The Life of a Pastor’s Daughter Part 2

FIND US FAITHFUL SERIES

Last week we heard part one of Grace’s testimony about her life as a pastor’s daughter. This week we will hear the conclusion of this testimony as Grace shares how she is no longer just a pastor’s daughter but a CHILD OF THE KING. You can read part one of her testimony here and visit her blog here.


 

…I was severely lacking in faith, and I was trying to look more and more like the world.

…My cousins were all toying with the occult, and I followed suit.

….Even while I tip-toed into darkness, I knew that I couldn’t stay for long. Soon I was faced with a decision: to follow the Creator, or His rebellious creation.

At fifteen years old, after nearly three years of gradual rebellion and ambiguity, I made my choice. I waded back into the Christian life, rejecting and rebuking the enemy’s tricks, and I was baptized again while attending a church camp. I hadn’t planned on it. After all, I had already been baptized. But I felt the Spirit urging me. I needed to start afresh. So, fully clothed, I stepped into the pool and was baptized by my youth pastor. From there, life changed.

It’s been 14 years since I’ve been baptized, and I won’t pretend that everything is—or ever was—perfect. Life is still difficult. Hardships come and go. But I believe that God has enabled me to persevere.

…Through it all, He is there.

God has continually revealed Himself to me over the years, and I am so grateful for His gift of salvation. That’s what He has shown me through my stepping away—that

// even when I fail and I walk away, He’s there, waiting for me to come home //

God has done a lot of work on and through me. I’ve worked in a few different ministries, been on missions trips (Mexico, Hungary, Scotland), attended Bible college, and served my church(es) in a few capacities. But more than these obviously ministry-oriented events and activities, God has revealed Himself in everyday life. He speaks to me when I interact with my children, when I look at His creation, and when I spend time in His Word. And He has come through for us in the midst of financial crisis, job loss, postpartum depression, the diagnosis of our daughter’s Rett Syndrome, hurt from friends, physical ailments, emotional woes, and much more. He’s always there.

Even when I’m in sin and not living as I should,

~HE is faithful.

~HE is constant.

~HE is always there.

I’ll end with a verse that spoke to me while I was attending Bible college in Vajta, Hungary:

But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” Isaiah 43:1-3

 

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The Lord is With You

Sunday's Inspiration

Last week I was talking to my son about not being afraid. We spoke about the fact that when God is with us we do not need to be afraid of anything.

So today, I want to encourage us to have that same bold spirit that is born from knowing that we have God with us!

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Our Homeschool Week in Review

This is what our 4 year old worked on this week.

Our theme for the year:
Plants

Bible:
We have been reading bible stories that deal with plants in some form or the other.
This week we began looking at building the wilderness Sanctuary- cloth from cotton plant, wood from acacia tree.

Math:
Adding hundreds, expanded notation with hundreds, missing addend, missing addend to solve a problem using a bar graph. Weighing various objects. Reading a thermometer so that he can tell the temperature outside

Science
Pests, pesticides and plants. Doing a nature walk to see if we find any plants that are overrun with pests.

Health:
Eat a rainbow- orange fruits and vegetables. They sampled apricot

Composition:
Telling an event focusing on description

Grammar
Review nouns and verbs. Plurals by adding s

Vocabulary
Sh words

Art
Leaf rubbings, colouring within lines, painting a farm scene with flowers and trees (little sister is doing animals for her creation theme so they worked together)

Writing/ fine motor
Cutting on lines. Writing on a line. Spacing between words

Reading
Fluency, expression (exclamation mark, comma and question mark)

Music
Enjoyment of various songs- we listened to classical music, action songs, children’s bible songs and exercise songs

Spanish
How are you? I am…fine, happy, sad, tired

Home management
Making brownies and cookies and lemonade Popsicles 


Our patio garden is looking nice. The beans are growing lovely. I just need to get a few more pots to plant some more things in and we are good to go.

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We didn’t find any plant pests on the plants when we went on our walk but we did see a caterpillar in a patio.

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The children caught some butterflies by sneaking up behind them and holding them by the wings when they landed and their wings were closed. That was a great lesson on patience and perseverance.

