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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

    Mary Jo Peckham Park

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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

    Katy, TX – Heritage Park, 2020

    Hi, I’m Penney Douglas. I have been married to my precious husband for 33 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 (married at 25 and first child at 27), 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 25 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 16 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.

    Safe Haven News for October – It Feels Like Everything’s Fall-ing Apart

    Safe Haven News for October

    Dear Readers of Safe Haven,

    I hope you are holding onto hope!

    I heard from the Lord the other day: “Hope is not lost. Far from it! Your eyes have not seen, your ears have not heard, nor has it entered into your heart what I have prepared for you. Your hope is in Me . And I will never let you down.”

    I remember when He highlighted Romans 5:5 to me. He said to me personally that hope does not disappoint. So I took Him at His word and kept hoping. And the situation we were in at the time turned around completely. I mean completely! If you read my book, Refined By Fire, you’ll see what happened. It was a huge miracle! Okay, I’ll give you a hint. It involves a large sum of money from the last place we expected it to come from. Now go get my book and read the story! It will give you hope.
    https://amzn.to/3SwMov6

    If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free!

    The words the Lord gave me for this year were turnaround and release. We are waiting for the fulfillment of these words, but I know that it’s coming.

    It does look like everything’s falling apart, I admit. I see the markets failing. I see threats of nuclear war. I see inflation and food shortages that our own government is causing. Are they just stupid, or are they doing this on purpose? What do you think? They are doing it on purpose. Our leaders don’t care about what happens to us.

    But our God cares deeply about what happens to us. And He is making His moves to shake the kingdoms of this world. The evil rulers are coming down.

    It’s hard to cope with the fact that our own nation has been the bad guys. The CIA has started wars in other countries just to get control of their resources. Agencies that we thought were doing good things for our nation have actually been just taking money from us and pocketing it and spreading it out among their cronies. We all need to do some more research and find out what has really been happening in our government for the last 40 years or more. And what about that FBI? Thank God for the whistleblowers.

    Some people are still standing with Ukraine. They don’t understand the corruption that has taken place there with the Bidans and other elites from our country and others. There has been so much money laundering happening and who knows what else. The four regions that voted to go back to Russia are celebrating. They have been under attack by Kiev since 2014. The people there are happy. They are Russian, and they want to be under Russia’s auspices.

    And the pipeline. Do you really think Russia benefits from blowing up its own pipeline?

    They have worked really hard to make us hate Russia, but it’s starting to look like Russia is morally superior to the West.

    The talk of nuclear war is just to wake people up even more. A very rude awakening.

    Putin is pointing out that the US is the only one that has ever actually used nuclear weapons on people. I’m feeling more and more ashamed of our government and the military/industrial complex.

    I may lose my email provider, but I feel like I need to get this information to you. I don’t know if you’re hearing it anywhere else, but it’s not that easy to find.

    I believe God is revealing the deep and secret things. He’s opening the sealed book.

    The globalists’ idea of a reset is not going to happen. God’s idea of jubilee and debt forgiveness are happening even now. Do you know anyone who has had their mortgage or car loan paid off recently? It has happened. It is slowly rolling out, but it’s going to pick up speed in the coming months.

    Don’t let fear get a hold of you no matter what you see or hear. God has raised up a mighty army to carry out His plans, and they are working behind the scenes to change everything for us and for the nations of the world.

    There will be a reset. We need one. But it’s not the one the WEF is trying to accomplish. Nobody wants what they’re trying to force on us. If we own nothing, I can guarantee we are not going to be happy.

    And if you are concerned about the environment, no need to worry anymore. The White House has just appointed an ambassador for plants and animals. Yes, really. Oh yeah, she’s the wife of Bidan’s chief of staff.

    Let’s do what we can to save the children. Our own children and the ones who are victims of trafficking and other forms of abuse. Children are being exposed to such depravity, and even their parents are involved in it. They are even taking their children to gender clinics and ruining the lives of young girls, mostly. In schools some teachers are telling them to be nice to pedophiles. Just call them minor attracted persons. What is the agenda here?

    For the children’s sake, we must speak out. The schools are not safe for children.

    I think homeschooling is the best option, but if you really can’t do it, then please find some place besides the public schools.

    Speaking of homeschooling, here’s a post I wrote about why Spirit-filled parents should homeschool their children.

    https://www.penneydouglas.com/2016/06/10/why-spirit-filled-parents-should-homeschool-their-children/

    And here’s a post about an effective way to homeschool your children.

    https://www.penneydouglas.com/2019/01/26/give-them-time-to-learn-and-freedom-to-do-it-their-way/

    And one more to help with getting your kids to do their work without a fight.

    https://www.penneydouglas.com/2022/07/06/how-to-get-your-kids-to-do-their-work-without-a-fight/

    And if you need some prayer power for those days when homeschooling is feeling too hard, here’s a book full of powerful prayers to transform your homeschool, or at least your homeschool day.

    https://amzn.to/3M5WX6c

    If you’re looking for journals for your kids, I’ve got several for you to choose from. I just wrote a Gratitude and Listening Prayer Journal.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BGDB1SG2

    And I have a Copywork journal, a reader’s journal, a writer’s journal, and some narration journals.

