..::Powerful words from Ezekiel::..

Ezekiel 33--
  "his blood will be on his own head"(v. 5)   vs.   "I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood"(v. 6)

I am so challenged and convicted by today's reading from Ezekiel.  All 20 verses of it!  The chapter starts out with a charge from the Lord to Ezekiel to tell his countrymen "when I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head."(vs. 2-5)
First of all it says when I bring the sword...  The LORD doesn't say that we will have smooth sailing, and abundance of peace and prosperity here on earth.  He says that we will encounter blessings, like "the sword" and persecution for the sake of the gospel.  That's right, I called those things blessings.  How else would we learn to be made more like Christ without experiencing even a fraction of the things that Christ endured??
Verses 7-11...  "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.  When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.  But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.  

Oh my...  so if a watchman is one who announces what he sees, as believers, we are all watchmen.  We are to watch over our community and give warning..  Act on what we see..
I see a community of lostness.  I see families that are hurting, people that are dying apart from Christ.  I see souls that are trying to fulfill their deepest longings and desires with EVERYTHING except Jesus!  As I see these things, I notice that God's word says that if I do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his ways, the wicked man will die for his own sins and I will be held accountable for his blood...  I hold the answers of the free gift of salvation, peace, joy and eternal security.  How much must I hate someone to not share these things with the destitute, deprived, defeated members of my community.  I will be held without excuse...

Colossians 1:9-14 says, "and so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Lord, because of the deliverance of my soul, because of the transfer of my eternal citizenship, because of the forgiveness of my sins, may I be found worthy of you!  May I be compelled and motivated by the goodness of YOU and may I overflow these things.  May I be intentional, purposeful and diligent in being a watchman for Senatobia.  

Phonics song!

Today, we found this on the internet!  Youtube has turned out to be a great educational resource.  :)
Will is not the happiest about doing school work.  As a matter of fact he is pretty huffy and grumpy about it most of the time.  That's ok though.  I'm not too concerned about letting his mood dictate our school day!  He's not the boss of me!!


Pray for Ethiopia

Today the kids learned about Ethiopia and of course I decided to let them make a craft to help them remember what they learned.

They each have things on their paper that they want to pray for concerning Ethiopia.  Even Ana contributed and enjoyed the activity!  

The continent of Africa is their footprint -- Romans 10:15.  The color of the three papers is the color of the Ethiopian flag.  Those are coffee beans (don't tell Jay) glued on their map in the place of Ethiopia because coffee is the main export in Ethiopia.  

Yay for being able to homeschool my children and teaching them to have a love for the nations!


Yep, it's Monday

What a day!  I started this morning at 8:30 (one of the luxuries of home schooling my kids.)  We ate breakfast, I had my coffee, we got dressed, then we went upstairs to the school room.  Now, I'm not quite sure yet what to do with a 2 year old while I'm teaching a 5 year old and an 11 year old, but I gave it my best effort..  She tore down the school room, played in the toilet, took apart and put together every puzzle she has all while screaming in frustration because of ALL the pieces EVERYWHERE!!  I finally decided that what she needed was to participate.  SO...  she did!  Why didn't I think of that sooner??  She mocked everything big brother said!  Today we worked on rhyming words, made up silly rhymes, read and discussed a couple of books, watched a book that was read by the author on youtube, played an interactive word game on the computer (http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/construct/), and worked on some sight words!  All of that before lunch... actually, by 11...  whew!!  No wonder I need a nap!  :)
I'm still working on getting the hang of schooling 3 COMPLETELY different ages...  (preschool, elementary school and middle school) But I'm so thankful for the opportunity to do it!  Right now, I help Chloe with her school work while Ana takes a nap.  She is great at doing her work alone, but she just needs some motivation and a little explanation with some things.
By the way, I also did laundry, got 3 bags of my clothes together to take to Goodwill, cooked dinner, and cleaned house (although it doesn't look like it now!)  I need a vacation!!  Or maybe just a hot bath...


...at it again...

So, Jay and I have been praying through adopting again.  This time, internationally.  This time, Ethiopia.  July 11th, we drove to Columbus, MS to attend an information meeting at the Bethany office.  We received tons of information and as of 11pm tonight, we completed the formal application and sent it in!  I have no idea how long this process will take, but we are sure of this, it will not happen one day sooner than the Lord has already ordained!

Stay tuned...


Birthday Week

I am a firm believer in celebrating one's day of birth, but for some reason, I just do not feel that a day is enough for a mother to enjoy.  I have instituted the Birthday Week.  This year, my week began on Sunday, August 7th and will end on Saturday, August 13th.  My actual birthday is August 12th.  I have had many people ask how to implement the birthday week, so I decided to put the rules in "writing".

Rule #1:  You must feel the NEED for an entire week.  If you do not feel the need for a week to be set aside honoring your birth, your birthday week will not be celebrated, enjoyed or recognized.

Rule #2:  You should begin telling your family 2 weeks prior to your birthday week that your week is approaching.

Rule #3:  On your birthday week, you do not have to cook, clean up after dinner, or do anything that you do not want to do.  The way to avoid said tasks is to say the phrase, "I'm sorry.  It's my birthday week", in a sweet Birthday Girl voice.

Rule # 4:  Children do NOT get a birthday week.  They are indeed very special, and I completely believe that they are a blessing from the LORD.  However, they have 51 weeks devoted to the day of their birth.

Rule #5:  Gifts are not a necessary part of the celebration of birthday week, only special treatment that is not implemented the other 51 weeks of the year.

Rule #6:  If for any reason, you feel that one day in your birthday week was not properly acknowledged, you may add to the end of your week.  For example:  Monday, August 8th did not receive proper treatment, so my birthday week will now end on Sunday, August 14th instead of Saturday the 13th.
This is not limited to one improperly acknowledged day, but limited only to your discretion as the Birthday Week Girl.

Rule # 7:  Your husband only receives a birthday week also if, and only if, he does not have 51 weeks devoted to the day of his birth as previously described in Rule #4.

Rule #8:  Enjoy your week!  You're the Birthday Girl!!