Motivate Your Child Action Plan ~ Review

Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller are the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. The NCBP’s mission is to Parent the Heart of the child.  National Center for Biblical Parenting also covers topics like: ADHD, Anger, Defiance, Sexuality, Conflict and lots more!  Previously I had been blessed with being a part of the launch team for the book Motivate Your Child. You can read my review here.  This was just what I needed for my oldest son. And so, when I had the opportunity to review the Motivate Your Child Action Plan by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, I knew that this was exactly what I needed to go back and review all I had learned. It was time, and now I had no excuse, to put sso many of the things I learned in their earlier book, into action.

 

 

Motivate Your Child Action Plan consists of 12 chapter, consier it as a 40 day plan, to help you identify specific character issues that your children struggle with and then, to come up with an action plan. As you move forwad, you build a strength into your child from those very things that have been such a thorn in your side (and theirs too).  With the book you will also receive a link to 12 audio sessions you can download that have Turansky and Miller explaining and exploring, even deeper,  the concepts in each chapter of this book.  I think of this as a way of having my own “mentor” walking alongside me while I read and pray on the plan for our family.

Some of the topics within this book you will go over are:

  • Seeing change in 40 days – Its all about a good, firm foundation (theology) and then a consistent strategy/technique
  • Determining where you want to go – Identify the problem – envision the solution.  This is a time of truth. Make your list of the area(s) that need growth; define the character trait that goes along with each one. As you go along, celebrate every sign of success big or small!
  • Creating a map to get where you want to go – Don’t focus on where you are but where you want to be. The moment matters.
  • A place for firmness – The caterpillar to a butterfly does require struggles.
  • Vision turns common people into heroes. We cannot simply react to a problem.  Vision focus on the solution.
  • Teaching shows the way – Do they see, do we, that God is at work in our life?  Learn how to apply biblical techniques, teach our children how to do the same.
  • Spiritual energy provides strength
  • Coaching – Encourage you children to figure out those problems. Become part of the solution; forget the rules and start to think strategy.
  • Building motivation from within – Good habits + cultivating a good conscience + building character = desire/motivation needed.
  • Growing together (if we do not change, neither can they!) Kids need discipline to build self-discipline.Its a relationship thing; that relational time is not optional.  We must have it if we want this thing to be successful.

 

We have really found ourselves struggling with our oldet son as he has gotten older. Yet the wisdom within Motivate Your Child, and the additional Motivate Your Child Action Plan, gives me hope. This really helped to remind me, and focus myself, on the goals for our family and how we can get there. This is truly a blessing; heart parenting truly can help us to raise our children to be inspired and guided towards the great plans God has for them as they discover life.

 

“Use firmness, visioning, teaching, prayer, & coaching to move your child from where he is today, to where he needs to go.”

 

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“A character quality is a pattern of thinking and acting in response to a challenge.”

Exhale with Plumb

I do not often have the chance to review music on this blog. But when I have the chance, I definitely get excited about it.  :-)

Such was the case when I saw an email asking if I woul like the oportunity to review the latest CD from Plumb.

 

“Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.”

 

I absolutely love how this all began too. Exhale was inspired by a sermon, where Pastor Pete Wilson stated that the “church doesn’t exist for itself… believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, then go out and “exhale” that very same hope into their surrounding community.”

 

 

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How beautiful and true is that!  As the Body of Christ, we are so very blessed to have His truth in our life. And we cannot hide or hoard that but must go and share it with others who are so desperate and in need of the very same thing!
Plumb even says herself” “That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away….I couldn’t get to the “Notes” section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus right then and there….I have been made new by the ultimate hope…I want to share and exhale that hope in every way I can.”

 

 

This is our calling. This is the Great Comission itself.

 

 

 

 

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Special thanks to Fly Propeller for providing a review copy of this album. 

God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea

I love God. I love sweet iced tea.

I got pretty excited when I saw this book and had the chance to review it. The little things really do it for me. :-)

 

Its important to me, to see God in every moment of life. Those little things and those bigger ones too. Because we know that He has His hand in all that we do. That’s how much He cares for and loves us. 

