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18 minutes | 16 days ago
Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study
Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study In “Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study,” Episode, #124, Meredith Curtis gives you step-by-step instructions to create your own unit study after she shares how unit studies refresh your family for the month of December. Breakaway from the routine with a unit study so you can celebrate Christmas all month long, create memories, make gifts, decorate, and prepare for the holidays while you learn! If you want a Christmas educational and wonder-filled adventure for your family, you will love this podcast! . Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes Christmas is a busy time for the homeschool Mom. May I suggest a lighter schedule or even a complete change of pace? There are two different tracks you can take. Count Christmas activities and preparations as school. Do a Christmas Unit Study Count Christmas Activities as school Handwriting (address or sign Christmas cards) Home Ec (bake Christmas cookies) Art (make Christmas presents) Music (go Christmas caroling) Geography (celebrate traditions from other countries) History (listen to older family members tell stories) Writing (write the family Christmas letter) Do a Christmas Unit Study Subject of unit study focuses on Christmas The Christmas hustle/bustle is part of school Our Favorite Christmas Unit Studies Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America Celebrate Christmas with Anne of Green Gables Celebrate Christmas around the World Celebrate Christmas in Victorian England (except we couldn’t find a goose) Celebrate the First Christmas Celebrate Christmas in Florida Celebrate Christmas in Mexico So many treasured memories of crafting, cooking, decorating, shopping, wrapping presents, and throwing parties. Choose a Topic What sounds fun? Age and interest level of children? Ability to read, write, and research What sounds Christmasy? What are some things that we’ve always wanted to do at Christmas? What are some things we just have to do at Christmas? What are some things we’d like to learn about Christmas (or another topic)? What makes everyone say, “WOW! That sounds fun!” Center Unit Studies on Good Books that you Read Aloud Nothing is more Christmasy than snuggling up together and listening to a good book. There are many good Christmas read alouds, but it doesn’t have to be a Christmas book. NO ONE is TOO old for a beautifully illustrated well-written picture book. Example of Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study Picture Book each day Singing Christmas carols each day Devotion, cookie baking, and activities match up! End Unit Study with a Party & Giving Gifts to Family & Friends Caroling Party for C C w C Tea for C C in C A Wreathes and Booklets were our family Christmas gifts that year of the CCinCA unit What makes a Christmas Unit Study Different? Don’t straight-jacket yourself, be creative Think about what you need to accomplish for the holidays Think about what you and the children…..and your husband….would really enjoy Think about any baking, cooking, gift wrapping, shopping, or crafting that needs to be done. Don’t Forget Field Trips Almost every store, museum, bank, business, and church decorates for Christmas. Just going on your weekly errands, you can discuss Christmas decorations. You can observe whether these places are saying, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” You could even collect data and make a bar graph! “Tour of Homes” where you get to visit lovely homes decorated for Christmas. Often they serve hot drinks. Going at night is usually the best because of all the candlelight and twinkle lights. There is so much history to learn on these tours, as well as information on architecture and remodeling. Holiday concerts, plays, and productions are annual events in your city that you and your children may have not yet enjoyed. Our local community college, Seminole Community College, offers free holiday concerts that are wonderful! Free Messiah sing-a-long that we have enjoyed participating in. Free church performances in our area. The talent in the Body of Christ never ceases to amaze me. We have enjoyed concerts and plays that were excellent for free or a nominal fee. “Walk Through Bethlehem” Don’t Limit Yourself! Even Christmas shopping can be educational if you start with a budget. Your children can make a list and check it twice, comparing sales, and sticking to the money allotted. They can do the same with holiday grocery shopping! How to Plan a Unit Study List books you want to read aloud List all the activities you would like to do Lay out paper or computer file with topics for each day (you won’t use up all the topics each day, but you can use this to evaluate balance of for time and mess!) Divide them by categories and days Topics to Fill for Record Keeping & Variety’s sake! Bible Information Read Aloud Handwriting Homemaking Arts & Crafts Music Science History/Geography Math Service/Hospitality Field Trips More Fun Resources We have 4 amazing Christmas unit studies that you will love! Visit PowerlineProd.com to explore our easy-to-use unit studies and start making memories with your family right away! Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
20 minutes | a month ago
3 Ways to Inspire Your Family with Christian Super-Heroes
3 Ways to Inspire Your Family with Christian Super-Heroes In “3 Ways to Inspire Your Family with Christian Super-Heroes,” Episode, #123, Meredith Curtis reveals creative ways to teach church history in a way that will inspire your family to draw closer to the Lord. She likes to introduce her children to super-heroes—real ones—not from Marvel—but from the pages of history! God has had His heroes through the ages—not perfect men and women—but folks who were willing to surrender to His will and power. This great cloud of witnesses has poured out their lives to see the Gospel extended to the ends of the earth and believers grow to maturity. They have endured shame, trials, despair, and all kinds of troubles, yet remained faithful. Their example is an inspiration for us today! Introduce them to your children through biographies, movies, and Heroes-for-Jesus parties. After all, church history should be fun! . Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes Today’s heroes and where their power comes from. God’s Super-Heroes. How To Introduce Your Children to Church History Give them heroes! Biographies Well-written, interesting. Find the story. Biographies Example: Heroes Then and Now series by Janet & Geoff Benge (older children to adults) Example for Younger Children: Lightkeeper series for boys and girls/ 10 boys who… Biographies within a story Example: Torchlighter series Picture Books Voice of the Martyrs picture book series with St. Valentine, St. Patrick, William Tyndale, Richard Wurmbrand, and St. Nicholas. Church History ABCs Movies Movies can be inspirational, but not always accurate. Example of The Inn of the Sixth Happiness about Gladys Aylward, missionary to China who works as a foot inspector to end foot binding and leads 100 children to safety. Still it is a warm, inspiring movie. Chariots of Fire is an amazingly accurate portrayal of Eric Liddell, devout Christian, missionary, and Olympic gold medalist. Luther, produced in 2003, is our favorite movie about Martin Luther. Polycarp, another favorite produced in 2015 by Henline Productions, takes place in 2nd century Smyrna where Christians are facing intense persecution. Amazing Grace, produced in 2006, is the story of William Wilberforce, a godly MP (member of Parliament) who led the way to get rid of slavery in the British Empire. The Torchlighters Christian Heroes series is excellent with cartoons on a wide variety of Christian heroes like William Booth, John Bunyan, William Tyndale, Jim Eliot, Amy Carmichael, Perpetua, Samuel Morris, Harriet Tubman, Saint Patrick, and many more. There is so much depth to these movies that you will learn a ton while you watch them with your children. Heroes for Jesus Parties Fun way to introduce children and teens to Christian heroes Children meet them and play games. Teens dress up and give monologue. Stations/Heroes dressed up/monologue/answer questions/game For complete instructions with over 40 Christian heroes with monologue/bio, game to play, recipes, and costume ideas, purchase Celebrate Our Christian Heroes at PowerlineProd. Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post 3 Ways to Inspire Your Family with Christian Super-Heroes appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Build Your House on the Rock
