Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Homeschooling and Parenting

     I admit I am a perfectionist.  I used to take pride in that fact but now I realize it is bondage.  Oh how I want to be an "unperfectionist".  I know that's not a word, you know what I mean?

I've been wrestling this out with God.  I am starting to realize that being a perfectionist is all about me.  It's selfish.  It means I care too much about what other people think about me when it only matters what GOD thinks about me.  

God doesn't care how the highlights look in my hair or if my jewelry goes with my outfit.  God cares about my inner beauty.  A gentle and quiet spirit is precious to God.

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. 1 Peter 3:4


Everything is backwards in God's kingdom.  The weak are strong, the last shall be first.  However, God always places priority on people.

God cares more about the people in my home than how clean my home is.  I have found with homeschooling that house cleaning has to take the back burner, and it doesn't matter what people think about it.

I read an article titled, "I was a perfectionist home school mom".  Kate Kim says, "As a young homeschooling mother, I feared inadequacy and failure.  The more my fear grew, the more I tried to secure success by finding the "best" curriculum and parenting methods.  My growing collection of books and resources became a burden.  I cried out to my Father, able only to whisper my helplessness to Him.  Clarity came as I finally took my eyes off my own effort and shortcomings. I began to see God's sovereignty and personal love at work in my life."

As I am on this journey of homeschooling God has shown me how far I am from perfection in every area.  That is why I need Him! 
  
Kate Kim says, "The combination of homeschooling and parenting is not unlike faith.  It can be a hard, hard thing.  There is often no clear or constant affirmation along the way to bolster confidence."

I don't know how many times I have told my husband, "Parenting is so hard.  Homeschooling is so hard.  I don't know what I'm doing.  I still feel like a child myself!"

I thought it was hard having babies, but that was a breeze compared to teaching a complaining 7 year old with a toddler into everything (so eager to learn) while trying to discipline all three boys and wondering what I'm gonna make for supper and when I'm gonna get to wash my hair.  Breathe.

  "My focus on perfectly teaching and parenting my children created a heavy chain of impossible goals."  I think he gave me this job so I could see that I can't do this without Him.

When my mind says, "I can't do this."  I remember God's Word says, "I CAN do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me." Philip. 4:13

My son was saying, "I can't do this writing assignment."  And then I shared with him the same verse God shared with me.  He too can do all things through Christ.

When I am weak, then I am strong.

As I was asking the Lord yesterday what I need to do to be able to handle the chaos of homeschooling and parenting while being a perfectionist.  He simply said, "Come to Me."  It reminded me of the Scripture Matthew 11:28-29

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.


This had been my devotion only a week ago.  I read it the same day I read the home school article.  God was trying to speak to me all along.  If I would only come to Him, he would quiet my soul.  So, as I heard the Lord calling me to come in the quiet of the house with everyone asleep, I put into practice Matthew 11:28.

I woke up refreshed and enjoying my precious sons and enjoying the privilege of home schooling them.  Nothing beats being cuddled up on the couch on a rainy day reading aloud a good book with people I love.
   


Monday, September 16, 2013

Essential Oil Remedies

I am so thankful for my Young Living Essential Oils!  We were out of town last week and my son got a fever during the night.  I put peppermint oil on his feet and that took the fever down.  I also rubbed Thieves Oil blend on his belly.  (This oil supports the immune system and combats sickness, colds and flu).  My son was better in the morning!  

Then my other two boys got sick with a cough and cold.  I was able to use Lavender oil on their feet along with Winter Breeze Vapor Rub (www.beeyoutiful.com, tell them I sent you) for their coughs.

I have also been putting RC and Raven oil on their chests and diffusing Eucalyptus, Thieves and Raven throughout the house.  (The diffuser comes with the Young Living Starter Kit.)

And they all smell so good!!

Check it out at www.youngliving.com and sign up for the Starter Kit which comes with a diffuser (GREAT DEAL).  My member # is 1288141 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times,
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stress Tea, Rutavala, and the Holy Spirit

As I began my fourth year of home schooling our children I was more stressed than ever!  I was branching out of my comfort zone and piecing together different curriculum's for a different style of teaching.  I knew this would be better for the kids but harder on me. Sigh. I'm really trying to be a good Mom here, can't you tell?  

On top of that I was dealing with some health issues and dietary changes, packing and unpacking from evangelistic meetings (have you ever packed and unpacked with a house full of boys?), and having church in our home (the same day we are packing to go out of town).  Sometimes life gets overwhelming.  Sometimes I try to handle life on my own without asking the Holy Spirit to help me. 

I don't know why I think I can do it on my own.  

And then I realize I CAN'T do it on my own.

I rub some of my Young Living Rutavala Oil (for stress/sleep) on and pray!

I come crying to Jesus, "Help me Lord!"   

He reminds me that "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13 

I sure do need strengthening.  

