Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Homemaking Party---Have You Had Your Smash & Dash Today?

Welcome to the Homemaking Party!

Today I'm promoting the super fun and addicting, Smash and Dash, my brother's new game for iPhone and Android! Right now, you can download it for FREE!! I love it even more than Candy Crush---and that's saying a lot! My favorite thing about it is that you never run out of lives!! You can play all day! Ha!! (Hmm...considering this is a homemaking party, that might not be a good thing!)

Have a blessed Easter weekend!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Messianic Prophecy --- Part Three

I've been talking about Messianic Prophecies over the last week as we come up on Easter---the greatest celebration for Christians! Today I'm going over a couple of prophecies in the Old Testament book of Zechariah. The prophet Zechariah wrote about Messiah approximately 500 years before the birth of Christ.

Reading through, I was especially blessed by two specific prophecies found in this book. 

Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a donkey

Zechariah 9:9: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation. Humble, and mounted on a donkey. Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

This was fulfilled in Matthew 21:1-9. While reading the verse above, the critical voice in me spoke up to point out that Jesus, having been schooled with the rabbis from an early age, would have been familiar with this verse and could have found himself a donkey on which to ride into Jerusalem in order to fulfill the prophecy. However, once I read the verses in Matthew, I became aware of two reasons why this prophecy can be taken for truth. For one thing, Matt. 21:2 tells us that Jesus sent two disciples on ahead to fetch the donkey and colt. The verse says, "Go into the village opposite you and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her." God had revealed to Jesus where he would find a donkey on which to ride before he even got to town. Secondly, verse 9 says that the crowds were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the Highest". There is no way that the prophet Zechariah, nor Jesus Himself, could have predicted how the crowd would react. Verse 8 says, "Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road." This tells us that at least the majority of the people were treating Him as royalty. This is especially significant as these are likely the same people who, only days later, were shouting, "Crucify him!" (Matt. 27:22-23)

Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver

Zechariah 11:12-13: "I said to them, 'If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!' So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Then the Lord said to me, 'Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them'. So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the Lord."

This portion of Zechariah is...weird. It's language and context definitely warrant more study! These verses actually point out two instances of fulfilled prophecy. First of all, Matt. 26:15 tells us that Judas accepted 30 shekels of silver to betray Jesus to the chief priests. Secondly, Matt. 27:5-10 tells us that is was unlawful for the chief priests to put blood money into the temple treasury. Therefore, after the guilt-ridden Judas threw the money back at them, they decided to use it to buy the Potter's Field as a burial place for strangers. Furthermore, Acts 1:18-20 seems to allude to the possibility that it was in this field that Judas committed suicide. It's also important to point out that this isn't the only place in the Old Testament that discusses Jesus' betrayal. Psalm 41:9 says, "Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me."

Thank you, God, for revealing so much to your people so long before the events really took place. It's instances like these in the Old Testament that can help us to cement our faith in the New Testament and in Jesus as our Messiah!

Don't miss Part One and Part Two of this series on Messianic Prophecy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Making the Change to LED Power with GE Super Bright LED Lightbulbs #LEDSavings #shop #CollectiveBias

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Spring is always a time of change. Whether it's just a change of season or a complete household overhaul, the New Year adage, "Out with the old, in with the new" doesn't seem to really apply until springtime. In our home, we're making a significant change in our energy consumption that will have a lasting impact, by changing to super bright LED lightbulbs. LED power is the way to go if you're wanting to save money, conserve energy, and cut down on garbage in the landfills.

Last week, I was invited to try the new Energy Smart LED lightbulbs from GE. I'll admit--I've never spent so much for a lightbulb. However, once I realized that this bulb could run for over 22 years and save me $90 in energy costs, I thought about the hundreds of dollars that would save me by outfitting the whole house and I was sold!

GE's line of Energy Smart bulbs can be found near your old lightbulbs at Walmart. They're easy to spot in this bright green, white and blue packaging. Here's a coupon to get you started. (live through 5/1)

We are a homeschooling family and I love to turn new opportunities into learning experiences. I came up with a lesson for the kids to get them excited about energy conservation as well. 

