Welcome to This Journey of Love

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  • Welcome to my world!

    I hope you’ll stay.

    Since Father’s love changed me

    I have something to say.

  • The One who loves me,

    See, He also loves you

    The things He’s done for me

    He will do for you, too.

  • So come with me

    As I follow the Lamb

    Wherever He goes.

    My life’s in His hand.

  • I trust Him and follow Him

    No matter the cost.

    Without His great love for me

    I would be lost.

  • The words that you find here

    I hope will breathe life.

    In each day and moment

    You’ll find His delight.

  • For surely His love for you

    Is greater than you know.

    Come with me now

    To His presence we’ll go.

    P.M.D.

  • Changed By Love and Still Changing

    York, Pennsylvania 2011

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    Katy, Texas 2012

    Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX 2013 Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2014

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2015

    Katy, TX – MKT Railroad Park Caboose and Depot, 2017

    Hi, I’m Penney Douglas. I have been married to my precious husband for 30 years. We have been exceedingly and abundantly blessed with 10 children. They all belong to me and my husband. And to think that I was afraid I would never get married! I got a late start (married at 25 and first child at 27), but I guess late bloomers can blossom profusely once they get started.

    I blog for several reasons. I like to keep a record of what we’re doing in our homeschooling and share ideas for other homeschoolers or moms who like to work and play with their kids. I try to encourage families to keep Christ first in their homes so they can be all that they were made to be. I want to help others to draw closer to God. I hope to glorify God and give Him praise for all that He does for us.

    I am constantly learning, changing and growing. Sometimes I feel like a beginner even though I’ve been a Christian since I was 4 years old and I’ve been homeschooling for about 21 years. And I’ve been living for __ years (long enough!).

    But the Lord has been faithful to keep me and my family on an upward climb drawing nearer to Him in spite of our weaknesses and mistakes.

    He has led us on a crooked path across the United States and back and then some. (From Ohio to Kansas City to Arizona to Colorado, back to Kansas City to Illinois to Pennsylvania and now to Texas!) We are still looking for that place to call home. We hope to find it before the oldest chicks are ready to fly from the nest! But our desire is that they land somewhere near us even when that time comes.

    We are believing God for miracles of provision. We have already seen many. We suffered the loss of our home 13 years ago. Now we live in a different state, and my husband is making more money than ever before. But the money is beside the point. What God did in each of our hearts, convincing us of His reality and His love for us, is worth more than all of the houses or money in the world. But now He has enabled us to help others in need, and we are grateful for the opportunity to bless others.

    Our children are truly gifts from God. They learn from us and teach us so much. I would never have known even a fraction of how much God loves me if I had never had the opportunity to be a mother to my precious children. They are teaching me even more as they grow in wisdom and understanding and we share together what the Lord is teaching us.

    Family was God’s idea. Marriage was His idea. God has good ideas. His ideas work.

    He wants our families to be training grounds for children (and adults) to learn His ways and right ways of relating to God and to people. We learn how to die to ourselves when others are dependent on us, and when we have to learn to get along with the people around us in order to experience peace and harmony. The rough edges are rubbed off as we care enough to be honest with each other and humble ourselves to receive correction even from those younger than ourselves.

    God created us because He wanted a family. That’s more than a trite saying. He created us in His image so that He could have sons and daughters that would look like Him, act like Him and love Him. He wanted to be a father.

    He created you so He could love you. Receive His love for you. Let Him be your Daddy.

    Life is All About God

    Life is All About God

    Everything that happens in life is meant to make us more like Jesus. We are being refined, purified, pruned, and purged so that we can carry His glory. We are called to be holy. As a believer what could be more important than pleasing God, living for him, walking with him, talking with him, and loving him? We are meant to enjoy him! And he wants to enjoy us.

    The things of Earth grow strangely dim when we’re looking at Him, talking with Him, seeing the heavenly vision.
    There is so much more to our existence than what we see here with our eyes and experience with our physical senses and our natural understanding.

    Your life is valuable. You are here for a reason. God made you so He could love you. So give Him His due and make your Life All About God.

     

    The Holistic Mindset by Penney and Shawn

    Shawn and I talked about  Gratitude and Hope and changing your attitude and being unperturbed and not upset about life when things don’t go the way you wanted them to. Things didn’t go the way we wanted when we started recording this video. We had no volume at first and didn’t even know it until a viewer told us that there was no sound! We could have given up. We had already talked for 20 minutes! But we persevered, and our second video was better than the first!

    We talked about how Gratitude and Hope are related.  And lots of other good stuff!

    Check out more of our videos on my YouTube channel at Safe Haven Homeschooling.

     

    The Secret to Being an Artist

    You CAN be an artist, even if past experience has told you otherwise. The secret is – PASTELS! I have never been good at drawing or painting or pretty much anything artsy or craftsy. But I picked up some chalk pastels and tried some of the tutorials that Nana did on www.chalkpastel.com, and I became an artist! Since then I have tried many of her projects, and I have been happy with the results of my work. For the first time ever!

    Join Nana’s Clubhouse Membership and start painting with pastel chalk. Find your inner artist that has been hiding, or indulge your already known artistic side right along with your children as they explore the fun and satisfaction of working with pastels.

    Just click the link to find out more.


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    The Difference Between Identity and Connection, Part 1

    You have to have a good relationship with yourself to have good relationships with others.

    The masculine emphasis is on identity.

    Meaning and purpose are so important to men.

    The female emphasis is on connection.

    Women want to be connected and intimate with others. They are looking to connect.

    We need both. Men are good at identity.

    Women are good at connection.

    But men need to learn how to connect, and women can help them with that.

    And women need to learn their identity, and men can call that out for them.

    The difference between identity and connection ft. @shawncamerond

    Posted by Changed By Love on Saturday, April 13, 2019