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Christian Homemaking and Bible Study
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. -Proverbs 31:27


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Attitude, Gratitude, Servitude
A Godly Woman's Heart

Homemaking and More
Cleaning Routines
Emergency Quick Clean
Messy House Rescue
Homemade Cleaning Solution
Planner University
Your Schedule
Sample Schedules
Children's Chores
Children Sitting Well in Church
What is the Trivium?
Christian Homesteading

Recipes
Breads
Simple Biscuits
Amazing Bread
Flour and Water Bread
Acorn/Cattail Bread, etc.
Breakfasts
Baked Oatmeal
Baked Custard
Baked French Toast
Lunches
Cheesy Rice
Pasta Salad
Momdorf Salad
Swai Salad Lunch
Suppers
Pizza Casserole
Lasagna
Zucchini Casserole
Crock Pot Chili
Cowboy Beans
Creamy Potato Soup
Meatloaf
Baked Tilapia
Chicken Pot Pie
Black Bean Burgers
Sides
Cranberry Gelatin Salad
Fresh Fruit and Veggies Salads
Desserts
Healthy Ice Cream
Chocolate Cream Pie
Russian Apple Pie
Other
Green Smoothies
Buttermilk
Yogurt
Kombucha
Kefir


About the Bible
How to be Born Again
A Bible Quiz
How to Study the Bible
How to Find a Good Study Bible
How to Mark Your Bible
Make Your own Study Bible
Are All Bible Versions the Same?
King James Only
New King James?
Geneva vs. KJV
The KJV is not my idol

Revealed Deceptions
Church Membership
Why There are Cults
Mystery Babylon Revealed
Torah vs. Grace
Are You a Sabbath Keeper?
The Revelation 4:1 Deception
Pre-Trib Rapture Deception
Vatican vs. God
Counterfeit Christianity
The Black Thread
Jehovah's Witnesses
More J.W.s at my Door
Scriptures for J.W.s
Homosexuality

Holiday Truths
Joining the Holy Guild Fellowship
"Saint" Patrick's Day
Independance Day?
Remembering Christ's Death
There is no "Good Friday"
Easter is Pagan
Don't be an April Fool
Halloween Truth
Election Day
Thanksgiving
The Real Christmas Story
Christmas is not Christian
Happy New Year
Holidays and Romans 14

Eschatology
Angel and Trumpet
2 Thess. 2 Truth
The Rapture: Did You Know?
The Revelation 4:1 Deception
What About the Wrath of God?
Pre-Trib Rapture Deception
A Study on the Book of Revelation
And Took Them All Away
A Matthew 24 Parallel
The 7 Thunders
When is the Rapture, and When is the Second Coming?

More Bible Studies
Corinthians Controversy
Can Women Teach the Bible?
Pastoral Authority?
In the Beginning
Can You Lose Your Salvation?
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Faith and Works
Putting the Sabbath to Rest
Simply Shunning
Children's Church
Legalism and Legalism
Watch What You Say/Write
Scriptural Prayer
War: Flesh vs. Mind

Aliens, Demons, and More
Angels, Aliens, Pyramids, etc.
The 15 Planets in our Solar System
What Demons Are
Hollow Earth Brought to Light
Beings: Hollow Earth and Outer Space
Three Hells and Three Heavens
The Truth About Aliens
Dragons, Spaceships, Aliens

A Christian Homemaker's Priorities

  1. God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.

  2. Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.

  3. Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning

  4. Homemaking

A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty and modest dress, and head covering. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.

B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day

C) A tidy house - even if you are behind on housework, you can still take five minutes to tidy up each room, which will make your home look clean and inviting.

D) Education and self improvement - homeschool/home educate your children, and don't forget to continue enriching yourself via reading good books. There are many books recommended on this website, and some of them are free. Take advantage of these.

Basic Daily Cleaning Routine

  • Tidy the house every morning, afternoon, and evening

  • Dust main living areas

  • Vacuum main living areas

  • Keep things picked up and put away

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Planner University - Notes

Label your next divider as "notes." Keep filler paper in this section, but make the first page your Table of Contents. Number the pages you write your notes on, and put where those notes are, on your Table of Contents page.

The notes section is where you keep various lists and other information that is not in any of your other sections. For example:

Sample Topics in a Notes Table of Contents

Gift Ideas

Book Ideas for the Kids

YouTube Channels or Video Ideas

Blog/Website Ideas

Things to Get, or Repair Around the House

Quick Contacts List

Perpetual Calendar

Keep any other records or things you want to track here, that you don't feel fits well into any of your other divided sections.

I also have a subsection in my Notes, called "Directions." In this subsection, I keep written directions to certain places I go to on occasion, that I have trouble finding. Some people print out MapQuest maps to keep in a "Directions" subsection in their "Notes" section.

Make your Notes section your own, and make sure to keep plenty of filler paper in this section.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Planner University - Budget

If your husband takes care of the budgeting and bills for the household, then you may want to make this section into something else that you'd like to have in your planner. Meanwhile, if you keep the budget, then this section is for you.

Label your third divider "budget," if you haven't done so already.

Your Budget Guide

The Budget Guide should be the first page in your budgeting section. This is the page you will reference every time you go over the bills and budget, which I suggest be done on the same day you work on your menu plan and grocery list. This is the page that will remind you what needs to be paid, when. It is your basic expenses and bills list.

1) Determine how many paychecks your husband brings in a month, and when he receives them.

2) Observe when each of your bills/expenses are due.

3) Assign what bills/expenses are to which check they should be paid, on.

4) When possible, also set aside money for savings and offerings.

NOTE: Tithing is not a New Testament command. It was done under the Old Covenant, and was always ten percent given from the increase of crops or cattle, etc. It was never ten percent of your pay check. These crops and animals and such were what kept the Levitical priests fed and taken care of, since they were commanded to work in the temple, and not necessarily be making any money.

Offerings were also made, and those could be of money. One such example of an offering is in the New Testament, where we read of the widow's mite. She didn't give ten percent of her money, she gave all she had. Offerings have no set amount to give. The New Testament simply says to give cheerfully, what's in your heart to give. That could be everything, that could be ten percent of your pay check, that could be a few bucks. It likely varies each time. Give as you are led, and do so joyfully.

Any church asking for tithes is not following the New Covenant. New Testament tithing is a false doctrine. The New Testament teaches that WE are the temple of God. Therefore, there is nothing to tithe to, any more. Offerings can be given to good churches, but make sure you know where your money is going, and I'd suggest your offerings go to a non incorporated church.

