The Best Education

¬†‚ÄúAn eternal question about children is,¬†“How should we educate them?”

Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art.

All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts,the soul is neglected.‚ÄĚ

-Thomas Moore

“…So ¬†commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine.(says the LORD)

Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you go to bed and when you get up.”

Deuteronomy 11:19

Happy Mother’s Day!

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“She speaks wise words
    and teaches others to be kind.

 She watches over her family
    and never wastes her time.
 

Her children speak well of her.
    Her husband also praises her,

 saying, “There are many fine women,
¬†¬†¬†¬†but you are better than all of them.‚ÄĚ

 Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you,
    but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.
 

Give her the reward she has earned;
¬†¬†¬†¬†she should be praised in public for what she has done.”

Proverbs 31:26-31 NCV

You Know Better Than I

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I put up a fight
And told You how to help me
And just when I had given up
The truth is coming clear

You know…Better Than I
You know…The way
I’ve let go…the need to know why
‘Cause You know Better Than I

If this has been a test
I cannot see the reason
But maybe not knowing
Is part of getting thru

I tried to do what’s best,

and faith has made it easy 

I see the best thing I can do

Is put my faith in You, for

You know…Better Than I
You know…The way
I’ve let go…the need to know why
‘Cause You know Better Than I.

Joy Williams

The Greatest Daddy of All

God is our Abba Father

In Scripture, the¬†name ‚ÄúAbba Father‚ÄĚ is one of the most significant names of God in understanding how He relates to His people. The word¬†Abba¬†is an Aramaic word that would most closely be translated as ‚ÄúDaddy,‚Ä̬† an endearing term that children ¬†use to address their fathers. “Abba Father” signifies the close, intimate relationship of God our Father to us, His children, and is an expression of the childlike trust that we have in Him as our Father…

“The Greatest Daddy of All”

From the Rising of the Sun

“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.

The LORD is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens.

Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwells on high,

Who humbles himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap;

That He may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children.

Praise you the LORD.”

Psalm 113: 2-9

Please and Thank You

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When my children were pre-schoolers, they liked watching Barney, and I remember one of the little songs from the show was called “Please and Thank-you.” The song was a lesson and a reminder for children on the importance of saying “Please” and “Thank you”, something that we learned from our moms and dads when we were little as well.

Saying “Please” comes a little easier, as we often find our selves asking or praying for something that we want. But sometimes we forget how important it is to give thanks… Thanksgiving is nearly a week away, and ¬†in honor of this I’d like to share a post with you each day, between this Thursday and Thanksgiving Day, about ¬†giving thanks.

Preparing these posts has been a blessing for me already, and I hope that you will be blessed too!

Thanks and God Bless.

Faith ‚ô•

Thank you!!

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I’m so excited!! I began blogging in January of this year, and ¬†I’m happy to say that as of yesterday, there are now 500 fellow bloggers who subscribe to Faithrises. Wow! :)

¬†I can’t stop smiling about it!

Special thanks to all of you. You are truly a blessing to me, and I’m ¬†honored and humbled by your support.

 God Bless You. РSmiles and Blessings as Always!

Faith‚ô•

I’ve Still Got It!

It’s “Throwback Thursday” and here’s a story that I posted back in the Spring. I hope that it puts a “spring in your step” and a smile on your face today! – Faith ¬†

One day last week, my daughter told me that right in the middle of class, her teacher, “thirty-something”, mother of two, did a cartwheel right in the middle of a lesson, and cartwheeled right back to her original position and said, with a great big smile on her face,¬†” I’ve still got it!¬†and the whole class just roared with laughter! I thought to myself, “Wow! How great it must feel to be so free at heart, even in the midst of a busy workday, right in front of a ¬†class full of fifth-graders, turning cartwheels!”

For me, this teacher’s exclamation of ¬†“I’ve still got it!” implies so much more… It not only speaks of her impressive physical capabilities, but also of her ability to seize the day, enjoy the moment, and keep the “kid” inside alive!

Refreshing… ¬†:)

The Traffic Raiser Award!

Traffic is usually something we try to avoid, right?… But not here!!! ¬†:)

Thank you Nizy, @¬†nackynice.wordpress.com¬†for nominating me for The Traffic Raiser Award! ¬†It’s an honor, and I greatly appreciate it. I love your photos, poetry, and delightful posts! ¬†Stop by and pay her blog a visit. You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks Nizy.

Guidelines

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  • Paste the award image anywhere in your blog
  • Tell us 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Post a comment on your nominees‚Äô blogs telling them of their nomination
  • Leave a comment here, vote for your own and one other.

