Be glad in the Lord and rejoice you righteous ones;
And shout for joy all you who are upright in heart.
A beautiful Monday here with temperatures in the mid 60's. This winter has seen some crazy weather here in Central Virginia. Tomorrow the high will be in the 40's. Weird!!
Monday is my day for laundry and cleaning the downstairs. Not much of that got done today!! We had "school light" and then we ran a bunch of errands.
JK has been saving her money for a while to buy a skateboard. Today we went to a new skateboard shop that just opened up a few weeks ago and she bought her first "pro" skateboard. She was so happy! She had to wait until we got home from our other errands (Michael's and Target) before she could ride it. She is outside right now, with night quickly falling, practicing.
I didn't buy one thing at Michael's. It's a miracle! It's hard to go into a craft store and not buy something that I need for embroidery or rubber stamping! At Target I needed to pick up a few odds and ends. I bought the soundtrack for "Brother, Where Art Thou?" and we listened to it on the way home. I love bluegrass music. Not country--bluegrass!!
After dinner, my dh and I are going to Home Depot, Staples and Lowe's. Happy, happy, joy, joy!! There aren't my favorite places to shop but, hey, it's a date with hubby, right?? Anyplace I go with him is fun. Actually, we're picking out a new light fixture for our fan in the schoolroom so I'll enjoy doing that.
Well, that was my day here! How was yours?
Monday, January 30, 2006
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice you righteous ones;
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
We started our study of Ancient Egypt a few weeks ago using TruthQuest History as our guide. The books we have read or will be reading are listed below. Some books we read cover to cover and some are just to look through and glean information. Also, I read some books aloud and JK reads some on her own.
Growing Up In Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David
Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Harris (Cultural Atlas for Young People)
Ancient Egypt (Eyewitness Books)
Fun with Hieroglyphs by Catharine Roehrig; a fun book and rubber stamp kit for writing with hieroglyphs. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Giblin
The Egyptian News published by Candlewick Press; cute book about AE in the form of a newspaper
See Inside An Egyptian Town by R. J. Unstead
Watch It Grow: Egyptian Pyramid by Elizabeth Longley
The Big Book of Mummies by Claire Llewellyn
Ancient Egypt (The Nature Company Discoveries Library)
Drawing History Ancient Egypt by Elaine Raphael
Life in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book by John Green (Dover); I copy pages for JK to color and put into her notebook. She usually colors while I read.
The Egyptians Pop-Up by Ann Wild; a pop-up book to make yourself--this one requires a lot of mom input
Tut's Mummy Lost.....and Found by Judy Donnelly
Ancient Egypt Activity Book (Edupress)
Nested Egyptian Punch-Out Mummy Cases (Dover); easier than the pop-up book!
See-Through Mummies by John Malam
Amazing Pop-Up Pull-Out Mummy Book by David Hawcock. Awesome book that folds out into a five-foot-high pop-up. This is a DK book.
Tutankhamun and Ancient Egypt; an interactive guide to the mystery of Tutankhamun, includes models, games, poster, book and more. This is also published by DK. They have really fascinating items to bring out more in history, don't they?
Pyramid by David Macaulay
Mummy Rummy; card game by Gamewright
The Golden Goblet by Eloise McGraw
Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise McGraw
Cat of Bubastes by G. A Henty (auido book read by Jim Weiss)
Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne (Landmark)
JK is keeping a notebook with pictures, vocabulary words and projects in it. Yesterday she cut out and made a pyramid after we finished reading Pyramid by David Macaulay. I'm planning on taking a trip to the local art museum, which has a nice collection of Egyptian art. They have a huge stone slab with hieroglyphs on it. Everytime I see it I want to touch it--to think it was written thousands of years ago. We will conclude our study with a traditional Egyptian dinner.
I did this study with my older children about 3 year ago so this time all I had to do was get my lesson plans out and start reading!! All the books, games and activities, except See-Through Mummies, are from my home library. I love have a library that my children can access any time they wish. It took quite a few years to build it up to what it is today but it's definitely worth it.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Please let everyone know the news so we can thank the Lord together!
We got good news from our architect and contractor this morning as they met with Chesterfield County to finalize issues relative to our permit. I’m pleased to let everyone know we have the permit in hand!
It is likely the floor slab will be poured today, and with the permit in hand, framing can begin immediately. Given the weather forecast and the weather pattern so far this winter, our scheduled completion date in June is looking very realistic and achievable.
