Summer Reading List

 Summer Reading

     for Delight 

Picture Books
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Henny Penny by Paul Galdone
The Sleepy Owl by Marcus Pfister
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Burt Dow Deep Water Man by Robert McCloskey
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
The Bossy Gallito by Lucia M. Gonzalez
The Bird House by Cynthia Rylant
The Chadwick Series by Priscilla Cummings
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
As an Oak Tree Grows by Brian Karas

Short Novels
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
My Father’s Dragon by Rule Stiles Gannet
The Littles Series by John Peterson
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers
The Tanglewood's Secret by Patricia St. John
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp
The End of the Beginning by Avi

History and Natural History  
The Tarantula in my Purse by Jean Craighead George
Beaks by Sneed B. Collard III
Lovely Beasts by Kate Gardner
What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo by Steve Jenkins   
Locomotive by Brian Flocca
The Mary Celeste by Jane Yolen
Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton
A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackwell
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy 

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Holden
Giant John by Arnold Lobel
The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
Uncle Wiggly's Story Book by Howard R. Garis 
How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have by Julius Lester 
Anno’s Twice Told Tales by Mitsumassa Anno 

2022 Curriculum Choices

Note 1:
Each year, I give a detailed plan of our schedule and our chosen resources. 

Our 2020 schedule and resources can be found here, and our schedule and resources from this year can be found here (although if you compare that list to the following one, you will see that I made changes as a homeschool mom is apt to do) ;). 

We begin each school year in January, but I choose resources and plan for the following year 6 months in advance. So, I have made our choices for 2022 and will share them below. 

However, I haven't completed our schedule for 2022 yet, so I am sharing my resource/curriculum choices in simple list form, with a few notes about what I do know about how we will be using it. 

Our schedule for 2022 will be similar to our current one, but it needs tweaking to make room for chosen resources and for changes due to the ages of my boys. 

I will update about our 2022 schedule as soon as I have it completed, but here is what we will be using: 

Note 2: 
I hold to Charlotte Mason's principles, but I apply her practices with my own wisdom and discernment. I love her, but I don't idolize her, and I believe her principles and practices provide us with both a foundation for education based upon personhood and also with great freedom. 
I use a variety of resources, and I both choose and avoid resources based upon their quality, merit, approach to education and personhood, and my needs....not upon how high they would rank with the "Charlotte Mason Police". ;) So, if you see a resource that surprises you, assume that I am using it according to Mason's principles, and feel free to ask any questions whatsoever! 

2022 Curriculum and Book Choices: 
7th and 3rd Grade

Group Lessons 


Westward Expansion - Civil War 
We will be using the Book suggestions, some of the discussion questions, and a few of the additional activities and resources provided for both the Westward Expansion plans and the Civil War plans (spending about 1 1/2 terms on each). 

Ancient: Greece and Rome/ Aztecs and Mayans 
The Mystery of History Volume 1
(Weeks 13-35) 
We will be covering Ancient History for only two terms, and covering Texas History for a term instead of Ancient History. 

Readers and Supplements- 
Tools of the Ancient Greeks 
Tools of the Ancient Romans 
Explore Ancient Greece 
Explore Ancient Rome 
Good Old Days on the Farm

Term 1- American Barns 
Barns and Barns Photo Book

Term 2- Greek Structures and Artifacts 
The Stuff They Left Behind Portfolio: Ancient Greece 

Term 3- Roman City 

Term 1- Famous Men of Greece 
Term 2- Julius Caesar Landmark Book (out of print, must find used)
Term 3- Famous Men of Rome 

Historical Culture 
All About Archeology (1 day each week) 
The American Farm Tractor (1 day each week) 

Term 1- Delighting in the World Volume 2: National Parks (not yet released) 
Term 2-Draw Mexico, Central and South America 
Term 3- Delighting in the World Volume 3: New York (not yet released) 


Copywork and Group Grammar
Wheelers Graded Studies (public domain) 

Term 1- Greek Myths / Caddie Woodlawn 
Term 2- Roman Diary / The Bears on Hemlock Mountain 
Term 3- Children's Homer / Bull Run 

Term 1- NM Bodecker 
Term 2- Longfellow 
Term 3-Maya Angelou 

Term 1- A Child's Introduction to Norse Mythology
Term 2- Delighting in Tale and Song Volume 3: Sleeping Beauty (not yet released) 
Term 3- TBD 

Delighting in Shakespeare: Hamlet (not yet released) 
We will use this all year rather than for a term like it is written.
We do this with a group and slow it way down. 

