Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Two weeks full of treasure

I know eventually I need to get back to the real world, but for now we get to sit and enjoy.

Our week wraps around this precious little guy. Sometimes life events call us to take a break from our normal routine and enjoy those special events. I am so grateful that we completed our regular school year so we can really cherish this time without that hanging over us. These days pass too quickly, and each one comes packed full of everyday treasures so easily missed through half open, sleep-deprived eyes.

Snuggled up times of nursing.

Tiny fingers wrapped around mine.

Living crib mobiles.

Newborn squeaks.

Quivery smiles.

Not enough baby to go around.

Stillness and calm like no other.

Cheeks as soft as air.

Cringing at the sound of a fresh diaper getting filled back up.

Shirts that looked so small a month ago are really too big.

Feet the size of my thumb.

Lots of pictures to capture each moment.

Changing everyday.

New normal.

Sweetness personified.

Two weeks already explored, treasured, enjoyed, and past.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

God-centered birth

Having given birth half a dozen times now, I have some different experiences to pull from. And, this time as the birth approached I again found myself wanting to be as prepared as possible to manage labor.

I practiced relaxing.

I read and reread Husband Coached Childbirth.

I discussed expectations and scenarios with my doctor, and my husband.

I dreaded the unknown, and feared the known. I knew it would be painful, but I also knew I could do it. But, not in my own strength.

Through all these preparations it became clear that I had left out an important element in prior labors. I forgot to spend much time focusing on the Creator of Life. I knew He had created my body to accomplish this, and I reveled in the marvel of the natural process of birth, knowing He had enabled me to participate in this.

This time, I set out to intentionally rely and focus on God and His strength to support me through this labor.

Here's how I accomplished that, and maybe some of these ideas will help someone else have a God-centered birth.

Preparation -- First, I went through the Psalms and other Scripture passages that brought me comfort. I made a HUGE list. This offered me hope and strength throughout pregnancy as well as in expectancy for the birth. Here are just a few:
  • Isaiah 12:2, "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."
  • 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."
  • Psalm 3:3-5, "But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me."
  • Psalm 46:1,2, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea"
  • Psalm 125:1,2, "Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.

And that's just some of them. I came up with about 40 passages that fed me when I felt faint.

Record -- Then we took some of these and my kids read them as my husband recorded them. So my children were speaking Scripture into my thoughts. As I heard God's promises, I was also reminded of His past blessings in and through the lives of our other children. You could also have friends or other family members record verses for you, and in this way bring a host of support along with you while you labor.

Worship -- In addition to the Scripture recordings I also chose some special songs that spoke to me powerfully and reminded me of God's presence with me. My friend Leah that blogs at Cheerio Days first got me thinking along these lines and I have her to thank for some of these music suggestions. I'm sure you can come up with your own, but some songs I found fitting for this time include:
  • I Will Rise -- Chris Tomlin
  • I Will Lift my Eyes -- Bebo Norman
  • How He Loves ; Only You-- David Crowder Band
  • Sometimes by Step -- Rich Mullins
  • Above All
  • Every Time I Breathe -- Big Daddy Weave
  • You are My King (amazing love)
  • Your Grace is Sufficient -- Shane and Shane
  • The Greatness of our God -- One Sonic Society

Practice -- If you manage to get this done before labor {wink}, this can be a great tool to prepare yourself. Record it all on your MP3 player or on a CD, and take some time to relax and focus on God's goodness each day.

Focus -- I cannot tell you what a blessing and reassurance it was to have this tool to keep my thoughts focused on the One who has more strength than I can ever need. The One with peace that passes understanding.

I have to admit that in the final minutes when the doctor was telling me not to push (yeah, right . . .) my resolve crumbled and I shifted my focus to the immediate rather than the Eternal, but for most of the time these preparations and recordings carried me through another amazing birth experience. It really did work for me.

Monday, May 24, 2010

TOS Crew Review -- Lobster Network

Ever buy a great looking book at a used curriculum sale only to return home and find you already have the same book on your bookshelf? Reassuring yourself that it really must be a good book isn't much comfort.

How about in prepping for a new year you cannot find a book that you thought you had. You decide to purchase this must have item only to have someone that had borrowed it return it to you not long after.

