STOP. IT.

Lately we’ve all been thinking and screaming – “God save us! Save our country! Save the people being beheaded and killed for your name and the name of your Son!”  People are quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14 constantly – “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land”

WHY WOULD HE?!?

The same people who call themselves Christians and Believers will not even TURN AWAY FROM A FOOTBALL GAME to dedicate a fraction of their lives to something BIGGER! I’m so tired of being so disappointed in all those I look up to asking, “Why didn’t they check the football schedule before they planned that?!?”

STOP.

LISTEN TO YOUR SELF.

REALIZE WHAT YOU’RE TEACHING YOUR CHILD.

I grew up in the “mecca” of SEC football cities and went to another huge SEC football university in the same state and I can tell you even to me it’s RIDICULOUS & HEARTBREAKING & PATHETIC.

SHAME. ON. YOU.

Shame on ME for letting it go, for saying “that’s just the way it is around here”.

I am not perfect. Don’t claim to be. But this HAS TO STOP.

Mama Tried

Below is a question I posed to a homeschooling group and I thought I’d give some others a crack at it as well. Feel free to chime in with HELPFUL advice or thoughts.

Boy, y’all are going to think my son is all kinds of messed up, BUT I need help. He needs help. I’m not sure how to deal with his personality, since mine is totally opposite, or if it’s just a “boy” thing. If you ever were to meet him, you’d be shocked that I seem to struggle with him so much, he’s a great kid, kind and loving, but has always had a tendency to be hot-headed or throw tantrums – it runs in the family. I want him to be all that God knows he can be and I don’t want to hinder His work in any way.

{FYI he’s about to turn 10 and is an average healthy loves-to-be-outside boy. Beyond brilliant when it comes to building and fixing things. Struggles with reading/spelling/handwriting.}

My hubby and I were talking last night about it, and he is a lot like my son, but still no clue on how to deal with some things. Since my son was little he “had” to know what was happening, like, would have a melt down if we had to spend too long “in town” or he thought one thing was on the schedule but then something would happen and the schedule would change and BAM! – huge big melt-down. Twin sister = cool as a cucumber. Me? I’m NOT a planner, not a strict schedule kind of person. I know kids crave structure, and maybe that’s why he never got in trouble in public school… maybe? But now that seems to be becoming an issue again since we are homeschooling and sometimes our schedules are not carved in stone. The hubs and I were discussing whether or not to, A) to set a strict schedule and stick with it as much as possible to keep him calm (this feels like giving in to his tantrums to me), or B) let the schedule keep going like it is (or set a “goal schedule” which may change) and try to find a way to help him deal with changes/things you can’t control – and HOW do you do that?

WAH-HA-HAAA. MINE! They're ALL MINEEEE! Must I share?

Hankerin’

Every so often I get a hankerin’ – yes I said hankerin‘ – for an oh soo yummy twice baked potato. Tonight was one of those nights.

I hold fast to the theory that if you want something bad enough to stand in a hot kitchen for, what feels like hours, baking/microwaving, mixing, chopping, tasting, and baking again then SURELY those calories DO NOT COUNT. It’s like french fries – or my favorite, chips – if I only consumed them when I made them FROM SCRATCH I would seriously weigh only half what I do now. But I digress, back to the recipe sharing. 

Mama’s FAV Twice Baked Potatoes

Note: I prefer to microwave my potatoes the first time. It just takes so long the other way… plus I hate oiling up potatoes, makes a mess. {I slightly modified Ree Drummond/Pioneer Woman’s recipe – for her original recipe click here.}

7-8 baking potatoes, washed and patted dry
2 sticks of salted butter, cut into pats
2- 4.3 oz bags of Hormel bacon bits/pieces
1 cup and a dab more sour cream
1.5 cups shredded cheddar and/or colby jack mix – plus more for topping
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp seasoned salt
3 green onions sliced
Restaurant style black pepper, to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pierce potatoes with a fork all over and microwave 4 at a time for 10 minutes, then turn over and cook another 20 minutes. Remove from microwave to cool. Repeat with the remaining potatoes. Place butter pats in a large mixer bowl, add the bacon bits and sour cream. Remove the remaining potatoes from microwave. Let them cool a bit.

With a sharp knife, cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scrape out the insides into the mixing bowl, being careful not to tear the shell. Leave a small rim of potato intact for support. Lay the hollowed out potato shells on a baking sheet.

Mix the potatoes into the butter, bacon and sour cream together. Add the cheese, milk, seasoned salt, green onions and black pepper to taste and mix together well. 

Fill the potato shells with the filling. I like to fill the shells so they look abundant and heaping. Top each potato with a little more – or a lot more – grated cheese and pop ‘em in the oven until the potato is warmed through, 15 to 20 minutes. I prefer mine to be browned just slightly so it may take a little longer.

