Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #14

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Popular posts (as well as possibly a few of my picks) will be featured on the blog the following week.

These posts will also be shared via our Facebook page!

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

Our most popular links last week were:

Great News!  Brown Family Update by Homespun Devotions

My Body, My Husband by Sweet Water and Bitter

Welcome!

Trying Something New is Better than Nothing by Everyday Bijoux

 You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Why Geography is an Important Part of Your Child’s Christian Education

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Today I’m over at Year Round Homeschooling!  Geography is such an important subject to teach our children, and I’m sharing why that is so along with some great resources such as:

Our family loves to use Window on the World to learn about and pray for people groups around the globe.

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By Daphne Spraggett & Jill Johnstone / Biblica

2002 Gold Medallion for Elementary Age Children Stunning photographic visuals complement this A to Z collection of countries and people groups providing an exciting learning experience and guide for prayer. Short stories about featured countries or people groups help relate foreign lands and people to children in the West. Each page includes a small map putting the country into perspective with neighboring countries, a fact box with essential country, and people information and prayer points that children can ask God for as well as thank God for. This invaluable resource develops cultural, political, and geographical awareness through a Christian lens. Families, churches, and schools will all benefit from this book and in turn be able to pray more effectively for their world.

The Children’s Atlas of God’s World is written from a Christian perspective, which I love!

517062: Children"s Atlas Of God"s World Children’s Atlas Of God’s World

By Craig Froman / Master Books

Providing not only geographical information, but also information on Christian history, people of faith, and Christian traditions around the globe, Master Books’ Children’s Atlas of God’s World provides homeschoolers with a biblically-based reference book. Colorful photographs of cultural elements and locations, along with a variety of full-color maps, provide children with a basic understanding of the people, culture, environment, history, and geography of the world’s regions. Only the most influential countries are covered (e.g. the US, Mexico, and Canada for North America, Brazil and Bolivia for South America, etc). 96 pages, oversized hardcover. Index and glossary included along with notes on holidays and government systems. Approximately 13.75″ x 10″.

Another good resource are The Torchlighter Series. The following DVD is The Gladys Aylward Story from China which is so inspiring!

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By Vision Video

With war raging about her and soldiers closing in, the wounded missionary Gladys Aylward sets out on the most difficult journey of her life; a 100-mile trek over the mountains to a safe haven. But it’s not her own safety that concerns this little woman with big faith. It’s the safety and well being of the 100 orphaned children in her care. Watch as Gladys’ strength and faith are stretched to the limit, all for the sake of the children. Torchlighters is a series of animated programs for youth ages 8-12, presenting the lives of true-life heroes from Christian history. When kids see what God can do through a “Torchlighter” who is devoted to carrying out His will and purposes, they too may want to carry a torch of faith by serving Him. Approx. 30 minutes.

Special Features:

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles
  • Original documentary featuring biographer Carol Purves and Gladys’ adopted son Clifford Liu
  • Comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including discussion questions, puzzles, coloring pages, and more

I also love Missionary Stories with the Millers. This has been one of our family favorites for several years now.

Please join me at Year Round Homeschooling to find out more.  Many blessings to you!

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Back to (Home) School Grand Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

 

Back to {Home} School Grand Prize Pack GIVEAWAY!

Back to {Home} School season is in full force!! If you haven’t started back yet, chances are you will be within a few weeks. What better way to kick off a new school year than by winning a HUGE homeschool prize pack? That is exactly what will happen to one lucky reader!

Check out the awesomeness included in this Grand Prize Pack valued at over $1000!!

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Felice Gerwitz from Media Angels and Ultimate Homeschool Radio Show is giving away $100 in FREE digital products from Media Angels. Use the $100 on ANY digital products of YOUR CHOICE!

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From Classical Composers Monthly, the winner will a receive huge set of EVERY collection they currently offer. This includes 15 collections valued at $210!

