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Even when we don't see how God is working and don't understand how he is weaving the tapestry of our lives, He is always there putting together the big picture so that He is glorified.

In today's podcast, I'm talking about some of the threads that God used to bring about the start of Artios Academies.  I hope you will find it encouraging and also provide you with tangible helps for your homeschool journey.

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Seaglass!

I had never really noticed it before.  But now, with a quieter heart and a bit of time on my hands, I noticed its beauty AND its similarity to many of us.

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One of the areas that is easy to overlook is our need, as moms, and as homeschool moms, is our own personal spiritual walk.  Our lives are full of nurturing others.  Yet, if we don't feed ourselves spiritually, we will not have enough to minister to those around us.

We need to take the time and have a way of nurturing ourselves in the most important relationship we have...our relationship with our Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ.

In today's podcast, Connie Albers, of www.conniealbers.com, talks with me about ways that we can nurture our spiritual walk and relationship while still fulfilling our relationships with the Lord.

Connie Albers has spent much of her adult life as a homeschool mom and mom-preneur with an outreach and ministry to homeschool parents and teens through her leadership and as a speaker. She is a respected leader and trusted homeschool mom who understands the challenges of balancing the demands of a homeschool life. Connie is a wife and mother of five homeschool graduates. Her children continued their studies at the University of Central Florida on scholarship. Four have graduated and one is a senior. She is a speaker and writer, a spokesperson, an active leader and owner of ConnieAlbers.com. Her latest venture is inspiring others to embrace their calling at Equipped To Be and with her site. The Albers family lives in Winter Garden, Florida.

 

 

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Now in her 16th year of homeschooling, Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos with five children. She just celebrated her first homeschool graduate! She is author of You ARE an Artist curriculum for all ages at http://www.chalkpastel.com/, a cookbook series and helpful homeschool habits at Hodgepodge http://www.hodgepodge.me/. She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com/ making homeschool decisions easy for you!

In today's podcast, Tricia and I discuss the challenge of having something ready to eat at the end of a long day of back-to-school.  What to feed the masses after working so hard at just homeschooling our kids can be a challenge.  Yes, we aim for back to school with supplies, planning and prep. But often what sidetracks us is the lack of supper on the table!

Tricia is also a speaker at our upcoming Your Best Homeschool Year Ever Virtual Summit at www.theendinmind.net on July 15th.  This is an event you do not want to miss.

 

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Susan Heid is the creator and author of The Confident Mom, an online blog ministry dedicated to empowering moms, strengthening families, and embracing God’s design. Using her training and hands-on experience as a mom, stepmom, foster mom, and adoptive mom, Susan assists moms everywhere become the confident mom they desire to be. 

A published author with several informational eBooks available on Amazon, Susan is the creator of the highly regarded Weekly Household Planner, a free resource to help overwhelmed moms stay on task managing their households. She has received recognition as a PCI Certified Parent Coach, Certified Family Manager, a ScreamFree Certified Leader, and a trained PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) group leader. She is also recognized as a leader in essential oil education.

Her greatest blessing is navigating life with her very own prince charming by her side; four beautiful children ages 23, 19, 15, and 6; and two delightful Goldendoodles. Along with spending time with her family, Susan loves coffee, cloudy skies, an ocean view, is an avid runner, and thinks that Seattle has the bluest skies you’ve ever seen.

Susan is one of our featured speakers at our upcoming End in Mind Virtual Summit: Your Best Homeschool Year Ever on July 15th. Visit TheConfidentMom.com blog to download a free copy of Susan’s Weekly Household Planner today and to find additional free resources that equip moms to confidently tackle the challenges they face in their role as the family manager.

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Dr. Melanie Wilson is a Christian psychologist turned homeschooling mother of six, two of whom have graduated. She credits God and her husband of 24 years for the time to write, speak, and homeschool too. While she doesn’t practice anymore, she does share sanity-saving ideas at Psychowith6.com. Melanie hosts The Homeschool Sanity Show podcast and is the founder of HomeschoolScopes.TV, a community for homeschool moms who enjoy live video on Periscope and Facebook. She is the author of So You’re Not Wonder Woman, The Organized Homeschool Life, and Grammar Galaxy, an elementary language arts curriculum. She loves to play tennis, scrapbook, and encourage homeschool moms.

In today's podcast, she shares her wisdom on organizing our homeschool lives based on her own life experiences.

 

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We spend a lot of time thinking about curriculum, philosophy, and programs when we are considering homeschooling.  But, what about those areas that need organizational consideration in order to flow smoothly when adding homeschooling to our lifestyle.

