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Things I have learned about reading, about life, about me Part 3 of 3

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If you have not read PART 1 and PART 2 of this article, you may want to go do that first.

This article is written in three parts and they are meant to be read in order. But you’re welcome to be a rebel and read this part first. Or you can read PART 2 first. Whatever floats your boat.

Things I have learned Part 3

I never pictured myself as a teacher. I never had the patience to teach young children — as a young woman. As a mother, I discovered patience I never knew I had. I discovered that I could teach my own children. And it took me a long time but I finally realized that I was teaching them already.

We decided on homeschooling for many reasons. One of them was my feeling that the children’s creativity might be stifled in such a busy environment where they would receive so little personal attention. Another was due to the tremendous amount of energy my son has always had. He moves so quickly from one thing to the next, I knew he would be easily bored in a classroom with twenty or thirty other students. I also felt it was important to teach them in a God-centered atmosphere. Since God is not welcome in public schools and most private schools are catholic (and we are not) homeschool was the best option.

There were many other reasons.

But I’m sure you don’t want to hear me list them all. It would take all day for you to read the article.

However, one of the bonuses of home-schooling is that I get to make reading a very important part of it. My son loves to read as much as I do . . . maybe even more. We’ve chosen curriculum that focuses on reading. He reads for enjoyment, not just for assignments. He has that luxury at home. My daughter is new to reading but she is picking it up very quickly and she already enjoys reading books at her level for fun!

We also spend a lot of time at the local library. Both children enjoy this so much they beg to go to the library almost every day. I enjoy the chance to sit in a room, surrounded by books — watching my children enjoy the world of reading as much as I do.

It’s exciting and rewarding.

Books are the best thing we can pass on to our children. There are whole worlds inside that wait to be explored.

Give your children the gift of reading.

Teach them, whether they are homeschooled or go to public or private school, to love books. Teach them to love reading. The possibilities that exist with reading are endless, boundless and unimaginable!

READ! WRITE! TEACH! LEARN! LIVE!

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It’s Back to School time!

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Now that the new school clothes have been bought, school supplies have been acquired and the kiddos are settling back into their school routine for the year – I would just like to point out a few things about the differences between home-schooling and public/private schooling. OK. You got me. It’s pretty much going to be about home-schooling. But you know what the flipside of it is if your children attend public/private school. And chances are, you’ll think of a dozen things I don’t mention here too.

Homeschoolers typically buy our curriculum at the end of spring. That is when most homeschool sellers schedule their sales and curriculum fairs. This is a wonderful opportunity for us. We miss out on the “back to school” crowd scouring the shelves at Wal-Mart and Target and get to relax during those crazy days.

“We miss out on the ‘back to school’ crowd”

Homeschoolers get to chose when their “school” starts and finishes each year. Some choose to do school the typical nine months… just like the public/private schools, some do several months at a time with longer breaks in between. Some choose to do school year round with a week off here and there for vacations/field trips/etc…

“They make the entire world their classroom.”

Homeschoolers are not restricted to learning in a classroom. They make the entire world their classroom. Everywhere we go, everyone we meet, everything we do is an opportunity to learn. We learn from everything and everyone we encounter on a daily basis. It’s a tremendous opportunity and it’s also one that most public/private school systems overlook. But in the real world, children need to know how to balance a checkbook, shop for groceries, stock a pantry and interact with salesmen. It’s a parent’s duty to either teach these things or let their children figure them out on their own. Those parents who teach their children these valuable life lessons are home-schooling, whether they mean to or not.

“Those parents who teach their children these valuable life lessons
are home-schooling, whether they mean to or not.”

Homeschoolers have a lot more freedom in their school day than those who attend public/private schools. We don’t have to go to a locker and then to the other side of the school to change subjects. We just get out a different book. We don’t have to spend time going over homework or taking roll in each class so we can get right to it. We don’t have to squeeze in bathroom breaks. We just go down the hall or around the corner. We don’t have to wait in a long lunch line for our food and then try and find a place to sit. We just sit down at the table and mom puts lunch out for us (or when the children are older, make it themselves). These advantages give us a much smaller draw on our daily time so there is a lot more time for other important and fun things in our day! Then there is a lot more time for families to “spend time” together!

there is a lot more time for families to ‘spend time’ together”

It’s wonderful!

