Bessie‚Äôs Pillow ~ Review

I remember when I was growing up, being told that the one thing that made this country so great, was the variety of people who were here. Immigrants from far and wide came to this country wanting a better life. Our land was filled with people who had drive and desire to live in a place where they could be free. My grandparents were immigrants; I wish I could remember the stories that were told of life before they came here, and after. There is so much we can learn from those who came before. For that reason I have come to live historical non-fiction like Bessie’s Pillow published by Strong Learning.Inc.

 

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Bessie’s Pillow – A Young Immigrant’s Journey (based on a true story) is written by Linda Press Silbery, who is Bessie’s granddaughter.  Thought the book are actual photos from family albums, bringing to life the story that is told.

 

 

The story begins in 1906 in Vilna, Lithuania as Boshka (Bessie) travels to escape persecution.  Travel with her to Hamburg, then across the seas as she learns the English language, makes new friends, and begins a great adventure. Experience and read actual historical details about life as a Jewish, Russian, Orthodox girl traveling to a new life. Her challenges and struggles, love, courageousness and kindness will move you and draw you in to this story making Bessie a dear friend and companion.

 

 

 

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Listen to Linda speak about and share beautiful photographs, bringing to life even more, this story. Explore Bessie’s Family Album and childhood in a Photo Gallery sharing moments from her life in Lithuania, New York, New Rochelle.

 

Historically, 1906 to 1936 was a time of great change and growth in America. Experience and explore a variety of interactive learning regarding:

  • Famous People
  • Food and Recipes
  • Radio
  • Movies
  • Music & Dancing
  • News
  • Presidents
  • Immigration (European specifically)
  • Housework
  • Health

 

What a fun way to explore and experience American the same way Bessie did!

 

You can even explore the stories of others who tell of their experience immigrating.

 

There is also a Teacher’s Guide to help guide and encourage use of this story to teach language arts and social studies. There are some great discussion questions and activities encouraging our own children to explore their own family histories, to explore the various situations and determine what they would do and why. There are character studies, research topics given, even a timeline of American history (download a full size one) and there are a ton of recommended reading materials too!

 

 

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book and I definitely recommend this as one every one should read. While I read this aloud to my children, there were times and parts, which I skipped over due to the age of my children. This is a very honest and realistic book, portraying the good and the bad of the immigration experience so some situations can be difficult and sensitive for children to hear. However even with those moments and sometimes uncomfortable details within the pages of this book, it is all done in a way that makes it necessary but also understandable (sad too!).  So much of this book and the materials that are provided along with it, can be a great lesson to both ourselves and our children. Certainly this was a story that really gave my children and I a new perspective and a renewed appreciation for what we have and where we are.

 

 

 

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My Children: CREATING A MASTERPIECE! {Review}

Art is such a important piece in my children’s education.  They just love to draw and paint; my oldest son has even begun to sculpt a bit. Just simple clay but how I love to see him work. He has always wanted to take classes, formal art training, something to really advance and strengthen his skills. But around here there isn’t much and what there is we just cannot manage right now. Then we were introduced to Sharon Hofer and her amazing online program, Creating A Masterpiece. This is just like a formal art course but online; she provides easy instruction in a variety of media, and it is suitable of for children of any age who just want to create their own masterpieces. We received the Monthly Plan for review and wait until you some of the masterpieces that have been created since we began!

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This program offers such an amazing variety of media forms:

  • Soft Pastels
  • Oil Pastels
  • Sculpture
  • Watercolor
  • Acrylic
  • Block Printing
  • Ink
  • Silk Dyeing
  • Pencil
  • Bombay Ink
  • Conte’ Crayon
  • Portraiture
  • Colored Pencil
  • Copper Tooling
  • Charcoal
  • Glass Mosaic
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Gouache
  • Balsa Carving
  • Wood Burning

There is a Beginner level, as well as additional levels 1-5; there is also an Art in History level which I thought was really neat!  You don’t have to complete one level at a time; my children bounced about on this one. We did some projects in Projects range within these from scenic drawing, to portraits, and landscapes – without a doubt there is an amazing variety to choose from! You can choose projects based on difficulty or you could find projects based on the medium being used. I think some days, if I allowed it my oldest son could spend the entire day just working on all the different projects here!

