So in the past 12 months, I have been trying to strengthen on my faith and my involvement with my faith. Some of the things that I have been doing include: participating in Online Bible Studies, being a Facebook Small Group leader for an Online Bible Study, spending more time in prayer and in the Word, plus I have started to become involved in Bible Journaling. Here is a piece I did earlier this year.
I went on Amazon and found quite a few books on Art Journaling and Bible journaling to assist me in my journey. I also have found quite a few blogs and Facebook groups to participate in as well. Moreover, I am making wonderful connections with people who are able to inspire me and give me ideas.
So I invite you to come on this journey with me. I will be sharing my endeavors here.
So how do you express, show, demonstrate or enrich your faith? I would love to hear from you.
So for the last several months we have been having church in our home. Being a military family living away from our home church presents some unique challenges. My husband is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher and has been preaching for over 23 years. We are used to being actively involved in whatever church we attend. So we look for churches that will permit us to do so. While we had found one to attend in our current duty station, we discovered that ultimately it was not the right fit for our family. With homeschooling and everything else going on in our lives, we made the decision to hold church services in our home.
So here are some photos of what it looked like during today’s service.
Our message for today centered on Matthew 5:13. It was interesting to hear the remarks regarding salt and its various uses in Biblical times and current days. Because of the situation, our services tend to turn more into discussions and thoughts rather than a typical sermon.
In addition to a message, we also sing songs from the Lloyd Hymnal (used by many Primitive Baptist Churches). We sang “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, “Come Thou Fount of Many Blessings”, “Alas and did my Savior Bleed” in addition to a couple of other songs.
So that is how we had church services today, How did you spend your Sunday?
Today is day 3 of the “Blogging A to Z” challenge, NaBloPoMo Challenge for April, and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. So today, “C” stands first for Christian Homeschooling materials. We are blessed to have an abundance of Christian Homeschooling suppliers for materials. One of my favorite books for finding Homeschooling materials is , 102 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy. This is a wonderful resource for finding material. She does a wonderful job of leading the readers through developing a philosophy of education, determining teaching styles and the children’s learning styles before going into various homeschooling materials. She even includes a detailed chart saying what teaching and learning styles each item tends to work best with that item. She does an excellent job with this. I was blessed to be introduced to this book shortly after beginning our homeschooling journey.
“C” is also for crocheting. One of the first things I learned from the women in my husband’s family was how to crochet. Through the years, I have made a number of blankets. These blankets have been for my immediate family as well as gifts for friends or other family members. I enjoy crocheting as a way of relaxing.
“C” is also for #Create, one of the words I have chosen for the year. My Bible verse to go along with this is the one that is at the beginning of this post. I truly want God to create in me a “clean heart”
So these are some things that come to mind for the letter “C” for me. What comes to mind for you?
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So today is Day 2 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April along with the Blogging A to Z challenge. The letter of the day is “B”, which for me is for babies, Bibles and books. We have four children who are 18, 16, 14 and 12 respectively right now. While I miss them being babies to a certain extent, I enjoy seeing the people they are becoming. Three of our children are boys and they truly are a handful. Our youngest is our only girl and she is quite the princess. My boys keep life interesting and one never knows what might be discussed when we sit down to meals or what they will attempt to do.
Bibles play a critical role in our family. My husband became an ordained minister the same year we were married. So we have worked to bring up our children in the word of God. As we search for homeschooling materials, Biblical companies are the main one we use. It is important to us to have a Biblical worldview and for our children to back up what they believe with Scripture references. So we have quite the collection of Bibles, concordances, Biblical commentaries and dictionaries around our home.
The other thing our home is full of is books. I grew up believing that books were my best friend. I was never bored or lacked things to do because I always had books to read. I have tried to instill the same love of reading in my children. They have not all grabbed hold of the idea as I would wish, but we are still working on it. It is fun when we prepare for a move to see all the books loaded into boxes. We have Biblical books, Language Arts and Literature books, books on writing, books for Math, books for Science, books for History and books for the Arts. On top of those books, we have books on homeschooling, books to read for pleasure and various other books. Each member of the family has at least one bookcase in their room. Plus we have other bookcases scattered around the house. Books make homeschooling much easier. Even if I never bought any more curriculum for our children, I could homeschool from the books we have. With seven people living in our home the books really add up.
