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Perseverance wrap-up, and what's next

It was high time we finished off our Perseverance lesson, so I purchased a 750-piece puzzle at a garage sale. The image of puppies in paint cans was attractive to our mini problem solvers, though it had way more pieces than they were used to. Since it was a garage sale find, it also had the added intrigue of potentially being incomplete.

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Plan B

Okay, confession time. The fridge chart that I’d hoped would keep me on track with personal devotional times was an utter flop. For the first week, I had some success. After that, the rows of unchecked boxes stared back at me, blank and accusing. Every time I went near the fridge, I was reminded of my daily failures. Not long thereafter, we had company over and I was so embarrassed by my obvious lack of commitment that I hid the chart away. Hmmph. So much for perseverance!

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A priority check for Mom

As we come to the end of our lesson on Perseverance, I find myself reflecting on my own struggle to persevere with personal daily prayer time. Questions and thoughts buzz in my head like pesky horseflies . . .

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Practice, practice, practice

Ever since Jessica was a baby, I’ve taken kickboxing classes. I’ve long wanted the kids to see my instructor and friends in action, so I jumped at the opportunity to work through “Persevering in Practice.” One evening, the three of us visited a class in session and observed the students. I was able to point out the differences between individuals who were just learning the basics versus those who had been training several times a week for years. We talked about accuracy, speed and power.

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Pesky perseverance problem

During our week of holidays, we were extremely blessed to have been offered the use of a friend’s condo. She happened to be away on vacation; hence, we had the entire place to ourselves. A lovely three-bedroom unit with all the luxuries of home sure beats a barren hotel room, so we all wanted to express our gratitude for the generous offer.

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Perseverance pops up everywhere

It never ceases to amaze us how the Kids of Integrity lessons inject critical vocabulary into the lives of our kids. We just got back from summer holidays and our week was totally peppered with the word “perseverance” – it popped up everywhere.

“Let’s persevere in having a good attitude on a long drive.” (Can you tell I said that?)

“I persevered looking for the letters of the alphabet on license plates, and I got them all!”

“The line is long, but I’m going to persevere because I really want to go on the roller coaster.”

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Perfectly timed perseverance

I was looking through the latest new lessons for KOI, relishing the thought of digging into something totally fresh, when a friend said, “Why don’t you let your kids pick the next topic? Mine always love doing that.” Mama guilt immediately sprang up, mingled with the pleasure of discovery . . . I had never let my children choose their KOI lesson before. What a good idea! That would help them take ownership of the material. Why didn’t I think of that? (Wince.)

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Forging ahead

Sorry for the long absence. It’s been a whale of a month. The past 27 days have held more illness for our family than we’ve collectively seen in years. A nasty respiratory virus hit us all, spinning off a host of additional ailments: pink eye times five (Jess got it twice), fevers, ear infections, pneumonia, rashes and sinus infections. Imagine a symphony of coughing . . . four-part harmony . . . around the clock. After five antibiotic prescriptions, I wish we owned pharmaceutical shares.

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Sweet forgiveness

Until my early 30s, “forgive” was not a common term in my vocabulary. I was quite capable of staying mad at people, situations . . . anything that ticked me off. I often felt the need to be justified, vindicated. Then I met Rob. In the 14 years I’ve known him, I’ve never seen him harbour a grudge. At the beginning of our marriage, he didn’t quite know what to do with all my self-righteous indignation. And I couldn’t believe how easily he could release an injustice. Slowly, over the years, I’ve caught some of his ability to let matters go.

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Laundry lessons

The other day, Jessica came home all excited about a painting they had been doing at kindergarten. I wasn’t exactly happy as I caught sight of the wide brown paint stripes now adorning her brand new shirt! But then I brightened as I remembered the “Clean Hearts” (Science with a Twist) part of the Forgiveness lesson. This was my chance to turn a mess into a teachable moment!

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