Walking Through the Word ~ Romans 2

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 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? – Romans 2:4

It is amazing how many times I have read and considered this verse yet I have missed the main point of what Paul is saying to the Jewish readers.

Do you presume is probably directed against Jews who thought that their covenant relationship with God would shield them from final judgment. After all, they had often experienced his kindness and forbearance and patience. They thought such blessings showed that they were right with God and had no need to trust in Christ, but Paul says the opposite is true: God’s blessings should have led them to repent of their sins. – ESV Study Bible Notes

So often I too am like the Jews. I presume on my initial salvation experience and neglect to remember it is by that same grace that I am walking with Christ today. Repeatedly I find myself taking pride in “all that I have done” rather than rejoicing in God’s goodness and blessing which truly should lead me closer to Him.

Romans 2 also reminded me of the weight of the law and the holiness of God. The law is a reminder that I can’t in and of myself keep it perfectly. This caused me to reflect on the goodness of God in sending Jesus into the world who kept the law perfectly.

2015-2016 School Year Brain Dump

I think I have mentioned this before but I am a self-confessed geek. I enjoy learning about various methodologies and curriculums. I love planning for the school year and thinking through what is best for each of my children. It gets me excited to reclaim my education with my children.

I have so many thoughts and ideas spinning around in my head sometimes I have to dump them all out and begin sorting through them to see what stays, what goes, and what still needs to be done.

What I know think we are using for third grade:

Reading

Read Aloud Selections

Independent Readers

Reading The Classics

Spelling

All About Spelling Level 3

Writing

All Things Fun & Fascinating

Grammar

First Language Lessons Level 3

CC English Grammar Memory Work

Penmanship

A Reason For Handwriting

Copywork

Math

Math U See

Math Mammoth

Science

Usborne & Living Books based on CC Memory Work

Science Experiments @ CC

History

Classical Conversations Timeline Cards

Usborne Ancient History

Living Books

Geography

CC Maps & Memory Work

Latin

Song School Latin Book #2

Bible

Gospel Story Bible

Catechism & Scripture Memory

Art

Violin & Piano Lessons

Fine Arts @ CC

Living Books

Other

Poetry

The place I am now is figuring out how to make the pieces fit all together and make it work for us. I am certain we will do Bible, reading and math daily and most other things will be on a loop schedule. This spring we had a “morning time” routine that included Bible, poetry and read alouds. I know that is something else I want to include too.

A few great planning resources I am using or considering this school year:

This simple yet effective method of planning/record keeping rocked our world: http://amongstlovelythings.com/spiral-notebooks/

Loop Scheduling: http://edsnapshots.com/loop-scheduling/ and https://amongstlovelythings.leadpages.net/loop-schedule-webinar/

Morning Time: https://www.circeinstitute.org/audio (The Long Haul: On Morning Time by Cindy Rollins)

The biggest thing on the planning agenda is to create a read aloud/independent reading schedule. Thanks to the Read Aloud Revival this has become a priority in our home. I am using a few various resources to piece together our reading schedule.

Half-a-Hundered Acre Wood is a gold mine for any CC Family, she has two book lists that correlate with Cycle 1 that I am looking at http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2015/03/classical-conversations-cycle-1-booklist.html and http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2015/04/cc-cycle-1-reading-plan-for-lit-lovers.html

The Classical Conversations Catalog, specifically the challenge books as read alouds. http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication.aspx?pid=1519&pkey=jxnnimltn

The Sonlight Catalog, Core B & C for suggested literature reads and independent readers. http://www.sonlight.com/BC1R5.html and http://www.sonlight.com/CC2R5.html

One other big project to tackle it how exactly to keep track of where we are headed. I know some people plan weeks in advance. I don’t think I can do that but I think I could sit down and create a document with every lesson and book  we “need” to accomplish and use that as my guide.

When I consider the task of home educating my children I am humbled and thankful. I am reminded that I cannot do this in and of my own strength and that God is ultimately in charge of their education. I need to rest in that truth. I am thankful that God has chosen me, a weak, sinful woman to pour my life out into these little souls. I am looking forward pursing the Lord along side my kiddos this upcoming school year in this journey of homeschooling.

Walking Through the Word ~ Romans 1

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I love how the Apostle Paul jumps into chapter one of the Book of Romans describing in length who he is and who God is in him. Paul does not waiver in sharing his credibility with the Romans nor does he waiver in sharing what God has done for him through Jesus Christ. Paul is eager to share with the people in Rome about the gospel of Jesus Christ and he boldly puts forth his mission in Romans 1:16-17.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17

Paul is about the gospel, knowing it is only through Jesus that a person can be saved and can continue to follow Jesus Christ. This is one of my favorite passages in Romans 1 because it serves as a reminder to me that the message of Jesus Christ is what brings initial salvation but what also keeps me walking in faith daily. Instead of pulling up my boot straps and seeking to “do more, be better” I can trust that the gospel has the power to save me and keep me! That is good news!

Another passage I spent some time considering is Romans 1:21

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21 ESV)

“The root sin is the failure to value God above all things, so that he is not honored and praised as he should be. Human beings are foolish, not in the sense that they are intellectually deficient but in their rejection of God’s lordship over their lives. They knew God not in a saving sense, but they knew of his existence and his attributes.” – ESV Study Bible Notes

I realize this passage of scripture is referring to those who have never truly experienced new life in Christ but I was convicted about how quickly I value other “things” as greater than God.  The way I live day to day, at times, would seem to say that I reject God’s Lordship in my life and I live as one who “knows of” God but does not truly “know” Him.  I am thankful the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to convict and change me and that I can trust that gospel has the power to save me and keep me.

