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In a world full of contradictions…

12 Jun

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“Take the blanket off your poor baby, it’s much too hot! He needs air!”, were the bold instructions Mark and I received as we began to walk through the church parking lot. It was the first Sunday morning of our newborn’s life. Before reaching the entrance to the building, we were admonished again, this time for not having him covered better. “He’ll catch a draft if he is not wrapped!”

The nurses at the hospital sent us home with strict instructions to feed our baby every three hours and no sooner! By the time our fifth and sixth babies were born, the view on feeding had changed dramatically. “Feed on demand.” When our later babies came… well, I guess I really don’t know what the advice was. We did what we thought was best for each child.

Should we put our children into public school, private school, home-school? Should we choose a classical curriculum, unit studies, text books, work books, co-ops, or simply un-school????

In a world full of experts and contradictions, I need wisdom!

At the end of the day, it’s not the well meaning people in the parking lot, the nurses at the hospital, or the latest books on education that are responsible for our actions. We, as parents must make our own sound decisions.

Seeking God personally, as a couple, and as a family has consistently been our greatest resource.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)

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Lessons in Grace with “Great Aunt” (part 5)

16 May

Wise Enough to Know When to Simply Move On

Seeing the children in the yard with their new jump ropes was enough enticement for Great Aunt to step outside and enjoy the fun.   Smugly, she got a kick out of the fact that the little ones were struggling to coordinate the jump and the swing well enough to actually – jump rope.  She smiled a little and said, “Give me that rope, I’ll show you how it’s done. It’s easy!”

Well… age has a way of creeping up on all of us when were not looking.  Great Aunt felt good.  She was eating well, getting fresh air and sunshine, enjoying small walks around the yard, and surrounded by young energetic children.  She was healthier now than when she had first moved in with us.  It’s no wonder she wanted to show off to the kiddos!

We all watched in anticipation as Great Aunt took the rope in hand, while passing off her crutch.  Slowly positioning the rope just so, she began the swing over her head attempting to move into the jump. Without question, the desire was there.  The brain was telling those feet to come off the ground in an upward burst, but they didn’t budge! “Disgusted”, the look on her face said it all.  What had happened to her jump? Determined to make it work, she tried again and again.  She was willing, but her body just would not cooperate.

Even though Great Aunt’s jump roping lesson didn’t go as well as planned, she had given it her best shot.  I want to be like Great Aunt: Brave enough to try and fail,  determined enough to get back up and try again, and wise enough to know when to simply move on!