Journey into Joy: 7 Reasons Why Your Family Should Investigate Handel’s Messiah
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Journey into Joy: 7 Reasons Why Your Family Should Investigate Handel’s Messiah

Could a centuries-old oratorio captivate the hearts of children? Handel’s Messiah most certainly can! In the world of classical music, George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah stands as a timeless masterpiece. Written in just 24 days in 1741, its first performance was in Dublin, Ireland in 1742 as a charity event, and later, it made its way to Covent Garden in London. It has become a standard work performed during the Christmas season. Beyond its beautiful melodies, there are compelling reasons to introduce children to this classical gem, from cultural enrichment to family connections. Here are 7 reasons why parents should…

10 Reasons to Memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism
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10 Reasons to Memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism

Christians often talk about the importance of memorizing Scripture to hide God’s Word in our hearts. As I grew in my faith and became Reformed in my understanding of Scripture, I also began to see many reasons to memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism, which gives a foundation of doctrine from the Scriptures. What is the Westminster Shorter Catechism? The Westminster Shorter Catechism is a concise and systematic summary of Christian doctrine and beliefs. It was written between 1643 and 1648 as part of the larger Westminster Standards, which include the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger Catechism. The Shorter…

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Best Bible Studies for (Homeschool) Moms

Marriage. Motherhood. Homeschooling. You can’t do them in your own strength. You may have had ideas and plans for how being a wife or parent was going to go for you. But you may also have quickly found out that you are not really in control of everything, especially when it comes to how other people – our husbands and children – are going to act. So we need much grace from God in our marriages, parenting, and homeschooling. As Jesus tells us in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and…

Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood: Bible Study Review
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Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood: Bible Study Review

Recently, I had the privilege of working through Melissa B. Kruger’s encouraging devotional Bible study called Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood. Broken into eleven chapters, each chapter includes sections of days one through five, so that one can work through the material a day at a time for daily Bible devotionals over eleven weeks. Each chapter consists of a topic in the theme of walking with God: walking by faith, walking in wisdom, walking in prayer, etc. As Melissa B. Kruger states, such a study is needed to give us the right perspective as mothers during all…

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He Delights in Me and So I Have Joy!

My word of the year is “joy.” As I get older and live in this estate of sin and misery that is our world, I NEED to focus on joy more, not the passing pleasures of “happiness.” For happiness is just a temporary feeling. But joy is a deep-seated conviction that it is well with my soul – that is, an enduring perspective and sense of peace, contentment and knowledge that everything is going to work out for God’s glory and my good and that can only come from having a relationship with Christ. Joy is a huge emphasis in…

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Why Would I Rob Myself of Joy?

Psalm 30 1I will exalt you, Lord,    for you lifted me out of the depths    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,    and you healed me.3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;    you spared me from going down to the pit. 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;    praise his holy name.5 For his anger lasts only a moment,    but his favor lasts a lifetime;weeping may stay for the night,    but rejoicing comes in the morning. 6 When I felt secure, I said,    “I will never be shaken.”7 Lord, when you favored me,    you made…

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Living in Love

In the first five verses of Psalm 103, we see the benefits of being God’s child – If we are in Christ, He:forgives all our sin,heals all our diseases,redeems our lives from the pit,crowns us with love and compassion, andsatisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. God’s grace enables me to soar like an eagle and not grow weary! But even more than grace, God loves us! This isn’t some temporary passing emotion like “falling in love” but a love that is connected with forgiveness of sin. As sinners, we shouldn’t be…

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Soaring on God’s Grace

January and February are difficult months for me. The days are cold and still short so I don’t go on as many walks, there isn’t much to look forward to, and it is the middle of the homeschool year where motivation is low. On a good year, there are days when I am just weary. And after almost a year of pure craziness in our world, I’m even more weary of it all. Whether because I get busy or lack motivation, I also find it easy to get out of my habit of spending time with God in the Word…

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
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Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

As we seek to redeem every holiday with our children by pointing them to God and all He has done for us, Thanksgiving is a terrific holiday for making crafts which teach gratitude, while some are just fun for fall! Here are some of our favorite easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids! Fun Crafts for Thanksgiving 1. Thanksgiving Turkey Headband Our kids love to dress up, so we have a pilgrim hat, a native costume, and for super cute pictures, each child has a Thanksgiving Turkey Headband. Get the pattern here. 2. Turkey Placemats We often make crafts as decorations for…

Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids
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Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving is an especially valuable holiday to pause and remember our history and to thank God for all He has done for us. As we seek to redeem every holiday with our children by pointing them to God, one way of enjoying the holiday and teaching its meaning is through the many wonderful Thanksgiving books for kids. History of the Thanksgiving holiday The history of Thanksgiving is of a people who desired to venerate God in every aspect of their lives, so we can start by teaching our children the history of the Pilgrims, the journey on the Mayflower, and…

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