Thursday, December 17, 2015

Let your words be a testament

So as I have often said, most of my writings come from something I have experienced myself or have been made mention to in a conversation. That being said this one comes from a few conversations that I have been a part of. Now as the title tells I am going to be writing about a testament. Often times I have heard a preacher say let the words that flow from your mouths be a testament of who you are and who you worship.

Now pertaining to the conversations, it was just the opposite. Gossip and disdain was that which was flowing from the mouths of professed Christians. Lets dig a little deeper.

There is one Hebrew word rakil in the old testament and three Greek words in the new testament, psithurismos, phluarus, and diabolos. They all have the meaning of gossip, talebearer, slander, revealer of secrets, full of deceit, malicious, babble, busybodies, and filled with unrighteousness. Those are some pretty harsh words.

Most gossip begins with "Did you know...?" or "Have you heard about...?" It tells of peoples secrets, of false accusations, rumors or personal facts. What information has a legitimacy being passed on about others unless it comes from the one being talked about? Lets look further.

The bible defines it as a product of a corrupt mind 
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient ;

They are used by wicked peopleJeremiah 6:28 They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.

It stirs up trouble
Jeremiah 9:4 Take ye heed everyone of his neighbor, and truest ye not in any brother, for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders.

It breaks relationships
Proverbs 11:9 A hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor, but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. 
Proverbs 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Causes anger
Proverbs 25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

It is an epidemic among those that do not know God
Romans 1: 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
II Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
II Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Gossip is a sin. It's contrary to what God says. It's destructive and divisive.   There is a old saying that goes like this.
"Simple people talk about other people.
Average people talk about things.
Wise people talk about ideas."

Women are certainly not the only ones that gossip. Anyone can engage in gossip just by revealing something told in confidence.
Proverbs 11:12, 13
12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

How should we respond to peoples gossip? When they begin to talk of others, or about situations? We should avoid it. We should change the subject. We should confront them and let them know if they are talking about a person, we should say it in front of them.  If this is happening in the church, then it should be brought before the pastor and the deacons and church discipline should occur.  See your not just hurting the ones that your talking about but the ones that are listening to you and you are hurting yourself. If you are a Christian you are not living a rightful testimony. You are not showing that person that may be listening to you a godly character. You are harming your testament each time you let the slanderous words come out of your mouth. You never know what kind of damage your doing to someone that is listening.  Please be aware of what conversation you participate in.  

Let your testament shine before the Lord. Let it win souls to the Lord. Let it be your greatest gift to someone that may be lost.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When you snub someone

We have all been through it. We have all seen it happen. We may have even participated in it.

What do we know about snubbing? Do we feel as though it isn't hurtful to the other person just because we don't say anything to them? Do you think your getting away with it?

The answer to theses questions are hard. But really they are not.
Snubbing is where you ignore, or spurn someone disdainfully. In other words you brush them off or give them the cold shoulder.

Just because you don't speak to some, doesn't mean you don't still hurt that person. Especially if you use to talk to that person. It hurts those people. Or makes them mad, or makes them to wonder what they have done to deserve such treatment.  You don't get away with it because the people you do this too see and feel it as well as those around them see the tension.

What does the bible say on the issue?

Nothing in particular to Snubbing. But it has much to say on rejection, which is a form of snubbing. You are rejecting to interact with someone.

Psalm 118:22 says The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 

In other words, those that snub, reject, or refuse you will one day see you in a position that will make them to want to speak to you. Just as the workers cast this stone aside and didn't see it fit to be used, in reality it might be so important that it could be used at the very corner and become the most valuable stone that the whole structure would rest. 

So be careful of who you reject, or snub. You never know how important they may be in your lives.

My prayer is that you will grow and learn to be kind to all that come into your path.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Monday, November 30, 2015

You never know....

What life will throw out at you. Where life will send you. Who life will let you meet.

It's strange how one day you are little and the earliest memory you can remember is one of yourself being a little baby in a car seat, and the next you are almost middle aged, married and a mother to two children and one in heaven. (possibly more, unknown) Health issues you never anticipated on having when you was young. Ailments that hurt now when you get up and move around. That is what life can throw at you.

Life has sent me as far as Georgia in the southern states, as far as Tennessee to the west and, Virginia in the north.  Haven't been anywhere exotic, and really have no desires to go there. Montana would be a great place to visit and I have often wondered about what it would be like to live there. Pennsylvania, is another place I would love to visit, not live though.  There are so many places I would like to visit, most here in my own state. I am not hard to please as far as that goes. So life can send you into different places at different times in your life.

