Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Root Of Anger

Angry behavior reveals our desire to govern our own lives on our own terms, rather than submit to God and live our lives on His terms. As its root, anger is a desire to exalt and worship self and is a refusal to yield to the authority and lordship of Christ.
Read Colossians 3:12-15

This weeks pics

We were a bit early for the boys dental appointment, so we decided to go look at the areas flooding. This is a picture of the Cowliz River.......but honestly this does no justice for the flooding in our area........

Blake's first dental visit! No Cavities.......yae!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Fridays All About....

Date: 1/9/09

Day: Friday


Weather Today: Overcast, but no rain YAE!

In The News: I duno have no turned it on.

News & Events with family and friends: Wayne's work week went well. He made it to the dentist and to the doctor yesterday. His dentist appointment went ok. The doctor told him that the area that was bothering him (where the wisdom tooth was pulled) will be sore for awhile and he will need to take pain meds as he needs them. Doctor visit was just a med check, but she did ask that he go to the sleep clinic. The boys also had dental appointments. Blake had his very first dental appointment. He did so well. No Cavities (Yae!) Austen on the other hand has 2 cavities, and they also want to seal his pre-molars and another sealant that came off.

My best friend Becky, I spoke with yesterday lost another horse, her daughter had a difficult time. I called this am and they were doing better. I wanted to get together with her today and go to lunch, but I had to stay home and have the kids get their school work done since we missed yesterday.

I am exited about: This week went very well, a few disappointments, but for the most part I stayed on track with my schedule. I woke up every day early for my morning Bible reading & prayer. It has made a HUGE difference in the way things went this week!!!

I am concerned about: The flooding in our area and the friends who were effected by it. That this mucus MONSTER is sticking around to long! My family getting this cold, and finances.

Thankful For: My Children, being able to be a SAHM and be with my children every day, Austen doing better in school, Wayne's job, My church (miss everyone), My best friend......she is always there when I need her and our kids are friends :) My BIBLE.......what God has been showing me this past week, The Holy Spirit 'walk in the spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.'

Physically & Mentally: Physically, feeling better, but this Mucus Bug has camped out in my chest now and so I am coughing and congested. Mentally.......good, I am just thankful!

What I learned today: I choose my destiny............not where I am at, but HOW I deal with the circumstances in my life. I can choose to dwell and worry or I can choose to allow God to work through those things. I need to be careful what comes out of my mouth. Is it edifying or tearing down? Is it complaining or is it being thankful? (these are current convictions)

People/Things that brightened my day: Blake's morning hugs, hubby's cheerful uplifting phone call.

What did I do to brighten someone Else's day?: Wrote and sent a card to a member at church. Encouraged Austen on his school work *he was thanking me

Goals/Ideas for a better tomorrow: Not get up so late ugh, I woke up 4 am did my devotions, went back to bed around 6 and then overslept till 9:30 Dismay

Bible Reading/ Devotion: I am going through Psalm 119.............loving it

Verse that spoke to me, among many others!

It's a Beautiful Thing

Psalm 119:133......a daily prayer, I need to pray.

Order my steps in thy word: and let not iniquity have dominion over me.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursdays Ramblings 'The Mucus Monster'

The mucus monster has decided to camp out! Ugh....still fighting this cold. Yesterday was not so much of a productive day, I failed at getting things done ;( Hubby got home and I didn't even have dinner done, it was one of those days.....we all have them -uh. I did manage to work out in the early afternoon....Lost 3 lbs whooohoooo! I did cut both of the boys hair.

Today will be busy both the boys have dentist appointments and Wayne has a doctors appointment at 2:30 today.


There has been flooding in some of the areas near us. It is so sad to see these poor elderly losing their homes as well as others. There are several at church who have been effected by this. They are saying it will be worst then it was in 96'. Let us pray for these dear people.

Wayne just called and he has a horrible tooth ache, so he asked if I could call to get him into the dentist. He has been dealing with some dental issues for some time now. Poor guy, I asked him last night if I should make him an appointment this morning but he said "no", it would be to hard to do 2 appointments in one day. But he has changed his mind. He had an upper molar pulled a week or so ago. I'm not sure if its that tooth or another one? We shall see.

