Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mama encouragement, homeschooling

Dear younger homeschooling Mom,

I want to encourage you on your journey. Whether this will be your first year educating your children at home, or your tenth, know that you are following God’s commands to teach your children at home, about Him. (Deuteronomy 11:18-20.)

Have you ever hear date expression “The days are long, but the years are short" ? While this applies to all of parenting, it especially applies to the Mama who chooses to give up several years of her life to educate her children at home. There will be days when you cannot wait for your husband to get home from work, just so you can step outside and have five whole minutes to yourself. There will be other days when everyone eagerly awaits Daddy’s arrival to show him what you dissected in science or made during art class. There will be stellar days, and other days when you will weep. But remember this one thing: the years are short! 

Looking ahead to this fall I can almost see the end of  our home education journey. Our youngest daughter is finishing her senior year of high school, and as I contemplate this 16th year of our journey, I wish I could reach out and give each and every one of you a big hug! There are going to be tough days, maybe even tough years ahead of you - but know this - GOD is always faithful! There are five lessons He has taught me along this path that I want to share with you. They might not mean much to you today, but when the time comes, I hope you will remember them, and turn to God for the daily strength and help you need.

Begin with Prayer

Each day, each year, each time you face a challenge, begin with prayer. God is right there waiting to give you what you need to successfully raise your children. He wants you to know Him intimately, He wants you to read  His word - for yourself, and to your children. He is waiting for you to humble yourself in prayer and ask for His guidance. On the days when you fall short and loose your temper, He will be there waiting for you to ask forgiveness through prayer. On the days when you rejoice because your child finally found the connections between letters and sounds and learns to read - He will be there, waiting for your praise. On each and every day He is only a breath away through prayer.

Less is More

As you begin homeschooling you can easily become overwhelmed with the vast array of choices of curriculum and learning styles. Step back. Breathe. Less curriculum is better than more. There are always new and shiny things begging for your attention, and your money. Choose less re-made curriculum instead of more as you begin to educate your children, and remember, for thousands of years the Jewish people educated  their children with only the first five books of the Old Testament. There will come a time when you need a math curriculum or a biology book, but if your children are still little, all you need is a Bible, some paper and crayons, and a library card.

Love first, learn second

While your children DO need to be taught, the most important lesson they will ever learn is that you love them! When you plan for the year, do not get so wrapped up in finishing your plans that you miss God’s plans. He has given you these tender, although sometimes stubborn, hearts to care for to show them His love. If your children do not believe that you love them, they will have a difficult time believing a God that they cannot see could ever love them. Love means affection, love means correction, and love means direction. When your children are secure in your unconditional love for them, they will blossom. They will want to learn, because they will want to spend time with you.

Character trumps achievement

You may see posts on Facebook, or overhear conversations during the local support group meetings about the glorious achievements of other children. Do not play the dangerous comparison game! Your children will have glorious achievements one day, they will learn to read or ride a bike, they will choose to put someone else first, or they will serve at a soup kitchen. The character of your children should always trump worldly achievements. Be happy and rejoice with others when they rejoice in what their children have done, and rest in knowing you have continually put your children at the feet of Jesus - choose the best.

Celebrate the small things

It is tight and good to celebrate the small victories. It is not right and good to brag. Many of your celebrations will never be know outside of your immediate family, and that is OK! When a child is potty trained we celebrate, when they learn to read, we celebrate. When they graduate high school - then we celebrate with everyone … and sometimes we cry a little. When your child knows you find joy in their accomplishments, they will try harder at the difficult spots. They will want to rejoice with you when they overcome their obstacles. And maybe someday, you’ll get a text, from the not-so-little girl who did not enjoy math class, with a photo of her college test - with an A! Celebrate!

Dear younger Mom, this journey you are on is a life-changer. It will change you, as you work and learn alongside your children. As you are obedient to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to love your children, and tell them about Him, He will shower you with a peace that even the toughest day cannot overcome!

