Friday, August 29, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Reach

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[Joining a wonderful group of bloggers who take a key word each week and write about it for five minutes. Today's word: Reach.]

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Reach. 

Reaching the hurting is always easier when you've been through the fire yourself. 

Reaching out with your own ability seems impossible without His hand guiding you. 

Reaching beyond your capacity means you have to take down a few stubborn walls. 

Reaching beyond your boundaries is only possible with a holy roadmap. 

Soooooo . . . 

Reach above your limited goals. 

Reach the unlovable and the unreachable. 

Reach, knowing the One who can command great divides to be as none, will be by your side. 

Reach. 

" I cried to the Lord for His help. And He heard me from heaven; my cry reached His ears." Psalm 18:6


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Change

[Joining a wonderful group of bloggers who take a key word each Friday and write about for five minutes! Today's word: CHANGE.]





"Be the change you want to see in the world."

When I was younger, I thought I could change others just by talking to them, by reasoning with them, by convincing them my way was better than their way.  

Well, guess what? Lo and behold, I have ZERO power to change people. While people may listen to me and may even have good intentions to change, until the Holy Spirit gets inside their hearts and slaps them upside their heads, there will not be any long-term or life-altering changing. 

Releasing this huge realization to God was extremely freeing for me.  I no longer tried to change my husband, my friends, my children.  I stopped agonizing over the lack of change in them. The level of acid in my stomach was cut in half.  I still offer my love and advice in small ways, but I leave the serious, soul-stirring changing to the One who can make the jaw-dropping, shaking-my-head results take place. 

Is there someone in your life you really wish would change? Are they acting ridiculously stupid? Are they consistently hurting your heart? Do you see a marriage in trouble because of a lack of change in one or both spouses? Do your children continue to rebel despite your efforts to make them obedient?   I challenge you to stop TALKING.  Seriously, stop talking to them about it, and commit instead to PRAYING about it for 30 days.  Every single day, quietly and without fanfare, lift that person before the Lord, and plead for the Holy Spirit to change their hearts, and for their actions to be in alignment with God's will.  

Are you guaranteed to see results in those 30 days? No, unfortunately that timeline is not in our hands. So pray another 30 days. And another. Again and again and again, if necessary.  

Seeking His face in this way, the change you seek may just be in your own heart. 



"He will change you into a holy people dedicated to Himself; this He has promised to do if you will only obey Him and walk in His ways." Deut. 28:9 


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sometimes Ya Gotta Put Your Foot Down!




Are you fighting a battle today? Maybe the source of the battle is from someone very close to you. That is so tough, huh? Instead of fighting, please join me in finding joy today by standing up against the continuing attacks of the enemy! How? By being still before the Lord, and allowing Him to fight for you!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

No Record of Wrongs

Maybe you saw this in the news last week.  A husband, fed up with his wife saying "no" to sex, kept an Excel spreadsheet of all the excuses she gave him over a six-week period of time.  Oh my word!  Maybe your first reaction was thinking it was funny, but it struck me very differently.
 


I was appalled at this story for so many reasons, and maybe not for the reasons you may think. 

The very first thing that popped into my mind was  1 Corinthians 13:5 "...love does not keep a record of wrongs."  It's bad enough that we keep mental records of what our spouse does wrong---we sure don't need to be writing it down in black and white and saving it to our hard drives!! It truly hurt my heart for this couple. He was just waiting for her mess up, and that is a tough way for a wife to live in a marriage.

But more than that, I felt bad for the husband in this story, because his wife is clearly not honoring him. She is failing to offer her body to him in the Biblical, submissive way that a wife should.  I know the word "submissive" brings lots of high-strung reactions from some women, but please know this: God is very clear about our bodies belonging to our husbands in marriage.  (See Colossians 3:8 and 1 Peter 3:1.) This couple is clearly using sex as a weapon, and that can be such a tough road to travel.  

Obviously, if communication is going well in your marriage, saying "yes" is not hard to do.  Our husbands deserve for us to love them more than anyone else does. We need to be their biggest fan! They are a gift from God to us, and we are called to honor and love them--and they, us--including giving them the affection and attention they need and desire, without making excuses.  

Leave the spreadsheets to the accountants and just go love your spouse! 




"Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong." 1 Corinthians 13: 5 (TLB)




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Friday, July 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Bloom

Joining Lisa-Jo Baker and a whole bunch of wonderful bloggers over at Five Minute Friday! A chance to write about a single word for just five minutes! Today's word: BLOOM.




Bloom. 

