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When is Your Quiet Time with the Lord?

BibleI used to think I HAD to spend time with the Lord first thing in the morning. “Give God the best of your time.” I lived under a guilt trip for a long time until I realized,
“Hey, morning is NOT my best time.” As a mom and especially as a mom of young babies and toddlers for so many years, morning was up to nurse, change diapers, get little ones up and dressed, in time to start school. I’d been up during the night to feed infants, so morning was NEVER my best time. My best time changed through the years according to Rick’s schedule, the ages of the kids, etc, but I came to realize I need to find what works BEST for ME. When is my best time to concentrate on God and His Word? God knows our heart and the hour isn’t the what counts to him- it’s your heart. So find what time works best with least distractions and make it your time with God- for now!



Teaching God’s Word To My Kids…Is It Important?


Psalm 119:97 says, “ O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day”.                                                                                                    

Kids need to be involved with God’s Word during the day.

Memorizing is the first step in meditating. Meditating has been compared to a cow chewing her cud. First she swallows it, then brings it back up, and chews it all over again.

In order to meditate you have to first commit the Scripture to memory by getting it into your mind and then contemplate it, think about it, and finally decide how to apply it to your life. That’s when it makes it’s way from your head into our heart and works out in our life.

Our kids need us to help them with this. 

Do you want your kids to be wiser than their enemies? Then teach them God’s Word.

Psalm 119: 98 “Thou through thy Read More…

Friday Feedback ~ Identifying and Dealing with Offenses

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We are now working through Growing in Wisdom as a family Bible study in the evenings, and Proverbs People I, as well as Marilyn’s preschool program. All of the homeschool resources we have purchased from Character Concepts continue to bless us daily.

Thank you for what you do.”

~ Karyn for the Sanchez family


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Whatsoever Things Are True ~ Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer

Thursdays-Preschool-BewareBeware of teaching things to your preschooler that are not true.

So much of the Bible could be hard to believe. I decided early on that I would not teach my kids fairy tales, Greek myths, or untruths, but only what was true so they could trust my words.

Let Philippians 4:8 be your guide.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Planting Flowers In The Snow? ~ It’s Uncle Rick!

Wednesday-Its-Unlce-Rick-flowerssnowHey, little buddies!

Proverbs 15:2 says, “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

Did you know that it’s not only what you say, but how you say it, that can make all the difference in how people listen to you?

For instance, what if your little sister came to you and said she had just planted some flowers in the garden. But it’s January and 20 degrees outside! She asks if you think they will grow. What do you say?

You could say, “No, you dumb little kid! They’ll freeze to death in this weather!”

But that wouldn’t be a good answer at all. You would only hurt her feelings and discourage her from trying new things in the future. She will also be much slower to come to you and ask for your advice in the future. She won’t want to be called a dumb little kid again. Nobody likes that.

But you could say, “You know, I don’t think this is the time of year that people usually plant flowers, but let’s watch them each day and see how they do.” She will very quickly learn that January is the wrong time for planting flowers, so there’s a lesson learned. Better, she will learn it without big brother or sister making her feel stupid.

Answer wisely.

Speak wisely to others and you will make knowledge acceptable. People will like talking to you and they will listen to your advice if you speak with wisdom and kindness. You will not only pass on knowledge but you will make it acceptable to them.



Borrowers Beware! ~ Tuesday Teaching Tips

Tuesday-Teaching-Tips-ReadingWhen we took the kids to the library, I’d tell them to read the books they chose, but to watch for things that might not be true.

This was teaching them to be discerning readers.

If they questioned something we read, we’d search it out in Scripture or history or whatever it may be to see if the book was speaking truth or not.

Never be afraid to question!

To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding” Proverbs 1:2

My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding” Proverbs 2:1-3

Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.” Proverbs 4:5