Today we are briefly discussing some of the areas that need "tending to" in order to have the best homeschool year you have ever had.

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It's easy to get impatient with the results of homeschooling.  Out of fear, we panic when a workbook isn't complete, or a concept isn't grasped.  What happens if our child NEVER understands what we are trying to teach them.  What will happen to their test scores? Will they fall behind grade level?  Will they even graduate?

I remember those feelings!

Just as important as it is to have goals for our homeschooling and for our children, it is even more important to remember that there are people involved, relationships at stake, and different learning styles and speeds for different children.  If we get too caught up in the product, and the destination, we will miss the beauty and joy of the journey.

People must come first.  The process must be savored and then the product will take care of itself.

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Continuing our discussion on beginning (or beginning again) homeschooling, Lori discusses things that must be considered before diving into the deep end.  Thinking through your particular situation will help you avoid frustration and burnout.

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So You Want to Homeschool - Part One

If you are thinking about homeschooling, or trying to reboot your existing homeschool, I know that you are being bombarded by thoughts, doubts, and questions.  

  • What curriculum do I choose?
  • What is necessary for my child to learn at what ages?
  • What are the laws regarding homeschooling in my state?
  • How do I teach my children and stay on top of all my other responsibilities?
  • What programs and activities should we be involved in?

If this describes you, then this series, "So You Want to Homeschool," is tailor made for you.

And, with an upcoming webinar in May on Designing a Homeschool that Works for You, we want to give you the resources necessary to prepare for your best homeschool year ever.

 

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There is so much more to life than homeschooling, and so much more to homeschooling than just doing school.  Yet, it is easy to let homeschooling take over your house, your home, your family, your schedule, and yes, even your attitude.  While homeschooling is indeed a lifestyle, it should be an addition that enhances your life, not one that rules your life.  

In today's podcast, Lori Lane, 22 year homeschool vet with four homeschool graduates, discusses how to make homeschooling work for you and your family, and not against you. 

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The heart of a mom is constantly giving to others...but who is taking care of our heart. What are we telling our heart?  What are we feeding our heart?  Join our discussion of ways to guard and nourish our own hearts as mothers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT
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So many times, we as wives and mothers don't feel like our time is our own.  Frankly, many times it isn't.  Sometimes, this can lead to frustration and a feeling of being stuck. It's easy to focus on the parts of our lives that feel beyond our control.  But, by a simple and small tweak to our perspective, we can see the progress we are making towards our ultimate goals.  Lori Lane shares some insight into this perspective in today's podcast.

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The final podcast in our 3 part series on Living with the End in Mind from The 2015 End in Mind Conference.

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The End in Mind S3 E2, Looking to the Future Gives Today Meaning
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The End in Mind S3 E1 - What Does It Mean to Live Life with the End in Mind?

This week we are featuring part one of the Friday night Keynote address at the March 2015 End in Mind Conference in Denver, CO.  Living with intentionality means we have to understand what it means to begin and live our lives with the end in mind.  In this podcast, Lori Lane, editor of The End in Mind share what it means to live with the end in mind.

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Teachers have such a profound influence on children. Great teachers can leave their mark but so can bad teachers. We can learn valuable lessons from each.

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Families should work together as a team, but that's hard to do without having unity. Too often today's family works against each other, rather for each other.  In today's podcast, Lori Lane, and her host, Danielle Sterner, discuss simple strategies for developing family unity within your home.

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It's easy to look at routines as heavy shackles to drag around and feel obligated to. What if routines were made by you and for you and actually set you free to focus on what is most important?  What if your mind wasn't always crowded with things that need to be "worked into your schedule"...because you had already allowed time for those things on your calendar.  That's our topic for today's podcast and Lori is sharing how working with blocks of time has really helped her deal with "mental clutter."  We hope you will join us for this special episode.

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Balance is a concept that is often written, discussed, lectured, and talked about.  We are all looking for that perfect formula that leads to a balanced life.

But does that perfect picture of balance really exist as we normally imainge it....with life running along smoothly because we have finally figured what size box we need for each area of our lives.

OR, is balance more about each area of our life being on the same page and following the same musical score.

In a blog post by Michael Hyatt, he discusses the concept of balance and in his article he used the example of a symphony orchestra.  

Life is like an orchestra.  Each area of our lives must take TURNS having the lead, the melody and the priority.  They can't all be at the same dynamic level or intensity all the name or we end up with cacophony and chaos.  

In this weeks episode, we are talking about our life's symphony and what balance looks like our life's music.  We are taking Michael Hyatt's five example areas - diversity, space, pace, common purpose, and plan - and talking specifically about what a realistic view of "balance" for us....for women!

