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.

Friday, November 1, 2013

SCORE - WE MADE THE GOAL

Hi Ya'll! 

Welcome back followers, friends, and myself. 

Months ago I set Nov the first as the day  I would return to this blog. and to sharing daily on the web through every way God enabled me. He is faithful!

We have a new layout and design planned but it was not ready to launch with us today and has been postponed to Dec. at the earliest. I have a 'pro' working on it and I know it will be awesome. I had to laugh as the whole scenario sounded a bit to familiar these days (as with the Govt Affordable Care Act). 

So where am I sharing and what, you ask? I will be sharing here and on another blog set to launch in the beginning of the new year. I also share on Pinterest almost daily, everything from Holidays, Recipes, Homeschool tips, and Fashion Tips gleaned from my past. You'll also find a few of my favorite things there. On Facebook, visit us at There Is Hope Blog fan page where I will also be sharing tidbits of hope and wisdom daily. You will note I use 'us' from time to time. This is because our ever growing ministry and family will also be sharing with you. 

Here at There Is Hope Blog we hope to share just that -HOPE. We will share from our journey with  progressive chronic illness, ministry, homeschooling from cradle to graduation, having grown children, and becoming grandparents. We will share reviews of products and books from time to time. We look forward to sharing our own Unit Studies with you in the future. The possibilities are endless. So raise a glass of your favorite beverage (here it is Southern Tea or Coke) we made it to the goal line! Now onto future races (goals) , new paths, and a whole lot of faith, hope and love!

Thankful for YOU,

Becky