April 20, 2018
Have you ever thought of what faith feels like? We are encouraged in 2 Corinthians 5:7 to walk by faith and not by sight. But what does a walk of faith feel like?
The question came to mind when another blogger asked me about being on the road and traveling to conventions to speak. She asked for travel tips to conquer the exhaustion and to speed the recovery that happens when you drive 5,000 miles through 13 states in two short weeks. On the road, regular schedules, eating habits, exercise habits, even usual devotional times are derailed. Why would anyone engage in such a task? It’s quite simple; God calls you to step out in faith.
And that’s when the question,“What does faith feel like?” popped up in my heart. I had 900 miles and 16 hours of driving to dwell on this concept. “Show me, Lord,” I silently asked.
When I think of faith, I think of Abraham, Moses, and Joshua, men of faith who did amazing, triumphant things like starting a new nation, parting waters, and tumbling walls with shouts and trumpets.
But that’s not faith.
Faith is the moments, the days, and the years before the great things happen.
- Faith feels scary like unsteady steps on a swaying suspension bridge over a cavern.
- Faith feels tired like the first few weeks after your newborn comes into the world and sleep eludes.
- Faith feels helpless like your head on a pillow when you have the nasty flu.
- Faith feels like a hunger that gnaws your stomach before dinner.
If there is no risk, no trembling dependance, no passionate prayers of dedication, it’s not faith.
Dear Fellow Homeschool Mom,
Our homeschool journey is by faith. It’s scary. We get tired. We feel helpless. We hunger to see results. Why? Because that’s what faith feels like, and those feelings should drive us to one place-our knees.
Homeschooling is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s for those who walk by faith.
We do this faith-walk like a roller-coaster ride speeding through curves and exhilarating climbs and drops. We raise our hands, scream shouts of joy, and sometimes we shout in sheer terror to God who is with us for the journey.
That’s what faith feels like, and it makes the impossible, possible. Because with God all things are possible. By God’s grace, we face fears, transcend tiredness, halt helplessness, and satisfy our hunger to see results in Christ alone. Yes, indeed we walk by faith and not by sight.
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Creating a Culture for Writing
There are ten values that create a foundation for homeschool writing success. (See picture below) We create a culture for writing when we put these values into action.
Creating a Culture For Writing:
Value #9 Value Diversity in Writing
Have you taken note? There are so many ways to write and communicate ideas! God’s gift of individuality is given to every person. The word for this idea in the writing world is called voice.
Voice is not a style but rather a unique way of seeing the same things that everyone else sees. Diversity in writing is why you like one author over another. It’s not necessarily better. It’s just different.
As your child’s writing mentor, you play a special role in preserving your child’s unique voice in writing. Consider these tips:
1. Refrain from changing your child’s words to describe something. Help your child with sentence structure but keep his unique way of telling a story or recounting an event.
2. Ask your child to express the same idea in different ways. You can make a game of it. Example: How many ways can you describe the word “family”?
3. Engage your child in different genres of writing. (See pic below for different genres of writing.) Exploring different genres of writing helps a young writer try on different writing voices.
4. Help your child choose precise words that communicate. In other words, help them engage in writing sensory words that help the reader feel the story such as words that help the reader see, hear, taste, smell, or touch.
5. Young writers often have vivid pictures in their heads that don’t translate to words on paper. Have your child draw the picture that is in his mind. This may help to capture the details so that great sentences can be crafted.
Your young author’s writer’s voice is developing. Preserve your child’s writing voice by valuing the fact that we all communicate differently. Diversity in writing is what makes world a better place.
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