Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The above picture is one of the main reasons why we homeschool- I love that our family gets to spend so much time together! We get to do math, hiking, reading, playing, outdoor exploring, chores, English, watching movies, spelling, Lego competitions, lessons of real life spending, saving, and giving, creative writing, history, and everything is all rolled into one.
Now some argue that for this reason they couldn't do it. I will be honest as it is not always easy of course. There are times when we wear on each other or step on that last nerve. We are not perfect and our home is not quiet. However, we have memories galore good, hard, and everything in between.
Relationships and facing the ups and downs together is not easy. It would be great to escape and Jason and I have to guard our time together as well as individual time to get rest and retreat. This includes date nights, Jason takes time to refill and so do I as well throughout the week.
HA! We even homeschool year round because I happen to like staying inside some of those super hot days in the summer. It also allows us to focus on different things at different times of the year. Let's be honest- we have several learning struggles in our home from ADHD, dyslexia, auditory processing issues, sensory processing issues, and everything in between. However, we can completely tailor everything we do to help our children as we school together.
Every time Jason and I speak about it though our hearts come back to the huge privilege we have. The privilege of bonding as a family, doing projects together, teaching in and out of the "classroom", creating fun memories, and being able to be there for our children. So even though it isn't perfect it is ours- together!
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
But in this passage it says God heard their grumbling. He didn't condemn them or tell them to shut up. He heard them and took action. What a mighty God to think that He hears us even in our grumbling. In our "sour" attitudes He still listens. Even when we continue to sin God loves us where we are.
Side note: Maybe he gave them a sweet bread so it would sweeten their attitudes ;).
Another thing to note is that everyone had to same amount. It was equal (vs.16-18) "This is what the Lord has commanded:'Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.'" The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed."
The other crazy part is that they ate this manna for 40 years! Now we just got done fasting with our church family and I admit I grumbled sometimes to myself thinking....man that would sure be great right now. I wish I could. Then I would try to refresh myself with prayer and asking God to be my everything. To fill the "voids" I think I have in my life.
The Isrealites ate manna for 40 years! Now it may have been great, but that is pretty ummm.....repetitive. I know because of the other circumstances of not thinking they could take the promised land that they were kind of stuck in the desert for that time. However it really was a time of refining. Refining of the people God had chosen. They had to learn to trust God with everything.
So in this year of healing I am thinking of refining. Refining who God wants me to be. What is His desire for me? It isn't something I can do, but rather something I can get only from Him daily. I can't take it on myself, or try to do it all on my own because like the manna it is provided by Him and I can only do today what God has directed. I can't create days, hours, or even seconds.....I can only live by His sweet provision for today and do my best.
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