You notice that many of my posts are theological, and biblical in nature. Although I am still a homeschooling mom and it is very much apart of our life, theology, and Christianity is my passion! Lately my posts have been theological in nature, you will see lots of posts about religion namely Christianity, and the bible. You can still search for homeschooling info in the linked key words on the right of the blog. My blog is very much a blog for home schooling of all kinds. It is my belief that home education is the starting point, and is one of the most important. As a homeschooling mom, I learn along side my kids, they ask questions, and we get the answers. We are also individuals with different interests. For my blog I want to write about what I have a passion for the most. I hope that you like what I post as much as I do. I have a passion for sharing what I have learned. Please don't forget to leave feedback in the comment section of each post. You can also visit me at facebook.com/joanneutke Thanks again :)

Jul 22, 2014

Prayer Jesus Style

      We must pay attention to how Christ prays so that we can pray like him. He is the ultimate leader, the teacher who teaches us to pray. 

In (Luke 22:39-46) Jesus tells the disciples with him, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” I feel that this is very important to do, as Christ does. Pray daily on this, in the morning when you wake up, and all day! 

It is so important that in (Luke 22:46) Jesus even reprimands the disciples with him for not doing this, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

In this world there are so many temptations, they are meant to lead you away from God! Do not fall into the world trap. "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 3:15)

All we need to be happy is God! Do God's Will and we can find truth, and true happiness. We will also be pleased that we are doing the right things for the right reasons. 

In Luke Christ then kneels down and prays,  “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Here Jesus is telling us what to pray for. 

We can learn further about the kinds of things Christ wants us to pray for in the Lords Prayer. This is a special most power prayer for one because it was given to us directly from Christ, and it contains all the things we need daily to live a holy life.

"Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we also have forgiven those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." (Matt 6:9-13)

We are to pray for our own intentions of course, "Ask and it will be given to you;..." (Matt 7:7) We then need to know that we are to seek Gods Will ultimately, and not our own. We must be holy in everything we do, and constantly work on doing this! 

Doing Gods will is a great way, the perfect way, to obtain holiness, and with God all things are possible. "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matt 5:48)

In (Luke 22:44) "being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. " We can learn here about the power of earnest prayer, Websters defines this as "a serious and intent mental state"

We learn that our prayer must be focused, controlled, and contemplative. This is the recipe for prayer not said in vain, which is condemned by God. We must pray for our intentions, but also contemplate on God's Will, and how we can better conform to that Will.

When we pray like this we are stepping towards God, and away from our self, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matt 16:24) We then can pray like Christ!

On a final note we learn from Saint James, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (or avails much)" (James 5:16)

When I think about all of the people that I pray for I also think of all the ways I fall short in righteousness, or holiness. I am reminded of this verse and how I need, how each one of us needs to be holy not only for ourselves, but for all of the people we love and care for who we pray for.

This may sound weird, but we owe it to God, and to those we love to be holy! These are just some of the things about prayer that I am learning these days, and I think about often. I want to strive daily to pray like this, and to pray more. I want to live my life in prayer this I think is beautiful, and befitting the beauty of God.

I hope you feel the same way too!

Everything we do can be a prayer, give all you have to God daily, even if it is doing the dishes, or taking care of your kids :) 

There is so much more I can say, and so many before me have already said. I want to encourage you to read, the bible daily, and also about the lives of the Saints, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church like Saint Augustine who is my favorite. 

If you want a list other good reads you can check out my recommended reading page, and hit me up on facebook I can direct you to some good stuff! When I get a chance I will add more to my list with links. Make sure to bookmark that page.

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from Joanne

Jun 4, 2014

Home School Curriculum

        Many parents who are new to homeschooling wonder about curriculum, this may be one of your concerns. Like all parents you just want your child to have a great education. You want them to learn all the things they need to know to prepare for adulthood.

Choosing the curriculum you will use seems complicated but it doesn't have to be. It can be as easy as printing out a page here and there online. Or purchasing the curriculum of your choice online or else where. If you choose to home school through a Charter program whether online or offline the curriculum that you use will be given to you.

If you go the independent private school route then you will need to get the curriculum yourself. There are many free and payed sites to download curriculum. Many sites offer complete lesson plans, tutorial videos, tests, and work pages for any child! Thrift stores can also be a great place to get book on a budget. Not to mention that you can buy workbooks at just about any store like Target, Wal Mart, etc.

The main thing to remember is to listen to your child. Ask them what they want to learn and help them find appropriate books, work pages, etc.. to help them along the way. if you Tailor make your curriculum around your child's likes and interests it will be win, win.

If you use a Home Based Charter School, they will supply you with the curriculum required for your child's grade and you will have a Teacher to assist you. This may or may not cost you anything some home based private schools will have a charge but the charter is usual public by state, this is something you will have to look into.

