Chore Time!

choresaNNa’S NoTe:  All of my pre-scheduled posts for this week got bumped back to make room for homeschool posts (that I *hoped* I wouldn’t be here to write).  But I don’t want to drag out the Back-to School posts more than this week, so this evening is the chore post that I wrote Sunday… to get ‘em all done and over with… so’s Ican let the blog auto-post the stuff that got bumped.

This being a back-to-it kind of a week, we’re talking about a lot of things and how they work in our house.  In the middle of it all, someone I follow on Facebook asked their readers if they believe in chores.  And I have STRONG feelings about chores.  I believe chores make the child.  Frankly, if a child isn’t taught to do their part, their parent has failed them.  They won’t be a productive member of society.  And that’s a good part of why the kids today are such little brats, if I can be blunt for a moment.  They’ve never had to DO anything, they don’t contribute, and they have always still gotten what they wanted/needed, so they have come to expect to get what they want/need without any effort.

And yes… it’s easier just to do it ourselves.  It’s quicker, it’s neater, and it turns out the way we want it to.  But frankly, it’s doing a great disservice to the next generation, which needs to understand that NOTHING comes at no cost and with no effort.  This is something of a hot-topic, for me.

Should a child be paid to do chores?  I’m probably in a minority for this, but I DO NOT think a child should be paid for doing chores.  Do YOU get paid to do your laundry, clear your table, or make your bed?  Then why on earth would you teach your child that they’ll be paid for it?  You’re setting yourself up for trouble.  Brian took Isaac to work with him one Saturday because he thought he’d be in the shop alone, and he wanted to be sure someone else was there, in case there was a problem.  Turned out that another guy did the same thing – thought he’d be there alone, so he brought his son in, too.  He grinned at Brian and said, “So how much did you pay your boy?”  Brian said, “What?!  They fight over who gets to come with me!”    His co-worker gaped.  “I have to bribe my kid to do anything!”  Well… gee.  I wonder why.  It’s a bad ‘habit’ and nearly impossible to break.

chores2Now I’m not saying NOT to give your children an allowance.  We wholly believe in giving allowances, but as a way to teach the child financial responsibility.  We developed our own way of doing things:  We start at age 11 (age 10 plus $1)… so they get a dollar a week.   When they’re twelve (age ten plus $2), it’s two dollars a week, and so on until they’re old enough to get a job and have an income of their own.  The only thing they have to do to get their allowance is to keep a leger of their deposits, just like grown-ups do with their money.  And they are responsible for their allowance money – if you lose it, it’s gone.  If I find stray money, it’s mine.  They’re amazingly good with this, and keep better track of it than I’ve ever seen kids do.

As for chores, we have a TON, around my house.  There’s a Bible verse someplace that says, ‘If you don’t help, you don’t eat’.   ((Oh, you’re gonna make me look it up, aren’t you?  Fine, hang on… 2 Thessalonians 3:10.))  We believe in this strongly.   And since nobody wants to miss out on a meal, we haven’t had any trouble.  In fact, everyone has at least one job, and they ALL know what they’re supposed to do.   And we ALL work together.

Setting the table:
–14: gets beverages & pours drinks
–11: napkins and sauces
—9: cups and (a.m.: vitamins)
—7: silverware and extras
—5: spreads out plates
(Mama cooks and mans the kitchen tasks)

Clearing the table:
— 14: dishes to sink
— 11: clears trash
— 9: cups & condiments
— 7: sauces and fridge stuff
—5:  tupperware to fridge
(Mama stacks and puts away food into containers)

We have critters.  And every day, the call goes up in our house, “CRITTER TIME!!”  Nobody complains.  Everything is dropped, kids running from all corners to get their mud boots and work coats.  We all have our jobs, and as a result, it only takes about ten minutes to take care of our critters.

