Saturday, June 21, 2014

Review: Homeschool Discipleship

Home Discipleship ~

Kimberly Williams recently launched a book entitled "Home Discipleship".  
Kimberly is a fellow pastor's wife, homeschool mother, author and most importantly a disciple of Jesus Christ. Sharing so much in common, I was eager to review her latest work. She shares that the title to this book reflects what has become a way of life for her family. "Each year brings new experiences, creates wonderful memories, and brings her family closer together." (see back of book) 



While homeschooling is included, this book is about so more than ABC's and 123's. Complete with chapter practical application questions, you will be challenged to dig deep into your heart and soul. With easy to read dialogue, you will find  practical answers drawn from Mrs. William's real - life experience. She has been there, and done that! We each go through a journey on our spiritual walk, and as Homeschool Mothers.
She also stakes her claims upon the Holy Word of God. You will go to the word as you ponder and discuss the practical questions included, finding your own foundation. We find the mandate to disciple, that is so often overlooked in today's society, in Deuteronomy 6:1-7. As Kimberly says, discipleship is an ongoing transformation, "...teach them diligently unto thy children..." (Deut. 6: 1-7) so that then they may go and teach, imparting a multi - generational vision. ( Psalms 78:6 , see pg. 13 in "Home Discipleship") 
How else shall the world know? Kimberly guides Christian parents into a homeschooling lifestyle that will help parents accomplish the very challenge commanded unto them. As you read and study through this book and the Word, you will grow in your own spiritual walk, while imparting to your family. I urge both Mom and Dad do this book study together. Remember discipleship must first start in our own hearts before we can impart it upon our own children. As you walk this journey you will be guided by this packed filled resource, learning to apply discipleship in every subject of your homeschool and beyond. DISCIPLESHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE! Imagine what could happen in our homes, our churches, our cities and this nation!
Do you wander where to start, how to choose the right curriculum? Kimberly offers you guidance and a
 resource list. I told you it was packed, in fact all in 118 easy to read pages. 



It has been a long time since a homeschool resource has really gotten to my heart, to the heart of the matter.
After sixteen years of living and teaching a discipleship lifestyle in our own minstry, home and homeschool, 
I found myself once again challenged. God is declaring new things and revealing matters to us as we do this study. I found the book to be a spark of renewal and resolve to continue the race, ever the more determined. In times such as these, we need women and men like Mrs. Kimberly Williams who are not afraid to get to the point of the matter, to reveal the heart, and challenge the mind to strengthen the Christian home. I highly recommend this book! "Go forth and make disciples of all men!", said our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

You can purchase "Home Discipleship" from  www.homediscipleship.net , or on Amazon. Order from the website and you will see a coupon code for 20% off the current price. 

~  There is Hope in growth, Becky Petrocelli




Thursday, January 16, 2014

Introducing Mere Christianity Analysis Journal by Stacy Farrell

Many of us know the name C.S. Lewis, even more so after the release of the Narnia Series of movies. However, you may or may not be aware of his classic work, "Mere Christianity". Before I post our  review I want to share a bit of the backstory.

"Mere Christianity "  actually came from a four part book series that was taken from Mr. Lewis' radio talks during WW II.  It was a series of books that explored the common ground upon which all Christians stand.  In this current age where it is becoming more and more important for believers to understand and engage in apologetics,  " Mere Christianity " offers us an unequaled opportunity. It provides for an open discussion,  an opportunity for believers and non-believers alike to hear this powerful apologetic message for the Christian faith.

The " Mere Christianity " Analysis Journal " by Stacy Farrell , ywill be a powerful tool for you and your student in a homeschool. I suggest parents and their children, or if used in another setting, a leader and a student, study together. All in a family or group stand to learn and grow by using this resource.  In a homeschool setting, the journal coupled with the text will strengthen critical thinking skills while cultivating a Biblical worldview. A family could use it for a Bible Study together.

Now, let me share with you about the author of this great new companion resource.  Stacy has been homeschooling since 2002 and it was then that her worldview changed.  She previously had been a consultant and writer.  She found while her communication skills equipped her,  it was only through prayer on her knees and hands-on experience that helped her mentor her sons.

Stacy has also spoken at a variety of homeschool conferences,  and has published articles in leading Christian magazines. Stacy has also authored scripts for Willow Creeks Youth Ministry.  Stacy has done copy for Pastor Bill Hybels " Defining Moments" Audio Newsletter, and a broad range of material for corporate and non-profit clients. Her success' do not end there. She also has managed a law firm that specialized in civil rights litigation and constitutional law.

Today, Stacy loves to EMPOWER students to recover territory that has been lost by "fuzzy thinking" and low expectations. To that end,  she created: "Philosophy Adventure -
 Pre-Socrates, "Philippians in 28 Weeks", "The Wise Woman - With Literary Analysis Journal Questions", and being released today, (January 15th, 2014), "Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal ".

