Archive | December 2016

God Has You Covered

I posted this status update on December 30, 2015 but the words still ring true today. Remember to remain obedient to God each day of every year and He will keep you covered.

“The story details are simply amazing but I will just hit you with the high points.

1) Quick transition can seem scary but when you’re obedient to the will of The Most High you shouldn’t be afraid to move swiftly. He’s got you covered.

2) Frustration in work is normal. Take a deep breath, take a break, and get back to doing what you’re supposed to. No labor, done in good faith is EVER in vain. He’s got you covered.

3) Keeping a prayer journal is an amazing tool. You have an actual log of every life battle and how God brought you out. Oh, and on the days you don’t think he is moving then just look in the mirror and realize that you’re still here. He’s got you covered.

4) As a wife I get the privilege to experience all our adult problems but not necessarily bear “ultimate responsibility” as my husband does. Sometimes life happens and it is super wacktastic. My favorite part of every day is letting him know that he is doing a great job. Our pastor, protector, and provider is awesome and I’m amazed at how he bears it all. Kevin is built for it and he has us covered. Kevin is obedient to The Most High God. HE HAS US COVERED!

Remain obedient in 2015 so you don’t lose your covering.”

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Happy New Year!

Ta’Neisha K.

Introducing: Weight Loss Wednesdays

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One day I just looked in the mirror and realized that if I didn’t do something different then I would die.  Yes, my laziness would turn into my main ailment and literally kill me sooner rather than later.  So, I started my journey and a week later I got lazy and quit

I knew better so I decided to start this journey again.  After a few days I thought “Wow, I have been doing this for three days now with no results.  Let’s rest and start again at the beginning of the month.”  Yep, that’s never worked before but this time I totally hoped that it might. 

Okay, husband ended up sick and I had to hear some not so great news from the doctor while he was in the hospital.  I got myself together and started again.  Two weeks later. . . Nah, I’m still young.  Let’s keep on being sporadic and see where that takes me.

Husband got sick again and that warning yellow light, finally turned red for me.  Oh and there were buzzers and the sound “WARNING, WARNING, WARNING” kept blaring in my ears. That’s when I decided to set a goal and really focus on my weight loss.

That italicized summary of thoughts covers a span of four years filled with wonderful moments including the birth of our last two children, Bam Bam and Princess.  It also includes some terrifying moments when you have to truly self-reflect and decide if you want to live and for how long.  So, that’s how Weight Loss Wednesdays was born.

Here is what you can expect from each weekly video and monthly blog post:

  • Weekly/Monthly Goals
  • Details about diet/exercise regimen
  • Encouragement
  • Truth about obstacles and how I overcome them

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In doing this journey I decided to post it online for encouragement, extra accountability, and as a visual journal of my story.  Every clip on my Instagram, update on my YouTube channel, and monthly blog post will serve as reminders that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).   I’m so excited at the success I’ve already had and truly grateful for the support of my real-time and online family/friends.

To join me on this journey simply watch the videos throughout this post or  via this playlist, check Instagram for daily posts, and read the monthly blog posts for details on my regimen.

Make this week healthy,

Ta’Neisha K.

I survived my first 5K!

 

Why We Celebrate CHRISTmas

Dear Believers,
During this holiday season, more than ever before, I’ve seen plenty of videos and status updates turned debates depicting the “truth about Christmas.”  However, I hope that you are being mindful of the information and the source thereof.  Study, learn, grow, and teach the truth but be careful that your knowledge doesn’t turn you away from God, through Jesus Christ.

 


You’re awakened, we get it.  

The world is pagan, we get that too.
Celebrate if you want to or ignore the day all together, but don’t beat down your family and friends because of your new found knowledge.  Remember, it isn’t wise to reprimand people and then go eat their food and accept their gifts on 12/25.  I know that Galatians 4:10-11 is used to argue why we should only celebrate God’s holy days and feasts while Jeremiah 10:1-4 is argued to avoid Christmas trees.  I believe this awesome sermon, Traditions 109: Celebrating Christmas by Pastor Lewis, does a phenomenal job of discussing these arguments.  You can download the sermon and the study guide for free via the links at the end of this blog.

