Monday, May 25, 2020

A Taste of Homeschooling

My daughter shared this with me, who by the way, has been homeschooled her entire life.  Guess what?  She turned out OK and has a passion for Christ!  That was the main goal in my children's education, not a taxpayer-funded education without God.



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Friday, May 22, 2020

The Great Divide - Error vs. Truth in Our Churches

After having to live through story after story of unbiblical Pastors leading their congregations to defy the government orders and have gatherings at their churches - the President has now deemed it ok to congregate once again.  President Trump got the CDC to list churches as essential, so the closing of them can never happen again and so that all churches can now reopen without fear of violating Romans 13.

I honestly have been alarmed that a large number of Pastors and leaders of Christian churches in America thought it was ok and their "right" to defy the government and their leaders by congregating.  Romans 13 explicitly tells us that God is not OK for the defiance of rules, regulations, orders, etc from our governing bodies.  Yet, you have so-called leaders of God's people leading them to violate the Word of God in disobedience and thereby sin!  The blind leading the blind...  They have truly shamed the church as as whole by their behavior and brought a reproach upon Christians.

We refused to gather because even though the Ohio governor didn't place any restrictions upon churches in Ohio, he did request they don't:



Out of respect to our great governor of Ohio, we considered our fellow man and remained at home doing online church.  Only now, after the President has declared it is ok, would we resume.  However, the power is still ultimately up to the state, we do still believe in that right?

This pandemic and all that we have seen has truly shown where the church lies.  We have a bunch of Pastors that don't know their Bible and can't rightly divide the Word of God and would lead their people into error.  Notice you will be mocked if you obeyed Romans 13 and stayed home.  Mocked for doing right - truly, calling "good" evil and their "evil" good, because that is what disobedience is.

I'm reminded of the Israelites who murmured for bread.  God simply gave them a rule - don't gather more than needed, it will rot and don't gather any on the Sabbath.  Did they listen? NOPE!  Times have changed, the story line has changed but people haven't changed.  They think they know better than God's Word.

Exodus 16:4
Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no

Exodus 16:26-28
Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.  And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.  And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws

I applaud all the Pastors and church leaders who obeyed their government during this time despite it being against the religious "rights" of the Constitution.  God's Word of Romans 13 trumps any country's constitution.  Even though we were denied our constitutional rights, we should still hold firm in obedience to those that rule over us in government.  We have no biblical grounds to do otherwise.

Related Post: Can Christians Defy and Overthrow Government?

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Organizing Recipes

I finally organized all my printed recipes into ONE binder, yes a very big binder!  I've been meaning to do this for a long time but only made the time this past week.  I do plan on organizing even further later when I type of copies of my favorite recipes in my cookbooks and print those out.  At that point, I will need another big binder most likely.  I also have some really old recipes in a cabinet that I no longer make (fatty food) and I may pull those out and type them up and print as well.  That way, if my daughter wants my recipes, she can have a digital copy and print her own one day.  I even have tons of recipes on my computer that I've never printed out or even tried before.  But that's for another day!





Here are the categories I made:

Chicken
Turkey
Beef
Beans
Meatless
Pasta
Sides
Snacks
Breads
Breakfasts
Beverages
Desserts
Other
Household
Health





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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Law of Blessing From Obeying Gender Roles

I've learned that whether or not you are a Christian, there is a law that seems to happen that whenever the man and woman step into their proper roles - the result is a blessing.  I dare you to try it.  I've done this for 20 years!  If the man fulfills his Godly role of being the provider and the head of the home and loving his wife as Christ loved the church and the woman fulfills her Godly role of being the keeper at home and in submission to her husband and respects him and his decisions - you can't help but be blessed!!

During this time of quarantine we can see so many women acting like they are literally dying by 1. Being home and 2. Being home with their kids.  These women are so unaware of what they were made for.  Their children FEEL that they are unwanted, I know because I was one of them with a mother like that.  Let me tell you something women that are like this, listen to me and listen close.  It is time for you to SURRENDER.  You are called to sacrifice yourself for your husband and children.  You can't be selfish, it will only hurt the ones you are supposed to love the most - your family.  Let go and surrender your agenda and serve your family!

We are called to a life of service as women.  We can't let our own pursuits take over to the point that we are serving self and neglecting not only the very people we are responsible for; our children; but the very thing we are created for!

After 20 years of living on one income and being in my role as a woman and my husband in his as a man, I can look back and see the wonderful law of blessing that God has put upon this type of unity.  It's as if no matter how 2-income couples try their hardest to get ahead, they have to work extra hard for it than we did.  Sometimes God has just handed us things on a platter for free.  Was it just because we were His children?  I don't think so because I know unsaved couples that saw this law of blessing performed in their lives because of the proper unity of roles.  There is just something about obeying the natural roles that applies to everyone!

In reality, the "law" is actual obedience to God's Word and thereby comes the blessing.  God created us in the roles He did and they work in perfect unity when performed and if we do the opposite, we can't expect that this law of blessing will reside upon us because we are in disobedience.  It's time to get this law of blessing working in your family today!  No career is worth disobeying God for and neglecting your home, husband and children.  Disobeying this very basic role for which you are made is only going to hurt you and that, quite possibly, for all eternity.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happenings This Week

My life is virtually the exact same as before this pandemic, minus missing physical church services and going shopping other than groceries.  Life has actually been way busier for me as I'm cooking and baking more to utilize what we have on hand to meet our cravings.