 

ccp From Character Concepts, the winner will receive the Character Concepts for Preschoolers Basic Curriculum valued at $89.95! Character Concepts Basic Character Curriculum includes the following:

Crossroads of Character: Learning to Make Wise Choices
This colorfully illustrated book teaches your child 12 basic character qualities, vital to your child`s understanding of how to make wise choices in their everyday lives. The Boyer cousins (my grandchildren) are the main characters in the simple but effective stories in decision making. The goal is to teach your child the definition of the character qualities (your child can`t implement character in their lives without understanding what it is), and also teaches them a Scripture verse, (what God says about it), and how to apply it to life on their level of understanding.

History for Preschoolers: Uncle Rick has recorded a CD set with stories of American heroes who also illustrate these character qualities in their lives. We supply a picture of these heroes in our Mom`s Guide so you can show them to your child as they listen to these Uncle Rick character stories. The whole family will enjoy listening to these inspiring stories with your preschoolers!

Learning Character with the Cousins Flashcards: These flashcards present the Character Qualities found in Crossroads of Character, simple, kid-friendly definitions, and a Scripture Verse to hide in their heart. Full-color pictures on the flashcards also make memorizing easier, as the child will remember the story that is associated with each character quality.

Learning ABC`s with the Cousins: A set of photographic flashcards for learning the alphabet sounds

Hands-on Character Building: Proven ideas and hands-on projects for teaching character along with direction for when to use them to assist in practically applying what they are learning.

Mom`s Guide: Supplies you with information to effectively teach your preschoolers for a full 36 week period. Patterns are given for seasonal and educational crafts. Suggestions are made for family fun trips to help make learning fun,and as a bonus, over 30 recipes are included for fun food to make with your preschooler.

Also included are Bible stories and pictures of a person in Scripture who illustrates this character quality in their life. Provided for your use are coloring pages for your child to use as you read them the Bible story provided. Also included are additional suggested materials we`ve found helpful for further learning, or even for birthday and Christmas gifts to enhance science and history education as well as educational puzzles for preschoolers, some of which can be purchased from Character Concepts.

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From WriteShop, the winner will receive WriteShop Primary Book A, B, or C {$40 value}. WriteShop Primary is a parent-led writing program that gently introduces K-3rd graders to the writing process through engaging activities, crafts, and picture books. The winner will receive the package of their choice level A, B, or C which includes the Teacher’s Guide and Activity Book.

 

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From Applecore System, the winner will receive a Gold Membership {$55 value!} Applecore System is a homeschool record keeping service that has proven to be invaluable to many homeschooling families. Here is your chance to check it out for FREE!

 

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Birch Court Books is giving the winner a copy of Story of the World Vol. 4: The Modern Age {$16.95 value}

 

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We Choose Virtues is giving the winner a complete Homeschool Kit {valued at $99!}. This Kit was assembled with everything a Homeschool parent needs to effectively teach 12 Virtues. It has 5 beautiful posters, a 100 Day’s of Virtue achievement chart with stickers, flash cards and so much more. The Parenting Cards included in this set were created to help you inspire and demonstrate each Virtue and turn your home or home classroom into a place where Virtue is demonstrated with both attitudes and actions!

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Apologia is giving the winner a Who is My Neighbor? bundle that includes: Who is My Neighbor textbook, notebooking journal, jr notebooking journal, coloring book, and audio cd {valued at $135}

 

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CTC Math is giving the winner a one- year family membership {valued at $118.80}!

 

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Homeschool In the Woods is giving the winner History Through the Ages Time Travelers American History Study New World Explorers {download} {$27.95 value}. From their website: “Our history studies are designed to create a hands-on learning experience that drives the lessons home in a fun way! Our first in the series, New World Explorers, contains 25 lessons that can spread across 5-10 weeks, covering: Reasons for Exploration, A Sailor’s Life, Ships, Navigation, 23 Explorer Profiles, Pirates, and more!

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

Creative Writing European Recipes Notebook Timeline
Factfile Cards File Folder Games Science Experiments
Penmanship Pages Notebooking Activities
Three-dimensional Projects such as an Incan Artifact, Ship’s Log, Pueblo Diorama, plus more!
10 Lap Book Projects, including mapping, pop-ups, layered books, etc.
And a final “Exploration Celebration” to bring the unit to a close!