There are lots of things a family can do to help cut down energy costs around the home:
  • Open curtains to bring in light and heat
  • Turn off lights and appliances when they're not in use
  • Don't run water down the sink unnecessarily when doing dishes or brushing teeth
  • Fill in gaps around trim, doors, and windows to keep an even temperature in the home

My husband and I are especially excited about the ways these bulbs are going to save us money. GE LEDs are definitely the new way to light!
  • 1 LED Bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Uses 80% less energy
  • $90 in energy savings per bulb
  • Lasts over 22 years (on average)
Here's a fun energy consumption calculator you can use to do your own life cycle cost analysis and see how your family will save using these new bulbs. I ran it for 10 bulbs and it said I'd save $39.75 per year in energy costs. With 22 years of use from each bulb, that means I'll be saving almost $800 after the cost of the bulbs!

Not only are they great for families as well as the environment, these incandescent bulbs also give off a "soft white" light just like my old ones do. I put my first bulb in this cute vintage lamp I found at an estate sale a couple years ago. By the time it needs changing, the bulb will be vintage and the lamp will be an antique!

For more on the GE Energy Smart line visit them online:


#LEDSavings #CollectiveBias

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Homemaking Party---SHHH...Testing!

Welcome to the Homemaking Party! The Coller kids have been doing their annual testing the past few days. Today it's Elisha's turn to hang out with me all day in the bedroom and do his tests. Here's a shout out to all my kids who've been taking turns babysitting and being quiet and good while their siblings test. Two down, two to go! Linking with:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Messianic Prophecy: Part Two

The Old Testament book of Isaiah is abundant with prophetic references---many of them pointing to Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Here are just a few of the proofs we have for Christ as God as prophesied by Isaiah, more than 600 years before Jesus walked the Earth!

The Virgin Birth/Jesus called Immanuel

Isaiah 7:14:"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel"

This is fulfilled in Matthew 1:20-23. Joseph was visited in a dream by an angel quoting the verse from Isaiah. His soon-to-be-wife was the prophesied virgin. "Immanuel" means "God with us". Like the names given for Messiah in Isaiah 9:6 (Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, etc.), Jesus wasn't actually given the name "Immanuel" as his birth name. This is not what the passage means. Instead, it is saying that this is a term people will use to reference Jesus for the rest of eternity. People will say that Jesus is God in the flesh--God with us.

God's Salvation Will Reach the Entire Earth

Isaiah 49:6: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

This verse indicates that the message of salvation through Messiah would reach the ends of the Earth. The New Testament references the fact (and other historical writings back this up) that there were other men who claimed to be Messiah before Jesus came. In fact, this has been the case throughout history--and is even true today. (Think Jim Jones, David Koresh, Baha`u'llah of the Baha'i faith, Sun Myung Moon of the Unification church and Marshall Applewhite of the Heaven's Gate cult). The book of Acts even names some of the well-known false Messiahs of Jesus' day (Acts 5:34-39). Yet it is only through the church birthed by Christ that God's word has been spread to all the Earth. All the rest of these false Messiahs have been proven to be frauds and their "ministries" have fizzled out. A really great site for seeing people who are making decisions for Christ all over the world in real time is

Messiah will perform specific miracles

Isaiah 35:4-6: "say to those with fearful hearts, 'Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.' Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert." 

This passage of Isaiah mentions specific miracles that will be performed by Messiah. Here are just a few references in the New Testament that show how Jesus was very well-known for performing these specific miracles: Matthew 9:32-35, 11:5, 15:30-31; Luke 11:14; John 5:8-9, 7:38, 9:6-7.

Specific events on the day Christ died
Isaiah 50:6: "I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting." 

In this verse we can read about specific things that were to happen during Jesus' last day on Earth as a man. The following New Testament verses confirm that this is the way Jesus was treated before the crucifixion: Matt 27:26; Mark 15:15; John 19:1; Matt 26:67; Matt 27:30; Mark 14:65; Mark 15:19; Luke 22:63.

Though I've been a "true believer" for most of my life, it has been really refreshing to find these passages that give us even more of a solid reason to trust the history in the Bible as truth. What are some of your favorite prophetic passages?

Don't miss Part One and Part Two of this series!