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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday Treats: 11-18-14

Welcome to the Adoption Edition of Tuesday Treats! This wasn’t planned, but I came across several good articles this week.

  • The Ugly Side of Adoption: “Yes, the Gospel is a picture of adoption into the family of Christ. And the Gospel includes immense amounts of suffering. Without death, there is no redemption. Without pain, there is no joy in victory.”
  • Wanted: Parents Willing to Get Too Attached: “We are giving our hearts away to this little boy we have no promise of keeping. Still, no matter the sacrifices we make, they pale compared to all that Christ sacrificed to save us.”
  • I Hate Adoption: a perspective on adoption from a sibling of adopted children. Side note, I really don’t agree with the author’s assertion that God hates adoption…this is not the language the Bible uses to describe the adoption of all believers into God’s family. But I did enjoy reading this post.
  • Cooper Comes Home: These “airport moments” don’t encompass the whole of what adoption is, but they are precious reminders of the beauty that exists in the brokenness.
  • What the Cure Is: Waiting for Real Life to Finally Begin: this isn’t adoption specific, but it speaks to the season that we’re in right now that is being altered by the needs of our adoption. “It can look like we all have this Waiting Room Addiction: Waiting for the next season of life to say it’s good enough. Waiting for the next number on a scale to say we’re okay enough. Waiting for the next dream, the next house, the next step up, the next bend in the road…What cures us of our addiction to Waiting Room Living is ThanksGiving: When we give thanks for the miraculous Gift of Now”

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress. – James 1:27

Friday, November 14, 2014

Homeschool Happenings: Week 16

Hello again! I skipped last week’s post because it was a busy but not particularly note-worthy week. So here we are at the end of week 16!

We all got our flu shots on Monday morning. I am really glad that’s over! Thankfully, PJ was able to come along for crowd control purposes. Three of the kids did well. One had to be wrestled into position. But we’re all looking forward to avoiding the flu!

On Tuesday, I hastily put together a lesson on Veterans’ Day after one child declared a “veteran” to be “someone who takes care of animals.” I attempted to straighten that out, but there’s no guarantee.

In physical education news, we’ve finished the Couch to 5K program! Vernon, Brooklyn, and I are now able to jog for 30 minutes at a time, having started from zero minutes. We signed up for a family 5K on Thanksgiving morning! I’m hoping to show the kids that other people in the world choose to run, not just Crazy Mom.

Today we had another Presentation Day with some other homeschool families. Vernon presented a poster on World War I and Brooklyn gave a report on Little Women. They did a great job!

Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homschoolers!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Partnering with the Persecuted Church

Following up the post on missional living, I wanted to share some ways that you can partner with the persecuted church around the world. The Lord has helped me see the importance of this over the last year.

  • Pray! The Voice of the Martyrs and Christian Solidarity Worldwide both publish prayer requests. You can sign up to get emails of prayer requests, too.
  • Host a prayer meeting: We recently hosted an evening of prayer for the persecuted church. We kept it simple—no food was served, and the evening was focused on praying with no other activities. It was a tremendous blessing to spend some time with friends asking the Lord to comfort our brothers and sisters who are suffering and to bring the persecutors to faith in Christ.
  • Give: Money doesn’t solve everything, but it buys things that suffering people really need. Here is a list of giving opportunities.
  • Write to Prisoners: Voice of the Martyrs has a way for you to write letters to those imprisoned for their faith and encourage them in these difficult times! There are several pre-selected phrases available to compile into a letter. The site also suggests sending family photos with the letters. I’m planning to order some extra Christmas cards this year and include them in letters to prisoners. Once you finish, you can print the letter and address and mail it! The cost should be under $2 per letter. This is a simple way to encourage those in prison.

As we enjoy the ability to worship freely, let us remember those who are suffering for the sake of Christ and partner with them for the advance of the gospel!