6-Month Blogiversary Announcement!

Hey there, friend! Welcome to my blog. I hope you’re doing well! Today’s post not only marks the end of my break from the blog but also includes a very special announcement. At the time of this posting, we’ll be two days away from Live to the Lord’s six-month blogiversary!

Six months ago, on March 20th, 2020, I started posting on this blog. Preparations started before that, of course, but that was when I made my first official post (not counting my introduction post) called “Why Reading The Bible Is Important For Your Faith.”  

About twenty-five posts and over fifty subscribers later, it’s been six months. Crazy, right? I hope that this blog has been encouraging to each and every one of you and that my words will continue to help you. Thank you for reading my posts and continuing to support me.

I’d also like to thank God for helping me reach this point with my blog. It’s only because of Him that I was able to start a blog and continue to write for you guys and for Him; it’s only because of Him that I’m still here and it’s still going.

Now I have a few other announcements for you guys concerning this anniversary.

Expanding My Horizons 

Ever since I started Live to the Lord, all my articles have been focused on aspects of Christian living. Reading and studying the Bible, series on various Bible verses and passages, and Christian book recommendations have been a lot of what my blog has been about.

However, I’m not just a nonfiction writer. This is only one part of my writing side. The other side is writing fiction, predominantly fantasy. I love creating characters and worlds and exploring interesting and exciting plots in my stories. 

I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to show you guys this part of my writing with such a Christian-focused blog. However, I realized that the solution was in the name of the blog itself: Live to the Lord.

Living to the Lord doesn’t take up just one part of your life, it engulfs all of it. Jesus should reach every part of our lives, the dirt of our sins to the beauty of the talents and gifts He’s given us. 

That means if I’m a fiction writer, I should make sure my fiction writing is God-honoring, uplifting, and something I shouldn’t be ashamed of.

I admit I’ve probably made mistakes with my fiction writing in the past and not exactly followed the criteria I mentioned above; there are limits I’m going to have to find as I grow older and mature in my faith. I am going to make mistakes and I am going to mess up. However, since Jesus has saved me I can always look to Him as a guide and try again.

What’s my point in telling you all of this? Well, as I find my footing and my limits in my fiction writing, I’ll begin posting on the blog about my opinions on some of these things. Topics may include me exploring things like whether my characters should swear in fiction writing or who I think the true heroes should be in fiction writing.

I’d also like to note that I’m learning alongside you guys. I don’t want you to see me as some amazing Christian who has it all figured out; I don’t. One of the things I struggle with is hypocrisy when I make a post; it’s easy to write but not actually act. However, it is always relieving to remember that Jesus has already paid the price for us and that I don’t have to be perfect. 

Email List Survey

In two days, on Sunday, September 20th, I will be sending out an email to celebrate six months of this blog. In that email, there will be a survey for you all to fill out. It will probably take you less than five minutes, and please do try to fill it out! It’d be extremely helpful for me to figure out what you guys want to see more of on the blog.

And if you haven’t already subscribed to my email list, please do so now! When you subscribe you’ll receive three exclusive articles, my monthly newsletter, and notifications when I post (typically once a week). 

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Final Thoughts

Thank you all once again for reading to the end and supporting this blog! It’s been fun, and I hope that God continues to allow me to encourage and help you all with my words. I’ll see you soon!

Have a blessed day,

~Caroline

Fruit of the Spirit (Pt. 3): Peace

Hello, friend! Welcome to my blog. I hope you’re doing well! Today I’ll be continuing in the Fruit of the Spirit series, and this time we’re talking about peace.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (bold added)

What does peace mean exactly?

It means freedom from sadness, a calm state. To help you understand how we receive that from God, I’d like to tell you about a man who found peace in his life because of Him.

Prisoner Turned To Peace

Louis Zamperini was a Prisoner of War (POW) during World War 2 after his plane crashed into the ocean and he was captured by the Japanese. For years he suffered in camps run by the Japanese, struggling with hard work, little food, and constant tormenting from the soldiers and officials.

He survived the POW camps and returned to the United States. However, he was still haunted by his experiences at the camp. He had trouble sleeping at night without nightmares and turned to alcohol to help push them away.

His wife, Cynthia, got to the point of demanding a divorce when he couldn’t seem to stop his nightmares and problems.

Then, one night, Cynthia came home from an event she had gone to with a friend and told Zamperini she no longer wanted a divorce. He was shocked and confused, what had happened?

