Tuesday, September 27, 2011
2nd row: Jane Austen, St. Augustine, Elizabeth Gaskell, Martin Luther, Charles Dickens
3rd row: William Wilberforce, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry
4th row:William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Madison
5th row:Thomas (a.k.a Stonewall) Jackson, J.S. Bach, Robert E. Lee, King Edward VI, Sir William Blackstone
We had a lot of fun looking up people and trying to decide who should go in the collage. Some people's picture (like John Calhoun, Dorothy L Sayer, Patrick Henry, William Blackstone, and William Wilberforce) was totally unfamiliar to us so it was nice to have a face to go with the name.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
On of the best things about history is that you can study a person's whole life. You can see how the choices they made, both the good and the bad, came to fruition. Hebrew 12:1, which is one of the mottoes for this blog, talks about being compassed about with a great cloud of witnesses. These are the people who have run and finished their race. They now serve as examples to us, encouraging us to persevere to the end of our races in a God-honoring, glorious manner.
I have always been amazed by the wisdom of the past. Its insights are so clear and its criticisms are so just, that I am constantly astonished how people hundreds of years ago, whose life is nothing like mine, can possible counsel me how to best deal with a problem or inspire me to be all that God expects me to be.
This is only possible because the Truth of God's Word spans time. The Truth that these men and women studied and then applied to their lives is constant. What they wore, where they lived, what they ate is inconsequential when compared to the fact they loved God so much that they allowed His Word and His Truth to form their character and permeate every area of their lives. This is what makes their lives and examples a timeless model and makes their advice worth having.
So how do we know who are the best models? First off, we must know the Bible ourselves. You can't steer clear of bad thinking if you can't recognize it. Then, assuming that the person has a Biblical worldview, we examine their lives and ask ourselves a few questions. How do they develop their God-given talents? How do they use their time? How do they respond to trials? What do they do when they fail?
Proverbs 27:27 says, " Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." By taking the advice of those who have gone before and learning from their lives I sharpen my character against theirs. What could make them a more Worthy Friend?
How many of my Worthy Friends in the collage can you name? Comment and let me know.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Look what we got!
One yard sign and ...
Now for the fashion show.
My shirt says "Ron Paul for President Defender of the Constitution" on the front and the Constitution on the back. Jacqueline's says "Ron Paul 2012 Revolution". We are both racking our brains for places to wear them. Mom has us thinking about a logical argument to give, as opposed to a bunch of random thoughts, if someone should ask us why they should vote for Paul. I think Jacqueline and I will be watching a few videos to make sure we have our figures straight. Lets just pray there isn't as essay in our future. I just love being home schooled!
( Jacqueline Note: I went into cardiac arrest when I found out that Audrey bought and intend on wearing a t-shirt, but I'm fine now, thanks for asking. A trip to the ER was not necessary.)
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
means Autumn is making an early appearance! In the 7 years we have lived here, I think that this is the earliest that it has ever started to cool off ! The temperature was in the high 70's with mid-low humidity! Maybe this means I can start wearing my favorite sweaters soon.