Wow where to start....life w/God, there is no comparison to life without and through this chapter she refers to that metamorphosis as if it is a changing of caterpillar to butterfly as we wait to be transformed and changed unto a beautiful creature who lives for Him and has a desire to soar in search nourishment (for us this is our Savior, Jesus Christ). How many times in our own homeschooling experience do we sit down with good day of hopes of what is to come for our own selfish goals only to realize that this will never work...kids are tired, we are stressed and no one is gaining anything out of this head pounding against the wall. We must then stop and look to God for our guidance and help, not our own self, but His goals! So are you ready to be in this place, Rachael calls the "Way out Beyond Me"place where we need God complete for all our actions, our thoughts and our desires.....his goals, desires and servitude becomes our whole purpose and we are changed forever. Our children benefit from this as we now see them as whole person not a grade, number or task to check off.
As she talked about having a true heart for your kids, starting each day praying for them, about their futures, presents and past worries; thinking about their needs and desires, trying to set them on God's face and seeing this life is meant for Him; to take the time to show them that God matters and that all we do we do to glorify him and show others His love for us. I love how she takes the time to pray for her children and help them see the purpose and plan that he has for each of our beloved blessings....Jesus did this for his disciples in the Garden and also for those who had no one to care for them. We should for those we love and those we do not yet know. By praying aloud and silently we are showing our children that prayer works and matters to God. I have found so many times when I could have prayed silently but by doing so aloud, my girls better understand our Creator and Savoir, they see my humble nature and that I too am weak, tired and in need of our Heaven Father.
I love how she takes the time to show us that Jesus, prayer, quiet time with our Father, and praise all matter to God and all in different ways. I like to look at this as our circle of God....the things we as humans need to do to show our gratitude, love and joy for such a sacrifice as death for our sins....past, present and future. I love how you can take time out of each day, days that sometimes seem to take up all of our exsisitance and still amount to very little remnance (as far as impressions on a fraction of time are concerned). Take the time to be humble, submissive, and joyful in the present of your children and as a child of God. Allow those blessing you have been given from the Lord almighty; see your faults, your failures, the words that bring you to your knees as you wait patiently for the Lord to answer those prayers that you ask for in deperation. Allow the kids to see how it is only when we are humble and submit that the Lord begins to understand who we are and we see that He alone is our Savior and our reason for giving Glory. He is our Father, our Creator and our Maker. We can come to the cross and carry the burdens of this world to grow closer to Him, deeper in our Faith and also allow our kids to see this will allow them to understand Jesus better. We are living water to them and therefore we become the Living Water that Jesus speaks of so freuquently in the NT. We can also be that guide for our children on earth, instead of all the media of this world that surrounds them.
Be a light for your child, start by reading His word, preaching His word as you live your daily life and praying for all those dreams and hopes that you have not only for your own life but for those blessed ones in your life. Don't forget to give your child a heart's desire that is solely devoted to our Heavenly Father....one that is true and holy....one for the King of all Kings.
God bless, Kim S