Pearls of Great Price


Matthew 13v 45-46

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it

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God looked upon me as a pearl of great price, this is why he redeemed me through his son Jesus. He redeemed me not because of anything I could ever do to deserve such a wonderful gift of grace and mercy but because he saw his creation (me) in desperate need before I was even created.

What was it that he saw in me worth redeeming?

I have no idea, I suppose he saw a person created in his own image who would die and go to Hell unless he made a way to reconnect with me. When I think about this great parental love that our father God has for us, I can only begin to imagine that he feels more love towards me than I do my own children even….and that is hard to comprehend considering how I love them so.

When I look at my children, I see myself ( in image…because they look so doggone much like me its unreal), they are a part of me…at their core they bear my imprint (genetically speaking). My children are my own pearls of great price, I would give all that I am, have, and ever will be for them…right down to my very life. When I reflect upon this I can only begin to think….God entrusted their lives to ME….he loaned them to ME for such a time as this, that THROUGH them I could grow (as they grow) and be sharpened (as iron sharpens iron) and they too could grow and be sharpened. Homeschooling is but a tool in my Master’s hand for growing and sharpening me, it is a challenge but luckily for me his mercies are new every morning!


What are you willing to sacrifice for your pearls of great price?

When God called me to homeschool, I had a lucrative career, free babysitter (my mom), and I could reasonably afford all of the finer things that life had to offer for my children. I could have paid for a fine private christian education, I could have had a little more “me time”, as so many moms like to call it.

When God called me, he asked me to sacrifice all of that in exchange for this beautiful chaotic mess! Would I quit my job? Would I keep my children home with me and teach them of Him? Would I educate them academically AND spiritually? Would I sacrifice my “me time” in order to provide them with more of me?

When God called me….he was asking HOW MUCH ARE THOSE PEARLS WORTH?

How much are those pearls worth? How obedient are you willing to be? Are you willing to go and sell all that you have in order to purchase these pearls? Will you sell out completely to follow MY calling on your life? Will you exchange your will for MY will? Are you just playing the part of obedient follower or are you REALLY obedient? How MUCH are those pearls worth? Are they worth sacrificing for? Do you see them as I see them, the same way I see you? A child who is worth investing in, a child who is lost and needs direction, love, attention, worth sacrificing for. Do you see it? Are you truly treating them as if they were your pearls of great price?

a pic from the first days of homeschooling below, my babies and my nephews.

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Intimidation Will Turn Giant Killers Into Grasshoppers


Every homeschool parent has experienced fear of inadequacy, any who would deny that are either 1.) lying or 2.) well…. lying.  Everyone everywhere has experienced fear of inadequacy in some area of their lives, but for homeschoolers this is the stuff nightmares are made of.  There is something specific though that I would like to point out, this fear intimidates, that is why it is so effective.  Let us now explore intimidation.

 

The bible tells us a story of the 12 spies going into the promised land to “check things out”.  Caleb and Joshua of course were the only 2 who came back with good reports and hope for conquering it.  The other 10 however, reported that they were in their own sight, as grasshoppers and so they were in the eyes of the giants in the land as well.

 

Did you see that?  They defeated themselves long before the enemy had an opportunity!  They were intimidated by the giants and so they saw themselves as grasshopper sized, they felt they were no match for the task at hand.  Intimidation caused them not to want to go and claim the promise, isn’t that sad?  How familiar does that sound to you?  God called you to homeschooling, so you tiptoed into homeschool land but you see the “giants” in the land.  Teaching your child to read, teaching them higher maths, and foreign languages etc.  and all of these “giants” cause you to feel very much the way the other 10 spies felt, no match for the task.  Intimidation turns giant killers into grasshoppers.  We forget that when God calls us to a task he enables us to perform it!  When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, he already knew who lived in Canaan.   He knew when he called you to homeschooling, all that homeschooling entails!  There are no surprises in God’s book, he wrote it cover to cover before he laid the foundations of the Earth, so why do we fear ?

 

There are some things you should know about intimidation.  First, let me say that if you can be intimidated you can be isolated, and once you are isolated you are easily conquered.  Second,  Satan wants you to be intimidated, because if you aren’t he knows you’re coming to claim your promise.  It is easy to find yourself in an intimidating situation, but there are safeguards that prevent you from succumbing to it.  Let me share a few with you.

 

1.) Protect your “water source”, remember to be daily replenished through prayer.  Do not allow your circumstances to draw your attention away from your source.  If you do, you will dry out and very soon you will be intimidated, isolated, and then defeated. Keep your eyes set upon Jesus, and remember that God gives us victory even when we ought to have defeat.  Trust steadfastly in the Lord, not in anything of your own power or ability.

