Through the Narrow – Ann Voskamp Seductive Romanticism: By Tami Dykes

I know Ann Voskamp and her books is a sensitive subject with many because so many still enjoy her books regardless of her unbiblical teaching and I see her quotes being shared which some sound fine but sharing her quotes do point people to her books and studies and her odd beliefs and that is truly concerning. Ann writes and teaches mysticism, pantheism, Romanticism, sensuality, and new revelations. She’s very seductive in her speech and ideas about God and actually says God wants this with us too. Really? She’s going to seriously say this about God?
Christians, there is a huge difference between having a respectful, close relationship with God that is within biblical teachings vs. a sensual intimate relationship with God that makes most people cringe. We will all be held accountable for what we teach, practice and say about God. For her to speak of God with such a fleshy desire that expresses such human sensuality and even proclaim that this is how God wants to be with us is in great error and dishonoring to Him. “For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,” (2Peter 2:18).
I’ve made my thoughts known on facebook before about Ann Voskamp. It never took long to receive replies from others of how wrong I was for calling Voskamp out as a false teacher. They were quick to tell me I was taking Voskamps words out of context and being unchristian for doing that. Quickly following that up with how wonderful, humble and gifted Voskamp is and how she always quotes scriptures in her books.
How interesting it was to me that although women tell me that I’m taking Voskamp’s words out of contexts and committing some kind of crime against her yet not once did they see or understand how badly Voskamp has taken Gods Word out of context and how very unchristian that is for her to do. I guess we can offend the Lord and twist His Holy, perfect and complete Word in such a perverted way, yet we don’t dare offend others by calling out the errors of their beloved authors or ministers?
I had a lady say to me, “How can you speak against her like that because she’s done some wonderful things in the world” and they list off some very noble, kind works that Ann Voskamp has done. They continue telling me that Voskamp is a holy woman and instrumental in raising a huge amount of money for a women’s hospital.
Yeah, I know, I don’t doubt Ann has done some good things in her life and helped others in their trials, that’s a wonderful thing for her to do and I’m sure Ann has written many good books but that means nothing if she teaches a different idea of God, changes His character and perverts a relationship with Him. It means nothing if a “nice person” that does “good things” teaches against the Scriptures. It means nothing if your good works are over and above God’s law. I’d rather stand before a Holy God and answer for expressing my disgust for Ann Voskamp’s book then have to answer for the fact that I saw danger in what she teaches and didn’t warn others about it. I want no one’s blood on my hands (Ezekiel 3:17-18). I also know that I wouldn’t want to be Ann Voskamp or any woman that condones such sensual teachings about God when they stand before Him on judgment day and have to answer for putting words in Gods mouth, defiling His name and shaming His character in such a perverted way. Matthew 15:18–19~ But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-defilement.html
God tells us not to look at another with lust or we will have committed adultery in our hearts. The crime is in our hearts even though we do not do the sexual act of it. So Voskamp is mentally steering women to think of God like this and it can cause them to commit that crime in their hearts towards God. Christians should be so upset about how Voskamp talks about God but instead, her followers correct those of us that are offended by her.
The abuse that Voskamp displays towards our Lord is repulsive and is no different than her using the Lord’s name in vain as said in Exodus 20:7. Many Christians don’t understand that it’s more than just using His name as a cuss word. We need to understand that using His name in vain is done in ways that misrepresent Him or is disrespectful and dishonoring to Him. If we claim to the world that we are Christians that serve a Holy, Righteous, Glorious God yet behave in a way that dishonors Him then we have used His name in vain.
