Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Year in Review

How's your year been going?   That was the question a friend recently posed to our homeschooling group.  That got me thinking about how we set priorities.  New year.  New calendar.   Time to plan.  Make changes.  

Here's my answer.   Granted.   It gets a bit preachy at the end, but consider it as mentor-y. Because that's what I do.    

A promise you can count on!

My YEAR? hohoHaHoHaHoHahahahahhaah!
January 7 - hub tells me he wants to quit his job & move back to Midwest, become a truck driver
Spring - declutter the house; start job hunting & re-writing my resume - ugh.
June - graduate our youngest from homeschool high school
July - find a buyer for our house (four offers out of five showings), finalize the deal, inspections, packing in earnest
August - get the graduate ready for college, move all our household goods to storage in WI, move in with hub's sister in MN, drop DD at college & hub off to truck driver training in CO
Sept - continue job hunting & interviewing, gallivanting all over WI for interviews & visiting family; not feeling very good; stressed out with hub cross-country from me & DD at college, flying solo = ugh.
October - more interviews, but wait! What is this? A new job at the end of the month (yahoo!); hubby starts a local delivery truck position after other driving things in TX and WI fall through
November - house-hunting; the vague discomfort I've been feeling in my tummy graduates to being painful; turns out to be a gigantic tumor (large grapefruit size--no wonder I feel like I'm preggers!), a couple days later I have a 9-inch incision down my stomach, and it's ovarian cancer! And we're buying a house.
December - recuperating, waiting to start chemo in a few days, writing my Christmas card, looking at all our blessings; waiting for a closing date to get into our new home.
Yeah. That's our year in review. Not very homeschooler-y-ish, but perhaps a good "lesson."
Wisdom from God's Word - guaranteed!

When I consider the many lessons I've taught over the years, along with the Bible studies and Bible WORD studies I've dived into....I am SO THANKFUL for knowing the Scriptures as they have provided me with SO. MUCH. COMFORT.
Really.  Comfort.   The kind that ONLY God can give.   
"Praise be to the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of compassion and the God of all COMFORT, 
who COMFORTS us in all our TROUBLES, 
so that we can COMFORT those in any TROUBLE with the 
COMFORT we ourselves have received from God.  
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, 
so also through Christ our COMFORT overflows.  
If we are distressed, it is for your COMFORT and salvation; 
if we are COMFORTED, it is for your COMFORT, 
which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.  
And our hope for you is firm, because we know 
that just as you share in our sufferings, 
so also you share in our COMFORT."   

2 Corinthians 1:3-7
So...ladies, my CHARGE TO YOU IS THIS: In the midst of your day--be sure (be SURE--yes, I'm YELLING that word at you) BE SURE to include Daily Bible Reading. For you. For your children.
I don't care HOW you manage it. But DO IT! 
 * * * * * * * * * *
Look DEEP into the Scriptures--more than just a quick overview or survey. Savor it.
With your children, strive to see the sweep of God's hand in history as you read the "history" books of the Old & New Testament, and how God has laid it all out--according to His plan. Strive to see the wisdom of His plans. Strive to see the blessings and the promises FOR YOU, for YOUR MARRIAGE, and YOUR CHILDREN.   
So:  FIND. A. WAY -- if it's not already part of your daily routine -- MAKE it a priority.  As a homeschooler, you can use it for spelling, grammar, handwriting and reading.  And history.  Poetry or literature.  And rhetoric.  
You will NEVER EVER EVER regret the time you spend in God's Word.
That is a money-back guarantee.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Plans? God Has This One

Let the earth praise the Lord!
God's country - mountains!
We serve a great God, and it is always amazing to see His hand moving mountains in our lives.   His plans are incredible and I stand (bow, kneel, grovel) in awe of what He can do.

I told someone recently that although I'm teary-eyed over the impending departure of my college-bound daughter and our own cross-country move in another month (which means leaving so many dear friends), I am very excited to be standing on the threshold of the open door before us.   What new things will God have waiting for us?   New friends?   New challenges?   New experiences?   How will He stretch us and use us and fashion us?  

And then to consider how God laid the groundwork for this moment--maybe an eon ago?   For me.   For me?

King David once said something like this:  "It’s just too amazing, mind-blowingly amazing, to think about.”  
(see note 1 below)

I get it--what David meant--because wrapping my head around this whole deal in my life today is just head-shakingly, speech-defyingly amazing.   

David had another one where he said something like:  “What am I?  A worm of a man?  I’m nothing, and yet God—who created this whole universe and everything in it—God is thinking about me?  He’s thinking about how much He wants to be with me?” (see note 2 below)

He's in the tiny details, too
One of God's creations - flowers & photosynthesis!

If God could figure out the physics of throwing the universe together (and He did!) and the chemistry to create flowers that function via photosynthesis, then I trust no matter what's going on in my life or yours, today or tomorrow, a year ago or a year yet to be, He has it all handled.  

No matter how "it" turns out.  He's got it.

Trust Him.  He has this one.

"For I know the plans I have for you,
plans to prosper you & not to harm you,
plans to give you hope & a future.
THEN you will call upon Me
and come & pray to Me,
and I will listen to you.
You will seek Me AND find Me
when you seek Me with all your heart.
I will be found by you."
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

NOTE 1:  David's words from Psalm 139:5-6, 14b
"You hem me in--behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.... Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

NOTE 2:  David's words from Psalm 8:3-4
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?"


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Titus Two FriendsDeb Hofland is a Christian wife of 35+ years 
and a mother to seven ... laughing at the days to come! 
  She loves encouraging young women and 
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