All Text, Masters, Directions, Teacher Keys,
Photos, and Resource Lists Provided on CD
(Supplies Not Included)
The CD includes each lesson’s text pages, project overview pages, and a wide variety of masters for projects! Photos and drawings help illustrate the directions for completing the 35 activities. Choose the projects that work best for your family! Five “Project Days” are built into the schedule to help allow for extra time to complete outstanding projects.Also included are teacher helps, resource lists, teacher keys, and a “guide-at-a-glance.” This one-page guide will allow the teacher to see the whole schedule of upcoming topics and projects on one page. Tastefully laid out for inclusion in your three-ring binder, this unit study will give both the teacher and students a thorough, exciting adventure into the classic Age of Exploration!

 

 

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See the Light is giving the winner a copy of SHIPWRECKED Deluxe Gift Set – {valued at $29.99}

Includes dramatic story of Paul’s shipwreck/rescue + 3 step-by- step related art lessons,+ black light (including batteries) + fluorescent chalk + fluorescent pencils +bonus features = 260 minutes of content

 

Homeschool Minder is giving the winner a 12-month membership valued at $40.

 

Pencilscape is giving the winner this awesome pack that includes: autofeed magic pencils, ultra smooth bio-ink pens, multipurpose pencil box, 2 in 1 pencil case and pencil holders, and MORE! {valued at over $30!}

 

A+ Interactive Math is giving the winner an Elementary Geometry Software {$22 value}. Elementary Geometry – suggested for K1 – 6th Grade – introduces the concepts and gives your student a solid foundation in basic Geometry.

 

Lessontrek is giving the winner a FREE one- year membership {valued at $60!} Lessontrek is modern online lesson planner that is simple-to-use and saves time.

Items included in the planner:
  • Lesson tracker
  • Grade recording
  • Drag and drop lessons to another weekday
  • Copy/paste lessons across weeks
  • Copy/paste an entire week of lessons
  • Print weekly lesson plans
  • Secure information storage
  • Customer support
  • Ongoing improvements based on your feedback
  • … and more

 

Inspired Authors is giving the winner 3 copies of the book, An American Crisis: Veteran’s Unemployment {valued at$59.97}. This book is about increasing awareness regarding veterans’ unemployment and gives ideas as to how we can help. They’re giving the winner 3 copies so you can keep one and give two away.
Isn’t this an amazing prize pack?! To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Entries will be verified. The giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, August 17th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 19th. Good luck!

 

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #13

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Popular posts (as well as possibly a few of my picks) will be featured on the blog the following week.

These posts will also be shared via our Facebook page!

(This week I am getting into the swing of homeschooling full-time with my oldest daughter’s 16 dance hours per week added in.  I’m also almost 36 weeks pregnant, and I wasn’t able to get featured posts up this week.  I will try my very best to make this happen next Thursday!)

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

 You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Our Homeschool Room 2014-2015

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My family has been homeschooling for about 10 years now.  At the beginning of our homeschool journey, I set up a more “formal” classroom.  After two years of this, I realized that we were really learning everywhere and that a “classroom” didn’t exactly fit our needs.

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(Our current office/homeschool room.)

However, we moved a little over one year ago, and our new home had an office complete with many built in bookcases.  It has been our catch all room for awhile, but after seeing so many inspiring homeschool rooms across the web I decided to decorate our office with homeschooling in mind!  We also plan on using it as a downstairs playroom for the little kids.  This room will most likely only be used for seatwork (handwriting, math, spelling, etc.) for my elementary kids, and independent work for my bigger kiddos.  I plan on using the chalkboard to write out daily tasks for each child.  My 8th and 9th grader use the computer for their Algebra I Teaching Textbook work.  Otherwise, you will find us on the couch, on the porch, in the kitchen, etc.

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I picked up all of the pictured bins/baskets at Dollar Tree.  I’m not sure how long these will stay organized, but I love the bright color scheme.

