Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Farewell Gayl


We begin this week’s linkup by wishing co-host Gayl Wright a fond farewell. She is headed in new directions with her writing, and we strongly encourage you to use the links below to visit her blog and let her know how much you appreciated her as a host.

On to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

Would you like to host the #LMMLinkup? Please let me know at theforeverjoyfulhomeschool [at] gmail [dot] com if you are interested in learning more about what hosting entails. Please keep the mission of our linkup in mind when you contact me. We celebrate all types of family-friendly literacy with a special focus on literacy that draws us closer to Jesus Christ.

 

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Who doesn’t love a free book? Thanks, Tehila, for highlighting such great freebies!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

 Homeschool Moms Speak Up About the Benefits of Homeschooling

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By: Michelle at homeschool-your-boys.com

 As a homeschooling mom, it’s always encouraging to see the benefits of homeschooling played out in families from all walks of life. I wish some of my non-homeschooling friends would read this post to better understand why we do some of the things we do.
Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow Mary Hill’s board Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Blogging for Christian Growth

We’re so glad you joined us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup! Beckie Lindsey brings us a great guest post today about how blogging has positively impacted her spiritual life. I pray you will be blessed!

How Blogging has Made Me a Stronger Christian
By Beckie Lindsey

Beckie Lindsey

Heart pounding, my finger hovered just above the enter key of my laptop. I drew in a deep breath and clicked “post”. That was almost two years ago and yet I still go through some of the same angst before publishing a blog post.

I started my blog because I have fallen in love with God and His word and desire to share my journey in hopes of inspiring others. When I began writing Spotlight, I never imagined the blessings and trials that I would encounter—and yet it is both that have made me a stronger Christian. Here are a few reasons why.

Teaching Means Learning Double

“To teach is to learn twice over.” ~Joseph Joubert

Every post requires research and study of scripture. Blogging has made me a better student of the word as I teach to others what I have learned.

“Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.” Luke 6:40 NLT

I’m Accountable to My Readers

Research shows that putting a goal in writing along with sharing it with others increases our success by 85 percent. Since my major goal is learning and putting into practice scripture, blogging is a huge benefit to me in my spiritual growth.

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24 NLT

Support and Prayers from Others

I cannot express how grateful I am for the support of other writers and Christians. I’ve gained a large community of some wonderful encouragers and supporters whom I’ve also learned a great deal from.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” 1 Timothy 2:1 NLT

Trials—It’s Not All Rainbows and Butterflies

Blogging means making myself more public, and with that have come some difficulties. I have also noticed an increase in spiritual warfare. These issues have occasionally made me want to put a halt to sharing with the World Wide Web, but I know that God has used the trials to strengthen and grow me.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT

Even though my heart still pounds just before hitting “post”, the pluses of blogging far outweigh the minuses. Don’t you agree?

Beckie is a wife and mother of three grown children and two adorable cats. She is thoroughly content with a cup of coffee, a piece of dark chocolate, and a great book. She serves in music and women’s ministry at her local church. Her passion is to encourage others to not only know the truths of the Bible but to experience them personally and practically in everyday life. Beckie is a freelance writer and blogger. She has been published in newspapers, online sites, devotionals, blogs, and magazines. She is currently co-writing a Bible study as well as a YA Christian/supernatural novel. Connect with Beckie on her blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

First, let’s

 

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Everything Is Possible

A favorite quote that Joanne shares from this inspiring book is :

Where will your path take you if you decide to push yourself to do what you were meant to do? Where might you find yourself that you never dreamed possible?

Be brave. Dream big. Have faith. And don’t be scared to look down. The view is pretty spectacular.

 

Joanne inspires too by sharing this sweet review. Be sure to check it out.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

The Eternally Valuable

Practice of Becoming a Minimalist

By Tehila at Women Abiding

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Tehila gives a great perspective on how “stuff” can influence our lives. Often I think about how many activities I cannot do because I am straightening stuff I don’t necessarily need. (And I am by no means a hoarder!) I have been blessed as I have applied some of these principles in my own home.

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

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Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Also congratulations to the winner of our Back to School PayPal Giveaway: Jessica Miller.

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

 

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: In Honor of September 11

Dear Literacy Musing Mondays Friends,

As we gear up to enjoy great books, writing samples, homeschooling tips and devotions this week, let’s pause for a moment to remember those who died fifteen years ago in the September 11 terrorist attacks and to celebrate the heroic acts of those who served.

As a community, you bless me with your great resources weekly. This week, rather than picking a single favorite post, I’m featuring your best posts on September 11 and God’s grace, as well as some other resources I have found helpful. Read, remember, and reflect.

