These pictorial diagrams ARE AMAZING…. They would be great resources for a bible study, homeschooling, and personal study.
I saw this blog post from Tim Challies today and just HAD to share what he posted…
Here are some awesome resources to use for learning or teaching theology! SIMPLE. EASY. UNDERSTANDABLE. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I am. Click on each one for a full version and to read Tim’s commentary on each.
I beg of you to read all of them the whole way down…down give up half way through 🙂
The Order of Salvation
The Attributes of God
Books of the Bible
Think on These Things
Awaiting the Messiah- The Promise-fulfilling Genealogy of Jesus Christ
To the Glory of God
The Message of the Tabernacle
The Fruit of the Spirit
5 pillars of theology
Penal Substitutionary Atonement- Christ took our punishment
It’s happened to just about all of us….we’ve popped a bag a popcorn and didn’t barely make a dent in it (doesn’t happen often here!) OR you’ve gone to the movies and gotten the big tub of popcorn and got a refill on your way out. Either way you are sitting with uneaten popcorn staring at you from the counter. I don’t know why I have a hard time throwing out popcorn, but today it bothered me enough to get me thinking….thinking of ways that we can salvage our uneaten popcorn…….monumental discussion I know with the election today 🙂
ANYWAY…here are some ideas for yummy or crafty things you can do with your leftover popcorn…or HEY you may be so inspired that you’ll go pop a new batch just to try out one of these ideas.
1. Make a popcorn craft!
String popcorn for a decoration (Christmas or party)
Popcorn necklaces for kids
2. Make something yummy!
pumpkin pie popcorn
caramel marshmallow popcorn
peanut butter popcorn
These 6 below (in order) are: Cinnamon Bun Popcorn, Pink Party Popcorn, Popcorn Brittle, Smores Popcorn, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn, Popcorn Trail Mix
Here are a few ideas that will hopefully help your creative juices when it comes to gifting…especially with Christmas just around the corner!
First I will share some general ideas and then I will list specific occasions with ideas below them. Some may overlap or could be applied to different occasions. Enjoy!
1. Don’t underestimate the dollar store!
For kids- coloring books, crayons, toys, crafting, books, play-dough. Make a gift basket (which you can buy a basket for a dollar while you are there!) with a theme: coloring book with colors and stickers etc. or a color theme based on the kid’s favorite color. Pick out 5 things and including the basket you have a $6 gift!
For Women- Spa package with soaps, candles and loofah or Crafty Basket with all crafting supplies and paper, notepads, pens and more. Kitchen gift set- towels, dishes, cups, glassware, etc. Gardener Gift Basket: pots, gloves, seeds.
For Men- Handy Man basket with tape measure, rope, hardware, pliers. Car Kit: cleaning supplies, towels, air fresheners etc.
2. Shop thrift stores!
I have purchased items new with tags at thrift stores that were perfect gifts. Watch for a thrift store in town that sells overstock or unsold products from a local store.
Buy something and re-purpose it! Picture frame into a hair-clip holder, old tea cups into candles, sheets into pillow beds, t-shirts into bags…find some diy ideas on pinterest and then head to the thrift store.
3. Have your extended family try something different this year: Pick names, have a gag-gift exchange, have a thrift store- bag exchange. (each person picks a name and has to spend $10 or less on their person and everything they buy within their budget has to fit into a paper bag.)
4. Shop 3-4 months before the occasion and shop the clearance racks. Target for example has great clearance items 70-90% off. Certain times of year you can find great deals especially on toys! I often buy clothes for my kids 2 seasons ahead because they will be on major clearance. Right now at Kohl’s for example shorts in my son’s size are $2!
5. Re-gift. Don’t cringe! I bet if we all took 20 minutes and went around our houses and grabbed out anything that looked new or was new that we aren’t using we’d all have a box full or more! Try it…go through your beauty stuff, clothes, toys, closets, kitchen gadgets and cupboards, decorations and make a pile. Also, look in your wallet- is there a gift card you got that you just haven’t used or probably won’t use- give it!
6. Bake! I don’t even really care for baking. But a good friend + a fun recipe = a good time and great gifts! For example: Popsicle brownies, Oreo snowmen, lady bug pretzels, cake balls, mixes in a jar. Buy some cute plates from the thrift-store and give yummy treats on them. Or you can buy little holiday bags for cheap and you can give goodies away in them. I saw a dear friend one time give stockings full of treats!
7. Crafting….have your kids make hand-print pictures for the family or another kid-friendly memorable thing to make. (a hand-print apron, ornaments, decorated photo frame with picture in it) Even if you don’t think you are a crafty person there are things you can make that are inexpensive and easy! (photos on wood, glass magnets, personalized notebooks, candles, framed scripture, chalk mugs)
8. The gift of time – Here are some ideas for giving the gift of your time to your friends and loved ones (just print a certificate using an internet template)
-dessert of the month for 1 year (meal of the month, bread of the month…salad… you get the idea!) give them a certificate that entitles them to one delicious dessert the first week of every month. You can drop it by or have them over for it!
