Welcome to This Journey of Love

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  • Welcome to my world!

    I hope you’ll stay.

    Since Father’s love changed me

    I have something to say.

  • The One who loves me,

    See, He also loves you

    The things He’s done for me

    He will do for you, too.

  • So come with me

    As I follow the Lamb

    Wherever He goes.

    My life’s in His hand.

  • I trust Him and follow Him

    No matter the cost.

    Without His great love for me

    I would be lost.

  • The words that you find here

    I hope will breathe life.

    In each day and moment

    You’ll find His delight.

  • For surely His love for you

    Is greater than you know.

    Come with me now

    To His presence we’ll go.

    P.M.D.

  • Changed By Love and Still Changing

    York, Pennsylvania 2011

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    Katy, Texas 2012

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    Katy, TX 2013 Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2014

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2015

    Katy, TX – MKT Railroad Park Caboose and Depot, 2017

    Hi, I’m Penney Douglas. I have been married to my precious husband for 29 years. We have been exceedingly and abundantly blessed with 10 children. They all belong to me and my husband. And to think that I was afraid I would never get married! I got a late start, but I guess late bloomers can blossom profusely once they get started.

    I blog for several reasons. I like to keep a record of what we’re doing in our homeschooling and share ideas for other homeschoolers or moms who like to work and play with their kids. I try to encourage families to keep Christ first in their homes so they can be all that they were made to be. I want to help others to draw closer to God. I hope to glorify God and give Him praise for all that He does for us.

    I am constantly learning, changing and growing. Sometimes I feel like a beginner even though I’ve been a Christian since I was 4 years old and I’ve been homeschooling for about 19 years. And I’ve been living for __ years (long enough!).

    But the Lord has been faithful to keep me and my family on an upward climb drawing nearer to Him in spite of our weaknesses and mistakes.

    He has led us on a crooked path across the United States and back and then some. (From Ohio to Kansas City to Arizona to Colorado, back to Kansas City to Illinois to Pennsylvania and now to Texas!) We are still looking for that place to call home. We hope to find it before the oldest chicks are ready to fly from the nest! But our desire is that they land somewhere near us even when that time comes.

    We are believing God for miracles of provision. We have already seen many. We suffered the loss of our home almost 10 years ago. Now we live in a different state, and my husband is making more money than ever before. But the money is beside the point. What God did in each of our hearts, convincing us of His reality and His love for us, is worth more than all of the houses or money in the world. But now He has enabled us to help others in need, and we are grateful for the opportunity to bless others.

    Our children are truly gifts from God. They learn from us and teach us so much. I would never have known even a fraction of how much God loves me if I had never had the opportunity to be a mother to my precious children. They are teaching me even more as they grow in wisdom and understanding and we share together what the Lord is teaching us.

    Family was God’s idea. Marriage was His idea. God has good ideas. His ideas work.

    He wants our families to be training grounds for children (and adults) to learn His ways and right ways of relating to God and to people. We learn how to die to ourselves when others are dependent on us, and when we have to learn to get along with the people around us in order to experience peace and harmony. The rough edges are rubbed off as we care enough to be honest with each other and humble ourselves to receive correction even from those younger than ourselves.

    God created us because He wanted a family. That’s more than a trite saying. He created us in His image so that He could have sons and daughters that would look like Him, act like Him and love Him. He wanted to be a father.

    He created you so He could love you. Receive His love for you. Let Him be your Daddy.

    An Open Letter to the New Generation of Homeschoolers

    The second post on this page tells more about me and why I write this blog. If you’re a homeschooler, please read this post and do whatever you can to preserve our homeschool freedom in this nation.

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    I would like to challenge new homeschoolers to carry the torch of homeschooling without government interference. Please learn the history of homeschooling in the United States. Find out about what happens in other countries when people desire to teach their children at home so that they can impart their values to their children.
    See this story, for example. In most countries, they are persecuted and their children are taken away from them or forcibly taken to public school.

    We have the freedom to homeschool in every state in the United States – now. But it didn’t used to be that way. Chris Klicka and the wonderful people at HSLDA helped the early homeschool pioneers to fight to make it legal. Before that, people in the U.S. who felt that God was calling them to teach their children at home were treated just like those people in other countries are treated now. They were persecuted by truant officers. They were even thrown in jail. They had their children taken away from them. They had Children’s Services called on them. They had to hide in their homes and never go out during school hours, or they would get “caught” homeschooling. This was in the 1980’s and ’90’s. It wasn’t that long ago.

    There are books that tell some of these stories of the hard-fought battle to make homeschooling legal in America. One of these is Homeschool Heroes by Chris Klicka. There are interviews with early pioneers that tell of the harrowing experiences of being taken to court and threatened with jail time if they continued to educate their children at home. One that I know of is at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/watchtalk/2009/09/01/cultivating-your-childs-potential. This is an interview that Diana Waring did with Zan Tyler, who began homeschooling long before it was cool or accepted. The Lord led her into homeschooling and led her through the fire of legal battles and real threats to her freedom. Her stories are amazing and hard for us to believe in the atmosphere we live in now with the acceptance of homeschooling that we enjoy.

