Tools for Discipleship & Home Education for Christian Families PLUS Hearts for Home Blog Hop #44

Back in the spring I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie Nunnery at the 2:1 Conference in Washington, D.C. Though we only met briefly, as I began to learn more about Leslie and the Teach Them Diligently Convention, I knew I wanted to be a part of what she and her family are doing.

Today I am thrilled  to share some words with you from Leslie Nunnery herself about the convention, their mission, and their faith.

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Teach Them Diligently Convention is not centered on a method of home education, rather it is focused on the reason that home education is a great tool for Christian families. Our goal is to produce events that will encourage families in discipleship, home education, and the mission of reaching the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that God will use these events to stir a revival in the hearts of home educating families across our nation and that together we will see God do a mighty work in our land and around the world. We are praying every day that God will send in more and more families whose desire is to train up their children and prepare them to serve Him in any way He calls, and we are excited to see all that He will do in 2014 and beyond. Will you join us?

Tools for Discipleship & Home Education for Christians PLUS Hearts for Home Blog Hop #44 www.followinginhisfootsteps.wordpress.com #discipleship #homeschoolDavid and Leslie Nunnery are first and foremost children of the King. They are the homeschooling parents of 2 boys and 2 girls, who work right alongside of them as they produce Teach Them Diligently Conventions and run a mission agency called Worldwide Tentmakers. Encouraging families in discipleship and missions is their calling and passion, and God has allowed them to see and do so much more than they would have ever imagined. They stand amazed at the great things He is doing!

Still need to register for the Teach Them Diligently Convention? Use Discount Code Footsteps— it’s worth $5 off the early bird pricing until 11/30/13.

And now on to the blog hop!

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Posts I want to Feature

Large Family Living ~ Simply because our family is one of ‘those’ families. Yes, we know what causes that!

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Thanksgiving Picture Books ~ Learn about Thanksgiving with the whole family using these fun and informational picture books.

Give Thanks Prayer Journal and Copy Work ~ Help your little ones learn to be thankful for everything and in every circumstance!

10 Thanksgiving Crafts for Families to do Together ~ Have fun together during this next week leading up to Thanksgiving Day!

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Encouragement for Moms Giveaway

I am so excited to bring you this giveaway today as a member of the launch team for Katie Hornor’s new book!

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Katie’s new ebook, Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms, has an expected release date of December 9, 2013. Here are just a few, small snippets of what you can expect from this devotional book:

  • a daily dose of the Word, that encourages, challenges, and doesn’t take very long
  • study through all the fruit of the Spirit in one
    month’s time
  • write out verses and answer questions in order to internalize and process what you are learning
  • learn  how to spend 10 minutes a day with the Lord, clothing yourself in his Spirit

Katie has previously authored 2 other books. Loving You Long Distance: Tips for Strengthening Long Distance Family Relationships is FREE on amazon through Nov. 23. and Divine Design: A Study of Feminine Priorities is Free to borrow on Kindle for Amazon Prime members.

The Putting on the Spirit Launch Team is excited to help Katie celebrate the release of her new book with a special giveaway of  books that will encourage, equip, and inspire any mom. One winner will win all of the books listed below (a $120 value), plus 3 more winners will win a digital copy of Putting on the Spirit.

We would like to thank the following friends for their generous sponsorship of this giveaway! Be sure to stop by their websites to say thank you!

Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom

Home School Adventure Co.

Great Waters Press

National Center for Biblical Parenting

Sally Clarkson

PhyllisSather.com

Raising Arrows

Here’s what you can win —

Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms eBook by Katie Hornor

Loving You Long Distance eBook by Katie Hornor

Divine Design eBook by Katie Hornor

Purposeful Planning eBook by Phyllis Sather

The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance by Heidi St. John

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae

Raising Real Men by Hal & Melanie Young

My Beloved and My Friend (release date of Feb 2014) by Hal & Melanie Young

The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN

Philippians in 28 Weeks by Stacy Farrell

The Wise Woman Literary Analysis Journal Questions by Stacy Farrell

Streams in the Desert eBook by L.B.E. Cowman

The Homemaker’s Guide to Creating the Perfect Schedule eBook by Amy Roberts
To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. One winner will be selected and announced by noon ET on December 13, 2013. U.S. residents age 18 and older only please. Other Terms and Conditions can be found in the Rafflecopter.
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In addition to this great giveaway, Katie is offering her book, Loving You Long Distance, free for Kindle for 5 days — November 19-23. Be sure to click over and grab that one after you enter the giveaway!

Katie is a missionary wife, as well as mother and teacher to her 4 beautiful children and one on the way! Residing in lovely Mexico, Katie’s goals are to refresh and encourage others in marriage, motherhood, and ministry. I do hope you will visit her on the web at Paradise Praises!

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I’m Moving! {and another announcement} + Hearts for Home Blog Hop #43

I am excited to announce today that in just over 2 weeks there will be some changes taking place here on the blog! As a matter of fact, I will be moving to a new web address. You will find the same kind of content over at wendywoerner.com as you’ve found here, so if you are a subscriber I do hope you will save that address and be sure to subscribe over at the new blog. Not a subscriber yet? I want you to sign up, too! Subscriber status means you’ll receive updates about my posts! The ‘go live’ date for the new site is set for November 29, 2013.

