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Socialization qualms

Sunday, 24. November 2013 by Renee Ellison

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When most homeschoolers begin homeschooling the most frequently asked question from relatives and friends is “Aren’t you worried about socialization?”  At first such a question makes a newbie homeschooler quake.  But upon a closer examination and a little more time a homeschooler grows in her unclouded perspective to such a degree that she answers CONFIDENTLY:  “Yes, I AM worried about socialization.  That’s why I homeschool!”

Peers do not make good role models.  Peers do not make good missionaries.  Peers do not have enough of an experience base to make good mentors of other peers.  They don’t know what wisdom IS yet.

The Bible says, “Those who walk with the wise WILL BE wise” (Proverbs 13:20).  So, the only thing we have to find out is WHO ARE the wise? The answer: they are spiritually mature Christian ADULTS…i.e. PARENTS, and some grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other mature Christians.  The MORE time your child can spend with these people, the more refined they will become.  Their association with wise elders will keep your children out of multitudes of temptations, and they will learn from their observations of hours and hours of spiritually mature responses to all of life’s vicissitudes, which then become easy to emulate and imitate. 

When children are taught that their SIBLINGS and other close family members should be the focus of all the great majority of their social yearnings, they CAN create LIFETIME BEST friends for themselves.  Children can’t figure this out by themselves.  They need parents to tell them, show them, and emulate it for them.  Children so trained will be comfortable with ALL age groups.  Conversely, children who have been socially indoctrinated in the public schools can ONLY relate to peer ages with ease.  Most of them won’t even look adults in the eyes when speaking to them, and they often show disdain for those who are much younger than themselves.

Public education has its mincing inroads into the heart.  Therefore, watch diligently at the DOORWAY of socialization bonding with families whose children are public-schooled.  Public education is 12 plus years of training children to ignore God (at best), and to become irritated with Him (at worst).  Is this the influence you WANT for YOUR child?  If not, hover over BEGINNING peer relationships.  Who ARE those peers, what do they spend the majority of their time doing, and WHERE are they getting their influences FROM?

Strive to raise a HOLY child.  A holy child gives you NO REGRETS in your golden years.  If we spend the bulk of our lives content with athletic and academic training of our children that is largely secular and pagan, going through the motions of child-training without a FOCUSED deliberate eye on raising up GODLY seed, we CAN find, sadly, later that we have wasted our finest energies on that which is not eternal.  Life is not a dress rehearsal.  This is the real deal. 

It is most interesting to note that John the Baptist emerged a LEADER of men from a totally isolated childhood, raised with no siblings and only elderly parents; the same was true of Joash.  Joash RULED all of Israel—presto—from the get-go—right out of isolation.  You, too, strive for a private life full of character training and endless expressions of sacrificial love within a family, and your public influence LATER will be immense.  Do it the other way around and your life can fall like a house of cards.

Godly seed is FRAGILE.  Roaring lions crouch at the door, seeking to devour it.  The remnant has more than once dwindled; historically it has become breathtakingly thin.  At one point it only consisted of Noah’s family of 8.  There is a REAL war that we were born into.  Keep watch.  Be vigilant.  Don’t let down your guard.  Arrive on the other side of the Jordan at least with your own offspring.  Present to God YOUR godly seed.

Teaching financial principles to children MOST effectively

Sunday, 24. November 2013 by Renee Ellison

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Our recent podcasts have been focusing on teaching the principles of personal financial management.  The current broadcasts have been addressed to adolescents.  This blog post contains some quick tips for how best to teach financial soundness to younger children.

Give each young child a GLASS jar (gotta be able to SEE money accruing in there—as opposed to an opaque piggy bank, which is like dropping money into a black hole).  Write the child’s name on some tape and affix it to the jar.  If the jar is skinny, like a spice jar, the child could fit it into his or her school box, along the edge, if they use a box to house their textbooks.   

Then you, as the parent, go to the bank and trade in dollars for rolls and rolls and rolls of NICKELS.  Nickels are BULKY, so that makes it look like the children’s money is accruing FASTER.  Also, nickels are also easily divisible in small increments for dividing later, at the end of the week when they divide up their nickels between tithe, savings, spending money and taxes.  (Taxes are the money that is given BACK to the parent.  This shows the child in spades that he NEVER gets the whole dollar of what he earns.)

