Thursday, August 17, 2017

A New Attack on Christian Homeschools


A while ago Jen McBride wrote a beautiful blog post encouraging homeschool moms (you can read it here) who may feel like failures because they aren't able to "do school" the way many of us remember it (i.e. sitting in a desk 6 to 8 hours a day, doing worksheets, and being indoctrinated with a teacher's opinion presented as fact). Mrs. McBride cited Deuteronomy 6:6-7 and reminded all the weary mommas out there that as long as they keep the main the main thing, everything else will fall into place (the main thing being love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and might). Ms. McBride did not say that parents should never worry about reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic, science, or history. She did not say that the only textbook homeschooling families will need is the Bible (although that is an interesting idea...). She simply stated what we know to be true: once you get right with God everything else will fall into place much more smoothly.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Titus 2sdays: I'm So Overwhelmed!

 

For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
Jeremiah 31:25

Dear Kathryn,
I don't know what to do, I am completely overwhelmed. I am six months pregnant and exhausted. I also have a 2 year old daughter that I care for full time. She is my daughter and I know that I love her, but I am starting to really feel like I don't like her at all, she is out of control. I spend all day chasing after her and cleaning up her messes and yelling at her and the only time I get a break is when she naps and I am finally able to get some cleaning or laundry done or dinner prepared. My husband travels a lot and he is hardly ever home to help out. I am so resentful of him and bitter towards him and my daughter. Should I talk to him and tell him how awful its been and how he needs to speak with his boss about not traveling so much so he can help me out?
"Anne"

Monday, July 31, 2017

P-R-O-M-I-S-E Bible Study Method


Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law; yea I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Psalm 119:34

One of the biggest challenges I've faced since becoming a Christian is ordering my personal devotion time. Determining which Bible study method, how to read through the Bible, and how to journal about it has been an ongoing trial and error game.

But I have finally settled upon a method that I really like. It is the PROMISE method, and here's what you do:

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Fun Post 1: August Photo Challenge


And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 3:13

One of the saddest things I have noticed since becoming a Christian is the belief among non-Christians (and even some believers!) that we don't have any fun. What in the world? Sure, we may follow "stricter rules" and eschew many of the things pagans find fun, but that shouldn't mean we don't ever let loose and enjoy life. We may be pilgrims here on earth, but we should be able to rejoice with unspeakable joy (1 Peter 1:8) because we have the Truth, and the Truth has set us free (John 8:32) to fully enjoy the pleasures of this world before journeying on to eternal paradise!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Challenging the Myth of 'Me Time'


Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him...
Psalm 37:7

If you meet with a system of theology that magnifies man, flee from it as far as you can.
Charles Spurgeon

Although it was not my intention, this week has kind of turned into Scheduling 101 Week! But God speaks and works in ways that I do not pretend to understand, or need to understand, I am content to simply, and prayerfully, be used by Him to encourage my sisters in Christ.

So, let's talk about a disturbing time-management trend I've noticed recently: 'Me Time'. Is it necessary? Is it helpful to others? Is it Biblical? My oh my. The cold hard truth is: 'Me Time' is not on God's schedule for us.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How to Build Your Weekly Schedule, Part 2


...teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:4-5

On Monday we looked at one trick that can help you plan a weekly schedule you can actually stick to, and if you haven't read that post and made your Must Be Done List, then hop on over and do so now!

Once you've gotten you list of basic things that have to be done for your home to simply function, it's time to consider your priorities and make your weekly Master To Do List. We are all tempted at some point to think, I have so much to do and there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done. But God would never give us an impossible task, He loves us, He wants the best for us, He desires that we be fruitful for His kingdom and He knows that burdening His servants with more work than they can handle is counter-productive.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Titus 2sdays: My Husband is Looking at Porn, Now What?


The elders which are among you...feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof...
1 Peter 5:1, 2

Welcome to Titus 2sdays ladies, a place to get & give that rarest thing of all these days: Biblical advice. Last week we discussed a woman whose husband is seemingly sneaking around and hiding things on his computer, although the few times she "caught" him nothing terrible was going on. So today I want to follow-up on that because I do believe that this is a real issue so many of us have to face. Even very liberal "news" sources admit that pornography use is on the rise and according to their findings at least 30% of men admit to being addicted to porn. And sadly, I have yet to see a study that shows Christian men's statistics are any better.

So chances are either you or a sister in Christ whom you love is dealing with this issue behind closed doors. So what is a wife to do?