5) Write a list of which expenses/bills you are going to pay on which pay check, and keep this page as the Budget Guide page in your budget section.

Your budgeting pages

The rest of the budget section is just filler paper, for you to budget on.

1) On the top of the first filler page paper, write down the date of the paycheck.

2) Look at your Budget Guide, and see which expenses/bills are assigned to that paycheck, and list them on your paper. Also write down how much each bill/expense is. If you don't know - guess, until you get the actual number.

3) Look at your calendar, or where you currently write down future plans. Is there anything coming up, in which you will need to set aside money from that particular pay check? If so, write that down as an additional expense on your sheet of paper.

4) Take the total amount (or guessed total amount, until you get the real number) of your husband's check, and subtract all the expenses/bills you just wrote down. The money left is what you have left after current expenses and bills.

5) If needed, write down the date for the next check on the top of the next page, and write out the expenses for that, as well. Do this for as many checks ahead as you need to. Sometimes I only need to do one check and other times I'm three checks ahead.

6) As each expense/bill is paid, and/or clears the bank, scratch it off of your budget page. Every once in a while, recalculate how much money you have left, by subtracting expenses still not cleared from your bank's current total, etc.

Keep a good stack of filler paper in your budgeting section, so that you won't have to constantly feel like you are having to add more paper.

Monday, August 22, 2016


Planner University - Home School

The next divider should be labeled 'homeschool.' If your children are grown, you don't have any, or don't home school, then you may still find this section interesting to read about, but take this time to set this section up as something else; whatever you need.

I am going to show you a simple way to keep a homeschool plan. Some states require you to keep strict records, in which case, you may want to keep those in a separate notebook or in a folder. In the homeschool section in your planner, we are going to focus on who is doing what, when, for the home school.

If you feel like a slave to daily lesson planning, then you may want try this alternate option, as described in this article, in setting up the homeschool section...

The Curriculum Chart

The first page should be your curriculum chart for the academic year. You can draw a table, and write in it to fill it in, or you can design something on your computer, and print it out on half sheets of paper, punch the paper, and put it into your planner. Do which ever you prefer.

A homeschool curriculum chart shows what subjects you are teaching for the year, along with what you are using, etc. Putting together a new curriculum chart each year can be the crux of homeschool planning.

1) Make a list of all the subjects you (and possibly your husband) will be teaching for the home school year. If you teach via the Trivium (we use an altered version of the Trivium), then your subjects may be the following:

Homeschool Subjects

Bible

Math

Grammar, Writing, Spelling

Copy Work

Cursive and Penmanship

History, Geography

Science

Latin

Logic

Reading

Music and Art

Family Read Aloud

Government, Automotive Mechanics, Computers, Electronics, etc.

P.E.


2) List the subjects in the first column in your curriculum chart.

3) Next to the subject, type/write down the grade level of each child, and what books and materials they will be using for that year.

4) If you have multiple children to home school, then you may combine some grade levels. For example, you may choose to use one history book for all of the children, and teach all of your children at the same time from that, giving only one history lesson.

5) Take a look at the books you will be using for the year, and determine how many pages/lessons will need to be done from each book per week or day, in order to finish the book during your home schooling year.

6) In a third column, next to the subject (first column) and the books/materials (second column), write down how many pages or lessons will need to be completed from each subject's book, per day or week.

7) Now you have the whole school year planned, and it's all on an easy to view chart. Each afternoon or evening, when you are grading that day's school work, simply circle the pages/lessons that need to be done by the child the next day. Also, take this time to skim over any reading material they will be going over, etc.

Mom's Quick Reference Page

Obviously, there will be some preparation that will need to be done each day, before the next day's school. You will need to skim over the next day's lessons, and circle the pages/lessons each child is supposed to do.

NOTE: I have a little set of shelves for my children, in our home schooling area. Each child knows which shelf is for them. Each afternoon, when I am setting up for the next day's school, after I've looked over the up and coming lessons and circled pages/lessons, I place the next day's books and pages into their shelf. The next morning, the child grabs their work from their shelf, and each work book or paper is returned to the shelf when they are done, and stays there, until it's time for me to grade, later that day.

The next page, after your homeschool curriculum chart, should be a quick reference page for you. This is just a list of which subjects you are teaching on which day, so that you know which lessons to skim through, and which you don't have to, yet, etc. Also use this page to put on any other prep notes you may find handy.

Copy Work and Reading Lists

Copy work is simply as it sounds: stuff you have your children copy onto paper or into notebooks, that they copy off of the white/chalk board, or from a book/piece of paper. If you teach via the Trivium, or similar method, then your children will be doing copy work anywhere from twice a week, to every school day.

This is where you have them copy stuff down that you want them to memorize/internalize. The next page in your planner should therefore be a copy work list. Make a long list of any Scriptures you would like your children to copy into their notebooks, along with other things, such as perhaps your address, your and your husband's cell phone numbers, spelling lists and specific vocabulary words, etc.

I have stuff from all subjects in our copy work list, in addition to plenty of scriptures. Consider using something like a Post-It arrow to mark your place on the list. If the list is completed before the school year is over, then start over, and go through the list again.

The next page should be your children's reading lists. Include books you want them to read, books that have to do with the subjects and specific topics being taught, and some fun classic fiction, such as Treasure Island, Robinson Caruso, etc.

I always try to make my children's reading lists longer than I think they can finish for the year. There have been a few times when they've surprised me and finished the list before the year was up, though. If this happens, just quickly think up a few more books to put on the list.

Generally, though, I make the lists long enough that they are rarely finished during the school year. Then, the books not yet read are moved to the top of the reading list for the next school year.

For the rest of the homeschool section, just have some blank or lined filler paper in there, for when/if you need to take down notes, or track things.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Planner University: Homemaking - Part Four

We ended in the last installment in this series with the Emergency Quick Clean page. I showed you a picture of mine, in my current planner. The page facing it is what we are going to look at now, so take a look below:

The page after the Emergency Quick Clean is a page with a little stick on page flag/tab. I also opted to decorate this page a bit, by using some washi tape and a journaling card.

I have this page set up like this, because if I turn that page, the next page is my menu plan for the week. This way, if I want to check what I'm supposed to cook for one of the meals for the day, I just need to open up my homemaking section, then grab that little blue tab, and it flips me right over to my menu for the week.

