Small Acts of Encouragement

WP_20150321_002This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to speak at my first ladies retreat. I felt so blessed to be a part of the event and the ladies of the Lehman Ave. church of Christ (Bowling Green, KY) made me feel so welcomed.

I delivered three lessons over the course of Friday and Saturday, which was another first for me, that many lessons back to back. I was nervous that I would get them scrambled or just forget and go blank but luckily none of that happened.

The theme for the weekend was Button Up. My lessons consisted of:
Buttons As Embellishment: Showing The Beautiful Image of Christ to the World
Buttons That Function: Are We Doing The Work God Called Us To Do?
and lastly
Hot Buttons Issues: Keeping Tied To Christ When Life Leaves You Frazzled.

Speaking to a group of women that I do not fellowship with on a regular basis is challenging for me. You don’t know what kind of lessons they are used to hearing or may be expecting. You don’t know what they have been studying or what types of issues they may have been dealing with and may be desiring encouragement for. I just did my best and hoped my lessons and presentations were worthy of the gracious invitation.

I received such positive feedback and encouragement from spending time with these sisters. I so enjoyed the discussion periods after each lesson and time to sit and fellowship and build new relationships. I left Saturday evening to come home feeling so uplifted and singing all the way.

If I was even half the encouragement to the women who attended as they were to me then I feel like it was a good weekend for all. God’s word was taught, His truths were shared and I tried my best to make sure His light did Shine!

Tonight when we arrived at church, in the mailbox was a small, solitary envelope addressed to me. It was a note of thanks and encouragement from on of the dear sisters I had spent the weekend with. It put such a smile on my face and such joy to my heart that she had taken the time to send out such a token. I appreciate her words more than she may ever know.

At the conclusion of services tonight at Three Forks, on the pew in our foyer there was a WP_20150325_002small gift bag with my name on it. A gift from my secret sister. It was another reminder that someone is thinking of me and praying for me. I love this little program at church, both the giving and receiving of gifts. Knowing that someone is praying for you and encouraging you is such a wonderful feeling, and the fact that I get to anonymously do that for someone else is great!

I hope you all find small acts of encouragement that you can do this week for another. You do not know what they may be facing and that card, smile, thought, prayer, whatever it is can do wonders for their spirit. But most importantly, may that encouragement lead them one step closer to our Lord and Savior!

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,” Col. 2:2

In Him Always,

Tiffany

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Life Changing Letter

importantletterToday was the big day!  The kids and I took a letter to the post office, certified mail!  This was a very special letter and we had make sure  it arrives where it needs to go.  This letter is a life changing piece of post!  Why?  Because it makes a life changing decision official.  Makes it real for every one of us.  What is that decision?
We have decided to home school our children!!! 

Very few people in our family and at church know we were thinking of this. firstdayIn fact it has gone on for the past 3 weeks at our house.  The kids first day of school was July 9.  So far it has been amazing.  Have there been frustrating days already, yep, you better believe it.  But has it already been wonderfully worth it……YES!!!!!  I have enjoyed it probably as much as they have, and they have had a blast!  In just a little over 2 weeks we have already done so much. Reached milestones, made memories, had so much fun that I can’t wait to continue on.

My husband has joked that this may just be an excuse to feed my office supply addiction, but even he has noticed how much closer the family is drawing.  He can see the change in our children as they are excited to read, to explore, to get involved!

In just these first few weeks we have accomplished so much.  I have managed to explain algebra with fractions to my oldest with no tears (on either of our parts – whew!)  And it was wonderful to see his face light up when he got it!  My youngest son has gotten so into creating things, he made our school flag and wrote us a motto tonight and was so proud of himself and so was I!  My daughter is picking up her letters and numbers so quickly.  She has begun to recognize them in random places and you can see the joy in her face as she shows them to us.

How did I miss this?  I considered homeschooling when our oldest (now 10) was about to enter preschool, but pushed it away thinking I could not do it.  Now I  am sad to think of all the moments of happiness and triumph I missed while someone else was with them for so many hours in a day.  Isn’t that part of why I chose to be a stay home mom?  Why was I willingly giving up my children.

Of course God’s word has been a key part of everything we do, history, science, art, you name it there is some way to relate it to the Awesome God we serve and this world he created!  It has been wonder.  As I type now, by their own desire, my children are making popsicle stick bible puppets so they can tell the stories to each other.  I LOVE IT!!!

There is so much more I want to say, so much I want to tell you about but I will wait. For now, I will share with you some pictures of all the wonderful things we have gotten to do so far and pray they continue on all year long.  So pray for us as we continue our studies at F.I.T. Homeschool (Footsteps In Truth).Fit test1

Some of the great experiences include:  petting a giant turtle and a python at our library,  Building pirate ships and cars,  making sun-catchers, scavenger hunts at the park, ball games where the kids were part of a group recognized for completing the summer reading challenge and where we were able to meet a celebrity!!  AGT’s Marty Brown.  Lil bit (in a picture similar to the one below) was even on the front page of the local paper.  All of this and we are just getting started!!PicMonkey Collage2

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