Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday's Fillings...

I hope y'all have had an enjoyable week.
It has been a bit of a busy one for us. ;o)
Yesterday, as I worked on some sewing,
the younger ones enjoyed the beautiful weather.
Here were the lil' girls exploring...

Will enjoyed riding his scooter...

And Ally enjoyed (yes, enjoyed)
blowing the leaves in the front yard...

When she was finished, the younger ones, of course,
had a wonderful time jumping into the pile of leaves.

They, also, enjoyed throwing a couple of toys in the pile
and then digging through the pile to find them,
until they came across a spider,

which took the fun out of it.

As they played in the leaves, Ally enjoyed resting
and looking through a new cooking magazine...

Meanwhile, I worked at putting up our new wreaths
along our front entryway...

Here they are at night...

Today we met some friends for lunch
and they returned home with us for fellowship.
As the children played, the mamas enjoyed more sewing.
Sewing with someone is so enjoyable. ;o)
I was able to complete all of our Christmas clothes.
I even decided to make Will a vest to go with his bowtie.
I, also, had to add ties to the girls' dresses,
as they were a little big at first.
Here are the younger ones' finished garments...

(you can click on the photo to enlarge it)
I hope to get our photos taken this weekend, Lord willing.

The children and I have been enjoying
our new read aloud this week, too.
I appreciate the example of a godly family
that the book portrays.
I have found the children more compelled
to do certain things since reading this.
I have seen that they have been encouraged
to be more kind, helpful, etc...,
which has been a blessing.

I hope y'all enjoy your weekend.

"And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love and to good works"
~ Hebrews 10:24

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Peace in Parenting...

**Post from the Past**
Due to busyness in and out of the home,
physical tiredness, and a bit of writer's block,
is and likely will be just a little scarce this week.
To break the bloggie silence,
I thought I would re-post an 'oldie'.
Hope y'all are enjoying your week.

Peace in Parenting

Parenting is an adventure.
One that causes a rollercoaster ride of many emotions.
From love, pride, happiness and joy,
to sorrow, failure, fear, and hopelessness.
In the midst of this adventure and all the emotions,
our Heavenly Father desires for us to experience His peace.
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ."

~ Philippians 4:7

How can we have that peace?

~ Plant ~

Plant God's Word in their heart.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine,

for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness:"

2 Timothy 3:16

Begin at birth.
Moses, Timothy (2 Tim.3:15),
Samuel (1 Sam.1), and Jesus (Luke 2:40)
are Bible examples of the value

of early childhood training.
Numerous Scripture instructs parents

to train and teach their children
in the way of the Lord.
(Prov.22:6; Is.28:9-10,54:13; Joel 1:3;

Dueteronomy 6:6-13; Ps.34:11)

Jesus says in John 21:15

that when we love Him,
we feed His lambs.
When we feed His lambs,
"...our sons may be as plants
grown up in their youth;
...our daughters my be as corner stones,
polished after the similitude of a palace."

Psalm 144:12

~ Prepare ~

As they grow older,
they reach a point of crossing over.
Crossing over from childhood to adulthood,
steering from dependence

to the direction of independence.
They become too old for 'this'

and not old enough for 'that'.
While we remain an authority,
we become more of an influence.
This is a crucial time.

We need to continue
feeding them God's Word,
and also need to teach them

how to defend their faith.
They need to know what they believe

and why they believe it.
Romans 14:5 says,
"...let every man be fully persuaded
in his own mind."
It is also a time to protect and provide.
Protect ~ they are still under

our umbrella of protection and we are responsible
for what we allow them to be exposed to.
Provide ~ we also need to provide them
with opportunities to "live and learn".
They can be allowed

to make choices and face consequences
while still being under our umbrella.
This is a time our hearts can be blessed
and broken...all in the same day.
This requires patience and prayer.

~ Pray ~

We intercede for their lives
when we pray for our children.
Only God can change hearts, minds, and lives.
Our Heavenly Father knows

our thoughts, needs, and desires
but He responds to our prayers.

