Archive | September, 2013

Not a fan

25 Sep

Last night our church had our first Ladies book club. We’re reading a book called Not a Fan by Kyle Idelman, which I highly recommend, especially if you want to be challenged in going all out for God.

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He first starts off by defining the difference between a fan and a follower.

Fans are not willing to follow Jesus if it means hurting those they love, such as family and friends. Fans want to share Jesus with other “things.”  They want to compartmentalize Him and put Him in a little box to make them feel good about what’s really in their heart.

We can’t mix Jesus with our fleshly desires.

“He said to them, Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
Mark 8:34

As followers of Christ, we must love Him more than…..(you fill in the blank)

*Family/Friends
*Job
*Education
*Material things

The list can go on & on and it’s different for everyone. But the point is, Christ has to be #1 in our lives, above everything…and yes, even above our loved ones, as much as that may hurt.

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16 years ago, I made a decision to deny myself, take up my cross and follow Jesus.

In this time, I’ve had my high times, where it’s been easy to “take up my cross” and follow Him and I’ve had my low times, to where taking up my cross was a very difficult thing to do…but I did it anyway.

Just because we’re followers of Christ doesn’t mean we’re exempt from trials.
Trials are a part of life, but I’d much rather go through it with Jesus by my side, that’s for sure!

A follower makes a decision everyday to follow Christ.  They are so committed that they are willing to die for Him.

Am I really willing to die for Christ?

To some, that may sound a bit radical, maybe because it is,  but a Completely Committed follower won’t even give it a second thought.

That’s an extreme case, to actually die for Christ. But on a smaller level, as followers we  should be dying to the flesh on a daily basis. Like waking up early to pray, reading our bible, overcoming temptations, whether that be blatant sin OR not eating that donut that you know isn’t good for you. 🙂

I choose to be a follower of Christ. To keep Him #1 in my life. To be the ruler of my heart. He is the Light to my Path, and wherever He leads me is where I’ll go.

I love Chris Tomlin’s song:

Where you go, I go. Where you stay, I stay. If you move, I move. I will follow you.

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Jesus doesn’t want fans…He wants followers.

Completely. Committed. Followers.

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School Days

19 Sep

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Hey there! We’ve had a pretty busy and productive first 3 wks of school. I must say,  I’m pretty proud of myself…and the kids too, of course! They have been working so hard with staying on task and not getting behind.

Here’s  somewhat of a schedule for our days:

7:30-8:30  Wake up, get ready for the day, eat breakfast, wash whatever dishes they used, tidy up room.
8:30-8:45  Bible/Devo’s
8:45-9:30  Math
9:30-10:00  Science
10-10:15  Break/Snack
10:15-11:00  Geography
11:00-12:00  English/Literature
12:00-12:30  Lunch
12:30-1:00 History

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If they finish a subject early, then they can either go on to  the next subject or they can have quiet time.  This is  just a guide that we follow to help us stay on track. I’m perfectly fine if and when we’re not completely on schedule. Besides, that’s the beauty of homeschooling… being flexible!

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On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, our local library offers a free art class for homeschoolers! You KNOW we take advantage of that free service! Ohhhhhh yeah! 🙂

Every Wednesday morning we join other homeschooled  families at a nearby park for Park Day. This gives our kids  a chance to meet other homeschoolers, get some exercise in, and perhaps build some longtime friendships. And it’s a time for us mamas to also build friendships and glean from one another. It’s a very much needed time, indeed!

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Jeremiah is part of a group who meet on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30 and are taught 4 subjects. He has learned so much already and looks forward to going every week. He Loves it!

Jordyn meets every Thursday from 10:45-12:15 for an English 2 class she takes at One Day Academy. Her teacher is A.MAZ.ING! She loves english, loves her students, and LOVES her Lord & Savior!

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One thing I’ve learned about homeschooling is to relax, relax, relax!!! One bad day, bad week, or even one bad year isn’t gonna hurt ur precious little ones. I know that from experience.  Last year, homeschooling for us was a DISASTER!! I was so discouraged. Felt so defeated. Nothing went right for us. Health, finances, job security…lets just say it was a year of trials…AND trusting. 

God is so faithful, He sends the right person our way right when we need some reassurance.

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It was a Saturday morning, I was having a yard sale and this lady stops by. She must have seen I was selling some curriculum bc she asked if I homeschooled.  She too, homeschools her 5 kids, 1 who already graduated. I shared a little about our horrible year and she is the one who told me that one bad year isn’t gonna mess our kids up. She also said not to let one bad year be the deal breaker for the following year.

Talk about feeling SET FREE!!!

Up until that point, I knew I wanted to homeschool this year, but was not confident about it at all. If that even makes sense?!?

I received her words of encouragement and hold them close to my heart. It was as if God was once again, giving His stamp of approval, confirming that this is what I needed to do.