Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) and the Truth Chasers Club

I normally don’t promote other products or ministries or otherwise on this site.  But this one I will make an exception.

(Note:  I was not approached by this organization to write this or otherwise promote them as I often am nor was I offered any compensation in any way.  This is a review and an opinion based on my experience and should be viewed and read as such).

I was told by a friend about 3 years ago that there’s a club called the Truth Chasers Club where kids receive bible studies in the mail.  She got me the information and I enrolled myself and my kids in it.  Ever since then, we have been receiving bible studies in the mail.  I have since dropped due to time constraints, but my kids LOVE it.  They love getting mail and they love doing their lessons.

The lessons are based on age and grade so the younger kids have less reading and more hands-on activities such as coloring and book marks.  As the children age, the lessons increase in size and content as well.  Every time the kids receive their old lesson in the mail with hand-written notes and it graded along with the new lesson.  You only receive a new lesson when you’ve returned the old one (unless you are like us and you lose yours–then after a month or so they send you a duplicate one!).

I normally don’t pay much attention to these as the kids do them on their own, but this last lesson is the one that has prompted me to write and recommend them.  The lesson was on death and what happens to a believer when he or she dies.  It compares the body to a house in which the soul lives and when you die, the house is buried but the soul immediately goes to be with Christ.  It is accompanied by a lovely illustration of this.  It was awesome in terms of explaining death to little kids, which is always a challenge!

These lessons are FREE!  Let me say that again:  these lessons are free (much like BSF or Bible Study Fellowship) as their mission is to promote Jesus to children around the world.

I visited their website (www.cefonline.com) and they are doing much more than the Truth Chasers Club to promote Christ.  They train children and adults in evangelism and also do after school Bible clubs known as the Good News Club.  I cannot attest to any other part of their work except for the Truth Chasers Club for that is all I have experience with.  However, they have been around since 1937 and seem to have a great reputation for spreading God’s Word and the Good News.

That being said, they have encountered resistance and concern from parents ministering to their children (which CEF says they always have permission from the parents to do).  I have no opinion on this matter as I don’t know much about it.  However, all of this is recent and in today’s increasingly secular society and the push against Christ, you have to approach it as such.  In my mind, you can’t do enough to expose kids to Christ.  Again, I have no opinion on any other work CEF does other than the Truth Chasers Club.

In conclusion, I do recommend the Truth Chasers Club.  I have seen nothing that goes against what the Bible says as truth and my kids love it.  It has valuable lessons and fun kid activities.  And it’s free!  Just another compliment to your Biblical teachings at home and at your church, much like BSF is intended to be.  Invaluable if you live in remote areas far from church and community or lacking such amazing bible studies as BSF.  Check them out and decide for yourself at www.cefonline.com  You can enroll online.  Let me know what you think!

Why Is It We NEVER Give Ourselves Enough Credit?

I just applied for a homeschool writing position with another blog.  They asked for a brief list of credentials and three writing samples related to homeschooling.  They offer a bit of compensation so I thought “Why not?”

So I list my resume per se:  I am almost done with my YA edit.  I write novels.  I wrote a newspaper column.  I blog.  I homeschool my kids.  Used to be a public school teacher.

Then I begin a search for my writings on homeschool.  I have a few here on this blog but they are old.  Then I suddenly remembered my newspaper columns I wrote.  I wrote a ton of homeschool stuff then.  So I drag all those up and copy and paste.

While I am copying and pasting, I am reading them.  I think, “Wow, these are pretty good!”  Then I think, “Actually, these are REALLY good.”

It made me realize:  I can write.  I am good at something in this world besides changing diapers and chauffeuring kids to soccer practice, music classes, swim lessons, etc.  I do have something to say that’s not kid-related.  And I have something important to say that doesn’t begin with a negative i.e. “No!” or “Don’t!” or “Stop!”

I think we as women and moms get so caught up in the outside world validating us that we forget that we don’t need validation from the outside world.  We forget God has stamped us as His from the moment we were born.  We forget we have everything if we have Him.  And we forget that we are enough; we are good; we are important.

