Our 2019 Homeschool year started out with a bang! Not only did we have an incredible time learning together, we also recorded our first drone class. The course will include everything from building your own drone, flying, regulations, videography and photography, to the history and future of this technology. The first lesson of the course will available later today on our website.
The world we live in is full of sin. Our very own nature is sinful. The result is that we face daily trials, disappointments and offenses. What is the biblical approach to overcoming those hurts, betrayals etc? How do we forgive and why is it so important to forgive?
The inability to forgive causes so much pain and entangles us making us paralyzed in continuing our walk with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:15 states “I am the foremost sinner”. We have to realize that we are the foremost sinner. There is no sin greater than another and when we truthfully reflect on ourselves it becomes evident that we fall short daily. And in this depth of sin, God showed His grace towards us. We didn’t deserve it. It was His love for us, that He gave His only son to die for us, so we could be reconciled to Him. God was merciful towards us and calls us to extend that same mercy towards others. Luke 6:36
Matthew 18:21-35 is a parable about forgiveness. In summary, it explains how a slave, who was forgiven a debt he was unable to pay by the king, went to a slave which owed him and choked him demanding the debt owed to him. The slave was not able to pay, just as he himself was not able to pay back the king, but rather than extending the same mercy he received from the king, he threw him into prison. The consequence of not being able to forgive is seen in the kings response. When he heard what the forgiven slave had done to the other slave, he handed him over to the torturers until he could pay what he owed. Until we have truly forgiven with the heart, our heavenly Father will do the same to us. When we don’t forgive, we are the ones suffering and in pain.
Trials are a gift from above as God uses them to sharpen us and shape us closer and closer into His image. 2 Thess. 1:5 This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. God promises us that we will be persecuted just as His son has been persecuted. We need to count it joy as it is a pledge of God Himself showing us that we are His. The story of Joseph is a beautiful example of God’s sovereignty as well as God’s ways to use what is meant for evil for good. Jospeh’s brothers sold him into slavery out of jealousy, but God raised Him up to be the Highest Official in Egypt besides Pharao himself. Joseph continued to humbly walk with the Lord fulfilling His plans, and in the end extended forgiveness to his brothers. He had His eyes fixed on the Lord and trusted in God’s sovereignty.
If we want to forgive, we can’t have our eyes focused on our current world. We have to set our eyes on the things above. Collossians 3:2. This world is not our home. We are called to live a life set apart for the gospel. Hebrews 12:1-3 run the race with indurance getting rid of all the sin that entangles us focusing our eyes on Jesus, the perfector of our faith We are called to run this race alongside our brothers and sisters in truth, grace and love building each other up as we build God’s kingdom.
– Counting it all Joy –
I am so excited and thankful to continue our mid week devotion. For the past months, the Lord has placed on my heart to be quiet and to listen. It has been an incredible time, that I needed with every inch of my heart. It is hard for me to sit still. If you know me, I am a visionary. I see an idea in my head and I will go for it until the goal is reached.
But God, in His perfect timing, placed a bible study in my path during this time of quiet. Not any bible study, but one that focuses on hearing God’s voice by Prescilla Shirer. It has been absolutely amazing and I would recommend it in a heart beat. As I studied, one truth in particular struck me and I felt the nudge to share it as so many of us prepare for a perfect start in the new year.
Every year after Christmas, many of us fall into the same habit…we make plans for a healthier lifestyle, better eating habits, set educational or career goals, fine-tune our schedules…As I mentioned, I am an entrepreneur at heart. So I easily fall into the same trap. Just the though of developing new ideas to expand our family business get’s me all excited. Naturally, during the time of rest we get throughout the holidays, my entrepreneurial wheels start spinning at full capacity. But in the midst of mapping out new directions…while studying God’s word…something struck me.
What if I am exactly were God wants me to be? What if I can stop searching for my calling, for a new opportunity to serve, for a purpose, for a better way to hear Him? Millions of books have been printed on how to find our purpose etc and we are taught to take things into our own hands. God wants us to hear His leading, He gives us glimpses of His presence, He takes the responsibility to guide us through the Holy Spirit in order to realign us to His word and purpose. All we have to do is listen. I started looking back at my life. The times I searched for God’s will, I didn’t find it. The times I didn’t search, He guided me opening doors I didn’t even see before. There will be times we hear Him clearly, but there may be times we don’t hear Him. That doesn’t always mean we are doing something wrong, or that we are walking through a trial…it may just mean that we are exactly were God wants us to be. All we have to do is to continue in seeking God.
