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The Homemaker's Helper

A Christian Homemaker's Priorities

  1. God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.

  2. Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.

  3. Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning

  4. Homemaking

A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty and modest dress, and head covering. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.

B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day

C) A tidy house - even if you are behind on housework, you can still take five minutes to tidy up each room, which will make your home look clean and inviting.

D) Education and self improvement - homeschool/home educate your children, and don't forget to continue enriching yourself via reading good books. There are many books recommended on this website, and some of them are free. Take advantage of these.

Basic Daily Cleaning Routine

  • Tidy the house every morning, afternoon, and evening

  • Dust main living areas

  • Vacuum main living areas

  • Keep things picked up and put away

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Monday, September 18, 2017


Planner University - Finishing the Planner

That's all there is left to do, is to put in the back matter for your planner. Let's do this today.

Staples sells some great functional planning stickers for their Arc discbound planners. These pages of stickers are already the correct size for your planner, they are already punched to fit right into your planner, they only cost a few bucks, and you get a LOT of useful and nice looking stickers. Think about picking some up, and you can pop them in the back of your planner, after your daily planning papers:

Recollections at Michaels also sells wonderful functional planner stickers. I purchased some, and then put them into my planner, after my Arc stickers. I put these Recollections sticker pages in by using Happy Planner doo dads. I don't know what they are called, but you adhere them to the back of any page you want to add to a discbound system, and then it has little plastic teeth and holes that fit right onto the discs, and you can use these to add pages to a discbound planner, if you don't want to punch them. Like I said, I put the Recollections stickers right after my Arc stickers:

After all the functional stickers, I keep a little hard plastic thing, with various see through, colored flags and sticky notes on it. I got it from Arc Staples. These things are great, and I highly recommend them. In the below picture, you can see the stickies, and you can also see the back of my Recollections sticker pages, and see the Happy Planner apparatus (in the blue-ish color) holding the Recollections sticker page on the discs:

After that, I have my folder, where my back pen loop and pen are, as described earlier in this series of articles. As one of the last things, I have a zipper pocket, where I keep some washi tape on card stock (for washi on the go), some extra little stickers, journaling cards, colored dots and labels, etc. I was using an Arc zipper pocket, like this:

But I recently switched to a Martha Stewart zipper pocket, because it is divided into two pockets - an upper, and a lower. I like the divided pockets, because I can better sort and organize my little doo dads, and everything doesn't just fall to the bottom of the pocket, creating an unusual bulk. Here's the Martha Stewart pocket I am using (got it from Staples):

And this concludes the back matter of the planner, and this therefore concludes this Planner University series. I hope you enjoyed it, and that it was a blessing to you. Remember, you have the freedom to make your own dividers, and change them when you want, you can make and change out your planner's covers whenever you want, and you can personalize every single page in there. Enjoy. You made your planner, and that is really neat. :-)

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Planner University - Plans, Part Two

Today, we are going to finish the Plans section of your planner, and we'll finish the rest of your planner, in total, in the next installment. We are getting close to having a near perfect planner. Isn't that exciting? :-)

Future Planning

The first page to have, right after your last monthly calendar page, should be a Future Planning page. I'm writing this in 2016, so my current Future Planning page says at the top - "Future Planning - 2017." Just use a sheet of filler paper for this.

On the sheet of filler paper, simply write down the date in 2017 (the next year), and what is going on, on that date. So far, I only have one thing on my Future Planning page, and that is a dentist appointment.

Towards the end of each December, start setting up your new planning pages for the next year. That will also be the time to look at your Future Planning page, so you know what to immediately mark on the next year's calendar.

Your Daily Planning Pages

This is where it can get expensive, or not at all. This all depends on what type of planning pages you want. Some people will spend 50 or more dollars, just for planning pages, and these pages may be worth it. Some of the planning pages out there are just phenomenal. They have a great layout, they are user-friendly while being aesthetically pleasing, and they are on high-grade, thick paper, so there is no pen bleed through, and the paper is nice to doodle on, or place many stickers on.

I do enjoy viewing, and sometimes getting and trying out these various different planner page layouts for daily or weekly spreads. Here's the thing, though... Sometimes I need a whole page to plan my day. Sometimes I need two pages to plan my day. Sometimes I only need a small space to plan my day - perhaps just a few, or several lines.

Since I've personally noticed that depending on the time of year, and what's going on, on a specific week, dictates what type of planning pages I need, I have moved to a form of planning, called "bullet journalling." However, I don't follow any specific bullet journalling techniques or processes. My form of bullet journalling is more of a mish-mash of bullet journalling, Franklin Covey tasks lists, and my own flair. Therefore, instead of calling it "bullet journalling," I tend to refer to it as "bullet task planning," or variations thereof.

With my system, it only costs a few bucks for planning pages each year, and it is completely customizeable. When I have a slow week, I may only need one or two sheets of planning paper. When I have a busy week, I may need two sheets of paper per day. On average, though, I tend to fit one or two days per page, and that has been suiting me just fine.

Before I show you how to set up your daily planning pages, we need to first set up your Master To Do List, and your page finder...

Your Page Finder

You will need some type of marker, to mark which day you are on, in your planner. If you are using tabbed monthly calendar pages, like the Flavias or Kathy Davis ones I showed in the previous installment, then you can use the month's tab to turn directly to the month you are in, whenever you need to.

However, the daily pages are obviously not tabbed. Some ladies like to use magnetic bookmarks to mark where they are, but I personally prefer and suggest a page finder. Some ladies like to use Arc, Happy Planner, or other disc brand note papers to mark where they are, such as the following:

If you like this, then I suggest you go ahead and laminate several sheets of this note paper, as it'll make it more secure and stiff, and the bookmark will last longer. You don't have to own a laminator to laminate these. You can laminate it with simple packing tape. Just put a layer of packing tape on it, trim, re-punch, and you are all set.

