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Scripture Stickies Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Scripture Stickies giveaway and helped to share this fabulous small business with others.  Prayerfully, because of you, their business will continue to grow and bless others!

Now, onto the winner as chosen by random.org.

And the winner is…

RestInHisLove with this comment:

I like Yes They are All Mine on FB.

Congratulations!!

If you didn’t win, you can still get your own Scripture Stickies by visiting their store and checking out the variety of lessons they offer.

All for God’s glory,

~Rhen

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101Reasons I Love My Husband

There is nothing quite as romantic as spending  a portion  of your weekend taking apart and deep cleaning your kitchen with your husband.   A little goofy sounding, I know, but it was a lot of fun and yet another reason I love my husband.

While pulling out the stove and giving everything a good scrubbing,  we laughed as we shared the antics of our little children and their adventures over the week.

While cleaning out and disinfecting the fridge, we marveled that seemingly out of nowhere our oldest daughter’s upcoming graduation from high school has snuck up on us.

While cleaning out and reorganizing the kitchen cabinets, we put great thought into plans for our upcoming 20th anniversary and enjoying the honeymoon we never had.

There were sly looks and grins while scrubbing the vent hood and degreasing underneath it.

There was a little pinch on the tush here and little pinch there while whitening the porcelain sink.

There were jokes and hilarious comments zinging that had us laughing so hard we were leaning on the counters to keep from falling over.
All of this and more while deep cleaning the kitchen!

My favorite moments come in our every day life enjoying the husband that God has blessed me with and the children that He has given us to raise.

Awesomeness.

All for God’s glory,

~Rhen

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Scripture Stickies ~A Review and Giveaway~

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

As a mom who has been educating her kids around the dining room table for more than 12 years now, I have learned the value of teaching through constant small reminders.  Some time ago, I began using the little sticky note method to help them learn different subjects and concepts easier.

I have found great success in being able to teach foreign language, spelling, and vocabulary using sticky notes that I write either the word, definition, or translation on the sticky note and put them around the house.  Constantly seeing the little lessons throughout the day helps our children to remember and really learn each lesson.

When Scripture Stickies, who follows that same concept by putting verses on little sticky notes that you then place throughout the house, asked me to review their product, I knew they would be a huge blessing for our family.

What a great idea!  Every time the kids see one of the Scripture Stickies, not only is it encouraging to their hearts, but it helps them to learn and memorize God’s word.  It is wonderful to hear the kids quoting the scriptures that are on the Scripture Stickies.

I have experienced numerous times when the first scripture that I read in the morning ends up being a theme for my whole day or God uses it as an encouraging word that I need during a difficult moment.

With so many girls in the house, the first place that I put the stickies was around the bathroom mirrors.  Those are the most often read and remembered Scripture Stickies of all of them!  *grin*

They are also in the kitchen, by the front and back doors, and on the door to the pantry.  Where else would you put them when you have teenagers?!

Scripture Stickies make a great gift, and they are a wonderful way of encouraging and sharing the word of God with someone who needs it!  They even have a Scripture of the Month Club that blesses you with a new pack of Scripture Stickies each month all year long.  (Also an awesome gift idea!!)

Enter in to win your own set of Scripture Stickies to keep or share!

How?  You know I like to make this easy!

Initial Entry:

Additional Entries:

  • “Like” Scripture Stickies on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me you did.  1 entry
  • “Like” Yes, They Are All Mine on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me you did/ do.  1 entry
  • Share this giveaway on your FB page (preferably tagging Yes, They Are All Mine and Scripture Stickies FB pages in the post).   Leave a comment here telling me you did.  1 entry per day
  • Tweet about this giveaway with a link to the giveaway (preferably mentioning @ContentedRhen)  Leave a link to the tweet in the comments.  1 entry per day
  • Pin this giveaway on Pinterest.  Leave a link in the comments to the pin.  1 entry per day

Rules:

  • You must do the initial entry before you can earn additional entries.
  • Some additional entries can be done once each day for the length of the giveaway.
  • Winner will be chosen via Random.org
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen
  • Giveaway closes Monday (Dec 16th) at midnight (12 am CST)

Thank you for entering this giveaway and helping out a small business!

