Monthly Archives: December 2013

Lesson plans and Life studies: A New Year, A new philosophy.

Matthew 18 3 KJVI sit here thinking about the past year, wondering where it went and I realize something. I have lived my life too much in the past for far too long. I think we all do – whether we mean to or not. We worry that we’re not getting enough done, or that we’re not getting everything done that we want to do. We spend insane amounts of money on insurance and retirement plans for the future but it’s the past we hold onto. It’s the past that we cling to with frightened fingers while we peek through nearly closed eyelids at the future.

I look at my 10 year old and I realize that he has one advantage over me. He doesn’t hold onto the past and he isn’t afraid of the future. He lives in the moment. The Bible tells us…

“Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

Now I don’t think that means we all need to be silly or immature and I don’t think it means that we won’t get into Heaven if we’re not 100% innocent but I do think it means something very important and we all need to give it a lot more consideration than we typically do.

Most people look at that phrase and think it means we have to trust like little children or we have to be vulnerable like little children but I don’t think it’s either of those things.

Ironically, I think the world actually has the best idea of what Jesus is telling us here. For so many years we “Christians” have scoffed at the idea that our children are more important than anything else in life. We have convinced ourselves that we are doing the right thing when we work hard to provide for them and we’ve convinced ourselves that the best way to educate them is to put them in a school with other kids their own age and we tell ourselves that all of these things we do are for the best, are in their best interest, that we’re doing it for them.

But are we really?

At best, we have eighteen years with our children. After that, they may live at home, they may stay with the family, they may even bow to their parent’s will but they’re no longer a child. And, for a lot of “children”, they stop acting and thinking like children long before their 18th birthday.

So what are we doing? What are we thinking? And what should we be doing, thinking?

Making money is important and providing a good education is essential… BUT neither of those things means a thing if we don’t understand what this verse is telling us.

Like so many of the passages in the Bible, this one can easily be taken out of context too. And I think that’s one of the biggest problems with the typical way we interpret the meaning here. And you have to go further than even the verses immediately around it too. Go back farther than the begnning of chapter 18 and go farther forward than the end of the same chapter. And, at the same time, you have to read between the lines. It’s difficult for us to look at those words and derive the actual meaning from them. Most of us forget that He came into a world that was very different than the one we live in today. There are places in the world that are similar to the Bethlehem Jesus was born in and in the many cities He visited as He spoke and taught the words of His Father but even those places are slowly losing the grip on their old ways.

We think we know better. We think we have the answers, the technology, the knowledge. What we are missing is the wisdom. We as adults, are missing the wisdom that I can see in the eyes of my 7 year old daughter. So many parents are shocked when their children make simple statements that are extraordinarily insightful but it’s really not that shocking when you think about it. In fact, what is shocking is that we wonder where it came from. We wonder why and how they have such insight at such a tender young age.

But Jesus taught in the temple when He was 12. Can you believe that? He was 12. And, at twelve, He was immeasurably wise. He knew what His Father expected of Him… already.

In my humble opinion, He began His ministry then. Actually, He really began His ministry the night He was born. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that His ministry actually began before He was born, with the prophets that foretold of His birth.

And I think the thing we miss most often is this:

We are all little children in His eyes. Jesus had a unique perspective that no one can possibly appreciate fully. He was born into a frail human body and He grew up in that frail human body just like we all do. I can’t begin to comprehend God’s plan – no one can but I do know that part of that plan was to send a part of Himself down to Earth. And I think that is one of the more brilliant portions of His plan. He sent to us a piece of Himself and He did it in such a quiet unassuming way. Absolutely nothing about Jesus conception and birth was spectacular and yet, everything about it was so far beyond spectacular, it’s difficult for people to honestly believe it.

But in His eyes, we are children. We are His children and we are innocent in the way that we don’t fully understand everything about how the world works. We don’t know everything about His plans and we’re really not capable of understanding if we did.

What’s my point? What is the message that the world has gotten that we, so often, miss?

Children are the most important thing in the world! Children are our responsibility, our gift and our legacy. We can make all the money in the world and it doesn’t make a bit of difference if we mess up raising our children. We can advance in our chosen profession to the very top but if we miss our children growing up, it’s all worthless.

We have such a short time, so few years to spend with them, to teach them, to train them up in the way they should go and then our time is up and their turn begins. Our children are our legacy and they are the ONLY thing that matters in this life while they are young.

They are a precious gift that is too often squandered, taken for granted and ignored.