Have a blessed day

Marriage~ Did You Know?

Men respond most dramatically to acts of respect. Interestingly, in light of all theses differences, God's primary command to husbands is to love , or cherish his wife, while wives are exhorted first and foremost to reverence, or respect, her husband. (Ephesians 5:25,33)

Respect is man's deepest and most basic desire in marriage. It energizes his dreams and gives meaning to his heart. Respect inspires a husband to love and cherish his wife in the way she desires. There is no better way for a wife to demonstrate respect for her husband than to wholeheartedly and sacrificially submit herself to him. (Ephesians 5:22-24)

Taken From Happily Married~ Debi Pryde

So ladies is this a weakness for you? I know it is for me. I hope this article was a blessing to you and that you got something to take and call your own today. The most important part is that we apply it. Come back again to find more marriage help in the weeks to come.

May God be with our marriages as we grow in grace together!

Don't forget....Our Marriage is the FOUNDATION of our family! Strive to be the one to make a difference in your marriage today.

My Prayer

Lord, I am so weak in this area, you have been so patient with me. I know your word has a purpose in our lives. I want my marriage to honor you. Help me to be a better wife today and fully submit to my husband. Have thine own way Lord.

In Jesus name AMEN


From The Homeschool Minute Magazine

Greetings!I promise that I'm not going to launch into a Miss Manners etiquette speech today. I'm not going to give instructions on how to hold a fork or pour tea. But when it comes to common courtesy, I think it's important to spend some time teaching our children how to treat others. John 13:35 says, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."While I think it's great that statistics show that homeschoolers are outperforming public school students on standardized tests, as a Christian mom, I'm most concerned that my children know the Lord and learn how to love others and put them first. Just remembering the letters in joy can help.Jesus first.Others.You.Having common courtesy for others, serving others, loving people, showing people that you care about them (even when they don't deserve it) is how our children can reach others for Christ. Take some time to talk to your child about how we should treat others and why it's so important. Putting others first doesn't come naturally, but you'll have plenty of opportunities to practice it in your home everyday. Just don't get discouraged. Those times when your child is acting selfish and inconsiderate are just opportunities for you to get to the heart of the matter like only a parent can.Enjoy every minute!

GREAT Quotes~

"It's not WHAT they learn in school, but it's what they learn to BE" - Roy Masters

"We have in America the largest public school system on earth, the most extensive curriculum, but nowhere else is education so blind to its objectives, so indifferent to any specific outcome as in America. One trouble has been in negative character. It has aimed at the repression of faults rather than the creation of virtues." - William P. Faunce

"Character development is the great, if not the sole, aim of education." - O'Shea

Oh wow these are so true, but so far from the truth in the public school arena!!!

(just a side note.......My youngest Blake is in public school kindergarten and then my oldest Austen is homeschooled (for 4 years). Honestly,we know the home is where character is taught. I am exited and can not wait until Blake is homeschooled (next year). This year he goes 2-3 days of public and then I school him at home the other days. Monday he came home and told me they watched and entire movie that day. Now I am not against movies n all but my point here is........a majority of their day is not spent learning the basic curriculum. Drives me crazy, some times. I help out at his school often, and I see it every time. They 'play' most of the time. It was interesting the first few weeks of school Blake would bring his school work folder home, and there were several papers that I had downloaded 'free' off the web for him to do and his teacher was also getting them from the web........some off the same sites I was :)

Just yesterday he came home and told us about this girl that just will not leave him alone. She constantly says 'she loves him' . Now I realize it's probably innocent at this age, but as I have been there to see with my own eyes, this is where it all begins. The second day in class as I helped the teacher cut out some things for their project that day, I overheard a lil girl saying

"Joey is my boyfriend" I looked at the teacher and she smiled and replied, "Ya they think that is what kindergarten is about 'getting a boyfriend'. I am tired of him coming home and saying he gets teased because kids say that such and such like him.

He usually blushes and says 'yuck' when he tells us. Please don't take me wrong here, I know most of us will grin and think it's cute. My point is that it's being indoctrinated into these children at a very young age. Austen when he was in public kindergarten, there were kids on the bus that would constantly call him 'gay'. He knew what that was at the age of 5........sad!