The best page finder, IMO, is to use an official disc page finder, with a ruler on it. This way, you have an accurate straight edge, a sturdy bookmark, and if you need to measure something (which I've had to before) you have a ruler, right there. You can get a page finder for discbound planners at Staples. My Staples has one for their Arc system, and one for the Martha Stewart discbound system.

I'm currently enjoying the Martha Stewart page finder.

The Master To Do List

A laminator is suggested for making this page, but not mandatory. You are going to create a Master To Do List, which goes with your Master Schedule from your homemaking section. This is going to be a sturdy page, which will be moved, along with your page finder, to each day, on your daily planning pages.

Below is a picture of my laminated Master To Do List, along with my Martha Stewart page finder:


The Master To Do List contains pretty much everything you are to do, each day. This way, you are not constantly re-writing some of the same things over and over again from day to day, on your daily planning pages. Instead, you follow your Master To Do List, and then you have a time during the day, where you look at your daily page, and follow and mark off things on that page.

Your Master To Do List and daily page are facing each other, so that when you have your planner opened to your page finder, you are looking at both your Master To Do List, and your day's page.

To make a Master To Do List is simple:

1) Write or type up a list of everything you need to do, each day. Look at your Master Schedule in your homemaking section, and basically copy just about everything down from your column, for your Master To Do List.

2) Your Master To Do List doesn't contain times, like your Master Schedule does. There may be a few things where you will need the time written. If that is the case, just put the time in parentheses. Else, you can always check the time slot for said task on your schedule.

3) When you need to make sure your children are getting specific things done, while you are doing your task, you can write/type their tasks on your Master To Do List, next to your tasks, but put their task in a different color. Decide if you will use one color for your children, and one for yourself, or if each child will have a different color. I generally color code my children for homeschool and chores, but not usually for the Master Schedule, or Master To Do List.

4) By the way, if there is something you want to change on your Master To Do List, but it's already made and in your planner, then place some thin washi tape over where you want the change, and use an ultra fine tipped Sharpie, and write the change on the washi tape. Then, every once in a while, like every few to several months, you can print out a new Master To Do List, and implement the changes on that.

5) Now break up your Master To Do List into sections. In a different color and/or font, label from when you arise, until just before lunch as "Morning." Label from lunch until you start cooking supper as "Day." Label from making supper and evening chores until after supper clean up as "Evening." Label what you do after supper clean up, until around your children's bed time as "Evening-Night." Label your before bed routine, and chores you do around the house - the last section, as "Before Bed."

If you want to do different labels, or different sections, obviously do what works for you. Basically, you may have noticed that I am showing you how to break up your Master To Do List into chunks of routines. You have your morning routine, daily chores and tasks (this is when you should likely do your Daily Chores, in addition to the things you have written for that day on your daily page), evening and night routine, and before bed routine.

6) Now design how you want your Master To Do List to look, then make it pretty. I printed mine out in different colors, and cut it out to be smaller than a half sheet of paper. I then adhered the list to a pretty sheet of scrap book paper, that I already had cut to the right size for my planner. If you are not planning on laminating, then adhere your list to some pretty card stock, or a pretty, trimmed down file folder - or some type of thicker paper.

7) Make your Master To Do List double sided, so that you can see it when your daily page happens to be on the left, or when your daily page happens to be on the right. Make sure your whole list fits on one side of the paper, so that you can have the exact same to do list duplicated on the other side.

8) Laminate (optional) your new Master To Do List, and then punch it, and put it in your planner, at your page finder book mark.

Your Daily Pages

You have your monthly calendar (as of the previous installment in this series), your page finder, and your Master To Do List. To complete your planner section, we now need to set up your daily pages. I discussed your daily planning pages a bit, earlier in this installment. We are going to use simple disc filler paper, and set up a type of bullet task planning system, that is completely customizable to you, and only costs a few bucks to do. As to where to keep your daily pages, I suggest you keep them all together, after all of your monthly pages. You have the monthly tabs to help you turn to the month, and you have your page finder, to help you turn to your day. Let's make those daily pages:

1) If you don't already have some - buy some discbound filler paper. Staples currently sells filler paper for Arc Junior, or the smaller Martha Stewart discbound notebooks, and either will work nicely in your planner. I have both, and like both. If you don't want to purchase filler paper, you can take paper you have laying around, trim it to size (half sheet of U.S. paper), punch it, and use that as your filler paper. This will work just as well.

2) Decide if you will want one page per day, two pages per day, two pages per week, two days per page, or any other variation. Remember that you can change it up, at any time, no problem. I almost always go with one page per day. On days where the page may be more sparse, I can journal, write little reminders, doodle, or decorate with extra stickers and washi tape. The rest of these instructions will be as if you are setting up for one day per page, but if you are not, you can easily tweak the instructions to work for your desired setup.

3) At the top of your filler page, write down the date, and day. You can do this in regular pen, and leave it at that, or put on some washi tape, and write it on the tape, or use a label maker, etc. You decide. Most of the time, I just write the date and day, and then I draw a type of dotted line design around the day. That ends up looking cute to me, so I usually leave it at that.

4) Use a square bullet (or any kind you want) to list tasks that need to be done. Use a diamond bullet to write down tasks you are reminding other people to do. Use a heart bullet for special dates and such with your hubby, use an asterisk bullet for just reminders, use an arrow bullet for discussion topics that may need to be handled that day, use triangle bullets for appointments, etc. Obviously, you don't have to use the exact bullets I just mentioned. Perhaps you want to make your own bullet key, and use that.

5) To write out your daily page, first have the day and date at the top of the page, then use your bullet key, and just start writing down what you need written down for that day, in any order. Your different bullets will draw your attention to what's what.

