Listings 9/24/14

A Listing of Useful Links

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The Pillowcase Project
The Pillowcase Project is a gesture “to present cheerful pillowcases to the National Children’s Hospital patients [in Guam] at Christmastime 2014.” You can purchase them or make them for the children. Read more about it here. What a wonderful project!

CNN Student News
“CNN Student News is designed for use in middle and high school classrooms.” My daughter says it is a lot more interesting than regular news. This 10-minute daily news program would be a great asset to any homeschool!

Corrie ten Boom House
Kevin and Amanda share their tour of Corrie’s house in Haarlem, Holland. Ever since I read The Hiding Place when I was a teenager, Corrie has been one of my favorite heroines of the faith. I’d love to get to visit her home!

The Truth About The Jerk You’re Dating
Great wisdom for dating. We women tend to put up with things just to have love. These quotes really stood out to me–“If you don’t like the way he is, if you can’t love him for who he is now, then you’re not a good fit for each other.” And, “Since the person we marry will help direct our path for the rest of our lives, and we marry a person we date, deciding who to date isn’t a decision we should take lightly.”

Gaining a Hopeful Spirit
Be sure to download the free eBook Gaining a Hopeful Spirit by Joni Eareckson Tada. I don’t know how long it will be free, so hurry. I love anything by Joni (I’m actually re-reading her book Joni: An Unforgettable Story to gain perspective and encouragement as I go through some hard times) and was glad to see this! Joni is another heroine of the faith for me.

9 Things We Should Get Rid of to Help Our Kids
“Listen, when I realized I was more than half the problem in this whole entitlement parenting challenge, it was a wake up call. . .But what we have is an entire generation of young adults who got everything they ever wanted with little or no work; we have a cultural norm and it’s a problem.”

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Listings:  Recommended Listing of LinksIt’s been a long time since I’ve put up my Listings, favorite links that I recommend. Hope you enjoy!

100 words: impossible…
Impossible is where God begins.”

5 Notes on Dating for the Guys
“Here are some insights to help Christian men date in a way that honors God.”

How the Ayres Family Buried Their 8 Children
“…God is faithful to his Word and can always be trusted. He should be praised from one generation to the next.

“We can trust our Lord no matter what suffering we may endure because he has already endured it for us. He will help us until the day he returns. Until that day, we must hope in the Lord as we lift our voices to bless the name of the One who gives and takes. We will remember that our lives are hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then we will also appear with him in glory.”

“You’re a stay-at-home mom? What do you DO all day?”
“If your mother quit her role as mother, entire lives would be turned upside down; society would suffer greatly. The ripples of that tragedy would be felt for generations. If she quit her job as a computer analyst, she’d be replaced in four days and nobody would care. Same goes for you and me. We have freedom and power in the home, not the office. But we are zombies, so we can not see that.”

A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards has A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards audiobook download free this month.

American Supermom or A Mom After God’s Heart? (Part 1)
American Supermom or A Mom After God’s Heart? (Part 2)
These posts blessed me and encouraged me to keep going even though it’s very, very hard for me right now.

“Sure, there haven’t been as many vacations and their cars are older. There aren’t as many extras in her life. The budget is tight. The lure of getting a job and working for extra money is there, and the lure of a life of ease calls. But she knows they are extras, the pleasure is momentary and fleeting. She knows to do this job every day she must know how to die to herself. She can’t leave her family simply to have extra stuff. She is not popular for the decisions she makes for her family.”

Betsie and the Fleas
The Hiding Place is one of my all-time favorite books. The story of the ten Boom family encourages me still after all the years since I first read the book. Jacqueline at Deep Roots at Home shares the story of being thankful for fleas.:) (You can purchase The Hiding Place using my affiliate link. Read my disclosure policy here.)

HomeMakers by Choice
HomeMakers by Choice is one of my favorite podcasts by one of my favorite Christian authors, Donna Otto. The website has links to her past podcasts, books and other resources, and a free encouraging newsletter.

Sacrifices of Praise
“Have you ever wanted something so badly your heart ached with each thought of it?…So, why doesn’t God give you this longing of your heart?”