This cute little page works to divide the homemaking section into two parts. The first part of the homemaking section was completed in the last installment in this series. That section was mostly cleaning and schedule related. The second part of the homemaking section is largely food related.

Take a few minutes and create a cute, tabbed page, to divide between the cleaning, and cooking sections of your homemaking section.

The Weekly Menu

Which day of the week do you get your groceries? A lot of ladies get theirs on Fridays. Each day before your grocery day, sit down and write out your menu plan for the next several days. If you get groceries on Fridays, then sometime each Thursday, sit down and write down all the breakfasts, lunches, and suppers you plan to prepare for the up coming Friday through Thursday.

Take this time to plan meals that are healthy, but also ones that your family enjoys, and that are fairly cost-effective, as you want to be a good steward with your husband's hard-earned money.

Think about any days where you may have specific out of the home activities going on. Are those days when you need to have something slow cooking in the crock pot all day, so that you come home to a yummy smell, and a cooked supper waiting in the crock pot?

What about afternoon outings? Do you need to plan out packed lunches for those times?

Just write out each day of the week, and write your planned breakfasts, lunches, and suppers on it. I usually just use either Arc or Martha Stewart discbound filler paper for this. I fill one side of the page with the week's menu. When I am done with that side, then I take the paper out, flip it upside-down, and then put it back in, so that I can then fill up the other side of the paper, before I either file the menu, or throw it away.

Sometimes you may end up making a super-good menu. In these cases, keep those menu pages in the back, or Notes section of your planner, or somewhere in the back of your Homemaking section. Then, every once in a while, pull out that menu, and put it in your menu section to use again.

If you can't think of very many things to put on your menu plan, or you don't know how to make many things, grab a cookbook, or look at recipes online, and try some of those. In fact, it may be fun to have a whole week of all new recipes to try. Then, you can keep a list of the recipes you all like, to have again, in the future.

Meal Ideas

The next few pages should be meal ideas. Have a section for breakfast ideas, a section for lunch ideas, and a section for supper ideas. I like to keep Post-It arrow flags on these pages, to mark where I'm at on these lists, as I often reference them when making my weekly menu plan. This way, I can ensure that we aren't repeatedly having the same things too often.

Below are some sample meal ideas, to get you started:

Breakfast Ideas

Homemade granola

Smoothies

Grapefruit and peanut butter toast

Scrambled eggs

Oatmeal

Muffins

Cottage cheese and fruit

Pancakes

Fruit and homemade yogurt

Baked oatmeal

Store bought yogurt cups

Fruit and cheese

Cantaloupe halves

Banana bread

Egg casserole

Scrambled eggs with cream of mushroom soup in them (Campbelled eggs)

Cinnamon toast

Biscuits and gravy

Polenta

Eggs 'n Oats (Scrambled eggs with some oats, cinnamon, cayenne and paprika mixed in)

Lunch Ideas

Salad and fish

Homemade tomato soup

Legumes and cheese

Buttered pasta

Tuna sandwiches

Fruit and veggies with yogurt cream cheese dip

Homemade macaroni and cheese

Stir fry

Canned soup

Egg salad sandwiches

Chicken wraps

Quick black bean soup (made with canned black beans)

Salad and chicken

Avocado toast

Quick homemade veggie soup (made with canned or frozen chopped veggies)

Quick spaghetti (spaghetti sauce and noodles, no meat)

Breakfast burritos

Supper Ideas

Seasoned chicken breasts

Lentil stew

Omelettes

Pot roast

Cowboy beans

Beef stew

Salmon loaf (meatloaf made with salmon meat, instead of beef)

Black bean soup (slow cooked in crock pot all day)

Spaghetti (with meat)

Potato soup

Meat loaf

Chili

Parmesan salmon

Split peas and biscuits

Reminder: try a new recipe

Homemade pizza (consider doing this every Friday or Saturday night)

Hamburger stew

Lasagna

Zucchini casserole

White chicken chili

Chicken pot pie

Eggs 'n hash

Sides

After your meals ideas pages, you should have a page that lists ideas for side dishes. I suggest you do fruit sides with breakfast, fruit and vegetable sides with lunch, and vegetable sides with supper. Try to aim for at least 1 cup of fresh fruit a day, and at least 1.5 cups of fresh veggies each day.

Master Grocery List

The next page should be a master grocery list. Imagine you have absolutely no food whatsoever, and you need to completely stock your pantry, cabinets, fridge, and freezer, completely from start. This is where you will have a list of everything you'd put in the pantry, cabinets, fridge, and freezer. Divide your Master Grocery List into sections. For example: Dairy, Meat, Fruit, Vegetables, Baking, Dry Goods, Canned Goods, Frozen Foods, Condiments, Husband's Favorite Stuff, Other Items.

If you've never made a Master Grocery List before, then this may seem daunting. If you feel overwhelmed, then I suggest you do an internet search for 'master grocery list.' You will likely find several. Some will be blank forms you can fill out, while others will be other people's lists. Use these for ideas, or just print out someone else's Master Grocery List, if it's pretty close to how you and your family eat, alter it where needed, and use it.

Putting Together a Menu Plan and Grocery List

1) Look at your Meals Ideas and Sides pages, and use those to help you make a menu plan for the week

2) Whenever you run low or out of something around the house, write it down on some of the scratch paper at the front of your planner. When you are planning your meals and making your grocery list for the week, look at this list on your scratch paper, and transfer its contents to the grocery list you are making.

3) Look at your menu plan, and write down anything you need, that you already don't have on hand.

4) Look through your Master Grocery List. Read quickly over each item, and when you see something on that list that you are low or out of, add that item to your list.

5) Now, re-write your list in the order of the aisles in your store. Start by writing all your non-food items first, then all dry good foods, then all produce and meat, then dairy and eggs, and end with frozen items. Keep your completed grocery list as the first page in the scratch paper section in the front matter of your planner.

Recipes

That last part of your planner's homemaking section should be recipes. Decide if you want to take the time to type up all your recipes on a file on your computer and print them out for your planner, or if you just want to put in some filler paper, and hand-write your recipes in.

Write down recipes for things that you cook regularly, but don't have the recipe memorized. Any memorized recipes don't need written in your planner. Don't worry about alphabetizing your recipes, but do put them in an order of all breakfast recipes first, then lunch, then supper, then desserts, then treats, then specials, etc. Leave a few blank or lined pages of filler paper after your recipes, so that when you want to write in a new recipe, you can.