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If you missed the announcement regarding this feature podcast series, let me give you a few details.  

I have made a series of four feature podcasts for you.  The series is titled: Homeschooling, Beginning with the End in Mind…or Simplifying Homeschooling. I’ve tried to make each podcast a fairly short length so that listening to them fits better into a busy mom’s schedule.  This feature series consists of four episodes.

  • Episode One:  A Foundation for Decisions, Part One
  • Episode Two:  A Foundation for Decisions, Part Two
  • Episode Three:  Pondering and Planning, A Method to the Madness
  • Episode Four:  Simplifying Your Day to Day Homeschool Journey

You will find the third podcast in this series posted below.

Originally, I announced that to access all remaining videos, you would need to become a newsletter subscriber.  To be quite honest with you, that just doesn’t feel right to me this time around.  Perhaps I’ll do that at some point in the future, but this topic and series is meant to be an encouragement and I’d like to see as many moms as possible plug into this encouragement.  So, as long as you come by the site, or receive our blog posts via email, you will eventually have access to all four episodes.

This is the thirdof four episodes and deals with the process of planning for the school year.  There are so many options, opportunities, resources, curriculums, methods and advice out there...how do we decide what's right for us?  In this step by step method, I'm sharing with you how I personally make decisions and plan for our school year.

I truly hope that you will find this information encouraging and helpful in minimizing frustration and confusion in your homeschool journey and that your way will become clear as you teach your children along the way.

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If you missed the announcement regarding this feature podcast series, let me give you a few details.  

I have made a series of four feature podcasts for you.  The series is titled: Homeschooling, Beginning with the End in Mind…or Simplifying Homeschooling.  This feature series consists of four episodes.

  • Episode One:  A Foundation for Decisions, Part One
  • Episode Two:  A Foundation for Decisions, Part Two
  • Episode Three:  Pondering and Planning, A Method to the Madness
  • Episode Four:  Simplifying Your Day to Day Homeschool Journey

You will find the second podcast in this series posted below.  

Originally, I announced that to access all remaining videos, you would need to become a newsletter subscriber.  To be quite honest with you, that just doesn't feel right to me...at least not this time around.  Perhaps I'll do that at some point in the future.  But this topic and series is meant to be an encouragement and I'd like to see as many moms as possible plug into this encouragement.  So, as long as you come by the site, or receive our blog posts via email, you will eventually have access to all five episodes.

This is the second of four episodes and completes our discussion on our own family's personal journey to find a foundation for our homeschool decisions.  There are so many options, opportunities, resources, curriculums, methods and advice that without a foundation upon which to base our decisions, we are tossed to and fro and become double minded.

I truly hope that you will find this information encouraging and helpful in minimizing frustration and confusion in your homeschool journey and that your way will become clear as you teach your children along the way.

Faith and Courage,

Lori

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This is the time of year when we homeschool moms become a bit introspective. We wonder if we are being successful in our homeschooling, in our mothering, in our marriage, in our homes.  If we aren't careful, we can even work ourselves into "analysis paralysis" and live in fear of making mistakes.  We are faced with so many choices as homeschool moms.  There is a plethora of activities, classes, curriculum, philosophies, methodologies and more to choose from for our homeschool.  We sometimes get caught up in making decisions based on fear, peer pressure, tradition, or trends instead of on Biblical principles and God's priorities.

When thinking about the two workshop topics I gave at the SHEM Conference in Springfield, I thought perhaps by looking at those same two topics in a different way, we might be encouraged in our journey.  We might be able to simplify our decisions and thus, simplify our lives if we truly had the "end in mind."

So, I have made a series of four feature podcasts for you.  The series is titled: Homeschooling, Beginning with the End in Mind...or Simplifying Homeschooling.  This feature series consists of four episodes. 

 

 

  • Episode One:  A Foundation for Decisions, Part One
  • Episode Two:  A Foundation for Decisions, Part Two
  • Episode Three:  Pondering and Planning, A Method to the Madness
  • Episode Four:  Simplifying Your Day to Day Homeschool Journey
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When I first started homeschooling twenty years ago, I thought it would simply be doing school at home.

But, as I began the process of educating my children and in turn homeschooling myself, I realized the power of thinking outside the box.

In this first of a series, I share the power of learning to think "outside the box."

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Diana Waring, author of Beyond SurvivalReaping the Harvest and Diana Waring's History Revealed world history curriculum, discovered years ago that "the key to education is relationship."