Critter Tending:
–14: water buckets/bottles; compost bin
–11: feeds dog and cats, fills birdfeeders
—9: chicken feed and eggs
—7: rabbit waters and fetches goat dishes
—5: fills rabbit feeders, recycling
(Mama does goat feed & hay)

Even doing dishes is a family job.  Each person knows what they’re in charge of taking care of when the dishwasher cycle is done.  As scores of women before me have said in generations past, “Many hands make light work”.  ((grins))

Kitchen Duty:
–14: puts soap in and starts dishwasher
–11: puts away tupperware
—9: puts away pans and large bowls
—7: puts away silverware
—5: hangs up big spoons
(Mama rinses, loads, and puts away dishes)

I do laundry once every two weeks.  Considering there are seven of us, that might seem like a long time between loads, but frankly we just don’t go thru the clothes.  Being homeschoolers, we don’t have to impress anyone.  Nobody cares if we wear the same shirt three days in a row.  We change when things get dirty or ripe.  So the laundry isn’t out of control.  And it goes pretty quickly, too – everything gets dumped on my bed until all is washed and piled up, and then…

–14: towels
–11: sorts/matches socks
—9: washcloths and dishtowels
—7: underwear into drawers
—5: puts socks away
(Mama folds and puts clothes away)

All children also participate in “5-minute Toy Scrambles” daily (sometimes twice), and that pretty much consists of me setting the timer on the microwave for five minutes, and they have that much time to clear all public rooms of the toys.  This does not include their room, although I require a path thru their room to give goodnight kisses… and once a week or so I’ll send them in to do some picking up.  Mostly the 5-minute toy scramble just makes the place liveable on a daily basis.  Now if it gets REALLY out of hand, I’ll pull out the vaccuum.  You should SEE people jump into action, then!  From a young age, they (weirdly) believed that the vacuum could suck up any object in the world – even things the size of a basketball.  So they HAD to rescue everything from the path of the vacuum.  It’s still my “Okay, this place needs INTENSIVE HELP” way of getting things under control.  And it happens at least once a week.

And nobody complains.  When they know what’s expected, it gets done easily and efficiently.  It’s not a big deal.  And with six of us working together, it gets done in hardly any time at all.  And the best thing?  My kids are learning to take care of their things, keep a house in working order, and pitch in to get jobs done.  They have a sense of responsibility, and take pride in getting their part done.  It’s a win-win!

Video TIME!!


This one’s severely messed up.  I did it at ten o’clock last night and the first part I talked about today like it’s today and the last half I talked about today as if it were tomorrow… which it was, last night, but isn’t, now.  If you didn’t follow that, s’okay.  I’m on Thursday of my first week of school, and you’re lucky I can even talk in circles.  Straight lines are OUT of the question.

Anyhow, there’s stuff going down today, and you know me  ((everything points to a rapture!!)) I had to show you.  Three amazing events, one short period of time.  And one blonde who tried her best to convey thoughts but… yeah.

Brian said, “At least you’re not goofy, this time.”  Which… okay.  I thought I was, but he’s probably right.  At any rate, there’s the information.  I’m geeked, maybe it’ll make you smile, too.

~ MoRNiNG uPDaTe  ~

This in from

Solar activity is high. Since the week began, giant sunspot AR2192 has produced 27 C-class solar flares, 8 M-class flares, and 2 X-flares.  The most powerful eruption so far was an X1.6-category blast on Oct 22nd.

aNNa ‘S NoTe:  That would be yesterday… they’re getting stronger as they head turn to face our way.

Remarkably, not one of the explosions so far has hurled a significant CME toward Earth. The primary effect of the flares has been to ionize Earth’s upper atmosphere, causing a series of short-lived HF radio communications blackouts. Such blackouts may be noticed by amateur radio operators, aviators, and mariners.

Earth-effects could increase in the days ahead. AR2192 has an unstable ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for powerful explosions, and the active region is turning toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 95% chance of M-class flares and a 55% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.

aNNa’S NoTe:  It’s moving to be dead center for us, and the chances of a CME are HUGE… meaning massive earthquakes are not out of the question.  But for the shorter-term fun of this, note that the sunspot is naked-eye visible.  So it might show up during the eclipse!

My friend Stephanie wanted to know what curriculum I use with the schedule that was put up, yesterday.  I… have a lot of stuff.  Even more waiting in the ol’ hopper… but for right now, we’re full-up.


