Praying for God’s Will?

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When we pray for God’s will be done, are we really wanting His will to be done? Sometimes we pray this but what we really mean is, “please let it turn out the way I want it to”.

If we pray for His will to be done in a certain situation, we must by faith, accept the outcome as indeed His will.

Doesn’t He promise us

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28?

Even if the situation does not appear to be going “our way”, if we prayed for His will be done, we must have faith that He knows what is best and is working things out for our good.

How miserable, to pray for God’s will but then not believe that He has answered it.

Renee Zelwiger Not to be an Elf in latest Hobbit

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Had to share this cause she does not look like the same woman at all!

Originally posted on coNZervative:

10647477_600x400Renee Zellwegger’s appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood awards on Monday night (US time) has sparked a flurry of questions … about her face.  It’s completely different.  So, obviously injections or surgery.  Overall she looks good and at least the results have avoided her membership of the ‘Pinched Elven Look’ club (ala Liberace and Joan Rivers, et al). 

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Preaching error and making confident assertions with seemingly full assurance

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. (1 Timothy 1:6-7 NASB)

God is not the author of confusion. His truth is clear and discernable by the regenerate heart. On the other hand, our enemy, being the source of lies and deception, must create a climate in which what his false teachers expound is disguised as the truth and there will be attempts by those defending these false teachings to demand tolerance so that their error will not be open to detailed scrutiny. It is all a paradigm of smoke and mirrors. Rob Bell has taught, for instance, that it is wrong to use the Bible as our plumb line, our standard of truth…

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Home School Update and Music Monday

Last week was our first week back as a full-time home school, and I must say I was very pleased with how it went. Beauty worked hard for me and Buck remains enthused.

I incorporate the “Traffic Signal” technique to help Beauty stay focused and self-modify her behavior.

Web   I print this out and hang on the wall in the school room. Each child also has a picture of themselves on either side of the green light. If they struggle with attention and behavior, they move up to yellow as a warning. If the undesirable behavior continues, their picture moves up to red. With red comes a negative consequence. For Beauty this would mean so many minutes taken away from her golf cart driving time or losing the privilege of playing on her aunt’s tablet.  This works really well, as Beauty does not like to think she goes to yellow, let alone red.

Here is a look at today:

IMG_20141020_091455_625 Beauty using the interlocking letter cards to spell out this week’s spelling words.

IMG_20141020_094203_379Writing her spelling words 3 x’s each. This helps her learn to spell the words as well as practice her handwriting, as she tends to get a bit sloppy.

IMG_20141020_094504_528 Buck learning to write the letters of his name.IMG_20141020_094632_025

IMG_20141020_095224_349 “Up the ladder, down the slide and across the monkey bars”- Hey, whatever works!

While reading, writing, math, Bible and concepts are studied daily, each day of the week brings its own “Special” subject. Monday-Music, Tuesday-Art, Wednesday-Science, Thursday-Social Studies/History and Friday-Speech (for Beauty)

That makes today Musical Monday.

We come from a small, country church that is predominately acapella. We still sing the old hymns. Side Note: I’ll be starting a series on these old hymns soon! I come from a long line of “church singers”, song leaders, ministers and elders. Buck is already being groomed as a song leader Smile. This is our focus on Musical Monday. We are learning some of the favorite hymns from our church’s song book. Right now we are focusing on just the words and melody. When they are ready, we will break into music theory and reading the notes.

“We can’t afford a Christian President”

Originally posted on A Mom Looking Up:

A brother-in-Christ told our Wednesday night prayer group that someone said this to him a while back, when they were discussing Mike Huckabee.

How many times have you heard this?

I’ve heard something similar, like, “A Christian president would never get elected in today’s world, so it’s better not to waste your vote on someone who will only lose. Go for the lesser evil of the two guys who have a shot at winning”.

While it is a sad commentary of the direction this country has turned, I believe it goes much deeper than that.

America most certainly CAN afford a Christian president. In fact, we cannot afford NOT to have one.

That is what the demonic powers-that-be know. We can call them the global elitists if we want, but they are really puppets of the demonic forces/principalities that are chomping at the bit to get full control of this…

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Back “home”

Well, today was Beauty’s last day of public school. It had gotten to where she was only there an hour and for some reason it just was not working for her. We simply do not understand her mood swings. Her behavior can get rather extreme and then it leaves as quickly as it pops up.

So: it’s back to home schooling for us. She will continue to receive speech services from the public school, but other than that, she is done.  We believe it is for the best.

As it is, Fall Break is set for next week so I’ll be taking a few days to reboot and reorganize a school schedule that works for all of us, as well as plan out the next few weeks for her.

Meanwhile, I am still working on cushaw. I cut it in half, gut it, bake it in the oven, then scoop it out into the blender where I puree it. The puree goes into freezer bags. Two cups will make a delicious pie (think pumpkin only milder; better, if you ask me).

What have you been up to?