Monday, July 23, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bible Study: Predestination Vs. Free Will

"It would be hard to fit together a predestination to judgement and the operation of human free will and our responsibility. The failure to find the salvation offered to humankind by a gracious and loving God seems more wisely assigned to the way men and women "reject God's purpose for themselves" (Luke 12:30) rather than to a prior, unalterable rejection by God."Source: http://www.biblestudytools.comSo how can we have free will and God still being all-knowing (omniscient)? Are we predestined or do we have free will? I have collected many possibilities from my research and here they are.
1.  God knowing everything chose those who would do His will and predestined them to be saved.Ephesians 1:11  In him we were also chosen,[e] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.

2. God knew who would respond to Him and chose them. (Not necessarily those who would do his will but those who would find him).
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye into the straight gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat; because straight is the gate and narroe is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that FIND it. I emphasize find it because this tells me that God has not chosen for us what our end will be, we still have a chance to find him.

3.God chooses who to call and when. But we choose wether or not we are going to following him; everyone will have the chance to know God.
John 6:65 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
*Note: Nowhere in the bible does it say that those who are not chosen are automatically doomed, he still gives us a chance to follow him.

4. God chose us from the begining and all things will happen as he chose.
5.God knows what paths each of us will choose of our own free will. We are still responsible for our decision but God knows the outcome of the decisions we make ahead of time.

6.We have no free will because we are not free; we are all slaves to sin.
7. God had the book of life and he checked one box for eternal life for some and one box for eternal death for others. Then he did something very unsual. He blotted out the names of those whose "eternal death" box was checked, meaning those who would die while in a state of rebellion against God.
Exodus 32:
31 So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32 But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
33 The LORD replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. 34 Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin


8. Probably one of the most commonly know views known as Calvanism which basically states that:
humans are conditioned to be sinful, through God's free sovereignty he chose some before the world was made to be saved by grace and no conditions are required (what is the purpose of the bible then?), Jesus' sacrifice is not effective for all humans and the grace God gives those who are predestined can not be resisted.
I see lots of flaws in this one but maybe you do not. If you want more information on this google calvanism and lots of information will come up but it is a lot to cover.

9. All have a chance to be saved but those who say "yes," are chosen. The chosen are the predestined.Matthew 22:14 "For many are called but few are chosen."

10. God has predestined our eternal salvation and everything that goes along with it.
This also means everyone has a chance at going to Heaven but unlike number 9, it is saying that God predestined everything (not anyone) that needed to happen for our eternal salvation.

 His predestination of us covers every step of our salvation history. When He predestined us, He insured that (1) Christ would shed His blood in death as ransom for the sins of the world (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2); (2) we would be called by the Holy Spirit through the Gospel; (3) we would be moved to repentance and converted through faith in Jesus; (4) we would use the Word and Sacrament and persevere in the Christian faith in this life; (5) we would be finally saved and glorified forever in the life to come. God's predestination of us insured that everything that needed to happen for out eternal salvation would happen (See Romans 8:29-30 on the previous page).

This source also says that it should be a comfort to Christians:

At the risk of redundancy: the teaching of predestination is in the Bible for one reason: to bring comfort and joy to Christians. It is a teaching that says to Christians, "Do you want to know how much God loves you? This is how much He loves you. He loves you so much that long before you were born, before the foundation of the world, He predestined you in Christ to be eternally saved! Did He do this because you deserved or earned it? You weren't even born yet! You had done nothing to deserve it - nor could you have! He chose you to be saved by His free grace. And by His choice of you He insured that everything that needed to happen for your salvation would happen: that you would be called by the Gospel, justified by faith, continue to believe in Jesus to the end, and finally be glorified forevermore. That is how much your God loves you in Christ Jesus!"

Questions to ask yourself: (Some may be answered by the different beliefs in predestination I have listed above!)
  •  The bible says we will judged by our works but why if he already decided what choice we were going to make would this be necessary?
  • If God has our fate already known and our life planned out than what was the purpose of Him sending His only Son to die on the cross for us?
  • If God is all powerful and can predestine someone to be saved why not predestine all of us to be saved? Would he still be all loving only choosing some?
  • Would a loving God create us knowing some will go to hell?
I hope you found out something helpful while reading this... I personally like 9 and 10 best because I feel it matches best with the loving God that I know I have!