Lobster Network is an online community that can help with these types of scenarios as well as many others. As per their website, LobsterNetwork can meet these needs. Some of the ways it can be used are highlighted in this acronym:

: Lobster Network
Details: Lobster Network is a free place to inventory your belongings as well as offer them to others for sale or borrowing. You can also use this record keeping device to find needed items from others and set up a community of your own for inter-loaning.
Price: FREE!

What we loved . . .
  • Versatile. The uses for this site are limitless. You can use it to simply inventory your own items, or use it to network with others through loans or sales. You could likely come
  • Secure. The site is set up in such a way that you can determine the visibility of your information. Items that you record for your own personal inventory are only visible to you. Items that you would not mind loaning out can be viewed by "friends" in private communities that you establish or join. Items for sale can be viewed by everyone if you choose that.
  • Easy to search. You can quickly search for items you are interested in and find just what you are looking for.
  • Requests. If you are looking for an item, you can put a request out for it and see if someone else might be willing to part with it.
  • Open to suggestions. his is a fairly new site and they are always looking for ways to improve their site. They want this to be a help and resource to families, homeschooling or otherwise.

Some considerations . . .

  • Takes some time. Initially putting your information into this site will take quite a bit of time, but it will be well organized and helpful to yourself and others if you take the time to do so.
  • Still use caution. Anytime you are using the internet to network with people, especially those you do not know personally, you should be careful about how and how much information you share. This is a great tool if it is used wisely.
Lobster Network offers many uses, and is very easy to use. They even have some instructional videos to walk you through the process if you need them. I look forward to prowling around the site even more in the future. I really want to take full advantage of this place to inventory my books and network with other homeschoolers.

For more TOS Crew reviews on this product, check out the TOS Crew blog.

Disclaimer: This service was provided to me free of charge through Lobster Network as part of my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I received no additional compensation and the opinions expressed here come from my personal experiences and sincere thoughts.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

TOS Crew Review -- Cerebellum


Students, and at times all of us, often want an easy solution to a challenge that requires hard work. They are looking for a way to put in little effort and still get a good grade. The producers at Cerebellum have made AP exam success as easy as the push of a button.

Well, I guess that is a bit of an exaggeration. However, they have put together some fantastic DVDs that will allow your child to prepare for the AP exam with a little less stress and with everything they need in one place. A DVD summary course that compiles and presents the information needed to take the exam and lots of other study materials to help a student enter the testing room with confidence that they can do their best.


: Cerebellum Corporation
Details: Cerebellum sent us a copy of Light Speed U.S. Government and Politics AP Exam Prep DVD. This 73 minute video offers a summary of the AP exam and what to expect on exam day as well as lots of information packed into an engaging format that covers a lot of material with the goal of helping a student have a handle on the knowledge required to pass the AP exam including people, policies, and events related to US government.
Price: $14.98 regularly, but as of this post they are on sale for just $11.24

What we loved . . .
  • Fast Paced. Engaging, interesting, always new. Rather than sit and listen to one person drone on about the topics needing coverage, these videos use older teens to do the teaching, each presenting just a bite size chunk of material. The result is a quick moving, interesting to watch video, jam-packed with information.
  • Broad scope. They seem to cover it all. Although I don't have an AP exam to compare it to, they cover a lot of information, both past and present
  • Easy to follow. The video is well organized and easy to follow along with. They do move fast, though, so be prepared to take notes or watch it multiple times.
  • Professional quality. Great balance in presentation. Not too flashy, but not dry either. They use appropriate graphics and help all learners build their knowledge base.
  • Digital Workbook included. This second CD also offers an outline and notes to help student compile some more visual, personalized information. It also has practice questions, games and quizzes to help students prepare for the test.
  • Just one of many. They also offer DVDs for exam prep for Chemistry, writing, and US history, among other great looking educational DVDs

Some considerations . . .

  • Work still required. Obviously, you must still study. Watching the video is a great spring board to get started from and a review tool to bring it all together, but the student will need to spend quite a bit of time really preparing in order to pass the 2 1/2 hour AP exam.
  • Not tested. I did not take the AP exam, nor did any of my children take the AP exam, so I can't really vouch for the effectiveness of the program in helping you achieve the goal of passing the AP exam with the highest possible score. However, I can say that the video is well done and seems to present a thorough preparation of the exam.

