7.20.2016

Source of Freebies

If you are interested in receiving notices for homeschooling freebies, here is a link with a large number of offerings listed. http://homeschoolgiveaways.acemlnb.com/lt.php?s=db430f8bd75d2bf209d0bdf83484bfcc&i=1278A1946A99A36002

Home School Freebies

Good Morning! For those who homeschool, or know someone who does, here is an offer for a whole lot of freebies. Not only are these resources free, they are quality, and they are for all ages. Please share the link with any and every one you know who could benefit from or would enjoy a HUGE blessing of FREE this school year!

Some years financial resources available aren't as plentiful as others. Free resources such as the ones offered at this link could make the difference between whether a family can homeschool or not. Please share them! Neither I, nor this blog, receive any recompense of any kind for passing this offer on. We just want to pass on the blessing.

Here's the link! http://www.homeschoolgiveaways.com/back-to-school-freebies-2016

7.19.2016

Meeting With Everything

Good Morning. How are you? Are you keeping cool? I went outside and watered plants earlier, before breakfast, in an attempt to avoid this afternoon's predicted hot temps. Following breakfast the youngest four and I gathered around the table to partake of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. After we had read through the verses, the children left the table. As I continued to read in the Word of God a number of verses caught my attention.

I was reading in the book of Jeremiah, chapters 21-24.  While reading I began to see the answer to some wonderings I had been having of late. Quickly I realized how vitally living justly, defending the poor, and valuing righteousness over monetary wealth is to God. I have heard it said my entire life, that God is about relationship not a rigid set of rules, but this morning, those verses in Jeremiah opened my eyes to this truth very clearly.

It isn't ever to be about me and what I can get out of a situation. It is always and only to be about God and others. Period. Justice, mercy, kindness, generosity, right  living and being, giving of self to serve others, these are the things that please God. Yes, God is a good God; wealth and riches are found in Him, but physical wealth and riches are not the prize. They are not the reward. Life with and in Him is the treasure we find when living as He desires.

There has been fighting and strife among Christian brothers and sisters in my area of Christendom for far longer than my heart likes. I have been praying and seeking God as to His heart in this matter. What pleases Him? What does He want me to think, feel, do? The answer He has been giving me? Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness...Seek first. Not later or last but first. As I have sought Him and His kingdom, revelations of who He is and what He desires have begun shining out from the pages of His word like beacons cutting through the darkness.

To do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with my God. Give thanks in all things for this is the will of Christ Jesus concerning me. If I lack wisdom ask God and He will give it to me generously, without finding fault or scolding. Above all...love. Love is peaceable, kind, not self-seeking, not rude or unmannerly. All of those memory verses from Sunday school, children's church, and other Christian programs have become living bread to eat, chew, ponder, consume, and grow in. Time and again I will wonder a question in my mind, and a scripture that answers the question will cross my path containing the answer. Amazing Grace.

It is a fact many horrific situations and events are taking place throughout the world right now, but God. God has not changed. He has not weakened. His arm has not waxed short. He is the same overcoming, delivering, healing, restoring, protecting, providing God He has always been and always will be. He fed a prophet bread and meat. He fed the children of Israel manna, gave them water, and provided meat for them. He took a little bit of fish and bread and fed thousands with entire baskets left over. He caused a borrowed ax head to float so it could be returned to its owner. He caused money to be in the mouth of a fish so his disciple could pay taxes. He used an earthquake to break the chains off his ministers so the jailer could hear the gospel's good news. He made fire on an water-logged altar. He allowed the oil to fill all of the pots. He divinely delivered His people again and again and again and is still doing so today.

The same yesterday, today, and forever is God. He is all powerful, all knowing, and all present. He is not bound by the limits of time, space, or flesh. He created all living things. He orders the universe. He is in all, through all, and is all. Every answer we need He has already given. Every provision we require He has already planned for. Every thing. He. Is. Everything. If anything in my life is not entirely and completely about Him then my life isn't wholly about Him.

He is, and yet He wants me. He longs to sit down and commune with me heart to heart, someday, face to face. All He wants is for me to love Him with everything. The delightful, overwhelming promises that fill His Word are for me, just because He wants to lavish me with Himself. Can you feel it? Can you sense the overwhelming, extravagant love of God? Is it surging throughout your entire being? Does it hum a love song as it flows? Listen closely. I think you'll hear it if you do. You'll hear the sound of heaven, the melody of Love running over and all around you. Your heart is beating in time to the Father's song of love, the song He has written just for you, for you and Him together.

