Divine Hand of God – He is King

 

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Blessed assurance in the Sovereign Divine Hand of God. I don’t know what God is up to, but I do know He is very much actively moving, ruling, orchestrating on His throne, with authority, power, and fulfilling His plans for His people. And as he did then, He still is today, using His people to be a LIGHT. In the midst of kings, rulers…
Daniel was placed to serve under wicked kings. A man of prayer, standing firm in the commandments of God. A man of faith, believing this was no “curse” , or accident, or wrong doing on him, but rather God’s Sovereign placement of his life right here in this. A man of character, devotion, and FAITH so VERY STRONG and unwavering.
Though nations, and kings, fail – God never does. Thankful for the promise of blessing to those who have been called out of darkness into His glorious Light. (1 Peter 2:9) Daniel lived to serve the Lord under very harsh circumstances. He also lived to see God do mighty wonders and transform those in darkness to light.
“…blessed is the people whose God is the LORD.” Psalm 144:15
**Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation:
The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”
While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”
***Nebuchadnezzar PRAISES GOD:
And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
NO ONE CAN RESTRAIN HIS HAND <3
Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

 
At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.
Daniel 4:28-36

Play-doh History

What inspires my 12 year old to write – a LOT? The HISTORY OF PLAY-DOH! He came to me with what he had learned on his own! Now putting into a report wrapped up inside a little cover with graphics. I am in complete AWE seeing him so determined to write, write, write. Not to mention PURE JOY to rediscover Play-Doh with him. Never thought I’d be going out to purchase again for him. Praise God from Whom all Blessings flow. I love this life. Such a gift.  A joy to my heart!

 

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The Harvest is Near

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What a joy to walk out to our backyard on a late September morning and do devotionals with our boys by our white pumpkin patch.  And how blessed to snap this shot of the “light” shining down on this little, flourishing pumpkin.

 

PATCH = the world

WHITE PUMPKINS = The life of the followers of Christ.  Sins washed away, white as snow. The children of the kingdom – praise Jesus-waiting to be harvested out of this world into heaven for all eternity! “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..” Isaiah 1:18

GROWING PUMPKINS = Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. He who has begun a good work will be faithful to complete it.   2 Peter 3:18, Philippians 1:6

WEEDS = sin and those who have not repented, and confessed their need for the Savior, who choose their own way – which leads to death, destruction.

LIGHT = God’s GLORIOUS LIGHT!!!  “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”  1 Peter 2:9

 

His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

THEN THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER. Whoever has ears, let them hear. Matthew 13:36-43

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved….” Acts 16:31

 

 

It Only Takes A Spark – Science, Survival Skills, Light A Fire In My Soul – Passing It On

It’s been a journey figuring out balance, order, routine, and natural learning in home schooling. Each season is different.  This season the Lord is taking me to greater degree in the issue of “plans”.

Waking up with my goals for our day. But still wanting it to be a natural flow of the Holy Spirit. Not rigid routine, but the relational presence of Jesus.  I had told my husband last night I felt good, as I had finished our weekly chart with daily academic goals, bible study time, etc.  I also told him, when I awoke in the morning, I would be inquiring of the Lord to even still direct my every thought and step in this day. He has things to teach us (  All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.  Is. 54:13.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things John 14:26)  and I want to see and embrace those moments. So  this morning, even though I had a “plan” – asking the Lord to direct my every thought and step, that His counsel and plan may prosper.   I have worked hard to not have a rigid routine and flow by His Spirit.   We have done that more and more.  I believe in this new season, as the result of today demonstrates, as the boys are older, God is enabling me to see even clearer those opportunities to pause and go with the Spirit and embrace, and then He enabling to still complete the goals I had written down for the day.

 

Soon thereafter, I submitted my plans, I saw my very creative, curious, Maximus outside in the sun with a magnifying glass.  In wonder and clearly in a place of “experiment”, “discovery”. I cannot miss these opportunities.      This is the spark!  How God has blessed us with this young man, to be the JOY, the LIGHT, the SPARK that we are able to embrace.   God leads us through to bright days and learning engagements.  This would not be so in a classroom all day.   His creativity and design by God, gives us so many ideas to grab onto and really soak in the presence of the Lord on this learning journey.

 

A quick google for scientific information on magnifying glasses, sun.  An older brother gladly and willingly reaches out his hand to be apart of this experiment. The intensity and power of the sun, when brought to a “focal” point – burns with an intensity in an instant. Watched a couple videos on classroom science experiments. As well as how this very thing is a wonderful tool to keep in mind for survival. Survivalists using this very technique to bring about fire and warmth in a desperate time. Who knows when we made need to use this information.

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THE POWER OF THE SUN!!  

