Thursday, January 29, 2015

Why Don't You Get A Job & Go To Work?

Just the other day, I heard it!
"Why don't you get a job and go to work?"
I was caught off guard.
 Since I only had a few seconds to respond, all I could do was bite my tongue.  
Later, thoughts raced through my head like,
 "Why don't you mind your own business?"
"What do you think I do all day?"
"I do work! In fact, I have more "jobs" than you!"
I was provoked, to say the least.
Why did this person assume that I needed a "job" in the first place. Honestly, I think some people just like to be irritating and condescending!  Some people think that all families should fit into the same mold, which is exactly like their own.  This person has such an elevated sense of self worth that he (I'll just use "he") loves to rattle out his opinions in matters that do not concern him. 
I usually don't feel like I have to explain to anyone how I spend my days, but since I decided to write this post, here it goes.
I hear my husband get up around 6:00am.  I stay in bed and pray for a while.  My husband likes his "alone time" with the Lord each morning at the kitchen table, so I wait and begin stirring just before he leaves for work.  At this time, my new homeschooler arrives.  I have started homeschooling/tutoring my friend's daughter.  From 8:30 until lunch, I am busy teaching math, checking papers, explaining prepositional phrases, washing dishes, explaining molecules, running back and forth to the laundry room, helping calculate interest compounded daily, finding greatest common factors and least common multiples, folding laundry,sweeping, explaining indirect objects and direct objects,  feeding chickens, collecting eggs, teaching a Bible lesson, cooking, and wishing the bathroom would just clean itself!  I find time to check my blog in between or during lunch.  I am constantly watching the clock because I leave at 3:00 everyday to pick up my friend's daughter. Some days I also watch my 3 year old grandson (my son's little boy). When I arrive back home, I begin cooking supper while juggling other tasks.  After supper, we usually have our family Bible reading time, and on Wednesday nights we go to church.  Before I know it, it's after 10:00.  Some nights I have to pile all the school books up on the dining room table and assign a week or two worth of lessons.  I usually don't get to sleep until way after midnight. I'm not in my 20s or 30s anymore!  I get exhausted! 
So what was that question?
 Oh yea,
"Why don't you get a job and go to work?"
That question just boils my goose!
I guess it would have been a lot easier(on me) if I had let the government raise my children.  I could have just sent them off to public school where they would have missed out on a Christ-centered education, Sound Doctrine, and moments that nothing could ever replace. I thank God that we have just about made it to the finish line.  My daughter has a little over 3 months left before our family's homeschool journey comes to an end.  However, I may still be tutoring my friend's daughter, and perhaps one or two more.  I still have a noble calling as a mother to my grown children.  I am still a wife and mother with a home to clean, errands to run, clothes to wash, finances to manage, a family(and friends) to cook for, and a grandson that needs my love and attention. I also do a lot for my parents. 
I am a Keeper of the Home!
  I am needed,
 overwhelmed at times,
sometimes stressed
God enables me with the strength I need each day.  I don't punch a clock, and I don't receive a paycheck each Friday, 
but guess what....
I still work! 
 It is a work of love, and I know that no amount of money could satisfy me or my family more than what we have each day.  Yes, I have worked away from home during the past 15+ years that I have homeschooled.  I worked long weekends (36 hours) and was usually home during the week, but that made me miss family time every weekend and church.  How could the person who asked me, 
"Why don't you get a job and go to work?" think that my work at the hospital could ever benefit my family more than being a stay-at-home-mom during this time of our life? We were no richer when I worked!  In fact, God has blessed us and we are better off financially and spiritually now than we have ever been.  Don't get me wrong, we still live week to week.  I am not ashamed to say that!  What's more, we love seeing how God comes through for us! We have our daily needs, and God blesses us with extras too.  We don't desire a huge bank account. Our Heavenly Father owns it all anyway, and we trust Him for all our needs.  No banker could ever give us more, interest free!  
 I have A Great Work At Home!  
The Role of Mothers should be celebrated in today's society, instead it is mocked. (Read the above links.  If you enjoy this post, I think you will enjoy them.)
The fact remains that some people will never understand what it means for a mother to be in the home full-time. I'm not going to compare the SAHM to the moms who work, because we all have our own opinions.  It can cause heated arguments.  I wouldn't want to sound condemning towards working mothers, nor would I want to come off sounding goody goody.  My heart goes out to all mothers and families.  Satan is working hard at destroying  families.  If you feel strongly about becoming a SAHM, pray about it. Keep in mind that if you do become a SAHM, you will more than likely get asked the question,
 "Why don't you get a job and go to work?"
When this happens, try to be polite. 
Give your anger to the Lord and ask Him to dispose of it for you.
Thanks for letting me vent.
I feel much better now, and God has replaced my frustration with forgiveness and love.

