Perfect Clarity

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I’m legally blind and I must wear glasses. Without them, I can see only 1-2 inches in front of me if I’m reading and I can’t see people in the same room unless they move and if they’re moving, I see blobs. If the door and the wall are the same color, I can’t tell where the door is. That’s how bad my eyesight is. When I take showers, I put my glasses on the nearest flat surface by the shower and have a towel hanging and ready to go.

 

Today, I did the usual. My son stole my glasses while I was in the shower. I’m deaf, so I didn’t hear him. I finish my shower and reach for my glasses and my stomach dropped when I felt for them and didn’t find them. Uh oh. I wrap the towel around myself and start crawling around like Velma in Scooby Doo feeling for my glasses. I start praying “God, help me find my glasses before they get crushed.”

 

What I did not expect was for God to open a dialogue with me. He said, clear as crystal, this is why I gave you the Word. Just as the world is fuzzy to your physical eyes without your glasses, the world is fuzzy to your soul without the Word. The Bible is your soul’s glasses to view the world with clarity. When you become busy and neglect to immerse yourself in the Word, you are casting your glasses aside. Why are you indignant that you cannot physically see? That is a simple fix. You should be indignant that you cannot spiritually see!

 

It was a rebuke well received. Already being on my knees, I prayed. After I repented of getting lazy; for I had not deeply delved into the Bible since my Mereas women’s bible study group stopped for the summer, two weeks ago; after I repented my son brought me my glasses giggling and he ran away again with the glasses clutched in his fist. I stumble after him and God put another vision in my mind- the more diligently I pursue clear vision, the happier the Holy Spirit is to grant it to us. He promised to allow us to know everything with PERFECT CLARITY. I praised God for that promise. I finally get my glasses off the children’s bedroom floor.

 

I immediately did a topical keyword search for “perfect clarity” and there is only one result! God did indeed promise us perfect clarity in 1 Corinthians 13:12, which says Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

 

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The Torah (Hebrew word Torah means “divine teaching”) is the Guideline by which we live. We believe that God reveals doctrine to us in the scriptures, concerning what we ought believe, how we ought behave, and when we ought react. The original word has an answer for every problem, covering all aspects of our lives, past, present, and future. We firmly believe that the very first Bible had no flaws, that it was the PERFECT divine breath of God. We believe that humans, no matter how carefully and diligently they work at it, will always produce imperfect translations of His Words. We are committed to the Bible in its original form as inerrant and authoritative Word of God. It is reliable and true from cover to cover. Matthew 5:18

 

11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so Acts 17:11 Let us strive to be like the Bereans, doing daily Bible study. The more we study, the more we allow God to work in us and help make things click in our minds and nudge us to investigate further on other passages. We must base our curriculum on the Scriptures.

 

27 Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 God knows the right way to live. We can ask Him to help us understand. We won’t understand simply by studying the Scriptures, we must prayerfully petition to God to make us understand his perfect precepts. If one could understand instantly after reading the Word, why would David himself need to plead to the Lord to “make him understand?” It’s a two-fold process from what I’ve seen… to take the Bible literally within its original context with God at your side showing you the right way. Then test, test, and test it against other parts of the Bible. If it does not mesh anywhere else, try again because you misheard God. You must plead to God to make you understand.

 

17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth John 17:17 Scripture is pure and provides clarity, in other words, it sanctifies us. It illuminates the darkness of the world’s flaws and gives us wisdom in how to handle all kinds of issues; moral, ethical, and spiritual. God will light the candle and then we can shine it in dark corners to find out things. If it muddles and confuses you, that is not of God. The Bible will provide clear clarity. There are even verses pointing to this concept, like the psalm about lamp on feet.

 

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 See the middle part…. “The gospel for it ***IS*** the power of God….” The gospel is how God’s power gives us salvation, the gospel is how we can come to believe in Jesus Christ, in Yeshua the Messiah. His name echoes throughout the Bible over and over.

 

16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16 When we have the mind of Christ (by studying His Word), dilemmas become clear. Life itself is confusing and chaotic, but when we look for answers from God, the right answer will leave no doubt. We humans cannot claim to understand what the Lord meant to say, therefore how can translations be inerrant? But by inviting Christ into our study, are we able to have the mind of Christ and then gain glimpses into the mind of Lord himself, so that he may instruct us.

