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August 2014

HS Day 140 & 141 – Ag Science, egg making machines, swans & milkshakes !!

Yes… I do like to make my titles interesting.. LOL.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve really felt lead to go to a more natural, and therefore healthier diet within our family. We don’t actually eat that bad in the first place, but we go through so many eggs… and they’re not cheap, so I decided to do what organising needed to be done in order to get our own chickens. Terry & the kids & I put some time into the yard, rearranging the kids play fort so as to also serve as a chicken coup (under it I mean.) So… this is what we ended up with.
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After we were all prepared to receive our chickens.. we headed off excitedly to the local produce store to choose and bring home our chickens… Introducing Cherry, Ruby, Minty, Cookie & Blackie.
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We spent a lot of time preparing their ‘outside’ area, with star pickets and chicken wire etc etc, only to be told that the chickens need to stay contained in their coup for 2wks, in corder to establish it as their ‘safe’ place. Oh well… at least the job is done now. We are considering altering it in order for the area to not share the boundary fence… just in case they decide to fly over the fence.
They had a great first night, and seem to like their new digs.. excuse the pun, seeing as they actually do like to dig.. LOL. All in all, HS day 140 included some Ag science work, after the kids normal subjects were completed. Next week will include a new outside chore for us, but I’ll keep you dangling in anticipation for that one. LOL
Today, we headed off to North Lakes to check out a new coffee shop that people had been raving about… well, it was a little disappointing, as there were nowhere near enough seating to accommodate a group where schoolbooks need to be spread out over the table etc. So, we walked straight back out, and headed for the Lakeside Cafe we’ve been to numerous times, and know it’s great for our needs.
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The kids always love the different water animals that are in the lakes. Today it was just ducks & swans.. but normally there are eels… wwwwwww… and turtles, in the water. Schoolwork is certainly an easy task when sitting in this environment.
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Ooh.. I almost forgot a very important thing that happened in our school day yesturday. Tyler-Jasmine had her first piano lesson… beginning what hopes to be an exciting journey towards becoming an accomplished pianist. We are super blessed to have a friend who is not only a great piano teacher, but can come to our house which of course suits us wonderfully seeing as I don’t drive.
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OK.. I hope you are all having a fantastic day !!! The weather here is gorgeous today.. there are talk of thunderstorms today, but it’s hard to see where they’ll come from in the bluest of blue skies today.

Blessings peeps !! xx

Ready… or still preparing to be ready… or both ??

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Cryptic much hey ?? LOL. I had a great conversation with our Pastor yesturday.. well, actually, every conversation with David is more like a lesson….. one where you are sitting in the very front row, leaning forward to get every little morsel you can in the short amount of time.

We are going through this End Times teaching… which I’m rushing ahead past what we are doing on the set nights, as I’m so impatient & hungry for all that I can take in. Plus, what I know of myself is that I take info in, but process it over a period of time, so my theory is that if I take it all in, maybe I’ll process it and have it all sorted in my head around the time everyone else does. Crazy theory ?? Maybe. LOL.

I’ve been set the task of studying Matthew 24 and then making a timeline, while comparing with the accounts in Mark & Luke… so here goes…

Matthew 24… I won’t put it in here… as it’s pretty long.. I read from the Amplified, as I usually do when wanting to get the most understanding I can from a particular section etc.

vs. 6 – ‘wars and rumours of wars’.. Are we experiencing this right now? I think it’s certainly plausible. I can, however, also see that it could be speaking of times past when this has been the case in our history.

‘See that you are not troubled’.. Now, that is seemingly difficult, but when I focus on the goal at then end of the race, it is beyond doable. Reminds me of my 9yr olds memory verses in one of his workbooks this week.. Proverbs 3:25-26 – Be not afraid of sudden fear… for the LORD shall be thy confidence. (Yes, their memory verses are all in KJV… tough much. LOL)

vs. 7 – ‘Nation against nation etc, famines & earthquakes’. Same thing here.. Could describe current and recent events, while also possibly referring to events further back in our history.

vs. 8 – ‘All this is the beginning (the early pains)…’ This vs tells me that these events, whether current or past, or just the beginning of a much longer, more painful process.

vs. 9-12 – For me, these verses speak to the urgency required in sewing seeds and saving the lost. I know we should feel that urgency all the time, but it is easy to get wrapped up in schooling the kiddos (which, hello, IS sewing seeds. LOL), being a good wife (Oh wait, THAT’S sewing seeds too.) and having great fellowship with friends etc…. oh wait… THAT IS SEWING SEEDS TOO. LOL. I think I’ve answered my own ‘question’, that wasn’t really a question.

vs 13 – LOVE IT !!!

vs 15 – When the antichrist will stand up and declare himself to be all that !!

Vs. 16-21.. I believe this speaks to being watchful/alert and in constant communication with The Holy Spirit. Being able to hear his voice and respond to His promptings without delay or question.

Vs. 22 was very interesting as I had to pause on the ‘shortened time’ reference. My own Bible Commentary said the following… This cannot mean the Great tribulation, so often specified as lasting 3 and a half year, will be shortened. It probably means that God will miraculously shorten the daylight hours – during which most fighting and slaughter occur. I hadn’t thought of ‘thinking outside the normal realm of possibilities’, but this translation has encouraged me to.
vs 23-28 – These verses speak to KNOWING The Word…. and being confident in your knowledge and not swaying from that. If you KNOW what the bible prophesies, you will KNOW what do react/not react to.
vs. 29-32 – BAM baby BAM !! What we’ve all been longing for.
vs 33-51 – These verses speak to several things, but the biggest ‘take home’ for me here is the need to be alert/awake/watchful and in the word so as to not ‘get drowsy’ or fall asleep altogether.

