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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger

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October 2015

Why worry… God totally has this !!

Who woulda thought, but man oh man, it’s complicated making decisions in regards to your children’s schooling pathway.  As you al know, I homeschool my 3 treasures, but it’s more accurate to say that they do Distance Education.  We are ‘homeschooling’ this particular semester due to changes at the school we were enrolled with, but this was always going to be a temporary arrangement until I found the best DE fit for my children.  I thought I had found it when I was told of a new College opening only 2 suburbs away, but further investigation proved that maybe it wasn’t.  Nothing against their curriculum or activities on offer, (that, in fact, was awesome) but I’ve been finding that my children are getting rather bored with their ACE paces.  While they probably would have reasonably happily continued with their paces throughout their schooling, I don’t believe I’m being a responsible parent to just continue with something they’ll toretate, but should find something that they will actually LOVE. (well, ok, at least really like.)

DH has also shown some concern over this year and last with the kids not doing a huge amount of computer work, with their curriculum being almost 100% paperwork etc.  This is always been a little bit of a concern for us as it doesn’t entirely prepare them for university where they will predominantly work on computer, transferring files, uploading /downloading files, making spreadsheets, scanning in & emailing images, getting files from one digital device to another etc etc.  As well as future workplace proceedures possibly involving all of the above and maybe more.  The on-line DE will much more thoroughly prepare them for the future.

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So, as a result, everyone is very happy with the decision to go with on-line DE as of first semester 2016.  Well, Master 10 won’t be so happy, as he has a further year of paces before he can go onto on-line curriculum as a grade 7er in 2017.

It has certainly been an interesting journey if I look back on the kids starting school, until now.  It seemed like it was going to be such a seamless pathway.  In lots of ways it was while they were at ‘mainstream’ school, but I guess with Miss 14 getting into the high school subjects, it makes things a bit more challenging.  Decisions needs to be made etc so as to have the BEST pathway mapped out for her to reach her desired goal.  And with Master 13 only two years behind her in school, these decisions aren’t far away for him either.

While the ACE paces hold a lot of great content, and revise a lot of important topics often, they are proving to be a little boring for the kids at the end of this second year.  Now, having said that, I don’t want to knock ACE as a curriculum as I really do think it is a sound resource, but I think it just comes down to different kids suiting different styles of learning, etc.  It is a real blessing to have been able to have these 2yrs with all 3 kids at home on the ACE paces and I don’t regret this pathway.

God has truly been so faithful to us through this time. One of those ‘memories’ came up on FB last week. It was a memory of the school holidays ending 5 yrs ago and I was saying that I would miss the kids when they returned to school, and then jokingly said “Maybe I should homeschool them”…. followed by a comment that went something like this “Nah, I care too much for my sanity to do that. LOL”  Very funny to read back on when you see how the journey mapped out later.  Is my Sanity in place??  Probably not at times (LOL), but I know that I’ve followed God’s leading throughout.

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With all this in mind, it makes me pretty excited to see what God has in store for us in the future.  Even when something has seemed confusing or illogical, we’ve always been able to look back and see that it was the best path for us as a family…. proving that God’s totally got this !!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

I can’t blog about this without once again mentioning the great Godly friendships that I have in my life, both homeschooling Mums, mainstream school Mums, and also educators.  I know that God has placed these people in my life to confirm leading from Him.  (& when needed, correct me of misunderstood leading.).  It’s also beyond beneficial to have friends going through the same decisions and being able to discuss things with them, bouncing ideas off one another etc.  I am also so grateful for the help we’ve had from seasoned homeschool parents who’s children are through and now into university, or even completely through uni and now in the workforce.  It’s been of great encouragement to have these seasoned HS parents to speak to as it really highlights how much diversity can be in a child’s schooling pathway.  For example, I have some friends who have solely schooled with ACE from Prep to 12 and now their children are either in Uni or successful in the workforce, others did part HS (with ACE or other great curriculum) and part on-campus schooling.  (This seems to be more prevalent in the southern states… it doesn’t seem to happen so much up here… although that could be changing.)

