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Humble Pie (an explanation a long time coming)

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RevivalA year ago together, Kristina and I decided to pull one of our books from sale. Some of you noticed and have asked where it went. At first we wanted to make some minor adjustments. Then we wanted to make major adjustments. And now we have decided to remove it from publication permanently.  We feel we need to explain and to offer, in a small way, reparation for having written and promoted this book.

So, for our long-time readers and friends, go get a cuppa and join us as we share our hearts and what led to this decision.

The background…

Both our families are part of a small homeschool co-op. Small, meaning just four families at its largest. We teach our children from curriculum and programs we write a lot of the times. It’s how we have poured so much faith and love and our values into our kids over the past 5 years.  Three years ago, we decided to teach church history. I had the idea to start from the Protestant Reformation and follow historical revivals to modern day, teaching a hymn or a worship song with each segment.

I wrote it. We taught it. Then we decided to release it. We put it in book format and set it loose. It was called Sounds of Revival.

And it tanked. Like miserably. We had poured so much work into it and it had amazing endorsements, including some very well-known and respected Christian leaders and historians.  Of all the books and curriculum we have written, none have done as poorly as this book.

Around the first anniversary of its release I wrote a piece on why everyone should celebrate the Reformation. It was light-hearted and meant in a spirit of fun. It included beer. A reader lovingly and courageously challenged the post. She said, lovingly, but without apology, that we should not be celebrating disunity. That a schism in the Body of Christ is not something to rejoice over, but rather something to be grieved. We didn’t get it. Her, very appropriate chastisement went over our heads. Perhaps she prayed for our eyes to be opened, for from that moment the Holy Spirit painted a bulls eye on us.

At every turn we were faced with an unending barrage of truth. Kristina and I would call each other or pour out our hearts to one another over coffee. What was the Lord doing? The other side of Church history found its way into our hands. The narrative we had learned since we were babies about how the “Reformation” went down, was simply not as cut-and-dried as we had been told. And soon our spirits were as grieved with the Reformation as our dear reader’s was. We realized that it was not something we could celebrate.

Jesus, in his High Priestly prayer in John 17, prays “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Jesus’ heart from the very beginning was unity. Perfect, complete unity. Not in an invisible sense (like someday in the sweet by-and-by we’ll be unified), but in a visible and tangible sense. The 40,000+ denominations since the “Reformation” is not unity. And it has broken our hearts in the past year. We get it now. And to say we are sad about it is an understatement. To say that we regret writing the book is an understatement.

This past year on what we formerly called “Reformation Day” Kristina and I got together, prayed the Rosary for the healing of the wound in the Body of Christ and then had a celebration of Sacred Music–from the Early Church to today.

Now we understand why the Lord kept the book hidden and had it sell so poorly. It was not consistent with His heart, His most Sacred Heart.

In the future we hope to write a new Church History curriculum for our children. One that is actually true to history, that is compassionate, inclusive, and has the true heart of Revival–which is all men drawn to Jesus–keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

We are on a new path, an ancient path and all we can do is trust the Lord and His direction.  In the words of John Henry Newman:

God has created me to do him some definite service.  He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.  I have my mission.  I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.  I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.  He has not created me for naught.  I shall do good–I shall do his work.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments.  Therefore I will trust him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him.  In perplexity, my perplexity may serve him.  If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him.  He does nothing in vain.  He knows what he is about.  He may take away my friends.  He may throw me among strangers.  he may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me–still, HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS ABOUT.

Please stick around the Provision Room, we are the same quirky girls–just a little more humble and with hearts a lot softened by a confrontation with Jesus.

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A year ago together, Kristina and I decided to pull one of our books from sale. Some of you noticed and have asked where it went. At first we wanted to make some minor adjustments. Then we wanted to make major adjustments. And now we have decided to remove it from publication permanently.  We feel […]

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We’re Having A Sale!

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Christmas Sale

Simply stop by our STORE, buy ANY of our ebooks and we’ll automatically send you Grace and Glory just to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  If you’d like us to send Grace and Glory to a friend or your mother (what a great gift!!!!) just mention it on the special instructions when you order via PayPal.  If you wish to purchase Grace and Glory, you can request that an additional copy be sent to a friend or loved one!

Grace and Glory is a beautiful full-color book, complete with journaling pages.  It contains our hearts for moms.  We want you to be encouraged and empowered, living from rest, displaying God’s glory.  The path we walk as moms is honorable!  Remember, God Himself chose to reveal salvation to the world through the gift of motherhood!  Moms, this is our season!!!

So, stop on over in our store, pick out ANY book and get Grace and Glory!