All for God’s glory,

~Rhen

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Homeschool Classroom ~Christian Studies

One area of our older kids’ high school curriculum is their Christian Studies.

Some of what Christian Studies includes studying is God’s word and taking opportunities to serve in our community.  I have previously shared one of their assignments, and you can check it out here.  Today, I want to share one of my absolutely favorite assignments for this class.

Once a month each one of our oldest four students presents a teaching (aka sermon) on a topic they choose.  This gives them a different method of studying God’s word than the verse by verse method we use for our morning Bible study.

The requirements for this assignment:

  • minimum of 5 minutes in length
  • must contain 3 different verse references
  • 1 Greek definition
  • 1 Hebrew definition
  • 1 story to illustrate the teaching

How I score this assignment:

  • time length of teaching- 10 points
  • 3 verses- 5 points each
  • definitions- 5 points each
  • story- 10 points
  • overall presentation- 5 points
  • = 50 point assignment.

Though this is a part of our high school curriculum, Emily Grace (13- 8th grade) and Hannah (11- 6th grade) also participate to expand their knowledge of God’s word and be better prepared for the more difficult topics and higher expectations of their high school years.

Each of them get to choose their own topic, but they have to clear it with me before they get started.  Sometimes the topics they choose can be too broad and need to be a little more focused.

A few of the chosen topics so far:

  • Biblical Courtship vs. Worldly Dating
  • Drawing Strength from God
  • Intentionally Be An Encouraging Person
  • Having a Thankful Heart

I greatly enjoy listening to their presentations and hearing what they have discovered.

What are some other topics do you suggest?

All for God’s glory,

~Rhen

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101 Reasons I Love My Husband

I love adding to my 101 Reasons I Love My Husband posts.

Each time I go back and read my previous posts, I am reminded of just how blessed I am.

Today’s blessing:  God has given my strong, sweet man the ability to know when I need a hug.

I don’t mean one of those quick squeezes.  I am talking about one of those long, tight hugs that makes the rest of the world and it’s troubles fade away. The kind where you disappear into his chest and feel safe.

There are times when I am feeling beaten down by my day or times when I am a little overwhelmed, and he will stop everything we are working on and grab hold of me.  In that hug God speaks to me and I feel loved and safe and re-energized.  I can once again take on the world.

Have you hugged your sweetie today?

All for God’s glory,

~Rhen

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Starting the school day strongly

In order to begin our days with a good attitude and a godly focus, our first subject of the day is Bible study.

After enjoying breakfast and the cleaning up the dining room, everyone grabs their Bibles and gathers around the table.  I have shared with you before how we study our Bibles each morning, but that is not what this particular post is about.

Recently I started giving a weekly Bible challenge.  Most mornings our studies inspire some fantastic conversations and I wanted to make the most of those.

What are the conversation-inspired Bible challenges I give?   I am so glad you asked! *wink*

Each week holds a challenge with a chosen topic given on Monday morning.  Our oldest four (ages 10, 12, 14, and 16) then have until Friday morning to discover and write down a specified number of verses pertaining to that week’s chosen topic.

Let me give you an example.  Last week they were to find twenty separate verses that identified the character traits of a godly friend.   What qualities does God reveal to us that we should look for and embody as a true friend?

On Friday morning after our Bible study the kids present their lists.  A randomly chosen child will share the verses that they found.  The other kids highlight or put a check mark next any verses of theirs that match up with someone else’s.  They then share verses no one else has yet to name.  (They record the name of the book, the chapter, the verse, and they actually write out the verse)

Some of my favorite points about the challenge exercise:

  • It encourages them to read their Bibles independently more often and not just during Bible study with me.
  • The children learn and understand more of God’s word on their own and not just through what I am telling them.
  • It helps them to remember more scripture.
  • It helps them to more easily find particular verses when they need them.
  • It helps them to learn and, prayerfully, apply the godly qualities they read and wrote down.
  • It helps them to remember the follies of and negative consequences of behavior that is not godly.

