One Powerful Lesson I Learned By Going to the Ant

“With his divine alchemy, he [God] turns not only water into wine, but common things into radiant mysteries…” -George MacDonald I love this expression by George MacDonald! Our Heavenly Father turns common things into radiant mysteries. When you look at Yahweh’s handiwork in creation, do you still have that wonder and awe? You know, the kind that we witness with our children when they are so very new to the world? It’s the wide-eyed surprise Read more about One Powerful Lesson I Learned By Going to the Ant[…]

Why You Should Take Notes & Expect Your Children To Also

When I first started learning and teaching with the Principle Approach® method, my main source of lessons was the Noah Plan® curriculum. Since the lesson content using the method was already put together, I didn’t bother much with taking notes for myself. This was well and good in the beginning of my journey because I was in the baby step stages of figuring out this method and absorbing as much as I could. As I Read more about Why You Should Take Notes & Expect Your Children To Also[…]

Notebooks Vs. Workbooks: Which Is Really Better?

It can be easy to give in to. Especially if you’re feeling tired, rushed, uninspired, or plain unorganized. Workbooks. Even as a Principle Approach® mom, I’ve done it. And each time I handed a worksheet to one of my children, I cringed inside. That prepared worksheet was adding very little to our child’s learning. At least in the direction I know that I desire for our children. On the surface, they may not seem much Read more about Notebooks Vs. Workbooks: Which Is Really Better?[…]

Word Study Wednesday Star #wordstudywednesday

Stars. My friend Gina over at A Cherished Keeper did a lovely post about The Poetry of Astronomy. The poetry of astronomy. This is a lovely thought! I have wondered at and tied astronomy {all of creation really} and visual art together, but had not wondered at it poetically. It makes so much sense though as God spoke the world into existence.  Cool Daddy and I just watched a fascinating study on the Star of Read more about Word Study Wednesday Star #wordstudywednesday[…]

9 Scriptural Truths You Need to Know for Your Homeschool

Are you homeschooling with all that you can muster within you? Except that maybe you either can’t afford or manage the time for the extra art classes, the gymnastics, the fun drama classes, the ballet lessons, the volleyball teams, the football teams, the basketball teams, the piano/violin lessons, the debate club… and oh how that list can grow. Especially if you have multiple children!  Do you feel as though you are failing at providing your Read more about 9 Scriptural Truths You Need to Know for Your Homeschool[…]

I Know That I Can Be… White As Snow #wordstudywednesday

I cannot help but think of the Lord when I see snow. What a gift it is to us! What reminders it serves us! The past several days we have had a beautiful white, glittery carpet right outside our front door. It can cause people to be discontent with the inconvenience wintery weather brings. On the contrary, it may cause us to be calm and silent… like a blanketed landscape of sparkly white stillness… so that Read more about I Know That I Can Be… White As Snow #wordstudywednesday[…]

Unity #wordstudywednesday

Dear Siblings in Jesus the Messiah, My heart wants to share with you about a sensitive topic to many. What is it that unifies Christians? Is it our chosen denomination? … or chosen non-denominational church?… or the traditions/ Holy Days we do or do not celebrate? Or is it the fact that Jesus Christ (Yeshuah in Hebrew) is the cornerstone of our faith? Original Photo Credit: Lisa Runnels publicdomainpictures.nethttp://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=61800&picture=friendsI cropped it, added the artistic elements Read more about Unity #wordstudywednesday[…]

A Kingdom #Alternative to Halloween #wordstudywednesday

First, let’s define the word alternative. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: alternative, n. “That which may be chosen or omitted; a choice of two things, so that if one is taken, the other must be left. Thus, when two things offer a choice of one only, the two things are called alternatives. In strictness, then, the word cannot be applied to more than two things, and when one thing only is offered for a choice, it is Read more about A Kingdom #Alternative to Halloween #wordstudywednesday[…]

A Kingdom #Alternative to Halloween #wordstudywednesday

First, let’s define the word alternative. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: alternative, n. “That which may be chosen or omitted; a choice of two things, so that if one is taken, the other must be left. Thus, when two things offer a choice of one only, the two things are called alternatives. In strictness, then, the word cannot be applied to more than two things, and when one thing only is offered for a choice, it is Read more about A Kingdom #Alternative to Halloween #wordstudywednesday[…]

