Archive | July, 2012

Establishing Identity

The Pelsers 7 Tools Book Club


“Teaching our children whose they are and what it means to be made in God’s image infuses their lives with meaning and fills even the mundane nooks and crannies of life with significance.” Chapter 2

I want my children to establish their identity through reading the Word. I want them to know who they are in Christ and not by what the world is telling them. Everywhere you look, there are advertisements or someone telling children how they should look or act. You need to be skinny and cute or for boys they need to be a jock to be considered cool or important. If you allow yourself to be sucked in to that mind frame, you will quickly have self confidence issues and be confused about who you really are.

My son is a sports fanatic, all three of my boys have a professional athletes name either as their first or middle name. So of course, when my oldest was old enough to hold a bat or kick a ball he was enrolled in baseball and soccer. Let me just tell you it was a disaster. he hated it! That is not who he was. We realized that he wasn’t a “typical” boy by the world’s standard. He enjoys art and building things with his hands. He is really good at drawing and painting. These are his gifts! If my husband and I had not realized it, we could have spent his childhood pushing him into a mold that was just not going to fit no matter how you rearranged it.

I want all of my children to know and have full confidence in who they are, and that starts at home. More than ever I want to help them discover their identity, showing them in the Word what the Bible says, I don’t want them to question their identity, I want them to know with out a doubt who they are and who they want to be.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

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New Design!

We have officially switched from Blogger to a self hosted Word Press. Though I was a bit nervous about the entire process, I was in very good hands. Honey Brown and her husband Jonah took very good care of the blog, and the transfer was painless. (At least for me anyway.) We are so excited about our new design! Honey was able to take my previous ideas, and turn it into something I couldn’t be more proud of.

I hope you all find the new design more easy to navigate and follow. I want to send a HUGE thank you to both Jonah and Honey. You did a marvelous job, and I couldn’t be more happy with the results.

If you are looking for a new design for your blog, they are your people! :)

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Planning and Prayer

All morning I have been working on planning our school year out. I usually take a day or two before we start school just to map out a general idea of what we are doing for the year. Then about once a month, throughout the school year, I do a detailed lesson plan. This helps me to stay on top of things and know where we stand.

As I was filling in all of our dates and plans, I could hear the Holy Spirit say, “Have you asked me what MY plan is for your children’s school year?” I had prayed about our curriculum choices and went with what I felt led to do, but I had not stopped to pray before my planning session. It is so easy to forget that God cares about the tiniest of details. Not only does he care what curriculum choices we are making, but he also cares about our daily schedules. After all, he knows exactly how things are going to go that day and what challenges or victories we will encounter. So it makes perfect sense that we would want to be a part of your planning session.

So I stopped and had some prayer time and let me tell you, it works! My planning session went smoothly and without frustration. That is how it should be! I love this time of the year, I love getting new curriculum in the mail, and I love all the new supplies. I love looking at the goals for each child laid all out in front of me and imagining the future as they accomplish those goals.

Most homeschool moms will agree that seeing the look on your child’s face as they conquer a new task, is the most rewarding moment you can have. I am praying for each of you to have a blessed year and that it far exceeds you and your children’s expectations.

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