Last Friday, I attended the GHEA Conference…it was wonderful. I attended classes hosted by Mark Hamby and Shelley Noonan. If you ever get a chance to read/listen to them, I highly recommended it…whether you homeschool or not, they have amazing testimonies and will help you draw closer to our Heavenly Father and your children. I walked out of Shelley’s class with a new understanding of growth through the valley…and ways to bond more with my daughter and my sons. Mark Hamby hit hard on me as a parent and summed up my thoughts for homeschool with two comments: “Homeschool gives children an opportunity to watch their parents grow up in Christ” and “Homeschool is like a hospital with God as the Doctor”. So true…..we have known Christ for years….but, have become too much of the world as we were ‘in’ it. This past year, God has torn down many walls that we had built around us that kept us from hearing Him…..he’s been an amazing Father and Doctor….and finally, after years of not hearing His voice (or not recognizing it), I have found Him waking me up at 2/3am to talk to me…little nuggets…and then allowing me to sleep again, while giving me a deeper understanding of His nuggets while I sleep.
So…onto growing things. Our butterflies are resting in their chrysalis’s. They have been there for between 6-9 days…I wonder if they will come out. They’ve been knocked a few times….and well, we’ll have to see. I was thinking the other day about how we change in Christ…and how it takes a life time…yet a butterfly spends a few weeks as a caterpillar….about 7-10 days in a chrysalis…then about 2 weeks as a butterfly. Such a short time to go through so many phases….it is awesome to see, but helps me remember the shortness of our days, here on Earth. (As I finished typing this post, two butterflies emerged…one had been ‘upside down’…and we didn’t think it would live, it did! It’s wings are a little messed up…but, maybe they will heal!)
Gardening! We are planting a garden. Last Saturday and Sunday, we were at the graden in pre-prep work. Tues/Thursday…..4-6 hours/day pulling rocks out of our garden and adding nutrients. The kids enjoyed it most of the time…it gave me time to think. Again, of the tilling, the love here, the love there, taking some rocks here, moving some dirt there….and I thought the whole time and most of the time prayed over each area of our garden…that God would bless the soil and the food to grow, that He would bless any hand who touched the garden….and the gardens around us….and most of us that God would use my family to bless others who are a part of our Community garden, that they would see the growth of their plants and through that, the seeds would penetrate their hearts…to grow in love with Christ……
I have to say though, that before we went to the garden…we worked on some of our homeschool work…and our daily devotional…right now, we’re focused on Proverbs…it was May 6th…so, I said, let’s read Prov 6 today. My son, Joshua, had another idea…he said we needed to read Proverbs 12…..and I swallowed my Mommy pride and got off of ‘my schedule’ and followed his request…it spoke to me in many ways…..read it, think of gardening…..and maybe it will touch you. What touched me, was the way God used my 8 year old son to prepare me for the day ahead….and I was glad I had swallowed my pride and let my son teach me and help me to grow!