“B” is also for blogging and Bible Journaling. I started blogging as a way of keeping our extended family aware of what was going on in our lives along with providing a record for our children. Writing makes things more real somehow and easier to remember. Utilizing photographs helps keep those memories as well.
Bible Journaling has become a new pastime for me. I especially love getting on Pinterest and Facebook to see what others are creating. Here is a sample of one of works.
So what does the letter “B” represent or bring to mind for you and your family? I welcome comments!
Well the first quarter of 2015 has flown by quickly. We have spent the time working on school, beginning to hold church services at our home and making a relatively quick trip to North Carolina to see my husband’s side of the family.
With the start of the second quarter of 2015 beginning, I am pleased to be participating in the next round of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. My plan for this blog for 2015 is to increase traffic to the blog and begin offering some freebies as well. I am also going to learn how to use Photoshop and work more with PicMonkey to create my own graphics.
In April, the next Proverbs 31 Ministries Bible Study for Lysa Terkeurst’s book “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith” will begin. Once again I will be serving as one of the Facebook Small Group leaders.
I am also participating in a Bible Study for Kay Arthur’s book “How to Study Your Bible” in order to learn more about the Inductive Bible Study method. I am also going through the book, “Writing in the Margins”. One of my goals for 2015 is to grow in Bible Journaling activities. My one word for 2015 is “Create” and that is my focus for the year.
In the realm of homeschooling, we are preparing for our oldest son’s graduation. With that we will enter a new realm of parenting. We are planning on him walking across the stage at the CHAP convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the weekend of Mother’s Day. Our next graduation will possibly take place as early as the next school year.
So what is going on where you are
It is hard to believe that it is already the last day of March. We have had a couple of nice days in the last few weeks. But we are getting some snow today. Right now, we are under a Winter Weather Advisory for several inches of snow, but we will see what happens.
Yesterday was a bittersweet day in some ways. We turned in the last 2 instruments to the Salvation Army. We are not quitting music, but instead are going to rent instruments ourselves and pursue lessons for the children. While we were out, we went into the Salvation Army thrift store. I found three skirts and two tops for Rebecca. It was one of the few times, I have seen her genuinely excited about clothes. So that was fantastic. Now it is just a matter of finding some more clothes that fit her properly. I plan to go back before the week is over to see if I can find a few more things for her. Apparently my daughter likes shopping in 2nd hand stores.
Here are the items we found:
And another picture:
It was really nice to see her excited about clothes.
I am also just beginning a couple of new Bible Studies. These include:
With these Bible Studies, I am trying to create my own graphics using PicMonkey or the Image Feature on YouVersion. Here are some that I created using the Image Feature on the YouVersion Bible app.
On top of all of this, we are working to get things together for Jacob’s graduation. He will be walking across the stage at the CHAP Homeschool Convention graduation in May. There is lots to do to make sure he is ready for this. It is hard o believe that my oldest is actually graduating this year and the others are coming fast behind.
Well I pray you have enjoyed this update. I would love to hear what is going on in your world today.
So it is the start of a new year with endless possibilities. For this year, I have chosen my main word of the year to be “create” and I shared yesterday why.
But I have chosen two other words as well. I have chosen “delight” from the verse Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”. I want to choose this year to delight in the Lord, in my family, our church, our homeschooling and life in general.
Another word I have chosen is “faith” from the verse Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the evidence of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” This is one of Dennis’ favorite verses to preach on and I love hearing it. It speaks to my heart and my soul.
Finally another word I have chosen is “trust”. I know in the coming months with Dennis reenlisting and preparing to also enroll in the seminary for his masters degree in divinity and the possibility of an impending move from PCS orders, trust is going to become important. I love the verses found in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” I loved hearing this verse in the movie, “Flywheel”.
So what is your word and/or verse for the year? I look forward to hearing from you.