for homeschool mommies and (even if your not)

when sickness comes..time is given.

TIME has taken me back to the days of curriculum, field trips, lesson plans, crazy messy house, chalkboards rooms turned into ” schoolrooms” and I want to stay.  HERE.  in this place that I used to wish would hurry.  hurry and grow.  I want more me time.  and I wander what story my kids were reading of me that day.


Rainbow color has my spirits lifted this week. I ran across this little project and  it captivated my home school heart.  If you still have kids young enough – I hope you take some time to paint a color story into their little hearts todaycolor words that strengthen the person they are becoming….come color with us?

If I home schooled I would be all over Pink and Green Mama.  Her art projects are precious.  Make some time to go visit will you?

Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking

Ezekiel 1:28


we can ALWAYS rewrite the story

what story are you reading to them today? take time…I just had a real heart to heart with my son..he’s 16.  In my memory he is 5 running around outside shirtless in the dirt with his matchbox cars.  It goes fast.  I’m encouraged to keep lifting them up and praying truth over them.

when they are to old for matchbox and crayons…spend time talking with them about their world.  Today.


Don’t forget— April 1 21 Days of Prayer for our sons begins…click here to signup.


Our randomly selected “Word woman sign” giveaway winner is comment # 1!

STEPHANIE - MARCH 15, 2011 – 8:31 PM

Tiffini! I had no idea you were so artistically inclined! Would love to win this! You are so talented, in so very many ways!!!




hersheys moma - This is an adorable idea! Thanks for the link-
"we can always rewrite the story" [beautiful]

Jen - You know, I really wanted to win that. Perhaps that is incentive to keep making more. Perhaps we could buy them??

And your post is good confirmation for me that I need to be more mindful of the time I have with my kids.

Lisa Smith - This is such a beautiful and colorful post!! Sick days do give us time. A slowing down is good for the soul.

I just linked up below… I lost Wednesday somewhere this week!

Robyn Q - Loved the reflection today. So true! I committed to the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons. Printed my book, punched the holes and asked for prayer from a friend to stay on track. Good for me, but if I'm not careful I will forget to grab the moments to make the relationship with my teens and focus on the doing for them instead.

Hope you're feeling a tiny bit better. Keeping up the prayers and thoughts for you. :0)


LLH Designs - I love the quote on that bookmark! So inspiring! I want to read to them more.


word women wednesday w/ farmgirl paints & linkup

I’d pretty much sworn off guest posting.  It’s a lot of extra work and it feels like no one really reads them.  When I go to someone’s blog honestly I go to read what they have to say.  So when I was asked recently to write something for Tiffani’s Word-Women Wednesday’s I was surprised at how quickly I said YES.  There has been something on my heart for a long time now and it just seemed a good fit.

This is kind of a touchy topic.  Have you noticed lately a complete gray area with right and wrong? No one seems willing to stand up for what they believe in anymore.  I’m not really sure people even know what they believe in.  If you are a Christian you are Christ’s follower.  We follow his example.  He didn’t just choose to be around godly people, actually he picked some pretty flawed men to be in his posse, BUT that didn’t mean that he became like them.  We are supposed to stand apart, to be different.  We are called as his followers to be salt and light.  There should be something so unique and special about our walk that people are drawn to us and ultimately to HIM.  This doesn’t mean we walk around like religious zealots pushing our views down people’s throats.  It just means that we do as he taught us in his word and know what we believe as believers.  Our lives might be the only Bible others ever read, but do we know what the actual Bible says?  It’s very clear, very straight to the point…no gray.

I’ve just been saddened lately.  It seems that everywhere I look sin has become the norm…accepted, applauded even.  At church a few weeks ago our pastor showed a youtube video of a middle eastern leader proclaiming his love for the Lord.  He was boldly declaring that Jesus was the way, the only way and that he was willing to die for his faith.  Recently he did die.  He gave his life to proclaim his faith.

