Life as a Christian is a life complete. Perfect. Don't hear me say "no problems, perfectly happy, idyllic .."
Monday, December 26, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Yesterday one of the children noticed that our favourite tree, a Liquid Amber Tree, has started to change colour just here and there and to drop leaves! Autumn! Praise God!
I adore this season but then again, I love the change in seasons in general. I am so grateful how I'm ready for the next season and that no matter how hot, cold, wet or dry the season we are in, there is the promise from God's Word that the seasons will continue and not stop until He comes again! What hope, joy and peace that fills me with today.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Our school morning was a good one. Jedidiah turning 10 this year is settling down nicely to be able to work and understand so much more independently this year. He is pleased with himself too which enables a very confident and contented work table time! As always, the pets love the morning routine also. Sophie lays at or on my feet each day. If I move to get a glass of water so does she and so on ....
This year we are focussing more on unit study work each alternate week. This week Phoebe is studying the history of written music and Emmeline has completed a unit on Canines. We use good books, authorised internet sites and prepared unit studies were available. The girls are able to read, learn, structure reports and illustrate their subjects. It's fantastic to see them delving into a subject and gleaning and writing what they learn - all the while in a quiet and peaceful environment. Homeschooling is not for all, I thank God He enabled me to do it. It's the first thing to go out the door when troubles hit but I've come to know to hold off criticism, think on the issues, pray and seek the Lord for wisdom. Each time He shows me Homeschooling isn't the problem, I am.
This is Mittens. He puts himself in the closest school basket and camps there the entire morning. Funny cat. As a book is completed for the morning it is piled on top of him .. he doesn't move.
Monday, February 1, 2016
We have started our new school year today. This year marks 17 years of homeschooling for me. I have graduated three students and am grateful that they all went on to tertiary study and full time employment in Nursing, I.T and Hospitality. This morning my three "littles" begin Level 4, 6 and 7 respectively!
It's always nice to have had a break and to recharge, get in new pens and pencils, books and folders and dive back in for a new year.
By the end of each year all finished books are filed and school reports generated and grades noted for each child. I like to do this to keep me interested and abreast of how each child is coping and tracking. If I'm going to take the responsibility of their education I should do a good job! It always encourages me in doing this because I see just what they have accomplished throughout the year and so does Mathew. I've simplified the work boxes for this year. Easy go to storage space in our former library area - now a make shift bedroom.
This morning I found hard to motivate me but one thing at a time and I found my feet. This is my laundry room in full swing with a pile for everything and all things ready and waiting for their next action. This is OK with me. It's never ALL done but it's in a priority pile and being processed.
Oh, and my trust crockpot - love it so much! - is on and smelling fine. This year sees two of the children begin a weekly activity outside our home. Tonight is one of those. We need to eat by 5 and be out of the house by 6 at the very latest. Pressure! Just one or two little things pre-arranged will help and make all the difference.
Jedidiah had a very difficult start back - problems obeying ..... however we handled that with loads of contemplative time ..... and finally got the wheels rolling only to later apologise to Mum for his behaviour this morning and then proceed to set off for a record morning of reading and painting and writing. Thank God!
These children are just that, children. Homeschooling doesn't make them perfect but it does, with God's grace and forgiveness daily, enable us to make close relationships with them and therefore in times of conflict have those conversations with them and that influence over them.
This classic verse so often used is a promise to me. Reason for my hope.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Friday, January 8, 2016
You know, you pray for a child, you have them, you raise and nurture them day by day by day, you believe in godly parenting and motherhood and fatherhood, in marriage and the family unit, you believe in Biblical submission to a loving Husband.
More than that, you preach it to all those watching, those that may ask - although precious few want to know - you really live and breath and honestly come to think you are on the right road. Not because of our efforts although they are real but because of God's promises in the Bible, His Word to me about my children and family.
Then the season comes when that child wants more than the home and life they have lived. They rightly or wrongly want to stretch their wings and because of how they've been raised there is no fear of the world or understanding of the dangers of certain decisions. There is little suspicion of others' motives or life's turns. An innocence that could set them up to be vulnerable.
Raised with unconditional love, acceptance and all the right insulation to weather life's storms, yet a tenderness to be protected, prepared and provided for at this later stage in their lives.
Wasn't it meant to be the hard work when they were babies, then toddlers? Yes, then too. This motherhood, it's a marathon not a sprint. I'm getting that today ..
Yeah. Amen to that. Because God told me that didn't He, only I wasn't listening as keenly as today. It didn't mean as much to me as it does today. His living Word. Every day it is new, relevant and able to encourage, rebuke, discipline and comfort me.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 3:16
Some days it is a wearisome journey. Would I have it any other way, do things differently, yes and no. Each child is different! I'm learning too. We are all learning about ourselves before our great God. The important thing for me to remember is "this too shall come to pass". To "keep on" and "pressing toward the mark".