"For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10

I am thankful that God doesn't mind my weaknesses.  He sees them as an asset.  He sees my weakness as an opportunity for His strength.  And He is Strong and Mighty!  He gently lifts me up until I am soaring again.

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."  Amen!
Isaiah 40:28-31

After worrying, stressing, planning and discussing different methods of schooling with my hubby this gave me peace:
"Just do it by faith"  I will depend on the Holy Spirit to help me.  Prayer will fill in the gaps of home schooling.  And I will use my Rutavala oil, diffuse Orange oil through my home (Young Living) and drink Stress Tea as well:)

Sometimes God strengthens you through other people.  

God used my husband to come along side me one late night and help me write down the class schedules.  

I got a call from a lady at church who offered for her girls to come help me one day with cleaning.  

God saw me at my wits end and He came through.  He used flesh and blood people.  

Don't be afraid to show others your weaknesses.  Give them an opportunity to bless you.  

When you are the strong one be there for someone who is weak.  

It's also okay to drink this Stress Zapper Tea when you're feeling a little stressed.  The bulk herb store sells this and it is wonderful.

It contains:

Eleuthero root (ginseng)

St John's Wort (helps depression)

Gingko (helps brain)

Peppermint (energy, digestion, sinuses,etc)

Rose Hip (Vitamin C)

Stevia (safe sweetener) but I add honey

Passionflower (this calms you down, non addicting:)

Ginger root (many benefits, nausea, etc)

Lemonbalm (calming agent)

Milk Thistle (cleanses liver)

Lemongrass (headaches, fever, anxiety, reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure)



There you have it, Stress Tea, Rutavala and the Holy Spirit.

Disclaimer:  You do not have the Holy Spirit unless you are a born again child of God.  

"Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me" John 14:6


"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9-10
 



 


 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What do Charcoal and Sin have in Common?

I was brushing my teeth with activated charcoal powder yesterday when I had this thought.  Did you know that activated charcoal can whiten your teeth?

You can order it online and put it in a small container in your bathroom.  Wet your toothbrush and dip it into the tasteless, gritty charcoal and brush away!

It is crazy to me that something BLACK can turn something WHITE.

It is also crazy to me that God can take my black ugly SIN and turn it WHITE as snow.

"Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood," Revelation 1:5

"Purge me with the hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." Psalm 51:7

"Wash ye, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:16-17

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool," Isaiah 1:18

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The book that changed my perspective

A couple months ago I read a book called No Longer A Slumdog by K.P. Yohannan.  I got it from a pile of giveaway items at our homeschool coop.  I had no idea it would bring me to tears and give me such a burden.  I'm not one to cry that often either. 

It spoke of children in Asia who are in the lowest caste systems.  They are called slumdogs. These precious children are sometimes maimed and put out on the street to beg for money.  They are cruelly abused.  The stories I read about them were unbelievable.  Their parents are either dead or can't afford to feed them so they are forced out on the streets.

They live far away and you probably will never see them...but you can make a difference in their lives and in their community.  You can give them a meal everyday and put them in a Christian school where they will hear the gospel and get an education.  You can sponsor a child for $35 a month through Gospel for Asia.  (No one is paying me to blog about this).  All of that money goes straight to the child with no administration fees.  Our child's name is Shiv Kumar.  We have written him one letter so far and his picture is on our fridge to remind us to pray for him.  You can also sponsor an International Missionary.  This is an amazing ministry that anyone can do from their home.  All you have to do is "sacrifice" going out to eat one night with your family a month.  There are many ways to spend less money so you can give that $35 a month to literally change someone's life! 
Mother Teresa said, "Live simply so that others may simply live."

Beware, the devil does not want you to do this.  When I started trying to "live simply" I was tempted to buy a bedroom suit I saw on Craigslist (because our King size mattress is just laying on the boxsprings still).  I was also tempted to buy an Ipad (which I do not need).  Well, I did not buy either one of those expensive items even though my flesh wanted them both.  I kept thinking about that quote..."Live simply so that others may simply live."  There are so many things I want that I do not need.  God has blessed my life so much and He has given me everything I need AND MORE.  Lets be a channel of God's abundant blessings to others who are in DESPERATE NEED of food, safety, and education.

Go to www.gfa.org and sponsor a child and/or missionary today.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Contentment

1 Timothy 6:6 says, "But godliness with contentment is great gain.."  I want that "great gain" along with godliness.  I want all that God has for me.  So I want to be content.  Are you content? 

Contentment means "ease of mind, satisfaction"  I think of it as that, "Ahh, I'm happy" feeling.  Peace...feeling settled, content.  No striving for bigger and better.  Being at peace with the lot God has given you even if it is not the American Dream.  

1 Timothy 6:7 says, "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."

Job 1:21 says, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

Matthew 6:19-21 says, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Where is your heart?  When your heart and your mind are fixed on Jesus you will have peace...but when your heart and mind are on keeping up with the Joneses you will be unsettled and always striving. 

