Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lord, Forgive Us of Spiritual Pride





"Spiritual pride tends to speak of other persons’ sins with bitterness or with laughter and levity and an air of contempt. But pure Christian humility rather tends either to be silent about these problems or to speak of them with grief and pity.

Spiritual pride is very apt to suspect others, but a humble Christian is most guarded about himself. He is as suspicious of nothing in the world as he is of his own heart.

The proud person is apt to find fault with other believers, that they are low in grace, and to be much in observing how cold and dead they are and to be quick to note their deficiencies. 

But the humble Christian has so much to do at home and sees so much evil in his own heart and is so concerned about it that he is not apt to be very busy with other hearts. He is apt to esteem others better than himself. "


 ~ by Jonathan Edwards, one of the dominant figures in 18th century American religion. From his sermon "Undiscerned Spiritual Pride”.

Lord, forgive us all of spiritual pride and help us to walk in humility! 



A Quick Note: We love sharing inspiring quotes with you in the spirit of iron sharpening iron in Proverbs 27:17. We hope this gives you something to think about today and closely examine the fruits of spiritual pride VS. Christian humility in your own life. 

We will be doing a series on this topic throughout the coming weeks!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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WHEN YOU CAN'T AFFORD HEALTHY FOOD





MORNING BASKET TIME






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Monday, September 17, 2018

When You Can't Afford Healthy Food




"Right now the budget is tighter than it has been before and we need to make ends meet and pay our bills. We also have some dietary issues in our family and some illness where we need to eat healthy but I feel like we can't afford to do it right now. What do you do when you feel like you can't afford to eat healthy food?"

Have you heard this before? I sure have and I know that this can happen to anyone at any time. There might be times that you cannot afford healthier choices but there are some things you can do to be proactive with your budget and time to help you to eat healthier with some simple baby steps.

Let's begin:

1. Do your research. 

There have been many family before you who have been on a tight budget and made it through. Get books to help you and find tips online on how to adjust your menus more frugally. There are many recipes out there that are way healthier than the typical American fare that we are used, but much more nutritious for our bodies and cost way less.

Also, understand what a healthy meal looks like. They released the Food Plate in place of the Food Pyramid in 2017 to help people visualize what a healthy meal looks like since many felt the revamped Food Pyramid was unattainable and hard to understand. You can see the picture below of just what we should be filling our plates with.



I know some of us cannot do dairy or grains because of allergies but you get the picture!


2. Shop bargains and clearance.

You can find marked down produce in certain sections at the supermarket which are perfectly fine to use or shop at a place where prices are usually always the lowest like an Aldi. The other day I was there and found 3 pound bags of plums and nectarines on sale for only $1.25. Check your local flyers online before going out and do some comparison shopping to help you make the best decision on where you shop to get the most for your money.

3. Review your budget. 

Is there some wiggle room in your budget? Some people say they cannot afford to eat healthy but might have cable or Starbucks everyday. These are things that are not a priority and might need to be put off until there is more room in the budget.

4. Go meatless.

Try experimenting with different recipes that contains healthy beans and legumes in place of meats that can be very expensive and not as healthy for you. Have soup nights, cook with less ingredients,  and experiment with eating food from other cultures as well--you might find a few new family favorites that won't break the budget! Also save by cooking from scratch when you can



5. Grow a garden. 

A healthy garden of your own is one of the best places to get inexpensive food! Don't worry, if you don't have a green thumb--there are tons of books and YouTube videos out there to help you through the process. There is nothing like being able to walk out into your yard and grab some lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers and create a healthy salad without every having to step foot in a store! You can even join a food co-op with some friends to get healthy food and split the price.

6. Make conscious decisions. 

Sure, you could buy that big bag of Doritos or bag of 24 pack of soda or you could also buy a bag of carrots or fruit. When the budget is tight you might need to make hard decisions on whether to feed your family something nutritious or not. Sometimes we don't even realize that we have bad habits that could be changed for the better and even just buy out of habit or routine.  Ask yourself with every purchase--is this necessary and does it reach my goals? I have read that with food choices you are always either healing yourself or killing yourself. Yes, I know--those are powerful words but it is definitely something to think about (it definitely has me rethinking some of my food choices)!

7. Plan Your Meals

Sometimes when there isn't a plan in place where are tempted to eat out or make decisions which cost more. So grab and calendar and plan out your menus to help you navigate through the week. Here is a cookbook with recipes that are easy on the budget:

The Everyday Cookbook: A Health Cookbook with 130 Amazing Whole Food Recipes that are Easy on the Budget



8. Don't waste food. 

This goes hand in hand with planning your meals because you don't want to throw out that box of salad or produce because it went bad and you forgot to use it. I read that households in the U.S. throw out 150,000 tons of food per year. Learn how to store food properly and have a plan in place to use it. We are definitely trying to get better at this!

9. Get support

Find groups and communities online like through social media that can help you save money through sharing tips and recipes like Frugal Family Food or Frugal Family Life. 

10. Don't be too hard on yourself. 

Do what you can with what you have. Not everyone can afford healthy food (let alone organic) but we can try out best do with all the helpful tips that are out there. Don't feel guilty either some days if you are eating mac and cheese out of a box or hot dogs if that is all you have right now. Just do your best to make small changes and learn what is out there to make better future decisions for you and your family.