Cynthia had been to a Billy Graham Crusade and had decided to forgive Zamperini, and she soon prodded him to come to one of the Crusades as well. He was reluctant, and the first time he went, he left before it ended. The second time he went, however, everything changed.

That night after the Crusade, Zamperini accepted Jesus into his life. He went home and poured out all of his alcohol and went to bed. For the first time in years, he slept without nightmares. He was no longer tormented by memories of cruel soldiers. He knew Jesus had forgiven him and he could live as a changed man.

Zamperini went on to preach to the Japanese, several of them were soldiers who had hurt him when he was a prisoner, and he forgave them. Zamperini found peace because he heard of what Jesus did on the cross.

Peace In Other Things

We don’t have to have been through a series of traumatic events like Zamperini was to experience peace. Just knowing the Gospel can give us peace.

Paul lists out the armor of God in Ephesians 6. In those verses, He says that,

And, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

Ephesians 6:15

Wynter Pitts has some more great words in her book, God’s Girl Says Yes,

It doesn’t matter how big or small your problem is. When you feel yourself starting to worry about something, pray and ask God to help you experience His peace.

Wynter Pitts, God’s Girl Says Yes

In Philippians Paul also says,

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:5-7

Since Jesus was the Ultimate Sacrifice and paid for our sins, we can be with God. And because we know this, we can have peace and trust Him with anything and everything.

The Song 

Here’s a song that relates to our topic today. 

Fear No More – Building 429

The Challenge

Our challenge in response to this is to cast all our worries, anxieties, and fears on Him whenever we need to. This probably sounds a lot like last week’s challenge, but that’s okay! I struggle with praying consistently so having another prayer challenge won’t hurt.

Here are some prayer poins:

  1. Thank Jesus for what He did and how we can have peace in Him.
  2. Pray about your worries and fears.
  3. Finally, close with thanking Him for what you and your family have been blessed with.

Short Announcement

Before I end this post, I wanted to let you guys know that I will be taking a short break from posting from this point until mid-September. However, there will be a new podcast episode on James coming out for Sisters In Christ soon!

Final Thoughts

Thank you for reading today’s article about peace! I hope you enjoyed and were encouraged. If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to my email list to receive three exclusive articles, notifications when I post on the blog, and my monthly newsletter!

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Episode 2: Journey Through James Pt. 2 (Podcast Notes)

In this episode of the Sisters In Christ podcast, we talk about our favorite school subjects, the sin of partiality, loving your neighbor as yourself, being hypocritical, and how faith without works is dead.

You can find this podcast on Anchor and Spotify.

We recommend you read the passage before you listen to the episode. You can find James chapter 2 HERE.

Here are some discussion questions for after you listen:

The first topic we address is partiality and how James considers it a sin. What do you think about partiality? Why do you think it’s considered a sin? Have you been judged by your outward appearance before? How did that make you feel and why?

Luella talks about Luke 6 (She says Luke 4, but the actual passage is in Luke 6!) and explains that we should love those who don’t really deserve it and hurt us. What do you think the hardest part of this is? How can you do this in your life? 

I then go on to talk about how we should love by God’s standard that is eternal and everlasting. Read through Luke 6:27-36 and consider what God’s standard means.

Preaching a great message but being hypocritical and not doing yourself is also sin. Everyone is most likely guilty of this at some point, even us on the podcast and the blog. We’ve all fallen short of the glory of God and we’re learning with you guys. Have you ever been hypocritical before? Who did we say should be the ultimate role-model? 

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James 2:14-17

We should again be doers of the word and not just hearers only. I talk about the story of Abraham and Isaac and Abraham’s amazingfaith in following God whether there was a solution or not. How does this story make you feel? How can you start walking the walk as well as talking the talk? 

We hope you enjoyed this episode on the podcast! Tune in next time to hear Journey Through James Part 3!

Fruit of the Spirit (Pt. 2): Joy

Hello, friend! Welcome to my blog. I hope you’re doing well! Today we’ll be continuing our series called the Fruit of the Spirit. Last week, we talked about love. This week, we’ll be talking about joy. Let’s get into it!

Happiness vs. Joy

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23 (Bold added)

When you read this verse, what do you think it means when it lists joy as one of the fruits of the Spirit? Does it mean we need to be happy all the time?

Yes, but not in the way you think. Joy is more permanent than happiness, but it’s not finding joy in worldly things. I can be happy about that chocolate cupcake; I can be happy about the vacation I’m going to take; I can be happy when I talk to my friends. But the joy talked about here goes so much farther than that. 