Then tell your young children that ANY TIME THEY WANT to earn money you will pay them a nickel for every ten minutes of work.  You have to start with small increments with small children, because you have to have room to INCREASE their pay over time.  If you start paying them too much, in the young years, you’ll find the raises unmanageable later.  If the children are wasting time, or squandering it on media, TV, or computer, pull them off and say this is EARNING MONEY time—we will never get today’s hours back.  We’re building a FINANCIAL FOUNDATION and you never get a second change to build a foundation of savings so that money can begin to EARN money—e.g., buy tools or whatever to make MORE money.  FOUNDATIONS are everything.  Imagine building a house without a foundation.  Your children’s financial goal is to secure a nest egg.  The more visible their progress toward that goal, the better.

For much more on this topic, check out our additional resources here.

Have fun practicing so you can type faster

Thursday, 14. November 2013 by Renee Ellison

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Is everyone in your household (age 5 and older) touch-typing, without looking at the keys?  If not, check out Zoom-Type, the fastest and best way to learn how to type.

How about some fun practice ideas, to improve your typing speed?  You probably already know that this classic sentence (or some variation of it) uses all the letters in the English alphabet:  The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.  The sentence is a pangram—a series of words that utilizes all the letters of an alphabet.  The word pangram is derived from the Greek for all letters (pan = ALL + grámma = LETTER).  Read more about it here.

Pangrams are great for typing practice because they require you to use every letter on the keyboard.  Here’s another one, that you may enjoy practicing after you’ve learned how to type in just five days using the Zoom-Type courseGod created zebras and foxes to walk, jump and hide very quickly.  That pangram uses 50 characters, so it isn’t as efficient as the quick brown fox classic sentence (which only uses 33).

By the way, the Word of God contains a pangram of the world’s first and oldest language, Hebrew—in Zephaniah 3:8:
“Therefore wait for Me,” declares the LORD,
“For the day when I rise up as a witness.
Indeed, My decision is to gather nations,
To assemble kingdoms,
To pour out on them My indignation,
All My burning anger;
For all the earth will be devoured
By the fire of My zeal.”

Interestingly, the verse just after it (Zeph. 3:9) may prophesy the revival of the use of Hebrew: “For then I shall turn unto the peoples a clean lip, so that they all call on the Name of the Lord, to serve Him with one shoulder.”  To give yourself a boost in learning the original language, order our Hebrew Zoom-Type course.

Also, see these links to a number of free online typing tests and keyboarding games.

The shortest way to master phonics

Thursday, 31. October 2013 by Renee Ellison

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Want to teach phonics in a way that gets your child reading faster?  Want to make teaching phonics easier, too?  Here’s how.

The problem:
Most phonetic programs are loaded with way too much tedium, bells, whistles, and games.  In the public school it takes about a year (most of first grade) to conquer the reading skill.  Many commercial phonics programs take six to eight months to wade through.  However, if you’ll proceed with THIS FIRST STEP—in exactly the following manner—your child should be able to read significantly in a matter of weeks instead of months.  This method kaleidoscopes the task down into “bare-bones-speedy-minimums”.  This less tedious task translates to more energy for Mom, and quicker reading joy for her children.

Begin with this first step and then follow with whatever phonics program you currently own.  If you do not own a phonics program, either Samuel L. Blumenfeld’s simple 8 1/2 X 11” thin book: Alpha-Phonics. A Primer for Beginning Readers or Siegfried Engelmann’s 100 Easy Lessons are both simple, succinct programs to teach.  The difference will be that you will zoom through WHATEVER program you have, given this IMPORTANT, TRANSFORMING, first step that I will share with you.  Stay tuned here for the notice of our new ebook or Kindle book, Teach Phonics Faster!

What to do when your child doesn’t understand something

Wednesday, 30. October 2013 by Renee Ellison

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An educational principle:  Whenever some concept is over a child’s head (for example, a youngster lacks a sense of time), move back to the concrete level and splinter the skill down to a more bite-sized piece to conquer.

Let’s say you want him to understand the passage of time.  We’ll assume that you want to conquer the concept deliberately; some things are learned through osmosis over a longer period—not to worry—but if you want to get it conquered now, this is how you would proceed.  Find yourself a little sand timer (an egg timer), and teach him that this shows the passage of three minutes.  Have his clothes all laid out on the bed, and then turn the sand timer upside down and challenge him: “Can you get all these clothes on in three minutes before the timer runs out?”  This teaches him to scurry—to understand that time is passing.  Next, move to a real clock (not a digital clock—use the kind that has arms).  Using this clock, you’ll teach him how to count the three little black sticks or dots that denote the minutes.  Now repeat the challenge: “Can you get dressed before this long arm gets to ....?” and then progressively lengthen his challenges.  You can apply this strategy to any concept.

