So I’m trying my hand at blogging weekly about our unschool school experiences; as opposed to monthly. Last week, we did much of our routine; which includes the following:
Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
Singing the Star Spangled Banner
Declaring Psalm 91
Our School Declaration
Reciting The Lord’s Prayer
Reading the Bible (we’re wrapping up 2 Samuel)
Working on individual assignments
That is the most formal part of our day. The kids spend most of the day, doing the things that interest them. The boys are still really into building forts, building with their legos, magnatiles, blocks, lincoln logs, megablocks, cardboard and whatever else. When they work in their workbooks, they get to choose what it is that they’d like to work on for the day. They also have a list of sight and vocabulary words that they learn each week. We do this because it tends to help with their reading; which they get to select…kind of. I put the books out that I know that will interest and challenge them; and they get to choose which book(s) from that selection.
So last week, my husband decided to get the boys more involved in business; so he wrote them each $10k promissory notes; so that they could purchase an investment property. The boys have been going online every day, looking for a property. He also took them to meet an attorney, accountant and banker; as well as to a closing on a property that we had just purchased. I’ll link the video of how he prepped them for the meetings; once they are posted on Monday and Tuesday.
Our school is mostly informal; so I’m always paying attention to teachable moments and recording conversations; because so many times, it shows their interest and growth. I caught a moment at the dining room table; when we reviewed etiquette. I’ll link that video as well, as soon as it’s uploaded.
So that was our week. Grandma and Papa Jim came over; as well as bonus Grandpa Lewis. According to the kids, those were the best days ever! How’s your homeschool going?
I remember when I was pregnant with my first child; and a lady told my husband and I that children don’t come with a manual. As my relationship with God has developed; I clearly see how very wrong she was. Not only has God given us a manual for how to raise our children; but also how to live our lives. The bible and our daily communication with Him, provides very precise instruction. One of the ways that He has instructed us is in Deuteronomy 30:19 (erv); which states: “Today I am giving you a choice of two ways. And I ask heaven and earth to be witnesses of your choice. You can choose life or death. The first choice will bring a blessing. The other choice will bring a curse. So choose life! Then you and your children will live.Proverbs 18:21 (amp)says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.Job 22:28 (amp) says: “You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you;and the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways. I’m pretty sure many parents want the absolute best for their children. I sure do, which is why I speak the following declarations over my children; and I am very selective with my words. Please print the declarations below and speak them over your children daily. Your faith and the consistency of your words will chart the course of life for them.
I trust all is well! I’ve been praying and thinking about the direction of this blog; and have shifted focus just a little. In the past, I’ve posted primarily about fitness and wellness, homeschool/unschool, as well as faith. I will continue to post about fitness and wellness on both of my Good Thing Fitness blog and YouTube channel. Please do subscribe and share! This year, there will be more of a focus on faith, family/unschool and finances. I want YHWH/God to be at the center of everything that I do; because He alone is the source of every blessing in my life. I have faith in Him; because He pursued and fiercely loved me at the most difficult time in my life; and He has been faithful to His covenant with me. I have a family because of Him. When it looked like I would never have children, He proved otherwise. I am financially blessed, because of the principles of His word; and because He honored (and still is honoring) by desire to be a kingdom philanthropist.
So as this year gets underway, I speak a blessing over all of you, from Deuteronomy 30:8 & 9:
May you obey the Lord and follow after Him; and He make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Happy New Year Everyone! December was a fun-filled month. We did our regular-ish routine for the first two weeks; and then dropped everything for the last two weeks to just hang out, play in the snow, build ginger bread houses, bake and eat treats, watch ELF, Home Alone and The Grinch over and over and over again. It was glorious! Our awesome neighbors Ms. Mare and Rohan left anonymous gifts on our porch each day for 12 days. We weren’t exactly sure who the thoughtful and generous person(s) were at first; but we narrowed it down either Ms. Mare or the kind gentleman who leaves gifts, games and toys on our porch for the kid from time to time. The kids were SO delighted and totally enjoyed it! So thanks Ms. Mare and Rohan! You can check out our video here.
For each kid, I ordered Brain Quest workbooks for the new year. They were all so excited and started working in them as soon as we got them. While I am big on learning experiences and allowing my children to pursue their interests; I do think that workbooks have a place in our unschooling experience. Early last year, my husband and I made the switch to God-lead unschooling after 4 years of homeschooling; and haven’t looked back. It was one of the greatest and most liberating decisions we’ve ever made. Gone was the frustration of kids having to learn certain things at certain times. After asking the Father for guidance, He gave us the following scriptures: Isaiah 54:13 (MSG): All your children will have God for their teacher— what a mentor for your children! as well as: John 7:15 (MSG): The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?”
I’ve found that God takes care of whatever we entrust Him with. As I thought on my children’s learning and growth over the past year; I am floored by it all. My boys boys found and mastered an aircraft simulator game. They build the coolest things out of legos, gears, blocks and magnatiles….everything from little animals to robots and cities. My eight year young is reading so much better; and his math ability is amazing. My seven year young is SO funny! He keeps me laughing! His reading has also improved. He is an animal expert in his own right; and he loves all things science. My five year young has a work ethic like I’ve never seen on a kid. She’s so very eloquent and catches on to concepts very quickly. She is the mastermind behind many of the daily kid operations in our home. My three year young likes numbers and money. She’s all about counting. I’m still amazed at how much her vocabulary has picked up and some of the phrases that she uses. She and I were having a conversation one day and she said: “Mommy, that’s reedikeous!” I laughed and asked her where did she learn that expression? She proceeded to tell me about the Peppa Pig episode that she learned it from.