 

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 There is NO spiritual weapon superior to the Bible. The Word of God is living and within us. That makes it unique. It becomes our inner being and our natures. It’s able to pierce deeply and cleanly, exposing our inner hearts to be naked for the world to see. This is another reason I stand reassured that the original word of God is inerrant. How can it be alive, sharper than a sword and able to slay souls and bring them to redemption if it isn’t true?

 

25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:25 “The perfect law of liberty”. The Bible is our liberty. If we do, we will be blessed. If we see and not do, then we won’t be fulfilled. Bliss and satisfaction is part of what we do with the Word of God, with our obedience. The law that God handed down to Moses, whispered to Solomon, nudged Hosea, and many more is PERFECT. Let me be a doer that act. Let me not forget to put this into action.

 

2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation– 1 Peter 2:2 What is the pure spiritual milk in this verse? The Bible? I think so. I admit I do not understand the context and nuances of this phrase just yet. I have more digging to do. I feel the Holy Spirit pressing me to investigate this further. Another example of asking Him to make me understand.

 

4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuternomy 6:4-9 The Word of God has always been all we need and we are required to pass them down to our children every moment we possibly can. God’s Word is THE resource for life and godliness. We are to ensure we focus our children’s attention on the words of the living God and make HIM the centerpiece of their lives. This is the basis of my decision to homeschool my daughter. If I cannot afford to send her to a Christian school where the curriculum is centered on the Scriptures, I must obey the Lord by taking it upon myself to seep her life in the Scriptures to provide her with a firm foundation in life.

 

15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 15-17 If we say the Bible isn’t inspired by God, we call him a liar. The Bible must be our backbone of the school. It gives us what we need for teaching, for disciplining, for training, for raising our children. The Bible will help my children become competent equipped disciples of Christ. The Bible has EVERYTHING we need to provide our children with a grounded education.

 

 

28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28 I must get my children used to keeping the Word of God at the center of their lives. I wasn’t raised in a Christian household and it took a huge learning curve of how to properly place God in charge of my life. I kept on taking control back from him. I must allow my Messiah to bear the yoke of my burden, and if I desire for my children to experience this blessing, I must teach them obedience and how to keep his word.

 

 

33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119:33-34

 

130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalm 119

 

1 John2:27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie–just as it has taught you, abide in him.

 

Eph 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, ** unschooling is not Biblical. One must have teachers to equip them.**

 

Proverbs 312 For the LORD corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights

 

 

1 Corinthians 1:20=2120 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.

 

Wisdom is a gift from God; it is not something that the world can give us through secular education. True wisdom comes from an education rooted in God’s Word.

Thank you SizzleBop for this idea!

I just tried some new advice from the SHEM convention, Carol Barnier of Sizzle Bop told us if the kids come into the bathroom, well, put them to work on fractions.

In my case, that wouldn’t fit. But I took that idea and ran with it. WiggleAngel tends to come into the bathroom and sit on my lap while I’m seated on the royal throne. Aha! I’ll put him to work. There’s a sliding mirror door immediately next to the toilet so I put him to work drawing vertical lines, which he hates. Only, I did not expect it to work so beautifully. While he watched his reflection, I could see the wheels turning in his head. He then took my hands off him and went on to make more perfectly vertical lines!

I suppose he needed to see himself in the mirror as I guided him through the motions for him to understand how to move to make the vertical lines. I would have not tried the mirror with WiggleAngel if not for SizzleBop’s idea of using a white board with fractions in the bathroom to keep the kids out.

Just sharing, in the hopes that maybe you need to try letting your developmentally disabled child use a dry-erase marker on a mirror to help them learn to make marks with writing instruments.

Working on vertical lines for fine motor skills

Working on vertical lines for fine motor skills

 

 

Now… if only I could get WiggleAngel to quit using me as his personal handkerchief!!!

Grabbing the bull by the horn

WiggleAngel has been rebelling at his state school. After some prayer, research, and personal investigation by surprising the teachers, I think I figured out why he loved it the first year and began to hate it this year. They use the exact same material, day after day, each year. My son remembers this from last year and the one before that. They use the same everything. They scribble on pictures of the same little boy, year after year. The first week of October’s worksheets has been the exact same thing each year and the exploratory sensory project from the second week of last April is the exact same thing sent home last week. They do not change things up and these children are in the same classroom from preK to 2nd learning life skills. My son is bored. He may be still mentally 3 years old, but he is bored. I realized that if I was to hold him back in any other school, that he would end up with a different teacher teaching different material. It’d still be at his level, but different.

