July Unschooling Adventures

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The month of July was filled with more learning adventures. We continued to do our every day activities such as reading, bike riding, playing outdoors, swimming and playing at the beach, playing at the park, cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene…..just to name more than a few. We also continued our weekly lake/boating adventures, flying, practicing music; as well as visited a friend’s farm and got up close and personal with our neighbor’s garden.

My seven year old was all about Dr. Seuss books this past month. My six year old was all about building trenches at the beach. All of the kids at the beach all joined in and would help; whenever we went to the beach. My four year old is still very much into Bubble Guppies. She continued to recite all of the facts from the show to my husband and me. My two year old enjoys getting her hair done and nails painted; and whenever she sees a U.S. flag, she recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

The boys became very interested in learning to shoot guns; since a friend of theirs is being taught by her father. I checked a couple of the shooting ranges in our area; but found that the age is 18 for lessons; or ten if they are doing competition shooting. For now, they have toy dart guns; and they are very much enjoying them. All of the kids enjoy helping me with cooking and cleaning. They do not however, enjoy cleaning their own rooms.

As we did the various activities throughout our day, the kids asked lots of questions. Some of them included:

  1. Do people die from rattlesnake bites?
  2. Why do the mountains look blue from far away; but green from close up?
  3. How does energy get in power lines?
  4. Where does energy come from?
  5. Why do fish eat worms?
  6. Why do these snails stink?

We set out to find the answers to all of these questions and more. We learned about the various types of clouds and the characteristics that distinguished them. We got to observe cows, goats (some pregnant), chickens, hatching baby chicks, pigs and bunnies up close; as well as feed them. We also got to observe and pick veggies and flowers from our neighbor’s gardens.

We continued reading through the book of Matthew; and added Proverbs. It seems nearly impossible to get through a chapter without at least ten questions and observations.  We also read about and discussed the digestive and reproductive systems of the body. These were some of my favorite discussions; because the kids are so interested in how their bodies function. I have always enjoyed reading and studying the body; because only YHWH/God can design such an incredibly efficient and intricate system that is programmed to pursue and produce life. It’s still one of the most amazing things to me! Explaining the reproductive system to my kids was the most natural thing. As we looked at the diagrams in the book, I explained to them that papas have testicles; which hold the seeds that produce babies…because everything starts from a seed. It’s the law in Genesis 8:22. I further explained that the eggs in mommy’s tummy is like the soil in the ground or in Ms. Mare’s (our neighbor) garden. When the seed goes into the egg, (just like when papa planted the tomato seeds), a baby starts to grow. They got it and that was that!

If you’d like to see the compilation video of our learning adventures this past month, click here and enjoy! Thanks for reading and YHWH/God bless you!

 

Wellness Wednesday

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Today is Friday, I know; but I was determined not to let this week pass without posting my Wellness Wednesday post. This week’s declaration is based on Nehemiah 8:10 and is: The joy of the Lord is my strength! Growing up, Larnelle Harris was my favorite singer; and his “I Choose Joy” song was my favorite song (and still is one of them). The lyrics are:

To tell the truth, this world is full of trouble
And if we live long enough it’s sure to come our way
We’ve a choice to walk in fear and trembling
Or claim the victory that’s already ours this very day

I choose joy
I’ll never let the problems keep me down
‘Cause the Lord is working all things out
For my good
I choose joy

So when I wake and stumble to the mirror
And what I see make me wish
That I could stay in bed
There’s a power deep within my being
And it commands my soul to
Praise the Lord with every breath

I choose joy
I’ll never let the problems keep me down
‘Cause the Lord is working all things out
For my good
I choose joy

So when I find myself under a load
Of circumstance and care
God wants to know
What I’m doing under there

I choose joy
I’ll never let the problems keep me down
‘Cause the Lord is working all things out
For my good

I have listened to this song so many times throughout my life; and it always reminds me that joy is choice, and it’s not based on circumstances. Whenever faced with a circumstance that does not line up with the word of YHWH/God, choose to strengthen yourself by praising the Most High anyway; and watch how it works out for your good. YHWH/God loves us SO much and He’s so good, that He set us up for victory in every situation. Therefore, it behooves us to praise Him no matter what!

