Lessons Learned While Sitting in the Jury Box

As they called each name, one by one, we stood, walked across the room, and filled the chairs in the enclosed section. We had no idea what we were doing. We had no idea of the identities of the other 13 chosen people.

All we knew was that we were chosen.

Chosen for the jury. {Now you know where I’ve been for the past 3 weeks!}

Jury DutyOnce everything was ready to begin, the judge informed us that this case might last two to three weeks. At that moment, we realized we would be walking a tough road. Bosses were called, families were informed, clients were put on hold. Life as we knew it came to a screeching halt. Continue reading

Northanger Abbey: A Victorian Mystery

If I could choose an era in which to live, it would be the Victorian Era. I love everything about it, from the dresses to the daily routines, to the gentlemen’s pursuit of the ladies, etc.

Northanger Abbey A Victorian MysteryJane Austen has been my favorite author ever since I can remember. I grew up watching Pride & Prejudice (this version) with my mom, as well as Sense & Sensibility. One of my high school graduation gifts was the complete novel set by Jane Austen. This year my personal goal was to read through all of the novels and I did it! While reading them, I found a love for another of Jane’s books, Northanger Abbey. Continue reading

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Meeting Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

I resisted all the way: a new thing for me. . . . The fact is, I was a trifle beside myself; or rather out of myself, as the French would say: I was conscious that a moment’s mutiny had already rendered me liable to strange penalties, and, like any other rebel slave, I felt resolved, in my desperation, to go all lengths. (Jane Eyre, Chapter 2)

Jane is an orphaned child, and her story begins, as indicated by the quote above, as one of an abused child beginning to find her own inner strength. Her story is one of a powerful woman, as she journeys to self-awareness and searches for love and her place in a complicated world. Continue reading

Homeschool Review ~ Apologia Educational Ministries

What evidence is there that tells us that the Bible is reliable? How were the books of the Old and New Testament chosen? Why are some books and letters left out of the Bible? Why are Catholic Bibles different from other Bibles?

ApologiaHow would you answer these question? CAN you answer these question? The scripture tell us that we should always be ready to give a defense for what we believe, but if one doesn’t really understand what one believes, then that is a problem. This is one reason why I think the Apologia Education Ministries iWitness series from Doug Powell is so important.

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Four Surprising Reasons to Read 19th Century Literature

19th century literatureIt is eleven weeks until Christmas.

Eleven.

Where did this year go?

If you are like me, you have gobs of things you wanted to do, people to see, and places to go.

But there doesn’t. seem. to. be. enough. time.

Especially to read good literature. But I have gotten to the point that I am thirsting for good books to read. After the Bible, I really think people should expand their minds while reading a well-written book. Not fluff, mind you. But something that will exercise one’s vocabulary and thought processes. Continue reading

Embezzlement ~ Acts 4-5 {Object Lesson}

Acts 4 and 5

Objectives:

  • To explain that we cannot deceive God; God will not be mocked
  • To list events Acts 4-5
  • To describe that honesty is a character trait that God desires

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; pictures of cute, or beautiful, animals that are deadly (I used the Blue Ring Octopus, Poison Dart Frog, and the Platypus.)

Geography: Israel; Jerusalem

Background: After the day of Pentecost, Peter and John went to the temple to pray around 3:00 in the afternoon. At the same time, a lame man was being carried by some people and placed at his normal spot to beg for money, or alms. He was a poor man, lame from birth. The lame man saw Peter and John and asked for alms. Instead, God healed him!

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