What Is Man's Chief End?

Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy Him for ever. [b]
[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4
THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM
Every new believer has been set apart by God, separated unto God to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. In this sense, every believer is a saint- a person separated from his old sinful way of life and set apart by God to increasingly glorify God as his life is transformed! Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins

Much Needed Time Off

>> Monday, December 6, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays
The last couple of weeks has been a time of reflection and just plain ol' nothin".  What I mean is, a time to just do a bunch of nothin'. 

I have been so caught up in the frenzy of trying to stay afloat among all of the trials, that I was losing all sense of joy.  Just trying to remain calm amidst the storm, was becoming impossible.  So, with Thanksgiving and a week with my son being sick, I just used that time to relax. 

We put away all school work, along with a lot of the chores, (which we now are working on to catch up on) and just enjoyed ourselves.

Are we behind on everything?  Absolutely!!  But right now I don't care.  I'm okay with it.  We will get the things done that need to be done, but in God's timing.

I'm slowly learning to let go and let God decide what needs to be done.  Does that mean that I have let go of all responsibility?  No!  But, right now at least, I am relaxed about it all.  Will I be this way next week?  I certainly hope so.  I am so tired of fretting so much.  I'm just simply tired of trying to keep up with the Jones'!! 

Our homeschool is so far from perfect, as the name suggests, and I'm learning to be okay with it...Finally!!  I think!!  :)  My home is in a "functionally" cluttered state at the moment.  And right now I'm okay with that, as well.  So, my home is singing among the functional chaos and it's alright with me.

I've been having such a hard time for so long that I just needed to step back and reflect.  Trying to do everything with a new baby was proving to be impossible.  I can't do school like we used to and I can't keep up with the house like I used to.  I can't even keep up with daily meals anymore, but we are surviving!  We haven't missed a meal yet, it just may not be the best meal at the time.  So, my kids are learning to be thankful for what they get. :) 

Much needed time off!  And I'm thankful for it.

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Tis the Season

>> Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Already Thanksgiving is upon us, and next will be Christmas!  Where has the time gone?  This time of the year can be very stressful if we let it, but can also be a time of reflection and joy. 

But other than the seasonal holidays that we celebrate, we also go through "seasons" in life. 

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1
I am definitely in a season!  And what a season it is!  After the last few weeks of constant trials, I finally asked the Lord, "What is going on???  Why can I not catch a break??  Each and every week brings another, if not several, new challenges and trials.  And all at once!  What is going on??" 

I must admit that some of these trials have been so hard and exhausting that I haven't handled them very well.  And then I am reminded...
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience."  James 1:2-3
And boy do I need patience!!  So, what do I take from this?  I am in a season of testing.  To test my faith.  And to produce patience in me. 

Today, I was meditating on this, and the Lord told me that I need to enjoy the time.  I need to sit back and enjoy this season!!  Can you imagine enjoying trials??  "Count it all joy!"  I need to enjoy this time with my baby, even though nothing is getting done.  Piles are getting larger, dust is getting thicker, meals are getting to be a rare occasion, our kids are getting an inconsistent education, the flu is raging AGAIN, sleep is nonexistent, and its all getting to me!  I so want to enjoy this time...BUT...


I need to have some sense of order, a routine, a way to be rid of the chaos!!  I need peace.  I need my home to be clean and orderly.  I need life to calm down, to give me just a day to get things back together.  I need to catch up!!  Once I plan to clean and to catch up, something else happens...again.  Every week has been like that since I had the baby.  Every week has been days of constant trials, always something new and different, but always the same...trials!

Am I complaining?  Yes!  Do I want to have a better attitude?  Yes!  Is it possible for me to even consider enjoying this season?  I guess.  I know that I will have to make a conscious choice to enjoy it.  (As I am typing this, which has now taken me 2 and a half hours to do, my baby is screaming!)  Right now in this moment I choose to enjoy, but its being quite difficult.  My patience is thinning.

Tomorrow I will choose to enjoy... by God's grace.

And I will be thankful in my circumstances... by God's grace.

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Word-Filled Wednesday~Hiding God's Word

>> Wednesday, November 17, 2010


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Word-Filled Wednesday~Praise & Thanksgiving

>> Wednesday, November 10, 2010




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Counting My Blessings, Naming Them One By One~ Multitude Monday

>> Sunday, November 7, 2010

I have to admit, the way things have been going lately for me has made it quite difficult to stay in a positive mood.  Managing a new lifestyle with a newborn, getting used to my dh's new work schedule, keeping up with a homeschooling schedule of sorts, and then being sick for a week, makes life challenging.  Honestly, I feel as if I've been under an attack from the enemy.  Things just keep coming at me all at once, and I haven't been handling them very well.  Attacks from the enemy, or tests from my Lord?  I don't know.  All I know is, I need a new attitude.  I've gotten away from doing Thankful Thursdays, shamefully, so now I'm going to take on the challenge of recognizing 1000 Gifts from the Lord from A Holy Experience.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will open my eyes to see the little things and the big things that He blesses me with.  The simple things that get over looked and taken for granted.  Those are the things that make up life... the simple ways that God shows us that He is always with us.  But we just have to recognize His presence.  So, I start now, looking and seeing His blessings toward me...


holy experience

1.  Jesus, my Savior
2.  My Bible and the freedom to read it!
3.  Prayer... the freedom to approach the Throne of Grace!
4.  My dear Hubby
5.  My Black Belt Linguist
6.  My Platypus
7.  My new Little Arrow
8.  My mama
9.  My dad
10.  And yes, my in-laws!!

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Word-Filled Wednesday~Wisdom & Knowledge

>> Wednesday, October 20, 2010

 

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Its That Time of Year Again!

>> Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Okay, this is not based on my opinion, but on The Word of God, Who is H-O-L-Y!  As followers and disciples of Christ, do you think it is wise and glorifying to HIM if we participate in halloween??  What are the origins of this so-called holiday, anyway?  Do we really know, or do we think that its okay and "celebrate" it all in the name of  F-U-N??  Is it harmless?  Or is it the opposite, damaging to our souls, minds, and spirits?  Is it a sin, therefore offensive to our H-O-L-Y God?