If you need further reading and encouragement on this topic you might want to check out this book- Eating Healthy on a Budget or More With Less Cookbook (there is an older edition but I am linking to the updated one here).




If your in a pinch and really need help with food--then you might need to go to a food bank, church, or community pantry and get some other outside help for assistance. The book I mentioned above mentions how to earn some side income to help with food costs as well. 


What tips would you add?



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Knights in Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys Book Review


The last month I have been sharing some books on my night stand (such as this one and this one) but there is another important book that I knew I definitely needed to share with all of you.

It is the book Knights in Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys by Heather Haupt.

I am a mom to five boys (and 4 girls, in case you are new here) and with being an only child myself without a brother to connect with I appreciate when good books are written on the topic of sons! Even though I have an adult son, and one that is a senior, I still am looking to learn news ways to encourage them, and their younger brothers, in their manly walk.

The thing we need to remember is that our sons are not perfect--they will sin and be tempted to sin--but we as parents still have the responsibility to raise them with a strong foundation regardless. That is why I try not to grow weary as I teach them the Bible and from good books like this one.






I love how the author covers the Knights Code. It is very biblically based and full of virtues for character training. Here is a peek of the Table of Contents (you can click on it to read it):









TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part 1 - The Boy Raising Adventure

1. Charting a New Path
2. Why We Don't Want to Raise Typical Boys
3. Boys are Different

Part 2 - The Chivalry Challenge

4. Knights in Training: Stoking the Fires of a Lifelong Quest
5. Physical Training for the Quest
6. The Code: Love God
7. The Code: Obey
8. The Code: Stand Against Injustice
9. The Code: Protect the Weak
10. The Code: Respect Woman
11. The Code: Don't Give Offense
12. The Code: Speak Truth
13. The Code: Be Generous
14. The Code: Persevere
15. The Code: Pursue Excellence

Part 3: Continuing the Quest

16. Raising Modern-Day Knights is a Long Term Quest


I wish every boy could learn the Knight's Code which would benefit any son.  The author even has a Knight's Code poster at her website you can get to hang in their room to remind them.  






Here is a peek inside of a chapter:


The book also includes games, activities, chore list by age, and additional recommended books at the end. 

Here's a little bit about the author:



And if you want to get your younger boys in the mood for knighthood at their level, I highly recommend this popular Knight's Handbook for them I shared with you not too long ago that we got at a homeschool conference:






It would make a great addition for your son to read through while you read through this book!






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I hope it is a blessing to you!







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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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MORNING BASKET TIME




WHAT I AM READING: THE LIFE GIVING PARENT









THE BEST BOOK FOR NATURE JOURNALING



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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Morning Basket Time



If you are in any way part of the homeschooling world you have probably heard about Morning Basket time!

This is a special time in the morning dedicated to what you would like to do with your children and can include whatever you would like. You don't even have to homeschool to do it! The basic idea is that you gather around with your children usually in the living room on couches and pull out your basket of goodies and go through it together.

Some moms do art, poetry, read-alouds or other things they'd like to touch on. There really is no right or wrong way to do it! You can use a wooden basket like pictured above or maybe even this one or try these fabric storage cubes that work really great as well:





I have similar ones all over the house to hold things like library books, preschool books,  and more.

I, personally, like to do the following and have been doing it this way for years:

BIBLE READING - we all gather together with our Bibles (we try to use the same translation so that we can follow along easily) and we take turns reading from a selected chapter.

BIBLE STUDY - I will print out a Bible study on a topic like "kindness" from here and have the children highlight these verses in their Bible with highlighters.

BIBLE VERSE - I bring to attention the Bible verse we are focusing upon for the week for school and we say it together and talk about how to apply it. They memorize it on their own time and come say it to me during the week. This past week we learned and focused on this verse "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. ~Psalm 90:12

CHARACTER - Like stated above in the BIBLE STUDY section, I will choose a topic (especially one I think they might need work on and spend some time in it. We even like to go as far as acting out skits or scenes that are relevant to real life. This usually ends up in laughter and everyone enjoying this part (maybe getting a little TOO silly! ) and how to apply it every day situations. Since we are studying kindness right now I printed out a calendar printable of ideas, watched a video on on random acts of kindness, and we are being challenged to do several during the week.

MISSIONARY - We will watch a quick video (about 5-10 mins long) on our Galaxy View (since it is simple to carry and move around) on a Christian missionary or hero of the faith and learn about what they did so they learn. We recently watched this video on George Mueller. 

HYMNS - we print out lyrics and will sing hymns and learn them together. I recently found this new site that I want to start using that has pretty hymn printables (and includes music sheets and writing practice).



PRAYER - we pray together for needs of our family, friends,  neighborhood, and that the Gospel would go out and reach many for salvation. We also pray for specific things by pulling out cards and praying for what we have written on a card (we have done this in the past and I am bringing it this back this year).

PICTURES: You can also add pictures of whatever you are talking about that day to help what you are teaching on come alive and pass it around.

I don't always do hymns or the missionary videos but I like to loop them and use them as I can.

After much prayer and research I feel like this is the best use of my "morning basket" time and if something came up and changed our homeschool day that at least this got in what I felt would be the most important part of our day.


What do *you* use for your morning basket time?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!



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WHAT I AM READING: THE LIFE GIVING PARENT








THE BEST BOOK FOR NATURE JOURNALING




NEW Christian Homemakers- Proverbs 31 Facebook Group!







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