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These inspirational quotes are from the School Box.  I had them laminated in store ($0.60 per foot).  I’ve come to realize that the cost is worth it, I’ve had some of my posters for 10 years now!

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We had a good space for a chalkboard already trimmed out, so my husband simply painted it with chalkboard paint.  This is where I plan on writing independent work assignments.  I strung a bit of twine along the top and found a six-pack of (sparkly) blue clothespins at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 in the Party section!  I hung some artwork up in this area, and plan to change it out every few weeks.  I also hung a clock and an “In Our Classroom” printable.

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This year we are using Apologia’s Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day for our science curriculum.  I made this poster with things found at The School Box.  I also found two packs of large sea animal posters about Days of the Week, Colors, etc. at Dollar Tree.  This computer workstation is where my older girls complete their Algebra I Teaching Textbook work and where I blog.  I’ve had this computer desk for almost 15 years, and I hope to upgrade to an L-shaped desk before too long.

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These are some of our other posters.  The walls are cluttered, and I know that some people do not care for that.  We do not have too much wall space to work with since we have bookshelves lining two walls, so I fit in as much information as I could!  We are using My Father’s World this year (which so far we LOVE!), and I had to include a world map and a John 3:16 poster since we are studying Countries and Cultures this year.  My high schooler is completing their Ancient History and Literature curriculum.  I love that it is a mix of Charlotte Mason and Classical education with a solid Christian emphasis.

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Another view of the posters…and our parakeet who resides here as well!  I wrote each of our children’s names and grade level on a star on the wall.  Our one year old and baby that is due in September got a star too.

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I’m so sorry for the glare in some of these pictures!  I made the valances with fabric purchased at Hobby Lobby.  There is also a 12-inch blue butterfly in each window that you can’t really see.  The girls love these!

Overall, I really liked the way that our room turned out.  Believe me, it will be a complete mess of books, paper, and artwork before long.  But that’s life and homeschooling!

If you would like to see our curriculum choices for the year, please click here.

Possibly linking to these awesome link parties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #12

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Popular posts (as well as possibly a few of my picks) will be featured on the blog the following week.

These posts will also be shared via our Facebook page!

All posts entered into our link-up will be featured on Pinterest!  Also, thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

Featured Posts from Last Week’s Link Up

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The most popular post was: Living a Simpler Life by Made to Mother!

The other most clicked posts of the week are:

Homecoming for Husbands by Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

Congratulations!  Your Body is Ruined by Faithful Feat

If you were featured, feel free to grab the “I was featured” button on the sidebar for your blog!

 You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Biblical Reasoning Behind Wearing Skirts and Dresses

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About one year ago I shared about why my family chooses to wear skirts and dresses almost exclusively.  Those reasons were pretty much cultural, and not at all Biblically based.  However, much like my sudden understanding of head covering, I feel like the Lord revealed something to me this past weekend which is a Biblical case for wearing skirts!  Now, I totally understand that many will not see things the way that I do.  That’s okay.  Although I mostly wear skirts, I do not only wear skirts at this point in my life.   One reason that I believe that I am so intrigued by this topic is because I came from a church background in which immodest dress was considered normal and good.  Those who do not share the same background as I most likely will not be as convicted about modest dress as I am.   I’m truly just here to share my heart, and maybe the Lord will speak to you about this topic through my few meager words.

Basically, one day last week I was reading through several of the shorter epistles in the New Testament.  I had just finished up, and then felt lead to take a look at 1 Timothy.  As I read verses 2:9-10 I was reminded of why modesty is so important.

In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.

1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NKJV)

For some reason, I felt lead to look further into the word “apparel” which is used in these verses.  I’ve read this chapter many times before, and truly never felt any reason to look further into this.

So, I looked into the Greek wording.  Personally, I believe that the original Biblical manuscripts are inspired and infallible, but sometimes the English versions might not get each and every text exactly right, due to the fallibility of the men doing the translating.