    You can find them here:

    https://amazon.com/author/safehavenhomeschooling

    I pray that God blesses each one of you. I pray that your peace remains in Him no matter what the circumstances look like. God has it all under control, and God wins. For Narnia lovers, Aslan is on the move!

    Be bold and full of faith,

    Penney Douglas
    Safe Haven Homeschooling

    https://penneydouglas.com
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    Copyright © 2022 Safe Haven Homeschooling, All rights reserved.

    How to Get Your Homeschool Year Off to a Good Start

    Hello Safe Haven Family,

    I was just sitting here thinking about all of you, and I decided to share a post from my blog about getting your homeschool off to a good start.

    Here are 10 steps to setting the right tone in your home to homeschool successfully.

    1. First of all, it helps to start with the right mindset. We are homeschooling, not doing school at home. I call it “Family Schooling”. We are learning how to do life well. The most important thing we as Christians should do is pray about our agenda and plans. Ask the Lord what He would have us do. He knows our children better than anybody. He knows what they need. Take some time to ask Him and some more time to listen to what He might say about what your children need to learn today.
    2. If you are brand new and your child is doing preschool, let them play! If your child is only 3 or 4, you probably don’t need a curriculum. Read some good picture books to him/her. Let the child lead you in what he wants to do. If he doesn’t have something in mind, offer some choices, such as coloring, playing with play dough, playing with magnetic letters, singing the ABC song, counting teddy bears or something colorful, watching something educational. If your child is a boy, he may not want to write anything. Girls are more likely to want to try to draw something or write letters or numbers. If she wants to write, start teaching her to write her name and names of family members. Keep it informal and light with no pressure or expectations of perfection. At this age, just let him have fun trying new things and exploring the media, such as colored pencils, crayons, markers, paint, clay, etc. Don’t expect professional looking pictures or products. Show appreciation for anything they make. Realize that all of these skills are difficult and unfamiliar for your little one. If you have a hard time remembering what it’s like to learn something new, try this little exercise. Write a sentence with the opposite hand from what you’re used to using. If you’re right-handed, use your left hand or vice versa. Then you will be able to relate to the effort your child is putting into learning new skills that you are trying to teach them. Lots of things that they play are using their fine motor skills, like pushing a small car around, building with blocks, coloring or drawing, putting a puzzle together, etc. And cleaning up can also use fine motor skills, such as putting crayons or colored pencils back in a box or putting any toys in a container, etc. Cutting and gluing is fun for them and helps with developing fine motor skills, too.
    3. Remember that boys are different from girls. All children are different from each other, but we can make some generalizations that can help us to not expect things that make learning time a chore and drudgery instead of enjoying the process of discovery and experimentation. Don’t expect boys to want to color or draw or do craft projects. You can try some and see how he reacts. If he likes  them go ahead and do more. But if he wants to get down on the floor and play with cars and build with blocks, encourage creativity and storytelling as  he plays with them. Let him have lots of time for free play. But you might want to ask him what he is building or what he is playing with his cars or action figures.
    4. For many boys, handwriting is extremely difficult and even painful. They sometimes squeeze the pencil too hard. Boys may have a difficult time making the figures go where they want them to go on the page. They may struggle to make a letter look the way they want it to. So don’t push. If you micromanage the early days of handwriting, you may set your son up to hate handwriting. Then the skill and practice is even more distasteful and unpleasant for both of you. Wait until he is ready and his fine motor skills are more developed. This may be months or even years. Start out doing small bits of writing such as teaching  him how to write his name and names of family members and familiar small words.
    5. Don’t hover, push or micromanage the work your child is doing. Make sure he understands what he is supposed to do, and then step away and let him do it on his own. Stay nearby in case he needs help, but let him make the learning and practicing the new skill his own.
    6. Do take advantage of teachable moments. If your child asks a question, explore it with her and see if there is an extension of that subject that would be of interest to her and add to her pool of knowledge. If you don’t know the answer to the question, sit down with your child and do research on the internet to find the answer.
    7. Don’t think that you are behind. Don’t compare what your child is doing with what another child is doing. It’s okay to get ideas of things to try, but don’t be dismayed if your child is not ready for that skill or subject yet. The only people you have to please or be accountable to are yourself and God.
    8. Remember what is important in this process. The big picture is that we are teaching our children to be loving, kind people of good character. When issues like disobedience, anger, rebellion, impatience or even perfectionism arise, we need to deal with these issues before we move onto actually accomplishing the book work or project that he is working on. We need to be careful of our own attitude while dealing with these attitudes in our child. Remember to be patient and kind and in control of your own emotions. Don’t take it personally if he doesn’t want to do the work or he doesn’t like the subject or he finds it difficult. Sometimes you may need to put the school work on hold while you talk to your child or just hold and hug and snuggle him. Always pray for wisdom, understanding and discernment to know what is going on in the heart and mind of your child.
    9. Keep the main thing the main thing. Your relationship with your child is more important than finishing school work or learning a new skill. If she has a difficult time with the assigned work or cannot seem to grasp a new concept, she may not be ready for it yet. Put it aside until later. Then come back to it later on and try it again. Keep the heart of your child. Or if you have lost connection with your child, use this time with her to show your love and affection toward your child to get her heart back.
    10. As your children interact with siblings and other children, watch the way they relate to others. Children tend to be immature and selfish. Help them learn to be less selfish and gradually more mature. This can be a very long process and take many times of intervention and correction and teaching and discussion. You may even need to role play how they should deal with situations that come up during play times. This requires lots of patience on your part and the willingness to step away from things you would rather do. It is not the most pleasant part of parenting, but it needs to be done and is one of the most important parts of homeschooling.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I hope these tips help you get off on the right foot or help you have the best year yet. The most important thing is that we let the Spirit lead us. Then we know that we are doing the best we can for each child the Lord has blessed us with. I pray that God blesses each of your homeschools and families this year.

