March 30, 2006

Psalm 29

Psalm 29

A Psalm of David.

[a]ASCRIBE TO the Lord, O sons of the mighty, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Give to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness or in holy array.

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon many (great) waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion (Mount Hermon) like a young, wild ox.

The voice of the Lord splits and flashes forth forked lightning.

The voice of the Lord makes the wilderness tremble; the Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord makes the hinds bring forth their young, and His voice strips bare the forests, while in His temple everyone is saying, Glory!

The Lord sat as King over the deluge; the Lord [still] sits as King [and] forever!

The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

March 28, 2006

Medieval Personality Types

I will admit that when I first read through Donna Partow's book, I really thought she was way off base when it came to her descriptions of the Melancholy personality. I have been thinking about it since I read her book over the weekend (a sure sign of a Melancholy person!) and decided that I didn't agree with her assessment. I decided to GOOGLE for more information and lo, and behold, I hit the jackpot. There is quite a bit of information on the internet about personalities -- and if you are interested in reading more about personalities, I encourage you to do some research yourself.

I found a website that has a Medieval Personality Quiz on it. I took this quiz and as I expected my personality profile ended up: 71% Melancholy and 29% Phlegmatic. I think this is fairly accurate. Note: this site is a Catholic website so some of the descriptions are directly related to teaching in Catholic schools. I still found the site informative and think that my temperament is clearly Melancholic.

Among the Medieval characteristics I share: introspection, slow decision-making, fear of rejection, need for justice, perfectionist tendencies. I also have a tender-heart and long to help others. I found the interpretation as to how a Melancholic deals with correction very insightful. I have found myself in a similar situation whereby I was so consumed with choosing the "right" words, that I ended up making a total mess of things because I just "blurted out" my zeal for correction.

You might be reading right now and wondering, "So what? What does this do for me?" Well, I don't know that answer. For me, my Melancholic personality leans heavily towards introspection and because I tend to look at the "negative side of things" I relish the opportunity to look into my psyche and see what needs some adjustment. You may be a Phlegmatic and don't give a hoot about what goes on inside of your head...or you may be Choleric or Sanquine and don't want to know (because you already are right-minded) the truth. LOL!

I found this site to offer a more realistic description of the four temperaments than in Ms. Partow's book. While I thought her book was clever, in reality it is a commercial, light-weight, and cutesy look at this whole subject of personality profiles. Ms. Partrow tends to "pre-package" personalities in an attempt to help the reader better understand themselves and accept themselves for who they are. It is a good thought but anytime you take a complex subject and break it down in to predefined categories, you are bound to leave out some very the important details (and to a Melancholy like me, *it* is all in the details, dear sister!)

I guess my encouragment to those interested in understanding themselves better, would be to first consider the fact that God created you as a unique and very complex person. You are not a "pre-packaged, pre-defined" person, but rather one of His own, created expressly for His purpose. Since we are all different, we do need to take time to understand ourselves better. Without understanding our own selves and the individual aspects of our personalities, we cannot effectively minister to others in God's Kingdom. If we desire to be a blessing to those around us, we really do need to know ourselves more intimately and to learn how our temperament can affect our relationship with God and with the world around us.

March 25, 2006

Western History

In my search for next year's curriculum, I have run across a reference to this work on several home school websites. I googled for more information and OUCH!...this text is outrageously expensive. It is highly recommended and is used as a supplemental reader for Veritas Press' Omnibus (7-12th grades) as well as other classical home school curriculum. I know you can find it on eBay for less than the $100 plus price tag but wish I knew if it was really worth the high ticket price. Anyone out there using Spielvogel's text for their high school studies?


On another note, I think I have finally figured out my curriculum situation for next year. I have really researched the various options and feel that our best choice is to stick with House of Education through year 12. I will need to make some modifications and am toying with the idea of taking the history, literature, church history/bible, and art and rolling it into a Veritas-like Omnibus schedule. This would allow us to read all the free reading choices on the list and also read through the books faster. Hence my question about Spielvogel's as I am looking for a basal text to read as an overview before beginning each lesson.


Also, I think we will give Bob Jones' Algebra I a try this year. DS is ready for Algebra and has been working through Saxon Algebra 1/2. He doesn't really like Saxon but it doing well with it. I may also try Standard Deviant's Algebra 1 DVD to visually reinforce the concepts.

Personality Types

I am over at my MIL's house this morning and am trying to post to my blog over a dial-up connection. I appreciate my highspeed cable! LOL!

