Showing posts from January, 2014

Home Management

 For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you. (Deuteronomy 23:14)

I am the keeper of my home (how I view the camp in this verse). It's my job to keep the peace in my home, to invite God into my home daily. It's my job to teach my children the Word of God. It's my job to guard my home.

There are many things I am doing in an effort to make our lives a bit more simple and easy considering our new addition arriving in the spring. One thing I've purposed to do is have a better handle on our home.

I have to invite God into my home. I want God to be at home in my home. I want God to dwell in my home with my family. To protect us and not find anything indecent among us. I have to guard my home's peace and atmosphere. I have to set the "temperature" for my home. One way to do this is to guard my spirit (my attitude a…

To Home-school Or Not to Home-school

Recently I decided to include more of what home-schooling looks like for us. As we are not a traditional home-schooling family. By traditional I mean completely detached from the public school system, your own lesson plans, your own curriculum. We participate in FLVS (Florida Virtual School), which is an online k-12 school that is apart of Florida public school system.
What we have done however is add in a bible lesson each morning before starting the day's lesson (which I teach to my daughter. Then she does an online assessment afterwards to show her understanding and knowledge.). What I can say I really like about FLVS is that they provide all the curriculum FREE of cost your family, all you need is a computer, internet access, and a telephone (for teachers to call and check monthly). This works best for my family when we started homeschooling because we've been on a strict budget. I know people say well find freebies online and print them out. That can take up quite a bit …

Intentionally Focused

Today marks the end of the first week of the intentionally focused study on Good Morning Girls. So I decided to do an overview since I am doing the study in a group on Facebook.
This week's theme is being focused on the race ahead. Some of the SOAP verses have the central theme of running the race marked for us. The race is life. As we are born each of us have a race, a path that we are on. God has marked this path out for us before we were even born and our prize is eternal life with Him in Heaven. And all of the SOAP verses tell us to remain or gain focus.
Monday's SOAP verse was: Ephesians 5:1 follow God's example, therefore as dearly loved children.
Tuesday's SOAP verse was: Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Wednesday's SOAP verse was: Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perse…

Is it necessary?

Today I was on twitter and I was going back and forth with a follower on topic. Then I got convicted deep in my spirit.
The conversation I was having was unnecessary. It was not building me or the other person up. All we were doing was giving our opinion on a situation. However I realized my opinion is not always necessary or warranted. Even if I see a post that asks for advice or asks for the opinions of others, I don't need to give mine.
Then I got even more convicted when the person assumed they knew me. They assumed that because they could read my TL, read my commentary on a few things that they knew me. That they knew my faith, that they knew my walk. And I had to step back.
What impression do I give of myself for a person to think they really know me via social media? Yes I speak on my faith but that's me. Any topic thrown at me will have my faith sprinkled all over my response. Do I give the impression of perfection? *gulps* I surely hope not because I'm so far fro…


Ah loveology. How many of us don't need a course in loveology? lol.

At first I was a bit skeptical about the book. Then I started reading and it became very interesting to me. The book tackles love from a biblical standpoint. It tackles different angles of love from romantic love to agape love but it always come back to romantic love. John Mark Comer views love as the ultimate. It is completely God's design and consistently in use by Him. John Mark Comer takes different stories of the bible and shows where love is inter-weaved in it and how it applies today. For example many of us want to date in a way that is acceptable to God and some defend dating as we know it saying its off limits because its not directly addressed in the bible. Comer goes to show that while dating may not be directly addressed in the bible, the bible does show different relationships as they progressed and how we use that as a model for how we should date.  In biblical times and even still in practice t…

When Mama Gets Angry

What happens when mama gets angry?  Are you a quiet angry person, choosing to shut yourself off? Are you a loud angry person, yelling and screaming?
I think at some point everyone has acted out in anger. Is it right? No. But are we humans and do we fall short of the Lord's glory? Yes.
As a mom, I see myself upset quite a bit. Usually it is over a behavior that is not tolerated in our household.  Ephesians 4:26 says " In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,"
I think this is so hard to do. Why? Because when we are angry, our flesh wants to exhibit and show that anger. At times its almost as if, if we don't express our anger, we're not really angry at the situation or action. It's even conflicting for us  because we have Scripture to tell us to do the exact opposite of what our flesh wants to do. So what are we to do? Pray.  In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul tells us " But he (the Lord) said to me, “My grace is sufficie…

The Christian Life

What do you think the goal of the Christian life is?
Is it to have more things? To be seen by the masses? To be commended by people for a life well lived?

I think it is to encourage and point the next person to Christ. I think we are to live life Christ-like so that people who watch our actions, see our lives will want to know Christ for themselves. Especially when they knew us before we sought out God.
I don't want to just get it (my relationship with Christ) right for myself. I HAVE to get it right. I have children who will look to me to be the example. At this moment I can say I am failing them because I tend to yell when I'm upset with them. I'm learning to not yell, it's hard and I struggle. This is one of the many moments when I need God's grace. And HE said "my grace is sufficient for you" (2 Corinthians 12:9). I thank God for His grace that is sufficient for me. That gets me through each day.
The point of this life is to get it right ourselves so…

Intentionally Focused!

So today is the first day of enrollment for the Intentionally Focused Winter Study on Good Morning Girls.

I am announcing it here because I am going to blogging during the course of the Study and posting the readings here on my blog for those of you who decide to follow along! I have been doing these studies for over a year now and I love them! I also like that you can include your children in the study (they have free materials for them too) AND they have the free materials available in other languages!
So please visit the website and enroll if you want the free materials delivered directly to your email! Or stay tuned here!

Happy New Year!!!

OMGoodness!! It's 2014! Seems like 2013 passed by so quickly to me.  I am so thankful for everything we have learned and experienced in 2013.  I am thankful for my expanding family. I am thankful for my Lord God who has shown us that no matter what happens He has held us in the very palms of His hands. 
At the very end of last year I decided a few things: I plan to start my accounting firm. Nothing big just me with prayerfully a couple of clients.I want to add more consistent content with this blog.
So on to the books! In 2013 I reviewed a quite a few books. I think in 2013 I may have done too many book for 2014 I plan to be more selective with the books I review. I think I will limit myself to 1 per month or 1 every other month. Thus far there is only 1 book on my list of those to read and review Loveology by John Mark Comer (currently reading now). From what I've gathered thus far this book aims to really tell the story of love going back to the beginning.