"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!" 2Peter 1:4-8
We've rotated around many of the programs we have. At times, I've let The Narrow Way Curriculum sit while we've worked in other programs. Several months ago, I felt very strongly that God was telling me, "Linda, I've shown you this program, I want you to use it." I was almost startled, but we got back to it! As Michael and I work through The Narrow Way, I see that it is beneficial for him - but I believe God really chose it for me! :-)
We also do the Royal Rangers program here at home. Michael is just getting ready to move up into Pioneers! We completed his Straight Arrows here at home, took him through Buckaroos, and we are ready for Pioneers! Each of these meetings we have contains a character lesson, too.
Contender's For the Faith is another program we do here at home. Michael earns badges, completes craft projects, and works on Scripture memorization. Each of these meetings contains a character lesson as well! During these meetings we've been working through Josh McDowell's, Don't Check Your Brains at the Door, A Book of Christian Evidences.
Other books we have which we enjoy/enjoyed/plan to enjoy <g>:
Touching Incidents and Remarkable Answers to Prayer compiled by Rev. S.B. Shaw. This book was originally written in 1893; we have a 1907 copy. There are approximately 130 true stories. Many of them made me weep! I've had so many answers to prayer in my life - I love to read stories of how God answers prayers.
Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories - We still love these stories!
Wise Words, Family Stories that Bring the Proverbs to Life by Peter Leithart
Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys
The Kings Daughter and Other Stories for Girls
Choice Stories...for Children
Stories Worth Re-Reading
Sabbath Readings for the Home Circle
Wisdom and the Millers by Mildred A. Martin
Storytime with the Millers
Missionary Stories with the Millers
Prudence and the Millers
School Days with the Millers
Moral Lessons of Yesteryear compiled by A.L. Byers
Books we've purchased from the Keepers of the Faith Catalog:
The Little Woodchopper
Princess in Calico
Stand By, Boys!
Cherry Cobbler and Other Stories About Young Christians
The Little Missionaries and Other Stories
Twelve Youthful Martyrs
A Place for Peter
The Man of the House
Little Pete and other Stories
A last book I want to mention is Bless Your Children Every Day by Dr. Mary Ruth Swope. Every school day we always start our morning with a prayer and a blessing from this book. I choose one and read the blessing over Michael. Here is an example:
In the name of Jesus Christ:
I command your ears to hear clearly today. You will hear and understand with spiritual ears the Word of God.
Like the wise man who built his house upon the rock, may you hear the sayings of Jesus and follow them. May the seed of the Word fall on fertile ground in your heart so that you will not only hear and understand but also bear and bring forth fruit a hundred times over.
You will also hear and heed the words of your parents and other elders. Their words of wisdom will be precious to you. I bless the ears of your heart that they will hear the words of knowledge and wisdom that are spoken to you today by God's righteous ones one earth.
Proverbs 18:15; Matthew 7:24, 13:16,23; Romans 2:13; James 1:19-25
I know that I cannot force Michael to a be a person of good character. But I do know that I am commanded to train him up in the way he should go. He may not have understood what it meant to be virtuous - but after 27 lessons on virtue, he has now been taught ... he should be able to recognize virtue when he sees it. As he continues to be educated, he should have the tools he needs to make right choices in his life.
I spent so much time buying this curriculum and that curriculum, making plans - planning our academics heavily. But I thank God that he has shown me how important is the time we give to Him and studying His Word. I've learned to simplify our academics. I'm very happy with the guidance God has given me as I've purchased curriculum and books to aid in our understanding of Him and what He wants for our lives.
Gospel Publishing House ... 1-800-641-4310 (Prayer Adventures for Boys and Girls, Royal Rangers Program, Don't Check Your Brains at the Door)
Praise Hymn, Inc. ... 1-803-292-1990 (Star Ways)
Sycamore Tree ... 714-650-4466 (Searching for Treasure)
Doorposts ... 503-698-7973 (For Instructions in Righteousness)
Pearables ... P.O. Box 9887, Colorado Springs, CO 80932 (The Narrow Way)
Keepers of the Faith ... P.O. Box 100, Ironwood, MI 49938-0100 (Contenders for the Faith (boys), Keepers at Home (girls))
Swope Enterprises ... 1-800-447-9772 (Bless Your Children Every Day)
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