A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Typical March Post...

I find myself sharing the same sort of weblog post at this point each year. There's something about the month of March, the warmer weather, perhaps, that draws our hearts and minds toward the outdoors and leaves us anxious for summer...and often also leaves us lacking as we finish up the last long weeks of the homeschool year.

But I want to encourage you, yet again, to press on and finish well. Open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Take some of your books outside and study in the sunshine. Take a couple of field trips. Be blessed by the change in season, just don't neglect to be a faithful homeschooling mother.

Spring is a blessing, a gift that reminds us of God's faithfulness throughout all generations to sustain us. In literal and spiritual terms, spring carries the weight of new things. Enjoy the blessing, celebrate this season, and honor the Lord by finishing the school year well.

He has called you to the task of homeschooling; do not neglect the gift that is in you by failing to finish this year well. Your children may gripe a little bit now about they're "heavy work load" but believe me, they will thank you later.

Lord bless as you homeschool for His glory!

Day 309 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Restless - by Jennie Allen

The book Restless (by Jennie Allen) is a book written for those who want to be more of who God made them to be and who are willing to allow their past to propel them into their future. It is not just a book you read; it's a study you take part in. With easily readable chapters that aren't too lengthy (which is key for most busy women I know), Restless is a book that can draw the reader closer to the heart of the Lord.

There are a lot of things that I really love about this book. Jennie Allen's open and honest writing is refreshing and her desire to see women grow closer to their Lord through open honesty and small groups are something the modern-day church could use a lot more of. And in every chapter I found at least one "take away" ~ some nugget of truth that impacted the way I view my life and my ability to glorify God in all of it's ups and downs.

There are also things that I did not love about this book. I'm a type-A lady through and through. I don't do well with time lines and vague instructions, and the last portion of Restless has a lot of that. Now I also realize that I'm 41, of a different generation than the author's primary audience. That has a lot to do with the things I did not love about Restless. Jennie Allen is a great writer, and I can see from this book that she has a wonderful ministry. I'm probably just too old and too type-A to be able to grab hold of all she has to offer.  I encourage you to read several reviews and see what others have to say rather than taking this one paragraph from one book review and decide not to read the book. My opinion is just that - and I'm willing to admit I may be the odd man out here :)

If you do read the book and have something to share with me about it, I'd love to read your comments. Especially if they aren't in agreement with my opinion ~ that's one way I "grow up", so to speak.

Thanks for reading my review of Restless, and Lord bless you today!

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 3.

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

Day 308 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

Friday, March 14, 2014

Embracing my Irish

It's almost St. Patrick's Day. And I am, eh-hem, decidedly Irish. Ask my husband. Ask my kids. They will tell you I am, indeed, undoubtedly, very Irish.

I fight against it. It's my bane in so many ways. Being a "typical" Irish woman (if there is such a thing) and being a submissive, godly Christian woman seem to war against each other. They don't jibe well, if you know what I mean. That whole idea of taming the tongue? Well if it weren't for the Holy Spirit, I think my tongue would run non-stop and demolish everyone and everything in it's path. I'm not making light of the situation here - I am very serious. Thank God for His Spirit, and the rescue He has provided time and time again from the snares of my Irish bent!

My husband will tell you I am Irish - but he also tells me I need to embrace the aspects of my personality that are there for God's purposes and His glory.  Don't-throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bath-water sort of advice. That's hard! Which parts of my Irish self do I embrace and which ones do I cast aside?

I cannot answer that question. But the Lord can, and the more I yield my life fully to Him, the more I see Him "pick and choose" which parts of my temperament to use on any give day. Does it vary from one situation to the next? Yea, surprisingly, it often does. But I'm learning that He is trustworthy and faithful to show me when I'm doing His will His way and when I'm doing His will my way. He's good like that. If He will teach me how to live in His grace and follow His leading moment by moment, He will most certainly teach you, too. Ask Him, see for yourself.

So this St. Patrick's Day I am, in many ways less Irish than I've ever been, and also more myself than ever before. One of God's amazing dichotomies. One more way He is truly awesome and hands-on involved in my life. One more way for me to be newly amazed by Him.

Be blessed as you embrace the you He wants you to be!

Day 307 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study