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Positioned like a see-saw

I remember sitting under a teaching a few years back about how our posture as a disciple of Jesus Christ should be with one hand stretched upwards to someone in a mentoring capacity.. to someone who is further along in their walk with The Lord than us. Meanwhile, the other arm reaches down, ‘pulling up’, encouraging & discipling someone coming along behind us.  Someone that is a little further back in their walk with The Lord than where we are.

The person you’re reaching up to has a little more life experience than you, so is able to teach and help you through similar situations.  In turn, you can teach & help the one you are encouraging, because of the trials, struggles and victories you have walked through.

I also remember receiving an image about this, back when sitting under that teaching, of one long road with people littered all along it, all at different stages.  I probably should have drawn in it seeing as I wasn’t able to find something that I felt represented it, but this gives you an idea.

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When I had this come to mind last night, the Holy Spirit gave me an image of a seesaw, but it wasn’t like one end was completely up and the other completely down…. it’s not normally positioned in that way, and I don’t believe it would be nearly as effective either.  I think the image of a set of scales where one end has a slightly heavier weight onboard than the other shows a more accurate picture of the common situation, but as the ‘weight’ part of the image makes no sense, I think the seesaw is better.

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This one is more like it.

The person reaching down needs to have the HUMILITY required to fulfil this role in another’s life, while also having the WISDOM to take on this responsibility.

Something that simple cannot be in the equation is pridefulness !!!

Just because I like definitions, let’s look at some now…

First, a ‘secular’ definition of Humility –the quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance.  While in essence, this is true, I don’t like it one bit as it doesn’t sit well with me when you consider that we are a temple of The Holy Spirit.  We have the power of Christ within us, so when I consider our ROLE in God’s Kingdom, we certainly do not have a low level of importance.  I guess what it comes down to though is the importance of that role, as opposed to the importance of us as a person.  That’s where the pridefulness can come into it.  If we are prideful about our own importance & think that that importance is  seperate to God, that’s when we will run into trouble.

A biblical definition of Humility  –God says when you are humble, you are free from pride and arrogance. You know that in your flesh you are inadequate, yet you also know who you are in Christ.  I LOVE this !!!  So so true !! Free from pride & arrogance !!

Now for Wisdom… the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise.

Not bad…. let’s look at it from a biblical point of view though.

Wisdom begins and ends with the fear of the Lord. It isn’t a fear of being struck by lightning or fear of being struck dead but it’s a deep, abiding, holy reverence and respect for the Lord and for His Word, the Bible. The Book of Proverbs has more to say about wisdom than any other book in the Bible. For example in Proverbs 9:10 Solomon, who was the wisest man on earth, at least until Christ came, said that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Where there is fear, there tends to be obedience and God has said He prefers obedience over sacrifice (1 Sam 15:22; Hosea 6:6). Sometimes obedience comes before understanding and when someone obeys what they know to be true, understanding usually follows. Wisdom begins with reverence for God and a fear for Him and His Word. That’s where wisdom begins. Where there is no fear of the Lord, there can never be any true wisdom. It’s just not possible.

Now, both these two traits can be tricky, and not always easy to uphold, especially in weakness during struggle.  It takes real DISCIPLINE to be HUMBLE & use WISDOM  to take the right path when in a struggle or under attack.

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Two other words that I really think needs to come into the scenario is COMMITMENT & RESPONSIBILITY !!  We need to be there for our ‘person’ at all times, even at times of our own struggles.  The only way we can do that is by walking closely with The Lord, digging into The Word & being accountable.

As a mentor, your role is to teach and inspire by words and example, so you can come alongside someone in their personal development and learning development using your life, Christian experiences, and education as tools.. You are a role model to someone. This is a precious responsibility that is to be taken seriously, but also enjoyed. You need to be one who is growing in the Lord, and who takes His Word and precepts to heart and to life. Because someone is placing his or her trust as a counselor and teacher in you, you need to be real and growing to do this right. Therefore, you are the one the Lord will use to provide opportunities for spiritual learning, development, and growth.

Matthew 12:36 & 37 tell us … I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,  for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Words hold power peeps.. in so many ways, so be careful with your words !!!

If The Lord entrusts you with a ‘mentee’  (that’s probs not actually a word, but you know what I mean) then see it as the privilege that it is, and ENJOY it, but never ignore the commitment and the responsibility that goes along with it.