Word a Day Intermediate

Family Time Math (one day each week) 
Your Business Math (1 day each week) 
Elementary Geometry (1 day each week)

Stories- Number Stories of Long Ago (one day each week)
Games- Assorted 


Studio Art 
(we are using this during Term 3 of 2021, so in 2022 we will complete Year 3 and move on to Year 4) 

Picture Study 
Term 1- Picasso 
Essential Artists Picasso 
Masters of Art Picasso 
Picasso and the Girl With a Ponytail 

Term 2- TBD: Whichever artist is next from The Art of Color Study 

Term 3- Rembrandt 
Picture Study Portfolio

Term 1- Cooking 
Using this Free Printable Plan for Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children 
Term 2- Printmaking 
Term 3- TBD 


Hymn Study
Term 1- In Christ Alone/Amazing Grace 
Heritage Hymns

Term 2- Holy, Holy, Holy/When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 
Delighting in Hymns Volume 3 (not yet released) 

Term 3- Down at the Cross/Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise 
Heritage Hymns 

Folk Songs 
Term 1- Swing Low Sweet Chariot (using DF Folk Songs Schedule and the internet) 
Term 2- Fair Rosa (using Delighting in Tale and Song Volume 3- not yet released) 
Term 3- When I First Came to This Land (using DF Folk Songs Schedule and the internet) 

Composer Study
Term 1- Bach (Using DF Bach Composer Study
Term 2- Gershwin (Using DF Gershwin Composer Study- not yet released) 
Term 3- Mozart (Using DF Mozart Composer Study)

Music Theory
Term 1- Music at Home Musicianship Unit 2 
Term 2- Delighting in Hymns Volume 3
Term 3- Music at Home Musicianship Unit 3 
Term 1- Solfa Sofa Unit 3
Term 2- Sing Solfa Unit 3 
Term 3- Sing Solfa Unit 4 

Term 1- Swan Lake 
Term 2- Sleeping Beauty 
Term 3- Coppelia 
For Ballet I Use: 
A Child's Introduction to Ballet
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories
The Orchard Book of Stories From the Ballet
101 Stories of the Great Ballets

Christian Studies 


Memory Work
Romans 8 and Catechism 

Church History
Trial and Triumph 

Natural History and Science 

Special Studies
Delighting in Animals: Endangered and Extinct 
Delighting in Creation: Wildflowers (not yet released) 
Delighting in the Universe: Our Solar System (not yet released) 

Natural History 
A Shared Wonder: Birds and Weather
(we are using this in 2021 as well, and I slowed it down to stretch it for two years and read more of the suggested books) 

Learning With Friends Bundles
Term 1: Biology Bundle 
Term 1: Weather Bundle 
Term 3: Chemistry Bundle 

Noeo Biology 2
(we are using this in 2021 as well, but we needed to slow it down and stretch it across 2 years) 

Daily Nature Calendar 
Monthly Forest School Meetings 

Technology and Other 

Computer Science 
Computer Science Unplugged

Art Journals (daily)

Hand Clapping Fun

Individual Lessons 



7th Grade: The HEV Project Cursive and (continue) The Good and the Beautiful Level 6
3rd Grade: The Good and the Beautiful Level 2

3rd Grade: 
Treasure Hunt Reading (finishing up Journey 2 and completing Journey 3) 
Learning Language Arts Through Literature: Red Book 

7th Grade:
Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple Book 
Editor in Chief: Book 3 


3rd Grade:
Plain and Not So Plain Level 4
Plus- Life of Fred, Anton, and some bits of MEP 

7th Grade:
Plain and Not So Plain Level 6 
Hands on Banking
Plus-Life of Fred, Khan Academy, and some bits of MEP 

Career Exploration 

3rd Grade: Academy Series
Pilot, Chef, Doctor (one per term) 
7th Grade: Academy Series 
Pilot, Scientist, Entrepreneur 

Both: That's a Job Series 
Animals and Art 

3rd Grade: Code.Org Course B / ScratchJR app
7th Grade: Code.Org Course D/ The Coding Book

