I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord – hymn

I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord

This hymn challenges me. If I am singing the words, I should really mean them, right? Well, let’s look at the words of this one.

I Want To Be A Worker For The Lord

words & music: I. Baltzell (1880)

1. I want to be a worker for the Lord,
I want to love and trust His holy Word,
I want to sing and pray,
Be busy every day
In the vineyard of the Lord.

I will work, I will pray,
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord.
I will work, I will pray.
I will labor every day, in the vineyard of the Lord.

2. I want to be a worker every day,
I want to lead the erring in the way
That leads to Heav’n above,
Where all is peace and love,
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]

3. I want to be a worker strong and brave,
I want to trust in Jesus’ pow’r to save;
All who will truly come
Shall find a happy home
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]

4. I want to be a worker; help me, Lord,
To lead the lost and erring to Thy Word,
That points to joys on high
Where pleasures never die,
In the vineyard of the Lord. [Refrain]


When I read through these lyrics, I think “yes, I want to do these things. I really do.” But truthfully, I am not bold enough. So, I am working on that. I have been praying that I can be bolder, to know HOW to do so. That is one reason I am so excited about the MOnday night Bible study we are participating in. The study is working through a series that can be used to teach others in a one-on-one setting.

What a wonderful thing to be learning and what a good challenge for me, so that I can truly be a “worker for the Lord.”

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enough – Five Minute Friday (on Saturday)


It seems like these last few weeks have flown by! I keep finding myself a few days behind on things, though I haven’t missed any deadlines because of that. Whew!

So this lovely Saturday afternoon, I am writing a Five Minute Friday post. Because I like the freedom of these prompts. They are fun and interesting to me. Five minutes of free-associations and thoughts. No editing required, though I do correct spellings and such as I go. Just can’t help it!

GO –


It’s full. Stop before you overflow it!

Or maybe

Enough. I have been through the mill today and am exhausted.


Enough. You have completed what you needed to and you were successful at it so you don’t need to continue.

Enough can have so many implications. Like so many other things in our lives, it all depends on how you choose to use it.

Enough is not met – can you help? Can you fill?

So often, we don’t see those who need to be filled. We miss that they need help getting enough. Of whatever it is. But so often  it is just being seen and recognized and given a smile or a handshake or a hug. That often is enough to change someone’s day, to change the direction they were heading.

Enough – how can I be enough for someone else?

Bravery. Step out. Act instead of think. Do it now.

I need to be enough. For others and maybe, in that process, my enough will also be found.

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Linking up at Five Minute Friday hosted by Kate over on Heading Home.

Once Upon A Time Bible – #flyby review & #onceuponatimebible

I was asked to review the Once Upon A Time Holy Bible and the Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible.

Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible

Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible

This children’s version is a series of retellings from the Bible. The book begins with a page about the Greatest Stories Ever Told – the real stories from the Bible. They are true and this page introduces them. There 18 stories from the Old Testament and 15 from the New Testament. Storybook Bible collage

Each story is a short retelling based on the Bible. It has a related scripture to go along with it. Sometimes this scripture is from the section of the Bible that the story is; other times it is from a very different place. Each story is also accompanied by beautiful illustrations.

Beginning each story with “Once upon a time . . .” gives a feel of fantasy to the stories, which I did not care for. Each story also ended with a “Happily Ever After.” These I did kind of like because it summed up a theme from the story that was relevant and would help a child focus on aspects of God or of their walk in His will.

This would make a nice edition for a child to look through but it is a storybook version. Don’t expect a whole lot of growth in the child’s knowledge of the Bible from this version.

Once Upon A Time NIrV Bible

Once Upon A Time Holy Bible

This New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) of the Bible is a full version of the Bible. It includes a small glossary at the back and highlights a few stories with pictures Once Upon A Time Bible collagethroughout. These highlighted stories are where the theme of Once Upon A Time comes in – all except the final one are stories of a man and woman: Adam and Eve, Isaac and Rebekah, Ruth and Boaz, Esther and the king. These images are not placed in their actual Bible locations, which is something I don’t care for.

This is a hardback book that is about 5 inches by 7 inches. It is rather small, which influences the size of the typesetting. The type is very, very small. I had a hard time reading it because of the size. The pages are also very thin and will tear easily. All in all, I don’t really see this as a child’s Bible.


You can purchase these Bibles wherever books are sold. You can find the Storybook Bible at Sam’s Club or wherever books are sold. If you would like to purchase online, please visit HarperCollins/ZonderKidz.

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Book Club – check it out

Book club:Ladybug Daydrams and At Home where life happens

Today’s book club post is about The Whistler by John Grisham. Honestly, this one snuck up on me. When I looked for the book at the library, the wait list was over 20 people for just a couple of copies of the book. With each person able to keep it for 3 weeks, well, that means it was going to be a while before it got to me. And I totally forgot to go look and see if our local bookstore had a copy. So, I haven’t read it. Yet.