6) On some days, I need to have my bullets in a particular order, because it is a very busy day. For days like that, I first just write my bulletted list in whatever order I think of it in. Then, I go back, and number them. I'll put a little number 1 by the first thing that will need to be done, a 2 by the second one, etc. Anything that doesn't need done in a particular order, I'll leave un-numbered, and just get to it sometime that day.

7) Consider using some functional planning stickers. I use mine sparingly, and mostly when I want to make certain tasks/bullets stand out, more than usual. For example, yesterday I had a carpenter come over, to replace one of our patio doors. That bullet had an "important" sticker next to it, to remind me to make sure the area was clear for him to work, and to remind me to crate the dog while he worked, etc. Two of my children had an appointment, so I used a picture sticker, with a symbol that matches their appointment. My oldest had to go to work yesterday, so I put a briefcase sticker next to that bullet. On trash days, I use a cleaning type of sticker, etc.

8) Sometimes you may have something on your bulleted task list that is super important, and you're not sure that a priority number, or sticker will grab your attention well enough. In cases like this, highlight that task. You can use a highlighting marker, or a neon, translucent sticky flag. I had a particular task that was very important and time sensitive yesterday, so I put a bright yellow, translucent sticky flag over the top of it, so that task jumps out at me every time I look at that page, and the task was done.

Below is a picture of one of my recent planning pages. You'll notice I used different bullets, some functional stickers, a translucent yellow flag to highlight something, etc. The sticky notes and such were added for anonymity, but judging by the picture quality, I probably didn't need to do that step, LOL.

Also, you can somewhat see in the above picture how I mark off my bullets. If the task was completed, I put a check mark in/on the bullet. If the task was not completed, I use an X. If the task is to be migrated to another day, I put an arrow through the bullet.

9) Only keep enough filler paper in this section of your planner for a month's worth of planning. You have the whole year in there, via your monthly pages, and your future month planning is done on those. You have a Future Plans page for stuff coming up next year. Therefore, at the beginning of each month, take out the daily planning pages you used, and either toss, store, or file them, and put in their place about 30 or so blank pages to plan for the new month.

With this type of planning, you are only spending a few bucks on filler paper, or trimming and punching your own filler paper. You are not spending the big bucks on pre-made planning paper, which can get pretty expensive, and may not always work for you, if your days vary as much as mine can, sometimes.

Making Sure You Actually Check Your Planner

Many ladies complain that they put all sorts of time and effort into making a wonderful planner, but it just sits on their counter, or in their purse, and rarely ever gets opened, and they keep missing appointments, because they keep forgetting to check their planner.

Here's how to fix that:

1) Each night before bed, plan out the next day in your planner. Personally, I usually plan in bed, shortly before I turn out the lights. This helps me visualize the next day, and that is de-stressing for me. I know that there is a plan for the next day, and it is all set up, so I just need to get some sleep.

2) Every morning, as one of the very first things you do, open your planner. Turn it to your page finder, where you will have your daily task page already written out, next to your Master To Do List. Skim over your plans and tasks for the day, then begin your morning routine, as listed on your Master To Do List. If you need time slots, then turn to your Master Schedule in your homemaking section, and follow on that.

3) Check things off on your daily task list, as they are completed. You may also want to check things off on your Master To Do List. If it is laminated, you can use dry erase markers, wet erase markers, or certain permanent markers, which wipe off with rubbing alcohol. Or, you can use a sticker or flag to mark your place, and just move the sticker down one line each time you finish a task. Consider marking off (or stickering) each task you finish, even if you know what to do next, as this will get you into the habit of checking your planner often, and this is a habit you want to get in to.

4) Wear a watch that has multiple alarms on it. Each night before bed, after you have done your planning for the next day, synchronize your watch alarms with certain appointments or specific tasks on your task list. Then, the next day when an alarm on your watch goes off, you can check your planner, and see what's supposed to happen, or be done at that time.

5) Have your planner with you. Put it into your purse for when you go out, have it next to you when you are doing sit down work around the house. When you are doing work all over the home, place your planner in one central location, so that you can always find it. My specific location for this is usually a kitchen counter.

There you go. Most of your planner is complete, but not all of it. The next installment in this series is the last one, where we will finish up the rest of your planner.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Planner University - Plans, Part One

The last major divider in your planner is for the planning pages. Label your fifth divider "plans." If you keep yearly goals or resolutions, then a good place to keep those written down, is on sticky notes, adhered to the back of your Plans divider.

A great first page in the Plans section is a yearly overview. There are various free printouts all over the internet, where you can print out the yearly overview calendar. I am using one that came with a Franklin Covey planner pages set that I got last year. It shows the yearly overview for the years 2015 through 2020. It is a half sheet size paper, originally made to go into a seven ring binder.

I just put washi tape over the punched binder holes, and then re-punched over the taped edge for it to fit into my discbound planner. I re-punched this page with my Happy Planner punch. The Happy Planner punch I have punches for a nine-disc planner, but my planner is the Arc Junior size, which is a standard eight disc system. To punch for an eight disc system with a Happy Planner punch, simply line up your half sheet of paper under eight of the punching pads (they are visible), and make sure your paper isn't under the cutting part of the ninth punching pad. Practice on a few extra sheets of half-size paper, before you punch any of the pages you are going to put into your planner, so that you can get the hang of it. It's pretty simple, and quite handy.

If you like yearly overviews for one or more year, then either print one of the many free printouts online, or use a half sized one for another planner, etc.

