Home Life, Motivation Monday, Parenting

Motivation Monday

Remember that your children will follow closely the example that in word and deed you set them. Live lives that will help them to prepare for translation into the courts above, when the last trump shall sound, and Christ shall come to gather his faithful ones to himself. Do not neglect your children. They are your first care. The home is to be their first school. And in this school you yourselves are to learn lessons that will prepare you better to work for their salvation and for the salvation of others. These lessons will be of the highest value to you in your religious experience. As you labor successfully for your children, you are working out your own salvation, and God is working in you, to will and to do of his good pleasure.

The Southern Watchman – January 19, 1904

Home Life, Motivation Monday, Parenting

Motivation Monday

Parents, help your children to do the will of God by being faithful in the performance of the duties which really belong to them as members of the family. This will give them a most valuable experience. It will teach them that they are not to center their thoughts upon themselves, to do their own pleasure, or to amuse themselves. Patiently educate them to act their part in the family circle, to make a success of their efforts to share the burdens of father and mother and brothers and sisters. Thus they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are really useful.

Review and Herald, November 17, 1896

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I Want to Be Healthy, But…

Life is so busy. We have kids to teach, houses to maintain, jobs to go to. We need to make time for our spouse, for our kids, church family and of course God and ourselves. And on top of all that we know we should eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. Phew! I’m feeling exhausted just reading that list.

Thankfully we live in a time when time-saving devices really do save you time and make healthy eating possible, even if we’re flat out. My rice cooker cooks brown rice or quinoa while my pressure cooker cooks a chickpea stew or TVP curry. I can use my V-slicer (mandolin) to quickly slice up tomatoes for burgers, or my strong blender (or Thermomix) to whizz up some homemade raw cashew mayonnaise or a delicious fruit-based ice cream. Being healthy doesn’t have to take up lots of time. Plan ahead and you’ll be amazed what crowd-pleasing meals you can create in a very short amount of time.

For some suggestions, check out my latest video – 7 Kitchen Tools That Make Vegan Cooking Easy.

 

Home Life, Just For Fun, Reading

What Are You Reading Together?

Read-aloud time is an extra special blessing of homeschooling.    Having the ability to set aside extended time during the school day for reading a book together is not only a family bonding time, but a learning time.  If your schooling hours are jam-packed, then an evening read aloud time is a perfect way to unwind from a busy day.

We are currently reading the last volume of The Bible Story aloud together.   I read the set of ten books straight through to my older children when they were young.    When my youngest child came along, I started reading the series all over again, but this time interspersed with the Conflict of the Ages series by Ellen White.  As soon as we finish volume 10 of The Bible Story, we’ll finish the Conflict series with  Acts of the Apostles.

My 11yo loves to be read to, but what about the 18yo still at home?   You might think he’s too old to be read to(or read to us), but he has gained his own special blessings from our read aloud time.   When he was asked to prepare and present a sermon at church , he chose to research and expand upon one of the stories we had read together a week earlier.  There’s a blessing for everyone!

Our favorite book list is varied, and includes:  They Dared for God, by Glenna Barstad,  several of the Sam Campbell books, and The Seventh Day Ox by Bradley Booth.

What are you currently reading together with your family?   We’d love to hear what you are enjoying.   Leave a comment so we can add new books to our reading lists!

 

 

Home Life, Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

We want a spirit of gentleness. We cannot live right in the family circle without it. In order to have the proper control of our children, we must manifest a spirit of gentleness and of meekness and of long-suffering. We do not want to have a faultfinding, fretful, scolding spirit. If we teach them to have a spirit of gentleness, we must have a spirit of gentleness ourselves; … if we would have them manifest a spirit of love toward us, we must manifest a gentle, loving spirit toward them. But at the same time there need be no weakness or unwise indulgence on the part of parents. The mother must have firmness and decision. She must be as firm as a rock, and not swerve from the right. Her laws and rules should be carried out at all times and under all hazards, but she can do this with all gentleness and meekness…. The children will grow up God-fearing men and women.

My Life Today, 53

 

Bible, Home Life, Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

“We are fast entering the perils of the last days, when views which conflict with the word of God will be presented by men of giant intellects, and we ought to be able to show the falsity of their claims. Our children also should be thoroughly furnished with Bible truth, so that they will not be moved by every new doctrine that is presented in their hearing.

Many parents do not see the necessity that their children should be so particular in learning their Sabbath-school lessons, and often neglect to give them the proper assistance of encouragement. The great object of thoroughness in the study of the Bible is that they may understand why they believe as they do, and that when the test shall come and the question be asked, “Will you obey God, or will you yield to the requirements of the world?” they will decide to serve God, because by studying his word they have learned to love him and his truth.”

The Youth’s Instructor, February 19, 1879