Monday, November 20, 2017

Preparing, encouragement, and links!

Things are about to get really quite on my social media links, as I take some time to focus on the season, enjoy family time, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and doing some deep cleaning of our house and my soul to prepare for the New Year! I have so much to be thankful for this year! I could count the ways and have throughout the year, I hope you too have taken time to do that or plan to do this upcoming week! Ultimately I owe all my thanks to God and how great He is!

This week we are on homeschool break, and this mom says a big Whoohoo!!! I need the mental break and I need time to plan out our last three weeks of homeschool for the year too! My house needs attention, so we will be doing some deep cleaning and purging. I already have three big boxes of items ready to donate. I am currently finishing up my Every Day With Jesus Daily Bible reading and then will prepare my Advent study and our family Advent plans. This year I am going to use the book Unwrapping the Names of Jesus and read through Come Lord, Jesus again (FYI the author is doing an online book club if you are interested, let me know). I am also going to start using my Sacred Ordinary liturgical planner, which should arrive in the next week or so (I will share more once it arrives, can't wait!!). I am excited to use this for the year, to learn more about the church calendar, history, and get deeper in my relationship with my LORD, I need it! I thank the Lord for resources like this to help me. For our family Advent time, I will light our Advent candles, we will do the Jesse Tree again, which I love doing with my kids and read through the Scriptures, we also have several Advent and Christmas themed books we will read throughout this time. This year I am adding 12 days to Christmas count-down with books. I will wrap a book and we will open a book a day starting 12 days before Christmas and use as our read-aloud time! I purchased all these books used, and am so looking forward to adding this to our Christmas season! As soon as the house is cleaned we will start decorating for Christmas, which I love doing, putting up the Manger, Christmas tree, and our gathering of Christmas ornaments, books, and CD music gathered over the years. My husband has already done his part, he got the outside lights done. We live out in the boon-docks not many people will see our lights, but he does it for the kids and I!! We love looking at them! We will actually spend hours driving around and looking at other Christmas lights and of course make our trip to Grand Rivers, KY to go to Patty's, which has become a yearly tradition for our family since moving to this area.
This quote! Time to turn off the noise.
I have a few reviews to wrap up on, so look for those. However, I will remain mostly disconnected from online activities (The exception, I will post photos from time to time on Instagram for my Chatbooks. May we focus and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year, and I hope and pray that we will keep the focus on Jesus, to take time to quiet down, sit in HIS presence and feel the love of our wonderful amazing God and Savior, to not get overwhelmed, to be thankful in all circumstances, to help others, and share the true Spirit of the season! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!!
Merry Christmas y'all!!!
Had my sweet co-op students share what they are thankful for in their chalk pastel artwork. This is Abigail's.
Encouraging and pondering reads:
Words are heard or read, processed and pondered — and beliefs are formed. And in the end, actions reflect those beliefs. That makes words unbelievably precious in parenting. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/moms-love-letters
Without a clear sense of mission, we make decisions based on what we want in the moment — what feels right — not because the decision fulfills a purpose for us. We let our push notifications drive the bus. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/why-do-you-have-a-phone
Before we can become surrendered and obedient disciples, there must be divine action—that we are unable to manage or control—that occurs for the Bible to become sweet to us. In other words, we need to be acted on from the outside in order for our insides to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. https://scottsauls.com/blog/2017/11/10/take-not-your-holy-spirit-from-me/
So why I started doing yoga years ago….Getting quiet with God is crucial to our wholeness http://www.creativeandfree.com/settle-into-silence/
The reality is that homeschooling is a choice to take on the full-time job of teacher while still being a full-time mama, and homeschooling requires a lot of work. http://www.theunlikelyhomeschool.com/2017/11/educational-utopia.html
I’ve learned that when the heat comes, I will thirst; and when I thirst, I will trust someone. Whatever I rely on for strength, security, and satisfaction, that is what I trust. It’s inescapable: I will either make flesh my strength, or God will be my trust. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/every-day-might-be-his-last
From my favorite prayer book The Valley of Vision
 

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Family Honor Plate & Table Thyme Discussion Cards


Earlier this week we received this cute package in the mail, all wrapped up and welcoming. I almost forgot it was coming, so I was excited when I opened it up!! I am excited to share these two products with you Family Honor Plate & Table Thyme Discussion Cards. It was a fun rainy day project for us and the Table Thyme Discussion Cards have been a hit at our dinner table! I had to stop the kids from reading through them all, so that we could enjoy a few a day! Definitely have livened up our table discussions! The Family Honor Plate was a fun project and what is great is that everything is included that you need and clear easy to read step-by-step instructions. The supplies are high-quality products, so we will be reusing the paint brushes and paints again. I really enjoyed this product and the meaning. The companies web-site is awesome, lots of great resources, encouragement, and the owners story is so heart-touching! So be sure to check it out at https://honorplate.com/






These two items would make great gifts to give this season and for future giving! So be sure to check out Honor Plate. Following is a some information about the products and use:


About the plate:

Step #1 MOM AND DAD - BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE-MODEL:

The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children.  This is how our children learn what character (Christ's Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us. 