So, onto Mark 13… While I didn’t find a huge lot of differences here… I was pulled up at vs 11. I have a tendency to not have a huge amount of confidence in my ability to articulate a point, or verbally convey something .. so the knowledge that as long as I”m in constant communication with The Holy Spirit, I can trust that whatever needs to be said will be said, is very comforting.
Also… vs 32 jumped out at me. The reason for this is that since doing this end times study, I have spoken to a lot, and I mean a LOT of people who say that this 3 and half year timeline simply can’t be true, based on this exact scripture. Note it says ‘day and hour’.. not month or year, or some bigger time frame. I do believe that once we recognise the AntiChrist ‘standing in the place he should not be’, that event sets the 3 and half year timeline in motion… that doesn’t mean we will be able to map out EXACTLY 3 and a half years down to the day and hour… but when you think about it.. we’d only be quibbling over possibly a few days… what does it really matter? He’s coming !! and that’s all that matters.

Luke 21 – I was fascinated by the opening verses… being quite different to the Matthew & Mark gospels.. I must say I found Luke the most ‘readable’.
vs 15 was one I found encouraging, for the same reasons in Mark vs 11.
vs 16 was a sore one as I feel to a small degree that I have begun to experience this in the last few years.
vs 18 & 19 were super encouraging also.
Luke’s gospel does however seem to point more towards a lot of these signs having happened in Jesus’ time… but then other references don’t … so I think I’ll be stopping to pause here for some time and study it until I feel I have my head around it confidently and without doubt.

Ok… so I hope you have found this blog utterly fascinating.. LOL. It has been an entire day (although very interrupted) in the making.
Blessings peeps !!

The week that was the battle between Self Control & Self Indulgence…

Hi all..
Well, let’s just say that the Self Control CT week was tough to say the least. Master 9 particularly struggles in this area, and he was up on full volume this past week. Man am I tired. Also, throw in a couple of really emotionally draining days for other reasons, and you’ve got an emotionally weary Mumma.
We should have gone onto another CT on Monday, but I’m in two minds as to whether I should do that, or hold off a bit… I struggle between the mindset of “Have we nailed this one down” or “OK, we’ve tackled that one for a bit.. now let’s move on, and we’ll come back to this one at another time.”. I think the second option is better… as I think there may be some butting heads against brick walls so to speak if we continue on this one.
Dear Hubby is away with work this week and will be back on Friday. I miss him a lot. It’s a weird situation though as whenever he is away, in lots of ways, the house runs smoother. I have spoken to lots of other Mums, whos husbands also travel for work, and they say the same thing. There’s something to be said for an uninterupted routine. Having said that… I’ll be very glad to have him back on Friday.
OK peeps.. short & sweet blog entry today. I hope you are all doing great.
Blessings.
Lv Fi xox

Monday morning !! Time for a new CT week !!

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So, today begins a new school week… and a new Character Trait to focus on for the week ahead.

Self Control vs. Self Indulgence

Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit.

Galations 5:24-25

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spriit.

This is a particular week that I am both look forward to, and also dreading.  The reason is that it is something that my children do struggle with, so the week ahead will be interesting to say the least.  I’m confident that that God will do great things in this week…  teaching myself and my children (& my husband) many great things to do with this particular character trait.

It’s a very interesting one, as the world basically instructs us to be self indulgent…. it’s everywhere, on TV, on billboards, in magazines, on food packaging.  I believe it’s one of the enemy’s biggest tactics, as it puts people’s focus on themselves, and far from on others.

 

Some other verses I came across are below….. One of them particularly describes our current world reality very well.

Phillipians 2:3 – Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant that yourselves.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For some people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.  Avoid such people.  

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 

Proverbs 18:1 – Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement.

John 3:30 – He must increase, but I must decrease.  (Simple, but so powerful !)

There is so much to be found on this subject… but I’ll leave that fun exploration for you guys to enjoy.

As I said when I decided to begin this learning journey with Character traits, I was a little scared because I knew that each character trait focused on for that particular week would be on show full force….. Well, today has not disappointed.  :0(  Let’s just say it’s been quite a trying day when it comes to lack of self control in my children.  BUT, the upside is… plenty of teachable moments… and great opportunities for great discussions on this exact subject.

Man, isn’t parenting just so much FUN at times??  LOL

OK…  if there is any blog followers out there praying with me through this journey… please continue… as the ride is sometimes bumpy and stressful.

Blessings peeps.

xox

 

 

HS Day 127 – Trying to be more active in our school day

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Sooooo…. (& yes, I do realise that the image is incorrect…. I have two sons and a daughter, not the other way around. LOL)…  I am determined to bring more physical activity into our school day, simply because all of my children are staying awake until so late at night, which results in sleep-ins needed in the morning.. not ridiculous ones.. but maybe 8am.

So today marks the first day of adding a walk into a school curriculum day… LOL.  We’ll learn about heart rate, calories burnt, respecting the temple that houses the Holy Spirit, and all sorts of other healthy info.

The only downside to this is that we only have certain walks we can do in our area, so it may get boring… we may need to get creative and get a train somewhere in order to do a walk…. like going to the City and walking over to Southbank.  Only thing is that doing that almost turns out to be a way TOO tiring day. LOL.  Not so much for the walk itself… it’s always lovely, walking over the bridge etc, but the time sitting on the train seems to be tiring.

We may need to look at investigating other areas that maybe aren’t quite so far away.  No doubt I will keep you in the loop with our adventures.

Blessings Peeps !!

xox

 

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