A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Could I Ask for Your Help?

It's a rarity for me to blog about things like this...but in this unique situation, I'm going to go ahead and throw up a post about something I could use some help with!

My husband & I lead our church's youth group, and we have a terrific group of young people!  Every other year the youth take a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico. We have a sister church there, and it is a neat experience to work with them on a continuing basis. This summer from June 20-June 30, 26 people from our church (both students & adults) will make the trip to Mexico.

However, expenses are high (such as gas being about $5/gallon in California!) and we still have a ways to go in order to meet our financial commitment.

Would you mind praying for our youth group, and for the fundraisers we are currently involved in?

The first one is a garage sale this weekend. Please pray that the kids do well & earn money toward this trip.

The second one is a Chik-fil-A goodie bag that we are going to raffle off. Each entry is $5 - and the goodie bag has a t-shirt, cap, coffee mug, etc PLUS over $100 in FREE food gift certificates!  Please pray that we do well with that fundraiser as well!

The third one is a youth auction - we give people the opportunity to "bid" on students talents.  They can do all sorts of things, from changing the oil in your car to taking photographs. Would you pray this fundraiser is a blessing for the youth and for those who are placing bids?

And the final fundraiser is a new one for us.  We are giving the online site GoFundMe a try! I just set up 2 accounts (for 2 of my daughters -  I thought I'd use my kids as guinea pigs first, haha!) and I'm kind of curious to see how this works out for them!  Check out my daughter Savanna's donation page here.  And you can see my daughter Avery's GoFundMe pin on Pinterest here.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I am selling my entire set of Systemath (pre-algebra thru advanced algebra, grade 6-9) to help my 5 kids take this trip to Mexico. I'm asking $200 for the entire set, or $50/year.  To see what all you get, visit  Feel free to ask me questions about the program :)

Thanks for the prayer support - I really do appreciate it!!  I'll post an update in June on how our fundraising turned out :)

Day 267 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

These Are the Day of Elijah ~ by R.T. Kendall

When I was given the opportunity to review the book These Are the Days of Elijah by R.T. Kendall, I was thinking this book would be primarily about prayer. Based on James 5:17-18 ( Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years) I just thought I could grow in my prayer life by reading this book. And I was right, but I was also wrong. These Are the Days of Elijah is a book chock-full of so much wisdom and insight, and gave me pause so often while reading it, that I must say I am very glad it isn't a book simply about prayer. 

R.T. Kendall's work is a study of the life of Elijah, and many of his insights, as well as their application to our daily walk with the Lord, are profound. I really would love to throw a bunch of quotes your way, straight out of the book, but more than that I would really, really love for you to read this book! It's one that I know I will read again and again, and I'm expecting to learn new things about myself and my God each time I re-read it. 

As a woman whose blog is aimed primarily at homeschooling mothers, I can say that this book is one that should be in the homeschoolers personal library. Facing fears about your ability to teach your children? Elijah's fears, and God's dealing with said fears, will encourage you. Nervous that God may not answer your prayers? Elijah's life provides us with ample proof that God does indeed answer prayer. Feel all alone, as if you're the only one going through whatever it is you're going through? Well, Elijah certainly felt that way and God gently corrected him and set him back on His course. Every battle depression or exhaustion? So did Elijah. It's a book for all Christians, but it's a book I highly recommend for homeschooling mothers.

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5...or maybe even a 6!!

Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from Chosen Books. All opinions shared here are solely my own.

Lord bless you today!

Day 266 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

So, Did You Have a Good Year?

May is a month filled with graduations, weddings, celebrations of all shapes & sizes that laud our accomplishments and lay wide the path to a prosperous future. All that sounds nice enough, but it is a bit humanistic at it's core.  And as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, I hope to encourage you in a non-humanistic way through this blog post :)

As homeschooling mothers, we don't usually receive the same kind of accolades that public and private school educators get. There aren't any end-of-the-school-year teacher appreciation gifts brought to us, no notes from thankful parents gushing about the impact we've had on their child's life, no fresh-baked cookies waiting for us in the teacher's lounge. (Now, let me say that I know a few teachers & believe me, it's more "normal" to hear from an angry parent than a thankful one - there are plenty of downsides to their profession that we never have to deal with.) Those of us who opt to educate our children at home know that it's a really good day if our hubby tells us "good job" at the end of a long, hard school day! We do what we do without much thanks or fanfare, for the most part. And honestly, we're just fine with that.

But since May is a time of so much celebrating and congratulating, I'd like to tell all the moms who read this post "Good job this year! You've worked hard, done so much more than you probably even remember, and followed the call the Lord has placed upon your life. Way to go!"

Take a deep breath, think back to last August, and recognize what the Lord has done through you to impact your children's hearts and minds. Be encouraged today, and grab hold of the Lord's joy, because the joy of the Lord is your strength. Keep your chin up, but not in a humanistic way; rather, keep your chin up in order to stay focused on God Almighty, who takes hold of your hand and helps you on this journey called homeschool.

Lord bless you today as you seek to bring Him glory!

Day 265 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Friday, May 3, 2013

Prayer Warrior Mom ~ Covering Your Kids with God's Blessings and Protection by Marla Alupoaicei

Are you a mom? Are you a Christian mom? Are you a mom who prays for your kids ~or a mom who worries she doesn't pray for her kids enough? If you can answer "Yup" to any or all of the above, the book Prayer Warrior Mom by Marla Alupoaicei is a book you need on your nightstand.

Divided nicely into 15 easy-to-read, themed chapters, Prayer Warrior Mom is a thoroughly encouraging and heart impacting book. If you read it, you will be moved to pray for your children in specific, powerful ways. And if you're praying for your children, well, then God will begin to do things in their lives that would not happen otherwise. It is both a privilege and a serious responsibility to raise up children in the way they should go. If we're honest, we can all admit that we need help and encouragement to faithfully complete our task as moms. Buying this book will help you fulfill your God-given call to prayer daily, fervently for your kids.

I have long been a praying mom, and I have no plans to lessen my time spent in prayer for my children. This book was a perfect fit for me, and I was very pleased to find such a large list of recommended resources as well as a study guide included in the book! Doing this book with a small group would be a great way to impact your church's moms, encouraging them to become prayer warrior moms. And there is an online community to support you every step of the way. It really is a book that is fit for the times in which we live.

I hope you buy it; I hope you read it; I hope you live it and pray it.

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5.

Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from BookSneeze. All opinions shared here are solely my own.

Lord bless you, praying mama!!

Day 264 done :)

Jan L. Burt