Step #2 BE ON THE LOOKOUT:

Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.



Step #3 CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER:

Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE.  This is when you:

·      Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).

·      Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.





About the cards:

Every question is followed up with "Why?" to take everyone's answers to a deeper more intimate level.  That's where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as..."What is your favorite dessert?" for example, rather than someone answering "Apple Pie" and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit." Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door." 



Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships.  When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.



Social Corner:

 Here is a video that walks you through it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKmFVPbyfCg 



Here is another video from the owner Michelle:




Find out more about Michelle (https://honorplate.com/pages/about-us)



Hashtags: #HonorPlate #FlyBy

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Long Before Luther

Was the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone an invention or a recovery? This is the big question the author Nathan Busenitz asks and writes a book about titled, Long Before Luther~Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation. So if that question and the title of this book peak an interest then get this book. The author definitely did his research and provides an answer that will leave you not doubting that "the truth of sola fide is authoritatively established in the Word of God and it is also affirmed throughout church history". The reformers knew this and it shows through the writings from vital theologians throughout history. They defended their position, first and foremost, by appealing to Scripture...and secondary they looked to church history. Without giving too much away, you will see the proof and how Luther and the other Reformers took a stand against the corruption of the gospel and started a great recovery of the gospel. Martin Luther said "If this article of justification stands, the church stands; if this article collapses, the church collapses." The author will show you through Scripture, various writings from Augustine, Ambrose, Origen, and many others from 100-1100 AD time frame, proof that faith alone stands not works based. God's Word is true!! Never changes!!

From Moody Publishers:
Where was the gospel before the Reformation?
Contemporary evangelicals often struggle to answer that question. As a result, many Roman Catholics are quick to allege that the Reformation understanding of the gospel simply did not exist before the 1500s. They assert that key Reformation doctrines, like sola fide, were nonexistent in the first fifteen centuries of church history. Rather, they were invented by Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others.
That is a serious charge, and one that evangelicals must be ready to answer. If an evangelical understanding of the gospel is only 500 years old, we are in major trouble. However, if it can be demonstrated that Reformers were not inventing something new, but instead were recovering something old, then key tenets of the Protestant faith are greatly affirmed. Hence, the need for this book.
After reading Long Before Luther, readers will:
  • Possess a greater understanding of church history and the role it plays in the church today.
  • Have a deeper appreciation for the hard-won victories of the Reformation.
  • Be equipped to dialogue with Catholic friends about the presence of Reformed doctrines throughout church history.
  • Feel renewed gratefulness for the unearned nature of grace and the power of the gospel.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Moody Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.

Bible Promises to Live By

Bible Promises to Live By for Women wrote by Katherine Butler, is a new book that includes more than 500 promises that come directly from God's Word. We all know that promises hold great power and God's Word is trustworthy! The book covers topics that are most relevant to women. I like that you open up this book and look up a topic, such as peace, love, anxiety, inadequacy, etc... and find a short message along with several Bible verses about the topic. So when you are struggling, don't have Words, or someone you know is going through something you can pull this book out and easily find Bible verse to pray and meditate on. Sometimes that is all we need, a reminder of God's truth and time with Him to pull us out and live in confidence of God's promises. God is the one who can transform us, if we allow Him to and spend time doing it.



In addition this book's cover has a nice feel to it and would also fit perfectly in a purse to keep with you at all times, so you can just pull it out and read in bits and pieces at a time when you find yourself waiting or even meeting with a friend to share some encouragement with. To read an excerpt check out  https://www.tyndale.com/p/bible-promises-to-live-by-for-women/9781496418074

From Tyndale Publishers:
God’s promises hold great power. The more we meditate and reflect on His promises, the more we see real change in our lives. Living by God’s promises puts our hearts at ease and gives us assurance, strength, and encouragement for the future. Bible Promises to Live By for Women offers more than 500 promises from God arranged alphabetically by topic for quick and easy access. Hold these promises close to your heart and let them guide you through life.

Features:
  • Linen-textured cover accented with flourishes of gold-foil filigree
  • Elegant interior design and ribbon marker
  • Over 500 Bible promises topically arranged for quick and easy access
  • Commentary offers clarity and relevance to daily life
 To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, please mention as part of every Web or Amazon review that Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.

Jesus Every Day



Jesus Every Day is a new daily devotional from Mary DeMuth that will be released December 1st and you are invited to preorder now http://www.jesuseveryday.life. I'm reading the sampler provided by Harvest House Publishers and have already prayed many "me too" prayers! I can not wait till the release of this book! 

