Sunday Psalms – Psalm 3:3-8

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I don’t typically write any additional commentary for the Sunday Psalms, but this one is a little special to me. This particular passage of scripture came to mean a lot to me and was my prayer many, many times when I was struggling with panic attacks. I pray it is a blessing to you, too.

“But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O Lord; save me, O my god: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon they people. Selah.” – Psalm 3:3-8

My Top 5 Favorite Jeremy Camp Songs

My Top 5 Favorite Jeremy Camp Songs

Quite a while ago, I reviewed Jeremy Camp’s memoir called I Still Believe. I loved the book so much that I bought and gave away three copies. After reading the book, certain songs of his held more meaning because the stories behind them were so moving.

Book aside, the number one reason I love Jeremy’s work is that there is no doubt who he is singing about. His work is decidedly Christ-centered and I love that. My favorite Christian songs are those that a.) worship Jesus Christ and/or b.) could be prayers. Kind of like the psalms of the Bible (my favorite book of the Bible…probably not a surprise at this point).

Today, I’d like to share my favorite Jeremy Camp songs. This is not a countdown at all because I don’t think I could pick what order I like them.

My Top 5 Favorite Jeremy Camp Songs

Reckless

This falls in the heart prayer category. This is the life I desire to live, it’s also one that scares me a bit because of how I’ve seen that play out in the Bible.

My God

A declaration of faith that celebrates the resurrection of Christ and how it is only through that self-less and undeserved act that I can have hope.

Overcome

This song never fails to move me to tears. Christ’s death and resurrection is such a horrible and wonderful thing that amazes me when I think about it…which should probably happen more often.

The Way

“Lift high the King of Kings and Great I Am.” Ack, I love to worship with this one.

We Must Remember

I think one of the hardest things to let go of as a Christian is the guilt and shame that comes with past sins. This is a good reminder for those dealing with that.

I hope this post blesses you as much as it did my heart while putting it together. Do you have a favorite Jeremy Camp song?

Sunday Psalms – Psalm 113:3

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From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised. – Psalm 113:3

Sunday Psalms – Psalm 104:13

Sunday Psalms - Psalm 104:13

He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. – Psalm 104:13

Teaching a Biblical Worldview

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Everyone has a worldview. It is the perspective from which we view, process, and analyze our life experiences. It is a culmination of what we’ve been taught and what we’ve experienced. There is no avoiding having a worldview. It’s like a brain, everyone’s got one. It’s how we each use it that varies.

The way I see it, we have two options. We can choose to look at the world and make decisions about right or wrong, how we treat others, etc. based on our own feelings and experiences alone. Or we can look at it through the lens of what God has to say in the Bible.

I am striving for the latter. I am also attempting to guide my children in this way. By the infinite grace of God, it seems to be working bit by bit. Change is hard, yo.

Obviously, I am still in the process of raising my children so I can’t give you a bullet-point list of sure-fire ways to raise kids with a biblical worldview. However, I don’t think I will be able to do that even when my kids are grown, so there’s that.

What I can do is tell you why having a biblical worldview is important and share the resources I’m using to prayerfully achieve that goal.

Why is a Biblical Worldview Important?

If you aren’t a Christian, having a biblical worldview isn’t going to be important to you. If you ARE a Christian, it should be very important. As a Christian, you are professing to be a follower of Jesus Christ. You are a representative of Him to everyone you meet. How you respond to situations, how you treat others, how you live your life will have an impact on how others view Him.

That’s a lot of pressure, isn’t it?! Thankfully, it isn’t really about us, it is about the grace of God. Our lives can either be a hinderance or a help to His work. I’d rather be a help.

Now, if we are professing to be Christians, don’t you think we should actually know what directives He left us? Shouldn’t we know how He expects us to represent Him? We are only going to know this by reading His words. It is important to read, meditate on, and desire to live out.

But, what about worldview? Why does it matter if our worldview is biblical?

It boils down simply. Is God right or is man? If it is man, then which one? Aside from Jesus, can you name a perfect human being? I can’t.

