Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Kevin has 35 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Director of Generations With Vision, a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. I've been reading his website recently in an effort to learn more about homeschool. I 've been struck by his thoughts on education. He writes;
So what does God want us to focus on? In all our academic studies, we want to focus on things like “the fear of God as the beginning of wisdom,” humility, faith, and character. We want to make sure that our young men become the men of God that He envisions in passages like 1 Tim. 5:8, Eph. 5:23,25,28, Eph. 6:4, Neh. 4:14, 2 Samuel 24, and 1 Tim. 2:8.
This is what God wants! And He so highly values our precious daughters who become beautiful cornerstones configured in passages like 1 Pet. 3:4, 1 Tim. 2:9-15, Titus 2:3-5, and Gen. 2:20. These things are important to God. I don’t really know why. But if He thinks they are important, let’s focus on these things first - and I guarantee that He’ll make sure of our academic and economic success."
What are your thoughts on this?
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Medley - Kim McFarland
Friday, July 24, 2009
1 Peter 3:1-4 reads, "
Likewise, ye wives... Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
God values "the hidden man of the heart" more than "outward adorning." Our confidence can't be based on how we look. Looks fade. The bible says, "Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who feels the Lord shall be praised"(Proverbs 31:30). It behooves us to turn our attention inward and cultivate the kind of spirit that God says is so valuable, a meek and quiet spirit.
How do we know where we fall on the "meekness" scale? Nancy Leigh DeMoss offers a beautiful series entitled The Beauty of Meekness. She points out that this quality is often misunderstood and mistaken for weakness; when in fact, “Meekness is an attitude of humility toward God and gentleness toward people, springing from a recognition that God is in control.” Meekness is often defined as strength under control. Nancy explains that a meek person...
Perhaps for some, these qualities are easy to emulate when things are going your way. If we judge our meekness by those times, we may fair well. However, Nancy challenges us to think about the times that it doesn't. She asks, what happens when...
...someone criticizes you unfairly?
...someone insults your child or your mate?
...when your plans are blown by someone else’s insensitivity? They didn’t plan, and their lack of planning or their changing plans threw your plans into total disarray?
...when your authority is challenged?
...when your boss corrects you for a mistake that someone else made?
...when someone else gets credit for a great idea that you had?
...when somebody cuts you off in traffic?
...when the person in the express grocery lane has 37 items in their buggy?
...when somebody takes advantage of you, rips you off financially?
...when an authority makes what you consider a poor or unwise decision, and it impacts you and your family?
Meekness goes against the cultural tide as well as our sinful nature. It is something I have to continually keep before God. Meekness is not for wimps! Actually, "...it requires just the opposite of that weak, spineless, mousy personality to have true biblical meekness...It takes courage. It takes enormous strength and grace and faith to be a meek woman, and a meek woman is one who has great power and influence in our world and in the world around her"(DeMoss, The Beauty of Meekness 6/19/09).
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
My husband picks up a cell phone to dial 911.This is just a snippet of my friend's most amazing birth story. She recently gave birth to her 8th child. The labor was so fast that her husband had to deliver the baby at home!
I can hear my doctor on the house phone, “Hello? Hello? Hello, hello, hello?”
“Dr. XXXX – I’m delivering.”
“Right now?” he asks calmly.
“Yes. The head is already out.”
Check out her entire birth story here!
Monday, July 20, 2009
He didn't look so sure about it.
But, I assured him it would be awesome:)
This event actually served as a date for hubby and I. (At this point, husband+wife+only 1 child that can't talk, qualifies as a date).
We were just in time to get a great spot close to the stage. Do I look excited enough about that?
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I hope to post some of the pictures we took soon. In the meantime, you can get your own sense of a Third Day concert experience by clicking on the videos below. Enjoy!
King of Glory
Behind The Scenes
Call My Name
Friday, July 17, 2009
So, I'm glad to be back. I have to catch up on all of your blogs!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Hubby's grandma usually has the pleasure of keeping his cousin's kiddos on Fridays. However, today she had a special event and needed a "back-up plan." Guess who that was?
Our guests are ages 10, 8, 4, and 2. Thus far, we have enjoyed a walk to the McDonald's indoor playground. Everyone had a chance to burn off some energy there;) We have had lunch, devotion, and now everyone 8 and under are napping.
Hubby should be home in about an hour. I hope that it won't be raining so we can take everyone to the park for a game of tag!
BTW: I find it ironic that my line of questioning in yesterday's post was addressed through my experiences today. I've actually found the extra arms of the two oldest children to come in quite handy when it comes to holding the baby while I deal with other things.
In addition, its been fun to be around all of the different personalities and qualities of each child. I must say I have enjoyed myself. I know its only been one short day, but this experience has made me look forward (even more) to one day having my own large family.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- Type an email.
- Prepare (some) meals.
- Dial the phone.
- Brush my hair back.
- Comb and style my girl's hair (while balancing the baby on my lap, while I sit in indian-style on the floor).
