Sunday, October 14, 2012

THE JOURNEY BEGINS.......

I FINALLY TOOK THE PLUNGE  into ............Homeschooling!!! In one term of 10 consecutive weeks, we have covered so much and still have not enough time in the day to finish what we set out to accomplish! DJ is so much at ease now, happy, content with life, eating again properly and also having a go at COOKING himself. Our weeks are full of studies which are set out for him, but sometimes lead to his inquisitive mind.And usually those ones are the most knowledgeable and fun times together! Swimming lessons every Monday, Soccer on Wednesday & Saturday, Violin, Basketball on Thursdays, Picnics with Homeschoolers too, Library every 2 weeks, and now Ice-skating. With Dancing of his choice at random times, & StudyLadder, Skwirk for his 4 KLA's , Handwriting & Targeting Maths, Bible Studies & Religions around the world, Food Tech when we want Fettucini for our Italy studies, or French Cuisine for our French Studies, Voluntary work when we bake Carrot Cake or cookies to give to neighbors, and the Fireys,Also the Olympics Carnival,Treasure Island at the Joan Sutherland Centre etc etc. It's never ending! And this, all in just 12 weeks so far!


I must admit that although it may sound easy, IT IS NOT!  People forget that homeschooling your children also requires 'home - schooling ' the rest of the family!!!!! A mother's work is never done! But instigating Life Skill chores into everyday life for our children, builds up their confidence (speaking boldly,overcoming fear of judgement), responsibility(taking action with direction,facing up to own mistakes & success in life, making wise decisions), affection(helping others, feeling with others,treating others as you would like to be treated), respect( for law, authority, people in higher position), loyalty(, choosing friendship wisely & a need to be trusted), intuition (using own common sense to do what needs to be done) therefore instilling in them morals & godly characteristics to pass down to others in life.


Yes, it is  a changing world out there. With change comes, maturity. And with maturity comes responsibility. Teaching our children these normal things through our everyday language and behaviour means we are passing down a legacy of either: GODLY OR UNGODLY. 
In my case, I choose A LEGACY OF GODLY............what about you?

"...................Train up a child in the way he should go and when grows older, HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT..." Proverbs 22:6
HAND IN HAND WITH GOD we can do all things, according to His will & His set path for us!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

TO HOMESCHOOL OR NOT? tHAT IS THE QUESTION!

For 3 1/2 years I've contemplated whether to homeschool DJ (De Jenius)...I thought that if I tried secular schooling it would make a HUGE difference in his life as well as ours.They say the government school system is improving. The regular routine of such amounts of subject a day was like a robotic, repetitive groundhog day for the students & I watched my DJ losing interest. At the age of 4 1/2 years, & beginning his schooling in Term 3, he was already targeted by peers who were misbehaving. Being the innocent follower that he is & inquisitive child to boot, I was being called up for an abrupt meeting in regards to his "getting detention for 5 days'!!!! Wow! For a little child who only knew the meaning of the word "HOT' to be hot and sweaty, or hot from the summer heat, he was put on detention with 2 other children for walking up to a girl student, & joking with her that 'she's hot'. Now, DJ didn't know what's going on but just followed the boys around because he needed a friend. When I tried to explain to the accusing teacher that he was 'just a child' without knowledge of what had happened, she called it ....wait for it.....sexual discrimination!!! Hmmph!! Anyway, that was then & that's when all the uncomfort started. From that day on, DJ was bullied by other children for being 'different.' Teachers could not (or would not) comprehend why my son would like to create a game of strategy when playing handball with other children! Why couldn't he just be 'normal'. What do you classify as normal? For DJ, not being able to use his creativity & strategical tactics for everything, meant that other children would not accept him & some teachers were not willing to understand him.
As each day passed with my heart burdened to homeschool, I stood by & watched my son begging me to keep him home every day. I'd pick him up after school & he'd be so sad & down & wouldn't eat. He told the doctor he wished 'that tomorrow wouldn't come & he didn't want to live til then, because he was being put on display in front of all the students by his teachers. And for doing what? Fidgeting, moving his legs, his arms, rubbing his eyes, laughing? Goodness me! If a child couldn't do what was natural to them then what does that leave for the rest of humanity??
I finally pulled him out of that secular system that was diluting his mind.God has given every human being a brain to use for wisdom and knowledge. And I needed my son to be free from that 'regimented' uniformly routine of 'you can't do this and you can't do that', SSShhh! Don't talk back when I'm accusing you of something' and "no, if you were absent on the day of the test, I can't make time for you to do the test!".................I, and ONLY I, as a parent , have the right to tell my son what to do when he's speaking. I brought him up & taught him & prepared him for life, only to what? Hand him to strangers to abuse, ridicule & bully him? No wonder he didn't believe me when I'd say ' You're special. You're loved. Do your best in everything.Trust in God for your answers in life.Don't return evil for evil.Respect your elders & those in authority etc.'..........
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. PROVERBS22:6
So here we go............let's do what is right for our children! LET'S HOMESCHOOL!!!!
til next time, Smiley :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

