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Homeschooling

A question that some have asked is what the kids will be doing for school. The answer is that I haven’t fully figured it out just yet. Parker is two next month, and Jacob is four in July. When I had the garage sale I had several people ask if I was a teacher, I am guessing that my toys and other items were reflective of what a teacher might have. My answer was always awkward, yes I guess. My degree is in Criminal Justice, however my “education” is in teaching. Education is what you learn through application in my opinion. I am a teacher.

I have worked several different jobs but my four most enjoyable ones involved some form of teaching. I have worked with families and children most of my life. I have taught families how to meet the needs of their family through social work, taught children and parents how to communicated positively through behavioral training. I have worked with every different social class you can work with, because education is necessary and has no prejudges. Education is needed by all, because education is learning put into practice.

Most importantly my job as a mother has been the hardest role to fill in the area of educating. So many opportunities that I try to take advantage of that seem to not go as planned. Regardless, I will continue to try and educate my children in the home, for the rest of their lives. I believe some of the most important things they can learn are principles that should be taught by the parents in the home, so they can then function properly in the world. In regards to what the world sees as education, they will get that from me too until I feel I can no longer fulfill that need. Let’s be honest in Science they will be learning that from someone else sooner than later.

I hope that no matter your current situation you have the ability to learn and to educate. Take advantage of both opportunities and you will probably learn more than you teach.

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Tell me about yourself…

I was thinking about the way that we talk to each other, how we get to know each other. Could we be more open-ended and less controlling when we ask? I was trying to think of the best intro question and I thought that if we simply said, “Tell me about yourself.”

How many times have you been asked something and you feel like they are placing you in a category that you have to only talk about that one subject. As a mom sometimes we only talk about our kids and don’t even say anything about ourselves. Sometimes we feel led to only talk about our successes or current victories. As those close to me have gone through loss, your question could make them have to talk about the child they lost, or the divorce they are trying to avoid, the job struggles, or other uncomfortable subjects.

Tell me about yourself…my name is Brecka Lyn Arnett and I am happy today. I love Jesus and make a conscious effort to try to follow him everyday. I have been married for 8 years to the man that has the same passion of missions that I do. I have two children Jacob and Parker who both inherited our looks and our stubbornness and hopefully our passion to help people. I have worked for 25 out of 31 years to grow as a Christian and a human being. I am moving to the country that I fell in love with to share my experiences and my knowledge to help shape the lives of the future. I choose to make sacrifices for the sake of the Great Commission and to follow what God has placed on my heart.

That just scratches the surface of who I am because each day I am growing and changing. My life can change in an instant, for better or for worse. If you asked me the same question in a day, week, month or year some of my answers may change. However, one of the answers that will never change is that I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ.

Tell me about yourself…

Really I would love to hear your side of your story.

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The Garage Sale Effect

So we survived the garage sale and overall it was a success. Let me warn you my observations may describe you, but please don’t take offense, they are just general observations 😉

So if you have never had a garage sale then this post will not make sense to you, but if you have I hope you enjoy. If you are a garage sale goer, again I may be describing you, so don’t take it personally :). So basically you decide one day, I have way to much stuff and the weather is starting to change to the ideal garage sale weather. So you purge all the stuff (I say stuff to not glorify junk or to put down the things that are good that you might be selling). Then you go through the tedious process of marking or grouping your items by putting a sticker price on them. This process to me was humbling in the sense that wow my stuff is not worth that much to others as much as it is to me, no wonder we hold on to items. It’s the mentality that we can’t possibly part with something if someone else won’t also see its value. So we mark items generally too high or too low all to have people (complete strangers) say your prices are too high. Even if the price is amazing they will still try and make a deal that makes them feel that the “stuff” they want to purchase is really worth it even if they then never use it. Then after an entire weekend of sitting around, and moving items in and out each night you are left with the “stuff” that was not sold, the rejects. So then you are faced with the decision to keep it and use it, keep it and store it until you decide you have too much “stuff” again, or you give your local Goodwill a donation to pass along to many of the same people who were just at your garage sale.