Last night, while staying with my FIL (MIL was travelling), I read Donna Partow's book, "A Women's Guide to Personality Types" (Bethany House, 2002). I had studied personality types (The Four Temperaments) in a college Psych class. We used the Hippocratic terms of: Sanquine, Choleric, Melancholy, and Phlegmatic. I never really understood the different types or could figure out how this information benefitted me (as I recall I didn't really know why I was in that class, other than to fulfill a credit on my transcript.)

In her book, Donna explains these personality types and helps the reader grasp the importance of understanding your own personality type and those of your spouse and children. Her goal is to "enrich family relationships by understanding the four temperaments." To help bring Hippocrates down to a modern mother's level, Donna created more personal names for each of the temperaments. They are: Mrs. Popular, Mrs. Powerful, Mrs. Perfect, and Mrs. Peaceful.

One of the first things she has you do is take a personality profile quiz. If you are like me, you just love to fill out quizzes (I do all the magazine quizzes and surveys). I wasn't too surprized by the results of my quiz because I already new I was a Melancholy/Phlegmatic personality type. What did surprize me though was how she characterized each personality type. According to her book, I am more of a Phlegmatic/Melancholy person. I identified with some of the characteristics listed under Melancholy but not how she describes this personality type. In fact, according to her observations, I am anything but Melancholy. I may be a perfectionist but I am certainly not a "hostess" nor am I set in creating "perfect" children and keeping a "perfect home." On the contrary, the key aspect of my personality that Ms. Partow left out was the fact that most Melancholy people are highly introspective. She calls it "observant" of the world around them but this is not accurate. Yes, we do observe the minutest details in those around us, but we are most interested in ourselves. If anything, we are obsessive with our own faults and think deeply about them. Hmmmm...I really didn't quite fit into her categories at all.

Using Ms. Partow's descriptions, I am more Peaceful than Perfect. I do have some of these characteristics, that is true, but I am not lazy by any means. I work methodically and am very slow to make decisions. I do have a "whatever" attitude when it comes to inconsequential matters and I guess that I am pretty agreeable. But the reason I really don't care where we eat or what we do is because my mind is so clogged with thinking about deep things, that I really don't have time to worry about anything else. Yes, I am a worrier at heart. I am sensitive and caring and I do think about an awful lot. I often forget things and then chastise myself for being so forgetful.

I did find her book interesting but I have to say that IMHO it glossed over the deeper areas of personality profiling. There is a lot to be learned about personality and by spending time getting to know our own person, we are better able to minister to those around us.

March 24, 2006

Choosing God

"For my determined purpose is that I may know Him and that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection, which it exerts over believers." ~Philipians 3:10 (AMP)

This is my favorite scripture. The Amplified Bible clearly expresses the "action" involved in God's word upon the life of the believer. It also reinforces the believer's role in applying scriptural truth. I have come to recognize that while God's love and mercy are given freely to me (not of anything I do or have done), to experience God's power and presence does require something on my part. I must "determine" to know Him and in doing so, God will progressively reveal Himself to me. Experiencing God's power and presence is a daily *CHOICE* each and every believer must make.

So often we feel power "powerless" or defeated. We feel we have no control over circumstances or situations that come our way. We feel lost or as though God is not there. God is always consistent and His Word tells us that He will never leave us nor will He forsake us. However, we must choose to seek him. It is a matter of determination -- to purposely and with diligence to seek after Him. He has promised us that if we seek Him, we will find Him.

March 20, 2006

A Biblical Worldview

Along with my search for next year's curriculum, I have been contemplating how to teach my son to have a biblical worldview. We study the Bible every day but haven't begun any specific worldview studies yet. I have a few in mind...oh my...there are so many wonderful books out there to read on this topic.

I am trusting the Lord to show me what He wants my son to learn next year and know that whatever His will, it will be a wonderful learning experience for the both of us.

March 17, 2006

Hoyts German Cologne

I found this tucked inside an antique bible. I thought it was so pretty and reminded me of a by-gone era.

I should mention that the bible is a German bible from my mother's home county of Somerset, PA. Frederick Goeb was the first printer west of the Allegheny Mountains and he printed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. A friend found this original 1813 Frederick Goeb Martin Luther German Bible and sent it to me. It is very fragile and today while looking through it, my son and I found all sorts of little bookmarks. Some were snips of paper with old fashioned calligraphy on them. Other's were just torn pieces of parchment. This pretty cologne label was in the Book of John.

Psalm 51

Psalm 51 is our memorywork for DS's Year 7 Term 3. We have been reciting it daily for weeks now! It is funny how easy it is to memorize scripture when you spend a few minutes each day reciting it out loud. I used to think that I couldn't memorize scripture. I would try and it always just seemed to be one of those things that escaped my abilities. I learned through nine plus years serving in AWANA (Bible Clubs - that memorization of scripture is not difficult so long as you break it into small, easily digested chunks.

Psalm 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ;
you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

The Lord encourages us to meditate upon His word. Daily recitation of scripture is one way to do this. I have found that when I recite the same passage over and over again, I receive daily instruction from the Lord. I can learn something new each day simply by taking the time to speak His word and then sit and reflect upon it.

St. Patrick's Day

Did you wear something "green" today? No, Did you get pinched by someone who was wearing "green?"

March 17 is St. Patrick's day and I was thinking about how and why we celebrate this day. I had read about the man a long time ago and even have a biography on my shelf (CLP's "Saint Patrick") though I admit to not having read it yet.

I found this information about the saint over at the History Channel.

Who Was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity's most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

Taken Prisoner By Irish Raiders

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

Guided By Visions

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice—which he believed to be God's—spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.

To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation—an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission—to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.)

Bonfires and Crosses

Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. (Although there were a small number of Christians on the island when Patrick arrived, most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion. The Irish culture centered around a rich tradition of oral legend and myth. When this is considered, it is no surprise that the story of Patrick's life became exaggerated over the centuries—spinning exciting tales to remember history has always been a part of the Irish way of life. )

I know that there is a little saying that "everybody has SOME Irish in them" and I don't know if this is true or not. I can tell you that I have Irish in me -- just a smattering mixed in with my Scottish, English and German ancestry. My mother's Murray's were from Ireland (McMurry) and my husband's Hepburn's hail from Northern Ireland (Londonderry).

Where have I been...

Thanks to Tootlepip for this fun thing :o)

create your own visited states map
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March 13, 2006

"A Mother's T.R.E.K."

"A Mother's T.R.E.K. (Totally Random Events with Kids) is dedicated to mother's who are experiencing a deep struggle or trial in their life. Through their story, we will encourage them, but also be reminded of how important our "trek" as mothers truly is.

We have been promised nothing as far as the amount of time with our children... we have no idea when will be our last day with them. Sometimes we just need a little something to help us "re-focus" our day. I pray these stories and lives of others will bless you and yours." ~Amy from

Today has been set aside as a TREK day for us. We are still doing school but we are not going to be rigidly fixed to our schedule. Instead we are going to go where the moment takes us and enjoy our day as it comes.

If you would like to read more about TREK and how it got started, click here: Amy's Dandelion Seeds Blog.

Have a TREK day and take time to enjoy the riches and blessings the Lord has given to you!

March 11, 2006

Snow in Arizona?

Last Saturday we were blessed with snow. I know, I are saying "So What? We have the white stuff for 3-4 months each year and it is just not that big of a deal!" Well, if you live in the desert, in Arizona, snow is a big deal! We love it and you would think that all the transplanted 'snowbirds' here would just 'yawn' and move on. But it is not the case. We are a state filled with transplanted people, most of whom, hail from the Great White North, the Midwest or Northest. You'd think they would all be sick of snow - hey - isn't that why they moved here?

Photos courtesy of the Arizona Republic

March 10, 2006

A Great Week for Us...

Well, it's Friday and PTL! We have had such an awesome week. We actually did all our school subjects and had extra time to enjoy being together. We took nature walks - HOO RAH! It has been a long time since we got out and walked and it felt SOOOOOO Good. I am feeling better emotionally and am working on losing that 10 pounds I have put on since this time last year. School has gotten back on track and I am tweaking our weekly schedule so that we can get everything in that we put off or have been lazy about completing.

Some changes/new things we are working on:

Shakespeare - We have not been reading Shakespeare diligently. We did read Henry V last fall and DS loved it. We started Hamlet today and DS asked again to read the original play format so I dug out my copy and we are giving it a good try.

Ourselves - we put off reading through Charlotte Mason's Character study because I found the language issue to be a stumbling block. Dear sweet and wonderful Leslie N.L. has paraphrased all of Book I into modern prose and we are using it. What a difference! It is read in companion with Jerry Bridges, "The Pursuit of Godliness!"

