Sunday, November 23, 2008

~ If ...~

If I had my child
to raise all over again,
I'd build self-esteem first
and the house later.
I'd fingerpaint more
and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting
and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch,
and watch with my eyes.
I'd take more hikes
and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious--
and seriously play.
I would run through more fields
and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging
and less tugging.

--Diane Loomans

Thursday, November 20, 2008

~ My List of "To Do's" ~

Why is it that I can never get to the many pressing projects around here?
I find myself easily distracted.

By what you ask.


This little lump of cuteness.

I know I have school books to organize, summer clothes to sort and store away, winter clothes to size and place in closets, more junk drawers than I care to admit too...
So much to do and yet I keep staring at this.

Oh my, she is delicious!

I guess the "to do's" will have to wait, I have more important things to accomplish...

Coaxing smiles out of my little luscious lump is at the top of my list!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

~ Time in the Word ~

We are so busy as mamas aren't we?

We feel enough guilt and pressure in so many areas of our life don't we? Being told we need to take more time from our already busy schedules to dig into Gods word can seem like an overwhelming feat. Our days can just fly when we are homeschooling our
little broods, sometimes it just feels like a race against the clock.

The thing is...we need our Fathers words, we need nourishment for our souls.
If we are going to instruct our children daily and pour into them the values and morals of God, we need to really know our bibles.
I have enjoyed devotions in the past with books written specifically for women, I have done various small group Bible studies, I'm the queen of the "open your bible and wherever if falls read a chapter" method. As a homeschooling mother, I've used the excuse that I'm in my Bible everyday with the kids doing their studies, so that's enough.

Really though, is it enough? I personally don't think so. I have found God speaks to me in the quiet. "Be still and know that I am God."
When we are busy instructing, teaching, and relaying Gods word to our children, we are not listening, we are not pondering, we are not meditating, we are not just sitting with the word of our Lord and letting it be.

I have found when I am pregnant, after my morning sickness is through is when my quiet time suffers the most. I love to be super organized, get lots done and squeeze every ounce out of everyday. Relishing in the word of God and sitting still is just not on the list of things to do!
However, after the little babe is born, life demands that I sit my butt down countless times a day to feed my little nursling. What a great time to get that Bible out, read for a chunk of time and steal moments with our Heavenly Father. Since this is where I am currently at, it's been on my heart to share.

Those of you mamas whose days are spent chasing around toddlers, cleaning up spills and crumbs, training preschoolers and hoping that little elves will come while you are sleeping to take care of the mountain of laundry you have...I've been there. I remember there were years that having an actual set aside quiet time was not feasible. I'm not going to be one of those women that will guilt you into that.
I used to find that just having my Bible sitting out by the sink, I could grab a few verses here and there all throughout the day. While I was doing food prep, washing dishes, or the countless other reasons I would be near the sink in the daytime allowed me to still read. So you may not have time to follow a devotional guide, you may not have time to do an intensive Bible study, but you still have time to get into His word...I promise!

You just need a plan. I have one for you. I came across a great idea recently for reading Gods word. It is by John MacArthur. His idea below is for reading and studying the New Testatment.

"Read one book at a time repetitiously for a month or more.
If you want to try this, begin with a short book, such as 1John, and read it through in one sitting every day for 30 days. At the end of that time, you will know what is in the book. Write on index cards the major theme of each chapter. By referring to the cards as you do your daily reading, you will begin to remember the content of each chapter. In fact, you will develop a visual perception of the book in your mind.
Divide longer books into short sections and read each section daily for 30 days. For example, the gospel of John contains 21 chapters. Divide it into 3 sections of 7 chapters. At the end of 90 days, you will finish John. For variety, alternate short and long books, and in less than 3 years you will have finished the entire New Testament - and you will really know it!"

I have started this plan and love it! I feel that I have a purpose for my reading each day. I am not just randomly picking and choosing. (not that there is anything wrong with that)
I like that my knowledge of the Word of God will increase. I will be able to retain what is in the New Testament and not always have to depend on a concordance to find things.
Think of how valuable this will be to those of us whom are homeschooling mamas. We will be much more knowledgeable for our children.

"She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue."
~ Proverbs 31:26

And you mamas of preschoolers, this will still work. Keep that Bible lying out and about. Read a chapter or even a few verses at a time and follow the plan. Even if you only get half of the reading done one day and do the other half the next... so what. It means you read each section 15 days instead of 30. This will still allow you get deeper into Gods word. This will fill a place in your heart that may be lacking.

Our Father longs for us to know Him, he wants us to build a relationship of truth. This can only be done by knowing his precepts, and understanding His plan for us.

So come on ladies, join me and dig in!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

~Autumn Days ~

I love Autumn, I love cozy suppers by candlelight.

I love this view from our backyard...some days when the laundry was piled up and my kitchen was a disaster, baby Myahna and I would escape here to breathe in the serenity. Funny how even though the mess was awaiting me still inside, it didn't seem so bad anymore.

My 5 yr. old is remembering the "eye to the sky" rule while picking. Did you know that? I didn't.
The kids love our yearly tradition of candy apple making. How is it that I do not like apples and yet I could eat about 50 of these!

The tree tradesman started from seed a few years ago, we finally planted it this spring in the conservation area off our property.

My little guy really took a liking to this statue, he wanted to hold her hand, and he kissed her. In the future, I can totally handle it if he falls in love with cement... real girls... not so much.

Yes, I realize my son still has his PJ bottoms on, but we homeschool so I can get away with it. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

It's always good to get a little Kung Fu fighting in while leaf jumping.

We enjoy the conservation area by our house far more in the spring and especially in the fall. It's not only beautiful, but we also aren't running for our lives from the giant blood-sucking mosquitoes!

Look what I found in the grass~I decided to take her home and keep her.

Why is it that I'm always running behind my children?
Guys wait up, mama is cramping's not easy running, well, more like cantering...okay speed walking. It's still really hard though!

Hope you and yours enjoyed the fall season!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

~ Something to Chew on - Election Day ~

Those who will not be governed by God, will be ruled by tyrants.
~William Penn

What is morally wrong can never be politically right.
~Lord Shaftesbury

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
~Abraham Lincoln
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