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Quotes to Ponder
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Just Some Quotes

I haven't been feeling well the past few weeks and it can be hard to write with an aching head and body. I have been reading some. Today, I'd just like to share some quotes that I have written down in my reading recently ...

In his book, Shepherding a Child's Heart, Tedd Tripp writes ...

Communication is not monologue. It is dialogue. ... The finest art of communication is not learning how to express your thoughts. It is learning how to draw out the thoughts of another. Your objective in communication must be to understand your child, not simply to have your child understand you.

In her book, For the Children's Sake, Susan Schaeffer shares this quote from Charlotte Mason ...

We have lost sight of the fact that habit is to life what rails are to transport cars. It follows that lines of habit must be laid down towards given ends and after careful survey, or the joltings and delays of life become unsupportable. More, habit is inevitable. If we fail to ease life by laying down habits of right thinking and right acting, habits of wrong thinking and wrong acting fix themselves of their own accord.

Elisabeth Elliot writes in her book, Keep a Quiet Heart, ...

Experience has taught me that the Shepherd is far more willing to show His sheep the path than the sheep are to follow. He is endlessly merciful, patient, tender, and loving. If we, His stupid and wayward sheep, really want to be led, we will without fail be led. Of that I am sure.

On the subject of unforgiveness and bitterness, John Bevere exhorts us in his book, The Bait of Satan, ...

Do not be afraid to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal any unforgiveness or bitterness. The longer you hide it, the stronger it will become and the harder your heart will grow. Stay tenderhearted.

Finally, a friend sent me a book called Bingo Night at the Fire Hall by Barbara Holland. She wanted me to learn more about what it's like to move out into the "boondocks". I have especially enjoyed the descriptive writing talent of Ms. Holland. You can just picture and sense the following ...

Winter nights are quiet on the mountain. Except when the wind whines, sleet rattles, an owl calls, or a branch cracks under its load of ice, the quiet is so intense I can hear the cat breathing.

How many of you could hear a cat breathing right now? I can hear my dogs panting, the ceiling fan whirring, my daughter singing while making lunch (our kitchen has great acoustics *grin*), and my son tapping his pencil hard as he finishes his grammar assignment. Okay, the writing assignment for this week is done. :-) Have fun reading!!

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. - Proverbs 18:2

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. - Proverbs 18:13

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. - Psalm 20:1-4

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. - Ephesians 4:31-32

September 22, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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Shepherding a Child's Heart
by Tedd Tripp
This is a wonderful book for Christian parents, pointing us to the Bible for the truth and to understand that our children's behavior is an overflow of what is in their heart. -- Kathy Ridpath
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For the Children's Sake:
Foundations of Education for Home and School

by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
I knew this was a book that I would love (I've given away many copies as gifts and have read it several times) when I read what Mrs. Macaulay wrote in the "Introduction" ... "Education is an adventure that has to do with central themes, not the particular packages a given generation puts them into. It's about people, children, life, reality!" This is a book about educating our children from a Christian viewpoint. For more about this book, check out the book study on CIN's Christian Homeschool Forum Webpage. -- Kathy Ridpath
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Keep a Quiet Heart
by Elisabeth Elliot
Once again, Mrs. Elliot writes with wisdom and experience, convicting and teaching at the same time. She is not out to make you "feel good" about yourself, but, instead, she urges you to grow, to mature, in your walk with the Lord. I recommend using this wonderful book as a daily devotional. - Kathy Ridpath
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The Bait of Satan :
Your Response Determines Your Future

by John Bevere
If you are human, you have either offended someone or been offended. Bevere gives us the Biblical principles for both situations. Every Christian should read this book! Stay free from unforgiveness and offense, then you will stay in the will of God. If you become offended you will be taken captive by the enemy to fullfil his own purpose and plan. It is your choice--choose to stay right with God! --Tamara Eaton
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