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Friday, September 30, 2016

Getting Things in Order: Free Printables


Orderliness means to arrange, or set into place.  As Moms, it is so important to be organized.  If we are not organized our time spent searching for lost things, and cleaning will keep us from other things God has for us to do.

     Orderliness is having a place for everything 
and everything in its place. 

     I want to give you a few helpful hints to get organized and stay that way:
         1.  Take 15 minutes a day and clean an area and organize it.  Throw away or give away anything you are not using in that area.  For larger areas like basements, attics or garages, spend a weekend or two working on it, be sure to only keep what you use, and once it is cleaned up, vow to never allow it to return to an unorganized and cluttered area!

         2.  Make yourself a cleaning schedule, and be diligent.  

         3.  Go through your home every few months and get rid of anything you haven't been using for   over 6 months, except for holiday decorations.  

         4.  Teach your children how to put things where they belong.  Make a place for everything, and   keep them in that area. 

        5.  Have fun while you organize.  Put on some good worship music and allow it to lift your       mood as you work!

         6.  Maintenance is the key to keeping things in order :)

     As parents, we must be organized, so we can be good examples for our children to follow.  We want to be sure they understand that if they keep up on things, they will have more time for play and other activities.  Work together as a family, and do it with a good attitude.  Chore charts are great for kids to see what they are responsible for doing to help maintain their home :) I have some great free chore chart printables here: http://letsgetreal2016.blogspot.com/2016/09/free-printables-chore-charts-for-kids.html


Here are some wonderful grocery list printables to make your trip to the store a little easier.
To save these lists, just right click on each and choose "save image as..."























Friday's Fun with Food: Crock-Pot Meals

Today we will be sharing some of our favorite crock pot meal recipes. 

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast




Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff




Slow Cooker Pulled Pork 




Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings




Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken


Thursday, September 29, 2016

FREE PRINTABLES: Character Quality of Kindness

There are 3 worksheets here.  To save them to your computer just right click each one and choose "save image as...."   I pray they are a blessing to your home. 

This coloring page is wonderful for toddlers, preschoolers and lower elementary children.





This worksheet is great for upper elementary and middle school kiddos.  






Thursday's Thoughts on Marriage: A Firm Foundation

   

     In July of 2016,  my husband Mike and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary.  It has been such a roller coaster ride over the last 23 years.  We have had our ups and our downs.  Over the last few years, I have found that many of the issues I thought were my husband's fault, were issues of my heart.  I wanted him to fill voids that only God could fill.  I find this to be true in many marriages.  We look to our spouses for fulfillment that only Christ can bring.  It puts pressure on the marriage that actually can have physical and emotional effects.

    That is why it is so important  for both the husband and wife to seek a relationship with their Heavenly Father on a daily basis. As a couple we get closer to each other as we get closer to God.  I love the marriage triangle.  It is a visual of what happens when we seek the Lord individually and as a couple.  Our marriages will flourish if we build our relationship on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.  Without a strong foundation, our relationships will have a hard time weathering the storms of life.



“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.  But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.  When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” ~ Matthew 7:24-27

      I want to encourage each of you reading this to establish a time for prayer and reading your Bible each day. It is also important to have a time of couples devotions. Read the Word and pray as a team. Allow your children to see you doing this. It will let them understand how a marriage becomes strong. A relationship built on the foundation of Christ is firm and not easily torn apart. As we go about daily life, it is so important to go to the Lord in prayer for your marriage.  Wives, pray for your husbands.  Husbands, pray for your wives.  As you pray, ask the Lord to guide you both in your roles.  Men, pray for your wife to be a good mom and to have patience with your children.  Women, pray for your husbands to lead your family in the ways of God.  Pray for physical and spiritual protection.  Pray that when temptations do come, that they will be able to flee.  Pray that they will follow God's word as they do everyday activities.  Pray that they will be a witness for Jesus both in their words and actions.

     Have you taken the time to sit and pray with your spouse lately?  Do you pray for them each morning as they get out of bed?  Prayer is a powerful tool.  God is our strength to get through every fiery dart that Satan throws at us.  I encourage you to go to the Lord in prayer right now and to pray for your marriage, family, and spouse.  Pray also for the marriages of your friends and family members.



For some great printables on Kindness, please click this link:  http://letsgetreal2016.blogspot.com/2016/09/free-printables-character-quality-of.html

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FREE PRINTABLES: PRAYER










In order to save and print these prayers just right click and choose "save image as...."

