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Thursday, May 21, 2015

FishFlix.com Review

FishFlix.com is a great place to find Christian and family movies! As a Christian family, my husband and I are very careful about the movies we allow into our homes. We want to teach our children the importance of guarding our hearts by what we allow our eyes to see and our ears to hear. When the opportunity came up on the Schoolhouse Review Crew to do a review with FishFlix.com I was very happy to participate! I chose to review Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story in our home.


FishFlix.com Review



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Family Movie Night

Our family watches a lot of G and PG movies since there isn't much on T.V. that is appropriate to watch. We have built up a great movie collection in our house. We had a family movie night to watch Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story. Family movie nights always include popcorn, candy, and lights out so it feels just like we're in the theater!

You can also watch the DVD on your laptop computer or in your car if you it's equipped with a portable DVD player. This faith hero movie would be great entertainment on the road for the kids while traveling on your summer vacation.


FishFlix.com Review

I love sharing real life faith hero stories with my son! Of course, I won't tell you all about the story, but I can tell you that also included on the DVD is bonus material such as a 51 minute documentary "The Faith that Sparked the Methodist Movement", the rest of the titles included in the Torchlighters series, a clip from The Voice of the Martyrs, and Study Guides. The teacher guide is 23 pages and the student guide is 25 pages.

These bonus items can only be accessed from your computer. For a Windows computer, double click on "My Computer" and if you have a Macintosh, the disc will appear on your desktop.

Here is a picture of the table of contents for the student study guide.

Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story
Student Study Guide for Torchlighter: The John Wesley Story

Language selections for viewing include English and Spanish. Subtitles are also available in English and Spanish. With the subtitles, you have the choice to this feature on or off.

Our kids need to hear these stories of real life faith heroes! Give them real heroes to look up to and imitate such as John Wesley.


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Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie



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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Scavenger Hunt for the 2015 NCHE Conference Bookfair

The 2015 NCHE Homeschool Conference starts this Thursday, May 21 and goes through Saturday, May 23 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem! WooHoo!! I am so excited to be attending the conference again this year as part of the NCHE Bloggers Team!

2015 NCHE Conference Bookfair


It's going to be a great time! I look forward to this much needed time of refreshing every year for our homeschool. One of my most favorite things to do while at the conference is browsing through the bookfair. It is amazing! I remember the first year I attended as a new homeschooler, the bookfair overwhelmed me...but no more...lol! Now I just have to be careful so that I don't overspend {smile}. I always wait to do my homeschool shopping until I go to the NCHE Conference Bookfair each year. This give me a chance to compare curriculum up close and find the best price. It also saves me in shipping costs.


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The NCHE Conference Bookfair is every homeschoolers dream!


The conference bookfair has everything you can imagine and more! I've created a fun scavenger hunt for the NCHE Conference Bookfair that you can print off and bring with you to keep your kids entertained and busy while you shop. Maybe you can give your kids a prize if they find all of the items on the list!

Grab your free PDF download of my 2015 NCHE Conference Bookfair Scavenger Hunt and have fun shopping at the NCHE Conference Bookfair!

2015 NCHE Conference Blogger


Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie





Monday, May 4, 2015

Leviticus is Hard to Read, But Necessary

Welcome to week 3 in Leviticus, friends! We are continuing to read some difficult chapters in the Bible. Chapters that make us wonder,  "How is this applicable to my life today?" We tend to skip over books in the Bible like Leviticus.

Reading Through the Bible


But we must not grow weary in our goal with the Good Morning Girls to read through the entire Bible. Instead, we need to press in and press on so that we can finish strong! Leviticus is hard to read, but necessary. Why?

Because ALL of the Word of God is profitable to us as God's children. Even Leviticus!

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." -2 Timothy 3:16-17

This week we are going to see how God's love is shown in His protection through laws He set up to instruct the Israelites on what was considered clean and unclean, purification after childbirth, regulations about infectious skin diseases and mildew, cleansing from infectious skin diseases and mildew, and discharges causing uncleanness. Oh yes, this week's reading will be hard, but as we read through chapters 11-15 this week, let's remember that all of these laws were meant to protect the people who were unaware of the diseases carried by certain animals and bodily fluids and of the dangers of mold and mildew.