 

 

This is such a sweet and simple devotional, full of the simple wisdom.  Rose focuses and writes to those things that we struggle with every day, and shows us how, in a way that is short and sweet and to the point how important it is to remember that God is always in control. If we  struggle with forgiveness or we are fearful, we must always remember that we are God’s children and His plan for us is always just right.

Every day that I opened up this little devotional, I was blessed. Her words were a reminder, on every page, of the reality of God and of the value of His power and presence in our lives. Each days devotion includes a scripture and (I love this part) considerations for journalling. There are also prayers (prayer focus tips too) and Sweet Tea Moments. As an example: “Am I like King Saul, obeying only in part?”

 

The readings may be short but they mare meaty; you are left with so much to chew on. And as short as they may be, as I read each one, I found every time, a little gem of wisdom that was needed in my life. This is such sound, Godly wisdom, in such a real life kind of way. We can all relate to every bit of what she has written in this book!

 

And did I mention, it came in such a lovely package too? Sent to me, this sweet book was wrapped in beautiful tissue paper and even came with a personal little note from the author herself.  Bless her heart <3

 

 

**Disclosure** This book was provided to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.  Thank you! :-)

Too Much

We give the Devil way too much credit.  In a recent conversation the topic of men and long hair came up. Now I know what my Bible says; I was simply sharing how His Word tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:14:  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

 

Her husband has long hair – she instantly determined that I had said he was going to hell and proceeded to let me know that I am doing the devil’s work by speaking these things….

 

I am all too familiar with sharing His Word and being told I am judgmental, or holier than thou – I learned a long time ago to brush it off – if they are words from the Bible itself, it is not me that offends, but His word itself. I remind myself often, I can only deliver His truth to those who are willing. I cannot save, He does that.

 

Its a heart thing. We can love Him and read and pray and worship and still be missing so much.

 

We can even get to that place where we have been in this thing for so long we don’t think anyone can tell us anything.  And that is a very dangerous place to be.

 

We are okay with knowing that some things we will never get.  I love to “know it all”and so I never will; this is a blessing.  My husband telling me we will never be rich – God won’t allow it – He knows we would blow it.  Too much money, and we would vacation; I would visit family and friends overseas so much more. I would rad more; we would eat out more. We would mess it up. God blesses us so often by not giving us those things we want. He knows what is best.

 

We need to accept that His Word is given us for that same reason. It directs us and guides us. He created this world, you and me. He created it all. And there is a way that He has for every one of  us.  I know many who think it goes too far when someone says there is a way we are to dress, specific attire we ought to wear; cut hair for men and uncut hair for women. No make up or flashy jewelry. Keep it simple, modest, in all ways. Why is it wrong to think there is a way He wants us to look?

 

We ARE the temple of God when we are born again, baptized in Jesus name and filled with His Spirit…. He was pretty particular about how that Tabernacle was to be? Down to  every detail no matter how minor we thought it may be. We are today, that Tabernacle. We are His – not our own. I admit I find that quite a blessing in and of itself. :-)

 

Yet if we seek to share these truths; if we broach the idea to another – why do so many immediately say its the devil working through us? Simply because they do not like what they hear? We need to be open, we need to be willing to consider these things, seeking His truth in His word.

 

 

Yet it is so much easier for us to blame the Devil for the realities of being sinful creatures living in a broken world than to step outside of our comfort zone; to REALLY seek Him – to humble ourselves and listen for His still, small voice, that guides us into the way He created for us to live ~

 

It saddens me that so many are so lost – that so many refuse to hear and obey –

 

We are His creation, He created us to be exactly as we were meant to be – yet we think we know better and so we fight and struggle against what is best for us simply because we do not understand it – because it seems foolish –

 

Yet this is exactly what he uses to bring us to Him – and so many are confounded, offended, by the foolish things, but He is bringing those who are eager, teachable, humble and desperate for Him, into His fold using these very same things….

 

I remember how ridiculous I thought so much of what and how I live today was, so long ago, it was offensive that I should have to do anything at all .. After all God is love and He loves me and He died for me. But how sad is that if He died, if He was ridiculed and flogged and scoured, beaten and mocked – All so that I can do whatever I like and still inherit the Kingdom of God? Seems like a  great waste – seems to me a huge tragedy….

