Shabbat Message: Ready To Obey

10 were outcast.

10 were unclean.

10 were separated from others.

10 men had leprosy.

Today we still have leprosy; but it is spiritual.  Some of the spiritual leprosy might be:

  1. Disobedience
  2. Fear
  3. Procrastination
  4. Unforgiveness
  5. Hatefulness
  6. Judgemental-ism
  7. Anger
  8. Jealousy
  9. Unloving
  10. Self-Righteousness

These may be the things that are separating us from others and from YAHUAH Moving In Our Lives.  Yet, like the 10 leper’s we must recognize Our Own Uncleanness, then Cry Out For Help and be Ready To OBEY.

“For it is through our obedience to His Word, that we can get the victories in our life.”

If you would like to have victory in your life again, I encourage you to make time to hear this week’s Shabbat Message Ready To Obey.

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Shabbat Message: Teaching The Truth In Love

Safe. Comfortable. Reasonable. Predictable. Air Conditioned.  Life as many of us live today.  But is that what YAHUAH wants?

What is all the knowledge that we believe, we have attained, when others need so much more?  Others are needing salvation through Love In Action; yet we – sacred namers and other flavors of The Religion, those who have come to know the unchanged name of the Father YAHUAH  and name of His Son YAHUSHA  Messiah -do nothing.  We do nothing but search out more knowledge through word pronunciations and self-taught righteousness all the while looking down on others who Do Show Love through Teaching The Truth In Love.

We have become the 21st Century Pharisees and Sadducees.  We look down on others who do not have the knowledge of The Father’s True Name and His Sons True Name but  yet who Do Possess Love.  We Lack Love.  We may be rich in knowledge and self-righteous yet we are poor in spirit because we are “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” to The Truth of Love.

We’ve become comfortable in our knowledge, sitting in our homes with all our understanding without showing the Love of the Father to all who are in need.  We put down people who ARE showing Love and Changing Lives, because in Our Eyes they lack the knowledge of truth (or haven’t been shown) the Father’s True Name or His Son’s.

Most of us have been so self-righteous with our knowledge, even our family members won’t listen.  We’ve turned them away by spewing the truth with Hate instead of Teaching The Truth In Love.

We pray our pompous prayers filled with “I” yet YAHUSHA Messiah declared to people that More IS Needed.  We must give up our comforts (dying to self) and help others.  We must stop glazing over His words and focus on what is Really Important.

Though this week’s Shabbat Message: Teaching the Truth In Love is not easy to listen to, yet it IS Necessary.  We can choose to listen or we can choose to ignore it, but one day YAHUSHA Messiah will ask what have we done.  Have we fed the hungry, visited those in prison, clothed the naked and/or wept with those that weep?

 

 

Who Was She? Avigail

Recently in our morning devotion, we read about Avigail (Abigail), the former wife of Naval and one of King David’s wives.  Avigail’s story is found in 1 Samuel 23. There are two aspects of her story that have been on my mind daily.

The first is that she was known to be a woman of good understanding.  People knew that if they came to her with a problem she would understand.  They knew that she wasn’t foolish and could be trusted.

The second is that she wasn’t selfish.  When the servant came and told her that David was going to kill everything due to her husbands foolishness, she didn’t hesitate to take action.  Immediately she instructed her servants to take from what they had and sent it David.  She had on had what was needed to help.  She didn’t have to wait or plan for it and she definitely wasn’t selfish.

So while meditating about these two aspects of Avigail, I think about myself. What am I known for?  Am I known for the laws I can repeat or for the good common sense that is evident to all?  Am I known for outward beauty (that this world glorifies) or for a heart that fears YAHUAH and worships him?    Am I willing to listen to the plea of others when they are in distress or am I too self-centered to see others?  Am I too wrapped up in my own house that I can’t help others?

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be known according to the worlds standards.  I want a heart that follows passionately after YAHUAH and fears Him.  I want my ears to be open to hear and recognize when YAHUAH is leading me to help others.  I want to have some extras not for my own needs but for others.  I don’t want my hands to be tightly closed unable to extend Grace and Mercy to others.

