Family Devotions Time

We are THAT family. The Jesus freak, praying in public, singing worship songs all day long kind of family. Recently we took a weekend camping trip. Did you know I LOVE camping?!?!?! I could probably live in the woods in a tent, if I could have wifi there;) Any ways, we went camping. Since we were away we knew we wouldn’t be going to church on Sunday morning. Really, that’s the only downfall to camping for the weekend. We decided ahead of time we would do family church/ devotion time at the campgrounds. While entering into the park, we spotted a beautiful overlook that we knew we wanted to watch the sunset from, that would be the perfect place for our little family “church”.

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Pictures don’t do justice when you see something this beautiful.
God had his hand upon us the whole time because when we got to the over look there were two couple sitting on a picnic table singing hymns with a guitar. We had our own little quiet worship session.

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You couldn’t see the guitar but the lady on the far right is playing. It was perfect!
After they left and the sun started setting a bit more dad read from the bible for us.

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We read about Samson and how no matter what happened, even after being mocked, eyes gouged out, imprisoned, all Samson had to do was call on the name of the Lord and his was with him. How good is GOD? He never left Samson. Samson just didn’t cry out for Him.

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The kids followed along with their bibles and asked questions along the way. It was a really special time for us. As we finished up, the sun set and it reminded me of how awesome and wonderful our God is! Look at the beautiful sunset! Only God could be that creative!

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And to Him be the glory!

Blessings,
Tiffany

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Weekly Memory Verse week 16

In the same way I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

Luke 15:10

Have you ever had that hallelujah moment when the Pastor gives the alter call and some lost soul comes to get saved? I know on numerous accounts I’ve been so overjoyed at someone coming to give there heart to Jesus. I wonder how much more excited I would be if it were me leading them there?!?!?!?
I don’t have a ton of outside friends but what I do have are already saved. How can I be creative in telling people the good news of Jesus Christ and of his saving power? I think this week I will purposely tell those I come in contact with that Jesus loves them. I can be the one to plant the seed! Jesus gets to grab ahold of them and turn there heart towards HIM. To God be the Glory!

Blessings,
Tiffany

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Homeschooling 5 kiddos

It’s week 3 of the second year of homeschooling! YEAH! You can read why I brought the kids home from public school here. I’m excited for this year as I have officially :

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Dexter in 9th grade! eek! where did the time go?

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Wild Bill in the 5th grade

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Magic Bean in the 4th grade

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Princess in the 3rd grade

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And the Dude in pre-k!

It’s hard to get it all done I tell you. So many on such different levels but we just try to take one day at a time and do the best we can. I sometimes crush under the pressure of Momma, school teacher, wife, housekeeper, playmate…. the list goes on. Sometimes, I must admit and be honest, I throw my hands in the air, put everything away and just do nothing. Always makes me feel worse in the long run so this I am not advising this at all;)

I try to get Dexter working independently while I start with Magic Bean and Princess. Wild Bill does good on her own in the morning with her reading and math and The Dude plays on the ipad, does file folder games, or small busy bags. Then I just try to rotate them and help where need be. In the middle of it all there is still food to prepare and a house to clean. It somehow, by the grace of God and a lot of team work, all gets done.

If I had to advise any new homeschoolers or homeschooling a house full mommas out there I’d have to say: Just take it easy, it will all work out. It always does. If your fulfilling your calling, God will always be faithful to walk with you every step of the way!

I hope you enjoyed your peek in to homeschooling 2012-2013! Don’t forget to check out more awesome blogs on the hop!

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Blessings,
TIFFANY

Selfishness

Are you a selfish person? With your time? With your money? With your abilities? I wouldn’t not necessarily consider myself a selfish but the more I think about it the more I realize I am. Or maybe I’m not, I just am listening to this world. I feel the need to make things about me. I want…… I need…… I’d like to have……. Does this sound familiar?

It struck me this morning when my wonderful genius man asked if he should make his own sandwich for lunch. My reply was yep. Not because I didn’t want to make him a sandwich but to me the way I accepted the question was, wife, go make me a sandwich. Now, he didn’t say it in a mean or commanding way, but my flesh rose up and the defense stance came and I felt unloved at the question. Then he replied with, never mind, I’ll just buy a sub. That made me even more upset. Why is it ok for me to make your lunch but not you? (My thought) Then he says, you expect me to go to work today right? You expect me to take care of the house and van and our finances and all right? Then why is it not ok for me to expect a lunch from you? OUCH!!! That one hurt! In my selfishness I didn’t want to make someone who EXPECTS a lunch to get a lunch. In my selfishness I thought, do something for yourself! How wrong was I? It’s my job! He works outside the home. I am a worker of the home. It’s my job to make sure as his wife he’s needs are met and one of those happens to be a daily lunch. My selfishness with my time this morning is what got that attitude started. It was a wrong attitude too I might add.

