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Rest – an elusive word

Teaching from Rest post

I was given the book (not as a review) Teaching From Rest: Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie. I got around to picking it up last night and I didn’t put it down until I was done. It was that good and that packed full of advice I needed to hear.

I loved where it started – what is rest? We think of this is one way but really, it is a wrong way to think. Thinking of rest as unstressed, peaceful is a start but what she is driving at in this book is not that. It is being fully enveloped in God’s rest and facing each day, each moment, from there, facing what God has placed before you to do. This is teaching from rest.

Throughout the book, Mrs. Mackenzie hits straight and doesn’t hide behind sugar-coated words. She gives clear statements not only of what we are reaching for but how to get there. With short, easy-to-read chapters and subsections, this book is not difficult, except for the painful toes.

It is so easy to get caught up in the expectations and the day-to-day grind, that we as homeschooling moms (even if you aren’t a homeschooling mom but just a mom) often miss the mark. We are aiming for the wrong place, the wrong thing. Mrs. Mackenzie sets us straight with kind but forceful words.

There are 3 parts to the book (in addition to the preface, introduction, afterward, resources, bibliography, etc.):

  • Whose “well-done” are you working for?
  • Curriculum is not something you buy
  • Be who you are

Throughout the writing, there are quotes and encouragements.

While it is clear from some of the passages that she practices a religion that is not the same as mine, there is so much in here that it not about the particular beliefs or religions. It is easy to just skip over those things you may find objectionable (and really, they weren’t objectionable, just not my beliefs) and move on to the helpful parts.

This is a book that I suspect I will be picking up again and again. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I am sharing this because this book really touched me. There was no company involved in asking me to review this. Truly, this just really made a deep impression on me.

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To All Who Are Reading This Post ~ Back To Homeschool Blog Hop 2017

To You letter of encouragement

To: You
From: Me

Dear You,

 

Today was a good day. Even if it was hard, it was good. Why? You ask? Because we had today. We don’t know about tomorrow.

We were blessed today. We breathed through it. We saw sunshine or rain or shadow or storm. We say hope and hurt and health and hunger. We saw joy and sorrow and help and so many other things today.

We were blessed. We got to live today. Let us revel in that. Let us rejoice that we were given today and pray that we will have tomorrow. Let us pray that tomorrow our influence with those around us will be a good, Godly one. Let us pray that we will love our family, our friends, and those we come into contact with strongly. Let us pray that the hope we have in Christ will flow out through the words and actions we take each day.

And as you close each day, may you look back on the little moments of joy and hope and gladness and find strength in each one of those for the coming day. May God bless you and strengthen you daily.

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This is the final day of the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop 2017. Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to catch all of the great posts or you can start right here. The following bloggers are participating this week and have been sharing great posts. Head their way for encouragement.

Rebecca – Our Life ~ Home and School

Rebekah – There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining

Sabrina – Kids, Crunch, and Christ

Sheila – troutwife

Stephanie – Swinging On Small Hinges

Susan – My Happy Homeschool

Yvie – Gypsy Road

Your Will, God – Blogging Through the Alphabet

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“Your will, God. Not mine. I want to follow your will.”

Some days that statement is easy. When I am walking a slightly sloping path, either up or down, it is easy to say to God “You will be done.” When the girls get along. When the news is good. When there are holidays, and fireworks, and parties, and family.

But, what about when that path is steep, rugged, harsh? Do we still say the same?

The answer should be yes but how much harder that yes is to say!

And what about when it is not me, myself, that is having to follow that steep, rugged, or harsh path? How do you pray that for others’ paths?

Maybe it is followed by “and please help me to accept Your will with grace and dignity.” Because really, how do you accept the diagnosis of leukemia for a 3 year old child that is so very precious? Or the fact that a 15 year old is facing medical procedures in an attempt to save his life, give him a quality of life that has been missing for years, yet he might not come out of it alive? Or face the reality of life after an accident? What about a future without your spouse, your other half? What about the children who have to move forward without their mom or their dad? Or any number of other scenarios that we don’t want to face or even think about?