My oldest son decided he was going to sculpt a turtle the moment he saw this lesson. I wasn’t sure about this but as he watched and worked with her instruction, it was amazing how the simple shapes they began with became a turtle! There were four video lessons for this one which also included helpful hints and highlights from each lesson too. It was quite impressive how something that looked so complex was so easily broken down into simple, manageable steps.  Her teaching style really ensures that our children can complete the project (for younger kids maybe will need a bit of assistance but it is definitely possible for them to create!).

Another lesson that my younger children really enjoyed was the sunflower. This lesson was meant to be done in pencil but my littler ones really enjoyed drawing and then painting, their sunflowers. There were six lessons included for this project which was a bit much for my younger ones but they still persevered to the end and had their very own sunflowers to proudly show off.

All three of my children really enjoyed a Lesson in Soft Pastel; pastels are definitely one of our favorite mediums to work with right now. So together, my oldest and his younger siblings sat and worked hard at this lovely landscape. Only three lessons this was one that each of my children really enjoyed.

I have to show off a bit here because my oldest son worked really hard on this one. He knows how much I Just love horses and so after he and I had an especially difficult day, I found him (frustrated but diligently at work) on a white stallion. This is one of the level 5 projects and is very involved. Only four lessons but this one requires quite a bit of slow work, steady hand and patience.

My oldest son (11) really appreciated her teaching style and how he felt like throughout the video she was “like a friend” with her camaraderie and banter. As she talked it kept him relaxed and at ease; he liked that he could just sketch or paint while she talked and how she wasn’t always “barking” instructions but encouraging in her words and her tone with each step in these projects.

My younger son (7) never wants to draw; art has always been something he does in a hurry so he can do something of his own choosing. But now he has his own drawing book and I can find him sketching at the breakfast table or in bed before he goes to sleep. This has really awoke a creative spirit in him that was not there before!

And my daughter (5) has just really been encouraged by this too! Even as young as she is, she has followed along with some of the simpler lessons and really enjoyed them! She loves drawing flowers and butterflies. Watercolors and pastels are her favorites; as she has completed projects alongside her brothers she has gained a greater understanding and confidence in her own abilities.

I love how each lesson is set up for our children to have success! Supply lists are provided for each project (with a link to purchase materials through Dick Blick – we got ours at our local craft store), downloads and lesson highlights and tips. We really thoroughly enjoyed this program (we still are actually!) and I highly recommend it if you have children who have a desire to learn and create. This has inspired every one of my children to see things in a different way and to try to capture some of what they see in a creative way, to share with others.

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Connect to Create: Creating a Masterpiece

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For Today

I am guilty of making extensive, crazy to-do lists each day.

As a home educator with four kids, I make myself crazy almost every day.

Do you do it too?

 

The number of things I expect myself to complete each day; it’s impossible!

 

And yet…I had this same experience today. Most days.

 

I am being honest here – I seem to struggle with learning this one – I want to get it all done. I want to organize and keep a perfect home; neat and tidy. Everything in it’s place.

 

 

With four kids? What makes me think that is even slightly possible? ūüėõ

 

 

Frustration with the children because I am not getting done what I see as being what needs to get done.

 

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How easy it is to forget that our number one priority is our children and our husband.

 

 

The refrigerator can be cleaned out later (Its not that bad) and carpets can be cleaned in good time. As my children excitedly call for me to “come and see” and “look at me” how I need to remember to take a moment and take a breath. Smile and be excited that they are excited. Be happy that they are learning and growing and exploring.

 

 

This won’t last forever. When they call to me – no eye rolling, no exasperated sighs and groaning “what now?” – because they are the priority right now. They are my work; my most precious duty.

 

 

There are things to do. There always will be. But these moments – full of curiosity and excitement, enthusiasm and thrill – when every thing is new and they want to share it all with me! It is a great blessing. One I must be more thankful for. Even on those hard days. My list doesn’t matter (not so much as I think it does_ for one day, I will not answer for the sticky floors and the dusty blinds; I will not be held accountable for the toy bins that are not organized and the books that are piled on a shelf instead of nearly stacked by size…

 

I must be about my Father’s business. For those things that matter most are those things that matter eternally.

 

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It’s About Love

Earlier today I was considering making a change, a big one, in my kids home education.

