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LESSONS FOR A LEARNER

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Let It Go" - Modified for Christ - With Verse References

"Let It Go" Modified for Christ
Italicized Lyrics Mine With Verse References

Original Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  Modified for Christ Lyrics by: “LordLetMeLearn”

The grace glows white in my heart tonight (Is.1:18)
Not a demon to be seen (Col 2:15)
A kingdom of peace, (Is. 9:7, Rom. 14:17)
And my King is The King. (Rev. 17:14, 19:16)

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside (Gal. 5:17, Rom 7:21-25)
Couldn't fight the fears, heaven knows I tried! (1 John 4:18)

Don't let them in, don't let them see (Message of our society)
Be the perfect person you think have to be (Message of our society)
Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know (Message of our society)
Well, now I know! (John 8:32)

Let it go, let it go (Luke 4:18, Heb. 12:1-2)
Can't have bondage anymore (Romans 6:1-2, Gal. 5:1-2)
Let it go, let it go
Turn from sin and live for more! (Acts 2:38, John 10:10)

I don't care
What they're going to say (Rom 1:16)
Let the storm rage on, (Job 30:22, James 1:2-6)
My God is big enough anyway! (Psalm 107:29, Jonah 1:15; Luke 8:23-25)

It's funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small (Is. 55:8-11, 2 Peter 3:8)
And the fears that once controlled me
Can't get to me at all! (Ps. 34:4, 1 Pet. 5:6,7)

It's time to see what I can do
To test my faith and hold true (1 Pet.1:6,7)
His Love, His Strength, He rules in me…I'm free!
(1 John 4:19; 1 Cor. 1:25, 2 Cor. 12:9,10; Col. 3:15;…Rev. 1:5,6!)

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the Spirit and Christ
(2 Cor. 3:17-18, Rom. 8:9-11; Gal. 3:28)
Let it go, let it go
No need to live a lie! (John 8:32)

Here I stand (Eph. 6:13,14)
And here I'll stay (Rom. 5:1-5)
Let the storm rage on!

His
power flurries through the air into the ground (Gen. 1:6-13)
My soul is spiraling in faith-filled fractals all around (1 Pet. 1:9, Heb. 10:22,23)
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast (Col. 3:2,3)
Take captive to Christ because (2 Cor. 10:4,5)
The past is in the past! (Rom. 8:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:17)

Let it go, let it go
He’ll rise with the break of dawn (Is. 58:8)
Let it go, let it go
The need to be perfect is gone! (Eph. 2:1-10, Heb. 7:11)

Here I stand
In the Light of day (John 1:4, 2 Pet. 1:19)
Let the storm rage on,
My God is big enough anyway!


Let It Go - Modified for Christ, Disclaimer

  
I have a 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter who have been captivated by “Frozen” (along with most of the country!)  Thanks to Grandma we own the movie and the soundtrack.  

And thus my musical kiddos with fabulous memories have most of the lyrics memorized.  So much so that now Mommy and Daddy can sing along with many of the songs because they have been sung so much!  We both will still often get teared up when we hear “Let it Go” or “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” 

These are powerful songs. 

They touch something deep in the soul.  Touch those wounded, broken places of the heart.  The places which long to be healed and long to be free.

So, to clarify, my modifications are not because I find something wrong with the original.  Part of why they are powerful is because they are good.

On a beautiful Autumn morning on the last Saturday of October in 2014, I was riding my road bike down the hill at the back of my neighborhood going 30 miles per hour.  Now some people love that rush.  However, I am a first born daughter with a bountiful supply of caution (much like Elsa) and prefer a little more control of my two tiny, narrow tires.

I left the house minutes before feeling burdened by the weight of anxiety – over the day’s schedule, over the out-of-control pile of paperwork, over marital tensions, over the unknowns of our foster care future…

And as I’m speeding down this hill, I think “let it go” and then I start to sing “Let it Go” and then I start to alter the words to align with my Christ-centered world view.  The rest of my 30 minute ride was spent worshipping God through “Let it Go.”  I was so excited to get home, find the original lyrics, and compile a full version that I can sing to the Lord and remind my way-ward heart when it is easy to be burdened by the weight of this world…Let it Go…My God is big enough anyway!