Genesis 28:20 "And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on"

1 Timothy 6:8 says, "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.So what does God want us to be content with?  Just food and clothes!  Not even a house!  Jesus did not even have a place to rest His head!  Wow. 

Proverbs 30:8-9 says, "Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Psalm 37:16-18  A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

Hebrews 13:5-8 "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

We should be content with the fact that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us!  He is the SAME yesterday, today and forever!  Now that's some security in an ever changing world where prices keep increasing and jobs keep decreasing. 

May our conversation be without covetousness.  What do you talk about?  Are you always saying, "I wish I could have a car like that or an iphone like that or a house like that...."  What do you covet?  Take those things to the Lord in prayer.  Let Him remind you that everything else will fade away in this world except for Him.

Psalm 73:25 "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

God is our portion.  He is enough. He is more than enough.  But we don't feel like He is enough if we are consumed with other things or ourselves.  The times that I spend in close fellowship with Him (through worship and prayer) He feels more than enough!  And that should happen daily.


One of these temptations could be buying something you can't afford and then being snared and enslaved by debt.

Lust is to have an intense longing for something. We get into trouble when we lust after treasures that we do not need or cannot afford.


Having a lot of money is not a sin, but the love of money is.  Ponder on this thought that the love of money is the ROOT of all evil.

This verse says they have erred from the faith.  Erred means an ignorant or unintentional deviating from accuracy or truth.  It all started with wanting to make a little more money...or taking a job out of God's will because it paid more, etc. 


So what do I do?

What should we seek after then?  Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness. 
Keep things in perspective...think on eternity. 
Think on how short life is and how long eternity is. 
What STUFF will matter in eternity? 
Store up your treasures in Heaven. 
Be content and thankful everyday for what you have. 
"Live simply so that others may simply live."
Read No Longer a Slumdog by KP Yohannen




 

Monday, April 29, 2013

His Divine Power

Standing in the kitchen overwhelmed I thought to myself, "I can't do this.  I don't have what it takes to be a wife, a Mom of three boys, a Pastor's wife, a home schooling teacher, a chef and a maid..."

Immediately the Holy Spirit reminded me of 2 Peter 1:3, "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue"

The Holy Spirit so sweetly spoke to my heart to remind me that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).  He reminded me that His Power has given me all I need to live life...and not just life but a godly life.

This power of God is given to us through knowledge of Him.  "A living participation in the truth".  Accessing the Word of God and the promises of God and applying them to our lives.

How do we obtain the knowledge of God?  By reading the Bible, memorizing Scripture, going to church, reading books to help us understand the Bible.

2 Peter 1:4 says, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

We partake of the divine nature through His precious promises.  When we say, "I can't." God says, "You can."  When we say, "I'm alone."  God says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

2 Corinthians 3:18, " But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
   
Access God's power this week through clinging to His precious promises.  Say them out loud.  Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.   

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Armor of God

The armor of God is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. 
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Wiles is defined as a systematic, methodical plan.  The devil has a systematic, methodical plan to destroy your life.  Don't be scared, be sober.  God gave us what we need to wage this unseen war.  The devil appears as an angel of light to lie, deceive and entice us.

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

Job 1:7 says, "And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and."  

But we are given armor to protect us.  We don't have to be devoured.  We can stand and fight.

2 Corinthians 6:7 says, "By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left" 

2 Corinthians 10:4, "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
 
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

A lot of the battle takes place in the mind.  Catch your thought and cast it out if it is not TRUE and replace it with TRUTH.

Eph. 6:12, 13, 14
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Remember that your fight is not with your spouse, your child, your coworker or your friend....it is with the unseen enemy.
 
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

The breastplate of righteousness will guard your heart.

Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life".

Eph. 6:15, "And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace"

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace"

Ephesians 6:16, "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

1 John 5:4 says, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.  The armor all works together and is centered around truth.

Ephesians 6:17, "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"

The more of the Bible you know and memorize the easier it is to recall Scripture to fight off the devil.

Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 

Ephesians 6:18, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints"

We must pray for each other.  We are all in a battle.  When you are strong, others may be weak and need your prayers.  When you are weak you will need the prayers of others.  Persevere.  Fight the good fight of faith.  The Victory is won! 

  

 
 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Worship and Intercession

"Worship and intercession must go together.  One is impossible without the other."  (My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers)  

Worship is defined as worthiness, respect, reverence to God, extravagant respect or admiration or devotion, the expression of such reverence, to idolize.

It's easy to see what people idolize because they express it.  They hang it on their wall, buy it, wear it, talk about it, drive it, clean it, etc.  What do you idolize?  What would other people say you idolize?  How much do you idolize Jesus?  How do you outwardly express your worship to Jesus?  Do you sing, dance, smile, meditate, lift holy hands?

Intercession is defined as prayer, petition, mediation.  Oswald Chambers defines it as "raising ourselves up to the point of getting the mind of Christ regarding the person for whom we're praying."  Philippians 2:5 says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."  When we worship God, it gets our mind on God and we can pray with the right perspective.

