a bit of homeschooling encouragement, from our family to yours

Get Out of the Boat 

By Belinda Bullard 


During the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went out to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus spoke up at once: “Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” “Lord, if it is You,” Peter replied, “command me to come to You on the water.” “Come,” said Jesus.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus.But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save  me!”Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”

(Matthew 14:25-31, NIV)



I have been a dance mom now for very near 20 years. Mind you, I am not that stereotypical, televised dance mom who lives vicariously through her child and has no life outside of the next competition. Instead, I am the oh-no-here-we-go again type of dance mom, quietly following whatever leotard-laden drama exists on the day and constantly seeking peace while meeting my parental obligation. Put simply, I did not choose the dance mom life; it chose me.

At the risk of over exaggerating my first-world problem, dance, like any extracurricular activity in these times, can quickly become all-consuming. My husband and I were recently talking about the big year-end trips we once took with the kids when school ended—the Grand Canyon, Big Bend National Park, etc. When pondering why we no longer took those trips, we realized that the weekend conventions, the competitions, and the costumes soak up what monies we once had for larger trips.

So, when the youngest added to her plate amateur photography, I couldn’t help but think, where is this going?

The truth is that we have the perfect environment in which our children can do amazing things—if we would get out of the way. Because shortfalls are real—in money, time, patience, you name it--it is only natural that we stay mindful of those realities. But when God does a work, he equips and provides in ways that defy our realities. He says, "Get out of the boat. Don't be afraid. I am here." Whatever light He is sparking within your children, however He chooses to develop their gifts and talents, will you take your eyes off the shortfalls and trust that He is with you?

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Let me first say that this is not my photo, nor do I know the original creator. I do, however, remember one of my favorite read-alouds as the kids and I studied early American history: Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims. We learned how critical the life skills of the Native Americans were to the survival of the earliest settlers, including companion planting and natural fertilizers (processes we now refer to as "organic"). Consider enhancing your history and science studies with a planting technique known as the "3 sisters"--corn, a variety of beans, and a squash or pumpkin variety. My previous experience has been that corn is not the easiest crop to grow, but at least my beans will have a sturdy pole to climb! Will I have better success this year? I will keep you posted.
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