A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Monday, September 26, 2011

TOS Crew Product Review ~ Aletheia Writing Magazine




Aletheia Writing Magazine is quarterly publication aimed at 13 to 19 year old Christian teenagers that is "committed to offering readers a quality literary and artistic publication that nurtures spiritually minded creativity from Christian teens."

As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a copy of the Fall 2011 edition along with a digital copy of the Summer 2011 issue. Having two editions gave me a broader overview of the magazine, revealing a nice variety of content. (These products were provided to me at no charge for review purposes.)

Aletheia Writing Magazine has a Featured Contributor in every issue, along with a Writer's Challenge and a Book Review. One of their newest features is a blog where Christian teens can share their thoughts and experiences on many different topics.

I'd like to share what 3 of my teen daughters had to say about Aletheia:

Oldest daughter ~ "It's a good magazine overall. It features talent from young people in a much more positive way than the typical 'junk' found in most magazines for teen girls. The writing challenges me as a teen writer and I feel I could learn quite a bit from this magazine, things that will enhance my skills as a writer."


Second oldest daughter ~ "It's neat to see what other teenagers have done, and I am impressed by their stories. The artwork and photos are impressive, too. I usually don't enjoy reading magazines, but Aletheia was the opposite for me. I enjoyed it."


Third oldest daughter ~ "Bottom line, I like the fictional stories. It's fun to read what other kids have written. This is the first magazine I've seen that does that. And the tips for artists are great. I enjoyed it and I felt like I learned some things."

Before I share my thoughts about the magazine, I'd like to provide a disclaimer. ** Some of the subject matter is controversial, even though it is presented from a Christian perspective. Parents should certainly read the magazine prior to allowing their children to read it. **

I found the nature photos to be pretty fantastic. It's really great to see the talent of young people within the Christian community. And the interviews with the artists section (called Into the Artists Studio) segment is full of valuable information that my artistically inclined teenagers absorbed like sponges. If you have a child with an artistic bent, Aletheia Writing Magazine could be a real blessing to them. The same is true of your budding author or photographer.






The website www.AletheiaWritingMagazine.com has plenty of information available about the magazine, including upcoming issues, reviews and testimonials, writing tips and subscription information.

Subscriptions cost $26 in the United States and $29 in Canada for four annual 40-page issues (no additional charge for shipping & handling). To subscribe, click HERE.

To read what my fellow TOS Crew reviewers had to say about Aletheia, just click HERE.

Thank you for taking the time to read this product review - Lord bless you as you seek to bring God glory in your family's homeschool!

Day 119 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's the Weekend, and I Was Wondering...

Ya know how they say New York is the city that never sleeps? I think something similar could be said of homeschooling mothers ~ we never stop homeschooling, even on the weekends.

Today is Saturday, and I've been up and at it since 6:30am. I've read the Bible (seeking His wisdom about the upcoming week's homeschool), prayed (asking Him to bless my homeschool efforts next week), thought about how the day's activities can be a time of learning (we're reseeding our yard and there are plenty of teaching opportunities involved), and made a purchase on Amazon (every item I bought is for use in our homeschool).

Since I spend a good portion of my weekend "homeschooling", I'm sure many of you do, too. That got me thinking...

Why not ask what other moms homeschool related questions? I'm sure that all of you have tons of wisdom gleaned over your time homeschooling that you'd just love to share with me!

This weekend, I am wondering what spelling programs do you use? Give me as little or as much detail as you like. I'll be watching to see what you have to say!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Day 118 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Thursday, September 22, 2011

TOS Crew Product Review ~ Tri-Cross board game (by Games for Competitors)



Reviewing the board game Tri-Cross (from Games for Competitors) sure didn't seem like work for me and my family. It just seemed like good old-fashioned fun. And the fun was doubled, since Games for Competitors sent us the boxed version and the Tri-Cross Eco-Edition!
How awesome is that?!

Tri-Cross can be played with two to four players, ages 10 to adult, and the instructions explain both traditional play and optional variations that increase the challenge level. Both the boxed game and the Eco-Edition are played the same way; the difference is the eco-friendly packaging of Tri-Cross Eco-Edition (which is ideal for traveling - all the pieces fit neatly in a small cinch-sac).





