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Seek God BEFORE Making Decisions

Keeping with this month’s theme, today I’m sharing how God blessed us with our daughter.

We had just given birth to our miracle, surprise Bam Bam, (read that I didn’t know I was pregnant story via this testimony hyperlink) and afterwards the OBGYN came to tell me that we should never have another child.  I was a bit taken aback because I’d never met her prior to coming into the ER that day and after her horrible bedside manner I didn’t plan on seeing her again.  I asked why and she explained that I’d lost a lot of blood during this delivery and I probably end up dying if I tried again.  I told her that I understood but I also prayed that God would heal me and make me whole.  Plus, I had just had a surprise baby 24 hours before so I definitely did not want any more children right then. LOL

Fast forward a year and I started getting that baby itch again but after what the OBGYN said my husband was not in agreement.  Usually he was the one that was full of faith but this time he looked at me and said “I can’t lose you.” I told him I understood but I also reminded him that we’d prayed for three children when we first got married, Bear had been praying for a baby brother and baby sister since he was two, and that if God had done it before he could do it again.  Kevin was unmoved on the issue so I also informed him that I would not ask about it again until he told me his final decision.  One day during prayer time at church, I was on my knees when someone came up behind me and said “God said he can do it again and if you two want another child then you need to make the decision.”  Usually the first part would have people go into immediate worship mode but I was actually grateful for the latter portion of the statement, ‘make your decision.”  Those were the exact words used when I talked with Kevin and with God during my prayer time.  A few days later Kevin said he was ready, we would be alright, and he wanted another baby.  Soon thereafter we were pregnant with our Princess and we knew our family was complete.

Now that our Princess is two years old we all find it hard to imagine what our life would be without having her here.  Had we decided to take the only the word of the doctor and not seek God, we would’ve been content with our two sons and continued life without the sparkle, sugar, and spice only Princess could bring.  Bear has also wanted a brother and sister since he was three years old so I’m glad we listened. Our TTC journey was hard but prayer matched with biblical obedience and faithfulness helped us endure. God has given us beautiful blessings through our children! 

Can you remember a time when others tried to make you go one way but through prayer, you understood that God was pulling you in a different direction?

 Make wise decisions, 

Ta’Neisha K.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not saying to ignore doctor’s advice.  In the aforementioned  situation, the doctor was not familiar with my medical history, previous pregnancy history, and was only used because when I arrived to the hospital I was in the final stages of labor and my doctor was unavailable.

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God’s Provision Can’t Be Beat!

Happy November!  As the season of thankfulness is upon us it is only fitting that I share a few testimonies of God’s instant provision over the years for #TeamKEMP.

I remember being so angry when I received the letter from our duplex manager, also fellow neighbor, stating that the landlord had been foreclosed on and we had to be out of the property by the end of the month.  The sneaky landlord had been collecting rent money for months without paying the bank and he also waited to inform the tenants about the foreclosure after the current month’s rent had been paid.  We searched all over for a home that was in a nice neighborhood that we could afford.  Again, there were plenty of nice neighborhoods in our area of The Lone Star State but we needed to be able to afford the home and monthly bills.  We were both working at the time and still found it hard to come up with the $725 every month but somehow, we never paid late and it always worked out.

While driving through random neighborhoods after work I came across a for rent sign in front of a small brown house.  I felt a strong urge to call the number and gather the information from the owner who ultimately wanted what everyone else did, a deposit that matched the monthly rent of $800.  That was $75 additional every month and I knew we would need all the help God could give to work this one out.  I passed this information on to my husband who decided to go by and check out the place.  While doing the walk through my husband did the unthinkable, he told Mr. Fuller the truth.  He told him about the sneaky, thieving landlord and upcoming foreclosure, he explained how we couldn’t afford the deposit but we really needed a safe place to move to with our infant son.  Mr. Fuller listened intently, offered his own negative opinion of that mean old landlord, and then said “here’s what I will do.”  He lowered the rent down to $725, told us we could pay “whatever we could” towards our deposit starting the second month, and he let us move in before the first of the month FOR FREE.  We were grateful that God caused Mr. Fuller to be so nice and caring towards a young, newlywed couple that he’d never met. 

