“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Thinking Love– Simply Charlotte Mason

Once there was a king who had a very special child.
The king could not entrust this child to just any of his
subjects to raise; he searched for a couple who, he knew, would
raise the child after his own heart. He lovingly placed the child in
their home with the commission, “I am loaning her to you for a
short time. Raise her as I would.”

A Whole Person

God has entrusted our children to us. They belong to Him
and we are merely stewards with the commission of teaching and
training them. Most likely you already know this truth. But it is
important to review it every now and then, for when we understand
this truth, we know how to view our children. And how we view
our children will have a profound influence on how we choose to
educate them.

“And first, let us consider where and what the little being
is who is entrusted to the care of human parents.

A tablet to bewritten upon? A twig to be bent? Wax to be moulded?
Very likely;but he is much more––a being belonging to an altogether higher
estate than ours; as it were, a prince committed to the fostering
care of peasants.”

If we view our children as whole persons, entrusted to us by
God, we will be careful to educate their whole persons: body,
mind, will, emotions, soul. We will not isolate just the intellect or
just the will.

A Thinking Love (free e-book) – Simply Charlotte Mason

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Right around the corner

This weekend as the temps crept upward to 68 I ventured out of my house to inspect the yard and make plans for this year's garden. This time last week my herbs were under a blanket of white snow again this year which is rare here in the deep South.

As I rushed cold and shivering from the car to the back door last week I had failed to stop and take note of what was happening in the garden. That is why this caught me by surprise:

Is that what I think it is? Could it be true? Dare I say the words out loud? The first signs of Spring! Yes there in the snow (did not take the pic that day) peaking out my crocus, the first to bloom...early Spring bloomers... that would mean only one thing...this must be early spring! I refuse to get what I call "Spring Fever" and start planting but boy it is hard when the days are 70. After a week of warmer temps my daffodils popped out their happy faces

Spring is right around the corner my friend!