I have always used MEP Math for my kids, but now that Lydia is in High School, we’ve deviated.   I wrote about why in this post , but we’ve gotten a different book, and she and I are working thru it, together.  Owen (4) is in a dollar store pre-math book, Aaron (7) is in a dollar store math book (Level 1), and Ethan (9) and Isaac (1) are doing the MEP Math , while Lydia and I are doing Practicing Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide .  On ‘Electronic  Wednesdays’ we do Marley Math, Math Balls, Telling Time, and Kevin Bradford apps in whatever grade they’re in (sometimes doing the level lower, for a change).  On ‘Flashcard Fridays’, we do addition/subtraction flashcards for Ethan, Number matching flashcards for Owen, basic addition flashcards for Aaron, and multiplication flashcards for Lydia and Isaac.


Owen is learning his letter names and orders this year with big foam letters.  He also has a dollar store workbook where you ‘color all the letter A’s to make a picture, or circle all the capital ‘A’s… stuff like that.  Aaron has a book where he has to write letters and put the correct vowels in the words, etc.  He also is doing Reading Reflex with me, as his learning-to-read study.  When he finishes that, he goes into McGuffey’s Primer, then two anthologies of Dick & Jane, then Mc Guffey’s first… before we launch him with level 1 reads from the library.  Lydia, Isaac, and Ethan are all in free Scott Foresman Grammar books that I printed off the internet.  This year, Isaac will be writing two-paragraph essays for each Dr. Who we watch, and Lydia will be writing a page-long research essay for each.  They both also write on their blogs and do reviews on Goodreads of the books they read.  Ethan, Isaac, and Lydia also correspond bi-weekly with penpals.  On ‘Electronic Wednesday’, Kevin Bradford’s apps fit the bill, and they still love to play Grammar Ninja, too.

Table Time.

We start with the pledge, then sing a hymn and folk song, then do a chorus and rhyme.  I have a schedule that I created years ago for these, and it’s just in the front of my teacher book, so each week we move to the next set.  I’m in an AOArt group (on Yahoo!) that has prints from each artist, and I had them all printed up at Office Max, so we just work our way thru that for our art appreciation.  We’re finishing up Waterhouse from last year, right now.  Spelling is done every other day on magna-doodles off of a master list I printed of every grade’s spelling lists years ago.

Other table time stuff varies from day to day.  There’s Book of Centuries, where we color and put pictures in our BOC that have to do with what we learned that week, there’s Nature Journal – we try to do a nature activity every week.  I have a bunch of stuff I find on-line and print as people offer it up free, and I just pull it out of the file as we go along.  Or it might be storm study, or plant/leave/flower identification… I have lapbooks ready… when we did Burgess (AO required reading) we did critter sheets for each animal we ‘met’.  I try to do handicrafts from my Pinterest one day, for projects (mostly we send them to penpals).

And table time always concludes with copywork.  Copywork comes from Proverbs… I just go in order, picking the poignant ones for them to write.  When they turn eleven, they do a year of cursive along with the copywork – I printed and comb-bound little cursive workbooks from a site like this one, years ago.  When they turn twelve they do DanceMat Typing on ‘Electronic Wednesdays’, when they’re 13 they do Peter’s Typing Course, and when they’re 14 they start coding.  Since this year is new, I have to look at them, still, but I’ve bookmarked this one and this one I’m thinking we’ll try Scratch first, and if it doesn’t fit, do Code.

Music Studies.

I’ve played the piano since I was five (majored in piano in college, was church pianist three times over, did weddings…) so I teach my kids piano lessons, myself.  They practice minutes per age… meaning Lydia’s fourteen, so she practices every day for 14 minutes.  Aaron’s only 6, so he practices for six minutes.  This year we’re doing music theory from and Guitar lessons from JustinGuitar on Youtube.  I bought music flashcards from Amazon that we do on ‘Flashcard Friday’, and on ‘Electronic Wednesday’ they play Whack-a-Note until they’re age twelve, then do they do Music Tutor.  This year we’ve added Music History and Music in Cultures from EasyPeasy.  Oh, and Sunday nights are going to be watching musicals, to replace the Faerie Tales that we did, last year.  Oh, and if you’re looking for folk songs, I found this really fun channel called ‘Wee Rock with Heidi‘ at YouTube…

Art Studies.