Oh.. and one last thing…. DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS RESPONSIBILITY !!  Treat it as the GIFT that it is.  You will grow through every moment as a mentor too… it’s not a one-way deal.  Another thing that has been evident in my walk and I believe I can pass onto others and it be of help, is this…  When God leads you in a different direction… be it towards a different person, or away from a person…. LISTEN TO HIM & ACT ON IT !!

Maybe you will be in a mentor type relationship with someone for a very long time, but often you will not.  People with this need or gifting come in & out of our lives at GOD’S will, not ours !!!  We may be of help, or receive help from someone for a season and that be all God intended for each of our journeys.  When that happens…  seek confirmation from Him.. and then accept & move on, being ever watchful for new doors being opened.

Isn’t it FUN being a child of God !!!!!  Seriously, I LOVE IT !!!!  So much to learn, grow in and become !!!!

Blessings peeps !!!  xox

 

 

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

 

Being in good company

I’m gonna be honest. .  I’m struggling tonight. 
I want to be walking the right path.. I NEED to be walking the right path as I have little eyes watching me and little ears listening to me.  (and some big eyes & ears too)
However these very encouraging facts don’t make the path any easier.  The bumps are still there,  the ‘stones’ are still thrown, the misconceptions of me by others are still there. 
I solidly believe that I not only witness to my children through things that I say,  but possibly even more so by things that I DON’T.  When I’m abused by a family member and I don’t respond in like tone or with harsh words.  When I’m treated like a ‘goodie-two-shoes’ but choose to stay silent and not ‘defend myself’.
When I’m outright verbally attacked,  but refuse to take the bait and retaliate. .. they see that.   & you know what else they see… the frustration on the person’s face when I won’t lower myself to their level. 
Isn’t it interesting (& frustrating) that we can KNOW that God’s opinion is the only one that matters and yet the darts fired by others still hurt.  I often wish that I was impervious to these comments etc but I also know that I am taught a lesson through everything single dig at me,  every single comment made. .. and every single not-so-subtle insult on Facebook. 
I actually started this blog last night but the fact that I stopped part way through turned out to be a blessing in itself as I actually needed to be reminded of my own words when dealing with someone today.  
Praise The Lord it was actually a really great day today spent at the beach with Miss 14 & niece 17 (well great day except for the sunburnt back of the legs. .. what on earth).  Lots of time to think and talk to Jesus while the girls were out paddle boarding.  Something about being at the beach (I think it’s actually in any natural setting) that gets me closer to God.

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I am constantly blown away of late with the relevance of each mornings devotion and how it has been speaking directly into current situations & struggles. If you don’t do a morning devotion,  I’d really encourage you to as it is just the BEST way to start the day. 
So, getting back to my title. .. with all that I’ve been dealing with in days of late… I am comforted knowing that Jesus was hated,  he was ridiculed,  he was treated as a fool… so when I feel treated like this. . I know I’m in good company. 
Blessings peeps xox

Tween drama queen to Homeschooled young lady – the journey continues.

Now, before I begin, to clarify, I am by no means saying that Homeschooling is the only way to end up with a balanced, mature young lady.  I could sit here and rattle off a HUGE list of women I know who came out of school in EXACTLY the position I would like to see Jaz finish her schooling in.  Both from state schools and from Christian schools…..  actually when I think of it… probably more were from state schools.  :0)

So….  my blog entry scheduled for today is to share with you all the journey I am on alongside my 13yr old daughter.  Yes, she was certainly heading towards being a full-blown tween drama queen when she was still at school last year & the year prior.  Going back to year 6 though, my daughter was actually living a bit of a double life.  At school, she was a somewhat nasty, foul mouthed little so & so. (much to my great sadness finding out later.). At home, she was predominantly a sweet, lovely natured girl.  When she hit the end of yr 6 with few friends due to her school behaviour, she finally broke down to me one day and confessed her sin issues.  I had certainly been in contact communication with Miss 13 through these times… with nightly devotions, family prayer time etc etc.  Issues were discussed.. our heart condition towards others etc etc.  She KNEW she was doing the wrong thing, but focussed too much on what others thought of her, instead of knowing who she was IN CHRIST !!

After the ‘opening up’ discussion in the end of grade 6, I spent a lot of time through those school holidays between year 6 & 7 speaking into her life in regards to where her identity lies.  She had a good grasp on this (for a 12yr old) by the time January school start time rolled around.  We had come up with several plans to put in place going into year 7 in order to rectify the situation she had created for herself the previous year.  I seriously could not have been prouder of her for going ahead and taking my advice when heading into Year 7.  She went off to the first day of grade 7 with a blank slate… no friendship expectations, no plans to return to ‘old groups’ etc.  My main suggestions to her were – 1. Don’t seek out just ONE best friend…  seek out a group of girlfriends.  2. Treat these girls as you would like them to treat you. & 3.  Repair damage from the previous year… even if it took the entire year.