I understand that home-schooling is not for everyone and I wouldn’t dream of trying to talk someone into home-schooling if it’s not something they want to do. I am simply thrilled that I am able to home-school my children. It’s an opportunity I am exceedingly Thankful for and I feel so Blessed to have discovered it! I hope that some of you out there who might be on the fence would consider just how fantastic a thing it would be for your family.

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A view of Miley Cyrus’s latest behavior that may not be very popular.

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I have been sitting on this opinion for days but it feels more and more important that people who have a valid point, should make theirs known.

Disclaimer: I will not be posting any pictures of Miley’s recent performance so if you came here looking for that, you’ll probably be going now.

I read a blog post this morning that condoned and applauded Miley Cyrus for her recent behavior and I feel compelled to respond. Before anyone goes off half-cocked, the author of said blog post has already conceded that the behavior was questionable. She was merely condoning Miley’s right, as a woman, to do such a thing.

I would like to address this point first.
It is my belief that many people in this world today have lost the meaning behind the different roles of men and women in the world, in society and in life. One of the problems is, I’m certain, the devil himself. He is the father of lies and the master of confusion. And the more he can confuse people in general, the easier his work becomes. However one of the problems is most definitely the different translations of the bible. I realize that the Olde English is not easy for everyone. In fact, it’s not always easy for me. However, the Authorized King James Translation was taken upon very seriously. And it took years… yes years for them to translate the original languages into one. This was not because of a lack in technology or resources but due to the fact that every single verse was painstakingly studied by multiple translators. They wanted to make sure they got it RIGHT.

Example:

Proverbs 31:26-31 ESV:
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. …
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Proverbs 31: 26-31 KJV:
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
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I could spend all day on every nuance that has been missed here. But I won’t. If you look, REALLY look, you can see what has been missed and what has been incorrectly translated.

So back to the point at hand.

Why do I consider Miley Cyrus’s behavior completely inappropriate, lewd, disgusting and an affront to all things good and decent in this world?

I do not care one single solitary bit that she is a young woman doing these things. I would be JUST AS disgusted by a man behaving this way. But our society has been exposed to these sorts of things so much, we can’t even see it for what it really is: one more step toward desensitization to true evil.

Yes, the Smith family was shocked. Yes, millions of people have commented negatively. But think of this. Does Twitter care? Does Google care? Does Facebook care? Does MTV care?

No!
They care about likes, page views, tweets, ratings. They care about how many people watched it live, watched it later on YouTube, how many people are talking about it, tweeting about it, texting about it, liking pages talking about it. Facebook, Google, Twitter and MTV are doing a happy dance right now because this subject is on everybody’s pages and unfortunately in their mouths and minds.

Eventually, all anyone will remember about it is how controversial it was.

I miss the days when Miley skipping out on an event in New York City (Hannah Montana: The Movie) was the biggest concern on anybody’s mind. I miss the days when it was shocking to see Miley in all black with a frown perpetually on her face (The Last Song). I miss the days when she sang a duet with John Travolta (Bolt) and that was the biggest, most exciting thing she’d ever done!

I miss the days when young people got to be young people. The days when we didn’t encourage our children to grow up so fast AND to do it in front of the world via social media. I’m still working on this with my two young children. We do not have cable. We do not have Internet (except on our phones and we have ABSOLUTE control over those AT ALL TIMES). We feel it is more important to give the children time to play, time to read, time to BE children!

Parental controls may be fine for some people but more and more things are becoming “PG” or “PG-13” that I do NOT want my young children seeing… EVER if I can help it. And this latest experience is another one of them. It aired LIVE on MTV, a channel that almost every cable carrier supplies as part of a basic package. How many young children saw this that night? Can they ever get those images out of their head? Will they ever be able to think of Miley Cyrus again without going back to that event in their mind?

