Sunday, February 26, 2017

Are Homeschoolers Sheltered and Unable to Cope with the Real World?

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had others express their concern about how my children will be able to cope once they are in the “real world” and how they are concerned about them being “sheltered.” Sheltered can be defined as guarded, protected, and defended according to the Webster’s Dictionary. The opposite of sheltered would be to expose, unprotect, to harm, to danger, to attack. So when you say I am sheltering my children, you would be correct. J Isn’t that what we as christian mothers are called to do? We are told in Titus 2:5 that women are to keepers of the home. The greek translation for “keep” means “to guard“.
My answer to your question about how my children will be able to adapt to the “real” world depends on how you define what the real world even is. To me the real world is raising a family, keeping a home, being able to cook nutritious meals, practicing hospitality, reaching out to the lost and others in their time of need, being able to wisely manage money, learning how to raise and train a child, being able to do something without being told (responsibility), being able to converse with people of all age groups, and discerning between right and wrong according to God’s standards.

What the real world is NOT:
The real world is not allowing my children to participate in entertainment (movies, music, t.v. programs) that glorify acts that God calls an abomination, but to expose them as unfruitful and teach my children how to be able to discern light from darkness. We are to flee evil!

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11

The real world is not allowing my child to set his or her own boundaries or rules. “A child left to himself brings his mother shame.” Proverbs 29:15

The real world is not where everyone wins a prize or gets a reward just because they participated.
The real world is not sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day/180 days each year in a classroom with people the exact same age as you. If anything, this would be a hindrance to the “real” world.

But most importantly-
The real world is not even found on earth for this world is passing away.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2:17
For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Hebrews 13:14

Just because a person is home schooled does not mean they are exempt from seeing and hearing the evil from the “real” world. It’s impossible to escape the corruption of this lost world!
My purpose in life isn’t to raise children that “fit in” with this world. I am trying with the Lord’s help to raise children who are different from the world- set apart. I want them act differently, talk differently, dress differently. I want them to glorify God! I don’t want children who grow up feeling comfortable in a lost world. If we can honestly say that we feel comfortable in this world than we probably look and act just like this world. While growing up I spent most of my years at a public school and even now as a grown adult, I still feel uncomfortable in this world! When someone tells me that I shelter my children they are accusing me of trying to keep my children from all sin and worldliness. I guess if you call “bring your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” sheltering, then yes, I do try to shelter my children. As Christians we will be hated by the world. If we fit in with the “real” world than God’s Word says that we are of the world.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
John 15:19

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
2 Corinthians 6:14-17

As christian mothers and fathers we must pray for wisdom in knowing how and where to educate our children and follow His will for our own family. We need to be praying for each other and each other’s children! The devil is seeking to devour our children whether they go to a christian school, home school, or public school. Let’s stop making comments and accusations that are negative against our means of education. If you are truly concerned, PRAY! My children need all the prayers they can get and pray for me as well. I am just a mom who is doing the best she can to lead her children to the Lord. I fail often and need His grace each day as I try to shelter my children and prepare them for the “real” world- the one where righteousness dwells!
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
2 Peter 3:13

Once Upon a Time...Before Technology

Once Upon a Time… Before Technology
By: Kristin Eason

Once upon a time before the smart phone craze,
Children romped and skipped about and sunshine filled their days.
Now children hate to be outside- they’d rather text and tweet,
“Leave me alone, I’m on my phone” - no children in the streets.

Once upon a time before the cyberspace,
Books were found upon one’s lap, now ipads in their place.
Now children who once liked to read now find it such a bore,
Since Instagram and Pinterest came knocking at their door.
Now life is filled with selfies and playing on Xbox,
No time for climbing trees; no time for skipping rocks.

Once upon a time a child’s skin was brown,
From playing and exploring outside until sundown.
Now children’s skin is pasty white, their eyes bloodshot and red,
From spending hours behind closed doors and lying on their beds.

Once upon a time children learned to work,
Now they hide behind a screen- their chores they try to shirk.
When they look back on their childhood, what will they one day see?
Will they feel they have been cheated and lack in memories?