Listings 12/1/12

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How To Clean and Season Old, Rusty Cast Iron Skillets
This method looks much simpler than other ones I’ve read. I think I will try this with some old pans in my shed.

Peppermint Room Freshener
At the bottom of this post, there is a very simple recipe for making homemade air freshener with peppermint oil and water. Very simple, good-for-you ingredients! It’s a pest controller, too!

Dangerous Expectations?
Deep Roots at Home shares an excellent post on a stressful Christmas versus a simple Christmas. “We can get irritable and stressed out when we have visions of what to do and things to buy in order to make our creations, but it doesn’t often go as we’d wish, and we spend more money than we should. That stress is the opposite of what we really desire ~ peace and calm, unity and joy.” Christmas is all about Him.

Our Bleak to Bountiful Christmases: Why we chose a counter-cultural way of life and how it’s blessed us
Crystal Paine from shares a memorable bleak Christmas when their was no money for gifts.

Christmas Inspiration Gallery
The Inspired Room has a big roundup of Christmas posts. The photos are beautiful and the ideas are great!

Pine Blossoms Website Designs Blog
Please visit my business blog, which focuses on computers and the web in general. I like to share things that will be useful to everyone. This week I have added posts about organizing years worth of photos, desktop wallpapers for December, safe passwords, and more.

Listings 10/13/12

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Meet some of Portland’s radical homemakers
I really enjoyed this article on these women leaving high paying jobs, and seeing how much they are like the pioneer women of yesteryear. While my reasons for not working outside the home are different, I admire these ladies and think we can learn a lot from them.

Voting 2012: A Personal Essay
Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), has written a very thoughtful essay about the upcoming election. Please take the time to read it all the way through.

Impart Magazine
Impart Magazine is a beautiful digital magazine that is now free. “Our goal, at Impart Magazine, is to provide encouragement and resources to inspire your child’s education while introducing fresh and beautiful ideas to enrich your home.”

Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
I made these last week and wanted to share the link. They are fast and easy to make. They have the texture of cake or a biscuit rather than a cinnamon roll, but are delicious.

Design Pumpkins Using Metal Cookie Cutters
I love this idea for autumn decorating!

Ark Encounter
Answers in Genesis, founders of the Creation Museum, are starting a new project, the Ark Encounter. It sounds wonderful! I would love to be able to visit both museums one day. Have any of you ever been?

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Resurrection Cookies: Directions & Printable Recipe
Be sure to make these with your children or grandchildren at least once. I could not make these with my girls without me crying. The cookies are absolutely delicious, but, more importantly, the story will stick with your children a long time and will help make the Resurrection story more real.

The 10 Dirtiest Things in Your Home
Lean how to clean the 10 dirtiest things in your home. I didn’t realize the bathtub is dirtier than a toilet!

Six Ways Moms Can Contribute To Their Family’s Finances and a Giveaway!!!!
A stay-at-home mom is not a drain on her husband if she is wise with what has been entrusted to her.

Easy Baking Soda Air Freshener-TUTORIAL
LOVE this!

Homemakers by Choice: Easter Resources
Homemakers by Choice has wonderful Easter resources for your family, including daily Bible reading to prepare your hearts for this holy day. I meant to post this sooner than now, but maybe you can benefit from some of these before Easter.

Heaven for Kids E-book by Randy Alcorn is free at Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can use the Kindle for PC app to read on your computer.

To Tori Spelling And All Moms Everywhere
Very encouraging short video reminding you that new life is wonderful.

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French Secrets to Staying Slim: U.S. and French Portion Sizes Vary Vastly
Very interesting contrasts on U.S. diets and French diets.

French Diet: Unraveling the Mysteries of Why the French are so Thin
Another good article detailing the French diet.

Up with the lark
The Quiet Home is a blog I’ve recently discovered and love. This entry was so encouraging to me to push past the hard things in life and live life fully.

Bible in 90 Days
Here is a 90-Day Bible Reading plan. I’ve heard many people say how much it helps their understanding to read the Bible so quickly.

Bundle of old letters
We love this decorating idea!

For gorgeous Easter eggs, just raid your pantry
Save money and decorate your eggs the healthy way this Easter.

The Hunger Games: A Response to the Reviews
I have never read the books nor have I seen the movie. A friend shared this review with me.