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine...
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness...
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:1-5

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Link Up Party

Welcome back to another great party!
Last week's party had the most linkups ever! 
I apologise for not having the time to comment on every post.

Now let's take a look at a few posts from last week.

If you want to see what Beautiful looks like, 
just visit Penny's Vintage Home!
Her post, Custom Made Kitchen Buffet was the most read post on last week's link up party.

Back again this week, Aspired Living gave us our 2nd most read post, Secrets of Feeding a Large Family!

Sharing God's truths and always giving us inspiring words, Soul Survival gave us our 3rd most read post, The Jesus Code: Discouragement, Diversion, & Doubt +Linkup

The Art of Homemaking Mondays' link up party at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth was also a very popular post on last weeks link up party.

Now it's time to share more of your great posts.  I hope this link up party will be even bigger than last week!  
Feel free to share as many of your posts as you'd like.  I think that linking up some of your older posts is an excellent way to familiarize new readers with your blog, so don't hesitate doing just that!
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Update on Connie Flanders

I would like to thank everyone who has added Connie to their prayer list. My last detailed update was written in this post.  
First, let me start with a recap. Connie was hospitalized in September with life-threatening pancreatitis caused from her triglycerides being greater than 7,800! 
She was sedated and on a ventilator for over a month. As time went on, we waited for the inflammation of her pancreas to decrease. However, other complications began to manifest. An ulcer was found where her stomach joins her intestines, and several pockets of fluid and infection were drained off several times. The ulcer would not heal, so she required surgery. Her surgery was intensive, to say the least. The surgeon had to remove 1/3 of her stomach. Her gallbladder was the size of a cantaloupe and had to be removed. Her spleen was at the point of rupturing, so it was removed. Three -fourths of her pancreas was necrotic(dead), and had to be removed. She was not stable after surgery and the first 48 hours were touch and go. Nine days after surgery, December 21, Connie had another brush with death when an artery began bleeding out. The surgeon said that if the procedure had taken only one minute longer, Connie would have died. The surgeon also said that Connie received enough sedative to knock out a mule during the procedure, but he said she woke up every three minutes crying out, "I'm dying! I'm Dying!", so they would have to pop more anesthesia to her every three minutes. When her husband told me this, it was all I could do not to burst out crying. She has been through so much! Since September, her condition has been so full of ups and downs that it reminds me of the game Chutes and Ladders.

As of today, everything is looking good.
She is on a soft food diet.  She sits up and walks with a walker some.  Yesterday, her surgeon said that she would need at least two or three more weeks in the hospital.  After that, she will be moved to another hospital only 30 minutes away from home to begin physical rehabilitation.  She is expected to be home in March.

So many people have been talking about Connie and all that she has been through.  Everyone I have talked with, without a doubt, believe that she is alive today only because of
  At least four times, that we know of, Connie almost died.
What will Connie's personal testimony be?
   What "good" has God been working on through all this?  With all the near death experiences,  I am convinced that God intervened for some great purpose. 

I have heard it said so many times,
"If only that particular nurse hadn't been her nurse that night..."
"If only that doctor wasn't the doctor on call that evening...."
"If only the surgeon arrived a moment later...."
"If only the procedure was 60 seconds later..."
"If only the doctor didn't get that PICC line in when he did...."

God has been ON TIME every single time!
What more proof do skeptics need to realize that 
God is the same today as yesterday! He still performs miracles! 

Rescue Me

Through It ALL

Please keep praying for Connie and her family.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Link Up Party

Welcome back to another great link up!

The top posts from last week were.... 
drum roll please!

Mrs. Cheryl at Homespun Devotions recently lost a childhood friend, Jimmy Neff.  Jimmy was not only a dear friend from her childhood, he was also part of her family.  Please continue to pray for her and Jimmy's family and friends.

Now it's time to link up some of your inspiring posts!  Please link up as many as you'd like.  I don't mind if you link up older posts.  In fact, I think it's a great way for new readers to get acquainted with your blog!
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Word For 2015

A- Active  S- Study  P- Pray  I- Intentional  R- Renewal  E- Exhort

Thanks to God and Cheryl at Homespun Devotions, I was able to choose my word, or should I say words, for 2015!
I had several words, but I was having trouble picking that single word that seemed to resonate within my spirit until I read Cheryl's post. After reading her post, I was quickly able to decide on Aspire, and the acronym fell into place with little effort.