Build Your House on the Rock In “Build Your House on the Rock,” Episode, #122, Meredith Curtis shares how we can survive the storms of life with the rock-solid Word of God! Meredith relates Matthew 7:24-27 to parenting and homeschooling, giving insights and practical tips for various ages and seasons of life. If you want to thrive in your Christian life and pass the baton of faith to your children, you will love this podcast! . Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes Every family goes through storms. Is your family going through a storm right now or is everything smooth sailing? Let Jesus Do the Building Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it (Psalm 127:1) Jesus said to build our house on the rock, but He also tells us that the Lord needs to build our house. So, building starts with surrender. Accept Reality: Life is Full of Good Times & Bad Times He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45 NASB). I’m sorry to tell you that storms will come. You might face a job loss or rebellious child. When bad times come, it doesn’t mean God is against you. It’s just part of living in a fallen world. Be Proactive in Trusting God In Matthew 6:25-33, Jesus reminds us to not worry, but instead trust God. Usually our worries are about finances, health, or children, making us feel so anxious. 1. Seek the Kingdom of God first in all areas (spend time with the Lord, tithe, share the Gospel, pray for missionaries, build up other believers, etc.) 2. Pray for all your needs and pour your worries out to Him (casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you–I Peter 5:7). Put God’s Word Into Practice God’s Word is true! We can trust it! We can unwrap all the promises in His Word and enjoy them! We can walk in biblical principles because they are designed to bless us. We discover who Jesus is in the Bible. And reading His Word helps build us closer to Him. As we pour our worries out to Jesus, our relationship with Him is strengthened. Beyond reading the Bible with our children and teaching them to obey, we want them to grow up knowing that Jesus is alive! He loves them! He cares about them! His ways are good! As they pray about their own worries and let Jesus build in their lives, a strong faith grows and grows. It is this relationship with Jesus that is the strength of a Christian home, allowing us to stand firm when the storms come. Create Memorial Stones God commanded the Israelites to leave memorial stones at the Jordan River to remind them of God’s faithfulness. Create ways to remember how God got you through! Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Build Your House on the Rock appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election
10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election In “10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election,” Episode, #121, Meredith Curtis shares why the most important thing about a candidate is not just his or her stance on abortion, but what the candidate will do to put an end to the taking of innocent life in our nation. Meredith explains how abortion derives the unborn of their civil rights, takes innocent lives, damages relationships, avoids responsibility, harms the national conscious, and devalues human life for all citizens. Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes There are so many issues in this election, but I am convinced abortion is the single most important issue. A Candidates Stand on Abortion I only vote pro-life and here’s why. How a candidate deals with the abortion issue tells me about his moral integrity and depth of leadership. Abortion Is Morally wrong The Taking of an Innocent Human Life A Message to All People that they are not inherently valuable A Nation That Kills the Innocent Will Suffer A nation that kills the innocent will not go unpunished. There is bad fruit that follows abortion: infanticide, euthanasia, cancel culture, rioting, looting, murder. Turns morals upside-down Who Gives our Civil Rights? God, not government Who Protects Rights? Government is called to protect the rights God has given. Those rights don’t change because the government changes his mind. Free speech Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness Right to bear arms Trial by jury Rights of Unborn Human Beings Children in the womb have rights before the Lord. How is abortion considered a right when it takes a life? Abortion Harms Women We talk so much about empowering women, women who have abortions suffer from incredible emotional pain. Abortion Damages Relationships “How could you kill my child?” “How could you want to kill your child?” Should we let our child live or die? If you would kills your baby, am I safe with you? If you want me to kill our baby, am I safe with you? Abortion takes the security out of relationships. Abortion Avoids Responsibility One thing that we face in our nation is the socialist/communist agenda that wants to destroy the family. But does it really start with socialism and communism? The family is God’s idea. From the time of creation, satan has tried to destroy the family. When we move out of God’s created order (men becoming providers, marrying women, having a family, staying married for life), we create a bunch of people enjoying forbidden fruit without taking any responsibility. You can see the quality of adults our culture of promiscuity is producing. Abortion Harms the National Conscious Abortion skews our moral compass. We instinctively know abortion is wrong, but folks deceive themselves into acting like abortion is okay. There is already talk of legalized pedophilia. When we degrade ourselves, the degradation moves forward like an avalanche. Abortion Devalues Life for All Citizens People are valuable because they are made in the image of God. When a person can be killed arbitrarily, it sends a message to all that they have no value. Candidate’s Moral Integrity Do you trust a politician that does not do anything in his or her power to protect the innocent? Candidate’s Leadership Is your candidate wanting to enjoy political power or lead with moral integrity (do the right thing!) Our newest high school/middle school course! Where Can I Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda? Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda in print on Amazon: amazon.com/dp/B08GFZKNXD Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda E-book on PowerlineProd:powerlineprod.com/shop/government-gods-blueprint-mans-agenda/ Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda E-book on TeachersPayTeachers:teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Government-Gods-AgendaMans-Blueprint-5929296 Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda E-book on PayHip: payhip.com/b/o2iZ Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post 10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Why I Wrote My Own Government Course
Why I Wrote My Own Government Course In “Why I Wrote a Government Course,” Episode, #120, Meredith Curtis shares her homeschool journey in search a government course that would impart earnest wisdom into her children’s hearts and lives. She finally decided to design her own course, Government, God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda—a little bit textbook, a little bit unit study, and a little bit notebook. Her 1-credit high school government course has a fresh, innovative approach based on the truth revealed in God’s Word that all government derives from Him and that the Lord delegates authority and responsibility to the individual, family, church, and sovereign nations. We are in critical times, where preteens and teens need to learn about God’s heart and plan for ruling in all spheres of life! Show Notes Homeschooling since 1991, I have read many government textbooks! While many were excellent, they didn’t have everything I was looking for, so I wrote my own government textbook/unit study/notebook. What I Want: I want my children … to understand how government, politics, and elections work in the United States and around the world. I want them to discover what the Bible has to say about authority/responsibility to see how all authority belongs to God and He is the One who delegates it to be interested in politics and current events; to pray powerful prayers that change history! to discuss government and politics with others, at least in our family. to read classics on law and government. to have fun doing it! And remember what they learn. I also want my teens to learn about state visits, jury trials, the military, and national revival. It would be nice to work on a campaign, to read classic law and government books, and to have some fun hands-on learning experiences. The Problem: I couldn’t find what I wanted. I found great government textbooks, but they didn’t talk about the family, the individual, and the church. I found many textbooks that were packed with great information, but were dry and frankly, a little boring. The Solution: I will write my own. It will be a little like a unit study, a little like a textbook, and a little like a notebook. So I wrote Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda! Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is Unique Text is written in conversational style like we were drinking coffee and talking Course is written with a Christian worldview from a Conservative perspective Amazing list of classic/modern living books to choose from each month Hands-on/Fun learning: plan & host a state dinner, role-play, help with a political campaign, visit a jury trial, act out a jury trial, plan a political campaign, design promotional media for a political campaign Current events worksheets and time to pray together about what’s going on in the world 2 leaders/month highlighted to inspire my children to greatness Incredible list of optional videos, including a few cartoons How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is Set Up Class/Family time 3 or 4 times a month to discuss, watch a video, and enjoy hands-on learning Independent work weekly Week 1: hero, current events, notebooking, start classic book Week 2: Government reading, Self-government (manners) reading, notebooking, Week 3: hero, current events, notebooking, finish classic book & fill in book report sheet Week 4: Government reading, Self-government (manners) reading, notebooking Family Field Trips: Help with political campaign, jury trial, courthouse, etc. Who is This Book Written For? Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is written for teens, preteens, families, homeschool co-ops. It’s set up so that younger siblings can join in for family time each week. The living book suggestions contain books at different reading levels from middle school to high school. This is a 1-credit high school course, but it’s written clearly enough for a middle school student to enjoy the course and learn everything! What are Some of the Topics Covered in Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda? The Source of Government Self-Government/Manners Jesus Christ Kinds of Government King Alfred Slavery Cicero Law is King State Visits & State Dinners The Story of Liberty Abolitionists William Wilberforce Story of Liberty in the USA William Bradford The USA Constitution The Executive Branch Legislative Branch Justice Judicial Branch USA Constitution II Diplomacy, Ambassadors, Spies George Washington State/Local/County Government Calvin Coolidge Immigration Elections Electoral College Political Campaign Ronald Reagan Resolving Conflict Military Winston Churchill How Do We Pay for Everything? IRS Federal Reserve Bank Andrew Jackson Wise Counsel Robert Bork The Media Oliver Cromwell John Bunyan John Milton Daniel Defoe Leadership Education Noah Webster Horace Mann John Winthrop Judgment and Revival Billy Graham How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda Solved My Problem Now, preteens and teens are not just learning about government, politics, and elections; they are being immersed in it. How Can You Create Your Own Government Course? List everything you want to include: Books Videos Topics Hands-On Projects News, Current Events Field Trips Then sort everything out over your semester or school year. Or use my course! Where Can I Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda? Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda in print on Amazon: amazon.com/dp/B08GFZKNXD Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda E-book on PowerlineProd:powerlineprod.com/shop/government-gods-blueprint-mans-agenda/ Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda E-book on TeachersPayTeachers:teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Government-Gods-AgendaMans-Blueprint-5929296 Purchase Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda E-book on PayHip: payhip.com/b/o2iZ Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Why I Wrote My Own Government Course appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
Add Humanities to Your Home School
Add Humanities to Your Home School In “Add Humanities to Your Home School,” episode #119, Meredith Curtis talks about humanities—art, music, literature, economics, government, philosophy, religion, architecture, and theology. Meredith shares how her family adds humanities to their history and geography studies. You can, too! The easiest way is through unit studies. You can also add history labs and geography labs to those classes. Broaden your horizons and have fun at the same time as you enrich your home school and bless your children and teens. Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes Humanities and education What are Humanities? Art, music, literature, economics, government, philosophy, religion, architecture, and theology Add Art Art Appreciation Creating Art in imitation Add Music Music Appreciation: List to audio/ Attend Concert Play music from time period or country on piano, guitar Sing Songs Try dancing (e.g. Old English Country Dancing, Twist, Salsa) Add Art Art Appreciation Creating Art in imitation Add Economics Exchange Rate from country to country Economic philosophy/international trade (compare Phoenicians to Sparta) Natural Resources (Gold in South Africa & Venezuela) Companies/Businesses (Nestle, Lego, Paddington Bear, KLM, Aldi) Add Government Kind of Government: Dictatorship, Communist, Republic, Pure Democracy, Anarchy) Excellent Government Leaders (King Alfred, Wilberforce) Add Philosophy How philosophers impact later generations (Marx, Freud, Locke, Bacon) Add Religion Religions in a Country Response to the Gospel Famous church leaders, missionaries, Christian businessmen Holidays Add Architecture Build things Look at Photos of Famous Architecture Look for similar styles in your home town Add Theology Are there promises fulfilled? How did God deal with people? How did God show mercy and grace? Popular theology at different times: indulgences, purgatory Theologians like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Gregory the Great & what they Believed Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Add Humanities to Your Home School appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Can Christianity & Marxism Co-exist?
Can Christianity & Marxism Co-Exist? In “Can Marxism & Christianity Co-Exist?” episode #118, Meredith Curtis takes a look at Marxism. She explains why it appeals to our sense of kindness and justice, as well as how it actually plays out at a national level. She also reveals the dark side of socialism and how it is necessary to push God out of the picture. In the end, we must decide if we want to exchange faith & freedom for big government’s personalized care. Is it worth it? Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes The 2020 election and the popularity of Marxism with young people. What is Socialism From each according to his ability to each according to his need. The idea is that everyone owns a small part of the business so that they get their share of the profits. Does that happen? E.G. Venezuela where American oil companies were naturalized and Publix. Difference between 2. A disadvantage to socialism is laziness and apathy. “It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with “I,” “me,” “mine,” that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else’s” (ALDOUS HUXLEY, The Perennial Philosophy) Group Think For socialism to work, there has to be “group think” or complete agreement with one another. Here are some things everyone in a socialist society need to agree on: People are Basically Good Except the Rich Theory of Victimization which Stirs Up Unrest (Everyone is either a victim or victiminzing) The Group is More Important than the Individual Wealth is Not Created, It Just Exists Hard Work is not Connected to Wealth Private Ownership should be replaced with Collective Ownership Goal of Business to Provide Jobs Rather than Make a Profit The Government Grants Rights rather than Protects God-Given Rights Government is the Provider Not God, providing Cradle to Grave Care God Does Not Exist or Intervene in the Affairs of Men Evolution Conflict with Christianity People are Basically Good Except the Rich “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). These laws reveal our sin nature related to socialism “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19). “You shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21). Theory of Victimization which Stirs Up Unrest “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 17:15). “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Romans 12:16). “Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD” II Chronicles 30:12 “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function” (Romans 12:4) “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them” (Romans 16:17). The Group is More Important than the Individual “But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor” (Galatians 6:4). “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Wealth is Not Created, It Just Exists “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18). Hard Work is not Connected to Wealth “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (II Thessalonians 3:11-12) “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need” (Ephesians 4:28). “Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?” (I Corinthians 9:7). “Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread” (Proverbs 20:13). Private Ownership should be replaced with Collective Ownership “They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands” (Isaiah 65:21-22). “Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?” (I Corinthians 9:7). Goal of Business to Provide Jobs Rather than Make a Profit “Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored” (Proverbs 27:18). “Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys” (Proverbs 18:9). I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. -Zechariah 11:12 Equal Pay “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. …” (Matthew 20:1-34 “To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away” (Matthew 25:15). “The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing” Proverbs 20:4 The Government Grants Rights rather than Protects God-Given Rights The Lord allows us to choose Him, to choose to do or not to do what is right. Only God judges our thoughts and choices. The government can judge and punish our behavior if it harms other people or their property. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deut. 30:19) Government is the Provider Not God, providing Cradle to Grave Care “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:2-4). Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV God Does Not Exist or Intervene in the Affairs of Men “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. -Psalm 103:19 “The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die. Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord, but those of blameless ways are his delight. Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered” (Proverbs 11:18-21). The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. – Luke: 4:18-19 The Problem with Capitalism and Socialism We live in a fallen world. Capitalism needs a moral framework to keep greed under control e.g. Colonial New England Role of Government in Capitalism The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. (WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, “Demobilisation”, October 22, 1945) Socialism NEVER works long-term! Government is made of flawed people who live in a flawed world. Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean–power over people, power to the State. (MARGARET THATCHER, speech to Conservative Central Council, March 15, 1986) Socialism creates dependence rather than freedom. Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Can Christianity & Marxism Co-exist? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
Economics Explained So You Can Understand It
