Thursday, December 19, 2013

Homeschool Journey: Christmas Craft Day



On December 5th my homeschool group had a Christmas Craft Day. We had 6 different crafts for the kids to do.We had 17 children ranging in ages from 1 to 15 in attendance. The crafts that we done was, Ginger Bread Houses, Wooden Ornament decoration, Snow Globes, Christmas stars, Prayer Journals, and Plastic Ornament decoration. I am very thankful for my homeschool group. We have some of the best families anyone could have for friends.The kids really enjoyed making their crafts.




The crew of kiddos we had for Craft Day




Mr. Mike helping with Wooding Ornaments




Mrs. Michelle helping with Snow Globes




Mrs. Shellie helping with Christmas Stars




Working on Ginger Bread Houses


Mrs. Mary Ann helping with Plastic Ornaments


Mrs. Peggy helping with Prayer journals


We would like to also Thank Mrs. Mitzi, Ms. Becky, Mrs. Tiffany and Mrs. Amanda for helping out. With out everyone's help this day could have not been possible.




Peggy McCoyle

SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

To agree with Phil or NOT? My Soapbox.



In today's society we find all kind of things that are acceptable, and thing that are not. This morning as I was checking my Facebook news feeds all I am seeing is Support Phil Robertson,him being suspended from the A&E Channel has caused a big uproar. I myself have watched Duck Dynasty, and really do enjoy the show. Alot of people still need to realized alot of it is made up for the show and not real. MY OPINION! But back to my SOAPBOX!

When did it become alright to not call sin, a sin?

In his interview article with GQ Magazine Phil makes a statement “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.” then the interviewer asks What, in your mind, is sinful? where Phil responds “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” Further on down in the the interview Phil states “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Yes he called homosexuality a sin, as the Bible that he believes in also calls it. But he also went on to say that he is never to judge anyone, as his Bible also says.

People are so quick to jump on the band-wagon they only read what they want to read. As for the A&E Channel they said in their comments where they stand in LGBT community, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." Enough said. As for the Robertson's I feel they should have done a little more research into what broadcasting channel they was getting into business with, and what that channels beliefs were, or where their support lies. MY OPINION! But still, A&E really had no right to suspend him from the show for saying his beliefs in a interview that had nothing to do with them, there is still a thing called freedom of speech.

Back to When did it become alright to not call sin, a sin?

Our moral standards in the world have been deteriorating since before I was born.

In the 1860’s, society’s view of homosexuals changed from the person being a sinner to them being a ‘social deviant’ or ‘pervert.’

In 1895 Oscar Wilde was charged and tried for sodomy and indecent behaviour. Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison and hard labour. He died penniless in 1900.

1960’s and 1970’s homosexuality was considered both a criminal act and a mental disorder.

1962 Illinois repeals its sodomy laws, becoming the first U.S. state to decriminalize homosexuality.

1980 was the start of the spread of the illness which is now well known as AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
1982 Wisconsin becomes the first U.S. state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

1992 Clinton, set up the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gays in the military.

1992 Homosexuality was removed from ICD-10 (international classification of diseases, 10th revision)

1996 In the case of Romer v. Evans, the United States Supreme Court decides that Colorado's 2nd amendment, denying gays and lesbians protections against discrimination, is unconstitutional, calling them "special rights."

2000 Vermont becomes the first state in the U.S. to legalize civil unions and registered partnerships between same-sex couples.

2003 In Lawrence v. Texas the U.S. Supreme Court rules that sodomy laws in the U.S. are unconstitutional.

2004 Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize gay marriage. The court finds the prohibition of gay marriage unconstitutional because it denies dignity and equality of all individuals.
In the following six years, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa and Washington D.C. will follow suit.

2009 President Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum allowing same-sex partners of federal employees to receive certain benefits. The memorandum does not cover full health coverage.

Which brings us up to year 2013. Where we are at today. There are several countries that have voted for Gay marriage as alright. In 2013 England and Wales, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Uruguay, joined in with the several other countries that passed the laws in 2013, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000.  

Where is our moral going to? Biblical values are going out the door and it seems a new book is being written. Now days if we stand up for what we feel is right and stand against homosexuality, we are called racist, or bible thumpers.  There once was a time that belief in the bible ran strong, it was upheld. Not today. If we Christian's so much as speak ill toward a sin, we are the one that is wrong. I have homosexuals in my family. I am like Phil Robertson, I disagree biblically with them but, I am no judge and I am to love them no matter what. Do I believe a homosexual can go to heaven? Yes, I do, as long as they turn away from their sin and follow Christ's teaching. Even in the Judaism, Muslims, and Islamic religions rules against homosexuality are written in there teachings. Christians are not the only ones, however Christians seem to be the only ones that speak out more against it.

