Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Fess Up: Better Late Than Never...

This afternoon, I had an opportunity to sit and reflect on my week. I must confess that I had many things on my mind this week with regard to my work with Civil Air Patrol. We had our regular meeting, but I was teaching a leadership class which I rarely do. Then on Tuesday, I was trying to gear up for our squadron's trip to Cheyenne, Wyoming for Cheyenne Frontier Days' Air Force Thunderbirds presentation.
I fully expected to write my blog posts through the end of the week, but before I finished, I realized I hadn't written them...when I was already up at the air show. I felt as though I had let all of you down, and I am truly sorry for not getting Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement out this week. For next week, I'd like to know what encouragement you can share with us to get us geared up for starting the new school year.
So my fess up is that I failed this week. I didn't meet my own set deadlines. But next week is an entirely different week! One that I can strategically plan for and not let you all down again!

His mercies are not only new every week, but they are new every single morning! Praise God!!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TIP TUESDAY: Home-made Pore Strips

Our friends, Patti and Tawsha, at Organized Chaos Online shared this tip for acne!.
TIP OF THE DAY: Create your own pore strips with only a small pack of gelatin (not the entire box) and a bit of milk.

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*WARNING: If you have peach fuzz, this stuff will GRAB it and make your eyes water. Test on a small area of your face before doing your whole face!


Monday, July 21, 2014

God: The Great Creator

Do you like to sew? Knit? Crochet? Write? Draw? Make jewelry, scrapbooks, take photos, paint (not just the living room!), make sculptures, design buildings, dance, act, sing or anything like that? Do you know why you have the desire to create within you? It's because God made us in His image and His image is the Creator of all things!

We see God's creations everywhere around us, every day. It's beautiful and wonderful and so incredible that words can describe. That's how He sees the things we make, too.
God spoke the Earth into existence with His words. He created us with His words and put a desire to be like Him inside each of us. And to be like Him, we have this desire, this innate need to create something! It might be computer graphics, drawings, photographs, or any number of things, but the need to create comes from the Lord!

  • Genesis 3:7 says (Adam and Eve) sewed fig leaves together.
  • Genesis 4:1-2 says that Eve conceived and gave birth to Cain and then Abel. Adam and Eve created offspring.
  • Genesis 25:29 says Jacob cooked a stew. He created fine meals!
  • In Exodus 36 the Word talks about "gifted artisans.
  • I Kings 6:4 And he made for the house windows with beveled frames
  • Exodus 36:14 He made curtains of goats’ hair for the tent over the tabernacle; he made eleven curtains.
  • I Chronicles 9:30 And some of the sons of the priests made the ointment of the spices.
  • II Chronicles 4:14 ...he also made carts and the lavers on the carts;
  • The Proverbs 31 woman, as you will read, works with her hands, makes meals, and sews.

I could go on and on, and these are only a few of the many verses that you will find that show us that we create because that is what the Lord put in us to do!

What things do you enjoy making? That's a talent He's given you! 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Fess Up

I have to confess that this week, I struggled with forgiveness. Long story short, a friend of mine told me that someone was painting a poor picture of me and my husband. I knew the information was wrong, but I also knew that people who know me believed some of the information that was being touted.
I've cried over the situation feeling disappointed, hurt, angry, and embarrassed. I've talked to God about the things that were said and He reminded me of one of our church's "10 Benefits of the Favor of the Lord" that our pastors wrote out a couple of years ago.

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I realized I don't have to get upset! I don't have to be embarrassed! I don't have to be angry or disappointed! I just have to give it to the Lord and He will fight for me!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: Love.Period. When All Else Fails by Rudy Rasmus

The Bible says that God is love. It goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3:

Rudy Rasmus' book talks about just that. When it really comes down to it, love is the foundation of all things. Rasmus discusses the depth of love. It is designed to be used individually or in a book club with discussion points called "Responding" for further thought presented at the end of each chapter.
What I like about this book is Rasmus' use of his own, real-life struggles with learning to love and learning to lean on the Lord in all situations of life knowing that He is love and His love NEVER fails.

If you are interested in learning more about  how we can walk in God's love, this is a great book to gain that foundation. Rasmus ends the book with his own Love Revolution that says that our love:

"Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best, 
Never looks back, 
But keeps going to the end. (1 Corinthians 13:7)"

Find Love.Period. on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

So, homeschooling momma, how are you doing? Are you enjoying the summer off of school with your children? Have you already started back to school?

Today, I want to encourage you that whatever course you choose to take with your homeschooling, it is the best for your family! Some families I know take off the whole summer just like traditional schools. Some, like our family, only take off a month in the summer. Still others, take no summer break at all. Any none of these families are right or wrong, compared to what you choose for your children and family.

Keep trying different things until you find what works best for your own family. Don't worry about what other homeschooling families are doing, what curriculum or grade level their children are in, and don't compare yourself to other families because your family is unique and not like any other family. Even if you use the same curriculum, your children are in the same grade levels as other children their ages and you take off the same amount of time in the summer, only your family has the parents and children in it that yours has. Embrace your family's home school adventure!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TIP TUESDAY: Plants to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay This Summer

Our friend, Patti, over at Organized Chaos Online, shared these bug repelling plants for a more bite-free summer!

First off, I’m arming my deck. I love to sit outside and read in the evenings. I learned that mosquitoes hate the smell of certain plants. Out of a long list I found, I’ve picked the ones below (that I can also use for seasoning) to plant in pots scattered all over my deck. (I’ve heard you can also crush their leaves and rub them on your clothes – but not directly on your skin).
Plants Mosquitos Hate | Hey Mosquitos, Suck THIS!
Read the full post at Organized Chaos Online!!