Wynter Pitts puts it well in her book, God’s Girl Says Yes:

The circumstances of our lives will change all the time, but we can have joy in our hearts because God never changes.

Wynter Pitts, God’s Girl Says Yes

The joy we receive from God is so much better than a funny conversation with our friends or an enjoyable vacation. It’s permanent, eternal, and everlasting. When we love God and seek a relationship with Him, our hearts can overflow with joy.

Happiness can end in an instant. I could drop my cupcake; the vacation could end; my friends may decide they don’t want to be my friends anymore. But that joy in God? That will always be there.

Joy In Suffering

That joy can even carry into hard times. Several writers of the New Testament even say to rejoice in suffering. 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved with various trials.

1 Peter 1:6

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

Romans 5:3-4

When the world leaves us in the dust, Jesus is always by our side. He’s there, and He loves us. We can plead, cry, praise, and thank Him. Whatever the circumstance, He’ll always be there.

And because of what He did for us on the cross. Living, dying and rising again so that we could be with Him, He is our eternal joy.

So we can joyfully say with Paul:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Philippians 4:4

The Challenge

I challenge you, this week, especially to dive into prayer in finding that joy (again, like last time, I will be trying to do it as well!). Try wrapping these things into your prayer(s):

  1. Thank Jesus for what He did for us.
  2. Ask for joy in God and your relationship with Him.
  3. Ask for your joy to overflow in everyday life.

Try to pray every day, but don’t just say it, commit to it. Write it on a notecard and stick it somewhere you’ll see it during the day. I wouldn’t recommend phone notifications because those rarely work for me. I see the notification and then slide it off my screen and it’s gone! But if you work well with phone notifications, go for it.

Final Thoughts

Thank you for reading today’s article about joy! I hope it was helpful and encouraging for you. If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to my email list for notifications when I post, three exclusive articles, and my monthly newsletter.

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Episode 1: Journey Through James Pt. 1 (Podcast Notes)

Find this podcast episode on Anchor and Spotify.

In this episode, we talk about the first chapter of James. We specifically focus on the portions about trials, temptations, and acting on what you hear. These notes will include links to some of the Bible passages we addressed and some application questions.

You can read James chapter 1 HERE.

We address the point James makes in verse 4 that trials and hardships make us perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. How does that make you feel about trials? Have you gone through any hard ones? How was your relationship with God during that?

In verses 13-15, James says:

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

James 1:13-15

Read about Jesus’ temptation HERE.

If you’ve heard the story about Jesus being tempted in Luke 4, you know that He was tempted by the devil. How then can James say, ‘God cannot be tempted with evil’? We clarify this by saying Jesus took the form of a man. He was both 100% man and 100% God at the same time! His taking on of human flesh made him open to temptation. Thankfully, Jesus overcame temptation and did not sin as we do often. 

What are some of your desires and sinful temptations you face regularly? How do you feel when you hear that Jesus went through something similar?

In verses 22-24 it says,

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he is like.

James 1:22-24

What do you struggle to act on after you hear a message? Is there anyone in your life you could ask for accountability from?

What did you like most about this episode? Feel free to leave a comment below or contact Caroline through the Contact page on the blog. We hope you enjoyed and we’ll see you next time!

Fruit of the Spirit (Pt. 1): Love

Hello, friend! Welcome to my blog. I hope you’re doing well. Today we are beginning a new series on the blog called the Fruit of the Spirit! In each post, we’ll talk about one or two of the fruits mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 and have a challenge to apply them during the week! To start it off, we are discussing love.

I’d also like to note here there are so many more aspects of love that I can only scrape the surface in this article. However, I hope this article still gives you a general understanding of what godly love really looks like.

Why Love Should Be First

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (bold added)

I like Paul’s placement of ‘love’ here. It’s right in the front, as it should be. Love is probably the most important fruit to have. Why is love the most important? Because Jesus said it himself!

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:37-40

All of the law comes after these two commandments, and they both include love. Loving God and then loving others will help us live the rest of the law as well. For example, God tells us not to steal. If we love someone, are we going to steal from them? I hope not.

Often people, both Christians and non-Christians, can agree that we should love others, but Christian love is different than worldly love. Natasha Crain points this out in chapter 10 of her book, Talking With Your Kids About Jesus:

Christians strive to love others given God’s standards. The secular world strives to love others given self-defined standards.