I know that by posting something like this can be offensive to some, because some do see it as harmless fun.  BUT, we are called to be different!  We are called to "exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." (Hebrews 3:13)  I believe that this so-called "holiday" is a snare of the devil, and we have been taken captive by the devil to do his will!!!  (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

Please take the time to watch this video about halloween and Christianity.  It is very insightful.  It just might make you think twice about it!  Blessings to all of God's Saints out there!!!

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The Dangers of Idleness

>> Monday, October 18, 2010

Lady Reflecting
During the last few months things have been such a whirlwind that I wonder, "What has happened?" A lot of things have happened, but because of these things, I have fallen short in my Pursuit!

No, that doesn't mean that I've fallen away from the faith, but I have been slack in watching myself. And because of that, old habits have crept in. Slowly and steadily crept in and they are showing their ugly faces.

What are these habits that I speak of? Well, euphemisms, for one. I tend to say little things that seem okay, but really are not. Dead words that will lead to the death of me and my hearers.

Sarcasm. I'm really bad about this one. It may seem funny or amusing at the time, but sometimes it can hurt someone.

And there are others...

Jesus says to "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation." And I haven't been watchful! I haven't been considering the deceitfulness of sin, the sinfulness of sin and the fear of the Lord. God is a H-O-L-Y God and He HATES SIN, any sin!! No matter how seemingly small it is or how big it may be... sin is sin to our HOLY God.

The other day, I had a blow out with my son. Yes, I went back to him to apologize and ask for forgiveness, but I had to take a good hard look at myself and ask WHY? What is going on in me?

Sin, of course! While we are here in this world, we still have indwelling sin that needs to be mortified. Killed. Stomped out. Put to death. God's Word says, "Put to death your members which are on the earth..." Colossians 3:5. Also, "If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live." Romans 8:13b.

John Owen, in his book, The Mortification of Sin, says this:

The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, should also make it their business all of their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin.
And...
It is the constant duty of believers to render a death blow to the deeds of the flesh, that they may not have life and strength to bring forth their destructive influence.
And...
Sin is always active when it seems to be the most quiet, and its waters are often deep when they are calm. We should therefore fight against it and be vigorous at all times and in all conditions, even when there is the least suspicion.
And...
If sin is always acting, we are in trouble if we are not always mortifying. He that stands still and allows his enemies to exert double blows upon him without resistance will undoubtedly be conquered in the end. If sin is subtle, watchful, strong, and always at work in the business of killing our souls, and we are slothful, negligent, and foolish in this battle, can we expect a favorable outcome?


No! I've been slothful, negligent, and foolish in the battle! And I can tell. Along with everyone else.

Owen, again says,
He that is appointed to kill an enemy, has only done half his work if he quits before the enemy is dead. Galatians 6:9, Hebrews 12:1, 2 Corinthians 7:1

So, you see, its the "little foxes that spoil the vine!" (Song of Solomon 2:15) And if I'm not careful to kill them, then they will eventually kill me.

I am so thankful for God's grace through Jesus, His Son. And I'm thankful for His Holy Spirit for grabbing my attention and reminding me of my duties, as I grow with His help. My Pursuit has become awakened in me. And I pray that for those who read this will be stirred to a walk toward Holiness! With me!

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I'm Frustrated!

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Yep, I'm frustrated. I've been so busy trying to catch up with school plans and home duties, that I haven't been able to blog! Boo-hoo!

Yes, I know that I'm complaining, but I miss my hobby. I do have several things I want to post about, just haven't had the time.

Hopefully tomorrow!!!

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This Speaks For Itself!

>> Sunday, September 26, 2010

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Back To a Routine~ Sort Of

Making your home sing Mondays

Well, at least, I'm trying to get back to a routine. This chaos is driving me crazy. I miss having a routine, a somewhat of a schedule. But with new baby, all of that was thrown out the window. AND with dh's new work schedule, with him being home more often, really has messed me up. It's nice having him home, of course, BUT he can be a bit of a distraction!

With this past week with our homeschool finally getting under way, a routine is definitely needed. So, I'm not going to wait any longer to establish that routine, again. Like Nan said, what am I waiting for?

So, this week I am going to focus on the weekly clean up and decluttering schedule. AND following a menu plan. That is a must!! I really miss my menu plan.

We'll see how it goes.

Now, I must get to my screaming baby...

Happy Singing!

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Remembering When

>> Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Today I had a great conversation with a friend, just gabbing about this and that. And within the exchanges of somewhat funny, and not so funny, life experiences, I was reminded of how much I was saved from!!!

What do I mean by this?

While I was remembering when I did this, and when I did that, things that I am not so proud of, I am humbled and amazed that Jesus would save me! I don't deserve to be saved! I will never be able to understand why He would even want to save me.

I was bad! I mean really, really bad! And as John Newton said, "I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great Savior!"

I left my friend with a deep, deep love for my Savior like none before. I wanted to thank Him over and over, knowing that He loves me more than I can imagine.

Just to think how He saved me from myself!

Where would I be today, if it wasn't for HIM? And the Cross! My chains have fallen, all because of HIM. That's the Power of the Cross!!

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Faithful Friday Followers Blog Hop



Welcome Fellow Bloggers to my blog. My prayer is that what you see, read, and hear on my blog will be a blessing to you. May God bless your stay and encourage you to come back to visit!

And remember that God loves YOU and if you do not have a relationship with Him, He desires to have one with you. He wants to show you how much He loves you by revealing His Son to you. If you do not know Him, please leave me a comment with any question you may have, and I will gladly get back to you.

Blessings to Everyone!

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My Home Is Singin', But With What?

>> Monday, September 20, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays

Baby cries, baby coos, Daddy talkin' baby talk.

Brothers laughing at Daddy talkin' baby talk. Mama laughing at Daddy talkin' baby talk... Just how ridiculous can he get??? And all for a sweet baby.

Singing? Sure, that's Daddy singing made up silly songs for baby.

And did I mention dancing? Yep, that's Daddy doing the jig for the screaming baby. The jig and the song, silly and ridiculous. If only he could see himself.

Hmmm. Maybe a sneaky video could capture it! LOL!

No, my home is not clean. There's clutter everywhere, school work that needs to be planned, papers here and there, and clothes that need to be washed. But singing? Yep, my home is singing!! Literally!

And all for a baby!