Stacy Farrell may be an active busy woman of God, as she serves as a writer, speaker, and techer, but her greatest honor is her role at home.  Stacy is married to Roger,  and is Mother to two sons who are very precious to her. You can learn  more about Stacy's resources at the  Facebook launch party tonight (see below) and at Homeschool Adventure/www.homeschooladventure.com. You will be blessed.
**Check back here over the next few days for our full review of this awesome resource!
--Becky





Monday, January 6, 2014

Prayer Closet January 2014

I have had the honor of joining with another Sister in Christ on a project to begin a place of prayer for hundreds or more. We will be posting short prayer posts every Saturday. You will have the opportunity to blog yourself and join us, or comment and leave your prayer request. Julie and I are committing ourselves to prayer warrior prayer time daily in 2014. We will take all requests to the Lord in prayer, standing in the gap for you and those who share. If you feel uneasy sharing, just put "unspoken prayer" and as we take it to the
Lord,
He knows!
Prayer is a mighty weapon. Let us stand for you!
Visit Julie at here at mountmom.com.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my readers! I am learning how to blog on a tablet  as I often have to be  reclined, sitting, or in bed due to my body's attack on itself. We shall see how this goes. I am so very excited to have a way to return here. I am even more excited for our new year here at There Is Hope! For example, on Wednesday we will return to having our Wild Wednesday posts but for all seasons now. On Friday's I will be sharing Fashion Forward Friday's! If you follow me on Pinterest you will see my passion for fashion. However,  my posts twice a month here on the blog,  will be fashion for patients dealing with medicines that cause weight gain, like prednisone (grrrr), and patients in wheelchairs. You'll read what I have found works or does not, from first hand experience. Saturday's we will share our Weekly Wrap-up and a new joint prayer project I have the honor of being a part of. You will also still find Reviews and Christian  Homechool tips. You'll still read of our families journies. I think you will find something helpful or encouraging. My prayer is that you leave blessed.-Becky

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Where To Start

Where to start? 

God's word is a good place to start. It is the place to start to make you family, your life, your 'world' ALL that it should be. Yes, even today thousands of years later. See Psalm 128 

In Psalm 128, the psalmist is sharing that a good family life is a reward for following God. Is your home heavenly or hectic? Maybe both at times if we be real about it. With His love and word, we can find peace in all the times. We can find the answers to our questions and our problems. We are reminded that God is the true head of the home. The word of God instructs us in values like service, honesty, love, integrity, and prayer. These values applied to life help us in all relationships. They are valuable to teach to our children, so that they may have peace, blessings, and a future good family home of their own.  God will reward your devotion to him with inner peace and love.

 Why do you think, that often, as his children we will readily accept his love for others but not for ourselves? Why do we struggle with the belief that He loves us equally, radically, completely, and unfailing? 

It is my prayer that my family will become so washed in the magnitude of His love . I pray we will be so full of God that we achieve such dynamic dimensions of 'being' that we reflect the boundlessness of God the Almighty!
LET US ALL START FRESH, RENEWED, EVEN TODAY

*This is the first of a series of blogs on living as a Homemaker with Purpose.

 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 

This is set for tomorrow, November third. The idop.org site shares this: "In the traditional church calendar, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day stand out in the month of November, set apart to remember the saints of the church and the souls of those who departed this world. It is fitting, then, that the modern church has set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP)." The National News and CBN's Christian World News has recently reported the account of many of our Brother's and Sister's in Christ being persecuted, jailed, and many killed for the faith. The stories of survivor's are inspirational to say the least. These martyr's are with our Savior. Let us pray for those left behind and still facing such intense pressure and such vicious persecution. You can do so at church, at home and alone. The above site (idop.org) offers free downloads of a video and an introduction to the organization. 

Psalm 10:17 " You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry." 

I also want to encourage you to visit "Voice of the Martyr's" website. There you will find a wealth of information, and many free tools for teaching your family and/or church. We use their materials in our homeschool during History, Geography, and Bible Classes from time to time. I use the monthly magazine as a prayer guide and for education, as well as, for inspiration. I cut out pictures, and we place them on a wall map to remind us to pray, and to keep up on world events.

 The above picture is of some lavender blooming for the first time after many hard winters, on a friend's bush. It reminds me "There Is Hope" , in fact I labeled the picture, " HOPE." 

Christians around the world are joining together in prayer tomorrow, as are even some from other faiths. Will you commit to pray? Visit the above sites, and then visit www.icommittopray.com and join the movement that has been spreading around the world! Keep on praying, let tomorrow be a new beginning in your own life and mine , to remember to pray for the world wide church. God be with you.