Plutarch - ok, I have given Anne W.'s notes a try again and we are reading Plutarch. I took Leslie's advice and we are reading from Our Young Folk's Plutarch in addition to using the Original version.

Nature Walks - as stated above. We are walking 30 minutes every day. Oh, what a good walk does for the body!

Art Study - I printed off several of Henri Matisse's paintings for us to study. I went to the trouble of printing a short bio as well as description on each work (didn't read closely enough and had to edit judiciously). Then I decided to read Miss Mason's advice on teaching art. Her idea is to let the artist convey the message of his work directly to the student. OOPS! I asked DS what he thought and he told me everything he noticed - all contrary to my learned art history education. He just refused to accept that Matisse's Blue Bowl and Lemon is not a realistic portrait (it is Impressionistic and was a forerunner to the Expressionism movement). UGH! I decided that Miss Mason knows best -- less talk-y talk from Mom and more observation. I am now putting the prints into power point for us to simply study them. No more lectures on artist and artistic movements and themes.

Math - we gave up on Saxon 8/7 and decided to work in Algebra 1/2. What a difference! DS say's he loves it and is getting 100% correct. PTL!

Scheduling - I borrowed Pam's son's Year 8 schedule and created a new weekly one for us to follow. Sometimes you just have to borrow from a good friend and "see" how they do school. As a visual learner - I need to 'see' how things work for me to be able to understand them. Seeing her schedule helped me make some decisions on what we need to be doing in our home. Thanks, Tootlepip!

It feels so good when the week just flows well. No hiccups, no crises, no upset. It was a good week and we are all thankful!

March 8, 2006

Pruning the Vine

I am being pruned and it hurts! I asked the Lord to prune back the deadwood of my life -- I want to fully submit to His will and to live my day's redeemed so I can bear good fruit. My heart wants His best -- I just didn't expect it to hurt so much!

I thought He would just prune off the dead branches in my life - you know the areas that were already dead. But He is snipping away at sucker vines and other 'green' areas to help shape and strenghten me. It is these areas that are tender and are the ones that I feel the most.

One particular area that I have been praying specifically about is my job. I work part-time from home and have felt for some time now (the past year or so) that I needed to stop working and focus on my home and family. The problem is that we have come to depend on the income I make and while it is not a lot, it carries us through each and every month. My stress level has been very high and as a result my health has deteriorated and the past year has been filled with all sorts of health-related issues.

I want to quit but have been afraid to let go - fearing that we will really suffer financially if I give up my work. I also have responsibilities - I have about 50 clients and they depend on me and my services. I have been fearful about letting them know my intentions and letting them go.

This past week, the Lord has asked me to "let go of the wall" so to speak. He has asked me to trust him and see where He wants to take me. I have said "Yes, Lord, I am ready". I want to try His way and see what plans He has for me. But it is so scary to let go.

I know He is pruning my life - today, I lost another client (attrition - they have chosen another path). This makes two in one week. In some ways, my feelings are hurt because I have done so much for them and have really provided a good service to their business. On the other hand, it is exciting to see the Lord in action and to know that He does have a plan for my life.

I am praising Him today and thanking Him for all He has done in the past and all He is doing for me today.

March 6, 2006

Eating Our Words

A man's [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. ~Proverbs 18:20-21

These verses were in my daily devotional reading today. I had never really thought about the fact that the words I speak are fruit - fruit that could be either good or evil. I know how I feel when a conversation turns from positive and uplifting talk to negative and critical gossip. My spirit seems to follow right along that negative and bitter path.

I am so convicted today. The Bible says that my words are to be like honey and sweet tasting to others. They are not to be a bitter root that leaves people running to rinse out their mouths!

Lord Jesus, thank you for showing me how my words really matter. Not only to the people who hear them but also to my spirit and my heart. If I want to be happy, I must speak happy words. If I want to be satisfied with my life, I must speak words affirming my life, not ones that tear it down. Help me to remember that critical and complaining words will bring about a critical and complaining spirit. I truly will eat the very words that come out of my mouth.

March 4, 2006

God is Good

God is Good, All the time,
He put a song of Praise in the heart of mine
God is Good, All the time.
Through the Darkest night, His Light will shine
God is Good, God is Good all the time

If You're walking through the valleys
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, he will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
He has promised to never leave you
Nor forsake you, and his word is true.

