Since the LORD put homeschooling on my heart, I’ve become much more aware of how my children spend their time. I’ve also become more concerned about the content they have access to. I want to fill their minds and hearts with wholesome knowledge that will help the mature and grow into productive, Jesus loving adults.
As a mother who loves reading, and wants to instill a love of reading in my children, I try to keep screen time down to a minimum. However, there are still moments in our learning when an educational show can help teach a concept. Especially for my son who is a visual learner.
Let’s be honest here, there are also times when the television makes the difference between peace and calm and me becoming a bouncer for my bickering and fighting children.
In cases like the above, I prefer my children have access to educational shows instead of the twaddle so often found on television today.
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May the LORD always shine from me.
When I first started writing this blog, the original plan was to show all the happiness and joy this walk brought me.
The only problem with that idea is that nothing good comes without at least a little pain. I wouldn’t be true to my Heavenly Father, or myself, if I skipped over the dark places; those trips, falls, and downright cliff-diving moments that take me off His path, and make me as imperfect and human as each person reading this.
You’re Not Alone
I want everyone who reads this blog to know that they’re not alone.
Not alone on this planet, and certainly not alone spiritually.
The LORD pulls me out of each mess I find myself in, and He will do the same for each person who calls out to Him.
So, I’ll share my stories, the good and the bad; I’ll let the light of Jesus shine from me.
Anxiety can make you feel like you’re all alone in a room full of people, while simultaneously drowning you in wave after wave of everyone else’s needs and wants. I’m not sure when I first experienced anxiety, but I’m pretty sure I was in elementary school. Possibly as early as first grade. It likely reared up the same time as the pecking order at recess.
I do know, it hasn’t gotten better with time or maturity. Instead, it ebbs and flows, but never really goes away. The older I get, the more I notice it in my everyday life. It is no longer confined to the moments of show-and-tell, reading aloud, class projects, or being called on to answer a question. Now it is present anytime I have to be around people other than my immediate family. It happens when I know I have to run errands, change my routine, or participate in a social engagement for my children. It even happens in online discussion groups in college. The day I found out my school was moving from chat boxes to video conferencing for our class meetings, I had an epic anxiety attack. I don’t do videos, or anything that requires me to record my voice. At least not voluntarily, or without a whole lot of stress and, you guessed it, anxiety.
Though I pray about it continually, the panic and anxiety rarely disappears completely. Since the birth of my youngest, what once started out as a moderate inconvience has become something almost debilitating in its occurance. Sundays have become a struggle, because I’m torn between the need to fellowship and worship the LORD, and the desire to hide away because of the panic squeezing my heart.
Add this anxiety to the SAD that plagues me, and there are many days when the only place I want to be is curled up under a warm blanket. This might seem like a good way to spend a day, and it is when it is a choice. When it isn’t a choice the joy that would normally come with it is missing.
I have faith the LORD will help me through this season of life. He will give me the strength when I am weakest. I just need to remember to give it to Him. I am only human.