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No. And neither will I unfortunately. And not because I watched it on TV or even on YouTube but because I clicked on a link for an article speaking against her behavior. I didn’t for one second think there would be a picture there. I was wrong.

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Waiting for God to send my Prince Charming

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All my life I have been laughed at and berated for being a “hopeless romantic” and I am so thrilled to find out, all these years later, that THEY were wrong, not me!

From the crib we are taught conflicting “truths” about love, romance and marriage. And I, for one, am sick of it. I am positively thrilled to have discovered the actual truth! And I am so glad I can now pass on that truth to my sweet little Princess.

Little girls grow up watching Disney movies, television shows and “chick flicks” that are all about romance and happy endings. Then, when it comes time for us to consider dating or marriage, we’re told that the movies and shows we grew up loving are just fairy tales. Life and love don’t really work that way…

Oh yeah?

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” Ephesians 5:25

That one verse says it all, ladies. A husband is supposed to love his wife in the same way Christ loved AND loves the church! He loved the church (us) so much that he died for us. And not in the “I’m jumping in front of the bullet” or “I’m pushing you out of the way of the speeding car” way but in a planned, pre-ordained, destined way that he knew from before the beginning of time he was going to do.

That is love.

In fact, it is a love that we, as mere mortals, cannot possibly understand. And this is most likely the reason we misuse, abuse and misinterpret love so often. We don’t understand what it means to love someone that much. How could we really? We think in terms of years or maybe even decades. We could not possibly look at time the same way God does. Otherwise the concept of eternity would not be the puzzle it is for so many of us.

How did I come to this truth so suddenly? I mean, I must have heard that verse read at least a dozen times through the years. I’ve read the verse myself multiple times. So why didn’t I get it?

I blame conditioning.

We are conditioned by society to believe that the relationships we want deep in our hearts and souls are no more than fairy tales. Our friends, family, teachers in school, ministers at church, doctors, counselors (the list goes on and on) tell us not to expect this sort of love from a relationship in reality.

Do yourself a favor. Don’t listen to any more “helpful” advice. Read your bible and pray. Ask your parents to pray. Ask your friends to pray. Pray for yourself and for your future spouse.

Don’t date. Give courting a try. Think it sounds old-fashioned or crazy? Ask yourself what the most popular form of “dating” is today? Group dating is the “new” way to date! It’s safer. It’s more fun. It’s the easiest way to get your friends to approve of a guy or girl you think you are interested in. This is a form of courting.

Courting really is the most intelligent dating form. You have a chance to get to know a person and you have people backing you up, opinion-wise BEFORE you get your emotions and hormones involved.

Broken hearts are not fun… not for anyone. And courtship is the best way to avoid a broken heart, shattered dreams and divorce.

God did not design us to fall in and out of love over and over again. He did not design us to be abused or taken advantage of. Our hearts are the most vulnerable to deception. That is why we must guard them so fiercely. Our emotions and hormones are willing accomplices in that deception. This is why it is so important to make relationship decisions with prayer and council first.

Young women: God wants you to be with a man who will love you – as he loves you, a man who will care for you and show you just how special you are to him, and a man who will cherish you – because you are precious and rare.

Don’t settle for any less than what you deserve! Hold out for that white knight! You’ll be glad you did!

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Why is it so expensive to be a “good” Christian?

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Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me? Seriously…

Christian fiction books are, on average, $3 – $4 more than the average mainstream fiction novels. We see these much higher prices in bible study books, research books and devotionals too. And you don’t even want to get me started on how expensive the bibles themselves are.

Tracts… I know you used to be able to buy them for .05 to .10. Now they’re $1 and, in a lot of cases, $2.

You can find the latest mainstream movies on sale at WalMart for $10 and under but Christian movies… If you can find them, are $12, $20 & $25… yes, that’s for 1 disc.

