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When Tragedy Hits, Will You Be Prepared?

Today I want to share a guest post from a faithful reader. She sent me an e-mail, and I asked permission to use it here. I’m very encouraged to hear testimonies of how the Lord continues to use Titus2 to inspire believers all over! — Sarah


Just heard my alarm go off here in what they call a “respite room” off the Neuro ICU. I thanked God for another day He’s given me and quickly checked my phone.

I found your Susannah birthday blog post. As I read through it, my mind went back to just 6-7 short days ago, before we landed ourselves here, how that 5:15am alarm would signify that it was time to get up and dress for my 6am 5k jog on the treadmill. Before heading to sweat and pant for 30 minutes, 🙂 my first stop was always the quiet, peaceful family room, where I spend my quiet time with the Lord. During those 30-40 minutes, which ALWAYS pass by all too fast, I get to draw closer to the One Who’s saved me, transformed me from the inside out, loves me, and is still renewing me day by day. He always has something to share with me through His Word and His Spirit, and I quickly jot down all I learn, knowing that when the hustle and bustle of the day begins, writing it down will help what I learned to “lock in” so I can remember it to guide me through the day, or use it help another along their way.

When that pre-alarm goes off on my phone saying “almost treadmill time!”, I feel like I’ve been interrupted and haven’t really finished, although I know He’s called me get up, take care of my body, and be the best wife/mother I can be for these gifts He’s placed in my life.

And so goes pretty much every weekday around here. Just a normal, ordinary routine.

That’s also how last Thursday began, same as usual. When my husband kissed me goodbye that morning to go to 3 pretty basic appointments, little did I know we’d be spending the following night together in the ER, in an ambulance with lights and sirens on, and pondering the words of the doctors’ initial report: “bleeding in the brain.”

Your blog post made me really ponder how important it is to spend time with the Lord every day because His Word indeed is bread to the eater. It feeds us and nourishes us and sustains us, and will be the only thing that carries us through when calamity hits.

But beyond that, it’s also seed to the sower. Our private times with Him will also give us something that we can give to someone else, whether it’s our children that we’ll be around most of the day, an ICU nurse that doesn’t know Him, or whoever God places across our path.

What came out of Nathan and Melanie (and the rest of you) as you walked through those days is STILL giving seed to the sower today! Encouraging others, fueling their faith, proclaiming his power, and spreading the truths of the peace only He can give. 11 years later! Wow.

If I had the platform of readers that y’all had, I’d encourage them to make daily Bible and prayer time with the Lord their #1 priority in life TODAY—during the routine, repetitive day to day lifestyle. NOT when tragedy comes. Time spent in His Word is time that you’ll never regret.

Marina

Marina and family

PS – the happy ending to this story is Marina’s husband is home and doing very well.

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103

Dangerous or Useful, You Choose

My dad sends out a weekly (short) e-mail to an awesome group of guys. Because we just shared about the Accountable2You app, we felt this Seriously was really important to re-share here. Maybe it will save heartache for your family. By the way, if you want to sign up for the Seriously e-mail, just click on the little blue button on the right sidebar that says Receive Seriously. After you input your e-mail address, you’ll need to double-opt-in through an e-mail arriving in your inbox shortly.

Watch for an awesome Random Life post Monday morning. So many pictures to share! — Sarah


Last week when you read my Seriously article about TV and movies, you might have thought, “Why didn’t he say something about the computer?” I must limit my word count, hence a follow-on article.

A chainsaw is a powerful tool, but it can also be very dangerous to an unskilled and unprotected user. A computer is also a powerful tool, but there is great danger to the soul if it is used carelessly. It seems like many (most?) use the computer similarly to the TV – as an entertainment device. When viewed as such, the serious danger it poses seems minimized. No one considers an entertainment toy as dangerous. Right? No, wrong. It is terribly dangerous.

Therefore, safeguards are required not just a good idea, but required. No one is above temptation. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Many dads haven’t realized the danger of the computer for himself or his children and discovered too late the damage done whether in addiction to empty games or to serious immorality.

Our family’s computers are not used for play or entertainment. They are tools for work and efficiency. We also use Google Safe Search and Accountable2You and encourage anyone we can to do the same. Better to be safe than sorry! (The Accountable2You is an affiliate link and blesses the Titus2 ministry.)

Steve

Mother’s Day Special

Mother’s Day is coming up quickly, in only 11 days. I know, as I need to get my shopping done! 🙂

Yesterday, we released a Mother’s Day Special.

Order $15 worth of shippable product (meaning downloads are excluded and the s/h), and we’ll include the CD Loving Your Husband free. You don’t need to add the CD to your shopping cart; we’ll include it with your shipment if it qualifies.

Practical gift ideas:

 

My mom is a go-getter! How many 60 something-year-olds climb 14ers?!

“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love
their husbands, to love their children.”
Titus 2:4

A Simple Key to Teaching Children Writing Skills

Over the years, a common question I’m asked is how I started writing. While I didn’t have any aspirations to become a writer when I was young, my mom helped develop creative writing by a simple project she incorporated into my homeschooling English curriculum.

Starting in 6th grade, every week I wrote an elderly relative or friend. I needed to make one paragraph extremely descriptive—so descriptive the reader would feel like she was there. Those letters cultivated my creative spark. When I began the Moody Family Series, those years of letter writing helped me develop scenes.

No matter what your child does with writing in the future, this letter project will not only sharpen their skills, but it will bless others.

Since I know writing is an interest for some of our readers, I’d love to share some things on that topic. If you have specific questions you’d like me to address, please leave them in the comment box below, and I’ll see about using them in a separate blog post.

Love,
Sarah

Sarah Maxwell
Ellie and me

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having
compassion one of another, love as brethren,
be pitiful, be courteous.”

1 Peter 3:8

Energize Family Conference coming to Ft. Smith!

I’m really excited to share with you that we’re giving an Energize Family Conference, February 23-24th in Ft. Smith, Arkansas!

Energize Family Conference

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to attend one of our conferences, or if you want encouragement in your homeschool journey, or if you’d like to meet other like-minded families—whatever the reason might be, PLEASE join us!

You’ll be encouraged in practical areas of managing the home, dads leading their families, keeping your children’s hearts, preparing your children for life, and yes, awesome times to fellowship with other believers. Check out the schedule and a PDF flyer here.

We’ve obtained a special group rate at a local hotel, so if you want to stay where all of us out-of-town folks will be, please reserve your room while there is availability. Just go to our conference page, and near the bottom, we have a section titled Lodging with the info.

Questions? Just ask! Can’t wait to see you in Fort Smith soon!

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers …”
(Malachi 4:6)

Voice for the Speechless

In this heart-wrenching, powerful six-minute video, Anna will share something that may change your life. We want this message to go far and wide. It’s one our culture desperately needs to hear. After watching this, please take 5 minutes and send it to 5 friends, and ask them to do the same. You can do that with the share link (paper airplane icon) in the upper right corner of the video, or by simply referring them to this post. You are also welcome to imbed this video into your blog. The imbed code is located after you click the share link, then click the button < /> for the code.

We can make a difference.

“Open thy mouth for the dumb
in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.”
Proverbs 31:8