1 Corinthians 14:15 says, "What is it then?  I will pray with the spirit, and will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also"

Isaiah 59:16 asks the question, "Where are the intercessors?"  Let us become the intercessors!  Ephesians 6:18 says, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints..."

Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt called to intercede for a specific person?  How did you respond to that call to prayer?  Sometimes I say yes to God and pray....but other times I say yes to sleep or I get distracted with other things.  We need each others prayers.  Sometimes maybe you don't pray because you don't know how.  

One way to intercede is to pray Scripture.  Read the following verses out loud as a prayer for someone.  Ephesians 3:14-21 and Colossians 1:9-14.  It is powerful!!

Another way to intercede is to use lists.  List your family members and friends and their prayer requests.

Psalm 55:17 says, "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud:and he shall hear my voice."

We should intercede because Christ set us an example.  Read Romans 8:34, 8:27 and Hebrews 7:25.

Intercession is so important that Christ ever lives to intercede for us.  Make it your goal to have a daily time of worship and prayer, even if its just for a few minutes.  The devil will try to distract you and discourage you because he knows prayer is powerful.  Remain steadfast and you will see changes, answered prayers and increased faith and intimacy with Christ.

Monday, April 1, 2013

What does God want you to do?

Our goal for this year is to be intentional about discipleship.  So, I started a ladies bible study at the house.  Who are you going to disciple? (2 Timothy 2:2).  Who is discipling you?  There's always someone who knows more than you and someone who knows less than you!  Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations.."  Jesus had disciples, who had disciples...

We must be a disciple of God's Word.  We are ALL to read His Word.  Some are preachers, some are teachers, but we all have a spiritual gift and a purpose.  If you don't know what your motivational gift is, do a Bible Study on it (ask me for this study if you need it).  Chip Ingram has great teachings on motivational gifts also.  What do you think your gift is? 

Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.  God's Word is so good and useful for so many different things like this verse states.  It teaches us doctrine.  If I read my Bible to learn doctrine then I can more effectively lead people to Christ and answer their questions.  It is used for reproof, meaning "to find fault".  His Word shows us our sins.  And then it corrects us.  This has happened in my life numerous times!  The Bible gives us instructions in righteousness.  The BIBLE acronym stands for "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth".  The Bible tells us how to live!  How awesome is that!  I need this:)  Some examples of this are Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind.." and Ephesians 5, "walk in love."  Etc.
The Bible does all this so we will be "perfect and thoroughly furnished unto good works..."

A house with no furniture in it can't do a whole lotta good.  You can't have someone over to sit down and eat because there is no table or chair.  We are the temple of God and God desires that we are furnished spiritually to serve others in the ministry that He he has called us to do. 

God's Word will teach you so you will be equipped to do good works...to do what He has called you to do.  Read Ephesians 2:10.  However, you must be in tune with Him and be reading His Word faithfully to hear His sweet voice speak to you.  Jesus has so much to tell you, don't miss out.

Do you know what God wants you to do?  Has He told you?  What do you think you are created for?  Are you doing it?  Read Ephesians 4:1-16.  

Friday, March 29, 2013

3 Kid Friendly Ideas for Easter

Resurrection Rolls and Resurrection Eggs have become our Easter tradition the past few years.  This year I hope to add Resurrection Cookies.

Resurrection Rolls are easy, fun, and they taste great!  Do them the night before Easter, or the morning of....whatever floats your boat.

Directions for Resurrection Rolls:

Give each child 1 triangle shaped section of a crescent roll
(crescent roll represents the tomb)

Dip a big marshmallow in melted butter, roll it in cinnamon and lay it on the dough
(these represent the oil and spices Jesus' body was anointed with)

Wrap the dough around the marshmallow
(marshmallow represents Jesus)

Pinch the seams...this is important

Bake as the pkg says on the crescent rolls

Cool, break open the tomb (roll) and it's empty!!!  The marshmallows gone:)


Resurrection Eggs

You can buy these in the store already made or you can make them yourself much cheaper.

Get 12 plastic eggs and label them with a Sharpie #'s 1-12.  You will place different items in your eggs and when you choose to sit down with your children or Sunday School class, etc. you will open the eggs in order and read the Scripture that goes with the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

In egg 1 place a crouton or a piece of bread.  When you open it you will read Matthew 26:26.

Egg 2 place coins inside and read Matthew 26:14-15.

Egg 3 place a purple cloth/robe,Mark 15:17

Egg 4 Thorns, toothpick Matt. 27:29

Egg 5 Scourge, rope, string Mark 15:15

Egg 6 Cross John 19:17-18

Egg 7 Nails John 20:25

Egg 8 Sign Luke 23:38

Egg 9 Sponge (or a piece of sponge) Matt. 27:48

Egg 10 Spear John 19:34

Egg 11 Rock Matt. 27:59-60

Egg 12 Empty Matt. 28:6



                       Resurrection Cookies (I want to try these!)

http://www.annieshomepage.com/resurrectioncookiestext.html 



 

 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Homemade Skin Peel

Skin peels can be very expensive.  I mean, they ARE expensive.  And for that reason, I have never had one...although I want one, one day.  I found a recipe a while ago for a homemade skin peel that I have yet to try.  