In addition to our art appreciation picture that we look at every day during table time, we have Sketch Tuesday, from Harmony Fine Arts (I work from her archives, so the link is her older stuff).   The kids bring their charcoals and blending sticks to dance and work on their sketches, there.   It works really good, because they have NOTHING else to do while waiting, and that alone encourages them to spend more time making it REALLY good.  As I said earlier, we do handicrafts from Pinterest for penpals.  We also are starting EasyPeasy’s Art History lessons, this year.  On Sundays we do ‘Chalk & Cocoa’, where we choose a poem from the AO list, read and consider the theme, and then do a picture of what it brings to mind for us.  Free art is for them to follow their whims (art should be free!), and then we also do a LEGOquest every week – last year we did it from here, but this year there are Minecraft Activities (which translate to LEGO activities!) that go with our Dr. Who History.  Which brings me to…


Our BIG exciting history thing this year is that we’re doing an on-line Dr. Who course… off-line.  Meaning I’m taking the on-line lessons, organizing them, and putting them into a Word.doc for us to use off-line as a study.   Which also means we’re several weeks behind the class, but we’re okay with that.  It’s actually BETTER, because everything the other moms find to go with the lessons (videos, projects, interactives) and all of the pictures of their stuff/blogs about what they did are put together for us to draw from!  We’re also continuing Story of the World (activity posts are too numerous to mention, but I post my activities here, usually).  Dr. Who takes the place of we FINALLY finished An Island Story, although we’re still plugging along at History of America, too.  Mapwork is done on Electronic Wednesday… last year they did the United States and Europe, this year we’re going to add to them.

Language Arts.

Every other year we do either Signing Time or Bill’s ASL… this year (because Owen is starting school) we’re back to Signing Time.   We finally finished Salsa Spanish, so this year we’re trying EasyPeasy’s Spanish lessons.  And I’ve printed off a book of reading lessons for Hebrew here (there are 20 lessons), and have a book of Hebrew copywork that… I’m sorry, I don’t have the link, anymore.  I’m also dabbling (personally, but the kids are interested, so they’re watching, too) Chinese with Emma and German for You.


I know that all of this seems like a lot.  But we do little bite-sized pieces of everything, and break it down to once a week for each thing, so it’s really not as bad as it seems.  As I said, I have a schedule for it all, and know which morning/night we do what… reading included.  First, the kids get one free-read book of my classics shelf each month that they need to finish by the end of the month… and there’s 15 minutes of free read, every day (they can do more, if they want).  We also have a lunchtime read… a classical book we’re doing as a family, and then we watch the movies, later.  Right now, it’s ‘Treasure Island’.  I just read while they’re finishing eating.  They usually are begging for it before my food is even gone.  Then two nights a week, we sit down and do family reading time… and split up the lessons between people (or my mouth would fall asleep!)  Brian reads Myth/Legends (which right now is the Narnia books) and Lydia gets Laura Ingalls (Tales/Literature).  Ethan read the FlyGuy books last year as his readers, and…


… Isaac read from Burgess books, but we’ve FINALLY finished them, too… so he’ll probably take over something else (SotW).  As for science… it’s hodge-podgy, and I don’t like it, but it sort of works… hrm.  This year we’re starting a book on geology, biomes, and the earth sciences that I read.  I’m supposed to be doing astronomy with them, too… but we finished our book over the summer, and so I’m not sure if I’m going to just Nature journal it this year, or what.  Chemistry is finishing up our Discover & Do videos, and Health is finishing those Jiminy Cricket shows that we watched, last year.  And we have Science Central videos to tackle, if we get there (I haven’t yet).   We also have ‘True Fact’ videos from ZeFrank to watch and as they went free (all last year), I got the e-books of animals by ‘Look and Learn’.