High school can be an intimidating season to homeschool through, and these videos offer a great help to the homeschool (and traditional school) student to get a jump on college requirements. If you are looking for a reasonably priced tool to help your child begin to work on their college requirements, this video, and the other similar ones offered by the company, can give you just what you need.

For more TOS Crew reviews on this product, check out the TOS Crew blog.

Disclaimer: This DVD was provided to me free of charge through Cerebellum Corporation as part of my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I received no additional compensation and the opinions expressed here come from my personal experiences and sincere thoughts.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Verse of the week -- Proverbs 3:5,6

I don't have time today for my regular reflections, although God has continued to teach me plenty this week, but I wanted to share this verse in honor of our newest addition:

Eli Benjamin is just two days old now and I have chosen a chapter to pray through for him. Proverbs 3 is my special prayer for him, and I have been challenged personally by many of these verses as well. Proverbs 3:5,6 are quite well known and say, "5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

God is so faithful when we follow Him. I have learned the truths of these verses in a fresh way through this pregnancy and birth. When I was tempted to give in to human worries, God kept calling my back to simply trust Him. It doesn't mean everything will happen the way that seems best or easiest in human terms, but He will provide wisdom and direction.

A special prayer for my new little guy that God would direct each of His steps and he would follow with all his heart. And, I pray the same for each of you that you (and I) would continue to learn to trust Him more with our whole hearts.

5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

~Proverbs 3:5,6~

Thursday, May 13, 2010

TOS Crew Review -- Ideal Curriculum

Product: Ideal Curriculum
Details: Ideal Curriculum offers unit studies for preschoolers. They come packaged with material meant to be used for one full month of teaching. They offer 9 months, to cover the traditional 9 month school year.
Price: $30 for each downloadable monthly kit (discounts for ordering multiple months at once) Also available in print for $55 per month (plus additional fee for each child)

What we loved . . .
  • Well rounded. The curriculum includes lots of fun, activities, subjects, and materials to keep you quite busy for the whole month. We did not use it for a whole month, but got our feet wet with a good sampling of the activities available.
  • Easy to print from home. I found this a great downloadable resource. I generally prefer to have an actual product in my hand, but this was a great one to download and use. I printed two copies of the student book, one for each of my kids. They loved having their own workbook or activity pages to go with what we talked about together.
  • Fun themes. Transportation was a fun one to start with, well loved by both boys and girls. They also offer animals, colors, weather, and more. The site says they are designed to be used sequentially, so you should do them in order, not just jump to a theme you think will interest your child.
  • Foundational. This program starts at the very beginning. Vertical lines. Then, horizontal lines. My kids had lots of fun running all over and finding the vertical lines. This starts very basic, so it is great for a child's first exposure to academics, or as a fun review for preparing a child for kindergarten.
  • Easy to implement. Although they offer an abundance of ideas and teaching material, I found that I could quickly skim the material and be ready to have some fun introducing the topic to the kids. Building on it did take more time and prep, but we could get a sampling of what we were learning without too much time investment.
  • Age appropriate. My four and six year olds both enjoyed this material. Even though it was review for my daughter, she had fun playing along, being actively involved, and reinforcing her writing skills. This is definitely fun and educational.

Some considerations . . .

  • Lots of teacher prep. For one month we received three different teacher's manuals with a combined total of over 100 pages. I don't know that most of us have time to read through an extra 100 pages each month just to tell us how to teach the preschoolers in our home. You can use this material without reading all of it, but obviously they provide it for a reason.
  • Not all on theme. I'm used to unit studies that go out of their way to make everything fit the theme. In this case, that doesn't necessarily happen. The student literacy workbook didn't really draw along the theme much at all, nor did the music (which included an animal freeze dance, when a transportation freeze dance might have been more unifying). This doesn't necessarily detract from the material, but I was a bit surprised that they didn't take more advantage of the theme.

Getting started homeschooling can sometimes seem intimidating and a curriculum like this might be helpful to you if you are just entering the preschool years and need some direction. Or, if you find yourself always focusing on the older kids and need a plan to spend that focused time on your little one, or ones. It definitely comes with everything that you need and gives you lots of planned, educational interaction with your preschool child, without the over-structuring of a kindergarten type curriculum.