For me this means letting go in some areas.  Letting go is not easy though.  It is necessary if I want to follow YAHUAH’s will.  Over the last few months I have been lead to make many changes in many different areas of our life.  At the time I thought the changes were small but now I believe that YAHUAH was slowly preparing me for what He is moving us into doing soon.

I highly encourage you to listen to today’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy and allow YAHUAH to speak to you today.

There are still more lessons from Avigail coming soon!

 

Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy

We have been given many rich and immeasurable gifts from YAHUAH.

The gifts of Grace and Mercy are some that are new everyday and YAHUAH never runs out of them.  There is nothing we can do for these gifts.  We can’t keep enough laws to receive them.  We can’t do enough good deeds to keep them.  We can only stand with our arms open and our arms raised to His Glorious love and receive them.

These gifts are not for us to take for granted nor abuse.  They are for us to receive and give to others.  Sometimes though we can get in the way of receiving YAHUAH’s Grace and Mercy as a result of our own thoughts and ways of doing things or self-righteousness.  Yet even still in our stubbornness, YAHUAH extends Grace and Mercy to us time and time again, without fail.

What ways can we show Grace and Mercy to others?  What does the Bible say?   What changes do we need to make to allow YAHUAH’s Grace and Mercy to shine in our lives to be imparted to others?

This week’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy, is one that you must listen to if we expect to live  with purpose and passion for the Father YAHUAH and His Son YAHUSHA Messiah.

Who Was She? Sarah: Prayer, Trust and Fear Part 2

I am finally ready to finish Sarah.  It has taken me awhile because for nearly a year, I have carefully thought and lived some parts in my own way.  It has been a great challenge to say the least.

Before I tell you about another prayer of Sarah, I want to give some background story with Avram (later Avraham).  Avram was no stranger to dealing with the wicked one.  When he was about 14 years old, he went among the people noticed that they were having a problem.  The problem was that satan, caused some ravens to come and eat the seeds that the people tried to sow when they were planting them.  Avram saw the birds coming and 70 times he commanded them to go away and they did.  Then Avram showed the people how to sow and cover the seed up.  Yovheliym (Jubliees) 11.

Later on when Avram is observing the stars (Yovheliym 12) and talking to YAHUAH, he prayed, ”My Elohim, El Elyon you alone are my Elohim, and you and your dominion have I chosen.  And you have created all things, and all things that are the work of Your hands.  Deliver me from the hands of evil ruachot who have dominion over the thoughts of men’s hearts, and let them not lead me astray from you, My Elohim.  And establish me and my seed forever that we go not astray from henceforth and forevermore.” (Yovheliym 12:19-20) So he knew that wicked ruachot (wicked spirits) can have control over a man’s thoughts and he asked YAHUAH to not allow him to be lead astray by them.

Years, later Avram-now Avraham, came face to face with his enemy, but YAHUAH knew all the time what Avraham would do.  In Yovehilym 17 and Yashar 22:46-55, satan came before YAHUAH and just like Iyov (Job), thought that he could challenge the faithfulness of Avraham so he insinuates that Avraham won’t serve YAHAUH if YAHUAH were to tell him (Avraham) to sacrifice his son.  YAHUAH knew Avraham’s heart because he had been tested 10 times and found to be faithful each and every time.  Now you know most of the rest of the story, YAHUAH told Avraham to go and sacrifice Yitschaq.  Of course Avraham is obedient and tells Sarah he needed to take Yitschaq to go and learn about worship from Shem and Eber.  We will come back to Sarah in a minute.

While on the road to the place that YAHUAH would show him (Yovehilym 23), satan appeared to Avraham in the form of “a very aged man, humble and of contrite ruach” and began to question what he was doing.  Avraham recognized him and knew that satan was trying to stop him from being obedient to YAHUAH.  So he rebuked him.  Satan, not easily discouraged, appears to Yitshcaq in the “figure of young man comely and well favored.”  Now he tries to get Yitschaq to doubt his father-even calling Avraham “a silly old man.” Yitschaq immediately tells Avraham and he again rebukes satan.

Finally now back to Sarah.