If you decide to type up your recipes in a file on your computer, then you can print them out in booklet form. This will already have them printed out on double sided half sheets of paper, properly collated. You will just need to print, fold over, as if making a book, then carefully cut off a sliver of the spine/fold. Then, just punch, and put in your planner.

Put a little tab or flag on the first page of your recipes, so that when you need to access your planner for a recipe, you can open the Homemaking section, then grab the little tab sticking out for your recipes, and turn right there.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Planner University - Homemaking: Part Three

Deep Cleaning, and Special Organization Projects

A lot of ladies have a list of special cleaning and organizing they do, during Spring Cleaning. I don't know about you, but I don't want to do spring cleaning at that time, but would rather plan my garden, and work on that, and plan time to just sit outside, and smell spring and enjoy the beauty budding around me.

Therefore, I don't do spring cleaning, and I suggest you don't either. I have a better idea... :-)

Why not make a list of deep cleaning and organizing that would normally be "spring cleaning" tasks, but instead, just work on a little bit of that list through out the year? Do you have tile grout that needs cleaned or bleached once or twice a year? Then put that on your projects list. Do you have soap scum that eventually builds up in the shower, to where you need to do a super hard cleaning a few times a year, other than your usual cleaning of those surfaces? Put that on your projects list.

Other things for your project list may include:

- Taking apart and cleaning light fixtures

- Spot cleaning walls, doors, and light switches

- Cleaning out heating/air conditioning vents

- Cleaning behind and under furniture and large appliances

- Emptying, and super-cleaning the deep freeze/freezer chest

- Organizing the garage/attic

- Going through all your children's clothes and organizing all closets


The list can get pretty long, and that is okay. What I suggest, is that you make a Projects List, then schedule one or two days a week to tackle a project from the list. This doesn't have to be daunting. You can decide to do a whole project once or twice a week, or if it is a big project, you can divide it up into 15 minute increments, and just work on it for 15 minutes a day, once or twice a week.

You have a whole year to do all the projects on your list, instead of just the spring, so there is no hurry.

Are you at a loss as to what to put on your Projects list? If so, follow the below steps:

1) Add some or all of the applicable example projects listed above to your list

2) With paper and pen in hand, walk into each room of your house, and just look around. Anything that is out of order, or obviously needs a deep clean, or something that you don't like and want to change should be added to your list.

3) Now that you have these things scribbled down as a list, decide if you want to leave the list in the order it is already in, or if you want to change around the order. Put it in whatever order you want. There are no rules, here.

You see? It's as easy as 1-2-3. Now, just write, or print out your projects list, and add it to your planner.

Extended Cleaning

Next to your projects list, set up another piece of paper for "Extended Cleaning." This is where you write down things that MUST be deep cleaned or re-organized either monthly, bi-annually, or annually. You may find that many things you would normally put on this list are already on your Projects list. Therefore, just use your Extended Cleaning list to remind you of the most important things.

If you can make it fit, it is handy to have the Projects list on the left facing page, and the Extended Cleaning list on the right facing page, so that you can always view both pages together. If you are typing and printing these lists, this shouldn't be a problem. However, if you choose to write out your lists instead, then don't force it to work this way, as you may need more paper, and more room, and that is fine.

As you may have noticed in the above picture, I have a little, pink, Post-It flag on my Projects List. I like to move this along my list, as I complete each project, so that I can keep my place. When I have completed the projects on the list, I move the flag back up to the top, and I start over on the list. This means my Projects are done one to three times a year.

Alternate Cleaning

Many women experience extreme fatigue when it is their time of the month. Therefore, it is a good idea to have an alternate cleaning plan. This would be a cleaning plan you can follow if you are very fatigued, or perhaps you have a cold, or are recovering from sickness.

This is a type of quick cleaning plan, where you are hitting the major necessities, such as cleaning the toilets, wiping counters, and keeping the house picked up, but you are doing minimal work each day, until you get your strength back.

To make this list, write down the minimum cleaning for each day, and then look at the cleaning tasks you didn't list for each day, and write those in as Children's Chores for alternate cleaning days or weeks. Each child should have no more than one or two of these chores per day.

The Emergency Quick Clean

Sometimes you've had an unexpectedly busy week, or family was visiting, or you were just off your normal routine, and your house has gotten away from you. For times like these, it's good to have an Emergency Quick Clean plan in place, to get your house back in order in just 45 minutes to a few hours time.

I share my Emergency Quick Clean plan here. It is only nine simple steps.

Either create your own Emergency Quick Clean, or copy my nine steps down, and put this page in your planner.

In the next installment in this series, we are going to finish up the homemaking section.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Planner University - Homemaking: Part Two

A Master Schedule

First off, a Master Schedule just means that it's a day to day schedule. It won't always be followed, because each day is different. Basically, it's a template for the perfect homemaking day. The times on your schedule are suggestions, and not hard and fast rules. You will have multiple columns on your schedule: One for you, and one for each child, and anyone else in your household, if need be. Some ladies include their husband's schedule on the Master Schedule too, but usually this is unnecessary.

A Master Schedule isn't meant to control you, or make you feel trapped. Instead, it should be used as a tool to help you better visualize and order your day. Since your Master Schedule should be a picture of your perfect homemaking day, do not beat yourself up if you don't follow it perfectly. It is a suggestion and a guide, but never the unbudging must.

Often, just the act of putting together the schedule points out conflicts and issues in your day to day life that need tweaked and resolved, and putting and seeing it all out on paper can often bring ideas of resolution not before conceived of.

Let's get started. We will do this in steps, to keep this nice and simple:

1) Make a list of everything you need to get done, each day. You already have your Daily Chores page, so a lot of what's on that list is what you need, here.

2)Now add to that list, answering these questions: What times do you want to arise, and retire, each day? What times do you want to serve the meals? What days and times do you have certain regular appointments, or functions? Gymnastics for the kids? Swimming? The gym?

3) Look at your list from 1 and 2, and plug in whatever is left, into whatever time slots you still have open.

4) There are often certain things that just happen on certain days. For example - church on Sundays, and maybe something like gymnastics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and swim on Fridays and Saturdays, etc. Plug these into their needed time slots, and put in alternate plans to do on those days, for when you are not at those planned events.

