Sunday, November 02, 2014

It’s Not Too Early to Plan–Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention

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It isn’t too early to start planning to attend this convention.

I was able to attend in 2013 in Spartanburg, SC.
Last year I wasn’t as fortunate because we were visiting our new Grandson!

The 2015 Teach Them Diligently Convention that I’ll be attending will be in Atlanta, GA.

Teach Them Diligently has proven to be more than just useful homeschool information, resources and vendors.
I’ve found my way back to the core of our family’s calling and back to the deeper heart matters in myself.

I gleaned from the experience of home educators that are “just like me”…human!
They gladly tell stories of their struggles and successes.
They sit and share how God has brought them through triumphant years and how, I too, can lean on Him through not only the homeschool years, but as a daughter/woman of God.

If I don’t nourish my heart, how can I nourish the hearts of my children?

A blog post can never properly convey how my heart soared. I’d love for you to experience Teach Them Diligently Convention for yourself!

Can’t make it to Atlanta? There are several more locations around the U.S.!
I’m sure there will be a speaker at each one the will give you exactly what you need for your Christian and Homeschool journey!

Check out the list of speakers HERE!

Make your plans now to attend and I really hope to meet you in Atlanta!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Knowing When You’re Wrong

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October has been filled with daily treats of marriage posts at Managing Your Blessings!
We’ve been running the 2nd annual series of 31 Days to a Better Marriage.
Join me today as I talk about the possibility of being wrong.
“I Could Be Wrong, but…”


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Desire To Be Clean– Pure Eyes, Clean Heart {A Review}

Anyone that reads my marriage post knows that I’m a fighter when it comes to the sanctity and covenant of marriage. I’ve had to fight, mostly on my knees, for some things in my own marriage. There have been a LOT of things that I’ve had to correct in myself concerning my marriage.

The matter of porn, I’ve never written about. I leave that up to others to address because they do it so well!
I’m jumping in to tell you about Pure Eyes, Clean Heart for 2 reasons, *Jen is a dear friend of mine and *it’s a subject that is not so much of a secret anymore.


I can imagine that this is already a hard subject to write about, but writing it with my spouse would seem like a challenge.

Craig and Jen Ferguson have opened up the depths of their personal lives as a ministry to help others struggling with porn addiction.

Pure Eyes, Clean Heart : A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography


Porn is an evil destroyer.
It wears the face of many avenues, suggestions, strongholds and lies.

Its one of those things that manifests in making John 10:10 ring most true:
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

When I started reading Pure Eyes, Clean Heart, I saw it as a glorious overcoming of such a vile and strong addiction.
I also saw how it can aid in overcoming anything that I’ve held too close and idolized; which is sin.
Mindsets and heart attitudes were closely examined.
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. –James 1:14-16 (NKJV)

I wanted to leave the title of my post open-ended because addictions come in all forms and we should fiercely deal with each one according to the Holy Scripture.


At the same time, I don’t want to diminish the purpose of this post or the book that I’m reviewing.
The stats are staggering when it comes to Christians being lured into the darkness of porn.
Some see it as strictly entertainment, some as escape, some for arousal, or getting a “need met”.

None of those reasons are good enough to partake in porn.
That goes quadruple for the married man/woman! At that point, its adultery and its not okay!

But oh, my brother and sister, THERE IS HOPE and a way to break the chains!

I can’t claim to know a whole lot about overcoming this addiction, but I strongly encourage you to dive into Craig and Jen’s writing and more so, into the Holy Word of God.

Craig and Jen share in this YouTube video how there is always a choice, and that it doesn’t have to be a lonely process.

Jen writes:
For a long time, I took the secret of Craig’s porn addiction and I stuffed in my heart. I didn’t even really share it with God much because I couldn’t bear to believe this was part of my marriage.
In truth, I wanted to fix it and forget it. Rather, I wanted my husband to fix it and forget it. But could I trust him to deal and wrestle and seek Jesus for this affliction? Honestly, I didn’t. I didn’t trust my husband, so I made it my mission to fix the problem for him.
This is the only way I’d though we’d be able to move on in our marriage. I couldn’t let the darkness of porn keep invading. It took too much of a toll on me, on him, on our relationships with God. Sure, he was the one sinning against me, but guess what? The whole cycle stirred up cycles of sin in me, too.


About Jen Ferguson:Jen Ferguson is passionate about Jesus, her husband, and her two girls. She is the facilitator of The Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood and loves to encourage women to bring their true selves out into the light.  She is the co-author of Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography.  You can find out more about the book by visiting their new site,

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Beloved Calls Me Beautiful


“Shame is not an agent of change. Like a shot of caffeine in the morning,
self-loathing may propel us unto the road of change,
but we will find that hatred of self only leads us onto a never-ending roundabout.
Like being terrified by a number on the scale in the morning and vowing never to overeat again,
a shot of shame may get us through to lunch but never through to our freedom.”
- Stasi Eldredge, Becoming Myself
I’d felt shame and was afraid to admit it.
I was ashamed of the way I looked and the way I felt when I looked at myself.

I knew that I was making my Creator sad when I loathed myself.
He made me beautiful and worthy of love.

My security rests in God’s approval of me, but it sure does do a woman’s heart good to hear her husband tell her how beautiful she is.
I’ve been reading Stasi Eldredge’s book, Becoming Myself and it is rocking my world!
How I’m starting to view myself again is God at work in me. Its easy to think of myself as lovely when I’m my desired size.
It may not be your size, but easily something else that you loathe about yourself.
I want to share another quote with you from Stasi’s book:

“Every woman is beautiful. You are beautiful. I am beautiful.
Though I have recognized it in other women for as long as I can remember,
I have only begun to see it in myself.
Yes, I believe I am beautiful. Some days. Well, some moments.
God help us all to believe it more deeply and more often.
Because in the places where we don’t believe it, we continually shame ourselves.
And shame will never be an agent of change.”

That paragraph brought me to the brink of tears!
I couldn’t move on from that place of reading. I tried to close the book but my eyes kept scanning it; wanting it to get etched into my mind.

I contemplate my husband’s response to me often, “You are so beautiful and so desirable.”
Too often I brush it off and think, “He HAS to say that! I’m his wife and lover!”. But no, he really doesn’t HAVE to say anything.
My man is speaking from his heart and he wants me to believe it too.

I honestly believe that he’s been studying Song of Solomon because he doesn’t let a day go by without letting me know that he delights in me and that I bring him happiness.
I bring him satisfaction. He brings me satisfaction.

Its so important that I show affection toward him and admonish him.
He’s the love of my life. I like what I see and love what we have!
I’m an abundantly blessed woman to have a husband that sees and knows my full beauty.
He didn’t marry me for my figure, but for my heart, the woman I was and the woman I would become.

Wives, if your husband is telling you that you’re beautiful, that you’re pleasing, that you satisfy him, believe him!
All too often, that’s a rarity in marriage and if you’re hearing those affirming things, take it to heart.

For every wife, please remember that our worth comes from the Father, Himself.
I have to get that deep down into my soul and believe that the love He has for me is more than enough; that my worth and validation comes first from God.

I want to feel beautiful because God told me that I am, not a mirror, a hairstyle, fashion, makeup, or the scale.

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