A Season In Life

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Hello Friends,
It was been a great while since I have been here. I have been active, as you can see from my IG account. (That is if you follow me there.) This past summer has changed how we  homeschool around here. Or more accurately, it has changed how I do homeschool around here.

The month of July of this year was a heavy month for me. My elderly father Antonio fell asleep in his office chair on July 3rd. Which on it’s own is not unusual. What was unusual, was that on this day just before lunch, he fell forward out of his chair. His Bible reading desk broke his fall,  not to mention his nose and cut his eye lid open. My little papa cried out for my brother Rene, his secondary caregiver to my mother, and the one that can lift my father. My brother was in shock to see the sight of my papa covered in his own blood. The bleeding just won’t stop. My brother with such love in his heart wanted to carry my papa to his car and drive him to the emergency room, but he knew he needed help and  decided to call 911. Admittingly, we are a family that struggles through the uncomfortable, without asking for help. Even though we really want to ask, we just don’t. But thankfully my brother did this day.

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It was from this day on that my father’s 94 year old body decided, this is to much. It was only able to maintain through the grace of God. I couldn’t heal from this, cried his body! Lord help! The rest for the month, was a testament to this. My father’s slow decline to meet his Maker. I spend every day of July visiting my father. Praying, singing, crying, holding his hands, rubbing his head, holding and savoring every moment I had left with him.

July in my family has always been a busy month with birthdays, starting with my mother’s on the 12, My brother Joseph Luis on the 13, mine on the 24th, and my brother Carlos on the 25th. These birthdays passed rather quietly. This year was my mother’s mile stone birthday, she turned 80. As I this year, turned 40. The age my mother was when she had me. So there was some smiles and laughter, but a great layer of sadness as well.

On July 24th, my birthday, while visiting my father, I gave him my permission to go home with the Lord. Oh, how I wish I could keep him, but he was not mine to keep. I needed to make sure he knew that, and that I love him. My brother Carlos’s birthday passed just as quiet as mine. then on the 26th of July, my papa went home with Jesus.

July was a month of just surviving, I couldn’t hold a thought, I couldn’t make a plan, I just plain couldn’t. I the person who loves to cook, to bake, to paint, I just couldn’t do any of those things. What got me through this month was prayer, singing praises to my Lord and running!!! Running was huge. It was mentally cleansing. It healed my body during the grieving process.

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Through this, I realized I needed to stop being busy. I need to focus on what the Lord has put on my plate and not stretch myself thin. I need to be emotionally and mentally present and available with my kids. I need to not have my mind set elsewhere, ready to move on to the next thing. Which would make me neglect the true needs of my children. So simple, yet so difficult to conclude, when one is so busy doing everything outside of the home. So this year, my entire schooling is home based, surrounded by my kids interests, as it should be. I am also listening to what I need. Which is huge!!! The month of July was incredibly eye opening. I have learned how important running is to my mental well being, as well as the physical.  I have also come to discovered how much I crave spending time in God’s creation. How much I need to stop and just breath in that crisp morning air. To stop and lift my voice to the Almighty and praise!

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I admit, this place I stand now is foreign. I am still getting use to it. But this is where I need to be. The Loss of my father helped bring me to where I needed to be. Blessed be the God my Father to use the death of my father to bring me to this place. A place of rest, a place to just be.

You will see how this all reflects on this new season in life through future posts.

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“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Daily Bible Time

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I just wanted to take a moment to share what one of my girlfriends shared with me. It was truly a simple but, brilliant idea. It is these cute little daily planners. She buys one every year and uses it to write her daily thoughts and verses she reads daily. I thought that it was fabulous! There have been many times I have read something and can’t seem to remember exactly were I was in the Bible that particular day. This little calendar has really changed my Bile reading. I can easily refer to what I had read, and my thoughts about it. See what I mean, simple and brilliant!

The best part, for me anyway, is that it keeps me accountable to daily reading. I don’t want to end up with blank days in my calendar. The bonus is the encouragement and strength you gain be being in the word daily.

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

 

Kids Character Bible Study- Obedience

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Hello Friends,

I thought it might be fun to share some of our current Bible studies with you. Since we are a Christ-centered family, learning to be more Christ-like is something we hope to be. The first characteristic we are learning about is “How to Develop Obedience”, and what does that mean. So, lets answer that first question.

What is Obedience?

Obedience is receiving instruction, correction, provision, and protection through the Biblical jurisdictions or parents, civil authorities, church leaders, and employers.

So what does that mean exactly?

