Thursday, November 8, 2012

1st-4th Grade Bulletin Board


This first picture is of my Christian Evidences bulletin board that I made for this quarter for my 1st-4th grade class. This one wasn't hard either. Especially since my mom had already made the letters on the leaves on her computer and used them previously.  :-) Then all I had to do was come up with the rest.  The pumpkins (orange) are the attendance chart, the soup cans (yellow) are for the food pantry, the Bibles (green) are for when they bring their Bibles.  The sentence strips are laws that we need to learn concerning Christian Evidences such as; Where there is Design, there must be a Designer.  The small green Bibles with pieces hanging from them is the students memory ribbon.

Here is an up close look at the memory ribbon.  I got this idea from Teah McWhorter and April Meacham from their Teach Them To Know God workshops. They say their memory verse and put a piece that has the verse labeled that they learned.  As they learn the appropriate number which for this quarter I said 8 verses minimum and then they receive a book at the end of the quarter that they will receive in the auditorium handed to them by the preacher. They are excited because I have already been asked when do we get our book and when can I say my memory verse and I know it can I say it.

Happy Teaching!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cradle Roll - Baby Moses

This is my cradle roll Bible Class door.  I got the idea from a group I'm in on Pinterest. Thank you ladies for all of the posts.  This was very easy for me to put together because I had all the parts and just had to find the letters in the workroom.  Having a well stocked resource/workroom is very important.

My Cradle Roll class uses the Palma Smiley curriculum. They change characters/lessons once a month. This month my class will be studying Baby Moses. The bulletin board has Abeka cards with pictures of Baby Moses on the wall. I have 5 of them from Baby Moses with his family to his mom giving Moses back to Pharaoh's Daughter after she had weaned him.

We just finished Creation.  I didn't think to take pictures of that wall and door. I used coloring pages that I had colored and made a collage on my door. Then inside I used the Creation numbers set from Teach Them to Know God bookstore by Teah McWhorter and April Meacham. I love their work and we are slowly purchasing their materials.

I will try to post from now on as I change my doors and bulletin boards.

Happy Teaching!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Helpful Hint

I do have another helpful hint. Until I go through the day I can 't always think of things.

I have a magnetic shopping list that I keep on my refigerator. I use it to make a list of the things I run out of as I am cooking or whatever. The girls are even good to help me when they need something for lunches, snacks or schools to write it on the list.

Another thing I have done is to type up all the instructions to washing clothes. Rebekah is good to help me with clothes if I run behind. She actually enjoyed it this summer while I was at work. She went to the list, checked the day of what was to be washed and went to it. 

Hannah's chore is dishes. Hannah leaves a lot of dishes all of over the place and doesn't pick up well after herself so we decided she needed to help with dishes. She enjoyed that too. Hannah also needed to learn laundry since she is the one who puts the clean clothes in the bottom of the closet and when I say put your dirty clothes in the laundry the folded clean clothes go in the laundry. I am working on that. I didn't let her work with the laundry because I didn't want to chance her messing up my clothes. I considered letting her do her own but then I didn't want to chance her messing up her clothes so that I had to rebuy. That doesn't help the budget. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


A friend asked me this morning if I could give her some tips because she thought I was very organized and on top of things. Boy, do I have her fooled. No. I don't have everything organized.  I do however have a lot of lists.  I love sticky notes and note pads.  I jokingly say that I have sticky notes in every room.  Not quite but close.  I do say that if it is not written down it didn't and does not happen.

First things first, I don't have a set plan of how I get things done.  I do write everything I need to accomplish down and I have read a lot of organizing and time managment books and pinned tips and articles on pinterest. You can go to my pinterest board and find a lot of organizing, finances, schedules, etc.  Yesterday I spent the entire day on pinterest. I read articles that I had pinned for later and I also made my Christmas list.  It is almost complete. I just have to fill in a few spaces. I got that done however nothing else really got done yesterday.  I did that while we had a family NCIS marathon on Labor Day.