 

For this reason, I will have WiggleAngel repeat kindergarten, but not repeat the same curriculum. This year, he will do My Father’s World Kindergarten and next year, it’ll be the Kindergarten from a different curriculum, like Heart of Dakota or Sonlight or something else. It’d still be at his level, kindergarten, but different. I am learning from the school’s mistakes of what NOT to do with my son and what to DO with my son. I attended a convention this weekend and I am energized. I am ready to tackle this educational bull by the horns and take it down. My WiggleAngel can learn! If the school won’t teach him, fine, I will. God help me.  Image

Wordless Relationships

 

 

On Sunday, the sermon notes were about prayer. I saw up on the screen that we tend to view prayer as asking when God actually designed it as relationship. It’s better to get to the point quickly than to fill the space with lots of words. So I went to the Bible references. 1 Kings 19 is the part where God speaks to Elijah in a still small voice. Gotcha. Then there’s Matthew 6 which boils down to “don’t babble on- a few simple words will do.” Then it hit me. That’s how I talk to my special needs son. If I try to lecture my WigglyAngel, he will become self-abusive. However, if I get to the point in as few simple words as possible, WigglyAngel will get it. He is much happier. WigglyAngel taught me that it is possible to have a meaningful relationship without words. He showed me that communication can come in many different forms. I never realized that God also wants me to talk to him that way too and it’s funny how God used my son to teach me how to better pray. I went searching in my Bible for more references and I found:

 

 

 

Psalm 66:17 I cried to him with my mouth,
    and he was exalted with my tongue.

 

 

 

Psalm 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 14:15  What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

 

 

 

Interesting. I am to cry to God with my mouth and my hands (ASL) and God is exalted when I cry to him. This is prayer? I vent to God, but I never correlated those intense moments with being in prayer. When I am in an emotional mindset, I vent in my language, my hands fly everywhere, my heart wrenches open, and I can feel God responding, even though there aren’t words involved. He is my still small voice, only… it isn’t a voice. It’s a presence in my heart. As a deaf person, I can sense people behind me by the way the air feels. It’s kind of like that with me and God, only from within. I can sense ripples within my soul. This is similar to how I communicate with WigglyAngel. When I place him in a restraining bear hug to prevent him from further self-abusive behavior, I sense subtle changes in his body, his temperature, his pattern of chest rising and falling, even the way the rumbly vibrating of his gut tell me how he needs me to hold him to help him regain control of his body. I like to think that God is doing the exact same thing with me and that’s why we are so attuned. It’s a relationship without words. I know my son and he knows his momma only wants to help. All this, without words.

 

 

 

I am to come into God’s presence with thanksgiving, making noise with songs of praise. That seems to balance the other how to verse on crying out to God. Although I can vent to God, I’m also supposed to thank him for the very things I am venting about with songs of praise. But what if I don’t want to use words. That’s okay too… I can pray with my spirit and my mind. My son is nonverbal, but that doesn’t mean he cannot pray. He can pray with his spirit and mind. This evening, I took my son out for a walk. I was focused on just getting around the block, but my son forced me to dawdle. To grab all the dandelions he could find in the neighboring yards. To make me blow them while he stimmed with the seeds. That’s when the sermon outline hit me. This is prayer. WigglyAngel is worshiping God’s creation by his autistic stimming taking apart the tiny seeds of the dandelions. God knows the number of hairs on his head and he also knows the numbers of seed heads that my son just sent scattering into the wind.

 

 

 

Now, I do not believe that God caused WigglyAngel to have Angelman Syndrome. That’s due to the fall of Adam and Eve that imperfection came into this world, but God is still glorified in imperfectness. God used my WigglyAngel to bring me closer to God by teaching me a better way to fellowship with Him, therefore, enabling me to witness to my son and bring him to our God. I cannot make my son believe, but I can bring him to the Living Water and let him taste it.

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Now, my Snicklebritches, she’s entirely another story for a different post. It’s fascinating how both my children have autism, yet be polar opposites of each other. 

How can you teach your kids?

