a bit of homeschooling encouragement, from our family to yours

Fruits of Faith
By Reginald Bullard
Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1, NIV

 As we start the beginning of the holiday season, it’s a time to reflect on the goodness of God over the past year.  Our family volunteers at an organic farm on a bimonthly basis.  We have learned so much about the variety of edible flowers and vegetables that are available.   God showed me that there is not only variety in what we help sow, but in His blessings. For me, it has been healing from a prevalent generational curse that manifested as a chronic disease.

What about the fruits that aren’t as large in our lives—do we still trust God for them?  Sometimes, the fruit of faith is the daily phone call or text that we receive from our adult children that they are safe and sound. They both live out of state and we don’t take it lightly when they make it safely back to a dorm room or home from work.  Sometimes, the fruit is God’s peace in the midst of layoffs and job instability.  Maybe it’s the spiritual growth of a teenager as they navigate through a world that offers choices that contradict God’s Word.

Fruit comes in different sizes and everyone has different needs, but God is faithful as we are faithful to Him.  All of us should reflect on the prayers that we have prayed over spouses and children, thanking God for the fruits of faith that have been displayed throughout this year. As we move into the next year, I would challenge you to increase your faith in God as you approach 2019. Hebrews 11:6 states that “it’s impossible to please God without faith.” (NIV)

May God bless you and your family during this holiday season and let us all celebrate the fruits of faith. What are the assurances or “fruits” that you have seen over this year?


I am excited to share with our newsletter subscribers yet another new author within the homeschooling community. Just in time for the holidays, we are blessed to give away three copies of Andrea Thorpe's Sharing our Thoughts. This journal provides an ideal opportunity to share those intimate and intensely personal thoughts and emotions with children at an age when they are sometimes not as openly talkative with Mom and Dad. 

One of Andrea's reviewers writes the following about Sharing our Thoughts:

'My daughter and I are thoroughly enjoying Sharing our Thoughts which takes us through the process of journaling together- a beautiful phenomenon that wouldn't otherwise happen so readily without the prompting of a book like this.'

 To enter the drawing for this book, please respond by sending a quick note with your name and e-mail address to me at All entries must be received by midnight Friday, December 7th. I will contact the winners following the drawing. If you do not win this drawing, keep watching—there will be other opportunities for other products soon!

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