Homeschool 

So we’ve decided to homeschool Deuce this coming school year. He’s 9 now. We weren’t unhappy with the education he was getting at his previous school. We’re just looking for something different. Something a little more challenging. I’ve spent the last few months looking into different curriculum. So far we’ve decided on The Good & The Beautiful for language arts. It’s faith based which is important to us. We’re considering Saxon for math but there are soooo many different options for every subject, that the choosing gets overwhelming!! While he’s mentioned that he’ll miss seeing his friends, he’s excited for this new journey. Also, it isn’t like he’ll NEVER see them again. He sees them every Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday at church. Not to mention bible quizzing (more about that in another post) starts soon so he’ll also see them there. I understand how important cultivating friendships are and I plan to do everything I can to maintain those connections. 

Our reasons for homeschooling vary. From financial to faith-based to cultural. It was definitely something that my husband and I prayed about before deciding. Now that the decision has been made, we’re all very excited. 

Are their any other homeschool moms/dads that want to weigh in on this subject? Or make recommendations?? Why did your family decide to homeschool? What have you all gained/lost from homeschooling? What curriculum options or books do you suggest?

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100 Years for First United Pentecostal Church in Port Arthur Texas!

This past weekend our church celebrated 100 years! We commemorated this occasion with a ground breaking ceremony at the site where our new church will be located.

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Awesome men of God (our pastor Darryl McCoy is in the center)

The events continued that night with a service at our current church with a sermon from Pastor Matthew Tuttle from Eastgate UPC. The message titled The Blessing is in the Basket was poignant and really spoke to me. It told the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 because of a little boys 5 loaves of bread, and 2 fish. That’s all he had, and he gave it ALL to Jesus! He had a family that, that could have gone to, and it wasn’t nearly enough to feed 5000 but he gave it anyway. And God made it enough. The little boy had faith that God would make it enough, and he was rewarded! Was I honestly giving all I could, or just the bare minimum? Am I missing out on a blessing because I don’t have enough faith in God to trust him to provide for my every need? Well no more! From now on I give my all to God!

Sundays message was just as awesome! Preached by Pastor Joey McCoy, it was titled The Ingredients for a Miracle. One thing I love about his sermons is that there’s always a funny story or anecdote! This time he spoke on baking chocolate chip cookies and how when he found out there were eggs in it he was sure that it was a mistake! Cookies only needed a few things: Flour, sugar, ‘some kind of powder’, and chocolate.
Also he noted the length of time it took to actually make the cookies. Toooo loooong! He preferred the quickness of the pre-made frozen kind. But you know what? Miracles don’t always happen quickly. And sometimes the ‘ingredients’ needed aren’t what you expect!

Ugh I just wish you could have been with us this weekend to experience history being remembered, and history being made!

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Ladies Shut In

So Thursday night and all day and night Friday I was at a women’s lock in at Anointed Tabernacle in Beaumont Texas. So many words come to mind when I think of what I experienced for the last day and a half. The most prevalent though, is AWESOME! You’ll find that I use that word a lot lol. I saw women getting the Holy Ghost for the first time, I saw women being baptized in Jesus name, I heard prophecies. I saw an angel! The spirit was really moving in that place and I feel so blessed that I got to experience it all.

On the last night a man came in. I watched as they lifted him from his wheel chair and laid him on the alter. They laid hands on him. They prayed over him. I watched as the spirit overtook him. I watched as he lifted his hands to God. I watched the tears flow down his face as he spoke in tongues, and I rejoiced with him! When they put him back in his chair, I watched as he wheeled a lap around the sanctuary! Seeing the pure joy on his face as he went down in that water and came up a new man was a beautiful sight to behold.

There was so much I didn’t know when I got there. How to pray was one of them. I always felt silly praying; in public and in private. I’m naturally a shy person which plays a part in my finding this difficult. There was a lady there who sat and talked to me for about two hours. She was so helpful and I will forever be grateful that I had the opportunity to speak with her. They handed out packets when we got there. They were filled with all kinds of goodies about praying and fasting. She was kind enough to take some time and answer some questions I’ve had for awhile and have been too embarrassed to ask. I told her things about myself that I had never told anyone else. It was such a cleansing and eye opening experience!

Going forward, I hope to grow in Christ and build on the things that were revealed to me in listening to Sis Warner, and the last prophecy in particular.

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