About GMK

God Made Known is a curriculum plan I put together with the purpose of educating our 4 boys in the Fear of the Lord and a Delight in His Works.

In the Bible we read about 3 of the ways in which God has revealed Himself to us: the World He made, the Word He breathed, and the Workers He commissioned.

Romans 1:20 says that God’s “invisible attributes, namely His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” Even the most invisible things about God we can SEE through the things He has made! God has made Himself known through His World!

Psalm 19 speaks of God’s special revelation through His creation as well as through His Word. But I love how the Psalmist describes that revelation in chapter 119 verse 130. “The unfolding of Your Word gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Wow! Even a simple person, like a small child, can understand really BIG things about God because He has made Himself known through His Word!

2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 is a beautiful passage written by one of God’s appointed workers, the apostle Paul, who describes his role as one of the “ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” God has also appointed parents as ambassadors on Christ’s behalf to teach our children about Him. God still makes Himself known through His Workers!

My husband and I seek to educate our boys in a way that immerses them in God’s creation, His divinely breathed Word, and the historical and ongoing work in and through His people. Lastly, it is our ongoing prayer that God would ultimately reveal Himself to each of them through the Holy Spirit and that they would be reconciled to Him.

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37 comments on “About GMK

  1. Oh, how fun! I didn’t know you were blogging. To be truthful I haven’t been doing much lately. . . will get back to it when our lives settle down a bit. 🙂 I’m excited to be able to see what you all are up to on your side of the world!

    • The couple renting our place had internet installed over the summer which was perfect timing since so much of what we’re studying with astronomy is on the web. We have to keep a record of our studies for the State of Hawaii so we thought it might be fun to do as a blog. It’s the first time the boys have ever touched a computer and it’s quite fascinating for them (and me!). Thanks for being such an inspiration and for lending us that Apologia Astronomy text book. We love it!

  2. Hi,

    Thank you for commenting on my post about ‘Rocket’. It was indeed a fun day teaching the students about space and and helping them put together those model rockets. They are very curious about astronomy and I can only hope that they keep this fire of curiosity burning bright and long inside them.

    I have one question for you, if you don’t mind. Could you please explain what you mean by ‘Fear of the Lord’? To me this sounds like there is something that is as yet unknown and we should be afraid of it. Am I right in making this assumption? Please enlighten me.

    Many thanks and best regards,

    electrolights

    • Canis Majoris. This giant star, thousands of times bigger than our own sun, is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the “fear of the Lord.” No, I’m not afraid of this fiery mass many thousands of light years away from the earth but knowing about it sure does put me in awe. Even more, when I think about the God that spoke these things into existence by the breath of His mouth. Yeah, that inspires a little fear in me. But am I afraid of this star-breathing God? No, because He also stooped down to make me and shows me every day how He loves me. Enough to come down from His great cosmic star factory, take on the form of a human, like myself, just to be beaten to a pulp and die for me. To be loved that much is fearsome indeed. To get to know the works of His hands in the universe above and the earth below is an every-minute-of-every-day delight.

      • This is very poetic, I have to say. And I mean it in a good way. There is an underlying beauty, a poem, if you will, about how everything in the Universe is linked with one another. From the remnants of stars to the chemicals that make up life, from the electrons whizzing round its proton to the swirling galaxies, from the fleeting nanoseconds to the billions of years since the Big Bang, there is a tune, a rhyme in the music of the Heavens with which we can connect at a very deep level. Some call it God, others not but it can be a very spiritual feeling. There is a profound beauty, a tremendous sense of aesthetics in the Universe and we are fortunate enough to be able to understand and appreciate this poem through mathematics and science. When we study the Universe, we should never lose this sense of awe, which most children have when they see something for the first time. You talk about being in awe of God’s creation; I talk about being in awe of the natural laws that govern our Universe. Perhaps neither of us fully understand this poem we call the Universe but at least we appreciate that it is one. Perhaps neither of us understand the lyrics of an Urdu song but we can at least appreciate its beautiful melody. Whatever it may be, we should teach our children to listen to the music of the Universe, to appreciate its melody and to use the instruments of science to understand it. Hopefully, then, they should be able to compose magnificent symphonies of their own.

  3. Glad to meet another fan of beauty in its many poetic forms! I guess where we differ the most is that I can’t look at poetry without assuming there is a poet behind it. Nor a symphony without a composer, natural laws without a law-giver, etc… And yes, I totally agree with you about teaching our children to listen and observe and am so thankful for the amazing instruments of science we have available to do so.
    Keep gazing upward! Even if it makes your neck hurt 🙂

  4. Thank you for stopping by! Your blog is a tove of good stuff! And I am glad for the reminder of HYMNS! They have fallen by the wayside for us and I realize it is time to put them back into our days. Blessings!

  5. As I was surfing through your introductory remarks and some of the comments I was reminded of a short devotional I once gave on a men/boys backpack trip in the Sierras. It was at an evening campfire under the starry heavens.

