{Ministry Mom} Worth More Than Diamonds

MandyWritten by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

….worth far more than diamonds. (Proverbs 31:10 MSG)

The definition of worth is: “the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated.

Our culture is insistent that we find our ‘worth’ in various ways. Where do you find your worth?

Do you find worth in your education? Perhaps you have a degree or two from a prominent university, framed and boldly centered on your office wall. Do you find your worth in your job? Maybe you’ve climbed the ladder and have worked REALLY hard to earn the position you possess today. Do you find your worth in a growing platform? Maybe you have double the number of fans on Facebook or Twitter as your competitors. Do you find your worth in your family? I’ll bet you are pretty proud of the hard-working husband and beautiful children you call your own. What about a car? A boat? Your hair? Your home? Your passion? Your talent? Your ministry? (Ouch)

Now, what if the very thing in which you found your worth was stripped away. Would you still be worthy?

What if you have none of these things? Does that make you worthless?

1 Peter 1: 3-7 says this: God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear. You have faith in God, whose power will protect you until the last day. Then he will save you, just as he has always planned to do. On that day you will be glad, even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while. Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns. (CEV)

Worth has nothing to do with anything you can possess or obtain in the physical sense. Nothing you can buy, earn or create on this earth will increase or decrease your worth. The value you feel in any of the things I mentioned above, or anything else other than God Himself will soon fade away.

It is only when you put your hope and faith in God, without reservation, without holding back, that your worth is far greater than diamonds, my friend.

Don’t settle for anything less.

Cindy’s post…..worry in homeschooling

blog homeschoolWhen God called us to homeschool over 3 years ago now, we knew very little about it. We knew families that were, but that was the extent of our understanding. We had no idea what homeschooling actually looked like or all that it entailed.

So the research began. I met with some homeschooling families and talked with them at length about their daily schedule; the curriculum they used and why they used it; the good and the not-so-good. I went to homeschooling meetings, read books, and looked up related websites. I read about public school education criteria and associated provincial laws to education. I searched and searched.

The information available on homeschooling is overwhelming. There is a vast array of methods available to homeschool. To name a few there is the Charlotte Mason philosophy, Classical education way, unit studies, eclectic, and unschooling. The ‘how’ in homeschooling as far as daily routines and schedules is a diverse as each homeschooling family. And one of the biggest principal considerations is ensuring all critical educational bases are covered.

So the questions began, how would we homeschool? What curriculum would we use? What would be the best for our daughters? Could we do this?

God had called us to homeschool. He confirmed the calling. He has given us the responsibility to educate our precious girls. What an awesome opportunity!!

Awesome indeed. Awesome meaning, amazing, remarkable, grand, astounding, splendid, humbling, tremendous and overwhelming.

And this is where my Jesus came in.

It is easy with such a tremendous calling to first look to worry and confusion, but instead we chose to combat the doubt with trusting our God and calling out to Him in prayer.

Here are some scriptures we relied on and continue to do so in our homeschooling adventure:

This is one of my most favourite scriptures and it’s a promise not only true for me but my precious girlies, ““For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

There are so many more that God has given us; He is so faithful. He has directed and guided us through this awesome opportunity. From curriculum to our daily schedule to even really fun ideas that I know I did not come up with but that He inspired. We are so thankful and are confident that He remains with us and will continue to do so.

Our God ordained, school scripture for this year is “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12) We are so looking forward to what and how our God is going to teach us all about this verse this year!!

Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,
Thank you so much for leading, guiding and directing us in this life; this is our heart’s desire. Thank you for awesome callings. We have faith that You will provide us with all that we need to succeed in these callings, not because of our own abilities but because of Who You are! We rely on You and give You full permission to teach us Your ways! All for Your glory and honour, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
p.s. I would love to hear from you! Please share your favourite scriptures!