Dad and Emily Review “The Hunger Games”
This review is totally different from the one above and from others I’ve seen. There is a lot to think about.

Easter Resurrection Garden
This is a precious way to share Easter with your family.

My Top 5 (not-so-secret) Secrets to Weight Control
A very simple approach to weight management.

Listings 2/20/12

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The SCIENTIFIC Basis for Defending All Human Life
“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception . . I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life. . .I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty . . .is not a human being. This is human life at every stage . . .” Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni–professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the U. of Penn.

5 Things Infertile Couples Want Others to Know
This is a great article to help us understand and minister to couples dealing with infertility. “Let’s face it: infertility is awkward for everybody involved. Friends and family members often don’t know whether to broach the subject at all, let alone know what to say. Childless couples want some help and support, but they are often silent about their struggle. Churches know the issue exists, but often don’t quite know what to do about it.” (HT: Challies)

Resenting other people’s blessings
Sallie has an excellent post up about resenting it when we hear of other people’s blessings. I have struggled with this a lot over the years, but the Lord has been teaching me to rejoice with them–be happy for them. I’ve not wanted the Lord to deny other’s the blessings, but just wished “my ship would come in.” I especially hurt when I hear of other people getting married. My friend Mary Jo Tate has taught me so much about being happy for others. She got to visit us a couple of weeks ago. She told me she was happy that we could live here (over 300 acres of woodlands). She has told me before that she is happy that I have a sweetheart when I was afraid talking about him would hurt her and other single moms. I want to have this kind of attitude! I want to live a life of deep gratefulness to God for what He has given and complete trust in Him for what He has not given. After all, it’s God Who gives the blessings and withholds them. None of us have any room to boast. “It’s unfortunate that Christian women feel they have to apologize for being blessed in some aspect of their lives. Without a doubt my happy marriage is one of the greatest blessings God has bestowed upon my life. Marriage really has been pretty easy for us. I know this is not true for many Christians. But life has not been easy for us. There are many, many blessings others have that we don’t have. Some are the result of choices we’ve made, but many are not. What are some of them?”

Freezer Chicken Pot Pies
It would be amazing to have these stocked up in the freezer!

Make your own Magnetic Paper Dolls (and a fabric cover for your metal base)
These are just so cute! My girls used to enjoy playing with magnetic paper dolls when they were little. (HT: Money Saving Mom)

Valentine the Brave
“Women, by and large, crave security. They are given to relational worry. When husbands and wives fight, often the husband is merely annoyed, while the wife fears the end is near.” (HT: Challies)

Listings 1/23/12

Listings:  Recommended Listing of Links How to Develop Poise
I enjoyed this article so much. As a woman, it can be hard not to think with my emotions or allow them to control my actions. This is also important as a Christian, to believe the Word, not my feelings. “Poise is not something that one can demand of you. It must be your willingness and your choice. It’s an attribute that will flow from your heart–coming from your inward thoughts and transcending into your actions. I believe the most essential element to perfect composure is for one to have the control over her emotions. Take the most elegant, sophisticated woman endowed with grace and dignity but who’s emotions are not restrained? I’m afraid all the former attributes are wasted.” (HT: A Quiet Gracious Life)

How We Paid Cash for Our First Home
Crystal, from shares in detail how she and her husband paid cash for their first home. I’ll be honest–as a single mother, there is no way I could do this. I prefer to rent because a landlord can repair things for me that I definitely could never afford to do. (We are so blessed with a kind, generous landlord!) I still love to read articles like these; they encourage me to dream big and work hard!

Public Schools Promoting a Religion
“Christians need to understand that if a curriculum is not for Christ, it is against. If the teacher’s worldview is not for Christ, it is against Christ.”

Jesus Isn’t Safe: An Appeal To Christian Radio And Its Listeners
Great article on modern “Christian” radio. Part 2–Jesus Isn’t Safe: Meet The Golden Calf Of Christian Radio (HT: Challies)

Cakes Throughout U.S. History
Very interesting infographic on different cakes in our history.

5 Tips for Living in a Small Space {Embrace your space!}
“Don’t compare your home to other homes. You will only be jealous if you want what other people have! Concentrate on what you have, not what others have.”