So when did it become alright to stop calling sin a sin?   It started years ago, way before I came along.  It started with a yes to one sin and continued from there. Can we change it? Probably not. Look how many years has came and went to get to where we are in the world today. It didn't start in the 1800's it started even further back than that.  Its just the older the world gets, the easier it gets to say yes to things we know is wrong.  We live in a world of GIVE IN, EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING IT!! In MY OPINION, Phil Robertson, didn't say anything wrong, but what the world views and A&E views, is another story.


Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving with the IN-LAWS

Thanksgiving Day, It's that day that you spend with your family and friends and enjoy a meal together.  Today I got to spend time with my husbands side of the family.  My nephew and his wife fixed a wonderful meal for us to enjoy.  We had deep fried turkey, baked ham, mash taters, mac-n-cheese, dressing, potato salad, gravy, pumpkin and apple pies.  That was enough for a herd.  I got to see my brother in-law, nephews, and my great niece and nephew, my mother in-law and my father in-law, and my nephews mother in-law, and my other nephew's spouse.  We had a house full, but it was so much fun.  The bible tells us 

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;(Romans 12:10) 

I believe that is what was shown today.  Brotherly love to each one.  So Thankful for my in-laws.  They are both good people and so much fun to be around.  As for the rest of the family, they are who they are and will always be great.  I love each and everyone of them to the moon and back.  From riding 4-wheelers, go-carts, and lawn mowers to having a good ole' mud fight, all in all it was a great day.  It can't get any better than that.  Yes, we a little country but really who ain't? Missed those couldn't be with us. Maybe next year.


My prayer is that each one reading this had a great Thanksgiving with their families and friends.  God Bless you all.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter






Thursday, November 14, 2013

Homeschool Journey Math Day 53



Proverbs 18:15 - The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.


Today was once again a Math Day for the girls to come over and have a math lesson.  As the verse states above, I am trying to teach them to be prudent, and seek.  To be prudent means to show care or thought for the future, and to seek knowledge means to search for or achieve.  Math is not either child's strong point, as its not in alot of people.  My desire is to see them grow and come to love it.  Math is something they will use throughout their lives and they need to know how to use it and apply it.  When all the English, History, and Science is said and done with Math is the one subject that will continue to be used in day to day settings.

We started off by doing some math worksheets with the youngest child. Working on her 4X's multiplication facts.  She did very well with those today. We also worked on the 2's, 3's as a refresher course today.  Since she knows her 5's already, we will move on to the 6X's facts next week. Trying to have her on level by January, without rushing her too much. 

With the middle child we are working on Ratio's, Rates and Proportions. It was pretty easy to her, but we still need to work on where she flips her numbers. Instead of putting 2/5 she is putting it at 5/2, when she is working the fraction out, which is messing her work up. Its a simple mistake when dealing with fractions.  She will get the hang of it, I have faith that she will. We are using Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum for her math which is Pre-Algebra.

With the oldest girl who is in the tenth grade we are using Geometry, which we just started a few weeks ago and Business Math from Landmark Freedom. She is doing great in both.  She catches on really fast, and that is a plus. Ask me in a few more weeks how Geometry is going. HAHA

I enjoy teaching these girls, it is such a blessing to me.  They are very respectful and kind. Than is a plus in my book. So until next week...

My prayer is that these girls will learn to love math and seek and be prudent about math. Amen.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Season of Thankfulness.

As we go into this month of November we are reminded that Thanksgiving Day is just a few weeks away.  To understand Thanksgiving, we must know the beginning.  Where it came from. Lets look at the History of the day itself, and them examine what it means to us in present time. 





Native Americans
Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower. The native people knew the land well and had fished, hunted, and harvested for thousands of generations.

The Settlers
The people who comprised the Plymouth Colony were a group of English Protestants who wanted to break away from the Church of England. These ‘separatists’ initially moved to Holland and after 12 years of financial problems, they received funding from English merchants to sail across the Atlantic to settle in a ‘New World.' A ship carrying 101 men, women, and children spent 66 days traveling the Atlantic Ocean, intending to land where New York City is now located. Due to the windy conditions, the group had to cut their trip short and settle at what is now called Cape Cod.


Settling and Exploring
As the Puritans prepared for winter, they gathered anything they could find, including Wampanoag supplies.

