Monday, February 19, 2018

Earthsuits

Bryan and I have been reading a book by Bill Gillham called Lifetime Guarantee. I'm only half way through the book but I have already learned so much. One thing that has really stood out to me is the concept of Earthsuits. I know that sounds a little crazy but hear me out. 

We often think of ourselves as physical people with a spirit but in reality, we are spiritual people with a body.  Once our bodies pass away, our spirit goes to Heaven. Only the earthly body dies. So, why do we spend so much more time focusing on our earthly bodies than our spirit?

These bodies we have are just our earthsuits. It sounds funny but its really an amazing change in perspective. I have always, for 35 years, put so much emphasis on my earthsuit. Worrying too much about how much it weighs, what clothes to dress it in, what its hair looks like, and so on. What if I spent that much time concerned with my spirit...with who I am spiritually.

Now don't get me wrong, I do believe we should take care of our earthsuits. We are best able to be used by God when we are healthy and strong. Exercising and eating healthy should be a priority so we can take care of our temples but, for so many of us, it becomes an obsession. Our earthsuits become more important than our spirits.

Today I am grateful for this new perspective. There is freedom in realizing that our earthsuits are just that....one day these bodies will get old and eventually die, but our spirits will live on forever. The eternal things are what matter most. I am also thankful for the wisdom this book is teaching me and I pray that it will help me teach this perspective to my children. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

When God Does HIS Thing!


Words cannot adequately express how happy my heart has been today! God has been stirring something up within me over the past few months and it came to life this morning! Today we began a new homeschool co-op at HopeCity. Our group is called the Students of the Spirit.

1 John 2:27a --But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know.

I've been working alongside the Children's director and one of the Pastors at HopeCity to organize and plan this co-op.  They have supported my vision and my crazy ideas and it couldn't have gone better! 2 Tuesdays per month we'll have a time of worship, a Bible lesson for the students, a "mom-time" for the all the Mommas, someone sharing a gift that God has given them, the opportunity to participate in that gift, and then we'll eat lunch together. 

Our worship time

Bible lesson for the elementary students

"Mom-time!"

Learning about Ms. Adrienne's gift of painting 

Bible lesson for the middle/high school students

The middle and high school kids painting.

Evan loved painting as an act of worship! He told me amazing things about his paintings.

Look how beautiful their art is! 

The kids enjoyed participating in this gift God has given Ms. Adrienne!

I love this group of homeschool families! 

Lunch time and fellowship!

Today I am grateful for the vision God imparted to me for homeschool families in this area. He gave me a dream for something different....not your average Homeschool co-op! Our mission statement is to empower students and parents to understand and experience what it means to walk in the fullness of Holy Spirit. Each semester might look different as we explore what it means to walk with the Spirit but this semester's focus is to expose our children to the vast array of gifts and talents God has given his children and give them the space to explore their personal gifts and cultivate those gifts to further the Kingdom.

Today's meeting was better than I even dreamed. With the help of so many Mommas and the prayers of so many friends, this co-op is something amazing! God is doing something special and I am eternally grateful that He would use to me in such a wonderful way!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

100th Day of School!

Today my boys and I celebrated the 100th day of school!!! Yes, homeschoolers have to keep track of their school days too! I planned several fun activities for today and the boys really had a great time! 

Our "Counting the Days" pocket chart

This is what "Aging Booth" says we'll look like when we're 100 years old!

Dylan and Evan had to find 10 sets of 10 things to make 100 items on our table.

Racing to 100 by rolling the dice.

If I had $100.... I wish I could eat 100..... I would wish for 100.....I can do 100....

100 Exercises
They 10 sets of different exercises

Counting 100 fruit loops

Making a 100th Day necklace

They wanted me to wear the necklaces =)

Today I am over-the-top grateful for the ability to homeschool my kiddos! It's not always easy, in fact a lot of times its really hard, but I love it! I don't get to have much alone time or run errands by myself but I do get to spend all day, everyday with my fellas. I get to play a huge part in their education and be there for all of their good and bad moments along the way. When we celebrate the 100th day of school each year, I always praise my Heavenly Father for blessing us with this opportunity! What a sweet gift homeschooling is!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Night of Prayer

Tonight at church we had an Intercessory Prayer Night for families. It was such a neat way to get families together, praying for one another and others. 

There were 6 stations set up around the sanctuary. At the first station the kids were to pray and ask God to speak to them and give them an idea to draw on their canvases. Dylan drew a big smiley face and wrote, "God will never let you down." Evan drew a very detailed picture of Jesus on the cross. I asked him what made him draw that picture and he said, "This is the price Jesus paid for us!" I loved watching them pray and then draw what God brought to their minds.



The second station we went to had a large map. The kids used sticky hands to pick a country somewhere around the world to pray for. Tyson picked China. So, together, we prayed for the Chinese people to learn about Jesus and give their lives to Him. We prayed that they might have warm homes and plenty of food to eat. We also prayed that they would treat one another with kindness. The older boys each picked their own locations and we prayed for those as well.