Growing Deeper

Have you ever had that longing, that unsettled feeling in the bottom of your belly that screams to you that there is more to life. The desire and yearning to grow, to be changed, to be different.  You know you have been called to more but you feel like that more you have been called to is unattainable. This is where I have been. Honestly, it is where I have been for a long time. Chasing babies, cleaning house, homeschooling, working, and general staying busy has kept me from the “one thing necessary”. Over the past few months God has awakened a desire in me to grow in wisdom and knowledge of His word. To walk in a deeper relationship with Him. Truthfully, I have fought it. Not because I don’t desire to walk with Him but because I know it takes much of me. It takes discipline to open the word and sit under it. It takes slowing down and sitting at the feet of Jesus through spending time in God’s word.deeper

I always have good intentions. At the start of the year I was reading through the Bible along with a biblical theology book. I was doing that with the Mr. and Miss K but that was derailed due to life circumstances and instead of pressing forward I stopped all together. It was easier to stop than to keep going.

So that brings me to today. Desiring, longing even for change that can only occur through the life changing word of God.

Choosing where to start when considering the whole of the Bible is overwhelming. When one doesn’t know where to start they often turn to the beginning. However I unsuccessfully try that every year. So instead I am going to start in the Book of Romans and ask God to deepen my understanding of the power of the gospel in my life and those around me. I am looking forward to using this blog as a platform to grow deeper with the Lord.

What I am reading…

I love to read but life often keeps me from cracking a book and actually seeing the final page. I am notorious for starting books but not finishing them. Within arms reach are 5 books I am “currently” working on… or not!  One of my desires is to spend more time reading. I am attempting to read many of the books I never read in school and also those books that come highly recommended from fellow book lovers.

With that being said the two books I am currently committing to read cover to cover are Home by Marilynne Robinson and For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaffer Macaulay.

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One of my book loving friends suggested Gilead by Marilynne Robinson years ago and I read it and honestly did not love it…. or like it very much at all. However I did finish it which says something. Honestly, I think I lacked maturity to truly grasp the beauty of Gilead. After spending time with the same bibliophile she suggested trying Home. Same story, different perspective.

Friends have described Susan Schaffer Macaulay’s book For The Children’s Sake as transformative and inspiring. I have heard of people reading this book every summer as a balm for their soul. I am looking forward to a thought provoking book on education as I am praying and preparing for the upcoming school year.

Ever read either of these books? What are you reading?

What I am reading…

I love to read but life often keeps me from cracking a book and actually seeing the final page. I am notorious for starting books but not finishing them. Within arms reach are 5 books I am “currently” working on… or not!  One of my desires is to spend more time reading. I am attempting to read many of the books I never read in school and also those books that come highly recommended from fellow book lovers.

With that being said the two books I am currently committing to read cover to cover are Home by Marilynne Robinson and For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaffer Macaulay.

One of my book loving friends suggested Gilead by Marilynne Robinson years ago and I read it and honestly did not love it…. or like it very much at all. However I did finish it which says something. Honestly, I think I lacked maturity to truly grasp the beauty of Gilead. After spending time with the same bibliophile she suggested trying Home. Same story, different perspective.

Friends have described Susan Schaffer Macaulay’s book For The Children’s Sake as transformative and inspiring. I have heard of people reading this book every summer as a balm for their soul. I am looking forward to a thought provoking book on education as I am praying and preparing for the upcoming school year.

Ever read either of these books? What are you reading?

Light out of Darkness

Like most people I love a good story. There is something a story does deep in our soul that nothing else can touch. Homeschooling has given me the opportunity to reclaim my education as I am educating my children. I am attempting to catch up on all the great literature, especially children’s literature, that I did not read as a child. I recently finished The Wing Feather Saga by Andrew Peterson. While not a classic, this beautifully written series stopped me in my tracks on a number of occasions due to the deep truth that was conveyed. This is one quote in particular caused me to marvel about the goodness of God and stand in awe of His plan to send a light into a dark world.

Artham is speaking to the dragons, who are one of the oldest created beings,

“Of all creatures, you should know that the darkness is seldom complete, and even when it is, the pinprick of light is not long in coming — and finer for the great shroud that surrounds it.”

North! Or Be Eaten, page 311

What hope this should bring to those who have trusted in Christ. I know it can often feel like the darkness or worldliness have overcome but there is always a pinprick of light and it truly is finer, brighter because of the shroud around it. 

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Have you ever been in a room that is completely dark but yet there is one stream of light you just cannot keep out? That stream of light illuminates the rest of the room, just like the Light of the World who will bring the darkness to light.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the
light of life.”

– John 8:12

The Great, The First & The Second

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:37-39

Many people have a life motto, a word they live by, or a verse they claim as their own. I, however, inadvertently stumbled across mine.  I didn’t realize the commitment I was making to these verses when I stuck them on our wedding invitation over a decade ago. Truly I just wanted to love God and my husband!

These verses have followed me through the mountains and the valleys. Learning to love God with all my heart, soul and mind has been a journey that has wrought repentance, obedience, awe and joy. Learning to love my neighbor as myself is something I cannot do in and of myself. These commandments are an ever present reminder of my need for a perfect savior, Jesus Christ.

Though I still have a deep desire to love God and my husband this blog is about my pilgrimage of loving learning how to love God with all my heart soul and mind and my neighbor neighbor as myself.

This is my journey toward more!