Weekly bible study

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I was uplifted and encouraged when I joined a group of ladies that read through Lysa TerKeurst’s book Unglued. I would now like to share that wonderful adventure with you. Starting the first full week of August, August 4-10th, we will be reading 1 chapter a week.

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332794: Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw EmotionsBy Lysa TerKeurst / Zondervan

In her bestseller Made to Crave, Bible-teacher Lysa TerKeurst shared her struggles with what went into her mouth and how her food choices were based on her emotions. Now in Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, she focuses on what comes out in her speech. Sharing from her own experience, Lysa observes how many women hold their feelings inside, until circumstances reach a crisis and we explode, speaking in anger and saying words we’ll regret later. In a very real way, we can come unglued and lose control of our emotions.But there is hope for women who desire healing for their emotions. Without offering pat answers or simple solutions, Lysa brings insight to help women resolve conflict in healthy ways and improve communication with those whom you’re in close relationship. Discover what it means to “renew your mind” in Biblical and practical ways.

Our Facebook page will follow the highlights, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-Strong-and-Take-Heart/261790603885865?ref=hl The closed group is where I plan to have more of an open conversation about each week’s chapter, https://www.facebook.com/groups/162363587207672/

I hope you chose to join the bible study! God bless my friends!

Badly Needing Prayer and Protection

Satan is mad. Storming around our family and life trying to pull and pry apart our foundation and conviction. For the last couple of days we have been shaken by this rage but not touched. Deeply concerned but true to our faith and trust in the Lord.

 I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

Homeschooling together!We are coming to you our friends, family, and prayer warriors to build up a wall of prayer protection.

The family is going to the Teach Them Diligently ministry conventions this May. We have felt since before the 1st convention last year, this is one convention the Lord wanted us to invest our time and effort into fully. We have! We will be going to all 3 conventions speaking and helping homeschooling families across the country.

Heather will be speaking at all 3 of these conventions. Chris and Heather will be available at our table to speak to and minister to anyone that comes by. In the past this tends to mean 12+ hours a day of one on one consultation with many, many families!

This is what God is leading us too!

This is also what we believe Satan is trying so very hard to stop us from doing. This year has been a year of wonderful highs and extraordinary and odd challenges.

To give you a flavor of what has happened in the past few months:

The girls & I need refrigerated medication but the refrigerator was unreliable/ our tax money+sales+veteran’s discount was the perfect amount to get a new refrigerator!

Heather has been in the hospital for over a month so far this year/Chris has been able to keep his work stable and Heather was able to share the Gospel to several people while in the hospital!

Kissing on my baby girl :)The kids were generally very healthy this past winter!/ The ages of my 2 middle girlies are causing a problem because with growth comes mitochondrial disease problems and they are having increased problems requiring more medication and appointments to try to stabilize.

The van was broken/Chris fixed it. That night the car broke/we have the items to fix it but no time.

Frankly the storm clouds on the horizon are huge and scary. If we were to live our life through our human knowledge we would turn tail and flee.  The swirl of challenge and triumph is spinning faster and faster. Slowly sucking up all our resources time, energy, and finances. It is apparent that these attacks are aimed at stopping Chris and I from starting our family business, speaking, and writing as our ministry the Lord has trained us up to. Instead we stand before the storm in pray and supplication. Trusting the Lord, relying on Him, and knowing that our needs will be met.

All these strains and attacks are why we are turning to you as a prayer WALL of protection.

Specifically-  The family’s health stays strong. The excess strains from the medical stays, needs, and appointments does not interfere with our outreach. That we have protection as we travel. Finally that we are able to have a wonderful month of outreach that bares much fruit.

Let Us Not Give Up Meeting Together

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing. but let us encourage one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:25

NIV bible new copyThis past week I heard a news report about a study asking people about whether or not people read the bible? Did they want to read the bible? Did they think the morals of the country were slipping?

Most people 70%+ believed that the moral foundation of America was slipping.

61% of people WISHED they read the bible.

Only 26% of people read their bible 4 or more times a week.

That means that 1 in 5 people read their bible somewhat regularly. Would you like to read your bible? Would you like read your bible daily?

What keeps you from having a daily bible study?

Here are some often sited reasons:

— Out of Date – “The bible is so old that it has no real life application anymore.” “The problems we have now were never even dreamed of when the bible was written so why bother to study it for answers.” Is that how you feel, as if the bible is out of date and unable to help you in your daily life? Go crack open your bible to Proverbs right now and you will find wisdom that WILL help you today!

