When Did People Become A Bad Word?

PEOPLE

It seems that people love animals more and more as time goes on. This belief permeates the world that animals are innocent, and people aren’t. Except that Sneaky Snake, but I guess we try to forget about him. We get to blame whatever animals do on instinct, but with each other we know better.

We thought growing up that there were good guys and bad guys, but it turns out that we are all just people. Flesh, bone, marrow, and spirit.

Without a purpose, our lives can take a quick turn down into that dark, cold spiral.

I strongly believe, and know that God has called me. I also believe just as strongly that God has called you. If you answer God’s Call you will gain purpose and get to join a journey far more epic than that of Samwise and Frodo.

Once grace takes hold, it rips through boulders that seemed to block the path, and it rips through you and pours out all over the place. Like a dripping loufa scrubber in your shower, grace gets all over the place. And that’s good!

I have shared previously about the main focus of a Call from God as the Paragon, Focus, or Ideal of a person’s life. I feel very passionately that we are a part of an epic tale, but also that God has our very own book being written. And in my book I have responsibilities that do not come from other people, but from God. And those responsibilities tie in perfectly with the jobs He has given others around me, which links us together!

I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together!

Being the church means being People, together. Sharing with each other this grace, this God. It is messy because we are still human throughout the process. We have a perfect model in Jesus Christ, but we ourselves will not be perfect until we all dance together in Heaven.

“I could never do what you are doing.”

As a missionary in the Middle East the thing I hear more than anything else is. I know that what they mean is that they think I am strong, gifted, called, and inspiring. I am honored and blessed that people think that about us. There is something else to that comment, however, it seems that it also means that I have some super power. I have no super powers.

I am a human being! Just like you.

And I could not do what you do. God called you to your life, which could easily include a great many things I am not equipped for. I spent some time this year tutoring Evan, pictured here with Kyrie, in math, but also Louis and I have been spending time pouring into his family before they move to Argentina where they have a church sponsoring them. This family has inspired me to take the call even farther, and to look outside of the routines we have formed the past few years. I want to see what new things God has in store. There are things God is calling me to do that even I am saying, “I can’t do that.” Now I am adding one important word…

YET

I can’t help churches sponsor refugees YET. But hopefully I will be able to help in new ways soon.

God’s Assignment

I am taking the assignment from God for my life and doing my best, but I fail. I go months without posting. I scream and shout when things don’t go my way. My house gets really messy. And I don’t always want to love others and care.

What keeps me going is knowing I am not alone. I have God in my tummy, and people all over the world are a part of my family. We are all working toward the same goals, God’s goals, and that makes it easier to work out differences, and get motivated to keep on keeping on.

The church is not a building, the church is everywhere. We are everywhere. Someone near you is feeling alone and outside of the church, the family, the love, and it might just be your responsibility to find that person and invite them in. This isn’t a closed group. This is a family that loves to have one more potato salad at the picnic.

Can you find some more potato salad? Do you hear the call? Do you feel the pushing of God to step out and share His love with others?

If anything I am saying relates to you, let me know in the comments. How do you take the responsibility of God’s calling and share your gifts, talents, and passions with those around you?

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Book Review: Science Play!


When I majored in Education in college it was within a cohort that focused on multiage education and play education. This is the idea that through play, children learn. My emphasis was math and science and I taught middle school science for a year. So, with these two passions in my back pocket as I am entering my second year of homeschooling, I was overjoyed to find a book that neatly sums up these two loves. Science Play! Has turned out to be everything I hoped. It is a book overflowing with fun activities for 2 to 6-year-olds which will help them begin understanding science that is all around them.

    The book is written in such a way that you could use an entire chapter, or pull out individual chapters. The chapters are split into categories which are excellent to help both the kids and their “Grown-Up Lab Assistants” see how easy it is to enter into science. The first chapter is laid out in such a way that I could start right away with my son. It is written in a way that a kid could understand, and as they learn to read they can even take charge of their own learning experiences. The backyard and bathtub even become science labs in this book. These experiments are so amazing, you really do need this book. I am going to be keeping this book handy for many years to come.

    The very first chapter of activities is my favorite so far, Home Sweet Home. The title is perfect for the lack of items I need to buy, making my home very sweet indeed. This will be a great introduction for my 3 year old to his new class this year in homeschool: Science. The idea is to go on a “Science Safari”. On this safari (there are multiple examples given of ways to do this safari) different items will be collected by the child that fall into categories of either different senses, or the other categories in the book: water, plants, and bugs. Very few materials are needed since the child will be doing mainly collecting. The next few pages share ways to display and store these “treasures” in a “mini-museum”. Once again, the material requirements are few and you can choose based on what you collected and what you have already at home. Then the activities move to observing and learning from what we collected, which involves more trips outside.

    I know I am making it sound too simple, but it really is that easy! If you have a kid 0-6, get this book! I am not just recommending it, but making it an essential if you want to introduce science to your kids. Also, I am going to be using this book in our homeschool curriculum this year, so stay tuned for more posts about how I am using this book!


The facts about the book.

Title: Science Play!

Author: Jill Frankel Hauser

Publisher: Williamson Books, Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date: 1998

# Pages: 143

Special Features: 2-6 Year-Olds, Activities and Experiments, Easy to Read, Many Activities Have No Required Items

Price: From $2.68 on Amazon. I got it for free from the library first, but I liked it so much I bought it for $2.67.

ISBN: 978-0-8249-6799-4

Book Review: The Girl In The Steel Corset (Good)


I have to start by saying I LOVE STEAMPUNK! I love the idea of a parallel universe in which there are gears and cogs and shiny metal in clothes and fashion that is funky. I love it so much that Wild Wild West is a movie I will watch over and over again no matter how many good movies there are up against it. Now, I don’t actually watch it over and over because I have a husband who would like to watch only good movies and I don’t really watch movies alone. But I do read alone, so I found this series that is Steampunk and has amazing beautiful covers.

    The Girl in the Steel Corset is the first in the series, but I do not think I will be reading the rest of the series. However, do not let that dissuade you. The book was fully in the Steampunk world. There were contraptions and gears and it was marvelous. However, I realized that liking to pin Steampunk fashion on Pinterest is not the same as knowing all the lingo, and I missed the prerequisite course to know all of that. It was easy enough to catch on, and I think the Teens and Young Adults that it is targeted for would like to enter into the world building alongside the book and to see what sorts of contraptions there are in other books that are mentioned. The characters were in their early twenties, but it seemed like it could have just as easily been a high school book.

I would definitely recommend this book to teens and young adults. With all the sex and erotica being thrown into the mix alongside paranormal romances and whatever other parent cringing subject matter that is out there, this was a great wholesome book. There was romance and kissing, but no quivering members. It was a book I could quite happily let my kids read almost as soon as they could read at that level. And I think that the characters have a chance for depth in the following books that could make them very interesting reads. For instance, the engineering done by both men and women showed intelligence alongside the fun of their personalities. So, while it was not for me in the end, I could see the many merits and would suggest it to anyone else interested in the world of Steampunk and Electronics.


The facts about the book.

Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles Book 1)

Author: Kady Cross

Place: London, 1897

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: 2011

# Pages: 480

Special Features: Beautiful Covers, Steampunk, Intelligent Girls

Price: I checked it out at the library, but right now on Amazon the price is $0.01

ISBN: 978-0373210701

My Goals For This Week

This Week’s Goals:

Family

  1. Organize Kids’ Clothes:
    1. Take Out Clothes That Are Too Small
    2. Pack Up & Label Clothes That Are Too Small
  2. Pack Up & Label Pregnancy Clothes
  3. Write Love Notes to Louis & Kyrie
  4. Exchanges and Returns on baby clothes she has already outgrown

Education

  1. Create an Arabic Study System
  2. Add the Motor Themes to the Homeschooling Curriculum
  3. Begin Reading TCK

Ministry

  1. Continue Bible Reading Plan
  2. Write Lisses to Lebanon Blog Update
    1. Funding Update
    2. Timeline Update
  3. Start Reading Serving as Senders
  4. Organize the Space to Write Thank You Cards

Personal

  1. Celebrate the first 2 Weeks of my Made Over Morning Routine: Use my Coldstone Gift Card
  2. Begin Studying the Bible again by reading 1 chapter this week of 1 Samuel
  3. Choose a Book For Fun & Start Reading

I realize I might be jumping in to far too much, but what I have been learning these past few weeks as I have begun my Morning Routine again is how useful scheduling out my days can be. Thank you, again Crystal @Money Saving Mom. So, I have begun using Google Calendar in a way that I might share as soon as I figure out how to explain it. The main point is to put it down on paper and leave it there. So, before I send these goals out now I have them written down on my calendar in a reasonable way. More on that later, but for now…

Accountability through Blog, we have Re-Begun!

As always, feel free to join the accountability of goal setting by writing your own goals in the comments.

On Being A Mommy Who Reads Voraciously

My baby boy was born in November 2012. During my pregnancy leading up to his birth I was able to finally read quite a few books that I had been meaning to read for years. I read the entire Harry Potter series, and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I reread the three books about The Mysterious Benedict Society and loved them all just as much on the second read. Finally, I reread the Hunger Games Trilogy. I was reading the third book, which is my least favorite of the series. I was quite aware that I may not finish it when I picked it up. I had intended to only read the first two books of the series again, but didn’t want to start a book which I would need to finish. Mockingjay was a book I could put down and not care much if I picked it back up again after my baby was born.

Thinking all of this over as I had made it even funnier to me when my nurse, after I had had my beautiful baby and been moved to the nursery floor for couplets care, laughed at my having a book in the hospital. I was aware that I would probably not get much of it read in the next few weeks, but when she said, “It’ll be years before you get through another book,” I felt that I had met a challenge I could not turn down. I laughed along with her and then determined that I would read all the time. Besides, what would I have to say to this baby if not for the chapter books I would read to him?

However, my true purpose in undergoing this challenge was my own regrets. I have spent years avoiding my passions in the pursuit of work and these five years of committed stay-at-home motherhood are about my own mental healing as much as they are about raising my beautiful baby boy. This is why the books on this site span so many age groups, and genres, I truly love books. My need for a kind of book is as fluctuating as my baby’s sleep pattern, which is a day to day phenomenon. Some days I need an easy read to get my mind calmed down. Other days I want to read to my baby a book that has pictures for him to look at. Often I want a book that speaks to me about my own life, or humanity in general. Sometimes I pick a book up merely on recommendation.

Which is what I hope this blog can be for you. I hope that you can continue, begin, or pick up where you left off being a lifelong reader. Use this blog as a place to make recommendations for me to read, or to find books to read based on your needs.