A Lesson from Pencils

29th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Tonight I had a lesson about pencils. All of us know about the “#2 lead pencil.”  That’s the ordinary lead pencil that most of us use for writing. But did you know about the 4B or HB  or 3H pencils? My son collects pencils and can identify them by the size of the lead or » Read More

Crises bring opportunities!

28th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“I do not like crises; but I like the opportunities which they supply.” (Sir John Reith, Director General of the British Broadcasting Corporation) I found this quote in a commentary on the Gospel of John while preparing to write chapter 25 of God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1 – The Raising of Lazarus. The commentator introduced this quotation with these » Read More

Obeying God is Scary

25th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“Obeying God is scary.” I wrote these words in the introduction to Unit II of God’s Great Covenant: Old Testament 1.  Obeying God was scary for Abraham because he left everything he knew for a life that would be a total surprise.  He didn’t have an encyclopedia, the internet, or a GPS so he couldn’t know anything » Read More

God’s Power — My Powerlessness

18th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I woke up today thinking it would be just another day. I was wrong! I got ready for work, left the house, got into my car, and then I saw it. My mirror was gone! Between the time I had parked the car yesterday afternoon and the time I got into the car this morning, someone had knocked » Read More

A Proverb a Day

14th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

As godly parents we want our children to be wise — that is, to be godly young men and women who fear God and make good choices. Here’s one way to help our little ones become wise: read the book of Proverbs. God gave us the book of Proverbs to guide us in the way » Read More

Say hello to Tobias!

14th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

See that friendly looking fellow with the cheery wave on the cover of GGC: OT2! Sitting on the porch of Solomon’s temple with a feather in his cap and a pouch full of scrolls, Tobias, the royal chronicler, says, “Hello.” Tobias as royal chronicler has the task of introducing each unit of this second book of the GGC series. » Read More

How big is God?

10th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

How does anyone grasp the magnitude and infinity that is God? Well, in Isaiah 40:12 the Lord God has given us several pictures to make it a little easier.  “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand?” –Ask your child to cup his hands. Then using a tablespoon, pour water into his hands » Read More

Summer Devotional Outing

9th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Would you like a summer outing that is a fun devotional activity as well?  Here’s an idea that could work for the whole family. Find a word picture of God in the Psalms — for example: “God is my Rock” (Psalm 28:1). Then do these three things: 1. Go for a hike and find a big » Read More

GGC for Older Children

7th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“What do you have for my fifth grader?”  That’s a question I often get asked at homeschool fairs.  At first I didn’t know how to respond to that question. The God’s Great Covenant series is designed as a four-year curriculum to start as early as second grade. Could a fifth grader start in Book 1 » Read More