The object of the game is to win by occupying the Tri-Cross square located in the center of the game board with any one of your pieces, OR to jump and remove all your opponent's game pieces. My 9th grade daughter says it reminds her of checkers, but it takes a lot of strategy. No two rounds play out in the same way, and it's easy to keep playing in the hope that "one more round" will deem one player the Tri-Cross champion.

The game becomes more challenging with 3 or 4 players versus 2 players, but that's not to say Tri-Cross isn't fun with 2 people competing. It's a fun game no matter how many players are involved, and the fun builds as the strategy unfolds. I think a truly entertaining game should be engaging, competitive, yet simple to understand ~ Tri-Cross is all three.

In the words of my 11th grade daughter, "It's easy to play but challenging. You have to think in order to play. And it's kind of addicting; you want to play again and again."

Some optional game variations include "Face Up","Guts", "Reverse Guts", & "Team Play" - all fun ways to mix it up a little and intensify the challenge of the game. You could consider having a family game night in which Tri-Cross is played in all it's variations, with a "prize" for the family member who scores the most wins. (Prize ideas could be a movie rental, dinner out with just mom or dad, or a trip to the local bookstore.)

Tri-Cross has been awarded "Dr. Toy's 100 Best Products Winner", "The National Parenting Center's 2008 Seal of Approval", and the "Creative Child Magazine Creative Toy Awards 2008 Game of the Year Award". If I had an award for games it would be called the "Burt Family Smart Games = Fun Games Award" and Tri-Cross would be a recipient :)





Homeschool families have the option of incorporating learning games into their daily academic schedule. Not sure how to use a game as a "lesson"? Well, in the case of Tri-Cross, younger students will be using basic math and counting practice when they play. And the more older kids can practice logic and thinking skills when they play, especially the more challenging versions of the game.

Games like Tri-Cross are also a good way to begin (or end) a field trip day that doesn't take up an entire school day. Say your field trip starts around lunch time and you know you won't be able to complete any full math or language arts lessons before it's time to jump in the car. Educational games can fill in this gap and count as learning, too. They're also easy to implement, no grading is required, and it keeps the kids all in one place working together while you get everything ready for the field trip. Reverse the scenario if your field trip takes place in the morning, and have the children play educational games in the afternoon to fill up the school day and allow you time to clean up after the day's activities. Thinking games are a win/win!

Visit the Games for Competitors website to find out more, to order online, or to find local retailers who sell Tri-Cross (these are listed by state).

www.GamesForCompetitors.com

Available for purchase at the website are Tri-Cross shirts in adult and youth sizes ($12) ~ Tri-Cross Standard Edition ($24.95) ~ Tri-Cross Wood Edition ($35.95) ~ Tri-Cross Eco-Edition ($19.95).




Consider making educational games a part of your family's homeschool.

To see other reviews from the TOS Crew click HERE.

Day 117 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Trust Him and Obey Him

Today's blog post is just to encourage you as a mother. Your job is world-changing and of the utmost importance. The day-to-day mundane tasks make a difference that cannot be calculated. You matter more than you may realize.

Do you believe what I just shared? If you have trouble believing it about yourself, do you readily believe about motherhood as a whole? Of course you do - if you didn't believe motherhood mattered, you wouldn't be a homeschooling mom.

In essence, you do what you do as a mom who homeschools because you believe it matters, to God and to your family. You trust God enough to do what He has called you to do; because you trust Him, you also obey Him. This is the secret to success in this life. (Note I didn't say worldly success ~ I'm talking about success in God's economy.)

Obedience in the small stuff leads to faithfulness in the big stuff. And some day you will look back over the annals of your lifetime to discover the small stuff truly was the big stuff. So make the most of today, because what you do matters to your family and to your Lord. You were saved and set apart for His good purposes, and if you are a Christian woman who homeschools then a big part of His call on your life will be done at your kitchen table teaching Geometry and the history of the Civil War.

George MacDonald said, "I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans."

I think he's 100% correct - when I am doing what God has called me to do, I have no time to argue with Him about His will for my life.

Trust Him and obey Him & leave the results in His capable hands!

