Category Archives: Ministry News

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.


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

Love and Respect Marriage Conference – Part 1

Where is your marriage at? The pits? A step away from separation? Doing fine? Doing great? Over-the-top-fantastic?

In a counseling course Steve and I took last year, the instructor encouraged every married couple to attend marriage enrichment conferences on a regular basis—every year if possible. That challenged Steve and me because we so cherish occasional opportunities to get away alone together. We didn’t know if we wanted to share that time with sitting in sessions in a conference, but we began considering it.

We knew there was always something we could learn that would make our marriage even better. We also are on the lookout for resources for those who come to us with marriage problems, and there was also the possibility that if we went to a marriage retreat or conference it would be an encouragement for our married children to do the same.

I had a friend who read Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, and she told me how much she liked it (that’s Titus2’s affiliate link to Amazon, see our disclosure policy here). We had that book in our house, so I started to read it. I thought it was great, and then Steve and I started reading it together at night.

My friend later told me she had looked into a live marriage conference by Dr. Eggerichs, but they were too far away from her. Since I had liked the book, I decided to check in to the conferences too. Sure enough, in Denver, just 8 hours away, was a live conference the middle of February.

Steve and I gift each other with a night away for Mother’s and Father’s Day so we decided to make this trip our 2017 gifts. 

We drove to Denver Thursday afternoon, February 16th, attended the conference Friday evening and Saturday morning and drove home on Sunday. That gave us 16 hours of talking time while we drove, the conference itself, plus time before and after it to enjoy being together away from home.

In another post, I will give a report on the conference itself.

Trusting in Jesus,

“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be
to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
Ephesians 5:24-25

Hope for the Hopeless

I think the following story illustrates the great need for the information Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chores contains. I was that struggling mom from this story at one time, trying to keep up and totally discouraged by it all. These books not only give hope to moms through direction and instruction, but they work in the real-life trenches of being a mommy.

“My name is Ryan. My husband and I have been married for nearly 10 years. For all 10 years, I have not been the best in the housewife department. When our three kids (who are homeschooled) came along, the house fell in disarray. I have cried and tried my best. I prayed for guidance because clearly I was missing something. After 10 years of looking, crying and praying I think I have found the guidance I have been longing for in your Managers books.

I have attempted to put together many schedules over the years, but they never work past the third week. I am just in awe I have finally found what I have looked for for so many years.

My mom was a single parent who worked many jobs. I had no idea or training on how to do the mom/housewife thing. I was pretty depressed recently over it. I prayed to God for help and guidance.

Then today while doing my online grocery shopping I saw I had a free pass for an audible book by Michael Duggar. In that book she mentioned y’all. I paused the book, looked up the website and read … then cried. I cannot tell you grateful I am.”

The end of Ryan’s story isn’t yet written, but I am confident there’s going to be a transformation in this young mommy’s life, in her family’s lives, and in her home. I am as excited as she is for the next chapter to be written.

Trusting in Jesus,

“But I will hope continually,
and will yet praise thee more and more.”
Psalm 71:14

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“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law,
which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love
the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep
his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve
him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Joshua 22:5