Definition from the Webster's 1828 Dictionary:

 ASPIRE- To desire with eagerness; to pant after an object, great, noble or spiritual.

Yes, ASPIRE is my word!
  For some time now, my spiritual appetite has been a gnawing hunger pain that leaves me craving more and more. I just can't seem to tap into God's spiritual all-you-can-eat buffet! 
Instead of being content with drinking from the well, I aspire to dive in!

More than a desire for spiritual fullness, I desire an overflowing,  complete immersion, or rather a baptism with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Matthew 3:11

 That's what I ASPIRE(desire or pant after)!

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
 Psalm 51:6
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 
Psalm 42:1
I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
Psalm 119:131

Within the acronym for ASPIRE, God has given me insight to so much. 

A- Active  S- Study  P- Pray  I- Intentional  R- Renewal  E- Exhort

A- Active: Busy; constantly engaged in action; pursuing business with vigor and assiduity; opposed to dull, slow, or indolent.

Speaking spiritually, I aspire to be active, constantly engaged, in prayer. I want to pursue God's business with vigor.  I am opposed to having a dull spirit!
Speaking physically, I aspire to become more active and engaged in exercise. I want to be vigorously pursuing a healthier body.

S- Study: Literally, a setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject.
This Bible verse perfectly explains what I aspire to set my mind and thought upon.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2

P- Pray:

To ask with earnestness or zeal, as for a favor, or for something desirable; to entreat; to supplicate.
In worship, to address the Supreme Being with solemnity and reverence, with adoration, confession of sins, supplication for mercy, and thanksgiving for blessings received.

Here is a Bible verse that I aspire to focus on this year.

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.

I have written two posts about Effectual Prayer that can explain in more detail what I desire in my prayer life.

I- Intentional: By design; of purpose; not casually
I aspire to be intentional regarding my prayer life. I aspire to purposely pray for the needs of people and situations in my life.  I want to have less casual prayer such as a quick, "Lord help me." and have more time in earnest(sackcloth & ashes type) prayer. I aspire to be more intentional and purposeful in many areas in my life including: my health, home, relationships, church, and becoming a better wife.  There's always room for improvement, and I aspire to intentionally try. 

R- Renewal: renovation, regeneration,revival, and restoration.
Just reading these words seems self explanatory.
I aspire a spiritual revival within myself. I also pray for a spiritual revival within the church.
I aspire  restoration in my body and spirit.

E- Exhort: intent to incite and encourage. Advice; counsel.

I aspire to be an encourager in words and deeds.  I aspire that God will use me to give counsel to anyone in need. 
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Acts 2:40
A great biblical example of an exhorter is Barnabas . His given name was Joses, or Joseph, but the apostles gave him the name Barnabas, which means "Son of Encouragement" or " Son of Exhortation" (Acts:4:36).
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 
 Acts 11:24
Being "full of the Holy Spirit" , Barnabas seemed to excel at encouragement and exhortation, and this is what I aspire to be!

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Time To Link Up

Welcome to another 
Wednesday Link Up Party!
Meet your host---
 way back then!

Last week we had some really great posts!
Here are the top posts from last week's link up:


radical surgery

And I guess everyone was curious to what was

Now it's time to link up some more great posts. 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

A Prayer To Release Our Children To God

I recently read Her Soul Is Safe at Ready To Be Offered, and I was reminded of the worry and fear that tortured me when my son first began driving and staying out past dark.  He would call and let me know that he was on the way home, so I could just about time his location. I would literally pray him all the way home. I would pray, "Dear Lord, Please watch over him as he goes through the new bypass." or, "Dear Lord, Please make sure no one tops that hill as he turns."  I would be standing at the door waiting for his truck to pull in.  No sight was more welcoming than his headlights entering the driveway. When I would see his truck pull in, I would say, "Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus."  I just didn't think I would be able to endure those years. I was always an extremely protective parent.  It was not until I released my son to God through prayer that the Lord gave me peace of mind.  I leaned on scripture. I typed up a prayer for him that I read several times. 
Today, he is a Police Officer, and I seldom worry.  If I begin to worry, I just turn my thoughts over to the Lord.  I realize that I cannot go that route anymore.
 I cannot be there to protect him during a drug bust or a high-speed chase. I can do nothing now to protect him physically, or any other way, except continue to pray for him.  
For now, my daughter is still at home with me.  I pray that I will have this same peace when I need it for her. 
Here is a prayer modeled from the prayer that I typed for both of my children.  I have left blank spaces in place of the names and personal pronouns.
I pray that it may be a comfort to other Mothers or Fathers.
God bless.
* If you would like, please feel free to copy, save, or share this prayer. ~Chris

