Jesus wants us to come to him as little children ... it is for those who are like little children that the Kingdom belongs. Have soft hearts full of the Holy Spirit; do not harden your hearts but bring your hurts to the cross. This is something we work on every.single.day with Zeb, especially, but among us all as well. I made the softness of being gentle and kindhearted tangible ...
2 Timothy 2:24
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient.
I mentioned in my last post that Laying Down the Rails for Children is probably my most beloved home school resource. Here is a sampling of our lesson today, on Gentleness. First we read a story from Baldwin's Fifty Famous People about St Francis and everyone took turns narrating (even Jack as he like to get in on the fun). In my mama volume of Laying Down the Rails I was directed to various scripture that brings to life the manner of gentleness. I chose 2 Timothy 2:24-25 and we read it from various translations ... the NLT, ESV, HCSB, and the KJ. We talked more about being gentle in all we do, like Jesus who was as gentle as a lamb, including in our ways with animals. All in all, our lesson was probably 15 minutes. I pulled out a book on St Francis will absolutely charming illustrations and had each of the kids read The Sermon of the Birds here and compare to Baldwin's retelling. With every opportunity that arises I harken back to the habit of gentleness in words, spirit, actions, and thoughts throughout the day. Simple and effective and, well, gentle training of the will.
Adorer of my Jesus. Home school mama to four ... three home grown and one from the far reaches of Africa. Ridiculously blessed wife of a man who loves with a servant's heart. Devotee of Charlotte Mason and clean, humble living.