When you need a rest, why not take one without any tech and with a friend or with family? Just a picnic or a visit and chat or just a road trip enjoying God’s scenery will do.
That is what we did today and it was beautiful! Lovely to see the last of my grandparents’ generation. I got to visit with the sweetest ladies, my Great Aunt Evelyne and Ellen, her roomate. They are in their 80’s and still full of life and spirit and love. Both are retired missionaries to Haiti, having worked together to minister and work an orphanage. My great aunt had never married and Ellen’s husband died some years ago. And our day with them was peaceful and encouraging and uplifting. People who neglect our forebears do themselves and these wise people an injustice. How beautiful our day!!! How we live them!!❤
So, I cut down on a few things this homeschool year. However, we will be doing Fall Baseball. So here we go, starting tomorrow with practice Tuesday and Friday nights. “Woo hoo!”, she says sarcastically.
Since my daughter did not want to play baseball this season, she and I will be working on tennis at the same time. And that will be great. And all bets are off what will be done once games start. They are short of coaches, so I may coach. We will hit that wall when we run into it.
So we are about to be a bit busier, however we cut out 4-H and a lot of other small things we used to do that took lots of time and I will only assistant coach PE instead of doing everything. That will free us up for mornings we need off to wrestle an alligator or something. You never know what will happen in a day and we must be available to help.
Despite the starting-tomorrow-busier-schedule, I find joy now in doing these little things with my children. I find that doing little things for them blesses and honors God. I find to be true that God wishes us to love on people with the same energy and generosity that He does. It makes Him happy. And making Him happy makes me very happy. So here we go…😄❤
What I love most about our fence is that we worked as a team family to build it custom ourselves. And now we only have one fence section on the other side to address and we can get our puppy!!! Praise God! ❤
We just returned from a week in God’s masterpiece, Gatlinburg. We found hiking trails in mountains by beautiful waters and wild turkeys and quiet time with God. There is no doubt that He keeps His eye there to just enjoy what He made without argument. It is beautiful and peaceful and full of His glory. You cannot be there an deny Him. You cannot help but be regenerated and invigerated. He is everywhere and more obviously there. Gorgeous!! And our whole family feels more relaxed and alive and ready for the rest of the school and gig year.😄❤
When the family has been in poor health and are now restored to health by God’s good grace and healing, it is celebration worthy. So we are going to celebrate. And before we were sick for so long, I would have questioned the sanity of someone celebrating good health. It is when you have been I’ll that you appreciate health and celebrating makes perfect sense. That is what Jesus said something along the lines that those who are forgiven for much appreciate it much. That is so true. And being healthy again is like being forgiven of a great illness. Worthy of celebration. ❤
My daughter is raised to be truthful. Not that we always get it right, but she knows full well what is truth and what is lie. Her friend does not, she mixes truth and lies up together in a big bowl and dishes it up according to what she wants at the moment- attention, things, pleasures, etc. Sounds like half of society these days and me a while back, I confess it. So how is it I believe I am instructing my child in knowing truth versus lie? How can I tell? What is truth? Is it all relative, which is the latest fad of knowledge? Do we guess or reason and come up with our own truth? Who decides what truth is? How do we know what is truth internally? Why is there a truth? Aren’t absolutes square and rigid and boring and limiting and antique/archaic?
I know and we all know what truth is because we are all created with live by the Creator of truth/One which can not ever lie. Our Creator can not lie, there is no lie in Him. And He planted a moral code in our brain. We can choose to attend to it or not for we were also given free will. But the moral truth code is embedded on our brain harddrive. Think about it. Why do we gasp in horror when someone hits a pregnant woman or leaves their dog in the car on a hot summer day or kill someone or rise in anger at a bully? Why? Did someone tell everyone this is bad and wrong, lying is bad and wrong. When we lie, do we feel good or bad? Think about it. Someone had to have done so. God pre-wired us to know it. He wanted our happiness because of His love for us so gave us the moral code of truth to follow to be happy. And He was generous enough to write it down in the Bible for we who are too distracted and self-involved to hear our internal moral truth programming code gift from God. We need to get back to it for our happiness and connection to God. 😄❤