It's hard to make time to pamper myself when I have 3 young boys, if ya know what I mean!  And sometimes we just don't feel like we are worth pampering...or that maybe it's too ungodly or too vain to indulge in such things.

I don't think so.  You are God's Princess!  You are a saint (if you are born again and washed in the blood of the Crucified One, Jesus)! John 14:6
You are a child of the King!

I believe it's a godly thing to strive to be attractive for your good ole hubby.  He sees you in your housecoat and fleece pajamas too much...with no makeup and your hair a mess.  (You know, like I am today:))  

Anyway, I started using a different cleansing routine for my face and exfoliating my skin (which is a better way to prevent wrinkles and such than all the "anti-aging moisturizers/creams).  By exfoliating I mean getting my face wet and gently going across, up and down with my fingernails to get any dead skin off.  After this it is so smooth!  My hubby gives me more kisses on the cheek and comments on how smooth my skin is...see girls, it's worth a little effort:)

Back to the recipes for the skin peel...

Skin peels use AHA..acids which are in oranges, lemons, cream of tartar, yogurt, sour cream, egg yolk, strawberries, grapes, vinegar, apples, cider, wine, turmeric paste, and cucumber puree.

I have used sour cream applied to the face and neck for 15 min. til it hardens and then rinse off.  This helps clear acne as well.

I have also used strawberries mashed up and put on the face.  This helps take redness out of acne.  Leave it on til it gets tight and hard and then rinse off.

                                                                   Strawberry Masks

I have used apple cider vinegar.  By applying this to my face nightly as an astringent it took away the brown pregnancy spots on my face and is a natural skin lightener for dark marks, etc.  

I have used a homemade turmeric mask.  Nice and orange!  It did not stain my skin though...I was pretty scared!

You can also use cucumber puree juice with aloe vera gel, green tea or chamomile tea and gelatin.  Heat low to dissolve and apply.

Also pumpkin, pineapple and or tomato purees work as well.

Skin Peels work good to help acne scars that are pitted.

Homemade Skin Peel Recipe:

Gently heat 1 packet unflavored gelatin, juice of one lemon and one orange until dissolved.
Cool until almost set.
Whisk 1 egg yolk.
Apply thin layer to face and neck.
Leave on 20-25 min. or til dry.
Rinse off with warm water.
Gently pat dry.

Enjoy your smooth skin and go kiss your hubby!

"Wives, love your husbands...."

Monday, March 11, 2013

Let God Plant You

I am still reading My Utmost for His Highest (my best for His Glory) by Oswald Chambers for my daily devotion.  I also read Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare: Biblical Principles to Defeat the Devil by John Eckhardt.  Today the Lord showed me how they intertwined as He taught me from His precious Word.

Oswald said, "Watch for the storms of God."  That's easy because you pretty much know when you're in a storm.  Someone once said that all of life is either going into a storm, coming out of a storm, or living in the storm.  But God wants to teach us something through the storms.  Oswald said, "The only way God plants His saints is through the whirlwind of His storms.  Will you be proven to be an empty pod with no seed inside?  That will depend on whether or not you are actually living in the light of the vision you have seen.  (What vision has God given you?) Let God send you out through His storm, and don't go until He does.  (Timing is everything!)  If you select your own spot to be planted, you will prove yourself to be an unproductive, empty pod.  However, if you allow God to plant you, you will bear much fruit." (John 15:8)

So many people choose what they want to do with their lives and they don't even acknowledge God in any of it.  We think we know what is best..so untrue.  That's a lie from the enemy.  On the other hand, it IS hard to trust God and live by faith.  My hubby and I have tried to live by faith our whole marriage.  We have been laughed at, criticised, judged, and admired by some.  We have this verse on our wall, "For we walk by faith not by sight"  2 Cor. 5:7.  This reminds me that "the just shall live by faith" and that "faith pleases God".  

When you allow the whirlwind of His Spirit to lead you in the vision and calling He has given you, you will have fruit of some kind.  And you will be blessed in your obedience to Him. 

If you choose not to live in the light and you go your own way, it won't be good.  One of the verses in my Daily Declarations book was John 15:5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

I don't want the story of my life to be that I tried to do it all on my own...I know I can't do anything on my own.  Even if I did accomplish great things on my own it would be so silly for me to get the glory when I am only the clay and He the potter.

It reminds me of this tree in our front yard that is only in bloom for a short while before all its glory withers.  When the colorful flowers burst out I just stand there and admire it.  But then it all goes away...like our life and all the pretty things about it that would make people admire us.  We don't deserve the glory.  We are here today and gone tomorrow.  Why not allow the Creator to decide what to do with the created?  Let Jesus be your Lord and you will NEVER regret it.  You will only regret a life lived to please yourself.

