It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

It’s Great to Be Back!

Looking forward to another great year of seeing what all the Lord has in store.  Many things are happening in the world today and encouragement is scarce.  My desire is to be an encouragement to you, a light in a dark place, a voice of hope to those in despair, and possibly a moment of laughter to start or complete your day.

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Who Is He . . . Really?

There is a natural tendency within us to try and make God who we think He is or who we think He ought to be.

If all is well in our world, our view of God is unchallenged.  He is good.  He is loving.  He is fair.  But when things start to go awry, that is when our true view of God is revealed.

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You’ll Still Give an Account

God does not hold you accountable for what others did wrong to you…but HE does hold you responsible for how you responded!

If we will just do what’s right, then He will do the rest.

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Pouting Pains

Rebellion has many faces, and the big pout on my daughter’s face was definitely one of them. With three other children in our homeschool classroom, she didn’t like being the one who had to wait for help with her questions. Watching her body language, I realized there was a much bigger problem waiting to be dealt with than the one in her math lesson.

My daughter’s actions brought back memories of the beginnings of my own rebellious days. What had started as simple, little pouting episodes to get my own way had turned into all-out, get-in-your-face rebellion toward my parents as a teenager. Being the last of seven children, my parents were usually too busy to put out the flames of my sinful rebellion when they erupted. Because these seemingly small pouting sessions were left unchecked, they burned a hole in my character and my life. Many years of pain from getting my own way passed before my heart was humbled before a mighty God.

Have you bought into the world’s lie that you deserve what you want, when you want it? Dear one, don’t go down that path of destruction! Although there may be joy for the moment, pain and suffering will meet you at the end. “An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him” (Proverbs 17:11). Jesus loves you too much to let your pouting spoil things. Trust Him to meet every need you have, and you’ll never get burned again by the world’s empty promises. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:16-17).

Jesus, I submit my life to You again this day. Forgive me when I try to take control and fail to trust You. Help me fight off the fiery darts of the devil that tempt me to rebel against Your will. In Your name, Amen.

AOP Homeschooling Devotions

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The Safest Place

Each day of life is an adventure, carefully planned out by God. A thankful, trusting attitude helps us to see events in our lives from HIS perspective. A life lived close to God will never be dull or predictable. Expect each day to contain surprises! Resist your tendency to search for the easiest route through the day. Be willing to follow wherever HE leads, no matter how treacherous the path before you may seem.

The safest place for you to be . . . is at HIS side.

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What’s That You’re Stirring?

People who want to stir up strife . . . NEVER ACT ALONE!  They always want someone to get on the bandwagon with them.

Korah created discension & division.  The end result of this type of “leading” is death.

Read Numbers 16, and don’t miss v. 32!  The world opened up and swallowed those who COULD NOT STAND harmony.

What choice are you making?  What are you stirring up?

Choose today, to make peace not war.

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Living in Defeat?

Sometimes we’d rather live in defeat for a very long time than to do what it takes to get God’s help. But God loves us enough to keep us in that place of distress until we have no alternative, no option but to cry out to Him.

Step out in faith, KNOWING that If we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)

In HIS presence we sense the opposite of defeat and distress. We can live in defeat or victory. The choice is ours.

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A New Perspective

Imagine going to a job each morning where you can set your own schedule. You arrive when you want, take breaks whenever you want, and leave for an extended lunch hour without anyone breathing down your neck. Answering your phone calls and emails is regulated to a minimum each day, and the work responsibilities and goals you have are varied. There is no dress code or security passes to wear around your neck, and no one cares if you eat at your desk or play your favorite radio station. Your boss is off-site, and you can manage your workload to best suit your needs. Your work is rewarding and exciting, and you usually see immediate results from your efforts. Wouldn’t we all love to have a job that fits this description? As a homeschooling parent, you do!

Many homeschooling parents get caught up in the fact that they never receive a paycheck like their working counterparts. However, if you look at the God-given task of teaching your children at home from a new perspective, you begin to see what a blessing the career choice of homeschooling is for you. So many drawbacks of the typical job do not relate to your world. You have the freedom to pursue your position in ways many parents who work outside the home never do.

Too many times in my years as a homeschooling mother, I failed to see the bigger picture of what God was doing in my life and the lives of my children. I needed to have my eyes opened like Elisha’s servant who saw the whole army of heaven around him (2 Kings 6:17). From God’s perspective, what you are doing as a homeschooling parent has long-lasting and eternal value.

As you homeschool today, picture yourself at the best job you could ever have. The grass is greener on this side of the fence, and your regular paycheck of hugs and kisses from your family is more rewarding than what any company can pay you. Enjoy the freedoms you have as a homeschooling parent and be the successful teacher God intended you to be! “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).

Jesus, what a wonderful opportunity You have given me! Not only do I get the blessings of being a parent, but You have also blessed me with an awesome career of being a teacher. Help me keep my eyes on You each day as I homeschool. In Your name, Amen.

AOP Homeschooling Devotions

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Are You Blocking the Way?

Something to Ponder:

Salvation is not “home plate” . . . It is just first base!  If you’re going to “join the game”, keep running.  Don’t stop and stand, blocking the way for others to make a “home run”!

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Our Old Nature

Our old nature is like the pig and the raven, always looking for something unclean on which to feed.

Our new nature is like the sheep and the dove, yearning for that which is clean and holy.  No wonder there are so many struggles in the life of the believer!

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