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The Lizard Won

This is another long social media status update that popped up in my memories from five years ago. I definitely wanted to share this and the lesson said I learned from the experience.


One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Timothy 1:7 which reads, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  It was the first scripture that I taught Bear, our oldest, and I use it in prayer daily.  I truly believe that God has not given me the spirit of fear, I have power through him, I love everyone, and my mind is equipped to make sound judgement calls and initiate self control.  I walk boldly in faith knowing that God is always in control and I’m equipped to handle whatever comes my way. 


But occasionally, I’m reminded that I am still human. Sometimes I might find myself in a situation that causes me to feel nervous, anxious, or even scared.  Especially when I lift up the laundry basket and see a HUGE, three inch lizard sitting on my couch.  At which point I scream and quicly spray air freshener at it.  Then in order to protect myself and my son from this dinosaur, I immediately flipped all the couch cushions over. 

I figured that wasn’t enough to ensure Godzilla was gone so I mustered up my SUPER HUMAN mommy strength and flipped over the couch. I then ferociously sprayed my Lavender Vanilla air freshener defense shield to ward off the HUMONGOUS three inch lizard.  There might have been some screaming, praying aloud, and even a couple of tears as I battled the world’s largest small house gecko. I’m 100% sure those came from me. My son BEAR, who was four at the time, stood firm and said “Mama, God has not given us the spirit of fear.” I quickly replied, “that doesn’t apply to lizards,” as I cautiously scanned the living room to ensure our white, four legged visitor was gone.

So with that being said clearly I have power to lift couches.  Eventually, I used my sound mind to (self control) to calm down because I realized that I’m bigger than the terrible lizard.  I also used it as an opportunity to teach my son what not to do when you’re scared.  I also reminded him that the little lizard was afraid of me too.  Shall we say love caused me to spray my Lavender Vanilla air freshener defense system to protect my son? 

But, when it came to fear…

On this day, THE LIZARD WON.

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To hear about how to put faith over fear, watch my challenge video. 



Make this week fantastic,

Ta’Neisha K. 

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I love my Bible!

I posted this Facebook status update back in July of 2013 and thought it was worth sharing again today.
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Every Sunday I look forward to seeing a little boy at my church. Why? Well because EVERY SUNDAY he proudly shows me his Bible.  He tells me who bought it for him and why it is his favorite book.  He shows me the maps and talks about how he is going to learn about every place shown.  This is one of my favorite weekly moments because each week he is more excited about that Bible than he was the previous week. 


Do you remember the day you realized that life without Christ wasn’t worth living? 


Do you remember when you learned that Jesus is the only way to the Father?  


Do you remember going through your ABCs (Acknowledge, Believe,  Confess)? 


Do you remember the day you gave the Most High God, the only wise and true God your heart?


Do you remember when you got saved? Yes I said “got saved”.


Are you saved?

If not, don’t wait because time is running out. 

I REMEMBER!! And every Sunday I’m reminded, via this child’s enthusiasm, just how important that decision was then and still is today.

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 I thought that this was a great reminder and an opportunity to issue a couple of challenges that I shared in previous years via my YouTube channel. I am challenging myself and every reader to participate in both. Feel free to comment below and let me know which plan you are completing on the YouVersion app or which book and/or book of the Bible you are studying.  Currently I am studying the beattitudes and I’m really enjoying it. I’m also 66% through my Bible in 90 days reading plan on YouVersion.

I’d also like to share with you a quick video about a free Bible devotional for children called Keys for Kids.  You can get this daily via email, online, or mailed to you quarterly.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Get into HOOPLA!

One of my favorite pastimes is to ride in the car while listening to a good book. Yes, as an avid reader I would love to sit down and flip pages, but as a mom I realize that those opportunities are few and far between.  I’m grateful for my local library’s connection to Hoopla, the digital library, and the myriad of books available.

This month we started our new homeschool year and have been enjoying our continuation of the Christian Heroes Then and Now series via Hoopla.  We love the audio versus be different voices excite the children and help the stories to come alive.  Of course, audio books aren’t the only great reads available in this digital library. Our preschoolers enjoy the children’s section and Bear has been really into biographies of his favorite sports icons. 

As a homeschooler using My Father’s World curriculum, I’ve realized that there are several other homeschoolers around us on the same schedule. Oftentimes I need to reserve a book at least a month in advance to ensure I will have it in time for our lessons. If our lessons for a certain unit are delayed I can rarely renew the book because another family has already reserved it.  Thankfully, Hoopla can help with those hard to find or impossible to renew moments. 

Finally, as a professional book hoarder, I’ve been able to stop myself from purchasing every new book I desire. I forgot have fun at used to be to go to the library, find something amazing to read, take it home, read the book, and simply return it.  With the digital options you complete the same process at home, at your office, or at Chick-fil-A while your children play after lunch.  I’m 100% sure that I have so many books in my personal collection that are available at my local library and via Hoopla. I bet my husband is reading this paragraph while calculating all of the money we could have saved.