Within a few weeks of year 7, she had found herself in a rather large group of girls ( 8-10 girls).  This was exactly what I wanted for her… no big pressures to be close BEST friends with anyone in particular.  She also had some repairing to do with those she had hurt the previous year.  The entire year 7 school year consisted of Jaz seeking opportunities to individually apologise to those who needed apologising to.  I am so pleased to say she didn’t have a single negative response.  Don’t get me wrong, not everyone decided to remain close friends with her, but that’s ok.  Lots of the girls had grown in different areas anyway and therefore sought different personalities in friendships etc.

Even though Jaz managed to apologise to all throughout year 7, she still struggled to get past the issue of caring too much what people thought of her.  If I had a dollar for the amount of times she said to me “Mum, you don’t understand, things are different at school to when you were there.”  Sorry chicken, but no…. it’s still the same… even out of school.  I was actually going through some friendship issues myself in this year, so I could identify with Jaz in several areas.  It’s HARD when friends grow apart, in ways you never thought would happen.  It’s even harder when you decide to follow God’s will when it is so opposite to what you would really prefer to do.  Friendships are like any relationship.. they require work, and Godly direction, at all times.

Another thing that greatly helped Jaz last year was a very small youth group/Bible study that she attended every 2nd Friday night.  She was able to open up in these settings and discuss things we were delving into in our devotions etc.  We’d been covering things like modesty in her clothing choices (coz you know, the height of fashion for a grade 7er was denim undies.. cringe.), boyfriend/girlfriend relationships cropping up at school, conversation topics, entertainment choices (movies & songs etc.) & lots more.   Jaz was making some great choices, but found it hard coming up against her group of friends at school who didn’t agree.

So, coming to the end of Year 7 at the end of last year, Jaz had a few good friends, but none who were walking the same path as her.  None put The Lord in their decision making process, and Jaz was trying so hard to do that.

When, in September, we seriously began considering Homeschooling our children for the following year, we began to spend more time with a family we’ve known for years.  We actually met them at school before they decided to begin their homeschooling journey.  Jaz & their daughter had been friends and continued (sometimes sporadically) to keep in contact even after they left the school.  So, not surprisingly, they were our first port of call when heading into our decision making.

Jaz found that here was the like-minded God focused friend she had been so desperately looking for.  Someone who’s parents shared the same parenting style and intentions, someone she could discuss her relationship with God with…. but someone who was FUN and great to be around as well !!!

Jaz has gone onto to make 4 other fantastic friends this year, who I believe she will have as friends for a very long time to come.  Gone are the days of having to explain why she won’t wear that, or watch that movie, or why she doesn’t know the lyrics to that particular song.

An interesting and encouraging note is that two friends she has had since birth basically are still here, and while they still are in that environment back at school, they enjoy spending time with Jaz & her new friends.  Others may not choose to make the same choices as Jaz is trying to, but they are witnessing these girls choice, which can only be fantastic.   It’s also a bit of a bonus that they are finding out that, hey… not all homeschool kids are freaks.  Bahahahahaha.

All of this comes back and ties in with how Jaz goes in her schoolwork also.  While she was at school, she was often effected emotionally by things that went on in friendship groups… differences in options etc.  This effected her schoolwork. :0( Of course, as a normal 12-13 yr old, she had struggles with wanting to be like everyone else.. wear what they wore, watch what they watch, know the lyrics to those songs that everyone was singing.  While knowing they were inappropriate choices, she also wanted to ‘blend in’ and be apart of the group.  Her wonderful attempts at making good Godly decisions and her emotions as a tween were butting heads.  For this reason, taking Jaz out of that environment has resulted in amazing spiritual growth & maturity.

Jaz also has benefited beyond measure from working independently.  I really believe it is her niche !!  She now thrives in ALL subject, as do all of my children.  They still have a little catching up to do in a couple of subjects, but across the board, they are doing fantastically.  I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…  Deciding to Homeschool our children this year has been the best decision we ever made.  I specify ‘this year’ because I have found that when people have asked me how things are going with HS, I’m always tempted to say “I wish I’d done it years ago.”, but in all honestly, God had not equipped me prior to late last year.  It just reinforces that God’s timing is SPOT ON… EVERY time !!