Now for the parallel…

Life can be like a garage sale, think about it. We go through life putting things in our life that clutter it both physically and spiritually. We spend our time trying to clean up our lives and we have good intentions to help others. However, we are sometimes just finding ourselves either passing on the “stuff” or simply finding ourselves right back where we were and trying to get again de-clutter. So I pose this possible solution, fill your life with God. He will never clutter your life, only fill your mind and heart. He will never depreciate in value and he is always a great deal. You won’t ever want to sell Him, but you will want to share him even with strangers.

My plan is to never “need” to have a garage sale again…here’s to hoping.

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I know the plans I have for you…

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I know this verse as many do, however some have never read the following passages. 12 “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.”

To me that is pretty comforting. Right now we are in a great place, a scary place, an exciting place, new place, a transition. We sold our dining room table and chairs right before dinner, enchilada dinner that I had prepared and clearly didn’t process the implications that would result in not having a table or chairs to eat on. We made due, went to my parents house and borrowed tv trays and then found random things to sit on. No major issues, praise the Lord, he works even in the little things. Our bedrooms are a bit crazy too no dressers and kids beds on the floor, end tables and desks cleared, storage shelves are emptied. We have boxes and bins and luggage in random spots around the house. Our garage is for sale, basically it is full of stuff for sale and this weekend a miracle could happen we could get rid of it all! Now that would be amazing!

It is kind of a balance of nervous and excited and a bit crazy. We are starting over essentially, in a whole new country, taking a few comfort items and mostly just essentials. It takes all trust in God to make this move, it’s what our family desires though, so it makes it a lot easier. It would be hard to imagine if we were forced to make this move, but for us it’s a conscious decision and we are very excited.

Someone once said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” (someone); but what was their idea of small? I find comfort in scripture, because it tells me in many different places to trust God. That God has our best interest in mind, that he has plans for us, that he cares for us. That’s good enough for me.

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The Count Up…

The day we figured out we could go to Uganda and started packing was day 1, March 16th. Matt said I couldn’t start packing until after that Sunday. Monday we started with Jacob helping me take pictures off the living room wall. Fitting I thought that we took the boys off the wall first, the very boys we were going to be reunited with very soon. The boys that Jacob refers to as the Uganda kids he is going to play with. On day 5 I decided that I was going to ask questions to Jacob about the process and things that he would be encountering and try and remember to write them down. So I asked Jacob what toys he wants to bring right away and which ones he can wait to have later. He says “All of them, well a handful.” I ask well which ones are your favorite and he says “superman and cars…I want to bring toys to share with the Ugandan kids.” I asked do you think there are toys there? His response, “No.”

So we collectively as a family have really purged so much of our stuff. At times it was refreshing but other times it was hard. I know they are just possessions but some possessions are difficult to let go, to sell for maybe less than what you feel they are worth. But each time I think about it, I am reminded of how in Luke it talks about Jesus sending out his disciples and says for them to take nothing with them, so I think well at least we are able to take some things. Today I cleaned the kids play room and literally put more than half in the garage to sell. I at times thought okay, is this fair to them and then I remembered that they still have so much. They are blessed with more than just material things like toys and clothes, they have two parents, four grandparents and even two great grandparents. They have 4 uncles, 4 aunts and 8 cousins. They are blessed with family that knows the Lord and parents that are living what God has called them to do. So yep its hard to leave the stuff, the people, the entertainment, but what am I called to do is to go where God leads. I am so excited and so is my family, so don’t feel sorry for me or my family, so feel envious that I am doing something so challenging. Instead, pray that God will call you to do also follow what He has for your life, pray for my family and our health and safety, pray how you might be able to join our team. I am proud of my kiddos and how they have handled this change so far, I am hopeful that during the entire process that when times do get hard we will have the comfort and words to say, along with the strength to turn to God for wisdom and comfort. I also look forward to all the funny things as well as the thoughtful things that my kids say. Day 17, yesterday Jacob and I were enjoying the nice weather and trees came up in our conversation. Jacob wanted to know what kind of trees are in Uganda, he said “Describe them to me, what do they look like?” There are several different trees, beautiful ones, I described the banana trees that hold the Matoke a staple in the diet there. What kind of questions do you have about Uganda? Send me a question I would love to let you know what kind of life we are headed toward in just under a month.