Homeschooling From A Biblical Worldview

I often get asked why we chose homeschooling from a biblical worldview, and though the reasons were many, one of them always stands out. Whatever You Do A few years ago; when all six of our kids attended public school; one of my girls had an exceptional love for God, and a desire to make Him known. Her teacher had declared the first 20 minutes back from recess as quiet reading time and each child chose anything they wanted. Comic books, magazines, picture books, etc. She chose her Bible. Her teacher never discouraged her, and many of the other kids were curious. One day she brought an extra Bible from home, and gifted it to a classmate. Her classmate’s father took offense and my daughter’s Bible was immediately banned from reading time. How do you explain to my eight-year-old, that her favorite book was so threatening? Years later when homeschooling went from maybe someday, to a current reality my husband and I decided God would be the center, and the Bible that was once banned from my daughter’s classroom would be the basis of our learning. We would homeschool from a Biblical worldview. A few months ago I shared how I use the Bible asREAD MORE

The Remarkable Truth About Intentional Family Devotions

I’ve been a Sunday school teacher at the same church for 10 years, so I’ve had the opportunity to see kids grown in their faith in Christ and serve, and I’ve also seen some of them walk away.  Intentional teaching of the word of God it’s not just up to you child’s Sunday school teacher. It’s your job as a parent. Trust me, I say this because I’ve met a parent or two who completely forget this fact. Statistics show that two-thirds of church kids walk away from church after questioning their faith before they become adults. How can this be? Why are we letting this happen? More importantly, what can we do to prevent this from happening to our own kids? One big step we can take towards completely eradicating this depressing statistic, is by starting intentional family devotions. Years ago, we began a Saturday morning Bible study as a family, and this study later inspired something amazing in the life of a group of boys. We’ve been reaping the benefits of that study ever since. To read more, head to Intentional in Life, and set-up a time for intentional family devotions today. To join our weekly mailing list, complete theREAD MORE

Am I Really Called To Defend The Christian Faith?

Dictionary.com defines defend as resist an attack made on (someone or something); protect from harm or danger.  When was the last time your faith was under attack? Turn on the news or log-on to any social media outlet and I guarantee your faith will be under attack immediately. When I originally expressed an interest in this thing called Apologetics, I got one of two responses from most people: Why does God need your help to defend the Christian faith? Is this just about proving you’re right and winning the argument? Obviously, God does not need my help, and it’s not about winning an argument, but it is about winning something else. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about defending our faith. While there are many passages in scripture with a clear call to defend the faith, one of my favorite calls to action is in the book of Jude. Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this becauseREAD MORE

12 Bible Verses For The Weary Mom

A few weeks ago, I shared how exhausted I’d been, and how I realized that all the running and doing affected my health, and left me running on fumes. The thing is, that when we’re weary we get distracted. When we’re distracted we let our guard down. When we let our guard down, the enemy attacks. This is when we believe the lie that we are not running and doing enough. We even believe the lie, that we are not enough. I’m here to remind you (and me) that Jesus wants to take your burden, in exchange for His peace. Here are 12 verses to remind us that there is rest in Him. When you are weary and need FOCUS Philippians 4:8 – Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. When you are weary and need MERCY Romans 8:35 – He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? When you are weary and need PEACE Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that IREAD MORE

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, I’m exited to share some Christmas traditions, and how we celebrate Christmas in Bolivia; my homeland. (This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) My family immigrated to the United States when I was just 11 years old, my husband’s family arrived from the Philippines in the same year. Seven years later, we married and formed a family that has managed to keep Bolivian and Filipino traditions, while also adopting American traditions, and in recent years British traditions. I guess you can say we love Christmas, and we love to pass down traditions. I’d love for you to grab a cup of hot chocolate, and learn a bit about how Christmas is celebrated in Bolivia. The Nativity and The Christ Child In the latter weeks of November, every family sets-up elaborate nativity scenes. These include lakes, hills, houses, all sorts of animals, shepherds and angels. Many of these take up entire rooms in many homes. I remember working on our nativity setting for hours with both of my parents. Just take a look at some of the pictures below. The central piece of the nativity of course is the Christ childREAD MORE

Eleven years ago, I left a job at a company I loved, because my faith was under attack. I was mocked, and wrongly accused, yet the worst part was lacking the words to articulate my belief in Christ; and not having the ability defend my faith. This experience later inspired me to seek answers that would not just allow me to communicate clearly, but to have the ability to make a case for Christ and to even possibly persuade further discussion with an unbeliever. There are many reasons why apologetics should be a priority in every Christian home; last week I shared 5 reasons why you should teach apologetics to your children. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to read last week’s post. Now that you understand the importance of apologetics in your home, I’ll share my top 10 kid friendly resources. Cold-Case Christianity for Kids – This free interactive website allows kids to investigate Jesus and the case for God with a real detective (J. Warner Wallace). There is also a book companion for kids ages 8 to 12. The Truth Project – My favorite resource by far, due to the complexity of some of the topics, I’dREAD MORE

