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. 



Math for all ages

Today I went over to a friends house to help them out with homeschooling. My friend hates math so since I only have a preschooler this year, I thought HEY I CAN HELP! HAHAA!! She has three girls, 4th, 7th, and 10th grades.  With the youngest we are bringing her up to level, since the PS system cheated her out of practically every subject by just pushing her through.  The middle child is in Pre-Algebra, so this is a new experience for her and she really doesn't like it. The oldest is doing Business Math until January and then it will be Geometry.  I am enjoying being able to help them. It is fun to see how each one learns at a different pace and style.  

The Bible tells us women to teach the younger women. Well let me tell ya, I am trying.

After teaching my daughter for eight years, and her being the only one, its a big difference when you throw three into the mix, together.  I can do it and they can do it.  I have faith of a mustard seed that this school year will be a success.  Anytime that I can help someone in homeschooling, I am more than willing to be there and do what I can.  

Y'all keep me in your prayers this this school year.  I pray that I can keep them interested in math and that they learn something from me teaching them. 

Working hard at Math

Everyone say cheese, whelp maybe not everyone.

On another note Friday is Field Trip day.  My homeschool group will be going to tour a Grist Mill.  Can't wait, I have never been myself so it should be interesting to me also.

Have a blessed evening.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jealousy, That Green Eyed Monster

We all have heard that old saying " I have a jealous bone that runs through my whole body". That being said, do we really understand the impact that being jealous has on our lives. Watch children at times, especially when they are use to just having only mom's or dad's attention all to themselves. When another child comes into play that monster jealousy will show in the way they now behave. 

Women often have that jealous bone come into play with their husbands. If they see him giving too much attention to another female, or if another female is trying too hard to get their attention. Jealously monstrous head will appear. Often causing discord amongst their relationship. As I watched a reality show on t.v. the other night I saw the effects of how jealousy can tear apart something that is meant to be a beautiful thing. Ladies, I hate to tell ya but WE are the worlds worse for this. Lets go and examine what the Bible says on this subject and lets shed some light on to it.

In Proverbs Proverbs 6:34

For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not
spare in the day of vengeance.

God tells us that jealousy turns to rage. It makes us mad, it makes us act in ways we shouldn't act. The definition of rage is violent, uncontrollable anger. If you are jealous you are not thinking correctly and you may act out in ways that make you violent, and you may be uncontrolled. Just as in Genesis 37 Joesph's brothers were jealous of him. They couldn't stand the way that their father treated him, they hated him the bible says. So what did they do, they told his father he was dead, but in reality they sold him as a slave to get him out of the picture. See jealousy makes people do things they normally would not do. It made them forget about the love they should have for him and the heartache that they would cause their father. They only had rage and vengeance toward their brother and was not thinking rational.

In Proverbs 14:30

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the
rottenness of the bones.

To have a sound heart means not to have any jealousy about it. If your heart is "sound" it is Entire; unbroken; not shaky, split or defective, Undecayed; whole; perfect, or not defective; We are to be be morally and physically healthy in our heart. A heart that is sound is made so by the grace of God. Free from wrath, anger and envy. Its kind, and friendly.

The verse goes on to say envy is the rottenness of the bones. Envy means To feel uneasiness, mortification or discontent, at the sight of superior excellence, reputation or happiness enjoyed by another; to repine at another's prosperity; to fret or grieve one's self at the real or supposed superiority of another, and to hate him on that account. Envy and Jealousy go hand in hand, it eats away at a mans physical and moral body. It shows in how they react and behave to those they have these problems with. It weakens and consumes him to the point of destruction, in other words like the old saying goes "rotten to the bone".

What things make a person jealous or envious?

Do you consider yourself a jealous person?

What would be the best way to deal with your feelings of jealousy?

God speaks to us though our hearts and minds. Will you rely on faith to bring you though these things that can stand in the way of your growth? Allow HIS leadership, through listening to what HE tells us in our hearts and mind. Send that green eyed monster packing. Allow Christ to dwell instead.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Christian Mothers

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Do you have a Christian grandmother and mother? Mothers have a lot of influence with their children, as do grandmothers in some cases. Timothy's grandmother and mother had a big impression on him as he remembers them in their faith. They raised a godly man, by showing their faith and teaching him the scriptures.

Mothers if you want your children to grow in their faith you must walk in faith in front of them. They must see you being faithful and walking as a Christian. We must teach them to behave by our examples, not the worlds.

