Devotion, Faith

Weekly Devotion: Humility

Our bible study group has been studying through the book of Daniel. What I love most about our group is that we have multiple generations as well as multiple cultures participate which offers very diverse views. The heart of each of us is to grow and continue to live our life for the Lord through seeking God, encouraging each other and holding each other accountable (And trust me, the younger generation is rather bold in pointing out shortcomings).

One of the reoccurring themes in Daniel is the sin of pride, its consequence, but most importantly, God’s sovereignty in it all. Studying the various kingdoms and their kings in the time of Daniel pointed out very clearly how pride is a step towards destruction and how God hates it.

How does this apply to us today? We look around us and see facets of pride and egocentric lifestyles we didn’t even realize existed. Much                                                                                            of our time is spent worshipping the false gods of this world. This may sound harsh, but when we truthfully reflect on how we spend our days and what we allow into our lives, it becomes evident that we give priority to security, money, food, impurity through the things we watch…Our bodies are a living sacrifice, a vessel of God created to worship Him. We have allowed ourselves to align with the culture and this world rather than with the word of God.

Everything is about ourselves, especially her in the US. Truthfully, I believe we clearly miss the big picture. When studying the past, we clearly see how God raises up kingdoms and allows them to be destroyed as well according to His purpose and plan. The US is just a glimpse of time in the timeline of God’s story. This nation has completely turned away from God, how do we expect God will continue blessing us if we do not acknowledge and praise the Giver Himself? God will humble the proud in His timing. The scriptures give us clear warnings to turn back to Him. We have a choice!

Humility is recognizing and acknowledging our total dependence upon the Lord and seeking Him in every aspect of our life which belongs to Him. If we don’t realize that we are nothing apart from Christ, we will continue to struggle with pride. Our flesh is sinful and leads us to a desire to have authority and control.

James 4:6-10  

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

 

How do we humble ourselves?

  1. Submit and surrender yourselves to God and His will.
  2. Repent and turn away from any sin in your life and do not allow the devil to get a foothold.
  3. Seek God and study His word.
  4. Purify your hearts.
  5. Mourn, weep and grieve over our sinfulness.
  6. Do all this for the Lord with a pure heart and He will lift you up.

If you won’t humble ourselves, God will!

Humility is a default response to those who seek God.

There is a different aspect of humility that is so often missed however. Having the opportunity to surrender into the love of God through Christ Jesus, is our greatest gift.  It gives us the peace we all seek but that is otherwise unattainable. When we seek God, desire to be in the presence of Him and start to understand His sovereignty, humility will be our natural default response. God will exalt the humble according to His purpose and what better place is there to be?

 

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Homeschooling

What to use in your homeschooling?

Reading is a very important part in homeschooling. There are so many options to choose from, such as Kindle, iPads, Audio books or traditional books.
There is a perception that kids read more likely if it is on a digital devise such as an iPad or Kindle. Actually studies have proven that it is not the case.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to talk you out of using the kindle if your child is an engaged and active reader. If that works in your family, then continue what fits your homeschool journey.
Kindle and iPads can come in really handy, especially when you travel. Instead of bringing all the books with you, they can all be stored in one single device. And lets be honest, when Homeschoolers travel, we tend to take half of our books with us. So doing this method is very convenient.
When kids encounter new words, they can simply click on them and find out the definition. That is a big bonus in improving their vocabularies. Kids with visual limitations might benefit as well because the font and contrast can be customized.
But sometimes there are too many choices for our littles ones and too many distracting things on the device that it can distract them.
Now we are in a pickle. The technology and digital world is faster developing as we want to and we need to get our children ready for it. More than 50% of jobs now days require some degree of technology skills and it will rise up to 77 % in the next decade. Finding a balance is the key.
In our house we love the “old fashion” books. The kids still enjoy going to the library and picking out books, but they also appreciate the technology course I included this this semester.
There is something special about real book. From the texture of the pages, checking out the cover to the smell of newly printed pages. Also there are no distractions. It is just you and the story. This furthers the ability to focus and develops a habit. It doesn’t always come natural for kids or adults to focus. It is a practice that develops and over time, especially in kids.
I myself have books on my iPad and I have lots of books in on my shelves at home. And I realized that I have a different connection to them. There is an emotional attachment that you develop holding a book in your hand, flipping each page, writing your personal notes in them. And sometimes when I find an old book I used to read as a child, all those memories come rushing back. Now I don’t know how it would be if I read it on the IPad 25 years ago, simply because we didn’t had any back then:)

Homeschool Resources, Homeschooling, How To, Uncategorized

8 Tips for a Successful Homeschool Co-op

Homeschool Co-op

What is a co-op? A co-op is simply a group of two or more families meeting together to share their collective efforts in teaching their children.

Co-ops can range anywhere from adding socialization and hands on activities to your children’s education to a reflection of a strict private school and everything in between.

Often you personal experiences in your past as well as your desire for your kids future, have part in shaping your idea of what a successful education for your children should look like, to include a homeschool co-op.

For us, being part of a personal co-op has enhanced our academic studies, but more importantly allowed my children to learn alongside others, as well as learn to develop their own ability to think as they are introduced to different views as well as different ways of working through problems. With each teacher specializing in one field, it has greatly enhanced studies in fields that often fall short. It has allowed my children to gain confidence in standing firm on their believes as they are encouraged and shaped by other strong believers.

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Here are 8 TIPS to consider before you start or join a co-op

  1. Pray for direction in making a decision on whether to move forward as well as God’s leading as He brings together families of same values and commitment.
  2. Don’t rush it…wait on God’s leading! He may be guiding you towards a co-op but He may lead your family towards a year of peace and quiet
  3. Develop and understand your purpose for building or joining a co-op Socialization and fun, extra curricular activities or in depth studies of a specific subject
  4. Define expectations Refreshing midweek break or high level of additional academics
  5. Define Structure Scheduled classes or flexibility, homework assignments and deadlines or no required additional work
  6. Extend grace We are all human and have our strength and weaknesses, this includes our very own self;)
  7. Develop a culture in which you can openly encourage, share and develop new ideas, but also address problems Problems will arise, it is inevitable: It may be the students not participating, parents expectations not being met and everything in between. If we have the ability to openly share in love, only then can a co-op succeed
  8. Continue to prayerfully give your co-op into God’s hands
Holiday, Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day Street Interview | What is Love?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February…the month of LOVE.

Stores are flooded with cards, flowers and treats turning Valentine’s Day into a commercialized opportunity for retail stores. We went out on the streets interviewing some amazing people in order to find out what love really is. Join us on this eye opening Valentine’s Day Special.