embracing life and letting God


A New TOS Crew Year!

I am so pleased to be a part of a wonderful team of reviewers on


The Old Schoolhouse
Homeschool Review Crew

What a wonderful experience last year was and I know that 2011/2012 is going to be even better.  We have 200 reviewers that are going to bring you hands-on information about MANY Homeschool curriculum, subject and activity.  From Math to Science to On-line learning to products you can use in the Home. 
Let's get ready for another Great Voyage on the TOS Crew!


Overcoming and Pressing ON,
Mindy B.
Revelation 12:11
Philippians 3:12, 14

Today I Overcome Satan by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony, Pressing On to lay hold of , take a grasp of and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own; and Pressing On toward the goal to win the supreme and heavenly prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling me upward.
In Jesus Name, Amen - so be it!

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One Thousand Gifts


A sacred place; particularly among the Israelites, the most retired part of the temple at Jerusalem, called the Holy of Holies

A house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where divine service is performed. Ps. 73

A place of protection

Shelter.  Protection.

A Place of Thanksgiving

# 120 - #157 
Slowing down to sojourn through
I want to live.  Fully live.

::Wind.  Rustling. Blowing. Through dry, golden grass, encouraging peace within.

::Moonlight on a beach swollen with tide

:Late afternoon glow on sand

::Mountain cabin

::Fat, fluffy winter birds at bird feeder

::Wonder working power of the Blood of Jesus

::Margaret A. - beautiful, strong, Titus 2.  Her ministry was precious to me.  Goodbye for now sweet friend.

::Sam A. - Margaret's beloved - lion of faith - wisdom of Abraham - Your sweetheart is home.

::Precious Princess singing list daddy calls to sons

::Brothers laugh at sister cuteness

::Cold sleeves.  Only Princess knows.  It melts me.

:: Reading to me son

::Repentant child.  Repentant momma.

::Blue.  Green.  Blue-green.

::Fire warming deep to the bone

::Self-control when all within him wants to explode.  My baby, no longer a baby

::Flower.  Perfect color singing to vision

::Union of doves flying

::Tender Hearts basketball games

::Gran's always willing - games, practices, classes, recitals, matches

::Coo of mourning dove

::Homeschool flexibility

::Clean bathroom

::Realizing I can't be a best friend and a parent

::Promise of heart shaped diamond

::Creme Brulee'

::Child's woodland adventures : fresh air : forts : freedom to move - breathe

From My Heart to Yours,
Mindy B
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The Pressure is On

The enemy of our souls, our faith, our lives, Satan, is putting the pressure on.  His lies are manifesting in greater proportions, tempting us to have Faith in him and No faith in our God.  The Bible is very clear - Satan is both a deceiver and a liar and the truth is not in him.  (2 Thessalonians 2:9,10; Revelation 12:9; John 8:44) There are days when I feel like I am drowning in the pressures of lies I believe about motherhood and marriage.  I cave under the struggles of strife, pride, anger, selfishness in me and my family.  I wonder why God decided I was the best choice for the job to nurture these children and be a helpmeet to my husband. 

There are days when ugliness from my heart perpetuates such a spirit in my home.  My impatience.  My fear of feeling out of control.  They sense it.  They know it is in me and they React.  Not respond, Re-act!  I try to control it.  Why do I pridefully think that I can control their hearts when My Lord is the God of their hearts?

I cry out to Him to save me. Save us.  I wait.....

He gently reminds me "My Grace is sufficient; My Strength is made perfect in weakness".  .-2 Corinthians 12:9


What is Grace from God?

Unmerited favor
God's willingness to use His power and His ability in my behalf [your behalf],
even though I don't deserve it. 
God becomes personally involved when we ACTIVELY seek His help.

How do we actively seek His help?
"Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." -James 4:7

James did not tell us that the devil would flee from God but First,

I must submit myself to God and His ways


I resist the devil and his ways
Hate, Unhappiness, Warring, Impatience, Frustration, Strife, Pride, Irritation, Mean Spiritedness, Ugliness, Doubt, Anger, and so many, many more.

