21.1.18

Scripture and a Snapshot


He hath made the earth by his power, He hath established the world by his wisdom, And hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, And he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings with rain, And bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

Jeremiah 10:12–13 

     My husband called us soon after he left the house Saturday to tell us go outside and look at this rainbow. In just one week we've had snow, freezing cold, rain, and now warmth enough to open the windows. In the extremes and in the beauty, God controls it all. 

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19.1.18

Cold



The snow is melting, but it is colder than ever here now. Snow! Bizarre! This rare to us white stuff is here for the third time this winter, and my body is screaming for springtime. 

My schedule is changing. Maybe my internal clock has shifted. Maybe it broke. Whatever the case, I’ve been awake since 3am. It’s after 8 now. My husband ate his oatmeal and carried his mug of coffee out the door as he headed back to the icy roads. He called to let me know he’s there safe, and instead of my second mug of coffee I just want to crawl back under the covers and close my eyes. 

I just read the Five Minute Friday prompt for the week: intentional... so my thoughts are shared here: 

My hearts desire for myself and my family is that our words and actions point to Jesus. Am I taking intentional steps toward that goal? Yes. Enough? No. But it isn’t about measuring up to someone else’s expectations but instead, day by day, even minute by minute, reaching toward that goal. 

My kids are older now. I set rules before that have become habits now. Bible study before play. Chores too, and school lessons. My own schedule is less regulated but that one “Bible reading first” sets the pace for my day. I feel it when I start without it. 

White space on my calendar is one of those things I’m still trying to be more intentional about. 

My words are slow this morning, and more than five minutes have passed now. 
Jennifer

18.1.18

Kitchen Experiment


We've been planning to bake peanut butter cookies for a few days. Finally, today, we mixed them up. We used this recipe. The pizzelle press has been waiting on the counter, so as we mixed cookie dough I decided to see if it would work. Voila! Success! They are like thin crunchy peanut butter cookies. This is worth repeating. 
Jennifer

13.1.18

Scripture and a Snapshot


According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing shall I be ashamed but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death. Philippians 1:20 

     My oldest daughter has started to live her dream. She has been working and saving, and last month she (with my husband and my mom on the team, too) went on a mission trip to Nicaragua. I’ve loved hearing all about it. The picture I shared last week is when she traced feet to find shoes that fit. They were able to purchase complete uniforms including leather shoes for only about $16 per child. They also packed and passed out bags of food, and until they ran out they also passed out Bibles. The picture is of just one of those who received a Bible. My daughter said that this man cried and kissed it.  

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6.1.18

Scripture and a Snapshot


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

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5.1.18

Motivate

We've been sick so long I've been telling friends our house is now Miller Infirmary.
Housework is so far behind if this really were an infirmary we'd lose our license for sure.

Mess motivates me. Usually. But not today. Not this week.
Illness changes my motivation.
My focus now is my family's health.

My husband who has been the sickest of all needs to drink more, so I watch the clock and bring him something to drink every hour. "Drink it all." He complies and then returns to sleep.

My daughter, also sick, has her make-up date for the ACT scheduled tomorrow. She has been motivated to study and was ready the first time before snow cancelled every plan in the southern half of our state. Now, I just want her completely well.

Motivation changes with circumstances.

Hopefully, next week I'll be more motivated to clean.



I set my timer to five minutes and typed. It's been a while since I have joined Five Minute Friday link-up. I hope your Friday is healthier than ours!

Jennifer


1.1.18

Orange juice


Little things can be so significant. Being thankful for little things can be life changing. My husband heard me when I mentioned that my doctor recommended citrus juice to help increase my iron absorption. He has, without me asking, continued for the three months since then to keep our fridge stocked with orange juice. So when I take iron pills, I have OJ to make it even more effective. And it looks like that life saving blood transfusion was a one time thing. I got great news from my doctor last week that I don’t need to go back for a checkup for another year!



I’m thankful that my husband stocks our fridge with enough orange juice that even if my growing son drinks a few glasses, and does so often, there is still plenty.
Jennifer


30.12.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 

     On Christmas morning, our kids all climbed in our bed and we read the different accounts of the birth of Jesus together from the gospels before opening gifts together around our tree. Such amazing events unfolded just as prophesied that changed our world. 

     It's been a quiet week here as one then another in our family is sick. Sick time is never how we would choose to spend our time together, but we are making the best of it and watching movies between me serving them gatorade, jello, and chicken broth. 

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28.12.17

Indescribable

Indescribable 100 Devotions About God & Science is written for young children. This hardback book by Louie Giglio has devotions, activities, and related facts that are much like the well loved presentations shared by the author for older audiences. Each lesson includes colorful illustrations by Nicola Anderson. 


Years ago, before Louie Giglio was as well known as he is today,  I joined some friends with their group from college at his summer camp at the beach. He shared God's Word in a way that made it clearly a part of everything in our lives. Years later, though still over a decade ago, my husband and I attended Louie Giglio's Indescribable tour. That time, he pulled in NASA images and facts from scientists and researchers that showed evidences of our savior in the far reaches of space and in the tiniest particles of matter. He has a way of explaining that makes things easily understandable. 

I knew when I saw the author's name with this review book, I knew it was one I wanted to read. The text is engaging for children and even includes hands on activities. And in his style, he shares everyday situations and relates them to God's Word.




Product description:  
Giglio believes God's glory is displayed through his creation! Each of his 100 kid-friendly devotions includes a Scripture passage, story, practical application, prayer, and fascinating scientific section to help kids express their faith. Topics include evolution, dinosaurs, space and the universe, molecules, geology and fossils, our amazing bodies, and more. 


Disclosure: B&H Publishing by Frontgate Media provided a copy of this book for this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions shared are my own and that of my family.
Jennifer



23.12.17

Merry Christmas!


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
Luke 2:13-16 

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19.12.17

Markers That Don't Dry Out!

The following is a review of Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

We've had this 12-pack set of Magic Stix Markers for over a month now, and they are just as vivid as when they were brand new. 



Have you done it too...grabbed a marker only to learn it was too dry to mark your paper? We have gone through so many that dried out even with the lids firmly in place. These Magic Stix are different. They have a vented safety cap which means technically, in addition to being safe for young kids, they are also never completely air tight even with the lid on. They also have a handy case with a spot for each marker to conveniently snap into. 



Another feature especially helpful for sensory defensive kiddos is that these markers have no odor! That's a big deal! I've had patients who couldn't handle the scent of shaving cream used in sensory activities, and you know many typical markers have a much stronger scent than that. The bright classic colors are also non-toxic. A lot of attention to detail obviously went into the Magic Stix formula.



We used these on both paper and wood projects. The colors did go through thin paper but work great with cardstock. On wooden ornaments, they showed up very well.


They are now also available in a 24 pack, too! 

Disclosure: The Pencil Grip, Inc. provided a set of their Magic Stix markers for this review. All opinions shared are my own.
Jennifer


16.12.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. Psalm 138:7 

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