So, the principle?  For every abstract concept that is too difficult, you move back to the concrete level (something the child can see) and splinter the skill down to a small task.  Continuing with our example, you might challenge him next: “Can you brush your teeth ahead of the sand timer?”  See how this helps him to finally, eventually, get up to the concept that he has 90 minutes to get ready for school?  Go back and build it up step by step, and you’ll have good success.

Watch and Do…Watch and Do

Tuesday, 29. October 2013 by Renee Ellison

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Watch and Do is the key to whizzing through teaching your child to tie his shoes or to do anything tactically that he hasn’t done before.  Children are impulsive.  To slow that tendency, use the phrase “Watch and then do”...over and over.  You will see faster, more accurate results that way.

To teach him how to tie his shoes, reduce the stress totally.  Don’t teach it at the time when it is needed.  Just do it for him, at those times.  At other times while you are together without anywhere to go, get cuddly on the couch and have one shoe in your lap, and the other shoe in his lap, to practice on together.  Here’s what you say:

1. Watch me (do nothing, just watch).  [Have him put his hands behind his back if he is tempted to try to do it while you are showing him the first step of tying a shoe.]
2. Now you do just that one step.
3. Now just watch me; you do nothing.  [Repeat doing the first step.]
4. Now you do that.

Watch and do, watch and do—do just one step at a time—undo just that step and then repeat that one step three times—then add a step.

You’re done—and he’s a whiz smile

Incidentally, is your young son having difficulty getting his shoes on the correct feet?  Put two little dots on the inner matching sides of his shoes—above the arches, where he can see them.  Tell him to make the two dots KISS, when he puts on his shoes.  You can use little pieces of electrician’s tape, or dots made with permanent marker, or masking tape.  Eventually show him that the toes kiss—they lean toward one another.  Easy, peezy smile

Puzzled by non-answers to some prayers?

Wednesday, 25. September 2013 by Renee Ellison

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Our Heavenly Father has demonstrated that He is ABLE to answer all our prayers with a YES, immediately, abundantly, even overwhelmingly.  He showed us that clearly when He gave the Israelites too many quail to eat—too many to even digest—in response to their insistence upon having meat.  In that event He showed us that He can blast us with yes’es.  He can bury us with yes’es.  But SOMETIMES what He is TRYING to do is to train us to TRUST HIS RESTRAINTS.

He is (in some celestial way) hard at work, sweating, tinkering, engineering a very delicate story here, of which we know not all of the variables.  If we are ungrateful, we could be like bulls in His china closet.  We COULD be loudly stomping our foot, while He is in the very act of fine-tuning the radio dial for a frequency perfect for us.  We simply can’t now SEE all of the angels that strut before Him, amassed in His courtroom, that He is proving things to, for all time, VIA his dealings with His saints on earth (2 Chronicles 18:21, Job 4:15).  We can rest assured that He is ROUTINELY working with far more complexity than we are.

Psalm 106:15 hints that we COULD have our yes—every time—if we insist upon a lesser story.  “He sent the answer to their request, but sent LEANNESS to their soul.”  And He, in effect, asked several kings, “Why did you blow it?  I gave you everything and `if that were not enough I would have even given you MORE’” (2 Samuel 12:8).  The YES isn’t always the issue, and the story was over HERE, not over THERE where you thought it was.

So far from us being frustrated with God, He, at times, could be a bit frustrated with us, waiting for the hour when we, at last, acquire a posture of praise.  Remember that He is “sure benevolence” with every fiber of His being.  “He who did not spare His own son but freely gave him up for us all, how will He not ALSO freely give us all things” Romans 8:32.  If He gave the greater gift, it is implied that He gave ALL lesser gifts.  He is now permanently, always, in pre-set “Yes-mode.”  “All the promises of God are `Yes’ in Christ/Yeshua” (2 Corinthians 1:20).  Therefore, if something different is happening, we can be pretty sure that He is WILLINGLY muzzled “for the time being”—ON PURPOSE.  Make no mistake, we are in the hands of a divinity of all love and wisdom.  His restraints mean more riches.  Being able to trust HIM is the equivalent of soaring on eagles’ wings.