I am not musical nor a poet by nature.  The product of this was a result of the inspiration of The Holy Spirit and the reality that “Let it Go” has a message that speaks to the soul…that soul created by Christ Himself.  There wasn’t much that needed to be altered to make it a song appropriate to sing as worship to The King of Kings...because the song has so much Truth in it to begin with!  It's almost as if the original authors were Christians and changed a few things for Hollywood!?!

I hope this amateur piece blesses your soul and you are able to experience True Freedom and thus Freely Worship Your Big God!
"Let It Go" Modified for Christ

Original Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  Modified for Kingdom for Christ by: “LordLetMeLearn”

The grace glows white in my heart tonight
Not a demon to be seen
A kingdom of peace,
And my King is The King.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn't fight the fears, heaven knows I tried!

Don't let them in, don't let them see
Be the perfect person you think have to be
Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know
Well, now I know!

Let it go, let it go
Can't have bondage anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn from sin and live for more!

I don't care
What they're going to say
Let the storm rage on,
My God is big enough anyway!

It's funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can't get to me at all!

It's time to see what I can do
To test my faith and hold true
His Love, His Strength, He rules in me…I'm free!

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the Spirit and Christ
Let it go, let it go
No need to live a lie!

Here I stand
And here I'll stay
Let the storm rage on!

His
power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in faith-filled fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
Take captive to Christ because
The past is in the past!

Let it go, let it go

He’ll rise with the break of dawn (Is. 58:8)
Let it go, let it go
The need to be perfect is gone!

Here I stand
In the Light of day
Let the storm rage on,
My God is big enough anyway!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Recent Inspiration

Two posts in one day...since I've missed so many weeks of postings, I guess...

Although we haven't settled on a church home, yet, since our move, God has been faithful to keep me close to Himself.

First off, probably due to the challenges of the transition, it has forced me to cling to Him.

I did much journaling and processing early in the move.  Then felt the need to dig more deeply into The Word.  I felt lead to study Galatians - a book I haven't spent much time in but have wanted to, specifically now because of the them of "freedom" that I feel God is wanting me to learn.  

I asked a new friend who also recently moved here and seemed like she would be one of those "true fellowship" sisters if she wanted to join me in studying Galatians.  God has provided sweet friendship, fellowship, partnership, and accountability through our relationship.  One way of staying connected to the Lord!

Visiting different churches has offered fresh opportunities to worship Jesus and connect with lots of neat people.

One church is having a women's study learning from Beth Moore's Proverbs study on Wisdom - rich stuff.  Good to inspire and challenge and seek the Lord!

That church also has a "Super Sunday" where they bring in quality speakers.  Last month was Christopher Yuan.  I read the book her wrote with his mom prior to going to his speaking engagement - "Out of a Far Country: A gay son's journey to God, a broken mother's journey to hope."  Powerful.

This month's speaker is Lynn Wilder.  I read her book this summer in anticipation of her coming to speak -  Unveiling Grace: The Story of how we found our way out of the Mormon Church.  Another inspirational story that reminds you of God's power, keeping me engaged with the reality of His presence. 

And most Sundays I have still gotten to rest and be refreshed and inspired while reading Ann Voskamp's blog: aholyexperience.com  A few Sundays ago I noticed on the sidebar a square that said: Tim Keller with Ann Voskamp in your city...now Tim Keller is another one of my favorite people (i.e. one of my favorite people whom I've never met:)) and to have the opportunity to hear them both from the same stage, I wanted to know more.  Turns out they were going to be the two National speakers along with a 3 person national panel broadcast in over 60 cities worldwide speaking on "advancing good in your community" through this event for Q-Commons (never heard of them!)  And my city would be one of those 60 cities!  At each city location they would also have 3 live local speakers.  How enticing...I ended up going last Thursday - a unique experience, once again uplifting to experience the universal Body of Christ coming together for a common cause.

So these are some ways God has been recently encouraging, inspiring, challenging me and teaching me to stay in step with His Spirit!  

Sigh...The Sound of a Heavy Heart...

I miss not processing via writing in a more orderly fashion than my stream-of-consciousness journal and in a mode that could possibly minister to someone (of the whole 5-ish people who read my blog:)).

Life has been very full since I stopped posting regularly - had third baby, packed to move, moved, and now in the process of settling into the new city...house is mostly painted, pictures are finally on the wall, I even made good progress on the basement (22 boxes unpacked last week!) and yesterday hubby and I hit the garage - we can get to the cabinets now!

