Craft class offered by the local library branch.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday; it’s one of my favorites. I love the history, the biblical emphasis, and purpose of the holiday. Thanksgiving hymns are sung, For All The Blessings Of The Year, Come Ye Thankful People Come, We Gather Together, and Count Your Blessings are among my favorites. Scriptures that especially remind us of the need to give thanks with a grateful heart. There are many material things for which I am thankful, but the spiritual ones far outweigh them.
It is always important to give thanks to God. The bible clearly directs us to express thanks and we are reminded when we read the account of the ten lepers who were cleansed by Jesus and only one returned to thank Him. I thank you God for supplying our need according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Thank you God for the gift of salvation that was purchased by Your only Son and made available to us so that we may receive it by grace through faith.Thank you God that there is no work or deed we can do to earn your favor or a place in Heaven. Thank you that we can be born again into Your kingdom by placing our trust in the work of your Son, Jesus. Thank You for mercy and the forgiveness of sin given to those who confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus , and believe in our hearts that Christ is risen from the dead. What marvelous things You have given us to be thankful for everyday!
Titus 3:4 But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and discovered something to thank God for.
This is a follow up to the earlier post about tea, Tea Time. This video provides information about the Charleston Tea Plantation. I plan on visiting the tea plantation soon with my home school students, my children of course.
My children gave me this area pot with matching cup combo a few years ago. I enjoy using it now and then and allowing tea drinking guests to use it too.
This morning I felt like a cup of tea before beginning the school day. The tea caused me to think of my grandmother Gladys Glover who enjoyed hot tea over coffee. My brother and I walked to her house after school and often there were baked goods like gingerbread, a jelly cake or some cookies on the table when we arrived. We would be offered an after school snack and milk, Grandmomma would have her snack with tea.
Gladys Fulton Glover
Tea is a very popular southern beverage, especially South Carolina. There were tea plantations throughout the Lowcountry of SC, now there is but one. The only remaining tea plantation in the United States is in Charleston, my grandmother’s birthplace, The tea is very popular and most times that I attempt to purchase a box at the gift shop in the York W. Bailey Museum on the Penn Center Campus, they are usually sold out. I may have to order a box from the tea plantation website. Here’s to having a good cup of tea!
As I watch and care for the quail I often think about how God fed the children of Israel with quail and bread along their journey to the land He promised. They remind me of the way God supplies all our needs, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus“ Philippians 4:19. After the Israelites complained to Moses for a lack of food, he made the complaint known to God. God knew Moses’ frustration dealing with the people and he also knew their need for food. The request was made and God answered. In His answer He offered more than physical sustenance but the opportunity to know that He was available to help, He cared for them and they were not on their own. The Israelites were not always content, they always seemed to find some reason to complain but God always showed them they could find peace and security in Him and His provision. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I am thankful for God’s provision to me and my family. Thankful for the time I have with my children as we have school each day. The opportunity to impart to them those things that are most important. As we journey toward our promised land, may we always count our blessings and recognize how wondrously God supplies our needs. This Thanksgiving may we gather together as truly thankful people.
I looked up entries from both the Smith and Easton Bible Dictionaries:
Bible Study Smith’s Bible Dictionary
There can be no doubt that the Hebrew word in the Pentateuch ( Exodus 16:13 ; Numbers 11:31 Numbers 11:32 ) and in the 105th Psalm, denotes the common quail, Coturnix dactylisonans . (The enormous quantity of quails taken by the Israelites has its parallel in modern times. Pliny states that they sometimes alight on vessels in the Mediterranean and sink them. Colenel Sykes states that 160,000 quails have been netted in one season on the island of Capri. –ED.)
The expression “as it were two cubits (high) upon the face of the earth,” ( Numbers 11:31 ) refers probably to the height at which the quails flew above the ground, in their exhausted condition from their long flight. As to the enormous quantities which the least-successful Israelite is said to have taken viz. “ten homers” (i.e. eighty bushels) in the space of a night and two days, there is every reason for believing that the “homers here spoken of do not denote strictly the measure of that name but simply “a heap.”
The Israelites would have had little difficulty in capturing large quantities of these birds as they are known to arrive at places sometimes so completely exhausted by their flight as to be readily taken, not in nets only, but by the hand. They “spread the quails round about the camp;” this was for the purpose of drying them. The Egyptians similarly prepared these birds. The expression “quails from the sea,” ( Numbers 11:31 ) must not be restricted to denote that the birds came from the sea, as their starting-point, but it must be taken to show the direction from which they were coming.
The quails were at the time of the event narrated in the sacred writings, on their spring journey of migration northward, It is interesting to note the time specified: “it was at even” that they began to arrive; and they no doubt continued to come all night. Many observers have recorded that the quail migrates by night. [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton’s Bible Dictionary.