One day, Samoset, a leader of the Abenaki, and Tisquantum (better known as Squanto) visited the settlers. Squanto was a Wampanoag who had experience with other settlers and knew English. Squanto helped the settlers grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. After several meetings, a formal agreement was made between the sttlers and the native people and they joined together to protect each other from other tribes in March of 1621.

The Celebration
One day that fall, four settlers were sent to hunt for food for a harvest celebration. The Wampanoag heard gunshots and alerted their leader, Massasoit, who thought the English might be preparing for war. Massasoit visited the English settlement with 90 of his men to see if the war rumor was true. Soon after their visit, the Native Americans realized that the English were only hunting for the harvest celebration. Massasoit sent some of his own men to hunt deer for the feast and for three days, the English and native men, women, and children ate together. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, far from today's traditional Thanksgiving feast.

They played ball games, sang, and danced. Much of what most modern Americans eat on Thanksgiving was not available in 1621.

Although prayers and thanks were probably offered at the 1621 harvest gathering, the first recorded religious Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth happened two years later in 1623. On this occasion, the colonists gave thanks to God for rain after a two-month drought.
The Myths
Believe it or not, the settlers didn't have silver buckles on their shoes. Nor did they wear somber, black clothing. Their attire was actually bright and cheerful. Many portrayals of this harvest celebration also show the Native Americans wearing woven blankets on their shoulders and large, feathered headdresses, which is not true. The Englishmen didn’t even call themselves Pilgrims.

Modern Thanksgiving
In the 19th century, the modern Thanksgiving holiday started to take shape. In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a magazine called Godley’s Lady’s Book, campaigned for an annual national thanksgiving holiday after a passage about the harvest gathering of 1621 was discovered and incorrectly labeled as the first Thanksgiving.

It wasn't until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings; one in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and the other in November to give thanks for "general blessings."

Native Americans and Thanksgiving
The peace between the Native Americans and settlers lasted for only a generation. The Wampanoag people do not share in the popular reverence for the traditional New England Thanksgiving. For them, the holiday is a reminder of betrayal and bloodshed. Since 1970, many native people have gathered at the statue of Massasoit in Plymouth, Massachusetts each Thanksgiving Day to remember their ancestors and the strength of the Wampanoag.
 

From National Geographic 

The first Thanksgiving was declared by President George Washington in 1789 to be on November 26.  Then on October 3, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving. Next Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it to be the last Thursday as well.  That didn't go over well with the American people so he changed it to November 23rd.  This caused confusion amongst different states so in December of 1941 Congress changed it to the fourth Thursday in November, and there it has stayed every since.

Each year as we celebrate Thanksgiving we are always telling people who, or what we are thankful for.   In my family we celebrate it on the day of and have a big feast.  We invite all the relatives and friends to join us.  It is not unusual for me to have around 20-28 people for dinner.  We then have a great time in fellow-shipping with one another. That is what families is for.  We are to give thanks unto the Lord daily, because He is why we are here.  We are not one of those families that go around the table voicing what we are thankful for.  But we do show it through out the year.  Its just what we do.

I want to thank each and everyone of you that read this Blog.  I know its not much, but it has been a help to me, to get my words out of my brain and into something that might benefit someone.

My prayer is that God will richly bless you in whatever Season you may be in.  May you remember to thank Him for all his grace and mercies, that he bestows on us daily.  AMEN

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Friday, November 8, 2013

When a Storm Comes



What do you do when storms come into your life? Is it hard or do you just ignore it and think it will eventually go away? What can family do to help you through these storms? What can friends do to help? Who do you turn to? These are all very good questions. They are all hard to answer. Sometimes when a storm comes there is no one or anything that can help you through it, but GOD. I seem to rely on my God alot, and here lately it has been quiet a bit. As my latest two storms have came, I have felt like there is no one that I can turn to but Him. I know I should not feel that way. The storms that I face can only be taken care of in time. It can not be hurried, rushed or even put aside. The bible states in

Psalm 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still .

Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

This gives me great comfort to know that He can calm my storms.

Sometimes when storms come its hard to know that He is still with you, because you don't feel that way at all. Just rest assured that He is always with you. I am reminded of a song that is sung in my church sometimes.