 

You see, a huge part of our home learning centers around the Bible.

We believe that the Word of God needs to be the center of all things as we learn and so we are heavily involved (and absolutely love) Bible Quizzing.

 

My kids have been in the program since my oldest was 6 years old (its been almost 6 years);my three oldest love the friends and I love how fun it has been through the years. Not only have they had wonderful fellowship but they have been blessed with wonderful mentors, all while hiding God’s word in their heart.

 

 

 

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I don’t know how my kids do it – I don’t know how any of these kids do it – over 100 verses memorized every year. These kids can recite a verse based on just one word; ask the to tell you a verse in a specific chapter and they can do that too. ¬†Without missing a beat. If you ask me this speaks to how God really does bless those who seek after Him. Because Bible Quizzing is fun – but it is a ton of work too. If you want to do it right.

 

Its amazing. And its powerful. And it is, for me, the most important thing for my children to learn. For if they gain the whole world but lose their soul…What does it profit? This is worth it; more than anything else.

 

And yet in the last month or so I admit I have been so very tempted to give it all up. ¬†I call it taking a break but honestly…How many times do we really the a break from something? More often than not whether we mean to or not, we walk away. Completely.

 

We have struggled. A lot. This year has been harder for my kids than any other. We have faltered and we have agreed we should take a break. And then, God reminds us of why we do this. Not for trophies. Not for ribbons and medals. These are great fun to have but they are not eternal.

 

I watched as my kids quizzed today (I watched online while they were up north) and every match they lost; every struggle they had made me more convinced that we needed to just let this go. What if all of this work to learn the Word, to hide the Word in our hearts, is really not drawing them nearer to Him? What if all the work they do, all the time they invest, all the ribbons and trophies they don’t get, is causing a resentment to build up?

 

 

I want them to know the Word. I want them to love the Word most of all though. I admit it, I determined that we were done for the year. I stopped watching; I went to pray. To ask God to forgive me for being unable to continue faithfully in this. For wanting to just quit. I felt HIs presence surround me as I struggled and begged him for my kids, to see some fruit from their great labour. Not for me. For them.

 

 

And then my husband messaged me (not in frustration for once today) and said their teams took 1st and 2nd place. ¬†Out of nowhere – at a tournament that was impossible for us to win – really impossible. Because all of us were super sick this week with an awful stomach bug so there was very little, if any, real reciting of verses. And my husband was in Texas all week for work so….It should not have happened. But God….

 

 

Where is your heart? I ponder how many of us know the Word of God and have His revelation yet He doesn’t really have our heart. What we are doing … does that give us a greater hunger for him? There is a way that is right. We must walk in that way. What does it profit if we gain the whole world yet lose our soul? Do not lose your first love!

 

 

We study it daily, as a family. We know so much of it and yet….Sometimes we take for granted how precious it is. We forget that all of the best¬†things require hard work. A lot of it. The trials we go through (the fruit we do not see) we cannot allow that to cloud our vision. We must keep our eyes on Jesus. ¬†We must simply be faithful, be diligent, be determined to learn HIs word because we LOVE HIs word. Because we love HIm.

 

 

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I love that God takes the time to remind me that there is more to this than my kids being number one. There is more to this than I can see. On a day when to anyone looking, the odds were totally against us, God stepped in. And He restored joy to my children, to my husband, to myself (I admit it).  We shall not quit. We must endure to the end; what could possibly be worth missing out on the love and the relationship we have with Jesus, because of the time we spend each day, in His word. What could be a great testimony to His goodness, than children and families, dedicated to learning and loving Him?

 

When we seek FIRST the Kingdom of God all else will follow. 

We simply have to believe.

Blogging through the Alphabet

Another week has gone by…..

How are these das passing me by so quickly?

 

It got me to thinking (because all of us were sick at some point this week with a simply awful stomach bug ) how much are we really getting done each day?

Are we being Intentional about things?

 

As I rested, and cared for my poor sick babes this week, it occurred to me that more often than not the “work” they are scheduled to do each day, is stuff that I feel they need. I have fallen into “school” just a bit as of late. We have stepped away from inspiring and moved (again) more to requiring.

 

I want my children to love learning. I want to love learning again too.

 

But it takes more than just desire. We are told to seek first the Kingdom of God.

 

Certainly that matters so much more than all other things.

