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Shift your focus

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Isn’t it funny how a curve ball can come at you, throw you off your feet, only to feel the comforting arms of The Lord around you as He gently lowers you back onto your feet.

That was my morning this morning, actually, my last 48hrs, but the most eye opening and teachable moments were this morning.  After the emotional roller coaster of the events of my day yesturday, I, naively, thought I would wake up today and be all good to go, but I wasn’t.  In fact, I was in a bad way.  I was teary for hours, feeling very isolated and vulnerable to the enemy.  One of those times where you KNOW that you need to be holding up your shield, but simply can’t, no matter how hard you try.  Yes, it was one of those times.

A wise friend suggested that a great thing to do in these situations is to shift your focus onto someone else.  Pray into someone’s else struggles.  You would have thought I would have found that just as hard to do, but in fact it wasn’t.  I was able to get busy in my war room and go to battle for a dear friend.  Not only did I feel better when I stood up from there, but I felt stronger, invigorated, and so so ready to head into battle for the issues I was wrestling with.

Isn’t God AWESOME !!!!

On top of that, I had started Alyssa Bethke’s ‘Power of the Psalms’ bible study last week, and my usual routine is to do a session every second night if I can, but life just got hectic I guess and I actually hadn’t moved onto the next session.  So, today, I sat down in front my Mac to do the session, and was literally BLOWN AWAY by the content !!  I suppose, being realistic, I should have expected it to help me after the last couple of days (It is the Psalms after all.), but it still freshly astounded me of God’s perfect timing that I had been delayed in watching this particular session, and it spoke directly to the wounds caused in previous days.   LOVE IT !!

Sidenote – A new thing I’ve decided to put on every blog entry if I can.  1.  What did I learn, or was I reminded of, today? and 2. What scriptures did I soak in today?

So, what did I learn, or was I reminded of, today?  Everything isn’t always about God taking your troubles away as soon as you ask, but maybe he has a job for you that will bring the healing you need !!

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What scriptures did I soak in today?  Romans 5:3-5 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

Psalm 42 – As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation[c] 6 and my God.
My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me.
8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?” 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

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

This ‘weeks’ character trait training !!

Yes, I have ‘week’ set apart as it seems we keep them for several weeks… I don’t think that’s a bad thing.. but it will make for a very loooooong journey… which isn’t the worst thing that could happen.

OK.. so our new CT to focus on for a ‘week’ is as follows :

Wisdom vs. Natural inclinations – Seeing & responding to life situations from God’s frame of reference. Proverbs 9:10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Man… this is certainly one we ALL wrestle with… that darn natural inclination kicks in very easily. It most likely stems from this worldview that we are fed constantly, that tells us that it’s all about us… we deserve all the we desire.. and in the words of Loreal Paris… “Because I’m worth it”.

It can definitely be challenging to see a situation from God’s frame of reference, as opposed to our own. It’s so easy to think (& sing.. LOL) “What about Me?.. it isn’t fair.. I’ve had enough, now I want my share.”

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The ears of the great horned owl allow it to “see” from a second perspective. The owl’s ears are offset so that it can hear in all directions. This allows an owl to recognize and track its prey using only the sounds of footsteps.

This is a very good way to consider things… Do we ‘listen’ and ‘see’ with all the skills we have at our disposal ? Most likely not. It is certainly a very WISE thing to do. Is this skill set in the owl the reason why it is thought to be such a wise creature? Very plausible.
Another very interesting observation… the bible rarely encourages us to seek ‘knowledge’, but repeatedly instructs us to seek ‘WISDOM’. I think it’s fairly safe to say that a LOT of people believe they are one and the same.

Job 12 : 12 -Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
I love this scripture and believe it is one largely ignored in the world. The respect of elders that even I had 30yrs ago as a child, seems to have disappeared. The respect shown by today’s teenagers, or even young adults, is lacking to say the least. I really think it’s a no-brainer… The majority of People who are further along the road than you automatically have experienced more life lessons than you, so therefore have something to offer you. Now, don’t get me wrong.. what they have to offer isn’t always going to be Wise & good.. but that comes down to your discernment in each situation. A wise person will seek counsel from one they know they can trust.

Proverbs 4 : 6 & 7 -Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Much to ponder on and further investigate over the coming ‘week’.

Blessings Peeps !!

xox

Ready… or still preparing to be ready… or both ??

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Cryptic much hey ?? LOL. I had a great conversation with our Pastor yesturday.. well, actually, every conversation with David is more like a lesson….. one where you are sitting in the very front row, leaning forward to get every little morsel you can in the short amount of time.

We are going through this End Times teaching… which I’m rushing ahead past what we are doing on the set nights, as I’m so impatient & hungry for all that I can take in. Plus, what I know of myself is that I take info in, but process it over a period of time, so my theory is that if I take it all in, maybe I’ll process it and have it all sorted in my head around the time everyone else does. Crazy theory ?? Maybe. LOL.

