Homeschooling as a Lifestyle

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Homeschooling is one of my life’s difficult choices. It is not the popular choice nor the easy choice — but I definitely know in my heart that this is what God has called our family to do for our children. It is the right choice for our family.

Homeschooling is not easy — you get to be with your children 24 hours a day, seven days a week and there are no time outs. When the kids were younger, everything depended on the mom’s attitude and discipline to make sure that the children have a daily habit that they can follow through as they grow. Character wise, children learn from what they see, hear and do inside the home. It can be a lot of pressure for the parents but through the years, I’ve learned that ultimately, it is not about me but only by the grace of God in our lives.

You see, homeschooling is a lifestyle. It is not just about the curriculum but it is about working together, supporting each other and being there for one another. We learn as we live and share our lives together. We learn to say yes to things that matter and say no to the busyness this life brings.

Children learn how to communicate with one another, choose how to spend the hours that God has blessed them with and utilize the talents that God has given them. It is not a perfect life but homeschooling has taught us to be more intentional in everything that we do and pursue.

Through the years, we have been living a simpler yet richer life – for the glory of God. It is my utmost prayer that as my children grow, they will bring this with them as they pursue what God has laid upon their hearts.

 

On White Strands and Gray Hair

A few weeks ago, I have noticed a few strands of white hair. I was contemplating on removing them but eventually I didn’t. It didn’t really bother me that I have white strands but what it represented filled my thoughts.

White strands confirmed that I was indeed getting old. I wasn’t the young mom that I have been used to. My children are no longer small. Half of my life has probably been lived.

How do I want to continue on as I age? Are there goals that I still want to achieve? What legacy do I want to leave behind?

Contemplating on these questions – I want to continue focusing on what Christ has tasked me to do which is to become more like Him and to make disciples. Here are some goals which I have listed as we started this school year.

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I pray that may I be  a good steward with the gift of life that God has blessed me with. May the Lord help me to number my days right that I may gain a heart of wisdom.

So that when the gray hair become more noticeable, I can claim what the scripture says from Proverbs 20:29 “The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.”

It’s All About Changes

This year, it’s all about changes.

After 5 years with Bluehost, I have decided to move to another blog host provider. In a few months, I also hope to change my blog theme since I don’t think the logo is reflective of my current season as a mom anymore.

Motherhood has changed as well as my daughter has now entered pre-teens and is experiencing physical changes as well. She has also become more independent and I need to be able to balance being a protective mother to one that allows her to experience some independence.

We are also now enrolling my daughter in another ballet school and it does require some changes and adjustments in our schedules.

We are also opting to change our school year calendar, we will begin in September and hopefully end before June next school year.

My husband’s direction in life is undergoing changes as well.

All these changes are happening simultaneously and I feel that God wants me to grow out of these process. Sometimes I feel lost and unsure, but I need to listen and realize what God is telling me and learn from it.

I am not fond of changes — but I am grateful that through these changes, I can see how constant and faithful God is to me.

Are You Ready for Change?

No matter how you plan ahead, changes are bound to happen.Are you ready for change? Personally, I am not a fan of changes, I think most of the people are not. But for the past years, I have learned to live with change, even to anticipate it. Here are some truths I’ve learned over the years about change.

Change is necessary if you want to grow. Therefore, expect that changes are bound to happen in your relationships and your life situations sooner or later. God allows these changes to come so we can mature and learn from them.

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Change can be uncomfortable but choose to put your trust in an all knowing God. If you want to live life without carrying so much weight of the unknown, trust that God knows what is best for you. He allows these things to happen because it is all according to His plan for your life.

Change is constant. Because we are living beings, change is a constant part of our life. We need to adapt to these changes and see the blessing in the process of change. We can choose how we react to the changes that God brings in our life.

Either we resent it and lose the chance to grow or we embrace it and live richer lives.

 

When I Am Weak Then I Am Strong

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As I was reflecting on God’s word yesterday, I felt great peace and amazement. I knew Christ was with me the whole time and He has reaffirmed in my heart that I should NOT LOSE HEART. Because I am not to look at the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Choosing to continually homeschool my children comes with a price. A lifestyle committed to learning God’s word, developing our family relationships and building our character. It is never easy and has no end. But this has been the calling of God to my family and today’s time with Lord further strengthened this call in my life.

I may not have all the money that I want because my time is devoted to raising my children but certainly God has always provided for all my family’s needs. He has shown me time and time again, how faithful and reliable He truly is.

For the past years, Christ has become more real to me. I experience His leading first hand. If there is something that we want to do and is it for our good, then God provides for it. But if it is not, then God provides the assurance that as we yield our lives to Him, He shall guide and lead us to where and who He wants us to be.

As I am reminded not to lose heart — I also marvel at the privilege of knowing Christ through my life’s journey these past years. He has won my heart so many times with His loving and faithful ways.

As the apostle Paul says, “For the sake of Christ, then I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”