A Random Act

On Sunday, I scribbled out lesson plans for this week. Light work, since we had a couple appointments and I was trying to get back on track with the housework.

On Monday, my eleven year old noticed “RAOK” written three times on her “Weekly Duties” section. She inquired about the abbreviation and I explained that it stood for “random act of kindness”. I wanted her to try and perform three random acts of kindness during the week. Sometimes she has a hard time thinking outside of herself, and I was hoping this would give her an opportunity to feel the satisfaction one gets from helping others.boston2


On Monday night, she set her alarm clock for 6 a.m. She wanted to wake up before her father and I, and fix us coffee. It was to be her first RAOK for the week.

This morning, I could hear her in the kitchen. She turned on the Keurig. She rattled in the utensil drawer finding a spoon for her Daddy’s yogurt. She even climbed the step stool to retrieve my medicine, to place the bottles next to my cup, so I wouldn’t forget to take it. I lay in bed smiling as she fought to put our rather large dog outside and feed her.

I was stumbling to our bathroom as our daughter turned on the television. I heard the news channel playing loudly and heard her fumble for the remote control so she could lower the volume. The only word I heard was “Boston”.

boston1I wandered into the kitchen and through the doorway into the living room and sat down next to my favorite coffee mug. It was on a small tv tray with my medicine and some nutella bread. She came in to ask me if it was okay. “Did I do a good job, Mom?”

I smiled, and assured her it was perfect, and invited her to sit down. I wondered how much she heard, or saw, or even if she was paying attention to the screen. Did I want her to know? How would I explain? Should I just change the channel for today? How much shelter is too much? How much is not enough?

She said she was listening, but she wasn’t sure what they were talking about.

I asked her if she wanted me to explain.

“Yes, please.”boston3

So we talked. She tried to wrap her young mind around the tragedy but I could see that she just didn’t quite understand.

How could she? I’m almost 40, and I don’t understand.

I tried last night to keep the news from all of my kids. This morning, in her attempt to do something good, our oldest daughter saw a glimpse of the evil that is in our world.

It is a glimpse I cannot take back. I cannot even fathom the pain being felt in Boston today. I cannot imagine the conversations that are needing to be had today. I am praying for peace, courage, strength, answers, comfort, and healing…. for everyone.

Lisa Baldwin (59 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.

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Time Traveling Prayers

On Saturday, I got a Facebook email from a homeschool mom acquaintance of mine. But it was from Tuesday – four days earlier.

One sentence of it was:

My nephew’s wife is in labor as I write this and my sister has bypass surgery on Thursday.

My first thought was, “Oh, I’ll pray for all of them.”

Then I thought, “Wait – that was last week – those events are already over.”

Then I remembered that classic movie (and I use the term “classic” very loosely here), Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Time travel is an amazing thing.

Throughout the movie one of the heroes would say something like, “We really need to borrow a car. Oh! How about this: tomorrow let’s travel back to yesterday, take your dad’s keys and then put them in this bush over here!”

Then they would reach into the bush and grab the keys.

“That couldn’t happen,” you say.

And for the most part, you’re right.

But remember this: God isn’t just everywhere – He’s everywhen.

Which means if I pray for my friend’s sister on the Saturday after her surgery, God will know this on the previous Thursday. Therefore my future prayers would be applied (whatever that means) to the past events.

God gets to play, in real life, the game that Bill & Ted played in the movie.

Because, well… He’s God.

So I pray for future events and past events!

Have you ever prayed for someone that you know suffered before they died? I’ve done that — prayed that God eased their pain and gave them peace. I know He knew I was going to pray in the future for that, so I’m sure He probably took care of it back then.

Think it’s crazy still? Keep reading…

Ma used to tell me that God works in mysterious ways. Which means if I can think of some mysterious way He works, then He probably can think of something even more mysterious. Time traveling prayer seems pretty mysterious to me. I mean, have you read this verse in the Bible?

1 Peter 3:18… For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits — 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand —with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

No doubt He’s probably got some way to take prayers in/from 4th dimensional space, also. When I figure out how that might work, I’ll be praying that way too!

No matter how you pray, it’s safe to say that the world could use a lot more of us doing it. If you have a prayer request, feel free to leave it in the comments. We would love to pray for you!

P.S. I prayed for my friend’s sister and her nephew’s new baby on Saturday. And found out on Monday that everything went well. Thank you, Jesus!

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Swap update, Homeschool Carnival, Cameron Court Case

That Clean Desk Feelin'

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It is finally spring and I am checking things off of my to-do list. Here are a few items to note here at the Post!

  • Whew! There have been so many snags and hiccups with this year’s first swap, I will more than likely be changing things around for next month’s swap. If you missed this month’s swap and would like to participate in the next one, be sure to come back April 14th for the details. All swap sister information was sent out weeks ago and the packages should be mailed by this Saturday, March 24th. A linky will be put up on April 7th so that you can share your pictures of the fun goodies you received in the mail from your swap partner. If you do not have a blog, but would still like to share pictures, you may email me at thehomeschoolpost @ gmail dot com and I can include them in a new post.
  • Our very own Sprittibee is hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling on March 27, 2012 on her personal blog. Be sure to mark your calendars to check out her blog on the 27th so you can participate. Carnivals are a great way to showcase the homeschooling fun you have in your own home and to discover new ways to incorporate hands-on activities in your children’s education.
  • *UPDATED INFORMATIONIt is so important to stay up-to-date with current homeschooling cases in your area. In Cameron, Texas, a judge has recently temporarily removed the children from the home of a formerly homeschooling mother. This case is particularly concerning because homeschooling was used as a big reason why the mother was deemed less fit to take care of her children. I encourage you to pray about this case because of the potentially huge impacts it will have on homeschooling, not only in the state of Texas, but also in our country at large. You can read more about it here. This is also a good reminder of how important it is that you and your family get involved in homeschooling and parental rights cases and legislation.


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