Sunday, April 22, 2018

Collection of Poems, Hymns, and Prayers compiled by A.W. Tozer

The last couple years, probably since we started homeschooling, I have grown to really enjoy reading poems and learning about hymns. So I was excited when I saw a book with a collection of poems, hymns, and prayers that were compiled by A.W. Tozer, titled The Christian Book of Mystical Verse. Tozer is one of my favorite authors and if you were to ask me that question, if you could meet someone that is dead who would it be, Tozer would be one of them, because of the wisdom he has and his faith in Christ!

This collection focuses on God and worshipping Him through words written by some well-known poets, preachers, and writers. Tozer's selection is theologically sound and makes a connection to our soul to return to God for use in private devotion. "I would respectfully urge the one who may come into possession of this book not to "read" it as he would read another book. Let him rather to enter into its mood, to capture and be captured by its spirit." 

The book is organized into categories: Adoration of the Godhead, Devotional Meditations on the Cross of Christ, Penitential Reflections On Our Sins, Rejoicing in Forgiveness and Justification, Yearning for Purity of Heart, Aspirations After God, Delighting in God's Presence, The Raptures of Divine Love, The Rest of Faith, Spiritual Warfare, Victory Through Praise, The Prayer of Quiet, Bliss of Communion, Joyous Anticipation of Christ's Return, and Immortality and the World to Come. Tozer mentions in the book that this is not a complete collection, as he wanted to make the book small enough to be portable.

I have read through several pages throughout the book and they are deep. Many of these date back to 1700's and some before. This is a book for someone new to poetry or long time poetry lover. Every Christian would benefit from having this book and it would also make a great book to give. You could use this book in several ways, read some in your devotional time, before beginning to pray, at the end of the day, dinner table with your family, etc...

Here are a few sample pages:




Where to get this book and more from Moody Publishers:
https://www.moodypublishers.com/books/evangelism-and-discipleship/the-christian-book-of-mystical-verse/

  “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Moody Publishers for providing this opportunity for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Learning True Success, Encouragement and Weirdness!

Thanks @amyhale for this timely reminder! Always obedience to God first!

This world teaches us that in order to be somebody, you need to be successful, be busy doing things, have a good job, high salary, perfect home, perfect children, etc... right!? Well if that be the case, I failed! Thank goodness it is not! The media portrays certain ways that people live, the school system focuses on getting good grades, testing, asking what are you going to be when you grow up, you need to go to college to make something of yourself, etc... Even adults are guilty of saying these things at times to children. Now don't be shaking your head at me, I am not condoning not getting an education, in fact get a good education, read lots of books, be a person who is continually learning and take the initiative to learn the truth. I am also not saying don't go after your dreams either. But don't compare yourself to what your friend, neighbor, or what they portray in the media as a way to be successful. Instead, seek first the kingdom of God! Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Oh, how I wish I learned that many years ago! Would have saved me a lot of stress.

Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.



I learned true success a few years ago. I use to be one to do all the things, and they were good things too. I would over commit myself, and then I would suffer, which in turn makes those around me suffer too! I wanted people to think I had made something of myself by accomplishing this or doing that, that I was important. I wanted to be like so-and-so because they were doing all the things. I liked hearing great job, I wanted to be liked! Um, no, that only leads to burnout, frustration, and disappointment! God did not make you to do it all, He made you to love, abide in Him, and through that you can give Him glory. You can't do anything to earn His love, which is a big relief. He already loves you, as you are. Yes, when you come to know Jesus, you will want to do the good things He has given you to do, but again use discernment as to what that might actually be. God doesn't open every door for you to go through! That is a lie and I believe a trick from satan! We need Jesus, not the idols "golden calves" of this world that we have become dependant on such as "Google" and opinions from social media. We want to change the world, I feel the best way to change the world is by loving God and putting Him first (it is the first commandment), and then those He has placed in your life by being an example of Jesus to them. We can't serve depleted, stressed, or worry what people will think and think that we are doing good. God would not honor that kind of service! Let us learn from Mary and Martha, to seek first devotion and love for God. Only He can fill our hearts and give us purpose to do!

