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Not ashamed

There isn’t much better reading on the subject of faith in the Bible than Hebrews 11. Known as the “Hall of Faith,” it is a dizzying recitation of people who chose to believe God, even when some of their natural eyes never saw what they were believing for. Do I have that kind of faith? The faith to simply trust God? God is not ashamed to be called their God. Heb 11:16b Wow. God was … read on, my friend…

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Embracing hope

Hope is sometimes not easily embraced. When in the throes of trouble sometimes it is easier to hold hope at arm’s length, to wallow in the negative feelings of the moment instead of holding hope close to the chest, allowing it to permeate the soul. Hope is all sunshine, warm and life-energizing. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain by embracing the hope that Christ offers. It is not my nature to hold … read on, my friend…

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The kindness of strangers

Like much of the country, we have endured a blizzard the last 36 hours. It was an amazing display of snow and wind in all its wintry glory. But to me the real story is not those who got stuck in the snow (like me), but those who were helping their neighbors. When I got stuck there were no less than 5 people who stopped to check on me. The first pickup of 20-something dudes … read on, my friend…

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On naming the new year

Reading Ann’s post on her yearly ritual challenged and inspired me. I never had thought of doing that before but it makes sense. Naming a year seems to make it more purposeful, more important, more intimate. So I set out to discover my own word for 2011. Like a child in a wondrous candy store, nose pressed, heated breath fogging the glass, I searched for the perfect word to summarize the focus of 2011. Would … read on, my friend…

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Homeschooling is a bit like nursing

Since I have started working again I have noticed there are a few correlations between what I do now and home educating. Individual attention. I have two patients and so I am able to concentrate only on them. Specialization. It takes a special skill set to work as an ICU RN. It also takes a special skill set to homeschool. Continuing education. You are always learning as a nurse and as a home educator. If … read on, my friend…

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with joy

…if only I may finish my course with joy… Acts 20:24 AMP (emphasis mine) This is part of my life scripture. It is one that is dear to me and only recently I have seen it anew. There are three things in this lovely passage that I want to emphasize. Finish I am to finish, whatever that means for me. For some home educators it’s graduation. For others it’s somewhere along the way. No one … read on, my friend…

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Hope for the next generation

My oldest daughter (10) entered this year’s essay contest from our state’s Christian homeschool organization. The topic was “The Role of Christians in Government.” When I saw the title I knew she just had to enter. It took a lot of prodding but I finally got a paper out of her. She typed it up, then saw that it had to be hand written, so she copied it and we put both copies in the … read on, my friend…

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Step 8: principle 5– The Christian form of our government

This 5th principle may seem tricky at first. You may wonder how on Earth that applies to your personally. Let’s discuss that very thing. The Principle of Representation Ex. 18:25-26, Deut. 1:13 (Moses is the first example of this principle). The Children of Israel chose their own representatives. Rev. Thomas Hooker used this principle in a 1638 sermon that inspired the first constitution in America–the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. Christian form of our government As … read on, my friend…

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step 8: principle 3–America’s Heritage of Christian Character

The highest example of Christian self-government is, well, Jesus. Of course He is our model and who we strive to pattern our lives after, hence the “Christian” descriptor. To be self-governed, we must have the character to sustain it. And to do that we must have these seven principles demonstrated in our lives. To me, this principle should be listed last and be the sum of all the other principles. It encapsulates your life as you … read on, my friend…

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The key to Christian self-government

Along with the latest writings from Shannon, God has been revealing to me what it means to be internally governed. I have been listenening to a seminar by Ms. Katherine Dang and also going through the Rudiments of America’s Christian History and Government with Mrs. Smith from Pilgrim Institute. They have meshed together so well for me. God is using both of these women to speak into my life in such a profound yet practical … read on, my friend…

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