"Thank you that, through the Holy Spirit, I have the house of God inside me, wherever my feet take me. Help me rest in that today, trusting that You will always be with me. I choose to worship You wherever I find myself today. Amen"
"Oh dear Jesus, I rest in the word unfailing right now. Because that is who You are - a Savior who does not fail to love me, who leads me onto amazing new paths, who flat out loves me, brokenness and all. Amen." 
"Gratitude seems like a small offering in light of this. You paid the price for my continual access to Your presence. Forgive me for forgetting Your sacrifice. Forgive me for taking your presence for granted. Help me to live joyfully, fully pursuing a conversation with you throughout the day. What a privilege! Amen."


These are prayers your heart, soul and mind will connect with. True-to-life prayers that will mend your heart, awaken your soul, and allow your spirit to soar. Most importantly these prayers will connect you with the heart of God.

One of my favorite parts is there is no "getting behind" because these one-page devotional prayers are not dated. So there is no getting behind if you miss a day or need to set the book aside for a while! You can start the day you receive it and continue praying the simple prayers wherever you find yourself and whenever you pick it back up. This would also be a great companion to read through the Bible with. When you pray the final prayer, you will also have "prayed through the Bible" as the daily Bible verse begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation. Mary wanted the reader to have an overarching understanding of the heart of God and His redemptive story.


This devotional is releasing December 1st--and would be a thoughtful gift to arrive on the doorstep of loved one's this season. 🎁 🎄📖 For more about this prayer devotional go to the web-site: http://www.jesuseveryday.life.
And a beautiful prayer from Mary for YOU. #JesusEveryDay

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thankfulness, encouragement, and blog sharing linkups!



Today what are you thankful for? This is the month when I see people sharing things they are thankful for and I love reading them!!! They are inspiring and full of encouragement, how can you not feel joyful!! I have been doing my own thankfulness sharing also! I have been posting a scripture to pray or a quote by a Christian author or theologian. I am finding the Bible is full of scripture about thankfulness! So I do think God is strongly telling us something in those Words He gives us! Without Him we are lost, but because of Jesus, we have much to be thankful for always! Lord, may we be thankful in all things and may we praise and glorify you in all we do, think and say!



Colossians 3:15-17
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


 “It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” –Tim Keller

  “Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” –A.W. Tozer

 "To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us -- and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him." –Thomas Merton

Encouraging reads:
“There is an art of leaving things undone so that the greater thing can be done.” https://herviewfromhome.com/im-a-mom-who-doesnt-you-dont-have-to-either/

Five Breath Prayers to spark the joy of Thanksgiving in your soul http://thebonniegray.com/2017/11/five-simple-breath-prayers-to-spark-thanksgiving-joy-in-your-soul/

I am homeschooling like it’s my job. http://simplehomeschool.net/job/


Ironically, the more like Jesus we actually become, the more unlike Jesus we realize that we are. https://scottsauls.com/blog/2017/10/28/bustedupsinner/

Yes this, so much goodness, so much truth…It’s the most crazy and beautiful and true thing in the world, that God is always moving within our hearts, breaking chains and setting us free to be the women He always created us to be. https://mysweetjesusblog.com/2017/10/30/the-grace-to-change/

This Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar for Kids is a wonderful advent activity for your children! https://wondermomwannabe.com/random-acts-kindness-christmas-calendar-kids/

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

ALPHA/OMEGA ~ Kutless ~ CD review and giveaway


I am so enjoying listening to this new album by Kutless! It is all about how awesome our Lord is, all the songs will bring you into worship of our true God, who gave it all! This is perfect for this season that focuses on thanksgiving this time of year. God deserves all our praise, and that is exactly what Kutless sings about throughout this album, ALPHA/OMEGA. Just look at the titles of the songs: Your Great Name, Strong Tower, King Of My Heart, Cornerstone, You Are Love, Great Are You Lord, Your Love Awakens Me, Shepherd Of My Soul, Gave It All, and No Wonder.

All the songs are wonderful, but this is my favorite right now, Great Are You Lord...


You give life, You are love

You bring light to the darkness

You give hope, You restore

Every heart that is broken


Great are You, Lord


It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise

We pour out our praise

It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise

To You only

For one of my readers, I have one CD to give away of this album. To enter, leave a comment or like post no later than, November 19, 2017.


About Kutless:
Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits "Strong Tower,” "What Faith Can Do" and "Carry Me To The Cross.”
After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.
“We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of hope to people who may not listen otherwise. We are still recording and performing because we really do believe it makes a difference. We hear stories all the time from people who share with us how a concert or a song has radically impacted their life, and it’s these types of testimonies that keep us going year after year.”
In 2012, Kutless formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their evangelistic outreach around the globe. EOTA is the non-profit arm that aids Kutless in hosting large, free outreach concerts and events. In 2015, they partnered with other organizations to bring concerts to Kiev, Ukraine and other cities for six events - the largest of their kind in that country. The next year, Kutless returned to 11 cities in Ukraine as well as in Belarus, a communist country, where more than 100,000 heard the Gospel and over 40,000 commitments to Christ.
With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core - rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”
Social Corner:
Landing page to buy/stream the record: http://smarturl.it/kutles
Hashtags: #KutlessAO #FlyBy


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