February – The Life Giving Home Discussion {Link Up}

Welcome to our monthly discussion of The Life Giving Home (take 2)! Today we will be discussing the February chapters in both the book and study guide. If have not had a chance to read them feel free to catch up and join the discussion later! If you don’t yet have the books click below to order them:

Get The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. (Click the images to go to Amazon)

 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and link up

 

How this study works:

  1. On the last Friday of each month, I will post my overall thoughts on the chapter for the upcoming month and what suggestions from that chapter I plan to try. I will also share how things are going with previous ideas I have tried.
  2. In our Facebook Book Club, we will discuss the chapter in more detail and work through the questions in the study guide.
  3. I will check in with everyone weekly in the book club group to see how we are all doing implementing suggestions from the book.
  4. You can also interact in the comments to discuss your thoughts on the chapter and/or link up your own blog post discussing the chapter using the linky.

 

Update from Last Month:

The year has started off a bit crazy. We have had a very busy month and didn’t accomplish as much in our schedules and routines as I had hoped. That said, we have fallen into at least somewhat better morning and bedtime routines. I’m still working on getting in the habit of offering my children a morning blessing – words of encouragement do not come naturally to me but I’m working on fixing that. I have listed out all of my activities and prioritized them and created an ideal schedule to work towards following. I don’t expect most days to fit the ideal but it gives me a structure to work within.

I am slowly and steadily working on my other goals but, as expected, they take time and won’t happen overnight.

My Thoughts on February:

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Sally chooses to focus on love in the month of February. I have to admit I’m a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Valentine’s Day. It isn’t that I’ve had bad experiences or anything has caused me to dislike the holiday, it has just always felt like an overcommercialized thing where people are convinced to spend a bunch of money on junk to “show their love.” I prefer to show (and receive) love throughout the year in unexpected and authentic ways. 

But, I can see how this could be made to be a special and memorable time for my kids, especially after Sally describes the different things she has done with her kids for Valentine’s. I still doubt I will make a huge deal out of it but I do like some of her ideas and, of course, ways to show love can and should be incorporated all year.

I love how Sally describes our love for our children as a way to open their hearts to the love of God. She also reiterates the importance of affirming and encouraging words and admonishes us to focus on what really matters!

Next, Sally discusses good manners. She says “the true heart of good manners is treating people with respect and showing them honor through the ways we behave.” I love this definition and will be teaching it to my children. Good manners aren’t about making OURSELVES look good, but about showing honor to OTHERS. She also talks about how honoring others teaches us (and our children) to honor God by building pathways in our brain for honor and humility. Sally then goes on to talk about practical ways she taught her kids manners, tips I will definitely be using in my family.

The next section discusses Love Languages. I love The Five Love Languages books and highly recommend them to others. The concept of love languages has been transformational in how I understand and relate to those around me. Sally lists some other ways to “speak” love that can be incorporated into how you interact with your kids, spouse, friends, and extended family. I have also found that teaching my children about love languages can help them better understand how to treat others.

Birthdays is the next topic of discussion. This is something I need to get better at. I am trying to think up some birthday traditions we can incorporate into our family. Right now we have a fun day out with dinner at a restaurant of the birthday child’s choosing on a day close to the birthday when everyone can be together. On the actual day, the birthday child chooses all of the meals and is exempt from chores and school work for the day. I would like to come up with a few more ideas to make the day special.

There are a few other ideas in the rest of the chapter for ways to show love in your family. I really like the idea of “teatime discipleship.” Everything in this chapter can be summed up with the idea of showing love by spending time, honoring those around you, and being generous with words of affirmation.

One quote in the chapter really hit home for me: “Machines may have distracted you from those who long for your attention every day but have become accustomed to your passivity in their lives.” My prayer is that my kids and husband do not ever become accustomed to my passivity in their lives. I need to make more of an effort to show active engagement, interest, and presence in their lives on a daily basis. I am putting some strict boundaries in place for myself in regards to computer and phone use to accomplish this.

My Life Giving Goals for February:  

  • Continue working on giving my kids a daily morning blessing.
  • Continue working on our schedules, routines, and household organization.
  • Cut down on my computer and phone time and keep those to designated times of the day.
  • Brainstorm new ways to make birthdays special.
  • Teach my kids to honor others with their manners using Sally’s “Stop, Look, Listen” method and list of manners.
  • Cut out colorful paper hearts and write a child’s name and words of affirmation on each one and hide them where that child will find them throughout the month of February.

