Monday, September 18, 2017

Matthew West ~ All In CD, Review with Give-away!!!

I so enjoy listening to music and today I received Matthew West's newest CD ~ All In in the mail!! I have been listening to it all afternoon. The music of his newest CD will encourage and lift you up. Also some great songs to dance to, but I won't share my moves with you! Trust me, you are not missing anything, but my kids think I am good, ha!!The song Amen is a great one to dance and sing along and give praise to our Lord "If you're a new creation, Amen, If you got that feel good in your soul, that hope that won't let go..." and the song The Beautiful Things We Miss, is a great reminder to slow down and be thankful for what is right in front of you, "I don't wanna miss it, I don't wanna look back someday and find, everything that really mattered, was right in front of me this whole time, open up my eyes, Lord, keep me int his moment just like this, before the beautiful things we love, become the beautiful things we miss." 

The whole CD is going to be on repeat here for a while. This new album releases September 22, so be sure to check it out. Here is a little information about Matthew's heart behind the album:  
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?



Social Corner:


Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns


All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo




#ALLIN  #FlyBy

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekly rewind, encouragement, and snapshots!

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Lately, my mind is bothered by many things, things I see, things I hear and I am thankful that I am back in the habit of daily Bible reading and writing scripture, it is what keeps me from saying or doing something stupid (though it still happens from time to time). Seems to be so much judgment and pointing fingers, where is the grace? To which I will say I am guilty too, sigh, so why I need to give myself a heart and mind check and get into the Word of God to know the right response should be, because if I were to let my feelings have control (feelings are not always truthful), oh mercy I don't even want to think about it. So I go to the Word, read and write and let it meditate into my heart and mind! I let God's Word and truths transform me, because isn't that what we are supposed to be doing? I think some of us have forgotten that step, we come to Christ to be saved because we are lost sinners and then think, great now I am good, whoa, back up, I am not good, only my Lord is good and it is through Him that I am good. Yes, I am a mess and many times need grace, which we all are in need of, but I don't want that grace that was gifted to be misused, I want to learn and grow in my faith, so that I can be a light of Jesus in this world (it is what God calls us to do), my children need me to be and the people around me and the people I come across, need me to be too. This requires me daily to walk in faith, yes daily, giving up my needs and wants and taking up the cross of Jesus Christ. Luke 9:23 If anyone would come after Me, let him/her deny himself/herself and take up his/her cross daily and follow Me/Jesus. So I ask myself is my heart self-focused or on Christ and others? Yes, this kind of walking in faith will cost us, it is a personal sacrifice to do this, but Jesus sacrificed it all for us. So we should be willing to do the same for Him! Will it be easy, no, but it is worth it!
I was reminded also in God's Word how much He loves me, He says take heart, daughter your faith has made you well (Matthew 9:22). He calls us His children, daughters and sons. A faith in Jesus changes everything, His love, His truth, and I am reminded again Jesus is everything and enough for me. Lord help me when I fail and not waste this precious life you have given me and the callings in my life to live out your truths. For the days when I am tired and feel like I am not enough, I remind myself of your truth, Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in.

This week I am thankful for friends that point me to truth, that pray for and with me. For the church, a place that I am able to worship my Lord with other believers, to learn and grow together in our faith, to help and encourage each other, though there are times we sometimes get it wrong and hurts happen, but that to me is proof of why we are in need of a Savior and the church. For freedom where I live to worship God. For grace and God's forgiveness for the times I get it wrong as it is a reminder of how much I need Jesus, to keep me humble, to grow and transform my heart and mind. If you don't have someone to pray and talk to about biblical truths, may I suggest finding a person and a church to attend and be part of. God gave us each other and the church because He knew we would need people in our lives and a place to go to. It is God's design for us. To grow together, help one another, hold one another accountable, to share our burdens with, to encourage and serve together. You will find all that in the Bible, not something I have made up. So if you are struggling alone, stop, pray and find someone and a place to go to. This may mean you have to be brave and take that step, but let me tell you God is with you and He will not fail you ever. God told Moses to share with His people this message Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. God will not leave you or forsake you. And this truth has not changed for His people then or will it ever change. 

I share the above with you because I need these reminders in my life. Relationships with others is hard, liking people is hard, talking and sharing with others is hard. If it were up to me, I would live on a remote island or in the middle of the forest. But because of Jesus I do not. Faith in Jesus Christ changes everything! His love, His truth, Jesus is enough!