There was a time when my hubby and I took our life in our own hands and got out of God's will.  It was the most miserable time in our lives.  We were depressed and confused until we fasted and prayed long enough to be sure about what God wanted us to do next.  Now we are in His perfect will, yet still in the whirlwinds of storms that come and go....but I see fruit...and God is pleased because He planted us where we are now. It was not our choice to live in Kentucky when our family is in Georgia.  But, we allowed God to plant us in the field where He needed us.  That meant trusting God to provide a home to live in, a place to start a church, and finances.  My husband had no job to go to other than starting a church by faith in another state.  Has God provided?  Yes, in every way.  Has it been easy?  No, but I love it, it's worth it.  I love seeing God come through in the nick of time. 

So, pray for us as we obey the Lord, and I will pray that you will choose to obey God and trust Him as you live by faith, abide in Him, and bear much fruit. 



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Emergency Surgery

When I was a teenager I had my wisdom teeth removed.  The next week I went to youth camp and ran and screamed and jumped and hollered. 

A few years later I had my tonsils and adnoids removed.  Soon after surgery instead of drinking milkshakes I begged my Mom for a chalupa from taco bell...and I slowly ate it.  I was hungry! 

Years later I gave birth naturally (supernaturally) to three sons in about four years.   Each labor was different but I was hungry after every one!  I will have to share my labor stories with you sometime.  Don't worry, they are wonderful stories!

Well, Friday I was having stomach pains all day and I also had sharp pains where my appendix was.  I doubled over in pain and told my husband it hurt worse than natural childbirth.  I broke out in a sweat and then got cold chills.  We decided to go the ER.

The night before I felt like I was getting a stomach bug.  I laid on the couch and rubbed Young Living's Digize oil on my belly and sucked on a ginger ball.  I never threw up.  The past few months I had been more tired than normal.  I kept pushing myself but I would have to lay down on the couch a lot.  I was having bad digestion issues but I thought it was my food allergy combined with a sinus infection making me tired.  I even took a pregnancy test but I am NOT pregnant.  Repeat.  Not pregnant.  So what was it?  

Its funny how God gently prepares you for things.  A few days before I had surgery I was thinking to myself that if I ever had to have surgery I would want someone to pray over me.  Then a day after that I had a dull weird sensation in my appendix and I immediately layed my hand on it and prayed, "Lord please help my appendix not to rupture."  It was like I knew.

Its funny how God's timing is perfect.
See, my sister has been at our house visiting.  She already had all her stuff here and knows where everything is in the house.  She knew how to help the boys with their home school and everything.  All of our family lives in Georgia so this was a huge blessing to be able to go the hospital and not worry about the kids.

When we got to the ER it was not crowded at all and they took us right back.  That was a blessing.  I was not in pain while I was laying in the ER waiting.  Another blessing.  I had friends and family praying for me...the greatest blessing.  I don't take lightly the power of prayer.  I believe God wants us to ask and pray in faith believing we will receive it and then give Him the glory and thanks for the answered prayer which proves He is real!

The nurses drew my blood and did tests.  The Dr. came and pushed on my stomach and about made me leap out of the bed when he touched my appendix...yelp!  They kept trying to give me morphine and nausea medicine but I told them no.  I didn't need it at that time.  I don't have insurance and I knew I would be charged for every single thing they brought to me or did to me.  (Like the time we were charged $20 for a tsp of tylenol for our son in the ER that he didn't even take!)  I couldn't avoid the CT scan.  They rolled me off away from my husband and put dye through my body to light up my organs.  I felt a warm sensation fill my body.  I prayed and breathed.  I thought about all those people who have cancer and face scary tests with bad results.  My arms tingled and almost went numb as they lay still above my head.  The test was over.  I was rolled back in the ER room with my hungry husband.  We joked about the pregnancy test they made me take.  I had not eaten in awhile now and I was so hungry. 

The nurse comes in and says that they have to take me back to surgery ASAP because my appendix is in the advanced stage.  It is swollen, red and infected.  They give me antibiotics through the IV which make me nauseous so then I take the nausea medicine.  We text our family and the church to pray as we try to figure out the million buttons on the hospital gown.  I briefly talk to my parents and in-laws and they pray for me.  The surgeon girls come in to help with my gown.  It's funny the word gown can be used to describe the ugly hospital attire and a lovely expensive evening gown.  My husband jokes with the ladies as they push me down the hall and on an elevator.  One girl was so cute and laughed and smiled and made me feel at ease.  I told them I was sorry they were called  in to do my surgery. 