The people we meet can sometimes be a good thing or a bad thing.  The ones that turn out good for you make lasting relationships, and even when time gets in the way you can reconnect just like it was yesterday. You never miss a beat and pick right back up. Then there are those that you think was a good thing and then you find out you need to cut ties. Well I have done my share of that. You meet those ones that start out good and then BAM you see this relationship is spiraling downward.  All you can do is let go. So that is who life can let you meet.

Hello my name is life. I give and you receive. I can also take and you will be left to deal.

Welcome to life!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Best Friends Wedding

Me and Becky
Proverbs 18:22 “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favour of the LORD.”

On Saturday November 21, 2015 I was blessed to be a part of my best friends wedding. I have known her since third grade. 

As we grew up, I moved on before high school was over and got married myself. I had my family and lived away from my home town for many years, twelve to be exact.  A few years after moving back to my hometown I reconnected with Becky. We have been inseparable since.  I have been with her through the ups and the downs as she has for me. I have watched her survive through her divorce, and grow stronger. 

When she met Will, it was all of the sudden, but one I felt would be good for her.  I knew it would be just a matter of time. When she called me that Sunday and said are you sitting down, I knew there was something up. She told me how he had purposed to her and she had accepted it and the wedding was in a month.  Yep we threw this wedding together in a month. Hard to believe but we did it.  We went dress shopping, flower shopping and brides maid shopping. The month flew by. Will seemed to make her happy, so I never questioned the fast pace for this marriage. They are such a cute couple and I know that he will be a positive influence in her life as well as her children's life.  The main thing is that he has shown her that he will be there for her and he will go to church with her.  That was one of the main things that was important to my friend. She needs that reaction with church, she need that man that would be there with her in church.  I pray blessings over this union that I witnessed.  I pray the Lord will continue to let them grow as man and wife and let him grow as a father to her girls.
The wedding party, minus the flower girl and sign bearer.
As they grow and come to know each other more and more, I pray their love for each other will grow. God can do a mighty work if He is allowed to be in all.  Help, me to pray for this new union.
Beautiful family
 Ephesians 5:33 - Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Their first toast as man and wife.
 Matthew 19:4-6 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Do not, it will ruin my dress. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

School is winding down for the Holidays

Well we have been having a blast so far with schooling. I haven't been pushing too hard, but we are making progress. My son is on a advanced level and he gets bored easily, so it is interesting to me to find things he is wanting to learn about.  Right now and as always, his interests still revolve around Dinosaurs, but I sneak other things in there too.  I have no clue as to when that will end, it's going on 4 yrs strong.  Learning comes so easy for him. So glad that it does.

With the holidays coming up we slow down on school work and go and learn in the field. We will be making several history field trips in the month of December. There is so many places just around here in my area, or with in a couple of hours away. With things being decorated for Christmas it make it even more interesting for me the mom.

A few of the places we will be visiting is:
Omni Grove Park INN for the annual Ginger Bread House competition displays.
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial for a tour of the writers home.
Vance Birthplace to tour the governors birth home.
Smith-McDowell House Asheville's first brick mansion.

These are just a few of the places we have in mind to visit. Did I mention it doesn't hurt that they will be decorated for Christmas.  

I pray that you all have a great Thanksgiving this week and that those of you that do homeschool give your children a much needed break from school work, at least for a day or two.

Peggy McCoyle

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Getting Ready for School

So it didn't go as planned to start the reading program with my son this month. I had planned to start it, but I had forgotten how busy August would be for me and my family. This is the month that we harvest and start canning and preparing for the winter. Everything started coming in at once, so we had to take care of that first.  So here it is, one week away from September.  I will begin everything the day after Labor Day with him. At least he had a nice long summer, that was care free.  Now it will be time to buckle down.

We didn't not just do anything over the month of August.  We got a lot of reading in as far as me reading to him. Also found that Netflix has a show that I grew up watching called Reading Rainbow. We started watching that as part of our daily routine. We watch Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, and Word World.  Then for fun he gets to pick from Wild Kratts or Magic School Bus, as his last show of the day. I want to make sure that he is getting at least some learning. We don't watch these things everyday, but I do try to get them in between our busy schedule. We learned about chain reactions, and the Butterfly Effect. He learned about Narwhals and even a song about them.We did lots of bible schools over the summer, so he learned lots of new songs and bible stories. He learned of a few new dinosaurs that he didn't know about, like the Aahanguera "old devil" in the language of the Indians. The learning was there, it just came in sporadically. 