I think one of my Bible class students hit it on the head tonight when he prayed “please let us accept the answer you give with grace, knowing that complete healing will come through you.”

Yes. Let us accept Your will, God, with peace, with grace, and with the hope that comes only through you. We will continue on in the begging place, knowing that You hear our prayers and that You do answer, according to Your will. We pray for complete healing for those we love but we pray for Your will to be done and the grace to accept that will peacefully.

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Please visit A Net In Time and Hopkins Homeschool and link up your ABC posts.

 

Happy Independence Day

A quick note to say that I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day, even if you aren’t American and celebrating it today. We sent the oldest giggly girl off on a mission trip first thing this morning and then we will head over to eat some hot dogs with family for lunch. Dinner will probably be with our city’s celebration while waiting for the fireworks over the Bosque River around Baylor. At least that is the plan.

We never know, though, do we? That is a daily reminder as we have had so many that we cherish that have been in pain for one reason or another. Plane crash took the life of a man I attended school with and his son. Husband of a dear friend passed away unexpected, leaving her and her two children to grieve. Sweet boy is in the hospital awaiting testing, hoping to rule out some very serious conditions. Another young man we care about is going to be undergoing some serious medical treatments, the outcome of which is unknown. Many others have lost loved ones recently and we think of them daily. Many others are worried, or hurting, or lost.

Each day can create quite a surprise. That is why, on this Independence Day, I am not only celebrating America’s independence but mine. God has given me a place in this country where I can worship Him and Him alone. I have no fear and know that He is in control. While I pray for peace and healing on this earth, I know that God has the plan in place and that He is giving peace to those who seek Him. Whether peace and healing come on this earth or not, they will come. God is our provider and I rest in that knowledge.

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Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity ~ a Crew review

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While I feel comfortable with how our home education is going from day to day, it never hurts to take a critical look at why and how you are making choices and to get an outside perspective on things. That is what is provided when you sign up for Homeschool Rescue, an eCourse created by Heather from Only Passionate Curiosity for moms and dads educating their children.

Homeschool Rescue is a moderated class, meaning it is only going to be sold for a couple of weeks at a time so that there can be plenty of interaction between the Homeschool Rescue team and the class participants. To participate in the class, you sign up through the website. Right now, the class is available (and will be through June 1). You will get immediate access to the site, including the video lessons, printable workbooks, transcripts, audio downloads, and bonus resources. After May 31, though, the class will close for a while so that the Homeschool Rescue team can provide the support needed for the moms and dads who will be working through the eCourse and doing the hard work of evaluating every aspect of their home education.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

The eCourse includes five (5) modules. Each module has several lessons related to the module topic. Each lesson is comprised of a video lesson and also has at least one worksheet to print and work through, making the lessons practical and applicable to your homeschool. The lessons often have a list of resources, as well, that can provide further enrichment about the module topic. The lessons are available as an audio download and a transcript download as well if those fit your schedule better. (I did a lot of the transcripts because I could download them at home on my Kindle and then read while I was waiting at dance classes.)

We began at the beginning. We looked at what was going well but also at what was not. Using worksheets and brain power, I looked at struggles we face (a reality in every homeschool) and made plans for what we can do when we are having a hard day. (Having a plan in place makes everything easier, right? That is what Heather is helping us do – put plans in place for many areas of the education we are in charge of.) We looked at the various learning styles and found out what styles our children learn in. I found that I have a kinesthetic learner, an auditory learner, and a visual learner. That definitely explained a few things for me!

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Creating a mission statement and dreaming dreams (or building castles in the sky – whatever phrase you prefer) gave us end goals and a path forward for planning. With the path carved out, we took a slight veer off and dealt with the good vs the great, saying “no” and figuring out where time goes. Reclaiming wasted time and planning out chores helps in the accountability arena. There is even help for organization and decluttering needs!