Obedience is wise submission to the will of those God has placed over us. True obedience is more that just an action. It doesn’t involve us to carry out commands or instructions that would have us go against and violate the higher law of God. Obedience is more than just compliance and is not subjection or blind submission. It is based on the motivation that God works through those placed in authority and that EVERY person must give an account to God for EVERY choice he has made.

In the Bible God uses the horse and the stubborn mule as an example of willfulness. “Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.” Psalm 32:9. The mule  in particular has become synonymous with the spirit that is opposite of obedience, hence the phrase, “stubborn as a mule”. Obedience implies the breaking of your own will, even for Jesus. “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8.

So how does God command obedience? Well, here are 6 ways:

  1. Be obedient to God. “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
  2. Be obedient to your parents. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:1-3
  3. Be obedient to your conscience. “Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” Romans 13:5
  4. Be obedient to your church elders. “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17
  5. Be obedient to your civil authorities. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,” Titus 3:1
  6. Be obedient to your employer.”Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.” Colossians 3:22

Since God the Father sent His perfect Son to be the perfect example to us, we should see how Jesus demonstrated obedience. Did Jesus follow these 6 ways? Well, let’s have a look;

  1. He obeyed God. Jesus did nothing out of His own will, but only the will of His Heavenly Father, in order to fulfill Scripture.“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of Him who sent me.” John 5:30
  2. He obeyed His parents. At the age of twelve, Jesus went to the temple and desired to continue His work there, but He obeyed His parents and grew in wisdom. “And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:51-52
  3. He obeyed His conscience. The ultimate example of obedience was for the God Son to humble Himself and dye on the cross for our sin. “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8
  4. He obeyed His Elders. In dealing with ungodly elders, Jesus would often explain and obey the higher law of God’s own Word. “And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.” Matthew 12:10-14
  5. He obeyed His rulers. Jesus said to Pilate,”Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” John 19:11
  6. He Obeyed His employers. By being employed by His earthly father, in the family carpentry business, Jesus was sure to be obedient to His father. “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.” Mark 6:3

Oh, how great is our Jesus! He even goes and calls out the members of the body that must be controlled for obedience. Can you guess what they are? Can you guess the severity of the discipline that Jesus recommended?

Let’s take a look at Matthew 5:29-30:

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”

Do you get it? For most people the right eye is the dominate eye, it is the one that initiates to point of focus. The other eye submits and adds perspective and depth. What we see effects our thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Losing the right eye would be devastating!

Now we focus our attention on the right hand, for most people, the right hand is dominate. It is the hand that initiates actions. We greet people with our right hand, soldiers salute with the right hand, a great many things are done with our right hand. The hand is the initiator of work, evil deeds, and good deeds. What does the Jesus say about this? “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,” Matthew 6:3

Just for our further understanding, we can go all they way back to the garden of Eden. The very first occurrence of disobedience in human history. It was an act initiated by the eye, then the hand.

Let’s look at Genesis 3:6:

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”

In this account, can see that the eye initiated the transgression, then the hand moved to carry it out. Among the consequence for this sin was the beginning of sorrow for the eye and the need of labor for the hand. Please take the time to read Genesis Chapter 3.

The Bible is so full of wisdom, and it is a great blessing to have Bibles in our own language to read and learn. I hope this little overview of what we studied in obedience will enrich your studies with your children. If you would like me to post more about our Obedience study let me know. I would love to share more. Otherwise, I will share a little about our current study on Gratefulness.

In Christ,

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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Bible Memory Work- The Books of The Bible

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Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to share with you some of the Bible memory we are currently working on. This is something that is very personal to me, mostly because the homeschool journey is very personal. It involves my husband and I deciding what we want our children to learn, and the study of the Bible is no different. For my oldest this is a review, and for my youngest it is her first time.

We are currently working on memorizing all 66 the books of the Bible and the names of the 12 disciples. We started by singing the 27 books of the New Testament. Our favorite YouTube video for this is here and for the Old Testament click here.

For learning the 12 disciples. Here is the list we memorized:

1. SIMON (who was called Peter)

2. and his brother ANDREW

3. JAMES son of Zebedee

4. and his brother JOHN

5. PHILIP

6. and BARTHOLOMEW

7. THOMAS

8. and MATTHEW the tax collector

9. JAMES son of Alphaeus,

10. and THADDEUS

11. SIMON the Zealot

12. and JUDAS ISCARIOT, Who betrayed him. (Matthew 10:2-4)

To print a copy of this months memory work click here.

