The Joy of the Status Quo

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10b My family and I are in various stages of getting over the flu. If you’ve been in that situation recently, I sympathize! Have you ever felt that sickness brings to light the joy of the status quo? Normality… Continue reading The Joy of the Status Quo

My Weird Home-Schooled Kids

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. – 1 Peter 2:9 Twelve years ago, the decision my husband and I made to home-school (or homeschool, whatever your preferred spelling) our kids was met with mixed reviews.… Continue reading My Weird Home-Schooled Kids

Thankful for the Wonder of Our Salvation

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. – Psalm 118:21 At my house, we always take the week of Thanksgiving off from our homeschool studies to clean, decorate, bake, and spend some family time together before we plunge into December. The twelfth month is always crazy mix of… Continue reading Thankful for the Wonder of Our Salvation

Choose Joy

I often read blog posts in which writers pour out their hearts about their trials and tribulations. These dear people are often suffering from depression or other chronic illnesses, or dealing with family problems. Others are simply running the race of life and feeling as though they will never catch up, never mind get ahead.… Continue reading Choose Joy

Getting Spiritually Fit

It’s been about two years since I began training to do an unassisted pull-up. My first attempt was rather embarrassing, as I couldn’t even begin to pull myself up. It was more of a dead hang. And I couldn’t even hang on for all that long. This week, I did three pull-ups, thanks to the… Continue reading Getting Spiritually Fit

Because Of / In Spite Of

If you follow my daughter’s blog, you’ll know that we spent last Thursday night at a Jason Gray concert, where we had a blessed, memory-making time. Jason drew the audience in immediately with his self-deprecating manner, shy smile, wry sense of humor, and slight stutter, which vanished when he performed. In between songs, he spoke… Continue reading Because Of / In Spite Of

Surrendered Potential

My daughter, Shae (of Teen, Meet God, and Shae's Days), loves to dance, and she's been told by her teachers through the years that she is gifted enough to pursue dance as a career. As I took these photos of her several weeks ago, I wondered what part dance would play in her future. You… Continue reading Surrendered Potential

Words to Live By, By My Kids

Every week, I assign my two high school juniors an essay or creative writing piece as one of their homeschool assignments. Last week, I asked Aidan and Shae to write their own "words to live by" in free verse form. They were to base their credos on the following words by Abraham Lincoln. I Am… Continue reading Words to Live By, By My Kids

One Foolish Choice

Last week, I finally reached a fitness goal I’d been working toward for most of the summer: I did four sets of ten pull-ups with the thinnest assistance band we have. Now that I’d met that goal, I’d be doing pull-ups with no assistance the following week. I was happy, but I had mixed feelings… Continue reading One Foolish Choice

Take Joy in Your Salvation!

When I read the Bible, I usually study particular words and phrases to clarify the meaning of a passage. But when I noticed this verse several days ago, I soaked up the entire paragraph all at once and enjoyed thinking about it all day - no additional study needed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,… Continue reading Take Joy in Your Salvation!