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YouVersion Bible Plan

In Uncategorized on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm

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You may have landed on this outdated blog because I recently wrote a Bible reading plan, Choices, on YouVersion, the free, ad-free, downloadable Bible for your computer, tablet and phone.

This plan originated with a mid-high class I taught last year at a homeschool coop. During the summer, I felt like God was telling me there was something more to be done with my notes and research. One Sunday morning, my husband and I stopped by a local coffee shop on the way to church, ran into someone who encouraged me to write a Bible reading plan, so I did, and it was accepted!

I hope you enjoy the plan and would love to hear your feedback and answer any questions you may have.

If you look through this blog, you will see it was written by several members of our large family, most dating 2010 and before. Since that time, my husband and I have become empty nesters and have added 4 more grandchildren, 2 foster grands, and have another grand on the way!

Look for another Bible plan for moms to be published soon.

 

 

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Unwatered Seeds Don’t Germinate

In Uncategorized on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:29 am
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I love to garden.  Vegetable garden.  It’s a passion, something I enjoy doing each morning.

Tending the plants, tilling the ground, watering, picking the fruit. 

My thumbs aren’t the greenest, and I deal with the common Oklahoma gardener weather and pest frustrations, but I love it anyway.

I often tell people, “It’s my therapy.”  And it is.  

It’s also where I hear my Father’s voice loudest, clearest.

This morning, He reminded me, unwatered seeds don’t germinate“.  

Moms:  the Truths you say to your children over and over again get tiring.  I know.  You are repeating yourself daily, sometimes hourly.  Sometimes with a harsher tone than you mean.  It’s exhausting. 

But just as a seed needs repeated watering to keep the soil moist, as you repeat those Truths, over and over again, you will begin to see a seed sprout, and then a vine grow, and someday, even fruit!  

True for our kids, true for us.  

Believe it!

Galatians 6:9  So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

What Do You Think?

In Uncategorized on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Which is God more interested in?  Our holiness or our happiness?

What are your thoughts?

‘Twas a Snowy Night

In Uncategorized on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

“White Out ’09,” “The Blizzard of 2009,” “Historical Snowfall,” these were the headlines our greedy news outlets used describing December 24, 2009. If anything happened that day or night outside of Oklahoma we missed it. Wall–to-wall coverage of this disputable snowfall led our government officials and weathermen to tell us to stay home. A blizzard on Christmas Eve had created the perfect storm. We all have our stories of that night, but my story is not about the weather. It’s about courage, determination, togetherness and family. Should we have gotten out? Probably not.

Stay home on Christmas Eve? No way! We, as a family, had a get together and when my sister-in-law puts on Christmas, it is not to be missed. However, we had a 79 year old and two 84 year olds to get there. How? My brother-in-law selflessly trekked out to collect my mother-in-law and her husband. Robin and I picked up my dad and couldn’t have had an easier time driving in our all-wheel-drive Honda Pilot (dubbed “the Billy Goat” after this storm). What I sensed in our older family members was the same in our younger members: they wanted to come together. The enjoyment of each other’s company and the genuine fun we have together caused us to overlook the dangers of the weather outside.
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My son-in-law and his two older boys started out in his jeep (which looks more like a lunar rover than an earth vehicle.) With 30-inch tires and an 8-inch lift he could go anywhere. But, there was no room for the presents and my oldest daughter and their new baby. Half-way through our trip we got a call from her that she needed a ride. After dropping off my car load, my youngest son and I went back for her. Living just two football fields away from us, going back to get her through the 40,50 and 60 mile an hour winds with the 3 to 6 foot drifts and the snow coming down was not something you would normally want to do. But for some reason I didn’t mind, because what happened on this night was far stronger than words can express. For me, it was a pleasure beyond the normal everyday experience.

The desire to want to come together that night caused us to do things that we normally wouldn’t do. It caused us to get out of our comfort, and yes even our common sense security zones. My oldest son, his wife and two daughters had no problem arriving in our heavier- than-a-boulder, four-wheel-drive dually welding truck, but he was ready to help my second oldest daughter, her husband and two daughters if they had gotten stuck. Her family had to maneuver through the streets of Edmond with all the other crazies that were out and go around all the cars that were strewn and abandoned but they made it. Heck, my youngest daughter and her husband walked to our party, much to our and her own surprise! She hates the cold but her husband is adventurous. Nothing he does should surprise her.

The last ones to arrive were our newest newly-weds. They weren’t late because of being newly-wed but because of traffic. What normally would have been a thirty minute drive turned into a three hour wait in a long line of traffic. But, with determination and patience they made it.

I purposely wanted to observe this year more than be in the big middle of all that was going on and was really blessed by doing so. I wondered why the 28 of us couldn’t have waited a couple of days to have our get together to celebrate Jesus’ birth, but as our second granddaughter, age 8, read the Christmas story to us, I thought this is what family is all about : a desire to want to come and share in each other’s lives. True love causes each other to want the best for the other, not wanting to tear down so that one can have the upper hand, but always building up.

I really liked what I saw. I’m truly blessed. This storm brought out the best in us. We laughed, we learned, we lived and even cried that snowy night, but boy did we enjoy each other. Getting home? Now, that’s another story.

