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December 1, 2008

Amazing Prophecies of Christ's Coming

I found this article. It's exciting to me. It tells of Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled throug Jesus. He beat the odds. The words in theses prophecies are not "hit or miss". They are the words of God. I found it on OurDailyBread.org website:

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December 2, 2008

Attention People Watchers: Bell Ringers Needed

Do you have a secret hobby of people watching? You know, you like to watch people (in a suttle way) and then try to figure out why they act like they do. Well, I had some fun tonight with my son, Benjamin. We rung a bell for a well-known charity. I bundled up warmly. (Benjamin not so much, so he would have to retreat to the car or store at times.) We would be friendly to people visiting the discount store. As I watched people I wondered to what extent they would feel guilty as they passed our kettle. Some people would be on our side of the parking lot but would walk to the other side of the store to go in. I tried to act friendly but not lay a guilt trip on them by looking at them too much. Bell ringing is enjoyable to me. I like to observe the people, fit in a kind word whenever possible and be thankful when they donate. Benjamin and I enjoyed ourselves. Benjamin said a lady that asked him if he was cold, later came by and donated several folded bills. He said people donate more if they think you're cold.

I can't wait to do it again.

December 4, 2008

Barney Fife Recites Preamble . . . Or Does He

I found a koooooooool site. It's YouTube for teachers called TeacherTube.com. The video are focused on education and there are not inappropriate videos.
Here's Barney and Andy

I wish poor Barney could have heard the School House Rock song

December 6, 2008

ACT Test Information

Here's the official ACT Test Prep site. There are several sites in Tulsa, OK where you can take the test. There is also free prep info. This page will help you find whether or not the college you would like to attend requires you to take the writing section.

December 7, 2008

American Sign Language: Finger Spelling

Here's a sign language site that teaches sign language.

Channel30 Live! From Shawnee

Here's news from Shawnee, Oklahoma. My brother works there.

Healthy Website

Here's a link site to other sites related to health.

Green Country/Greater Tulsa Area Events

Here's a calendar of special events along with ongoing events in Northeastern Oklahoma.

Potato Soup Recipes

Here are some low-cost potato soup recipes that'll work great for lunch.

Easy Potato Soup

6 cups diced Potatoes
1/2 cup chopped Onions
2 stalks chopped Celery w/leaves
1 Carrot, chopped
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Celery Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
8 slices Bacon, crumbled

White Sauce:
6 tablespoons Bacon Drippings (or melted butter)
2 tablespoons Flour
2 cups Milk

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and drain grease/drippings into bowl, reserve. Wash and prepare vegetables. Place vegetables in large dutch oven and just cover with water. Cook over medium heat, covered, until vegetables are tender. Prepare white sauce with reserved drippings mixing well. Slowly add to vegetables (do not drain) stirring to mix. Heat through and add bacon pieces. Add 1 tablespoon of parsley flakes if desired.


Slow Cooker Potato Soup

3 Potatoes, peeled & cut into bite size pieces
1 large Onion
1 Carrot, chopped
1 stalk Celery, chopped
1 tablespoon Parsley
5 cups Water
4 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
1 tablespoons Salt
Pepper, to taste

Cook on low 10 to 12 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours. During the last hour of cooking, add 1 1/2 cups milk. TIP: If you own a blender, it works well to chop all vegetables in it.

Taken from PotatoSoupRecipe.com

Panera's Cream Cheese Potato Soup Recipe

Here's a simple and delicious recipe for some good tasting potato soup from Recipezaar.

December 8, 2008

Always Abounding In the Work Of the Lord

About 20 years ago, I chose a Bible verse to found my life upon. I haven't followed it though. Here it is

"But be ye steadfast, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58"

There is a couple at church who have lived this truth. They are in their 50s. He always has something funny to say about the situation at hand. She has a permanent presence of joy on her face. She may not be smiling or have perfect makeup on her face but still beauty is there. There is a gentle fun attitude in her voice and it seems, always, an excitement to complete the task at hand. No one in Sunday school ever comments on these two. I suppose its just taken for granted that that's the way they are. (I know they have to go through struggles and frustrations.)

