Monday, July 31, 2017

Gospel Centered Mom book launch!!

#gospelmom
I have been reading Brooke McGlothlin's blog (also known as The MOB Society) for years and it is full of encouragement and great biblical parenting tips. So when I saw she has a new book coming out titled, Gospel Centered Mom, I knew I wanted to be a part of helping to get the word out about it. So I was excited when I got the official invite from Brooke to be on the book tour! 
"There is a cost—always a personal sacrifice—involved in wildly and faithfully obeying our callings, and if motherhood is our calling we should expect no less." ~Brooke McGlothlin
So if that speaks to you and want to learn more about her book click here: http://gospelcenteredmombook.com/



 
I started reading this book a week ago, so I am not quite done yet, as Brooke has provided some in-depth topics in the parenting journey, that has really resonated with me and so I am taking my time reading this one. This is one of those parenting books I would recommend, as I am not a big fan of parenting books (as most fall into the self-help category, but this one points us to God), but Brooke has done a great job sharing parenting issues we face and providing Biblical guidance. The book releases tomorrow and I don't want you to miss out on it! Here are some quotes from the book that already so resonated with me, they are powerful and true, and so why I recommend this book for all moms:

"We have to know who God is in order to trust Him fully. Unless we know Him well, we'll make Him what we want Him to be, creating a God in our minds who doesn't exist on the pages of the Bible." God says, Trust Me, not yourself, all you really need is Me." This is a much need truth! So often we open our Bibles or ask in our prayers for what we want, desire, and will pick what we want to hear and not listen to the hard truth, which will bring us goodness. God loves us and has given us all we need, He is enough and is the only One that is enough for our needs.

“The ME gospel vs. the TRUE Gospel.” "Ultimately, the person we must most diligently humble ourselves toward is God Himself. If we don't we'll risk having ME on the throne of our hearts instead of HIM. In this chapter Brooke provided a compare and contrast grid showing true gospel of Christ list vs. a me-gospel, using scripture and life-examples. 

“Our greatest need isn’t to be reassured that we have what it takes to be great moms. Our greatest need is Jesus.” This is so true if we are following God's plan and trust Him, He will provide us with the wisdom and peace we need in parenting.

“Someone is watching you, whether you know it or not, and that person’s life matters for all eternity.” Little eyes see more than you realize and they learn more by watching us, then listening to us. 

"When we build our lives around the true gospel, we'll find the peace and freedom we've been striving after in all our attempts to feel good about ourselves. You'll feel the weight of your own expectations fall away as God replaces them with His." Only through a relationship with God do we begin to understand and grow in our faith. To be who He made us to be!

I will share that it is so important to know the truth and to have a relationship with our Savior, Jesus. Without, Him and God's Word I would be a bigger mess than I already am some days. I am learning on my journey of faith to rely on the importance of God's truth and wisdom, so that I can help bring up the next generation and grow in faith, as we are called to do. Satan and the ways of this world we live in would like nothing better than to keep us from sharing Jesus with our children. Satan would like to distract us from what is important. Thankfully because of writers like Brooke who point out the need for Jesus, God's truth, and why it is is so important to grow and continue to grow in our faith. "If we were enough on our own, we wouldn’t need Jesus, and, friend, we all desperately need Jesus." This is so true, it took me suffering to find this truth out, but I would not change a thing!
Here is a recent post she shared on her blog about the upcoming book along with a devotional sign-up:  http://www.themobsociety.com/blog/2017/07/17/gospel-mom-method/

At the end of each chapter, she shares a hard truth and beautiful truth, along with prayer, and biblical examples and scripture throughout each chapter. In addition, she provides a group Bible study guide at the end of the book, for those interested in reading the book with a group, which I would recommend. Each chapter I have made many highlights and notes. This is not one of those fluff books to make you happy and tell you you're doing a great job or even tell you what to do, but instead will give you encouragement, Bible truth, and point you to God and HIS Word, so that you can grow in your faith and hear from HIM.This parenting gig that the Lord has blessed us with isn't easy, but God will provide and equip you. May we mom's anchor our life in the gospel and share it with the next generation!  “As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel, you’ll find increased freedom, purpose, and joy in motherhood. Get Brooke McGlothlin’s new book at www.gospelcenteredmombook.com!”



For a short time, there are some great free bonus when you order the book, more details here: http://gospelcenteredmombook.com/order/

Friday, July 28, 2017

Start of a new homeschooling year...commonplace notes, encouragement and snapshots of our week!

