What I Learned In April

Equate Make-Up Wipes (compare to Neutrogena)


Make-Up Wipes
I am in love with these equate make-up wipes (compare to Neutrogena). They take off eye make-up so nicely and they smell pretty, but not too pretty so I don’t smell like a perfume factory.

Myth Warriors
If you do a search for myth warriors on youtube, you get tons of cartoons of the Greek myths. They are awesome, accurate, and my kids love them, ……I’m watching them too.

Jenny With A Paintbrush
I went to a homeschool conference, but I just couldn’t get into it this year. But this girl Jenny With A Paintbrush was set up in the exhibition hall, painting watercolors and selling cards. I could have watched her paint all day long.

Blank Writing Journals
Another find from the homeschool conference that I don’t know how I lived without….and almost didn’t buy, but made myself walk back into the building from the parking lot, because we NEEDED these.
Kindergarten Writing Journal
Penmanship Pads (when you select the grade level, the lines get smaller as they get older, so there is more writing on one page.
I’m also eyeing their science journal and their blank hardcover books as a purchase we might need for next year.

What did you learn in April?

Simple Homemade “Atkins Style” Protein Shakes

(disclaimer: these don’t taste like the Atkins shakes, but they’re just as good and just as portable)

Basic Protein Shake Recipe
1 cup of unsweetened almond, coconut, or cashew milk
1/8 cup of protein powder ( I like THM Pristine Whey Protein Powder)
1 tsp sweetener (I use a stevia/erythritol mix)
a few drops of extract (mint, maple, orange, vanilla)
1 tsp of cocoa

Mix ingredients well in blender, I like to triple it, or make enough for a week.

These won’t fill you up, but they’ll get you through the next hour or two until it’s time to eat a meal.

The Path To Maturity In Christ

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The B Process
(from The Gentle Art of Discipling Women by Dana Yeakley)
2 Corinthians 5:17-18

BEFORE
Your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them. Psalm 139:16

BELIEVE
Being right with God does not come from my obeying the law. It comes because I believe in Christ. It comes from God because of faith. Philippians 3:9

BELONG
We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:10

Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

Those blessings come from the heavenly world. The belong to us because we belong to Christ. Ephesians 1:3

BECOME
God began a good work in you. And I am sure that he will carry it on until it is completed. Philippians 1:6

BUILD OTHERS
He brought us back to himself through Christ’s death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:18

We work together to serve God. You are like God’s field. You are like his building. God has given me the grace to lay a foundation as a wise builder. Now someone else is building on it.

I love how Dana has laid out this process.  I became interested in reading her book because I have three daughters, and discipling them in their walk with Christ is something I’m highly interested in.  Dana’s outline has made me aware that sometimes I expect too much out of people too soon.  Before we can expect Christians to behave in a Christian way on their own, we must first make sure they believe in Christ and that they have a strong sense of belonging to Him.  I understood the believing part, but was missing the belonging one.  There are many people I communicate with who feel alienated from Him.  They’ve chosen to believe, but haven’t claimed the belonging.  With my girls, I’m being more intentional to emphasize God’s love for them, that they are safe, and how they belong to Him.  I’m holding back on the “you are a Christian, so that means you must behave this way”  kind of talking to them.   Although, as a mom I still have high expectations for them and am training them.

It’s also made me analyze my own walk with Christ.  Especially in terms of blogging.  I’ve seen my blog move from me “becoming” to “building others”. …hopefully.   There was, and are still, times when I was too absorbed with my own path that I couldn’t help others.  I didn’t know how to be careful with my words.  I didn’t know how to be peaceful and not get absorbed with controversy.  My writing was very angsty….which it probably still is at times, but I see growth.  Some hard lessons there, but nevertheless, growth.  Which gives me hope..that He is working in me.

Is there anyone you know who is  at the believing or belonging phase of Christian maturity?  How can you help them grow stronger?  Where do you think you may be on this path?

Who Is Gonna Mend These White Fences

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3

“You leave me in the dark
Recounting all my sins
You put words in my mouth
But who is gonna mend
These white fences
Oh, it’s cold
Living in a fallen home”

~ White Fences, Need To Breathe

I thought this song said “You lead me in the dark” but it says “You leave me in the dark”.  I think I prefer my version.   Such a happy song with a dark message?   Sometimes it feels like we are alone with our battles, like the world is against us.  But we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses”  I like to think of them as my own personal cheering squad.  Some books have said these witnesses are heavenly, others say  the witnesses refer to our fellow Christians here on earth.  I’m not sure which answer is the most theologically accurate, but I believe it’s both.  I have a team here on earth cheering me on and a team on heaven watching with hope, and my own personal holy spirit praying for me when I have no idea what’s coming next. I’m anywhere except alone.  Alone is a lie.  We are surrounded.  We’re not in the dark even though we can’t always see.

 

 

Peace that passes understanding….

One of my friends recently reminded me what a blessing it is to go for walks. I spent a few years with an injured foot and couldn’t walk long distances, and I missed it so much. Here are a few pics from my new walking path in my new city.
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And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; Ephesians 6:15-16

One of the hardest things to do is  to find peace.
In the middle of the whirlwind, the worries constantly thrown as darts our way,
trusting God to handle something and quietly wait,
We get so much security in doing, in having control, in getting in the way…
But sometimes the way is to step away, and fighting means praying
and maintaining peace is giving grace to the fears around us
fix Your eyes on Him
let go