Update on German Homeschoolers

WorldNetDaily posts this update on the German homeschoolers that risk losing custody of their children to the state. It seems that Bruce Shortt, an American homeschool advocate, received a similar letter from Thomas Wriessnig. Some of the wording appears to be identical. Could it be a form letter response from the German Embassy?

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Balancing Act: Assignments and Opportunities

One the key purposes of this blog is to discuss how I am continually striving to balance my life. Daddypundit has a good post that goes along with this theme.

He identifies 5 areas of our life that demand our attention:

each individual has five multidimensions of life: family, community, church, work, and self. Each of these dimensions competes for our attention and energy. These are the balls that we have to juggle.

He also states that we have “assignments” and “opportunities” in each of these categories:

Within each of these dimensions are assignments and opportunities. An assignment is “something that we have no control over or that we cannot say no to without violating a Scriptural command or principle”. For example, I am a father and husband. I’m also the breadwinner for my family. As a believer, I also must be involved in a church. These are all assignments that I have been given. Assignments are not necessarily the same for every person.

Opportunities, on the other hand, are optional items. They are things that I can choose to do or not to do.

He goes on to say:

However, an opportunity can become a problem if it interferes with my ability to fulfill my assignments. A good example would be spending so much time watching football on television that it takes away time I should be spending with my family.

And also:

Balance is not a static issue. In other words, it is something we have to constantly strive towards.

The balancing act is to understand and fulfill all of your assignments without overloading yourself with opportunities. Jesus says: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30

When I seek the yoke (assignments) that Jesus gives to me, then I am able to maintain balance and find rest. Yeah, I know, easier said than done, but that is the goal.

Coming Empty Handed

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” Isaiah 55:1-2

I’ve read this verse many times, but as I read it again, it occurs to me that God wants us to come empty handed. In fact, if we don’t come empty-handed, it is a hindrance. What keeps me from my relationship to God? What inhibits me? It’s the things that I don’t want to lay down. It is the things that I say, “No, you can’t have this! It’s mine! I don’t want to give it up.”

But when my hands are empty, then God can fill them up with His treasures. Oh, that my soul would delight in His richest fare!

A Special Day

Today is a special day in our family because it is my wife’s birthday. As I was having my quiet time this morning, I was thinking, wouldn’t it be great if God would give me a verse to bless my wife with? However, I was reading in Isaiah 57 this morning and the title in my bible reads Evil Leaders Rebuked. I don’t think I’m going to find a verse there.

As I sought more familiar territory, Proverbs 31 came to mind. Surely there is something there. I wasn’t disappointed. A couple verses stuck out to me as I read the passage:

v. 26: She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
My wife teaches our children at home, and this verse exemplifies her heart. I know that a lot of times she feels ill-equipped to teach our boys. But one thing is certain: The teaching of kindness is a daily walk for her. I lose my patience so easily with boys that put the “W” in “wiggle”, when you’re trying to talk to them. But my wife can reign them in with a kind word.

v.10: An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. Steven Curtis Chapman has a song called “11-6-64”, where he sings about the day that his wife was born. How even though he was young, the day must have been brighter, better, the sky bluer, because God started His plan for their life together.

My darling, I praise God for the day that you were born! You are a precious jewel to me and a gift from God. I am so thankful for you and I pray that God will bless you today!

Happy Birthday!