Monday, April 16, 2012

my home management binder and meal planner

I used scrapbook paper to make it look spiffy. I made my orginal home made binder into two so here are the sections I currently have: to do, finances, housekeeping and contacts.

Here is my homemade daily page... I have a Sunday-Saturday. A page for each day of the week so that I can have my weekly chores listed on their proper day. I also have dinner; a daily checklist for time with God, excercise and water count; appointments and numbers to call; daily to do list (which does not include my duhs like sweep and dishes); something to pray about; scripture to memorize, kids daily activity (education and fun with kids); a personal, financial, relational and ministry line to place items I want or need to do for the following and a grateful section because God has given me a lot to be grateful for!

Here is my weekly budget (also homemade) where I put out income for the week and take off all of the bills and other debits Then I see how much we have leftover to spend and I can note anything else we might need or want to spend money on at the time. I also have a monthly budget and financial goal pages in there.

Another homemade page. It is my important contact list.

Here is a stain removal guide I got via (which rocks!!). I also have homemade cleaners which I got from the internet and from all you magazine.

Now onto my MEAL planning binder! I have to pockets [made from scrapbook paper] one for sales ads and another for coupons I am going to be using for the week.

Below you can see my tabs for cookbooks F-J, ect. which are basically "Recipes I want to try" from my cookbooks categorized by name of cookbook.
Below you can my tabs organized by category...they are basically recipes I have printed out from the internet or torn out of magazines. I have them all together in a clear page. I just look through them when I am looking for a meal. To put them all in a clear page would mean a bigger binder and more clear pages. (I love magazines!)

Now onto my personal binder which I do not have the cover of but my tabs are: faith, goals, challenges (you can see three examples below and this includes my random acts of kindness ideas) and other which includes blog ideas and kid activities (as seen in the last picture). I love pinterest and I was glad I was able to collect all the kid activities/crafts and put them in a binder so I can implement them into my family's daily life.

In my faith section I have prayer request page to track what I requested of God and how or when it was answered. I have scripture memorization page and bible study logs.

Soon I will show you my project binder and my dream home binder (which is not yet done) and I can show you some more organizing for my kitchen and toys! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bible Study: Tithing

So I am excited to start my first bible study! Now don't expect all of these to be bible studies that tells you what to believe because I don't intend to do that. I want you pray for God to open your heart and speak to you about what this bible study means. I will give you scriptures from the bible and let you make your own decisions. So please pray before reading this.

Last night before I went to bed I was working on making a new budget with more expensive health insurance involved. After taking away all of our bills, the health insurance and tithing we were left with practically nothing. I kept thinking how can we do this we need diapers and household products, too but we also need to tithe. I felt like I was told to go look up scriptures of tithing on the internet and this is how this study came about... I learned that I don't have to give 10%, that I give what I can out of the kindness of my heart. Now I will let you make your own decision.

In Genesis 14, after the kings were slaughtered, Abraham returned to Palestine with Lot and with a large amount of soil that was taken from the kings. Abraham gave him a tenth of the spoil; the remainder was given to the king of Sodom.
If you read the story you will see that Abraham's tenth was not forced, he chose to offer thankskiving to God for the deliverance of his people. In fact, God does not speak of a law to tithing until Leviticus.
Not until Moses was there an actual law and many believe the law to be an old convenant that was used to help the Levits and priest at the time (like a taxation).

Here is something I found that I liked quite well...

If one decides to tithe under the law, he must:

 1. Give ALL the tithes required by the law. Some count 3-4 different tithes under the law of Moses. One tithe will not satisfy the law. (Remember, no human can change God’s law.)

2. Give your tithes to a Levitical priest. The problem here is that there is no more Levitical priesthood. Modern pastors are not Levitical priests. (Remember, no human can change God’s law.)

3. Give tithes in the form of agricultural produce and livestock. This will not work for urban dwellers -- unless you have a very big garden! (Remember, no human can change God’s law.) As to Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees that they tithe mint, dill and cummin (Matthew 23:23), remember that the New Covenant did not begin until the cross.

4. Bring your tithes to the storehouse, or temple. You will have to go to Jerusalem, but when you get there you will not find the temple. The problem here is that there has been no temple since A.D. 70. Modern church buildings are not the temple. Individual believers are God’s temple. (Remember, no human can change God’s law.)