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name,
that will I do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
~ John 14:13-14

We need to remember

that our children are His children
and He loves them and cares for them
more than we are even capable of.
"Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace..."
~ Hebrews 4:16
We need to pray specifically for our children.
Nothing is too small or too big

to bring before the Lord.

We need to keep in mind

that His plans for our children
are different than our plans for them...

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD."
~ Isaiah 55:8

We need to be vigilant...
"Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour" ~ 1 Peter 5:8

We need to pray frequently...
"Pray without ceasing." ~ 1 Thess. 5:17
and we need to pray fervently...
"...The effectual fervent prayer
of a righteous man availeth much."~ James 5:16

We do not need to fear
(ex, they won't turn out right, etc...).
1 John 4:18 says,

"There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth our fear",
but we can have the
"...peace of God
which passeth all understanding..."
~ Philippians 4:7

~ Patience ~

Just as all children

physically grow at different times,
the same is true with spiritual growth.
Just because we do not see

certain evidences in their lives or character,
doesn't mean the Holy Spirit isn't working in their hearts.
Only God knows the heart.
"...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance
but the LORD looketh on the heart" (1 Sam.16:7)
His timing is not our timing.
"He hath made everything beautiful
in HIS time..." (Ecc. 3:11)

Know that He is doing a good work in our children
and He is faithful to complete it:
"Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" ~ Phil.1:6

We also need to realize that He is wanting
to use this 'adventure' in parenting
to strengthen our faith and grow us, too.
Raising children (little ones and older ones)
truly does exercies our faith.
James 1:3 says,
"Knowing this,
that the trying of your faith worketh patience."
Psalm 37:7 says,
"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him..."

May we trust Him and rest upon Him
and have peace in parenting
knowing that He is in control.

"And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee;
he will be with thee, he will not fail thee,
neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."
~ Deuteronomy 31:8

~ Christina K © December 2004

Monday, November 26, 2007

Monday's Musings...

I hope y'all had a blessed Lord's Day yesterday.
It was such a blessing being in the Lord's house,
hearing His Precious Word preached.
The Sunday school lesson and the a.m. sermon
were such a blessing.
In the evening service,
we had a visiting evangelist.
What the Lord laid on his heart
was a little tough to hear
but it was a wonderful admonition and blessing!
One of the things he mentioned
was serving God with our 'trinity'
(our body, soul, and spirit).
He spoke about how it can sometimes
be easy to be 'spiritual'
yet we tend to neglect giving our bodies to the Lord.
He mentioned how many times,
he'll hear of (believers) that take their lives (in su*cide)
and how they will answer to Christ...
how they prematurely shortened their time
to serve Christ here on Earth.
Then he proceeded to point out
that we ought not to be so harsh on them
because many of us are doing the same thing
by the way we live, eat, etc...
how through our eating habits, other habits, etc...
we are prematurely shortening our days
and that one day we, as well, will stand before Christ.
It was a powerful message! Praise God!

After the service, Ally was very eager
to enjoy our church's new grand piano!...

And, of course, we ladies were excited as well... ;o)

Oh, what beautiful music it makes! ;o)
And what a blessing it is that the Lord provided it
for our church... for free! God is so Good!

Today was cloudy and rainy...
one of those laid back kind of days.
Early this morning, Carolynne and I
went to her dentist appointment.
Poor thing had to get a filling
but she did so great. I was so proud of her
and thankful for the answer to prayers.
She (and Mommy) made it through. ;o)

This afternoon, the children and I
worked together to get a box ready
to ship to Daddy and his Marines.
Pastor had given me 20 New Testament,
marked edition, Bibles!
What a blessing that was.
I am so excited to be able to send them
and so are the children!
We prayed for the Marines that will receive them
as we prepared them to put in the box.
We are shipping these out
in the name of our church.
Here was our set up...

New Testament Bibles (marked edition),
personal prayer list booklets,
read the Bible in a year schedule
(though we decided not to ship this because
we were only sending New Testaments),
and our church's new Christmas tracts,
along with a favorite snack among Marines...
Rice Krispy Treats. ;o)

Ally and I wrote inscriptions
on the inside cover of the Bibles
while Will put the prayer list booklet inside,
along with a Christmas tract on the cover,
then secured it with two rubber bands...

