Are You a Lonely Mom of a Teenager

I found this blog post helpful. She really expressed the life of moms and their teenage children well. This post was encouraging to me. On our difficult days, it reminds all is normal and really will be okay. It also causes me to stop and think before over sharing. That benefits no one. Read the whole thing here.

Because you suddenly realize that these kids are people.

People with feelings and emotions. And you can’t go around blogging about their mean math teacher or their failed attempt at choir auditions. These are things that are too precious, too priceless, too soul-baring, too hard to share. T. They need you to keep their secrets. They need you to pick up pimple concealer at CVS and not breathe a word to anyone. They are so easily embarrassed and you must do your part to help them get through it.

 

 

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Good for Him

It is always fun seeing someone who home schooled reaching for their goals and achieving them. Sometimes we fall for the “your child will not be successful because you chose to home school him” message. Then we hear of yet another kid who was home schooled and still succeeded in their life’s goal. So, yeah, good for him.

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Cleaning Out the Reader

Since I do not leave time to read blogs daily, I find myself salivating when I finally sit down to see what is in my reader. I hope you enjoy some of these nuggets.

- Ever struggle with the grass being greener on the other side syndrome? Read this, you may be challenged.

One truth I have discovered is that while I am looking at other peoples “green grass”, mine is beginning to whither. Instead of spending my time growing my “yard”, I’m slowly killing it off with bitterness and doubt.

- Good words on contentment.

- Because we could all use a little help with forgiveness.

Forgiveness is not like planting tulip bulbs, where you never have to think about it again, and everything just naturally comes up nice and pretty in the spring. No, life goes on. Sometimes old feelings turn up when you’re not expecting them, needing to be handled and replanted.

-This article was published several months ago, but it is good to see classical education making the mainstream news.

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Fruits of the New City

Very good words to read today. How often do we long for the fruits of the New City while forgetting we are in the here and now? 

You will be exalted among the nations, one Day, Lord Jesus. There is no doubt about the end of your story, and ours. But in these present painful chapters, we long for the first fruits of the New City, the perfected relationships, and the sinless existence of life in the new heaven and new earth. So very Amen we pray, in your powerful and loving name.

 

Read the whole prayer here.

 

 

 

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I Need Thee

As we are getting ready for church this morning, I have hymns playing as background music. When I Need Thee Every Hour  played, I stopped in my tracks with realization that these words say it all. Yes, I really do need Thee every single hour. I wonder how many of life’s problems would evaporate if I could just except those words as truth in every moment of my day?

        I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; 
	no tender voice like thine can peace afford. 

	I need thee, O I need thee; 
	every hour I need thee; 
	O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

	I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby; 
	temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. 
	 
	I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; 
	come quickly and abide, or life is vain. 
	
	I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; 
	and thy rich promises in me fulfill. 
	
	I need thee every hour, most Holy One; 
	O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. 
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God’s Grace is Sufficient

I try very hard to not put sappy posts on the blog. However, I think if we only share the bad stuff, we do a huge disservice to the incredibly kind God which we serve. Sometimes God places us in a season where every single area of your life seems to be bombarding you with more than seems humanly possible to carry. Bruce and I are in one of those seasons. However, I have seen God’s kindness over the last week in ways I never have, or at least acknowledged. He is giving me a craving for Him that I have honestly never experienced. There is a joke in my family that I am heartless, or at least emotionless. My sisters say it takes an act of Congress to make me cry and my husband says the same about my ability to laugh. This is an exaggeration, of course. I think it is something about the middle child and needing to be even keeled. The last week has given much opportunity for both. I am thankful for that. The observation that I have made this week is that God does not take pain away always, but His grace is certainly sufficient. He has sent people into my life this week to minister to me in ways I never imagined. People have come out of the woodwork with notes, daily Bible encouragement, treats left on the doorstep, special gifts delivered, meals, etc.The light bulb has come on for me this week. God’s grace is sufficient and He uses the body to deliver. My prayer is that through all of the sadness in our lives right now, we would gain a love and dependence on God that does not leave when things are good again and that we would be sensitive to showing others God’s grace just as it has been poured upon us. (I just read this to my husband. His response? “If sappy was your goal, you could do way better than that.) I guess I just proved myself as non-emotional…:-)

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Suffering Doesn’t Ask, It Just Comes

I was not able to attend church this week. When Bruce and Sarah returned home they both raved about the sermon. This morning my friend had this quote, taken from the sermon, on her Facebook page.

Suffering doesn’t ask. It just comes. … Jesus didn’t teach a way out of the pain. He taught a way to endure it. A way through it. -Dan Spanjer

The words spoke to me and I have been listening to this tonight as I grade exams. If you are struggling with something in your life, listen to this sermon. I hope it will encourage you to keep on keeping on. (Just click on the Living in the Messiah’s Absence link.)

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