Homeschool, Private, or Public?

Friends, homeschool isn’t the only way. It’s not the best way. It’s a way.

Private school Moms, I’m cheering for you!

Public school Moms, I’m cheering for you!

Homeschool Moms, I’m cheering for you!

We can get so tightly wound in our circles that our vision blurs. We begin to look around with judgment.

Do you know what God has called you to do?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Do you know what he’s called your kids to do?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

I have wept this year over school decisions. Jeremy and I have talked. And prayed. And sought counsel.

And while this year we’ve committed to homeschool, we are by no means laying our stake in this privilege for eternity.

Because it’s just that. A privilege.

Our heart’s desire is to raise 5 kids who love the Lord. To love Him with all of themselves. To love Him big enough to do hard things. To go to far places. To glorify Him in every decision they make.

And today we’ll set that example.

By loving the Lord enough to say, “I trust You.”

These kids are not mine. They’re His. Arrows to be sent out into a broken world. Arrows wrapped in love carrying a message of hope.

So this school year, friends, don’t look around. Don’t compare. Don’t compete.

Trust.

We are a privileged people. 

And every choice we get to make…that’s grace.

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A Quick Update

So many of y’all have been asking me for updates on our trip. Well, we leave tomorrow morning at 3:45. And I really have no idea where we are with our funds.

We’re to take a blank check and write it for the remaining balance before we fly back home next Monday. Oh my! This is a test in trust. They’ll check what’s been given before we make the final payment.

I could barf! Or scream! Or…Dear Lord…You are always in control!

But we’re leaving tomorrow. I’ve packed ZERO thus far. But we are excited! And trusting.

19 years ago today I visited LU for the first time and as clear as I’m writing you now, God said, “This is where you’re supposed to go.”

So I did. And met Jeremy. And God broke me. And called us. And now we have all these kids. And wow.

Here we go again. 19 years later. Still hearing Him say “go here.” And still trying to trust.

He is always working for our good and His glory.

I’ll keep you updated when I can. Thank you for giving and praying!!

“The steps of a man are established by the Lordwhen he delights in his way;” (Psalm 37:23)

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One of the ones who’s staying home insisted on a selfie that I could look at while away!=)

 

 

The 7th “Dip”

Dear Naaman,

What made you take that 7th dip in the water? Didn’t you want to stop after 4? You had done more than half of what Elisha said.

Did you feel foolish? Were the servants nearby laughing? Were they scared? You could have just got out and faced the pain and unanswered prayers.

But you didn’t. You held your breath, bent your knees, and submerged your diseased-self in that nasty water…One more time…Number 7.

And that time you came up whole, clean, restored. A miracle. On the 7th time. The time right after I would have climbed out, wiped my face, and declared I was done.

Thank you, Naaman, for obeying.

“So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” (II Kings 5:14)

*Maybe we are in the “7th dip.” Who knows what God is up to? I can’t see Him working, but I can be sure He is. What He has called us to He will be faithful in.

Whatever looms before you today. Whatever you’ve been waiting for and praying about. Don’t doubt God is working. Don’t mistake the silence for neglect.

7 dips for Naaman. 100 years for Abraham. 3 days in the tomb for Jesus. He’s a God I can trust!

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Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones

An Adoption Update…You Gotta Read!

This past weekend Pastor JD talked a little about miracles. Maybe what I’m about to tell you is one. Maybe it’s God’s super grace flowing from His super loving hand. Regardless, I am wrecked again…beautifully wrecked!

If you missed the adoption pain we had a few weeks ago you can/should read those posts here and here.

My hope, my wish through all the struggle was 2-fold-
1-Please, God, let me know that baby girl has found a family (privacy regulations made knowing this nearly impossible).
2-Please, God, one day I would love to see her.

A few days ticked by. We kept praying. We kept wondering.

On Saturday I got a call from a friend…”I think I know what family the little girl is going to.”

What???

But it was true. Through a mutual friend I was put into contact with sweet baby’s new adopted Mom. I must have cried for hours!

She was born on Tuesday, September 17. They named her Amelia. Here’s the text pic I received…

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Beautiful. “Fearfully and Wonderfully made.” Each time I look at her, my eyes tear up.

Now I cry because I’m rejoicing. We were not Amelia’s family. Nate and Jaime were. And they are an amazing family with God’s hand all over them! God had a plan before the beginning of time.

Yes, I still wonder why we were even a part of this. Was my role to pray for Amelia? Was it a chance to further learn how unshakeable God’s plans are? I’m still fleshing all that out.

But 2 things I’m sure of…
1-This story is all about God. Our adoption is all about God. Did I mistakenly put myself as the main character? This is His story, and I can trust that He is working all things for our good and His glory…even when it shatters me.
2-Nate, Jaime, and their family need your prayers. Baby Amelia needs your prayers. Read Jaime’s blog here. Stay informed. Pray every time it comes to mind. They are counting on it!

In the peace God has given. In the questions that still linger. I’m drawn back to this piece from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.”
“Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…
“Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Friends, He is good. He is the King. And He is writing a story in our pain. In Your pain.

Trust Him!