Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A glimpse into my life...

I decided to divert from my regular posts and give you a peek at what we’ve been doing lately outside of the daily routine.  

For Thanksgiving I decided to send a few special pen-pals Thanksgiving cards.  You have to keep in mind that I am not the creative one of the family, and so my cards end up being quite plain and simple.  But it's the thought that counts, right?  :)  Oh, and the pictures are worse than I realized too, sorry about that. 





Saturday my sister and I made pumpkin and banana bread to take to our neighbors. Katie made cute little tags to tie onto our loaves.




Sunday our church celebrated our Thanksgiving, and we had a huge and delicious meal. We also learned about the fortitude and faith of pilgrims and their sacrifices, as well as emphasized missions by gathering our Operation Christmas child boxes and praying over them.




no, we didn't just eat pie ;)





As a Thanksgiving craft, Katie helped our little brothers make these adorable Indians and pilgrims out of toilet paper rolls! Aren’t they cute? :)







Recently we celebrated our dad’s birthday as well. We had a yummy banana cake which was his request.






 Have a blessed Thanksgiving!



Friday, November 20, 2009

Thankfulness


It’s nearing that day of Thanksgiving, the day that we as a nation have set aside to remember the things we’re thankful for. This is a special time of year, and we do need to ponder and consider the many blessings God has given us. But as believers, we also need to remember that we are to always be thankful. Thankfulness should not just be reserved for one day of year when we have a big dinner with family; thankfulness should be a continually evident quality in every believer.

Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful in the midst of challenging circumstances and daily problems. But what would it be like if instead of focusing on the problems, you found something to be thankful for in them? How ‘bout…
  • The next time your sibling irritates or does something mean to you, thank God that He’s given that sibling to you and be grateful for what they do for you.
  • The next time someone does something kind to you…even something very small, thank them for it! Show a spirit of gratitude.
  • The next time things don’t go your planned way, thank God that He knows what’s best and is in control, no matter what happens. Also remember to thank Him for giving circumstances that reveal your sinful heart and enable Him to refine and shape your character!
  • The next time you are interrupted by a sibling needing help or a parent asking you to do something, instead of grumbling about it, be thankful that God has given opportunities for you to serve, and that you have a family to serve.
A complaining, sharp tongue is contagious. One person with a bad attitude in the family often upsets the entire household. Don’t let that person be you. When tempted to be upset or ungrateful, remember all the things you do have, and learn to continually be thankful! Many Scriptures remind us of the importance of a grateful heart. Colossians 2:7 tells us to be “abounding in thanksgiving”. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 exhorts us to “give thanks in all circumstances”. And Colossians 3:17 tells us “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Believers should be the most thankful and grateful people around, because we are the ones who have been saved from the depths of our sins! Let’s set aside time to thank God during this season of Thanksgiving for all He has done for us and all that He has blessed us with, but let’s not associate thankfulness with Thanksgiving alone, let’s learn to be thankful daily!

“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart”
~Psalm 9:1



Friday, November 13, 2009

Purpose of Education

Education is a vital function in society. But what is the purpose of education? Is it simply for children to be able to claim that they reached a certain intellectual level validated by a piece of paper? And does is matter who educates the children?

To society in general, if you were to ask what the purpose of education is, you may come up with answers that express the importance of knowledge and skills to benefit themselves and society. Perhaps the answers will vary slightly throughout our culture, but the answers should differ greatly for Christian parents who are educating their children at home. Homeschoolers need to have a much greater vision!

In Webster’s 1828 dictionary, education is defined as: The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.

Isn’t that an amazing definition? The most important reason for Christian parents to educate their children at home is to pass on the faith—to actively and purposefully disciple their children. Those who are around the children most, who have the ability to pour time and into their lives and teach them, will be the ones who disciple the next generation. As Webster aptly conveyed, it is the responsibility of the parents. Leaving it up to a school is not only shifting the parents’ responsibility onto another, but also neglecting to actively be involved in their learning and discipleship.

Pastor Baucham stated:
“I am commanded to bring my children up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4), and to do so by teaching them God’s statutes when I sit in my house, when I lie down, when I rise up, and when I walk along the way (Deut. 6:7). I am also admonished not to place myself, or by extension my children, under false teaching (Col. 2:8), or to expose them to teaching that undermines God’s Law (Matt. 5:17-20). Instead, I must teach them to “take every thought captive” (2 Cor. 10:5), to refuse to be “conformed to the pattern of this world” (Rom. 12:2), and meditate on God’s Law day and night (Ps. 1:2).”

For those of you who have not reached the point of having children to teach and train, consider your motive and purpose for your future children’s education. There should be a larger purpose in homeschooling than to protect your children from ungodly peers. It should be first and foremost to obey the Lord! Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin articulated that:
“The object of education then is twofold: to develop the faculties and to direct them; to bring out the energies of the soul, and to bring them to operate to the glory of the Creator. In other words, it is to render you useful to the extent of your ability.”



Monday, November 2, 2009

Reformation Day


Our church celebrated “Reformation Day” yesterday. It was a great event, remembering the sacrifices, boldness and firmness of the reformers, and connecting the importance of the reformation to us today. Not only did we hear a great sermon on the importance of the protestant reformation and reformation today, but we learned about Calvin and his influence and listened to a short debate between Calvin and some others on transubstantiation. Several people sewed costumes this year, so we were surrounded by monks, reformers and well-dressed ladies.

There is much to learn from the men of the reformation, who were willing to endure whatever it cost for the sake of Christ and the Bible. They were not willing to compromise, to give in even a little. Their ultimate authority depended on the Bible alone, not the pope or the leaders of the church.

Reformation involves repentance. It involves change. It involves being willing to stand for Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) and not compromise to the world’s standards. It is not an easy life; many of the reformers were burned at the stake or tortured in other ways because of their biblical convictions. But the ultimate purpose is to glorify and obey the Lord. And there is nothing on earth that should bring more joy and fulfillment than knowing that you are obeying God.


Will you be a reformer?

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed."
1 Peter 4:12-13