-day out with ________. (mom, grandma, sister, aunt….) take the person out on a day with you- pick places that you have coupons for or are free (i.e. the park)
-photo shoot- take your regular camera or borrow a nice one from a friend and take the person out for a fun-filled photo shoot full of clothes changes and beautiful or silly locations
-movie night in- buy them a movie and watch it with them that night- provide treats and popcorn and maybe even have a dress-up or pajama theme.
-offer of services (free babysitting for X amount of times, massage, painting, cleaning service) I don’t have a degree but am qualified to do house-cleaning so I could give a certificate for 2 hours of house cleaning a month for a year.
-Silly Crazy Fun Night- pay for a night out bowling in prom dresses, dessert at a restaurant dressed in 80’s clothes…etc. Be creative!
9. Gift cards with coupons– give a gift card of a lesser amount with a coupon for buy one get one free meal or $10 off a $25 purchase.
10. discount website certificates (groupon, living social, deal chicken) You can get meal, massage, adventure, hotel and more for 50%-90% off the normal price. They even have an option for printing as a gift!
I hope this has been a help or encouragement to you! Enjoy making or shopping for gifts and don’t make it a burden on you or your budget! Be a blessing to others in how and what you give.
I don’t normally post recipes but THIS was soooo good! Please try it because it’s easy and did I mention sooooo good!? I would love if you shared a comment below about how you liked it or tweaked the recipe.
It’s kid friendly, fast and easy! (and it’s a no-brainer because I can make it!)
BBQ CHICKEN BACON PIZZA (makes 2 pizzas)
1 package store brand ready crust (has 2 in it)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts cut into small cubes
2 cups or more chopped or shredded bacon (from the salad bar at the grocery store)
1 16 oz back shredded mozz
1 16 oz bag shredded cheddar
all spice (optional)
1 large sauteed onion (optional)
1 cup ranch dressing
1 cup of your favorite bbq sauce (mine is Mad Dog and Merrill Garlic BBQ)
First preheat the oven to 425. Cut up the chicken, fry in a pan with a swirl of olive oil and a dash of all spice. Now, coat the pizza crusts with olive oil and put them in the oven side by side for 5 minutes. Add the chopped onion to the chicken and simmer until caramelized. Mix ranch dressing and bbq sauce together and spread evenly over both crusts. Next sprinkle 1/2 cup of both cheeses on each pizza and then smother them with bacon!! Now top it with the chicken and a nice dash of Italian seasoning over the top. Voila! 7-8 minutes in the oven and you are done and on your way to a scrumptious happily ever after!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a grammar whiz, therefore I apologize ahead for my lack of grammatical correctness! A lot of what I say is conversational and that is part of why I love informal blogging…
Over the years Jon and I have tried to have a plan for teaching and discipline for our kids. Recently with moving we noticed some patterns in our kid’s lives that were not being addressed. After having an “after-the-kids-are-asleep-parenting-date-talk” we came up with some ideas that I thought I’d share with any of you who may be in the same boat as us….rethinking some of what is being done that needs tweaking and some of what isn’t being done that needs to be added in parenting our kids biblically. (by God’s GRACE!)
The first thing Jon had us do is pray and read Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (familiar but a good reminder! Always remembering that God’s word is living and active, read verses you’ve seen a million times before because they can still speak to you!)
English Standard Version (ESV)
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Recognizing dependence on God and reminding ourselves of our goal we were ready to dive into our discussion.
Jon asked me to write down the header: 4 main issues that need be addressed. (4 is not a magic number…just a starting place!) And for every family this list will be somewhat different because as we all know, despite the common denominator of a sinful heart, children express this heart in many varying ways and at different ages.
1. Disrespect- talking back (role-reversal, I know better than you mom or dad)
2. lack of self-control (I almost laugh at this, but honestly kid’s need to learn some self-control—this is a good one for leading up to talking about the gospel with your kids because without Jesus they can’t do it!)
3. Insisting on own way (this fits with talking back a little, but goes further into when the child knows you’ve said no but tries to manipulate the situation, cries to get their way, or simply will give you a stubborn reply)
4. Excuses, Deception, changes story- (lying is the underlying deal with this one!)
Next Jon asked me to write down this header: General guidelines for consequences. I will not specify here the all types of discipline we use, but hopefully you will get the gist 🙂 –Proverbs 13:24
1.lying gets __________. This one has strong consequences!
2.willful disrespect first gets a discussion on what was said, how it was wrong and what the bible says. If it happens again (within a particular circumstance) there’s automatic discipline. The third time gets discipline and a consequence that has to do specifically with the mouth.
