Before the age of 7, he lost his mother to tuberculosis. Before he reached 12, his father had him traveling the seas. By the time he was 18, the British Navy pressed him into service. At 23, he was involved in the slave trade—first as a sailor, then as a captain—until his health forced him… Continue reading Transformed in Christ: Scripture Writing Plan December 2022
The desert is a desolate place. It's dry. It's dusty. It's either miserably hot or bitterly cold--there is rarely a mild day. To top it off, there is a minimal vegetation as far as the eye can see. Any visible plants include shrubs, succulents, palms or spindly Joshua Trees (in certain parts of the world).… Continue reading Lessons from the Wilderness: Scripture Writing Plan October 2022
True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare. G.K. Chesterton Contentment is not inherited, it is learned. Most people discover—at a very young age—that they cannot have everything they want, but… Continue reading Learning Contentment: Scripture Writing Plan May 2022
If I have a cup full of coffee, but need water, would it be easier to… a) dump out the cup of coffee and fill it with water? OR b) pour water into the coffee until there’s a higher concentration of water than coffee? As someone who loves coffee, I’m not a fan of watered-down… Continue reading Filled With Christ: Scripture Writing Plan February 2022
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."Ephesians 5.14-15 In 2019, our family spent a lovely week exploring Arches National Park. We decided to visit the famous "Delicate Arch" (ubiquitously seen on most Utah license plates). While the hike was not… Continue reading Walking in Wisdom: January 2022 Scripture Writing Plan
We've been deluged with quite a bit of rain in West Texas. In fact, we've had so much rain that apparently we are no longer in a drought. After we bought our house and property, we had several brutal thunderstorms (about 4 of which included flash flooding). We now have a view of a lake… Continue reading Living Waters: Scripture Writing Plan August 2021
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”Psalms 119:11 NKJV What sort of things do you try to protect? How do you protect them? How do you know they are valuable to you? Because there is such easy access to the Bible in America, I wonder if there… Continue reading Hidden in My Heart: May 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
The choice to homeschool should not be taken lightly. It demands a significant amount of time, prayer, and patience. Whether you are a newbie homeschooler or a veteran in need of inspiration, I hope the following resource list will be helpful! Getting Started When I initiated homeschooling in 2011, I didn't even know where to begin.… Continue reading Tools for Homeschooling for Newbies & Veterans!
Psalm 119 centers on God's word---it's beauty, power, value, quality---and it will be our focus in this month's scripture writing. Because we love God, we treasure the words He has inspired and preserved for our benefit. The creation declares His glory, wisdom, and majesty, but His word gives us insight into His plan for mankind, His righteous nature, and His steadfast love for us.
When our valleys last longer than expected, the people we expect to be with us grow fewer and farther between. Take, for instance, the long road of grief. When we lose someone, there is an instant outpouring of support. The refrigerator fills with meals. Phones vibrate with texts. The ads in the mailbox get outnumbered by sympathy cards. The scent of lilies and roses permeates every nook and cranny of our home. Our front door becomes a revolving door as people come and go in order to sit with us, and possibly cry with us. Within a few weeks (or even days), the flow of support slows to a trickle. Life moves on, but the grief does not. And that, my friends, is one of many such valleys. Take heart, God will get you through your valley.