We get upstairs and I still can't believe I'm about to have surgery.  The anasthesiologist asks me several questions and tells me to look up and open my mouth wide.  What?  Ok.  She said, "Your jaw popped so it may be tricky to get the tube down your throat when you're asleep."  I'm thinking, please don't tell me this just wait til I'm knocked out.  I remain calm.  My husband remains calm and hungry.  The Dr. arrives.  They ask a few questions and ask if I'm ready.  My husband prays for me.  The Dr. prays for me.  I squeeze his shaky hand and hope it doesn't shake during the surgery.  My husband leaves and they take me back.  The surgeon girl's phone rings and I worry a bit.  I'm rolled into a bright room as I look up at white tubes.  A mask is put over my face and she says breathe in deep.  Thats all I remember.  

I wake up in a different room hooked up to an IV with strong medicine.  And I don't even take Tylenol!  Did you know Tylenol is bad for your liver?  Anyway, another blessing is that my appendix did not rupture.  The surgery went well and I had an awesome view from my room.  Snow covered the ground and there was a pond and little fountains and a statue outside my window.  It was beautiful!  I stayed there through the night and left the next day. 

I have come home to cards, meals, sweet texts and emails, flowers and food...the love of friends and family.  Thank you to everyone and thank you Jesus for all your many blessings!

           

      

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sweet Potato Fries

I have been putting pureed sweet potatoes in everything lately.  We had homemade waffles tonight and I put half a cup of pureed sweet potatoes in them with cinnamon...yummy!  I even put some in a hot chocolate recipe.  That one wasn't too great.  I want to share with you one of the ways we like to eat sweet potatoes....

Sweet Potato Fries! 

Peel em, cut em up (however you like em), put em in a bag and season away!
Put olive oil in the Ziploc bag with the potatoes and add salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, turmeric, a little curry (because all those are really good for you!)  You could also add cinnamon or whatever else you like.

 
 Then mix them all up in the bag and spread them evenly on a baking sheet.

                              Bake at 450 until tender and enjoy!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Raccoons and Roses

Things change when you get married and have kids.  More things change when you have three BOYS.  I went from fine china to chopping wood.  Now don't get me wrong, I love my boys and all things boyish.  I would choose to play ball over Barbies any day.  There are just some things, like raccoons, that I don't really care for.  

Awhile back when we lived in Georgia we had a small rack on the back of our Jeep Cherokee.  This was before my hubby bought a truck.  Well, he caught a raccoon in a trap and put it on the rack of the Jeep.  I found myself riding through the nice part of town with a raccoon on our car...and it was still alive!  I think I slouched down in the seat.  I just might be a redneck, a prissy one...

We commenced to drive to his families property (off roading in a 2 wheel drive) to a place to execute the raccoon.  Before marriage I had never done such a thing, or even thought about such a thing!  I got out of the Jeep and pretended I liked it.  My boys don't have to pretend, they love it!

A few nights ago some raccoons were trying to kill our chickens in the middle of the night.  My husband jumped out of bed, put on his housecoat, boots and gun and went and shot em.  Two of em.  We had a guest in our home who heard the gunshots and got worried....right when they opened the guest bedroom to say, "Were those gunshots?"  They saw my hubby standing in the hallway in his housecoat, boots and a big ole gun in hand.  I guess that answered the question.  



When you have a husband and 3 sons sometimes you get to do things you just normally would not do.  We had the opportunity to take all our boys to a monster truck show last week.  I told my hubby I would rather stay home with a book and a cup of hot tea with classical music playing.  But, I chose to go because I love my boys and I love seeing them happy and having fun.  They were so excited!  

                       
                   It was loud, the couple behind us handed us these to cover his                            ears...there are blessings everywhere!

                                    He sat still the whole time, another blessing!
                             Why doesn't he sit still in church?
                                   My four year old came down with a fever while we were there but he did NOT want to leave...thank the Lord for my Young Living oils!!!  I rubbed some peppermint oil on him every 5-10 minutes and it brought the fever down.  I gave him Theives oil to boost his immune system.  It worked and he felt better by the end of the show.  These oils are amazing!  If we did not have them I think he would have gotten the flu.  Yesterday these oils (DiGize) prevented all of us from getting the stomach bug.  The only symptom we had was nausea and the oil stopped it in its tracks!  (See www.youngliving.com Member number 1288141)
 With three active boys and a hubby I would not go without my Young Living Oils!



So, the point of this blog?  Do things you may not like for the people you love if they love doing it.  

I ride around with raccoons but my hubby still buys me roses.




   

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Does this make me a redneck?

Before I got married I didn't know much about hunting, raising chickens, or cooking deer meat.  Now I love watching our chickens roam the yard, and I love the fresh eggs.  I'm so used to eating deer meat that I forget to ask our guests if they mind eating it.  

It is getting more popular now to buy organic, free range or antibiotic free chicken, eggs and meat.  We know that they are healthier for our bodies.  It's one thing to buy an organic chicken from the store, it's another thing to watch your 4 and 6 year old cut the head off the chicken that was in your yard and then cook it and eat it.

    The other day my four year old came in crying and said the rooster had pecked him and it hurt.  My hubby commenced to pick up the rooster, sling it down to kill it and then cleaned it (or whatever you call it to get it ready to cook).  He put it in a bag in the fridge and I cooked it the next day.