Mama and the kids had a great time at CHOM for our second field trip of our school year!

CHOM

Children’s Hands-On Museum is a great place to take the kiddos for a field trip. We have been there before, but it’s been a while. We learned about so many different things, it’s a history and science field trip all in one! I encourage you to visit soon! 

And now for the funny face.

And now for the funny face.

jojo butterfly

Cornbread Academy

Briana wants you to know she caught it, not him.

Baby Girl wants you to know she caught it, not him.

We have completed the first week of the homeschool adventure that is beginning in our lives. Shocked and stunned I enjoyed every day, although they were not without their dramatic moments.

No one died.

No one ran away from home.

Not even the teacher.

Yet.

We actually had fun. Together. Me, a mom, and my kids, spending time together.

I have to say, so far I am very happy with our curriculum.

Really Cornbread Mama? It’s been, like, four whole days. Like, sheesh!

Yeah, I know. But I think if we had major problems I’d be able to tell. I may be proven wrong. But I hope not. I pieced our curriculum together based on the advice of 200 different homeschool moms. Ha. Not really. More like 4 – along with a very helpful Facebook group devoted to such. For those of you thinking about this choice I’ll share our journey with you here at the good ‘ol blog.

I’ll start with an interview of myself by myself pretending to be someone else. Because I can.

What made you, like, want to homeschool Mama?
Yeah, I’m going with the whole valley-girl reader voice, it’s just more fun.

Well, valley-girl reader, there was not ONE reason. There were hundreds. Or it felt like hundreds. First off, we have had nothing but wonderful, amazing, super-star teachers since my kids began public school. This year would have been our 5th year in ps. I guess it really began with my son begging to be homeschooled. He really hasn’t enjoyed school, because he struggles so much. I think I remember our first conversation going something like this, “Mama, will you homeschool me?!?” to which I replied “NO WAY JOSÉ! Tu es LOCO!”

Afterward God sent a few amazing moms into my life and used them to change my entire way of thinking.

Mama’s Reason No. 1 

I did not like my children. Correction, I did not like who they were becoming. My children in whom I had devoted so much time and love trying to influence them to be good people came home discussing skid marks in underwear. I didn’t teach them that. We don’t talk like that. Our rule is, if you must talk about bathroom things, it can only be IN THE BATHROOM. No fart noises. No discussions of who had what stomach issue at school.

In first grade my son came home asking me about his friend who said he and another little boy in his class had two little girls in their class over to his house, went into his room, and had sex. FIRST. GRADE.

My overall problem with this is that I was losing my children. They were not who I would have them to be. They were being influenced more by children at school than by what we had tried so hard to instill in them. I only had maybe 4-5 hours to correct the whole 8+ hours of crudeness they learned at school. Not the teachers or administrators fault. The fault of parenting today. I was tired of only having a few hours to undo what had been done at school.

There are so many more reasons, but for today, this is a start.

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Pork Tenderloin

If you had told me this time last year that I would be starting to homeschool my kids, as well as being addicted to the oily way of life I would have GUFFAWED right in your face! Yes, it’s amazing what happens in a year!

Tonight I needed the recipe for our Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Pork Tenderloin, thinking it was here on my blog, I searched and came up empty. It also hit me, that, yet again, I have neglected this blog during the past year. I’m noticing a pattern. To make up for it, I shall share our favorite Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Pork Tenderloin recipe. And all shall be forgiven. Right? Right.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Pork Tenderloin of Shame

Ingredients

Pork tenderloin – 1 or 2 small-ish

Chopped onion (to taste)

Chopped jalapeños (to taste)

Dale’s seasoning (1/2 a bottle or less)

Bacon 1-2 packs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350˚.

In a dish lay bacon flat with sides touching the length of your tenderloin.

Top with chopped onion & jalapeños to taste – I normally do one with less jalapeños for the kids & note that with toothpicks stuck in the top.

Top onion & jalapeños with pork loin.

Wrap bacon around the pork loin and carefully turn over so that touching ends of bacon are on the bottom.

Pour Dale’s over the tenderloins, should be some in the bottom of the pan.

Top with foil or a lid.

Bake for 1.5 hours with lid then remove and cook another 1.5 hours, or until done.

Slice & serve.

Hear the oohs & ahhs.

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I usually serve this with rice (to cut down on the spiciness) and a veggie and/or cornbread – shocker!

Neither Poverty Nor Riches

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Money can come and go, fame comes and goes. Peace of mind and a relationship with God are far more important. – Phil Robertson. 

Reminds me of a scripture I never remembered reading until recently in Proverbs 30:7-9

Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

GETTING TO KNOW GOD THROUGH – BIBLE STUDY

The Bible is God speaking to me. Prayer is me speaking to God. We should be having a two-way conversation with the Father daily.