Encouraging reads:

We think we’re to be tolerant and respect their right to choose. But what if we intervened and that one first bad choice stopped there? The rest of the story wouldn’t happen and the spiral of choices would not throw everything out of kilter and destroy a family. http://www.lifeway.com/womensministry/2017/09/01/every-choice-matters/
Five words like scaffolding on which to build our days. Five words that are our refrain on repeat, our habit of being here. http://annvoskamp.com/2017/09/5-keys-to-any-successful-school-work-parenting-venture/
The clock reads midnight, the darkest part of night, the start of a new day. I whisper a prayer tucked under the sheets, “God, help me be a Fiercehearted woman who lives and loves and battles like You do.” I don’t want to be an ear-slasher. I want, through Jesus, to be a heart-healer, difference-maker, chain-breaker. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does” (2 Corinthians 10:3). http://holleygerth.com/love-powerful-weapon/
But Jesus offers hope to every situation, and helps us trade what would have been for the truth of what WILL behttp://www.karipatterson.com/from-what-would-have-been/
Check out more about the book Daring To Hope and the free preorder gifts at https://amazima.org/daringtohope/

Snapshots, peek into our life:

Earlier morning frog rescues, saving frog from Peter cat.
Making bookmarks with pressed flowers.
This girl is so excited to go to a princess tea party at church tonight!!

Sissy is at princess tea party, so my little handsome boy and I are out on a date!
Love this crew. Ready for Sunday worship.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...Gensis 1:1
Not sure what look we are going for today, but none the less he is still a cutie.
Twirling is fun while memorizing Bible verse! Rejoice, Joy, Homeschooling!! Rasing Arrows!
Art and Bible lesson, the walls of Jericho come tumbling down! God is trustworthy, faithful, and can do the impossible!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Becoming Mom Strong~book launch

May I just say, wow there are some really great books being released this year! Here is another, that releases on September 19. This book is by podcaster and blogger Heidi St. John. I have been listening to her for a few years as she also homeschools and is always current on the things taking place in our culture (by the way you do not need to be a homeschooler to read this book). This is a book for us moms, titled: Becoming Mom Strong~How to Fight with All That's in You for Your Family and Your Faith, go to her website at https://heidistjohn.com/ to find out more about Heidi and her book. There is also a journal (which I will be purchasing in addition to this book) and a Bible study guide to go with it! Also, she is helping to train leaders to start MomStrong groups across the country, which I think is so wonderful. I use to be part of MOPS and have coordinated mom groups in the past, and I see the need for mom groups, that models Titus 2, while encouraging and serving together. We all need friends to come along side us and help us in our faith walk, to learn biblical truth, so we can grow and serve together! This is Heidi's heart and why she wrote this book!


So why would I recommend this book to my friends and mom's out there, because Heidi is not afraid to talk about the hard subjects, the problems with our culture today with truth and grace, the issues we face as moms. She is real and honest, she has a deep passion for sharing Biblical truth and a love for Jesus. She encourages me to not shy away from hard issues, to grow in my faith, all while pointing to our very much need of Jesus in our lives. Her book speaks from experience with 26 years of parenting and a homeschool mom of 7. A book to remind us that God's Word contains everything we need to train our children in righteousness, but that it starts with us! The book is packed with lots of biblical wisdom to remind us to become strong in the Lord, so that we can help train up our children in the way to go in this world as strong arrows for God! For those that do not know, we homeschool and our homeschool name is Raising Arrows, so this resonates with me so much!!
  
So, how do we become MomStrong, like the book title says? Heidi says we first need to be honest with ourselves. Acknowledge our own weaknesses and go back to the beginning, God has provided us in His Word. "The way we find out what God's character is like is by reading His Word. Every other book out there (including this one) pales in comparison to that singular literary master piece. It's the only book you need." 