Natasha Crain, Talking With Your Kids About Jesus

What are God’s standards? We’ll talk about that next.

The Standard For Love

Jesus speaks about love in Luke 6:27-36, read those verses by clicking here and then come back to this article. 

Here are a few things Jesus said about the people you should love:

  1. They’re enemies
  2. They hate you
  3. They abuse you
  4. They strike you
  5. They take away from you

This is a very high request, but such a good one. In the rest of the passage, Jesus talks about how it’s more beneficial to love those who hurt you. If you love someone who’s nice to you, nothing changes except for having a comfortable relationship. If you love someone who hurts you, you can show them what it means to really love, convict them, and bring them to Christ. In Romans 12, it says:

To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Romans 12:20

Nevertheless, loving those who hurt us is hard, and it’s going to take some time and patience for us to get it right. Only God can change our hearts to love, and we have to ask for His help when we feel like we can’t.

Love Leads To The Other Fruits

Another beautiful passage about love is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Paul says,

Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

We already touched on this when we talked about Jesus and the greatest commandments. However, these verses hone love in on the other fruits of the Spirit as well. We automatically can identify patience and kindness (verse 4), peace in not being resentful (verse 5), and joy and faithfulness (verse 6).

Love is so important for us to grow in our faith; Jesus is a perfect example of love. God loved us so much that He sent His one and only son to die for us so that we could be with Him. Not only that, but we were God’s enemies. We were dirty, evil, unloving sinners that didn’t deserve a thing. But God said, “I’m going to love you anyway, and I’m going to save you because I love you so much.” 

He did save us, and He had to make a huge sacrifice to do so. But, thank the Lord, He is risen and if we believe we are saved!

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

That doesn’t mean we aren’t still sinners and that we won’t ever sin again, but because of God’s love for us, we should try to be imitators of Christ. We should be trying to walk in love as Jesus did. We can try to follow all of the other commandments and produce other fruits, but if there isn’t love, it’s nothing.

It’s only when you choose to surrender to Jesus and let His love for you spark a love for Him that a desire to serve God and live for Him will matter.

Sara Barratt, Love Riot

Paul says it himself earlier in 1 Corinthians 13:

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:3

It is only with love that you can continue this series with me. It is only with love that these other fruits will mean anything to you. And I know, there will be days when love is hard. Love for God will be hard, love for others will be harder, but we can make it through this. We can love.

The Challenge

So, how do we apply this new knowledge about love? 

  1. Ask

Ask God for both a stronger love for Him and what He did for us and for a better love for others. Pray to Him, get down on your knees and beg if you have to. Just ask.

  1. Analyze

I challenge you this week, after you ask God for love, to read the book of 1 John. I will be doing it as well, since I also need to work on my love. It’s a short letter from John, the disciple of Jesus, and it has 5 chapters. Not every one of those chapters will be about love, but all of it is helpful. You can split it up in the days of the week or you can read it in bigger chunks. Do it at your own pace. If you don’t have a Bible, you can read chapter 1 here.

After you read, don’t just close your Bible and forget about it. Ask questions like, “What does this tell me about God? How can I apply this in my life?”

  1. Act

This is the hardest part, and even as I’m writing this I know it’s going to be a challenge for me as well. However, we need to do it. We (and especially I) can’t speak the word but not do it. So here it is. Two different ways you can act in love this week.

  • A. This week, when you pray for love, also pray for those who have hurt you. Who has been mean to you? Who treated you unfairly or tore you down? Pray for them. 
  • B. With people closer to you, send some messages. Text that friend who you haven’t talked to in a while and tell them how much you appreciate them and would love to talk with them. Send something to a family member and thank them for their love and care. In daily life, be patient and humble, not insisting on your own way.

Think of it as Valentine’s day in July, except it extends for a week (and hopefully for longer than a week) and instead of expecting things from others, we will be giving to others and expecting nothing in return. It’s going to be hard, but it’s also worth it. I know that, especially with my siblings, it’s hard to be loving and kind all the time. But if we have God’s help, we can do it.

Finally, here’s a song that reminds us of the importance of love:

“The Proof of Your Love” – For King & Country

Final Thoughts

Thank you for joining me today for the beginning of this series, the Fruit of the Spirit! I hope you enjoyed and will try out my challenges with me this week. If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to my email list to receive three exclusive articles, notifications when I post, and my monthly newsletter that will be going out next Friday!

