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Sunday, May 06, 2012

I just got a hug from heaven

This week God did something different. He listened to my thoughts and ... answered them. I was pondering about life, about our home education and about my walk with our heavenly Father. I was giving thanks in the way I was experiencing him in our home education.

How do I put it? It is not about being Christ-centred in the way we learn or even topics in regards to knowing God.

I experienced a day when we were talking about "butterflies and insects" in mandarin. When we were out one day, just strolling by the sidewalk, two butterflies came our our way and the boys immediately played with the them. My elder boy then stretched out his hands and the little butterfly landed softly on his palm for a split second. That was priceless for my 5 year old. Then we saw an image of  a butterfly cast on a concrete, and then an image of a bee in the playground.  In speaking, we learn to speak and the boys had a blast identifying the creatures and naming them in mandarin.

I was particularly touched when God did that. Because in my lack of resources to teach the boys mandarin and with the limited understanding on how I can motivate them to love the language more, God showed up. And that experience stayed in my heart in a special way. I began to hunger to want to follow him, wherever he takes us on our home education journey. So when I heard this song yesterday, I just had to praise him. This song speaks of how joyful and how purposely our lives can be when we simply... follow.

The other thought I had was about how I can continually "host his presence" and then, the other day, I read that a new book by Bill Johnson, titled "Hosting the Presence" was released! You bet I was going to get that and learn to live it!  What a God we serve.  What love he has for his children ... he who listens to our thoughts and answers them.

Side note to parents: Our children will only follow us as we follow Christ.

Chris Tomlin - I will follow you

CHRIS TOMLIN - I Will Follow

Intro Chorus
Em                            C/E
     Where You go, I’ll go
Where You stay, I’ll stay
When You move, I’ll move
                       Em7, C2, G, D
I will follow…

Verse 1
C                         Em7
All Your ways are good
All Your ways are sure
         G        D/F#   C
I will trust in You alone
Higher than my sight
High above my life
        G                  C
I will trust in You alone
In You alone

Em7                          C2
    Where You go, I'll go
Where You stay, I'll stay
When You move, I'll move
I will follow You
Em7                         C2
    Who You love, I'll love
How You serve I'll serve
                 D                       Em7, C2
If this life I lose, I will follow You
                   G   D                   
I will follow You

Verse 2
C                    Em7
Light unto the world
Light unto my life
        G          D      C
I will live for You alone
You're the one I seek
Knowing I will find
        G                C           D
All I need in You alone, in You alone

(Repeat Chorus)

C                  G          D
In You there's life everlasting
C                  G            D
In You there's freedom for my soul
C                  G           D      C        
In You there's joy, unending joy
G                D
and I will follow