IN GOD'S HANDS

The storms may rage, the winds may blow
Cares of Life come against my soul
In troubled times I know just where to stand
No safer place to be than in God's hands
In God's hands I'm in good hands
My soul is safe and secure
In God's hands, sweet assurance
It's good to know I'm in good hands

Sometimes it seems a trial lasts too long
It scarcely past, and I must face another one
But when I've done the very best I can
It's time to leave it in God's hands
In God's hands, I'm in good hands
My soul is safe and secure
In God's hands, sweet assurance
It's good to know I'm in good hands
Weary and feeble I turn
to the solid rock strong and firm
In God's hands I'm in good hands
My soul is safe and secure
In God's hands, sweet assurance
It's good to know I'm in good hands
It's good to know, I'm in good hands


I am safe in His hands just as this song states. My fears will be taken away and a sweet peace of comfort will come to me. I thank Him daily for all that he does for me and my family.

My prayer would be that this would be of a help to someone.


Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Thursday, October 31, 2013

History of Halloween and Participation

Those that know me and my family know well that we do not participate in the Halloween Festivities. We being Christians feel as though we should not allow our children to dress up for anything ungodly. I know the argument will be that not all things are ungodly about Halloween. Not all people participate in Satanism, or Witchcraft or anything to that subject. They see Halloween as fun for their children. They will say that there are other holidays that are just as pagan as Halloween. My response to that is, If God does not convict you and your family on this matter then it is what is best for your family. God's conviction was placed on me and my family about this. We choose to follow Christ and listen to what he was telling us. I do not down grade or belittle anyone that participates in this holiday or any other. It is not my place to judge you on the choices you make for your family. Only God can be the judge on that. I have read some interesting history today of Halloween and want to share it. I have friends that were mixed up in occult practices and I know what they have told me on the matter and what I believe on the matter and what the Bible says on the matter. They have since been delivered out of that bondage and now follow Christ, praise the Lord. 

The following information was borrowed from another source. 


Halloween’s History
Halloween’s roots come from the ancient Celts, a tribe living about 2,000 years ago in the areas that are now Ireland, Great Britain and northern France. The Celts were first described as a fierce, warlike, terrifying people, many of whom would have strings of human heads tied on their bridles. Halloween was their main holiday .. a festival that honored the the end of the harvest. The celebration marked the beginning of the season of cold, darkness, and decay. It has some elements of a festival of the dead. The Gaels, the dead, could reach back through the veil that separated them from the living. The custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 edition, Volume 12 says:
“It was a Druidic belief that on the eve of this festival, Saman, lord of death, called together the wicked souls that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals…” (pp. 847-858)

Yearbook of English Festivals by Dorothy Gladys Spicer says:
“All Hallows’ Eve, or All Hallow E’en, with its tradition of witches, ghosts, hobgoblins and spirits, its games and incantations, is still is a gay time for pranks and parties in many North country homes. Fun-loving Americans have borrowed from their British ancestors .. Hallow E’en games such as apple-bobbing, nut roasting, and tossing of apple parings. Transplanted to the New World soil, the old practices have become revitalized, and currently are observed with more enthusiasm than in the country of their birth.”

To ancient Druids, the end of October commemorated the festival of the waning year, when the sun began his downward course, and ripened grain was garnered from the fields.” “Samhain, or ‘Summer’s End,’ as this feast to the dying sun was called, was celebrated with human sacrifice, augury and prayers; for at this season spirits walked, and evil had power over souls of men.”
Not until the fourth century did the pagan vigil for the god of light give way to All Hallows, the mass for Christian saints; and not until the tenth, did the Druids’ death feast become All Souls’, the day of prayer for souls that had entered rest. Cakes for the dead were substituted for human sacrifice, fortune-telling for heathen augury, and lighted candles for the old Baal fires.”

Halloween in the United States
In the United States, many early American settlers brought with them various customs such as the above. However, because of Christianity among so many of the settlers, Halloween celebrations were not celebrated until the 1800′s, when several immigrants from Ireland and Scotland introduced their Halloween customs. They brought various beliefs about ghosts and witches with them. Other groups added their own cultural influences to Halloween customs. German immigrants brought a vivid witchcraft lore, and Haitian and African peoples brought their native voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft.
All Saints Day, a day the seventh century church set aside for remembering early Christians who died for their beliefs, was first celebrated in the month of May. By the year 900, the date was combined with the pagan rituals to be celebrated November 1. Another name for All Saints Day was All Hallows. October 31 was known as All Hallows Eve, which was later shortened to Halloween. The church made a grave mistake trying to combine pagan worship with Christianity. This is not scriptural! Because of that unwise decision, Halloween remains a holiday in America today
Halloween is more than childish fun. Witches have eight special holidays during the year. Halloween is their day above all days. Witchcraft is not child’s play. It is an abomination to the Lord. Johanna Michelson former occultist and author of The Beautiful Side of Evil said, “For a true Christian to participate in the ancient trappings of Halloween is as incongruous as for a committed Satanist coming from blood sacrifices on Christmas Eve, to set up a nativity scene in his living room, singing Silent Night, Holy Night with sincere devotion to baby Jesus!”
One thing Halloween should not be for the Christian is a time of fear. It should be a time to rejoice in the fact that The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8). This is a time of spiritual warfare. October 31 should be spent in prayer for the community and children; a time of worship by singing praise to the Lord. This can be a good time to teach our children to sacrifice by not sharing in the rituals because you love the Lord. Whatever your family decides to do on this day, ask yourself, “Does it glorify the Lord?
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. 1 Corinthians 10:21
May prayer is that this will be of help to you or someone. God bless!!