Does God want you to give 10% if it will cause you to not be able to pay a bill or take care of your family??
1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever
2 Cor 8:8-15
8 I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

10 And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. 12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”[b]

How does God want you to give?

2 Corinthians 9:7
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 
 Matthew 23:23

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

And to end this study... FOOD was always the tithe:

Leviticus 27:30
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.

2 Chronicles 31:4-6Moreover he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the Law of the Lord.

5 As soon as the commandment was circulated, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything. 6 And the children of Israel and Judah, who dwelt in the cities of Judah, brought the tithe of oxen and sheep; also the tithe of holy things which were consecrated to the Lord their God they laid in heaps.

If you want more references google scriptures on tithing and you will see it alway spices or some type of food that is tithed, never money. I pray this has been helpful to some out there who question their tithing.

I used to look these scriptures up and used the New King James version.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Why my marriage rocks!

So I discovered the wonderfulness of Ball Freezer Jars... I have used them to freeze leftover chicken broth (or homemade) and I was able to make extra portion of homemade cream of mushroom soup which I found the recipe on pinterest. So now I don't have to use the canned stuff which makes me feel better about feeding it to my family; not only that but it was cheaper to make then buying the canned soup! I also made some homemade biscuits, cut them with a biscuit cutter, froze them on a cookie sheet and then put them in these feezer jars for Saturday morning breakfast.

So I have seen quite a few blog posts about happy marriages and I must say mine is great so I thought I would share some tips on why or how my marriage is great!

  1.  We show each other respect. In our 5 years of marriage we have never called each other names or put each other down during an argument.
  2. We leave each other love notes randomly. I love waking up to a note on the fridge saying, "Have a great day," or on the mirror after he takes a shower saying he loves me.
  3. We appreciate each other and say so. My husband tells me he appreciates how I take care of the house and the kids. I tell him I am grateful that he goes to work everyday to take care of his family and he is a great daddy.
  4. We trust each other. We have always been honest with each other and don't have a problem logging into each other's emails and phone messages.
  5. We show affection to each other with hugs and pecks in front of our family and in public.
  6. We compromise. There is no one in charge of our relationship, we talk over things and then decide how it is going to go. He usually leaves it up to me but if we can not decide I go with his decision since this is how God wants it.
  7. Even when we are upset with each other we still say, "I love you.
So what makes your marriage great? Maybe I should make a post on what we need to work on...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Tough Message, HELL, by Robert Morris - 1 of 4.avi

This is a great sermon on hell... highly recommend you watch it!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Home Mangament Binder

A homemanagement binder is what many women use to help more effeciently manage their home.
Here are the dividers I have in my binder (but you may want to change yours up) and what is in them.
  • My daily routine, daily/weekly/monthly/yearly cleaning lists
  • Spring cleaning and fall cleaning pages
  • Home projects such as a new bathroom and their costs
  • Homemade cleaner recipes
  • Daily declutter calendar
  • 30 days to clean calendar (from the E-book) 
  • Money plan notes
  • My savings page where I keep track of our savings
  • Monthly budget as an estimate
  • Bills due page
  • Weekly budget because my husband gets paid weekly and it is not always the same
  • Prayer journal
  • Bible Verses(for memorization)
  • List of random acts of kindness
  • The first letter of the begining of every line of Proverbs 31 for memorization
  • Emergency Information
  • Family tradition page per month (per Partow's book again)
  • Contact information
  • Online passwords
  • Birthdates
  • Emergency Kit checklist
  • "The Husband Project," checklist which I typed up myself.
  • Wedded Bliss Challenge, also typed up myself from the Suzie Homemaker group on CafeMom.
Most people have meal plans as a tab in their binder but I am a magazine lover and always rip out recipes from them so it has is its own binder. I will go into detail about mine later with pictures. I think it might be my SD card that is messed up on my computer but it is hard to tell because my FIL dropped one of my cameras and broke the screen and the screen on the other one just went out. :(
And here is a list of free printables via my pinterest:
Here is a lsit of some that may not be listed there:
  • (they have free ones under organizher and for mom)
  • organizedhome
  • -has tons of printables from all over the web...this site is amazing
I am SO happy I made my HMB...I use it everyday for different things. I love have everything in one place.

I have a daily routine page... it is basically my morning routine and evening routine. Here is what mine looks like:
Wake up
Get Dressed
Brush Teeth
Bible Study
Eat Breakfast and Check Facebook/Pinterest/Email
Pickup anything left from last night
Take out meat for dinner

Do lunch dishes
Sweep floor
Clean table
Do any extra cleaning or organizing project

Quick pick up
Prepare dinner
Eat dinner
Do dinner dishes
Wipe down counters
Sweep floor

Then I have a daily extra cleaning schedule or room concentration schedule:
M- Kitchen
T- Mop & Fridge
F-Living Room including under couches
S-Organization/Catch Up/Grocery Shopping
S- Rest Day/ Avon order goes in

Then you should write a monthly schedule for things that need done only once or twice a month.
Mine looks like this:

Week 1: Clean out fridge
Week 2: Clean out car
Week 3: Clean out fridge
Week 4: Clean yard and front porch

And then a yearly plan one which to be honest, I have not started by I would do it by month. You can include things like changing out clothes for seasons.
Don't forget soon I will go over my meal planner binder, project binder and dream home binder (real simple to make). Have a great day and God bless.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pantry makeover!

First off my new floor!! The first picture of course is the new floor. My vacuum broke and I was having to sweep the carpet with a broom. Did not work very well. Well I ended up getting a new floor instead of a vacuum... I have a small vacuum I can use for the master bedroom. I am so excited...with kids carpet does not last very long!
And on the bottom pic is my youngest son... his cute little smile!

Now for the pantry... here is my horrible before. My pantry was home built and it is not done yet, as you can see.

And here is the after...

Thanks to some help from Wal-Mart and the wonderful Better Homes and Gardens containers this is how my pantry ended up the way it did. I just need to work on the labels.
I got them from the aisle with canning items they cost 3-8 dollars. (8 dollars for the tall ones you see here). I spent about 175.00 for all of the ones you see here and in my cupboard (there are some stacked behind what you see).

And below my cupboard, now my baking cupboard... I moved the cans and there will be more on that new system later. I also have to redo my spices so don't think i think that is organized. The first clear container at the top has my cupcake decorating stuff (the tips, stencils, etc.) and the second has jellos and bakers chocolate. And in my spice area, I have one of those 3 level spice organizers which is a total life saver when trying to look for stuff.


BHG suggests having a basket for each day of the weeks food and adding the food/ingredients you need for that day.

Some people have a pantry where they can mix and stir their items inside the pantry so you do not see the mess on the countertops...genius idea, if you have the room!

Spices in baby food jars fit nicely in a drawer! 

Better Homes and Gardens has free labels for you pantry like the ones shown:

I love how this pantry has everything labeled and condensed into one gives you so much more room, as you can see with my pantry!

I challenge you to clean out you pantry and make room for less processed foods; to organize you pantry in a way that will work for you; to organize your pantry so you can streamline cooking! Remember you can scout out dollar stores for some of these organization items you see.
Good luck!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Makeover your pantry: breakfast

So we are on the breakfast part of our series of eliminating as much processed foods as you can.
First off how to make homemade freezable breakfast sandwiches without all the icky stuff and cheaper at that.

Here is a link to how it is done:

I made them but I did not like doing the eggs that way so next time I am going to mix them and then put them in the pan. I also make homemade biscuits and here is the link to the easy ones I make by paula deen. They are yummy! Tip: If you don't have a biscuit cutter you can use a clean tuna can as one but with the size of the eggs for this recipe I recommend doing it by hand or with a biscuit cutter.

Breakfast Sandwiches-Target prices:English Muffins 6 pck- 2.50 x2
Dozen Large Eggs-1.59
8 oz. Shredded Cheese- 2.69

Total price for 12 sandwiches: 9.28   Per sandwich: 77 cents

NOTE: For a Jimmy Dean 4 pack of Egg, Sausage and Cheese Muffins it cost 4.76 at HEB in TX! Yikes!

Breakfast Tacos-HEB prices
Pork Sausage-2.77
Flour Tortillas,12 ct- 1.78 (Store brand)
Dozen Large Eggs- 1.27

Total price for 12 tacos: 5.82   Per taco: .49

Not everyone has time to make homemade pancakes... it is just a lot easier to grab a premade box (especially the ones that call for just water) but I found a solution to speed up the process. I found a blog with premade mixes (you can also make extra and freeze them putting wax paper in between them).

Blueberry Muffins:
(wrap them in aluminum foil and freeze, heat them up when you are ready to eat them).