Avraham did not tell Sarah that he was going to sacrifice Yitschaq.  He told her that “My son Yitschaq is grown up and he has not for some time studied the service of his Elohim, now tomorrow I will go and bring to Shem and Eber his son, and there he will learn the ways of YAHUAH, for they will teach  him to know YAHUAH as well as to know that when he prays continually before YAHUAH, he will answer him, therefore there he will know the way of serving YAHUAH ELOHAYU (Yashar 23:5).”

Of course Sarah is supportive, but she asks that Yitschaq not go too far nor be gone too long because her soul is bound within in his.

I know that many people will say that because of this Yitschaq was a “momma’s boy” but between reading about the mom/son relationship between Rivqah/Ya’aqov and Sarah/ Yitschaq, I believe these mothers had a good healthy relationship with their grown sons.

So all that night (Yashar 23:6-19), she showed affection to Yitschaq and talked with him all night-weeping the whole time.  In my opinion, it appears as though she believed he may die and she may not see him again.  This was her greatest fear.  In the morning, she gave him fine garments that she had received from Aviymelek years ago.  She put a turban on his head and enclosed a precious stone in it.  As Avraham, Yitschaq and the servants begin their journey to leave home, Sarah continued to weep.

Some days pass and after satan tried to stop Avraham from sacrificing Yitschaq (Yahsar 23:70-75), he then turned his attention to Sarah.

Next, in Yashar 23: 76-90 satan appears to her in the form “of an old man very humble and meek” speaking to her greatest fear and mixing it with lies.  He tells her that Yitschaq her son is dead because Avraham had sacrificed him and that Avraham didn’t even cry.  For great impact he said these things to her two times and then left her.

She thought perhaps this man was one from among those that went with Avraham who had returned to tell her these things and she beings to wept and cry out bitterly, throwing herself on the ground, casting dust upon her head.  But let’s read her words carefully, particularly her words to YAHUAH:

 

 

Speechless.

That’s how I feel every time I read her words.  She’d waited so long-nearly her entire life to have one son and now he is gone (at least she thought so)?  But even in great sorrow she believed that if this happened that YAHUAH was in control of it all.  She didn’t say that this was unfair and how horrible of a Father YAHUAH was for allowing this to happen…she said “You are just.”  She had some serious faith to be able rejoice in great and immense sorrow, saying that her heart rejoices through her tears.

To honest, I don’t know if I could do that.  I don’t know if I could say those words and see that YAHUAH’s will is greater than my heart’s greatest hurt.

So eventually, she gets up and begins to make inquires, sending servants here and there, but Avraham was one where to be found.  But who do you think comes back again-satan.

This time he says that he spoke falsely saying that “Avraham did not kill his son and he is not dead (Yashar 23:86).”

So exceedingly excited violent was her joy, that her soul went out from her and she died.

Satan spoke to her deepest fear and stirred it (her fear) up against YAHUAH and against Avraham (saying that he didn’t even cry).  What she could have done first, was say that Avraham would never sacrifice Yitschaq without a care.  Then she could have prayed that YAHUAH would help her find them and then went looking for them.  But that was not what happened.

Satan is still stirring up fears today.  He gets us all worked up and them removes himself as we explode in fear, strive, arguments, toil, worry.  Often we don’t recognize him because he comes in forms that are non-threatening.  Chuah was threatened by the serpent-she had no reason to question his words at the time. Here Sarah was not threatened nor alarmed by “this old man.”  In fact, he looked familiar as if he were one of the people who went with Avraham.

So satan comes up to us in ways we don’t recognize but we have to ask YAHUAH to give us discernment-so that we can see the “wiles of the devil.”  We have to ask YAHUAH like Avraham to guard our thoughts from the control of evil spirits.  We must use logic and know the facts – like Avraham loved his son, he would not sacrifice him without a care.  In fact, when reading Yashar 23, you will see he struggled a great bit and was in great anguish.  We have to know facts about the person or situation, before getting upset.  If we don’t know we have to find out.

