Saturday, July 19, 2014

Simple Bedroom Decoration Tips


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 Our bedrooms are a place where we spend large amounts of time, whether sleeping or relaxing but unless they promote a certain feeling and emotion, they will not be as much fun to hang out in or relax. Decorations play a serious part in any household, but the bedroom holds a special place in a home. The following tips will give you more details you can use for decorations of said room in a simple, yet useful way:

·    Using a great number of pillows can not only create a comfortable bedroom, but also use their patterns to create a unique look. Geometric patterns, floral designs and prints can all become a part of the decoration efforts.

·    You can also have a great deal of fun with some artwork of your own to adorn your bedroom. Whether its a nice, graphic quilt that covers a wall made by you or simply extra pretty bed linens or something else that fits the overall mood of the room.

·    Another thing you must keep in mind is how you can use patterns to your advantage when you're doing the decorating. You can for example work a nice-looking printed bedspread, something floral or botanical in nature which makes it perfect for spring and summertime, allowing you to cover more of the surfaces there with something thematic for the season in question.

·    Accent pieces and prints can be of great help when you're working in the bedroom in terms of decorations. Whether its just a lampshade or a small statuette, the overall effect can be great if combined with something else that works on incorporating a certain theme.

·    You should also focus your efforts on the walls of the bedroom, as they need to cover a good bit of the room as well. You can combine them with some interesting nightstands or even lamps that have adjustable angles attached to the walls. This will free up floor space, which is very useful in smaller bedrooms.

·    One thing you must always keep in mind is that your bedroom must closely mirror and reveal the great parts of your personality, something that shows your inner world. This can be done by making sure its decorated and painted in your favorite colors as well as decorated in motifs that fit your personal ideas.

·    Another thing you should not forget is to make your bedroom as comfy as possible. This will make it much more fun for snuggling, sleep and overall rest and relaxation. After all, you should make sure you have a nice and soft bedroom, unless you're a fan of more spartan accommodations. You want snug, soft pillows and soft, warm covers. You know you do, so indulge yourself.

·    Make sure you choose a good focal point for your bedroom, as it will make it that much better when adorned with one. Whether its the bed or something else that makes the room more colorful or rich, the main thing is to ensure it attracts the attention right away. It could even be a piece of art that complements the overall theme of the bedroom.

·    You should make sure you have a good scale difference between the different aspects of your bedroom. A huge four-poster bed might be something you feel you'd love, but if it takes up far too much of your room, then you will need to think of a different solution. Sometimes a smaller or more simple type of furniture in a bedroom can pay off a lot better than it otherwise would.

·    You also need to consider lighting in a more practical manner. A good wall lamp with a switch close by will eliminate the need of putting too many things on your nightstand. Put a multi-watt bulb on it and you will have an easier time manipulating the light levels to your whim. Its practical and much more flexible as a solution.

·    If you want to make your room colorful, but not yet completely saturated with colors, then you can just use a few accent pieces here and there, such as accessories and pieces of art to make it better. It requires little effort while also allowing changes if need be.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Two Free Ebooks~109 Sermons and Other Works by J.C. Ryle & The Substance of the Christian Religion

Young Girl Reading
   Available at allposters.com

I like books from long ago.  They seem to be more
untouched by modern ideas and waywardness...though of course we know false teachers did exist hundreds of years ago.

Monergism.com has 2 free ebooks today (and I am not sure for how much longer)...They are

The Substance of the Christian Religion by William Ames and 109 Sermons and Other Works by J.C. Ryle.  J.C. Ryle is one of my favorite authors, but I am not very familiar with William Ames.

From Monergism.com:

"J.C. Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher, faithful pastor, husband of three wives, [widowed three times: Matilda died in 1847, Jessie died in 1860, Henrietta died in 1889] and the father to five children [one with Matilta and four with Jessie]. He was thoroughly evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising in his Biblical principles. Today’s pastor can learn several lessons from Ryle. .First, Ryle’s life reminds pastors to attend to their family duties. He also reminds Christians that sometimes it is necessary to swim against the tide. Ryle was a passionate Evangelical at a time when Evangelical theology was not popular in the Anglican church. During his lifetime, Ryle contended with John Henry Newman’s Tractarian Movement, and the growing infiltration of liberal German theology. He did so with unflinching loyalty to the first principles of Scripture — justification by faith alone, substitutionary atonement, the doctrine of the Trinity, and the importance of preaching.In 1880, after 38 years in Pastoral ministry in rural England, at age 64, he became the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool. He retired in 1900 at age 83 and died later the same year at the age of 84."