Begin with Prayer.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Books With Bean ~ Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole

Books With Bean, book reviews by teens, Down the Rabbit Hole

Title: Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose, Chicago Illinois, 1871 

Author: Susan, Campbell Bartoletti 

Published: 2013

Genre: Historical Fiction

Summary: When Pringle’s parents are killed in a carriage accident caused by workers of her father's coal mine, 14 year old Pringle Rose finds it hard to deal with the loss and her newfound responsibility for her younger brother who has Downs Syndrome. On top of all of this her uncle comes to live with the two children to manage their affairs, and brings Pringle's annoying Aunt and spoiled little cousin with him. The diary goes back and forth between present day (for Pringle) during which she and her brother have left their old home and are heading for Chicago to hopefully stay with a friend of their mother's, and memories of the days and months after her parents died up until it catches back up with Pringle on her cross country journey. 

What I liked about it: I love the Dear America books because they give you a first person perspective of the time each of the girls is writing in. With Pringle I was drawn into the story of her life and its sadness but also encouraged by her want to do what is best for her and her brother despite all their hardships. The book was both entertaining and educational and made me want to read more of the other books to learn more about other times in American history. One of the other things I like about it is while Pringle is not a real girl, there is a non-fiction section in the back of the book talking about what life was like with pictures and illustrations from the time.

Language: None

Romance: Pringle strikes up a friendship with a boy a few years older then herself that she meets one day while visiting her mother and father’s graves and becomes a bit infatuated with him and there is one brief kiss but it never goes anywhere after that as she soon leaves him and the city behind. 

Violence: Each of the Dear America diaries are written to help kids learn more about a particular time and/or place in American history. The Diary of Pringle Rose takes place in 1871 and mainly in Chicago during the time of the great Chicago fire of 1871. As such, Pringle witnesses the fire and its destruction but it is never overly graphic.

Magic: None 

Recommended Age: Pringle is 14 and I would say 12-13 is a good age to read this and any of the other Dear America Diaries. 

There are quite a few Dear America Diaries, some of which are no longer published as well as several newer ones written around the time of Down the Rabbit Hole.  The currently published books cover times from the pilgrims to the civil rights movement and are:

The First Pilgrims: Dear America: A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620

The Salem Witch Trials: Dear America, I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (this one is a bit more mature)

The life of a Quaker girl taken captive by Lenape Indians: Dear America: Standing in the Light, The Captive Diary Of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Vally Pennsylvania, 1763

America during the revolutionary war: Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow, The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777

Dear America: Cannons at Dawn, The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1779

The Organ Trail: Dear America: Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie, The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, The Oregon Trail 1847

Pre-American Civil War slave life: Dear America: A Picture of Freedom, The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859

The American civil war in both the north: Dear America: A Light in the Storm, The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861

And South: Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over, The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864

The Life of a former slave post American Civil War: Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly, The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871: Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole, The Diary of Pringle Rose, Chicago, Illinois, 1871 

A Gold Mining town California in the 1880s: Dear America: Behind the Masks, The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880

The great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Dear America: A City Tossed and Broken, The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco California, 1906

The Beginning of the Labor Union Movement: Dear America: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City, 1909

The Voyage of Titanic: Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic, The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912

The Spanish flu epidemic of 1918: Dear America: Like the Willow Tree, The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918

Christmas during the Great Depression: Dear America: Christmas After All, The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932

World War II in the North West USA: Dear America: The Fences Between Us, The Diary of Piper Davis: Seattle, Washington, 1941

The Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and the desegregation of schools: Dear America: With the Might of Angels, The Diary of Dawnie Ray Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954

Besides these recent publications many libraries still have some copies of the out of print diaries which are also very good. 

If you finish these and want more there are the Royal Diaries which are fictitious diaries of famous woman rulers over history, and My Name is America which are about both boys throughout American history, and My America which is for younger children (1st-4th grade as opposed to Dear America which is more 5th grade +)

For those Living outside the USA there are also over 30 Dear Canada Diaries, which are set throughout Canadian History as well as over a dozen I am Canada books which are about Canadian boys living in Canada and helping around the world in events concerning their country.

