A Thinking Love – Charlotte Mason

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Even if you aren’t a home schooling Mum you might be interested in free Charlotte Mason e-book. This book is written by Sonya Shafer she explores what “a thinking love” means and contemplates the various ways that Charlotte Mason encouraged thinking mothers to show their love to their children.

I think “A Thinking Love” is a great little book for anyone who loves their kids. CLICK HERE FOR A FREE E-BOOK

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God makes everything beautiful in his time

While reading Ecclesiastes 3 I was reminded of seeing my Aunt hanging out her washing. Now my Aunt had a lot of washing as she had seven kids and a husband. Our families lived next door to each other so we spent a lot of time together. She was a wonderful role model in my life, always made time to chat with me. Which is a miracle in itself considering how time poor she would have been. She must have noticed me watching her. She called me over and told me of the joy she had seeing all her boys shirts hanging in a row. She spoke of how important it is to be happy over the seemingly small things in life. She went on to say there is always time to be thankful.

Ordinary living is beautiful, my Aunt was extraordinary enjoying her work as a Mother and Wife just simply living life.

I feel Ecclesiastes 3 embodies living the ordinary life and how precious it is. Sometimes it takes us time to see the beauty in the ordinary things of life. There is a time for everything even time to enjoy hanging out the washing.

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Ecclesiastes 3
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.

Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.

And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

I thought in my heart,
“God will bring to judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time for every deed.”

I also thought, “As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath [b] ; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?

From changing nappies to changing gears…

wow, doesn’t the years fly by so fast.

My eldest son “Lukas” is getting his driver’s license. It can be a little scary sometimes. Any parent can relate to what I am saying, I’m sure 🙂

You know ya think it is pretty scary watching your child learn to crawl. Then there is learning to wobble and walk but now I am finding it a little scary watching my son drive. Yes, drive an actual car, yes, a car that moves on the road. AND yes, you maybe driving on that very same road. It is a grey Nissan Pulsar… just in case you want a heads up on what to look out for 😉

He bought his first car and he is doing really well, he is quite a good new driver. He is doing 100 hours and he has another 20 hours to go before he gets his provisional license.

While he was driving a little point about what the consequences of being distracted came to mind.

Sure being distracted while driving a car can be dangerous sure BUT being distracted in life can be far more dangerous with HUGE consequences.

Lukas was indicating to go into the next lane. He was very diligent and was looking behind him. While he was looking behind a car came from a side road in front of his car, it darted out and was turning into the same lane at the same time into the same space. I could see that this would not turn out well. SO … I told Lukas calmly “don’t move… there is a car ahead!.” He very quickly stopped moving into the next lane and carried on in the current lane. He said “thanks mum.” Of course on the outside I was calm, cool and collected and on the inside… not so much.

In an instant when we are not paying attention or  when we are focusing in the wrong direction something catastrophic can occur. We need to always be alert and focus on our present surroundings before looking forward or look backwards. We need to let go of  what has been our past to make sure we can see what is ahead in our present and  future.

I wander how many times God has put his angels around us protecting us from disaster when we have not been paying attention? I know from my own life it has been many many times.

When we can focus on the right things at the right time imagine how the Lord can use US for his glory !!  I think we need to continually be aware and alert and on guard. The enemy may scheme and try to harm us but when we are alert and have our full armour on then the enemy will not and can not succeed. We need to turn our eyes upon Jesus. When we focus on God then we are always heading in the right direction. Look up to God and not down on our problems.

Even when we have trouble in this life, and we will. Don’t focus on problems or trouble. We only need to truly focus on the one with the solution to our problems. Turn our hearts, minds and thoughts on Jesus and he will help us see through our trouble or problems to become an overcomer in Christ. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33