Friday, February 3, 2017

Fun Friday: Can You See It?

How long did it take you to find the different one?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Quick Tips: Embrace the Season

Having a blah day? Ready for winter to be over? Today author and speaker Grace Fox encourages us to embrace the season.

The Christmas season is over. New Year’s has passed. Songs about silver bells and snowmen are silenced for another year, but winter still lingers and can leave us feeling blah. How can we keep our spirits bright?

  •   Volunteer. Offer your services at your church, in a school or hospital, at a pet shelter, homeless shelter, or in seniors’ care home. Visit a shut-in and play a board game or work a jigsaw puzzle together.
  •   Learn something new. For instance, choose a country that interests you and read about its history, culture, and traditions. Search online for documentaries to watch and recipes to try. If you’ve always wanted to develop a hobby such as painting or photography, then take a class.
  •   Practice the presence of God. Turn everything you do, even your mundane tasks, into an act of worship. Invite Him into your day, and talk with Him as you would a close friend. Ask Him to open your eyes to evidences of His presence and write down what He shows you.

Embrace winter as a season for personal and spiritual growth rather than a time to be endured, and blessings will chase the blahs away.

Grace Fox is an author and speaker whose passion is to connect the dots between faith and real life so her audiences might live the life God intends. Drawing from Scripture and from personal experiences learned while living on Canada’s rugged coastline, in urban U.S.A., and in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains, she uses the written page and the public stage to build Christ-based confidence in audiences worldwide.
Grace’s quick wit, real-life stories, and biblical insight keep her in constant demand as a speaker. Everywhere she goes, she exudes a contagious desire to know Jesus Christ intimately and to love His word.

Her books include:

You can order Grace's books here.
Connect with her on her webpage here.   

Other quick tips you might want to read are:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fun Friday: Basketball Star

Showed this to my kids to encourage them to work at what they want and use the abilities God gave them.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quick Tips: Get Reading in 2017

The new year is 18 days old. How many books have you read so far this year? Author Sandra Glahn gives tips for reading in 2017.

Set Goals, Ignite Imagination, Get Reading in 2017  
English playwright Alan Bennett said, “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” The apostle Paul encouraged readers to fill their minds with the good. For 2017, consider a plan to ignite your imagination with what’s good.
· One per week. One friend determines to read fifty books annually. She devours best-sellers, classics, fiction, non-fiction, and even old sermons. One year she discovered an unlikely favorite—a 1746 Jonathan Edwards message.  
· One per country. Books allow us to dream through travel. Another friend is reading one book set in every country. The Thoenes’ Jerusalem Chronicles take readers to Israel. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, takes readers to a Siberian labor camp. Isabel Kuhn’s In the Arena allows readers to witness the Spirit’s work in China. Bruchko does the same in the Amazon.
· Books by dead Christians. Author Eugene Peterson tells of a new believer disillusioned by contemporaries. He walked into a store and requested “books by dead Christians.” The result? Introduction to A. W. Tozer. Such books have been tested and vetted.
What will you read in 2017? Edwards? Kuhn? Tozer? Plan now to ignite your imagination and feed your spirit.

What are you reading right now? Share in the comments section. I am reading YA novel "Orbiting Jupiter" which is about a 13 year old boy in foster care.

Sandra Glahn (PhD, UT Dallas) teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary, her alma mater. She is the author or coauthor of more than 20 books, including the CBA bestseller and Christy Award finalist, Lethal Harvest. You can order it here.

Visit her website here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

First Home Study Visit

Remember a few days ago I posted about all the repairs we decided to do at once. Well, we didn't get them all done in time, so we hid what we hadn't finished. For example, there was a spot on the deck where the boards didn't line up quite right, so I lined up everyone's work boots on that board, and the flaw was no longer visible. Problem solved.

Our caseworker's name is Billy. Don't know his last name. But when he came in, he asked how we knew the Millers, a family we used as a reference. I said they were just down the street, and we got together at the bay for jet skiing several times a year. You've seen them in my photos.

(Josiah comes down often to see if Tyler is available because his own older siblings are all out of the house.)
It turns out that our caseworker knows the Miller family because their churches get together once a month. So we have a Christian case worker, which is nice. They are both pastors who  have small churches so work a "regular" job during the week.

At this first visit he said he was just going to do a quick walk through and get briefly acquainted, and then next time he'd talk to each of the kids. I told him the three younger ones were psyched up to talk to him, so he interviewed them one at a time. Adam, Tara, Sierra and Kealen all came in during this time. I'd made cream cheese chicken chili. It made the house smell good in case there were any pet smells. It was Three Kings day, so we had Three Kings cake with strawberries and cool whip. Later we tried it with caramel syrup. Yum.

 The caseworker said he'll look around more closely next time. I'm not sure when he comes back, but I hope we have the rest of the repairs done. Right now I am making wreaths to sell so the living room looks like Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby threw up in it. 

Here are some of the wreaths I've done:
Diaper wreaths
 Frozen party wreath (once the little gifts are off it can be used as a holiday wreath)

Princess Valentine Wreath

I have some other updates that I'll try to get to on Wednesday.

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Fun" Friday: Track Cleats

I haven't had much time for my blogs lately and didn't come up with a fun Friday brain teaser. So I am going to post a story I posted yesterday on facebook.

So here's kind of a cool story. I took Kayla to counseling (that's not the cool part) and on the way back to school I decided to stop at Catholic Charities because I'd heard they had cleats in all sizes, and I figured she could use a pair to grow into. Well, there were none in her size so we left. When we got outside she asked if we could go back in and look in the cart of $1 shoes. Well, why not? I saw what looked like running shoes on the top of the cart and turned them over to look for a size, and they were track cleats! A size too big for her, but not for long I'm sure. But the cool part (besides getting track cleats for $1) was that there was a Scripture reference written in them. Habakkuk 3:19 which says, "The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights." I told Kayla that must be God's message to her for track this year.