WE KNOW GOD IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS (HAVE TO STUDY TO KNOW THE COMMANDMENTS) | 1 JOHN 2:3-4

WE KNOW GOD WHEN WE LOVE OTHERS (A COMMANDMENT) | 1 JOHN 4:7-21

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

WE KNOW GOD WHEN IT IS EVIDENT BY OUR WORKS | TITUS 1:16-2:15

  • Reverent in behavior
  • SPEAK THE TRUTH
  • SOBER
  • OLDER WOMEN Train young women to love husbands & children
  • Self-controlled
  • Pure
  • Working at home
  • Kind
  • Submissive to MY own husband
  • Be a model of good works
  • Teacher/Teach what is good (CAN’T TEACH WHAT WE DON’T KNOW)
  • Integrity
  • Dignity
  • Sound speech          

DON’T KNOW GOD: ENSLAVED TO THOSE THAT BY NATURE ARE NOT GODS | GALATIANS 4:8-9

DON’T KNOW GOD: WILL SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF ETERNAL DESTRUCTION IN FLAMING FIRE | 2 THESSALONIANS 1

Practical Habits for Bible Study

In addition to the “mechanics” of effective study, it is helpful to think also along the lines of study habits. I would like to offer some suggestions that have been helpful to me across the years.

(1) If at all possible, create for yourself a special “study” in your home. In a spare room, the attic, the basement, etc. — find yourself a “study nook” that can be yours. Furnish it with a comfortable chair, a desk, good lighting, and some book shelves. Make it your special place and plan to visit it regularly on certain days of the week (e.g., an hour each morning before work time).

Early morning is really the most ideal time for study. Discipline yourself to get in the habit of regular study.

This is a difficult chore. If one is not preaching, teaching a class, or engaged in some activity that demands research, it is hard to carve out the time — particularly if it is a labor, rather than a love. But if one gets into the study mode, virtually every day, it will pay rich dividends — not only in his personal life, but in qualifying him to help others.

In addition to devotional reading in the Bible itself, for example, one might select a popular (as opposed to technical) commentary that he will read through in the coming year. I try to keep a good book handy to read whenever I have a spare moment away from regular duties. For instance, if I know I am going to have to spend time in the doctor’s waiting room, rather than browsing magazines, I may take a book with me.

(2) Every Christian should build at least a modest library of good books. Handy tools, such as a complete concordance, a Bible atlas, some biblical dictionaries or encyclopedias, a few good commentaries, some volumes on Christian evidences, church history, etc., are vital for a well-rounded range of knowledge. One should subscribe to at least a couple good brotherhood periodicals — those that teach (as opposed to merely haranguing).

(3) Study the Scriptures from several different vantage points. Survey biblical books. Galatians falls into three natural divisions:

Personal – A Defense of Paul’s Credibility (1-2);
Doctrinal – Justification through the Gospel (3-4);
Practical – Walking by the Spirit (5-6).

Explore the biographical data of great Bible characters. Articles in Bible dictionaries (e.g., The Wycliffe Bible Dictionary) on Abraham, Joseph, Jesus, and Paul will enrich your life. Learn to do “word studies.” Words are the vehicles of intelligent communication. Even the non-specialist can learn something of the treasures of the original languages of the Bible.

(4) In this day of mobility, a good student can take advantage of good  Bible lectureships by listening to tapes as he drives about from place-to-place. It is important to utilize every possible opportunity to learn God’s word. The Christian who is ever learning will become a valuable resource to the congregation of which he or she is a member.

BIBLE STUDY: JOURNALING

DIY Legacy Bible Journal

http://stonesoupforfive.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-legacy-bible-journal.html

I’m a note taker. It helps me concentrate, think, learn, and apply what I’m hearing. I’m also a doodler. But mainly I’m unorganized and lose those notes or never look at them again. UNTIL, I found a new way to take notes! A new way that keeps them organized, together, and all in one place.

A Do It Yourself Legacy Bible Journal!
I’ve been using it for a few months now and am so excited to say that it really DOES work and makes me so excited to go to church and learn more and fill more pages!  I can’t tell you the difference this organized way has made in my Bible study times, meetings with our mentors,  books I’m reading, and Sunday morning services.

So I’ll jump right in on how to set it up for yourself.  I’m so excited for you to try this!

First, I grabbed a simple, cheap (under $2) composition notebook. Get one you really like. I wasn’t sure that I would like this system, so I just used a wide ruled, ugly covered one I had laying around (wish I had gotten a college ruled one with a pretty cover).

Don’t be like me. Find one you’ll love (though I’ve grown to love it so much and I’ll probably recover it at some point anyway).