As I mentioned yesterday, we’re doing dance, karate, chess, hymn sing this year for our electives.  Luckily they’re once a week… and our field trip group and homeschool humanities group is once a month.  We also count Mr. Rogers as our ‘character study’ (be calm and kind like him, learn the lessons taught in the World of Make-Believe)… and every Monday we update our calendars, and that counts as an elective, too.  I also try to get them in to bake something once a week, if I can… or at least help with supper one night.    OH!  And Bible study!!  We read our Bible lesson after supper every night – straight from Ergermeier’s.  And Brian and Lydia are doing my Romans study/journaling every Sunday night.

MOST of this was already in place.  If you think it’s crazy, you have to understand that we had eleven years to build up to something similar to this year’s schedule.  ((For example, here’s last year’s schedule.))  We’ve just added a little to what we already were doing.  But anyhow, that’s what we’ve got going on.  Mainly I’m worried about all of the extra-curriculars… but we’ll see.

Back to School!

back-to-schoolYesterday was our first day of school
for the 2014-2015 school year!!!!

I’m a little leery of this school year, and in other ways, very excited.  It’s going to be FAR different from any other year we’ve done for several reasons.  First, Lydia is in HIGH SCHOOL this year.  ((Well, technically.  We don’t do ‘grades’ per se, but she’s the equivalent of a HS freshman.))  reunionThis means that she’s going to be doing independent work, starting this year.  Writing papers, doing essays, researching topics.  It’s going to be good for her… and I think she’ll like it.  She’s a writer, like me.

Second, we’ve got quadruple the extra-curriculars that we’ve had in the past.   In the past eleven years of schooling (and yes!  I’ve been homeschooling ELEVEN years, now!) we have had ONE night of dance class, and that was our evening out.  This year we’ve joined a chess club, have TWO days of dance class (with four children now dancing, it doesn’t schedule for one night, anymore!), and as a family, we’re doing a karate class that meets twice a week.

coopOn top of those, we’re in a homeschool co-op that has a once-a-month field trip, and also we’ve joined an afternoon once-a-month homeschool exploratory group that I really like.  Every month with this group we study/experience something different… so far we’ve been to two meetings (Sept and Oct), and the first one was sand art utilizing negative space, and the second was a presentation about creating with stained glass… we met at a church, talked with the artist’s wife, and then got to try our hand.  So… yeah.  It’s a LOT more than we’ve ever done, before!  Also in the once-a-month category, we are doing a hymn sing meeting.  Yes, yes, gritting thru the ‘Jee-zus’-ing, but it’s good for us (and most hymns aren’t crammed with it, like praise songs are).  We also joined a post card swap, and already have gotten twelve states worth in the mail with kewl facts about their state and what they like about it in the mail (six a month – my kids LOVE getting them in the mail!).  Just kewl, fun stuff.  And of course we’ll be picking back up more regularly with our pen pals, now that we’re on schedule, again.

online-school1Thirdly, our school year is going to be different because we’re doing a LOT more on-line and video stuff.  We only started using DVDs and computer programs two years ago.  The first year we tried it, it was for typing (for Lydia), and for Chemistry (Discover & Do experiments) and Sign Language (Signing Time).  Last year we added a lot of little computer programs that drilled the kids on math factors, grammar, geography, sight reading (musical notation), and we watched videos for character study, Hebrew figures, Spanish, ASL, and [Jiminy Cricket] health.  This year, we’re doing more of the same, except that I’m going to be adding an on-line CLASS… “History thru Time with Dr. Who” (seriously!), Guitar lessons off YouTube and three EasyPeasy courses (Music History, Art History and Spanish).  I’m a little nervous, because I don’t want TOO much screen time in our school… but there are SO many amazing resources out there!  I’d like to start really utilizing the stuff I’ve pinned on Pinterest, instead of it just sitting in a file, there.  SO many goals, so much exciting and interesting things to try and do!

