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Teach Them Diligently Atlanta

How do I even begin to share what God has done? My mind is still on overload from this weekend in Atlanta at Teach Them Diligently, but I will share that God is far bigger and greater and even more magnificent than our little tiny minds make Him. He has done such great work and I can’t even believe I am not dreaming sometimes when I see what He is doing each moment in my life.
This weekend I traveled to Atlanta with my 15-year-old daughter and my parents. Last year God did amazing work in bringing my parents to Atlanta to hear me speak since they had never been on board with me homeschooling. And last year, they were on board. It was amazing to say the least!

This year one of the things God taught me on this trip is that I have not ruined my children (can I get an Amen? πŸ˜‰ ) If He calls you to do something, He will equip you. More than just academically, I saw on this trip just how prepared my daughter is for life. Nothing I did has made her this way. It is only by God’s leading and provision. But I saw that she is so independent and responsible. She is equipped for “real life.”
She set me up at all my presentations and she worked so hard to serve me. Praise the Lord. She talked to people with me afterward and was so helpful in every aspect of our traveling.

Her reward for all her hard work- Pizza Hut! After a long day of four sessions in a row, we took some down time in the hotel πŸ™‚
And God has shown me that when I allow Him to work through me, He does abundantly more than I imagine. Before these trips, it is very easy for me  to listen to the voice in my head that tells me I am crazy for leaving my other kids and husband behind to travel, and I am crazy for thinking anyone would come listen to me speak…and then He always shows up. 
When I speak, I completely empty myself of ME and let Him fill me up and every word that flows out is through His provision. Speaking allows me to be fully who God wants me to be and every hinderance of caring what others think is thrown out the window, as I let Him take over every word.

It’s always confirmation to read comments like this one:

If you have the opportuntiy to travel to a Teach Them Diligently convention, I would encourage you to do so. It is like a glimse of heaven! You will be with like-minded families all in one place seeking Jesus. It is so much ore that a homeschool convention. It is a revival of hearts turning to Him for their families and the next genreation.

 And as I gazed at this photo I took from the plane, I wrote this on facebook:

Still collecting my thoughts from our trip to Atlanta this weekend- and preparing to do it again next week in OHIO! As I reflect though and try to wrap my head around all the work God is doing, the only thing I can think is—stop making Him so small. Our lives are just a little blip in time, yet He knows every detail and is in control of every single thing. When we make it about us, we have no joy because we are focused on our comfort, our wants, our agenda. And many times they don’t end up lining up with His plan for us. And when we focus on ourselves, we take our eyes of off Him. When we focus on HIM and seek Him above anything we desire, He transforms us and our desires become His desires. And then He does SO much more than we can ever dream or imagine. But getting there isn’t always comfortable or easy. He never intended it to be. That is what heaven is for. So while I am here for this very short glimpse of time on earth, I want every single second to be spent seeking His will above my own, and realizing the majesty that He is, and that life is all about HIM and never about ME. To Him be the glory.

There is still time to attend (affiliate) Teach Them Diligently Convention! NEXT WEEK (May 12-14) is Sandusky, OH. I will be speaking again and can not wait! This time, my whole family is traveling and I will even be meeting lots of friends and family there. It is going to be fabulous.

The speakers are so encouraging and it is so much more than just a homeschool convention. Hearts and lives are changed at Teach Them Diligently. It is God-centered and Jesus-saturated. GO!

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Give MAMA a Rest This Mother’s Day! Simply Living For Him Special Discount for Mother’s Day!

Want to give the perfect Mother’s Day Gift? 

How about the gift of rest and renewal? 

How about a time away for mom to connect with other ladies!

The Simply Living for Him Retreat this summer is a getaway just for ladies. We will be spending time seeking Jesus in a beautiful location.

Read all about it HERE.

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Just $99 for the retreat! (Lodging not included.)

Retreat includes: 

Refreshment reception lakeside and bonfire Friday night (worship, prayer, and welcome session)

Saturday: Worship, Prayer, Session, Mini group sessions, and LUNCH.

