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Lord Make Me Like Jochebed!! *plz excuse errors–will edit later*


I’ve been at Ladies Conference this weekend in Barboursville, KY. If you’re in that general area or within 2 or 3 hours of it, I highly reccomend that next year you plan around July 18-20 to take a little time and go and get ministered to.  A lovely Georgian woman named Beth Stephens spoke last night and confirmed a word that had been spoke into my life over 10 years ago.  Not EXACTLY in a directly to me fashion, but more in a call to ALL mothers.  So when you read this, it’s essentially what she said, but some of it of course will be altered just a hair according to the way God has laid it on my heart.

Beth took a well known story, the story of Moses, and taught a lesson not about how God will raise up a deliverer when things are at their worst, but taught how seriously Mama ought to take the raising of her babies.  Jochebed was Moses’ mother, until last night I hadn’t paid attention to what her name even was, isn’t that just like the world? we give mama no credit.

Exodus 2: 1-3

And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch; and she put the child therein, and laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

Out of these 3 verses, God delivered a great confirmation to me directly concerning the burden he laid upon my heart all of those years ago, the burden that I had been given direct charge of the children he gave me and I would be responsible for ensuring that they reach their full potential in Christ.  The burden at times has been so great that I allowed fear to overcome me, a fear that I wasn’t up to the task.  Last night through Beth’s message, God confirmed and renewed that message into my life.

Jochebed was a slave, the lowest of low slaves most likely.  Beth pointed out that she would not have been a beautiful woman, there would’ve been no closet full of clothes to choose from, no hair products to fix up with, no chanel perfumes nor any Lancome` counters for her to have visited in order to improve her appearances.  No dentist to fix her rotten teeth, and no TIME to take to spend on “ME” for Jochebed.  Then a man takes her for his wife, and later in that marriage she conceived a son.  Beth made many good points, Jochebed was a hebrew of course she would’ve married another hebrew and together they would’ve likely known and faced the harsh reality that this child they conceived if it were a boy child, would be drown in the river by Pharaoh’s men.  Likely they would’ve spent a lot of time in prayer, and had great faith that this child would be delivered a girl so that they would not suffer such a great loss.  Then Moses was born, a boy child, oh what grief and heartache must have come at the moment he was delivered and found to be a boy.  How Jochebed must have questioned God, but she didn’t allow this to last for long, she wasn’t a wallower.  She noticed immediately that this child was somehow different, extraordinary, set apart.  What did she do?  Likely she prayed, she sought the face of God, and the bible says she HID the baby for 3 months.  Beth at this point made a great example, do you KNOW what kind of EFFORT it would take to HIDE an infant for 3 months!!?  It would be difficult to hide an infant or child for a day, let alone 3 months!  What did Jochebed do!?  She hid him and she prayed.  All the while, she prayed, she had to have!  She prayed and then when it became impossible to hide him and she had no further choices, she made an ark of those bullrushes and she daubed the pitch and the slime into the gaps to waterproof it, and she set her baby in the brink of the river and she hid him.  What the Bible does not tell us, but we can see is Jochebed obviously would have given up everything in order to hide this baby, her time, her energy, her efforts, they all would’ve been spent hiding this child…no ME time for this mama!  Jochebed was a mama on a mission, she recognized that her child had a purpose and she was willing to sacrifice it ALL in order to see that he had the opportunity to FULFILL GOD’S PURPOSE IN HIS LIFE.  Are you enough life Jochebed?  Are you WILLING to give up your ME time, your “calm ” time, your “quiet”, your EVERYTHING, in order to be a JOCHEBED MAMA?

