Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We Adore Him Who Renews - A Poem

As falling snow descending to earth,
Silencing, freshening all the land,
So descends His mercy and grace,
Much more renewing this sinful man.
  What's past, is gone, what's done, forgotten.
  What's old, is new, what's dark, now light.
  Cold hearts turned flesh, the harsh now soft.
  Beauty for ashes, saved from our plight.
No mountain too high, no valley too low,
No darkness too dark for Him not to see.
No ocean too wide, no desert too dry,
No place too far for Him not to reach.
  Oh, fathom this God! That He so loved
  That He sent His Son to take our place!
  That we may come to Him unashamed,
  Renewed and spotless before His face!
If you, dear one, bear a heavied soul,
A weary, burdened, saddened heart,
Look to Him! He soothes all wounds.
Give it to God, where healing starts.
  Let the light of His presence illuminate all,
  The warmth of His love soothe your pain.
  Jesus is right when all is wrong.
  Jesus is real when people are feign.
Jesus is truth when surrounded by lies.
Jesus is rest, we have much to gain!
He is great peace when facing storms.
He is all clarity when life uncertain.
  Jesus is strength when we are weak.
  He is rescue when all crashes down.
  He sees our tears, He counts every one.
  He delights over us with joyful sound,
And He quiets us with His mighty love, (Zeph. 3:17)
He is all things we need each day,
He knows it all; He's always enough.
May you and I continue to claim,
  And live each day with this goal:
  "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord." (Josh. 24:15)
  May we prove by devotion and love
  That it truly is
    Him we adore.
~Kaylene Yoder~


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

25 Last Minute DIY Gifts

Christmas is near and it finds some of us scrambling!

Did you know, I've been sharing lots of gift ideas over on the blog Facebook page? Give me a like and see more every day!

Here are a few of my favorites! Enjoy! >>TWEET THIS<<

Double Braided Scarf Tutorial
from Put Up Your Dukes

Arm Knit Scarf & Cowl

Here are two I've made. In the red and gray one, I added a bit of sparkle by
tying metallic embroidery thread onto the yarn.
For the cowl I used two skeins of chunky yarn and
doubled the yarn as I worked it. The result,
a  very thick, comfy cowl!

Takes me half an hour, and I'm a beginner!

Barn wood + Stencils + Paint =
from 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt

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Tea Wreath
from Kojo Designs

All you need for this is cardboard, paper, hot glue and clothespins!
Add tea bags and you are sure to warm the heart
of your favorite tea drinker!

diy tea wreath handmade gift idea

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Crocheted Ear Warmer with Flower
from Frayed Knot

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Monogrammed Tote Bags
from Sweet T Makes Three

These would make awesome gift bags!

DIY Tote Bags - These cute handbags make a great beginner sewing project. #crafts #diy

Felt Flower Scarf 

I'd have to hot glue a few pearls on this to spice it up.
So cute!

Rice Heating Pad

Finally one that keeps the rice in place!

Homemade Bath Salts
from The Idea Room


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Bonus: Get FREE PRINTABLE labels when you
'like' The Idea Room on Facebook. (link in post)

Cinnamon Honey Butter
from Tidy Mom

Gift your neighbors with a warm loaf of bread and this stuff....
drooling now....
Cinnamon Honey Butter Jars

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5 Baked Gifts in a Jar Recipes
all with FREE PRINTABLE labels and baking directions!
from Cul-de-sac Cool

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Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub
from Tidy Mom

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Homemade Apple Butter
(crock pot recipe)
from My Baking Addiction

Post image for Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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Snowman Hot Cocoa Mix
from Nothing But Country

A darling twist to the traditional cocoa mix in a jar!

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Printable Names of Christ Ornaments
from Today's Fabulous Finds

Gift a few as a set or a gift topper, keep the rest yourself!

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Photo Pillows
from A Pocket Full of Whimsy

These are a keepsake, for sure! If you have a printer, freezer paper,
material, a photo and an hour or have a pillow!
Great gift for grandparents!

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DIY Mason Jar Soap Pump
and Natural Foaming Soap
from The Homesteady

DIY mason jar foaming soap pump from Infinite Style

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Personalized Cutting Board
idea from 3D Carving on Etsy

This would be a priceless gift using your own handwriting, then burn over it.
Or scan your mom or grandmothers old recipes and burn into the back of cutting boards.

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No tutorial. Just inspiration!
Could use family surname, initials, bible verse, child's hand print...endless possibilities!

Crochet Boot Cuffs Pattern
from Domestic Bliss Squared

free lacy scalloped crochet boot cuff pattern

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Simple Crocheted Scarf Pattern
from Make and Takes

Simple Scarf Crochet Pattern

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Homemade Root Beer BBQ Sauce
and printable label
from A Mom's Take

For the grill master!

Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

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Christmas Candy Trains
from We're Calling Shenanigans

These would be fun gifts or gift toppers for all ages!

how to make Christmas Candy Train

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DIY Photo Coasters
from The Frugal Girls

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from Shanty-2-Chic

Free Printable Bible Verse

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Button Word Pillow
seen on Etsy

Make or buy a plain pillow cover.
Sew or hot glue buttons on, using any word you please!
Add pillow!

LOVE Cushion Cover pillow, buttoned

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No tutorial. Just awesome inspiration!

Pizza Money Gift
from Making Memories with Your Kids

Because sometimes it's just easier!
Type up your own sign or just write it on the lid.
Anyone should love this!

Money Gift Idea

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

31 Days in Proverbs Devotional Collection

Life gets so busy.

And let's face it...we often become distracted and end up pushing our devotional time to the side in hopes of saving time. We're all guilty of it...we all want to do better...but when we feel this heightening level of tension, we realize God isn't the one who drifted.

We did. 

Yet we have a gracious, patient God, who welcomes us back and provides the rest we need and thrive in. 

Last January, I wrote a 31 Days in Proverbs devotional series. If you missed them, here they are again, all neatly packaged in one place for you to use as a devotional help during this crazy busy Christmas season. 

Consider this me just slapping a bow on top and placing it under your tree! Open as often as you want! God's word never grows stale!

31 Days in Proverbs ~ A Devotional Collection >>TWEET THIS<<


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Monday, December 1, 2014

We're all a Bunch of Bumbling Morons ~ Blog Swap with Michelle Lesley

Once again it's time for a blog swap with Michelle Lesley! I enjoy her direct 'give it to me straight' kind of writing.

Today she shares the importance of of extending grace and forgiveness to one another, not just to relieve the offender, but because Proverbs 19:11 says "Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is to his glory to overlook an offense."

As the holiday's proceed let's use 'good sense' and remember to extend an extra measure of grace to others. We all fail at times, we all do reckless things, we all hurt...let's get our minds off ourselves and our focus out of our little worlds. Let's make an extra effort become the one spreading peace and love in the next few weeks.

Who knows! It just might become us!


Here is an excerpt:

What’s down right unfathomable in this day and age of everybody wearing his feelings on his sleeve, and wanting to absolutely obliterate anyone who causes him the least amount of agitation, is for one human to pass over the failure of another. 


If you are a blogger, you may be interested in Michelle's blog swap. Click the image below to see her guidelines.

blog swap

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear Mom, Feeling Less than Qualified

So we are moms...

and it has us baffled more days than it doesn't.

We have these compulsions to run away. Then in terror we scramble to make sure the kids are okay.

We think about throwing a fit right along with the 2 year old. Then look around to see if anyone read our minds.

We want to scream in our pillows...sometimes we do. Then we come up for air and pray no one heard that.

We are sure we are blowing it.

We just know we are scarring them for life.

We wonder if we'll survive them, and sincerely hope they'll survive us.

Dear sweet mom, if you feel frustrated, overwhelmed and less than qualified today,...I get it.

But I also get that you are doing a great job.

You put their needs before yours. You love them fiercely and you nourish their hearts.

It doesn't matter if you are a

stay at home mom, 
a work at home mom, 
a working mom wishing she wasn't, 
a stay at home mom wishing she was working,
or a working mom planning to keep it that way...

your mothering is legit, as long as you are in accordance to God's will for your life and family. >>tweet this<<

So when the crazies hit, just remember...

God gave you those kids because He knows those children will help grow you into the woman He wants you to become. Your humility in seeking His will and His ways, far outshine any amount of picture perfect parenting. >>tweet this<<

He gave them you as their mother, knowing you have the appropriate tools for preparing them to become the people He wants them to be, in the walk of life He knows they will take. >> tweet this<<

He qualifies you.

Now go be their mom, in the best way you can, in the way only you can. 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I Am Woman. I Am His.

I am woman.

I am sweet. I am sassy.

I laugh. I cry.

I hold it together. I lose it.

I have feelings. I have thoughts.

I love. I want to be loved.

I want to be held. I want to be left alone.

I am bold. I am scared out of my mind.

I am smart. I am capable.

I am God's.

My life is chaotic.

My life has purpose. 

My life is divinely orchestrated.

I believe I am what He says I am.

I believe I can do what He says I can do.

I believe I can be what He says I can be.

He says I am woman.

