Sunday, February 26, 2017

Adorned~Woman to woman. Older to younger. Day to day. Life to life. This is God's beautiful plan.~review

If I had the funds, I would buy every woman I know Adorned~Living Out The Beauty Of The Gospel Together, book to read! This book is for the younger woman and the older woman, all women. I was so encouraged and learned a great amount of wisdom and truth reading this book about the scripture of Titus 2:1-5, 10 and I have read this scripture many times. Who would have thought so much could be said about this small section of scripture, but that is the power of God's Word! The author, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, based on her own experiences and stories from women she knows, and with lots of Biblical truths has provided a resource to use, to help teach us, and for us to help others. Women's mentoring is something that is greatly needed and near to my heart! I have seen the need, I have experienced the blessing of being mentored and mentoring. If it wasn't for the wisdom and prayers of an older woman in my life, I probably would not be where I am at today in my faith or been a part of women's ministry. We women need Titus 2 relationships, it seems more than ever as the world gets louder and louder. These types of relationships are in much need. These relationships brings changes to women, families, and the church.  Ladies I encourage you to get this book and read it for you, your daughter, sisters, your mother, and friends. Read it and let's live out this Biblical relationship and share the beauty of the gospel together and bring glory to God. Let HIM use you to reach out and help others. Live loved and be brave, because of God!

The book is broke down into three parts: A Woman Under God, A Woman Under Control, and A Woman Under Her Roof. So many points I like to share that I read in this book, but then I probably end up writing a book myself. So instead, here are a few: I like that the author wrote about the importance of sound doctrine and the problems with out it in our lives. I am so thankful I have sat under pastors and been a part of ministry in my life that teach it. She also shares the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives and having self-control. It isn't enough to have knowledge and then not have the Holy Spirit. There are people that know right and do right, but with out the Holy Spirit it isn't right. Having Jesus in your life is what makes it beautiful and good, oh how I love that! The last few chapters focus on our home-life, for us that our wives and/or mothers. In sense, we are all mothers in a way, even if we do not have children ourselves, there are still opportunities out there to be like a mother to other children in need and around us.

Few quotes I hi-lighted:
"Our calling is to make His love and His truths visible, believable, and beautiful to skeptical observers."
"God has placed us here on earth as ambassadors of the gospel of Christ."
"Doctrine-what we believe-is foundational to how we live. And if you miss it, you'll never get to where you want to be."
"Belief affects behavior. Doctrine matters." 
"God cares about what happened inside the walls of our houses. Our home life-far from being a separate compartment from our spiritual life and witness-is a foundational way we express the love of God and the beauty of the gospel."
"Not only are God's ways true and right; they are also beautiful and good."
"There is no situation, no matter how broken or bleak, into which our redeeming God cannot step, bringing supernatural help, healing, and hope." 
"The women around you, overwhelmed by the undertow of life, need more than a book to read or a class to attend. They need you."  

For more info about this book, go to Moody Publishers page at https://www.moodypublishers.com/books/evangelism-and-discipleship/adorned/
Also go check out her web-site for some great resources and study guide for the book  http://www.adornedbook.com/


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Moody Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions and review are my own.




Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekly encouragement, snapshots, and peek into our week

Reminder to self: Being brave can be hard, but GOD...
Thanks for stopping by, we enjoyed the beautiful 70 degree weather we had this week!! Finished up week 26 of homeschooling for the school year. I have started to research and look at curriculum for the upcoming school year, actually one of my favorite things I like to do. Are any of my homeschooling peeps planning and researching too? If so what you you looking at? I am struggling with what to do for writing/grammar/spelling next year, I think I have a plan. I am glad we have so many choices, but it gets a little overwhelming when deciding. Going to need to do some praying about it. Today we head to my small group Bible study for a lunch gathering today, so looking forward to it!! Been an emotional week, but God is still good as always, He gives us new mercies and grace everyday, and He is everywhere, so look for Him in all you do. He is even there in our trying times, so thankful!
If you need some encouragement this week stop by my Wednesday post  http://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2017/02/enough.html  and check out the links below.
May you all enjoy the weekend! I will be preparing for the Lent Bible study I am participating in, planning our school week and getting ready for co-op class this upcoming week. Most important resting in HIM, this mama needs some quiet time!

