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TABLE  OF  CONTENTS
     Home-School Events
     Got Spring Fever?

How To Be a Godly Mother, Part 1 (Last Issue)
     1.  Love the Lord God
     2.  Love Your Husband and Children
     http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/vol_2-no_119.cfm
How To Be a Godly Mother, Part 2 (This Issue)
     3.  Teach and Train Your Children
     4.  Care for the Physical Needs of Your Family
     5.  Teach Others To Be Godly Wives and Mothers
Recommended Resources
     Praiseworthy Books: A Guide to Newbery Medal Winners
     Bright Beginnings: Complete Christian Preschool Curriculum
     The Third Alternative: Christian Self-government
     NorthStar Academy and NorthStar HomeSchool
     The Teaching Home Back Issues
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote

Greetings!

     In this newsletter we continue our look at motherhood
from Scriptures, with suggestions to help you joyfully fulfill the
important, God-given role for which mothers deserve special
honor.

     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

Cordially,
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Sisters and Co-Editors
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

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"And the Winner Is:  A Guide to Newbery Medal
Winners from a Christian Perspective."
Expose your children to the best in children's literature
as evaluated by Philippians 4:8.  http://praiseworthybooks.com

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Home-School Events

State Home-School Conventions
     The Teaching Home's website (below) lists state home-school
events, dates, and links to complete information.
http://www.teachinghome.com/states/index.cfm
May.  AR, FL, IL, MI, MS, NH, NJ, NY, NC, TN, TX, WV,
     WI, WY / NB, QC
June.  CO, CT, ID, IL, IA, KS, MT, NY, OH, SC, SD, TX, VA
July.  AL, AZ, CA, KY, TN / NZ  August. OR, TX
     Read "Getting the Most Out of Home-School Events" at
http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/vol_2-no_111.cfm.

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Bright Beginnings:
Complete Christian
Preschool Curriculum.
User-friendly for a relaxed atmosphere; 2-book
set, 36 weeks of lesson plans requiring only a Bible,
household supplies, and optional library books.
http://www.bright-beginnings.net

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Got Spring Fever?
     Are there any other families out there starting to experience
the pangs of end-of-the-school-year fever?  The sunshine begs
us to come outside, the garden needs planting, bicycles need
riding, and the swing set looks lonely.
     Go to http://www.doorposts.net/samples/GoToTheAnt.pdf and
download a free mini-chart from Doorposts, specially designed for
families that are facing the challenges of springtime distractions!
     Let's pray for each other as we persevere.  Our task as
faithful parents and teachers is an important one -- one that God
has entrusted to us!
     "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)
     Resting in His Faithfulness,
     Pam Forster, for all of us at Doorposts http://www.Doorposts.net

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Freedom without Anarchy,
Order without Tyranny --
Understanding Government
from the Biblical Worldview

In "The Third Alternative: Christian
Self-government," author Bill Burtness
lays out in simple and practical terms a primer on the moral
(internal) and structural (external) foundations of a free society.
A great resource for home, church and school.
http://www.educationforliberty.com/thirdalternative
From the publishers of Judah Bible Curriculum, "Building Godly
Character into Your Students!"  http://www.judahbible.com

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   GOAL #3
   To Teach and Train Your Children
     A mother has many duties, and the urgent (physical
needs and crises) should not overshadow the important
(spiritual training, character development, and education).
 

Spiritual Training

1.  Knowledge of Scripture That Leads to Salvation

     Teach your children the truths of the whole Bible, starting
in Genesis with creation and ending in Revelation with the new
heaven and earth.
     Introduce your children to the Lord Jesus through His own
words and actions in the Gospels to lead your children to the
Lord so that they may accept His salvation.

     "But Jesus said, 'Let the children alone,
          and do not hinder them from coming to Me;
     for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'"
          Matthew 19:14

     "And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures,
          which are able to make you wise for salvation
          through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
     All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
          and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
          for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
     That the man of God may be complete,
          thoroughly equipped for every good work."
          II Timothy 3:15-17

 *  Pray that your children will accept the Lord as their Savior
     as soon as they are able and that you will know when and how
     to talk to them about salvation.

