|Wellspring of Grace . . .||
"...He who has compassion on them will guide them
and lead them beside springs of water."
Miscellaneous Fun Stuff
Food Tidings is a website that will help you organize a meal schedule for a family in need.
It's quick. It's easy. It's brilliant!!
This is the website my friend Jana used to set up meals for us after Daniel was diagnosed with cancer. I could not possibly overstate what a blessing it was to be able to see who was coming, what they were bringing, who brought last week (so we could get thank you notes out), and just to know it was all at my fingertips any time. Yes!
There's a grace story to go with this too . . . Chad got on Facebook with the people who started Food Tidings to express our gratitude and tell them to keep up the good work. Well, he got to chatting with the wife who runs it and she said she could see from our page that we lived close by and could she please bring us a meal? Are you kidding me?
They came over (with the most delicious meatballs I've ever eaten) and our families clicked! Lisa's homeschooling their 4 kids who are very close in ages to ours; Zach does mortgages like Chad does . . . it was CRAZY!!! Our children adore each other, WE adore each other, and now Lisa and I (and another God-sent friend, Lori) get together for tea to encourage each other in the Lord. They are such bright lights to me on the evenings we all spill into a quiet booth after a long day in the trenches.
Talk about an unexpected wellspring of GRACE!!!
This is the chores/incentive program we use with our boys and it has been awesome! It's a ticket system that shows them what is expected and what the results will be.
These are one of my new favorite things!! I use them for everything: sauces, cut veggies, homemade laundry soap, soup on the go, even complete salads ready to shake up and eat! There are a ton of fun things on Pinterest you can do with them too. Who knew?!?
Mom's Super Laundry Sauce
I've been so grateful to have this amazing recipe for homemade laundry soap! We have 4 boys at our house so you can imagine we go through a lot of laundry soap and you also know it's not cheap! If you're looking for an easy place to save money, try this - you won't regret it!
Great Christian Movies
The Book of Daniel
This is a powerful movie on the events in the Biblical book of Daniel. Of course I have read it many times and we even gave this name to one of our sons, but I was awestruck to see in motion all God did in this one man's lifetime. After we watched it I was so overcome with a sense of God's sovereignty and power and interest in the lives of men that I couldn't even get to sleep! My heart was pounding and my face was flushed and it was amazing!! Of course it wasn't that the movie was so powerful, but the movie was a great catalyst for me to understand God's amazing ways better.
***Homeschooling idea ***
The next day we watched The Book of Daniel for school. I wrote on a white board the names of the four kings referenced in the book and had the boys tell me what they knew about each one. Then I wrote four topics and asked the boys to be thinking about them throughout the movie. Then I made popcorn and we all settled in! As we watched I stopped the movie periodically to emphasize a lesson or to let the boys ask questions. There were a LOT of questions. At the end I had them brainstorm what we can learn about each topic from the book of Daniel and it was exciting to hear what they had to say! It was completely inspired and OH so much fun!!!
This is a brilliant rendering of the life and times of Jesus. The script is the Gospel of Matthew, beginning to end, and the portrayal of Jesus is done by Bruce Marchiano - the best I've ever seen!
Facing the Giants
This is the story of a high school football coach who, because of his surrender to the Lord, conquers the giants in his life and shows his players how to do the same.
A marriage in deep trouble has new life breathed into it as a result of "The Love Dare". (A couple of scenes might be a little too intense for young children so Mom and Dad should watch it first!)
This is the story of a police officer who learns what it really means to be a godly husband and father after his family faces tragedy. (A couple of scenes might be a little too intense for young children so Mom and Dad should watch it first!)