Friday, September 30, 2011

Finally Friday

If you've been following this blog, you will remember Monday's post that dealt with how to begin the work week. I guess we were programed to look forward to Fridays; it's the end of the school week, and we had two full days ahead of us with nothing to do. At an early age we were taught what TGIF means, and I can remember I wasn't the only kid going around school, chanting "TGIF, thank goodness it's Friday!"

Then, I entered Junior High and those two full days of laziness were filled with homework, but still we all looked forward to Fridays. In High School, what time I wasn't doing homework, I remember sleeping the weekend away. :) After graduation, I went to college, and I still thought Fridays were the best thing since spread peanut butter. So, after a semester and a half of college, I met the man of the place, got married and for some crazy reason, still looked forward to Fridays. Now I homeschool, today is Friday, and I find myself glad of it. I heard somewhere that students in France go to school on Saturdays. When I first heard this, I remember thinking, "Those poor kids!"

Anyway, it is Friday, the end of my husband's work week, the end of the school week for the girls and I, and apparently the girls feel my anxiousness to be done with work for the day; the are fighting and very reluctant to get started. I don't have a lot planned for the day, but we need to get on the ball, or we won't get anything done.

As for me...well, I hate to admit it, but I found a book online that sounded good. I downloaded it and listened to about five minutes of it so far. I want to read on, guest it; there's work to be done.

So, here's where putting God's instruction and others' needs above my own, come in to practice. God has called me to teach my children. If He hadn't, they would be in public school, and I'd be sitting back, enjoying a good book with no interruptions until two PM. Also, the girls need me. No one said I couldn't read all day. The Bible does not have a commandment that says, "Thou shalt not listen to thine audio book during school time." lol But, here's what the Bible does say...and it applies to many things in life: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." Now, I didn't check to make sure all the punctuation was correct, but that's what the King James version says in Matthew chapter 6 verse 33.

Now, to put that verse in action. If I put my girls' needs and God's will above my own, I will get off this computer, put the book down, turn off the TV's and teach them. If I teach them about God's love, about His creation, how to read, write and..."do figgers" like this one old lady I knew called it... then God will give me time for me. In other words, when my work for today is over, I can get back to the book.

How about y'all? Any thoughts on this subject? Is there something God is calling you to do that is a struggle for you? Do you have a hard time putting God's will before your own?

Let me leave you with just a thought. The devil is a roaring lion, the Bible says, seeking whom he may devour. he is the enemy, no doubt about it. His job is to steal, kill and destroy, but there is another enemy that just might be harder to defeat. That enemy, is self. Many, many times throughout the day when things get hard, I find myself saying, "But, Lord, I want... "But, Lord, I don't like..." "But, Lord, I..."

See what i mean?

Hope y'all have a happy, enjoyable and short Friday! Pray for me, cause now I'm gonna go practice what I preach. :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Message From Yours Truly and Some Links You Might Want To Check Out

Wow! It's Thursday already. On Monday, I promised myself I would blog three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but as you can see for yourselves, Wednesday came and went and no entry from me. My excuse? I guess writing on a new book, homeschooling my three-year-old and six-year-old, and household chores just got the best of me. :) But, I am blogging this morning. Can't chat long; school starts soon, and I still have to print out coloring sheets to go with our Bible lesson, print out tracing worksheets for my youngest to work on while the eldest does her math, yatta yatta yatta. And, yeah, I know, I should have been prepared before I went to bed last night, but after our supper of WV hot dogs, all I seemed to have time for was a cup of half caff coffee, straightening up a mess and putting the girlies to bed. Oh, yeah, and I had to make time for the man of the place. Did y'all like that phrase, "the man of the place"? I stole it from Laura Ingalls Wilder, actually. In one of the books written about the girl from "Little House on the Prairie", there are some articles she wrote for local publications. In them, she refers to her husband as "the man of the place". I kind of like it, but then again, I'm strange. :)

So, since I have a full day ahead of me and still haven't had anything sweet to eat, let me share with y'all a few links.

Do you like stories about mail order brides? I'm actually working on one now, and in my search for info on the net, I came across this

One of the blogs I follow is that of Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner of WordServe Literary. In one of her posts, she mentions an online readers' club called, "She Reads." It's a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries. They discuss twelve books a year, so if you like to read any type of Christian Fiction and want to connect with other like-minded women, go check it out at

If you are a writer and want to follow Rachelle's blog, here's the link.

Another blog I follow is
If you are a writer of Christian Fiction, go check it out. If you love Susan May Warren's books, go check it out. :)

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Until next time, keep on keepin' on. Let's help each other make it home. Remember that song?

"It'll be worth it after all, child. It'll be worth it after all. After all of these trials, we'll hear Jesus call. It'll be worth it after all, child. It'll be worth it after all. After all of this climbing, it'll be worth it after all." The Spensers

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Madness

Good morning to all! It's Monday, in case you haven't noticed, the first day of the work week for lots of us. Also, for many, it's too early for rational thought. So, grab your coffee, tea or soft drink of your choice, and let's get movin'! :)

Of course, you and I know, that is easier to say than do; take me, for instance. After the craziness of Sunday, the lazy side of me wants to chill out on monday morning. I want to enjoy my cup of caffeine, the quiet of my little office space and maybe do some reading. But, I have a three-year-old and a six-year-old, there are dirty dishes in my kitchen sink, we have school work to do, there's probably laundry I need to do, and there's writing to be done. Now, to those of you who get up early and head out to work an eight or ten our shift, this may not sound like a lot. After all, how hard could it be to be a stay-at-home mom. My answer, it's not hard. However, when you have issues with time management as I do, it can get confusing.

It took me a while to go to sleep last night. For some reason, I kept thinking about the characters in my newest book. It's a historical.

I kept asking my two main characters, "How do you feel about him," and "What do you think about her?" Just in case you are wondering, they aren't listening to me. lol

So, i managed to fall asleep, only to dream I was stuck at an unfamiliar house, my husband was somewhere dangerous, and no one i knew would text me. :)

After this weird dream, I woke up to a three-year-old in my bed, kicking me and wanting to prop her legs and feet on my back. Needless to say, I don't think anyone except the six-year-old slept well.

If you are a parent, you've had nights like that. You have also had to get up and get to work after nights like that.

I have a full day of home school planned, I have a certain amount of writing i want to accomplish, there are some household chores I need to complete, and there's only one way I'll make it through…trusting in God. I believe God has blessed me with a talent to write. I believe God has called me to be a stay-at-home mom and to home school. It is not such a great leap of faith to say that if I believe God has called, then He will equip me with the right tools and strength to do what He is calling me to do.

Now, here's your challenge…and don't be shy about joining in the discussion. What are some things you believe God has called you to do?