    Calling attention to the awesome creation above, I referred to such passages as Psalms 8:3, 19:1, 33:6-9 and the 4th day in Genesis 1. Consider the simplicity of the creative terms used in those verses: “Let there be. . . and it was so,” “the work of thy fingers,” “the work of thy hands,” “by the breath of His mouth,” “He spoke and it was done.” Think about that! He just spoke and it happened. He just flicked His fingers and it was done.

    We stand in awe when looking at God’s creative works. It gives us a glimpse into His invisible attributes, His eternal power and His divine nature as you pointed out in Romans 1:20. But consider Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” The word “power” comes from dunamis or dynamis, the same Greek word from which “dynamite” is derived. We might say that the gospel is the dynamite of God! In fact, we are told that “the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise.’ “ (1 Cor. 1:18, 19)

    But there’s more. In verse 24 of the same passage we are told that “To those who are the called. . . Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” About this power of God we are told that our faith should rest on it And of this wisdom we are told that it is “not of this age.” It is “hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the lord of glory.” (1 Cor. 2:5-8).

    In Isaiah 52:10 we read: “The LORD has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.” Continuing in the same context we read in 53:1: “Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” The phrase “arm of God” or “His Holy arm” or “His stretched out arm” is used throughout Scripture as symbolic of God’s power and might. When it says He “has made bare His Holy arm,” in a sense God has rolled up his sleeve and flexed His mighty muscle. He has “revealed” the Lord Jesus Christ! This passage (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12) is probably the clearest and most profound reference in the Bible to Christ’s salvation work as the suffering and exalted servant.

    As for His wisdom, we have learned that by the death and resurrection of His Son, He solved the greatest problem of the creation, namely, how He might be Just and yet justify the ungodly (Rom. 3). Only through a substitute and a sacrifice. But what a sacrifice! (John 3:16; Romans 8:32) It took all God’s strength and all His wisdom! We can’t comprehend that. We can only trust Him by faith. By comparison it seems He was only playing when He created the marvelous universe.

    • Thanks, Dad. I actually remember you sharing some of these things with a stranger we met backpacking out of Devil’s Punch Bowl area. You started with the stars above then , too. So thankful for these truths and your example in sharing them with others.

  6. Ah, yes. Thank you, Julie. It was at Devil’s Punch Bowl. About 25 men and boys, including Jon and Jody, sprawled around the campfire. And it was a spontaneous little sermon. I remember weeping as I recited portions of Isaiah 53. And I remember well being there with you years later. We were traveling through a boulder field with large talus blocks to get to the lake, and I was teaching you how to dance across without falling, even if a rock moved under your feet. Precious times. Precious memories.

  7. Thanks for liking my post on the chords and lyrics for Abide With Me. I have always loved that song since I heard it in a Baptist Church in Cheshire. While I am no longer religious I still appreciate the music and the sentiment behind this song. I wish you well in raising your children to be good citizens. Awe is definitely a good place to begin 🙂

    • I think it is so neat that you are using beautiful hymns like “Abide With Me” to comfort and encourage the bedridden and dying. Your blog also caught my eye because of your interest in birds. That’s what we’ll be studying next year!

  8. What a great blog! I found you because you commented on an article I wrote about ‘raising men’. Thank you so much for taking the time to do so. What a creative, fascinating space you have created here!

  9. Hi! I wanted to stop by and let you know that I really do appreciate you being a faithful follower of my blog “His Eternal Word”. Wish you would send some of your warm weather my way. Blessings to you and family. Have a great week-end and enjoy God’s creation!

    In His mighty service – Mikey

  10. Once again, I say thank you my friend and sister in Christ for being a faithful follower of my blog, but more importantly a faithful follower of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a privilege to write about our Creator who is God, His Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit that indwells every believer and “His Eternal Word” that is as real today as when written those thousands of years ago. He has entrusted into our care His precious Word. We are not saved to keep to ourselves the message of the Gospel (like so many people do), but to be His messengers and ambassadors to a lost and dying world. Yes, I will continue to write about the One who gave His precious blood for a wretched sinner like me. I’m also mindful that one day we will stand before our Lord and give an account to Him regarding what we did with His Word and everything else He has entrusted into our care! Very sobering indeed!

    Even though children can understand the Bible’s basic truths, it is no simple book. Anyone who takes the time to study it will find it to be a limitless as the cosmos. You can go back to the same text countless times and still find more there. Someone said it’s like the ocean. You can wade in it, feed from it, live on it – or drown in it. However, those who take the time to learn and study its truths and practice them will be changed forever more. My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. May I add these are excellent words of counsel from His Eternal Word?

    Blessings to you always – Mikey

  11. Thank you forstopping by and commenting on my post “Standardized Testing”. After reading this, I think you must be an amazing mother and teacher. I did not know, until recently, that some states require home school students to submit standardized tests.

    • Hawaii requires all homeschool students to be tested in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th-12th grades. I know they are not the only state that does this and I would not have known if it weren’t for the HSLDA website which helps homeschool families navigate the various homeschooling laws in their state. We also have to register with the local public school and turn in yearly curriculum and student work samples . Pretty stringent requirements from a state with one of the worst public school systems in the country 🙂

  12. Thank you so very much for reading and liking my two posts “A True Witness” and “Jesus Paid It All’.

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