Make Money Selling Books
Here is an idea for you single moms needing more income.

It’s a Girl! Documentary Film–Official Website
As a mother of 3 girls, I cannot imagine girls not being wanted. Be sure to watch the trailer for this film. “These are the three deadliest words in the world. . . The ‘It’s a Girl!’ documentary film explores the question of why are 200 million girls missing? In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. This so-called ‘gendercide’ is the topic of Shadowline Film’s first feature length documentary film, currently in post-production.

The Stalking of the President
Very interesting details on what really killed President James A. Garfield. (HT: Challies)

Homemade Laundry Soap
I’ve seen many recipes for homemade laundry soaps, but this one looks VERY simple. I would like to try it! (HT: A Dusty Frame)

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Painted Treasure Boxes
I just love these painted cardboard boxes by Karla Dornacher, one of my favorite artists! I wish I could make one.:)

Sixteen Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Parents
Lies Young Women Believe is an excellent website for teen girls, and is based on the book by the same title. The site, as well as the book, does discuss mature topics at times, so you may want to be careful which posts or parts of the book your daughter reads. (We have read the book together as a family; it’s solid on Bible principles, while being compassionate and truthful.) This post lists 16 resolutions for teenagers by John Piper.

The Ecuadorian Martyrs
Tim Challies has a great article on “the 56th anniversary of the deaths of the missionary martyrs to Ecuador: Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Peter Fleming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian.” Jim Elliot was the husband of Elisabeth Elliot, my favorite Christian author and female speaker. You can read transcripts of her radio program, Gateway to Joy here. Elisabeth’s website is here, where you can find wonderful devotions to enjoy daily, as well as other resources to help you as a Christian lady, no matter your walk in life.

Life . . . Your Way Printables
This website has tons of printables-even ones I’ve never thought of. I definitely will be using this site! (HT: THE KING’S OASIS)

Great (Homeschool) Expectations
Many homeschoolers think that their children will turn out godly just because they are homeschooling or because they are doing “everything right”. This great article addresses this issue. “But the fact is that there are no guarantees. And to those who point fingers and say, ‘Well, if you just do it right, your kids will turn out right,’ I say ‘Beans!’ I realize there’s no question that my husband and I made mistakes. All parents do. But when I think of how the Israelites treated God (see Exodus), why did I expect that none of my children would rebel or go in a different direction from the way we pointed them? Clearly each person must make their own way in life (and hopefully toward God). Not even the love of a homeschooling parent can overcome the effects of sin in the world. . .We tried our best, but we’re learning that ultimately, our adult children’s lives are between them and God.” Be sure to read the whole article.

Charles Stanley on Public Education
Here’s a great clip warning parents about the dangers of public education.

Listings 1/5/12

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A Forgotten Text? Why is that, I wonder? (HT: Challies)
Very thought-provoking post on Ephesians 5:12. “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”

Family Photo Album Tips {Photography Project}
This is a great article on organizing your photos to create a printed photo album at the end of the year. This is good for those who don’t get into journaling with scrapbooking. The time to get started is now!

Making Things Pretty with Pallets
I love these ideas for making furniture using pallets. My favorite is the bookshelf!

The Joy of Quiet (HT: Challies)
This post was very interesting on how much we need quiet, but discovering it nearly impossible to find with all our machines. “In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them–often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. Like teenagers, we appear to have gone from knowing nothing about the world to knowing too much all but overnight.” – Podcast
Every weekday, Dr. Albert Mohler gives a 15-minute podcast called “The Briefing”. It is current news from a Christian perspective and provokes Christians to approach our age from a biblical perspective.

Bob Ross: Painting Mountains
One of my best friends, Bobbie, and I used to watch Bob Ross on PBS (before we got very busy with families–smile). We each actually have a couple of paintings that we did while following his tutorials. Very fond memories!

T h e * H o t * C h o c o l a t e * S t a t i o n
I liked this idea for a Hot Chocolate Station. Aren’t the marshmallows so pretty in the jar?

Free Downloads on christianaudio
Each month, has a free audio download. This month’s freebie is Knowing God by J.I. Packer. I’ve not listened yet, but this comes with many recommendations.