I kept the above in my mind a few months ago, when I found a lump on my left side.  I have many of the markers for breast cancer (family history and tubal ligation) so I am always being diligent to watch for any issues.  So for few weeks while waiting for my diagnostic mammogram, I had moments of great fear.  But my husband and I prayed, and I tried to say that if this is YAHUAH’s will then His purpose will be done.  Thankfully nothing was found though the mass is still there.

Whether it is fear, a disagreement, a disappointment, a concern or worry, we have to seek YAHUAH first, know Him through His Word and trust that He is in control no matter what. We must also stay on guard, because just when we think we are aware of the wicked ones tactics, he changes them and we can be left to figure out what has happened in our lives.

Alright, I don’t know who or when the next woman will be, YAHUAH willing won’t be too long.

Shabbat Message: YAHUSHA Has The Power

Every week, the Shabbat Message is given and every week I take notes for my own-self.  A small portion of the notes I have taken are shared in the Shabbat Message posts.  The brief posts are just snipet of what the messages truly are about. To get the full and complete blessing that I get, I encourage you to take an hour or less, to get water for your soul, a breathe of fresh air, strength for your journey or whatever YAHUAH desires to give you, I encourage you to listen the Sabbath Message(s).

Think back…have you ever had that experience?

That experience that happens when you have a hard set goal, a focused mind, or thought that pattern one or belief of a certain understanding that is “the one and only way” and then…

YAHUSHA Messiah crosses your path and gives you instruction.

A Damascus Road Experience.

A Street which is called Straight Experience.

One that changes your life so unbelievably that it may affect the lives of others.

YAHUSHA Messiah Has The Power to cause us to have an experience that brings change in our lives and those around us.  YAHUSHA Messiah Has The Power to change any and every area of our lives; But it is up to us to recognize the change that He is working to bring to us – no matter how it comes.  Through pain, sorrow, joy…even other people who just happen to be in the area, Remember The Father YAHUAH’s ways are limitless and boundless.

Today’s Shabbat Message: YAHUSHA Has The Power is just what we need to encourage us to look for our own ________ Experience or to follow instruction and help someone on the Street called __________  (the name of your experience will be different).

 

Who Was She? The Maiden Who Spoke Up

We don’t even know her name.  Most of the time we probably glaze over her part of the story.  But without her, he may not have gotten the healing he so badly needed.  Maybe he didn’t even know he needed healing.  Maybe he thought it was just his lot in life and stopped letting it bother him.

But one day, a maiden girl (2 Kings 5:3) who served his wife – a maiden who was taken captive by the Syrians – living in a foreign land away from family, friends and familiarity – spoke up.

She spoke up in hope.

She spoke up because she had a piece of information that might help someone else….

Her words were passed on quickly and Na’aman was healed.

Her simple words were the beginning of the healing Na’aman needed.  She did nothing more.  She didn’t pester him to go.  But she saw him when he returned-healed.

She knew that healing came from YAHUAH through the prophet Eliysha.

Sometimes we too have some information that another person could use.  This information could change the course of their life.  But we must speak up and we must also accept that if the person doesn’t listen or follow the suggestion, it is not our fault.  We must speak up though – that is our part.

As I thought about this maiden girl, I thought about another young lady who just recently married.  A few weeks ago, I thought of sending her a note with some basic general information that she might find helpful.  But in my shy nature, I have found excuses as to why I shouldn’t send the email.  I don’t want to come off telling someone else what to do, nor seem as if I know what is going on in her life.

Yesterday YAHUAH reminded me that I am not given experiences and information to keep to myself, but to pass along.  I am not responsible with what is done or not done with the information or suggestion.

When opportunity arises, even in less than ideal situations, we must speak up!  What we say might be the beginning of the answer to another person’s problem.

15 Years, 15 Encouragements: #2 Forget the Past & #3 See Change

We’d watched this movie before, but this time when we watched it, I felt like I had a bunch of fingers pointed at me.

Specifically one scene, is one that YAHUAH used to bring about change in my heart.  The movie was WarRoom and  the scene I am referring to is when the old wise woman, Mrs. Clara came back in the room and asked  Elizabeth “Did you finish your list?”

