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August 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

Prayer for Homeschoolers: Dedicating Your Homeschool to God

“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.”   Psalms 65:11

Lord, we dedicate this year to You and rejoice in Your faithfulness to us. We stand on the covenant You have made with our Father, Abraham, to bless us. As we begin a new season of educating, training, and preparing our children to serve You, we ask You to crown this year with Your goodness. May Your Shalom—and all that entails: peace, prosperity, health, spiritual well being, and favor—fill our lives.

Thank You for calling us to educate our children at home. We accept this mission humbly, with a sense of eternal purpose and divine destiny. We declare that as Your children, we are a people set apart, a chosen generation, that we may show forth Your praises. Thank You that the calling and gifts You have placed in us and in our children, are irrevocable. We declare that our children will fulfill all You have for them.

Father, use this year to work in their lives for Your glory! We declare this year to be a season of great growth, productivity, and fullness—spiritually, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. As we delight in Your Word, we shall be like a tree, planted by living waters ready to bring forth its fruit in its season, our leaves shall not wither, and all we do shall prosper and be successful! Above all, Lord, we seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. As the deer pants for the water, may our spirits long for You in a new way. May we be mindful to be a blessing to others, both in our household and in the family of God—in Jesus’ name.

SCRIPTURES Genesis 12:2-3; Psalms 1:2-3, 23:6, 30:5, 42:1 & 65:11; Matthew 6:33; Romans 11:29; Galatians 3:14 & 6:10; I Peter 2:9;

August 19, 2009 at 2:34 am 3 comments

Are you ready for a “New” year?

Behold, the Fresh and New has come!!

One of my favorite times of the school year is upon us. The season of packages!

I love getting packages, hearing the UPS truck blow its horn or finding a box on the step when I come home. It’s so much fun because I know that inside that box there is a fresh, new book waiting to be discovered. I guess opening a package puts me in touch once again with expectations and thoughts of happy days ahead spent learning and growing together. The books are tangible reminders of my hopes and dreams for the upcoming school year.

However, to make room for new books, I must get rid of the old ones. Clean out, loan out, give away—whatever it takes. It’s a time of putting away the old things. Not just old books, but old ideas, old attitudes, old habits, old expectations. I believe God is calling us to put on fresh ways of doing things.

Do not earnestly remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth…(Is. 43:18-19 AMP)

For me, I must change certain things if I am to be successful in educating my high schoolers. Habits that have kept us were we are must now give way to new habits of success. Routines may need to be adjusted to accommodate a new rhythm of life. My role as mother and teacher must adapt to meet the changing needs of my young men. It can be a scary time, for change can be uncomfortable. Yet, as a pastor of mine once said, “A God-change is a good-change.”

Many times I have been guilty of hanging on to things that are not working, of choosing materials that were not age-appropriate for my boys. When my kids were younger, we loved getting our new box of books. They joined right in and begged me to let them read the books right then. Being a good mother, always alert to a teachable moment, I said, “No, those are for school.”

As my boys reached the teen years their enthusiasm waned a little. Part of the problem was that I insisted on doing things the same way that we had in the past, when they were ready for new things. They were becoming young adults, and I needed to choose material that reflected that.  They wanted their books to challenge them to become adults, not remain children.

At times I was inconsiderate of their learning personalities and insisted they “learn” the way I thought they should. I needed to look through fresh eyes and try a fresh approach; I needed to “be constantly renewed in the spirit of [my] mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude” (Ephesians 4:23 AMP).

There are many things in my life that have changed over the years…and much more that needs to change. As I start this school year, I intend to have more than just new books. I intend to have a new attitude, a fresh approach, realistic expectations, and total confidence in God’s ability to work through my areas of weakness. I will start this year on a new note, knowing that God is a God of new things.  My theme this year will be,  “…The old has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come!” (II Corinthians 5:17 TAB).

Lord, let us not be guilty of holding on to old attitudes, disappointments, or expectations. Instead, let us be sensitive to Your leading and open to new possibilities. Let today be a fresh start for all of us.

August 16, 2009 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Can I ask you a question?

“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. I cannot go in these, he said to Saul, because I am not used to them. So he took them off.”
(I Samuel 17:38-39)

 

Can I ask you a question? Whose tunic are you wearing today? Do you find yourself trying to fill someone else’s shoes…or live a homeschool lifestyle that just doesn’t suit you?

Some mothers feel a constant need to live up to the expectations of others, our family, our neighbors, the ladies at church, even the homeschoolers we know. This can be a tremendous burden. It can even hinder us from being who God called us to be. It reminds me of David when he decided to fight Goliath. Saul wanted him to wear his armor…after all it had worked for him in many battles! But David wasnt Saul. He had to face Goliath as himself: A shepherd with a sling. It may have seemed foolish to everyone around but David was confident in God’s ability. I guess that was the key, David’s humility allowed him to go into battle armed only as himself, knowing God would do the rest.

This is the attitude we need to have; one that is comfortable with who we are because we know Who God is! Friend, it is so freeing when you realize how pleased God is with you. He knows your strengths and weaknesses. He has seen your victories and your defeats. His opinion of you never changes, regardless…and his opinion is truly the one that matters.

I heard a great story about a family who was very concerned about their kids (who were in public school). They were concerned about the influence of their kids’ friends and what they were doing when they weren’t at home. The mother felt prompted by God to create the most fun and welcoming home she could… and before long, all the kids began to hang out at this family’s home. She baked cookies, made games and videos available, and most of all, made herself available. She used who she was to make an impact not only on her own kids, but on the neighborhood as well.