Some of the books we have read this month is:

No Cats In This Book   by: Vivian Schwarz

You Are Special   by: Max Lucado

Armadillo Rodeo  by: Jan Brett

The King Of Little Things  by: Bil Lepp

The Napping House   by: Audrey Wood

Mama Rex And T Stay Up Late  by: Rachel Vail

The Boy Who Changed The World  by: Andy Andrews

Crankenstein  by: Samantha Berger

Little Elliot, Big City  by: Mike Curato

These are not all the books that we have read just some of the most recent ones.  We try and get at least a book in every day or maybe two or three, just depends on time.  Reading is a big part of life and without the knowledge to do so, you will miss out on so much.

I am in the process of getting at least 12 weeks of school prepared. My friend Mary Ann would be proud. She is usually the one that works that far ahead in her planning. But this year since it will be new to me as well as my son, ( I have only taught middle and high school homeschooling) I am trying my best to be prepared for each day.  So Mary Ann, you many have rubbed off a little this go around.

So here is to learning this Kindergarten year with my son. I know that God will bless in more ways than not. Keep us in your prayers. We are going to need them. Blessings to all that read this blog.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM, Homeschool Supporter

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

School Is Almost In Session

As many of you know we homeschool. It's no big secret. I am a number one fan of homeschooling.I don't think there is any other way than to train and teach your own children.
As the old saying goes "I've seen the village and I don't want the village raising my children."
That being said school will being for us next month. Only with reading the first month. In September we will begin all other subjects.  I want to spend more time in reading to make sure he is getting what he needs. Reading is a big part of life and without it, getting along in the world is rough. So we will begin with " Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons" by Siegfried Engelmann. The lessons look easy enough, and since he knows his letters by sight and sound this shouldn't be too hard.  The first lessons are on sounds not the letter. I am looking forward to learning to read with my little guy.
Teaching Kindergarten is going to be new to me. I began homeschooling when my daughter was in 6 th grade.  So I never began at the beginning. 
We desire your prayers to help us through this journey.
Blessing to all.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fourth of July day

The fourth of July is coming up in a few days.  Family traditions will happen.  In my family it is having a cook-out and enjoying each other's company.

The celebration of celebrating our freedoms have been pushed aside. What is the day actually about? Does anyone actually know anymore? Yes we go and watch fireworks, buts what's is that even about anymore?
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the USA commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4,1776 , declaring independence from Great Britain. 

Many places are closed on this day. Lots of people get a three day weekend.  Many politicians make it a point to appear and praise our nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people.

Now we are getting somewhere!!

Our history is all we have. Our laws are changing in this great country everyday. We are losing our heritage piece by piece.  The society has changed from what it once was. And the people, well I would linger here all day but I have other things to do.

While your celebrating the fourth with your family, why not include the history along with it.  We should be a nation proud to sing"The Star Spangled Banner","America the Beautiful","God bless America" and even"Dixie and Yankee Doodle" . The key word being"should".

Enjoy your three day weekend and give your history a good long thought.
Happy fourth to you all.

Peggy McCoyle
Sahwm and Homeschool Supporter

Monday, June 8, 2015

Preschool Graduation

As of Saturday I have a graduated preschooler and future Kindergarten student. I started homeschooling in 2006 and haven't looked back since. I never thought that I would be starting at the bottom up though. See when I started homeschooling my child was in the sixth grade. Life happens and things change and when God steps in and hands you another, well plans change and you start from the bottom. He was a fourteen year surprise, a blessing we thought we would never have.  Now he is five and full of life, ready to learn and conquer anything. He loves to learn new things but moves on quickly. Our little blessing is growing up on us. Our prayer daily is that he gets salvation and that he continues to grow in what ever area he loves. At the moment it just happens to be Dinosaurs, which is the only thing that hasn't changed since age two. He know the inside out of all things dinosaurs. Wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up he says. We are looking forward to schooling this year to see what kind of learning we can get into.  Here is to another year of learning!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blessings come when Blessings are needed

I just wanted to give a shout out to MY GOD! Just when I think that we are at the end of the rope, HE always comes right through for us. Just this month we have been blessed in so many ways. My oil barrel has been provided for (1Kings 17:16), our food has been provided for (Genesis 18:8, 1 Corinthians 10:31) and my home has been provided even in the rough times (Haggai 2:9).  We could not ask for any better than what we have. We are not rich nor poor, it is only by God's hand and hedge about us that we are keep.  We are praising him for all. Not just for those things right now that have been a blessing but for all the blessings that he has given us. The Lord has keep the weather good for my husband to be able to provide for his household, He has given him places to go and preach God's word, and we know many more things will come if we are faithful and believe in what we ask in our prayers (Mark 11:24).  We just praise you Lord Jesus for all you do for us!!

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and HOMESCHOOL supporter