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Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating Gratitude

I was only a college student, but the words said in passing have stuck with me all these (many) years later: “Gratitude must be cultivated.”  You see, I was at the home of one of the leaders of my campus ministry, joining the family for a home-cooked dinner (every college student’s dream!).  I left with much more than a satisfied stomach, however.  I left with an invaluable lesson...

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Bearing Fruit in Your Home{school}, Part 4: The Home

Bearing Fruit in Your Home{school}, Part 4: The Home

{Listen to Part 4 here} Knowing that the Lord is our Gardener and the One who grows us and our children, we may wonder: what is our role?  Let us once again travel, this time to a farm, in order to gain some practical insights for our home{school}.   A farmer cannot control or force his crops to grow but what he does is vitally important in order to prepare for, or cultivate, their growth. ...

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Bearing Fruit in Your Home{school}, Part 3: The Olive Grove

Bearing Fruit in Your Home{school}, Part 3: The Olive Grove

{Listen to Part 3 here} Now let us travel and turn our attention to the olive grove in order to see what we can learn from the olive shoot.  Psalm 128:3 states, “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants around your table.” It has been explained that when looking at any olive tree, you could see as many as ten or more new shoots...

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Bearing Fruit in Your Home{School}, Part 2: The Vineyard

Bearing Fruit in Your Home{School}, Part 2: The Vineyard

{Listen to Part 2 here} As we discuss bearing fruit in our homeschool, let’s first establish where we fit into this fruit-bearing process.  What is our role?  What is our responsibility? Let’s travel back in time to an ancient vineyard. As one author described it, “Vineyards in Israel, like vineyards today, needed a vinedresser to care for them because vines by nature grow on the...

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Bearing Fruit in Your Home{school}, Part 1: The Watchtower

Bearing Fruit in Your Home{school}, Part 1: The Watchtower

{Listen to Part 1 here} One summer my two youngest children set their minds on getting a fish, one for each of them.  My daughter’s birthday was approaching so she asked for, and received, a fish tank and whatever else was needed for her future pet fish.  My son, whose birthday was still a few months away, decided that he could not wait that long!  He asked his grandmother if she...

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