Saturday, January 25, 2014

K5 Learning Review.

K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students.  I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program.  If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their  open invitation to write an online learning review of their program. - See more at: http://www.k5learning.com/review-k5?sid=24510#sthash.uaex3acZ.dpuf

Check back in 6 weeks!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

40 Day Fast: Day 7

Day 7 - Sunday, January 12
No secular media, No meats or sweets

Scripture Reading - Joshua 1 (Conquering the Promised Land)

Prayer Focus - Spend some time today praying for our local law enforcement, firefighters, military and hospitals. Pray that God would protect them and give them wisdom in the midst of very difficult circumstances and situations.

Scripture meditation - "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

40 Day Fast: Day 6

Day 6 - Saturday, January 11
No secular media, No meats and sweets

Scripture Reading - Exodus 20 (The Ten Commandments)

Prayer Focus - Pray today for our mayor and our elected officials. Pray that God would give them wisdom and that they would make decisions to honor God and fight against injustice in our community and nation. 

Scripture meditation - "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8


Friday, January 10, 2014

40 Day Fast: Day 5

Day 5 - Friday, January 10
No secular media, No meats and sweets

Scripture Reading - Exodus 3-4 (God calls Moses)

Prayer Focus - Pray today for area or state colleges. Pray that revival would break out among the students and that Jesus would be lifted high on that campus.

Scripture meditation - "The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him." (Lamentations 3:25)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

40 Day Fast: Day 4

Day 4 - Thursday, January 9
No secular media, No meats and sweets

Scripture Reading - Genesis 21:1-7; 22 (Abraham's Faith)

Prayer Focus - Spend some time today praying for the school and teachers in our town.  Pray that God would progect them and that He would raise up teachers who are filled with His Spirit to lead and mentor this next generation.

Scripture meditation - "Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:12)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

40 Day Fast: Day 1,2,3 Devotional

I'm sorry I haven't gotten the first and second days devotionals up yet.  I've gotten all the devotionals planned out to post now though so they should be coming every morning.

Day 1 - Monday, January 6
No Secular Media, No meats and sweets

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1-2 (The Creation Account)

Prayer Focus: God first reveals Himself in Scripture as a sovereign, loving, and powerful Creator that has given us everything beautiful, good, and true.

Start your fast by praising and thanking God for all He's done for you and for us a church. Thank Him for
-Your salvation, redemption, healing, and identity found in Christ.
-Your family, loved ones, relationships, spouses, children, etc.
-Your physical blessings (health, finances, career, education, etc.).
-His hand of protection and blessings on our church

Scripture meditation: "You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all you soul." (Deuteronomy 4:29)


Day 2 - Tuesday , January 7
No secular media, No meats and sweets

Scripture Reading - Genesis 3 (The beginning of Sin)

Prayer Focus - Ask to "search your heart" (Psalm 139:23) and spend some time confessing any sin in your life.

Scripture meditation - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)


Day 3 - Wednesday, January 8
No secular media, No meats or sweets

Scripture Reading - Genesis 15; 17:15-27 (God's Covenant with Abraham)

Prayer Focus - Pray today for your neighborhood and the neighborhoods surrounding our church.

Scripture meditation - "I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find me." (Proverbs 8:17)



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I'm Reading 52 Books in 52 Weeks this year!


Or I'm going to try my with all my might to read 52 books in 52 weeks this year.  A book a week.  I've got some thick books to read in a week while still taking care of my husband and family.  I don't have all of my 52 books decided at this point yet but here is what I've decided on so far.  I'll update as often as I can and review as many of the books I read as I can.

1 - Home to Walnut Ridge (The Teacup Novellas - Book Three)
2 - Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
3 - Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive
4 - Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul
5 - Restless: Because You Were Made for More
6 - At Legend's End (The Teacup Novellas - Book Four)
7 - A Christmas Peril (The Teacup Novellas - Book Five)
8 - A Heart Like His: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David

If you are also reading 52 books in 52 weeks let me know so I can keep up with what you are reading.

