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Hospitality: Hope Blossoms

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We are thrilled today to introduce you to a wonderful woman, an amazing ministry, and a hospitality concept we adore! Read More

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We are thrilled today to introduce you to a wonderful woman, an amazing ministry, and a hospitality concept we adore!

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Prayer for the Week July 22 – Fear Not, Little Flock

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We have such a special guest for you this morning.  Bethany Joy joins from Joy Light Life.  Daja and I had the pleasure of meeting Bethany Joy last July at the Reformation of Food and Family Conference.  She had overheard the two of us talking about The Provision Room and introduced herself wanting to understand more about how we do things in the kitchen.  Right away we knew this young woman was just lovely.  Since then we have all continued to keep in touch in the usual internet fashion.

We pray you are touched by Bethany Joy and the sweet message she shares with us this morning.  Make sure to head over to Joy Light Life and share a little Provision Room love!

Fear Not, Little Flock

Luke 12: 32

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

I love this verse and everything that it means. Have you ever observed a sheep and it’s master? My brother Elisha recently started raising his own sheep and will be selling it to a large company in Oregon. We are very excited for him. Even more than that though is the opportunity it has offered me. I get to work with my big brother, building his business, brainstorming, and hearing his dreams. My favorite thing though is to watch him care for his sheep. One of them fell ill last year. Every day, every few hours, for months he would go out to her stall and pick her up. She couldn’t stand and was going lame. He would gently massage her legs and help her walk around the pen. He would clean her water, and bring her fresh food. It was precious and reminded me of how Christ so dearly loves and cares for us.

Because Elisha is trying to build his business he purchased a small herd of sheep. They were wild and other than when the shepherd let his working dogs in their pasture, they did not have human interaction. We actually had to teach them to drink out of the water bucket. They were really that wild.

As I have watched Elisha care for them, care for their young lambs, I have seen them form a bond with Elisha. It seems like he is constantly telling them “Fear not little flock” but he is so patient with them. He loves caring for them and is so proud of his growing herd of sheep.

Watching all of this happen has blessed me, encouraged me, and convicted me. It has offered me the opportunity to see a little bit of what God sees when he looks at us. How silly it must be, always having to repeat those words but how kind our God is. So willing to remind us, we need not fear – he wants us to live with him. It is his good pleasure to give us his kingdom.

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We have such a special guest for you this morning.  Bethany Joy joins from Joy Light Life.  Daja and I had the pleasure of meeting Bethany Joy last July at the Reformation of Food and Family Conference.  She had overheard the two of us talking about The Provision Room and introduced herself wanting to understand […]

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I Want To Homeschool….But, My Husband Thinks I’m Crazy

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Have you ever considered homeschooling, but….well, your husband (and maybe everyone else) thinks you’re just crazy?!?!?!

Well, today we are guest posting over at Cheeky Bums Blog on that very subject!

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Kristina shares candidly about how God planted in her heart the desire to homeschool, but that it took some prayer and convincing until she and her husband were on the same page.

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“I want to homeschool, but…my husband thinks I’m crazy!

I really have to laugh at that statement now.  You see I walked that journey with my husband.  I lived it.  It was one of only two times in our marriage that we have been on completely separate pages.

This is how it went.

I said, “I think we should homeschool.”

He said, “No.  I don’t think that’s a good idea.” 

And so we entered a six-month period of what I like to call ‘intense fellowship.'”

READ THE REST AT CHEEKY BUMS BLOG!

(Linked to Breaking The Rules HopFrom The FarmOne Sharendipity PlaceMaking Your Home Sing Hop,  Making A Happy Home,  Titus 2 Tuesday  Wise Woman Link-Up! and Creative HomeAcre Hop)

Have you ever considered homeschooling, but….well, your husband (and maybe everyone else) thinks you’re just crazy?!?!?! Well, today we are guest posting over at Cheeky Bums Blog on that very subject! Kristina shares candidly about how God planted in her heart the desire to homeschool, but that it took some prayer and convincing until she […]

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I Want To Homeschool, But….(Part 2!)

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We’re guest posting again over at Cheeky Bums Blog!  We’re tackling another one of your homeschooling questions!  This time it’s how in the world can we keep up with the homeschool and keep some semblance of order in the house.  Hey, we know the challenge!  The housekeeping doesn’t stop because the kids need to be taught about the civil war or need a spelling test!  And oh that laundry….the bane of my existence!  😉  With seven (soon to be eight!) kids creating an enormous amount of dishes, laundry and general messiness, how can we keep our heads above water?!