Elizabeth responds by saying that she had a lot more to say and how her husband had offended her so many times and she goes on and on!

Mrs. Clara then asked her how much she prayed for her husband.

Elizabeth admitted she really didn’t pray for him.

Earlier that week same week that we watched WarRoom, we’d had a spat again.  And once again, I ran upstairs, slammed the door and grabbed my journal and started writing.  After a few minutes of writing out my “prayer” I went back and read old entries.

They were nearly the same.

I had been writing the same sad words for years.  Why?  Oh sometimes the entries looked like prayers but really it was me having my own pity party complaining to YAHUAH.  Woe, is me…Why me..When will he…the same thing over and over.

So that night, I thought, if I am writing the same things, maybe I need to do something different.

Right at the end of that scene in War Room, YAHUAH directed me to get rid of all my journals.   He said that by writing my complaints in my journals, I was harboring unforgiveness towards my husband.

That hurt.

I thought I had forgiven him, but not really. Not from my heart.

See if I really had forgiven him, I wouldn’t be holding his past mistakes as ammunition for our next disagreement.  I wouldn’t be keeping a tally mark for what “I” saw as wrong.  So I shared what YAHUAH had said with my husband and I threw away my journals.  Now when I pray in my journals, I am not writing a list of complaints, nor “woe is me” entries but rather lifting him up and changing my anger in to prayers.

Which leads me to share #3 – See Change

YAHUAH also opened my eyes to see how much my husband had truly changed.  He really is not the same man I married nearly 15 years ago – and I am H-A-P-P-Y about that!  Praise YAHUAH.  YAHUAH began to show me his awesome qualities and things that I truly needed to be thankful for.  For example, he is not out running the streets with his “boys” he loves being at home – he is a “home hubby.”  He loves YAHUAH and worships Him.  He reads the scriptures to us.  He prays with and for us. He is crazy about me and an awesome father.  He is good with our finances – I don’t worry whether or not stuff is getting paid – I know he takes good care of us.  He is funny and is a good bowler.  He is self-sacrificing.

In the last year, I have come to love him more than ever.  I no longer magnify nor focus on his faults.  Instead I pray for him and try to honor him more.  I have also read many encouraging blogs and articles that have helped me to see things differently (I will share books and blogs in another post.)

So today, fellow wives, truly and continually forgive your husband and see how much YAHUAH has changed him and you.

Shabbat Message: Back to Basics

When did faith and salvation get so complicated? Rules, man made imposed laws, twisted view points, regulations, genealogies, words and knowledge have all become stumbling blocks to faith and salvation.

Salvation is not technical, it hasn’t changed, it doesn’t get upgrades, it doesn’t expire, it doesn’t get old, dusty, or dirty.

Salvation is simple – YAHUAH the Father loved us so much that He gave His only brought forth son YAHUSHA Our Savior and Master to all who believe.  YAHUAH extends His mercy and grace as a choice and those who choose to receive it, live in the power of newness of life with the resurrecting King YAHUSHA Messiah.

Salvation is simple – Confess, Repent, Receive Grace, Exercise Faith

It is time to get Back To Basics of our faith and live in the joy of salvation!  Today’s Shabbat Message Back To Basics is just the refreshing word we need.

Shabbat Message: Stop Being Afraid To Grow

Sometimes in our walk of faith, we are going along just fine and then the trials in life, other people or fear cause us to stop growing.  We take our eyes off of the Messiah and focus on the distractions.  Fear begins to sink us and cause us doubt. Fear paralyzes us from moving forward and hinders growth.

But…

In the midst of every storm, every trial or problem – The Father YAHUAH and His our Savior YAHUSHA Messiah are there with us.  Sometimes we will have to break through the opinions of other people to get to YAHUSHA, like the woman with the issue of blood did.  We will have to move beyond our fear to live a life of freedom in faith in YAHUSHA.

Sometimes YAHUAH allows situations to happen so that we can get back on track and to grow us again.  These situations maybe so desperate according to our earthly wisdom and hope isn’t even on the radar.  But by one word, one command – Messiah YAHUSHA can return our joy to us. With one word YAHUSHA Messiah can stop the storms of our life.

