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Old Paths: How we use Kindle Fire Tablets in Our Home School

August 17, 2016 | Author:

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Jen author of Old Paths has some great tips here!

As a busy homeschooling mother of a large family I am continually looking for ways to streamline our days and for tools to help in that endeavor. I’m also a technology lover and so I am always especially delighted when I can find a digital solution to a need.

I thought I would begin by sharing why, and how, we use Kindle Fire tablets for all 8 of our homeschooled children (ranging in age from 15-4).

This wasn’t a decision we arrived at lightly; there are definitely pros and cons to digital devices. As with so many things they can be used as tools for what is right and good, or they can become a stumbling block. The very last thing we would want to do is to put something in our children’s hands that could harm them.

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Desiring God: From Medical Doctor to Stay-At-Home Mom

August 17, 2016 | Author:

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I studied biochemistry at a women’s college, attended medical school, and pursued specialty training in surgery, a field in which male practitioners outnumber women four to one. After residency, I sub-specialized in trauma surgery. I opened chests, got bloody, and returned dying kids to their mothers. I taught, wrote papers, edited books, and spoke at national meetings. In the halo of my success, my husband decided that when we finally had children, he would stay home.

But God had other plans.

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McDonald: Courtship Questions for Potential Suitors

August 12, 2016 | Author:

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During our years speaking at various Christian conferences, my husband has received numerous requests from parents for his “famous” courtship questions. However, he has been hesitant to make them available, since it is easy for people to want a formula for courtship. His concern was that families may misunderstand the purpose for the questions and miss out on potentially wonderful matches for their daughters.

My husband, James McDonald, created the following questions for the purpose of getting to know potential suitors for our daughters. This list is NOT meant to be a “checklist,” a “pass-or-fail-test,” or an in depth parental evaluation. Each young man is free to decline questions he feels are too personal. Incidentally, our daughters and current sons-in-law even helped add questions to this list – a list that has grown over the years.

[P]lease keep in mind that most of these questions do not have right or wrong answers. They are intended to help both parties get to know one another on a deeper and more deliberate level by creating points of discussion. In fact, our daughters have also filled out the questions, upon the request of certain suitors.

Due to the varying theological positions and personal convictions of Christian families, these courtship questions are designed to help disclose important facts that may be significant in both party’s decision of whether or not to  move forward in courtship. It is our prayer that these will be a help to those seeking godly marriages for their children.

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Altrogge: Why Christian Should Participate in the Arts

August 11, 2016 | Author:

danceConsidering your home school curriculum choices for the year? Consider this. Mark Altrogge’s great piece, “Why Christians Should Paint, Dance, Quilt, Act, Compose Music, Write Stories, Decorate Cookies, and Participate in the Arts.” It’s already reached 60k shares on facebook alone.

When I was little my aunt said she loved how I sang all the time. In grade school my teachers let me spend extra time in the library drawing. My parents got me my first oil painting lesson when I was 12. And when I was 14 the Beatles invaded America and I had to get a guitar and get in a band. In college I majored in art ed and got a Masters in painting.

But when Jesus saved me in my early 20s, I began to wonder if art was a waste of time. I could be evangelizing or praying or doing something spiritual instead of dabbing oil paint on a canvas. And besides that, everything is going to burn up anyway at the end, so what’s the use of creating things? Or if I do paint a painting does it have to be a Christian theme? Does it have to have a cross in it or be a scene from the Gospels?

Here are a few reasons why Christians should play banjo and decorate cakes, knit sweaters and make movies, do photography and write poems.

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World Magazine: Rosaria Butterfield, No Free Passes

August 6, 2016 | Author:

I interviewed Rosaria Butterfield 3½ years ago as her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, was coming out and heading toward wide readership. Since then she’s spoken widely throughout the United States and sometimes faced LGBTQ demonstrators displeased with her movement from lesbianism (and a tenured Syracuse professorship in women’s studies) to Christian believer and pastor’s wife. Here are edited excerpts of a new interview before Patrick Henry College students.

You’ve previously spoken of your fascinating conversion, so I won’t ask about it today: Folks can read excerpts of our interview in WORLD (March 23, 2013) or watch it on YouTube, as more than 120,000 people have. Let’s talk about what’s happened since: What were you thinking when you first saw demonstrators? Wow: This is the world I helped create through my earlier teaching, and I don’t get a free pass. I know the Lord has forgiven and delivered me, and given me joy in a life that I never could have imagined living before—but I did this. I taught thousands of students to despise the Bible. The blood is on my hands.

