Accountable2You, Internet Protection We Recommend

It’s easy to think it will never happen to your family. But if you were to ask the parents of a son who had an immoral internet addiction, they would likely call it a tragedy. We receive e-mails from families who are heartbroken over this.

One is never above temptation. Even David, a man after God’s own heart, stumbled and fell. As such, we choose to put safeguards in place. Having Internet protection is one such way. Although we’ve tried multiple over the years, our current favorite is an app called Accountable2You.

Last fall we began having problems with K9, the service we were using for Internet protection. It often locked up a computer so that it couldn’t access the Internet at all. We uninstalled and reinstalled K9, but then we discovered, it wasn’t working at all. We tried to get support, but there was no response.

So I asked my married sons, who work in the computer industry, what they were personally using. They both said Accountable2You. Accountable2You tracks Internet activity but doesn’t block. When we initially heard about Accountable2You, we weren’t interested because we wanted blocking. But when K9 wasn’t working for us, and we needed another solution, we realized that we weren’t aware of any of us stumbling onto a bad site that K9 protected us from. Often, though, K9 blocked us from good sites. As I talked to our “computer” sons about that, they said that because we use Google Safe Search, there isn’t as much possibility of accidentally stumbling onto a bad site.

Accountable2You has something called VPN that is part of their phone app that can track web-browsing on any browser, not just their browser. So we also use Accountable2You on our phones rather than Mobicip, our previous phone protection. With Accountable2You VPN, we now use Safari. Mobicip forced us to use their browser, which didn’t work nearly as well as Safari.

I receive a daily report for each device from Accountable2You. Steve gets my reports. It is a summary. I can go online for a detailed report. It is much easier to read and understand than K9 was. If there is questionable usage, I will get an immediate text or email.

We requested support help from Accountable2You a couple of times. Within an hour, they responded and solved my problemamazing! I did not receive replies to my support requests to K9 at all.

We pay $9.99 a month for up to 20 devices on their family plan. So far we are more than pleased with Accountable2You.

Great news. You can try out Accountable2You for a month completely free using the promo code Titus2. The link is Titus2’s affiliate link, which blesses the ministry with a 15% credit each month you’re using Accountable2You. Important note on the free month: the website will say 10 days, as that’s the standard trial, but when you get near the end of the checkout, it will say Promo Code: Titus2 (100% off once). So as long as you have the promo code in there, you’ll get a free month.

Questions? Ask below, and we’ll try to help or check out Accountable2You’s site.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
Mark 14:38

Happy Sunday!

I’m praising the Lord for His amazing love for me:: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Would you share with us something you’re grateful for today?

Love,
Sarah

The very last verse in Psalms is extremely fitting. So if you have breath, praise the Lord! 🙂

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.
Praise ye the LORD.”
Psalm 150:6

How to Make Taco Meat in Your Instant Pot

As homeschool moms, easy meals are one of your best friends. So if you have an Instant Pot, here’s just the recipe! Special thanks to Melanie as I shadowed her for this.

Easy Instant Pot Tacos

2 lbs. ground beef
Taco seasoning
Water

The night before, pull the beef from the freezer and put in the refrigerator to thaw. Late morning, put the ground beef into the Instant Pot and turn it on the “brown” setting (for browning meat: depending on what model you have, yours may be different) and cook for about 20 minutes. Take off the lid, and crumble the meat using a meat chopper or something similar (our favorite is the Chopstir from Amazon: we’ve had ours for five years, and it’s going strong:: the Amazon link is Titus2’s Affiliate link, see our disclosure here). Add taco seasoning and then enough water to not quite cover the meat. Cook on low temp for the rest of the afternoon.

That’s all there is to it!

With tacos, you can add so many tasty embellishments and even the shells are versatile (hard shell, soft shell, large or small or make it a taco salad!).

Enjoy!

Step #1: Put the meat into the Instant Pot. Then, choose the option for browning meat.

Step #2: Make your own taco seasoning or use purchased packets.

Step #3: When the meat is done, add the seasoning.

Step #4: Add water and stir.

Step #5: Cook on low temp the rest of the afternoon.

Step #6: Add yummy embellishments and enjoy several!

“And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that
meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.”
1 Kings 19:8

Join Other Believers and Listen to God’s Word

A month ago, we enjoyed attending the Kansas City Scriptorium and our very own Abby recited John 16.

You might wonder just what is a Scriptorium. In basic terms, it’s listening to specific passages of Scripture being recited, along with some great fellowship in between. It’s very inspiring to listen to an entire book of the Bible; it really makes that book come alive! I loved seeing the enthusiasm of those reciting. This is a great family event, and I’m confident you’ll meet some new friends.

Scriptoriums are coming to Rockwall, Texas, and Jackson, Georgia over the next two weekends. And after that, several more locations in Georgia, Ohio, and Wyoming. I really encourage you to check out the website, attend a Scriptorium, or maybe even see about hosting one in your city!

With a friend at the KC Scriptorium
Abby reciting!

Mom with another mom who shared that one reason her children had time to memorize was because of Managers of Their Homes and their schedule.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all
good works.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Battle Is Not Yours But God’s

In my personal Bible time yesterday, I was struck by 2 Chronicles 20:15-17.

“… Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor
dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the
battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye
down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff
of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook,
before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to
fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and
see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and
Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out
against them: for the Lord will be with you.”

Talk about powerful truths in this section. I encourage you to think on these phrases. The people were to go face their enemies and then stand still. Wow. Amazing. I was so blessed I wanted to share!

“For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle:”

“Stand ye still.”

“Fear not.”

“For the Lord will be with you.”

A Walk to the Park

Wednesday afternoon, Anna had the beautiful idea to walk to the park and meet up with Mom, Melanie, and crew. The funny part is I’ve never considered this park walking distance. Probably because it’s not in our normal exercise radius. Yet, it easily was, and I have to say that walking somewhere instead of driving felt really great. So, we headed out with Christopher’s oldest three. Ruthie kept Ellie and me company in the back while Anna pushed Liddy in the stroller, and Joshua randomly walked between all of us. We missed Mary, but she had a big work project.

The playground echoed with lots of happy laughter, and the sunny skies and pleasant temperatures were the perfect touch. Ellie got herself a fan club and received tons of attention from happy children of all ages. Mom and Anna kept busy keeping tabs on all the littles.

Benji has been my little buddy lately, and he’s pretty enthralled with my dog!

When we were done, Anna and I walked home with a different set of youngers. I should say the older-youngers. Abby, Bethany, and Amelia, my cousin’s daughter. A perfect way to end a great afternoon!

Little things like this add a sweet sparkle to a day. What could you do with your children or nieces + nephews or brothers + sisters or grandchildren this week?

Love,
Sarah

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.”
Psalm 103:2

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