We may need to step out in faith, pray and seek His face, but with just one touch, we can grow again.

If you’ve been stagnant, if you feel trapped by your situation and you want to grow again, I invite you to listen to this week’s Shabbat Message: Stop Being Afraid to Grow.

15 Years, 15 Encouragements – #1 Turning the Arrow of Anger

It was bad.

It was the worst argument we have had in years.

It was brutal.

It was ugly.

It was loud.

It hurt.

Bad.

When things calmed down, separation was discussed.  For real.

But for some reason, that discussion fizzled out and we kept our distance from each other for a few days.  Then my husband came to me and said that maybe there was some truth in the hurtful words that were said.  He said that maybe we should pray for each other in those “arrows” that we spoke of in the argument.  He said that many of the things that we said, were things that continually come up (usually in arguments) so maybe there is some truth in them.

What?  Pray?

I thought about what he said.  I had prayed for those arrows somewhat.  But not like I needed to.  I’d given up hope and carried anger instead.

So we began that day to pray.  Sometimes with our kids and sometimes just us.

Surprisingly, change happened.  Not necessarily in the physical but spiritual.  YAHUAH began to change my anger into compassion.  This compassion helped me to see that many issues are rooted in something that has happened in the past and having nothing to do with me.  For example, if you have watched the movie “I Can Only Imagine” you know that Bart’s problem had nothing to do with Shannon but with his own issues.  We all have our issues and like weeds, if you don’t pull them up, they will take over any place they can.

Many times now, YAHUAH prompts my heart to back off in disagreements. In many potential times of disagreement, I have been able to see the enemy’s handy work-by recognizing those arrows of words to start churning in my mind when a disagreement is on the horizon. Words like:

“He always…”

“He never…”

“Why doesn’t he…”

“He’ll never change…”

Those thoughts lead to further destructive thoughts like:

“YAHUAH doesn’t care for me…”

I know I am not alone because the enemy’s tactic has been working for marriages from the beginning.  I am sure that Adam and Chuah(Who-Wah) had their share of arguments too.

But now that we see the wiles of the devil, we have done things differently.  Will we always recognize him?  No.  And just when we recognize one way, he comes another way.  So we must always be on guard.

Here are some Arrows of prayer that I frequently pray:

YAHUAH, my husband’s heart is in Your hands do as You see fit…

YAHUAH, regarding __________________ please, ______ (heal/bring deliverance, guard)  his heart in this area.

YAHUAH not my will but Your will be done in my husband’s life.

Praying the word, even singing the word has helped a lot.

So what I am trying to say is that, neither arguments nor words said within arguments – have to turn into the destruction of what YAHUAH has joined.  Those very arrows that the enemy desires us to use, should be turned into arrows of prayer to destroy the enemy of soul.  Lastly, I read somewhere recently, that the arrows used in battle long ago, were used as a distraction in warfare.  That being said, arrows of anger are just a distraction for us to lose our focus on what really is important-a marriage that brings Glory to the Father YAHUAH and His son YAHUSHA Messiah our Adonai and Savior.

 

YAHUAH Who Sees Me

For a long time, I had felt I was in a valley.  Life was not terribly horrible, but emotionally I felt in a valley.  I felt alone.

Then a few Sabbaths ago, I knew I had to do one thing…

Lift my eyes.

My lifted eyes, met YAHUAH’s eyes of love and grace.

He was there with me.

The valley was necessary for me.  Instead of looking at the high mountains, the rocky cliffs, the deserts and potential things waiting to destroy me, I had to look up.

By looking up, I was taking my eyes off the situations, circumstances and potential storms, and seeing our Heavenly Father – YAHUAH – who is above and aware of all – and whose eyes are always on me.

Shabbat Message: Create In Me A Clean Heart

Do you ever feel like you are stuck?  Do you ever feel as if there is something holding you back?  Maybe there is.

Maybe there is something in your past that needs to be dwelt with.

One day it might show up, then what do you do?