For more TOS Crew reviews on this product, check out the TOS Crew blog.

Disclaimer: This product was provided to me free of charge through Ideal Curriculum as part of my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I received no additional compensation and the opinions expressed here come from my personal experiences and sincere thoughts.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Vendor Hall


Many of you are fortunate enough to attend a homeschool convention this year and will get to enjoy the overwhelming vendor hall atmosphere. But, just because finances, scheduling conflicts or travel arrangement have kept you from attending this year doesn't mean you have to miss out on the vendor hall experience. I'll be booth hopping right from home at the Schoolhouse Expo, and I'm not even attending the expo (which is sold out, btw).

If you're researching or buying homeschool curriculum, you have to check out the Vendor Hall at the Schoolhouse Expo! It's open to everyone. Browse through companies such as Rainbow Resource, WriteShop, Apologia, Latin Road, Phonics Road, Multiplication Shake, Go Phonics, and MANY MORE!

Latin Road, Phonics Road has freebies in their booth. Rainbow Resource has a free shipping offer. Spears Art Studio has a free CD. Real Science by Gravitas has a 25% discount coupon.

There is just so much to see. Stop by and meet the virtual hostess from each company, browse their selection, and look for "conference specials".

You don't even need your walking shoes or suitcase to lug your purchases in! Be sure to check out the Schoolhouse Expo Vendor Hall.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

wfmw -- quick change

Very soon we will welcome a new bundle of joy to our home (10 more days or so, but is anyone really keeping track?) And, along with that little miracle will come more laundry, night time feedings, diaper changes, worries and joys, and lots of loving.

In getting the crib ready for the first night home from the hospital, I remembered a favorite time saver that I have used with my past few little ones. A tip that I wish I had known thirteen years ago when we brought our first baby home.

So simple, but this makes such a difference in the middle of the night. When making the baby's bed, think layers. First the mattress cover, then a sheet, then another waterproof mattress cover, then another sheet. And, if I have it to spare I do yet another layer.

Why? Well, it is one of those extra steps that you don't often appreciate until 2 a.m. You know those nights, when the diaper didn't quite make it until the next change. Or, the spit up decided to shower the nice clean crib sheets. Or some other bodily fluid has made the crib no longer a comfortable night time haven.

Rather than having to set the baby down while you strip the crib mattress and remake it, you simply pull off the top sheet and mattress cover and baby and bed are ready to reconnect.

I cannot tell you how many nights this simple time saver has been such a relief and blessing to me. I hope that some of you will find some relief in this tip as well.

For more great ideas that work, check out Works for me Wednesday.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Princesses and Cowgirls -- part 3

This is Chapter 3 from my mentoring times with my daughters, Of Cowgirls and Princesses: God's Design for Young Girls. Thanks again to each of you that gave me feedback on the first chapter, and second chapter. Enjoy finding another batch of time to steal away with your growing girls.

Chapter 3

The Promise Fulfilled

For thousands of years Israel had waited for the promised Messiah. They waited through judges and kings, through the law and commandments, through prophets, and through 400 years of God’s silence.

Finally the waiting came to an end. At just the right time, a young woman gave birth to a little baby and named him Jesus. He was God become flesh.

Jesus lived and showed us how to live. He loved and showed us how to love. He prayed and showed us how to pray. The four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, show us in vivid color what a follower of God should look like.

Even robed in human flesh he remained God and sinless. He came to earth on a specific mission. He did not come to be served or to rule. He came to serve and to save.

Although he deserved all the glory, he washed his disciples’ feet.

Although he had done nothing wrong, he died a cruel death.

Although he brought the way of life, many could not accept the truth.

He died in my place and in your place. He paid a price that we could never satisfy. As he died on the cross his shed blood did completely what the Old Testament sacrifices had just pictured and done temporarily.

God hates sin and cannot allow it unpunished into heaven. Yet, He loves his people and He wants them in heaven. Jesus was and is the only solution. He became the perfect sacrifice and took the consequence of our sins on himself.

Of course, the story does not end there, otherwise our faith would not look much different from other religions. Our God is alive. Jesus rose from the dead. He paid the price for our sin and then conquered the power of death and claimed victory over the grave. He is alive! And on his death and resurrection we can confidently build our faith. On this we can look forward to eternity in heaven without doubt or fear.

