Hunting for Treasure

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Ryan and I had the amazing opportunity to go to Morefield Mine last week.  It has been on my field trip “bucket list” for years, but we had never made it out there.  I hesitated for a minute when we were invited, worried that Ryan might think it was too childish…and he did, but only for a minute or two.  Before I knew it, we were both digging and searching for treasures:) !

And since then, I’ve been thinking.

It was so much fun hunting for the minerals and gems, anticipating that moment when we might find “the big one.”  I could’ve stayed out there digging all day (if my 42 year old back and legs weren’t aching so bad-LOL).

I love discovering new things and learning.  I can spend hours searching Google for a topic that interests me.

So I wonder why it’s so hard to find that same passion when it comes to God’s word.

I go through ups and downs in my walk with Christ.  Sometimes I love studying my Bible…sometimes, not so much.

I think it’s because of several reasons:

1-Many times when we read God’s word we are convicted of sin in our lives, and that doesn’t feel great.  It makes us uncomfortable.  We may be called to make a change in our behavior or step outside of our comfort zone.

2-Studying God’s word isn’t easy. It takes real effort.  We can’t just Google the answer and come up with page upon page of easily accessible information, pictures, or instructional videos.

3-There are so many distractions around us.  There’s the never-ending to-do list, the “dinging” on our phone telling us that somebody just posted on Facebook, the TV or radio blaring in our ear, the needs of our family and friends, the service or volunteer opportunities…the list is endless!

But check out what God promises us:

 He promises that we WILL find Him! 

That is a guaranteed WIN -what an AMAZING God we have!

I am excited to be  starting a new Bible study tonight: 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ, by Jen Wilkin.  We will learn how to dig deep into God’s word, studying the scriptures verse by verse.

I’m hoping that this new study will put that spark back into my quiet times…that I will truly seek Him with all of my heart.

Here’s to finding true treasure!!!

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And the Days Just Keep On Flying…

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Wow! 

Has it REALLY been almost a month since my last post???? 

Unbelievable! 

We have been busy, busy, busy with school, mission fundraisers (for our sweet friends who are moving to Lesotho), field trips, work, getting wisdom teeth out (both boys), spring conference with the youth at church, and everything else that life brings:) …you know.  Laundry, cooking, music lessons, church activities, projects, family events, appointments…and on and on and on.  Whew – I’m wearing myself out just typing it all!

  But you know what?

I am so grateful for this time in my life.  As busy as it is most days, I know that these times are fleeting.

I will never get these days back.

And I remember the words from Luke 2:19:

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I try to stop and remind myself to “treasure” these days and “ponder”  (remember) the fact that these days are the best and most precious days of my life.

I’m living my dream! 

I get to be a mom, wife, homemaker, and learn with my kids each and every day…and I couldn’t ask for anything more!

 

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Time For the Big Announcement:


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Congratulations Natalia!!!

I will be sending you a special code so that you can get your FREE full family registration.  I know that you will be blessed and encouraged at the convention!

HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention, June 9-11, 2016 includes keynotes Shaun Alexander, Alex Kendrick, and Michael Farris, plus a Chocolate with Encouragement Pajama Party with Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom), Dads & Donuts, Camp Infinity Robotics, 140+ workshops, a huge Exhibit Hall, and more!

Thank you to all of you who left comments, shared ideas, and entered my drawing.  I hope to see all of you at the convention in June!  And stayed tuned…several other of my HEAV blogger friends will be hosting giveaways :) .

Pinterest Party (with a Purpose)

Tonight is your LAST CHANCE to enter my giveaway for a FREE full family registration to the 2016 HEAV Homeschool Convention!!!

(But first I want to tell you about my Pinterest Party:) – see the end of this post for your chance to enter)

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Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

I have different scriptures and Bible verses around our home and love how seeing them daily helps me to keep my focus on God.

Last week I hosted a Pinterest Party for the ladies in my Sunday School class and I wanted to make a craft “with a purpose.” – one that would be a blessing to the women and their families.  I adapted several ideas that I found on Pinterest and we painted wooden frames that we can use to display Bible verses.

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We also painted recycled tin cans to make some fun decorations.  Both crafts were super easy and we had so much fun hanging out together!

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As usual, God’s timing is perfect…not only is having scripture around good for adults, but it is also perfect for kids when they need to be uplifted and reminded of God’s love and protection:

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 OK, so to enter the drawing leave me a comment on tonight’s post and share one of your favorite Bible verses.  I will randomly draw a name tomorrow and announce the winner…GOOD LUCK!!!

HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention, June 9-11, 2016 includes keynotes Shaun Alexander, Alex Kendrick, and Michael Farris, plus a Chocolate with Encouragement Pajama Party with Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom), Dads & Donuts, Camp Infinity Robotics, 140+ workshops, a huge Exhibit Hall, and more!

Fieldtrip to PER Radio

Have you ever thought about the power of music, or had a song stuck in your head and no matter what you do, can’t stop repeating the lyrics over and over?

What we listen to makes a huge difference in our lives.  As I tell my kids, “garbage in, garbage out.”  Christian music can lift your mood, help you memorize scripture, and touch your heart in a special way.

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I love, love, love listening to my “Jesus music”on the radio and jumped at the chance to take a field trip to Fredericksburg to visit the PER Radio (Positive Encouraging Radio)station!

We got to meet Don (Program Director and Morning Show Co-Host),  Angela (Morning Show Co-Host) and Theresa (Midday host & Director of PER Day Sponsorships).  They were all so sweet and you could tell that they love their jobs and that they love the Lord!

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It was amazing to hear how God has been faithful over the past (almost 17) years from when they started in a rundown trailer (full of mice and even a few snakes) to providing the beautiful office space and studio that they have now.

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The staff were so excited and grateful to have their own offices (with windows), a break room where they can eat together, and even a men and a women’s bathroom:) !

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They had a BEAUTIFUL prayer wall where anybody can write down a prayer request, slip it into the wall, and know that their request will be prayed over:

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The building also contained a cool memorial brick wall:

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We learned about the history of the station, got to practice with the mics and make a few voice recordings, learn how things work, ask lots of questions, and tour the facility.  One of the  students from our group even brought Don a Tri-Bond clue, got to record himself reading it, and will be on air tomorrow morning around 7:45 am – very cool!!!

We all went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch after our tour and then headed home…what a FUN fieldtrip!

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WAIT…KEEP READING!!!!!!

Here’s chance #3 to enter my drawing for a FREE full family registration to the 2016 HEAV Homeschool Convention:

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Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Christian song that is currently playing on the radio (feel free to share why it’s special to you)! I can’t wait to hear how God is speaking to you through His gift of music!

Click here to hear my new favorite (and hear the story behind it) – soooo pretty!!!