So why do I share this, because I use to do these things and still struggle with doing what's right at times, but I am learning! That is what this journey of faith is about! I had to learn to stop comparing myself to people and feeling guilty that I wasn't serving and doing all the things. Because my life is not like there life and vice-versa. I have learned to say no to over-commitment and to ask my husband before I commit myself to something or make a big decision. Why because he is the leader of the home and this is how God designed it to be and really when we do this it works so much better. He also may have a different perspective I need and what I do does affect him and our family. I have learned to seek God in what I am to be doing. I am learning to focus on what matters most when it comes to doing things. We have all been given gifts to use and God says to use our time and gifts wisely. So that my friends is what I have been learning and focusing on, it hasn't been easy to let go and to trust God's way, but my relationship with God has grown so much more. My family gets the best of me, instead of the after. I also have more time to reach out to those in need when situations arise. Instead, I would have turned a blind eye to situations like that, saying I am too busy. The world has become so fast-paced and loud, with access to everything, that we think we should live our lives in that way too. Well, that is satan's doing, he wants us busy, busy serving him and not God. Jesus never rushed or seemed to be in a hurry. Instead, we need to learn to step away to a quiet place and make time to hear from God and let Him direct our journey.



Good reads:
We need good rhythms in place, routines that anchor us and help us face true north in the midst of challenges and difficulties. http://theglorioustable.com/2018/04/whats-your-liturgy/
Parents prepare their kids for the world. We give them directions so they won’t become lost. Some conversations are scary, some our sweet. It’s our job to help our kids navigate the world, enjoy it, survive it when difficulties arrive, and to thrive as much as possible. But we also need to talk to our kids about the kind of people we want them to be. I want to raise kids who make the world a better place. http://wearethatfamily.com/2018/04/4-conversations-we-need-to-have-with-our-kids-that-will-change-the-world/
It isn’t about living up to someone else’s ideal (even MINE! 🙂 ). It’s about figuring out who you are, and who your husband is, and who God made your kids to be, and listening to advice, and then tailoring it to meet your own family. You don’t have to look like anyone else. There is no “one way” to be a perfect Christian mom. There are thousands. Millions. And they all involve just listening to God. https://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2018/04/permission-not-to-be-a-perfect-mother/
 Discussion, discussion, discussion; an integral part of walking with our children! http://sallyclarkson.com/blog/2018/3/28/everyone-stop-and-think-about-jesus

These are not easy tasks, but they are worthy work. Your investment in your family, in doing the hard work of relational healing and pursuit of growth and the discipline to learn new things, has so many benefits. https://www.sonlight.com/blog/hard-worthy.html
 
Few funnies to share:
Caffeine is a must and being weird well that is just normal! 🤣
If I was in charge of the world, this is what it would be like 😉😜
Sorry, not sorry my friends!! 💖

It's true, everything comes back! 🤣


Friday, April 13, 2018

Thankfulness and encouragement this week!


This quote is so good!! Thanks to @missionmindedmomma for sharing it!! "How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none." ~A.W. Tozer
If we are honest we all struggle with something, we all have limitations, but our God does not! In fact, Jesus died on the cross and overcame all the things we would struggle with, our troubles, plus sin, and more! However, there are just some days it is tough and you struggle, and that is OK, Jesus never said we wouldn't have troubles, but He did say “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”~John 16:33  When I feel my anxiety or worry rising, I have a choice to make, I can dwell in it, let it rob me of joy and peace or I can turn my eyes to the ONE who has overcome! It takes time and work to do this, so why we need to remain close to Him and trust Him! Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."~John 15:5 I do believe God has given me this struggle to grow me in my journey of faith and wow is it ever challenging at times! Thankfully God doesn't give up on us, stop loving us, or tell us we are unworthy, nope God sent Jesus and made Him enough for us. “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”~Romans 8:39 So thankful for this truth because we are not perfect here on earth we will still struggle and mess up at times. However, there is nothing I have to worry about doing or not doing to make God love me less. His love remains steady, constant, doesn't run out, God will never let you down! I am definitely not who I once was, but because of My Savior, I have been able to turn from my old ways and recall the promises God has given me! Hallelujah!!