Extremely happily married since 1979, Bill and Diana Waring homeschooled their three children nearly twenty years. The Waring kids (now all grown) were the proving grounds for all the concepts and encouragements Bill and Diana teach—real-life examples of the wonders of home schooling! In 1999, their youngest, Melody, competing against 75,000 other entrants, won the VFW National Youth Essay Contest, receiving the opportunity to read her winning essay before 8,000 VFW members. Having graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University as a government major, she is focusing on her MSW. Michael, their second-born, returned safely to his wife Ashley and baby Zachary from a tour of duty as a U.S. Navy Corpsman in Iraq. Now with their second son, Zeek, Michael is continuing his education and enjoying his career in the Navy. The eldest, Isaac, after graduating from Cornish Institute of the Arts and marrying Lissy, is a professional actor/director, musician, teacher, and songwriter.

Diana studied music, drama, and French in college, graduating with a B.A. in French. Diana and Bill have worked in speaking and writing for the Christian home school and private school community for over 20 years. They served six years on the Board of Directors for Washington Association of Teaching Christian Homes. Through their business/ministry Diana Waring Presents (formerly, Diana Waring—History Alive!), they have met and talked with home schoolers throughout the U.S. and Canada, and on three other continents. The curriculum for world history study that Diana wrote, beginning in 1994, has been updated and expanded with new research and a more user-friendly presentation of the material. She is well known for her rapid-fire history recordings and workshops, but is also appreciated for her workshops and books of home school encouragement, like Beyond Survival and Reaping the Harvest. Some of the fascinating concepts covered in the books received emphasis while she was reading and being mentored on how students learn and how teachers can facilitate learning. These have also been incorporated into the history materials.

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How can you get the most out of your family's involvement with Artios?

In this short podcast, you will learn ways to augment and integrate all that your student (elementary, middle and high school) is learning and experiencing with Artios in such a way as to make the most of your child's instruction.  

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One of the most common questions I am asked is, "How can I make Artios work with my homeschool so that what we are doing is integrated with Artios?

In this podcast, Lori Lane, Founder and Executive Director of Artios Academies, covers some easy ways to make your involvement with Artios work for you and your homeschool.

Direct download: Making_Artios_Work_With_and_For_Your_Homeschool.m4a
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In this second of a two part series, Lori and Rea visit about the importance of finding a mentor in our homeschooling journey, someone that can offer experience, wisdom and insight into what can sometimes be a confusing and challenging path. 

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The importance of "living books" is brought home and made practical in this interview with author and Beautiful Feet Books publisher, Rea Berg.  Serving the homeschool community since 1984, Rea has much inspiration and encouragement to share with us during this first of two episodes.

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The first in a series of two podcasts taken from Lori's Summer 2008 Workshop for the Heart of the Matter's Online Conference.

From Lori:

If you want all the details and statistics of my “professional” training, experience and background, you can find all of that below.  However, if you are anxious to hear my heart, then this is the place to start.

In Ruth Beechick’s book, Heart and Mind, she explains the many different ways the word “heart” is used throughout Scripture.  The word heart can refer to the mind, the seat of affections, our passions, our desires, our beliefs…and the list goes on.  God puts a high priority on our heart.  He tells us to “guard it.”   He tells us that out of the “abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  AND, He tells us to instruct the heart of our children.  Given the emphasis that God gives the heart throughout Scripture, we need to pay attention to what He considers to be important.  He is telling us to instruct the WHOLE child…not just their mind…not just their actions….but the WHOLE child.

Beginning With the End in Mind

When we begin our lives, begin our marriages, or begin raising our children, we need to have a clear picture of what God desires as an end result in each of those areas.  Knowing this will affect our choices and decisions on a most basic level.  In raising four boys, John and I searched God’s word to determine what we felt like HE wanted us to focus on as we raised our sons. We wanted to “begin with the end in mind.”  The more we searched the more narrow our focus became.  It wasn’t to be about their achievements, their grades, the college they were accepted into or any of the myriad of things that we are tempted to focus on as parents.   Instructing the “heart” was to be our priority. Yes, I have lots of credentials, training and experience in arts and education and I love doing these things with excellence in order to reflect our Savior.  But, to me, arts and academics are vehicles that should be used not worshiped. Human knowledge and wisdom shouldn’t be elevated above what God says is important.  They should simply be vehicles to reach the hearts of our children and students.  That’s what we have endeavored to be about in our family and that’s what we strive to be about through every aspect of our ministry through Artios.

I could write much more on this subjet.  If you’d like to hear more of my heart, you can do so by reading,Artios:  Beginning with the End in Mind.

For now, I invite you to listen to this podcast to find encouragement, inspiration and just good ‘ole transparency along your homeschool journey.  I certainly don’t have all the answers and I won’t pretend that I do.  I have just been on the path for awhile now.  I’ve made big mistakes and I’ve had great victories along the way.  I invite you to share your journey with me.

