I've heard a term thrown around quite easily lately. In fact, I was having a conversation with some Christian women and the term came up a bunch then, too The problem is that it was used wrong.
I've noticed that when someone wants to talk about separation from the world and striving to live a holy life, then some will claim "Legalism!" It is a very strong word. But what does it really mean? It means that you are not trusting in Christ alone to save you. It means that you are adding works to your faith so that you may have a home in heaven. The dictionary says that legalism is defined as "the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works."
So, am I a Legalist? Oh my, No! I truly believe God's Word when it says, "By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works," (Ephesians 3:8) I also love the verse in Romans 5:1, "Therefore being justified by faith..." Faith!! I do not believe that I have to add anything to my faith to gain heaven.
So, then, why do I do the things I do? Why do I say the things I say? Why do I listen to the things that I listen to? Why do I raise my kiddos the way I do? Why do I wear the things I wear? It's quite simple. I'm not trying to earn my way to Heaven, I do them because of love and obedience. I don't have to do any of those things to gain heaven. I do, however, want to please my heavenly Father.
When I disappoint Him, the Holy Spirit convicts and burdens my heart. That's not a good feeling, that's for sure! So, when I read in His Word the instructions for my life, I have a desire to do them and to follow them. I've read of His many promises that I will have when I am obedient to His Word. And those promises are things I want in my life! Proverbs says, "Blessed are they that keep my ways," Blessed is something that I want to be!
But, don't I have the "freedom" in Christ to do the things I want to do? (Another term that is thrown around a lot lately) Yes, I have that freedom to make my own choices. But are they always the best choices? Not always. That's why God has given me clear instructions in His Word of the choices that He wants me to make. And He wants to direct every area of my life from the things I watch to the way I dress.
So, the next time you hear that word "Legalism" thrown around, think about it's meaning and don't be someone who misuses that word. Someone that is striving to please the Lord is not a Legalist. I'm so thankful that we are saved by God's grace. If we had to add our works to our salvation, I would never be good enough. And I wouldn't have the peace of where I would spend eternity. God is so good to us! I'm thankful that His Word gives us all the answers that I need to live a pleasing life for Him!
Monday, August 24, 2015
We started off with some fun school games. There was some good competition for the Spelling Bee and the Math Competition.
After the games we had a devotion using 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God." We took apart the verse and answered Who, Why, When, Where, What and How. We focused on the How and talked about different ways we can study God's Word.
I am so blessed to have my Elisabeth and Brenna by my side. They love planning with me and helping me shop and set up. What great memories we are making together!
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
After a great day at Paynes Prairie State Park, we began our trek home from Gainesville back to Fort White. Some of the kiddos were getting sleepy and resting, some were already taking a good snooze. I was driving along thinking about the great time we had and all the fun things we had for the Friday night ahead. I stopped at a red light. Then, I remember a huge bang and being thrown forward. We were rear ended.
We woke up with sore necks and chest. It was quite an impact!
We praise God our family is safe! We're thankful for our big vehicle that took the impact for us.
Thank you Lord!
Monday, August 17, 2015
It was a great adventure! We decided that we are going to fit "State Park Adventures" into our school schedule somehow!
Monday, August 3, 2015
Here are a few things she's found helpful for her couponing adventures:
~Have a box that you won't mind carrying in the store with you. Beth's box was found at Office Max and has cute little file dividers in it. She keeps all her cut coupons in there and has it ready at a moment.
~She has a separate mini folder she brings into the store with all the coupons she knows she will for sure be using that day.
~When cutting coupons it's easier to group all the papers together (like the Red Plum or Smart Source) and cut them all at once. She buys 2-4 papers and cuts them all with a quick snip. It really doesn't take too long.
~There are many ways to save. But, the mostly used are: Sales at the store, Manufacture Coupons, and Store Coupons. Beth's goal is to only buy when at least two of those ways to save can be used on one item. She loves it when she can do all 3! Last week Sharpie Markers were on sale at Publix. She also had a Publix coupon for them and a manufacturer coupon....she saved big!
~She's finding her best deals at Publix, Winn Dixie and CVS.
I'm linking up with the Modest Mom Blog today!
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Lots and lots of things happening around here. Our summer started with lots of things to do....like renovations to the church! We ran into a great problem....our auditorium is quite packed on Sunday mornings! yay! So, after some brainstorming from Patrick and the men, they decided to build a new nursery in the back garage so that the walls could come down in the auditorium.
Kites and Hot Air Balloons!