How Homeschooling Guards Your Heart and Anchors You

We have been a homeschooling family for 15 years, and I am still homeschooling our youngest, Gino, level 5.  I have been teaching  non-stop for a  total of 15 school years! Praise the Lord indeed. Come to think of it, that’s a third of my life!

So, I’d like to encourage all homeschoolers out there to press on and keep enjoying the ride.  We are definitely doing something good.  Something good not only for our children, but also for ourselves. Yes, you heard it right. This is  truly good for us.  We may have had to set aside a career,  exchanged a high paying job to set “office” at home and lose a whole of benefits and add ons of work and “not homeschooling” our children.

We may feel that we are now so “tied” to our children, and “tied” to home but apart from the usual advantages we’ve already read and heard, let me share something very close to my heart.  Yes, I’ve had days that I have felt “tied down”, limited and unable to say ,”Yes” to many other opportunities.  However, as I see the bigger picture,  what tied me down actually guarded and anchored me.

We teach many subjects. Our passions, biases, willingness to learn, patience and creativity all affect what and how we teach.  We may decide to even outsource some subjects.  I have to say though that being our children’s main teacher on Bible & Character ( some may call this area as Christian Living, Catechism, Values Education) poses the toughest challenge yet provides the most steady guide and anchor for our own spiritual walk of faith.

When we we teach Math, Science, Language or even History, we can truly read from a scripted text or find good youtube tutorials to explain a lesson.  We may be the link to making the lessons more relevant, fun and experiential. If the material is unfamiliar to us, we can also learn like our own students.  However, when we teach Bible lessons, character traits, timeless foundational truths and principles,  we can’t simply read from the text or listen to others teach. To be effective teachers, there is a call to live what we teach. “Practice what we preach” as they say.  Or the more often quoted saying nowadays, “Character is caught more than taught.”

Of course, we can be transparent and authentic in also declaring that like our children, we ourselves are “works in progress” and we are also learning and relearning with them. But that doesn’t remove the tough calling on parents of being the first examples and models of the character traits being taught . For our case, it is only by His Grace, His Enabling and His work through the Holy Spirit that can give me the courage and boldness to live and teach this daunting subject. For Christians, the goal is always to point them to Christ, not really to ourselves. But  many experts say that young children need  “Christ in the flesh” first to be able to appreciate, experience and  believe in the spiritual Christ.

So, I guess what I want to to say is, the desire and commitment to teach our children about our “living and growing” faith, our God, our Savior and the work of the Holy Spirit (the Trinity),  and ensuring that we impart to them the biblical principles that will give them a strong foundation in becoming loving, responsible, compassionate and kind people,  are  amazing forces  that help me  stay in course, stay in the right path in my own walk of faith. Teaching keeps me in check, and always on guard, on my toes and yes, as much as I can, on my knees (in prayer)! And so, thank you, homeschooling! Thank you to my hubby Gilbert whose hard work allows me to stay at home and homeschool,  to our students: Vince, Marco, Gino and Raya,   and above all , thank you LORD!

I was so awed by this truth today and as I pondered more, I became so grateful.  I shared this today to encourage all you out there.  We can be sidetracked and stressed by so many things in life and all the must dos as we care for families, raise our children and yes, even educate them. It really helps to take back step from time to time and see the bigger picture.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.


Christmas Thoughts from Our Home, My Heart

It’s December 21 and I am done wrapping  and sending out 95 % gifts that need to be delivered. So here I am, taking a break and writing.  9 days to go till we “wrap up 2016″… and it is not easy looking back.  It is actually painful .

The year was just about to roll in when we lost my Daddy Dony. It is actually going to be the first Christmas without him. Actually, he celebrated his last Christmas here on earth in the ICU on his 10th week in the hospital.  “Daddy Dony and Christmas” was always special because he loved special occasions to gather his loved ones. He thought of all ways to spice up the event and we’ve had the most “all out” gatherings because of his ideas.

The only photo I unearthed from my file that showed our family ( half of our size now) in Filipino Christmas motif! There was also a Christmas gathering that we were to come as members of the Nativity Scene, and yes someone came as Baby Jesus in the manger!
,,,,,one Christmas, the grandkids decided to have a family super selfie dance! If you want another one,  here.  We are a CRAZY bunch, and that’s partly due to Daddy Dony!

Please remember to pray for my Mommy Emma.  It was difficult  for her to live without her boyfriend and husband of 64 years this year.img_4074

But sadly, so many other precious lives left us this year: a  homeschooler  friend who had 4 children, a dear sister of  one my BFFs, my eldest brother in law,  my neighbor’s father,   several of our helper’s dearest relatives and several parents of other friends.

