Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday!!

So look forward to Friday most weeks, though sometimes it hard to keep track of the days of the week. My sons preschool schedule helps and doing the daily calender with my daughter for school also helps, so I know what day of the week it is. With my husbands job we just don't have normal week like most, with his on-call 24/7 job, coming and going it can be hard sometimes. But that is ok, everyday is a gift, we should treat it as so!! God reminds of us of those gifts in His Word and creation all around us. All you have to do is look at the face of a loved one, friends, the items you have been blessed to have, etc... and this week on a family hike I was also reminded of God's gifts in nature.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Been a great week at Raising Arrows school! This week Abigail finished up her 6th week of school!! We had some fun learning about sea creatures in our oceans. Abigail started on spelling words and she loves it! We went hiking this week and turned it into a little nature and art lesson. She attended a 4H homeschool group, where she participated in voting and made a collage. She enjoyed some play times with friends this week on a couple visits to friends houses and at the tball field where she ran into one of her friends she went to preschool with. This week the kids at church started practicing for the Christmas program. This week during horse lessons Abigail got to go fast as she says (it was a trot), she really loved it! Aidan enjoys hanging out and participating with us sometimes during school. He had school pictures this week, so look forward to seeing those come back (though mommy failed at getting his hair done), and he is learning his letters! Aidan also started a new season of tball! The kids are looking forward to AWANA starting back on Sunday!
 Some days this is how we dress for school!

Little man playing some ball!!


This week I started reading a couple books, which I would recommend:
The Best YES by Lysa Terkeurst
Seasons of a Woman's Life by Lois Evans
I have the pleasure of being apart of a book launch for a friend about her journey through infertility and adoption. Can't wait to share more soon, it is a great book, full of inspiration, and seeing how God is in all the details of our lives!


Here are some encouraging reads this week:


It is possible to walk through the door of fear and arrive on the other side to find joy there waiting http://www.toshowthemjesus.com/2014/when-the-future-seems-frightening/


It’s almost impossible to see yourself as the same person before God saved you.  You are a new creation in Christ. http://www.treasuring-christ.org/a-deeper-understanding-of-who-we-are-in-christ-part-2/

I am right where God wants me to be. It’s not an accident that I am located where I am. http://timewarpwife.com/?p=4324

Our God is creative! Have you noticed that? I sure have! Genesis to Revelation is lined with just how creative He is. He spoke the very world into existence and breathed His breath into the lungs of man. He created the highest mountains, the lowest valleys and the deepest seas. And He paints the most exquisite of sunrises and sunsets every day across the world. http://www.incourage.me/2014/09/let-your-light-shine.html

Remember this truth when life is hard, when you doubt, when your tired…this…. http://gospelhomemaking.com/gospel-truth/
 

Yes emotions, they can get in the way of being a blessing or causing hurt…Emotions are not a bad thing in and of themselves. God made us to have feelings. But we can’t be ruled by them or led by them. http://www.toshowthemjesus.com/2014/for-those-who-are-led-by-their-emotions/

We are souls undone and rebuilt by the Spirit of God. As God surveys this earth, He sees light and darkness. And He sees His light, His Spirit wandering through neighborhoods, offices, schools, Wal-marts, Chick-fil-a playgrounds, and eating breadsticks at Olive Gardens.
We possess God and are filled with Him for the very same purposes that Peter, John, Paul, Mary and Luke in the early church were filled with Him. We are filled with God to pour Him into the darkness. Pour Him into the broken souls who are starving for something.
We are: built by God
rescued by God
filled with God
pleasing to God.
May we never get over it. This weight of glory we carry is the promise of more, the promise of kingdoms coming that our imaginations can’t contain.
So don’t waste your days wondering if there is more.
There is more.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Autism and Oils

Here is a call about using oils for autism. Feel free to share.
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 Thanks to Young Living and YL distributors for sharing these many uses and allowing us to re distribute.
 *Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Ahhh Friday!!!

