Treasure What Things?

Mary “treasured these things in her heart”. Twice in Luke, he writes these words (2:19 & 50.) These words have been really ringing in my ears as of late; I consider this more now (Passover is coming ~ where is that hidden leaven?) wanting to be sure and ready for His coming.

So what things do I treasure in my heart? Truly …..

So very long ago John Calvin wrote: “The heart is an idol factory.”  It still is so very true today; perhaps even more so. If we consider what were idols to them so long ago; how much worse is it today with all that we are constantly bombarded with?

 

Mary treasured these things.” And what were these things?  We are not really told directly but I can imagine Mary treasured and pondered His every word, the tie she had in His presence….even His death and resurrection.

These are the things we really ought to treasure.

When we do, He works amazing works within our lives. There is power in treasuring the things of God.

 

I was just reading this morning about how the Israelites so often forgot God’s goodness in their lives.  For forty years, He provided for their every need; He delivered them, gave them Heavenly manna, water that poured out from rocks when they thirsted – Again and again I am in awe at how constantly forgetful, ungrateful, they were. Then I remember my self – Do I thank Him daily for the provisions He gives? When I do not even ask, yet I am blessed with peace and a warm home, joy filled children….The breath in my body ~ Is that not worthy of thanks?

We get busy and we forget. We face challenges and complain and grumble as we go about our tasks forgetting that He has already been where we are; He goes before us. Mary is such a powerful, beautiful example; she encourages me to treasure and continue to cherish, time in His presence, remembering always what He has done in my soul.  How He has saved me; taken me out of that pit of darkness and given me joy and light like nothing else.  Salvation. Peace.  Blessings in abundance.

 

None of us are perfect.  Mary herself was not perfect, yet she was humble enough to kow that she needed Him and time iwth Him more than anything else. She was a sinner, saved by the grace and the love of Christ.  And her life is a testinony to every one of us, an example of how we ought to live ~ What we ought to seek after more than anything else: may we choose that “one thing which is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” 

 

 

Thick as Thieves ~ A Schoolhouse Review ~

My children and I love nothing more than a good book that we can enjoy together, as a family read-aloud.  In fact, reading aloud has become a daily treat, dare I say a bit of a tradition I think, in our home?  :-) So when we had the chance to read Thick as Thieves, the first book in the Circle C Milestones  series, for review,  we were rather excited about the opportunity to read something new; after all who isn’t looking for great literature to read all the time, right?

 

Circle C Milestones is actually a continuation of the stories of the main character Andi Carter and her family and while it is intended for older children, overall all three of mine really enjoyed this book and hung on every word.  Author, Susan K. Marlow, has written two other series too, both telling of the adventures of Andrea Carter. For younger readers there is the Circle C Beginnings and Circle C Adventures.  Circle C Milestones is recommended for children ages 12 and up but again, as a family read, these were quite entertaining for all of us.  What’s really nice too is that you do not have to have read any of the other books to understand the story itself.  This is the first we have read of the Circle C books but we were easily able to follow along with the action and the story itself when we began to read this one. This is a very simple, well paced book too; 174 pages, divided into 26 chapters.

Did I mention too that each of these books comes with a free downloadable study guide – think unit study!  This is overflowing with fun activities and great tools for learning such as: vocabulary and reading comprehension, scripture filled questions for discussion to go deeper into the characters and virtues within the story and so much awesome material for learning all about horses (which is a huge thing for 2 of my three who just love everything that involves horses and ponies too).

Thick as Thieves Book Review

 

I know I say this often, but it is true and so very important I believe.  We need less twaddle in our lives. We need to good, wholesome books for our children to read, especially as they get older.  It is so very refreshing to be able to find an author that I know my children will not only enjoy, but will learn and gain wisdom from. Thick as Thieves is a wonderful story, mostly for older girls although again, I have to say, I found it enjoyable myself (my little ones too).  Even my older son (who is only 9) was held captivated during this one.  And what a powerful message within this story:  centering around the importance not just of friendship itself but of being a good friend.  And throughout the story, in every situation, Andi is shown seeking the Lord in prayer, turning to the Scriptures to navigate the many challenges that we all, at some time, face in life.  It’s a wonderful way for our children to see how the Word of God really IS something that we can apply to our own life.  What a blessing!

