Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook ~ August 31, 2010

For today...
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Outside my window...
are clear, blue, cloudless skies
and cool breezes
across the city and hills,
through our windows

I am thinking...
how it has been a while
since I've collected thoughts
to do a daybook...
life has seemed a whirlwind
as of late

I am thankful ...
that though HE does not
always give the answers,
HE always gives HIS grace...
which is sufficient
and all I need.

I am wearing...
black cotton dress,
black and white cotton hoodie jacket,
black cotton covering...
bare feet ;o)

I am remembering...
that the Father, Creator,
has a plan and purpose
far greater than I
could ever conceive...
and HE really is in control,
working things according
to HIS perfect will.

I am reading...
through my KJ Bible,
currently in Ezekiel,
finished NT and have begun, again,
in the book of Matthew

lesson in our Sunday evening Bible study
(The Holy Spirit & my home life);
"Real Christianity" by William Wilberforce;
"Seasons of a Mother's Heart" by Sally Clarkson

I am hoping (praying)...
for our eldest, who left for college,
to grow closer to the Savior,
to see HIS truths,
and to obey and follow HIM

On my mind...
HIS very special grace
and peace that passes all understanding

From the learning rooms...
planning for this year will commence...
resources need to be decided on
and ordered...
In the meantime,
we continue with natural learning
and occasional seatwork
that has rolled over from last year. ;o)

Noticing that...
HE is faithful
in calling HIS children to HIM...
revealing HIS truths and way...
and opening blinded eyes...
if we will but listen,
see, and obey.

Pondering these words...

"And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ {Messiah}
may rest upon me."

(2 Corinthians 2:19)

From the kitchen...
the younger ones
are learning
how to serve HIM.

A new menu is being made

Around the house...
all is quiet
as the children are playing outdoors

I am creating...
regency dresses
for the lil' girls

I am hearing...
background music
from my blog...
faint talking from the children
as they play outside

One of my favorite things...
The Comforter,
Who truly comforts!

A few plans for the rest of the week...
make a new menu, grocery list;
go to the commissary/grocery store;
make a homeschool plan
and purchase the resources;
adjust to our eldest not being home;
possible host a couple of ladies
from our church fellowship
and teach them to sew;
search for a couch to purchase
with my beloved;
keep/tend to our home
and enjoy the comforts thereof.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

"And these words,
which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart:
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 6:6-7)

As I plan our upcoming
homeschool year,
I allow HIM to remind me
what our greatest goal is...
teaching of HIM...
of HIS commands...
HIS ways.

Have a blessed week!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Snug Bugs...

... tickled to sleep in brother's room...
on the floor...
in sleeping bags...

I just love that!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

When We Are Absent One From Another...

The LORD watch between me and thee,
when we are absent one from another.
(Genesis 39:41)

We said good-bye
to our baby, our eldest,

as she makes her way
to Bible college.

She will be missed
in so many ways

but we look forward to seeing
HIS plan unfold for her.

The LORD bless thee,
and keep thee:

The LORD make his face
shine upon thee,

and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up
his countenance upon thee,

and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Friday, August 27, 2010

Releasing Arrows...

On the eve of our eldest
leaving home and making her way to Bible college...
Originally posted March 8, 2010...
Reposted for my own reminder and encouragement.
May it bless and encourage someone else, too.

In the archer's quiver are arrows.
He cares for each one,
preparing them for their purpose...
bending them, sharpening them,
straightening them, pointing them...
that they may be directed to the mark.

After preparation,
there comes a time to release.
And the archer watches,
at times in breathless anticipation,
as the arrow takes its flight,
aiming toward the mark it was created and prepared for.

Second guessing,
the archer wonders if the arrow was ready...
How will it fare as it flies through
the opposing elements in its path?
Panic and fear crowd the archer
and vision becomes cloudy,
as sight is taken off the mark.

A still small voice the archer hears...
"... Be not afraid, only believe."

Reassurance floods
as the eyes of the archer
turn to the Master Archer,
knowing He is in control...
He knows how to guide the arrow...
He knows how to pick it up if it falls...
He will help the arrow to its mark...
He is, after all, the Master Archer...
and He created the arrow for His purpose.
And He guides the arrow with His Divine hand...
He will not let the arrow go.

The archer,
the tool which the Master Archer used,
steps back, in peace and rest,
to watch in awe and delight
as the Master Archer guides
the arrow on its path,
knowing the Master Archer will be the One
to receive all of the glory and praise,
during the arrow's journey
and when it reaches the mark.

"Children are compared to "arrows".
Now, we know that sticks are not by nature arrows;
they do not grow so, but they are made so;
by nature they are knotty and rugged,
but by art they are made smooth and handsome.
So children by nature are rugged and untoward,
but by education are refined and reformed,
made pliable to the divine will and pleasure."
--George Swinnock, 1627-1673.

"As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth."
~ Psalm 127:4

We're releasing an arrow.
I am that archer.
The Master Archer,
in His infinite goodness,
speaks to my heart.
I hear Him.
How can I not?