Some people would say that I am hiding my children away from the ‘real’ world, but I’m sorry. (actually I’m not.. LOL)  We, as a family, are choosing to live to a higher standard.  We are refusing to buy into this “It’s just the way it is these days.”

One of the issues I’m most pleased that Jaz has also found her ‘niche’ is relationships with boys.  From very early on, I encouraged Jaz to guard her heart and think very carefully in relation to boys.  In the school environment, there was so much pairing up.. and Jaz really struggled with it.  We have always encouraged our kids to befriend both girls & boys.  God already has our mate chosen, so really, why stress about it.  Enjoy the friendship of those around us and God will lead us to the one who He has chosen for us.  That was hard at school, as seeking a friendship with a boy automatically meant you had a ‘crush’ on him.. and wanted to be his girlfriend.  This is an area Jaz is really enjoying being in the HS community.  So many of the parent have these same beliefs so they all get on so well, with none of these pressures.  It’s really great to see.  Don’t get me wrong… I don’t think it automatically means we’ll have no issues in this area in the future… but I’m certainly hoping it’s minimised.

We are called to be bright shining lights in this increasingly dark world, and that is what I’m trying to instil in my children.  Yes, I’m up against a lot … but all I can do is press into The Lord in every part of life.. and make HOLY SPIRIT lead decisions.  Believe me, I KNOW I’ve chosen a tough road at times, but the destination is worth every stressful moment, every tear, every struggle, every setback.

For every stressful time, there is joy beyond measure.

For every tear there is buckets of laugher (coz man, God sure has a sense of humour at times.)

Every struggle is made bearable with numerous WINS

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Every setback comes cushioned on either side with GROWTH !!!!!!  Praise GOD for that !!

Here’s to the years ahead…  walking through this amazing journey with my beautiful daughter who loves The Lord, and while not always pulling it off, attempts to make great decisions !! (Let’s face it, do any of us ever pull it off without incident?  I know I don’t.)

I am so proud of her !!!

Now, to continue to tackle these boys…  LOL.  LORD, give me strength.  Lucky for me.. HE DOES !!!

Psalm 127:3-5 (ESV)
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 144:12 (ESV)
May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;

Blessings peeps !!!  

xox

 

 

HS Day 66 – Part 2 – A ‘testing’ day !!

Today was a day of testing !!  Being the last day of the month, we seal off our envelope for the month with attendance record & testing for the month of April.

I was keen to get as much testing done as possible as we did lose 2wks of April due to school holidays.

All 3 kids did amazingly well, with all doing at least 3 exams, and no results falling under 90%.  Jordan in particular has had a fantastic day of realising that his hard work is paying off.  I can tell him until I’m blue in the face that he’s improving, but he needs to see it in the way that is going to most effect him.   :0)

I tried something new this morning and made sure I was up before the kids woke, so that I could have my devotion time in peace.  It was a fantastic time with my God ! I will definitely be doing it in future.  An early night is needed prior though, as I’m not a super fantastic morning person…  I REALLY like my sleep.  LOL.  Thankfully, for my children’s sake, I’m not a grumpy morning person… I just don’t like getting out of bed if I haven’t had enough sleep.  I’m very blessed that my kids have always been very good morning sleepers, even as babies…  always sleeping until 7.  Love it !!!

I have just had a time of reading back over my prayer journal tonight.  I really think it’s a great habit to get into.. reading back over them.  It really shows you how you’ve grown, things you’ve survived, and reminds you of balls possibly dropped.  Sometimes it can be hard when you read over those particular issues that never seem to go away…. but on the other hand, it reminds you that you are brought through each and every panful event on that issue, and more often than not, something has been learnt each time.

It’s just started raining, so I”m going to head to bed, and finish my bible study time there, while listening to the sweet sound of raining falling on the roof.  The weather says we are in for a cold weekend (by Queensland standards anyway), so I’m looking forward to that.  Time to break out the scarves for a spell before heading to Tassie with them in only 5wks time.  They may even be needed next weekend at Cania Gorge.  It seems to get a good few degrees cooler at night up there.

OK.. Nighty night peeps !!

Blessings.  xox

HS Day 60 – Day 1, Term 2 – Back into it !!!

I saw a post of PB just now that read “For crying out loud !! Give me strength !!”

That basically covers my day….  not for any reasons related to the kids, but because of having to spend hours.. and yes, I mean hours, on hold with Telstra !!  (Australia’s main telecom, for those OS).