But Wendy has! She totally rocks! Please go visit Wendy’s blog, Ladybug Daydream, to read her review and discussion about The Whistler.

Next month we are reading one I had not heard of until yesterday: The Execution of Jesus the Christ: The Medical Cause of Our Lord’s Death During His Illegal Crucifixion by Mark J. Kubala, MD. I am not real sure what I think about the title but I am willing to give it a chance. That is one of the interesting things about this Book Club Wendy started – it challenges me to think beyond my own little comfort box.

See you soon!

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Leadership with Lads to Leaders – Blogging Through The Alphabet

L Lads to Leaders

One of the things we all want to see developed in our children is leadership abilities. We desire them to be strong so that they are not tempted to follow but rather to lead. Our family works through this in several specific ways. I want to share one that permeates our whole life today.

Lads to Leaders

L2L, as this program is affectionately abbreviated, is a leadership training program to help develop abilities for leadership within the church. God’s desire is for us to be strong in Him and to lead others to know Him. We cannot effectively do this if we are not strong ourselves and know Him in such a thorough way that we can share about Him and the Bible.

L2L has a long, proven history of strengthening the participants, whether children, teens, or adults. There is much research that shows that if we have strengthened the leadership abilities and knowledge of the Christians, they are much less likely to fall away from the church during their young adult years and other times when life is a struggle.

Each of the giggly girls has different abilities and talents that we want to strengthen, though there is overlap there. There are also a couple of categories that we require the girls to participate in because it will help them to develop their own personal habits in these areas.

The two areas that we truly are requiring the girls to participate is in the Bible Bowl test and the Good Samaritan category. Bible Bowl is required because it is an in-depth study of part of the Bible, with a great focus on the theme of the year. We study it as part of our homeschool and the girls are supposed to do a daily reading of the material, as well. We have practices at church with others who are also studying for Bible Bowl. They then take a 100 question, 1 hour test over the material at the end of February. If they choose to, they can also participate in the competition at the annual Lads to Leaders convention that happens Easter weekend.

Good Samaritan is just that – being a good servant and helper to others in need. This is a year around event in which we look for ways to serve others and help. It could be a simple as helping to prepare the weekly Wednesday meals at church or writing a care to a shut-in. It could be as in-depth as going on a week long mission trip in the summer, helping at church camp, or working VBS. We have times where the girls help in the nursery at church, they volunteer at the building, they pick up trash. We find that the more you look for ways to help, the more ways you find to help.

In addition to these two categories, the girls pick and choose what appeals to them.

Miss E does sign language, art work, memorization, puppetry, bulletin boards, Bible reading, and writing articles for publication.

Miss L does Bible reading, song leading for ladies’ classes and kids’ activities, Keepers (learning about different ways to serve through various aspects of hospitality, as noted in Proverbs 31), puppetry and song writing (shared in a video presentation).

Miss J participated in puppetry, Bible reading, song leading, and Junior Leader (a study of Bible characters and ways they showed leadership).

There are additional categories for participation and they all are focused on the purpose of growing leaders for God’s church. We do spend quite a bit of time with these programs but our purpose as parents is to help guide our children towards God. This program assists us in what God has called us to do (Deut 6:6-9).

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Peggy Consolver book ~ a Crew review

Have you ever thought about what life was like during the Old Testament times? Peggy Consolver – Author did and what come of that is quite an amazing, engaging, and interesting novel: Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer.

Shepherd Potter Spy Star Namer

  Mrs. Consolver began writing the story of a young Gibeonite boy during Old Testament times but in 2010, she was struggling to get the Peggy Consolverbackground right – the setting, the geography, the day-to-day details that make a story so engaging that you just can’t let go of it. She was able to take a tour of Israel, go to Caesarea, Megiddo, the Jezreel Valle, Galilee, Jericho, and more. Attending some of the archaeological digs in the area really brought to life the setting in which she was writing the story. And from there, well, we are definitely the beneficiaries of the beautiful, insightful writing that came of that experience. Her purpose is to bring every reader closer to God, to HIStory.

A Summary:

Shepher, Potter, Spy, and the Star Namer has its primary focus on the family of a young Gibeonite boy. The setting is the Jezreel Valley – close to Jerusalem, Jerico, and the Jordan River. The time period is the final two years of the Israelites wandering in the desert before entering Canaan.

The Gibeonite family are shepherds and potters, working hard daily to earn their living and to live in the mountainous areas of their country. Keshub, 13 years old, begins the book as the shepherd for his family, but their lives begin to change when the king of Amorites begins his awful reign and his unloved son runs away for fear of his own life. Keshub’s family believes in the Star-Namer, one who knows all, created all, and cares for everyone, wanting them to do right.