The love of God was protecting His people back then as it still protects us today with the instructions for holy living that we find in God's Word - the Holy Bible. That's why we must press in and press on in this week's reading, friends.

Here is our reading plan for Week 3 in Leviticus:

Leviticus Reading Plan

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie
 


Saturday, May 2, 2015

A+ Interactive Math Review

Homeschool math is a subject in our home that I am always looking for something new to use to keep my son's attention and interest peaked. So I was very excited to be chosen to participate in a TOS review for A+ Interactive Math, an online math program. For this review, I received a six month subscription to A+ Interactive Math Curriculum: Family Math Package.


A+ Interactive Math Review


I love that A+ Interactive Math offers freebies for homeschool families to try out what they offer before making the decision to purchase. It's a great way to discover if their online math programs are a good fit for your children. Two of their most popular freebies are the Free Math Placement Test and the Free Family Math Package. Check them out today! I think you're going to love A+ Interactive Math as much as we do!

Great news! A+ Interactive Math is having a 40% to 50% off sale on their Family Math Package and their Adaptive Placement Testing with Lessons from Monday, May 4 through Monday, May 18.


They also offer these popular freebies:
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How We Used A+ Interactive Math

We used A+ Interactive Math: Family Math Package weekly in our homeschool.

My son has math learning gaps due to his special needs, so I was thrilled to discover that I can change his grade levels in the parent admin panel. In each grade level, topics of math study are listed for each chapter of math learning. This was beneficial to me because there are some math concepts that my son has not learned yet so I was able to skip over those topics until I'm ready to let him begin learning them. I love the flexibility of A+ Interactive Math!!

My son listens to and watches the video math lesson before any of the online math lessons are completed. These video math lessons are short and clearly presented through a teacher's voice while visuals of the math lesson are presented on the computer screen. After viewing the lesson, he then completes the Interactive Q&A and is guided through five practice problems that are covered in the video math lesson. If he answers the practice problem incorrectly, the teacher shows how to get the correct answer. Once the practice problems have been completed, there is a Update Lesson Status button on the top right of the computer screen that he can click on that will mark his lesson as being complete. On my parent admin panel, I can keep up with how many lessons my son has completed.

The math lessons can be done online after the practice math problems or they can be printed off. I chose to print off the math worksheets for my son because he works better with paper and pencil for math. If you choose to use the online worksheets, those are graded automatically for you. That's a great benefit if you have a child who likes to do their math work online! It's a winner for you too because all the grading is done for you!

I love being given the choice of either online or printable math worksheets!


The parent admin panel has a very helpful record keeping system that is every homeschooling parent's dream! You can see everything your child has completed online...the Interactive Q&As, worksheets, and exams.


A+ Interactive Math Review

For more information about A+ Interactive Math, read 12 Reasons to use Family Math Package program and 12 Reasons to use Adaptive Placement Test & Lessons program.

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Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie
 


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Jesus Paid It All (Leviticus 6)

Welcome, friends, to Week 2 in the book of Leviticus! Last week was amazing, wasn't it?!! I can't wait to dig into Chapters 6-10 of Leviticus with you this week. So let's get started!

Jesus Lamb of God


Jesus paid it all for us my friends! His perfect and sinless life was the final atonement that paid a debt we could never pay. This week as we read more about the Guilt, Fellowship, Burnt, Grain, and Sin Offerings we will see a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ through it all. It truly is a beautiful picture of the finished work of Christ on the cross! 

We will also be reading about the ordination of Aaron and his sons, the beginning of their priestly ministry, and sadly we'll also read about the death of Nadab and Abihu.


Here's our reading plan for this week:

Leviticus Reading Plan



Here is my SOAK today. I would love to hear your thoughts about Chapter 6 in the comments below so please feel free to share.



Monday, April 27, 2015

Scripture: Leviticus 6

Observations:
Verses 1-7 discuss the third type of sin requiring a Guilt Offering – trespassing against a neighbor’s property and rights. In addition to bringing their Guilt Offering to the priest, the offender also had to make restitution in full, plus add a fifth of the value to it, and give it all to the owner on the day they presented their Guilt Offering. The other two types of Guilt Offering were discussed in Chapter 5 and they were misuse of the Holy things of the Lord and sins committed unintentionally that involve things forbidden in the Lord’s commands.

