Thursday, July 28, 2016

Subtle Signs of Undetected Pride




"Pride will kill you. Forever. Pride is the sin most likely to keep you from crying out for a Savior. Those who think they are well will not look for a doctor.
As seriously dangerous as pride is, it’s equally hard to spot. When it comes to diagnosing our hearts, those of us who have the disease of pride have a challenging time identifying our sickness. Pride infects our eyesight, causing us to view ourselves through a lens that colors and distorts reality. Pride will paint even our ugliness in sin as beautiful and commendable.
We can’t conclude that we don’t struggle with pride because we don’t see pride in our hearts. The comfortable moments when I pat myself on the back for how well I am doing are the moments that should alarm me the most. I need to reach for the glasses of Christ-like humility, remembering that nothing good dwells in my flesh, and search my heart for secret pride and its symptoms.
In his essay on undetected pride, Jonathan Edwards points out seven sneaky symptoms of the infection of pride.

1. Fault-Finding

While pride causes us to filter out the evil we see in ourselves, it also causes us to filter out God’s goodness in others. We sift them, letting only their faults fall into our perception of them.
When I’m sitting in a sermon or studying a passage, it’s pride that prompts the terrible temptation to skip the Spirit’s surgery on my own heart and instead draft a mental blog post or plan a potential conversation for the people who “really need to hear this.”
Edwards writes,
The spiritually proud person shows it in his finding fault with other saints. . . . The eminently humble Christian has so much to do at home and sees so much evil in his own that he is not apt to be very busy with other hearts.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!



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1 Thessalonians 5:11


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Monday, July 25, 2016

Everything You Need to Get Back to Homeschooling!




I am already hearing that some of you have started back to school and/or starting in August.

We usually like to start in early September and that seems to work out pretty well for us.

After homeschooling for nearly 20 years, we know that school can be a daunting thing and planning out a school year is a big deal. 

That is why I wanted to have a place where you could find all of our popular past posts in case you need them. 

Everything from planning, budgeting, schoolrooms, videos and more!

Here they are:
























There are more great ideas and homeschool at my boards over at  Pinterest! 

This is the link to our personal homeschool board:


If you didn't find what you need in this list, be sure to check out our multiple Homeschool group boards (by me and multiple bloggers) for even more topics and inspiration!









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Thursday, July 21, 2016

How to Pray for Your Adult Children



As a mother of 9 children I do not take praying lightly.

I know how important it is to keep praying for your children--no matter how old they are. Prayer is so important when they are young and even when they are well into their adult years.

I don't pray perfectly and sometimes I don't remember to always pray the things I wanted to pray. So I though I would write a post where I can keep the main points of prayer in one place and hopefully they will bless you as well so you can pray for your adult children, if you have them.

1. Pray for them to have a heart for God, His Word, and His ways.

2. That they would grow in wisdom and discernment.

3. That they would understand God's purpose for their lives.

4. That God would bless their work and have financial stability.

5. That they would resist evil and destructive behavior.

6. That they would avoid sexual pollution and temptation.

7. That they would have good health.

8. That they would have God's healing.

9. That they would have a successful marriage.

10. That they would raise godly children.

11. That God would protect them.


Here is a lovely poem about a mother who prayed:


Some have had kings in their lineage,
Some to whom honor was paid.
Not blest of my ancestors but,
I have a mother who prays.


I have a mother who prays for me
And pleads with the Lord every day for me.
Oh what a difference it makes for me 
I have a mother who prays.


Some have worldly success
And trust in riches they've made 
This is my surest asset,
I have a mother who prays.


My mother's prayers cannot save me,
Only mine can avail;
But mother introduced me to Someone  
Someone who never could fail.


Oh yes, I have a mother who prays for me
And pleads with the Lord every day for me.
Oh what a difference it makes for me 
I have a mother who prays.


~Author Unknown


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What else would you add to the list?






Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!



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1 Thessalonians 5:11


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Monday, July 18, 2016

How to Deal with Grief




In case you have been wondering where I have been, I am still here. My father passed away a few weeks ago so I am still dealing with his loss.


Since it happened very recently and emotions are still very raw so I don't think that I can actually share a post about him right now. But I can definitely share something to help with grief.

Even though my heart feels like the bottom dropped out of it I know that this feeling is not going to be here forever. That eventually the Lord will heal this pain and numbness that I am feeling and it is so comforting to know that.

Here are some thoughts to help someone who is grieving:

WE ARE NOT ALONE AND CAN LOOK TO GOD

It is very easy to feel alone when a love one dies or feel prone to depression but the good news and truth is that we are not alone. God is right by our side.

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you." 

Isaiah 43:2


GOD IS OUR REFUGE

I have always been comforted by the fact that I can run to God and seek refuge under His wings. I am safe there and He knows my pain.

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me.

 Psalm 31:1-3




GOD COMFORTS US

And through the pain He comforts me though His word. I can look to it and trust Him with why my dad died and His purpose for it.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4



GOD GIVES US STRENGTH

Even though I feel weak at this time, I know that the Lord is giving me strength to carry on. My life doesn't end here even though my father is gone. He has blessed me with much.

My soul weeps because of grief; strengthen me according to your word. 

Psalm 119: 28

HE IS MY HEAVENLY FATHER

Even though my father is gone, I still have a heavenly father in heaven who will never leave me or forsake me. I can always turn to Him and He will always be there for me.

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows is God in His holy dwelling. 

Psalm 68:5

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Deuteronomony 31:8









Have you lost a loved one?

How have you dealt with the grief?







Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Love Story on Infertility and Adoption {Video}



When God writes the story of your life, you know that you can trust Him.

When the struggle of infertility is there, it can be hard to trust God through it all but God's ways are not always our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts.

If you are struggling with infertility and you are thinking about adoption, here is a wonderful love story that I hope will encourage you.

(Be sure to grab a tissue--tears were flowing when I first watched this!)






If you are currently going down the path of infertility right now, know that we are praying for you. It can be so difficult to not know what God's plan is or having the patience to wait and also painful. Trust God at this time and do not give up on Him!






 Also,  if any one knows of an adoption agency you'd like to recommend
 please feel free to share below in the comments.