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02 May 2013
Lord, please allow my children to understand your free and unmerited favor or what we call grace. Please help them to understand that we are saved by GRACE ALONE. Not because we wore the right jeans or a certain person liked us. Not because we gave the biggest offering at church or worked more hours than anyone else on the mission trip.
Help me, o Lord, to help them understand your Grace through their experiences, Your Word, and worship. Help me to show them grace – to extend it to them every day and in every way. And help me to grow in grace too.
01 May 2013
I found this little infographic on Pinterest about 31 virtues to pray for my kids. I am always looking for ways to structure my prayer time and I thought this would be very appropriate.
First day is SALVATION
I pray that my children will find the peace that SALVATION will give them. I pray that I can help them to get through all the religious BS and find Jesus. I want them to know that God isn’t mad at them and only wants to love them.
30 April 2013
For too long, I have let this blog drift without any real plans. I didn’t want to nail down a niche and I wanted it to be broad so that I could write what I wanted. But what I’ve found is that without direction, I went everywhere and nowhere.
I’m narrowing my focus and you’re going to start seeing at least 2 or 3 posts a week here. I don’t promise they will be long, but there will be SOMETHING to read or see.
Here are the things I am focusing on:
- Homeschooling (choices, how-tos)
- Being Mama (homemaking, parenting)
- Creativity (fun and fancy)
You may also see the occasional rant but it will be rare – hopefully!
I’m going to be doing a Flylady challenge on my Tumblr blog and there may be some cross posting. That blog is largely for my own entertainment and posting eclectic silly things that make me laugh or think but I love comments and sharing.
I’m also doing a series here starting tomorrow about praying for your kids.
I hope you’ll hang out with me and see where it goes…
05 April 2013
There is no perfect box curriculumFirst thing I've learned is that there is no perfect box curriculum. Furthermore, you aren't going to be 100% satisfied with anything unless you piece it together yourself and even then there will be something you're not happy with. You need to find something that is close enough to what you want so that you don't hate it.
Stop looking for perfectionPoint 2: you can't study any of them enough to find all their faults and omissions before you invest your time, energy or money. So you need to be prepared to supplement where necessary and accept the curriculum warts and all. If it really stinks, stop using it and find something else. Part B of this is that you shouldn't assume that one grade is representative of all the grades. Anyone who tells you different is selling you something. I saw the 3rd grade level of my curriculum and was told that the preschool level was similar. It is NOTHING like the third grade level. The only similarity is the teaching guide.
Say NO to over-schedulingThirdly, don't over schedule yourself. I've been guilty of this so many times this year. Between all of the things that I want to work on for my own improvement, housekeeping, volunteering for church and community, and homeschooling, there just hasn't been a whole lot of downtime. This summer, I want to put P into swimming lessons and into Girl Scouts in the fall so I’m starting to think ahead now about what our commitments are and what they will be once school starts. I’ve had to say “no” to quite a few things – including things I really wanted to say “yes” to - because I know that I just won’t have the time I need to do them well come August.
Planning will save your SanityFourth, plan. I mean it. Really plan. Sit down right now and start planning next year. I know it’s April and there’s still another 8 weeks or so before most folks consider their school year done but I am serious. If I could do this year over again, I would have started 2 years in advance and planned, planned, planned. I have a written lesson plan provided with my curriculum and IT IS NOT ENOUGH. I have to read ahead, make notes, acquire materials, fill in gaps, etc. I feel like I am always flying by the seat of my pants trying to keep up. We’re switching curriculum companies next year (more about that in another post) and I can’t get the materials until July. I AM FREAKING OUT. Fortunately, they have an excellent syllabus online so I can start thinking ahead.
Plan for your younger children tooOn level with the 4th lesson is number FIVE: PLAN FOR THE LITTLE GUY TOO. My son is two years old and he wants to color and draw and listen to stories and work on the computer with sister. I’ve had to make copies, print multiples, make sure I’ve had enough material all year long. This year, I’m going to put together a little curriculum that he can work on while sister does stuff like math and worksheets. He can listen to stories and color and draw and work on the computer too (but with a different computer and program) but then I’ll make some easier version of stuff for him.