 

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Our family continues to celebrate the observed date of the birth of Christ on December 25th each year, even though we know all about Saturnalia and the false “virgin birth” parallels.  We choose to acknowledge the ONLY virgin birth because we are grateful that Jesus Christ was born.  We are thankful that God knew mankind needed a savior and he graciously gave his son for us.  We are joyful because Jesus stayed true to God in word, deed, death, and resurrection and will save all who believe and endure until the end.  We are hopeful through the trials of life because, the Holy Spirit is our comforter, Christ is our advocate, and one day he will return wherewith every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord.  We celebrate CHRISTmas on December 25th because we understand that no matter who put this on the calendar, ANY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO CELEBRATE JESUS CHRIST!

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So. . .
Merry Christmas! Merry CHRISTmas!!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

No matter what, if, or how your family decides to celebrate, remember to live a life that is pleasing to our truly worthy King.  Celebrate the gift of Christ daily in word, deed, and  faith so you will endure until the end.  You can’t ignore the impact the Christmas season has on giving, especially to those less fortunate.  If you choose to no longer buy gifts, give your time via volunteering for a reputable charitable organization, your church, or work.  Don’t let this season or any opportunity pass you by without showing the light of Christ to those around you.

Be sure to make time to listen to the sermons and view the study guides listed below for additional information on Christmas, Halloween, and Easter.  All items can be downloaded for free via the exministries links provided.

 

Make this season bright,

Ta’Neisha K.

Christmas

Sermon: Traditions 109 Celebrating Christmas

Study Guide: Celebrating Christmas

Sermon: Three Wise Gifts

Study Guide: Three Wise Gifts

Easter

Sermon: Easter Sun-day

Study Guide: Easter Sun-day

Halloween

Sermon: Tricky Treats

Study Guide: Tricky Treats

 

 

BLAZING! Firefighters to the Rescue!

Our homeschool was recently given the opportunity to review an e-book from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.   After letting our eldest son look over the list, he decided on WannaBe™-When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter.  The WannaBe™ Series consists of books detailing various careers and our choice has proven to be a great introductory resource for Firefighter information.

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This e-book has some awesome features including creative writing and storytelling prompts, review quiz, math, memory verses, and science.  There vocabulary words throughout the book with the definitions located in the back.  Various language arts activities were also included along with print and cursive copy pages.  These additions are phenomenal because you don’t have to find additional activities for your child to reinforce the topic. I love that all the work is done for you!

Via this book we, yes my children and I, learned so much about the history of the profession from the bucket brigade to now, equipment needed for the job, financial compensation, and the importance of building codes.  It also includes a day in the life view of the job, hiring requirements, and salaries for the various ranks.   Our 3rd grader enjoyed creating the robotic arm and I used the provided vocabulary words for his spelling test this week.  He also decided that he wants to read the video game designer e-book next.  Our preschoolers enjoyed pretending to be building inspectors and searching for safety hazards in our home. This was my favorite game because it got them to clean up voluntarily.

During our Science time the robotic arm experiment and games went over very well.  The instructions were easy to understand and we only had a minor misunderstanding when asked to mark the pattern provided dots on our model.  This was easily fixed by using Figure 15 as our guide when joining the pieces.  You can watch this fun project come together in my recent video.

 

 

Kenden has spent the week saying random “Mama (or Daddy), you know that firefighters. . .” statements.  His favorite thing he learned about firefighters is that they should arrive at your quickly and they are trained for medical emergencies too.  He told us “it makes me sad that firefighters have died in the line of duty.  Even though their family won’t be able see their loved one anymore, they should be happy because they died saving somebody.”  We decided that we will dedicate time weekly to pray for all those involved in dangerous jobs and comfort to those that have lost people they love while on duty.

10409526_10152380735276845_4633557883176420313_nAll in all this is a great resource to introduce your students to the profession and has activities that will keep them engaged.  There are even end of unit party ideas included in this book!  I would only add a field trip to your local fire station to complete this unit. We live near a Firefighter museum and took a guided tour to complete our study.

Again, I hope you enjoyed my review of WannaBe™-When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter via The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  This review opportunity was provided by and written for the Homeschool Review Crew. This crew is a lifesaver for homeschoolers!  I love the unique applications each member provides and most reviews leave me saying “I would’ve never thought to use it like that.”

Make this week brilliant,

Ta’Neisha K.

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