Last month I started writing my blessing list again, writing down the things I am thankful for from the Lord! This has been such a blessing, I don't know why I stopped. It sure has helped on those days, when it seems the devil is working overtime. God is so good, His love is unconditional thankfully!! These are some things in my life I am thankful for: He has given me people (dear friends) in my life through all our moves, a strong hard-working husband who is always there for me even though he works a lot away from home, my children who teach me so much and love to laugh, ladies Bible study group, Bible studies to show me His truths and promises, non-fiction books written to speak biblical truth and encouragement, fictional books too that show different lives and situations (really enjoy reading missionary and historical stories, thankfully there a lot of those in our homeschool curriculum), stories shared by others these can be so encouraging, the beauty in creation to remind me of His promises, the power of prayer, and most important His Word-the Bible. When I recall the things I am thankful, it sure does remind me of the presence of God in everything!

“For one who has made thanksgiving the habit of his life, the morning prayer will be, ‘Lord, what will you give me today to offer back to you?"~ Elisabeth Elliot



Amen to this!! So thankful for my husband! 💓
Encouraging posts worth reading from the last month:
So agree with this post and why I have limited my usage so much…Although access to information is important, and electronic connection to friends and family has its merits, with this age comes a side effect I find troubling: stress and anxiety from information overload—especially negative information. Being informed is well and good, but the availability of news, information, and insight into private lives has reached an unprecedented and unhealthy level. http://theglorioustable.com/2018/04/healthy-diet-of-beauty/

When we aren’t able to cling to our spiritual identity, we’ll are easily discouraged to the point of quitting. We forget who we are when we forget who Christ is. When we forget what He has done. When we forget what He is still in the business of doing. Your soul has a story to tell. Writing is personal, emotional work, and if we don’t know who we are, we will be unprepared for the roller-coaster ride that is answering the creative call on our lives. http://kriscamealy.com/for-those-of-us-wrestling-with-being-imposter-syndrome/

Teach them to be shrewd with the alluring, twisted, contradictory voices and seek the truth buried underneath — to find the common ground and rejoice in it. Teach them to listen to the broken, grieving, outraged cries and respond back with truth, depth, beauty, and love. Teach them to filter out what’s true and pure and excellent and praise-worthy amongst the billions of words being funneled into our minds and dwell on those (Philippians 4:8). Teach them to juxtapose what’s said against what’s known to be true, exposing it for what it really is (Luke 8:17). Teach them to take words uttered in darkness and strip them of their power, putting them to work for the Kingdom of God (Genesis 50:20). http://www.bmckernan.com/2017/11/09/dont-waste-the-words-of-the-world-raising-children-of-truth/

Our culture is changing every day, leading to an endless list of new challenges and questions for the Church, but here’s the thing: God isn’t phased by it. He’s not sitting back wondering how this “post-Christian” thing is going to play out. He’s still the same, and His plan hasn’t changed. I don’t know if you’ve checked your Bibles lately, but Matthew 16:16-19 tells us that nothing—not even the gates of hell—shall prevail against the mission and people of God. https://relevantmagazine.com/god/matt-chandler-4-ways-christians-share-faith-actually-effective/
And after a couple of days of trying to convince myself that I could do it all, my gut wouldn’t stop reminding them of these words from Mother Teresa: “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” http://wearethatfamily.com/2018/04/go-home-love-your-family-also-titled-how-to-really-change-the-world/
Be bold enough to wrestle with a God who can’t be beaten https://storywarren.com/on-wrestling-an-open-letter-to-my-son/
So the suffering is never wasted. He is always Good. When I try to understand what is going on, things I cannot understand, I will always question God’s goodness. Like many of life’s struggles, God hasn’t left us to floundering on our own. http://www.sarahefrazer.com/2018/03/how-sorrow-shapes-our-heart/
For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them. https://modernmrsdarcy.com/cover-reveal-id-rather-be-reading/
And I know it won’t even make sense to most people but what do you do when your dream dies? http://www.karipatterson.com/youve-just-buried-hope/



Funnies, as we all need a laugh:
This is how I read so much!

I am OK with this, LOL!!
My daughter is super sweet and always concerned about others who are hurting, though I watch out, she does know karate! 😉😜
Few snapshots:

My final two boxes of curriculum arrived, whoohoo!! All the books, homeschooling rocks!!




This girl designed her own doll, love her creativity!
So proud of my little man and how far he has come along in his reading! Another book completed! I was worried when I started teaching him that this would be a hard skill to teach, but we are doing it!! Homeschooling often teaches me more and who God created me to be!
Little man is back playing soccer this year and having fun playing!
Happy Easter, we are thankful Jesus has risen!! Hope y'all had a wonderful Easter!
This happens, when you can't make it to your churches Easter egg hunt you do your own!
Early birthday celebrating for little man, bowling fun!
Excited to be 7!!