The Burnt Offering regulations are given in verse 8-13. The priests are instructed in verse 9 and 12 to keep the fire burning as a reminder of God’s continual presence and the need for continual atonement for the people’s sins. Jesus Christ offered the final Burnt Offering with His sinless, perfect body. Being wholly consecrated to God, He suffered death for our sins that He willingly took upon Himself, bringing about death to sin for all believers (Romans 6:2-7).

The Grain Offering of verse 14 represented the fruits of obedience from the offerer. It foreshadowed the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ as He offered His life in thanksgiving to God.

Verses 19-23 are the first mention of the Priest’s Grain Offering that they had to bring on the days in which they were anointed. Their Grain Offerings had to be offered daily whereas Christ offered Himself “once and for all” (Hebrews 7:27).

Verses 24-30 go into detail about the regulations of the Sin Offering. Christ offered the final Sin Offering with His perfect, sinless life.

Application: 
We continue to see the person and work of Jesus Christ foreshadowed in this chapter. These sacrifices had to be offered continually because it would only be through the sinless blood of Jesus Christ that the final sacrifice would be offered once and for all (Hebrews 7:27). It would only be through His blood that believers would be cleansed from sin (1 John 1:7). Jesus is our High Priest (Hebrews 8:1), risen and glorified, our Savior, making intercession for us at the throne of God (Romans 8:34).

Just like the nation of Israel had to keep from anything that was unclean and defiling, we as believers are told in 2 Corinthians 7:1 to “… cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Considering all that Jesus went through for us, this surely is our “reasonable act of worship” (Romans 12:1). 

Kneel: 
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. When I think about all that He endured for me and for the rest of the world, my heart is overcome with love and thanksgiving for His sacrifice that paid the price for all of our sins. Thank You, Jesus, for making intercession for me at the throne of God. Thank You, for Your blood that has been applied to my life and restored my broken relationship with my Father. I pray for Your grace to move through me and empower me to live the holy life that You call me to live. In Your powerful and life-changing name I pray. Amen!



Thanks for reading through the book of Leviticus with me and the Good Morning Girls! Please remember to share your thoughts in the comments below!


Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finding Love in Leviticus

Congratulations, friends! We have reached the end of Week 1 in the book of Leviticus. Finding love in Leviticus is something that I thought I would never experience. But here's why I have a new excitement about and appreciation for the book Leviticus...

It points to the greatest love story ever told about the Greatest Love of the world...Jesus Christ!

 

Leviticus points to the love of Jesus


Finding Love in Leviticus - Jesus - has drawn me into the chapters about ceremonial and civil laws and digging into commentaries to find out how each relates and points to the sinless life of Jesus. He was sacrificed so that we could have forgiveness for our sins and cleansing through His shed blood. We can receive this forgiveness and cleansing for our sins when we believe in and stand on His finished work on the cross. If you have not accepted Jesus into your heart and life, I would love to talk more with you about how you can come to know Him as your personal Savior! Simply leave me your email in the comments below and I will contact you.

I hope you'll join me for Week 2 in Leviticus! Be sure to check back here at Grace-Filled-Moments throughout the week for more Blogging Through the Bible posts about my time in Leviticus.

Here is our reading plan for Week 2 that begins on Monday, April 27:

Leviticus Reading Plan

I hope you'll read along with me as we continue our walk through the book of Leviticus with the Good Morning Girls!

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Growing a Garden of Prayer

Growing a garden of prayer in your life is a beautiful and lasting way to commune with God. It's not about spouting off a list of things you'd like to have God give you, but rather a way to align your heart with the heart of God.

Prayer Life


Just like anything else in our Christian walk, this is an important lesson we have to learn as we continue to walk faithfully with God.

One of the best ways to ensure that you are praying in the will of God for your life is to pray God's Word back to Him. There are many promises contained in the Bible that we can stand on as children of God. Just like the design I create for my raised garden bed each Spring before I plant my seeds, I have the design necessary for my prayer life right in the pages of the Holy Bible.

Growing a garden of prayer requires that I prepare my heart each time I enter into my prayer closet. Today I'm over at Worshipful Living sharing about cultivating a heart for prayer. Please join me there now.

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie