Saturday, May 14, 2011

When "School" Isn't Working~

This past month of school has been somewhat of a mystery. The smooth running days seem
to have disappeared. The heart motivation has retreated to a place unknown. Eagerness
to get it right has faded into a distant look.

We have been living and loving this lifestyle, this conviction, for years. This pilgrimage was birthed out of love for our children and concern for the foundations of their faith

                                                         pil·grim·age (plgr-mj)
1. A journey to a sacred place.
2. A long journey or search, especially one of exalted purpose or moral significance.
intr.v. pil·grim·aged, pil·grim·ag·ing, pil·grim·ag·es
To go on a pilgrimage.

We find ourselves praying for wisdom and direction; We can't see the way clear.


What happens when "school" isn't working? When the facts, like a butterfly, linger
only for a moment and the mind seems to be as saturated as the seashore when the
waves spill back into the sea?

It's time to revisit the purpose and the plan. You see, in our hearts and minds, sometimes
intent gets buried in the mentality of getting through the seen thing. The things we see
not the things that God sees. We have to work extra hard at staying focused on what lasts
forever; the Treasures of Heaven.

The purpose is to teach our children, disciple them, and pour, pour, pour into them the
good things, the GOD things.. the truth of His Word. Deuteronomy 6 tells us when to
do this and how to do this. By teaching all the time and being living examples throughout
our daily routines. All things must lead to Him. The Way, The Truth and The Life.

The plan is to allow God to reveal how He weaves everything together in His Master
plan. We want His plan of love, abundance, mercy and compassion to be flowing from
hearts of gratitude and obedience.

If we are demanding our way, our children are not seeing God and we have elevated
our desires above His commands.
Be kind and tenderhearted to one another. Ephesian 4:32

What learning looks like and what the end result is, is not always within our understanding
to determine. (Though we have a responsibility to educate our children.) Letting go of pre-
conceived ideas and allowing God to transform our minds and hearts is an ongoing process.
But we do know that He should be in heart of it all.

God has created everyone of our children in His image. He has a plan for their life
and He is extending His grace and helping us to trust Him in that. His Word says that
He orders their steps. Psalm 37:23

We don't always know what is best for our children and how to direct them; But we know
the One who does. And as we grow in trusting in His divine plan for their lives, we
will give them more opportunity to schedule their time.

They need the opportunity to seek God for the answers to their questions.
Big and small.

Time to explore the wonders of life's curiosities.

We listen to them as they share their dreams and passions. We are supportive and
do our best to help provide the resources that will enable them to accomplish what
is in their hearts. God does this for us as well. (Nehemiah had a vision to rebuild the wall
and God was His source for all that He needed.)

We never stop asking for His wisdom to illuminate our path.

God's ways are bursting with life; Whatever we allow Him to touch will
be full of that life as well. That includes the way we teach.

As we seek The Teacher, He will be faithful to enable us to see through His eyes.
His plan and purpose will be made clear.

He will be faithful to enable us to be fruitful in every good work (teaching and
training our children is definitely a good work) as we grow in the knowledge of Him.
Colossians 1:10




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