 *  At the right time speak to your child about his need of a
     Savior and how he can personally accept the Lord Jesus Christ.
 

2.  Love and Obedience to the Lord
     Teach your children to love and obey the Lord by helping
them get to know Him and what He tells them to do in His Word.

 *  Schedule regular Bible reading and discussion -- more than
     once a day if possible.  For example, read a Psalm at the
     breakfast table, work on a memory verse after lunch, and have
     family Bible reading with Father.

 *  As soon as your child can read, encourage him to read from
     God's Word on his own at a certain time each day.  (You could
     have him read it aloud to you for a while until he establishes
     the habit.)

 *  Model Bible reading by letting your children see or know
     when you are reading God's Word.

 *  Most importantly, show that you love God and desire to know
     Him better and respond to His message to you.  Your attitude
     will make a life-long impression.

 *  Pray for your children's spiritual growth and strength
     throughout their lives.

3.  Obedience and Honor for Parents
     Teach your children to honor and obey their father and
mother in obedience to the Lord so that they will receive His
blessing of a long and good life.
     You might be tempted to think that it is self-serving to
teach your children to obey and honor you, but it is for their
benefit.  You do yourself, your children, and their future
families a grave disservice if you do not teach and require
obedience and respect.

 *  Teach your child what God says about obeying and honoring
     their parents.  (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3)

 *  Have your children memorize pertinent verses.  For example,
     "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well
     pleasing to the Lord." (Colossians 3:20)

 *  Discuss ways of honoring parents in word and deed.

 *  Model honoring your own parents by your actions and words,
     even if they live far away or are no longer living.
 

     "I like to remember my parents who are in heaven now, by
talking about them on their birthdays and Mother's and Father's
days.  I tell our children different things about them as I think
of them throughout the year as well." -- Sue W.

4.  Discipline and Training
     The discipline and training of our children are clearly
ordained by God as duties of both parents.

     "My son, observe the commandment of your father
          and do not forsake the teaching of your mother."
          Proverbs 6:20

     "The rod and reproof give wisdom,
          but a child who gets his own way
          brings shame to his mother."
          Proverbs 29:15

 *  Establish child discipline and training in agreement with
     your husband.

 *  Study what God says about requiring obedience and then
     present to your children a set of clear rules along with reasons
     and consequences.

 *  See "10 Elements of Child Training" at
     http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/vol_2-no_45.cfm

     "What the Bible Says about Child Training," is an excellent
book by J. Richard Fugate.  Also available is a video set, an
audio set, and a Spanish translation. For ordering information and
excerpts see http://www.rfugate.org/bookstor.htm#What

     Doorposts offers sound and practical helps in applying
Scripture to the discipline and training of your children.
http://www.doorposts.net

     Video and Audio Tapes by Dr. S.M. Davis.
http://www.drsmdavis.com

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Education

     Home schooling is an excellent way to follow God's command:

     "You shall teach them diligently to your sons
          and shall talk of them when you sit in your house
          and when you walk by the way
          and when you lie down and when you rise up."
          Deuteronomy 6:7

Advantages of Home Education

 *  All subjects can be taught from a Christian perspective.

 *  The superior teaching method of one-on-one tutoring can
     produce excellent results.

 *  You can provide moral, spiritual, and physical protection
     for your children.

 *  Your children will have opportunity for independent study
     of their interests.
 

Goals of a Good Christian Education

 *  Ability to read and understand God's Word (phonics, reading).

 *  Enabling your child to serve the Lord and others (including
     his future family) more effectively (math, life and job skills).

 *  Giving him more appreciation of the Lord's working in nature
     (science) and nations (history).

 *  Gaining the ability to tell forth the Gospel and proclaim
     God's Word (speech, writing, art, music).

 *  Concentrate on the basics: reading, writing, and math.

 *  Consider teaching subjects such as science, history, and
     Bible to all of your children together with individual
     assignments on their own levels.

 *  A solid Christian curriculum can save you a lot of work
     putting together your own, but you can feel free to skip or
     rearrange some parts and incorporate a variety of other methods
     and materials as well.

 *  Inspire your children to enjoy and be excited about learning
     together.  Motivation is the wind in your sails to move you
     along faster and easier.

 *  See "15 Ways To Motivate Your Child To Learn, Parts 1 & 2"
     http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/vol_2-no_93.cfm
     http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/vol_2-no_94.cfm

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Online Christian
Learning Resources
NorthStar Academy
(http://www.northstar-academy.org)
and NorthStar HomeSchool
(http://www.northstarhomeschool.com)
offer home-based learners the opportunity
to study jr. and sr. high subjects at their own pace from our
nationally accredited private Christian online program.  Please
visit our website(s) today or call us toll-free (1-888-464-6280)
to learn more about our programs!

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   GOAL #4
   To Care for the Physical Needs
   of Your Family
     The physical needs of your family can be
overwhelming, but organization and perspective
will bring them into your control.  We can serve
these physical needs of our family as unto the Lord.

     "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying,
          'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You,
          or thirsty and give You drink?
     When did we see You a stranger and take You in,
          or naked and clothe You?
          Or when did we see You sick, or in prison,
          and come to You?'
     And the King will answer and say to them,
          'Assuredly, I say to you,
          inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these
          My brethren, you did it to Me.'"
          Matthew 25:37-40
 

     It is not impossible for you to become the model wife as
presented in Proverbs 31 if you:

1.  Are good and virtuous, loving and obeying the Lord.

2.  Are trustworthy and loving to your husband.

3.  Are a willing and hard worker in managing and cleaning your
     house (organization and children's chores help too).

4.  Manage and live well within your budget.

5.  Make yourself strong and healthy (many of us need to lose
     weight to be able to serve our family better and longer).

6.  Give to the poor and needy.

7.  Provide adequate clothing for your family (sewing or thrift
     stores help the budget).

8.  Speak with wisdom and kindness in teaching your children and
     younger women (see below).

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   GOAL #5
   To Teach Others To Be Godly
   Wives and Mothers
     God also tells the older women to teach the
younger mothers to love their husbands and children
(Titus 2:3-5).  This would include teaching our own daughters
to be godly wives and mothers -- by word and example.

     "My mother is a woman of few words and I have learned that
'you can say more by not saying anything at all.'  I wish I had
the self-control to hold my tongue as she does." -- Kathryn H.

     "Polished Cornerstones" offers hundreds of ideas for Bible
study, reading, and everyday activities to help prepare your
daughters for godly womanhood.  http://www.doorposts.net

     "Keepers at Home" is a program providing a system for
children (at home or in a group) to learn new home and family
skills, with an emphasis on Christian values.
http://keepersathome.notlong.com
 

Help and Support
     You cannot become a godly mother in your own strength,
but our loving Lord will give the wisdom and strength needed
for this task if we call upon Him for help!

     "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
          who gives to all generously and without reproach,
     and it will be given to him."  James 1:5

     "We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask
          that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will
          in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
     So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
          to please Him in all respects,
     Bearing fruit in every good work
          and increasing in the knowledge of God;
     Strengthened with all power,
          according to His glorious might,
     For the attaining of all steadfastness and patience;
          Joyously giving thanks to the Father!"
     Colossians 1:9-12

     Read more about the support we can find from the Lord, our
family, and friends at
http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/vol_2-no_49.cfm.

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Sunnyside Up:  Speech Therapy
     My husband, Curtis, was driving with Dillion, 4. As they
passed a man on a bicycle, Dillion asked, "Dad, was that a
motorcycle?"
     "No, Son, that was a bicycle."
     After a pause, Dillion asked, "Daddy, does that man own a
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     Amused, Curtis responded, "That's hard to say, Son."
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God Loves You.
     Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus
Christ died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust Jesus
Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
     "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
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