Economics Explained So You Can Understand It In “Economics Explained So You Can Understand It” episode #117, Meredith Curtis explains what economics is in very simple terms so even the most economic-phobic teen or adult can understand. GDP/GNP, Macroeconomics, and microeconomics will make sense to you now. Get rid of intimidation! You can understand economics! Meredith believes that understanding economics is a blessing, especially when we understand biblical principles and apply them to our lives. Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes So many people I meet feel intimidated by economics. Why is that? What Economics Is Economics is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services according to Webster’s dictionary. Goods. Services. The dollar bill in your purse. Economics What people make and do and how those things are sold Studying how, why, and where money goes Who ends up with what and how it gets there Macroeconomics The big picture Economic Systems Command (Government controlled like socialism, communism, fascism) Free Market (People controlled, capitalism) Mixed What is happening in the world that makes people buy more stuff? Flow & Distribution of Wealth Supply & Demand (Big Picture) Microeconomics Consumer Behavior Business Behavior Production Cost/Customer Willing to Pay/Sweet Spot GNP/GDP Economics looks at how people get what they want, who gives it to them, how they get it, and how much they get. GNP (Gross National Product) or the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) Total amount of all the good and services that are sold. Economic Cycle The economy goes in cycles of growing and recessing. This cycle, if not tampered with, is natural and normal. People go through seasons of spending and saving. A healthy economy has seasons of expanding and decreasing flowing gently from one to another. We will talk more about this cycle next time. Teaching Economics In High School Say good-bye to dry boring textbooks! Biblical economic principles for real life! Read Living books and conversational textbook to learn economics Apartment Project and other hands-on experiences Purchase Stock Budget Plan for College Choose a Career Make a Business Plan Start a Business Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources for Economics & Homeschooling High School Our one-credit high school courses use conversational text, living books, hands-on learning, and projects that prepare teens for real life! Enjoy! More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Economics Explained So You Can Understand It appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly
6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly In “6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly” episode #116, Meredith Curtis gives practical ways to cultivate a culture that welcomes families with special needs. Parents, children, and teachers can all work together to be welcoming and supportive. Since our homeschool co-ops are filled with special needs children, often that we are unaware of, this is an important topic as homeschooling continues to grow exponentially. Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes As we are coming out of the Covid-19 Lockdown, we have become more health conscious. How can we stay healthy? Boost our immune system? Avoid getting sick? Well, the answers are very simple and old-fashioned. You might think your listening to your Grandma when I share these things. However, they work and I will explain why. Sleep Sometimes special needs are obvious—a young boy in a wheelchair or a severely autistic little girl. Other times, we don’t realize that Johnny is diabetic or Suzi has dyslexia. Because we often gather only a few times a month, we often don’t know all the details of special needs. I’m not saying that families can’t keep special needs private, but I want to lay out some ways that homeschooling co-ops can be special needs-friendly and cultivate an environment where ALL students, parents, and teachers thrive. What is a Homeschool Co-op? For those who are new to homeschooling, a homeschool co-op is a group of homeschooling families that come together to share their expertise in teaching courses and are blessed by other families who do the same. Examples. Cultivate a Culture of Truth and Kindness Truth: All people are value because they are made in the image of God. God has a special purpose for each person, regardless of their challenges. (Psalm 139, Eph. 2:10) Kindness is a heart issue. Good manners is on the outside. Model. Teach. Inspire. Praise. Devotional Times. Address bad behavior. Address Special Needs at Information Meeting Mention special needs at that first information meeting at the start of every homeschool co-op year. Share that you value all families, including special needs families. Share any ways you are set up to meet the needs of special needs families. Make those families feel welcome. Ask Teachers About Alternatives for Special Needs Students in Their Classes When they fill out forms to teach. E.G. Laura give oral tests in biology. Pastor Mike extending deadlines. Allowing audio books. Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference I’m speaking at the first-ever Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference, to be held July 21! One of the keynote speakers is Temple Grandin, a world-famous autism advocate! So excited to encourage and inspire parents homeschooling their special needs children/teens! Just $22! Meredith’s talks. Participants will receive LIFETIME access to all the sessions and keynotes, plus coupons, printables, and freebies in the digital swag bag, and access to a private media group. https://homeschooling1child.teachable.com/courses/homeschooling-special-needs-online-conference-1?affcode=603376_gvhqhfd- Have a Special Needs Section in the Registration Packet Gives families the opportunity to share those special needs. Approach Families with Special Needs Leaders can approach special needs families and get the conversation going. What are your needs? What do we do if Micah has a seizure in class? Make Sure the Physical Environment is Special Needs-Friendly Can Johnny Move around in his wheelchair? Is there a place Susie can test her blood sugar privately if she feels unwell? Is there room for Lynda’s service dog? The Big Picture Our culture is getting more and more evil and one thing that terrifies me is the idea that some lives are more valuable than others. It is so important as Christians that we stand firm for LIFE! All life is precious to God: from the womb to old age. Those with special needs, especially severe, are a gift to us to remind us that all life is precious in God’s sight—and, ours, too. Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resource: Online Conference on June 21 https://homeschooling1child.teachable.com/courses/homeschooling-special-needs-online-conference-1?affcode=603376_gvhqhfd- Have you been looking for a conference geared to parenting special needs children and teens, not even hoping for the near-impossibility of finding one focused on homeschooling special needs kids? You can stop looking! Join over 20 speakers for the first ever Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference as they presents over 30 sessions on autism, ADHD, apraxia, and more! Best of all, Featuring keynotes from renowned autism advocate Temple Grandin, homeschooling encourager Durenda Wilson, and sessions from powerhouse special needs homeschooling educators Peggy Ployhar, Judi Munday, Heather Laurie, and more, this conference will encourage and inspire homeschooling parents of special needs children and teens. The Homeschooling Special Needs Conference will launch on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Participants will receive LIFETIME access to all the sessions and keynotes, plus coupons, printables, and freebies in the digital swag bag, and access to a private media group. For more info, or to register, visit Registration is only $22. https://homeschooling1child.teachable.com/courses/homeschooling-special-needs-online-conference-1?affcode=603376_gvhqhfd- Resources for Cultivating Truth & Kindness More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post 6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy
10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy In “10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy” episode #115, Meredith Curtis shares easy ways to maintain good health and avoid getting sick. These tips are simple and time tested. Meredith explains how sleep, nutrition, exercise, fresh air, sunshine, hygiene habits, handwashing, and staying dry work to keep you healthy. She also gives tips to help you make changes in your lifestyle and shows you how to talk to your family so that everyone can be on the same page. Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes As we are coming out of the Covid-19 Lockdown, we have become more health conscious. How can we stay healthy? Boost our immune system? Avoid getting sick? Well, the answers are very simple and old-fashioned. You might think your listening to your Grandma when I share these things. However, they work and I will explain why. Sleep Get plenty of sleep. Add an extra hour or two if you can. You see, when your body is fighting germs–and that’s why our immune system is here for–it works super hard and needs more sleep. Our body is fighting germs all the time and most of the time our immune system wins! If others are sick around you, inside there is a battle going on to stay healthy. Help the war against flu germs by getting plenty of rest. Nutrition & Water Protein, carbohydrates, and fats Minerals and vitamins Water Fruits & Vegetables Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Full of antioxidants and nutrients, these super foods nourish our immune system and give them the stamina and tools to fight germs so we don’t get sick. Stay Dry Wear snugly water-resistant coats in the winter, especially if it’s raining or snowing. You see germs thrive in warm moist places. You might get wet outside and come into a warm house where now the moisture is warm–perfect for germs to reproduce. If you get wet, change clothes or better yet, shower and change clothes. In the summer, take showers as needed to wash away sweat that often contains dirt and germs. Workout Exercise regularly. Exercise speeds up our blood flow to help carry germs away and out of the body for good! Stretching Cardio Resistance Balance Fresh Air & Sunshine Get out in the fresh air and sunshine. Staying inside means