In Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he notes that too many people are stuck in the Urgent Quadrant, always putting out fires and trying to survive various deadlines. It’s akin to keeping your head above surface in a river forever churning with choking whitewater and submerged boulders..
For some, this particular winter season seems to be never-ending. Even as I type these words, the twilight is producing another snowfall out our patio doors, adding to that which has been there for three weeks. Almost daily I hear the familiar lament, “When will winter get over?” I’m thinking, “It’s February in Illinois, what do we expect?” Many of my Northern friends share a similar sentiment, as they relish in the rare opportunities to skate on the previously unfrozen ponds, engage in endless sledding, and drink a lot of hot chocolate.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. —Romans 12:1,2 (KJV)
“…that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”--John 15:16
My life’s work has been ministry, especially to the church. I am constantly observing, processing, and evaluating what she is doing and what fruit is being produced. I believe this is important because the church is to be the driving force on everything that is “Christian,” including the homeschooling movement.
This holiday season is a perfect illustration of the power of repetition. Each year the Advent story is read in many evangelical households. Television programs and videos also recount both biblical and sentimental thoughts of the event. In our household we have a small Advent station which includes a special Advent book, a couple of videos, and a smartly painted screw organizer that houses different pieces of the Advent story like a ring (betrothal), straw, and a small angel through which we recount the events of our Savior’s coming.
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.—2 Peter 1:12-15
As I suggested in my last article, repentance is to be a joyful and consistent event in the lives of Christians. No doubt, some readers still struggle with the concept of repentance being joyful, so this week I want to explain how this works.
What? How can you use the words “joy” and “repentance” in the same sentence? I’ll answer that question with a question. Where did we ever get the idea that repentance was a bad thing in lieu of the following scriptures?
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?—Romans 2:4 (NKJV)
When we began our homeschool journey, we had concerns and anxiety as we wondered what life would look like in 10 or 15 years. Those 15 years have quickly come and gone. On this glorious fall afternoon only an hour removed from school, I look outside the window of my office. What do I see? I see a couple of my sons laughing as they play golf together in the yard. I watch my 17-year-old daughter leave the driveway on a four-wheeler with her 2-year-old sister, sitting in front of her and laughing with pleasure. Moments later two more daughters exit the barn