Cultivating Our Children’s Gifts

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On Friday I had the opportunity to volunteer at our local historical museum. Visitors were few, so I took advantage of a quiet day to get some writing done and to enjoy the museum.

Those of you who have read Daily Encouragement for some time may remember that Ray and I live in an old farmhouse that we purchased as a real bargain several years ago. Before we bought it, we learned that it had an interesting history. That history has become more and more fascinating in the 15 years we have lived here.

The original farm dates back to the early 1800s when a Mr. Gore received it as a land grant after fighting in the American Revolution. You can imagine our excitement when the local historical society decided to honor the last Gore who lived here with this marker in our yard!

When I am at the museum, I enjoy seeing objects related to the Gore family. This piano belonged to the Gores and was in our house when the Gores lived here.

Tucked in a back corner is this photograph of Judge John Gore taking the oath of office as a federal judge after his appointment by President Warren G. Harding.

The other Gore artifacts in the museum once belonged to Judge Gore’s sister Carrie. Here are two of her paintings . . .

. . . and here is a song that she published.

So, how would you homeschool a son who would someday be a judge and a daughter who would grow up to write songs and paint? I wouldn’t be surprised if similarly varying talents co-exist in your home right now. How wonderful it is that you have the opportunity everyday to encourage each of your children’s individual gifts. You can celebrate the unique way that God made each child. I love His creativity. He is much too creative to use a cookie cutter when He makes people!

I will give thanks to You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:14


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