 

And yet – when my 11 year old is still struggling with 3rd grade level math – when my younger son still struggles with his reading – my daughter is soon to be six – why do I think she needs to be independently reading right now?

 

I must have recently lost my mind! ha-ha

 

I have been going over the files on my computer; saved emails too. And I too, have a plethora of files and downloads for study … yet I am not beign intentional about seeking after all of these materials.

 

Seek – its a verb. We need to seek after wisdom, and peace and love. All of this, it won’t just come to us, we have to do something in order to obtain it. We need to intentionally go after it. We need to take action; determine to have it in our life.

 

 

All of the books and websites and requirements that we check off (or don’t check off but put on our list of things to do) require action. Let us be intentional and active. For in all things that we do, we do them as for Christ. If that doesn’t motivate you and me to do more; to be more faithful and intentional, what else could?

 

 

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Righteous, joy and peace in the Holy Ghost….that’s the Kingdom of God.

Seek – its a verb.

Circle C Stepping Stones Review

I think every one of us has a book, or series of books, that we look back on fondly, from when we were a child. For me it was always Anne, from Anne of Green Gables. For my daughter, it is Andi, from Circle C. We met Andi a year or two ago (it feels like forever really she is so familiar to us) and so we were so excited, blessed, to receive her two new adventures: Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top from the new Circle C Stepping Stones written by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications.

 

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It has been a goal of mine this year to spend more time reading aloud; since we have had a number of days where one or more of us have been under the weather this winter, receiving¬†¬†Andi Saddles Up¬†and¬†Andi Under the Big Top¬†in the¬†Circle C Stepping Stones Series¬†was a wonderful blessing! Especially for my daughter who gets tired of the “boy” books we read as of late. We have actually enjoyed a number of¬†Susan K.¬†Marlow‘s books in the past so my daughter was really excited when these arrived. There is nothing better than all of us curled up on the bed, enjoying a good story together.

 

 

In this one, And is 9 years old and her horse are on Circle C Ranch with her family where Andi makes a new friend. But there is trouble with the neighbor; will they be able to settle things peaceably? My daughter loved her horse’s name “Taffy” as that is her favorite candy! This was so fun to read and a great way to talk abut how to resolve problems that come our way.

 

 

In the next story, they are under the big top. My boys were pretty excited about that. It’s been ages since the circus came to town around here. This was a fun story to read as we follow the friendship that develops between Henry and Andi. It’s also a nice example of how the grass is always greener. Sometimes those things we think are better, are not all they seem to be. A good lesson in seeing blessings in our life.

 

 

 

These are recommended for ages 7 to 10; there are 6 books in this series and each has amazing illustrations by Leslie Gammelagaard. You can get your favorite illustrations as  colouring pages to download. You can also  download Lapbooks and Activity pages that contain lots of great and fun stuff like maps, puzzles, character study, vocabulary, comprehension questions, history, crafts, music and lots more. Each activity guide is about 25 pages long and is recommended to work through in a 21 day timeline. Just follow the schedule provided and have lots of fun, and learn lots of neat stuff, along the way.
These are such great books.

 

 

 

 

They are easy to read, and have such fun and like able characters. Every chapter inspires great discussion, as we talk about the value of good character, problem solving, being kind to your neighbors.  We learn history, science, and the value of good friends. We are really looking forward to the rest of the books that are to come. If your children love horses, or history, or reading I highly recommend these books. For younger ones you can begin with Circle C Beginnings, or if your kids are older consider the Circle C Adventures or Milestones series. Every one is something you will be glad your children are reading.

 

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Slow Down 

Time goes by so quickly it seems. 

Looking at the calendar the other day I was surprised to see but winter is almost over. And I was quite disappointed with the lack of now we have gotten this year here in Wisconsin.

Needless to say we were all secretly thrilled when we heard that a major snow storm was coming our way. 

Okay so maybe the fact that this blizzard happened on the week my husband is in Texas caused me to lose a little bit of that excitement….

Because for a moment I worried about how I would get the kids to Scouts and to hockey… they couldn’t possibly go without these activities!

But I heard that voice that said I need to slow down. Then my two little ones came down with a nasty stomach bug….. isn’t it funny how sometimes we need to slow down…. yet we can’t slow down… so these things happen.  We have no choice but to slow down. 