"... Be not afraid,
only believe.
Yeshua {Jesus} says.
{in Mark 5:36}

"And straightway
the father of the child cried out,

and said with tears,
{Master} Lord, I believe;

help thou mine unbelief."
~ Mark 9:24

"Be strong and of a good courage,
fear not, nor be afraid of them:
for {YHVH} the LORD thy {Elohim} God,
He it is that doth go with thee;

He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
~ Deuteronomy 31:6

What a comfort...
HE goes with the arrow...
He will not fail
nor forsake the arrow...
nor will He the archer.

It's easy to forget sometimes
that He created the arrows...
they are HIS...
and He loves them
more than I ever could.

Thank you, YHVH,
for entrusting me
with Your precious arrow.

I give Your arrow back to You.
She is Yours.
Thank you for Your Perfect Love
which casts out fear.
{1 John 4:18}

Thank you for Your perfect peace
and everlasting strength.

"Thou wilt keep him
in perfect peace,

whose mind is stayed on Thee:
because he trusteth in Thee.
Trust ye in {YHVH} the LORD for ever:
for in {YHVH} the LORD {Yah} JEHOVAH
is everlasting strength"

~ Isaiah 26:3-4

I trust You, YHVH.
Thou art Worthy.
May You receive all glory!

"Give unto {YHVH} the LORD
the glory due unto His name;

worship {YHVH} the LORD
in the beauty of holiness."

~ Psalm 29:2

"Saying, Amein:
Blessing, and glory,
and wisdom, and thanksgiving,

and honour, and power, and might,
be unto our {Elohim} God for ever and ever.

~ Revelation 7:12

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Field Trip on a Ship...

Today my beloved took the children and I
on our first field trip here in California.
He took us to an aircraft carrier,
the USS Midway!
It was a blessing to spend the day with Daddy!

(enlisted sleeping quarters)

(junior officer sleeping quarters)

The area similar to where Daddy worked
when he was on ship.

Knots of fun!

"Being briefed"

In the CO's chair (commanding officer)

A view from the bridge window

The flight board...
the names on there now are in memory
of those that gave their lives

(communication device)

Taking flight...

On the flight deck...

Looking at the jet intake

Flying a jet...

In the helicopter...

Sidewalk quote

Famous statue...

My beloved and I at the foot ;o)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thoughts of Outdoor Fun...

A drawing our dear Beth (age 7)
created for me this evening...

I just LOVE drawings from my children!

Success in Home Education...


Reminding myself as I begin focusing
on our upcoming homeschool year.


Having this list has encouraged
and motivated me at times

and I thought the "Back to School" season
would be a good time to share it, again.

May we always maintain
an eternal perspective

and lean on the One
Who gives us strength,
grace, and victory...

Success in Homeschool

#1 ~ Seek God

Pray! Pray! Pray!
Continually be in prayer
and utterly rely upon the grace of God.

“Pray without ceasing.”

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“…let us go speedily
to pray before the LORD,

and to seek the LORD of hosts…”
~ Zechariah 8:21

#2 ~ Study God’s Word

Daily be in His Word.

“…that they received the word

with all readiness of mind,
and searched the scriptures daily…”
~ Acts 17:11

#3 ~ Scriptural Perspective

Keep a focused vision
on our purpose in homeschooling.

“And these words,

which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart:
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 6:6,7

#4 ~ Spiritual Growth

Continue to
“…grow in grace,
and in the knowledge

of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…”
~ 2 Peter 3:18

and diligently promote
our children’s spiritual growth.

“Train up a child in the way he should go;
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
~ Proverbs 22:6

#5 ~ Surrender

Surrender our homeschooling endeavors
to the LORD and find strength in HIM.

”Commit thy way unto the LORD;

trust also in Him;
and He shall bring it to pass."
~ Psalm 37:5

"The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusted in him,
and I am helped:

therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song will I praise him."
~ Psalm 28:7

#6 ~ 'Schedule'

Have some kind of routine, scedule,
or sequence of events
(or, at least, a 'skeleton' of one).

This helps to give direction
and accountability to how we use our time.

”Redeeming the time…”

~ Ephesians 5:16

#7 ~ Season our Surroundings

An atmosphere of love, respect, and grace
makes teaching and learning more effective.

“With all lowliness and meekness,

with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love;”

~ Ephesians 4:2

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

#8 ~ Self-examination

It is important for parents to model
being surrendered to Christ,
good character traits,

disciplined habits,
and enthusiasm for learning.

“Examine yourselves,

whether ye be in the faith;
prove your own selves.”
~ 2 Corinthians 13:5

“For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example,
that ye should follow His steps:”
~ 1 Peter 2:21

#9 ~ Support

Be willing to seek help.
When we are discouraged or unmotivated,
humble ourselves and talk to someone
who can encourage us.
They’ve been there too!

“Two are better than one…”

~ Ecclesiastes 4:9

#10 ~ Smile Ü

"A merry heart
maketh a cheerful countenance…”

~ Proverbs 15:13

Our children are a precious gift
(Psalm 127)

and educating them at home
is a blessed privilege!

Enjoy them!!
And have faith in future fruit.

“Give her of the fruit of her hands:

and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
~ Proverbs 31:31

~ written by Christina K ©September 2004

This article was featured at HomeSchool Enrichment Magazine Online.


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