 

There is a way that is right … We will seem peculiar and strange but our obedience, our desire to please our Lord and Saviour  – blesses us again and again.

 

 

I once was lost but now am found; was blind but now I see….Blessed be those who hear and obey. heart emoticon                 

What IS the Hope?

It saddens me when I post something, meant to inform, and a firestorm of anger breaks out. People begin fighting; words are thrown around sarcastically and the meaning and purpose of the posting itself is lost.  My post this morning was about living for God; being aware of what His word says so that we are not deceived. And yet one line within that video caused a friend, to become angry and tell me I am speaking “the devils words” to her….. We need to be humble, we need to be teachable. Always. If I am in the church for 2 months or 20 years, I pray I will always remember His calling ad keep that hope in me. How important it is TODAY or us to be aware of His Word, and to live it and speak it BOLDLY.

 

I hope this timely reminder inspires you, and sets a fire within your soul, to live in a greater way today, than you did yesterday <3

 

Oswald Chambers writes:
“…that you may know what is the hope of His calling… —Ephesians 1:18
Remember that you have been saved so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in your body (see 2 Corinthians 4:10). Direct the total energy of your powers so that you may achieve everything your election as a child of God provides; rise every time to whatever occasion may come your way.

 
You did not do anything to achieve your salvation, but you must do something to exhibit it. You must “workout your own salvation” which God has worked in you already (Philippians 2:12). Are your speech, your thinking, and your emotions evidence that you are working it “out”? If you are still the same miserable, grouchy person, set on having your own way, then it is a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you.

 
God is the Master Designer, and He allows adversities into your life to see if you can jump over them properly— “By my God I can leap over a wall” (Psalm 18:29). God will never shield you from the requirements of being His son or daughter. First Peter 4:12 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you….” Rise to the occasion— do what the trial demands of you. It does not matter how much it hurts as long as it gives God the opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in your body.

 
May God not find complaints in us anymore, but spiritual vitality— a readiness to face anything He brings our way. The only proper goal of life is that we manifest the Son of God; and when this occurs, all of our dictating of our demands to God disappears. Our Lord never dictated demands to His Father, and neither are we to make demands on God. We are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. Once we realize this, He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and nourish others.”

 

Westward Ho I & II from Homeschool Legacy: A Schoolhouse Review

 

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We have not done many unit studies in our homeschool.  However in the last few months I  have been trying to “breathe some life” into our homeschool.  My boys recently saw The Lone Ranger (the new movie, to the old sitcom) and really took an interest in the Old West so when I saw that there as an opportunity to review Westward Ho I (5 week) & Westward Ho II (4 week) from Homeschool Legacy,  I jumped on the opportunity.  

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These studies are part of the Once-a-Week Unit Study approach.  They are all centered in the Bible and are so easy to add into your current studies,   meant to be used only once a week and no planning or preparation is needed. Since my oldest is in scouts its an extra bonus that there is a corresponding merit badge for the activities within this study so he can earn merit badges while completing the unit study assignments.
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These studies are simply full of hand’s-on projects that really make history come alive.  I love that my all of us can spend time together, learning and having fun at the same time. Plus, I admit, it feels good to know that as we use this unit study we are learning about:
  • The Bible/Family Devotional
  • Grammar/Language
  • History
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Fine Arts
  • Life Skills

 

There are even suggestions within for family movies and fun nights. :-)

 

And if you are new to unit studies (like I am) she includes a page that helps you see how you should use this: “Getting the Most Out of Your Once-a-Week Unit Study”,  in the back of the book.  :-)

 

In Westward Ho I – for 5 weeks we got to study:

  • Frontiersmen and Pioneer Life
  • Lone Star Republic
  • James K. Polk
  • The Oregon Trail

It’s so simple, she even includes a page that shows you how to schedule your time in the unit study. And these are super flexible; we just added this to our current programming, but truly there is so much packed into this, it could stand alone!