Once upon a time a child showed respect,
But years spent on an iphone- what do you expect?
When told to speak to elders, they don’t know what to say,
Years wasted on an ipad is time they’ve thrown away.

Once upon a time families were a team,
Now good old-fashioned fun is outdated and extreme.
Now children are a bother so the parent’s do not mind,
If their child lives behind a screen and is often hard to find.

Once upon a time families gathered round the table,
Yes, this really happened; family life is not a fable.
The family was a unit; together they would live,
Communing face to face not through media taken captive.

Once upon a time parent’s did what they thought best,
They didn’t care what others thought or if the kids protest.
Don’t starve the hearts of children feeding them technology,
For the world’s a smorgasbord and the best in life is free.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Above All, Get Wisdom

I don’t know about you, but I am appalled at the foolishness shown in our society which has been displayed at the recent protests- too vulgar to even mention! It seems that everyone has an opinion and will go to great lengths to make their opinions known! We live in a world where moral absolutes and truth has appeared to have vanished.
Our society proclaims “do whatever you feel in your heart to be true, never judge other’s for their beliefs because whatever is true for me may not be true for you,
you deserve to have rights so it’s alright to trample on the rights of others to obtain those rights.” We live in an age where everyone exalts knowledge, but seldom talks about wisdom, but without wisdom there is confusion.

As I read and hear about the protests I think about this verse:

A FOOL has no delight in understanding,
But in expressing his own heart.
Proverbs 18:2

And while I am appalled at the behavior and language of others, I am convicted at how many times I MYSELF delight in expressing MY OWN HEART, which the Bible says is deceitfully wicked.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

We all have views and opinions that we feel strongly about- family planning, no family planning, working mother, stay-at-home mother, public school, christian school, contemporary music, hymns, dating or courtship, and on and on it goes!
I have beliefs that I see in the Bible as being biblical, but oftentimes I can become so defensive of those beliefs that all I care about is expressing my own heart.
While we as Christians are called to speak TRUTH, we are called to do it in LOVE and concern for OTHERS. Often I believe we can be more concerned about expressing our own beliefs just for the sake of being “right”. But really we should be seeking only the glory and honor of Christ and the advancement of His Kingdom!

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.“ Proverbs 3:7

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.“ Proverbs 9:9-10

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Proverbs 23:9

“The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.”
Proverbs 10:8

More than ever, this world needs Christians who are willing to stand up for TRUTH that’s found only in God’s Word! We (I) need to stop debating about the non-essentials and expressing our (my) own heart and loudly proclaim the absolutes that are found in God’s unchanging Word and by His grace live out His commands faithfully everyday. We need to all repent of trying to “express our own heart” and boldly proclaim the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ in hope that we can see fools begin to fear God and acquire true godly wisdom found through His eternal Word!

Sharing ideas and convictions will seldom get us anywhere and often cause division, but sharing God’s Word will bear much fruit! Everyone has convictions as led by the Lord, but it is the Lord that should be giving those convictions, not man.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12

God’s Word is faithful to show us how to experience perfect peace in the difficult days ahead-

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

We are to keep our minds focused on the Lord and continue trusting that He is in control and Sovereign. He is coming soon to judge all the unfruitful works of darkness. God has been so longsuffering with us, not willing that any should perish. Today there is still time to get wisdom if you are convicted that you don’t possess it.

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.” Proverbs 4:5-9

“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding” Daniel 2:2-21

And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:35-36

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 7:12

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Mother’s Daily Petition

Her day begins before the waking of the sun.
As her children sleep peacefully upon their beds, she retreats to her place of refuge to plead for grace and mercy for the upcoming day.
She knows this position of ministry is too difficult for her to face alone and that schedules and willpower alone will cause her to be a failure. She must seek wisdom, strength, and power from her Beloved Savior Who lives to intercede on her behalf. And so begins the prayer of a mother….

Another day-
Strength, Lord…
To wash dishes, clothes, floors, sticky hands, and dirty faces.
To fill hungry bellies with nutritious and delicious food.
To fill hungry souls the Living Bread of Your Word.
To wear a smile, knowing that much work means many blessings.
To act, talk, and respond the same inside of my home as I would if outside the home.
To do Your work faithfully, joyously, courageously, thoroughly, honestly, and gratefully as “unto the Lord.”

