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Quotes to Ponder
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Fire Begets Fire

We took a couple of months off from homeschooling. There were just too many "things" going on to attempt a steady schedule of studies. During that time, we worked on establishing household order and developing good routines. I worked on stuff like decluttering, finding a realistic cleaning schedule, and retraining our two dogs. We're back to our studies now and I can see why the Lord had us take the time off. He has done such an awesome work in my family these last few weeks, answering many prayers through His conviction, guidance, and equipping. Last night I wrote down a list of the spiritual areas that I personally have been learning more about. In the next few weeks, I'd like to share more about my list. I'm going to start off with PRAYER.

In his book, Why Revival Tarries, Leonard Ravenhill writes ...

By its very nature, fire begets fire. If other combustible material is about, fire will only spread its kind. "See how great a matter a little fire kindleth." Fire can never make ice, the devil certainly cannot make saints; neither can prayerless pastors [parents] produce warriors of intercession; yet one spark from an anvil may set a city on fire.

There is a favorite saying by William Butler Yeats that goes, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." Imagine the fire we can light if we first start with prayer! Prayer is an essential part of training up our children in the way they should go. It is our prayers that ignite the fire within, that make the biggest difference in our children's lives. In Seasons of a Mother's Heart, Sally Clarkson writes ...

At the end of the day (or at the end of the homeschooling!), the fate of my children will not be determined by whether I've used the right materials, read the best books, taken enough field trips, or done more of whatever I didn't do enough of. God is in control of their lives, not I. How they turn out might depend more on how much I prayed for them, more on how much I depended on God for them, rather than on how much I did for them.

All the carefully planned schedules, development of good habits, and exciting and outstanding studies will be worthless if our homeschool isn't grounded in prayer. E.M. Bounds puts it more powerfully in his book, Power Through Prayer ...

Praying gives sense, brings wisdom, and broadens and strengthens the mind. The prayer closet is a perfect schoolteacher and schoolhouse for the preacher [parent]. Thought is not only brightened and clarified in prayer, but thought is born in prayer. We can learn more in an hour praying, when praying indeed, than from many hours of rigorous study.

I'd like to share one more important quote from Andrew Murray's With Christ in the School of Prayer ...

The glory of the Father must be the aim--the very soul and life--of our prayer.

He continues ...

What a humbling thought it is, that so often there is earnest prayer in which the desire for our own joy or pleasure is far stronger than many desire for God's glory. No wonder there are so many unanswered prayers! Here we have the secret. God cannot be glorified when that glory is not the object of our prayers.

As we get back to our studies, or, for some of you, as you continue your studies, my prayer is a greater commitment for all of us to seek the Lord, that He will be glorified in all things, as we hit our knees and look heavenward!

Here are some other articles on prayer that you may want to read:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. - John 14:12-13

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. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:14-16

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. - Hebrews 10:22

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7

August 20, 1999
1999 by Kathy Ridpath
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Why Revival Tarries
by Leonard Ravenhill
Leonard Ravenhill poured his whole life into prayer for revival and left behind a legacy that includes these convicting and inspirational books --all exhorting men and women of God to pray. God used these books years ago to awaken us and give us a burden for revival. Read them. You will never be the same! --William & Tamara Eaton
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Seasons of a Mother's Heart
by Sally Clarkson
I am enjoying this book immensely and recommend it to homeschool mothers. It is not available through Amazon.com, but you can order it directly from the Clarkson's ministry, Whole Heart Ministries, P.O. Box 67, Walnut Springs, TX 76690, 800-311-2146. Ask for their free catalog, too, or visit their Web site at http://www.wholeheart.org/. -- Kathy Ridpath

Power Through Prayer
by E.M. Bounds
I bought this little book after William & Tamara Eaton recommended books on prayer by E.M. Bounds. Wow! His books on prayer are "must reads" for me. --Kathy Ridpath
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With Christ in the School of Prayer
by Andrew Murray
I usually buy any Andrew Murray book that I run across at used bookstores. His writing has been such an inspiration to me. This particular book is one that I often turn to for deeper insight into the reason we pray. --Kathy Ridpath
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Quotes to Ponder


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"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

Isaiah 54:13

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