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Do Lilly’s WAIT or WORK?

WHOOO’s Waiting or Working?
Sampler Time in Third Grade Abeka Art

Let the learning begin! Wow! Third grade has really stepped up and AbiNoelle is soaking it all in. What a transition from second to third grade! Miss Heindel and the Abeka curriculum are not wasting any time TEACHING! From multiplication and division in math to inspirational stories and biographies in reading and history and an encyclopedia of facts in science, AbiNoelle is leaving the schoolroom everyday rich in learning.

Graphite and Magnets
Magnets & Water

Specifically in science, the hands-on activities explaining each new concept have kept up anticipation for future lessons. Already, we’ve made static, clouds, used investigating skills with a magnifying glass, and learned about balance using a yardstick. One lesson was especially memorable, not because of the experiment but the spiritual application. Miss Heindel taught the students about the two types of energy – waiting and working. As we reviewed this concept later, AbiNoelle explained that waiting energy was there, it was just ready and “waiting to be used,” while on-the-other-hand, “working” energy was busy and actively performing its task. So it’s like a lightbulb – a perfectly good, but un-used lightbulb is “waiting” to be used, but when you flip that switch, it then becomes “working” energy.

Daddy working with Printer in South America

Much the same it is as Christians. As Meme often says, “God sends seasons of ministry in our lives.” Some days are times of teaching, training, practicing, and learning. This is our waiting zone. It is our duty as followers of Christ to always be growing and filling our tool box with things we can use for God. In the eyes of a child, their days may always seem like endless “waiting” – always learning and never doing! The grass can for ever seem greener on the other side. For AbiNoelle, seeing Daddy and PopPop head off to missions in South America can be a source of disappointment as she sits back home and waits for her turn. Yet, as we have reminded her, how many 7-year-olds get to see Bibles from the printed page through collation, into the boxes by the thousands and given personally to the shipper for those waiting for God’s Word in the jungles?

Delivering Bibles to Shipper
Hard Work

Waiting or Working? No matter the season, we must be effective at both! Someone has said, “Joy is one of the most sought after and least understood things that should be found in the life of every Christian.” Joy can be found in every season…whether waiting or working! Each day, God has prepared gems of blessing ready to be sifted away from the dross of this world.

Recent days have presented our family with many precious gems.

Mommy’s friend Brandy and little Baker Lilly Duffy

What a precious blessing to be able to reunite, even if just for a moment, with our special friend Brandy and her family. Brandy was Mommy’s faithful discipleship partner for a year. We have laughed and cried and prayed and mostly studied God’s Word together. And through all this, God has moved in miraculous ways to give Brandy a beautiful life, and A+ husband, and the sweetest little girl, Baker Lilly Duffy. Next time we meet, Mommy promises to spend so much more time loving on that little namesake of hers, but for now, we wait and pray.

Another special blessing was walking in PopPop’s footsteps as he visited The WILDS Christian Camp where he accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour nearly 50 years ago. We are so thankful for those with vision and commitment to spend their lives serving and seeing lives changed for eternity’s sake.

Whether waiting or working, it is our desire to be happily content serving the Lord this day!

Should we “direct” them?

Is direction needed?

Three, four and… Let the strings begin. Our summer has been filled with the sweet melody (well, most of the time) of beginning violin. Truly, under the instruction of Dr. Jaffe and the Abeka Strings DVD program, learning violin for AbiNoelle (as opposed to Mommy’s first grade experience) has been music to our ears! After over 40 lessons, orchestra rehearsal sessions have begun, even including the wedding march, no doubt in honor of our 15th Wedding Anniversary this summer! With an orchestra, of course, comes a conductor, yet according to Dr. Jaffe, trial and significant error brought today’s view of the man and his baton. Apparently, in times past, the musicians gathered and played somewhat “together” as their own ears directed. Eventually, general concensus called for a conductor to create perfect harmony. Yet still, the conductor needed something that would insist upon a unified tempo amongst the instruments. Hence…..the BIG STICK. Seriously, can’t you just picture today’s finest orchestra playing a minuet to the thudding beat of a Moses-like staff! The turning tide, so the legend tells, is that a conductor, so intently stamped the beat that when he mistakenly hit his foot, the injury turned deadly.

The extreme’s of no direction to the BIG STICK brought us to today’s small but not insignificant baton that can draw a clear path to delightful sounds.

Extremes –

it seems, even in times past, man is constantly gravitating from one extreme to the other.

From the live-as-you-go to a schedule that will make the marines shudder….

From a hodge podge of books at the library to a syllabus listing hours of assignments…

From no make-up to the Jezebel look…

From the composed funeral dirge song time to hopping, swaying, and praising…

From Kentucky Fried to Keto-for-Life…

From couch potato to 5k…

From the “can’t throw it away” to the Marie Kondo’s Extreme Declutter…

Certainly, some ideas have their merit. Nonetheless, extremes are always out to yank us here and there, intending to consume us and many times bringing fatal consequences spiritually, emotionally or physically. I Corinthians 15:58 says, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Philippians 4:5 reminds us to: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.

Thinking back to AbiNoelle’s K5 Abeka DVD days, Mrs. Reese said that “for the Lord” she just wanted to be “the same everyday” – Not meaning that she didn’t want to grow and improve, but simply that she wanted to be consistent not moody or unstable.

In this “extreme” world, this is our challenge for the 2019-2020 school: To be consistent, strong and abounding in our work for the Lord using proven tools in a balanced manner.

With that in mind, we continue on beyond a wonderful summer of travels, Spanish, violin, sewing, playing, book adventures, game time, etc. and welcome a new Abeka Academy school year with great anticipation and excitement.

The “big kid” days are upon us as AbiNoelle steps up into the real elementary-like classes with Miss Heindel. The all-new Abeka third grade curriculum offers excellent history biographies, lots of hands-on opportunities in Science, an adventure around every page in reading, “tons” of math concepts, awesome art projects, and life-challenging lessons in Bible. This biblical approach, high academic standards, and exciting learning method fits our school year goal to a “T.”

After day one, AbiNoelle said, “She’s (Miss Heindel) GREAT!” “I really like Math, but I really like Language too!” She is super excited about giving trial spelling tests a try and can’t wait for art time on Friday. Spanish, violin and sewing continue only in smaller segments, and Tweety-Pie Junior Tutor is full-steam ahead as we edit upcoming video lessons and look for our new book, The Constitution Defender, to arrive from the printer soon!

And, not to be forgotten, AmiJoy thinks she can do anything big sister can. Her busy little self enjoyed the first days of school by singing in Bible time, coloring on the chalkboard, working on her colors, and trying out AbiNoelle’s preschool desk. Her “JOY” interrupts regularly, but is learning to keep her hands busy in her own “school” space.

So….here we go…

not as a lost orchestra

not with the thud of a BIG STICK

but movement by movement directed by THE MASTER CONDUCTOR’s baton.

Life, under His direction, will have its high notes and low notes, yet complete a beautiful song.

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