Get yourself organized NOWSIX: ORGANIZE. EVERYTHING. Your time, your resources, your home. I’ve had to dig all year. I’m finally starting to workout exactly where stuff needs to live and how best to access it. At the beginning of the year, I put all of the pre-K stuff in one file cabinet drawer. Now I’ve purchased another file cabinet, cleared off a bookshelf, and decluttered even more. I’ll have to write a post on this too.
If you’re homeschooling, could you share your most important lessons with me? I’m more than glad to hear them.
19 March 2013
I like to massage and worry over a problem until I see a solution or I'm inspired to ask someone their opinion. Lately, I've been obsessing over the fact that we have now been a one car household for 4-1/2 years and it's really starting to wear me down. And yet, if I mention to someone that I'm looking for a car, they come up with someone selling - generally one that I'm going to worry about because it's 15 years old or needs shocks and goodness knows how much that's gonna cost.
I know what I want. I also know that we can't deal with another car payment to get it. So this leads me to another phrase that someone just taught me.
"If it's God's will, then it's God's bill."I'm handing the whole thing over to Him.
04 March 2013
I watched the first episode of the Bible series on History channel last night and I thought it was really good. Yes, there were HUGE jumps from the near sacrifice of Isaac to the Exodus. Yes, they left out Joseph (and his coat of many colors) but I wasn't that disturbed. This is a movie and like any movie based on a book, they are gonna leave out something - probably one of your favorite parts. With only about an hour and 45 minutes (not two hours cuz of commercials), they have to move quickly if they want to get to revelation by the end of the 5th and final episode.
I've seen a couple of complaints this morning about the ninja angels getting Lot and his family out of Sodom. I have two things that come to mind. First, the Bible says:
When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the Lord was merciful. Genesis 19:16Well how would you think that looked? If you've got gangs of men roaming around who want to beat up and molest the angels, how do you think they got out? Secondly, this is television in 2013 and Charleton Heston is nowhere in sight. If they had calmly walked out, it wouldn't have been very interesting or dramatic. Our entertainment these days has dramatic fighting and action and to do any less would have been boring for us in the 21st century and certainly boring for the unsaved and unchurched who watch stuff like that.
For those familiar with the stories, use the series as a launching pad to delve deeper into the scriptures. Read the parts not mentioned. Read about Jacob and Leah and Rachel. Read about Joseph and why he brought his family out of Canaan and into Egypt. And stop nitpicking.
MY SOAP Study today
SCRIPTURERomans 5:12-21 (MSG) Paul's thoughts on the contrast between Jesus and Adam
12-14 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it. Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one man’s sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God’s gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do! There’s no comparison between that death-dealing sin and this generous, life-giving gift. The verdict on that one sin was the death sentence; the verdict on the many sins that followed was this wonderful life sentence. If death got the upper hand through one man’s wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides? 18-19 Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right. 20-21 All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn't and doesn't have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.
03 March 2013
SOAP is an acronym that stands for SCRIPTURE, OBSERVATION, APPLICATION, and PRAYER.
Scripture refers to reading the verse as it is.
Observation refers what your thoughts and feelings are about the verse.
Application is how you can use this information in your everyday life or in a situation.
Prayer is actually writing out a prayer that uses this information. Many of my prayers are simply "Thank you Lord for showing me this verse"
What methods do you use to study the Bible?
22 February 2013
Sunday, I had an amazing experience.
First of all, you should know that I was raised Southern Baptist. My experience with SBC is that you sit still, act interested - but not TOO interested - in the minister's sermon. You air kiss folks around you before and after the service. I'd never dream that I'd go to a hand raising church or a church that believes in the "laying on of hands". We just didn't do that.
We started going to our church in June and joined in November. I love it and the kids love it.
So Sunday, the pastor had an altar call for folks that had physical problems. I went up.
I have had problems with my back since I was 17 years old. I have had therapy, injections, all kinds of tests. Chiropractic has helped the most but I can't always afford to go as often as I should. So I went to the altar and a very nice man laid his hands on my back and started praying.
