Friday, September 30, 2011

Focusing

I'm learning how to stay more focused on my school work without letting my mind wander when the subject is plainly boring.  :) 

Today, my coach and I discussed different ways to help someone stay focused.  Here are some of the things that we came up with:

1) Read your information out-loud (this is something that especially could help with boring information).

2) Take notes or make flashcards

3) Set short-term goals for yourself and then have a reward to go with the accomplishment (for example: "after reading this entire chapter make, I think I'll have a cup of coffee" - although I don't drink coffee. :)).

4) Picture the information in your head (like described in Dynamic Memory~ excellent course by the way!!  I highly recommend it!!) or use hand motions to help remember the information.

5) Try using headphones or earplugs to screen out the noise. You could listen to something quiet, like Mozart, or just use them to screen out all noise and get some silence. Whatever works better for you.

Extra Tips:
~Start with Prayer
~Make a Schedule.
~Dream big, but make your goals achievable.
~Be reasonable.
~Have fun!

What are some things that help you stay focused?

Goals by: Shiloh & Elizabeth
Photo Credit: Google

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Apple Sauce & an Award!

I just realized that we, sisters, haven't posted here in awhile!  :)  We'll have to fix that! 


The other day, I made Raw Apple Sauce out of apples (from our tree), honey, lemon juice, and water with our Vita Mixer.  It turned out very well and tastes delicious!!

Prep~

Yummy!


On another note, a friend, Gabrielle H. of The Legend of a Seamstressawarded End of the Matter with the "Libester Blog Award"~ which in German means sweet or kind.  Thank you, Gabrielle!  :)


Now we have to award five blogs that we admire following the rules below. :)

The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. The rules of the award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!
So....................

1) Living at Home: a blog by another group of four sisters (the H. Ladies)!!  :)  Happily living at home.

2) God's Gal: by a dear friend, Mikell with bits from her family life and her thoughts.

3) A Little Bit of Life: the blog of another friend (and columnist in our magazine), Christie R.

4) Vessels Made Over Again: a lovely blog, by Miss Amelia.

5) Johnathen & Chelsea: We're always inspired by Chelsea's knitting~ you will be too!

That's all for now!

~4 Sisters~

Monday, September 19, 2011

Knitted Hat with Buckle

I've enjoyed knitting while listening to the Botkin's Marrying Well Webinar on Monday evenings.  Here's a project that I just finished!
Irish Moss Stitch & Ribbed Stitch
The Finished Product!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Part 2 of:

Be sure to read Part 1: Here
Let Us Run!


By: Bethany Rose S. | Part 2
Friends running at the Scottish Highland Games


Chariots of Fire!

In this race, we must run our best.  There should be no wimpy runners!  We are must try hard to overcome the difficulties, trials, and sins that we will encounter.  If you have ever seen the film “Chariots of Fire”, then you might be able to see some comparisons with what I have said.  Eric Liddell, a mighty man of God and gifted Scottish runner, is who the movie is really all about.  In one scene, it shows Eric Liddell after a race he has just won.  It is raining and Eric is on a little stand speaking to a sea of umbrellas.  In his thick Scottish accent, this is what he tells his listeners: “I want to you to do more than just watch a race; I want you to take part in it.  I want to compare faith to running in the race.  It’s hard.  It requires concentration of will; energy of soul.  You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape… now how long does that last?  You go home.  Maybe your dinner’s burnt.  Maybe you don’t have a job.  So who am I to say believe, have faith in the face of lives’ realities?  I would like to give you something more prominent; but I can only point the way.  I have no formula for winning the race—everyone runs in their own way… and where does the power come from to see the race to its end?  From within.  Jesus said, “Behold, a Kingdom of God is within you.  If, with all your hearts ye truly seek me, ye shall ever truly find me.”  If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, than that is how you run the straight race.”



Where Are You Running?

Do you really know where you’re going?  Are you running the right way?  You will either be running one of two ways; to heaven or to hell.  If you have not confessed your sins, if you have not repented from your wickedness, if you have not been saved through the blood of Christ, then you are running straight to hell.  Don’t let this be you!  Repent from your sins, turn to Jesus, let His atoning blood cleanse you from all sin—then, only then, will you be running to heaven.  My friend, this is no light matter.  “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5a) and make sure that you are really saved.  Don’t think that since you are from a Christian family, just because you go to church every week, or that you’re a “good person” that that will save you!  It will not!!!  It is only Christ’s blood that can save you!  Find out today, which way you are running.

