Archive for July, 2012

Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.

Proverbs 1:19

My son last night was playing with an Ironman figurine last night before bed. He is playing with his sister and says, “This is an evil Ironman.” My husband and I both stop him and say, “No, Ironman chose to do good, he chose to help people.”

Recently, I have felt that God has really convicted me with how much TV my kids watch and what they watch. Their minds are like sponges. Hollywood many times makes evil (bad guys) look neater, better, and in my son’s eyes many times cooler. We many times glorify the bad guy. He/she is normally very rich and powerful. Unlike the Hero, who is many times alone, poor, and strangely full of himself.

Proverbs 1: 8 – 19, talks about warning against such enticements (as power, greed, hurting mankind), and yet many times I sit and watch and laugh and pretty much show an attitude of all of this that we are watching mommy promotes.

He asked me the other morning, “Mommy, why did that evil man in Colorado shoot those people, was it because he didn’t have a good mommy or daddy?” While I couldn’t directly answer that question for him. Ladies & Gentlemen does it not need to start out that way? We are called upon by God to shepherd our children’s heart by teaching and instilling in them God’s infallible Word. Then earnestly praying and trusting in the Holy Spirit to do the rest.

~Disclosure: I do not write this to admonish anyone, this was my conviction from God.

Today we did a small review before we went out exploring. Do you remember the vascular plants and how those are like the veins in your body?

And how the veins in your hands/body carry blood, like the veins in plants carry water…

like the veins in this tomato plants… Do you remember the name of that main vein in the middle? (midrib)

Did you know that most plants are vascular? Jeannie asks, “Can you think of any plant that doesn’t have stems, roots, and leaves?” My little’s couldn’t and sadly I couldn’t show them anywhere around the house any examples (110 – 113 degree temps and moss do not particularly play well together). So, we did a small activity to understand the difference.

We took a small amount of water and poured it on the concrete, then laid the paper towel on top of it. Then we watched how the water spread throughout the paper towel and soaked it all up. Jeannie explains, how this is similar to the way moss and other nonvascular plants get the water they need. Nonvascular plants do not have roots, stems, or leaves to carry water up from the soil, into and throughout the plant.

I am hoping we can soon go hiking in the woods soon and find some moss. Then it might be fun to try the moss/buttermilk experiment.

Until then, we are going looking for pine cones for the next lesson…

Yes, this is the essential botany required uniform. (jammies & ironman boots) Although, one day we are hoping to purchase an Apologia lab coat.

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

If you missed the first part of this journey, please check out Exploring God’s Creation – Botany, and Exploring God’s Creation – Vascular Plants.

Someone had said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

I’m not insane, and I don’t expect a different result. Yet, I fall into temptation almost daily. I keep doing the same thing over and over again. I suffer from debilitating migraines and I know exactly what triggers them. I know when I eat that certain food or drink that in a period of three days I will be stuck in bed or on the couch in pain for hours or days. I do well most times when I am at home, because I tend not to buy the foods that cause me to get migraines. Yet, when I go out with others or to someones house, I don’t want to be the odd man out and I want to enjoy the same foods everyone else is. Why do I have to be different?

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

My part in this world may be small, but I still have a part in God’s plan. How can I do my part when I fall into temptation and allow myself to become debilitated. I cannot serve my Lord, my husband, my family, or any other outstanding circumstances beyond that.

So, my challenge to myself and you is to write down your temptations. Post them somewhere that you see them everyday and pray about them when you see those words, don’t wait until you are presented with the temptation itself. Cover yourself with God’s protection and armor for the daily battle that Satan will bring to you. Don’t wait, Be ready!

I am so very excited about going to the Teach Them Diligently Convention in 2013! They just announced their dates for 2013.

I was unable to go to last years convention. Since it though, I have met some beautiful Godly women that diligently teach their children who were able to attend last year. Their stories and experiences have made me yearn to attend the next one.

If you get the chance sign up for their newsletter and join their facebook page, plus don’t miss anything on twitter. Through these social sites you will learn of speakers, events, and happenings surrounding TTD for 2013.

I plan on going to Nashville and possibly Omaha. Hope to see you there!