Grace #wordstudywednesday

Grace. Have I fully understood what this means? As I research about this, my mind is being renewed! The Hebrew and Greek texts clear up suppositions which are commonly made and taught. Are you ready to challenge what you may think and understand? I find I may not always be ready, but I want to have a teachable spirit to the truth’s of Yahweh’s word so I try to set myself aside and learn at Read more about Grace #wordstudywednesday[…]

Grace #wordstudywednesday

Grace. Have I fully understood what this means? As I research about this, my mind is being renewed! The Hebrew and Greek texts clear up suppositions which are commonly made and taught. Are you ready to challenge what you may think and understand? I find I may not always be ready, but I want to have a teachable spirit to the truth’s of Yahweh’s word so I try to set myself aside and learn at Read more about Grace #wordstudywednesday[…]

Pillar #wordstudywednesday

Pillars. Do you know that they have more significance than just a pretty addition to architecture? My son created this piece when he was 7 years old.I absolutely love his artistic vision!!!(Chalk pastel and oil pastel.) We studied about Pillars for an art lesson quite a while back in our homescool co-op. The Word Study for our lesson on pillars taught me some things I hadn’t previously given much thought. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: PIL’LAR, n. Read more about Pillar #wordstudywednesday[…]

Pillar #wordstudywednesday

Pillars. Do you know that they have more significance than just a pretty addition to architecture? My son created this piece when he was 7 years old.I absolutely love his artistic vision!!!(Chalk pastel and oil pastel.) We studied about Pillars for an art lesson quite a while back in our homescool co-op. The Word Study for our lesson on pillars taught me some things I hadn’t previously given much thought. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: PIL’LAR, n. Read more about Pillar #wordstudywednesday[…]

Feed #wordstudywednesday

Do you find your food budget is getting tighter? Or do you know some people who do? The Lord has been teaching us something beautiful this summer… and while it wasn’t in *Heather’s* plans… it’s richer… it’s better… and I pray you are blessed by it as well…. Our children discovered this treasure of a robin’s nest as we were picking berries. And it reminded me of that Bible verse. So, I thought it fitting Read more about Feed #wordstudywednesday[…]

Feed #wordstudywednesday

Do you find your food budget is getting tighter? Or do you know some people who do? The Lord has been teaching us something beautiful this summer… and while it wasn’t in *Heather’s* plans… it’s richer… it’s better… and I pray you are blessed by it as well…. Our children discovered this treasure of a robin’s nest as we were picking berries. And it reminded me of that Bible verse. So, I thought it fitting Read more about Feed #wordstudywednesday[…]

Privacy #wordstudywednesday

I was talking with a gal just the other day about privacy. She said, “It’s all gone. It doesn’t exist.” And I think she is right… to a degree. But we can work toward changing that if we show that we care enough about each other and choose to show respect for each other. There is a popular post going around titled: Parents, Do You Think Before You Post? “Every day parents use social media Read more about Privacy #wordstudywednesday[…]

Privacy #wordstudywednesday

I was talking with a gal just the other day about privacy. She said, “It’s all gone. It doesn’t exist.” And I think she is right… to a degree. But we can work toward changing that if we show that we care enough about each other and choose to show respect for each other. There is a popular post going around titled: Parents, Do You Think Before You Post? “Every day parents use social media Read more about Privacy #wordstudywednesday[…]

Liberty #wordstudywednesday

There it was! It was sitting on a shelf… unique among common dishes in the thrift store! A picture of liberty; we could hear the horse stampeding, we could see the gentle glow of lights shining through windows, we could hear the hurried rustling of people rousing from their sleep, and we could hear the shout of Paul Revere, “The British are coming! The British are coming!!” My children found it and we were all Read more about Liberty #wordstudywednesday[…]

Liberty #wordstudywednesday

There it was! It was sitting on a shelf… unique among common dishes in the thrift store! A picture of liberty; we could hear the horse stampeding, we could see the gentle glow of lights shining through windows, we could hear the hurried rustling of people rousing from their sleep, and we could hear the shout of Paul Revere, “The British are coming! The British are coming!!” My children found it and we were all Read more about Liberty #wordstudywednesday[…]