Here are some of the challenge topics:

  • Qualities of a godly friend
  • Qualities of a godly young lady
  • Qualities of a godly young man
  • Directives (commandments) for fathers
  • Directives for mothers
  • Directives for the elderly
  • Directives for children
  • Qualities of a future spouse
  • The benefits of hard work
  • The consequences of being lazy
  • The consequences of being greedy
  • The benefits of being generous
  • Directives about knowledge and wisdom
  • The focus of a godly person contrasted to the focus of a worldly person
  • Examples of the fruit of the Spirit
  • Examples of the gifts of the Spirit

What challenge topics would add to this list?

All for the glory of God,

~Rhen

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Wandering Sights ~Country Roads~

Whenever Mark and I load up the kids and head off to visit the grandparents, we prefer to take the back roads.

The drive is beautiful as we choose the roads less traveled through country communities.  A brilliant blue sky is the perfect backdrop for all of the views we are blessed with.

Traveling and bumping along the inviting, tree-lined, winding roads relaxes you.  Your shoulders start to drop a bit.  The muscles in your neck let go of the tension.  Your mind just takes in the rolling hills, bright green trees, and family farms.  Rolling down the windows and letting the breeze flow is an essential part of enjoying the drive and letting go of stress.

Little homesteads with their chickens milling about the yard offer delicious fresh eggs.

Little country churches are one of my favorite sights to photograph.  They just ooze history and the personality of the people who attend there.

Around almost every bend you come upon lovely gardens.  These are a way of life and a great resource here in the country.  Often you will find an honor produce stand next to the garden.  The bounty is laid out and waiting to taken home and enjoyed.

How often do you leave behind the traffic and the noise and just enjoy a drive through the country?

All for the glory of God,

~Rhen

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View From My Porch (Link Up)

It is time for this week’s View From My Porch link up!

This is a super simple link up that has a wide range of topics to write and share about.  The only guideline is that whatever you are writing about should be on, around, inspired by, or can be viewed from your porch.  It can be the beautiful people who use your porch to enter your home, your seasonal decorations, sunrises, the latest projects you are crafting on your porch,  inspiring views, or anything else that you want to bless us with!

You can check out some of my previous View From My Porch posts HERE.

Now, on to my view this week.

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Welcome to my morning spot.

Each morning I try and follow the same routine (thank you, Flylady).  I have found that my morning routine helps me make ensure I have no excuses for not starting my day off strongly.

It goes a little something like this:

  • make my bed
  • get dressed
  • brush my hair and teeth
  • grab a cup of coffee
  • grab my Bible
  • head out to my morning spot to spend a little time in His Word and in prayer

This is the same spot from which I watch thunderstorms, enjoy an evening show of lightning bugs, and the same spot Mark and I relax in after a long day of hard work and enjoying our family.

From my wicker perch I can view with great satisfaction one of our vegetable gardens and the bounty of fruits and veggies that are growing, I can hear the sound of my fountain trickling and splashing, and I can watch as the children play and ride their bikes.

It is my favorite resting place on our wrap-around porch and my little area that helps me to start my morning off strengthening myself with time with God and a little quiet before the kids get going.

What view do you have to share today?

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All for the glory of God,

~Rhen

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Feeling Like Home

When you move into a new house there are things you can do to make it feel like home.  Some of my favorites are:  hanging family pictures on the walls, organizing my closet, setting up the classroom (aka dining room) , and getting the kitchen up and running.

We don’t just set up a home; we set up a homestead.  That means that there are a few more I would like to include on my list:  building the chicken house, preparing and planting gardens, and fencing in the goat pens are some of them.  This weekend Mark and his helpers, the kids, finished putting up the one item that I consider  absolutely necessary to making a house a home and some land a homestead:  the clothesline!

Cleaning up the last bit of gravel and planting some grass seed will finish off the area the clothesline is in.