As I watched that video anger started to build in me.  This man actually died for standing apart,  for declaring what’s right and we can’t even chance a cold shoulder or risk losing a blog follower for fear of rejection.  We’ve become afraid to speak truth.  We’ve become gray.  Where’s the black and white??  I want absolutes.  I want to boldly declare my faith and not care if someone agrees with me or not.  It’s not a popularity contest.  We do have enemies.  The enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy.  Are you willing to pick a side and defend what the Bible says?  Do you know even know which side of the fence you are on in this monotone world??  There are sides.  This is a fallen world.  When I actually stand before him someday (and we ALL will) I want him to say well done thou good and faithful servant.  I know I’m not perfect.  I’m so very flawed just like those disciples, but with all my heart I hope to hear those words.  The Apostle Paul said it best in 2 Timothy 4…

1 I give you a command in the sight of God and Christ Jesus. Christ will judge the living and the dead. Because he and his kingdom are coming, here is the command I give you.
2 Preach the word. Be ready to serve God in good times and bad. Correct people’s mistakes. Warn them. Cheer them up with words of hope. Be very patient as you do these things. Teach them carefully.
3 The time will come when people won’t put up with true teaching. Instead, they will try to satisfy their own longings. They will gather a large number of teachers around them. The teachers will say what the people want to hear.
4 The people will turn their ears away from the truth. They will turn to stories that aren’t completely true.
5 But I want you to keep your head no matter what happens. Don’t give up when times are hard. Work to spread the good news. Do everything God has given you to do.
6 I am already being poured out like a drink offering. The time has come for me to leave.
7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
8 Now there is a crown waiting for me. It is given to those who are right with God. The Lord, who judges fairly, will give it to me on the day he returns. He will not give it only to me. He will also give it to all those who are longing for him to return.



Becky Strahle


ending with this…this is a charge from His word I feel…how about you.  Time to examine my heart.

Lord of immortality, before whom angels bow and archangels veil their faces, enable me to serve Thee with reverence and godly fear. Thou who art Spirit and requirest truth in the inward parts, help me to worship Thee in spirit and in truth. Thou who art righteous, let me not harbour sin in my heart, or indulge a worldly temper, or seek satisfaction in things that perish.

I hasten towards an hour when earthly pursuits and possessions will appear vain, when it will be indifferent whether I have been rich or poor, successful or disappointed, admired or despised. But it will be of eternal moment that I have mourned for sin, hungered and thirsted after righteousness, loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity, gloried in His cross. May these objects engross my chief solicitude! Produce in me those principles and dispositions that make Thy service perfect freedom.

Expel from my mind all sinful fear and shame, so that with firmness and courage I may confess the Redeemer before men, go forth with Him hearing His reproach, be zealous with His knowledge, be filled with His wisdom, walk with His circumspection, ask counsel of Him in all things, repair to the Scriptures for His orders, stay my mind on His peace, knowing that nothing can befall me without His permission, appointment and administration.

.. from puritan prayers

Please share a button and linkup the exact URL. I will leave the linkup open until  3/25/2011 11:59 PM and as we visit today let’s think upon the words shared by Becki and from those who have faithfully run the race and won by standing firm in their faith.  May we seek to emulate them. I love you all and a deep thank you to Becki for her bravery and sharing her own struggle and desire to stand firm and follow Him in a country that is much like 2 Timothy.  May our hearts break to be the carriers of living seed to all who are hurting.


carissa - Came over from Becky's… What an adorable blog this is!

Amen to this post, Becky! I'm so sick of political correctness and relativism. We must stand for Truth!

LeAnna - Excellent, Becky! I applaud you for sharing your heart here. I am a black and white girl, and see no gray in many areas. Holiness has lost it's importance, and it just that, so important. There are so many scriptures…be in the world, not of. Abstain from all appearances of evil. Be holy as He is holy. And while we cannot attain it in and through ourselves, Christ has made it so that we can. Those who make sin out to be less than it is are doing such a disservice to others, and while they live as self proclaimed free spirits, they are in the deepest bondage yet. So…amen, sister, amen!

