Thursday, November 16, 2006

When They Are Ready

Boo, our oldest daughter is seventeen almost eighteen. For our Reformation party she wanted to sew a new dress. So, my Mother-in-law spent time with B helping her do everything right.
The dress turned out beautiful and it sparked an interest in B for sewing. Wow! I did not see this coming. B went down to the library and checked out all kinds of books on sewing, alterations, and how to make your own patterns. She has spent time going over different patterns and just can't wait to get started.
Boo is also interested in learning how to play the violin. She has had this interest for quite a few years now but it has become even more intense as she is around many who are learning. Hubbie and I went to see Natalie MacMaster, a professional fiddler from Nova Scotia, and I was hooked on the piano/fiddle duets. So, Christmas and Birthday (which are very close together) mean violin instruction books and a violin.
Boo has also decided that she really does like piano. So, she has started to pick out pieces that she loves and has really taught herself. In some ways, this is just too sad considering that I am a piano teacher! But, she is motivated to do it now and is learning quickly due to that motivation.
Then there is the opportunities that God has given Boo to challenge and encourage other young ladies. After reading So Much More she has been able to share it with others and encourage them to travel down the Godly, and yet sometimes lonely, path that they have been called to.
Yesterday I was listening to Dr. R. C. Sproul Jr.'s Training up Children. It is basically everything that I read in his book When You Rise Up. But, it was a great reminder that our primary goal is to teach our children godly precepts. And, for the Davis family this means Life is School. When you rise up, when you go to sleep, when you walk on the path, when you read the Word, when you sew a dress, when you know your math facts. When they are ready their interests will merge with those godly precepts. All to the glory of God.

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