recirculated air which is filled with germs that recirculate with the air. If you can’t get outside, open a window for a few minutes. Sunshine acts like bleach, disinfecting the surfaces it touches–a great way to say goodbye to germs! Vitamin D Recirculated Air vs. Fresh Air Clean Your House & Clothes Target the most “germy” surfaces in your house and keep them clean. Sinks, counters, toilets, and door handles are covered with germs. Clean these surfaces regularly. I also wipe them down with bleach wipes twice a day if the flu is going around. Wash your clothes and wear clean clothes. Change your sheets regularly. Happy Habits Make it a family rule to cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. Use a tissue or your hand. If you use your hand, though, wash it afterward. Get thick, sturdy soft tissues to keep on hand so that people will use them. And the hands-down most important way you can avoid the flu is…tada! Handwashing Wash your hands! The number one way to avoid germs is to wash your hands with soap (NOT antibacterial soap). Wash thoroughly–singing the Happy Birthday song all the way through is the right amount of time you should be scrubbing. If you wash quickly, you are just giving the germs a little bath. Scrubbing is what kills them. The biggest way that people get sick is by touching a germy surface or having a germ land on their hands. When they touch their face, the germ invades the body through the nose or mouth. Clean hands protect you from 90% of germs. Handwashing can keep you from getting germs and spreading them around. Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post 10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
24 minutes | 6 months ago
Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan
Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan In “Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan” episode #114, Meredith Curtis shares easy ways to plan ahead and take advantage of educational opportunities for your teens to get every high school credit possible and make sure the core classes are completed by graduation. Meredith explains that education is a gift and helps you define what gift you want to give your teen, when you should start planning, and how to make and keep the plan flexible. Breathe easier through the high school years with a plan that is purposeful, proactive, and easy to tweak. Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes You can homeschool high school! Really! You can do it! I decided to make a 5-year plan instead of a 4-year plan for high school from 8th-12th grade. some courses you can use on their transcripts from 8th grade so I thought it would be good to include that in our plan gives us more time and flexibility to get everything done we want to accomplish What Do You Want to Give Your Children? Education is a gift. Gift of a Christ-centered, well-rounded education that will bear good fruit in their lives for years to come. Think of things you want to teach your teen in high school that will bless them in years to come. Make a list of your dreams for your son or daughter. What gift of education do you want to give them? My list for each child includes things that are the same and things that are unique for each child. Read Communist Manifesto in high school so that they can understand the socialist agenda in American universities and colleges Study worldviews so that they can recognize the different worldviews that are predominate in our culture Memorize God’s Word, applying it to all of lifeRead classic books that have changed the world Use Bible study tools Make and live on a budget Understand physics, chemistry, and oceanography Grow in their gifting of: (fill in the blank) Don’t just shove a bunch of classes at them. Choose courses that will benefit them for life and lay a solid educational foundation if they will be going on to college. What Does Your Teen Want to Learn? Now it’s your teen’s turn. What do they want to learn in high school? Some of them may have a career goal in mind. Others may have a dream of playing sports at a particular college. When Should You Start Planning? Summer before 7th or 8th grade Build confidence by: Reading a few books on homeschooling the high school student Talk to other moms who have (or are!) successfully homeschooling teenagers. Other homeschooling moms can lead you by the hand and help you through the questions and decisions. Make It Flexible I sit down and make a five-year flexible plan for each child. This way you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Realize that your plan will change over the years, but it is good to have a rough idea of what you want to accomplish. What is Your Goal? I keep a folder for each child’s homeschool plan on my computer with a high school plan file. Each year, I adapt the plan as opportunities arise for them to take various classes. Pretend that the following is your high school plan for you high school child. Eighth Grade: Old Testament Survey/World History I/Algebra I/Western Literature (3.5) Ninth Grade: Church History/World History II/Geometry/Biology/Oral & Written Communication/British Literature/Spanish I/P.E./Drama (0.25) + Piano (0.25) = 0.5 Fine Arts Credit/Growing in Christ (0.5) + Courtship & Dating (0.5) = 1.0 Character (8.5 credits) Tenth Grade: New Testament Survey/USA History/Algebra II/Chemistry/Essays & Research/American Literature/Spanish II/P.E./Sewing (0.5 Homemaking)/Godly Womanhood (0.5 Character) (8 credits) Eleventh Grade: Worldview & Apologetics/Government & Current Events & Politics/Pre-Calculus/Shakespeare/Fiction Writing/Drawing & Watercolor (0.5) + Drum Lessons (0.5) = 1.0 Fine Arts Credit/The Christian Family (0.5) + Starts own Business (you make it a course) (0.5) = 1.0 Life Skills (6 credits) Twelfth Grade: The Great Commission/Economics & Business & Personal Finances/Calculus/Great Books/College Prep Writing/Runs own business as course 1.0 Life Skills/Leading worship as a course 1.0 Fine Arts (6 credits) Total credits (32 credits) Juggle Things Around Every Year When Opportunities arise, I take advantage of them–make changes in my high school plan so I can make sure that my teen takes the important/required courses. So, pretend there is an opportunity to take chemistry with a pharmacist, I will switch chemistry and physics around. Or maybe the pastor is teaching a worldview course in my teen’s freshman year. I sign her up, but change my plan, moving worldview to ninth grade and church history to eleventh grade. Some classes, of course, need to be take consecutively (like Math!), but most classes do not! It helps to have the basic plan, because I realize that all the classes have to fit in somewhere. Another Idea: Do an intensive class in a month during a break from normal school Do semester classes like colleges do With math and literature, I don’t recommend shortening the time frame because your child can only do so many hours of math a day before he is burned out! But, this can be a great way to get something “out of the way” quickly. Your flexible 5-Year Plan is a servant, not a master. In my life it has been a great blessing and helped to guide us through the high school years. I hope it will be a blessing to you! Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum
7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum In “7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum” episode #113, Meredith Curtis shares practical ways to plan ahead and take advantage of opportunities so you can save money on homeschool curriculum. We all want to save money! Yet, we want to give the best to our children. You can do both! Learn how today! Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes We all want to save money! Yet, we want to give the best to our children. You can do both! Learn how today! Plan Ahead The further you plan ahead, the more opportunity you will have to take advantage of money-saving opportunities. I like to think 1-3 years ahead with curriculum. It doesn’t mean I’m locked in to it, but it does help to keep my eye out for something that is coming ahead. Explore Curriculum You Like I keep a notebook of curriculum, homeschool resources, and living books that I’m interested in purchasing. Then I try to see them in person at other homeschooling family’s homes or at homeschool conventions. I like to see and touch. Is it attractive to me? To my children? Does it look easy to use? Is it from a Christian worldview? Is it full of content that will expand my children’s knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. E-book or Print Version As a publisher, I publish most of my books, curricula, and Bible studies in print and E-book format. It’s just smart because each family is unique in what they need and want. However, some things (like lapbooks) I only sell as E-books. Families don’t need to print the directions to put the lapbook together; they can just read it on their electronic device, but each family member will need to print the booklet pages so it’s just easier to have an E-book to print from. It’s not always easy to make copies from a print book. Use Freebies to Explore Curriculum or a Publisher Speaking of E-books, when it’s time to explore curriculum, I keep my eyes out for publishers who give away freebies. You can get a feel for a publisher from their freebies and samples. Many writers and publishers offer free newsletters that have monthly freebies. My company, Powerline Productions offers a monthly freebie for subscribers. You can sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter Our host network, Ultimate Homeschool Podcast offers a freebie each month if you sign up for their newsletter. Sign up here: https://ultimateradioshow.com/sign-up/ Homeschool Freebie has been around a long time and offers incredible freebies. You have to sign up on their mailing list: https://homeschoolfreebie.com/ How about your favorite publisher? Are you on their mailing list? Here are some other places I go to look for Freebies: Homeschool Giveaways: https://homeschoolgiveaways.com/ Homeschool Family Freebies & Giveaways Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/homeschoolfamily Homeschool Deals & Freebies Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/97859293949 Don’t forget you are gathering information to decide what curriculum to use with your children. Jot notes down on your notebook. Try to narrow down what you are looking for. Watch for Sales from Your Favorite Publisher Once you know what you are looking for, watch for sales. e.g. Rosetta Stone e.g. Alpha Omega April annual April sale e.g. YWAM Used Curriculum Sales Used curriculum sales are such a blessing! Make a list of what you are looking for and keep your eyes out for bargains. I have acquired some very expensive curriculum that is hardly worn at these sales. Bundle Sales Bundle sales are another amazing way to acquire very expensive curriculum very cheap! It’s amazing! You can get a collection of high school curriculum valued at hundreds of dollars for 85-90% off the price. I love to stock up on E-books this way! My favorite bundle sale is Build Your Bundle. I have been shopping there for years each May when they have their annual sale! Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post 7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
