Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday Scripture, Sayings, and Suggestions: January 9, 2016

This last week went a lot more smoothly than I thought it would.  It seems everyone was pretty happy about getting back to the routine of things.  Having ice skating on Friday to look forward to helped, I think.  The fact that we take off time from ministry during the month of January allows us to breathe together as a family and I, for one, am enjoying that!
This weekend is a calm one.  We're having what normally would be called a "January Thaw" except we have nothing to thaw!  Yet, my husband has faith and just texted me a picture of his snowmobile all ready to go when the snows do come.  For now, I'll enjoy the warmer temperatures.  
And, I'll enjoy these next few minutes with you before we delve into our weekend of rest. :)


Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
-Matthew 7:12

But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity...
-Psalm 26:11

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
-Psalm 30:1

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
-Psalm 30:4

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
-Psalm 30:8




For only $4.99, you can organize your homeschool, make completing assignments fun for the kids, and save your sanity!  Maybe it's too late for your sanity, but definitely get organzed with this iPad app.  This is, at least, my third year of using it.  Every weekend, I sit in a comfy chair, grab my kids books, and enter their assignments for the week in Homeschool Helper.  During school, the iPad is in a central place where the children may come find their assignment and check them off as they complete them.  It will help you keep track of grades and allow you to record field trips and attendance.  You can also archive each year!
Of all the planners I have used over the years, this is, by far, the best. And, the $4.99 is a one-time fee.  No yearly subscriptions.  Go, check it out and make your life easier!


photo and recipe courtesy of

Home-made candy is daunting.  I never have a candy thermometer and I am terrified of anything that takes a ton of time, expensive ingredients and 50 steps, only for me to mess it up.  So, when I found this recipe for one of my favorite confections which boasted only 4 ingredients and NO CANDY THERMOMETER, I immediately clicked on it.  Then I went to the store and bought the ingredients I didn't have (I was low on everything that week).  
Then I made them.  
Then I fell in love.  
Melt in your mouth buttery goodness.  


Basically, anything by Ann Tatlock is a fantastic read.  However, if you love historical fiction, the Legacy Editions are exceptional.  A Room of My Own takes place during the Depression and gives us a close look at the camps that were built in our nation by families who had lost their jobs and homes.  We also see the violence that often accompanied the organization of labor unions and the suspicion of others being part of the Communist Party.  
While my pathetic description thus far sounds like a history book, it is not.  What I love about Ann Tatlock is that she researches her subjects deeply so that I learn things I never knew about a period and then creates a wonderfully personal story surrounding real life happenings.  This particular tale is told through the eyes of a young girl, but I become attached to all the characters that come in and out of her life.  
During these cold months, discover a new favorite author in Ann Tatlock and start with this book.


Yesterday, January 8, was the 60th anniversary of the deaths of five missionaries whose tale has become legendary and has placed them in the Christian Hall of Faith. The above is not a video, but a wonderful audio recording of Elisabeth Elliot giving us a personal biography of her husband, Jim.  Included are priceless recordings of the Auca Indians and of Jim Elliot, himself.  Set aside an hour and listen to this with your family.  

After listening to this, listen to the actual memorial service that was held for the five martyrs just one week later in Ecuador.  Video footage with photos and quotations from the men are included.  

I love this song, He is No Fool, based on the quote above by Jim Elliot.  This video shows us the lives of two great missionaries who gave all, then makes us think of what WE are doing with our lives for Christ.  

I guess I'm leaving you with some sobering thoughts this weekend, but it is good to meditate on our lives and if we are fulfilling our purpose.  May you live for Him this week.

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