A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Inventory Reduction Time

Well, it seems the time has come to revamp, redo, and redecorate my first book (The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study). Things have changed so, so much since I my first self-published work and I have grown up quite a bit, as well. So I am planning to update the Bible study and will *prayerfully* have it finished in July, just in time to roll it out in all it's new prettiness for the start of the brand new homeschool year!

In the meantime, however, I decided to have an inventory reduction sale to say bye-bye to all my print copies with the cover that is ... YUCK.

I also reduced the price of the eBook (same book, just in Adobe rather than print).

The book usually costs $12.95, and is now on sale for $7.75 (free shipping). The eBook is discounted by a few bucks as well, but honestly I hope to sell my print books to make room for new copies of the updated version!

To buy The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study (whose basic content will remain exactly the same...the update is primarily cosmetic) visit my website AllThingsHomeschool.

Thanks for helping me make room for improvements! And please share this post with your homeschooling friends!

Lord bless you as you homeschool for His glory!

Day 333 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study
All Things Homeschool ~ 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers
& Prayer ~ 101 Devotions for Women (due to release in June 2015)

Monday, April 27, 2015

To Receive Your Free Copy of Prayer ~ 101 Devotions for Women...

A HUGE thank you to everyone who purchased my book All Things Homeschool ~ 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers! Some of you were offered a special promotion: review All Things Homeschool on Amazon and receive a print copy of my next book absolutely free!




Prayer ~ 101 Devotions for Women is due to release in mid-June of 2015, and print copies will be mailed to all reviewers who participated in this promo at that time. If you are a part of that special offer, please send me an email letting me know your review has posted on Amazon and include your mailing address. Send emails to janburt@cox.net






Thanks for all the support and kind words so far. I truly hope the book blesses busy homeschooling mothers and keeps pointing them back to Jesus on the good and not-so-good days.

And if you would like to participate in this special, you can purchase All Things Homeschool @ Amazon, leave a review, send me an email and you'll be on the list to get a copy of Prayer this summer!

Lord bless as you continue to follow hard after Jesus!

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study & All Things Homeschool - 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers & the upcoming release Prayer ~ 101 Devotions for Women

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Free Copies of All Things Homeschool ~ 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers

I recently self-published my second book, All Things Homeschool ~ 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers. And I would love to have some feedback on the book in the form of reviews.

If you would be interested in writing a review on Amazon or on your blog (with a link to the book on Amazon), I would be more than happy to send you a free paperback copy of All Things Homeschool.

Provide a way for me to contact you in the comments and I will get a copy in the mail to you right away.

And truly, I appreciate the help of my fellow homeschooling mothers more than I can express with words. Thank you in advance.






Day 331 done :)

Jan L. Burt

author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

& All Things Homeschool ~ 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers

Monday, April 6, 2015

Joyfulness



Isaiah 12:3 – With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

            It is far too easy to lose our joy in the daily grind of homeschooling. At times we fool ourselves into thinking that we are really only lacking joy due to the season of life we are in. But I promise you, that is simply not true. From the first waves of morning sickness with your first child, to the moment your youngest graduates, there is no end to the seasons that can be joy stealers. Don’t succumb to this tactic of the enemy. Be willing to fight those feelings of heaviness and push into joy, drawn from Jesus at the well of salvation.

            If the joy of the Lord truly is your strength, then it only makes sense that the enemy will steal your joy if he aims to steal your strength. Once you recognize this scheme, be sure to take a firm stand against it. Your joy in the Lord is a powerful weapon, a choice gift bestowed upon you by your loving Father. Use your weapon well, fight with it every single day. Be joyful always! 

            Awaken with a thankful, joyful heart. Reset your attitude to one of joy as many times as you need to throughout the day. Keep a joyful journal and document things that bring you a smile. Choose to smile rather than to scowl. Be joyful, and watch the enemy lose ground in your life. 

            I will say it again, be joyful always. Be joyful today.