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I'm Hoppin' Along

>> Friday, September 17, 2010



Doing the blog hop again! And lovin' it. Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully you will find my blog to be an encouragement to ya.

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Pictures~ Finally!

>> Friday, September 10, 2010

Here are some pictures of our Little Arrow... since so many of you are so interested!!! LOL!

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His birthday!

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Isn't he so cute?

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Proud Granny and Papa!

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Proud Grandma and Granddad!

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Now he's 6 weeks old!

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What a cutie!!

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He loves his daddy!!

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Big brother feeding him his first bottle!!

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Platypus loves being a big brother...Finally!

I'm sure there will be more to come.

Blessings!

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Friday Blog Hop~ Join Me!

>> Thursday, September 9, 2010



I love Blog Hops!! What a great way to meet other bloggers! How about join me?

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Being Frugal Blog Has Been Closed, But...

>> Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Yes, I closed my third blog simply because I just don't have the time to keep up with it. I love sharing how I save money on things, and that is why I started the blog in the first place. But it was just too much. So, the link bar will direct you to posts on this blog. I will use this blog to share my frugal tips.

So, happy saving!!! Still.

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Needing an Attitude Adjustment

Yes, it's true... I need an attitude adjustment. I admit it. Being a new mom, with a colicky baby, is not easy. But that's not all. I have 2 other kids who need me, a home that is in dire need of a deep cleaning, meals to cook that would include REAL food, homeschool plans to be made and organized, and let's not forget the dear hubby!!

But that nagging question keeps popping up in my head: "Well, what about me?"

Can someone please take this crying baby from me and soothe him while I go hide in a quiet room??

Can someone please cook me a home cooked meal, instead of offering fast food???

Can someone please get down on that floor and clean it thoroughly?? And what about those toilets?? A thorough vacuuming would be nice.

Well, I can forget about someone doing the homeschool plans. That is something only I can do. I am the primary teacher and planner, so dh can't really help in that. And the kids certainly don't want to help with this one... Why would they want to hurry and get back to school work???

Yes, I admit it, this has not been easy for me! As I hold my little arrow all day long, all I can seem to think about is all of the stuff not getting done. But what about my attitude in all of this?

Well, its obvious that I need an adjustment!!

Where do I need to go for this adjustment? Of course, God's Word! What do I need to be meditating on from His Word? This is it...

"Greater Love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

I've been reading the chapter of The Servant Mother in Sally Clarkson's book The Mission of Motherhood, and boy do I need this chapter right now. I believe Mrs. Clarkson wrote this chapter for me!!! She knew that I was going to need this one day... Actually, God knew that I would need it, so He caused her to write it for me!! This is just a glimpse of the chapter...

What does it mean to practice servant leadership as a mother? I believe it starts out with a choice. I have to choose to serve Christ by giving my time and energy to my children- not just when I feel like it but when they need me. This means I often must sacrifice my own needs and desires for the purpose of giving my children what they need and modeling for them the depths of Christ's love.

Wow! I need to chew on that one!!! And another powerful one...

But what is my sacrifice compared to the one Jesus made?

How can I possibly complain when I consider Christ's sacrifice for me?? I deserve a spanking every time I complain about not having any "me" time, or anything else!! When I think about Jesus and His sacrificial life and death, how can I complain? There is the adjustment!!

He laid down His life for me, so to show my love and appreciation, I should lay down my life for my family. And in doing so, I am laying down my life for my Savior! I thank God for His grace to enable me to do this. Moment by moment I need to choose to forget myself and my needs and wants, and to consider their needs and wants.

My attitude is always a choice!!

I hope I can remember this tonight when my little arrow is screaming his lungs out... And when he wants to nurse every 15 minutes... And when the computer is too slow while he is sleeping, then he wakes up just as it is beginning to work...

Attitude... what will it be??

Please pray for me!

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I'm Back... Finally!

>> Thursday, September 2, 2010

After being out of the blogging loop for the last 5 and 1/2 weeks, I am finally back!! I've missed blogging and seeing what my blogging friends have been up to. Being a new mommy has been extremely challenging and exhausting, giving no time to do the normal things in life. And of course, blogging is one of those "normal" things!! LOL!

So, what have I learned in these last few weeks as a new mommy?? I know you all are so anxious to find out, so here it goes.

First, dying to yourself is not easy!! Having someone who is totally dependent on you makes you realize quickly just how selfish you are.

Second, I miss sleep!!! Just to sleep for 3 straight hours would be a dream. No pun intended.

Third, having a colicky baby is not fun. And giving up all dairy foods for that colicky baby is definitely LOVE!! I miss my dairy.

And fourth, but not the last, having a family that helps is PRICELESS!!

So, hopefully I will be back more often to post. But taking it day by day will only be the way to go.

By the way, it has taken me 1 and 1/2 hours to type this short post!!! Oh well!

Until next time...

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My Little Arrow Is Finally Here!!

>> Friday, July 30, 2010

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4

Yep, he's finally here!! Born Sunday, July 25th weighing 6 lbs. 4 oz. and 18 and 1/2 inches long.

Praise God!

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"...She Will Be Saved In Childbearing..."

>> Friday, July 16, 2010

Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. 1 Timothy 2:15

As I sit here for another day waiting for baby Noah to enter this world, I decided to turn my attentions to the holy calling of motherhood. And the view that the Lord has of children.

First of all, I had to repent for not keeping my eyes "on the prize", and for complaining instead. Yes, I've been so focused on being uncomfortable and miserable, and complaining about it all. And I have not been too easy to live with, either. So, I made a conscious decision today to change my focus while I wait.

This Scripture speaks a lot to me. First of all, it is NOT saying that the only way for women to be saved is through childbirth. No. Our salvation is through Jesus Christ alone, and not by our works in the flesh... which would include childbearing. This is talking about our calling as mothers and how we are to fulfill it and the future rewards for it.

So, how is it then that we would be saved through childbearing???

First and foremost, we would be saved from ourselves!!! Our sin natures!!! I can honestly say that God has shown me my TRUE SELF through my kids!!! It's funny that being married doesn't do that... BUT being a parent does!

