Daily Homeschool Prayer

Our Father in heaven holy is your name.

Thank you for this day let everything we do be for your glory and acclaim.

Thank you for our health, family, and home.

Thank you for sending your faithful, worthy son, so we will not be alone. 

We know we do not deserve the love you show us.

 But please forgive our sins help us not to fuss.

We give you this day to show us your ways. Imprint your words on our hearts and minds. 

Help us to love one another help us to be kind. 

We invite you to spend the day with us. 

Prepare our minds for learning help us to trust.

Equip us for whatever you have willed. 

What you created us for please let us be filled. 

Thank goodness for you we wanted to say. 

In your Sons Jesus Holy name we pray.

Teach Me

My LORD and savior Jesus teach me to be more like you.

I want to be like you in all that I do.

Give me wisdom to help me obey your commands.

Make me bold, help me to love, so I can stand.

LORD show me the needs around me, open my eyes.

So many people desperately need you, I know you hear their cries.

Forgive me of my many sins, wash me, cleanse me, only you can.

LORD let me see your glory, please, let it fill this land.

I give you my life I trust you with it all.

I know you are trustworthy, faithful, and you will never let me fall.

LORD I love you so much. You are my King.

I can’t wait to soo all you have in store and all the promises you will bring.

I want to be like you in all that I do.

My LORD Jesus teach me to be more like you.

Are We Bold?

I started reading the book of Acts with my children for our Bible time. This question struck me: “Are we as America Christians bold?” I don’t like the answer. I personally want to be bold, but the culture we live in keeps pushing me to keep the status quo. “Mind your own business,” the culture screams! “Don’t bring that talk into your work you’ll be terminated,” our employers warn. Or my favorites, “Keep that talk in church,” and “You do you,” our society nudges us into silence.

The disciples where warned over and over again to stop speaking in the name of Jesus. What did they do? Every opportunity they were preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. We would not be here talking about them if they cowered back from the culture. Why do we as believers not do the same. Have we as the American church, gone to sleep? What is missing here? We are the church. The Holy Spirit lives inside us are we truly telling Him to take a break while we work. Why do we have to check Jesus at the door? How can we separate the Lord of lives from our lives?

I know where the idea came from we are studying a the separatist in History. They were running from a state run church. They wanted the church to be separate from the government. But they never intended this, us not being able to talk about our faith in public. They would have been outraged. Do you know how many times they mentioned God in they Mayflower Compact? Can you imagine people telling them to stop putting God in everything? It is getting harder and harder for us to share our faith. Is there something we can do about it?

Just imagine if on Monday every Christian talked about Jesus in school, work, library, gym, and market place? What if every Christian teacher started talking about Jesus would they fire all of them? What would happen they can’t shut us all up? We have to be bold! Our children and grand children are depending on us. What future will they have if we are asleep at the wheel. We have to stand up for Jesus now! We have a mission to spread the gospel. We can’t stay silent.

Please Father forgive us for our silence. Please make us bold like the disciples. Help us to stand for You. Give us strength and take away our fear LORD. Help us to remembered the reward is worth it. Your disciples were beat and killed for You the least we can do is open our mouths. This is my heart plea, Father God, make the American church bold! Help us to remember we are the church; its not a place. Help us to be Your hands and feet to help the hurting, poor, and sinners. I ask all these things in Jesus Christ Name, Amen.

My Walk with Jesus

 I was pouring my heart out to the LORD in prayer a few months ago. All of a sudden, I got this picture in my head of my walk with Jesus.  I started my walk as an older adult in the spirit. In actuality, I was a teenager in the physical. I was set in my ways. I said, “Yes, Jesus you can come over and help me get to heaven, and I will help you out here and there.” My transaction with Him was on an as needed basis.  Okay LORD I need you now, I’m in trouble. The rest of the time I can do this by myself. This is how I acted as a new christain, I used Jesus to help me get my will not His. I pictured this part of my walk with Jesus as Him walking way in front of me.

A little later in my walk with God, In the physical I was about 24 but in the spirit I was like a teenager.  I needed Jesus more, but I still depended on myself. I was reading my bible and praying more consistantly. I was okay with him working on certain areas. Although, I still had areas of my life still off limits to Him. Anyone who has a teenager knows that they need their parents, but only on their terms. If you ask them to clean the garage, they are too busy. But if they need the car then they have time. In this part of my walk I am following Him about 10 feet back. 

And so on in my walk, I am physically an adult, but spiritualy I am a child. I am growing ever more dependent on Him. I need Him in so many areas of my life. At this point I am homeschooling my children.  I need Him for patients, wisdom, peace, kindness, gentleness, self-control and love daily. Just as my young children need me to help them get dressed, fix food, and help them to bed. In my walk I am praying more and more. I am walking hand and hand with my LORD.  This is where I am currently in my walk. 