I don't know what I expected. But what happened next BLEW MY MIND.
My back started heating up. It didn't hurt but it felt hot - not like a burning kind of heat but like when you chew spearmint gum or put Icy Hot on something. He and others (I don't know how many others actually) touched my back and prayed for about 10 minutes.
Y'all my back didn't hurt any more. Hasn't hurt since then.
06 February 2013
This week we're finishing up a unit on people of the world. It's making me wish I'd gotten a globe to help her understand where people live.
Next week, we're all over Valentines day.
28 January 2013
Our theme this week is “People of the World” – we’ve got a lot of things going on this week so it’s a rather light school week with only two official school days. The curriculum has just a couple of days between this and Valentine’s Day and if I follow it, we’ll be doing V-Day stuff on next week. I’d rather take a couple of days off and do some other fun stuff and then make it up at the end.
- Muddy Mouse
- The Rabbit and the Turtle
- Grouping items of the same color
- Reviewing the color black
We’re discussing 1 and 2.
Pretty brief I know. I’ll be throwing in some activities with some clay and maybe some painting this week.
15 January 2013
I am taking part in an online Bible study for the next 2 months… when I get a chance, I plan to share my insights with you here…
This study is through Good Morning Girls – they have put together an awesome study but what’s more is that they build in some accountability. They say that you really need to have a group to go through this study with and that you need to check in every day.
Today’s text is from Luke 1:26-1:38 (from the NLT)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
34Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God.”
38Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
I’ve always looked at this passage with a bit of skepticism. For one thing, it says nothing about Mary being scared out of her mind for an angel to just show up. In verse 29 it only says that she is confused and disturbed. I think that was probably putting the whole thing mildly. And for another, it seems that she just calmly accepts what is about to happen to her.
Maybe I’m too much of a 21st century woman. Maybe she was so used to people just telling her what to do that she accepted whatever her fate would be. I don’t know that I could calmly look at some crazy being and say “sure, go ahead”.
Her faith told her that everything would be ok.
Maybe her love of God made her understand that this was meant for her good and not to harm her.
I sometimes think we Protestants have forgotten this great heroine of the Bible. She was handed an impossible, deadly task and she took it on with grace and humility. The task was deadly not only because her village would likely kill her for being pregnant out of wedlock. It was deadly because so many women died in childbirth. She would have known that. She would have heard stories of women who didn’t come back from the child-bed.
And that, to me, shows me her faith. That she knew there was a better than average chance that shouldn’t make it out alive but she still said “I’m His and let it be done”
Today I’m also checking in with…
DAY 7 of YES!
I haven’t done these in a couple of weeks.. just too many things happening. But here goes…
From the Book:
I Declare that God has a great plan for my life. He is directing my steps. And even though I may not always understand how, I know my situation is not a surprise to God. He will work out every detail to my advantage. In His perfect timing, everything will turn out right. This is my declaration.
This has to be how Mary felt. She had to have known that it would all work out. She had to have know that He would protect her.
This is the thing that I have the most trouble with in my life. I feel like I am constantly massaging and pushing and pulling things into place. But when I let go and let things flow without out my pushing and pulling them into place, they all just work out.
14 January 2013
This week’s theme is TRANSPORTATION, so we’re studying trains, planes and automobiles and boats and all manners of things that go!
A couple of the resources are off topic… and a couple others look too young for P but they are also good for G so there you go…
Letter of the Week
I’m putting letter of the week on hold for a while… our curriculum is about to start actually getting to this so I want to work through that… we will continue to practice saying the alphabet every day.
- Poems: “Dream Boat”, “Where Go the Boats?”, “The Duck and the Kangaroo”
We’re also going to watch:
Handwriting and Fine Motor Control
- Trace mazes using a pencil.
- Work on skills in coloring, cutting, and pasting
We’re going to be using these resources…
- Differences in sizes and shapes and details such as color.
- Developing the concept of patterning
Games and Play
- Working on our listening skills in games
- Beginning to solve riddles and develop thinking skills
Arts and Crafts
Drawing lots of pictures of transportation.
We’re learning “She’ll be coming round the mountain”