Friday, April 21, 2017

Reading Stack This Week

Hey y'all!! Hope that your week has been totally awesome. Mine, well it wasn't bad but it wasn't awesome either. With still having Bronchitis (6 weeks and counting) and being on antibiotics, my system just hasn't been working at the pace I need it to. I'm a go getter and when i'm not well it bothers me that my strength is not there. My family also had a death this week, my great aunt passed away. So that kinda bummed me out too, on top of being sick. Although all of this is going on we still find time to read in this homeschool home.  As I have said before, reading is key.  I always have time to read, no matter what is going on.  So let me share with you what my son has had he pleasure of hearing this week.

From author Ryan T. Higgins  " Mother Bruce"  It was a really cute little book. The bear loves food but get a surprise when he cooks some eggs.

Author Eric Carle " Slowly, slowly, slowly" said the sloth."  This book is cute just because its a Carle book. I love his stories.

From Lois Ehlert "Feathers for Lunch" This book was about all different kinds of birds. It gave us a chance to learn about birds.

From Kimberly & James Dean  "Pete the Cat and His magic Sunglasses"  WE LOVE LOVE LOVE Pete the Cat books..all I can say.

Author James Russell "The Dragon Hunters"  Q loved this book, just because it had a dragon in it. The story is really good also.

Author Peter Brown "Mr. Tiger goes Wild"  Loved it,,its about a tiger that goes back to nature.

I hope that you liked our reads this week, because we sure did. We love love to read.  If you haven't read any of these books we recommend them to you.  Have a blessed night!!

Homeschool LIFE!

So a few days ago was exciting for my little guy. We got to go to homeschool group. We love our homeschool group days. We get to see our friends and mommy gets a little mommy time with other moms.  We did a Easter Party.  My group is a Christian based group. So first things first.  We put Christ first. One of the moms did devotional with the kids. She read the Easter story from Luke 24 to the kids. After reading the story to them she asked questions to see if they could answer.  This is really to see who was paying attention. HAHA. Then we gave them a coloring page of Jesus that said He is Risen. After that we did egg coloring and egg hunting. Plus during the mist of it all we fit in lunch together.  Our homeschool group is like one big family, or at least that is what I consider them. OUR FAMILY.  I couldn't imagine homeschooling and not having a group to lean on when I needed them. So here is a few pictures for our Easter Party. Hope that you enjoy.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What does the bible say :: Issue 11

So this week I have went over a few verses in Haggai. There in the beginning of chapter one a few verses stuck out to me. How many of you have actually sat down and read Haggai?  One of the shortest books in the bible. It only has two chapters, so it wouldn't be hard for you to sit and read it say in like 15 minutes. But I guarantee not many have.   When I open the bible to read, I don't go in any order. I ask God to show me where He wants me to read from. I have came across some very interesting thing by reading it this way. God always puts right in front of me the things he wants me to see. I have done it since day one of opening a bible and reading its words.

But moving on to my study this week. On to the verses that I am talking about. 

Haggai 1:7-11

This is GOD speaking here to the people by way of the prophet Haggai.

God says, Consider your ways, go up on a mountain, bring down wood and build a house. Now, He is not just talking about any house. He is talking about His house. He says so that He can take pleasure in it and be glorified. 

But did the people do as they were asked? NO!

He wanted the people to build the temple so that they could start worshiping again.  

He gave them two promises concerning the temple. He told them 
  1.  He would take pleasure in it.
  2.     He would be glorified.
So what did the Jews do. They went up on the mountain and came back to their houses.  They looked for much for their houses, but not to God's. They left His house in waste.

Why did the Jews not prosper? 

Because God's house was left in waste and they put no effort in building it up. Because every man was selfish and provided for themselves and their houses. They enjoyed their pleasures, there was no concern for the house of God. 

Doesn't that sound like modern day people. They want to have their possessions looking good and have no concern for the things of God's house. For instance, unless someone is specifically appointed to do the cleaning, maintenance, and yard work around God's house, those duties don't get done. It's a shame. We should keep His house more maintained than our own. We should do more for the Lord so that He will have pleasure and be glorified in our doing.

