Outlaw Christian by Jacqueline A. Bussie

Have you ever wondered if there was a different way to live out your faith? Do you feel surrounded by legalism and unwritten rules about what religion is supposed to look like? Are there certain “faith-laws” that you’re afraid to break?

Author Jacqueline A. Bussie attempts to answers those questions in her book, Outlaw Christian. Bussie is a professor of religion at Concordia College who has her own ideas about what Christianity should look like. She considers herself to be an outlaw Christian, and addresses what she titles “faith-laws” such as:

  • Don’t doubt.
  • Don’t be angry
  • Never ask questions.
  • Grieve in secret.

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Looking for Advice on How to Organize Your Homeschool?

I just wanted to give everybody a heads-up on two events you just might be interested in. 

Do you struggle with keeping your homeschool organized? Do you have papers strewn everywhere, dozens of missing pencils, and a table that you can no longer see the top of? I’m going to admit that those things happen to me quite a bit. Thankfully, I’ve come up with a simple way of keeping our homeschool situated and presentable.  Continue reading “Looking for Advice on How to Organize Your Homeschool?”

3 Reasons I Don’t Send My Kids to School to Be Salt and Light

And how we can spread the gospel without putting our children on the frontlines.

As a Christian homeschooling mom, one query I often get is why I do not allow my children to go to school as their mission field. Their reasoning is typically that the children in public schools may never have been introduced to the love of Christ, and my children just might be the ones to do that.

I’ll admit that this certainly seems like a pretty sound reason to consider sending my kids to school, and there are many who do so, but these three reasons have kept me convinced that keeping them home is the best thing for our family.  Continue reading “3 Reasons I Don’t Send My Kids to School to Be Salt and Light”

Taste and See- 125 Daily Meditations, by John Piper

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of this world can get the best of us and cause us to start losing focus.  Quite honestly, it happens to me all the time. I’m telling you, it is hard to carve out some quiet, uninterrupted time with God when you’ve got countless little ones underfoot who don’t understand the importance of giving Mom some alone time. What starts out as days can quickly turn into weeks, and then even months. And before you know it you realize that your faith journey has reached a plateau because you’ve unintentionally neglected your relationship with the Creator of the universe.  Continue reading “Taste and See- 125 Daily Meditations, by John Piper”

How to Save Public Schools-Teach the Way Kids Learn!!

The One Simple Solution to Saving Our Schools And Why It Will NEVER Happen

Sometimes the solutions that are the most obvious are also the most difficult for people to see. Take public education, for example. Our educational system has utilized the same methods of instruction that were instituted over 150 years ago when compulsory attendance laws were first put into place. Think about that. In all that time, the powers that be have found it completely unnecessary to rethink our country’s approach to education that was inspired by the Prussians, of all people.  Continue reading “How to Save Public Schools-Teach the Way Kids Learn!!”

A Day in the Life of a Baker’s Dozen

An Inside Look into a Typical Day of Extreme Parenting

One of the most commonly occurring themes on my homeschool posts is simplicity. A simple homeschool routine can make all the difference in the world, but I don’t want to give anyone the false impression that life in a super-size family is simple. Is that even possible??

So today I decided to write down what my day was like from the moment I woke up until right now as I’m writing this. Now obviously I couldn’t write down everything that happened or I’d never get this post finished…but I did write down just enough that you’d get a glimpse into a typical day at our house.

In order for you to have the proper perspective of what’s going on in the background throughout the day, as you’re reading what I’ve written, picture it on top of endless cries of, “Mom! Mommy! Mom, look! Mom can I have a drink? Mom, we’re out of kool-aid! Mom, he threw a sock at me…” 

Do you have that chorus playing in your head? Okay. Now  we’re ready to begin. 🙂  Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Baker’s Dozen”

Reins of Love by Laurie Salisbury

The day that Reins of Love, by Laurie Salisbury, arrived, we were beginning our second week of the new homeschool year. Unable to find a devotional I thought would be able to hold my 9, 10, and 12 yr. old’s attention, I was feeling a bit unprepared for our morning Bible time. Up until this point, we had been using an online children’s devotional that was a bit too deep, even for me, and we had been struggling to give the deliberation to God’s Word that it deserves.

Knowing that this was a Christian children’s book, I anxiously awaited its arrival, praying that it would be just the thing we were looking for.  Continue reading “Reins of Love by Laurie Salisbury”

Marie and Mr. Bee by Margaret Welwood

As a mom of many, I read children’s books quite a bit. Sometimes after reading story after story, it can get monotonous because every book starts to feel similar to the rest. Characters act or look alike, and plots really seem to get repetitive. I love to read to my children, yet I want to read stories that are not only compelling to both my children and myself, but I also want them to help instill the values that our important to our family.  Continue reading “Marie and Mr. Bee by Margaret Welwood”

A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Why Is School Taking So Long??

If there’s one thing I pride myself on as a homeschooler, it’s the fact that our school routine doesn’t take up a large part of the day. This is something that’s very important to me because I firmly believe that children need unscheduled time for free play and following their interests. This is a crucial part of learning.

So imagine my chagrin at the fact that our school day didn’t end until almost 5pm yesterday. 5pm!! And this wasn’t an isolated incident. Since we’ve begun our new school year, we’ve been finishing up around 4pm everyday. Last year the latest we ever ended was around 3, so I’m really trying to figure out what this is all about.  Continue reading “A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Why Is School Taking So Long??”

The Look and Tell Bible by Dawn Machell

Sometimes finding a story bible that holds my younger children’s interests can be somewhat challenging. Countless times I’ve felt that I was wasting my time when reading bible stories to them because it was obvious they weren’t paying attention. They would be squirming around, fidgeting, and sometimes just staring off into space.

That is why I am so happy to have come across The Look and Tell Bible by Dawn Machell. This isn’t just any story bible. This wonderful resource is designed specifically for younger children who, like my children, may be fidgeters, or for children who are on the brink of learning to read. Each account included in this collection is exactly the right length, colorfully illustrated, and makes use of key words which are pictures of characters, places, or objects that are important to the story and which make the story interactive for children.  Continue reading “The Look and Tell Bible by Dawn Machell”