7th Grade Lessons 

The US Constitution and You
Current Events- various sources 

Exploring Creation With Chemistry and Physics
For the Love of Physics
Basher Science: Chemistry, Physics, and The Periodic Table of the Elements 

The Fallacy Detective
Critical Thinking 

Equine History
Beautiful Feet Books History of the Horse
(We made this a 2-year program to suit our needs) 

finish The Good and the Beautiful Level 3 

Not Yet Listed/Determined: 
Recitation Pieces 
Foreign Language 
Geography Readers 
(I don't know if I will be able to publish enough units to use all year, so this is TBD)
Plutarch's Lives

Questions for Intentional Homeschooling

         How Intentional is Your Homeschool? One of my earliest, and most difficult, lessons in faithfulness in my homeschool was a lesson in intentionality.

I had to learn that I can't actually be faithful in practice to what I haven't faithfully crafted. Randomly choosing resources, changing resources at whim, and basing my choices upon reviews or what my friend is doing are all things that led directly to my inability to be faithful in my homeschool.

As I worked towards more intentionality in my homeschool, I had to encounter and navigate the following questions, and I revisit them yearly in order to ensure that I am actively engaged in crafting a homeschool, rather than simply stumbling into a schedule and a list of resources and "going through the motions." I now present these questions to moms as they attempt to evaluate their own intentionality in homeschooling, as thoughts to ponder during the journey towards imperfect, yet faithful, homeschooling crafted intentionally.

1. Do you know your philosophy of education, and do you know how every single item being used in your homeschool fits into that philosophy? *Your philosophy should be personal, and can be aligned with more than one major homeschool philosopher, but you *should* know what you believe about education and how you best think it should be accomplished. Your philosophy isn't a set of handcuffs, but rather a tether to keep you from blowing about wildly and being swept away by every wind of homeschooling trend.
2. Do you know the foundational philosophy of your chosen math curriculum, and how it meets your educational goals, or are you simply using what is easiest, most convenient, what you've always used, or what your friend uses?
3. Do you know what you believe about the acquisition of language, and how it fits into your overall philosophy of education? Did you carefully choose your reading, literature, poetry, spelling, grammar, composition, and foreign language resources based upon this philosophy and your educational goals or are you simply using what is easiest, most convenient, what you've always used, or what your friend uses?
4. Do you make choices on your schedule, your resources, changes, needs, books, and curriculum based upon your friend's experience with her family, the enthusiasm of an "influencer", or because someone who has homeschooled for longer than you insists that it is the best choice? Or, do you instead seek out the wisdom and hard-earned knowledge of several professionals who review curriculum and resources objectively, and make the understanding of philosophy their work and pursuit?
5. Do you have a deep understanding of exactly what you believe a person is, learning is, and the purpose of education is? (These are the things that an educational philosophy are built upon). Do you rely upon this understanding to determine when you should stick with difficult things because they are contributing to your ultimate purpose and when you should drop books or resources because they don't fit your long-term goals?
6. Do you spend time praying over your decisions and do you ask God to make you faithfully obedient in the work that He has given you?
7. Do you stay the course when you should and pivot when you should and do you know the difference?
8. If I asked you why you're using _____________ (insert any resource or book here), could you easily tell me exactly why you've chosen that particular book or resource and how it fits into your educational philosophy?
9. If I asked you why you have __________(insert any lesson here) scheduled at this time instead of this time, could you easily tell me your intended purpose in that scheduling choice?
10. Do you have a long view of each subject in your homeschool, holding those plans loosely and adapting as needed, but having some idea of what you intend for your child's education to look like over the coming years?
Your instincts are God-given, Momma, and they should never be minimized. You should rely upon them, trust them, and make use of them. But, your instincts are honed and perfected when you are intentional about every aspect of your homeschool. It is a great investment to think deeply about every aspect of your homeschool, but it is a worthy investment. Not only is it a worthy investment, it is your rightful duty. There is abundant grace in home education, and you should know that God will make more of your homeschooling efforts than you are able to achieve on your own. But, homeschooling is also God's work for you, and investing in it profoundly is a rightful response to His calling upon our lives to educate and raise children for His kingdom.
A faithful homeschool is an intentional one. You can't be faithful to what you haven't intentionally pondered, planned, and prepared.
Every aspect of your homeschool should serve your intended purpose, and you should be absolutely clear about what your intended and ultimate purpose is.
Be intentional in your homeschool, friends, so that you can be faithful within this holy work. For a free, printable version of the above questions, along with a tool for evaluating your own homeschool intentionality, visit the Tools and Freebies section of the shop.

