Have you ever had an all-out worship session, just you and the Lord? I mean a down-right, hands raised, gratefulness-tumbling-out-of-your-mouth, tears-streaming-from-your-eyes, it-doesn't-matter-if-the-phone-is-ringing kind of worship for the Lord.

Well, Ladies, this song brings me to this point, every time I hear it. It starts off with, "For the many times I've fallen, yet You forgave me--thank You. Lord I thank You!" That line alone could be a song on its own! Or this line, near the end of the song: "He is the Author of my faith {thank You}, He is the Sustainer of my mind {thank You}!" God is so gracious and so good and so kind and so loyal and so faithful. . .

With that said, this is not a 3 or 4 minute tune, it's just about 9 minutes long. . .9 minutes of thanksgiving to our Lord, Who is more than worthy. . .you might have to steal away for a moment to let the tears fall uninterrupted! (Or, as in my case, send the kids outside for a bit of play time!)

Lord, I Thank You {Music Mondays}

by on Monday, February 27, 2012
Have you ever had an all-out worship session, just you and the Lord? I mean a down-right, hands raised, gratefulness-tumbling-out-of-your-mo...
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Here are some fun pins from my Pinterest. Enjoy!


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Exactly!

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This is our Sunday night show, husband and me!
If my husband had his way, we would be on the show,
racing around the world right now!!!:o)
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Hilarious, but so true!


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This occurs in our homeschool from time to time! LOL


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Make your own LAUNDRY DETERGENT!!
I haven't tried it yet, but I intend too. . .
as soon as I use up the detergent
I just bought! ;o)
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Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Loaf
My husband was REALLY encouraging me
to pin this! LOL I guess I'll make it
this weekend!
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Bead bowls--cool craft idea!

 

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Pin It Tuesday

by on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Here are some fun pins from my Pinterest. Enjoy! Exactly! This is our Sunday night show, husband and me! If my husband...

A concerned family member said to my husband a few days ago, "Socialization is important. It's what you get in school; it's the socialization that's missing when you homeschool. . ."


Socialization, huh? Mmmmm. . .so many thoughts swirling around in my head. . .but here is what I will share. . .

Husband and I are not convinced that "socialization" must have its foundations laid in the halls of a school building. . .the Lord has matured us in this area. We used to think that going to school would be a great place to offer our children the valuable experiences of dealing with conflict, learning to be your own person, and so forth. Don't get me wrong, school very well can be a place to learn many valuable lessons, for our God is great and He does all things well. . .

Speaking personally, what we have learned is that these experiences can also be learned right here at home, under the authority of God's Word. (Anyone with siblings can tell you that there are numerous, daily opportunities to learn about conflict resolution!) As a Christian family, all things (socialization included) must have its foundations laid upon the One who laid the foundation of the earth. . .Jesus Christ. This is paramount. We are learning that when we choose Christ as our foundation for what we do each day, it becomes increasingly difficult (and unappealing) to conform to the "norms of society". . .it is okay with us if others think our children are ""different, strange, and unusual." Here's why:

"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a peculiar people;
that you should show forth the praises of Him
who has called you out of darkness
into His marvellous light;" -I Peter 2:9

. . . so if we are teaching them the things of God, my children should be "different" from what society thinks is "normal"--including the way they socialize.





What the Lord is showing us is that He gave us our children not only to love and care for, but most importantly, He gave them to us for the advancement of the Kingdom. . .teaching them to live for Christ and His purpose. The Lord is showing us that too often we (meaning my husband and me) have taken a worldly view and we must follow these important instructions:

"And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable
and perfect will of God." -Romans 12:2

Yes, I want my children to be productive citizens in this society. Yes, I want them to be able to interact well with others. Yes, I want them to feel comfortable in their own skin. Yes, I want them to have great friends. But above all, I want my children to know Jesus Christ, know Him deep and well, and to seek to do His will, even if that comes at the expense of not being "socialized" according to the world's standards.





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Thoughts on Socialization

by on Sunday, February 19, 2012
A concerned family member said to my husband a few days ago, "Socialization is important. It's what you get in school; it's th...

The passing away of singer Whitney Houston has been in the news very heavily over the course of the past week. I am reminded of her beautiful voice and her musical talent, which were truly gifts from God. . .

What makes my heart heavy is not only her death, but the way she struggled, both privately and publicly. . .knowing that God wanted better for her, as He does for all of us. . .I pray for her sweet daughter and dear mother, and the family she leaves behind.

Watching her funeral today, I am reminded of my life, my gifts, my talents, my struggles, my pain. I am reminded that I serve an all-knowing, ever-loving God who wants what is best for me and stands ready, with open arms, to forgive me every. time. I. fail.

I am so thankful to God, for His blessings toward us are great.

