Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thomas Edison Would Have Been Given Adderall Today

An excellent read on one of the many benefits of homeschooling!

Read full article HERE.

“The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation.” - Thomas Edison

"For children with a natural tendency to be active and moving, or who don't learn best by sitting still and listening passively to an adult, school is not a good fit. These children are often frustrated by school and its rigidity, and teachers are frustrated by behavior that can make classroom control an issue. Schooling and normal childhood behaviors are very often incompatible. In fact, many of the families I know who decided to home-school their children--often without ever considering the option before--did so because they realized that schooling was crushing their child's originality, creativity, and exuberance. Like Nancy Edison, they wanted better for their children."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So- Psalm 107

Psalm 107

Let the redeemed (bought by the precious blood of Christ) of the Lord give thanks unto the Lord because:

He is good, His mercy endures forever, He has redeemed us from our enemy, He has satisfied our hungry and thirsty souls,
He hears and answers our cries, He delivers us from our distress, He leads us in the path of rigteousness, He brings us out of darkness and the shadow of death, He breaks our strongholds, He brings healing with His Word, He keeps us from destruction, He calms our storms, He lifts us above our afflictions.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Before I accepted the Lord, I wandered around on this earth in a wilderness. I felt alone and was always searching for something or someone to satisfy my soul. I hungered to feel loved and accepted. I thirsted for the things of this world, but never found satisfaction. I remember living each day in a pit of despair and considered taking my own life on more than one occasion. I hated life and just wanted my misery to end. I was bound in the shackles of sin and knew I needed God. I cried out to Him, not in true repentance, but for relief from my misery. It wasn’t until after my oldest daughter was born that I finally realized what it meant to completely surrender my life to the Lord and be born again. No more could I sin without being convicted. He gave me a new heart that loves righteousness and hates evil. He gave me eyes to see life from His perspective and ears to hear and understand His Word. He gave me hope. He gave me the love and acceptance was seeking. He literally brought my soul out of the hell of depression and saved my soul from destruction. If it wasn’t for the mercy of God, I would have died in my sins and spent eternity separated from Him. There were many times my life could have been snuffed out because of my careless living, but God in His mercy preserved me. He foreknew that I would turn to Him and accept Him as my Savior.
I have to admit that I don’t praise Him enough for what He has done for me. I think it’s good to often take the time to remember what the Lord has saved us from and how His mercy and love has carried us throughout our lives. Psalm 107 is a great reminder of God’s goodness to us. For while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy!

Psalm 107
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;
37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lesson of Praise From the Birds

I wrote this poem after thinking how birds are always singing their sweet songs rain or shine and how strange it would be if they stopped singing. I then thought how man is made in the Image of God and how little I spend my days praising. Even though we have so much to be thankful for- a God who daily provides for us, a Savior who died for us and is our Intercessor before God the Father, nature with all it’s natural beauty (sunrise, sunsets, starlit sky), we often find it easier to grumble and complain. If birds praise their Creator, how much more should we as children of God?

If birds should halt their songs of praise,
And silence filled the woods each day,
Would we begin to question why,
Their natural instinct they defy?

If birds should grumble and complain,
Believing singing is in vain,
Because they sing not like the wren,
They vow to never sing again.

If birds should worry oft’ and fret,
The Lord’s protection soon forget.
No longer would they chirp and sing,
Praise and worship to the King.

Would this seem strange and truly odd,
To have no song to sing abroad?
In gratitude for wings to fly,
To soar above the sunlit sky?

Yet we’ve been given so much more,
But choose to walk when we could soar.
Above the way we often feel,
God, give us passion, give us zeal!

I’ve never heard a silent dawn,
Where birds in nests are found withdrawn.
For praise is what they’re made to do,
So let their songs encourage you.

For Christ has given all we need,
Our enslaved hearts he came to free.
Yet we fail to sing our words,
Unlike the songs we hear from birds.

