Daily Faithfulness

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Festina Lente, or Faithfulness part of the Education Is for Life series This series was inspired by Chrisopher Perrin’s great webinars on the principles of classical education. One of my favorites so far was his “deep dive” into the principle Festina Lente. Erasmus wrote of this proverb in his Adagia: If you weigh carefully the force and the sentiment of our proverb, its succinct brevity, how fertile it is, how serious, how beneficial, how applicable to every activity of life, … Read More

Life Is Exercise: Running requires training – Simply Convivial

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Life is like a race, which means it is something we must train for. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep … Read More

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real, Exhausting: Working the Plan

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Sometimes I feel silly working on yet another plan, another schedule, even if it’s not one where I’m scheduling every half hour of everyone’s day. But, I keep coming back to it. I mentioned my feeling silly about it to my husband, who shrugged, “I thought it was your hobby.” Well, yes, actually, it is. And, generally, I think it’s been a hobby that has benefited myself and my family. But whether or not it benefits myself and my family … Read More

The Simple Life.

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Multum non Multa, or Simplicity Part of the Education Is for Life Series It is true that education is a life, and it is true that Life is an education, but it is also true that education is for life. If this classical education we are seeking for our children is meant to prepare them for life – and it is – then is it not true that we ourselves – as mothers, as women – need this preparation? While … Read More

Life is a Story: Future Me vs. Right-Now Me – Simply Convivial

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Thinking about life as a story helps keep the right now in perspective. It is a way to think about now in light of the past and of the future. It doesn’t have to be complicated. If I am a character in a story, and if that story continues past this moment, then what I do now shapes what happens next in my story. Pretty simple, yet pretty revolutionary. Instead of thinking about what Right-Now Me wants, think about what … Read More

Simply Contemplate: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung – Simply Convivial

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Ok, so I’m on a Kevin DeYoung kick. Crazy Busy: A Mercifully Short Book on a Really Big Problem is another short 5-star offering from the Reformed Michigan pastor. The Terror of Total Obligation: Calming the Crazy Man Inside That is the chapter title and subheading from which I am about to quote. We all have a cross to carry. But it’s a cross that kills our sins, smashes our idols, and teaches us the folly of self-reliance. It’s a … Read More

Metaphor Monday: Becoming Christ-Like or Acting Zeus-Like?

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The metaphor this week is just for moms, because it’s one I’m convicted by and still processing. Writing is my way of processing. This metaphor comes from a sermon by Doug Wilson on James 1 I’ve listened to 3 or 4 times now over the last couple months, trying to get the thought to stick. James 1:19-20 says: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of … Read More

Life is a Story: We Are Living An Allegory – Simply Convivial

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What if, instead of the ordinary lives and ordinary sins and ordinary graces, we were able to see ourselves and others in the terms God uses to describe them? What if, instead of seeing an understandable outburst in irritation at the children, we saw it as murder? What if we felt a millstone going around our necks as we snapped at them? “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home and Homeschool: Build An Identity – Simply Convivial

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Switch describes the common patterns in successful habit changes through engaging stories, turning them into practical advice. The stories and advice are all based on three observations they made about habit changes, both personal changes and organization-wide changes: What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity. So provide crystal-clear direction. What looks like laziness is often exhaustion. It’s critical to engage people’s emotional side to get cooperation. What looks like a people problem is often a situation problem. … Read More

Life is a Story: Conflict is an Opportunity – Simply Convivial

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Every story has conflict, or it isn’t a story at all. There would be no St. George if there had not been a dragon. There would be no prince for Snow White if the witch hadn’t attempted to kill her first. There would be no present for Pooh Bear if there had been no flood to necessitate improvisation. Conflict is central to every story. Conflict, internal and external, is your chance to obey and glorify God. There was conflict before … Read More

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