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Bonus Video Story:  Life in Reverse - Selma's Story

Video StoryEarlier this year, I had the privilege of editing  a video with a powerful story--the true story of a woman, Selma, who had dementia--and of her daughter's (Florence's) response.

Although designed to encourage caregivers, I am including the movie here because it applies to all walks of life and goes along so well with this month's theme. While editing it, a quote from it kept resounding in my head: "When challenges come, you either get bitter or better. We can choose how we deal with them." That's a truth we can't hear often enough.

I hope you enjoy! Click here to watch the video.  

P.S. The video is freely available on You Tube with the hopes that it will get passed on to others whom it might bless, so please send it along to your friends and leave a comment!

Thought: Victim Mentality

Have you ever felt like a victim of circumstances or people? Perhaps something happened that cost you dearly. Or maybe people around you have misunderstood, misrepresented, or misused you.

I recently found myself battling a "victim mentality" on several fronts. Without realizing it, I was missing out on 1) the joy of God's many blessings and 2) the work God had put right before me. Rather than rejoicing in all God had given and seeking to love the hurting people around me, I was complaining about the blessings and couldn't even see the needy hearts of those around me.

We are called to "rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a), to walk in love (Ephesians 5:2), etc., but we can't do these things if we live life viewing ourselves as a victim. So what if circumstances or people are not what we wanted or agreed to? We live in a fallen world, and life is not fair. But God has promised to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28) and to one day bring us to a perfect world where we will be with Him forever. Let's not miss out on the joy and opportunities He has given us in the meantime.

Story: Poor Me

"It always storms when I'm in the air," Jason muttered, maneuvering the plane through the gathering clouds. "If I just had a fighter airplane instead of this gigantic bomber, this would be so much easier."

"You really think so?" Dan, Jason's co-pilot, startled Jason with the question.

"Of course," Jason replied. "I've always dreamed of flying those fighters."

Dan shrugged. "Yeah, they'd be nice, but then we wouldn't have such a fabulous crew to keep us company." Dan added the last words with a smile as he thought of their crewmen. "And as for this storm, it's a great chance to practice our flying skills!"

Jason couldn't understand Dan's joy. He certainly didn't see anything to be happy about. All he saw was another storm, another mission, a slow bomber, and an airplane filled with a flight crew that relished in annoying him. No, that fighter was the solution to all his problems, of that he was sure.

He wanted to be a useful pilot. He wanted to make a difference in this terrible war. Yet he felt cooped up on this silly bomber, fighting storms and putting up with his crewmen instead of winning metals for valiant dogfights, as he was sure he'd do in a fighter.

Jason continued flying, miserable and daydreaming about what his life could be like, but Dan chose to take a different perspective. He too would have loved the thrill of a dogfight, but he realized that being useful in the war wasn't about winning metals, but about embracing the position he'd been given. And right now, he was going to embrace flying this bomber with all his heart, choosing to let all its quirks and challenges make him a better pilot. After all, he knew from meeting fighter pilots that they, too, had challenges, and that many of them wished they could be on different assignments too. Dan didn't want to miss out on the assignment right before him.

"Hey, now would you look at that view?" Dan remarked in delight as the plane pulled out of the storm. "You can't beat a rainbow over the ocean."

Jason shrugged his shoulder. His heart was too filled with discontent to enjoy the beautiful sight.

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Tidbits of Math--From a Christian Perspective

   Math Moment with Divi: Counting the Stars

Math Moment with Divi: Counting the Stars

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Homeschool Tip: Challenge for the New (School) Year

- Cris Loop

I love this time of year. The nights get a little cooler, and there is the excitement of change. Even if you don't follow the traditional school year in your homeschool, finishing long summer days and getting ready for winter brings new opportunities. For many, fall means a return to the academics. It may not be the calendar new year, but it marks a new "school" year for many of us.

This school year, I want to challenge you with something that I think will revolutionize your homeschooling: Commit to bring the gospel message to your children everyday in a fresh and real way. I'm not talking about just telling them the gospel. I'm talking about making a conscience effort to get our eyes off of ourselves so that we can be sensitive to the myriad of opportunities God provides for us to share the gospel throughout the day. Opportunities to proclaim the goodness of God abound, but we need to be sensitive to them.

A complaint from a child, a hurt knee, a grumpy salesperson--all are opportunities to show the gospel to your children. Bringing the gospel might mean praying with a child with a hurt knee and encouraging him that one day there will be no more tears in Heaven...or a reminder to the complaining child that the enemy would love to steal his days in complaints instead of praise, but Jesus has won the victory if he'll only choose to walk in it...or a kind word followed later by a prayer for a grumpy salesman. Remember, your children see every interaction you have with others, so when they see you interacting--and choosing to live the gospel yourself--they are learning how to live God's love in words, deeds, and prayer.

You could also have your children practice sharing the gospel to you and to each other! Remember, what is done in the home will be repeated outside of the home. And if we have a habit of sharing the good news and keeping it in the forefront of our minds, it will be easier to share it with others.

May this year be your best year ever!

Hymn/Poem: Thy Way, Not Mine

Reverend Horatius Bonar, 1857. Found in The Hymnal (The Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work: Philadelphia, 1895), number 529.

Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be!
Lead me by Thine own hand;
Choose out the path for me.

Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it leads
Right onward to Thy rest.

I dare not choose my lot;
I would not, if I might;
Choose Thou for me, my God,
So shall I walk aright.

The Kingdom that I seek
Is Thine; so let the way
That leads to it be Thine,
Else I must surely stray.

Take Thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill,
As best to Thee may seem;
Choose Thou my good and ill.

Choose Thou for me my friends,
My sickness or my health;
Choose Thou my cares for me,
My poverty or wealth.

Not mine, not mine the choice,
In things or great or small;
Be Thou my Guide, my Strength,
My Wisdom, and my All.

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