If you have a set of Resurrection Eggs pull them out as a visual review of Christ’s death and resurrection. If you don’t own a set of these, you could easily make your own.
1. Start with an empty carton from a dozen eggs and 12 plastic eggs (like you find around Easter)
2. Fill each egg with something significant in Jesus’ life leading up to the resurrection.
3. Place these in the eggs in order, and find a verse to accompany the object. Some ideas for filling and accompanying verses:
- small plastic donkey
- cup
- something for temple cleansing
- piece of purple cloth
- nail
- thorn
- coins
- piece of leather (to symbolize whip)
- cross
- a die
- a sponge
- a tiny spear
- a stone
- And the last egg remains empty just as the tomb appeared on the third day

4. Share these eggs with the rest of the family sometime during the week and let your daughter talk about what each item symbolizes.

- His pre-existence: Micah 5:2; John 1:1, 14
- Called "Immanuel” “The mighty God, The everlasting Father" Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Matthew 1:23
- Messenger crying "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:3
- Would be a Nazarene Judges 13:5; Amos 2:11; Lam. 4:7Matthew 2:23
- The sacrificial lamb Isaiah 53:5; John 1:29
- Read more of Is. 53 – What a clear prophecy of Christ’s sacrificial death for us!

Go over some examples of how Christ fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament
- Why did Jesus have to die? (Hebrew 9:27 ff and I Corinthians 15:21, 22)
- What did his death accomplish? Romans 6:23
- How do we receive eternal life in heaven? Ephesians 2:8,9; Rom 10:9,10

Action points:
- Don’t let this opportunity for salvation pass by. If your daughter has not already recognized Jesus as her Lord and Savior take this time to make sure the message of salvation is clear. If she has become a Christian at an earlier time, give thanks for that decision and take time to affirm her faith.

Instead of quotes this chapter, a couple songs came to mind. Enjoy singing or listening to these with your daughter.

Chris Tomlin -- Amazing Love

The hymn -- And Can It Be?

Further reading:
So Great a Salvation by Charles Ryrie

While this chapter is really gender neutral, I felt it important for building the rest of the book. Without that motivation to live for Christ, everything else remains fruitless.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Verse of the week -- II Corinthians 9:8

Blessings aren't always what we have

One concept that we have discussed a lot this week through our Bible times involved the blessings of God, and our response of gratefulness.

The book we are reading, Big Truths for Young Hearts, had this to say, "Instead of grumbling, we should accept both what God gives us and what he chooses not to give us, because in both cases he does what is best for us . . . We owe to him our deep and constant thanksgiving and praise. God is good and all that he gives us good."

I stopped for a moment and challenged myself to take that to heart, and then I turned it on my kids. At first they responded with a little silliness.

What can we be thankful for that God has not given us?

- I'm glad that God didn't give us a room full of spiders.

- Thank you, God, for not giving me a disease.

- I can thank Him I don't have homework today (will that make it true?)

Ha ha, very funny, now back to what the author really meant.

Can you genuinely give thanks for all God has given you AND give thanks for all God has chosen not to give you?

The mood turned serious. I told my kids that during our morning prayer time I wanted them each to thank God for a blessing they had received, and for a blessing they had not received. Interesting their response.

I could see how deeply this was hitting when they all asked if they could pray privately because they did not want to pray that second part out-loud.

We continue to mull this over . . . can I genuinely give thanks for what God chose not to give me? Instead He has given me an opportunity to grow in patience and grace. Instead of something I thought I wanted He stretched me and taught me contentment as He blessed others instead.

II Corinthians 9:8 expresses it this way, "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."

These lessons are much harder to learn, much harder to give thanks for, much harder to see the blessing in not receiving.

So, I continue to ponder, and ask you to join me . . . What can I give thanks for that God did not give me?

8And God is able to make all grace
abound toward you; that ye,
always having all sufficiency in all things,
may abound to every good work

~II Corinthians 9:8~

What kind of homeschooler are you?

As I pull together material, plans, goals, and shopping lists for next school year I have mulled over a bit the question of what kind of homeschooler I really am.