I have so many notes and highlights throughout this book I love to share, but will share just a few, otherwise this would be a very long post. 
  • Our priority must be hearing from the Lord in every aspect of our lives. If we're not listening for the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, we're more likely to fall victim to the latest and greatest parenting fad or to get sucked into the trap of believing we can do it with out the Lord, and that is exactly what the enemy wants.
  •  As parents, we're accountable for training our children in righteousness. The results are up to God.
  • History is worth digging into, because history is more than just a sense of dates on a timeline. History is really HIStory-God's story-the unfolding of the Master's plan.
  • You are preparing warriors who at some point will be asked to choose between following God's law and following the culture. 
  • In this culture of "tolerance", we should expect to be rejected. The way of the cross is to live in full view of the world but to keep our eyes on Jesus. If we're going to live counter-culturally, we need to know who God says we are.
  • The point is that we need to surrender ourselves to what God wants us to do. We need to be willing to do what He says is best, not what our flesh wants or what the world says we should do.
  • The journey we are on is designed to help us trust God in ways we don't expect and can't foresee.
  • MomStrong mom doesn't trust in her own abilities, she trusts in a strong sovereign God. 
  • Invest in friendships with women who are not afraid to bring you into the light. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Life is found in the light of truth, and the truth is found in the Word of God. 
  • Hope that is based on faith in Jesus Christ floats, even in the midst of an ocean of grief and suffering, because when we place our hope in Him alone, our hope is never misplaced. Though we suffer loss and rejection, we don't grieve like the world grieves. We grieve with hope. 
  • Spending time with the Lord is non-negotiable if you want to become the mother God created you to be. You have to make time for God, not excuses. 
  • Our kids can't afford to have moms who are burned out and checked out. They need us to be all in...We're often too distracted to ask God for help with our daily challenges. And Satan loves it when we're too busy to pray. A mom who is too busy to seek the Lord in prayer is easy prey for the devil!
  • By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.~2 Peter 1:3. By His divine power, we can understand God's standard for living a godly life...We need to teach our children that their worth comes from God, and we can't do that unless we believe it too. 
  • God trusts us to raise His children. They're not really ours, after all. They're on loan to us from the Creator. Our job is to train these precious children to hear God's still, small voice above, all the other voices competing for their attention-both today and in the years to come. 
  • God isn't silent on the issues we're facing today...We need to know the truth and stand firm in it. Truth matters to God, so it should matter to us. 





Heidi has some pre-sale freebies for those that order the book before it releases on September 19 at https://heidistjohn.com/author/becoming-momstrong

Friday, September 8, 2017

Break Week!!! Thankfulness, Encouragement, and Snapshots!

This week was break week in our homeschooling! It was time for a break, as we completed 6 weeks of school, so we took a parent-teacher-student in-service, so to speak! We had birthday celebrating to do, as my daughter turned 9, oh my! I also needed to prep and plan our next six weeks of learning time! This is the time I give the house a little extra attention too, along with projects and book piles that need attending to.

I finished Daring To Hope and can not wait to share it with you all!
This week so many things to be thankful for, family time, beautiful weather, but as my hubs and I were sitting outside one night after a day of celebrating our daughter's birthday, I realized not only is she nine, but we have been parents for nine years also!! So many thoughts went through my head at that moment. How much I have changed since becoming a mom. The challenges parenting sometimes bring. Also, the joys that parenting brings. I do feel that so far we have done a good job, I mean the children are all alive, right!? But in all seriousness, it is all because of Jesus that we have done as well as we have on this parenting journey so far. Reminds me how much I need my Lord and how much I need to trust and rely on my Lord in all things. Parents, this parenting job is one the most important things God has given us to do, and I want to be glorifying HIM with it! My children are a gift given to me from the Lord, and my children need me to help show them the way with my Lord leading me!
Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children Your faithfulness.

Psalm 78:4  We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
Ephesians 6:4 Do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Encouraging reads:
We all want our children to understand their value, their true self-worth. But, we want them to focus on the truth. The truth is we aren’t good or wonderful, on our own. The truth is our value lies in Christ and who He is. When we help our children refocus their thinking, removing their eyes off themselves and putting them on Christ, they will see a true reflection of what they are worth. They were created by a loving God who sent His Son to die for them, calls them His own, loves them so much He knows everything about them, and has a plan for their lives. https://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/the-truth-about-self-worth/
Dress rehearsals might be helpful in the theater, but they are pretty pointless in matters of real life. Jesus doesn’t come to our dress rehearsal. But come show time, He always shows up, and the whole script changes. http://www.liverightlovewell.com/live-right-love-well/2017/8/28/tragic
Prayer changes us from the inside out and invites God to work in our lives and the lives of those around us. http://www.journeytoimperfect.com/2017/09/05/6-powerful-verses-pray-over-relationships/

