Thursday, May 26, 2011

What Children Need

Children are precious gifts from God that we should not take for granted.  Sometimes I have to remind myself of that when they are running around the house, breaking things (accidentaly) and being a handful!  I must think about the fact that God chose me to be their mother for a reason.  If you are a parent it did not catch God by surprise!  He knows what He is doing.  His Word (the Bible) gives us some instructions on how to parent and what to teach our children.

Children come into this world with a mind that we get the privelege of filling!  We can allow them to sit in front of the television all day and it will quickly get filled with all sorts of junk...or we can choose to teach them Scripture at the earliest possible age and put God's Holy Word in their mind.

Garbage in, garbage out.  What our children (or you and I) watch on tv or read in books or hear from school or friends is going into our heads and hearts and will eventually make its way out of our mouths (or through our behavior).  This is kinda scary.  Kids are so easily influenced.  We must be intentional in training them in the Lord.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 says, "Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul (the Bible must be in you before you pass it to your children), and bind them for a sign upon your hand (is it obvious to others that God's Word is important in your life?), that they may be as frontlets between your eyes (Every decision should be made through viewing Scripture). 
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking (you must say it out loud, don't assume they will 'catch it') of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  (We must talk to our kids about the Bible when we sit to eat, ride in the car, at bedtime and when they wake up)
And thou shalt write them (Have Scripture verses written in your home: We have them engraved on wood above the doors) upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:"

We must be diligent in teaching our kids over and over so it can be engrained in them.  We have a grave responsibilty to do this.  Some books to help teach Scripture are 100 Ways to Know God Loves Me by Stephen Elkins (We use this for family devotion).  Also, Those Kids in Proverbsville by Elizabeth Rice Handford. (Read to teach character lessons from Proverbs)   

Along with teaching them Scripture there are other things they need as well. I came across this list online somewhere and I love it.

What Your Children Want You To Do:

1. Tuck me in bed, sing to me and tell me a story of when you were growing up.
2. Hug me and kiss me and talk with me privately.
3. Spend quality time with just me without my siblings.
4. Feed me nutrituous food to make me healthy.
5. At the dinner table talk about what we can do together on the weekends.
6. At night talk to me about anything; love, school, family.
7. Let me play outside a lot.
8. Cuddle with me under a blanket to watch our favorite movie.
9. Discipline me to show me you care.
10. Leave me a special note in my desk or lunchbox.


All of this says to your child, "I love you!"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Food Inc

My husband and I watched the movie Food Inc awhile back and want to ask you all to watch it as well.  It tells you where about 80% of the meat we eat in America comes from, how it is processed, how the workers and animals are treated, what harmful and disgusting ingredients are put in it, etc.

This movie made me mad, sad, and disgusted.  My husband and I try to buy organic food and support farmers through going to farmer's markets when we can, but this made me want to even more so.  I was outraged at what is happening!  After the movie all I could do was to pray and to begin to change the way we buy food.  Genetically Modified foods are wreaking havoc on our health.  They are causing all kinds of health issues even including miscarriages.  Get educated now about the food you are eating, pray over your food, and ask God to lead and guide you in how to keep your family healthy.  Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Chiropracter

The other day our whole family went to the Chiropracter because I got a gift certificate to go...and I love to go!  Dr. Bryan Hooper in Watkinsville is a great one and he is a Christian as well.  Going to get adjusted and then doing the daily stretches to keep you in line can really help you stay healthy.

A trick to keep babies from having tummy troubles is to hold the baby facing away from you and put your head on their back until their legs hang down.  Then, you know they are relaxed!

The Chiropracter can help with headaches and many other issues!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Life Management

I am currently reading Life Management for Busy Women by Elizabeth George.  She is one of my favorite Authors because she can take the Bible and make it easy to apply to your life through simple steps. 

The first step in this book that is key to managing a busy life is to read the Bible first thing in the morning.  It sounds too simple to change anything, but it makes a world of difference!  My flesh is tempted to hit the ground running every morning doing my daily chores and numerous duties of a wife, mother, and homemaker.  Although, when I put off my Bible reading til later it sometimes never fits in the schedule like the Devil desires. 