I am also reminded of this very important verse in the Holy Word of God:
But seek first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
-Matthew 6:33(NKJV)

Oh dear God, may our hearts seek You first,
Not fame, not fortune, not praise, not perfection,
Not man's ideals or standards,
Not worldly values or treasures.
But may we seek You first,
May we seek to do Your will,
May we strive to live by Your Holy Word,
So that we have no fear for tomorrow.
In the precious Name of Jesus I pray,
Amen.

I am Reminded. . .

by on Saturday, February 18, 2012
The passing away of singer Whitney Houston has been in the news very heavily over the course of the past week. I am reminded of her beautif...
For God so loved the world

that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whoever believes in Him

should not perish

but have everlasting life.

-John 3:16


God says:
Children's "Valentine" lunch :o)



I've been doing the "Run to Him" Bible Study this winter, which is a study of various Psalms. Oh, it has been a blessing! Each week, we study a Psalm, with different things to look for in the passage each day. Days 3 and 4 are my favorite, because we note the promises and commands listed in the Scripture.

This week, we're studying Psalm 34, and today I'm looking at the promises! This Psalm is so rich and full of the promises of God. . .it has just been a blessing to me this week. This verse sums it all up:

"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"
-Psalm 34:8


I encourage you to read Psalm 34. Then afterward, try God. Give Him a chance. Put your trust in Him. Rest securely in His promises, for He is a Promise-Keeper!


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A Psalm of Promises

by on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
I've been doing the "Run to Him" Bible Study this winter, which is a study of various Psalms. Oh, it has been a blessing! Ea...
No Idle Bread
It's been quite a while!

I don't know the whole song. . .some song the older women (also known as the "church mothers," my Granny being one of them) would sing when I was a little girl. . .

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I need Thee, oh, I need Thee
Every hour!
Oh, bless me now, my Savior.
I have come to Thee!

I Need Thee (Music Mondays)

by on Monday, February 06, 2012
It's been quite a while! I don't know the whole song. . .some song the older women (also known as the "church mothers,&q...


In my life this week…
Lot's to do. . . my baby boy had his 8-week doctor appointment on Tuesday. Has it been 8 weeks already??? He is a whopping 13lbs 7oz now!! But he is healthy and doing well and I am grateful.

I had to go to the doctor also, because of vertigo/dizziness. . . all due to ear wax! EAR WAX!! Unbelievable! Ear wax is pressing against my eardrum and is making me feel like I'm on a merry-go-round! The blessing is that it is only due to ear wax and not something more serious. Thank you, Lord!

In our homeschool this week…
We had our first (state- required) homeschool portfolio review this week. YIKES!! . . . or so I thought--but I had no reason to feel that way. It went wonderfully well. My reviewer is a fellow sister in Christ and a former homeschooling mother. Her words were, "I am not the homeschooling police!" A good portion of our review time was spent sharing our stories as daughters, wives, and mothers--fellowship. I am once again humbled and blessed and grateful to God.

I am inspired by…
Crafty, artsy, people! Especially those that share their talents and explain how others can be crafty and artsy, too!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
We are going to church on Sunday!!!! We haven't been since the baby was born and the whole family is pretty much itching to get back. I'm kind of "old school" when it comes to newborns, meaning I don't take them out much (especially in crowds) until 2 months. It's my "Granny" in me.

My favorite things this week were…
The oil sun catchers we made in art this week. I love simple art projects that require materials I already have on hand. Click HERE for directions and for other art projects.

Oil sun catchers
My children re-enacted a "scene" from the Bible, when Israelites defeated the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-15). In this passage, whenever Moses lifted up his staff, the Israelites had the advantage over the enemy. As he grew tired and lowered his arms, the enemy would advance. So, Aaron and Hur came alongside Moses, gave him a rock to sit on, and held his arms up for him.
Moses with Aaron-ita and Hur-ita! LOL (I had to come up with those names because my girls are girly-girls!
They both looked at me like "we could NEVER be named Aaron or Hur!")

Questions/thoughts I have…
Art curriculum? Piano lessons? Affordability? African-American history for the month? Field trips? I want to learn to sew!

Things I’m working on…
Drinking more water. Exercise. Finding a sewing class, maybe. Getting a sewing machine. . .any suggestions? Getting back into doing my housework regularly, now that schooling is in full swing. Affordable piano lessons. . .stay tuned for more info. . .

I’m reading…
Miriam by Lois T. Henderson

I’m cooking…
Nothing tonight. . .Husband said he'd take us out. The kids have been talking about it all week. This morning, they celebrated. LOL! I told you we haven't been out much!

I’m grateful for…
My mom's help for the month of January--and thanks to my Dad for sharing!! She's leaving on Sunday :o( But she helped us through all the fun, excitement, and rough patches that a new, squeezable baby brings! Thanks, MOM!!!!!!


I’m praying for…
Strength, rest, energy, and no dizziness.


A link to share…
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We're using this to supplement our Bible history lessons.
My children LOVE them and. . .
they're FREE!
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