Below are some articles that I have written.
I hope that they are a blessing to you.
Do feel free to pass them along.
However, please keep in mind that
these are my original writings.
I have put a lot of my time, effort,prayers,
and even pain (due to a physical ailment)
into all of these articles.
I only ask that you please,
be kind and honest
in giving proper credit for the work,
by including, at least, my name
and, if you'd like, my website address.
If you choose to use them
in a publication,
I would love to know about it
and receive a copy of it. *Ü*
Again, I pray they are a blessing to you.
Are You Dying Daily?
Loving Our Children
Peace in Parenting
Giving Thanks in Homeschool
Success in Homeschool
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Are You Dying Daily?
Note: Please grab a Bible & read the Scriptures for yourself.
I also recommend reading the entire chapter of Romans 6.
To have victory in our homeschool endeavors,
we must be having victory in our daily lives.
There are many areas we need daily victory:
Perhaps we suffer from discouragement, an angry spirit,
laziness, worry, depression, lack of patience,
or lack of enthusiasm.
Whatever it be, God never intends for us to
'just get by' or 'just go through the motions'.
John 10:10 says "...I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly."
John 15:11 ~ "...that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full."
Not only does He want us to have victory
in all areas of our lives,
He wants our joy to be full and to live life richly.
How do we do this?
Not in our own vain efforts and strength.
We must identify with Christ and follow His example.
Luke 9:23 says "...let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily,
and follow me."
(also see Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34, 10:21)
~ Through Death ~
Romans 6:6 ~ "...that our old man is crucified with Him..."
Galatians 2:20 says, "... I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live
in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me."
When we become born again,
our old man (our corrupt human nature) is put to death,
yet we still live in our mortal body.
But Christ lives in us and
now we need to live by faith (confidence in Him).
Daily we need to die to self and crucify the flesh.
We need to die to our own selfish wants, desires,
rights, impulses, and expectations.
~ Through Life ~
Just as we identify with Christ and die to self,
"we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection." (Rom.6:5)
When we die to self and to sin,
we are "alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom.6:11)
He has to be our Master.
We cannot serve self and Christ.
We cannot serve two masters (Matt.6:24; Luke 16:13)
We must die to self and confess quickly,
not letting sin and love of self
make a home in our body (Rom.6:12),
so we can be freed from defeat and the bondage of sin.
Then we are able to live victoriously in Christ
and He is able to live through us.
~ Through Power ~
When we are not yielded and surrendered to Christ daily,
we quench the Holy Spirit's power in us.
when we are yielded and surrendered,
we allow the Holy Spirit to enable us with
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness,
and temperance. (Gal.5:22-23)
That honors God much more than
anger, depression, hostility, impatience,
harshness, sinfulness, hopelessness,
irritation, and rashness.
We need to look to Him
for strength (Ps.18:2, 28:7; Is.26:4), and
trust in His promises (Ps.5:11, 37:5, 30:5; 2 Corn.1:10)
and in His grace (1 Corn.15:10; 2 Corn.12:9; 1 Peter 5:10).
We must have faith, which enables us to live the victorious life.
(1 Corn. 15:57; 2 Peter 1:4-8)
Do we really want victory in homeschool?
Well, it starts with having victories in our daily lives.
Dying to self is not a one time thing.
We must die to self daily and all day long
in order to live victoriously.
(Rom. 6:22; 8:11-13)
So I ask, are you dying daily?
~ Christina Kubik © March 2005
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Loving Our Children
Showing love is so important that the first and great commandment is
"...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." Matthew 22:37
The second is "...love thy neighbor as thyself." (v.39)
Of course we all love our children,
but perhaps there are ways that we can better show them
that we do love them.
We can always do more than what we are presently doing.
Love requires much effort.
~ Accept them ~
Our children must feel a genuine acceptance by their parents.
We need to express joy and delight in them.
We need to encourage them and tell them what we love about them.
God made them unique.
Let's make extra effort to really get to know them
and look forward to what God is doing in their lives.
~ Affectionately love them ~
Hugs and kisses should always be a normal routine.
We need to smile at them and laugh often.
We need to tell them often how much we love them
and love being near them.
That never grows old to hear.
