Educating with a Christian Vision
There exists a profound 'vision of life' that needs to be captured for young children which Nucleus of Life (NOL) can assist parents. Use of NOL techniques can provide parents the ability to provide proper time-sensitive goals and objectives for educational development to their children while fostering a Christian-centered unity within the family. Goals and objectives can include the proper formation of the faith in our children. A parents time spent with young children is a critical component in achieving faith formation. Parents who devote more time in the education of their young children can immerse them into the present moment to experience Christian values and concepts. It is important that children learn to find God in the present moment and especially within their homelife. Otherwise, the fast paced, high-tech world will wisk them away without a properly formed vision on the importance and priority to put God and family first. Quite teachable moments can sometimes be hard to find in the life of busy families. Therefore, this site can assist you with some simple ideas to help educate your young children to form a Christian 'vision of life.'
A vision with Christian values and concepts as the "nucleus" to our pursuits permits a Godly perception of life to permeate into the entire family. Parents have the best knowledge of their young child's abilities and have the God-given authority to ensure their children attain this Christian 'vision for life.' This vision incorporates the 'little way' of St. Therese of Lisieux into our lives when children are young and helps us to see the beauty of homeschooling within the family as the nurturing of a seed that grows into a beautiful creation. In other words, our little efforts can amount to larger and more astonishing things and keep us humble in our journey which is a quality of high regard to Our Heavenly Father. These 'little efforts' can involve dividing large tasks up into smaller more manageable tasks for a young child to master more effectively while enjoying their work at the same time. This can also involve taking the time to form the faith of our children. The lessons of our Christian Faith become a central focus in the daily routines of family life when parents present it to their children as the priority. Our children will be able to succeed when they reach the age that seems to crave peer interaction with others. An unshakeable faith will be evident in their dealings with others and virtuous pursuits will become a major player in everything they try to accomplish.
As homeschoolers, faith formation should be central in our educational endeavors. Faith can become the cornerstone that builds all our pursuits on virtuous motivations which uphold and utilize the laws of nature and of nature's God to benefit everyone in the most efficacious of ways and promotes harmony within the family unit. It is a sweet harmony we sing to God as Christ becomes the powerhouse from whom all our efforts flow. The 'Nucleus of Life' so to speak. I have found some simple homeschooling techniques which benefit academic and Christian formation in children. An important point to understand in teaching the very young is to help a child's natural inclination to rush through things be 'slowed down' to enhance a child's ability to internalize concepts more effectively and begin to apply them to their daily lives. On this note, I occasionally will ask you questions in my blog to stimulate your own thought processes about your own families. This is for you to 'slow down' and capture what is really taking place in your family. Oftentimes, we get so busy that we loose sight of what is really happening around us. I hope you can apply some of these thoughts to your own lives to make progress toward virtue, prosperity, and the instillation of a strong faith for your own families. Nucleus of Life (NOL) is committed to help your children attain this beneficial Christian 'vision for life' while improving skills for academic success in a fun and effective manner.
The Cross in Our Bodies
A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio... And I was BLOWN AWAY! I want to share what I learned.... But I fear not being able to convey it as well as I want. I will share anyway.
He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is... How He spoke the universe into being... How He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire.. Etc. Etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) .... And I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God's handiwork. I remember so many times thinking..... 'How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???'
Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart...how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.
And then I lost my breath. And it wasn't because I was running my treadmill, either!!!
It was because he started talking about laminin. I knew about laminin.. Here is how Wikipedia describes them: 'Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue' You see.... Laminins are what hold us together.... LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn't know is what they LOOKED LIKE..
But now I do. And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)....
Here is what the structure of laminin looks like... AND THIS IS NOT a 'Christian portrayal' of it....If you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see....
For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible
And invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
All things were created by him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him
All things HOLD TOGETHER.'
Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool. Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together... One cell to another.... By the cross. You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin 'glue' would look like long before Adam breathed his first breath!!
Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The Lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school each day,
Twasn’t even in the rule.
He made the children laugh and play-
To have a Lamb at school.
And then the rules all changed one day,
Illegal it became,
To bring the Lamb of God to school,
Or even speak his Name.
Everyday got worse and worse,
And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
We heard gun shots and tears.
What must we do to stop the crime,
That’s in our schools today?
Let’s let the Lamb come back to school,
And teach our kids to pray!