Good reminder for us homeschooling moms!
Monday, we started our 2017-2018 Raising Arrows homeschool year! It is great being back to a routine and also thankful to be learning along with my children.

I shared last week our curriculum choices, so if you missed it go back a post or two and you will find what we are using. I am thankful to report our first week back, went well!

Also, I want to remind you if you are interested in winning a free CD, I shared a review of Nicole Nordeman's new CD which released today! So go to the following link and be sure to enter  https://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2017/07/nicole-nordeman-every-mile-mattered-cd.html


Commonplace Notes:
  • A child is a gift, an everyday miracle.
  • In seasons of deep transformation, silence will be your greatest guide. Even if it's scary, especially if it's scary, let silence be your anchor, your sacred space, your dwelling place.~Present Over Perfect
  • We have lost sight of the fact that habit is to life, what rails are to transport cars...If we fail to ease life by laying down habits of right thinking and right acting, habits of wrong thinking and wrong acting fix themselves of their own accord.~Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
  • Prayer doesn't change God, it changes you and me.~Women Who Move Mountains
  • The Bible is the Book of Books! It is not merely a book about God – it is a book from God.~ R.C. Sproul

God has cleared out things in my life many times, sometimes ripped them out painfully, but it was for good. So if you feel lost or wondering why, this is often a good reminder. God's plans are for good and purposeful, even when we don't understand.
AMEN! Only living book that speaks life to us, teaches us truth, and how to live!

Encouraging Reads:

How do we know what to believe? Where do we find truth? Not in the sense of philosophical discussion, or lofty debate, but real truth, the kind of truth that changes peoples hearts and lives. The kind of truth that tears down strongholds can only be found in the word of God. https://mistyphillip.com/2017/07/24/fake-news/
Worldview is developed between the ages of 18 months and 13 years.  https://www.oshmanodyssey.com/jensblog/n6pb5opplj5kaq12ihl4gahklx7oc1
We can only plant and water, God makes things grow (1 Corinthians 3:6–7). And this reminder of my human inadequacy actually gives me more hope. http://out-of-theordinary.blogspot.com/2017/07/even-if-he-doesnt.html
twelve Spurgeon quotes from the world’s most famous couple about parenting even when it feels hard http://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/blog-entries/12-spurgeon-quotes-for-when-parenting-feels-hard


Snapshots of the week:
Something about a pink sky always brings a sense of calm after a busy day! Thank you God for your reminders!
My sweet in-laws visited over the weekend!
My sis-in-law and niece!
Aidan ready for some bowling fun!
Cousin fun over the weekend!
1st day of school with our stack of books we started with for the week.
We read lots of books, but the first book we read when we start our learning time is the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and in righteousness
Art and Bible, learning about the 10 commandments and false idols.








Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Wisdom of GOD ~ review

Some of you may know A.W. Tozer is one of my favorite writers/pastors, though he was long gone from this earth before I arrived. James Snyder has compiled some of Tozer's sermons on wisdom and provided them for us in this new book published by Bethany House Publishers. When I saw this book available for review, I couldn't wait to receive it and start reading it. This book has taken me a bit of time to get through, this is not sit down and read through book, this is a book to read bits and ponder on in short bits at a time. I am thankful the chapters are short, so that I could read one or two a day, and take some time to ponder on. Trying to wrap my mind around God is not possible, if it was, He wouldn't be God, so that I am thankful for, however, we can't just go through life and not try to learn and grow in our faith. God does and will provide us wisdom, if we ask and seek. He provides it to us through His Word~the Bible, through times of prayer, and in studying scripture with our church, family, and others, such as this book. James Snyder shares in the introduction of the book, that Tozer emphasizes the Pilgrim Way of our life is a perilous way. That everything in this world is contradictory to the man or woman who is walking with God. In order to live the victorious Christian life (which we are called to do), we must live in the power of God's wisdom. This book shares with us ways to learn and embrace God's wisdom.
I looked up the reason Tozer may have used the word pilgrim, as it intrigued me, and what I found is that it is someone who has left his home and is now on a journey to a better home, a wanderer knows where he came from and where he is going, often traveling alone on their journey. A Christian similar may not know what lies between, though chose to walk with God, to follow the truth, the way of Jesus. I don't know about you but I feel that has described my faith journey somewhat. It isn't always easy, but it is a choice and has been full of many joyous and beautiful moments and I believe that to be a tiny taste of what is yet to come! So until that time, we journey here!
This book provides us where wisdom comes from (referencing scripture), the source~God, how to connect with God, what wisdom provides, how to embrace it, and use it, what happens to those that reject God and His wisdom, but most importantly what God's wisdom will provide you..."Eternal wisdom will teach you something vaster, wiser, deeper, grander, and more wonderful. It will baptize you into the light, that wonderful light. This is the breath of the power of God, the pure influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty. This wisdom is the brightness of the everlasting Light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of His goodness." 

