Homeschool Mother’s Journal: March 28th

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Welcome to the March 28th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week.

HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHSWhat is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we journey together.  NextGen Homeschool is joining the following blogs to co-host the Homeschool Mother’s Journal Link-up: So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?Contented at HomeThe Heart of MichelleAbundant Life and Vibrant Homeschooling.

We are so thankful for each one of you stopping by! If you haven’t already, we’d love for you to like us on our Facebook page as we grow our community over there. We’d love to connect with you there as we will soon begin to share many of the wonderful posts linked up each week.


  • Finding Relief from Homeschool Burnout: How do you cope with homeschool burnout? What changes (if any) do you make about this time of year to breathe life back into your days? NextGen Homeschool author Rosanna Ward shares how she finds relief from homeschool burnout: Complete post here.
  • Must We Finish Our Curriculum? Do you feel compelled to check off every to-do in your curriculum’s lesson plan? Are you worried about being able to finish curriculum before the planned end to your homeschool year? What if you feel like you want to make changes before your curriculum package is completed? It’s a familiar spring dilemma: Must we finish our curriculum for the sake of finishing? Here’s my response.


This week we want to highlight the following posts from last week’s link-up:

We encourage you to take the time to check out these inspiring posts! Now on to this week’s link-up…

Renée Gotcher is a wife, writer, editorial consultant, and home-educating mother of three daughters. She has been married for 26 years to her best friend Kenny, whom she met while attending Oral Roberts University in the early 90s. Renée was homeschooled during her last two years of high school and started homeschooling in 2010. A former journalist, she is currently editor of NextGen Homeschool and blogs on personal topics at A New Chapter. Her family lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.

One thought on “Homeschool Mother’s Journal: March 28th

  1. RE: “Meeting God in the Silence from Kids in the Word” – this concept has become very popular with many conference promoters and currriculums – however, it is a Hindu practice which does not lead to a closer walk with God. Rather, it opens the door to demonic oppression. Another popular advocate of this practice was Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuit Monk who formed a militant group to protect the Pope’s Interests, the Jesuits, giving them Contemplative Prayer as a way of emptying their mind and becoming bonded with Loyola’s cause of killing the Heretic who did not agree with the Pope’s leadership. The Jesuits who still use this method have been very influential in our Bible Colleges. The reason for its popularity in the Church today is that many Christian leaders have become apostate embracing Catholic mystic rituals “to experience God” and New Age thinking. They have left their first love of God’s Word and It’s authority for testing all things. God never advocates silence. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. The prayer model that He gave them was a conversation with God, Himself, whom we can now access because of the the death of Jesus on the Cross for our sins. The veil of the Holy of Holies in the temple in Jerusalem was ripped from top to bottom miraculously when Jesus said, “It is finished.” We now have access to the Holy of Holies, to talk with God, Himself, our Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, any time we want. We can talk out loud or quietly, however, communication with God is always TALKING, never “emptying the mind.” Adam and Eve talked with God in the cool of the day. The one verse in the Bible which is used to legitimize Contemplative Prayer by its proponents is misinterpreted. It is not God telling us “to be still” as in “empty your mind,” He is telling those who oppose Him “to desist” to stop fighting Him.

    When we want to know God’s will on a matter, we go to scripture – first to the verses that relate specifically with the subject before we go to any obscure verses that may or may not relate. The verse “Be still and know that I am God,” is not a verse specifically talking about how we should communicate with God. All the verses that talk about people communicating with God clearly show them “talking to God.” God wants a relationship with us. Prayer is conversation with Him. Jesus taught us that. We do not have to empty our mind “to hear from God.” We have the Word of God through which God will answer our questions and teach us, and we have the Holy Spirit who will teach us – how? By bringing to our mind the words that Jesus said. The role of the Holy Spirit is clearly defined in John chapters 14-16.

    The Hindus who do not know God have developed transcendental meditation as a way of relating to their gods. What we now call Contemplative Prayer is Transcendental Meditation. Contemplative Prayer is the latest Catholic and New Age term. Our Christian bookstores are getting many books from advocates of this method of “seeking God” is a New Age term. As Christians, we do not have to “seek God.” We know where He is. We can seek for direction, but He is every present with us. If we are born again, He is with us every minute of the day. Of course, if we are rebellious to Him, the Word of God says that “if we grieve the Holy Spirit, we will believe a lie.” So if we feel distant from God, we are to go to Him in prayer and ask Him to show us where we went wrong. As soon as we repent, we will again have His peace and Joy. In other words, all we need is found in God’s Word, and access to God, Himself, is available to us every minute of the day through prayer, verbal prayer, which is the type of Prayer that Jesus Christ, Himself, taught us.

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