Some of my on-line friends wanted to see the schedule for this school year.  I’m always leery about it, because what I do isn’t necessarily what other people do.  But every year I *do* make up a weekly log sheet that we work from.  I don’t care WHICH day we do what (because life happens, and some time slots are bigger than others), but the goal is to get everything done by doing a portion a day.  This is the schedule for this year:

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I also have a weekly schedule so I know how things fit,
but I can’t put it on here [privacy reasons].

Frankly?  I’m overwhelmed, just looking at it.  BUT… we didn’t have enough last year to keep us busy.  The kids were asking for more, and while it LOOKS like a lot, when you consider that most of it goes really, really fast… it’s not that much.  Singing a hymn takes three minutes.  Reciting a memory verse?  A minute and a half.  Copywork?  Five minutes.  And not everything is every day… only the stuff with check-off boxes.  The stuff at the bottom is weekly.

preventive_maintenance_programI’m finding that this year, though… my schedule needs sub-schedules.  For example, I put ‘Karate/Dance/Gym’ on there.  Do I make three separate sections to mark off, there?  Because I’m hoping to start the day with our stretches and Karate 15 basics, and wrap up with the stuff they need to work on for dance (splits, etc.).  Then later in the afternoon I want to get downstairs and do weights/endurance/cardio.  How much do you schedule?  And what about electronic school?  It’s not ADDITIONAL, it’s substitutionary.  They do ‘math’ every day, but on e-school day, they do computer drills via Kevin Bradford programs or math balls.  KWIM?  I don’t know how much to schedule, and what to just go with.

The good news is that this first week is all about trying the new school session on, and seeing how it all fits.  We can tweak it as we need to.  But there’s SO MUCH that I want to learn, and try and taste.  And they’re just as bad as I am, chomping at the bit, ready to go, excited about the schedule.   To be honest, last year there was too much down time between things.  Too much time where they were just… well, they are creative and play well together, but they had the desire to do more, and felt like they were *waiting* a lot.  So we’ll see if this fits!

PS:  Thought about sharing the resources we’re using, but this is pretty long, and I don’t know if people care or not.  Hrm.


Paul called to be an apostle of [Messiah Yeshua] through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,  1 Cor 1:1

 Ah, another letter by Paul… this time to the church in Corinth.  In the Bible, the letters are put in order from longest to shortest, so isn’t it great that we got Romans – the longest – done?  It’s all downhill from here.  And here we have the authorship of the letter given… only can you believe that verse one gives us our first issue?  Take a look at 1 Corinthians 16:21 (one of the last verses in this book).  It says the letter is written by Paul’s own hand.  Now look at Romans 16:22… it says that Tertius wrote it.  And here in verse one, we have Sosthenes.  We could be looking at one of several things:

A)  Paul is writing the letters, but having them translated from his native Hebrew so that EVERYONE can read them… in Aramaic or Greek (the more popular languages of the time).

B)  It’s also possible that Paul’s eyesight wasn’t ever quite right after the whole blinding on the Road to Damascus thing.  Some theorists claim that this is what he meant in 2 Corinthians 12:7 when he talked about having a ‘thorn in his flesh’.

Regardless (and as interesting as it is to speculate on these things), the point here is that Paul is with Sosthenes, and writing to the believers in Corinth.

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in [Messiah Yeshua], called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of [Messiah Yeshua] our Lord, both their’s and our’s:  Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Cor 1:2-3

In EVERY PLACE… call upon the Lord.  Not just during your ‘quiet time’, not just in church or before bed or when you sit to eat.  ALL saints in ALL places… call upon the Lord!!

 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by [Messiah Yeshua];  That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:  1 Cor 1:4-6

WE LACK NOTHING.  That’s the name of this whole section.  He has enriched us in ALL utterance and knowledge.  He gives us what we need.  This is why I hate half the stOopid church songs out there.  ♪♫♪♫ Open the eyes of my heart, Lord… ♪♫♪♫   He already has, and He told you so, right here.  So you’re insulting the Lord by rejecting what He gave, while asking for it at the same time.  SO dumb.  Seriously, irritatingly dumb.  These prayers that ask for Him to give you wisdom or knowledge or the words… RIGHT. HERE.  ((said thru gritted teeth.))  I hate church.  Moving on.