Later, I asked my husband why he decided to share all of that information, not knowing how it would turn out.  He told me that he’d prayed and knew that God was in control, would provide, and it would be okay.  My husband was right.  His faith in God over the years has challenged me to step my belief in God, all the way up!  Together, we just know that as long as we are obedient to him, God will come through.

 

God recently came through for us approximately six months ago when our dryer started acting up.  My husband began saying we would get another one and in my prayer time I would thank God for our new dryer.  Soon thereafter the dryer completely died on us and the next week as my husband was rolling out our old Kenmore, our neighbor rolled over a new one for us.  Yes, a miracle dryer delivered right to our laundry room courtesy of The Most High God.  We were truly grateful that God supplied our needs and that we didn’t have to wait long for that blessing.

So, don’t let the dim moments of life allow you to forget the omnipotent, omnipresent, King of kings, and Lord of lords.  Never make your problem bigger than Jehovah Jireh because he knows what you need and will supply in due time.  Remain obedient while you wait and be sure to share your testimony so it will encourage others.  


Can you remember a time when God supplied your need immediately?

Trust God always, 

Ta’Neisha K.

The Lord’s Prayer Curriculum with Kid Niche Christian Books

Today’s review features a look into the bible and prayer curriculum Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 from Kid Niche Christian Books.  This program is designed to walk upper elementary students through The Lord’s Prayer with various activities, thought provoking questions, and correlating scripture.

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The complete Weave Your Word in Me curriculum uses My Whole Self Before YOU, which is rhythmical prayer modeled after The Lord’s Prayer, as the basis for each lesson.  Part 1 includes thirty-six lessons which focus on God as our Heavenly Father, importance of prayer, Jesus Christ, Christ’s ministry on earth, the resurrection, salvation, and Christ’s return.  The lessons come packaged perfectly and pre-punched for a three-ring binder which makes storage extremely easy.  Each lesson includes various scriptures that reiterate the focus and give the student opportunity to breakdown the verses for clearer understanding.  Throughout the workbook the verses are clearly marked for the translation used and the answer key features responses for:

  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)

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During our review period we used this curriculum three times a week and depending on their length, some lessons were spread over two days.  I enjoyed discussing the scriptures with Bear and listening to his responses which led to some great conversations over breakfast.  The provided comprehension questions were great for verifying his understanding of the verses, especially because we use the King James Version.  I also enjoyed how each lesson ended with a prayer outline giving your child the chance to expand their prayer language and ability to have a specific focus for each prayer.  Kid Niche Christian Books also provides additional activities for each lesson as FREEBIES on their website.  The activities within this workbook and on the website include:

  • Cartoons
  • Charts
  • Definitions
  • Drawing
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Matching
  • Sequence
  • True and False
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Art
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Poetry

The only concerns I had in using this curriculum was some of the artwork illustrations used throughout, though quite popular, aren’t actually in support of Christianity.  Any images we deemed inappropriate were explained to our son before we moved on.  In addition, we opted not to use the My Whole Self Before YOU prayer since Bear had already memorized the KJV of The Lord’s Prayer.  The model prayer also left out a portion about forgiving others and God’s power in Heaven and Earth which can easily be explained to the audience this curriculum is geared towards.  I think the model prayer might work better for younger students and definitely isn’t needed for this particular program.  These minor issues didn’t hinder our experience in anyway but I felt they needed to be noted for this review.

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Overall, we have enjoyed this bible and prayer curriculum from Kid Niche Christian Books and will continue using it for the remainder of our school year.  Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 has been a great in-depth look at The Lord’s Prayer and I feel that the tweaks made for our household only enhanced our learning experience.  This curriculum would be a good match for homeschools, elementary Sunday School programs, and I even suggested it to the Christian after school program directors that I know.  The complete Weave your Word in Me program is currently available as a set or each part can be purchased individually.

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 You can read additional reviews on this curriculum from other homeschoolers via this hyperlink.

 Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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My 4 Favorite Bible Reading Plans

Recently I shared the post about Why I Love My Bible during which I shared information about why the word should be near and dear to our hearts.  Since writing that post my Passion for studying God’s word has been reignited and I found myself learning more and more. I am so excited to share with you a few Bible plans that I have completed recently.  These plans range from 3 days to 90 days and have required me to commit to reading scripture daily.   What initialy was a monthly goal turned into a strong desire to seek God all the more.

Each plan can be  found via the YouVersion website or bible app which is available for all devices.  Depending on the plan length I would spend approximately 5 to 60 minutes studying daily. I also love that you can listen to the audio version of the scripture which became my favorite thing to do while cooking dinner.  You can also share your plan progress with your friends for extra accountability.

Before we dive in, here is my recent video about why we NEED the Bible.

Here are my recently completed favorites:

  • Bible in 90 Days came at a very hard time in my life. Over the summer we were dealing with the sickness of my father-in-law and I just found myself truly sad and discouraged.  I decided to read the entire Bible as a reminder of the all powerful God that I serve.  Doing this gave me so much comfort and also provided peace to my family as we listened in the car and at home.  If I ever missed a day I would double or triple the next reading until I caught up.  I made sure that I completed this program within exactly 90 days.

 

  • God, Help Me Not To Mess Up My Kids! The name says it all but doesn’t include that this was an awesome prayer plan.  I had no idea that this 5-day commitment would walk me through praying God’s word over my children and household.  As a busy mother sometimes we feel like we don’t have enough time to tarry before the Lord but this plan provided so much insight to a deep, thorough, effectual, feverent prayer life.
  • What To Say At A Funeral came at the perfect time because when my father of all past I really did not know what to say to my husband. Yes we are firm believers and I still had no words for him other than “I’m so sorry honey.”  This short reading plan provide various ways we can encourage believers who have lost their love ones.  The author also explain things that he did not want to hear and I made sure not to say those to my husband. I really think that this plan helped me be there for my family and encourage them with the word rather than my pain filled emotions.

 

  •  Finally, Mama Needs A Do-Over came at a time when I wanted to help encourage another homeschool mom. Turns out this plan helped me too!  Within this reading plan you will find ways to conquer, reset, and find peace in hard days.

There are so many other plans that I could share with you but I will save those for Part 2.  Right now, download the YouVersion app if you have not already and make time to dive into the word of God.  You can set reminders for your reading plans and share them with your friends so they can see your progress or lack thereof.  Sometimes I would use the app to read the scriptures but often I find myself flipping through the pages of the physical Bible.  The app is cool but there is nothing like holding the word of God.

You can find additional information about why we should study the word of God here.

We NEED The Bible!!

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K

The Lizard Won

This is another long social media status update that popped up in my memories from five years ago. I definitely wanted to share this and the lesson said I learned from the experience.


One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Timothy 1:7 which reads, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  It was the first scripture that I taught Bear, our oldest, and I use it in prayer daily.  I truly believe that God has not given me the spirit of fear, I have power through him, I love everyone, and my mind is equipped to make sound judgement calls and initiate self control.  I walk boldly in faith knowing that God is always in control and I’m equipped to handle whatever comes my way. 


But occasionally, I’m reminded that I am still human. Sometimes I might find myself in a situation that causes me to feel nervous, anxious, or even scared.  Especially when I lift up the laundry basket and see a HUGE, three inch lizard sitting on my couch.  At which point I scream and quicly spray air freshener at it.  Then in order to protect myself and my son from this dinosaur, I immediately flipped all the couch cushions over. 

I figured that wasn’t enough to ensure Godzilla was gone so I mustered up my SUPER HUMAN mommy strength and flipped over the couch. I then ferociously sprayed my Lavender Vanilla air freshener defense shield to ward off the HUMONGOUS three inch lizard.  There might have been some screaming, praying aloud, and even a couple of tears as I battled the world’s largest small house gecko. I’m 100% sure those came from me. My son BEAR, who was four at the time, stood firm and said “Mama, God has not given us the spirit of fear.” I quickly replied, “that doesn’t apply to lizards,” as I cautiously scanned the living room to ensure our white, four legged visitor was gone.

