GRACE: the Game Changer

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I’m not much of an athlete, or one for competitive sports in general. I don’t mind athletic activities or sports that are just for fun (no points) like swimming, hiking, cycling, scuba diving. When and if I exercise (you know, like on purpose) I prefer the stretching and balancing kind; think yoga, Pilates or big … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Una-Melina: Grace

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Grace is a GIFT from God. It is not earned. It is a gift that we must humbly, willingly, vulnerably receive to fully appreciate. Like a flower unfolding or a fist uncurling with palms open upward, open to receiving something greater It is the unmerited favor of a good and loving God that surprises us when … Continue reading

Why I Don’t Like Labels

I don’t like labels, of any variety.  I peel them off water bottles and cut them off my sweaters.  When I write, I turn my pen so I don’t see the imprinted brand; reading those words distracts me from the words I’m trying to write.  They irritate me in so many ways.  In clothing they … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Steve McVey: Our Father’s Love

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“Our God is the Protective Father, the Compassionate Mother, the Consummate Lover and the Intimate Friend. In fact, He personifies the best qualities of every human relationship. You are His child and His children can never be beyond the reach of His love. Jonah proved, you can’t outrun God’s love. Lot bore witness that you … Continue reading

Fast & Slow (Down)

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While I was happily typing away sharing my optimistic thoughts for the new year including some hopeful habits, a few books to read and being all restful etc. My husband was beginning the year with a rigorous twenty-one day fast. This included media; he powered down the screens and took a media fast from all … Continue reading

A Clement Season

Clement: 1. mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate 2. (of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant. Related: Clemency: 1. Lenience, mercifulness, lenity, leniency, grace, charity, pardon, decency, favor, kindliness, kindness, benevolence, compassion, easygoingness and humanity are some words that are synonymous to clemency. 2. Clemency indicates mildness, especially for weather conditions. In … Continue reading

Happy Epiphany!

Scripture memory choices for 2013… Ephesians, Colossians or finishing Philippians?  The children have not yet memorized Psalm 1 or 23.  What shall we say then?  For we know that Romans 5-8 are also fantastic chapters where grace abounds. Aha!   How appropriate that on this Epiphany Sunday I would have an epiphany of my own.  In … Continue reading

A Living Education Part 3: 1-2-3

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One could argue that an individual’s perception of and approach to life, parenting as well as education, at home or otherwise, is directly affected by (at least) three things: what one believes about God Self Children (others) In order to experience peace as a home educating parent I believe one must first “Let go and … Continue reading

A Living Education Part 2: Seasons Greetings

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Well, it’s that time of year again.  And here in Ontario as the days grow shorter, the nights grow colder (and longer) and winter descends like that ugly, old gray blanket you keep in the trunk of the car for emergencies.  Many experience the ‘winter blues’ this time of year.  Tis the Seasonal Affective Disorder.  This … Continue reading

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