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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




A Day at a Time: Spirit-Led Options

By Scott Harrup
Aug. 31, 2014

When our family prepared to move to West Africa as missionaries in the early 1970s, I made what felt like a huge life transition — finishing the first grade in public school and beginning life as a homeschooler in the second grade. Mom quickly put to rest any apprehension I had, proving to be a fun teacher the next four years of my education.

Between missionary terms, I reentered public school in the sixth grade. This was followed by enrollment in a private Christian school in Nairobi, Kenya, during our second missionary term, three semesters in a private secular school in Nairobi, and three semesters of public high school in Memphis, Tenn., before I graduated.

Though Jodie and I have never homeschooled our three children, we discovered local public schools offered the best resources for our son Connor as he has lived with cerebral palsy. Daughter Lindsay and youngest son Austin have thrived in two Christian schools. Lindsay is now finishing her studies at Evangel University here in Springfield, Mo.

All of the above serves as my hearty amen to Billie Davis’ wise counsel in this week’s cover feature, “Where Should Your Child Go to School?” The choice of where to educate children is one of the most significant a parent can make. As Dr. Davis points out, each educational option has its strengths, and a prayerful placement of a child in any of the described environments will prove beneficial.

Doesn’t that describe God’s influence in every area of our lives? When we humbly lay before Him our choices, we can trust the gentle guidance of His Holy Spirit. Single or married, parenting our children or influencing other young lives, each of us can count on daily counsel if we will exercise daily submission.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5, NIV).

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21).

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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