I did see what it would look like in the future. I will be an old lady in bed sick, and ready to see my LORD.  When I die He reaches down to pick me up, but I am no longer an old lady I am an infant. I am so close to him. I need him for comfort, protection, life, everything, and even breath. I am curled up so content,happy, and safe in His arms near His heart.  I realized what that scripture means. Truly I tell you, unless you change and become as little children, you will in no way enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Mattew 18:3

Pressure to be Perfect

Romans 9:30-32  What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness obtained righteousness, that is, the righteousness which is produced  by faith: Whereas Israel, Pursuing the law of righteousness, did not succeed in fulfilling the law.  {only Jesus FULFILLED the Law}  And why not? Because it was not by faith,but as though it were by works (relying on the merit of their works instead of their faith.) They stumbled over the stumbling Stone (Jesus Christ)

If we try to live by works we will stumble over Jesus too by trying to carry our own self righteousness.He is the only one righteous.

Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law or writings of the prophets: I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

He came to fulfill the law. He knows that we can’t keep it. if we could do it by ourselves, we would not need the new covenant. We are completely and utterly helpless to fix ourselves. Without Him we have no hope of ever living a righteous life.

2 Corinthians 3:5-9  Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualification come from God. He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant (of salvation through Christ), not of the letter (of the written code) but of the Spirit: for the letter(of the law) kills (by revealing sin and demanding obedience) but the Spirit gives life.  Now if the ministry of death engraved in letters on stone, came with such glory and splendor that the Israelites were not able to look steadily at the face of Moses because of its Glory that was fading. How will the ministry of the Spirit (the new covenant which allows us to be Spirit-filled) fail to be even more glorious and splendid? For if the ministry that brings condemnation has glory, how much more does the glory overflow in the ministry that brings righteousness( the new covenant which declares believers free of guilt and sets them apart for God’s Special purposes!). 

2 Corinthians 4:16  Therefore we do not become, discouraged (spiritless disappointed, or afraid) Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being (progressively) renewed day by day.

Galatians 3:5 So then, does He who supplies you with His Spirit and works miracles among you, do it as a result of the works of the Law (which you perform), or because you (believe confidently in the message which you heard in Faith?)    

This is so arrogant of us! That we think we have to do works to earn right standing with God. We can never repay, earn, acquire, perform, effect, attain, or win what the LORD has done for us. He gave us something so beautiful and full as a gift. We cannot even understand or grasp the totality of what all He has done for us. By trying to earn or check certain boxes, we are putting a price tag on it. Making it cheaper than it truly is. Its like a group of people giving us 10 million dollars to pay the fine to get us out of jail. Save our life knowing we could never pay them back. That is why they did it, to drastically change our life because they love us. They wanted to make our lives better so we could help and impact others. We are meant to make a difference with the gift we are given.  But instead of accepting this generous precious gift. We stay focused on ourselves and spend the rest of our lives trying to pay off that debt so we don’t feel like we owe anyone. Or we say no thanks I will just stay in prison. I know you have paid the fine. I can leave anytime I want, but this is what I know so I will stay. We have to get out of this mindset. Accept what He has done for us. Say thank you by being obedient and trusting that He has got this. Now focus on being led by the Spirit. If we are led by his Spirit, we cannot go wrong. 

Galatians 3:9 So then those who are people of faith are blessed and favored by God (and declared free of guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing with him) along with Abraham, the believer.

Galatians 3:14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might also come to the gentiles, so that we would all receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 

Galatians 4:6-7 And because you (really) are (His) sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our heart, crying out Abba! Father! Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son: and if a son then also an heir through God. 

Romans 8:14-16 For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear (of God’s judgment) but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry ABBA! Father! The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit (assuring us) that we are children of God.

Galatians 5:18 But if you are guided and led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the Law. 

John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. 

Matthew 5:46 You, therefore, will be perfect (growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life), as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus knows we can’t be perfect through the law that is why He came. The only way we can possiblily be perfect is through Him. We can’t try hard enough. If we do try to do it own our own we fail. Or we are so miserable try to be perfect all the time.We can’t go a single day without a war in our flesh wanting to lead us astray. 

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and it is extremely sick

 When we realize the desire to know Him, the desire to read the bible, the desire to walk away from sin, the desire to love others, the desire to be righteous, and the desire to pray it all comes from Him. In our own flesh we would never want these things. 

Ezekiel 36:17 I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes and you will keep My ordinances and do them.

He is working inside of us. Everyday he is chipping away something and adding something.  Everyday we are becoming more holy, more righteous, more spirit-led, and more like Him. We just have to trust Him. He is refining us. One day we are going to be a masterpiece, but they take time and hard work. 

Philippians 1:6 I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will(continue to) perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

So if we are not checking our boxes and feeling pressured to be perfect, how are supposed to be a good Christ follower? Easy, just seek God. By seeking God I mean put Him first in your thoughts. It starts in our minds. Think about Him, wonder about Him, pray to Him, sing to Him, read about Him, and appreciate Him. This is not a new list. It is just some ideas on how to become closer to him.

Philippians 3:10  And this, so that I may know Him (experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His person more completely) and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed (inwardly into His likeness even) to His death: so that I may attain to the resurrection (that will raise me) from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it (this goal of being Christlike) or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that (perfection) for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.

Remember Jesus came to set us free. He said, “His burden is light.” He is the Prince of peace. We are supposed to be walking in peace with Him not pressure. 

