Pruning the Dead Branches

Thought about and searched for this tonight … Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening: Morning for April 29th “Thou art my hope in the day of evil.” –Jeremiah 17:17 The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God’s Word, “Her […]

Looking for Answers

Practical solutions are, at best, a temporary relief. Answers of eternal good, that help despite the circumstances, are ones that transcend circumstances.

Things still feel rough around here.  I still feel like I’m searching for answers.  I’ve made some progress on the track of practical solutions.  But I also have to admit that practical solutions are, at best, a temporary relief.  But (I should know this by now!) the answers that are of eternal good, that help […]

The Next Thing

One of the things that I have recently found to be a crushing burden of homeschool (for me, for now) is the feeling of needing to “finish” something in a given time.  I fear that if I don’t finish it, my kids will be “behind”.  I fear that if I don’t finish it, I will […]

Do the Next Thing

I just love this poem.  Some sites credit it to Elizabeth Elliot.  Others mention that she shared it as from an anonymous author.  I haven’t been able to find out for sure who wrote it, so I’ll leave it unattributed for now.  I have had a copy of this poem for quite some time and […]

Flu and Freedom

After Hazel’s surgery, Matt got the flu.  And then he kindly shared it with each of us in turn.  I thought I had the worst of it Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  I was wrong.  Tuesday was so bad I had to ask Matt to stay home from work.  Yesterday I was just barely well enough […]

All You Need to Know

While Teaching from Rest (and the companion material) has been inspiring my soul and driving my contemplation of why I am doing what I am doing, Math on the Level has inspired contemplation into the how of our homeschooling.  But then it got more interesting.  There has been a fascinating interplay between the two sources. […]

Anxiety – the Noble Sin

Sarah Mackenzie says that “rest is the virtue between negligence and anxiety”.  In the companion journal to Teaching from Rest she asks the reader to consider whether she tends more towards negligence or anxiety.  Mentally I answered quickly “I tend more towards anxiety!” On the face of it, who would ever wish to be anxiety-prone?  Who […]

Letting Go

My mother has always been a master of illustrations and analogies.  I can still vividly recall dozens of picture images she used to explain spiritual and intangible concepts to us as children and even now that we are adults.  Once a few years ago at a gathering of young moms, she used the story of […]