The Monthly Calendar Pages

You can do the following, which is fun, or you can just buy all the planner inserts pre-made, for your discbound planner, and just pop them in. If you want all the planning inserts pre-made, you can get some for Arc Junior and the other Arc sizes at Staples, or the same sizes by other companies, such as Tul at Office Depot, or IQ 360 at some Walmarts. Or, you can get a Happy Planner, as briefly discussed earlier in this planner series. Happy Planners come in different sizes. Currently, the only Happy Planner size that is the same size as other discbound companies is the "Big Happy Planner," which takes letter sized paper.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to save money, and have some fun in the process, then instead of buying all inserts, try the following:

This is one of most fun parts of putting together this planner. The first main subsection in the Plans section is going to be monthly calendars for each month of the year. For 2016, I've been using Daytimer Flavia, month on one page sheets, for their Desk sized planners, which is a half sheet of paper. These pages were originally designed to fit into a seven ring binder, but I washi taped over the edges and holes, and re-punched them, so that they now fit nicely into my discbound planner.

I recently purchased the monthly calendar pages that I am going to use for 2017, and they are DayTimer Kathy Davis, month on two page sheets, originally designed for a seven ring binder.

I then put some washi tape over the holes on the edge of each page, on both sides, to cover the punched holes, since I will not be putting these into a binder, but rather into a discbound system:

Then, I used my Happy Planner punch (Arc punches will work very nicely for this, too) and punched each page, over the washi tape. If you do not have a discbound punch, you can also punch each hole with a regular hole punch, then use scissors to snip little channels to each hole. This is how I generally punch when I make laminated covers, because they are usually too thick for my small Arc punch, and my current Happy Planner punch.

Once my pages were taped and punched, they were ready to be put into the discbound planner, like so:

If you would like to put in monthly pages similar to mine, click here to view some Daytimer monthly pages that are the right size to fit your eight disc planner. When you get these pages, just remember to tape and punch, then they will go right in, and they are pretty, fun, and functional.

What to do With These Pages

Now you have your monthly planning pages in your planner. Write down appointments, special events, reminders, etc. Some ladies also put down when certain bills are due, and when trash pick up is, as well. You can get cute little functional planning stickers and colored dots and labels, and use those to assist you in your planning, and it makes it a bit more colorful and fun.

Further, when you see or think of something that needs to get done, some day, immediately turn to your monthly calendar and pick a day to do it on and write that in on that day's calendar square. Do this immediately, so that you don't forget.

The beauty of having this planner, is that you don't have to keep retaining reminders in your head all the time. You simply write them in your planner, and then your mind isn't as cluttered, and you are more free to think upon more important things, such as serving the Lord and your family.

We will set up the rest of your Plans section in the next installment of this series.

Friday, September 15, 2017


Planner University - Notes

Label your next divider as "notes." Keep filler paper in this section, but make the first page your Table of Contents. Number the pages you write your notes on, and put where those notes are, on your Table of Contents page.

The notes section is where you keep various lists and other information that is not in any of your other sections. For example:

Sample Topics in a Notes Table of Contents

Gift Ideas

Book Ideas for the Kids

YouTube Channels or Video Ideas

Blog/Website Ideas

Things to Get, or Repair Around the House

Quick Contacts List

Perpetual Calendar

Keep any other records or things you want to track here, that you don't feel fits well into any of your other divided sections.

I also have a subsection in my Notes, called "Directions." In this subsection, I keep written directions to certain places I go to on occasion, that I have trouble finding. Some people print out MapQuest maps to keep in a "Directions" subsection in their "Notes" section.

Make your Notes section your own, and make sure to keep plenty of filler paper in this section.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Planner University - The Budget

If your husband takes care of the budgeting and bills for the household, then you may want to make this section into something else that you'd like to have in your planner. Meanwhile, if you keep the budget, then this section is for you.

Label your third divider "budget," if you haven't done so already.

Your Budget Guide

The Budget Guide should be the first page in your budgeting section. This is the page you will reference every time you go over the bills and budget, which I suggest be done on the same day you work on your menu plan and grocery list. This is the page that will remind you what needs to be paid, when. It is your basic expenses and bills list.

1) Determine how many paychecks your husband brings in a month, and when he receives them.

2) Observe when each of your bills/expenses are due.

3) Assign what bills/expenses are to which check they should be paid, on.

4) When possible, also set aside money for savings and offerings.

NOTE: Tithing is not a New Testament command. It was done under the Old Covenant, and was always ten percent given from the increase of crops or cattle, etc. It was never ten percent of your pay check. These crops and animals and such were what kept the Levitical priests fed and taken care of, since they were commanded to work in the temple, and not necessarily be making any money.

Offerings were also made, and those could be of money. One such example of an offering is in the New Testament, where we read of the widow's mite. She didn't give ten percent of her money, she gave all she had. Offerings have no set amount to give. The New Testament simply says to give cheerfully, what's in your heart to give. That could be everything, that could be ten percent of your pay check, that could be a few bucks. It likely varies each time. Give as you are led, and do so joyfully.

Any church asking for tithes is not following the New Covenant. New Testament tithing is a false doctrine. The New Testament teaches that WE are the temple of God. Therefore, there is nothing to tithe to, any more. Offerings can be given to good churches, but make sure you know where your money is going, and I'd suggest your offerings go to a non incorporated church.

5) Write a list of which expenses/bills you are going to pay on which pay check, and keep this page as the Budget Guide page in your budget section.

Your budgeting pages

The rest of the budget section is just filler paper, for you to budget on.

1) On the top of the first filler page paper, write down the date of the paycheck.

2) Look at your Budget Guide, and see which expenses/bills are assigned to that paycheck, and list them on your paper. Also write down how much each bill/expense is. If you don't know - guess, until you get the actual number.

3) Look at your calendar, or where you currently write down future plans. Is there anything coming up, in which you will need to set aside money from that particular pay check? If so, write that down as an additional expense on your sheet of paper.

4) Take the total amount (or guessed total amount, until you get the real number) of your husband's check, and subtract all the expenses/bills you just wrote down. The money left is what you have left after current expenses and bills.

5) If needed, write down the date for the next check on the top of the next page, and write out the expenses for that, as well. Do this for as many checks ahead as you need to. Sometimes I only need to do one check and other times I'm three checks ahead.