Dear Lord,
I lift ________________up to You, and ask for You to put up a hedge of protection around _______.  Protect _______ spirit, body, mind, and emotions from any form of evil or harm.  I pray specifically for protection from accidents, disease, and any other physical harm.  Keep _______ safe when on the road and out of the path of harm.  Give Your angels charge over _______ wherever ______ goes.  Keep __________ from all mental or emotional harm that satan may try to use against ____.  I pray that ________ will always find refuge “in the shadow of Your wings” until all “these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1) Hide _________ from any kind of evil influences that would come against _______.  Keep ______ safe from all hidden dangers, and let no weapon formed against _______be able to prosper.  Thank You, Lord, for all Your many promises of protection.  Help ______ walk in Your ways and in obedience to Your will.  Keep _______ safe in all ______ ways.  I pray that ______________ will live a fruitful life, ever increasing in the knowledge of You.  May _______ always seek Your will, have spiritual understanding, and walk in a manner pleasing in Your sight.  You have said, in Your word, that You will pour out Your spirit on my offspring (Isaiah 44:3).  I pray that You pour out your spirit upon _____________ this day.  Thank You, Lord, for caring about _______ eternal future, even more than I could.  Thank You, Lord, that ______________is secure in You.
By the authority You have given to me in Jesus’ name, I stand against the wiles of the devil against idolatry, rebellion, stubbornness, and disrespect.  These things have no part in _______________life, nor will _______ walk in the path of destruction because of them.  Make _______ uncomfortable and sensitive to sin.  Help _______ to know the beauty and simplicity of walking with a sweet and humble spirit and in obedience and submission to You.  I pray for a close, loving, happy, and fulfilling relationship between our family for all the days of our lives. May there always be good communication.  Lord, I pray for godly friends and role models in ______________ life.  Give ___________ wisdom to choose friends who are godly.  Lord, help ______ to never compromise ______walk with You.  Deliver _______ away from anyone with an ungodly nature.  Help ______ to say “yes” to the things of God and “no” to the flesh. Give ________the voice and spirit of truth, and keep _______ from lies.  I pray that sickness and infirmities will have no place or power in _______ life.  I pray for a life of good health and a healthy lifestyle. Give _______ a good mind, teachable spirit, and the ability to learn.  Help ______ to excel in understanding.  I pray that You would develop the gifts and talents that You have placed within ________.  Bless the work of ______ hands so that all _______ works will be prosperous.  Reveal to _________ the plans You have for ______, and help _______ to excel in them.  I pray that _____ ways, speech, and doings glorify You.  Help _______ to respect and revere purity. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)  Lord, I pray that __________ will bear good fruits.  Bless __________ with clarity of mind so that ________ will be able to make the right decisions.  May the word of God take root in ______ heart.  May ______ heart and mind be filled with things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)  May _______ always know the fullness of joy that is found only in Your presence.   In Jesus’ name, keep _________ from any addictions.  Enable _______ to say “no” to anything harmful and to choose life.  May _______ only addictions be to the things of God.   Lord, speak loudly to ______ whenever there is temptation or trickery of the devil.   Allow ________ to be strong enough to stand for what is right and pure.  Lord, keep ________ from worldly immorality.  Keep _______ from premarital immorality.  I pray for that special someone that You will give ______ in Your perfect timing.  Unless the Lord builds a house, they labor in vain who built it. (Psalm 127:1)  Help _______ to walk in repentance.  Create in ________ a clean heart, Lord, and renew a right spirit within _______. (Psalm 51:2)  I pray that You would break down any ungodly strongholds in ____ life.  Help ____ to discern good from evil and to be sensitive to Your voice saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)  You have said in Your word that You have dealt ______________ one measure of faith (Romans 12:3), so I pray that You would take that faith which You have planted and multiply it.  I pray that ________ will have faith strong enough to hold _____ above any circumstance. 
As for me Lord, Your word says, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4) so Lord, I ask for Your strength and for the faith I need to release ________________ into Your hands.  Help me not to live in fear of possible dangers.  Help me to live in peace, knowing that You are in control of _________ every breath.  Likewise, You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).  Deliver me from doubt and fear, and give me a peace that surpasses all understanding.  As Jesus said, “Why are you so fearful, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26).  Help me to have faith, peace, and to know that all is well.  As Moses’ mother had the courage to send her child down the Nile, where he was in danger amongst crocodiles, the possibility of drowning, and into the enemy’s presence; give me the courage to place _______________ into Your care.  I know that You have created and given me this good and precious gift.  I know that You are fully capable of keeping ________ safe and sound.  I can’t be everywhere as You can.  Everything is in Your control.  Lord, Your word tells me to cast all my cares upon You (1Peter 5:7) and so I am.  Watch over my ___________ and keep _________ safe in all ________ ways.  Keep me at peace and ease my worrisome mind.  Help me not to be so overprotective because You are ________ protector.  Help me to trust in Your promises, and forgive my inadequate faith which has allowed my fear.  Lord, deliver me from the grip of fear.  Give me strength to run to You saying, “It is well!”  When I need You Lord, swiftly send Your spirit to comfort and ease my troubled thoughts.  Thank You, Lord, for Your great faithfulness unto me as my child's mother.  I believe Your word, and I ask all these things in Jesus’ name Amen.

