Devotional, Principles of True Education

Getting Rid of Little Foxes

We have been in this home 13 years.  We’re thinking we’d like another home with a few more acres.  Not right now, but soon.  Looking towards a future sale, I thought, “Why wait?” Let’s get started now on clearing the house of things not worth packing up for a move.   I challenged myself to fill a certain number of bags and boxes for donation or trash each week.  It seemed like the more I decluttered the house, the more clutter surfaced.  It became a frustrating never-ending battle.  The Lord put it on my heart to stop and give this problem some deliberate thought.   How could a seemingly frugal household constantly produce so many bags of clutter?   I’m not a shopper. I don’t go to very many stores, especially the home goods type stores.  I’m not even a good window shopper.  Where was all this stuff coming from?

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.  Song of Solomon 2:15

The answer came one afternoon as I picked up a sweet little fall decor item.  So pretty!  Only $1!  It will look nice on the mantel!  There is your problem, the Lord told me.  You don’t buy big ticket items, but you think nothing of throwing a few $1 items in your basket each week.  They add up.  You don’t notice it at first, however slowly but surely, you are building a collection of clutter.  Then suddenly you are overwhelmed .   

Then the Lord said to me, This goes way beyond knick-knacks, Ann.


It is the little things of life that develop the spirit in men and women and determine the character…. In words, in tones, in gestures, in looks, you can represent the spirit of Jesus. He who neglects these little things, and yet flatters himself that he is ready to do wonderful things for the Master, will be in danger of failing altogether. Life is not made up of great sacrifices and wonderful achievements, but of little things.”  -My Life Today, p.172







Bible, High School(9-12), Jr. High(7-8), Principles of True Education

Bible & Spirit of Prophecy Reading Plan

Would you like to combine reading the Bible with the corresponding Spirit of Prophecy books?  The Encounter series has it all organized for you in a .pdf download.  The Encounter Series was originally created as an AY/Pathfinder club reading plan.  Many people have discovered that this reading plan works wonderfully as a Bible curriculum for middle or high school-aged students, or as a family worship reading outline.

You can download the .pdf files directly from the links below.

Encounter Plan Series 1- Christ The Way   The Four Gospels and Desire of Ages

Encounter Plan Series 2- Christ The Church   Acts to Revelation,  Acts of the Apostles, The Great Controversy

Encounter Plan Series 3- Christ Our Redemption  First half of the Old Testament and Patriarchs and Prophets

Encounter Plan Series 4- Christ Our Hope  Last half of the Old Testament and Prophets and Kings


Grades K-12, Growing in the Garden, Just For Fun, Nature Study, Principles of True Education, Science, Teaching Helps, Unit Studies, Work

Outline for Gardening – Unit Study Idea

Outline for Gardening is a 28 page booklet recently released by our sister ministry,  Sonlight Education Ministry (SEM).  It is an older publication not found in the SEM catalog, but is full of such possibility!

My first thought was that the booklet is a wonderful gardening curriculum outline.  Starting several months before planting season begins in your area, you can work on understanding each section of the outline and how it applies to your particular growing zone.The various sections lend themselves to different types of projects and activities.

For example, for Sunlight: Measure and graph the amount of sunlight several potential garden plots receive each day and use the information to choose the best garden plots.

Soil: Do a home soil test or send a soil sample to your area’s university extenstion service for testing.  Use the results to learn what the your soil needs and how to provide for those needs.

Variety selection:  Order several seed/gardening catalogs and let your child create a collage of the garden they would like to grow in the coming season.

The companion planting section is written in such a way as to add a very nice character development/spiritual growth aspect to your study.

Outline for Gardening is available for free download on the Sonlight Education Ministry website.  While you are there, be sure to check the Released Materials page to see what has been recently released.


Devotional, Home Life, Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

“Our religious obligations begin in serving God faithfully in the home life. I am urged to bear earnest testimony to parents in public and private, that they may be led to devote all their powers in sanctified service for Christ. I am instructed to urge upon our people the need of being imbued with the Spirit of God. This Spirit will teach believers to work in harmony with Christ whenever and wherever opportunity offers. As different families among our people have been presented before me, I have been shown their great need of the converting power of God.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that we might have a pattern of true holiness. Let parents study the pattern, that they may become true laborers together with God for the salvation of their children.”

Letter 90, 1911

Guest post, Health, Websites

You Are What You Eat

Have you heard the old saying ‘You are what you eat’? (As a kid we used to joke around especially when a friend was eating beef or chicken, laughing “You’re a cow” or “You’re chicken!!”) Well perhaps some people will think this applies to me today because the topic of this post is nuts.

Yes, it’s true. I am nuts…for nuts that is. Cashews and almonds (great in stir-fries, sweet and savoury creams and sauces), pecans and almonds (high in Omega-3s and a yummy addition to cakes and meat-free patties), pine nuts (a complete source of amino acids and a delightful add-in for tomato-based pastas) and more. I love them. Full of calcium, iron, protein and fibre, nuts are one of the healthiest, plant-based, protein alternatives you can find. Nuts are so versitile. You can eat them raw, roasted or pan-fried. You can grind them into a meal as a gluten-free flour alternative. You can combine them with gluten flour to create a meat-free pattie. You can blend them with water and sweetener for homemade vegan milk, or prepare a delicious, dairy-free sour cream or sweet cake topping.

Best of all, Ellen White’s counsels on diet and health stress that grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables are not only nourishing and but also appetizing (see CG 384.1 & 3). Healthy and delicious! Yay 😀 Here’s my most recent Not Only Carrots cooking show episode – Raw Cashew Mayonnaise. Take a look and see just how easy it is to create dairy and egg-free mayonnaise alternatives.

And learn more about the incredible health-benefits of nuts here.

~Leah Jones