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Supplies: green cardstock (1 sheet per child) colorful tissue paper liquid glue paint brush jingle bells (because every Christmas craft is better with bells) red yarn tape scissors Prep-Time: 15 minutes (20 kids) Directions: Roll cardstock into a cone, cut excess so tree can stand upright. Be sure to leave a small hole on the top. Cut or tear tissue paper in 2″ pieces. Brush glue on tree, and cover with tissue paper, and let it dry. String up bells and thread through the top of the tree. Share a Christmas story or Bible verse as you work with your child. Also, we add a short and meaningful Bible verse to every craft we send home. It’s a great reminder of what we learned each week. The verse we chose for today’s crafts is: A shoot will come from the stump of Jesse; from his roots, a Branch will bear fruit. Isaiah 11:1 Click on the image below, for more easy crafts your pre-schooler will love.READ MORE

5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Apologetics To Your Children

Apologetics have become a very important part of my life. I’m the type of person that needs to fully understand the why, behind every because. For ten years I’ve read countless books on Christian theology, attended conferences, and taken classes at church. I can say whole-heartedly say that I know why I believe what I believe, however it wasn’t until recently that I felt a calling to share not only what I’ve learned, but to urge my family to always be ready. Studies show we are losing our kids to the world in elementary, middle school, and high school and not in just in college as previously thought. I want to challenge you into digging into God’s word deeper. I want to encourage you to teach your children more than Bible stories, and I want to help you promote a true desire for knowing God personally through His word and His creation. 1. Teach apologetics to encourage a well-rooted foundation. If you’re a believer, you’ve either read or narrated the Genesis account of creation to your children. We see it as history, as fact, as truth and we present it as such. When our children are young, they believe every word,READ MORE

Today’s song, Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective, is one on my favorite worship songs EVER. If you come and visit, there’s a 99% chance you’ll walk in on me uncontrollably dancing, and singing it at the top of my lungs. I love the call for revival. Don’t you think that REVIVAL is what our country needs the most at this particular point in history? Because I could not pick a specific stanza to share with you, here are the complete lyrics. Feel free to turn up the volume, hit play and sing along, as you already know I am. Build Your kingdom here Let the darkness fear Show Your mighty hand Heal our streets and land Set Your church on fire Win this nation back Change the atmosphere Build Your kingdom here We pray Come set Your rule and reign In our hearts again Increase in us we pray Unveil why we’re made Come set our hearts ablaze with hope Like wildfire in our very souls Holy Spirit come invade us now We are Your Church And we need Your power In us We seek Your kingdom first We hunger and we thirst Refuse to waste our livesREAD MORE

I’ve been blessed with great friendships in my life. These friendships have seen my family go through serious struggles, and they have prayed and cried with us at times, and us with them. These friends have encouraged our walk with Christ and continue to keep us accountable to doing all things in order to honor the King. As important and wonderful as these friendships have been, they pale in comparison to the friendship offered to us by the King of Kings. Today’s song, Who is This King by Pocket Full of Rocks reminds us who we lift our praise to. He is the King who says I’ll leave you never He is the God who call you friend When I hear the lyrics to this song, I’m reminded of Jesus calming the storm at the lake. Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly thereREAD MORE

I first heard this song while trying to minister to someone I love very much. She was looking for answers to really hard questions about her past, and even tougher questions about her future. This song was playing in the car as we spoke. While at a red light she repeated the following lyrics: But my joy has been on holiday And my peace has almost passed away Tell me I’m forgiven and free O He died, He died to rectify my hopeless situation And His blood commands my guilt to leave Now on Calvary I stand Empty pockets, open hands O there is no condemnation for me I pray still, that she truly believed this promise. The promise that His blood is enough and that there is nothing additional required of her, or of you, or of me. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the lightREAD MORE

Todays’ song is I Am Mountain by Gungor. I had second, third and even fourth thoughts about including this song. So far I’ve shared songs that have encouraged me, I’ve shared lyrics that remind me of Bible passages, and I’ve shared songs that helped strengthen my Christian walk. This is not one of those songs. Why then, would I include it in a series that is intended to bring encouragement? On day 2 of this series I mentioned that is not uncommon to sing a song, without really thinking about what we’re saying. You’re thinking about the kids, work, dinner, all while singing along. This is dangerous ground. To be completely honest, I originally did intend to share this song, and this was my reasoning: I like this band. The band members consider themselves to be believers, therefore I accepted them as worship leaders. I added the song to my playlist, and have listened it to it for years. As I was compiling the list of songs for this series, I added it without a second thought. As the weeks went by and I started to really hear each word, and to my dismay, I realized this is not worship. Don’t get meREAD MORE

Todays song All Around Me by Flyleaf is not your typical worship song, I’m aware of that. However this is a song I love. I love the intimate relationship with the Lord that it implies. Please watch the video and listen to the lyrics, before reading on. (This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Flyleaf’s lead singer Lacy Sturm was a guest speaker at my church about a year ago. Lacey shared her powerful testimony, and how the Lord truly brought beauty from ashes. There was such passion in every word she uttered, such a deep desire for God, and a type of gratefulness I haven’t seen before. As I hear this song and think back to that day, I am reminded of the parable of the moneylender Jesus told at the house of the Pharisee. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Therefore, I tell you,READ MORE

