One Man's Treasure



One Man's Treasure

by Deborah Holliday

Well its almost Thanksgiving holiday and I just want to encourage new homeschoolers as well as veterans.  Blessings as well to all veterans and their families.  This year is almost over and by Christmas you begin to realize a school year is about half way over.  Each year has its own joys and sorrows, but remember the Lord Jesus is with you.  If you seek Him with all your heart, He will guide you even in teaching and instructing your children and choosing each year's curriculum.  Sometimes it seems like even after all the prayers that our children aren't getting the reading or math, but I hope the following will encourage you.
 
A few weeks ago, my youngest child noticed a neighbor was throwing out some old magazines in very nice brown cases, so he asked if he could have them.  You know the expression "One man's trash is another man's treasure" is sooo true.  My child was thrilled because he had rescued some old National Geographic Magazines.  He began looking through them and was fascinated by the articles and photos of Mongolia and their Buddhism beliefs.  He began looking up Mongolia (geography) and he couldn't understand how these people could believe that by walking under "sacred Buddha scrolls" they would get the information by osmosis into their minds and spirits.  Which led us into a discussion of our beliefs, prayers, and the Lord Jesus giving us the command to go into the ends of the world to give the gospel to those who walk in darkness.  This was our Bible study, history, and geogrpahy for the day.  My child pondered much that day.  We veered off  the scheduled Lesson Plan and at first I was getting frustrated, but after a few moments was reminded that our Lord is guiding and directing our lessons for the day. 
 
A few days later searching the Youtube for a Spanish video for my Spanish class, I came across a song from a Christian Spanish singer.  The girls ran into my room, they love music, and wanted to know what the singer was saying so we kept playing the song.  I speak Spanish, but they are learning so I wanted them to try and see if they could figure out some of the words on their own.  It ended up as part of our Spanish lesson for the day and became a time of worship as well.  It was getting late and time to get dinner ready. Last week two of my children were sick, so of course the week didn't go as scheduled.  But one child quietly looked over those National Geographics and read a book and tried to work on math, so the cook could make some soup. 
 
I hope I'm not the only one who is amazed at how God does work in our lives.  Sometimes you wonder if that child who is struggling in reading or math will get it and then you see them reading "someone's trash".  God does have a sense of humor.