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A Little Romans 8:6 For Your Day

Romans 8:6b - ...but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 

A mind controlled by the world - by the flesh - by the enemy of God is a mind filled with chaos and unease. It's sort of like your mental state is comparable to a bag full of cats. Not a pleasant way to go through daily life, is it? But most of us have dealt with a messed-up mindset at one point or another.

In contrast, the mark of the Spirit's control of your mind is life and peace.

Having God's peace means having a sense of inner calm, regardless of circumstances, coupled with the ability to hear from the Lord and think clearly. It is the opposite of a panicked mind filled with jumbled thoughts and stressful ponderings.

We can pray to have a peaceful mind, knowing that this is God's will for us. (He has no desire to see any of His children living with an out-of-control mind.)

There is also the promise of life when the Holy Spirit controls one's mind. Life is the opposite of death. Deadly tho…
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Perhaps the Problem is...

"The world expects, and rightly, that the Christian should be more gentle, and patient, and generous, than he who does not profess to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus." ~ Mark Guy Pearse

Well, well, well...that's a stiff drink of truth for me today! Sometimes I read something and it just pierces my heart & I know that, now that I have seen it, I cannot un-see it. The above quote is a great example.

Truth cuts right through all the nonsense and brings our excuses out of the murky darkness and into the cold but clarifying light of day. The truth is powerful and can inspire change where it is long as we let the Lord work out His will based on the truths He has shown us.

So how does this quote relate to homeschooling women?

Mothers cannot be screaming at their children and acting out in a rage and still believe that the world sees Christ when it looks at them. Mothers cannot openly ignore their children when they are misbehaving, nor when they cry out with a n…

Working on a Homeschool Transcript?

Homeschooling throughout your child's high school years can be intimidating. Daunting. Freaky-Friday scary. 
So much feels as if it is resting squarely upon your shoulders, homeschooling mom. 
And just one aspect of this overwhelming endeavor is the transcript.
But, thankfully, this one piece of your child's high school career does not have to be enormously difficult. We have the opportunity to learn from homeschoolers who have walked this path before us ~ and having the way paved ahead of me made me a lot less nervous about creating transcripts for my five children. 
Here are a few tips for you as you work on transcripts:
     ~ Use a transcript generating program if you need to.
               There are a variety of online programs available to the homeschooling community with varying price ranges and options, which means you should be able to find one that works for you. The benefit of an online program is that all your child's info is saved remotely, making the odds t…

The 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference ~ The Homeschool/Work-At-Home/Blogging Event of the Year!

This is it! It's finally here! Go time, ladies & gentlemen!

The 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference is now open for business - beginning today (May 28th, 2018) you can buy tickets for this unique event.

Here are some details:

     The conference will take place entirely online ~ no lines, no traveling, no extra expenses for eating out or childcare ~ you could even attend this conference in your pajamas if you wanted to!

     There are two conference options ~ the Homeschool Mom track or the Work-At-Home/Blogger track ~ AND you also have the option of taking advantage of both tracks for one low price!

2018 Homeschool Moms Conference All-Access Pass ~ early bird price of $25

     The conference officially kicks off on June 4th, 2018 but you have access to an early-bird price if you sign up before June 3rd!

     The early bird price is...$15 for either the Homeschool Mom track or the Work-At-Home/blogger track OR $25 for both tracks! That's something like 20 cents per session - t…

~ Book Review ~ The Rescue by Jim Cymbala (with Ann Spangler)

If you have been around the Christian world for very long, you have most likely heard of Jim Cymbala as well as the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. And you may know of some of Jim's previous best seller - Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. You may also recognize the name Ann Spangler (co-author of The Rescue). When I think of Ann, I immediately think of the Names of God (look her up - I have learned so much about God's Names from her work!). Basically, I was more than happy to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

The thing I loved most about The Rescue was the fact that it is both an encouragement to believers that the Lord is still working and moving in the lives of people all around us who seem to be living such train-wrecked lives & that a seeking person could easily pick this book up and meet Jesus personally in any one of the amazing stories shared here.

That's powerful stuff.

And that's why I think this would make a great book to buy, read, and then pass on to s…

iBlog Post ~ Joy in the Journey Begins with Your Thoughts...

