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The Win Behind The Why

October 12, 2018
By Maureen Goodwin ~ LCA Mama & Teacher

Raise your hand if you have ever asked yourself, “WHY did we sign up for homeschool hybrid?!? I’ve already passed 4th grade division/9th grade literature/7th grade algebra!! I don’t WANT to help with that science project/apple painting/word study--I would just like to _______ (fill in the blank with all the things we envision we’ll fill our days with one day.)” If we’re being honest, I have felt that way. We are a community of parents who could easily become overwhelmed with life: educating our children, working jobs outside the home, developing relationships with friends and spouses, pursuing hobbies (what are those again??), staying healthy (Chick-fil-A counts, I’m sure), and trying to maintain a growing relationship with Jesus above all that! Our plates are full. The “Win’s” in life could quickly become overshadowed by the “Urgent’s”. THIS is the importance of reminding ourselves why we signed up for this gig in the first place.

I teach 7th Grade Life Prep, a class designed to equip students with the tools needed for them to pursue and grow their personal relationship with God. I have the privilege of experiencing these “Win’s” often--in the conversations at their tables, in the papers they write, overheard in the lunchroom, in the questions they ask, this incredible group of students encourage me as a teacher and as a parent that life change IS happening in our students. When I assigned a paper recently, asking them to contemplate what it is that God is asking them to ​submit​ to Him, to be honest and vulnerable about their personal struggles, I got a glimpse of this life change--of these spectacular “Win’s”.

“God has burdened my heart to reach my unsaved friends with the Gospel...I just need to ask the Lord for courage to do it!”

“I really want to submit to my parents and God because I want to have a really strong relationship with them for the rest of my life.”

“I think I need to submit to God that I am bossy.”

“Using my phone all the time doesn’t improve anything in my life and brings satisfaction only in the moment. God bring eternal satisfaction, but at the time, it seems like too much work.”

 “I want to finally realize that I am special and made in God’s image.”

THESE are the hearts of the children you are raising--in middle of  the mundane phonics worksheets or petri dish assignments or math checkpoints--in the midst of feeling overwhelmed and under-qualified, YOU are raising a living, breathing WIN. A child who will be trustworthy, who will be known by God and others, who will become a life-long learner, who is developing personal responsibility, who is learning what it means to be a disciple, who lives a life of intentionality, and who engages our community for the glory of God. THESE children that we are teaching/raising/loving are the reason we do this in the first place. So Chick-Fil-A for lunch (again), check emails, and read Squanto Chapter 8 at the same time; we can do this! We’ve got some world-changers to raise!

The Importance of an Engaged Community | We Will Not Be Shaken

September 14, 2018
By Kimberly Oden

The other day during staff  prayer time, I shared an exciting opportunity that our youngest son, Isaiah, has been given.  The context was to reveal God’s faithfulness in even the smallest of things and how He can present platforms for our children to reveal His glory, even (and perhaps especially) in the most unconventional of ways. That evening, however, he faced some difficulties that shook him to the core.  Markel and I returned from small group to find him in a bit of an emotional mud puddle…  That evening, Markel spoke Truth to Isaiah, reminding him of who he is and more importantly, Whose he is…that the Lord knows each and every thing that he is facing and that He actually commands us to lay down our burdens SO THAT He can carry them.  For those of you who know me, I gist stuff a lot – if I gisted Markel’s message, it would be this:  “Do not be shaken or stirred, for God is with you.”

Well early the next morning, as I rode with Markel to the gym, I checked my email and discovered that a lower school teacher had sent an email the evening before…what was astonishing was that the time stamp on the email was smack dab at the moment when Isaiah felt like circumstances were closing in on him.  Y'all, the email took the very breath out of my lungs…this teacher heard the Holy Spirit prompt her to send an email titled,

“Isaiah – not be shaken”.  What?!  She said she had been reading that verse in her Bible and went on to write,

…I kept thinking about the opportunity and the obstacles. Because, opportunity always encompasses obstacles….so…my prayer over Isaiah is this…What a gift you have bestowed on Isaiah. With your words on his tongue and his eyes on your eternal face, let Isaiah not be shaken. Let him be a leader who steps forward in love, always. A leader who is not afraid of adversity, not afraid of differences, not afraid of obstacles…

She sent this prayer about obstacles at the very moment that Isaiah was facing one, or if he was telling the story, he would say many.

When I returned home from the gym, I sat down with my coffee and one year Bible and began reading Isaiah 55.  When I landed on 55:22 my breath escaped my lungs for the second time that morning as I read,

Cast your cares on Yahweh and He shall sustain you.  He will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Four words stood out, so I looked up the Greek definitions:

Cast– means to fling or to throw away; to hurl

Cares– means burden; your lot or circumstance; to give

Sustain– to contain, to keep in, nourish and  support

Moved– to totter, to slip or to SHAKE!

The bottom line is this teacher’s obedience to send that email of encouragement was a decision to engage in the community where God has her and in doing so, my family was able to experience the tangible presence and faithfulness of God!  This is the foundational why behind our choice of Engaged Community as a core value at LCA – it is actually the last one, so its kinda funny that I would write about the last one first, but perhaps that’s a word of encouragement for another day. :)

Families, it is our distinct prayer that you too might experience the tangible presence and faithfulness of God by your very connection to the LCA community.  As I close this encouragement, my prayer for each you is that as you go through the day, you would remember to fling your cares down at the feet of Jesus…that to the extent that you cast your cares away, He would keep you in, containing you in the shadow of His wings, nourishing and supporting you so that you may become a family who would not be shaken!