I went to church with a heavy heart this morning due to some unsettled feelings...and left with a heavier heart.  We are in the process of visiting four churches in the area - we are really drawn for one reason or another to each of them.  We were going to be elsewhere today, but ended up at one of the other churches we had already visited a few times because a friend of ours was guest preaching there.  At the close of the service we sat listening to the third loss they had had in the last 6 months.  When we visited a few months ago we were coming into the rawness of them losing an assistant pastor to moral unfaithfulness three weeks prior.  My heart is heavy for their losses and the hard transitions they are facing.  The sermon by today's guest pastor was unknowingly timely on Isaiah 36 & 37 - God is and will be King, enthroned, powerful, in control with a plan and purpose.  What a good reminder!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A HOMEMAKER IS:

I'm unsettled.

I'm unsettled regarding the stigma of a "Homemaker" or "Just a Stay-at-home-Mom."

Thankfully, I dwell in circles where this calling is affirmed and encouraged and my husband isn't the only one saying his homemaking wife "works harder than I do.":)

Maybe it's my pride.  Maybe it's my stubbornness.  Maybe it's my innate desire for justice and for all to believe what's true.  But I don't want to settle for just being content in my heart with knowing that being a homemaker is more than the stigma of having little value or at least being underappreciated even if its value would be verbally praised.

I want to have a voice.  When someone asks me, "What do you do?"  I want to respond with something thought-provoking, something that makes others (even fellow SAHMs) pause and ponder the honor and significance of being a homemaker.  Something that catches so that this generation can break the mold and when the vocation (from the root of "the calling") of "homemaker" is mentioned it invokes a sense of awe instead of invoking a sense of awkwardness.

I listened to a John Piper Mother's Day sermon on Proverbs 1:7-9 that brought me to tears as it resonated with my heart's desire to invest deeply into my children.  It challenged and inspired me as I feel where I fall short in my wrestling between getting caught in my own agenda and having my heart set on things above.

And I feel the weight and get weighed down emotionally, physically, and now that I think of it spiritually as well (not keeping God's perspective) by the mundane, the interruptions, the resistance, the lack of evidence that I'm making a difference in the life of these littles (ages 6,4, & 19 months).  Hmmmm...to have the faith and hope and anticipation of looking forward and seeing/knowing what they will need to be impactors for the kingdom down the road without being discouraged by the reality that there will be areas I fail them in and DEAR LORD, may it NOT be failing them in ways in which they will be hindered in walking WITH YOU and Serving FOR YOUR GLORY!  Oh, the wisdom that will take!  May my heart be like the young man Solomon desiring wisdom...for me, LORD, wisdom in parenting, shepherding these sheep you have entrusted to me and not be distracted by my desire for order, praise, perfection, or any other idol.

So back to the reality of "Homemaker." "Homemaker" has a "simple" connotation for the "simple-minded."  When in reality a "Home-maker" is:

A Love-maker (first and "should be" foremost:))
A Peace-maker (a unique challenge with lots of sinners living in close quarters day in and day out)
A Food-maker (3 to sometimes 6 times a day!  Time to figure out what to eat, get it ready, and clean it                                  up again!?!)
A Mend-maker (from broken zipper to broken heart, from bruised knee to bruised confidence)
A Bed-maker (and all the other laundry that comes with the sheets)
A Clean-maker (or at least straightening it up somewhat regularly!)
A Decision-maker (all the small instantaneous "Mom, can I's...?" to the medium "Where should we play which sport? to the important "How do I best, most genuinely instruct you in the ways of the LORD!?!"
A Comfort-maker (from comforting the crying baby, the whining toddler, or upset teenager to making the guests feel comfortable, showing genuine Christian hospitality and not just entertaining with a matching themed ambiance.)
A Decorator (all those little things that make a house a home)

And all that just in the home...

Not to mention the chauffeuring, the cheerleading, the appointments, the shopping...all the activities of the executive homemaker that make up the "out of office" hours!

(**And this is not by any means intended to cause division amidst my sisters-in-Christ who choose to have a monetary job.  This is just my processing my personal feelings of the societal stigma of being a homemaker.)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Classical Conversations Homeschooling – Part 3
What do you do at CC?
Classical Conversation communities are found throughout the nation and the goal is to keep the format fairly consistent.  We heard testimony from several women at our Practicum about how wonderful it was when they moved that they could plug into a community in their new city and how the familiarity was so helpful.  