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A beginning homeschooler’s questions/frustrations and a veteran homeschooler’s seasoned answers

Thursday, 12. September 2013 by Renee Ellison

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The mama’s 2 paragraphs of a range of questions/frustrations with homeschooling:
“Do you ever feel like your homeschooling is not enough? - especially for the younger kids? I feel like right now should be a super fun time for me and my son, but it just seems tedious and boring :(  I’m starting to feel like he would have more fun in public school—though I know he would lose all of his academic achievement.  I think that is part of my problem: all the fun kindergarten stuff is far too simple for him.  He is 5 and reading at a 1st or 2nd grade level and id doing math at a 2nd or 3rd grade level, but physically he can only sit for about 15 minutes at a time and his hands get tired very easily.  So, to read a book that is at his level would be like green eggs and ham; he knows all the words but it is too long for him to sit there and concentrate on finishing it.  I guess I just second guess myself a lot.  One day I think we did too much schooling, and the next I think not enough.  Then there is always the thought that we should be doing fun crafts—but I feel like all my creativity has been drained.

“I think I am feeling it all come crashing down because I see my sister’s fridge covered with fun papers that her son brought home from public school, and I feel guilty that we are not really doing any “fun” aspects of schooling.  I know I should not be comparing myself to them, as I know that my son is getting a far better education and the quality time with us—but still it’s hard.  Any words of wisdom to lift my spirits?”

Renee’s response:
As a veteran in the homeschooling movement for over 20 years, it’s apparent from this vantage point that most moms’ problems are not new—and some big picture perspectives can really help.

Re: crafts/fun
When you look at the content of the “fun” artsy-craftsy things kindergartners bring home, you can see that there is not much depth there.  Gluing feathers and sequins doesn’t end up contributing to a “line upon line” “precept upon precept” solid huge heavyweight foundation in the real world.  The pagan world is always involved in replacing profundity with tinsel, glitter, show—often without substance.  In art, the important thing is not to “manipulate stuff” but to teach your children how to see detail and how to draw precisely.  Learning how to draw line drawings via sketching real objects of the real world will create a keenly perceptive “observer”. Sketching cultivates a visual alphabet and language for the child to express himself in at more and more refined levels as he grows in that skill.  Get our booklet/ebook/Kindle book, Teach Your Children to Draw, to see the infinitely superior method of using your child’s time to this end, instead of inordinate preoccupation with artsy materials the products of which inevitably end up in the trash.  Not so, with his progressive sketch notebooks which will grow through the years as his skill grows.

Re: public school
The fundamental flaw of the public school, regardless of how much transitory “fun” is presented there, is that it is anti-God, from K through 12.  When you raise a child with no reference to God—no tether to his life—always giving your child the HOW of life but never the WHY, you raise a “whited sepulcher”—a DEAD person, spiritually.  When such a child graduates from years of indoctrination within such a system he has no anchor with which to interpret all of the vicissitudes of life.  And this is NO GIFT.  Fun gets replaced 12 years later with such emptiness that it leads to thoughts of suicide for many high school graduates. 

If we concentrate only on secular education, because it appears to be fun or because it seems to be delivering more than we can, it is possible to raise a BRILLIANT murderer or robber or….  For the believer, academics is not the only goal.  Raising a HOLY child (who has been taught the necessary academic skills and knowledge) IS the goal.  We are guardians, responsible for raising up GODLY seed from the “womb to the tomb”.  This is our job as parents.  The godly line of godly seed is VERY fragile.  It almost got snuffed out in the Garden of Eden by the killing of Abel.  Seth had to be born to continue the line.  Without Seth, there would have been no Messiah.  And the enemy of our souls continues his stampede to try to wipe out the “seed” by offering secular paganism to us as our answer to education.  Public schools are the high church of secular humanism.  It IS a religion.  Giving way to the temptation to put our children there can be devastating.  The enemy tries to erode our resolve.  Don’t be surprised if the mental debate over this issue is intense in you on some days.  You are in a REAL war for the soul of your child.

