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The Principal’s Blog

The God Who Bears Our Scars

By:
Brandon Byrd
September 16, 2021

May we take the next step today in helping our children see the reality of all things through the glorious sacrifice and victory of our Living God.

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Our Children's Heritage as Persons [What Will Our Next Choice Be?]

By:
Brandon Byrd
August 26, 2021

What will be our next choice in treating a child with respect, both in his or her essential status as a person, a child of God, as well as the need to grow up in a full-bodied ‘knowledge’ of life? And how can we make that choice more consistently and faithfully together?

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Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parenting

By:
Brandon Byrd
May 11, 2021

Like we tell our students, we would be wise to listen to the gems that people like John Chryostom, one of the church's early fathers, gleaned from their experience with God, scripture, and the living-out of the Gospel. Called “Golden-mouth” (Chryostom in Greek) for his articulation of the true, good, and beautiful, he was a prolific writer and speaker in his day and continues to be one of the most well-read early church leaders.

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The Importance of Growth in Habit and Character

By:
Brandon Byrd
April 25, 2021

The whole counsel of the Bible attests to the critical nature of nurturing children in habits and character that leads to loving "the Lord our God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your might" (Deuteronomy 6:4). It is up to us as parents to help our child grow in this master relationship that feeds all other relationships.

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The Fruit of a Life Lived in Christ

By:
Brandon Byrd
April 6, 2021

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! What a glorious reminder that our enemies--sin, death, and the evil one--have all been conquered. In this era of our lives, as we together face obstacles and dangers that challenge our ability to live our lives faithfully and to pass along the Faith to our children, we have this great hope and truth:

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Spending Our Time with Intention and Purpose

By:
Brandon Byrd
March 20, 2021

If you had one extra hour per week -- what could you start intentionally and purposefully pursuing to use yours? Life is short and our opportunity right now is to do what we can to support our own and our children's growth.

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Some Things to Know About RMCA

By:
Brandon Byrd
March 13, 2021

Whether you are a new family or veteran to RMCA, perhaps you've wondered about that bird silhouette on our logo or wondered why we talk about 'skylarks.' Maybe you've heard from your student about our Five Pillars or School Motto. Maybe you've heard him or her humming a particularly beautiful tune. Here are some key things to know about our wonderful school!

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Happiness and Goodness: Which Do I Want More For My Child?

By:
Brandon Byrd
March 3, 2021

Above all, seeking to develop virtues such as goodness, accompanied by God’s grace and our repeated choices, is the only lasting foundation for joy and even fleeting happiness. We are reminded of this great opportunity and responsibility that we as parents and teachers have in helping the next generation understand much better than we did at their age.

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For the Growth of the Child

By:
Brandon Byrd
February 14, 2021

Character drives any enduring, authentic learning. How can we best cooperate with God's grace and love for our families by modeling what it means to be people of character, ourselves?

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Growth and Potential through Purposeful Practice

By:
Brandon Byrd
February 1, 2021

Besides tapping into the potential that God has put within each of us as His image-bearers, purposeful practice is also about showing love to others. This is something that our world and culture desperately need--people living up to their potential for the good of others and the glory of God.

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Wise Leadership at Home

By:
Brandon Byrd
January 13, 2021

Charlotte Mason emphasizes that true parental leadership is not based on lists of rules or some other kind of formula. Rather, it is founded on a self-sacrificial relationship where parent and child understand that in the long run, they are more like brothers and sisters under the Lordship of Christ.

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The Timeless Joy of the Season

By:
Brandon Byrd
December 15, 2020

To hear children sing and speak about the coming of Immanuel, God-With-Us, is a glorious thing. It is a reminder to young and old that the miracle of Christmas never dims, never tarnishes, and is always fresh at whatever point of life we find ourselves.

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Victorious Through Our Identity in Jesus Christ

By:
Brandon Byrd
November 21, 2020

We are reminded by Scripture and the tradition of millennia that the uncertainties that each of us has experienced since March, and even this week, do not dictate our reality or our identity.

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A Renewed Hope in the Grace and Love of God

By:
Brandon Byrd
November 17, 2020

In this season of Thanksgiving and that of Christmas soon to follow is a natural time to remind ourselves and our families of that enduring hope that we have in Christ.

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Sowing a Destiny

By:
Brandon Byrd
November 7, 2020

May we continue to grow in prioritizing true priorities of habits, character, and discipleship in all of our relationships.

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Holding the Door Open

By:
Brandon Byrd
October 17, 2020

Like our children, we have growing to do. And for all of us, that includes growing in one's understanding and enjoyment of some aspect of each of the 20+ subject areas that our students are learning and as importantly, the habits and character that they are forming each day. Doing so will allow us to hold that 'door' a little wider open for our children to flourish.

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Persevere!

By:
Brandon Byrd
October 7, 2020

We all have things in which to persevere. That list is going to be different for each of us. But we are made in God’s image with the potential to be a ‘walking mirror’ of Him. That is our truest identity, and one in which each of us will have to be very intentional in persevering.