Which can lead to fire.   As we sat together in our backyard encircled around our experiment.  Seeing the power of the sun at work, igniting the match on fire,  burning a hole through this (we chose to burn up the sin) and explaining the dangers of fire spreading, with one tiny spark, keeping our water and hose close by :

 

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Which led us to….

 

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE!!  

For our  BIBLE STUDY,  as I added to  what the Lord had previously put on my heart “the body is the temple of the Lord”.

Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.  The tongue also is a fire…

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

 

As in the fire and it’s ability with one spark to destroy so much, thus is the tongue.  It can either build up or tear down.  What a choice we have each day.  And only is it attainable to really spread a spark of fire for BLESSING all around if we are being continually controlled by the Holy Spirit.  (James 3:5-10)

 

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.  We are called to honor him with our bodies.  Bringing ears, eyes, hands, feet, minds…. THE TONGUE under His control to His honor and praise.  We are NOT our own.  We were bought at a price.  (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

 

THE POWER OF THE SON!

What price?  Jesus paid the price for our ticket to heaven!  Death, punishment, blood on a cross.  He was punished, paid the price for our salvation.

 

It only takes a spark
To get a fire going
And soon all those around
Can warm up in the glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love
Once you’ve experienced it
You’ll spread His love
To everyone
You’ll want to pass it on

I wish for you my friend
This happiness that I’ve found
You can depend on Him
It matters not where you’re bound
I’ll shout it from the mountain top
I want the world to know
The Lord of Love
Has come to me
I want to pass it on

I’m passing it on…..

Documenting our journeys. Not every day. But some. In case it might be hope or light to someone else reading. I’ve gleaned from so many, who have blessed me with passing it on. From my own researching for things for my son who had a stroke, and more… and been blessed by my findings of wisdom God has given as I have asked. I also document for our boys. A journey they may want to tap into again, to remember, recall, pass on to their own?? I just share. I believe God wants me to. This is a journey I never would have imagined walking. Never would have imagined finding such joy, beauty, and strength. A journey very hard, especially for many of their younger years, but through all a journey of GOD’s GRACE and PERFECT POWER overcoming. I was so inadequate, unqualified, and know that even still I am each day I awake – apart from Him I can do nothing.

  And yet, I KNOW when I awake, I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR through Christ. And He surely does PROVE HIMSELF EVER FAITHFUL and A CONQUEROR through our weakness.

 

IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK… to get a fire going… the spark of JESUS!

Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So there’s no doubt or denying
Let it burn so brightly
That everyone around can see
That it’s You, that it’s You that we need
Start a fire in me

You only need a spark to start a whole blaze
It only takes a little faith
Let it start right here in this city
So these old walls will never be the same

Over and over again
I hear Your voice in my head
They need to know
I need to go…

May the love of the Savior spark our hearts, minds and souls to believe in His power able to do more than we could ever imagine… through clinging to His every Word.  Over and over again.

 

 

 

 

 

All Things Apples – How I Put Together A Unit Study in Less Than 30 Minutes

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This week started out rough and not much went according to the plans I had made. Kind of a hard few days, by Friday, a calm came. I awoke having no plan, this time.  And I prayed. Asked the Lord to direct my every step. I had several ideas run through my head of what to do with our boys today. I kept praying, “Lord please make it clear to me”.

 

While I have core things I believe are important to teach the boys this year,  the Lord seems to be continually SHOWING ME I NEED TO SURRENDER and REALLY ASK HIM TO LEAD ME  EACH NEW MORNING.  There is something He does in me, in the SWEETEST of ways, over and over, when I come to Him empty.  He then fills me with vision for the day.  Beautiful vision, that turns into JOY unspeakable, with the most amazing times and memories made, hearts touched, changed, God doing abundantly more than I could ever imagine.

 

Some days that vision might be, being still and resting more at home.  Cooking and baking for the day.  Doing spelling with nerf guns.  Or math facts while jumping through the house. Spending more time in the Word another day.  Going on a special outing for that day.  A game day.  A friend day.  A day to write. Board game day.  I could go on…. He shows me the need.    And some days and many a days too, it’s reading, writing, arithmetic straight from books.  But always together, and inviting the Lord to be apart of it all, correcting our hearts in a moment of weakness, irritability, confusion.  Pausing from the books to refer to the GREAT BOOK – the BIBLE to get ourselves back on track.  All these things are opportunities for growth, learning, engaging in the important elements of life.

 

I passed my idea by the boys to go for a nature hike in a new place near home.  Maximus was excited to go and climb that “wild” apple tree again. Pick an apple to eat on the trail. This!  This!!! Is when it all came together.  Oh the Lord has done it again!!!  This is IT!!!!!

We will study apples today!

I quickly googled and found just the perfect information to pull together a simple, but effective unit study.  We sat together on the comfy couch.  Relaxed, at ease.  Learning all this!