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4 Christian Books You Should Read (+ Giveaway!)

Hey there, friend! Welcome to my blog. I hope you’re doing well! I don’t know about you, but I love reading. Usually I enjoy fiction more, but I occasionally dive into some nonfiction books as well. There’s a lot of stuff out there in the Christian author world, so I’d like to point you to some of my favorites.

One More Thing

These books I’m suggesting should not be your default for learning about our faith. Not every Christian book we read speaks the truth, and we must check everything and see if it lines up with our beliefs and the Bible. 

So when you read these books I recommend making sure it does line up with what you believe. Ask someone who’s ahead of you in faith, like a pastor, parent, or teacher, if you have questions. 

Love Riot by Sara Barratt 

Love Riot: A Teenage Call To Live With Relentless Abandon for Christ is not only an excellent book for teens but for anyone. It is a plead to every young person to go and actually live for Christ. To make the hard choices, glorify God, and to truly love Him.

Most Christians are content with blending in– but it’s time to step out. We’re on the brink of a revolution, a holy uprising, a love riot that can launch us from apathetic bystanders to wholehearted followers.

Sara Barratt, Love Riot

This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe 

Also for teens, This Changes Everything: How The Gospel Transforms the Teen Years points out different parts of our lives as teenagers. From who we are as Christians to the importance of church and using our time wisely. Again, anyone and everyone should read this book. Even if it’s addressed to someone younger, you can still learn some great things from these books!

We’re told the gospel will change our lives, but we still fight against sin every day. It’s tempting to feel isolated and lonely like we’re the only Christian teenagers in the whole world trying to obey him. But there is a truth bursting with hope for us today: God is with us.

Jaquelle Crowe, This Changes Everything

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

I’ve already written a bit about this book, and you can find that post here, but I’d like to mention it again. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to really study the Bible. Again, I’m going to throw away the author’s intended audience and say even though this book is addressed to women, still read it if you’re not a woman as well. It talks about studying with perspective, getting the context right, and realizing the Bible is a book about God, not about us.

[This book] intends to teach you not merely a doctrine, concept, or story line, but a study method that will allow you to open up the Bible on your own.

Jen Wilkin, Women of the Word

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

This was probably one of the harder books I’ve read. It talks about living for Christ and for Christ only, about not wasting our lives on foolish things and selfish gain. I believe everyone should read this book at some point, especially those students nearing the age where they’ll head out into the world on their own. It’s a harder read, but it’s a great one.

God created me–and you— to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion–namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.

John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life

A Special Giveaway

Did you find a book on this list that particularly interested you? If you did, I have some special news for you. As we’re nearing 50 email subscribers on my blog, I’d like to do a giveaway for you guys. 

So, here’s how it works:

  1. Subscribe! If you’re already subscribed, you’re already entered.
  2. After we hit 50 subscribers, I’ll randomly draw one of you from the list to get a free book.
  3. If you’re picked, I’ll email you with instructions. You may pick any book on this list for me to give away to you.
  4. After you reply to the email I’ll send you the book!

Please note that you MUST live in the United States of America to qualify for this giveaway. If I email you and you do not live in the United States, you’ll have to pass on the giveaway and I’ll give it to someone else.

Subscribe here– hitting ‘follow’ on WordPress will not work! You must subscribe with this form:

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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed and are excited for this giveaway! I’d also like to thank you guys for getting me this far; it’s such a blessing. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and I’m already so far! Thank you, reader, for well, reading! I hope my posts help you in some way.

Have a blessed day,

~Caroline

UPDATE: A winner has been chosen and confirmed! Congrats to the winner, and once again thank you all for subscribing!

My Journey As A Homeschooler

Hello, friend! Welcome to my blog. I hope you’re doing well! Today, instead of doing a Christian-focused topic, I’m going to tell you a little bit more about me and my journey through homeschooling. Let’s get into it!

I’m A Preschool Drop-Out

Yep, you read that right. After about a month of preschool, my parents pulled me out and decided to educate me themselves. I’m very proud of having the title of ‘preschool drop-out’ even though I don’t remember preschool at all.

Since then, I’ve been homeschooled. During the early years of elementary school, I did exercises in textbooks for my school for an hour or two each day. As I got older my workload increased and I had to spend more of my day working on it.

I didn’t understand all my subjects perfectly either. There were days when I’d have to ask my parents to explain my math better than the book did, and there were days I could do the exercises with ease. 

