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Christian Perspective

Encouragement

 
 

March 2008

"Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore." Psalm 105:4

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Update: Upcoming Trip and Math Book

In three short weeks,  March 31 through April 16, I will be accompanying Sandra Lovelace of Lifework Forum on a trip to Hungary and Bosnia. We'll be spending a great deal of time visiting with  Christian families in the area as we seek to encourage and offer practical assistance. I would greatly appreciate your prayers for us--both for the trip itself and for the remaining  time before the trip in which we both have a LOT of other tasks that need  to be finished. I'd also like to invite you all to "come along" on our adventure! We plan to send out e-mail updates as the Lord allows. (I have no idea how often they will  appear. ) If you'd like to sign up, please click here.

Revealing ArithmeticVery briefly, I'd also like to give a quick update on the math book I've been writing. After several drafts and a name change, it is actually nearing completion! The book is now titled Revealing Arithmetic, and serves as a guide for teaching arithmetic concepts from a biblical worldview. We also recently posted an article adapted from Beyond Numbers to our site.

May the realization of God's grace, mercy, and peace give you joy!

Katherine

P. S. We will be exhibiting at the MACHE State Home Education Curriculum Fair in Frederick, Maryland, on April 18 and 19--if you're there, please stop by and introduce yourself!


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Thought: Dried Out

"Are you drinking enough?"

Oddly enough, the question came from my eye doctor. I had been discussing with her the stinging I'd been experiencing in my eyes, especially when I worked all day on the computer. I thought perhaps I needed computer glasses. She informed me my problem wasn't my vision, but my lack of fluid! 

Busyness and cold weather combined had led me to drink less and less. I reasoned I could drink later--right now I needed to work.  Many times I was too cold to bear the thought of a cold glass of water. How wrong I was! It was in the midst of the busyness and cold weather that I needed to drink the most. How else were my eyes to cope with the extra hours of computer work and the winter dry heat?

My trip to the eye doctors set me thinking about dryness in other areas. Could my heart, like my eyes, easily grow dry? When things got busy, was I still really spending quality time with my Lord, or had my time with Him, though still there out of principle, grown dry? Was I asking God to "lubricate" my heart throughout the day by pondering His Word and lifting my heart to Him in prayer?

I must confess, there have been days where my heart, like my eyes, has been dry.  I've felt torn in a thousand different directions and let my brain run away with all the things I needed to do. During those days, I was more irritable and just plain dried out--unable to do any of the tasks before me appropriately. I desperately needed to stop and let God "lubricate" my heart. In the midst of the busyness, I needed to force myself to stop and refocus by reading a passage of His Word, praying, or singing a hymn. I needed to stop and surrender, recognizing that He was the One truly in charge of each detail of my life. Otherwise, I'd end up dried out--flustered, frustrated, and burdened with burdens I needed to let God carry instead of me.

Next time you find yourself feeling spun in a thousand directions, stop and go before your heavenly Father. Surrender the tasks to Him and focus your heart on who He is and what He has done for you on the cross. Take the time to keep your heart lubricated.

"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)


Story: Worthless Alone

"Whatever has happened?" Mrs. Sattis asked in alarm when she opened the door to little girl's bedroom. Susan was sitting on the floor crying. In front of her were the withered remains of what appeared to be…a branch from their grapevine?

"Oh, Momma, look!" Susan sobbed, running to her mother and burying her little face in her mother's leg.

"There, there," Mrs. Sattis spoke softly, gently stroking her daughter's curls. "Tell me all about it."

"It's a branch from our grapevine, Momma. I brought it inside yesterday afternoon because it was bearing such wonderful fruit and I thought it would be nicer to have it here so I wouldn't have to go all the way outside to water it and care for it. When I went to bed, it looked beautiful. But then this morning-" Susan pointed forlornly at the withered branch.

"My dear child," Mrs. Sattis replied after a moment. "Branches can't survive on their own. They need the vine. They need to be in the garden, getting water, sun, and, above all, nutrients from the main vine!"

"But I thought since the branch had bore fruit already it could go on bearing it," Susan whispered.

"No, dear. That branch only bore fruit because it was drawing from the vine. A branch's number one task--the task without which everything else will not work--is to draw from the vine. On its own, a branch is worthless."

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5 (KJV


Home School Tip: A Dry Perspective

- By Cris Loop

Ever have days where it seems that miscommunications abound?  Someone says something and you take it totally wrong.  Or you say something and you can tell the person doesn't understand what you mean. Communication is important--especially communication to our children. And we often forget communication is more than words. Homeschooling is an opportunity to minute by minute communicate God's love to your children, and problems can really mount if we have "dry" perspective--a perspective not watered by God's Word. 

Today alone I could have miscommunicated to at least three people I know and would have mistaken their words/actions if I had not taken each circumstance to the Lord.

With a dry perspective, it is easy to take offense, become gripped with fear, allow guilt to drive you, and be unable to see a situation clearly. When you read God's Word and abide in Him, things won't always be perfect, but you'll be able to think on the things of God more clearly--and evaluate your circumstances and your dealings with your children from a godly perspective. 

Don't settle for a dry perspective. Seek God for ways to keep His Word in the forefront of your mind. Ask God to make His Word come alive to you--He will. Be willing to be challenged by it and to change. Through His Word and by seeking Him in prayer, let God give you His perspective on yourself, your children, and the situations that arise, then act on what He shows you. May the Lord bless you as you seek Him!      

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11 (KJV)


Hymn/Poem: I Need Thee Every Hour

- Words by Annie S. Hawks, 1872. Source: www.cyberhymnal.org.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

Refrain
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

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