I do have a few tips I do that I would like to share with you:

First, I get out of bed at 4:45 in the morning, or at least most mornings. I do this so I can exercise and do my daily Bible study before I wake my girls up at 6:15 to get ready for school.  I am not a homeschool mother. That is not for us.  I admire those who do that but we do have a good school here and we are comfortable right now with that.

I get a bath and get ready for the day after the girls get on the bus at 7:00. I also try to lay out dinner or put it in the crockpot depending on what we are having.

I go to work at the church building (I'm the secretary) from 8-12 each day. 

I come home and we have lunch from 12-1 or so. 

After lunch, I do some house work.  This depends on what needs to be done. This is where my lists come in handy. I just walk to the list and tackle what is next on the list.

The girls come in at 3:25 and so I try to be done by then so we can work homework. I then begin supper around 4:30 so that we can eat anywhere between 5:00 and 5:30.  Then the girls help me clear the table and get baths and then if there is any of their laundry  to put away they do that, put up their toys or anything that needs putting away.  Then we sit down as a family to work on the girls Bible bowl chapters.  I try to keep a schedule but I am not so strict with it that I have problems if I can't stick to it.

I have a laundry schedule which helps trememdously. I'll share that with you here:
Monday - bluejeans
Tuesday - light colored clothes
Wednesday - dark colored clothes
Thursday - Bluejeans
Friday - towels and underwear
I use Saturday to finish what didn't get done if I had to miss a day.  I do not do anything on Sunday.

I do make a meal plan. In fact, my oldest daughter just helped me to put together a seven week meal plan. I use family favorites and I also like to try new recipes from pinterest. I also make a point to put any meetings or night activities on my calendar as well so that the meal will be easy for the busiest nights.  I will share that with you as well. This meal plan actually started on August 27th.
August 27th - Monday - girl scout meeting - Chick fil a
August 28th - Tuesday - band meeting - Citrus and Rosemary chicken
August 29th - Wednesday - Bible class - enchiladas
August 30th - Thursday - Girl scout meeting - Hamburger soup - new recipe from pinterest
August 31st - Friday - pizza
September 1 - Saturday - Family fun night at the house - finger foods - football cake, apple pie dip and cinnamon tortilla chips from pinterest
September 2 - Sunday - funeral - eat out
September 3 - Monday - Labor day - brisket
September 4 - Tuesday - Roast in crockpot, mashed potatoes, green beans
September 5 - Wednesday - Brown sugar chicken from pinterest
September 6 - Thursday - Girl scout meeting - Taco soup
September 7 - Friday - clothing closet - pizza night
September 8 - Saturday - clothing closet - chicks in a nest from pinterest
September 9 - Sunday - JEWELS class - eat out
September 10 - Monday - Gospel Meeting - Bankston - eat there
September 11 - Tuesday - Gospel Meeting - Lemon Baked Tilapia
September 12 - Wednesday - Bible Class - Spaghetti
September 13 - Thursday - Football game - potato soup
September 14 - Friday - Football game - Hawaiian Baked Ham and Cheese from pinterest
September 15 - Saturday - Chicken Enchilada pasta from pinterest - or take Hannah out for birthday
September 16 - Sunday - Team B meets - Baked cheesy chicken penne
September 17 - Monday - Stir fry
September 18 - Tuesday - Pork Chops and applesauce recipe form Firm Workout book
September 19 - Wednesday - Bible Class - Fish Sandwiches
September 20 - Thursday - girl scout meeting - Chicken n dumplings
September 21 - Friday - football game - slow cooker chicken ceasar sandwich from pinterest
September 22 - Saturday - VBS - chicken broccoli alfredo from pinterest
September 23 - Sunday - Bible Bowl -
September 24 - Monday - chicken casserole
September 25 - Tuesday - basil and garlic stuffed chicken from pinterest
September 26 - Wednesday - Bible Class - Chicken sandwich
September 27 - Thursday - football game - taco soup
September 28 - Friday - football game - pizza grilled cheese
September 29 - Saturday - ladies day - hamburgers
September 30 - Sunday - 5th Sunday singing and fellowship - baked cheesy chicken penne from pinterest
October 1 - Monday - girl scout service unit meeting - Colorado chile burritos from pinterest
October 2 - Tuesday - cilantro lime chicken tacos
October 3 - Wednesday - Bible class - twice baked potato casserole
October 4 - Thursday - Girl Scout meeting - potato soup
October 5 - Friday - football game - sandwich night
October 6 - Saturday - family fun night - pizza hut cheese bread from pinterest
October 7 - Sunday - Team A meets - chicken cordon bleu casserole from pinterest
October 8 - Monday - Ladies Bible class - Loaded baked potato salad
October 9 - Tuesday - Cilantro lime shrimp  from pinterest
October 10 - Wednesday - Bible class - ranch pork chops in the slow cooker from pinterest
October 11 - Thursday - Girl scout meeting - chicken n dumplings
October 12 - Friday - football game - sandwich night
October 13 - Saturday - chicken enchilada slow cooker from pinterest