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This mobility exercise of the week is ankle circles. Stand on one leg, and lift the opposite one. Make circles with your big toe in one direction for ten or so repetitions; and then reverse and do it in the other direction. For a demonstration, click here. Have an EXCELLENT weekend and YHWH/God bless you!

Yonka

Wellness Wednesday Tip

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This week’s declaration is based on Romans 12:19 and is: Vengeance is God’s. He will repay.  As I look at the turmoil that is going on in our nation, I ask the following questions: What am I seeing? What is at the source of what I am seeing? What does the scripture say about what I am seeing? What does YHWH/God want me to do about what I am seeing? For every problem that we will ever encounter in life, YHWH/God has already provided a solution. I see it time and time again in scripture. If we look at the story of the Children of Israel, we see that they were enslaved, mistreated, and lived in anguish. However, when the vengeance of the Lord came; it all but wiped out Egypt; and if you read the account in the book of Jasher, you’ll see that one of the Pharoahs who treated them so harshly, was plagued with a flesh rotting disease for ten years, died, and was buried dishonorably. Trust YHWH/God that He has everything figured out; and we do not have to explode, destroy things and communities, or hurt people, because of a perceived injustice or weariness. No matter how unjust a situation might seem; allow YHWH/God…..the Judge, Lawgiver and King (Isaiah 33:22) to make a righteous ruling and enact vengeance. YHWH/God’s word far outweighs our perceptions, attitudes and emotions.

The mobility exercise of the week is hip circles. You’re going to stand up tall, with your feet about hip distance apart; and shoulders down away from your ears. You’re going to engage your core by pulling your navel into your spine. You’re going to soften your knees and then make circles below the waist with your pelvis. See a demonstration here. As always, have an excellent rest of your week and I’ll see you soon!

Yonka

The Snare Of The Mouth — Pure Glory

If we truly understood how our words impact our lives; we would only say what YHWH/God says. This is such a great post on this subject from Pure Glory.

by Apostle Gabriel Cross Recently, I was reading (Proverbs 6:2)”Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art caught by the words of your mouth.” The word snare means entrapped or barbed. Then the Holy Spirit began to show me some words of entrapment (inner vows) in my heart. One was, “here […]

via The Snare Of The Mouth — Pure Glory

I Trust YHWH/God

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YHWH/God is EVERYTHING to me. He is the love of my life and the center of my world. If I didn’t know Him, the first thing I’d do is get to know Him. My recommendation for anyone who doesn’t know Him, is to do the same. It’s a decision that you will never regret.

At a time when people are uncertain and unsure;

my gaze is fixed on the one I adore.

The Alpha, the Omega, the One who does not fail;

You’re my stability and the One, who causes me to prevail.

Despite the circumstances going on around me,

I’m joyful, full of praise, because You made me free!

You’re the truth.. my assurance..I trust You above all;

Even if the world seems to be at a complete stall.

My faith, my hope, my trust is in You…

The God who has consistently and faithfully come through.

I take comfort in knowing that nothing surprises You;

You saw the end from the beginning; and provided for this too.

Every knee has to bow to the name above all names;

even this virus and fear, has to do the same.

Thank you precious Father, for all you have done,

for me to possess your promises, through the death of your son.

 

Eternal Blessings,

Yonka

Children’s Prayer of Protection

Psalm 121:7-8 (TPT) – He will keep you from every form of evil or calamity as he continually watches over you. 8 You will be guarded by God Himself. You will be safe when you leave your home and safely you will return. He will protect you now, and he’ll protect you forevermore!

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for knowing that I would sometimes feel fear;

And for assuring me that, You’d always be here.

What a relief is Psalm 121: 7- 8…

It says: You guard me Yourself! This makes me feel great!

You promised to protect me wherever I go,

And it brings me comfort, just to know….

That you are the ultimate promise keeper.