You may download this ebook here and The Substance of the Christian Religion here.


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

What Are Essential Oils?

Balsam Root and Lupines Among Pacific Ponderosa Pine, Rowena, Oregon, USA

Are you familiar with what essential oils actually are?  Essential oils are the life blood of plants. The next time you drive by a field of fresh peppermint or hike through a pine forest, breathe deeply—you’re experiencing the soul-soothing power of essential oils. But essential oils are more than nice scents; these powerful plant extracts are your path to lifelong wellness.

 
Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful and effective than dry herbs, delivering quick and effective results. Any time you hold a bottle of powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally. 
Essential oils are the very smallest molecules of the plants. They are different than what we'd call "herbs".

Essential oils are not easy to extract. In fact, it takes someone years to learn the art of distillation.  The distillation process is different for different plants. They should be taken to, and held at different temperatures, for different lengths of time to get the best quality oil.

Every living thing has a frequency at which it operates. When something is dead, it has no frequencies. Essential oils have frequencies, which mean they are beneficial to our body because they may raise our frequency to normal when we are ill.


Are you familiar with the purity of essential oils?  Purity of essential oils is huge deal. Because all plants produce differently based on the seeds, planting time, harvest time, weather, etc. you will have variables from year to year.  But it's also important that plants are grown and harvested in correct locations to produce the purest oil.  After growing plants for essential oils, then we have to harvest and distill them---another very complicated process. It takes many years to become good at this!

For quality purposes, I only use Young Living essential oils.  I have not mentioned them on my site before because I wanted to use them for awhile to see how they worked for our family.  I have been very pleased, and we have been enjoying the benefits of Young Living essential oils for nearly three years now.

YES. Brands do matter because of the purity aspect. The growth of the plant, the distillation, the soil it was grown in--literally hundreds of variables effect the final product. 


How can you tell if essential oils are pure?  One way to tell is by the smell if it's been extended with alcohol or a rancid fatty oil.    Putting the essential oil on paper is also a great way to check if it is not a blend which would have fatty oils in it.  The pure oils will not leave any mark on the paper, while adulterated oils leave greasy marks on the paper.

I hope to be sharing more with you about how we use essential oils in our family.  You may purchase Young Living essential oils here(To get a 24 percent discount on essential oils, sign up as a wholesale member.  It's kind of like joining a warehouse club like Costco or Sam's Club, except it's even better because you get product along with your membership price!)
 
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FREE eBook--Jesus the Evangelist

The Book Worm, about 1850

Until the end of July, Reformation Trust is giving away the ebook edition of Richard Phillips’ Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John.

Rev. Richard D. Phillips explores the early chapters of the Gospel of John to discover principles you can use for Christian outreach that were modeled by witnesses for Jesus and by Jesus Himself. Phillips examines the ministry of John the Baptist and the calling of the first of Jesus’ disciples. This book also includes an appendix that looks at the relationship between God’s sovereignty and evangelism.
“Phillips’ study of John 1, 3, and 4 takes us beyond clever techniques to biblical faithfulness, and beyond entertaining communication to sound theology in evangelism. He does a masterful job of helping us learn from God’s Word principles for evangelism, the theology of the gospel, and Jesus’ own practice in evangelism.”
—Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile
“Evangelism is not an afterthought in the Christian life. It is how God has ordained to glorify Himself in the salvation of sinners. Rev. Phillips explains this by showing how Jesus is both the evangel and the Great Evangelist. In the process, he challenges both apathy and superficiality in the great work of making disciples. I highly recommend this book!”
—Dr. Thomas K. Ascol
Available in July as a Free Download


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Is Classical Education the Same as Christian Education?

Book Illustration of a Girl Reading by Honor C. Appleton

This very informative post about classical versus christian education was shared on Facebook the other day.  I thought it had some very important information that might be helpful to you.

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IS CLASSICAL EDUCATION THE SAME AS CHRISTIAN EDUCATION?

I have been considering the answer to this question for more than 20 years. The answer is not as simple as one might hope. If you are struggling with this answer, I hope these thoughts will help you.