Beth’s word pierced my heart again just as it did when God laid it upon my heart so long ago that I personally am responsible for my children and their upbringing, not the government, not the grandparents, not the babysitter.  Was I willing to give up a great paying job with benefits, a job that would’ve provided the best of care and education for my children that the WORLD had to offer, was I WILLING to give it up and STAY AT HOME and do it myself?  YES GOD, YES SIR, YOU BET!  Along the way though it is so EASY o become weary in well doing!  The children bicker and fight, they ask a million questions, they give a hard time at doing their assignments, they can just be generally irritating sometimes!  Lord never allow me to forget Jochebed! Let her’s be an example to follow!  It’s a call to ALL mothers really, we ought to ALL be willing to make WHATEVER sacrifices need to be made to ensure that we are DAUBING THE ARK we are building around our children.  As Beth so eloquently put it last night “when I think of daubing the ark with pit and tar, I think of prayer and time”.  She spoke of how Jochebed had Miriam take the baby out and put him into the river in that little ark, and then how pharaohs daughter came and found the baby and how Miriam must have been so very afraid in that moment, until she saw that Pharaohs daughter would not kill the baby but wanted to keep it.  So then Miriam (Jochebed’s daughter who ALSO had been being daubbed and prepared right along with Moses and his little ark) STEPPED OUT IN HER OWN FAITH, and SAW the MIRACLE OF GOD WITH HER OWN TWO EYES.  Miriam saw FIRSTHAND the provision of God and how God not ONLY saved Moses but he RESTORED him to his mother, and Pharaohs daughter PAID his mother to be his nurse.  Beth pointed out how God not only blessed but he blessed in SUPER ABUNDANCE, HE NOT ONLY GAVE JOCHEBED BACK HER SON, HE PAID HER TO RAISE HIM!

What did Jochebed do though?  She didnt just thank God and go on!  She recognized IMMEDIATELY, on day this child will return into Pharaohs household, but RIGHT NOW I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY!  I have an opportunity to TEACH my son of the Great God Jehovah!  and that is what she MUST have done!  She did not waste one minute!  When they rose up, when they sat down, when they ate, when she laid the child to sleep, she must have taught, spoke the word to, and PRAYED over this child all the while daubing more and more pitch and tar into those cracks in the ark of prayer she was building around her son.  She was building an ark of prayer, an ark of the Word of God, an ark of  TRUTH around him, so that when she had no choice but again to let him go….all those cracks were sealed and the waters of the Nile, the ways of Pharaohs house, the ways of Egypt could not come in around him but were kept out by that Heavenly hedge.  Lord! LET ME BE LIKE JOCHEBED!  Don’t EVER allow me to forget that these children are mine but for a short time, and it will not be long and they must enter the world and it is MY job to build that ark around them just as Jochebed built around Moses, and Noah built around his family.  An ark of obedience,  an ark of dedication, an ark of the word and the truth, an ark of prayer, an ark of worship, an ark of sacrifice because MY CHILDREN ARE MY PEARLS OF GREATH PRICE….WORTH SACRIFICING ALL FOR!

Beth Stephens, I thank you for your obedience to the Lord.  I think we ALL need a reminder of our calling!  Sometimes when the way of well doing becomes weary, we ALL need a refresher and I certainly have a renewed spirit, and a refreshed purpose.  Thank you Lord for the wells in the desert!

GBU ALL and I pray this word reaches out and pricks your heart just as it did my own!

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Homeschooling…..Who told you it would be easy? (Part 1)


I believe it is a generally accepted idea that when God calls you to homeschool, and therefore equips you for the task, one begins to believe that this task will be an easy one (since after all it is a calling). Not so I tell you! It is a journey of faith! Just as when God called Abram to depart from his kinsmen and travel blindly to a land God would show him, the homeschool journey is much the same. God has called you to a journey on which although there are others to keep you company, no other person’s will be exactly by the same route.

*Genesis 12: 1

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee

If you’ve spent any time at all studying Abram/Abraham you know his story, he leaves as God told him but….he doesn’t leave his kinsmen, he takes along his nephew Lot. This was his first mistake, he departed on the journey but he continued to hold on to the past, the things God directed him to let go of. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience? I have, I began homeschooling but was unwilling to forfeit my ideas of what ‘school’ should look like in favor of what God would direct our school to look like. In a roundabout way, I said “Okay God, I’ll go to the place you’re sending me but I’m using MY map instead of yours”. Just like Abram, I suffered consequences because I refused to let go of my own interpretation of what God really meant when he told me to forsake all of the ideas and dreams I had about what I wanted my homeschool to be (think Harvard by 8). It’s been a long journey thus far and I am only just beginning (just 4 years in) but most of my mileage has been caused by my own unwilling fleshy tendencies.

*I will elaborate on these “tendencies” and other portions of my journey thus far in the posts to come 😀 until then, be blessed!

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Back To School (How do you plan? When and how do you begin?)


It’s July guys, time to start all the “planning” for the upcoming school year (or not).  As you know I do not “plan”, instead I document the things we accomplish.  Sure, I have a vision and a purpose for the school year, I simply don’t “plan” out my days step by step.  Maybe that is  what works for you, for me though…it leads to tears, breakdowns, and stress.  So here’s to you!  As you plan (or don’t) for your upcoming school year.   So far I have 1 and only 1 plan, I will begin school on August 1.  We will initiate this school year by beginning with Language arts (reading, vocab, Latin) for 1 hour each day and 1 hour of math each day for the first week (broken into two 30 minute sessions).  The second week we will add Social Studies lapbooking (45 mins – 1 hour) into the mix, the third week we will add science lapbooking (45mins to 1 hour), by the 4th week we will be hopefully in full swing each day covering reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and Latin (and of course Bible, but we never take a break from those lessons).  As you can see, I prefer easing into the school year slowly.  How do you plan or begin your year?

 

Isaiah 54:13  All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

 

 

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Solitary Confinement


As you know, my children would fall into the OVERsocialized category most likely.  My son (9) plays football,basketball,soccer,baseball,swims on a competitive swim team,takes gymnastics, and participates in community service activities.  My daughter (7) swims on a competitive swim team, plays soccer, takes gymnastics and is on a competitive gymnastics and cheer team, takes piano lessons, and participates in community service activities.  I referenced many of these things in another post What Kind Of Race Is This Anyway? The OVERsocialized homeschooler

I think many of us homeschool parents tend to overcompensate for our children’s “lack of normal socialization” in the same way….extra curricular activities.  The one thing I continue to discover, no matter where we go we are always the “odd men out”.  I find that personally I am in great need of fellowship with other homeschoolers, someone who is like me.  There are only around 150 homeschooled children in my entire county, and the truth of the matter is….80 percent of them are weird, weird, weird.  I know, I know, I shouldn’t “dis” people like that, but honestly people, I’m not talking about weird as in “set apart from the world” or “a peculiar people” the way the Bible describes it, I am speaking of truly strange people.  People who really suffer from bunker syndrome and do not function well in society, these are the homeschoolers you hear about.  The “rest of us” out here are so very busy with kids and activities, we rarely have time to get to really know one another or spend time as a group.  I am in desperate need of real fellowship, fellowship with people of like minds, similar interests, and who can encourage me and I them.  Do you ever feel this way?  Don’t lie…you know you do.

I’m writing this post to encourage myself, but maybe it will encourage you as well.  It is directed to homeschoolers, but I find many stay at home moms (or dads) often feel as though they live lives of solitary confinement 90% of all conversations they have are with their children, and the other 10% are about their children.  Here are some scriptures, ones that will help us when we just feel the overwhelming sense of being alone in this big journey we call homeschooling (or parenting).

Joshua 1:1-8

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.

I would imagine that after losing Moses, Joshua was very lonely and probably insecure in his abilities to lead these people.  God’s promise to Joshua extends to all of us who follow him through Christ, He will be with us and never leave or forsake us.

Hebrews 13:5 (b)

Never will I leave you, Never will I abandon you

That is a promise to stand on, even when there is no other person there….God is.  When you just need a friend to fellowship with, fellowship with the author of Life, the creator of the heavens and the Earth….who could better understand you?

I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my
servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not
be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:9‐10

We all look to friends for encouragement, its just a natural thing….but we have a fellowship and a friend in our creator and his words tell us—HE will strengthen, HE will help, HE will uphold us in his righteous hand.  So when you find yourself battling the homeschool (or parenting) blues because you just need a little fellowship, remember that the one who called you out, the one who CHOSE you, is with you and he will fellowship with you and be your comfort.

I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you- John 14:18

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother-  Proverbs 18:24

 

 

 

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What Kind Of Race Is This Anyway? The OVERsocialized Homeschooler

As you know, my children would fall into the OVERsocialized category most likely.  My son (9) plays football,basketball,soccer,baseball,swims on a competitive swim team,takes gymnastics, and participates in community service activities.  My daughter (7) swims on a competitive swim team, plays soccer, takes gymnastics and is on a competitive gymnastics and cheer team, takes piano lessons, and participates in community service activities.  I referenced many of these things in another post 

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July 1, 2012 · 6:29 pm