What YAHUAH is Teaching Me Through Our Children

I’ve always wanted to be a mother and I am thankful that YAHUAH has given us five wonderful kids.  Before we had kids, I never thought that I could learn from them.  However, as the years continue to pass, I am finding that YAHUAH is teaching me many things through them.

Our Oldest Child (Daughter): I am learning to accept and to let go

I’ll never forget the day, our daughter said, “Why can’t you accept my hair the way it is!”  I believe her hair looks awesome pulled up in a ponytail, but she doesn’t like it like that at all.   Since that day, I accepted that she is different from me and she can like her hair.  In many ways she is different from me.  She likes to build, she plays guitar and piano, she is very independent.  I accept her the way that she is and was created and I don’t try to fit her into my box of opinions.

At one point we were struggling in homeschool.  One of our daughters was pretty sick and it affected our school day.  I didn’t want her (the sick daughter) to feel left behind, so I would wait to do our group subjects until days that she felt good enough.  Well our oldest daughter, was ready to take off.  She was absorbing everything around and she was starting to feel like she was being held back.  So instead of making her continue to wait for her sister to feel better, I began to let her work at her own pace.  In many subjects she completed her work so efficiently, that I had to create additional assignments for her!  The more I let go, the faster and easier she began to grow.  Now she is in the 9th grade (completing 10th grade work), she is composing music and prepping for college!!!!

Our Second Child (Daughter) – I am learning to see beauty is everywhere

Until our second daughter was born, I didn’t like pink, flowers were okay and I barely noticed anything pretty.  However as a baby she loved pink and pretty things.  Now as a 12 year old, she sees beauty in every sunrise and sunset.  She notices the flowers blooming, the myriad array of colors in everything and the smallest detail catches her attention.  I never noticed YAHUAH created such beauty, even, in creepy crawly things, until He blessed us with her.  She is also our resident weather lady, science and history buff.

Our Third Child (Daughter) – I am learning that I need joy

On my first ultrasound, with our third daughter, she appeared to be bouncing around waving.  She is usually smiling and bouncing around exploding with joy all day.  She is a continual reminder that “The joy of YAHUAH is my strength.”

Our Fourth Child (Son) – I have learned that nothing is beyond repair or reuse

I call him “Mr. Fix-it”, our fourth child, shows us continually that although something looks like it is broken, it is often fixable.  He is often fixing remote control cars and  creating something out of “junk or trash.”  YAHUAH is in the business of fixing us all the time.  When others see that we aren’t worth their time to help, YAHUAH sees us as a person, ripe for His re-molding.

Our Fifth Child (Son) – I am learning about Grace

One day when our first son was about 9 months old, I was swinging him, next to a lady who had two sons.  As I watched them, I saw that our son needed a brother and so in that moment, I prayed that YAHUAH would give us a son.  A few weeks later, we were pregnant again, with a son.  From his birth this son, has been very demanding.  He automatically stands up for his-self, he is very attentive but he can be a big challenge too.  As I watch him and sometimes wonder what I could do better, so that he will act better, I remember Grace.  Even when I am at my worst, YAHUAH still loves me.  He doesn’t withhold the sun shining because of my actions but in spite of me, He showed His love by sending His own Son to die for my sins;  Grace.  Even though sometimes I feel like I can’t take the challenge of our son, I realize that he needs another Measure of Grace.  Sometimes I just hug him.  Sometimes I have him help me do chores.  Sometimes I simply overlook his actions, knowing that this phase must surely pass (one day).  We know that YAHUAH has a Great Purpose for him, so we often pray for him and let him know that We Love Him No Matter What.

I believe YAHUAH is teaching us in every situation and through many people.  If we just take time, open our eyes and see His hand and His voice are with us, directing us everyday.

 

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Getting Rid of Spiritual Constipation

I didn’t know there was such a thing until earlier today, when I was feeling spiritually stuffed up.  I felt like there was a blockage somewhere.  I started to feel sluggish – spiritually hopeless and depressed.  I sat down on a chair and held my head.  Worry began to plague me and I started counting down the hours when I could go back to bed…

Then…

I started remembering the Word of YAHUAH.