Encouraging reads:
Whatever it is, we all find ways to accelerate through life and achieve more the quickest way possible.  Yet, when it comes to our relationship with God, there are no shortcuts. http://titus2mentoringwomen.com/2017/02/no-shortcuts/
We’re all recovering from SOMETHING, if we’re awake. http://melissacamarawilkins.com/blog/serenity/
Y’all thought I read a lot, but 200 books a year, wow!! But here is the answer to those of you who do want to read more https://qz.com/895101/in-the-time-you-spend-on-social-media-each-year-you-could-read-200-books/
Living an authentic Christian life is just hard, isn’t it? http://www.lauracrosby.me/a-selfie-gospel/
Your work, no matter how big or small, infused with God’s Word, done God’s way brings glory to God. http://joyfilleddays.com/what-is-important-ministry-work/

Snapshots of the week:
I have lost my voice for a few days, so this girl helped me with read-alouds.
I think our cat thinks he is a dog. He scared the neighbors dog away from our other cat. He then joined us for a walk, and Abigail carried him back home.
Little man talking to the horses.
My Friday night buddy, snoring!
So thankful for the warmth and sunshine we had this week. So needed! Enjoyed a beautiful walk with my little crew!
Captured the setting of the sun. Always beautiful, always a reminder to me of God's goodness and peace.
Write like an Egyptian. We learned about communication throughout history. Here we translated our names into hieroglyphs.

The life of a cat!
This girl is organizing her daddy's tools.
Hubby went fishing and brought us home supper!
Joint art project of a Bluejay.
Little man helping me get the mail, while he makes sure to go through every puddle in our driveway!
My little super hero is ready for learning time!
Sometimes learning looks like this. Sometimes we prefer to work on the floor. Puzzles and art fun, being creative and learning!

Hard to see, but this humbles my mama heart, she wrote a sweet note to the tooth fairy and told her, "Jesus loves you"! So of course the tooth fairy wrote back and told her the same!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Enough

Something happened recently that has wrecked my emotions and has me doing some deep pondering. I am struggling with something wondering if I need to say something, should I be the person to say it, etc...?? I could complain and be angry about it! But you know what, I need to stop that, I need to give it to God, all of it, and trust HIM. I can't be responsible for people's decisions or how they act (Heck I fail myself some days.). However, I am responsible for being kind and trusting the Lord with it.

What I want you to know is that we all have struggles, we all have worries, doubts and I am a big mess some days! So what do we do with that? We have to say, enough is enough! I need to be praying, instead of trying to analyze. Worship over worry! Trust over doubt! I need to be obedient to the Word! However, sometimes that isn't always easy because it isn't clear or is it? Maybe instead it's me getting impatient waiting or don't want to do that? So until it is clear what am I to do? I need to do the next right thing that I know is right according to the Word and let God take it. God is responsible with the results, not me. So hard sometimes for someone like me who likes to have control over certain things and wants to know the answers. Sometimes we will not get that answer or understand, because we can't wrap our mind around God. To that I am thankful for and relieved, because if I could then HE couldn't be God! Oh Lord how I need thee, more Jesus, less me! So I  remind myself seek and rest in the Lord, keep my hope in the Lord, praise HIM, and have faith! God will never leave you and always has a plan for good! Thank you Lord for the complete peace you give, when I go to you! 

Psalm 103 (TLB)
I bless the holy name of God with all my heart. Yes, I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins. He heals me. He ransoms me from hell. He surrounds me with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things! My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! He gives justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his will and nature to Moses and the people of Israel.
He is merciful and tender toward those who don’t deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever. 10 He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, 11 for his mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. 13 He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him. 14 For he knows we are but dust 15 and that our days are few and brief, like grass, like flowers, 16 blown by the wind and gone forever.
17-18 But the loving-kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting to those who reverence him; his salvation is to children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant and remember to obey him!
19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything there is. 20 Bless the Lord, you mighty angels of his who carry out his orders, listening for each of his commands. 21 Yes, bless the Lord, you armies of his angels who serve him constantly.
22 Let everything everywhere bless the Lord. And how I bless him too!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Are My Kids On Track ~ Review

I many times hesitate reading parenting books, I usually though do read one once a year. I already started one I picked out for this year, but then Bethany House offered Are My Kids on Track? by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan  as a review. The title of the book almost deterred me away, but I have learned you can't judge a book by it's title. I was surprised as just how good this book is and seems to be spot on with the many issues children and adults are facing today. This is a book I would recommend to parents, teachers or those that volunteer/work with children. Check it out here http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/are-my-kids-on-track/382670

The book shares about people's struggle in dealing with emotions, having social skills and lack of faith. These are important areas that shape us and if we as adults lack them, more than likely our children will also, unless we become intentional in caring, listening and teaching our children. Can you imagine the culture shift we would have if we all did this as parents and teachers!