Often time we lose our focus, not trusting God, but instead, we focus on selves and get wrapped up in the wrongs of this world, instead of God! "We do not have to concern ourselves about what is happening out in the world, because all wisdom comes from the Lord and is with Him forever and "Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity?~Eccl 1:2" All that is happening out in our world is no challenge whatsoever to the wisdom of God. Nothing the world can do could ever in the least compromise this wisdom of God." What a reminder, when we worry, we just need God and His truth! I love the reminder of going to nature, and try to figure out how does a wild bird find its way migrating and how amazing and individual their nests are. A reminder "God poured wisdom out upon His creation."

God is Love! His Mercy Brightens. ~John Bowring
God is love! His mercy brightens
All the path in which we rove;
Bliss He wakes, and woe He lightens:
God is wisdom! God is love!

Each chapter starts with prayer and ends with a hymn. Not only did I learn more of the doctrine of wisdom, but also enjoyed the prayer connection and hymns. The author's opinion is that a good hymnbook is the best commentary on the Scriptures. Charles Wesley's commentary on the Scriptures is done in his hymns, from passages from Genesis to Malachi. Hymns were the preaching of a sermon. To which I found very interesting and now I am on the hunt for some.

Here are a few pages from the book:





I really can't begin to share everything from this book, but I do recommend it, actually any of A.W. Tozer books.  This is a great book to digest slowly, again and again! For more or where to order check out: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-wisdom-of-god/381131

(“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Bethany House Publication for providing me with this book for review. My review are my own thoughts.)

Friday, July 21, 2017

End of summer session and start of a new homeschooling year...along with some encouragement and snapshots of our week!

Raising Arrows
This week was the last week of summer break for us at Raising Arrows. Our summer has consisted of golf practice and games (We still have two games yet to play for the season.), lots of free time, reading, exploring, gardening, fishing, nature drawing, and completing Big Truths For Little Kids (Which I recommend for your elementary aged children.).  The last couple days have been family time, as we have my sweet mother-in-law and step-father-in-law, my hub's sister, and our niece visiting from out of state. The kids are enjoying cousin time!

Here is a peek into our upcoming homeschool year: Monday, we start our official 2017-2018 homeschooling year! So excited to learn with my little arrows!! This year I will be teaching a 1st grader and a 3rd/4th grader (depending on the subject). We are using Sonlight as our main core and this will be our 4th year with them. Sonlight has worked for us the last few years, so why change. I know there are so many other options and choices, which I would love to try, but if it works, then there is no need to change things. This year they have made some great changes to the language arts, so this year we are feeling no need to add supplements to the LA! We continue to use A Reason For Handwriting and Aidan will also use Explore The Code series. For history, Aidan will be learning about World History/Core B, and Abigail - American History/Core D. In Science, Aidan will be learning about animals, astronomy, and physics, and Abigail - biology, taxonomy, and anatomy. Aidan will be using Horizon's for Math and Abigail is switching to Teaching Textbooks. We will read through the Bible, memorize scripture, and learn about various missionaries around the world, this is always my favorite part of teaching, along with history! We are adding in some art, classical music, and character learning to our morning time. Abigail will start her 3rd year of Latin, we use Classical Academic Press. I plan to start Aidan next year in Latin. Next month we start back to co-op, I am teaching a Chalk Pastel Art class in the fall and Poetry and Drawing class in the spring. Abigail is taking both my classes, in addition to a Crafts class. Aidan is taking Farmer Boy, Mudworks, and Life Works. The kids will continue karate and piano lessons, and possibly some swim lessons (which I need to plan). We consider ourselves classical/Charlotte Mason style homeschoolers and do somewhat of a year-round school year. We do have a short summer break that includes a light learning summer plan because learning is part of life and never stops. This year we are doing 5-6 weeks of school with a week break in between, a week off at Thanksgiving, and three weeks at Christmas this year!! This allows us some time to focus on other things during those times, and also for me to have some time for planning and evaluating. So that is a peek into our upcoming school year plan, now on to some encouraging reads this week and a few snapshots:

Encouraging reads:
Discipline seems like a hard word, but discipline is your lifeline https://www.crossway.org/articles/10-disciplines-of-a-godly-woman/
I would like to go back to the index method, interesting article http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/a19379/a-short-history-of-the-index-card/
Thought provoking article, your brain needs to be bored to be creative And when you consider that the average American devotes about 10 hours and 39 minutes each day to consuming media, approximately 65% of waking hours, according to a 2016 Nielson report, there’s a good chance we’re missing some inner reflections. https://qz.com/1020976/the-scientific-link-between-boredom-and-creativity/
Our culture tells us that in order to know something, in order to be an expert, in order to learn something, we have to be taught. Our model for modern education is simple: if we want to learn something, we take a class, or go to a seminar, or listen to a lecture.
When I teach college freshmen, the hardest thing I have to do is convince them to talk back to me. They sit nicely and write down what I say, but they’re afraid they might say the wrong thing if they talk back to me. They are not accustomed to conversing with any sort of give and take. And why should they be? They’ve spent most of the previous twelve years sitting and being lectured to. They have become passive learners. Most of us were taught to accept this as a primary method of learning. https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/stop-cleaning-kitchen-and-read-book/


I thought these tied in with my homeschooling theme this week, encouragement for us homeschool mama's:



Weekly snapshots (small peek into our life):

Over the weekend, I worked on planning for the start of our new homeschooling year!
Sunday afternoon, watergun fun!
Peaceful night, a reminder to rest in HIS presence!
Sometimes you just need to step outside to be reminded of the many blessings God provides daily.
Yes!! This truth! Excited to be part of the Gospel Centered Mom book launch http://www.themobsociety.com/gospel-centered-mom/




Monday, July 17, 2017

NICOLE NORDEMAN “EVERY MILE MATTERED” CD Review & Giveaway

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of listening to Nicole Nordeman's new CD ~ Every Mile Mattered. She has such a beautiful voice and the words in these songs so resonate with me, especially Beautiful Day, Sound Of Surviving, and Slow Down. Oh, that last one is for us mama's, that one may need some kleenex for us emotional mamas.

Go check out her web-site at  http://www.nicholenordeman.com/ and listen to some of her songs and also read some of her story shared on her blog, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter! I am excited too that she also has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August, pre-order here: http://slowdown-book.com






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Official website - http://nicholenordeman.com
Buy links – ITunes http://capcmg.me/emm?IQid=b

Official Hashtags:  #everymilemattered  #FlyBy 

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Friday, July 14, 2017

July 14: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!




Commonplace Notes:

  • Someone can be human-with faults, flaws, moods, and mistakes-and still be loved.~Only Love Today
  • Often it takes just one small thing, just one small thing that proves not to be small at all.~Chasing Slow
  • God hasn't invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful-as beautiful as the inside as the outside.~1 Thessalonians 4:7
  • If I work in such a way that I don't have enough energy to give to my marriage, I need to take down some chairs. If I say yes to many work things that my kids only get to see tired mommy I need to take down some chairs.~Present Over Perfect
  • Walk in endurance...If God is for me, who can be against me~Romasn 8:31
  • Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important than Jesus Christ and the gospel and this gospel is meant to be remembered and celebrated every day.~Comforts From The Cross
  • HOPE: Hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because HE has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with HIS love.~Romans 5:5
  • God's promises will never fail! 
Encouraging Reads:
We are sacrificing our families at the altar of busy. We are consumed by the sake of “doing”. Doing that is mostly nothing more than making us frazzled and stressed. We are in constant FOMO mode (Fear of Missing Out) We don’t want to deny our children any activity or playdate. We can do it all! They need to be busy! What if they don’t have anything to do! Oh the horror. http://foreverforalwaysnomatterwhat.com/2017/07/homeschool-overscheduled.html
It’s the nature of this journey that we are on:  believers, saved by grace, walking by grace, covered by grace.  Sometimes we hurt. Sometimes we hurt each other.  It’s in these situations that we have to decide what we are going to believe about God, about ourselves and about others.  I am finding that it’s usually pretty simple: dying to self isn’t easy or natural and we cannot force another person to make that choice.  We can only make it for ourselves and encourage others to make it, mostly by example. http://durendawilson.com/when-its-okay-to-lose-a-piece-of-your-soul/
Homeschooling is an incredible adventure. It won’t always be easy. It won’t always be fun. But, it will be rewarding, memorable, and the most amazing blessing you will receive. Our hearts and prayers extend to all families considering homeschooling. May the Lord lead your homes, remove any fears you have, and show you His path for your family. https://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/dont-think-you-can-homeschool-think-again/
How do you give yourself rest in the midst of a crazy stressful moment? http://www.sarahefrazer.com/2017/07/how-to-find-rest-life-when-life-is-stressful/
Here are a few observations about memorizing scripture:  https://www.oshmanodyssey.com/jensblog/whatever-is-true-think-about-these-things
Warning, possible trigger article, but we all need to be aware of this and teaching our children https://yourmomhasablog.com/2017/07/12/there-is-a-better-way-to-experience-sexuality-and-christian-parents-need-to-be-talking-about-it/