FALSE ACCUSATIONS ARE GOOD EDUCATION

I recently had a 'run-in' with a lady from the nearby school. She and many others know that I am a Christian. Some of them know what a 'Christian' is and others have their own interpretations.Some call Christianity, Catholicism, others think it's Pentecostal, while a few say it's Jehovah Witness etc etc.
All these I call , 'Denominations". But being a Christian, as I emphasized to this woman, is not a denomination which I follow or belong to. Whom I follow and belong to is Jesus Christ Himself. Hence the name "Christian".
Anyway, back to my  friend. The people she associates with needed some much aquired help at the school., so I volunteered on a weekly basis. They all know how uncomfortable I feel when the name of Jesus Christ and God are blasphemed and put into a very offensive sentence...so the others try their hardest not swear or say anything offensive around me out of respect. And I also do the same for them. I listen to what they have to say, even when it offends me , I don't say a word but freedom of speech is given to them. But when it comes to me, I get attacked for not 'swearing', or not taking part in gossip, or foul jokes.and for that I am branded as a "goody two-shoes" and a "good Catholic Christian"(??) and 'perfect' etc.
Now I've never ever once said I was any of the above or given anyone the impression that I want them to hold their tongues when I'm around. Some of them just chose to do that........But truly I know it is the conviction of the Holy Spirit rebuking their hearts when they are around me. Me? Yes, me. a NOBODY. A 'GOODY-TWO-SHOES" if I may...... It's not me who they're convicted of, or rebuked by but it is He who shines in me for His glory .
My prayer each day is this:LORD, WHEREVER I GO,WHATEVER I SAY,WHOEVER I MEET, LET THEM SEE YOU IN ME...MAY YOU SHINE UPON MY FACE, MAY THEY HEAR THE PEACE IN MY VOICE AND MAY I HAVE THE WALK WORTHY OF YOU THAT THEY MAY KNOW WITHIN.....that I HAVE BEEN WITH JESUS......(Acts 4:12-14)
To be falsely accused by non-believers is a hard thing to argue. The more you argue the more they attack & by the end of it all (if there is ever an end) they end up putting "words in your mouth" and you're left with such a down feeling that you wonder 'what happened here?'.......And that's how the enemy wants you to feel. Defeated! But God forbid this because His Word says, 'We are more than Conquerors in Christ Jesus our Lord!"".........And He warns us to "avoid foolish disputes".
So in my Christian walk with the Lord every day in the last 23 years,
I have failed much, but have learned much.
Have spoken foolishly quickly and wisely slowly,
 have jumped when I should've thought first and
 restrained from acting irrationally.
LIFE IS EDUCATION WHEN.......... KNOWLEDGE BECOMES UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM LEADS YOU TO ETERNAL LIFE.
That's all that matters.........................to me, anyway.
My volunteering days at the school are over........Now I volunteer to kneel before His majesty's feet. 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

HOLDING ONTO THE STEADY HAND.............

I was having a cup of tea & a piece of my OWN (yes, miraculously so) chocolate cake this afternoon.The day was bleak and freezing. But I heard children's voices outside & a male voice. So, as an inquisitive mother, I looked out the window & watched a heart warming scene unfold before my eyes.
Two young boys (probably 5 and 6) were walking with their father (well, I presumed this due to the uncanny resemblance, same clothes, same beany same smile).One boy decides to jump on his bike & ride it. The father looked down at the other boy, motioned to him to jump onto the large,2 wheeled, adult mountain bike & he'd push him. The little boy stared at the massive bike, looked up at his father, saw the smile of reassurance, the welcoming hand extended out to him and nodded his head, 'yes'. He allowed his father to take hold of his arm, lift him up onto the seat and the next thing he did was what gave me a lump in my throat.
Perceiving that the young child's arms were too short to reach the handles, the father turned his shoulder and said to the boy, "Hold onto me and I won't let you fall." and off they rode into the ..........freezing weather.
That little scene reminded me how when I think I can't do it on my own & I see the way ahead is impossible, all I have to do is HOLD ONTO THE FATHER'S HAND AND HE WON' T LET ME FALL.
Incidentally, today is our 23rd Wedding Anniversary. Did we celebrate? Did we go out? Did we remember?
No, no and no........Just knowing that God the Father has carried us through thick and thin throughout these 23 yrs and we are still together as husband and wife, 3 beautiful children, forgiven & saved and alive and much, much more blessings to count.....this is our celebration!!! Happiness doesn't have ot be celebrated on one particular day. It can be celebrated every time we remember the One who brought us here!

I hope this little experience of my day inspired some of you to hold onto and TRUST THE FATHER'S HAND when life seems down or impossible.

Jesus said, "This is impossible with man.But with God, all things are possible."
.................SMILEY:)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR...............

Yesterday, I was driving my little man home & he was going on and on about his day. I had a CD of Michael Card running with his favourite song, the Air Conditioner on as I tried to manouevure safely through traffic. Then I asked him a third time."So how did you do today with all your studies?" To my amazement, I saw him through the rearview mirror shake his head disgustingly from side to side, let out a huff of a breath and say,"Next time open your ears and listen for the third time mum!!"
I was taken aback by his innocent comment but reminded myself that this is what I'd say to him when he's not paying attention to what I say to him many times a day. I laughed within myself at how what we say and do reflects upon our children & it's used on us on a daily basis but out of innocence of heart.
Isn't it like that with God?
Look around us. The floods, the fires, the earthquakes, tsunamis,etc. We ask WHY and when no answer comes we ask again and again and again. Why doesn't it occur to us that God has been telling us why since  Word existed. But again, the majority needs to OPEN THE EARS AND LISTEN for the millionth time! Sadly, I am one of them.
Thank you Lord, for giving us children and using them to remind us of you and your patience towards us.
HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR LET HIM HEAR......sayeth the Lord.
Let's ASK less and LISTEN more.............
God's Jewel

This is my inquisitively unique D.J.