Wednesday, April 3, 2013

He gives power to the weak...

School is winding down for Drew - his curriculum is almost done and his part time school is over in just 5 weeks. I have learned some much from ACA this year, it was a lot of work but I've seen Drew grow in so many areas. He is finally writing and spelling and enjoying art without being prompted. The other morning he said he wanted to write his Grandma a thank you note - its a small thing for most, but for this momma  that was huge. He spelled everything himself in legible print with spaces - wow!

I have been so impressed with the material and information Drew has learned, this next year we will imitate much of what ACA taught us about time management and organization and curriculum.

Gabe started Kindergarten in January - at home - and is coming along! He is much more disciplined so his school work is complete in less than two hours. We are working a lot on his handwriting and reading - which is coming along so much quicker than I though. I know your not suppose to compare children  - God made them all unique and special - but I am so thankful that my second child is a more traditional learner - two outside the  box learners may have done me in! I am just amazed when Gabe reads a book, struggles with a sight word a few times and then initiates a way to remember the word - as a rule Gabe only has to see/read a word about 15 times and he has it mastered vs Drew which is around 100,  Gabe is struggling a little more in Math, which I guess shouldn't surprise me since Drew is really good in math. They are so different yet the best of friends and wonderful to work with - most days! I am blessed to have such differnt children who love the Lord and love learning.

This morning we were talking about  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and how God revealed Himself to Abraham. Drew  wanted to know why God picked Abraham and not his father Tara. The questions these kids come up with are very high level for my brain - it must be those catechism's they memorized. That lead to a conversation about the sovereignty of God and that faith is believing that God's plan for our lives which will not produce our own benefits, but God's ultimate glory. That was a hard conversation because I had just shared with the kids about a prayer that didn't go the way we had hoped. A friend from High School has had cancer for the last year, we've been praying for her and her family, just recently they were told there was nothing more that could be done. My kids were heartbroken, I can't imagine how her own 5 children and husband can handle such news. There just are no words, yet I know that I must cling to the scriptures and the promises of God. As I shared with the kids - "God's ways are not our ways..." then we searched the scriptures for some of God's promises in scripture. I love teaching my children as I myself  question and struggle walking the path of righteousness. I am beginning to relate more with Jesus,  in the gospels, who taught and corrected and lead His own 12 disciples.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Matthew 11:28-29
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

and my personal favorite....

Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Romans 8:37-39
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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