 

Christmas Sale

Simply stop by our STORE, buy ANY of our ebooks and we’ll automatically send you Grace and Glory just to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  If you’d like us to send Grace and Glory to a friend or your mother (what a great gift!!!!) just mention it on the special instructions when you order via PayPal.  If […]

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New Curriculum! Literature Studies For Children, by Sheri Plowman

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I was homeschooled from the fourth grade, all the way through high school.  I count myself extremely blessed to come up in a homeschooling community with some of the most creative people in the world.  One of them was Sheri Plowman.  Once upon a time I called her “Mrs. Plowman” and she was the mom of my friends.  She is still the mom of my friends, but she is now a dear friend of mine, too.  She’s a veteran homeschooler, who, although her children are grown, is still in the game.  She’s busy writing curriculum for others, helping homeschooling moms (such as myself) with our questions and challenges, and occasionally teaching amazing classes such as missions, science and nature studies.

We are so pleased to be offering some of her literature studies here in our store.  Take a minute, get to know Sheri a bit, and check out her books.  You will love her and her books as much as we do!

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I was homeschooled from the fourth grade, all the way through high school.  I count myself extremely blessed to come up in a homeschooling community with some of the most creative people in the world.  One of them was Sheri Plowman.  Once upon a time I called her “Mrs. Plowman” and she was the mom […]

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Loving Yourself Well E-BOOK!

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This Giveaway Has Ended!

One of the workshops we offer is called Loving Yourself Well.  It’s where we impart our hearts to women about taking care of themselves well–body, soul, and spirit.  We talk about natural healing, herbs, nourishing foods, sacred pauses, Sabbaths and shalom.  It’s beautiful and refreshing.  We sip tea and eat scones.  We laugh and share experiences and learn from one another.  But, we know that you all can’t make it to this workshop.  So, here’s what we’ve done–at the request of one of you!–condensed our 3 hour workshop into an e-book!

We want you to learn to love yourself well.  If Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, we think we should be pretty skilled at treating ourselves well!

Loving Yourself Well

This full-color 29 page ebook is jammed FULL of our best home remedies, tinctures, and tonics. Learn to build a foundation of wellness and joy in your life.  Learn what we do to honor our bodies and our souls.

What does a healthy routine look like?

What is Vintage Immune Support?

How can you improve your sleep and peace of mind?

What’s the difference between an infusion, a decoction, and a tincture?

Which herbs and essential oils are essential for daily use?

Loving Yourself Well Ebook!

Do you feel like using herbs, food, teas, and relaxation is a complicated world all its own?  Perhaps you just don’t know where to start.  Perhaps you already use natural remedies, but are looking for a handy reference, easy to use?  THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!  Handy, easy, mom-tested!  What makes this book different?  We believe in taking care of the whole person.  It’s not just a book of how to treat your ailments, but about how to live life to the fullest.

This book, normally priced $10, is available for 50% off THIS WEEK ONLY!  (GET IT HERE!)

AND you can enter to win a copy for FREE! Enter now!

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Loving Yourself Well Ebook!

This Giveaway Has Ended! One of the workshops we offer is called Loving Yourself Well.  It’s where we impart our hearts to women about taking care of themselves well–body, soul, and spirit.  We talk about natural healing, herbs, nourishing foods, sacred pauses, Sabbaths and shalom.  It’s beautiful and refreshing.  We sip tea and eat scones. […]

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Radiant! Inside and Out! (You’re gonna love this!!!)

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Radiant! Inside & Out! If you’re like us one of your big parenting goals is not to succumb to commercialism.  In a perfect world holidays would truly be HOLY DAYS and not about buying more stuff to fill already overfilled toy-boxes and closets.  But, we still want holidays to be fun, right?  We want them filled with meaning and beauty and family-togetherness.  Towards that aim, we have written Radiant! Inside & Out!  This ebook helps prepare your family and home for the season of Passover and Easter. Read More

Radiant! Inside & Out!

If you’re like us one of your big parenting goals is not to succumb to commercialism.  In a perfect world holidays would truly be HOLY DAYS and not about buying more stuff to fill already overfilled toy-boxes and closets.  But, we still want holidays to be fun, right?  We want them filled with meaning and […]

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CURRICULUM SALE!! Limited time back-to-school special!

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Are you busy, busy, busy, starting the new school year?  Are you still in the planning stages? Read More

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Are you busy, busy, busy, starting the new school year?  Are you still in the planning stages?

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All Things Veg!

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Back in April a reader asked us to share ways to prepare vegetables so that our families would actually eat them! So, we put the question to all of you! The result is a cookbook your whole family will love! Read More

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Back in April a reader asked us to share ways to prepare vegetables so that our families would actually eat them! So, we put the question to all of you! The result is a cookbook your whole family will love!