Another day-
Patience, Longsuffering Lord…
To remember mercy when the day is filled with whines and tantrums, considering if the children are just repeating what they see me do.
To read the same book again and again, to teach the same lesson with enthusiasm and not sarcasm.
To encourage, to love, to cherish, to teach.
To remember making a mess =making memories.
To do the mundane tasks of motherhood and making a home with a song in my heart and praise on my lips. Its not only what I do that matters, but the motive of my heart that You see.

Another day-
Eternal vision, Lord…
To see myself not as a housewife, but a homemaker.
To view my home as the most important sphere of influence.
To see past the temporary to the eternal soul that will never die when looking at my children or those you call me to minister to.
To see myself not only as a diaper changer, but a world changer, one child at a time.
To remember that I can’t honor You if I don’t honor my husband.
To see that being faithful begins with being faithful right now in this very moment or task.
To see every annoyance, every unforeseen obstacle, every interruption as divine appointments allowed by Your loving hand with the purpose of conforming me to Thy Image.

Another day… to die to self, to love others, to do all for the Glory of God! And so I begin this day with Your strength, patience, and longsuffering, remembering that how I live today will echo throughout eternity. Teach me Thy way, O Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Adapted from “Petitioning” published in the devotional called “Tea Leaves”. Martha Stoltzfus Barkman.
(Mrs. Ervin)
“Be not weary mother, for in time you’ll reap, For now is time to plant and plow, no time to be asleep. “

Friday, December 2, 2016

Homemade Goat Milk Formula Recipe

Today I am sharing a wonderful recipe for homemade goat milk formula that I have used for my last 2 children who were sensitive to store bought formulas that contained cow milk. Nothing compares to breast milk, but this is, in my opinion, a great 2nd option if you are unable to breastfeed for a particular reason.
I am just sharing what has worked personally for our family. This recipe might not work for you, but I encourage you to try it if your baby suffers from cow milk sensitivities and colic. This formula has saved our family hundreds of dollars through the years. It’s nice to know what is in my child’s formula and that it doesn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup. This recipe has been modified from the Mt. Capra website.

This website has a newer and the original goat milk formula recipe available for download when you enter in your email. They also have a great question and answers page for all the questions you may have about using goat milk formula.

This is the recipe I use to make our formula:

To make 1 (8-ounce) bottle:

1 Tablespoon Meyenberg Goat Milk Powder (I purchase from Amazon or Vitacost)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon organic coconut oil
2 ½ teaspoons raw, organic turbinado sugar
1/8 teaspoon unsulphured blackstrap molasses

To make 2 quarts at a time:

8 Tablespoons Meyenberg Goat Milk Powder
8 teaspoons organic coconut oil
8 teaspoons olive oil
7 Tablespoons of raw, organic turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon of unsulphured blackstrap molasses

Heat filtered water on stovetop until very warm-hot. Add the goat milk powder, olive oil, turbinado sugar, and molasses. Using a wire whisk, stir until dissolved. Equally divide the mixture between 2 32-ounce containers. (I use 2 Rubbermaid containers with lids). Add room temperature filtered water up to 32 ounces in each container and shake well. I always wait and add the coconut oil to each bottle before heating so that it is easily divided, which would be 1 teaspoon per 8 ounce bottle. You may add the coconut oil while warming on the stove, but it tends to always set up and is hard to divide among the bottles.

I also would give our babies infant vitamin drops (400 IU) each day, ¼ tsp. NutriStart Multivitamin Powder, and 1/8th-1/4th tsp. of infant probiotic powder mixed with baby food once they are old enough to take baby food.
I would add the probiotics and vitamin d drop to a tiny amount of formula in a separate bottle to make sure it was taken. If I added it to a full 8 ounce bottle and they didn’t finish it then they wouldn’t get the full benefits of the probiotics and vitamin.
I have used this formula successfully on my last two children and they have always been in the 50-80% for weight and 90% for height. Let me know if you decide to try it and how it works for your family!


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