This isn’t a review post, but a quick FYI to check with your local library and see if they have a Hoopla account. If they do, you’re well on your way to having a vast collection of books LITERALLY at your fingertips.  Use the program and encourage others to do the same because this helps local libraries determine if they should continue their partnership or cancel it. Believe me, you going to want them to continue it. Like, continue it forever.

Happy reading and happy homeschooling, 

Ta’Neisha K. 

Today, I Need Some Encouragement 

Last month, my family endured a devastating loss and after all we’ve endured, rest is definitely needed. Usually, I’ve prepared my monthly blog posts well in advance but right now, my mind is all over the place.  I am typing this completely worn out at 1:00 am CST in our hotel suite.  My family is resting after a long two weeks and I think tonightI will FINALLY get a long overdue 8 hours of sleep.  I look forward to coming back in September with a tribute to our family member and some great series but until then, enjoy these reposts and recent videos. 

This week I needed some encouragement so check out my recent video about the covering of God and check out the blog post by clicking this fantastic hyperlink.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

Bible & ABC Curriculum for Preschoolers

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Our preschoolers have been enjoying the Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook by The Crafty Classroom.  This is a product review that I’ve been anxiously awaiting to share with all my readers, especially those that teach in a school or church setting.  So, let’s skip the small talk and dive right into the details about this product and the creative company that offers it.

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The Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook consists of over six hundred pages of awesomeness, which include assembly and teaching instructions, activities, games, and weekly lesson plans for the entire alphabet.  Initially, I was wondering if there was a bible theme that coincides with every letter of our alphabet; however, upon downloading the pdf file, I was pleasantly surprised.  First, the instructions provided to the parent/teacher are detailed and include answers to any questions you might ask.  I love that the weekly lesson plan was already done for me and included scriptures, math, reading, games, and weekly themes surrounding a person from the bible or a vocabulary word.  This curriculum also provided detailed attention to the character of God which was such an excellent addition because it allowed Bam Bam, 3, and Princess, 2, to learn more about the God we serve.  As we’ve used this curriculum they’ve learned that God is a loving, creative, truthful, protective father and so much more which made my heart smile.  For the bible story and scriptures we used the ESV version of the bible and I also reread the story on Fridays from a library book or a children’s bible.

But wait, there’s more! The curriculum also provides writing practice including a writing chart, which we laminated for continued use; scripture copy work pages, letter tracing sheets, and even a blank space for older preschoolers or kindergarteners to write their name.  Bam Bam was so excited to have his first official math worksheet too!  He was happy to count dots, letters, and other items as he learned addition.  Over the course of the curriculum the problems get more challenging and introduce other math concepts to the students.  Princess had the most fun coloring because she is learning the names of the colors so I was happy as she started to recognize the crayons instead of randomly reaching for them.  Now, you know I also had to have Bear join in, so he was in charge of playing the provided games with the children.  Being a junior engineer himself, he enjoyed finding various ways to make the spinner for the Race to the Top game more efficient and he made the bingo game more fun by adding reward candy for completing the activity.

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All in all, the Team KEMP Academy truly enjoyed using the Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook by The Crafty Classroom with our newly two and three year old children.  I think this will be a great addition to any homeschool that has preschoolers or kindergarteners that are learning to read.  This would also be useful in a Sunday School setting for younger children and depending on the time allotted, you can easily split the activities up to be used over two Sundays. The Crafty Classroom also offers an Alphabet Curriculum Notebook and a Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook geared towards younger students.

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But, don’t just take my word for it!  Head on over to the Homeschool Review Crew blog post, via this crafty hyperlink, to read additional reviews on various products offered by The Crafty Classroom.   Our faith is the most important thing that we can share with our children and it is required in the Bible that we should “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6”  This Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook is a wonderful start to your children’s faith training.

 Make this week joyful,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

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Homeschool with Joy, Focus, & Confidence

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One of the most frequently asked questions I hear are “how do you get started homeschooling,” which is where I usually refer them to a few videos and blog posts that tell our story.  Now, that I’ve had the chance to review How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) from Apologia Educational Ministries, I will also be sure to include it in my list of resources.  This course in based in Christianity and includes two DVDs with videos that accompany the chapters in the provided course book.  Various topics are covered within this course that will help get the family started, keep them motivated to continue, and even look beyond a high school diploma into continued education.

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First, let’s discuss the videos provided on the two DVDs.  Initially I assumed the videos would go through different steps, similar to a class or online course, and provide the viewer with the information in a formal way.  Apologia decided to take a different approach and I’m so glad they did.  These videos are approximately ten to fifteen minutes and honestly feel like you are in the room chatting with your friends, Rachael Carman and Leslie Nunnery.  I was so happy to hear the women share their personal stories, testimonies, frustrations, challenges, tips, tricks, and solutions with such transparency.  I do this all the time because you never want to share only the good when someone is about to embark on the homeschool journey.  These ladies covered so many topics during their dialogue and their words were extremely encouraging.

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Next, let’s dig into the course book information and assignments.  I found the course book to be a synopsis of the conversations had between the Rachael and Leslie.  Within the pages you will find approximately two pages of reading per chapter and a connected page for notes per chapter, along with scriptures, and continued encouragement.  I love that the lessons aren’t designed to take up much of your time and the information provided is easily accessible and relatable.  Some of the course topics include setting goals, tips for choosing curriculum, dealing with opposition, finding support, organization, continuing education, and even marriage.  During this course you are also given ten assignments which have you do some research about local programs and your state homeschool laws, organize items, spend time in prayer, and so much more.

Lastly, I was happy to find even more resources within the FREE online appendix.  Through a password protected website you will be able to access special blog posts, Pinterest Boards, prayer and family resources, and printables not include within the course book.  You will also be given access to join the private Facebook group for others who have previously taken or are currently taking the course.  There is something amazing about have a social media group that you can access 24/7 for feedback, encouragement, and support throughout this journey.  I also love that there are new homeschoolers and veterans in the group from so many places, making it easy to reach out for understanding to situations that might only pertain to your area.

I don’t doubt that this course will be extremely helpful to those interested in homeschooling and who feel overwhelmed by the very thought of it.  As I was going through the videos, I thought about our decision to homeschool years ago and I realized that I did every one of the assignments based off of advice and conversations with other homeschoolers.  Now, I look forward to sharing Apologia Educational Ministries, step-by-step approach to getting started with those interested in embarking on the call from God to educate your children at home.  Use How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) to light an educational fire in yourself and your children.

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Be sure to click this magnificent hyperlink to read additional reviews on this course as well as the Internship for High School Credit book by the coolest Homeschool Review Crew around.

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Make this week educational,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

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Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” Review

Our family thought watching Dave Scotts lead our tour in the new series Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” was such an awesome experience and we are so excited to share this review with you.  Let’s get started!

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Approximately 2 months ago our family started watching the Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” from Drive Thru History® .  Upon arrival we anxiously opened and inserted the first DVD, soon thereafter we found ourselves engulfed, watching two or three episodes in one sitting.  This series is giving you the historical background to what was going on in present day, during the Life of Christ.  We loved how it provided not only the physical locations but great graphics, detailed footage, and even the updated indoor tourist attractions that were around during the Life of Christ.  We also learned many things about the people, disciples, and leaders mentioned in the bible because the history mentioned included their lineage as well.

In our household we decided to use these eighteen, thirty minute episodes and provided study guide as a weekly family bible study.  Right after breakfast we all gathered around the television, watched an episode, and talked about what was going on using the study guide questions provided or our own.  Most times after our discussion we would actually watch the next episode and converse about it as well.  We always made it a point to read the Bible scripture that was discussed during each episode.  My husband was also ready to answer any questions that I or our children had pertaining to what we saw.

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Currently, we are thirteen episodes into this Drive Thru History® series and here is what my husband Kevin and eldest son, Bear had to say

“I think it is cool because you’re getting so much information in 30 minutes.  It isn’t boring because they break the topics down and the discussion questions help you retain the information.  Watching this made me feel like I was there in the moment.  I also like how he gave information about before and after the current parable he was discussing.”  Bear, 9 Years old

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is an in depth, historical look at the stories that we are already familiar with.  Even if you have heard these stories numerous times you will ABSOLUTELY benefit from watching this.  These episodes give me who, what, when, where, why, and how explanation that makes you appreciate the parables even more.  For example, when I’ve heard the birth story I’ve always thought about a wooden manger, as shown in pictures, I never knew it was most likely stone.  This would advantageous for 5th grade or higher in a home or church setting but our son is nine and enjoyed it.  This will definitely keep all ages interested.”  Min. Kevin Kemp, super cool husband

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As a family, we believe that this series is an excellent opportunity to sit and watch with your entire household around.  Our faith is the most important thing that we can share with our children and it is required in the Bible that we should “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6  It is equally important for us to teach our children scripture so they can know who the God that we serve is.  They need to have a complete understanding of the love of God, rules of our religion, and the reason behind our faith.  We definitely feel that this will be a great DVD series to use in a church setting as well for youth 5th grade and up, or with the adults.  With anything done for children my husband always encourages that parents are involved and encouraged to participate.  He also had a great idea to provide the discussion questions as a take home to those who decide to use this with a youth group.

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We definitely believe that Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” series and provided study guide is a good introduction to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  This would also be great as a continuation to a study that you are already doing.  This series has done a phenomenal job of explaining the history of biblical times so that the viewers can have a clear understanding and correlate that to the scripture.  It is truly important to acknowledge that the “God breathed text” (2 Timothy 3:16)  is not mere clichés but powerful words about powerful believers who walked this Earth.  We think Drive Thru History® did a great job of explaining the times and will definitely be enjoyed by all who are ready to learn the background of the scriptures, Heavenly Father, and resurrected savior we know and love.

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For additional reviews about this series click the magical hyperlink that will take you to the Homeschool Review Crew blog post.

Make today historical,

Ta’Neisha K.

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