The Israelites were twice relieved in their privation by a miraculous supply of quails, (1) in the wilderness of Sin (Exodus 16:13), and (2) again at Kibroth-hattaavah (q.v.), Numbers 11:31. God “rained flesh upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea” (Psalm 78:27). The words in Numbers 11:31, according to the Authorized Version, appear to denote that the quails lay one above another to the thickness of two cubits above the ground.
The Revised Version, however, reads, “about two cubits above the face of the earth”, i.e., the quails flew at this height, and were easily killed or caught by the hand. Being thus secured in vast numbers by the people, they “spread them all abroad” (11:32) in order to salt and dry them.
These birds (the Coturnix vulgaris of naturalists) are found in countless numbers on the shores of the Mediterranean, and their annual migration is an event causing great excitement.
Exodus 16:12-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
12 “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
13 That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. 14 When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground.
Numbers 11:30-33 New Living Translation (NLT)
30 Then Moses returned to the camp with the elders of Israel.
The Lord Sends Quail
31 Now the Lord sent a wind that brought quail from the sea and let them fall all around the camp. For miles in every direction there were quail flying about three feet above the ground.[a] 32 So the people went out and caught quail all that day and throughout the night and all the next day, too. No one gathered less than fifty bushels[b]! They spread the quail all around the camp to dry. 33 But while they were gorging themselves on the meat—while it was still in their mouths—the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.
Psalm 105:39-41 New Living Translation (NLT)
39 The Lord spread a cloud above them as a covering
and gave them a great fire to light the darkness.
40 They asked for meat, and he sent them quail;
he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven.
41 He split open a rock, and water gushed out
to form a river through the dry wasteland.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Just stopped between subjects for a cup of café; teacher break. This is one of the many perks, pun intended, of home schooling. Today was more of a Dunkin Doughnut day. The mug is one of my favorites. It was purchased during my family’s trip to Poland while we were stationed in Belgium. Now back to math.
Our 4-H Poultry Club participated in the Farm City event sponsored by: Hampton County Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee, Ag South, South Carolina Army National Guard, Hampton County First Steps, Hampton County Forestry Commission, Hampton Soil & Water Conservation District, The Hampton County Guardian, Lake Warren State Park, Clemson Extension 4-H and USDA Farm-Service Agency. The event was held at Lake Warren State Park between Hampton and Estill, South Carolina. The poultry club members brought a few of their favorite chickens to be on display. As a fundraiser the club offered the public an opportunity to pay .50¢ to feed the birds. My youngest daughter Sarah enjoys working with poultry, she was thrilled to be a part of this event. She took three of her chickens, one Rhode Island Red Rooster, and two hens a Feather footed Silver Laced Brahma, and a Blue Speckled Sussex.
The Farm City event featured a local Bluegrass Band Graham’s Turnout, Fruit Stand with apple peeler, slicer, fresh pressed apple cider, and a hand cranked corn sheller. Farm displays included the chickens, ducks, a donkey, and a couple goats. There was a face painting station, practice milking a cow, sack races, driving kid sized farm machines, wash board area, roping and a rock climbing area sponsored by a local Army National Guard unit. The event was like a smaller version of a county fair complete with a few competitions. The contest offers three categories homemade pies, cakes and bread and homemade jellies, jams and pickled items.
Overall, we had a great day. We enjoyed time together as a group, interacting with the public, sharing our animals, and information about them. Farm City was well attended and appeared to be a big success. The location was wonderful. This was my first visit to Lake Warren and I thoroughly enjoyed the park, it’s small but so scenic and the lake is absolutely beautiful. Visiting on a clear fall day, with the crunchy leaves, vivid colors and the lakeside view made me want to stay longer. I visited the park office, spoke with park ranger Kelley and purchased a new park guide book. I really like our state parks and look forward to achieving my goal of visiting all forty seven locations. We often attend state park programs for our homeschool fieldtrips, many of them are about local history or natural sciences, the environment, arts and crafts. Each park has something unique to offer the public. Most parks have a small entrance fee, Lake Warren doesn’t have an entrance fee but does accept donations. The Friends of Lake Warren is a support group for the park, Kelley told me that the FOLW has a Face Book page so try to visit and ‘like’ the page to keep up with events. The SC State Park has a website with pages for each park, visit them at http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/lakewarren/introduction.aspx.
http://www.scfb.org/ SC Farm Bureau
http://www.agsouthfc.com/ Ag South
http://www.scguard.com/ SC National Guard
http://www.scfirststeps.org/ SC First Steps
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