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Compliant Children Leave Messes Too

Compliant Children Leave Messes Too
My dog is the sweetest, most obedient dog.  When I sent him to the pen today, he obediently did his business.  When he came back to the door, I sent him out again, so he could do "the other business."  That job completed, he obediently returned to the door waiting patiently to come inside.  At which point he dropped another large load on the deck. Really? Again?  Why me? Children are like that too.  You can...
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Is Homeschooling High School Intimidating?

Is Homeschooling High School Intimidating?
What exactly does one need in order for a home school child to enter college? I have heard many different things..like a home school diploma will not be sufficient or you have to have transcripts or a portfolio...it is very intimidating to say the least. Any advice??? ~Amanda Amanda, check out my free minicourse here . I have lots of video classes about how to homeschool high school on the Gold Care Club . It's not...
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Homeschoolers: Don't be wise in your own eyes

Homeschoolers: Don't be wise in your own eyes
If you do your job well, your children will become well-educated.  Unfortunately, that sometimes can make teenagers feel like they are "smarter" or "better" than someone else.  It's a challenge to convey encouragement about their good efforts, without encouraging them to become prideful.  The Bible equates "being wise in your own eyes" with evil that should be shunned. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health...
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My Children Never Listen to Me!

My Children Never Listen to Me!
Let me take a guess. Your children don't always listen to you. Once in a while, you communicate something very clearly to them, and they act like their ears are filled with cotton.  At some point you may have felt like your children did not take full advantage of your experience and expertise by implementing your instruction. Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written...
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Outlast the Storms - One Final Word...

Outlast the Storms - One Final Word...
Here's a PS on last week's post on outlasting the storms... God's promises are true EVEN WHEN THERE IS A SHIPWRECK. In Acts we read about Paul being shipwrecked.  He was in a ship and in danger too, and he STILL completed God's plan for his life.  Paul recognized that even though he did not expect the shipwreck, the Lord already knew it would happen.  Paul tried to explain the situation to the others in the...
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Teach Your Children to Tithe

Teach Your Children to Tithe
I saw the most wonderful bumper sticker!   "If you love Jesus, tithe - anyone can honk!" I just love that!  Genuine faith is not just about doing the easy things, it's also about doing the hard things.  In this economy, tithing may be a VERY hard thing.  Anyone can honk, but giving money away when finances are insecure, that takes faith. Homeschoolers focus on academics, and the Lord does want us to raise children in...
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A Dad's Christmas Morning Reflection

A Dad's Christmas Morning Reflection
Matt here, blogging early on Christmas morning.  The boys are still in bed having negotiated an 8AM wake up today.  Boy, life is different than when they were up at 6 AM on Christmas morning, pulling on our blankets and begging us to get up! Speaking of life, I finally got around to using a Christmas present I received last year.  It is a VHS to DVD recorder.  For a full year, I could never get...
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Speaking of Ponzi Schemes. . .

Speaking of Ponzi Schemes. . .
I found this is my "memoirs" folder on my computer.  It was written "a few years ago" about my younger son, the political economy major.  He certainly doesn't demonstrate ANY problems with reading comprehension anymore.  In fact, he just told us that he heard all the news about the book "Twilight" and decided that he was old enough to read it.  He read the entire series in two days, just before finals week.  (Begs the question,...
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How Did We Get Here?

How Did We Get Here?
Are you confused about the current economic crisis?  I certainly am!  I saw this YouTube video as I was doing some research, and it seemed to explain it in a way that I can understand.  This becomes a McCain ad somewhere around the 8:30 mark, so you may not want to watch through to the end, but the facts regarding the subprime mortgage business, and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac are a matter of public record. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxgSubmiGt8 I'm...
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Understanding Their Gifts

Understanding Their Gifts
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it...
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Are you happy yet?

Are you happy yet?
Do you want to make your children happy? Proverbs 3:13-18 (NKJV) Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. I love the fact that a man who finds wisdom is happy.  I'm less thrilled that the boy LOOKING for wisdom may be less than happy :-)  Keep up the good work, though.  Homeschooling can be difficult, and rarely do our children say "thank you."  But the fruits of our labor will...
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