I just want to be like her.

I know why the two are like this. They are driven just like my old Bible verse to stay busy in the things of God. They have an attitude to be adaptable too. They stay busy in God's work. He is a boy scout leader. Coaches his childrens athletics teams. Teaches our Sunday school sometimes. Tells the announcements for the class. They invite people over ever so often on our "Sunday night connections". She volunteers in the nursery practically every Sunday. Coordinates meals when families have new babies. Organizes nursery cleaning. Makes phone calls for our church and other behind the scenes activities.

I realize you have to build up to this much activity. But I could do more for God with my church. In doing this, I can take my family along. I am too. My husband and I just recently joined the choir. And there are other opportunities to help out at church that I can take advantage of and learn to be flexible for the Lord. Here's a quote by Oswald Chambers I found in a devotional this morning

“The Bible talks plentifully about joy, but it nowhere talks about a "happy Christian." Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. Remember, Jesus Christ had joy, and He prays "that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves."”

Volunteer With the John 3:16 Mission

You should come to my church if you can. Here's last week's sermon on video. The speaker is Steve Whitaker president of the 3:16 Mission in Tulsa.

Personal opinion . . . You should also give up some TV time (couple hours) and donate it to this godly Christian organization. =) The John 3:16 Mission. Here are phone numbers 587-1187 or 592-1186. Check out the volunteer opportunities. They receive no help from the United Way.

True Love Waits

I had the privilege of covering for a PE middle school teacher today. We played Passketball. During third hour, one of the teenage girls got hurt and was laying on the floor. I ran over to her. She had jammed her two end fingers. She decided she would sit out because her fingers hurt. When I looked over her two hurt fingers I noticed a little silver ring.

After she sat down, I came by and asked her about the ring. She said it was a true love waits ring. She said it meant she would keep herself pure before marriage. She said she had got the ring at a jewelry shop. I told her that was good. It was neat. And I liked it.

A little later I looked in her direction. She looked back at me with a confident sweet smile. Here's a picture of her ring.

My husband and I did that. We saved ourselves for marriage. Here's a PDF that summarizes the True Love Waits program.

December 9, 2008

Joy Quote

“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.”

— Mother Teresa

Bell Ringing Tuesday

My second son and I went bell ringing tonight. I could sum up the night with just two letters . . . Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! The weather was cold and so was the giving.

As we stood out there I thought about two kinds of people the homeless and hunters. I imagined a homeless person trying to sleep through the night on a bench covered with a "quazi-sheltering cover in this kind of weather. And then I thought of hunters who intentionally go out in the cold. But they are wise with their dress. They know how to keep real warm.

Before we left I told my son to dress warm. He didn't really listen. So I brought an extra coat. When we got there he realized he was cold. I went out to our van and managed to find "little sister's princess blanket." I wondered how he would respond to this blanket. Would my fourteen year old brave the cold to avoid a really comfy warm blanket? When he saw it in my hands he smiled and grabbed it. He was glad to get something warm. I was nice . . . I also gave him another jacket to put on top of the pastel blue blanket.

I desperately avoid cold. I dressed in three long sleeve shirts, two pairs of socks and my long wool coat with gloves. We stood on the southside of the store entrance. The cold north wind could hardly get to us. We were right next to a neighborhood Wal-mart. Noone was there to bell ring. I contemplated moving there but when I checked it out we just weren't protected from freezing wind.

We didn't get very many donations. I went in the store for a restroom break and I think my son ended up getting the most donations of the night. And when the lady in charge came by at the end of the night she told me we could have stayed inside and just greeted people and just not ring the bell. We would have gotten more donations. Oh well, lesson learned.

December 13, 2008

Cherry Mash Bars

This recipe is popular this year. This is also my favorite candy bar but it is too sweet to eat all of the time. The good news is there are a bunch of recipes all over the internet and if you can find a good one, it can be altered to your taste.