    But there are threats to our freedom to homeschool in the way that we feel led of the Lord. Many times there has been legislation brought up to try to regulate homeschooling. This has happened in state governments and even in the federal government. The homeschoolers of my generation knew that we were the beneficiaries of great sacrifice and work by the generation before us. Our local support groups and state organizations made sure that we knew that homeschooling is a privilege to be cherished. They told us to guard that freedom and not to be fooled by any attempts of the establishment to infringe upon our rights or to curtail them in any way.

    There have been several attempts to force homeschool parents to get a teaching certificate. Education falls under the auspices of state government, so the rules vary from state to state. Each of us needs to watch our state governments and see what legislation they are considering regarding our right to homeschool freely without any government interference. Each homeschool family should join HSLDA and keep track of legislation and threats to our freedom and cases where freedom is already being challenged by public schools and legislators. We all need to stand together.

    Please be vigilant about this precious right that we have and don’t hand anything to your local school district that is not required by the law of your state. Be careful and cherish homeschooling as the gift of God that it is.

    I linked this post at the BIG Family Friday Link Up at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling

    Live from Flat Rock! Marriage Retreat

    Live from Flat Rock NC, Hal & Melanie Young's Marriage Retreat

    Posted by Penney Hawkey Douglas on Saturday, October 20, 2018

    We had a great time this weekend! Gary and I attended a marriage retreat offered by Hal and Melanie from RaisingRealMen.com

    What Are You Feeding On?

    What are you Feeding on? Spiritually.

    Ask yourself these questions.

    What are you reading?

    What are you watching?

    What are you meditating on?

    What are you thinking about?

    You become like what you behold.

    Get rid of anything that comes between you and God.

    Matt. 12:33

    Either make the tree good and its fruit will be good or make the tree evil and its fruit will be evil for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

    Lev. 19:19

    God hates a mixture. You can’t serve God and the devil. Why is mixture dangerous? It divides people and causes confusion.

    1 Thessalonians 5:22

    Avoid even the appearance of evil.

    What are you feeding on?

    Posted by Changed By Love on Monday, September 24, 2018

    Prayer for the Highest Character

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    God, give us Your grace to love our enemies;

    The strength to rejoice in tribulation and trials;

    The perspective to be grateful in everything and possess the hope of God that never disappoints;

    The faith to move mountains;

    The determination to overcome evil with good;

    And the peace that surpasses understanding, which gives us the ability to sleep in the midst of the storm.

    Work in us to both will and do Your good pleasure.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    Prayer written by Shawn Douglas

    Hot New Testimonies: Journey of Fire

    Gary, Shawn, and I testified about God’s faithfulness during our Journey of Fire.

    We're back! Surprise! Gary, Penney, and Shawn sharing testimonies about God's faithfulness during our Journey of Fire.

    Posted by Penney Hawkey Douglas on Friday, September 7, 2018

     

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    Posted by Penney Hawkey Douglas on Friday, September 7, 2018

     

    The Woman Who Loved to Sing

    She told me she used to sit on the swing and sing about Jesus when she was 4 years old.

    I can just see her swinging and singing about Jesus at the top of her little lungs. Later, sitting on the porch swing watching a thunderstorm, singing about Jesus at the top of her full-grown woman lungs. These were some of her favorite things.

    She sure did love to sing.

    If we drove anywhere with her we sang. We sang in the car. We sang on the church bus. We sang on every trip. She always started a song, and we would sing along.

    She sang in church. And she wasn’t shy about it.

    I don’t think she was shy about anything.

    One thing’s for sure, she was bold. Not much scared her. You might say she had a lot of nerve.

    People always knew what she was thinking. She made sure of it. She had strong opinions, and she wasn’t afraid to voice them.

    Nobody wanted to cross her. Not even her kids. Her disapproval was palpable. You could feel it. I tried really hard to stay in agreement with her. It wasn’t worth it to express disagreement.

    But she was the first to volunteer if somebody needed help with something. She loved to be in the middle of a project with lots of people working together. Better yet, she liked to be in charge of said project. She knew how to get a thing done.

    If someone needed a ride somewhere, she would take them. If someone needed prayer, she prayed for them.

    She prayed for you like she was praying for herself. She loved to pray. She was known as a prayer warrior.

    She prayed as boldly as she sang and spoke and led.

    Even when times were the hardest she sat on the swing and sang to Jesus. And she prayed. If she knew you, she prayed for you. If you were related to her, she prayed for you even harder. Boldness also marked the way she prayed. When she prayed, you knew God was listening.

    That woman was my mother.

    And now she’s singing and praying from the best vantage point. She’s singing with the angels. And I bet she’s loving it.

    Mom, I can’t wait to come and sing harmony with you. You taught me to sing. You taught a lot of us how to harmonize.

    I bet you will teach me to sing some heavenly harmonies when I get there.

    Until then, I will do my best to carry on your legacy.

    And teach your grandchildren and great grandchildren about Jesus. And how to sing.