Monday, September 08, 2014

A Faith of Her Own. As Women Walk With God


Who knew that this marriage post would be brought to you by my son-in-love, Ben!?
I asked him to guest post, but time doesn’t permit (Ben, don’t think that I wont ask you again! Winking smile )
We were having a great chat about his education and calling in life to be a Pastor.
Ben is a student at a Christian university and was sharing how God is transforming his life.

I let him know how happy and glad we are that he’s allowing God to use him and also how thrilled we are that he’s the man leading our daughter.
What he said next left me saying, “Wow!”

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That is so true!
If a wife is a Christ follower, she is God’s daughter before she is anything else.

She is under her Daddy’s protection and is fully responsible for her own relationship with Him.

God’s Word and obedience to it is meant for each individual.

As women grow into other roles as wives, our outlook on Scripture changes just a tad.
We start paying attention to the “wife verses”.
Ephesians 5:22-24, Proverbs 31, Titus 2:4-5, Colossians 3:18 and more are on our radar.

God shows us clearly how to live the faith life as a wife, but first as a daughter, a woman of God.

The beauty of a marriage covenant is the double protection over us; that of God’s and our husbands.

There is a weightiness (but not a burden) that is put on our beloved husbands that displays God’s love for us even more.
God shows us how much He values and adores us, and how much He wants to draw us closer to Himself through our husbands.

God loves His girls!
He’s seen to our safety.
He’s also seen to our provision as we rely on Him as our source.

Our husbands aren’t the only ones that can get prayers answered.
We have the same capacity for faith (See Romans 12:3).
It is up to each woman to have a faith of her own.

There are so many wonderful resources and offerings locally and online for women to increase their faith.

Its time to dig deep into the Word and STUDY it for ourselves.

Grab your Bible, notebook, pen, concordances and dictionaries.
I also listen to favorite preachers and teachers, or do a Bible study independently, friend, or group of women.

Ask God for His wisdom (James 1:4).
Begin with prayer and have at it!

What are some of your favorite resources for studying the Bible?

Living With Sword and Coffee,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Moves and Boundaries


This is a very exciting week in our family!
Even though our daughter, Aubrey, has been married a year and has lived 10 hours away from us during that time, I get excited for their next chapter!
They’ll very soon only be 4 hours from us!

We’re thankful that we’ve been able to see them as often as we have; especially since our precious grandson has entered into our lives.

The topic of boundaries has been discussed and we full-heartedly agree (but even if we didn’t, it’s the way that it would have to be anyway).
We want to respect our daughter and her husband’s space and time.
No unexpected of short-notice visits. We’d probably wait to be invited.

My husband and I love the way our family boundaries work.
Both his and my family live almost 9 hours away.
They visit us. We visit them.
I can surely say that the time between visits is sometimes too long, but we do have a busy household!

Since we’ve become Grandparents, we see what our parents see when they look at our children and long to see them more.
It makes us appreciate their roles and hearts.

I found such a great article about In-Law Boundaries.
These are wonderful tips for me as a mom, mother-in-law, and daughter-in-law!

Our adult children want us to be a part of their lives!
They love their parents!

They are also learning their way as independent adults.
Living out their marriage takes adjustment that only the two of them can work through.
They’re learning a new town, diving deeper into their roles as husband and wife, starting a new college “career”, making new friends, and establishing their new home.

We, as parents, will definitely be available if help or guidance is needed, but only at their request.
If there’s ever anything that we see that is a legitimate concern (not a difference of preference alone), I believe that we have the floor to address things lovingly.
…and at the same time, if they choose not to accept what we share, we move on! (As a personal rule, I’m trying to learn not to be easily offended.)

We get to know our children as they grow into adulthood, marry, have babies and navigate this life!
Enjoy the journey that God has blessed us with, make the most of every moment.
We choose love, compassion, companionship, to allow each other to grow, to show grace, and understanding.