Blessings,

Leslie

Feature #1

Book Review: Triumph Over Terror by Pageant Wagon Publishing

According to the review, Triumph Over Terror, chronicles Chaplain Bob Ossler’s five tours of duty in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. I’ve added this to my to-read list!

Feature #2

How to Trust God in Difficulties by Ifeoma Samuel at Purposeful and Meaningful

While not specifically about the terrorist attacks, Ifeoma gives solid, biblical advice on how to trust God in the midst of tragedies.

Feature #3

Remembering 9/11 With Your Kids: Patriot Day by Mary at Not Before 7

Superb roundup of resources for teaching children about this tragic day using developmentally appropriate books, video clips, and more.

Feature #4

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

My son has long been a fan of this series, but I had him hold off on reading the September 11 book while he was younger. At almost 9 years old, I decided this September 11 was the year for him to read it, and I’m glad I allowed it. I appreciate how Tarshis explains her reasoning behind writing about such a tragedy in a special section as well as her own personal experience in an international airplane on that fateful day.

**This post contains an affiliate link to a book I love. If you purchase through the link, I will earn a small commission. Thank you.

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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Looking for ideas for fun fall activities. This post at Our Unschooling Journey has some great ideas.

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Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

 

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A Heart Most Certain Review + Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup

Nothing gets me more in the mood to celebrate literacy with my blogging friends than a good book. Melissa Jagear’s newest novel, A Heart Most Certain, was remarkably thought-provoking and action-inspiring. If you’re looking for fiction that breaks out of the lightweight category, check this one out. Jagears delves into difficult issues such as the Christian’s duty to help those less fortunate regardless of what sin may mar his or her past, hypocrisy, and redemption.

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Synopsis:

Lydia King knows what it’s like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping to help the town’s poor. But with her father’s debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that his mother is the moral society’s president. Lydia’s first task as a moral society member–to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town–seems easy . . . until the man flat-out refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs–and hearts–truly align.

What I liked:

  1. The plot line captured my attention. I was as stuck to the story line as Winnie the Pooh to his sticky-yet-delightful honey tree.
  2. Jagear’s used Lydia’s fictional story to inspire readers to help those in need, no matter the personal cost.

What I disliked:

  1. Early on, I jumped to some wrong conclusions about Jagear’s portrayal of the church. As the plot turned, she took great pains to show the reader that even if hypocrites exist in a church, we should still rejoice in the genuine Christ followers and celebrate the church. Nevertheless, I was unable to fully recover from my initial negative impressions.
  2. Character development was a bit weak. Many characters were too black-and-white. She also introduced a few characters with intriguing personality traits that did not serve to further the plot.

Overall Star Rating: 4/5

**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers  in exchange for an honest review.

*****

On to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

Have you entered our back-to-school giveaway yet? On Labor Day, we’ll be celebrating school by announcing the winner to our $30 Paypal Cash giveaway.

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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Who Actually Has Time to Homeschool for 6 Hrs/Day?

Homeschooling doesn't take as long as you think!

Have you thought of homeschooling, but worried about finding the time? This article by Shelly Sangrey makes some interesting points to encourage those on the fence to take a second look at homeschooling. Be sure to check out this informative article..

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Froggy Goes to School Book Activities

By Lisa at Syncopated Mama

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 Froggy is one of my favorite little characters, and I love the creative activities Lisa prepared. All her posts feature the most delightful photos of the outcomes of her family’s handiwork. Don’t miss her post!
Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow Mary Hill’s board Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

 

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup + $30 Paypal Cash Giveaway Reminder

Who’s going to win our $30 Paypal Cash Giveaway? Maybe you!

Please link up your best posts about about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and anything else literacy-related then enter to win some back-to-school cash!


 

 

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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

 

Scripture Prayers for Your Homeschool- Part 1

By Suzanna at Wonder-filled Days

cripture Prayers for Your Homeschool

 

This post is short, but packed with power. Praying for our children’s learning is essential. I hope you take time to hop over and look at the post. I know it will bless you.

 

My Favorite Post of the Week:

The Power of Learning to Write with Saltiness

By Amy Hagerup at The Vitamin Shepherd

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God wants both our speech and our writing to be seasoned with salt. Amy highlights how our blogging can make a difference in the lives of our readers. Check it out!
Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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Final Friday Family Faves: August 2016 Edition

Great books go with back-to-school time like peanut butter and jelly! We’ve got some new faves this month.

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Hunter (Daddy) picked a lecture series highlighting classics that profoundly impacted Western culture and society rather than a book. He just completed the final installment of this three-course series called Life Lessons from the Great Books by J. Rufus Fears.