 

Since my daughter loves horses and ponies and my two boys are huge fans of the Old West, this story, set in California in the 1880s gives us all a “real life” glimpse into the history of ranching and family life in general. (Don’t you love living history?).  While it is certainly hard for my children, at their age, to imagine the 1800’s – reading about life and the many differences in such a vivid way really leaves its impression upon all of them. Its fun too, to pull out maps and try to locate general areas; to see the awe on my younger son’s face when he learns that electricity didn’t always exist. And my daughter, her squeals of delight at every mention of horses and the birthing of a foal – Exciting stuff!

 

You can read an excerpt of the book here or purchase your own copy here for $9.99.There are so many wonderful examples within this book; it is so full of scripture and virtuous lessons.  This is the first Andi Carter book that we’ve read, and we enjoyed it so much that we are planning to read more of these wonderful “Andi” books. And of course, we eagerly await the next Circle C Milestones: Heartbreak Trail, the next book in the series coming in July.  I highly encourage you consider these books for your family (girls especially).  Circle C Beginnings is for ages 6-9, Circle C Adventures for ages 9-14, and Circle C Milestones for 12 and up.  The Goldtown Adventures Series is for ages 8-12 and is geared more towards boys, but girls can enjoy those as well. And all will bless your family abundantly as they help our youth to see the power and life within Scripture.

 

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Growing with Jesus as we Read

We love to read. In fact, as we move forward in our home education I am thrilled to find more and more books that are powerful teaching tools. And have wonderful lessons of faith and integrity; characters of great value – Simple truths!  It is especially fun when we receive these as gifts, for a simple review.  So right now, and many of these are related to the season, and our children – this is what we are reading. :-)

I was thrilled that Fly By Promotions offered to us for review “Easter Stories – Classic Tales for the Holy Season,” compiled by Miriam LeBlanc. I love to find stories to share with my children that show the true meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection. While we choose to focus on Passover in our home, I do appreciate stories that are able to show us the Holy Week and are well written, high quality, engaging stories for all ages. These stories contain a wonderful combination of suspense and drama, capturing the attention of young listeners from beginning to end.

There are so many great stories that I had never read before that capture the true essence of what we ought to be honoring this time of year. These stories capture the meaning of the sacrifice that Jesus made and the transformational power within the born again experience that we all can share. Many of these stories are told to encourage us to consider how we perceive and treat others, to examine ourselves for that heart of Christ as we show the love and hospitality of Christ himself. As a mother and home educator I want nothing more than for my children to grow up with an understanding of what it truly means to live for Christ and to take up their cross as He did for us.  These are wonderful, historical, inspiring stories ~ Some of the tales retell bible stories like “John,” by Elizabeth Goudge, however most of these are parables and fables that share the Gospel message itself.  The pictures are beautiful black and white woodcuts (I love black and white myself) by Lisa Toth at the beginning of each story.

This 374 page softcover book contains 27 stories from authors such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov, Ruth Sawyer, and Selma Lagerlof.  All truly wonderful stories to share and grow by!

 

 

HOW DO YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD ABOUT JESUS?

“Jesus Sees Us” Doll and Book!

Our children love the Bible, church, singing and worship ~ It’s all about Jesus, but not being able to see Him, how do we encourage and grow that faith, especially as they get older?
  This doll is a great visual aid, and a reminder to ALL of us that Jesus sees.
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My daughter, who is 3, loved the doll right away.  It’s a soft body but a hard head, a friendly, joy filled face, and arms open wide.  And it comes with a lesson book too :-)
According to the creators:
The Jesus Sees Us accompanying book is designed to be read with your child. The illustrations and easy-to-read lessons, along with the Jesus Sees Us doll, have the power to ignite your child’s love of Jesus. The book will assist them in their comprehension of who Jesus is and all the amazing things He did while He was on the earth. Children are able to understand the key concepts of the lessons and will amazingly begin using them in their everyday lives.  A child’s ability to learn about Jesus comes in stages. Jesus Sees Us assists your child in taking those first steps by breaking down many of the most important lessons that make up the root of our Christian faith. Each illustrated story introduces Jesus in a relatable way, allowing them to better understand how they can carry out regular everyday tasks that make Jesus smile. The Jesus Sees Us book is illustrated in a way that draws children into the pictures, and therefore, into the lessons. Children learn about God’s love when they learn about Jesus’ actions.
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We have read and continue to read this one, engaging in conversation (mostly with my older son who is 9 and his brother who is 5)  about how each story relates to our own lives and experiences. This is a great little book to read and growing; as our children get older what a great way for them to see how the Bible is so much more than just a book of stories. No doubt if we are not teaching them how to live this out, there is much that they will miss out on of the Gospel. May we show them what it looks like to live out this powerful faith and how within it too!
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Holy Days and holidays   ~ It can be confusing for us as adults, so how about for kids? As I said before we partake in the Holy Days rather than the man made holidays but we do feel it is important for our children to understand the history of these days. And I love materials that can help point my children to the Word of God itself that they may grow to be as the Bereans…