Please continue to pray. We have a meeting on Saturday with some of our neighbors who expressed concern to the County about the extent of landscaping we will be providing to screen the property. I think we have a very satisfactory proposal for them that County staff have informally endorsed. Please pray they will be receptive and that we will have a good opportunity to open doors for the gospel in our new community.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!
I can't believe that we might be in by June. What a blessing that will be! Our new building is right near hundreds of homes and apartments and we're excited about the opportunities of reaching those neighborhoods. Think of the children!!
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
I think as a mother this is one of the most important things we can do for our children. From the time our children are conceived, we should be praying for them. Not just for their physical health but for their spiritual health, this is more important. As Christians we have such a privilege to bring our children before the throne of God. Easton’s Bible Dictionary describes prayer as “the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to Him. The Bible describes prayer as:
Is described as
a. Bowing the knees. Eph 3:14 .
b. Looking up. Ps 5:3 .
c. Lifting up the soul. Ps 25:1 .
d. Lifting up the heart. La 3:41 .
e. Pouring out the heart. Ps 62:8 .
f. Pouring out the soul. 1Sa 1:15 .
g. Calling upon the name of the Lord. Ge 12:8 ; Ps 116:4 ; Ac 22:16 .
h. Crying to God. Ps 27:7 ; 34:6 .
i. Drawing near to God. Ps 73:28 ; Heb 10:22 .
j. Crying to heaven. 2Ch 32:20 .
k. Beseeching the Lord. Ex 32:11 .
l. Seeking to God. Job 8:5 .
m. Seeking the face of the Lord. Ps 27:8 .
n. Making supplication. Job 8:5 ; Jer 36:7 .
What can happen when a mother prays? Here’s some examples:
One Glimpse Of Her In Prayer
Once I suddenly opened the door of mother’s room, and saw her on her knees beside her chair, and heard her speak my name in prayer. I quickly and quietly withdrew, with a feeling of awe and reverence in my heart. Soon I went away from home to school, then to college, then into life’s sterner duties.
But I never forgot that one glimpse of my mother at prayer, nor the one word—my name—which I heard her utter. Well did I know what I had seen that day was but a glimpse of what was going on every day in that sacred closet of prayer and the consciousness strengthened me a thousand times in duty, in danger, and in struggle. And when death came, at length and sealed those lips, the sorest sense of loss that I felt was the knowledge that no more would my mother be praying for me.
—J. R. Miller
Prayer Chain Started by Mother
When David Talmage, the father of the famous preacher, T. DeWitt Talmage, was an eighteen-year-old boy still living at home with his brother Jacob and his sister, one night the three of them were going to a party.
Their mother, who was an invalid, just before they left, called them to her bedside and said, “You are going out to a gay party; but I want you to know that I shall be on my knees praying for you until you return.”
They went, and on their return passed their mother’s door at two o’clock, catching a glimpse of her still kneeling by her bed.
Early the next morning, Mother Talmage wakened her husband and asked him to get up and see what was the matter, for she heard someone weeping.
Going hastily down to the living room Father Talmage found his daughter on her knees weeping, but when he undertook to speak to her, she said, “Go to the barn, father, for David is in worse need of you than I am. I shall be all right.”
Going to the barn the old gentleman found David weeping his heart out from the mighty conviction that had seized him. However, when Mr. Talmage had prayed a short time with him, David said, “Go to Jacob, he needs you more than I do now, I presume. He’s in the wagon shed.”
So it turned out that the Lord saved all three of the Talmage children that morning, in answer to the determined and definite praying of their mother.
David had a sweetheart living down the lane, and rising from his knees, he went right down to her home and told her the wonderful news about himself and his brother and sister being saved, urging her to give her heart to God.
In the prayer there they had together she, too, was added to the host of the redeemed. The news reaching the church produced a tremendous sensation, and a gracious and widespread revival followed!
This sweetheart of David’s later became the mother of T. DeWitt Talmage. Some years afterwards she made a solemn covenant with four other women to meet with them every Wednesday afternoon and pray for their children, until every child in the five homes was saved.
The covenant was kept until every child in the five families was converted.
—Herald of His Coming
Spurgeon On Mother’s Prayers
“I cannot tell you how much I owe to the custom on Sunday evenings while we were yet children for Mother to stay at home with us, and then we sat around the table and read verse after verse and she explained the Scriptures to us. After that was done there came a time of pleading, and the question was asked how long it would be before we would think about our state; how long before we would seek the Lord.
“Then came a mother’s prayer; and some of the words of our mother’s prayer we shall never forget even when our hair is gray.”
