When Your Husband Cuts Your Hair

In an effort to stretch family funds, I have become a do-it-yourselfer in many areas through the years. Long ago, I started cutting my own hair, and I eventually learned to do my family’s as well. (YouTube and a bit of trial and error can teach anything.) My hairstyle is pretty straightforward, medium-length and layered,… Continue reading When Your Husband Cuts Your Hair

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The Devil We Know

In Mark 5, Jesus commanded a legion of demons to leave the body of a man they had been torturing, apparently for quite some time. And when [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs;… Continue reading The Devil We Know

Bible Vitamins

Every Sunday, our pastor includes an insert called “The Bible View” in our bulletin. Every week focuses on a different theme, and this week’s theme was Bible study. The writer made the point that every Bible study session will not necessarily yield a lightning bolt (or even a light bulb) of fresh knowledge or inspiration.… Continue reading Bible Vitamins

Motherhood & Brotherhood

I write a lot about my daughter, Shae, on this blog. I suppose that’s natural, as we spend so much time together and share many common interests: fitness, healthy food, blogging, writing, photography, nature, and more. And as she is just like her father, she and I are quite compatible. While I enjoy discussing my… Continue reading Motherhood & Brotherhood

Thoughts About Our Home School Year

On Friday, another home school year concluded at the Jackson household.  As always, my kids were jubilant, while I experienced rather mixed emotions.   It is a relief to be done at last with the work of a home-schooling teacher. I won’t miss grading papers late at night, or writing out the day’s assignments early… Continue reading Thoughts About Our Home School Year

What (Change) Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Better

Change can be disheartening – for me, at least, as an inflexible introvert. Life is so much easier to coast through when things remain static, however briefly. But no day goes according to schedule, despite all my plotting and planning. Interference happens in the form of interruption, and I must change – change my schedule,… Continue reading What (Change) Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Better

Discipline Leads to Contentment

I wish I had figured out long ago the secret to contentment. For years, I pushed through life accomplishing what I thought needed to be done, whether it involved home-schooling my children, volunteering at church, freelancing as a writer, or being a good wife. I am a perfectionist and tried to be the best at… Continue reading Discipline Leads to Contentment

Memorize & Meditate: Isaiah 6:1,5,8

While reading about the Old Testament ways of worship, I've been reminded of the importance of a reverent attitude toward God. These verses express that idea beautifully. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Then said I, Woe… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Isaiah 6:1,5,8

Old Soul Quotes: Instruction

As a home-schooling parent on weekdays and junior church teacher on Sundays, I am quite comfortable giving instruction. But more often, I need to consider the value of receiving it. Those I teach often have wisdom to share with me. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy… Continue reading Old Soul Quotes: Instruction

Memorize & Meditate: II Timothy 2:15

As we begin a new home-schooling year (with two tenth-graders and a fourth grader!), I wanted to remind myself and my children just why we invest so much time and energy in our classroom each day. This will be their first memory verse of the year. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: II Timothy 2:15