Okay. For the most part I purposely avoid the "hot button" topics around these joyful parts. But, not today . . . Having recently posted regarding a field trip to the art museum, I felt it appropriate to share how we deal with an important issue to many parents, nudity in art. Don't shut down on me . . . I'm going somewhere with this.
Should we shy away from studying the arts with our children because of a seemingly consistent presence of nudity, prolifically displayed in some art? Many Christians would argue saying yes, the possibility of encountering nudity demands we not study art and sighting scriptures like, 1 Thessalonians 5:22"Abstain from allappearanceofevil." I would agree, up to a point . . . however (you saw that one coming, didn't you?); I do not believe we can be so emphatic about our personal belief system as to push them so strictly in judgement over an entire form of expression that can, and has been used to glorify God.
Here is my take, for what it's worth:
We live in the world, we are called not to be "of the world". The same rational that would denote I should refuse the benefits of an art education to my children because of what I might potentially encounter; could also rationalize my need to therefore NEVER LEAVE MY HOME for the same reason. We cannot fear the world, but must be lights for Christ Jesus set upon a hill for all to see; rather than being constantly afraid of what we will see.
When we choose to live boldly in the world, as Christ calls us to do, by faith we make the earth, which He created to be good to become our classroom setting. It is much more character building to my children for them to see the talents and abilities that are given to men, by God, and the limitless possibilities that open up to us as His servants when we choose to use them for His glory rather than our own.
My children must learn how to put into practice the self-discipline that scripture teaches: training their own eyes, mind, hands, and hearts; every tool given of God to praise Him and not to use toward fleshly pursuits. Warning my children, through God's Holy Living Word, what the world, the enemy and our very own flesh use to be the stumbling blocks to faith, this is my job. We train our own eyes away from that which is NOT OF GOD! (a.k.a. nudity in art, immodest clothing on women & men in public, commercials on television, potential internet dangers, pictures in the magazine rack at the grocery store. . . shall I go on?)
Being away for the weekend at the Homeschool Winter Summit meant a little planning needed to be done. Dinners. Laundry. Housework. The basics, plus I didn't want to leave Dad hanging on Friday with kids that were out of their homeschool swing. After some discussion we both decided that a trip to a local art museum would be a great homeschool field trip. The Scout needed to visit an art museum for a Boy Scout Merit Badge and I needed the kids to review some European Art for enrichment to our Harmony Fine Arts curriculum. Win, win! Well . . . Mommy's way of doing the museum:
Lovely ride with people who were willing to listen to me talk, and talk, and talk and talk . . . rare, huh? Me talking and people listening? What other choice do they have, they were stuck in a van with me. We reached the most lovely Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma. Home city of some collegiate football team that I refuse to name on my blog. (freedom of speech) Joyful Socks arrived with a bit of sneezing . . . maybe I'm allergic . . . to Oklahoma? . . . to being in the same town as "un-named" football team?
Friday night session included wonderful worship. Amazing yeah-homeschool-mom-you-go-girl pep rally. And the stage was set.
I will not be sick, I will not be sick, I will not be sick!
On to Saturday's session . . .
Oh well, I'm sick, but in excellent company and getting a spiritual recharge that this mommy's batteries desperately needed. Real sharing. Real laughing. Real home educating moms who love Jesus! Reminders to see the good. Reminders to be real with one another. Reminders to validate one another. Reminders to keep our marriage sacred. Reminders that the Word of God is living and breathing and ready to work on your behalf to the glory of God. Reminders to keep "drinking deeply of Jesus Christ" and "to be the sieve" pouring it out to our children (THANK YOU Cheryl Lange). Reminders to dream big & be "Circle Makers" from Roxanne Parks.
Home again with my lovely fellow travelers & as officially being dubbed from the stage as Connie's "sick friend" (hopefully the reference was for physical illness only?).
Officially I am on the mend and backed by MANY powerful prayers!
Spent my first day back at homeschool in bed, seeing all the good:
Husband able to take off work & teach Bible to the kids, while waiting on me hand and foot, and telling me I'm beautiful when I'm sick and TOTALLY not feeling that way.
Executive director and parents who "have my back" filling in at Homeschool Co-op this week. (((Hugs)))
Children blowing kisses from the door way and a gift of lady bugs from my youngest (pictured above)
Thank you Jesus for your touch in my small life. Thank you for making a way for me, your most humble of servants.
Read more about our fun time AND SEE MUCH BETTER PHOTOS from someone who was mentally and physically competent while attending Homeschool Winter Summit, over at Smockity Frocks! Do you tweet? Read lots more at #HsSummit hashtag.
Who will join me next year? Hopefully minus illness, of course!
Readying my home and troops to get back-to-homeschool business, has been a more formidable task than usual. Winter doldrums can really work me over. NOT THIS YEAR! I have a plan & we are sticking with it. I have been doing lots of reading, this is no shocker, surrounding the areas of greatest need or challenge in our home, family, homeschool, etc. I am confidently equipped for consistency this year! I hope that you are all enjoying the blessing of refreshed and renewed vision.
This week's planning begins with our weekly menu. You will see many changes coming soon, as we begin to become "food detectives" in our upcoming review of the Be Free Challenge. Right now we are completing the emptying of the stockpile, to prepare our pantry for this new style of eating. Until then, we are focusing on consistent healthy eating, predominately gluten free and working on the rest . . . SUNDAY Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal with apples Dinner: Vegetable Soup Supper: Sheppard's Pie, Green Beans, Salad
MONDAY Breakfast: Potato Latkes, Baked Apples Dinner: Left Overs Supper: Broccoli Rice, Basil Pesto Zucchini, Salad
Well another year has zoomed by, and I find myself reflecting on my year, as I am sure are most of you. I have grown this year, have some regrets, but am wholehearted and hopefully looking forward to all that the LORD has in store for 2013. As I wind down 2012, here are the top posts from the blog. Your favorites were those that were ranked top in page hits.