Be Thou My Vision

I have been listening to this hymn on repeat today and it has been in my heart and on my lips for weeks. I even hummed it to my infant niece today while rocking her.

The new year is beginning soon and with it come resolutions. Resolutions, in essence, are visions. Every year around this time millions of people envision what they want their lives to look like at this time next year. Most envision a smaller number on the scale or a larger number on their paycheck. Some envision nobler things, perhaps spiritual or emotional growth, maybe worthy commitments like spending more time with family or serving within their community or church.

I’ve made many resolutions in my 28 years. Usually by mid – February my fire has burned out. Over the years I’ve realized that a big reason my new years resolutions never really work out is because while having a vision of what I want my life to look like (or my body or my home), my resolutions lacked purpose.

Last year I resolved to be a better home maker and while I feel I did do marginally better than in 2012, I know I could have done much better if I kept Christ as my vision. If I had truly “worked as if working for The Lord” (Colossians 3:23-24), and devoted myself to glorifying Him in everything I did, I could have done better. I would have had greater purpose. I’m not going to be too hard on myself though; twenty thirteen was a rough year. People I loved passed away, the Lord called us to homeschooling, and many more trials and triumphs were had both physically with my children’s health, and spiritually with my faith and my husband’s.

Still, I am being prayerful over the resolutions I make for 2014 because no matter how much growth occurs or how many changes made, I want them to be used to glorify my King.

Let the words of this sweet hymn play in your heart as this year comes to a close. Let’s make resolutions into reality by being prayerful about which areas we need to grow in as God’s beloved children and committing ourselves to the tasks He puts before is, knowing that whatever obstacles may lie in the way are really just checkpoints for our faith.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

May Christ remain our vision for 2014 and every year thereafter until we reach Him, our final goal and are rewarded with the eternal life He purchased for us.

1 Corinthians. 9:24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Happy New Year!

May God richly bless you!

-Diane-

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360 Days With Jesus

Hi! My name is Diane and I am a stay at home mother of four children (7, 6, 2, 1) and I have been married to my best friend for 9 years.

I homeschool my children and love encouraging them to learn.

For several months I have been working on Bible study curriculum for my 6 and 7 year olds to incorporate with our homeschool. I looked at a few pre-made curriculum sets and while they looked appealing, they just did not satisfy my desire to share with and teach my children from my own heart and most were quite a bit pricey.

Finally, I took the advice of a speaker from this past year’s homeschool conference and I prayed, asking God to give me direction and focus for our homeschool. The more I prayed, the more I felt a desire to build my own Bible curriculum to teach to my children. However, this seemed to be a daunting task. I had only been homeschooling about six months and I wasn’t sure I was ready. So, I began to pray for the mental and physical strength to start preparing and to begin this task I believe God has called me to.

One day while in Bible study I decided to just start putting pencil to paper and make a rough draft of the vision I had. The rough draft calmly unfolded in a matter of a week and as it turned out, there was nothing “rough” about it! The rough draft fit perfectly into 360 days. I was astonished by what the Lord had accomplished through me in such a short time period and with me feeling pretty ambivalent about the work.

God is SO good. He is faithful even when we exhibit half-hearted faith or are less than thrilled about following where He leads. He is faithful to complete His work in us!

360 Days is 2 full traditional school years (180 days per year, 90 days per semester) but since we school year round I may be able to get the posts up faster.

The study focuses on the Gospels. Matthew for 90 days, Mark for 90 days, Luke for 90 days, John and the first two chapters of Acts for 90 days.

There is a wealth of information to be gleened from these books and the life of Christ, His ministry, His parables, His teachings, His walk with God, prayer life, love, devotion, sacrifice, and ultimate victory. It is my prayer that you and your family be blessed and encouraged by His truth as much as I know I and my family will be.

See you soon!Diane