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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Psalm 37

Today I'm going to post a psalm of David, Psalm 37. I think this psalm can speak encouragement into the heart of all Believers, whether they happen to be homeschoolers or not :)

Psalm 37 ~ New Living Translation ~(theme: trust in the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act)

Don't worry about the wicked.
Don't envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like springtime flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you your heart's desires.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust Him, and He will help you.
He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for Him to act.
Don't worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop your anger!
Turn from your rage!
Do not envy others -
it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

In a little while, the wicked will disapear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.
Those who are gentle and lowly will possess the land;
they will live in prosperous security.

The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance.
But the Lord just laughs,
for He sees their day of judgement coming.

The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
But they will be stabbed through the heart with their own swords,
and their bows will be broken.

It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and possess much.
For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the Lord will take care of the godly.

Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive a reward that lasts forever.
They will survive through hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.

But the wicked will perish.
The Lord's enemies are like flowers in a field -
they will disappear like smoke.

The wicked borrow and never repay,
but the godly are generous givers.
Those blessed by the Lord will inherit the land,
but those cursed by Him will die.

The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will not fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly forsaken,
nor seen their children begging for bread.
The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.

Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.
For the Lord loves justice,
and He will never abandon the godly.

He will keep them safe forever,
but the children on the wicked will perish.
The godly will inherit the land,
and will live there forever.

The godly offer good counsel;
they know what is right from wrong.
They fill their hearts with God's law,
so they will never slip from His path.

Those who are evil spy on the godly,
waiting for an excuse to kill them.
But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are brought before the judge.

Don't be impatient for the Lord to act!
Travel steadily along His path.
He will honor you, giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed.

I myself have seen it happen -
proud and evil people thriving like mighty trees.
But when I looked again, they were gone!
Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

Look at those who are honest and good,
for a wonderful future lies before those who love peace.
But the wicked will be destroyed;
they have no future.

The Lord saves the godly;
He is their fortress in times of trouble.
The Lord helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in Him.

What beautiful and life-giving promises are contained in this psalm! And since we know that all of God's promises are "Yes" and "Amen" for us in Christ Jesus, we can trust that His promises in Psalm 37 are as true for us today as they were for David when he penned the words so many years ago.

Rest in His promises to you today and wait patiently, yet expectantly, for Him to work out His good will for your life in His perfect timing.

Lord bless you today!

Day 32 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Monday, May 24, 2010

Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labor

It's officially summer break for the Burt Family! I must say, it feels pretty good to have made it to the finish line. Although it's not exactly like running a marathon (my husband and oldest daughter are runners - so I've seen what a marathon does to a person!) homeschooling does require copious amounts of endurance, patience, perseverance, determination and plain old hard work. Despite all of my "research" and reading which have informed me that homeschooling can be easy (whatever that means!) I have come to the conclusion that it requires quite a bit of effort.

I mean, sure, there are tools we can employ and methods we might utilize to make our homeschooling days run more smoothly...but I don't think I could honestly describe my 12 years of homeschooling as truly easy. That does not mean I never have days that are filled with ease; I can relax and enjoy living in the moment while homeschooling.But perhaps my definition of the word "easy" is incorrect. Maybe I assume it means things aren't difficult. (BTW, I follow many of Charlotte Mason's methods & agree with her on almost everything - so my lack of "ease" is not due to my homeschool teaching style)

The last thing I want to do on this blog is discourage other homeschoolers (hence my weblog"s title...). But I also don't want to be dishonest with my fellow homeschooling moms. If I were to say that every day was a breeze, each subject taught to each child at each age has come as naturally as breathing, and all of my other domestic duties are taken care of with hardly a second thought on my part, well, you would either a) never read another thing I have to say or b) come to the conclusion that I'm delusional about the life of a homeschooler. Homeschooling isn't easy! But guess what? I don't think it would be nearly so rewarding and fulfilling if it were easy. Don't we tell our children that hard work can be it's own reward? That anything worth having is worth working for? Should homeschooling be any different? Maybe my thinking is what's incorrect...maybe homeschooling ought to be a little bit bigger than me. If it wasn't, I might not rely on Jesus nearly so much.