Here is what I have realistically been doing:
I wake up at a somewhat different time each morning depending on how late I stayed up or if the baby kept me up at night.
I wash my face, and brush my teeth.
I put on my skirt and shirt for the day, throw my hair up and put earrings in.  (This helps me feel better about myself and look decent!)
I throw a load of laundry in the wash on my way to the kitchen.
We eat breakfast, (with tea and coffee) and have our family devotion led by my husband.
NOW I READ MY BIBLE

That is what I consider "first" reading my Bible even though I do all those other things first....because if I actually rolled out of bed and into my Bible I would not be awake enough to focus and would be distracted and hungry!  God sees that I am trying to make HIM my first priority by doing this before the rest of my day hits me.  Every time that I put God first by doing this my day goes SO SMOOTH and I get SOOOOOO much DONE!!!!  It always surprises me how much I get done at the end of my day with time to spare sometimes!  God honors it and multiplies your time!  You have got to try this at home:)  When I do not do this I never get done the things I wanted to that day.

Here is what I got done yesterday because I "put God first":
Daily Bible reading, prayer, family devotion.
Daily laundry.
Went to Publix and Post Office and chiropracter.
Unloaded what I bought.
Watered plants, did dishes, cleaned kitchen.
Fed and nursed baby and 2 boys 3x plus snacks.
Ate leftovers.
Homeschooled Benjamin.
Addressed some shower invitations.
Dropped boys at grandparents to play.
Got ready and went to revival an hour away.
Dated my hubby at Subway on the way home.

Also, I use cloth diapers which requires time to wash, etc and I bake bread (with the help of a bread machine) and bake from scratch.  All this to say that I NEED God to help me manage all the things I like to do to have a healthy and happy home!

When I put God first I have a better attitude throughout the whole day and I enjoy serving my family.  There is true JOY, J-O-Y when you put JESUS first, then OTHERS and YOURSELF last!   Try it!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Reusable Wipes and Cloth Diapers

I have only been using my reusable wipes now for a week or so but I absolutely LOVE them!  I gave my mother in law (who likes to sew and has more time to do that now than I do) my cute baby receiving blankets that my 6 month old has grown out of.  She took the cute blankets, cut them in little squares of various sizes and surged the ends.  I then placed them in a plastic wipe container and put some water and liquid natural soap in it.  One time I put water and Burts Bees Baby Shampoo in it.  You can also put essential oils in it like tea tree oil (antifungal) or any oil that smells good.  I have read that you should not use lavendar oil on little boys because of adverse effects....anyone have any info on that?? 
These wipes are SO EASY to make and use.  They are a little damp and work great on bottoms and faces and sticky hands.  After I use it I put it in the dirty cloth diaper and put them both in a big bucket by the toilet with a lid.  Every other day I wash my cloth diapers and wipes and save tons of money!
We use Fuzzibuns cloth diapers and Kushies cloth diapers. Fuzzibuns have snaps on them and a removable liner (which can be aggravating taking in and out every time you wash it).  I like the Kushies diapers better because they velcro (which is quicker) and they wash all in one piece with nothing to remove and insert (which is quicker and easier).  I am all about quick and easy with 3 boys, homeschooling and baking bread!

I roughly estimated that in 1 1/2-2 years you will spend about $3,000 in disposable diapers!  Using cloth diapers saves money, is good for the planet, and good for the baby's bottom.  You can find good deals on diapers online at diapers.com, and even at yard sales!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cheerleading and Scripture Memory

What do cheerleading and scripture memory have in common?  I just found out today!  When I was in Middle and Highschool I was a cheerleader and I loved the Lord.  (He has since convicted me of wearing such short skirts though:)  Now as a mother of three sometimes I wonder why I spent so much time cheerleading...does it help me any today?  Now I can say "Yes!" 

I have been trying to think of creative ways to teach my children how to memorize scripture.  A lot of people put them to songs with catchy tunes but I'm not the best singer
I decided I would put hand motions to the scripture (like a cheer). :)
If you know me well then you might know that I put my hands on my hips when I get mad-which causes my husband to laugh!  Now my two year old puts his hands on his hips when he is ill!  LOL

Well, now I am putting my cheerleading skills to use again and having fun watching my boys learn the Bible in a new way!  Remember we are to "hide God's Word in our heart so that we might not sin against Him."  Psalm 119:11

Does anyone have a comment on how you learn or teach Scripture?