By God’s grace your ministry as a mother will not be in vain. There will be fruit. The fruit may not come as quickly as you would wish. Parenting—by its very nature, you don’t see instant results.
No job on earth takes more physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual strength than being a good wife and mother. If a woman is looking for the easy life, she might try teaching tennis, cutting diamonds, or joining a roller derby team. There is nothing easy about good mothering. It can be back-breaking, heart-wrenching and anxiety-producing. And that’s just the morning. https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/gods-beautiful-design-women-day-26/

Snapshots, peek into our week:

My men ❤ heading out dove hunting!
Little man and his first dove!
Fun family day out at Land Between the Lakes and the Homeplace!
Beautiful night for a walk and seeing our neighbor's 🐎 So thankful for these two blessings! Happy Labor Day!
Happy 9th Birthday to our baby girl today! You are so loved!! We are so blessed to have you as our daughter!!!
New wheels for the birthday girl!
Working on sewing skills.
Doing her favorite thing! Thankful for great neighbors.
Thankful for a beautiful day celebrating our daughter's birthday together as family! Now the hubs and I are enjoying a peaceful night on the deck! We realized that we have been parents for 9 years!!
This just melts my heart ❤ hubby and the kids sitting by the pond, talking, and enjoying a beautiful morning.

 

Friday, September 1, 2017

SEPTEMBER!!! Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

Wow, September is here, to which I say bring on the sweatshirts and birthdays! I say that because I have several family members and friends with birthdays in September, so let the celebrating begin!!

In reality, I don't feel much like celebrating, I am tired! Homeschooling is not easy work, now don't get me wrong, I love doing it and would not change it. However, it involves prep work, lots of reading, and sitting with each of my children going over lessons. Listening to my little one learning to read takes a lot of patience, which is not something I have mastered yet, though God sure is teaching me! So why I need Jesus every moment, it is through His strength and God's Word that I am able to do this!

This upcoming week is a break week for us, to which I will celebrate and my beautiful daughter will be turning 9. Which made me realize it is the last year of the single digits, next year it is double digits numbers, to which I don't even want to think about. Parenting is hard, my heart loves them so much and doesn't want to see them grow up and go out into the world, but yet it is the job the Lord has given me, and I am doing my best to lead them in the right way and trust God in it.

This week, I have been watching the news and seeing all the pics of Texas, as I am sure many of you have also. It breaks my heart, we lived in Corpus Christi and Houston area for seven years. So I know the areas that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, I have many friends that have been affected too. All are safe, which is a praise! I know God is working out things for the good, and I see people giving and helping one another, which is such a blessing to see. I know it will take time for them to recover and I pray for them daily, and I know the light of God overcomes all darkness. But still just imagining what they are going through and the struggle, I know it isn't easy, but it reminds me that with God all things are possible. May we each do what we can to help, to give, but most importantly to not cease praying for them! Prayer is powerful!

I finished up a great book recently, Deeper Waters by Denise Hughes which reminded me the importance of studying God's Word (check out her article here on 10 ways http://denisejhughes.com/tips-quiet-time/ and currently I am reading Walk It Out by Tricia Goyer a book about the importance of walking out our faith and God's commands. If you are in a time in your life where you need encouragement in these two areas, which I didn't realize it but I do, you may want to check out these two books.

Also if you need encouragement in how to be strong in the Lord as a mother, then Heidi St. John's book Becoming Mom Strong is for you. She also offers monthly scripture writing plans, which I took a break from this summer, but am looking forward to getting back to a writing plan, it helps me to stay focused. Check out her book and plan at her blog:https://heidistjohn.com/

Encouraging reads:
Three hours in prayer. (Not a moment too soon.) http://designformankind.com/2017/08/pause/
Sometimes, I think, we forget that or spiritual journey is an all-out war. http://www.karipatterson.com/spiritual-one-two-punch/
I truly like this and want to do something like this…The Manifesto is our commitment to remembering what matters in parenting. https://www.jenoshman.com/jen-oshman-blog/2017/8/29/remembering-and-recommitting-to-our-parenting-manifesto
So many stories are emerging from the wreckage of south Texas. But, this is the one that wrecks me. One tiny girl, clinging to the body that brought her into this world, holding tight to the mama who gave of herself in every possible way. Plucked from the choppy water. Kept by God. Sheltered by her sweet mother and a multitude of angels. https://yourmomhasablog.com/2017/08/30/the-god-of-the-hurricane/
The truth is, every ordinary day, with all its regular routines and tedious tasks, is teeming with opportunity to turn us into women of freedom, purpose, and joy. http://simplehomeschool.net/sacredmundane/


Snapshots, peek into our week:

He is so excited, we finished our favorite read aloud!! Guess what movie we are watching tonight for Friday pizza movie night?