Ok off my soap box now

I BTW struggled with the descision to homeschool and there are many kids I'm sure who come out of the public school system fine..........but as a parent I see more and more every day the 'need' to homeschool if it is a possibility.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Great HS devotion..."A Mothers Fury"

A Mother's FuryWednesday / January 07, 2009

"The LORD preserveth all them that love him" (Psalm 145:20a).

If you want to see a homeschooling mother riled, just let someone ridicule her child for being homeschooled. Between being protective and having a firm belief in the value of homeschooling, even the most loving and gentle of us feel "the hair rising on our back" when our children are mocked. As a homeschooling mom, I also found myself saying, "Let people criticize and attack me for homeschooling all they want, but don't mess with my children!"

Moses' mother, Jochebed, felt more than just the rejection of her son by Pharaoh. She was facing her baby boy's death sentence and needed to use all of her motherly instincts to protect him (Exodus 2). God honored Jochebed and spared her son's life. Through an unusual rescue by Pharaoh's daughter and the clever bravery of his sister, Moses and his mother were reunited and able to spend more years together before he went to live in the palace.Do you know that God is keeping you in His care today? Even though you may feel alone as you homeschool, He hasn't left you.

Like a mother who cannot forget her nursing child, He wraps His arms of love around you and provides the strength you need to face the criticisms of homeschooling. The trials may seem great, but God knows and cares about every battle you face. "The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore" (Psalm 121:7-8).Lord, thank You for Your loving kindness toward me every morning. Strengthen me today to fulfill the call You have placed on my life to homeschool. Set Your hedge of protection around our family, and save us from those unseen evils that seek to destroy us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Days Deep Cleaning & Agenda

This is a HUGE goal of mine and something my hubby would like me to do better at.
Work On getting together Blake's school papers (ones to keep in his school keepsake box)
Clean off my desk

On The Agenda
* Laundry
*Encouragement Notes
* Early Dinner (Meatloaf) Austen's Favorite
Give haircuts
Excersize ( at least 30 min )
Church 7 pm
Grading papers.I am behind! Disappointed 2
Possible: Library Run (if time)

Let's see if I can get it all accomplished!

Oh Yes, I'm Blessed

Count your Blessings, name them one by one....
* Blake and I sang hymns as I took him to school.
* Austen got up early and finished his school work by 9:30 am
* God's personal devotion Psalms 119
* Our family devotion last night (this is a huge answer to prayer)
* My dh's job.......update (looking as if he will get more hours)

My Goals~ Long Term


Personal Goal: Weight Loss ~ ____lbs, Spiritual growth...daily Bible reading, devotions. Stop complaining, be a better friend, be a blessing to someone daily, share God's word, use my time effectively for Christ, My Health! Write out daily blessings, memorize more scripture, serve God more effectively than in the past. PRAY :) Be more consistent! Stop being a worry wart (I didn't think it was that bad but dh said I was)

Help Meet Goal: Pray daily for him, set a daily goal of doing something special for him, be a meek and quiet spirit, submission (zip the lip), make sure I make my self look nice before he comes home (hair down, dressed nice, smile on), try to save money. Be a better keeper of the home. Spend time just doing things he enjoys.

Parenting Goal: Teach my children the Lords way, spend more time with them individually, pray more specifically for their daily walk with God. Speak in a softer tone, and be more attentive to their specific needs. Be consistent with correction, and sanctification, homeschool schedule, teaching ect.

Family Goal: Spend more time with Grandma.......don't take her being on this earth with me for granit!

Friendship: Be a better friend (encouraging notes, cards, calls ect) make new friendships in my church. Be an up lifter not a discourager! Be a better listener.

Ok I'm overwhelmed I could list more but I think that's enough for this year!
Ignoring You

PRAY PRAY will only happen through God's grace, not by own doing, but through the Holy Spirit!

Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Wednesday Thoughts~ Journaling

Well, it is 5 am, I have been up for about an hour, finished some dishes from yesterday and cleaned up a bit. Just sipping on my coffee and listening for dh's alarm to go off. I have been getting up early this week, to have some quiet time for prayer,Bible, and computer time. For some reason this morning my brain is not catching up with my body lol, brain wants rest, body wants to be up!

