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Learn A Lesson...

In Mark 13:28 - 29 we find Jesus speaking about His future return to this world. He offers the example of the fig tree beginning to bud.

The NLT says this:

"Now, learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near. Just so, when you see the events I've described beginning to happen, you can be sure that his return is very near, right at the door." 

I love that this translation (the New Living Translation, or NLT) tells us to "learn a lesson". 

That is pretty much the work we homeschoolers are trying to do all day, all week, all year, is it not?!? 

We are imparting lessons to our children. 

Listen, folks, the buds are sprouting everywhere around us. 

And while we can know that the Lord will soon return, we can also know that waste is not a part of God's economy. The Lord has not set us here in this manner at this moment in time for nothing, for no good reason. 

We are here on …
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A monthly rotation of "deals" just for the homeschool fun is that?!?

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I've been there, believe me you. 25 years of homeschooling plus all the other things of life (health issues, military deployments, financial strains, teaching multiple grade levels, and now empty nesting...)

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Tickets are just $15 until January 6th (then they bump up to $25, which is still a great deal!)
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Here goes nuthin'...

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We aren't easy shocked by people's questions, are we?

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Never, Ever Forget that The Lord Has Amazing Promises For YOU!!!

Not a super-duper long post today.

Just sharing a Facebook Live that I did recently.

I hope it blesses you and reminds you of something amazingly how much the Lord has planned for you :)

And be sure to find me on Facebook if you'd like to see more stuff like this ~~

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Take a deep breath…

Now slowly exhale.

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What are you, lady? Besides a mom who homeschools her kids, what exactly are you?

Have I got you feeling frustrated yet?

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I may have had a bit of an internal freak out.

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