As a women living in a fallen world with a society that shuns what I do it’s hard not to fall into the “ME” trap. I need.. I want… you know. This life is not my own as a follower of Christ though. “whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”Matthew 16:24. This is what I’m called to do. DIE TO SELF. Deny what I want and what I need and follow Jesus. Am I doing that with a bad attitude and selfishness towards my husband? “she brings him good and not harm all the days of her life” Proverbs 31:12. I’m surely not bringing him good when I’m not taking care of his needs now am I?

This all struck me this morning over a sandwich! Isn’t God so good in his timing?!?!?! To reveal to me how I’m living in the flesh over a sandwich. I’m so thankful for the spiritual spanking(what I like to call a new revelation) I get from the Lord. He is so faithful to only give these to me when I’m truly ready for them. A few years ago I would’ve not heeded the notion to look into my selfishness. I would’ve just thought it was normal, but God knows when to reveal things to me in a way that I listen. I just love how he does it.

Thank you Lord for always giving me what I need when I need it even if it doesn’t line up with my expectations. You know all of me and are so good to prick my heart at the right time for change. I love you and praise you this day!

What has God revealed to you? Do you need a fresh word from him? Pray and seek him for what he’ll have you to do as a wife and mother. He is ALWAYS faithful!

Blessings,
Tiffany

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heavenly homemakers
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DIY school room chairs makeover

My wonderful husband knows I like junk stuff. Lots of stuff! And if you tell me it’s free, well, thats even better. My man is not the same and does not value junk stuff the way I do. Much to my surprise he called me last week on his way home from work and told me he got me something special. I almost drooled with anticipation! When he arrived home I couldn’t believe my eyes! He had brought me home some junk awesome chairs. He found them by the dumpster at one of the job sites and picked them up for me! I know! I know! My man, can you believe it?

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I got a set of four of these bad boys! They are probably quite a few years old but are very sturdy and just need some TLC.

My girls and I took Friday morning to get to work on them.

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First up, sanding……. I wish I would’ve thought about it thoroughly. We sanded by hand with sandpaper, even though we had a small sander in the garage. Hard work never hurt anyone though right??????
Once we just lightly sanded them Dexter sat and painted. I helped a bit but lets not think I did this myself. SHE did most of the work.

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Magic Bean helped quite a bit too. Sanding and then painting. I was surprised at her work because she’s just not that into doing DIY jobs. Pleasantly surprised I might add.

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We didn’t get them all done Friday. Just the two but my hardworking man took the time Saturday afternoon to finish the other two. He sanded and him and Dexter finished painting them. After they were all done drying we took and sprayed them with a few layers of polyurethane to keep them protected. After all, it was a lot of hard work.

THE FINISHED PROJECT!

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Aren’t they just gorgeous! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them:) Hubby commented that it was weird when you think about it that we have all those colors in our house! We do too:) We didn’t have to buy one thing to completely redo these chairs! That of course is the best part!
OH, and my dear sis is going to make me a stencil with her Circut. M/W to stencil on the seats:) That’s the name of our homeschool! I will update this post when we get it done. For now though, I couldn’t wait to share with you all:)

Blessings,
Tiffany

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Weekly Memory Verse Week 15

Exodus 14:14

The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.

How many times have you been in a situation in your life where you were just exhausted fighting? I’ve been there several times! This weeks verse is a great reminder that God is always with us. He knows what we need. He knows what we’re going through. He knows how to win the fight. He already has! Won’t you be still in your situation? Won’t you let God do the fighting for you? Release it to him and let Him win. He always does:)

Blessings,
Tiffany

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Do You Lie to Yourself

Do you lie to yourself and believe it? I ask you this not in a vain way. I do it all the time! I believe sometimes I am failing as a mother. I must be doing something wrong if my kids act up in public. I should’ve taught them better. Right?!?! Can I get an AMEN? We as mothers tend to do this a ton! I’m speaking for me and for you. Mommy guilt can creep in like a slow fog and get our focus wayyyy off!
Happiness is a state on the inside. Mommy guilt can reach way down in and pull hearts strings we didn’t even know we had and make us almost crazy. But, happiness can be right there and all we have to do is reach in and pull it out. Sure, our circumstances may not be happy, our life(at the moment) might not be happy. The mess our little ones created might not make us happy but happiness is a state of the heart remember. We can be happy knowing we know as AWESOME father and redeemer and friend. We can be happy knowing God is always with us. No matter what we face He is right there. Remember the sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5?
BLESSED are the : poor in spirit, hungry, mourning, meek, the ones persecuted! We are BLESSED no matter what this life and earth and world throw at us! Walk in that today. Stop telling yourself a lie that the world wants you to believe and walk in your blessing. Walk with Jesus and tell him your troubles. Walk knowing that what your living through, good or bad, will somehow give God glory. Stop lying to yourself and be BLESSED.

Blessings,
Tiffany

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