Five Minute Friday ~ Joy

It's time again for another five minute Friday. This week's prompt is the word Joy. Hosted over on Kate's blog, Heading Home.

What do I think about when I think about the word Joy? I think about years past when I learned the acronym for the word JOY in Sunday school - Jesus, Others, You. It is a simple way to remember to always put Jesus first in your life and He will give you true joy. I also think about the song Joy to the World, especially at this time of the year. Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Joy to the World, the Saviour reigns! The whole word should have been joyful when Christ was born. The world should also be joyful that He reigns over the earth. He is the one who has a plan for everything. Be joyful, the Lord has come and He reigns!



Wordless Wednesday

Our church had their children’s Christmas play this past Sunday and my youngest daughter was Mary.


Menu Plan Monday ~ 12/5/16

menu plan monday
Our menu for this week:
Monday ~ BBQ Chicken
Tuesday ~ Chili
Wednesday ~ ?? (maybe leftovers)
Thursday ~ out with church group
Friday ~ Boys will be at Trail Life campout, so I’m not sure what us girls will eat
Saturday ~ Suppose to be cold, so maybe chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese

Be sure to click the image above to see more menus at orgjunkie.com


Scripture and a Snapshot ~ 12/4/16

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Scripture and Snapshot


Five Minute Friday ~ Crave

Today's word prompt from the five minute Friday blog is Crave.

What do you crave? Most of us crave food items from time to time. Or we crave other things. But do we ever crave the Bible? Do we crave God? I have to admit that I don't crave God like I should. We talked about this in Sunday School recently and it has stuck with me. There are things we need in order to live. Air, food, water, and shelter. Without those things, we would eventually die. As a Christian, I also need God in my life. I need to crave God. In order to fulfill this craving, I need to be reading from the Bible and listening to God's Word. Here are a few passages about craving God.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 42:1-2 (KJV)

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 4:13-14 (KJV)

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psalm 63:1 (KJV) 

 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
Psalm 143:6 (KJV)


Our Favorites From This Year ~ Homeschool Review Crew

Meet the Homeschool Review Crew Curriculum Favourites for 2016

We have reviewed many great products and curriculum this year. But now it's time for the Blue Ribbon Awards. The Homeschool Review Crew and has voted for our favorites. Click on the image to see what other crew members favorites were for the year.

The following are my kids top five favorites from this past year:

5. Homeschool in the Woods ~ They all loved learning about the election and this lap book was the perfect fit for our family.

4. Homeschool Legacy ~ What a great product to learn about Thanksgiving.

3. Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids ~ Another great product that all of my kids enjoyed.

2. Kwik Stix ~ My girls loved drawing with these and still use these today. Even my 13 year old son liked drawing/painting with these.

1. The Cat of Bubastes, Beric the Briton, and The Dragon and The Raven ~ We love all the Heirloom Audio Productions and we are looking forward to there being more this coming year.

Next is a list of my favorite products that I reviewed for adults:

3. The Old Schoolhouse Hey Mama! Planner ~ This is a great planner and I love how it is set up.

2. My FreezEasy ~ Love having meals already prepped in the freezer.

1. CrossTimber ~ These products are great and make great gifts.

We are looking forward to having a great 2017 and reviewing many more great products.


Five Minute Friday ~ Surrender

This week's five minute Friday word is surrender. I realize the "rules" are to just write freely for five minutes with no editing and no over-thinking, but when I saw the word I had to do a little digging.

When I saw the word for this week's five minute Friday, the first thing that popped into my head was the song I Surrender All. I've sung it many times in church, but never stopped to really think about what it means. So, I just googled about the author and how he came to write the song. It was written in 1896 by Judson W. Van DeVenter after he came to the decision to be a full-time evangelist. We are to surrender everything when we follow God's will for our lives. He will take care of us.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live. 
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my bless'd Savior,
I surrender all. 
All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now. 
All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine. 
All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me. 
All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!




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