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wonderful day with my MOM

Me and my Mom at a Mothers Day dinner


Today when I awoke it was 31 degrees out side, but I was glad that God allowed me to rise one more time to see the sun rise. Usually on Friday's it is the day that I spend with my Momma.  You see my mother is one of those ladies that never got her license and doesn't drive.  There are several of those ladies still here in the south that is just like her.  So today is the day that I take her around to do all her business in town.  Every week we go and pay bills and shop at thrift store. This is the most precious time that I have to spend with my mom.  She is getting up in years and she is all alone, my dad past years ago.  So you see it give me great pleasure to spend this time with her.  She gets to spend time with her grand-children, which gives her pleasure as well.  It blesses me each and every time I see her smile and have fun with the kids.  I know they bring joy to her heart.  Proverb 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

The Bible says in Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 

I feel as though I am honoring my mother by doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord and taking care of her, just as she took care of me. The promise that was giving was that your days will be long upon the land by honoring them.
I thank God each day that I have a Momma. I don't just have a mother, but she is a Momma. She listens and comforts when needed. For those of you that don't have that time with your mom, I feel sorry for you. For those of you that do have your mom, enjoy all the time you can with her.



Mom when she was a little girl

Mom in Highschool


My beautiful Mom

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Homeschool Journey "Corn Maze Field Trip 2013"

The good thing about homechooling is that we get to take field trips whenever we want.  I love that I have a homeschool group that we can enjoy going with. This week we went to the Eliada's Annual Corn Maze. They have awesome corn mazes, hay-bale maze, giant tube slides, tractor rides, corn cannons, spider web climbing, pumpkin patch, and a corn play box.  The kids really had a blast using all the amenities that was there for them to do.  Some of us with the littler ones went through the storybook maze.  We went through the maze, led by the pages of the adventure story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. It was such a wonderful day to see all the kids enjoying the area.  Such joy that shows on each ones face.  Can't wait till our next trip. Below is some pictures of the fun.

The gang that went with us!

Story book wall. Lets put ourselves in the story.

Reading the story and finding our way through the maze.

Hay-bale maze

Another page in the story book.

Playing with my friends in the Corn Box.

Yes!!! We all loved the slides.

My little guy and Spookley the Square Pumpkin.


Even former homeschool, college students can have fun on the slides.
My daughter, gotta love that she can hang with the younger ones and still have fun.

Special thanks to our photographer, she is amazing with our kids even though some will not cooperate.(haha)

My prayer is that this will be a blessing to you and your families.  May God bless each and everyone of your homes and may the Lord always be with you each day.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and HOMESCHOOL SUPPORTER

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Homeschooling Journey Day 36

Proverbs 4:12-15 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.



Today in my little homeschool class the girls came over to do math. I enjoy teaching them, although I wonder if they love it or hate it. I do not let them just get by with what ever thy put down as a grade, if I feel as though they rushed through it or just aren't getting it I take the time to go back over it and let them do again. Math is one thing that you will use in this world and knowing how to use it will help. Today the oldest worked on how to add your hours and figure out your wages from your hours, and how to get your pay from piece work plus minimum pay for hours worked.  The middle child is working on turning fractions into decimals.  The youngest girl is working on multiplication.  She is learning her 2's and 3's.  We use Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum for the oldest girls math and a mixture of different things for the youngest.

As for me teaching my little one today we read from the The Jesus Story Book Bible A New Beginning from Genesis 6-9.  It tells of how Noah being a friend to God tried to warn the people of the coming Flood and no one listened.  God tells Noah to build an Ark and to take all the animals into it and his family to be saved from the flood.  The people still didn't listen and all perished except for those on the Ark.  We also read A is for Adam about the letter P which stands for PLAN which God always had for us.  He knows that we will sin and not listen just as He did in Noah's day, so he continues right on with the Plan He has made for us. We then started Return to the Willows which is about some adventures that Mole, Ratty Toad, and Badger encounter. Last but not least on the reading list today is Where's My T.R.U.C.K . My little loves this one we have read it over and over in the past 2 weeks and he is getting to where he is repeating the story back to me, and spelling of course T.R.U.C.K.  