I’m sure you’ve heard today’s song at one time or another. This is another one of those that has brought me to tears. Oh, it’s love so undeniable I, I can hardly speak Have you heard of Periscope? I discovered Periscope a little over a year ago, and the some of the people I’ve met have become a big part of my life. One of the first people I started following on Periscope was Lara Marriott. She’s part of a homeschool group for homeschool moms. I was drawn to her transparency in every broadcast. Lara is a worship leader, song writer, voice coach, blogger, and fellow homeschool mom. Please visit her webstite, you won’t be dissapointed. Every so often, Lara goes on Periscope (@LaraMarriott), to simply worship the Lord. At he piano she sits, and worships. One very late evening, after a week that seemed to only bring bad news and worries, I was getting ready for bed and a little Periscope notification got my attention. Lara was on live. I connected and there she was, singing this song. There was two other people watching but I believe she was singing this for me. He knows what we need before weREAD MORE

I warned you, this is the 4th rend Collective song in this series, and it is not the last. I like to dance, but then again I’ve already said that too. This is another song, that makes me want to get up and dance. I mean, how can you help dancing, knowing that He has given us a heart and a home? When I think of fireworks, I think of great celebrations, like the 4th of July, the coming of the New Year or  fireworks display at the end of each day at Disneyland. Fireworks are exiting, they are loud, and they are reserved for special occasions. The lyrics of this song encourage us to be exited, and to loudly and joyfully celebrate. I sing like it’s the first time and leave behind the cynic We’re letting praise like fireworks, Loose from our thankful hearts The lyrics go on to say we that in joy and pain we worship, His strength never fails us and we’re not lost in the darkness. Do you believe that? Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will upholdREAD MORE

Ever Be is a new favorite of mine. My 9 and 11-year-old girls have been singing this song non-stop. They’re teaching themselves how to play it on the piano. I’m a Sunday school teacher and I have the immense privilege to hear about a hundred 4 to 7 year olds lifting their little voices in worship. There’s nothing quite like it. While I don’t have a video of children singing, I urge you to sing out loud, as you play the video below. Did you sing it? It’s hard not to. Bringing beauty from ashes For You will have Your bride In Luke chapter 4, the Bible tells us how the news about Christ spread and the people praised Him. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is onREAD MORE

I took the picture above while on a hike with my girls a few weeks ago. This cross is located at the very top of a nearby hill and not that long ago it was a great point of controversy in our city. You see, the land it sits on was once privately owned, but was later donated to the city and it became public property. A group of atheists who didn’t even live in the county heard about the cross and demanded it be taken down. After several city council hearings and Christian groups coming together enough money was raised to buy the .43 acres of land where the cross sits. The cross is offensive. Oh that rugged cross My salvation Where your love poured out over me Now my soul cries out Hallelujah Praise and honor unto Thee After the land was purchased, the atheist group moved on. They no longer cared to have it removed, since the cross was no longer on public property it would not “send a message that the city favors the Christian religion”. Can you think of a city, anywhere in the world that ‘favors the Christian religion’? I can’t. The cross isREAD MORE

  Have you ever seen Phil Wickham perform this song live? I have, and let me tell you it’s fantastic every time. You can see his love and devotion to the Lord with every strum. This is one of those songs that you can’t help but dance to in total celebration of amazing grace. Today I share this song simply because I am overwhelmed by the grace He has granted me and I want to sing for all that he has done for me. How can I pray for you? Feel free to leave a comment below, or e-mail me at prayer@themusingsofmum.com. To catch the rest of this 20 Day Series, click on the image below.READ MORE

As a full-time working, homeschooling mom, who moonlights as a blogger, I can honestly say I’m worn. Today’s song however is not about physical exhaustion, but a desire for spiritual rest and awakening. If you’ve been following this series, you know I’ve been openly sharing my heart each time. Each song has been a personal prayer that at some point or another declared exactly what I couldn’t articulate on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I havent been going through a time of severe darkness, however I have experienced times of separation from the Lord, and I’ve struggled with having to live in two worlds at the same time. Are you in that place? Is the weight of the world crushing your soul? Paul tells us is Romans: Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to thoseREAD MORE

On this 8th day of our 20 Days of Worship Through Song series, I am once again compelled to share a song by Rend Collective. Their songs have been in complete sync with my heart these days. I feel like the Lord is speaking to me through worship, and showing me the direction he wants me to take.  As always I’ve attached a video to this post, and I urge to hit play, close your eyes and just listen. Did you have the urge to dance? I’m one of those people who likes to dance. I don’t do it well, but dancing makes me happy, and dancing unto the Lord brings me joy.  You may be going through a difficult time right now, I know many families who are. The bible tells us to consider it pure joy, even in times of severe testing. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. – James 1:2-3 Perseverence. Raise your hand if you don’t always feel like singing and dancing when life just keeps pulling you down. I’m raining mine. Yet I am called to rejoice! The painREAD MORE