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God’s World News is one of my family’s favorite reviews this year!

As I educate my children I want them to know and care about things happening around the world. Most of all, I want them to have a biblical worldview. It is important to me that they learn to see the world the way Jesus does.

I believe that to truly educate them is not just to nurture in them the desire to stay informed. Ultimately, I pray that as they learn about the world around them they develop a desire and a passion to get involved and make a change!

This is why when God’s World NewsNews Flash was listed for review, I jumped on it. It has exceeded my expectations!

So far we have received 3 issues, Map-it News and the online resources. It has already greatly enriched other lessons in our homeschool and most of all our conversations.

What is God’s World News

God’s World News is a magazine that covers a wide variety of current events from a Christian perspective. It includes articles and activities on science, social studies, geography, economics and so much more! It is a great addition to any curriculum or program you are using in your home.

God’s World News is available in 6 different grade-level groups. Our family reviewed News Flash, for children in 3rd and 4th grade. I used it mainly with my 9 and 10 year-olds, but my 6-year-old son sat through some of the reading, too!

A subscription to News Flash is $28 per year. An issue is delivered to your home monthly (except May and December). In September, along with the magazine, you get a world map. You can use it with the articles and lessons throughout the year to show the child where in the world the events are happening. What a relevant way to practices geography!

With your subscription you also get access to lots of resources online! These include additional articles and lessons for you and your child to dig deeper!

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How We Used It

We read through articles in the magazines in the early afternoon, during nap time. This is usually the time we do history/crafts/science etc. Depending on how the day was going I would have one of the boys read me an article I set aside ahead of time for him. Many times I would read some aloud to them.

Depending on their interest, we would explore the topic more, by doing more research/reading online, looking up YouTube videos and/or referencing the map.

One of the challenges as I educate my older boys is finding enjoyable ways for them to practice their reading and writing. News Flash is now a great tool available to me to further my efforts! I always found articles that would be relevant to them individually. This made reading fun!

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There were a couple of times I asked them to write up a paragraph about what they read! It was usually in the form of a letter to their dad, “teaching” him something new!

Because of the wide range of topics each issue covers, we were able to use it to supplement our learning in other areas, just this month.

The boys spent a couple of hours at my husband’s job this month. My husband works in a manufacturing plant for a major automotive company. The boys were able to see very high-tech equipment and how they work!

In the September issue there was an article entitled “Bot or Not” explaining what makes an electronic device a robot! They even mentioned equipment in an automotive manufacturing plant and whether or not these are considered robots! It was a great way to discuss what they learned during their visit and put it in context!

We have been learning to play Chess as a family the past few weeks. In the September issue the boys learned about a 9-year-old girl who is considered to be one of the best chess players in the world! Of course, this inspired them and gave them a chance to consider the possibilities. We discussed the possibilities in other endeavors and how age is not a limitation!

My Favorite Things About News Flash

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Every issue we received has been an adventure for all three of my boys. I LOVED the wide variety of topics and activities covered in each issue, both in the print magazine and online. There is always something for everyone! Both my Animal Lover (9-year-old) and my Young Engineer (10-year-old) found something of interest in every issue we received.

The diversity found in each issue is not just in the topics of the articles. In the issues you will find features like:

  • Bible2Life: a short section connecting the article/topic to Scripture, helping the child to consider what God has to say about it!
  • Country Profile: A list of important information on the country featured in the article.
  • Map Illustration/Comics/Word Puzzles and much more!

MY FAVORITE THING OF ALL IS THAT EVERY ISSUE COVERED STORIES ON AND ABOUT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RACES AND BACKGROUNDS. It is truly about God’s World! As a person of color I felt like they were truly very intentional about this! I loved it because as we read it as a family and felt included! We read about and saw pictures of people who looked like us! For young children this matters!!

I can’t say enough to recommend God’s World News for you and your family! If what I have said is not enough, let me tell you that they also have World Magazine for adults!