The authors are Christian counselors, who have years of experience, and have backed up the information they share based on research, the Bible, and experience. I know many parents desire for their children to know who they are because of who Jesus is. But sometimes we as adults miss that! Spiritual truth matters and we need to know it and teach it, as the Bible has told us to do. We can not depend on our church or our children's Sunday school teachers. Here are some of the points you will learn more about as you read this book.
  • Teaching kindness matters more than being nice. 
  • Learning to disagree with respect matters. 
  • Be more concerned about our children's character and not happiness. 
  • As parents we should teach our children how to take ownership, instead of blame or ignore, when they cause a problem or do something wrong. 
  • Remind our children we all struggle, need God and community, this is a healthy way to live. 
  • Learn to respond rather than react when we have a situation. 
  • Teach empathy in action early. 
  • Understand when conflict becomes competition.
  • Dealing with strong-willed children. 
  • The warnings of being passive aggressive, instead learn to speak with strength and kindness. 
  • Assume the best about people, assume the other person wants to be kind, assume they want to do the right thing. Give them the benefit of the doubt , when you are not entirely sure they deserve it. More than likely will provide a much better result, then assuming and accusing right away.
  • Teach kids to see themselves as valuable, that they are enough, and that they should build their confidence from a God who loves and knows them. 
  • As parents we need to live out the Gospel in a way that speaks truth in the lives of our children. 
Another great point about this book is it shows the difference between girls and boys as they go through the different child-age stages and potential stumbling blocks. The authors give great examples of issues and then provide building blocks for those issues for us to use to help as situations arise, to use to help prevent certain negative attitudes and wrong-doing.

 "Ultimately your choice will either be determined by fear or by truth."

"A child's spiritual development is the only thing that science has shown to reliably predict fulfillment, success, thriving. New science is basically telling us what the old truths have always been saying. Faith is foundational! Your child's spiritual life matters most of all and science is now backing it up." Hallelujah I say!!

"The way you help God lay the foundation of their spiritual lives truly does make the most important difference in who they are and who they're becoming." So we should be helping our children discover their uniqueness, messiness, beloved identity is in Christ.

"Boundaries create safety and security. They may not be popular, but they are so important to healthy development~emotionally, socially, and spiritually."

**To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Bethany House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions and review are my own.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

True Rest


True rest comes from trusting in God, He knows my heart, He knows my thoughts, You walk daily with me and ahead of me, He knows my future, He knows where I am, never lost to HIM, He grieves with me, He knows the enemy and is in control.

Oh your love, your kindness, your ways, Oh Lord search my heart and continue to lead me. Thank you for your peace and rest that only you can give to our weary bodies, our crumbling hearts. I could never thank you enough for the gift of mercy and grace through Jesus Christ. 



Psalm 139 (TLB)
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head.
This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me. 11 If I try to hide in the darkness, the night becomes light around me. 12 For even darkness cannot hide from God; to you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. 15 You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! 16 You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!
17-18 How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!
19 Surely you will slay the wicked, Lord! Away, bloodthirsty men! Begone! 20 They blaspheme your name and stand in arrogance against you—how silly can they be? 21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I be grieved with them? 22 Yes, I hate them, for your enemies are my enemies too.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. 24 Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Weekly encouragement, snapshots, books...

This post may bore you if you are not into books, if so just skip ahead to the homeschooling part, encouraging parts or pass by. Just giving you fair warning folks! 😊

This week I have been reading, reading! I have a couple books I am reading for reviews and a couple from my personal pile. I finished reading Wild and Free, it was an encouraging read, the title drew me. I related to the two authors and the stories from their lives. These are two ladies that love the Lord and share HIS truths. Maybe you are loud person or maybe you consider yourself a quieter person (like me). It doesn't matter, God will use you, as long as you believe and submit to HIS will. I also finished reading, which I wrote a blog post for Heart Of Marriage
This week I started Adorned~Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together this is sooo good so far, a message near and dear to my heart. I am only in chapter 2 and have been hi-lighting and writing notes. Last night I started reading for a book launch I am a part of, so this book has not yet been released Unsinkable Faith
My personal pile I finally started A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning, it is on the job reading, so to speak. Being a homeschool mom I need to keep learning too! Another on the job reading for me as a mom, because who doesn't need a little help from time to time or to see if there may be a better or different way that may help in raising up children. Plus I am also responsible at times for many other children through co-op or at church. So I picked up this book for cheap on my kindle Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst

So as you can see, I like to read a variety of books, non-fiction Christian, memoirs (my new favorite type), homeschooling, parenting, and marriage books. I read plenty of fiction with my kids! What are your favorite type of books or recently read books that you have read, that I may need to add to my list? However, I like what this blogger shared about Christian books, and it is true, I have stopped reading books if they start pointing out self, falsehoods, etc... In reality there is only one book we should be reading from daily and that is the Bible. So before picking up and thinking you will find an answer in another book, go to the Bible. God has all the answers and wisdom! Nonfiction Christian books should always point to the Bible not away.....If that Christian book on your nightstand or if your women’s bible study points you back to you, please put it down.  The message of self-found throughout the culture and even in the church will fail us.  It is a false gospel.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus and rejoice that He is the author and perfecter of our faith—not ourselves!  https://www.oshmanodyssey.com/jensblog/ladies-please-consider-who-is-the-subject-of-your-bible-study 

The kids completed week 25, always a good feeling!! We had a fun week, with it being Valentine's Day and Co-op week! We are so blessed to be a part of a wonderful co-op. The kids enjoy seeing their friends and attending their classes! We have a talented group of moms who share their skills teaching classes and moms that help make things run smoothly. We also have a creative talented bunch of kids, as I saw from their awesome Valentine Boxes!! It was sure hard being a judge! Even though I leave exhausted at the end of co-op, it is worth it!! I don't know what I do without this group!
We had a nice two days of the hubby being home too, and on Valentine's Day to boot!! So we got to celebrate on the real day! One never knows with the railroad and now they changed there off days again, which will be an adjustment to our family.

Encouraging reads: 
But sometimes y'all, things are just crappy.  http://www.swtblessings.com/2017/02/sometimes-things-are-crappy.html 
We all make choices every day. Are we giving into temptation, or are we fighting, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to live a life that pleases God? https://yourmomhasablog.com/2017/02/13/the-harmless-sins-are-the-most-dangerous-of-them-all/
 
Snapshots of the week:
One plus to being the one to lock up the chickens is seeing this beautiful sunset!
A little on the job reading!
Sweet Valentine memories!
Little cupcake date with my sweet daughter!
Being silly girls! Messenger app features are fun!
Sweet Valentine presents for my loves!! Love my family!! Happy Valentine's Day!
A present from my sweet little boy and hubby! Beauty in small things!!
A little Valentine's learning in our morning time at Raising Arrows! Thankful for the love Christ gave us! He lived it and died for us!
Still quiet mornings, remind me of God's peace! Philippians 4:6-7
Completed Valentine Boxes went to co-op yesterday!! They had fun making them!!
Fun time at co-op celebrating Valentine's!! We have some creative talented kids in our co-op!!
Our memory board this week! Reminders to wait for the Lord!
Happy FRIday!! Apple-fritters for breakfast!! Celebrate simple things!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Heart of Marriage



The Heart of Marriage book is a reminder of how to protect, treasure and persevere in your marriage relationship, above all other relationships on earth. Now we all know marriage isn't all roses, and this book doesn't point that at all. Dawn Camp did a beautiful job compiling stories about what marriage is about from some of my favorite Christian authors. They share struggles, they share
triumphs, they share encouragement, and most of all don't ever give up in your marriage! These are true stories which also point to the example Christ gave us! Perfect gift for Valentine's (in case you missed it), for wedding gift, wedding anniversary's, for yourself or to read with your spouse. Soon to be released is a study guide to go with the book! So important to remember our vows, especially when marriage isn't always roses.
"Love is more than a feeling, it's an act of the will."
"Your mind is a reflection of your actions." 
I encourage all married couples to check out this book full of encouraging stories. http://myhomesweethomeonline.net/book/

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Story Travelers BIBLE review

My all time favorite book is by far the Bible, because it is the only book that is full of truth and is life changing! I am so thankful for Tyndale Publishers allowing me the opportunity to review this new Bible for children~The Story Travelers Bible created by Tracey Madder with illustrations by Tim Crecelius.

