Monday, February 9, 2009


One of my homeschooling friends just emailed me and told me a funny story which I just had to share. She was at the hair dresser who was grilling her about homeschooling and asking her if she thought her kids missed out on socialization. Now, first of all, anyone who worries about homeschool kids not being socialized has never met a homeschooling mom. But what makes this such a funny story is that the person who was asking this has a 16 year old daughter who just had a baby. She was into drugs and caved to peer pressure and now this woman is a grandmother. Yep, my kids sure miss out.

Now, I'm not saying that all public school kids are into drugs or sex so please don't misunderstand me. But I think it's funny that the question is coming from a woman who has had these problems. Let's not throw stones and judge to hastily.

So if any of you are worried about my kids being socialized let me tell you a little bit about their schedule. They have PE every week where they play with about 50 kids. They are at church about 3 times a week, and we have a very active homeschool group that keeps them pretty busy. Sports each spring and fall and who knows when else.

I love homeschooling. Yes, public school has it's benefits. The public school system has dedicated teachers who really do try their best to give the kids a good education. Not everyone can or would want to homeschool. But for me, I wouldn't trade homeschooling for anything.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Keep on Rolling

This weekend at church Pastor Chris talked about changes. God never changes...everything else does. This caused me to reflect on the past year.

In the last 15 months my mother died, my oldest boy graduated high school and started college and in my family my boys had 5 broken bones.

Pastor Chris gave a wonderful illustration of how we get through the changes in life that naturally happen. He mentioned the movie Twister where 2 people held on as tight as they could to water pipes that ran very deep underground. They tethered themselves to these pipes as the tornado raged all around them. That is how we should hold on to God as the storm rages around us. Hold tight to the truth that God never changes. Hold tight to His promises. He is always faithful and will work everything for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.

If my mother were still here, I would be far too busy with doctor's appointments and would not be able to be as involved as I am at my church. I wouldn't be able to work in women's ministry. I miss my mother terribly but the truth is, the change happened and God used it for good. The same thing is true about my father's passing. Had he still been living I never would have agreed to move across the country so far away from him. I never would have found this amazing church or formed the fantastic friendships that I have, I'm not even sure I would be homeschooling my kids. The horrible change came, which I never would have wanted, and God used it for good.

Whatever changes you may be going through, tether yourself to God and His promises. He will be there and He will work it for good, even though it may seem like nothing good could possibly come from it.

I hate change! And yet, I thank God that He is the one in control of the changes.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thought for the day

Today I was doing my daily reading in the book of John, specifically John chapter 6. This is where he talks about Jesus feeding 5,000 with 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread. He asked His disciples to feed the 5,000 followers that were gathered. One disciple says they would have to work for a month to feed the people and it still wouldn't be enough. Andrew brought a boy with 5 fish and 2 loaves to Jesus and says "this boy has 5 fish and 2 loaves but it isn't enough." I don't know why I never saw this before but today my thought was this. Why, if Andrew knew it wasn't enough, did he bring the boy with his food to Jesus? Answer: he brought him to Jesus in expectation and faith. It's as if he is saying to Jesus, "I found this boy and he's willing to sacrifice his food because we both believe you will do great things with it. " It's faith in action!

That's what God calls us to do. Bring Him the fish and loaves knowing it's not enough and ask Him to do the miraculous. Prayer, faith, action.

We often pray, especially in financial situations, and tell God that what we have isn't enough and we ask Him if He will do the impossible but we are filled with fear and unbelief. Sometimes we may have to pray in that unbelief until we can get out of His way and pray with faith that He will answer our prayers. He wants to give us the good gifts, but we must be faithful, we must do our part, we must truly trust Him.