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When The Lord Gives You a Special Dose of Encouragement...

This school year is drawing to a close for our family ~ we have completed 178 academic days and have completely finished almost every single subject, literally "closing the books" on the 2012-13 year. My daughter graduates in TEN DAYS, and in a few short months she will head off to Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. How strange it will be to have two kids in college (my son will be a junior at Wheaton College next year), with only three children still at home!! If you're wondering whether or not the old adage about the days being long but the years being short is true, well, I can tell you that it is indeed true. Very true. Where does the time go?

As I was considering what the last five years of homeschooling will look like for me, the Lord showed me a verse from His Word that is now my "life verse" for these last five years.

~ Isaiah 65:23 says "They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune, for they will be a people bles…

Revealing Jesus ~ A 365-Day Devotional (by Darlene Zschech)

Most people recognize the name Darlene Zschech as the worship leader from Australia who penned the song "Shout to the Lord". So I was very interested in reading the devotional book Revealing Jesus ~ after all, someone who has such a tremendous heart for the Lord (as revealed in her worship music) probably has some profound things to share in a daily devotional.

I wasn't disappointed.

Revealing Jesus takes the reader day-by-day on a journey to greater depth and intimacy with the Lord. Each month begins with a quote taken from the lyrics of a worship song, and the devotionals build one upon another. However, you could easily pick this book up in, say, the middle of June and be challenged to grow in your faith just as much as if you began reading it on the first of January.

Starting with a Bible verse and ending with a prayer, each day's reading spurs the reader on toward love and good works, encouraging with truth and forthrightness that leave you thinking more deeply …