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We feel it’s really important to educate not only our children’s minds, but their hearts and their hands.  Meaning, that in addition to academic knowledge, our job as parents is to instill in our children a love for the Lord and a genuine affection for one another (hearts) and solid work ethic and life skills (hands).  Therefore, we see housework, yard work and helping one another maintain the house as every bit as important as Math, English, and Science.”  READ THE REST AT CHEEKY BUMS!

(And while you’re there, check out some other of their amazing posts on raising vintage kids in a modern world!  You’ll fall in love with them as we have!!!)

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We’re guest posting again over at Cheeky Bums Blog!  We’re tackling another one of your homeschooling questions!  This time it’s how in the world can we keep up with the homeschool and keep some semblance of order in the house.  Hey, we know the challenge!  The housekeeping doesn’t stop because the kids need to be […]

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Earth Day Thoughts: Living in Redemption and Looking for the Feast

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Happy Earth Day!

Today we are so blessed to have guest posting with us Flo Paris, a good friend of The Provision Room, singer, song writer, author, conservationist, and foodie-extraordinaire – and our only friend to have actually spent time with Wendell Berry!  She has captured us time an again with her music and words.  Flo has graciously allowed us to share one of our favorite songs with you as well!  Make sure you look for the link at the end of the post. 

We pray you will see God’s work in the earth as you read her post today.

“Practice Resurrection” – Wendell Berry

Earlier in April I had the opportunity to gather with other Nashville musicians to write songs for the church celebrating the beauty of God’s creation. I rarely co-write, so I was nervous as our group of three (Kellie Haddock, Chelsey Scott, and myself) sat down with our collective past experiences, biases, and opinions to try to create art that is reflective of God’s goodness. I was not expecting to finish a full song, let alone a song I really liked. But, as often is the case with God, he not only gave us what we asked for (a song), but also like-mindedness and fellowship as we studied his words regarding creation.

We shared scripture and found hope in the idea that God’s initial creation of the earth and the final redemption of all things stand as bookends on either side of the brokenness in which we now live. Although redemption is promised, cynicism is easier than faith, and we need supernatural revival to turn our hearts to hope. It is hard to live in this tension.

Part of the difficulty of living in the “now and the not yet” is experiencing the brokenness of the physical earth. Many Christians and Environmentalists divide on how much of that decay is man-made, and how much is natural. In either case, the Bible makes it clear that it is not the way it was supposed to be. I would suggest that regardless of our political motivations or personal opinions, we roll up our sleeves and take an active part in enjoying and restoring the “stuff of the earth” that God calls sacred.

In between song-writing sessions our pastor spoke these words: God sent his Son to be a part of the earth, to become broken with it, and to ascend—not as a detached soul, but forever connected to his earthly body. This is a God who values the physical creation he has made—the mountains, the rivers, the birds of the air, you, me, and his own Son.

Last night the songwriters gathered once more as we met with members of the board of A Rocha International, a Christian Conservation group. We shared our hopes of restoring the Church to its leadership role in creation care. We talked about some of the most creatively beautiful agents of evangelism—the birds, the mountains, and the heavens that declare the Glory of God. We sat together outside and feasted on homemade pizza with carefully chosen ingredients, lettuces and vegetables with vibrant colors, and wine that left its scent lingering in the crisp night air as the sun settled in the sky.

These tangible things felt like communion.  Not only the bread and the wine, but the wind, the trees, the moon slowly rising—truly, all of creation is a shared communion pointing us to the one whose body was broken for us, and reminding us that there is a redemption that is coming.

After dinner we sat in the Abbey of the church and shared the songs we had written and sang hymns that everyone knew:

This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world,
The battle is not done:
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

As I thought about what I would write for “Earth Day,” I initially planned on a theologically intense essay about ecology and Christian stewardship. But last night reminded me of the reason I find value in creation in the first place. It is my Father’s world. He shares it with us, broken like Jesus, pointing to Him and to His redemption of all things. “Earth and Heav’n,” physical and spiritual, are not separate paths we must choose between; rather, Jesus is the one path that embodies both.

In celebrating Earth Day, let us think about living life every day in scope of that final redemption. As Wendell Berry puts it, let us “practice resurrection.” One day there will be a greater feast, a feast with homemade bread and the best wine, grass below our feet and birds and angels singing in chorus; the physical and the spiritual will be one thing: Heaven.

