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The God Whom Moses Knew A Novel By J. Roger Nelson, M.D.

The God Moses Knew by J. Roger Nelson is a fictionalized account of Moses leading the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt to freedom in the promised land. It's written as a novel that expounds on the Genesis and Exodus Bible characters to give a glimpse of what their lives might have been like beyond the Biblical record. Moses is the primary figure in the book and as such his life is explored in depth.

I'm not typically a huge fan of fiction when it comes to adapting the Bible into a novel, but I was curious to see what the author might have to share about the life of Moses. Some of Dr. Nelson's "ideas" don't align with what we know of Mosses from the Bible - and as a Christian who firmly believe sin the whole counsel of the Word of God, I had to disagree with some of Dr. Nelson's creative ideas. Interesting? Yes. Biblically solid? Umm, not so much.

However, if you're into historical Biblical fiction, this could be just the book you've been looking for…

The Real Way to Keep On Keeping On

January days tend to be bleak, dreary, and L-O-N-G for homeschool families. And the homeschooling mother usually bears the burden of keeping the household positive and upbeat during January (and February, into March...). But moms need a dose of encouragement in order to keep being a source of encouragement to their families. Today's post is about finding that encouragement in the Lord.

Hebrews 11:33-34 says, "By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight."

How did they do what they did? They did it BY FAITH. Due to their faith, God made their weakness to be strength (something that happens only in God's economy). They stared down the toughest of times, scariest trials, tremendous obstacles, worst case scenarios …

Follow That Voice!

How do you know when to do one thing versus another thing? When do you stop moving in a certain direction and begin down a new path? Is there ever a time we should shoot from the hip; and if not, where is the room in our lives for spontaneity?

I think the answer is found clearly and concisely in the Word of God. And if you've been reading my blog for very long, you already knew I'd say the answer could be found amidst the pages of my Bible!

John 10:4b-5 says, "The sheep follow Him because they recognize His voice. They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from Him, because they don't recognize the voice of strangers." (HCSB)

This is the answer to the question, "What now, Lord?". It isn't the answer once in a while, when it's a REALLY BIG problem. It isn't the answer only when we feel as if we can't come up with the answer on our own (because the Bible says NO WHERE that God helps those that help themselves). It is the …

A Few Verses to Encourage You Today!

Today's post will be short and to the point. I'm sharing some verses from God's Word to encourage you on your journey as a homeschooling mother :)

Micah 7:7 _ "But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me."

Proverbs 10:22 - "The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and He adds no sorrow with it."

1 John 5:14 - "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."

Psalm 119:18 - "Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in Your instructions."

Amos 5:14 - "Do what is good and run from evil - that you may live! Then the Lord God Almighty will truly be your helper, just as you have claimed He is.

Philippians 4:4 - "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again - rejoice!"

Take comfort and draw strength from God's Word today. Share His great lo…

TOS Crew Product Review ~ Z-Guide to the Movies - My Side of the Mountain

Zeezok Publishing has a variety of curriculum that work wonderfully in the homeschool setting, particularly if unit studies are your primary learning method. The product I received (free of charge for review purposes) is the Z-Guide to the Movies, My Side of the Mountain e-book.

My Side of the Mountain (by Jean Craighead George) is one of my family's favorite books; and while the 1969 movie differs quite a bit from the book, we were excited about utilizing this Z-Guide.

Basically, the way a Z-Guide works is it takes a particular film (often the movies are based on good books) and draws lessons from the movie. First the student watches the movie in it's entirety; then they follow the Z-Guide's instructions, complete the activities, and learn a whole lot. And yes, all this stems from watching a movie. What homeschooler wouldn't like that?!

Z-Guide, My Side of the Mountain follows the 1969 film version of "My Side of the Mountain". This movie is available for pur…

Welcome to a Brand-Spankin'-New Year!!!

Isn't it great to be starting a brand new year, with the Lord to guide our paths? And isn't it terrific to end each year by celebrating our Lord's birth?

It's always interesting to wonder at what a new year might hold. When we look back over 2011, I doubt any of us could have predicted what things would come to pass. God always does more than we can imagine, and living a life sold out to Him is guaranteed to never lack excitement! It's the grandest of adventures, better than exploring the final frontier, filled with surprises and blessings galore. It is good to walk with Jesus; very, very good.

What are some things you plan to focus on in 2012? Do you have any homeschool dreams that you are praying the Lord will bring to pass? Keep asking Him to make those dreams come true - and ask Him to change those dreams to better ones if that's His good and perfect and pleasing will.

Some of the things I'm hoping will come to pass in 2012 include more blog posts to enc…