I was asked how do I teach the kids. Well, first, let me ask you. How did the parents in Biblical times teach their kids? There were not public schools. They did not send their kids to the house of the book until their kids were 12/13. Reading, writing, arithmetic were the parents’ responsibility and the rabbis expected the kids to already know these by the time they came to the house of the book. They would stay at the house of book from daybreak to noon then go have lunch and then go on to their respective apprenticeships (learning a trade). This kept up as late as the New Testament (Timothy was taught at home first before coming to be taught at the house of the book. So how did these parents teach their small children how to read, write, and do arithmetic? I can only assume it was through the natural ways of the Scripture, by using the Bible as a tool from morning to bedtime, like in Deuteronomy. Fathers were commanded to train their children by answering their questions. My daughter’s starting to ask questions and when we answer them, she’s learning. The teaching method that’s modeled in the bible is rote learning. Memorize genealogies, memorize the plagues, memorize the Biblical wars, kings, etc. Then as they get older, they’ll start asking questions about these facts. They went to the house of book already familiar with these facts. They were able to start asking their rabbi the hard questions right away, they didn’t have to waste time learning about the facts first. I don’t withhold the hard facts from my kids. For instance, today, I took my special needs son along with me to my women’s bible study. We dig deep into the historic roots of the Scriptures, we discuss wars, the horror stories, the atrocities committed. She was narrating the facts while showing us a map. My son shocked me by staring intently at the map she was holding up and then at home, he got my Bible out, flipped to the back where the maps are, there’s several, and I nearly fell out of my chair when I realized he had flipped to the map closest to the one that Carol had been using in Bible study. Who knows… perhaps my son understood every single word and it was a heavy dark topic. I do not shelter my kids from the brutality in the Bible, but I try to wait until they are able to dialogue with me about it. As I research how children learned in those times, I realized they listened to their father read the Scriptures out aloud, even the gory parts. After all, education boils down to the way of the Lord. (I found this information in the Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, which is available on Bible study tools and here http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/tocnode?id=g9781405127202_chunk_g978140512720214 )

 

So, HOW do I teach my kids from scratch? I suppose it’s just by living. I get in the dirt with my daughter and I scribble in the mud with a stick showing her how to form her letters. I curl up with my son and read the Bible and other classic books aloud to him as he dozes off to sleep. I let my daughter peel potatoes for supper. I guide my son through the signs when worshipping God. I teach my children from scratch through Christ. If I was doing it all by myself, I am sure it would be an impossible task, with me being deaf, them hearing and autistic. But like the above source pointed out, education is the way of the Lord. How can I not teach my kids from scratch? It’s simply living for Christ.  

Personal Bible Study: Scripture confirming our decision to homeschool.

This is mostly so it’s up here for me to reflect back on when doubt creeps up on me about whether or not I can do this. You also can do this. If I, a deaf mother of special needs hearing children can do it, so can you. Onward to the Bible verses that jumped out at me. If I see more Bible verses that confirm God’s Will, I will add them to this same post so it’s in one place. 

Matthew 12:30- If you are not for Jesus, you are against Him. With God banished from public schools, I don’t want my children to be exposed to an education devoid of God. It should be a Holy-Spiritually enriched learning on their path to wisdom. I pray that my children should be 100% for Jesus. There’s no such thing as neutrality. Either you are for Jesus or against Jesus. Education, after all, is for a purpose. However, if the end purpose isn’t centered on God, then it ends up being a godless education producing godless results. It shouldn’t be about the state, but about serving God. If I don’t fill their thirst for knowledge with God, they will satisfy her thirst elsewhere and these will turn out to be her idols. I want to raise my children to be a hundred percent unflinchingly for Jesus, our Savior. Public schools in my area would not foster that goal because they do not offer a biblical-centered education and go as far to discourage teachers from presenting the Christian worldview of many topics that will form their opinions as grown adults.

 

Romans 12:2- If my children are not supposed to copy the customs/behaviors of the world, then I shouldn’t make it even harder to resist peer pressure by having them in public schools, away from our watchful eyes. They will face a lot of pressure to conform to the world’s standards, it’s just a fact. However, I CAN shelter them from the world until they are able to understand what it is that they want to stand firm on. They are to allow God to transform their minds and a public school is not conductive to this environment. They need to learn how to test which is good and pleasing. It becomes each of my child’s own decision. Not mine. And not other people around them. My son’s and my daughter’s decision alone.

 

Colossians 1:9b- We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom….. as the verse points out that it is God that will nudge and give us each the full understanding of what to do with our lives… in school, they try to fit you into ready to go molds so that they can push you through the cookie-cutter education. How can I give my children a well-rounded sense of purposeful living if they each don’t get time to simply be? It’s during these idle times that God will whisper to their spirits. The first part of this verse is something I can actively do. Pray ceaselessly for my children to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. The second part, I have to just let it happen in God’s time.

 

Proverbs 1:7- Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. With the fact that God isn’t allowed in public schools, how can I expect my children to blossom into their faith and beliefs if they don’t grow up with constant awareness of God?

