This past week Tim, Trevor, Mackenzie and I went on vacation. It was our first family vacation ever and I so thoroughly enjoyed it. We went to Maranatha in Muskegon, MI. Its a place that my family went each year when I was growing up, so I was very excited to go with my little family. We chose to go last week because it was homeschool week. We enjoyed being surrounded by families who love children and take seriously their responsibility to train their own up in the Lord. We enjoyed the opportunity to sit under teaching geared at homeschoolers three times a day. We absolutely loved having everything you could ever want in a vacation right there on Maranatha's grounds (fantastic Lake Michigan beach, pool, tennis, put-put golf, hiking, play grounds, canoeing, etc. all included in the very reasonable price of the vacation). I wholeheartedly recommend Maranatha for anyone who is looking for a relaxing and encouraging vacation (though I cannot unreservedly recommend every speaker, so if you go, please check out who the speaker is on the week you want to go!)
Maranatha partnered with INCH (Information Network for Christian Homes) to provide the speakers for the week. We are really new to the homeschool 'community' so it's hard to me to give an opinion on the whole thing, but we did enjoy some of the speakers that we heard throughout the week. I just wanted to share a few thoughts that were great reminders from the lessons.
- You are exactly the mom (or dad) that your child needs. God made you as the perfect person to train them up. Never think that you are not smart enough, or patient enough, or creative enough to teach your child.
- Your children are exactly what you need. God custom made your children just for you! He knew exactly what you would need to help you along in the sanctification process. So next time you are frustrated with one of your children, remember to be thankful that they are bringing out (negative) things in you that you have the opportunity to work on. On the same note, your children are most likely going to turn out just like you, so if you see a behavior in your child that you do not like, know that they are probably picking it up from you and that it is something that you need to work on in your own life as well.
Very convicting. Very encouraging. Great reminders. Thank you Maranatha and INCH!