Flower Patch Farmgir - Thanks for laying it down in such a truthful way, Becks. I always read what you've got to say. And I'm more excited than ever to talk to you IN PERSON. :) xo

Life with Kaishon - Dying for his faith. That is commitment. How honorable.

Jen - I think you express your thoughts very well, and I agree with you that we are set apart and we should act as such. But more than act, we must have a heart that overflows with His love for the people of this world.

paige - my prayer is that i continue to be saddened by what saddens HIm.
i do not want to be tolerant of the sin, yet i want to be able to love the sinner.
beautiful blog, it's my first visit :)

paige - my prayer is that i continue to be saddened by what saddens HIm.

i do not want to be tolerant of the sin, yet i want to be able to love the sinner.

beautiful blog, it's my first visit :)

Isabel - Very well said!!!Thank You for sharing your beautiful heart!!!:O)~ Isabel

alison - i came over from becky's blog to read her guest post and am so glad i did…i'm really enjoying reading your blog and finding it uplifting…now a follower and i linked up a post…i didn't see a specific subject for the the linky, so i hope mine is relevant.


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Becky @ Farmgirl Pai - Hi Tiffini…Thanks again for letting me share my heart on your blog. It was an honor.

Wendy - Thank you for standing apart, Becky. And for the boldness in your faith. We women want to be liked so much, we lose sight of our walk with Jesus and being like Him.

Pam Balla - Wonderful Post
I read it several times agreeing with everything you said
Grateful to have found you today

LLH Designs - I'm so glad you took the extra time to guest post today, Becky. Your passion for truth is contagious. Thanks for stepping out and being bold with your heart!


terri sue - oh becky, how well said! it is just how i have been feeling recently. it culminated last thursday when i had a new wheelchair delivered. the gentleman who delivered it was so nice taking the time to show me exactly how to take the wheelchair apart to easily get it into the car by myself. he rejoiced with me as i wheeled around the house so easily. this wheelchair is a different design then i have ever had before and it takes corners great. he asked if i wanted him to take my old wheelchair or if i had something in mind to do with it. i said i was going to donate it to joni and friends. that they take any wheelchair they can get, refurbish them, and then take them to third world countries where they hand them out with a bible. these people a lot of them children would spend there lives in one spot otherwise because wheelchairs just aren't available. he got quite excited and asked me to send him the contact information as he had a whole load of wheelchairs just sitting back at the company and handed me his business card. but then as he was leaving he said something sad that i hear from Christians quite a bit. "you know the way things are these days it's scary. it's like revelations is coming to pass." well i looked at him and said, what's to be scared of if you're a Christian? wouldn't it be glorious to see the sky roll back as a scroll and see our Lord and Savior coming through. he looked at me and said, "i never thought of it that way, but your right there is nothing to be scared of." that's another area where Christians tend to be of the world.

melody - Becky,
I love your writing…just beautiful as always it shows your heart and I love that about you!!!

Privet and Holly - I think the "p-c-ness"
of our country has eroded
the firm beliefs that the
majority of citizens used
to espouse….Much as was
predicted in 2 Timothy.
Thank you for being a true
Christian solider and taking
the risk to remind us of
what is good and pure and
Love you, friend.
xx Suzanne

Mel @ Trailing After - AMEN! I have also seen some serious sinning going on lately with Christian bloggers attacking one another. That is the fastest way for me to stop reading and I have. I don't understand that at all. I have no problem saying what I believe and I have had family unfriend me on Facebook. Oh well. It makes me sad but I won't hide who I am. What really hurt was seeing that one family member who unfriended me, is friends with my molester. I had to pray HARD for that to not trigger me into depression. Thank you for being BOLD.



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Joybird - This a great and challenging post Becky. I believe that there are a lot of areas in the world and in my dealings with people where the world is shades of grey. Especially as I am not always the best judge of black/white. At least I am not unbiased. But the Bible is not a grey area for me. When in doubt, I seek scripture and declare it. The Bible is far more reliable than I am. It is risky, emotionally. And it is risky to be real about who I am including where I fail. I love what you said here. "It just means that we do as he taught us in his word and know what we believe as believers." That's the sticky point. I have to do what I say, before I say it, or I will not be believed. No saltiness. No tang. I want to be loved and accepted, but not without being tangy. And taste has to be experienced not just described. I have to live tangy not just talk tangy.