This year I pray that we will not frantically search for God’s will, but rather for God Himself (Voice of God). God will lead us if we live out Romans 12:1-2. Every New Years, should be a reminder how we can’t keep simple resolutions from the year before. We fail in the most simplest ways. How different would our life be, if we present ourselves as a living sacrifice…daily…it would change us from the inside out sanctifying us. And the best part: we wouldn’t have to worry about new years resolutions anymore;)
I pray that we will get rid of any hinderances that distract us from living our life for the Lord. That today, we surrender, presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice. KAY ARTHUR QUOTE
We would love to hear how you seek God. Please feel free to share in the comments below.
In all the overwhelming information available to homeschool mothers, we can quickly loose sight of the reason we teach our children at home in the first place. How easily do we fall in the trap of stressing over which curriculum is best, will get them the highest scores and best employment opportunities…not to mention the fear of not giving them enough to compete in the world or even not being enough ourselves.
This week as I studied God’s word and prayed, God reminded me to stay strong and courages when not following the majority and most of all to trust in His direction for our families’ life. He has a different purpose for each of us and we have to allow the time with God to hear Him. In a constantly moving world, we have the tendency to conform to the busyness around us. Before we know it, we start homeschooling our children on the road running from one activity to another. While those activities are all beneficial, they are not necessary.
The foremost reason Steve and I decided to homeschool was to build a relationship with our children that would enable them to grow into godly adults that make God’s kingdom priority. Growing into responsible citizens involves so much more than academics. Being able to have the freedom to educate our children in every aspect of life with minimal government control is a gift we can easily take for granted. The purpose of school is not to pass a test or receive a score, it is to create young adults that develop a love for life-long learning as well as independent and critical thinking. We want to raise a generation that does not follow the majority but rather builds God’s kingdom by bringing those around them to the truth. There are many other reasons that support homeschooling to include excellent education, accommodation of individual learning styles, ability to develop child specific gifts, but it always comes back to the most important aspect…giving our children everything we can for them to develop their own faith, to love God, and to devote their entire life to Him.
In the United States we have a privilege that others may never have. While not everyone has the opportunity to stay home and homeschool, due to many reasons, I would love to pray we would be able to make time for the Lord, our husbands and children, to be flooded with peace and joy in this upcoming season.
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We invite you to join us on a journey to live a life set apart from the world, shining the light of Jesus and through it showing everyone around us who Christ is. As wives and homeschool moms we are in the middle of the mission field. We have an incredible opportunity to live out the Gospel, be an example to our children. With that comes great responsibility. I pray we can hold each other accountable, encourage each other and lift each other up as we travel this journey together.
We live in a world that constantly promotes an egocentric lifestyle with a desire for pleasures and a worldly life. All of this distracts us from seeing the reason why we are here in the first place: to bring honor and glory to God. The Creator of the Universe wants to have a relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ. Yet, we struggle to see past our own life and the current world we live in. A recurrent theme in our challenge is found in 1 John. “ Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life is not from the Father, but is from the world.” Even with this mandate, many of us continue trying to live a life for the Lord while still “loving” the world. We compare ourselves to the standard of the world often failing to see the only standard we should live by: God’s word. To live a life completely devoted to the Lord requires faith, complete submission, and discipline.
It is a daily war to live an uncompromised life, especially in a world full of noise, distractions, and sin. We have to commit our life to the Lord and make Him the SOLE PURPOSE of our life above everything else because HE is the ONLY reason we are here in the first place. Matthew 6:24 tell us “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” When applying this principle to the love for the world in general, we have a choice we need to make: whom will we serve from here on out?
Let’s take this a step farther. How do we live a life devoted to the Lord? Are going to church and praying sufficient? If we look at the life of Jesus and other servants of the Lord, we quickly see that it takes complete submission and devotion toward living a life imitating Jesus and those heroes of the faith. They faced the same struggles we face today. They were tempted just as we are today, but yet they did not compromise. Rather they gave everything to serve the Lord. 1 John 2:6 clearly states that “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” Looking at the life of Jesus Christ, it becomes evident that we have to make a commitment to walk as Jesus walked and live a life completely devoted to God. 1 John 2:17 reminds us of the blessing we receive if we persevere: “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”