For the UK their is both My Story: Girls and My Story: Boys which are about Children both in England and a few across the world throughout history.

For Australia there are over 25 books in the My Australian Story Series. Which are books about both boys and girls during important events in Australian history.

There is also My New Zealand Story for those living in New Zealand which like the other series has fictional diaries of boys and girls set during important events in New Zealand’s history. There are also over 25 of these. 

I can’t speak for the ones set in other countries but I will say this the original Dear America books are really good and a fun way to introduce kids to American History so if the ones for the other countries are even just half as good as them they will also be amazing books for kids anywhere to read to become more knowledgeable about their country's history.

Books With Bean, book reviews by teens, Down the Rabbit Hole

Saturday, June 16, 2018

1 Corinthians 12:7

Scripture Writing, hand lettering, Bible verses, Holy Spirit

Pomegranate Sardine Salad

Some people like to spend time cooking and creating masterpieces in their kitchen. I am not one of those people. I prefer quick, easy recipes that satisfy my hunger while still being nutritious and delicious. Pomegranate sardine salad is one of those. It makes a wonderful, healthy lunch for at home or on the go. This recipe makes two salads. Simply divide each ingredient into two salad bowls or reusable containers. If you're taking the second salad for lunch tomorrow, just add the salad dressing in the morning before you leave home. :)

Wild Planet sardines, juicy gems, pomegranate salad, sardine salad

Pomegranate Sardine salad - serves 2

4 cups washed and chopped lettuce (romaine or leafy green)
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated )
1 can Wild Planet Sardines (in water or olive oil)
1 cup Juicy Gems pomegranate arils
Honey mustard salad dressing

Enjoy your lunch!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The End of Homeschooling ~ Part 1

life changes, graduation, homeschooling, future plans

Suddenly it hits you, and for the first time ever you realize that homeschooling is coming to an end. 

Not for the entire world - but for you! Homeschooling ends. Occasionally this happens because of a life change. Maybe Dad was injured at work and Mom now needs to get an outside income to keep the household running. Not just temporarily, but maybe forever. Or maybe your family has decided that the children will attend a private High School after eight years of home education. 

Or maybe - just maybe - you are like us. You are running out of kids to homeschool and the truth has finally hit home that there is an end to your homeschooling adventure. It does not mean that your adventures are over - far from it - but it means you are about to hang up your Mom/teacher hat and take on a different role. 

Perhaps this fills you with a bit of dread, simply because this is what you have been doing for the past 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years. Or maybe you are filled with joyful anticipation. Wherever you fall along that spectrum, there are a few things to think about as you reach the end of your homeschooling years. This short series of posts is designed to help you think through the steps and travel them with joy, not fear.

But first, let me tell you about when I realized the end was approaching. A few years ago I was at work. Yes, I've worked outside the home the entire 15 years of this journey. It has not been easy - it was often really difficult - but it was necessary, and God's grace is sufficient, and sleep is a wonderful thing - don't take it for granted. Anyway, I was at work and I reminded one of the store managers that I would be gone the rest of the week. He asked where I was going and when I told him to a homeschool convention his comment was: "It won't be too much longer you'll need to do that will you? Your girls are almost grown up."


I had seriously never thought about getting to the END of the journey. Not that I had not thought about quitting, because there are always some days when you just want to stop doing everything and just sit still - for a really long time. This whole homeschooling adventure can be overwhelming at times. That's why you need friends - praying friends! Friends who stand beside you, who encourage you, and lift you up when you stumble.

Once I realized that he was right, I really started thinking about what I wanted the girls to MOST remember about the end of their high school years. Emily only had a couple years left, and while Arlene had a few left, I knew the time was limited - so I wanted us all to make the best of it! I also realized it was time to get on the ball about changing those pen and paper notes about Emily's classes into a transcript.

When your children are little, you may never think about the day when they will be grown up. It seems too foreign of an idea to entertain even for a minute. But, I am here to tell you it happens! My little giggle box has grown into a 20 year old young woman. She owns her own car, drives herself to work and to college, and goes out with her friends. Sometimes, she even takes her little younger sister with her.