Also, there are many situations where children are HS’d up to grade 10 and then they go to a good day school for senior. I just love the diversity and that we as parents can really take control of our children’s education and make sure they are learning in a way that is best for them as a whole person !!

There are certain elements of our homeschooling lives that I won’t change with the transfer over to this new DE plan.  The most obvious being normal household chores and responsibilities (Some might be saying “Well, why would you think of changing these anyway?” but I’m mentioning it because some of these are within the school day, so I’m just making the point that these will continue around the on-line schooling set-up.).  The 2nd being our Character training.  I’ll still have the kids work on a particular character trait and corresponding scripture verse for a period of time that I will determine as suitable.  Also, excursions separate to those of the school we’ll be enrolled with.  I will continue to attend other homeschool excursions, as well as organise excursions with other homeschoolers.

So now to dive into the on-line diagnostic testing !!  Woot Woot !!  Fun times ahead !

Blessings Peeps !!  xox

 

Interceding expectantly for a tiny wee soldier

Last night, Lucas was 1wk old !!  I cannot even tell you how proud I am of him & his parents over that week.  Lucas has grown, developed, achieved, surprised and impressed.  His parents have carried themselves with dignity & grace, even under pressure and great emotional & physical stress.

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Lucas still hasn’t reached his birth weight as yet, but he’s not far off, and at the rate his 3hrly feeds are increasing, he’ll achieve it in no time at all.  We received some amazing news last night that his brain scan results were all clear.  No evidence of bleeds whatsoever.  There was some concern for possible lack of oxygen for the 2days prior to his birth last Wed night.

Now, I’m sure a lot of people would just say that he was ‘lucky’ or ‘dodged a bullet’, but I KNOW that it isn’t the case.  We had many many people praying for him and this exact issue within hours of his birth.  These faithful prayer warriors have joined us in covering Lucas in prayer ever since then.  This isn’t a fluke…  God healed him !!  Or, if there was nothing there to begin with, it was because Jesus held him in his arms during that time.  Remember my prayer time for Lucas last week when my sister was praying over him and I saw Jesus cradling him in his hands while my sister interceded for him?  God had him covered not just then, but long before his parents even thought to add him to their little family.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:13

So many people have rallied around during this time.  Not just prayer warriors, but practical help too when we needed to move this little family from one house to another.  Meals have been made and delivered.  Caring for Lucas’ big brother.  Driving here there and everywhere.  Yes, these things are, to some degree, just what you do as friends and family of someone in need, but it’s also when you see Jesus with skin on.  When someone will set aside their own time to cook meals for another family, it’s not just a ‘nice’ thing that someone decides to do, but it’s them letting Jesus shine out of them and into the meals they deliver.

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,  Ephesians 6:18

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24

This scripture ties in with one of my recent blogs about prayer.  THIS is how I have been praying for Lucas this past week, not asking or begging for healing, or clear scans etc, but DECLARING that he IS healed and that his scans were GOING TO BE clear.   So, last night, while it was great to get the practical confirmation, I can’t say that I was actually surprised, or even relieved, because this is what I EXPECTED to be the outcome.

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Further comfort is knowing just how much Jesus cares for His little children.  I literally SAW it last week when I was shown him holding Lucas when he was still in my nieces’ belly.  The love shining out of him and down onto Lucas was, to say the least, AMAZEBALLS !!!

Lucas could not have shown his warrior side more evidently since his arrival.  He continues to impress the nurses caring for him,  achieving goals that weren’t expected this early at all.  I particularly funny thing happened the other night in the nursery when Lucas’ Mumma was still in hospital and went down to him with some expressed breast milk in the middle of the night.  He was unsettled, so the nurses asked if my niece wanted to give him some skin on skin time to settle him.   My niece was just asking the nurse how long it would be before she could breastfeed and the nurse replied that it would be at least a few more weeks.. and then waa-laa..  Lucas latched on !!  Woot Woot !!!  Way to feed like a BOSS !!!!