When making my meal plan I tried to deem certain nights certain food.  Football nights are sandwich nights. We used to eat at the games but that gets way too expensive so I am going to feed the family before we leave that way it is only a drink and maybe something small for the girls at the game.  Wednesday nights are easy nights for Bible class. Thursday nights are my oldest's football games (she is in the junior high band and they play at home games) or it is girl scout night (I am the girls' troop leader) so those nights are soup nights - this works well for fall and winter. Tuesday nights are the nights that we are at home so those are the new recipe nights. Saturday nights are college game days so we do fun things on those days.  Mondays I have 2 nights I am away at night and those are easier suppers and the rest can be new recipes.  Sunday's are either work team meetings, eating at home, or eating out.  I am trying to keep our eating out to a minimum in order to save money. Knowing our day to day schedule helps to determine my menu plan.

My next thing to do is to make a cleaning schedule. I do have the motivated moms app on my phone and I follow it some. I also just finished a book called the Happy Homemaker.  This is a really old book but it did have some good tips. I am going to work on figuring out a cleaning schedule and then I'll post that schedule here. 

That is about it for me so far.  I am working on more organizing and helpful systems to help my family be more organized and therefore more stress free.  That is my duty as a mom. To keep the home stress free and calm.

Thanks for reading!

Happy Homemaking!

Saturday, June 23, 2012


We had VBS last week.  I am finally getting the pictures posted. 

Students making their treasure maps for craft time.  This was a map on 11x17 paper that they could color then glued/taped to paper towel rolls and then tied with yarn.
 Students in our fellowship building.
 Our ship (made from a table and two quilting stands, dowel rods and twine). This was used for our snack display.

Our ship with our first nights snack. This was made with blue jello topped with an orange cut in quarters and a construction paper cut in a triangle placed in orange with a toothpick.

Our ship with our telescopes.

Our telescopes.  Made from a simply sandie cookie, an ice cream cone, a mini reese cup, and blue icing.  The surprise inside is m&m's.

Our telescope craft made from a toilet paper roll wrapped in construction paper and a yellow paper cup. It moves!

Our pigs in a blanket snack night.

More snacks

 This was made by one of our members. The anchor was cut from my cricuit and they glued tissue paper to it.  Colored the ship and held in place with a brad.
This is our sand cup night.  We crushed golden oreos and placed in a cup hid a gummy fish inside then used vanilla pudding. Topped with more oreos and an umbrella.

Our last night was ice cream sundaes.

Our other crafts were a compass made from a small paper plate with an arrow and the letters N,S,E,W cut from the cricuit and glued to the plate. A brad was used to secure the arrow.

Our last craft was a treasure chest made from an egg carton.  We took some contact paper and covered the top of the egg carton (where all the words are) so they had a clean slate to start with. Then the students glued jewels to the top of the egg carton. I cut a lock out of cardstock with the cricut and they glued that to the egg carton. 

Thanks for hopping by!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My New Card Files

Yesterday I spent a little bit in my room sorting all of my cards. When I was a consultant with Close To My Heart I participated in a card swap and I got quite a few cards over the time. I still haven't used any. Well, I decided to separate by type and then label each box so it would be a lot easier to find my cards instead of having them all piled in one big box. This is what I came up with; those $1 small sized cd crates that were stacked in my office empty.  The only thing I am missing at the moment is the labeling because there was no paper in the labeler when I went to print. 