It is still snowing outside. A wonderful friend from church came over to plow our driveway so we can get out if we need to.  What a blessing! And yes I found but as I look outside and watch the snow falling down and watch two of my four children having so much fun in all this snow, I am glad to be able to just be home.  

I have a blanket and a stack of books. I read and I write a bit while I watch and rest with my sick little ones.  It’s a blessing to have this day.  It is a beautiful day. 

Celebrating Manhood: A Rite of Passage Guide ~ A Homeschool Review

My boys are getting older. My oldest turns 12 this fall and what a change! My firstborn is no longer that simple, sweet, joy filled little babe I can swaddle and snuggle. Now he is tall, he is moody and kind of rebellious, if I am honest. He and I, especially, struggle to have a strong relationship and to find joy in one another. Boys will be boys? I think not. God has so much for this young man of mine; I need Jesus every step of the way if we are going to do this right. He isn’t a baby anymore; its time for a big change, so¬†¬†Celebrating Manhood: a rite of passage guide¬†, from the¬†Home School Adventure Co¬†really intrigued me. I was hopeful that the wisdom within this may help me to encourage and walk with him, as he gets closer to manhood. ¬†Celebrating Manhood: a rite of passage guide¬†is available as both a print or digital material; we received the digital download for this review.

 

 

Celebrating Manhood a Rite of Passage GuideThis guide is a wonderful encouragement to help us celebrate and honor the “man” that is our boy. Let’s face it, he isn’t our baby anymore and so fellowship with him ought to change. The author, Stacy Farrell,¬†recommends doing this with our boys around the age of 14 or 15 (mine turns 12 this fall); she expresses the importance and great value of rites of passage. Not just for the purpose of celebrating and honoring our young man but also as a way to ensure that he has strong, healthy relationships with other men .. that he is engaged in “manly” activities.¬†Only 37 pages long, this is a simple yet beautiful reminder of the value of celebrations in the lives of our boys. Throughout history, so many cultures around the world, have ceremonies and traditions to honor those who are going from boy to man Why wouldn’t we do the same? After all, this is a huge marker in their life and we should want to inspire and encourage them in their path.¬†‚ÄúWhen I was a child, I spoke like a child,

I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.

When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.‚ÄĚ

1 Corinthians 13:11

This guide is full of great suggestions and materials to encourage a rite of passage such as: 

  • Invitation Template and Menu Suggestions for Rite of Passage Gathering
  • Question Cards
  • What I value and Respect
  • If Only I Had Known
  • I Remember When
  • Celebrating the Rite of Passage

 

 

Since my son is still so young we didn’t do a ton with this but we definitely plan on using this more extensively as he gets older.¬†This did inspire me however, as I read through the question cards, to encourage my son to reach out to those around him who he sees as friends and mentors. I even began putting together a simple little questionnaire for some of the men in our church o complete; a resource perhaps for my son as he gets older. To see and look to when he is feeling down and out; it is meant to be a resource for him as he gets older. Helping him look to others in the faith who are walking this out themselves yet still have their own struggles. It’s so important for our kids (and us too!) to know that those around us have their own stories, powerful testimonies, that need to be shared. Truly I believe that is a big part of iron sharpening iron. This is a wonderful tool to help encourage deeper discussion and a sharing of Gods goodness as each one of us experiences it in our life.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:7 says: Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

 

This is a wonderful material to help encourage and bring to life this very thing. ¬†ūüôā

 

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Read & Refresh ~

It’s snowing outside! (this is a rarity here in Wisconsin this year)

 

The kids woke up and ran out to play.

 

I haven’t seen them much since (except for moments of tossing gloves in the dryer to warm)

 

What a wonderful time to slow down …. to write a little…read a little…catch up on some podcasts – search and pray more about this co-op I am wanting to start…

 