- Wipe down the counters and table in the kitchen.
- Sweep the floor.
- Put away dishes.
- Use my foot to move clothes and toys back into their designated rooms.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I'm finally registered and will be on my way to the 2009 Mother Daughter Tea next Saturday. The Tea is sponsored by Family Reformation Ministries and the description reads:
Our mother/daughter one-day retreat gives you and your daughters (of all ages) the rare opportunity for a day away together. Be refreshed and renewed with an exciting day of inspirational teaching, testimonies, music, and fellowship; as well as a delicious gourmet lunch! Be inspired and encouraged by mother/daughter speaking teams who share from the heart the tremendous part mothers and daughters may play in shaping their families and society as a whole.
Speakers include: Maggie and Jessica Erber, Stacy and Tiffany McDonald, Katherine and Melinda Sanford, and Hope Ware.
Sounds like a grand ol' time, does it not?
My mom and I are so excited to be attending this event! Now that I am an adult and raising my own children, I can appreciate my mom so much more. When I reflect on some of the ways I treated her and took her for granted growing up, (especially during those dreadful teenage years) I could just hang my head in shame! I often find myself calling to apologize to her for those things now that I'm older! Thankfully, she's quite gracious about the whole thing and chooses not to hang it over my head:)
When I found out about this Tea, I figured it would be a great opportunity to show my mom I appreciate her by carving out some "mother daughter time" just for the two of us. She loved the idea! She loved it so much so, she bought a new dress! Now that means she's seriously looking forward to this! I pray that by attending this event, we bond and create a special memory that we can look back on for years to come.
How do you go about connecting and bonding with your own mom?
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Bethany lists 10 important issues that one should consider when preparing for marriage. I must say she makes some VERY good points! Read the entire list here.If you are married, how did you prepare for marriage--or did you? What advice would you give to an engaged or courting couple to help them prepare for married life? If you're engaged or courting, what sort of advice would you like to have as you prepare for marriage?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
“Modern American dating is no more than glorified divorce practice. Young people are learning how to give themselves away in exclusive, romantic, highly committed (at times sexual) relationships, only to break up and do it all over again. God never intended for His kids to live like this. And instead of stepping in and doing something, many Christian parents simply view these types of relationships as a normal and necessary part of growing up. Unless your child is wiser than Solomon, stronger than Samson, and more godly than David (all of whom sinned sexually), they are susceptible to sexual sin, and these premature relationships serve as open invitations.” (Dr. Voddie Baucham in Family Driven Faith p. 21).
Honestly, this was no easy endeavor for me. It meant cutting off former inappropriate ties and relationships, some of which were really strong. In addition, I knew that if I was truly going to guard my heart as commanded in proverbs 4:23, I was also going to have to be diligent in preventing new inappropriate ties and relationships from forming. In efforts to do this, I went to various extremes.
I ended "friendships" with members of the opposite sex that seemed like they had the potential to turn into more. I stopped listening to and watching media that "fed" my desire for romance and companionship. I began to dress more modestly as to not attract ungodly attention from men or to send the wrong message. Instead, I saturated myself with christian music, prayer, and the word of God. God blessed me to maintain emotional and sexual purity and I had never felt closer to Him than I did during that time.
Nevertheless, there were still temptations and sometimes fear that my "waiting on the Lord" for a mate wouldn't prove worthy and I would end up old, alone, or with someone who would make my life miserable. I was also concerned because I was realizing how naive I had been when it came to men. I wondered how I would know when God finally did bring "Mr. Right" along. I had no christian father who was active in my life to cover, teach, or guide me and I didn't know anything about what to look for in a husband.
Nevertheless, James 1:5 says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."
I began to seek the Lord for wisdom in this area. I asked him to show me what standards I should hold a potential husband to and just like a father does for his daughter, God began to speak during my prayer and study time. Here are some standards he illuminated to me through the word of God:
Salvation - "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" (2 COR 6:14, NIV).
Are you convinced this person is a born-again Christian? How do you know?
Like-mindedness- "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"(Amos 3;3, KJV)
Are you both of the same mind when it comes to major issues such as salvation, doctrine, sexual purity, priorities, biblical womanhood, manhood, children, ministry etc?
Influence- "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners"(1 cor 5:33 , KJV).
Does this person have a a positive influence on your life and that of others? Are they the kind of person you can learn from and look up to? Will they cause you to be closer to God or further apart?
Relationship with Parents- "Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness" (Proverbs 20 20).
How does he treat his mother and father? Is he obedient? Respectful? Does he have open communication with them?
Faithfulness- "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?" (Proverbs 20:6).
Is he consistent in his character? Is he committed and loyal in relationships and business?
Integrity- "The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him" (Proverbs 20:7).
Is he honest? Does he stand up for what's right regardless of the cost? Is he ashamed of Christ and the gospel or does he stand up for it openly?
I've been away from the computer for awhile; however, stay tuned. I am working on Part 3 of the courtship series!