N.T. Bible Study

This Spring we’ve studied through some Bible books together, but I had no specific plan of where to go next. I spent some time in prayer and began to think through our direction. I wanted something that could be worked on independently by all, but still discussed daily together when we had time. I had already decided I wanted to do a “90 day” reading plan over the summer, so decided that this would be good for our older children too. I also wanted to encourage them to keep studying, not just reading (as much as they are able). Last week I made my plan, and we’ve started, our summer Bible study.

I chose a three month chronological reading of the New Testament. (This would work out to 1 semester of “school days”, if you choose to do it that way.) We are following the Biblical Principles method of study detailed in R Road to Biblical Wisdom. This is simplified for Bible Study in our Spiritual Journey journal pages.

Perhaps you’d like to join us (do this same study on your own.)

You can find the reading plan we are using at Bible Study Tools. You can also get a free iphone/ipad app for it.

You can get the Spiritual Journey pages to customize your your notebooks for this study, or use a Composition Notebook. The Spiritual Journey pages are colorful pages with nature photos as backgrounds that you copy and put in a half-sized (8.5″ x 5.5″) 3 ring binder.  A composition notebook is a sewn, handy sized notebook with 100 sheets, perfect size for a 3 month study. See our simple instructions below. If you’d like more in-depth information on how to study anything by Biblical principles get R Road to Biblical Wisdom.

Study instructions:

We read and study that we might know our God better and love Him even more as we see more clearly through His Word, Who He truly is. Pray that your heart will open open to receive God’s Word, to know Him better, and that the Holy Spirit will teach you, and give you grace to apply what you learn.

Read the day’s passages and check them off on the reading plan.

Journal your study under the following headings (1 page – front and back – per day.)

  • Read: Note the references of the passages you read.
  • Record/Rewrite: Write a very short summary or outline answering “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How” about the reading.
  • Reflect: What does it mean? What is its context? What does it show me about God, Jesus, man, sin, grace, the gospel, the law, cause and effect? Use cross references, concordance, Bible maps, commentary, or other study tools as needed. If you have further questions about the passage that aren’t answered in your study today, write them down.
  • Relate: How does this apply to me? What am I to think and do?
  • Recite: Copy a verse/verses to meditate on throughout the day.

Pray to close out your time of study. Ask God to lead you to greater understanding and answers to your questions, and grace to walk out what you’ve learned; that you would not only love Him more but also show forth His love to others. 


Back 2 the Books

OK, I really hope you didn’t take a vacation from books, but in this sense I mean the bookwork type (“table time”) lessons that you do with your children. Although we “school” (or more precisely “learn”) year round, many follow the public school calendar in their homes, or at least take the summer months off and restart in the fall. (Although I notice that the ps keeps starting earlier and earlier every year. The summer “off” used to mean Memorial Day through Labor Day. And I truly believe those kids need let out of their “prison” walls for those 3 months. — Their words.) But enough rabbit trails–maybe. Point is many of you are heading back to the books (not back to school.) And —

It’s time for our Back 2 the Books Freedom & Simplicity™ Sale!

This is our BIGGEST BLOWOUT Sale of the Year! And–
We have several options in this Super Sale ~ Just for YOU!
Want to go to the Order Page now? 

Are you new to teaching every subject by Biblical principles and in family-friendly Freedom & Simplicity™, otherwise called Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™? Check out our Getting Started Bonus Combo below.

Do you already have the Foundational Freedom & Simplicity™ resources, and need some help going Beyond the Basics? Check out Beyond the Basics Bundle below.

Are you brand New to Home Education, or L.E.D. and need to get started NOW? Check out our newest resource, Quick Start to Freedom & Simplicity™ with Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™ . This is so new it’s not even off the press yet. (But we’ll send you a preliminary copy now, and a final copy when the editing is fully completed.)

Many of you have already chosen what you plan to do this year, but some of you still aren’t quite sure. You know you need to change things up a bit. You need to foster a love for learning. You need to provide a truly Biblical, Christian education–not just tack Bible verses onto some subjects, or count disciples instead of apples.

You’re looking for Freedom & Simplicity™.

You’re looking for real family life, not school at home.

You’re looking for education that looks at all areas of life and learning through the lens of Scripture.

The Getting Started Combo is for YOU!

This Combo includes our key resources for understanding and starting Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™.

The first step to Biblical home education is for the parents to renew their minds to think Biblically about education and how that can look in the home. Freedom & Simplicity™ of Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™ ~ The Seminar will walk you through this, giving you the Big Picture from the Philosophy (the Why?), to Principles (the What?), to Practical Application (the How?).

The next step is to get a good understanding of the learning methods, the nitty-gritty on how to study this way. Freedom & Simplicity™ on R Road to Biblical Wisdom lays this out for you. It shows you how to study any topic in any subject by Biblical principles. These are simple, natural, family-friendly methods that use Biblical foundations and reasoning for excellence in learning.

To take it one step further, we include in the combo Freedom & Simplicity™ in HisStory, which will walk you through applying L.E.D. to a primary subject of study.

