My kids are appreciating school now and so am I. It just took a few days to get into it. Now, we are having fun. It helps that we are not doing many extra-curricular activities this year. I said no to coaching this year so we have more freedom to travel and bring the dog to PE. Also, we are just having tons of family time and more going on to help with because we are third and seventh grades now. More is expected because they are growing into their skin more. The dog really has changed everything. We go to the dog park about every day and that is fun. We just have so much fun. It is working now. And it n is good for us all as a family. Love it. Praise God! Reinforced for me that if you obey, God rewards by making it fun in time.😄❤
People forget so easily that God is in charge. He has a plan and it will succeed, it already has in fact. He is the winner. Jesus is the Champion for our salvation. God is it. When we work His will as shown to us in the Bible, we win. What little ideas we have are in no way better than the amazing blessings and rewards God has for us. So we have some discomfort. So what. I am quite sure Jesus went through quite a bit of discomfort for us. It is an honor to obey God. It is a blessing to worship Him!😄❤
Since the weather did not cooperate with her swimming idea, we went to the movies and saw Aladdin. It was such an enjoyable movie, better than the cartoon, in my opinion. So good. And on the way home we stopped for ice cream. We have needed this time together, just us. She has been making bad decisions lately and so I am determined to spend more dedicated time with her and guide her better. She is searching for how to act better in a more developed body and hormones are going crazy. So, as parents, our role is as guide and leader, present to do so. Punishment rarely works without proper loving guidance and leadership applied. So we cleaned the house and clothes together the last two days and today vacation to the movies. We had a great time and we will continue moving forward together. Praise God!😄❤
My 8 1/2 year old daughter had a dream two nights ago. She told me she dreamed the best dream, a rapture dream. I asked what it was like. She simply said, “It was so happy, because there was bombs and chaos and bad stuff going on and all of a sudden Jesus took us to heaven. It was beautiful.” The beauty of heaven must have overshadowed the chaos that happened just before because she did not mention how dark or scary it was before, just that Jesus took us to heaven. The saving part and heaven was all she saw of it and it gave her happy thoughts the rest of the day. And she has been on great behavior looking forward to that day.
Maybe we need to focus on our salvation and promise of heaven more and stop paying so much attention to the negativity. Maybe we will draw closer to Jesus and not be overwhelmed by the bad stuff that will happen. Expect it but rest in Jesus, who is way bigger.❤❤❤
Amazingly, it is August already. August. And already the second day of August. So…
Time to prepare the best I can. Time to clean up the study spaces and work and craft spaces. Time to get books ready to go and accessible again. Time to neaten and declutter and prioritize. Time to get a new calendar and figure out field trips.
I was dreading all this prep stuff but now I am getting excited. I so love teaching my children! I feel so spoiled being able to homeschool them! Praise God for this gift!😄❤
I have a few close friendships (I consider them adopted family/family in Christ) that have stood the test of time. The longest and closest of these is my best friend Shawn. We have been best friends since 2’s and 3’s class (ages) in Sunday school. Very few friendships go back so far and maintain through the years so well. It is a gift from God really, she is so precious. I have a couple other friendships like this, one with April goes back 13 years or better. And one friendship with Dan went back 16 years or more. This recent one it had been over 2 years since we spoke and I needed a singer for NYE this year and thought of him and he is happy to sing with us and we reconnected. And he hadjust mentioned me the day before. So cool.
These friendships are with Christian siblings and they are precious to me. We can count on each other no matter what or how long it has been. We are dedicated to each other, treasure each other, know each other and unconditionally love each other. It is amazing to have that kind of friendship for life or for long term and even cooler because they will be in heaven with me later too, as we help each other stay in thr Lord.
And if you have a friendship or two like that, treasure and appreciate it and really thank the Lord for it. It is a gift from Him. And if you do not, pray and ask Him for someone and at the right time, He will provide one. He loves to bless us. 😄❤
Today is another opportunity to…
Do the right thing.
Worship the Lord.
Learn something new.
Be consistent and faithful.
Live out my salvation.
Be the Light and salt.
Trust in the Lord with everything.
Bask in stillness with God.
Read my Bible.
Play with my kids.
Teach my kids.
Release anxiety to God.
Enjoy the beauty God made.
Sieze the opportunity today.😄❤