I can appreciate that Christian writers, printers, film-makers and the owners of the Christian stores have to make a living but are we really sending the message that we “good” Christians aren’t just out to fleece the public?

Then, of course, there are all those Christian organizations we’re supposed to belong to. Prayer groups, study groups, support groups… the list goes on and on. Each one has their own set of dues/fees/donation and they’re not cheap.

I can really appreciate how many “good” Christian people there are who live a very comfortable life. And I’m sure some of them worked very hard to get there. But what about the widows, the single moms, the people who work their tails off but barely scrape by?

They’re the ones who get lectured about not being a “good” Christian because they don’t pass out tracts, they don’t have a fancy study bible and they don’t belong to a dozen groups. And, worst of all, they usually end up hearing from someone that their past sin is what got them to where they are. If they’d just release the sin and give their life to God fully, he wants to prosper them, he wants them to be fruitful (I just love that one), he wants them to have a good life. Let me tell you, it’s really tough not to just punch someone who is spouting this nonsense.

And that, is why I don’t go to church. I pray, I read my bible, I watch mp4s of really great sermons by preachers I love (they’re a lot cheaper than DVDs) and I do my best to give my children a deep understanding and love for God!

Philip Gulley said it best, I think.
“Never knew their desolations, their pinings, their hunger for grace in a grace-starved world.”

And that is most pastors. They don’t know… because they don’t want to know. They want the attendance up, the offering plate full and the fancy members happy.

God Bless you!

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Need comes in many sizes, shape and packaging. Give someone needy a second chance today!

Our world is full of needy people.
Sadly, even though the majority of these needy people want something that will cost you nothing but a little time, very few of them will receive it.

What they want is your friendship, your time and your encouragement.

Why don’t they get it?

There are several reasons. One reason is time. Everyone is busy today. Families have work and school and sports and other activities. They have to schedule time to spend with their own family so how could they find time for anyone else?
However, from there the reasons run the gamut from family dynamics to distance to not having anything in common.
But there is another reason and it is the most heart-breaking. This reason is actually the person in question, or rather, their approach to asking for what they need.
This person is very needy and they show it, in the way they talk, the way they smile and the way they hang on your every word.
They need your attention, and in trying to attain that attention, they go a little overboard. They cling too much, they talk too much and their smile is just a little too big, a little to nervous.
Almost everyone’s reaction to this behavior is to move away, make some excuse and head in the opposite direction as quickly as possible. This may be the natural human reaction but, it is not the response they need and it will only further cement the feelings of inadequacy that cause their behaviors in the first place.
We as followers of Jesus Christ have a responsibility to these people just as much as we do the homeless and the hungry. And these people, in their own way, are usually without a home (family, friends, love, etc…) and they are hungry, for love and attention.
If we desire to walk in Jesus’ footsteps, we have a duty to try and fill these needs as well.

May God bless you this day and all the days of your life.
Amen.

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If you give God lemons, he will make lemonade.

God will use what you give him. It’s true.
We hear preachers and pastors all the time who tell us about their misspent youth.
Drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc… God uses all of these things from their past to lead people to him.
A pastor who has never sinned can not truly understand or empathize with sinners.
God has a path for each of us. We don’t always follow that path. Does God’s plan stop or wait when we stray off the path? No.
God uses things along your path to bring you back to his.
And please do not misunderstand this. God’s path is not always easy but God uses adversity to show us a true appreciation for comfort.
God uses struggle to show us how to truly appreciate a clear path. God uses non-believers to show us an appreciation for fellowship.
And the most important thing to remember is this: no matter what we go through, on his path or our own, God wants us to lean on him. Not for selfish reasons but because he knows that he can make our burden lighter. By leaning on him, the path is easier to walk. No matter what barriers are ahead of us, we can count on God to lift us over them.

So ask yourself this. With the storms this life brings, do you want to handle them on your own? Wouldn’t you rather be able to lean on God, let him help you through them?

May God bless you this day and all the days of your life.
Amen.

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