Wrapping up week 5, moving onto week 6 next week for school! This week been crazy fun week! There was Labor Day, birthday celebrating, school work, and water sprinkler fun only way to enjoy the hot days we have been having here this week!! This week Abigail learned about the Vikings, writing sentences and more reading, learning more about the calendar, some addition, and other math fun. Science she has been learning about rivers and mountains this week.
This mama is tired from all the extra activity that has been going on, but feeling blessed! I have started reading through the Bible again, this time I am doing in it a group through Women Living Well with some friends. This week we are reading about Esther. I have to share with y'all just how God orchestrates things together. Our Wednesday ladies group will be starting a book soon, which also ties in lessons from Esther!! Esther is this woman who not only beautiful and chosen by a king to be his queen, but she is also beautiful on the inside. She follows God patiently, she puts others before herself, risking her life, and God uses her to save the people of Israel, amazing story, learning so much from her! Reminds me of a Proverbs 31 woman, an example of a godly woman, who glorifies God in all she does!

This week these were some inspiring posts I read:

To love people well in the long-term I will sometimes have to disappoint them in the short-term. http://holleygerth.com/scandalous-news/
This is the beauty of turning our attention away from fleshly things that never seem to line up right and on to our unchanging, joyful God! http://www.gracecoversme.com/2014/08/how-to-have-joy.html
Yes please…we all need to do this…I propose a new way to combat distraction, routine, and busyness. http://simplemarriage.net/alternative-to-busyness/
Eat less, move more. Buy less, make more. Stress less, laugh more. Feel blessed, love more. Find a quiet place each day and breathe. http://shalommama.com/balance
I struggle with decisions. I don’t want to miss out on opportunities, mess up relationships by disappointing people, or misstep right out of God’s will. http://lysaterkeurst.com/2014/08/im-disappointed-in-myself/
Did you wake up this morning with a long to-do list and an ambitious mindset? When distractions come your way, try pausing for a moment to see if God is unwrapping a divine appointment for you. It may be disguised as ordinary circumstances. But as you peel back the layers, whispering "Yes Lord, I'll obey," you will no doubt experience His presence and glory! http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/overriding-your-to-do-list/

He has us right where he wants us. Friends, we are a powerful force.  We can do great things and reflect Jesus to the world in the middle of our daily grind.  http://courtneydefeo.com/just-mom/

This rock is no some small stone we can easily step onto. It is huge, like an enormous mountain (Ps. 36:6), so massive that we cannot climb it on our own. But what I often forget is that when God saved me, he not only lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and mire, but he also placed my feet on Christ, my Rock (Ps. 40:2). All Christians need to remember the character of this Rock upon which we stand. http://jenthorn.com/blog/2014/9/1/a-place-for-the-overwhelmed


Song this week:
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
Bring your doubts
Bring your fears
Bring your hurt
Bring your tears
There’ll be no condemnation here
You are holy, righteous and redeemed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI0B4iMLuU


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Very special birthday!!

Hard to imagine my daughter turns 6 tomorrow! Wow, when they say time flies, it sure does! I love my kids to the moon and back, and then some! I thank God for them everyday, they are true treasures! Yes, there are moments they drive me crazy too, but I would not want it any differently!

Abigail is the one who made me a mom six years ago! She arrived in time for us to have breakfast! She is like me in some ways and some ways like her daddy, and others just who God made her to be! She is beautiful, thoughtful, kind, helpful, and giving! She is sweet, but can be spunky! She is a quick learner, loves everyone! She loves horses and right now anything Frozen she gets excited about, even the new underwear she got from us! She is a Jesus girl, loves singing, movies, and all things girly, but doesn't mind helping daddy in the garage or in the yard! When she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian and teacher at church!

We have been celebrating her birthday about everyday this week! Tuesday she invited some of her friends over for a cupcake princesses party.They had fun playing with bubbles, balloons, and doing a little sidewalk chalk art! Instead of donations she collect money to give to Kids Against Hunger, the kiddos raised enough money to provide 392 meals!! So proud of them all!!

Wednesday she opened presents from her family. She received lots of cute new clothes, shoes, and her favorite Frozen items! Tomorrow, which is her actual birthday we will do a little something special and she will get to pick the movie for Friday night movie, my guess...Frozen!

Here are some snapshots of all the fun she has been having:
























Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Growing in my weaknesses!