Hello significant savings on the power bill and lovely air-dried clothing!

Now, let me walk you around to a few other spots on our homestead that have helped to settle us in!

Let’s start with some of the gardens.  Seeing new squash appearing daily is fabulous!!  I can already taste the zucchini brownies.  Mmmm!

Squash Striata d’Italia from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

The tomato plants have really taken off over the past two weeks, and I am finding bunches of new blooms all promising juicy tomatoes!

I am ecstatic about our tomatoes and completely frustrated with the cucumbers. I have to replant cucumbers thanks to the squirrels!

My favorite morning chore is feeding the ducks and the chickens.  They know my voice and make quite a racket in anticipation of breakfast.

Ninja is on the left and Cheese is on the right.

Our beautiful boy, Ferdinand.

They are always curious to see if I brought them a treat.

My homesteading heart is happy to see sheets out drying in the sun, but here is much more work to do around our little homestead.

Up next on my list:  finish fencing in the goat pen.

Do you have a clothesline?

What are some of the things that helps make a new house feel like home to you?

All for God’s glory,

~Rhen

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My Favorite Conversations

A recent discussion between my kids and myself during Bible study greatly changed their perspectives on prayer.  *Awesomeness*  Not only was it a blessing to them, but it helped me to refocus my own heart and reclaim parts of my prayer life that I had allowed to slip away.

My goal has been to help our kids grow in their prayer lives and, in turn, grow their personal relationships with God.

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door,pray to your Father who [is] in the secret [place]; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”  Matthew 6:6

Our first step was to look at some of the different kinds (or purposes) of prayer.  The list we put together is:

  • thanksgiving
  • healing- spiritual, emotional, and physical
  • protection
  • provision
  • guidance
  • confession

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”  Philippians 4:6

Our discussion took us through Jesus’ example of how we ought to pray (Matthew 6:9-13), when to pray (before reading our Bibles, before we go to sleep, when we don’t understand something, etc…), and the importance of praying for forgiveness and for others before our own needs and wants.

All good lessons, yes, but prayer is so much more than that.

Prayer is a conversation with God.

This lead me to ask them a couple of questions.  Do you ignore the people in your life that you love and who hold a special place in your heart?  Do you only call when you need something?  NO!

We call to catch up, share blessings that have happened, share the triumphs in our lives, to seek advice, to vent, and just to let them know that we love them and are thinking of them.  And those are just a handful of the reasons we call.

It is far too easy to make God so big in our own minds that we forget that we have a personal and intimate relationship with our Saviour.

“Blessed [be] God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!”  Psalm 66:20

We must always be on guard and not allow ourselves to fall into the trap of limiting our prayers, our conversations with God, to please’s, thank you’s, and forgive me’s and think that God is too big, too busy, and not interested in every detail of our lives.  He is incredibly interested!

“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.”  Psalm 55:17

In my own prayer life, there are so many thing that I work through during my conversations with God.  I lean heavily on His influence and guidance in my life, from the big stuff to the tiny details.

I ask Him for inspiration when I sit down to write.  I talk to Him about my struggles.  I cry on His shoulder when I am feeling frustrated and my heart is hurting.  I share with Him the blessings that made my day, though I know He already knows about them.  He is the one who orchestrated them in the first place!  *grin*

I don’t want to hold back even one small part of my life from Him in our conversations.

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,”  Philippians 1:9

Though I pray for and plan out these daily lessons for our kids during our morning Bible studies, God takes those lessons and teaches me just as much, if not more, than them!

I, sadly, was allowing my prayer life to become less and less important.  That should never be!  This lesson was exactly what I needed at the moment I needed it.  God just works that way, and I am truly thankful that He does.  Why?  Our prayers lives are indicative of the health of our relationship with God.  I never want my personal relationship with God to ever be less than all-encompassing in my life.

Now, I am going to ask you the question that I felt on my own heart that day.  How often do you share your life, your thoughts, your hopes, your fears, and your needs with God?

To God be the glory,

~Rhen