~ Attentively Listen ~
Listening shows we love them.
Listening involves looking at them as they speak
and truly hearing what they have to say.
We shouldn't be listening halfheartedly,
just as we wouldn't want them to do it to us.
Listening takes time and concentration.
~ Accumulate Memories ~
We should want our children to grow up and be able to look back and
remember that their parents took time for them,
had fun with them, had family traditions,
read God's Word with them and made fond memories.
We should also want them to remember us as parents
that lived by example and drew them to Christ.
Making memories requires time ~ quality time ~
not only time teaching and traing,
but time enjoying them.
~ Always in Prayer for them ~
We pray for those we love.
Our children need our heartfelt, fervent prayers
no matter what age they are.
Spending time on our knees,
lifting our children up in prayer,
in love in action.
We love our children dearly.
Let us not assume that they already know we love them,
but let us do all we can and seek to do more,
to purposely show them how much we truly love them.
~ Christina Kubik © February 2005
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Peace in Parenting
Parenting is an adventure.
One that causes a rollercoaster ride of many emotions.
From love, pride, happiness and joy,
to sorrow, failure, fear, and hopelessness.
In the midst of this adventure and all the emotions,
our Heavenly Father desires for us to experience His peace.
Philippians 4:7 says, "And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ."
How can we have that peace?
* Plant *
Plant God's Word in their heart.
2 Timothy 3:16 ~
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness:"
Begin at birth.
Moses, Timothy (2 Tim.3:15),
Samuel (1 Sam.1), and Jesus (Luke 2:40)
are Bible examples of the value of early childhood training.
Numerous Scripture instructs parents to train and teach
their children in the way of the Lord.
Joel 1:3; Duet.6:6-13; Ps.34:11)
Jesus says in John 21:15 that when we love Him,
we feed His lambs.
When we feed His lambs,
"...our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth;
...our daughters my be as corner stones,
polished after the similitude of a palace."(Ps.144:12)
* Prepare *
As they grow older, they reach a point of crossing over.
Crossing over from childhood to adulthood,
steering from dependence to the direction of independence.
They become too old for 'this' and not old enough for 'that'.
While we remain an authority,
we become more of an influence.
This is a crucial time.
We need to continue feeding them God's Word,
and also need to teach them how to defend their faith.
They need to know what they believe and why they believe it.
Romans 14:5 says,
"...let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."
It is also a time to protect and provide.
Protect ~ they are still under our umbrella of protection
and we are responsible for what we allow them to be exposed to.
Provide ~ we also need to provide them
with opportunities to "live and learn".
They can be allowed to make choices and face consequences
while still being under our umbrella.
This is a time our hearts can be blessed
and broken...all in the same day.
This requires patience and prayer.
* Pray *
We intercede for their lives when we pray for our children.
Only God can change hearts, minds, and lives.
Our Heavenly Father knows our thoughts, needs, and desires
but He responds to our prayers (John 14:13-14).
We need to remember that our children are His children
and He loves them and cares for them
more than we are even capable of.
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace..." ~ Heb.4:16
We need to pray specifically for our children.
Nothing is too small or too big to bring before the Lord.
We need to keep in mind that His plans for our children
are different than our plans for them (Is.55:8).
We need to be vigilant (1 Peter 5:8),
we need to pray frequently (1 Thess. 5:17)
and we need to pray fervently (James 5:16).
We do not need to fear (ex, they won't turn out right, etc...).
1 John 4:18 says,
"There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth our fear",
but we can have the
"...peace of God which passeth all understanding..." (Phil.4:7)
* Patience *
Just as all children physically grow at different times,
the same is true with spiritual growth.
Just because we do not see certain evidences in their lives or character,
doesn't mean the Holy Spirit isn't working in their hearts.
Only God knows the heart.
"...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance
but the LORD looketh on the heart" (1 Sam.16:7)
His timing is not our timing.
"He hath made everything beautiful in HIS time..." (Ecc. 3:11)
Know that He is doing a good work in our children
and He is faithful to complete it:
"Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" ~ Phil.1:6
We also need to realize that He is wanting
to use this 'adventure' in parenting
to strengthen our faith and grow us, too.
Raising children (little ones and older ones)
truly does exercies our faith.