Mikal - Beautiful words Becky! I think many of us feel this same way – I appreciate you putting it out on the table for conversation today. It definitely makes me think that I need to be more vocal about my thoughts!

Have a GREAT time with your sweet chicks this week!!

Michele - Thanks for the encouraging message Becki.


Michele - Becki what is th exact reference from 2 Tim? What version did you take this from? Thanks.


** Just an FYI**

Since arriving home yesterday evening I’ve hit a wall. I have been on iv steriods, antibiotics and strong pain meds and those were taken out yesterday before I left.  I awoke in the early morning to feeling very sick and in pain again.  I do have pain meds, antibiotics, and pain meds among other things by mouth… they just aren’t as strong.  I think I had a false sense of feeling so good in the hospital due to the medicine they had me on.  I have been sleeping most of the morning and will get around to Soli Del Gloria girls throughout the day.  WWW will be live tonight around 8:30 central.  And I will be posting the winner of the Word woman sign soon. Things are just a little crazy here but I haven’t forgotten.

God is a God who answers prayer.  I value each of your prayers on my behalf.  I can really sense His precense around me.  There is so much more to this story than just me being sick.  It is making it harder but He is God and He is my God and I will forever praise Him…xo Tiff


BIg Fat Mama - Oh dear. I pray you feel better soon. I opened my Bible and read this today – "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you." Isaiah 41:13 Praying you seek comfort in His Word and Truth.

Stephanie Clayton - Alright…brace yourself…here comes some tough love from Mama Stephanie, LOL! But seriously…GET SOME REST!!!! You have the most amazing heart, and your endurance and dedication (writing in the hospital) is PHENOMENAL…BUT GET SOME REST!!! Not that we don't want to hear from you, because every time you leave a comment on my blog, it just makes my heart smile, but you know what would mean even more? No comment made, and knowing that you gave yourself some rest. I love you dearly sister…let your body heal…and rest your mind…if you can…and if you feel that is where God is leading you…and know we will all be praying for you and hear when you are feeling a bit better.

Okay…mama stephanie is done, LOL! I love you girl, praying for you and thinking of you often :)

Glenda Childers - The Lord has been bringing you to my mind often . . . and it is a joy to hold you up in prayer. One of my favorite prayers is to pray is that someone would sense God's presense and it is comforting for me to read in your post here that you are sensing God's presence with you. I am sorry for the pain.


Robyn Q - You are clearly surrounded by prayer and I know God has people praying that are not even visible. Lay your burdens down. Rest. Crawl into the lap of Daddy and be content to just unwind. We are seeing miracles and your break away will be a miracle, too! ((HUGS))

kerrie - praying. ox

In my own seasons of sickness of laying in bed suffering health problems, when I am so weak, I keep my thoughts fixed on His love and that my life (and death) are in His hands. It always brings that peace that surpasses all understanding. Remembering that He is nearer than my breath and resting in the place He has me, even if it is a place of pain, and trying to do only that which He would have me do. Sometimes it is just to lay there and be… just be His. To live in that place of promised rest and to die in that place of promised rest. I say die, because when I am so sick that I feel I could die, I choose to embrace the possibility that it could be that time rather than fear death. Of course, I am always asking for life. May His love embrace and comfort you today Tiffini. ox

kerrie - I just left you a comment but don't see it…I hope you got it.

how can we live whole-souled?

Whole -Souled

moved by ardent enthusiasm or single-minded devotion to finding ME…authentically.

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whole-souled-ness : that which makes a person who they distinctly are. This would include our sense of identity,

but also what makes up our identity, most especially what arouses our emotions,

or awakens our spiritual or moral force and sense of destiny or purpose. Soul is where our freedom is rooted.