When we accept who we are and the gifts and callings that are on our lives, we don’t have to try to be anyone else. We can be completely free to serve God and others in our own way. Like David, we need the courage to “take off” the expectations and opinions of others. If you find yourself struggling under the weight of pleasing others, I believe God wants to set you free! Prayer: Father, thank You for loving me just the way I am. Thank You for loving my children for who they are.

Lord, I pray for a fresh spirit of freedom to be exactly who You called each of us to be. Help me to let go of false expectations, fears, and things that just don’t “fit.”
Set me free today, in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

**All Scripture quoted from the Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted. ***All material copyrighted by Weekly Word/Sue Brage 2007

August 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

A vision-driven homeschool….

 A vision-driven Homeschool….

 “He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:2 AMP)

Jesus lived a life of vision. His knowledge of the future and why He was on earth gave Him strength, purpose, and determination. Consider today’s verse. Vision is much more than a list of objectives and goals. In a nutshell, it’s what you “see” for the future. It’s what comes into your brain when you allow yourself to think about the years ahead. Having a clear vision is a powerful thing in any pursuit for it carries with it the power necessary to finish the job.

Once we have defined what our vision for homeschooling is, we must determine to become vision-minded. This means we must align our thoughts, words, and actions in the direction of your vision. We’ve all heard the phrase, looking through “rose-colored” glassed; well, we need to look through vision-colored glasses.

What we see in the natural on a day-to-day basis, can be stressful at times. We think we aren’t making any progress, that things will never change, or that our children will never mature. However, if we step back and look through our vision-colored glasses, we will see our children as healthy, happy, productive adults, as men and women who know their passions and how to pursue them. We will see strong family relationships developed over years of working, learning, and just spending time together. We will see the fruit of our labor…

Remembering this, however, involves disciplining our minds (or perhaps training our minds) not to dwell on the challenges of today. It requires us to be serious about controlling our thoughts and our words. It leads us to practice discernment that we might recognize the voice of the enemy telling us “You will never succeed. What you see today is all there will ever be. Who do you think you are?…blah…blah…blah!” A strong sense of vision will protect our minds by empowering us to ignore what our senses or other sources try to tell us.

When God births a vision you can believe it. You can trust that He will bring it to pass. One of my favorite scriptures when my kids were younger was Psalms 138:8: “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me…” (NASB). I stood on that promise during the hard times, when they turned away from the Lord…or struggled with health problems…when medication made him crazy…when strife was infecting our home…when I was tired and discouraged. I held on to this verse believing that the vision God had given me about homeschooling and the results we would some day reap would come true. And that’s what happened…

Prayer: Lord, we thank You that Your thoughts are higher than ours, and that Your vision for our family is not some elusive mystery. Reveal to us Your plan and purpose for our children and help us to get a real picture and a strong vision of what homeschooling can and will mean to our family today and in the future, in Jesus’ name, amen.

March 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

What is VISION?

“…That you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things…” (Colossians 1:9 AMP)

Today, let’s look at an often over-used word in homeschooling circles: vision.  Sometimes we approach this word like it is a magical, mystical thing that only the “truly committed” ever achieve. Yet, we nod and smile like characters in the Emperor’s New Clothes claiming we “see it!”  However, when the rubber meets the road, and the lesson plan book lies open in front of us, we wonder why in the world we are doing this. That moment is what I’m writing this for; and for every moment when fatigue, frustration, and disillusionment settle in and you need a reason to keep it together one more day.

Now I realize, these days may be few and far between and I certainly don’t mean to over-dramatize the issue. But the truth of the matter is, vision is not some illusive aura out there that you have or you don’t. It is, simply stated, what you see for your future…and for your children’s future. It takes imagination to think about the future and imagine what it will be like. It takes effort to clearly define what we are hoping to accomplish from homeschooling. Vision is the expectation you carry…and what we believe for even when we can’t see it.

Second Corinthians 4:18 describes it here:
“…We consider and look not to the things which are seen but to the things that are unseen….”

My Pastor gave a great definition of vision; he said vision is the anointed imagination. Anointing is simply putting God’s Spirit on or in something. Think about that. We can ask God to fill our imaginations, our ideas, our vision with His Spirit. This should be the first thing we encourage new homeschoolers to do.

My “assignment” to you today is this: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you develop your vision for homeschooling. Write down any impressions you have. Start by writing down the three most important things you hope to accomplish through homeschooling. Ephesians 3:20 says “God can do exceedingly above and beyond all we could ask, think, or imagine.”  This means that on our own we can’t see what lies in store for our children. Thankfully, God can. And He has chosen home education to prepare them for what lies ahead. That is why we do what we do…

Prayer: Lord, we thank You that Your thoughts are higher than ours, and that Your vision for our family is not some elusive mystery. Reveal to us Your plan and purpose for our children and help us to get a real picture and a strong vision of what homeschooling can and will mean to our family today and in the future, in Jesus’ name, amen.

March 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Great Discussion on media’s influence in our families

I was impressed with this balanced and practical discussion on media and it’s influence in our families. Thanks to Joyce Meyer & Phil Cooke! This is such a challenge for parents today…to help our kids make right choices when dealing with TV, computers, video games, etc….

How have you handled this in your family?

March 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm Leave a comment

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