 

Your Turn:

Share your thoughts on the January Chapters of The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. You have 3 ways to share:

  1. Here on the blog in a comment
  2. In the Facebook Book Club Group
  3. On your own blog via the Link-up below

 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and linkup

 

Link-up Rules:

  • ONLY link-up a post that discusses the January chapter of The Life Giving Home book.
  • Copy and past the linkup button into your post or blog sidebar (or at least create a text link back to this post).
  • Visit at least one other post in the link-up.
  • (Optional) Share this post on Social Media to spread the word!
A Life Giving Home Discussion and Link-up



Facebook Discussion:

I am hosting a Facebook discussion group for this study. We will delve deeper into the book and discuss the study guide. We can keep each other accountable and encourage each other in our goals and efforts in creating our own Life Giving Homes. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Next Month:

I will post my thoughts on the March chapter and what ideas I plan to try on February 23rd. 

Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 3

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

 

The Reading:

We have made it through the stories about Jacob, Isaac, and Joseph’s dysfunctional families and now I’m on to Job…..I am not a huge fan of Job. I don’t understand why people call him patient. He isn’t patient, all he does is whine BUT he doesn’t curse God and that is really the lesson here. Despite his horrible circumstances (which he was very vocal about) he never called God unrighteous or wrong or turned away from Him. He expressed that he didn’t understand and didn’t think he had done anything to deserve it but remained reverent through it all.

 

 

The Journaling:

I wasn’t sure what I would find to journal in Job but then I saw this: Job 9:33 “If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.” (NLT) Job is talking about how great and mighty God is and how he is unworthy and unable to appeal to God about his circumstances and ask God to stop punishing him and then he says this. What an amazing foreshadowing of Christ! I had to journal this one. I was brave and did the lettering directly in my Bible this time.

 

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

What I used for this entry:

Pentel Slicci Pens
Pentel Oil Pastels
Kuretake Bimoji Fude Felt Tip Brush Pen – Medium Brush Tip
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

 

Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!

 

Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

*Follow the board then send me a message with your Pinterest profile and ask me to add you as a contributor*

 

On last week’s link up Dani shared her gorgeous pages, I’m trying not to be jealous of her skills!! We also had a new journaler link up, Kristen from A Mom’s Quest To Teach! Welcome and thanks for linking up!!

 

Linkup:

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

Kids, Crunch, and Christ Journal Through The Bible



 

Update:

This week was crazy busy! The upcoming week looks pretty much the same! I’m hoping February will give us a bit of down time. Potty training a toddler and sleep training a one-year-old (his birthday was yesterday!) is exhausting and I still have to keep up with all of the other kids’ stuff but we are doing our best to plan in rest and family time to keep a balance.

 

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
Scripture and Snapshot                                                 

 

Announcing: The Book Club! (Invitation, Schedule, and First Book)

As you know, I am hosting a study of The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson both here on the blog and in a Facebook group. Starting in February I am also officially kicking off my book club. We will study one book every two months focusing on the themes of motherhood, marriage, and homemaking. It will take place in the same Facebook group as The Life Giving Home discussion. You can choose to participate in as many or few of the studies as suits you.

Motherhood, Homemaking, and marriage book club February and March book A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George

The goal of this book club is to study good books by Christian women whose writings are scripturally based in order to gain new insights and ideas to improve in our various roles as women of God. We are discussing them together in order to challenge, inspire, encourage, and hold each other accountable.

I agonized for a while on which books to include and how to pace the studies. I finally settled on two months per book as the right amount of time to study a good number of book and not get overwhelmed. I have a long and ever-growing list of books that would fit the goals for this group and it was quite difficult to narrow it to five for 2018. I don’t have anything scheduled for December because that is a very busy month for most people but we can always decide to add something in as the year progresses.

Here are my selections and schedule for 2018:

February and March: A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George

April and May: Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel Refutes Them by Rebekah Hargraves (physical book and study guide will be released March 30 so we will begin the second week of Aprilcheck out my review of this one.) 

June and July: Blessing Your Husband by Debra Evans

August and September: The Life Giving Table by Sally Clarkson (and The Life Giving Table Experience study guide) 

October and November: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch

I will also occasionally reference A Gracious Space by Julie Bogart (of Brave Writer). This series of books, which are tailored to each season of the year, have wonderful, short, uplifting entries to provide encouragement and inspiration for a mom’s soul. I don’t read mine every day but pick it up when I need a quick bit of refreshment. When I do and find something I think will uplift others I will share that in the book club. Feel free to get your own copy and share what stands out to you.