The Greek word which was translated to “apparel” or in some versions “clothing” here is katastoleKatastole is only used once in the entire Bible.  There are many other Greek words that can be used for apparel, such as esthes, esthesis, himation, and himatismos. (Credit)  Katastole is a feminine noun.  “Kata” means “a lowering, letting down.”  “Stole” in itself can is not necessarily feminine, and is “a loose outer garment.”

This is a more detailed description:

“According to Thayer’s Lexicon, the Greek word translated “apparel” in I Timothy 2:9 (katastolē) means “a garment let down, dress, attire”. The Greek word for apparel in this text is Katastole, meaning a long dress. Kata meaning down – a garment flowing down; and Stole – a long garment, covering or wrapping. It should be noted that Thayer’s Lexicon describes the Greek term stole in this way: “a loose outer garment for men which extended to the feet”, and it is found in such passages as Mark 12:38 and Luke 20:46 where it is translated as “long clothing or long robes”. But in I Timothy 2:9 women are commanded to adorn themselves in modest katastole, which seems to emphasize that women’s legs and even feet should be covered by loose forming apparel. When women here are commanded to wear modest katastole, the term katastoleis not just a more general term for clothing, apparel, or array like the Greek term himatismos, which is translated “array” at the end of I Timothy 2:9 and apparel in Acts 20:33. The Greek word for modest is Kosmios, meaning orderly, well-arranged, decent, modest, harmonious arrangement, or adornment. Modesty is also Biblically applied to one’s demeanor or behavior. This same Greek word is translated good behavior in 1 Timothy 3:2 in the qualifications of bishops. Therefore, women are instructed to wear modest long dresses (Kosmios Katastole). Thus this Kosmios Katastole not only specifies that the article of clothing should be a dress, but also specifies that the dress should be of a suitably long length. And I Timothy 2:9 teaches that this dress is to be characterized by “shamefacedness” and “sobriety”.

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Sometimes, we dismiss Biblical teachings as strictly cultural.  For example, we can look at many of the times that the word “apparel” is used in the Bible and say, that’s what people used to wear, and it no longer applies to us.  When we read of what Bible characters were wearing, this can be true.  But the verses in 1 Timothy are written in more of a “command” or instructional form.  In fact, in 2 Timothy it is written that:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Ladies, I truly believe that this is something that we should at least consider as we seek to be obedient to The Lord.  May He bless you richly!

Are you interested in dressing modestly?  Take a look at Deborah and Co.’s offerings by clicking the link below!

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Growing In Grace Thursday Link Up #11

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Popular posts (as well as possibly a few of my picks) will be featured on the blog the following week.

These posts will also be shared via our Facebook page!

All posts entered into our link-up will be featured on Pinterest!  Also, thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

Featured Posts from Last Week’s Link Up

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The most popular post was: Modesty, Head Coverings, and Skirts, Oh My! by Savvy Homemaking

The other most clicked posts of the week are:

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Surviving a Stillbirth at 36 Weeks by Made 2 Mother

What We Wore by Artful Homemaking

Also, one of my personal favorites:

How I homeschooled my high schooler for $20

How I Homeschooled My High Schooler for $20 by Plain and Not So Plain

If you were featured, feel free to grab the “I was featured” button on the sidebar for your blog!

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Also, I would love to share one of my recent posts, Christian Women and 50 Shades of Grey.  If you know of any ladies that this post would minister to, please pass it on.

You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Christian Women and 50 Shades of Grey

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When the 50 Shades of Grey book was released some time ago, many of my professing Christian friends sang it’s praises.  I actually was defriended on Facebook by several people because I called it pornography.  Well, it looks like the movie release is now imminent, and I really feel the need to speak out against this movie.  A warning bell needs to be rung for my Christian sisters!

I truly am not trying to condemn anyone, that is not my job.  It is my job however to “expose darkness” for what it truly is.  Many Christians say that they are not interested in the movie, or that they find it to be silly, but they aren’t calling it what it really is.  Sin.  If we do not keep our gaze fixed on Christ, we can easily become desensitized to the sin of the world.  If we ever begin to think that any type of fornication is “normal” then we must repent and turn our eyes back to Jesus and His Word.