            Stay close to Jesus today ~ He is the source of all strength and all joy.

Day 330 done :)

Jan L. Burt





Friday, April 3, 2015

All Things Homeschool ~ 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers

 
 
 
 
I am so very happy to announce the release of my new book All Things Homeschool ~ 180  Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers, now available at Amazon.
 
 
The book is written for homeschooling women, and contains devotions spanning 36 weeks, which is hopefully enough to last the length of a typical homeschool year.
 
It is currently available as a softcover and will be available for Kindle within the next few days.
 
 
My prayer is that this book will be a source of Biblical encouragement to homeschooling women everywhere, for they truly live the life of all things homeschool.
 
Lord bless you today as you homeschool for His glory!
 
 
Day 329 done :)
 
 
Jan L. Burt
 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sound Mind, Clean Heart

     1 Peter 4:7b - Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.


I doubt many believers would argue that prayer is a vital element in the life of a Christian. But not every believer can claim to always go about their prayer time with a "sober mind". 

Too often we take our list of wants, needs, and complaints to the Lord in prayer without a sober mind, sometimes called a sober spirit. We simply make our requests and do so with very little thought to the condition of our hearts.

it is of the utmost importance to remember- to daily remember! - that while our God is a loving Father, He is also completely holy and righteous. If we forget these aspects of His character, His holiness and righteousness, we fail to come before Him with the reverence and awe that He is due.

Being of sober mind, or having self-control as I pray, keeps me focused on who God is rather than focusing on what I want or need. Because one thing I have learned about prayer is this: in seeking God for the answer to my problem or my need, I find that He is what I seek...He is the answer, after all.

Be alert, be of sober mind, be a woman who prays well today.


Day 328 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study
and All Things Homeschool: 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers (available on Amazon April 3, 2015)

What's A Blog, Anyway?

Wow, I have not put up a post in a long time. Just busy doing life, I suppose, and also busy hammering out the final draft of the devotional I've been writing. Hopefully it will prove to have been worth all the effort!

Neglecting my blog has been one sad reality as I have written my book. But it looks as if my book will release for purchase at Amazon on Friday, April 3rd, 2015. Having a launch date nailed down is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. It's like a really intense form of accountability!

I'm going to follow this short post with a devotional from the book. I decided not to "cloud" the devo with a "sorry I am such a lame blogger" post!

And to everyone who has read my blog through the years, thanks for your encouragement. I am grateful for each reader in ways I could never express using words.

My next post will be up in a few minutes!
 
Day 327 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of  The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study
and All Things Homeschool: 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers (available April 3, 2015)

Monday, January 12, 2015

If Everyone Else Was Just Like Me

It's 2015. Yup. 2014 is over. Is is just so over.

I'm not a terribly huge fan of resolutions, mostly because self-will has yet to fix or change or improve anything in my life. So this post is definitely not about setting your resolve to be a better mom, wife, homeschooler, Christian, whatever. It's just about opening your heart and allowing the Lord to look at what is, and what isn't, in there. And then giving Him full access to do whatever it is He might like to do.

So the question I am going to pose to you is this:

     If every other homeschooler lived their life the way I live my life and homeschooled the way I homeschool, what would the homeschool community look like? 

I did not say it was going to be an easy question. 

But it is an important question.

Ask it. Today. And let Him answer. Then give way to Him and let Him do what only He can do. (Which, by the way, is anything and everything.) 

2015 can be the most blessed year of homeschooling thus far - but it won't be because of your efforts at keeping a list of resolutions. It will be as good as you allow Him to make it.

Lord bless you today!

Day 326 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study 



 


Monday, December 22, 2014

Busy Start to Winter

So I have not put up a new post since October. Wow. That is a really long time.

Not that I actually think anyone is missing my posts, but if you were wondering why on earth I am not posting...there are a few reasons.

I have found that bloggers need to take breaks. There are seasons when we just don't have the heart to post and post and post. Instead our hearts are focused on our home lives, our children, homeschooling...stuff like that. And my fall/early winter has proved this to be true.