Dirk

Number 23!!

In Uncategorized on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 7:46 am

We have GREAT news!!  We are adding ManyMeadows, Number 23, and GRAND number 8 to our family in July!

Andrew and Abbi shared the news with her parents yesterday in Nebraska.  We’ve known for a short while and have been BUSTIN’ to share this happy news with everyone!!

Read more of their story here.

We’re so very excited for them….and for us!!

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Dread or Great Expectations?

In Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 7:05 am

So you’re headed to your in-laws tomorrow.  Anxiety is already building, causing spats with your spouse and conflicts with your kids.  You’re already dreading the prying questions your Aunt will ask, the tension and comparisons with your siblings, the unresolved issues with your dad.  Or things even worse.

Thanksgiving?  Ha!  It will be more like “Terrible Taunting Turkey Day”.  A day you can’t wait to be over…and then, there will be Christmas to think about and all those issues to be  revisited again!

But get this!

God’s word tells us in Ephesians 3:20

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! (The Message)

How?

through his mighty power at work within us (New Living Testament)

 

Is it possible  in pressing circumstances that we could be setting limits on the power of God working in our behalf ?  Might this scripture indicate that He will do just as much for us as we will allow him to do in us?

So why dread the day?

Instead, allow His Spirit to have free reign in your heart, and go to your extended family gathering with a great expectation! Watch for His Divine encounter.   According to His power within us, He can  do more than we can even think or guess or imagine!!

 

Now, that’s a great and freeing thought!!

Some News

In Uncategorized on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm

A new look, some new babies, some new in-laws, some new recipes, scripture thoughts, life lessons, gardening tips.  Time for some new blogs!!

Look for me to be back.  I’ll be sharing new things soon!

~Robin

A River Runs Through It

In Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 7:31 am

Last night I attended Converge – the first in a series of monthly meetings at the NW campus of Lifechurch.tv. on worship.  There were nearly 100 people who came, bringing their talents in the areas of music and tech.  Chuck Dennie did an outstanding job of casting vision for this group—a vision which included exhorting us all to be servants in the other ministries of Lifechurch.

 

His words stirred in me something I was able to share with our youngest sons (also musicians) as we were driving home.

 

Worship isn’t just about singing, playing instruments or singing on the stage during a weekend experience.

 

Worship is the outpouring of our hearts, even through the most mundane, regular things we do. 

 

Worship is seeing God’s hand in the beautiful sunrise.

Worship is smiling at that little one while you’re changing his poopy diaper.

Worship is choosing to love that office or school mate, even when they are unlovable.

Worship is embracing your circumstances, not merely enduring them.

Worship is thinking of others as more important than ourselves.

Worship is accepting that He is in control, and I am not.

Worship is serving.

Worship is loving.

 

Worship is a natural outflow of what is in our heart.  It is the River of Life flowing through us. 

 

John 7:38

Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

 

Romans 12:1

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

 

May we be so connected to the Source of Life that nothing comes from us but pure, joyful, humble worship BECAUSE of our relationship to Him—in ALL that we do.

~Robin

A Quick Story

In Uncategorized on Monday, August 31, 2009 at 11:33 am

She came on a Wednesday night…was assigned to my group. Her dark skin and shy smile attracted me to her immediately. I’m a hugger….and she readily accepted my tight squeeze.

 

A good listener, she was not distracted by the normal 6th, 7th and 8th grade girl giggling and whispering that happens weekly in our small group. She is serious and has questions and likes to enter into the discussion.

 

On the 3rd week of her attendance, during the close, her hand went up as one who was ready to give her heart fully to Jesus. At the end of the evening, she came and greeted me with a bright smile, proudly holding her new paperback New Testmament.

 

The next week, Switch was a little different, as we spent some time praying over the students in our group. She was one of the first ones in my line…tears already steaming down her beautiful brown cheeks. I remember praying about the future and what God has in store for Jamiyah. About her influence in her family and friends.

 

Last week, we took a little extra time in our group….in fact, we were late getting back to the experience room for the video. But, it was only because Jamiyah was praying aloud for our group. She prayed for each girl’s influence in her family and at school. It wasn’t the simple prayer of a young believer, but it was a bold prayer of a young woman who is sold out, unashamedly all-in.

 

As we quickly made it to our seats, video already running, my heart was full. What Jamiyah doesn’t even realize is that she influenced a 54 year old lover of Jesus….my faith was made even stronger by her young, yet passionate new faith!

I wonder why it’s called “serving” when I always receive more than I could ever possibly give?

~Robin

Help us Out….Ask a Question

In Uncategorized on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Dirk and I are scheduled to speak at a homeschool event in early September.  What would you want to hear from us if you were at the meeting? 

 

After 35 years of marriage, 7 kiddos, 5 sons/daughters-in-love, 6 grands (+ another the end of October!), home educating for about 30 years (and still going), there is one thing we DO have……NO, not all the answers, but we do have a bit of experience. 

 

Go ahead.  Ask us anything you want.  And it doesn’t specifically have to be on home education. 

We’re going to be on a vacation for a week, but your questions will help us decide what to speak on….and who knows?  They might even spark a few blogs from us….now THAT would be something new, huh?

Ready…..set…..ASK!

Dirk and Robin