     

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    Happy Family Schooling

    From our family to yours!

    Safe Haven Homeschool Newsletter for September

    Greetings Safe Haven Family!

    Happy September! 

    How are you all doing? Are you feeling happy because the temperatures will be getting more reasonable soon, depending on where you live? Or are you looking forward to the changing colors of autumn? Or are you struggling with the idea of starting it all over again – the school year, the routine, the attempts to bring order to the chaos that sometimes result in anger and resentment in you and your kids?

    Or is it a combination of emotions that you’re experiencing – some good, some bad, some ugly.

    The economy is certainly causing fear and doubt in the minds of many. The culture war appears to be going poorly for those of us who believe in biblical values and morality.

    But remember that as darkness gets darker, the light shines brighter. The drag shows for children are shining a light on the level of depravity that popular culture has sunk to and the truth that people can get used to anything and start to accept perversion as normal and tolerate destructive behaviors in the name of being virtuous.

    Also remember that God is in control. And He has spoken good things over His people. He gives us a future and a hope. He is coming to our rescue.

    In your homeschooling, in your family life, in your finances, in your relationships, God has solutions for every problem. He is aware of what is happening with you. He is concerned about what concerns you.

    I pray that you will see God during this time and feel His arms surrounding you. I hope that you will spend time with Him in two-way journaling and listening prayer and hear His voice. He will speak to you in these quiet times and give you solutions, wisdom, direction, and peace that passes understanding. He may give you strategies and ideas and inventions that you never thought of before. Make time to be with Him to unburden your heart to Him and to listen to what He says back to you. Then write down what He says.

    Teach your children to do this, too. My oldest son and his wife do two-way journaling every day. They are thriving spiritually and relationally because of it. I have seen a transformation in them since they started this practice.

    I like to get out in nature to spend time with God. I feel more connected with Him as I admire His beautiful Creation. My kids are very observant of nature, too, and know a lot about different plants and animals. They see a new specimen of plant or animal or cloud or whatever and then go look it up. I think this is the best form of learning.

    I try to make learning fun and meaningful. If they are interested in something, I encourage them to learn more about it. I provide books and classes and technology they need to research for themselves. I also make sure to point them toward the Creator of all of these fascinating things.

    My kids have thrived with this kind of education. They are curious. They love to learn. They have become lifelong learners.

    No matter what is happening in the world, God is still on the throne. None of this takes Him by surprise. We can take our burdens and cares to Him knowing that He hears us and will answer our prayers. He is the only one who can turn things around. And I see signs everywhere that He is using people all over the world to expose evil and mete out justice to the perpetrators.

    The illegal raid on Mar-a-Lago is being exposed as a political hit by the FBI and the fake president, who claims he knew nothing about it. But the story behind the story is that this whole thing will come back to bite them. The American people are seeing how corrupt and dishonest Bidan is (misspelling on purpose). The FBI and the DOJ are being exposed. And legal precedent is being set that will allow the classified documents that other former presidents took with them to be seized and inspected. Just imagine what will come from that! HiIlary’s 33,000 emails, Uranium 1, the impeachment hoax, etc.