Our other daughter just turned 18. How did my little munchkin get so big? When did she surpass me in baking skills and how does she know so much about textiles? It happens one day at a time. With all that you and your friends pour into them, some of it sticks!

So, whether or not you are at the realization stage yet - know this - one day there will be and end to your homeschooling. God knows when the perfect timing for that is. He knows what will come afterwards - for both you and your children. But that is a post for another day!

In the meantime. Enjoy the days. Even when they seem really long. 
The days are long, but the years are short!

Do not be afraid of the end. Know that it is coming, and remember that God will be right there beside you the entire journey! Find the joy in the journey - it is shorter than you think!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Books With Bean ~ Bruno and Boots

Books With Bean, book reviews by teens, Gordon Korman

Title: Bruno & Boots: This Can’t be Happening at McDonald Hall

Author: Gordon Korman

Published: 1978

Genre: Comedy, Middle Grade

Summary: Life at boarding school might seem boring to most, especially when your school is only good at academics instead of sports. After many years of defeat at the hand of their arch rivals of York Academy the boys of McDonald Hall are fed up with never winning. Most boys would just play harder but not Bruno Walton. No, things are never that simple. Instead of putting in a bit of extra practice before the game he decides (with the help of his best friend, roommate, and unwilling accomplice Melvin “Boots” O’Neal) to steal the York Academy mascot (a large cat named Myrtle). The plan works well at first as the McDonald hall team wins the game but when the boys go back to their dorm room where they were keeping her they find out she had kittens during the game and they now have to get all the cats back on the York bus before the team returns. They seem to get out of hot water until their Headmaster Mr. Sturgeon, a.k.a the Fish, calls them to his office for both the catnapping and several other recent offenses. While they are there Mr. Sturgeon tells them that because of all the trouble they have caused together in their time as students he is separating them. They will no longer share a room and they aren't even allowed to talk to each other during classes, lunch or free time. They boys are each given new rooms, Bruno with the “Mad” Scientist of room 201 Elmer Drimsdale who cares more for plants and insects then for people, and Boots to room 109 home of the very rich, very annoying and overly clean freak George Wexford-Smyth III. Boots is unhappy with the arrangement but Bruno will not have it so they boys meet in secret at night planning on ways to get the Headmaster to put them back together.

What I liked about it: Goodness, what do I not like about it?! I first read the first 4 Bruno and Boots books several years ago when we were looking at books at my Grandmother’s house and my mom pulled them out saying that she had read them as a kid. I recognized the author as he has written a lot of children's and middle grade books since Bruno and Boots first came out (they were some of his first books, this one having actually been a 7th grade school project before becoming the start of the series several years later) and so I decided to read them. I think one of the reasons I love them so much is that they are juts plain fun! Yes the kids do occasionally break the rules but its usually for a good cause and they have a ton of fun along the way. These books never get old and they never get any less funny with each time you read them. To some kids now a days they may seem a little old but they never loose their charm. I think one of the other reasons I love them so much is because Bruno and Boots (and the two main girls Cathy - who is like Bruno - and Diane - who is more like Boots) remind me a bit of my sister any I. Not in what they do exactly (I’ve never stolen cats, collected 41,000+ soda cans, or had to go to boarding school) but we have a smiler dynamic of she wants to do a lot of different stuff (some of it it bit weird) and I’m always there whether I want to be or not. Not because I want to be a part of what she is doing (sometimes I do) but because I’m there to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself or get into trouble in the process. Besides just Bruno and Boots and Cathy and Diane the boys have lots of other friends at school who have all sorts of different and entertaining personalities and while they may be unwilling followers of Bruno’s plans at first are always there to lend a hand if it means helping their school stay the amazing place that they love. 

Language: None

Romance: None, there is a girls school across the road and the boys have friends there (who they occasionally visit at night to plan strategies with) but it never becomes inappropriate in any way.

