Homeschooling, My Walk, Parenting, The Kiddos, Traveling

Joyful Hearts

The public school here has been in session since the 5th, and every day I am thankful for the Lord placing homeschooling on my heart.

I’d love to say each day is a picnic on the beach (one where sand doesn’t get all up in your potato salad), but really, what part of life ever is? Miss K and I are finding our rhythm and learning how to learn together. This is made a little complicated by the now walking and getting into even more mischief, Mr. D.

The Mister has been away at another school for the Marine Corps, and our little family has felt a little smaller without his larger-than-life presence.

While we deal with the responsibilities of daily life, as well as the new found availability of snuggles in our home, we have the Lord to thank for all these blessings.

Every night my heart grows a little happier as I listen to Miss K saying her prayers. She always prays for her daddy and that he will do well on his tests and will stay safe while he is gone.

We are all growing in our prayer life, and when we say grace we have started adding one thing each we are personally thankful for. Little things like being thankful for the sunshine, or being thankful for the game we got to play.

So, while we are always growing and changing,  and with those things often come discomfort, we are grateful for the new closeness and love that is flourishing within the walls of our home.

May you and yours be blessed,
Sare

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A Few Changes

Hey guys! In the coming months (dare I hope, years!) you’ll be noticing some changes on this blog. Granted, so far it’s pretty new so there isn’t really a set standard. However, since the LORD has placed homeschooling on my heart, this will also cover my family’s adventures in homeschooling.

Yes, I want every post to be positive, but as with all things in life, there will be ups and downs. I view myself as an honest person, and trying very hard to portray myself in an honest light. That includes times of struggles. Will every day be hard? I’m sure it won’t be. Will every day be filled with sunshine and roses? I can most certainly guarantee that won’t be the case either.

My daughter and I are as different as we are similar. We’re two of God’s unique creations. That is a huge blessing in so many ways. Though I’m nervous about this adventure we’re on, worried I won’t do something right, I know that as long as I place my Faith and trust in the LORD, we’ll thrive.

I hope you’ll continue to join me on this walk, and maybe you’ll find your own answers, or get an idea for something new to do in your walk as well.

 

Blessings,

Sare

Faith, My One Word, My Walk

Nehemiah A Heart That Can Break

My church does a Women’s Bible Study every Tuesday morning, and for the last seven weeks we’ve been studying the book of Nehemiah. LifeWay offers the study guide, Nehemiah A Heart That Can Break (Kelly Minter), and it is an amazing book full of insight and humor.

At the beginning of the study we were asked what God had put on our heart, and I really didn’t know,  I wasn’t even sure how to hear God speaking to me. I just kept feeling that children were somehow involved.

Then, the other day as we were finishing up the course, after weeks of praying for a heart of compassion like Nehemiah’s, and asking the LORD to lead me in the direction I needed to go, I finally realized just how much what God had put on my heart had grown and BECOME something.

The LORD answers prayers, and even though he answered mine in a way I had never expected, (I’d been envisioning helping at soup kitchens or in the questionable parts of town where little kids and babies are so often in need), I knew immediately that he had spoken, and I needed to listen and obey.

My life for the foreseeable future is going to be amazing, and scary, and at times I’m sure it will be a battle. I’m also sure I’ll spend a lot of time turning to the LORD in prayer, asking for guidance and help. I’ll also be getting a lot out of my ONE word, FAITH.

So dear readers, keep my family in your prayers as we begin this new adventure with the LORD, and if you’re looking for an interesting and exciting study, check out Nehemiah. You won’t regret it.

Blessing,

Sare

My Walk

Listening to the LORD

I’m new to this whole prayer, Bible reading, and listening to what the LORD is saying to me. Often times (okay, pretty much all the time) I feel like I’m never going to get it. I feel His presence in my heart, like the sun warming my skin after the cold, but I don’t ever really ‘get’ what he’s saying.

I’ve prayed about this daily, and it’ll probably remain in my prayers for years to come, because I really do want to understand the words being spoken to my heart. I need to understand where I’m supposed to go, the lessons I’m supposed to learn, and the life I’m supposed to live.

Mostly, I feel like I need an interpreter.

Does anyone know of a “Voice of God” interpreter I could make use of?

Recently, while reading my daily selection for the Bible in a year reading plan I’m on, my Bible had a study guide for “Hearing the Lord”.

Excellent.

I was overjoyed and ecstatic the LORD had visibly shown me a sign. For the first time, I think I ‘heard’ Him. I’m of course, making use of the verses listed within that study, which leads to more praying, and more listening, so I have hope that one day all those warm rays of light hitting my heart will make sense to me.

Until then, I guess I’ll just enjoy the peace my time with God brings me each day, and keep looking for an interpreter.

Blessings,

Sare