Over the years of being a mom, God has graciously shown me my SELFISHNESS, PRIDE, ANGER ISSUES, MY MOUTH ISSUES...(MY WORDS), etc., etc., and etc.! The list could go on and on. The Lord has revealed to me the condition of my heart! And I have to say that I am truly thankful for that. It has not been easy to face it, and it certainly is not easy dealing with it, BUT my Lord is a good God and a gracious God Who is working in me to change me for His glory and for my good!!!
Wonderful, Beautiful is what You see
When You look at me.
You're turning the tattered fabric of my life into
a perfect tapestry!
The Real Me by Natalie Grant

Now, we have to look at the rest of the verse. Considering the fact that we, as mothers, will one day answer to God (and not man) about how we fulfilled our calling as mothers, we should really take a closer look at the rest of the verse. "...If they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control."

Childbearing, child rearing, or child training, can become mundane, irritating, and downright horrible and unfulfilling...IF we let it. But if we walk by faith, walk in unconditional love like Christ did, pursue that holiness that God requires, and learn self-control...THEN and only THEN will we be rewarded in our efforts.

Being a mom is definitely a Holy Calling! And I have to remind myself of that. Not only are the kids learning about themselves and about me, but I am learning about myself, as well. As the kids grow up, so am I!! So, I have to ask myself...

Am I walking by faith, or am I keeping my eyes on the problems???


Am I walking in love as Christ did, or am I being conditional with my love?

Am I continually pursuing holiness, or am I pursuing my wants and desires?

And the best for last... Am I learning self-control, or am I continually losing control???

This is a high calling, for sure!!! A noble calling! A holy calling! One that I love and desire to grow in. One that I despise at times because it can be so hard! But, HE is changing me and purifying me for His glory and for my good!!!
Lord, my solemn prayer is for You to continue working in me Your Presence and Your Love to change me and purify me. You have blessed me tremendously with two boys, and now with another one on the way. How humbled I am that You would entrust me to them. I know that I have screwed up so many times, but You can redeem it all!! I put my trust in You and only You to help me in this high and holy calling. My flesh is weak, but I am strong in You. I will continually remind myself to "rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." Thank You for "turning the tattered fabric of my life into a perfect tapestry." I humbly and gratefully pray this in Your Precious and Holy Name. Amen

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Okay, I Have A Confession To Make!

>> Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Well, here it is...

I shouldn't have joined the 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge!!!! There, I said it. I knew at the time that it would be difficult right now, but I did it anyway. Well, I read everything on the first day, but then the second day came around, and I just couldn't do it!!! There was no way I could read that much in one day. Not now. So, I am asking everyone to forgive me. I still love the idea, and I love challenges that motivate me. But the timing is all wrong right now.

Why?? Well, I'm in pain!!! Waiting on this baby is just about killing me. And I have so much on my mind and so much to do that this challenge is just going to have to be put on the side for now. I printed out the daily reading schedule and have it in my Bible. I WILL use it!!! I may not sign up to do it, but I will do it on my own.

Just not now!

Please forgive me for my lack of diligence when I had invited others to join me. Hopefully God used me, even in my weakness, to steer someone else to the challenge. That is my prayer.

Keep Pursuing HIM!!

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I've Joined the Challenge~ Oh, My!!

>> Monday, July 5, 2010

Well, call me crazy, but I stumbled upon this challenge and I went for it. I must admit that I've never read the Bible all the way through, although my son has. I tend to study the Bible by topics. Or whatever I am in need of. So, this 90 Day challenge is just that... A CHALLENGE!! Especially with the baby coming in 3 weeks.

Will you join me? And maybe YOU can keep me accountable!! Visit Mom's Toolbox for all of the information. Or grab the link on the right.

Now it's time to start reading!!!

Blessings to you,
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Cooking, Cooking, & MORE Cooking!

Making your home sing Mondays

Well, the clock is tickin' away, so I am cooking till my feet want to fall off!! I stocked up with more meat on sale...check out what I paid here. My freezer is quickly filling up and my home is singin', knowing that meals are being provided!!

Maybe I will post some pix of the freezer once I'm done. Right now, I just need to rest my back and my feet!!

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Thank You, Fellow Bloggers!

Today, I was so encouraged by a comment left by a fellow blogger. I turned right around to tell her thank you for encouraging me! So, right now, I want to say THANK YOU to ALL of my readers and all of those that I follow and read. I know that I don't always leave a comment when I should, shame on me, but I am so encouraged by so many of you, that I just want to take the time now to tell you.

My prayer is that whoever reads my meager words on my posts would be encouraged and challenged in some way. I pray that the Lord would use me to touch someone's heart and that they would "see" the Lord in me. This life on this earth is not our home, we are just pilgrims on the narrow path together. And when I read posts from other Christ Loving bloggers, I am reminded that I am not alone. So, THANK YOU!!!

Have you been encouraged today by another fellow blogger? Or from someone else in your life? A friend, a spouse, a pastor, or teacher? Or maybe one of your kids? If so, tell them. Let them know when they give you a boost in your spirit. Maybe that will,in turn, give them a boost, as well!

Blessings to ALL of YOU!!
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Trusting AND Praying

>> Friday, July 2, 2010

If We Are the Body...


Learning how the Lord wants us to fully and completely trust Him has been the main area of study for me lately. I've been so anxious about baby Noah coming into our lives and not being ready for it all, that trusting God has been in the forefront of my mind. I do trust God, that He will see me through and that everyday will take care of itself. But, the Lord still expects me to pray about my anxieties. I shouldn't just sit back and expect God to just take care of everything. But, as an act of obedience and surrender, praying shows Him that I am truly dependent on Him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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Thankful Thursday

>> Thursday, July 1, 2010



It's time to be thankful!! Not just because its Thursday, but everyday I am thankful to my Savior! Lately, I've been meditating on God's divine Providence in my life and learning to trust Him with every detail of each day.

With baby Noah on the way... (Yep, that's right, Noah seems to be the name we have chosen for this little one), I am thankful, first of all, that he seems to be a healthy little baby. I've had 3 different ultrasounds due to different concerns, and with each one, he seems to be quite healthy and growing normally. We praise God for that.

And since I have only 3 weeks and 5 days left before I am induced,(Not that I'm counting, or anything!), I am thankful!! I am having more aches and pains now more than ever. So, when it is over, I will be really thankful! Whew!