Life Lessons from the Great Books [Set of 18 Audiocassettes + 3 Course Guidebooks] (The Great Courses: Literature & English Language, PA2180)
Leslie (Mommy) was inspired by Mafatu’s adventures in Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Newberry Winner, 1941). Off the top of my head, I cannot recall reading any other fiction set in the Polynesian islands before the dawn of recorded history. The uniqueness of this book in both setting and plot captivated me from the first page to the last.. Call It Courage also earned my son’s hearty two thumbs up. *Content caution: This book talks extensively about ancient gods, so it’s worth reinforcing to your children that the God of the Bible is the one and only true God.
I got worried that Archie (8.5) might fly off to Neverland with John, Michael and Wendy in J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. The beginning started off a bit slowly so Archie wanted to give up, but he’s so glad he persevered. By the time Peter whisked the Darling children to Neverland, Archie was hooked on every word.

Grace (7) found the protagonists in Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 100% endearing. When you combine a sweet girl, an affectionate dog and some subtly taught lessons about overcoming loneliness through friendship, you have a masterpiece. We loved the book so much that the movie is on our to-watch list.

Toes, Ears & Nose by Karen Katz was the winner with Grant (2). He is so proud of himself because he can finally “read” the names of all the body parts along with this book. What a big book for a big boy!

What books did your family love this month? Please share about them in the comments.

**This post contains affiliate links to books we love. If you purchase using the links, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

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Literacy Musing Mondays: $30 Paypal Cash Giveaway!

What’s better than borrowing a great book from the library? Buying a few of your own with the $30 Paypal Cash prize you just won! Enter our giveaway for your chance to win. Winner announced Labor Day.


Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

First, let’s

 

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

 

Cheap Camping Cheats: Tricks for a totally tremendous tenting trip

By Lisa at Syncopated Mama

 

Everyone loves a great camping trip, right? Well, maybe some of us love the hotel better. Anyway, Lisa makes me *almost* want to go camping with this informative post that shares great camping tips.

 

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Why Read the Lists

By Michele Morin at Living Our Days

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 Long-time Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup participant Michele Morin knocks the ball out of the park once again with her post “Why Read the Lists.” Her original poetry reminds readers that God knows each of our names, and no one is lost in a mass of humanity.

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-shadow”]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ! @Maryandering[/Tweet]

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Talk About Jesus Tuesdays: Worth More Than a Bronze Medal

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“The third place winner in the Baby Contest Walkers Division is Grant Thomas.” Competitive by nature, I was uncharacteristically unmoved when the judges called my youngest’s name out as the third-place finisher at our County Fair. You can bet I was high-fiving and congratulating my kids on each and every ribbon they won on their baking, photography, fine arts, and sewing exhibits, so the contrast in my reaction to Grant’s Baby Parade win was stark.
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While the daylight and dark contrast was as shocking as an August snow storm, the reason for it was strikingly clear to me. The worth of my son is not tied up in a judge’s opinion. Grant’s worth is intrinsic. He is a child of God created in the image of God to display His glory (Genesis 1:27).  Our masterful Creator meticulously designed every fiber of Grant’s being for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11).

Thankfully, Grant’s shallow victory hasn’t been the only recent lesson in our worth coming from God and God alone. Several Olympic champions have been proclaiming it loud and clear.

In an article appearing in Christianity Today, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and current silver medalist in synchronized diving David Boudia explains how he and his diving partner Steele Johnson differentiate between their intrinsic worth and their athletic accomplishments.

Boudia says, “It’s just an identity crisis. When my mind is on this [diving], and I’m thinking I’m defined by this, then my mind goes crazy. But we both know that our identity is in Christ, and we’re thankful for this opportunity to be able to dive in front of Brazil and in front of the United States.”

I love how 20-year-old Johnson puts it. “The fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace … and it let me enjoy the contest.”

Boudia and Johnson are not alone in properly attributing their self-worth to God. My aspiring-swimmer daughter’s newest hero in the pool, gold medalist Maya DiRado, also hits the nail on her head during her Christianity Today interview.

“I don’t think God really cares about my swimming very much. This is not my end purpose, to make the Olympic team…Knowing that I’m a child of God and that his love for me is determined by nothing I can achieve or do on my own has given me a quiet confidence.”

Way to go, Maya! I want my daughter looking up to people like you who will point her to God no matter how her future pool outcomes may go.

Now, my precious Grant. When you grow up and look at your Baby Contest pictures, please know you were never entered to determine your worth, which needs no external validation. You were entered because your siblings think you are so incredibly precious they were dying to design a float for you and show you off to the world. You are precious in their eyes and God’s.

Now it’s your turn! Talk About Jesus Tuesdays is for sharing Jesus’ love. Let’s talk about Jesus and lift Him up through the comments! Christians are invited to share their testimonies about Jesus and what they are learning about Him. If you are not yet a Christian, we welcome you to ask questions about faith and share any struggles you’re having with belief.