I wrote and little piece over at Treasuring Christ, where I also sometimes write and share with some other amazing bloggers. Though I am not saying I am amazing, but that they amaze me through their writing. It is an honor to share my faith and Word of God with them! Anyhow, I thought it might speak to some of my readers and because I want you to know I have struggles too and am not perfect, gosh I probably fail at something most days, but God can use us and even little me. Living and learning on this journey, thankful for grace and mercy that our God gives each of us! God is amazing in ALL, He loves us and adores us, each and everyone of us! I hope y'all know that HE loves you and that you will seek Him out to find out who He is and why He loves you.  So here it is and be sure to go over and follow the Treasuring Christ web-site at  http://www.treasuring-christ.org/

So a girl can be wrong right? Now please tell me I am not the only one that has said or done something wrong? I know I am not perfect, but thankfully I have a Savior who is and one is so forgiving!!
My heart has been burdened lately by those I know who may not know our Savior. So I took a few days to take a little time away from social media, which provided to be helpful but at the same time, I also missed the encouragement from others and sharing encouragement with others. I read something recently that spoke to me and I want to share it with you.
If you believe in Christ and have been saved you are rare, but you are rarer person if you are a born again believer who also stands up for it and even rarer if you believe and are willing to stand up and alone.
Wow, that made me even more sad, because I realize just how much work there is to be done.
Jesus also said this “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” God has given us all the choice to be saved, we just need to choose and when we do, we should be so thankful and wanting and willing to share no matter the cost!! So maybe being quiet is not such a good idea, but sometimes a break is much needed, because even Jesus himself had to step away and pray (Luke 5:16).
I have also felt so off-balanced and feel overwhelmed with the things I need to do (It’s that Mary vs. Martha struggle I wrote about previously . About two years ago, God placed it on my heart to start a mom ministry. So after much wrestling about it, I did and thought it be great to have a table full of us, what I didn’t realize is how fast and how much it would grow in a years time. But God knew and He knows the needs, so I need to trust Him to provide those needs. Not always easy to do, when sometimes He leaves me waiting till the last minute, but He always does provide and things always come together.
I have been reminded of this a lot lately from hearing messages from others and what God has done in their lives. Which is such an encouragement for this heart! This year as we start I am feeling so much more calm and peace with it, even though it has about tripled in size (yep God is amazing)!
However, this year our home has also taken on homeschooling, which has been an answered prayer for our family and I am blessed to be able to do this. So this takes up our mornings here in our household and some afternoons too. This does not include my prep time. So on top of trying to be a fabulous housewife and mommy, I am also trying to be a terrific teacher and coordinator for our mom group (remember though I am not perfect, just striving towards it)! So I have been a bit off-balanced, frustrated on how some days I am going to get it all done. But you know instead of complaining and worrying, I should have been praying and asking my God, how do I do what you have given and blessed me with? Because you know what, with God nothing is impossible (Matthew 19:26)! As my kids would sing, “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there is nothing my God can not do…(by Go Fish Guys)” and those messages I hear from others, this is exactly what I need to remember and do, stop, pray, and ask for God to show me the way, to trust Him to provide, and to help me grow in my weaknesses.
Paul lived this great message: 2 Corinthians 12:9:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Some good times...

I know the kids will appreciate these pictures in years to come...memories! Or at least I hope!

Aidan is taking care of the class bear this weekend, so far Daisy the bear is still in one piece. He is not gentle with him, he is all boy, rough and tumble. So far Daisy and him have made silly faces, played cars and tractors, read books, wrestled, and Aidan has been swinging her through the air. I hope Daisy makes it back in one piece. I don't think Daisy will want to visit again. However, Aidan really is enjoying having Daisy here and is loving on the bear too.




Abigail and I attended a princess tea party that benefited the Ronald McDonald House. She had a wonderful time, getting her nails done, making a craft, meeting and photo opportunities with the princesses, and of course cupcake and tea time!













Next week we will have a small party to celebrate Abigail's birthday. She has invited a few friends over for cupcakes and playtime. Instead of presents she is asking for donations for Kids Against Hunger. Love her giving little heart! Can't believe she will be turning 6!