I am also thankful for the change in my dear hubby's job. He has been waiting and praying for some kind of change for about 10 years now. Be it a new job in a new location, or whatever, and to his dismay and my anxious prayers, nothing seemed to be happening. But thanks be to God, He opened the doors for a change within the company that offers less hours and more pay. And what timing!!!! With a new baby, we also get another blessing in this way!!!

Another thing to be thankful about is our homeschool. Yes, I am greatly thankful for the privilege of being a mom and one who can educate her kids for the glory of God! I am one of the biggest students in our homeschool due to the fact that I am learning to let go of my way and letting God teach me how to trust Him!!

I praise God for His loving care of me and my family. For His saving grace and for His Word. There are so many things to be thankful for, but this post would not be able to hold them all.

Are you thankful today?? Link up here to share your thoughts.

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Check Out My New Frugal Blog!

I've always wanted to start a blog about being frugal, so I finally did it. I just started it, so its in the beginning stages. If you are interested, click on the link in the linkbar!!

Blessings!

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Fill the Freezer Challenge Update

>> Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of cooking. I am so proud of my sons for being hard workers helping me and learning how to cook. So this is what we accomplished:

7 packages of cooked hamburger meat... Can be used for spaghetti sauce, tator tot casserole, more mamwich/chili mix, etc.

3 packages of mamwich/chili mix... Can be used for mamwiches and hotdog chili.

2 huge packages of Korean beef stir fry with carrots, onions, and bell peppers... Can be served with rice or noodles.

That really doesn't sound like too much for now. But we needed to start somewhere. I am so proud of the boys for learning how to brown the meat and how to chop the vegies. Also, my linguist cooked up the bunches of mamwich mixes, since he really likes it. And training him how to chop the vegies was a hoot. His future wife will be thankful!! LOL!

With the next round of grocery money, I will work on chicken recipes and more turkey or beef recipes. Maybe I will include pictures of our success. Until then, need to clean up all of the mess and then rest my feet!!

And of course, if anyone has any ideas for freezer meals, please leave a comment to share. I would greatly appreciate it!

Happy Cooking!

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Fill the Freezer Challenge!

>> Monday, June 28, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays

As I am now on the last weeks of waiting for baby, I am facing the challenge of "what are my kids and hubby gonna eat?" when I'm not available??? I'm pretty sure that I'm not gonna be "around" to cook for the guys, so I need to make a plan to fill the freezer.

Honestly, I love this challenge. I think its fun. AND I'm gonna involve the kids to do some of the cooking, too. I've been saying for a while now that they need to learn to cook, so that when they are married they can cook for their wives. How nice is that thought?? My dear hubby is terrible in the kitchen!! He can clean rather well, but cooking is NOT his thing!! It's embarrassing to even think about it. So, I need to plan and provide some nutritious meals that are available at any given moment of hunger.

So, today I went and stocked up on some beef that was on sale at the local grocery store. I love doing that!! And my platypus learned how to brown the ground beef!! He did so well! I was so proud of him. Next, after it cools in the fridge, I or we will bag it up into individual bags for future meals. I like doing it that way, instead of making a whole meal to freeze. You can just decide what you want to cook, but already have the meat fixed. We will, however, make up some batches of homemade "chili" with the meat to use for mamwiches or hotdog chili. And then freeze that in individual bags. My hubby and older son love that.

Tomorrow will be spent teaching my other son, the linguist, how to brown more ground beef and how to chop some vegies for a Korean beef recipe. He will learn the recipe and how to assemble it to marinate in the freezer.

After that, I will come up with more freezer friendly meals that my sons can learn how to cook. I just love that idea!!

So, after all of the cooking and planning, I will be one step closer to being ready for our baby.

How are you going to make your home sing this week? Join Nan and the others at Moms the Word to share what you are doing.

Happy Singing Home!!
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Just Waiting

>> Friday, June 25, 2010

Well, I have just a little over four weeks left until baby is due. So, besides getting things ready, expanding in size, and trying to breathe, I am now just waiting.

Due to my history, my doc wants to induce me! History? Well, since my platypus came so fast, and since we were really close to the hospital at the time, but now so far away, she thinks it is wise to induce. She actually thinks I may not make it to the hospital in time!!!! Could you imagine??? I have a friend who gave birth to her 2nd child in the hospital parking lot!!! So, yes, inducing sounds great right now.

So, time is ticking away as I sit and wait...

Four weeks will be here rather fast, I know. So, I really need to get busy getting myself ready, our homeschool year planned, and our home decluttered and organized a bit.

Oh, and did I say, get myself ready?? I think that's the biggest thing. Am I ready for this? I haven't had a newborn in more than 10 years!! I hope I am ready for this. Oh, Lord Jesus, help me!

Okay, waiting can be so excruciating at times, but the time will be well spent. I think the time will pass rather quickly...

So, I need to get busy!

Right now.

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I'm Having "Bubble Trouble"!!

>> Monday, June 7, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays
Have you ever felt like your mind was spinning with all the things that you need to do? I need to do this, and I need to do that, and I really need to do this, too. And all of it needs to be done right now!!

That is what bubble trouble is.

Bubble Trouble is a movie made by a homeschooling family that shows what it would be like if you could see everyone's thoughts... as in bubbles. It is a great little movie. There is one scene where the mom is shown with all of her "bubble" thoughts popping one at a time. And she was able to answer a question at the same time. Now, when I saw that, I had to laugh out loud, because it portrayed what I, as well as most, if not all moms, go through.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who goes through this. Some call it multi-tasking, but I call it chaos of the mind!!! Sometimes I feel like I have so much to do, but not enough time to do it all. And I know, we are not called to do everything, but there are so many things to do to keep things running smoothly. Just how smoothly do I want to keep things, is the question at the moment. And, what are the priorities?

Making my home sing with more and better organization, ending our imperfect homeschool for the year, planning for next year's imperfect homeschool, getting ready for baby, figuring out what to cook for my family tonight, laundry in the dryer, blah, blah, blah, etc., etc., and etc.!!! The list is even longer than this, but I won't bore you with the gory details. You get the idea.

The list seems to be never ending. And as I sit here typing this, I'm also thinking about what I didn't get done that really needs to be done TODAY!! Well, there's always tomorrow. Those bubbles will faithfully be there to remind me of their presence!!

