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5 Easy Steps to a more Organized Homeschool Tags: children decisions encouragement

5 Easy Steps to a more Organized Homeschool

  • PERSPECTIVE

    • Each January Dan and I spend several days praying and planning for our next year—not just homeschool, but every area of our lives. See how we did it here: Purposeful Planning.
    • What are your goals for this year? For five years from now? If you don’t know where you’re going, you will have difficulty getting there.
    • We always started school in mid-August and took the first two weeks in September off for vacation.
      • This gave us time to test our plan and talk and revise it during our time off.
  • PLAN AHEAD

    • You will feel a lot more confident if you have lesson plans done ahead. I usually tried to get two or three months’ plans done before we started school so I wasn’t always flying by the seat of my pants.
  •  PRIORITIZE

    • The year we started homeschooling, our 16-month-old son was diagnosed with leukemia. I struggled with how in the world I was going to handle three children under six, homeschool, and leukemia. Dan said, “If you get devotions and Scripture memory work done, consider it a good day.”
    • You can catch up on academics, but character training needs to be done daily. It’s difficult to repair character issues, so we need to place these above academics. Training our children in Godly character must be at the top of the list. I know it’s challenging to stop in the middle of a lesson—again—to cover something we just dealt with five minutes ago, but you will reap the rewards down the road.
    • Don’t rethink your decision to homeschool every year. When Eric had leukemia we learned a valuable lesson that we used often during our 21+ years of homeschooling. When things get tough or difficult or even seem impossible, we don’t look for a way out. Instead, we ask the Lord to help us get His view—His perspective. He’s the best consultant available, and He’s always ready and willing to help.

 

  • PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

    • Find a way to organize your school supplies that works for you. There are a lot of options online. Find the ones that will make your days flow smoothly.
  • PEACE

    • Relax, God really is in control.
    • Stay in the Word. Do whatever is necessary to stay connected to the source.

 

“I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 KJV

 

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Thoughts on Challenging Us to be Titus 2 Women - By Bill Reeves, Part 3 Tags: Biblical Encouragement homemaking Titus 2

 

THOUGHTS ON CHALLENGING US TO BE TITUS 2 WOMEN BY BILL REEVES PART 3. They are to be subject to their own husbands as to the Lord.

THE LAST SECTION WILL DEAL WITH THE “S” WORD – SUBMISSION.

Lastly, married young women are to be subject to their own husbands. Started with “love your husband” and end with being “subject to your own husband.” They are to be subject to their own husbands as to the Lord.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.  But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.” (Eph. 5: 22-24)

NOTE, THIS IS THE KEY. 

  • Wives are to submit to their own husbands as to the Lord.
  • John MacArthur – “A woman doesn’t know how to bow her knee to God until she learns how to bow her knee to her husband.”
  • We’re not talking about attitude or behavior fit for a slave; it simply means that she submits as God has designed the order.

WHAT’S THE ORDER?

  • God is the head of Christ – Christ is the head of man and 1 Cor. 11 says “and the man is the head of the woman” – she is subject to her own husband.
    A concept condemned by the world as archaic.
  • We’ve talked about a woman’s character and her priorities.
  • What’s her motive to be?
  • What’s the purpose in all of these injunctions?
  • “that the Word of God may not be dishonored.” Dishonored means to blaspheme or defame.
  • The point Paul is emphasizing is that it is not only the evil things we say and do, but also the good things we fail to say and do, that dishonor the Lord and His Word before the church and the world.
  • Obedience to these injunctions silences those who are enemies of Christ.  The motivation is to glorify Him and to not bring Him dishonor.
  • The Lord commands us, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16)
  • Writing about believers in Corinth, Paul said, “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Cor. 3:3)

WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO AS YOU MOVE TO THE PRACTICE OF A GODLY WOMAN?

  • Think biblically about what your life should entail.  Comes through prayer & Word.
  • You need to have the proper goals for your character and lifestyle.
  • You need to diligently work on the Christ-like character qualities in this passage.
  • God calls all of us to learn to be servants of all.
  • A woman’s life is a very  busy life. You have to plan wisely.  Learn to set priorities. Be guided by questions like these.
  • What time am I going to spend in the Word of God and prayer today?
  • Which areas of my character am I going to work on today – kindness, sensibility, purity, tongue, something I’m enslaved to.
  • How can I love and submit to my husband today?
  • How can I demonstrate love and care for my kids today?
  • What are the priorities at home that need to be done today? (Not what do I want to do)
  • Are there things I tend to neglect?  Do I need to cut back on other things & attend to these things at home?
  • How can I come along side a younger woman today and teach and encourage her?
  • Would I be wise to seek counsel of an older woman in some area?
  • Strive for excellence – Strive to live out the priorities of Titus 2.  Frequently evaluate yourself to see how you doing on your priorities.
  • How did I serve my husband today?
  • How did I minister to my children today? Etc.

As you diligently strive to live out the priorities of Titus 2, God will grant you the grace to live out these priorities to the best of your ability in whatever stage of life you’re in.

What’s the motivation?  What’s the purpose?

”so the Word of God will not be dishonored.” – Testimony of the godly woman.

Bottom line – one’s walk with the Lord.  Gratefulness, being content with husband, home, children, rooted in attitudes shaped by the Word of God & getting one’s heart right before God.

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© Bill Reeves 2008
Used with permission

 

 

 

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Prayer—Battle In “The Secret Place” By Oswald Chambers Tags: Christian encouragement prayer

 

Prayer—Battle in “The Secret Place” by Oswald ChambersOSWALD CHAMBERS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS.

  • He makes me think.
  • His words convict me.
  • I want to pray after reading what he writes.
  • He makes me want to be a better Christian.

His book My Utmost for His Highest is my favorite. My little leather bound copy is well worn. I’ve used it for many years. At some point I began jotting down important things that happened on the date I was reading. It’s become sort of a journal too.

TODAY’S ENTRY (AUGUST 23) IS ON PRAYER.

  • He excels in making me want to pray more often and better.
  • I feel him urge me on to spend time with the Lord.
  • He convicts me of my often prayer-less days.

This excerpt is what really grabbed hold of my heart today:

“We must have a specially selected place for prayer, but once we get there this plague of wandering thoughts begins, as we begin to think to ourselves, “This needs to be done, and I have to do that today.” Jesus says to “shut your door.” Having a secret stillness before God means deliberately shutting the door on our emotions and remembering Him. God is in secret, and He sees us from “the secret place”— He does not see us as other people do, or as we see ourselves. When we truly live in “the secret place,” it becomes impossible for us to doubt God. We become more sure of Him than of anyone or anything else. Enter into “the secret place,” and you will find that God was right in the middle of your everyday circumstances all the time.

He goes on to say:

Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless you learn to open the door of your life completely and let God in from your first waking moment of each new day, you will be working on the wrong level throughout the day. But if you will swing the door of your life fully open and “pray to your Father who is in the secret place,” every public thing in your life will be marked with the lasting imprint of the presence of God.”

“When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”Matthew 6:6

 

 

 

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