After the Bibles were prepared, I put them in the box,
then Beth and Carolynne helped to put in the treats...

We topped it off with a little note and sealed the box...

We plan to ship it off tomorrow.
Also this week, we hope to get together another box
for Daddy and his Marines from us personally.
We are sending giant stockings with goodies. ;o)
We sure enjoyed preparing that box
and pray the Lord will use it to lead those Marines
to come to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

This evening, after supper, we were {finally} able
to completely finish our book
"Summer with the Moody's"
and we even read the first chapter of our next one,
"Autumn with the Moody's". ;o)
The children were enjoying it very much,
as was I.

Tomorrow we head to the post office, Lord willing,
and in the evening we plan to make a visit
to our "church grandpa".
He has cancer (deemed terminal)
and has been home, doing hospice, for a few weeks.
He has been unable to make it to church
and we miss him greatly,
so we look forward to seeing him.
He is such a loving and godly man,
and, wow, what a soul winner for Christ!

I, also, hope to work on Beth's dress
and Will's bowtie this week.
I was able to complete Carolynne's
Christmas dress over the weekend...

And Ally was able to finish
her dress, too!
Only one dress and a bowtie to go
and then we can do our family pictures. ;o)

Before I go, I just wanted to share
Carolynne's 'family portrait'
that she drew on the chalk board today.
We aren't proportionally drawn
but that's okay, she's three. ;o)
I thought she did such a wonderful job, though.
I just love when they draw people!

(drawing from left to right)

Carolynne, Will, Daddy, Ally, Mommy, Beth

I hope y'all are enjoying your week. ;o)

"For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God's."
1 Corinthians 6:20

A Surprise and a Thank You...

I was surprised last week
when I was told that I had been nominated
for the 2007 Homeschool Blog Awards...

As I scrolled through the lists,
I discovered that I had been nominated
in two different categories...
The "Best Homeschool Mom Blog"
and the
"Best “Live What You Believe” Homeschool Blog".

Though the purpose of my blog
is not to seek man's praise,
it was an encouragement and blessing to me
to know that some (at least three)
find encouragement and, hopefully, a blessing here.
Thank you to those that nominated me.
I pray the Lord Jesus Christ
is honored and glorified here, always.
"...that in all things he might have the preeminence."
~ Colossians 1:18

Also, while scrolling, I noticed that Ally
had been nominated for the "Best Teen Gal Blog".
It blessed my heart to see that there are
young girls (and, perhaps, adults) that
find a blessing and encouragement visiting her.
It is our prayer that the Lord will use her
and that He will be honored and glorified
as she stands for Christ in her youth.
"Let no man despise thy youth;
but be thou an example of the believers,
in word, in conversation, in charity,
in spirit, in faith, in purity." ~ 1 Timothy 4:12

Thank you, again, to those that nominated.
I thought this would, also, be a good opportunity
to say thank you to all of you.
I try to, often, mention it in return comments
and return emails
but I am compelled to say thank you,
to all of you that have offered your prayers
and your words of kindness and encouragement.
The Lord uses them and they are such a blessing!
Thank you so much!

"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb,
sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
~ Proverbs 16:24

Saturday, November 24, 2007

My Jesus, I Love Thee...

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou:
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus 'tis now.

I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow:
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus 'tis now.

I'll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus 'tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow:
If ever I love Thee, my Jesus 'tis now.

words: William R. Featherston; music: Adoniram J. Gordon
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"Grace be with all them
that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity."
~ Ephesians 6:24

Friday, November 23, 2007

Singing Praises... Giving Thanks...