A caravan brings news of the approaching Hebrews and their land is filled with terror. Are the Hebrews really an overwhelming invader who will kill and destroy or is the king of the Amorites who they should worry about? What will happen to the family and the land? After the fall of Jericho, what is there to believe? How could a city that was so protected just fall?

book cover

Fascinating Things:

What I found so fascinating about this story is the lives brought to life in the pages of the story. This is a fictional book but it is historical fiction, based strongly on the lives of the Gibeonite people and the Hebrews. Many of the events of the story come from the Old Testament, specifically as documented in Joshua and Exodus.

Have you ever wondered just what it was like for the Hebrews, as they left behind Egypt and approached Canaan for the second time, after most of those who came out of Egypt had died? Have you ever thought about the amazing sight of what the fall of Jericho would have looked like? What about the crossing of the Jordan river on dry land? Have you ever thought about how the lives of the people were, their daily lives, their earning livings? All this and more are brought to life through the imagination of Mrs. Consolver.

Just some insight into her creative thought processes – I have always thought that it must have been strange to see all of the changes and deaths the Hebrew people experienced. I never personalized it, though. Mrs. Consolver does that extremely well and I felt the fear, the anguish, the pain of the families as they waited for people to die. They knew the deaths of everyone over a certain age would have to die before they could enter Canaan and that must have been an excruciating wait when you knew one of your family members was in that catergory. This is just one of the experiences that was brought to stark life, so that I could feel the anguish, in the story.

A Note on the Book:

Mrs. Consolver has the reader in the Gibeonite setting for most of the book but there are many scenes that take place in the Hebrew camp, as well. This movement of the setting really enhances the book, as it brings the eventual meeting of the two groups to a head (remember when the Gibeonites approached the Hebrews and made a treaty with them under false pretenses?). This did take a bit of thinking to jump back and forth but I feel like it did a great job of bringing the reader right into the story and setting the stage for the final portions of the book.

Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer Peggy Consolver 


Mrs. Consolver has an interesting website that really enhances the experience of Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer. There are many research links and videos that help you delve deeper into the setting and story line. From looking at animals encountered in the story to links showing how to make knots like the boys did, from learning about Mount Hermon to bow making and learning about fires and insects – the research links are fascinating. They can really strengthen the connections to the story and, more importantly, to the Bible and the events told there. There is also a study guide available to help the readers dig even deeper into HIStory and all that God shows us through the Bible. The study guide is available for purchase and you can get a sample of it from Mrs. Consolver’s website.

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Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer {Peggy Consolver Reviews} 

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Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes – Middle School Monday

bluebonnets & indian paintbrushes

One is never too old to study legends to go along with the every day. So this week, we are delving a bit into Texas history through bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes. These beautiful flowers flourish in Texas this time of year.

Last Friday, we took a field trip to bluebonnet fields and spent the day relveling in the beauty of large fields of flowers. These flowers are the quintessential picture of Texas for many people and the legends that go along with these flowers are beautiful. They show love for community and acts of self-less-ness.

So, this week, we are going to pull out The Legend of the Bluebonnet and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. Both of these legends are interesting and beautiful. No only do we learn and revisit these stories but we will learn a bit more about the people who created these legends.

Some of the possible activities we will do:

  • creating art work
  • reading the books
  • writing our own retelling of the story or doing a video of our retelling of the legends
  • illustrate the legends
  • research the flowers
  • science lesson on labeling plants (more for the youngest giggly girl)
  • research the Comanche tribes and Plains tribes
  • define legends
  • create a lapbook on the story
  • create a lapbook with character traits and relate to other characters (perhaps Biblical?)
  • create a doll similar to the one in the legend
  • create paints from berries and other things we can scavenge
  • revisit teepees from previous studies
  • take a look at drought – what it is, what it does to the land
  • study sacrifice
  • geography study – look at Texas, Wyoming, the plains, bordering states, etc. on a map

Yes, these are very generic ideas that will come to fruition as we decide on which activities to explore more deeply and which ones to not include in our learning at all this time around. We revisit ideas as we explore topics and books and stories and subjects that we find interesting or different.

This is one of the lovely things that we sometimes forget about our schooling – we don’t have to cover it all in depth because things will come around again and we will learn more the next time. So, my goal with these books is to give the oldest giggly girl, who is in 7th grade, more freedom to explore her areas of interest with the book on her own and create a presentation for her sisters. The middle giggly girl (5th) will probably do a couple of the simpler topics and join with her younger sister in others. The youngest giggly girl (2nd) will be working with me to delve into some things that she either hasn’t done yet or needs to revisit in a more in depth way, such as the plant labeling.

I challenge you to pull out a legend, or any story really, and find some related activities to do and see if the connections don’t help the information stick.

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