James 1:3 says,
"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."
Psalm 37:7 says,
"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him..."
Let's trust Him and rest upon Him
and have peace in parenting
knowing that He is in control. (Duet.31:8)
~ Christina Kubik © December 2004
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Giving Thanks in Homeschool
As Christians, it is our duty and privilege to give thanks
and praise to the Lord continually.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you."
The month of November is when we nationally set aside a day
(and season) for Thanksgiving. It is when we teach our children
about our nation's history of the first Thanksgiving
and what it meant to the Pilgrims, Indians, and even us now.
One great blessing we need to continually give thanks for
is our freedom to homeschool.
It is a blessed privilege to have the freedom to home educate
our children in the way the Lord leads us.
Our children alone are one of the greatest blessings.
They are an heritage of the Lord, His reward, arrows in our quiver
that we have the wonderful privilege to prepare, focus,
and aim in the Lord's direction. (Psalm 127)
We get to fulfill God's command in Deuteronomy 6:5-7
to teach them diligently while we sit, walk, lie down, rise up...
all day long!
Truly the Lord has blessed us greatly in the privilege to train
up our children in the way they should go and the wonderful
opportunity to see the fruit of our labors when they grow older
and do not depart from all they have been taught.
We get to see first hand how the Lord
answers our prayers for our children.
We get to see them grow right before our eyes.
We get to see them make mistakes
and see the Holy Spirit work in their heart.
We get to see them respond to the Holy Spirit
and develop a love for the Lord.
Everyday is a day spent together, learning together, growing together,
loving and serving the Lord together.
That is something to truly praise God for!
One day they won't be at home with us anymore.
They'll have homes of their own and
we will no longer have the times that we have now
to teach, train, admonish, and nurture them in the things of the Lord.
Let's cherish these moments
and pour out thanksgiving and praise to God,
from Whom all blessings flow.
"I will bless the LORD at all times:
His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
~ Christina Kubik © November 2004
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Success in Homeschool
#1 ~ Seek God
Pray! Pray! Pray!
Continually be in prayer and utterly rely upon the grace of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ~ “Pray without ceasing.”
Zechariah 8:21 ~ “…let us go speedily to pray before the LORD,
and to seek the LORD of hosts…”
#2 ~ Study God’s Word
Daily be in His Word.
Acts 17:11 ~ “…that they received the word with all readiness
of mind, and searched the scriptures daily…”
#3 ~ Scriptural Perspective
Keep a sharply focused vision on your purpose in homeschooling.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ~ “And these words, which I commandthee this day,
shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
#4 ~ Spiritual Growth
Continue to “…grow in grace, and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” (2 Peter 3:18),
and seek to promote your children’s spiritual growth.
Proverbs 22:6 ~ “Train up a child in the way he should go;
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
#5 ~ Surrender
Surrender your homeschooling endeavors to the Lord
and find strength in Him.
”Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him;
and He shall bring it to pass.
~ Psalm 37:5
#6 ~ Schedule
Schedules and lesson plans give direction to daily activities.
Homeschooling successfully requires taking control of our schedules.
Redeem your time
”Redeeming the time…” ~ Ephesians 5:16
#7 ~ Season your Surroundings
A positive atmosphere of mutual love and respect
makes teaching and learning more effective.
Ephesians 4:2 ~ “With all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”
Hebrews 10:24 ~ “And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love and to good works.”
#8 ~ Self-examination
It is important for parents to model being surrendered to Christ,
good character traits, disciplined habits, and enthusiasm for learning.
2 Corinthians 13:5 ~ “Examine yourselves,
whether ye be in the faith;
prove your own selves.”
1 Peter 2:21 ~ “For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that ye should follow His steps:”
#9 ~ Support
Be willing to seek help.
When you are discouraged or unmotivated,
humble yourself and talk to someone who can encourage you.
They’ve been there too!
Ecclesiastes 4:9 ~ “Two are better than one…”
#10 ~ Smile Ü
Proverbs 15:13 ~ “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…”
Your children are a precious gift (Psalm 127)
and homeschooling them is a blessed privilege!
And have faith in future fruit.
Proverbs 31:31 ~ “Give her of the fruit of her hands:
and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
~ Christina Kubik ©September 2004
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