Seven Facts About Me

  • I am a Christian.‚ô•
  • I’m a wife and mother, with three children, a son and two daughters. This is a great blessing for me.
  • Being a mom is my all time favorite job. :)
  • My son is the one who introduced me to blogging. He initially set up my account, and bought me a ” How To” book on blogging, and I’ve been hooked ever since!
  • I love music. A few years back, our oldest daughter introduced me to the ipod. It’s ¬†my favorite toy!
  • I enjoy visiting gardens and museums.
  • I have fun with words and writing! ¬†“Words with Friends” and Scrabble are my favorite games, and I play a little everyday.

And The ¬†Nominees Are… :)

pczick.wordpress.com

simplyjuliana.wordpress.com

waltbrite.wordpress.com

foreverpoetic.me

iwasthinking.me

ioan17.wordpress.com

tracielouisephotography.net

pbus1.wordpress.com

lesleycarter.wordpress.com

brianwilliamsen.wordpress.com

artbycamila.wordpress.com

habwwe.wordpress.com

pureglory.net

harpoftenstrings.wordpress.com

www.phrayz.com

 

Please stop by and visit these great blogs! I enjoy them and I’m sure you will too.

A great big “thanks” to everyone who follows, “likes”, or comments on this blog. You’re the best! – Faith :)

 

 

You Are Invited

“…Pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

James 5:16

This post is an invitation for prayer requests. You are invited to do any or all of the following 3 things:

1. Post your prayer request under “Leave a comment”

2. Post a word of encouragement for someone

3. Pray for those who have posted a request

My prayer for you is that God will bless you, comfort you, and give you peace. – Amen

One Sunday Morning

One Sunday morning, when I was about 3 and 1/2 years old, my mother and father woke  to find me missing from my bed! Panicked and terrified, they went looking for me everywhere, and found that I had gone to Sunday School, with some older girls, who lived nearby.  The girls had apparently asked permission from my parents the night before, and the next morning, being the early riser that I am, I woke up, got dressed, and when the girls came to the door, I left with them. My parents, being completely unaware and, still fast asleep!!

Frightening, I’m sure, for any parent, and not funny at first, but for me, this was my first ¬†“itty bitty” ¬†testimony, of ¬†how, as a child, ¬†I loved ¬†Jesus, and the stories of the Bible. ¬†Later, at the age of 10, I went to the altar to ask Jesus into my heart.

Now, after all these years, and throughout my life, I can truly say that He has loved me, blessed me and kept me , and it’s by His grace,that I’m here today, early on another Sunday morning, thankful for His unfailing love, gentle kindness and forever faithfulness.

Smiles and Blessings to you!

– Faith

Today

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons! –Ruth Ann Schabacker

“… Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” I Corinthians 2:9

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!


“…There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”
Job 32:8

Wow! What a surprise and an honor. It warms my heart to receive the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thank you,¬†Painted by the Sun ¬†¬†for ¬†the nomination! I’m very happy that you consider my blog inspiring. This is truly a ¬†blessing that means more than you know.

 Guidelines:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass the award to 7 nominees

Seven Things About Me

1. I really enjoy ¬†blogging , but I’m actually ¬†more of a private person, and an introvert, so this has been good for me! ¬†:)

2. At 5 ft 6, I’m the shortest person in my family. My dad is 6 ft 7 and he’s still ¬†not the tallest!

3.  Chicago Mix is my favorite popcorn. Yum!

4.¬† I’m a real “girly” girl, but I love watching football.

5.  I enjoy playing Scrabble and Words with Friends.

6. I didn’t own a cell phone until our two older children were in high school, and then I got one just so they could reach me if they needed to….When they went off to college, I learned how to text! ¬†Smh! ¬†Lol! :)

7.  I enjoy taking nature walks with my husband and our youngest daughter, on Sunday afternoons.

Here Are Seven Very Inspiring Blogs:

5 Minute Bible/ 5minutebible.wordpress.com

Found in Light/ foundinlight.wordpress.com

Steven/washedfeet.wordpress.com

New Life/ pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com

Everyone Has A Story/ birdmartin.wordpress.com

Growing in Jesus/ jenniferbuczynski.wordpress.com

Daily Living with a Christian Perspctive/lbtk.wordpress.com

” A Special Thank You”…I am especially inspired, and blessed by those of you who, read, “like,”or follow my blog. Thank you, and God Bless!¬† :)

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to you all, and a very special Mother’s day to my own dear Mom!

I’m so thankful for the mother that God has blessed me with. She is my friend, and has been a tower of strength for me, as she constantly gives of herself, and encourages me in the word of God. I am thankful for the example she has given me in mothering my own three children, and I am thankful for her own mother, my sweet grandma, who although she has gone on to be with Jesus, has left a loving legacy of motherhood for me as well, and my children still benefit from her example of love, courage, and faith.

