Wednesday, December 31, 2014

#musesofamom: Two Reasons We Fail with New Year Resolutions

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It’s time for New Year resolutions!  Do you plan to make some resolutions for the New Year?  Here are the top ten resolutions most people make:

1.  Spend more time with family and friends
2.  Exercise regularly
3.  Lose weight
4.  Quit smoking
5.  Quit drinking
6.  Get out of debt
7.  Go back to school
8.  Learn something new
9.  Grow more spiritually
10. Get organized

Unfortunately, four out of five people break their resolutions each year and 33% don't even make it past January. 

We choose to make resolutions because we have a desire to change something – either about ourselves specifically or our lives generally. 
We all want good things in our life, but if we don’t see immediate progress toward a goal, or if we fall back into an old habit, we give up.

So why do we fail at our resolutions?

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Homeschooling: High School Astronomy

Thank you for visiting our astronomy curriculum page!  

When the Oldest was a senior in high school, he chose to complete Astronomy for his last science class. We found a University of Texas Astronomy book quite inexpensively, and I did some of my own searching online for things to help aid in his study. The result is this syllabus - and we didn't even really need a textbook! I felt it was important to share it with others who also appreciate saving money in their homeschool budget.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Homeschooling: 6th Grade Ancient History

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My Youngest studied Ancient History last year, using a BJU Press textbook in addition to many other free online resources which are categorized below. We found so much good stuff we didn't even need to buy a textbook!

Many of us don't have time to do complete research on the internet to find, much less organize, all the available resources. I decided to share course outline here and update this page when time permits.  

If you have found this page helpful, please bookmark, subscribe to this blog for updates and pin the graphic above on Pinterest to share with other homeschool parents. However, please have any links refer back to this original post.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#prayertag: The Power of Prayer and "The Army of One"

Update: (October 20, 2014) I received an email on Sunday, October 19th:"This is Denise. Mom went to meet Jesus about 12:30 this afternoon. Dad came home from church and found her already gone.  She must have just died as the table was set and food was out ready to be warmed up for lunch.  We figure it was probably an instant thing. She left with such a peaceful look on her face.  I can only imagine the joy she is experiencing now!  Wow.  This is really hard - especially on Dad.  But, our prayers have been answered - she didn't have to go through the awful suffering that often accompanies such cancers.  It was Mom's desire to glorify God through her illness.  It is now our prayer that God will be glorified even more through her death.  Your continued prayers are appreciated.  Love to all, Denise

Update: (August 9, 2014):  There is an answer to prayer on this story. Denise emailed me to say:  "Could you please thank all the girlfriends for praying for Mom?  At the time  they were praying for her, her platelet count was way too low.  That Friday, when she was tested again, it had gone up - way up - by thousands!  God heard the prayers of his people!"

On my Muses of a Mom Facebook page, we are doing a daily #prayertag - tagging other girlfriends who are in need of prayer and coming together to pray for them.  For yesterday's #prayertag, I posted for everyone to pray for Gayle Taylor.  

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

#musesofamom: How to Pray in Unity

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For the entire month of July through my Muses of a Mom Facebook page, the entire community of girlfriends are praying for each other! It has been exciting to see the fulfillment of one of the teaching of Jesus from Matthew 18:20 (NIV) :

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

This is a popular verse on prayer, and we know it to mean that if we gather in a small group, God will be there with us and hear us.    


But there is so much more here that is promised by Jesus.  

“For where two or three gather”

In Matthew 18:20, Jesus was teaching his followers that it wasn’t a specific number who had to gather together. It is about unity. If only two are united before God, they will not be alone. There is emphasis here on the “union” of prayer.  We do not just agree to come and pray together, but to pray in unity, or “concert” -- for a definite thing or purpose. (1)   Praying with unity shows our common relationship with God as his people. 

“in my name”

Not only are we asked by Jesus to come together in unity when we pray, but to pray with authority in our Father’s name, acting on his behalf in his church(2) (or fellow believers). John 16:23 quotes Jesus telling his disciples that Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Why wouldn't you want to come together and pray in unity when we have His authority?  (See also John 14:14)

“there am I with them”

Read it again. 

There am I. 

Powerful. Majestic. Royal.  He is the great “I AM”. We are to simply come together in unity and purpose, pray with authority in His name, and He will be there among us.  Although our Heavenly Father is everywhere and in all places, this is a promise of God’s special presence.(3)  He is Emmanuel.  God with us.  

This is the purpose of  July's #prayertag - to come together in unity (through the Internet), with a definite purpose (praying for our girlfriends) in His name.  Although we may be across the United States, North America or the World, you can be assured that when we pray together for our girlfriends this month, we are giving Him an invitation to show His presence.  

And He will.

Has this been helpful to you?  If so, please share this post with your friends, subscribe by email for updates and follow via one (or more!) of the social media outlets.  

(3)   Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible Complete

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

#Prayertag: Praying for Each Other

Girlfriends ... Today is the start of a new month, and on my Facebook page, Muses of a Mom, I want to do something encouraging, powerful and earth-shaking in the lives of others: PRAYER! 

This is where I Need YOU:

For the month of July, let's pray for each other who need the power of prayer. There isn't even a need to share her story; we can still pray for blessing, favor, and healing over that person! Do you know someone who needs prayer? Someone who needs to be encouraged and uplifted?  Message me through the Facebook page their Facebook name, and I will add them to my list for posting. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Homeschooling: How Should Christians Teach About Earth Day?

As a Christian parent, how should Earth Day be taught to kids?  

Earth Day is a major discussion in today's communities.  In the public school system your child may be taught about recycling, conserving energy and water, planting more trees and eating more from the earth through math, science and language arts.  In addition, they are also being informed about Global Warming (as a truth, not a theory), and the importance of reducing your carbon imprint (including the fact that eating meat is bad, not a choice).  Our kids and the public are constantly being told that without us and our constant involvement, the earth will not survive.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

#musesofamom: "Are You Immune to the Names God Calls You?"

“Are you immune to the names God calls you? “

This question by our Shoreline Sisterhood leader, Alex Shimanek, grabbed my attention as she began speaking on Wednesday night.  While my mind may know that I am God’s Daughter, I don’t think that my heart does.  Looking in the mirror the way that I often do, it is a simple process for me to give my definition of who I can be for the Lord.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

#musesofamom: When is Enough Enough?

“Have you ever said, ‘Enough is enough?’”  

This was the question that Pastor Cheryl started with this past Wednesday at Sisterhood.  Confirmed with nods from around the room, I am sure that we all felt as though we had had “enough” already – just this week!  I loved where Pastor Cheryl went with this statement. She wasn’t talking about if we had enough trouble, disappointments or problems, she was telling us that WE are enough.  WE don’t have to be anything more or less.  Wherever we may be in our lives right now, it’s enough. Even if we are a mess.  In God’s eyes, we are a mess – but a hot, beautifulgorgeous mess.