A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

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The Burts in 2013

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Begin To Be Thankful While the Calendar Reads October

In my home, for a never-ending compendium of reasons, October is a busy month. It is typically so busy that it can deplete my patience, energy, bank account and time and leave my head spinning by the time I turn the wall calendar to November. I do not seem to be able to conquer this fall phenomenon which can be referred to as "Octo-Mania".

But I really do love fall, I do enjoy all that this first full month of autumn brings. I don't want to be so consumed with busy-ness that I fail to enjoy the blessings that come with Octo-Mania. So I have to make a daily choice to consciously be thankful. Making that decision at the dawn of each new day has enabled me to be a more content follower of Jesus this autumn. It's sort of like choosing to give thanks in October, rather than waiting for the arrival of November.

When I was a young mom, way back in my twenties, older and more wizened women would tell me to enjoy the stage of life I was in (diaper bags, midnight feedings, toddler talk, and so on). And I really did my best to take their advice, because I figured all those women weren't telling me the same thing for no reason, right? And now that my children are older (instead of diaper bags, I help pack bags for college & in lieu of toddler talk that I had to "decipher" I now help talk through internship opportunities) I am still heeding that advice.

Enjoy the season you are in right now, because this too shall pass. And when it is past, you will most certainly miss it. A part of you will ring a bit hollow, and your heart will answer that ring with a sad pang. The only way to lessen the ache of that pang is to enjoy the now, right now, today.

Now that I am one of those older women (albeit not a wizened woman despite being in my forties) I am sharing the same old, tried-and-true counsel. The seasons will change, there is no stopping the progression of time. Make the most of today, and choose to be thankful right smack dab in the midst of October.

Lord bless you today!

Day 324 :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

Friday, October 17, 2014

If I Were to Make a Transition...

So I found myself wondering, "Hmmm, if I were to begin to blog about things that edify women in the church as a whole, as compared to only those who homeschool, would I lose readers? How much would I need to alter my weblog?"

And in the midst of wondering about that, along with finding that most of my ideas for posts are more about greater edification as of late, I have not written much. Which is a problem. Because a writer is only a writer to the extent that she writes, right?

But I have also found that my most-read posts are those that have encouraged my non-homeschooling friends as much as homeschoolers. Perhaps there isn't really a conflict-of-interest after all....

All that to say, my posts may be a little broader in scope, at least for the time being. I suspect that something written to edify women who love and serve Jesus will also edify women who love and serve Jesus and homeschool.

If you've followed my blog for very long, I am sure you know how often I quote A.W. Tozer, C.H. Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, and the like. When I read their wise words, it is as if I am being taught by the giants of the faith. I grow, it seems, simply by reading and internalizing their writings. And then I tend to come here to Encouraging Moms Who Homeschool and sort of "force feed" all of it to you.

Here are a few quotes that have been growth catalysts for me in recent weeks:

     "It is astounding how narrow is the circle taken in by the prayers of the average Christian. Let us give our prayers a wider sweep." ~ R.A. Torrey

     "It is possible to move men through God by prayer alone." ~ J. Oswald Sanders

     "So scale the heights of a life abandoned to God, and your perspective will change to the point that you will look down on the clouds beneath your feet." ~ D. Sargeant

     "As seamen in the life of faith, let us launch out into the deep and find that all things are possible to the Christian that believes." ~ A.B. Simpson

     " ...we have abundant reasons for thanksgiving." ~ G. Mueller

     "His faithfulness to trusting children in unwavering, and He is steadfast in holding to His purpose. ... The length of Joseph's prison stay gave him the strength and steadiness he needed as governor. ... It is always safe to trust Gods methods and live by His clock." ~ Samuel Dickey Gordon

     "Elijah knew that God was about to give rain; but that did not prevent him from praying for the promised rain." ~ A.W. Pink

    

There are a few quotes for you to "think on".  Filter these words through The Word, toss out anything that heaps on guilt or condemnation, and remember the Lord will grow you at the pace He has chosen. But no growth is never His chosen pace, so beware if you are moving backwards.

Keep doing what you are doing, love your children, enjoy this season in your homeschool (and if you don't homeschool, you still need to enjoy the season you are currently in). Love your Lord, love your family, set your heart apart each day as fully His, and stand amazed as He works in and through you.

And, I have something new to share with my readers ~ especially those who follow Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education. Be sure to visit BlueSkyDaisies to learn about a fabulous update to an old favorite - The Mother Tongue: Adapted for Modern Students by Amy Edwards & Christina Mugglin. Free page samples and links to purchase are available at the site, so be sure to check it out!


Lord bless you today!

Day 323 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study