It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

Smart Brain

“And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.  Romans 12:2

The human brain is the most complex arrangement of matter in the universe, and modern brain research is adding to this wonder.

But medical researchers are learning that if the part of the brain that controls your left hand, for example, is damaged beyond repair, other parts of the brain will take over for the injured part.  This doesn’t always happen automatically.  However, it takes effort on your part.  If you don’t use the hand, the brain won’t work very hard to re-assign its function to another part of the brain.  It also works the other way.  Even if the brain isn’t damaged, failure to use your left arm will result in shrinkage of the brain area that controls it.  so, pianists, for example, will have a growth in the area of the brain controlling their skills if they practice.

These discoveries fill us with more wonder over the incredible abilities of the brain.  But they also tell us something about ourselves.  We are not, as many think, locked into certain bad habits or sins.  We are learning that the transformation of our minds by God’s power is not only something that happens spiritually — physical changes take place in our brains as a result of our behavior.  Is your mind being transformed by the power of God, or is it being conformed to the world?

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By Their Fruits

Is the fruit on your tree rotting or inviting?

Just yesterday morning my daughter Olivia and I laughed and enjoyed our day as we traipsed through the muck and mire of Math!  A subject I love and one she dreads due to frustrations in the past of not understanding as well as my ability to explain in a way that “her” brain could understand.  I have spent many months homeschooling in my own strength.  However, the Lord has given me insight, grace and  patience needed to continue marching through the pages of life and Math, while showing love, laughing and building memories and demonstrating the joy of Christ we can have through and in every event in life – even math!  Praise the Lord His mercies are new every morning and HIS grace is sufficient!

How long do you need to teach your children at home before you “officially” become a homeschool family?  Like the tests that evaluate a child’s academic performance, you can assume homeschooling has arrived at your house when the following are true:

You have more books in your house than groceries.

Your children show up for school in their pajamas.

Your house décor consists of time lines, maps, assorted craft projects, and half-finished science experiments.

Your trips to the library require a laundry basket to hold all the books.

Your refrigerator is perpetually covered in art projects and completed assignments.

Your children think reading history is best achieved while lying on your bed with the family cats.

Your kitchen pantry holds more school supplies than cooking supplies.

Your children’s favorite classmates are their siblings.

Christians, too, have distinct marks that help us gauge whether we are growing more like Christ.  In Galatians 5:22 we read of fruits that should be displayed if we are truly following the Lord — love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.  As these fruits become more evident in our lives, we can trust the Holy Spirit is working to conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).

What about your life? Is there fruit that proves you’re a follower of Jesus? “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16a).

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