Posts tagged ‘Walking with God’

January 7, 2013

7 Keys for Discipleship Learning #5: A relationship with Jesus

by Belinda Letchford

 

In amongst all the issues we think about when we take on homeschooling the bottom line is no different than any other Christian parent – our hearts desire to see our children walk with Jesus for themselves.

 

I have no greater joy than to hear

that my children are walking in the truth

3 John 1:4

We can plan lessons, teach to the heart, encourage character, draw from our lifestyle but it all avails to nothing if our children don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus because they themselves know that they are sinners and that he is the Saviour.

Parenting is the one role in life where we have no manual and we have no guarantee on the outcome.  I believe that it is important that we teach our children morals (to know what is right), and character (to have the fortitude to act according to what is right) but unless they have a hearts desire to live their life for Jesus they are just good people.

I want my children to love Jesus.  To walk with him daily.  That means I want them to understand who he is and what he has done for them.  I want them to know that he wants a relationship with them – that means that he wants to spend time with them, talking to them, listening to them, doing things together.  I want to know that is what my children want too.

This is really the beginning of any discipleship – that we are teaching our children to follow Jesus.

To love the Lord with all their heart, and to love others is the foremost scripture for me, in training my children.  This is the verse that gives me direction.  This verse sets the scene for everything else that we do.  Do my children love the Lord?  And out of that love, do they love other people?

My role as a parent is to:

  • Introduce my children to Jesus – to help them get to know Jesus, my Lord, my friend
  • Teach my children God’s Word
  • Live a life that brings glory to God – and involve my children in that so they begin to see first hand what a life with Jesus is all about
  • Help them see that they too need a saviour and that saviour is Jesus (that is, that they are sinners – regardless of how good they are at following the family rules)
  • Pray for them in their journey of faith
  • Help them to grow and mature in their faith

The question I have to ask myself is – does our homeschooling plans support or hinder these things happening?  Am I so busy ‘teaching’ that I no longer have time to sit at Jesus’ feet myself?  Am I so busy getting lessons ready that I forget how to respond with love, the love that Jesus would have me show?  Am I so busy educating my child that I run out of time to introduce them to my Lord?

January 4, 2013

Letting Jesus in on our New Years Resolutions

by Belinda Letchford
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New Year photos:  Peter and Belinda

It is the new year and we are all looking at New Year’s resolutions, change, fresh starts.  What is this doing to our heart?

When our focus is so intent on change, on doing better, on being different we soon become discontent with our now.  Not everything can be new, not everything needs to be new and we need to find a level of contentment with where we are at.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

(Reinhold Niebuhr)

At the same time there will be things that we know we should be doing better in.  The question is though are we going to change because the world tells us we should be skinnier, healthier or more orderly or because God puts something on our heart.  Then again, if God is whispering in our ear, we can either strive to make change happen in our own strength or we can walk in the spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in us.  This happens as we focus on Jesus, as we spend time getting to know him, as we allow him to fill our thinking moments.  As he fills our mind, our heart, our will, our convictions our actions will change too.

Let the one thing we change this year is listening to the call of Jesus:  I stand at your door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Rev 3:20)

I’ve been thinking about this verse – when people come to dine with me, share a meal together, there is lots of talking and laughing going on.  We get to know each other a little bit more.  That’s what happens when we let Jesus in, spend time with him, get to know his heart.  Our lives are better for the interaction.  And yet, our dinner guests tend to leave at the end of the meal – Jesus wants to stay and have this type of fellowship day by day, moment by moment.

All for Jesus  By Asa Hull

All for Jesus, all for Jesus!

All my being’s ransomed powers:

All my thoughts and words and doings,

All my days and all my hours.

Let my hands perform his bidding,

Let my feet run in his ways;

Let my eyes see Jesus only,

Let my lips speak forth his praise.

Worldlings prize their gems of beauty,

Cling to gilded toys of dust,

Boast of wealth and fame and pleasure;

Only Jesus will I trust

Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus

I’ve lost sight of all beside;

So enchained my spirit’s vision,

Looking at the Crucified

Oh, what wonder! How amazing!