 

 

A bit about our first book: A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George

I have not yet read this book; I will be reading it along with everyone else but want to give you a brief synopsis of what it is about. In this book, Elizabeth George suggests that there are ten essential areas that every woman should be focused on. She believes focusing on these will help to simplify life, bring you closer to God, and lead to a more fulfilling life. The ten areas she believes are most important are; wisdom, Godly speech, love of husband, love of children, ministry to others, purity, personal discipline, goodness, Godly behavior, and love of home. The book contains two chapters for each of these essentials. The first explains what it means and why it is important and the second gives practical tips on how to put it into practice in your own life.

I have the older version of this book. I am getting the study guide so that we can use that as well. The newer version (linked above) has the study guide included within the book.

Schedule for A Woman’s High Calling:

  • Feb 4-10  Introductions and Chapters 1-2
  • Feb 11-17 Chapters 3-5
  • Feb 18-24 Chapters 6-8
  • Feb 25- March 3 Chapters 9-11
  • March 4-10 Chapters 12-14
  • March 11-17 Chapters 15-17
  • March 18-24 Chapters 18-20
  • March 25-31 Wrap up and further discussion

This schedule is when I will post discussion questions and thoughts about each chapter. You are welcome to participate in each discussion as you are able. The threads won’t close or disappear so if you join later or get behind just jump in when you can.

Motherhood, Homemaking, and marriage book club February and March book A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George

Lies Moms Believe will begin in April. Since the physical book and study guide don’t release until March 30th, we will not begin discussing the chapters until April 8th but may do some introductions the first week in April. Plan to order your copy asap or get the digital copy!

*Note: It is likely we will not all agree with everything in all of these book selections. These are books written by flawed humans just like us. We are reading and discussing with the intent of learning and growing but should always measure everything against scripture ourselves and discern through our own reading and prayer if what the author says is in line with God’s word. Kind, healthy, peaceful debate is welcome in the book club. Feel free to question something and bring it up in the discussion, just keep that discussion respectful and considerate. 

Join us in the Facebook Book Club Group!

Book club study announcements and schedules will be posted here on the blog. I will also post a review of the books we study when the study is completed but most of the actual discussion will happen in the book club Facebook group. 

Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 2

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!

You may also want to check out my journaling from this week last year!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

 

The Reading:

This week I was in the story of Jacob. His family is just full of drama. I’ve never really understood a lot of this story, I think there are some cultural elements that I would need to be familiar with for it to really make sense. First you have Isaac and Rebekah picking favorites, then you have Esau selling his birthright for a bowl of stew (really? I hope it was good stew!). Then Rebekah is encouraging Jacob to decieve his father even though there doesn’t seem to be any other issues in their relationship.

All of this leads to a broken relationship between the brothers causing Jacob to need to flea for his life. But he doesn’t escape the drama. He is tricked into marrying the wrong sister, then ends up married to both sisters with lots of drama between them and is continually tricked and cheated by his uncle.

Amazingly once he leaves his uncle and returns home he is welcomed home by his brother. God must have intervened with Esau to result in his forgiveness toward his brother.

 

 

The Journaling:

I wanted to try out my new Slicci pens so I chose a pre-printed page with block letters to color in. The new pens are finer tipped than my Metallic Slicci pens so they feel a bit different but I really like them. They are smooth and bold. I also realized I should probably start dating my journaling.

I have discovered a new Bible Journaling resource I thought you might be interested in; Bible Journaling Ministries. They offer a free beginner class as well as paid classes, a membership, and lots of printable journaling aids. I went ahead and joined the membership because it includes access to everything they produce. I haven’t had a chance to dig too much into it yet but am really looking forward to taking the classes. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will have some art work using one of their products or classes to share with you! In the meantime check it out, the monthly membership is very affordable. (I’m not an affiliate or anything I just think it’s a great resource!)

 

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

What I used for this entry:

Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils
Pentel Slicci Pens
Pentel Oil Pastels
Sargent Art Watercolor Pencils
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

 

Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!

 

Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

*Follow the board then send me a message with your Pinterest profile and ask me to add you as a contributor*

 

Last week we had my regular linkup participants Dani and Peabea! They are both amazing artists and you should definitely check out their work. I also want to welcome two new participants on the linkup, Annette from A Net In Time and Margaret from Creative Madness Mama! Make sure to check out all fo their posts!

 

Linkup:

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

Kids, Crunch, and Christ Journal Through The Bible



 

Update:

The year is starting out very well for us. We are working towards our new daily routine and school routines. I’m changing up our approach to school (somthing I’ll share more about on Monday).  My OCC team is growing and I see God moving in that! I’m working on getting into a good blogging routine and have many ideas for additions and improvements to this blog I hope to work on through the year.

 

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
Scripture and Snapshot