5) After you have your schedule written out, make a column next to your schedule for each of your children - one column per child, and write down what they are doing, while you are doing what you are doing. (Note: I like to make my schedule in MS Word, using their 'table' function. This way, when all of my children are assigned to do the same thing at the same time, I can just have it all in one box, spanning all of their columns, meaning, I only have to write that thing once, not several times.)

Do you see how this can really help you visualize your day? This is also good for identifying any time-wasters, if any, and nipping that in the bud.

Put your Master Schedule in your planner, after your Daily Chores page.

Children's Chores

In the previous installment, you made a list of daily to do's for yourself. Now, let's make daily cleaning chores lists for your children. First off, don't just tell your children some chore, without much detail, and tell them to just get it done sometime that day. Chances are it won't be done, or it will be completed late in the day, and the job will be shoddy. That's human nature, for you, LOL.

Instead, tell your children specifics about their chores, how you expect the chores to be completed, and when said chore is supposed to be completed. Assign time slots for said chores in each child's schedule column in your Master Schedule.

The first set of chores for children should be their morning chores. Here is an example:

Children's Morning Chores

Make bed

Get dressed and practice proper morning hygiene

Tidy bedroom and the bathroom they use

Animal/pet chores

Personal Bible study and begin home school independent study for the morning


The suggested time slot for morning chores for the children, should be from the moment they wake up, until it's breakfast time. Make sure you give them time to do their chores. Very young children will need training, help, guidance, and loving patience.

After each meal, the children shouldn't all scatter from the family table. They should each have a table chore to complete before they are excused to move to the next thing. First, make a list of the usual chores that need to be done after each meal. For example:

Table Chores

Clear and wipe table, put away leftovers, and straighten chairs

Sweep floor

Wipe counters and stove top

Dishes


Consider creating a rotation schedule, so that no one has the same table chore two days in a row.

Obviously, the logical Master Schedule time slot for Table Chores would be after each family meal is complete.

Children should also have one or more cleaning chores to do around the house, sometime during the day. Look around your house... Are there certain areas of the house that almost seem like they get disorganized, or dirty, within seconds of you cleaning them? If so, that is a chore that needs attention every single day, so assign that to a specific child.

If there is a child that is known for making certain messes in a certain area of the house each day, that area is now their daily cleaning chore.

In addition to these, you may find that toilets need to be scrubbed more than once a week, and floors may need to be mopped more than once a week, etc. This is where you assign the additional toilet cleaning and mopping to your children. You do the major toilet cleaning and mopping at least once a week, but your children can learn to provide upkeep, to help keep these and other areas tidy through out the week.

Are there other things that need cleaned regularly around the house, that aren't listed on your daily chores? If so, assign them to your children.

If you homeschool, or your children live busy lives, then I suggest no more than one or two daily cleaning tasks per child, as they need time to study, rest, and play. The purposes of these chores are to

1) Build their character

2) Teach them cleaning skills and how to take care of a home

3) To help you out around the house

Take a look at your Master Schedule, and decide what time slot would be good, to plug in these children's chores. I would suggest that perhaps your kids should be doing their chores during the same time slot for when you work on your listed Daily Chores for the day.

If you decide to do this, then realize that your children will likely be done with their cleaning chores before you are done with yours, so let them know what they are to do after they are done with their chores. Suggestion: Personal Bible study, silent reading time, or work on home school assignments.

The last set of chores for children should be their before bed chores, and really that is just them practicing proper hygiene and getting ready for bed each night.

If you have teenagers with acne, here's a tip: Keep a small container in their bathroom, that contains 1 part organic, raw, apple cider vinegar, and 1 part filtered water. Keep a bag of cotton balls by the container. The teen with the acne should apply this vinegar solution to their cleaned face every morning as part of their morning routine, and every night, as part of their getting ready for bed.

Also, if you or anyone in your family suffers from eczema, this has been found to help with that, as well, AND this stuff is a good toner for us 30 somethings and up ladies. ;-)

After your Master Schedule, put in a page of your children's chores, and then a table chores page.

Do you see how you are able to use various things in your planner, to build on other things a bit? For example, your Daily Chores and Children's Chores meld right into your Master Schedule.

The Master Schedule is kind of like the central brain in this special planner you are putting together. The Master Schedule shows you, visually, how it all fits together. Don't be afraid to scribble things out, and write new things in. Your planner pages do not have to look perfect. If you want to make an experimental change to your schedule, then put some washi tape on the proper slot on your schedule page, and write the change on the washi tape. If the change seems good, then you can put it in, in a more permanent form later. If the experimental change didn't work out, then you can just gently remove the washi tape, and throw it away, and your schedule is back to the way it was.

When/if you have some pages in your planner that have a lot of stuff scribbled out and re-written, then schedule a day and time, when you will sit down and re-type, or re-write the pages in their updated form.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Planner University: Homemaking - Part One

Do you have your first divider labeled as "homemaking?" I hope so, because that's the section we are working in, today.

A great first page inside the homemaking section is "Daily Chores." This is where you will have a list of all cleaning chores, laundry chores, and other little chores you'll be doing day to day. First, make a list of all the types of laundry you need to get done each week. For example:

Weekly Laundry

Bedding laundry

Towel and washcloth laundry

Girls' laundry (Older girls do their own. Start training for this at age 5)

Grown up laundry

Boys' laundry (Older boys do their own. Start training for this at age 5)

Animal laundry (dog blankets, sheets under rabbit cages, etc.)

Uniform/work laundry for any older, working children (generally ages 16 and up)


Next, divide up your weekly laundry tasks for each week day. Try to take the weekends off, if you can. For example:

Laundry Schedule

Mondays - Bedding laundry

Tuesdays - Towel and Washcloth laundry, and any pet laundry

Wednesdays - Girls' laundry - older girls do their own

Thursdays - Grown up laundry

Fridays - Boys' laundry - older boys do their own

Uniform/work laundry done by its owner whenever needed, or every Friday.


You now have a laundry schedule that you will be putting into your planner shortly. First, let's determine a daily cleaning schedule, and a few other things...

In putting together a weekly/daily cleaning schedule, instead of thinking of your house as room by room, think of it as what cleaning tasks need to be done one or more times a week. For example:

Cleaning Tasks that Need to be Done Once or More a Week:

Dusting

Mirrors

Appliances

Surfaces

Sinks

Toilets

Tubs/showers

Sweeping

Mopping

Vacuuming


Once you have your list, divide the tasks up for which day you will do which tasks. I suggest you divide most or all of your tasks up between four weekdays, and leave one weekday open for appointments, errands, and getting groceries.