Re: pacing
On some days your teaching load seems not enough for the child; on other days it seems to be too much.  This will even out over time as you get to really know your child.  The too-little, too-much academic challenge swings won’t be so wild as he grows.  If you opt for ACE’s curriculum to use as your curriculum work horse, this program allows your child to go at his own pace.  If the material of one pace is too easy, your child will breeze through it and will reach the academic edge of where he really is—then he will slow down automatically.  Always do academics in short spurts; 15 minutes is plenty for a youngster.  The time duration will lengthen/enlarge as the child grows his mental discipline.  A child always learns INTERNAL discipline by many experiences of EXTERNAL discipline, a bite-size piece at a time.  The transition is seamless.

Re: spelling
Spelling is best taught via LISTS only.  This is why you do not need to order word building paces from ACE, or do any other spelling program.  The research is conclusive on this, but those results have not been well advertised by mainstream textbook companies, because they want to sell more books.  All you need is a list of the 1,000 most frequently used words in the English language.  Just hammer that list until they are all mastered, whether it gets done in six months or six years.  Wear the list out until it is mastered.  Presto, you’re done.  Looking up words in the dictionary teaches your child no spelling skills whatsoever.  They learn vocabulary content by reading.  That 1000-word master list is found on the last pages of our Zoom-Type course.  It’s a real gem.  We also have the most important 360 of these given orally on an audio CD with an answer booklet, so mom doesn’t even have to give the spelling tests—the CD does it for you.  Also, an online practice list of the most common 400 English words, formatted in 40 word charts so you can master their spelling and/or test your typing speed, is available as a free download from our website.

Re: curriculum
You can use any curriculum.  If you like what you’re doing, so be it.  But if administering it all has become too exhausting and you are tempted with putting your children back in public school, try ACE.  If you stick with ACE for everything, you’ll put an end to spending your days and hours trying to figure out which is the best curriculum for you to use.  If you settle this issue now, by choosing ACE, you can immediately go revel in your personally new-found freed up time—time that you used to spend textbook shopping and lesson planning.  Go read a good book, take a hike with your child, fix a gourmet dinner, take a luxurious bath, hug your hubby!  There is more to life than schooling.  ACE gets your child educated, as it has in 135 countries with several million children.  It is the easiest curriculum to administer.  You can end your curriculum anxieties today by going with it for everything.  Otherwise, curriculum wonderings and wanderings may well “eat you alive” and you can continually switch programs for 12 years, while concept after concept falls through the cracks during all of those switches/false starts in what you hope is an ever better curriculum.  Get your children on this horse to ride and you’ll ride to triumph with each one of them and never cave in to the impulse to put them in public school. 

May these perspectives help you.

Blessings,
Renee
PS: Get our book of Teachers’ Secrets and Motherhood Savvy (it’s also available in Kindle) if you want more of such ideas.  It took me 25 years to discover all of this. smile

Move, baby, move….

Tuesday, 03. September 2013 by Renee Ellison

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Wanta feel better?  Move, baby, move….
TWEAK your exercise via the latest research….

No matter how pristinely we eat, if we don’t exercise, all bets are off.  Health is 50% eating AND 50% EXERCISE.  Flushing the lymph and pumping the heart is like taking a garden hose to the inside of your body—or taking your “innards” through a car wash.  What would your trash can look like if it was never hosed out?!  That’s what the insides of most people’s bodies look like.  Ugh.  Let’s change that scenario.

Power walking is itIt is the place to BEGIN (and the place to CONTINUE), because most everyone in most any condition can begin it.  Start with a power walk just around your bed, if you have to smile.  Do it 3 X today, then tomorrow four…then around your house…then move it outside…and you’re off to the races of far better health.

Improvements:
I have walked regularly as a habit for a long time, but never have I achieved the results I’m achieving now by just TWEAKING that habit via the latest research.

The latest research is to work HARDER, and shorter. Think of it as spurt exercise.  (Caution: begin slowly and work up to this goal by progressive and consistent increments).  In other words, your goal might be two 20-minute walks a day, walked HARDER.  These are potentially better than one longer one, walked at “half-mast”.

How to tweak your power walk:

1.  Bend your arms at the elbows.  This causes your back muscles to strengthen, to hold UP your bottom arm during the entire duration of your walk, and expands and strengthens your front chest muscles around your lungs.  Experiment with walking both ways (arms down and arms up) and you’ll immediately feel the difference. 

2.  Open your mouth—breathe from there.  This greatly expands your lungs.  By the end of your walk, your neighbors will HEAR you breathe. 

