Sunday, October 31, 2010

Completely Done

We sang this song at church today.  So encouraging to my soul.
What He does is complete!

What reason have I to doubt

Why would I dwell in fear
When all I have known is grace
My future in Christ is clear

My sins have been paid in full
There’s no condemnation here
I live in the good of this
My Father has brought me near
I’m leaving my fears behind me now

The old is gone, the new has come
What You complete is completely done
We’re heirs with Christ, the victory won
What You complete is completely done

I don’t know what lies ahead
What if I fail again
You are my confidence
You’ll keep me to the end
I’m leaving my fears behind me now

© 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Soul Not The Sore

I came across the below quote in my reading today. I have read it in the past and I will say it is one of THE most important bits of truth I have begun to apply when caring for hurting, grieving and discouraged people. We are sinners and we all go there at one time or another. We can be far to quick to speak and correct when we need to discern and listen. I know I have been guilty of this myself.

Knowing what is wind is a gift. I am so thankful for those in my life who have let the wind blow in my life knowing it was my sore and not my soul. You know someone really knows you when they can tell the difference. Thanks for taking the time to read this, you won't be sorry you did.

Job 6:26

Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind?

In grief and pain and despair people often say things they otherwise would not say. They paint reality with darker strokes than they will paint it tomorrow when the sun comes up. They sing in minor keys and talk as though that is the only music. They see clouds only and speak as if there were no sky.

They say, “Where is God?” Or: “There is no use to go on.” Or: “Nothing makes any sense.” Or: There’s no hope for me.” Or: “If God were good this couldn’t have happened.”

What shall we do with these words?

Job says that we do not need to reprove them. These words are wind, or literally “for the wind.” They will be quickly blown away. There will come a turn in circumstances and the despairing person will waken from the dark night and regret hasty words.

Therefore, the point is, let us not spend our time and energy reproving such words. They will be blown away of themselves on the wind. One need not clip the leaves in autumn. It is a wasted effort. They will soon blow off of themselves.

O how quickly we are given to defending God, or sometimes the truth, from words that are only for the wind. If we had discernment we could tell the difference between the words with roots and the words blowing in the wind.

There are words with roots in deep error and deep evil. But not all grey words get their color from a black heart. Some are colored mainly by the pain, the despair. What you hear is not the deepest thing within. There is something real within where they come from. But it is temporary—like a passing infection—real, painful, but not the true person.

Let us learn to discern whether the words spoken against us or against God or against the truth are merely for the wind—spoken not from the soul, but from the sore. If they are for the wind, let us wait in silence and not reprove. Restoring the soul not reproving the sore is the aim of our love.

Learning to listen to the soul,

Pastor John

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Danger Zone

I discovered this (Thanks Em).

Free shipping....oh boy, this could be dangerous.

Good thing there is a budget...or is there?

Have a good weekend.
I am away this weekend...see ya next week.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Staying In Today

I read this article this morning and wanted to pass it on.

Definitely having some long days around here and found this to be very encouraging.

He provides all that is needed for life and godliness.

Just today, Sandi.

She learned to stick with the biblical principle of not worrying about tomorrow since today has enough trouble of its own. "The pressure of the future and the things that have to be done in two hours or by the end of the week is almost too much with someone like Lacey in your house," Peggy says. Therefore, she trained herself to isolate the hour she was in, the hour when she was holding her daughter or taking her for a walk. She learned to ask herself, "Is there anything so bad in that hour that you can't deal with it?" She discovered there never was. "The more and more you stay in the day, the more and more you realize God works it all out anyway, and you get better at staying in the day.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Compassion Sponsorship

If you ever wonder if sponsoring a Compassion child makes an impact watch the video in this post.

The rejoicing and gratefulness brought me to tears...... all provided for with what we spend at Starbucks in a few weeks time.

And not to mention the letters and relationship that comes with it.

What a blessing!

What a privilege!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Being Stirred

God has been working on my heart in SO many ways. A crash course in actually living grace instead of simply reading and talking about it has started me on a journey. It is a road that is unfamiliar to me yet one that was planted long ago as a child longing to adopt from Africa. I am excited and terrified all at the same time. I don't like the unknown...left to myself I like to control my world. Fortunately, I am not left to myself. God has a plan and a story he is weaving...the BIG story and my little story. It all works together for my good and His glory.