In 6th grade, my parents had me try out an online class. In the class, I came to a live lecture where there were other students to interact with in the chat. Sometimes the chat got out of control (the students really like the emojis), but that’s when the instructor stepped in. I loved the class, and I continued taking online classes for some of my subjects through middle school and now in high school.

And if the Lord wills, I’m going to keep at it. 

What I Like About Homeschooling

So now that I’ve given you a brief summary of my homeschool life, let me tell you a few of the things I like about homeschooling as a student. 

1. I choose my sleep schedule

As a homeschooler, especially as a younger one, I could choose when I woke up and do my school. Once I got to middle and high school, though, I had to start getting up at a reasonable hour to get things done, but if I slept in an extra hour it didn’t really matter. There was no bus to catch or class to get to (unless I had an online class, but that usually didn’t take up the whole day), and sometimes it’s possible to get away with wearing pajamas as your school uniform!

2. The desks are very comfortable

Sometimes I’ll rotate where I do my school. Sometimes it’s on the back porch, sometimes it’s on my bed, sometimes it’s at my desk, sometimes it’s curled up in a corner on a pile of pillows. So yes, the desks are very, very comfortable.

3. I get to spend more time with my family

Since I’m at home most days I get to spend more time with my family. Even though we fight and get angry with each other sometimes, I like to think of being around them as a good thing. After I become an adult and go down my own road, I won’t see them as much anymore, so I like spending time with them now.

It also helps with the time we spend in God’s Word. My mom tries to keep up with a schedule of every weekday we have a time where we discuss a Bible story or passage. My siblings and I like to call this “Bible time.” Sometimes we follow a Bible study and sometimes we just do our own thing, but it’s a good time spent either way.

4. My schedule is flexible

Since my online classes only take up a couple of hours every day, I can shift other things around and my parents can schedule vacations during the school year. Sometimes my mom will take us on “field trips” to parks and other places for a day. Some of these “field trips” are just to the park or a nearby beach for the day, and sometimes it’s a more historical park or museum that’s educational.

5. If I get stuck I can slow down

If I’m confused on a subject there’s not as much pressure of “you have to understand it now” but it’s more like, “let’s spend more time on this.” I can email my online teachers or ask my mom and spend more time researching the topic and figuring it out. That way I can also have stronger foundations in the basics of a subject for more complex concepts later. 

Why I Said ‘No’ To Public High school

Almost a year ago, my mom asked me if I wanted to do high school in a public school.

I looked at her and said no.

Why did I say it so quickly? I think it’s partly because I’ve been homeschooled my entire school life, and I didn’t think I would like it. It would be a hard change from a flexible schedule that my parents and I could ultimately choose to a strict public school schedule, from doing school on my bed to sitting in a classroom, from doing school with just my siblings to a whole group of other kids.

If you’re reading this and you’re a kid or teen that would usually go to public school but it’s not going to be the same this year because of the pandemic, or even a parent trying to figure out what you’re going to do. I get it, it’s going to be a hard transition.

It’s going to go from having a strict public school schedule to a flexible one, from doing your school in a classroom to doing it in your home, from doing school with your public school friends to doing it with any siblings you might have or even just alone.

It’s Going To Be Hard, But You Can Do It

But it’s going to be okay because your friendships can still continue. Your best connections will still stay strong. Be thankful for the cell phones we have during this time so that we can text and call friends. It’s not like you’re never going to see your friends again. In fact, you might be able to get together more this school year depending on how things go!

And remember, even when the days seem hard, when you feel that everything is hitting you in the face and that you just can’t do it, remember that Jesus has got you.

He’s got you safe in His arms.

Pray, plead, cry, praise, whatever you have to do, talk to Him in your hardships. 

In James, it says,

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

James 4:13-15

Remember that everything is in God’s control, and whatever happens is in His mighty hands. It’s during this time that we especially need to trust Him, and expect the unexpected.

And if you haven’t ever heard the Gospel before and are reading this post and wondering, “What on earth is this girl talking about?” Then please, hear me out.

The Gospel

There’s a person named Jesus Christ. He lived the greatest life ever lived. He never sinned, He never did anything wrong, He was perfect. He was both God and man at the same time. He was tempted and struggled with human needs, but also performed miracles according to God’s plan.

Jesus lived and preached in Israel. He was popular among some but others hated Him and wanted to kill Him. These people got their wish. Jesus was arrested, a man who had done no wrong was beaten, mocked, and delivered to be crucified.

