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

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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Happy Resurrection Day~Reflectiing on the Cross!

>> Sunday, April 4, 2010

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Today we remember our Savior's Resurrection. All that He left, to come down to us and to BE one of us... to be tempted and tried like one of us... to be misjudged and misunderstood like one of us... to be counted as unworthy of honor and respect like one of us... to be unloved and forgotten like one of us...

God in the flesh to walk among us and to BE one of us...

God came down... God willingly gave it all up to come down... God came down to pick me up... God came down to set me free from myself... to lift up my head... to look me in the eyes and tell me everything will be okay...

He came down to be one like me...

He came down to set me free!

Thank You, Jesus!!!

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Controversial! Read at Your Own Risk!!

>> Saturday, April 3, 2010

I am aware that I may not have many, if any, readers after this post. But I will not apologize for this. My convictions are too strong to turn around now. So, here goes...


I title this,

Happy Easter?? What a slap in Christ's Face!!!


I begin with a quote from The Restored Church of God. org:

Most people follow along as they have been taught, assuming that what they believe and do is right. They take their beliefs for granted. Most do not take time to prove why they do the things that they do.


When my family and I learned of the TRUE origin of easter, we were stunned. The meaning of the word easter, the origin of easter eggs, the meaning and origin of lent, all are NOT Christian at all!!! They have nothing to do with Christ!!

Now, I will ask a question. And please consider it before you jump to answer. When we learn the TRUTH about something, and yet we DO NOTHING to change it, are we honestly PLEASING OUR SAVIOR AND GOD?????

This is a question that has been in my spirit for a while now. If one person doesn't stand up to speak the TRUTH, then how can we, as the Church, be changed??? How can we be SEPARATE from the world?? The Word says to
NOT BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD, BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF OUR MINDS SO THAT WE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD!! Romans 12:2


I know that I may be offending some people, but for the sake of my Savior, I have to speak up. My Savior suffered for me, not so that I could be deceived by the world, but so that I could be wise and alert to the world's ways. We, as the Church, have been duped and we don't even realize it!!!!!

Again, I say, we have been duped and we have been brainwashed to believe a lie!!! We have exchanged the TRUTH for a lie!!!

If there are any brave ones out there, I challenge you to research this for yourself. Don't take my word for it, look for it yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit, Who is the HOLY Spirit of TRUTH, to lead you to the truth of this. To help, I will direct you to this website. It gives a great outline and research of the origins of "easter" and the other paganistic rituals of this holiday.

Now, am I saying not to worship Christ tomorrow??? NO!!!! But I do say, be careful. Compromising the things of God with the paganistic things of the world does not please Him! Pagan worship and Christ worship DO NOT MIX!! When you go to Church and say, "Happy Easter", think about what you are saying. "Happy Paganism????" "Happy Worship of Baal?" "Happy worship of the goddess of fertility?"

AND THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE SAYING!! In essence.

We have chosen to say, "HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!!!"

And consider this... All of the Churches that are having easter egg hunts all in the name of our children's happiness and "fun"!! I just want to shout, "Do you realize what you are doing???" Obviously not!!

Another question for you, if you are brave... Do YOU study what your Bible says, or do you take whatever your human pastor says for the "truth"?? Are YOU brave enough to look up in your Bible what our HOLY GOD says about this?? I challenge you. I double dare you to let God speak to you from His Word. Open up your Bible and concordance and do some actual studying!! Am I trying to bash your pastor?? NO! But, I will say that he is fallible, just like I am, but God's Word is infallible.

And if you don't know where to begin, then check out this website to get you started. If you are brave!! And if you just don't have the time, then please watch and consider this video.


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My prayer is that you would let the Lord search your heart, as I am doing, and allow Him to teach you the TRUTH about this. Paul, in the New Testament, tells us to admonish one another... that means to warn each other about wrong practices!!! We serve a HOLY God, who COMMANDS us to worship Him in Spirit and in TRUTH. I desire that. I desire to learn to worship with a PURE heart, not my way of doing things. My heart is deceitful above all things, and I know how my heart can lead me astray.

"Lord, please forgive me of wrong thinking and for allowing myself to be deceived. Thank you for revealing Your Truth to me, even though it has taken this long for me to see it. I pray for my fellow followers of Christ and I ask that You strengthen them to "be brave"."

Will you stand up with me and say, "Happy Resurrection Day!"? Make people notice what you are saying. Ask your pastor if he realizes what he is saying. Be bold, be different than everyone else. It won't be easy; people will look at you as if you are crazy. But should we be concerned about that? Or should we be more concerned about pleasing our Savior??

Here's another shocker for ya...

My husband says that we won't be going to Church tomorrow!!! What? No Church on the most visited day of the year??? That's right. He says that he is tired of the "easter" stuff. We will worship at home.

I have to be honest. I "feel" weird about that, but I like it.

So, Keep Pursuing HIM, Be Different, Be Brave!
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