Do you deny it? Push it under the rug? Pretend it doesn’t exist? Run away? Or…

Humble yourself, acknowledge the issue/problem, allowing the Pain to EXPOSE your heart so that YAHUAH can Heal and Create a New Heart in You.  That’s what YAHUAH wants anyway…Our Hearts.  Not our Self-Righteousness-but a heart that is BROKEN before Him.

This weeks Shabbat Message is encouragement for all because we all need to be continually asking YAHUAH to Create In Me A Clean Heart

YAE – Why I Use Textbooks

 

It’s been a long time, since I have written about homeschooling because I have gotten busy doing school.  Today though I wanted to sharing somethings that I believe are important for our family, as we have been on this journey since our oldest was 2 years old; who’s nearly 14 today, (I count preschool because learning ABC’s, writing, reading and the beginnings of math are where education starts).

There are many approaches to homeschooling and each family has to decide what will work for them.  Approaches can vary from one subject to the next or from year to year or seasons of life.  There are relaxed methods, traditional textbooks, online, workbooks, no books, unschooling, Charlotte Mason and so forth.

Our method is eclectic-a mixture of methods but I have chosen the use of textbooks approach in many areas and here are the reasons why:

  1. If I should get sick for a long period of time, how will school continue if I am just winging it?  One year, we did a more relaxed approach and I did not use a text book for science, I thought of something for US history/geography and lumped everything as educational.  But then towards the end of the year, I wasn’t anywhere close to where we needed to be.  I found myself rushing trying to pull stuff together, which wasn’t good.  Sure we had fun at the park daily and we laughed and they did learn but I knew that was not good to work for us.
  2. If I should die, how will my husband or anyone else know what I was teaching our children?  What was my day to day plan?  What path did I have for each year?   It is easy to see where we are now.  And each day, we go onto the next page, chapter or book.   I have mapped out the course selections for our first high schooler (with options and suggestions for changes).  Furthermore the suggested path for each child is being prepared.  My husband won’t have to wonder what to do, the kids have nearly become independent learners and often help each other.
  3. If our kids should be inclined to go to college, will they have what they need to enter or will they have to take GED classes just to get into college?  Though I don’t think that most homeschoolers are teaching lazily, I do know there are some whose lack of true desire to homeschool has affected their children greatly.  One day, when I took our kids to a park, I met a lady and she told me she was homeschooled but that her mom didn’t really put for the effort for her education.  The daughter was just given some workbooks and that was it.  Later when the daughter tried to go to nursing school, she learned she did not have the basics for college entry and had to go and get a GED.
  4. There are so many awesome curriculum choices available that there is no need to re-invent the wheel in many areas.  Nearly everyday I discover a new curriculum through other homeschool blogs/websites.  These curriculum’s are of great use and lift a burdeon from me have to become a subject matter expert in everything.  Many are from teachers or specialists, who are using their skills for homeschool.  Take Aurora Lipper from SuperChargedScience dot com – her science is fun!   I did try to create an elementary biology program for our kids when we couldn’t buy the book from Apologia and that is the only one I wrote!!!!  I do write devotions and can pull together things when something is missing but I do not want to write curriculum again!

I don’t want to waste my time, nor our kids, spending time doing “fluff” work.   Taking on the responsibility of educating our children, is huge.  It is hard.  It is taxing.  It is overwhelming, exasperating, tiring and sometimes lonely.  But it is worth it.  I love knowing that our children are learning all the time.  I love to see them sharing their knowledge with each and me too!

Should they go to college, they will be prepared-no backtracking for them.

Now, I do utilize notebooking, projects and delight-directed learning as much as possible.  Our American  history and geography was and is a mixture of all three and our children enjoyed nearly everyday. But I have some curriculum favorites that are I think are great, such as: Apologia Science, Notgrass World History for High School, Notgrass “From Adam to Us,” Shirley English (levels 1, 2 and 3), Excellence in Literature for High  School, Jump In (Apologia), Horizons Math, Trail Guide to Learning, Road Trip USA and a few others.  I enjoy using things made by teachers available for teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers!

I plan to do curriculum reviews by subject and our 2018-2019 Curriculum Choices very soon.