I don’t remember much of my parent’s marriage when I was little. I know they divorced when I was very young; I know that they never were able to be amiable to each other. And perhaps for that reason, growing up,  I never thought of marriage.  Being married myself today, I know that there is so much for me to learn. Marriage is to be a picture of Christ and His church. How can my marriage reflect that if I do not understand what it means and what it ought to look like? The Bible says we become “one flesh” which is certainly easier said than done when we consider our own selfish natures. From the very beginning we were created, in His image, proclaimed “very good.” As we explore man’s fall and the response of God and man, to sin, we see the evil within our hearts. We are confronted with the selfishness that so often rules our hearts and minds; we are encouraged to seek after Jesus and to be filled that we may be holy and that our lives may produce fruit of the spirit and not of the flesh. We see what it looks like to truly surrender to God and how He blesses our life (and the lives of many in the pages of the Bible too) because of their willingness to be full of His heart and way. Oneness: A Call to Honor God in the Marriage Relationship is an eye opening and challenging read calling us into our calling, living and serving by His design. 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of resting and refreshing: Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus is helping me to do just that. If I am honest, resting and refreshing is not my strong suit. With four children from ages 1 to 11; trying to home educating them, keep a home and be a help meet to my husband….It can be challenging getting enough time at the feet of Jesus. These devotions are simple, yet practical and so very encouraging. We are reminded of the great value of pressing pause now and then. How we ned to do this more often! Each devotion begins with a Bible verse and then a story, practical application if you will, showing us how it all looks. If you aren’t sure what or how to pray, there is a simple little one at the end for you.  And lastly there are questions to ponder. Turn your worries into worship; consider what is in your hands; remember the value of brokenness. This is such a blessing! A way to inspire and renew our spiritual health on those days that seem just impossible. I love how simple, yet applicable, these are to life as a busy mama. 

 

 

 

I have been on a huge decluttering kick as of late. We have a small home for our large family.  Imagine the STUFF! It’s everywhere. All the time. But what about our mind? How about a brain dump? Don’t we need to uncluttered that too  sometimes? Then I found it: Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul. We can get so overwhelmed by all of the things we have to do, the hopes we have for our marriage and family, our spiritual life, our plans for our home education…..I could go on. We have all been there right? This is full of stories, and Biblical truths, even plans to help ups take action and declutter our selves and our homes. I love how this inspires and encourages us to attack the clutter and chaos – to take our homes back so that we can embrace the peace that Jesus has for us and our families. No more cute bins to organize or stuff; no more lost and found or found and then lost. It’s time to get unstuffed! ūüôā 

 

 

Our words are a powerful weapon‚ÄĒfor good or for evil. It is not something I am proud to admit, but I know that this is an area I really struggle with. There are over  3,500 verses in the Bible that relate to our words and how God expects us to use them (or keep them silent) and so I am thoroughly enjoying (and being challenged) by Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge.  Since there is so much power in the tongue; to breathe life into another or to destroy another, this is an area I feel especially led to study and reflect on. I have even at times had my older son read and discuss parts of this book with me. We are responsible for the words we speak; we will one day have to give an answer to God for those words we have spoken. We ought to be wiser, more self controlled, meek and humble in our speech. I loved her book: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All.and so I was wary but excited to get my hands on this devotional and go deeper. Since its more interactive, each verse also includes opportunities to focus and explore the reading, and ends with a challenge (it sure helps to have a clearly defined goal sometimes). While this is a topic that I do dislike having to confront with this book, I feel encouraged and convicted in a way that truly gives me a desire to tame this tongue of mine!

 

 

 

The Pledge of a Lifetime : Pledge your marriage. I have to admit when I was given this one I wasn’t that eager to get started. There are lots of books out there that try to tell you how to have the best marriage, how to heal a broken marriage – this is one more. I do appreciate that the focus of all conflict resolution and communication is to be the love and wisdom of God. Because this is not as simple as it sounds, this book introduces a simple, effective method of communication: PLEDGE (each letter representing one step in the process): Pause, Listen, Echo, Disarm, Give, Engage. As one who studied and worked extensively in social services and family prevention/intervention I can attest to the value of these things in any time of conflict. And using fictional characters, we are shown the situations and steps in action. There are references to scripture here and there, however it isn’t as integral as I think it could be, within these pages. This does show some very effective methods for communication however that I think just about anyone could benefit from; that said we all ought to be more diligent and evaluate our own methods so that we can better grow and understand our relationships with others. As my kids get older I think I could even try to implement some of these steps to encourage my kids into better relationships with one another.

 

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For now those are the books I am spending my time with.  How about you? What are you reading? What is drawing you in, challenging you, making you giggle? ūüôā

 

 

Be blessed friends and enjoy the pages you turn