A New Planner for You

I recently completed a 91 day “Let’s Get Organized” challenge which was facilitated by professional organizer Mary Johanson of the Mary Organizes blog. Mary has a true gift for getting people motivated to roll up their sleeves while simultaneously helping them pinpoint exactly where to apply a little elbow grease to bring life under control. As a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 kids, ages 2 to 18, I usually hit the ground running in the morning and don’t stop {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

The Goal and Purpose of Prayer

* This post contains affiliate links. Note: The following is adapted from Richard Baxter’s Practical Religion, chapter 23. Richard Baxter was a prolific writer and a prominent pastor in the 1600s.  The Practical Works of Richard Baxter is a treasure trove of almost 1,000 pages, covering many useful topics relating to Christian living. Make sure you understand the goal and purpose of prayer. Some think that prayer is trying to get God to change and become willing to do something he was formerly {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Tips for Prayer: Guard your Heart

Note: Tips for Prayer is adapted from Richard Baxter’s Practical Religion, Chapter 23. Richard Baxter was a prolific writer and a prominent pastor in the 1600s.  The Practical Works of Richard Baxter is a treasure trove of almost 1,000 pages, covering many useful topics relating to Christian living. Hate hypocrisy.  Do not love sin, while seeming to pray against it.  Truly desire the grace for which you ask. Do not be like those lazy wishers that pray to God for an increase {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Favorite Christmas Gingerbread

My family’s favorite Christmas gingerbread can be eaten as a snack, dessert, or even as a yummy breakfast treat! Spray an 8 x 8 pan with non-stick coating. Preheat oven to 35oF. Mix together: 1 stick softened butter 2 eggs 1/2 cup unsweetened yogurt or sour cream 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup molasses 1 cup applesauce 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ginger Pour into {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Better Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats

When I began my quest to break away from the cold cereal rut, oatmeal was a natural choice.  I started my family out with unsweetened instant oatmeal, adding a little bit of cinnamon and all-natural applesauce to taste. This was healthier than the instant flavored oatmeal that they preferred, but I am trying to get away from so many processed foods and instant oatmeal is highly processed.  I noticed that they didn’t have the “staying power” that I was looking {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Tips for Prayer: Pray According to God’s Will

Be sure you pray for nothing that is disagreeable to the Will of God, or that is not for the good of yourself or others, or for the honor of God. Be careful that poor judgment, or carnal desires, or passions do not corrupt your prayers and turn them into sin. Be especially careful that your judgments and desires be sound and holy before you offer them up to God in prayer. For it is a most vile abuse of {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Ten tips for getting the most out of your Bible reading

Note: These ten tips for getting the most out of your Bible reading are adapted from Richard Baxter’s Practical Religion, chapter 20. Richard Baxter was a prolific writer and a prominent pastor in the 1600s.  The Practical Works of Richard Baxter is a treasure trove of almost 1,000 pages in length, covering all manner of useful topics relating to Christian living. 1) When you read the Bible, do not come to it with an evil, unbelieving heart.  Do not read {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Understanding Prayer

  Reading God’s Story Schedule today, 8/23/13: Jeremiah 45-48. 8/24/13: Jeremiah 40-50. 8/25/13: Jeremiah 51. Join hosts Page and Cindy on Facebook where we are discussing today’s reading. Everyone is invited to join by clicking the ‘Join Group’ button. We have 600+ women reading the Bible through together! Join us and invite your friends too! ; About Molly EvertWriter Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Plum cake

When my husband and I were missionaries in Hungary we simply adored eating Hungarian plum tart.  I found this recipe last year which uses American ingredients.  I tweaked it a bit to make it healthier, reducing the sugar and using whole wheat flour. I was happy to be able to share this old favorite with my kids, and they love it, too!  It’s sweet enough for a dessert, but with my healthier version, I feel perfectly justified serving it for {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

The Perils of Pinterest

I wrote a post about how to use the social media image-driven website Pinterest in 2011, shortly after the site went public.  At that time I wasn’t aware the risks Pinterest poses for our children. Pinterest users create virtual bulletin boards and pin anything they want to from the internet.  People pin everything from recipes to decorating ideas. You can even pin this post if you find it helpful! There are some real dangers inherent with Pinterest, especially when it {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).