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.
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.
6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 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?
- Submit and surrender yourselves to God and His will.
- Repent and turn away from any sin in your life and do not allow the devil to get a foothold.
- Seek God and study His word.
- Purify your hearts.
- Mourn, weep and grieve over our sinfulness.
- Do all this for the Lord with a pure heart and He will lift you up.
If you won’t humble ourselves, God will!
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?
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.
Here are 8 TIPS to consider before you start or join a co-op
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Define expectations Refreshing midweek break or high level of additional academics
- Define Structure Scheduled classes or flexibility, homework assignments and deadlines or no required additional work
- Extend grace We are all human and have our strength and weaknesses, this includes our very own self;)
- 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
- Continue to prayerfully give your co-op into God’s hands
We haven’t even made it through January and the stores are already flooded with Valentine’s Day products. According to a recent statistic on spending habits, the average consumer spends $136.57 on Valentine’s Day merchandise and services totaling in a US spending of around $19 billion. Considering that most of these items will end up in our landfills shortly after, we need to ask ourselves if this is the love scripture describes. It is the contrast between love defined in worldly sense and in a biblical sense.
It is our prayer that we will view Valentine’s Day differently this year. That we will use this time of the year as a starting point to live our life for Christ by sharing His love with those around us. Not in talk alone, but in deeds. We created this fun Valentine’s Day countdown to reflect as a families on love God demonstrated, how His love transforms, how we can love one another, but also remind us that His love is everlasting.
Here is the printable Valentine’s Day Challenge . The countdown starts February 1st with a daily scripture about God’s love as well as a daily challenge for your family. Day 14 marks a day to celebrate as a family the love God has given us for one another as well as discuss how the Lord has worked in our hearts these past two weeks. It is our prayer that through this, each of our families will make a commitment to continue living a life which reflects the Lord’s love in everything we do and say. What a beautiful way to bond…in love…
Print the downloadable pdf file on cute paper making sure you are printing on the white back.
Cut and arrange all verses and pictures.
Fold verses in half and staple into a heart shape making sure pattern is outside. Continue inter looping hearts into a chain.
Assemble the remaining pieces.
Cut one heart a day starting on the 1st of February. read the verse and complete the challenge. The back of the large heart has the final challenge for day 14. Surprise!!
A fun family Valentine’s Day dinner celebrating God’s Love for us, how he has worked in our hearts and a time to make a commitment to continue to living out the gospel daily!
Simone and Kerstin
Counting it all Joy
While we unclogged our pipe in our house, God reminded me of something important.