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Teen Gift Self-knowledge
Give Your Teen the Gift of Self-Knowledge

All teens are gifted. However, the gifts need to be discovered. Give your teen the gift of self-knowledge.   Sometimes I irritate people when I say that all teens are gifted. They would prefer an idea of giftedness that makes some people privileged and the other people not:   • My teen is intellectually gifted….

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future fashion designer
Encouraging Your Future Fashion Designer

By Amanda Jensen, Weird by Choice When it comes to God’s “giftings” my children’s interests and skillsets are as different as their breakfast choices. One prefers traditional eggs and toast, one vanilla yogurt with granola, another begs for the most processed option available in the grocery aisle and another keeps it simple with a daily…

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unique gifts
Unique Gifts

A child is a gift from God; Psalm 127:3 says, ”Children are a gift from the Lord;they are a reward from him.” Children are our reward and with that reward comes a responsibility as well. I love the depiction found in Psalm 127:4, where it equates our children to be “like arrows” in the hands…

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Giving Thanks for Conflict
Giving Thanks for Conflict?

  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thess. 5:18   Something very interesting jumped out at me when I read this passage. Here is the verse in context:   “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing….

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Follow the Divine Arborist

I am a perfectionist. And I am married to a perfectionist. And we are raising three perfectionist children. Perfectionism leads to high expectations, which leads, in turn, to frustration and disappointment when the expectations go unmet (which, in this imperfect world filled with imperfect people, is often). In fact, my friend has a saying that…

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Letter to a New Lifeschooler

If there is one thing I could talk hours about, it’s homeschooling/lifeschooling! It’s a topic that never gets old to me and I absolutely love expounding on all the benefits and helping newbies break out of their preconceived ideas about education. So it was such a blessing to me when the topic of homeschooling came…

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Lifeschooling Lessons from a Weekend of Heartbreak

We buried our beloved dog today.   And two other puppies, also. It’s been a rough weekend.   I had such plans for the weekend…and they didn’t include the discovery of a nearly-dead puppy Saturday morning, rushing to the vet, thwarted by stand-still traffic, puppy finally dying on the vet’s table. My plans did not…

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The Power of a Label

This weekend, I have the wonderful privilege of again speaking at the NCHE Thrive! Conference in Winston-Salem, NC. Last year was my first year and I so enjoyed sharing the vision of Lifeschooling that the Lord has put on my heart.   So as I filled out this year’s application and contemplated the topic, I…

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A Blogger Retreat and the Aspect of Mission in Lifeschooling

I often ask guests of my podcast, Life as a Lifeschooler, which part of the definition of lifeschooling particularly resonates with them, but when I try to answer that same question, I find it very difficult. However, one aspect of lifeschooling that I feel is sometimes overlooked is the very last word: “mission.”   Lifeschooling…

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Things I Learned on our Girls Weekend

As those of you who follow my podcast already know, my year started off very intentionally with a two-week fast, seeking God’s direction for our family. And direct He did! I felt a strong sense that I needed to pull back and refocus on my family, as it is so easy for me to become…

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