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From questions like:

Do you know how many varieties of apples there are in the world?  (7,500 by the way)
Where did the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” originate from?

Which state produces the most apples?

 

To a wonderful printable story – THE STORY OF JOHNNY APPLESEED – LEGEND VS. FACT

TO VOCABULARY AND SPELLING AND HISTORY – USING A PRINTABLE CROSSWORD PUZZLE TO ENGAGE THEM.

TO GEOGRAPHY IN LOCATING A FEW STATES ON THE GLOBE

TO LEARNING THE NUTRITION OF APPLES and OTHER TERMS- USING A CROSSWORD PUZZLE

 

And most beautiful of all…. BIBLICAL APPLICATION ~

Johnny Appleseed’s (real name John Chapman) favorite book?  THE BIBLE!

During his time working to plant seeds throughout the lands, he used every opportunity to preach the word.  What an example to us all to keep Jesus and opportunities to be a Light in the midst of all we do in a day.

 

And the TRINITY!! I cut open an apple and discussed the three main parts.  PEEL, FLESH, CORE.  Which make up ONE wonderful apple. Not three separate apples.  All these elements go together to make one perfect apple.  Perhaps from now on when we eat an apple, we will remember the TRINITY – Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  Three in 1.    One perfect God.

 

What does it mean to be the apple of someone’s eye?  That person is cherished above all others.

David in Psalms 17:8 – said:  “keep me as the apple of Your eye”.   Each of God’s children are the apple of His eye.  Cherished, loved.   How beautiful that David recognized this.  Even in his failings, his wanderings, his sin – in repentance and deep sorrow, and not without loving discipline from the Father, and consequences, but unconditionally loved.  David knew who the one true God was, turned back to the Lord, and moved forward in His love.

 

We then headed out for our hike.  In search of the “wild” apple trees.

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Saw a few other wonderful surprises on our journey including a black tailed deer!!!   And speaking of connections.  Isaac connected to the tiniest little lady bug on the path.

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There was a time not so long ago, this would not be.  Our hikes were days of “fog”, for him and a glazed over look, in a quiet world of his own.  This life has gifted us with those opportunities to bring connection.  And eventually the LORD turned on the LIGHT!  We must rejoice in the simplest abilities in a day.  These little things are all giant gifts from the Father.

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Maximus climbed his “wild” apple tree, which is a JOY to his heart.  Isaac stood below and caught them as they fell.  Together we collected enough to bring home and make apple pie.  The boys sliced them all up.  Side by side.

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I don’t think we have ever enjoyed apple pie so much!!!

Taste and see that the LORD is Good!

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WILDLY DELICIOUS SELLARS  APPLE PIE

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LordAnd He delights in his way.

Psalm 37:23

This was our study and there is a link at the bottom of this page, in case you are interested in doing your own study on apples.  There are endless ways in which one could approach a study like this.

http://www.kids.bestapples.com/home.shtml

 

 

 

 

What Shall We Children Bring?

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We are off to another year. Schooling on the Rock of Jesus. Because Jesus the Solid Rock on which we stand, out of Him flows Living water, and we grow in the grace & knowledge of our Savior.

 

I was so blessed to read this poem below while preparing to begin a new season. It came from their precious language arts reading and writing program. It gave us a vision to start off right. Going deeper in our commitment to do all things for the glory of God.

 

It was a sweet time. We read this poem together as a family. Then enjoyed this cookie treat I made in honor of the King.

 

We moved on the next day to art. Putting together a visual for who God calls us to as a family. While the title of the poem is What Shall We Children Bring? We know it is a call to each one of us to go deeper in bringing our hearts to the King in all that we do. As well as in repentance as we fall, and get up in His mercy, forgiveness, and grace and move forward.

 

Simple art. Nothing fancy. But makes a point for us in our goals, ambitions, and desires. We each added our own special touch. Including finger prints at the top for “clouds” the “heavens” which declare the glory of the KING. Who sits on His footstool, looking down over us in all that we do minute by minute each day.

 

We prayed, sang, (as the Lord always provides, and put the perfect song on my heart), created art, and ate in honor of the King.

 

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WHAT SHALL WE CHILDREN BRING?

We’ll bring Him hearts that love Him,
We’ll bring Him thankful praise,
And young souls meekly striving
To walk in holy ways.
And these shall be the treasures
We offer to the King,
And these are gifts that even
The poorest child may bring.
We’ll bring the little duties,
We have to do each day,
We’ll try our best to please Him
At home, during school, work, play.
And better are these treasures
To offer to our King,
Than richest gifts without them,
Yet these a child may bring.
WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US
1 JOHN 4:19

“Lord I give You my heart, I give you my soul, I live for You alone. Every breath that I take, every moment I’m awake, have your way in me… this is my desire to honor You…” We sing!

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We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Faith Triumphs

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It is excruciating to see my son experience deep disappointment.