Scouting: Building Skills and Character

Building Skills and Character 

Scouting: A Brief History⁣

Scouting Lessons were an intentional part of Charlotte Mason’s Programme for Natural History. In fact, she put a lot of work into developing a Scouting Program that was brilliant in design. Through being a member of the Scouting Program, the children earned Tassels for skill mastery, which were essentially the only extrinsic “rewards” included in a Charlotte Mason education. ⁣
The principles of Mason’s Program, and its valuable lessons, can be replicated at home through intentional Scouting Lessons. These lessons differ from Nature Walks or free outdoor hours in that specific skills are explored, learned, and mastered and the accompanying knowledge is useful and focused upon the skills. ⁣
I’ll expand more on Mason’s Scouting Program below, but first I want to share a brief history of the Scouting movement, and what Mason had to do with it. ⁣

Scouting and Mason⁣
In 1905, Robert Baden-Powell published “Aids to Scouting”. Baden-Powell was the son of famous mathematician Baden Powell, and was an intelligence officer in the British military. ⁣
Mason began using this guide published for soldiers, adapting it for children and beginning the creation of her Scouting Program. ⁣
Because of Mason’s use of Aids to Scouting, Baden-Powell was enlightened that the principles of scout training could be useful for children, so in 1907 he held a “Scout Camp”. ⁣
The following year he published “Scouting for Boys”, then held a larger Scout Rally.⁣
In 1910, Baden-Powell retired from the British military and officially founded the Boy Scouts. Girls attended, calling themselves “Girl Scouts” and Agnes Baden-Powell subsequently founded the Girl Guides. ⁣
Baden-Powell remained active in Scouting until his retirement, and inspired Ernest Thomas Seton and D.C. Beard to found the American Boy Scouts. ⁣
Mason’s eye for what would benefit children led not only to a successful Scouting Program of her own, but also to Scouting as an official movement and organization. ⁣
Mason's Scouting Program

Mason’s direct influence upon the founding of the Scouting movement is a fascinating, and often surprising, connection between Mason and the history of the world. ⁣
In my experience, even more surprising than this history is Mason’s own Scouting Program, in which her PUS students were free to enroll. ⁣
Here’s a brief rundown of Mason’s Scouting Program (if you want to know more, I detail her Scouting Program in my Scouting Workshop) : ⁣
*Students earned 21 Tassels plus 1 “White Tip Tassel”, which was a great honor for completing the Scouting Program. ⁣
*Tassels were earned for learning, building, mastering, and proving mastery in various skills, through Skill Tests. ⁣
*Tassels were graded as either Plain, Bi-Colored, or Tri-Colored, depending upon whether 5 Skill Tests, 6 Skill Tests, or 7 Skill Tests were completed. ⁣
*Students were required to earn Tassels for skills in order, in areas such as: ⁣
General Efficiency, Nature Lore, Signaling, Needlecraft, Surveying, First Aid and More. ⁣
*Students took years to build both skills and character, and Mason’s design for the program ensured the student’s personal investment.
The program can be implemented at home (or in small local groups), by choosing specific topics, choosing readings from scouting and survival guides, recording knowledge in a Scouting Journal, exploring skills and knowledge through Field Work, and (optionally) proving mastery through Skill Tests. ⁣
All ages can work on Scouting lessons together, and because of the flexibility of Scouting, students of all skill levels and interests can benefit from the lessons and do well. ⁣
Scouting is an important part of Natural History that is very different from “Nature Study”. Scouting is much more Skill Based, technical, and formal than Nature Study and in scouting students don’t simply explore and observe the world around them, but they conquer and master it. ⁣
Scouting Lessons can be created by any mom (I explain how in my workshop), but I’ve also created curriculum where all of the work is done for you.
Check out Delighting in Scouting for complete, flexible Scouting curriculum that works perfectly for families or small groups. ⁣