Can you hear it? Rest in it. Still your mind and listen with you heart until you are able to hear with the ear of your spirit. This is where He waits for you, in the secret place where it's only the Lord and you.  No death, disease, famine, or destruction can enter into the secret place. You are sheltered under His wings. Listen to His heart. Learn of Him. Follow His leading. Obey His voice. All other voices, except His, fade away in the secret place. Confusion is absent, grumblings cease, grouchiness goes in the presence of the Lord. Linger with Him; allow Him to saturate you with His love. He will meet you there. Will you meet with Him?


7.18.2016

Snuggled Up Abiding

Hi. How are you this afternoon? I'm in this heart-searching, looking true, listening hard to God sort of season. Racial reconciliation issues, expanding my personal comfort zone and borders along with conflict among the brethren have me snuggled up close to God, under His wings, abiding. There isn't any other place nearly so safe.

Article after article share the heart of one writer after another, and each article makes me wonder more what my role is during this specific time. Here is a link to an article that encouraged me in a brand new way: Pray it blesses you as well. May we all learn to live within the new limitations and/or boundaries of our lives.  

Abiding in God,
Abundantly Blessed

7.14.2016

Getting Out of the Way

“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).

These are Jesus' words. This is the reason he gave as to why He came as a light. Am I allowing Him, the Light of the world, the shine brightly through of me. It is no longer I that live but Christ that lives through me. Is He shining through me? If not, I need to get out of the way.

7.08.2016

Perfect Provision

"Parents aren’t supposed to be the loud police voice in your head — but the gentle pastor at your side."
- Ann Voskamp,  A Holy Experience

Ever have words that threatened to suck the wind right out of you? Words that seemed to point out "You Failed!" more loudly than if they have been screamed out to the universe instead of quietly typed on a screen? There were words that did this to me this morning. Words that have me on my face sucking rug before God seeking Him and only Him. For who besides He can fix what a mama has broken?

Would you like to join me on the rug this morning? Would you like to lay yourself and your own ways before the One who can fix, repair, and restore any and every thing broken, lost, or stolen? If you would like to read the wise words from a mama to her daughter at A Holy Experience, clicking on the A Holy Experience words above will take you there.

Another email shared the following words. These words overcame any tendency towards condemnation.

"God's voice is not the voice of the accuser of the brethren or the pointing of the finer or malicious, slanderous talk, evil speaking, judgmental, nor critical." - from a word on the Elijah List website

Isn't it just like the Lord to provide the perfect anecdote? God brings words in to our lives to convict and draw us closer to Him and His ways of living and being. Praising the Lord for His perfect provision this day!

7.07.2016

Expanding Our Vocabulary

What Does God Say Wednesdays aren't "Missing in Action"; they are, however, remaining on the same few verses we've already begun with. So...utter, mutter, and ponder on until we move forward in Colossians chapter 3.

Until then, the following article has made me think and will be something I print out to pray over and possibly share with My Beloved and our children. Perhaps you would like to expand your vocabulary along with us as we consider three new words. Here is the link: http://www.tjed.org/2016/07/3-words-improve-education/

6.15.2016

What Does God Say?

Hi! It's Wednesday! What Does Say Wednesday is here! We are in the book of Colossians chapter 3. Today we will be looking at verses 4 and 5:

"When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory. 

So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God)."

More to meditate on and ponder. Some thoughts that came to me as I was reading through this portion of scripture were: 
  1. Who is my life? My life is a who not a what. Life is a being not an object, and it is Christ.
  2.  I will appear with Him in the splendor of His glory, not my own personal glory, His. 
  3. "So kill" evil desires lurking and all that is earthly in me - this is a command. It isn't a suggestion or option. 
  4. idolatry = the deifying of self and other created things instead of God. Have I done this? Have I deified myself or other created things in any way? I pray not.
These verses lend themselves to a thorough soul searching. Two-way journaling with God would be perfect for meditating on this portion of God's word.

Opening my journal and listening to the Holy Spirit of God,
Abundantly Blessed