The Unknown Waters of This Year

O Lord,

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with Thee, O Father as my harbour,
Thee, O Son, at my helm,
Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Give me Thy grace to sanctify me,
Thy comforts to cheer,
Thy wisdom to teach,
Thy right hand to guide,
Thy counsel to instruct,
Thy law to judge,
Thy presence to stabilize.

May Thy fear be my awe,
Thy triumphs my joy.

Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in Thy presence,
in Thy service, to Thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from Thee,
but may rely on Thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth Thy praise;
testify Thy love,
and advance Thy kingdom.

The Valley of Vision

It Shall Be a Good, a Blessed New Year!

2015 was a hard year, full of change for my family. One day, I’ll take the time to share. Our worlds have been turned upside down, but the Lord remained faithful. I wonder what He has for us this year?

We cannot tell what loss and sorrow and trial are doing. Trust only. The Father comes near to take our hand and lead us on our way today. It shall be a good, a blessed new year!

He leads us on by paths we did not know;
Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow,
Though oft we faint and falter on the way,
Though storms and darkness oft obscure the day;
Yet when the clouds are gone,
We know He leads us on.
He leads us on through all the unquiet years;
Past all our dreamland hopes, and doubts and fears,
He guides our steps, through all the tangled maze
Of losses, sorrows, and o’er clouded days;
We know His will is done;
And still He leads us on.

–Nicholaus Ludwig Zinzendorf

Streams in the Desert, January 1

A Special Place

“If for you He has appointed special trials, be assured that in His heart He has kept for you a special place. A soul sorely bruised is a soul elect.”
Streams in the Desert, June 19

The Lord Gave and the Lord Has Taken Away

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
He said “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.
Job 1:20-22 NASB

“Hasty words against God in the midst of grief are foolish and wicked. Christians are to submit to trials and still worship God, not because they see the reasons for them, but because God wills them and has His own reasons which believers are to trust.”
–John MacArthur

Free Marriage Audiobook

He Wins She Wins Free AudiobookThis month, christianaudio is giving away the free audiobook, He WINS, She WINS by Willard F. Harley, Jr. Be sure to get your copy here!

Win a Copy of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms!

Be sure to enter to win a copy of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, written by my friend and client Mary Jo Tate! And if you don’t win, you’ll want to purchase your own copy at Mary Jo’s website! I got my copy and love it!

Read reviews and enter the giveaway here!
Flourish Giveaway by Schoolhouse Review Crew

Listings 9/24/14

A Listing of Useful Links

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The Pillowcase Project
The Pillowcase Project is a gesture “to present cheerful pillowcases to the National Children’s Hospital patients [in Guam] at Christmastime 2014.” You can purchase them or make them for the children. Read more about it here. What a wonderful project!

CNN Student News
“CNN Student News is designed for use in middle and high school classrooms.” My daughter says it is a lot more interesting than regular news. This 10-minute daily news program would be a great asset to any homeschool!

Corrie ten Boom House
Kevin and Amanda share their tour of Corrie’s house in Haarlem, Holland. Ever since I read The Hiding Place when I was a teenager, Corrie has been one of my favorite heroines of the faith. I’d love to get to visit her home!

The Truth About The Jerk You’re Dating
Great wisdom for dating. We women tend to put up with things just to have love. These quotes really stood out to me–“If you don’t like the way he is, if you can’t love him for who he is now, then you’re not a good fit for each other.” And, “Since the person we marry will help direct our path for the rest of our lives, and we marry a person we date, deciding who to date isn’t a decision we should take lightly.”

Gaining a Hopeful Spirit
Be sure to download the free eBook Gaining a Hopeful Spirit by Joni Eareckson Tada. I don’t know how long it will be free, so hurry. I love anything by Joni (I’m actually re-reading her book Joni: An Unforgettable Story to gain perspective and encouragement as I go through some hard times) and was glad to see this! Joni is another heroine of the faith for me.

9 Things We Should Get Rid of to Help Our Kids
“Listen, when I realized I was more than half the problem in this whole entitlement parenting challenge, it was a wake up call. . .But what we have is an entire generation of young adults who got everything they ever wanted with little or no work; we have a cultural norm and it’s a problem.”

Be Happy

anne frank's beautiful words

Mommy Jammies Night With Jeannie Fulbright

Mommy Jammies Night - Jeannie Fulbright

Jeannie Fulbright, award-winning author of Apologia science courses, will be the guest for Mommy Jammies Night live on Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00. The topic is “Imparting a Biblical Worldview to Your Children”. The show is free and open to everyone! You can listen live or catch past episodes at Mommy Jammies Night.

Mommy Jammies Nights are so encouraging and fun! You can ask questions and fellowship with other moms. Try to be there.:)

Endure Cheerfully

“This school of our Heavenly Father will soon close for us; the term time is shortening every day. Let us not shrink from a hard lesson or wince under any rod of chastisement. The richer will be the crown, and the sweeter will be Heaven, if we endure cheerfully to the end and graduate in glory.”
–Theodore L. Cuyler, Streams in the Desert, September 2

You may purchase my favorite devotional, Streams in the Desert, here. This is my affiliate link, which allows me to earn a commission at no additional cost to you when you purchase a product after clicking on this link. I appreciate your support! You can read my full disclosure policy here.