Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blessings for Those Who Ask {a devotional}

Ye have not, because ye ask not. James 4:2.

The grace of Christ we cannot do without. We must have help from above if we resist the manifold temptations of Satan, and escape his devices. Amid the prevailing darkness, we must have light from God to reveal the traps and gins of error, or we shall be ensnared. We should improve the opportunity for prayer, both in secret and around the family altar. Many need to learn how to pray.... When we in humility tell the Lord our wants, the Spirit itself makes intercession for us; as our sense of need causes us to lay bare our souls before the all-searching eye of Omnipotence, our earnest, fervent prayers enter within the vail, our faith claims the promises of God, and help comes to us....

Prayer is both a duty and a privilege. We must have help which God alone can give, and that help will not come unasked. If we are too self-righteous to feel our need of help from God, we shall not have His help when we need it most. If we are too independent and self-sufficient to throw ourselves daily by earnest prayer upon the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour, we shall be left subject to Satan’s temptations.... Earnest, sincere ... prayer would bring strength and grace to resist the powers of darkness. God wants to bless. He is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him than are parents to give good gifts to their children. But many do not feel their need. They do not realize that they can do nothing without the help of Jesus....

I have been shown angels of God all ready to impart grace and power to those who feel their need of divine strength. But these heavenly messengers will not bestow blessings unless solicited. They have waited for the cry from souls hungering and thirsting for the blessing of God; often have they waited in vain. There were, indeed, casual prayers, but not the earnest supplication from humble, contrite hearts....

Those who would receive the blessing of the Lord, must themselves prepare the way, by confession of sin, by humiliation before God, with true penitence, and with faith in the merits of the blood of Christ. ~Our High Calling,
by E.G. White

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Doctor Aviation {Homeschool Review Crew}

The past few weeks we have been learning Aviation History with Doctor Aviation. This is a great course, consisting of 15 lessons of videos (which run about 45-60 minutes).

Doctor Aviation  
I have long been interested in aviation, and flight. In fact, one of my "bucket list" wishes is to obtain my pilot's license. Granted, it probably will never happen, but it is a wish none the less. My middle son has also expressed a desire to get his pilot's license. With that in mind, we were pleased to receive a 6-month subscription to this online course.
It is easy to log in, and go to the dashboard. Here you will see what lesson you are ready to work on next. You will also see your progress, and your membership status. 

If you click on the green box with an arrow inside, it will take you to the video course page. There you will see how the course is divided into sections, how many lessons are in each section, and the title/subject matter of each session. I like how the basics of flight and aircrafts are covered in the first section.

Each lesson is divided into three parts, which discuss an aviation principle, a famous person and how he/she contributed to the field of aviation, and an important aircraft or event in aviation history.

First, you will watch the video. You can take notes using the "guided notes" pdf, which you can download and print off, if you wish. You may also choose to use the "to learn more" resources, which consist of suggested books to read, websites, videos to watch, etc., which all will help you dig deeper if you would like to.
There are also exams you can choose to take. If your high school student wishes to take this course for credit, he will want to watch all of the videos and cover nearly all of the suggested additional resources.

Daryl Smith is Dr. Aviation. He spent 24 years as a Command Pilot in the US Air Force, with over 2,000 flight hours, and as a research pilot during testing of the Strategic Defense Initiative (also known as the Star Wars Program). He also served as an instructor at the US Air Force Academy, teaching aviation, and has also authored a book on CFIT. He shares his credentials in the introductory lesson.

He is very knowledgeable, yet speaks in an easy-to-understand, conversational manner.

We received this, mainly for my 17-year-old high school student and me to use, but my 15-year-old junior high student also has been watching the videos with us. At this point, we have only been watching the videos, but I plan to check out some of the books, particularly Chuck Yeager's autobiography (in which my 17-year-old seemed the most interested).

A few words from the 17-year-old: Dr. Aviation is an amazing video series about, you guessed it, aviation, and is presented by Daryl Smith who happens to easily convey his passion for flying which makes it all the more interesting.

I found all of the videos very fascinating and fun to watch. Although they did sometimes seem to go on forever and ever. But I did still find them very interesting.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday, July 19 {with link up}

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mapelle Films: Trust Fund {Homeschool Review Crew}

I am always on the lookout for family-friendly and Christian movies in our household, so I was excited for the opportunity to receive a copy of Trust Fund, from Mapelle Films.

Trust Fund Movie

Trust Fund is the story of a young lady named Reese Donahue, an aspiring writer, who comes from a very wealthy family and seems to live the life everyone dreams about. Feeling trapped by her father's expectations, she betrays him and runs off to Italy, to the man she loves and whom she thinks loves her. When she finds out he's not the kind of man she thought he was, she begs her dad to let her come home. Her father welcomes her home with open arms, causing Reese to realize her father has taught her what real love is all along. Reese's sister isn't happy with the whole situation either, and gets upset with the way her father handled the situation.

This is a powerful movie, with a strong impact. We watched it as a family: my 24 year old daughter and her boyfriend, my 17 and 15 year old sons, and me. (I plan to let my homeschooling friend and her family watch it, too, soon.) My 17 year old says it's a really good movie. I haven't heard much commentary from my daughter nor my 15 year old.

There is a study guide which can be downloaded for use in a small group setting, or as a family. Trust Fund is obviously inspired by the Biblical story of the prodigal son, and the study guide compares and contrasts to two stories, with scripture passages, and thought-provoking questions.
Love Was Near Book

In addition, there is a companion book, for young adult women, called Love Was Near, which offers a view of what's behind the story in Trust Fund.

One thing I find exciting is that Isaac Alongi, the cinematographer/producer, was homeschooled, back in the 1980s. His parents heard Dr. Raymond Moore being interviewed by Dr. James Dobson on the subject of homeschooling, which caused his parents to decide to homeschool their family.

Isaac has over 20 years of experience, and his cinematography has been seen in feature films, television shows, documentaries, IMAX films, commercials and numerous non-profit projects. With clients such as National Geographic, BBC, History Channel, Fox Sports, Discovery, ABC and the CW NETWORK.  He has won two Emmys for his work on a series of historical films.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Scripture and a Snapshot, July 16

Scripture and Snapshot

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