Day 116 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Saturday, September 17, 2011

One Call Away by Brenda Warner

We all come from somewhere, and where we've been defines who we are now. The book "One Call Away ~ A Memoir ~ Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable Faith" lays out the details of Brenda Warner's life from childhood through the present day. Reading this book is like traveling through Brenda's life, during all the ups and downs. From small town girl to wife of a Super Bowl winning NFL quarterback, a relationship with the Living God has been key for Brenda as she faced life's challenges head on.

I must say, this book was not at all what I expected it to be. I was surprised by some of the choices Brenda made over the years, and even more surprised by her candid way of laying it all out there for the world to see. Many of her life stories were heartbreaking, and I found myself wanting to hold her hand and tell her it would be okay, God hadn't forgotten her. And some of her circumstances reminded me of things I've encountered in my own life; the way she would "cowboy up" and muddle through the darkest of days is the way I've often dealt with hard times.

No matter how strong Brenda Warner is, I found myself more impressed by her choice to be still and let God handle circumstances that were beyond her control. It's a sign or Christian growth when we move aside and resign ourselves to His will, in His way, according to His time table. I have to say, my favorite parts of the book were those in which Brenda allowed God to have total control, no matter the outcome.

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I would have to give this book a 3. It's an interesting read, held my attention, and moved along at a nice pace.

(Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge from BookSneeze for review purposes)

Day 115 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

TOS Crew Review of Area Formulas for Parallelograms, Triangles, & Trapezoids (from AIMS Educational Foundation)

AIMS Educational Foundation is a non-profit foundation begun in 1981 by a group of 80 elementary and middle school teachers who desired to provide students with a solid conceptual understanding of math and science. Through a wide variety of ever-expanding books and activities, research and conferences, AIMS is making an impact in the math and science world for the betterment of students in all learning environments.





AIMS Educational Foundation made several different products available to members of the TOS Crew to review - I received a book entitled "Area Formulas for Parallelograms, Triangles, & Trapezoids". It's an 80-page softcover book the comes with a CD containing printable student pages, videos, and the comics & animations that set this book apart as a unique way to learn some basic Geometry. It is aimed at grades 6-8, but I think it could be adapted for use with younger or older children. I encourage you to be sure and check it all the reviews posted by TOS Crew members ~ you can find those HERE.

I used the book "Area Formulas for Parallelograms, Triangles, & Trapezoids" with my daughters who are in 6th and 8th grade. Using the book's 5 components for teaching each unit, my girls explored basic geometry with Investigations, Comics, Animation & Video, Problem Solving, and Assessments. Each of these components is explained on the book's Welcome page. I found the Investigations to be very useful for kinesthetic learners, providing a hands-on aspect that they need. The Comics were fun and educational at the same time. I would say I'm torn on my opinion of the Animation & Video component - this is my 14th year of homeschooling, and I'm a little biased about how I teach certain topics. I like my method of finding area over the AIMS method, but I will admit that may be my own stick-in-the-mud mentality rather than an issue with the curriculum itself. Problem Solving was my favorite part of each unit - the chance to put into practice what was learned! Finally, the Assessments are key for math and science learning; we must assess on some level or we don't really know if the student has grasped the concept.

Each unit opens with a "Big Idea" ( I LOVE this - seeing the entire unit's purpose explained on one page) and the work for each day is clearly laid out. All the teacher needs to do is follow each day's directions and the lessons fall neatly into place. Students work to develop formulas for areas of parallelograms, triangles and trapezoids by cutting out shapes and manipulating them, using geoboards and geobands for "hands-on" learning, and in general trying to discover what will work when finding the area of a given shape. It's a unique way of learning, I must admit. I am the type who teaches a formula, and then expects the student to use said formula to find the area of each shape. The idea of "playing around" with shapes to find the reason behind the formula is not my preferred teaching style, but I can see how it would be a huge help to certain students.

Since my kids have never really practiced math using the "experimental" method, I think they were a little unsure about this curriculum. They wanted to get right to work using the formulas, so we actually did a week's worth of lessons at one time. That way they were able to apply what they had learned right away, and they could see the direct result of the experimenting they had just done. It wasn't difficult to adapt the lessons to suit our homeschool needs, so I am going to label "Area Formulas for Parallelograms, Triangles, & Trapezoids" as Highly Homeschool Friendly . Of course, that might not work for all students but that is one of the things that makes this a quality resource ~ you really can adapt it to your child's needs.