3.Hitting or hurting others on purpose gets automatic discipline and removal for a specified time period. Acting out during the time of solitariness equals another consequence and the time starts over.
After coming up with these two lists we wanted to take some time to look at some RED FLAGS in how we parent, so that we could better implement teaching and consequences. Here’s a small list of just a few:
1.Allowing too many “warnings”- we need to work on follow through (having the plan above should help with this because the kids will have spelled out for them exactly what’s expected and what the consequences are) We don’t want our children to be easily provoked by OUR inconsistency!
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up in the discipline and
Instruction of the Lord.
2. Scolding- not sure where I got off thinking I could correct my kids with frustration or just plain old bad tone! Here’s my definition of scolding- correcting based on parent’s personal anger, frustration or annoyance which displays itself in a bad tone of voice and possible careless use of words and correction.
3. Not pulling out the bible and talking about the gospel and taking advantage of every opportunity. No matter how much we already do this, there’s ALWAYS room for improvement and doing it more! One thing I want to work on is physically bringing out the bible and showing my kids (whether they can read or not) EXACTLY what the bible says about their sin, consequences and the cross! The authority doesn’t come from me, but God. It’s a good visual reminder for them. (AND ME!)
4. No reactionary discipline! If I discipline without thinking first I probably don’t have the right purpose in mind for why I am disciplining.
Here are some questions that help me see if this could be true:
Am I angry?
Are they interrupting something I’m doing or keeping me from something I want to do?
Are they embarrassing me?
Are they doing something for the 50th time that day and I’ve had it up to here!?
None of these are excuses for me to parent foolishly…they are a good spiritual temperature gauge of something going on in my own heart! Not to say what the kid did wasn’t necessarily wrong, but getting my heart right first before discipline IS HUGE!
The next thing Jon wants us to do is sit down and come up with 1-2 bible verses that are particularly applicable for each issue that we can share with the kids and help them memorize. Here’s are some we’ve used in the past:
Proverbs 12:22- Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
Proverbs 1:8-Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching
James 1:20- for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Eph 6:1- Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Col 3:23-24- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance, as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Ephesians 4:32- And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Romans 5:8- But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing
Ephesians 2:8-9- For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast
Philippians 4:6-7- Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:23- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 6:23- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Ephesians 4:29- Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Proverbs 26:14- a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggardon his bed.
Proverbs 22:15 –Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
In conclusion I want to share some of the wise insights my husband shared with me at the end of our conversation….
1. We will be less tempted to give into wrong emotions if our parenting is consistent and biblical.
2. When we sit down with our kids at our family meeting one of the first things we should do is apologize to them and ask for forgiveness for the times we have not been consistent and have disciplined wrongly/sinfully.
3. We should remind ourselves that we do NOT discipline because of: annoyance, anger or disappointment… But, because we love and want to obey the Lord and because we love our children and want to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Here’s your opportunity to hold us accountable and maybe even reanalyze your parenting like we are.
Treasuring my home,
Here are some great books on Parenting:
1. Shepherding a Child’s Heart By:Tedd Tripp
2. Don’t Make Me Count to Three (specifically for Moms) By: Ginger Plowman
3. Age of Opportunity- specifically for teen years (we read this when we were youth leaders) By: Paul David Tripp
4. Instructing a Child’s Heart (haven’t read yet but heard it’s great!) By: Tedd Tripp
5. Gospel-Powered Parenting (on my to-buy list) By: William P. Farley
Great books and bibles to read with your young kids, teens and adult children:
1. The Princess and the Kiss By: Jennie Bishop (for girls ages 5+ – purity)
2. The Squire and the Scroll By: Jennie Bishop (for boys ages 5+ – purity)
8 years ago a young man realized his desire to go into full-time ministry. Since then he has grown in knowledge and love for the Lord and is the godly man that I have been so blessed to be married to for over 7 1/2 years! (I used to think 5 years was a long time to be married) As I reflect on those 8 years I am humbled by how God has worked in our lives….through working in youth ministry, building a family, moving 8 times, being a part of a Bethel church plant, missions trips, moving to Louisville and so many other learning experiences!
Jon and I used to joke that with not owning a home and how many times we’ve moved that God could be preparing us to just up go at any moment. Little did we know that on September the 8th, 2012 all that would come true! I am so humbled and blessed to think of all the ways God has used His word and His people to encourage us, help us, and carry us to where we are today!