–Too Much Choice in Study Guides- “I wanted to read Luke but there were so many bible studies to pick from and different bibles to choose from that I gave up before I even started.” There are a sea of bible studies, pastors on tv/YouTube to tell you what to think, bibles with study notes, etc. that your thoughts on the scripture are lost. There is nothing wrong with well-chosen bible studies, sermons, and radio shows to assist you along the way. But FIRST let’s just start with a prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance and your bible. We can work out from there.

–Study – Are you put off by the word bible study, “I’m not a theologian, or pastor.” “I’ll be just fine listening to my pastor and have him tell me what I need to know.”Are you saved through the blood of the Lord Jesus? Then you have an obligation to be ready to share the word and the only way you can share the word is if you KNOW it.

–Priorities– “I know I need to read the bible but I’m a mom of a toddler!” “I come home from work and I’m so tired I’m lucky if I can get my dinner together.” I do understand that most of us have tons of things to do. You are going to have to set aside something in order to read your bible. I ask you what profit is there to sitting in front of the tv verses reading your bible for a half an hour?

–Reliable– “There are contradictions in the bible so it can’t be trusted.” There are not contradictions in the bible. There are times when the reader does not put into perspective the timing, reasoning of the scripture (is it prophetic, historic, poetic), and change in language. This is where your bible study will take you from doubting and wondering to knowing and researching on your own.

–Motivated–  “I start to read my bible everyday but then I miss a day or two. My friend tells me on Facebook how great she is doing and I just feel ashamed so I quit.” “I tried this super duper read the bible is ___ days and fell behind. Eventually I just couldn’t catch up so I stopped.” You need an internal love of the word of the Lord. A thirst from the bottom of your soul that urges you on. You may not have that at first but keep walking with me on this journey and YOU WILL FIND IT!

The best way we can get there is together.

You can look to your local church for a bible study group. An older mentor in the congregation could be a wonderful resource to guide you towards a healthy spiritual life and bible study.

I will have a women’s bible study group at my home starting in late June.

Chris and I are looking into ways to encourage and have a study together online as well. We both want to see you, our friends, make the Lord’s word an integral part of your daily life!



Hospital stay for over a week!

I (Heather) was not feeling great. Then my home nursing had problems accessing my port. That meant that Chris had to come home and take me to the ER. That was March 13th.

While in the ER they were able to access my port but 2 RNs felt a lump on the port. The drs took lots of blood tests and sent me home. We were woke up the next morning by the same ER dr and he said we had to come back to the hospital and check in. I had a serious infection in my port and possibly blood.

I had to go to the ER and get checked in to the ER then into the hospital. The drs all had different ways they wanted to fix this infection. Finally a even more serious bacteria was found in the port and it had to come out within hours on Tuesday March 19.

Staying together through it allThe entire time Chris was dealing with a family FULL of coughing, feverish children. While I have been in the hospital al

l the kids and Chris had to get a run to the dr’s and found to have a nasty virus that is going around.

I had to stay in the hospital for days waiting for lab tests to return clean. The entire time I was not able to have any TPN, my form of ‘food’.

I had a new port placed and TPN restarted very slowly Friday night. Saturday night that amount was raised slightly because my body is doing well with it. Tonight (Sunday 3/24) I will be back to my normal TPN formula.

This was a particularly painful hospitalization. It was so very long. Chris had to deal with the kids all sick, and himself sick, ALL at the same time and I couldn’t help. Finally and most important our precious Grace had her 10th birthday today.

There is a HUGE PRAISE hidden here. Grace was 2 when she had her 1st stroke. We were told that most children that had mitochondrial disease that significant that young would not live to be 10. No one told Grace! She is hasn’t had it easy. Several strokes, needs a power wheelchair, has to deal with pain and tiredness ever day of her life but her smile will show you the flash of fighter that has gotten her here.

Song of SongsAnother praise! I told my hubby that I was going to use this time of fasting as a time to deepen my bible study. Focus more accurately on what God’s goals are for my life. Finally I was going to devote time to prayer upon Chris’ work situation and where the family should go from here.

Chris and I feel that there have been some very interesting and unexpected movement in those goals.

While I can’t say being in the hospital was a good thing. I can say the Lord used it for His good!