So with that being said clearly I have power to lift couches.  Eventually, I used my sound mind to (self control) to calm down because I realized that I’m bigger than the terrible lizard.  I also used it as an opportunity to teach my son what not to do when you’re scared.  I also reminded him that the little lizard was afraid of me too.  Shall we say love caused me to spray my Lavender Vanilla air freshener defense system to protect my son? 

But, when it came to fear…

On this day, THE LIZARD WON.

#truestory

To hear about how to put faith over fear, watch my challenge video. 



Make this week fantastic,

Ta’Neisha K. 

I love my Bible!

I posted this Facebook status update back in July of 2013 and thought it was worth sharing again today.
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Every Sunday I look forward to seeing a little boy at my church. Why? Well because EVERY SUNDAY he proudly shows me his Bible.  He tells me who bought it for him and why it is his favorite book.  He shows me the maps and talks about how he is going to learn about every place shown.  This is one of my favorite weekly moments because each week he is more excited about that Bible than he was the previous week. 


Do you remember the day you realized that life without Christ wasn’t worth living? 


Do you remember when you learned that Jesus is the only way to the Father?  


Do you remember going through your ABCs (Acknowledge, Believe,  Confess)? 


Do you remember the day you gave the Most High God, the only wise and true God your heart?


Do you remember when you got saved? Yes I said “got saved”.


Are you saved?

If not, don’t wait because time is running out. 

I REMEMBER!! And every Sunday I’m reminded, via this child’s enthusiasm, just how important that decision was then and still is today.

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 I thought that this was a great reminder and an opportunity to issue a couple of challenges that I shared in previous years via my YouTube channel. I am challenging myself and every reader to participate in both. Feel free to comment below and let me know which plan you are completing on the YouVersion app or which book and/or book of the Bible you are studying.  Currently I am studying the beattitudes and I’m really enjoying it. I’m also 66% through my Bible in 90 days reading plan on YouVersion.

I’d also like to share with you a quick video about a free Bible devotional for children called Keys for Kids.  You can get this daily via email, online, or mailed to you quarterly.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Get into HOOPLA!

One of my favorite pastimes is to ride in the car while listening to a good book. Yes, as an avid reader I would love to sit down and flip pages, but as a mom I realize that those opportunities are few and far between.  I’m grateful for my local library’s connection to Hoopla, the digital library, and the myriad of books available.

This month we started our new homeschool year and have been enjoying our continuation of the Christian Heroes Then and Now series via Hoopla.  We love the audio versus be different voices excite the children and help the stories to come alive.  Of course, audio books aren’t the only great reads available in this digital library. Our preschoolers enjoy the children’s section and Bear has been really into biographies of his favorite sports icons. 

As a homeschooler using My Father’s World curriculum, I’ve realized that there are several other homeschoolers around us on the same schedule. Oftentimes I need to reserve a book at least a month in advance to ensure I will have it in time for our lessons. If our lessons for a certain unit are delayed I can rarely renew the book because another family has already reserved it.  Thankfully, Hoopla can help with those hard to find or impossible to renew moments. 

Finally, as a professional book hoarder, I’ve been able to stop myself from purchasing every new book I desire. I forgot have fun at used to be to go to the library, find something amazing to read, take it home, read the book, and simply return it.  With the digital options you complete the same process at home, at your office, or at Chick-fil-A while your children play after lunch.  I’m 100% sure that I have so many books in my personal collection that are available at my local library and via Hoopla. I bet my husband is reading this paragraph while calculating all of the money we could have saved.

This isn’t a review post, but a quick FYI to check with your local library and see if they have a Hoopla account. If they do, you’re well on your way to having a vast collection of books LITERALLY at your fingertips.  Use the program and encourage others to do the same because this helps local libraries determine if they should continue their partnership or cancel it. Believe me, you going to want them to continue it. Like, continue it forever.

Happy reading and happy homeschooling, 

Ta’Neisha K.