My husband chimed in to offer his opinion of the AIMS resource our family reviewed. He felt the "big picture first" to "small picture" method of teaching used in this book was right up his alley. He is the youth pastor at our church, and often utilizes this method in his teaching. He is also in management within the aircraft industry and his ability to have a "big picture" view of the Quality Assurance process helps him keep his team moving in the same direction day in and day out. He really liked this product based on it's ability to not throw out specific details and information prior to revealing the purpose behind the specifics.

AIMS grants permission to the purchaser of "Area Formulas for Parallelograms, Triangles, & Trapezoids" to photocopy up to 220 copies of any portion of the text for educational use, or for use in an educator workshop.

At the website you can download free math puzzles, sign up for monthly E-Activities (for a nominal fee), shop for science and math materials, and explore their literature links. Don't forget to check out their Clearance section, too! Visit www.AIMSedu.org to see for yourself!

The book "Area Formulas for Parallelograms, Triangles, & Trapezoids" is available for $9.95, and this is the current price for all their math curriculum books. Other subject matter is available at a variety of prices, all of them within reason.

As always, I received this product at no cost to myself for review purposes.

Thanks for reading this TOS Crew product review!

Day 114 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Clarifying Our Ministry as Moms

Do you ever feel pushed and pulled and filled with uncertainty about your ministry as a mom who homeschools? Should you say yes to that small group Bible study, or should you say no? Can you take time out for an evening walk with your husband, or do you need to spend that time prepping for the following day's school? Maybe you struggle with caring for aging parents while fulfilling your call to homeschool. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the daily struggle to find balance in our lives, God's Word does provide us with all the wisdom and counsel we need for our daily dilemmas.

It's natural for us to take a grass-is-greener approach to life, and often we do it without recognizing it (but remember, the sinful man lives according to his natural lusts and we are called to live according to the Spirit). For example, that small group for women may be something you really, really want to do and it seems like the perfect way to take a short break each week - and when we are busy homeschooling our older children with little our little tikes hanging off our lower limbs all day long, that break sounds pretty good. But what if, when we felt that longing for a break or some time with other adults, we stopped to consider whether that small group might be God's best for us at some point in the future instead of right now? We may think we need to go to Bible study in order to grow in God's Word so that we can be better wives and mothers (and sometimes that is what He wants us to do) - but what if, just what if, He wants to grow us right in our own homes, doing what He has called us to do in this season of our lives? Small groups are wonderful, and sometimes they are what God has planned for us; other times, He wants us to submit to His will for our life and stop looking for a "break" or "time away". Growth happens when we obey Him, so the key is to find out what He wants us to do and then to actually do it (whether or not we feel like doing it)!

Say you're trying to figure out if you should take that evening stroll with your hubby, or stay home and plan tomorrow's homeschool day to the nth degree. Now, I cannot tell you exactly what's right and what's wrong in this situation - but I can tell you that many homeschooling mamas are Type A, strong-willed, stubborn work-a-holics! And those mamas are the ones who really do need to put away the curriculum and take that walk with their husband! For the moms who want to take a walk or watch a movie or read a novel every single night of the week, perhaps a little more time spent planning is in order. In reality, what we want to do (in our flesh) can be a red flag as to what we ought to do instead. But I'm sure you already know that...homeschooling has a way of revealing the truth about human nature unlike any other endeavor we might undertake!

Caring for elderly parents and still trying to complete your homeschool lessons each day is a daunting task that really is overwhelming. But the God who called you to homeschool, the God who desires for you to honor your parents, is the God who will help you one day at a time to fulfill both of those ministries to His glory. You might be exhausted, stretched too thin, and uncertain about how each day will unfold but you will receive strength from the Holy Spirit and blessings untold as you submit your time to the God who holds all time in His hands. In the end, you will be glad you persevered.

