Monday, March 19, 2018

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 12: Building Character in Your Children

Character Training Rooted in the Gospel Podcast 12
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Moving From Surviving to Thriving and Leaving a Legacy

Last weekend I had the privilege of speaking at a local homeschool event, and I thought I would give a little recap on how the day went.  I really feel the Lord opened the door for me to speak there, and it was a really neat experience as I had never spoken at a homeschool event before.  Now I have sat through hours upon hours of talks at homeschool conferences, but it was a different thing altogether to be the one doing the talking instead of the listening.

  My husband and I enjoyed being at our booth and the conversations we had with those who stopped by.  There was everything from the family thinking about pulling children out of public school to the seasoned homeschool family almost done with the journey.  We were thankful for each conversation we had with those passing by.

  During my talk I gave a copy of my book "Legacy Reflections of a Homeschooled, Homeschooling Mama" away to a fellow homeschool graduate.  I always get so excited when I see homeschooling grads taking the legacy of home education into the next generation.

  I really enjoyed the experience and just being able to offer encouragement and maybe a few fresh ideas to some younger mamas who are new to the journey.
  My talk was called "Moving From Surviving to Thriving While Leaving a Legacy."  I tried to cast vision for the important ministry of home education/home discipleship while at the same time giving some practical helps for managing the daily tasks.  I will likely play the talk on the "Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast" in the near future so do stay tuned.
  That is about all I have for today.  The weather has been perfect for gardening, so I need to get back outside and keep working at planting my little vegetable plants.  The girls and I spent the last couple of days planting, picking wildflowers, and enjoying the freeness and newness of spring.  Blessings to you all!

"He changes times and seasons;
    he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to those who have understanding." - Daniel 2:21

Monday, March 12, 2018

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 11: Loving and Defending God's Word

In this podcast I talk about teaching your children to love and defend the Word of God.
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 10: Specific things to pray for your family.

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Specific things to pray for your family.
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Saturday, March 3, 2018

May the Lord Raise Up a New Generation of Kingdom Minded Servants

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Yesterday our family live-streamed the funeral of Billy Graham and watched it from our living room. I was incredibly touched to watch the testimony of a life lived for kingdom purposes.  Just last year my husband and I toured the Billy Graham Library where this service was held.  I LOVED it that they held Graham's service in a tent reminiscent of the tent revivals he preached during his ministry.  

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It was so moving to see Michael W Smith, Bill Gaither, and others worship the Lord as well as the whole tent full of people singing "To God Be the Glory" along with other hymns. Image result for michael w smith billy graham

The whole things moved my heart and reminded me of how I want to be faithful to the end of my earthly journey.  In today's shallow christian culture it is very common to see men of God start running the race well only to be lured into some form of compromise or enticement with pride and sin.  I am so thankful that Billy Graham lived decade after decade faithful to the cross of Christ and faithful to his family.  It is refreshing to see a man whose trajectory was one of faithfulness.  

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One beautiful thing that was brought out in the service is how much Billy and Ruth Bell Graham loved each other.  She went to heaven over a decade before him, and he lived the rest of his life longing to be reunited with his bride.  What a beautiful thing that Billy and Ruth are now together again worshipping their Lord.  Seeing this legacy of lifelong love moves me to think about how I want to continue working at my own marriage.  There is something beautifully sweet about lifelong love.  When my children are grown and gone I want to still be growing in my love for my precious husband.  

Also, seeing Billy Graham's five grown children honor their father's legacy made me think about how one day my husband and I will be gone and our children will still be here.  Even after we are gone I want them to carry on a legacy of faith to future generations.  

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It is really special to see the legacy of a man who was poured out for the gospel of Jesus Christ and who finished the race well.  

"Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all." - Philippians 2:17
Finally, watching all the Billy Graham coverage and seeing how God used one farm boy to touch the world makes me thing about who God will raise up to share the message of the cross in the next generation.  The other day I was praying with my children, and we were asking the Lord to raise up future leaders to proclaim truth.  I see so many of the stalwarts of the faith now dying off.  In recent years we have lost Elisabeth Elliot, RC Sproul, Billy Graham and others.  The world is broken and lost and needs faithful christian men and women to unapologetically proclaim Biblical truth.  Let us be prayerful that we will walk in faithfulness in our own spheres of influence and that our children will rise up and serve the Lord with kingdom-minded vision.  Let us pray that our families will walk in faithfulness for generations to come.  
Mamas, I want to close this post by reminding us all that we are raising the future leaders of the next generation.  Who knows how God might choose to use one of our children to influence the world for Christ?  Billy Graham's father was a dairy farmer, and God took Billy from the farm all around the world proclaiming salvation through Christ.  Mothering is a huge ministry not to be undermined.  Who knows how God might be preparing our children for His kingdom purposes, and He has given us the privilege of raising them up in the ways they should go.  Let us look to Christ that He may flow through us and that our legacy will impact generations to come.  May those who come behind us find us faithful. 
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 9: Prayerful Parents, Teaching Children to Pray

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Prayerful Parents Teaching, Children to Pray
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Faithful Legacy of Billy Graham

This week our world lost a faithful man of God.  Billy Graham has touched so many of our lives in one way or another.  One thing I appreciate so much is that he left a legacy of faithfulness.  He was faithful to preaching the cross of Jesus and repentance and he was faithful to his wife.  That is a beautiful legacy! 
  Just about this time last year my husband and I were privileged to visit the Billy Graham library in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The house in the picture below is his childhood home.  This was the discipleship center where his father gathered Billy and his siblings each day to teach them from the Word of God.  I'm sure that at the time Billy's father had no idea how the Lord would one day use his son to advance the kingdom.  Eventually Billy's childhood home was moved from the dairy farm to the location of the Billy Graham library.  