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

On the surface it might be easy to conclude either "yes, it is" or "no, it is not." But I think it is important that we go to the very heart of the matter, that is, the inner part or the vital part.

It is my conclusion that Classical Education lays a foundation of the heart, soul, and mind of a "Renaissance Christian" rather than a "Reformation Christian." You may ask, "what is the difference?"

Let me show you what I mean by quoting from The Institute of Catholic Liberal Education: The Riches of Classical Education web site. In order to distinguish my thoughts from theirs, I will place their thoughts in brackets [ ].

ICLE: [“Classical Education”, as the term is commonly used, refers to the kind of education that was developed during the Renaissance by Christian humanists. It differed in important ways from the medieval education that preceded it and the scientific/vocational education that followed it.]

DQ: They properly understand that the education of the Renaissance Christian was different from the education of Christians living in the Middle Ages. I think there was a difference in both form and thought. The Renaissance Christian began to draw upon the thoughts and ideas of the Greco-Roman world. Over time these teachers began to merge the "best" of the Greco-Roman world view into the Christian world view. To those Christians living in the Middle Ages this merger would be the union of two opposing traditions. Christians of the Protestant Reformation also considered this an "unholy union." This difference would become the basis of the Protestant Reformation.

ICLE: [Liberal Arts  The day-to-day work of a classical school consisted of training in the trivial and quadrivial arts. Through Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric, students became masters of language and thought. They learned to be able to account for every word used by the great Roman and Greek authors, explaining its grammatical structure, role in argument and connotative impact. Through imitative exercises, they became articulate, persuasive and inspiring in speech and writing.]

DQ: This may sound innocent and even good at first reading; however, where does it lead?

DQ: It naturally lead to a reverence for the Greco-Roman world view as The Institute of Catholic Liberal Education explains so accurately on their site. And this reverence would eventually lead to the union of two traditions: Christian world view and the Greco-Roman world view.

A Girl Reading, from 'A Child's Garden of Verses' by Robert Louis Stevenson, Published 1885
DQ: "Through imitative exercises" is a very important concept in Classical Education. They would "imitate" the speeches and writings of the Greek and Roman writers. In doing so, these ideas begin to become part of them. They would "rehearse" them. To "rehearse" is to narrate, to recite, to meditate on. The wonder, the beauty, and the genius of the Greco-Roman world was rehearsed in their minds -- over and over again. And what happened as a result? A "reverence" for the Greco-Roman Civilization was implanted within their hearts, soul, and minds.

ICLE: [Reverence for Greco-Roman CivilizationClassical Education assumed that, if we are going to learn today, we have to begin with yesterday. Greco-Roman Civilization, received and developed in Christian Europe, is a rich tradition of thought, art, governance, and reflection. To flourish in life, students learned to read deeply and carefully, imbibing this culture, becoming a part of it themselves. The cultural ideals learned in school gave them a foundation for their adult life.]

DQ: What does it mean to "read deeply and carefully, imbibing this culture." To imbibe means to absorb or assimilate and to embrace. In reverence for the genus and beauty of the Greco-Roman world, the thoughts and ideas of this world view would be absorbed and assimilated into their lives … "becoming a part of it themselves." This would result a monumental shift within Christianity -- from Biblical Christianity to Renaissance Christianity.

DQ: Through this process of Classical Education young minds will either intentionally or unintentionally be drawn into IMBIBING Greco-Roman truth into Christian Truth. Historically, this is what the Renaissance Christian Humanist did. Today, with the re-introduction of Classical Education into Protestant Christianity we should expect the same result.

DQ: Back to the original question: Is Classical Education the same as Christian Education? The answer? Well, it depends upon how you understand the word Christian.

DQ: WHERE WILL CLASSICAL EDUCATION LEAD YOUR CHILDREN? Classical Education will most likely result in students who will imbibe the Renaissance Mind rather that the Reformation Mind. These students will be absorbing, assimilating, and embracing the UNION of two traditions, Christian and Greco-Roman thought. The union of these two traditions moves the heart, soul, and mind of the student in the direction of the Catholic Mind rather than the Protestant Mind.

DQ: So, to those with leanings toward Catholicism the answer is "yes, Classical Education is the same as Christian Education." However, to those with Protestant beliefs the answer is "no, Classical Education is not the same as Christian Education."