Got Questions explains it this way: “If we profess to be Christians, but act, think, and speak in a worldly or profane manner, we take His name in vain. When we misrepresent Christ, either intentionally or through ignorance of the Christian faith as proclaimed in Scripture, we take the Lord’s name in vain. When we say we love Him, but do not do what He commands (Luke 6:46), we take His name in vain and are possibly identifying ourselves to be among those to whom Christ will say, “I never knew you. Away from me” in the Day of Judgment (Matthew 7:21-23).” https://www.gotquestions.org/Lords-name-vain.html
Even the angels were extremely careful to show reverence and respect in the presence of God, as said in Isaiah 6:5 and Exodus 3:4-5.
From Got Questions: “Isaiah was a firsthand witness of God’s holiness in his vision described in Isaiah 6. Even though Isaiah was a prophet of God and a righteous man, his reaction to the vision of God’s holiness was to be aware of his own sinfulness and to despair for his life (Isaiah 6:5). Even the angels in God’s presence, those who were crying, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty,” covered their faces and feet with four of their six wings. Covering the face and feet no doubt denotes the reverence and awe-inspired by the immediate presence of God (Exodus 3:4–5). The seraphim stood covered, as if concealing themselves as much as possible, in recognition of their unworthiness in the presence of the Holy One. And if the pure and holy seraphim exhibit such reverence in the presence of the Lord, with what profound awe should we, polluted and sinful creatures, presume to draw near to Him! The reverence shown to God by the angels should remind us of our own presumption when we rush thoughtlessly and irreverently into His presence, as we often do because we do not understand His holiness.” https://www.gotquestions.org/holy-holy-holy.html
The heavenly angel’s nature is to serve and glorify the Lord humbly and they are far more pure than us yet they cover themselves because they know they are unworthy.
Shockingly Ann thinks of God, the maker of heaven and earth, with erotic thoughts and romanticizes her relationship with Him and teaches that this is Christian and how God Himself behaves.
When you put words together with words like romance, lover, embrace, climax, cohabit and to make love…..then what do you think Ann Voskamp is talking about? She’s not talking about just knowing God through the Word. Where does she think people’s minds are gonna go? She is pointing out that she wants more of a relationship than just being a child of God, she wants to be something else with Him entirely in a mental, spiritual and yes, sexual way, that should make the readers cringe. She teaches others to do the same probably so she feels validated in how she thinks of Him and worships Him.
GotQuestions explains panentheism as “essentially a combination of theism (God is the Supreme Being) and pantheism (God is everything)”. https://www.gotquestions.org/panentheism.html
Biblically we know God is omnipresent as said in scriptures (Psalm 139:7-12). God is everywhere but although God is everywhere Does not mean God is found “IN” everything.
Voskamp shares how she focuses her worship of God on objects such as stones, bubbles, a bed, and even the moon. The example of the moon as holy or bubbles as Holy then people will be looking for Holy experiences with God in every object. She writes about doing dishes and she talks about the light in the soap bubbles and then says, “This is where God is” (69). She describes a bubble trembling, then states the space is holy, “The God in it”. Although creation reminds us that there is indeed a Creator, we should understand that it is not a dwelling place for the Creator. It’s not good to focus your worship for God on an object such as a bed, or on a building of stones or bubbles just because you think God is in it. Acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.” Worshiping a bubble and saying that God is found in the bubble and the space is Holy is not biblical. She is idolizing it! It’s making an object an idol. Then she writes she finds God in the moon and so she puts all her focus on the moon and then says she finds Salvation in the moon. Ann: “Has His love lured me out here to really save me? I sit up in the wheat stubble, drawn. That He would care to save. Moon face glows. We are head to head. I am bare; He is bare. All Eye sees me” (Voskamp: 115).