Cup #wordstudywednesday

(click to enlarge) Do you enjoy sipping tea?  There are so many pretty cups to sip from. Tea cups are special. Each set we own in our family has been a special gift. In life, we are given many pretty cups of blessings and favors by our Lord to enjoy. The loveliest of all being the gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ. To me, this is the most valued *cup* of my life… and I Read more about Cup #wordstudywednesday[…]

Cup #wordstudywednesday

(click to enlarge) Do you enjoy sipping tea?  There are so many pretty cups to sip from. Tea cups are special. Each set we own in our family has been a special gift. In life, we are given many pretty cups of blessings and favors by our Lord to enjoy. The loveliest of all being the gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ. To me, this is the most valued *cup* of my life… and I Read more about Cup #wordstudywednesday[…]

Lamb #wordstudywednesday

(click to enlarge) I was amazed when I learned that God has a calendar with appointed times (appointments) on it. I had not looked at it that way before. It makes sense though and it is proven throughout all of Scripture (in context). All of history is His Story and is on His timeline. That isn’t a new thought to many of us. A timeline pertains to time. Time relates to seconds, minutes, hours, days, Read more about Lamb #wordstudywednesday[…]

Lamb #wordstudywednesday

(click to enlarge) I was amazed when I learned that God has a calendar with appointed times (appointments) on it. I had not looked at it that way before. It makes sense though and it is proven throughout all of Scripture (in context). All of history is His Story and is on His timeline. That isn’t a new thought to many of us. A timeline pertains to time. Time relates to seconds, minutes, hours, days, Read more about Lamb #wordstudywednesday[…]

Conscience #wordstudywednesday

Personal Application: Conscience…  internal or self-knowledge, or judgment of right and wrong… This is something precious that I have. The more understanding I have of God’s (Yahweh’s) instructions for life and how to live among others, the more I want to follow those instructions. I desire for my heart to be true in full assurance of faith. I want my heart to remain free from an evil conscience.  Every time an opportunity comes up for Read more about Conscience #wordstudywednesday[…]

Conscience #wordstudywednesday

Personal Application: Conscience…  internal or self-knowledge, or judgment of right and wrong… This is something precious that I have. The more understanding I have of God’s (Yahweh’s) instructions for life and how to live among others, the more I want to follow those instructions. I desire for my heart to be true in full assurance of faith. I want my heart to remain free from an evil conscience.  Every time an opportunity comes up for Read more about Conscience #wordstudywednesday[…]

Patience #wordstudywednesday

©Principled Academy 2013(Click to enlarge.)   “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,  “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,” Ephesians 4:2  I, too, must learn with patience as I learn and as I teach.  I must remember to teach with meekness, gentleness, longsuffering,bearing with one another in love… so that I may walk worthy of Read more about Patience #wordstudywednesday[…]

Patience #wordstudywednesday

©Principled Academy 2013(Click to enlarge.)   “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,  “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,” Ephesians 4:2  I, too, must learn with patience as I learn and as I teach.  I must remember to teach with meekness, gentleness, longsuffering,bearing with one another in love… so that I may walk worthy of Read more about Patience #wordstudywednesday[…]

Love #wordstudywednesday

Word Art ©Principled Academy 2013Background image is public domain. What does the Bible have to say about love? Here are some verses that stand out to me at this time:    “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for Read more about Love #wordstudywednesday[…]

Love #wordstudywednesday

Word Art ©Principled Academy 2013Background image is public domain. What does the Bible have to say about love? Here are some verses that stand out to me at this time:    “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for Read more about Love #wordstudywednesday[…]

Devotion #wordstudywednesday

Before I did this word study, I had a much more base understanding of the word devotion. I asked around and learned that I am not the only one with a base understanding of this challenging word. Won’t you continue reading to see if you have a complete understanding of this word, too? “Morning Prayer” by Ebenezer Newman Downard(background public domain)Word Art ©Principled Academy The painting above by artist Ebenezer Newman Downard draws me in. Read more about Devotion #wordstudywednesday[…]

