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No Passion - Live life with your kids - Issue 044
February 22, 2008
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Welcome to Live life with your Kids Newsletter!

This week: Very exciting – the kids and are in Victoria this week (for non-Australian readers, this is one of the States of Australia). We have come down to where my folks are to give Daniel the opportunity for some Assessments and therapy with a speech pathologist. Of course the bonus is that we are with my folks!

Peter has told us that it isn’t a holiday, just a relocation and that school continues. Of course, this is in total agreement with the idea that learning is a lifestyle and happens wherever you are. While Daniel has his daily sessions at the clinic, the others will be focusing on their studies and then we will see what life has to offer for the rest of the day!

So for those of you who noticed the newsletter wasn't in your in tray - this is the reason why! Have a good week with your family!


Beyond the Quote
A Homeschooling Thought

Don’t have a passion –
Not gonna do it!

We hear a lot about going with your passions, with allowing our children to study in keeping with their interests, with finding a career path that supports your passion but there is a flip side too. Recently one of my teens made this very tongue in cheek comment “Don’t have a passion – not gonna do it!” Now we were talking about a very optional issue and she really was not sincere but it pricked my ears. Did she have a point?

We need to be careful to keep this “Passion” thinking in perspective. In real life there are many situations where we have to push through the lack of passion.

  • There are times when I struggle to have my morning devotions and yet when I push through this lack of passion a hunger grows in me that only God can satisfy.
  • There are times when I struggle to fulfill my responsibilities around the house and yet when I push through this lack of passion the rewards such as Prov 31:1 “the heart of her husband trusts in her confidently” and vs. 28 “Her children rise up and call her blessed.”
  • There are times when we struggle in relationships and yet when we be a friend “who sticketh closer than a brother” true relationships can grow.
At the core of the idea of using our inbuilt passions to help direct our choices is the belief that God has created within us a “direction in which we shall go”. This includes the inbuilt desire for God and His ways. We need to keep in perspective the whole of God’s desires for our life.

We know without a doubt He wants us to (Matt 22:37-40)

  • Love Him with all our heart
  • Love our neighbour as our self.

This means we need to do all that we can to bring these two commands to pass –whether we are passionate about it or not. Of course, without a passion to love God we are left with good works and this is equally dangerous to our Christian faith.

What else has God commanded you, personally, to do? Are you doing it? Finding it hard? Looking for a way out? Not passionate about it?

What to do?

Pray – In the day when I called You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.
Ps 138:3

Pray – I am convinced and sure of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ (right up to the day of His Return) developing and perfecting and bring it to full completion in you. Phil 1:6

Pray- Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. Prov 4:13

So when we are tempted to let something go because of a lack of passion I encourage you, as I encouraged my daughter, to seek God and see if He develops a passion within you that is consistent with His Word.

Website Updates

This week on Lifestyle Homeschool the following additions have been made:

Lifestyle Homeschool Virtual Retreat - a place to find support, especially with lifestyle, discipleship homeschooling.

Heart to Heart: Sincerity as a Homeschool Mum Are you the same on the inside as the outside?

Top Tip: Hands on History or Hands on Life – a choice I make to help me “fit it all in”

Coffee Shop Chat – Why did you start Homeschooling? I’ve shared my story here and now I’d love to hear your stories. If you have a moment, visit this page and tell your story in the comments page. It is always encouraging to hear how people began their journey.

Character Notes Sincerity - Being as genuine on the inside as we appear to be on the outside.

You can stay up-to-date with any new additions to my website by visiting Lifestyle Homeschool Blog throughout the week.

Or browse Lifestyle Homeschool by using My Sitemap to find an article of interest.

Until next week

Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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