I will pour out my heart like water before the face of the Lord.  I will lift my hands toward Him for the life of my children.  Lamentations 2:19

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Decorating With LOVE

I love decorating my home for the holidays!
 After taking down my Christmas decorations this year, I decided that I wanted to decorate my home, or at least a part of it, more often.  I hope to decorate this area for Spring(Easter), Summer, Fall, and Winter(Christmas). 
 When I found this lovely plate stand and cherub candle holder at a Goodwill store this past Friday, I decided to decorate for Valentine's Day
This is the first time I have ever decorated my home for Valentine's Day. With most all of our holidays supposedly having pagan roots, I focused on
God's Love
and used Scriptures as part of my decor.
 Therefore, I do not think of Valentine's Day as being a sexually perverted pagan custom.
  I know that it IS NOT that to me.  It is just another day.
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord. Romans 14:6
I just love the color red, hearts, telling my family that I love them, sharing my Christian love with others, beautiful things, love letters, cards, candy, and especially focusing on
 God's love
not just on a certain day, but every day!
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
However, if I feel God leading me to do and believe otherwise, I will.
God is love.
1 John 4:7

With that said, come let me show you a few of  my decorations, Bible verses, and quotes. 
The plate stand was originally gold, but I painted it red. I also painted the cherub candle holder.   
 The strawberry cake plate was a previous bargain find. However, I found the two cherubs and small birdcage this past Friday at the Goodwill. The small hardback book, "How I Love Thee" came from the Dollar Tree.
The plate chargers were also purchased at the Goodwill Friday.  They were gold, but I painted them red. They turned out beautifully. The crystal glasses were a Christmas gift from my aunt several years ago.
 The large felt hearts under the glass top were purchased from the Dollar Tree along with the roses, four white plates, candles, and the small hearts scattered on the table. 
 These lovely candle holders were also a previous bargain find!
 The beautiful rose teacup on top was found at the Goodwill along with these white plates and saucers.
 This beautifully framed picture was my sister's-in-law Meemaw's picture.
It is very old. 
The roses go very nicely in this room.
 I purchased these paper hearts at the Dollar Tree, and I printed and pasted vintage Valentine's prints on them.
 I used more of these paper hearts and wrote Bible verses about

I will LOVE Thee, O Lord, my strength. 
Psalm 18:1

His banner over me is LOVE.
Song 2:4

There is no fear in LOVE.
 1 John 4:18

We know that we have passed from death into life because we LOVE the brethren.
1 John 3:14
 All that we LOVE deeply
becomes a part of us.
~Helen Keller
I used more vintage prints under the glass top.
Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.
 Ephesians. 5:2
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31

You can hardly see my glass cake plate which has heart cookies in it.  
They are slowly disappearing!
Many waters cannot quench LOVE
neither can floods drown it. 
Song of Solomon 8:7
 Who, being LOVED, is poor?
~Oscar Wilde
Love grows by giving.  The love we give away is the only love we keep.
~Elbert Hubbard
Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve,
too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who LOVE, time is eternity.
~Henry Van Dyke

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
John 3:16

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Welcome To Another Link Up Party

Welcome to another Wednesday Link Up Party!
Last week's link up ushered in the new year with some awesome posts. 
Here are the top three features from the
  New Year's Eve Link Up Party!

There's Just No Place Like Home

Grace In Small Places

read the bible in 2015
How Will 2015 Be Different?

Be sure to visit these great posts, and share some lovely comments.
Everyone loves comments!  Including me!(hint hint):)

Please feel free to share as many of your posts as you would like.  You can share recent and older posts. Share some of your all time favorites! 
Please make sure you share posts that are relevant to Christian living, homemaking, recipes, Bible studies, homesteading, farm life, decorating home, family, raising children, Titus 2, Proverbs 31,  homeschooling, feminine get the picture.

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