What did God do because they failed at preparing his house?

He gave out curses on upon the area.
  1. He said there would be no dew fall from the heaven.
  2. The earth would produce no fruit.
  3. There was drought upon the whole land. Upon the mountains, the corn, new wine, oil, the crops, upon the men, the cattle, and upon the men that labored.
Only then did the people listen. If you read on down through the scripture.

Why does it take GOD doing something so harsh to get our attention? It seems to me that we should hearken and obey the first time being told. I know as I was growing up, my dad would only tell me one time to obey what ever it was he was asking,or telling me to do. If he had to say it a second time, well let's just say discipline was issued. We learnt at a young age to listen when being spoken to and to follow direction when given so that we wasn't disciplined. I do as I am told without being told a second time even today. Unless its against God's word. It's the same way with God. He speaks a commandment or instruction and we should take it as that and go on about our day. Not try to do as we want to do. I believe that is one of the reasons people have it so hard in life. They are waiting to be told a second time. 

It don't works that way HONEY!!!  Do as God wants you to do. Don't think of yourself. Build up your house for the Lord so that you can please Him and he be glorified in all that you do.

May this be a blessing to someone. Sound in, Let me know what you think.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What the Bible says:::Issue 10

What do we know about binding?

The bible says it in Proverbs 6. So it got me to thinking. Usually when we bind something we tie it up so that it won't be loosed. Right? I mean if I bind up a broken leg, I do it so that it won't move and that it can heal.  So i want it tight enough not to move around.  

What about binding God's word?

In Proverbs 6:20-21 says My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

Proverbs 3:3 says Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Proverbs 7:3 says Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

What exactly do you think that the Lord is trying to tell us in the verses. As i read them a thought came to mind about something I have heard my whole life. " Peggy, read your bible, remember the words, because one day someone is going to take that bible away. If you store the words in your mind and heart they cannot take that from you. It will be with you always."  After hearing that growing up and even sometimes now, when I read those verses I knew exactly what it was talking about.  I am to study the bible, and save as much knowledge that I can of the bible inside of me.

Where does the bible tell me to bind them at? Where are we to bind the truth at?

In verse 6:21 it says to bind them continually upon thine heart. If I truly believe in something that is where I store it, in my heart. So that I can always call it back to remembrance.  

In verse 3:3 and verse 6:21 it says to tie them about my neck.  What is something we tie around our necks? Lets use an animal for instance, we tie a lead around a dog's neck so that we can lead it where we want it to go. So for the scripture to be bound around our necks, it means we are to let it lead us in our walk.  Matter of fact verse 6:22 says When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

So we are to let it lead us, keep us safe, and let it talk to us. 

What else does the bible say? It says to bind it upon thy fingers.  What does that mean, you may ask? Well my interpretation is like this.  What do we wear upon our fingers?  I wear my wedding rings mainly and sometime other rings. They are precious to me.  People can see my wedding band and know that I am bound to a husband. It is a constant reminder to me that I am married.  Look upon the scripture as an ornament, something you cherish, a constant reminder like my wedding rings are to me. That we may have them always in view. That we may never forget the scriptures. Then we are to write them upon the tables of our hearts.

Isn't it good to know that we can read the bible and study and keep it all safe inside our hearts, around our necks, and upon or fingers. If we do these things no one will be able to take the scripture away from us. We will always have it with us. Praise the Lord for finding a way for us to do that. With how our world is heading it's a good thing that we preserve the scripture. 

May this be a blessing to you and yours, God Bless!!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Reading Stack This Week

So I don't know about y'all but in our homeschool we do a lot of reading. It is a important key in learning. A child being read to helps in lots of areas of growth. For instance, it develops intelligence. We want our kids to be bright, smart, and imaginative.  Imagination is one thing I hope my kid never grows out of.  Reading out loud to your children builds a bond between the parent and child. I started reading to my child way before he was born. He has been able to pronounce words that is sometimes hard to me since he was 2 yrs old. Reading builds there language skills. It helps them to be able to carry a conversation.  Reading out loud to them also helps them learn to read.

