Archive | October 2016

Letter from POTUS and Sept./Oct. Homeschool Wrap-Up

This year has been wonderful, so far, at Team KEMP Academy!  I’ve had so much joy with the recent attitude adjustment and my patience with my children has definitely been consistent.  I was definitely loving our set schedule but we have fallen off track so I plan to shift the family clock again in the morning.  Our schedule for this year returned to the original 9:00 am start, lunch at noon, and done by 3:00 pm which includes our read aloud time and all solo work.  This schedule has also pushed me to wake up, exercise, and have Bible study time done by 8:30 am.

In the month of September we started school and our journey around the world with My Father’s World (MFW) Exploring Countries and Cultures (ECC) in the United States of America.  We were introduced to different types of maps, a daily Spanish curriculum, and even had Miss Frizzle come teach our Science class once a week.  It was a wonderful start to the academic year and you can hear all about it in this September Wrap-Up video.

 

October proved to be a super busy month for us as we visited the local State Fair, started our reading rewards programs, and added project day to our weekly agenda.  I admit that the addition of project day had me very nervous, as you heard in the video, but it has proven to be quite enjoyable for our oldest.  I’ve even managed to create little things for the two-year-old to do.  In addition we had the great opportunity to watch my husband become an ordained minister and surprised him with a luncheon.  You can hear more about our letter from the President of the United States and gifts from Mexico in this recent video.

 

Again, I am so grateful to my husband for allowing me the chance to educate our arrows at home.  No day is 100% perfect but every memory created with our cool kids is so precious.  Being there for the entire process from introduction to content mastery is a gift that I dare not take for granted. I love our homeschool!

 

Make today pleasant,

~Ta’Neisha K.

 

Comment Question:

  1. What goals have you set for your homeschooling year? 
  2. If you could do it all over again, would you still consider homeschooling at all, never begin the journey, or start much sooner than you did?

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Why I Love God Greatly

I just finished participating in the You Are Forgiven online Bible study hosted by Love God Greatly.  First let me say that this study has been so amazing!  I love reading the wisdom from the women in my group and feel so encouraged when they respond to my posts.  I was introduced to Love God Greatly (LGG) via my friend Glenda and after that initial study, I make it a goal to participate in at least two a year.  If you haven’t participated in an LGG study, then you are definitely missing out.

If you aren’t familiar with LGG, they are an online women’s bible study group that shares weekly blogs, YouTube videos, and in-depth bible studies via their website and social networks.  Each study ranges from four to eight weeks so committing to one and seeing it through requires discipline, but the end result is more than worth it.  The best part about these studies is that they offer the materials to you for FREE, yes you read correctly, FOR FREE!!  Their bible studies are also available for downloads in various languages including Spanish, Afrikaans, and Czech.  Another great option they’ve added recently is having the materials bound into a journal which can be purchased via Amazon.  I love this new option because often printing out the material and organizing a journal is so time consuming that it helps to have it already done for you.

During your study time you are assigned passages of scripture to read and one section to journal about.  They call their journal process the S.O.A.P. method which stand for scripture, observation, application, and prayer.  First you write out the scripture, then you take note of any observations that pop out at you immediately or are noticeable after some thought.  Next, you write out how this scripture applies to your daily life or the walk of a believer.  Finally, you write out a prayer about the study topic, the scripture you just studied, or whatever God has placed on your heart.

Here is an example of three SOAPs I penned during this eight week study:

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Scripture:

It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large.  Ephesians 2:12 The Message Bible

Observations:

Life without Christ alienates us from God. Without a relationship through Christ, all promises of God are null and void.

Application:

If our actions don’t show the Light of Christ in every area then is God truly our Father? This is another reminder that dying daily to flesh necessary along with studying and applying the word of God so you never have to live life without him again.

Prayer:

Lord you are awesome! You saved me from a lonely life without true family, rich history, and a holy lineage. Because of Christ I am brand new! I have a body of believers that are family and we won’t stop telling everyone about you until the end of the Earth. Help me live holy through your guidance, truth, and word so we are never strangers again. Amen

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Scripture:

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.  1 John 5:4 ESV

Observations:

Our faith gives us victory!  We are overcomers!

Application:

My faith gives me victory.  My FAITH gives me VICTORY!  MY FAITH GIVES ME VICTORY!!