I am sorry that the bottom picture is sideways and I can't figure out how to rotate it anymore.

I have ten of these for my cards and they are on a shelf in my craft room closet.  I could be a spokes person for these little things as I use them for everything: my exercise cd's are in them, my stamps and the girls each have one under the sink in their bathroom to store their toiletries to help keep things tidy in the guest bathroom.

My Desk

I just had to take a picture of my desk to prove that I had actually cleaned off and reorganized my desk space. I decided that I wanted to put my cricut on my desk so I could eliminate one table out of my office/craft space.  I want to put a full size bed and nightstand in here so that when we have a house full we all have a place to sleep.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wow It Has Been A While

Wow!  I just realized that I have not been on or posted on my blog for a month.  I totally apologize for those who have been reading and following.  That means I have two ladies bulletins to add to the blog.  I will begin working on those this week. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Well we are back to organization. I am pleased to announce that I have a desk. I pretty one at that. My father in law made it for my husband and I while we were in Texas and my office/craft room has the perfect spot for it, so I get to keep the desk.  I have a spot in the floor that is clean and a walkway from the desk to the door.  No pictures at this time.  I want to wait until I am a little further to add a picture. Maybe next time.  The scrapbooking side has been cleaned.  The desk has items that need to be filed which I plan to work today once it starts raining.  I would like to work outside until then.  I need to work on the Bible class items side. This side is a little more to work on but I have filling drawers in the garage that most of this belongs in so I do have a plan for that. 

Daily Bible Reading, Thursday, March 22, JOB 23-24

Oohy-Gooey Bars

Oohy-Gooey Bars


1 yellow cake mix                                                        3 eggs

1 stick margarine (melted)                                         1 box confection sugar

8 oz. cream cheese (softened)                                  cake pan

Bottom layer:

                 Mix yellow cake mix, one egg, and melted butter. (I melt my butter in the cake pan, and then I don’t have to spray the pan with Pam). This mixture will be very thick and gooey. You will need to use the bottom of a spoon or your fingers to spread the mixture across the bottom of the pan.

 Top layer:

With a mixer beat cream cheese and two eggs together until smooth. Gradually add confection sugar to the mixture. Once everything is mixed well, spread mixture over the bottom layer.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool before cutting.

Elaine Peters

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Life of Christ Review Game for ages 2-5 year old class

I finally finished the review game that I thought up based on the game Candyland.  I needed a review for the 2-5 year old class that was age appropriate. So, I decided to make my own for the teachers to use. This game was quite simple to make now that I have finished a little time consuming when you include coloring but I think it turned out well personally. 

1 piece of poster board
4 different colors of cardstock (you can use more if you would like)

Pictures from different areas of the Life of Jesus ( I chose his birth, Good Samaritan for parables, healing blind man for miracles, picture of Jesus beside tomb for death, burial, and resurrection, and a Bible school teacher and children for the church, and a piece of gold with the word Heaven)

The squares are 2x2 size. The white card pieces are 1 3/4 x 3 with a 1 x 1 or so piece or two pieces. These are the space movers. There are also space movers that have a small colored square and one of the activity pieces on it so they can move to that space. There is a card for each space on the board.
Also, on the board are certain activities for instance: sing Jesus Loves Me, Sing the B-I-B-L-E, You told a parable to a friend so move ahead 3 spaces, then the third space says Tell a friend your favorite parable, then there is one that says You gained your sight so search for the lost coin, etc. ( you get the idea, whatever you studied that quarter).

The character pieces are 2x2 size of the different colors and I only made 8 but you can make as many as you would like. Then I just used clip art pieces from different pieces of the Life of Christ.

Hope you enjoy!

Daily Bible Reading, Thursday, March 15, JOB 21-22

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Daily Bible Reading, Tuesday, March 13, 1 SAMUEL 1-5

The Bookshelf - No Greater Joy

             No Greater Joy
             Sheila Keckler Butt

             This book emphasizes the awesome responsibility God given to mothers who are uniquely qualified to fulfill this role. It is full of personal illustrations and practical suggestions for raising children who will bring “no greater joy.”

