Please remain in your seats until the ride comes to a complete stop…..
(Please read this article by Reb Bradley)
Couldn’t resist – this discussion is going to be quite the ride for me. Javajoe and I went out to grab a frap tonight, just for opportunity to talk for a few minutes. (Ok, for that and to get Javababy to take a nap. Oh my! Heat, teething babies and tired moms – it can get ugly folks. Grace is truly, truly an amazing thing.) His final comment to me was, “Do you have any salt water you can throw on me before you start screwing the next issue in?” (He wasn’t in reference to anything *I* was saying, as all I was doing was reading and re-reading what Reb wrote.)
Ok, got your cold drink? Let’s go…..
First point – Self-centered dreams. I must say that this was one of the easier points for me to get down. (There were others that were just down right painful. I LOVE having my sin confronted….really, I do.)
Jeff (uh, that’s Javajoe around here) and I were both just pierced when he said, “I was more worried about the failure of my dreams of “success” than the fact that my son and I had a broken relationship.” UGH. It sure made me stop and pray that the Lord would make me attentive to the things that I turn into “issues” at the peril of relationship with my kids.
At the risk of being misunderstood, I’m going to use the word “destiny” here. I DO think that we have a destiny that is put in us by God Himself. I don’t mean something New Age-ish by any stretch of the imagination. What I’m talking about is a calling/giftings – things (hopes and dreams based on giftings and talents) that are placed in us by Father FOR THE PURPOSE OF HIS GLORIFICATION. That’s a big difference from what the world supposes destiny to be – that would be for self-glorification. Different game – different ball park – possibly different planet, depending on who you talk to.
We are in the really exciting place of being able to see some of that destiny being played out in BSoC. She is gifted with so much creativity. It’s really exciting and fun to see her embrace those gifts and stretch her creative arms to move in them.
This is an area that the Lord has REALLY been working on in my life – the area of seeing and nourishing the differences found in my children. Those differences then need to be fostered and supplemented by our schooling choices. I wanted to do things just the same way that public school does. I wanted to offer them one cookie cutter education. I wanted to be so entwined with the Scope and Sequence that we had another place set for it at the dinner table!! The Holy Spirit really convicted me of our need to personalize the education of each child. So that where one child may excel in science, another will need additional training/freedom in another area all together. Makes my job harder, but what an honor to partner with the Lord preparing my children for their place in the Kingdom! WOW. Certainly elevates grading papers and planning school for the next week, doesn’t it?
What about you? What impacted you most about this first section?? Did you agree with it? Did you find anything Scripturally disagreeable? Any analogies/metaphors come to you?? Share……
(After seeing how long this ended up being, I’m not going to touch #2 right now. Talk about a ride!!) : )