2.27.2014

Well, hello there!

Wow.  It has been a full year and some months since I have written in this thing! Well, a lot has happened since my last post, and I mean, A LOT.

I will get to the updates as I go along. But for now, here are my thoughts for tonight.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Tim. 3:16-17

The Word of God is profitable, meaning it yields good results for doctrine (shows me a set of principles a person should live by), for reproof (shows me what I do wrong), for correction (shows me how I should do things right), for instruction in righteousness (shows me how to remain doing things right).

This got me thinking. How do I prepare my children? How can I equip them so that as adults they are able to be good, hard working citizens of this world and the one to come?

Scripture. 

To incorporate more of scripture in our homeschool. I've noticed that we merely scratch the surface in our bible lesson and focus more on the the lessons which have little value or impact on their spiritual lives. 

This verse certainly convicted me tonight, it opened my eyes to the things that still need work in me, as a bible student, and as my childrens' homeschool teacher. 

My prayer tonight is for the Lord to consume me, my thoughts, my very life, so that everything about Christ just overflows and that my kids may see. Lord help me to make learning your word fun, and exciting, by giving me a desire and a love to know You, Your word, Your ways, so that in turn, as I teach them, it becomes fun, and exciting for them. Father show me what I need to do. I need You. I can't do this without You. 


1.02.2013

Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. Joshua 1:7
In the previous verses God calls out Joshua after the death of Moses, to lead the Israelites to the land God promised to them.  God specifically tells Joshua exactly where their territory will be and that Joshua was to divide the land for God's people.  Such a task would not be easy, for Joshua knew and have witnessed the stubbornness and rebelliousness of God's people, Israel.  So God encourages Joshua to not be afraid, to be of good courage, and gives Joshua assurance that He will never leave Joshua nor forsake him. God says, "as I was with Moses, so I will be with you."

Every start of a new year, people hope, and pray, that the new year would be better than the last.  They wish each other a happy new year, a blessed new year, a prosperous new year.  Here I read of how God told Joshua the secret to a prosperous life.
do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
Do not turn from what to the right hand or to the left?  Observing to do according to all the law which Moses commanded him.  But it's impossible for us to observe all the law because we're sinners! Then that means it's impossible to live a prosperous life! Or is it?
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17
There is one who fulfilled all the law.  Who was in all points tempted, yet never sinned.  There is one, the One, Jesus Christ, you know, the one we just recently celebrated a birthday, yeah, that's Him, He's the One, the perfect One, who bore our sins for us, who rose again and is coming again for us.

Putting our trust and having faith and believing in Him, not turning to other things (to the right hand) or to other people (to the left), that is the only way we can live a prosperous life, where ever life brings us-whether to the hills, or the valleys-we do not have to be afraid, we can be strong and be very courageous facing life knowing that God will never leave us nor forsake us.  

For me this is my aim for this year.  To keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.  Not turn to my right or my left, but to look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  Will it prevent me from tragedies, heartaches, or even unemployment?  No.  But I can rest and have peace even in the midst of trials, knowing that God will be with me, as He was with His servants in times past.

A chorus from an old hymn says it best:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.  Because He lives, all fear is gone.  Because I know, (I know!), who holds the future.  And life is worth the living just because He lives!