We then moved on to doing the fun stuff, school work.  We learned bout letter P, and our colors today.  He knows his colors but I found some cute little pumpkins to color your basic colors.  We then put them on a construction paper to display.  Then he took a larger pumpkin and put stickers on it to decorate it.  We do not celebrate halloween so, we do not carve pumpkins.  The stickers were cute on his paper pumpkin.

All in all we have had a very productive day.  Now its time to get ready for church.  A perfect ending to a perfect day.

My prayer is that this may be an encourage to someone out there not only to read their Bible but to also join in on a homeschooling journey of their own.


  










 Peggy McCoyle
Stay at home wife and mom.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gossip!!



The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Why then is it so hard for people not to gossip. I have been around so many people that just sit there and continue to talk like its nothing to be talking about something that doesn't involve them. I myself am guilty of being drug into that kind of situation. All I can do is ask God to forgive me on this matter. I have asked God to take that away from me and hold my tongue when it begins to say things it really shouldn't. 

When dealing with Gossip you should think about what you are saying before it comes out, and whom it will hurt if said. I have seen so many times that once its said, you can't take it back. It is a hurt that stays and is seldom forgiven from the person hurt.  How do we know what is truth or not unless we see or witness it with our own eyes. We are minister grace unto those that we are talking to, not talk corruption.

Proverbs 20:19 - He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

If it sounds good to your ears you can just about bet that its not the truth. The devil will try and flatter you with sweet words just like honey. Sometimes that honey can be bitter. Watch out for those kinds of people. If you have secrets, by all means don't tell someone else, tell the only person you can tell and it will be safe, God above! If you know someone is a gossip, you should put them out of your life. The bible is clear, it tells us not to meddle with them. That is how we get pulled into the ring. Guard your secrets if you don't want the whole world to know before sun down.  My pastor once said " If you don't want everyone to know it you better not tell anyone but God, just because they are your friend doesn't mean it will be keep secret".

This is the perfect place for all to read, think upon these things which is being said in the chapter of:::::

Psalm 64 

1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

If you don't see a few people in your lives like this then your eyes maybe are blinded to, and that's a whole other lesson in the future. My prayer is to be a blessing to someone with this lesson.

Father,
I pray that I touch someone with this lesson today and that they receive the message that is here for them. I pray their tongue be keep clean and their hearts to, I pray they recieve a blessing in all that I write. In Jesus name these things do I pray. AMEN






Thursday, October 10, 2013

Strength

This whole week I have been dealing with Strength.  There are times that even I get weak and need comfort knowing that I can turn to Him who provides my strength.  Philippians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.  He is my strength, as the bible say.  I was sick at the beginning of this week and felt really bad cause there were things that I needed to do but couldn't, then later in the week I was wrestling with finding scripture for a project that I am doing and the devil keeps sending me the wrong way because of the subject it deals with....... So therefore I had to lean on him all week.  Not that I don't all the time, just a little more this week than normal.  

2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power ; He maketh my way perfect.

You see God gives me not only strength but also Power to over come what obstacles that the devil throws at me. Whether it be sickness or the devil keeping me from finding what I need. He makes the way perfect it says, so no matter what I do there is a perfect path for me laid out. He knows the out come.

Job 12:13 With Him is wisdom and strength, He hath counsel and understanding

He gives me wisdom and strength, He counsels and understands me.  When I read His word I get all kinds of wisdom that I apply to my everyday life.  When I am in need of someone to talk to and know that if I give it to the world it will spread like a wild fire, He is there to counsel me.  When I think that no one or anything understands, I know that He is there and He is understanding.

Psalm 18:1 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

When we show Him the love that He so deserves, because He died for us and that was an unconditional love, He gives us even more strength to conquer our obstacles.

Psalm 18:39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

Being thankful that He has brought me out of my battles, that I didn't have to face them alone. God's strength has always brought me through.  He can do the same for you if you just let Him in and grow inside of you. You will find that strength comes from above, only if you let Him in.

My prayer is that this will be a blessing to you.  I only pray someone learns from me, to lean on Him, when you need STRENGTH!.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Satan, Destructor of Lives


(1 Peter 5:8-9) 

(8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in you brethern that are in the world.


