Mrs. Pederson’s Class: Week 9

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

I tend to get that thought backwards.  Often I think, if only I was stronger, I’d be happier!  However, the older I get, and the weaker I may feel, I am finding that His joy really does give me strength.

There is joy in knowing that every sacrificial act of motherhood can be offered as an act of worship, and that act does not go unnoticed by my Heavenly Father.  There is joy to be found in the fun, the mundane, the burdensome,  and even the irritating chores of running a household, knowing that as a servant:  “better is one day in His house than a thousand elsewhere;”  ( Psalm 84:10)  When I know that “He gently leads those with young,” (Isaiah 40:11b )   I am reassured that I am not alone, and that puts a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

We enjoyed our Science time so much this week!  The crayfish, which I thought could be a bit boring, caused such squeals of delight and groans of horror that there was no end to the excitement in the room!  Who knew that such a common, largely unnoticed crustacean could have so many amazingly designed body parts, and that was only the exterior! We were able to see first-hand an exoskeleton, and the joints of an arthropod, putting in to use some of our vocabulary and knowledge learned in previous weeks.

English: Prepositions- Outside (pretend to look outside with hand shielding the sun from your eyes.)  Over (bunny hop “over”)  Past (shoot one hand past the other)  Regarding (make a pistol shape with right hand and pop it off your shoulder)  Since (same action with both hands)

Geography: I just told a silly story about purchasing a China dish in Beijing and filled it with golden broth.  A Mongolian came along and stomped on it, causing 2 cracks: the Yellow River and the Yangtze River.  All the yellow broth ran out into the Yellow Sea. 

Math:  We marched to” When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” for the 15s, and saluted when we came to certain underlined numbers.  Very fitting since we just celebrated Veteran’s Day.

History: Just when I think one more ditty will not stick in my head, another one does and comes in so handy when I want some quick info about all sorts of topics! How about you?  Are you amazed?  I am grateful for the patient students who have already done this cycle and are frequently the ones to ‘jump start” the class on the tune!

I am so thankful we are all in this together.  I hope you are encouraged this week to find your strength in the joy that only He can give.  I also hope that along with all of our silly little ditties, there are some great songs of praise in your head,  and in your heart! He gives us songs in the night you know! 🙂


Better is one day in His house than a thousand elsewhere;  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of the wicked.  (Psalm 84:10)

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young. (Isaiah 40:11)

The LORD will send his faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night–a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8)


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