So why do I have a large library of children's book and why do I check out many books from the library?  Its so that I can read to my son.  I want him to learn to listen, picture the story from imagining it happening, and help him to tell me a story of his own.

So our book list this week was as follows::::

from author Mo Willems, I Really Like Slop!  Which in turn prompted questions about what slop was, and me having to explain what it was. Such a cute book.

Also from author Mo Willems,
Elephants Cannot Dance!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

From author Denise Fleming
Where Once There Was a Wood
This book also prompted questions about our environment and how when we cut down the trees and destroy the animals habitats the animals suffer.

In the back of the book it gave definitions of what a habitat, space, shelter, water and food mean to our wildlife.

Lots of information and I recommend it if your studying nature.

From author Jacqueline McQuade
Good Times with Teddy Bear

It was about the things that teddy bear did throughout his day. Really cute and easy read.  Also could be used as a beginning reader.

From author Louise Yates
Dog Loves Counting

Another cute book and easy read.

From author Bill Peet
How Droofus The Dragon Lost His Head

This was a good book. My son loves all things dinosaurs or dragons. So that being said he really enjoyed finding out how this dragon lost his head.

The last book we read this week was called The Sleeper and the Spindle by author Neil Gaiman. This is a juvenile fiction book, but it looked interesting so I thought we would give it a try. It is a spin off of Snow White. The story was great. I only found two problems with this book.  Me being a christian and a wife of a preacher, I prefer not to expose my child to some things. I will not go into detail, to save a argument. Other than those two things it was a really good story.  It took us about four nights to read it, as I read it in sections each night.

Other than bible reading with our school work this is all that we read this week. Some weeks the book line up is longer than others.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what we read in our homeschool. may you be blessed and read lots to your children.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Saying Good-Bye, A Tribute

Its a tough thing.  We all have to go through it. None of us are exempt from it. None of us can escape to somewhere that it doesn't happen. There is no such a place.

The bible says it this way, To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1-22.

Well we have just went though one of those seasons with a dear friends departure. She has finally made it home. One of the saints of old. A elder to the ladies in our church. A Sister in Christ.
Mrs. Linda Deyton

We met Mrs. Linda in 2012 when we started going to the church we attend now. She was always kind and welcoming. As time grew we just fell in love with this sweet lady. She was like a mother, grandmother and friend all balled up into one. Never heard her say a harsh word to anyone. Always told everyone she loved them and was praying for them. From our time of meeting until her departure to Heaven, we were friends. My husband and I would go and visit quiet often and minister the word to her when she couldn't get out to church. That is one of the things that I am going to miss is sitting in her home and feeling the liberty to say and speak about our Lord without hindrance. She loved hearing about God, and what he could do for us.

Mrs. Linda loved coming to church. That was something that no one could take away from her. And boy was she a shouter and would testify about how good the Lord was to her. She loved telling you about God. She always asked prayer for her lost loved one. Never giving up on them even in the end, her prayer was still for her family.  I watched her pour her love into her five children. Especially into her grand children and great grands. Such sweet joy to see her interact with them baby boys.  You could tell they loved their mamaw too.

When I started going to the women's group at our church, she was the teacher. I learned so much under her. You could tell that she really studied it out so that she could share what the Lord had showed her in the scripture.  She was faithful to the women's group and to her women's Sunday school class.  She passed the bar to me when she had felt as though it was time for someone else to teach women's group. I just hope that I can uphold the standards she had.  I really looked up to this lady. If ever there was a someone that upheld the scriptures it was her.

She was that older lady teaching the younger ladies.
Visiting with Mrs. Linda

She was that mother showing her children the right path.

She was that faithful friend until the end.

I will cherish the memories that I have of Mrs. Linda always. There will be no other like her.
She loved to cut up and laugh. She also had a love of working in the garden, keeping her house plants and crafting. Boy could she paint. She was very talented.

Until we meet again sweet lady. I know there is no pain, no sickness, where you're at. Your seeing the colors of a garden that we could never imagine. You're worshiping our Lord and having a time up there. You will be truly missed here on earth, but I would never ask you back to this sinful world just to hear your voice once more.  Shout enough for us, until we reach that golden strand to join in with you.