Here's a recipe from Cooks.com

CHERRY MASH BARS

1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. evaporated milk
1 c. mini marshmallows
1 c. cherry chips
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 c. peanuts

Combine sugar, butter, salt and milk in 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Boil over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in marshmallow and cherry chips. Spread in 9 inch square pan lined with wax paper.
Melt chocolate chips with peanut butter in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in peanuts. Spread over cherry layer. When cool, cut into squares.

December 15, 2008

Volunteering In The Tulsa Area

There is a website that is called VolunteerCentralofGreaterTulsa.org where you can learn of volunteer opportunities.

December 16, 2008

More Reasons Christians Should Volunteer

Bible passage taken from Bible Gateway

27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless
and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

As I searched for this verse, I looked for it in context of what was said in James 1. I couldn't keep from getting exciting about the rest of the verses. It tells others good things to do that go along with verse 27.

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Why Christians Should Volunteer

Taken from BibleGateway.com

Here's a Bible passage, the words of Jesus, from Matthew 25, which gives Christians good reason to seek out people in need.

31When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

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Question of the Day

Here's a question a Christian should ask: How can I volunteer or give charity to those in need according to the standards of Jesus? Think of these details of this important question.

1. Where is some hungry person that I can help them get food?
2. Where is someone thirsty that I can offer them water or something to drink in the name of Christ?
3. Where is a stranger that I can show kindness to by helping them get shelter?
4. Where are those that need clothing to keep them warm that I can help provide them with such things?
5. Where are the sick that need encouragement today that I could go spend some time with them?
6. Where are those in prison that I can go see them so they would know that they and their families are not forgotten?

Matthew 25~ Taken from BibleGateway.com.

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Bruce's Santa Clause Is Coming To Town

Winter Wonderland

Andy Williams and his brothers sing it best!

Louis Armstrong's Winter Wonderland

Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano



Jose Feliciano Lyrics
Feliz Navidad Lyrics

Celine Dion's O Holy Night

December 17, 2008

Christian Schools In Oklahoma

K12Academics.com is a site where you can find a listing of Oklahoma Christian schools and their websites. This is not an exhaustive list, though.

@ Oklahoma.EducationBug.org you can find a full listing of private schools in Tulsa county.

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Our family had the sweet privilege of lighting the Advent candle at church last Sunday morning. =)
Here's our church bulletin.

My husband read from Luke 1:46-56:

~King James Version

46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
56And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Taken from BibleGateway.org.

December 19, 2008

Honorable Character

Here is a list of 12 descriptive words that are Biblically based. They are used to teach honorable character to children:

1. Honor
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
~Romans 12:10

2. Obedience
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
~Ephesians 6:1

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December 20, 2008

ACT Prep Sites

Here are some sites to help out aspiring college students to do well on their ACT.

ACTStudent.org
How to Prepare for the English Section
How to Prepare for the Math Section
Number2.com
TestPrepPreview.com
Self-improvement Link from TestPreview.com
InLikeMe.com
The Princeton Review -- Test prep company offers some free study materials for the PSAT, SAT, Subject Tests and ACT. Click on “Free Practice Tools” section for each test.
Kaplan -- Test prep company provides some free SAT and ACT prep materials including access to free “Quiz Bank”, “Practice Tests” and “Practice Questions”
MajorTests.com – Free prep materials for the SAT. Excellent 1000 word vocabulary builder (10 lists for 10 weeks)
PrepMe.com – Test prep company provides some free materials.
Vocabulary University~ Lists 180 SAT/ACT vocabulary words and provides games to help you learn

December 21, 2008

Stereograms

Check this site out from EasyStereogramBuilder.com

What Can I Give Him?

I hope you enjoy this classic poem by Christina Rossetti. It's a favorite of mine. It is from a larger poem called In The Bleak Midwinter. It has also been made into a song! Here's a site, SentForth.net.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

December 22, 2008

Emmanuel By Micheal W. Smith

He is the Prince of Peace
Mighty God
Holy One
. . . Emmanuel

December 23, 2008

Amy Grant Christmas Songs

Mary Did You Know?