Who needs to write things down when they have bubbles popping in their heads????

So, what will I be doing to make my home sing this week? Well, popping one bubble at a time, I guess!

Popping till I Drop,
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OUCH! That Really Hurts!!

>> Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Take it from me, don't bite your lip while you are eating!!! THIS is what can happen! My platypus bit two huge junks out of his lip, and in turn, suffered from 2 huge ulcers!!! The poor thing woke up a few days later with the biggest lip you have ever seen. And those ulcers! How awful and how painful. He couldn't eat for several days. But thankfully, he is better today with a normal lip and the ability to eat again.

So, what can you take away from this? Try not to bite your lip!!

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"Do You Trust Me?"

>> Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Do you trust Me?"

I remember those words in my ears, so audibly, so clear, as if I could actually feel the breath of God.

"Do you trust Me?"

This was years ago when I was facing a moment of fear in my mind. And as soon as the fear entered my thoughts, God spoke to me.

I will NEVER forget that moment! God was challenging me and my faith. Of course, I answered, "Yes, Lord, I trust YOU!"

Now, ever since then, when things come along to bring doubt, confusion, fear, and anxiety, I have to remember those words. "Do you trust Me?"

But, every time I have to ask myself, "Do I trust Him?" Can I honestly say that I trust God all of the time???? If I were completely honest and forthcoming, I would have to answer, "No!"

I forget! I lose sight of my Savior in the midst of the problem, just as Peter did when he was walking on the water. Peter was able to walk on the water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. But, as soon as he looked away and focused on the raging sea, he began to sink. THEN he cried out to Jesus for help.

Trusting God with all of our lives, with all of our circumstances, is just as important to Him as pursuing holiness and walking in love. As Jerry Bridges says in his book, Trusting God, "It often seems more difficult to trust God than it is to obey Him." And that is so true. Obeying God is something that we control, but trusting God in things that are ultimately out of our control is difficult.

The first thing I have to remember is that He is in control of EVERYTHING!!! The good, the bad, and the ugly! Consider what is said in Lamentations 3:37-38...

Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?

God is Sovereign! He is God, the One and Only!! And if I would just remember that, then I would be able to rest. To rest assured! God is good and He does look out for our good. But what is our ultimate good??? Let's consider a Scripture that we all know, BUT a lot of us tend to leave out the most important part of it. Romans 8:28 AND 29...
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,...

The ultimate good that God is talking about is not to make things turn out to keep us happy, BUT to conform us into the image of Christ. Our ultimate good is to be more like Christ, to reflect Him, and to bring Him glory!!! Isaiah 43:7 says,
"Everyone who is called by My Name, Whom I have created for My Glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him."

So, if I can just remember that everything that happens in this life is in God's hand. In every circumstance, He is there!! Even when I can't see Him, He IS there!! The good, the bad, and the ugly things of life. When something comes up in my day that I wasn't expecting, when sickness comes, when my son chooses to do something that puts his life in danger, when family members just can't put their feelings aside and forgive, when homeschooling is not working the way I want it, etc., etc., etc... God IS in the middle of it all!!

So, do I trust God?? Can I trust Him?? Yes, I can because He promises to never leave me. Will I trust Him? Well, I'm learning to day by day.

Do You trust God with everything in your life?? Leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts on this. How has God brought you through something that increased your faith in Him? How has He proved His faithfulness to you? I would love to read about it.

Keep Pursuing Him,
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Help! I'm Stuck in a Rut!!!

>> Thursday, May 13, 2010

I've fallen in a rut, and I can't get up!! The last 3 weeks have been hard on me and I can't seem to get myself out of the "ho-hum" mood. I really hate it when I feel like this. Nothing seems to motivate me!

Is it the pregnancy blues? I'm waiting on the nesting stage to kick in. It would be nice if it kicked in about now. It doesn't help that I can't breath half the time.

Could it be homeschool burnout? I'm definitely ready to call it quits! But knowing that we won't get much done in August means that we need to keep pressin' on at least until July!

If anyone has any suggestions, or any motivational tips, please let me know. Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Keep Pursuin' Him!!

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Happy Mother's Day, Mama!!

>> Sunday, May 9, 2010

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Mother's Day brings many different emotions to many people. Happy feelings, sad feelings, and even angry, resentful feelings. Some may even have guilty feelings stemming from their own mothering. But for me, today, I have grateful feelings for my mom. We have not always seen eye to eye on many things, but even so, she remains loving and accepting of me. Being a mother myself, I know how hard it is to let go and let God... And my mom has done that graciously. And I am thankful for that. She has loved me like any mother would love her child... unconditionally.

Thank you, mama, for being my mom. Thank you for putting up with me and for trying to understand me, even when you didn't know how. Thank you for all of the advice you have lovingly given me over the years. And especially, thank you for praying for me!!!

I pray that today you will be blessed, knowing that I love you dearly! May you have many happy and joyful days ahead. Remember, the Joy of the Lord is your strength!!!

Many Hugs and Kisses!!!
Your Daughter

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What's Been Going On

>> Thursday, May 6, 2010

As you could see from my last post that I had a terrible week, last week. This week has been a "gettin' it together" week, I guess. But even still, not doing so well. Not enough school work... so we're still behind.

Not enough sleep... baby and brain keeping me up.

Dealing with worry... will post about that later.

A new member to the family... will share pictures soon... so having to get used to her being here and taking care of her.

Lots going on, at least in my brain, but not much to show for it.

Till next time,
Keep pursuing Him!

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Shock and Recovery!

>> Friday, April 30, 2010

This has been a week I wish I could forget! One thing after another!

First, Monday, I received some discouraging news about my dad's health. Such a bummer, but God is good and faithful, and we are trusting Him through this.

Then, Tuesday seemed to be going okay UNTIL...

My son decides to do the unthinkable!!! A parent's worst nightmare!! Without disclosing any details to protect him, I will say that he made a horrible decision that put his life in mortal danger!!!!! And I'm not joking here! I don't think I have ever been so afraid in my life. I do believe that my biggest fear almost came true.

So, on Wednesday, I could not function. The shock and the "What IF's?" kept haunting me. My husband even said that he could barely function at work, also. Just getting through that day without coming apart at the seams was a miracle.