Soaking Song - We Will Not Be Shaken

Swanky Song - Look Up Child

Planting Seeds

August 31, 2018
By Kimberly Oden

This morning, as I read my One Year Bible, I came across a passage in 1 Corinthians 15 that made me giggle, opened my eyes to a bigger revelation and then reminded me of the Psalm 126:5-6 passage we shared with you two weeks ago in Friday Forecast. Paul is writing about seeds and about resurrection life. He writes, “If the dead will not be raised, what’s the point?...I face death daily...and what value was there in fighting wild beasts...if there will be no resurrection from the dead?”

The Giggle - The giggle surfaced when I thought this: “Wow, this reminds me when my four sons were little guys. There were days when I felt like I was facing death (of self) daily...when Tommas wouldn’t focus on math facts, or Oliver would ask the umpteenth time if we were going to go to LifeTime after we finished school, or when Isaiah would fuss that, “Talor is antagonizing me again...” To be honest, in those moments my sweet boys kinda felt like, “wild beasts”!

The Revelation - as I continued to read 1 Corinthians 15, revelation began to surface. Paul writes, “when you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first and what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a dry little seed of...whatever it is you are planting...” I suddenly had this thought: “What am I planting? What seeds am I planting in my own heart, in the heart of my marriage, and in the heart of my sons?”

Paul then circles back to resurrection life and says, “...our earthly bodies die and decay, they disappoint us, but when they are raised from the dead, they will be full of glory, full of power and...filled {to overflowing} with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit!” In the quiet space of reading that sentence, I had a, "what if" moment – what if resurrection life isn’t just about our new bodies in heaven, but what if God, in His all knowing splendor, let us remain on this earth for the number of our days SO THAT we might learn to die to our flesh SO THAT the Holy Spirit might have the space within us to reside, to fill us with HIS power, to become a vessel to reveal HIS glory? What if the death of self that silences the thoughts and words that spawn from within, is what allows the breath His life-giving Spirit to flow from us to everyone we come into contact with , especially our families??!! Like resurrection life here and now? What if those moments of frustration or anger or impatience with my sons were actually Divine opportunities or invitations for my flesh to die SO THAT my resurrected Lord might infiltrate me and filter my thoughts, decisions, words and actions? What if the seeds that I plant in my own sons, must first be planted in me?” Wowza!!!

The Reminder...Paul ends the passage with this: “How we thank God who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord’s work for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless...” Parents, do you hear it?! Planting in tears WILL result in a harvest that is accompanied by shouts of joy! This journey of education we have all chosen is not an easy one, and yet if we lean into the Lord, moment by moment, allowing our own flesh and selfish ambitions to die, the Holy Spirit will then have the space to live in and through us, going before us, covering us and becoming a fragrant aroma of Jesus in our wake. His Divine love begins to calm our hearts, filter our speech and fill our homes with the peace of His Presence! May each of you stop long enough today to let Him infuse you with His love so that you might continue on, strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the work of your family, knowing FULL WELL that nothing you do as you follow Jesus is ever useless! Praying that you experience His deep rest with your family on this Labor Day weekend!

Step Into Love

August 24, 2018
By Elizabeth LeBlanc

When Bristol Oaks became Legacy Community Academy a frequently asked question was, “Why is the school not called Legacy Christian Academy? “  For me, the “community” part of our name has become more meaningful over time.  This week, in our staff and faculty morning devotions, we discussed just how important community really is in all of our lives. We are wired by our Creator to need each other. In John 13:34-35 we see the Royal Law of Love. John makes it clear that King Jesus gave the command to love one another. People will know Jesus by how we love each other. Loving each other well is calling us to our highest calling AND our highest blessing. Our faith isn’t about how we pray or how we quote scripture, it is about how we first consider one another and then how we choose to love each other. John Cacioppa said, in his TED Talk, “Our goal is not to grow to be independent but to grow to be the one other people can depend on.”  

How do we fulfill the Law of Christ? There are three steps to walking into our design and therefore our destiny. First, we can share our burdens: Galatians 6:2. We must put ourselves in a position to know and help other people with their burdens. Doing so unlocks something in us as we cry out for the burdens of other people. Second, we must  share sacrificially: Ephesians 5:1-2. Love requires giving and sometimes friendship is inconvenient. However, we are reminded that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Third, we must keep growing in love: 1 Thessalonians 3:12. Remember, the aim is continued growth of our own heart and to love like Jesus. One begets the other. 

C. S. Lewis says, “To love at all is to be vulnerable.” If you don’t risk loving your community your heart will become unbreakable, impenetrable and irredeemable. An Engaged Community is an opportunity for personal heart transformation.  Nothing pleases the Lord more.  That's why it's one of our core values!

Did you know, in the factors of premature death, obesity increases your risk by 20%, drinking by 30% and loneliness by 45%. We are designed for community. We need community. 2 John 5:5 “…I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.”

Let’s choose to love one another Legacy Community Academy,
~Elizabeth LeBlanc

All Posts

10/12/18 - By Maureen Goodwin ~ LCA Mama & Teacher
9/14/18 - By Kimberly Oden
8/31/18 - By Kimberly Oden
8/24/18 - By Elizabeth LeBlanc