Hell: We Can’t Afford to Get it Wrong

May 19th, 2011

“I’m like a piece of clay trying to explain to other pieces of clay what the potter is like. Think about that for a second. It shows the silliness for any of us to think we are an expert on Him. Our only hope is that He would reveal to us what He is like, and then we can just repeat those things.”

This is very good (I adore his humility). It’s worth the watch (and I know your time is valuable).

Will you read the book when it comes out?

Absolute Ideals, Absolute Grace

May 16th, 2011

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This morning as I opened my bible, I prayed that the Lord would give me revelation into His Word. My eyes then fell where I’d left off in my last reading:

“You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you , Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take yor tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do no refuse the one would borrow from you.” Matthew 5: 38-42

This passage, along with the surrounding scripture on how we should live in such counter-earthly ways, is stunning to me. Like cold water thrown in my sleepy face, I’m alerted again to just how extreme the God I follow is. There is nothing luke warm about Him.

As I read through these uncompromising words, I’m thinking, “I don’t live like this…this is insane and wild and yet, what I’ve been called to.” He has called me, us, to throw off our old selves and put on the new (Colossians 3:9). The old = walk according to what you think is right/justified. The new (which is a game-changer) = walk with Jesus, the radical.

Walk an extra mile with the person you hate.

Let your stuff go.

Care more about someone’s soul then any thing you or any convenience you want to have.

And here’s the kicker: you’re not going to do it.

Neither am I, not nearly good enough anyway. Never to the extent that my heart would long to. My sin-flesh is still attached to the vessel that carries the Holy Spirit. Even though He is in me, I’m like a drunk woman weaving all over the place as I make my way home.

But the beauty? The unfolding magnificence of grace and truth. There are absolute ideals given to us by God, ideals that stem from His heart. But the flowing from the heart, the blood spilled, contains the other absolute: grace.

“Having fallen from the absolute Ideal, we have nowhere to land but in the safety net of absolute grace.” Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew

In the everyday, in how we walk out our lives and strive to follow the ideals, we must remember that the heart of the Father is that we would have a heart like His.

That’s the point.

Be like Jesus, and when you fail at it, let Him be Him for you.


Photo Credit: Walking by Two

What Rhymes with Clap and is Full of Homeschool Goodness? (Plus Workbox Links!)

May 14th, 2011

The CHAP Conference!

(A.K.A Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania)

I’m hanging out at the CHAP convention today perusing all the wondrous curriculum and listening to inspiring speakers.

In my stead, I shall leave you with information on my new found homeschool resource: workboxes (thanks Renee!)

Working the Workboxes

Homeschool Boxes (also titled “Stop Asking Me For Snacks”)

Workbox System Set-up

Workboxes in Our House (1+1+1=1)

What to Put in Your Workboxes

New Workbox System

Have a beautiful Saturday!  :)

Monday Morning Links (Because Everybody Does it On Friday)

May 9th, 2011

Okay, I’m not really being rebellious by placing my links on a Monday instead of a Friday, it’s because my first link just wouldn’t fit last Friday. Read on.

Parenting from the Overflow

My friend Teri Lynne has just (today!) released a new ebook called Parenting from the Overflow, and I love the premise (she is so right on):

“My heart is set on being a child who first sits at the feet of her Father, who calls out for His guidance and leans on His Word. And as I focus on being the child He created, I am sure of this:

He will give me the wisdom to parent the child He has entrusted me.”
There are SO many times I feel like I am not the mother my babes need…I’m just not good enough, they deserve better. What a lie! God gave me my children (and He’s given you your children), and with bended knees and a bended spirit to the One, I can be the parent my children need. The book goes through the fruit of the spirit, helping us to love our babes from the overflow we have from the Father. Each chapter also includes a “Take Action” section, challenges for you to do with your daughter (example: “Make a fruit salad with your girl…Share with her that while the fruit we eat gives us nourishment and helps us grow strong bodies, the Fruit of the Spirit shows that God is working in our hearts and helping us grow strong spiritually) and for yourself: Make a list of all your dreams for your child, everything you hope for her to be and experience. Then offer your list to the Lord, trusting Him that His plan is even better than anything you could dream up for your sweet girl).

The ebook is only $5 and ALL the proceeds to go support the Mercy House, a place that provides alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya (read more here).