My girl and I watching little man at soccer practice one chilly evening!
Snow in the south in April, it must be documented to be true, lol!!
Little man learned about bee's and dressed up like a bee-keeper at co-op! Homeschooling fun!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Homeschooling, Planning and Encouragement!


I got a big weight off my shoulders!!! I finished ordering all our curriculum we need for next year for my 4th/5th grader and 2nd grader to be! Slowly, they have started to arrive, I am just waiting for my last two orders (Sonlight and ChristianBook) and those are my big orders. You may know this if you are on Instagram, as I have shared a peek already.
March is when I sit down and look at curriculum choices, what we used, what we liked, what I felt did not work so well, etc... This next year we are changing things up a lot, and I will need more time to plan as I didn't stick with our regular source like we have been using for the last couple years. Since we started I have used Sonlight's full curriculum, but this year my daughter will only be using just the core, which is Bible/History/Literature. The only worksheets they will use will be in Language Arts and that will be minimal, the rest we will use notebooks to narrate what they are learning. We are literature learning focused, and classify ourselves as Classical/Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. The longer I do this the more comfortable and confident I feel in teaching and making these choices as to what is best for my children. In the end, I know that the curriculum isn't what is most important! Nope, what is most important is the time I spend glorifying God in our learning time and pointing my children to Jesus through it all. To train them up in the way to go, so they can be kingdom builders for God. This is one of the main responsibilities God has given me to do. This is not always easy, so why I need Jesus everyday! So when it comes to planning and picking curriculum I am thinking of that purpose and what my children need to learn and grow in. In addition, I look at how they learn best, what they take an interest in, and where they need more help in.

So why do I order this time of year, I have found this is when there are some good deals and plus it gives me time to plan before we start back up in July. This mama likes good deals, saving money, and planning when I can!! So without further ado:






For next year, my son will remain using mostly Sonlight, since I already have it, and we get a second use out of Core C. Which includes Sonlight's: Bible, History, Literature, Language Arts, and Science, though it will be tweaked a bit to make it work for him and us. Science will be more supplemental material, using it when it fits in. We do Bible and Science together. We also do some History together, but for the most part, they have their own level. For Language Arts in addition to Sonlight's, writing and reading program little man will use:
~ A Reason for Handwriting starting cursive
~Explode the Code series.
~Horizon 2 for math.
This year he will start Latin and will use Song School Latin by Classical Academic Press, which is what my daughter also started with when she first began learning Latin.

Since, we do Bible together, I will pull some from both the Sonlight Cores C and E. Sonlight Bible lesson's focus mainly on reading and memorizing Bible Scripture and also about missionaries and culture around the world, which is our favorite part and the songs that Sonlight includes are great way to start our morning time! In addition, I purchased some other books to use during our morning time, which are:
~God's Timeline: The Big Book of Church History (this also ties in with history lessons)
~The Answer Books for Kids by Answers for Genesis (some of these go with our Science lessons)
~A Kid's Guide to the Armor of God by Tony Evans
~Think Act and Be Like Jesus by Randy Frazee
~Cornerstones: 200 Questions and Answers To Learn Truth (this also goes with some of our history lessons this year)
~The Case for the Creator by Lee Strobel (also goes with science lessons this year)
~God's Mighty Acts in Creation (another to go with science lessons)
~A Girl's Guide To Making Really Good Choices by Elizabeth George (for my daughter in our individual time)
~Patterns of Nature (science/nature)
~The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds and to Nature Drawing and Journaling (science/nature and art)
Now I am not sure of the plan in using these all yet, as I haven't started putting it all together and I won't start the planning stage till June, but they do go together with our focus this year, which is learning about creation and character development from the Bible. Some of the books go with either our history or science lessons, others will be part of our bedtime reading and some in our morning time throughout the year. Most of these books were on-sale through ChristianBook online. I also ordered a couple books from Amazon. The only curriculum I ordered through main author websites was Classical Academic Press, Sonlight Core for my daughter, and Teaching Textbooks. I do compare prices and look for coupons!

Now for my daughter's language arts this year, she will be using:
~Fix It Grammar by IEW
~Writing and Rhetoric by Classical Academic Press
~A Reason for Handwriting Cursive D (we like this handwriting curriculum)
~Spelling Workout D, we started using Spelling Workout mid-year this year and we really like it!

