I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing your heart in the books/articles you have written. I have been super blessed as I have been reading through the first book in this set, Homeschooling the Easy Way Manual. So much of what I am reading is applying to more than just the homeschool setting and I am putting them to practice in all aspects of my life. I know God is moving and blessing through your words.
We are a family that has been “Christian” always, but we have failed at really practicing and walking out a christian life. We started out homeschooling when our oldest was kindergarten age and we were not really focused on our Christian life at that time. By the time we had our 3rd child getting ready to enter kindergarten, we had gone through a lot of very hard times, both on a personal level and in our church and we were bruised, and hurting, so we put all our girls in public school and though we kept attending church, we lost our passion and focus in living for Christ. God is so good though and He never stops dealing with us, and we are on the track now to regaining what we allowed Satan to steal from us. Of course, due to the principle of reaping what you sow, we are reaping some attitudes and issues with our girls and even within ourselves that we are having to work at getting rid of.
We brought our 2 youngest girls back home to school last year. Our oldest was a Senior and wanted to finish out in public school, so we agreed to let her do that. She graduated in May and will be attending a Bible college this fall. She has always had a heart for God despite not always seeing a great example from her father or I. She has picked up some bad habits from us, but I believe God will smooth out the rough edges in her life and use her to further His kingdom. Our middle child just turned 16 and over Memorial Day weekend, informed us that she was pregnant. I can’t even begin to tell you how heartbreaking that was. She is a super sweet girl, but again, I can see so clearly where seeds were sown during the years that my husband and I were nursing our own wounds and not being diligent to live the life God wanted us to in front of them, and now we are reaping. And our youngest daughter, who is 13, is a great kid too, but struggles a lot with being hateful and negative, more seeds we allowed to be sown.
My heart has been so heavy over the past month and I kept crying out to God to please forgive me and help us through this season of reaping and help us to sow good seeds and start reaping good seeds. I am a reader and so I prayed and asked God to lead me to books/articles that would help me as I truly seek to enter into an even deeper and more meaningful relationship with the Father that will enable me to live more effectively the life I need to that will also impact my children.
Anyway, I don’t know why I shared all that, but it is just what spilled out as I typed. I really just want to thank you for sharing your heart in the form of books/articles/audio. I am glad God directed me to your materials and I hope to get more later as finances allow.
Hugs & Blessings,
Hey there sweet friend!
I am SO glad that you wrote me. Thanks SO MUCH for pouring out your heart–I treasure that! I pour my heart out because I LOVE getting heart-to-heart with other godly women. I always come away blessed lavishly. Today is no exception! To think it all began with the Organized Mom Super Set. Funny!
I am sitting here in tears on your behalf. I have been praying for you for the past few minutes. I am so glad that you found us and that you can be close–if only through these computers! I pray that you can feel my great big hugs across the miles! I am sending them to you!
First, I want to congratulate you on your little grandbaby. I know that the circumstances are not the best. I know that they are not what you always dreamed for your child. They are not what we want for our children. Boy, that is tough!
BUT! What a blessing in the storm! WOW! I pray that this little one steps up to the call that God has for its life. I pray that you are a shining light to it all of its life. I pray that you will be that FRIEND to this little one all of its life. You will be a fabulous grandmother! Yes, send me those gushing stories! You can gush all over me! My time is coming!!!! 🙂
Sweet friend, I am “with you” on wishing I had begun mothering ALL TOGETHER. I made mistakes all along the way. I still make them. You know, I want to encourage you that our children have SO MUCH grace and mercy. Get real with them. Let them know your heart. It will change everything! It has a funny way of softening those hard hearts. It has a way of enabling them to extend grace lavishly. It also safeguards them from going down the same paths–they REALLY listen and soak it in better. I have not always made the right decisions. I have bombed more than any mom I know. But, God’s grace is sufficient and abundant. It flows all over and makes all of the wrongs right! Powerful! Amazing! Amazing grace!
Funny thing, there is something in us that wants to be all together. I have battled that so much through the years. I just wanted it all easy–surprised? ha! God is really the ONLY One who is ALL TOGETHER. He is sooo together that He can redeem–buy back, ransom, give it new purpose–anything. ANYTHING. He is the Ultimate Gardener in the fields that we sow. He can plow up those mistakes and plant a legacy. I pray that He does that for you and your family.
Sounds like you are at a crossroad. Today is a new day! Today is a new beginning. Pull back. Let Him have all of the past. Let Him have the pen to write your future. Embrace each day and live it like it is the only one you have.
I have thought a lot about things like that this year. Recently Matthew was home on leave and I had to choose each day, each moment of each day, how I would spend those days. You know if today was the only day I had…
I would do less of the stuff.
I would do more of the hugs, kisses, snuggles, and just BEING there.
I would say I am sorry for the past and that would be enough.
I would overlook many offenses that I tend to pick apart and dwell on.
I would just enjoy them!
I would tell them what I want the most for them–for them to live a life that counts!
So, sweet friend. Let go of the past. Let go of the mistakes. I know it is tough to rebuild. But, invest in your home. It will be SO worth it! You know that already!
Let the stuff go by. Today, you have before you all of your tomorrows. They are greater than any day in the past. Build a legacy. You won’t be there to build on your own!
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Well, when that little one is born, send me pics! I would LOVE to rejoice with you and be a “God-grandmother!” Deal?
Love ya tons!