Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time to Learn Effective Couponing.

At the end of this month I will have been out of work for 10 months. God has been so good and miraculously provided for all our needs. Hubby is working three jobs and money does not seem to be flowing very quickly. So, when my recent trip to the supermarket cost $175 for three people I decided it was time to learn a more efficient way to shop.

I attempted coupons when I first arrived and would have found shooting myself in the head more appealing. The hours I spent and the little I saved made it very impractical for me. However, there are a whole group of ladies out there that manage to do it well and save 60% a week on grocery's. This would mean a $105 saving for one weeks shop. This would be the equivalent of ten hours labor before taxes. Definitely worth the effort.

I came across this series

I found this very helpful and followed several of her links including Southern Savers, which I think I will invest time to learn and use for my shopping lists.

I have realized the way I was couponing was what the problem was. I need to learn effective couponing to save the big bucks. So the first step for me is to get organized. I am going to use the accordion/cancelled check method. (no more wandering around the store with endless coupons that I don’t need) Read more here. Off to buy my files. Will let you know how I get on next week.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Peace

It’s Friday and that means I am preparing for RU. We have started the new session on the fruit of the Spirit peace. I prepared and gave the first lesson two weeks ago but it is still with me. It made such an impact on me.

What stayed with me are the basic fundamentals.

The source of peace =  GOD

Made possible through = JESUS DEATH AND RESURECTION

Col. 1 :20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

IT IS A GIFT!

A gift God intends for us to have. A gift that cost Christ everything.  Therefore such a precious and costly gift should be nurtured and protected at all costs.

First we examined what is peace. The children found it easier to say what it is not. ‘It’s not noisy’, ‘it’s not war’.  This is a great place to start. Peace is the absence of fighting and noisiness. This is true.

‘What does it mean to have peace in our hearts’?

It means we don’t feel bad inside. When we feel noisy and at war inside this means we don’t have peace in our relationship to God.

When we feel this way we have to ask why. If God has given me peace and I have accepted Jesus as my savior then why do I not have peace? This is an alarm that tells us that something is wrong.

What are the enemies of peace?

There are many enemies that we call sin. If we sin our conscience tells us that we are not right with God. We are to confess our sin so that we can have good fellowship once again.

Lets look at a few big ones, envy , fear  and guilt.

Envy is wanting something that we don’t have and then we constantly are looking to get it. This causes us to lose peace and feel dissatisfied inside.

Fear comes from not trusting God for situations and this traps us in anxiety.

Guilt in our hearts can come from disobedience and a non-repentant spirit which then separates us from God.

How can we protect peace in our hearts?

The best way to keep peace in our hearts is to concentrate on what positive things we can do to walk in a good relationship with Jesus.

Be thankful  Phil. 4:8

Trust God   Matt. 6:27

Keep a short account 1 John. 1:9

How can we build peace in our lives?

Build a strong relationship by getting into God’s word, praying and having Christian fellowship.

 Peace provided by God through Jesus is to be received, treasured and protected.

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Got the template for this craft at Danielles place. Please note, it won’t print straight from the web you have to save it to your computer first.

Will also give a little question  and answer sheet that they can fill out during the class. This is an important lesson for them to get onboard! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Strawberry Preserves Are Like Summer In a Jar.

We picked the first batch of strawberries from the garden and after a few servings of strawberry shortcake the rest were cooked up into wonderful sweet strawberry preserves.  

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Nothing in these preserves but sugar, strawberries, gel and a whole lotta love.

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Cook it to a frothy boil and fill those jars.

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Strawberry Summer in a jar!  My son suggested we sell the jam to which we responded, ‘no way it’s too valuable!’

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Off To Church Camp

New jeans, sneakers, shorts, t-shirts, travel containers, water bottle, snacks. Several trips to Wal-Mart. Long days and short nights. Meals prepared and frozen, wash all caught up.  James and I are off to Church camp and we are thrilled.  This is a first for both of us and we are super excited. James will be involved in the teen program and I will be with 2nd and 3rd grade girls.

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There will be lots of activities and time in the word. I will be a dorm monitor and help with the crafts every afternoon as well as listen to memory verses and just generally be available.  James will stay with the teens and we probably won’t see each other all week which will be nice for him!  Please pray for us.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Gut Wrenching Work…I Love It!

I desperately need exercise and being stuck indoors all winter has not helped. In London the best way to get around was your legs and public transport. This kept me pretty fit. I used to walk 1.5 miles to school every morning and got to where I didn’t want to travel in any other way.
This is not possible in the rural areas of SW Virginia. There are no side walks and no public transport that I am aware of. Having a car is a must even to pop to the local store. So I have become very unfit. I had successfully avoided Bronchitis for the last five years due to my new fit lifestyle only to break that record this year. SO, I have no alternative than to get busy.
I have discovered there are lots of practical things that can be done around the farm and so I have been jumping in. I am hoping to put off going to the Gym, not only because I am too pragmatic to spend hours working on fitness, but also because I don’t want to spend the money!
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IMG_4351Here is our potatoe and corn field. If it looks long that’s because it is. These potatoes now need earthing up. This is a process of mounding up the dirt around the plant so that when it puts out side shoots the potatoes will not go green. Pa did two rows and James and I struggled to do one. Let me tell you, besides the heat and humidity, this is gut wrenching work. There were more than a few moments of nausea and dizziness!
The back growth is corn coming through and we are staggering the plantings so that we can keep the corn coming at the end of the summer months. We have planted extra this year so that we can feed the chickens. I was amused to see that they color the corn this florescent pink. A very wise idea as the ground dries at such a rate in the heat it is easy to lose where you have put it before you can go back and cover it over.
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 Fresh air, fresh food and good health, I love it.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

‘Lord, Change Me!’ by Evelyn Christenson

I am not sure what drew me to this book. Like so many of my books it was suggested to me a long time ago. I have no regrets about not reading it as I trust that timing is everything.

I haven’t read far in yet but the Lord has already gone to work. It’s not the book that did the work as I was not particularly impressed by her first chapter but rather it is the Spirit of the Lord going to work on my heart. 

I find myself in situations that have driven me to my knees lately and I am convinced that if things are this bad then I am the one in the melting pot and God must be working on ME. Thus my hearts cry, “Lord, please change me!” Have you found yourself in the this place lately. Has it occurred to you that rather than pray for the circumstances you should pray for yourself? Leave a word in the comments and we can pray for each other.

I came across this video and thought it to be a good start.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Looking Forward To That Honey

It’s been so rainy that Lilly and I have not been down the green lane for a few weeks.  It has completely transformed. The hedgerows are teaming with white flowers from the Blackberry briars and everything looks like it is on steroids. The growth that occurs as a result of the sun and rain is phenomenal. Grass has to be mowed every 5 days or you have a serious problem.

As Lilly and I walked along I was very aware of the bees. There was a continual and almost overwhelming hum coming from all the nectar producing blossom. I actually found myself checking for a swarm because the noise was so intense. I got a thrill knowing they were most likely to be Jim’s bees at work. Looking forward to that honey!

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Adding a Little Color To My Life

 

Window Box’s are in. I combined flowers and some herbs. Nasturtiums will make a nice trailing appearance and I can throw them in a salad for a little flair.

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I have been  so sick for the last 9 days. I started with a cold virus that my husband generously shared with me and developed into Bronchitis! I should be teaching my kids tonight but don’t have the energy and shouldn’t share my germs.

This week I interviewed for a job that I was sure was mine but, alas, I was wrong. I breezed through the interview with glowing letters of reference and an amazing educational portfolio. The interviewer even made remarks about me being impressive. I was more than qualified for the job but I didn’t even get a call back. A little deflating to say the least. After having Virginia Dept. of Ed. refuse to consider me for a license to teach because my degree was not regionally accredited I am a little winded.  Lord I know it’s not just about me! I trust that whatever you are doing in my life and the lives of those around me is for your glory.