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Queen of the Home: Inspiring Women to Their Sacred Calling

July 15, 2016 | Author:

QotH linen7small400In past generations, the role of wife and mother was viewed as a sacred calling. The committed homemaker was seen as strong, capable, intelligent, and irreplaceable. She was regarded not only as a crucial part of the home, but as a foundational bulwark of society. She was considered worthy of great honor, appreciation, and respect. Though in recent years feminists have sought to demean this glorious calling, the Bible’s hopeful vision of noble womanhood is one worth reclaiming. Queen of the Home seeks to cast that vision afresh through godly encouragements from writers past and present. This inspiring collection of essays, poetry, and poignant vignettes paints a beautiful picture of what it means for a wife to be a crown to her husband, the monarch of the cradle, and queen of the home, and calls upon daughters to embrace their rewarding role and sacred calling as regal women of God.

Friends, if you are hungry for some eternal perspective in the difficult task of motherhood and homemaking, this is the book for you. It is a treasure trove full of encouragement and vision. With generous quotes and passages from authors both historic and modern, the book powerfully and boldly inspired me to “keep” a home that reflects God’s grace and goodness.

In a generation that has, sadly, swallowed the lies of feminism and dismissed the role of women in the home as outdated and unneeded, Queen of the Home will remind you of your divine mission: the people that God has called you to serve. The work He has given you to do that will extend to the next generation and beyond. ~ Bambi Moore, In the Nursery of the Nation

“There is a book I have found to be invaluable to my job as a mother. There are several reasons why:
It’s perfect for a busy mom who doesn’t have a lot of time to read. The book contains short stories, fabulous quotes and poems that quickly and profoundly inspire in just a few minutes of reading!
The vision cast in this book for mothers is so fresh and vivid that one paragraph can change the direction of my day…true story.
As there is less and less encouragement for the mother pouring her life into the next generation, this book is like a little cheer-leading section, filled with other mothers who walk beside you, urging you on, giving you strength and renewal for those hard days, and not so hard days. ~ Kelly Crawford, Generation Cedar

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Hope and Vision for Single Mothers

June 27, 2016 | Author:

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Hello,

I’m a single mother to a 16-month old who reads your blog. And yes, I’m a changed liberal 🙂 By reading your blog, it’s helped me to be celibate from what I was before, keep from giving up on being a mom (being a single mom is hard as heck), and most of all, I love the virtues and family values that you have on your blog! These are values that I want to show my son as he gets older. And I do agree with you completely that the Liberal life of sleeping around is not satisfying at all. I’d rather either be celibate or married, so I choose celibacy these days. It is gratifying, drama-free, and disease-free.

Okay, I’ll stop rambling now! In short, I love your blog. 🙂

Best,

Elizabeth J., avid reader 🙂

Shepherd’s Press: Fathers, God’s Idea

June 19, 2016 | Author:

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Fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, and families exist because of God’s exquisite plan. Divine institution has brought stability to the planet Earth through out recorded history. These roles and institutions did not evolve or become reality because of a legislative or community process. God ordained fathers and all the rest of the family structure.

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Chalcedon: Its Time for the Christian Right to Oppose the Draft

June 17, 2016 | Author:

U.S. Army recruits are sworn in to service during the ceremony at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Longmont. (David R. Jennings, Daily Camera)

U.S. Army recruits are sworn in to service during the ceremony at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Longmont. (David R. Jennings, Daily Camera)

Conscription is not a patriotic necessity. It has no clear Biblical support and is dangerous to our liberties.

Timothy D. Terrell

Growing up with Christian Right influences all around me, I became quite familiar with the view that Christian patriotism included supporting the U.S. government’s foreign military adventures. If the government needed troops for a war, it was the duty of every male American of military age to consent to the draft. To most of those around me, the draft-card burners of the Vietnam War, and those who fled to Canada to evade the draft, were just contemptible pinko liberal pacifists with no defensible grounds to object to military service.

Over time, my own position changed. As I became a non-interventionist, I recognized that Biblical patriotism does not imply giving the government ownership over our lives and property. I considered that a time of national emergency was a time to guard against further government encroachment on personal freedoms; it was then that the state could most easily seize powers that it might not relinquish after the crisis ended.