I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
We did. ;o)
As I mentioned in a previous post,
Wednesday evening, we had church service.
During the service, we sang many songs
of praise and thanksgiving
and had some time of testimonies.
It is always such a blessing to give praise
and hear praise to the Lord!
Pastor handed out a paper
with the word "Thanksgiving" on it,
written vertically,
and he and the congregation
offered words from Scripture and such
to name things we were thankful for.
It was a blessing to see the children participate.
One of the things Ally shared
was a verse and how she is thankful
for the strength that God gives us.
Will said he was thankful for our nation's liberty,
God's Word and he, also, mentioned homeschool. ;o)
Carolynne was thankful for
Daddy and Uncle Steven, who are in Iraq. ;o)
Beth, listening as Pastor said the letter,
said she was thankful for apples
when he said the letter 'a'
and she did similar with other letters.
I was tickled to see her naming things
that started with those letters. ;o)

After the service,
we had a Thanksgiving 'feast' and fellowship.
Lots of delicious food and fellowship
shared with the blessing of God's people.
After eating, Ally wanted to play her guitar.
Soon after she began, all of the children
surrounded her to sing along.
It was so precious to hear them all singing out!

I was so delighted to see them all having
such a wonderful time together.
A little later, Pastor joined in on the fun.
He played Ally's guitar while all the children sang more...

It is such a blessing to have a pastor that loves children.
He delights in being a pastor to the children
as well as the adults and that truly is a blessing.

On Thursday, Thanksgiving morn,
I started making phone calls to my family members.
I am thankful we have good relationships
and that we enjoy talking to each other.
My sister was the last call I made.
As I was talking to her, she was sharing
how she had finger foods, decorations, and such
all set out and she was anticipating
our mama's and grandparents' arrival.
As she was talking, it occured to me
that, somehow, I had become
a little more discouraged the past few weeks
that I had realized (or wanted to admit)
and remembered how much I did enjoy
Thanksgiving Day, including the 'hospitality' of it all.
So, with her encouragement, I got off the phone
and was determined to have a mini feast
for the children and I.
I sent the younger ones out to collect acorns
to make a centerpiece for the table....

They came in with lots of little acorns
and, also, a wide variety of colorful leaves
and a couple of pinecones,
all of which we put in the basket
and set on the table.

Beth helped to slice some cheese
to put on a platter...

Carolynne put crackers on the platter
as the cheese was being sliced...

Ally made the Oreo fluff...

When the food was prepared,
Will and Ally set the table
and we, eventually (after some brief company Ü)
sat down to enjoy our feast together...

We enjoyed taking turns sharing some things
that we are thankful for
and took turns praying before we ate.
It is such a blessing to hear my children pray!

After supper, dessert, seconds, etc...
we cleaned up, put in our Christmas cds
and put up our tree together.
It was very enjoyable, though Daddy was missed.
They often said, "Daddy would like this"
and "Daddy would like that"...
It was sweet to hear them.

After putting up our tree,
we gathered in the living room
to decorate our mini-tree
with some special ornaments
while reading the nativity story from Luke
(and some in Matthew)...

As I read the Scriptures,
the children and I put the special ornaments on the tree...

Afterwards, we sang "Away in a Manger"...

It was a precious way to end our evening.

Today we slept in a bit, cleaned house,
had lunch with friends, and just enjoyed one another.
Here are a couple of photos of the children today...

Carolynne and Beth coloring by the tree

Will playing a board game

as Ally sews her dress for our upcoming family photos.

Tomorrow we have some friends
and some out-of-town friends coming for a visit.
We are excited about that.
I, also, hope to sew up the lil' girls dresses
so we can get our family photos done soon. ;o)

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend, too!

"Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
Sing forth the honour of his name:
make his praise glorious."
~ Psalm 66:1-2

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving...

"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him who alone doeth great wonders:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that by wisdom made the heavens:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that stretched out the earth
above the waters:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that made great lights:
for his mercy endureth for ever:
The sun to rule by day:
for his mercy endureth for ever:
The moon and stars to rule by night:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who remembered us in our low estate:
for his mercy endureth for ever:
And hath redeemed us from our enemies:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who giveth food to all flesh:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven:
for his mercy endureth for ever."
~ Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26

"Saying, Amen:
Blessing, and glory,
and wisdom, and thanksgiving,
and honour, and power, and might,
be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."
~ Revelation 7:12

Wednesday's Ways...

Our week has been flying by,
as I'm sure is true with many of y'all.
This evening we have our midweek service.
Afterwards, our church is having
a Thanksgiving fellowship.
We've spent much of the day preparing
what we are bringing.
Here is our contributing spread...