She will be using Sonlight's Core E~Bible,/History/Literature (it comes all together and with a schedule). Since History Core E is focused on American History, we will also use Memoria Press's States and Capitals curriculum.

Math will be Teaching Textbooks 5, we used this last year and she loves it!

Latin she will be doing Latin for Children A by Classical Academic Press. We are fans of Classical Academic Press Latin curriculum!

For Science, since the science my son is using in Sonlight, is about weather and geology, for my daughter I purchased God's Design for Heavens and Earth (which is creation-science based about the weather, the universe, and planet Earth) by Answers in Genesis to coincide with my son's, so we can do them together.

For art and nature, I purchased some drawing books for birds and animals ~ The Laws Guide to Drawing by John Muir Laws, along with books titled Tracks, Scats, and Signs and Fun with Nature. We will add in some pastel chalk art and painting. Which I also do along with them!

The kids also participate in extracurricular classes through a co-op that we have been a part of and they get their exercise by participating in karate, soccer, outside play and gym time. They both still are enjoying piano lessons!

I can't believe I will be going on my 5th year of homeschooling. Oh how much I have learned in this journey. I have said this before and will say it again, God sure does use the raising and teaching of my children to grow me in faith!  Right now, I know of three families that will be starting this journey next year, and I am so excited for them! I remember when I first started, all the questions and concerns I had in the beginning. So I encourage you if you are starting or even thinking about it, seek out some families that are homeschooling. Visit with them, ask questions, pray about it, and research. God will give you the confidence and peace you need in this journey. I have many friends that homeschool, and not one of us does is the same way. That is the beauty of homeschooling, you make it work for your family and children. Do not, and I repeat do not compare your homeschooling journey with anybody else's. Yes, ask questions and even look at what they are using, share resources, but use what will work best for you and your children. There are so many homeschooling companies, curriculum, and sources out there. So don't feel like you have to use what your friend is using and if you do things differently, which you probably will, be there to encourage and help each other out. There are some subjects I am not as strong in or are not my favorite to teach, that is not a reason to not homeschool. Because there are online sources and programs that will help, but also you may just have a friend that you can get together with and share with. So find your people, those people that will encourage you and love on your kiddo's, so you are not alone. I am so thankful for those that have helped me when I was beginning and thankful to those that are a part of our lives now. I enjoy helping new families get started, I actually met with two families this year, and what a blessing it is to help someone else and share resources with. Feel free to share some homeschool encouargement or your plans below in the comments! 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Encouraging reads and posts:
This is from Sally and Clay Clarkson's new book. Sally is one of my favorite authors and I have read most of her books, so I am excited to be a part of sharing her new book with you!


Friends, we are raising a generation that may live in difficult times. This seems fairly clear to me when I consider how our world is changing. Our culture exacts a heavy toll from its children; it pressures them and demeans them, distancing them from nature, rushing them along to loss of innocence and prioritizing achievement and success. I pray we are educating our children not for ‘success,’ but for the work of holy resistance and radical hope. https://afterthoughtsblog.net/2018/04/stones-cry-out.html 
The art of living together, of being a family, is being lost, just as the wealth of the earth is being lost by man's carelessness in his ignoring the need for conservation of forests, lakes and seas. https://www.circeinstitute.org/blog/still-same-person-edith-schaeffer-child-rearing-beauty-seeking-home-keeping 
It is written somewhere, "A mother is only a woman, but she needs the love of Jacob, the patience of Job, the wisdom of Moses, the foresight of Joseph, and the firmness of Daniel." http://amblesideonline.org/PR/PR03p092MotherCulture.shtml 
The fact that you know your children better than anyone and are willing to invest your time and attention to homeschool them makes you ideally qualified to teach them. Your love for your them absolutely makes you the best teacher for your kids. https://www.weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com/homeschool-parent-qualifications/
For the homeschooling mom…What’s your “enough”? http://www.theunlikelyhomeschool.com/2016/11/enough.html
Lifestyle of learning: When you homeschool, your whole approach to learning starts to change. You may begin to look at nearly everything as a learning opportunity. http://www.sonlight.com/blog/lifestyle-learning.html