Ever wondered why things happen to you in the most enjoyable times of your life?  In just this past month we have had things to seem like they are just falling down around us.  See Satan likes to try and get in by any means necessary.  He will send in a path of destruction to try and get your focus off the Lord.  We have had sickness come in, people trying my patience and temperament, works for that could have gotten done.  I haven't been to a Sunday service for two Sunday's now. Satan knew that I was excited to be going to the baptism at church, and used this opportunity of sickness to stop me.  Since my husband announced his calling to preach the Word, we have been going through some trials.  Not hard ones but little ones that if we let it could destroy what the Lord wants for us.  

We have to be on top of what Satan is trying to do to us.  We need not let him take hold.  So what do we need to do when Satan tries to take over our lives? 


(Luke 21:19) In your patience possess ye your souls.

This verse tells us we how we are to deal with Satan's attacks to us. We are to be patient , since God is the one allowing theses things to happen to us and for a reason. Those reasons always show when the time is right.  God never does anything for no reason. 


(1 Pet 4:12) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
 

We see that we will have these trials and that we will be tried.  We will be pushed and prodded to the point that our spiritual faith will be under a close watch from those around us.  Satan can not attack our Spirit, but he can destroy our flesh, in hopes that he will push us to the point that we are not Sober in our spirit anymore.  We need to mentally keep our minds in the mist of our trials. 

Satan is very persistent in wanting to destroy us. Just as with Job he keep right on taking and pushing him to deny God and die.  He didn't stay away when the angels came before God. He strolled right up there with them. (Job 2:1) Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.  He wants God to see that he is successful in turning us from HIM.  Sometimes you will feel like around every corner you are coming up against trials in your life, but remember we shouldn't stray from the straight path that God has prepared for us.

So called Christians will kick each other when others are down. They will make light of your trials and mock you, they will try to use your trial for their gain, lie about you and spread horrible gossip.  But you as a Christian must  (Psa 55:22) Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  Let God be your strength.  Cut off all these so called Christians in their path (Prov 26:20) Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.  

So you see that if Satan is trying to destroy your lives and he is persistent about it too. We have a responsibility to know when it is Satan, and stop him at his game. We need to say  " Get the hence, Satan" (Matt. 4:10) Don't let Satan have the pleasure of destroying your life, don't give him that satisfaction. 

We must put on the armors that God gives us to stand against Satan. Truth, righteousness, gospel proclamation, faith, salvation, scripture and prayer.  (Eph 6:13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.


My prayer today is that this will be of help to someone that has got Satan fighting against you. May it be a blessing and bring you peace. 


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Math, such a small four letter word, for such big Problems!











Today I had my wonderful students again for their weekly math lessons. Its so funny cause when you tell them how much they have to do, they just look at you with a blank look like "DO What??".


We had three different math's going on. The girls are real troopers though. Patient with each other until I could get to the next one.


For the youngest girl I used worksheets from Math-Drills. She is working on refreshing up on 3-digit minus 3-digit Subtraction. Next week we will be adding a 4-digit Subtraction. That should have her refreshed enough to go on to the next level which will be Multiplication.


The middle girl is working on Pre-Algebra and we are using Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum. I really enjoy using their curriculum. It is so easy to follow and it explains each sections in terms that they can understand it on their own. We worked on Division by Primes, Factoring Trees, Common Factors(gcf), Multiples (lcm) and Proper, Improper and Whole Fractions. She did a great job once she got the hang of what she was doing. Pre-algebra is working out great so far. Next week we will be working on more Fractions.


The oldest girl is working on Business Math until January and then its Geometry. We are using Landmark Freedom Baptist for this also. She is doing great. Doesn't like the reading part to find out how to do the math but it's going great. Today we worked on Percentages P=BxR, R=P/B, Rounding Money, Depreciation Value, and Interest. Next week we will be covering Expenses, Mileage and Income.


As for my little man, he did some painting while the girls worked on math and worked with drawing on his magnet sketch pad. Today was a easy day for him. He is starting to do the beginning reading though, I am one proud mommy. He reads it to me and gets most of the story correct. I have started pointing to words and having him tell me what they are. So far, he has got all of them. I know its from memory, but hey that's a start and a "dern" good one too.


All in all it was a good day. Everyone participated and worked consistently to get finished. Thankful for KJV verses that get us through the school work each and every day.

Proverbs 14:23 - In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

and this one also,


James 1:4 - But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.







 Pictures of my lovelies and my little guy.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

To Be Bridled!