When you visit the Billy Graham Library it is very evident that he dearly loved his wife Ruth.  When she went to heaven her body was buried in the prayer garden outside the library.  Billy Graham's earthly body will soon be buried beside Ruth's grave.  

 Here is a picture of me, Ruth Adams, standing beside the wedding dress of Ruth Graham. 

Billy Graham taught the simple message of the cross and repentance decade after decade.  Few men have had the opportunities he had to travel around the world sharing the good news of Jesus with millions of people.  Also, few men have had opportunity to speak into the lives of so many US presidents.  

  When you look at the overall trajectory of Graham's life, he believed in the simple message of the cross and shared Christ and the need for repentance to huge masses of people over his lifetime.  He also stayed faithful to his wife refusing to ever be in any situation with another woman alone.  
Billy Graham lived a life of faithfulness and believed in the Old Rugged Cross.  He traveled the world preaching the same message of faith and repentance for many decades until he was too old to do so any longer.  

  When we visited the library we were told that Billy Graham was ready to go home and see his bride Ruth.  Just one year later Billy Graham has ended his earthly pilgrimage and is in the presence of His Lord.  It truly is bittersweet.  I am sad to see our world lose such a steadfast proclaimer of the gospel, but I rejoice that He is with his dear bride again.  

  If you ever have opportunity to visit the Billy Graham library I would highly recommend it.  My husband and I were touched with Graham's legacy and how he stayed focused on boldly proclaiming the cross, faith, and repentance.  

Just the other morning I was praying with my children asking the Lord to raise up future leaders who will carry on the legacy of faith in the days ahead.  This world is broken, and we need men of God who will be faithful and share the truth of the gospel unapologetically.  I am thankful for the life and the legacy of Billy Graham. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 8: Response to the Turpin abuse case

Response to the Turpin abuse case.  This is not HOMESCHOOLING!
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Blessing of Prayer in Family Life

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Two weeks ago I did a post on how vital the Word of God is to our families.  This week I would like to follow that post up with a new post on the importance of prayer in our homes.  Life is sometimes very challenging, and I see prayer as such a grace that the Lord invites us into His presence at any time to share our joys, our struggles and our sorrows.  I don't know what my Mama heart would do without prayer; it is a strength to me to know I can take my deepest heart concerns before my Heavenly Father who loves me and has all power to work in my circumstances.  I hope this post encourages you to seek the Lord with your family through the means of prayer.  

Not only is it crucial that parents be prayer warriors for their children, but I think it is also vitally important to pray with our children.  We want to train them to live constantly in the presence of the Lord, going to Him in their joys and sorrows and when they need direction for life.  Especially in the context of homeschooling we can lead our children into the presence of the Lord all throughout the day and night.  Has something exciting happened?  Why not pause and give thanks to the Lord?  Have you just heard about a serious need in the life of a family member or friend?  This is a good opportunity to stop whatever is going on and pray over that need as a family.  Is a child dealing with fear during the night?  You can lovingly stroke their hair and remind them that, "In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." - Psalm 4:8

  It is important to keep taking our children back to the cross, back to Jesus, and back to the good news of the gospel.  In item one of Martin Luther's 95 Theses he stated, "When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, 'Repent' (Matt. 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance." It is important that parents model humble repentance when they fail and also encourage their children along in going to Jesus with their sins, humbling themselves, and receiving new grace to move forward in victory.  

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  Whatever is going on in the midst of your day, it is always a good time to grab hands and lead your children into the Father's presence.  This is training for life.  Whenever we have challenges arise through our day I want to be quick to stop everything and lead our children into prayer, asking the Lord for His guidance and help.  It does not come naturally to stop in the chaos of life and call together a prayer group but I see the need to do more of this.  Rather than plowing through the difficulties, I want to show my children that when things are burdensome we need to have a default called prayer.  
  It is also a great thing to stop with a child when they come to us complaining about something that is bothering them personally.  If we stop and say, "Let's pray about that," then we are teaching them to go to the Lord with their concerns.  

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  Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how you might be able to incorporate more prayer into the environment of your home.  

* Take a prayer walk with a child
*Have a jar where you collect prayer requests and pray for a new need each day.
*Pray over all the families represented by the Christmas cards you received in the mail
*Have a white board or chalk board where family members can write down prayer needs as they arise, and be sure to pray over those at meals or family worship times.
*Make a point to pray with your family for our government leaders on the National, State, and Local levels.
*Pray regularly as a family for your church leadership.
*Start each school day with prayer.
*Stop and pray through sibling rivalry.
*Make meal time prayers more intentional and pray over more than the food at these times of family gathering.

These are just a few ideas on how we can work at having more prayerful atmospheres in our homes.  I would love to hear if you have ideas to add to the list.  May we all rejoice anew in the precious opportunity the Lord gives to us to come into His presence.  Anytime and any place is a perfect opportunity to bring our families before the throne of grace.  I encourage you this week to ask the Lord to show you more opportunities to lead your children into His presence with thanksgiving.  

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 7: The importance of the Gospel

The importance of the Gospel in your homeschool.
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