And here is some special ones:
creme brulee french toast

Next post, I am going to give you some average snack recipes and soon my pantry and cupboards reogranized (that is what I have been working on today).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Makeover your pantry:

I don't know about you but as soon as I had kids I started worrying more about making sure veggies were in our dinner...then I had a picky kid who does not eat any veggies unless I literally shove them into his mouth. So how else can I make him eat somewhat healthier? Cut out processed foods. And there is so much around these days. So here are my suggestions for cutting out as much processed foods as you can. Throughtout this series I will show you some premade mixes, veggies recipes, how to incorporate veggies, what food items you should look for and my favorite part-organizing that darn pantry and fridge!

1. Find recipe for things you can make homemade (pinterest would be very useful for this but I will also post links to some recipes in this post).

2. Make a list of things that would be cheaper and/or easy to make homemade.

3. Make a list of items you just can not give up either because you love the taste or the convenience or the price. Try to make it a must have list. For me it is Kraft Mac n Cheese (favorite since I was a kid), cereals of any kind and any snack I have yet to find how to bake such as saltine crackers.

4. Choose a meal a day to not serve any processed foods during. I do both breakfast and dinner (lunch is whatever and cereal is okay).
For breakfast you would make homemade pancake mix which you can find a premade one here on the next post as well as other breakfast faves.

For dinner here is some links to common starchy sides you may make and how to make them outside of the box or bag. Breakfast will come next post as it will contain a lot.

Scalloped Potatoes

                                                              Roasted Potatoes  

Fried Rice

Spanish Rice 

                                                 Pasta with Parm, Garlic and Olive Oil

Premade Cornbread Mix

Homemade French Fries

Hope you found some wonderful ideas and hope you have a blessed day!

Coupon help.

Hello internet world and friends, here is the websites I promised for couponing.   My favorite since I live in TX and it has the stores I am used to going to.
htttp://  My other favorite...shows you the items you can get and where they come from. You can look it up by store and it shows you the biggest savings first.   Videos/Free Tutorials on couponing plus lots more!
http:/// more videos, coupon store policies, etc. She lives in the Woodlands, TX and was on extreme couponing. Check out her buy it now price list here (plus other free printables).

Today I put these websites to use, as I am meal planning. If you live in Texas you can get country crock butter for free at Krogers. It all depends on how many computers you have as to how many you can get free (you can only print two per computer) and you have to purchase a total of 10 items from their list, otherwise the butter will be 50 cents each. The coupon is on

Dinner tonight...I am planning Olive Garden's Fettuccine can find the recipe on their website:
I am so excited to try it as I love Alfredo!

Also, I am 3/4 done with my, "Becoming the Women God Wants Me To Be," by Donna Partow. It has been very inspiring... I have almost all of Proverbs 31 memorized because of it, my house is looking cleaner, my family is eating healthier, I do bible study everyday.... there is just so many ideas in that one book. I highly recommend it. You can check it out here on Amazon and read the reviews.

On my next few posts I plan to have a makeover your pantry type challenge...which I will discuss cutting out processed foods, making your own mixes, organizing your pantry, incorporating veggies, etc. I am so looking forward to it as I am still learning about feeding my family healthier, too. I hope you will come back and check it out!

Have a wonderful day and God bless.

PS. My son was watching Umi Zoomi and they said, "What shape is this?" And he said a semi-circle. I looked and that it was. He is only two and he knows all the main shapes, his ABCs, colors, numbers...I am so proud.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Welcome to my first entry!
My blog is going to be about organizing, living frugal, cleaning, crafts, home management, cooking, the bible and more. In this first entry I would like to show you my new coupon system-I am by no means an extreme couponer but on the occasion I get free items and I am starting to stock up emergency food so coupons are a big help. (Especially when you are on a budget!)

I bought it at Wal-Mart for about 20.00 including the 10 pack dividers which were purchased seperately.

I have them different by months on each divider.

I place the coupons in the proper month after I add the date in which I recieved them because most coupon sites will tell you where a coupon came from by saying SS 01/15 which means Smart Source Jan 15.

I really needed this system because I was having to look through so many just to find the ones I needed and before that I was cutting them all out and using a little divider and again I was searching t see what I had.

DINNER TONIGHT: It is a slow cooker recipe with only three ingredients (plus the toppings for the chicken tacos).

I hope you found this post helpful. Next post I will post some links to very helpful couponing sites. Have a great day!

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