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We love Flo’s music and hope you enjoy it as well!!  Be blessed!

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Flo Headshots 139Flo Paris Oakes is a musician and a writer whose passions include good food (both eating and making), literature, creation care, and especially the convergence of all three. Flo lives in East Nashville with her husband and two daughters and blogs at Tales of a Music Mama.

(Linked to Backyard Farming Connection HopManic Monday, Tuesday Garden Party, Terrific Tuesdays Wise Woman Link-Up, and Motivation Monday)

Happy Earth Day! Today we are so blessed to have guest posting with us Flo Paris, a good friend of The Provision Room, singer, song writer, author, conservationist, and foodie-extraordinaire – and our only friend to have actually spent time with Wendell Berry!  She has captured us time an again with her music and words.  […]

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I Want To Homeschool, But…

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We haven’t blogged much about homeschooling on The Provision Room.  But, we are both homeschooling mommies!  We love it.  It suits our lifestyle, philosophies and personalities.  However, we are different in so many ways and our homeschooling journeys reflect that.  And our love of building our home-centric lives grows each school year.

Our good friends over at the Cheeky Bums Blog are all about raising vintage kids in a modern world.  (Ask us how much we love that!)  And they have graciously asked us to guest post about our homeschooling experiences and advice.  The first installment of our posts is up.  (There are also so many other fantastic homeschooling posts there!)

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“I want to homeschool but, I have little ones!

At the time I’m writing this, I have a sixth grader, a fifth grader, a third grader, a second grader, a kindergartener, a four year old, a sixteen month old and will soon have a newborn.  An important place to start in figuring out how to undertake this, is to break off old educational paradigms.  We’ve been conditioned to think that learning happens best in age-segregated, homogeneous groups.  Our school systems are all set up that way.  But when you think about it, it’s unnatural.”

READ THE REST AT CHEEKY BUMS!!!!

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Daja’s class….er…I mean children

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We haven’t blogged much about homeschooling on The Provision Room.  But, we are both homeschooling mommies!  We love it.  It suits our lifestyle, philosophies and personalities.  However, we are different in so many ways and our homeschooling journeys reflect that.  And our love of building our home-centric lives grows each school year. Our good friends over at […]

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Prayer Post for the Week September 17 – A Guest Post by Serene Allison

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Today I am so grateful to be able to share this beautiful post on motherhood by Serene Allison of Above Rubies.  Serene is daughter of Nancy Campbell and mother to her own big beautiful family.  This subject of motherhood has been on my heart so strongly as of late and Serene just spoke right into what I believe God is saying.

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Today I am so grateful to be able to share this beautiful post on motherhood by Serene Allison of Above Rubies.  Serene is daughter of Nancy Campbell and mother to her own big beautiful family.  This subject of motherhood has been on my heart so strongly as of late and Serene just spoke right into […]

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Prayer for Week of June 25 – God’s Perspective

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(You are in for a treat!  Today we have a guest post from none other than Lady Dorothy, aka my mom!  I know you will enjoy what she has to share.  She’s full of wisdom and grace!  –Daja) Read More

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(You are in for a treat!  Today we have a guest post from none other than Lady Dorothy, aka my mom!  I know you will enjoy what she has to share.  She’s full of wisdom and grace!  –Daja)

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Making a Safe Decision

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(Written by Daja’s husband!)

My wife’s goal for April was to make copies of all our important documents and to store them in the safe.  (The safe I purchased for the family with LAST YEAR’S tax refund, but was still empty this year.  Yeah, that one.)  It’s a worthy goal.

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(Written by Daja’s husband!) My wife’s goal for April was to make copies of all our important documents and to store them in the safe.  (The safe I purchased for the family with LAST YEAR’S tax refund, but was still empty this year.  Yeah, that one.)  It’s a worthy goal. I thought I would share […]

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Shall We Make Our Own Electricity?

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So it’s nearing the end of tax season.  Hopefully everyone reading this is getting a refund this year.  If so, try to save your money for a rainy day.  If you have the ability to put the money towards preparations for things that life throws your way (beyond savings), you might want to consider investing in a portable generator…

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So it’s nearing the end of tax season.  Hopefully everyone reading this is getting a refund this year.  If so, try to save your money for a rainy day.  If you have the ability to put the money towards preparations for things that life throws your way (beyond savings), you might want to consider investing […]