3.  Unlock your hips.  Walk with a slight Marilyn Monroe swagger.  This lengthens your stride, and tightens your pelvic floor by holding your uterus and bladder in a firmer place, via increased muscle strength there.  Unlock those hips.

4.  Pick a portion of street or sidewalk with a slight incline to it, and walk that section over and over. The slight incline will strengthen your heart muscle and cause you to work harder.  Then increase your intensity via speed as you are able.

5.  Drink a half of a lemon in an 8 oz glass of water (grind your lemon, pulp, SKIN and all in the water; I add a smidgeon cayenne pepper, and stevia for sweetener) or an Emergen-C-type electrolyte packet BEFORE you go on your walk, and then follow up immediately with your protein green smoothy drink upon returning.  The amino acids in the protein helps rebuild the torn/catabolic state created via the exercise.  To do the most good, your body needs these building blocks IMMEDIATELY after exercise, so don’t wait.  Also, it needs the electrolytes before, so it has something to fuel this exercise in the first place.

6.  If you hate exercise, and have had no luck with starting a good habit with it, don’t “talk” yourself into exercise.  Instead, lead with your body.  Plop your feet out the front door and ask yourself if you “want to” only LATER.  Get your body in position to walk…i.e. facing the street, out IN the street, heading up the hill…and it’ll “happen”.  Disengage your head.  Drop everything and just go do it.  Don’t argue with yourself.  DO, and you’ll BECOME!

(Caution for women who have just delivered a baby: allow your body a full month before attempting power walking.  Your core is re-positioning and needs time to tighten and realign via the pulling power of nursing.  You’re loose as a goose, til your baby “drinks” you into FIRM realignment.  A veritable miracle!)

Begin power walking and you’ll LOVE it.  After a good month of doing it, introduce resistance training, using only ONE-pound weights.  Resistance training yields VISIBLE results, if that is what you’re after (body sculpturing, thinner waist, beautiful legs, etc.) in far less time than any other exercise.  Begin with only TWO reps or you’ll be sorry.  INCREMENTAL command of yourself is what you’re after.  Easy does it, at first, and then… 

GO, BABY, GO!!!

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Grappling with seemingly unanswered prayer?

Wednesday, 28. August 2013 by Renee Ellison

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We’ve all had times when prayer seems to be to no avail.  Circumstances reverse, babies die, crops languish, etc.—in spite of prayer.  What might be going on at such times?  There may be something more at stake here than prayers that appear to be unanswered.  Two verses help us to see a bigger picture.

Habakkuk 3:17 (NIV):
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord.”  Couple that with Job’s famous rejoinder, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15, KJV).

And Hebrews 11:13 (NIV):
“All these people were still living by faith when they died.  They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them [note: that implies the answers had to exist somewhere in the spirit realm] and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”

Some surmising…
We’re told in Scripture that the ancient saints’ faith was credited to them as righteousness (see Romans 4).  Credit means we will collect it at some point.  It is very possible that we’ll see some sort of compounded blessings in the Millennium for promises that we unwaveringly stood on here and now.  There is a difference between unbelief, a weak faith and a strong faith that includes a confidence that at times there is a Job-style glimpse of some dynamics beyond the prayer that necessitate it not being answered now.  Divine restraint is, no doubt, in the prayer mix somehow, for higher ends.

The big test for sure is “Do we believe in His character?”  Do we know deep inside that He desires these things for us—and do we believe it, come hell or high water?  Do we trust that it is in His nature to bless and bless when we are in covenant with Him?  When He loved us unto the point of shedding blood, we must infer that He has certainly given us everything lesser.  (“He who did not spare His own Son but freely gave Him up for us all, how will He not ALSO, along with Him, freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, NIV).  He eventually gives us all things—but in a package somewhere downstream from shaping our character first.  We must believe that, in spite of the bad press the enemy insistently suggests to us and in defiance of our own questions/ our own small and paltry reasonings and “what gives” wanderings.  (As the old hymn goes, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the One I love.”) 

‘Tis a big, big, test going on here.  No doubt, He examines us continually, to see what is in our hearts, as is indicated all over in the Psalms.  Stay the course.  We shall believe only and steadily that He is wonderful.  This is the gold of the universe—the stuff He is after in us.  “All of His promises are YES in Yeshua” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Somehow, in some way, we will see it.  1 John 2:28 says we shall not be ashamed at His coming—ashamed neither of the object of our faith, nor of its rewards.

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