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Prayers for our Children
How should we pray? What should we pray? “Pray without ceasing”!! This doesn’t mean we should be praying all the time but we should be in close communication with the Lord all day long. We should also have regular times of prayer where we can bring specific requests and concerns to the Lord and offer Him the praise and thanksgiving that only belong to Him. I think prayers for our children should be specific also. By talking with other moms and reading many books, I’ve come up with a list of prayers that we can pray on behalf of our children. This list is by no means exhaustive and I’m sure you can add many more to it! I put these on note cards and have them with my devotional materials as a reminder to pray.
Pray that my children will trust in the Lord for direction in their lives, including their occupation: Proverbs 3:5-6
Pray that my children will fear the Lord and serve Him: Duet. 6:13
Pray that my children will be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places, and that wrong people cannot find their way to my children: Proverbs 13:20 and 1 Corinthians 15:33
Pray that my children will hate sin: Psalm 97:10
Pray that my children will be teachable and able to take correction: Proverbs 13:1
Pray that my children will have quick, repentant hearts: Psalm 51:1-3
Pray that my children will know Jesus as Savior early in life: Psalm 63:1
Pray that my children will learn to submit totally to God and actively resist Satan in all circumstances: James 4:7
Pray that my children will have a responsible attitude in all interpersonal relationships: Daniel 6:3
Pray that my children will be single-hearted, willing to be sold-out to Jesus: Romans 12:1-2
Pray that my children will respect those in authority over them: Romans 13:1
Pray that my children will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong kind: Proverbs 1:10, 15
Pray that my children will honor their parents so all will go well with them: Ephesians 6:1-2
Pray that my children will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one: 2 Corinthians 6:14
Pray that my children and their prospective mates will be kept pure until marriage: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Pray that my children will live by the Spirit and not gratify the flesh: Galatians 5:16
Pray that my children’s lives will bear the fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23
Pray that my children will be caught when they are guilty: Psalm 119:71
I believe that we can have a great influence on our children through our prayers. God tells us to bring our requests before Him with thanksgiving. We can be thankful that God is a God who hears our prayers. Who listens and answers. We should also remember that God is sovereign and His answers are not our answers. He knows what is best for our children. We shouldn’t think of our prayers as magic potions that will always have the answer we want. Our children may stray; they may not want to follow in the right paths—that’s all the more reason to pray and keep praying. Even if they are older and far from the Lord, He wants us to persevere in prayer and to abound in hope. He wants us to “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” He also says “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
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Friday, January 20, 2006
The morning is the gate of the day, and should be well guarded with prayer. It is one end of the thread on which the day’s actions are strung, and should be well knotted with devotion. If we felt more the majesty of life we should be more careful of its mornings. He who rushes from his bed to his business and waiteth not to worship is as foolish as though he had not put on his clothes, or cleansed his face, and as unwise as though he dashed into battle without arms or armor. Be it ours to bathe in the softly flowing river of communion with God, before the heat of the wilderness and the burden of the way begin to oppress us.
Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1998, c1997, c1994, c1990). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Originally published: Chicago: Revell, c1990. (January 20). Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
I have not had time to write up a post about "Content To Be Me" but I promise it is coming. The busyness of life has taken up a lot of time. This morning there was laundry to wash, dry and fold. Still haven't put it away! And, of course, there is school. JK had a chapter review of math today so school was longer than usual. We are doing great studying our state captials together and have memorized 10 states by just looking at their outlines and their capitals. Tomorrow we'll start on the next 10.
I cleaned up my desk, filed papers and made a to-do list of correspondence that I need to complete. It felt good to get that done. I'll work on the correspondence tonight.
This afternoon I'm making dinner for a friend who is taking care of her elderly parents. I'll be taking it over around 5:30 and from there, I will go to another friend's house to work on projects (bookmarks, notepad covers, etc.) that we are making for our upcoming ladies' retreat.
In this morning's quiet time I read Psalm 16. This is my favorite Psalm and I encourage you all to read it as often as you can. There is such blessing and encouragement there!! One of my favorite verses is:
Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. (vv5-6)
What a precious promise! God has assigned everything that comes into my life for my good. Praise His Holy Name!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
The author, Linda Dillow, talks about the deadly disease of comparsion and how wrong that is. She quoted 2 Corinthians 10:12 from The Living Bible where it states that we are "stupid" for comparing ourselves to others. I guess I have been guilty of being stupid from time to time as I compare how other people look, live, the clothes they wear, etc. And as a homeschooler, who hasn't compared how other moms teach their children? I don't do this now because I'm very comfortable with how I homeschool but I know I did it a lot when I first started out. I would hear of a certain book or curriculum and wonder if that was better than what I was using. Oh what a trap that can be!! I always try to tell new homeschoolers to find what they (and their children) like and stick with it. There's always going to be some new fad, some new product but if what you are using works, then stay with it.