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Why Easter? and Why Christmas? are written by Barbara Reaoch, and illustrated by Carol McCarty. Both of these books have short and simple daily readings, about twenty-eight in each book. Each reading directs you to the scripture itself, as well as providing a memory verse, and questions for discussion (I especially like this for my oldest son). There is also a song for each week of “study” within the book, another great benefit, since all three of mine love music!

This is so much more than just Bible stories; rather Why Easter? and Why Christmas? consist of a Bible passage, a Bible lesson, discussion questions, a song, and Bible memorization for each day, in small portions ideal for little people!

I believe parents will find Why Easter? and Why Christmas? to be helpful additions to their library, and our children will definitely enjoy the interactive Bible lessons within these books. Why Easter? and Why Christmas? are very well-written, and full of beautiful, yet simple, illustrations. While these are two holidays that we do not partake in ourselves, it is wonderful and refreshing to be able to have materials that we can use with our children that point them to God’s Word itself in every way.

 

mission

 

We are all called to be missionaries, to preach the Gospel, where we are which is exactly where God has planned for us.

Not sure how? In A Field Guide For Everyday Missions, there are 30 days and 101 ways to demonstrate the Gospel, right there for you.

From the Back Cover

Surprise-If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, He calls you a missionary!

 

You may never go halfway around the world, but because of God’s work in you, you are on mission. As everyday missionaries, God has sent us to live out his Great Commission in the ordinary, all-too-busy, and even mundane moments of our lives.

But what exactly does an everyday missionary do?
Where and when does everyday mission happen?
And how can you possibly share the gospel without killing your relationships?

Your reading begins with six different questions: 1 – Who is my everyday mission field? 2 – What does an everyday missionary do? 3 – When does everyday missions happen? 4 – Where does everyday mission happen? 5 – Why should I even care about everyday mission? and 6- How do I share the gospel without killing a relationship?

This book is compiled of six week segments with daily readings and ideas for applying what you read, to your mission field.  If you need a better understanding of what the mission field is, how to be a missionary yourself, this is quite helpful and will give you a new perspective on how you can reach out and help to build the Kingdom of God.  This is such a down to earth, practical book. ILet’s face it, we could all do more and this can help us to take it to the next level and really “live missionally” and “do evangelism”.  After al if theKing of Kings came, not to be served, but to serve, how much more ought we to seek opportunities to serve?

 

prayer life

Prayer is powerful. It is so often neglected too. We are all so busy; I have felt that way too often myself. I forget, or I do a great disservice to Jesus in my prayers to Him.  You know those kind…the ones that we quickly mumble before we eat, or before we roll out of bed. They are so empty and meaningless – our relationship with Him does not grow because of those prayers. And they stink. There is no sweet fragrance to them going up. So I was curious to read Prayers for Today by Kurt Bjorklund: A Year Long Journey of Contemplative Prayer. Filled with so many quote-able sayings, and prayers there is much to learn within this little book!  Inspirational and encouraging :)

This is much like a devotional too. Each day begins with a scripture, which leads into an historical prayer sometimes by a saint, pastor, or even just one unknown from long ago. From intercession to thanksgiving and surrender, renewal and wisdom ~ these are powerful prayers to meditate upon as you grow in your own prayer life.

 

Can you Discern the voice of God? Let’s face it we live in a day in age where it can be a challenge. Between the busyness of life in general, and all the spirits that are about us, we must be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.  Do you know:

Throughout the Bible we see how He spoke to His people.  To Moses through a burning bush, to Daniel when he endured the lion’s den, to Jonah in the belly of a large fish….the list goes on. Today many wonder where He is today but we are the ones who limit God! Certainly it is most important to ensure that what we hear aligns with the Word itself since God never changes and we know that He cannot lie. His word, it is always true and faithful. May we consider when we hear those voices: Will it bring glory to God? Is it consistent with His truth? Is it confirmed by external circumstances? Do you have a sense of peace, even if the decision is challenging? While there were some times that scripture used, seemed to be, to be rather, made to fit, certainly we are able to wait on the Lord, to be still, and to search as the Bereans, to ensure what we are told lines up with what He says in His Word.