Our own family had one relationship problem after another,   and  so I think 2016 was my most “crying-ext” year.  I love how the Psalms in the New Living Translation says it ever so clearly in Psalm 56:8 “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”  I also soar in the assurance in  Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”  So when you really think about it, the Lord is near and so I must rest  and rejoice in that.  And truly this season is the best time to rejoice knowing, “Emmanuel, God is with us!”  So, instead of wallowing and yes, staring at my tears in my own “memory” bottle and reliving the hurts again in my thoughts and heart,   I have made a choice to rejoice.  God is with us. He is near us.  What an amazing , awesome, mind-blowing truth!!!!

So as I greet you all a truly MERRY “because God is indeed with us” Christmas, let  me do this using some of the Christmas sights here at home.

Let me take the simple messages from our tree this year.  (Set up by all our kids!)


  1.  Be Merry, God is with us.    Take time to think of that. Close your eyes and say. “Thank You, Jesus.” “God with us” paved the way for  the redemption of  every believer in Christ. “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).


2.  Life’s circumstances may cloud the way, dim our thoughts but as one follower encountered Jesus, he called out and said, “I do believe; Lord, help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)  Even Mary had her own doubts, “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”  (Luke 1:34 ) So my dearest one, Merry Believing!


3. May you have Joy and Freedom.   God, through Jesus, has already provided this with the greatest sacrifice at Calvary.  With Jesus, we have eternal joy and freedom from the burden and weight of our sins and failures. Again, take time to think and ponder on these. Indeed, we can really sing, “Joy to the World!”


4.  Amidst the troubles at home, in our families and in our society, and yes in our world,  may you have  inner peace in believing in faith, that God is sovereign.  I weep as I think of children in  Aleppo, as I think of those killed in this “all out drug” war.   We know  that the  worsening  “darkness” has been foretold but alongside that, there is  the call to press on to be salt and light in this earth. I cannot let the darkness , whether in my own family life or in this word,  make me cynical, cripple me or paralyze me. ” You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3. “For the peace of God that transcends all understanding shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7


5. In faith, I have chosen to draw near to God and  believe. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. ” May then your faith in Him  be strengthened as you look back at 2016 and look forward to 2017.  God is faithful and He seeks those who will believe Him in faith.


So there. Simple truths but truly profound and wondrous.  Let us, like Mary,  take time to celebrate as we meditate on these thoughts.  “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) As you do this, listen to traditional Bible based Christmas carols and be blessed with these 5 simple truths I drew out from our CHRISTmas tree this year.



For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Homeschooling with God Nearby

This week is a tough week. As we continue to face big trials in our family, today was the 1st quarter portfolio review week of the kids with The Master’s Academy (TMA Homeschool). I also committed  a month ago to speak to parents of preschoolers this Friday morning. On top of that, my Dad was once again (3rd time this year) confined last Monday for a possible respiratory infection. And add to all that, it wasn’t really the best time for my cellphone screen to break and our car to be towed!

I was about to say, it’s as if God knew…. oh dear! He really knew, knew ahead. My omniscient God knew how everything was set and how everything was going to take place and fall into place. And He was going to supply everything that was needed to see me through. And though the week has not ended, I am praising Him for His goodness and HIs sovereignty in all things.

As I looked through each page of our 2 students’ homeschool portfolios, I see His faithfulness all over.  We learn, we can homeschool despite all other things going around or within us. And this kind of set up has been pretty much the way things go week after week in the last decade or so.  God wants our family  to be totally dependent on Him. And I believe this for every homeschooling family!

Prior to beginning of our school year, I visited a sister who had boxes of books in her stairway and my eyes locked on a book on George Muller:   Christian Heroes: Then & Now  featuring George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet and Geoff Benge. ( It was situated at the very top of the pile of books in the box ! imagine that? Who then made sure of that? )  We also read of missionary, Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime, around 2 years ago, which we tremendously learned from and immensely enjoyed.

Project of Raya and Gino in Bible/Language/ Geography

For each homeschooling day during the past quarter, we tackled a chapter; and we saw glimpses of what is means to be near God through the life of George Muller! What a blessed faithful life, completely dependent on the Lord through prayer and waiting upon Him, shining indeed for His Glory .

This morning as we were preparing for our portfolio review, my reading was Psalm 124.

1 If the Lord had not been on our side—

let Israel say

2 if the Lord had not been on our side

when people attacked us,

3 they would have swallowed us alive

when their anger flared against us;

4 the flood would have engulfed us,

the torrent would have swept over us,

5 the raging waters

would have swept us away.