Yes, I was, and still am, thankful that God had His angels round about him to guard and protect him. If it had not been for the Lord's intervention, who knows what would have happened?

But, the SHOCK and the haunting thoughts of "what if?" keep coming back. By Wednesday night, I have cried so much that I was purely exhausted.

Now, by Thursday I was just about passed the shock stage... and into the ANGER stage. "What was he thinking?????" Does he even realize what he did and what he put his dad and I through? I don't think he quite understands the danger he put himself in. And yet, he is going about his day as if nothing even happened. So, I had a talk with him to explain how I was feeling.

My fears... My haunting thoughts... My shock... and now my anger. Did he understand? I really don't think he grasped it all. Maybe when he's a parent himself. Maybe then the light bulb will go off.

So, after we had our little talk, I felt somewhat better. I don't think he will be doing THAT ever again!! And maybe now he will think twice before he makes another crazy decision without asking his parents first.

Now, Friday is here, and I am having to plan a trip to my best friend's mom's funeral!!

How could all of this happen in one week?? My heart has gone through too much in just 5 days. The Lord promises not to give us more than we can handle, so I cling to Him for strength. He is Sovereign and Trustworthy. He is always Faithful and He loves me dearly... And He loves my son, my dad, and my best friend.

And I thank Him!

Here is a song that has been in my mind all week. I listened to the CD this past weekend, and oh, how it is what I was in need of this week!!

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Gaining a Fresh Perspective~ Making My Home Sing

>> Monday, April 26, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays

Last week, my home was not singing very much due my attitude. Well, the first part of the week was okay, but by the Wednesday, nothin' was singing. I certainly was not singing, and my kids weren't either. Let's be brutally honest here, I had a temper tantrum!!!

Yep! I said it; I admit it. I had a down right temper tantrum about my son and his schoolwork. Why?

Mostly because I lost my vision and the proper perspective of education. Why do we homeschool? Well there are many, many reasons why we do what we do, but some days I forget!!!!

My son struggles, which then I struggle. I struggle inwardly with fear. Is he ever gonna get it?? Will he ever have a better attitude about his education?? Why is it always a battle with this kid??

I am learning (the hard way), that his attitude is a direct response to MY attitude!!! I am reflecting an attitude of fear of academic failure, which then leads to his attitude of hating to do his schoolwork.

God is gracious enough to show me my waywardness in this. He is gracious enough to show me my sin in this!!! And yes, I admit that this is a sin!! I have asked my son, and my Heavenly Father to forgive me. Now we are gaining a fresh perspective TOGETHER about education and the importance of OUR attitudes.

So, this week is all about gaining a fresh perspective on education and what God says about education. Are we singing? No, not really, but maybe a little humming!

Thank God for His forgiveness and grace!!

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Not a Happy Post!!

>> Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Today was another day I long to forget. It was one of those days where patience, love, and kindness were not my strong suits. Shamefully, I admit this, knowing that I still have a long way to go!!!

I should have known that today was going to be testy when I read this morning,

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. Proverbs 15: 1-2

Part of my problem is that I allow my son to push me and push me until I lose my cool with him. Instead of being diligent to discipline in areas where he needs constant attention, I let things slide... until I burst!!

So, part of his problem is me! My lack of diligent discipline. My lack of self-control when I want him to have self-control. My lack of taking heed to myself when I want him to take heed to himself! When will I ever learn????

What a wretch I am! Who will save me from myself?? Thank God, He will, through Jesus Christ!!!

I am a great sinner, and He is a great Savior!!!

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Perfection?? Far From It!!~ Making My Home Sing

>> Sunday, April 18, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays

I read Nan's post for this week about trying to be the perfect homemaker, mom, and wife. Well, I have to say that I was quite encouraged! Thanks Nan!!

I have to admit... I struggle with this. I expect perfectionism from myself, along with my husband and my kids!! When it comes to making plans for the week, be it school plans, menu plans, chore plans, decluttering plans, or whatever else I could come up with, and they don't happen like I would want them to...Well I get a little irritated!!! I can plan so much for the week and end up so disappointed at the end of the week. Especially when it's about my decluttering or cleaning plans.

Life happens...plans have to be changed, altered, rearranged... to meet the needs of others or something more pressing.

I am learning the hard way to make my plans, and then give them to the Lord. Only He knows what the day holds. Only He knows what it is that I need to learn that day. I just need to learn to give it to Him.

I am getting into the habit of making intentional plans for my week and homeschool. It keeps me focused during the day. BUT I have to trust God that He knows better than I do what needs to be done. So when MY plans don't work out the way I want them to, then I have to make myself remember that He is in control.

BUT, I also have to reevaluate myself to see if there are areas where I am being lazy and idle with my hands when I should have been more intentional to get things done. Believe me, I have to watch myself...If I turn on this crazy computer and even glance at my blog or emails...I can be on it for an hour without even realizing it!!!!!

Perfection...we will never reach it, but we still should strive to be better each day. What can I do today that I didn't do so well at yesterday? Do I need to apologize to someone today? Do I need to forget my plans so that I can focus on playing a game with my kids? What are my priorities? Following my plans to the point of frustration, or letting go of them to maintain peace in my home?

My plans for this week are to get back into the swing of things with schoolwork and homemaking chores... How broad is that? But taking a week off makes it difficult to get back to normal life. So if we make it to Friday with a somewhat normal amount of schoolwork done, with a half way decent menu plan, and the house somewhat in order, then I will be satisfied at the end of the week. Perfect? No, but that's okay...Well, at least for this week! LOL!

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We Love the Creation Museum!!

>> Thursday, April 15, 2010

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This week has been a grueling and wonderful week at the same time.

Grueling? Why?

Traveling in the car for 10 or so hours while you're pregnant is not easy!!!

Wonderful? Yes!!! We made it back to one of our FAVORITE places to go! The Creation Museum!!! This was our second time to visit. We loved it so much, we couldn't wait to go back. I've often told people after our first visit that if you want to take your family somewhere that builds your faith instead of tearing it down, then go to the Creation Museum!!! My first reaction to the place was its overall environment. Peaceful!!! Even though this place, along with its founder and President, Ken Ham, have been threatened by evolutionists... the atmosphere was so peaceful. And still is.