    They didn’t mention finding anything about “nuclear secrets” that they feared he might have. It may have had something to do with the DOJ wanting information about Trump’s dismantling Obama’s Iran nuke deal. Paul Sperry says on Telegram: “Who would be most interested in securing that information? The architect of the Obama deal who’s now busy in the West Wing hammering out another sweetheart deal for Iran: Jake Sullivan. He is Bidan’s national security adviser. Who is Sullivan’s spouse? The counselor (top aide) to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who personally ordered the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate to allegedly find and seize “nuclear secrets.” His aide’s name is Maggie Goodlander. Coincidence? Don’t bet on it.”

    The American people are awake now as are millions of people around the world. They are not letting the status quo continue in their governments. They are protesting and forbidding their leaders to keep stealing and laundering money and raising taxes over false narratives like climate change (or whatever they’re calling it this week). The globalist agenda is being called out for what it is, and the people of the world are uniting behind a different agenda. One called, “Get rid of the globalist elites”.

    If you are looking for good sources of information (truth) for yourself and your kids, here are two sources that I highly recommend.

    Prager U
    and
    Theresa Griffith at Someone Believes in You.

    There are lots of other good sources, but I’ll just give you those two for now.

    If you want to know of some others, hit reply and I’ll send you some more of my favorite sources of true news.

    And if you need prayer, hit reply and tell me how I can pray for you.

    Which reminds me, I have a Facebook group called “How Can I Pray for You?” If you’re there on Facebook, please join us there. We would love to pray for you.

    Lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh! Luke 21:28.

    This is a good thing. It’s called REDEMPTION. So don’t fear. He is near.

    Resting safely in His arms,

    Penney Douglas, B. S. in Ed.
    Safe Haven Homeschooling

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    Psalm 107:30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and He brought them to their desired haven.

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    Teens Unleashed: A Book Review

     

    If you have teens and you homeschool, or if you have pre-teens and want to be prepared for the teen years, this book is for you! You don’t even necessarily have to homeschool to glean a lot from this book.

    The author describes how she went from trying to control everything her kids did in their homeschool program to letting go of control and allowing them more autonomy. She realized that her requirements of her children were based on her fears and lack of understanding. She said, “They were all templates that just did not take my kids’ needs, learning styles, interests, and natural talents into account.”

     

    She talks a lot about unschooling, but this book is good for all homeschool parents (actually all parents) because she also talks a lot about parenting and getting to know our kids. She also emphasizes freedom and exposing our kids to all kinds of experiences. She encourages us to discover the passions of our children.

     

    And a great quote from her to describe her role as a facilitator instead of a teacher is,

     

    “Like a band instructor, I don’t play the instrument for my kids. I show them how to play their own instrument.” 

     

    And speaking of quotes, she has included many great quotes from educators and experts on unschooling and on best educational practices. People like Peter Gray, Charlotte Mason, and John Holt. 

    If you are looking for a book to help you motivate your teens to develop their skills and discover their passions, this is the book you’re looking for.

    You can find it here.

    I hope you find this helpful!

    Penney Douglas, B. S. in Ed.

    Safe Haven Homeschooling

    How to Get Your Kids to Do Their Work Without a Fight

     

    HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO DO THEIR WORK WITHOUT A FIGHT

    It starts with relationship. We need to build relationship with each of our children. We need to spend time with each one getting to know them. We need to win their hearts, tie heartstrings, through the way we treat them, the things we do for them, the things we do with them, etc. We need to make sure they know how much we love them.

    Then from there, we can lead them to the Lord. If they see us as kind, loving parents, they will be more likely to see God that way. As they grow in maturity and in their personal relationship with God, they will desire to please Him, and that will transfer over to pleasing their parents. We teach them what the Bible says about how children can please God. Children, obey your parents. Honor your father and mother. We teach them the commandments, and their behavior and attitudes start to line up with the Word of God.

    This leads to our children wanting to obey, for this is right. So when we ask them to do their schoolwork, they are more willing to do it, out of obedience.

    Now, we need to do our best to make the work as pleasant as possible and make sure that what we’re requiring of them is truly beneficial to them. We should not give them busywork. We should not load them down with more work than they are really capable of doing. We should think about how we would feel if we had the assignment that we are giving to our child. We should focus on real-life learning.

    We should make sure the skills are taught when they are ready to learn them. We should make learning a lifestyle so that it is natural and not forced.

    Homeschooling shouldn’t be difficult or tedious. Make learning an adventure. Get excited about the topics that your children are exploring. Find out what they’re interested in and provide materials and resources for them to go deep into the topic.

    If they are studying and reporting on a topic that really interests and excites them, they are not going to fight you about doing it.
    So build a strong relationship with your kids and make learning an adventure, and you will not have to fight your kids to get them to do their schoolwork.

    This post was first written for my Facebook Page called Kingdom Homeschool Mom

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