2 containers of 'doubled eggs'

platter of mini Harvest Muffins with drizzled icing
a large dish of Homemade Ranch Mashed Potatoes
2 homemade pumpkin cheesecakes
a layered cake with chocolate whipped frosting,
with Psalm 118:1a on it (courtesy of Ally and her friend)

Tomorrow the children and I
look forward to spending the day together
quietly at home,
with a less than traditional Thanksgiving meal,
praising the Lord, giving thanks to Him,
and possibly even getting out the tree. ;o)

This evening, however,
we look forward to being in God's house
with our church family.
What a blessing that Thanksgiving is on Thursdays...
How wonderful to spend the evening before
worshipping Him, singing and speaking
praises and thanksgiving to Him in unity!

Hope y'all enjoy your evening, as well.

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations."
~ Psalm 100

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Giving Thanks in Homeschool...

As Christians, it is our duty and privilege
to give thanks and praise to the Lord continually.
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you."
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

One of the many blessings that I
continually am thankful for is
the blessing of home education our children.

It is such a blessed privilege to have the freedom
to home educate our children
in the way the Lord leads us.
Our children alone are one of the greatest blessings.
They are an heritage of the Lord,
His reward, arrows in our quiver
that we have the wonderful privilege and responsibility
to prepare, focus, and aim
toward the Lord Jesus Christ.

We get to fulfill God's command
to teach them diligently while we sit, walk,
lie down, rise up... all day long!
Truly the Lord has blessed us greatly
in the privilege to train up our children
in the way they should go
and the wonderful opportunity to see
the fruit of our labors as they grow older
and do not depart from what they have been taught.

(Proverbs 22:6)

We get to see first-hand how the Lord
answers our prayers for our children.
We get to see them grow right before our eyes.
We get to see them make mistakes
and see the Holy Spirit work in their heart.
We get to see them respond to the Holy Spirit
and develop a love for the Lord.

Everyday is a day spent together as a family,
learning together, growing together,
loving and serving the Lord together.
That is something to truly praise God for.
One day the time will come
when they are no longer in our home.
They will have homes of their own.
We will no longer have the time and moments
that we have now
to teach, train, admonish, and nuture them
in the things of the Lord.
Oh, may we cherish these moments
and pour out thanksgiving and praise to God,
from Whom all blessings flow.

"I will bless the LORD at all times:
his praise shall continually be in my mouth."
~ Psalm 34:1

Benefits in Homeschooling

~ Passing on our family values ~
All day, every day we get to
point our children to the Lord Jesus Christ,
demonstrate Christ's love,
and the importance of living for Him.
We get to lead and direct them
in obedience to Him
and show them the joy of serving Him.

~ Sheparding their hearts ~
We have the opportunity to better see
the condition of our children's hearts, daily.
Which enables us to train them
and pray for them specifically.

~ Educating for Eternity ~
We have a wonderful opportunity
to teach, admonish, and train them
in spiritual Truths,
leading them to the Saviour,
shaping their character,
preparing them for service
that the Lord has for them,
to live a righteous life that
pleases our Heavenly Father,
honors and glorifies Him,
giving them a burden for souls,
which has eternal value.

~ A tailor-made education ~
We have the opportunity to teach them
according to their learning style, interests, etc...
We can encourage and allow them
to learn of their Creator and
His presence in all things.
We can encourage and allow them
to learn of the things they are interested in
and develop a real love for learning.

~ Academic Excellence ~
We have the opportunity to allow them
to explore and research fully,
enabling them for mastery in areas.
They are able to soak in what the learn.
Time is on our side as we are able
to educate them all day, every day.
They get to learn in 'real life'.

~ Flexibility and Variety ~
We have the opportunity to allow them
and encourage them to pursue their interests.
We have the freedom to choose
the direction of their education,
what tools to use, and the freedom
to make changes when needed.

"Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits."
~ Psalm 103:2

If you would like to share how you are thankful
for the blessing of homeschooling
and have posted your thoughts,
please feel free to LEFT click
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Please be sure to sign
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I'd love to know about it. ;o)

"O Lord, open thou my lips;
and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise."
~ Psalm 51:15

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Dealing With Deployments...