Relaxing after the race :)


Victory in Jesus!

The flesh can only be overcome through the Spirit.  The race can only be won through God’s power.  Even though we might loose a battle here and there, we will have our victory in Jesus because through Him, we will win!



Let Us Run!

As I bring this article to a close, I want to encourage each of my fellow runners to run this race and run it well.  When we come to the end of this race, we will receive a crown of glory.   We want to hear God say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21).  In 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 it says, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”  Will you receive that crown?  Are you running the race?  Now is the time to start!



Marty Goetz, one of my favorite Christian music artists, wrote a song about running our race.  Here are verses 1 and 2, the bridge, and chorus:



Can you see how we are surrounded,

By so great a cloud of witnesses?

Those who paid the price,

The supreme sacrifice.

Those of whom this world was not worthy.



And do you see now we are entrusted,

With continuing what others started?

They have passed the baton,

Straight and fast, till we’ve won.

We will run to Him who is holy.



Oh, and yes, there are some who have stumbled, fallen;

God only knows I am one!

Still I pressed on the goal for the Lord who is callin’ me.

He’s gone before; He’s my reward when I am done!



Let us run, run!  Run the race with endurance,

Laying aside every weight casting aside every sin.

Let us run, run!  Fixing our eyes on the Son!

Looking to Him finishing what we’ve begun…

Let us run!!!


Bethany is 17 years old she loves spending time with her family and playing violin.  This year she enjoyed competing for the first time in a Scottish Fiddle Competition.

This article was orinagally published in the
Volume 7, Issue 2.
© 2011 by

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Another Project Finished~ or nearly :)

Here are some more pictures of my most recent project!  It's finished (now), but I don't have a picture yet!  The only addition is a flower crocheted out of white and blue yarn~ making a very Patriotic Hat!  :)
The hat itself :)

The brim

The top


Stay tuned for a picture of the final product and of course the final part 2 of Bethany's article. :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Part 1 of:

Let Us Run!

By: Bethany Rose S. | Part 1



I love running.  I always have.  I always will.  There is something about the thrill of being able to run into the wind; air whistling by your ears; feet seeming to hardly touch the ground; power surging through your body; the wind rushing into your face…  This experience is so wonderful!  It is exhilarating, exciting, and electrifying. 
But running is not always easy.  Sometimes it is hard; very hard.  There are times when you feel like giving up.  Your temples are pounding; your legs beg to rest; your heart feels like it will burst if you don’t stop; your chest is heaving; all you want to do is stop, throw your self on the ground, and let your breath come back… but in a race, is this possible?  Oh yes, it’s possible, but is it right?
We are engaged in a spiritual race.  A race that is not optional, but required.  If we are Christians, then we are running to God.  We know that this race (our lives) are but a vapor and soon to end.  But it is far from easy!  Hebrews 12:1a-2 says, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  This verse tells us that in this race, we need to get rid of the cares of this world, our sin, and any other thing that would prohibit us from running our best, in order to finish this race well.  But how do we do that?  We need to overcome our flesh with the Spirit.

Cares Of This World
Since we all have a sin nature, our flesh is constantly drawn to the things of this world.  It is so easy to focus on something else other than the Lord.  Even though we may think that we are doing no harm, being infested with the cares of this world makes us bogged down.  We need to know that we “are not of the world” (John 15:19) and therefore, we should keep away from its cares. I remember one time, while playing one of our favorite running games, that I got tagged.  As it turned out, I only had three chances to get away… but the problem was, I was wearing flip-flops!  I tried to get away once—but was tagged.  I tried to get away twice, this time by kicking off my flips-flops—but was tagged again because I had to run over our gravel driveway and my pace slowed considerably!  The third time I got away, but only by a hair.  I tell you, if I had not been wearing those flip-flops probably none of that would have happened in the first place!  But I was weighted down with shoes that didn’t help me out at all.  Just as I will never wear flip-flops in a game like that again, so should we never let this world weigh us down as well.  Overcoming the urge to “fit in” with the world is something every Christian needs to do. 

Self-Righteous
As Christians, it is so easy to fall into the sin of pride.  It is very easy to look at other people and even other Christians and think, “Oh I’m so much better than that!  I’m a much better Christian that them!”  As it turns out, these thoughts are just like the prayer of the Pharisee.  In Luke 18, Jesus tells a parable about two men who go to the temple to pray.  One is a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  When the Pharisee prays, he says, “Oh God, I thank you that I’m not like other men.  I’m not unjust, I’m not an adulterer, and I am certainly not like that tax collector!  Oh, and I fast twice a week and I give tithes of everything I own.”  But the tax collector did not even life up eyes as he cried out to God saying, “God, have mercy on me; I’m a sinner!”  Jesus said that this man was justified rather than the other.  Because, “every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”  Luke 18:14b.  As we run to Jesus, we need to overcome the pride in our lives.  Everyone has it!  It’s no secret!  We need to “in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”  (Philippians 2:3b)  Preferring others better than ourselves is one of the best ways to take our eyes off our own “goodness”.  We need to examine ourselves to find out where we are puffed-up.  Cry out to God for the humility of Moses!  Pride is an awful sin.  It is what caused Satan to think himself better than God, it is what made Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, and it is what sends us to hell. 
Let us wipe every thought of self-righteousness from our minds.  Pride hinders us in this race.  We need to be looking to Jesus instead of looking at others.  I remember one time when I was running a race at a homeschool event; it was just me and one other girl doing a 50 yard dash.  I lost this race because I peeked over my shoulder to see how close the other girl was.  This slowed me down and she ended up crossing the finish line first!  Peeking at others will slow us down in the Spiritual Race.

Hardship
Have you ever tried running into a fierce and strong wind?  One time our family was at the beach with some friends.  When we went out for a walk that night, we were all surprised to see how hard the wind was blowing!  It was blowing so hard that we could lean into it without falling over!  Of course this called for some experimenting, so we tried running into the wind.  That was really hard!  Now episodes like this, remind me of how we can run into hardship.  Hardships can be anything: your goat gets sick and you have to check her three times in the middle of the night; a snowstorm blows in and you are stuck without electricity… the list is endless.  To us, it may seem like life would be so much better for us if it weren’t for these problems.  But then, is that right?  Truth to be told, no, we need these hardships.  Tough problems are what strengthen us and condition us to be good runners for Jesus.  Instead of wishing that we didn’t have to go through this incident, we should face it and overcome it by the power of God!  Pastor Chuck Smith said, “Trials are either going to make you bitter or better.” 

Falling
There will be times in our lives when we feel like giving up.  Maybe we’ve done the wrong deed, said the wrong word, or thought the wrong thought.  Whatever it is, we are a fallen runner; an imperfect person sinning again.  When we are laying on the ground in embarrassment thinking, “How come I always end up here?!  Will I ever be able to make it to Jesus without these humiliating falls?!” we need to remember that we are sinners.  We will make mistakes.  But we have to overcome these errors with God’s strength.  We need to ask Him for the power to do that which is right.  When do fall, we have to get back up.  Laying in self-pity and “I’ll never do it right!” attitudes will not help us.  We can not give up!  We have to try harder next time.  Everyone is going to fall.  But everyone needs to get back up.  During one of our favorite running games, my sister started chasing me.  Although I almost got away, my foot slipped on the wet cement.  I fell really hard, got pretty hurt, and felt totally defeated.  I knew I could have outrun her but of course I had to fall right when I shouldn’t have!!!  I kind of gave up because I knew I couldn’t get back up and start running since I hit my knee really badly.  So while I rolled around in pain, holding my bloody knee I yelled, “Oh whatever!  Just tag me!  Just tag me!”  Let us never give up in the Spiritual Race!  When we fall down, get back up!

Bethany is 17 years old she loves spending time with her family and playing violin.  This year she enjoyed competing for the first time in a Scottish Fiddle Competition.

Check back for Part 2!!






This article was orinagally published in Virtuous Women Magazine
Volume 7, Issue 2.
© 2011 by The Virtuous Women Magazine