Journaling Bible verse of the week. O Lord, our Lord how majestic is Your name in all the earth

Happy Sunday!! Ready to go worship with our church family ❤ with these blessings!

Someone has an upcoming birthday and has started to receive gifts from our northern family.

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:3

Now that is some happy mail, M&Ms!!

More Happy Birthday mailed arrived from our northern family. Can you tell she loves books, art, and bright colors!

And a new outfit for her doll Elizabeth!
Little man working hard on reading.

Bible and art lesson, learning about Rahab.



Monday, August 28, 2017

Deeper Waters ~ Book Launch

I recently finished an online book study of Denise Hughes new book ~ Deeper Waters~Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God's Word and just the title alone spoke much to me, because there are times when I have felt like I have been in "deep waters". However, it is the truth and hope of God that got me out of those deep waters (times of trouble, despair, anxiety, worries, wrong choices, etc..). I can't imagine going through life without the truth of hope and light God brings to us through His Word! So I was excited to be a part of the discussion and helping to launch her new book, which releases September 1. I also started reading Women of the World~How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin as this is a book we are reading through in the small group I am part of. I love how God lined up both of these books at the same time in my hands! They really do pair well together. I have been reading the Bible and doing Bible study for years, but these two books are showing me so much more that is found through God's Word and some new study habits to make. Denise shares her read it, write it, pray it method. She shares the difference between the telescope and microscope approach to Bible study.

You may be thinking, well don't I just have to read the Bible or parts of it to know God, no there is more! There may be times you read it and are confused or wonder is it really worth my time, which even I would tell you YES it is worth your time and should be worth your time! God's Words has been changing me and I am in awe of how wonderful and amazing our God is! Denise goes into depth about the reasons we need to be studying God's Word, with helpful suggestions and the transformation that takes place when we are.

It was only in the last few years that I personally read through the entire Bible and started studying one book at a time from the Bible. Before that, I did Bible study workbooks and groups, which are useful, but you need to be in God's Word yourself, so that you can hear from Him.  Jen Wilkin says, our hearts can not love, what the mind does not know. Which I never really thought of that way, but yes we need to let our minds know so we can transform our hearts, because our hearts can be liars/feelings can be liars. Denise shares the more time we spend in the Bible, the more familiar we will become with God's voice. That is so important, because not only are people watching us and how we act as Christians, but also, how are we going to be truth tellers if we don't know it ourselves. I also like how Denise emphasized the importance of writing the Word too and the research behind it. (Side note: Denise's Word Writer's Bible Studies are great, I have completed two of them!) We need to be like Ezra from the Bible, he wrote the Word, invited others to also, which made an impact that has carried on to even now! Ezra 7:10 Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel. Denise's new book Deeper Waters~Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God's Word, is broken down to, 4-parts based on that scripture message from Ezra. At the end of the book, Denise provides the readers with a read-through the Bible study plan, along, with a place to write out Psalm 119, and scriptures to read and pray through. She provides you with a step-by-step process to do during your reading of the Word, such as prayer, writing, suggested references to help get a better understanding of God's Word. This book though is so much more than a how to study the Bible and why, Denise also shares her walk of faith, which is a truly encouraging story of hope and redemption, that only God can do. So if you, like me desire to have a deeper relationship with God and know Him, learn to hear God's voice through His Word, and be able to discern what is true from untrue, then this is a highly recommended book!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book that spoke to me:
  •  Many voices will compete for our attention, but we'll find our way when we choose to listen to the voice of a trusted Friend.
  • God's Word is the only unchanging eternal reality we can look to.
  • When the deep waters of suffering threaten to take the very breath right out of us, the deeper of life with God speak hope into the impossible.
  • Just as water sustains physical life. God's Word sustains spiritual life. 
  • Time alone in His presence does more to quiet my soul than anything this world can offer.
  • We're here to bring God glory, and we do that by becoming more like Him.
  • Writing the Word helps us slow down and prevents us from skimming too quickly over the text.
  • God gave us His Word so we'll consume it.
  • The voice of God never contradicts what is written in His Word.
  • A relationship grows when people invest in one another by spending time together, and our relationship with God is no different. We get to know Him when we read and study His Word. 
  • Scripture and prayer have become inextricably intertwined. The one informs the other, and the latter returns me to the former. 
  • God makes it clear we'll be held accountable for what we know and what we've been given.
  • When we plant our roots deep, nourished by the living water of the Word, we become a glorious display of the Lord's splendor.