Does that make me a redneck?  Or just a normal person?  People used to raise and butcher their own meat all the time.  I'm still getting used to it.  You should've seen the look on my Mom's face when I told her the story.  She is proper!  

The chicken was good, healthy, and antibiotic free!  Think about where your food comes from.  I recommend watching the movie Food, Inc.

 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Expectations & Communication

Yesterday was Valentine's Day.  Some people went all out and got all romantic, others did nothing.  You may have had high expectations of your spouse doing something nice for you...and when they didn't you were let down. 

I remember the first Christmas my husband and I celebrated as a married couple 8 years ago.  The weeks leading up to Christmas he would give me hints about what he bought me.  He was so excited and knew I would love it!  He said, "This gift fits your personality and you will want to wear it everyday.."  I thought it was going to be a beautiful ring! 

Well, on Christmas morning he hands me a huge wrapped present...hhhmmm.  It felt soft.  I knew it wasn't a ring.  I opened it.  A blue electric blanket.  I cried.

I know, I know, that was so rude of me.  I should have smiled and been thankful that he got me a gift.  (I'm still working on that part!)  I said, "How does this fit my personality honey?"  He said, "Cause you're always cold."  

He felt bad about that so a couple months later on Valentine's Day he gave me a beautiful ring in a pretty box!   


I have learned to have no expectations (or at least try not to).  That way when my husband gives me a card or a gift I am super excited!  Sometimes he asks what I want him to get me for whatever holiday is coming up.  I don't like to say, "Get me ______."  I like to be surprised.  But I don't like to be surprised with an electric blanket.  I am complicated.  That's probably why the first sentence of my Valentine card said, "A simple card for a complicated girl."  My husband wrote that.  Then he wrote sweet stuff:)

I keep a list of things I would like to buy for myself or the house that I simply cannot afford to buy whenever I want to.  And I don't have a credit card.  We live on a very small income and I'm a stay at home Mom.  If I told you how much we live on you would not believe me.  We do not have any debt at all and we own all of our vehicles, by God's grace.

Anyway, sometimes I tell my hubby to look at my list and get me something on it.  The other day we received a gift card to Lowes.  I thought he might buy a tool he needed.  He bought me a small convection oven for me instead.  He put me before himself, like he always does.  My husband has taught me by example how to be selfless and put others needs before his own.  He knew it was one of the things that had been on my list for a couple years.  He was thoughtful and was thinking of me.

So, he came home with the oven in his truck a few days before Valentine's Day.  He said, "I have your present for you a few days early, is that okay?"  I said yes.  He brought the oven in and I couldn't believe he spent the whole gift card on me.  

The day before Valentine's Day he said, "I don't have you a gift for tomorrow cause I got you the oven."  I said, "That's okay, just give me a card" :)  And he got me a card, pink tulips and a candle!"

    
 I have also learned that it is okay to communicate about gifts on holidays.  And to be honest in your communication.  For instance, one year I told my husband not to get me anything.  (But I didn't really mean that, I at least wanted a card...)  So he didn't get me anything that year because I told him not to.  He is so sweet and I am so spoiled and complicated!  I am glad he loves me and is patient with me.  That is why I give him help by saying, "A card would be nice."  

If you tend to be disappointed year after year then think about giving your husband a little heads up and help before the holidays.  Remind him that tomorrow is your birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc.  Tell him you would love to go on a date with him this Friday or Saturday. 

Instead of focusing on what he does or does not get you think of what to do for him to make him feel loved.  I cooked my hubby his favorite supper and we ate together as a family.  (If you can't afford a nice date do one at home.)  I also set up candles and music in our bedroom that night.  I could not afford to buy him a nice present so I tried to make the day special at home.  

I decorated the table at breakfast and supper with hearts and little Valentine cards.  My sister helped me do a chocolate fondue to dip strawberries and bananas in but I found out that's more of a girl thing.  My husband didn't eat any and my boys ate the fruit plain.  That left a ton of chocolate for me and my sis to eat!  The boys did have fun with the pitchfork looking things...

                                                             My sister and Benjamin

                                   I put hearts on their cups and napkins, they thought it was cool!

                                   Benjamin said the water tasted better cause it had a heart on it:)
                                                  Having fun cutting strawberries for dessert! 
                                                         Elijah is always wanting to help...
                                      And he is rewarded with a strawberry dripping with chocolate!
                                                    We ate all the strawberries and bananas
                                            Even the 2 year old loved it.  He goes in for the stab...
                                                     He got the fruit and not his fingers, whew!
                                                                     It's going in...
                                                                 Oh yea, he did it!

Back to expectations...I expected my hubby to love the chocolate strawberries but the boys loved stabbing the berries instead.   

When you have expectations life never seems to meet them.  So let's love selflessly without expecting anything in return and lovingly communicate when it is needed.