Tuesday, January 17, 2017

All Scripture Is...

I am joining in with some of my Review Crew friends in a Through the Alphabet series. My theme is Bible Verses Through the Alphabet.

This is the first week of the series, so this week's post is brought to you by the letter 

Monday, January 16, 2017

D.E.A.R. Monday - January 16

It's been a while since I've share what I've been reading. I have been making time to Drop Everything And Read, just not making the time to share. I've missed the sharing because I miss hearing from you all about what you are reading too. 😔


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What I've Finished Reading:
  • The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen - Life in small-town America can often seem idyllic on the surface, hiding the secrets of the past and present that tear apart lives. This book did a great job of drawing me in to want to discover the secrets that the characters were hiding. I give this one 4 out of 5 smiles. 😊😊😊😊
  • The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller by John Grisham - I used to devour Grisham's books, but it's been a while since I've read one. I anticipated this one being the same type thriller that I was used to from him but instead was disappointed that it simply was a lot of medical information shoved into a storyline. This one gets 1 smile. 😊
What I'm Currently Reading: Most of these are in my study of prayer.
What have you read lately?
What should I add to my TBR list?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bible Verses Through the Alphabet

One of my goals for this year is to grow spiritually. I plan to really meditate on and study Scripture.

I was very excited when some friends of mine at the Homeschool Review Crew decided to host a Blogging Through the Alphabet series. This will help me to have a blogging focus at least once a week. My theme is

Each week I'm going to focus on a different Bible verse or passage beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. I'll share why I chose that verse/passage, thoughts on the verse, etc.

If you're interested in joining in as well, please go check out A Net in Time or Hopkins Homeschool.

A Net In Time Schooling

Friday, January 6, 2017

Five Minute Friday - Connect

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I'm joining up at Five Minute Friday over at Heading Home. Each week she shares a prompt, and you write on that prompt for 5 minutes. This week's prompt is "connect."

Here I go:

I posted my One Word for 2017 the other day - Growth. One of my goals is to grow in my spiritual life. I'm starting the year with a focus on my prayer life because I want to connect better with God.

For the past while, I've felt like my prayer life has become stale, rote, mechanical. There's not been much of a connection there between God and me, and that definitely isn't God's fault.

I've started this year studying Kay Arthur's Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days as well as re-reading Priscilla Shirer's Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer. I'm loving both of them because they take me back into what God's Word says about prayer. What better place to start forming a better connection with the Lord than in His Word?


I can already feel my prayers being more of a conversation with the Lord rather than me just talking at Him and hoping He's listening.

STOP

What do you do to feel more connected to God?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Zonderkidz The Beginner's Bible Review


I believe in the importance of learning the great history in the Bible at a young age. The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz is a great way of introducing young children to these Bible stories.

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

For this review, we received The Beginner's Bible, a 512-page, hard-cover book with color illustrations.

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My One Word for 2017

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For the first time, last year I chose a word for the year. I liked it more than setting goals, although goals were a part of my word choice, because it gave me a focus across my life.

I thought that, after having chosen a word last year, it would be easy for me to come up with a word for this year. I was wrong. I'm pretty sure it was as hard, if not harder, for me to decide on the word that I wanted to make my focus for 2017.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Looking Back on 2016

At the beginning of this year, I chose my one word to help define what I wanted out of this year. My word was DISCIPLINED.


So how did I do?

I think I improved in how disciplined I am, but I know that I still have some work to do in this area.

I did a much better job of keeping up with our homeschool paperwork. Most days I had all papers graded and folders ready for the next day before I went to bed. There were still some mornings, though, when I had to get up early to get everything ready for the day.

I still have decluttering to do in a couple of closets and cabinets, but for the most part, I feel like the house is in much better shape now than it was a year ago.

I didn't start a tutoring business this year. That just isn't going to work out with the busy schedule that my children have in the afternoons. I'm sure there will be time for me to start this in a few years.

Spiritually, I have grown this year. I've done better at leaning on the Lord when I encountered struggles.

Making time for my relationships is still something that I need to work on. I always have good intentions, but time slips away and days or weeks will go by before I create one-on-one time with those who are close to me.

I didn't finish Sassy's stocking before Christmas this year, but it's close so it will be ready by next Christmas. I didn't read as many books as I had hoped to. I didn't learn how to knit. I guess for personal growth, I wasn't nearly as disciplined as I should have been.

How did you do this year?
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