How to raise heroes?

When I thought of the most important virtue, I wanted to instill in my children a long list came to mind: kindness, honesty, empathy, patience, faith, hard-working, steadfastness, courage, respect, and love to name a few. So where to begin, it is an impossible task. Today kids will be learning kindness, and five minutes later they are arguing over a toy.

Where I start is, introducing them to their God. I tell them that He loves us very much. For that reason, He gives us freedom to do whatever we want. What an amazing gift, you can be and do whatever you want. But why does He give us the freedom? We have the whole world at our fingertips. He wants us to put it all aside and chose Him. That is true love. When you go to marry someone, you pick one to honor, love, and serve forever.

I tell my children this. One day when you get married, your spouse is allergic to cats and hates mexican food. Do you bring a cat home? No. You honor and respect them. You avoid the things they don’t like, right? In the same way we honor and serve God, He wants us to like what He likes. He wants us to be like Him. He made us, so He knows what’s best for us. It’s that simple.

So now the standard is set, I hold them accountable. When they don’t meet the standard, tell them we all mess up and need help. This is why Jesus came if we could be perfect on our own we would not need Him. Next we pray for help in that area. I am sure to let them know how I have to ask for help too. Even though I’m a grown up.

Here is where it gets hard. I have to put my money where my mouth is. I have to walk out these standards in every area of my life. Not perfectly, that’s impossible. When I fail, not if I fail, I will be sure to publicly ask for forgiveness from all who are involved. At the same time, I have to show the passion and the love I have for Jesus in all I do. Hopefully inspiring little hearts to want what I have.

That’s the basics, the hero part is teaching them how to stand firm on the word of God in the crazy world that we are living in. Being bold in our faith, teaching apologetics, and telling them stories of how others are suffering for their faith all through the world. In my opinion, if my children can manage to love the LORD and not be swayed by the culture that they are living in. In my eyes they will be heroes, and have all the values that I would hope for them.

This is my prayer for them: LORD please raise up my children to be mighty warriors for You. LORD do not let them drift away from You. Make them bold and brave, don’t let them shrink back. LORD teach them YOUR ways, Protect them from harm, LORD only allow good influence in there life. LORD keep them Holy, set apart, and pure. Ready for Your purposes. Use them for what You created them for. Thank You for entrusting me with these children, LORD. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen.

Why Would I Homeschool?

I stepped out in faith with this one. I felt the LORD calling me to bring my kids home. I am so glad I did. This is the single best decision I have ever made as a parent. I have grown so much closer with my children. A bonus, they have grown closer together. Our family faith has grown leaps and bounds. 

So how did I go down this rabbit whole? It started in a church group of moms sharing their lives together. Two of the moms homeschooled, witch to be honest, I never even thought about it. I did not know anything about homeschooling. The way they brought Jesus into everything they did impressed me. But not enough to give up my freetime.

All of my kids where school aged at that time. I just got the third child to Pre-K. My life was just right, or so I thought. I had lost 60lbs, and spending hours in the gym. I was doing 5k’s and keeping my house clean and organized. I was able to read my bible alone and go to meetings. Then He slowed me down. I got pregnant with my fourth baby. God kept bringing the issue up in my mind.

I knew I needed them home so I could disciple them better. In the morning before the school bus we would try a devotional everyday. They were so cranky and angry from getting up at 5:30. The devotional never worked it was more of a fight. Kids this is important to mommy please listen. They would just sigh. I kept on praying about, and asked God to open my eyes.That is when I woke up so to speak. My Red Pill moment, I saw what was on the agenda for teaching children. Stuff that was absolutely against everything I stood for. I realized I had to get my kids out of school.

I was terrified, my husband, more than me. So I prayed, “Do you really want me to do this?” Am I capable of doing this? Please Help?”  He anwsered. I heard the Lord tell me to look up Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. I started crying because the LORD spoke to me. Then I asked him to confirm it. Yes, I am a nervous nelly like Gideon. He told me to look up John 14. My favorite chapter in the bible I know almost all of it. But I did not know it started like this: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me.” So, after this day I was all in no turning back. The rest is history.

Count the Cost

Jesus tells us to count the cost in Luke 14:28. What does that mean? Didn’t He come to save us, so we can go to heaven? Yes. But He is calling us much deeper. Can we start following Jesus and then decide this is too hard. We say I am going to do this my way.

Who starts remodeling a kitchen or building a dream house without first counting the cost? No one would do that. Can you imagine leaving one of those projects undone because it got hard, or you run out of resources. In this position your left vulnerable open to the elements. Your home is left open, unfinished, and exposed to the wind and rain.

Jesus says that if we do this we will be humiliated. People will walk by and say look at this fool. He wasted his time and money on a half built home.

We as followers have to make sure we are all in. I don’t want to be left vulnerable and exposed. I want to be brought to completion. I have tried to take the wheel back a few times in my walk with God. Who am I kidding? A LOT of times and it is an awful place to be.

Please LORD call us deeper to You. We want to be all in everyday. Always putting You first in all we do, say, or think. Please help us to walk in obedience to Your word, so we can accept the challenge of following You. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen.