Makings of the Gog/Magog war, and a set-up for the false Jewish Messiah

Originally posted on Serve Him in the Waiting:

Now that we have financed the coming Gog/Magog war with more money going to Iran than we have given Israel in her entire history, and Obama has made the U.S. entirely vulnerable to attack by Russia, the stage is pretty well lined up.  Attacks by Israel on Syria in the past 24 hours indicate preparedness on Israel’s part.

It’s interesting that there are U.N. and U.S. deals and side-deals in this agreement with Iran that are not being revealed to the general public.  Isn’t that convenient?  And one thing we do know is being bandied about, is that Jonathan Pollard may be released.  Why would that be significant?  Only because there are predictions ( made by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu)  that the Jewish Messiah will return soon after Pollard is released.  That would be the Antichrist, of course!  So if the Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 conflicts are coming together in…

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Thirteen Years

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary.

I cannot help but reflect on how God has used my husband to change and mold me. I am lightyears away from the girl I was when we married. It hasn’t always been easy (is it ever?), but I can see God’s hand in it all.

Have a blessed day!

Curriculum 2015-16

I finally settled on a curriculum for the upcoming home school year. In the past we’ve dabbled with this and that but this year I wanted something more organized, now that Buck will be an official “kindergartener”.

Here are the sources of this academic journey:

Language Arts (Reading/Writing):

Memoria Press: Phonics, Handwriting and Copywork

Sing Spell Read and Write Level 1 CD   046328_w185

Math:

Memoria Press

Rod and Staff

History (and Bible):

Mystery of History Volume 1 Creation to Resurrection

Science:

Easy Peasy All in One Home Schooling- Biology

Art & Music:

Easy Peasy All in One Home Schooling- Ancient Art

Easy Peasy All in One Home Schooling -Ancient Music

Supplement: (Just because I like it) New England Primer (Contemporary Alphabet)

We will also be learning a set of recitations, or just plain memorizing facts and poetry, such as Weekly Bible Verses, the Model Prayer, Books of the OT, Books of the NT and the names of the 12 Apostles as well as a poem or two yet to be determined.

I am really looking forward to this year and hope it is a turning point for both kids in which to blossom.

Do you home school? What will you be using?

Facing Reality

  1. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NIV

I remember as a child waking up in the middle of the night and becoming frightened by the shadows of the room. Is that dark blob some nefarious creature waiting to pounce the moment I move? My imagination would run wild. I don’t know why I thought laying really still and hiding under the covers would keep me safe. We’ve all been there. It is one of those things of childhood.

But you know what? As you can probably guess, the moment I gathered the courage to turn on the light I could plainly see that what I had feared was the pile of clothes I had tossed on the chair (instead of putting away like Mom expected). The fear was gone instantly because the light revealed reality.

Such as it is with life. Even death.

So many are walking among the shadows. What they are convinced is reality, isn’t. They rely upon their senses, the opinions of others, and their own limited understanding to interpret the world around them. As a result, many live in fear. If they would only let the Light show them the reality, they would see the Truth. They would KNOW the Truth…and it will set them free. Free from their fears; free from the darkness and the pain associated with it.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  9That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1: 1-5; 9

Jesus is the Word. Jesus is God. All creation is through Him. The very breath you take is because He wills it. Man was created in His likeness, to walk in fellowship with Him. However, man chose to believe a lie and to lean upon his own understanding and was thus separated from God. Mankind SINNED and the punishment of sin is death; death in the lake of fire for all eternity separated from God. This was not God’s will. He does not want anyone to perish so,

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3 NKJV

He gave us a way out. The ultimate do-over.

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6 NKJV

This is REALITY. Reality is not in the eye of the beholder. It isn’t what you perceive it to be. There IS and there IS NOT. TRUTH or FICTION. The reality is, we sinned. We deserve an eternity in hell because the alternative to hell is fellowship with God in heaven, but we cannot be in fellowship with the Creator Almighty God because He is Holy and cannot fellowship with sin. Not without the sin being removed and covered by the blood of a perfect sacrifice. So, He became flesh and lived among us, experiencing everything all humans experience but SINNED NOT. He then offered HIMSELF as the pure, perfect, sacrificial Lamb to take away our sins. He offers us a plan of salvation; a way to be restored to fellowship with God. That is LOVE. Pure, perfect LOVE.

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2

Believe. Confess. Repent. Be Baptized. Walk in the Lord Jesus.

The easiest do-over ever, because you can’t actually DO anything….Jesus did it all, He paid it all. Embrace it.

I implore everyone to FACE REALITY! Jesus IS coming back, but this time He will not be the sacrificial Lamb. No, the time for that would’ve passed. He is coming back to judge the world.

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[e] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[f] followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[g] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS. Revelation
19

This is not science fiction, but reality. Do not be among those who will face the wrath of God. He has made it so easy for you NOW to live in the Light and enjoy an eternity with Him.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3

Don’t shut out the Light. Face reality because time is running out!

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22

Hints for Homeschoolers – She’s Called Homemaker for a Reason

marciasettles:

LOVE this…..read through til the end!

Originally posted on The Vine Vigil:

stressed is desserts spelled backwards

“She’s called “homemaker” for a reason…she isn’t someone who keeps the basics of house upkeep. She isn’t a maid; she doesn’t just attend to the logistics. She keeps a HOME and all of the aesthetic, comfort-giving, sanctuary-like properties involved. This is one reason I think that so many Americans are unhappy. They focus on the prestige, the money-making, the status. For their obsession to be “equal” with men (they are in value, but not the same), women have pressured and have been pressured into a worldly system that says they have no value outside the world’s perception. Women are afraid to admit that they love home because they are belittled for it. All women are intended to be helpers. Helpers aren’t “the scene” themselves, but the pillars of support for the structure. Our human pride revolts at this, but when this vision is understood in increasing sanctification, it is beautified…

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My Pantry 7/11/15

I just love Patsi at A Working Pantry. Every week she gives updates on what was accomplished the previous week in regards to stocking and maintaining her pantry. But, her pantry goes beyond canned goods. Things which she freezes is also included in her “pantry” list but there is something else which I think is a really good idea. She has a “gift box”. This is a chest in which she places items that may be a good gift to someone down the road. Say a neighbor has a baby, she will go into her gift box and pull out something she has either made or purchased on sale. This is something I would really like to start myself!

There are many reasons a stocked pantry is beneficial. Here is why I do it: 1. It is so nice to just go to the cellar, cupboard or freezer and pull out what I need, be it for a church potluck or just supper for the family. 2. It saves money, especially when you stock your pantry with food you’ve grown yourself. Saves money on food, saves money on gas and saves TIME. 3. In conjunction with number 1, it is very useful in the winter when road conditions may be too bad to venture out. This is reason enough to expand your “pantry” beyond food and include other necessities, such as soap, toilet paper etc.

Our garden is still growing, but I have managed to add things to my pantry this summer and without purchasing anything to do so. We discovered several large blueberry bushes growing on our property and they are just bursting! So far I have added 10 quart bags of berries to my freezer and 10 jelly jars and 3 pints of jam to the cupboard. The jam could also be my first entry into my “gift box”. Who doesn’t like homemade jam?

blueberryI got the recipe from A Taste of Southern. To be honesty, this turned out thinner than I expect jam to be. It did not call for pectin, which may be the reason, or I didn’t cook the berries long enough. I don’t know. But, it is still quite tasty. We were able to eat it on biscuits, but it may also be good over pancakes. My mom says she’s going to try it in a cobbler.

Patsi at A Working Pantry is currently doing a series on how to be less dependent upon the grocery store. Check it out. I think you’ll love her site as much as I do!

Principal Spices: all-natural bath and body products you’ll love!

My lovely friend has opened a new Etsy store with products I know you will love as much as I do!

First, let me just say this lady and I have been online friends for at least 7 years and we finally met for the first time on Friday! All those years of chatting, first on Myspace then on Facebook and email, established a strong bond of friendship between us. She lives in a different state but it just so happened she was passing by my way this weekend and so stopped in to visit in person for the first time ever. I have to say, that bond of friendship resulted in the most relaxed first meeting I’ve ever had. It seemed so natural to have her here, as if my sister was visiting. That is really what she is, a sister in the Lord. I don’t know when or if we will get to see each other again, but I am so grateful and feel so blessed by this visit.

Anyway, she brought me some samples of products in her new Etsy store and I must say she has some fabulous products! Her Gardener’s Hand Scrub is ideal for rescuing your hands from all that garden work or bean-breaking. She also offers a milk bath, a foot soak and much more all natural and with essential oils which smell SO GOOD! Check out her shop, Principal Spices.

Oatmeal Shower Bag; actual product photo from shop.

Oatmeal Shower Bag; actual product photo from shop.

Following Jesus when the list is undone 

Originally posted on The Beautiful Ordinary:

It’s really easy, as a homeschooling mom of six busy kids and as the wife of a busy pastor working two jobs and needing me to take the lion’s share at home, to look at my full plate and decide it’s full enough.

And that’s what I’ve always done. Family has had the top slot on my priority list, as it should.

It has also had the only slot. There was no time or energy for any other additions to the list. Right?

But now, when my household duties are more time-consuming than ever (Have you ever tried to keep up with the laundry for eight people?) and my homeschooling job is more challenging than ever (Some of what Abigail will be doing in 7th grade are things I never learned in college) and parenting just takes every ounce of energy I have on most days (There are six of…

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