These include an amazing list of great read aloud’s, movies and field trips even, for you to include as you go along in  your study.  Plus there are lots of fun activities built in, like writing your own tall tale; churning butter, making a stew and johnnycakes (yummy). And did you know that the word telegraph is of Greek origin?  Tele means far and grapho means write. Put them together, and you have a word that means far writer. The telegraph, for the first time in history, enabled messages to be sent electronically over long distances.

 

Then in Westward Ho II for 4-weeks we continue our adventure westward exploring:

  • Gold Rush – Sutter’s Mill, California and Levi Strauss; you even make your own business plan learning and planning based upon the l

 

  • Life on the Prairie – My son is fascinated with Abraham Lincoln.  This summer we will even visit the Little House on the Prairie; its so neat to know that Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in Wisconsin’s “Big Woods” and this is lots of fun—with an interactive storytelling experience, shared from the perspective of Waukesha County, Wisconsin (Old World Wisconsin’s neighboring county!) native, Caroline Ingalls. What a day it is, experiencing the same games and chores as they did so long ago.

 

  • The Great American Railroad Race – My five year old LOVES trains – this was his favorite part I think.  He has quite the train collection himself, lots of track too that he builds all about the house. He really loved watching and learning how the steam locomotive works and they cannot wait for this summer when we can go up north to ride a train too!

 

  • Cowboys and Cattle Drives – My oldest son thought this was pretty cool – eager for State Fair now!  YEE HAW!      We also learned, as copywork and memory work, a great saying of Annie Oakley: “Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second, and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you’ll hit the bull’s eye of success.”  Great motto right? :-D

 

So now we are waiting, eagerly, for the chance to see a rodeo, for The Little House experience we can enjoy at Old World Wisconsin (an amazing outdoor museum (?) where you can experience what it was like back then, for yourself. And I have a little reporter now, ever since the assignment was given in this study to write an article about a rodeo that has just arrived in town, including photos, summarizing the event in a way that is fun and informative.  This is great for my oldest son who is a very reluctant writer – what a way to encourage creative writing!

 

And ten there was  “Stump Your Dad” These are trivia questions at the end of each week. He loves being able to show what he knows at the end of the day, when daddy gets home.  Some of these even stumped me, like this one:

Q: What entertainment device was introduced at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair?

A: The Ferris wheel.

Invented by W. Gale Ferris, the 1893 World’s Fair featured the largest Ferris wheel ever. At a whopping 250′ in diameter, each of its 36 cars could carry up to 60 people! Today’s

standard Ferris wheels have only 12 to 16 two-person seats.

Katharine Lee Bates had the pleasure of stopping at the 1893 World’s Fair and riding the newly introduced Ferris wheel on her train trip across America.

 

I highly recommend you try one (or more) unit studies in your homeschool; it will definitely make learning come alive for your family.  Homeschool Legacy and their Once-A-Week studies makes it so easy too.  Give one a try – there are so many good ones to choose from:

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Are you Sure?

(10) Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 
“Conventional wisdom” is not really wisdom! It is what is generally held to be true by many, yet it may, in fact, be fictitious. Some may be able to convince themselves that they will be safe from what lies ahead because they are with the right church—rather than being right with God. This is extremely dangerous, as it indicates do you trust in the wrong thing?

 
The letters to the seven churches each are concluded with Jesus saying, “he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”—plural—meaning we should glean all that we can from each letter rather than focus on just one.

 
One cannot conclude that, just because he fellowships with a particular faithful group, he will be carried along in its positive momentum and benefit from the promises of protection and other blessings. An unfaithful individual in a faithful group will reap what he sows, not what the rest of the group sows.

 

Are you sure you’re on the right side? What evidence do you have that you know Jesus? How will Jesus respond to your laundry list of “Christian” activities?

 

Please understand…I ask for the same reason Jesus gives the warning. It is the most loving thing I can do!

 

“Many” will go to hell even though they thought they’d waltz into paradise. Jesus will say to them, “Depart from me, I never knew you (Matt 7:23). The most frightening thing is that word “many” …. Will you sound like the “many” calling out in desperation, “Lord, Lord, did I not….in your name?” (Erasing Hell, Francis Chan)

 

Be sure you are on the right side. We CAN know.

 


Matthew 10:22: “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved”.

 

He makes it clear, this is an individual thing – How is your relationship with Jesus?