August 28, 2015

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Five Minute Friday: Alone

You know sometimes those moments come that are unpredictable, frustrating, and just annoying. We face these almost on a daily basis. Some are more intense than others and some are so small they may go unnoticed.

All of these prove our character. It shows us who we really are. Stressors causes us to act in ways we may not realize or care to admit. We can choose to push through in our own power or relax and trust God.

This morning as I stand alone on my deck awaiting a locksmith, I am placed in one of these situations. Relax and understand this moment is to make me more like Christ or drive me away from him.

Take advantage of the moments you have!

With Great Love and Truth,

August 27, 2015

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Wield your Goad!!!

Fight with what you’ve got!

Here we are introduced to our third Judge of Israel. This description is short and sweet and to the point.

And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.

Judges 3:21

We see the triumphal victory over Mesopotamia with Othniel; a perfect victory. We then learned of Ehud, our left-handed man who surprised even the wealthiest of Kings. Now in one verse we are introduced to Shamgar. Shamgar gets one whole verse to describe his story and great deliverance of Israel.

Shamgar is the son of Anath. That is all we know about this man. We don’t know his family line, we don’t know Israel’s sin cycle. All we can gather from this verse is that Israel was in need of deliverance from the Philistines. God raises up Shamgar who slays 600 men with an ox goad.

An ox goad was a spear like tool used to herd cattle and aid in pulling a plow. These were common instruments that were not removed by the enemy. In 1 Samuel 13:16-22 we see these common tools were no threat and felt them necessary for Israel to produce goods. The goads were left for working the farms and increasing productivity.


With this very tool Shamgar made it into a weapon and slayed 600 enemies. This was significant enough to deliver Israel from its enemy. Shamgar used what he had to stand for his people. He needed only faith in a powerful God to wield that deadly goad around at his foes. Shamgar’s goad was highly productive!

You don’t need an army of thousands, or “weapons,” or chariots of iron to fight against the enemy. We need faith in a powerful God and we need to use the resources he has given to us. My resources won’t be the same as yours and they will change over time. But God is good all the time and as we seek to stand for truth in this wicked world, we need to utilize any tools we have.

Common tools today would be social media, word of God, the internet, prayer, gathering with believers, and worshiping with a local church. We have so many methods of preaching the gospel, studying scripture, and connecting with saints. We have no excuse to be lazy while a battle rages on around us. No matter the economic status or social status we need to engage this world for Christ. We need to pick up our “Ox Goad” and slay the enemy.

Some of you are gifted with music, preaching, encouraging, or hospitality and you’re not serving with it. Some of you have grown weary and tired from the battle. Listen, pray and be renewed. Listen to the commands of God and let it move you to action. Next week we are going to look at a narrative where one Man was moved to action through God’s word! Lets get busy for Christ!

August 11, 2015

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Master’s Academy

This week was an improvement from the last couple of weeks. As each week passes it seems to be smoothing out even more. We continue to have moments of frustration, discipline, and also achievement. I have been evaluating my teaching style and also the length of time for each lesson. I have decided not to push my youngest to keep up with his brother. I also have shortened the lesson times to allow for more recovery time (for both of us).
As Mom’s we sometimes feel the need to “unwind” after our homeschooling day and leave our kids to play alone. At times I feel as though I do this to often and my children need play time with me. it’s important not to come across as a teacher ALL the time. My oldest seems to struggle with this and I am going to spend more quality time outside of the classroom with him. Play is just as important as instruction. Our children are different and perceive love in different ways and we need to know what that means for each of our children individually. They need to feel loved inside and outside the classroom.
Homeschooling is so rewarding but it’s also constantly changing. To drill, and push your kids so hard that everyday turns into a chore is really unfair to all parties involved. It’s not so much about the academics but shepherding  the hearts of our kids. Academic smarts will not get them any closer to heavens gate and neither will moral-ism. Our goal is to show them Christ and to be a great example in front of them.
My children are learning so much and soaking it all in. It’s so refreshing to see their fervor and excitement when they “get it.” Continue to pray for us and leave your best homeschooling tips in the comments.



With Great Love and Truth,

July 31, 2015


Five Minute Friday: Try

We have closed our second week of school and it continues to be a challenge. My children are still adapting to getting up and getting started with daily lessons. It’s a challenge to maintain a calm and joyful atmosphere for learning. I am still young in my homeschooling years and I am praying this gets easier. My children have moments of achievement and fun and then the next minute they are having a meltdown.
I want my children to truly enjoy learning and I know that won’t happen if I am an angry teacher. I also want my children to be independent learners without me nagging them every hour. Given, my children are young (7&5) but I don’t believe they are to young for these important life skills.
They are a great joy and a great challenge to my character as a Christian.  I thank God for them and I pray for them daily. I try and try to teach them in a tender-hearted way but many days are still very challenging for me.
Pray for me!
Any suggestions please comment below.

With Great Love & Truth,

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