What can you do to add a little spice to life when you have four children ages four and under? Hide their dessert cookies in the basement, give them flashlights, and let them go on a cookie hunt in the dark.
As you can see they were very successful!
“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a
bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto
all that are in the house.” Matthew 5:15
Several in our family greatly enjoyed their trip to watch the Bible Bee in November. I have a friend whose daughter has participated in the Bible Bee for several years now, and this year she even made it into the finals. My friend has shared with me the positive changes they have seen in their daughter since she began to memorize so much Scripture.
When the Bible Bee was over this year, I asked her if it was a relief not to have to spend so much time in reviewing the verses for the Bible Bee with her girls. She said it was, but also told me that the girls had picked out a book of the Bible to memorize while they wait for next year’s verses to come out in the summer. It wasn’t her idea, but her daughter’s, who is probably ten or eleven years old. What a joyful and powerful testimony of the Word of God!
Trusting in Jesus,
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.”Hebrews 4:12
We are excited to have a prayer and fasting day set aside for Tuesday, January 24th. We would love to have you join us: see the sign ups below for ladies and men. We will be crying out to the Lord for the specific requests you give to us. In the past, we ladies fasted for 36 hours. This time we are going to try ending the fast in the evening so that we are fasting through breakfast and lunch but not dinner. I have found that to work well for me personally, and I think it might for you as well. Here’s the sign up for the ladies.
When we fast, we fast from food and caloric drinks unless you are pregnant, nursing, or have a health problem that prevents you from fasting. Then you can figure out other fasting options that would work for you.
Steve and the men are planning a 36 hour fast. That means eating dinner on the 23rd and not eating again until breakfast on the 25th. The men’s sign up is here.
“That they may see, and know, and consider,
and understand together, that the hand of the
Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of
Israel hath created it.” Isaiah 41:20
Eight years and nine grandchildren later, we are very pleased with our choice of using stainless steel appliances. On the blog, we asked readers before we purchased our new appliances to give us input on black versus stainless steel for appliances. What were the advantages and disadvantages of each. We were told that the main negative for stainless steel was how it smudged and showed fingerprints. (If you would like, read the first post and the comments, and then read the follow up post.)
We decided to go with the stainless steel, and I have been delighted with the way my kitchen looks. I love the crisp, modern look of the stainless steel while fitting in with our light oak cabinetry.
We haven’t found the stainless steel to be any more difficult to keep clean than our other colored appliances were. We give them a weekly cleaning using Better Life Stainless Steel Cleaner from iherb (that’s our reward link which will bless our family with 10% rewards when you purchase). Then we will do touch ups with a damp dish rag if needed, but that really isn’t very often.
I am glad that we decided to get stainless steel appliances.
Side note: The negative side might be the Make. We have had to keep a maintenance policy on the refrigerator due to its “reliability,” and the microwave has died.
Trusting in Jesus,
“That our sons may be as plants grown up in
their youth; that our daughters may be as
corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.”
Recently the girls and I were able to give Melanie a day away. That day came with some special perks since we did school with the children, normal chores, meals, clean up, and naps—the usual daily routine so that Mommy didn’t have to come home to a messy house, a day of school to catch up on, and cranky children.
I took the first shift from 9:00 to 11:30 (at 11:30 I have playtime with another set of grandchildren), and Anna came to make lunch and have the afternoon shift. The other time we did this, Mary took over mid-afternoon.
This time Mary was Melanie’s shopping assistant. Melanie wanted to do clothes shopping for the children with her time away, and Mary has a great eye for color and style. Mary and Melanie shopped, ate lunch out, and were back mid-afternoon.
Then Melanie went to my mom’s house for a nap and some “office-type” activities for the rest of her afternoon off.
These mommies with young families work so hard all day, every day. It is a joy to be able to let them have a little break.
Trusting in Jesus,
“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them” (Psalm 103:17-18).
Much of the motivation for my family sending me to the True Woman conference was so that I could meet my friend, Karine, who lives in Belgium. She was planning to go to the conference. Anna made all the arrangements with Karine and Mary Anne, the organizer of the True Woman European group.
I met Karine through our Titus2 fasting and prayer days. She joined those, and we began a personal correspondence and then Skypes. I don’t think either of us thought we would actually meet each other.
Because of being Karine’s roommate, I was included in the seating for the European group. The European ladies also planned a banquet Saturday night after the conference for their Indianapolis host families (most had stayed with local families Tuesday and Wednesday nights and moved to downtown hotels for Thursday through Saturday nights) and the European ladies.
While the conference days were full and fast paced, Karine and I had lots of talking and praying together. She was able to join my family’s Bible time via FaceTime two days. We ate meals together out and sometimes in our room. It was a very special time for me to be able to spend with a sweet sister in the Lord Jesus.
Trusting in Jesus,
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
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