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom: The Harvest



 I love Fall.  It is season of such beauty here in Ohio.  The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and clean, and we begin to celebrate harvest.  When I think of harvest time, I think of the verse found in Galatians.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  ~ Galatians 6:6-9

     We will reap what we sow..... I don't know about you, but that makes me really think about my actions and words.  Whatever we sow now, we will reap later.  Good or bad.

     I think we really need to take this seriously as we raise our children.  What are we sowing into their lives on a daily basis.  We need to sow the fruits of the spirit, manners, love, and character qualities that will reap a harvest later in their lives.  Even if we do not see a harvest right away, we need to remember that it takes time to reap what we sow.  It could be a season or years.

     We also need to remember that what we allow them to see and hear and who they hang out with, will also be sowing seeds in their lives that will reap later.  TV shows, movies, video games, computer time.... they will all have an effect on our children.  We need to be careful that these things are not undoing what we are training them in.  Sensor what they see and hear!  It is not sheltering them, it is raising them in an atmosphere of godly principles.

      When I was a young mom, I didn't think of these principles and I allowed some things in our home that was not godly.  I will tell you it had some repercussions.  It was a bad example for our children and they saw and heard things that I could not change.  We now use this verse found in Philippians as a way to choose what we see, do, and hear.


     What will you sow today, in order to reap godly behavior from your children tomorrow?




For some great FREE printables on prayer, click this link:  http://letsgetreal2016.blogspot.com/2016/09/free-printables-prayer.html

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Free Printables: OBEDIENCE

Here are some great free printables for teaching OBEDIENCE.  The coloring page is for toddlers, preschool, and lower elementary children.  The worksheet is for upper elementary and middle school children.   ENJOY!!!!

In order to save and print these documents, all you have to do is right click on your mouse as you hover over the picture and hit Save Image As.....
   











Tuesday's Training Time: The Top Three


     Good morning readers :)  Today is Tuesday's Training Time.  I believe there are 3 character qualities that we must learn first before the other ones are taught.  Obedience, Attentiveness, and Self-Control must be learned before the other character qualities because without them in place the other qualities can not be established.  How can we be kind, gentle, or diligent without first being obedient, attentive and self-controlled?  See what I mean :)

     There are many ways to teach these character qualities.  You can even play games with your children to teach them how to be obedient, attentive and self-controlled.  One fun game is Simon Says.  Instead of saying "Simon Says:"  use "Mommy or Daddy Says".    This game allows them to practice being obedient, attentive and having self-control.   Red Light, Green Light is another great game to help them learn these important character traits.

     Do you have kiddos who have a hard time sitting still and being quiet in public places?  Well, Moms and Dads, they need practice at home in order to learn.  A great way to curb having to discipline your children in areas is to train them in the behavior you expect instead.   If you would like little Sally or Johny to show self-control while at a restaurant, then you must establish these behaviors at your dinner table.  If you want them to sit still and be quiet during the church service, then you must teach them at home during a devotional time.

     Training our children takes time, effort and tons of patience on our part.  We must be consistent in our training and encouraging of good behavior.  In order to be a good parent, we need to look to our Heavenly Father for strength and guidance.   He is the ultimate example of a great parent.  He disciplines with love and he trains us in righteousness throughout his Word.

     I am excited to share ways our family teaches these wonderful character qualities.  I hope you enjoy our blog posts on training with practical methods.



The character cards pictured above in the first picture are from one of our favorite websites called We Choose Virtues. We decided to frame our three top qualities as a constant reminder.

For some great printables on OBEDIENCE follow this link: http://letsgetreal2016.blogspot.com/2016/09/free-printables-obedience.html

Monday, September 26, 2016

Scripture Card Printables

   To go along with our post on resting in Jesus, I wanted to share these great FREE printables.  These are some great scriptures on strength, discipline and overcoming temptation! After you download them, print them out as 3x5 pictures. That is a great size for keeping them on hand.  I have laminated mine and placed them on a ring to take with me where ever I go.














Here are mine that I carry. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

FREE PRINTABLES: CHORE CHARTS FOR KIDS

      As we parent our children, we want them to grow up knowing they have responsibilities.  One way to teach them to be responsible is to give them chores.   Here are some great FREE chore charts for you to print and use.  All you have to do is add the chores to the top of the chart and then you can use stickers or check marks to show what chores have been completed each day.  To save these to your library: Right click on each image and choose "save image as....."