 

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? ~~ Review

There is life and death in the tongue. Such power. As a momma I know this all too well (and struggle with it so!)

When I had the chance to review Rachael Carmen’s newest book I just knew this was one of those God ordained things. What perfect timing too ~ When I am so near to the end of this pregnancy, tired and achy; short on patience and cranky. I admit I am less of a life giver right now and I know I need to let it go and just rest in the peace of this season.  In a better way.

This book?   It simply confirmed for me that God is in all the details…all the time.

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Even the arrival of this precious package was beautiful and inspiring!  What is better for some deep reading, and digging within, than chocolate? lol

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You is an encouraging book written by Rachel Carman, owner of Apologia. While she has authored several books this is the first real opportunity I have had to read her writing. And truly it is a gentle yet honest approach that really inspires us to be as we were created to be.  More importantly as a momma, as a home educator, she helps me to believe that I can be what my children need me to be. Because we are victorious in Christ.

 

This book speaks honestly, openly, to those messy, real life situations we experience every day (especially when we are moms of boys) From the joy filled moments, those times we are full of pride, to those times we just want to hide; embarrassment and shame. Those times I lose it; scream and shout – yes I do – not proud of that one bit. But the honesty, the truth in the mess, its what helps us to see and really appreciate encouragement and wisdom from above- we need to be transparent, we need to be real.  I mean how many of us think we are totally alone on this journey?  Isn’t it so much harder when we think we are alone? And truthfully, how can we grow and learn and be all we are called to be if we are too afraid to share our struggles?  Let’s be honest ~ being a momma is messy; its hard work. It hurts. But we are never really alone.

 

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You is a precious, priceless book; the chapters are short and simple. As I said before they focus on those real life moments and  how God speaks to us through these every day, regular, real, times.  In every situation, we can see His hand, His love for us.  If we are willing to slow down and take a breath…Can we be still and wait on the Lord? Can we hear what He wants us to hear?

 

At the end of each chapter is “a moment of introspection”,  this is where Rachel provides some questions for thought, which I loved. Deep thoughts to ponder. Precious lessons to learn; moments to remember.  Like those landmarks that He told the Israelites to build as they went along; what directions do you show your children Biblically…Do you see motherhood as a duty or a privilege? What do your children do that makes you smile? What do  you do that makes your heavenly Father smile?

 

If you read with a teachable spirit, an open heart and mind you will see how…

  • “Slow Down!”
  • “Please Stop That!”
  • “I Know How You Feel”
  • “You Will Always Be My Child”
  • You Gave Me Your Word”
  • “Be Quiet”
  • “Please Just Trust Me and Obey”

God speaks these words to us every day just as we say these things to our own children. Are we listening and seeking to be obedient to Him? 

What do our children see of Him in us? Do they see us walking in faith, hearing and doing?

 

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Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office ~ A Schoolhouse Review

 

I have to admit, organization has never been a strong suit of mine. Especially in the home. So I have to confess; I kind of struggled with this one. When I was given the opportunity to review HomeSchool Office from Lord Heritage, I was not doing any cartwheels or shouting for joy. I was worried – nervous and stressed out – this one was going to be a real challenge for me.

 

 

If you are not familiar with this program, Lord Heritage is an online homeschool planning center that is accessible via a wide variety of platforms. I received a full year’s access to HomeSchool Office for this review. There are lots of great details for learning all about this program too on at their website on the pages for Product Features and Purpose and Sample Pages. This is a fully online program however you are able to print if you (like me) prefer to use the traditional paper and pen.

 

When you first login to this program you will be in the “planning center ”  From there you find a number of tabs that can be used to better organize your planning and record keeping.  These are based upon the acronym P.O.W.E.R. : 

 

  • Plan
  • Order
  • Work
  • Evaluate
  • Report

 

In the Home tab family messages can be posted, along with an encouraging scripture and image. The Team tab on the other hand, is where you record all of the information about your “team”.  This is where you can see subjects and hours required, as assigned to each child in your “school.” This could be quite handy I think for someone with multiple children with varying levels of study, maybe if you are using a variety of materials and subjects. But for us I admit this was a bit frustrating for us; between needing to enter everything individually and our more laid back approach to home education in general, I admit, I was at a loss as to how to really get the most out of this one.

