Friday, August 31, 2012

He's my everything

One of my originals;

the object of our worship & Sowing God

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Encouraging Words Daily Devotional for Women Today's Christian Woman

August 31, 2012

today's verse

"But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the LORD their God. They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the LORD's command not to imitate them.

They rejected all the commands of the LORD their God and made two calves from metal. They set up an Asherah pole and worshiped Baal and all the forces of heaven. They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the LORD's anger.

Because the LORD was very angry with Israel, he swept them away from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained in the land."
2 Kings 17:14–18
view in context

encouragement for today

Idolatry is a pervasive and devastating sin. What you worship is what you become. God tried everything he could to get his people to love and obey him so he could fulfill his wonderful plan. But his people continually refused to listen. They turned from him again and again, and eventually God had to judge them and let them reap the fruit of their heart and actions. It may take time, but we always reap what we sow. Are you sowing in the soil of truth, love, obedience, and faith in the one true God.
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Can We go?

My children asked me this after we read the book of Jude for our morning worship/devotions this past Friday.

     "Can we go?"

My thoughts were reaching. Well the right answer is of course we can, but it's just not convenient- right? I so wanted to. I really missed it but...

The children- 5 of them- with me- going?

Sensing my hesitation my oldest daughter proceeded to remind  me that we use to do this. We use to go out, and walk around our neighborhood, the last few places we've lived, and witness to whomever we met.  I talked to neighbors and passers-by about Jesus, about salvation, about hope, about the cross. It was invigorating. It was delightful. It was nervewrecking. It was fulfilling.

That was a different time, a different place, right? She broke through my thoughts again.

     "So after breakfast? Can we go?"

     "Yes"- I finally respond. Of course we can.

So we went.

We knocked on a few doors. I carried my bible. I talked to two families, both responsive. I invited them to church. I offered prayer. I figured it was a start.

The children got hot.

Two people. But it was more than zero.

Two days later I was back at it. We knocked on doors. I offered prayer, a listening ear, an invite. I prayed with a young lady at her door for healing.  I offered a bible study to a neighbor. They'll think about it they said. It's in God's hands. For one plants, one waters, but He gives the increase. Only 4 or 5 people that day. I smiled.

One day later, today, I did the same. Only 2. One door shot down my confidence bubble, as they talked loudly to one another through the open door -

     "I think someone is at the door."
     "Well they should be leaving because I have a no solicitng sign on the door."

I spotted it then. I smiled a big smile, and mimed an I'm sorry and walked away.

But still,
Planting seeds.

AS I left that neighborhood, I said Lord this is quite a challenge. Then I I felt him speak to me - it is a natural outgushing of his spirit. Don't make it harder than it has to be. Do what you are able, and God will make little into much. I may not be able to go door to door always, but he has a remnant for that. I may be able to plant a seed of the Gospel only in the supermarket aisle, at the park, or running errands. But plant seeds I must. I may not be able to hold a street revival ( Oh how I'd love to do that!) but God knows my season and my desire. He has someone for that as well.

So you too, parents of one or many, you do have a role to play in evangelizing our world. Start with the world around you. Plant a seed. Ask someone if they have given thought to salvation today. Tell someone you have been thinking about them and wonder if you could say a prayer for them. Ask someone if they'd like to have a bible study over lunch or dinner one day.  Be a neighbor, be a friend build a relationship with those around you. Just step  out in faith , and shake off fear.

So can we go?

Yes, because God equipped us with his spirit to do just that.




Thursday, August 9, 2012

Awesome finds at a yard grab

I just want to share. Maybe brag a little. But I am excited about what I got FOR FREE from a neighborhood yard grab.
It could have very well been a yard sale from what I heard of the awesome stuff that was there for the taking. But I am thankful that I was in the right place at the right time to score these awesome items- FOR FREE!
 Ok so enough with the suspenseful intro.

 A stack of number and color, reading worksheets- less work for me

Just like new in the boxes!