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Grace and Glory

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 “How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.” GK Chesterton

We come from all walks of life and are all at different stages of mothering.  You may be like me and have more children at home than the woman who lived in a shoe (and your lovin’ every minute of it!).  You might be the joyful mother of one.  Or maybe your sweet ones live in heaven.  Perhaps your children grew not in your womb, but in your heart.  Maybe you have an empty nest as all your children have left to make their own ways in the world.  Maybe you mother everything that is living within arms reach from the neighborhood children to the stray cat.  Maybe you are the spiritual mother to many young people in your church who look to you for prayer and inspiration for Christian living.   Whatever your mothering role, know this: You were created for this and your task is monumental.  We recognize that and we honor you!

Grace and Glory For Moms

In honor of Mother’s Day, we have compiled a list of our favorite devotions from the last year.  We’ve added spaces for journaling and reflection as well.  The result is a beautiful ebook that will encourage your heart.  It would make a great Mother’s Day gift for that special Mom in your life or as a treat for yourself!  (You know we believe in treating ourselves well!)

We know that often the days are long and yet the years are short.  We encourage (beg and plead with) you to take a moment out each day.  Refresh your spirit.  Drink deeply from the grace and glory the Lord has promised to those who walk uprightly.

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This lovely moms devotional, written by two moms still in the thick of things with their young ones, is available now in our Books and Resources section.

“The only question that remains is whether we will let Christ’s love burst in. It will be inconvenient. I can assure you of that. He’ll mess with our plans and shake up the tidy order of our days. He’ll manifest Himself in ways we cannot imagine and at times that interrupt us. But, if we let Him we will be blessed. He will get glory and we can participate in that. That might be the most amazing thing of all. That we are allowed to participate in the glory of God.” –Grace and Glory, page 35

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(From those who chimed in with their favorite thing about being a mom, random.org picked Renata!  She left this comment: “My favourite thing about being a Mum is watching this little person grow and change -being there for each and every step!! And of course the little, warm bodies that creep into Mum and Dad’s bed on cold nights!!!”  CONGRATULATIONS, Renata!  And Happy Mother’s Day!  The ebook will be sent to your email address.  ENJOY!)

PURCHASE GRACE AND GLORY FOR MOMS HERE.

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 “How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, […]

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Grace & Glory For Moms – Give Away

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For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
(Psalm 84:11)

Grace – God’s unmerited favor.  His loving kindness poured out upon us, not for anything we have done or will do, but just because He loves us.  Every day we have the opportunity to partake in this beautiful gift from an infinitely loving father.  A father who knows us, who sees us, and still loves us with all of our imperfections.

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Grace & Glory For Moms is a compilation of our very favorite Prayer Posts, along with journaling pages.  The posts we feel sing the praises of God’s glory and most tenderly speak to mothers hearts.  31 devotions that allow peace to pour over and wash away the dirt of the day.

Our ebook officially releases Wednesday, May 8th just in time for Mother’s Day!

We are also giving away a copy to one special mommy!  All you need to do to participate in the give-away is leave us a comment on this post or on our Facebook page telling us your favorite thing about being a mommy!  On Friday, May 10th we will randomly draw a name from the entries and send you a free copy of Grace & Glory For Moms.

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For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. (Psalm 84:11) Grace – God’s unmerited favor.  His loving kindness poured out upon us, not for anything we have done or will do, but just because He loves […]

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Three Easy Steps to Raised Beds – ebook Release

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SPRING!

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Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.  Edgar Guest

I love Spring!  It is so full of life and hope!  After months of cold, I can feel the warmth coming.  Here in California we are admittedly spoiled by the good weather, but even for us the last few days have been cool and rainy.  I won’t let that stop me!  For several weeks now I’ve been planting my gardens.  I currently have in the ground potatoes, onions, snap peas, radishes, carrots, several varieties of kale, mustard greens, chard, lettuce, and spinach and just waiting to be planted are my tomatoes, peppers, and beans.  I’ve most certainly been bitten by the bug!

Have you been bitten by the Spring Bug yet?

Are you looking for ways to get your children involved in planting and caring for your garden?

Are you just not sure where to start?

Well, we have just the answer for you!

Just in time for Spring we’ve put together a little ebook to help get your garden started.

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If you have ever wondered how to build a raised bed this ebook is for you.  In just three easy steps you will be planting!  Seriously!  The method is so simple children can do it!  In fact, this would make a GREAT homeschool project for any of you homeschooling families who are looking for ways to get your children outside and involved in gardening.  Simple to follow instructions are included in the book along with plenty of pictures.

This is a super frugal approach to building raised beds.  Materials cost less than $50 per 4’x8′ bed including the soil enrichment materials.  And, you won’t have to lift a hammer or pick up a nail!!  And, we’re offering our little ebook for just $.99 to help it fit any budget.

So what are you waiting for?  It’s time to get the garden in!

Three Easy Steps to Raised Beds ebook.

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SPRING! Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.  Edgar Guest I love Spring!  It is so full of life and hope!  After months of cold, I can feel the warmth coming.  Here in California we are admittedly spoiled by the good weather, but even for us the last few […]