Monday, November 14, 2016

Give Thanks to the Lord ~ Nov. 9, 10, & 11

I am thankful for my mom and dad because....

Sugar Bear - "I am thankful for my mom and dad because they are sweet."

Little Man - "I am thankful for my mom and dad because they're the best."

Mama - "I am thankful for my parents because they taught me the value of working hard to provide for their family."

Hear my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. ~Proverbs 1:8-9

Something funny I am thankful for is....

Sugar Bear - "I'm thankful for jokes."

Little Man - "I'm thankful for my funny laugh!"

Mama - I am thankful for Paul's witty humor. He can make me laugh even when I'm sad or upset."

And whatever you do, in word of deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ~Colossians 3:17

Plan a day to make the food you are most thankful for....

Sugar Bear - "I'm thankful for oranges."

Little Man - "I am thankful for sweet potatoes because they are sweet."

Mama - "I'm thankful for Ramen Noodles, dry beans and rice because they provide meals when our budget is extra tight." does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word 
that comes from the mouth of the Lord. ~Deuteronomy 8:3

Source: Proverbial Homemaker

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Give Thanks to the Lord ~ November 7 & 8

Take a picture of something you are thankful for....

Sugar Bear - 
My toys

Little Man - 
That I am able to draw

Mama -
Our home

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. 
~ Henry Ward Beecher

I am thankful for this fun day I remember...

Sugar Bear - "I am thankful for driving with Papa at the mall."

Little Man - "I am thankful for going to the park with Mrs. Shyna."

Mama - "The 1985 themed birthday party at Jeb and Sabrina's place several years ago. I am thankful for memories with friends."

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, 
I will give thanks to You forever! ~Psalm 30:12

Grace Gems: My Politics!

Today's Grace Gem is perfect for this presidential election day. . . . .

My politics!
(Letters of John Newton)

The whole system of my politics is summed up in this one verse, "The Lord reigns! Let the nations tremble!" Psalm 99:1

The times look awfully dark indeed; and as the clouds grow thicker--the stupidity of the nation seems proportionally to increase. If the Lord had not a remnant here, I would have very formidable apprehensions. But He loves His children; some are sighing and mourning before Him, and I am sure He hears their sighs, and sees their tears. I trust there is mercy in store for us at the bottom; but I expect a shaking time before things get into a right channel--before we are humbled, and are taught to give Him the glory.

The state of the nation and the state of the churches--both are deplorable! Those who should be praying--are disputing and fighting among themselves! Alas! how many professors are more concerned for the mistakes of government--than for their own sins!

"Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!" Revelation 19:6

Monday, November 7, 2016

Give Thanks to the Lord ~ November 4, 5 & 6

I am thankful when I see...

Sugar Bear - "I am thankful when I see grass and trees."

Little Man - "I am thankful when I see Christmas trees and candy canes!"

Mama - "I am thankful when I see rainbows because they remind me of God's promises."

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~James 1:17

Something really tiny I'm thankful for is...

Sugar Bear - "I'm thankful for tiny lizards that come into my back yard."

Little Man - "I'm thankful for Chihuahuas."

Mama - "I'm thankful for the little ants that help the flowers to bloom."

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ... ~Ephesians 5:20

Make a card to tell someone you are thankful for them...

Sugar Bear - She made a card for Papa.

Little Man - He made a card for me!

Mama - I made a card for Paul.

...I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you... ~Romans 1:8

Source: Proverbial Homemaker

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Give Thanks to the Lord ~ November 3

An extended family member I am thankful for is....

Sugar Bear - "I am thankful for Grandpa Don and Grandma Ann."

Jonathan - "I am thankful for Grandpa Dwain and Grandma Georgia."

Mama - "I am thankful for my Grandma Ruth, who read the Bible to me and prayed with me every time I visited her as a child."

"A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... 
and most of all, his family ought to know."  ~D.L. Moody

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Give Thanks to the Lord ~ November 2

I went back to yesterday's post and added my response to the thankful prompt there.

Clarification: The idea of making a thankful chain is not my own. I am borrowing the concept from my friend, Heidi, who did this with her children when they were still young and living at home.  (I hope you don't mind, my friend who I miss so much!)

On to today's thankful prompt....

I am thankful for my friend, ________, because....

Sugar Bear - "I am thankful for my friends, Elijah and Luke, because they are good friends. "

Little Man - "I am thankful for my friend, Elijah, because he is a good friend."

Mama - "I am thankful for my friend, Lumba, because she is a godly woman who always speaks the truth of God's Word to me, even if it might hurt my feelings for a little bit. I am also thankful for my friend, Heather, who has a big heart and is always ready to lend me a shoulder to cry on."

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. ~Romans 12:10

Source: Proverbial Homemaker

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Homeschool Mother's Journal ~ November 1, 2016

  • In my life... I've been seeing more of my need for the Savior these past couple of months than I have ever seen before. 
  • In our homeschool... We've been having a problem with the children playing around rather than getting any work done and everything has just been piling up. We had a talk about this and have determined together that we need an earlier bed time, an earlier rise time and a schedule to follow. We implemented the new routine last week. We're doing our best to keep up with it. I think I'm the one with the problem.  :-/
  • What's working for us... TIMERS! Timers are my friend! I have quite a few of them that I picked up from Dollar Tree. We have come to rely on them to get work done. 
  • I'm reading... My friend has so graciously loaned her book to me called Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose. It's an autobiography of Mrs. Darlene's time spent as a missionary, held prisoner in a WWII Japanese camp. I'm only in 6th chapter and cannot put it down! I have become very intrigued with missionaries and their work. Sometimes I envy the faith they have to do what God has called them and their cost to follow the Lord. I even grieve because of my own lack of faith and belief. 
  • I'm thankful for... I am grateful for my husband, who is a hard worker and strives to follow the Lord. He is respectful, dependable and trustworthy. We got married very young and have gone through our share of difficulties. I can testify to the fact that hardships and struggles make you stronger and closer if you endure. 
  • A quote to share... "When...I didn't understand God's dealing with me, I prayed, 'Be patient, Father. Forgive my tears and whimperings. Just let me feel Your arms of love about me, then my heart shall understand. I shall stop my questioning and know that You mean it unto good.'" ~Darlene Deibler Rose

Give Thanks to the Lord ~ November 1

In honor of Thanksgiving, we are going to be intentionally thankful this month. We have a calendar of thankful prompts from Proverbial Homemaker to help get us started for each day of November. We'll write those on strips of construction paper to make a thankful chain. Each time we come to the table for a meal, we'll take another strip of paper and write down what we are thankful for. We'll add these strips to the chain every day.

Let the gratitude begin!

Today, I can show I am thankful by....

Sugar Bear - ..."obeying Mama."

Little Man - ..."taking care of my toys."

Mama - "being a good steward of my time by not wasting time being idle."

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Psalm 105:1

Source: Thanksgiving Gratitude Calendar