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Saturday, January 1, 2011

One of the best parts about Homeschooling is my own renewed love for learning. I have a new found love for History, Science, and dare I say Math. I already loved Language Arts and anything related to that topic. (Deep inside is a frustrated journalist, architect and geologist, all areas that have interested me over the years.) We also include the Bible. When I look at the list of all the subjects I am interested in there is not a one that is not somehow addressed in the Bible. Yes, even journalism. Enter: Apologia Biblical Worldview Curriculum, Volume 1. This is our Bible curriculum.
For a number of years I would buy a really good Bible Story book, and that met our needs. I am seeing with Daniel that he still has a great need to go over those again. I want them to know the hallmark/anchor stories of God's word. They'll recall them over the years at different times just as I have done. However, Bethany's needs are changing somewhat, so I began to look for a good Bibilical Worldview curriculum. I think I've found it. Two weeks into volume one and my own life is being challenged.

We've been studying how to build our lives upon the rock, and conversely, what to do if we want to build our lives upon the sand. Thank you, but NO, to that. I have "sand moments" as I'll call them, and I much prefer the rock. Romans 12:2 is one the feature verses for the beginning of our study. The more I think about it, the more I like it and want to let it be my mirror verse for the year, the one I stare into to see how it's going, so to speak.

"Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God."

As we were working our way through this together I had my own little lightbulb moment. I began to think about the difference between being conformed and being transformed. Conformed is a shaping that comes from an external source, either through something or someone, that we allow. It could be an outside pressure or perhaps a worldly mindset that we've embraced. Transformed, though it may have external components, begins in the interior of the heart and mind. It is a work of God. I cannot transform myself. I can allow myself to be conformed, pressured and shaped, by others and other influences, but only God can bring real transformation.

This year I am praying for transformation. Transformation for myself, our finances, my health and how I take care of my body. I can see how every area of my life is due for an overhaul. A transformation. A work of God. I can see how this verse is like a lifeguard for my heart.

Has God given you anything for this next year? Oh I have more to share, but this is long enough probably. Father in Heaven, have Your way in our lives this year. Help us to surrender all that we are and desire to Your will. Thank you for another year. May we bring glory to Your great name.


Susan said...

I so enjoyed reading this and again I'm glad you incorporated your home schooling in with your main blog.

Love that verse and your comments on it. Yes, may we be so totally transformed that even by the end of this new year we will be so amazed at the transformation HE has done.

My life verse is Phil 1:6 which points out it's HIS work and HE will complete it unto that day.......We'll never "get there"!! but He'll never give up on us either. What a comfort that verse has been to me for all my many years.

Happy New Year to you, Danny, and the kiddos.


Kathy said...

I love your follow up to my verse with your life verse. They go well together. Much love to you!

Devoted said...

Ahhh... transformation... another word to add to my new year list. Thanks for a great post!

Gina Stinson said...

My verse for this year is:

Zephaniah 3:17 "The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Seems God's challenging me to really examine what HE thinks about me rather than being consumed with the opinions, thoughts and expectations of others. I was listening to Pastor James MacDonald the other day and was reminded of this verse and it seemed so profound that God would rejoice over mother, housewife, teacher....not anything extremely special in this world...but God rejoices of ME! What an amazing thought!

Happy New Year!

Sandra said...

Happy New Year to your family Kathy!

I also have a love for learning in my 'more mature years'. I think that comes from desiring a closer relationship with our God and realizing all the awesome things He has created and set before us. That then causes us to be transformed when we desire to learn all we can about Him and His creation.

My Word from God for 2011 is 'STAND'.

Blessings to you my friend.

Kathy said...

I love these responses, especially what the Lord is giving you for this year.

Gina, I was able to share your voice with my son in our prayer time tonight. My voice is on the blink due to a cold, but I prayed that he would be able to hear the song the Lord is singing over him.

Happy New Year, all. Our God is a good and faithful God, and He proves that 24/7/365! Blessings!