 

 

If you look at the Plan tab, you see where you can input and maintain information about your school year, a master schedule (I don’t think we ever had one of those), subjects, projects, and even a page for you to manage finances and make sure you don’t go over your budget. This is my husband’s thing; he is big on financial management for our home and school.

 

Then there are the Order and Work tabs where you find calendars; you can even make a “to-do” list.  I cannot tell you the last time I made a list and actually used it. I often have a plan when I start each day, but its fluid and between the three kiddos, a challenging pregnancy (almost over) and life in general, it’s rare that I get much of anything crossed off these lists. That said, I kind of tend to make them less often now and our days are more, suggestions, of what ought to be done (for kids and myself) but we have loosened up enough that when a list goes missing or just gets neglected, its okay.

 

There is also a tab for Evaluate.  This is where you input grades and student progress, attendance….I cannot say I manage any of these strictly. I have to say the requirements to homeschool here in Wisconsin, are wonderfully easy to maintain. Since we also are pretty relaxed in our ways, there are very seldom times that we do any form of evaluation. Of course, I may “test” my oldest here and there to make sure he is paying attention and can recall important details in certain things but again, very little pressure. We have time :-)

 

How about a place for Reports?  Here is where you can create a variety of reports for anything from attendance, hours per subject, goals (okay we do keep goals around here), and there is also a Transcript tab which brings all the details together for you to save or print. I admit, if they were older, I would love this feature. I mean, high school and potential college – there do need to be records at some point. In fact, I think once we are closer to those studies, something like that could be a huge benefit to our family.

 

I admit though, for me this was still a real struggle. I prefer to spend as little time online as neccessary; all me old school but I love my paper and pen.  Also it was rather time consuming for me learning to navigate the many options within this program. Please do not misunderstand me, for someone who has a lot more going on and who needs/wants much more detailed records for their homeschool, this is a wonderful program and you wil be greatly blessed.  I just know it. But if you’re anything like me, and if your days are largely the same (predictable and fairly well managed) from one to the next, you probably wouldn’t need this extensive of a program.  But if you are curious and want to give this one a try they do offer a free 30-day trial and if you love it, the annual subscription is $79, very reasonable, I think. :-)

 

 

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Purge it!

I am what some might call a book hoarder. :P

 

I love books. I hlove the feel of their pages; the sound of them turning. I love the smell of books.  Especially old ones.

They are a part of me.  A part of my family.  And there is always room for more of my babies.

 

But then my husband, the other day, suggested we consider purging some of them. And then there was this quote I read that spoke to “getting rid of books”.  ~gasp~

 

In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing author Marie Kondo, says that we should get rid of everything that does not “spark joy in our hearts.”

 

Books DO spark joy in my heart though. Like little else does.

 

I have been wanting to purge our house – go minimalist – for some time now.  So I guess, my husband bringing it up, perhaps this was a sign that it was time. And perhaps it was time for me to give a bit too. So I did what was recommended.  I took every single book off of the shelves, out of the drawers and out from under the tables and chairs. Slowly I went through each one deciding what to keep and what pass on. Since we are home educators too, my other thought was for my kids; for our journey.

Did it spark joy in my heart? Was it perhaps, educational for my children or would it maybe, one day, spark joy or relief in their hearts?

 

This was hard. I admit it. Seeing space open up on the shelves, my natural desire is to fill those holes. But then looking at the boxes that are filling up; seeing so many books that none of us had a passion for. My children bringing me books (I was surprised at some of them that they chose to let go of too!) I felt a weight lift off of my shoulders.

 

There is power in the tongue. There is power in the pen. As we move forward, as a family, as a homeschool, as individuals – We must be careful what we allow eyes to see. We must be wise in how we spend our time. Even in literature, there is so much out there that no good can truly come from.  Charlotte Mason calls it twaddle.

 

If you are not familiar with this term, let me share some of what I feel, are the best definitions:

 

“. . . the sort of diluted twaddle which is commonly thrust upon children” (Vol. 1, p. 176).

 

  1. “They must grow up upon the best. There must never be a period in their lives when they are allowed to read or listen to twaddle or reading-made-easy. There is never a time when they are unequal to worthy thoughts, well put; inspiring tales, well told” (Vol. 2, p. 263).

  2. Second-rate, stale, predictable

    “It is not possible to repeat this too often or too emphatically, for perhaps we err more in this respect than any other in bringing up children. We feed them upon the white ashes out of which the last spark of the fire of original thought has long since died. We give them second-rate story books, with stale phrases, stale situations, shreds of other people’s thoughts, stalest of stale sentiments. They complain that they know how the story will end! But that is not all; they know how every dreary page will unwind itself” (Vol. 3, p. 121).