So, I’ve shared about the overarching vision.  What does the actual time together in this “community” look like!?!  As there are a Trivium in the three stages of learning (Grammar, Dialectic, Rhetoric), there are three phases of the CC program.  They are called: Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge.  I can explain more later, but for now I will explain Foundations since that is the “foundation” that begins the Grammar phase and the one we began with last year.  Foundations is for children in those Grammar years of learning, ages 4-12ish. 

One day a week Classical Conversation meets (larger cities have multiple locations, some meeting on the same day, others on different days – often times Friday or Monday).  It starts about 9:15 and ends at noon, with a 12-1 lunch/recess built in.  (Each family brings their lunch).   The format is as follows:

9:15 – 9:30 – meet as large group, have announcements, say Pledge of Allegiance, a Pledge to honor Scripture, and review the Scripture passage that all CC communities are memorizing. (This last year was Ephesians 6, one verse for each of the 24 weeks).  Then there is a family presentation time.  This is a short time that rotates through so each family has an opportunity to share a bit about themselves.  It can be as simple as just introducing yourselves and your likes or as creative as playing an ensemble together. 
9:30 – Dismissed to classes
9:30-10:00 – Learn new Foundations Grammar
10:00-10:30 –
10:30 – 11:00 –
11:00 – 11:30 –
11:30 – 12 – Review Grammar from earlier in the morning and previous weeks
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch/Recess

The middle three half hour blocks can happen in different orders, but they are Science, Art, and Presentations.  I personally was thankful that I knew my son was getting specific science and art input each week because for some reason I just rarely seemed to get their on my own at home! 

The Science time rotates through six weeks of experiments, six weeks of something else, six weeks of something else, and six weeks of something else (this last year the last six weeks was building and testing craft stick bridges and egg drop protectors.

The Art time rotates through six weeks of drawing, six weeks learning/practicing the tin whistle, six weeks of famous artists, and six weeks of classical music/orchestra appreciation.

The Presentation time begins for the young ones as a glorified show-and-tell with the purpose being to learn how to give a presentation with an introduction and body and conclusion (Hi, my name is….and today for my presentation I am going to…That is the end of my presentation. Does anyone have any questions?)  These presentations are also exposure to public speaking in order build that comfort and skill.  There are suggested ideas each week and as the students mature, more is expected from their presentation (with a maximum of 3 minutes).  The presentation time is also later used to hone those rhetoric skills of communicating effectively and prepare them for life-after-formal education where presenting can be an influential part of the role God has them in.

The “recess” time was also such a perk!  It was an opportunity for me to build relationships with and fellowship with and learn from other homeschool families and the time to play with a group of kids was a highlight for my kiddos.

Other Foundations Factoids:

Who is teaching this material?  A Tutor.  They call them “tutors” as opposed to “teachers” in order to emphasize that you as the parent are the teacher.  The tutor comes along side you and presents the material in an organized and fun way for you to then be able to go home and practice with your child(ren).      

This sounds like a great time for me to run errands…WELL…the design of CC goes back to the “community” aspect.  The parents are learning with the kids and being modeled things like hand motions to go with songs to aid in memorization and pronunciation of tricky countries, et al.  Kids under 4 usually have a “nursery” option while the parent sits in on the class or floats between classes if they have multiple children in the program.  Some may baulk at this (and to be honest there have been times I would have preferred to be elsewhere) but overall it is enjoyable with the right attitude and when you have the vision in perspective it makes sense.  Part of our motive in homeschooling is that we want to be engaged in our child’s education and not just drop him/her off to learn from someone else, right!?!  Plus, the other benefits of our learning and gleaning from presence with community!

Class size: Each class is broken up by age and capped at 8 students (although I did hear that under rare circumstances they may have accepted 9) and each community is capped at 8 classes (or less if the facility cannot house say, more than 6 classrooms…speaking of facility, they are usually held at a church.) 


Grammar: So, you’ve probably picked up that “Grammar” is “information/knowledge,” but I can expand more specifically on what “New Grammar” looks like for the first 30 minutes of class time.  It is broken up into seven subjects...