He was taken to a cross and hung on it with nails through His wrists and His ankles. He died a criminal’s death and was buried.

But on the third day after His death, something amazing happened.

Jesus rose again. He defeated sin and death and appeared to His disciples and hundreds of other people. After proving that He was indeed alive, He ascended into heaven, sending His disciples out to become fishers of men and tells others about the good news.

And what is that good news?

Because Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross, He was the Ultimate Sacrifice. He took all of our sins and made us right before God again. And if we believe that He is Lord and what He did for us, we’re saved. When we die, we can join Him in heaven.

So if you aren’t a Christian and you’re reading today you can accept Jesus right now. All you have to do is pray and tell Jesus, “Yes, I believe that you are the Son of God and that you died for me and everyone in this world. I accept you into my heart today. Amen.”

But it doesn’t end there, it’s only the beginning. Jesus is going to change your heart and life for the better. Still confused and have questions? That’s okay. Please do message me via the Contact page if you do, I’m willing to answer questions and help you start figuring things out.

Final Thoughts

Thanks so much for reading today! I hope you enjoyed my ramblings about homeschooling and the Gospel, and that they were helpful in some way! If you need prayers or encouragement, don’t hesitate to reach out through the ‘Contact’ page.

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The Bible Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

Hello, my friend! Welcome to my blog, and I hope you’re doing well. Today, since we don’t have an Imperishable Inheritance article, we’re going to talk about how to read God’s word without getting bored or sidetracked. To begin, we have a little story from me, let’s get into it!

A Story From Me

After finishing Imperishable Inheritance, I wasn’t sure what I would be writing next. My week began and I debated in my head what I should do.

On Tuesday, I had my online Spanish class. The lesson went well enough, but as we neared the last ten minutes of the class, my teacher asked me to read a story in Spanish. I don’t mean a little one-paragraph story with only dialogue; It was a full-on article, seven paragraphs long, and most of those paragraphs were pretty substantial.

I’d like to take a moment to say, don’t worry, I won’t write my articles in Spanish (For those of you who hoped I would, I’m sorry, no).

I began reading the story, and for the next ten minutes I read the article, mumbling words in a droning voice and not understanding what I was reading at all. I was just trying to survive (I feel like it may have been torture for my teacher too, my Spanish reading voice is not interesting).

The only thing I really got out of the article was that it was about lions and lionesses. I didn’t know anything about the percentages mentioned, what the lions did, or anything like that.

Why am I telling you about my Spanish struggles?

Well, my friend, keep reading.

How Do We Read God’s Word?

When you read the Bible, do you skim or skip? Do you get the main idea and leave the heavy parts that involve hard thinking behind?

The Bible is how we get to know and love God more. If you were trying to start a friendship with someone, would you avoid learning about them? Would you say “I don’t care” when they talk about their likes and dislikes? Probably not. In fact, you’d probably do quite the opposite. As you engage with conversations with your new friend, you would ask them questions, and get to know them and love them.

If Jesus is your friend, do you respond in the same way? Do you search God’s word to learn more about His character? Do you try to figure out what He likes and what He dislikes?

Part of loving God is loving with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. We need to be filling our minds with knowledge of Him, with thoughts about Him. We need to know what He says is right and what He says is wrong because it changes the focus of our lives.

I know, the Bible can be boring sometimes. I recently finished reading the book of Leviticus, and before reading it I had always said things like, “Leviticus is so long and boring” and, “No, not Leviticus.”

But then I started from the book of Genesis and worked my way down through the first books of the Bible, and I got to Leviticus and read through it. Guess what? I survived! 

It won’t kill you, I promise, and it can be very interesting at times too. What we need to do is realize that the Bible isn’t something far off or hard to comprehend. It’s not in a different language like my Spanish article, and we can understand it. But if we don’t put our minds to it and don’t put the effort in, we won’t get anywhere.

A tip I have can be reading it before your day gets chaotic, or after the day is over, or even when you have a break with free time. If you try to read it while the house is crazy and loud, you’re pressed for time, or anything like that, you won’t get a chance to think and meditate on it. You won’t get a chance to understand it.

And even after you’ve finished reading, keep it in the back of your mind! Remember the message you learned in the Bible and try to keep it in your thoughts for the rest of the day. The Bible shouldn’t be something on your to-do list that you check off once, it should be a wonderful time spent with God.

