So we’ve just completed our 3rd week of homeschooling. I’m learning as I go. Last week my son started preschool and so it was our first week acclimating to a new schedule. I can’t say we exactly know what were doing as of yet…we’re basically winging it but that’s okay. This past Sunday’s church service was perfect for me because the guest speaker was talking about one of God’s sweetest commands for us which is Matthew 6:25 “Do not worry about your life.” How many of us like to worry and enjoy worrying? I know I hate feeling worried and anxious and wish I didn’t worry. But, if I don’t watch myself, it is so easy to worry! With regard to homeschooling, I can worry about how well I’m teaching my kids or how much I’m teaching them and if it’s enough. As a new homeschooler, I can get anxious about not having figured out our family’s homeschool and life schedule yet. I can get anxious about not having enough time in the day to get all the things I have on my to do list done. Can you relate? Well, I love that God reminded me that I don’t have to worry…about anything (…still hard to do but I am fighting this good fight!)
Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
As people, and especially as women (I believe), we want to know everything, we want to plan everything and even if we don’t know exactly how things are going to turn out exactly, we want to be prepared for whatever happens (or doesn’t happen). And I do mean BE PREPARED!!! That means, if A doesn’t happen than plan B and if plan B doesn’t happen than plan C and so forth…yet by the time C comes around (and we’re hoping we don’t have to get to plan C and AT LEAST our plan B happens) then our anxiety and fears grow. We begin to question God. Why doesn’t God want to bless me? Am I doing something wrong? Is God punishing me? and so on and so forth. And I don’t know about you, but for me, I then begin to feel guilty for worrying (knowing that I should trust God). It’s crazy I tell you! Anyway, the guest speaker said (and I believe this to be often true especially for me)…we HATE not knowing…though as Christians we should be okay with “not knowing”…having the “I don’t knows” in our life. Why?
In his heart a man plans his course, but he LORD determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORDS’ purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21)
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD (Proverbs 21:30)
And I really love this…
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands…” Isaiah 55:8-12
It doesn’t mean that I don’t plan, but I also need to be okay if it doesn’t turn out my way. I need to remember that there is someone (GOD) far greater than me, smarter than me, wiser than me that knows what’s best for me (and those around me) and I CAN TRUST HIM. So I shared all that to say that as of now, I’m okay with not having everything figured out.
I am trying to get a schedule together (my plan) of our week and the things i’d like to do, need to do, etc. But I’m also okay that I haven’t gotten my schedule all together yet. I kind of know but kind of don’t know exactly what we’ll be doing all week this week. I don’t know at what time during the day and what day we’ll be completing specific task but I do know that I will plan to have the tasks complete by the end of the week. I believe that what God expects of me is to do my best and he’ll take care of the rest. The longer I do this and more experience I get, I do believe I will grow in knowing what works best with our family in this homeschooling process. For now, this is how we roll! =)
So, I love posts with photos and so I thought i’d share this with you…
We were able to incorporate so many things under one activity. There was bible study. I had my daughter and son open their bible to the scripture book and verse and we talked about it by asking them what are some things they can think of that God made. There’s writing. I then had my daughter write the book and verse on construction paper and I wrote the scripture out for my son. Then I gave them each a brown paper bag and a small magnifying glass (from School Box) and we went out to our backyard to explore things God had made. I told them they could then collect some of these things in their brown paper bag. When we got back inside the house, we looked at everything each of them collected and I had them create a kind of collage of their finds. And that’s Art…check! Both my kids really had so much fun doing this activity! My daughter ended up sharing this collage with her Wednesday class.
Do you love exploring the outdoors? Do you have an activity that combines various subjects? Please do share…I’d love to hear about the kinds of things you do?