Biblical worldview = God is right, He is Truth. Man’s worldview = a matter of opinion, truth is relative. Which of these seems more stable? Which one is a reflection of Christ?

Tools to Teach a Biblical Worldview

If you have made the decision that you want a biblical worldview, here are a few resources I am using or planning to use, along with the reasoning behind them. My goal is that these will be a good foundation of training for both our kids and myself to look to the Bible for answers in easy and tough situations.

  • What We Believe series – We have started with Volume 1 – Who Is God? this year. The series is aimed to build a foundation of a biblical worldview for kids aged 6-14. We are using the corresponding Notebook and Jr. Notebook as well. The book is written in an conversational tone and my kids have found the stories used to illustrate key points to be funny, which keeps them engaged. We have enjoyed going through this and it has presented us with many opportunities to discuss our faith and why we believe what we believe.
  • Child Training Bible – I’ll admit, I haven’t used this one as well as I should. It isn’t intuitive to me to bring out the Bible when correcting the kids. However, 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” The Child Training Bible is a great tool for this, you can read my full review for more information.
  • Virtue Training Bible – This is the other side of the coin, the Child Training Bible addresses behavior that needs correction. The Virtue Training Bible is focused on the behavior we should be attempting to live (through the strength of the Holy Spirit, not our own).

Beyond these three resources, we are utilizing curricula that connects this world with it’s Creator. Our science books start from the position that God is Creator and then explores his wonderful creation from there. Our history weaves both “biblical” history and “secular” history, connecting them together in the time line of the world. You know, like they happened.

Do you have any tools that you use or have seen for teaching a biblical worldview to kids? I’d love for you to share them in the comments!

Sunday Psalms – Psalm 19:1

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The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. – Psalm 19:1

31 Days of Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart

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If you follow along on the Facebook page or are on the actual blog often, you may have noticed that I have done some re-branding. I have a snazzy new header, new design, and coordinating Facebook graphics. The Facebook page is currently still the Vicki Arnold blog, but I have moved the blog back to my original blog title of Simply Vicki. Facebook page will follow suit eventually.

Previously, my blog tagline was “Where P31 & Titus 2 meet Colossians 3:23.” I think this only made sense to me. I was aiming to chronicle my attempts to follow in the big footsteps left behind by the Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 women with the right attitude, according to Colossians 3:23.

Over time, as things tend to do, my life changed and this tagline no longer really reflected what I was blogging about. While I started off in a more reflective, journaling type of writing, I eventually moved on with a desire to encourage and equip women. Particularly in the areas of homeschooling, homemaking, and Christian faith.

So.

Over the summer, I began to pray, think, and brainstorm. I realized quickly that I did not like the name of the Vicki Arnold blog anymore because ultimately the blog is NOT about me. To make this long story a little shorter, I eventually realized that while I wear many hats throughout my days, at the end I am simply Vicki. Thus, I moved back to my very original blog title.

The tagline actually came via my friend Becky after discussing what I was wanting my blog to be focused on going forward. I tossed around several ideas, but when Becky took a few of my words and rearranged them to give me “Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart,” I was THRILLED.

It was perfect. It covered my niches and it used alliteration. Oh, how I love alliteration!

Fast forward to now, with my snazzy new design and updated name and tagline. I have decided to participate in The Nester’s 31 Days writing challenge. While I had a few ideas in mind, I thought this would be the perfect time to break out all those posts I had trapped in my writing notebook and give you a taste of what the blog will be like going forward.

Once the month of October is passed, I will NOT be continuing to write 7 days/week. I am not THAT talented. 😉

About Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart

Before we dive into the posts, I wanted to give you an overview of what these topics will encompass from my perspective. This extends beyond this 31 day challenge.

  • Homeschooling – A bit obvious, I am a homeschool mom. I will be sharing resources to help make homeschooling easier. These will include encouragement for a homeschool mother’s heart, curriculum reviews, resource lists of all kinds (including free), and any thing else relating to the world of homeschooling. I will also be creating and sharing activities and printables.
  • Homemaking – This will be a relatively new area here. I will be sharing ideas for meal planning, recipes, sewing tutorial round-ups, and resources for inspiration in anything that falls under the homemaking umbrella.
  • Happy Heart – This is the unclear one. Happy heart includes family, faith, and holistic living. I am bringing back my Sunday Psalms for the 31 Day challenge and will be sharing some great parenting resources. I also plan to share things that make us laugh because laughter is a big part of our home.