  3. Goody-goody story books or highly-spiced adventures of poor quality, titillating

    “What manner of book will find its way with upheaving effect into the mind of an intelligent boy or girl? We need not ask what the girl or boy likes. She very often likes the twaddle of goody-goody story books, he likes condiments, highly-spiced tales of adventure. We are all capable of liking mental food of a poor quality and a titillating nature” (Vol. 3, p. 168).

  4. Scrappy, weak, light reading

    “Many who would not read even a brilliant novel of a certain type, sit down to read twaddle without scruple. Nothing is too scrappy, nothing is too weak to ‘pass the time!’ The ‘Scraps’ literature of railway bookstalls is symptomatic. We do not all read scraps, under whatever piquant title, but the locust-swarm of this class of literature points to the small reading power amongst us. The mischief begins in the nursery. No sooner can a child read at all than hosts of friendly people show their interest in him by a present of a ‘pretty book.’ A ‘pretty book’ is not necessarily a picture-book, but one in which the page is nicely broken up in talk or short paragraphs. Pretty books for the schoolroom age follow those for the nursery, and, nursery and schoolroom outgrown, we are ready for ‘Mudie’s’ lightest novels; the succession of ‘pretty books’ never fails us; we have no time for works of any intellectual fibre, and we have no more assimilating power than has the schoolgirl who feeds upon cheese-cakes” (Vol. 5, p. 214).

I admit, I have rather high goals for my kids’ when it comes to their learning.  I expect as they grow, that they would have a love of language(s) and the intricacies (also an understanding) of words and the power held within them, and a desire to increase in learning – a love of wisdom.

 

While I do not stop my son from reading Garfield now and again and we definitely enjoy a bit of Calvin & Hobbes here and there, it is important that what they do, how they spend their time, is real. May we encourage, ourselves too, to be surrounded by that which changes us – which breathes life into dry bones (or brings something to life!)  Truly we should never stop learning. And the greatest experiences are often the most powerful and life changing of them all.

 

I Need My Commonplace

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I love to read. But not just anything. I love to read classic literature. Deep, thought provoking tales of long ago, works that make my head spin…I love the challenges within them, I love the words and the passion you can feel from a truly good book. Fiction, I can take it. Non-fiction – I will love it and live in it if I can.

 

 

The problem is I often wind up coming across so many fabulous thoughts and quotes (things we ought to live by realy) but I cannot remember them, or find them, when in need. And how is that any good? After all, as a momma, home educator and a keeper of the home – Is it not even my responsibility to continue to seek and feed my own soul? To determine those things that are good and true and noble and right?  Or as Seneca says so eloquently:

“We should hunt out the helpful pieces of teaching and the spirited and noble-minded sayings which are capable of immediate practical application–not far far-fetched or archaic expressions or extravagant metaphors and figures of speech–and learn them so well that words become works.”

 

This matters to all of us. For our life. For our very soul. We must grow. We must be wise, gentle, discerning and thoughtful in all things. And its about wisdom, not just facts. As I develop my commonplace book, over a lifetime (or even the years to come years), I can only imagine how I can accumulate a mass of true wisdom–that can be turned to in times of need. That I can go to when requiring a bit more inspiration or a bit more direction even. After all, a commonplace book is a way to keep our learning priorities in order and it should motivate us to look for and keep only the things we can use. Precious gems.

 

As Raymond Chandler put it, “when you have to use your energy to put those words down, you are more apt to make them count.”

 

 

As said so well too on this very topic, by Ryan Holiday:

“Technology is great, don’t get me wrong. But some things should take effort. Personally, I’d much rather adhere to the system that worked for guys like Thomas Jefferson than some cloud-based shortcut.”

For now it is nothing more than a simple lined notebook (because without those lines, I have to admit, I am all over the place (LOL) I use whatever pen or pencil is handy at the time I come across that deep and thought provoking word, or phrase. It’s so much more important to write it down, I can really dig into it and ponder it more later. But to pause,, to take the time, that in itself is so very meaningful.

Capturing words that need to be more than just words.

It reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures within the pages of the most inspiring book EVER: 1 John 2:6: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

I begin at the very beginning. Seeking deeper, greater wisdom for myself and my family, and it must start with me.