Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gratituesday - A refreshing and inspirational weekend!

Sometimes you've just got to get away! We were blessed this past weekend to attend the 2011 Christian Heritage Homeschool Conference in Redmond, Washington! Inspirational messages abounded leaving us recharged, inspired, motivated, and full of hope.

Daniel and friends getting ready for a keynote by Kevin Swanson

Daniel and AnnaLynn look forward to the annual C.H. conference all year!

As the current school year has been winding down, the thought that has repeatedly run through my mind is the foundation -- we've got to focus on laying a solid foundation. I've been praying about just what that foundation building was going to look like and am thankful to say that my prayers were answered through the keynote and workshop messages given by Mr. Swanson, Douglas Bond, and Geoff Botkin and family this weekend. S.D.G.!

From my notes...
-The Proverbs are the most important curriculum you can teach your children. God's Word is practical and speaks to wisdom, knowledge, faith, and character which are the foundation.
-All that is required to teach your children is to love them.
-We must teach our children to fear God. (Prov. 1:7)
-If we leave God out of the subjects we teach, we have not taught our children at all.
-Our children are watching us; they will follow where we lead. Are we passive? Are we childlike in our thinking? Are we dominion takers? Have we surrendered to God or the culture? They will follow.
-Without vision the people perish. Do our children see us making things happen? watching things happen? or wondering what happened?
-We must repent and repair the ruins! 
-Do not set your children at the feet of those who would lead them astray!
-Safety = The protective "bubble" of God's Word and mercy.
-Christ and his gospel of free, unmerited grace alone must be at the center of everything we do, everything we teach, and everything we learn.
-Christ-like leaders do not trust in money or self, get authority right, learn to demolish arguments, and live in Christ/die in Christ.
-The foundation is the fear of the Lord. Teach discernment. Pursue Righteousness. Do not grow weary in doing good.
-Vision: A place to go. Do you have one? Where are you going?
After the conference we took advantage of being up north and enjoyed a way-too-short visit in Everett with our dear friends Timothy & Jeanne. The sunshine was glorious on Sunday morning, so after a delicious breakfast of waffles, sausages, and fresh fruit (thank you, Timothy!!), we took a few pictures out on their deck...

Praise God for friendships that endure!

Thanks to Jeff and Christina who kept watch over our place while we were away, and thanks to all at Christian Heritage for the incredible conference.

What are you thankful for today?

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Join me for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers and for Titus2sdays, Far Above Rubies, Living Well Wednesday, and Raising Homemakers

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