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Living out Ephesians 4:1-3

Writing Through the Bible Junior

Anna is my spirited third born.  She is a spunky 4.5 year old red-headed princess full of sass and a unique fashion sense.  She loves to play.  LOVES to.  My oldest loved to learn.  Soaked up every second of it.  She could name, sound out and sign all 26 letters at age 2.  My 2nd born followed closely behind and basically pretended Cara’s Kindergarten year was his own, learning phonics at 3 and teaching himself how to read at 4.

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Who wouldn’t come to school dressed like this?

Anna doesn’t care.  She is far too involved in her space alien world that has a pet eagle.  Or her Ninja Turtle world and her friend Raphael.  I’ve tried a few things.  Primary Arts of Language worked for my first two.  I’ve tried Explode the Code with her.  But she needs fine motor skills work that I’ve never had to really worry about before. And I’m ok with that.  I love homeschooling and teaching my kids at their own level.  And I love play for 4 year olds.  They have enough time to be pressured to learn at certain levels later.  Four is for play and imagination, and she has it in spades!

Then I was asked to be on the Write Through the Bible Launch team.  This is similar to what we use with my older two.  I love copy work that involves God’s word – an easy way to incorporate big truths and start discussion.  So I said yes and received a free copy of the book to try on my 4-6 year old.

 

Finger tracing first!

Finger tracing first!

What I love most about Write Through the Bible, Junior Ball-and-Stick is the really easy plan and 10-15 minute lesson.  There is a reading of the verse of the day, some discussion or vocal, some tracing and writing practice, usually a do-a-dot page or some scissor and glue practice, and then we pray to end the lesson.

We are focusing on the letter sounds and this is the first time Anna has been excited to have ‘her own school time.’  I love that the lessons are quick and so meaningful.  We have done letters A and B and she is still enjoying it.

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Handwriting is definitely something she needs to work on, so this slow paced work is nice for us. We are using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for helping sounding out the letters too.  Both of these can be done in about 25 minutes, but we typically split them up because her pet eagle is calling (or there’s another sibling squabble to deal with). :).  She loves me to bring that book into her bed tonight to do in what she calls ‘special alone time.’  Each of my kids need that, that’s for sure.

 

So this is launch week for Write Through the Bible, Junior.  You can read a little more at the author’s blog, Intoxicated on Life, by clicking on the image below.

I have enjoyed getting to know this husband and wife team through their Facebook group.  They truly have servant hearts to help us along the path of homeschooling.  The great things is, you don’t have to be a homeschooler to use this book. It is as simple as open and start!  If someone is wanting to do a little during a Pre-K year, this would be easy to implement!  We are using the Ball and Stick book, but tried the D’Nealian font as well.  I just like to stick to basic ball and stick when teaching to write.

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Rest vs. Prayer

I’m back in Mark chapter 14 today.  Verses 32-42 specifically.  After a restful evening during the Lord’s Supper, now Jesus has headed to Gethsemane to pray before he is betrayed.

And he gave a simple command, “Sit here while I pray.”  He took  Peter and James and John with him in further as he began to be greatly troubled.

He told them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death.  Remain here and watch.”  And going a little further, he fell on the ground and prayed. 

He begged God, if it be His will, to remove the cup of being a living sacrifice from Him.  But, knowing He would submit to God’s will, “Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

And he came and found the three sleeping.  And he knew.  They were human.  “Are you asleep?  Could you not watch one hour?  Watch and pray that you might not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.”

And this happened two more times.  The last time, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?”

I’ve read about how late it was and how after dinner and their long days that even though I can in my humanness say “I wouldn’t fall asleep when the Lord asked me to pray for Him,” I probably still would have.  And here’s a time where Jesus asked specifically for prayer and not rest.  This was physical rest, even expected rest, but He asked them to pray.

And as much as I like prayer, and it served me so well last year, sometimes when God has really pressed something on my heart, even given me a vision for what it will look like, I’m ready to jump in!   And sometimes He is saying: Pray.  Pray hard. Pray through all the challenges before they happen.  Pray and be certain it’s my will for you.  Pray so that you can build your faith alongside others.  Ask for prayer.  This will be hard but it will be so worth it.

And I’m still ready to jump and He’s saying “fall on the ground and pray!”  How often do I do that?  Really fall down hard and pray.  What can I surrender?  Maybe He’s asking me to pray so that He can reveal something to me.  Or so that I can pray instead of rest.  Praying isn’t just waiting.  It’s active.  It’s relational.  It brings us closer to the Lord and His will.  It makes our will fall away and His will become the Most Important Thing.  It helps us turn our focus from what we may be giving up but instead excites us to what lies ahead in this pursuit of following Him with our whole life.  And none of that sounds like rest in the physical sense.