37 minutes | 7 months ago
Motherhood Perfection Syndrome Myth Busters
Motherhood Perfection Syndrome Myth Busters In “Motherhood Perfection Syndrome Myth Busters?” episode #112, Meredith Curtis exposes lies moms believe that define who they are with a false narrative. For each lie, Meredith reveals the truth that brings freedom! Moms don’t have to struggle under the weight of constantly striving but never measuring up. In Christ, there is grace to walk out your calling with poise, grace, and dignity. Be encouraged as you listen to this podcast! Powerline Productions, Inc. Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere! Show Notes Motherhood has a way of shaping and defining us. It reveals the virtues and flaws in our character. It forces us to run to Jesus for help, wisdom, and strength. I talk to so many mothers who feel discouraged and weary. They long to be perfect mothers and often believe lies about themselves, their children, and their ability to parent. Jesus has overcome the lies of the enemy! With those truths in mind, let’s examine some of the lies that have weighed you down and hindered your ability to mother the precious treasures God has given you. I’m the Wrong Person to Raise this Child Yes, every Mom has wondered if God made a mistake. Maybe the child is brilliant and you are just average in intelligence. Maybe the child is musically gifted and you can’t even clap in time with music. Maybe the child is so strong-willed and you are weary from disciplining him. God chose you! Two examples from Scripture that I want to share with you: Abraham and Esther. The Lord also chose you to raise this child. I’m Ruining My Kids All Moms feel this way at some point. They may be struggling with anger or sadness and taking it out on the children. The sad truth is that you will blow it and make many mistakes. Here’s another truth: It’s not all about you. God is bigger than your flaws and shortcomings. He will actually pour out grace in your weakness and turn everything around for good. Even though you will never be a perfect Mom, you will not ruin your children if you look to Jesus. Even the hurts can open our child’s eyes to see that they need a perfect parent. In mothering, as we surrender to Him, he will love and train through us. You see, children don’t need perfect parents, they need parents who look to Jesus. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (II Corinthians 12:9 NASB). If I Love My Children, They Will Love Me Back & Meet My Emotional Needs Let me just be honest here. Your children don’t know how to love, yet. They are learning to love from the way you love them unconditionally. Their emotions run hot and cold. You must be the stable one. Moms can’t look for children to meet their emotional needs. Motherhood is a one-way street. Need some help in that department? I know someone who loved and loved and loved before His children finally loved Him back. He can love through you. “We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:19 NASB). I Can’t Control My Children without Raising my Voice It can feel that we have more power when our voice is loud, but it is really the opposite. If children don’t obey immediately then give a gentle consequence. When you address disobedience quickly, you will find that you don’t get to the point of anger. Giving a gentle answer and tone of voice can be learned. I Should Focus on Keeping My Children Happy If you spend your time trying to keep your children happy, you will raise self-centered children who live to have fun no matter who they hurt. It is wise to focus on teaching children to know and live for Jesus rather than trying to make them happy. Happiness is a byproduct. When the disciples were excited at how the Lord used them to drive out demons, Jesus reminded them not to seek happiness in circumstances, but to rejoice because we belong to the Lord. True happiness comes from knowing that we are loved. “Jesus replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:18-20 NASB). If I’m Doing Everything Right, Motherhood will be Easy The Bible doesn’t ever say that life will be easy. In fact, if you read the book of Hebrews, you will meet heroes of the faith that have endured tons of hardship. Even Jesus assured us that we will have troubles. The good news is that Jesus has overcome the world! This brings us peace when motherhood is hard. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NASB). All The Other Moms Know What they are Doing I have talked to countless mothers who feel scared and insecure. In fact, most mothers want to grow into better mothers, even those that seem practically perfect. If you struggle with insecurity or fears, you are not alone. All mothers need encouragement. Don’t be intimidated by other mothers. Learn from their mothering strengths, but realize that they need encouragement, too. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25 NASB). Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. 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24 minutes | 7 months ago
9 Creative Ways To Turn Covid-19 Into An Out-Of-The-Box Learning Adventure
9 Creative Ways To Turn Covid-19 Into An Out-Of-The-Box Learning Adventure In “9 Creative Ways to Turn Covid-19 into an Out-of-the-Box Learning Adventure” episode #111, Meredith Curtis takes a look at how exciting it is to live through a time that you will be telling your grandchildren about. It’s a great teaching/learning opportunity. Meredith shares 9 creative ideas to explore, investigate, and research all aspects of Covid19 and have fun doing it! Learn history the fun way! Powerline Productions, Inc. Being World Changers, Raising World Changers! Show Notes Do you realize that we are living through a time that will be written about in history books? We will be telling stories from 2020 to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. That is exciting stuff! So, I was thinking it would be awesome to use this time to have some out-of-the-box homeschool learning adventures. I came up with 9 ideas! Time Capsule Create a time capsule with the whole family. You can bury it in the back yard or tuck it away in a hidden place, agreeing to open it again in a certain number of years (10, 20, 30). Here are some things you might include: Photos of family, pets, lockdown, grocery stores, streets Journal of this time Clippings from newspapers or magazines artwork created by family members recordings by family members Letter from each family member to future self Mask Pair of Gloves CDC Poster Toy DVD Clothing Journal Keep a journal throughout the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. You don’t have to write every day. Write about things that are happened in your home and current events. News Reporting Become a news reporter and family news team. Role play different key figures in the worldwide pandemic while one family member interviews them. Be sure to capture it all on videotape. Unit Study You can do a unit study on Covid-19. There is so much to cover! Faith–passages on God’s protection & healing (e.g. Psalm 91, Psalm 103), Churches streaming services, benevolence, national days of fasting & prayer Anatomy–Respiratory System, Pneumonia Health –handwashing, germs, social distancing, nutrition, healthy habits, vaccines Machines–Ventilators Business/Money –businesses that are stepping up–who are they and what are they doing Economy–stock market, unemployment, stimulus package Government–what state and local leaders and agencies are doing to fight Covid-19. How are Constitutional rights being protected, CDC, FDA Careers–medical, trucking, grocery stores, banking, Geography–countries and states unique experience with Covid-19 Art –Covid-19 Posters Homemaking–sewing masks Other–Army Corps of Engineers Scrapbook Make a scrapbook on Covid-19 with fancy scissors, cardstock, and stickers. Include lots of photos and news clippings. Be sure to include photos of you face-timing friends and relatives. And don’t forget to write captions under all the photos. Picture Book Create a picture book for younger children that explains what the coronavirus is, how to stay healthy, what happened around the world, or how your family experienced the pandemic. Dictionary Create your own dictionary of Covid-19-related words like epidemic, pandemic, coronavirus, quarantine, immunologist, etc. Be sure to add pictures. Round Table Discussion You’ve seen these on TV where a bunch of people sit around and discuss current events. Firing Line, The View, and The McLaughlin Group are good examples. Another way to spice it up is to pretend to be different people who hold very diverse opinions. Fine Arts Project Paintings, sculpture, poetry, music, and drawings express our feelings about the Covid-19 experience. These creative outlets don’t just allow us to express our emotions, but lets viewers and listeners connect with Covid-19 on a deeper level. Art is a gift to the world! Covid19 Research Journal Here is your bonus idea! I have created a Covid 19 Research Notebook E-book just for you! You can use it for the whole family–just print the pages you need for everyone in your home school. 100 cheerful & colorful pages of information and research questions will keep your children busy investigating all aspects of Covid-19. You can purchase Covid-19 Research Notebook at PowerlineProd and TeachersPayTeachers. Covid-19 Research Notebook has 9 sections of printables: Covid-19 Basics Virus & Immune System Economy Government Faith Family Fighting Covid-19 in the USA State Research Country Research Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter Resources More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post 9 Creative Ways To Turn Covid-19 Into An Out-Of-The-Box Learning Adventure appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
