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screenshot_20160422-105436_1.jpgI have always wanted to journal consistently but have never been great at sticking to it. Last week I heard one of my favorite podcast thus far. In it Michael Hyatt explains the 7 Benefits of Keeping a Journal. Since I heard this I have been writing in my journal consistently.

For part of my journal writing I use The Five Minute Journal. It has great reviews and it has turned into one of the most powerful 5 minutes of my day!

I HAD to invite my boys to join me on this new habit I am developing. As I slowly help the boys improve their morning and evening routine, this is the first habit I wanted to have them implement into their day.

Today I talked to them of the 3 things I love about this journal, though this can also be done on regular pen and paper:).

  1. Identifying 3 things they are thankful for. 

    We talked about how God’s Word says, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thank”. One of the most important things we can do to keep a godly perspective and keep a joyful attitude in spite of our circumstances is to be thankful. Thankful in everything, always. What a great way to start each day!

  2. Listing 3 things that would make the day awesome. 

    Benjamin Franklin once said that “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Putting our plans and important tasks on paper is one of the most important things leaders do. I love how this journal makes it so easy to incorporate this important habit in my boys’ lives now!

  3. Finally, the journal has you write down one affirmation for the day.

    Affirmations are important! I love the words from Earl Nightingale when he said “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” We are constantly planting things in our subconscious or letting other do it for us. What a great way to implement this powerful activity in my children’s lives. Words are important. Especially the one’s we say to ourselves. I want my boys to learn to be conscious of this.

In my mission of raising influential leaders in my children, habits are important! This 5 minute ritual is my boys’ life is PACKED with powerful habits that they will prayerfully carry into their adult lives.

What is your favorite journal or journal app?81pUBAYewfL

This is Isaiah (12). 5165731937779712Over the past year the Lord has been using me in many ways. I shared a message last year with the youth at my grandfather’s church. This year I have been attending the local chapter of the Institute for Cultural Communicators. I am learning leadership skills and how to share my faith and God’s Word with others.

I enjoy going to my church’s youth group. I play the guitar with the youth band on Wednesdays. I also help with childcare during church service and help with Tech Support. I want to continue learning and serving.

I am so excited as I prepare to go on a missions trip this June with a team of young people from my church. We will be going to Dayton, Ohio this Summer. My team will help in the homes and communities of international refugees as well as assist some of the organizations who are taking the lead in reaching these people. We are also going to be holding a VBS for the kids in the area each afternoon in order to tell them the good news of Jesus Christ. We may also work at a local church to help improve their facilities. This will enable the church to do more effective ministry and reach more people for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have not been on a missions trip before and can’t wait to see how the Lord will use me during my time there.

I need to raise $575 by June 1st in order to go on this trip.
I would like your support for this trip either financially or prayerfully. If you would like to give a donation toward my trip and would like to give on-line, please go to https://app.managedmissions.com/MyTrip/isaiahnevels1. Gifts of $20 or $30 would be a real blessing! I ask you to please give what the Lord puts on your heart. I ask you to please give what the Lord puts on your heart.

Please let me know if you prefer to send a check to my church for special instructions.

Thank you for your support!

PS. I can’t wait to share pictures and updates of our trip and what the Lord will do through our team.

In his love,
Isaiah Glenn Nevels

Many homeschoolers know how to make a lesson out of any experience. Grocery shopping, a trip to the post office, or a walk in the park can quickly turn into a research project.

Today during our Dr. appointment, Josiah (6) was full of questions. He got an explanation of how the ear works and what happens when we have an ear infection. She used props and all.

I will capture his interest and interaction with real life professionals and dig deeper. This week we will get books at the library about ears and eat infections and  look up documentaries on YouTube on the topic. Today’s experience peaked his interest.

I’m so thankful for professionals who take time out of their busy days to educate and inspire children.
Maybe we have a future doctor in our family:)

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Why Black Lives Matter

Some of the best people to ask why #blacklivesmatter are young people. Their perspective is usually refreshing and sometimes even convicting. My children’s grandfather, Rev. Laurence Nevels, challenged all his grandchildren at Thanksgiving to share their thoughts on why young lives matter. My son’s response was published in their local newspaper. Read it below:

Have you ever thought of what America would have been like without all the slaves ?

You might be thinking, “What’s this have to do with how black lives matter?” Well, my mom and dad are always telling me that this country was built on the backs of black men and women. Now, that might sound offensive to some people, but that’s the real deal. Slaves, Africans, and even Native Americans.

I’ll give you three examples of how this fits in with how black lives matter. Number one is when Englishmen were close to starvation the Native Americans gave them food. Now that happened on this exact day, which we now call Thanksgiving. Now if it weren’t for the generosity they probably would have left, or worse, they would have died. Yet they thank them by stealing their land and forcing them to go to schools and they lived in poverty. Number two, Harriet Tubman, who helped in the Underground Railroad. Born a slave, she not only escaped and had a chance to start a new life but went back and saved over 300 slaves’ lives.

Last, but not least, Barack Obama not only served four years but eight years as president. Now, can you imagine how hard it must have been to be elected the first black president and how discouraged he must have felt at times and how many people said he’d never accomplish it. There were people who encouraged him and built him up. If it weren’t for them our president would have been Mitt Romney or Hillary Clinton.

You can see how black lives and white lives are all equal and how black people helped make America what it is today — the strong safe country I am proud to say I live in!

Elijah Nevels

Radical Love

Love is an identifying virtue for a Christian. Jesus said “by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)all-you-need-is-love-1523823

At first, this doesn’t seem difficult at all. Until we realize the kind of love Jesus was talking about. The kind of love Jesus modeled and demanded of us, in society’s terms, is radical and nonsensical!

We are to love sacrificially. Jesus said that if one would ask us to go one mile, we should go two. As followers of Christ we are commanded, not only to love our neighbor, but even our enemies. Jesus challenged us that if any would slap us on one cheek, we should turn to him the other. (Matt. 5:39)

Loving our neighbor can be a challenge and demand much of us, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Our neighbor could be an unsaved family member or inconsiderate coworker.

Let us dare to love radically like Jesus, and let THIS radical love be what brings the lost and broken to His feet!

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