Sung by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene, who also wrote the song

December 24, 2008

Traditional Wedding Vows

Here are the traditional wedding vows written out. The "I will" parts for the groom and bride get to the core of the promise that was made before God and the audience:

Exchange of Vows

MINISTER TO GROOM:

Do you GROOM'S NAME take BRIDE'S NAME to be your wife –
to live together after God’s ordinance –
in the holy estate of matrimony?
Will you love her,
comfort her, honor and keep her,
in sickness and in health,
for richer, for poorer,
for better, for worse,
in sadness and in joy,
to cherish and continually bestow upon her your heart’s deepest devotion,
forsaking all others,
keep yourself only unto her as long as you both shall live?

GROOM:
I will.

MINISTER TO BRIDE:
Do you BRIDE'S NAME) take GROOM'S NAME to be your husband –
to live together after God’s ordinance –
in the holy estate of matrimony?
Will you love him,
comfort him,
honor and keep him,
in sickness and in health,
for richer, for poorer,
for better, for worse,
in sadness and in joy,
to cherish and continually bestow upon him your heart’s deepest devotion,
forsaking all others,
keep yourself only unto him as long as you both shall live?

BRIDE:
I will.


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The Christmas Guest

Taken from the HolidayZone.com.

The Christmas Guest
~Helen Steiner Rice

It happened one day at the year's white end,
Two neighbors called on an old-time friend.
And they found his shop so meager and mean,
Made gay with a thousand boughs of green.


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December 25, 2008

How To Solve A Rubik's Cube

This site Rubikssolver.com yields the secret, step by step, to solve the Rubik's cube.

Blue Christmas: Elvis And Martina!

Metric System Learning Sites

Activities and Lesson Plans

Making Measurement Simple: The Metric System~found at Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
~this site contains basic info and simple lesson plans to apply metric system to real life.
Encyclopedia.com~gives an overall definition of the metric system
Infoplease.com~defines the units of measurement
National Institute Of Standards and Technology~This site has 3 good sources for ideas and info
Capsule History
Metric Chocolate Chip Cookies
Metric for Everyday Life
Metric Mania Lesson Plans~Taken from ScienceSpot.net *Be sure to return to this site for other science topics that are taught in the classroom.
Gamequarium Metric System Games~has 11 fun online games to reinforce metric system concepts (these games can be turned into handheld classrooms games
LessonPlanet.com~teacher proven lesson plans, *offers a 10 day free trial
Teachers.net~provides teacher-proven lesson plans, gives basic info about metric system, provides basic questions for class
EdHelper.com~several worksheets including number crossword puzzles that can be printed out, *You may need to sign up with EdHelper to get access to the worksheets
EduRef.org~has a lesson plan in which you use a recipe and a newspaper to convert from the English measurement system to metric.
AAAMath.com~student can learn, practice and then play a game over a large variety of math topics (This is a good website for a refresher course)

Metric Conversions Sites

Metric-conversions.org
ScienceMadeSimple.com
OnlineConversion.com~convert anything on this site
WorldWideMetric.com~simple site, just type in measurement you want converted

History

A Chronology of the Metric System~timeline of the metric system, important dates highlighted

December 26, 2008

30 Spelling and Vocabulary Lessons

@ AAASpell.com you have access to 30 spelling and vocabulary lessons for grades 1 through 8. The lessons are set up as
1. learn
2. practice
3. play

December 28, 2008

Alka Seltzer For the Fraction of the Cost

Here's a site called Instructables.com that gives you a recipe for making Alka-seltzer for a small amount of change.

Air Traffic Controller Simulator

When the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9.11.01, the air traffic controllers all over America had to as quickly and as safely as possible land all in-air flights. It was an amazing feat. There could have been crashes and accidents but they did their job well and there were none. An air traffic controller's job is a stressful one. Here is a ATC similator program from the website called ATC-SIM.com

The Romantics: That's What I Like About You

Here's a fun fast song

The Cars: Shake It Up!

This song has a similar sound to That's What I Like About You. It was the first song I heard by The Cars. It was on The American Top 40 Countdown with Kasey Kasem in the '80's.

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