Monday, March 26, 2018

936 Pennies

You may be asking yourself, what is 936 Pennies? Well, it is a new book that recently released, wrote by Eryn Lynum! The title is 936 Pennies ~ Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting. I came across Eryn Lynum a couple years ago on her blog http://erynlynum.com/, when she shared about 936 Pennies. Her blog has also been encouraging in this parenting journey. Parenting most days is easy, but often times we do mess up and fail, and feel like maybe we aren't doing it right or not enough, because we are not perfect and our culture often views parenting differently. Well I knew from the beginning I wanted to raise my children different, then what culture says. Eryn reminds you through her book, with practical advice, reminders, Scriptural references, and also her own journey how we can be intentional and why it matters!! She learned about 936 Pennies through her Pastor one day when he shared a jar of pennies with her. That jar of pennies represents how many weeks you have with your child from birth until age 18. Each week, you are to remove a penny, which reminds you the importance of time. So she asks us, how we will spend them? Well, I want to be intentional and wise as I can be, but that doesn't always happen, and Eryn admits that too. So why we need Jesus and the reminders God has given us through His Word. Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. That is what I want in my journey and my family! Of course, things don't always go according to plan, there will be heart-aches, there will be moments of struggle, and sometimes our children are not born or leave this earth early. To which Eryn shared her heartbreaking loss and a friends loss, but yet we need to be reminded God has a plan, and even though that happened, it mattered, even the short time. "When we choose to count time, we realize just how precious every single penny inside that jar is."

This book is so much more though than counting pennies and being aware of how precious time is, or just how fast it goes sometimes. It is full of encouragement in our journey of parenthood, helpful suggestions on how to create an intentional joy in your journey, questions to reflect on, how to stretch moments into memories, how to glorify our time to God, and what matters. She reminds us also to make sacred pauses in our day, asking ourselves are we spending this day on things that truly matter. To take time to stop, reflect, refocus, and rest. So we can redeem our time when signs of chaos or stress or rush start to take over.
Here are some notes I made in my book:
  • Countless things have changed in the arena of motherhood since the very first birth story, when Eve welcomed baby Cain into the world. But two things have not changed. One is the reality of the limited time we as parents have with our children before they enter into adulthood. The other is the responsibility we have as parents to use that time well, to nurture and shape and guide our children into an abundant life. 
  • Every week, no matter how demanding and exhausting, God has promised you His presence, and that is everything you will need for walking this road of parenthood. No matter your situation, He knows it, and He is waiting to meet you right where you are. He goes before us, and He already knows what lies ahead. He knows the way. 
  • Each moment is an opportunity to teach and to be taught - to love, to nurture, and to shape our children. 
  • They are His gift, the equipping and enabling of us as fallible humans to take on this high calling of raising the children He has given us. 
  • As parents, we are given the task of telling our children about Jesus. We have the great privilege of explaining to them just how wonderful God is, and all that HE has done for them. We are called to do this not only during bedtime prayers. We need to weave words of grace and biblical truths throughout the fabric of our days, and what better opportunity to teach our kids about their Creator than by walking side-by-side with Him int he beauty of His creation! 
  • When we spend our days doing exactly what God crafted us to do - living in enjoyment of Him - time is amplified. 
  • Our job as parents is to be peacemakers. We can make peace in our homes by first discovering a deep sense of peace for ourselves, the sort of peace that roots itself only in Christ himself. 
  • The answer is always, But God. But God in His mercy will provide. But God will come through. But God will make a way. But God is more than enough. For He is the one who "gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak (Isaiah 40:29)". 
  • In a culture that has succumbed to passive parenting, it has great strength and courage to do things differently at the expense of looking authoritarian, strict, or even harsh - but it is worth it.
  • Every prayer, every opportunity for grace, every toy picked up, every playdate at the park, every sit-down over homework and cookies - God looks down on it all and says, This is good." And so we can, too.

This is one of those parenting books that all moms should read and it would make a great gift to give a new mom. I think we all need encouragement and reminders in this parenting journey, and Eryn did a wonderful job of writing about it. For more about this book, check out Baker Publishing at  http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/936-pennies/385680

 “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Baker Publishers for providing this opportunity for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

My Savior ~ Holy Week


As we prepare for Easter, may we remember why we gather together! 

12 Stations of the Cross:

Listen and watch, so thankful for Jesus~My Savior!


John 20:11-18
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.