31 Days of Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart

Below are the posts that make up this challenge. As each one goes live, I will add the link. Or you can subscribe via email to make sure you don’t miss them!

  1. Introduction (this post)
  2. Healthy Chocolate Breakfast Shake
  3. Fun Science for Kids Using Candy
  4. 25 Free Activities to Do With Kids
  5. Sunday Psalms – Psalm 19:1
  6. Teaching a Biblical Worldview
  7. Pumpkin Pie S’Mores
  8. Where to Buy Homeschool Curriculum
  9. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls
  10. Raising Independent Learners
  11. 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential
  12. Sunday Psalms – Psalm 104:13
  13. Homeschooling Resources on Pinterest – Organized by Subject
  14. 38 Free Sewing Tutorials for the Home
  15. Facebook Resources for Homeschoolers
  16. How to Make Your Own Pizza Dough + 20 Ways to Top It!
  17. Story Prompts to Encourage Creative Writing
  18. Books for Duck Dynasty Fans
  19. Sunday Psalm – Psalm 113:3
  20. Free How to Draw Tutorials
  21. Reusable Options for Disposable Household Items
  22. 11 Picture Books About Art
  23. 4 Other Uses for Pizza Dough
  24. Writing That’s Fun for Kids
  25. My Top 5 Favorite Jeremy Camp Songs
  26. Sunday Psalms – Psalm 3:3-8
  27. How to Create a Custom Chore Chart
  28. Crafts Kids Can Make to Give as Gifts Book List
  29. Pen Pal Writing Tips and Resources for Kids
  30. When Convenience Becomes a Crutch
  31. Grand Finale Giveaway!

#IAmYourVoice

#IAMYOURVOICE - Learn how you can make a difference for people persecuted by ISIS.

Blogging is in many ways a privilege. It is a privilege to have people who read my words. It is a privilege that I live in a country where I can freely write. I count it a blessing to write posts that equip and encourage in the areas of homeschooling, homemaking, and faith.

Today, I would like to share with you (equip you with) a way that you can make a very real difference in the world.

The #IAmYourVoice Campaign

Let your mouth be open for those who have no voice, in the cause of those who are ready for death.

As Isis is taking over parts of Iraq and Syria, our Christian brothers and sisters are fleeing their homes to survive. Taking only what their arms carry, often just their children—they are facing even more hardships on the road. The lives they knew before have been destroyed.

ISIS is kidnapping women, killing husbands and horrifically beheading children. The Iraqi and Syrian Christians are so busy running, they have lost their voice to cry for help. Their day is survival.

Living to sundown without anyone dying is their daily goal.

They have been made voiceless. But now we will be their voice.

We will cry out for the children who fear they will be the next victim.

We will call out for the women who fear enslavement by this enemy.

We will speak for the men who cannot protect their wives and children.

I Am Their Voice.

We will let them know that we hear their silent screams. And we are praying and will send help. We will carry your testimonies here so people know what is happening to you.

We will not allow America, or the rest of the world, to ignore you. Alone, we are nothing, but through the blood of Jesus Christ, we are family and we will speak for you. I am your voice.

We need your support to love our persecuted brothers and sisters. Please visit Iamyourvoice.org to find out how you can help.

Let them know you will be their voice. Let them know they are not alone. You no longer have to feel powerless living a world away. Food for the Hungry is already on the ground, serving the
persecuted refugees fleeing the fighting right now. These refugees fleeing the fighting have left everything behind.

Your support will not only provide their physical needs but also will tell them they are not forgotten. You will be telling jthem we hear their cries and that you will speak for them. Together, we are their
voice.

Stand with the I Am Your Voice campaign and tell the persecuted Christians of Iraqi and Syria “I am your voice.”