Wednesday, June 22, 2011


If we are going to put God first in our lives, then He certainly must be first in our schools. If we are to teach our children to put God first in their lives, then He must be first in their schools. Every subject they study reflects the glory of God.

In math we see order. We can see the intricacy in the pattern of a pinecone or a seashell. We see the simplicity and the complexity of creation.

Science is the study of everything God created. Astronomy studies the sun, moon, stars, planets. Botany, the plant life. Biology, the animal life. Chemistry, the minuscule makeup of matter. Physics, the whys and hows of all creation.

In history, we learn HIS story. And if we learn it well enough, we will hope to prevent repeating many of those awful mistakes our forefathers made. We also learn how God has loved us and blessed us throughout the ages which grows our faith and knowledge that He will always love us and bless us.

Language, ah in language, we learn how to communicate with other people. How to read God's word and how to share the Good News of the Gospel with others. We learn that nouns are the words that name everything that God created. Verbs are the things we can do to honor God, or dishonor, if we are not careful. All our speech, and parts of speech, can glorify God, or not.

 All the subject areas are connected just as creation is connected. When we see the relationships of everything around us, the relationships among the sciences, the history of discovering, the math used to understand, and the language used to share, then we can't help but see God's Hand in everything and His amazing gifts to us.

Our job, then, is not to connect the dots, but to teach the students to connect those dots for themselves. To see the big picture. To see how all creation points to the Creator, the One True God! And who wouldn't love school when presented this way? When they draw closer to the Lord every day?

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Friday, June 3, 2011


Finished my first full book on my Nook. The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone. It was the free Friday book last week and I still haven't gotten B&N to take off the charges for it, but I digress.

I really enjoyed this book, the author is very talented. The heroine is very realistic, in fact, the whole book is quite realistic. I could imagine this as a movie playing the entire time I was reading it. I actually felt it was written with a movie in mind. There is a good bit of interesting symbolism beginning at the title and continuing throughout the storyline and tying up nicely at the end. I will definitely go see the movie when this comes out.

The cons: I am always saddened when I see such gifts not being used for God's glory. While this was a great story, it would have been nicer if not for some unnecessary references and language. Still a nice story.