God knows this.  So why don’t we?

Easy:  It all comes back to Him.

I forget this every day of my life.  I have to constantly remind myself of Him and the Cross.  And when I do, when I acknowledge Him in my mind, then I can acknowledge myself in my mind and it becomes a little easier to believe I am important after all.  I stand a bit taller.  I believe in myself a bit more.  And I give myself credit where credit is due.

Whether or not the outside world ever recognizes me is unimportant.  It would be nice, don’t get me wrong.  But in the end, it doesn’t matter.  All that does matter is Him.  I work for Him, through Him, and by Him.  Period.

Yep, You Guessed it…

Here he is!!  Our New Pup!!!  He’s a European Blue Great Dane!! As you can see, he’s loved!!!

My daughter and new pup

My daughter and new pup

 

He's Got Some Growing to Do!!

He’s Got Some Growing to Do!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Prayer Requests…

Hey all,

This will be my last post for prayer requests until the Fall.  Please feel free to post throughout the summer as well.  You may email me them as well I just may not get to them as quickly.  Fastest is commenting below.

Mine:  husband’s job keeps going well, my writing goes well, summer break is relaxing and peaceful.

Have a blessed, peaceful, relaxing summer and God Bless!

A Weave of Words

A Weave of Words

A Weave of Words

A Weave of Words by Robert D San Souci and illustrated by Raul Colon is honestly one of my favorite tales.  We meet a prince named Vachagan who only desires to hunt.  One day on a hunt he meets a girl named Anait who is an excellent weaver and a scholar.  Smitten, Vachagan asks for her hand but she refuses, saying she cannot marry someone who can’t read or write or earn a living by his own hands.

Vachagan left, disappointed by motivated.  He immediately applies himself to learning to weave and read and write.  When he learns, he marries Anait.  They eventually become King and Queen of the land.

One day Vachagan must see to trouble in the east.  He is captured by a dev, an evil ogre with three heads.  Vachagan is spared because he tells them he can weave.  He weaves a carpet with a secret message for Anait.  When she receives it she knows where Vachagan is.  She has learned to ride and use a sword so she could be prepared to rule as well.  She slays the dev who underestimates her because she is a woman, freeing Vachagan.

Because Vachagan learned a skill, he was saved and because Anait learned to fight she saved her beloved.

Great tale stressing the importance of learning, self-sacrifice, compromise, and not marrying for money.  Anait was not blinded by Vachagan’s wealth and stuck to her principles.  Vachagan loved Anait so much he did as she asked in order to win her hand.  Neither relied on their wealth.  Both were prepared for their roles in life.  Neither were complacent.  Both kept learning.

Robert D. San Souci is one of our favorite children’s authors.  He retells (as well as writes his own) a lot of tales with powerful messages.  Highly recommend this book and the author for future stories.

The First Tulips in Holland

The First Tulips in Holland

The First Tulips in Holland

In this charming story by Phyllis Krasilovsky and illustrated by S.D. Schindler, the reader learns how tulips first came to Holland.  In this fictionalized imagining (since no one knows for sure who first brought the bulbs to Holland), a Dutch merchant named Hendrik brought them back to Holland as a present for his daughter, Katrina.  She plants them in her window and when they bloom they attracted the whole town’s attention.

Hendrik is offered everything from gold to a harpsichord to sheep and goats to trade for them but he refuses.  Instead, he gives them to his daughter as her dowry when she marries a florist.  Her and her husband end up cultivating the tulips and selling them.  Hence, the proliferation of tulips all over Holland.

One king in history, Ahmet III, is known as “The Tulip King” for his love of tulips.  He was a Turkish ruler who imported hundreds of bulbs from the Netherlands and threw lavish parties every year when they bloomed.

For a time, tulips were coveted items and there was even a run on tulips in 1637 when one tulip was selling for the price of gold today.

Great book about a beautiful flower and its role in history.