Stubborn as a Child

My youngest son, Rowan, is the type of child that determines his preferences based on his own logic, and no one else’s. We cannot counsel or cajole him into liking anything, be it a new food, game, or other activity. So, Rowan is often compelled to try things. It’s not that he’s disobedient – just… Continue reading Stubborn as a Child

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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

How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?

Last Sunday, my children’s church class was somewhat of a fail. I won’t say it was an epic fail, but it was pretty close. (If you're curious, you can read more about it here.)   Through that experience, the Lord certainly reminded me of my need to rely not upon my own experience or abilities,… Continue reading How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail!

On Palm Sunday, as we do every year, we celebrated the Easter season with our junior church class. I prepared a full-fledged lunch and treats the kids always love, and planned a few games and activities. And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him… Continue reading Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail!

Teaching the Tough Truths of Scripture

Last Sunday, it was truly a pleasure to teach the children at my church after several weeks away. We’d had two weeks of services canceled because of bad weather, and we missed another week because of attending a memorial service for the son of a fellow firefighter (my husband is a lieutenant for the fire… Continue reading Teaching the Tough Truths of Scripture

More Snacks, Please!

Last Sunday, I asked my junior church class (ages 4-12) what they might like to add to our class time in the coming year. You can imagine their responses, everything from field trips and game days to outdoor classes and nap time...maybe outdoor nap time? And of course, more snacks. A teacher can never bring… Continue reading More Snacks, Please!

Memorize & Meditate: Proverbs 9:9-10

Thank you, blogger friends! As I pondered the verses and quotations I included in yesterday's post, I was reminded of the importance to learn from others' wisdom, gained through their life experience and walk with the Lord. Fresh, Godly ideas can open the mind to be filled with more of Him! I'm so appreciative of… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Proverbs 9:9-10

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

It’s Not Fair…And That’s Okay

On Saturday, our kids and a couple of others from their 4-H club attended our state 4-H robotics competition for the first time. They had been preparing for this competition for a couple of months, programming their Lego EV3 robots to perform a series of designated tasks. After programming the robots to perform each individual… Continue reading It’s Not Fair…And That’s Okay

No Greater Joy

We love to watch DVDs of our kids from years ago. It's amazing how quickly my husband and I have forgotten the high pitch of their younger voices and the childish roundness of their younger faces. It's hilarious to see the kids' reactions to themselves and their siblings as well. "Look at my teeth!" "Look… Continue reading No Greater Joy