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Monstrous Regiment of Woman: Interview with female former cadet

June 17, 2016 | Author:

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Women in the Military:

“At some point during the training [female cadets] would have a crying fit, at which some men would feel sorry for them or would be like, “I don’t know what to do.” Other men would just look at them and be like, “Humph, she’s weak.” So I say it depends on the individual. Some who were sexually assaulted, it was basically like an attack on their soul. That’s the best way I can describe it and some just never fully recovered from that.” -Jane Doe, former cadet

 

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New City Times: Women Soon to be Required to Register for the Draft?

June 17, 2016 | Author:

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By Paul J. Barth

“It goes against the very nature of God’s created order for women to go into combat for war, that is why forcing them to do so is immoral.”

Tuesday, the New York Times reported that “the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft.” Things are moving very rapidly considering that a mere six months ago Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that all military jobs, including the most dangerous infantry and special ops positions, were open to women. Requiring women to register for the draft is the next logical step toward full “equality.” It remains to be seen whether the bill will pass in the House of Representatives and be signed by the President making it a law, but the fact that it is being seriously considered, even by so-called conservatives, is alarming.

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The Federalist: A Little Mother Prevents Big Brother

June 11, 2016 | Author:

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To know a mother’s love is to be known and to be human.

As all good totalitarians know, it is mothers—specifically, devoted and self-sacrificing mothers—who gum up the works of statist control in a society. Her crime is forging bonds of love, the self-sacrificing kind that don’t mix with big government schemes. Worse, when she forges these bonds within the context of a marriage covenant with the child’s father, she is exponentially more hazardous to the centralized state.

Those bonds give the child a sense of stability and purpose. The child can see before his eyes the answer to his first existential question: “Where did I come from?” But what really makes Big Brother go ballistic is when the little mothers actually instill in their children a sense of belonging and unique purpose in the universe. Yes, religion. This develops strength of spirit. When people learn to call on a force of goodness—i.e., to pray—they are better emotionally equipped to resist Big Brother’s tactics to isolate them. A strong and healthy faith also helps the child to learn to detect and discern deceptions.

A healthy mother-child bond anchors and stabilizes children. It imbues them with a sense of security to go forth and explore the world and make friends. This is very bad for the grievance industry of central control. These bonds of loyalty produce a sense of joy. They end up unleashing innovation and industry, which the child then broadcasts into the greater community as an adult. This creates prosperity and well-being, also very bad omens for the statist.

Every mother-child bond is unique, as well. In the context of family, every child experiences different influences growing up: different ideas, a different set of relatives, different traditions, different attitudes, different perspectives. It’s all very de-centralizing to power. Good for the child. Bad for the impersonal Big Brother state.

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Mercatornet: A de-sexed society is a de-humanised society

June 11, 2016 | Author:

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Physical reality exists independent of “gender identity non-discrimination” law—or any man-made law. Laws have no power to make reality go away, but they can change how people behave in response to reality. They can enforce disregard for reality through speech protocols, social and economic pressures, invasions of privacy, and thought policing. And that is what the effect of Obama’s executive order is all about.

It will serve to outlaw speech that identifies males as males and females as females. At the moment, it may not seem that way, since we see people striving to pass as one specific sex or the other. But, trust me, we’re all being forced to “transition” into conformity of thought. In New York, you can now be fined if you don’t re-engineer your speech (and thoughts) to align with new and ever-changing pronoun protocols.

We’re being pushed to “evolve” rapidly from laws that seem to allow male-female distinctions to laws that will categorically reject those distinctions in the not-too-distant future. Federal forms are already reflecting these changes by erasing sexed terms such as “mother” and “father.” And at every turn, we’re seeing the specific term “sex” replaced with the meaningless, ambiguous term “gender.”

This puts us on the path to banning recognition of the reality that every single human being exists through the union of one male and one female. There are no exceptions to this reality. You exist as the union of the two opposites through whom you were created.

So the administration’s action is an order for a somewhat suicidal type of behavior modification: it attempts to make us deny the reality of our humanity. In a real sense, this amounts to a denial of our very existence.

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MMS: 3 Ways to Stop Saying Being a Mom is Hard

June 11, 2016 | Author:

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When I was growing up, my Mom worked a lot. She was a hair dresser during the day and waited tables at night. Sometimes, she had three jobs.

That was life. She was divorced, buried her oldest son and she worked.

My Mom never walked around saying being a Mom was hard. Life was hard, but she didn’t walk around defeated.

It was what it was.

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May 30, 2016 | Author:

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