Monday, June 29, 2015

Moments to Remember ~ No-Sew Beanbag

Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember. The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end, these are the moments that keep us going; the ones we need to remember. 
(created by Homeschool Creations)

We used this "bean bag" to play some games at the library a few weeks ago. It's nothing more than those bead necklaces (we usually get them thrown at to us at parades) stuffed into a plastic baggy. 

I thought that was ingenious! Why don't I think of these kinds of things?!?  LOL

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Mother's Homeschool Journal ~ June 26, 2015

In my life this week...
I am self-serving. It's true. I must continue to put myself in the way of Truth so that I may know God Almighty more. Knowing the King more leads to loving Him more, which leads to obeying His commands and His ways. It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that I can know, love and obey the Lord God. I am compelled to continue to ask for His help. 

In our homeschool this week...
We are on summer break! We are participating in the summer reading  program at the library where we are learning about different topics such as fire safety, healthy eating habits, stranger danger, etc.... via special guests coming to talk to us, playing games and participating in fun activities. 

We are reading up a storm over here. Both children set a goal of reading 100 books before the end of the summer reading program. Adelle has read 70-something books so far (I think I need to push her to read more on her level instead of reading the books that are easy) and Jonathan has read/listened to 60-something books. 

I'm cooking... or not...
The heating element in the oven went out the end of last week. I have had the challenge of trying to cook on the stove top while sticking to my recently new diet change. Thankfully we were able to find another heating element online and now I have my oven back!

Things I'm working on...
I am gearing up for the 2015-2016 school year. This will be another challenging year as I have agreed to teach K5 to another little fellow for my friend. That means I'll have a K5 student, a 1st grade student and a 3rd grade student. I have been researching how to teach multiple children on multiple grade levels, how to organize and store everything, etc....  I must say that teaching as many subjects together as possible will be the way to go, though there will be at least 2 or 3 subjects that will have to be separate.  It will all work out though.   :-D

A quote to share...
"The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible." 
                                                                                                              ~Dwight L. Moody

Scripture for the week...
Colossians 3Amplified Bible 
3 If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at andseek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.
For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.
So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thankful Thursday ~ The Very Basics

Today I am thankful for very basic needs that are usually provided for:

1. I am thankful for the clothes on our back, even if they aren't necessarily in style.

2. I am thankful for food on the table, even if at times it isn't the healthiest. We aren't going hungry.

3. I am thankful for a roof over our heads protecting us from the outside elements, even if the a/c does decide to go out.

Psalm 138 (NASB)

 I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing praises to You before the gods.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your [a]truth;
For You have magnified Your [b]word [c]according to all Your name.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord,
When they have heard the words of Your mouth.
And they will sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will [d]revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Ocean is God Almighty's Reflection

God's reflection
We were on vacation last week at the beach. So far we've been able to visit the seashore about once a year.  This year my parents, sister and her hubby came for a visit. We were able to rent a beach house and spend 4 days on the Gulf of Mexico coast. 

The vast expanse of the waters never cease to amaze me. Words cannot begin to express the sense of God's awesome presence that envelop my entire being when I spend even just a few mere minutes on the oceanside.

We arrived at the beach house late afternoon last Monday. Everyone, except Dad, walked down to the shore while I stayed behind to prepare dinner. They returned just as the spread was ready. My brother-in-love prayed over our evening meal. He declared that God's creation was beautiful and was a reflection of Him.

The Boston Clan
(minus my brother and his family)
Amen to that!

Nature truly reflects the glory of God. I'd like to take that truth a step further and declare that The Great I Am is far more beautiful than all of His creation. 

After dinner, all of us took a walk down to the beach. I knew how much amazement my mind would experience, so I grabbed my Bible before we headed out the door. I am so glad I thought to do that.

As I sat on the shore I read a few verses from the book of Psalm:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear; though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.  Psalm 46:1-3

The Holy Spirit dropped a thought into my mind after I read that passage. The ocean is a true reflection of the Lord indeed. The ocean is very relaxing, peaceful, and breath-taking. Yet, it is also awesome in power, fearsome and even dangerous in its depth. Does that not describe the Lord of hosts?

God's presence is peaceful and calming, but following Him with abandon is a scary thing when we don't know what path lies ahead. However, God is good and He is powerful. He is faithful to give us exactly what we need to take the necessary steps to follow Him. His holiness is fearful, especially when we understand how our wicked hearts rebel before Him, yet His compassion gave us a way to be healed of such vileness through the sacrifice of His own Son on the cross and His resurrection.  

I felt like I was right next to the Lord
every time I sat on the shore.
Oh, yes indeed, the Alpha and Omega is mighty, doing just as He wills, conforming us to the image of His Son.

Oh yes, He is truth and He is faithful. Everything He does is excellent. How can I be so stubborn before Him?

Every time the Lord reveals more of Himself to me, more of my heart's wickedness is displayed. That moment of awe last week uncovered more of my true selfish ways. 

We've looked forward to this vacation for several months. The closer the time came, the more excited we became. As we traveled in the car, we almost burst with excitement to be able to relax on the beach once more.   

If only we would harbor such anticipation to spend time alone with the King of kings every morning, every afternoon and every evening!

If only I would harbor such anticipation to spend time alone with the Alpha and Omega!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thankful Thursday ~ 6/4/15

Today I am thankful for...

1. God's Truth - The Almighty God is true. He is truth. Period. There is none beside Him. There is none above Him. Nothing in this world is more valuable, more beautiful or any wiser than the Great I Am. 

2. Jesus Christ, our sure foundation - In a world that is chaotic and lacking absolutes, I am thankful that there is a Solid Rock on which we can stand, and that is Christ Jesus, the Chief Cornerstone. 

3. The ever gentle Holy Spirit - He is such a gentleman. He is so patient, always pointing back to Christ. Even while He convicts my foolishness, He is kind and gentle.  May I learn to be this way myself. 

4. Our home - We are so blessed to have a roof over our heads to shield us from the outside elements. The Lord provided a way for us to afford this house. May it be a temple full of praise to Him at all times. 

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