Why Move?

I consider blogging to be my job. Well, in addition to the jobs of wife and homeschooling mama! Over the last year I have begun to write in a more focused way here, and I also started my food blog, Southern Test Kitchen. I hold some contributor positions for other sites, as well. I love to write!

Throughout this year, I have learned a lot about professional blogging through some blogging groups that I am a part of, as well as met some women who have become special friends and mentors. They have been encouraging me to make the move, because they really feel it will help me to begin to actually make an income from my writing, as well as helping me to grow in my skill.

Ultimately, I want to provide encouragement, write great reviews, and tell you about fantastic homeschooling and faith-based products, all while enjoying the freedom to do as I wish, and as God directs me, with my blog. That is the reason I am moving.

I’m gathering items now for a big giveaway that will begin on the ‘live’ date, so make sure you don’t miss it! Everything is looking very promising. I will give you more details some time over the next couple of weeks to keep you up-to-date on all the happenings.

Until then, here’s a sneak peek of the new site!

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Another announcement

I have yet more news for you. 🙂 God has been nudging me since September to start a new site. One with contributors. So, I am walking in obedience. The launch date for this one is further out, about mid-January, but I am already working to get the web site ready and my contributors lined up. So far it seems God is bringing some wonderful people to the table to write for me. The web site is not ready for viewing yet, but I have started a Facebook page. I hope you will head over and ‘like’ Your One Tree. That is the best way to keep up -to-date on the goings-on with the site for now, but I will update at wendywoerner.com from time to time, as well.

Now, on to the blog hop!

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Our Jesse Tree Traditions + Everything You Need to Start Your Own! from Campfires and Cleats

Featured Posts

Being Thankful in the Hard Times from Proverbial Homemaker

Are you leaving a Godly legacy? by A Heart for the Home 

Five Ideas for More Intentional Prayer from Life Unabridged

13 Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers by Preschool Powol Packets

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FREE Fiction Book Report Printable

My 10 year old is reading books from the American Adventure series as part of his studies. I’m hoping he will learn a bit about our country’s history, in a fun way, with these books that are from an ‘older time’ and often include moral, godly characters and themes.

I’ve created a fiction book report form for him to use each week to capture what he is learning, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Click the image to download!

FREE Fiction Book Report Printable #homeschool

Let me know if you find this form useful! Are there other questions I should have asked?

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How to Resist Playing the Comparison Game

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Sometimes, as a mom, wife, daughter, sister, blogger, friend…and the list goes on….I look around and I see all the things others are doing. I see their accomplishments, the excellent behavior of their children, their seemingly perfect marriages, their ministries, their craft projects, the beautiful cakes they make, their godliness, and I begin to feel beat down. I feel less-than, unworthy, like I am *just* a mom, *just* a wife, *just* a tiny blogger. It’s not a good feeling. Noticing and comparing like this can cause my mood to change in a moment. And I do not like the changes I see or feel.

I have also noticed that this is a particular problem for women in general. We fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. Looking at other people and feeling we are not worth anything. We’re afraid to take off the mask we put on, sometimes daily, and let another person truly see who we are.

When this happens, God will often bring another person into my life right then to speak life into me. To encourage me along the journey. Maybe I’ll read a blog post or have a coversation with another mother where she tells me she thinks my kids are great or that she appreciates a certain thing about me or my family. Or a song may come on the radio that speaks exactly to that pain in my heart at the moment. To the pain that Satan has placed there, or rather, that I have allowed to worm it’s way in there when Satan placed those negative thoughts and words in my mind. After all, I am responsible for the things I think about, for what I dwell on.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

We all think things at times that are not positive, are not godly, and are sometimes even hateful. However, the sin comes from dwelling on that thought rather than taking it captive.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Today my encouragement came in the form of a text from a New York friend, a song playing on the radio, and a text from my husband.  God is so good! 

How can you resist playing the comparison game?

  • Take your thoughts captive every. single. time. a negative thought plays itself across your mind. Believe truth! Dwell on truth. Do not let Satan get a foothold.
  • Pray. Ask God to help you begin to believe that you are worthy. That you are not *just* anything. You are His beautiful creation. God created you for a specific purpose, and He wants to reveal it to you, in His timing!
  • Search the bible for verses that tell you who you are, Whose you are. Memorize them. Memorize only one if that is all you can manage, but repeat it to yourself often and believe it. God is truth!
  • Do not believe the lies that Satan and the world tells you! The magazines, the commercials, the radio, society is wrong. We do not need to compare, we do not need to keep up with everyone else. What we need to do is simply trust God, believe His word, and know that we are beautiful because He created us in the image of Himself.

Psalm 139: 1-18 

O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave,a you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me,b O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

I’d like to leave you with a song, which came on the radio just before I began to write this post. It was the catalyst for getting me out of my own ‘funk’ today, and to begin dwelling on the beauty of Christ and how He has created me beautiful, just as I am.

MercyMe – Beautiful

How do you resist playing the comparison game? Tell me in the comments!

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