The Religion of Poetry: Writing as Worship

It was in the late decay of August, under the large white VIP tent, backstage at an outdoor music festival that I first saw him in person, a rock idol and poet I had admired for some time.  And as if I knew what I was doing I closed my book and impetuously walked right … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Bill Johnson: The Word of God

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“Many stop short of a divine encounter because they are satisfied with good theology. The word of God is to lead us to the God of the word.” -Bill Johnson © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2013.

Pondering the Pensees by Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher and mathematician who lived from 1623-1662 and died at the relatively young age of 39.  As a home educator who allows her children the freedom to learn at home I was intrigued to discover that Pascal was also educated entirely at home with his father.  Some of his … 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

WORTHY QUOTES | Blaise Pascal, C.S. Lewis, St. Augustine & the Holy Bible

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“What is it then that this desire and this inability proclaim to us, but that there was once in man a true happiness of which there now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does … 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

WORTHY QUOTE | Brennan Manning: The Gospel of Grace and Love

Gospel of Grace and Love

“The gospel of grace calls out: nothing can ever separate you from the LOVE of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord. You must be convinced of this, trust it, and never forget to remember. Everything else will pass away, but the LOVE of Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Faith will … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Bill Johnson: God’s goodness

“We don’t have the capacity to exaggerate God’s goodness. We can distort it, or even misrepresent it, but we can never exaggerate it.” – Bill Johnson © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2013. .

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 5: A Week and a Day

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This week my daughter has been studying between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  This left her plenty of time to help her grandmother, volunteer at church, spend time with friends, play outside, get together with family, read books, play games, crochet, make and decorate gingerbread cookies, ride her unicycle, sketch, listen to and make music.  … Continue reading

A Living Education Part 4: Under the Influence

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There are many philosophies and methods for learning that have shaped my own approach to how I raise (elevate) and educate my own children.  Not the least of which is the premise that they are created by God as fully unique and complete individuals. “Children are born persons.” – Twenty Principles of Education by Charlotte Mason … 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

WORTHY VIDEO | Grace in a Spoken Word by Jefferson Bethke

Perhaps you are one of the many (more than 23 million) people who have already seen this inspiring video.  Nevertheless it so faithfully declares God’s love for us that I just had to share it anyway. So this Advent season I share with you the gift of God’s grace as it is beautifully proclaimed by Jefferson … Continue reading

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