Leading up to the Titus 2:1 Conference, I began to pray that all of the women who attended, especially me, would have our mouths quiet, our minds clear, and our hearts open. I prayed that we would all be still and listen to His words and that He would answer any prayer requests we had, any questions we had, and confirm that we were all walking in the path that God has laid out for us.
Let me start by saying, I don’t think any of us were quiet. Wow! When you get that many God-loving women in one room, there is no such thing as quiet. Instead, there was a lot of chatter and laughter. It was some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard…the song of God’s love coming from the mouths of all of these beautiful women!
Spiritually, however, we were quiet. We did have clear minds and open hearts, I think we were all listening to what God had to say while we were there. Reading the other wrap up posts leads me to believe that we all heard God speaking directly to our hearts and telling each of us exactly what we were supposed to hear.
I went to the conference with the idea that I would continue to write the type of posts I have been, but that I would also start to monetize. Hey, other people make money on their blogs, why shouldn’t I have a piece of that pie? Let me tell you why…God spoke directly to me in the first blogging breakout session I attended. It was not the subtle, monetizing is a lot of work and you don’t have time. It was God speaking loud and clear.
Lena, this blog is about you glorifying me.
This blog is not the way for you to bring in a few extra bucks;
this blog is about me and only me.
So, no, you will not monetize,
instead you will continue to write and glorify me.
Truthfully, I was kind of relieved. After listening to all of those women talking about monetizing their blogs, I knew that was a whole lot of work! Lol (Let me add that I believe if an opportunity that will both benefit my family and glorify God comes along, I will pray about it. This being a review, giveaway, or an affiliate program…not advertising space, money making opportunities that have nothing to do with our family or my blog, etc.)
I also went to this conference in hopes of finding a reading curriculum for Spike and Pouty for next year. Chad and I have decided that since getting Spike into the same school as David is not possible, I will homeschool her. Since Pouty is right on Spike’s heels, I’ll go ahead and homeschool her too.
Both girls are doing very well with their pre-reading skills and are on the verge of making that leap, so I knew what I wanted for them – a scripted reading program. I wanted something like SRA or Hooked on Phonics. Instead, what I got was a loud and clear message from God.
The basis of all academic achievement is in Me.
Your children need to know not only that they are Christians,
but they need to know what it means to be a Christian.
They need to know who I am, why they believe what they believe,
and they need to be able to tell others and defend their faith.
Until you have that in place, all of the other academic stuff is just that…stuff.
And so, I ended up buying the first text in the series by Apologia, Who am I? We will be using that as an evening devotional with all of our children. God did not tell me Spike needs this. He said, they need to know…ALL of my children need to know this. Then, only after I was obedient to his words about my children knowing Him, did He also lead me to a reading curriculum that looks like a lot of fun! I can hardly wait to get it and start using it. I think both of my girls will be readers in no time flat!
Finally, as with all things that involve a close talk with God, I asked him to help me hear His words about my sweet D. I always look to him for affirmation in raising my children, especially in raising D. Again, God told me the same thing he always does. The same thing he told me when D was 5, the same thing he told me when he was 7, the same thing he told me when he was 9, in residential treatment, and I was reading the Bible in 90 Days. He was very basic and to the point.
Lena, David is my chosen one. David was a man after my own heart.
I took care of David in the Old Testament.
What makes you think I would forsake him now? David is still
my chosen child and he will do great things.
Wow, when I sit with an open heart and a clear mind, God speaks so clearly and loudly. There were many other things in the conference that were clearly God things and all I can say is,
To God Be The Glory!!