The things that I’m really pleased about is that the kids know and recite the pledge of allegiance daily; as well as the Star-Spangled Banner. I think patriotism is a must. God loves our country and so should we. They also know Psalm 91 very well. I thank God that He lead us to learn this chapter; because by the time the virus had come around, it was already ingrained in us that NO evil shall befall us; and neither shall any plague (coronavirus) come near us. I heard about children being afraid about the virus and my heart went out to them; but I am so grateful to God that the fear never entered our hearts or minds.
So we started back our daily routine today; and we were all so refreshed and excited! I’m looking forward to the learning and growth this year. I realized that we didn’t travel like we had planned last year; but this year, I’m believing God to go to all of the places that we missed last year; and even more! What is your unschooling/homeschooling plan for this year?
Thank you to all who subscribed, commented and viewed this blog this year. My prayer for you tonight and for 2021 is Deuteronomy 6:24-26 (AMP):
The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor], And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness]; The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].
On Mondays, I will post a prayer and declaration for the week. This week, the prayer is over finances; while the declaration is based on Deuteronomy 28:11 & 12. It’s as follows: “Everything I put my hands to prosper.” You can watch the video or read the prayer. I believe in speaking the word of God over my life because the following is stated in His word:
Psalm 138:2 (MEV) – I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and for Your truth; for You have exalted Your word above all Your name.
Psalm 89:34 (NKJV) – My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
Isaiah 43:26 (MEV) – Put Me in remembrance; let us plead together; state your cause, that you may be justified.
Today we are fasting from the thought that says: “I’m limited by my financial status.” As you replace this type of wrong thinking with RIGHT THINKING, you are going to see things change quickly in your finances and your peace of mind! LET’S CHANGE IT TODAY 1. Be happy NOW. “Happy is the man who […]
I usually share an exercise and declaration on Wednesdays; however, this week, I’m going to share the importance of forgiveness. I remember reading one of Dr. Don Colbert’s books; in which he talked about a woman who had come in to see him. He said that she was a soft spoken and nice woman in her 40s; who was dealing with arthritis. As he interviewed her, her entire demeanor changed when she talked about how her husband left her for a younger woman. She took solace in her hope that something awful would happen to him. He told her that she had to forgive him and just let that go; because it was causing the illness that she was dealing with. Each time she came for a visit; she grew worse and worse. The arthritis had become crippling, she became hunched. She had been his patient for twenty years; and refused to let go of the anger and unforgiveness. She died in her sixties with the ailments and unforgiveness.
I find that the bible is a love story; as well as instruction by YHWH/God, on how to live our lives optimally. YHWH/God, just like any loving parent, wants t see us flourish in life. Matthew 18:23-35 has this great parable about unforgiveness: “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all. Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you? Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
The above verses screams just how important forgiveness is; as well as how unforgiveness brings torment to our minds and bodies. It’s poison! So, for true wellness, the practice of forgiveness has to be incorporated into our daily lives. My personal confession is that I am unoffendable and I ALWAYS forgive. I encourage you to make it yours as well. Ask the Father to show you any unforgiveness that is in your heart; and by faith forgive any and every one (including yourself); who has offended you in any way.
Now, if you don want to exercise (physically) today, check out my 10 Minute Core Workout. It’s short, quick and effective! Have an excellent rest of your week and I’ll “see” you again real soon!
Today I was frustrated with my husband; and then one of my best friends called…..and you know what? She was frustrated with hers too. Lol! As she spoke to me, I heard my voice speaking back to her; but it was counsel and wise instruction for the both of us. Sometimes we may think that we know what is best for our husbands; but it’s just wise to allow God the space to speak to and lead them (and us). I read Mark 10:45 last night; and have been meditating on it today. Yeshua came to SERVE (minister) and GIVE. He is the best example of how life is to be lived. Both serving and giving requires us to give up our own wills; as well as how we think about others and things, if the thought process is out of alignment with YHWH/God’s word and will.
The beautiful thing about marriage is that it is a covenant between the husband, YHWH/God and wife. I always say to other married women (and myself): “You and YHWH/God are the majority.” If you’re frustrated with your spouse, go to YHWH/God and offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. This alone, can shift your entire thought process and atmosphere. Continue to serve and give; and watch how YHWH/God smooth things out. Much of the time, you’ll even find that YHWH/God is working out something in you that you didn’t even realize was there. He’s pretty awesome in that way.
I have come to realize that frustrations and challenges are always opportunities for refinement. Our spouses are simply mirroring back; areas that need improvement in us. There’s such freedom in not getting frustrated or annoyed by someone else’s behavior. When we realize and act in the gift of being a helper to our husbands, it transforms the entire marriage; because we’ve set ourselves in alignment with the word and will of YHWH/God. We experience Yeshua like never before; because like Him, we are servers and givers. YHWH/God bless all of the wives (and people) who are reading this post. Remember that His word and way is the standard for every area of our lives.