So in case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is a shared blog.  What that means is my lovely and talented Pooky Bear and I are co-authoring this blog.  Pook drew first blood, and according to our unofficial rules, the timer has begun and I have 24 hours to reciprocate with a blog post of my own.

So the purpose of this blog?  

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11  For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.  Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

The short answer purpose of this blog is to comfort and edify one another.  I could have simply quoted verse 11 and then gone to bed, patting myself on the shoulder (I can’t quite reach my own back) for a nice bumper sticker quote.  But I’m a geek – and the geek portion of my brain has to understand the “why” before I can settle firmly on the verb.  So I included verse 9 and 10 as well.  Within the slightly larger context, this passage talks of the Day of the Lord coming as a thief in the night (or in modern vernacular, as a five-year-old bellowing for a midnight snack).  In this passage, we are reminded of our deeply deserved destiny with wanton wrath – how we were strangers to grace, insurgents guilty of cosmic treason against the Almighty.  

And now that we’ve conjured thoughts of scowling bolt throwing deities, consider the grace that follows.  And within the Christian context, grace simply stated is to not receive that which we rightly deserve.  The salvation message is presented here, in that we deserved wrath but received salvation.  Awesome stuff, and we could stop there – but the geek keeps asking WHY.  What is the bigger plan of salvation – the purpose, the why?  Is it to get rich or die trying with a happy wife, obedient kids, warm fuzzies and Kumbayah around the campfire?  According to this passage by Paul, salvation comes so that we should live together with Him.  

And now that we’ve covered our wage (wrath), our gift (salvation), the reason for the gift (to live together with Him), now we jump into edification.  That makes a whole lot more sense in context.  How do we comfort and edify one another?  Paul just told us – we remind each other of this amazing eternal comfort.

So that’s how I roll – a simple sentence typically takes me a paragraph to get through, my logging filter is set to debug verbose.  

I’m going to go out on a limb here, folks.  Humor me.  Over the past seven days, how many blog posts, advice books, YouTube videos, websites, and other assorted media nuggets have you encountered dealing with homeschooling / parenting from the ovarian-bearing gender’s perspective?  Can we agree on the rough mathematical value of “a metric crap load”?  Now how many similar media nuggets have you seen approaching this topic from a male perspective?  I’m betting two dimes, a nickle, and some fluffy pocket lint that you don’t see a whole lot from that.  And if Israel Wayne were raptured early, we’d probably drop down into single digits.

So that’s why I’m here – it’s a three-legged-potato-sack-race with Pooky.  And just feet from the starting line, I’m still not sure if one of us will be dragging the other along or if we’ll be in fluid sync.   Most likely we’ll hit all of the above at one time or other, but end up at the finish line together.  That’s called marriage – even for those who homeschool.

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