There it is, the morning beeee beeee beeeep. Dh uses the oven alarm so that he will have to get up and shut it off. He use to use an alarm clock next to the bed but ha, he would just keep shutting it off. Well .........not sure this is working either because he shuts this one off and sets it again every couple minutes. Poor guy he has not been getting to bed at a decent time. Last night he called on his way home and asked if we needed anything in town. I was out of some of the necessities (bread, water, milk, Diet Pepsi). For Christmas my dad gave us money, so I bought some new pants, but had to take them back....ike, if I would only try things on......NOT!
So we hit the grocery, and Sears to return my pants. Needless to say dh is not real fun to shop with, and for that matter his son, is taking after him! It was run in, run out.

I am exited about my new goals and am praying I will follow through with them this year. My plan is to Journal them and for dh to hold me accountable. I hate making New Years resolutions, why you ask, hmmmm well you guessed it, if you know me, I don't do so well with consistency and following through with things................. ack drives me crazy! Thumbs Down Maybe if I make short term goals daily and then accomplish them.....I will be motivated, knowing I have followed through with them.

Goals............hmm next entry. I am exited to say most of the goals I had yesterday I accomplished......... Yes

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Godly Woman VS Worldly Woman

I found this article, and I thought it was I thought I would share it.

The Difference Between
A Godly Woman & A Worldly Woman

The Bible in no way neglects the importance and influence of women and the invaluable contributions they have made. Yet, the Bible portrays a distinct difference between the godly woman and the worldly woman. In particular, godly women have played an essential role in shaping the fabric of society. While the worldly woman is often a tool used by Satan to undermine the wholesomeness of society.
There is a distinct difference between the two. Note in particular Proverbs 7.1. Their Intentions Are Different. (Prov. 7:9,12). While one is void of moral purity, the other is guarded and does not put herself in a position of compromise.2. Their Imagination Is Different (Prov. 7:10). One is absorbed with her sexuality and need for significance for her own benefit. The godly woman guards her sexuality with clothing that does not draw lustful attention and knows the value of her significance in Christ Jesus.
Do You See The Difference?
3. Their Inclinations Are Different (Prov. 7:14), One pretends to be godly... the other contends for godliness.4. Their Inspiration Is Different (Prov. 7:18). One is inspired by worldly values, while the other is inspired by spiritual values. (1 John 5:3)
5. Their Interest Is Different (Prov. 7:12-21). One is interested only in the immediate. The other is interested in the eternal. (Heb. 11:24-26).
6. Their Investments Are Different - (Prov. 7:16,7) One invest in self satisfaction, while the other invest in God's glory (1 Cor. 10:31)
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger

Is The Difference clear to you?

Homeschooling ~ Sharing my testimony

It is a challenge to homeschool. I remember when I first decided that I was going to take on this huge challenge, as God had set it on my heart to do. At that time my husband (backslidden) didn't give me to much input on the matter and just left that decision up to me. I really struggled back and forth, I knew I didn't have the education or the know how to homeschool. I mean if you read my posts you will see, I am absolutely horrible at grammar amongst all the other things. But God laid this on my heart, I saw the things that was going on in the public school arena and I was not pleased. So upon faith I started homeschooling Austen in the 4th grade. During this time, there were a group of ladies at our church who were also starting to homeschool. As a group, we decided we would be a support system and work together. However for the most part, I felt alone. This brings me to this wonderful scripture God shows us in

Isaiah 54:3

And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

As I read this scripture amongst others, I realized my purpose in this life. I would often fight God's calling because I knew (in the flesh) I couldn't do it. But them he shewed me more.

2 Corinthians 10:5

Casting down imagination, and every high thing that exalteth itself againt the knowlege of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obediance of Christ.

Oh dear friend do we really apply this verse in our lives? If we did, I must say our hearts would change and our lives would bear the fruit. Satan loves to fill you with fears. But my friend, God wants to shew himself faithful, and true.

The last great passage I would like to share that changed my mind is Isaiah 44:3-5. And for sake of time I ask that you look that verse up in your bible as I need to end this devotion and move on. But God say here he will "pour water upon him that is thirst" , that he will, "pour out his spirit upon his seed", that growth will come about. Friend, it is not us that can homeschool our children it is our God who can work through us, and supply the fruit thereof. May we stop today and remember God is FOR us and we can accomplish great things in the spirit.