The flower Match Garden Patch Matching activity and it's wooden box

The 3 yr old matching flowers- one of the various activities you can do with this set


Working on the time matching activity  Money and Time Set

A write and erase book of shapes for tracing and writing.


And my super special Score
( drum roll please)

A wicker basket full of cloth diapers and some laundry soap. Complete with extra soakers, hemp and cotton, liners, silk and fleece, An All in One, A BumGenius whisper wrap, fitteds and more.

What a blessing!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

God said it, and that settles it for me


Image from the Web
This morning in prayer I asked God specifically, among other things, for his wisdom and leading in responding as he would with bickering between the children.
 Father how do I respond when one says " He hit me"?
How do I respond when one is crying or whining because one has a toy the other wants and the one with the toy won't budge because " I had it first" or " It's mine"?
How do I respond when someone tells the other that "mommy said this or that" but they don't believe her and I have an upset child on my hands?

Then the lord began bringing passages of scriptures to me.
The passage in Romans 12 that says to prefer one another before yourself
The passage in Matthew 5   that says blessed are the peacemakers
Another that says to  love your neighbor as yourself  and  do unto others as you'd have them do unto you.
 And yet another that says children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right  as well as  rightly divide the word of truth  ( They must make sure what they are to obey is according to the source).



They are to be obedient to the Word of the Lord. They are to be taught to obey Jesus. If they do not obey Jesus there are negative consequences that follow, and positive consequences if they do.
I must lovingly remind them that the most important thing, and the biggest blessing comes, from Obeying God and his word.


So when these scenarios come up I will respond with the word. If they fail to obey the Word I will respond again with the word, encouraging me to train up a child in the way they should go  and  whom the Lord loves, he chastens.


 Thank you Father. Your Word said " be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make my request known unto you. And the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep my heart and mind on you."

 Isn't this so true?
When we just give it to God, he gives us resolution- peace in his word. Amen.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

His Present Help

today's verse

"'Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?'"
Matthew 26:53
view in context

encouragement for today

Jesus spoke these words right after his arrest. They provide a clue as to how he possessed the amazing self-control to stand before Pilate and endure the unimaginable pain of the suffering that followed. He knew the power at his disposal. Self-control comes when we have faith that we are ultimately safe in God's hands. When we lose control, we act out of a sense of poverty: "God won't help me, so I'd better act—and fast!" When we remind ourselves of the vast resources we possess in Christ to do whatever he asks of us, self-control is the result.
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

Monday, August 6, 2012

Early to Rise

 wow I should do this more often

This is the thought that runs through my head when I am up about 6am being productive. I am throwing in a load of laundry, tidying up the downstairs, since the children didn't quite get to it the night before. I am enjoying the joyfulness of taking care of things. The children are still asleep. I am motivated to get things done because of the quiet and the less distracted moment of time. It feels so good.

The children get up one at a time and I can give them a simple breakfast. I am already down here, rather than my usual sending the older ones down to get things tended to breakfast wise. I see their faces as they peek around the banister
" morning mom"
"Good morning"
I have a smile waiting for them.

I have spent some quality time with the Lord.

And you know what, this is not a dream. It's reality. It happened this morning.

I don't do this often.
 Most days are like this:
 I creak my eyes open at 7 AM. I look at the time, knowing that soon I am going to get a knock on the door. I want to sleep, but I want to pray. I hate trying to pray with the door knocking so I better get up now. But I am dragging, maybe half of the time.
If this is a "good" morning I get an hour alone with my heavenly dad. Still I am tired. Other time I get 15 minutes and then the knocking begins. I've told them in the mornings they are to stay in their rooms until I invite them out. They are to pray if they are awake. They don't always listen. Especially the younger ones.
 I somehow hold them off until 8AM. They are hungry. I tell them they can go make bowls of cereal.   I prepare myself for spilled milk and wasted helpings. I grow annoyed at the thought. I am too tired to go down and supervise. I am intimidated by the toy and clothes I will meet in the hall way. I grimace at the thought of seeing my son's room, right across from mine, in disarray. This means the day will be spent talking and cleaning. I do not want to face that. Just yet. A few more minutes maybe?  I hope for the best.
 Finally I go down and sometimes things have run quite smoothly. My oldest daughter does well of taking charge and taking care. The baby is happily in his chair eating cereal. Sometimes I go down and the mess from the night before greets me loudly. I don't like to start the day trying to clean dishes just so we can eat breakfast, but many times that's the case. Not all the time. But many.
And then I'm like a locomotive when I start. We clean dishes, and the kitchen and the stove and the whole downstairs, and, hey since I'm here let me get this laundry, but wait you guys still have to eat....
At the end I'm over tired. I am spent from talking and delegating tasks and having to make sure they are done and done well, and responding with grace to the moans of the work load. It's 2PM where did the day go?