There are many military wives/families
that have experienced (or will) dealing with deployments.
Often times, it can be easy to become discouraged.
Not that I am more experienced
(there are plenty of wives that have done this more than I)
and not that I have a fast-acting,
"everything will be wonderful and easy" solution,
but the following are some things that the Lord
has shown me in dealing with deployments...

• Focus on HIM

Keep Jesus Christ the focus.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these things
shall be added unto you." ~ Matthew 6:33

Be fervent in prayer.
"Pray without ceasing."
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Keep a prayer journal.
Instead of calling family and friends,
call on your Heavenly Father,
your Greatest Friend,
"...that sticketh closer than a brother."
(Proverbs 18:24)

Be committed to quiet time with Him.
"... early will I seek thee..." (Psalm 63:1)
"With my whole heart have I sought thee..."
(Psalm 119:10)
Seize the opportunity to draw near to Him,
to nurture a personal and intimate
relationship with Him,
to deepen your walk with Jesus Christ.

Take time to memorize Scripture,
allowing what He says to change
your heart and thinking,
allowing His Word to comfort
and encourage you, always.
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart..."
(Psalm 119:11)
"Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
and that seek him with the whole heart."
(Psalm 119:2)

• Focus on Husband

Continue to be his helpmeet
"...I will make him an help meet for him."
(Genesis 2:18b)

Pray for him fervently.
"...The effectual fervent prayer
of a righteous man availeth much."
(James 5:16b)

When communicating,
be cheerful, sweet, and informative.
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
in pictures of silver." (Proverbs 25:11)

"Let your speech be alway with grace,
seasoned with salt..." (Colossians 4:6)
Avoid complaining.
Be calm when announcing 'bad news'.
Write often, even if it's just a small note,
but be sure to write occasional love letters, too. ;o)
Send care packages.
It doesn't always have to be a lot,
just frequent, thoughtful packages,
letting him know you're thinking of him.

Submit to and honor him.
"Wives, submit yourselves
unto your own husbands,
as it is fit in the Lord."
(Colossians 3:18)

"..and the wife see that
she reverence her husband."
(Ephesians 5:33b)

Help him by being frugal.
Avoid opposite gender friendships.
Ask if he has particular things
he desires for you to do or not to do,
or particular ways to do things.
Do what you can so that
his heart can safely trust in you.
"The heart of her husband
doth safely trust in her..."
(Proverbs 31:11a)

• Focus on Heritage

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD..."
(Psalm 127:3a)
Use this time to focus on the children.
Be diligent and consistent in training them up
in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6).

Work on character development,
spiritual growth, first time obedience,
habits, chores, life skills, etc...
With hubby's permission, go tv free.
Have special game nights, looking at photos, etc...
Begin or continue family Bible time and prayer time.
Focus on home educating.
"And thou shalt teach them diligently
unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them
when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up."
(Deuteronomy 6:7)

• Focus on Home

"To be ...keepers at home..." ~ Titus 2:5

"She looketh well to the ways
of her household..." ~ Proverbs 31:27a

Use this time to develop
better home keeping habits.
Read, research, and discover more ways
to make your home a sweet, peaceful haven.
Keep it clean and cozy.
With hubby's permission, downsize and simply.
Learn to make some new meals, desserts, etc...
that he may like when he returns.
Pick up a new hobby that can bless
the family and the home.
"She... worketh willingly with her hands."
(Proverbs 31:13)

• Focus on House of God

"Not forsaking the assembling
of ourselves together..."
(Hebrews 10:25a)
Become and stay faithful in church.
Aim to be in every service.
Be involved and serve the Lord
through the local church.
"...being fruitful in every good work,
and increasing in the knowledge of God."
(Colossians 1:10)

Get to know your church family more,
let them get to know you more,
and develop friendships with them.
"Bear ye one another's burdens,
and so fulfil the law of Christ."
(Galatians 6:2)

"Blessed are they that dwell in thy house:
they will be still praising thee."
(Psalm 84:4)

Deployments can be a time of blessings,
spiritual growth, and so much more.
If we just seize the opportunity,
while trusting Heavenly Father.

