New Links

Greetings to all! I have been adding some new links for Homeschooling and Handiwork on the side bar and am so encouraged to create when I see these links. Miss Jen recently spoke about an artist that she enjoys and I took one look and fell in love with his work.

Woman with watering can

Summer is in full bloom and so are the roses! I just love roses and would love to be able to paint them, but the talent just isn't in me. Not for lack of trying, it's just not a gift God wants for me I suppose. So I will enjoy the art of
Daniel Ridgway Knight until there is enough time to master painting a rose myself....I'm sure the Rapture will come first :)

A few more from the Collection of Daniel Ridgway Knight

who was very adept at capturing the beauty of every tasks

This one reminds me of Ruth

Gathering the wheat

Women washing clothes by a stream



Handmaid of the Lord

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
be it unto me according to thy word.
And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:38

Our Lady

by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

Mother of God! no lady thou:
Common woman of common earth
Our Lady ladies call thee now,
But Christ was never of gentle birth;
A common man of the common earth.
For God’s ways are not as our ways:
The noblest lady in the land
Would have given up half her days,
To bear the child that was God of the land.
Never a lady did He choose,
Only a maid of low degree,
So humble she might not refuse
The carpenter of Galilee:
A daughter of the people, she.
Out she sang the song of her heart.
Never a lady so had sung.
She knew no letters, had no art;
To all mankind, in woman’s tongue,
Hath Israelitish Mary sung.
And still for men to come she sings,
Nor shall her singing pass away.
‘He hath filled the hungry with good things’
~O listen, lords and ladies gay!
~‘And the rich He hath sent empty away.’

© Monika Hardy

Vacation BIble School

My week of vacaction is over and it was well spent! My sister in law flew up to be with and care for her mom while I went to play with about 300 children at Vacation Bible School. I had so much fun teaching the 8 year olds, they are right at that age where they can read their Bibles and still young enough to want to learn from it eagerly! Many hearts where given to the Lord Jesus that week! Praise God for answered prayer for fruit, much fruit and even more fruit. Not only were there decision for salvation, but the children came to know their Savior as well as grow in His word. We used a rotating schedule and encouraged the Bible lesson in each section of Puppets, Bible time, crafts, snacks and games. Many of the parents were blessed as well.
I was blessed myself being with all the little ones, and by my sister in law who insisted on caring for mom and the house and sending me to my room to rest and study! To God be all the glory~

© Monika Hardy


Gone Home

In loving memory of Earnest Seablom

See you one day soon

Praying for those left behind

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Psalm 116:15

© Monika Hardy


A great work

Like Nehemiah said when he and the others were buidling a wall

Don't bother me, I'm doing a great work for the Lord! :)

You call building a wall a great work? If it helps protect others then yes it can be considered a great work.When your work is for the Lord, and it helps others in the Lord, do not allow yourself or allow others to disctract you from the work at hand.

“The proof that Christ came into the world should be that His followers are holy!
Let their character be blameless and harmless, their conduct so
devoted and so full of self-sacrifice that it shall be a constant memorial
of that Redeemer whose name they profess.”—CHS

© Monika Hardy


What is on your tongue?

The following is an exceprt from a sermon that CH Spurgeon taught on Christian Conversation, based on....

"They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power."—Psalm 145:11.

May it be true of our own lives as well.

....It is, however, much to be regretted
that true children of the Lord often talk too little of him....
Souls are often converted through godly conversation. Simple words frequently do more good than long sermons. Disjointed, unconnected sentences are often of more use than the most finely polished periods or rounded sentences. If you would be useful, let the praises of Christ be ever on your tongue; let him live on your lips. Speak of him always; when thou walkest by the way, when thou sittest in thy house, when thou risest up, and even when thou liest down, it may be that thou hast someone to whom it is possible that thou mayest yet whisper the gospel of the grace of God. Many a sister has been brought to know the Saviour by a sister's pleadings that were only heard in the silence of the night. God give you, beloved, to fulfil our text! "They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power."

They shall do it, mark you; God will make you do it if you are his people. Go and do it willingly. Begin, from this time forth, and keep on doing it for ever. Say, concerning other conversation, "Begone far hence! avaunt! Thus shall be my constant and only theme." Be like the harp of old Anacreon, which would never sound any other note but that of love. The harpist wished to sing of Cadmus, and of mighty men of wisdom, but his harp would resound of love alone. Be, then, like Anacreon's harp,—sing of Christ alone! Christ alone! Christ alone! Jesus, Jesus only! Make him the theme of your conversation, for "they shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power." God give you grace so to do, for Christ's sake! Amen.

© Monika Hardy


Award Winning Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe from Allrecipes.com

I made it to the Fourth of July Church Picinic just in time to find all the "award winning pies" to be all gone! So, I chose what looked to be the best of what was left, and began to rave about apeach pie! I could not believe that it did not win, and was beginning to ask around to see if anyone knew who made it. I found out a friend of mine made it and I asked her to send me the recipe. Turns out she found it on All Recipies and it was an award winning pie recipe! The original maker of the pie has won 5 blue ribbons with this recipe! Thanks for sharing Laura!

Award Winning Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe from All Recipes.com
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 (3 ounce) package non-instant vanilla pudding mix
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained and syrup reserved
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease sides and bottom of a 10 inch deep-dish pie pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and pudding mix. Mix in butter, egg and milk. Beat for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into pie pan. Arrange the peach slices on top of the pudding mixture.
In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons reserved peach syrup. Beat for 2 minutes. Spoon mixture over peaches to within 1 inch of pan edge. Mix together 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and sprinkle over top.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown. Chill before serving.

If you go to the All recipes site there are photos of many who have made the pie and decorated it a bit differently.


Domestically Inclined Top Site Pick of the Week!

I received a comment from Mary Beth on her Today's Journey Blog. It was an announcement that she had chosed my site as this week's

Domestically Inclined is a place that I share what God lays on my heart to share with all of you. I don't know that I have ever stopped to think about describing what this site is about...except the "About me" section and even then wanted to point you to Jesus rather than myself. I am very blessed that Jesus shines through in what is written here as it is done for God's glory and His honor and our growth in Him.

It was her words that humbled me as she wrote about Domestically Inclined....

This site is a Christian Family Oriented site, that is run by a beautifully devout woman who shows her life for Christ in her words, posts, and kindness to all who visit.

Some of the articles she has written on her blog are Keepers at Home ~

This is a blog worth visiting and reading.

You will be blessed when you leave.
Hugs & God Bless

Thanks so much Mary Beth, I'm so glad these articles have blessed you!

© Monika Hardy


Baby Faith Hope

I lost track of the link to this site, but just came across it again. This mommy and baby have been in my prayers and the prayers of many since they began their jouney together. The grace of God and the work of His hands is truly evident in their story. Little baby Faith Hope was born with a condition know as "anencephaly", which means she was born without a brain. Mommy Myha was determined to know and love her baby just as God had made her against the abortion advie taht some doctors had given her. They beauty of a precious little life is so glorious and God's love shines through this mommy who chose to love. May we all choose to love as God loves. As Myha says....."All things are possible"...~Jesus

© Monika Hardy

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