Devotion #wordstudywednesday

Before I did this word study, I had a much more base understanding of the word devotion. I asked around and learned that I am not the only one with a base understanding of this challenging word. Won’t you continue reading to see if you have a complete understanding of this word, too? “Morning Prayer” by Ebenezer Newman Downard(background public domain)Word Art ©Principled Academy The painting above by artist Ebenezer Newman Downard draws me in. Read more about Devotion #wordstudywednesday[…]

Renew #wordstudywednesday

God is so Good, isn’t He? All glory and praise be to His name! He renews us! Background image is public domain. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:Renew:3. To make again; as, to renew a treaty or covenant.5. To revive;6. To begin again.7. To make new; to make fresh or vigorous; Research, Reason and Relate from Scripture:He makes me new by making me a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). As I study His Word and gain understanding of Read more about Renew #wordstudywednesday[…]

Renew #wordstudywednesday

God is so Good, isn’t He? All glory and praise be to His name! He renews us! Background image is public domain. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:Renew:3. To make again; as, to renew a treaty or covenant.5. To revive;6. To begin again.7. To make new; to make fresh or vigorous; Research, Reason and Relate from Scripture:He makes me new by making me a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). As I study His Word and gain understanding of Read more about Renew #wordstudywednesday[…]

Eight Days! Celebrate!

As I continue learning about the Feast of Dedication, I am learning that there are two other names which may be used for it: Chanukkah: pronounced as Hanukkah and that’s the Hebrew word for *dedication.* The Festival of Lights: this may be because the pure oil (enough for one day) found remaining in the Holy Temple may have been extended by God for eight days. There doesn’t seem to be any historical evidence of this Read more about Eight Days! Celebrate![…]

Eight Days! Celebrate!

As I continue learning about the Feast of Dedication, I am learning that there are two other names which may be used for it: Chanukkah: pronounced as Hanukkah and that’s the Hebrew word for *dedication.* The Festival of Lights: this may be because the pure oil (enough for one day) found remaining in the Holy Temple may have been extended by God for eight days. There doesn’t seem to be any historical evidence of this Read more about Eight Days! Celebrate![…]

Feast of Dedication- Celebrate!

I am continually marveled at what meaning there is behind celebrations that a) are commanded by God for believers to celebrate and b) are rooted in nothing other than cause for celebration because of something God had done! All of the Biblical Feasts (major and minor) have taught me personal lessons and cause deep personal reflection. I am thankful for them. We are learning about the Feast of Dedication! Will you join us as I Read more about Feast of Dedication- Celebrate![…]

Feast of Dedication- Celebrate!

I am continually marveled at what meaning there is behind celebrations that a) are commanded by God for believers to celebrate and b) are rooted in nothing other than cause for celebration because of something God had done! All of the Biblical Feasts (major and minor) have taught me personal lessons and cause deep personal reflection. I am thankful for them. We are learning about the Feast of Dedication! Will you join us as I Read more about Feast of Dedication- Celebrate![…]

Word Study Wednesday- Define Worship

Worship Have I been worshiping God according to HIS will… …. or mine? This Word Study is inspired by the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims wanted to worship God freely. But isn’t that what they were doing in The Church of England? They could attend church. They could participate in traditions like Easter and Christmas. Wasn’t that free enough? Did they just have issues with being told how to worship or what? And if so… why? Studying Read more about Word Study Wednesday- Define Worship[…]

Word Study Wednesday- Define Worship

Worship Have I been worshiping God according to HIS will… …. or mine? This Word Study is inspired by the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims wanted to worship God freely. But isn’t that what they were doing in The Church of England? They could attend church. They could participate in traditions like Easter and Christmas. Wasn’t that free enough? Did they just have issues with being told how to worship or what? And if so… why? Studying Read more about Word Study Wednesday- Define Worship[…]

Word Study Wednesday- Define Reform

Since we are leading up to Reformation Day, I thought I’d do a word study on the word reform. What does it mean to reform? Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: REFORM’, v.t. [L. reformo; re and formo, to form.] 1. To change from worse to better; to amend; to correct; to restore to a former good state, or to bring from a bad to a good state; as, to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners Read more about Word Study Wednesday- Define Reform[…]