             There is no career more challenging or more rewarding than being a mother to the glory of God. This study is intended to be an inspiration and a springboard for one’s growth as a Christian mother. The last chapter is written woman to woman, discussing how to be the wife of a happy husband within God’s institution of marriage.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cicero Cookies

Cicero Cookies

2 cups sugar                                            1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup cocoa                                            ½ cup peanut butter

1 stick margarine                                    3  cups uncooked oatmeal

½ cup canned milk

Mix first five ingredients and cook thirty seconds, after it comes to a boil.  Put in peanut butter and stir quickly until it melts.  Mix in oatmeal quickly.  Put on wax paper.  Add ½ cup nuts if desired.

Do Not Double!

This recipe was given to my grandmother by Irene Cicero.  That is why we called them Cicero cookies.

Irene Cicero

Daily Bible Reading, Thursday, March 8, JOB 19-20

Monday, March 5, 2012

Daily Bible Reading, Monday, March 5, GENESIS 36-39

TLC for Children

            Children need a lot of T.L.C., and God has planned for parents to provide it for them. Parents have the awesome task of teaching an uncoordinated, self-centered, helpless infant to be self-sufficient, loving and considerate of others. Parents love, teach, praise, discipline, worry about, and make sacrifices for their children; and then comes the hard part: letting them go (Although someone once said the reason God made teenagers was so parents would be willing to let them go!).

             We usually think of T.L.C. as Tender, Loving, Care and certainly children need a lot of it.  Titus 2:4 teaches that women should love their children. Love is more than words and hugs, although they are certainly a part of it.  Proverbs 13:24 says, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 29:15 says, “A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” T.L.C. for children means many things.

             T.L.C. could stand for Train Little Children. God puts the burden of teaching or training children upon parents. Secular schools and Bible schools have a part in teaching, but the primary responsibility is upon parents. Training is the process of helping a child learn to discipline himself. Any child can be sweet and lovable when everything is going his way.  The true test comes when he
is told he may not have or do something. Typically a small child will cry or throw a temper tantrum, and that is perfectly normal.  That is, it is normal for  a small child. Parents have the job of helping their child learn to accept the fact that he cannot always have his own way.  A child who never learns this will grow into an adult who always insists on his own way. This type of person is not only obnoxious to associate with, but worse, he will have little chance of going to heaven. God has set rules for us to follow and in order to go to heaven, we must live our lives God’s way, by God’s rules, not according to our own desires.  A child who learns at an early age to submit to parents, will find it much easier at an older age to submit to God.
             Another T.L.C. for parents could be Talk, Listen, and Communicate. Communication is vital in any relationship and is usually accomplished by talking and listening. Both should be done in proper amounts. Parents should not do all the talking with no regard for a child’s feelings, but neither should they do all the listening and allow the child to set the rules. Helping children to develop good judgment requires years of talking and listening.
             Parents must also teach their children To Love Christ. Without a deep love and respect for Christ and His Word, there is no hope for either our children or for us to go to heaven. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matt.22:37). Another important T.L.C. for our children, is to teach them To Live Contentedly. Our world is full of toys suitable for any age from the battery powered, musical cradle to the climate controlled sports car with heads-up display, TV and on-board driving directions. All of these toys are fun, but few in this world have the means to indulge in all of them.  Paul said he had learned “in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:11). Children-and parents-need to learn to be content with what the parents can afford. Happiness is not about “things”.
             Giving children T.L.C. does not mean indulgence. It means loving them enough to help them be all they can be in service to God. It means using a correct balance between gentleness and harshness, just as God uses the correct balance with His children. “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” (Rom.11:22).

By Ginny Knox

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Bookshelf - Loving Your Husband

             Loving Your Husband

              Loving Your Husband is written by Patsy Loden. This is an 11 week Bible study workbook on Marriage.  This book is about transforming your marriage and honoring your covenant.  This book is only for women.  This book is full of scripture and practical application. This book is about building a house of love and not just keeping house. This book is for the newly married woman and also the woman that has been married for many years. 