When we think on the word bridle, most of us think about a horse's bridle. We seldom ever hear it used in any other way. However the Bible speaks of it at least five times and only one of those times is it talking of a bridle for a animal. So you are probably asking yourself, "Where is she going with this?". Well lets examine what that word means and how the Bible deals with that word. I use the King James Bible for my bible to study.



What does the word bridle mean anyways according to the bible? The word BRIDLE means 1. The instrument with which a horse is governed and restrained by a rider; consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages, according to its particular form and uses.

2. A restraint; a curb; a check.

3. A short piece of cable well served, attached to a swivel on a chain, laid in a harbor, and the upper end drawn into a ship and secured to the bits. The use is to enable a ship, when moored, to veer with the wind and tide.

Now that we have a understanding of what the KJV meanings is we can continue.


In Psalms 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.






Here we see that it says I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. Here we are being warned about how wickedness, we are being told to watch our words, because even the wicked are watching us to see how we behave. They will take what we say and twist and turn it to be against us. Sometimes it may be necessary for us to be silent, not to even try to save the situation by speaking good words. Its hard to keep your mouth quiet when you know that your flesh is telling you to go ahead and have your say. I myself dealt with this last week, I could have lashed out with rage and spoke words that I knew I would later regret. But, I took hold of that bridle and I restrained myself from confrontation. To show impatience is a sin, and when we loose that control we are showing we are not willing to be patient on the Lord to handle the situation. The bible goes even further...
In James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.


Here we see that we are to bridle the Whole Body. What does that mean? you ask. It is speaking of the Whole Man, the New Man. The tongue is a fire that is hard to put out. If you can control that you can control what your whole body does. We must have divine grace to assist us in this. This is the proof of whether nature and our self-will is under control. An unruly tongue is dreaded, because we know what harm it can cause. It is doubtless that some can achieve this, that is why Paul states that "the same is a perfect man". He doesn't say it is impossible just that it is extremely difficult.

When you start to tame one sin, others will surly follow, if you have the strength to pull on the bits a little and let the Spirit lead you. At times the tongue will prove to be wrong, it will at times it will pretend to do all things in Christ and then turn right around and put even good people down if they don't do the same. So do you see why its so important to tame your tongue? We must speak with purity, peace and be full of good works. Such are the characteristics of heavenly wisdom. 

Let's start pulling back on our reins and letting the bit in our mouth grip a little tighter to try a little harder to be that perfect man. Let's learn TO BE BRIDLED!!

I hope that this has been a blessing to someone. It is what God laid on my heart today, after having a very interesting conversation about sewing our lips shut at times when we think we need to say something, but God says not now.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Field Trip #2 Day 12 Pre-Schooling

Today we went on a little field trip with my homeschool group.  We went to Dellinger Grist Mill in Bakersville NC in the Cassandra Community.  It was such a beautiful place and a quiet place at that.  It is the only running and operating grist mill of its kind left in NC.  It is being ran by the 4th generation grand son Jack Dellinger.  They make Cornmeal, Grits, and Polenta.  

Mr. Dellinger gave us a tour of the water wheel and of the inside of his mill.  He explained to us how he became the owner of the mill, and how he is working on restoring the other building.  How the miller use to get paid was he would grind the corn for his customers for a small portion of the meal. He never charged them money.  There was a saw mill on the land, and a church.  

The kids had a great time as well as the adults that went today.  Below is some pictures of the mill I hope that you enjoy, and if your ever in the area you should stop in and see how its all done.













Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pre-Schooling Day 10

Well today on our Pre-schooling Journey we got a little bit accomplished.  As I told you before I went over to help out a friend with her homeschooling today.  So my little guy and I didn't have much time to school today.  But here is what we did get done.

We had a little devotion on Genesis 3 The Terrible Lie. We are using the The Jesus Story Book Bible for our Bible devotionals. He seems to like it because it has very vivid pictures, and he loves to be read to.  I also read to him from the King James Bible Version.

We also got to singing our ABC Song today. Plus we recited the Three Little Pigs story from memory. He loved helping out with the part where the little pigs say "Not by the hair of our chinny chin chin". Don't know why but he thinks this is just a funny saying and giggles when he says it.

Last but not least we read a story called The Tale of Two Bad Mice. It is a story by Beatrix Potter. The story is about two mice named Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca.  Such silly names for mice. In the story the mice destroy things inside the dolls house and in the end they make it up to the dolls.  Such a cute story. 

As you can see, today was full of reading. Which is a good thing. Make sure you read to you children everyday. It build vocabulary, comprehension, and imagination. 

Here are some pictures of my little guy, and the Beatrix Potter book. Enjoy and have a blessed evening.