Let birds remind us to adore,
To sing His praises ever more.
Rejoicing in our world abroad,
Of hope in Christ, of faith in God.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dedicating Your New Home

The Dedication of a New Home

I wrote this to read during the dedication of our new home and thought others might find it useful to dedicate their homes to the Lord as well. In past times the owner of every new house in Israel made a celebration and dedicated it to the Lord.
Here are a couple articles from Above Rubies that describe dedicating a home to the Lord.


Listed below are a few verses that apply to the home:

Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places. Isaiah 32:18

The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
Psalm 118:15 Is there rejoicing in your home? One of the marks of a Christian home is rejoicing! Rejoice in the LORD always, and again I say rejoice! Ephesians 4:4

Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying, ‘Is there any man who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go back to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it.
Deuteronomy 20:5

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord." Psalm 128

(For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)
Hebrews 3:4

And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction.
Deuteronomy 7:26

Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”
2 Samuel 7:29
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:9-11

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Proverbs 24:3-4

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
Psalm 127:1

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
James 1:17

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.
Jeremiah 29:5

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:24-27

A Song of Ascents. Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! ...
Psalm 128:1-6
And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,
Deut. 8:10-14


We have gathered as a family of God to celebrate with thanksgiving the building
of this home and to dedicate it to the glory of God.


Father God, we come to You in the precious name of Jesus and ask that You would sanctify this house for Your glory and honor. We wish to dedicate this home to You as we remember that every good and perfect gift comes from above.
We ask that you would help our home be a temple of praise- filled with love, joy, peace and thanksgiving. Help all who enter through the doors of this home feel the presence of Your Holy Spirit as we share the blessing of food and fellowship. We ask that your hand of protection be upon our home and all who dwell within.
In the name of Jesus we dedicate and consecrate this house to the Lord.

Bless This House

Bless this house O Lord we pray; Make it safe by night and day;
Bless these walls so firm and stout, Keeping want and trouble out;
Bless the roof and chimneys tall, Let thy peace lie over all;
Bless this door, that it may prove ever open to joy and love.
Bless these windows shining bright, Letting in God's heav'nly light;
Bless the hearth a'blazing there, With smoke ascending like a prayer;
Bless the folk who dwell within, Keep them pure and free from sin;
Bless us all that we may be Fit O Lord to dwell with thee;
Bless us all that one day we May dwell O Lord with thee.
Author: Helen Taylor 1927

Prayer for the Home
Edgar Guest

Peace, unto this house, I pray,
Keep terror and despair away;
Shield it from evil and let sin
Never find lodging room within.
May never in these walls be heard
The hateful or accusing word.
Grant that its warm and mellow light
May be to all a beacon bright,
A flaming symbol that shall stir
The beating pulse of him or her
Who finds this door and seems to say,
"Here end the trials of the day."
Hold us together, gentle Lord,
Who sit about this humble board;
May we be spared the cruel fate
Of those whom hatreds separate;
Here let love bind us fast, that we
May know the joys of unity.
Lord, this humble house we'd keep
Sweet with play and calm with sleep.
Help us so that we may give
Beauty to the lives we live.
Let Thy love and let Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place.

from Collected Verse of Edgar Guest
NY:Buccaneer Books, 1976, pg. 569

Monday, April 17, 2017

Prayer of Release of My Children to God

What a privilege it is as mothers to be able to come to the Lord as intercessors for the souls of our children! It is easy to allow fear in our hearts, which causes us to be overprotective, but God calls us to cast all our cares upon Him for He cares for us. God loves our children way more than we love them. He created them and all their days were numbered before one even came to be. We can trust Him with the souls of our children. Several years ago I found a beautiful prayer of release on a blog called So Much at Home that I printed and adapted for our own family that I thought I would share to encourage you to pray fervently for your children and release them to the Lord.

