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Sanctified Sunday – September 2, 2018

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According to a search on Google, “sanctified” means:

sanc·ti·fy
ˈsaNG(k)təˌfī/
verb
past tense: sanctified; past participle: sanctified

set apart as or declare holy; consecrate.
“a small shrine was built to sanctify the site”
synonyms: consecrate, bless, make holy, hallow, make sacred, dedicate to God
“he came to sanctify the site”
make legitimate or binding by religious sanction.
“they see their love sanctified by the sacrament of marriage”
synonyms: approve, sanction, condone, vindicate, endorse, support, back, permit, allow, authorize, legitimize
“we must not sanctify this outrage”
free from sin; purify.
synonyms: purify, cleanse, free from sin, absolve, unburden, redeem
“they sanctified themselves”

The definition of “sanctified” is to set apart as or declare holy. So that is what our family tries to do. Most Sundays we spend at least part of our day at church. However, on some Sundays, like today, we determined it is best for our family to stay home and spend the day as a family. Of course, today we also have company coming over to eat with us. Ever since our oldest son started taking the classes back in June to become a Certified Nursing Assistant at a residential care facility, one of the Certified Nursing Assistants became a good friend to our son. In fact, she drives him back and forth most days. So the other day, when she dropped our son off she came into the house. So my husband asked her when she was going to come to eat with us. Today just happened to work for our schedule and her schedule. So, my husband made a pot of his homemade beef stew and will be making homemade biscuits along with a pot of rice. I will be preparing a salad to go along with our meal. Then we are planning on making a cake for dessert. I always look forward to having company over to eat with us.

Tomorrow is Labor Day in the United States and we will have another friend coming over for dinner. So stay tuned for a post about that either tomorrow or the next day.

What is going on for your weekend? I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to read what other members of the Home School Review Crew are blogging about this week, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Watchman Pictures’ Princess Cut

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Today I want to share with you a Christian Film titled Princess Cut from Watchman Pictures that we watched recently.  Our family is always on the hunt for good Christian films to watch and when they are Dove approved, that is even better.  This romantic drama is one movie that is definitely worth seeing.  As the mother of three sons ages 21, 19, and 17 along with a daughter who is 15, movies that examine how someone should go about getting married and finding a spouse tend to have value in our family’s eyes.
Princess Cut tells the story of Grace, a young woman in her early 20s, who lives in the Carolinas.  Like many young girls and ladies, Grace has been dreaming about getting engaged and finding “Mr. Right”.  She remains positive that her perfect man will come along and place a diamond cut ring on her finger.  This movie I feel does more to reinforce the principle of waiting for the right person to come along.  It also examines some of the family dynamics that exist between parents and children as well as those dynamics that exist between siblings.
I wanted our entire family to watch this movie together as a family.  I felt like even our sons could benefit from watching it.  I also feel like this would be a great movie for a Church Youth group to watch together and then have a frank discussion on the whole idea of finding a spouse.
The movie opens with Grace being positive that her boyfriend of the time, Stewart, is going to propose to her.  However, she quickly realizes that is not the case.  She then winds up on a quest for finding what love really is and what it should look like.  Grace illustrates the impetuous and sometimes foolish nature of youth.  However, she eventually relies on her parents’ guidance and experience to help her navigate the tricky waters of finding true love.
One of our favorite characters in the movie was Grace’s younger brother.  He does an excellent job of portraying the love and peskiness that siblings can find between one another.  At one point in the movie, Grace loses her temper with Robert, her brother, and it results in Robert being injured when he rides off on his bicycle.  But along comes their new neighbor, who happens to be a doctor, Clint Masters to come to the rescue.
While we felt some characters and storylines would have benefited from more development, over all the movie does an excellent job getting its point across.  We feel that probably children should be in high school before watching this film, so that meaningful discussions can take place after watching the movie.  There are times when Grace makes questionable decisions, including choosing friends wisely and becoming involved with a young man who does have the best of intentions.
But love wins out between Dr. Clint Masters and Grace and the proposal meets every desire of Grace’s perfect proposal.  She learns that true love is worth waiting for in the end.
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So check out Princess Cut by Watchman films for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Tasty Tuesday – Fat Tuesday

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Today is Fat Tuesday – the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Even though our family is not Catholic, we typically partake of a Fat Tuesday meal of pancakes.