Now let’s see how good you are at butterfly catching. Can you spot more than 3 butterflies? There are actually 8 in this picture

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They also picked some flowers and leaves from the neighbours’ gardens. They had a blast examining everything with their magnifying glasses. Here are pictures of some of the flowers we examined on our walk.

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Well that’s what my son did this week, his sister had a different set of activities. But boy did the children have fun.

 

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Peter’s Ladder

I hate folding clothes. I takes me forever to fold them. Today I folded the clothes and put them away before the children could skate them on the ground like they have done before.

I thought my talk had worked fine and I was going about my day great until….

Now the children have this “game” where they get clothes and put them in cups and call them ice creams. Today they decided to make ice cream and put them in the freezer.

What this meant was that they took a bunch of clothes out of the closes and balled them up and put them in the corner, which was their freezer.

Lord I thank you that I can climb this ladder today because it clearly shows me that I am no where near the top and I need you each moment!

 

 

2 Peter 1:2-8

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Life of a Pastor’s Daughter (Part 1)…Find us Faithful Series

FIND US FAITHFUL SERIES

Welcome to another week in our series Find Us Faithful, where we listen to testimonies from everyday people about how God has worked in there lives.

Today we have a testimony from Grace who blogs over at Divine Babies. Grace is a wife, homeschooling mom, doula, pastor’s kid, and writer. She currently resides in southern Oregon with her husband and three gorgeous children, where they enjoy walks in the woods, wading in the river, reading good books, and attending a diverse and compassionate church. Now on to her testimony.


My home was a very typical Christian home. My parents were actively involved in our church—my dad was an elder (now a pastor)—and they ran a pro-life ministry out of our home. I went to a private Christian school, attended church at least three times a week, and I assumed that everyone around me believed the same as I did. Over time I of course matured and realized not everyone is a Christian, and I eagerly tried to change their mind about that. I went on missions trips, church camp, and pretty much every youth group outreach event. So there is no question as to where I first heard about Jesus, or what I assumed my standing to be with Him. I always believed. I never knew of a time where I didn’t believe. I was baptized at 8 years old. No one prompted me, I just announced that I wanted it done. My parents and the pastor made sure I knew what it was about; there was no pressure or urging me to do it. I knew all the answers in my Sunday School class and spent many a free hour reading my Bible and praying in my bedroom. Everything went smoothly for many years.

 When I was ten years old, my sister got pregnant. I didn’t understand how this could happen, since she wasn’t married (she was fourteen). Clearly I was very sheltered. But when a teen pregnancy happens—in the home of a pro-life ministry director, no less—it’d be stating the obvious to say that our lives were turned upside down. My parents were grieved, though thankful that my sister decided to keep the baby (that “baby” will be 19 this month and is engaged to be married).

My oldest sister responded with rebellion. She always had a rebellious streak, but our parents being pre-occupied with our middle sister just gave her the fuel for her fire. I retreated inward, finding companionship in books, a few select friends, and journaling. Then entered normal hormone fluxes for a preteen (and hypothyroid symptoms, though I was then unaware of my condition), and I fell into depression. Although I had helped to bring my cousin to Christ and encouraged her to “walk the walk”, I found myself turning away from the Lord. I reasoned with myself that I was still a Christian, because I still believed, even though I was not placing my trust in Him.

I was severely lacking in faith, and I was trying to look more and more like the world.

{My cousins were all toying with the occult, and I followed suit.}

While they played with the Ouija board and read Tarot cards, I rejected those more obvious tools of the occult, and preferred instead to simply allow myself to feel and be influenced by the enemy. Some Christians reject the notion of an active spiritual realm for today, but I know all to well how real it is. I didn’t have to work hard to find it; I had always been sensitive to spiritual things, and the enemy knew exactly what to whisper in my ear. He knew I craved power and control over my life. He promised those things. He made me feel special, unique, strong. All the while, as I was being influenced and fighting against my Savior, I still kept up the facade of being a good Christian. But it was a lie. Even while I tip-toed into darkness, I knew that I couldn’t stay for long. Soon I was faced with a decision: to follow the Creator, or His rebellious creation.

I couldn’t rely on my parents’ faith. I couldn’t assume that because I went to church, that I was saved. Just because I knew a lot about the Bible, it didn’t mean I knew Him.

 Next week we will hear the conclusion of Grace’s testimony.

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