Module 3 is a nuts-and-bolts session. Taking a hard look at the curriculum and activities we do is something that I really need. I have taken a look at this module and listened to it, but I am planning to go back to it in just a couple of weeks when I can spent some serious time with it. I need to tackle the pacing guide that she describes and see if that will help my middle schoolers this next year. (I’m going to have two!!!) But also, I want to look at curriculum more closely.

This is one of those things that makes this such a helpful eCourse – I can come back to it when I have a bit more time and ability to really dig into something. Heather encourages participants to really take this at their own pace and if something is causing them to not deal with the topic at hand (whether it be health issues or something else), she suggests stopping until you can really work at it will a whole heart and mind. She believes this so thoroughly that she has made this a lifetime access course. Once you purchase, you have lifetime access, so that if you find your homeschool in chaos in the future, you can come back and go through it again. Do those worksheets and reevaluate goals and futures. This is definitely a strength of the course.

Modules 4 & 5 are still in progress for me but they are good ones. Module four has to do with how to set our students up to succeed. Module five is about working with teens. (Since my oldest just turned 13, I guess this one is for me now! EEK!) Both great topics that I know will be helpful.

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One more thing – Heather provides a Facebook support group that is closed to all except members of this eCourse. It is a helpful place to find the support you might need from someone else who is working through these hard topics and facing down the issues, just as you are. This is just one more invaluable resource that she provides!

We have always heard that putting goals and plans down on paper makes them easier to reach. This same principle applies in our education. Heather does a wonderful job of sharing in the struggle, encouraging you along the way, and helping us to see a path forward.

Heather has a heart for encouragement. Listening to her, you hear her concern clearly in her words and voice. It is a joy to listen and be challenged by her in each and every lesson. This may be a Homeschool Rescue but Heather, from Only Passionate Curiosity, makes it a positive experience. Whether you have been homeschooling for what seems like forever or if you are just a few years in (like we are) and need a reboot, this eCourse may be just what you need!

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How to let go? (Abandon) ~ FMF & Blogging Through The Alphabet

I am combining two tasks this week. The word for Five Minute Friday is ABANDON and the letter for Blogging Through The Alphabet is H.

H How to let go

GO –

We were on Spring Break this week and took some time. We abandoned all that we had been doing because we were physical, mentally, and emotionally worn out. We had abandon things. We went to a different place, relaxed, visited with loved ones, did some fun things, and recovered.

But in order to do that, we had to let go – abandon – what we were already doing. That is hard sometimes. I often tell myself that we have to keep on schedule; we have to keep going. We cannot stop. We cannot abandon the job. I have been given the job of guiding my children as they grow. I cannot abandon that!!!

But I often take that – I cannot abandon my job of guiding my children – to mean that I cannot stop doing the things that we are already doing. And that? That is wrong.

I can abandon, and should, many things. When something is causing daily grief? Abandon it and replace it with something that is better. When something is causing ache? Abandon it and replace it with something that brings joy. When something is causing a rift between family or friends or, worse, God’s people? Abandon it! Quickly.

We often think of abandoning things as bad. But how do we view letting go? Not as big a deal but just as permanent. So retrain your brain here – abandon/let go of the things that prevent you from doing whatever it is you need to be doing, whether it be guiding your children, helping others, or just carrying on daily with a cheerful heart and mind.

How do we let go? With joy, knowing that we are going to be refilling that space with better things.

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Join the ABC blogging group hosted by A Net In Time and Hopkins Homeschool and link up your ABC posts.

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When It Doesn’t Come Together

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Today, I am a featured guest over on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.

There are days when we struggle with educating our children, just as every teacher has rough spots, rough days, days when things just don’t work like you expect them to. That is what I want to chat with you a bit about. So, if you would, please head over to the Homeschool Review Crew blog and see what I have to say about When It Doesn’t Come Together.

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