However, I do have one ground rule. While you are free to express your doubts and struggles with faith so we can encourage you, please do so in a respectful manner. Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and I will delete any comments that are disrespectful.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Nurturing Courage

If you’ve ever wondered about the best books for nurturing courage in your children, Suzanna of Wonder-Filled Days has some great suggestions she is sharing with us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup this week!

Books to Nurture Courage

By Suzanna of Wonder-Filled Days

As parents, we want to nurture courage in our children. We want to raise boys and girls who will stand up for what’s right even when they’re afraid. The very idea of fear is part of the definition of courage: courage is not the absence of fear, but doing what is right even when fear is present.

In raising kids of courage, the most important thing we can do for our children is pray that God would give them hearts of courage. God says He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and strength. God can put that kind of heart in the hearts of our children.

We can also model courage and a reliance on God for strength in front of our children. Do our children see us running from difficult situations or doing things in spite of our fears? We, as parents, play a greater role in influencing our children’s lives than anything else (apart from God, of course). For me sometimes that’s a scary thought. I’ve seen both the bad and good that I’ve modeled showing up in my children’s lives.

There are also many excellent models of courage that we can share with our children. Of course, Scripture is filled with godly heroes, but many examples can also be found outside of scripture. Children are looking for role models, so let’s fill their lives with courageous heroes they can aspire to follow.

The books in this list will give your children characters that promote virtue and bravery in the face of difficult situations.

The books are roughly organized by age level with the younger level books at the beginning.

Children's Books About Courage

 

To read more of her post and learn about each book head over to Suzanna’s post.

 

About Suzanna

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Suzanna is mom to four boys and now an adorable little baby girl who’s growing up too fast and who will never doubt that her family loves her. She loves books and teaching and all things homeschooling. She blogs at Wonder-filled Days. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.


In other Literacy Musing news, we are having a Back to School Giveaway. One of our lucky readers will win $30 in PayPal cash to use for back to school supplies. The contest will run through Labor Day. We will announce the winner the next Monday. Good luck.


Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup where we link up posts about what inspires you in reading, writing, blogging, and even share our written Bible devotions.

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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

One Change I Made to Help Me Stay Tidy, Clean and Organized With A Large Family

By Emma Francis at EmmaFrancisathome
We all need ideas on helping us learn tips and tricks to keeping our families better organized. I love this simple idea.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

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Joan of Arc Unit Study
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We studied Joan of Arc during our homeschool two years ago. I wish I’d had these fantastic resources on this fascinating historical figure then!
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Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

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  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
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Stories About Sewing for All Ages

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If there’s anything more delightful to my second-grade daughter than sewing, it’s discovering the plethora of literature on the subject! Her focus on sewing and other crafting recently reached a fever-pitch as she diligently prepared her work for our County Fair.

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Grace’s fair sewing project

Admittedly, I am not much of a seamstress, but my sewing-talented friend and I had a blast teaching a group of students (boys, too) in our home-school co-op about beginning stitchery. During each week of our “Stitch and Story” class, we worked on our projects and enjoyed a good book.

Here are some of our favorite fiction books about sewing!

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn

This simple picture book was love at first read. I adore the resourcefulness of the main character and her mother as they refuse to let a favorite garment die but re-purpose it again and again.

The Berenstain Bears and Mama’s New Job by Stan and Jan Berenstain

This oldie but goodie has graced my bookcase since my childhood days. The whole family pitches in to help Mama launch her quilting business.

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio

Crafty Chloe is both resourceful and magnanimous. Not only does she design a fabulous birthday gift, she shows mercy toward an undeserving party-goer, modeling two essential character traits for our children.

The Nesting Quilt by Cathryn Falwell

Excellent for younger children, this book also doubles as a great guide to help a child prepare to become a big sibling.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Hundred Dresses is one of those masterpieces of children’s literature that could appear on any number of reading lists. Dress design is the theme of this moving tale about kindness. This short chapter book is suitable for young and old readers alike. The edition in my affiliate link features lovely illustrations.*

The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sewing was completely essential for prairie life, so these chapter books feature it prominently. The audio version read by Cherry Jones makes these classics accessible to younger children.

The Little House Sewing Book

Technically, this gem is not a story. However, it is packed with sewing projects for little hands reminiscent of Laura’s childhood days, so it deserves a mention.

Happy Birthday, Kirsten (American Girl) by Janet Shaw

Many of the historical American Girl novels reference sewing, but Happy Birthday, Kirsten earns my Sewing Star Book Award. Pioneer children learn lessons in quilting and working together as they prepare a Friendship Quilt.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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