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
This gives me much comfort. Some days as mother I wonder at how and if I have made a difference, am making a difference. Then I'll spy a child doing their chores when no one is watching and no one has reminded them. I'll spy two teen girls playing and giggling together in complete friendship while an hour ago they were bickering to my distraction. My son will text me and keep on texting me telling me about his day, sending a picture to me that he knows I'll like.
Then I see God's hand moving and shaping us all. I feel His comfort and His understanding and I feel brave again that "this too shall come to pass" and that He has us and me in the palm of His hands. That no matter the storms of life, we are in His hands and we can have peace in knowing that.
That I can be still and know He is God.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
As the world around us including the christian church waxes and wanes, where knowledge and wisdom is flying out the politically correct door faster than ever before, it seems all too hard to keep ourselves and those around us focussed on the person of Christ Jesus.
We thank God daily for our faith and the knowledge He has gifted us with, the ability to understand and to obey His Word. Continually around us we see decay and change. It's difficult to focus some days yet we do. In day by day Bible reading, prayer and supplication (asking) we seek to continually sit at His feet to do His will, to obey and to be pleasing to Him. Not because we have to but because we want to.
Change and decay in all around I see,
help of the helpless O' abide with me.
Once we were apart of a community that prided itself on outward appearances in all manner of ways as a temperature gauge for our faith. They would deny it yet their actions spoke clearer than their protestations. Now we are surrounded with almost the opposite problem. Outward doesn't matter and our lazy, sinful selves are indulged and even apologised for. Just this past week I heard "aim lower", "ask God to forgive you for being too hard on yourself .."
If I'm confused and dismayed how much more those of little faith, yet faith indeed, and those who are "seekers" that is, they walk into church for the first time or are sometime comers just lurking at the corners of Christianity?
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
God takes Himself very seriously. He is love and He is truth. There is judgement. It matters what you believe. It matters who you say Jesus Christ is. We can't have it all ways as we seem to want it.
Notice there because I did, Jesus didn't worry so much what others said about who He was, He said "but who do you say I Am".
So who do you say He is. It matters.
It's so rare to have this taught and spelled out and to be led through His Word the Bible on this issue and all that comes from this central truth. The sadness that is the watered down christian church, strong words yet we are just fodder to this depraved, fallen world.
Jesus knew didn't He. He said "I will never leave or forsake you". Over the years of homeschooling and conservative faith we have oftentimes been criticised for isolating ourselves and our children so that "when they get into the real world they won't cope". Firstly the real world is living one day at a time with the Creator Himself, the one true God. Secondly, not living and knowing the truth would make it even harder to try to understand the world and its ways. The best gift we can give our children, the best hope for resilience - that buzz word amongst child raising techniques today - is to have a living hope and belief in a real and loving God.
So what is salvation?
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Taking turns reading 12 Voices of Christmas. Each alternate evening between 2nd and 24th December we read after dinner from this free downloadable resource.
So far we have read the voice of disbelief - the story of Zachariah, the voice of wonder - the story of Mary, the voice of reason - the story of Joseph.
The stories combine scripture and references along with biblically sound interpretation of the times and culture surrounding each biblical character. It's a unique eye into the person's heart and faith during this time of the coming of the Christ's birth.
Friday, November 20, 2015
|Downtown view from his new workstation|
My heartfelt rant some weeks ago bore fruit. He got the job!
I give thanks to Almighty God for His provision to my son of a fine permanent, full time job in the CBD. He is a different young man with purpose and vision, excitement and hope. I asked the Lord for a blessing on those people who gave my Son a chance. Thank You.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Hold them close when they are young, spend time and more time with them. Give them boundaries, guidelines, rules. Enforce these with grace and love. Build a relationship with each one from the day they are born. Only time together can do this. Only love that God the Father showed us told us how to do it. Keep on, day after day after day. Make mistakes, ask forgiveness of them and of the Lord then pick yourself up and go again. You are making a life together. The day they walk out of the house to their first job; it's too late to start. By now they are walking this earth with the values we instilled into them. Who were they watching all those years now gone by. I have come to know they watch someone or something. If it isn't us, we set them up to fail.
|On the day of her first job interview. Today she is packing up her apartment to come back home. Two years nursing experience in Sydney and a now a new job here in Brisbane. Praise God.|
|My happy little man who loved to bake pancakes. Budd graduated high school this year. He is out most days now working casual and next year studying College. Where did this time go!|
|My eldest son, graduated College and working in IT Support. Mathew Jnr. is a faithful son, tender before the Lord and I describe him as my rock.|
Wednesday, July 8, 2015