~ Christina K© November 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday's Things and a Winning Photo...

It was cold and breezy
with much needed rain today
and it was one of those days
that I could have stayed in my jammies
with a hot cup of coffee.
I did just that most of the morning
as I made out our menu and grocery list.
In the meantime,
the children did copywork and coloring
and Ally worked on her academics.

Then this afternoon,
we braved the weather
and went to a local health food store
to buy a few things
and then went to the commisary
for our bi-weekly grocery shopping trip.
Afterwards, we ran into the library
to look for a specific something
and, somehow, exited the library
with a whole lot of other 'somethings'. lol
The children were excited to have
a few new books to read.
Ally was thrilled to see her new math
sitting at the front door.
She is eager to begin her pre-calculus. ;o)

That was the bulk of our day today.
Tomorrow, Lord willing and weather permitting,
we will be having our homeschool park day.
This is a day the children always look forward to,
as do the mommies.
Fellowshipping can be such a blessing. ;o)

Oh, we were excited to learn this week
a photo we submitted
was chosen as winner in a contest
that was hosted by

I was thrilled and thankful to receive

one of their ebooks as a prize
and look forward to reading it. ;o)

The photo was taken by Ally...

(this one is very similar to the one they chose but not exact)
There were many wonderful photos submitted.
We enjoyed looking through the slideshow they provided.

I hope y'all are enjoying your week!

"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."
~ Jeremiah 31:3

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wednesday's Ways...

Our week continues to be somewhat slow
but somehow busy at the same time. ;o)
Yesterday we took Ally to the chiropractor,
went to our local supercenter to pick up a few things,
then to the music store to get a shoulder rest
for Ally's violin.
Then yesterday evening,
after the younger ones were in bed,
I was able to use our new sewing helpfuls...

A few have inquired how I liked them.
Ally loves the new tools.
I love being able to use the mat and the rotary cutter,
however, I have found that I need

to work around the weights,
which isn't a big deal really, just an adjustment.

I just have to be careful
not to bump into the weights when cutting.
I have really found the smaller cutter
to be quite helpful in those curvier areas. ;o)
(Thank you, Pam)
I was glad to get both girls' dresses cut out
and, since I was having fun with the rotary cutters,
I decided to go ahead and cut my scraps of the material
into different size quilt pieces for possible future use. ;o)
Ally and I, also, learned another use for the weights
(I don't know why I do this to myself)...

Word of advice... if you ever do this,
be sure to have the 'pokey part' facing outward. LOL

Today the children enjoyed doing some academics
as I worked on getting some laundry done
and a couple of "handyman" projects completed.

Will did some copywork and science,
as well as reading a couple of history books...

The lil' girls sat at the table, too, and colored together...

Ally worked on her advanced chemistry,
worldview, history, and violin.
When I checked in on her, she was reading aloud
a Shakespeare play for history (and literature),
which she enjoys to do...

Later in the afternoon,
the children enjoyed the beautiful weather
by going outside to play...

As Ally played piano...

Meanwhile, I worked on those "handyman projects".
First I finished putting blinds in the dining room window...


Why it took me all year to get motivated to do this...
I have no idea. I was so glad to get it done, though.
It was no easy task either.
Apparently, it's a lot harder to put the screws
into the paneling (or whatever it's called)
that's on the inside of the window frame.
After, at least, three warped screws
and the manual screwdriver
(not to mention sore muscles)
I finally finished! It was worth it, though. ;o)

Then, outside, I finally got around
to putting up our retractable clothes line. (yea!)

I put it up between the side of the house
and the big live oak tree...

Then hung Will's new suit items on it to dry...

LOL... Guess I need to find those clothespins. ;o)

Ally helped her mama out by making supper...
a ground turkey, rice, and green bean casserole. Mmmm.
Then what a blessing it was to be
in the Lord's house this evening!

I hope y'all are enjoying your week, too. ;o)

"Looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing
of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ"
~ Titus 2:13


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