Bob DeWaay wrote on Ann Voskamp and it is very thorough. Bob says, “The moon cannot resolve the problem of sinners’ lost condition, but the Son will if they repent” (Acts 17:30, 31).https://www.cicministry.org/commentary/issue120.htm
Voskamp is skilled at describing things in terms of romanticism is enhanced by her very expressive words. Her romantic terminology creates such a wide range of emotions and feelings that causes the reader to feel how she wants them to feel. She describes a very romantic situation that should only be found with their husbands but instead is focused on God instead. Ann says: “The full life, the one spilling joy and peace, happens only as I come to trust the caress of the Lover, Lover who never burdens His children with shame or self-condemnation but keeps stroking the fears with gentle grace “(Voskamp: 146). Romanticism puts focus on our very human feelings and what we experience and completely ignores God’s truth.
Below are some of her romantic terminology excerpts where Voskamp describes in her book romantic encounters with God.
“I fly to Paris and discover how to make love to God.” (One Thousand Gifts, p 201)
“I run my hand along the beams over my loft bed, wood hewn by a hand several hundred years ago. I can hear Him. He’s calling for a response; He’s calling for oneness. Communion (Voskamp: 211).
“I remember this feeling. The way my apron billowed in the running, the light, the air. The harvest moon. I remember. The yearning. To merge with Beauty Himself. But here . . .Now? Really?. . I am not at all certain that I want consummation.” ..And who wouldn’t cower at the invitation to communion with limitless Holiness Himself?” (One Thousand Gifts, p 211)
“This invitation to have communion with Love—is this the edge of the mystery Paul speaks of? “‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one” (Ephesians 5:31-32). The two, Christ and the church, becoming one flesh—the mystery of that romance. Breath falling on face, Spirit touching spirit, the long embrace, the entering in and being within—this is what God seeks? With each of us?” (One Thousand Gifts, pp 212-213)
“God makes love with grace upon grace, every moment a making of His love for us. And He invites the turning over of the hand, the opening and saying Yes with thanks. Then God lays down all of His fullness into all the emptiness. I am in Him. He is in me. I embrace God in the moment. I give Him thanks, and I bless God and we meet and couldn’t I make love to God, making every moment love for Him? To know Him the way Adam knew Eve. Spirit skin to spirit skin.” (One Thousand Gifts, pp 216-217)
Looking at her use of words, we have determined what she really means and if you have doubt look up each word to see the term.
God is called our Father… Our Father and we are His children not His intimate partner. We shouldn’t think that way or worship that way to our Father. I can’t help but think how wrong it sounds to even teach our children this kind of idea of God either. Also, what husband is alright with their wife worshiping like that? Is it okay for our husbands to think of God the Father in this way? One man said, “Where does that way of thinking put us men”? We shouldn’t think of Him like that at all, it’s just wrong. If this is pleasing to God then why doesn’t He tell us to worship like this in Scriptures? What about our fear of God? Where is her fear of God and reverence for Him and His Word?
God’s way of love is not the way Ann describes in her book that is all about emotions and flesh and objects. God’s love is Agape love.
From gotquestions it is explained like this; “The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament. How is “agape love” different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is self-sacrifice. Unlike our English word “love,” agape is not used in the Bible to refer to romantic or sexual love. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Agape is love which is of and from God, whose very nature is love itself. The apostle John affirms this in 1 John 4:8: “God is love.” God does not merely love; He is love itself. Everything God does flows from His love. But it is important to remember that God’s love is not a sappy, sentimental love such as we often hear portrayed. God loves because that is His nature and the expression of His being. He loves the unlovable and the unlovely (us!), not because we deserve to be loved, but because it is His nature to love us, and He must be true to His nature and character. God’s love is displayed most clearly at the cross, where Christ died for the unworthy creatures who were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1), not because we did anything to deserve it, “but God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The object of God’s agape love never does anything to merit His love. We are the undeserving recipients upon whom He lavishes that love. His love was demonstrated when He sent His Son into the world to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) and to provide eternal life to those He sought and saved. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for those He loves.”
God’s love is expressed not in intimate ways like Ann portrays but in the death of His Son. We need to control our imaginations and thoughts. As we read in verse, 2 Corinthians 10:5 ~Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Peter 2:2 says, “And many will follow their sensuality and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.”
John MacArthur says it best here, “We err greatly if we think of intimacy with Christ as some lofty level of mysterious, feelings-based communion with the Divine–as if it involved some knowledge of God that goes beyond what Scripture has revealed. That idea is the very heart of the gnostic heresy. It has nothing in common with true Christianity.”
“If we want God to delight in our worship, we must think rightly about Him. The very essence of idolatry consists in wrong thoughts about God. And conversely, true knowledge of God means knowing Him as He is revealed in Scriptures”.
A pastor I talked to just shook his head as we discussed the book and he said he didn’t understand how anyone could say it’s a good book? The pastor’s wife was very shocked that so many women support Ann Voskamp and she couldn’t believe that some people think it’s biblical to worship God in such a way when it’s not. One preacher said he read excerpts from her book but not the entire thing and like me, have seen enough of it to know that it is not good.