30 minutes | 8 months ago
Meaningful & Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home
Meaningful & Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home In “Meaningful & Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home” episode #110, Meredith Curtis answers the questions you have about how to celebrate this significant Christian celebration without gathering with other believers in person to rejoice. She will give you Scripture, worship, prayer, hands-on activities, read alouds, and movie ideas to make this Easter Week the most meaningful ever! Powerline Productions, Inc. Being World Changers, Raising World Changers! Show Notes Coronavirus lockdown gives us a challenge that we have never faced before. Easter is the high holy day of Christendom! Easter Week Mary anoints Jesus for Burial Palm Sunday Jesus Clears the Temple Passover/Communion/Jesus washes feet Prayer in the Garden Arrest/Trail Crucifixion Burial Resurrection The Church Celebrates! How God’s People Celebrate: Extra services, dramas, processions, parades, sunrise services How to celebrate with the larger Body of Christ: Streaming your local church Streaming another local church If you don’t have a home church of your church isn’t streaming, please feel free to join us for our live stream each Sunday during the lockdown at 10 a.m. You can watch us here: Powerline Church. https://www.facebook.com/PowerlineChurchFL/ Devotions Scriptures to Read each Day can be found in our Easter Devotions: 4 Gospels tell the story! Jesus Clears the Temple Jesus was disgusted to see the corrupt money changers in His temple. He overturned their tables in righteous anger. Afterward, He healed the blind and lame before returning to Bethany for the night. House of Prayer/Court of the Gentiles vs. Shopping Mall Cleaning Hearts Cleaning Rooms Watch Gospel of John Passover/Communion Story of Passover from Exodus Would you like to celebrate the Passover & Learn more about it? https://jewsforjesus.org/for-congregations/christ-in-the-passover The Last Supper Bread of Life/Wine is His Blood Do this in remembrance of me! Crafts & Activities: Elijah Cup, Bake Bread, Family Communion Watch 10 Commandments Prayer in the Garden Jesus prays in the Garden for the church (John 17) and for the cup to be taken away; yet not His will, but His Father’s All kinds of flower, plant crafts, Easter wreath Try to pray together for one hour. Arrest & Trial Jesus is betrayed by Judas and is taken away to be tried by the Sanhedrin and then Roman courts. Peter denies Jesus as the sun is coming up. Jesus is beaten and led off to be crucified. Easter Egg Learning Activity Crucifixion Events of His death—forgiving criminal, It is finished, earthquake, temple curtain torn in 2. Act out the Easter Week story with robes and towels Watch Passion (for older children only) Burial He is buried in a rich man’s tomb, fulfilling prophecy Pretend to “bury” the body of Jesus in a “tomb” Parents make sure to empty it before Easter morning! Resurrection Stream a Resurrection Sunday service Feast! Easter Egg Hunt int eh back yard. Watch Risen Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter Celebrate Easter & Thrive During the Coronavirus Lockdown! More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Meaningful & Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
20 minutes | 9 months ago
Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History
Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History In “Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History” episode #109, Meredith Curtis introduces you to a Super-Hero of old: St. Patrick of Briton who served the Lord as a missionary in Ireland, converting most of the island to the Christian faith. Pirates, kidnapping, escape, and years of training prepared him for his Irish ministry where he faced down evil powers with confidence in the Lord! You will love his story of faith, courage, and victory! Powerline Productions, Inc. Being World Changers, Raising World Changers! Show Notes Today we say super-hero. In the olden times we called them saint. St. Patrick is truly a super-hero! Christian Home Father Calpomius—civil magistrate, tax collector, church deacon Wealth Patrick not walking with God like his parents Pirates & Kidnapping Vacation villa by the sea Age 16 Life as a Slave Sold in Ireland to a Druid tribal chieftan Shepherded flocks Gave heart to Christ—“holy boy” Escape Dream 22 years—traveled 200 miles to coast Ran out of food but Patrick prayed Freedom & Surrender & Training Home to Britain Studied to be Priest then Bishop Called to A Dark Place Dream of Irish asking him to come A Showdown Like Elijah 433 AD vernal equinox same day as Easter—started an illegal bonfire Dragged before Druid council—power encounter! The Fruit of His Ministry Ireland strongly Christian nation A story of the faithfulness and compassion of God Life Lesson God allows trials to remove the dross and prepare us for the call on our life The Lord loves sinners and puts that love in our heart God is more powerful than the devil! His Word is true! Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter Example: Christ-Centered High School Curriculum Learn about St. Patrick and other Christian super-heroes who changed the world in Celebrate Our Christian Heroes by Meredith Curtis. Or dig into God’s Word with Bible studies and one-credit high school courses. More Life Lessons from Ancient History Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
29 minutes | 9 months ago
7 Ways to Make Jesus Lord of Your Homeschooling
7 Ways to Make Jesus Lord of Your Homeschooling In “7 Ways to Make Jesus the Lord of Your Homeschooling” episode #108, Meredith Curtis inspires you to make Jesus Christ the center of your homeschooling. Here are tried and true ways to homeschool to the glory of God and teach your children about Jesus in a way that is life-changing. Don’t just tell your children about the Plan of Salvation, introduce them to the One Who Saves! It’s easier than you think! Powerline Productions, Inc. Being World Changers, Raising World Changers! Show Notes We talk about homeschooling to pass the baton of faith to our children. How do we do that? It starts with dedicating our home school to the Lord. #1: Dedicate Your Home School To The Lord Let there be a moment in time when everyone is there to dedicate your family, home, and school to the Lord. Each year and each day dedicate your homeschooling adventure to the Lord. #2: Make It Clear That Jesus is In Charge of Your Home & School Everyone should know that Jesus is in charge. Seek His will, His plan. Jesus is With us and Loves us. #3: Let Scripture Fill Your Days & Teaching Read the Bible to start each day. Apply Scripture to situations and attitudes. Memorize Scripture. Talk about Scripture passages & Biblical principles. Apologetics & Worldview Training. #4: Start With Prayer & Keep It Going Open each day with prayer. Pray whenever you need help—a math problem is too hard, something is lost, someone is sad, the kids are arguing. Ask God for His plans. What should you teach? How should you teach? What curriculum should you use? #5: Teach From a Christian Worldview Use books and textbooks that affirm the Word of God, not contradict it, especially in the early years. When something does mention things that contradict the Word of God or leave things out, talk about it Evolution vs Creation Church as the center of life in Colonial times, Middle Ages, 1800s, etc. Literary characters making poor choices or treating people badly, especially if they are portrayed as Christians Timelines #6: Look For God’s Perspective On Everything Whether you are breaking up an argument or talking about Ancient Civilizations, wonder aloud how God sees things. What is His Perspective. #7: Enjoy God’s Love The Christian life is fun because we are lavished with love. When you sin repent and receive forgiveness joyfully. Imitate your Father in Heaven in loving your children. Be kind, forgiving, and tender-hearted. Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter Example: Christ-Centered High School Curriculum More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful The post 7 Ways to Make Jesus Lord of Your Homeschooling appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
31 minutes | 9 months ago
7 Steps to Create High School Classes with Living Books
