Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

You know God calls us to be encouragers, it is written in His Word several times and oh how important it is! This world is full of busyness, troubles, and yes the mundane can be tiresome when we lose our focus. Oh, how I need Jesus every moment! I have been reminded of that lately, how it feels when someone does notice or shares their heart with you, or shares a word of thanks, card or prayer. It really motivates you to keep going, do more, to remind you what you do matters. However, there are going to be times when you won't hear any words or maybe if like me there are days when it happens to just be the kids and I. You have taught them, feed them, played, made sure they are clean, have clean clothes and dishes, took them to their activities, kept them safe, etc...and those are the days that you might be wondering, did I make a difference today, was I really helpful, did I do it well, and maybe it feels like the movie "Groundhound Day". When we start to feel that way, we need to remember we have a God that cares, is with us constantly, and I feel God is an encourager, if we seek Him we will be amazed at just how much He provides for us. He provides daily, sometimes it is subtle ways, a reminder through a bird or a butterfly, or our kids smiles! I have a friend that is constantly looking for His reminders in heart imagines she finds daily from rocks, to leaves, etc... His Word is full of encouragement and reminders, He cares, He notices, He knows our hearts, He knows what we need, but do we forget to seek Him? God doesn't hide from us or forget us. We often times are the ones hiding and forgetting But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. ~Deuteronomy 4:29 There are several places that God reminds us in His Word to seek Him. I don't want to forget, it is why it is so important that I get in the Word daily! God also gave us each other, so let us not forget to reach out to one another! Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 And moms, remember what you are doing is making a difference, you are raising the next generation, so we need to be encouraging them on and to be strong in the beliefs of God and His truths! But we can't do it if we are not in the Word ourselves and living it out!

God has been working on me lately in my parenting and also how to get deeper in His Word, through some great books lately and community He has surrounded me with. If you are looking for some helpful books on how to study the Bible deeper, I recommend reading these two books (they really go great together) and I will be sharing more about Deeper Waters as it releases soon:

And for moms in today's world, this is a great read, which will release soon:

In homeschooling news this week, well it has been going good, except we did not like our spelling curriculum, so I sold it and we started new, it is Charlotte Mason spelling through School House Teachers, and this week so much better! If you don't know about School House Teachers, go check them out, it is online downloadable curriculum, videos, education and Bible studies for all ages. I have been a member for two years, and so far we have used some of the art lessons and video lessons for science and Bible. We are also using the grammar lessons from there this year, which is Charlotte Mason styled learning. It has really been great supplement material to use with our main core Sonlight. However, you could make your whole curriculum from there site as they have all subjects.

Commonplace Notebook:
  • The God of the universe, is all powerful and all loving! I praise you!
  • When you obey God, you will find Him at work in your life, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. When you live a life that is clean and pure on the inside, you will shine more brightly on the outside.~Women Who Move Mountains
  • We clearly need God, not just once for salvation, but constantly and continually and in more ways than we can count.~Gospel Centered Mom
  •  Love must be God-centered, or it is not true love. ~ John Piper 
  • God does not command you to be successful. He commands you to be faithful.~Fixing My Eyes On Jesus
  • The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’  -Billy Graham

Encouraging Reads:
What does faith look like for you in the ordinary and mundane of today?
I suspect our journey to health lies in a few things: truly prioritizing what we say matters, developing disciplines and habits, waging war against distraction, and committing deeply to a community that will read along with us, as well as help us translate God’s truths into real actions in our daily lives.
Just as rain comes from the sky to break forth new life, so His word does not come back empty, but breaks us free from emptiness.
There are 23 words every actual waking second yanking on our attention spans, and 4 billion people every minute on this planet of 7 billion are clicking and liking words on Facebook, and there are words falling on us, failing us, failing to soften the soil of our being so abundant life can break forth.
When there is an illiteracy of His Word, there’s a warped reading of everything.
When there is a daily reading of God — we can read all the crazy of life.
Read God — and you can read life.
We live in a world that tries to convince us that it is all about me. Me time, my wants, my needs, my desires, anything I want. We should get as much as we can from this world that promises it all but leaves us feeling empty…Love her message
But with homeschooling, you don’t have to teach to the test. You can teach to your reality.
We do not, and are not, to have faith in man or in ourselves. Our faith is in God alone. And just like that, I begin to hear the words and music filling my heart and mind:

You’re disoriented, and I am the way.
You’re confused, and I am the truth.
You’re fearful, and I am the life.

Snapshots, peek into our week:

Working on drawing. He is always smiling and I love him for that, he bring lots of joy and adventures!

Such focus and attention to her project.

A couple of our art and Bible lessons we have completed. The Ark of the Covenant and giant grapes!

Ready for church, love my family, missing the hubs. Sunday is my favorite day of the week, we love the church! Aidan said, he wishes he could go to church everyday!
Little man working on writing and drawing his Bible verse Psalm 1:3-4 The kind of person is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time.
This girl has such a heart for God and encourages me. Writing and drawing scripture.
A beautiful night for fishing and time with my husband!
Zeke is living it up!
Family outing, golf. My man!
My golfer girl!
Family time on the golf course. Impressive golf course! I go for the scenry!
The kids had fun with little frogs they found and my hub snapped this pic of them. Guess they were getting ready to go off roading!
This is really the life of Zeke most days, lazy dog! Ruff-life!
Kids have been doing some nature art drawing on there own in the afternoons, love there creativity!

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