Monday, September 7

Here we go again!

The local schools all started school last week.

We start this week instead since last week was so crazy busy. One of the many advantages of homeschooling.

Our curriculum looks much like other years with A Beka Book being our primary course studies.  Except for one thing. 

Geometry


After years of none of my kids completely understanding Geometry and struggling with the proofs, etc., I am FINALLY making a change.  A friend sold me her Teaching Textbooks Geometry set and I'm excited for my high schooler to use it AND hopefully understand it well.

Ask me how it went when we get to May!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, September 4

say YES!

It's Friday!  Time to unclutter my mind to focus on writing for five minute minutes on one word, posting it, linking it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, then leaving an encouraging comment at the link before mine.  The word for this week is YES.  Ready?  Set?  WRITE!


::yes::

The first thought that came to my mind was......"say YES! to the dress".  Odd because I think I've seen that show once in my life.  

It is easy to say YES to things that are fun and exciting and will delight us.  We rarely hesitate to respond positively to try something we've always wanted to do OR go somewhere we've always wanted to visit OR experience one of our favorite things in the world whether it's food or people time or books or you fill in the blank. 

But what about the times God is definitely leading us to try something we really don't want to do OR go somewhere we really never wanted to travel to OR experience something that would never land on our favorite list.  Those kinds of things rarely get a hearty YES!  In fact, they often get a quick NO! with a door slam. 

Can I encourage you to prayerfully consider a YES! when those opportunities come up?

Around this time five years ago I said YES! (or maybe it was more like a yes) to a ministry job position that God placed before me.  That yes has challenged and stretched me more than anything I have done in my life and it has been far from easy.  I am not the same person I was five years ago.  But I don't say that in a negative way, but a positive way. There was no choice but to fall upon the Lord's grace constantly in my weakness and place my faith and trust in His strength, His power, His wisdom, and primarily to grow to know His love for me in ways I would have never experienced if I had said NO! five years ago.

Be brave!  Put God's leadings in your life to prayer and be willing to stretch your no to a yes!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, September 2

grace for the month



"My grace is all you need" is a pretty good summary of the Scripture verse it is taken from found in Second Corinthians 12:9.  It is also a pretty good reminder to me during this new month. September tends to traditionally be a crazy busy month as we settle back into a routine in the midst of garden harvesting, a new season of schooling, and major events for work.  It is a month where my brain is swirling with information between those three things on top of everything else a mother constantly needs to know.    

But as I think about that, how important it is to truly grasp that verse - "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

It really is when we are faced with all that stuff on our plates of life and acknowledge that we really are too weak to tackle it within our known capacity of strength that God's power can kick in. It's humbling, for sure, to say you can't do it all and are no supermom despite what everyone around you may think, but the great blessing of peace that comes with that confession makes it all worthwhile as you place your weakness into the hands of the One who holds the power.  

His grace truly is sufficient, and His power is more than sufficient.  

Can I get an AMEN?!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

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