I’m not sure where this series is going, but I do know I’m supposed to share it.  So pray along side me today.  Praise the Lord for our intercessor.  When studying Hebrews last week I read, “We need Jesus to intercede every day.  God can’t look on unrighteousness.”  So even in our prayers, He is still praying and interceding for us and we need it so bad.

Rest

This post will be short.   But God keeps laying this word on  me.  Or maybe I’m searching so desperately for it that it’s all I see.

If I’m being honest, we have been on overdrive since September 5th 2014 around 9 am.  That’s when we received the call that our court date was September 10th.  Overdrive, here we come.  Thank the Lord that we had started preparing (He had started preparing our hearts and our physical needs) and all of that came together quickly.  But, there has been little true rest since then.

Taking 3 children overseas for an undetermined amount of time and bringing home a new child into the family is hard.  It was AMAZING and beautiful and difficult and raw and together and just what Jesus called us to and still hard and at times we were gasping for breaths.  My amazing sisters and brothers who travelled this road with me, those here in the states, those I met in Uganda, and those who were praying literally got us through, along with the Lord’s strength.

I miss Uganda so much.  The pace of life.  The walking.  The community.  The love we felt there.  Even the hard things, like boiling water and power outages.  It is easier to rely on the Lord there sometimes.

The first month home is hard to remember.  Christmas and family and settling and jet lag and seeing everyone we had missed for 3 months.  That’s what I remember.  And then January came along and we started trying to get into a routine again and homeschooling and coop and daddy back to work again and it felt ok for awhile.  And then it didn’t.  I had bouts of anger.  I yelled a lot.  There were amazing times too, but I was not enjoying myself.  And I could tell I was yearning for rest.  And quiet.

And I’m not complaining.  This isn’t a post about all I need and don’t get.  It’s a post about all God offers and yet I still try to do it in my own strength.  Yes, there are some things I need to say no to.  But mostly, I need to let the Lord equip me for all He has called me to do.  And if He hasn’t called me to do it, I need to let go.

So our bible study at church lately has been in the book of Hebrews.  God speaks about rest there, of course He does.  I emailed one of our elders asking questions and he called me one hard afternoon.  Thank the Lord for godly men of character who also just happen to let a tired mama cry on the phone and then pray over me.  That moment was one of the turning points.

His wife is my mentor that meets monthly with me right now.  She is there to text and talk to when I need it, and our meeting this last week was restful and what was needed, I think for both of us.

So back to why I started this post.  I’m following along with IF:Equip in this season for bible study.  Trying (don’t think I do it every day, I’m still finishing Hebrews too – oh yeah, FAITH is my word this year, guess how many times I’ve been pushed to Hebrews since January) to get up daily and give the day to Him, to start in His word and what He has for me, not my agenda.

Today we read Mark 14:17-29. And what jumped out to me is not what they focused on in the video or the questions or probably what they meant for us to garner.  But God’s word is alive.  And 17:18 jumped out at me:

“And as they were reclining at the table and eating…..”

Do you know who they were?  The disciples, yes, but also, Jesus.  Jesus, leading up to his sacrificial, planned for, yet horrible death, he was reclining and eating.  He was resting.  He was allowing his disciples to rest.  These men who followed him anywhere.  Who, I can imagine, went without food and beds and clean water and rest.

Our lives shouldn’t be in a hurry.  They shouldn’t be at a MACH10 level.  They should be resting in Him and His provision.  If He has placed a call or a ministry in front of us, RUN WITH ABANDON.  I’m not saying rest is not working for Him.

Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

I’m not saying rest means only lying around, reclining and eating.  But that is part of it.  Taking time.  Listening.  Being Still.  Do you know what else?  When you are doing God’s work, His call for you, His good works He has prepared for you, and you are leaning in and reclining and relying on His strength to do it, it IS totally restful.  That knowing that you’re in His will fully is complete rest.

Here is part of my prayer I wrote down this morning and I hope it blesses you and you can get a glimpse of how I am trying to rest in Him.

“Lord, guide my heart to love like you.  My body to rest in you.  My soul to recline with you.  My eyes to be open to what you have for me.  My ideas to come from you and my heart to be fully cleansed by you.  Guide my actions.  Let my children forgive me.  All for you Lord.  This day and every day.”

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10662606936_305079c414_zThis was some fun at her birthday, we took them to lunch at the store and then let them come home and play dress up with their dolls.  Four little girls having a blast!

 

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