For His Honor,
Paige

Monday, January 6, 2014

My OneWord365 for 2014

My OneWord365 for 2014 is SURRENDER.  After last years word Intimacy this is a very fitting word that the Lord gave me for 2014.

Full definition of Surrender:  Verb

to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc. because you know that you will not win or succeed

to give the control or use of (something: Myself) to someone else: Jesus Christ

to allow something (such as a habit or desire:Jesus Christ) to influence or control you

Transitive Verb:
1 a - to yield to the power, control, or possession of another (Jesus Christ) upon compulsion or demand.
   b - to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another (Jesus Christ)

2 a - to give oneself up into the power of another (Jesus Christ) especially as a prisoner
   b - to give oneself over to something as an influence (Jesus Christ)

Intransitive Verb:
to give oneself up into the power of another: yield

It's going to be a GREAT year!


40 Day Fast

Well I know that it's been 7 months since my last post. Life has been a wonderful roller coaster with God this year and I'm ready to take on 2014. To start out the year I will be doing a 40 day fast with my church (I can't tell you how much I LOVE my church!). Here is what I will be fasting for the next 40 days.

  • Days 1-10 (January 6-15) No secular media, no meats & sweets 
  • Days 11-20 (January 16-25) No secular media, 1 meal a day 
  • Days 21-30 (January 26- February 4) No secular media, no meats & sweets 
  • Days 31-40 (February 5-14) No secular media, 1 meal a day

What is Fasting? To fast simply means to voluntarily abstain from eating and/or drinking, certain foods, and/or certain activities/items for an extended period of time.

Biblical fasting is a discipline of voluntarily denying one's self in order to be available for prayer and communion with the Lord. Since it is an ultimate act of self-denial, you are simply entering into an intense training in righteousness.

As a church will be giving up the following for the next 40 days:

All forms of secular media (movies, TV and music)
Meats & sweets (days 1-10, 21-30)
1 meal a day (Days 11-20, 31-40). You can either fast one meal a day or only eat one meal a day.

It is also encouraged that those participating in the fast ask and listen to the Holy Spirit about giving up other things for the duration of the fast such as (but not limited to…):
  • Caffeine or caffeinated drinks 
  • Breads, starches, gluten, and/ or processed flour 
  • Dairy 
  • All media (no TV, movies, or music) 
  • Talk or sports radio 
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) 
  • Time wasting websites. games, and/ or apps 
  • Video games 
  • Alcohol 
  • Worry, negativity, complaining, or stress 
  • Eating out 
  • Extra spending 
  • Anything that negatively affects your health 
  • Anything that negatively affects your finances 
  • Anything that negatively affects your relationship with your spouse 
  • Anything that negatively affects your relationship with your kids/ family 
The discipline of fasting is designed to separate you from your perceived life support so you can focus exclusively on the Lord, your actual life support. It is during this time of abstinence from food and other activities that you are to spend time seeking the Lord in Bible study, prayer and meditation. Fasting is one discipline Jesus promised would bring about supernatural results.

Consider joining me? I will be sharing a daily devotional that has a Scripture reading, prayer focus, and Scripture meditation. I will also share what I feel like the Lord is saying to me, teaching me, and healing me of during this time.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Summer Survival Calendar & Action Guide

2013 Summer Survival Calendar
Recently I stumbled across the 2013 Summer Survival Calendar over at The Confident Mom.  I was so happy to find the calendars with all kinds of summer activities each day!  It seems that every summer I have all these great plans for fun summer stuff with the boys but precious little ever gets accomplished.

If you've been reading my blog at all you know that I'm a huge fan of Hello Mornings also.  Well the lovely Jenni over at Hello Mornings is doing a mini challenge using the 2013 Summer Survival Calendar.

To join me just grab your 2013 Summer Survival Calendar, then click on over to Hello Mornings!  Be sure to come back here to discuss specific steps on the challenge too.