Good news this book releases September 1, but if you order before that date, there are some really wonderful presale freebies, such as:
  • A FREE copy of Word Writers: James
    The Introduction and Ch. 1 of Deeper Waters 
  • A 365-Day Bible Reading Plan
  • 18 Scripture Prayer Cards
For more information about this book and more, go to Denise's web-site at  http://denisejhughes.com/deeper-waters/




Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

So hard to believe this is the last full week of August, where has summer gone? But I have to admit I am ready for some fall weather! We had a great week in homeschooling this week!! We finished week 5!! This week I visited with a friend about homeschooling, she and her husband had some questions and are looking into it for their family. Which I think is so wonderful and I love sharing our homeschool journey with others. I encourage anyone that is thinking about homeschooling to pray and do some research, you really can't go wrong homeschooling your children. My husband and I both agree it is one of the best decisions we made, even though at first he was a little reluctant. As a Christian, I also trust God has a plan and He will bring us through the other side of this in years to come. It isn't always easy, but oh so worth it and that is how most things in life here on earth are. This week was also our first day of co-op for the new homeschooling year! The kids are enjoying their classes and it is great to see so many of our friends again!

Going to keep this short this week, as I have some reading and book reviews to write about. So many great books are coming out over the next month, I am looking forward to sharing. This is definitely one of the benefits to blogging, being a part of book launches, but also I have made some great friends too through it.
Watch for some upcoming reviews on these books releasing soon: Deeper Waters by Denise Hughes, Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John, Daring To Hope by Katie Davis Majors, Fierced Hearted by Holley Gerth, and Walk It Out by Tricia Goyer.

Commonplace Notes:
  • History is something worth digging into, because history is more than just a sense of dates on a time-line. History is really HIStory-God's story, the unfolding of the Master's plan. ~ Mom Strong
  • Love must be God-centered or it is not true love. ~ John Piper
  • Our souls wait for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You. ~Psalm 33:20-22
  • When we plant our roots deep, nourished by the living water of the Word, we become a glorious display of the Lord's splendor.~Deeper Waters
  • The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.~Women of the Word

Encouraging Reads:
I rarely read news articles posted on social media, I go to the source. If we are going to be reading these articles we need to also ponder the truth of it….As people of the Truth, we bear double responsibility to ensure our facts are straight, our knowledge is accurate, our convictions shaped by reality. Today, more than ever, we need to read deeply and consider wisely. Today, more than ever, we cannot allow our opinions to be formed by mere headlines. Until you read the article, don’t believe the headline! https://www.challies.com/articles/today-more-than-ever-read-beyond-the-headlines/
God of Truth, Logic, Wisdom, and direction http://sallyclarkson.com/blog/2017/8/17/prioritizing-gods-word
Check out this post and a new book coming soon, plus I am excited to help share the message…Have you heard the rumor? I have to admit it’s true. I am not a superwoman. Yes, that’s right. I’ll admit it here. http://www.triciagoyer.com/rumor-true/

We need to understand this deep in our souls and guard against it, because if we’re in a battle (and the Bible clearly says we are), it makes perfect sense that the devil would choose to use offenses to trap and enslave us. http://heidistjohn.com/blog/current-events/devastating-distraction-the-snare-of-offense

Peek into our week:

We spent another Saturday at the Nature Center, learning about amphibians and made toad-fairy houses.
 

We also ran into lots of familiar faces!
Special day, little man received his certificate and is ready for the next level of The Mailbox Club!
Thankful to have been able to watch the eclipse with my family!
Having fun with dad, doing a little yard work!

Hoping to catch the big one! Man and his dog! Oh Zeke!
Daddy's nail salon is now open!
As per my hubby, driving lessons now in session. He started them with how to stop and go, and ended with hot to whip a cookie! Eeck my mama heart!
One of my peaceful places!
Unique cloud formation! Made by our God!