Sunday, March 05, 2017

Why Bible Study For Moms Is Important

Bible study for moms is important. Moms are often the primary caregivers of our young children and we should be steeping them in the word of God. We cannot do this if we ourselves are not drinking daily and deeply from the well of the Bible, God's word.

Most moms would agree that it is important that our children learn to read, add and communicate clearly with others. But what will all that matter if our children do not come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ? If we keep our perspective eternal, we will not forget the importance of biblical teaching for our children.

In ancient Hebrew culture (in contrast to Greco-Roman culture where young boys were often sent away for training), the primary responsibility for training young children in knowledge of the Scriptures was with the mother. As a young boy neared the teen years, that responsibility was usually handed off to the father. 

So mothers learned to make the most of the time with their young children. No matter what other jobs and responsibilities they have, mothers had the crucial ministry of teaching their children to love the Lord. They provided a solid foundation for the faith of their children. As Paul writes of his younger companion, Timothy,
“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5) we are reminded of the importance of mothers.

God's word makes it clear elsewhere  that the primary responsibility for educating children rests with parents. In the Old Testament, we read, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Matthew Henry, in his commentary of 2 Timothy 3:16, states:
It is a great happiness to know the holy Scriptures from our childhood; and children should betimes get the knowledge of the Scriptures. The age of children is the learning age; and those who would get true learning must get it out of the Scriptures.

Not just for ourselves but for future generations, let us resolve to study our Bibles each day!

Reprinted from my Encourager Mom website:

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Where is Your Parenting Focus?

It seems that many Christian parents are so consumed with keeping their children from sin that they forget that as parents we have an even higher purpose. Our job is to lead our children, given to us by God, to a relationship with Jesus, the only true cure for a sinful heart. 

Truth is, folks say they believe in the power of Jesus but they don't act like it. We all know intellectually that we can not change anyone's heart on our own. Yet, we are content with what appears to be non-sinful behavior in our children. We want them to be on their best behavior. Is our focus on our children's behavior instead of their hearts only due to our sin of pride? 

Do not be comforted by outward behavior. Only rest once you know your children enjoy a rich, deep relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Encourage them to seek the Lord even before they consult you. Let them see and hear you relying on Jesus for daily guidance in decisions big and small. 

Jesus is our only hope against the sin condition. That is true for our children as well.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tinkerine U- Maker Lesson Plans, Models and More

We recently learned of the site, a startup that produces 3-D printers.

They have a wealth of resources on their beautiful, informative website that will please any maker, hacker or inventor.

Tinkerine U offers projects that include models, hardware lists and instructions, free if you sign in to join the community.

My son is very excited about the projects available, including a quadcopter.

Check out the site soon!

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW: Free SAT Courses From Khan Academy

Good news! There are big changes coming to the SAT and those include changes in test preparation. In an effort to lessen the divide between those testers who are able to pay large sums of money for test prep and those who are not, free test prep options will be available.

The College Board, creators of the SAT, has teamed up with Khan Academy, free online course provider, so that SAT preparation will be freely available for all.

The new feature is not yet available but should be on the Khan Academy site by June of 2015 to help students prepare for the first new SAT in 2016.

For more information, go to the Khan Academy site here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Real Life Math in Video

Do your teens wonder how math will be useful for real life? Get The Math is video website for teens to demonstrate real life uses of math in careers.

This set of videos, featuring hip young people in cool jobs like NBA player, video game creator and fashion designer, aims to show the relevance of math.

These videos could be a good motivator for the teen who wonders how math will be useful in real life.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Free Economics Courses on Video

Would you or your children like to learn more about the  principles of economics in a variety of contexts?

Check out the full list of videos, from basic to advanced economics, at

An interactive site that values user feedback, topics include Everyday Economics and Economics of India and Russia.

This is entirely a video curriculum and may be a predictor of future academia.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Is Your Child Ready For The New PSAT and SAT?

The College Board has announced the biggest changes to it's tests in 30 years. Long criticized for failing to assess skills most important to college and career success, College Board, the creators of the SAT, are finally making changes many in education and business have been asking for over the past three decades.

The biggest danger for homeschooling parents as the tests change is not being aware of the changes and buying outdated books and other test prep materials to prepare for the brand new exams.

For the best information, check out the College Board website for comparisons of the old and new tests and the philosophy behind the changes.

Highlights of the changes include:

  • No more emphasizing obscure, difficult words 
  • Fewer math topics with more depth
  • An emphasis on analyzing real documents like the Constitution
  • Calculator only allowed on certain portions
  • No required essay. It will be available as an option only.

To learn more about changes to the PSAT, click here.
For more on the changes to the SAT, click here.