Dearest Sisters,

If it doesn't stand in the Light of God's Word, then we cannot say that we accept it as truth or reality.

It doesn't matter how heartfelt it may sound, it doesn't matter how much we "understand," it doesn't matter how much it is accepted by others.

What matters is what God says.

And if we are unsure about whatever is being presented to us--whatever messages are being thrown our way--then go to the Word of God. Search the Scriptures and pray for wisdom. If you still feel unsure, then please, make no statements on the matter until you know what God's Word says.

I'm not talking about matters in which we have freedom in Christ--like singing traditional hymns vs. contemporary praise songs. I'm talking about matters that are central to our faith, who we are as Christians, how we represent God and His character; how all of that is reflected in our lives as women, wives, mothers.

We tread on very dangerous ground when we are 1) unsure of our thoughts and positions, 2) we listen to things that are not founded in the Word of God, and 3) make bold statements about these things. We must be careful because people are listening to us, watching us, and sometimes emulating us. The reality is that we have to do our best, through the power of the Holy Spirit, not to cause someone else to stumble, or cause others to stray away from the Truth of Jesus Christ, found in the Word of God.

Trust me, I know no one is perfect, I certainly am not. But that doesn't mean that we can't encourage each other to strive for that goal--perfection in Jesus Christ. Our human imperfections don't mean that we give up, give in, turn a blind eye or simply accept the lies that may come our way. We have to focus on the Truth.

We must remember who brings confusion, doubt, uncertainty, lies--the evil one. Confusion and disorder are not of God, not at all. We must guard our hearts, our minds and our homes because satan is busy, seeking to stir up trouble in whatever way he can.

Trust God, seek Him, study His Word and do not waver!

In His love,
Stacie

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Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
-1 Corinthians 15:58

Looking unto Jesus the Author and
Finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before Him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
-Hebrews 12:2

Jesus said to him, “I am the Way,
the Truth, and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me."
-John 14:6

Ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives,
and he who seeks finds,
and to him who knocks it will be opened. 
-Matthew 7:7-8

Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
-2Timothy 2:15

Remain Steadfast

by on Friday, September 30, 2011
Dearest Sisters, If it doesn't stand in the Light of God's Word, then we cannot say that we accept it as truth or reality. It d...

Need clay?


We did! So I wanted to share with you the recipe I used. I looked at several different ones online. Some ingredients I had, some I didn't, so I decided to improvise. Here is what I used to make our clay.

2C Flour
2C Water
1/2C Salt
2TBS Oil
(we used baby oil for the scent,
but cooking oil works, too)
1TBS Baking soda
1TBS Baking powder
A few drops of food coloring

Add food coloring to the water and boil. Remove from heat and mix in the oil. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add in the water/oil liquid. Mix well and let cool. Once cool, knead until it feels like clay. If you want to keep your clay creations, bake them at 300-350 degrees for an hour or so to harden. You can also use the clay as Play-Doh if you like--my kids got a kick out of it!

So why did we need clay, you ask . . .

Well, in our study of Ancient History, we learned that the Sumerians wrote on clay tablets in a script called cuneiform. So, as a history project, we decided to make our own tablets. Once the kids wrote their word or message, I put the tablets in the oven to harden; the Sumerians would've let their tables dry in the sun, of course. :) Here are some pics!

Young scribes at work. . .
Girls using the end of paint brushes
to "write" on their tablets.

His didn't remain a tablet; it went back to a ball of clay!

Clay Tablets
"Dog"

"I love Dad and Mom"

Making Clay Tablets

by on Friday, September 30, 2011
Need clay? We did! So I wanted to share with you the recipe I used. I looked at several different ones online. Some ingredients I had...
No Idle Bread


We sang this song yesterday at church, during the Invitation portion of the service. It just brings tears to my eyes and tug of worship in my heart. It is my prayer that God would change my heart, that He molds me and makes me into what He wants me to be. Search me, clean me, change me, Oh God!




Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.
-Psalm 51:10

Change My Heart, O God

by on Monday, September 26, 2011
We sang this song yesterday at church, during the Invitation portion of the service. It just brings tears to my eyes and tug of worship ...


This is of course a children's book about a caterpillar named Hermie. Hermie is a "believer" and he knows that God loves him. However, he wonders why God didn't make him special. The ladybug has spots, the ant is strong, and the snail has his very own portable house. But Hermie feels so ordinary. Throughout the story, God is there, faithfully reassuring Hermie that He loves him, and that He is not finished with him yet. . .

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I must say that as soon as I received this book in the mail and opened the package, my children wanted to read it right away. The book is very beautifully illustrated and is written for what it calls a "level two reader, for children learning to read on their own." While my son fits this category best, my daughters (8yrs and 6yrs) wanted to read the book and they both enjoyed it. My oldest daughter was pleased because Hermie finds out why he is special.

As the mom, I enjoyed the way Hermie was unashamed of his faith in God. I also liked the way it showed Hermie's uncertainties, what he struggles with. So many times, the enemy would have us believe that we are the only ones facing a rough time, but that simply isn't true. It shows children that we all have "storms" in life and I like the way Hermie continues to cast his cares on God. Ultimately, the lesson learned in this story is that God loves each of us, just the way we are. If we continue to trust in Him and pay close attention, we will see the special gift God has given us. A great lesson for children to learn!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review blogger's program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission.

In my eight and a half years of mothering my children, there are those who look at me with a self-created pity and a false empathy. . .

Your husband should be doing more, so you can have some "me time."

When I was a young mother, I sent my children to their grandmother's every weekend so I could have time to do this and that.

She doesn't send her children here or there; they don't even go to the church nursery!

Won't you be happy when your youngest goes to school so you can have the house to yourself?

You poor mother of small children; you have your hands full. You must need a break!


I realize that the ways in which we parent our children are different. There isn't anything wrong with a weekend at grandma's or a visit to the church nursery. There's nothing wrong with a hobby or special interest. There's nothing wrong with times of rest throughout the week to maintain energy and a clear focus. 

However, I reject the notion that if I choose my children over other interests then I must be absurd. It bothers me when people look at me through a foggy glass, one that is clouded with the notion that because they may be "tired" of their children, that I must be, too; clouded with the ideals of the world that tell us children are in the way, so cast them aside; clouded with a message that we, as mothers have too much on our plates, so find a way to escape from family life.

Please don't assume that because what I do in my household may look like a lot that it automatically means that I am disgruntled, unhappy, upset, bound, tired, or overwhelmed. No, of course everyday isn't perfect--I'm not perfect (shocker!). Of course I have moments of frustration, of course there are times when I struggle--BIG TIME. However, I am accepting the gifts God gives me in my children. I am committed to my role as wife and mom. I count it as a calling, a freedom choice, a blessing, one that I thank God for every. single. day. I am not looking for ways to be rid of my children.


First of all, I actually like my children. Yes, I love them; I cannot imagine not loving them. But I actually LIKE them. They are my little treasures, my little bowls of joy, and I'd even say that they're my friends. They teach me, they make me laugh and I genuinely like being in their company.

Next, I am learning and growing in my faith. And one thing the Lord is showing me is all the ways and opportunities I have to serve Him by serving and raising my children. Being a mother is one of the most humbling experiences ever, in life and it seems to be more and more humbling as my children grow older. I have learned so many things about myself, through my children, that need the SpotLight of Truth shined directly on them, nice and bright, so that I can repent of that ugliness and be forgiven. My children bring me closer to Him.

Finally, I realize that if God says the same, we live our lives longer as adults than we do as children. Being a child is a priceless point in time, one that is so fragile and delicate. A point in time that must be handled with precision and care. With that being said, time is of the essence! Having more "me time" pales in comparison to how little time I have before my children are all grown up. I am okay with the sacrifices I make now because I am confident in the Lord, and the fruit He will yield in future generations.