Praise you Father God in heavenPS. Even with all this the Laurie Family will be on the road speaking for most of May! May the Lord bless this time of speaking and working with friends and those seeking help. Lord I ask you also place your hand over us and protect our health so that we can be affective lights to shine the glory on you Lord.

Suffering for the Sake of…

Here is a wonderful talk by Joni Eareckson Tada.

I hope you enjoy and are uplifted by Joni’s talk!

Fruit of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit

Is your life showing fruit of the Spirit? Do you see fruit of the spirit in those that lead you? God says in that those that are walking and working in the manner the Lord prescribes should be apparent by the fruit they produce.

Fruit of the Spirit


Finding Sustenance

I used to think the easiest thing in the world was to eat. To find what I needed and just whip it into something pleasing for my children and myself for a meal. I took too much liberty with that.

Then I had a stroke that took my ability to eat away from me.

The rest of this article can be found on Homeschool Village!

Attitude check!

My wonderful hubby and I have found a way to study the word of God together even when we are apart. Everyday we either choose a topic that is pertinent to our family or a section of scripture that calls to us and email it to each other. At first I thought well it’s something and didn’t think we would get much from an email communication of Bible study. I admit I was wrong. I feel like we are talking more about important topics. When I pray throughout the day I know my wonderful hubby is praying with me and that strengthens me. Also my hubby is my other half. He fills in my gaps in Bible study and opens my eyes to new and wonderful ways to view scripture.
Today’s prayer is from Phillippians 2: 1-17
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Love and Joy

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equity with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
As usual Paul is a grammar dream. I just highlighted some of the salient points for ease of study.

St Louis EXPO and Home Again

After our trip to Atlanta and the horrible night’s stay at the hotel. We chose to head north Monday rather than stay one more day. That caused us some serious issues monetarily but we didn’t know about that until Wednesday morning. Turns out the hotel ‘holds’ both nights money until when you check in. We had to wait days until the money was released making the ending of our vacation tight because I hadn’t planned to pay for an extra couple hundred dollars! We did get the money back in the end.

On the road reading our newest homeschooling book, Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day: Exploring Creation with Zoology 1

Monday night we traveled north towards Tennessee. Chattanooga, TN met us at the border. We got there as the sun had set and the city was laid out all alight. What a beautiful sight!

We passed an exit with lots of hotels thinking ‘oh we should try this one…’  but we were not able to maneuver through traffic fast enough. That’s okay right? We were on the edge of a large city and on the main highway through town. How wrong we were!

Exit after exit passed with no hotels. By this point we had been in the van for several hours and the kids were done for the day. Finally in South Pittsburgh (very funny considering we live south of Pittsburgh) we found a Holiday in Express that had a room we could fit in. It was a very nice, clean, loved the people working there.

The only big disappointment we had with the hotels we liked so far was no pool. The kids were really starting to get antsy about pool time. We promised them we would find a hotel with an open pool for the next day.

Tuesday we traveled through TN. Just south of Nashville there was a really nice gun store we stopped at. I haven’t had a gun in my hands since the stroke. I have asked hubby for a hand gun but I needed to feel them in my weak hand to know what would work for me. We stopped and I got to try some handguns.

***PS for those that don’t know I was a national level competition handgun shooter. I once tried for the Atlanta Olympics but fell just shy of making the team :( Any way I trained for years. Up to 8 hours a day for several years. I even went to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO for training and competitions.**

The not feeling good nap :(

The salesman did not know that. I picked up my favored .45 my hand was too weak to hold it securely or steady. The hand started shaking almost instantly. The salesman must have thought that was a sign of being scared. He suggested I get some firing range time in before I gave up on a .45. I was nice to him and told him I had lots of range experience. After trying some other handguns I am happy with my decision on my dream gun. Dear salesman women can be well versed in weapons just like men can be totally inept. Each person is totally different!

After that little stop GR and R started talking about how they didn’t feel too good. By the time we got to Nashville we chose to not go on any sight seeing trips because

Finally pool time!

the kids had upset tummies. We traveled on through TN and into southern Illinois. We found a wonderful hotel next to a brand new sports stadium, so it was new too AND had an open pool! But since it was in early spring and midweek we got a great rate!

That evening the ickies moved in. Gr threw up. R got a nasty headache. The next day we stayed in the same hotel because no one felt good enough to travel and see the sights in St Louis.

The St Louis Arch

Thursday morning we drove up to St Louis and saw the St Louis arch, in the pouring rain. We sang MISSISSIPPI the whole way across the Mississippi river. Talked alot about the pioneers and move westward without fast speedy vans. It was lots of fun.