Violence: Miss Scrimmage has a shotgun but she has such bad aim she never hits what she means to. She just waves it around as a show of force to deter anyone who might hurt in her words “Her poor defenseless girls” (who are anything  but defenseless)

Magic: None

Recommended Age: 10-11 is a good age although you are never too old for them as I just reread them and still love them at 18. 

Books With Bean, book reviews by teens, Gordon Korman

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Accidental Guardian ~ a Bethany House book review

Bethany House book reviews, historical fiction, cowboy romances, Lake Tahoe books

Trace Riley has spent ten long, lean, tough years carving out a ranch for himself in the Sierra Nevada mountains. But have his toil and struggles prepared him for the upheaval that ensues when he find the survivors of a wagon train massacre on his way home from his first cattle drive to Sacramento?

Thus begins the story of The Accidental Guardian, the first book in Mary Connealy’s new High Sierra Sweethearts series from Bethany House. Fans of Connealy’s other cowboy themed books will enjoy this look into the life of cowboys and wagon train pioneers set near Lake Tahoe, Nevada in the late fall of 1867.

Deb and Gwen Harkness are the only adult survivors of the wagon train massacre wrought by spineless outlaws who try to blame the attack on the local Paiute Indians.  They left false evidence at the attack site before they set the wagons and dead bodies on fire. 

Deb and Gwen only survived because they were caring for two young children, Maddie Sue and Ronnie in exchange for a place in the wagon train that was headed for California. They had left their home after their father died, leaving them a struggling newspaper and a lot of debt. Having sold everything to cover the debts, they had bartered their passage for the care of three year old Maddie Sue and toddler Ronnie so that the Mrs. Scott could drive their own wagon, while Mr. Scott scouted for the wagon train. Deb and Gwen, at 20 and 18, had taken the children into the tall grass just moments before the wagon train was attacked because Maddie Sue had awakened then saying she “had to go.”

When Trace saw the women running out of the tall grass and shouting at him for help he knew he had to take them back to his ranch, as it was the closest shelter around - only 20 miles away. The land was harsh, and winter could break loose and snow the passes shut at any time. His ranch hands Adam and Utah were surprised at the new arrivals, but quickly set to work building a better cabin to house the women and children for the winter. Their appreciation of the women grows after they eat a real, delicious meal that Deb and Gwen cook instead of their usual hardly-edible self-cooked fare.

The outlaws who attacked the wagon train had no idea that there had been any survivors until many days later when Trace takes Deb along with him to the local settlements to pass on word of the attack to the local authorities. Trace also knows he needed to warn any late wagon trains of the danger of outlaws waiting in the passes preparing for an ambush. One of the outlaws almost runs into Deb as she is exiting a store and overhs Trace and Deb’s conversation about Deb being startled.

The story that follows includes many twists and turns as Deb has to come to grips with the reality that not all men are as heartless and selfish as her and Gwen’s father had been. Trace’s world is changed as he accepts responsibility for these helpless travelers, but is not quite sure how to relate to them because he has never had  women around, and is a bit afraid of the children. Trace had grown up with his Pa and Grandpa, and after ten years of forging his way in this mountain wilderness, most of it alone, he is more comfortable talking to his horse and his wolf-dog than to people.

I enjoyed this book immensely. Interwoven in the plot are the themes of mercy, justice, and forgiveness. The characters are learning to communicate with others, instead of just having they own inner dialogue in their heads and assuming others will understand what they want. Is this not something many of us struggle with? How to communicate well in situations that are new to us.

Mary Connealy does a superb job of including the thoughts and growth of her side characters as well as those of her main characters throughout the book. The descriptions of the people, scenery and settings are thorough without being tedious. Readers will want to saddle up and join in the adventure. Once again the story comes to a satisfying conclusion while still having a closing scene left open to lead into the sequel. A great read to take along on your next road trip or simply enjoy from the comfort of your front porch. It will make you want to linger and enjoy the sunset just a bit more!

You can purchase The Accidental Guardian from Bethany House’s website or your local bookstore. It is available in both paperback and E-book forms.