6) As each expense/bill is paid, and/or clears the bank, scratch it off of your budget page. Every once in a while, recalculate how much money you have left, by subtracting expenses still not cleared from your bank's current total, etc.

Keep a good stack of filler paper in your budgeting section, so that you won't have to constantly feel like you are having to add more paper.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Planner University - Homeschool

The next divider should be labeled 'homeschool.' If your children are grown, you don't have any, or don't home school, then you may still find this section interesting to read about, but take this time to set this section up as something else; whatever you need.

I am going to show you a simple way to keep a homeschool plan. Some states require you to keep strict records, in which case, you may want to keep those in a separate notebook or in a folder. In the homeschool section in your planner, we are going to focus on who is doing what, when, for the home school.

If you feel like a slave to daily lesson planning, then you may want try this alternate option, as described in this article, in setting up the homeschool section...

The Curriculum Chart

The first page should be your curriculum chart for the academic year. You can draw a table, and write in it to fill it in, or you can design something on your computer, and print it out on half sheets of paper, punch the paper, and put it into your planner. Do which ever you prefer.

A homeschool curriculum chart shows what subjects you are teaching for the year, along with what you are using, etc. Putting together a new curriculum chart each year can be the crux of homeschool planning.

1) Make a list of all the subjects you (and possibly your husband) will be teaching for the home school year. If you teach via the Trivium (we use an altered version of the Trivium), then your subjects may be the following:

Homeschool Subjects

Bible

Math

Grammar, Writing, Spelling

Copy Work

Cursive and Penmanship

History, Geography

Science

Latin

Logic

Reading

Music and Art

Family Read Aloud

Government, Automotive Mechanics, Computers, Electronics, etc.

P.E.


2) List the subjects in the first column in your curriculum chart.

3) Next to the subject, type/write down the grade level of each child, and what books and materials they will be using for that year.

4) If you have multiple children to home school, then you may combine some grade levels. For example, you may choose to use one history book for all of the children, and teach all of your children at the same time from that, giving only one history lesson.

5) Take a look at the books you will be using for the year, and determine how many pages/lessons will need to be done from each book per week or day, in order to finish the book during your home schooling year.

6) In a third column, next to the subject (first column) and the books/materials (second column), write down how many pages or lessons will need to be completed from each subject's book, per day or week.

7) Now you have the whole school year planned, and it's all on an easy to view chart. Each afternoon or evening, when you are grading that day's school work, simply circle the pages/lessons that need to be done by the child the next day. Also, take this time to skim over any reading material they will be going over, etc.

Mom's Quick Reference Page

Obviously, there will be some preparation that will need to be done each day, before the next day's school. You will need to skim over the next day's lessons, and circle the pages/lessons each child is supposed to do.

NOTE: I have a little set of shelves for my children, in our home schooling area. Each child knows which shelf is for them. Each afternoon, when I am setting up for the next day's school, after I've looked over the up and coming lessons and circled pages/lessons, I place the next day's books and pages into their shelf. The next morning, the child grabs their work from their shelf, and each work book or paper is returned to the shelf when they are done, and stays there, until it's time for me to grade, later that day.

The next page, after your homeschool curriculum chart, should be a quick reference page for you. This is just a list of which subjects you are teaching on which day, so that you know which lessons to skim through, and which you don't have to, yet, etc. Also use this page to put on any other prep notes you may find handy.

Copy Work and Reading Lists

Copy work is simply as it sounds: stuff you have your children copy onto paper or into notebooks, that they copy off of the white/chalk board, or from a book/piece of paper. If you teach via the Trivium, or similar method, then your children will be doing copy work anywhere from twice a week, to every school day.

This is where you have them copy stuff down that you want them to memorize/internalize. The next page in your planner should therefore be a copy work list. Make a long list of any Scriptures you would like your children to copy into their notebooks, along with other things, such as perhaps your address, your and your husband's cell phone numbers, spelling lists and specific vocabulary words, etc.

I have stuff from all subjects in our copy work list, in addition to plenty of scriptures. Consider using something like a Post-It arrow to mark your place on the list. If the list is completed before the school year is over, then start over, and go through the list again.

The next page should be your children's reading lists. Include books you want them to read, books that have to do with the subjects and specific topics being taught, and some fun classic fiction, such as Treasure Island, Robinson Caruso, etc.

I always try to make my children's reading lists longer than I think they can finish for the year. There have been a few times when they've surprised me and finished the list before the year was up, though. If this happens, just quickly think up a few more books to put on the list.

Generally, though, I make the lists long enough that they are rarely finished during the school year. Then, the books not yet read are moved to the top of the reading list for the next school year.

For the rest of the homeschool section, just have some blank or lined filler paper in there, for when/if you need to take down notes, or track things.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Planner University - Homemaking, Part Four

We ended in the last installment in this series with the Emergency Quick Clean page. I showed you a picture of mine, in my current planner. The page facing it is what we are going to look at now, so take a look below:

The page after the Emergency Quick Clean is a page with a little stick on page flag/tab. I also opted to decorate this page a bit, by using some washi tape and a journaling card.

I have this page set up like this, because if I turn that page, the next page is my menu plan for the week. This way, if I want to check what I'm supposed to cook for one of the meals for the day, I just need to open up my homemaking section, then grab that little blue tab, and it flips me right over to my menu for the week.

This cute little page works to divide the homemaking section into two parts. The first part of the homemaking section was completed in the last installment in this series. That section was mostly cleaning and schedule related. The second part of the homemaking section is largely food related.

Take a few minutes and create a cute, tabbed page, to divide between the cleaning, and cooking sections of your homemaking section.