As a BONUS to our Getting Started Combo, I’m including the Foundational Journaling Forms you’ll want to get started. Redeeming the Time Journal ~ Favorite Forms includes: Spiritual Journey, for journaling your daily Bible reading, P.R.A.Y., a daily prayer journal, and Day-by-Day Book of Remembrance Journal, for journaling daily life and learning. 12 different designs to choose from, and other variations make this a very versatile set of forms you’ll use everyday.

This great Combo is an $80 value.
Order during our Back 2 the Books Freedom & Simplicity™ Sale 

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Quick Start for Freedom & Simplicity™

Quick Start to Freedom & Simplicity™ through Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™ is our newest and most helpful guide to those that want to start home educating through a Biblical perspective–yesterday! This guide contains a very succinct introduction to each of the subjects and our resource recommendations for your first year. Of course, you still need to go through the Seminar and internalize R Road (for renewing your mind and learning how to teach and learn) but this guide will help you get your books ordered and gathered so you can get started pronto.


Beyond the Basics

If you already have the Foundational resources in the Getting Started Bonus Combo, it’s time for you to branch out. What topic of study do you need a little more help in applying a Biblical Freedom & Simplicity™ study approach to?

Handwriting? See Freedom & Simplicity™ in Handwriting & Handwriting Practice Pages.

ThanksGiving – both the Holiday and the attitude of Gratitude? See Freedom & Simplicity™ ThanksGiving Study

Character need some help? Growing in Christ’s Image Journaling masters will help you remember  what you learn, so you can apply it. We even provide resources (some free!) that we enjoy using to help us study various godly character traits.

Vocabulary? See Freedom & Simplicity™ Study of  Vocabulary & English Roots

Poetry? See Freedom & Simplicity™ Poetry Study

Time to get a Timeline up? What kind? Freedom & Simplicity Timelines will help you choose between and learn to make 13 different types you can do yourself easily. Or go with our favorites, created specifically for Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™PIPEline of HisStory  foundational framework for walls, dividers, and a children’s book. PIPEline Book of Remembrance for a timeline in a book.

Geography? Study not only the country, but their spiritual condition and needs and Journal your findings in Praying Around the World, (includes study resources, including free ones.) Volumes 45, & 6-7 currently available. (Choose which Volumes if you order the “Green” Choose Your Own.)

Journaling help for the beginner or reluctant? Book of Remembrance Journaling Pages are specifically designed as all purpose journaling masters for the Biblically principled Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™.

Got a High School student? Freedom & Simplicity™ for High School: Planning, Documenting, Credits & Transcripts will help smooth that road.

Got a young beginner? See Sorting it Out and Pulling it Together

$130 value – Get the entire Freedom & Simplicity™ Beyond The Basics Bundle for Half Price.

Want to pick and choose? Mix and Match as many as you’d like.

Choose any 2 Red resources above for $15.

Choose any 2 Blue resources above for $10.

Choose any 3 Green resources above for $7.

(Sale has ended.)

Freedom & Simplicity™ Poetry Study

Announcing our newest Freedom & Simplicity™ guide! I’m so excited! I just finished another in our Freedom & Simplicity™ “Dirt Cheap” series (that is, inexpensive, quick and concise guides to 1 particular topic, for busy mamas.)

This newest is guide is Freedom & Simplicity™ Poetry Study. Sometimes Poetry Study gets neglected in our homes because we feel we don’t have time for anything but the “basics”. But I believe “basics” aren’t more important than beauty. Life and learning  are not be to utilitarian, but rather about enjoying and growing in the good things life has to offer. Poetry is one of those things. In this guide I show you how to find Freedom & Simplicity™ in quick and painless daily activities. From there you learn how to go Beyond the Basics (as your time allows) and apply Biblical principles. Read what others are saying about this new ebook and…
Get yours today – to add Poetry Study in Freedom & Simplicity™ to your Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™.


Ebooks in Home Ed

Ebooks are rapidly infiltrating home education. This type of resource that was unknown just a few short years ago, is experiencing a huge growth spurt. Some home educators are thrilled with this new technology (especially when they come for FREE.) Some home educators are very leary of it, loving their paper books and not wanting them to be replaced. And many home educators (and the rest of society) are clueless. They aren’t really sure what exactly an ebook is, how to use them, or where to find them.

Putting the ‘E’ in Home E-ducation~Freedom & Simplicity™ Guide to Using Ebooks, the newest Freedom & Simplicity™ guide from Me & My House ministries, will walk you through the answers to those questions and many more.


… Lisa, have you looked at my computer?! I have e-books in so many places that I really need that free software you tell us about and I’ll be downloading it just as soon as I finish this review.

Like so many homeschool moms, I love to research and discovered many gems through the years that I planned to incorporate into our homeschooling. I’m still finding them, although our youngest is a rising junior in college. Sigh.

But YOU don’t have to do that. Lisa is offering her e-book for a limited time at a low introductory price. If you would like to do better at managing and organizing e-books more effectively so they can be incorporated into your homeschooling (and as Lisa pointed out, there are so many free classics!), you might just want to take a look. …

Excerpt from review by Dana Wilson of
Train up a Child Publishing, LLC

Pick up your copy of Putting the ‘E’ in Home E-ducation – available beginning today!
Only $3 


Free L.E.D. Forum

The Roots are beginning to show Shoots!

