Author Archives: JaidanP

The Joy of the LORD

Christmas Joy? As the Christmas season rolls around, we are surrounded by banquets, presents, and fellowship. But in the midst of the business of the season,  we constantly hear someone reminding us to, “Remember what Christmas is all about.  It is a season of joy.”  Then we sing along to the Christmas carol Joy to the World.  However, when we try to stay in the “Christmas spirit”, it seems that it is more about happiness than about joy of the Lord.  Believe it or not, there is a big difference. Joy Versus Happiness Now I am well persuaded that some might be a little confused about the difference between joy and happiness.  Let me try to explain.  When you receive that gift you had been wanting for a while, you are happy. It is an excitement based on circumstances. Joy is waking up every morning and choosing to be thankful for what God has blessed you with.  Happiness is a feeling; joy is an attitude.   Happiness lifts our spirits in the moment; joy lifts our spirits constantly.  If I could sum it up best, though, happiness comes automatically when the circumstance comes; joy is a choice we have to […]

College Prep Homeschool Online Guide

Asian female student on tablet taking online course

As responsible Homeschooling parents, the primary goal is to train up our children in a way that honors and glorifies God.  The second goal after that is to give them the best education that we possibly can.  In this post, I will be looking at how online classes will actually enhance your child’s well rounded education, ultimately culminating in college prep homeschool style. Computer Troubles “Son,” my Dad said chuckling one evening, “you must have been born in the wrong century!” Let’s just say, when God created me in my mother’s womb, I wasn’t given much technological literacy!  Once, while trying to play a prank on my sister, I pried out all the keys in a computer keyboard and replaced them, all scrambled up, hoping she would not look down at the keyboard the next time she went to type.  How hilarious was this going to be when she went to type and instead of words, jibberish appeared on her screen!  I decided to test out my foolish prank by typing a sentence into a document to see what crazy text would come out.  Doh! It was then that I realized… it doesn’t matter what the letter on the key […]