I also needed a break from blogging because I have been writing a book. So I have been writing, just not on my blogs.

I hope your days have been filled with the Lord's chosen will for you, whether it is encouraging others through weblogs and social media, participating in small groups, giving your time in service to others, or just being a mom to your children. And if you happen to have a blog and you happen to have guilt when you don't post all the time...then let this post give you permission to throw that guilt away. When anything, even blogging, becomes a chore and starts to rule over your life and your time, then you really must step back and take a breather. God will guide you gently when you have young children (yes, that is actually Biblical - I challenge you to search your Bible and find it!)

Here is a sample from my writing project:

     Acts 20:23 - "I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me."

     Do you expect to hear from the Holy Spirit personally? On a daily basis?

     If not, you need to adjust your expectations! Our Counselor, the Holy Spirit, is more willing to speak to us than we are to listen. What on earth might we hear from Him if only we would attune our ears?

     In Acts 20:23, Paul states that he knew what was ahead because the Holy Spirit had warned him. He was not told to turn back, nor did he become fearful. Rather, Paul was prepared for what lay ahead - simply because he expected to hear clearly from the Holy Spirit and was willing to accept what he was told, whether it be good or bad, without complaint.

     Do you accept difficult news with the right attitude? Do you joyfully take good from the hand of the Lord, and angrily shove away bad? This is a poor way to respond. Reset your thinking in accordance with God's word and willingly accept the Holy Spirit's wise counsel. Of course, that will not contradict the Bible. You should not simply assume that every thought running through your mind is the Holy Spirit speaking to you. But do listen expectantly, in prayer, and when He speaks to you, with a grateful and obedient heart, listen earnestly.

     Paul was willing to hear what the Spirit said to him. May it be our prayer to do the same.




There's a little sample of what I have been working on. Thanks for reading it!

May you be blessed this Christmas as you remember that He is truly the only gift that matters.

Day 325 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study


As an aside, I would like to mention something new I have been doing via Twitter. I take copious sermon notes, and review them often. Last week I realized it would be great to share some of the exact quotes I write down as my pastor preaches each Sunday. Using the hashtag #KelleyLandenbergerSermon, I have been tweeting quotes. Check it out and be encouraged! My Twitter handle is @ATHomeschool.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Begin To Be Thankful While the Calendar Reads October

In my home, for a never-ending compendium of reasons, October is a busy month. It is typically so busy that it can deplete my patience, energy, bank account and time and leave my head spinning by the time I turn the wall calendar to November. I do not seem to be able to conquer this fall phenomenon which can be referred to as "Octo-Mania".

But I really do love fall, I do enjoy all that this first full month of autumn brings. I don't want to be so consumed with busy-ness that I fail to enjoy the blessings that come with Octo-Mania. So I have to make a daily choice to consciously be thankful. Making that decision at the dawn of each new day has enabled me to be a more content follower of Jesus this autumn. It's sort of like choosing to give thanks in October, rather than waiting for the arrival of November.

When I was a young mom, way back in my twenties, older and more wizened women would tell me to enjoy the stage of life I was in (diaper bags, midnight feedings, toddler talk, and so on). And I really did my best to take their advice, because I figured all those women weren't telling me the same thing for no reason, right? And now that my children are older (instead of diaper bags, I help pack bags for college & in lieu of toddler talk that I had to "decipher" I now help talk through internship opportunities) I am still heeding that advice.

Enjoy the season you are in right now, because this too shall pass. And when it is past, you will most certainly miss it. A part of you will ring a bit hollow, and your heart will answer that ring with a sad pang. The only way to lessen the ache of that pang is to enjoy the now, right now, today.

Now that I am one of those older women (albeit not a wizened woman despite being in my forties) I am sharing the same old, tried-and-true counsel. The seasons will change, there is no stopping the progression of time. Make the most of today, and choose to be thankful right smack dab in the midst of October.

Lord bless you today!

Day 324 :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study