Author: Dara Halydier

Dara Halydier is a pastor’s wife, a Bible teacher, a conference and retreat speaker, a mentor, a friend, and the mother of 5 grown boys! She homeschooled for 21 wonderful years is now encouraging other homeschooling families by speaking across the nation at homeschool conferences.
Energizing Exercise

Energizing Exercise

Discipline. Don’t you just cringe when you hear that word? This is not the punishment of acts committed, although sometimes it feels that way! This is the continual practice of good choices that over time changes our bodies, our minds, and our spirits.1 Tim. 4:7-8 says, “But have nothing to do…

It’s Coming! Old Age

It’s Coming! Old Age

I’m dying my hair this morning. The gray is overtaking the brown quicker and quicker. I’m plucking gray hairs from my eyebrows. I’m getting old. When did this happen! Like many things, age sneaks up on us one day at a time. Big events mark our years – birthdays, anniversaries,…

I Want

I Want

I want to play this game. I want ice cream. I want to go first. My three year old granddaughter, Hannah, has a sweet heart, but was driving me insane with the “I wants”. I began telling her that I couldn’t hear the words, “I want”. If she wanted something,…

Doing It All

Doing It All

Phil. 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” This verse has helped all of us get through a tough time or a tough day. Jesus is our strength in all that He desires for us to do. But I used to read this verse all wrong….

Expectations

Expectations

You are a twenty-first century woman. Most of us carry a part or full-time job as well as the laundry, cooking, ministry, kids, husbands, maybe parents with failing health, and some homeschool. It’s a busy time. Expectations. They can bring us agony, disapproval, self-accusation, and feelings of failure. We measure…

Abide in Him

Abide in Him

“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in…

We Need Each Other

We Need Each Other

Two towns. Two churches. I lived in the first town and was a member of a church there for seven years. I taught Bible study, sang in the choir, was a mentor for the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program, and helped with seasonal events. I had two surgeries and moved…

Changes

Changes

Changes. My in-laws moved from Texas to Kansas into our basement apartment. We are so glad to have them closer. But change is hard on them and on us as we figure out what our relationships will look like and how we can serve one another without getting into each…

ACT AS IF

ACT AS IF

God’s word is clear. If you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, then you are saved; you are a prince or princess – a son or daughter of the King of Kings; you are fearfully and wonderfully made; you are no longer in bondage to sin and…