6 Praise be to the Lord,

who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

7 We have escaped like a bird

from the fowler’s snare;

the snare has been broken,

and we have escaped.

8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

As I meditated on these lines, I couldn’t help but remember, Moses’ words in Exodus 33:15-16:

15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. 16 “For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”…

And now reviewing the many amazing entries in his journal of George Muller :

The greatness of the sum required affords me a kind of secret JOY, for the greater the difficulty to be overcome, the more will it be seen to the GLORY of GOD how much can be done by prayer and faith.”

“If God is in this, He will supply.”

“I have known my Lord for 52 years and in all that time, I cannot recall a single instance when you He has not answered my prayer.”

So putting it all together, this is my super paraphrased homeschooler’s version of Psalm 124:

If the Lord had not been on our side—

let all homeschoolers say—

if the Lord had not been on our side

when the stresses of managing the home and the school at home are at their peak

they would have swallowed us alive

the fears and anxieties regarding our children’s education would have engulfed us,

the worries over curricula and materials would have swept over us,

the daily battles in the school room would have swept us away.

and our own tempers and tantrums would have consumed us !


Praise be to the Lord,

who has not let us be torn by the burdens we choose to carry

We have escaped and have been protected by our loving Father

Our HOMESCHOOL help is in the name of the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth who loves our children more than we can ever do.

And along the lines of Mr. Muller’s thinking, let me add, “If God is in our homeschool, He will supply.”

So, let us draw near to God. Homeschool with Him nearby. Call to him for every homeschooling ache in your heart and mind. Remember what James says.” Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts.” (James 4:8) Admit, confess to Him, say sorry to your students if you have hurt them or failed as a teacher in some way or another and start again, with God nearby.

So dear homeschooler, what will it take for you to homeschool with God nearby? Think about it. Make some adjustments. Pray and ask God to be near and He will draw near to you! I am a witness of that for the past 12 years of being a homeschooler! Praise be to our Lord indeed!

So despite the trials and interruptions during the past 10 weeks, the kids were able to submit and present their portfolios:) Raya is even wearing a dress she sewed for HELE!
So despite the trials and interruptions during the past 10 weeks, the kids were able to submit and present their portfolios:) Raya is even wearing a dress she sewed for HELE! Below is a photo with our most loving and supportive TMA Consultant, Ms. Girlie Argosino.IMG_3597


Psalm 65 :4 How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.

Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

Featured image of James 4:8 :

Sharing Stories and Digging Deeper

My earliest memory of “sharing” is about M & Ms. Yes, the all time favorite chocolates !  Nine  cups and M & Ms.  When my parents would come home with a bag of M&Ms, out came the nine cups from the cupboard, and the “assigned” dealer dropped one piece at time, like playing what most Filipinos know as “sungka (small shells being placed in circular holes in large wooden piece or plate), and went around the cups until the chocolate bag was emptied.  The older siblings got the extra pieces that could not be evenly distributed: Perks of being older!

If there is one virtue I learned early in life, it was this: sharing.  Having been the youngest of nine children, we shared practically everything: the toilet, rooms, cabinets, beds, clothes, toys, nannies and we had to share our parents’ available time for the children.

Being close to my heart, it was but natural to just prioritize “sharing” as I had one child after the other.  I had the perfect setting of four children who were two years apart!

Having multiple children who are closely spaced, you will definitely find yourself in situations where they all like the same thing or food.  I have learned through the years to welcome such situations rather than stress about them. When and where else can they learn these valuable truths?

Mommies,however, have that God given instinct to sniff, recognize and even extinguish or avoid a possible melt down of grabbing, pulling and screaming.  We are the best CSI  when it comes to these things.

I truly believe that,  ” Character is caught more than taught,”  We must as parents live the values and morals that we desire our children to learn, imbibe and exemplify.  So I guess, if our children see in us  compassion, empathy, generosity and yes humility in seeking others first, then the positive behavior of sharing can be more easily learned .

Nothing beats seeing your own children learn this. Though a bit a manipulative, I distinctly remember our then six and four year old boys wanting to be the superhero Daredevil. My eldest then, a master of conflict management, whips, ” Marco, I am the real Daredevil and you are the cartoon Daredevil.” The younger four year old could not care any less,  he heard he was Daredevil and he was fine with that.