 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord [Messiah Yeshua]:  1 Cor 1:7

The goal is to be such a good steward, that we are granted ALL spiritual gifts.  The church doesn’t teach this, either.  They tell you that every person has just one gift, and you should use the gift you have to His glory.    The parable of the talents, found in Matt 25: 14-30, says that as you are a good steward, you’ll be given more gifts.  If you’re not, they’ll be taken away.  This is good stuff.

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord [Messiah Yeshua].  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son [Messiah Yeshua] our Lord.  1 Cor 1:8-9

We are confirmed as blameless in the Day of the Lord… because we’re confirmed by Messiah.  Our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, when we trust and obey, aligning ourselves under His headship.

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord [Messiah Yeshua], that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  1 Cor 1:10

Now HERE’S the verse everyone should memorize.  Seriously… because it would change the WORLD as we know it.  We are NOT allowed to have different denominations, different beliefs about things in the scriptures… if we are His, we are to be like-minded.  I hate that phrase, ‘agree to disagree’.  I agree that people who allow others to disagree are completely out of His will.  There is no splitting of hairs.   This is the whole reason everything’s gone to the dogs.  This is the reason the church has fallen apart.  This is the reason there’s no substantial Truth out there, anymore.  It’s horrible.   Messiah says NO.  No divisions.  Speak the same things, be of the same mind, have the same judgment.  Period.

For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.   Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?  I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;  Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.  And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.  1 Cor 1:11-17

It’s kind of weird, posting these things way ahead of time.  When you read this, I might not even BE here, anymore.  It’s surreal, to me.  But I know why He had me do this chapter, now.  Because of THIS.

What is this section about?  It’s not about Paul vs. Yeshua, it’s not about baptism.  It’s about ONE THING:  Follow Messiah, only.  Don’t follow Paul.  Don’t follow Dave Ramsey or Beth Moore.  Don’t follow David Jeremiah or Nehemiah Gordon.  Don’t follow Anna (please, DO NOT follow Anna!).  Don’t follow teachers, writers, or preachers.  FOLLOW.  YESHUA.  Messiah only.

But there *is* one thing in here that… makes me smile.  “Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach.”  Did you catch that?  Everyone in church says bluntly that we are to “GO YE THEREFORE AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER…”  You know that one, right?  Matthew 28:19… The ‘Great Commission’?  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  It was not for us!!!   That commission was for the disciples with Messiah when He said it.  Paul confirms it – right here! – by saying that he was not sent to baptize.  But wait – if the Great Commission was for all believers, Paul would be wrong, wouldn’t he?  Yeeeeah.  But he’s not.   The church has been feeding you more lies, friend.

 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  1 Cor 1:18

 Salvation only ever makes sense by way of the Holy Spirit’s leading.  It’s not logical to people who don’t have faith, and faith isn’t something you can convince someone to have.  They have to be prompted, led.  That’s part of the reason I don’t believe in missions.  I can’t lead ANYONE to Christ.  Only the Holy Spirit can convict a heart, and bring about belief.

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  1 Cor 1:19-20

If God were reachable and salvation attainable by way of reason/logic alone, there would be no need for faith.  Not that I’m negating logic/reason – anyone who reads my blog knows I’m very much about patterns, order, logic, numbers, and reason.  Anyone who actually claims scripture for themselves know that God is a god of logic, reason, patters, and order.  BUT… that’s not enough.  There has to be a faith element, or everyone would attain salvation, and Yehovah set it up so that it’s more difficult than that.  He wants people to go against the odds for Him.  To choose even when they aren’t sure of everything.  That’s why ‘narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it’ (Matt 7:14).  Faith takes it out of our hands, and puts it in His.

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  1 Cor 1:21

God INTENTIONALLY uses common people with little education.  Did you know that?  He used fishermen, tax collectors who were loathed by everyone, zealots and women to deliver His message to the world.  Acclaim, degrees, ordination, doctorates… these things puff up man.  God has no use for them… they have done of themselves, not of Him.  It has never been that way.  The ONLY believer who was ever acclaimed was Paul, and that was before he was a believer… after he came to Christ, he was considered a traitor by the Church and someone to be leery of by the believers for a LONG time.  S’why he was sent out to witness to the Gentiles… Jerusalem wasn’t a good place for Paul.

