Saturday, October 8, 2011

We Rise No Higher than we Think

I found this quote today and wanted to share.    "We rise no higher than we think, no higher than we plan, no higher than our purpose, no higher than our faith."  -Richard L. Evans

Isn't it a powerful thing to think about?  It goes along with another thought from Howard W. Hunter who said "As man's thoughts turn to God and the things that pertain to God, man undergoes a spiritual transformation.  It hits him from the commonplace and gives to him a noble and Godlike character."

That is one reason I have loved homeschooling.  We've tried to make a home a place where the Spirit of God could dwell and where love, in abundance, had the opportunity to be nourished and nurtured.  It's not been always easy - but much easier than the ramifications of the alternative.

Thank you, to all of you, for doing the same.  It's nice to know that there are so many of us on similar quests and with similar values and goals.  It's a blessing to mingle and intermingle with many of you.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wonderful new site for Home Education

There is a wonderful site that's just been released to the public called Latter-day Learning.  I recommend it highly as they are posting lots of links and information to support families in their homeschooling and educational pursuits. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Four Centuries of American Education

I recommend this book highly:  Four Centuries of American Education, by David Barton; Founder of Wallbuilders.

"In recent decades...the secularization of education has become the new American paradigm, and statistics clearly demonstrate that the more secular American education becomes, the less successful it is academically."

This book "examines education both past and present.  Learn about some of America's greatest educators and textbooks, and discover what long made America a world leader in education." 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Sabbath Day

"Let all unnecessary labor be suspended, and let no encouragement be given by the attendance of members of the Church at places of amusement and recreation on the Sabbath day.  If Sunday is spent in our meetings and in our homes, great blessings will come to our families and communities."  The First Presidency, Sept. 1, 1928

I believe this message applies to us today for....God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Monday, July 4, 2011

AMERICA

If we are to be a God-fearing nation and enjoy the blessings of peace, then each one of us who has faith in God must do our duty, take our part to accomplish our purpose in government. -President Henry D. Moyle

"This nation or no other nation will be saved materially unless in some way it is strengthened, redeemed, and regenerated spiritually."  -Ezra Taft Benson

"It was through and by the power of God, that the fathers of this country framed the Declaration of Independence, and also that great palladium of human rights, the Constitution of the United States.  There is nothing of a bigoted, narrow-contracted feeling about that instrument; it is broad and comprehensive."  -President John Taylor

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Well, What of That?

Prayer has blessed my life more than I can express.  I know that my Father hears and answers my sincere requests when I am humble and desirous of His help.

Recently I was taught that when this is all said and done I will look back at the hardships and trials and say 'well, what of that'.  The blessings that await the pure in heart will compensate and overshadow any and all struggles we may have had here on this earth.

That is my testimony for the day.  :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Whew-

Sometimes it's a ride......much to be done, not enough time to get it all finished.  But...my quest is to simplify.  I am often reminded of statements such as "don't put it down, put it away" and "a place for everything and everything in it's place.  I've worked towards those things and have let go of a lot of 'stuff' that was no longer serving a purpose for new seasons of life.  Yet part of daily living is paperwork to be filled out, meals to be prepared, bills to be paid, laundry to be washed and cars to be maintained etc.   Even with my mission to simplify there are daily tasks that need to be accomplished in order to maintain that goal.  I guess that is why it's so important to let things go that matter less and focus our energies on things that matter most.  God, Family, and Freedom are at the top of that list for me.

I can't remember the exact statement but it went something like this "when we put God first in our lives, everything else will either fall into or out of place."  That's a statement to run our lives by.  Nothing else is of more importance than that.