At times the answer changes. The way we school now has morphed incredibly since we first started as our oldest "entered" preschool 9 years ago or so. I don't' know for sure who I was then, other than a recovering classroom teacher.

Now, I guess I would define my homeschool type in this way:

A textbook spine,
Supported by a strong library skeleton.
Put into action with internet muscles,
and directed by a Charlotte Mason brain.
Lapbooking fingers,
Delight directed feet,
All pumping together, energized by a Bible loving heart.

Eclectic is a lot shorter, but it doesn't really answer the question.

What kind of homeschooler are you?

Monday, May 3, 2010

TOS Crew Review -- BeeYoutiful

"Not quite as good as a chocolate chip cookie." That was my son's response to the taste test of Berry Well.

I had to laugh. My other kids would hardly take a sip of it. The vinegar smell overpowered whatever benefit I said would come from digesting it. Nathan, however, ranked it a 10 out of 10 . . . until I had him take it everyday. He actually came down with a little cold so I required that he take it and after two days he did not rank it so highly.

He did continue to take it, just a teaspoon once a day, and got over that cold more quickly than any other he has had.

: BeeYoutiful's Berry Well
Details: Organic Elderberry Syrup with Propolis, Raw Honey, and Echinacea. Each bottle contains 16 doses of 1 tbsp. each.
Price: $18.00

What we loved . . .
  • Quality ingredients. The folks at Beeyoutiful know how to put together some pretty impressive products. They find the best and combine them into quality products that serve their purposes well.
  • Researched. They have done the work so I don't have to. They went and figured out what ingredients would help you kick that cold quicker, or even avoid it altogether. You can read about one family's discovery of Berry Well along with an explanation of why each ingredient plays a part in its effectiveness.
  • Palatable. Although he didn't enjoy taking it repeatedly, it was still possible. If you or your kids have a sensitivity to vinegar's taste or smell this might not be true, but I actually like the taste of it when I took it (and avoided getting that cold).
  • Natural. Compare the ingredient list to any other cold remedy and you will see there is no comparison. Berry Well accomplishes its task more efficiently and without the side effects of conventional medicine.

Some considerations . . .

  • Pricey. At $18.00 a bottle this could quickly become unaffordable. It does a great job, and is likely cheaper than your copay to visit the doctor, but if you take full doses and have multiple family members taking it, that bottle could disappear very quickly.
  • Raw honey. We really like raw honey and often use it as a sweetener in our home. However, if you have young children (especially under one) this could be a concern. So, just be aware that this is in there. The bottle states it is not for children under 1 year old.

I can definitely see the benefit of this product, but unfortunately I am probably the only one in the family not sensitive enough to the smell and taste of the vinegar to enjoy those benefits. So, I guess it will keep me healthy enough to take care of all of them when they get sick.

Of course, I am not a doctor, and don't play one on the internet, this is just what has worked for us, and you may want to consult your doctor before taking this product, and the FDA Disclaimer: * This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*

For more TOS Crew reviews on this product, check back for reviews on the TOS Crew blog.

Disclaimer: This product was provided to me free of charge through Beeyoutiful as part of my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I received no additional compensation and the opinions expressed here come from my personal experiences and sincere thoughts.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Verse of the Week -- Psalm 131:1-3

This past week I wrapped up reading through the Psalms once again and a few verses stood out to me from chapter 131:

1 My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.

2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.

Praying through Scripture can be a powerful exercise, but I found it difficult to pray sincerely through these words. Generally, I want to entangle my thinking with weighty matters. I don't find contentment naturally.

These verses really convicted me and I reread them numerous times, letting them permeate my thoughts, and craving the truth of them. Often pride drives me to "great" matters rather than the quiet lessons God has for me.

Just waiting quietly on Him is "easy," that's for beginners. I want the deep stuff, the doctrinal discussions, the historical controversies, the meat of the Word.

How ironic, that what should be easy, I often find the hardest. To set aside my pride and mile-a-minute thinking, and sit and wait.

Lord, Help me to rest quietly in You and where You have me. Point out those pride-filled thoughts and gently still my soul within me. Help me to soak in who You are and put my hope directly in You rather than get entangled in these side issues. Thank you, Lord, for Your eternal faithfulness. ~Amen.

1 My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.

2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.

~Psalm 131:1-3~