was given to shine upon every nation and corner of the globe.

Clouds may temper the brightness of the sun, but when you’re flying above the clouds, you see it’s still as bright as ever.

The sun brings to light things hidden in the darkness, things you’re unable to see in the dark.

What are you selling?

When I was an outgoing, confident young girl, I loved to sell stuff to strangers. I loved working at my grandma’s antique shop. I loved going to craft fairs with my aunt and uncle to sell their handmade pottery. I loved selling the “newspaper” that I wrote, typed and illustrated in my second floor guest-room office.

Most people don’t like to be sold stuff (Ask me sometime about my experiences with telemarketers and time share salespeople) … AND most people don’t like selling stuff that they’re not personally sold on themselves.

As a 23-year-old who knew next to nothing about home ownership, I tried selling real estate … then I tried selling Usborne books at home parties, but I didn’t feel right trying to convince people that they should buy books at full-price when I preferred checking them out at the library or buying them second-hand.

But as a disciple of Jesus Christ, I want to tell EVERYONE about the best, greatest, most fantastic way to living a life of meaning and purpose.

The love of Christ compels me – both the love that I have received FROM Christ and the love that I feel FOR Christ. I am compelled to share because I believe so deeply in what I have to offer others.

Jesus is so much more than the most magnificent house or the latest and greatest vacuum cleaner or the most life-changing kitchen gadget.

The good news is more important than anything Fox News or CNN could ever broadcast.

The gospel is worth more than any earthly possession that the Home Shopping Network could ever carry.

So, sisters and brothers, we have to stop seeing ourselves as peddlers of useless wares and optional gadgets … and instead see ourselves as Heralds of the King of kings and Messengers of God Most High.

Don’t know how? Do you need some help? Comment below or leave me a message, or check out my YouTube channel for some helpful videos about sharing the gospel:

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV)

“And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.” (Luke 14:23 ESV)

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” (Acts 8:35 ESV)

“It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.” (1 Peter 1:12 ESV)

“So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:18-20 ESV)

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

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!