I will admit, I do have fun introducing the new memory work, but the best part for them, is that I get the challenge of learning with them. You see, I was not born into a home, in which these things were taught. But I feel that a good education in our faith requires us to learn everything we can about the Bible. From the fact that the Bible is in 2 main parts the Old and the New Testament. Learning that the Old Testament has 39 books and that the New Testament has 27, making a total of 66 books in the Bible. Next we will be learn which books are what, like the the first 5 books of the Bible are the books of Law, books 6-13 are of Justice, then we will learn the books of wisdom or poetry, the major and minor prophets, the books of the gospel, church history, the letters, and the prophecy. We will learn this along with our scripture memory work, working to hide these scripture verses in our heart, that we may call upon them when we need them. Or better yet, so the Lord can remind us of His infinite wisdom in all circumstances.

 “Blessed are you, O Lord;
    teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
    all the rules of your mouth.
 In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.”

Psalms 119:12-16

Sister in Christ,

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A New Beginning in 2018

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Hello old friends,

There is something about the day after Christmas that gets me ready for spring cleaning and the New Year.  Maybe it is the great desire to store up all the Christmas clutter, I mean, decorations, and make room for all the new toys and clothing. How about you? I tore through my house pulling out all sorts of things and organized my homeschool room. All this cleaning, inspired new goals for 2018. For my family, our homeschool and for me!!!

Yes, I have gained new perspective on my life! What do I mean? Well, I need to learn to stop and pray for the Lord to reveal His plan for my life. This is hard, especially for me, and if you are anything like me. You think you need to say yes to any great thing that comes your way. For example, recently I was asked if I would be interested in starting a new Classical Conversations community. My first response was “YES!!” I start filling out my paperwork for that position and paused before turning it in. I then prayed before turning everything in and spoke to my husband about some of the demands this would put on my time. Was it worth it? I thought yes. So, the night before I go to turn in my paperwork, a voice inside me spoke, “You can not serve two masters.” I had to take pause, I know that verse, I can’t truly believe that I can teach in one co-op and serve another well, I will end up hating one and love the other. But the big piece of that is also, what level of service would I be able to perform to these two groups? Well, I wouldn’t do a good job, I would have regretted my choice. The Lord also put into focus that my service is to my husband and my children first. This is who I need to serve now, they need my time. My children need my total attention so they can be successful in their studies, especially when they hit a speed bump along the way.

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So, I refocused my life and the Lord revealed to me all sorts of way to organize my home life, school, food education, art time everything, (seriously, major overhaul over here)! So with new perspective I return to my blog to share with you the changes I have made. My hope is that the ideas I have put to work in my home will hopefully inspire you and help you. If nothing else, it will serve for me as a record of our family adventures.

As a side note, you will begin to notice little changes on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

In Christ,

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Read The Bible in a Year- July

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Here we are in July and I can hardly believe it!!! I missed my post dead line and for that I apologize! Our family has been on a terrible trend these past 5 weeks. We have had a sick person pretty much every Friday dissolving and day trip plans. So, we have been pretty boring people over here. But that is unimportant. The bottom line is, I just forgot to schedule this post. So, here is July’s Schedule.

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My kids have done well with the schedule so far. My son just LOVES to work off check lists, so he was motivated all month. Since our kids didn’t have fidget spinners, that was the end of the month prize. Such a silly little gadget, but whatever works right! I hope playing catch-up isn’t to bad!

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“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,” Colossians 1:9

New School Year, New Goals: Goal #1

 

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Here we are at the end of May and it is time for me to finalize goals and plans for our new school year. Let me start with goal #1. One of our big goals for my oldest 2 kids (who are 8 & 10) is to read the Bible in a year. I am super excited about this! I will be joining them so we can have discussions on what we read. They will use their Bible journals to record things that stick out or that they remember the most. This does not replace our Bible study time, it comes right along side it to encourage more time in the Bible. Something we can all use, right!

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As a homeschool mom, I have the privilege to truly embrace Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Oh, the beauty that is in those words! This is one of the reasons our family homeschools, now I wish I could say I was perfect at doing what this verse says everyday. But I don’t, I fall short. Never the less, that is the goal! Since I am being mindful of this verse I have started putting together a schedule for my children to read thru the Bible. Since we school year round, with the new year beginning in June, it makes sense for our Bible reading schedule to start June 1st. Including a schedule for a morning reading, for “when we rise up”, and and evening reading, for “when we lie down”. Plus a little box for your child to check when he/ she is done. My kids like to check things off and feel accomplished for the day. The best part it talking about it at the Breakfast table and then with daddy in the evening.

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I will be posting these 1 week before the new month begins. Here is the month of June.

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“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2