Family is such a beautiful gift! Thank You, Lord for ours!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

As The Lord Leads Our 2014-2015 Homeschool Year

As God Leads Our Homeschool Year

Another year  of changes and promises to myself and the kids to do and be better.
Another year that will be filled with more accomplishments; less failures.

There are things that are in my control because I have freedom to choose the better and best things.

I know that there will be days that I’ll sit quietly and repeat this verse to my soul when I feel defeated, because I have reason to be joyful!

“Why are you cast down, my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him,
the help of my countenance and my God.”
Psalm 42:11 (NKJV)

Those thoughts will most likely come when I dwell on the past years of home educating.
That’s mainly the reason that I don’t write about the “act” of educating my children.
I hadn’t seen the successes academically like I’d like to.

This time I will not allow myself to roll around in the past!
My attitude will be one of rejoicing the opportunity I have in educating our children at home!

I’ve started getting encouragement and a “You are more than capable” from a friend that shows the realness of academics and “do-ability”.
Tricia, Hodgepodge, probably has no idea how much she’s helped me see clearly.

My list has been made. The desire has been rekindled in me and I seek God daily for direction.

I’ll fight the urge to give up or be overwhelmed.

With that said, I look forward to the coming year with great optimism and vision.

The list below is TOTALLY subject to change…and most likely will before we actually start our school year {affiliate links follow}.

American History

Mystery of History Vol. 1

We’ll be relying heavily on Notebooking Pages this year as well. Notebooking is one of my kid’s favorite activities during study.
They pay attention more!
Here’s a special offer for you!

Visual Latin
Visual Latin

I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about this great offer from Compass Classroom!
They’re offering a discount on special products (Including Visual Latin!)

back to school sale

 A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers from Bright Ideas Press

A Year of Chalk Pastels
A Year of Art Curriculum
…and various online and impromptu material will be used!
No doubt we’ll be doing Unit Studies and Interest-led studies.

Our days would be incomplete if I didn’t take time to first praise, honor, worship and seek God when we rise!
Things that we use to do this will be our tools for successful living God’s way!

The Homeschool Mother’s Prayer Journal: A New School Year


Write Through the Bible

There are also times that I need a little help with my youngest son’s focus.
This year I’ll be testing out tips and methods on how to best help him with

 The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks.
The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

I know that this is a lot of information for one post!
I plan to put together a list of sites that I get great encouragement from while walking through this home educating journey!

In the meantime, you may find great ideas and resources through my Pinterest Boards:

I also want to leave you with another great Spiritual tool!!
Alisha Gratehouse’s  The Ultimate List of Prayers for your Homeschool.

Living With Sword and Coffee,

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Better Together Conference



I’m so super excited about The Better Together M.O.M. Conference coming up this weekend!!

The dream that God placed in Stephanie Shott’s heart is yielding much fruit because she was obedient to put hands and feet to His mission for His glory!!

The M.O.M. Initiative was birthed!

The M.O.M. Initiative is a revolution of women who are mobilized to experience Titus 2 in real life.
We are mothers on a mission to mentor other mothers
– changing the world one mom at a time.

I’ve got my mental packing list going on and I’m ready for the connection, fellowship and renewing in my spirit with the Better Together Conference!

Here’s a little bit of what to expect at the conference from The M.O.M. Initiative page:

A fun, encouraging, challenging and inspiring conference for MOMS, MENTORS and MINISTRY LEADERS where you can find solid biblical teaching, enjoying connecting with and laughing with old and new friends, and leave empowered to fulfill your God-given calling and with the confidence of knowing you don’t have to take your mom journey alone. Hey ladies… there is something at BETTER TOGETHER for women of all ages and all stages!

I’d love to share this experience with you in person! If you’re on the fence about coming, lean more to the side that puts you at the conference!

I see this as sort of a before-back-to-school rejuvenation! 

To have fresh perspective on the days ahead.

There will be 18 speakers and 40 breakout sessions. Surely one (or several) of these will speak directly to your current stage in life!

Visit the conference to get more specifics on the speakers, topics and mission.

See you soon!!!

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