Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Remembering the Mountain

Been really trying to focus on my own spiritual walk, privately, because quite frankly, there have been struggles. There! I said it! :) I know we all struggle from time to time, but I don't like it when I am the one struggling. God can definitely use these struggles to strengthen us and to draw us into closer intimacy with him, it's true. Oh, but don't we always want to feel like we are already right there? Don't we just really want to camp out on the mountain top... forever?

I have a tendency to compare every part of my walk with the Lord with the two years I spent in Bible College, 20 years ago. That really felt like the pinnacle in so many ways. It's probably as close as a person can be to Heaven while still here on earth. Everything seemed to revolve around God or the Bible... classes, conversations, devotions, mealtimes, and even the all-important thought life. It was really life-altering for me, and I wanted to be there forever... wanted to soak in the living, breathing Word of God.

It's not really fair to compare my current life with those days... I was single. I was living with other singles. I had 4 hours of Bible classes 4 (or was it 5?) days a week, a couple of hours of Bible reading every day. I mean I was SATURATED with the Word of God! It was really nice! :) I had few real grown up responsibilities tugging at me. And everyone I talked to seemed to have an encouraging or inspirational word.

Twenty years later, I have two boys and a husband, a house to look after, homeschool classes to prepare and teach, four times (at least) as many clothes to clean, fold and put away, and don't even talk to me about cooking. Time is definitely at a premium. And the inspirational and encouraging words? Those can be hard to come by.

So this is what I'm getting at... I'm really trying to regain the disciplines that I once lived by, and it's hard, because I'm tired and I feel isolated much of the time. Yes, we are involved in gym classes and church and a homeschool co-op, but these things are more for the kids and less for me. And so there is a sense of emptiness at times, and a questioning as to what will really, really count for eternity....

Sunday, April 04, 2010

He is Risen

We did a craft yesterday where we took a half sphere of florist's foam, carved out a little tomb in the "rock", and put 3 crosses of craft sticks up on the hill.

We left the stone over the tomb last night and I wondered if one of the boys would want to roll the stone away this morning... I didn't say anything. Then this morning Ian says at breakfast, "Mom, can I roll away the stone?" :) It was so cool... and of course our tomb was empty.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Family Feasts for $75

Briefly popping in to mention that Mary over at Owlhaven is having a contest to give away 3 sets of 3 copies of her latest book, Family Feasts for $75. I already requested a copy from my library, because I really need to do better with keeping a lid on the family grocery bills... like NOW. If you're interested, head on over to her site.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Reading & Writing...

The Grace Whisperer has been eerily silent on this blog lately. But that is because she has been focusing on homeschool craziness for the last 4 months or so. There was much to read, much to research, much to decide, and much to organize. Oh, the organization!! It continues on, believe me!

So, I haven't been writing a whole lot lately, but I've been reading, and reading and reading. Reading about curriculum. Reading about teaching styles. Reading about learning styles. Reading about organization. You get the point, I'm sure.

But some of my reading has been for pure joy, and that is what prompted me to write. If you are in the mood for some really uplifting and praiseworthy blogging, please take a moment to visit "A long way from the Theta House". This lady just blows me away with her entries. She is racking up treasures in Heaven, and so are her kids.

And then, if you are interested, why not check out my other blog, "Homeschool Digression". You see, I've been doing a little writing too. :)

Monday, February 09, 2009

Ode to February

Ah, February!
How I love thee,
O month that seems to last forever.
Thou are unyielding in thy coldness.
Unquenchable as the dry, dry air
in my dry, dry home,
cracking my dry, dry hands.
Your winds are biting,
Your sun shines bright
You bring the viruses
both day and night.
My children are puking.
My husband is moaning
My spirit is desperate
for my flesh to stop groaning.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Quiet Time for kids

Today I'm really excited... well, giddy almost. :) I finally got my hands on Word of Life's "Gopher Buddies Quiet Tiime", a devotional aimed at children 4-6. I had heard about it, here and there, but was never able to actually lay my eyes on it. So a couple of weeks ago, I finally asked at my local Christian bookstore about it. The next time they ordered it they held onto a copy for me to look at. Today was the day that I finally held it in my hands and paged through it. Definitely worth the wait!!

After dinner, while still at the table, I started telling my soon-to-be 5 year old son about it, and he HAD TO SEE IT himself.... Oh yes, and then he HAD TO get his hands on it! (So like his mom, this one!) And he HAD TO "DO IT" IMMEDIATELY!! Can't get much better of a testimonial than that, I'd say. The graphics are awesome. Each devotional page has an activity, like a coloring and activity book, that ties into the verse and "lesson". It's quick. It's easy. And we both love it.

Today's lesson consisted of

  • a reading from Psalm 59:2: "I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints."
  • a key idea: "David makes a promise in this Psalm to praise God forever for what he had done."
  • a coloring activity, during which Ian was directed to sing a song of praise and thank God for something special that He's done.
  • a prayer suggestion.
The front of the spiral bound book also has several pages that have blocked out space for kids to "draw pictures or write words" to remind them of special people or things they want to pray for. As soon as Ian finished his activity section, he flipped to the prayer pages and drew pictures of three of his friends from school last year.

So I'm hoping to work this in to our homeschooling day. :)

Oh yeah, and did I mention that I bought a Word of Life Quiet Time Diary for me too? I did! But I bought the adult one, even though I jealously regard Ian's. :) I have other devotionals and Study guides, but I love the Word of Life Quiet Time. I used it for years and I miss not having it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Singing Bible

One of the best things that might have come out of our homeschooling experiment has been "The Singing Bible". It's from Focus on the Family, and was recommended by a book called "Little Hands to Heaven", which I am planning on using with my younger son next year.

The Singing Bible has over 50 songs on 4 CD's, and basically goes thru all the major themes of the Bible in a kid friendly format. The tunes are all catchy and educational while being fun. Love this one and so do the kids. If you are looking for a new way to teach your kids the Bible, you should definitely check it out. :) We got our copy from Amazon.com at a very reasonable price. I like to keep it in the car and pop it in when we're just driving around.