Prayer:

Lord, sometimes life happens and it seems like we won’t make it through but God is able to heal deliver and set free, and make whole.  God, thank you for fueling mu faith through every frustration in life.  I am VICTORIOUS in all things because I am yours. Amen.

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Scripture:

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 The Message Bible

Observations:

1) Go

2) Teach ALL nations

3) Baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

4) Teach them to observe ALL THINGS commanded by God

5) Jesus is ALWAYS with us

Application:

We have been given perfect instructions to recruit and train more soldiers for God. Christ is with us via the Holy Spirit that counsels us daily. God has equipped us to succeed at his requirements, we just need to be bold enough to follow the general’s command. Lastly, ALL means ALL, so let’s remember to include every person on our list of those we should share the gospel with.

Prayer:

God, thank you for the spiritual equipment needed to be a successful soldier.  Forgive us when we doubt your power working in us and use our sins as an excuse for unworthiness.  We are what you say we are and we can do ALL that you say we can.  We will go boldly to complete the call.  No more coward soldiers, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

I know this was a lot to read but I couldn’t let this study end without sharing it and the LGG website with you all.  Make time to truly study, breakdown, and rightly divide the word of God.  I promise you the time taken to memorize and apply scripture will help you become a stronger believer and help you teach others.  Be sure to check out this video for additional encouragement in your faith walk.

Make this week wonderful,

~Ta’Neisha K.

Comment Question:

1) If you have participated in an LGG bible study did you like it?

Why or why not? Tell me your experience.

2) Have you participated in an online Bible study before?

Your Pastor Needs Your Prayers!

​October is PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH! Did you know that. . . 

  • 90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.
  • 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.
  • 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
  • 33% confess having involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church.
  • The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman”. 
  • Over 3,500 people a day left church last year.
  • Many denominations report an “empty pulpit crisis”. They cannot find ministers willing to fill the open positions.
  • 4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.
  • 50% of the minister starting out when that last 5 years.
  • 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role of pastors. 

These statistics are hard to read but every believer should take a moment to acknowledge how difficult this job can be. I know pastors that have said, did, and dealt with every instance mentioned in the statistics. One of my childhood friends, currently a pastor, said “chasing sheep is a full time job.”  He is completely right.  

Your pastor watches for your souls but are you doing your part and watching out for him? Are you treating his wife and children right? Are you hindering or supporting the vision of the leader?

Is your pastor perfect? NO, that’s why he needs your prayers.
Will you agree with everything he says or does? NO, that’s why he needs your prayers
Will the church be negatively affected by division and discord within? YES, that’s why the ministry needs your prayers.
Will the members and surrounding community flourish due to the presence of a strong, fruitful church and leadership? YES, that’s why the ministry needs your prayers.



YOUR PASTOR NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS!!! 

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.  Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. Hebrews 13:17‭-‬18 KJV

Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them? Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we’re doing or why, but it’s hard going and we need your prayers. All we care about is living well before God.  Hebrews 13:17‭-‬18 The Message Bible

Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either]. Keep praying for us, for we are convinced that we have a good (clear) conscience, that we want to walk uprightly and live a noble life, acting honorably and in complete honesty in all things.  Hebrews 13:17‭-‬18 AMPC

Make this week grand,

~Ta’Neisha K. 

**Prayer calendar is available for download here via Proverbial Homemaker**

**All statistics from Pastoral Care Inc. website**

For more encouragement check out my video about the Power of Daddy.

Encouragement: Words That Are Worthwhile 

Recently I’ve found myself to be short tempered at home.  No, I haven’t spent entire days screaming and yelling, but I know that I haven’t been showing true patience to my family.

Could my frustration be the lack of sleep due to a teething toddler and a potty training toddler?   Possibly, but these tender motherhood moments are the reason why I should be completely patient with my children.

Might my attitude be a result of the promised stress of life?  If so, doesn’t that justify a few weak moments?  Maybe, but I am to show the fruit of God’s spirit in every area of life, especially when life happens in the worst way.

The point is there is no excuse as to why one would notice a small problem and leave it unchecked.  God can handle any sized dilemma we are facing!  We should feel more than comfortable to come to Him with every issue and allow his spirit to guide us through the growth process.  So, I prayed and asked God to forgive me and show me where the added stress was coming from so it could be addressed.

