A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Homeschool Mom's Bible (NIV) ~ book review

Homeschooling moms have a unique combination role in life ~ not only are they mothers who are working to raise their children to be healthy, functional adults, they're also the primary educators working to prepare their children for college, readying them to be healthy, functional contributors to society as a whole. We have the daunting task of moving our children to a place where they can impact their world for Christ and His Kingdom. What a huge job homeschooling moms have! We certainly can use all the encouragement we can get!

The Homeschool Mom's Bible offers that encouragement. Daily devotionals are dated, interspersed throughout the text of the Bible. They're just short enough to ensure a busy mom won't skip over reading them due to their length; and they're meaty enough to drive home key points and encouragement. (All the devotions were penned by Janet Tatman, a veteran homeschooling mother with more than 25 years of homeschooling experience.)

The Bible itself is a standard NIV Bible. It isn't a study Bible, so don't expect loads of footnotes and extras. It simply does what it sets out to do ~ encourage homeschool moms in their day-to-day life. And it does that very well. I really recommend this Bible for all homeschooling women. The devotions are often exactly what is needed on a specific day, and I'm all about women staying in the Word, so how could I not enthusiastically endorse the Bible?!? If you're in want of a Bible, or searching for daily encouragement, you won't go wrong with The Homeschool Mom's Bible.

Features include:
  • 365 daily meditations with prayers written by Janet Tatman, a veteran homeschooling mother with more than 25 years of experience homeschooling
  • The full text of the clear, accessible New International Version (NIV) translation
  • Foreword from Vickie Farris, author, homeschool mom, and wife of Michael Farris, founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association
  • Topical index
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 and your family abundantly today!

Day 277 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Today's post is a short and sweet reminder to cover your homeschool, your husband, your children, your entire day in prayer. And fully expect the Lord to bring good things into your life as a result of our prayers.

It's far too easy for busy homeschooling mamas to rush forward into our day and neglect covering our lives with prayer. But we really cannot afford to skip out on prayer time! If you aren't praying for you husband, then who on earth is? Who is going to pray for your children and your homeschool with the same passion and heart that you can? No one else will pray the prayers you're willing to pray. And by no one, I really do mean NO ONE. You're it, mom. This one is all on you.

Pray for your life in all it's facets every single day. Ask the Lord to lead and guide and be in every single moment of your life. Then trust Him to do beautiful, wonderful, glorious things! Sure, there will plenty of times when His answer to your prayer is not what you were hoping for. But His answer will always be good...every single time He answers us it is for our good. Embrace that, and trust Him, and even when you're at a total loss, well, just keep praying.

Lord bless you today as you pray and expect Him to do more than you can ask, think, or imagine!

Day 276 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Monday, September 16, 2013

How Was Your Day? Was It a Monday?

Well, you would think that after so many years of homeschooling I wouldn't ever have a case of the Mondays. Yes, you might think that...but alas, it isn't so.

I actually think that as long as I am homeschooling, I will have hard days. There's a reason for those hard days; homeschooling is hard work! It's life-changing work ~ perhaps even world-changing work in that we're training the next generation for Christ. Perhaps if I never had any hard days, that would be an indicator that I might be missing the mark. Perhaps my hard days, every case of the Mondays, are my personal litmus test as to whether or not I'm doing what I ought to be doing.

The main thing I ought to be doing day in and day out is teaching my children at home. Without finding "escapes" when the days are long and attitudes are poor. Without complaining to my husband or friends about the woes of my daily life. Without yelling at my kids for my own faults and failings. If I'm called to homeschool, then I ought to be homeschooling...even when I get a bad case of the Mondays.

So how do I keep on keeping on even on the hard days? By the Lord's grace, that's how. Trusting Him moment by moment, asking Him to lead me and instruct me all throughout the day. The hard days draw me closer to Him, and make me more dependent on Him. In that way the hard days really are the best days.

Don't run from your Mondays. Embrace them. Entrust them to His care and His wisdom. Expect to see Him moving in your life, and your children's lives, especially on Mondays :)

Lord bless you today!

Day 275 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

To Quote Mike Wazowski (Kind Of...) ~ I'm (not) On the Cover of a Magazine!

I am tickled pink to have an article on teaching electives in the current issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. While I have reviewed products as a former member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I thoroughly enjoyed writing an article for them. It posed an entirely different challenge for me, and I was able to share some valuable insights I've learned over the course of MANY years of homeschooling!

So today's post is short and sweet ~ I'm sharing a direct link to my article!

But watch for new posts coming soon, and a little revamp to my blog. And I've added a link to the Bible study I wrote for homeschooling moms (the eBook is ridiculously affordable at $7.95). Plus I'm gearing up for a nice giveaway, with some terrific goodies for moms and kids!

Here's the link to my article ~ Choosing the Best Electives.  I hope you enjoy it, and are encouraged as you choose electives for your homeschooled children. Look for my next article in the December/January print edition of The Old Schoolhouse magazine (which will be available @ some Target stores!).

Lord bless you as you homeschool for His glory!

Day 274 done :)

Jan L. Burt