Patsy Loden has been teaching the Loving Your Husband classes for years and now she has put the classes into book form. The classes are also on DVD through World Video Bible School.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Daily Bible Reading - FEBRUARY

Here is the February Daily Bible Reading. If you need to catch up with the reading because I didnt' get it posted like I should then you can read February's reading the same time you read the reading from March. The March reading is already scheduled for daily reading.  It should post each day.


          The Bible is a wonderful book of love.  The entire Bible is based on the love of God.  God created man because He loved us.  God created a plan of salvation because He loved us.  God created the Bible because He loved us.  God gave us specific books and chapters in the Bible to help us with understanding and showing our love to Him, to our spouses, to our children, to our family, friends, neighbors and enemies.

           The book Song of Solomon is a love letter from a husband to his wife.  God created woman for man so he would not be  alone and that he would have a suitable help meet (Gen 2).

            First Corinthians thirteen is the greatest chapter on love penned by Paul.  I ask you to read chapter 13 first then go back and read it again inserting your name in the place of charity/love.  This is what this chapter is all about. 
          The first three verses teach us that everything we do should be in love, without it nothing else matters.  Verses 4-8 define the word charity/love and teach us how to love.  Verses 9-13 teach us how to grow in charity/love.  
Love however is ever lasting.  Love will never pass away.  Love is always needed every day.  Love for God. Love for spouse. Love for children. Love for friends. Love for the church. Love for neighbors. Love for enemies.  Love for the lost.
Faith, hope, and love abideth. As all else passes away, these three will abide forever. Faith is personal. Our faith will get us to Heaven. “Faith is no longer faith when it is seen. One day when the Christian finds himself in the presence of God, faith will be replaced by sight.”43
Hope is for an eternal home with God based on our personal faith. Our hope of Heaven comforts us in knowing there is a Heaven and that if we remain faithful we will go to Heaven. “Hope is no longer hope when it is fulfilled. One day in heaven all the hopes and dreams of Christians will turn to reality.”44
          Love is now and forever.  Love is outward. Love is acted upon others. Love is the greatest because “God is love”(I Joh. 4:8).    Our love sustains us while on earth and while in Heaven. “Why is love greater than either faith or hope? Both faith and hope will last until the end of time. Yet each of them are but steps toward the gates of the city foursquare. Love reaches beyond those gates and into the eternal city itself. The perfect law will have led men to prepare to meet the perfect Christ in a perfect home.”43
Paul’s teaching on love is one that every Christian needs to learn.  Love is of God.  Love is for others.  Love thinks about others first and themselves last.  Love puts God and the church in the forefront of his mind so as not to damage any Christian.  Love looks out for each other. Love teaches others about Christ and His church to save the lost so they can have the greatest of the Christian graces: love.  Love that abides forever.



Well, I see now that I have not posted the February bulletin and here it is time for the March.  As well as the daily Bible Readings. I will get everything posted over the weekend and set back up. I got busy with Friends and Family Day and Bible Class curriculum and didn't get things on the blog. Sorry about that.  I will have a few postings when I finish the Bible Class curriculum this month.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Recipes - Chicken Casserole

This is a favorite recipe in our house.  This recipe is easy to make and great to take to others or potlucks.

4 chicken breasts or 1 whole chicken (cooked and deboned)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 (16 ounce) sour cream
1 tube ritz crackers
1 stick of butter
Layer chicken in bottom of 13x9 casserole dish.  Mix cream of chicken soup and sour cream together, layer over chicken.  Crush crackers and layer over soup mixture. Melt butter and pour over the top of the crackers.  Place in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Serve with rice and green beans. 

I made this last night with canned chicken and halfed the recipe.  This actually tasted good.  That made it a quick and easy meal in 30 minutes.  Another good way to make this quick is to have your chicken already cooked and deboned and put in the freezer, then all you have to do is defrost the chicken.  The longest part of this recipe is defrosting, cooking, and deboning chicken.  That is why I tried the canned chicken and am thinking of quicker ways to cook a meal.  Sometimes you just don't have time to defrost.

