learning and libraries

The children in this home are not the only ones being "schooled".  In teaching them I, myself, am a student.  IF I'm willing to listen to the Teacher, He'll use this homeschooling to show me what patience and diligence are, how to be gentle, what grace means, and so much more.

Although I've never read anything by this author, I appreciate this quote...

 “But the true idea of a home is that it is a place for growth. It is a place for the parents themselves to grow - to grow into beauty of character, to grow in refinement, in knowledge, in strength, in wisdom, in patience, gentleness, kindliness, and all the Christian graces and virtues. It is a place for children to grow - to grow into physical vigor and health and to be trained in all that shall make them true and noble men and women." -J.R.Miller

And this one.....

"The thought of any of our poor words and ways being a daily influence on a child should make the best of us want to hold our breath." -Charlotte Mason
Which leads me to this Word that I so need and is true and trustworthy and encourages me to remember that I don't have to have it all together but He does...

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."     2 Corinthians 12:9-11

Also, in the midst of math and grammar and spelling and writing and worksheets, I need to keep in mind my most important goal....

"Our Lord wants us all to be the leaven in the dough of society. But He wants us to do this when we are properly prepared. Our job as parents is to prepare our children to be ready for the service to which God will call them. We need to furnish the children's minds and hearts with the true, the good and the beautiful, so that they may speak "in season and out of season" of the faith they have been given." -Laura Berquist 

And now I beg your grace? for this mish-mash of a post but I feel the need to talk about libraries for a moment.  One of my earliest memories is of sitting cross-legged amongst the rows, books piled all around with their pleasant musty smell. What a wonder libraries are!  They let you BRING BOOKS HOME for FREE!!!

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"No man can be called friendless who has God
and the companionship of good books."
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

You can find us at our local book lender at least once a week.  My bag always overflows and I do the carrying-something-heavy lopsided walk all the way back to the car....the kids trying not to drop their goodies.

One of the happiest emails I receive tells me that my much-anticipated holds are in.  The pleasant "ding" of the checkout computer makes me giddy.  Does anyone else resonate with this?

(Thank you, public library for trusting us with your treasures. And sorry for not always returning said treasures on time!)

So, enjoy your learning today whether it comes from those wondrous pages that are on borrowed time or from your loving Maker who is never on borrowed time but is yours for eternity!

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