By Tami Dykes

 


Through The Narrow is written by Tami Dykes and Gina Cook, both are published authors. You can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here.


Songs of Sovereign Grace – By Irvin Mack

This, dear ones, is a simple and beautiful hymn written by Irvin Mack. Mostly, I enjoy the very complicated hymns with long and deep lines. But from time to time, ones like this catch my eye. I hope that it blesses you, as it blessed me. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Let the voice of praising
Come from all the race,
All our songs upraising
Songs of Sovereign Grace.

Songs of Sovereign Grace,
Songs of Sovereign Grace,
Soon we’ll sing up yonder
Songs of Sovereign Grace.

We shall soon behold Him,
See Him face to face,
Then we’ll sing the sweeter,
Songs of Sovereign Grace.

Songs of Sovereign Grace,
Songs of Sovereign Grace,
Soon we’ll sing up yonder
Songs of Sovereign Grace.

When we seek to enter
That most holy place
We will come rejoicing,
Saved by Sovereign Grace.

Saved by Sovereign Grace,
Saved by Sovereign Grace,
Soon we’ll sing up yonder
Saved by Sovereign Grace.

Throwback Thursday – Series on the Laws of Logic & Logical Fallacies

Back in June of 2018 I brought to a conclusion this 13 part series on Logic. The only changes I’ve made for today’s post is adding the full list of the articles down below for anyone who missed it. You can find the original, posted June 18th, 2018, here.


This week is, sadly, the last week we’re going to discuss logical fallacies. There are so many I want to bring up, I was tempted to dump several on you all at once. I don’t think thats helpful, yet I do need to move on to discuss some other very important, culturally relevant, subjects, namely feminism which we’ll begin a series on next Friday. For today I’m going to end this series in style, with my very least favorite fallacy, begging the question.

The very best explanation I’ve heard for this logical fallacy is done by Dr. Jason Lisle in this lecture below starting at about the 23 minute mark, although I highly recommend the entire lecture.


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There is something about Dr. Lisles calm demeanor which makes his lectures so enjoyable. If you haven’t had the opportunity to be blessed by his lectures, friends, this one HERE is my favorite. It doesn’t have anything to do with logic, but it is so fascinating! As you saw, beloved brethren, in the lecture above begging the question is a fallacious way to argue any point. Anytime we attempt to manipulate those around us by sticking the conclusion we want them to come to within our argument, we are arguing foolishly. God’s Word does not need our help, so lets speak openly and honestly with the lost, and avoid begging the question.

When you give the Law to the proud their natural inclination will be to go on the offense, often times with this fallacy. This is why it’s my least favorite fallacy, I see it come up so often when sharing the Gospel. It’s painful to see the lost harden their hearts even further, then to see them pridefully proclaim falsehood as if it were true by begging the question. Twitter, in particular, is a begging the question fallacy making machine! When this happens take a deep breath and remember, friends, that God is sovereign. We have been called to share the Good News, but we were never called to save anyone. Thankfully, that is in the capable hands of God, not the vastly incapable hands of wretched man. If you have time, and the person seems reasonable, try to show them their error with gentleness, and love.

This concludes our series through logic, and the many fallacies. Although this was the longest series I’ve done, I really just scratched the surface. I hope you were all blessed by these posts, and will continue to study logic. Remember, dear ones, we do this in love, without a haughty attitude, to tear down every high and lofty thing that sets itself up against the Truth. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!


Part 1 – What is Logic?

Part 2 – The Law of Non Contradictions

Part 3 – The Law of Identity

Part 4 – Excluded Middle

Part 5 – Ad Hominem

Part 6 – Straw Man Fallacy

Part 7 – No True Scotsman

Part 8 – Argumentum Ad Populum

Part 9 – Reification

Part 10 – Bifurcation Fallacy

Part 11 – Equivocation

Part 12 – Red Herring

MY FAVORITE PART OF 2019

By: Becca Barner

Lauren and I get asked this question quite a bit and thought it would be great to write an article about it. I was going to write about how our year has been, but we are going to do an episode next week all about the wonderful blessings of 2019. So, I’ll tell you about my favorite part this year. 