I started thinking of His faithfulness and goodness.

I started thinking about how He is in control and aware of everything.

I started thinking that maybe I need to trust Him more.

Then…

I was able to sit up and continue on in my day.  I was able to smile at our kids and serve our family, with a sincere heart of love, instead of being consumed by worry and fear.

Yes, I believe we can be spiritually constipated with the cares of the world, with sin, with doubt, with fear, with unforgiveness, with bitterness, with anger, with guilt, with hate and other things.  However, YAHUAH’s word which is sharper than any two-edged sword is able to clear through all of that if we let it.  YAHUAH’s word repeatedly says “Let this mind” or “Let the peace” and it is our choice, to let The Word in.

When we let the truth of His Word pour through our hearts, those things that are hindering our forward movement can be destroyed and eliminated in our lives.  When we clear out all these things, then His love can move through us and bless others.

So, today if you are feeling spiritually constipated today, reach for the medicine which can give you life again and heal your inner most being!

Change of Mind

Recently, I have been reading through the book of Romans and verses that I have heard all of my life, have taken on a bigger and deeper meaning in my life.  In Romans 12:2, I kept wondering how do I transform my mind?  How do I stop the things that are displeasing to YAHUAH?

I renew-change-transform my mind with reading of the Word.  YAHUAH’s Word will tell me what is good, what is acceptable to Him and what His will is.

Many times, I feel like I don’t know what His will is.  Why don’t I know?  I don’t know because I am not getting in His Word to find out.

Spending time in His Word can and will transform me!  I just have to open it up.

 

Trust In YAHUAH

The above verse was one that I memorized as a teen.  Recently it has been in the forefront of my mind and here are some key points that are making this verse living for me right now:

Trust – which is the opposite of worry.  Worry that’s what have been doing.  But here, I need to trust “in” “YAHUAH” – not the problem, circumstance, issue or more importantly – myself.

With ALL – not a little a part, not a crumb, but all – TOTALLY open to YAHUAH

Your Heart – this is the what I need to trust YAHUAH with.  Our heart harbors our feelings, fears, hopes, dreams, expectations, disappointments, hurts and pains.  I must choose to allow YAHUAH into all those places…

Lean Not Unto Your Own Understanding– I cannot depend on myself.  My understanding is limited and clouded by all kinds of stuff.  My own understanding can lead me in the wrong paths.

In All Your Ways – just like the heart – in every area, in every way – thought, action, word, deed – everything I must choose whether to follow YAHUAH or myself.

Acknowledge Him– Change of focus, away from my own understanding, trusting in YAHUAH.

He Shall Direct your Paths – in response to me placing my trust in Him, giving Him access to all, and by my choice to focus my all on Him and away from the situations or  circumstances – clearly directing all of my focus toward Him –  YAHUAH will control my paths in life.

The Seventh Day Shabbat

The Shabbat is truly a blessing that YAHUAH has given us.  I have been keeping Shabbat for 14 years now and I love it more with each passing week.  When I was a teenager, I began reading the scriptures cover to cover every year.  I remember reading about the Shabbat and wondering why we were resting on the first day, I never saw that it was changing in the scriptures.  In my mid-twenties, I worked up the courage to ask the church leadership that I was under at the time about the seventh day Shabbat and they pretty much just said that keeping the seventh day Shabbat was a law that we weren’t bound to anymore.  On the surface I accepted their answer but on the inside I believed that they were wrong.  If the fourth commandment wasn’t valid anymore, what about the other nine commandments?

Around the time that I started asking questions, I went to one of the office supply stores for a new planner and what did I find????? Planners that started on Monday making Sunday the 7th day of the week!!! What!!!!!

A few months before I turned 26, I met my husband who had grown up a Shabbat keeper.  Though we had a few debates early on about the Shabbat, I knew that he was right and I was glad he showed me the historical facts revealing the whole truth.

We’ve been married a little over 14 years and the Shabbat is a permanent foundation in our home.  I love it.  I look forward to it.  As we have continued to grow together, we have learned even more.

