Tidbits on a Monday

Every Friday morning, a small group of homeschool moms gather for a home Bible study. We’re learning about the women in the Bible, but each week my thoughts are captivated by the simple convictions of my friends. Several weeks ago, we talked about patience and waiting. I was encouraged to be better at this. That wasn’t all! Don’t all good things come in threes? The third point I heard was SHUT UP. Not in those exact words from these precious friends, but I came home with that imprinted in my brain.

We’ve studied Sarah – who waited 90 years to be a mother. Her life is NOT a lesson in patiently waiting, and surely no one told her to SHUT UP about wanting a baby. Yet she was a faithful servant and her story is one of patience, risk, joy and laughter. It is clear to me that what God intends to happen, WILL happen. My choices to manipulate, worry, complain, or ignore simply muddy the waters.

We gathered on Saturday morning to offer our services at our church. Lifepoint started with 4 couples. The end of this month it has grown to require 3 morning services. In volunteering, we learned, it is important to balance your passion with the talents God has blessed you with. Going against my impulsive nature, I did not sign up for anything. My inner voice told me to wait, be patient and listen. This choice was reinforced by the fact that I woke up with laryngitis and could barely make a sound.

SHUT UP was made clear to me. My mind does not rest, but my mouth has, thus creating an image of patience. I posted Saturday about the “thought behind the thought”…well, He knows I’m eager, anxious and willing to find my place in our church. He knows my heart isn’t feeling very patient. He knows I want a diet coke. He knows I have a willing heart. So, I’m waiting.

In educating our children – we want to reinforce the responsibility of “serving”. Not as a burden, but as a passion. As they study and learn about our world, we specifically note how God has worked through people. It is motivating to see famous people in our world who have successfully matched their passion with their spiritual gifts. (Tiger Woods!)

This list was sent to me and although I don’t recognize everyone on here, we’ll add this little fact to our history lessons:








  • John Quincy Adams
  • William Henry Harrison
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James Madison
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • John Tyler
  • George Washington
  • Woodrow Wilson


  • Moses
  • Joan of Arc
  • John the Baptist
  • William Cary
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Phillip Melanchthon
  • Dwight L. Moody
  • John Newton
  • John Owen
  • Charles Wesley
  • John Wesley
  • Brigham Young


  • George Washington Carver
  • Pierre Curie
  • Albert Einstein
  • Blaise Pascal
  • Booker T. Washington


  • Konrad Adenauer
  • Winston Churchill
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Patrick Henry
  • William Penn
  • Henry Clay


  • John Jay
  • John Marshall
  • John Rutledge


  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Pearl S. Buck
  • Agatha Christie
  • Charles Dickens
  • Bret Harte
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Sean O’Casey
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Mark Twain
  • Mercy Warren
  • Daniel Webster
  • Phillis Wheatley


  • Richard Basset (Governor of Delaware)
  • William Blount (U.S. Senator)
  • George Clymer (U.S. Representative)
  • William Few (U.S. Senator)
  • Benjamin Franklin (Inventor and Statesman)
  • William Houston (Lawyer)
  • William S. Johnson (President of Columbia C.)
  • William Livingston (Governor of New Jersey)
  • James Madison – 4th President of the U.S.
  • George Mason
  • John Francis Mercer (U.S. Representative)
  • Charles Pickney III (Governor of S. Carolina)
  • John Rutledge (Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Richard D. Spaight (Governor of N. Carolina)
  • George Washington – 1st President of the U.S.
  • John Witherspoon (President of Princeton U.)
  • George Wythe (Justice of Virginia High Court)


  • Abigail Adams (Wife of John Adams)
  • Ansel Adams (Photographer)
  • Clara Barton (Started the Red Cross)
  • John Burroughs (Naturalist)
  • Andrew Carnegie (Industrialist)
  • Charles Chaplin (Actor)
  • George Rogers Clark – Explorer
  • Noel Coward (Playwright)
  • John Paul Jones (Father of the American Navy)
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Tamara McKinney (World Cup Skier)
  • John Stuart Mill (Economist)
  • Charles Louis Montesquieu (Philosopher)
  • Florence Nightingale (Nurse)
  • Sally Ride (Astronaut)
  • Bill Ridell (Newspaperman)
  • George Rogers Clark (Explorer)
  • Will Rogers (Humorist)
  • Jim Ryan (World Runner)
  • Albert Schweitzer (Physician)
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Martha Washington (Wife of George Washington)
  • Tim Tebow (the quarterback for the Florida Gators and
    the Heisman trophy winner from this past year, was a
    homeschool student in FL)

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