12 Ways to Keep an Eternal Perspective During Times of Trial

12 Ways to Keep an Eternal Perspective During Times of Trial

If you are like me, you may have run a gamut of emotions these past few weeks: fear, panic, disappointment, uncertainty, anxiety, frustration, cynicism, distrust, overwhelm, stress, etc. And yet a phrase Elisabeth Elliot, the missionary and speaker, used to often say kept going through my head, “In acceptance lieth peace.” I can be upset about the current situation – both in concern for keeping those I love from getting ill and in concern for giving up of my rights as those in authority put more limits on me – but in the end, I know God is the one…

10 Reasons to Study Art and the Great Artists
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10 Reasons to Study Art and the Great Artists

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” So goes an old saying, for each person on this earth has his or her own interpretation of what is beautiful, what is good art, and what one likes. What you consider to be meaningful art, I may not, but as educators of our children, it is important to expose our children to formal art and the Great Artists. (Of course, our opinions may also vary as to who the Great Artists really are, but there are generally accepted famous and influential artists whose work and lives are worthy of study.) So…

The Best Resources for Learning about the Orchestra and Composers
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The Best Resources for Learning about the Orchestra and Composers

There are many fun resources for learning about the orchestra and composers. (This post contains affiliate links.) Here are my top choices. Jus’ Classical is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The Composer Detective At Jus’ Classical, we have our own course to lead you through learning about the orchestra and composers because we believe that learning about the orchestra and classical music should be a fun and engaging experience! In The Composer Detective, a music…

Treasuring Christ in Christmas Traditions
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Treasuring Christ in Christmas Traditions

When my oldest daughter was three, I wanted to start some Christmas traditions with my kids that would teach them about the real meaning of Christmas and add to our family memories. As the biggest holiday we celebrate, especially for Christmas, I began to look at establishing traditions with my children where we would treasure Christ. After all, when it comes to redeeming holidays with our children – that is, treasuring Christ first in our family traditions at holidays (and ultimately in all things) – Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! In seeking to love the Lord our God…

Remembering Thanksgiving
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Remembering Thanksgiving

Remembering Thanksgiving is especially important in what becomes an over-commercialized season of the year. 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 perfect holiday in which to honor God. 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 Plymouth Plantation. The history of the holiday in America starts with…

Redeeming Holidays With Our Children
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Redeeming Holidays With Our Children

As parents, we desire to be intentional in living out Christ in front of our children in every way, including redeeming holidays with our children or using the opportunity of celebrating a holiday to show them Christ. So when our children were little, my husband and I talked about how we had celebrated holidays in our families growing up and what traditions we might want to share in our own family. We asked ourselves why we observed each holiday and talked to Christian friends about their traditions at holidays.  Also, we read Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper….

The Pumpkin Patch Parable: Book Review
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The Pumpkin Patch Parable: Book Review

We choose not to celebrate Halloween, commemorating Reformation Day instead, but we love fall and pumpkins and having fun at pumpkin patches. Our third child was born in October, so we called her Pumpkin even before birth. When she was almost two, I found a delightful book at the library, which tells the story of God’s care for His people through choosing them and cleaning their hearts in Christ in the form of a parable about a pumpkin farmer. If you love fall and want a simple story to teach your child about new birth in Christ through one of…

15 Reasons to Celebrate Reformation Day: The Redeeming Value of Celebrating Reformation Day
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15 Reasons to Celebrate Reformation Day: The Redeeming Value of Celebrating Reformation Day

Many Christians miss a beautiful opportunity to celebrate our Christian heritage on October 31, which is also known as Reformation Day. It was on this day in 1517 that a priest named Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses (complaints) against the Catholic Church to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s bold act opened the way for others to protest against and seek for reform of the Catholic Church, and eventually these Protestant Reformers broke away to form a new type of church. Especially in countries touched by the Reformation, this religious revolution became the impetus for changing the course of…

Memorization: Why It Is Important and How It Is Mentally Liberating
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Memorization: Why It Is Important and How It Is Mentally Liberating

Memorization gets a bad name these days in educational circles (especially those related to the government schools.)  Certainly, rote memorization may not make sense if we think that the information will not be used later on, but what is the brain for? To think! In order to think, one must memorize, review, and build on that information to create a foundation of knowledge in the long-term memory! An athlete practices drills and physical movements over and over and a musician rehearses a musical phrase repeatedly so that fine motor skills become gross motor skills and the actions become easy and…

The Purpose of Christian Classical Education
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The Purpose of Christian Classical Education

The Purpose of Christian Classical Education What is the purpose of classical education? I will suggest several goals. First, as the Westminster Catechism states, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” With this in mind, classical education should be pursued with a Christian focus; it should be Christian classical education. God’s character and work can and should be identified and highlighted throughout all the disciplines of study. For example, in math, one learns process and order, and thus, children see that God is a God of order, not confusion. It is up to God to…

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