 

Proverbs 9:10 pushes it further by stating :Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy Spirit results in understanding.” Why would I want to put them right into the middle of an educational environment that stifles their right to draw on the Holy Spirit?

 

Psalm 119:97-105 reinforces the fact that God’s Word is crucial to raising godly children. Some families have family bible study every night. Michael just isn’t that kind of father, so it has to come from somewhere else; and that’s homeschool in the Biblical method.

 

2 Timothy 3:15… You have been taught the Holy Scripture from childhood. It’s right there in the Bible. God wants us to have our children grow up learning about God’s Word. I can’t afford the Christian schools around here, so that leaves homeschooling. Scriptures must be the foundation of all studies and the guide to all decisions. Public schools do not use the Holy Scriptures as the foundation for their curriculum.

 

Deuter 11:19- again, it’s right there in the Scriptures- “Teach them to your children. Talk while at home, when away on trips, and when you are laying down and when getting up again.” It IS the Biblical model to keep children with us as much as possible so they can learn by example and by talking to us about their thoughts. (Deu. 4:9 is similar commandment)

 

1 Peter 1:15… but now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God, who chose you to be his children, is holy. Everything includes everything. Even what I do with my children’s education. My ultimate goal will be to be separated to God and give our lives to serving God. If we want to serve God, we MUST be set apart and be holy in all we do. Biblical education will give our children the solid foundation upon which they will be able to distinguish good from evil, truth from falsehood, right from wrong, and holy from filthy.

 

Luke 20:25 Jesus says give to the government what’s theirs and give to God what’s His. The children are HIS! Therefore, who am I to “give” my children to the government instead of to God?

 

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 I will be able to ensure they are walking in the truth by homeschooling them using a prayerfully chosen curriculum that God led me to.

 

We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching our children with all wisdom, so that we may present all our children whole and complete in Christ. To this end we labor as parents, struggling with all the energy Christ provides us through his Spirit, which so powerfully works in us as fathers and mothers. (adapted from Colossians 1:28-29)

 

Bring your children up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord…Ephesians 6:4 What instruction has been approved by the Lord? His own Word is sufficient for instructing and disciplining our children.

 

As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 How will we have time as a public school family to truly sacrificially serve the Lord?

 

We will not hide these truths from our children, but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord. Psalm 78:4 Even Christian teachers are not allowed to share the truths with their students. More and more of our next generation has not heard the truth because it has been so effectively hidden from them.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will direct your paths. This encourages me to take the difficult path. My Lord has put it on my heart to keep my children close. When I obey and seek his will, my God will direct all my paths. It will all work out, even when I don’t see how it possibly can. My own understanding is not sufficient to be a good home educator. It’s a fellowship with Jesus.

 

 

Matthew 6:33-34 He will give you all you need day to day if you live for him and make the Kin-dom of God your primary concern. (If I automatically send all my children to school, am I living for God or for society? How do I make the kin-dom of God my primary concern and my children’s primary concern? Christian education, be it Christian school, home education, or a mixture.) I’ve mulled over this. I sent my children to early special education due to my doubts about being able to educate special needs children. That situation worked out at first, then became a bad situation. I made the school my primary concern and God distanced himself from us. When we pulled my daughter out with plans to pull our son when he’s developmentally 6-7 years old, the stress and problems went away with our children. They both still are autistic, they both still have special needs, but I chose to make God my primary concern. He’ll make it work out.

 

Romans 8:5-8 (my paraphase) Those whom are primarily around others dominated by the sinful nature and falsehoods will think about sinful things; but those who carefully control their environment by surrounding themselves with things filled with the Holy Spirit will think about things that please the Lord. (What do they think about in public schools? Ungodly things, such as evolution, sexuality, literature that promotes ungodly values such as homosexuality, etc . This isn’t the fruit I want to see growing in my children.) I allow my children to attend Sunday school, away from me. I might change my mind later when they’re older. I carefully choose the environments my children are in.

 

 

Romans 12:1-2 Our bodies belong to God. Our bodies are living and holy sacrifices. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of others, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. At home, my children will be able to blossom into the people that they already are. I am excited to witness this transformation.

 

 

1 Corinthians 2:14 But people whom aren’t Christians cannot understand these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means. (Of course I’ve got a lot of people that do not understand my convictions about putting my children into public schools- I just have to expect a lot of resistance when I walk the path that is narrow and straight; God’s way.) Even this very note I’m writing will rub these people the wrong way. God prompted me to write this, mostly so that I have a reminder of Bible verses confirming this decision on the future hard days that will come.