I’ve been set the task of studying Matthew 24 and then making a timeline, while comparing with the accounts in Mark & Luke… so here goes…

Matthew 24… I won’t put it in here… as it’s pretty long.. I read from the Amplified, as I usually do when wanting to get the most understanding I can from a particular section etc.

vs. 6 – ‘wars and rumours of wars’.. Are we experiencing this right now? I think it’s certainly plausible. I can, however, also see that it could be speaking of times past when this has been the case in our history.

‘See that you are not troubled’.. Now, that is seemingly difficult, but when I focus on the goal at then end of the race, it is beyond doable. Reminds me of my 9yr olds memory verses in one of his workbooks this week.. Proverbs 3:25-26 – Be not afraid of sudden fear… for the LORD shall be thy confidence. (Yes, their memory verses are all in KJV… tough much. LOL)

vs. 7 – ‘Nation against nation etc, famines & earthquakes’. Same thing here.. Could describe current and recent events, while also possibly referring to events further back in our history.

vs. 8 – ‘All this is the beginning (the early pains)…’ This vs tells me that these events, whether current or past, or just the beginning of a much longer, more painful process.

vs. 9-12 – For me, these verses speak to the urgency required in sewing seeds and saving the lost. I know we should feel that urgency all the time, but it is easy to get wrapped up in schooling the kiddos (which, hello, IS sewing seeds. LOL), being a good wife (Oh wait, THAT’S sewing seeds too.) and having great fellowship with friends etc…. oh wait… THAT IS SEWING SEEDS TOO. LOL. I think I’ve answered my own ‘question’, that wasn’t really a question.

vs 13 – LOVE IT !!!

vs 15 – When the antichrist will stand up and declare himself to be all that !!

Vs. 16-21.. I believe this speaks to being watchful/alert and in constant communication with The Holy Spirit. Being able to hear his voice and respond to His promptings without delay or question.

Vs. 22 was very interesting as I had to pause on the ‘shortened time’ reference. My own Bible Commentary said the following… This cannot mean the Great tribulation, so often specified as lasting 3 and a half year, will be shortened. It probably means that God will miraculously shorten the daylight hours – during which most fighting and slaughter occur. I hadn’t thought of ‘thinking outside the normal realm of possibilities’, but this translation has encouraged me to.
vs 23-28 – These verses speak to KNOWING The Word…. and being confident in your knowledge and not swaying from that. If you KNOW what the bible prophesies, you will KNOW what do react/not react to.
vs. 29-32 – BAM baby BAM !! What we’ve all been longing for.
vs 33-51 – These verses speak to several things, but the biggest ‘take home’ for me here is the need to be alert/awake/watchful and in the word so as to not ‘get drowsy’ or fall asleep altogether.

So, onto Mark 13… While I didn’t find a huge lot of differences here… I was pulled up at vs 11. I have a tendency to not have a huge amount of confidence in my ability to articulate a point, or verbally convey something .. so the knowledge that as long as I”m in constant communication with The Holy Spirit, I can trust that whatever needs to be said will be said, is very comforting.
Also… vs 32 jumped out at me. The reason for this is that since doing this end times study, I have spoken to a lot, and I mean a LOT of people who say that this 3 and half year timeline simply can’t be true, based on this exact scripture. Note it says ‘day and hour’.. not month or year, or some bigger time frame. I do believe that once we recognise the AntiChrist ‘standing in the place he should not be’, that event sets the 3 and half year timeline in motion… that doesn’t mean we will be able to map out EXACTLY 3 and a half years down to the day and hour… but when you think about it.. we’d only be quibbling over possibly a few days… what does it really matter? He’s coming !! and that’s all that matters.

Luke 21 – I was fascinated by the opening verses… being quite different to the Matthew & Mark gospels.. I must say I found Luke the most ‘readable’.
vs 15 was one I found encouraging, for the same reasons in Mark vs 11.
vs 16 was a sore one as I feel to a small degree that I have begun to experience this in the last few years.
vs 18 & 19 were super encouraging also.
Luke’s gospel does however seem to point more towards a lot of these signs having happened in Jesus’ time… but then other references don’t … so I think I’ll be stopping to pause here for some time and study it until I feel I have my head around it confidently and without doubt.

Ok… so I hope you have found this blog utterly fascinating.. LOL. It has been an entire day (although very interrupted) in the making.
Blessings peeps !!

Monday morning !! Time for a new CT week !!

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So, today begins a new school week… and a new Character Trait to focus on for the week ahead.

Self Control vs. Self Indulgence

Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit.

Galations 5:24-25

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spriit.

