books, daily life, faith life, prayer

An Undivided Heart

A friend and I are working our way through Tony Reinke’s “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You“. We started two weeks ago and the conviction has hit hard and fast. But I don’t want to be only convicted; I want to change. I know I am on my phone too much; I waste time on Twitter and Words with Friends. I do some texting but not a lot. I don’t have Facebook or Messenger on it, but I do have Instagram, which often turns a few minutes to “just check it” into many, many minutes of mindless scrolling.

After each of our sessions, I have purposed to make one change. Last week it was to use my phone less. According to Screen Time I was down 11%. I hope to continue that downward trend. At the end of Chapter One are ten diagnostic questions we can ask ourselves in the digital age. This week I am going to pray through and answer each of those questions. Tony Reinke says, “The questions sting, and they touch every area of life–God, spouse, family, friends, work, leisure, and self-projection. But this sting can lead us to make healthy changes.” (pg. 52)

Tony says, “Let’s be honest: our digital addictions….are welcomed addictions. The key is to move from being distracted on purpose to being less and less distracted with an eternal purpose.” (pg. 52)

My prayer is like David’s in Psalm 86: “Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.” (v11)

And I ask that with the Lord’s empowering grace He will do this: “I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” (Jeremiah 32:39)

books, daily life, faith life, home, home projects, homekeeping

This and That

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Today I’m at home working in the kitchen.  I’ve cleaned out the fridge and washed it thoroughly.  I’ve also cleaned out the freezer.  I still have our chest freezer to go through but that’s pretty up to date.  I use a freezer inventory form to keep track of stuff so I don’t over by.  I think I might need one for the fridge because I have 3 jars of salsa in there; all opened!

I’m making spaghetti sauce right now and later this afternoon I’ll be making some banana bread.  The bananas are perfectly freckled so I know it will taste yummy.

Last night Michael and I picked out the tile and flooring for the master bath.  Today I’ve been looking at paint samples.  The names of them crack me up.  There’s Encounter, Heavenly Day, Blue Gate, Storm’s End, Floral Cascade, Air Kiss, Escape, and Breezy.  All of these are shades of blue.  The one I’m going with is Clear Blue Sky.

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It’s a really small room so I want something light and airy.  Everything will be new in there.  The smallness of the room is good because it won’t cost a lot to redo everything.  We’re getting a new vanity and toilet, too.  We’ve been here for 23 years so it’s about time.  The hall bath will be next!

I’m reading Feeding Your Soul:  A Quiet Time Handbook and this was the summary for the chapter I read this morning:

Our choices, primary and secondary, enable us to make and preserve space in our lives for God.  Relationship with God is the “best dish” among all the possibilities of life.  It falls to us to hack back the busyness of life and choose to make room for Him.

What a powerful reminder that it’s the choices I make that affect all that I do and that God is waiting to spend time with me.  He’s always available.  I’m the one who needs to put Him first!!

books, daily life, faith life, home, homekeeping, homeschooling, simple living, thankfulness

Here at Home/Monday

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Monday is almost always laundry day.  I try to get it started as soon as I get up and have it all finished before I go to bed.  It doesn’t always happen that way but a lot of times it does!  Years ago when I was homeschooling, I read about the Pilgrims and how they came ashore on a Monday after being in the harbor for a while.  When they came ashore, they had lots of laundry from the voyage over and did their washing right away.  That is why washday is always on Monday.  I don’t know if any of that is true but I liked the idea and followed.  I notice that “days of the week” towels always have Monday as laundry day so maybe there’s some truth in it after all!

Mondays are also for straightening up the house after the weekend.  There are only two of us here now but it seems like we always have a lot of things out of place after the weekend.  I’m not sure why that is because we’re usually out and about on the weekends.

I also like to spend some time at my desk planning for the week ahead; checking my calendar, planning meals, planning chores, etc.  It makes the week go so much better when I know what I’m doing ahead of time!!

I’ve been working at getting the rest of my homeschooling books together to take to a used curriculum sale next Monday night.  I did really well there last year so I hope to do the same.  If I don’t sell what I take, I’ll bring them home to get ready for the state convention in June.  Whatever doesn’t sell there will be donated.  I don’t want them back in my house!

I read a great article this morning about setting the tone for the day.  Our thought life can either encourage or discourage us even before we get out of bed.  Thinking about the Lord and all His goodness to us and being thankful for Him can really make the difference between a good day or a bad day!

books, faith life, Kindle

The Lord Reigns Over the Flood

Tonight as I was working at my desk I was listening to BBN Radio‘s program called “Building Blocks for the Family”.  The featured speaker was Elizabeth George and she was talking about trusting God’s promises.  In her talk, she referenced about a friend who went through a terrible tragedy but gave thanks in the situation.  I found a video about this woman, Ney Bailey, and here is her story.  It’s about 16 minutes long but worth watching.

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Would I be able to give thanks in a situation like that?  I really like what she said about knowing she had to “choose with her will” to give thanks.  Even when we don’t feel like it, we must choose to obey. It was a good reminder for me!  That phrase “choose with my will” is such a powerful reminder that I have a choice when it comes to sin.  I don’t have to let it rule over me.  I can choose, with the Holy Spirit’s power, to do what is right.

Elizabeth mentioned that Ney had written a book about faith so I looked it up on Amazon and ordered it on my Kindle.  I can’t wait to start reading it!

Let’s choose to obey!!
beyond homeschooling, books, homeschooling

Books and Memories


I am in the process of selling off the books in my home school library.  I’ve been doing it little by little over Amazon but haven’t yet done a curriculum sale.  Well, tonight I am.  I’m taking 11 boxes and hope to sell a good chunk of them.  Whatever is left over, I’m donating to a local home school group.  I hope they will be a blessing to someone.  Our state convention is coming up in a few weeks and I think I’m going to sell the rest there and donate what doesn’t sell.  I’m at the point where I just want to get them out of the house!  

As I was going through the books one at a time and pricing them, I was overwhelmed with all the memories associated with them.  Especially all the books we read for history, using the TruthQuest Guides.  When they were younger, we used Beautiful Feet study guides.  What good memories I have of reading these books aloud and the children working on notebooks, projects, speeches, etc.  I’m so thankful that I spent the time to have a home library while we were home schooling.  It really was a blessing to be able to hand one of the kids a book on whatever subject they were interested in at the moment!  

As of right now, I only packed up most of our science and about one-fourth of our history books.  And about one-fourth of the fiction books.  I haven’t looked through all our picture books but I know I’ll be saving a lot of those.  Lord willing, I will read those to grandchildren one day!