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Farewell to Arms
The Lord blessed our family with piano
lessons this year. Our 7-year-old was
Our daughter's piano teacher told her
about the famous composer Johann Sebastian
Bach and showed her a bust of him. Her
teacher told her whoever did the most minutes
of practice would win the bust.
Our daughter came running and said,
"Mommy, Mommy, if I practice real hard, I can
win a man with no arms!"
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Because we have been separated from God by
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rose to life again. If we trust Him as our
Savior and Lord, He will forgive our sin and
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"For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
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life." (John 3:16)
With the 4th of July coming up soon,
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Festivals are great locations for
passing out tracts, witnessing one-on-one,
and setting up booths.
People at festivals are enjoying
themselves and planning to stay a while. For
this reason they will usually take time to
talk to you.
Most small towns have at least one
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cities you may be able to attend three or
four fireworks shows.
It's easy to pass out patriotic tracts
- you simply start walking through the crowd
saying, "Happy Independence Day," "God bless
America," or even "Help save America," as you
give them out.
If anyone seems particularly friendly,
stop and chat with him a little bit, and then
take him through the Gospel.
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1. Take a Break
2. Extra Time
4. Seasonal Opportunities
5. Change of Pace
6. Get Ahead
7. Social Interaction
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Summer gives us unique “extra”
time with many possibilities for its use.
Time is a precious gift, a resource for
which we are accountable. How we use
our time should be in accord with the Lord's
will and pleasing to Him.
Our time is given to us, not just for
ourselves, but also to use in serving God,
seeking the lost, and loving others.
Time is a non-renewable
resource—once spent, it is never again
available. We each spend our allotted
“coins” of time each day.
For what are we exchanging our time?
“Therefore be careful how you walk,
not as unwise men
but as wise,
making the most of your time,
because the days are
So then do not be foolish,
but understand what
the will of the Lord is.”
Although we are to make good use of our
time, the Lord is not an unreasonable or hard
“Come to Me, all who are weary and
and I will give you
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and
humble in heart,
and you will find
rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is
As with all things, balance is
crucial. The use of your time each
day, week, month, or year will include a
variety of activities, however that balance
may not be the same each day.
Whatever you do, do it on purpose!
We need to consider the use of our time
and what the Lord wants us to do with
it. If we do not plan, we abdicate to
the dictates of the moment—also known
as letting the urgent overrule the important.
You do not need to conjure up visions of
strict regimens, because this false fear that
can keep us from fulfilling God’s
purpose for our lives.
It does mean that we should consider
and decide how we use our time—be
master of it, rather than just let come what
may and be subject to circumstances around
Planning offers a great sense of security
in knowing that we are doing what we need and
want to do. A time budget (a.k.a.
schedule) will enable you to reach your goals
in serving the Lord, your family, and others.
In this issue we suggest several general
uses of your time for you to consider this
summer. In future newsletters we will
offer specific suggestions for each of the
May your family enjoy this summer
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1. Take a Break
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For a sometimes-harried home-school
mother, this is probably the first and most
important thought of summer time.
It might take a week or two to catch your
breath and just relax before you consider the
remainder of the summer.
Since it is impossible to do absolutely
nothing, taking a break usually means doing
something that is not usually considered
productive, such as:
something just for enjoyment
Each Day / Each Week
Taking a break is important each day and
each week throughout the year, not just
during the summer. That's why God gave
us a “day of rest.”
Making the Summer Break Last All
You can divide up your summer break and
spread it throughout the year by following
some adaptation of one of these year-round
four-day school week; three days off.
to six weeks of school; one week off.
or ten weeks of school; two weeks off.
Vacation days can be spaced out evenly,
reserved for holidays or family vacations, or
taken all at once in the summer or whatever
season is preferred.
2. Extra Time
Wow! What can we do with extra
Summer can give you time to do those
things that don't fit into your regular
school schedule, such as:
and thoroughly clean your home.
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Much of our time is not open to
discretionary use. Our family needs to
eat, sleep, find clean clothes to put on,
etc. day in and day out, no matter what the
As long as we have to keep up on these
chores, we might as well find the fastest,
easiest way to do it and be cheerful as we
Routines and habits furnish a foundation
of peace for a home and family, and thus
should not be resented or looked on as
drudgery. As mothers our joy can be in
meeting the daily needs of our family.
We can encourage our family to experience
the same joy by pitching in and sharing the
The most important daily activity should
be the family’s regular time with the
Lord and His Word. Don’t let a
summer schedule rob you of this precious time
together; these seeds will bear fruit in your
children for life!
A little review and practice of the basic
skills of reading, writing, and math will
prevent your children from forgetting all
they knew over the summer and needing extra
time in the fall to catch up to where they
left off in the spring.
4. Seasonal Opportunities
It is not chance that vacation comes in
summer. There are so many things that
can be done in summer better than at any
other time of year, that we need to take
advantage of them.
being out of doors
• Picnics, hikes,
and learning about nature
5. Change of Pace
This is another use of our time that needs
to be included in our schedule daily and
Summer affords more time for greater and
more extended changes of pace.
This differs from taking a break in that
something done for a change can still be
productive and yet provide refreshment just
because it is different.
Some things that can fall into this
different methods of learning
• Doing a
unit study with all your children together
more than usual
• Hands-on activities
• Learning life
You may even be able to assign school
credit for some of the fun, practical
activities and skills your children do during
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6. Get Ahead
Planning for Next School Year
Summer is a time of preparation for your
next school year:
life and next year’s goals
and purchase curriculum
You can also get a head start, perhaps by
doing one class with all your children for
six weeks during the summer—perhaps a
science class with experiments and field
Besides a good use of your time, this can
provide your children an interesting activity
and give you more time during your school
year for breaks or a more leisurely schedule.
7. Social Interaction
Summer allows more time to spend with
own family and extended family
and other home-school families
(Always be sure to keep your young children
within your sight and hearing when they play
with other children. Do not hesitate to
schedule and limit playtimes and enforce your
family's rules of conduct.)
The Great Commission is our ultimate goal
in training our children to love and follow
“And He said to them,
‘Go into all
the world and preach the gospel
Summer opportunities for evangelism
or door-to-door, witnessing or canvassing for
or backyard Bible clubs
or evangelism at a fair
Service to Others
Your time this summer can also be used to
serve others, as in visiting the sick, doing
yard work for the elderly, etc.