If you’re having a really bad day with reading the Bible, and you just can’t read or meditate on anything, turn to the Psalms. The Psalms are pure praises and pleas to God, and if you look and listen, you can feel real emotion flowing through the words of the psalmists. Their devotion to God is apparent and clear, and if you really meditate on the words you can see what they were getting at too.

Want to see what I mean? Turn to Psalm 148 and take a moment to read it.

A Piece Of The Bible

In this Psalm, there’s a lot of praise going on. And I mean a lot (I counted the number of times the psalmist says ‘praise,’ it’s twelve).

This is just one of many praises to God in the psalms, and this one is calling out to everything to praise the Lord. In just two verses, the psalmist uses the word ‘praise’ five times.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!

Psalm 148:1-2

Indeed, we should praise Him. He created us and He loves us and He sent His son to die for us. And reading and thinking about this psalm is part of learning more about Him to love Him. We see His power, His majesty, His goodness for this praise, all in just fourteen verses.

So if you haven’t done so in a while, pick up your Bible and read. Don’t just read, but really think. Think about what the passage tells you about God and His character and think about ways to apply it. 

You can also challenge yourself! Try reading and studying a book you’ve never read before (or maybe even dreaded)! Don’t be afraid to try because of past failure in reading the book, you can do it!

Final Thoughts

I hope this article was helpful for you. Let me know in the comments or through the contact page what book of the Bible you’ve struggled to get through before, and if you’ll accept my challenge to try again!

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This Is Our Imperishable Inheritance

Hello, friend! Welcome to my blog. I hope you’re doing well! Today we are wrapping up our Imperishable Inheritance series. We’ve been in 1 Peter for a while, and while it’s sad to see this series end, it’s also exciting that we’ve made it! Let’s hop into it today.

Imperishable Inheritance Pt. 7 (The Final Part)

Here is the passage for today’s article:

1 Peter 5

Remember to read it yourself before continuing on in this article!

The Main Point

I think the main point of this final section of 1 Peter is to summarize everything he has said so far. That said, it’s somewhat overwhelming and there’s a lot of instruction coming in. Let’s go through each part and try to understand what it’s saying.

Instructions For Elders And Followers

Verses 1-3 are speaking to the elders of the church. Remember, way back in 1 Peter 1, we talked about how Peter is writing to the persecuted Christians and encouraging them in their faith and journey with God. Here, he gives the elders special instruction to do their job willingly and eagerly, awaiting the time when the head Shepherd (that is, Christ) appears.

Now, being only a teenager, I don’t know much about being elders or pastors of the church and shepherding the flock of God. But those of you who are pastors or take higher roles in the church, take this advice from Peter. Don’t take it from me, but take it from God’s word. 

Verse 5 is more for anybody else part of the church. We should be humble and subject to those in charge of us. This goes back to 1 Peter 2, where Peter talks about submission to authority. We should follow authority, but be careful and discerning about that authority’s intentions as well, and make sure we are still following God.

Standing Firm In Your Faith

Verses 6-9 continue to talk about being humble, but also about being watchful. These verses talk about our enemy, Satan, ready to snatch us from God when we are weak. They talk about suffering, which Peter also talked more extensively in 1 Peter 3 and 4. 

However, with both of these things, we have Christ by our side. We also have fellow Christians, and in verse 9 it says:

Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

1 Peter 5:9

But even so, what happens after the suffering? After the struggle?

And Our Hope?

Well, this is what we’ve all been waiting for. Let’s read verse 10 together.

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

1 Peter 5:10

After we have struggled, suffered, and stood firm in our faith of our savior Jesus Christ, we will either die or see Jesus come again. 

And when that happens, we will be restored into the people we were meant to be from the beginning, we will be confirmed and established in God’s kingdom, and we will have our inheritance.

The inheritance can’t come while we are living, inheritances aren’t often received until after a person’s death. But because of Jesus, we have a living hope, something to look forward to, something to stand firm for.

And that, my friend, is our imperishable inheritance. 

Final Thoughts

Thank you for joining me today in the final part of this series! I hope you enjoyed and learned something from it. If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to my email list to receive updates when I post, three exclusive articles about reading the Bible with a friend, and my monthly newsletter!

A side note, you may have noticed a new page on the blog labeled ‘Sisters In Christ.’ If you haven’t clicked over and viewed it yet, please do so! It basically says what I’m going to tell you, that my friend and I are starting a podcast! 

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