A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Beloved and My Friend by Hal & Melanie Young ~ Review (New Book Launch!!)

Those in the homeschooling community are no strangers to the work of Hal & Melanie Young (does the book Raising Real Men ring a bell?) Branching out beyond raising godly children, the Youngs have written a terrific book entitled My Beloved and My Friend - How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses. It's a great read for all married couples, and would make an excellent gift for those soon to become man and wife. But since I blog primarily to an audience of women who homeschool, let me speak to the reasons they should read My Beloved and My Friend.

When you are a homeschooling mama, it is so unbelievably easy to become completely immersed in your children. Seriously, this is a problem within the homeschool community! It's a problem because the children begin to "take over" the marriage and their needs become priorities over those of our husbands. This book by Hal & Melanie Young helps put the marriage back in it's proper, God-ordained place. If you homeschool and you love your husband, then you ought to read this book.

I'm not sure which topic covered in My Beloved and My Friend would qualify as my favorite; it's so full of good, solid, tried-and-true marriage advice I doubt I can pick one favorite section! For those who are engaged or newlyweds, "Leaving and Cleaving" holds pertinent counsel that will be of benefit for many years to come. For those who have been married for a while, "Being of One Mind" is a treasure trove of wise counsel gleaned from their 30 years together. There is truly something in this book for every married couple, and homeschooling women could make this a part of their "Mom Curriculum".

The book is available at a pre-order price of just $12. If you think about the worth of your marriage, and then think about the price of this book, you'll quickly come to the conclusion that it's a very small price to pay for a resource that will so richly benefit your most important relationship (outside of your walk with the Lord, of course). I truly hope you will consider purchasing My Beloved and My Friend, and think of it as an investment that will pay tremendous dividends.

Here are just a couple of my "take-aways" from the book ~

     "Basic understanding matters. Commitment to fundamental truth, in spite of constant small temptations and distractions, matters." (from the Introduction, p. 5)

     "...the attitude of the heart is once again, the heart of the whole matter." (from the chapter On Submission, p. 80)

     "If a lady believes her husband is on his way to becoming a great man, he will be." (from the chapter Fidelity and Loyalty Are Not Mutual Funds, p. 93)

     "The basic principles which guide our lives and our marriage need to be held as common property." (from the chapter Being Of One Mind, p. 228)

Visit the website to buy the book or to learn more.

I'll be sharing more about this book in the coming months, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! If you read the book, let me know what chapters most blessed and challenged you. I look forward to reading your comments.

May you be richly blessed today as you homeschool for God's glory and seek to keep your marriage in it's proper, God-ordained place!

Day 280 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study 
& the upcoming release All Things Homeschool

Monday, October 28, 2013

Move Out of Your Comfort Zone

We all have them; our own personal comfort zones. Truth be told, we're pretty good at accessorizing and customizing said zones. We know what we need to do in order to keep out what we want kept out and to keep in what we want kept in. Sure, we may work hard at maintaining our comfort zones without much cognitive thought or planning...but just because we don't exactly plan to hide out in our "safe places" doesn't mean they don't exist.

Comfort zones are real, and they're really, really dangerous.

What would have happened had Abraham opted to stay in his comfort zone instead of venturing into the complete unknown with God alone as is guide? We know what happened to the Israelites when they refused to go in and take the Promised Land the Lord their God was giving them (40 years in the desert and all those who were afraid to go into the land died outside of it). For those of us who homeschool, what would have happened without our forerunners who paved the way to make homeschooling what it is today?

My point is that we all have places that feel really comfortable, and we all need to follow the Lord out of those places into the new place He is matter how frightening that may be.

Don't hold anything back from the Lord, especially the areas in your life that are safe & cozy & comfortable & controlled by you instead of by God. Get out of those places, at His leading, and move into the beautiful land of promise He has set aside just for you.

Don't wait; commit this to prayer today, and expect the Lord to answer your prayer in amazing ways!

Day 279 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Why Do We Do What We Do? (And Should I Proceed With What I'd Planned to Do???)

You may know I've been working on my second book (All Things Homeschool ~ Hints, Tips & Encouragement for the Homeschooling Mother). It's come together fabulously, and I'm ready to hit it hard and finish up the part I really don't like...the techie aspect of turning my words into an eBook. But I'm at an impasse, and could really use a little help. Below is a brief sampling of the book's content. Would you read it, and tell me if it brings any type of encouragement to you or if it's just more white noise in a world filled to overflowing with reading material? (I'm also including a link to an older post from Feb. 2012 that will be in the that post HERE.)

Without further adieu, here's the brief book excerpt:

          We all want an answer to the age-old question, "What am I here for?"  Philippians 3:10 holds part of the answer for us. "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead." That answer holds true for homeschooling mothers and for their children.

          I'm not here to amass a fortune, become famous, or make a name for myself. Conversely, I'm not here to become a wall flower, fade into anonymity, or loathe myself. I am here to glorify God. I do that first by knowing Christ. It is in the knowing that I begin to live a life that brings Him glory. My kids are here for the same purpose.

          If He is truly our all in all, then we need to live like we believe it. Make it your goal to ask the Lord to help you know Him more and more, every single day; to allow you to experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. You will discover the answer to that deep heart question, "Why am I here?" 

          All of your life, including your role as a homeschooling mother, will be blessed as you continue to know Christ more and more and more. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest truths I've come to know, and my hope is that many more women will take continual steps to know Him in ever increasing measure. Starting today.

So, first off let me say "THANKS!" for reading this little snippet from All Things Homeschool.  Secondly, to kind of help me gauge whether or not this is the right time to finish this writing project (or perhaps whether or not I should finish it at all!) I'm selling my first book for a pittance ($4.75 for the eBook). I'm thinking that sales of my Bible study for homeschooling mothers should provide me with an idea of the interest in another book. No pressure to buy the book - I'm just feeling this whole thing out and kind of laying out a fleece, if you will. And I would really love to read your comments about the excerpt above and the devotional I mentioned (click HERE to read it).

To buy the eBook for $4.75, visit All Things Homeschool. 

Thank you for your encouragement, support, and frank and honest comments. I really, really appreciate it more than I can possibly express!

Lord bless you as you homeschool for His glory and as you know Him more and more each day!

Day 278 done :)

Jan L. Burt