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Statistics or Faith - Issue 286
February 09, 2013
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We said goodbye to the kids’ friends on Friday morning bringing to an end another week of a lot of fun. This week it was good to see Josh and his friend get their heads together and be creative and learn something new. It is easy to always do the same thing when you are comfortable together and they stepped outside of that with looking at making robots. The girls started with Artist Trading Cards – the family room had never been so messy – or should I say, never so filled with creative inspiration!! They have made some great mixed media artworks. Daniel worked outside for a little bit every day – including learning to use the chainsaw and drive a car both of which brought a smile to his face!

I spent the last half of the week putting the final touches to our homeschool lessons – which we will start with next week. I’ll be blogging about my process and the things we are doing in the coming week. I am very excited to have a clear direction for the year though I know stuff happens and plans change, but knowing where you want to go is an important first step.

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Statistics or Faith

During the week we were discussing statistics and faith. Will we base our decisions on statistics or will we step out in faith?

Our world is full of statistics, information and so called experts. I think we are a generation that relies on experts. We believe those who have studied and we lay our own reactions, understandings and even beliefs aside. Now I’m all for being informed – you only have to look at my bookshelf to see that truth! But the bottom line, crunch time, when I have to make a decision or choice, it must line up with the word of God – and that often means stepping out in faith.

Stepping out in faith means you know this is the right thing in God’s eyes, it may not make sense, it may not be the popular thing to do, it may be very scary thing to do, you may not know how it will end – but you know God requires it of you.

God’s ways are not man’s ways.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts
Isaiah 55:9

What are God’s ways? Here are two examples that came to mind this morning:

  • And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
  • Jesus commanded that we are to love one another – and, as the Bible then explains, that looks like serving, forgiving, being honest, bearing each other’s burdens etc…

Statistics will say you will be walked on, taken advantage of, glanced over and never advance.

What are we going to believe as our foundational belief – what God says or what man says?

Statistics are all about what man says. God is so much bigger than previous examples and that is all that statistics are – they are a record and analysis of past facts. God is bigger than that.

The story of Gideon is about the power of God over statistics. Gideon had the statistics on his side as he gathered an army. God said, no, that will make you think you did it. I am going to do this and I don’t need this many men.

Are we prepared to stick with God, even when the statistics don’t line up with what He is saying?

When you have a situation in your life – be it big or small – who do you call on first? Your friends? Google? Or God?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

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This e-book is based on a workshop I held for a couple of years to help families see that Christmas can be a significant tradition in our family life. If we are intentional about how our family celebrates we have the opportunity to use this time to teach our children about Jesus, and his love for each one of us.

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Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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