Sanctified Steps

Sanctified Steps

Every day.  Every choice. Every decision.  Is dictated by our beliefs.  Our beliefs about what is most important in this life – our priorities if you will.  Our priorities dictate how we spend our time and how we spend our money. The calendar and the wallet are the true barometers of our heart.  Not the words we speak on Sunday or what we do when we know others are watching – but our the day-in and day-out, habitual expenditures of our time and our monies. How is your barometer reading? Lord, help me to take an honest inventory and make adjustments as necessary.  Show me the sanctified steps I need to follow to be more in line with your priorities amid the clamor of this world. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. John 17:17 Sanctify them with truth; thy word is...

Simple Spelling and Language Lessons

Being unusually organized this week… I thought I would take time to share my simple, yet effective spelling and language strategy that I have developed over the years.  Using a classical framework as well as tools I have learned from Essentials, here is a simple flow you may wish to consider… Weekly spelling list: theory/theories mystify/mystifying occupy/occupied try/tries story/stories boundary/boundaries easy/easily priority/priorities costly/costliest authority/authorities Discuss rules and exceptions.  Copy or test orally or written. Dictation  (I have a dictation book with associated spelling words, or I make up my own.  Today I made up my own list and dictation sentences, note that the sentences contain words from my weekly list.) The authorities occupied the land. {S-Vt-DO} Good boundaries are the costliest. {S-Vl-PA} Some theories are mystifying stories. {S-Vl-PN} She easily manages her priorities. {S-Vt-DO} Review Grammar State/write the seven sentence patterns. State 4 purposes and 4 sentence structures. Name the five kinds of nouns. Name the four types of verbs. Chant the preposition list. Choose a sentence and parse. Choosing sentence #1 Who occupied the land? Authorities – subject noun What is being said about authorities? Occupied. Verb. Occupied what? Land. Does land describe authorities? No.  Can land replace authorities? No. Then land is a Direct Object, label the verb transitive. What kind of authorities? The – article adjective. What kind of land? The – article adjective. Now Modify… Modification #1 – Add a preposition phrase The authorities occupied the land near the river. During the war, the authorities occupied the land. Modification #2 – Change the purpose to interrogative. Did the authorities occupy the land? Who occupied the...
Week 8 – May I Propose a Preposition for Your Sentence?

Week 8 – May I Propose a Preposition for Your Sentence?

We’re back at the language excavation site! Digging deep and uncovering more language building blocks! About, above, across, after, against, along, amid, among, … and so the Essentials (and Foundations) preposition chant goes! These simple little words are called prepositions. Here some helpful preposition and prepositional phrase facts: Prepositions relate a noun or a pronoun to other words in a sentence. Prepositions will always be followed by an object of the preposition (noun or pronoun) thus creating a prepositional phrase. A prepositional phrase that answers an adverb question is called an adverbial phrase. A prepositional phrase that answers an adjective question is called an adjectival phrase. Do IT! Taking our core, tried-and-true sentence: Jesus wept. … with the goal of making our sentence more interesting and informative, let’s have some fun with prepositions and prepositional phrases. When? –> After prayer, Jesus wept. Where? –> Among the people, Jesus wept. When we put a prepositional phrase at the beginning of sentence like this, we call it a prepositional opener. This is an IEW sentence opener and is a simple, stylistic writing tool. Now you do it! Pull out your list of prepositions Create a simple sentence See how many prepositions you can use to create interesting prepositional phrases that make your simple sentence, simply sensational! EEL Extra! for Prepositions EEL Extra –...
For Whom the Bell Tolls (part 2)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (part 2)

The following days Caleb interjected concerns about the looming dentist visit that was weighing heavy on his mind. "Mom, I should have listened.  Now I understand that you were trying to help me and save me from having to go through this. I wish I would have really listened and I’m sorry it will cost you so much money." Mindful of his precarious position between self-absorbed pity and true godly sorrow, I proceeded with discernment. "Caleb, we have the cost covered, that is not something you can bear or have the resources to cover.  However, I need you to be a big man and walk through these dental repairs with courage.  I also need you to remember that many times the counsel and warnings I give you, you will not fully understand at the time they are given.  There is a way that seems right to a man,  but in the end it leads to death.  Proverbs 14:12 But I do. You then have to choose if you will rely on your own limited understanding and wisdom or my greater understanding and perspective." Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Yes, mom, I understand that better now." "Good, Caleb." Enough said today.  More sober simmering. Can you think of times of regret when you have relied upon your own understanding or limited perspective, instead of His?  Or perhaps the converse.  Have you known the joy of trusting Him when your understanding would have taken you...
I’ve been tagged…

I’ve been tagged…

This is most interesting – this whole idea of tagging!  Everyone wants to be "it" don’t they!?! Thanks Beth (Pages of our Life) for tagging me – this should be fun, revealing and enlightening – and all at the same time! Random and weird – ambiguous and relative terms…  therefore I will take the liberty where I find wiggle room…  Let me do this countdown style… 7… I have completed 4 half marathons, 2 spring triathlons, and 1 olympic triathlon – all after turning 35 years old! 6… I was a bit of a radical "feminist" (in the N.O.W. sense of the word) and a self-proclaimed atheist, until the Lord go a hold of me at age 19. 5… During our long-distance "courting days", my husband, born and bred in Mississippi, sent me the following personal ad in the mail… Man looking for good woman who loves hunting, fishing, and digging worms; has most of her teeth and owns a boat and trailer. Please send picture (of boat and trailer). I knew I had a good man! 4… I lived in Saudi Arabia for two years when I was 9 and 10 years old.  My extracurricular activities were belly dancing and synchronized swimming! 3… After finding out I was pregnant with our second child (1997), I turned down two job promotions (that would have taken me close to a six figure salary) within six months of each other… When my second child was three months old I resigned to stay home full-time.  Hmm… is this the same gal from #6? Yes and no. 2… I don’t really cook (or...