Here are some key verses regarding the Shabbat:

Shabbat is keep in heaven and keep by two classes of angels Yovheliym (Jubliees) 2:18-19   – this was spoken to Mosheh by the angel of presence when he was on the mountain 40 days and nights (see Yovheliym 2:1 and 50:13)

Shabbath…to eat, to drink and to Bless YAHUAH. Yovheliym (Jubliees) 2:22

Shabbat is a Delight YeshaYahu 58:13-14

Shabbath is a sign through all generations.  Shemoth (Exodus) 31:12-17

Shabbath…All Flesh Shall Come to Worship. YeshaYahu (Isaiah 66:22-23)

YAHUAH, Make My Prayers to Become Strong Walls

 

Lately, when things have been happening that are concerning and I find myself in need of encouragement, I often read the Cepher of Chanok, Esda 4 and The Cepher of Baruk  Sheniy also called Baruk 2.  These three books are powerful in describing the end times.  In my opinion they further back up and are in conjunction with words that YAHUSHA HaMashiach spoke, Sha’ul, Yachucanon, Kepha and the prophets wrote.  If you have not read them, I highly implore to read them – you will not only be blessed but your belief will grow and you will be encouraged.

One day recently, I was just beginning to read Baruk 2 and I found some words.  Before I tell you the words I want to give you a background on Baruk.

Baruk was a prophet during the time of Yirmeyahu and they had a good brotherly relationship and cried out for the sins of their people.  There are two cephers written by him.  1 Baruk opens during fifth year, seventh day of a month when the Kadiym took Yerushalayim while Yahuyaqiym king of Yahudah was ruling.  He was the son Neriyahu, the son of Ma’aseyahu, the son of Cedekyahu, the son of Acadyahu, the son Qelkyahu.  He wrote Baruk 1 while they were in Babel, and read it in the hearing of the Yahuyaqiym, the nobles, the kings sons, the elders and all who dwelt by the river Cud. After reading it they wept, fasted, prayed, took up an offering and sent it to Yerushalayim to ask for somethings and to ask for prayer repenting of their sins of not obeying YAHUAH.  In Chapter 2:21-35 YAHUAH responds to their prayer, giving them instruction. In Chapter 3, I believe that Baruk starts praying and encourages the people to turn to YAHUAH.  Here are some of my favorite words he says:

“I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer:  I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days.  Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto YAHUAH, and He will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.  For my hope is in the Everlasting, that He will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.” 1 Baruk 4:20-22

2 Baruk opens during the twenty fifth year of Yekonyahu, King of Yahudah when YAHUAH speaks to Baruk.  Before I tell you what is said here, I highly encourage you to read 2 Baruk, the conversation between YAHUAH and Baruk is fascinating.  Baruk is told to fast many times, then he is shown many things and he asks YAHUAH questions and YAHUAH answers him!  AWESOME and Eye-Opening are the things that are revealed to Baruk.

Anyways, in 2 Baruk Chapter 1, YAHUAH talks about the sins that the two tribes have been committing and they “will be scattered among other people” and that they will be “chastened.”  Now in 2 Baruk Chapter 2, YAHUAH says:

“For I have said these things to you that you may bid Yirmeyahu, and all those that are like you, to retire from this city.  For your works are to this city as a firm pillar, and your prayers as a strong wall.”

YAHUAH said that Baruks prayers are as a strong wall!  Those are some serious prayers.  I don’t know all of his prayers, but I don’t believe that they were haphazard prayers.  Futhermore based upon 1 Baruk Chapters 3, 4 and 5 and the recorded prayers in 2 Baruk, I believe that his prayers were honest, open, humble, repentful, always extolling YAHUAH and asking for mercy.  He is often weeping for the sins of the people and the affliction of Tsiyon.

After reading these words, I have been encouraged to pray more and more.  I want my prayers to become a strong wall.

 

 

YAE: 2017-2018 Curriculum Choices

 

Our kids are now in grades 8, 6, 3, 1, & K and here are our curriculum choices for 2017-2018.