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ImageTwo of my boys (6 and 9) wanted to invite Jesus into their heart last Friday and they both asked me to pray with them!

What a priviledge to be the one to pray this prayer with them! As I disciple my children this is a moment I look forward to! I try to remind myself, though, that this moment is just the beginning of a journey for them and not a task to be checked off in my “parenting” list.

As I talked with each of them separately I made sure to stress how they have decided to accept Jesus as their Savior and from now on must make sure that He is their Lord! They, like me, are now in a lifelong journey of learning to lay down their life, their desires and their passions for Him.

My boys are growing and maturing so quickly! It’s awesome to see how much they are learning about God, learning to fear and respect Him and simply just falling in love with Him!

They are each so different and have such unique gifts and personalities. I can’t help but wonder how the Lord is going to use them in their life. I even dare to have my own ideas on what their calling might be! This can be a fun mental excercise but is one that must be done with caution!

As I know join them in their new journey with Jesus as their Savior AND Lord I want to always remember that, as a parent, I am HELPING them discover GOD’S PLAN for them in their life. This involves their career/vocation, the spouses they choose, the way they choose to play out their life! IT’S ALL ABOUT THEM DISCOVERING GOD’S PLAN IN THEIR LIFE! How exciting that what God has for them dwarfs anything I can dream of for them! He knows them more than I ever will!

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I want to learn to trust the process and not let my desires for them get in the way! If I am faithful in bringing them to Jesus I need to trust where He takes their life!

As a parent of children who will be teenagers in a few years and then young adults, I will have to walk with them as they make life decisions. I want to remember that I am simply a facilitator and to approach this part of parenting with godly wisdom. I pray the Ho

ly Spirit helps me know when to share my wisdom/advice and when to trust the choices that God is having them make!

Most of all I want to remember it’s not about me but about THEIR obedience to THEIR LORD!

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This new day did bring new energy and it also brought with it a fresh new word from God.

In the morning, during my quiet time, I read the first chapter of Calm My Anxious Heart. (Why I am reading this book will be a topic of a future post :/ as the Lord continues to work in me.)

I definitely have a Type A personality. I struggle with the need for control. I know, I don’t have much control of anything in my life, none of us do! As I grow older I am learning this more and more. I like structure and find comfort in a clear plan. As I manage my home, raise my children and handle relationships there are some things I can and should control. There are many more things I should leave to God and rest in the assurance that “God…is the blessed controller of all things, the King over all kings and the master of all masters” (1 Timothy 6:15). I pray for the wisdom to know the difference. The author quotes a story from another book, Streams in the Desert:

“I need oil,” said an ancient monk, so he planted an olive sapling, “Lord,” he prayed, “it needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell. Send gentle showers.” And the Lord sent gentle showers. “Lord,” prayed the monk, “my tree needs sun. Send sun, I pray thee.” And the sun shone, gilding the dripping clouds. “Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues,” cried the monk. And behold, the little tree stood sparkling with frost, but at evening it died.

Then the monk sought the cell of a brother monk, and told his strange experience. “I, too, planted a little tree,” he said, “and see! It thrives well. But I entrust my tree to its God. He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition I fixed not ways or means. ‘Lord, send what it needs,’ I prayed, ‘ storm or sunshine, wind, rain, or frost. Thou hast made it and Thou dost know.”

How crazy to worry or be anxious about anything! How silly to feel that the Lord needs my help in anything! How encouraging to know that my life and all of the circumstances in it are controlled by the King and Creator of the Universe! As I go about this day and deal with the unexpected, the inconvenient and  the interruptions I rest in the knowledge that God holds the plan I set this morning in His hand. I decide today not to fret over what does not get completed. I will especially not worry about the kids, the homeschool, whether or not we are behind, character issues we are dealing with, etc!

I will instead be faithful to the call today, and remind myself that: God has made me, my life and all of my affairs, and God does know.

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