7 Steps to Create Your Own High School Classes with Living Books In “7 Steps to Create Your Own High School Classes with Living Books” episode #107, Meredith Curtis shares how she created all of her children’s high school classes. She began the process by listing all the books she wanted her daughter to read. From there, she went on to think about life skills, academic skills, and virtues she longed to see in her son and daughters. Finally, she packaged everything in an easy way where teens could keep their own records. Powerline Productions, Inc. Being World Changers, Raising World Changers! Show Notes It was time for high school and up to that point we had enjoyed a lot of freedom and creativity in our home school. Living books were at the center of our curriculum. When we used textbooks, we read them aloud together. Could we carry on to high school? Yes! Here’s what I did starting when my oldest daughter was in 7th grade. I thought ahead. Step #1: Creating High School Classes Begins with Prayer Surrender my children and their high school education to the Lord. Ask for wisdom and His plan in course creation. Step #2: Creating High School Classes Requires Book Lists I made a list of all the books I wanted my teens to write in high school Classic Literature: Tale of Two Cities, Count of Monte Cristo Great Works: Mere Christianity, Wealth of the Nations Inspirational: God’s Smuggler, Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life Step#3: Crossing the Finish Line Lists I also took time to prayerfully consider what virtues, values, habits, academic skills, workforce skills, and spiritual disciplines I wanted to see in their lives Virtues/Habits/Values: hard work, kindness, servant’s heart, Academic Skills: essays, research, reading at college level, analysis, advanced mathematics, Practical/Work/Community/Church Skills: leadership, interview, resume, work with a team Spiritual Disciplines: Quiet Times, serving at church, evangelize, defend the faith Relational Wisdom: Purpose dating or courtship, honoring parents, building wholesome friendships. Step #4: Dividing up Books I divided my books into different categories which became classes. Wealth of the Nations, Larry Burkett’s economic books, and Communist Manifesto went into the economics class. Pride and Prejudice, Tale of Two Cities, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles went into British Literature. Bondage Breaker, Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life, and From Prison to Praise became part of a Christianity Basics course (God’s Girls 101: Grow in Christ and Real Men 101: Godly Manhood). The Hidden Art of Homemaking became the foundation of my homemaking course. Understanding the Times was the main book in our worldview class. Soon all my books were divided up. Step #5: Creating High School Classes Requires Creating Assignments Next, I created assignments that were practical and cultivating academic and life skills. Essays Life Prep e.g. Apartment Project, Mother’s Helper, Change the Oil Interviews to Articles Book Club Speeches Step #6: Laying It Out for Quick Read & Check Off Then I laid out the course for over a year and produced handy-dandy check-off sheets. Step #7: EZ Folder Method Overview of class, hours chart, and check-off /syllabus went into color-coded folders. Kids now could keep their own records for me. All work went into pockets. Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter Examples: Classes I’ve Created More Podcasts about Classes The post 7 Steps to Create High School Classes with Living Books appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
33 minutes | 10 months ago
7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting In Middle School
7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting In Middle School In “7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting in Middle School,” episode #106, Meredith Curtis shares how she hones in our children’s writing before they start high school by teaching them to write like reporters. Not only do they learn to write clearly and concisely, they have fun putting together a newspaper and write with a purpose—for others to read their writing. Not only that, newspapers played a huge part in the history of the United States, so studying newspaper writing, though the newspaper industry is fading away, helps children understand our past with clarity by putting on their reporter and editor hats. Getting children ready for essays, research papers, and literary analysis doesn’t have to be boring. Writing like a reporter is super-fun and so is creating your own newspaper. Be inspired to enjoy middle school English while investing in your children’s long term growth as writers. Powerline Productions, Inc. Being World Changers, Raising World Changers! Show Notes Common questions: “How do you teach English in middle school?” and “How do you get kids ready for high school. One thing I do in middle school is teach my children to think like reporters. Some time in middle school we do a newspaper writing course. We learn to write headlines, bylines, news stories, and put together a newspaper to share with others. How a newspaper works with editor, reporters, columnists, and business side History of newspapers This is really fun to do with another family or two or in a co-op setting if you don’t have a big family. Here are the Skills I Teach: Reporters Asking questions Find way around newspaper Lead Who, what, where, and when in the first sentence. Why and/or how in second. What is really happening? What is important and what isn’t? Headlines & Bylines Bylines: who wrote it and where Headlines: brief, eye-catching, make reader want to know more Font Editing Editing matters because people will be reading your work Grammar & spelling in a practical way Editor marks Supplemental grammar/spelling Creating a Newspaper So much involved from writing to editing to business side Everyone gets a job Everyone writes an article Mom is publisher and possibly editor-in-chief too Making and selling ads Teamwork History Brief look at history of newspapers American history—federalist and anti-federalist papers Different Slant and honest about compared to today Yellow Journalism Fun! Joy of creating something other people enjoy! Joy of working together on a big project Joy of growing as a writer Joy of people reading your writing—writing has a purpose English Courses If you would like to use my English courses in your own homeschool, they are all available for sale in print at Amazon and as E-books from PowerineProd.com, PayHip, and TeachersPayTeachers. You can learn about individual English courses: Americana Newspaper Reporting Communication 101: Essays & Speeches Foundations of Western Literature American Literature and Research British Literature & Writing Who Dun It Murder Mystery Literature & Writing Whatever path you choose for English in your own high school home school, I hope it will include lots of classic literature and writing. I think back to the basics is best! Resources The post 7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting In Middle School appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
31 minutes | 10 months ago
9 Keys to Financial Success
9 Keys to Financial Success In “9 Keys to Financial Success” episode #105, Meredith Curtis shares 9 financial keys that unlock blessing in the financial realm. These principles will work! No matter how young or old you are, it’s time to stop falling into financial pitfalls and start living the way God wants you to live. Meredith offers an alternative to the ways of the world so that you can manage your money in a way that honors God and can be a channel of His blessing to others. Powerline Productions, Inc. Being World Changers, Raising World Changers! Show Notes God is our Provider and He meets all of our needs. So why do we struggle so much financially? Often, as adults, we find ourselves in a money pit that we are trying to climb out of. Teens can be starting up habits that will eventually lead to living paycheck to paycheck, always struggling. Is there Freedom? Yes! Here is God’s plan! Key #1: God Owns It All; We are Stewards The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. (Psalm 24:1) All of our needs, bills, possessions, and money belong to the Lord. Key #2: The Tithe Belongs to the Lord “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:8) 90% with God’s blessing is a whole lot more than 100% without it. Key#3: Live Debt-Free and Love It! The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7) The Borrower is Servant to the Lender. Debt brings stress. Key #4: Live Below Your Means with Gratitude Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 5:18) Key #5: Ask God First We see, we want, we buy. But, is this wise? What if God wants to just give it to you or knows it isn’t your best right now. Let Him be the financial decision maker in your house. You do not have because you do not ask God. (James 4:2) Key #6: God Most Often Provides thru Hard Work Though God does provide supernaturally, the most common way is through hard work! The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. (Proverbs 21:25) Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. (Proverbs 12:11) All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23) Key #7: Save for Future Needs Where do you get capital to start a business? Money to send kids to college? Money for retirement? That’s right! Savings! Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10) Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. 24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. (Joel 2:23-24) Key #8: Be Generous—You Can’t Out-Give God! God takes giving personally. He loves to bless those who are generous. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. (Proverbs 19:17) Key #9: Be Choosy about How You Spend Your Money Think and pray first before you start spending money. What do you need? Trendy vs. Quality. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5) How to Get Back on Track If you have blown it in the financial realm, it is never too late! God is the God of Miracles, especially when we want to honor Him and do thinks His way! Surrender your financial mess to the Lord Start tithing. Pay off all debt. Giving time and possessions—you are using all your money to pay off debt. Make a budget. Stick to it! Give thanks in everything! Work hard! Just wait, you watch, you’ll see! J Sign up for our Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and get your copy of 100 Homeschool Hacks. You can sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter Resources The post 9 Keys to Financial Success appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
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