Sunday, May 29, 2011

Homeschool

 It's the life of peanut butter sandwiches, textbooks on the bed, old clothes for school, outside adventures at all times of the day, one teacher for all grades, the Bible welcome.... homeschool.

I went to the annual North Carolina Homeschool Conference this weekend. I haven't really mentioned much or anything really about homeschooling on my blog. But I can tell you that I love being homeschooled. I can't thank my Mom enough for the solid relationship that she has built between us because she stays home. My Mom and Dad have taught me that they want me to work hard and study and do my best, but more than that, they want me to have a relationship with God and a relationship with my family. Sports, music, grades, etc are not as important... nowhere near as important. They desire for me to work in the church more than stay home to do homework. They've told me to work hard, but at the things that matter most, which will bring glory to God.

EOGs are important, sports are great, friends are good, but God is more important. No wonder kids are leaving the faith; they've been told their whole lives that grades matter most or that dance comes first. God is just a side thing. My parents have shown me in the 11 years I've been in homeschool and really since I was born that things like Biology, Algebra, Writing, History are all great, but should be viewed through a Biblical world-view and come after the family and God. Homeschoolers are often accused of being "brain-washed" since they hear their parents beliefs more than the world's. But my parents have told me what they believe and then left the step of faith in the Word of God up to me. I chose to believe because I wanted to.

I have said all of this to say that I am thankful for parents that have put the priorities in the right order. This weekend has reminded me how blessed I am.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Blinded to the Truth

Supposedly the world was expected to end Saturday night at 9:00pm Eastern time. Thousands of people sold all they had to be prepared to leave earth. Their beliefs came from an 89 year old man whom predicts the rapture. This was not his first prediction. People truly believed him because of a few Bible verses he used out of context to try to prove his point.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:36: "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son." God doesn't want us to guess when He will come, but be prepared always and serve Him meanwhile.

All of this "end of the world" talk made me want to watch the Left Behind movies again. Kandace and I watched them and I was reminded of how much this planet will go through in those seven years of the Tribulation. It will be unbelievable and there will be turmoil that this world has never experienced. The Antichrist will spend the first 3 years or so making peace and things may seem to be doing better as the world will slip into his hands. But it will all turn in the last 3 1/2 years as Satan will literally enter him and reign.

In the first movie, news reporter Buck Williams was invited to the UN meeting by the Antichrist himself. Only because Buck had accepted Christ as His Savior literal minutes earlier was he able to see the truth in the meeting and not be duped. Satan couldn't blind him because He was seeing through the Holy Spirit.

After I watched that I was reminded of how we can be so easily blinded by Satan. Even as Christians, he can blind us to the Truth and tell us our sin is no big deal. He blinded the people who sold all they had and waited on a mountain on Saturday. He tells us lies and without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can be lead astray. Our lives can suddenly look like the world and our thoughts can easily be like the world's and our desires can easily mirror the world's.

We as Christians should be careful to not be lead astray by Satan's schemes and live all the days the Lord allows serving Him so that when that day comes we can rise to Him!

Friday, May 13, 2011

A New Book!

My Dad has written a book, which will be out in less than a two weeks! Looking back on the book's progress, I can say that it has been a long but blessed experience. But it is so good to have it almost done! I know Dad is glad! Here is the front cover....


Rite of Passage for the Home and Church


And the back cover where my wee name is the third one mentioned! :) 




The book is wonderful and is about how the church and first and foremost, the family can raise Christ-centered young adults. I can't wait for it to be in our hands! 


You can pre-order it on Amazon.com if you... click here.


So excited!! 




Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Generation With Purpose

My generation appears to have given itself a bad name. I can't go anywhere without hearing comments about how lazy and rude teenagers are. How we constantly text, watch TV, stay in our rooms, snap at others, listen to bad music, and the list could go on for miles. It is so sad to me. We are considered adolescents that have few manners and mumble to adults. We may have "Christian" on Facebook as our "religion." We may even go to church somewhere. We even mention Jesus sometimes. But we are still considered to behave like the "typical teen."

Switching gears, people ask me often, "what are you going to do with your life." I'm 17 and that must be what people are supposed to ask 17 year-olds. Many that ask have a preconceived notion that I should get a job that makes as much money as possible, live comfortably and save for retirement or something. Many assume I should be wild as a teen, go to college to major in something that will make a ton of money, that will do this so I can do that and this and that and this and yada yada yada. That is how the American "Christian" child should grow up? Right?

I have no problem with a good job and money, but living for that is where the issue arises. Many people grow up planning all along to serve the "world." They really don't even realize they are doing it. They do what everyone does so they can live for the world. The world is oppressive, though. The purpose you have in it is to get a name for yourself, to make something of yourself even if it means losing everything else. You serve the world to get something from it. You spend your life trying to win it's approval. However, the world often tramples on it's citizens. Some suddenly realize that serving the world is without eternal purpose.

This world needs a generation with a lasting purpose behind it. It needs a generation that serves God's kingdom as faithfully as many serve the world's. God's Kingdom, however, is full of joy. You don't come there looking for purpose... it is laid before you by the One that created the Universe. You don't come looking for a name... it is woven into the tapestry of time. You don't come to get anything, but to give, and yet you are given more than you could ever want or need.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Teenagers who serve God's Kingdom look differently from the "typical teen." They live with a purpose in the depths of their hearts that is greater than money or popularity. They live without the desire to hide that they are a follower of the Most High. They shock adults with their attitudes that are so unlike the world's. They love those that others don't. Money is not the desire of their hearts. They live to serve the One that served them in the greatest way.

We need a generation that would be willing to put down the rectangle gods (screens of TVs, ipods, cell phones, etc) and serve. We need a generation that has a purpose greater than this world's. It may look strange to the "American dream pursuers." A glimpse of this lasting purpose may be a mom staying home even though she could make lots of money. It could be a 16 year old girl blessing a 5 year old's heart by talking to her for a few minutes. It could be a sweet old lady helping fix a meal for a sick family. It could be a dad who shows tough love. It looks strange to everyone else. But then, that is how it is supposed to look.

God has laid His plans before us. Don't think it is too late to live for something greater than this world. And teenagers, we can prove that we aren't incapable of being strong Christians. We can let God's light shine through our lives by living for Jesus. Not just "saying"... but "living." This world needs to see some Christian young people whose lives aren't watered down by everything under the sun... a generation with purpose.

1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.