The overwhelming favorite part of this meal was the bacon, which we cooked a new way today.  I placed tin foil on a cookie sheet with the sides turned up slightly around the edges.  Then I placed the bacon on the sheet and preheated the oven the 425 degrees (our oven tends to run slightly cooler than most – so we typically bump it 25 degrees.  We let it cook around 15 minutes.  However, it just did not seem to be cooking right.  So we switched the settings to the broiler and moved the cookie sheet closer to the broiler and let it cook around 10 more minutes or so.  The bacon was ready the same time the meal was.  It was so good to everyone in the family.  Many were wanting more.

So what have you been eating that has been really good at your house?  I would love to hear from you!

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Fill My Cup Lord

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This past weekend our church had a ladies’ retreat, which I was privileged to attend.  The theme for the weekend was “Fill My Cup Lord”.  I truly needed to have my cup filled.  I am a wife and homeschooling mother, so the majority of the time, I dedicate my time to my children.  This was only the second women’s retreat I have attended.

The retreat was held at a Catholic Retreat Center.  The setting was beautiful and the words touched my heart and soul.  I was so glad I was able to attend.  The messages, the worship music, the meditation stations and the speakers blessed me tremendously.  Furthermore, the time with like-minded ladies was important.  I came back refreshed and ready to help fill the cups of those around me – including our family.  I pray you have been blessed recently.

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Review of Let the Little Children Come’s Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack

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As a Christian family, I feel it is important for our family to share the message of Jesus Christ and of salvation.  So I am always on the lookout for tools to assist with that.  Even though my youngest just turned 15 years old, and our oldest is 21 years old, finding the right words to use can be challenging.  However, I recently discovered a fantastic company that offers products to assist with this dilemma.   Let the Little Children Come provides tools to share the gospel with children, and you can check out a selection of them in their Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack.

According to their “About Us” page on their website, Let The Little Children Come, “aims to provide effective child evangelism tools and resources”.  Their products are designed with children in mind.  Being realistic a typical Bible tract designed with adults in mind will not capture the mind and attention of a child.  However, the items contained in this pack are brightly colorful, engaging and captivating.

In the sampler pack our family received for this review, the first thing that caught my eye was the way all of the tools came packaged in a zippered plastic bag.  This ensured that nothing would be lost or misplaced.  A variety of tools and tracts were included.  There are animated tracts, using a striped plastic sheet over the images and slowly sliding it over the pictures in the tract so the images appear to move.  Next, there are “Pop-up tracts” which follow the same principle of pop-up books I remember buying when our children were younger.  I know these books always kept my children’s interest when they were younger.  Finally, there are FlipAbouts which using according to the enclosed information sheet, “use a fascinating folding mechanism.

I love how the company makes detailed instructions and even video demonstrations available on their website at http://www.LetTheLittleChildrenCome.com.  In our sample pack, we received a variety of tools and tracts including silicon bracelets, which my children used to love receiving when they were younger.  For each color in the bracelet, a portion of the gospel message is written on the included sheet.  Steps for being with God are written out in a way a child would be able to understand.  Finally, a prayer the child can say is written out, so all the child needs to do is pray.

The Lost Easter Egg was another tool our family really enjoyed.  This is one of the pop-up tracts.  The colorful looks, pop-up features, and concise message make it enjoyable to read and share.  On the back again the gospel message is spelled out on how to have a relationship with God along with a prayer to say.

I love how the messages in these tools are written to children. In the future, I plan to order some of these items to keep with us as we go about our daily life.  This way, when we come across a child we will be prepared to share the message of God’s love and the salvation we can have by accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.  If you would like to read more reviews about Let The Little Children Come and the Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack, click here or on the graphic below.

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31 Days – Day 2

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This is the second post in my 31 Days of Scriptures Series. My husband is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher and was ordained almost 25 years ago.  So through the years, I have heard him preach on many different passages from the Bible.  So a lot of those verses have come to be favorites of mine.

Here is the image for today’s verse.

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