The first phase of the Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™ eCourses is open. And this part is FREE.

I’m working behind the scenes at our Discipleship yoU! online courses site to launch the L.E.D. Courses, and the first section is done. I’ve opened a Free Forum for users of the Biblically principled method Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™ to ask questions, discuss how users are applying it, and share ideas.

Join the Free L.E.D. Forum here!

Need the basics of L.E.D. – for Freedom & Simplicity™ in Biblically principled home ed?
Freedom & Simplicity™ of Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™ ~ The Seminar ToGo (the foundations)

Freedom & Simplicity˙ on R Road to Biblical Wisdom (the how to guide)

Also, prayers are coveted as I work on A Quick Start Guide to Freedom & Simplicity™ through Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™.  My goal is to have it finished and available yet this month. This guide will help those new to home education, or just new to L.E.D., to jump in and start quickly, while still renewing their mind and learning themselves. (Based on my mentorship of those that call me and say, “Hi. I’m pulling my kids out of public school tomorrow. What do I do?”

If you’re already using L.E.D. Join us at the Free L.E.D. Forum here!

If you haven’t started yet, pick up the basic Foundational resources and begin today.


New Vocabulary Study resource

Freedom & Simplicity™ Study of Vocabulary & English Roots

Hot off the press!

The study of Etymology will enable you to communicate more clearly, as you learn more words you will be able to use more precise words correctly. What is etymology? Awe, if you know you can communicate more clearly. Etymology is made of 2 Greek parts that together mean “the study of the true sense of words”. Understanding the vocabulary we use.

Words have meanings. And knowing the meanings of a wide variety of words and how to use them properly helps us communicate more precisely to others so they can understand us better. It also is a great help in learning more new words. Although having a large vocabulary (and understanding of those words) can get you great scores on the SAT (and also lead to self-aggrandizing pride – if your only purpose is to show off what you know), the primary purpose for building your vocabulary is to avoid misunderstanding.

If you plan to go to college, a study of English Vocabulary is important. If you plan to converse with others effectively (and I hope you do) it is vital.

This Freedom & Simplicity™ resource provides the tools you need to effectively study Vocabulary, so you can effectively use it in communication. Follow the R Road process to reason through several types of word studies, and Journal these studies on the provided notebooking forms. Rather than a full list of words to study, this course gives you the tools to study any word! These tools include: Foundational study – to put Vocabulary learning in its proper whole-to-parts context, a variety of Journaling forms with instructions, suggested resources – including Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, and an example of course requirements, grading and credits for high school students.


Read reviews of Freedom & Simplicity™ Study of Vocabulary & English Roots to see why others think this is a great study resource.


It’s not too late to order

A Freedom & Simplicity!™ ThanksGiving Study

and choose a few simple activities to add to your Celebration!

This ebook will come TODAY!
You will receive links to download your book to your computer, by email.

Many of the activities suggested are free and easy!
Many of the resources not included in the book are available free online!
Order now to get your FREE BONUS ~ ThanksGiving Journaling Pages
to print out and journal your study.

Announcing! R Road



I finally have my newsletter out so I can finally make this announcement.


Freedom & Simplicity™ on R Road to Biblical Wisdom Freedom & Simplicity™ on R Road to Biblical Wisdom is a “how to” guide for Biblical learning in home education.What does Biblically principled education look like? How does it differ from other methods? Can I really apply the same methods in everything we study? Does this really bring me and my children freedom? Can it really be applied in simplicity? How can natural, lifestyle methods produce an education of excellence?

If these are questions you’ve asked, learn more about R Road, the Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™ method of Biblical home education, in Freedom & Simplicity™ on R Road to Biblical Wisdom. Order today at our Introductory Price of only $20!

Integrated Topical Studies

This post has been sitting in my drafts for over a month – sorry!

Many times I’m asked what our studies look like. Want to take a peek?

20th Century study – PIPEline link: Me and My House – Focus: The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail

Term 1 – Turn of the Century

Weekly Themes:

1. Christianity Attacked from Without

  • Topics: Boxer Rebellion, China, Jonathan Goforth

2. Progress!

  • Topics: Wright Brothers, Titanic, Panama Canal
  • Optional activity: 1915 World’s Fair

3. Christianity Attacked from Within

  • Topics: Liberalism, Social Gospel

4. Progressivism in Government

  • Topics: Progressive Presidents, TR, Progressive Amendments

5. Progressivism in Education and the Arts

  • Topics: John Dewey, Modern-Abstract Art/Picasso

6. Progress?

  • Topic: World War I

Science topics throughout term: Aerodynamics, Canal locks, Yellow Fever/Malaria

Artists throughout: Illustrators – N.C. Wyeth, Beatrix Potter

Literature throughout (choice): Beatrix Potter, Freckles, Anne of Green Gables, Hans Brinker, Frances Hodgeson Burnett

Booklists for another day – or another section. Watch our HisStory Resources & Recommendations for book links for the “Me & My House” PIPEline link.