Daily Bible Reading

Well, it looks like I got behind again. It has been really busy around here lately.  I will get the daily Bible reading fixed.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Daily Bible Reading

I am so sorry that I didn't get anything posted the last couple of days.  I didn't realize that I didn't have it scheduled.

Here is the Daily Bible Reading for:
Feb 1 - Psalms 12-14
Feb 2 - Job 9-10

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Daily Bible Reading January 17 JOSHUA 11-15

The Bookshelf - Recipe for Peace

Recipe for Peace

Janie Craun

             You can be assured that the peace foretold by Old Testament prophets and promised by Jesus and His apostles is attainable. It’s as simple as following the instructions in a cookbook. Janie Craun has found a recipe for peace in the Bible, our spiritual cookbook.

             In 13 lessons of study, you will be encouraged to seek “the peace that passes understanding” using seven ingredients called for by Paul in Philippians. Like any good cookbook, A Recipe  for Peace offers appetizers, some things to chew on that require a little thought, and, of course, recipes, specifically bread recipes.

The saying “No God, no peace; know God, know peace” describes the dilemma of today’s woman perfectly.  by following the ingredients provided in the Bible and following A Recipe for Peace, women can create a life that is well done.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Daily Bible Reading January 12 JOB 3-4

Cheese Ball

This recipe is from my aunt Sandra Rouse.  My girls do not think you can have any kind of party without the cheese ball.  We always enjoy this recipe for all of our get togethers.  I had it at my wedding and my cousin had it at her shower. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Cheese Ball recipe

1 (8 ounce) sharp cheese                                       1/2 teaspoon onion salt

1 (8 ounce) medium cheese                                  1 teaspoon garlic salt

2 (8 ounces each)cream cheese                                  1 Tablespoon white vinegar

                                                                                  1 heaping Tablespoon mayonnaise

Knead cheeses together.  Add the seasonings and vinegar and mayonnaise. Knead together.  Roll in chopped pecans and paprika.

(Let the cheeses come to room temperature and they are easier to work).

Sandra Rouse

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


            When putting up decorations or taking something out why can't it go back the way it was before?  I have just finished packing up all the inside decorations and of course it seems that nothing went back the way it had been.  Well, since I have deemed 2012 as the year of me then I guess I am going to begin with organization.  I know saying the year of me seems to be selfish but in all my studies I have learned that I need to take care of me spiritually, physically, and mentally before I can take care of others.  It is like when you are flying, the safety instructions tell you to put your mask on first before you try to help others. Why is that? Well, if you pass out you can't help anyone. So, that is why I have deemed 2012 the year of me.
             Now back to organization.  If you know me then you know that organization has not been my style. I posted a picture of what is my craft space and you can't tell anything about the room.  One thing that I have always wanted was a clean, neat, organized, home. That starts with me. Everyone else seems to have one so why can't I?  My first priority is to God. My second priority is to my husband. My third priority is to my children. My second and third priorities are given to my by God and taking care of them as God would have me is a priority to given to me by God. So, in so doing organizing my house then I will be taking care of me, my family and my responsibility given to my by God.
              So, how will I do this? I am no professional organizer by any means. My favorite tv show on HGTV used to Mission: Organization. They would have an organizer come in and talk with the person about the space and ask questions and then help them organize the space based on their answers.  I have some taped so I will begin by rewatching those.  I also have some books on the subject as well. Here are the books I will be using to get my home they way I want it: comfortable, loving, clean, neat, lived-in, and warm. 

                                   Reclaim Your Life by Vicki Norris (she was on Mission:Organization)
                                   The Idiot's Guide to Organizing Your Life by Georgene Lockwood

               I have so many rooms and so many ideas I am having trouble deciding where to begin.  My bedroom, my bathroom, my craft space, the kitchen, the laundry room, hall closet, linen closet, the list could go on and on.  I guess since I just unloaded all of the every day dishes and nothing seems to want to go back to its rightful place in the kitchen I will begin there.  This will be a good place because the kitchen is the heart of the home. 
               I will keep you up on my organizing and cleaning adventures. This should be interesting to say the least. HaHa!