Other Home School options will require you to provide all necessary curriculum to your child for their grade, you will have to purchase most of it and the Internet has many sites were you can get FREE lessons and curriculum ideas and worksheets.

Curriculum Sites: These may or may not be free sites. Although it seems that most offer some free worksheets, etc... Some require you to purchase a membership for full site capabilities.










Primary Phonics and Explode the Code by www.epsbooks.com

There are many choices for curriculum. The info I provide is meant to be a guide for you, you still need to do your own research so you can make informed choices for your family.

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May 5, 2014

Pascal Quote

I made this image with this quote from a book that I am reading right now. I have provided the links to the book that I am reading plus addition information about the man Pascal.

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To learn more about the man called Pascal, Blaise Pascal.
Pascal's Pensées by Blaise Pascal

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Mar 21, 2014

Eucharist in Scripture Study Guide

Want to know where the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is taught from scripture? 

Here is a good biblical study on the Eucharist "the breaking of the bread" sacrifice of the Mass. Please take your prayerful time looking up and reading the verses in context, one at a time. 

The Eucharist in Scripture

John 6:35-71 - The Eucharist is promised.

Matthew 26:26, Mark 14:22, Luke 22:17 - The institution of the Eucharist.

1 Corinthians 10:16 - The Eucharist is a participation of Christ's body and blood.

1 Corinthians 11:23-29 - Receiving unworthy, guilty of his body and blood.

Exodus 12:8, 46 - Pascal lamb had to be eaten.

John 1:29 - Jesus called "lamb of God".

1 Corinthians 5:7 - Jesus called the "pascal lamb" who has been sacrificed.

John 4:31-34, Matthew 16:5-12 - Jesus speaking symbolically about food. We can compare these verses to the verses where he his speaking about his body and blood as food.

1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4 - Explains what "the flesh" means in (John 6:63.)

Christ, knowing what it meant to his Jewish followers to ask them to eat blood, would not have asked them to eat his flesh and blood symbolically, he was serious about this teaching. He knew what he risked upon reveal this "hard saying" (John 6:60)

He knew the Jews would take offense at it, as they did in (John  6:52.) Yet after this he only intensified his language causing a great schism among his followers, many no longer followed him after this (John 6:66.)

John 6:67-68 - Jesus says to the twelve, "Do you want to go away as well"? Simon Peter answered him saying, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed and have come to know, that you are the Holy one of God."

Peter and the twelve didn't understand how Christ was going to give us his flesh and blood for food. But they believed his words with faith and trusted that he knew what he was doing.

Notice that Judas did not have the integrity to leave like the other followers, but after the teaching of the Eucharist he set out to betray Jesus, and Christ new this (John 6:70-71.)

Will we be like the disbelievers who walked away, like Judas who betrayed him, or like Peter and the twelve who believed?

If Jesus were merely speaking symbolically, he could easily have called the other disciples back and explained that he wasn’t speaking literally. He did not. He allowed the schism and lost many followers over it.

Christ used water, spittle, bread, wine, his own body and blood to minister to those who needed him. Everything Christ did was spiritual as well as physical. 

Since Jesus is God, if he said that the bread and wine becomes his body and blood, then those who acknowledge his divinity should have no difficulty believing it like the Twelve. The Eucharist is certainly no more extraordinary than his Incarnation or anything else he did!

On the road to Emmaus after they found the tomb empty. In (Luke 24:13-25) the two men Cleopas and another one were met by Jesus. 

They experienced with Christ the liturgy of the word (his preaching on the scriptures) and then the "breaking of the bread."  We are told in Luke they did not recognize him until the "breaking of the bread." (Luke 24:35)

Will we recognized Christ in the breaking of the bread?

The sacrifice of the mass is not a new sacrifice. The Church does not kill Christ again. Christ died once, he offered his body for our sins once and for all on the cross. (Hebrews 10:10-12)

Therefore when we participate in the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist we are taken back to that same once and for all sacrifice of Christ on the cross. 

We are transported to Calvary and partake of his crucified flesh that he offered up as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, in the new Passover under the New Covenant.

Up to the 16th century virtually all Christians believed that the bread and wine truly becomes the body and blood of Christ. That’s a long time. The largest and oldest Christian Church still does as do the Orthodox churches. 

So there has to be something credible about it.

The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life."  (CCC 1324)

“The Eucharist is not a thing. It is not a dead object. It is Christ and He is fully alive. Receiving Him with this awareness, we become more fully alive, so that we can say with St. Paul, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’ “

 —Vinny Flynn

From Joanne :)

Learn more about he Jewish roots of the Eucharist by my favorite professors, Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. Brant Pitre. Also Jimmy Akin answering the question "Do Catholic re-sacrifice Christ?"