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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. 

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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. 

Pray for Texas

There are so many dealing with Hurricane Harvey and the surrounding storms.  Please be prayerful for those living in the directly affected and surrounding areas.  Pray for the first responders, medical staff, relief workers, and those volunteers that have shown up to help.  Seeing people help others immediately during this tragic event, has warmed my heart. We need each other and by working together, we can accomplish anything. 

Make every moment count,

Ta’Neisha K. 

#ProudMom, Congratulations Bear!!

This summer Kenden entered several contests and he has won a total of $100.

  • $25 for June Reading Contest
  • $25 for July Reading Contest
  • $25 for July Activity Contest

The final $25 was won for achieving 1st place in the Writing Contest for 6-12 year olds.  He submitted his 500+ word research paper called A Primate’s Life.  I’m so proud of him!

The most amazing thing about his prizes is that he gave them out to everyne in the household.  He said with everything that’s happened,  we all deserved to buy something.  He is my FAVORITE FIRSTBORN!!  Because of his generosity, his grandparents awarded him with double his prizes and the tablet he was saving up for.  Again, we are all so proud of him!

You can read excerpts from all the winners here:

Summer Contest Writing Winners – Schoolhouse Teachers 
As a homeschooler I occasionally wonder if I am giving my children the perfect education.  Moments like these I’m so grateful for confirmation that we made the right decision and are on the right path. God is so faithful to ensure that his children are always reminded that he is guiding us and has perfected our path.  It is our prayer that he is glorified by the fruit of our household and the generations to come.
Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Today, I Need Some Encouragement 

Last month, my family endured a devastating loss and after all we’ve endured, rest is definitely needed. Usually, I’ve prepared my monthly blog posts well in advance but right now, my mind is all over the place.  I am typing this completely worn out at 1:00 am CST in our hotel suite.  My family is resting after a long two weeks and I think tonightI will FINALLY get a long overdue 8 hours of sleep.  I look forward to coming back in September with a tribute to our family member and some great series but until then, enjoy these reposts and recent videos. 

This week I needed some encouragement so check out my recent video about the covering of God and check out the blog post by clicking this fantastic hyperlink.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

How to Survive the Family Reunion

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Summer is usually a great time for families to get together, reconnect, and catch up on old times which is always great.  I enjoy hearing the old school music, watching our children run around with their cousins, and listening to the elders tell stories from way, way, way, way back when.  I love the various sounds of laughter, dominoes slamming on the table, trash talk during the spades game, and forks hitting the plate all going on simultaneously.  And, let’s not forget the precious babies being passed from lap to lap or the hugs shared when the newest spouse is introduced.  I LOVE FAMILY REUNIONS!!

Here are my top five tips for surviving the family reunion:

  • Don’t sit at the spades or dominoes table unless you can actually play the games.  Just know that when people sit down at these tables during the reunion they are representing for their whole lineage and  will take no prisoners.  Most families only have reunions every two or more years therefore, the tournament winners have at least 730 days of bragging rights before defending their title again.  Please believe, family will hear about this again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and…
  • Have games and activities lined up for various age groups of children and adults to help keep everyone engaged and participating throughout the day.  For example, in the small children area include toys, coloring books, crayons, etc. In the early elementary area have various board games, family card games, etc.  Include a selfie station for the tweens/teens and even consider putting them in charge of being the photographers for the event.  The whole family can see and share the photos by creating a unique social media hashtag.  Finally, include games for the adults like a newlywed game or family feud as part of the event entertainment.
  • Be prepared for the family elders to say whatever is on their mind!  Age has given the family elders authority to speak it as soon as it enters their minds so if you are short, get ready to hear about it.  If your baby is ugly then come out of denial and get ready to face the music followed by a “bless his heart.”  If you are overweight or obese get ready to hear all their weight loss tips, even if they are big themselves.  If you are single and over 30, you better have a great explanation as to why you aren’t married yet accompanied with a matrimony timeline.  Now deciding whether or not to #clapback is up to you.  I just suggest that you respect their age, smile, and keep it pushing until you’ve hugged all of them.

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  • Go on a detox at least 1 week prior to the event.  Drink plenty of water and eat EXTRA healthy.  You may have to travel for your trip which means you might have to fast food along the way.  Plus, you know your favorite uncle will have the BBQ on point and your aunts, grandmother, cousins, and own mother will have assorted sweets available for all reunion attendees.  Don’t be afraid to use this reunion as your cheat day or cheat weekend but prepare your body in advance and don’t skip the leafy green salad at the event.
  • Last, but certainly not least learn all the latest line dances before you go.  In fact, if you are over 30, learn all the newest dances  just so you can show up the young people.  I love the look of surprise on their faces when out dance them in something that was made up yesterday. #yougotserved

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So as you pack, plan, and detox in preparation for your family reunion don’t forget the most important thing to do is have fun and make memories.  Enjoy seeing your awesome features and characteristics in your great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, children, and even those twice removed.  Love on everyone!  Hug on everyone!  Take a picture with everyone!  Remember, time spent enjoying family is definitely time well spent.

Make this reunion memorable,

Ta’Neisha K.