Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sanctity of Life

Today, across the United States, people observed "Sanctity of Life" Sunday in their Churches.  God's Word tells us in Psalm 139:13 - 16:


"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
 all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be."

Do you see what the Lord is telling us?  All of our days were ordained before even one of them came to be.  That means the Lord had a purpose for us even before the moment of conception. Conception...LIFE.  A number of years ago (a lady never shares her true age, right?), a young woman found herself in the doctor's office.  I don't know what the technology was like then, but I would venture to guess ultrasounds were not as commonplace as they are these days and certainly not three or four-dimensional imaging that allows the features of a baby's face to be clearly seen on a screen.  The doctor told this young woman that she had a "mass" growing and that he would need to perform a D&C procedure to remove it for her well-being.  Perhaps this young woman felt a nudging from the Holy Spirit, as she decided she really should seek a second opinion with another doctor.  This second doctor did, indeed, confirm there was a growing "mass" inside her body....but could anything prepare her for the next words to come out of his mouth?  "Young lady," I imagine him saying, "you are pregnant."  I believe, deep down, it was the LORD's Providence that urged this woman to seek a second opinion....for HE had a purpose for this child.    This child has, herself, grown into a woman; she has given birth to her own children and watched as one of them became a mother herself.  Her purpose has not been fully realized, but all of her days have certainly been ordained and written in HIS book.  This "mass", as the first doctor phrased it, is.....ME!  I may not have always had a close relationship with my mother, but one thing is for certain.  I will be forever grateful that she chose....LIFE!

Today, I urge you, if you find yourself pregnant, afraid, and alone, to seek wise counsel.  There are people who are more than willing, without judgement, to minister to you, to love you, to help you prepare for the life growing inside of you, the life that the LORD ordained long before you could imagine it.  Please find a Care-Net Pregnancy Center near you at http://www.care-net.org/.



    "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward."
Psalm 127:3


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Imperfect Progress

As I scroll through to update the layout of this blog, it occurs to me that it's been QUITE a while since I last posted.  The last few years have certainly been filled with many changes in our family.  I've gone from being a full-time stay at home, homeschooling mom to a full-time, working outside of the home, homeschooling mom.  We've been faced with medical issues, loss of work, transitional housing, and spiritual battles.  One thing has been constant throughout these last couple of years, and that is the LORD's unending GRACE!  As you can tell from my new Blog Name, the Lord has been leading me to take this blog in a new direction.  I will still share our home educating updates, but I'm also going to share the imperfections of our life as a whole more openly and prayerfully, show you the LORD's Grace in each joy, trial, frustration, and accomplishment in our lives as I share my thoughts with you. I pray that you, too, will share your imperfections openly so that we may experience the LORD's Grace together.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We're going to the Olympics in London!

Well...not really...but we are starting our unit study about the Olympics.  We're using Amanda Bennett's Olympics 2012 Unit Study and the Lapbook to go along with it.  We'll also be participating in the online Facebook Co-op.  You can read more about all three here.

I had recently purchased composition notebooks for each of the children to use with our new Spelling curriculum, but when I was reading through the materials for this study, I thought I would use them as their Olympic Journal instead...until we started using them.  I love the lapbook idea and we will definitely put those together but I also, because of my personality, wanted something a little more structured for the kids to complete each day's activities.  So, without any experience, I decided I would try to put together a notebooking page of sorts and this is what I came up with (picture shows page 1 only).  You can download the complete file (4 pages) here.

We are very excited to learn all about the Ancient Olympics, London and the sports that will be played, not to mention learning about some special athletes, as well.  See you in London!!!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review - We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards - Faith Based

We recently had the opportunity to try out a set of We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards - Faith Based.  I can't tell you how much our family appreciated this little resource with such a huge benefit.  The set comes with 12 very colorful flash cards and a Family Flash Card Games Idea Card.  Who doesn't love a good game?  Kids think that they are playing a fun game of Race Against Time, Flip or Charades, when in fact the 12 virtues are being reinforced over and over again.  The virtues covered include Self Control, Helpfulness, Kindness, Perserverance, Honesty, Forgiveness, Contentment, Patience, Attentiveness, Gentleness, Diligence, and Obedience.  On the back of the cards it includes a catchy little phrase that the kids learn along with reinforcement of that particular virtue through scripture verses.  Our favorite is the one on obedience.  If I say to my children, "I am obedient", they come back quickly with "Ok, what ever you say, I will obey, right away"  There is also a line telling the children what they are NOT.  This helps them to understand the true meaning behind each of the virtues.  We will definitely continue to use this wonderful resource in our family to reinforce consistently the virtues we want to instill in our children.  If this is important to your family, as well, you won't want to delay in visiting We Choose Virtues to order your set today or to check out their other wonderful resources.

Our family playing a game of Flip.







The two teams had a tie!!!  Great job :-)
I was supplied a free Parenting Card set from We Choose Virtues in exchange for a review.  The words above are my own and in no way were influenced by the vendor.