Yesterday was our first day back with HOD as our core curriculum. It was a long day. But it was a good day. Joshua spent a lot of time saying he hated it but he was the happiest hater I've ever seen LOL. It was our first day and I knew it was going to take a while for us to get into the grove of doing things in this new way. I also knew we were going to have some heart issues to deal with but that is another post entirely.
I was still exhausted from the MidSouth Convention and ended up sleeping until 9:30 this morning. Jacob also slept in and woke a few minutes after me actually. Anyway while I was sleeping this morning Joshua worked on his independent work. We are still doing Reading through the BJU Distance Learning (I can not wait to start HOD Drawn Into the Heart of Reading this fall though) so he did that lesson and also did his Saxon math. He also voluntarily completed his Independent History and Independent Science from the HOD Preparing manual. This was approximately 3 hours of work without a prompt from me.
Now I need you to understand that this child has been one that could not follow a schedule or do any work without a constant push to do so. He would rather be doing ANYTHING than school. ANYTHING! Physical labor would probably get done without whining before school. I hope you are understanding the depth of change that took place yesterday for him to do this this morning. It truly was the first miracle of the day.
So I got up and got Jacob and I some breakfast and did some necessary catch up from waking late while Joshua took a break. Have I mentioned that Joshua is writing phobic? Seriously. Getting a sentence out of him has been like pulling my teeth out without a shot for the pain............. So while on his break he decides he's going to WRITE A BOOK!!!! And write he has done today. I had to pull him away from writing after lunch to finish school. Miracle #2 today!!
We are reading Grandpa's Box: Retelling the Biblical Story of Redemption for History right now and we read Ch. 2 today. Joshua loves this book already. After reading Ch. 2 our Preparing manual had read most of Romans 5 today and do the discussion questions listed in the manual. Those discussion questions led into an hour long talk about the law, Jesus' gift, and whether or not we could keep the law. It enabled me to share more intimately with Joshua why I follow Jesus and my relationship with him. I explained to him that I don't love Jesus because I'm afraid of going to hell or anything like that. I love Jesus because the law has shown me just how black my heart is and how much I deserve death yet God loves me anyway. I love Him because He first loved me and continues to love me even when I sin. I attempt to not sin because I love Him and I know it breaks his heart when I do sin. I love Him so I don't want to hurt him. Every motivation is based in love.
There were tears from both of us and Joshua made a confession to me about some sin in his life. When I didn't directly address the sin he asked my why. I told him that the Lord was convicting him and I didn't need to punish him any further. I realized that he thought I didn't love him because I wasn't angry about the sin he confessed to me. We had the sweetest time together talking about how, like Jesus, there was nothing he could ever do that would take my love away from him. NOTHING! No matter what he does he's my son and I will love him forever. I also told him that as much as I love him God loved him even more than me.
I am simply amazed at the miraculous change that has come after only 1 day with Heart of Dakota. I fully credit HOD with the new found creativity that Joshua is experiencing and for guiding us in a truly Jesus centered day that brought my son and I to a most wonderful place with Jesus. If you are feeling unsettled with your current curriculum or are missing out on time with your children having truly deep conversations about the heart of God then may I humbly suggest you take a look at Heart of Dakota. I think you will be blessed if you do so.
Praising Jesus for the presence of His Holy Spirit today and for finding Heart of Dakota!