Some things I made (all homemade) worthy of note were: Cincinnati chili, Pintos/Onions/Potato Stew, Chicken/Kielbasa Jambalaya and then for desserts - blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls.









My husband also put together our patio set.  I've been without seating for 3 1/2 years but I finally got a set!  I absolutely love sitting outside now and enjoying it.  Wish I had bought it sooner but I just had to finally do it. (I moved the bird feeder after this pic after I realized the birds would probably drop some of their goodies on my red cushions if I left the feeder too close LOL!)




My kids helped out with the weeding:


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Monday, April 6, 2020

Homeschool Room Re-Do

We had purchased the last 2 years of homeschool curriculum for our daughter, grades 11 and 12.  I now have materials to school Preschool-12th grade in this house.  I had no idea how I was going to fit these new books on our already full shelves, there just wasn't any room.  I also have several bookshelves downstairs of non-homeschool books.  Here was the dilemma:

The new books needing a home:


The lack of space to store them:



Those toy food items with prices on them are our math "store" right now.  You can see I have no space to put anything else.  But, I knew with organization and God, anything is possible!  Prayers go a long way as you will soon see.

I also had our craft cabinet in the garage since we moved here, 3 1/2 years ago almost.  I really wanted it in the house and specifically in the homeschool room.  Just didn't think it was possible..  Well, I moved the small bookshelf beside the desk work area and them moved the easel where the bookshelf was AND my husband brought up the white craft cabinet.



Now, tell me how is it possible that I actually brought MORE stuff into the homeschool room, yet I condensed it, even have leftover empty containers AND space opened up on my bookshelves to fit the new books?  If that wasn't enough - it literally feels like we have more space in here!





There is still a lot more organizing I want to do of the things on the black bookshelves and I may even be able to bring in our science supplies that are in the garage!  I also plan to put a big bulletin board or posters on the wall by the bathroom, where I currently have the human body sticker poster.

I can take any child, any age, any grade and school them in this room!  I thank God for that ability.  I have less than 12 years of schooling for my son, 2 1/2 years left with my daughter and then hopefully more with children God will give us through adoption.  It has been a long journey since we started but the Lord has been with us all the way!  We're almost to the finish line with our daughter!!

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Happenings This Week

This is what Heaven looks like in 2020:


What a sense of security when you have found the gold mine lol!  Undisclosed location.  I can't reveal my sources.  Let's just say those backwoods people use leaves cause they've left all the TP in the store!

I was so glad to see Donald Trump Jr. stand up for Homeschoolers and state the TRUTH of the matter:



I battled a long line at Home Depot to get our exterior light replaced:


And here is the BEFORE:



And the AFTER:



I'm still cooking gourmet vegan meals haha, they are really good!


That's tofu by the way and then some Moong Dal:



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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Burned Dryer - Out with the Old

14 years ago we bought a used dryer for $99 and well... it caught on fire and thankfully the Holy Spirit nudged me to go check the dryer, ok, several nudges before I finally listened - to save the house just in the time!  It burned the back wires, thermostat, element and metal before I turned it off.  The top of the dryer was so hot, I almost burned my hand.  We were going to fix it but the appliance repair said it was too dangerous and to get a new one.

Out with the old..


In with the new, our first new dryer ever!


Since it took a few days to deliver, I took the opportunity to do a deep cleaning on my laundry room.  I cleaned everything - like look at the dirty wire racks:


Nice and clean now:


We still have the washing machine we bought 14 years ago used too, I think its from the 80's originally.  All we've had to replace was the dogs (hooks in the agitator) and those are $3.


I got the rug in New Mexico, I would decorate my whole house in this decor if I could!  Absolutely love New Mexico.  I'm pretty sure one day I will live there. 🙂🌵

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Monday, March 30, 2020

My Star Magnolia Tree

I'm calling it a tree as I've seen some experts say it is indeed a small tree that will reach 20 feet.  I didn't know what this "bush" was when we first bought this house but I noticed that it would bloom every March these beautiful, fragrant, white flowers and then, in a short time, they would fall off and then leaves would grow. 




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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Almost 8,000 Americans Die Every Day

I was looking at some data, the most recent I could find from the CDC was 2018's data.  It is pretty much the same every year and here are the numbers:

On average...

2.8 MILLION people die every year in the United States!

7,708 people die every DAY in the United States!

150,000 people die every DAY in the World!  That's almost 55 million people dying every year in our world.


Death is inevitable as we can see.  The sad part is that in the US, the most deaths occur from Heart Disease, which is generally a preventable disease with proper diet and exercise, as is Diabetes (type 2) and lack of proper diet and exercise is a contributor to others in certain ways.

Chart by CDC.gov


Close to 48,000 people COMMIT SUICIDE every year in the United States!

*These numbers are BEFORE the COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic will only add to these numbers.  Currently COVID-19 has killed 2,112 people in the United States and 33,833 in the world.

I believe this will help us put all of this in perspective as most people don't realize that every day we live in this country, 8,000 people die!  A couple million die every year.  We need to prepared to meet God, you never know when your time will come.

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