I am a part of the iBlog event taking place throughout the month of May and wanted to share a little teaser from my post (which is about finding joy on your homeschooling journey).

Do you think of homeschooling as your full-time job, or more like a part-time endeavor? What I am really asking is this: Are you fully engaged in your homeschooling work? Where is your heart?

To read the rest of the post, visit the blog WiththeHuddlestons

I think you will enjoy what bloggers have to share with you all month long, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back every couple of days to see what's new.

Lord bless you today!

Day 383 done :)

Jan L. Burt

author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study (available on Amazon) 
& speaker at the 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference (details HERE)

One Thing I Hate About Homeschooling...

What would you say you dislike the most about homeschooling? Is there anything that just gets in your craw and drives you batty?

In all honesty, I probably have a few things that have driven me nearly bonkers over the years - but one thing in particular I pretty much could not stand. Grading school work every evening. 

It was always there, looming, waiting for me in a gigantic pile. Every. Single. Day. So many evenings spent grading, feeling as if I were missing out on family time or failing to take care of other tasks around the house. The homeschool day is not finished until I have graded every single subject for every single child and recorded it all in my planner. It's just no fun!

Like the laundry, it never goes away...

But here's the truth: one day it will go away. Children grow up, go to college, get jobs, get married, move away.

Our greatest homeschool burdens are disappearing before our very eyes...and there isn't really any joy in it!

For me, the mom who so disli…

Book Review ~Always Fall Forward by Todd Gerelds (author of Woodlawn)

When given the opportunity to review the new book "Always Fall Forward" (by the author of "Woodlawn" - which is a great book & a great movie) I didn't realize how much I would glean from it, even though it is geared toward a male audience.

This little book packs quite a punch and has loads of encouraging counsel based on the Word of God.

Divided neatly into 52 weekly readings, it makes a perfect devotional and I really, really think it would make an awesome Father's Day gift. Or a graduation gift (high school or college).

Each week covers a topic based on something the author's dad ~ who was the head coach at Woodlawn back in the day ~ would often say. He then takes each saying and adds Scripture to create some excellent content.

This book really seems to embody the idea that the author of Hebrews was conveying when he told us to spur one another on toward love and good deeds (see Hebrews 10:24-25).

Day 381 done :)

Jan L. Burt

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Get Ya'self a Word...As Often As You Can

If there is one thing I have learned from a couple of decades plus change as a homeschooler, it's this:

          ~ Getting the Word of God into me as often as possible keeps my family advancing onward....and keeps me from going insane.

Now, I'm not implying that homeschooling will make a mama go nutso. But I am saying that life in general has a way of bringing the crazy out of the best of us. And homeschooling adds a whole new layer to the crazy-cake at times. Not because it isn't awesome (because it is!) but because it takes the job of "Mom" and gives that job a massive promotion that comes with the title "Homeschool Mom". Which could also be read "Guidance Counselor/Gourmet Chef/Housekeeper/Laundress/Chauffeur/Athletic Coach & Encourager/Financial Adviser/Teacher-of-ALL-the-Subjects". (disclaimer: this is not an exhaustive list!)

So, yea. It's no big stretch to understand that some crazy could come into play when a woman juggles so …

Handy Homeschool Tools (some of my FAVS after 25 years of homeschooling...)

This is a completely practical post ~ just me sharing a few of my absolute favorite tools from 25 years of doing this whole homeschooling thing.  

# 1 ~Weighted Book Page Holder (preferably a non-slip version) ~ This is an item you will use again and again and again from preschool through high school graduation...and I personally use one every day (holding open a cookbook - a Bible - a journal - you name it). It's perfect for holding open your first graders math workbook; perfect for your seventh graders science textbook; perfect for your high school students hardback copy of To Kill A Mockingbird, freeing up their hands to take notes, and so on. Here is a link to a set of 3 on Amazon:
Weighted Page Holders

# 2 ~ KUM Artists' Color-Combi Pencil Sharpener ~ We have several of these around our house, and believe me when I say my artistic children always made sure to have one in their bedrooms where nobody else could get hold of it (they are just that awesome). Colored pencils a…