For example, if you like to get groceries on Fridays, which may be your husband's pay day, then your cleaning task list may look like the following:

Daily Cleaning Tasks

Mondays - Dusting, Mirrors, Appliances

Tuesdays - Surfaces and sinks

Wednesdays - Toilets and tubs/showers

Thursdays - Sweep, mop, and vacuum


What other daily to do type of stuff do you need to add? Here are a few suggestions:

Other Tasks

Bathe animals

Clean animal areas/cages

Special baking

Special cleaning/organizing projects

Office work (work on planner, plan menu for the week, make a grocery list, work on the budget)

Daily house tidies (including wiping bathrooms and kitchen)

Daily special dusting

Daily quick vacuuming


Now let's put all of this stuff together. Below is a sample Daily Chores page, built off of the above examples:

Daily Chores

Mondays
Do bedding laundry
Tidy the house (wipe bathrooms and kitchen, as well)
Thoroughly dust through out the house
Quick vacuum the high traffic areas
Clean mirrors
Clean all kitchen and laundry appliances
Clean cages/living areas of animals

Tuesdays
Towel and washcloth laundry, and any animal laundry (sheets under cages, dog blankets, etc.)
Tidy the house (wipe bathrooms and kitchen, as well)
Dust main living areas
Quick vacuum the high traffic areas
Clean all surfaces and sinks in kitchen, bathrooms, etc.
Bathe any animals that need it, such as the family dog
Extra baking, such as making bread

Wednesdays
Girls' laundry (older girls do their own)
Tidy the house (wipe bathrooms and kitchen, as well)
Dust main living areas
Quick vacuum the high traffic areas
Thoroughly scrub all toilets
Clean all showers/tubs
Spend 15 or more minutes on a special cleaning or organization project

Thursdays
Grown up laundry
Tidy the house (wipe bathrooms and kitchen, as well)
Dust main living areas
Sweep and mop all hard floors
Vacuum all rugs and carpeted areas
Office work (work on planner, plan menu for the week, make a grocery list, go over the budget)

Fridays
Boys' laundry (older boys do their own)
Tidy the house (wipe bathrooms and kitchen, as well)
Dust main living areas
Quick vacuum the high traffic areas
Get groceries and run errands
Clean or give attention to any animal cages or areas that need it

Saturdays
Tidy the house (wipe bathrooms and kitchen, as well)
Dust main living areas
Quick vacuum the high traffic areas
Spend 15 or more minutes on a special cleaning or organization project, if you have the time

Sundays
Tidy the house (wipe bathrooms and kitchen, as well)


Now it's time to write, or type up your Daily Chores page. You can print it, if you'd like:

Don't feel like you have to print out any pages for your planner, because you don't. Many ladies enjoy hand writing all of their pages, and that is great:


Once you have your Daily Chores page done, put it into your planner, as the first page in your homemaking section, and follow it. If you want to type up pages for your planner, and print them out, you can do so, just tweak the printer settings to print your pages as 2 pages per sheet of paper. Or, if you are printing out a lot of pages, you can see about setting it to print as a booklet, and that way it'll print out on half sheets of paper, and doubled sided for you, already.

You would fold the printout over, like a booklet, then cut the folded spine off, and you'll have a stack of half sheets of paper already collated in the proper order, and double sided. Then use a disc punch, or a regular hole punch in the fashion described in the first installment in this series, to punch the pages.

If you wish to hand write your pages, then you may want to use official discbound filler paper, such as the nice Martha Stewart or Arc paper that can be found at Staples stores. Feel free to doodle, use washi tape, stamps, stickers, and anything else you'd like to pizazz it up, if you'd like.

Monday, August 15, 2016


Planner University - The Front Matter

The first page you see when you open your planner should be welcoming. I suggest it contain a family picture, and anything else you'd like to see. My welcome page is made from an Avery page protecter, made for Avery mini binders. I simply trimmed the page protector so it wasn't so wide, then used washi tape to cover the trimmed edge, then punched it to fit into my discbound planner.

I put in some scrapbook paper for a nice background, then put in our current family picture, and a pretty journalling card. In/on the other side of my welcome page is one of the wedding photos of my hubby and I, from 1997. I use a cute arrow shaped paper clip I have, to keep the top-loading page protector closed. This way, I can put in the current family picture for each year, and change out the pretty journalling card whenever I want.


The next page should be a "dashboard." A dashboard is where you keep various sticky notes, for writing on right there, as reminders, or for writing a little sticky note, and then sticking it where ever it needs to go, for you to see it, when you need to see it.

I made my own dashboard. I simply laminated some scrapbook paper, and then stuck on several sticky notes from various sticky pads I have laying around.

You may want to adhere the bottom page of each sticky notepad to your dashboard with some double-sided tape. Also, make sure you don't put on a whole bunch of papers per sticky note section. Each sticky note pad should only contain several sheets, to keep it thin, and to minimize chances of stickies falling out of your planner. This is my current dashboard:

On the back is also pretty scrap paper background, and just bigger "to do list" sticky notes.
If you are not too keen on making your own dashboard, Arc by Staples makes some awesome dashboards already:

Consider getting or making some cute journalling cards to put in a few places in your planner. You've already seen the one I have on/in my welcome page. As we continue through this series, you'll see other journalling cards in my planner, placed here and there. Here's one I punched and put in my front matter:

By the way, did you notice I have a little pen loop attached to my dashboard? This is a Happy Planner pen loop that I got from Hobby Lobby. I've also seen these sold at some Michaels, as well. I have another pen loop on a folder in the back of my planner. I keep two pens in my planner. One is my main pen (the one in the back, not yet pictured), and the other one (the one pictured) is my twin tip Sharpie. I use the ultra-fine tip for writing on labels and washi in my planner, and the fine tip gets used when I need a thicker permanent marker, which is rare, but still handy to have readily around.

Having a pocket folder is nice to have in your planner, too. This way, you have a place to store loose papers, and perhaps bills that are waiting to be paid. Here is one of many different pocket folders that Staples Arc has available:

You can place this pocket folder in your front matter, or in the back. I used to have one folder in the front, and another in the back, but lately, I like having just one folder, and currently keep it in the back.

