Friday, June 25, 2010

Confess! Trust! FORGIVEN!

Blessing dear friends! Let us remember, during this day, the Lords wonderful forgiveness. Do not dwell on what he has put out of sight. Confess!

Psalm 32

A psalm of David.
1 Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.

8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Blessings and have a wonderful day! Tracylea

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Favorite Blogs: Generation Cedar

Kelly at Generation Cedar is one of the most spoken about bloggers that I know. Her post are so heartfelt and true and often controversial. Kelly certainly is not afraid to call out sin~! I love this website, it should be among your favorites too!

Generation Cedar

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” Psalm 92:12

Welcome to Generation Cedar!

Every generation is known and named for something…we’ve got the “Baby Boomer” generation, Generation X, Y and Z.

Generation Cedar is named so because we desire to encourage families to raise the next generation for the glory of God–firmly planted and flourishing “like a cedar in Lebanon”.

We’re so glad you dropped in on our family-run website and business!

We are a very normal family with ups and downs, tears and laughter. Some days are wonderful, others, not so much. But we are sincerely striving to chase after God and allow Him to guide everything we do.

Kelly, a.k.a. “Word Warrior” writes for the blog, and has a passion for inspiring and encouraging women to build godly homes.

Satan is seeking whom he may destroy, but we believe the Lord wants to raise up strong families in the face of discouraging times…families who will bring Him glory and be a part of rebuilding our Christian heritage.

Our prayer is that you will find a refuge here; we have a strong community of like-minded friends and we would love for you to join us!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Favorite Blogs: A 2nd Generation of Homeschooling

A 2nd Generation of Homeschooling

A 2nd Generation of Homeschooling is a wonderful blog by my dear friend Lisa Metzger. This blog is full of Lord glorifying tips, good sound biblical advice and excellent ideas on biblical home education. Here is a little about Lisa:

Welcome! I am Lisa (Lively) Metzger, devoted helpmeet to Mark and 2nd generation homeschool mother to 8 children on earth and 7 in Heaven, resting at the feet of Jesus.

Lisa is in the process of moving from her old blog and transferring her information. So please plan on visiting often.


Blessings Tracylea

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Frugal tip: House Party

What is House Party you ask? Here are the details:

You've got questions, we've got answers.

What is a House Party?

House Party lets people who really love something host a special event featuring a fun, free, exclusive experience sponsored by the world's leading brands.

Cool people sharing cool stuff. A House Party is thousands of parties happening across the country on a single day, hosted by people just like you. Each event is sponsored by a leading brand and focuses on something cool–like a new product, hit TV show, or great cause–that the sponsor wants its best fans to experience firsthand and share with their friends. (Check out some of our recent events.)

You host. Everyone wins. House Party lets you share the stuff you like with the people you like, through a fantastic, free party experience. What's the catch? There is none: Our partners understand that if they share something good with the right people in a fun way, we'll all help spread the word.

What's inside the party packs?

Each event has a unique Party Pack filled with all kinds of free stuff to make your party a success. We've thrown all kinds of events: TV Viewing, Wine & Chocolate Pairing, Kid-centric, you name it.

Hosts of some of our recent events have received:*

  • Advanced copies of TV Shows
  • Sneak Previews of Movies
  • Board Games
  • Action-figures
  • Gourmet Chocolate
  • Gourmet Coffee Samples
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coupons
  • Special Offers

  • I have hosted three or four parties. One was a chocolate party, one a paper towel party and one a new show on Cartoon network party. It was so easy. The coupons and free items are wonderful and make it well worth your time. I apply for all the parties I think I would enjoy and get to host one in ten. Not alot, but not alot is expected of you.

    To find our more information or join click here. Or send me and e-mail and I will refer you~!

    Blessings, Tracylea

    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Blossoming In Grace

    I just love this blog, Blossoming In Grace by Annalise. Here is some info about the author:

    About Annalise

    I seek to fulfill the high expectations set by God, by myself and my parents. I long to minister to young adults showing them how to resist the world's entrapment of rebellion and self-centerdness and how to live a life "worthy of the calling" they have received! I share how teens can live life for God, setting high expectations for themselves, using Scriptures as a guide tool.

    I am 2nd generation homeschool graduate, who was adopted from Kazakhstan when I was 10 years old (my story here). I am the oldest of 8 children, so far, and I look forward to meeting my 7 other siblings (miscarried) in Heaven someday.

    This fall I plan on studying to become a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant), as I continue to babysit and work as a sidewalk counselor at local abortion mills.

    Seeking to Please Jesus Always!

    Please visit this sweet blog and let her know I sent you!~ Blessings, Tracylea

    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    Mennonite Girls Can Cook

    Mennonite Girls Can Cook

    Do not go to this site when you are hungry. I love to come here and look for hours. Sometimes I build my weekly dinner menu around things I have found here. Enjoy!

    And by the way, when I read the title I always think "No kiddin'"!

    Blessings, Tracylea

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    Path to Freedom

    Here is my first recommended blog: Path to Freedom Urban Homestead. I have a dream to own my own self-supporting little spot one day, and this website is full of ideas and dreams. Enjoy!