There was another situation when we created a giant red car from a balikbayan box, my younger children then, Raya, 5 yo and Gino 3 yo, wanted to have their “initials” in the license plate for this cool car. Mama, another conflict management facilitator, comes to the rescue, “Ok, Raya’s initials will be at the front license plate and Gino’s will be at the back. And from time to time, we will exchange those so yours can be seen from the back and yours from the front.” Satisfaction achieved. 500,000 points for Mama. Whew.

Initials and birthdate formed the license plate





While they were younger, both Raya and Gino always wanted a go with the ATM machine or even with stirring sugar and creamer in my coffee in restaurants.  So here is our usual routine.  “Ok, Gino, you get to insert the card, and press a few buttons.  I will have to put in my PIN number.  Raya, you press how much cash we need and take the card and get the cash. Then next time, you guys will reverse roles!”  Another whew!

We may laugh at it now but there were times  I had to say, “Ok, you sprinkle and  stir the sugar then your sibling will sprinkle and stir the creamer for my coffee.” Triple Whew!

Of course, I can recall a whole lot of times when equal sharing was not possible at all.  Or any amount of creativity or distraction didn’t do the trick.  When my 2nd son was barely a few days old, our eldest Vince really punched him because “Mom carried the baby all day” in trying to set the milk in for breastfeeding (he also didn’t sleep when laid down in his cot!). But generally, for as long as  you try to invest a bit early on and teach those life lessons when the “perfect learning moment” arises, I believe, you will be eventually be able to raise children who care enough to share .  That punching episode was never repeated since  then.

“Sharing” per se is just an outward manifestation of what is going on in one’s heart . As the Bible says in Luke 6:45, ” A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

The key then is laying the foundation of love, compassion, empathy and  humility. All of which are in the life of our Savior, Jesus!  Jesus is our perfect example. The Ultimate SHARER, “who gave HIs life as a ransom for many.”  Sharing is merely an outward behavior and children need more than just to be told, “You have to share!” They need to know why, they need to see  and know how, they need to  find the strength to do so and they need to know from whom to draw this strength.

All outward behavior emanates from within. So whether it be in “sharing” , “being patient”,  “speaking in polite manner” and the like, they all are merely mirroring what is really within.  So let’s  not get so engrossed with the outer manifestations but rather take time to purposefully guide our children’s inner being! For indeed the natural fruits of a “inner life raised in the fear of the Lord” will eventually shine!


Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

When Life Gives You Lemons

I was not in the best of moods as we began homeschooling today. With puffy eyes and a heavy heart, the kids started their Bible reading and Math drills. I was catching up with them as I started to map out the day’s agenda. Strangely, everything in the agenda that I was trying to plan and cover for was all non-homeschooling related. Unlike teachers in regular schools who can at times shut out for a couple of hours, it’s very difficult for homeschooling mothers to shut the rest of the world as we tackle the lessons for the day. It is much tougher to shut out the whirlwind of emotions that flood ones heart and mind amidst all sorts of trials. I have missed many days of school for one reason or another so I knew that the teaching and learning must go on, I guess. Like most occupations, you can’t say, I don’t feel like working today.

Then my daughter hummed a line, “When life gives you lemons…” (I really don’t know where she picked this up or if she composed it)…. then I answered, trying to sound as if I knew her song, “You make lemonade.” Then she sang, “Lemon pie!” to the top of her lungs, and we just couldn’t stop laughing as we kept adding to the list.. Lemon Chicken, Lemon meringue….

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In a very innocent yet charming way, my daughter drove a very important point that shook my heart. God was using her to tell me that I will have my rainbow, not after, but during the rain. God was reassuring me that He will see us through and help us see the silver linings, the half full glass, the light inside the tunnel and not at the end of it, and yes, experience the peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7) My daughter at that very moment was “homeschooling” me.

For our Read A Loud, we have been reading the story of a Christian missionary named, George Muller in the book series, Christian Heroes, Then & Now. George was a man of God who ached for the poorest children in England and set out his life mission to be a “light to those around me, and help me find a way to reach the orphans before it’s too late.”


And then it struck me that even today’s chapter was a direct message to me.

If God is in this, He will supply. ‘“ Three-fourths into George Muller’s story, a truly striking and remarkable virtue seen in this man’s life is his faith in God and his “waiting in faith”. And these were rooted in knowing His loving Creator. Oh how I need to know God more so I can always look up when, “Life indeed gives you lemons.” And then, I remembered what I read this morning in my devotional, Abiding in Christ by Cynthia Heald and I quote,” …. He is our Father, who is continually working all things together for good. And so He tells us to rest—to be calm and peaceful; and to wait –to anticipate , to count upon, to watch for Him. …”

Our Sovereign God has set me where I am now. This is my portion, my lot. He is with me and so I am assured that He will supply what is needed, in His time. What a wonderful promise of hope!