My second pen loop is adhered to the pocket folder I keep in the very back of my planner. The current pen I'm using is a felt tipped Bic for Her pen, in the color purple. I love that pen. It writes very nicely, and isn't very expensive. I got mine from the dollar store.

Here is a picture of my folder, with a Happy Planner pen loop holding my pen. Remember, I keep this folder in the back of my planner, not the front:

You may want to put a pocket folder as the next thing in the front matter of your planner, as it does come in handy. The last thing that should be in the front matter of your planner is some blank paper. This is for writing grocery lists, sermon notes from church, used as scratch paper, etc:

If you have some pretty and fun paper you want to add to your scratch paper section, go for it. In the below picture, I put in some Heidi Swapp paper that I trimmed and punched. Also pictured in the below picture is a package of five beautiful dividers by Staples Arc. I suggest you either get these dividers (available at Staples, in various colors and styles), or make your own five dividers:


Either use the blank labels that come with the dividers, or do what I did, and use pretty washi tape as labels on the divider tabs. Label the dividers as follows:

Homemaking

Homeschool (if you don't homeschool, then whatever else you could use, here)

Budget (if your husband takes care of the budgeting, then make this into whatever other section you'd like it to be)

Notes

Plans

This is a good stopping point for this installment in the Planner University series. In the next installment, we'll begin working on the Homemaking section.

Friday, August 12, 2016


Planner University - Getting Started

This is a free series of articles, with the aim of teaching/helping ladies put together life management planners. Putting together one of these planners is low cost. In fact, you may have quite a few things you need for this planner, already. This planner will include a full Home Management Binder, as well as planning calendars for your appointments and day to day stuff. This is therefore a Life Management Planner, since it will be personally designed by you, for you, to help you manage your life.

This series of articles will simply provide ideas, suggestions, and guidance for creating the perfect planner. Let's get started.

Like I said above, it's possible that you may already have a lot of the things you'll need, to get started. However, there is one thing that many reading this don't have, and it doesn't cost much money, and it is literally the physical backbone to this Life Management Planner, and that is planner discs.

You see, this planner will be a discbound planner. This means it can be used just like a spiral bound planner, in which you can completely fold it over. A discbound planner can also be used like a binder planner, because you can remove and add all pages, including the covers. There are several companies that sell discs for discbound planners and notebooks. You can do a quick search online, and find places to order online, or you can go to a Staples for the discs. Some Wal-Marts carry discs, as well. Below is a picture of some plastic, black, 2 inch diameter discs from Levenger, and some gold, aluminum, 1.5 inch discs from Staples Arc:

My planner currently has the gold 1.5 inch discs. I personally prefer aluminum discs over plastic. Pages turn smoother on the aluminum ones, but they are more expensive. Through this series, you'll see pictures of both my current planner, and a second planner I put together with the black discs, for the sake of pictures and further instruction in this series. This is why in some of the future pictures, you'll sometimes see the gold discs, and sometimes the black ones, etc.

Your Planner's Front and Back Covers

Leather, faux leather, and poly covers can be purchased for these discs at Staples, and some Wal-Marts, or at various places online. However, I suggest you make your own covers. If you have a laminator, it will come in handy for this. If not, you can make your covers, then take them to a Staples, and pay them a small fee to laminate the front and back covers for you.

Making covers is very simple. First determine the size of planner you want. The planners displayed in this series, and the size I use, is for half sheets of U.S. paper. These take 8 discs. To make covers, you'll need:

- Some official filler paper or dividers for a junior size discbound planner to use as a template, to make sure you make the right size, and get the punched holes in the right places. You can get filler paper (which you will be using later in your planner anyways) at Staples, and some Wal-Marts, or online at various places that you can find with a Google search.

- Some pretty paper or picture you make/print, or some scrapbook paper to make your covers out of. I like to use MAMBI (Me and My Big Ideas) card stock scrap book paper. I've seen some ladies skip laminating all together, and just make their covers out of some thick and pretty file folders they got from dollar stores, or from Target for a few bucks.

- Scissors

- A laminator, or get the covers laminated at Staples, (or use a thick file folder, or similar, if you don't want to laminate).

- Optional corner rounder (suggested)

- A discbound punch, or a sturdy regular hole punch - either one will work. I have a small Arc punch, and a Happy Planner punch that I use, but I also have a Crop-a-Dile regular one-hole punch that I like to use, as well. You don't have to go out and buy a discbound punch if you don't want to. A regular hole punch for binders will work, as well.

Don't get overwhelmed, because making the covers is actually easy:

1) Use the paper that you have chosen, and design how you want your covers to look. I just cut out my covers from some scrapbook paper, and kept it nice and simple.

2) Cut your papers for the front and back covers to fit your half-page sized planner. Use some discbound filler paper, or divider, or similar, to make sure you make your covers the right size. They should be about a quarter inch taller on the top, and on the bottom than the filler paper, and about a half inch to an inch wider than the filler paper, to allow for divider tabs and one or two pens to be added later, etc.

3) Use an optional (but recommended) corner rounder, and round all four corners, or carefully use scissors to round the corners.

4) Laminate your covers, and then trim off the excess laminate, and round the corners again.

5) Use a discbound punch to punch the covers, or a sturdy one hole binder punch. If using a binder punch, use some discbound filler paper or such as a guide, to mark your covers, where the holes should go. Then, punch the holes. After that, use scissors to snip little channels from the edge to the hole, so that the covers can slip onto the discs, and you are done:

Put the discs onto the covers:







Congratulations. The hardest part of making the planner is over, and making the covers wasn't even that hard, was it? I have dozens of covers for my planner, because I enjoy having the option of changing the covers whenever I want, and the covers do tend to get changed often.

NOTE: To simplify things, you could spend a little more money, and just purchase an Arc notebook from a Staples store. This Arc notebook will come with covers, discs, and some filler paper. The discs will probably be really small, so if you go this route, buy some bigger discs, as well. If you are willing to spend the money, I seriously recommend the gold or silver Arc aluminum discs, 1.5 inch diameter.

In the next article in this Planner University series, we will begin to fill the planner, between the covers. This Planner University series is meant to be quite in depth, and is intended to not only teach you how to put together what I hope to be the most amazing planner of your life, but also to help and motivate you in being a good keeper of your home, and a good manager of your life. Therefore, homemaking skills will be often touched upon, especially in putting together the home management sections of your Life Management Binder.