I trying to put this in a way so it is easily understood and not getting into deep theological meanings etc for what I am learning.

whole-souled is the whole of what makes up the entity called ‘me’

A little list below…for me and for you. A list that helps me think of what whole-souled-ness is.  Adding to that some ideas of what I can start praying about doing. Print it out if your a glue stick, crayon and marker kinda girl…I am.

Just speaking for me here…My relationship to Jesus is central and all else flows out from there.  For you it maybe something different.  In my journey I will refer to God.  To put it in a little nutshell it would go something like this


It is more than just knowing about God ( or your faith ) it is about us.. in progression to be becoming all He destined us to be and everything, every choice in life…adds to this progression.  Not takes away from that.


what does whole-souled-ness look like…here are some of mine

**not fearing yourself..embrace yourself

**whole-souled-ness often comes out of pain, loss or being shattered

**a desire to be..whole

**Whole-souled-ness is not about  being a people pleaser…this is between you and Him

**We are designed with a unique God given gifts that He puts there for a purpose

**taking real time to draw out a map, taking notes, digging, real listening ( which real listening does involve action )

**baring your soul…getting naked ( I had to say it ) all parts of your soul to the One who safely holds it

**whole-souled-ness  is letting in this world..our control..our perfecting..because these things may   change as we grow in whole-souled-ness

**stop choosing things that take life from you that you hate..choose to replace with things that bring YOU wholeness.   Undoubtedly, some things we may not be able to change.  Change what you can control.

**this wholesouled journey involves simplicity..the choice to live simply so we can come when He calls…go when what you love in the moments of each day

**having time for you family friends and those on the journey alongside us

**clothes, home decor, smell, food, entertainment you do with your time adds to or takes away from becoming whole-souled-ness

**whole souled is ALL of who you are…becoming. Whole-souled-ness is the whole of what makes up the entity called ‘me’


This week sit with yourself…naked…ok I’m laughing:) And grab a candle, pen and paper, music, hot tea/coffee whatever…carve yourself out a little you area.  This will be your go to heart art place for your creative juices to start flowin.   Go ahead and start your list.    I would love for you to email it to me or link it up in a blog post to one of our www’s. Or keep it tucked away for the day when your ready to put your foot into the water.

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Moving into whole-souled-ness with a single minded enthusiasm…maybe the after glow of sitting with the One who created me and for the first REAL time listening to Him..and believing Him. I desire what He wants for me…and for you.

Whole-souled-ness will look utterly different on each one of us…how do you imagine your wholeness? will it require a total makeover or are you on your way already?  what was the moment when you first were aware that you have a one of a kind purpose here and you stepped into that purpose?  what changes did you make as a result?  Do you have a list you would like to share?

because when you and I step into WHO we were destined to be…something rights itself.  Life speaks into you.




Come be a part of the whole-souled-ness of beautiful word women will you? Soli Del Gloria @ Jen’s Finding Heaven.

Finding Heaven

photo sources - mypanseyeyes,  country living, here


Amy Sullivan - T,

Whole-souled. . .I see it as being who He believes we are and not who everyone else thinks we should be.

I always love the photos you use with your posts. Such a great feel.

Christy - wholesouled. What a beautiful word. I am just know learning about who i am….who I want to be, who He made me to be. He is so good to us. I am going to start working on my list. I think it will be encouraging and challenging all at once.

(Saw that you were out of the hospital at Jen'….So glad you are home….hope you are feeling better)

misty - this was incredibly wonderful… thank you. honestly.

Jen - whole-souled-ness often comes out of pain, loss or being shattered

Um, yes, I am living this right now, but you know, I see the whole-souled-ness coming together. It is on the horizon, one piece at a time.

Stephanie - I am so inmature sometimes, LOL, but I just can't stop laughing, about sitting with myself, naked, LOL! I guess the fact that I can giggle now, like a little girl, is part of my finding my whole-soulded-ed-ness. Learning not to take myself so seriously, and have a little fun! So now I am contemplating carving out a time as you suggested, loving this idea! But…I think I will just be spiritually naked, as I can see the look on my husbands face if he walked in and I was sitting, literally naked with a notebook and candles, Lololol!

