Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Have you ever had God repeat something to you, over and over again. I love it when He does that. Those that say God doesn't talk to us...probably aren't listening. He speaks to us in different ways. Through words of a song, verses that keep popping up, words of a friend, circumstances and situations...just to name a few.
Lately, I've been feeling really convicted about what I'm putting into my body. Not food wise, but what I'm reading, watching, listening to...you know, consuming that way. The Lord has been dealing with me and has put me through a refining fire. This topic has come up with my Young Adult group at church as well as in my own private studies. He has shown me that in my life, it definitely does matter what I put in. The bible clearly states that our thoughts and actions are a result of what pours out from the heart. If we are filling our heart with vulgar, secular things, those type things are likely to pour out.
I read a verse this weekend that I'd like to share:
"Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." - James 1:21
That is pretty cut and dry to me. I hope and pray that I can do a better job of watching what I allow in. This is hard sometimes because there are certain songs, tv shows, movies and books that I just love...but they don't edify God. I am praying that He will help me replace those secular things with things that are fitting, so that I will reflect His glory! This is something that does not come easy for me...but I know He has called me to work on this.
I love it when He speaks to me! I owe Him to try!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I am so happy to share my new job with you all! Since staying home to homeschool Kameron, things have been a little tight in the finance department. Although I know that the Lord approves of our decision for me to stay home, I also want to try and help give us a little more breathing room! I've done Direct Sales before...but I was in college. By the way...College + Direct Sales = DISASTER! That experience left quite the bad taste in my mouth for it! Anyway, I was at a friend's house last weekend (watching the STEELERS whoop another team) (I can't remember who the other team was...thus the jewelry thing!) and she pulled out her Silpada catalog and asked me if I had any Silpada jewelry. "No," I said. "I can't afford it!" She nodded and let me look through the catalog as well as see her little collection she had purchased over the years. I was hooked! Not only did I find that I was in LOVE with the beautiful sterling silver jewelry, but I could make money selling it! My friend is not into direct sales, she just truly loves the product. After much prayer and discussion with my husband, I contacted a wonderful lady, Ruth Brown, and she has guided me through the process of becoming a Representative for Silpada jewelry. I am so excited...nervous, but excited! One great thing about it is I get to get out of the house and have fun with other women...trying on jewelry!! I need this so much! Since some of the jewelry is pricey...there is an amazing way to earn LOTS of FREE jewelry if you host a party, which is sooo cool!! I hope and pray that I can find some friends to host parties for me so that I can start to make some money with this. I pray that the Lord will bless my efforts to try and earn a little extra money for our home. I'm so excited to be having my first party - an open house - at my home on Friday, February 4 from 6:30 - 8:00. It is a Drop-In and I'll have finger foods as well as a glamorous display of Silpada jewelry that I have purchased for my business! I can't wait!! I truly hope some of my friends show up...there is always a fear no one will come :0(. If you're interested in seeing the product...PLEASE, call me, e-mail me or better yet, visit my very own site:
www.mysilpada.com/shannon.probst Thanks, Ya'll, for letting me vent about this new venture in my life :0) Maybe I'll see some of you at a party!!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
So, I'm still trying to learn on this Youtube thing! Here's another video I did...the music is a little messed up...so you may want to mute while watching ;0) I guess I won't add music to the next one! Enjoy and THANKS :0)
Monday, January 24, 2011
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Saturday, January 15, 2011
I just read an article about an upcoming court case in New Hampshire (Supreme Court). It involves a young homeschooled girl who is charged with "vigorously defending her Christian beliefs." She has been ordered to enter public school so "her religious views ...be mixed with other views." The catcher is...one parent (the father) is the one pressing charges! The mother is defending her daughter and appealing the judge's order on an appeal.
One of the many reasons I choose to homeschool my son is for religious beliefs. I'm not a religious fanatic or anything, but I do want my child to grow up knowing who and what God is. Public school is absolutely NOT an option for us. I won't go into other reasons in depth here as to why we choose to homeschool (superior academics, quality time, no violence...) but it infuriates me to think what this family is going through. Parents have the duty to instruct their children. In fact, a lot of families out there DO leave it to the schools and even churches to educate their children. Biblically, that is not sound! Parents, it is OUR responsibility to educate our children with morals, values and religion.
As opposed to 1990, there are now over 2 million children who are being homeschooled in the United States. Soon, there will be more when those who grew up in the 90's begin to homeschool their own. Doesn't this tell us something?
I am not advocating for everyone to homeschool. It is a choice, just like everything else is. I know what my family has chosen and we are lucky enough to be able to afford to do. What I am advocating is to not send someone to court for their beliefs! Ugg! The government frustrates me sometimes. Don't they have more important things they should be putting people on trial for?
Friday, January 14, 2011
Oh My Goodness! I'm a nervous wreck. I've been trying all day to create a Youtube account and upload a video...my very first one ever. I finally succeeded, but it is far from perfect and I've already learned a lot. I have A LOT more to learn though...so, if you're interested, click this link: Smokey Brown Eyes Tutorial or watch below! Let me know what you think...hey, I know it is FAR from perfect, but any feedback would be GREAT!! :0)