So we’ve decided to homeschool Deuce this coming school year. He’s 9 now. We weren’t unhappy with the education he was getting at his previous school. We’re just looking for something different. Something a little more challenging. I’ve spent the last few months looking into different curriculum. So far we’ve decided on The Good & The Beautiful for language arts. It’s faith based which is important to us. We’re considering Saxon for math but there are soooo many different options for every subject, that the choosing gets overwhelming!! While he’s mentioned that he’ll miss seeing his friends, he’s excited for this new journey. Also, it isn’t like he’ll NEVER see them again. He sees them every Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday at church. Not to mention bible quizzing (more about that in another post) starts soon so he’ll also see them there. I understand how important cultivating friendships are and I plan to do everything I can to maintain those connections.
Our reasons for homeschooling vary. From financial to faith-based to cultural. It was definitely something that my husband and I prayed about before deciding. Now that the decision has been made, we’re all very excited.
Are their any other homeschool moms/dads that want to weigh in on this subject? Or make recommendations?? Why did your family decide to homeschool? What have you all gained/lost from homeschooling? What curriculum options or books do you suggest?
Got a King James study bible today! Kind of excited about this. Sometimes (for me at least) reading the KJV bible can be a bit confusing. I haven’t had the opportunity to really get into it yet but I skimmed the beginning. Looks like there’s a lot of historical references and that’ll be fun; reading more about the history and gaining a better understanding of how everyone connects to everyone else.
This past week I was blessed to be able to attend Texas Camp Meeting in Lufkin Texas at Texas Bible College. It was an awesome experience. Looking forward to next year’s camp already! In the meantime, here are some highlights…
“Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let everything that have breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Psalm 150: 3-6
So recently on Facebook I happened across a video of gospel singer Erica Campbell performing her single “I ‘Luh’ (Love) God’. The poster called it “Trap Gospel”. Now I don’t pretend to be an expert in any type of music but from what I can understand “Trap Music” glorifies a certain type of lifestyle. A lifestyle that is very unChrist-like.
The song itself still glorifies God but the vibe, in my OWN PERSONAL OPINION, lends itself to a more secular and worldly sound.
The very next morning I heard a Christian rap song. They were dressed in bandanas and covered in tattoos. That sounds judgemental. I’m really not trying to be. I only mention their appearance because it speaks of a particular way of life.
As Christians, the ones we want/need to reach are the ones who are lost; the ones that don’t know the truth. Oftentimes those people can only be reached by approaching them in a manner that they are familiar with. In this instance it’s making music that sounds like what they are used to hearing. I get it. The younger set aren’t always fans of what they consider “old school” gospel/Christian music. Artists nowadays seem to be making music that share similar beats and rhythms. Ok. Great! All genres of music must and will evolve. At what cost, though? You’re composing music that has secular tendencies. You’re still singing about a positive message of God’s love but what’s stopping you from taking it a step further? Then another step? Maybe that soul you’re trying to reach is a little more stubborn than you thought. You have to go just a little bit further. Maybe it’s your style of dress. Maybe it’s your mannerisms. Maybe it’s the way you’re wording your message. You think changing a word or two will be more effective. Suddenly you’re sending an entirely new message. The wrong message. Now you’ve lost them entirely. What’s worse, is that in your attempt to reach them on a level that made them more comfortable, you may have inadvertently lost yourself.
Music is going to change. As a man/woman of God attempting to reach someone through song, don’t let that change, change you.
It’s been almost a year since my initial post. Been kind of busy. I’m hoping to be able to keep up with this now.
So things that are new:
My son is about to finish 1st grade at United Christian Academy, my husband has finished his next to last year in grad school. Also, he’s almost finished with his first year teaching.
Things are going great at church! I attend First United Pentecostal church in Port Arthur, Texas.
What you missed @ FUPC:
Roundup Sunday- we all wore rodeo and western attire. We had a cookout, games, and horse rides!
On the very same day we also celebrated the elders in our church with a supper just for them. I was asked to prepare a couple of desserts; banana pudding and peach cobbler (recipes will be in another post).
Easter- Unfortunately the children were unable to put on a skit, but we were treated to a lovely sermon about the resurrection. HE LIVES!!
Recommitment Sunday. We are going to build a new church!!
It’s Saturday so tonight will be our weekly youth led service. We have awesome youth! They are filled with the holy spirit and are not afraid to show it!
Our service just ended a little while ago. As usual the holy spirit moved through the congregation touching souls left and right! It was awesome to experience! One of our pastors sons Bro Jonathan McCoy spoke about not being afraid to step out and talk about God; winning souls.
I’d like to end this post asking if anyone reading this has a prayer request. Leave it in the comments and I’ll make sure to add you to my personal prayer list. Have a blessed night!