I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone else is planning for summer!

In Christ,
Paige




Sunday, March 31, 2013

He Has Risen!


He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.             Matthew 28:6

Friday, March 15, 2013

Teach Them Diligently Conference Early Discount Ends Tonight

Hi everyone.  I wanted to let everyone know that the early bird discount for registration to Teach Them Diligently Conference ends tonight so if you are planning on joining me in May at one of the 3 locations you better take advantage tonight of the discount.

Early Bird

I'll be attending the Nashville location so if you are attending the conference leave me a message and lets try to connect while there.

Come and be refreshed!

In Christ,
Paige

Friday, January 25, 2013

My One Word for 2013

I've had my One Word for this year since before the end of last year.  Now is the first time I've had a chance to post about it.  If you are not familiar with One Word 365 check it out HERE

My One Word for 2013 is Intimacy.
Are you ready?  This could get long.  Websters Dictionary defines Intimacy as the state of being intimate. Intimate is defined as 1. A. Intrinsic, essential. Intrinsic is defined as belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing.  B. belonging to or characterizing one's deepest nature.  2. marked by very close association, contact, or familiarity.  3. A. marked by a warm friendship developing through long association. 

I'll just let that sink in.  What more is there to say really? 

It's going to be one of the best years ever.  



Sunday, January 20, 2013

Meal Planning

Alright.  I know I was lost down the rabbit hole for all of 2012 but that time away from blogging has reaped many rewards for me and this is just one of the many I plan to share with you.
                                                                   Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat
Back in July my friend told me about Plan to Eat.  We were talking about being able to reduce grocery spending.  I don't know about you but reducing our food spending is a high priority in today's economy.  So I signed up for the free month trial back then and used it a little.  Honestly the cost kept me from renewing my membership even though I really was impressed with everything about Plan to Eat.

I've also followed Kat at Inspired to Action for quite some time.  Fast forward to Black Friday weekend and I get an email with a post from Kat at Inspired to Action saying that she loves Plan to Eat and they are having a Black Friday sale.  They were offering 50% off a yearly membership. Well I had already spent every spare penny on buying Christmas presents.  We were done with Christmas shopping on Black Friday weekend this year.  I digress.  Needless to say I wasn't able to take advantage of their sale.  Out of sight.  Out of mind.  I forgot about it until last week when Kat posts again and says she's going to do a Meal Planning Bootcamp.  AND!!!!!  The lovely people at Plan to Eat had offered another coupon code for those doing the Bootcamp with Kat.  30% off!!  So guess what I did?!?  Of course I used the coupon and signed right up.  I've been entering my recipes today and getting ready for Bootcamp to start tomorrow.

If you are staring at the fridge and pantry at 4 or 5 every day wondering what to make for dinner and then ordering take out or going through the drive through then take a look at Plan to Eat. They offer a 30 day free trial. So get your free trial right now and then join me over at Kat's for her Meal Planning Bootcamp.  After your free trial you can take advantage of the 30% coupon.  The coupon code is PTEBOOTCAMP.  It doesn't expire until March 1st.  Click here to sign up.  Be sure to add me as a friend after you sign up.  My user name is AnointedHsMom.

Then take a peek at Kat's posts regarding her Meal Planning Bootcamp and join me next week as I get my meal planning and grocery shopping under control.

Hope to see you there!
Paige


Monday, August 20, 2012

Admission of Guilt

If you're like me you're seeing a person standing before a judge and the judge says "How do you plead?"  There I am cowering and I say "Guilty Your Honor. I did it.  Throw the book at me!."  The truth is I'm racked with guilt this morning and I've already tried, convicted, and buried myself under the jail.

Let me back up just a bit for those of you that only read my blog occasionally (Why would you read at all? I haven't posted in over 6 months! :o)  I realize that most of you have no idea whats going on in my life so let me take a quick moment to bring everyone up to speed.

