Saturday, April 12, 2014

Whatever is noble

Noble. What is noble? Noble is synonymous with honorable and worthy.  The fourth meaning of noble on is of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence

How do I keep my mind on those things that are noble?  Basically, what do I deem worthy to focus my mental energy?  This week my energy and thoughts have been focused on my family.  I realized that I was wasting a lot of mental space on things that were either out of my control or that were a pure distraction.  Turning my thoughts to my family and home really has helped me to gain focus on those things that the Spirit is leading me to do.

For the past few week we have been studying Romans 14, and the words Paul spoke have given me understanding of who I am and  whose I am. Some passages that grasped my attention are "One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind" verse 5.  This verse helped me to fully understand that truly everyone has their own path, and although we may not be on the same path if we are convinced in our mind and spirit that we are on the path God has set us then why fret.  Earlier in our home school life, I fretted about my calling and desire simply because many didn't see the worth in it that I saw.  I felt torn because of external forces. Then I read, "But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin." verse 23 which made realize that my decision last school year was for the best.  My faith was lacking and I was presented the opportunity to step back, and in stepping away my faith was strengthened on all sides, internally and externally.  Reading Romans this year after returning home has helped me to see more clearly the things God is doing in our lives.  It is amazing the way He aligns things.

Here I am today focusing on those things that I am fully convinced are worthy, and in doing this I feel great peace.


Monday, April 7, 2014

What We're Reading : Justice pon di Road by Aliona Gibson


The girls and I have made it a point to read more picture books lately.  The latest book we've read is Justice pon di Road.  The story takes place in Jamaica and tells the story of a little boy, Justice.  Justice takes us on his journey through Jamaica while he visits the island with his mom.  The story gives insight to the Jamaican culture including popular foods and common sayings.

book cover

Last night, I reread the story to our youngest, and she shared that she really enjoyed Justice's story.  Since the story used Jamaican dialect throughout, she shared her thoughts on what certain phrases meant. It was great that the author provided a glossary and facts about Jamaica in the back of the book for further discussion and to help clarify the meaning just in case we got it wrong.  We both really enjoyed Justice's story.  It was something new and fresh.  I will definitely be adding a physical copy to our bookshelf.

I was given a digital copy of Justice pon di Road for review from the author, Aliona Gibson. Aliona self-published her first children's book, Justice pon di Road.  Although, the book was given to me for review all thoughts are my own.  If you or your child enjoy learning about other cultures, are doing a study on Jamaica, or just need a change of scenery, I recommend getting a copy of this book.  I also recommend purchasing a copy because it is nice to support others who are trying to make a mark.

For more information about Aliona and her book, visit her website here. You can also follow her on Facebook.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Writer

Creative writing was the class that awakened my desire to write.
I didn't realize that a time would come that I would need to write just to still myself.
It soothes me.
It helps me to understand my thoughts.
It brings life to my life.
Writing one of my favorite past times.
In high school, if you asked me if I enjoyed writing the answer would have been no. Without a doubt.
I guess I just didn't like the structured writing, but I do appreciate the mechanics my teachers instilled in me.

Today I am a writer.

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All you need is five minutes to write.  This isn't about well-thought responses, but it is your first thought to one word provided by Lisa Jo. Do you want to join in? Head over to Lisa Jo's and find out more about Five Minute Fridays.