Group studies, things we will do altogether:

  • Morning Devotion
    • YAHUSHA – parables, miracles and words
    • Armour of YAHUAH
    • The Name Study
    • Sibling Relationships
  • Geography/History – Road Trip USA (learning a brief history of the 50 states)
    • This year I was going to do something else, but then YAHUAH placed it on my heart that I needed to lighten our load and have fun in this area.  Since this is our second time through RTU for 2 of the kids and I wanted to include our kindergartner so, I printed maps from National Geographic for free – each different for each child, which we worked on assembling last week.  Then on Mondays we will do one state, Tuesdays another state, Wednesday’s cooking and/or start a craft project, Thursdays we don’t do Geography, and on Fridays start or finish a craft project.  So far the kids have said “this is fun.”
  • Various Read Alouds
  • Physical Fitness – Family Time Fitness, Walk Away the Pounds, Walking and Park visits

8th Grade

  • Bible – Individual scripture studies
  • Math – Teaching TextBooks – Alegbra 1
  • Language Arts (includes spelling) – Introduction to English Literacy – English Lit 1
  • Science – Apologia Physical Science
  • Music – Guitar
  • Other: German Language, Robotics, Woodcarving, Coding, Photography, Sewing, Knitting, Home Etc.

6th Grade

  • Bible – Individual scripture study
  • Math – Teaching Text Books 6
  • Language Arts – Grammar Workbook by Brookdale House
  • Science – Apologia Zoology 2
  • Other: French Language, Robotics, Photography, Sewing, Knitting, Home Etc.

3rd Grade

  • Bible – Individual scripture study
  • Math – Teaching Text Books 3
  • Language Arts – Shurley English
  • Science – Apologia Zoology 2
  • Handwriting – Cursive
  • Other: Spanish Language, Robotics, Photography, Sewing, Knitting, Home Ec

1st Grade

  • Bible – group devotion
  • Math – Horizons 1
  • Language Arts – LifePac 1st Grade
  • Science – Various Subjects into Engineering, Various Hands on Science, Participate in Apologia Zoology 2
  • Handwriting – Manuscript

Kindergarten

  • Bible – group devotion
  • Math – LifePac K
  • Language Arts – LifePac K
  • Science – Various Subjects into Engineering, Various Hands on Science, Participate in Apologia Zoology 2
  • Handwriting – Manuscript

Stem and Crafts – These are two areas that I have worked to incorporate more time in our schedule.  My plan is to have a different thing  for each child to work in on, then rotate that activity to another child (age appropriate of course) after 3-4 weeks.  This way no one has to stop building in order to give the activity to someone else.  In the areas were the activity is targeted for a specific child, that child will have time to develop their talent/skill/interest (ie guitar, sewing, woodworking).  So here are things I have so far:

Lego Machines

Snap Circuits

Gravity Maze

Code.org

 

Crafting – for our 10 year old who prefers crafts

Every couple of weeks I plan to add 1-2 new items such as: woodworking, Simple Machines, robotics, a rock nature pack and more crafts as the kids interests develop

I also have hands on teaching time in the kitchen with each child (a different one) each.  I also take time and  play games with each child one on one.  I am also starting back our “girl time” that we started last year.

I will be sharing more details on all the above soon!

Devotion: What Is His Name?

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This study was created for our own children to show them why we use the Names of Father YAHUAH and His Son YAHUSHA instead of the paganized names that nearly all religions/faiths use.  One learning tool found useful is a book by Todd D. Bennett called Names from the Walk in the Light series.  This helped us and we have used it to create a study for children who can read and learn on their own (3rd grade and up) however it can certainly be used by any age group as well as used for those just beginning to learn the name of the Father.

There are 39 reading assignments, note taking pages, question and answer sections, word searches and chances for the child to show what they have learned.  The reading can be done at any pace that is digestible for the child.  I plan to assign 2-3 reading sections per week and have a time of discussion so that our children can ask questions as they need to.

Materials needed:

  • Walk in the Light: Names Todd D. Bennett
  • Three ring binder or small notebook
  • Printed reading plan and assignment sheets
  • Tools for creativity – Powerpoint, Word, Poster board, pencils, colored pencils, etc.

Download the Study Here

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