 

HOWEVER, there is nothing sweeter than looking into his handsome brown eyes, speaking truth, among a few…

“God loves you. He is for you. Cast your sorrow before Him, and trust His love. His plan is good and promises to prosper you. You are a soldier. God also calls soldiers to rest. It takes GREAT STRENGTH to obey that command of rest. Obedience always brings blessing. Persevering in God’s plan, including rest, will strengthen the soldier, to go out in GREATER force and overcome..”

 

and to SEE that he has been sharpened with the Word, from the inside to outside because his shining countenance breaks forth, revealing the FAITH he truly has…. and the power of God’s Holy Word. NO GREATER JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

FAITH TRIUMPHS!

 

 

I Didn’t Know How – But I Did Know Who!

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I was desperate to help my son. He suffered a stroke to frontal lobe and right back hemisphere. If you do a quick search, you’ll find articles on How To Rewire Your Brain. However, in my days of desperation I hadn’t even read these articles (it’s only later I found these) I just knew my boy needed to be saved from the emotions that were ruling his daily living. Turmoil, outbursts, fear, pain, anger.

 

The daily struggle to process everyday life, left him in an anxious filled mess. I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO HELP MY SON with something so huge as a STROKE INJURED BRAIN. I didn’t want to impulsively run to those other “remedies” that were offered. God made it clear to wait. I WENT TO MY ONE HOPE – JESUS AND HIS EVERY WORD! LITERALLY! For GOD created brains!!! And we are called to “TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE, to HIS OBEDIENCE”. HE tells us HIS WORD IS POWERFUL and ABLE to PENETRATE THOUGHTS and INTENTS…

 

I thank GOD for the GIFT of being here minute by minute in the moment of every single time when life went crazy inside his brain and it resulted in turmoil on the outside. That I was able with Christ’s power, EVEN IN DAYS of EXHAUSTION, and pain of my own, to press on and stop EVERYTHING and sit with my son and redirect him to TRUTH, TRUTH, TRUTH… TAKING EVERY THOUGHT HE HAD, to MAKE IT OBEY CHRIST. Using GOD’S every TRUTHFUL WORD to set his mind back to a place of peace. WE prayed, we sobbed together, I listened between his stumbled, jumbled words when he didn’t even know what feelings were, and struggled with his speech, and I prayed “HOLY SPIRIT” please give me understanding to help my son in this very moment. AND HE ALWAYS DID- HE IS FAITHFUL. We went through this process over and over again.

 

  • Rather than vomit and wail in those REALLY stressful times – HE NOW ENDURES with a CONFIDENCE, LEARNS TO STEP OUT and PEACEFULLY REST and WAIT for this to pass.

 

  •   Rather than having school interrupted and almost impossible to do, He is NOW able to pause, think it through, and simply ask for HELP if needed.

 

  • When hurt in his emotions, or physically he used to react in utter distress and anger – not perceiving rationally – NOW He has learned a great deal of discernment for varying scenarios and handles himself like a mature young man, knowing what measure to act and how to respond in beautiful manner.

 

  • Edgy and easily shaken then…. calm, peace filled demeanor rules his life.  This is the power of Christ.

 

I could go on….

 

I MARVEL AT THE POWER OF GOD. THE POWER OF HIS WORD. THE BRAIN CREATED BY HIM. HOW SCIENTISTS EVEN AGREE THAT IT IS DESIGNED TO BE REWIRED. It isn’t really SCIENCE WHO CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA. GOD HAD ALREADY DECLARED THIS BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD – THIS IS JUST A GREAT REMINDER TO TRUST GOD’s WORD!! HIS WORD IS POWER TO OVERCOME what is in our hearts and minds. WE ARE CALLED TO OBEY HIS WORD BECAUSE IT IS LIFE. HE TELLS US TO TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to make it OBEY HIM – and SCIENCE CONFIRMS that reality that PATHWAYS are REWIRED WHEN WE DO THIS VERY THING GOD CREATED US TO DO. Yes my son is a PEDIATRIC STROKE SURVIVOR – and GOD has TAUGHT ME THAT THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO HIS WORD.

 

My son had a stroke and GOD’S WORD HAS BEEN SUFFICIENT to OVERCOME in the depths of HIS HEART, MIND, AND SOUL. I am grateful for doctors, for wisdom, for coping skills special for our kiddos, for the provision that our kiddos need to help them thrive whatever that may be – THE GLORY GOES TO OUR LORD WHO GIVES US ALL GOOD THINGS – BUT I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE AND SHARE NOT TO UNDERESTIMATE the POWER OF HIS WORD. FOR US TO FOLLOW, GUIDE US, STRENGTHEN US, and YES in OUR STORY DO MIRACLES day by day as we took every thought captive.

 

2 Cor. 10:5 – Heb. 4:12