Just to give a little back story… My husband and I had been off social media for quite some time before I met Lauren. We had been radio silent for about three years but earlier this year we wanted to start sharing what God has done in our lives and being transparent with our closest friends and family. In May of this year, we got back on Facebook. But boy was it shaky and hard to be back on. We had a lot of opposition with…. You guessed it. Family. 

I shared information about my current health and how I am learning to trust God. I would always try to mention God’s sovereignty because that’s a word I never heard back in my old days of the “Word of Faith” movement. Then I also branched into making memes on Instagram under the pseudo name of Becca.Berean. Lauren messaged me back in July with the best massage I had ever gotten on Instagram. She told me how much she loved my memes and that I was a great graphic artist. Just thinking about this again makes my heart so happy. Totally smiling in the midst of writing this y’all. 

I quickly went over to her page and right away loved all the things she posted. Then I noticed she had a blog and podcast. I could tell that the podcast only had a few episodes and offered to be on if she had an opening for another testimony, I was totally available. She was so super kind and we scheduled right away. I was so super pumped to be sharing my testimony, a lot of the ladies at my church were praying for me about it. 

I was totally nervous the days leading into our first episode together. The episode was recorded just like an audio file, so we couldn’t see each other. But Lauren made me feel so comfortable and she has the most soothing voice ever. I had so much fun recording with her, so either later that day or the next day I texted her to let me know if she needed a full-time Co-host, I was available. That’s how it all started folks 😊 I’m so grateful to Lauren, if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have brushed up on my skills with photoshop, logos, blog writing, and I would never have started a podcast. It is such an honor and a blessing to be working with her, that’s why she is the best boss babe. A fun name I love to refer her to by.

Did you guys know that we have a couple of other podcasters under the Tulips and Honey Hub? Yep, I remember her telling me about her idea to have a network of other podcasters to provide more content with more biblical sound truth to more people. We have awesome podcasters, check them out HERE. Not only that but when I mentioned how I would love to write a book on suffering and children’s book, she right away investigated publishing information to help me or even creating a publishing company for us to be able to sell books. Seriously, I am overjoyed and grateful to God for bringing us together. She has sparked dreams that I thought were over in my life, all for His Glory. 

We have pretty much texted each other every day since our first episode and it’s odd to me if we don’t lol. (please don’t send hate mail for using this word lol) She became my best friend instantly. I haven’t even met her, yet God has brought us together in this awesome friendship. Little did Lauren know, that I have had the worst luck of having and keeping a best friend. 

She just texted me while writing this about how she’s excited to read this article and that I’m such a good writer. I don’t deserve any of this, I definitely do not deserve Lauren. Reminds me of that quote from RC Sproul where he says, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” That’s a perfect quote to express that thought. I am so inspired and encouraged by her, and although I’m a year older… I still look up to Lauren as a sister. It was totally worth waiting for 32 years to have finally found mine, my Sweet Tea Lauren.

Stay tuned HumbleBees because next week, we’ll get into more about some of the good from this year, as well as some of the trials that we faced together. We’ll also share what things we’ve got lined up for 2020. Lauren and I totally have to meet up…that’s going to be EPIC!!

Merry Christmas to all 

and to all a Goodnight,

 

– Becca

P.S. I am adding this scripture because it made me crack up. She and I are both clumsy and we need each other lol. It has been such a blessing to work, learn, pray, laugh, cry with you, bestie!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

‘Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” 

 

Are Friendly Calvinists an Endangered Species – Part 1

It’s no secret, dear ones, that the Reformed community has somehow managed to make a name for itself as, well, rude, arrogant, and ungracious. Ungracious? How is it possible that the group of believers that hold so tightly to the doctrines of Grace could act ungraciously? I’ve heard from several people over the last year that they agree with the doctrine, but struggle with the people professing it. So, for today’s episode we’re interviewing an Instagrammer who has done a great deal in changing that mindset. Not only are his posts purposefully reproachful of bad behavior on Social Media, but they’re edifying and encouraging to his followers. I hope others will see this, and follow FriendlyCalvinists example.