But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 1 Thes 2:7

Tomorrow, Lucas will be transferred to a closer hospital.  This will make it easier for his parents to visit him each day.  We are so thankful for the NICU staff… they go above and beyond in all situations.  There’s clearly a lot of Jesus shining out of them, as it must be a tough gig to work in. Things wouldn’t always work out well, and I can only imagine how hard that would be.  Makes me realise that people like this need to be prayed for regularly.  Another slip of paper for the war room perhaps.

Ok peeps….  I’ll continue to update you on Lucas’ journey.  If you are joining us in #praingforlucas . …. Thank you so much !!

Blessings xox

A great Warrior is born !!

Last night we welcomed the newest member to our extended family, Master Lucas.  9wks early and arriving in dramatic form via emergency c-section.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16)

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My gorgeous niece had been struggling in her pregnancy the last few weeks so it wasn’t a huge surprise for this to happen, but it still was hard to process when it did happen.  However, I’m not here to blog about the dramatic experience but to tel you about my prayer time in the shower this morning… (Sorry for the visual.. LOL)

Quite often when I’m particularly praying over a situation, God will speak to me in pictures etc.  Last weekend fro example, when my niece was in hospital and I knew my sister was praying over at the time, I was shown a picture of the scene.  My niece in the hospital bed, my sister praying over her, and JESUS cradling the baby in his hands… like literally IN HIS HANDS.  Hard to explain, but it just shows that there is no limits or barriers between what he can do for us.  A mere human body doesn’t stop him cradling that baby in his hands.  I’m drawing on that image a lot today as I have Master LK on my mind & heart.

When praying for him this morning, I was given an image of the NICU and Lucas’s incubator, nurses in the background and lots of activity, but a pointed PEACE amongst the activity with Jesus having his hands through the holes in the incubator, resting them gently on the baby.   He can’t be touched more than is needed at present, and I had been thinking that he would miss that skin to skin human touch, especially from his mother, so to receive this image and know that he IS feeling human touch by his Heavenly Father was very comforting.

In the same prayer time, I was told that Lucas was a strong warrior !  That he would need to use his amazing strength far earlier than he should have had to, but nevertheless, I was shown that God has equipped him for this struggle ahead. He has blessed him with strength, perseverance, resilience, determination, patience and an amazing tolerance for the difficulties ahead, as well as an anticipated appreciation for the victories !!!

As an added prayer request with this blog entry, my precious niece is also in ICU with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).  If you don’t know much about DKA, (neither did I until I researched it at 11pm last night. :0)

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.

The condition develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin. (in my nieces case it was because she went through a severe emotional trauma.  aka..  scared poopless and then being rushed to surgery with the safety of her baby in question.)  Insulin normally plays a key role in helping sugar (glucose) — a major source of energy for your muscles and other tissues — enter your cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as fuel. This process produces a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if untreated.

I’d really appreciate it if you could pray for Lucas and his Mummy, Daddy, big brother as well as the extended family.  Each of them will have their own difficulties and sacrifices to make in the weeks ahead and will need God’s strength like never before.  Also, we need to pray that there are absolutely no adverse effects from Lucas’ dramatic arrival.  I’m beyond thankful to know that God totally has this !!!

I am constantly reminded though that, worries aside, Lucas is an amazing blessing from The Lord and he will be much loved in our family.  I know that he will show amazing strength to all of us around him, and be an amazing example to all that meet him.  And above all, I know that he is FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE !!!

Blessings Peeps  xox

Passion is your fuel.. Clarity is your power !!