The Weekly Menu

Which day of the week do you get your groceries? A lot of ladies get theirs on Fridays. Each day before your grocery day, sit down and write out your menu plan for the next several days. If you get groceries on Fridays, then sometime each Thursday, sit down and write down all the breakfasts, lunches, and suppers you plan to prepare for the up coming Friday through Thursday.

Take this time to plan meals that are healthy, but also ones that your family enjoys, and that are fairly cost-effective, as you want to be a good steward with your husband's hard-earned money.

Think about any days where you may have specific out of the home activities going on. Are those days when you need to have something slow cooking in the crock pot all day, so that you come home to a yummy smell, and a cooked supper waiting in the crock pot?

What about afternoon outings? Do you need to plan out packed lunches for those times?

Just write out each day of the week, and write your planned breakfasts, lunches, and suppers on it. I usually just use either Arc or Martha Stewart discbound filler paper for this. I fill one side of the page with the week's menu. When I am done with that side, then I take the paper out, flip it upside-down, and then put it back in, so that I can then fill up the other side of the paper, before I either file the menu, or throw it away.

Sometimes you may end up making a super-good menu. In these cases, keep those menu pages in the back, or Notes section of your planner, or somewhere in the back of your Homemaking section. Then, every once in a while, pull out that menu, and put it in your menu section to use again.

If you can't think of very many things to put on your menu plan, or you don't know how to make many things, grab a cookbook, or look at recipes online, and try some of those. In fact, it may be fun to have a whole week of all new recipes to try. Then, you can keep a list of the recipes you all like, to have again, in the future.

Meal Ideas

The next few pages should be meal ideas. Have a section for breakfast ideas, a section for lunch ideas, and a section for supper ideas. I like to keep Post-It arrow flags on these pages, to mark where I'm at on these lists, as I often reference them when making my weekly menu plan. This way, I can ensure that we aren't repeatedly having the same things too often.

Below are some sample meal ideas, to get you started:

Breakfast Ideas

Homemade granola

Smoothies

Grapefruit and peanut butter toast

Scrambled eggs

Oatmeal

Muffins

Cottage cheese and fruit

Pancakes

Fruit and homemade yogurt

Baked oatmeal

Store bought yogurt cups

Fruit and cheese

Cantaloupe halves

Banana bread

Egg casserole

Scrambled eggs with cream of mushroom soup in them (Campbelled eggs)

Cinnamon toast

Biscuits and gravy

Polenta

Eggs 'n Oats (Scrambled eggs with some oats, cinnamon, cayenne and paprika mixed in)

Lunch Ideas

Salad and fish

Homemade tomato soup

Legumes and cheese

Buttered pasta

Tuna sandwiches

Fruit and veggies with yogurt cream cheese dip

Homemade macaroni and cheese

Stir fry

Canned soup

Egg salad sandwiches

Chicken wraps

Quick black bean soup (made with canned black beans)

Salad and chicken

Avocado toast

Quick homemade veggie soup (made with canned or frozen chopped veggies)

Quick spaghetti (spaghetti sauce and noodles, no meat)

Breakfast burritos

Supper Ideas

Seasoned chicken breasts

Lentil stew

Omelettes

Pot roast

Cowboy beans

Beef stew

Salmon loaf (meatloaf made with salmon meat, instead of beef)

Black bean soup (slow cooked in crock pot all day)

Spaghetti (with meat)

Potato soup

Meat loaf

Chili

Parmesan salmon

Split peas and biscuits

Reminder: try a new recipe

Homemade pizza (consider doing this every Friday or Saturday night)

Hamburger stew

Lasagna

Zucchini casserole

White chicken chili

Chicken pot pie

Eggs 'n hash

Sides

After your meals ideas pages, you should have a page that lists ideas for side dishes. I suggest you do fruit sides with breakfast, fruit and vegetable sides with lunch, and vegetable sides with supper. Try to aim for at least 1 cup of fresh fruit a day, and at least 1.5 cups of fresh veggies each day.

Master Grocery List

The next page should be a master grocery list. Imagine you have absolutely no food whatsoever, and you need to completely stock your pantry, cabinets, fridge, and freezer, completely from start. This is where you will have a list of everything you'd put in the pantry, cabinets, fridge, and freezer. Divide your Master Grocery List into sections. For example: Dairy, Meat, Fruit, Vegetables, Baking, Dry Goods, Canned Goods, Frozen Foods, Condiments, Husband's Favorite Stuff, Other Items.

If you've never made a Master Grocery List before, then this may seem daunting. If you feel overwhelmed, then I suggest you do an internet search for 'master grocery list.' You will likely find several. Some will be blank forms you can fill out, while others will be other people's lists. Use these for ideas, or just print out someone else's Master Grocery List, if it's pretty close to how you and your family eat, alter it where needed, and use it.

Putting Together a Menu Plan and Grocery List

1) Look at your Meals Ideas and Sides pages, and use those to help you make a menu plan for the week

2) Whenever you run low or out of something around the house, write it down on some of the scratch paper at the front of your planner. When you are planning your meals and making your grocery list for the week, look at this list on your scratch paper, and transfer its contents to the grocery list you are making.

3) Look at your menu plan, and write down anything you need, that you already don't have on hand.

4) Look through your Master Grocery List. Read quickly over each item, and when you see something on that list that you are low or out of, add that item to your list.

5) Now, re-write your list in the order of the aisles in your store. Start by writing all your non-food items first, then all dry good foods, then all produce and meat, then dairy and eggs, and end with frozen items. Keep your completed grocery list as the first page in the scratch paper section in the front matter of your planner.

Recipes

That last part of your planner's homemaking section should be recipes. Decide if you want to take the time to type up all your recipes on a file on your computer and print them out for your planner, or if you just want to put in some filler paper, and hand-write your recipes in.