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The first in a series of two podcasts taken from Lori's Summer 2008 Workshop for the Heart of the Matter's Online Conference.

From Lori:

If you want all the details and statistics of my “professional” training, experience and background, you can find all of that below.  However, if you are anxious to hear my heart, then this is the place to start.

In Ruth Beechick’s book, Heart and Mind, she explains the many different ways the word “heart” is used throughout Scripture.  The word heart can refer to the mind, the seat of affections, our passions, our desires, our beliefs…and the list goes on.  God puts a high priority on our heart.  He tells us to “guard it.”   He tells us that out of the “abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  AND, He tells us to instruct the heart of our children.  Given the emphasis that God gives the heart throughout Scripture, we need to pay attention to what He considers to be important.  He is telling us to instruct the WHOLE child…not just their mind…not just their actions….but the WHOLE child.

Beginning With the End in Mind

When we begin our lives, begin our marriages, or begin raising our children, we need to have a clear picture of what God desires as an end result in each of those areas.  Knowing this will affect our choices and decisions on a most basic level.  In raising four boys, John and I searched God’s word to determine what we felt like HE wanted us to focus on as we raised our sons. We wanted to “begin with the end in mind.”  The more we searched the more narrow our focus became.  It wasn’t to be about their achievements, their grades, the college they were accepted into or any of the myriad of things that we are tempted to focus on as parents.   Instructing the “heart” was to be our priority. Yes, I have lots of credentials, training and experience in arts and education and I love doing these things with excellence in order to reflect our Savior.  But, to me, arts and academics are vehicles that should be used not worshiped. Human knowledge and wisdom shouldn’t be elevated above what God says is important.  They should simply be vehicles to reach the hearts of our children and students.  That’s what we have endeavored to be about in our family and that’s what we strive to be about through every aspect of our ministry through Artios.

I could write much more on this subjet.  If you’d like to hear more of my heart, you can do so by reading,Artios:  Beginning with the End in Mind.

For now, I invite you to subscribe to this blog to find encouragement, inspiration and just good ‘ole transparency along your homeschool journey.  I certainly don’t have all the answers and I won’t pretend that I do.  I have just been on the path for awhile now.  I’ve made big mistakes and I’ve had great victories along the way.  I invite you to share your journey with me.

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End in Mind - Episode 3, The Natural Approach to Teaching Thinking Skills with Debbie Strayer, Part Two

This workshop, reused in podcast form with permission of Heart of the Matter Online and Ashley Wiggers of Homeschooling Today is a rebroadcast of a workshop taught by Debbie Strayer during at the 2009 HOTMonline Conference.

This second segment (two of three) focuses on real life examples of a natural approach to teaching problems solving and critical thinking.  This skill can be taught and learned in all ages through all subjects without a dedicated class, topic or curriculum.

Listen to Debbie's wisdom and insight gained from years of training and experience.

To learn more from Debbie Strayer and the influence of Ruth Beechick, visit:  www.homeschoolingtoday.com or www.geomatters.com 

Read more of Debbie's articles at: Heart of the Matter Online

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End in Mind, Episode Two, Debbie Strayer - The Natural Approach to Teaching Thinking Skills, part 1

This workshop, reused in podcast form with permission of Heart of the Matter Online and Ashley Wiggers of Homeschooling Today, is a rebroadcast of a workshop taught by Debbie Strayer during at the 2009 HOTMonline Conference.  

This first segment (one of three) focuses on the need for a natural teaching approach to developing the important skill of critical thinking.  This skill can be taught and learned in all ages through all subjects without a dedicated class, topic or curriculum.  

Listen to Debbie's wisdom and insight gained from years of training and experience.

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End in Mind Podcast One:  Garbage In, Garbage Out, Part One

What does Garbage In, Garbage Out have to do with our minds?

ALOT!

What consumes our minds, controls our lives.  And, what controls our lives affects those around us, husbands, children, friends, colleagues and even acquaintances.  

This series on The End in Mind spends time talking about the power our minds have over every area of our lives, but most importantly, how our minds affect our spiritual stability.  Philippians 4:8 makes it pretty clear as to what we should be "thinking on."  Join us as we explore this passage of Scripture and apply it to our marriages, parenting, homeschooling and more.  Thinking on the right things will ultimately affect the end result of our lives.  Let's begin our thoughts with The End in Mind.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-thing about such things.

Philippians 4:8

Direct download: End_in_Mind_Podcast_-_Episode_One.m4a
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