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Count It All Joy

By:
Brandon Byrd
September 12, 2020

God invites us to turn our pain over to Him to transform into something only He can imagine.

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Nurturing the Divine Life in the Child: We all have our part to play!

By:
Brandon Byrd
August 23, 2020

A great power has been placed in the hands of parents and teachers, the power to enthrone the King, to induct the Priest into the innermost chamber of a child’s heart. For what does it matter if a child gains the whole world but loses his soul? 

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Finding Our Strength in the Person of Jesus Christ

By:
Brandon Byrd
August 14, 2020

As we start our 23rd year of community, may we recommit to growing in living out the strength that we find in God. 

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The Virtue of Remembering

By:
Brandon Byrd
June 20, 2020

If you are like me, you need reminding of what our shared and unchanging purpose is as Christian parents and teachers--educators alike--in a time when many things seem to have changed.

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Putting Things Into Perspective

By:
Brandon Byrd
May 2, 2020

How are we seeing that the moments count as much as the hours? How are we demonstrating to our children that they matter more than the 'checklist,' even while we balance new and old demands on our time?

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Pray With Us Daily (Psalm 91)

By:
Brandon Byrd
April 11, 2020

Join our community in praying through Psalm 91 together. Let's keep reminding ourselves of the love and strength of our God during this, and all times, of our lives.

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Setting the Crisis in the Context of Our Reality

By:
Brandon Byrd
April 5, 2020

Thoughts from the great Christian thinker, CS Lewis, about educating ourselves and home life in times of crises (the eternal fact is that we are always moving toward or from God, to an eternity spent with or without him).

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Resources & Support in the Crisis (God is With Us)

By:
Brandon Byrd
March 30, 2020

Thoughts from Mr. Byrd on our at-home schooling and other resources & support options for families during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Information from RMCA About Spring Semester

By:
Brandon Byrd
March 21, 2020

Please read this important message about RMCA's plan for Spring Semester and resources to help you during this time.

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Modeling Wisdom and Discernment in Good and Bad Times

By:
Brandon Byrd
March 15, 2020

We, as parents, have the power to help our children be more joyful, more at-peace, more flourishing...in good and bad times.

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Growth in Character

By:
Brandon Byrd
March 5, 2020

Character is not something any of us inherits. As Christians, we believe that this best happens--and at the very least, can only be completed--through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Rare Leadership by Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder (+ Free Book Offer!)

By:
Brandon Byrd
February 22, 2020

What Warner and Wilder do in this particular book really stands out from the crowd. Their own work, combined with the experiences and wisdom of many others, articulately spells out what a robust, joyful life can look like as an adult and as a child, and how that can be achieved through habits, bonding with good people, and constantly going back to a God who knows our needs and our children's needs before we even mention them.

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"Primacy of Belonging"

By:
Brandon Byrd
February 16, 2020

What if how much we belonged to a worthy community was one of the most important aspect of a child's growth? What if success--academic, career, or any other measurement--was not ultimately based on how smarter or faster or stronger than our child is than someone else, but instead is a function of how mature he or she is in his or relationships within a community?

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Providing Our Children with Continual Access to Christ

By:
Brandon Byrd
January 19, 2020

All children need to have access to Christ on a consistent basis, not just for an hour or two on Sunday. How can 16,000 hours in school, preschool through 12th grade, contribute toward that relationship? That is the question that we strive to answer each day in our community.

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Where You Start: Imitation, Identity, Intimacy

By:
Brandon Byrd
December 15, 2019

God is always with us, waiting for us to come to him, accept His help. We just have to stop running and hiding long enough to listen to His voice. 

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Christmas Blessing

By:
Brandon Byrd
December 6, 2019

We invite you to be a part of our mission by donating to the Christmas Blessing Fund!

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Connecting Minds & Souls through 'Mutual Mind States'

By:
Brandon Byrd
October 27, 2019

Growing in our heart, soul, and mind has to come before we can help a child do the same.

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Practicing the Presence of God

By:
Brandon Byrd
October 20, 2019

Listening to God is not primarily about listening for words -- it is about sensing His voice with the fast-track part of our brain.

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Habits of the Heart

By:
Brandon Byrd
September 13, 2019

Properly educate the heart while providing an abundance of good mind food and the education of the head will take care of itself.

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Rare Leadership: This is Who We Are

By:
Brandon Byrd
September 13, 2019

"...If the Kingdom is all about people, then learning how to stay in relationships, through thick and thin, has got to be something where we excel and that we teach well."

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Rare Leadership: Building Group Identity vs. Getting Results

By:
Brandon Byrd
September 13, 2019

We all know what it feels and looks like to be led or to lead through fear vs. joy. We’ve all had 'alligators to face'...and how much rewarding it is to face that alligator with someone else, than alone!

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Rare Leadership: It's Good to Be Me, Here With You

By:
Brandon Byrd
September 13, 2019

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:11-13)

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Rare Leadership: Leading with Joy

By:
Brandon Byrd
September 13, 2019

What would happen to our community if more of us adults had JOY at the forefront of our mind/spirit in every interaction that we had?

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