Write down recipes for things that you cook regularly, but don't have the recipe memorized. Any memorized recipes don't need written in your planner. Don't worry about alphabetizing your recipes, but do put them in an order of all breakfast recipes first, then lunch, then supper, then desserts, then treats, then specials, etc. Leave a few blank or lined pages of filler paper after your recipes, so that when you want to write in a new recipe, you can.

If you decide to type up your recipes in a file on your computer, then you can print them out in booklet form. This will already have them printed out on double sided half sheets of paper, properly collated. You will just need to print, fold over, as if making a book, then carefully cut off a sliver of the spine/fold. Then, just punch, and put in your planner.

Put a little tab or flag on the first page of your recipes, so that when you need to access your planner for a recipe, you can open the Homemaking section, then grab the little tab sticking out for your recipes, and turn right there.

Monday, September 11, 2017


Planner University - Homemaking, Part Three

Deep Cleaning, and Special Organization Projects

A lot of ladies have a list of special cleaning and organizing they do, during Spring Cleaning. I don't know about you, but I don't want to do spring cleaning at that time, but would rather plan my garden, and work on that, and plan time to just sit outside, and smell spring and enjoy the beauty budding around me.

Therefore, I don't do spring cleaning, and I suggest you don't either. I have a better idea... :-)

Why not make a list of deep cleaning and organizing that would normally be "spring cleaning" tasks, but instead, just work on a little bit of that list through out the year? Do you have tile grout that needs cleaned or bleached once or twice a year? Then put that on your projects list. Do you have soap scum that eventually builds up in the shower, to where you need to do a super hard cleaning a few times a year, other than your usual cleaning of those surfaces? Put that on your projects list.

Other things for your project list may include:

- Taking apart and cleaning light fixtures

- Spot cleaning walls, doors, and light switches

- Cleaning out heating/air conditioning vents

- Cleaning behind and under furniture and large appliances

- Emptying, and super-cleaning the deep freeze/freezer chest

- Organizing the garage/attic

- Going through all your children's clothes and organizing all closets


The list can get pretty long, and that is okay. What I suggest, is that you make a Projects List, then schedule one or two days a week to tackle a project from the list. This doesn't have to be daunting. You can decide to do a whole project once or twice a week, or if it is a big project, you can divide it up into 15 minute increments, and just work on it for 15 minutes a day, once or twice a week.

You have a whole year to do all the projects on your list, instead of just the spring, so there is no hurry.

Are you at a loss as to what to put on your Projects list? If so, follow the below steps:

1) Add some or all of the applicable example projects listed above to your list

2) With paper and pen in hand, walk into each room of your house, and just look around. Anything that is out of order, or obviously needs a deep clean, or something that you don't like and want to change should be added to your list.

3) Now that you have these things scribbled down as a list, decide if you want to leave the list in the order it is already in, or if you want to change around the order. Put it in whatever order you want. There are no rules, here.

You see? It's as easy as 1-2-3. Now, just write, or print out your projects list, and add it to your planner.

Extended Cleaning

Next to your projects list, set up another piece of paper for "Extended Cleaning." This is where you write down things that MUST be deep cleaned or re-organized either monthly, bi-annually, or annually. You may find that many things you would normally put on this list are already on your Projects list. Therefore, just use your Extended Cleaning list to remind you of the most important things.

If you can make it fit, it is handy to have the Projects list on the left facing page, and the Extended Cleaning list on the right facing page, so that you can always view both pages together. If you are typing and printing these lists, this shouldn't be a problem. However, if you choose to write out your lists instead, then don't force it to work this way, as you may need more paper, and more room, and that is fine.

As you may have noticed in the above picture, I have a little, pink, Post-It flag on my Projects List. I like to move this along my list, as I complete each project, so that I can keep my place. When I have completed the projects on the list, I move the flag back up to the top, and I start over on the list. This means my Projects are done one to three times a year.

Alternate Cleaning

Many women experience extreme fatigue when it is their time of the month. Therefore, it is a good idea to have an alternate cleaning plan. This would be a cleaning plan you can follow if you are very fatigued, or perhaps you have a cold, or are recovering from sickness.

This is a type of quick cleaning plan, where you are hitting the major necessities, such as cleaning the toilets, wiping counters, and keeping the house picked up, but you are doing minimal work each day, until you get your strength back.

To make this list, write down the minimum cleaning for each day, and then look at the cleaning tasks you didn't list for each day, and write those in as Children's Chores for alternate cleaning days or weeks. Each child should have no more than one or two of these chores per day.

The Emergency Quick Clean

Sometimes you've had an unexpectedly busy week, or family was visiting, or you were just off your normal routine, and your house has gotten away from you. For times like these, it's good to have an Emergency Quick Clean plan in place, to get your house back in order in just 45 minutes to a few hours time.

I share my Emergency Quick Clean plan here. It is only nine simple steps.

Either create your own Emergency Quick Clean, or copy my nine steps down, and put this page in your planner.

In the next installment in this series, we are going to finish up the homemaking section.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Planner University - Homemaking, Part Two

A Master Schedule

First off, a Master Schedule just means that it's a day to day schedule. It won't always be followed, because each day is different. Basically, it's a template for the perfect homemaking day. The times on your schedule are suggestions, and not hard and fast rules. You will have multiple columns on your schedule: One for you, and one for each child, and anyone else in your household, if need be. Some ladies include their husband's schedule on the Master Schedule too, but usually this is unnecessary.

A Master Schedule isn't meant to control you, or make you feel trapped. Instead, it should be used as a tool to help you better visualize and order your day. Since your Master Schedule should be a picture of your perfect homemaking day, do not beat yourself up if you don't follow it perfectly. It is a suggestion and a guide, but never the unbudging must.

Often, just the act of putting together the schedule points out conflicts and issues in your day to day life that need tweaked and resolved, and putting and seeing it all out on paper can often bring ideas of resolution not before conceived of.

