Let Them Move

One of the reasons I have fallen in love with homeschooling is that is allows my children to be children. As Spring begins to blossom around us, and the days gets longer and warmer, they are able to get outside and explore. They can MOVE.

I have children that are very different- one would love to sit and look at books for hours on end, or tinker with his experiments and inventions. I have another who literally can.not.sit.still. I can't imagine if during these early years, when he wants to be running around and exploring, I was confining him between four walls ALL day.

Children are not little adults. They learn differently. They have different needs. They are growing and developing and their play is how they learn.

I am thankful for the simplest ways to learn, yet often the most effective:

  • Exploring under rocks
  • Running, jumping, and climbing
  • Yard work
  • Bird watching
  • Planting a garden
  • Pretend play outdoors- we've played Revolutionary War, Pioneers, Lewis and Clark...you name it!
  • Boat making in puddles
  • Rock collecting, leaf collecting, bug collecting
  • Nature hikes

The best part is...God has made all we need to learn outdoors- math, science, art, language...it is all present.  When they are outside in the fresh air, they are able to think more clearly. They are excited to learn. It is natural and not forced.

Let them learn at their own pace. Don't think they learn the same way adults learn. Let them MOVE!


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The ONE Constant

It's been a roller coaster few weeks here. For a girl who craves the simple life, it has been anything but that. We are in the process of moving and that alone is complicated. It's the final stretch of the school year, I am working on my presentations for HEAV in June, baseball season began, and there's just so much to do. The list goes on and on...

Life is funny. Just when we think we have one thing figured out, we have ten more curve balls thrown at us. Therefore, I must focus on the ONLY constant that exists. God. He is there whether I am in the midst of moving boxes, tears, or fears. He is there when all is well and the sun shines on my face while I play catch with my son in the yard. He is there when I am terrified, and He is there when I am feeling strong.

Oh what a thought. He never leaves. He remains. He continues to lead me when I think I can't go on. He is always there.

I am so grateful that  even though my emotions change on the drop of a dime these days, He never changes. His promises remain. His mercy, His love, and His power are there.

He is my hope when I am feeling hopeless. He is my power when I have run on empty.

I know He is working and I also know I have an enemy that is set on distracting me from what really matters these days. I must keep my eyes on HIM and not on the details that can distract me. His promises are true.

So while the world seems to spin around me, I will not focus on stopping it from spinning, but seeing Him within it. What is He teaching me through this? What does He want me to learn? How can I grow? Mostly, how can I become more like Him each day, and less of myself. I want to live HIS way and not mine. Surrendered and complete...in Him.


Sunday's Coming...

Reposting this from a few years back....

We just finished reading through Matthew 26-28~Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection. I don't know that I can adequately write in words today how I feel about my Savior. Humbled to tears and on my knees...

On this day, know that I pray for every person to know the freedom and joy that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  We are free, indeed. For eternity.

I leave you with this powerful message.  Be Blessed. Sunday is Coming!


He HAS Provided

Lately my thoughts have turned against me at times to worry. Worry over the future. These are the things that can come up when major life changes are on the horizon.

Especially for a recovering worrier like me, this is the time for it to creep in. I need to be on guard and take every thought captive.

I am thankful for a husband who keeps pointing me back to the Lord, and the Truth. I am thankful for his patience and care and comfort.

Truth is, we have always been provided for. Always. We have lived these verses:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So today I am focusing on that fact that He HAS provided, and not asking the question WILL He provide? I know the answer...He has, and He will. He is faithful.


A Simple but Powerful Example...Lessons Through His Creation

I am reposting this from awhile back. Still one of my favorite lessons from Creation.

I took Rachael Carmen's advice last weekend at Apologia Live. She mentioned how we should use the season of Spring to point our kids to the Lord. Notice Him in the simple daily things. Look at what He has done when he springs forth life from a dead winter each spring.

I took out a dried bean the other day. I said to the kids, "Let's watch God's miracle happen.  Let's see what happens to this dried up bean, when given light and water."

I placed it in sunshine and added a bit of water. A few days later and look:

I called the kids,"Come and see! This dead bean has burst forth with life!  Look what God does!  Look!"
They all came running in to see. That dead bean had sprouted with life.

We talked about how the bean needed water and the sun.

We need water. We need the SON.  We need Him to grow!  We need His Light. His Living Water.

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

"but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:14

And then, I continued..."Look! Look at the roots!  The dead shell of the bean is gone, and the roots are searching. Looking to bury themselves deep in the water."

He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:8

I love this bean. I have it set on our table. I see His example.  
He takes our old, dried, up shell that is in darkness. He releases us from the shell, and we burst forth in the Light and living on water.  We plant our roots.  We are made new.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 
2 Corinthians 5:17

I was that bean. Dead. But He brought me forth with life.  From His Living Water and His Son. I am new!

Use these lessons in nature. See Him in everything. Show your kids the Him through these simple examples, yet full of so much Truth.  

"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
John 5:24
Since then, we have been watching that bean sprout keep growing, but this week it tied in perfectly with our devotion from yesterday.  You see, the bean had sprouted some new beans, and then they withered this week. The bean sprout, which was once growing so quickly before our eyes each day, has pretty much stopped. The roots have been going down, and searching for soil, but have found none.

We are just like that. We can grow very quickly, but if we do not have good and rich soil for our roots to take hold of, we will not grow to our potential with God. 

Sure, we may grow quickly at first, but without proper nourishment, we stop bearing fruit, and we don't reach our full potential.

Last year in our garden we had tons of green beans. The kids and I spent time remembering how tall they grew, and how they spread all over the garden, intertwining with other vines and becoming so strong.  Just like we will- if we have the proper soil to nurture us, we will grow to our greatest potential, bearing much fruit.  We will intertwine with others, growing stronger.

I am in awe of how God uses His Creation to demonstrate so many things. The kids can make connections to His Word when they see real life things in comparison. It paints a  beautiful picture for them.

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Linger Over the Moments...

Last night I laid with my baby girl one last time before bed as a child. Today she wakes up a teenager...or a young lady as I like to refer to it.

Thirteen years has gone so fast, yet in ways so slow. So much has happened in those years since I was a young mother just starting out...

As I lay there with her, which I do most nights before bed, I realized I didn't want to leave. I almost couldn't bring myself to get up. Knowing this would be the last time before she reached a new milestone.

So often I race in to give her a kiss before bed and she asks me to lay with her, and I sometimes I do, but more than likely, it is a quick moment before I need to move on.

This time though it lasted. I lingered. I prayed. My mind went back to the little baby girl with the teeth stuck out from sucking her thumb...the little girl that slept with her "wa wa blankey" every night...the little baby who gave me so much joy...and continues to do so each day.

Linger moms. Linger over the moments. Life truly does go by so fast. Linger and squeeze those babies, whether they are in young lady bodies, or not...they are always babies.

Happy Birthday my dear girl. I love you. God loves you.