Blogging Goals

I must admit, I have not kept up with my blog as much as I had hoped to. I started this blog just as a hobby, to keep up with family events and things we are doing, but I feel like I would like to take it farther, you see, I have a burden, I want to help and encourage people. I want to give back and reach people. I have a desire in my heart to share Christ and His love. I am in the process of working on my goals for the new year and one of them is to use my blog to share experiences, share the Word and to help others by encouragement. So, I am praying for direction, and working on some concrete goals for my blog. I want to make sure what I want to do is in God’s plan. With that being said, please keep me in prayer as I pray and make goals the next few weeks, as I will praying for my readers. God Bless!

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December First ~ What We Are Doing

I can’t believe the year is almost over, we have had a bumpy ride this year, but we have made it through.  This past week has been an emotional week, my 14-year-old son had to have several test run this week, including an ultrasound of his heart. While the results of the echo were not bad, we did find out he does have a problem. Instead of having all 3 valves in his aorta, he might only have 2. I have done some research on it, and most people live normal lives with this condition, reading this has given me peace. We have a conference on Monday and all of the specialist reports should be in. I believe God is still working miracles today and this is in His hands.

Today we are enjoying the day at home, we have been running around all week, and it felt good to sleep in this morning. I am beginning our “Winter” cleaning, making room for all of the new stuff the children will receive this year.  I am also feeling the need to simplify, I am learning fast, that just because you have room in your  home you don’t have to fill every space. I will donate all of our stuff to groups who have rummage sales to raise money for charity.

I plan to use this week to get the children ahead somewhat in school, I am planning to take 3 weeks off from homeschooing starting December 24th. I want to use this break to spend time with our family, as well as work on making goals for the next year and work on some new ideas I have for our homeschool. I really want to make memorizing scripture a regular part of their curriculum, as well as adding some creative writing and journaling. I would also like to use this time to do some writing of my own, get my creativity flowing.

I have also began to research natural living, we already have began taking steps to live more natural, using handmade soaps and castile soap, we have switched to more natural cleaners and making our own laundry soap, but all of that is for another post. I would just like to take it to the next level.

Well.. I guess that is all we are up to right now, I hope everyone is having a blessed day and thanks so much for following along !

Giving Thanks

This was in the Church bulletin this past weekend and I wanted to share.

Give Thanks~ Author  Unknown

True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him. As we pause to thank Him for the blessings of the past year, we must not forget to thank Him for the lessons we have learned through difficult times.We are not to be thankful for just the pleasant, easy things, but ALL things. Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns. We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.

I pray that everyone has a very HAPPY and BLESSED Thanksgiving !

Prayer for the American People

     Lord, Today I want to say a special prayer for the American people. Lord, everyone is so angry, there is so much rage. Supporters of our President are coming against non-supporters, non-supporters coming against supporters. Lord, the division in this land is clear. Our Nation is not the same and is falling even more and will continue to fall, your people have turned against you, and even against believers. You, Lord, are our only hope. Open the eyes of your people, let them see Lord, that anger and rage are not the answer, let them see that their trust should not be in man, but only in You.  This world will fade away, but You are everlasting. Give the people peace, let us rest in You and You alone, let us find comfort in Your Word. Lord, pour out your spirit on our country, let the lost be found, fill each and every one of us with Your fire. Give your people the strength to do Your work, and to keep pressing on. Lord, I don’t know the faith of our leaders, rumors and assumptions have made their way around, but Lord, touch the heart of our leaders, Lord, open their eyes to truth. Lord, only You can help them, lead them in every decision, every action. Lord fill them with your love, so they can truly love the people of America. Lord, I thank you for America, and I thank you for the American People, I thank you for Your forgiveness and mercy. In Jesus Mighty Name

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Counting My Blessings ~ Catch Up

I haven’t posted in a few days, I spend weekends with the children and I have spent the beginning of the week in prayer for our Nation and the Election.  So here is my catch up on what I am thankful for. This weekend I just felt thankful, not for anything really just thankful. I spent Saturday morning on my front porch breathing in the smell of livestock and hay, then spent the day with the children at a horse show. I felt so thankful for weekends and time spent with my children. Sunday, we were blessed with a wood burning heater ( I have been wanting one for a long time.) We took all of the kids to some real country, cow, horses, chickens, ducks, goats, pigs, raccoons. It was so much fun to watch the kids enjoy outdoors and playing with all kinds of critters. We have horses and are surrounded by a lot of different livestock, but they don’t get hands on with them, but they really did Sunday. I spent the first part of this week praying for our Nation and the Election, I was hoping Mitt Romney would win, our Nation is slowly falling apart, but he didn’t win, but I am not sad, I am thankful because I believe that God’s people will be more dependent on Him and will draw us into a closer relationship with Him. Today I am thankful for a new day, a day to start fresh, a day with renewed strength and a focused mind.  Thank you Jesus, for new mercies every morning !

November, A Month Of Thanks

Sometimes I think we all take our blessings for granted, I know I do. I kick myself every year because November rolls around and I start thinking of all my blessings, but I should have been thinking about them all year. So..;. just like every year I will count my blessings, but it will not end, I am making it a point to share my thanks every day !

I am so very thankful for my life, I have not had an easy one, but it has helped me become who I am today. Even though I am not perfect and mess up everyday, I am a long way from what I used to be.  I am thankful that I never gave up, no matter how low things got or how low I felt, I am thankful the Lord provided the strength I needed to pushed through. I am thankful that through Jesus I don’t have to carry the guilt of my mistakes and I can say that my life is something to be thankful for.