Father God,

I lift _______ up to You, and ask for You to put a hedge of protection around her/him. Protect _______ spirit, body, mind, and emotions from any form of evil or harm. I pray specifically for protection from accidents, disease, sickness and any other physical harm. Keep _______ safe when on the road and out of the path of harm. Give Your angels charge over her/him wherever he/she goes. Keep ______ safe from all hidden dangers, and let no weapon formed against her/him be able to prosper. Thank You, Lord, for all Your promises of protection. Help ______ to walk in Your ways and in obedience to Your will. I pray that ______________ will live a fruitful life, ever increasing in the knowledge of You. May _______ always seek Your will, have spiritual understanding, and walk in a manner pleasing in Your sight. You have said, in Your Word, that You will pour out Your spirit on my offspring (Isaiah 44:3). I pray that You would pour out your Holy Spirit upon __________ and help her/him to walk in the Spirit so that she/he will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. I pray that _________ will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful.
Help ________ to be a peacemaker, merciful to others, and quick to forgive so that no root of bitterness will ever grow in her/his heart.
By the authority You have given to me in Jesus’ name, I stand against the wiles of the devil against idolatry, rebellion, stubbornness, bitterness, wrath, pride, envy, and disrespect. Help _______ to be sensitive to sin and quick to confess and turn from sin. Help _______ to have a humble spirit and walk in obedience and submission to You. I pray for a loving, joyful, and fulfilling relationship between our family for all the days of our lives. Lord, I pray for godly friends and role models in ________ life. Give __________ wisdom to choose friends who are godly. Lord, help ______ to never compromise her/his walk with You. Help ______ to say “yes” to the things of God and “no” to the flesh. Give ________the voice and spirit of truth, and keep _______ from believing the lies of the devil. Give _______ a teachable spirit and a servant heart. I pray that You would develop the gifts and talents that You have placed within ________. Bless the work of her/his hands so that all her/his works will be prosperous. I pray that _____ ways, speech, and thoughts will honor and glorify You. Help _______ to remember “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) Lord, I pray that _________ will bear an abundance of fruit worthy of repentance. May the word of God take root in ______ heart. May ______ heart and mind be filled with things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8) I pray that you would help ________ to love and meditate on the Word of God and that her/his life will be governed by it each day so that ______ will be prosper and be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in season.
Help _________ to be a doer of Your Word and not a hearer only.
I pray that ________ would live a life of contentment and be thankful to You for Your daily provisions, trusting You to meet her/his needs.
May _______ always know the fullness of joy that is found only in Your presence. In Jesus’ name, keep _________ from any addictions. Father, I ask that You would help ________ to hate the Spirit of this world and love righteousness and pursue it. Keep _______ from premarital immorality. Create in ________ a clean heart, Lord, and renew a right spirit within _______. (Psalm 51:2) I pray that You would break down any ungodly strongholds in ____ life. Help ____ to discern good from evil and to be sensitive to Your voice saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)
As for me Lord, Your word says, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4) so Lord, I ask for Your strength and for the faith I need to release ________________ into Your hands. Help me not to live in fear of possible dangers. Help me to live in peace, knowing that You are in control of _________ every breath. Likewise, You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Deliver me from doubt and fear, and give me a peace that surpasses all understanding. As Jesus said, “Why are you so fearful, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26). Help me to have faith, peace, and to know that all is well. I know that You have created and given me this good and precious gift. I know that You are fully capable of keeping ________ safe and sound. I can’t be everywhere as You can. Everything is in Your control. Lord, Your word tells me to cast all my cares upon You (1Peter 5:7) and so I am. Help me to be kept in perfect peace as I keep my mind on You. Help me not to be overprotective as I remember that You alone are _______ Protector. Thank You, Lord, for Your great faithfulness! I believe Your Word, and I ask all these things in Jesus’ name Amen.

I will pour out my heart like water before the face of the Lord. I will lift my hands toward Him for the life of my children.
Lamentations 2:19

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