God wants us to be content with who we are. This is from the book: "According to Ephesians 2:10, you and I 'are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.' When I am not pleased with the talents, gifts and abilities God gave me I remind myself that He is the Blessed Controller of all things (1 Timothy 6:15). If I believe this, I also must believe that God is the Blessed Controller of my 'all things'. My appearance. My personality. My gifts and talents. In my heart of hearts I long to please God, and it pleases Him when I am content with how He created me."
There's more to this chapter but my online time is over for now so I'll write more later, Lord willing. I pray that you all have a wonderful afternoon and remember that you are God's workmanship!!
Friday, January 13, 2006
Last week I studied chapter two of Calm My Anxious Heart, Lord which was entitled "Content with Circumstances". Some of the things I learned:
God wants me to learn to be content in our circumstances, not when they improve.
Our part in the process of learning to be content is a heart choice--a choice to pray rather than be anxious.
We must take control of our mind. We are commanded to "be transformed by the renewing of your mind". We renew our minds when we take negative thoughts captive and dwell on the postive.
Practice makes perfect. Practice these things:
Choosing to give our anxieties to God
Choosing to pray specifically
Choosing to be thankful
Choosing to dwell on the positive
We are to practice substituting prayer for worry, the positive for the negative--and the God of peace will be with us!
The peace of God follows a choice to obey.
The one thing that really stood out in this chapter was making a choice to not be anxious or worry. To choose to take the negative thoughts captive. I am not a slave to my emotions or to be thought life. I have the power within me--the Holy Spirit--to make the right choices. He is here to counsel me and to guide me into all truth. And one of those truths is that God is sovereig and in control of any situation or circumstance I am in. I don't need to fret because God has ordained that situation for my good in order to conform me to the image of His Son.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Another beautiful day here in Central Virginia! I think the temperature is about 65*. Nice!! It makes me wish spring were here but I'm sure we'll have some winter weather before long.
This morning I helped a friend conduct the WordPower Vocabulary Challenge. We had 8 contestants. It was a little slow going there for a while since this was our first one but we got the hang of it. Our winner was shocked that she got first place but she did a great job.
After the Challenge, my friend, Pam, and I went out to lunch. We had such a wonderful time catching up with each others' lives, sharing our triumphs and struggles. As Anne (with an 'e') would say, "we are kindred spirits".
Here at home I am caught up on most of the chores. I'm reorganizing my school room since it's not quite as organized as I would like it to be. I still have a box of books from a recent book sale that I need to put away and also some old curriculum that needs to be gone!!
The Lord has been teaching me much about contentment, choices, dying to self, prayer and taking every thought captive. I hope to write about more in the days ahead. Possibly tonight if I have time!
What has the Lord been teaching you?
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
I saw Jesus last week. He was wearing blue jeans and an old shirt. He was up at the building we call our church; He was alone and working hard. For just a minute he looked a little like one of the people who regularly attend our church. But it was Jesus, I could tell by his smile.
I saw Jesus last Sunday. He was teaching a Bible class. He didn't talk real loud or use long words, But you could tell he believed what he said. For just a minute, he looked like my Sunday School teacher. But it was Jesus, I could tell by his loving voice.
I saw Jesus yesterday. He was at the hospital visiting a friend who was sick. They prayed together quietly. For just a minute he looked like the guy I saw at the worship gathering last week. But it was Jesus, I could tell by the tears in his eyes.
I saw Jesus this morning. He was in my kitchen making my breakfast and fixing me a special lunch. For just a minute he looked like my wife. But it was Jesus, I could feel the love from his heart.
I saw Jesus this afternoon. He was cutting the grass in the community where I live. He was smiling and waving at everyone who was driving down our street. It made me feel special even if it was only for a moment. For a minute, I thought it was just another person we paid to keep our community clean. But it was Jesus. No one else has that much joy.
I saw Jesus tonight.He was sitting out in the street looking for someone to help him. For a minute he looked like just another homeless person. But it was Jesus. I could tell by the look of sincere suffering in his eyes.
I see Jesus everywhere, Taking food to the sick, Welcoming others to his home, Being friendly to a someone who needs love and for just a minute I think he's someone I know.