               Is organization easy or hard for you? Do you have any organization tips you would like to offer?  Post a comment....

Daily Bible Reading, January 3, JOSHUA 1-5

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2012

      I am sure you have heard many people make resolutions already this year.  I will be making goals this year.  Goals that are easily attainable if I put the effort into the work it will take.  Here is a list of the goals I have made for 2012.

1. Read my Bible all the way through.
2. Lose 15 pounds by July and 15 pounds by December for a total of 30 pounds in a year.
3. I want to learn to crochet.
4. I want to learn to use my sewing machine.
5. I want to make my own quilt.
6. I want to do more cross-stitching.

Yes, this is just a list of what I would like to do but, I tend not to take care of myself or do relaxing things and I seem to be uptight most of the time. These thought out goals will help me to take care of myself and to unwind more and in so doing I can take care of others.

What are your goals for this year? Leave a comment, I would love to help encourage you throughout the year.

Daily Bible Reading - January 2, GENESIS 1-3

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Daily Bible Reading - January

This year's daily Bible Reading is set up differently than the normal begin in Genesis and go through Revelation.  Too many times a reader gets bogged down for whatever reason at about the book of Leviticus. That is about the time that a reader gets busy, or the new wears off, or Leviticus is just too much to handle with all of the laws and such.  Leviticus is a great book but, that is another topic in itself. This year we will begin reading in Romans. Yes, I said Romans.  Each day will be a different type of reading as follows: Sunday -the Epistles; Monday - The Law; Tuesday - History; Wednesday - Psalms; Thursday - Poetry; Friday - Prophecy; Saturday - The Gospels. 

I still have not figured out the calendar so I will schedule the post for every day.  If you subscribe and become a follower then when I update you can receive an email of each post. This will be helpful if you choose the Daily Bible Reading plan as it will come to your inbox. 

Here is your first week's reading plan.

Today's (Jan 1) reading is: ROMANS 1-2
MONDAY'S (Jan 2) - GENESIS 1-3
THURSDAY (Jan 5)- JOB 1-2
FRIDAY (Jan 6)- ISAIAH 1-6
SUNDAY (Jan 8)- ROMANS 3-4

Happy Reading! I hope you will read with me and enjoy this different reading style.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think and how you are doing.  I have read today, have you?

Commitment To God

                 Today is January 1, 2012. What a wonderful way to begin the new year with worshipping our Heavenly Father.  Let’s think about this day, this year and our commitment to God.

             First, have you made a commitment to God?  Have you put on His name in the watery grave of baptism? Mark 16:15-15 states, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned”.

            If you have not made this commitment yet, take a moment and think about your self, your life.  Begin with thoughtful prayer and thoughtful study.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. There is a book, Am I Ready to Be Baptized?, in the library if you would like to check this book out. This book is a great way to understand and see if you are ready to become a Christian.

             If you have made this commitment what is your relationship now? Did you realize the commitment was to God and no one else? Did you change your thoughts and your ways?  To truly repent, means to change your thoughts and your ways. To make a commitment to God means you understand that you are no longer in control of your life, but that God is in control and you are committed to Him. If you do not or did not understand this, there is nothing wrong with recommitting you life to God like I did. I was baptized at the age of 13 but it wasn’t until I was married with children that I really began to understand and I began questioning my relationship with God.  I was baptized at 2 in the morning in 2006 because I truly had not changed my thoughts and my ways and I wanted to make myself right with God.

          I know many people who have been baptized again.  It is better to know for sure because we can know than to not.

          Now you have made a wonderful commitment to God. What next? Now we continue to grow and study. We teach others whether in a classroom or person to person. We attend each time the doors are open. We get to know and love each other. We enjoy fellowships together. Most importantly, we introduce others to God and the church.  These are just a few and is not a complete list.  There is not a check list that you can make and then say I’ve done this and I’ve done that and I am done. Christianity is a constant work.  It is a happy work. There is a great book, I Am A Christian, Now What that can help with this question.  There is a copy in the library if you would like to check it out.