How I Teach Apologetics In Our Homeschool

It’s no secret apologetics are a crucial part of our homeschool. I’ve shared on previous occasions the reasons why having a biblical foundation is critical to prevent losing our kids to the world. Teaching Apologetics Is A Priority in Our Homeschool I picked up Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer after a conference a few years ago. In this book, Ken and Britt uncover the reasons why young people are loosing their faith, even while attending Sunday school. I’ve read it a few times over the years and the statistics are eye-opening. In the last three years, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of kids we once knew as good church kids, walk away from the church and from Christ. This realization, prompted me to be more intentional about preparing my girls to defend their faith in the event it would ever be questioned. I formally introduced apologetics in our homeschool this spring. How I Teach Apologetics and How You Can Too We spend a dedicated 30 to 45 minutes twice a week discussing topics like the reliability of the Bible, a literal 6 day creation, the existence of God, absolute truth, etc. We start our time with prayer, followed by a quickREAD MORE

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

GOD IS IN CONTROL – A TRIBUTE TO MANDY KELLY

I have to be honest with you, and say that this week has been rough. I’m supposed to be preparing our home for a visit from my brother-in-law, and my daughter’s birthday party. Exciting things are coming, yet I feel completely disconnected, distracted and even somewhat depressed. In early September of 2015, found Mandy Kelly on Periscope. It was pretty early in the morning, and I had a couple of minutes before getting back to work, when I came across a broadcast about the Great Commission. Before I knew it I had listened to Mandy for nearly 20 minutes. Her lovely accent, sweet smile and encouraging words stayed with me the rest of the day. I’ve tuned in to as many of her live broadcasts as I been able to, and have followed her blog Worshipful Living since. Some time later, as she spoke about adoption I shared that my husband and I had considered adopting for some time. Mandy was so exited for us, and immediately prayed for our family. I loved her obedience. It blessed me that she stopped and just asked the Lord to give us wisdom, prayed over our finances, and our relationship without knowing who weREAD MORE

The High Calling of Motherhood

I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of The High Calling of Motherhood, by Chimene Shipley Dupler, and I gotta say I was very blessed by it. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. Chimene is the founder of the Passion4Moms ministry; which holds a yearly conference to encourage moms of all ages and stages of parenting. She is also a speaker on marriage and parenting topics and former social worker. Mothering is hard because it comes from the heart. I have a friend who absolutely loves children, and in turn, children flock to her. For years, she’s expressed her innermost wish is to become a mother, and though she is married to a great man who also longs for a family, they’ve both put it off in fear of what the future might bring. They’re not ready, they say. At the immature ages of 18 and 19, my husband and I were not ready for parenthood, and we were still not ready when our second child was born a year later. I don’t know if anyone is actually ever ready for parenthood. My oldest is now 21 and still feel like a rookie.READ 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

I had this day just las week. It started with very little sleep the night before, to extreme traffic on the way to work the morning after, to a not pleasant conversation with the new boss, to a text from my sister saying she was in the hospital. By the time I got home late in the afternoon, I was done. Ready to crawl under the bed and hide, but I couldn’t hide because I had girls getting ready for practice, and a sister that still needed to be picked up from the hospital. I took a deep breath, dried the tears and tried to push through it, but it wasnt enough. I felt defeated, exhausted and lonely. Finally, I remembered that no matter my circumstance, Christ is in me. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we areREAD MORE