Our third station was the "Breakthrough Wall." The kids were to think about some area of their lives where they could use a break through and write it on the wall. Then families prayed together about those specific things. I won't share what my kiddos wrote specifically but I will say, it is a sweet thing to hear them express the things they've been thinking and praying about. It was a honor to pray with them about those things.


Our next station involved a prayer quilt for a sweet Mom of 2 at our church that is currently undergoing cancer treatments. The quilt had many ties left untied. As we each tied one, we prayed for God to heal her body, give her peace, bless her family, and flood their home with His presence.



Another station involved asking God for encouraging words to write on slips of paper. These papers will be placed in baskets around the church so when someone needs encouragement, they can pull out a slip of paper. I loved the words of encouragement our boys wrote. Evan's said, "God will give you the courage you need." Dylan's said, "You are worth it. God sent His Son to die for YOU." Wow, those are very encouraging words! I'm so proud of them for listening and writing what they felt God told them!


At our last station we were building a Gratitude Tower. The kids wrote with dry erase markers on blocks to make a tower of things they are grateful for. My boys wrote family, mom, dad, love, and home. We were to thank God for the blessings He has given us.


Even Allison had a fun time praying! 



Today I am incredibly grateful to be a part of a church family that provides space for us to pray together as families. We pray at home all the time but these activities made it fun for the kids and helped us branch out and pray for things we might not normally think of. I am also grateful for a special evening as a family. I enjoyed hearing my boys pray and I was amazed at what they felt God saying to them. It's easy for me to understand why Jesus encouraged his followers in Matthew chapter 8 to have faith like children!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Out of the Garden Project

Today my family went with a few other homeschool families to volunteer at the Out of the Garden Project. This project is such a blessing to our community. It provides food for children that have very little to eat at home. Each day a small bag of snacks is sent home with a child so he doesn't get hungry until he has the school provided breakfast the next day. Each Friday, a bag of easy meals are placed in the child's bookbag to take home for the family to eat.

I had no idea this warehouse even existed. It is in the back of a church in High Point. The warehouse is lined with boxes of donated food and bags. All of this food is sorted and bagged and delivered to students all over Guilford County. 

Its a surprising statistic, but out of Guilford County School's 73,000 students, 67% of those receive free or reduced school lunch. This is one of he highest rates in the nation. Greensboro and High Point were ranked #1 for food insecurity in the United States until July of 2016. We are currently ranked #9 in food insecurity. So, this ministry is desperately needed and I am so grateful to have been able to help with it today!

Packing Snack Baggies

Tyson enjoyed throwing all the completed baggies in the boxes.



We got quite a few packed!

All the kids did such a good job!

They had a lot of fun too!

Silly Evan...he took this job very seriously!

I found a cute fella packed in a box!

Dylan was a super helper!

Its sort of hard to tell but I'm wearing Allison and carrying Tyson on one my legs.
We were obviously all tired at the end of our volunteer time.

Today I am grateful for the opportunity to volunteer with this wonderful organization. I love finding ways for my family to serve others. This is such a practical way for my little ones to help those around us but also learn that hunger isn't just an issue that folks in foreign countries are dealing with, this is a problem that we can help out with, right here in our town. I am also thankful for all the people who are donating and volunteering with the Out of the Garden project. This ministry is truly a blessing to our community. I can't wait to take my children to serve with this project again!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

You're Doing Good Momma

I am a list-maker. I have at least one to-do list going at all times. I also have a daily and monthly planner, where I write down alllllll the things I have to do. I mean, when you have 4 children, you have to write things down! I love being able to check things off my list. It makes me feel good, I guess, like I've actually gotten something done. I've even been known to write things on my list after I've accomplished them, just so I could check them off! 
Silly, I know. 

Recently, I've been feeling aggravated with myself for not being able to check things off my list. I have a whole lot going on and not much time to do all of those extra things on my to-do list. But still, I hate not being able to check those things off! 

I have been praying about this and been reassured that God isn't bothered by my to-do list or how many things I check off of it. I do know, however, that He cares deeply about me and wants me to know that even if I never check another thing off my list, He would still love me just the same. 

As I was praying, I felt led to make a list of everything I do in one day....just a list from a random day in the life of a homeschooling mom of 4 who has a successful KEEP business and is starting a new  homeschool co-op. So, yesterday I made a list of all the things I did for an entire day.  The list goes on and on.
and on.





 If you ever hear anyone say stay-at-home-moms just sit around all day-----I beg to differ! Looking at that list proves that I get a lot done, even if I never get to mark one thing off of my to-do list!

Today I am grateful to have felt God's nudge to truly take a look at all I am doing, to be ok with what life looks right now, and to silence the power of the to-do list.  As I read over that list today I felt God whisper to me, "See, you're doing good, Momma."

I know I'm the only one that feels this way. So many of us moms never sit down but feel like we've gotten nothing of value accomplished. I just feel the need to say to so many other Mom's out there, the ones who feel like they never get anything done but actually never stop doing all. the. things. 
You're Doing Good, Momma!


Earthsuits

Bryan and I have been reading a book by Bill Gillham called Lifetime Guarantee . I'm only half way through the book but I have already ...