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Need an infusion

…of gratitude. I’m out of sorts, grumpy, and grumbly today. I’d even be whiny except I hate whining.

Do you know how tiring discontent can be? I’m sure a great part of being tired today is due to discouragement and discontent. Bad rut. Time to climb out.


– prayer and praise (Going to sit down with the girls and read the Bible together, something we’ve neglected since we were on vacation last week and the schedule went out the window. Then going to put on some uplifting music to play in the background.)

– productive work (There’s so much to do around here. Going to go with Elisabeth Elliot‘s “Do the Next Thing” and… you guessed it… do the next thing. Start a load of laundry, remind today’s Dishwasher to get the kitchen sink clean and shiny, and tackle a box of paper clutter.)

– remembering what the Bible says about the Israelites and their grumbling. They saw incredible miracles, and yet they had a kind of “What have you done for me lately?” attitude. Don’t get me wrong. I probably would have been right in there with the worst of them. I should know better, and yet look at me today: grumbly. But working at getting out of the rut.

– consciously counting my blessings.

To start:

– Eldest, who dropped everything to hug me and pray aloud for me when I was so frustrated a little bit ago

– The quiet, cheerful voices of Middlest and Youngest, who are not fighting

– The faithfulness of my husband, who works so hard so that I might stay at home with the girls

– The dog, who was extra snuggly when I needed it this morning

(And maybe I should have put this one first. I really should have, actually. That’s part of the problem I’m having today, no doubt.) The LORD, Who is faithful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

What do you do when the grumbles strike?


Sono’s poem

It’s not that she wrote the poem. It’s that she quoted it, early on in our acquaintance.

This time of year (February-March timeframe) used to be when Basic Skills put on the homeschool Winter Workshop. It was a conference that had the effect of encouraging home educators caught in the wearying winter doldrums. You know, the holidays are over, you’ve tried (and perhaps failed) to get back into the swing of things, get the kids back on schedule, start feeling productive again, but It’s Just Not Working.

(Digression. Sorry, we’re reading old-fashioned books, and in said books they often capitalized for emphasis. Somehow it seems to come naturally this morning. Perhaps it’ll wear off when the coffee’s done and drunk.)

Anyhow, they had these different tracks for attendees: special needs, for example, or especially for moms, or for dads, or for teens, or nuts and bolts (how to teach specific academic subjects). I found myself in Sono’s workshops, not on purpose, more like the flip of a coin to choose between a then-bewildering array of topics.

You had to cross a cold, wet, windy stretch from the main church to the outbuilding where she was speaking. I remember feeling warm and cozy once Sono started speaking, though. She had a welcoming smile, an energizing way of talking, an earnestness, an urgency. The message was important: encouragement, exhortation, challenge, help, all solidly grounded in Scripture.

Somehow, thinking back on Sono’s attitude in her workshops, I’m reminded of Isaiah 42:3. In the KJV it reads: A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

The “bruised reed” part is what I remembered. Looking it up, I found it a bit confusing, until I read that “smoking flax” refers to a smoldering wick (as of a candle) or feebly flickering light. (See this link for a number of translations to compare.)

Sono challenged us to be grounded in the Word, doing all to the glory of God, whether it was changing diapers, cleaning, cooking, teaching, or just sitting and listening. We were to be mindful as we were raising our children in the light of Eternity. The challenge might have been overwhelming, if not for the love and care of God that shone through. Yes, the burden is too heavy for frail human shoulders to bear alone. But with God…

She quoted a poem that somehow was a perfect fit for her topic. I couldn’t remember much more than the refrain, “Call back,” though I do remember how the poem stirred me, encouraged me to keep trying, and over the years has prompted me to speak encouragement to others.

I’m afraid I’ve rather hounded poor Gregg, Sono’s husband, to try to find that poem. He even sent me a link to it when we ran into each other at a New Year’s celebration, right there at the party, showing me the poem on the screen of his cell phone. I was so excited! …and then the next day, looking at my email, I couldn’t find the link. Don’t know what my email program did with it. His email was there, just not the poem.

He was kind enough to post the poem and its source, upon my further request (man, I can be such a pest… as my older brothers can attest), and reading it, I was reminded of Sono all over again, and not just because of her reading it in that workshop. Here it is: Sono’s poem.

Hope it blesses you as much as I’ve been blessed.

Update on Sono Harris

Edited to add: Latest update.

Josh Harris has posted an update about his mom, on his blog, as of June 24.

Prayer request for Gregg and Sono Harris

Edited to add: Please see update here.

Sono is Gregg Harris’ wife. Gregg is one of the pioneers of the modern Christan homeschooling movement. Perhaps you’ve also heard of Josh Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye, among other things), and Brett and Alex Harris (The Rebelution — http://www.therebelution.com — and Do Hard Things), who are among their children.

I went to a number of Sono’s workshops in our early homeschool years, and received a lot of encouragement and wisdom. One of the things that stayed with me was when she read a poem, with the recurring words “Call back.” It was about the journey of life, and taking the time to call back encouragement to those following you on the path. I would love to find a copy of that poem!

Here is a note sent out from the Oregon Christian Home Education

If one member suffers, all members suffer together; if one member is honored all rejoice together. ~1 Corinthians 12:26

Dear Homeschool Families,

Many of you are aware of the ministry over the years of Gregg & Sono Harris. Gregg has been a long-time Christian homeschool advocate, speaker and pastor and has been very instrumental in the Christian homeschool movement.

Sono was recently diagnosed with stage IV inoperable cancer. She has been an inspirational presence to many with her energetic, bright spirit and dedication to her family and others. May we, who love this family, now be mirrors and reflect back on Sono the strength of character, tenderness and courage which she has so brightly shone upon others.

The family is facing many additional expenses that we can share. Long-time friends of the Harris family have set up an account at West Coast Bank to help offset the additional expenses the family is facing. A gift to the Harris family can be made at any West Coast Bank branch in Oregon and Washington.¬† Contact me for more details if you’d like to contribute. (Leave a comment, and mention if you’d like to keep it private.)

This is not a tax-deductible contribution, but rather a gift of love to a family who has done so much for the Christian homeschool community in America. Because they are gifts to the family, the Harris family will not incur an additional tax liability. 100% of the gift will go to helping them financially through this crisis.

Of course, the most important gift we can give Sono and her family is the gift of prayer. Please pray for her healing. Her hope is in the Lord. She is also following a strict dietary regimen that has helped other cancer patients in the past. Please pray for the pain to be relieved. She has had some very bad days lately struggling with pain. And pray for the family as they work to support Sono.