So, we’re really on the countdown now to the first day of school for 2016. Australia Day next Tuesday, and then into the thick of things on Wednesday…. our 3rd year as a Homeschool family. Woo Hoo !!! Praise The Lord !!
This year is shaping up to be very different, very exciting, very eye opening… and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us !!
Miss 14 & Master 13 are starting on online DE this year, which is very exciting for them. Master 10 will continue with ACE for another year before going onto online also for Grade 7 in 2017.
If anyone of you are wondering, Yes, we are going to be continuing our Character Traits training. We’ll assign one in the second week of school, so I’ll keep you posted on that.
But…. and here’s the super exciting news that I am soooooooooooooo excited to share with you all… I am officially enrolled in Bible College as a full time student this year !! I’m doing a Cert IV in Christian Leadership, and I simply cannot even express how exciting and expectant I am about doing these studies.
I developed a crazy love of Bible Study about 4yrs ago when I decided to do Beth Moore’s Esther study. I loved how it pulled the verses apart and delved into the original translations in order to fully explain a passage. It was at that time that I began to ‘word study’ also, which is always blows me away.. just how much the Bible can be explored and expanded.
So, ever since then, I’ve done study after study, covering different books of the bible, or particular topics. When I haven’t been engrossed in a planned out study, I’ll search Youtube for fantastic speakers, covering relevant topics that I felt lead to address at that particular time. I particular love Francis Chan, Louie Giglio, Jefferson & Alyssa Bethke, and many others.
With all this in mind, I do understand why when I told DH that I wanted to do Bible College this year, his reaction was “Don’t you basically do that constantly anyway… for free?” (LOL). Yes, I guess I could continue along with how I’ve been doing things, and I’m sure I’d continue to learn and grow in The Lord, but I really wanted to sink my teeth into something thick and juicy !!
After doing my research, I have enrolled with a Bible College that is based interstate, but runs through our church. While, I’m not able to physically go along to the groups at church, I will at least have others to be able to bounce things off, knowing that they are studying similar topics etc. Doing the study online really does suit me so well too because of everything being digital, it means I can enlarge print etc to what I need. I would certainly struggle with textbooks etc, as they are notoriously small.
In a couple of weeks, Miss 14s dance schedule will start up again, along with Soccer for the boys. Life groups & Youth group will start up, and the wheels of the school term will start turning at a mind boggling speed. It’s great to sit back in the assurance that God totally has this !! He knows what the year contains, and is currently preparing & equipping us for it.
I feel blessed beyond measure for so many reasons. The main ones being married to my DH, watching him grow into everything God has for him, being able to homeschool my children and have every day with them, having a great family, and the most amazingly faithful and true friends a girl could ever ask for. There are so many other blessings I could list, but you get my drift. This year is looking crazy awesome and it’s only Jan 20.
Disclaimer – Sadly, when you make the decision to live out Micah 6:8 and other similar passages, the enemy gets a tad upset and throws everything he can at you. I’ve been attacked in ways these past few days that I never even saw coming. So, remember peeps, SHIELDS UP !!!!! 1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?