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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

 

The Colour Journey !!

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Our Colour Journey began a few months ago when a saw a FB post.. someone selling 2 Colour tickets !!!  I automatically thought of gong with my sister.. and bought the tickets without even asking her…  LOL.  whoops !!  It was evident that God wanted us there as he opened all sorts of doors that day to allow us to go… cheap flights, accommodation options and care for my kids while I was gone, all sorted.

Then, as if it couldn’t get any better, only a couple of weeks prior to colour, I saw yet another ticket, just a single this time, available for sale on FB.  I automatically thought of my friend Jude, who I had talked with after Colour last year about going this year.  Financially, had this ticket come up even a week earlier, Jude wouldn’t have been in a position to purchase it, as well as flights & accom etc etc.  However, God is GOOD and had sorted out a financial situation in their lives just in time for Jude to be able to attend !! Just another Colour miracle !!

So, after great anticipation, we headed to the airport last Thursday for our lunchtime flight.  Stomach turning turbulence was not fun… probs the worst I’ve ever experienced…  but we arrived safely and met up with Jude before heading to our fantastically glamorous (LOL) lodgings.

Colour1_fri_am-27-2How Can we expect anything but GOD to show up with the rather large team gathering for prayer prior to the Thursday night start. :0)

Taking the 5min walk from our digs to the Sydney Entertainment Center.. cough cough…  The Qantas Credit Union Arena.. LOL. was full of excitement.  As I’d never been before, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.. but let’s just say… It didn’t disappoint !!!

The opener was like being at the best concert you have EVER been to.  Seriously, you know how you go to big name acts at huge concerts and they often sound really different from their recordings?  Well, the Hillsong vocalists sound EXACTLY as they do on their recordings…  Amazing sound !!

So, now.. onto the teaching….  the MEAT !!

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Session 2, Day 2 (I must have been too excited to take notes for session 1 which was Bobbie Houston… sorry Bobbie…. I do remember it was a great night of teaching though.)

Beth Moore… Let’s just say – My most favourite Bible teacher.  A love of Bible Study was really awakened for me in 2011/2012 through first doing Beth’s ‘Esther’ Study, and then onto Daniel, Jesus the One and Only… and a whole lot more.  I’m now doing ‘Stepping up – A study through the Psalms of Ascent.’

1. Every believer is enormously gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit .  Verses throughout the book of Jude.  (A short but fascinating read.)

2. An unguarded anointing is an accident waiting to happen.  (The story of Samson) Judges 14:5-6… but really the whole book is a great read.

Caution – An addiction to the rush instead of a desire for God. Not something I have experienced to a huge degree, but it’s quite easy to see how it would happen. For example…  It was a huge ‘high’ to be at Colour.. the entire time was a buzz..  I can see how it would be easy to go for the ‘show’ while not leaning in and receiving.

Judges 16:4, 7-14 – onwards. Delilah  – the enemy with his flirt on.  Loved that terminology..  so true..  It is easy to think that the enemies schemes are always of a nasty nature (well, they are all deep down), but he quite often use quite appealing methods to entice us, distract us etc.

3. We are not just vessels of the anointing… We are stewards.  What will we DO with what we have been given?

Our best friend needs to be humility.  We can miss our calling by our stupidity…. So true !!!

Conceit can supply a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. 1tim 3:6 & 6:4.  Judges 16:15 -19. 2 Tim 2:22 – 26.  GET BACK UP !!!

Session 3 – Brian Houston

Heart of a giraffe. 11.5kgs. God wants to expand & stretch our hearts.  I didn’t write much down from this session, but this giraffe heart thing fascinated me !!

Session 4 –  Sisterhood session !! This had the AMAZING ‘Happy’ opener !!!  Soooo good !!

Following this, there was a ‘lounge room’ set up on the stage for a discussion time with Bobbie, Lisa Bevere, Julia A’bell, Robert & Amanda Feguson, & another chick which I’m sorry to say I can’t remember…  I’m thinking she was from Cape Town though ??

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The 4 ‘c’s of bible reading – Consistent, complete, careful, Christ centered.

SOAP – S – Scripture  O – Observation   A – Application   P – Prayer

Read The Word out-aloud . Developing a love for God’s word !  KNOW the word of God.. Be in the word of God .. Pick up on His inflections etc. (Loved this as I have begun to experience & recognise this over the last few months.)

Set, possibly name, your devotion time/place. Make it a choice !! Choose to pray

Choose to be in The Word. (You version – have it audibly speaking to us.)

Choose to be encouraging/happy/uplifting .

Get The Word in so we can send The Word out when needed… To others, into the atmosphere.. Against the enemy.

A possible prayer to pray when opening The Word.. “Lord, open my eyes to your truths. ”

Fire overcomes fear !!