But when I rise early, my disposition is quite different. One hour makes such a huge difference. I have that quiet time before the children rise  to get some things done without tripping over them and being breathless from trying to guide them in actually helping.
I notice when I rise early I greet them with a smile as they arise. I am ready to meet the day, instead of the day meeting me, per Se.

I wrote a list yesterday that included me getting some energy back. Part of my solution was to go to bed early, and to rise early.
I know this may not work for all. I know this may not work for me all the time. New babies, for example may not like what I have in mind.
 But I have noticed the trend in my early risings. I like that start to my day, rather than my norm. I want to make peaceful risings my norm.

Early to bed and early to rise, make a man healthy, wealthy and wise- Benjamin Franklin

She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family

- Proverbs 31:15 
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

-Proverbs 31:15

Thursday, August 2, 2012

How we School

To start off ,my children go to public school. I always schooled them before entering public school for Kindergarten. Ideally my desire is to shool them at home year round, but right now
this works for us. For this season. For now.

But when we do school at home, which is now during the summer months and school breaks, we all love it.
This keeps them sharp and on their toes for the next school year.

It's rather informal, as in, we don't do it everyday. But they will remind me that we did no school work today, and " what's up with that?" (They don't actually dare say that, but they are concerned when the miss out on school work)

 So here are some pointsof how we school:
Math for the Kindergartner
Math for the 4th grader
  • Momma made work sheets cuz i'm smart like that
  • Computer generated print outs from abcteach.com or other nifty sites
  • Read-alouds
  • momma made flash cards
  • computer games like those on abc-ya.com or starfall.com




The Rundown:
 My 3 yr old knows her numbers, shapes and ABCs, and we are working on number and letter recognition.  We play UNO to help with her colors and numbers, and it's super fun.We are concentrating right now on the letter T since that is what her name starts with.

Number and color fun- UNO anyone?
My Kindergartner is working on Primer Dolch sight words with sight word bingo on abc-ya.com. She reads pretty well at the "Ready to Read" level one. She knows her sounds and blends well. It's words like "two" that are not pronounced as they look, that throw her for a loop- hence our sight word concetration. She absolutely loves to read! She is working on basic level addition, adding with pictures/visual aids up to 10.

My 3rd grader is working on multiplicaiton, double and triple digit additon and subtraction as far as math goes. She is excited about starting her fours times tables. I boosted her confidence by giving her the seccret for 10's and 11's. She was too thrilled. So doing the twos was a breeze. We tried threes and I will transition in the 4's slowly. She reads on a 5.2 reading level. So we are workingon reading comprehension. Word problems and mini book reports fit in here.

Working on the science


My fourth grader is working on place values in the millions. He is exellent on multiplication and divison. I am going to broaden his division work with longer digits. He reads on a 5.5 to 6th grade level so he is too workingon reading comprehension. I give them bible passages to read, then summarize in their on words what it meant to them.

Group wise we get some science, arts, and history in.

Homemade finger paints

Just the other day we watched vids on babies growing in the womb since mom is pregnant. Everyone was fascinated.

We got out to a river some weeks ago not far from us and excavated stones.

This weekend the plan is some biology/zoology. We'll call it, the zoo- we'll see : )