I REALLY want to live the gospel. Not just learn about it, talk about it, listen to it and then discuss it. I want more!  I don't want to just know how it applies to does it make a difference in the world, in other peoples lives. Don't get me wrong....we need to learn and understand truth and apply it to ourselves before we can effect others but how long do we take to do that? When do we take what we know, what we have been so generously given and give it away...possibly at great cost to ourselves?

Now, before you think I am on some high horse, think again. I am terrified. I have a few ideas of what God may be asking me/us to do but not totally yet. I am tired of living for myself. This life has been bought with a price. I want to live by pouring that grace received out for Him, not so I can be comfortable, successful, well taught and happy. There is SO much more.

Some reading that has effected me lately...

Coming Home
A Song Almost Heard
When Your Dying to Live Radical

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Rest of Our year

So enjoying the fall weather that (finally) has arrived. We walked to the library today in drizzle. I love a brisk walk in crisp cool air. This week is our break week. One of the best things I have come to do in my home educating year is taking every 7th or 8th week off. We still continued on with our geography studies and What In the World but dropped everything else. We played scrabble, speed, read more together, did a few organization projects and like today walked to the library at our leisure. I have come to understand the breaks are more for me then the kids even though they enjoy them too. I have to break up the constant routine and have a spontaneous week once in while. It helps me stay the course the other 6 weeks or so. I am finding that the break in routine isn't best for all of us :o). But am trying to find ways to make it work for all of us. I have continued doing basic math and language with Ike as it helps make the transition back to full work load easier. We will return full force until our Christmas break in December.

It has been more intense then normal due to starting a therapy program for Isaac. The process itself has been a learning curve, one that has been very time consuming. It is likened to running a small business. There is interviewing and hiring (and firing if need be) people. There is budgeting, paperwork, scheduling and paying people and it is all on top of daily homeschooling and everyday life. This is definitely not my comfort zone but I couldn't be more grateful for the funding we receive which translates into help for my boy. We truly are thankful to have the means to give him what he needs. I am also grateful for the people God has provided to work with my son. I feel His care in this big time! The program hasn't officially started yet. We are still in the development and training stage. Hopefully we will be in full motion by mid November. I can't help thinking what life will look like this time next year after a full year of help.

I wanted to finish posting our curriculum for this year. Above are the resources we are using for geography and socials. I am so enjoying Ann's word pictures, analogies and weaving of scripture into every fascinating part of God's creation as we learn geography. We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves. What in the World brings current events into our home on an age appropriate level while teaching great thinking skills. I have chosen not to do world history this year. We finished the four year cycle last year and I wanted a break before starting over with the ancients.

On the math front we are using Teaching Textbooks 6 and Life of Fred for Journey. I am using Horizons 1 and Singapore 1 for Isaac. Both of these tend to be on the advanced side, so though he is grade 2 this year I wanted to make sure the foundation was strong. We tried Right Start last year and it bombed for us. It was a good program in so many ways though very teacher intensive. Isaac was distracted and annoyed by all the manipulatives. The games portion is fantastic though.

After we finish with Ann's geography by Christmas break, we then will start Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology. We have purchased the journal that goes with it and are looking forward to do this starting in January.

We are also learning French this year. We are having fun with this little story based phonics program.

I think that sums up our learning resources this year. Whew...been wanting to finish this for awhile now.

Now... on to more weighty thoughts next time.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Equal Gratitude

Started to read Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman this week. This one quote has stuck with me. I can't seem to stop thinking about it and the desire it stirs in my heart.

"Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude"

Simone Weil

Let my gratitude be equal...oh God!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Guess Who is Two?

October 7th is a blessed day in this house.

We were told we were done having kids.


Miracle baby above.

He brings such joy with....

his smiles

his  belly laughs

playing shy and covering his eyes

his dinosaur roars

how he says "woah" when excited

those red blonde curls behind ears

chubby checks that bounce when he runs

jogging everywhere he goes

awesome dance moves and great rhythm

Happy Birthday Eli Boy!

There will be much celebrating in our house today.