And so glad to hear you are home!!!! Praying healing healing healing healing and some more healing!

kerrie - Wholeness is something I began seeking many many years ago. I found my wholeness in Christ. How I remain whole is to accept, receive, believe, and know(without doubt) how much He loves me. How far, how wide, how deep is His love for me. To remain abided in this love that He gives me every day forever. I am whole, I am loved.

Are you out of the hospital? I hope you are okay. I am just getting to know you, but I saw someone mention that you suffer from a disease. Thank you for letting me know that you were thinking about me. How meaningful it is to hear that.

Glenda Childers - These are beautiful thought provoking words, Tiffini. I have been thinking this week about the opposite of whole-souled. (That is hard to pronounce, a little tongue twister.)

A phrase jumped out of a page I was reading – "self protect by self distracting." And another was describing the energy I put into creating "safe places." This is not whole-souled living.

Now I am off to think about what whole-souled living IS.

How are you feeling today?



Andrea - "the choice to live simply…" this has been a huge part of my journey lately. being back in the country, away from city life, has me realizing how much i've busied myself. i've filled my world and soul with a lot of noise. and in someways, i have to learn how to listen all over again, even though it would seem it would be easier now… anyway, i love this. and your heart. as always.

LLH Designs - I love this picture of being whole-souled instead of having soul holes. For me, it's about being very present. That has never come easily to me, but I'm learning. And just as Paul said that he learned contentment, I'm learning being present. For this very moment, the here and now, this is where God makes my soul whole.


Pamela - Thought provoking post. I'll be pondering this throughout the week. I love the word wholesouled and I'm on the journey towards it.



dear monday…2 series & a project…a winner

Plough deep in us, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that our being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until Thou alone art seen in us, Thy beauty golden like summer harvest, Thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty…from valley of vision puritan prayers



As I lay here being receptive to His grace I am asking “how do I begin to weave this together in story so that I can pick beauty from the harvest for myself and even more so… for others?” O Daddy we come with buckets in hands swinging to pick the first fruits from your fields. Ever so humbly I step and share the ground layout with our husbandman takes us from this crossroad to the end of our journey time.

I am going to introduce two series & one Project here at The House of Belonging.

  • The first series I will introduce tomorrow. It will be once a week.  It will have some helpful printable’s and such along the way.  As we learn to live in the depths but see You in the heights as we seek You for whole-souled-ness.

  • Not all marriages are or can be… restored …then what? It maybe a once a month or bi/weekly to start out.  It will start out with personal history, books and people giving a little ground work to the present day.  With as much privacy as I can so it will mostly be from my perspective.  Much of the whole-souled-ness work will then go into the marriage series.

  • The third project…not so much a series, will be placed however God leads.  I am a little girl who has a secret that I can’t wait to share.  I will spill the beans next Wednesday:)

This will also benefit women who yearn for the deep waters of whole-souled-ness.


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Word women Wednesday with Becky@Farmgirl Paints.  Have you checked out her cuffs?  I keep thinking when I can I’d like to have one that says Word woman or jumping naked…what would you like yours to say? Don’t forget we will also have a linkup.  A place to share your heart and art in the form of a post ( maybe a hint for a writing prompt?) that will light a fire under the souls of women to walk in their calling.  I think Miss Becky’s words will light a fire in your heart!


**I will attach the winner of the Word women sign later this afternoon.  I’m still in the hospital and my daughter is the smart one so she is going to do it for me on her lunch hour**

a prayer for us…May our desires be enlarged and our hopes emboldened, that we may honour Thee by our entire dependency and the greatness of our expectation…valley of vision





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Robyn Q - Who blogs from the hospital?? I just LOVE your heart! Continuing to pray for you and so excited for what is to come around here! Giant hugs…RQ

Jen - I'm just catching up on blogs and saw the hospital thing — oh, I am praying for you — for provision, health, peace. You are a treasure, Tiffini, and God is doing AMAZING things with you, sweet friend.

Glenda Childers - I suspicion that you are laying in that hospital bed . . . just thinking and thinking up good ideas for your blog. YIPPEE.

I am continuing to pray for you.