I wanted to be seen as the perfect mom, too, By Tricia Goyer (author extraordinaire and spokesperson for the DaySpring Recordable Storybooks)

“…perhaps some of our favorite memories are from when we forgot there was a world out there we were trying to impress … and just enjoyed being together…”

Read the rest here.

Prayer Warriors

I’m SURE you have heard of Prayer Warriors – Praying the Word for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin, right?

Are you a mother of boys who often finds herself wanting to waive the white flag in defeat?

Do they drain you, overwhelm you, steal your heart, break your heart and cause you more anxiety than you ever dreamed possible?

Maybe you only have one boy amongst a sea of estrogen and you just can’t figure out how to respond to him in a way that affirms all that is good about his masculinity.

There are so many books out there today on the topic of parenting boys that I can’t count them. Nor do I have time to read them all. But even if I did, reading these books and putting the solid tools in them to work still doesn’t come with guarantees.
Knowing this, it becomes quite clear that there is only one thing we can do…

Plead with God.


Ya’ll, it’s now UPDATED and available on KINDLE! Yay! Get it here!

That’s all for now folks! Happy Monday morning!

She Got Dentures

May 7th, 2011

My mom doesn’t live with us anymore.

She moved out on April 14th. She flew to Florida to swim and soak up warm weather and save for dentures (she lost almost all of her teeth during the time she stayed with us).

Out of hospice…released. It never happens (so they say), but she happened. She survived.

And she got her dentures.

To be continued…

Related: Alcoholism (the journey with my mom)

There’s a Wild Woman in My House

May 7th, 2011

She only looks innocent.

There is a wild woman who lives in my house.

A sneaky, beautiful, rebellious, free-spirited, bright-eyed, Saboteur. She goes by the name Caroline. She’s two.

Before I had HER, I always scoffed when people would say, “the terrible two’s…blah blah blah.” My sweet little darlings were fine in their two’s…

Read the rest over at (in)courage today.

Oh, Right, That’s Why I’m a Stay-at-Home Mama

May 4th, 2011

Yesterday I was driving in the car with my babes (the cheese wagon. WOOT!) and we were talking about how daddy goes to work to provide for the family and mama stays home to teach and train the babes.

Oh yea.

I’m not home to be a “work-at-home-mom”, I’m hear to teach and train my kiddos, and that is my number one priority.

How quickly I forget…

If You’re Still Breathing, You Have Time To Change

May 3rd, 2011

Thread Heart

Listen, if you fear failure, and you struggle with, “why bother” and you get excited and you start things and then fall off the wagon, know this:

I am you.

And I understand and I get where you’re coming from. I fall, I fail, I figure it all out just to lose it. I’m tired a lot, too. But you know what? You are breathing, which means that you have time to change (and when I say “change” I don’t mean become another person with a totally different, magically new personality that no longer struggles, k?).  What I’m saying is that we can keep going…keep trying. You have a choice whether or not you will give up. You can choose to dust yourself off and take another step. Everyday is a choice, and life is hard and we manage. But we don’t manage alone.

We have someone who stands in the gap for us, helping us to change from the inside out. We are already perfect for eternity in Jesus, so now every bit of this life is a process of being made new. He knit us together, He makes us new, and He never gives up when we the seams come loose.

You will fail, and you will come undone at times. It’s okay. Keep going.


My before and after pics of my fridge (day 2 of 31 Days to Clean Martha challenge):

(Yep, this was in my fridge. Blech!)


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Photo Credit: Thread Heart

Ibuprofen, Coffee, and Surrender

May 2nd, 2011

4:30am up and ready to get work done before the babes get up.

6:22am and nothing has been accomplished that I wanted to get accomplished. Things went wrong, Murphy’s Law intervened, and now my head hurts out of frustration and discouragement.

And now?

Now I’m going to go and cuddle with my half-awake babies.

Sometimes you just have to let go of what you think you can control and just give in to how the day leads.

I surrender.

I Was Going to Write a Post, Then I Watched The Royal Wedding

April 29th, 2011

So I’ll leave you with two things today.

One is this quote that is ruminating in my brain:

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. ~ Booker T. Washington

And the second is this:

Spotted IN OUR HOUSE last night: Ratatouille’s cousin

Brave, conquering, hero husband


Caught. Score! (Isn’t he cute?)

Have an excellent, mouse-free weekend friends!


Monday we begin the 31 Day’s to Clean Homemaker’s Challenge! WOOT!

(Group discounts are now available)

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