Simple Living Newsletter #52

Be Doers of the Word

Hello friends, and welcome to this week’s newsletter. I hope your homes have been a very happy place lately!

As a Christian, my goal is to be a disciple of Christ. The past couple of weeks, I have been paying special attention to His words, and trying to find new ways to apply them to my life.

The Word of God is so important! Sometimes it is easy to fall into simply reading, and not doing. But it is so important that we apply what we learn.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

James 1:22-24

In James, we are instructed to be doers of the word, and not hearers only. He says if we are hearers only, then we are deceiving ourselves! This was written during a time period where you needed to visit a synagogue to hear the word of God, and the word preached was the Old Testament.

We can find so much good instruction throughout all of the Bible. If I come to a section that I don’t quite understand, I usually try to look at a concordance, read some commentary, and pray for the Lord to give me wisdom. His Word says that the Lord gives wisdom to all who ask!

Let’s try to be doers of the Word this week, and always. It will be a blessing to everyone around us!

Being Authentic in Motherhood

“One of the neglected virtues of motherhood is being authentic (genuine, worthy of acceptance, trustworthy). Here are some steps to help you be more authentic: (1) If you are not sure, admit it! (2) If you are afraid of the risk, say so! (3) If you don’t know the answer to a question your child ask, say, ‘I don’t know, but be open to help them find answers and go back to them. (4) If you are wrong, confess it! (5) If you feel under pressure, own up to it! (6) If your children ask why, and you really don’t have an answer, refuse to dodge behind that confidence-shattering cliche, ‘Because I said so!’ If we really don’t have a better answer than that, perhaps we need to bend and give in.

There is no need for despair. ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let [her] ask of God, that gives to all liberally or generously without finding fault. And wisdom will be given to [her]’ (James 1:5, paraphrased). God does not accept excuses! If we lack wisdom, ask God!

Twenty-first century women can do no greater thing than to create a climate of love in their homes. But- Love that spoils and pampers, weakens and hampers. Real love strengthens and matures and leaves the loved one free to grow!”

-from A Woman for God’s Glory, pp. 127-128

Homeschool Updates for the Next Semester

Within a day or two, we will be officially done with our school work for the current semester. Hooray! My younger kiddos are finished already, but my two older ones will be working through Friday. This was totally their choice, since they only have one or two subjects to work on this week. They could have easily doubled up their assignments to get them done faster, but they decided to do it this way.

I’m starting to make plans for our next semester. We likely will be doing just about everything the same as we have been, but I plan to add in Hebrew study in January.

I have wanted to do this for the longest time, and I’ve decided to finally make the commitment. Earlier today, I spent some time researching different Hebrew curriculum. I’m honestly looking for a simple introduction. I’m a little nervous, because I want to learn as well! Sometimes I feel like “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” when it comes to me. My older children have wanted to teach me how to play a musical instrument, and my brain just can’t wrap around it. It definitely is easier to learn things when you are younger!

Anyhow, I am really excited about learning Hebrew, and Lord willing, we will all be able to learn it well. I decided on a “Learn Hebrew in Six Weeks” book that I found on Amazon with rave reviews. I probably will stretch it into twelve weeks, and hopefully that will help us retain it better.

I will try to remember to keep you updated as to how it goes. I am really excited about this!

Homestead Happenings

Hello, and welcome to our home! I hope you are having a lovely December!

All has been well here on our little homestead. Currently, we are starting to prepare for an extreme cold snap. The forecast says that it might get under ten degrees in a couple of days! This is pretty much unheard of in Georgia, so we are getting ready for it.

Most likely we will bring our rabbits and quail into our basement on these frigid nights. I think this would be easier than trying to keep them warm enough outdoors. On very cold nights, we wrap a tarp around their enclosures, but the bottom is still open for cold air to seep through since the floor of their cages is made of wire. Bringing them indoors is the best bet for their survival…especially since they are not used to such cold temperatures.

We plan to put additional straw on the floors of the chicken and goat enclosures, as well as tarping up any openings where air can get through. I think this should work well. Our chicken enclosure is noticeably warmer than the outdoor air when we let them out in the morning. Our goats have grown a nice warm coat, and they are accustomed to sleeping close together.

We also will likely have their waterers on a rotation. Once one freezes, we will switch it out with a fresh one. In the meantime, we will bring the frozen one inside to defrost.

Our two Great Pyrenees’ should absolutely love the cold front! They are most active when it is cold outside. Our dog Bella, acts like a puppy again when the temperatures cool down.

The rest of us plan to stay indoors! Well I do, at least. In general, I don’t like for my children to play outdoors when it is below freezing. Typically most days are not. Having a few days of arctic temperatures will definitely be a change for us.

Resources for Homemakers

Winter Organization Tips

Home Organization Checklist for Winter

Winter Storage Solutions

Winter Organization Projects

How to Organize Your Garage for Winter

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