Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Day in the Life - MY will

A few weeks ago we started homeschooling. We've chosen to use the A Beka K4 curriculum with the Bible curriculum. So far I am really impressed and pleased with what we're doing! It gives a lot of great guidance. I've already started veering off from the teacher's guide some ... but that's so easy to do when homeschooling. I love the freedom, but I love having a starting place and something to keep me on track (I think it also helps keep me from overwhelming poor Shelby).

How did we get here so fast??
Part of our routine every day, after we say the pledge, is to say the Lord's Prayer.

I'm no King James purist by any means. But it does have a certain poetry to it, and it is how I memorized the Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those
Who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.
- Luke 11: 2-4 (also Matthew 6:9-13)
Well, try explaining that to a four year old. Who every day says "Hello be my name ... my kingdom come ... my will be done."

Tori "does school" with us every day ... right after saying she doesn't want to do school anymore
We have a couple of beloved children's Bibles ... and as much as I love their versions of the Lord's Prayer ... I'm not sure they're in a "memory verse" friendly format.

Our Father in heaven,help us to honor your name.Come and set up your kingdom,so that everyone on earth will obey you,as you are obeyed in heaven. 

Give us our food for today.Forgive us for doing wrong,as we forgive others. 

Keep us from being temptedand protect us from evil.The kingdom, the power,and the glory are yours forever. Amen.
- Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by Sarah Young

Hello Daddy!
We want to know you.
And be close to you.
Please show us how.
Make everything in the world right again.
And in our hearts, too.
Do what is best - just like you do in heaven,
And please do it down here, too.
Please give us everything we need today.
Forgive us for doing wrong, for hurting you.
Forgive us just as we forgive other people
when they hurt us.
Rescue us! We need you.
We don't want to keep running away
and hiding from you. 
Keep us safe from our enemies.
You're strong, God.
You can do whatever you want.
You are in charge.
Now and forever and for always!
We think you're great!
Amen!
Yes we do!
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones 

It is fairly clear Shelby doesn't really think the Bible says for Shelby's will to be done. Victoria, on the other hand, is two and clearly thinks that is the case. Even when it is physically impossible. But that's ok ... she'll change her mind as soon as it is out of her mouth half the time.

What do they need me for? Tori took it upon herself to start teaching ...
Aren't we all a little bit like a child in this way though? Do we really pray that we want God's will? Or do we tack it on after we tell Him what we want because that's how we're "supposed to" pray?

"And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition ..." 
- Luke 6:7 
Hearing Shelby say "my will be done" has caused me to examine my prayer life from it's outpouring ... my heart. Instead of telling God what I think I want and need, I want to hear from Him what He knows I need and what pursuits are for His kingdom ... rather than a flimsy paper one of my own.

Father in heaven,
I want to honor your name.
Set up Your kingdom and work Your will
In my life just as you do in heaven.
Provide for our needs today.
Forgive us our sins
In the same way we forgive those
Who sin against us.
Show us the way out of temptation
And rescue us from evil.
Your kingdom, Your power, and Your glory
Are never ending.
Amen.

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