 

2.) Never let Satan set the terms for the battle.  Never let him convince you that you must meet him on his terms in order to conquer him.  Instead, be like David, go meet him in the name of the Lord.  Speak to your enemy, Speak to God about your enemy.  Speak to your enemy, step up! Tell that fear that you are not afraid, you know that God called you to this and so he will walk you through it.  Remind the enemy that though you walk through the valley of the shadow, the rod and staff will be your comfort.

 

3.) Recognize that you belong to God, Satan is trespassing when he messes with you.  God has guaranteed aleady that the victory will be yours.   Keep walking in faith, heading directly towards your promises, never give up or sit down on the job.  Keep in mind, that faith without works is dead.  You are going to have to “hoof it” across a few dry places, but ultimately following the calling of God will result in victory.

 

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Come follow my son’s 100 Mile Run Blog


http://www.running2give.wordpress.com

 

Grayson is 11 and he is running 100 miles over the next couple weeks to raise money to buy toys for St. Jude patients.  His little buddy Westin died of Neuroblastoma when Westin was 5 and G was 6.  Come follow him and see his journey all the way to the finish and the trip to memphis to take the load he is collecting.  If you’d like to sponsor any amount of mileage you can check out his blog as well for a GOFUNDME.  So far local businesses are his sponsors, I don’t believe he has gained any go fund me funds, but he has raised 200 dollars towards his 1,000 goal!

 

❤ my kid

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Heading to Central and South America


Who wants to go with!! I would so love to get together a group of my blog homeschooling readers and roll out on some educational fun!!

As of right now we are scheduled to jet out on September 12 to New Orleans and then jetting over to fl to cruise to Cozumel, Belize, and Isla Roatan

Then NOV 14 flying to Miami and heading to Grand Cayman Panama, Colombia, and Costa. Rica

Wanna go!!??

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Oh The Places We’ll Go! (Nassau, Atlantis, Charleston, Freeport, Bimini)


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Pen Pal


Where could one go to get a pen pal for their child? Any recommendations of a homeschool pen pal program?

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Recommendations please please PLEASE!!


I think it’s common knowledge with my readers (maybe not with the new ones) that I have a child with a learning disability. He is not profoundly impaired it seems simple when you hear really…..he has an auditory processing and language processing issue. That means that sometimes he hears one word (or inserts his own own word when you’re speaking to quickly) when you said another. It also means that he has difficulty writing creatively (I have no idea why) and with grammar when it’s written (but not when he’s reading it out loud for some reason). It’s almost like a dysgraphia but his letters aren’t all over the page, although his spelling is at times atrocious.

The most concerning issue is NOT the spelling or grammar, it is how do you teach a kid to write creatively? When you ask him to think up his own story and write it down……it’s like you’ve asked him to pull his toenails off with pliers….I’m not kidding he is miserable. He wants to write well, he’s embarrassed that he can’t. His 8 yo sister is brilliant and the only thing holding him back is this writing and language issue. He has a decent vocabulary, he’s very smart…..it’s just creativity and writing.

All that said, someone help me please I need a recommendation! He loves life of Fred math….I know they offer language arts but it’s at the high school level. G is 10yo. Anybody have any input?

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I’ve been quiet lately


I have been quiet lately because I’ve been traveling (as usual)……it seems this blog slips my mind until those moments something happens and I feel like I need to chronicle it. I wanted to share some photos from our travels, maybe it will inspire you to go to some of the places we frequent. So, as I pack my bags once again (this time we are leaving the country again) I will upload them.

Let me take a moment though before I do that to tell you how much I enjoy your comments and sharing this journey we call life with you all. I wish you blessings and peace and all things wonderful this year and here’s hoping you catch the travel bug and do something you’ve never done before (like hop a plane across the big pond, or a ship to the islands).

Here are just a few pix snapped by me this year on all our travels❤

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Ever had a premonition dream?


I do….occasionally and it always shocks me.

When I have a dream that causes me to have strong feelings that make me have to get up and pray……I write that dream down.
My last premonition dream, regarded the tornado that ripped through the school in the Midwest. In my dream I hovered over two children hiding them in a brick building. On my notebook I wrote the following

“Mass fatalities, to the west, children

along with the date and time I had the dream. I’ve only experienced this a few times maybe once or twice a year ( the USS Cole was another news event time) and it really disturbs me. I wonder if occasionally God allows me to have them so that I will pray for these upcoming situations even though I never grasp them in full until they come to pass.

Has this ever happened to you? Please tell me about it.

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