In  Yeshua’s name,

Amen

February Blessings

Woohooo!! 100 followers!! Thank you to you all! I appreciate you! So it’s March already. February seemed to have gone by quickly; though it was filled with as many blessings as January. My favorite one this past month was when I was cleaning up the kitchen after breakfast, and the Father just made His presence known. It flooded my being and the kitchen. The concentration of love was so strong, that all I could do was weep. It is so precious to me, when God does that. Another blessing (that I almost missed out on) was going to South Carolina with my husband. Since the beginning of the year, I was feeling like it was time for me to start spending more 1-on-1 time with my husband away from home. It was very challenging for me, because we take our kids every where with us and we both LOVE being with them. When my eldest son (7 years) came up to me in the kitchen and said: “Mom, just you and Papa should go somewhere together and leave us with grandma. It’ll be good for just you guys to go without us. Besides you need time away from us; and we need time away from you guys…and grandma’s house is fun!” I was like: Ummm, wow…okay.

So, last week, my husband went out of town to look at expanding the business out to South Carolina. At first we were looking at FL because we wanted to spend our winters in a warm climate; however, it seems as though God had different plans. He and a very good friend of ours flew our airplane down. They left last Saturday; and he and our friend were going to fly the plane back on Wednesday. However, my husband ended up leaving the airplane and taking a commercial flight back home; due to unfavorable weather patterns in a couple of states. We decided on Thursday that we would go down over the weekend to take a look at the potential area that we would spend some of our upcoming winters; as well as to fly our airplane back home. I called my mom; and she was delighted to have the kids spend the entire weekend with her and Papa Jim. When I told the kids, they were SUPER-EXCITED, because in their words: “Grandma is the best!”

I was fine for a couple of moments…but then I realized that I would be leaving my children for TWO whole nights. They’ve stayed one night with Grandma; but my husband and I didn’t leave the state. I started to think, maybe I shouldn’t go; but I pushed through. When we arrived at Grandma and Papa Jim’s house on Friday evening, they were just returning from a day of shopping. They bought all the fruits and foods that the kids enjoy; as well as new games and toys. The grandparents and the kids were SO delighted! They barely even said goodbye. The kids were like: “Bye mommy and papa.” While the grandparents were like: “Have fun, we’ll see you when you get back.” We were like: Alrighty then.” We left there and went out to dinner and had a great time! We got up the next morning and caught our 7:27 am flight out. We toured the town in South Carolina; and I REALLY liked it! Three of the best things about it was the 70 degree temperature, sunshine and NO snow or ice!

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My husband and I flew out on Sunday morning and we enjoyed every minute of  it! I was happy to see my babies; and they were happy to see us…but they wanted to stay at Grandma’s and Papa Jim’s.

Children’s Prayer for Courage

Deuteronomy 31:6 (MEV) – Be strong and of a good courage. Fear not, nor be afraid of them, for the Lord your God, it is He who goes with you. He will not fail you, nor forsake you.”

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Heavenly Father,

You promised to be with me wherever I go,

Deuteronomy 31:6 tells me so.

You said You’ll never fail, or leave me;

So I can be strong, courageous and  worry free.

2 Timothy 1:7 says:

I have power, love and my mind is sound;

So I’m moving forward and taking ground.

No one can stop me according to Joshua 1:5

I’m rejoicing in You &  blessed to be alive!

 

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen

Children’s Prayer for Peace In Jerusalem

Psalm 122:6 (TPT) – Pray and seek for Jerusalem’s peace, for all who love her will prosper!

Heavenly Father,

I love Jerusalem because you do,

I pray for its peace and prosperity too.

Give its leaders wisdom, to lead as you will,

And the people the heart,

to be the city on top of the hill.

 

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen

Children’s Prayer for Leaders & Nation

1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 (TPT) – Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. 2 And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. 

Proverbs 21:1 (TPT) – It’s as easy for God to steer a king’s heart for his purposes as it is for him to direct the course of a stream.

Job 12:23 (AMP) – “He makes nations great, and He destroys them; He enlarges nations, and leads them away [captive].

 

Heavenly Father,

I pray for our leaders, to hear and obey your voice;

Concerning our nation, so they’d make the right choice…

To honor You alone; and work in unity,

So the people can experience a time of jubilee.

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen