Monday, February 5, 2018

God is Always With Us

by: Kaelyn

Saul was the king of the Israelites. They lived on God’s beautiful land. The Israelites had an army. Their job was to protect their home. Then soon an army ran into the other part of God’s beautiful land. Eventually, Goliath stomped forward. Goliath, who was nine feet tall, was huge and he had on a lot of armor. The Israelites were freaked out.

Goliath challenged one of the Israelites to fight him. He thundered, “The losers will serve the winners!” The Israelites, who were frightened, did not walk forward. For forty days, none of the Israelites answered.

David, who was brave, stomped forward. Goliath laughed hard. Goliath thought that he could easily win because David did not have any armor and was a boy. David sling-shotted a rock into Goliath’s face. Goliath collapsed down and died. David won because he knew that God will always be with us.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February's Word: Surrender

Last month I focused on the word TRUST. I can honestly say that by focusing on that one word for a month, I made huge strides in my trust and faith. I think it is time to kick it up a notch in February and take it one step further. From TRUST comes SURRENDER. I want to surrender my plans, my ideas, my expectations, and my desires.  One of the biggest roadblocks in my spiritual journey is trying to maintain "control" of my life. I am not talking about being in control of my children. I am talking about making plans for my life without even consulting God. I just say "this is what I want" and assume I am going to get it. God tends to have completely different ideas for me, so giving up this control and surrendering to him will be difficult.
"If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed." — Pope Benedict XVI
I think fear, a little stumbling in trust (still!), and laziness is what keeps me from completely submitting to God. I am afraid of what He has in store for me. Can I handle it? Do I even want to deal with it?  I am a sinner, and these are the thoughts that keep me from releasing myself completely.

"I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me." ~Galatians 2:20
I have already shifted my focus. I was hung up on "losing weight" and exercising HARD daily in January so that I could "get healthier." Let's be honest. I wanted to lose weight for vain reasons. Instead of working myself to death in order to lose weight, I need to find a balance where I am doing everything for reasons that glorify God. That means surrendering my ideas of losing weight, getting "fit", how homeschool looks, and how my relationship with God currently looks. I am giving it all up to Him so that He may make the transformations in my life where He wants them.

Monday, January 22, 2018

I love being a lot of things

By Kaelyn
For yesterday's American Heritage Girls meeting, I had to bring a baby picture and some things that describe me. Well, I forgot to bring the box that had the items that described me, but I didn't really need it. In my box I had a stuffed horse because I like animals. I also had a music note in there because I love music. I had a baking donut recipe because I love to bake. I had ballet slippers because I love to dance. I had a crayon sharpener because I love to color. I had a Disney autograph because I love Disney World. It was so much fun!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Battle of the Small Ships

by: Sebastian

Voltron was beaten up, which was a rare occurrence. [#2] Since the lions were repaired, the Galra had been trying to destroy the five lions. Voltron and the ship were hovering above earth. [#3] Sadly, the giant robot was unable to hit the agile ship. Although there was strangely only one ship, Voltron needed to escape.