Bloom where you're planted. 

Bloom to be a light in a dark, dark world. 

Bloom in a way that growth is seen, not stunted. 

Bloom in the direction of the sun and in the direction of the SON.  

Bloom even when there are storms threatening to take away your beauty.  

Bloom from the inside out, and hang on to the Truth when the world tells you lies. 

Bloom, simply because you are called to do so, by the Author of life Himself. 

Bloom!!! 










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Monday, July 7, 2014

Moving Beyond the Page (A Review)



Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum, based on literature studies and unit studies.  It is an amazing site, with a huge variety of topics and books from which to choose.  Homeschooling parents will find Science, Social Studies, Literature, Reading, and Math topics here!

My daughter and I were asked to review the  Language Arts Package: Tuck Everlasting-Online, and the Social Studies Package:  Geography and Landforms.  This has been such a fun review! 

Literature Package: Tuck Everlasting Online

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This intriguing Language Arts Package from Moving Beyond the Page included a hard copy of the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit, and an online Study Guide with questions and activities written by Kim A. Howe, M.S.  The entire package is only $19.92, and is recommended for students who are reading and comprehending at a 6th - 7th grade level, and who are able to understand the process of five-paragraph essays. 

Tuck Everlasting, if you aren't familiar with it, is a fantasy novel, written about a young girl named Winnie Foster who meets the Tucks, a family who has discovered the secret of living forever.  When an unscrupulous stranger threatens to endanger the Tucks, the story gently draws the reader in to discover the choices related to life and death decisions.  

The online study guide provides teacher instruction and printable pages for your student.  I printed the entire guide before beginning. As my daughter read through the book, I would have her stop and complete the worksheets as the questions related to her recent reading. This allowed her to quickly remember and review the chapters and brought the story to a deeper level than just quickly reading through it alone. 

The Tuck Everlasting online guide includes several thought-provoking questions, grammar guides and writing activities.  Below are some sample questions: 

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I remember my older children reading this book, so I was pleased that Abbey also enjoyed this.  I can see her choices in reading maturing a bit each week, and this wonderful literature guide from Moving Beyond the Page was a great way to really pull more information out of her deep mind. 

Social Studies Package: Geography and Landforms

This package includes three wonderful books: Moving Beyond the Page's Geography and Landforms by Kathryn L. Walbert, Ph. D., Geography of the World: The Essential Family Guide to Geography and Culture by Jayne Parsons, and The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World by Caroline ArnoldThe total package is only $51.93 and is recommended for ages 10 -12 who can read on a 6th - 7th grade level.  

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This user-friendly package guides both teacher and student through the study of how geography influences culture and vice versa.  The study focuses on North and South America, and how the student's own backyard relates to the bigger picture.  

Moving Beyond the Page's Geography and Landforms guide provides specific instructions on how to move through the three books together so your student gains the most from each lesson.  The lessons and activities include a great balance of both reading and hands-on activities to allow the student to have fun learning without getting bogged down in the facts. 

My 5th grader loved the activities, and by the second lesson, was doing them completely independently.  
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Abbey's Imaginary Place Map Activity

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Abbey's Continents of the World Activity




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Playing Match the Geography Terms with Definitions Activity




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Abbey's Map/Panoramic Pic of her Cul-de-sac Activity

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A peek inside The Geography Book


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A peek inside The Geography Book


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A peek inside Geography of the World

The quality and content of each of these three books are incredible.  The guesswork for the teacher is non-existent, and the package allows you to relax and just enjoy the process. I especially love the way each lesson gives your child options for activities, based on what you have on hand or based on which your child simply prefers to do.  

We used this unit 3 - 4 days per week, for about 30 minutes per day. It was a great format, and mixed content from the three books included in the package in a way that kept her interested. Older kids may be able to spend more time on each lesson, but for us, that schedule worked really well. 

Want to see more? For samples of how units are laid out, click here

The Bottom Line 

I am happy to recommend both the Literature Package: Tuck Everlasting-Online AND the Social Studies Package: Geography and Landforms from Moving Beyond the Page, but I encourage you to research each offering from this great company. I'll bet you'll find something your students will love!  

Moving Beyond the Page has an active Facebook page, so click HERE to be redirected there and "like" them.  In addition, by clicking the banner below, you can read reviews from other homeschooling families and see some of the other Moving Beyond the Page units that were studied over the last two months.  I have LOVED seeing how others used these great products, and if you're as much of a curriculum junkie as I am, you will too! 


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunset at Bon Secour



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