Scouting Resources 

Delighting in Scouting Curriculum 
Boy Scouts Handbook 1911 (used in Delighting in Scouting curriculum) 
Usborne Guide: Camping and Walking (out of print-buy used!) (used in Delighting in Scouting) 
Elite Forces Wilderness Survival Guide (used in Delighting in Scouting) 
Play the Forest School Way (used optionally in Delighting in Scouting- for additional activities)
The American Boys Handy Book by D.C. Beard (Beard was one of the founders of American scouting)
Shelters, Shacks and Shanties by D.C. Beard 
The Dangerous Book for Boys (for reference and activity ideas) 
Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury (and other books in series) 
How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier 
Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival by Denise Long 
The Practical Survival Guide for Kids by Weise Weasel 
Bear Grylls Survival Skills Handbooks (these books have a great variety of topics!) 
The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs by Tristan Gooley 
Foraging With Kids (used in Delighting in Creation: Foraging)
The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles
Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Herbs
Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America
A Kid's Herb Book (used in Delighting in Creation: Medicinal Plants
The Stars and Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey 
Kids to the Rescue: First Aid Techniques for Kids by Maribeth Boelts 
Children's Weather Encyclopedia

Literature to Inspire Scouting
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome 
My Side of the Mountain Trilogy by Jean Craighead George 
Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donna Fendler 
Endurance by Alfred Lansing 
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss 

You're Supposed to be Exhausted


Say it with me, friends: 
“Hard. Doesn’t. Equal. Bad”. 

For mothers, the internet has become a place where the mom who has somehow made the daily tasks of motherhood seamless and painless is both the hero being worshipped and also the villain being envied.
This is a tragedy for two reasons. 
1. She doesn’t exist. Motherhood isn’t painless and it isn’t seamless. Ever. She’s a lie. 
2. Motherhood isn’t supposed to be painless and seamless. Motherhood is a laying down of one’s life for the life of others. 

The internet makes mothers believe that if daily motherhood is difficult and utterly exhausting then it’s obviously being done poorly.
Mothers fall for this lie because the desire of the flesh is for ease and comfort. 

The flesh will always want to self-preserve. It’s this desire for preservation that motivates us to be resentful towards the work we do and the people that we do it for. And, from this stems the idea that we’re simply working too hard (especially since no one recognizes us for the work anyway) and that we’re in need of a better system, a new outlook, a bright and shiny new planner, or whatever the week’s motherhood mantra on social media is.

If we can just situate things differently, it’ll be easier and we will “have more time for ourselves”. Then we will likely use this time scrolling the same social media that fed us this lie and we will soon see that we’ve once again been left at the starting block while everyone else takes off with yet another new idea or system or magical formula for easy and comfortable motherhood. 

Stop the train and get off, friends. 

The posture of the flesh is “how can I self-preserve and maintain the quality of my life?”. But, the posture of the Christian should be death to oneself and sacrifice of ones desires. This is an unpopular thing to say, both in the world and sadly also in the church, but it’s the truth. By telling mothers that they shouldn’t think of themselves last we’ve created a false narrative and an alternate reality for Christian mothers where they can demand to be appreciated and where any service of others should be rewarded with a girls night or a glass of wine and a manicure. 

Like it or not, Scripture tells us to think of ourselves last.
And, if we will stop ranting about how we’re “not doormats” and “deserve to be appreciated” for long enough to see what’s true, we will remember that joy and peace aren’t in the affirmations of others or in others serving us. The Christian’s joy comes from pouring out of oneself for others.

Loving God results in a love for neighbor that demands our all and expects nothing in return. 

And, our children are our neighbors. 

Why is it that we think we’re equipped for ministry outside of our homes when we buck against the ministry we’re called to within our homes? We can’t love others well enough to lay down our lives joyfully for them if our children aren’t some of those “others” we’re willing to die to ourselves for. 

This laying down of our lives must be done in joy and with open hands and willing hearts. Not with nagging lips and fingers from which flow posts of resentment and cries for solidarity against the “martyrdom” of motherhood.

Mothers aren’t martyrs.
Christian mothers are servants of Christ whose very existence is for His glory.
A motherhood that glorifies God is one in which sacrifice is joyful. 

We can’t call ourselves qualified for leadership and ministry anywhere else if we can’t even wash a sink full of dishes with a grateful and contented heart.
If we fold clothes and clean sticky floors and cook meals in resentment, we are not ministers at all. 