So, is this just a harmless movie?

I will walk in my house with a blameless heart.  I will set before my eyes no vile thing.

Psalm 101:2-3 (NIV)

From the book Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney:

So can we say like David, “I will walk in my house with a blameless heart”? Have we purposed not to see, read, or hear any vile thing?  Or are we taking liberties where we shouldn’t?  Do we watch any unwholesome movies or television programs?  Do we read worthless materials–such as romance novels or magazines–that tempt us to sinful fantasies?  Do we listen to ungodly music that stirs up impure thoughts?  If we answered yes to any one of these three questions, we must expunge these practices from our lifestyle. p. 90

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Not only should we abstain from watching immoral movies, but books and songs with the same message as well.  In 2 Timothy 2:22 we are told to “flee youthful passions,” and 1 Corinthians 6:18 admonishes us to “flee sexual immorality.”  The word flee indicates that we must do more than just walk away slowly.  We are to turn quickly and totally from this temptation.

Although Psalm 101:2-3 speaks pretty clearly about keeping our eyes focused on purity, I also would like to note that Jesus was also pretty clear that adultery does not include only physical acts.

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Matthew 5:28

Looking is all it takes, ladies.  That is all!  If we look to anything other than our husbands with thoughts of desire, than we are sinning.  The same goes to single women.  Those thoughts should be saved for your future husbands alone.

I know that for many of you, your husband might look at pornography.  You might think, if he does it, why shouldn’t I?  I looked for statistics regarding pornography use in men just a few minutes ago.  The articles and results I found were very disheartening.  Any article that I looked at quoted that basically all men have looked at pornography at one time or another.  And pornography isn’t the only problem here.  Last week I was unloading groceries into our van and I overheard a conversation between two married couples walking to their vehicle.  One man said something like this…Yeah, we are married, but I look at girls all the time!  I look at their b**bs and their b**ts, and everything in between that strikes my fancy.  It’s normal!  I literally wanted to cry for the wife who quietly walked by his side.  We are currently reading through 1 Thessalonians during family devotion time, and we came to a passage about sexual immorality and defrauding.  During the conversation, my husband said that he is around married men through work who comment on other women’s body parts on a regular basis.  If a number of men make comment, just imagine the many more who have the same thoughts and do not voice them!  (Which is all the more reason to dress modestly.)

If you are a Christ follower, no matter how hurtful your husband’s actions might be you must flee from any of the same temptations that you may face while steadfastly praying for your husband.  Seek Godly counsel from your pastor and his wife.  We can find comfort in the following verse:

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

God is faithful, and He is our Redeemer!  He can (and will) completely transform our lives.  If we do not have a problem with 50 Shades of Grey and believe that we are a Christian, then we probably need to reevaluate some things.  Sisters, this book and movie should grieve our spirits!  Get into God’s Word, and ask Him to lead you.  In Hebrews 13:18, Paul writes, “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”  May our desire also be to act honorably in all things!

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Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20

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When Extended Family Disapproves of Your Family Size

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In our culture, most families have two to three children.  Normally congratulations are in order for child #1 and #2.  When child #3 makes their appearance, most families are asked the question, “So, you’re done, right?”  Subsequent children can be greeted with incredulousness and even pure disdain.  This reaction is hurtful from strangers.  When family members react this way however, the results can be downright devastating.

As of right now, I have six children and am expecting my seventh blessing in September.  When expecting babies three, four, and five, I received a particularly negative reaction from one close family member.  I began emailing this person to announce pregnancies instead of telling them face-to-face or even over the phone because the reaction was so very hurtful.  These negative reactions can put a damper on what should be a very happy time, which really, is just plain wrong.

What should you do if your own extended family disapproves of your family size?  The first impulse that we might have is to lash out in anger ourselves.  But would this solve the problem?

Today I’m over at Fruitful Families!  Please click here to read the rest.


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