Sunday: breakfast, worship, and prayer with group time before departure.

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When God Keeps a Door Closed…What I Learned From The Chickens

Our chickens are such funny creatures. Daily, they do something to make me laugh.

And today, while they were up their usual antics I realized just how much I could relate to those little creatures.

You see, back in the fall, my husband built a little tunnel “breezeway” leading from our chickens’ covered run into our garden. We made this so we could easily let them free range in the garden, but they couldn’t always have access to it. There is a little door that we can open when we want them in, and shut it when we don’t. We have some hawks around here that fly much too close while those chickens are free ranging, so we then have to get them back into their covered run to keep them safe.

But those chickens love being free in the garden. They will line up at that door to get in the garden anytime we go back there. And if we aren’t going to let them out at that time, they will all just stand there squawking and squawking hoping for a chance to run and play in the garden. If I had all the time in the world to supervise them out there, they would have unlimited access, but unfortunately, I can not. And in order to keep the chickens safe from that hawk, I have to keep the door shut more than they would prefer.

Today as I watched them all lining up at the door and I had just seen the hawk circling (so there was no way I was letting them out) it dawned on me that those poor chickens just don’t understand. They don’t understand that I am keeping them safe from potential danger. They just want to get into the garden and dig up grubs! They have no idea that I am protecting them.

I realized I will never, ever be able to explain that to them either. 
After all, they are chickens! I can’t communicate about hawks, and protection, and all of those things to them! They will never, ever understand, but I know day after day they will continue to stand at that door hoping I will open it.

Aren’t we just like those chickens with God? 
Sometimes we stand and wait for Him to open a particular door, and He never does. And you know what? We may never know in this lifetime why not, or just what He may be protecting us from. And He may never be able to explain it to us or make us understand His infinite and His far superior wisdom in this lifetime.

Just like I can’t explain it to those chickens.

Are you standing daily at a door that God isn’t opening? Perhaps He is protecting you from something or He just knows better and has a better plan. We can’t always understand and that is ok. We don’t have to. Just like I have those chickens’ well-being in mind, God always has our best interest in mind. He is not trying to harm us or keep us from good.

What we think we are missing out on may just be His loving protection.

I joke about how much I adore my chickens…but really, in all seriousness, it is amazing how much I can learn from a simple afternoon of watching those creatures…and thinking about our God and His care for us.

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Our New Additions at Love’s Farm and Exciting News!

My husband and kids went to Tractor Supply on Saturday morning. The plan was to buy some bolts and some other odds and ends….just a few things.


Shortly thereafter, I received a phone call. The kids were asking if we could get ducks. I heard all about how adorable they were and after all, we already have chickens and we wouldn’t need anything. And you know, we NEED them.

I knew just how cute they were because when I was in Tractor Supply just a few weeks ago I marvelled at those fuzzy little balls with the big bills and webbed feet. They were truly adorable.

So I told my husband on the phone, “You decide. I am not making the decision. I will leave it up to you.”

And as I hung up the phone, I said to myself, “We’re getting ducks.” I knew exactly what he would decide.

So now Love’s Farm has two ducks. I am excited to see how they will develop and to add more learning to our day. The chickens have really been a learning experience and we have enjoyed the whole experience.

We also have an announcement about our little farm! You can read all about it at Loves.Farm. Click on the About section to read what we will be doing this summer, Lord willing!

I really have to pinch myself sometimes. It is truly all that we have ever wanted and more out here. Simple pleasures. Nature. Outdoors. The simple life is a dream come true.

Some snapshots of our week via Instagram:

simplylivingforhimGo to @tractorsupplythey said. Just for a few things, they said. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #ducks #LovesFarm 

I have some new students for read alouds today. πŸ˜‚πŸ“#chickens #LovesFarm#simplyhomeschool #realLifelearning

simplylivingforhimWe’ve had a huge pile of frogs eggs we are keeping an eye on in the stream. Today, many have hatched into tadpoles. Big brother teaching his little brother about them. #LovesFarm#naturestudy #simplyhomeschool#simplejoys

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