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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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Four Days…..That’s an awfully long time!


I read the gospel readings for the story of Lazarus last night for the blue millionth , until that point I had not considered WHY Jesus wept or WHY he had tarried for four days and WHY he made the references to how many daylight hours there were in a day, and I hadn’t really considered the fact that Jesus got “perturbed”. I had merely regarded this story as one of Christ’s miracles and how wonderful it was. On reading this though and discussing it with a few friends and my husband we found a little meat to chew on.

Why FOUR days? Turns out, Jews believed the soul hung around the proximity of the body for 3 days after death. Once three days had passed they viewed there to be no possibility whatsoever that the person would revive. Jesus of course would’ve known all of this, so he lingered. Why ? Because this would be a great lesson for all the unbelieving Jews who would see this miracle performed in broad daylight. Four days was just the right amount of time to make his point.

Why did Jesus weep? This part at first I just took for granted he wept because his friend had died, but then I thought about it…Jesus KNEW he was going to resurrect his friend of course so he had no reason to cry for that! Was he crying because everyone else was hurt? Again…Jesus KNEW he was going to resurrect Lazarus so WHY would he need to weep for their sadness when he was about to reverse it!? My husband came up with the BEST answer, an answer I had never considered……Jesus wasn’t weeping because he was SAD Lazarus died….or because he was SAD that everyone else was hurt….Jesus was weeping in FRUSTRATION. You see, by the time Jesus was “weeping” he had already tried to tell Martha Lazarus would rise but Martha wasn’t “getting the picture”….and Mary had already BLAMED him for not coming sooner….Here stood Jesus in the midst of all these unbelieving Jews and 2 of his closest friends Mary and Martha who believed but didn’t seem to “get it”….Jesus was standing among people who were saing things like “this guy can make blind people see, he could’ve saved Lazarus”. People all around him crying, of COURSE he was deeply moved in spirit! He was moved by the realization that although he had taught and taught and reached out and taught and performed signs and wonders these people STILL DIDN’T GET IT!

Now in the beginning Jesus had said to them “ARE THERE NOT 12 HOURS IN A DAY?” and referenced how men stumble in the dark….Jesus knew that if this miracle were performed by night, people wouldn’t believe…..so he had already set a plan into motion. He would raise Lazarus in broad daylight in front of a LARGE group of people and THIS would lead them to believe.

Many times in my life I have felt like God was “too late”…..many times I have doubted his ability to resurrect something I considered rotting in the grave…..many times I am sure I have frustrated him! I know though that he is able…..it is my own waivering faith which hinders me. Many times after I know I must have frustrated him, he has moved in “broad daylight” to perform wonders in my life….and because of this I have a testimony to share and hopefully will lead others to Him!

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Truth Is….


Do you notice these on your facebook newsfeed as often as I notice them on mine? It’s the new thing….quite frankly I wonder if any of these people have ever heard the truth before. Since I am doubting that 98% of them have, I’m going to share a little TRUTH with you here on my own little blog (aka soapbox). Be ready though, because the TRUTH often hurts. I’ll start with some cushy little truths that most of you will be comfortable with, but by the time I am finished rest assured you will either A.) HATE ME or B.) RESPECT ME.

 

Truth Is…..

 

The TRUTH (Jesus) is coming….and he will speak a truth that no man can deny! Every tongue will confess (the truth) and every knee will bow. #BEREADY4TRUTH

 

The TRUTH is…the BIBLE says BE KIND…it did NOT say BE NICE…there IS a difference. Kindness is based upon good will, Niceness is based upon being agreeable. Kindness speaks truth because it loves, Niceness tickles ears because it doesn’t want to hurt feelings. Kindness walks, Niceness only talks. #BeKIND4getBeingNice

 

The TRUTH is….God is a JUST God…he looks not upon our ACTS but upon our HEARTS. His perspective is NOT based upon what a “good” person we are…our goodness is but as filthy rags in his sight. His word states directly that there is but ONE way to him and that is through his son Jesus. So being good is fine…but having JESUS is paramount! #GoodPeopleDOgoToHell

 

The TRUTH is….People do NOT become angels when they die(sorry…but they dont…angels cannot be people…and people cannot ever be angels).

 

The TRUTH is…..you can’t preach someone into Heaven….its funny how everybody is a saint after they die. #LetYourTESTIMONYSpeakJesus

 

The TRUTH is….God speaks DIRECTLY AGAINST some things…HE CALLS THEM WRONG…Therefore I too can call them wrong and this is NOT hating. #TakeItUpWithTheAuthor

 

The TRUTH is….Buying a chicken sandwich isn’t going to change the world! #GoVOTEgetObamaOUTofOFFICE

 

The TRUTH is….I really don’t care if you like the truth or not… The TRUTH will stand when the WORLD is on fire#I’llSpeakItAnyway

 

#SpeakTheTRUTH

 

 

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A Homeschool Mentor


Don’t you wish that when you began this journey there had been someone ahead of you on this path?  Don’t you wish, that when you were in homeschool “hell”, there had been someone that could’ve said definitively “oh honey…I HAVE BEEN THERE, but believe me this will pass”?  Don’t you wish, that there was someone who really did understand exactly what you meant when you couldn’t find the words to describe the frustration of teaching a child to read who was struggling to learn?”  Well, I am that mom.  I’ve been there, and I can say assuredly  this too shall pass.  I have a very gifted 6 year old, who  is a “homeschool dream”, I also have a dyslexic, auditory processing disordered 9 year old who was very nearly the “homeschool death” of me.  I really do understand.

I know the joy of seeing your little girl doing multiplication at 5, and the pain of seeing your 9 year old struggle to read.  I understand!  I know the “whale motel” side of things…..I ran from the calling to homeschool.  I know the “schechem” side of things from when I returned to that “first place”.  I really do understand!  There aren’t alot of homeschool experiences I have failed to have, so let me assure you…..this mom feels your pain!  I feel compelled to throw these things out into the spotlight, even though I’m sure there will be flaming darts sent my way because I am publicly admitting that I have succeeded many times, and yet still I fail daily.   This is just the kind of admission the “anti-homeschooler” would love to read, and yet…I really could care less.   Why?  Because somewhere out there, there is a mother who is homeschooling and she is seriously considering giving up.  She thinks she’s failed, she know’s she’s hindering her child and not helping, she’s hurting and she’s tired.  I have a reminder for you homeschool sister…..Jesus said

come to me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”  Matthew 11:28

Cast your care’s upon him for he cares for you….and don’t ever forget, when he called you—-he already knew every step it would take to get across this desert terrain, and he planted every well along the way in exactly the right place so that just as you feel overcome….there is a refreshing place to rest.  He’s got this all working together, refining and perfecting you.  Don’t be discouraged, be encouraged….you’re never alone.

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