And lastly, let me just remind you that one of your most vital roles as a mom is that of a comforter to your children. Please don't fall into the trap of encouraging and comforting your friends, neighbors, and extended family members while failing to comfort and encourage the children who share your home. Seriously, listen up ladies! We cannot possibly be in the center of God's will for our lives as homeschoolers if we only correct and reprimand our children (and don't tell me it's part of educating them - God teaches best with love and compassion and He is our example in all things).

As always, don't take my word for it, but do take His Word ~

Jeremiah 29:13 "If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you," says the Lord.
*This verse reminds me to seek Him right where I am, in the midst of teaching a proof in Geometry or in my decision about signing up for a small group.

Isaiah 66:3 "As a mother comforts her children, so I will comfort you."
*In this verse God clearly tells me to comfort my children, and to treat them in the kind manner in which He treats me.

Psalm 118:7 "The Lord is with me; He is my helper."
*Here I find God's promise to be with me and help me through each and every moment of each and every day; I cannot do it on my own, but I cannot fail when I allow Him to help me.


Lord bless you as you continue in your ministry today!


Day 113 done :)


Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Thursday, September 8, 2011

TOS Crew Product Review ~ Time 4 Learning

In my attempt to do justice to what I believe to be an excellent educational resource for homeschoolers, let me preface this TOS Crew product review with these words: My review may not fully convey how terrific I believe Time 4 Learning is, so I encourage you to check it out for yourself!

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So what is this great resource known as Time 4 Learning? According to the description provided on the FAQ page, "Time4Learning is a technology-based online educational program that teaches preschool to eighth grade curriculum using a combination of animated lessons, interactive activities and reinforcing worksheets." That is the description in a nutshell, but I hope to show you that it's a whole lot more than you might think!

The first place to start as you learn about Time 4 Learning is at their website's FAQ page ~ click HERE to access that page directly. You will find answers to questions such as "Can I use it as a homeschool program?", "What does the math curriculum cover?", and "Can Time 4 Learning run on an IPad?". You will also find a curriculum level overview for each grade level (Pre-K through 8th grade) in the sidebar. Subject included with a Time 4 Learning membership include Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. This encompasses the following:

•Online curriculum for grades Pre-K through 8th
•More than 1,000 interactive animated lessons
•Self paced lessons that kids will enjoy working on
•Math & algebra tutorials & printable worksheets
•Language arts, phonics & grammar lessons
•Interactive, project-based reading activities
•Science (grades 1st - 6th) & social studies (grades 2nd - 7th)
•Detailed reporting for easy record keeping
•Extensive lesson plans & teaching tools for parents
•and much more...



When I received my membership information from Time 4 Learning (free of charge for review purposes) I was able to set up 2 separate accounts for each of my middle-school daughters, and I have access to my own Parent's Account. My 6th grader and my 8th grader both did assignments from each subject category, and they both found that what they were learning was very thorough and aligned itself well with their other homeschool curriculum. For example, when my 8th grade daughter wanted to see how specific the Social Studies lessons were in relation to what she had learned about the Roaring Twenties, she was pleasantly surprised to find that it was as complete as her textbook had been, yet was done in a fun and interactive way. The same proved true of my 6th grader when she explored Time 4 Learning's method of teaching about improper fractions. She felt the visual aspect of the online program would have helped her when she initially studied this topic.

Some online educational websites can be, well, less fun than others. And plenty sites provide ample fun, with little educational depth. I was pleasantly surprised by the balance provided by Time 4 Learning. As implied in the previous paragraph, our family has not been using Time 4 Learning as a stand-alone curriculum; instead, we have incorporated it into our daily lesson plans. This works well for us, as I typically use about triple the resources many of my fellow homeschool moms use (that's according to them, not me - I don't like to think of myself as an overachiever!) However, if you are the more laid back homeschool mom, you might be comfortable using it as your sole curriculum for certain subjects. It's thorough, to a extent not always found among online learning resources. It also compliments other curriculum nicely. You can choose how best to use Time 4 Learning with your students - it's flexible enough for either option.

But it's not boring, and that's important to note. Remember the movie "What About Bob?" - if so, you might recall the scene in which Dr. Leo Marvin is talking with his daughter Anna about his bizarre patient Bob Wiley. Dr. Marvin is trying to persuade his daughter that hanging out with Bob is not a good idea. Anna says, "But he's FUN!!" To which Dr. Marvin replies, "Well, I'm sort of fun..." Some homeschool products can be categorized as "sort of fun...". Time 4 Learning, however, falls squarely under the heading "FUN!!" (I know it's an odd analogy, but I think you get my point.)