Just as the Apostle Paul said of Timothy, in 2 Timothy 1:51; ”¬†When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that ¬†in thee also.”¬† My grandmother, who introduced me to Christ, and my mother, who continually encourages me in Him, have blessed me, and instilled in me, the treasure of possessing an unfeigned faith in God, loving Jesus, and trusting in His Word, for which I am eternally grateful.

God Bless You all, and have a Happy Mother’s Day!

Peaceful Heart

“A heart at peace gives life to the body.” Proverbs 14:30

“… My peace I give unto you:… Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

Throwback Thursday- Leftovers

This is the first in a series of reblogs that I call,¬†“Throwback Thursdays.” It’s a previous post from my blog, and I’ll be sharing one each Thursday. “Leftovers” ¬†is one of my very first posts, published ¬†around New Years Day, of this year. I hope that you will be encouraged!

– Faith :)

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Last night, while putting away the last of the chicken wings that had not been devoured by my  food-lovin’ family, I thought about  how some habits or problems can be  like leftovers following us into the new year. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind leftovers,  especially like pizza for breakfast, but what about leftover issues, feelings, and disappointments, from last year, that are still  hanging around, and keeping us down? You know what happens to leftovers in the fridge when they’ve been around too long. They start to stink, and not look so good, and most of all they aren’t any good to you anymore. Bad habits, deep-seated hurts, and other problems can be just like that.

Sometimes we carry leftovers over from year to year, and sometimes they can add up for a lifetime. Imagine a lifetime of leftovers just sittin’ around in your fridge! Yuck!  But let’s be honest, sometimes that’s how it is…

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Leftovers

Last night, while putting away¬†the last of the chicken wings that had not been devoured by my ¬†food-lovin’ family, I thought about¬†¬†how some¬†habits or problems¬†can be ¬†like leftovers following¬†us¬†into the new year. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind leftovers, ¬†especially like¬†pizza for breakfast, but what about leftover issues, feelings, and disappointments, from last year, that are still ¬†hanging around, and keeping us down? You know what happens to leftovers in the fridge when they’ve been around too long. They start to stink, and not look so good, and most of all they aren’t any good¬†to you anymore. Bad habits, deep-seated hurts, and other problems can be just like that.

Sometimes we carry leftovers over from year to year, and sometimes they can add up for a lifetime. Imagine a lifetime of leftovers just sittin’ around in your fridge! Yuck! ¬†But let’s be honest, sometimes that’s how it is with leftover hurts….

When I was a very little girl my father left us…. He went off to fight in Vietnam, and afterwards he¬†deserted his wife and four kids; ages four, three, two, and eight months. I was the oldest, and I remember feeling devastated…. deserted.¬† For years as a child I would patiently stand in a corner at the front window, hoping to see ¬†my daddy come home, but sadly, all that came were my own quiet tears.

Despite this great disappointment, we had a happy childhood and upbringing. My grandmother sold all that she had, and came to live with us. This way my mom, who is a nurse could work full-time,while my sweet grandma took care of us, and made our home a cozy, wonderful place to be.  Even so, from year to year, for many years I carried the leftovers of hurt and rejection that resulted from our father leaving us.

When I went off to college, I took all of his old record albums with me. Music from the 60’s that he left at our house. The music was over 20 years old but I liked listening to them. I guess it made me feel like I still had a part of him with me.¬† Carrying this hurt around, caused me to become overly cautious, and suspicious of guys that I would date, not making any true connections, and completely intolerant of their¬†short comings. My mom grew concerned, and said that she thought that I was over cautious about ¬†guys, because of what happened with my dad. She thought that I might need some counseling. To this I simply replied, “There’s nothing wrong with me, there’s just something wrong with them!”

I was nineteen by this time, and it was not long after this conversation with my mom, that I met the man who would become my future husband. ¬†My emotional ¬†leftovers and baggage, made it difficult in the beginning of our relationship. I felt vulnerable because I had never had my heart-broken before, and I realized that this was someone who I actually cared a lot about. Someone who could break my heart if he left me… Could I trust him??? The leftovers lingered on.¬† Eventually, over time, ¬†I realized that our love was mutual, and years later it was actually my husband who helped me to leave those leftover hurts behind.¬† He said, “Your father didn’t leave you because there was something wrong with you, he left because there was something wrong with his priorities as a father. This is about him not you.”

This sounded right to me, and I was led in my heart to forgive my father. As a Christian, I realized that in forgiving my father, and truly letting go of those past hurts, I would finally be free. Free of perfectionism, and fear of rejection, free to enjoy my life ,and move forward…¬†Just free! ¬†No more stinky¬†leftovers.