Ministers don’t begrudgingly and resentfully serve and then
demand to be appreciated and compensated for it. 

Ministers spend far more time actually doing their work than they do searching every corner of the internet for a better system for making their work “easier” and “more comfortable”. 

You’re supposed to be exhausted, Momma.
Motherhood isn’t everything you are, and it isn’t the only place you’re called to serve and to lay down your life. You’re also called to friendship, marriage, ministry, fellowship with and service of the saints, evangelism, and an assortment of other things. And you’re called to do them all well, reflecting Christ. 

But, motherhood is no doubt the most demanding of those callings in this season, and the place where you’re most tempted to cling to your own life instead of willingly offering it up. 

Can I encourage you with some good news? 
You aren’t enough for all of those callings, or any of them, and especially not for motherhood. You don’t have enough to give and your strength doesn’t measure up. 

But, the grace of Christ is sufficient for it all, and God has equipped you
for every good work that He designed for you before the foundation of the world. 

He provides all that you need, and in offering up of one’s life is found the joy and peace that comes only from turning away from the temptation to demand appreciation instead. 

One of the things that He provides is your energy and your waking hours.
And, He expects you to expend every bit of it in service of Him. That is what you’re living for.

He equips us with all that we need to build His kingdom in the ways in which He’s commissioned us to, and we’ve no right to take those provisions and attempt to hoard them away for our own pleasure. 

Your energy isn’t a luxury. It’s a tool. 
It isn’t for you. It’s for others. 

Spending it each day isn’t an indication that you’re doing anything wrong, but an indication that you’re living your life in precisely the way that all Christ followers are supposed to live.

The Christian life is one of death to self and joyful service of others, and no matter how much messaging champions an outlook of self-preservation,
you were never intended to preserve yourself or to serve yourself.

Release your death grip upon your own desires and open your palms.
Let joyful service flow from your fingers, your lips, your heart and your life. 
Die to yourself, and truly live.

Use the energy God provides each day in service of Him and those He’s given you. 
That’s what you’re supposed to be doing. 
You’re SUPPOSED to be exhausted. 
Your head is supposed to hit the pillow each night
not having hoarded up more for yourself but having given it all
to those around you as an act of worship for your King. 

It’s not supposed to be easy. 
The truly incredible thing about giving it all is that when you do, God will replenish those provisions.

You’ll arise in new mercies and fully equipped to give it all again. 
That’s the Christian life. 

You’re not a hero for cooking 895,678 meals this week.
You’re simply a servant of Christ. 
And, to serve Christ means to serve others. 
Joyfully. Sacrificially. Willingly. Wholly. 

You’re supposed to be a servant. 
You’re supposed to serve. 
You’re supposed to work hard. 
You’re supposed to give it all. 
You’re supposed to be exhausted. 

So, ignore the lies and turn to the Truth and stop searching for a secret to ease. 
Instead, take joy in the hard. 
Because, that’s where joy is to be found. 

Please know that I am not advocating for not resting or neglecting the stewardship of our health and bodies, which are also tools from God to be used for His glory. 
Christ set an example of Sabbath rest, and then He Himself became our perfect Sabbath. It is in Him that we find our rest, but we also can learn from His example of seeking solitude to pray and rest. 
We absolutely need physical rest and good mental health in order to do the work that God has given us to do. This is good stewardship and it is obedience. 
I speak often about SCHOLE, and I am an advocate of *true* rest. 

I do think it's important that we define rest accurately; scrolling social media and binge watching tv are not rest. That doesn't mean that those things are wrong, but they aren't restful. Rest invigorates the mind, rather than dulling it. 

Reading, creating, enjoying nature...these things are rest. 

And, we DO need rest. 

We need to define rest accurately, seek rest appropriately, and use rest as the tool that it is in order to be equipped and ready to do the work that God calls us to. 

Keep on keeping on, Momma. 
Run the race with patience. 
Press on towards the prize. 
When Christ returns, let Him find you exhausted and joyful. 
Be found being faithful. 
Colossians 3:23-24

My Friend, Charlotte: Who and What Am I Talking About?

My Friend, Charlotte...

Who and What is Charlotte Mason, and Why Does It Matter?  Things To Know : Charlotte Mason was a British educator in the late 1800's...