But it's always Jesus, I can tell by the way He serves.
May someone see Jesus in you today.
Monday, January 09, 2006
I had an early morning doctor's appointment but didn't get home until noon or so. I came home to pick up JK and then we went grocery shopping at Sam's. We were hoping to get a free lunch from all the sample ladies but there were none today so we had to buy our lunch! I picked up the basics and also some hamburger and chicken. I was eyeing the cuts of beef and pork but they are just not in our budget. Oh well. I'm getting really good at making lots of different meals with chicken and hamburger.
When we got home from shopping, there was a message on our answering machine inviting us to a friend's house for s'mores and we decided to go. We had an hour before we had to leave so JK did her language arts and math. We then drove the 30 minutes to her house and had a wonderful time. She lives on 10 wooded acres and the children had a blast. As a matter of fact, I only saw fleeting glimpses of JK until we started making the s'mores.
We ended up staying there until 6:00 but our day wasn't over yet. I had to meet with a friend sometime this week about a "bee" that I'm helping her coordinate. She lives even further (farther?) out in the country and since I was halfway there, I gave her a call and asked if I could drive out to have our meeting. So we ate dinner there and got the kinks worked out for the Bee. By the time we drove back home it was 9:15!!! JK walked upstairs, brushed her teeth and went to bed.
What a wonderful day! We got school and chores finished and then spent it with friends.
How was your day?
Friday, January 06, 2006
The Bee was very exciting, as usual, and it took us about 2 hours to determine our winner. We had to have a few tie-breaking rounds and that always makes for some thrilling moments. In the end, it came down to 2 boys who had to answer the best of three questions. The winner was Taylor Evelyn, who is the son of our support group leader. She was really pleased. The Bee was unusual this year because Taylor only got 3 questions right in the preliminary rounds and the other contestant, got them all right except one. It was during the later rounds that Taylor moved it. That should encourage our children to never give up!!! Keep trying!!
I came home for dinner and am now on my way back out for some grocery shopping. I also have to pick up a gift for a baby shower tomorrow afternoon and to buy myself a new blow dryer.
That's about all from home on this Friday. How about you? Did you do school? (We only did math and language arts today.) Did you stay home or were you on the road?
Thursday, January 05, 2006
In the younger years (K-3), I concentrate on math and language arts and don't really do much history or science. Once my children were in 4th grade we added science and history but not every day--sometimes not every week. We're halfway through Jeannie's astronomy book and love it. We use TruthQuest as a guide for our history studies but I don't add a lot of supplements, timelines or projects. We just enjoy reading the books and keeping notebooks. Is it ok to say we don't keep a timeline?? I know all good homeschoolers keep one!!
Since we're getting back to school after a long break, I thought about some of things I wanted to accomplish this year. I want to be more aware of the teachable moments that happen during the day and not ignore them to get "school" done. Those opportunities were appointed by God and I need to keep that appointment!! I also realize that I fall far short of setting the example and modeling the kind of behavior I want to see in my children.
A friend and I were talking last night about wanting to do this (modeling) and we realized that we do not spend enough time in the Word. If we want to be like Jesus, then we have to know Him. In order to know Him, we have to spend more time in His Word!!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night--Psalm 1:2
May I delight in His Word day and night!!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Even though it's not September like the poster says, it was still "back to work, back to school, back to books" today! We were off over two weeks and while I like the break, it was good to get back to a routine. Not a schedule--but a routine!
We did everything except science but we'll get to that tomorrow. JK is going to be making a volcano for her science project. I remember doing that with JL and JL so it should be fun. I think tomorrow we're just making the volcano and Friday we'll have it explode!
Chores were all done today except for taking down the Christmas decorations. Thankfully I only have a few to put away. JK and JM decorated the tree and they didn't put on very much so it shouldn't take too long to put everything away.
We have really jumped into it this week. Today we were home but we had my dh's office party tonight. It was only 6:00-8:30 so it wasn't that long. We went to a new restaurant called Manahattan's and it was great! The food was delicious!! It was probably our last AP party so it was kind of bittersweet. Tomorrow we're home all day but I'm meeting a friend for Bible study in the evening. The rest of the week is full!
How was your day? Did you start school today or get back into the regular routine after the holidays? I'd like to know about your day!!
Monday, January 02, 2006
Another year is dawning; Dear Father, let it be,
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace;
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love;
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning: Dear Father let it be
On earth or else in heaven, another year for Thee.
~Frances Ridley Havergal