This is a particular week that I am both look forward to, and also dreading.  The reason is that it is something that my children do struggle with, so the week ahead will be interesting to say the least.  I’m confident that that God will do great things in this week…  teaching myself and my children (& my husband) many great things to do with this particular character trait.

It’s a very interesting one, as the world basically instructs us to be self indulgent…. it’s everywhere, on TV, on billboards, in magazines, on food packaging.  I believe it’s one of the enemy’s biggest tactics, as it puts people’s focus on themselves, and far from on others.

 

Some other verses I came across are below….. One of them particularly describes our current world reality very well.

Phillipians 2:3 – Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant that yourselves.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For some people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.  Avoid such people.  

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 

Proverbs 18:1 – Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement.

John 3:30 – He must increase, but I must decrease.  (Simple, but so powerful !)

There is so much to be found on this subject… but I’ll leave that fun exploration for you guys to enjoy.

As I said when I decided to begin this learning journey with Character traits, I was a little scared because I knew that each character trait focused on for that particular week would be on show full force….. Well, today has not disappointed.  :0(  Let’s just say it’s been quite a trying day when it comes to lack of self control in my children.  BUT, the upside is… plenty of teachable moments… and great opportunities for great discussions on this exact subject.

Man, isn’t parenting just so much FUN at times??  LOL

OK…  if there is any blog followers out there praying with me through this journey… please continue… as the ride is sometimes bumpy and stressful.

Blessings peeps.

xox

 

 

HS Day 127 – Trying to be more active in our school day

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Sooooo…. (& yes, I do realise that the image is incorrect…. I have two sons and a daughter, not the other way around. LOL)…  I am determined to bring more physical activity into our school day, simply because all of my children are staying awake until so late at night, which results in sleep-ins needed in the morning.. not ridiculous ones.. but maybe 8am.

So today marks the first day of adding a walk into a school curriculum day… LOL.  We’ll learn about heart rate, calories burnt, respecting the temple that houses the Holy Spirit, and all sorts of other healthy info.

The only downside to this is that we only have certain walks we can do in our area, so it may get boring… we may need to get creative and get a train somewhere in order to do a walk…. like going to the City and walking over to Southbank.  Only thing is that doing that almost turns out to be a way TOO tiring day. LOL.  Not so much for the walk itself… it’s always lovely, walking over the bridge etc, but the time sitting on the train seems to be tiring.

We may need to look at investigating other areas that maybe aren’t quite so far away.  No doubt I will keep you in the loop with our adventures.

Blessings Peeps !!

xox

 

HS Day 122 – Change of schedule !!

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As I have been having some issues with certain children.. I won’t name & shame.. yet….  rushing through their work in order to finish and play.  This rushing normally involves (especially in his maths paces) random, incorrect answers being entered.

Seriously, does he think I don’t check these things?  Anyway… to deal with this issue,  my husband & I have decided that for a period, until this is resolved, we are going to stick to the ‘normal’ school hours.  This means that playtime cannot begin until 3PM.  Of course there will still be play break times though twice throughout the day.  My thoughts  on the matter are that if the child in question knows that playtime isn’t until 3PM, maybe,  just maybe, he may put more effort into his work.. knowing he needs to fill a fair amount of time.

Don’t worry… there are loads more things they can fill the time with, even if they do finish by lunchtime, which is quite common.  They have their LOTE subject to do, as well as Mathletics, story writing, memory verses, spelling words etc etc etc.

So, here’s hoping things will improve from today.

Blessings peeps !

xox

Halfway through the school year.. and we’re still smiling !

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So, here we are…. first day of the SCHOOL HOLIDAYS !!  The kids are excited, but to be honest, I still think holidays are a waste of time… well unless you’re actually going away on holidays.  It just seems silly being here at home with not much to do.

I’m sure it would be different if I could drive… I imagine we’d fill most days with trips here and there.  As it is, I need to really work in with my Mum as far as what she’s doing and getting lifts places etc.

As I sit back and take stock of my first half year as a homeschooling Mum…  these are my brief observations –

* It is hard to buy good quality pencils (Yes, I put the most important one first.. LOL)

* There are nowhere near as many hard days as I thought there were going to be in the beginning.

* I’m still not sick of being around my children.. LOL

* I learn a LOT when being right there in the thick of things with my children’s education.

* It really is a privilege to be in control of my children’s education.

* Finding date time with my Husband is harder. :0(

* I LOVE that God’s word is so much a part of my children’s school day.

* Children (my children at least) will feed off my attitude and mood, so make it good.  :0)

So much more has been learnt these 6 months, or really 10 months really, since beginning this journey.  So much more to learn.  Good thing I”ve got another 8.5yrs to learn all I need.  LOL

Blessings Peeps.

xox

 

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