Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sprained Ankles and Sermons

I sprained both my ankles two weeks ago which has put a damper on all of my activities. I spent 24 hours either with my feet up or crawling to get places in the house. After 24 hours, I got a pair of crutches and I could put weight on one of my ankles for short periods of time as long as I had a brace on it so then I could move around, but still spend much time with my feet up. Even after a week, I could only get to the computer for short periods of time. My ankles are finally doing better. I can hobble around without crutches as long as both ankles are in braces (a friend graciously loaned me hers so I would have one for both ankles).

That being said, I have the my husband's sermons from the past two Sundays to post. This past Sunday's (Pride, Headship, & Gifts) is a longer than normal sermon due to extra discussion on the topic.

11/26/17 Sermon

12/3/17 Sermon

Friday, November 17, 2017

It is for Us, Too

Micah 1:1-7 KJV
1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. 3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place. 5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem? 6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof. 7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

I've heard some people say that the Bible isn't for us today. They say that what is written in the Bible was only for those people in the time it was written. However, I have to disagree.

First of all, we can all learn by studying history. We can learn from what others have done right and by what they did wrong. I have told my brother before that I learned much from the mistakes he made. Because I was willing to pay attention and consider what results he saw from the choices he made, I was spared from repeating the same mistakes.

Secondly, as in this scripture, the Bible tells us it is for "all ye people" and it says, "hearken O earth." This means it is for everyone. Now, we aren't living in the exact same problems that Micah describes, but we do still live in a sin-filled world that suffers from the same sin issues.

God will come to judge the earth. He is a just God and He will destroy evil-We need to be aware of what lies ahead if we continue on the path we are heading. While Micah only mentions the capital cities of Samaria and Jerusalem, we can understand that those are representative of the whole nation. The judgement that comes to them is the same that will come to any who worship idols.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Seek Him

Amos 5:4-5 KJV
4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.

In this section of scripture, God is lamenting over Israel and how they follow religious rituals and have the outward appearance of piety, but their hearts are not true.

Bethel, Gilgal and Beersheba were cities which held shrines. The Israelites would make pilgrimages to these places, but not offer true worship. God tells them that those cities (and the shrines in them) will perish some day. "Worship" by following the rules/guidelines of a religion will not please God. Worship needs to come from the heart and a heart truly set on worship will seek God.

 Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

This made me think about how we "worship". My first thought was of the Catholic faith and all their rituals. Many times people do these rituals but can't even explain why they do them. However, this can also be seen in evangelical worship as well.

If we go to church and sing the songs, but our heart isn't in it, then it really isn't true worship. We can look like we are seeking God, but not be seeking Him in our heart. What good does that do?

Amos 5:6a KJV
Seek the LORD, and ye shall live;

Examine your heart? Do you do religious rituals just because or in a heart of worship? Is your heart truly seeking Him?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Walking in the Spirit

Galatians 5:25 
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Every time I have read this verse, I have taken it at face value-if we live in Christ, then we will walk with Christ. Today, however, I looked at it differently.

If we are not walking with the Spirit, are we truly living in the Spirit?

What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? Doesn't it mean to submit to the Spirit's leading? To follow God's commands? To die to self and live as Christ?

If I am to truly examine my life, I do not walk with the Spirit. Sure, I've committed to walk in big ways-my salvation, family size, etc.-but I struggle to walk in the daily sacrifices.

I am a control girl.

I am sure that doesn't surprise those who know me. Sure, I have given (or rather given back) control to God in regards to our family size. Sure, I say God is in control, but I try to take control of whatever I can. I stress and worry about trying to control many things that I know I can't; however, knowing I can't doesn't stop me from trying.

Even going a little off path when walking with Christ will lead me way off path after a while and if I continue to take small steps away, then I will quickly not be walking in the Spirit. I need to examine my life daily, repent and strive to walk with Him.

How about you? If you are honest, are you walking in the Spirit?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Self-Taught Education

About five years ago, I was introduced to the Robinson Curriculum. While I don't follow the curriculum exactly as it is intended, I love using it as my base.

The Robinson Curriculum was born out of a need because the wife of a college professor died while they still had young children in the home. The books provided in the curriculum were because they were quality books already in their personal library. For that reason, I "replaced" some of the books with books that we already owned on the same topics. Also, having an English major and being a former public school English teacher, there were some books that I desired my children to read that weren't on the list and of course, I needed to add books for our state history and constitution.

Also, because our children are not desiring to go to college (at least at this point), I have altered the math curriculum a little bit by not going as high in the Saxon math and incorporating some personal finance and business math (because they do plan on having home-based businesses).

Another difference, is that with the younger children, I tend to lean toward a Charlotte Mason/Notebooking approach with them.

With the curriculum, they are to write every day. I then check them for grammar, dictation, etc. They can choose to write on anything they desire (except I require them to write on whatever they are reading for school on Fridays). Sometimes they choose to write stories, sometimes they ask if they can copywork out of the Bible, sometimes they will do extra research and write on a topic of their choice.

I have loved how they choose what they "study" and will go much further than I expect them to go. I am also surprised at what interests them. They may be introduced to something in their reading and then choose to study more (like Cora studied spiders!).

Another surprising side-effect is that they will continue to explore topics outside of school as well. Sabra has been reading about David Farrogut in Fifty Famous Stories (which is included in the Robinson Curriculum) and she is enjoying learning about him. Every day she was coming to me telling me something that she found fascinating. Yesterday, she took it upon herself to start writing her thoughts about him. She wrote 5 pages and this is in addition to her normal, daily writing!

David Farrogut is someone who I don't think she would have encountered in other curriculums, but I'm glad that she is reading about him because it is sparking a love of learning.

Do you homeschool? What do you like about homeschooling? What do you love about the curriculum you use?