While scrolling through social media, I came across the scripture Proverbs 31:26.  After reading it, I knew God heard my prayer.  I wanted to be a sweet fragrance for my household again. And, guess what? It didn’t take months, years, or even days. I woke up feeling better, applied the scripture, and have continued to do so ever since.   This short-term issue may seem minor to you, but it was major to me and it felt so good to know God cared.

So today, I encourage each reader to self-assess with the word as your guide.  Read Galatians 5:22-23 and do a fruit check on your life. Are you displaying the fruit of God’s spirit or are you letting the cares of life leave you snappy and sarcastic?  If you are having a normal moment of frustration will wisdom, kind yet stern words, foolishness, love, sarcasm, or vulgarity spew from your lips?  Will the people around you still know that you are saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit based on your reaction to the cares of life?

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Don’t worry; I’m not saying that you are not allowed a moment of anger but let us all be more mindful of how we react, especially in front of our spouse and children.  We are to strive daily to be wise women who build and not foolish women that tear down.  To hear the details of how God gave me instant peace and comfort, watch my recent video.

Make this week worthwhile,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

For additional encouragement, check out my recent blog posts

God Will Provide

Faith Through Frustration 

WIFE TALK: Wife First

I’m EQUIPPED to succeed!

The Fragrance of A Godly Woman

 

 

Here Is Hope: Overbearing In-Laws

Prior to the “I do” commitments a future bride will dream of the perfect man.  That perfect man will become her dreamy boyfriend, who then asks for her hand in marriage, making him a dashing fiancé, and soon thereafter a wonderful husband.  After we get the proposal ring and the planning sets in motion, there isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t wonder how our life will be.  We think about the future children, pets, our quaint home with a picket fence, BBQ gatherings with nearby neighbors, and holidays with our newly created, big, happy family.  I haven’t done any research but it is my belief that most married women are able to achieve this dream or come extremely close to doing so.  Those women aren’t lucky, they are blessed.

Then, there are the remaining wives that long for all the things mentioned but know that their dream of fun filled family gatherings will never happen.  Why?  This depends on who you ask, but it all boils down to a lack of respect between them and their in-laws.  This is not a “who is to blame” blog post by any means, this is actually a hope post.  It is my hope that reading these words and watching the video will give you some encouragement that you aren’t the only wife that has or will ever deal with in-law issues.  It is also my prayer that the offended wives realize that no matter what, growth must occur on both sides in order for a fruitful family relationship to form.

I encourage each wife to spend time with God through prayer and fasting and then discuss this issue with your husband in a safe space.  I also encourage you to realize that you control and are responsible for your own reactions and actions.  Let the love of Christ be present in every single response given to those that you’ve offended or that have offended you.  Forgive and ask for forgiveness, even if you deemed your actions were necessary at the time.  Revenge is not the way! Revenge is NEVER the way!

Next, I want you to step outside the situation and look at it from your in-law’s perspective.  Adjusting to a new relationship can be hard and some family members just don’t want to let go.  Also, find out how your husband’s family members were treated when they married into the family.  Chances are, they were treated the same way and don’t even understand why the bad behavior is being repeated.  Of course this isn’t a statement to excuse any mistreatment but an opportunity for you to create change in your household.  Break the curse by showing the fruit of God’s spirit so your children and future in-laws will have a great transition into your family.  In a perfect world the blending of all families through marriage would be seamless and joyful transition.  Just because your story isn’t perfect doesn’t mean you still can’t have that happy ending.

Lastly, bathe your situation in prayer and ask God for reconciliation, restoration, joy, and peace between all parties involved.  God is more than able to heal your hearts toward one another; you just need to be willing to apply the growth and maturity he is requiring from you.  Again, your relationship with your husband’s family is not just about you.  Your (future) children deserve to see their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. getting along.  These great relationships may not form overnight, but hold on to the hope that God hears you and one day you’ll be sharing your testimony to encourage someone else.

To hear my Top 2 Tips for Handling Overbearing In-Laws check out my recent video.


You can find additional marriage encouragement in my previous blogs posts:

• My Husband is AWESOME

8 is Great! My Marriage is Redeemed

• Marriage Bloopers

My Mind is Made Up

Remember Your History of Victory

Wife Talk: Wife First

The Under Appreciated Spouse

Make this week peaceful,

~Ta’Neisha K.