    Path To Freedom

    About the Urban Homestead

    In the mid-1980s, our family set out to do the seemingly impossible: To create what we dubbed an urban homestead and live a self-sufficient, low-impact life in the heart of the city. For years we worked steadily to transform our ordinary urban lot in Pasadena, California, into an organic permaculture garden that supplies us with food year-round.

    Having found food security in our own backyard, we were emboldened to take further steps. We began powering our home with alternative energies and fueling our car with home-brewed bio-diesel. Along with new technologies, we also embraced the simple living of past generations. We kept farm animals for egg production and manure, used secondhand goods to decrease our consumption of earth’s nonrenewable resources, and taught ourselves a variety of back-to-basics skills. Through much hard work, and no small amount of blessing, our "urban homestead" now enjoys a dramatic degree of independence, with ever-decreasing environmental impact.

    The journey is ongoing—and we are by no means finished—but we are grateful to have come this far. In 2001, we named our homegrown venture “Path to Freedom” and created this website —the first ever devoted to urban homesteading. We hoped that by documenting our personal experiences we could offer encouragement to those striving to live a simpler, more self-sufficient lifestyle. Eight years later, is now the largest and most comprehensive urban homesteading website, with more than five million hits per month. We believe that our family’s real-life experience is what makes the site unique: We aren''t just writing about the latest eco-practices and products; for more than two decades, we have been living the revolution. At our daily blog, "Little Homestead in the City," you can witness first-hand our struggles and joys, defeats and successes on this pioneering journey.

    We now run a family of websites which offer goods and interactivity for others on "the path." For our expanded online outreach, non-profit organization, and progressive online stores, visit this link.

    Please note that Path to Freedom is a noncommercial, family-operated venture. We devote countless hours to this site, and, despite the opportunity for profit, we remain committed to keeping it an advertisement-free forum. We do this because we believe in giving freely to others, a value upon which strong, healthy communities are built. We hope you will take this principle to heart, and will view this site not just as a place to “take” (answers, ideas, inspiration), but as an opportunity to “give” as well. Whatever you may gain by reading about our journey, please remember to “pay it forward” to others in some fashion. Together, we can ignite a revolution of spirit that will truly change our world for the better!

    -- Jules, Justin, Anais, and Jordanne Dervaes

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    A little change here

    You are going to be seeing a little change here at A Mother's Apron. A few weeks back I posted a frugal tip and thought I would follow each week with a new one. This was well received and I have decided to continue on with it. I have also decided to add links to my favorite blogs, similair to the A Mother's Apron facebook page, yet different. I will be "highlighting" some of my favorite blogs, not posts as I do on the facebook group, but entire blogs, each week. So hopefully we will see a little more activity here at A Mother' Apron Blog. Blessings dear ones, Tracylea

    You will regret it............

    I think it is our natural inclination to tell people when they are doing something sinful............but don't we all learn better lessons if we figure it out on our own?

    "You will regret it", is a common phrase that people say, yet we seldom hear "you are going to hell if you do it".

    But ultimately isn't that the outcome we should all be concerned about, going to hell or at the least displeasing God? The word regret sounds so much better than hell.

    So if you see someone doing something wrong (sinful) maybe you should say, "you are going to hell". Would that stop them. It might!

    I have a child who is straying pretty close to the "going to hell" line. I know what he is doing will cause him regret, but is it sinful? Yes, he has crossed that line. So should I tell him the truth. Yes, I think it is time. Will it be easy, no. But is it necessary, yes.

    Matthew 18

    The Parable of the Lost Sheep
    10"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.a]">[a]

    12"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

    A Brother Who Sins Against You
    15"If your brother sins against you,b]">[b] go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'c]">[c] 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

    18"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will bed]">[d]bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will bee]">[e] loosed in heaven.

    19"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

    The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
    21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"

    22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.f]">[f]

    23"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talentsg]">[g] was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

    26"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 27The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

    28"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.h]">[h] He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.

    29"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'

    30"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

    32"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

    35"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

    blessings, Tracylea

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    Be careful dear ones............

    I think most of us have heard the following children's song at least once:

    Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
    Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
    There's a Father up above, looking down in tender love,
    So be careful little eyes, what you see.

    Be careful little ears what you hear
    Be careful little mouth what you say...
    Be careful little hands, what you touch...
    Be careful little feet, where you go...

    But as with many songs we sing over and over again we often lose their meaning. But this little song has been playing in my mind over and over the last week, especially when I have been on the Internet. And the message is coming through loud and clear.

    Be careful what you see, hear, say, touch and where you go. Got it. As the Bible clearly tells us :

    Psalm 101 (King James Version)

    1I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.

    2I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

    3I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

    4A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

    5Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

    6Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

    7He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

    8I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

    Ladies the Lord calls us to watch what we see, hear, say, touch and where we go! Not only are we to watch, there are ramifications if we don't! Pretty serious ones.

    Blessings dear ones, Tracylea


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    A Keeper of My Home, a wife, a mother, a friend, A God lover, Christ worshipper. I am wife of one really cute man, mommie of one fantastic son and daughter of Christ. I love to Keep My Home. It is my favorite thing to do.