A relationship with Jesus will help you to know your Father’s will.  Know people !  Know yourself !  (Reminded me of the quote from Sun Tzu that David Thomas modified..“If you know God, the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”)

Preaching !! John 4 : 29  … I LOVED this take on it !!! The story of the Woman at the well !!

1. Involve the word ‘come’ invitational response !!

2. “Come see a man..”  Focus on Jesus !!

3. “Who told me..” ..  John 10:10

4. Tell your story ! “He told me everything I ever did.”

5. “Could this be the Christ?”  She posed the question. John 4.

Session 5 -Lisa Bevere !

God loves us uniquely .. Definition of unique … Without rival !!

Look INTO the word, not just at it !!

Session 6 –  Lisa Bevere

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Embracing all that God/the cross has done for me is the best thing I can do for God.

We are anointed with the Holy Spirit with Power !

I am a weapon in my Fathers hand. .. Light in the darkness.

God speaks TO us so He can speak THROUGH us !

33859scr_2ae02f26aabf59bLunch Break on Saturday !!

Panel discussion @ Sisterhood session on Saturday…  I had to leave halfway during this session to seek medication and a sleep to get through the dreaded monthly issues.  :0(  This is what I took down before leaving.

We are all leaders .. We can’t help but communicate what we see & hear.

FB, Instagram, my blog etc.

Loving all !! No matter the circumstances , all are leaders .

The Mary & Elizabeth relationship.. We are all an Elizabeth to someone .. And a Mary to someone.   This was impactful to me… realising that not only do I need Mentors for my own walk, but I need to be a mentor to others coming along behind me.

Build a relationship.. A personal relationship.. More than email & txt.

Session 7 – Beth Moore – last session .   I in no way will be able to articulate how mind blowing this session was… but just know.. IT WAS AWESOME !!  She has a way to open up a scripture like no-one else can.  Passages that you’ve read a million times and think you are familiar with are opened to show yet another tangent or message not previously seen.  

Exodus 15 – In stanza form .. Why ? First time ‘song’ is mentioned in scripture.

Exodus 14:10 .. A ‘what have you done to me?’ moment .

* Nobody appreciates deliverance like those who have nearly been destroyed.

“Who is like you God !!!”

Enemy said “I will defeat, I will fight, I will … , I will…, etc etc”

Exodus 6:6. I AM The Lord !! God’s far more powerful … I will, I will, I will etc etc”.

The enemy was trying to counterfeit these statements with his own “I wills “.  Good luck with that buddy ! God said “I THINK YOU WILL NOT !!” Get your angry on !!! Tell the enemy “You will NOT!!”. Predict the enemy .. Expect his ways.

Miriam the prophetess… She danced, she sang !! (Vs 21).

‘Miriam’ meanings – Bitter, Gods gift, defiant, beloved ! Which of these meanings do we want to be?

All that Miriam had been through & seen prior to her singing by the Red Sea.  She was approx 94 at this time. Amongst these terrible times .. Miriam & all the other women had their tambourines with them. (Go figure . LOL)

* Faith takes her tambourine !! (Awesome possible wall decal for my house right there.)

IMG_5008Shake that Tambourine baby !!!!

See disaster, or a struggle ahead ? Get out your tambourine… For celebration at the victory !! Complete faith in God to bring you through anything !!

Be ready with your tambourine to celebrate even when it looks impossible !!!! LOVE IT !!

I had purchased a tambourine on ebay before this particular night was done.  :0)

I also purchased Colour tickets for 2015, for both myself & my gorgeous daughter, as I’d been thinking right through the conference how much she would LOVE, and benefit from it !!

OK..  that was a lot…. possibly not always making a lot of sense to others.. but it was my notes, and it makes sense to me  LOL.

Highlights of the trip – other than the impartation !!

* The atmosphere – How they achieve such a loving, intimate, individual feeling in the room of 17000 women.  Spirit Filled no doubt !!

* Hearing said 17000 women sing ‘How Great Thou Art’.  OMGoodness !!  Soooo good !!

* Sharing the time with my sisters, both my related one.. and my LH sisters in Christ !!

& Yes, after traveling home first thing Sunday morning, this is how I spent my day….

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Blessings Peeps !!!  xox

Gotta love a good church meeting with the fam of a Saturday arv !!

Ok, so this blog is going to be either long, disjointed, fragmented, poetic, short… or all of the above.  

So… this arv at 1pm, all of the LifeHouse Family met.  When leaving 3hrs later, there was so much going on in my head and heart, that it was hard to keep it all in.

First of all…..  I need to get comfortable rockin’ the boat !!  Now, this is an area which will challenge me for sure, as some of my closest family members dislike my boat rocking….  which can very often knock my confidence when it comes to discipling.  I said as much at the meeting today,…  but an illustrating given towards the end made me realise that I’m almost insulting God by saying I lack confidence… as it’s not me that does the work, it’s HIM within me…  So, If i doubt the ability to succeed, I’m doubting HIM.  Big revelation for me !!

