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I love the Lord as much as a broken person can; love and loved by my husband; blessed by 5 amazing little people who have helped me to learn much about me; grateful to serve even more as God gives them to me; blessed every day to be a home school teacher; college student; I hope to change the world by loving as many people as possible, because there is nothing greater than loving another.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gilbert Academy School Schedules 2009-2010

It's that time of year. Many over on the WTM Forum are posting their schedules for the upcoming school year and/or asking for advice to make theirs. So, here is what's up with the Gilbert Gang.

You'll notice some open gaps in the schedules of the older 3. We're trying something new this year. They have checklists with Independent Studies that are required daily. I am allowing them to work on the subjects of their choosing, just so long as they finish them per day as prescribed. Hopefully, they'll be successful!

Otherwise, it's elementary, dear Watson, for the little two as we endeavor to enjoy our 10th year of home schooling. May the wind be at our heels and God's hands guide our feet! Only 9 years to go!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sometimes a girl needs a little spontaneity!

After a full day of chores, exercise, shopping and laundry, I decided at about 7:30pm that we should go to the beach for a quick evening of fun. I hadn't even considered the glorious sunset we would witness. It's amazing at how HUGE the sun looks, then disappears into the sunset as a sinking egg yolk into the sea. The children were amazed at how bright the sky still was, although the sun was "gone."

We went with our friends, the Greens. The water was shallow, so the big kids went pretty far out and the little guys, Axel and Antonio, body surfed for a long time. The baby (just over one) screamed and splashed in pure joy and Alexander, the 4 year old, just ran and laughed the entire time -- except when we buried him! He kept saying, "Bury me, Daniele. Bury me!"

I was standing in the water and felt something bump me. Not slide over me, like a fish, but bump me with a bit of weight. I looked around and right about that time, Johnny said he saw and felt a nurse shark. After a moment or two, or three, he headed back in, remembering our Marine lessons and that nurse sharks are docile. It was exciting to come into contact with an amazing little, although sharp toothed, creature. In all my years in Florida, this is only the second time I've witnessed a nurse shark. I'm not scared, but completely fascinated.

We ended the evening with our friend, Mr. Joe, jammin' on some glow sticks while Antonio broke down the beat with some old school beat boxin'...I can still hear his jam in my head. It was a great celebratory evening spent with good friends. What a wonderful world we live in! Enjoy the slideshow!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Recently, I participated in a thread on my favorite home school message board. I wanted to post this, so people would get to know me on my blog a bit.

Quote: So is it wrong to expect that the adults who show up to church and do absolutely nothing but listen to the service should help the church in some way? I know they can't be made to, but is it wrong to step up the request for more help?

I've heard before that someone said they hadn't felt lead to do something, but I don't think God necessarily yells in our ear to do something...when instead he might be sitting back wondering why more people aren't doing the right thing.

I truly want to understand this....we have an awesome preacher and service, but volunteering seems to be stinky...and I'm not saying it all has to be for the kids...I'm saying those that come in repeatedly and do nothing to help the church.

So am I wrong for this to aggravate me, is there a different way I should be looking at things?


My response: The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord. So, Yes, I believe a person should be led by God and will have it placed upon his/her heart to volunteer. God gives us the desires of our hearts -- I know some people think this means, I want a new car, so God will give it to me. I think that's a Gross misinterpretation. I think the things we love, deep down, are there b/c God puts those loves on our hearts.

IMHO (which is probably unpopular) I think churches very easily fall into the "ministry" trap. Since in Western churches the custom is to have senior ministries, young adults, couples, newly married, children's church, worship teams, ladies bible studies, mens bible studies, teens, middle schools, nursery the list goes on and on and on.....I'm not convinced those are always God's ministries, but what "Man" thinks will provide a nice Church Community for its members. More like a country club with scheduled activities than a place for all to come and worship in one spirit, in truth ---- there for God, not themselves.

I do believe the body should be ministering to each other, so I ask you to consider this. How does the Lord minister to you? My answer to that question is: on a personal level. One on one, providing my needs individually. To me, a non-system where a woman in church comes to me and says, "Please let me enjoy your little one during service today." is much more of God's ministry than dropping off my baby to a teenager, paid employee, or volunteer whose there b/c of the weekly guilt announcement. Or my son noticing that our neighbor is elderly and needs her grass cut. He doesn't need to start a lawn mowing ministry, he just needs to move on those ordered steps.

You never know if those who just come on Sunday aren't offering themselves as living sacrifices to many within the body the rest of the week. God's ministry is not limited to activity between walls on Sunday/Wed service.

I mostly volunteered b/c I felt led to do so. Sometimes I did it out of guilt. When it was guilt -- it never lasted and I found myself judging others who weren't "doing their part." As if I know what their part is? Like I'm God who can decide who will be suited for what j.o.b. in the church.

To summarize, I guess I have a fundamental disagreement with the System that is Modern American Christian Organized Religion. God is surely a God of order, but I think men like little systems we can understand and facilitate. I don't see God as being facilitated. I see Him as a moving spirit, going to each of us individually fulfilling our needs.

If the people won't staff the ministry, then the ministry shouldn't exist.

Just my honest opinion. I mean it to be encouraging.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sometimes it's so hard to be a "doer"

I am a doer. I like to put words to action and fix things right up. Granted, my solutions are not always the right ones, but at least I am ever searching for an answer.

You don't like cursing, then don't be around cursing people, or tv, or radio.
You don't like eating sugary foods, then don't shop at a convenient store or better yet, don't buy sugar!
You don't like drama, then don't hang around dramatic people.
You want to step up in the world, then stop being with folks that hold you down or back.
You want to be better at anything, change something, or improve something, then take steps to improve the situation. If you're not sure what those steps are, ASK GOD! He'll show you! Just be prepared that you might not like his answers and they will probably require you, YES YOU, to make a change.

If you aren't willing to do any of the above, then shut your mouth! Stop complaining! Stop talking, talking, talking, about how you want things to be different, but keep walking around the same mountain on the same trail. Gongs and clanging noises!

Can you tell I'm over it?! I am and I'm gonna make changes to bring about the best my Lord has for me, cuz I'm tired of talking and I'm even more tired of listening to fakers, wannabes, posers, call 'em what you will. I'm sick of hearin' people talkin' smack, but still bein' the same old people year after year, after year. Good bye smack talkers. I'm so done with you!

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