Warm weather has arrived here in South Central Kansas. I have traded my days of teaching and grading and planning for days of catching up on projects around the house and planning for next year school. I will catch myself having to work at enjoying the "easy" days of summer...because as hard as we work from September 'til May, I am always anxious to get back to work. And I think part of the reason I miss homeschooling even during our much deserved break is because it truly is hard work, and the hard work is worth all the effort.

Oh, just in case you were wondering what some of the fruits of my labors 15 year old daughter is nearly finished with her first novel (written in Jane Austen style) and is planning to work on developing her own clothing line (modest for teenage girls with a very catchy product name) 12 year old daughter has completed several sewing projects and may begin to sell some of her work (after teaching herself to sew) 14 year old daughter is voraciously reading everything she can get her hands on and has taught herself to play the piano amazingly 10 year old is embarking on a new path with the Lord as she opens her heart to Him in worship...and my 17 year old son is finishing up the last few requirements in order to apply to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (yup, he's swinging for the fence and applying to MIT).

Whether you are in your fist year of homeschooling or your twentieth, enjoy where you are today and realize that it's okay to admit homeschooling takes hard work. (For further discussion and encouragement on this topic I highly recomend Todd Wilson's book "Lies Homeschooling Mom's Believe") And just in case you feel as if you'll never reach the end of the journey, trust me, you'll get there. It will come upon you much more quickly than you think. And it will all be worth it.

Oh, one more thing. Lest you think that my children's recent accomplishments and goals seem kind of "pie-in-the-sky" unattainable and out of the ordinary - they're not out of reach. Your children have the ability to do all these things and more. You are able to prepare your child to apply to MIT...seriously, trust me on this one. If I could do it with no idea whatsoever that my son would be drawn like a magnet to such a school, then you can do it. Because God will do it through you. In fact, He already is, one day at a time.

Enjoy the fruit of your labor today - give yourself a pat on the back. You're doing great!

Day 31 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Monday, May 17, 2010

All In a Day's Work...

Well, it's Monday again! Here we are, back at it for another week. But this week is different than other weeks. Not just because it is the last week of "school" around our house before we take some time off over the summer months. This Monday is different because it is the only time in all of my life I will be able to live this day (Monday, May 17th, 2010). I'll never have this time again. Likewise, this week is the only time I'll ever have this week with my husband, with my children, with my friends and neighbors and extended family members. No matter what I do, I can never regain this time in my life once it has passed. I suspect that's why moms and dads tear up a little bit when watching old family movies. They can look back and see exactly how precious that time was...and sometimes they can watch themselves "waste" that time right there on the big screen in front of their very eyes.

We really can't afford to be discouraged today because of lost moments in our yesterdays, though. Because that doesn't amount to anything substantial in the whole scheme of things. And it's not Biblical, either, because we know that there is now therefore NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. What we can and ought to do is opt to make today count in every way possible. Give your children a hug. Tell them you are so blessed to be their mother. Stop and look at what they are showing you; stop and listen to what they are telling you. Love your husband today - don't wait until tomorrow, do it right now! Pour out your respect for him this day. Spend time with your Lord today - don't wait around until it's a more opportune time. R-I-G-H-T N-O-W is the most opportune time you will ever have!!

So, as you go about your daily duties as a wife/mother/whatever-else-you-may-happen-to-be, don't forget that to-do lists and FaceBook and magazines and sleeping in will never really love you back. They aren't your purpose, but if you aren't careful, they will defeat your purpose and consume your life. Rather than look back one day and see how much was wasted on things that you only meant to use as "a little me-time" or as a survival tool in the world of "Mommy-hood", how about stopping today, right now, and taking care of the most important things in your life (i.e. people)? You will never be sorry you did!

While you work to homeschool your children, remember the most vital work you do each day has very little to do with education and has very much to do with your love shown via your time. Make loving your family and worshiping your Lord the most important part of your day's work. And when you do, prepare to have your socks blessed right off of your feet :)

Enjoy your "work" today!

Day 30 - done :)

Jan L. Burt