I intend for an article in this series to go up each day, five (week)days a week, until the whole Planner University series is up. This is an ambitious goal, but one I am trying for. I hope this will really bless and help many of my sisters in Christ, as this is my intent.


Planner University

This Planner University series will have a new article added to it, every weekday, until the series is complete. Enjoy. :-)

Getting Started

The Front Matter

Homemaking - Part One

Homemaking - Part Two

Homemaking - Part Three

Homemaking - Part Four

Home School

The Budget

Notes

Thursday, August 11, 2016


INTJ, Adrenal Fatigue, and More...

One of my new female friends exhibits a lot of mannerisms and traits that I do. The other day, we had her and some friends over for a Bible study, but while we were waiting for some other people to show up, we decided to have some of us take some of the tests at Psych Central online.

She had been diagnosed as ADD/ADHD, but getting to know her, I believe the ADD to be more comorbid, rather than THE thing. She took the ADD test on Psych Central, and it showed her a bit ADD, while one of my other friends showed much more ADD on it, and she isn't officially diagnosed ADD/ADHD.

My new friend also took the Aspergers screening test, and it showed her as having Aspergers. She was then wondering which is it - ADD, or Aspergers. To get a better idea, she went onto Human Metrics online, and took the Jungian personality test - MBTI. And there it was... She's an INTJ, like me.

Not all INTJs are Aspies, and not all Aspies are INTJ, but a lot of Aspies are INTJs, and a lot of INTJs are Aspies. I personally think she is an Aspie, and the ADD is comorbid.

I took the OCD screening test, and it said a score of 12 or higher is 'likely OCD.' I scored 25, LOL. I am not OCD, but some OCD traits dovetail Aspergers, making OCD comorbid for many individuals.

When I take the Aspergers screening test, BTW, I always score a 39 or 40. Scores of 34 or higher are considered 'autism likely.' For fun, I had my husband take the Aspie screening test for me, of what he thought I'd answer/what he has observed in me, and the one he took for me, scored me 44, LOL. I thought that was very interesting.

Many of us on the spectrum suffer some physical problems from our Aspergers/Autism. Many of us are clumsy, and may have coordination issues. I have good coordination - at least, I think so. I may be clumsy, and not know it, since I constantly have bruises somewhere on my body, and not know how they get/got there. Always.

Many/most with Aspergers also have certain types of gut issues. I suffered from an ulcer last year, which was more likely to happen to me, because I have gastritis. The gastritis will be cured, in Jesus' name, but I understand it may take years, unless the Lord decides otherwise.

Many of us on the spectrum also suffer regular bouts of adrenal fatigue. A major stressor to bring on such fatigue is socializing. There is fatigue, where one is just tired, and then there is FATIGUE, where one is not sleep tired, but moving, or doing anything takes extreme effort. Even thinking and concentrating can take effort. Those who suffer from adrenal fatigue tend to reach for the caffeine and sugar to give them a boost, and sometimes this works, but sometimes it won't make a dent.

It's imperative that if you suffer from adrenal fatigue, you need to cut out caffeine and sugar, and seriously up your water, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetable intake. Also, exercise regularly, even when you are tired.

Anyways, that's enough of my rambling for today. Have a blessed day, sisters in Christ.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Our Homeschool, 2016/2017

Home School 2016/2017

SubjectsBooks/Info
BibleFamily Bible studies daily
Each child reads 4+ chapters a day, on their own
Math11th Grade - A Beka Plane Geometry
9th Grade - A Beka Algebra 1
7th Grade - A Beka Basic Mathematics
5th Grade - A Beka Arithmetic 5
Grammar, Writing, Spelling11th Grade - Christian Liberty Press Developing Communication Skills
9th Grade - A Beka Grammar and Composition 3
7th Grade - A Beka Grammar and Composition 1
5th Grade - A Beka Language B

Spelling - Graded Spelling Lists (on the public domain, lists for each grade are in the book)

Copy WorkAssigned Scripture verses; various anatomy and geography pages I've accrued; other things I want the kids to work on memorizing for the year. (I have a very long list of copy work assignments for the children. To make your own copy work list for your children, just write down a list of things you want them to memorize, put in some things from other school subjects, and include lots of Scriptures for them to copy.)
Cursive and PenmanshipMy book - Cursive Copy Work With Scriptures - available for free, link in the right sidebar.
History, GeographyA Beka - United States History
Label maps
ScienceA Beka - Chemistry: Precision and Design
Label anatomy pages
LatinGetting Started With Latin Continuing where we left off, last year. We only do Latin once or twice a week.
Logic11th Grade - Logic: A God-Centered Approach, parts 2 and maybe 3
9th Grade - Logic: A God-Centered Approach, part 1
7th Grade - The Fallacy Detective
5th Grade - next year...
ReadingSee Reading lists
Music and ArtHymns, classical music. Art in pages for science and history. Craft projects.
Family Read AloudFinish After Worlds Collide
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Government, Automotive, Mechanics, Computers, Electronics, etc.Taught by Dad
P.E.Walking, jogging, swimming, gymnastics, foraging, gardening, nature study, form and function in proper exercise, etc.

Reading Lists

Grade 11 and 12

The Secret of the Strength

Defending the King James Bible

Complete Bible Answers Book

Logic - A God Centered Approach, Part 2

Planet X

Mere Christianity

Buried Alive

Corrupting the Image

Alien Encounters

In Awe of Thy Word

God's Plan for Man

50 Years in the Church of Rome

Logic: A God Centered Approach, Part 3

Bible - straight through

Logic: A God Centered Approach, Part 4

Grade 9

As a Man Thinketh

Relearning to See

Parables from Nature

Painless Algebra

Logic: A God Centered Approach, Part 1

Little Men

The Prince and the Pauper

Treasure Island

The Story of the World, Volume 2

Grade 7

The Storybook of Science

Painless Fractions

The Fallacy Detective

Boyhood and Beyond

The Prince and the Pauper

The Legends of King Arthur and his Knights

The Story of the World, Volume 1

Grade 5

Simple Country Wisdom

The Word and Song Bible

Christian Liberty Press, Nature Reader 5

The Story of the World, Volume 4

Painless Fractions

The Bible in Pictures


Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, and you are ready to let Him lead your life, and you will live for Him, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Dedicate your life to the Lord, and live for Him. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.

Find or start a good home church. Here is more information on Home Church, and why you should home church, or find one to join - HouseChurch.org.

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