Understanding is NOT Believing!

For years I have pondered why we as believers are afraid to explore some ideas, for example, in the realm of philosophy.  Or why we don’t want to hear others lines of thinking who are not believers.

It may just be fear.

We are afraid if we understand something we believe it.  That simply isn’t true.  I may understand Hinduism, and may even be able to teach on it (I can’t!) but that does not make me a Hindu.  Paul understood the day he was living in, and it’s philosophies and religions, and was therefore able to explain the gospel, day after day, holding out the Truth among learned people.( Acts 17:16-30)

Yes, we need to guard our minds.  Yes, we need to know if we are deceiving ourselves and just want to dabble in a place where we have no business personally.  We know our weaknesses.  We know what we need to avoid. And as believers, we have the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us in His Word.  It is our our desires, says James, that lead us away and we are enticed.  It is not the philosophy class.

Believing is something to trust.  You can understand something and not believe.  And you just might find yourself equipped to share the gospel to or to encourage or warn someone about to subtly slip into error, because you know what the error is!  

 Understanding is not believing.


Too Many Rules

I have heard this complaint more than once over the years.  As parents we are not to exasperate our children.  

Jesus summed up God’s rules into two commands.

I came up with 4.  But my boys felt like these two encompassed all four.


Be Considerate

Be Responsible

Now  I have challenged myself to only give these two commands this week.  Will you pray for me as I seek to retrain my behavior?

It may take the form of “Look at the animals,and be responsible” (feed them!)

Go to your brother and be considerate ( encourage him, help him, apologize…)

Have you ever donesomething like this?  Was it helpful?  Suggestions and thoughts


What is your Twenty Mile March?

The concept of the Twenty Mile March was presented to us by Christy Somerville during a Teaching Rhetoric Literature webinar.  It’s a historical event which businesses have employed with apparent success.  There were two  equally matched teams racing for the South Pole.  One teams worked hard when the weather was good, pushing themselves to the nth degree.  The other team struggled through terrible weather and difficult terrain for 20 miles a day in bad weather.  And limited themsleves to 20 miles a day in good weather so as not to overtax themselves.   Who do you think won?  The team that paced themselves.

Running a family and a homesschool has similarities, but also differences and all cannot be strictly applied.  However, I’ve been asking myself what our “twenty miles” are.  I’ve yet to come to a sense of that, and am praying that God would show us what His twenty-miles for our family is!  

But what would be yours?  Your families?  Your educational “twenty miles” for your kiddos?  

I’d love to hear your thoughts!


School Room Blog Hop

It is easy to be discontent and wish your school space  looked like someone else’s space.  Instead to think about what is a source of irritation in your management of school materials and then pray as you “hop” that the Lord would show you how to overcome that issue….or there might be an idea that doesn’t quite fit, but spurs some ideas of your own.  As always, be a good steward and think “what do I have in my hand” (I think that is from Elizabeth Elliot’s mom!)  Sometimes you would be amazed!  My husband is working on something now that will solve a source of irritation.  And the White Board solution he devised came as quite a relief!

Enjoy the blog hop !  Even if you don’t have a schoolroom, there are alot of fun and useflul  things –not all the posts are about full-fledged rooms!  I don’t know how long this will be up, but I hope it’s a long time!  There are some really interesting things to look at.