Let's get started. We will do this in steps, to keep this nice and simple:

1) Make a list of everything you need to get done, each day. You already have your Daily Chores page, so a lot of what's on that list is what you need, here.

2)Now add to that list, answering these questions: What times do you want to arise, and retire, each day? What times do you want to serve the meals? What days and times do you have certain regular appointments, or functions? Gymnastics for the kids? Swimming? The gym?

3) Look at your list from 1 and 2, and plug in whatever is left, into whatever time slots you still have open.

4) There are often certain things that just happen on certain days. For example - church on Sundays, and maybe something like gymnastics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and swim on Fridays and Saturdays, etc. Plug these into their needed time slots, and put in alternate plans to do on those days, for when you are not at those planned events.

5) After you have your schedule written out, make a column next to your schedule for each of your children - one column per child, and write down what they are doing, while you are doing what you are doing. (Note: I like to make my schedule in MS Word, using their 'table' function. This way, when all of my children are assigned to do the same thing at the same time, I can just have it all in one box, spanning all of their columns, meaning, I only have to write that thing once, not several times.)

Do you see how this can really help you visualize your day? This is also good for identifying any time-wasters, if any, and nipping that in the bud.

Put your Master Schedule in your planner, after your Daily Chores page.

Children's Chores

In the previous installment, you made a list of daily to do's for yourself. Now, let's make daily cleaning chores lists for your children. First off, don't just tell your children some chore, without much detail, and tell them to just get it done sometime that day. Chances are it won't be done, or it will be completed late in the day, and the job will be shoddy. That's human nature, for you, LOL.

Instead, tell your children specifics about their chores, how you expect the chores to be completed, and when said chore is supposed to be completed. Assign time slots for said chores in each child's schedule column in your Master Schedule.

The first set of chores for children should be their morning chores. Here is an example:

Children's Morning Chores

Make bed

Get dressed and practice proper morning hygiene

Tidy bedroom and the bathroom they use

Animal/pet chores

Personal Bible study and begin home school independent study for the morning


The suggested time slot for morning chores for the children, should be from the moment they wake up, until it's breakfast time. Make sure you give them time to do their chores. Very young children will need training, help, guidance, and loving patience.

After each meal, the children shouldn't all scatter from the family table. They should each have a table chore to complete before they are excused to move to the next thing. First, make a list of the usual chores that need to be done after each meal. For example:

Table Chores

Clear and wipe table, put away leftovers, and straighten chairs

Sweep floor

Wipe counters and stove top

Dishes


Consider creating a rotation schedule, so that no one has the same table chore two days in a row.

Obviously, the logical Master Schedule time slot for Table Chores would be after each family meal is complete.

Children should also have one or more cleaning chores to do around the house, sometime during the day. Look around your house... Are there certain areas of the house that almost seem like they get disorganized, or dirty, within seconds of you cleaning them? If so, that is a chore that needs attention every single day, so assign that to a specific child.

If there is a child that is known for making certain messes in a certain area of the house each day, that area is now their daily cleaning chore.

In addition to these, you may find that toilets need to be scrubbed more than once a week, and floors may need to be mopped more than once a week, etc. This is where you assign the additional toilet cleaning and mopping to your children. You do the major toilet cleaning and mopping at least once a week, but your children can learn to provide upkeep, to help keep these and other areas tidy through out the week.

Are there other things that need cleaned regularly around the house, that aren't listed on your daily chores? If so, assign them to your children.

If you homeschool, or your children live busy lives, then I suggest no more than one or two daily cleaning tasks per child, as they need time to study, rest, and play. The purposes of these chores are to

1) Build their character

2) Teach them cleaning skills and how to take care of a home

3) To help you out around the house

Take a look at your Master Schedule, and decide what time slot would be good, to plug in these children's chores. I would suggest that perhaps your kids should be doing their chores during the same time slot for when you work on your listed Daily Chores for the day.

If you decide to do this, then realize that your children will likely be done with their cleaning chores before you are done with yours, so let them know what they are to do after they are done with their chores. Suggestion: Personal Bible study, silent reading time, or work on home school assignments.

The last set of chores for children should be their before bed chores, and really that is just them practicing proper hygiene and getting ready for bed each night.

If you have teenagers with acne, here's a tip: Keep a small container in their bathroom, that contains 1 part organic, raw, apple cider vinegar, and 1 part filtered water. Keep a bag of cotton balls by the container. The teen with the acne should apply this vinegar solution to their cleaned face every morning as part of their morning routine, and every night, as part of their getting ready for bed.

Also, if you or anyone in your family suffers from eczema, this has been found to help with that, as well, AND this stuff is a good toner for us 30 somethings and up ladies. ;-)

After your Master Schedule, put in a page of your children's chores, and then a table chores page.

Do you see how you are able to use various things in your planner, to build on other things a bit? For example, your Daily Chores and Children's Chores meld right into your Master Schedule.

The Master Schedule is kind of like the central brain in this special planner you are putting together. The Master Schedule shows you, visually, how it all fits together. Don't be afraid to scribble things out, and write new things in. Your planner pages do not have to look perfect. If you want to make an experimental change to your schedule, then put some washi tape on the proper slot on your schedule page, and write the change on the washi tape. If the change seems good, then you can put it in, in a more permanent form later. If the experimental change didn't work out, then you can just gently remove the washi tape, and throw it away, and your schedule is back to the way it was.

When/if you have some pages in your planner that have a lot of stuff scribbled out and re-written, then schedule a day and time, when you will sit down and re-type, or re-write the pages in their updated form.


Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, and you are ready to let Him lead your life, and you will live for Him, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Dedicate your life to the Lord, and live for Him. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.

Find or start a good home church. Here is more information on Home Church, and why you should home church, or find one to join - HouseChurch.org. If you can't find or start a home church in your area, then look for a Family Integrated Church, an Independent Baptist church, or look in your phonebook for a nearby Baptist church.

Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

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