Here's what my 6th grade daughter had to say: "I really like their Science and Math a lot. It helps me to learn, but in a fun way. I love that I'm not bored when I do my assignments!"

And my 8th grade daughter shared these thoughts: "I like that it has a lot of variety. The Language Arts writing uses a format similar to Word and I really love using it. I have great tools to use when I write at Time 4 Learning. Having separate levels for older kids and younger kids is a good idea, because at other sites the activities can seem a little babyish when all ages are lumped together. Also, it's neat that students can submit their artwork and have it displayed on the website. They also have a good selection of games to play, and they're fun games, too. If I had to say there was something I don't like about Time 4 Learning, it would be that I can only earn 15 minutes of game time no matter how many assignments I complete. I'd like to be able to earn more game time. Other than that, it's great!"

Here is a screen shot of math topics:





The Parent Admin area has a terrific Student Records option that allows me to view my girl's work by day, month, or year. It provides "scores" (a percentage grade when available) for each assignment, so I can see at a glance how they're doing. From here I am able to give specific assignments, generate attendance charts, print out score sheets by subject or by student (available as a PDF), see the Language Arts Reading Lists (which provide extra reading ideas - the required reading is all provided online), see the Science lesson supply lists, and more. They also have a Refer a Friend deal that you can check out at their website, and the Hints and Helps section has some great information.

You can check it out here ~ www.Time4Learning.com

As an aside about the middle-school Science programs available at Time 4 Learning, I'd like to remind you that science labs completed during 6th through 8th grade can be rolled over to your child's high school transcript. Check your state's graduation requirements, but many require at least one lab in order to complete high school. If you were to use Time 4 Learning and actually do all the science experiments, it would count as one lab credit for each level of Science your child completes. Trust me, fulfilling those lab requirements can be time consuming and tricky at times, so having it all laid out for you in easy to follow step-by-step instructions is pretty valuable.

The cost of Time 4 Learning is $19.95 for the first student and $14.95 for each additional student, billed every 30 days. A 100% money back guarantee is offered for the first 14 days of use, so you can try it out and see if it's a good fit for your family's homeschool.

To see what other TOS Crew members have to say about Time 4 Learning, click THIS LINK.

Thanks for taking the time to read this review - have a terrific homeschool day!

Day 112 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Learning from Romans

So I haven't posted in a while - sorry about that! Between the travel to and from Wheaton for my son's surgery and all the "catching up" I did, I neglected to post :(

This school year has already had some unexpected bumps in the road that could have led to delays in my 4 daughter's learning. But I have been working hard to keep them moving forward in spite of said bumps. I'm feeling a little bit tired,but other than that I'm pretty happy with the results of our efforts so far.

Daughters require a lot of training, and it's quite different than the training given to sons. I want my girls to understand the real value available to them as women of God. Their "job" as a wives and mothers may often be exhausting, thankless, and routine but it will also be the most rewarding "job" they could ever hold. In today's society, even as a conservative Christian homeschooling family, young ladies are still considered odd ducks if they choose the Biblical role of wife/mother. Now, that's not always the case and we are blessed to have friends and family that are all for stay-at-home-moms. For those people in our lives, I give thanks. And I work at encouraging them to learn to persevere when others are not as understanding and supportive.

In order to be equipped to encourage my girls, I must spend time in the Word on a daily basis. As of late, I've found myself drawn to Romans and boy oh boy is there a lot going on in this New Testament book! I'm no theologian, and I will be the first to say Romans is so jam-packed full that I realize I'm no theologian each time I study it! But I come away from my time in Romans feeling as if I've had my heart opened and God's grace was poured straight in. I'd like to share a couple of verses from Romans.


Romans 12:12 (partial) - "Be joyful in hope."

Romans 5:2b - "And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God."

Romans 15:13 - "The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."



Those are just three little snippets of encouragement gleaned from the book of Romans and I pray they bring you encouragement today.

Make this school year one that builds upon the Lord each and every day!

Day 112 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com