I work on a Mac (Yes, I can hear cheering.. LOL), so I haven’t had any dealings with virus and the like since my DH bought me my Mac over two years ago.  They really are fantastic machines in that way.  However, I seem to have picked up something nasty through an email, and even though my Mac has stopped it going any further into my computer, it still caused enough problems within my email program, to require the hours on the phone with Telstra.  (Insert incredibly sad face here.)

Seeing as my Dear Husband has been a Telstra employee for over 27yrs, I’m caught between a rock & a hard place with these people.  We do receive very generous discounts while having our services with them… but man, days like today make me want to go to one of the competitors.

OK…  Rant over….  now onto the good stuff !!!

We have headed into Term 2 today very well on track…  if not slightly ahead of the game for the year.  This is a fantastic position to be in as we have a few trips in the next couple of months that will make schooling unsettled at those times.

We are heading off to explore Cania Gorge in a couple of weeks.  Terry has wanted to do it for a while now after a work colleague raved about it.  After researching the area, I am now quite looking forward to the trip.  Also, we bought a 4WD on the weekend which we are picking up t’row.  We bought it mainly for this trip as there are lots of great 4WD opportunities in the area.

Here’s a link if you interested in checking it out.

http://www.top100experiences.com.au/listing/cania-gorge/

I’m also pretty excited about the new car as it has 8 seats, so we can go back to being able to fit friends and cousins in the car when needed.

OK.. back to the schooling info for the day….  Jordan did his maths test today.  While it is a very tedious time for him, the results were fantastic.  He struggles to grasp concepts, so I am trying to find as many VISUAL ways for him to wrap his mind around things maths related.  I’ve drawn a fair few pizzas and cakes of late while working through decimals & fractions.  :0)

Another part of our school day was a trip to the dentist for James.  He has an overcrowding issue going on, so we’ve been referred to an Orthodontist to discuss a solution.  Jaz has another check up scheduled in a few weeks for having her braces put on, so we’ve managed to get in at that same time slot.  He needs X-rays prior to that appointment, so they’ll be interesting to see as his teeth really are all over the place.

On another topic, we started a new family devotion after dinner tonight which was good.  It was actually a YouTube clip along with some bible passages to read, so that was entertaining for the kids.  I’m really looking forward to sticking to this practice after dinner each night.  The kids always enjoy those family times.  We used to do ‘couch time’  (From Growing Kids God’s Way) when the kids were younger and the kids still talk about it, and want to continue it.  However, as couch time is more about Mum & Dad time then family time, we really feel that, while couch time was hugely beneficial when the kids were younger, it’s more the conversing as a family that they require now.

On yet another point…  Yesturday when we were out driving, looking at a possible next investment property decision, Terry mentioned ‘When it’s just the two of us in our retirement.” (referring to when we’ll live in a much smaller property, without children at home.)  It got me thinking of what it’ll be like then… when the kids have flown the coup.  Of course, it made me a little sad, but I don’t tend to dwell on it usually as it is so far down the track. (However, I’m sure it will go in the blink of an eye :0(… )  It suddenly got me wondering yesturday whether by deciding to Homeschool my children, I’ve actually set myself up for an even harder time ?? I’d love to hear other Homeschooling Mum’s opinion or experiences on this.  I am already so used to having the kids with me at all times.  When they leave the nest, am I going to find it even harder without them ?

I really can’t wait to hear back from some of you on this.

Blessings Peeps !

xox

 

Enjoying some quiet time with my God !!

My quiet times this week have been so helpful to me. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I tend to go through ebbs & flows when it comes to quality daily quiet time with God .
My prayer, or rather my two conversations, with my Heavenly Father are usually constant.. Like an open phone line never put down.. But when it comes to really good quality, put everything else aside, kinda time… I can fluctuate. 😦
At the moment, I’m finding I’m on fire with my quiet time, journaling and bible study.. But, as I said, I’m so used to this pattern of having these things slowly fall away for a time.. I find myself so strongly wanting to find ways to avoid this happening.
It’s actually quite a conundrum seeing as I love, and I mean LOVE, these times.. Getting into the word bigtime, fantastic praise & worship + quiet time in the evenings, daily devotionals etc. it always confuses me how I let these times slip away. I enjoy it so much… How on earth do I allow myself to fall out of these fantastic habits?
So… I’m here.. Blogging about it … Making myself accountable to you all !! I’m going to do my level best to STAY ON THE PATH SET BEFORE ME !!!
Blessings peeps !!!
xox

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