God is Good, All the time,
He put a song of Praise in the heart of mine
God is Good, All the time.
Through the Darkest night, His Light will shine
God is Good, God is Good all the time

We are Sinners and so unworthy
Still for us he chose to die
Filled us with his Holy Spirit
Now we can stand and testify
And his mercies,They will never end.
~Don Moen

God is Good! He loves you and will protect and guide you. Trust in Him and lean on Him when you feel you cannot go on. He is right next to you, waiting to help you. You have to call on Him - just ask Him and He will answer you.

Celebrate Today with Praise

Is your heart heavy and sad? Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated today? There is nothing better for a sad heart and no better way to revive and refresh our spirits then to spend the day praising God. Put on some WORSHIP music and just Praise the Lord for He is SO Good. He loves you and wants so much to care for you. He longs to hear your Praise and to see Your face shine. Let go of your worries and fears and celebrate the Lord. You will feel so much better. Your heart will sing and you will walk in newness of life. Don't waste another moment feeling sad, depressed, frustrated or anxious. The Lord loves you and He knows all your needs. He is able to take care of any concerns you might have today - so give them to Him and lift your voice and sing Praise to Him.

I Believe in Jesus

I believe in Jesus
I believe He is the Son of God,
I believe He died and rose again,
I believe He paid for us all.
And I believe He's here now,
standing in our midst.
Here with the power to heal now,
and the grace to forgive.
-Marc Nelson

His grace is here to forgive your sins.
Confess them to the Lord and Receive His healing power Now.
Be set free and live your life in praise and to His glory.

I See the Lord...

I see the Lord seated on the throne exalted
And the train of His robe fills the temple with glory
And the whole earth is filled
And the whole earth is filled
And the whole earth is filled
With His glory

Holy holy holy holy
Holy is the Lord
Holy holy holy holy
Holy is the Lord of lords

Our God is exalted, He is seated on the throne of Heaven.
The whole earth is filled with His glory.
Holy is the Lord of Lords.

Worship the Lord today and give Him glory-
He is exalted and the earth is filled with His glory.

He Is Able

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever--forsake not the works of Your own hands. ~Psalm 138:8

He is Able

He is able, more than able
To accomplish what concerns me today
He is able, more than able
To handle anything that comes my way
He is able, more than able
To do much more than I could ever dream
He is able, more than able
To make me what He wants me to be
--Greg Ferguson and Rory Noland

Dear Lord,

You are able to accomplish what concerns me today...You are able to handle anything that comes my way. You are able to do much more than I could ever dream...You are able to make me what You want me to be.

I give myself to You what You want with me!

March 2, 2006

Going Overboard

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law,

That You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the [inevitable] pit of corruption is dug for the wicked. ~Psalm 94:13-14

I don't know about you but I struggle with procrastination. I often put off things I don't want to do, even though I know I should do them. The dictionary defines procrastination as:

To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.

The word comes from the latin word procrastinare - pro (forward) crastinus (tomorrow)

This past week the Holy Spirit has convicted my heart and brought to my rememberence several tasks that I said I would do and have yet to complete them. I have made excuses to put them off (I am not feeling well, I can do it tomorrow, it can wait). This type of attitude is not pleasing to the Lord and I can feel His disappointment. I feel uneasy and not at peace.

Today, as I got up I decided that I would bring this issue before the Lord and ask him to help me be delivered from it. The devil very much would like to see me lost on some rabbit-trail and deeply rooted into some project that would keep me "occupied" and unable to do what God asks of me. I often allow seemingly unimportant tasks to take over my life (scheduling our school for example). I get flustered, frustrated, and overwhelmed and wonder why this is happening to me. The reason is that I am going overboard in one small, inconsequential area, and letting more important tasks, those that really matter, sit on the back burner.

We are called to redeem our time, to not waste it. This point was brought home to me today as I was reading one of my homeschool group lists. One of the mom's on the list went home to be with the Lord suddenly yesterday afternoon. A dear sister in Christ, she was a special gift to our homeschool group. Her life was surrounded by her children and her love of homeschooling them. She took the time to help others with their homeschool journey too and through her efforts was able to help make their schooldays less hectic and frustrating.

I am reminded that no one knows the time nor the hour of our passing. No one knows how many minutes or days or years we have to be here on the Earth. The Lord's desire is to bring his people home when He chooses to do so. His word tells us to be alert and to be about the Father's business - to not put off until tomorrow, what could be done today. There may not be a tomorrow.

My heart is filled with sadness at the loss of this dear sister and I am praying for her family. My prayer this morning is to keep this memory afresh in my heart and mind -- to redeem my days -- to live in the moment and to be about the Lord's business.