And I am His. >> TWEET THIS<<

"Blessed is she who has believed
that what the Lord has said to her
will be accomplished!"
~ Luke 1:45 ~


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Blog Swap with Michelle Lesley ~ Rightly Dividing: 12 Do's and Don'ts for Effective Bible Study

Today I participate in another wonderful Blog Swap with Michelle Lesley. 
Here is an introduction to the post, in Michelle's words:
Bible study. As Christians we want to do it, we know we’re supposed to do it, but have you ever stopped to think that there are right ways and wrong ways to do it? Let’s take a look at a few do’s and don’ts of “rightly dividing God’s word” in Bible study.
Have you ever wanted to study your Bible more effectively? Head on over to Satisfaction Through Christ and check out Michelle Lesley's article: Rightly Dividing: 12 Do’s and Don’ts for Effective Bible Study.
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, 
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, 
rightly handling the word of truth." 
~ 2 Timothy 2:15 ~

Bible Study

For more information on Michelle's generous Blog Swap offer, click to image below.
blog swap

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stouthearted Women and the Confidence They Exude

Psalms 138:3 has been on my radar for quite some time. The NIV reads like this:

“When I called You answered me, 
You have made me bold and stouthearted.”

Bold and stouthearted are such manly sounding words. Even the meaning of stoutheartedness is “valiant, brave, courageous” and other words associated with male qualities.

But y'all, I know some stouthearted women.

While it is much more preferable for a virtuous woman to have a sweet, gentle and pliable personality there are some who have strong convictions and aren't afraid of asserting them. There is a breed of women out there who have such passions for all that is truth and righteousness that when they are faced with adversities they boldly go forth in valiant courage.

Many decide a woman with a confident demeanor is stubborn. Some call her assertive, overbearing, too much, harsh, brash, outspoken, wild, uncontained, a free spirit; strong willed. (I dislike that last one with great passion. Just saying!)

Call it what you will, courage and confidence in a woman is a beautiful thing when used for her Heavenly Father's glory. He designed her unique, exactly as He wanted her, for exactly the path He knew she would walk on, facing the challenges only she would face.

Life is hard. We're going to need a little resilience if we are going to survive the knocks life can deal. We're going to need a bit of 'get up' in our step. Some spunk, if you will.

While it's no secret that women are the more relational and caring part of humanity, that shouldn't mean they are incapable of displaying courage in the face of life's bitter storms, or not allowed to have knowledge, wisdom and insight stuffed between their pretty little ears.

If you're like me, you might even decide that most people just don't know how to handle more woman than the average Susie! Anybody?

Oh believe me, I've tried to squash these passionate all-consuming feelings. I tried to corral the wild and uncontainable vividness of right and wrong, black and white, that I tend to see. I tried to bite my tongue when things just wanted to spew out.

For a while it worked! And it worked well! It worked because I tackled it with the same passion I'm so driven by. I told my cooking utensils exactly what I thought as I gouged them into whatever dinner was being prepared. I swung that broom with extra vigor, trying to prove a point stabbing those bristles at the dirt. I tackled those dishes, suds a-flying, and passions a-mounting!

Then it didn't work, and I hated myself for being myself and being myself WELL. 

Maybe this is why it failed,

I had tried to change myself instead of letting God change me.

I was trying to change the very person God made me to be. I was trying to fit myself into this cookie cutter shape of what I wished I could be, what society says a Christian woman should be, and what many women around me seem to have no problem being- the submissive wife, the patient mom, the demure, sweet, gentle, quiet woman.

All I figured out was that while I could act demure, there was nothing demure, gentle, patient, or submissive about my heart. Then, because my vivid right and wrong passions kicked in, I was soon condemning myself for being so hypocritical by trying to be what I wasn't.

Satan used my self against myself to condemn myself. What an evil plan.

Does anybody understand what I'm trying to say here?

I need some wild eyed, crazy haired woman to tell me she understands exactly what I'm talking about. Well, maybe you're not wild eyed or crazy haired, but I'm willing to bet you feel like it some days!

Here is my conclusion-

My stouthearted spirit was given to me by God- it's not going anywhere.

But, somewhere between the convictions of the Spirit and the execution of those convictions, I need to choose whether self will take over, or grace will abound.

For example, I get to choose how I respond to situations. That doesn't take away or even damper the fire in my heart for all things right, good and just in any given situation.

I get to choose to control my words. That doesn't rein in or diminish my fervency, it's just channeled into a more God honoring way. In fact, I get strengthened even more as I put God's grace on display for those around me to see.

The same stoutheartedness that grasps the convictions you and I have, can be the same stoutheartedness in which we execute our convictions.

A stouthearted woman can be proven sweet, gentle, kind, humble and submissive, when she lets herself be guided and directed by the Holy Spirit rather than her self.

When self-will is taken out of the picture, whats left is a confident woman on fire for God, unashamed and unfazed, blazing a trail as she runs hard after Him. >>TWEET THIS<<

THAT is a stouthearted woman.

I like her.


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If you are a stouthearted woman too, you might find this article by Lisa Jacobson itweeting.

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