I can't control anything.  God is in Control!  When I realize that I am weak and that I can't do it within myself, then God's strength is made perfect.  I have to depend on His Grace.  The power isn't in my natural ability to get rid of the 'thorns', the buffet's from Satan.  I MUST depend on the Holy Spirit's power and anointing for direction in the spirit. 

I must lean on the Word of God and trust the Lord to bring His promises to pass.

"I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ - I give myself up to Him, I take myself out of my own keeping and I will be saved, and this applies bot to me and my household as well." -Acts 16:31

"For with God nothing is EVER impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment." - Luke 1:37

"May my children Submit themselves therefore to God. May they Resist the devil, and he will flee from them." -James 4:7

As Brother Steve Robinson so wisely spoke over our congregation this morning coming from Exodus 14:13-15...


see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today.

The Lord will Fight for you
and remain at rest.

In Christ Alone,
Mindy B.

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One Thousand Gifts - My Resting Place

I am thankful...

97:::Deep, sound, restful sleep - sweet sleep

98:::Agreement with my beloved that open doors of greater understanding of who he is and how he feels

99:::Fresh sheets.  Newly made bed.

100:::Smell of laundry - fresh - clean - out of the dryer.

101:::Star Wars


105:::The bird - it's name escapes me - I hear it even in the cold air - that bird that continues its song as I stand in the barrenness - silence - of a field, blistering heat of summer.

From My Heart to Yours,
Mindy B.
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One Thousand Gifts

Give THANKS to the Lord of lords.  
His faithful love endures forever.
Give THANKS to Him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever.
Give THANKS to Him who made the heavens so skillfully. 
His faithful love endures forever.
Give THANKS to Him who placed the earsth among the waters. 
His faithful love endures forever.
Give THANKS to Him who made the heavenly lights. 
His faithful love endures forever.
-Psalm 136:3-7

My journey began.  Thanksgiving.  Eucharisteo.

Ann Voskamp stirred something in me that I never knew needed stirring. 

I found my 'Sanctuary' moments
in the midst of joy; in the midst of heartache; in the midst of life.

"The Carving, the Flying, the healing of my wounds."

-"...these are my first steps."

by Anne Voskamp

"Here is the place I can love Him I have time for God." 

I began my list some time ago and felt led of the Lord to share my 'Eucharisteo'/Thanksgiving moments with you again.  I also encourage you to begin your list.  No matter what may be flowing into your life,  thank Him who is your Life, Love and Hope.  Thank Him no matter what buffets you.

65:::Motherhood - being molded, as clay, cutting, squeezing, forming...It has been terrible and wonderful; painfully exhausting.  I wouldn't have traded it for the world.

68:::No air conditioning needed
69:::Tropical breezes
70:::Tropical showers

72:::Pakaki Flower:The Princess Flower:Freedom

79:::Playing marbles with my Princess and Tender Heart
80:::Book club/Bible Study
81:::Sunlight illuminating snow
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21 Days of Prayer for Our Sons

I am joining Brooke at
Warrior Pray-ers - Praying the Word for boys...

What a powerful time this is going to be.  As Daniel interceded for the Jews before the King of kings in heaven, we too have an obligation to kneel before the King interceding for our sons.  The battle before them will be full.  They face hostile powers and attacks from the enemy of their souls even today.  As their parents, it is our time to come boldly before the Throne of Grace and plead the cause of our precious Warrior Sons.  Our sons have a special place in God's story of RedemptionPray them in faithful parents.  Remember this ::: Daniel's prayers succeeded in bringing angels from heaven to earth. These angels formed an invincible heavenly guard around the people of the Lord, with the result that the plans of the enemy fail.  Your prayers will do the same!  The enemy will not like what you are doing.  Stand on the WORD OF THE LORD firmly!  Stand on the blood of Jesus Christ.  He hears our prayers the first day and he moves in our sons behalf.  Imagine what miracles will occur after 21 days and beyond. 

If you would like to join me in this powerful venture all you need to do is:::

:::Purchase your own copy of "Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most" (just $5.97) either in e-book pdf form HERE or buying it in Kindle form HERE.

::: Find a group to participate  either through a blog, Facebook or a Church group listed HERE

::: We begin tomorrow, June 8, 2011. 

From My Heart to Yours,
Mindy B.
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