God bless the parents who understand this already and are doing everything they can to parent the right way.

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Enjoying the break from school? I know we are!

Have a terrific Christmas with your family and a Happy New Year too!

God Bless You!

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MOST Uplifting Blog award – Didn’t expect this one.

My good friend Donna turned this thing around on me and nominated two of my blogs. THANKS DONNA!


Most Uplifting Blogger Award  How this works:

  • Nominate at least 7 (more if you like) blogs for the award. (They MUST be uplifting in SOME WAY. They don’t have to be religious – just uplifting)
  • Write a post telling us who you’ve nominated and…
  • Tell us 7 things you are Thankful about/for! (Again, doesn’t have to be religious – most anything will do)
  • Make sure you let the bloggers know they’re nominated.
  • Wear your badge with pride (Post it somewhere on your blog)

And that’s it!

7 more nominees: YOU Bloggers are AMAZING!

I hope you find some blogs among this list that will inspire and lift you up!

7 things I’m thankful for (Much easier than 7 things about myself by the way):

  1. I am Thankful to have discovered home-schooling!
  2. I am Thankful for COFFEE!
  3. I am Thankful for educational videos!
  4. I am Thankful for our play room!
  5. I am Thankful we live near so many wonderful museums and parks.
  6. I am Thankful to find opportunities to “school” in so many places and situations!
  7. I am Thankful to have such a wonderful God who entrusted these beautiful children to me!


HAVE FUN with it!


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Something Cool About Christmas

This is an AMAZING post! Everyone should read it.

MERRY CHRISTmas! And Thank You GOD for the gift of your son!


I know I’ve said this before but I think it bears repeating.  I think we miss some of the cool things about the story of Christ’s birth because we 1. have heard it every year for our entire lives and 2. we think we know how it ends.  It’s like rereading a book, you tend to skip over the parts you don’t really like or you don’t read every single word on the page, you just want the “jist” of it again.  It’s the same with watching a movie for a second or third time (or if you’re a Twilight or Hunger Games fan maybe it’s the thirteenth or thirtieth time).

I think one of the best things about the story of Jesus’ birth (that we don’t often let really sink in) is that Mary was just a child and unwed.  I am probably not going to make too many…

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WOW! A Blog award. How exciting.

versatile-blogger-award21I have been nominated for my second Blog Award but my first on this blog!


I’ve only been blogging since mid/late summer of this year so it’s very surprising that I’m getting so much attention!

I really didn’t think anyone was paying that much attention.

But apparently they were…

This time the award comes from my good friend over at
Donna’s Bookshelf. THANKS Donna!

And… now I get to find 15 more bloggers!

YEESH! I’m kidding. It’s totally worth it!

Here are the rules for the award:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
  • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

My nominations for The Versatile Blogger’s Award are:


And because I’m lazy, I’m going to share the same 7 things about myself. It was hard enough to come up with 7 random things about myself to begin with. LOL!

1. I am a writer, a mom, a homeschooler and I LOVE to read!

2. I talk too much, always have. And now that I’m a mother who is home all day with her two young children, I tend to talk people’s ears off when I have the chance. (PLEASE tell me I’m not the only SAHM/WAHM/TAHM who does that…)

3. I LOVE the flashlight feature on my iPhone. It saves me from stepping on hair clips and Lego blocks on my way to bed or to the bathroom in the middle of the night…most of the time anyway.

4. I enjoy coffee but I’m very particular about brand/flavor/roast and what I put in it of course. My current favorite combination is Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-Cups with Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice creamer.

5. I am fascinated by Ireland and all things Irish. I want so desperately to buy a castle in Ireland with a moat and a tower and a warren of secret passages.

6. I pray that I will never have to hunt for a literary agent again. My hope is that when God’s timing is right, he will send the agent to me and that way, I will know it is God’s time. I know it sounds like I don’t want to do the work involved in searching for an agent but that’s not it at all. I’m no stranger to hard work. I am simply trusting my future to God’s time and God’s will. He gave me this talent and I believe he has a plan for it and I feel very strongly that he is moving me slowly toward the place I need to be. And when everything is in place, he will move me yet again.

7. I enjoy being home with my children. I am not one of those moms who needs a vacation from their kids. They give me more than enough down-time when they’re in the playroom. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I went on a vacation without them and I truly hope that if I ever do end up on a book-tour that it works out for the family to join me!

THANK YOU AGAIN Donna for the nomination! You’re awesome!

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