I really hope this post doesn’t make you think that I am trying to say, “Don’t you wish you were us!” But, rather to share God’s amazing GRACE and LOVE and MERCY in a way that will encourage and inspire and do whatever else God wants to do with our testimony:)
As I am writing this and filtering through all God has done up until this point, I am reminded of how He has worked in Jon’s life over the years. In 2003 when Jon and his brother started coming to Bethel I believe Jon’s desire was to go unnoticed…well, that was far from what God had in store for him. When a friend heard that he could sing and play guitar she STRONGLY encouraged him to join a worship team. I have to recount for you the scene of the first few times Jon played on a team… Picture a row of 4-5 singers standing up in front of the sanctuary and Jon nowhere in sight! If you looked close enough you would see THREE music stands at waist level lined up behind the singers and behind that sat Jon! The sweetest and funniest part was that he played his guitar so softly that it wasn’t even heard with the singing and piano! After some time he found his way into playing guitar and singing for youth ministry. This is the context where we got to know each other better. I watched as God grew him in his confidence, abilities and desire to play and sing passionately for God’s glory! As his nervousness wore away and confidence in God grew it was amazing to see the transformation. In all my years as a Christian, my husband’s life is the greatest testimony I have ever seen of the change that comes with the transforming work of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit!
A couple years ago, we had the privilege of being a part of a wonderful church plant team. I saw Jon’s excitement for church planting, sharing the gospel and desire to lead gospel-centered worship grow exponentially. Through some books he read on worship and godly manhood I could see him implementing the leadership he had always longed to have. Over the last 3 years he has blown me away with the songs he’s written and ideas he has come up for both leading in our home and in the church.
Most recently, we’ve gone through a quiet time in ministry over the last year. In the spring of 2011 we stepped down from youth ministry. This was a little hard for me because I had been doing it since I graduated high school and I loved and cherished the young women I had in my small group. I cheerfully resigned along with Jon because he said that he needed to step back so that he could see the direction God would want to take him in musically. It was a great time for me to step down also because I had my third child on the way and was coming to a point where I really want to give complete attention to my husband, children and home! Since stepping down from youth ministry, Jon and I have had more time for each other and for sharing the ministry of our home with others through hospitality. It think that hospitality is one of the most amazing gifts God has given women! I would’ve never realized when I left youth ministry that God would bless our home so much!
Back to the journey…
So, over the last year we started praying about Jon going into full-time ministry, attending school or taking classes online. After much prayer, seeking and affirmation the Lord led us to moving to Louisville! Everything fell right into place by how we were provided for financially, a job for Jon and a wonderful centrally located home. There were some moments of anxiety and questions that went unanswered at different times, but God kept leading us faithfully and steadily in this direction. My favorite bible verses (Proverbs 3:5-8) reminded me to trust in the Lord and to not lean on my own understanding…even when I doubted how things could possible work out!
Over the last few weeks we have had help from so many friends and family that it’s hard to even recollect all that went on! I am so thankful for the box packers, cleaners, meal bringers, truck loaders, and babysitters! For every need there was help to fulfill it! I even hurt my back and had to lay flat for 2 days and had a friend take time off to watch my kids, another 9 month pregnant friend bring over lunch and help with my kids and my mom and husband did SO much to make my recovery quick. On the last day before we moved I watched in awe as unplanned shifts of people came through out the day to accomplish all the last minute cleaning and packing that needed to be finished. I had ladies pulling out windows and cleaning under places I didn’t even know existed. We had a couple men that came early in the day and packed up our truck like pros…After MANY tear-filled good-byes that night (and in the weeks previous too!) we drove away from a clean and empty house. A house we never deserved and one we couldn’t even afford to live in on our own. All 1,600 sq ft of it used by children playing, guitar lessons, meals made and eaten, cook-outs, sleepovers, play-dates and so much more. It was a bittersweet parting, but we left with excitement in our hearts for the next chapter in our life.
When we pulled in at our new apartment we were greeted by a sweet landlady and some dear saints from the new church! The pastor and three young sons worked tirelessly as well as another guy who just arrived from Maryland. A mom and daughter came to help with the children and another sweet gal brought a meal for us to enjoy our first night in our new home. After only a couple short hours everything was in and we were enjoying a delicious meal! The next morning Jon drove our truck driver to the airport (I think he worked harder than anyone else on packing up the truck too!) and along with my mom we went to our first service at the Sovereign Grace Church Plant. We were greeted by kindness, love, and hugs! It was such a blessing to hear that they had been praying for us and were just as excited to see us as we them.
I do not know what the future holds, but I do know Who holds the future…so, as we venture forth into new territory please pray that we will grow in faith, love and passion for sharing the gospel. Pray that we would be knit together strongly as a family and that God would use us to bless others for His glory and the furtherance of His kingdom.
I am an undeserving child of the Almighty God….blessed beyond reason; lavished with grace.
Treasuring my home,
if you have any other stories or things to share about that go along with how God’s worked in our lives that I didn’t talk about please share them below in the comments! I am sure there are many things I forgot 🙂