We have decided to read a story a day at bed time. My children love it! They enjoyed hearing about the three children involved in this. These children are taking a trip through the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. It all started when the children began asking a question based on a statement their teacher Mrs. Morgan said, "The best way to get to know God is to read His Word." They realize that one of them never reads the Bible and the other knows some of the stories. So this is where their journey begins, at the beginning it is dark, and then God said "Let there be light." The children continue to go through the Bible story by story.

I like the illustrations, very vibrant and the layout. This children's Bible shares the story and directs you to the scripture in the Bible to read further, and provides a memory verse for each story for your children to memories. Throughout the Bible are details about the cities and places mentioned, sections throughout to provide questions to think about, and how to build your faith. This is one my favorite children's Bible I have read. So I would highly recommend it for your toddlers through elementary aged children.


From Tyndale
Price:16.99 
ISBN:978-1-4964-0915-7 
Trim Size:6.625 x 8.5  
Binding:Hardcover 
Release:March 2017 

Join Lana, Munch, and Griffin on the adventure of a lifetime as they travel through the Holy Land and learn about the stories, cultures, people, and places of the Bible. High-quality illustrations, engaging sidebars, and scripture passages draw kids into the narrative. The Story Travelers Bible teaches kids that the Bible is more than just a bunch of tales told by parents and Sunday school teachers, but the Bible documents God’s work in and for His people from the beginning of time. The Story Travelers Bible will take kids on a ride through 85 Bible stories.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions and review are my own.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekly Wrap, Encouragement, Snapshots, It's been Busy Fun!

It's been a busy fun week! So I didn't have time to do a mid-week link-up, however that is OK in my book, life isn't lived reading and writing all the time! 😏

This kids are having some extra fun this week, we had a field trip Thursday with friends to Discovery Park to see the DaVinci exhibit, a must see!! Today is mama Bible study (and the kids enjoy it too, time to meetup with some of their friends and play), whoohoo!! Tomorrow, is karate camp and Sunday the kids have a fun event at church they are planning to attend!

We did complete another week of school, which included finishing reading aloud Little House In The Big Woods and Twenty-one Balloons. My husband said the other day that I need my own substitute teacher sometimes. Haha, I laughed, but yes some days that is true. This path isn't always easy (it's not meant to be), but it is worth it. All the planning, reading, math problems, and learning together can wear a brain out, but I love learning together with them. I love learning all the things I missed, the schools didn't teach or that we didn't get to spend more time talking about. I hear many of you out there complaining about the schools, but there is a choice, there is school choice. So be sure to explore all options, take time to pray about it and whatever you decide be committed to it, be involved. Our children need us! Oh and no it doesn't take patience, because I don't have it! 😉

I want to share with you a couple great books that recently released:
So if you are looking for a Valentine gift for the books lovers, this is great one! Some of my favorite Christian authors have come together and shared encouraging marriage stories from their lives. Stories that celebrate the heart of marriage http://myhomesweethomeonline.net/book/
If you are looking for a Lent Study, join me, there are a few online groups and Sacred Holidays is full of encouraging truth. The study is about the final days of Jesus. With variety each week including: Bible study, sabbath, prayer, and justice days. There is women's studies, and also correlating men and family studies. 10% of every purchase Sacred Holidays uses to provides studies to women in prison! http://www.sacredholidays.com/

I have been pondering on some things I have been reading this week and from two video's I watched from the IF Gathering. If you have time, and I would recommend finding some time, watch these two speakers, so much, sooo good! My heart, my soul!! Wow, just wow, watch these two messages, powerful, convicting, good, (Jennie Allen) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPz66t4BQ7U 
(Jill Briscoe)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3E7YD7xeNM&t=1622s

Encouraging reads:
Does it serve its purpose—to serve my purpose? http://www.becomingminimalist.com/letting-go/
Breath. Spirit. One. Breathe in… http://www.leahdeverson.com/when-the-breath-wont-come/


Snapshots from our week:
Last Fridays Bible and art lesson, and Lego challenge. Moses and the burning bush. Lego dream car and enchanted forest.
Working on making Valentine boxes for next weeks co-op!
Handwriting lesson, filling out Valentine cards.
Caught in the act looking at books! This makes my mama heart happy, I think my book loving is passing down to another!
Such a "ruff" life. Dog life!
Learning about DaVinci! What a brilliant man!
DaVinci exhibit at Discovery Park. Trying out some of his inventions!
The Last Supper!
Painting the Mona Lisa!
Little man!
Sweet girl!
Fast slide!
Knight in armor!

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