Second big take-home !!  Stop having the mentality “I need to get ready…  Lord, please equip me.” and start declaring “I am ready, I am equipped.”  Now, of course, our lives are a constant traineeship in The Lord. He is always going to be teaching us and equipping us for further work etc etc.

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But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

I also have to admit and repent of the fact that I did not bring anyone into the Kingdom in 2013 (to my knowledge).  I certainly believe that seeds were sewn in 2013, but I haven’t seen any real results as yet.  I need to step up in this area BIGTIME !!  Another big stand-out today…. Praying for Holy Spirit conviction in my targets.  That is one area I have been lax in…  I’ve asked for all sorts of things for them, but not that in particular.

Choosing to be un-offendable was also mentioned !!  That is HUGE !!  When you really think about it, if we could live un-offendable, how different would our lives be !!  When someone says or does something to you.. instead of taking offence, turn it back on yourself. Why am I reacting like this?  What can I learn from this?  What heart condition of mine needs addressing ?

Big things are going to happen in the next 12months or so.  Ground will be broken, doors will be opened, Lives will be saved.  What’s going to come with that?  The enemy is going to try and cause division amongst us. He is going to attack us where we’re vulnerable.  Because of this, we need to be on guard… hold our shields high and ‘put on our rhino skin’.  Watching out for ‘little foxes’ is also so important.  The enemy can be very subtle…  come at us in ‘little’ areas of our lives.   I think the best defence for this is being in The Word each day.  As a wise woman said today…  for us to ooze Jesus, we need to have Him within us !!  I want to be filled to the max and beyond.

Stewardship & tithing ….  a big issue, and one I’ve been convicted of for some time now and am guilty of not addressing sooner.   But today it was pointed out me that it’s not just about money…  I knew this stuff, but had never really let it sink in I guess.  The definition of stewardship is ‘the conducting, supervision of managing of something, especially :the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.’  Now, I had applied this to my children since I was blessed with them.  I have always been very aware that my 3 beautiful children are not mine… they are The Lord’s, entrusted to me to care for , raise, train, and MAKE DISCIPLES of.  I’ve always been on the right page with that one, while not always (& probably never will) doing a perfect job where they are concerned, but applying this principle to ALL areas of my life is something I have not done.  Everything I have, have ever had, and will have in the future is The Lord’s, and not mine. We love to claim things as our own don’t we….  often ignoring who blessed us with these things.

I have begun of late to say to my children of a morning “This is the day that The Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it”… and Yes, the song has been sung of late too.  LOL.  It’s this sort of mentality that I need to be teaching them…. to see ALL things as being from The Lord.

When it comes to finances though… it’s easy to have the mentality that we will reluctantly give the required 10% to The Lord, but that is so far off base.  The entire 100% is His to begin with, and we are asked to give just 10% back to Him.  It’s easy to have a bad attitude about it, but as my dear ole’ Dad has ALWAYS told me…. Give God 10% and just watch what’s he’ll do in your life with the 90%.   The Biblical blueprint is to live within the 90%, but the world’s view is live BEYOND your 100%.  :0(  Unfortunatley, it is very easy to fall in to.

Stewardship also covers our bodies.  How are we caring for your bodies?  Are we respecting the temple?  When I got motivated to live a healthier life in 2012, I would constantly remind myself that I am housing the Holy Spirit…  so I NEED to respect the house !!  That statement alone helped me on many a run, walk, plank…. and standing at the Maccas counter wanting a Sundae.  I have dropped the ball on this one, so TODAY I am re-commuting to this !!  I’m choosing to respect the temple !!

Now… for the BIGGEST revelation today…  & it kinda flows on, or is to do with my previous post entitled ‘End of a broken friendship’, which was really more about family than friendship.  I hope I can articulate this properly, as I didn’t manage too great this arv with my Husband, but I’ll blame that on his lack of understanding, as opposed to my lack of skill in explaining it.  LOL.

So, there has been a real change in my (extended) family dynamic in the last year and a bit.  There is real division that has never been there before, there is broken relationships, there is pain and frustration.  I have asked The Lord many times in this time “Why is this happening? I don’t understand it.  why am I being attacked in this area?.”  Today…  it clicked home.  It’s not an attack… It’s my Heavenly Father pointing me away from earthly things and towards HIM as my ultimate guide, friend, teacher & Father !!

Does this mean God is telling me I don’t need my earthly family?  No way !!  He placed me in this family for a reason, but I have been suffering big time trying to be on the path God wants me on, while members of my family work against me. (some quite unconsciously though).   This journey that I’m on has made me so thankful for my ‘family in The Lord’.  The path can sometimes be rough as cut glass, and sometimes as thrilling as ice-skating like a pro… but it’s nearly impossible to endure the good or bad without like minded people behind you, supporting you, listening to you, knocking you back on track when needed and basically BEING THERE !!

Blessings to you all xox

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