Sunday afternoon took us to church at the unusual time of 4.30pm due to the NRL Grand Final coming on at 7.  (Yay for a footy loving Pastor. LOL)  There was a guest speaker (Andrew Stone) bringing a message and I went expectant.  I was not disappointed !!  I really wanted to share some points with you from that message as it really spoke to me.

The general topic was PRAYER… and that we should go before The Lord with a THANKFUL, or agreeing heart, for that which He has already blessed us with, as opposed to ASKING for this, that & the other.  As I’ve done a fair bit of reading on the topic of prayer and intercession over the last few years, I was already very aware that our Heavenly Father already has all for us that we could ever need, He has already blessed us with all we will need, but so often we fail to CLAIM it.

There’s a story that I’ve heard a few times about a man going up to heaven. An angel shows him around, but seems to avoid a big white warehouse in the centre of heaven.  The man insists on seeing inside, against the angels suggestion that he will not like what he sees.  When the door is opened and the man sees what is inside, a look of amazement crosses his face, followed by a sad look of realisation.  The angel says “Yes, this warehouse is full of those of God’s blessings that His children DID NOT claim.”

After doing the reading I have done, I’ve come to the realisation that I need to go before the Lord not to ask for such and such to be dealt with, fixed, altered, healed or whatever is needed for that particular situation, but with a thankful heart that is already HAS been handled. For example, in regards to my DH not having the personal relationship with God that I would like, I THANK Him that he DOES.  Even though that isn’t the reality right now… I chose to CLAIM what will one day be.  I’m EXPECTANT in all situations.  Now, don’t get me wrong… that isn’t always easy… and sometimes I fail at this and revert to asking, pleading, begging etc etc… but I can usually pull myself out of the funk reasonably quickly.

OK… back to Sunday’s message.

Humanity cages what it cannot control.  Man oh man.. how true is this !!  If we can’t make it work for us, we ‘cage’ it into what we can control.  Andrew used the parallel of a caged circus animal to a caged zoo animal in a conservation zoo.  They are both ‘caged’ but with very different intent by the person in control of the lock & key.  If we use the diagram with real people, Someone who is out of control will need lots of limitations placed on them, and under the wrong guidance, can become a bit of ‘entertainment’ to others.  Whereas someone who cares for that person and wants nothing more than their healing, will make very different choices in their ‘confinement’.  There was lots more to this but I’m not covering it in this post… as it really could make a separate post of it.

Matthew 17:20 –He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”[a]

I LOVED what he had to share about this verse.. and in particular, the mustard seed.  Who has ever thought that compared to God’s power, we need just this tiny amount of faith in comparison, for Him to work in our lives? But Andrew suggest that maybe it more speaks to the enemy’s scheme and how just a small mustard seed of faith in God’s power can dismantle his schemes.

Mark 11:22-24 –And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received[a] it, and it will be yours.  (What sea was he speaking of?? The Dead Sea…. where things cannot live.. and HOLD NO WEIGHT…. Cool right !! )

Isaiah 54:10 –For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Ezekiel 37:26-27 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land[a] and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

This brought us into looking into Peace – “Peace is not the lack of problem but rather the superior state in the midst of it.”

LOVE is the motivation..  GRACE is the meditation…  and PEACE is the manifestation.

Peace – Emptying ourselves so that God can FILL US.  Shalom – Breaking your agreement with a lie.

I have always loved the word ‘Shalom’, and like most people, just think of Peace when I see it, say it etc, but it was fascinating to delve further into the word and see what is behind the word when looking at the original Hebrew.

SHALOM – Destroying the authority attached to Caos.

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I wish I could have found the image he used as it described it a little better, but if you see the word secure you can see the parallel of attach.  Also leader can easily be paralelled with authority (shepherds staff…  the shepherd was the authority over the sheep.).  It could read almost as well using the words in this image.  Destroy the leader secured by caos.

OK peeps… Lots to ponder on as always.  God’s word is awesome like that…. we can get a new thing from a scripture or even a word, that we haven’t previously seen.

Blessings xox

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