Things are good for the most part.  We have started school and it's been trying but I can see that we are going to have one of the best years yet once we get the beginning kinks worked out.  I've spoken before about Inspired to Action and the Hello Mornings challenges that Kat has.  Kats website and her free materials have inspired me and helped me make some changes.  I've been involved in 3 challenges and while going through this summers challenge I started to feel like I should get more involved with these challenge. In June (or was it early July?) I got an email that they were looking for volunteers to lead a group of ladies for the Fall 2012 Hello Mornings Challenge.  I knew I was supposed to do this so I submitted my info. So here I am.  I'm an Accountability Captain (AC) to 20 women.

I'd like to tell you that I'll wax elegant like my precious and beautiful friend Erica, who has a way with words, about my thoughts, struggles, and enlightenment's, etc. but the truth is I won't.  I'll most likely be sloppy, unintelligible, and down right whiny sometimes.  I'm OK with that.  I hope you can be OK with it too.  My desire is to be raw and open with you here in this minuscule piece on the world wide web.

Fast forward to this morning.  Well really last night.  This morning was Day 1 of the Fall 2012 Hello Mornings Challenge.  Last night I didn't get to bed on time.  I was up at 6 this morning but I didn't Maximize anything about my morning or so I thought.  I checked in to my group while laying in bed.  Guilt is starting to creep in.  After I checked in I almost went back to sleep.  Oh I'm handpicking the nastiest jury I can find by this point.  My Bible study is on my Kindle RIGHT BESIDE ME on my night stand.  I'm so pathetic. Here I am with this group of 20 women who are depending on me to encourage them, love on them, and pray for them.  How can I love them when I loath myself?  How can I encourage them when I'm chewing on dirt and gasping for air under the jail?  (See a pattern evolving here?)

Then I remember it. I remember the post a few days ago at Inspired to Action about Why I Was A Great Mom This Week.  It was all about how us Moms focus on our failures and never stop to think about what we did accomplish and succeed at.  I'm feeling a bit more encouraged thinking about that so I pick up my Bible study and remember that we are studying 1 Peter.  I've always loved Peter.  We are kindred spirits if there ever was some.  I may not display the image of God very good most days but I wouldn't hesitate to cut someones ear off to protect and defend my Savior no matter how misguided those actions are.  I'm hot headed, deeply passionate about those I love and fiercely protective of them.  I'd soak myself in gasoline and walk through fire for Him if that's what was necessary.  Really I would.  Thank goodness I don't have to at this time.

Peter was intimately acquainted with guilt.  He had to be.  Of all the disciples he probably had the keenest sense of who Jesus was.  He knew Jesus only second to John I think.  I know all the disciples knew who Jesus was and had a limited understanding of the what that really meant but Peter's answers and actions tell me he understood the deity of Jesus differently than the other disciples.  There was a simple depth to Peter that I don't completely see in the others.  Yet he denied Him at the most critical time.  My heart breaks for Peter when I think of this.  It breaks because I can image doing the same thing.  I KNOW the consequence of his actions.  Honestly it makes me sick to my stomach with guilt.  I know Peter felt the same way.  I can't imagine the weight of the guilt Peter felt.

What did Peter do with that guilt and remorse?  Did he let it define him?  Paralyze him into inaction?  Maybe for a short time but not very long.   Peter is a stark contrast to Judas who hung himself in his guilt.  Peter could have easily chosen to let the guilt consume him and ended up just like Judas.  But he didn't.

Am I going to let the guilt consume me?  Am I going to be defined by failure and guilt?  I have a choice today.  I chose Life.  I chose the one that Loves Me Still.  I've dug out from under the jail and I'm headed to the Living Water for a shower.

Are you going to let failure and guilt take hold this morning?  I beg you not to.  I implore you to remember that no matter what mistakes there is no one out of reach of the Living Savior.  He Loves You Still!!

Happy Hello Mornings everyone!


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