Homeschooling proceeded with a more upbeat, fun mode. I began asking probing questions that made my children think deeper, as they pondered on the events in Mr. Muller’s life. “If God wills it, will it necessarily be easy ?” Or, “Will it be tough because you are being tested?” “If it isn’t His will, will you encounter problems? “How will we then know?” Wow, who would have thought tween kids can actually think about these this early. I am grateful that we have so many examples and stories in the Bible, even in our very own lives and yes, of George Muller’s and the remaining chapters in our homeschool Read-A-Loud to shed light on this.

So, the song still echoes in my mind now and I am now smiling… “When life gives you lemons…”


“It is our duty and our privilege to wait upon the Lord in service, in worship, in expectancy, in trust all the days of our live. Our faith will be a tried faith, and if it be of the true kind, it will bear continued trial without yielding. We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously He once waited for us.”

Charles Spurgeon        













HomesCooling: “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. “

We often read and hear this famous verse uttered by St. Paul in Philippians 4:13, ” I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me,” quoted by many homeschooling parents.  Okay, we are all familiar with  the “ALL things”. We just need to see our “must do”, “wish I could do” and  “wish I could be” lists, the piles of clutter to fix, chores undone, people to meet, books to read, tests to check, moments to bond, dates to do,  and errands waiting. Those are the superficial must do stuff but there are deeper  concerns: recurrent problems, unanswered prayers, all sort of  tunnels in our lives that seem to have no light in the end. And these are the ones that weigh even more in our already tired heart,mind and body.

So  I would say, homeschoolers are  definitely familiar with the words “all things’! Oh there are so many things (literal and non literal) to attend to.

So we move on to the rest of the words of this verse , “ In Christ who strengthens me.” What does that really mean?  What does it mean to be  “In Christ”?  How do you know that you’re not doing it all on your own sheer will, strenght and effort?  How does Christ strengthen His own? How did Paul  do it?


Paul said these words shortly after explaining the various situations he had experienced in the past.  There were seasons of plenty and comfort. There were seasons of great need and despair.  However, Paul made it clear that he was not focused on what he had or did not have.  He made it clear that he had learned the secret of being content.  And that secret I believe is revealed in the next verse. The secret lies In Christ. 

Oh, we can truly apply this to our homeschool lives and the various seasons we encounter!  Whether it be financial, physical, emotional and social needs,  our journey will take us  to different scenarios that will test our “contentment.”  Truly there is nothing wrong in desiring for better conditions in the many areas of our lives, our homeschooling lives. But the desire itself should not cripple or derail us. If we find ourselves paralyzed with  the ” what’s not available, who isn’t helping, what is not affordable, if only situations were different, etc” then we must check our hearts.

If the secret is in Christ,  making  Paul say ,” He can do everything in Jesus”, then can we also apply that same principle whatever situation comes our way?  If you’d like to know what Paul has gone through, here is what he has to say in 2 Corinthians 11:25-26: “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.”

How many of us in our HomesCooling journey have gone anywhere near what Paul has gone through?  If you read more of Paul’s epistles, you will see a pattern. He celebrates his weaknesses! He even says he boasts about them! Why because they all point to the One who strengthens him. His weaknesses become avenues for Jesus to work on and display His glory.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 Paul says , ” And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

So homeschooler, write down your own weaknesses. Write down everything that you believe is negative in your desire to homeschool and parent your children and ask Jesus to use them to display His power and His love.

A word about “All things”—as we seek to know Jesus and homeschool In Him, we will realize that we may have to give up some parts of our “all things” list. Surely, Paul did not get to visit every city, every community he desired. Surely he couldn’t meet all the people he thought he needed to meet but he had confidence that he can do all things that Jesus will lead him to do.  Believe me, homeschooling and its pursuits will truly lure us into so many directions as we seek what we think is best for our kids. And there are many pursuits that we may have to let go or say “No” to.

In Christ indeed for every HomesCooling follower of Christ! This is why I am beginning this category in this blog.  Take the journey with me to HomesCool in Christ. Let us by God’s grace,  learn to HomesCool in Him, in our weaknesses  and all.  As I try to grow In Him through HomesCooling, it is my prayer that you will draw to Him and Him alone as a result of what will be shared here.

But all this  begins with knowing Jesus. Who is Jesus to you?

1 Corinthians 15:3-6 I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (Paul wrote Corinthians;)