DQ: Why the difference? Because of what the student is being asked to imbibe as Truth.

DQ: The important consideration for young evangelical Christian parents is simply this -- "know what you are getting."

DQ: NOTE -- If you know families who are considering some form of Classical Education for their children or who are currently involved, Shirley and I hope you will share this posting with them. May God grant us His Wisdom as we fulfill the high calling of discipling our children.


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Repost: So You Think You Should Go to Work

Today, join me at Raising Homemakers where I share an old-y but good-y post from a few years ago on Blessed Homemaking.  It's an encouragement for all of us homemakers!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Instruct Your Children in the Way of Holiness

Illustration of a Little Girl Walking Through a Gate by Jessie Willcox Smith
 
"If you neglect to instruct (your children) in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness? No; if you will not teach them to pray, he will to curse, swear, and lie; if ground be uncultivated, weeds will spring."

~ John Flavel

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Learn the Truth About Cancer FREE Today Only

Geroldsauer Waterfall in Grobbach Valley in the Black Forest

For those of you who missed the initial premiere of "The Quest for The Cures" there is good news!  This is life-saving information and pertains to just about everyone in today's world, since cancer affects so many.

The response was so overwhelming that Cancer Truth has decided to rerun all 7 episodes today (Saturday, June 14th) starting at noon eastern (9am Pacific) and ending Sunday morning at 11:59am.
This docu-series is packed with powerful, life-changing and life-saving information on nutrition and natural therapies for cancer from doctors, researchers, experts and survivors. Again, if you didn't see it, or missed a few episodes, or want to watch it all again, now's your chance!

And it's still FREE. All you have to do is register and you're good to go!


I really hope you'll watch it and share this information with your family and friends!  The information is great!

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Heart of Thankfulness

'The Lord Gave and the Lord Taketh Away - Blessed Be the Name of the Lord', 1868

This is a goal I have for myself--I want to focus on being thankful for what the Lord has given me.  If we can focus on what the Lord has given us, it will bring much more joy to our lives.  If we are always searching for something to be wrong, we will surely find it.  If we are looking for faults in our children, we will definitely find them!  Instead of focusing on their faults, we should be sure to look for their good traits and encourage our children in them.  There is nothing wrong with giving encouragement in areas they are doing well in.

Some things I am thankful for today...

The beautiful children I wake up to every day.  Yes, some days are hard, but where would I be without them?  They bring such joy to my life!  I am blessed to be a mama.

We have a house to live in.  It may not be the fanciest, nicest house, but it is ours.  We are cozy in our little home we have together.  It is our own space.

We are provided for.  Every month is a struggle.  But still the Lord always makes a way for us to have our needs met.  I am so thankful.

These are just a few of the things I am thankful for.  I could go on and hope to do so when I am tempted to complain and focus on our lack instead of what we've been given.  There are things that I'd like and feel we really need in life, but it is up to the Lord to provide them if He sees fit.  Our God is a good and gracious God, and He loves His children.

What things are you thankful for?  What helps you to get your focus off of your troubles?

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Spring Sightings

Tiger Swallowtail butterflies
My children and I have been enjoying seeing spring unfurl outside, and we've been enjoying God's creation.  We had some unusually hot weather in the beginning, and then recently we've had some quite chilly days.  Honestly, I'd prefer a little chilly than too hot.  When summertime comes, we will all feel pretty hot, and the scorpions and black widows will be out.  So right now, it's time to enjoy the beautiful spring!

I've been doing some spring cleaning and have gotten rid of lots of clutter.  That is always great to do.  It is fun to clear out a room and get rid of unnecessary things.  I sell the things I can and then giveaway the rest.  I've put away almost all of the winter clothes in neatly labeled boxes and have brought out the clothes for warmer weather.  That is a lot of work to do with several children!

In the yard, a few weeks ago, our lilac bushes were blooming (but only a few blooms this year for some reason).  Now there are no blooms at all.  One of my daughters spotted a pair of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies mating.  She was able to identify what kind of butterfly it is from her homeschool learning.  It's exciting to see my children learning and remembering more than I did in school, all the while getting an education that teaches them about the Lord instead of excluding Him.

Some blooms on our lilac bushes

Praising God for His blessings...


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