As Christians, we have ALL been indoctrinated with evolution throughout our childhood and all throughout our education. Even the Church has fallen for this LIE from Satan. My husband and I didn't realize how much we were victims of this lie...until we found Answers in Genesis!!

So, when we heard a few years ago that they were building a museum to reveal the Truth according to God's Word and NOT man's word... we were beyond excited!! The Truth about Creation in 6 literal days and not millions... The Truth about dinosaurs being created on the SAME day as the first man, instead of 65 million years ago... The Truth about the Global Flood and the correct size of the Ark...etc.

When we learned that we were not exactly taking God's Word literally about His Creation in 6 literal days... we realized that we had been duped by our enemy! How can we believe that Christ came and died and resurrected in 3 literal days if we didn't believe Creation in 6 literal days...in the beginning??? If we questioned God's Word from the beginning pages, how could we say we believed the rest of His Word????

And that is the whole point of Answers in Genesis!!! If we question the BEGINNING, how can we tell the world to believe the rest of the Bible??

The Beginning leads to our Savior!!! But that's not all. The Beginning leads to the End!!! So, there's hope for our future, because we know that we can trust the End of the Story. If we believe the Beginning, we can have hope for the End.

So, riding in the car for sooooo many hours was ultimately worth it! When your kids are excited about going to such a place, instead of some worldly, flesh-pleasing place...it's worth it!!! Go to the website and check it out. Prepare to Believe!!!!

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Join Me In the Party!!~Its a Blog Party

>> Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Welcome to my blog. My name is Shellie, but on my blog I call myself Saint Shellie. Not as a prideful thing, but as a way to show that I know who I am in Christ. From the world's point of view I am not a saint...definitely not. But in the eyes of God, I am a saint, as well as all persons who are in Christ. To learn more about this, if you are curious, go here. Otherwise, I will tell about myself.

First of all, I am a woman seeking to know my Savior, Jesus Christ, more and more each day. I am married to a wonderful man and have 2 great boys, ages 13 and 10. And in August, we are expecting another boy!! Wooh! Pregnant again after 10 years is definitely a different experience. I had forgotten what it was like! And at my age, well, things can be quite a trip!!!!

Along with being a helpmeet to my hubby and a mom to my boys, I am also a homeschool mom. I just started our homeschool blog to share our ups and downs with this journey. Hopefully to offer some encouragement to other homeschool moms and dads. And to the kids, as well. I am excited about this blog because I have always wanted to share what we have been doing and what we plan to do...if the Lord wills. I love to talk about my convictions and beliefs, and blogging is the perfect outlet for me. Being a homeschool mom tends to be a bit lonely at times, so blogging is great.

So, I hope you enjoy checking out my blog. I hope it will be an encouragement to everyone who visits. My prayer is that everyone would see that my desire is to glorify God, because its not about me. Its all about HIM!!

This is my first time to be a part of a blog party, so I'm excited about checking other blogs that are out there. So join me in the party. Go to 5minutesformom.com to join the party. Maybe we can have a chance to win some prizes!! The party officially starts tomorrow.

Blessings to you,
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And before I forget, my prize wish list would be...
1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls provided by Susie's Homemade Chocolates
2. A $100 gift eCertificate to Restaurant.com, immediately redeemable online at over 13,000 restaurants nationwide, provided by Earnest One.
3. For one winner a little extra something to use with your Nesting Pillow or on its own, The Nest Egg gives support for your head, arm, breast, or for a little extra height under baby’s head, provided by Blessed Nest.
4. $25 Target Gift Card! Provided by frugalnovice.com.
5. $25 gift card to Starbucks, provided by Feels Like Time.
And that's about it. Thanks everyone!!!

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Check Out Our Imperfect Homeschool Blog!

>> Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Well, I finally did it. I started a new blog solely about our homeschool. I've been wanting to do it for a while now, just hadn't taken the time to do it. I want it to be an encouragement to all those out there that may need encouraging. The same way I have gleaned encouragement from other homeschool blogs.

Right now, its just in the beginning stages, but I have many plans for this blog. I have so much I want to share. So, check it out, if you want, and come back often to see what is added.

You can use the handy dandy linkbar at the top of the page, or go here.

Thanks and Blessings,
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Staying on Track...Sort of~Making My Home Sing

>> Monday, April 5, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays
Well, my biggest problem is having a plan and sticking to it. I'm s-l-o-w-l-y and painfully planning ahead and trying to actually DO what's on the plan.

I have to admit that things seem to go more smoothly when there is a plan. Its so much better than "winging" it. The last 2 or 3 weeks I have intentionally planned our homeschool days, and things have been much better. BUT...

What about the days when your plans just won't happen??? Everything else under the sun happens besides YOUR wonderful plans??

Today was one of those days. This morning, I prayed that despite my plans, I wanted God to be in control of my plans. That whatever He wanted for our day, that was what I wanted.

Well, that is exactly what happened! Of course, nothing that I planned happened. Everything seemed like chaos. So, I ultimately had to admit that God obviously had other plans for me and my kids. The school work was accomplished, eventually, just not in my time frame. So, everything did finally work out, just not the way I would have wanted it.

I have to be brutally honest, though. Planning ahead does make things more peaceful and fruitful. I have been working on keeping a menu plan. Last week was an awesome week of meals that my family seemed to rave about. So, that was inspiring!! Enough motivation to keep that up.

So, if I could just get in the act of a daily cleaning/chore list and STICKING TO IT, then maybe things would be perfect!! Huh? Perfect? No. We all know better than that!!!

Thank you, Nan, for hosting such a motivational meme, so that I can get some hope and inspiration from others. I feel so much better knowing that I'm not the only one out there that desires to have a home that honors God, but yet still struggles in many areas. Yes, I have that "toddler" in me that peaks its little horrible head out occasionally, who wants to just do nothing but eat chocolate and watch some stupid movie, or be on the pc all day!!! Actually, I pretty much did that this past Saturday...!! Oops! But then...Well, I pay for it! It's amazing how much can pile up in just one day.

Blessings to all of the ladies out there that are on the path with me to have a home that honors God. May the Lord teach us all the glorious calling that we have as moms and wives, to nurture and serve our family with all our hearts with joy. Even while we clean those toilets!! LOL!

Now, back to those planning pages...
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