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Throughout his time on Instagram the FriendlyCalvinist has remained behind the scenes, making his time online about Gods glory and not about himself. Due to this, much of what he talks to us about is breaking news of sorts. We were so honored to be a platform for him to continue teaching believers how to act online. It’s always such a blessing to talk with fellow believers about the work God is doing through them. The interview was nearly three hours long, but there was too much great content to cut it, so we divided it into two parts. Next Monday we’ll drop part 2 where we get more into the details of Social Media, answering our listeners questions, and Shenanigans.

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Becca and I want to thank the FriendlyCalvinist for joining us on the program and sharing so much of his story with us. I hope you will all join me in praying for him, and his son, as they grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord. You can find the podcast on Podbean, Castbox, iHeart Radio, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and the video on YouTube. Please don’t forget to like, share, subscribe, and comment to help us reach more believers and nonbelievers with the truth of Gods Word. Our hope is to continue to edify and encourage the Church, while convicting the lost with the Law and Gospel. As always, beloved Brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

A Very Cliche Christmas Hymn

I know, I know, I usually dig deep into the varied hymnal books of the past and find the most random song to share with you. I find that I have become predictable in this Sunday post. So, I’m throwing you all a curveball, and picking a very cliche Christmas hymn, Silent Night. When I was little everything was chaotic, there was no stability in our home. But one thing that was always a source of comfort was the Christmas tree. My mom would let us drown that thing in tinsel without hesitation, and I would sleep on the couch each night falling asleep to the glittering tree and Silent Night.

This song was all the theology my little heart had, but it was enough to convince my childlike mind that God was real and Jesus had come to earth all those years ago. Even as a false convert, I later sang this hymn to Kayliegh as if it were a lullaby. This is the last Christmas hymn I’ll be sharing this year. We’re heading into 2020, can you believe that? I hope this is a blessing to you all as it is to me. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Silent night! Holy night! 
All is calm, all is bright 
’round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild, 
sleep in heavenly peace, 
sleep in heavenly peace. 

Silent night! Holy night! 
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar,
heav’nly hosts sing alleluia;
Christ, the Savior, is born! 
Christ, the Savior, is born! 

Silent night! Holy night! 
Son of God, love’s pure light,
radiant beams from thy holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, 
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Silent night! Holy night!
wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing
alleluias to our King;
Christ, the Savior, is born!
Christ, the Savior, is born!

Homeschool Update – The Spelling Bee

Hello, and happy Saturday! I’m sorry I missed the MEGA list yesterday. This coming Monday is going to be a very exciting conversation with the Friendly Calvinist. His testimony is God glorifying, but make sure your have tissues handy! Most of our conversation revolves around social media, although he is the first guest we have ever had come prepared with their own Shenanigans, so there are going to be some laughs! Thats pretty much the only update I have for the podcast. So, let’s move on to homeschooling.

Kayliegh is officially entered into her first ever spelling bee! I’ve never seen her study so hard, although she already had a knack for spelling. We replaced our ordinary spelling lists with the lists we were given for the contest. It’s going to happen early in January, so she does have some catching up to do as far as memorization goes. The neat thing I wanted to mention about this spelling bee is that it was set up by an older Homeschooling student! There are adults over-seeing it, of course, but she has personally gone around town collecting prizes from local business. Once a week she hosts a live feed on FaceBook where the students are given a word from their list, which they are instructed to type next to their initials. Not only is this great practice for the words, but it’s also teaching typing! At the end of each live feed every child who participated is entered to win a small prize. Again, this was put together by someone half my age.

This was exciting on two levels, first, and most obvious, is that Kayliegh is participating with other homeschooling families. She’s getting the experience, she’s going to learn the benefit of hard work and study. Second, homeschoolers can do set up events, we’re not limited by keeping our children out of Public School. Not everyone has the ability, or even the option, to homeschool, no parent shaming here. But, for those of us that can, it helps to know what a wonderful world of opportunity there is when we are called home. That’s my only update for you today, but I do have a question. If you homeschool, or were homeschooled, did you do lessons all the way up until Christmas? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!