THIS is more of why I was called to do this particular chapter.  Please, if you get NOTHING else from this, note this:  the people who are little, who aren’t ordained, aren’t considered knowledgable… THOSE are the people the Lord has always used to deliver His messages.   I read this week of an annual conference to discuss Bible prophecy… but it’s invitation only to people who have doctorates, at least ten years’ experience teaching in top churches and colleges, and… and WHAT?  Do these people think the Lord is going to reveal His glory thru their elite little knot?  Hardly.  Acclaim/certification puffs up man, but lowly people elevate God.

Remember Jonah and the worm?  ((Yes, I said worm, not whale.  Churchianity is fixated on a big, shocking, jaw-dropping fish and miss the worm, completely.))  The fish was nothing more than a pit-stop… but the lowly worm [Jonah 4] was the slayer of the gourd.  God uses worms for His big work.

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  1 Cor 1:22-24

Messiah was too small for the Jews, too ridiculous for the world.  The Jews wanted a conquering Savior that was powerful and whose eyes flashed with righteous fury as He slew the wicked and delivered them epic-style.  Messiah came as Mosiach ben Yosef – the servant savior.  They hated Him for that.  He was too little, not flashy, not powerful enough.  He wasn’t a Savior, in their opinion.  And of course the Greeks thought Him just pathetic.  A crude little Jewish carpenter, God?  It was preposterous.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Cor 1:25

God’s ‘ridiculous’… is MIRACULOUS.  God’s ‘little’… is epic.  Never forget that.  Because what He can do?  It’s better than anything man can do.  Hands down, every time He’s above them.  His ways are not their ways.  And thank heaven for that!!  What is man, that he should think he has ANYTHING to say about how God chooses to do things, anyhow?!

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  That no flesh should glory in his presence.  1 Cor 1:26-29

Society is totally backwards, did you know that?  The people everyone elevates?  They’ve got money, or fame, or education, or power… or are just so self-elevated that they convince others that they’re deserving of popularity.  That’s not how Yehovah works.  People that man put in pulpits, on TV shows, on radio programs?  Those aren’t God’s people.  How do we know?  RIGHT here.  Anyone elevated by people have already received their reward.  (Luke 6:24).

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.  1 Cor 1:30-31

The world says POWER/MONEY.
The world says FAME/POPULARITY.
Yehovah says WISDOM IN HIM.

And those things?  They’re found in Messiah Yeshua…
never in this world, standing higher up than other people.

This is HUGE for me.  Because… well, so often I question whether or not I should be saying anything at all on this little blog.  I’m nobody – just a worm.  I’m a silly little blonde housewife in the middle of Nowhere, Michigan.  I haven’t a degree, I haven’t anything to commend me at all.  But I believe.  And He seems to recognize that and claim it as an avenue.  And as long as He can use me, I am here.  I’m not too much, but I’m earnest, and whole-heartedly willing.  May He never cease to use that, so long as I’m on this earth.

I should probably tell you right now…
I’m not going to be doing 1 Corinthians, next.


So what is this about?  Okay, well… a week and a half ago, I finished Romans (it’s been posting automatically, ever since).  I had the full intention of going straight into 1 Corinthians, which is exactly what I set about doing.  It’s next in line, so it made the most sense… and I like logic.  So I really did intend to do 1 Corithians.  I even did chapter one… which is what you see, here.

HOWEVER.  Even as I was doing it, it felt like there was a *reason* I was being allowed to jump right in, with nary a hesitation and complete ease of task.  You’ll see why, this evening.  But after this first chapter of the book?  The Lord stopped me.  He didn’t want me to go any further.  So I stopped.  That’s not to say I won’t come back to it at a later time… when He gives me leave to, but for right now, He wanted me to see something in 1 Corinthians as a ‘prelude’ to where He was taking me, next.  And today?  You’re going to see it, too.

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