The family helped me set up my table and my wonderful assistant Bella helped me for the first night of the convention. I met lots of wonderful families and was so blessed and honored to have gone!

That night back in the hotel. The pool was open. The kids swam once again with daddy. But now Gr was really sick, R and M had a fever, G was now sick. The next morning GR threw up coming back from breakfast and never quite perked back up. Chris had to drop me off at the convention and go right back to the hotel and let the kids lay down.

That day, Friday,  was wonderful. The workshops went well. I was VERY busy all day long.

That evening ALL the kids were sick. Bella got sick multiple times. R, GR, M,and G all got sick. I had to call the manager so many times we got to know each other. Fresh sheets and towels all night long until 4 am in the morning. Complicating this was that in order to have our whole family stay the hotel had to break us up into two rooms. So I was on my own with sick kids and Chris was on his own with sick kids. Funny moment of the night came when we met at the door way each of us awaiting the manager and more linens.

The next day I had a workshop and I was the final speaker for the day. Chris and I thought about what to do. Should I stay in the hotel and get sleep so I didn’t get sick. The more we talked the more certain each of us were that I HAD TO TALK. Chris told me, “There is someone going to listen to your talk today that desperately needs you. God will protect you.”

God did!

My final talk at the St Louis Home Educators EXPO

I went and did my workshops, talked with many families, ended the day on a high note of finishing the EXPO with my talk. Chris and the kids showed up feeling and looking much better at the end of the day. I was not exhausted and sick like I normally am if I don’t get a full night’s sleep. I was protected from the physical fallout of the night without sleep and I didn’t get sick like the kids did!

My final talk with a parent in St Louis was a parent in tears telling me that I changed how they see their child and they were so thankful. That is WHY I love speaking at homeschooling conventions and helping out families. The Lord has blessed our family with a unique tough life but he has also blessed us with a wonderful unique experience to work with families in need. Thank you Lord!

Reading at a resturant on the road

Our trip to the warm and balmy south!

Thursday March 15th we started out with a van packed full of sleepy kids and lots of boxes and suitcases! We had to get to South Carolina and set up my vendor’s table by 3pm. Then I was going to a blogger luncheon before the convention, Teach Them Diligently started. It was going to be tight but with high hopes we started off!

Ready for the trip!

As we traveled through the Appalachian mountains south into the Carolinas we had electric storms building in the west. Occasionally we would pass through a storm or the edge of a storm. Mostly we rode the edge of the weather front for hours through the mountains. What a breathtaking, wonderful sight!

Too many kid stops along the way so we were a bit late but I was set up and ready for the beginning of the convention!

Teach Them Diligently started Thursday night and went through Saturday night. It was long and tiring but well worth the energy and time.

Teach Them Diligently Booth and helpers

I was blessed to meet many families thinking about homeschooling. Some parents that were homeschooling but needed some support and encouragement. Others that just needed another special needs parent to sit and talk to. I am honored that the Lord brought those that needed help to me.

The little girls loving on the hampster

After the convention we made a trip to see a homeschooling/large/mito family! Rarely do we get to talk in person around the table with another family that truly understands what we are dealing with. The kids were thrilled and spent several hours playing. It was a time of refreshment for Chris and I, a blessing!

The final stop of the southern portion of our trip before we turned north was a stop in Atlanta. We called ahead and ordered a hotel suite with free breakfast. Our original plans were to stay in Atlanta for 2 days at that hotel then head north on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately the hotel was NOT a suite it was a room with only two beds (no pull out couch), not enough for our family. Then the breakfast was not free like we were told it was pay per item!

That afternoon we went to see our super specialist Dr K. She saw G and me. G was easier. She agreed with the current plan of care and recommended a few more tests then we need to get back to her when the ultrasounds, and testing are done. For me she was upset that my digestive system has almost completely shut down. She had lots of recommendations including doubling down on making the insurance company get me a pure elemental feeding formula, and oxygen. She has also recommended me to see several drs in Boston, immediately.

I am not sure how we are going to fit in the extra appointments in Boston, and how I am going to get there. I guess we are going to have to work that out when we get there. It’s a long trip but well worth it according to Dr K.

Our final stop in Atlanta like normal was at Joe’s Crab Shack. That has become our extra special dinner for the kids.

That  was the beginning of the trip, PART 1. Tomorrow I will talk more about the rest of our trip.