Quite simply, ladies. . .it's not about me. . . it is about Him and all the ways I can serve Him well. One way I serve Him is through the children that He has so graciously given to me. Thank you, Lord, for your gifts.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
-Psalm 127:3




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Do I Need a Break?

by on Saturday, September 17, 2011
In my eight and a half years of mothering my children, there are those who look at me with a self-created pity and a false empathy. . . ...
No Idle Bread

This song is pretty special to me . . .I walked down the aisle to this song at my wedding. But even more, it is my life's testimony. God has been so faithful to me. . .in everything. . .I can look back and see how the Hand of God covered me, protected me, shielded me, lifted me up. He is so faithful! As my grandmother would have said, "He kept me, even when I didn't want to be kept!" Oh, what a faithful and mighty God we serve!!

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou for ever will be
Great is thy faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.
This is my family's second Bible book by this publisher/author. Needless to say, my kids LOVE it!

There are 100 short devotions for children. Each devotion has a corresponding hymn or Bible song (on 2 CD's) to reinforce the message of the devotion. Also, each devotion comes with a memory verse.

We are using this as a devotional before we get our school day started. However, instead of reading a new devotion each day, we take the idea of one devotion and spread through our school week. The devotions themselves are relatively short and I really want to make sure my children are grasping God's Word before we move on to the next topic. So, I post that devotion's memory verse up on the wall for my children to learn through out the week. One day we read the devotion, the next day we review the memory verse and listen to the corresponding song. On other days, we read Scripture passages that compliment the devotion. This just reinforces the main idea and helps it to stick, so to speak.

While this book does not delve into the Word of God as much as I'd hoped, it has been good to use as a guide for our daily devotional/Bible time. It's given me some structure on what we'll cover each day. My children also like the pictures and love to listen to the Bible songs. I would recommend this to use alone for daily family devotions with younger children (2-5yrs) or as a guide for family devotions for older children (6-9yrs). Either way, it's been a blessing to our family.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review blogger's program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission.
No Idle Bread




Have Thine own way, Lord.
Have Thine own way.
Thou art the Potter,
I am the clay.
Mold me and make me,
After Thy will,
While I am waiting,
Yielded and still.

"....Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
-Matthew 6:10 

"Yet You, LORD, are our Father.
We are the clay, You are the Potter;
we are all the work of Your hand."

-Isaiah 64:8

So here we are in the month of September and I have some things on my to-do list. Being new to homeschooling, and with a little one on the way, I am trying to be creative with my tasks around the house. I'm not sure how well it's going yet, but I have a rough schedule made up and a few things I want to check off my list before the winter comes.
Anyway, accountability is a huge motivator for me. So, I am linking up with Mama Jen for my Mission of the Month for September.

Mission of the MonthTask 1-Clean Laundry Room: I did this once before (see HERE). However, in the months leading up to starting our homeschool, the laundry room became a "storage room." While my husband was working on getting our school room together, I needed a place store schooling materials and school room items. Needless to say, things are now a bit disheveled! (Also, one of our dogs, poor little Biscuit, died this summer. Our dogs' dishes are in the laundry room and I hadn't had the heart to move her bowl just yet. But, I think it's time now.)
Task 2-Get Back to Crochet: I have always had a love for crochet because of my sweet GrandMommy and my Auntie. I've made quite a few pieces over the years, but it's been quite a while since I've taken the time to complete a project. My goal is to begin an afghan for my living room in fall colors (click HERE to see). I love decorating for the fall and this afghan goes well with my couch pillows. Also, I want to start on a baby blanket for my little bundle who's on his way. My son says that the baby's blanket should be black or green. . .LOL! I'm pretty sure I'm leaning towards the green!

So that's it for now. I'll be back next month to let you know if my tasks are complete or not. If you want to join in the fun, head on over to Mama Jen's to link up!
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