Weekly Snapshots (small peek into our lives):  

Sunday afternoon fun! Swim goggles, sun, fun, pool time!
The kids finally got a bigger pool, even though it was short lived. It took a lot of time to get chemicals right and then when we did, the salt pump stopped working. Thankfully able to send it back for a refund and we were able to sell the pool to another lucky person, so we didn't loose out on much, but the time in the pool was fun!
One of the couple family pool fun days, before the pool left. Next year membership!
Sweet sleeping babies, yep always a slumber party in my bed when the hubs is working.
Thankful to be reviewing this new book, lots of deep pondering and reading going on with this book. Anything by Tozer is a must read, in my opinion! More to come soon...
Abigail and I are excited to learn some different styles of hand-lettering!
Thankful for library book sales, got a haul for $22, mostly for the kids, but there is a couple in there for me.



Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!





Commonplace Notes:
  • As believers in Christ, we are called to live a life that is distinctly different from the world around us.The more we read and contemplate God’s Word and intentionally focus our minds on the things of God, we will progressively look more and more like Christ and less and less like who we were. Our perspective will change. Our priorities will change. Our relationships will change. The way we treat others will change. Father, I desperately want to bring You glory by putting on the heart and mind of Christ.- Krista Williams 
  • “We do not merely want to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”-C.S. Lewis
  • You don't have to be perfect and you don't have to have it all together to accept Jesus, because God loves you as you are. Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
  • Love is not a game of take. Love is only a game of give.~Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
  • Following Jesus wherever HE leads means walking down frightening paths. It means risk-of reputation, of meeting society's neatly packaged goals of your own concept of victory. It means thinking beyond your personal kingdom to the kingdom of God.~Woman Who Move Mountains
  • All children must read widely, and know what they have read, for the nourishment of their complex nature....Every lovely tale, illuminating poem, instructive history, every unfolding of travel and revelation of science exists for children.~Charlotte mason Volume 6 A Philosophy of Education
Encouraging reads:

True Peace Is Likely More Than You Think It Is http://rachaelcarman.com/true-peace/
And this is when I realize that my heart has wandered to a place where Jesus isn’t enough. Where his providence is not appreciated and his goodness is doubted. http://jenthorn.com/blog/2017/6/29/f1gzs92eu2o0eodp77tey32xmb33zk
I so relate to this article in so many ways…What a powerful message…look at your home.  http://charlottemasonsoiree.com/2017/07/04/a-chat-with-a-charlotte-mason-military-mom/
Beauty motivates us to be united with it. https://womensministry.net/reflecting-beauty-jesus-leadership/
Small acts of faith are still acts of faith. http://sarahbessey.com/keep-not-quitting/
I must die to myself, water the seeds that the Spirit has planted, and be diligent to weed the garden of my heart. https://thebeautifulordinary.net/2017/07/05/children-are-the-pruning-shears-kindness/

Weekly Snapshots (small peek into our lives):

Warming up for the 4th game of the season!
Abigail and her teammate, game 4 of the PGA Junior Legaue season!!
Aidan having fun, cherring on sissy!
Thankful fort his view! Sunset, made by God! Counting blessings!
Happy 4th, waiting for the parade to start!
Excited for the parade!
Afternoon nature art study, sunflowers!
New book launch, lots of great useful info, resources, and a powerful story! #morethanmakingit