Random Bits and Heart Attitudes

    
     

     Long time readers here know that my boys find some, ummmm, rather unusual places to read and/or do their school assignments.  High up in a tree.  Lying out in the pasture.  Atop hay bales in the feed barn.  These days Aaron, at just over six feet tall, isn’t quite so adventurous, but he still likes to be comfy, in that laid back, sprawled out, sort of way teenage boys have.

    

     Will, on the other hand, still finds half the fun of reading in the “where” of the situation. 

 
     We’re working through a multi-grade level world geography course this year, each boy working at a different level.  It’s quite a bit different than our normal living books approach to geography.  I wanted the boys to have something different this year, something with more intensive map work than we’d normally do, and something requiring the boys to do a bit more research.  I’m liking this program so far, and I will review it for you in the coming weeks.  I’m growing used to finding the globe and various atlases lying about wherever school is, or has been, happening. 


     I’ve enjoyed visiting some of your homes, via your blogs, and so many of you are already enjoying your fall decorations, fall scented candles and even some cool autumn weather.  We’re still enjoying summer weather, with temperatures reaching or near 100° several times this week.  Our pool is still open and flip flops are still my shoe of choice most every day.  Fall really and truly is my favorite season, and I’m sure I’ll start putting a few fall things out soon.  My heart’s just not in it when the air conditioner is still running!

      On the knitting front, I’ve always something on the needles, though the summer months have been spent working only on small, cotton projects.  Several of our dish cloths have completely worn out, so I’ve made several to replace them.  I found a giant cone of cotton yarn at Wal-Mart the other day for just $6.97.  The Peaches & Cream yarn is not quite as nice as the Sugar’n Cream yarn (Lily) or the Lion Cotton that I normally use, but the fall colors really appealed to me.  I thought a few fall dish cloths might be nice in my home in the coming months.  I tried the knitted dish cloth pattern on the back of the label the day I bought the yarn.  I didn’t care for the end product, but I was able to keep what I did like about the pattern and incorporate it into something I do like.  I’ve a few rows done now, and I’m anxious to see the end result!

 
     A sweet blogging friend has commissioned me to make a few new dish cloths for her, as well, and they are underway in some beautiful solids and variegated yarns.  I’m hoping to have these finished up in a week or so for her. 
     My days are oh, so full, but that’s a blessing.  It’s good to have our days filled with the work that the Lord has given us to do.  Minding our own hearts.  Caring for our families and our homes.  Discipling and teaching children.  The Lord has worked ever so gently yet firmly on my heart over the summer months, redirecting my steps a bit where homeschooling is concerned, and softening my heart in so very many ways.  I’m often reminded of the ways that he has led and taught me thus far.  Never once has He complained about reteaching me the same lessons over and over.  Never once!  He is so loving and awesome and glorious!  I stumble and fall, time and again, and He picks me up, dusts me off, forgives the sin and sets me back on my feet.  Time and again. 
     Do I do that with my own children?  Do I lovingly approach them when they stumble along, helping them back to their feet and lovingly setting them back on the path?  I wish I could say that I was characterized by that sort of behavior, but all too often I fail even there, failing to show Christ to my children.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time or the tenth time I’ve seen them fail, my response should always reflect Christ to them.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a math lesson or a sin issue that I’m explaining for the one hundred and tenth time, my response should always be Christ-like.  Patient.  Loving.  Kind.  Forgiving.  Firm?  Yes!!  But loving!  I think it’s high time for me to dwell on 1 Corinthians 13 a bit more.  
     It’s all a matter of the heart, really, and what we choose to let motivate us.  Do we consider it a matter of drudgery to teach and disciple our precious children?  Or do we consider it a blessing from the Lord?  I loved what Tim Challies had to say the other day about “got to’s and get to’s”.  It’s funny how changing that one little vowel, the o in got to an e, makes all the difference in the world.  I highly recommend that you click over and read the article.
     I’m getting things ready in advance of the Lord’s Day tomorrow.  Preparing food, ironing clothes, packing the church basket, that sort of thing.  It’s work, sure, but it’s a pleasure, too.  It’s a wonderful thing that I “get” to do today.  Have a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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7 comments to Random Bits and Heart Attitudes

  • Love it, thanks for sharing, Cheryl!

  • “FOUR HUNDRED AND NIIINEDIE!!!” “Oooo-oooo!”

     Sorry, Veggie Tales quotes going through my head reading the last part of your blog.  If we should forgive someone 490 times surely this must apply to reteaching too, right?  So the math lesson has been explained 110 times?  They still have 380 more times to get it!

  • @Ex_Goat_Milker – Exactly!!   Dani-girl, you are so great!  Love you!  Miss you!

  • Another wonderful post Cheryl!
    Boy can I relate to your weather situation…
    Even though I am a few hours south of you and on the coast we are having temps in the 80’s and 90’s…it’s hard to get into the fall spirit even though I love it so!

    I loved seeing what you are knitting…
    I wish that I knew how to knit so that I could knit some dishcloths.
    I know that they are very popular and I think they probably hold up alot better!

    Wishing you a blessed evening and Lord’s Day and may they be filled with sweet and simple joys! ♥

  • Hi Cheryl,

    That Will just cracks me up.he can really find some funny places to read. I am going to take knitting classes next month. That might help me relax. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. The Buttermilk Cake looks so yummy.Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • Cheryl, thanks for sharing the link to the get to and got to I thouroughly enjoyed it and printed it to keep.  I think that is the first blog post I have ever done that with.

    I sure wish I knew how to knit and make some dish clothes. 

  • What you shared about discipling and training our children reminds me of Shepherding a Child’s Heart. I loved his premise that our discipline/training should point to Christ!

    I’m heading over to Tim Challies to read the article!

    I hope you guys are all over your flu bug!