**Important:  on the inside cover, be sure to add your name and phone number.  I know even though I’m only at the beginning of filling in the pages, if I ever lost or misplaced this book, I would be so upset!  Be sure to add this on the inside of the front cover!**

Now you’re going to make your Table of Contents. Leave at least the first 5-6 pages blank for this.  I listed everything in the Bible I wanted to know more about that I could think of.  I wrote them on a different piece of paper, and tried to alphabetize, but since then have added many more on to the end of the list, so it’s not that important to alphabetize.

You’ll have lots of unused lines on those pages.  That’s good. You’ll soon fill them up….
(I’ve since updated –glued a new page over this one–to have a line down the middle and TWO rows of topics and pages.  I like it MUCH better.  See here for my new table of contents list.)

Then, you’re going to skip those first five to six table of contents pages and start numbering every single page (front and back) of the notebook. I just put a small number in the bottom corner of each page. Every single one.  (Nice activity to do while watching your favorite show or listening to the latest Dave Ramsey podcast.)

And, that’s basically all you need to do for the set up. Now the fun begins! Now you get to keep this notebook with you everywhere. With your current Bible Study, at church, everywhere!

I’m loving that instead of just taking notes on that specific sermon, that I can never find when I need anyway, I put the information that applies to whatever the pastor is going over on the page that is appropriate.

I have pages for specific Bible characters that I want to know more about… especially because my Bible history is so weak.  I only know a handful of the really popular people of the Bible, and want to know MORE!

When our pastor was going over the book of Proverbs, I made a new page for some of them, but some of them fit on other pages I had already made (anger, anxiety, etc).

Then there was a sermon that we listened to that brought up another character that I had forgotten about, so I added him to the Table of Contents and started a page just for him.   What a blessing to add to my knowledge of more and more people of the Bible!  There are many, many blank pages that I have yet to fill in.  But that’s kind of exciting to me.  I always have SOMETHING to study.  Something to learn more about!

I’m excited that I don’t need a guided Bible Study book all the time, I’m able to search the scriptures myself for whatever topic I have at hand next. I can’t tell you enough, how much this system has simplified, streamlined, and helped my Bible study time and growth.  It’s so fun to pull my notebook out and add bits of information here and there to a page.

Sometimes I add only one sentence, or just a thought that was brought up in a book I’m reading, or something I’ve heard. Sometimes it’s a whole page or more. And, what a legacy this will be as I fill page after page with God’s truth.  As long as I’m here on this earth, I’ll keep filling up pages with what I’m learning to pass along as a legacy to my children of what a great spiritual heritage they have in Christ.

Table of Contents/Topics… May want to use pencil (for those OCD people) or just forget about alphabetical order (if you can) :)

Possible Topics

  • Abraham
  • Abraham (cont’d)
  • Accountability
  • Adversity
  • Angels
  • Apostles/Disciples
  • Baptism
  • Belief
  • Bible Study
  • Cain vs. Abel
  • Canaan
  • Children
  • Children of Israel
  • Christ’s Return/Day of Judgment
  • Church History
  • Communion
  • Creation
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Deborah
  • Demons/Spirits
  • Discipline
  • Education
  • Elijah
  • Elisha
  • Enoch
  • Esther
  • Faith
  • Fear of the Lord
  • Forgiveness
  • Fruits of the Spirit
  • Giving
  • Gluttony
  • God
  • God’s Promises
  • God’s Will
  • Holy Spirit
  • Isaac
  • Jacob & Esau
  • Jerusalem/Israel
  • Jesus Christ
  • John
  • Kings of Israel
  • Know God
  • Knowledge
  • Luke
  • Marriage
  • Moses
  • Names of Christ
  • Names of God
  • Noah
  • Parents
  • Parents of the Bible
  • Passover
  • Paul
  • Peter
  • Praise
  • Prayer
  • Prayer (cont’d)
  • Promises
  • Proverbs: 31
  • Proverbs: anger
  • Proverbs: leadership
  • Proverbs: talking & listening
  • Proverbs: work
  • Rahab
  • Repentance
  • Resurrection
  • Revelation
  • Sabbath
  • Satan
  • Simeon
  • Sin
  • Suffering
  • Summary of John
  • Temptation
  • the Reformation
  • Wisdom
  • Women
  • Worry/Anxiety

I may very well be ‘that mom’

Maybe that gut feeling you have is not that at all but the Holy Spirit saying “Hey whoa wait a minute let’s think about that before blindly rushing into it.” It may seem crazy at the time. Others may accuse you of being overprotective or silly. But next time just see it as a little red flag. Don’t ignore it it could be a warning or guidance from someone wiser than yourself.

A friend mentioned this to me the other day. That same friend’s daughter would not be alive today had she not paid attention to that little red flag. When the doctor told her there’s nothing wrong she made a grave mistake. But my friend was urged by that little voice in her head & thankfully she listened.