{review & coupon} Music in Our Homeschool

I’m sure that the last thing on your homeschool mom mind is adding something new to your lesson plan. The holidays are swiftly approaching and we all just want to soak up family time! But those couple of weeks in limbo between Thanksgiving and Christmas can’t just be filled with cookies and playing in the snow, for most of us. With older children, we have to do some school. Bummer, I know. You moms with little ones have it good, don’t forget that! One thing I did a few years ago was what we called Christmas School. Keeping up with the foundational things – math, phonics/English, spelling – but then adding in special courses that made things a bit more fun. When I heard about Music In Our Homeschools, I was hoping they’d have something we could use that everyone would enjoy. And of course they did – Intro to Musicals.

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{giveaway} Cold Case Christianity

At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie’s new book.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 on the Litfuse blog.

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Are we missing the mark?

Have you ever just heard one of those songs that stopped you in your tracks, with lyrics that just really hit home?

Brothers, let us come together
Walking in the Spirit, there’s much to be done.
We will come reaching, out from our comforts
And they will know us by our love.

Those lyrics seeming to say everything that you’ve been thinking?

Sisters, we were made for kindness
We can pierce the darkness as He shines through us.
We will come reaching, with a song of healing.
And they will know us by our love!

I’ve been listening to this Christy Nockels song for months and I just can’t get the meaning behind the words out of my head.

The time is now
Come Church arise.
Love with His hands
See with His eyes.
Bind it around you,
Let it never leave you,
And they will know us by our love.

Christians, are we known by our love throughout our lives? What about on social media? Do you think that the world at large, a world that we are called to share the Gospel with, sees Christians as loving? Honestly? Sadly, I think we are missing the mark.

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Silence

I shared this morning on social media about how I just don’t have words for blogging right now. I really don’t. So I hope you all can be patient with me as I wait for God to open up this avenue again. In the meantime –

I’m getting a haircut today.

I’m abundantly thankful for gardens and the gift of growing food.

I’m reflecting on 1 Peter for the next few weeks (along with my whole church). It’s good for me to remember what Jesus really went through, what the apostles went through…makes my life seem like cake.

Homeschooling is going well.

Work is going well.

That’s about all I got, friends. Hopefully, I will be back soon.

The Proverbs 31 Woman: Generosity

{For the rest of the series, go here!}

As we’ve been winding through Proverbs 31 and unpacking some of the character qualities found within this chapter, I’ve been really challenged to consider my actions and words regularly. And this week’s section is no different – challenging, but once again I find myself dwelling on something I haven’t in the past.

She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Proverbs 31:20-22

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