Jesus, glorious King of Kings,

Deigns to call me His beloved

Lets me rest beneath His wings.

January 3, 2013

Reading Goals for January (and maybe February)

by Belinda Letchford

After reading Joyfullmothering’s blog post, My book list for January 2013, I was inspired to set myself a goal for reading for January as well.  I was a little overwhelmed with Christin’s list and asked her how realistic it was.  She outlined for me when she reads which makes it a very doable list (for her).

There is no way I can get through such a long list, but the idea isn’t to do the same as Christin, but to be inspired by her.

Goals are supposed to be measurable and specific.  And yet I’m not sure how much time I will really be able to put aside for reading.  I have an idea, and it looks doable on paper, but will I really be able to do it.  I don’t know so though I’d like to think that I can get through three books in January – we’ll see.  Part of my setting this goal is to measure how long it takes for me to read a book, and how much time is realistic for me to read.  So for now my goal is for January and maybe February!

I tend to read for 10min before I fall asleep and I leave this reading to my fiction.  I have designated 30minutes after lunch for most days – my home days anyway.  But until now this time slot tends to get used for other things.  I’d like to make reading more of a priority and make that happen at that time.

I’ve chosen 3 books:  one for fun, one to grow in my relationship with God and one to learn something from. My chosen titles are:

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The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom

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Six Secrets to a Powerful Quiet Time, Catherine Martin

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Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason I have set this goal is to try and be intentional with my own studies.  If you like this idea I’d love to hear from you in the comments – let me know which books you are going to read
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December 2, 2012

Sharing Links

by Belinda Letchford

Here are some blogs  I’ve read this week that have encouraged or challenged me:

I just read this blog this morning and I’ve bumped it up to the top of my list for this week – not that I usually put them in any order, it is just that if you only read one link read this one.  Let Me Boost your Confidence, by Aussie Pumpkin Patch.  Fantastic.

I often get asked:  How do you encourage independent learning?  This is a good article answering that question.  How to Encourage Independent learning

I refreshed myself on the Heart of Wisdom teaching method by a quick overview here.  I have found the HOW teaching method very helpful over the years.

Overwhelmed?  Am I living by my priorities?  A good question for me to ask myself (regularly!!)

Christmas in Spain – I enjoyed reading about Christmas in another country, especially where there was such an emphasis on celebrating the birth of Jesus.

The other week I did a mum’s session on “Me, a Friend” and this article on “when you wonder why everyone else seems to have friends” was a good example.  There are more people out and about without friends that we would be led to think!  We need to step out and be a friend.

How Journaling has Impacted my Faith – an encouragement to write more than your complaints!

A bit of fun:  Chalkboard Calendars.  Only one would work for me – check out that whole wall chalkboard!

I read on Facebook a quote from Corrie ten Boom:  “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”   This is true.  I smile at the times when I see God at work – but often that is far down the track!!

November 24, 2012

Saying Thank You (5 minute Friday)

by Belinda Letchford

Our Family at Crocodile Rock

Saying thank you is an outward expression of an inward feeling of gratitude.  It recognises that another person has helped you.    Even though saying thank you is one of the first manners our parents taught us we still often forget to say it to the people in our daily life, maybe we get too familiar with their involvement in our life…. But no excuse really – we need to express our thanks.

Peter – thank you for encouraging me to be me in so many facets of our life.

Joshua – thank you for constantly making me think deeper about the things of this world in connection with the truth of God’s word.

Jessica – thank you for always looking out for me and being available to help me in those areas where I am weak.

Naomi – thank you for bringing laughter into our home – for always being on the lookout for ways to make life fun.

Daniel – thank you Daniel for your heart to do the right thing and for putting things right when you don’t.

Saying thank you guards against a sense of independence, a subtle feeling we can have where we falsely think  we can do life on our own.  God placed us in a family because we need others in our life.  Therefore, we need to give thanks to God and to each other daily as we recognise that blessing.

Five Minute Friday is a challenge where you write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, over thinking or backtracking on a given topic.  If you would like to read what others are sharing about this topic pop over to Lisa Jo’s 

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