One of the reasons that I homeschool is because the bible tells me in Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Its the same with showing your children to be a Christian. Train them. Let your word stand, don't tell them one thing and do another. One of today's problems is when a mother speaks she doesn't follow through. For example, You tell your child, who is being unruly that there are consequences for their actions, and you tell them again and again, never following though with that consequence, you have just shown them they can get away with anything. You have to let your child know your no's are no's and your yes means yes. Follow through. Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

A mother must be careful with how she handles the consequences in her life if she is to teach her children how to be a Christian. Mothers are always being looked at by the world. What you do and how you train your child is always up on the chopping block. You are responsible eternally for your child's training. Show them the kind of virtues you would want them to have. Mothers should want to do what God's will is for her family. Her love for God should show and be evident in her walk. She should only be what God wants her to be, not what the world wants her to be. We could all take lessons from Eunice and Lois, Timothy's mother and grandmother, we also have a lot to learn from King Lemuel's mother in the Proverbs 31.

Are you raising your children to be godly Christian's? Are you walking in your faith daily and showing them the right ways to handle situations? Will your children be proud and be in remembrance of you as Timothy and King Lemuel does?

Mothers if you want your children to grow and become faithful Christians, they need to see that your being a faithful Christian and your faithfully following Christ.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

New Season Coming

     I enjoy all that the coming Autumn season has to offer. The cool breezes, leaves changing,  the smells of fresh apple or pumpkin pies in the kitchen, knowing that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  All these things I love.  As I was sitting out in the garage watching my little play today, I was thinking about all the changes that I have had this year.  Just as leaves and seasons change I have went through quiet a bit of changes to.  This year alone has been full of them.  

     To begin with my daughter graduated high school.  That was very hard on me, it was the ending of her childhood.  It was a bittersweet feeling. The bitter because I knew I had raised her and schooled her and now it was over. The sweet because I knew that I had raised her to be a godly young lady and that she was all grown up now.  Don't get me wrong there are still things that she needs her mommy for, and always will, but she can do things without me too.  That is what scares me. Where I have always been the one to help her, she now has to figure it out on her own.  In August she started college on her way to becoming a RN.  It was hard for me to let go and that first day of going back into a Public School setting was a hard one for me, after having her home with me for 8 yrs.  It has been good though, I get to see her blossom into a young lady that knows what she wants and is going after it.  God will always be her guide and lead her in the way she should go, that I have no doubt in.

The next big change was the announcement from my husband to preach. I have previously told you about that so I won't go into it again.  Just as the seasons change, so do our lives.  In the Bible in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 it says,,  

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  

So that is what I am going through this year. This is my season. I know there is a New SEASON coming. 

May this bless someone, and May God be with you.


Me and my beautiful daughter at her graduation with the NC Homeschoolers.

My daughter with her cake at her Graduation Party.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Becoming a Preachers Wife

     It tells in the Bible what the roles of a bishop or what we call pastor is in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. It states that he ruleth well his house, having his children in subjection with all gravity.  The Bible also states what a woman's role is in Proverbs 31.  When my husband began being dealt with by the Lord to take the calling that He had prepared for him, stubbornness set in. He fought for a long time to accept his calling. Then on August 4, 2013 he gave me the best present any husband could ever give, he announced his calling publicly.  It was official, what I had known for years.  He became a Preacher, just as the Lord had desired of him many years.

     Now brings me to the issue at hand.  I am now a preacher's wife, my children are preacher's children. Question have flooded my soul. I worry about whether I will be able to go this road and do it right. Can I be that Proverbs 31 woman and make my husband proud to say that his wife is "far above rubies"?  I have always let my husband lead in our home and we have shared responsibility. Now comes in the total submission since the Lord has made a plan for our household, a different journey for us to travel. A different set of rules to play by that I must adhere to. 

     I have always been told in the past that I have a meekness about me, and it shines.  To be Meek means 1. Showing patience and humility; gentle.
2. Easily imposed on; submissive. I have a responsibility now to others that view me and watch my actions in everything I do. Will I continue to show that meekness? Not that being a Christian is any different, people still watch your reactions even then. I am human in all ways, and being human I am not perfect, but I want my godly character to show when people view me, and for them to know me as a Christian.  

     I know being a preacher's wife is not easy, I have plenty of friends that are just that, and they by no means have a easy road.  Too many see a preachers wife and view them in a box and expect them to be perfect.  Listen up no one is perfect and God is no respecter of men.

     All in all my prayer would be that you just pray for me to be the best preacher's wife that I can be and for me not to have too hard of a road at being so. Your preachers’s wife needs encouragement, friendships, support, practical help, and most of all, earnest prayer. Your prayers are crucial to her spiritual and emotional health, and God will reward your efforts to cover your preacher’s wife in prayer.  I pray everyday for guidance, and am sure that the Lord can and will continue to show me the way just as he does my husband. Blessing to all.  
Preacher Michael and Peggy McCoyle

 “The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not ‘What a lovely sermon,’ but ‘I will do something!’” ~Francis de Sales