Lord, be with us today, help us to walk in the Spirit. Amen

A New Day.....

I decided to get up after dear hubby went to work this am, oh about 5:20 or so. I have a ton of CD's with graphics on them so I was going through them in my PSP 8 program. It is always fun to go through old disks..........I found lot's of goodies for my blog. I use to be in several graphic lists, and collected them for years.

Agenda For Tuesday
*Correct school work from yesterday
* Go over math and English with Austen
* Laundry (yikes, I didn't do any yesterday)
* Exercise (yup, I did my first work out of the year yesterday) Oh I'm sore lol
* Pay some bills
* Work 1 hour with Blake on reading and letters/numbers
* Nap (huh well, hopefully)

Goal For Today
To walk in the spirit........continue in prayer, for the Lords help with being consistent.
To not waste valuable time, remember my purpose, my calling as a wife and mom.
To be a blessing to my husband and children today.
That God's will would be done in my life TODAY.

Lord, I am weak today, still getting over this cold, help me today not to complain and murmur but to be thankful today for your grace. Help me be soft spoken today with my children, that they may see you through me. I desperately need you today, I know there are many things you are working on in my life........may I allow the Holy Spirit to move and work and to DO your will.
Lord I do pray that I can be encouragement to someone today, and to have joy in my heart as I go about my day.
I thank you for my boys who I do not deserve to have but you have given them to me. I love them and Lord I want to train them up to know you and to serve you all of their life.
In Jesus Precious name, AMEN

Monday, January 5, 2009

My Prayer Today

Jesus, make my heart sensitive to my children's needs and lead me as I teach them Your truths. The world's ways seem so much stronger at times, and it is only by Your hand that I know what to do. Thank you, Jesus, for being the most beautiful thing in our lives. Help me today to have a meek and quiet spirit as we get back into the routine of school. Help us Lord to have good attitudes and to be thankful for the day you have given us, In Jesus name, Amen.


Back to our normal schedule today. Dear Hubby is back to work as well. Austen has had 3 weeks off, so it will be difficult for him as always to get back into a routine. I am still not feeling great but I am so thankful I have been able to sleep at night. I have lost my voice and my throat is very sore still.

I did end up missing church, but I downloaded a great message on Marriage from Liberty Baptist Church in California. I can always grow in this area.....huh can't we all. I was not raised in a Christian home,and I am from a split family. God has taught me so much and still I am learning things every day! Praise God! My dear hubby has been back in church for the past year and so it has been a great blessing to grow in the Lord together. Last night we were up late just talking about the Bible and discussing the book of Revelation. What a Joy to grow in the Lord together. May I never take that for granit! I have spent many years in prayer.......praying this day would come. Our family devotions are in Romans right now, it has been interesting :)

Well it's now 6:30 and I have a few things to do before the kiddos get up.

Have a blessed day friends,

Memory Verse

Memory Verse

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7 KJV

I pretty much already know this one, but I will work with the kiddos on it this week.

The key word for me in this verse is thanksgiving. So many times we just go to God with our problems and concerns. The Bible tells we are to go to Him in prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING. Are we thankful for the bumps in the road that God allows us to go through? Do we thank Him for the trials? That can be difficult at times cant it? But God has something for us to learn through each trial we bear. May we ask him today to teach us and may we be thankful in prayer.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Very interesting.

As I was looking at the gallop poles of 2008, I thought about this Christmas and how much better it was then any years past.
Despite of our situation and financial struggle!

It truly for our family was THE BEST Christmas! We spent more time together, read our Bibles together, ate together, prayed together. Funny thing is............we spent less then we ever have on gifts. All the granparents gifts were home-made, and we spent about $65 on each of our kids.

Wayne had more time off this year due to the company being so slow with the economy woes.

It was so nice to have him home for a week during Christmas and then another 7 days for New Years.

God has really blessed us, and I am truly greatful that we learned a valuable lesson about money and how it does not buy our happiness. As our family reflected this Christmas we all were thankful for the many things God has blessed us with..............Our Salvation, Our Family, Our Health, and our Church!

May we never forget to count our blessings my friends.