Connect with Mary Connealy

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions are mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

1 Corinthians 1:10

Scripture Writing, hand-lettering, Bible verses

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Matthew 16:24

What do you do when life gets tough? Do you fade away, or keep following Jesus?

Taking up our cross is never easy. That is why it is called a cross. It is a place to die. Die to self. Die to selfish wants. Die to the world's ideas of what you should do or who you should be. 

Then, be made new. Come alive again. Be resurrected in the image of Jesus - the only One who has overcome death. The One Who loves us!

Scripture Writing, hand-lettering, Bible verses

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Trip to a Little House (or two)

Books With Bean, author homes, road trips

We did many fun and amazing things on our vacation last month but one of my favorite was definitely visiting Rocky Ridge Farm, the home of Laura Ingells Wilder, where she lived with her husband Almonzo and daughter Rose from the late 1800s until her death . It was so cool to see the white farm house that is written about in the Rose years books but also see where Laura wrote the Little house books. On the property there are actually two houses. 

The first is the farm house where Rose grew up and where Laura and Almonzo lived for some time. This is the house talked about in the Rose year books and where Laura wrote the stories that would go on to become: By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years.

The second is the stone house. This is a small Sears catalog house the Rose had built for her parents in their later years. This house is where Laura first began to write and where she wrote her first draft of her stories titled When Grandma was a Little Girl. Which would go on to become Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, and By the Banks of Plum Creek as well as Farmer Boy, a book about her husband Almonzo’s life growing up in upstate New York.

These houses were very different from each other but both very little. Not in over all size but simply in the size of some of the rooms. In the Little House Books Pa refers to Laura as Half Pint, and she really was quite small. Laura was just under 5 foot tall and Almonzo wasn’t much taller. As they made the Farm House themselves the made all of the things inside sized to themselves as well which made the house feel extra small to me since I am 5’ 9”. The counters were shorter then normal, the window seat smaller, and the beds positively tiny. I loved looking at it though. It was a beautiful house with some really cool things like a small library in the corner of the parlor which also has several amazing large windows the showed beautiful views of the outside. Also really neat was the kitchen with its unique cabinets and interesting pass through between it and where the dining table was. 

The second house, the Stone House, was a catalog house that was sized normally in proportions with taller ceilings and that sort of thing but was smaller in overall size at only one story. It was also less full of furniture because when the Wilders moved back into the farm house after living in the Stone House for a few years they took all of their new furniture from the stone house back to the Farm House with them. It was still really cool to visit, as it was where Laura first started writing her books.

Besides just the two houses on the property there is also a lovely visitors center that built in 2016 to replace their old, tiny museum. It has the gift shop and a small but well put together museum about Laura’s life and the life and journeys of her family in the books as they moved from Wisconsin, to Indian Territory, to Minnesota, to Iowa (a part of her life not written about in her books), and then out to Dakota Territory. There is also a section about Almonzo’s life and family during Farmer Boy. Besides just telling about the lives of Laura and her family, the museum had an amazing collection of artifacts that belonged to Laura and her family. From clothing and household items to Pa’s Fiddle and original hand written drafts of Laura's books which were really interesting.

Books With Bean, author homes, road trips

*note from Carol
We will be having a Road Trip post about visiting Rocky Ridge farm soon, so stay tuned for more Little House fun! 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

1 Corinthians 1:9

Who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our LORD Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:8   Today, no commentary from me.  I want you to read through this verse again...  ...and again.  What are the truths you read here about God? About Jesus? About forgiveness? Those are the words you will use to share the Gospel message with someone by using this verse.  Have a blessed weekend, and go share the Love of Jesus with everyone you meet!

God is faithful, by Whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our LORD. 
~ 1 Corinthians 1:9


-today as you meditate on what this verse says, may you find fellowship with other believers who would strengthen your resolve to share the forgiveness offered through Christ to all those you meet - at work, at play, at the store, in your neighborhood.

-God offers His faithful protection, His unfailing love, His great forgiveness, and fellowship with His Son - Jesus!